Poker/Gambling Quotes

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Poker Quotes

“It’s hard work, gambling. Playing poker. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Think about what it’s like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money and leave you out the back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside. That probably sounds harsh. But that’s the way it is at the poker table. If you don’t believe me, then you’re the lamb that’s going off to the slaughter.”

- Stu Ungar

“You can’t let it get you down when somebody knocks you out of a tournament playing a hand they shouldn’t have played. Without these types of players, nobody would win any amount of money, so sometimes you just have to take your medicine.”

- TJ Cloutier

“No Limit Hold’em. Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror.”

- Tom McEvoy

Dr. Robert Chase: “Gambling doesn’t take away his pain.”
Dr. Gregory House: “It does if I win.”

- House

“I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream. Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and — when played well, nourishes the wallet.”

- Lou Krieger

“Poker is the game closest to the western conception of life, where life and thought are recognized as intimately combined, where free will prevails over philosophies of fate or of chance, where men are considered moral agents and where — at least in the short run — the important thing is not what happens but what people think happens.”

- John Luckacs

“Is it a reasonable thing, I ask you, for a grown man to run about and hit a ball? Poker’s the only game fit for a grown man. Then, your hand is against every man’s, and every man’s is against yours. Teamwork? Who ever made a fortune by teamwork? There’s only one way to make a fortune, and that’s to down the fellow who’s up against you.”

- W. Somerset Maugham

“The poker player learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong; that the bumblebee can fly; that, perhaps, one should never trust an expert; that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by those with an academic bent.”

- David Mamet

“Hold’em — like life itself — has its defining moment. It’s the flop. When you see the flop, you’re looking at 71 percent of your hand, and the cost is only a single round of betting.”

- Lou Krieger

“I’ve often thought, if I got really hungry for a good milk shake, how much would I pay for one? People will pay a hundred dollars for a bottle of wine; to me that’s not worth it. But I’m not going to say it is foolish or wrong to spend that kind of money, if that’s what you want. So if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand dollars in a poker game, that is his privilege.”

- Jack Binion

“Industry executives and analysts often mistakenly talk about strategy as if it were some kind of chess match. But in chess, you have just two opponents, each with identical resources, and with luck playing a minimal role. The real world is much more like a poker game, with multiple players trying to make the best of whatever hand fortune has dealt them. In our industry, Bill Gates owns the table until someone proves otherwise.”

- David Moschella

“A Smith & Wesson beats four aces.”

- American Proverb

“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e., everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”

- Terry Pratchett and Nei Gaiham, Good Omens, 1991

“Comedy isn’t necessarily all dialogue. Think of Buster Keaton: the poker face and all this chaos going on all around him. Sometimes it’s a question of timing, of the proper rhythm.”

- Clint Eastwood

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Gambling in Ontario, Ed Thorpe Beats the Dealer & the ‘Suitcase Man’

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Gaming in Ontario

The Canadian online gaming market expanded in 2015 as the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has unveiled a new online gambling site, PlayOLG.ca. It’ll feature blackjack, baccarat, roulette, slots and video poker. The site also allows users to purchase lottery tickets online. Ontarians spend about $500,000 a year on off-shore gambling sites and OLG is hoping to get its share.

* Players will have to set weekly maximum
* Can play for free
* Proceeds to support hospitals, cultural activities and non-profit corporations
Ontario, which is Canada’s most populous province, is now the seventh Canadian province of 10 that offers regulated online gambling (British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).

Super Bowl Wager
In 1989, Las Vegas Casino owner Bob Stupak bet big on Super Bowl XXIII, featuring the 49′ers and the Bengals at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. Stupak fired large, a million bucks, on San Fransisco to win. And, they did! The winning touchdown coming with 49 seconds left on the clock. Stupak had bragging rights for two reasons, as it was also, at the time, the largest bet ever made in Vegas.

The ‘Suitcase Man’
In 1980, William Lee Bergstrom became a Las Vegas legend. Known as the ‘Phantom Gambler’ and ultimately the ‘Suitcase Man’, he anonymously entered Binion’s Horseshoe Casino with $777,000 in a suitcase and placed it all on a single bet. He doubled his money instantly and left, disappearing for three years. In 1984, he reappeared in the casino and bet $1,000,000 on a single bet at a craps table. he lost! The next year, almost a full year after his million dollar bust, he committed suicide in a hotel room.

