Montagu Sandwich, Eric Seidel, Is Poker a Sport?

Hey High Rollers, was the sandwich conceived over a three-day poker game?  Makes sense doesn’t it.  Is poker a sport?  Let us know on facebook or twitter @highrollerradio

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Sandwich – Poker

John Montagu spent years travelling across Europe, assigned as Secretary of the US Navy. Commissioned to rebuild the Navy as a good war-force, John had a lot of downtime and often found himself fighting boredom. Now, sometimes when you get bored you try to create your own excitement and such was the case with our chap John. He quickly became entangled in some sketchy activity and some minor corruption cases.  After his wife was murdered by someone unknown thugs, Montagu delved into a deep depression.  When sad, which was often, he would go on these crazy gambling sprees, what alcoholics might call  binging.

While on these sprees, these binges, Montagu wouldn’t eat and once went for days without drinking water, not even a sip. This odd, peculiar way of life often worried Montagu’s servant, who knew a life of gambling and fasting couldn’t be healthy.  So, on one occasion, with Montagu on a three day gambling bender, no food or water just gambling, his servant suggested Montagu eat some beef, his favorite.  Montagu declined, only because he didn’t want to leave the table. His obsession, his compulsion with gambling had the better of him.  Luckily, his quick thinking servant decided to slip some beef between two slices of bread and slide it toward his boss.  Montagu loved it!  He even asked for another. His friends/opponents tried this new food concoction and they, too, loved it. 

Yes, the sandwich was born over a three day poker game.

Is Poker a Sport?

well, more people put competitive eating and chess ahead of poker, in terms of those activities being called a sport.  Cheerleading and fishing also ranked ahead of poker…According to an article in Deadspin, the results are thanks to reddit users…460 people responded to a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘no’ on a selection  of 53 different activities….  poker…the game we love…was dead last!  So, the majority consensus is, its not a sport…but one things for sure…they won’t be playing for $10 million at the hot dog eating championship….It might just be a game…but it certainly has sporting aspects, doesn’t it…skill, psychological warfare, ups and downs, competitiveness….and most definitely the thrill of victory and agony of defeat….what do you think…poker a sport?  Let us know @highrollerradio.

Poker in the Mainstream?

Austin Powers playing blackjack with Number 2…Number 2 is wearing an eye patch with x-ray vision and hits on 17 because he knows the next card is a FOUR. Austin Powers shows a deuce and a three and STAYS on 5.  The dealer advises him to hit but he says he likes to “live dangerously.” The dealer gets 20 and Austin loses.

This is the scene where he meets Allotta Fachina.

Have you seen the episode of Criminal Minds where the killer enters a 50k buy-in Texas Hold’em Tournament and ‘The Team’ decides to hit up Rossi, a best-selling author, for the entry fee – for Reid to play? Reid, the young whiz-kid, presents a mathematical equation for ‘knowing when to raise’.

Eric Seidel

One of the best ever!  He captured eight WSOP bracelets, was runner-up in the 1988 World Series of Poker main event to Johnny Chan, the final hand was immortalized in the 1998 film, Rounders.

Bracelets:

1992: $2500 Limit Hold’em, $168,000

1993: $2500 Omaha Eight or Better, $94,000

1994: $5000 Limit Hold’em, $210,000

1998: $5000 Deuce to Seven Draw, $132,000

2001: $3000 No Limit Hold’em, $411,000

2003: $1500 Pot Limit Omaha, $146,000

2005: $2000 No Limit Hold’em, $611,795

2007: $5000 World Championship Deuce to Seven Lowball, $538,835

Gold’s Bracelet

Jamie Gold’s main event bracelet from his 2006 World Series of Poker championship has sold for a whopping $65,725 in an online auction.  It’s a stunning piece of jewelry containing more than seven carats of diamonds and 120 grams of white and yellow gold.

 
Poker Trivia  
The odds of being dealt AK suited are 331-1.

 

Great Shirt!
“I put a fucking move on Chan!”
Great quote from the movie Rounders, on a great shirt worn by former guest of High Roller Radio, Zachary Elwood, author of Reading Poker Tells.  
Full Interview
Quotes
In Richard Munchkin’s book, Gambling Wizards, the great Billy Walters, a gambling legend, said, “If you’re committed to being a professional gambler, and you want to be the best you can be, you spend every waking moment trying to figure out a way to beat the game.”

Call or Raise? Online Poker at William Hill

Reasons to Call or Raise?
“All-in!”
As soon as you’ve made the announcement, you realize you’ve made a huge mistake, one that will cost you your tournament life.  You’re opponent snap calls, beating you into the pot, and that’s it.  It’s all over.
Upon reflection you realize the right play was to just to call in that spot.  It’s a tough lesson to learn.  Well, High Roller Radio has put together some tips to help you in those tough ‘Call or Raise’ situations.
Another suggestion to is to practice, using low limit online poker at William Hill to hone your skills.  Practice makes perfect right?


