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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

High Stakes Poker Season 5 Will Premiere March 1

High Stakes Poker Will Premiere March 1: "“This is the real thing,” said Eskandani. “This is what poker is all about.”"

There was a lot of talk about High Stakes Poker not coming back. I always thought it would've been a big mistake since this is the show I tune in to watch every week. This past year, I didn't make the World Series of Poker or World Poker Tour, Must See TV. One show I always made an effort to watch was HSP on the GSN network. This show is where the pros play with their real money.

The first four seasons were great. You saw all the top guys in action like Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth, Dan Negreanu, Brian Townsend, and Barry Greenstein, amongst many other great professional poker players.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Nevada Jacks Poker Chips

I've heard of Nevada Jacks poker chips before, but I've never actually seen or used them. Our competitor PokerSource.com offers them in their store. It's listed as the number 1 seller on their "Top 10 Free Poker Gifts" list.

Anyways, I was asked to review their chips, which I should be receiving soon. I can't tell you much about them right now, but I do know that they've received very good reviews from the various poker forums.

I will have a full review after I receive the Nevada Jacks Skulls 300 piece chip set.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Secret Santa Random Name Generator

Boogspace.com offers a free Secret Santa Generator. It's pretty simple to use. All you have to do is enter your name, email address, then enter the names of all of the participants in the Secret Santa gift exchange. The name picker will automatically pick the names of your secret santas, and email the recipients their picks.



Boogspace.com is the "Ultimate Gift Exchange Website" for Secret Santa, Christmas, birthdays, Secret Santa, graduations, weddings, baby showers, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Hanukkah, housewarming parties, Yankee Swap, White Elephant, etc. Create your own groups, and never give or receive a bad present ever again!

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Boogster.com - Bodog Tourney Saturday, September 20th @ 4:35PM ET - $218 Added!

Boogster.com - Bodog Tourney Saturday, September 20th @ 4:35PM ET - $218 Added!


  • Where: Bodoglife.com - Boogster's $100k Qualifier

  • Time: Every Saturday @ 4:35PM ET

  • Buy-in: $10 + $1 NL Hold'em

  • Prize Pool: All Buy-ins + 2 free seats to the $100,000 guaranteed on Sunday at 4PM EST ($109 value)

  • Password: boogst100k



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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Brian Townsend "SBrugby" admits to playing under multiple accounts at FTP and Pokerstars

Brian “SBrugby” Townsend, a well respected Full Tilt red pro, has admitted to using multiple accounts on both PokerStars and Full Tilt. Full Tilt has already suspended Brian from Red Pro status over the next six months. PokerStars has yet to make a decision as to what course of action to take.

Brian Townsend, a CardRunners.com instructor and one of the most popular young internet poker pros around, admitted last week to playing under multiple accounts at both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. At PokerStars, he played under his most well known screen name, “aba20,” as well as “makersmark66.” At Full Tilt, he played under his own name, “Brian Townsend,” as well as “Stellarnebula.”

Townsend, who is a very well known poker pro, has had tremendous success playing online and in large cash games. He's appeared in High Stakes Poker and played well against some of the best cash players around. I thought he dominated at times and clearly showed that he had the stacks of high society to show for it. He always started with a million dollars and always had bricks of $100 bills in front of him.

It's hard to imagine why Townsend had to "cheat" to get by in online poker. He made his name by making tons of money playing online. I guess even the best players hit losing streaks while playing and needs something to mend the holes in their pockets. Multi-accounting is clearly outlawed in the terms of service for all of the major sites. It’s puzzling that he would even attempt this considering he has a lot more to lose than to gain from making such a dumb decision. To his credit Townsend did come out with an apology and alleges that he never used the accounts for collusion. Obviously that is up to those that play with him whether that is true or not. The following is a brief excerpt from Brians public apology:
“I hope that people can not only look to me for poker education but also for the way to live their lives. I made a mistake and I am willing to take responsibility for it. I am willing to stand up and face the music. I apologize to entire the online community. I will never partake in this type of activity in the future. This post should act as a full admission of my guilt, and I sincerely apologize to anyone that I’ve wronged.”

Pokerstars' WCOOP - World Championship of Online Poker

PokerStars’ seventh annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) kicked off Friday with the first of thirty-three events, the $215 buy-in six-handed no-limit hold’em tournament. A gigantic field of 7,217 began play at 2:30pm ET, making the prize pool over $1.4 million. First place will win $212,179.81 and nobody at the final table will bow out with less than $23,686.20. All told, the 2008 WCOOP will hand out $30 million in guaranteed prize money, but if this first event is any indication, the total prize pool across all of the tournaments may easily eclipse that mark. Last year, PokerStars guaranteed $15,000,000 across twenty-three events, but the total prize pools soared to over $24,000,000. A player who goes by the screen name “ka$ino” won the Main Event and more than $1,378,330.50, the first prize to top the million dollar mark in WCOOP history.

If you are interested in making poker history and couldn't make it to the main event in Vegas, here's your chance.

PokerStars

Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker combine into ONE

The management of the two most controversial online poker rooms, Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet, announced Thursday that the sites will be joining forces in August, forming the Cereus poker network. These two sites have been downward spiraling for several years now after being on top for a short while. The deal have been in the works for over a year now and will remain separately branded.

A press release from the companies states that Cereus will instantly become the internet’s third largest poker network, although it is not known exactly how this number was determined. According to PokerScout.com, Cereus would barely rank in the top six for cash game traffic. Regardless of the rankings, however, there is no doubt that the combined network will have more player traffic than the two rooms have on their own.

