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Sunday, December 20, 2009

9/11 cop wins cool $1M in poker challenge - NYPOST.com

9/11 cop wins cool $1M in poker challenge - NYPOST.com: "Kosowski, a 53-year-old amateur card-player, won $1 million on the FOX poker game show PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge after beating one of the world’s top pros in a head-to-head game."

I caught this Pokerstars show a few times when it first started and it was quite boring. A heads up match between a pro and a stranger off the street isn't very interesting. It looks like someone finally beat Daniel Negreanu for the million bucks. I can't help but think that Negreanu set this up a bit because who would watch a show if no one ever won. What's a better story line than having a 9-11 NYPD cop winning the million? The show will be aired on FOX Dec. 27th at 5pm.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Hastings Torches Isildur1 for up to $4.2 Million in Epic Poker Match - Poker News - CardPlayer.com


Hastings Torches Isildur1 for up to $4.2 Million in Epic Poker Match - Poker News - CardPlayer.com: "At the end of a five-hour session that saw the two players battle at $500-$1,000 pot-limit Omaha, Hastings was up anywhere from $3.2 million to $4.2 million. (That discrepancy comes from the tenuous poker tracking sites out there, which give a good sense of what’s going on but fail to be completely accurate.) While the exact amount may not be known, it is clear that Hastings crushed him."



Please tell me how a kid from Cornell who plays $25-$50 NL Hold'em can parlay his money into $4.2 million against one of the top online poker players? That's exactly what Brian Hastings did against Isildur1 at Full Tilt Poker. You have to go on a pretty sick run to beat someone that badly. If I was Hastings, I would just quit going to classes and hire someone to go for me. I mean, why would you waste your time getting a degree when you can make $4.2 million playing online poker. If he was smart, he would just pocket that money and live on it for the rest of his life. Of course, we all know that won't happen. I'm sure this guy will likely lose some of it back playing poker and end up bring a lawyer (making $150k) when he graduates from Cornell.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jordan Crawford dunk over Lebron James

I thought they destroyed all the videos of Lebron James getting dunked on, but it looks like someone smuggled out a copy. The guys at Nike didn't want this video to get out because they thought it would ruin King James' reputation. All they did was cause a big hoopla about it and brought more attention to the situation. If they would've just let the video out, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. After watching the video, it wasn't even that big of a deal. It wasn't like Jordan Crawford served up a facial to Lebron.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

My Son’s Gamble: By LUCY FERRISS

Here's a great article published in the New York Times. It's a bit lengthy, but a very nice read. It talks about the mindset of online poker addicts -- how the normal human being cannot imagine what goes on in their heads. It also brings attention to the UIGEA or Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which is great, considering this is a national newspaper column.

I don't play online poker that often anymore, but during the hay-day, I could spend all night playing online poker. If they had online poker when I was in college, this could have been my story. I could've been the guy who spent all night play poker and eventually doing it for a living. I imagine that there are thousands of "Dan's" out there today who have very similar stories. Here's an excerpt from the column by Lucy Ferriss:


“And in life, I don’t wonder if I have two aces,” he agrees. “But the deeper processes apply. Like, what do I want this person to do, or what am I going to do because they’re thinking this or that? When I’m dealing in real life with something I want to accomplish, I focus on what the other person’s thinking and try to react positively to get what I want. Plus my whole outlook has matured. I keep better control of my emotions. I know how to combine factors to make the most levelheaded decision. That’s what life is, isn’t it? Using pros and cons to make the best decision you can?”

Well, no, I think. That isn’t life. Life is more than winning, more than manipulating others. I remember another opinion Dan has ventured — that young men find poker more exciting and successful than young women because women think, Do I have cards that can win? whereas men think, How can I get this person to think I have the best cards? Not knowing anything about my cards, I step onto land-mined turf. What about relationships? I ask Dan. What about people you care about, people you don’t want to beat?

He thinks a minute. Then he says: “Playing poker does help you focus more on what other people might need from you. You might not be right all the time, but that’s where your thought process goes. If you care about someone else’s goal, then you can help them.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

"durrrr" Challenge update: A Marathon Session

Pokernews has a great recap of the Durrrr Challenge. Dwan plays in the highest limit online poker games and he usually plays multiple high limit tables against multiple opponents. Here's a brief recap of one of the biggest hands between Tom Durrrr Dwan and Patrik Antonius. To read more about Durrrr's night, check out the post from Pokernews.