Ed Thorpe
Authored Beat the Dealer, the first book to mathematically prove, in 1962, that the house edge in blackjack could be overcome by card counting. The mathematics professor and hedge fund manager is best known for being ‘the father of the wearable computer’ in 1961.

The House Edge

NBA Ring?
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.

Six Sided Poker Dice 
Poker dice are dice which, instead of having number pips, have representations of playing cards upon them. Poker dice have six sides, one each of an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, ten and nine, and are used to form a poker hand.

The ‘Brat’ a Swinger?
Phil Hellmuth has been offered a chance to appear on ABC’s ”Wife Swap.” But, don’t expect him to take the network up on it…and took to Twitter to explain:
Have an offer to be on ABC television show “Wife Swap,” but wife won’t do it! Though I’m SURE she would look amazing!
- phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth)

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Kara Scott Parts w/ PartyPoker, Odds & Ends, Poker Quotes

 

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Kara Scott Parts Ways With Party Poker

The Canadian pro will not rep the company in 2015 according to her blog post below:

I’d like to announce that as of the end of this year, I will no longer be an ambassador for PartyPoker or their associated brands. When I first started with the company in January 2010, I was recruited in large part for my on-camera work. Over the past five years, I’ve had the opportunity to host a variety of projects for the company, including the Premier League, the Big Game, the World Open, the European Open and the World Women’s Open. PartyPoker has gone through many changes and unfortunately as their focus shifted, there were fewer and fewer TV projects. As those shows disappeared, so did one of my favourite parts of the job and now my association with Party is ending. However, I’m not going anywhere. I still love playing poker and have made a lot of great friends in the industry. The last five years with Party were a real learning experience for me. I made incredible memories and will always be glad for the time I spent there. I wish all of my former colleagues the best and I look forward to buying them a drink the next time we bump into each other at a poker event. Although I’m no longer wearing an orange patch, you’ll still be seeing me as a sideline reporter on your TVs or sitting with a chip stack of my own in tournaments around the world. I’ve already booked a flight to Malta and reserved a seat at my favourite reggae bar there, just in time for the big poker festival in March. I love poker. Here’s to a 2015 spent pursuing projects that excite and inspire me. It’s been way too long since I jumped into the unknown and I’m both relieved and exhilarated to be doing it again. I always do my best dancing when I’m not exactly sure where to put my feet.

 

Poker Quotes

“I love gambling and that’s another bad financial decision I’ve made; to play cards for money. The most I’ve won in one night is $28,000 playing blackjack and when I’m in Vegas I love playing poker and I just lose my mind but not to the point where I think I’ve got a problem. I don’t get up in the middle of the night and go every day, nothing like that.”
- Macy Gray, Singer

Mega Powerball Jackpot
Call it one of the largest jackpots’ in Powerball history – a whopping $425 million. A 2013 draw won by a single ticket sold in Northern California. Still no word on who the winner is but do know the gas station will receive $1 million and we do know the winning numbers; 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and the Powerball of 34. What’s the largest jackpot in lottery history? The Mega-Millions in 2012, a prize worth $656 million. The odds of winning the Powerball, matching all six numbers, is about 1 in 175 million.

Did you know?
In Act I of Guys and Dolls, three small-time gamblers, Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Benny Southstreet, and Rusty Charlie, argue over which horse will win a big race (“Fugue for Tinhorns”).

Guys & Dolls
The Sky Masterson character is based on Titanic Thomson. Damon Runyan was a protege of Bat Masterson when they wrote for the New York Telegraph. A whore’s breakfast was a cup of coffee, a cigarette, and a copy of the Telegraph. Bat sent a young Runyan to pawn shops to buy old six guns. He’d carve notches in them and sell them as historical items used in famous gunfights.

Did you know?
The odds of being dealt Ace-King suited are 331-1.