Both Ultimate Bet and Absolute have been rocked by major cheating scandals over the last several months and because the cheaters were company insiders (although, according to both sites, the cheaters were not executives or primary owners), the sites have become pariahs in the online poker community. There has been talk about new management and the possibility of change, so hopefully this is the start of something positive for the two rooms and online poker in general. Said Chipleader Vice President of Affiliates, John Adams, in a communication to PocketFives.com, “Cereus…enables our company to improve our operations and deliver significantly better value, service and security to our customers and affiliates.”

Saturday, August 16, 2008

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Earn up to $200 CPA (Cost per acquisition) for each player that signs up through your links. The rates that we offer are much better than the standard rates that you'll get and the best thing is that you won't have to deal with a dozen different affiliate managers. We do all of the work for you. Click on the register button above to see all of our commission plans.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Boogster.com - Bodog Tourney Saturday, August 15, 2008 @ 4:35PM ET - $327 Added!


  • Where: Bodoglife.com - Boogster's $100k Qualifier

  • Time: Saturday, August 15, 2008 @ 4:35PM ET

  • Buy-in: $10 + $1 NL Hold'em

  • Prize Pool: All Buy-ins + 3 free seats to the $100,000 guaranteed on Sunday at 4PM EST ($109 value)

  • Password: boogst100k



Don't forget that we offer 9,000 boogster points for signing up to Bodog Poker. All you have to do is deposit a minimum of $20 and earn 400 bodog points. Click here if you are interested.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Boogster.com - Bodog Tourney Saturday, August 2nd @ 4:35PM ET - $327 Added!


  • Where: Bodoglife.com - Boogster's $100k Qualifier

  • Time: Every Saturday @ 4:35PM ET

  • Buy-in: $10 + $1 NL Hold'em

  • Prize Pool: All Buy-ins + 3 free seats to the $100,000 guaranteed on Sunday at 4PM EST ($109 value)

  • Password: boogst100k

Don't forget that we offer 9,000 boogster points for signing up to Bodog Poker. All you have to do is deposit a minimum of $20 and earn 400 bodog points. Click here if you are interested.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Stinky poker player kicked out of the Borgata casino

This is no surprise to me at all. The Borgata in Atlantic City is my "home court" for LIVE poker and I've seen people there for 24+ hour sessions. These folks have no where to go. Most of them just drive up for the day and play until they lose their bankroll or they fall asleep. The Borgata should have a shower built into their poker room... sort of like those you see at the pool. That should help clean up the place.

If you've never been to the Borgata poker room, you should check it out. It's probably the largest on the east coast. There's good competition and always full of players. There's only one thing about it that bothers me - it's like 60 degrees in there. They keep that place like an ice box. You gotta go in with a parka and some earmuffs. It's great when the girls walk around but awful when you are trying to bluff at a pot.

Stinky poker player kicked out of the casino Michael Wax, a Brooklyn limousine company owner, has filed a complaint against the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City for kicking him out due to body odor. Wax, 54 years old and weighting in 440 pounds, is the first to admit that he stunk after playing poker for 17 hours at the Borgata Casino, but he did not think twice to file a complaint against the AC casino for kicking him out.

According to reports, Wax spent over 17 hours at the poker table and patrons began to complain about his body odor. The gambler asked the casino management for a free room to freshen up, after the long day of gambling, but the casino not only refused, but escorted Wax out of the gambling hall. Wax has since filed a formal complaint with the Casino Control Commission, which will be reviewed to determine whether any state gambling laws or regulations were violated."

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Poker After Dark, Heads up Challenge

Don't miss Poker After Dark this week. The past four champions battle each other in a heads up double elimination tournament for $200,000. Each champ puts up $50k of their own money and they battle each other for winner takes all.

Competing are the 2005 winner Phil Hellmuth, 2006 champion Ted Forrest, 2007 victor Paul Wasicka, and 2008 champ Chris Ferguson. These four players are extremely well-known in the poker community, have huge fan bases, are among the top 31 live tournament money winners of all time, and possess extraordinary abilities to put their opponents on hands.

The match will begin airing on NBC late night Monday at 2:05 a.m., July 28, and will continue for five consecutive nights in the same time slot. A special program called the “Director’s Cut” will air late night Saturday, August 2, at 1:00 a.m., right after Saturday Night Live. This show will feature Leeann with a behind-the-scenes look at the week with highlights and insightful player interviews.

Viewers can also watch the match at www.nbcsports/msnbc.com/poker, which has recently undergone an upgrade that visitors are sure to enjoy. Be sure to bookmark this link and check back often for the latest updates on the players, including all those scheduled to play this season which are now posted with pictures.

My prediction is that Chris "Jesus" Ferguson will take the $200,000. He was runner up in the first two tournaments and won it this year. It's hard enough to make it past the first round but this guy made it to the finals 3 of the 4 years. He has a great read on people and no one seems to be able to read him. Wasicka has become a great player and is like a brick wall, but he's still a bit of a rookie amongst these four goliaths. Hellmuth will be great for TV and he has a great shot of winning this thing. But for some reason, he rarely seals the deal in these big events. My money is on Jesus.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

WNBA Brawl between Candice Parker and Detroit Shock

There's not much news these days in sports so I'm posting something about the WNBA. Yes, there is such a basketball league. It's the woman's version of the NBA. Take a look at this brawl between rookie all-star Candice Parker and several members of the Detroit Shock.