Reasons to Raise?
     Unlike the ‘Call’, the ‘Raise’ can win you the pot in two ways instead of one. When you call you must have the best hand at showdown to claim the pot.  However, raising gives you a couple of chances to win; the other player may fold, in which case you have fun stacking chips, and if he/she calls you can still win with the best hand on the river. An opening bet is considered a ‘Raise’ for strategy purposes here.  If an opening bet is raised again that’s referred to as a “Re-Raise” or ‘3-bet.’

Why Raising is Crucial

1) To inflate the pot.  Raising allows you to get more chips in the middle when you’re favoured to have the best of it.  
Bet-sizing is important here because in many cases you are ‘Raising’ for value.  It’s hard to make a good hand in Texas Hold;’em, so this is where you get value.  Bump the bet when you have thr goods!

2) To drive out opponents!  If you have what you think is the best hand, but you consider it vulnerable to drawing hands like straight or flush draws, you may want to raise the pot to ‘protect’ your hand.  Also, with pocket Aces, or a strong holding like that, you may raise to eliminate players in the hand.  Some hands fair much better against one or two opponents.  It is proper to entice folds because they may get there on the turn or river.

3) To bluff or semi-bluff!
  Raising the pot may cause better hands to fold.  This is a good thing.  Make them believe you have ‘The Nuts.’  In the case of a semi-bluff, if you are called by a better hand you may still make your hand on a later street and claim the pot.  Remember:  Always leave yourself an out!  Semi-bluffs often lead to winning or losing large pots.  Even if your opponent has the best hand, many times you can entice a fold by making a large ‘Raise’, effectively making them believe you have the goods.

4) To get a free card:.  If you flop a flush draw and are in position, it might be worthwhile ‘Raising’ a bet fired at you because many times your opponent will check to you on the turn, respecting the strength you’ve just shown.  If you miss your flush card on the turn you can simply check behind and get a FREE river card.  Note: You must be willing to lsoe the raise, or continue raising the turn, if you miss your flush card.

5) To gain information. You may consider raising to see what your opponent does, to gauge how they react to your raise.  You are trying to determine the strength of your opponent’s holdings.  Again, they may fold in this spot and you win.  If they ‘Re-Raise’ you, you can safely assume a fold is correct.

6) To drive out better hands when a ‘Come’ hand bets.  If your opponent is betting an apparent drawing hand and another player raises, you can re-raise and it’s likely the players behind you, those yet to act, will fold decent holdings.  This is also known as an ‘Isolation’ or ‘Squeeze’ play.

How to Utilize the ‘Call’

There are several reasons for calling a bet or raise:

1)  To see more cards. With a drawing hand you want to see that next card, potentially a winner for you, and you want to do it as cheaply as possible.  Calculate your pot odds and if you are receiving the right price make the call.

2) To limit loss in equity. Calling may be appropriate when you think you’re beat but the pot odds suggest a call is correct in the long-term.

3) To avoid a re-raise. Calling denies the original bettor the opportunity of re-raising a monster holding.  There is nothing worse than raising with an open-ended straight and getting re-raised all-in for your chips.  When you do call an opponent you are showing strength, suggestinmg you do have ‘value’ in carrying on witht the hand.

4) To conceal the strength of your hand.  If you flop a monster, like a flush or full house, or are holding pocket Aces, sometimes a smooth call may be appropriate, not only to mix up your play but to extract maximum value as well.  A call can disguise your holdings in a way a raise can’t.  Slow playng in this fashion may win you more money on later streets.

5)  To manipulate pot odds.  By calling (not raising), a player offers other opponents, those yet to act behind you, more favorable pot odds to also call and increase the pot.  Your call gives them the right price to play.  If you have a straight fush draw you’ll likely want as many players in the pot as possible.  If you hit it’s better to hit when more players have contributed to the pot.

6)  To set up a bluff on a later street.  For a long time this was referred to as a ‘long-ball bluff’ but these days it’s known as ‘Floating’, calling in early betting rounds to bluff (or semi0bluff) in later betting rounds.  Done right, your opponent will check and you will fire away and claim the pot.  Floating can be extreemly profitable.

Hand Reading & Tells

‘Hand Reading’ is a crucial and required skill in the game of poker; the process of making educated guesses about the possible holdings of your opponen.  You try to make the best read based on the sequence of actions in the pot.  A ‘Tell’ is a detectable change in an opponent’s behavior or demeanor giving clues about his hand.  Educated guesses about an opponent’s cards can help you avoid mistakes in your own play, induce mistakes by your opponent(s), or influence them to take actions they would not normally make under the circumstances.  If you sense your opponent is strong then it’s easier to fold.  If you feel they are on a flush draw then you can inflate the pot and make them pay for it.

For example;  a body language ‘ell’ might suggest your opponent has missed a draw and is weak.  If you also missed a draw and believe your hand is even weaker., you may decide to apply pressure by making a bet they can’t possibly call.  In this case, using the tell to your advantage will prove effective and profitable.

Good luck & good gambling.

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WSOP History & Ryan Laplante Interview

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while since we’ve blogged….but we’ve got a ton of great stuff for you tonight; interview with ‘young gun’ Ryan Laplante, who had 6 cashes and a final table (his 3rd) at the World Series of Poker this summer.  He’s cashes more than 3300 times online and has won more than a million dollars.

