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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