November Nine Final Table – Joe McKeehan Dominates!

Hey High Rollers, did you watch the final table? Did you like it? The 2015 WSOP Main Event has concluded and it’s the 25 year old from North Wales, Pennsylvania who claims the $7.7 million first place prize, richest prize in sports, and bragging rights as poker’s new world champ. Now, he has two world titles, he also won the world Risk title in 2010.  Joshua Beckley finished 2nd, Neil Blumenfield 3rd.

Poker's New King!

Poker’s New King!

Things Learned Watching the November Nine:

  • The Italian, Frederico Butteroni, once worked on a watermelon farm in Australia.
  • Frederico Butteroni and Joshua Beckley made the final table in their first ever WSOP main event.
  • Patrick Chan was eliminated on just the 2nd hand of the final table, a November Nine record.
  • #WSOP started to trend on twitter, as did #WSOPMainEvent
  • Israeli Zvi Stern’s slow play and ‘tanking’ on night one prompted Daniel Negreanu, poker’s all-time winningest player, to take to twitter calling for rule changes i.e. shot clock.
  • The $7.7 million McKeehan won is more than Johnny Chan made after three straight WSOP main event final tables, in which two of them he won.
  • The 2015 WSOP gold bracelet is big enough to fit the two winning cards in it for posterity and is worth $250,000.
  • There were 192 million chips in play in the 2015 main event.
  • This is the 8th straight year a 20-something won the event.

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Final Hand

 Ace 10 versus 44

McKeehan ran well to say the least! Played well too. It was the most dominating win since 2006 when Jamie Gold went crazy.

Shot Clock?

The November Nine saw some slow play, especially from the Israeli Zvi Stern and twister attacked. Daniel Negreanu, poker’s winningest all-time money leader and the game’s bets ambassador took to social media calling for a shot clock. WSOP TD Jack Eiffel had this to say to Card Player magazine:

“[Stern] was super cool when I talked to him about it. He was like, ‘Man, I didn’t realize I was taking too much time.’ He got it. I think sometimes players just have to be told. As officials, it’s our job to talk to guys and try to explain that to them and explain it from the other players’ perspective. The first thing that scares me when I think about the shot clock is that if you put someone on a shot clock, and everybody is on that same shot clock, then everybody is going to use that same amount of time before they act every single hand. So that guy who may have folded in five or 10 seconds are now taking 30, and that might pose a problem. I don’t know how it would play out naturally. It would need some more R and D and some trial to see whether or not it would be good.”

  • Jack Effel

Note: We did great interview with Bart Hanson of Crush Live Poker a few years ago and he commented on a shot clock in poker. INTERVIEWS tab.

Fun Fact

The 2015 World Series of Poker final table finished this week in Las Vegas, with the final nine playing for a combined $24.8 million. According to analysis of tax liabilities of the November Nine by the IRS collected nearly $8.5 million of the prize money.

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WSOP Main Event Final Table – Tonight! Betting Odds.

Hey High Rollers, biggest night in poker as the November Nine resumes, fans will be watching with bated breath, one of the biggest spectacles and richest prizes in sport. Is poker a sport? We’ll save that for another day, but it is the World Series Of Poker final table, nine players vying for the world championship – and the money doesn’t lie, a whopping $7.7 million to the winner.