Ryan Laplante Q&A HERE

During the month of September, Laplante expects to play some 1,500 tournaments at the World Championship of Online Poker over the course of three weeks. His buy-ins will total between $70,000 and $100,000.  The life of a dedicated pro!

Laplante says playing a 1¢/2¢ cash game online is the equivalent to sitting down in a $1/$2 game at the casino.  He says a 2¢/5¢ game is about the same as a $2/$5 game live.  Online poker is tough!

Visit Ryan’s website for coaching:
www.pokerprotential.com

2014 WSOP Cashes
Event #49: 56th, No Limit Hold’em, ($10,794)
Event #45: 106th, No Limit Hold’em, ($2,253)
Event #39: 5th, No Limit Hold’em ($113,796)
Event #29: 38th, No Limit Hold’em ($11,449)
Event #23: 23rd, No Limit Hold’em ($7,370)
Event #8: 636th, Millionaire Maker, ($3,446)

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WSOP History

Aces get cracked against Aces in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop:

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This is what they’re palying for…

It is considered the most coveted non-monetary prize in poker – the bracelet!  Since 1976, a bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every event at the annual World Series of Poker.  In the early years only a few bracelets were awarded each year.  In 1990, 14 bracelets were handed out.  By 2000, that number jumped to 24.  In 2014, there were 65 bracelet events at the RIO.  Bracelets are also handed out at the World Series of Poker Europe, the WSOP National Championship and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific.

Tidbit:  As of the 2013 WSOP APAC, there have been 1008 bracelets awarded in the torunament’s 45 year history, 462 of which were won by 140 players who have won at least two bracelets.

Bracelet Design

Jason Arasheben, famed jewelry designer and owner of Jason of Beverly Hills, was chosen as the official bracelet manufacturer in 2012.  Arasheben has designed championship rings for the 2009 & 2010 Los Angeles Lakers and the 2011 Green Bay Packers, among others. The 2012 main event bracelet featured each suit in the deck in either rubies of black diamonds.  It featured 160 grams of 14 karat gold and 35 karats of flawless diamonds.

* At first, the WSOP bracelet didn’t have much prestige. 10-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson says his first one “didn’t mean anything” to him and admits he didn’t even pick two of them up.

* “Better than an Oscar,” Jennifer Tilly, on winning her WSOP bracelet in the 2005 Ladies Championship.

“Not too many players try to bluff me. If there’s going to be bluffing or stealing going on, I’m  going to be the one doing to it.” - Johnny Chan

“Look honey, I was supposed to go broke on that hand.  But, they forgot one thing; I can dodge bullets baby.” – Phil Hellmuth

More POKER QUOTES

 

Moneymaker & Gamble?

Chris Moneymaker sold a 20% stake of himself for the 2003 World Series of Poker main event to his friend, David Gamble.  Moneymaker and Gamble?  Really?  A tidbit that got lost in the shuffle.

Flashback

Sammy Farha played a big hand at the end of Day 2 at the 2003 main event, losing to Barry Greenstein when he hit a straight on the river.  Farha was crippled with only 5000 chips left.  He played and won every remaining hand of the evening, seven of them, including the first two ‘in the dark’, boosting his stack to 54,000.  He eventually finished 2nd losing to Chris Moneymaker in their classic heads-up duel.

Did you know?
In a bid to prevent men from playing in the WSOP Ladies Championship, and men have in the past played it on principle, organizers charge men $10,000 to play.  Women only have to play $1,000.  Some men believe it’s unfair women have their own event, where a bracelet is awarded. 

* Nolan Dalla has presided over EVERY bracelet ceremony at the World Series of Poker since 2002. Every single one!

Origins
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a series of poker tournaments held each year in Las Vegas.  Its origins date back to 1970, when Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino for a single tournament, with a set start and stop time. The winner, Johnny Moss, was determined by secret ballot.

Legend has it…
The modern day World Series of Poker originated from a two-person poker match between Nicholas Andreas “Nick the Greek” Dandolos and Johnny Moss between January 1951 and May 1951. Set-up as a tourist attraction, the two played nearly every variation of poker in existence. Both were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979.

Ladies Night

In 2012, Gaelle Baumann of France and Elisabeth Hille finished 10th and 11th respectively, what is known in poker circles as ‘Bubbling’ the final table.

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WSOP Update/Bracelet Winners

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Ted Forrest

Beat Phil Hellmuth heads-up to win his 6th bracelet at the WSOP.  Hellmuth, who was gunning for a record 14th bracelet, and Forrest exchanged the chip lead 12 times. Forrest, a future Hall-of-Famer, won this same event back in 1993, his first bracelet.

Did you know?
Phil Hellmuth has a record 103 cashes at the WSOP and nearly half of them, 49, have been final tables.  Another remarkable stat?  He’s finished first 13 times and second 10 times.

Hellmuth Hype
Hellmuth Blow-Ups


Vanessa Selbst

The proud owner of three World Series of Poker bracelets, Selbst is the #1 female player in the world. She is one of the best period. Selbst ties Barbara Enright for the bracelet lead among women, all of Selbst’s coming in ‘open’ events.

Selbst is the only player to wi the same North American Poker Tour event twice.

