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Friday, December 28, 2007

37 Invites to 2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship

NBC has sent out 17 more invites to join the 20 already invited to the 2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship that begins Feb 28th at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The tournament is a $20,000 buy-in invitation only event that runs a bracket style system (like NCAA basketball tournament) and will be contested over a span of three days. The overall winner will claim $500,000 and the heads up title that proves they bested one of the most difficult fields of professional poker players assembled into one tournament.

So far, first time invites are 2007 Bluff magazine’s Player of the Year, Bill Edler, Card Player magazine’s Player of the Year, David “The Dragon” Pham and Kenny Tran who had great runs at the WSOPE Event and the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. WSOP Main Event.

The 37 invitees so far are: (these players have received invites but none have yet to be confirmed)

Doyle Brunson
Shannon Elizabeth
Annie Duke
Johnny Chan
Chris Ferguson
Antonio Esfandiari
Jamie Gold
Ted Forrest
Jennifer Harman
Barry Greenstein
Howard Lederer
Phil Ivey
Jonathan Little
Erick Lindgren
Scotty Nguyen
Mike Matusow
Brian Townsend
Gavin Smith
Jerry Yang
Paul Wasicka
Chad Brown
David Benyamine
Freddy Deeb
Todd Brunson
Eli Elezra
Bill Edler
John Juanda
Clonie Gowen
Daniel Negreanu
Phil Laak
Greg Raymer
David Pham
Erik Seidel
Kenny Tran
David Williams
Vanessa Rousso
Shawn Sheikhan

Some notable guys missing from this list include: Phil Gordon, Sammy Farha, Chris Moneymaker.

There are 24 more invites that should be sent by the end of the month. The final three spots will go to players from online and Caesars Palace qualifiers.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Cheating Scandal Investigation at Absolute Poker Coming to an End

When Absolute Poker conducted an internal investigation, it found that an employee had breached the security system to play unfairly on the site for a period of 40 days.

PokerListings article

A while back a user account at Absolute Poker cheated other players by being able to see the other players hole cards. It was determined that this user account was from within Absolute. So someone was using this account to swindle other players. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission checked into this and reviewed hand histories from this player. The investigation is done and the commission will be issuing a ruling soon.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Major search engines settle with DoJ over Gambling Advertising

Article from

Online Portals Settle with DOJ over Gambling Ads
December 20, 2007
Amy Calistri

In 2004, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google stopped running advertisements for online casinos under pressure from the US Department of Justice, but apparently that didn't go far enough to quell the DOJ's ire. Yesterday the DOJ announced that the three search engine companies had agreed to pay a total of $31.5 million to settle allegations that they "aided and abetted" illegal gambling under their former ad policies. Under the terms of their settlements, the companies neither admit nor contest any charges.

Microsoft has agreed to pay a total of $21 million, $4.5 million of which is a direct forfeiture to the government. The International Center for Missing and Exploited Children will receive $7.5 million from Microsoft, and the remaining $9 million will go to a public-service advertising campaign aimed at college-level or younger people, with the message that online-gambling enterprises are illegal. Yahoo will forfeit $3 million to Uncle Sam and contribute $4.5 million to the public service ads. Google's share of the settlement is $3 million.

These settlements are not the first time media companies have settled with the US relative to online gambling advertising. In 2003, the Disney Channel forfeited millions of advertising dollars associated with dot-com online gambling companies. In 2006, The Sporting News agreed to a $7.2 million settlement with the DOJ relative to their print, web, and radio gambling advertisements.

The recent deal with the three internet companies was announced by Catherine Hanaway, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. Hanaway is fast becoming the Department of Justice's poster girl in its battle against online gambling. Hanaway represented the DOJ during last month's House Judiciary Hearing on Online Gambling. It was also Hanaway's office that settled a civil case against BetOnSports last year whereby the company agreed to stop accepting bets from US residents.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Card Player launching a new poker room - Spade Club

It looks like Card Player is finally getting into the online poker market. They appear to be a few years late. Although, they have a new concept. Pay $19.99 a month to join and play in as many freerolls as you can to win $100,000 prize money. I'm not sure if this will work considering if you don't play $20 in tournaments a month, it won't be worth it. It's tough enough to get people to play at your poker room, how are you going to make them pay $20 a month and play?