A few things to look for:
1) Cheryl Ford going down with knee injury
2) Bad Boy Rick Mahorn shoves Lisa Leslie to the ground
3) the entire LA Sparks team attacking Rick Mahorn (but could only reach his shoulder)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Danica Patrick and Milka Duno argue in Pits

Danica and Milka argue in Pits

What is this world coming to? Two lady drivers fighting over driving. If you haven't seen this, take a look. It would've been much better if they were both fighting in bikinis though.

Monday, July 14, 2008

ESPN TV Shedule for the 2008 World Series of Poker

Below is the TV schedule for the 2008 WSOP. I'll definitely put the Aug. 19th H.O.R.S.E event on my schedule along with the $10,000 main event. I believe this will be the first time they broadcast the H.O.R.S.E event which is the premiere event amongst the poker professionals.

July 22 -- 8-10 p.m.
$10,000 pot-limit hold 'em

July 29 -- 8-10 p.m.
$1,500 no-limit hold 'em

Aug. 5 -- 8-10 p.m.
$5,000 mixed hold 'em

Aug. 12 -- 8-10 p.m.
$1,000 no-limit hold 'em with rebuys

Aug. 19 -- 8-10 p.m.
$50,000 HORSE

Aug. 26 -- 8-10 p.m.
$10,000 pot-limit Omaha

Sept. 2 -- 8-10 p.m.
$10,000 no-limit hold 'em main event

Sept. 9 to Oct. 28 -- 9-11 p.m.
$10,000 no-limit hold 'em main event

Nov. 4 -- 8-10 p.m.
WSOP main event final table preview show

Nov. 11 -- 9-11 p.m.
WSOP main event final table"

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Phil Hellmuth eliminated from WSOP main event

Phil "Poker Brat" Hellmuth eliminated

Sunday, July 13, 2008

You gotta give it to Phil, lasting this long is a huge feat. Whenever he's in a big tournament, his head is on everyone's target the moment he arrives late and sits down. I mean, who wouldn't want to tell their buddy that he knocked out the poker brat from the WSOP main event? It's probably just one step down from actually the event itself.

Phil Hellmuth finishes in 45th place for his best result since finishing 27th in 2003.

Phil Hellmuth moved all-in from under the gun for $405,000. The action folded around to Andrew Rosskamm, who then made the call.

The final hand was a coin flip: Hellmuth flipped over Ah-Qd vs Rosskamm's Jh-Jc. Hellmuth got up and turned away from the table to talk to his wife. With the TV cameras in place, Hellmuth barely flinched when the Tournament Director announced the flop of Kd-4h-3h. Hellmuth was dejected, turned around and chants for the 10 of hearts came from his fans who wanted to make sure the river counted. Amazing, the 10h did spike on the turn, giving Hellmuth a flush draw, a gut-shot straight draw and two overcards. Hellmuth had a total of 16 outs and still had some life in the main event. The dealer turned over the river and the 2s is flipped over. Phil's tournament is over and the execs at ESPN were crying.

Hellmuth earned $154,400 for his 45th place finish.

You can say what you want about Phil, but he's one of the best tournament players of all time. Rarely does he make bad calls and his knack for reading other players are a rare skill. He still has eleven bracelets and I'd put money on it that he gets a few more before his time is up at the tables.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bodog tourney this Saturday, July 12th at 4:35pm EDT. Password is boogst100k.


  • Where: Bodoglife.com - Boogster's $100k Qualifier

  • Time: Saturday, July 12th @ 4:35PM ET

  • Buy-in: $10 + $1 NL Hold'em

  • Prize Pool: All Buy-ins + 3 free seats to the $100,000 guaranteed on Sunday at 4PM EST ($109 value)

  • Password: boogst100k

Friday, July 04, 2008

Boogster.com - Bodog Tourney Saturday, July 5th @ 4:35PM ET - $327 Added!

Happy July 4th! There were only 16 players in this tournament last week:

  • Where: Bodoglife.com

  • Time: Saturday, July 5th @ 4:35PM EST

  • Buy-in: $10 + $1 NL Hold'em

  • Prize Pool: All Buy-ins + 3 free seats to the $100,000 guaranteed on Sunday at 4PM EST ($109 value)

  • Password: boogst100k


Our Bodog account rep is adding $327 ($109 x 3) to the prize pool in the form of tournaments credits to the $100k guaranteed on Sunday, so $327 overlay for this tournament. Only 16 players last week, so chances are pretty good of winning $109 tournament credit, so long as you place in the top three.



Don't forget that we're giving away 9,000 boogster points for signing up to Bodog Poker. If you or any of your friends don't have an account yet, now is the time to start it up! Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Scotty Nguyen takes $50,000 HORSE WSOP event

Scotty Nguyen, one of the greatest tournament poker players of all time, took the most coveted event of the 2008 World Series of Poker. He took down the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E event and took home close to $2 million. The H.O.R.S.E. tournament is named after the late Chip Reese, who won the inaugural event. It's considered the most coveted, even more so than the Main event because it's mainly played by pros and it's $50,000 buy in weeds out the common folks, including those from online poker sites. The professional poker players consider this the top tournament because it requires skills in many different poker games, including Hold'em, Omaha, Stud, and Razz.

Scotty outplayed a star-studded final table beating out guys like Huck Seed, Matt Glantz, Erick Lindgren, Greenstein, Lyle Berman, Patrick Bueno, and Michael DeMichele. Scotty went heads up with Michael DeMichele holding onto a 4 to 1 chip lead. Scotty had 12,140,000 in chips and DeMichele had only 2,660,000. On the final hand, DeMichele raised pre-flop with A-3 and Nguyen quickly put him all in with his A-10. Scotty, said "It's going to be all over baby" and DeMichelle put all his chips in the pot. Scotty took the pot and it was game over.