Bracelets
2008: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha $227,933
2012:  $2,500 10-Game Six Handed $244,259
2014: $25,000 Mixed Max NLHE $871,148

Fun Facts
Davidi Kitai is one of only five players to win poker’s ‘triple crown’, joining Gavin Griffin, Bertrand Grospellier, Jake Cody and Roland de Wolfe.  The triple crown consists of a WSOP, WPT and EPT title.

World Poker Tour

Buying in for the Big One!

Jean Robert Bellande, one of the original ‘Bad Boys’ of professional poker, proudly standing at the cage with his $1 million entry fee for Event #57, the Big One for One Drop.  JRB, one of 56 players vying for the championship and the largest prize in sports history – more than $20 million.

Listen to our Q&A w/ Jean-Robert Bellande
The Millionaire Maker

The 2014 Millionaire Maker produced one of the largest fields in poker history with 7,997 runners.  Wow.  Jonathan Dimmig, proudly wearing a Buffalo Sabres jersey, took it down and is now $1.3 million richer.  
Fact:
  Dimmig turned his intial investment, a $1500 entry fee, into 867 future buy-ins of the same value.  That’s what you call a fantastic ROI.

45th Annual World Series of Poker

Bracelet winners so far:

Event #1:  Roland Reparejo ($82,835)
$500 buy-in Casino Employees Championship
Event #2:  Vanessa Selbst ($871,148)
$25,000 Mix Max
Event #3:  Brandon Shack-Harris (205,634)
$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Event #4:  Kyle Cartwright ($360,435)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #5:  Tuan Le ($335,324)
$10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Event #6:  Alex Bolotin ($255,211)
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Event #7:  Ted Forrest ($121,196)
$1,500 Razz
Event #8:  Jonathan Dimmig ($1,319,587)
Millionaire Maker
Event #9:  Jeff Smith ($323,125)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #10:  Brock Parker ($443,407)
$10,000 Limit Omaha Split 8 or Better
Event #11:  Justin Bonomo ($449,980)
$1,500 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em
Event #12:  Gregory Kolo ($169,225)
$1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em
Event #13:  Paul Volpe ($253,524)
$10,000 2-7 Single Draw Lowball
Event #14:  Nick Kost ($283,275)
$1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Low
Event #15:  Davidi Kitai ($508,640)
$3,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em
Event #16:  Todd Bui ($124,510)
$1,500 Limit 2-to-7 Draw
Event #17:  Dan Heimiller ($627,462)
$1,000 Seniors Championship
Event #18:  George Danzer ($294,792)
$10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship
Event #19:  Ted Gillis ($514,027)
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Event #20:  Kory Kilpatrick ($254,891)
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Event #21:  Dominik Nietsche ($335,659)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #22:  Christopher Wallace ($507,614)
$10,000 HORSE Championship
Event #23:  Doug Polk (251,969)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Event #24:  Kevin Eyster ($622,998)
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed
Event #25:  John Kabbaj ($267,327)
$2,500 Seven Card Stud/Omaha Hi Low
Event #26:  Andrew Rennhack ($408,993)
$1,500 No Limit Holdem

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WSOP Update, Fun Fact, Britain’s Greatest Gambler & Steve Garvey’s Hair?

 

Hey High Rollers, very exciting time of year…WSOP time…Can Phil Hellmuth get #14?  He headlines a final table in the RAZZ event, same one the ‘Poker Brat’ took down two years ago for bracelet #12.  Of course, Phil the only player to win the WSOP & the WSOPE main events.  Brandon Cantu is also at the final table along with David Bach….stacked folks.  You can watch th live link at wsop.com

Vanessa Selbst – Legend?

Yes, we’d say!  The American just captured her third WSOP bracelet in the 25k mixed max event featuring one of the best fields ever in poker.  What a resume!  She’s won close to $11 million making her the all-time female money winner.  She’s got three bracelets: 2008 $1500 pot-limit Omaha for $227,000, 2012 10-game 6 handed for $244,000 and now the mix max for $871,000. In 2010, Selbst won the NAPT Mohegan Sun main event for $750,000 and then won it again the next year. Her biggests core?  € 1,300,000 ($1.82m) for her first place finish at the 2010 Partouche Poker Tour.

She also has two final tables on the World Poker Tour, one at the 2011 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic and another at the 2013 WPT Borgata Poker Open. Her WPT earnings total $849,788.  She’s won more than $4 million in High Roller events alone…that’s a High Roller folks.

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2014 WSOP Bracelet Winners:

1) Roland Reparejo, $82,000 (Casino Employees)

2) Vanessa Selbst, $871,000 (25k mix max)

3) Brandon Shack-Harris, $205,000  PLO

4) Kyle Cartwright, $360,000  NLHE

5) Tuan Le, $365,000 Deuce to 7

WSOP Fun Fact:

Pascal LeFrancois Interview

After winning his bracelet in 2010, Canadian Pascal LeFrancois posed for the winner’s photo topless.  Following a dare from friends, he kept his word and removed his shirt for the bracelet photo – what had to be a WSOP first.  During our interview on High Roller radio, LeFranscois answered a few questions in French – What was a HRR first!