I'm going to guess that they'll need at least a year to build up their client base, but they better have deep pockets to last that long. The main goal of these poker rooms is to build that base so you can make money off the rake. They must be banking on their reader base to sign up for this service. I personally don't like it and it'll be interesting to see how this business model will last.

Card Player Launches SpadeClub Beta Today

Full Article Here


Players Can Win Their Share of $20,000 Over the Course of the Beta Period
Screenshot of a SpadeClub tableToday, Card Player is launching a beta version of its new online poker room SpadeClub, which, once out of the beta phase, will be a subscription-based poker community wherein members will play for $100,000 in cash prizes each month.

Sign-up is free during the approximately two-month-long beta phase. During this phase, we invite Card Player readers to sign-up for free, play in any of the weekday and weekend freerolls, and win their share of the $20,000 that will be given away during this period. The only thing we ask the beta players to do is give feedback about the site and the software.

Click here or visit to sign up.

The freerolls are scheduled to take place each and every day. A $75 daily freeroll runs each weekday at 6 p.m. PT. The winner of each one receives $25, and the top nine entrants get paid.

A $500 freeroll takes place every Saturday at 3 p.m. PT. The winner of this event receives $200, and the top 50 entrants receive money.

And on each Sunday during the beta-testing period, a $1,000 freeroll is scheduled wherein $300 goes to the winner and the top 50 entrants also get paid.

After beta testing is over, membership to SpadeClub costs $19.99 a month. Members will have access to a monthly slate of tournaments where they’ll play for their share of $100,000. SpadeClub is different from a typical online site in that all of the tournaments are freerolls with no cash buy-ins.

Again, visit, sign-up, and get in on the ground floor of this exciting new poker site. There’s free money to be won out there, so go and get it.

Don't forget to check out Boogster for great online poker deals and promotions.

Monday, December 10, 2007

PokerStars now supports MAC users!

Mac users can now play at PokerStars!

PokerStars are trying to jump on the increasing MAC user base. They now offer MAC users the opportunity to play at this online poker room. The software is still in the beta test stage, but it is almost fully functional.

To download the new Mac software, simply go to, click on “Poker Room” and then “Getting Started.”

Make sure to use the link so you get rewarded for it.

Software Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later

Hardware Requirements:

Minimum system configuration
· PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel Mac
· 512MB RAM
· 1024x768 screen resolution or higher
· 60MB free disk space
· 56k dial-up Internet connection

Recommended system configuration
· PowerPC G4 1Ghz or faster, PowerPC G5 or Intel Mac
· 1024MB RAM
· 1024x768 screen resolution or higher
· 100MB free disk space
· 128kbps or faster DSL or Cable Internet connection

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Associated Press: Poker Player Reese Dies at 56

The Associated Press: Poker Player Reese Dies at 56

Chip Reese wasn't see on television a lot but he's regarded as one of the best cash game players by a lot of his poker peers.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Brian Townsend aka sbrugby

Brian Townsend, aka sbrugby (online screen name), is probably one of the best known online poker players. He isn't known by everyone because he doesn't usually play in the WSOP. In my opinion, those games are usually too low limit for him and he's probably a much better no-limit hold'em cash game or omaha player. He was on the third season on High Stakes Poker and I thought he was one of the best players there. He would show up with $1 million in cash, while the rest of the table has $500k or less. He would intimidate the table because he really didn't care about losing money. He made a lot of good bluffs, good tough calls and made good laydowns against top players like Negreanu, Brunson, and Farha.

Here's a good excerpt from an interview on Cardplayer about him:

BT: You know, people always talk about that, and I really haven’t noticed it, yet. I’ve made more money since the Act was passed than before. So, I didn’t really notice that; there are still tons of terrible players playing poker, and I always think there will be. It just kind of draws them in. People have that petrifying fear that, “Oh, the games are drying up, they’re so much tougher.” That’s just not the case, in my opinion.

Full Interview from CardPlayer here

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Atlantic City's Taj Mahal offers online poker registration

Atlantic City's Taj Mahal offers online poker registration --

Interesting new concept. As much as I hate ticketmaster, this isn't a bad idea. I've had to get to the poker room early before to register for tournaments. I've at times had to gain my seat off the waiting list.

On another note, I always wondered who invented that poker room queuing system that you see on the LCDs across every poker room. I figure that guy must be loaded at this point. Whenever I stare at the LCD waiting for my name to pop up on the waiting list... I ask myself why couldn't I have thought of this?