Nine players left for the world championship and $7.7 million

Nine players left for the world championship and $7.7 million

These nine have outlasted more than 6400 others, each have already been paid ninth place money, more than a million dollars. The cards fly in just a few hours, 8pm at the Penn and Teller theatre at the RIO in Las Vegas. And yes, you can wager on it! Chip leader Joseph McKeehan is the overwhelming 7-5 favourite, massive chip lead with  more than 63 million to play with. His chip count, more than double that of 2nd place Zvi Stern, from isreal, who’s listed at 7-2. McKeehen, by the way, a native of North Wales, Pa, is a two-time WSOP circuit winner, he almost captured a bracelet last year finishing runner-up in the inaugural Monster Stack event. Tidbit: McKeehan won the world Risk championship in 2010. Third in chips, is San Fransisco’s Neil Blumenfield, 61, who has 22 million chips and is pegged at 6-to-1. Same odds for the oldest player left, 72 year old Belgian Pierre Neuville and what a story that would be. Neuville will unbag 21 million chips in 4th Place. And then there’s Max Steinberg, a little more than 20 million, listed at 7-to-1, and this is our betting favourite. Great story too; he won his $10,000 seat into the main event through an NBA satellite on DraftKings. Yes, this guy used to play poker for a living, he owns a WSOP bracelet already, and what a parlay! He tturned that $27 satellite, into a $10,000 entry fee, now has a $1 million and a chance at the whole enchilada. This guy’s good, he’s underrated and you know he’s riding high, so watch out – Max J Steinberg at 7-to-1…that’s where our money’s going. The remaining 4 players, all between the tender ages of 23 and 25, are long shots. Young gun’s Thomas Cannuli and Joshua Beckley, both from New Jersey, and both listed at (12/1).  Brooklyn’s Patrick Chan and Italy’s Federico Butteroni are (25/1) dogs. Chan and Butteroni have less than 1/10 the amount of chips as McKeehen, the leader. Watch for it folks, live ESPN tonight, when they’ll play down from 9 players to 4, then tomorrow November 9th, from four players down to 2, and poker’s world champ will be crowned Tuesday November 10th.

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Did you know? The $7.7 million first place prize money is more than Wimbledon, The Masters, and the Indianapolis 500 awards to its winners – combined! The largest ever prize at the WSOP ME was 2006 when Jamie Gold collected $12 million for winning the main event. The richest first place prize in poker history was the Big One for One Drop – $18 million – won by Antonio Esfandiari.

Have fun watching tonight…good luck to all…let’s hope for drama folks.


Poker Hall of Fame Inductees, November 9, WSOPE, Poker Central w/ Maria Ho & more!

Hey High Rollers:

Always remember, treat poker like an English dinner: “They’re the FISH and you’re the CHIPS!”

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our latest interview with Maria Ho, one of the best poker players on the planet, three times the last woman standing in the WSOP main event, close to $3 million won playing live tourneys, and now host of her own show on Poker Central on Twitch Poker. Listen Now: HERE

Poker Central
Poker Central will be delivering non-stop poker television including exclusive poker tournaments, celebrity players, professional tips, movies, and more. The ownership group includes the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari. Finally.

And the Inductees are?


Poker legends Jennifer Harman and John Juanda will be inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame in 2015. The duo beat out other greats like Max Piscatory, Dave Ulliot and Carlos Mortensen and were selected by a 16-member media panel and the 23 living members of the PHOF.
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Congrats…well deserved!

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Jonathan Duhamel Wins WSOPE High Roller
The Canadian, and 2010 WSOP main event champion, has taken down the €25,600 star-studded High Roller event for €554,395. It’s Duhamel’s 3rd bracelet, the 2nd this year after taking down the $111,111 Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas. In 2010, he pocketed close to $9 million after defeating John Racener heads-up to become poker’s world champion.
 After his main event victory Duhamel donated $100,000 to the Montreal Canadiens (NHL) Children Foundation.

2015 WSOPE Results
(Berlin, Germany)
Event #1: €2,200 6-Handed NLHE, Makarios Avrimidis (€105,000)
Event #2: €550 Oktoberfest NLHE, Dietrich Fast (€157,749)
Event #3: €3,250 8-Handed Pot Limit Omaha, Richard Gryko (€126,345)
Event #4: €1,650 Monster Stack NLHE, Ryan Hefter (€176,205)
Event #5: €2,200 8-Game Mixed Event, Alex Komaromi (€65,740)
Event #6: €3,250 NLHE, Pavlos Xanthopoulos (€182,510)
Event #7: €550 Pot Limit Omaha, Barny Boatman (€54,725)
Event #8: €1,100 Turbo NLHE Re-Entry, Georgios Sotiropoulos (€112,133)
Event #9: €10,450 Main Evemt, Kevin McPhee (€883,000)
Event #10: €25,600 Jonathan Duhamel (€554,395)

November 9 Betting Odds?

Chip leader Joseph McKeehan: 7/5

Zvi Stern: 7/2

Neil Bluemenfield: 6/1

Pierre Neuville: 6/1

Max Steinberg 7/1

Thomas Cannuli: 12/1

Joshua Beckley: 12/1

Patrick Chan: 25/1

Frederico Butteroni: 25/1

Winner = $7.7 million!!!