A Gamblers Edge

The story goes, as told on High Roller Radio by Howard Schwartz, the legendary gaming historian and long-time owner of the famed Gambler’s Book Club in La Vegas, that a professional poker player was sitting at his table, in the middle of his game, when he noticed in the distance on television San Diego Padres first baseman Steve Garvey’s hair.   Why is that important?  “Well, remember, the poker player was pro,” Schwartz continues in monologue, “A pro will bet on anything if he thinks he’s got an edge.  The Padres were playing the Giants at Candlestick Park and the over/under was four runs.  Garvey’s hair?  It was blowing toward home plate, blowing in and blowing hard too.  So, he figured, with a strong wind, the teams would be hard pressed to score four runs.  He made the bet and won.  That’s called finding an edge.”

Howard Schwartz Clips

The Hole-in-One Gang

This is how you do it High Rollers; an outstanding example of a well-educated and slyly calculated value bet.  A professional gambler would call it, ‘finding an edge.’  It’s amazing how just a slight edge can make good gamblers great and great gamblers legendary.  If you’re in the wagering business, you’ve got to, I repeat, you’ve got to find an edge.  Enter Paul Simmons and John Carter, a couple of slick dudes who put in the work, crunched the numbers, and found an edge.  A big one too!  The boys studied a ton of historical data and calculated the odds of a hole-in-one at the British Open to be roughly 50/50, ‘Even-Steven’s’, as the kids might say on the playground.  Collectively, they were pretty sure several unsuspecting bookies would offer considerably higher odds than the evens, or less, and they were right!  Spectacularly right.  The bookies didn’t know what him them.  So, the boys found their edge.  Now, it was time to capitalize.  They placed a large number of relatively small bets all over the country at odds of up to 100/1.  What an edge!  You guessed it; Brian Marchbank scored an ace during the major championship and the boys scored huge. Depending on whom you believe, the pair won somewhere between £600,000 and £1 million – proving that bookies and the house can be beat if you find an edge.

Britain’s Greatest Gambler?

Money is no object to the true High Roller.  The Phil Ivey’s, Patrik Antonius’ and Tom Dwan’s of the world, the guys who have no fear and no regard for money, they’re the true gamblers.  Like Archie Karas, Nick ‘the Greek, Dandelos and Stuey Ungar before them, the true gambler is willing to put it all on the line, at any time, so long as they like the odds. Have you ever heard of Harry Findlay?  Certainly not as well known to the public as the aforementioned High Rollers, but Harry Findlay is indeed a kindred spirit to them.  He’s made and lost more than most will ever know. In October 2007, Findlay, arguably Britain’s greatest ever gambler, was so convinced New Zealand would win rugby’s World Cup, a ‘sure thing’he thought, so confident he advised friends and family to put everything they had on it. His personal wager?  An astonishing $2.7 million!  Oops! The legendary ‘All-Blacks’, as the New Zealand squad is known, not only didn’t win the World Cup, they lost to France and didn’t even advance past the quarter finals.  After the France victory he said, “I thought Dan Carter was a God, the dimension that made them unbeatable.  Fundamentally, I believe I was right in my assessment of the ‘All Blacks’ as a team but it didn’t work out.  I will never again bet on rugby because I could never fancy a team as much as I fancied that New Zealand side.” Yes, even great gamblers lose.  Don’t feel too sorry for Mr. Findlay though, over the years he’s won tens of millions, much of that on Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and his own horses.  “When I left school at 16,” he says, “all my mates found jobs and I said, ‘I wouldn’t work for two grand a week at the jobs you lot are doing. Get up at seven, leave the kids, go to London, come back tired at eight, too knackered to enjoy the weekends with the kids and then do it again Monday to Friday.’ They said I was mad, but who’s wrong?” That’s it right there – the life of a gamble, the appeal, the freedom to come and go as you please.  Gamblers are a different breed.

 

Johnny Moss, Doyke Brunson and Great Prop Bets

Hey High Rollers, they’re heads-up in Event #1 – the Casino Employees Championsip…$500 buy-in with $82k going to the winner…By the way, Chad Holloway won the event last year….we’ve had him on the show a few times…great stuff www.highrollerradio.net under the Interviews tab.

Plus…the WSOP LIVE streams are feeding the poker public all the final tables…great drama.  David Tuchman is the host, he’s fantastic…we’ve had him on as well…again, Interviews tab.

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Johnny Moss

On January 25, 1971, a feature article, written by Edwin Shrake, on 3-time world champion Johnny Moss, appeared in Sports Illustrated.  The lengthy piece helped to shape the Johnny Moss legend.  In the article, Moss told Shrake the games he found himself in, back in those days, were absolutely insane:

“If you played a week you could win a million dollars, win it in a night if it shaped up right,” Johnny Moss recalls. “There were games, like at the old Metropolitan Hotel in Fort Worth, that nobody would believe the sums involved if I told you today. You got to be a good gambler, anyhow, to get rich in the oil business. Some of them players came out worth $40 million, what with poker and dice and oil leases and whatnot. Money didn’t mean nothing to them, but gambling did. Some of them big old-time oilmen still play in big poker games, but only for the pleasure of stepping on a professional gambler if they can. I like to see them come around.”
(Poker Legends)

The Golden Touch

Dominic ‘The Dominator” LoRiggio teamed up with Frank Scoblete, another professional craps shooter whose authored several books on the subject, including Golden Touch Dice Control, and over the years the pair made hundreds of thousands of dollars together.  While Scoblete is one of the world’s leading authorities on dice throwing, he admits it was LoRiggio who had the golden arm and The Golden Touch.