"Keep the Michelob coming"

Friday, June 27, 2008

Bodog $10 + $1 Tournament on Saturday, June 28th at 4:35pm

Here are the details:

  • Where: Bodoglife.com

  • Time: Saturday, June 28th @ 4:35PM EST

  • Buy-in: $10 + $1 NL Hold'em

  • Prize Pool: All Buy-ins + 3 free seats to the $100,000 guaranteed on Sunday at 4PM EST ($109 value)

  • Password: boogst100k


Basically, our Bodog account rep is adding $327 ($109 x 3) to the prize pool in the form of tournaments credits to the $100k guaranteed on Sunday.

Last time, we only had 14 players, so chances were pretty good of taking home a $109 tournament credit. That'll give you an entry into the big overlay Sunday $100k guaranteed. Winner of that tournament gets about $30,000 to $40,000.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

World Series of Golf

I'm not sure if this will ever take off, but the first time I heard about it, I said no chance. Now that it's on CBS, it might have a slight chance. Full Tilt Poker is sponsored the 2nd annual World Series of Golf. There's a $10,000 entry fee in this tournament. Players make bets on each hole and the player who wins all the group's money, wins the round. Guys like Phil Gordon, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, and Chris Ferguson are all participating. Other stars participating are Ray Romano and Penn Jillette.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Darren Rovell's SportsBiz: Laker Vujacic’s Meaningless Shot Costs Bettors $100 million? - Sports Biz with Darren Rovell - CNBC.com

Darren Rovell's SportsBiz: Laker Vujacic’s Meaningless Shot Costs Bettors $100 million? - Sports Biz with Darren Rovell - CNBC.com

This is a little off topic but it talks about gambling. Anything related to gambling is related to poker. I remember that shot by Chris Duhon back in college. I think college kids have an excuse because they don't know better but if you are a professional player, you should never do something meaningless like this to affect bettors. Anyone remember Escobar's own goal for Columbia's national soccer team?

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ESPN - Poker's Power 20 - Poker

ESPN - Poker's Power 20 - Poker

Here's a list of the power poker 20 put together by bluff magazine. In my opinion, there's no chance I'd put Chris Moneymaker on the list. He got lucky winning the WSOP and he's not a very good poker player. He's not even in my top 100. I know his win in the WSOP created the internet poker wave but he doesn't belong on this list. One big omission is the movie Rounders. At the time, most people didn't even know what Hold'em was but it's arguably the greater poker movie ever made. Other omissions include Johnny Chan and CardPlayer magazine. It's funny how Bluff made it but CardPlayer didn't.

Also, www.boogster.com should've been on there. They filled the online poker rooms by sending them tens of thousands of customers. :)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Don't Waste Time on Online Poker Lawmakers tell Treasury

Don't Waste Time on Online Poker Lawmakers tell Treasury
Fri, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 12:00am

A bipartisan group of House Financial Services Committee members have warned U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve officials not to waste any more time trying to implement a ban on online poker and online gambling.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the chairman of the panel, along with Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Pete King (R-N.Y.), sent a letter Tuesday to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke requesting them not to waste any more time trying to implement the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), because the house financial services committee hearing on 2 April "made it clear that the regulations are unworkable.".

As reported in Tuesday's edition of The Hill, which reports on legislative issues in Washington, DC, the letter says, "The regulations, like the underlying legislation, fail to define the term 'unlawful internet gambling', leaving it to each financial institution to reconcile conflicting state and federal laws, court decisions and inconsistent Department of Justice interpretations when determining whether to process a transaction."

The letter adds that at least some of the information would be "likely unavailable to banks because customers or financial institutions in foreign jurisdictions will likely be unwilling or unable to provide it."

"We believe it would be imprudent for you to devote additional agency resources to this Sisyphean task, especially as we intend to vigorously pursue legislation to prevent the implementation of these regulations," members said in the letter.

Referring to the legislation that Frank and Paul introduced to prohibit the implementation of the law's regulations, the letter concludes by urging readers to co-sponsor the prevention of UIGEA regulation implementation.

The letter was sent the same day that the Poker Players Alliance announced that its membership had reached 1 million. The group also announced the launch of a voter registration program and a political action committee.

Article originally published by The Hill authored by Susan Crabtree.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Calvin Ayre Leaves BODOG, MMA arm is finished

For those of you who know who Calvin Ayre is, it looks like he's resigning from Bodog. He's got tons of money and use to be a big name in the poker world. A few years back, he was wanted by US law just like the other sportsbetting CEOs. Those other CEOs were unlucky and got caught on flight layovers. Ayre was smart enough to stay in Costa Rica. My guess is that he waited for the dust to settle and that he's sick of life in Costa Rica and wants to come back to the United States. Although, I don't know if resigning from his company will make him immune from getting arrested.

- CALVIN AYRE LEAVES BODOG, MMA ARM FINISHED - MMA WEEKLY - Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more: "Bodog on Monday announced the retirement of Calvin Ayre from the company. In recent years, Ayre served in large part as the face of the company and reportedly was not all that involved in the day-to-day operations.

“You’ve likely heard the rumblings and rumors… and for once…. it’s true… I’m packing it in! Well, who am I kidding?” said Ayre in a blog entry on his web site on Monday. “…I was really more of a brand ambassador for Bodog the past while anyway – but it was fun while it lasted.”

Operationally speaking, Ayre’s exodus is expected to have little effect on the company, which is now under the ownership of the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group based in Canada. The company is, however, undergoing a restructuring, returning its focus to gaming.