Joseph McKeehan
Did you know?
This 24 year old native of North Wales, Pennsylvania, the 2015 WSOP November 9 chip leader with 63 million, won the world RISK championship in 2010. Tidbit: The best roll in Risk is three 6’s. In 2014, McKeehan finished runner-up in the inaugural Monster Stack event earning more than $800,000.

Fun Fact: Fellow November 9’er Max Sternberg won his main event entry through a $27 NBA satellite on Draftings.

Did you know?
Buster Douglas was a 45-to-1 dog to beat Mike Tyson.

“The biggest change in my life now is just knowing that if I don’t make smart decisions, my child might not eat.”
– Tuan Le, Owner of back-to-back WSOP bracelets and 2 World Poker Tour (WPT) titles.

Poker & MMA?

Poker pro’s Olivier Bousquet & JC Alvarado have agreed to an MMA fight with the winner to receive a 6-figure payday. Alvarado wins he gets $120,000, Bousquet wins and he gets $150,000. Who you taking? No date or venue. Alvarado has MMA experience….but weighs less.

The Richest Poker Game Ever?
High Roller Radio interviewed Michael Craig, author of The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King, chronicling the showdown between billionaire banker Andy Beal and a group of Las Vegas pros called ‘The Corporation.’  The Corporation won millions but not before withstanding a huge threat to their bankroll:
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Video Slots & Free Spins – How Online Casinos Attract Your Business and What to Look Out For?

Where do you play?

Where do you play?

Video Slot Machine Games with Free Spins

Online casinos want your business, they fall over themselves to attract your custom and use various headlines to attract your trade. Invariably that headline involves the term ‘cash bonus’ but the truth is its little known cousin, ‘free spins’, is actually where the best value lay for real money players. Normally free sportsbook bets do not return their stakes, if and when you back a winner, but play online slot games offering free spins with no deposit and what you win is yours.

There are two routes to free-spins, maybe three if you include the video slots with no deposit required but, for the big bucks, enter a Guts casino promo code and take free spins as part of your welcome package which can see you win real money on casino slot games.  No matter how you slice it, spins cost money and so free spins are as good as cash in your pocket. Free spins are a great way to accustom yourself with the slots, and their features, your chosen online casino has to offer. 

Alternatively you can simply play casino slot machine games online which offer free spins as part of their winning pay-lines.  I repeat: Spins cost money and so free spins are as good as cash in your account. 
But what is best to play, a video slot which offers cash prizes only or a mix of free ‘bonus spins’ and cash prizes? Is it simply a matter of how much you like playing and what your ultimate goal is?  Winning free spins obviously gives you more play and more play means more chances of winning cash prizes, right? Not necessarily, let us not forget the percentage cash return to players is clearly advertised and it is an unchangeable the amount.  

Therein there appears to be no obvious advantage in receiving free spins as the amount of money ultimately returned to winning players is no greater (or less) than it normally would be. This explains why ‘free spins’ is a bonus feature and not a cash prize and treat as such by the slot.  In short playing slots which offers free spins do not ultimately give you a better chance of winning but they do give you more play and most people play online slots because of the fun and entertainment they provide.

Something for free?  Spin away!

Yes, we are all trying to win money, but we tend to take the slot machine route ahead of traditional casino games, such as Blackjack and Roulette, because we find them more fun and entertaining.

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Online Poker in The USA – Where are you playing?

Online Poker in the United States
Where are you Playing?

If you live in the United States, where with unregulated offshore sites and an unsure market, playing online poker can be a bit gloomy these days. Let’s take a look at some of the guidelines you should be watching out for on how and where to play online.

In a Regulated Market, Play at Legalize Sites

There are only three states in the USA where the operation of online poker sites is legal and licensed; New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada. Soon Delaware and Nevada will be introducing a players’ pool – which would regulate traffic in both states. Playing Poker at these sites is completely safe. While in Washington State – where playing poker is illegal, it is considered as crime. If you are living there, you shouldn’t be playing poker online. Well, for the other 46 states in the union, be sure to go through these points.

Know the Ambiance

One should always try to find out correct ambience of the state in which you are living. While playing online poker in United States, you will come across some legal barriers because of two things 1) the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 and 2) ‘Black Friday,’ the day in 2011. As a result, American Players were stopped from playing on many online sites.

Where are you playing your online poker?

Where are you playing your online poker?