NOTE:  Think about this; the odds of rolling a seven are 1 in 6.  LoRiggio once went on a 53 minute roll without crapping out, earning him $27,000 in the process.

Blackjack Shrine

The Blackjack Hall of Fame is housed at the Barona Casino in San Diego, California.  Each inductee gets a permanent lifetime comp for full room, food, and beverage but they first must agree to never play on Barona’s tables.  In winter 2002, a diverse selection of 21 blackjack experts, authors, and professional players were nominated for membership.  The public voted online and in January, 2003, at the Blackjack Ball, the first seven members were inducted into the Hall of Fame, an event hosted by renowned blackjack author Max Rubin.


Robert Maxwell
The late, great, media tycoon wasn’t one to waste time in the casino!  At Le Ambassadeurs Casino in London, Maxwell posted one of the quickest and largest losses in casino history while playing three roulette wheels at the same.  He dropped an amazing £1.5 million in under three minutes.  That works out to about £8000 a second.  Wow.

Proposition Betting

The Vegan Dare:  Howard Lederer, a vegetarian, was bet $10,000 by fellow pro Daid Grey that he wouldn’t eat a cheeseburger. Without hesitation, Lederer ordered one up and devoured it.  Grey hates olives, so Lederer offered him a chance to keep his money by simply downing a few.  Grey passed and tossed Lederer the cash.

Could you live in Iowa?
Johnny ‘World’ Hennigan, a big time pro and one of the best players on the planet, is a big city boy.  He just loves the action.  But when some friends wagered a six-figure sum he couldn’t spend six weeks libng in Des Moines, Iowa, Hennigan jumped on it.  ”I’ll work on my golf game,” he thought.  He lasted two days and lost the bet.

Ocean Potion

Phil Hellmuth and his pal Huck Seed, the 1996 world champion, were relaxing near the ocean and Phil made the proposition Huck couldn’t stand in the water, up to his shoulders, for 18 hours.  The bet? $50,000.  Seed took the challenge and waded out…he lasted just three hours.


Doye does the Business
The legendary Doyle Brunson used to have a serious weight problem and, over the years, has lost hundreds of thousands on weight loss proposition bets.  But in 2003, he exacted some revenge, winning a 10/1 wager on $100,000 that he couldn’t get belwo 300 pounds.  Thanks to Atkins and Weight Watchers the 10-time braceket winner picked up more than $1 million.

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WSOP Starts Tomorrow! WSOP Highlights.

Hey High Rollers, we’re on the eve of the World Series of Poker…where good players become great players and great players become legends.  To get you in the mood, we have some WSOP Did you know?’s for you.  Enjoy.

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Johnny Chan

In 1987, the ‘Oriental Express’ became the first forign born player to win the world championship, proving the WSOP was a global affair.  He beat 152 players and pocketed $625,000 for his efforts.

In 1988, Johnny Chan went back-to-back in the main event defeating 167 players.  All the while, Chan kept an orange on his chips to combat the smell of smoke in the room.  He would bite into the orange to release its fresh aroma.

The late Jerry Buss, a poker fanatic and owner of the LA Lakers, promised Johnny Chan an NBA championship ring if he could win three in a row.  Incredibly, in 1989, Chan navigated a field of 178 players to find himself heads-up with Phil Hellmuth, a 24 year old from Wisconsin.  Hellmuth won!  While Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar have also won two world champions in a row, Chan is the last person to do it.  The Hall of Famer has won 10 bracelets, tied for seond on the all-time list with Doyle Brunson.

Hellmuth Hype
True legend.  On June 11th, 2007 “The Poker Brat” became the only player to win 11 WSOP bracelets, topping a huge field of 2,628 in a $1500 buy-in event.  Five years later Hellmuth beat Don Zewin, who finished third in the main event the year the ‘Poker Brat’ won, to capture barcelet #12 in a $2,500 razz event.  Then, in the fall that same year, 2012, Hellmuth secured his dominance by taking down the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe main event for #13.  He is the only player to win both the flagship WSOP championship in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe main event.

Mainstream?
1972 world champion Amarillo Slim Preston parlayed his title and charismatic personality into national publicity tour that led to 11 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Slim was also featured on 60 Minutes.  Thanks to Preston CBS ensured a camera would be at the main event the following year to a total of 11 appearances on The Tonight Show and also a feature on 60 Minutes.  In 1973, a CBS camera crew was on hand to film a documentary about poker’s marquis event.

Tom McEvoy

In 1983, McEvoy became the first to parlay a satellite entry into a world championship.  It was also the first year amateurs outnumbered professionals in mian event.

Tom McEvoy Q&A

The idea of a ‘satellite’ was dreamed up by WSOP poker manager Eric Drache, who spied a group of players in a cash game playing with just about $1,000 each. He suggested they play a single-table freezeout for a main event buy-in. So, they did and just like that one of them was in the big dance and the satellite was born.