Although no official word has yet emerged from Bodog, most sources indicate that Bodog Fight – the arm of the company that was involved in sponsoring and promoting mixed martial arts events – is all but defunct.

One executive, when asked recently what Bodog Fight was currently working on, told MMAWeekly.com, “I’m sitting in an empty office.”"

Saturday, April 19, 2008

ePassporte is done in the US --- similar to Neteller

ePassporte No Longer an option for Online Poker Transfers in US

In recent days, news has been traveling online that the third party broker, ePassporte, is out of business in the United States. ePassporte was a way for online players to transfer money back and forth to their poker operator without breaking the rules of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. With the passing of this act players have found it extremely difficult to get money to their online operators and receive money since the UIGEA stops all money transactions from online gambling sites. A letter has been making its way around the online world that was written by ePassporte to online poker site Pitbull Poker. Gregory Elias from ePassporte states in the letter that Pitbull Poker’s account has been suspended and the agreement the Company had with ePassporte has been terminated. The letter goes on to state that they (ePassporte) does not believe that the transactions they receive and process are illegal but they are not going to take a chance with the US Government. Elias also says that the New York Office of the United States District Attorney is investigating the Company.

The termination happened on Friday April 11th at 1:00 PM PDT and the letter was signed by the Managing Director, Gregory Elias, and the United International Trust, NV Managing Director. It is really unclear of why ePassporte quickly exited the US market. It could be because the “just” found out about the investigation but I do not believe this is true. The Company had been handling Netellers ex-customers for a while so they had to know eventually something would be coming their way.

It could be other reasons but with the recent testimonies made by people from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department as well as the Banking sector that claimed their was a lack of definition of the UIGEA not to mention the movement being made by Barney Frank and other representatives that would overturn the UIGEA. Hopefully this whole mess will be resolved soon and all types of money transfers will be available for United States players to play on any internet gambling site.

Those who used ePassporte to deposit money into Full Tilt Poker will need to find other options. This could be a big hit to FTP's business. We'll have to wait and see what kind of hit it takes in the next few months.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Taj Poker Argument Results in Stabbing Death

From Pokernews.com:

April 07, 2008
Haley Hintze

An argument between two players in the Atlantic City Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort poker room continued after the players left the game, escalating into violence in the nearby valet area outside the casino that left one of the players dead from a stabbing wound and the other player under arrest. Unofficial reports suggest that the argument started over a seat in a $1/2 no-limit game in the 70-table room at the Taj; the seat had been occupied by one player and then was given to the other when the first player departed momentarily to obtain more money.

The confrontation continued outside where one of the two players had gone for a break, with the stabbing incident, according to police reports, taking place at 2:46 pm on Saturday. The stabbing victim, who has yet to be named pending notification of kin by authorities, was pronounced dead at 4:05 pm at Atlantic City's AtlantiCare Medical Center.

Vicente (some reports list 'Vincente') Perez, 57, of Georgia, now faces three felony charges: aggravated manslaughter; unlawful possession of a weapon; and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Perez is now being held on $500,000 bond as the investigation into the incident continues.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Take a look at Eli Elezra's house


I just watched this on CardPlayer TV. It shows you the inside of Eli Elezra's house. It's sick. His house is over 10,000 square feet with 10 bedrooms and 9 baths. He's got a 74" TV and a special TV room that's built like one of those sportsbooks in Vegas. Or if you've seen Two for the Money, it's just like that. One big television in the center with 6 TVs all around it.

I've seen Eli on High Stakes poker and other tournaments but I never thought he was a great player. He was definitely a good player with big money but he was also aggressive and reckless at times. I guess when you have money, you can play like that but in my opinion he's an above average player, not in the same category as players like Hellmuth, Negraneau or Esfandiari. Although, I guarantee you he has more money than all those guys combined. Eli has over 20 retail businesses in Vegas and owns a night club in Vegas called Seven. So I don't think his house is from his poker winnings but from his business ventures.

Take a look at the video of his house here.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Phil Ivey Smashes "Seda1" On Full Tilt Poker; Wins At Least $600k

Phil Ivey Smashes "Seda1" On Full Tilt Poker; Wins At Least $600k: "Before today, Ivey was down approximately $473k in the high stakes NLHE games on FTP so far in February. 'seda1', an opponent he has tangled with quite regularly recently, was up approximately $220k. This was all about to change.

The two played a couple of sessions on Tuesday. Phil Ivey completely dominated, and when the game was over, he left with a stack of over $800k. He bought in for $200k total ($100k to start, $100k reload), and took the other $600k off of 'seda1'. The two were battling on their usual $500/$1000 'Ivey Deathmatch' Table on Full Tilt Poker."


Here's a recap from Poker King of Phil Ivey's high limit poker game against an online player by the name of "seda1".

If you want to sit down and battle with Ivey, sign up to Full Tilt Poker here.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Shawn Sheiky Sheikhan faces deportation


ReviewJournal.com - News - Iran immigrant faces deportation

You probably remember Shawn Sheikhan from WSOP 2005 or from his appearances on High Stakes Poker. He was the loud mouth who sparred with Mike the Mouth at the final table of the main event in WSOP 2005. He also appeared on NBC's Heads up championship and Poker After Dark. On TV, he's always a cocky son of a bitch but that's what makes him great for TV poker along with guys like Mike Matusow and Phil Hellmuth.