Keep Track of the News
There are times when you find something about online sites you don’t support, like corruption and dishonesty by the operators through various media outlets, including the poker media. Be sure to stay involved, by going through the news and reviews about the site before playing and find out about the repute and character of the online poker site.

Play at Sites Around for a Prolonged Time

If you want to play safe, it is always better to play at leading poker site for USA with a solid, reputable history. If the site has been around for a long time, it’s a better place to play and feel secure you’re your money.

Safety of Funds Should be Kept at Priority – Play at those Sites

Play with sites that go an extra mile to make you feel safe and secure about your money. The priority should be safety of funds because there are some sites which do not deal in security of players funds. Players should think carefully before playing at those sites. Government focus is on the sites which are not licensed to operate in the United States. Be sure to choose a site that goes that extra length in providing player safety.

Maintain Balance by Managing Balances

Play at sites licensed to carry their operations in the United States, and that means sites ready to serve American players.

Maintain and manage your balances – Always keep your balance light and deposit only the amount you want to keep for playing. Do not deposit large amounts on untrustworthy sites.

Cash out on a regular basis – Don’t let your money sit there for a long time. Find out the average time for cash outs for online poker sites .Checkout the timeframes provided by those online poker sites. The quicker the cash out, the better the site is. It is always a good idea to keep your balances low thus opt for playing safe.

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Maria Ho on Poker Central, Vanessa Rousso on Big Brother

Hey High Rollers, we’re closing in on the November 9, November 8, 9, and 10 at the Penn & Teller Theatre at the RIO in Vegas…who will win the WSOP main event and $7.7 million? If you’re betting look for Max Sternberg at 7-to-1 to be pretty good pick.  If you’re betting NFL…or MMA…or you want to play poker….click the MMA link below and support us by doing so. Cheers. Below, some fun poker and gambling fun facts and quotes. Enjoy.

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Goes for Big Brother Win

Goes for Big Brother Win

Good luck Vanessa Roussa

Just three left; Liz, Steve and poker pro Vanessa Rousso on CBS’s hit reality show Big Brother. We’ll see.


The highest buy-in online event ever! The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker featured a $51,000 super high roller no-limit hold’em event. Ben “Ben86” Tollerene emerged victorious, taking home $616,518.34. Daniel Negreanu did not cash but stream the event live on twitch.

Speaking of twitch…Jason Somerville, who streams daily, has 7 WCOOP cashes so far.

Maria Ho on Poker Central

Hold'em Hottie

Hold’em Hottie

Poker Central, soon to be the world’s only 24/7 poker TV network, has announced poker star Maria Ho will host “Poker Central Live with Maria Ho”, on its twitch channel. Ho was on CBS’ The Amazing Race, and has won $2.6 million lifetime playing poker.

“We are excited to welcome Maria Ho to Poker Central, As one of the best female poker pros in the world, her knowledge of the game, and her great personality and charm, make Maria a welcome addition to our team.”

  • Clint StinchcombCEO of Poker Central.


We interviewed her HERE where she talked about the new show and about women in the game.


Big business. Casino gambling in Singapore is worth more than $6 billion in revenue each year, making it one of the top markets in the world. Thing is, Singapore only has two casinos. Yikes.

Archie Karas

Sad to hear this legendary gambler has been placed in Nevada’s infamous Black Book, a list of those banned from all casinos in the state. The man who ran 50 bucks up to $40 million has been caught cheating a number of times. Bad end….makes you wonder about his legendary ‘Run”???

Check out this feature on ESPN a few years back:

Greatest Gambler of All-Time?

Poker Hall of Fame Finalists

In case you haven’t heard…The World Series of Poker has announced the list of 10 finalists for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame this fall; Max Pescatori, Matt Savage, Chris Bjorn, Bruno Fitoussi, Jennifer Harman, David Chiu, John Juanda, Carlos Mortensen and Terry Rogers. Rogers and Savage, on the industry side of things. Rogers, considered Ireland’s “Godfather of Poker,” was the founder of the decades-old Irish Open, and Savage a longtime tournament director. Last year, Daniel Negreanu and tournament director Jack McClelland made it in.

Lon McEachern

Stones Gambling Hall, located in Northern California, and Lon McEachern have teamed up. McEachern, the ‘Voice of Poker’,  has agreed to share his playing experiences at Stones with the poker playing community. He will being leveraging his extensive social networks and attending live events at Stones, which has 17 poker tables located in a part of the property known as The Saloon.