Annette Obrestad

To this day, she is still the youngest bracelet winnerat 18 years and 364 days old, despite a total of 38 bracelets being awarded at the WSOP Europe and five more at the WSOP Asia Pacific, with all 43 events being open to players 18 or older.  She won
£1,000,000 and a place in WSOP history as the first player under the age of 21 to win a gold bracelet.

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Legends, Did you know? & dealing with Drunks at the Table

Hey High Rollers, been working hard the oast few days vamping up our Did you know? section…a ton of interesting anecdotes from the world of professional poker and gambling.  Be sure to check it out: http://highrollerradio.net/Did_you_know__3.html

Also, have added some new pages to our Legends of the Game section…Benny Binion, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, Mike Matusow, Phil Hellmuth, Scotty Nguyen and many more featured.  Check it out:  http://highrollerradio.net/Legends_2.html

Plus…Lori Kolstad is back with Lori Tells…this week, dealing with drunk and chauvinistic players at the poker table.  Enjoy.

 

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“Lori Tells…”
May 26th, 2014

A Session in the Life of a Low Stakes Casino Cash Grindin’ Girl

It’s another Friday night, and I head into work. My profession is a lil’ different than most.

While most of my friends are going on dates with their significant others, putting their

children to bed or watching TV and winding down from their workdays, I have closed

up shop in the lingerie business and ready for my night shift~poker. I play 40 hours or

more a week in my local casinos in Biloxi, Mississippi, and tonight is my usual “busy”night.

As I drive in, I try to prepare my mind for the battle against mostly recreational, inebriated,

touristy players. I steel myself for the constant babble of inexperienced players that we all

endure night after night, session after session in low stakes 1-3 NL tables. For me, however,

I endure a little more than most of my poker playing friends. There’s been a lot of talk

lately about women in poker. For all the belief that the game is the same for men and women,

I am here to tell you that it is most definitely NOT the same! Just in the course of one session,

I usually am bombarded with table talk that is purely chauvinistic.

What I hear? Let me give you a few examples just from the past 40 hours of play.

Donkey:

“This is the BIG boys’ game. Are you just killing time while you wait for

your husband?”

Lori’s brain:

“Yes, you certainly ARE a big boy! That’s great! You will have the mass

behind you to ship those chips faster in my direction.”

Donkey:

“Little lady, the poker table is no place for a sweetheart like you. Let’s go

somewhere nicer and we can play strip poker.”

Lori’s brain:

“I now know why you are here at 9 pm on a Friday night. With lines like that, you

are not likely to go out on any dates.”

Donkey:

“I fold. You must have it. No offense, but, honey, women don’t know how to

bluff. You will never be able to win in the end because of that. I will never pay

you off. No chips from me, baby!”

Lori’s Brain:

“ Are these imaginary chips that I am stacking? I’ve made you fold by the turn

to the tune of about 70 bbs by my calculations, but, what do I know? I’m just

a girl.”

Donkey:

(After he reraises me when the nut flush draw that I had been betting hits)

“Honey, I hit my card, just fold. I don’t wanna take your chips.”

Lori’s Brain:

“Donkey, EVERY card is your card! Just shove on me so I can snap you off, HONEY.”

As you can see, part of my job description is learning to tune this out, master my own mind-set, and make the most +EV decisions with every deal. It’s not online where I can

just shut off the chat , and sometimes, in spite of having to listen to these ignorant players,

I am happy to be in total control of the table texture.I am in my element, and as long as I know

this and they do not, I will win. as long as I am underestimated, I have a clear advantage.

Players, the next time you see a cute little thing sitting at your table, remember:

You just may be up against a female warrior.

‘Til next time, I wish you “rungood” , loose tables and most of all +EV from the felt

in Biloxi!

Lori Kolstad

Lori is a strictly cash game player of 11 years. She is the owner of the largest vintage lingerie site in the world, an activist for the Poker Players Alliance, Social Media Specialist, radio show hostess and fights daily for federal online poker legislation from her home in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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Catholic Church on Gambling, Dostoevsky on Problem Gambling, Scandal

Hey High Rollers, been working hard to upgrade our Did you know? section…six pages now, chalk full of poker/gambking tidbits.  Simply visit www.highrollerradio.net and click Did you know?  Plus, check out our interview with blackjack card counter Colin Jones, who was featured in the documentary Holy Rollers; the true story of card counting Christians….this guy’s a professional.  What do you do on a soft 18?  Be sure to listen.

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The Catholic Church on Gambling?

The Catholic Church holds the position that there is no moral impediment to gambling, so long as it is fair, all bettors have a reasonable chance of winning, there is no fraud involved, and the parties involved do not have actual knowledge of the outcome of the bet (unless they have disclosed this knowledge).

Tidbit

Many popular games played in modern casinos originate from Europe and China. Games such as craps, baccarat, roulette, and blackjack originate from Europe.  A version of keno, an ancient Chinese lottery game, is popular worldwide, in casinos and on scratch tickets.