"If you thought that pot was huge, the one that unfolded only minutes later was even more of a monster, at over 1000 BB. Sitting on a $204,000 stack, Antonius opened for $1,200 from the button, Dwan, with over $310,000 behind, three-bet to $3,600, and Antonius called. Dwan led out for $4,800 on the {9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop, Antonius raised to $21,600 and Dwan called. The turn fell the {5-Spades} and Dwan checked. After a bit of a think, Antonius settled on a bet of $50,400. Dwan came over the top, re-potting to $201,600 and Antonius called all in for $128,597. Dwan held {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades} for a nine-high straight while Antonius needed the board to pair on the river with {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{9-Hearts} for a set of nines. The {10-Clubs}, however, fell on the river, Dwan improving to a ten-high straight and earning the $408,394 pot in the process."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Leo DiCaprio's New Online Gambling Concern

This could be a good follow up to the movie Rounders. There have been many poker movies in the past few years that just couldn't compare to Rounders. However, if Leo DiCaprio is in it, you can bet that it's going to be a decent movie. I'm particularly interested in this movie because I know folks from the poker world down in Costa Rica. Some are hiding from the US government and some are just making money from poker down there. Hopefully this movie sheds some new light how they are living large down there.

Leo DiCaprio's New Online Gambling Concern - Yahoo! News:
"Erik Pedersen Erik Pedersen – Tue Jun 16, 10:28 am ET

Los Angeles (E! Online) – As celebrities go, Leonardo DiCaprio seems a safe bet.

So while you're still shuddering over the scary Shutter Island trailer, Variety reports that DiCaprio has doubled down to produce and star in a new project: a film about online casinos based in Costa Rica.

OK, maybe online gamblers—often unfairly characterized as PJs-wearing shlubs tapping away at their PCs—don't sound as sexy as the guys in Oceans Eleven. But with Leo and the writing team behind Rounders and—hello!—Ocean's Thirteen, the odds look good on this one."

Friday, June 12, 2009

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

‘durrrr Challenge’ Update: Antonius Up by Nearly a Half Million | PokerNews.com

‘durrrr Challenge’ Update: Antonius Up by Nearly a Half Million | PokerNews.com: "It took less than an hour of play for the “durrrr Challenge” to take its biggest turn to date. Patrik Antonius booked a $328,406 win over Tom “durrrr” Dwan to take the lead in the $200/400 heads-up pot-limit Omaha match, by a $488,133 margin."

This is a good battle between two very good live players. "Durrrr" Dwan still has about 37,000 hands to make his comeback.

Lawmakers Bet on Internet Gambling Legislation - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com

Lawmakers Bet on Internet Gambling Legislation - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com: "Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Peter King, R-N.Y., unveiled legislation Wednesday that would enable Americans to legally gamble online."

Barney Frank is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. His dirty hands was all over the financial meltdown but you have to praise him for trying to pass this legislation.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

High Stakes Poker

I finally had a chance to catch up on some old High Stakes Poker episodes. This season appears to be somewhat different than the past seasons. They brought in some new online internet pros like Tom "Durrrr" Dwan, the young WSOP winner, Peter Eastgate, and "Zig" Sahamies - some Finnish poker pro. Dwan is clearly one of the better players at the table even with the likes of Doyle, Kid Poker and Barry Greenstein. Without Dwan, there really wouldn't be a season 5. He brings action to the table and he is not afraid to dump $100k into the pot. On the other hand, you can tell Eastgate is not a great cash game player. He looks scared at times. He is read easily by some of the other players and he seems to be afraid to lose his money. You can't sit at a $500/$1000 NL table with all pros and be afraid to lose your money. Most WSOP winners aren't great cash players but they got lucky on the way to winning the main event... ala Moneymaker, Gold, Raymer.

As for Zig, he's like the guy you want at your table. He would chase several hands and then lay it down on the river when he didn't hit his draw. He would put $20k, 30k 50k into the pot on a bluff and then take his foot off the pedal on the river and just check it down. He's a pro Pot Limit Ohama player but i think he needs a few lessons in NL hold'em.

Doyle Brunson has gotten tighter than ever. I think as you get older, you are not as loose and you just play smarter. Doyle probably has the most money of anyone at the table but when he laid down his pocket 10s after a $20k bet, i realized he's just there to win money. He's been through it all over the years and I don't blame him for just being there for the money.