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Gambling Movie Quotes – Poker and Casino Fun Facts

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Gambling Movie Quotes

“Do you know the difference between a hustler and a good con man? … A hustler has to get out of town as quick as he can, but a good con man – he doesn’t have to leave until he wants to.”

The Hustler
“I’m the best you ever seen, Fats. I’m the best there is. And even if you beat me, I’m still the best.”

“In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.”

Steve Allen
“I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That’s how I lost my mind.”

The Sting
“What was I supposed to do – call him for cheating better than me?”

Dumb & Dumberer
Lloyd: “I’ll bet you 20 bucks I can get you gambling before the end of the day!?”
Harry: “No way.”
Lloyd: “I’ll give you 3 to 1 odds?”
Harry: “Nope.”
Lloyd: “5 to 1?”
Harry: “Nope.”
Lloyd: “10 to 1?”
Harry: “You’re on.”

“I’ve often seen these people, these squares at the table, short stack and long odds against them. All their outs gone. One last card in the deck that can help them. I used to wonder how they could let themselves get into such bad shape and how the hell they thought they could turn it around.”

The Hangover
Stu: “I’ll tell you another thing … 6 to 1 odds are our car is beat to shit.”
Phil: “Stu, not now.”
Stu: “Seriously, how much do you wanna bet? It’s like fucked up beyond all recognition?”
The Empire Strikes Back
C-3PO: “but sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to one.”
Hans Solo
: “Never tell me the odds.”

(From the sequence where Han Solo barrels the Millennium Falcon into an asteroid field to escape the Empire. It’s then that C-3PO decides this would be a great moment to do some math.)
If you must play,
decide upon three things at the start:
the rules of the game,
the stakes,
and the quitting time.

Chinese Proverb
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Jason Somerville
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Football Betting Basics – Harry Redknapp & Sunderland

Football Betting Basics: 

The Sunderland Case Study

Footballers are used to taking a few shots to the shins on the pitch during their careers, but earlier this season the players at Sunderland received a swift kick in the teeth courtesy of the world’s bookmakers. In fact the team has been ranked among the contenders for the drop this season.

As we all know, survival in the Premier League is never easy for any team, but when the bookies are turning against you before the season is even 25% complete there is cause for concern. Of course, the odds makers don’t always get it right and their predictions don’t constitute fact, however, all the early signs would suggest that the Wearside outfit will be heading back down the Championship come the summer.

Naturally, we’re not going to sail Sunderland down the river without a fair trial, so we’ve outlined some of the
reasons why the club might go down and some reasons why the players may avoid the drop.

If you know anything about the world of football, you’ll know that bookmakers often have their fingers on the proverbial pulse. Indeed, many odds makers at the time of writing have Sunderland odds on for the drop. With this in mind, we decided to dive into betfair’s Sunderland hub, read the prominent headlines and use this information to weigh up the club’s pluses and minuses.

A Losing Start

The bookmakers probably didn’t have much faith in Sunderland before the start of the season and that confidence certainty wasn’t helped by a two-game losing streak. Although the team has since rallied and earned draws at Aston Villa and Swansea City, the early signs aren’t good for the Black Cats.

Indeed, a 3-1 drubbing by Norwich City, a team that could be among the bottom clubs this season, is a marker as to Sunderland’s current form. While no one expected the club to suddenly transform into a top-table outfit overnight, recent performances suggest that they aren’t beyond the level of those around them. Not being able to overcome the likes of Norwich certainly isn’t a disaster, but it’s clear the team isn’t particularly strong and as the season wears on that could really start to tell.

Harry Redknapp

Redknapp Says

He might not know it all, but Jamie Redknapp has watched a lot of football over the last few years and his insight into the game is often spot on. Having been a player himself he knows the pressures of the Premier League and when he says he’s not confident in a club then it’s rarely a good sign.

During a pre-season interview the son of manager Harry Redknapp suggested that Bournemouth could be the surprise package to avoid the drop this season, while Sunderland could struggle to reverse last season’s fortunes. The main reason for Redknapp’s reluctance to back Sunderland is the lack of change in the dressing room.

Although Dick Advocaat decided to stay for another season and managed to bring in some fresh blood, the few changes he has made don’t seem to be enough to convince the critics. In fact, Redknapp believes the lack of “significant changes” will hamper Sunderland throughout the season and cause the club to suffer as the pressure begins to mount.