Russian Roulette

The Russian writerDostoevsky (himself a problem gambler), portrays the psychological effects of gambling in his novella The Gambler. He associates gambling and the idea of ‘getting rich quick’, suggesting Russians have an infinity for gambling.  The association between Russians and gambling has fed legends of the origins of Russian Roulette.

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Scandal

Banned from baseball, Pete Rose highlights our compilation of the biggest sports betting scandals ever.  Remember the ‘Blacksox’?
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Tom McEvoy
1983 world champion, defeating Rod Peete heads-up in, what was then, the longest mano a mano battle in WSOP history.  The two played for more than seven hours.  He’s won 4 bracelets, written more than dozen poker books and is a newly minted member of the Poker Hall of Fame, Class of 2013:
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Suggested Listening:

Dan Lubin:  Inventor of EZ Pai Gow and a table games designer in Vegas.
Robert Turner: Inventor of Omaha poker and a 1993 bracelet winner.

Poker Quotes
Legend of the game, world champion Jack Strauss:
“I think Texans just got a lot more guts has a lot to do with it, most other folks just don’t take the heat when you start playin’ real poker. In Texas you grow up playin’ poker, it’s a Texas game.” 

Jeopardy & Poker?

Arthur Chu, a 30-year-old voice actor, won more than $100,000 in four appearances on the CBS game show Jeopardy.  Chu actively sought out Daily Double’s and abandoned conventional play by starting with the larger dollar values and working his way ‘up’ the board instead of the lowly $100 categories.  Some fans of the show were offended by his style while others praised his apparent understanding of Game Theory and concepts often employed in poker.  Here’s what this trivia whiz had to say about his approach:
     “Back in the day everybody kept their money.  It was like a cash game in poker. Once you’ve gotten enough money, why risk more money? Why make a big bet? If I know I’ve got $18,000 in the bank and someone’s like, “Hey, want to bet $8,000 that you know the answer to this question?” No. Why would I do that? Am I a gambling addict? Am I stupid?  In order to encourage big bets, Jeopardy! is now winner-take-all. Only the person in first place keeps their total at the end of the game. Everyone else gets the consolation prize. If you have $20,000 and someone else has $20,001, you get second prize, which is $2,000. If you are in third place and the two other players have $5 more than you, no matter how much money you have, you take home $1,000. There’s a very powerful incentive to be aggressive. You really do need to make sure you win the game. The most important thing isn’t the absolute number of dollars you have on the board. It’s how strongly you’re beating the other players. How far ahead are you? What’s the spread?”
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Ben Affleck Banned, Bobby Hoff, Poker Trivia & a Joke

Hey High Rollers, been busy with the Derrick & Dannenmann show on Your Poker Radio Thursday night’s at 8pm.  You can check it out at www.highrollerradio.net Channel 1.  Dannenmann, of course, the 2005 main event runner-up…called Hellmuth a ‘punk’ at the ’05 Tournament of Champions.  This guy’s great….if you haven’t lsitened yet, please do.  By the way, if you have a question for Steve or myself, send it to us on twitter or facebook @highrollerradio.

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Ben Affleck Banned

Actor Ben Affleck, star of such mobies as Armageddon, Argo and Good Will Hunting, is no longer allowed ro play blackjack at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.  Why?  Apparently he’s too good. TMZ.com quoted insiders as saying Affleck was counting cards, using math to predict future outcomes.  He is allowed to play other games at the casino.


Bobby Hoff

After several Bad Beats, Hoff finished second in the 1979 main event to Hal Fowler, was widely regarded as one of the best cash game players ever. He was a winner from the start, making money in each of his first 40 sessions. Hoff eventually went broke and had to take jobs as a craps and blackjack dealer before taking a shot at grinding blackjack for a living. Because of card counting, he was barred from every casino in the Silver State and was forced back into poker and put together a legendary career.

Poker in Main Stream

Have you seen the episode of Criminal Minds where the killer enters a 50k buy-in Texas Hold’em Tournament and ‘The Team’ decides to hit up Rossi, a best-selling author, for the entry fee – for Reid to play?  Reid, the young whiz-kid, presents a mathematical equation for ‘knowing when to raise’.  It was a 1st prize winner take all tournament.

Gold’s Auction

Jamie Gold’s main event bracelet from his 2006 World Series of Poker championship sold for a whopping $65,725 in an online auction.  It’s a stunning piece of jewelry containing more than seven carats of diamonds and 120 grams of white and yellow gold.
 
 Poker Trivia

The odds of being dealt AK suited are 331-1.

Great Shirt

“I put a fucking move on Chan!”  Great quote from the movie Rounders, on a great shirt worn by former guest of High Roller Radio, Zachary Elwood, author of Reading Poker Tells.  

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Poker Quotes

“There are few things so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker!  The upper-class knows very little about it.  Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind hearted, liberal, sincere and all that, who did not know the meaning of ‘flush’.  It is enough to make one ashamed of the species.”

Mark Twain

Quick Joke:
A guy comes home from his weekly poker game and sheepishly says to his wife, “Honey, I’m sorry, I lost you in a poker game.”  Startled, she wondered, “How did you do that?”
“It wasn’t easy,” he replied.  “I had to fold a straight flush.”

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