The Big Player
Ken Uston, who wrote The Big Player exposing secrets into Team Play blackjack, beat the casinos in the courts. New Jersey ruled in his favour, stating casinos could not ban players for simply counting cards. The casinos fought back with their own rule changes, like 10 deck shoes, to increase the house edge.
NOTE:  Uston, a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame, also penned, in just four days, Mastering PAC-MAN, which hit the New York Times Best Seller list.

William Harding
The late US president, the country’s 29th, Harding, really like to gamble, although it seems he wasn’t very good at it. In one poker game, he bet the White House china collection and lost it all in one hand.
Who is the only player to ever appear topless in his WSOP bracelet photo?
Answer HERE
Fun Facts
ICM, also known as the Independent Chip Model, is a mathematical formula used by poker players to calculate the equity of their chip stack in a tournament. Players often use these calculations to make better decisions in subsequent hands or even to determine a fair and equitable deal when chopping up remaining prize money. Tournament chips hold a non-linear value, meaning one big blind is worth more to a short stack than one big blind for the chip leader.

Billy Walters & Archie Karas – Legends!

 

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Billy Walters: Legendary Gambler

He was a dirt poor kid from Kentucky….broke 15 times….and then, as he says, started to focus.  a 30 year winning streak followed, making him perhaps the greatest, and richest professional gambler of all time!

Its the story of a degenerate gambler turned good…myth and legend…Billy Walters, despite making close to half a million dollars a year as a successful used car dealer, was often penniless…broke…the profits gone on a faded dream of beating the point spread.  At 35, he was a pathological gambler, and loser…he owed money to the bookies, couldn’t get credit, and was into his third marriage with an ill son How’d he turn it around?  Focus and dedication!  He moved to Vegas in ’82, and forget the fact he went broke 15 times, his 30-year winning streak was underway. Yes, things all changed when he joined the now-famous Computer Group, a sports betting machine that understood how to use computers to analyze statistical data to predict game outcomes.  This group was good.  Starting with yearly winnings of $100-grand, the group eventually was pulling in more than $1million a week. So dominate, so big, the group could move the betting line!  What an edge. Its 17 members were arraigned on 120 counts of conspiracy gambling and racketeering…all charges were eventually dismissed…but the group dissolved.  If big bets make you a legend….Walters is.  He wagers more than a million dollars on a typical work day, winning those bets makes you the best. Billy Walters can certainly claim to be the best….he owns a lifelong 57% winning percentage betting sports….he won $3.5 million on the Saints to win the  2010 super bowl….new orleans were 3 point underdogs…walters and his team of experts had them as favourites…and pounced.  He found an edge and took, something he’s down time and again….in 1986, he found a flaw in a roulette wheel at the golden nugget and took full advantage, exploiting it to the tune of $3.8 million.  The once dirt poor kid, degenerate gambler, is ow worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  He owns 7 homes around the world, one worth a whopping $29 million, 8 car dealerships, 9 golf courses, shopping centers, commercial properties, a $20 million private jet….he manages a team of sports consultants and programmers…who help him make, in a good year, $15 million. Worth noting, that’s only 20 % on his revenues.  Professional gambler, legend and High Roller – Billy Walters!

Fun Facts

Billy Walters made his first wager at the age of nine, staking his paper route money on the Yankees in the 1955 World Series. The Dodgers won in seven games, but the boy was hooked.

Quotable & Notable

 ”I’m all-in, I mean my chips are on the table and I’m going for it.”
Eddie Wineland
(…after being knocked out by the interim champ at UFC 165 in Toronto. Poker reference in MMA.)

Did you know?  
Nominees for induction into Poker’s Hall of Fame are subject to review by a 37 member panel; the 19 living members of the Hall of Fame and 18 distinguished members of the poker media. You must be at least 40 years ago to be inducted.

In 2009, Tom Dwan lost $2 million to, the then up-and-coming, ‘Isildur1’, the electrifying Swedish pro Viktor Blom, in just one session.

1996 world champ Huckleberry Seed was featured in the documentary Quantum Hoops, about the Cal-Tech basketball team and its pursuit of its first ever victory.