Hindsight is 20/20

Experience counts for a lot in the football world and there’s no doubt last season’s exploits will stand Sunderland in good stead this campaign. The players are already expecting a struggle and that probably won’t be good for morale. However, the remaining players obviously have the inner-strength to overcome adversity.

Despite facing an uphill task against Arsenal with two games left to play, Sunderland managed to hold the Gunners to a draw and secure themselves another season of top-flight football. This experience may be a distant memory for those not directly linked to the club, but that experience will stay in the memory banks of those involved and could prove invaluable at the close of the coming season.

Dick Knows the Score

After being drafted into the club with just eight games to go last season, Advocaat produced a minor miracle to keep the club in the Premier League. However, after winning the hearts of the players and fans, the veteran manager announced that he was retiring from the game. Fortunately, however, he made an unexpected U-turn before the start of the 2015/2016 season and signed a one-year deal with Sunderland.

That deal prompted Advocaat to draft in the likes of Adam Matthews, Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Coates to help bolster the squad. Although many feel these signings won’t be enough to save Sunderland, the manager clearly knows how to inspire greatness in his team. Yes, it was too close for comfort last season, but staying up is staying up and Advocaat clearly has the ability to repeat this feat once again.

Getting Ahead in the Betting World

Betting on football is never easy. The margins between victory and defeat in the English Premier League are extremely thin and that makes predicting winners and losers is tough. Much like a high stakes poker players looking for small edges, the route to victory in the Premier League is a matter of inches and not miles and Sunderland may be able to find a way to survive. However, if they do, then it won’t be by much.

The bookmakers may have it wrong when it comes to Sunderland’s chances of survival, but the fact remains that you should always do your research before you agree or disagree with them. Regardless of the price, taking some time to review the news feeds linked to Sunderland and the Premier League as a whole is a must for any sports bettor.

Indeed, you wouldn’t start throwing out three-bets at the poker table without a read on your opponents, so you shouldn’t start wagering money on Sunderland to go down just because the odds makers think they will. Betting, whether it’s at the poker table or in the sporting arena, requires careful analysis of the facts and that’s only possible if you’ve soaked up as much information as possible.

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Poker Legend Puggy Pearson, Ivey v Bilzerian, Gambling Fun Facts

Hey High Rollers, hope you are winning at the tables and the cards have been kind. Bubbled a few events as well recently but had a nice score this past weekend, chopped the daily $25 Omaha Hi Low for $447. Sweet!

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Puggy Pearson Quotes

Hall of Famer and WSOP main event world champ.
“I’ll play any man from any land, any game he can name, for any amount he can count…provided I like it.”

“Ain’t only three things to gambling; knowing the 60-40 end of the proposition, money management and knowing yourself.”

“Losing is like smoking, it’s habit forming.”

“The real things to know is that folks will stand to lose more than they will to win. That’s the most important percentage there is. I mean, if they lose, they’re willing’ to lose everything. If they win, they’re usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gambler’s know that.”

Poker Tips for Beginners

Implied Odds = The estimated amount of money that you can expect to win if you complete your drawing hand, regardless of the immediate odds the pot is currently laying you.

Value Bet
What Is It?
A bet made with the intention of being called in order to extract more money or chips from a likely worse hand. Value bets are made when a player’s hand has a positive expectation.

“Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains.”
– Mike Caro

Gamers Spend Money
A new report says nearly half of all social gamers spend money on the activity rather than just continuing to play for free. Most are men between 21-and-35 but 41% are women. The social gaming market is $2.9 billion in the US.

Fun Casino Facts
It’s thought Roulette was invented by the well-known scientist Blaise Pascal as a result of his attempts and numerous tests to create a perpetual motion machine.

Alec ‘Traheho’ Torelli
Alec Torelli is a high stakes cash game terror, who recently crushed his opponents on Poker Night in America Florida for close to $60,000 over two days. He’s a regular in Macau at nose bleed stakes and writes for Card Player magazine. Listen now to our fantastic chat:

For his ‘Hand of the Day’ check out his blog site

Phil Ivey versus Ban Bilzerian
Dan Bilzerian is currently estimated to beworth around $150 million while Phil Ivey has a net worth of around $100 million. While Ivey has the inferior net worth, the majority of Ivey’s worth can be attributed to poker while much of Bilzerian’s wealth allegedly comes from his family.