Monday, September 24, 2007

"The Unabomber" Phil Laak Rumors

This is a crazy story about Phil Laak, one of the more popular professional poker players on the circuit. I don't believe it but this guy Tom Grant sure makes it convincing. Although I think it's just a publicity stunt.

The story involved Laak supposedly hitting two children while riding a motorcycle in Thailand. Grant helped Laak out with the police and afterwards the two went into an import/export business together. One variation of the story says it was actually drug trafficking. A deal went sour and Grant ended up with $15,000 of Laak's money. One month later Grant heard that Laak had paid $15,000 to have him and his wife killed. Grant in turn worked out a deal with the contract killer to preserve his and his wife's lives.

Full story here

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Jean-Robert Bellande Competes on Survivor: China

Poker pro Jean-Robert Bellande will compete in Survivor China. If you remember WSOP 2005, this guy was at several final tables. He was great for TV. He made it entertaining and spoke his mind. Now he will compete in Survivor China. I'm a big fan of that show and I'm not sure if Jean-Robert can make it. I'm not sure if a guy who sits at the poker tables 16 hrs a day can survive the heat and nature of the outdoors. Over/Under for his stay in China is 13 days.

Jean-Robert Bellande Competes on Survivor: China

On September 20, poker players around the world will get to see one of their own hit the mainstream. Professional poker player Jean-Robert Bellande will appear as a competitor on Survivor: China, the fifteenth season of the hit television program.

In an interview for the show, Bellande recalled being approached about the show. “Initially, when it was suggested to me to consider doing Survivor, I thought no way. I’m used to comfortable hotels and casinos with air conditioning. I’m not really the outdoors type,” he said. “I just started thinking about it. I thought you know, this is a great challenge. This is a great opportunity. Sixteen players and a chance for a million dollars. That’s as good of any odds as you can expect in any kind of game situation.”

Bellande went on to say that while he is not in very good shape, something that may put him behind the eight ball for some of the physical challenges, he does feel that his poker skills will give him an advantage in the contest. He feels he is good at identifying the strong and weak players, and can make adjustments to his strategy as the game progresses.

Bellande has accumulated almost three quarters of a million dollars in poker tournament winnings. His biggest score came in 2005 when he placed third in the $10,000 WSOP Circuit event at the Rio, cashing for $210,900.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Great day of soccer tomorrow

For those of you who are soccer fans, tomorrow is a FIFA international soccer day... meaning all club teams take the day off to let their top players play in international friendlies.

Here are some of the great soccer matches for Aug. 22nd.

Fox Sports Channel (FSC)
12:30 PM EST - Brazil vs Algeria - how can you not like watching Ronaldinho and Kaka
2:30 PM EST - United States vs Sweden - Landon Donovan will try to be the all time leading scorer for the US
5:00 PM EST - England vs Germany - best matchup of the day... England has a full squad and we'll have to wait and see if Beckham gets the nod at midfield

Monday, August 20, 2007

Rattlesnakes used as hit men to collect on a gambling debt

"Why hire hitmen when you can just use rattlesnakes." Here's a crazy story about two men trying to collect money owed to them from the owner of the Amateur Poker Tour using rattlesnakes.

Two Lakewood men have been arrested on suspicion of trying to use rattlesnakes as hit men to collect on a gambling debt.

The men were allegedly trying to kill Matthew Sowash, owner of Amateur Poker Tour in Wheat Ridge because he owed them $60,000, the Rocky Mountain News reported. Arrest affidavits say Sowash's company stages Texas Hold'em-style poker games in Denver area bars.

Jim Shires of the Jefferson County Sheriff's office confirmed the arrests.

An investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation led to the arrest of Herbert Paul Beck, 56, Thursday night in Raton, N.M., and Christopher Lee Steelman, 34, Wednesday night in Lakewood.

Bail for each suspect was set at $500,000 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and extortion. Beck is being held in Raton and Steelman in the Jefferson County Jail in Golden.

Investigators said Steelman told them the two men discussed ways to kill Sowash and Beck suggested rattlesnakes. Beck allegedly told investigators he invested $36,000 in the company last December, and with interest was due $60,000.

The plan was to build a wooden box for Sowash to stand in that would hold the snakes, and "the lid was to be built to allow Sowash's legs to be put inside but not pulled out." The plan was to leave the rattlesnake-bitten Sowash on a hiking trail.