Gambling911.com has some additional details regarding his molestation case with underaged girls.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Bodog Poker Open Schedule

Below is the schedule for the upcoming Bodog Poker Open. These look like some reasonable tournaments - by reasonable, I mean it's affordable to the lower limit players (.50/1, 1/2, 2/4 NL). This is their inaugural tournament. This schedule of preliminary tournaments lead up to the series' championship, the $500 buy-in BPO Main Event, held on Sunday, March 9.

The tournament schedule for the BPO is as follows:

Date Event Type Buy-In Added
Mon., March 3 Event #1 No Limit $250 + 20 $10k
Tues., March 4 Event #2 No Limit 6-Handed $300 + 25 $10k
Wed., March 5 Event #3 Rebuy $100 + 10 $10k
Thurs., March 6 Event #4 Pot Limit $200 + 15 $10k
Fri., March 7 Event #5 Limit $150 + 10 $10k
Sat., March 8 N/A Satellite Day Various N/A
Sun., March 9 Event #6 Main Event (NL) $470 + 30 $25k

To sign up for Bodog Poker and enter this tournament, click here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

World Poker Tour Announces season 6 on GSN

(Los Angeles, CA) – Tuesday, February 12, 2008 – WPT Enterprises, Inc. and its new network partner, GSN, announced today the sixth season television schedule featuring 23 two-hour World Poker Tour® (WPT) episodes. The season premieres in its new timeslot on GSN Monday, March 24 at 9 PM ET/PT kicking off with the Mirage Poker Showdown.

The new season features three new tour stops, more than 20 new WPT Poker-Made Millionaires and new hostess, Layla Kayleigh. Making Monday nights the ultimate destination for poker entertainment, the WPT will follow GSN’s popular HIGH STAKES POKER “cash game” series.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have GSN as our partner and the new home of WPT,” said WPTE President, Founder and CEO, Steve Lipscomb. “GSN and WPT are dedicated to collectively broadening the poker experience for fans and viewers and cannot wait to kick off our best season yet.”

“The WPT is one of the strongest brands on television, and poker fans will enjoy the action every Monday night on GSN,” said Jamie Roberts, Senior Vice President of Programming, GSN. “With the popularity of our original cash game HIGH STAKES POKER and the WORLD POKER TOUR, there is no better place to watch poker on television.”

As the new home of the WPT, GSN will televise tournaments from the most prestigious casinos and locations around the world including Barcelona, Spain; Turks and Caicos Islands in the British West Indies; and Niagara Falls, Canada. The WPT schedule begins with two events from Las Vegas and continues to feature popular stops at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, Bellagio in Las Vegas, Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Conn. and many others.

Returning for their sixth season is the popular announcing team of Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten. Joining them this season is new hostess, Layla Kayleigh, who is making her poker debut and will be reporting from the sidelines with updates and player interviews. Layla has previously appeared on G4 and Fox Sports Net. WPT live update online hostess, Kimberly Lansing, will also make her debut on GSN providing a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament action that led up to the final tables.

Other highlights from the WPT on GSN this season include Barry Greenstein and contender for WPT Season VI Player of the Year, Jonathan Little, colliding at the final table of the North American Poker Classic, WPT Ladies Night following Mother’s Day in May, the Foxwoods World Poker Finals in June, the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic at the Bellagio, the popular WPT Celebrity Invitational at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles and the season ending WPT World Championship airing August 25.

The WPT on GSN will feature encore showings Monday nights at Midnight ET/PT and the following Sunday nights from 7 to 9 PM.

World Poker Tour Season VI Television Schedule

Date

Event

March 24, 2008

Mirage Poker Showdown

March 31, 2008

Bellagio Cup III – Part 1

April 7, 2008

Bellagio Cup III – Part 2

April 14, 2008

Legends of Poker

April 21, 2008

North American Poker Classic

April 28, 2008

Mandalay Bay Poker Championship

May 5, 2008

Borgata Poker Open

May 12, 2008

WPT Ladies Night V

May 19, 2008

Turks and Caicos Poker Classic

May 26, 2008

Gulf Coast Poker Championship

June 2, 2008

WPT Spanish Championship

June 9, 2008

Foxwoods World Poker Finals

June 16, 2008

Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic

June 23, 2008

World Poker Open - Part 1

June 30, 2008

World Poker Open - Part 2

July 7, 2008

Borgata Poker Classic

July 14, 2008

L.A. Poker Classic

July 21, 2008

WPT Celebrity Invitational

July 28, 2008

Bay 101 Shooting Star

August 4, 2008

World Poker Challenge

August 11, 2008

Foxwoods Poker Classic

August 18, 2008

WPT Ladies Championship

August 25, 2008

WPT World Championship

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Did I make the right play in 1/2NL?

I played a home game this past week. It's been a while since I've played a home game, probably 1 - 1.5 years. I definitely had some rusty moments. Not raising when I should have and giving others free looks at free cards when I'm ahead.

But I am certain I played this hand correctly. This hand caused about an hour of debate after the hand ended. Some thought it was the right play and some disagreed. This hand was the turning point of my entire night.

This was a 1/2 No Limit game with 8 players.

Here's how it went down:
Preflop: I am holding A9os. The player to my immediate right raises preflop to $8. I call. Two other players call. (pot $50 = $48+BB)

Flop: A-9-5 rainbow. Player to my right checks, I bet out $15. Player to my left calls. One guy folds. Player to my right check raises to $45. I just call the $30. Player to my left folds so it's just heads up now. Me and the aggressive player to my right. (pot $155)

My thought process after the Flop:
I have this guy right where I want him. I've got two pairs, As and 9s and I know for sure he doesn't have AA. With an $8 preflop raise, he's NOT holding AA or AK, but something like AQ or AJ.