Kid Poker, Daniel Negreanu, has just gotten worse and worse every season. He's constantly making bad plays, bad calls and just giving his money away. The hand in season 5, episode 3, where he lost to quad 4s was a very bad call. Benyamin hit his quads and took like $200k+ from Daniel. Not only is he making bad calls, but his etiquette at the table is terrible. He was called out by Gabe Kaplan after laughing when Eastgate accidentally put in a $25k chip. Eli Elezra picked up on it and bet like $140k... which led Eastgate to fold. That was $25k down the drain.

Anyways, I still believe this is the best poker show on TV. Some guys I enjoyed watching in the past seasons include Brian Townsend, Phil Laak, Hellmuth, Mike Matusow (for entertainment purposes only) and Farha. They have to bring some of those guys back.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ultimate Bet Bad Beat Jackpot

Here was a typical hand from one of Ultimate Bet's Bad Beat Jackpot (BBJ) tables. You can read more about the Bad Beat jackpot at Ultimate Bet's website. It's a ongoing promotion that they run that awards players a portion of a jackpot when one player gets beat by quad 8s or better. Go to Ultimate Bet's webpage and read the qualifications carefully. I will tell you why later on. See the hand below:

Stage #1324603887: Holdem No Limit $0.50 - 2009-03-20 23:56:45 (ET)
Table: BATTLEFORD DR (Real Money) Seat #2 is the dealer
Seat 2 - OWPTOUR ($34.50 in chips)
Seat 3 - WUHAAA ($60.05 in chips)
Seat 4 - XMAN9 ($28.05 in chips)
Seat 5 - DANIELMARIO ($49.82 in chips)
Seat 6 - RELOADNGO ($57.82 in chips)
Seat 8 - MITZU ($32.55 in chips)
Seat 9 - THE_TAZZ ($51 in chips)
Seat 1 - ROCNRON ($17.50 in chips)
WUHAAA - Posts small blind $0.25
XMAN9 - Posts big blind $0.50
*** POCKET CARDS ***
Dealt to THE_TAZZ [10c 2s]
DANIELMARIO - Calls $0.50
RELOADNGO - Raises $2 to $2
MITZU - Folds
THE_TAZZ - Folds
ROCNRON - Folds
OWPTOUR - Folds
WUHAAA - Folds
XMAN9 - Folds
DANIELMARIO - Calls $1.50
*** FLOP *** [7c Qh Jh]
DANIELMARIO - Checks
RELOADNGO - Checks
*** TURN *** [7c Qh Jh] [10h]
DANIELMARIO - Checks
RELOADNGO - Checks
*** RIVER *** [7c Qh Jh 10h] [8c]
DANIELMARIO - Checks
RELOADNGO - Checks
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DANIELMARIO - Shows [9h 8h] (Straight flush, queen)
RELOADNGO - Shows [Kh Ah] (Royal flush)
RELOADNGO Collects $4.55 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($4.75) | Rake ($0.20)
Board [7c Qh Jh 10h 8c]
Seat 1: ROCNRON Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 2: OWPTOUR (dealer) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 3: WUHAAA (small blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 4: XMAN9 (big blind) Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 5: DANIELMARIO HI:lost with Straight flush, queen [9h 8h - B:Qh,B:Jh,B:10h,P:9h,P:8h]
Seat 6: RELOADNGO won Total ($4.55) HI:($4.55) with Royal flush [Kh Ah - P:Ah,P:Kh,B:Qh,B:Jh,B:10h]
Seat 8: MITZU Folded on the POCKET CARDS
Seat 9: THE_TAZZ Folded on the POCKET CARDS

Now that you've read the hand and the Bad Beat Jackpot qualifications, what is it missing? At the time when these two players were in this hand, the BBJ was at $350,000. Yes, that's correct, $350K. DANIELMARIO missed out on approximately $114,000 and RELOADNGO lost out on $57,000. DANIELMARIO, who had a straight flush was beat by RELOADNGO, with a royal flush. He ended up taking home $4.55 from the pot.

Why did they miss out on the BBJ?

If you look at the hand above carefully, the total pot was only at $4.75. They were a $0.25 short of the jackpot qualified pot which is $5. If the pot does not get to $5, it does not qualify. DAGGER! Because these two donkeys didn't put another quarter into the pot, they each missed out on a lot of money. If you play at Ultimate Bet, make sure you check out the Bad Beat Jackpot tables. You can make some good coin.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Good college prank at College Park Maryland

This is pretty funny stuff. It's cruel when 25,000+ people are in on a prank and you are the one being pranked. This was a prank put together by College Humor.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Beckham to stay at AC Milan until the end of the season

Milan, Galaxy near deal to let Becks stay in Italy - Soccer- nbcsports.msnbc.com: "Milan, Galaxy near deal to let Becks stay in Italy"

It looks like David Beckham is going to stay with AC Milan until the end of the Serie A season. He's going to miss at least the first 17 games of the MLS. This obviously will be a big blow to crowds attending LA Galaxy games. He draws a huge crowd whenever he plays so the MLS will be taking a hit.