Did you know?
Dan Bilzerian recently signed a sponsorship deal with the fantasy sports site DraftKings. Bilzerian has a whopping 1.25 million followers on twitter and 11.5 million on Instagram.
NOTE: Phil Ivey has over $23 million in live tournament earnings, 10 WSOP bracelets, a WPT title.


Soccer Star Hits Royal Flush

Neymar da Silva Santos Jr, the Brazilian football star who represents PokerStars, has generated a lot of buzz online for the hands he’s been getting. In August, 2015, Neymar Jr hit a royal flush in spades on a board reading KSpade Suit 5Club Suit 4Heart Suit 10Spade Suit QSpade Suit during a €50 Super Stack tournament. He later went on to make the final table, though it was completely insignificant money for him. He makes at least $30 million a year. He posted a photo of the hand on Instagram and it was liked more than 510,000 times. Good publicity for PokerStars.

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Poker and Gambling Quotes on High Roller Radio

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Phil Ivey vs Borgata

Can you say Countersuit?

Phil Ivey countersues the Borgata Hotel & Casino over the controversial $9.6 million ‘edge sorting’ case,suggesting the casino committed fraud against them because they destroyed the playing cards/evidence in question. Below is a statement form Ivey’s legal team:
(NOTE: Everything centres on faulty playing cards.)

“Plaintiff’s complaint is barred because of the plaintiff’s own spoliation of evidence, specifically plaintiff’s failure to preserve, sequester or in any other way produce the actual playing cards used in the course of the defendants’ play, thereby irretrievably prejudicing defendants’ ability to secure judgment, and otherwise constituting suppression of evidence that would result in the entry of judgment on behalf of the defendants…Plaintiff intentionally destroyed each and every card and deck of cards it produced for play to defendants Ivey and Sun for that entire five month period preceding defendants’ final play at the Borgata in October of 2012.”

“In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.”
– Ace RothsteinCasino

“In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.”
Ace Rothstein: (voice-over), Casino

At the movies…
A collection of great poker and gambling films.

“I hadn’t been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word the bookmakers were offering 3-to-1 that Frank wouldn’t show for my wedding.”
– Sammy Davis Jr.

“Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money.”
– Steve Wynn

You can lead a horse to water but a donkey will follow you all the way to the river.

– Anonymous

“Every time I go to Vegas, I seem to incur some kind of fine.”
– Artie Lange

In a bet there is a fool and a thief.  

“The night before I left Las Vegas I walked out in the desert to look at the moon. There was a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high.” 
 Norman Mailer

“In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.”
– Steven Wright

Hockey in Vegas?
“I just don’t see it not happening. We have a solid owner, an arena and we sold 13,000 season tickets. Vegas has 2.2 million people. It’s a sports town. We’ve been starving for a professional franchise of any kind for many years.”
– Daniel Negreanu, on Las Vegas getting an NHL team.

Freeroller to High Roller

“I started playing poker seriously during my sophomore year of college in 2005. I had played some $5 home games in high school and stuff before that, but it was mainly an excuse to drink in our basements. I had kind of forgotten about poker, to be honest, but my little brother was really into it. He’s five years younger than me, and one day when I came back to visit from college, he was in the play money games on PokerStars. I thought it looked fun, so I started playing too. Then I found out about all of the freerolls they had on some of the other sites, won one of them, and all of a sudden I had a $100 bankroll. It was pretty much a standard poker boom story. I read some strategy books, got better and started building up my bankroll. I never had to make a deposit and I never went broke. By the time I had reached my senior year I was doing really well. During the last week of my finals, I had won over six figures.”

– Amit Makhija

Poker Hall of Fame
What’s the Criteria for Entry?

Inductees must be at least 40 years old and must have “played poker against acknowledged top competition” and “for high stakes,” while playing “consistently well” and “gaining the respect of peers.” The player must have lasted in the poker world too, as another standard is that they “stood the test of time.” For those who didn’t more or less play full-time, they must have “contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.”

Did you know? There are currently 48 members of the Poker Hall of Fame.
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Bluff Catcher
A hand with marginal strength that is not good enough to bet or raise with, but strong enough to go to showdown against an opponent’s bluffs.

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