Turn: K comes on the turn. A-9-5-K on the board. He checks to me. I have $88 behind me and I bet out $50. If my read is right, I have a 85%/15% advantage at this point and all I want to do is maximize my winnings. He calls me and reraises all in. I call. (pot: $331)

My thought process during the Turn:
My read hasn't changed. I still put him on AQ or AJ. No chance he has AA, AK or KK. I already have an Ace and I don't see him reraising the pot after the flop with either of those three hands. I figure that a $50 bet would get the call and I would push my remaining stack of $38 on the river (he would be priced in).


River: K comes on the river. A-9-5-K-K DAMN!. My two pairs now became worthless. I now have two pairs, Aces up with a 9 kicker. At this point, I knew I had lost it. He had 6 outs and he hit the River. He flips over AQ and takes down the $331 pot.

I still think I made the right move by betting $50 on the turn. I had a huge advantage and took my chances on winning more. My $50 bet enticed a call and it worked. I wanted to maximize the pot with the best hand. Every now and then it will backfire but I would take that 85/15 odds anytime.

Let me know your thoughts.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Annie Duke & Phil Hellmuth Poker show starts tonight

UltimateBet.net today announced that its much talked about reality poker series, Best Damn Poker Show, will begin airing on Monday, February 11th at 9pm, 11pm and 12:30am local time on Fox Sports Net. The ultimate poker reality series follows 18 poker players on two teams led by world poker champions Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke as they battle it out over seven weeks. More than just money is at stake in this televised battle. Egos are on the line as the two poker pros try to prove who’s the better poker professor.

Despite the endless heads-up Texas Hold’em battles between Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke at UltimateBet.net’s online poker tables, it’s unlikely that the age-old debate regarding which pro is the better poker player will ever be settled. Best Damn Poker Show aims to discover who can better teach the game and mold ordinary poker players into champions.

Online poker players at UltimateBet.net fought for a spot in the L.A. audition process by creating and submitting an audition video that demonstrated why they deserved to be on the innovative poker reality series. The online poker site also invited Texas Hold’em fans to take part in a series of qualifiers where spots in the televised audition process were up for grabs.

Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke each handpick.



For more poker rooms, check out Boogster.com

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Canadian Press: 18-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., pockets $1.4-million poker jackpot

The Canadian Press: 18-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., pockets $1.4-million poker jackpot

The young pro - who is still sporting braces and hasn't finished his post-secondary schooling yet - has parlayed countless hours of playing poker online into two major payouts.


It's pretty amazing that an 18 year old Canadian kid can win a big tournament. This kid won $1.4 million in a European poker tournament. It's even more amazing considering you can't gamble legally in the United States until you are 21.

Monday, January 21, 2008

American poker player loses $30,000 win to mugger | The Australian

American poker player loses $30,000 win to mugger | The Australian: "A YOUNG American poker professional has been fleeced of $30,000 in cash - not playing high stakes cards inside Crown casino, but walking home."

Read more about Jason Potter here

The 2008 Borgata Poker Open is under way

[Press Release]ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 16, 2008) – The 2008 Borgata Winter Poker Open (WPO) kicked off yesterday with the start of Event #1, the $300 +$50 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Building on the success of the last year’s event, which featured the biggest poker tournament in Atlantic City history, the 2008 WPO is set to break last year’s Championship Event record of 571 players and top the monstrous prize pool of $5.5 million.

In a unique twist to the traditional Borgata WPO-WPT Main Event first-place cash, Borgata has upped the ante of this year’s WPO Championship Tournament by giving the first-place winner a custom-built Harley Davidson Street Glide motorcycle from Harley-Davidson Millville/Wildwood.

Featuring a 17-day tournament, the Borgata WPO runs January 15 to 31, 2008, when it culminates with the Borgata Poker Classic, a WORLD POKER TOUR® (WPT) $10,000 buy-in Main Event. In addition to the 17 Main Event tournaments, this year’s WPO tournament features a new line-up of tournaments, created to give players more opportunities to get in on the action. Featuring 75 tournaments, including No-Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, super satellites, and single table tournaments, this 2008 WPT event offers players plenty of action.

Enhancements to this year’s WPO include Borgata’s Modified Shoot-Out, which provides players with a chance to enjoy single-table play, while participating in a traditional tournament setting. The Borgata Ladies No-Limit Hold’em tournament on Sunday, January 20, which will debut a new WPT Ladies League, and the addition of 20 revamped poker tables in the Borgata Event Center , offer players a further elevated gaming experience.

Televised nationally on the Game Show Network (GSN), the Borgata Poker Classic is one of the premier stops on WORLD POKER TOUR's 17-tournament tour. Featuring the world's top poker players and local fan favorites, this year’s WPO championship event will provide fans with plenty of fireworks.

On-site registration for all events is available until January 29 at 2 p.m. Special hotel room rates are available to tournament players Sunday through Thursday at $129, Friday at $199 and Saturday at $239. Call 1.866.MYBORGATA for more details. For the complete tournament schedule, blogs and more, visit theborgata.com.

About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Borgata is a joint venture of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) and MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM). Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, it features 2,000 guest rooms and suites, 161,000 square feet of gaming, 200 gaming tables, 4,100 slot machines, 14 destination restaurants, 11 retail boutiques, a 54,000 square foot spa, 70,000 square feet of event space, and parking for 7,100 cars.

For more information on Borgata or to obtain a copy of this press release, please visit theborgata.com or use AOL keyword: borgata. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at boydgaming.com; additional information on MGM MIRAGE can be found at mgmmirage.com.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

What happened to Party Poker?