When I watch him play with Milan and with Galaxy, it's like night and day. With Milan, it's like a true, world class team. With the LA Galaxy, it's more like playing on a JV practice squad.

High Stakes Poker Season 5 Episode 1 on Youtube

If were like me, you missed High Stakes Poker last night because you called Cox at 8:55pm and tried to order the GSN channel. I realized it was in one of those packages that I didn't have. I already pay $150+ for cable but I didn't have the Game Show Network. I turned to GSN and it said "If you want to order GSN, please call xxx-xxx-xxxx. I called the number at 8:55pm. I went through 5 minutes of automated prompts and got nowhere. Then I called back and kept saying "Agent, agent, agent, agent..." Apparently if you are going through prompts, keep saying "agent" or "customer service" and eventually you will reach someone with a pulse. I finally got some slumming CSR working on a Sunday night and she said, I can't help you. SHOCKER! She said "let me forward you to the billing department." I'm like, "I know and YOU know there's no one in that department on a Sunday night, so why would you forward me there." There was a 30 second pause. She said, "hold on one second. Ok, I checked and you're right, there's no one there." What a joke. She wanted to forward me to someone else and let me wait on hold for hours. I know bad customer service when I hear it.

I pleaded with her to give me access to no avail so I missed last nights episode. Luckily, I check YouTube today and the entire season 5 episode 1 is on there.

It's a 4 parter:

Part 1:



Part 2:


Part 3:


Part 4:


Sunday, March 01, 2009

High Stakes Poker is back on the Game Show Network (GSN)

GSN: The Network For Games - watch. play. win.: "HIGH STAKES POKER™'s fifth season minimum buy-in of $200,000 is the largest for an entire run of a television series"

Don't sleep on the best poker show on television. High Stakes Poker is back on TV tonight at 9pm on The GSN (Game Show Network). Some of the usual suspects are back including Doyle, Eli Elezra, Kid Poker Negreanu, the Unabomber - Phil Laak and the magician, Esfandiari. Some new folks this year that I will be looking out for are Tom "Durrrrr" Dwan, Joe Hachem and the professor, Howard Lederer. Dwan is the online high stakes player that makes millions playing online. I'd be interested to see how he handles playing the pros in live poker. The last guy that did fairly well in high statkes poker was SBRugby aka Brian Townsend. He made the game interesting a few seasons ago. he played good poker and wasn't afraid to put big money in the pot. As I recall, he was the first to buy-in for one million dollars.

Howard Lederer will also be interesting since I consider him a fairly tight player. He's a smart player and it will be interesting to see how many hands he plays.

I always thought Joe Hachem was one of those true internet era WSOP winners. What I mean by that is that he's actually had great success in other tournaments after his win in the 2005 World Series of Poker. Some of the other donkeys who have won haven't done much after their win including Robert Varkonyi, Moneymaker, Raymer and Jamie Gold.

Make sure to tune in tonight as this is the best poker show on tv. Here's a clip from the biggest hand in High Stakes Poker history.




Friday, February 27, 2009

Matusow Admits Losing Millions to Hamilton on UltimateBet

Matusow Admits Losing Millions to Hamilton on UltimateBet - Poker News: "“Now I play so tight and solid and I’m afraid to pull the trigger because I’m always afraid of getting called because of the fact that every time I made those moves I got called by bottom pair or no pair and all that stuff while I was getting cheated out of all that money. With the mental aspect … it’s basically a lot of what my lawsuit is possibly going to be about.”"

It looks like Mike Matusow got duped big time by the infamous Russ Hamilton. He's the donkey that cheated tons of Ultimate Bet players by spying on their hole cards. Ultimate Bet paid some of the players back but it still caused a lot of harm to Ultimate Bet's business and to the players that got cheated. According to Matusow, now only did he get cheated in thousands of dollars but his poker skills were diminished at the same time. He's saying that his calls and reads were screwed up.

I have to agree with Matusow. If you catch a few bad beats and make a few bad calls, it can really set you back. Can you imagine getting cheated in all the big hands? It would really affect your game.