"The final and most disturbing method to Steelman was Beck wanting to kidnap Sowash's children and use them as leverage to get the money from Sowash," according to the affidavits.

Sowash contacted the CBI after getting threatening e-mails.

Both defendants have extensive arrest records.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - The World's Number One Online Casino

With the expanding horizons of Internet technology and changing trends of life styles, the entertainment grounds have also undergone a wide range of development in the form of online games and other activities. When it comes to online gaming, one of the first names that comes to mind is, world’s number one online casino, offering a variety of games including Poker, Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Poker, Baccarat and many more.’s lead in online casinos is the ultimate outcome of it’s vision and efforts to make the online gaming arena more player oriented. The terms are very clear, with easiest process either to download the Casino or play on the no download version.

With a growing network of affiliates and over 25 million registered poker and casino players, has become a trademark in the Online Gaming Industry, which requires it to keep consistency in its future performance in order to maintain the market.

Monday, August 13, 2007

PartyGaming and About to Write Blank Checks to US Government?

PartyGaming and About to Write Blank Checks to US Government?: " claimed Monday that sources claim the US Department of Justice could try to recoup all profits made by the two companies in America. This would amount to nearly $900m (£445m) in the case of PartyGaming and $120m for 888."

Friday, August 10, 2007

Phil Hellmuth's million dollar golf game

Here's are some excerpts from Hellmuth's blog.

"The match I play August 14th—to be shown on ESPN--is for $9 million total, $3 million a team, and $1million a man. It is $500,000 a hole, with three teams consisting of three players apiece."

I'm a big golf fan so I'll be watching this when it comes on ESPN. I doubt Phil can break 100 though. He doesn't see like the athletic type.

"I lost $350 in the no limit in 100 seconds, then we started a $150-$300 with online poker legend "Piejay." I won about $3,500, then I had to take a phone call. I came back later and won $10,000 more. Then Rolande de Wolfe pinged me on "AIM" and challenged me to play Chinese poker. I agreed to play for $500 a point, and when the smoke cleared I was up $25,500, or 51 points."

I have to admit that Phil probably makes a lot of money gambling. Not only in hold'em tournaments but any type of gambling. He has the discipline and patience to be a good gambler. He doesn't make a lot of stupid moves like most gamblers do.

"And how about Ivey being in the right place at the right time and beating me out of $109,000 while WATCHING the final table!!"

I guess I was wrong my my last post. It wasn't $89K. It was more like $109K. That's funny considering he only made a little more than half of that for placing 6th in that $3k NL Hold'em WSOP event. I always knew Ivey was a big gambler but it was good to actually see the action during the broadcast on ESPN the other night.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Phil Hellmuth is great for poker

Anyone watch the WSOP $3,000 NL hold'em event on ESPN the other night? Hellmuth was at the final table with a bunch of nobodies. There was one lady, Beth Shak, at the final table and the rest were 20 yr olds. It's amazing how this was Hellmuth's 39th final table. I don't care how much you hate the guy or how much you disrespect the guy, he's a great poker player. He's a great player because he can lay down a hand. He made several moves on players that night but he was able to lay his hand down when those folks came over the top. He ended up placing 6th in the tournament and made $76,000. That's like pocket change for him. I think he lost like $89K to Phil Ivey while Ivey was giving Hellmuth insurance on his hands. Hellmuth got screwed b/c he didn't have a side bet with Ivey on the hand he lost.

Anyways, if this was a regular WSOP event on TV, I'd probably watch bits and pieces of it. But when Hellmuth is at the table, he makes the game interesting for TV. His rants are great and his brat-like attitude makes you want to punch him in the face. But it's entertaining. He's marketed himself very well and in my opinion, he's the most successful poker player in the history of poker... on and off the table.