PartyPoker Continues to Struggle in the online poker market

It's incredible how PartyPoker fell from the top of the world in online poker to pay dirt. Back in June of 2005, Party Gaming went public and immediately made the founders instant millionaires. The company was valued around 8 billion dollars. It had the most online poker players and it was way ahead of the competition. They were making companies like PokerStars, Full Tilt and Ultimate Bet each their dust. You would see PartyPoker ads everywhere. It was on ESPN on the World Series of Poker, the World Poker Tour, any televised tournament and even at B&M poker rooms. All it took was one dumb stinking piece of legislation to ruin the empire. What a turnaround.

Party Gaming is now the #3 online poker room, below Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker. Full Tilt has about 1000 more real money platers per week than Party Poker. Pokerstars is the leader of the pack with almost double the size of Full Tilt, with an average of 14,000 real cash players on average. Not to mention that the iPoker network is creeping on the #3 spot. The iPoker network includes poker rooms like Fair Poker, CD Poker, Noble Poker, Titan Poker and Tony G Poker. It'll probably be only a matter of time before they overtake Party Gaming.

I think the main problem was with PartyPoker's main reliance on the US market. Once that legislation passed, US players flocked and Party banned US players from playing on their site.

It's going to be interesting to see what Party will do to fix this problem before it goes under. The key about online poker rooms is that if you have players, then you make money. As the tables start getting empty, it'll be harder to find good games and players will just move on to the bigger sites.

Monday, January 07, 2008

What Proposed UIGEA Regulations Mean For Poker Players

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is such a joke. The basically destroyed online poker. Online poker was one of the largest movements on the internet and just because one Congressman thought that it was helping fund terrorist activity, the entire sport of poker came to a halt. This not only affected US players but all players around the globe; not to mention a bunch of great online poker rooms.


Poker Player :: Articles :: What Proposed UIGEA Regulations Mean For Poker Players:
"What Proposed UIGEA Regulations Mean For Poker Players
by I. Nelson Rose filed under Poker News on 2008-01-06 [Originally appeared in the January 7, 2008 issue of Poker Player]

Last October, Congress passed the unworkable Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which I call Prohibition 2.0. It required federal regulators to write regulations requiring money transferors, including banks, credit card companies and e-wallets, to identify and block funds for illegal Internet gambling. Faced with an impossible task, the regulators punted: They issued proposed regulations that tell the banks, etc., 'It's your problem. You shouldn't block legal online gambling transactions. But if you transfer funds for an illegal bet, you will be fined, or worse.' The immediate impact of these proposed regulations for poker players is ... nothing. Nothing has changed, and nothing will change, for many, many months.

The long-run impact is not as rosy. There will be plenty of ways to get around whatever procedures are eventually put into place to identify and block funds transfers for unlawful gambling. But all American financial institutions, and their large counterparts overseas, are not going to take chances: They will block all gambling transactions, even legal ones.
So poker players will be forced to open foreign bank accounts, use foreign credit cards and e-wallets, or use slower and sometimes even less reliable means, such as snail-mailing paper checks or using phone cards. The Act had been rammed through Congress by the failed politician, then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R.-TN). Frist attached it to the SAFE PORTS Act and told Democrats that if they didn't like it, they could vote against it, and be seen as being soft on Islamist terrorism. Although Prohibition 2.0 scared the bejesus out of publicly traded poker companies, it actually does only two things: It creates one new crime, being a gambling business that accepts money for unlawful Internet gambling transactions, and requires new regulations for payment processors.

What it doesn't do is make it a crime to play poker on the Internet. It doesn't directly restrict players from sending or receiving money. It doesn't spell out what forms of gambling are "unlawful." Specifically, it does not do what the federal Department of Justice ("DOJ") wanted, which was to "clarify" that the Wire Act covers Internet casinos, lotteries and poker.

The new felony it creates is greatly limited. Only gambling businesses can be convicted, not players. Bizarrely, for a law designed to prevent money transfers, the financial institutions involved in those transfers, including e-wallets, are expressly defined as not being gambling businesses and so cannot be convicted of this new crime. The proposed regulations have finally been issued, four months late. The general public now has until December 12 to make comments. The agencies will then make changes in the proposed regulations. The final versions will then be published, supposedly giving everyone six months to set up their procedures.

This is not going to happen.

The proposed regulations put the burden entirely on the payment processors to come up with procedures for identifying and blocking restricted money transfers. But this can't be done in six months. In fact, it can't be done at all.

The problem is defining "unlawful Internet gambling." Take, for example, poker.

It is unclear whether online poker violates any federal law. Some states, like California, do have specific prohibitions on unlicensed commercial poker, but it is unclear whether these apply to foreign operators.

And 157 years of bad cases and obscure statutes make it a crime to participate, as a player, in any poker game where the pot is raked more than four times. How many payment processors even know what it means to rake a pot four times?

The problem for players is there is no law forcing U.S. banks to transmit funds for legal gambling, while there will be penalties for transmitting funds for what turns out to be an unlawful bet.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Germany bans online gambling

Bloomberg.com: Germany: "Online gambling will be banned in Germany as of Jan. 1 after German states ratified an accord that preserves the country's state monopoly for lotteries and most forms of betting."

It looks like Germany is jumping on the "Ban online gambling" bandwagon. First the USA, now Germany. It's only a matter of time before other European nations follow suit. Off the top of my head, I don't know any famous professional poker players so you likely won't miss seeing any players at the WSOP.


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