One thing I have to point out is that Matusow only comes out with this info at the same time he's promoting his new book. Why didn't he come out with this stuff when it happened, when they caught the cheat Russ Hamilton? So I wouldn't be surprised if he exaggerated some stuff.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bernard Madoff Scammed Professional Poker Player

Bernard Madoff Scammed Professional Poker Player | Gambling911.com

News just came out that Lyle Berman, a known poker professional, was one of those unlucky ones who got scammed by Bernie Madoff. As you recall Madoff ran a ponzi scam that bilked an estimated $50 billion (BILLLION) from investors. These included many once wealthy individuals and many charities.

If you remember Lyle, he appeared on several episodes of WPT and also has won 3 WSOP bracelets. He's the co-owner of the Stratosphere Casino in Las Vegas and is also the co-founder of Grand Casinos and Lakes Entertainment.

Monday, January 26, 2009

ESPN to broadcast WSOP Europe

ESPN to broadcast WSOP Europe - Poker - ESPN: "ESPN's coverage of the World Series of Poker-Europe will debut on February 1 with the first four episodes beginning at 6 p.m. ET. There will be an encore presentation of the first two episodes on ESPN2 at 10 p.m."

Make sure to set your Tivo and DVRs for this one. This is the first time ESPN will be broadcasting the European event. It should be interesting seeing how different it is from WSOP Europe and WSOP USA. There should be some key differences including a smaller, cozier, playing area and the use of a mobile hole card camera. I'm surprised that the mobile webcam hasn't been introduced in the USA. First place is only $1.5 million while in the US, the winner of the last main event earned a little over $9 million.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tournament play - Bad Beat

Recently I played in a sit and go tourney on Full Tilt Poker, about 75 players. It was down to about 16 players and I was in the middle of the pack somewhere. I was playing fairly tight with about 8000 chips behind me. The chip leader had around 30k chips. Here's how the dagger hand went down:

At this point of the tournament, there was a $50 ante and blinds were 50/100. So preflop, there's about $550 on the table. I was holding pocket 5s in the small blind. One player before me raises the pot to $300, I call the additional $250. Two other players between us are in the pot. The flop comes out at 3s 5h Jc. I hit my trips and I check the flop, and it goes back to the raiser. His stack is at $25000. he bets out 1500. I raised him to $3k. I'm laying out the sticks for him to fall right in. He pushes me all in. I call him instantly. He flips over Kh Jh. Jack high with a possible back door flush. I'm still feeling really good at this point with my trip 5's. Turn is a 8h. River is a Qh. I'm like, "oh shit". He hits his flush and I'm finished. I bust out in 16th place.

What a joke. I haven't played many sit 'n gos lately but this stuff happens all the time. When stuff like this happens, I feel like the online poker room just wants to move things along. I always feel like I played the hand 100% correct. I would probably play it like this every time. I'm sure some would disagree but those folks are usually the ones who give me all their money.

Friday, January 09, 2009

How much does Full Tilt Poker pay professional poker spokespeople?

Have you ever wondered how much poker pros get paid for representing the big online poker sites? I was always interested in what sites like Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars pay the poker pros. I've always noticed a few things. Poker pros seem to have tons of money. I could never figure out how some of these people play in million dollar games or how they can basically throw money away gambling. How much does Chris Moneymaker get paid for being the face of Pokerstars? Or how much does Phil Ivey make from Full Tilt poker? How much does Phil Hellmuth get for representing Ultimate Bet?

Anyways, I read this article recently in Poker News Daily and I couldn't believe what these guys get paid. My guess is that the poker pros have to appear in a few commercials, wear the gear during their public appearances and play a certain amount of hands online -- at the very low limit tables.

From this article, it appears that some pros for Full Tilt get paid 1% of the site's online revenues. According to the article, Full Tilt made $4 billion last year. You know what 1% of $4 BILLION is? That's $40 million for each of these poker pros. And Full Tilt has a lot of them like Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Jennifer Harman, Gus Hansen and several others. They have a bunch of people on the payroll. Now I know how these guys can play in some of these high limit games. I don't care how good you are, but if you play like Gus Hansen, you are bound to be on the losing end in the long run.

I'm pretty sure Chris Moneymaker doesn't make that much from PokerStars. From what I've read, you can find him at the $2/5 NL Hold'em tables. Now that's slumming for a past WSOP winner.

Full Tilt Files Motion for Dismissal in Clonie Gowen Case: "After she was summarily dismissed from Full Tilt as a professional representative for the site on November 11th, Gowen filed the suit, seeking up to $40 million (the 1% of the estimated $4 billion that Full Tilt and its relative entities are worth, according to Gowen and her attorneys) in compensation."

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