Results of the $3K NL Hold'em Event
1. Shankar Pillai, $527,829
2. Beth Shak, $328,683
3. Jason Song, $212,274
4. Dustin Holmes, $141,516
5. Benjamin Fineman, $100,431
6. Phil Hellmuth, $76,464
7. Perry Friedman, $57,063
8. Brett Richey, $42,227
9. Daniel Corbin, $30,814

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Phil Hellmuth WSOP Profile

Quick facts
Name: Phillip J. Hellmuth Jr.
Born: July 16, 1964 - Madison, Wisconsin
Resides: Palo Alto, California
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Winnings: Over 4.7 million
Nickname: Poker Brat

WSOP Titles

1989: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship
1992: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
1993: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
1993: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
1993: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
1997: $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
2001: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em
2003: $2,500 Limit Hold'em
2003: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
2006: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em w/ Rebuys

Phil Hellmuth is known for many things in the world of poker. Sometimes referred to as "Hell Mouth," and known as "The Poker Brat," he is at the very least a verbal straight-shooter. At best, he is perhaps the best that's ever been. There's really no way in judging a poker player's skill beyond what they can do at the table, and in regards to the chatty Hellmuth, he has consistently put his money where his mouth is. He sits atop the rest of the poker world with only two other players who have won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets; poker legends Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. Phil Hellmuth is truly one of the best Texas Hold'em players ever.

Hellmuth was the youngest player (24) to win the $10,000 no limit texas holdem Championship, when he defeated Johnny Chan head to head in 1989; spoiling Chan's attempt to make poker history with a main event 3-peat. Over the next 15 years, Hellmuth continued to enjoy success at the WSOP, amass stories he would later publish and a reputation that proceeds him. Hellmuth hates to lose; he hates losing even more if it comes at the expense of a bad beat. He's not shy about speaking his mind, and at times has been known to be quite offensive. Regardless, it's this mix of slight arrogance, cockiness and Midwestern charm that has created a table image that has become iconoclastic and earned him his appropriate nickname.

Hellmuth has published three books on the game of poker; offering advice to the player as well as sharing several stories from his personal experiences of playing with the world's best. He is also presently at work on another book; an autobiography entitled, Poker Brat. His fan base enjoys him as a commentator as much as they do watching him in action at a table. In 2006 he became a commentator on Celebrity Poker Showdown, where he offers his expertise as well as a few low blows to celebrities who are playing poorly. He is a walking texas holdem calculator, and he spouts out poker fact and opinion so quickly that viewers can also enjoy the show as poker education.

Beyond the world of poker, Phil enjoys spending time with his wife Kathy, and two sons Phillip III and Nicholas.

Friday, March 30, 2007 Update...

I'm over 1000 members now:
The greatest thing about this site is that I have spent very little time in promoting it and I am risking absolutely nothing. The reward is yet to be seen, but if my risk is zero, then any reward is a good one.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

AGLOCO - Get paid to surf the net!

So, the AGLOCO viewbar comes out in a few weeks here. I don't know exactly how much money can be made on this thing, but if it does explode, then it could potentially be a huge money maker for those who got in early. From what I've read, 30,000 people have already signed up for this thing...that's nothing...they're expecting over 2 million by July. Also, there are over 1,000,000 pages on the internet that talk about AGLOCO already. And guess what...I don't think they've spent a dime on marketing. This "thing" is spreading by word of mouth, which is the most cost effective type of marketing. I mean, look at,, and All of these sites did very little marketing early on and all of them are worth over 500 million a piece. AGLOCO is a simple idea that could be next "new thing".

If you haven't already gone to the website, here's the basic idea behind the company. You sign up, download this software called a Viewbar, which is an addon to your browser, and then refer your friends to do the same. Ad companies pay for text links on this Viewbar and any search that is performed through the Viewbar, google pays them for that search. It's a pretty simple idea. Companies similar to this is Mozilla Firefox. They offer their software for free, but do you know how they make money? Well, there's a google toolbar installed by default and every search that is performed through the google toolbar is a paid search. Firefox makes the majority of their money through google's adsense program! They made over 52 million in 2005. That's right...$52 million! Pretty sick if you ask me.

So, John Chow has about 455 direct referrals right now, with over 6000 users in his network. I signed up through him. Apparently there's a guy out there that has over 12000 users in his network. The greatest thing about AGLOCO is that once you get started, there's really no work involved. That's the beauty of viral marketing. Very little work, much money.

Here's what the Viewbar looks like:


AGLOCO Viewbar

Anyways, if you're interested in signing up, please do so through my link:

Everything that I make from this thing will be used to bet on sports via a sidebar poll. And the amount of money that I make will be posted on my blog. I'm very curious to see how this actually works out.

Here's an updated on the amount of users in my network. I'm in the top 4% baby!

AGLOCO Viewbar User Count