Sir Samuel Steele was the Royal Mounted Police Officer who arrested Louis Riel, without using a gun, once sentenced a Gambler to a $50 fine. The slick young gambler bragged, “I got that in my vest pocket.” Sam Steele replied, “And 60 days on the Mountie woodpile, do you have that in your vest pocket?”  The gambler was forced in to 2 months hard manual labor chopping wood.

Good luck & Good gambling!

 

Greatest Hustler Ever? Alvin Clarence Thomas

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Three NEW PAGES on the site; WSOP History 5, Titanic Thompson and Golden Nuggets 6….visit www.highrollerradio.net

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Titanic Thompson AKA Alvin Clarence Thomas

Greatest hustler ever?  A roving, gambling legend who is said to have killed five men in his lifetime.  He was a key figure in the so-called ‘Crime of thre Century’, the murder of Arnold Rothstein.

One of Titanic Thompson’s partners in “the hustling game” included pool player Mnnesota Fats, who considered Titanic a genius, “the greatest action man of all time”.  Note: Thompson’s one weakness, as he admitted, was betting on horse racing, where he lost millions of dollars during his life in failed bets.

In an era when top pro golfers were lucky to earn $30,000 a year, Thomas (who, after a misprint in a New York newspaper, let people think his name was Thompson) could make that much in a week hustling rich country club hackers. He was once asked if he would ever turn pro?  He replied, “I could not afford the cut in pay”.

Writer Damon Runyon allegedly based the character Sky Masterson, the gambler-hero of The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown (on which the musical Guys and Dolls is based), on Thompson.

“In the spring of 1912, I went to Joplin, Missouri, just about the time the (Titanic) liner hit an iceberg and sank with ,ore than 1,500 people on board.  I was in a pool room there and beat a fellow named Snow Clark out of $500.  To give him a chance to get even, I bet $200 I jump across his pool table without touching it.  If you think that’s easy, try it. But I could jump father than a herd of bullfrogs in thise days.  I put down an old mattress on the other side of the table.  Then I took a run and dived head first across the pool table.  While I was counting my money somebody asked Clark what my name was.  ’It must be Titanic,’ said Clark.  ’He sinks everybody.’  So I was Titanic from then on.”

Titanic Thompson was honored at the first World Series of Poker in 1970.  He had made gambling trips with his eldest son Tommy for many years, but after his father died, Tommy, a skilled, successful gambler in his own right, gave up a life of making bets for a church ministry. He successfully counsels prisoners and preaches to convince others to stay away from gambling.

Amarillo Slim’s Greatest Prop Bets

* Playing Minnesota Fats in one-pocket pool with a broom.
* Taking 21 and 1/2 points on the Jets and Broadway Joe in Super Bowl III.
* Hitting a golf ball a mile on a frozen lake (inspired by Titanic Thompson).
* Betting which sugar cube a fly would land on in an Arkansas jail.
* Out running a horse for a hundred yards (no one ever said anything about the race being straight away. The horse had to stop and turn around and Slim won.)
* Shooting free throws with a football against a Hall of Fame basketball coach.
* Beating Bobby Riggs playing ping pong with a skillet as a paddle.
* Beating a world champion ping pong player with a Coca Cola bottle.
* Rafted down the River of No Return in the winter in a wetsuit and won $31,000 from Jimmy ‘The Greek’ Snyder.
* Beating Evel Knievel in golf using a carpenter’s hammer.
* Betting that two out of 30 cab drivers in Dallas would have the same birthday.

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Sammy Farha, UIGEA, Commerce Casino

 

Hey High Rollers, couple of new pages on the site www.highrollerradio.net – including The Gamblers Fallacy, Howard Schwartz and Golden Nuggets (page 5).  You’ll find great quotes, notes and anecdotes from the world of poker/gambling.  This week a player profile of the legendary Sammy Farha, we’ll ask the question is poker a sport? & and we’ll outline the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, introduced in 2006.

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Sammy Farha

Ihsan “Sam” Farha, born in Beirut, Lebanon, is a high-stakes professional poker player best known for his heads-clash with Chris Moneymaker at the 2003 World Series of Poker. Farha lost a major pot on Day 2, leaving him with only 10% of his starting stack, and considered leaving but was talked into staying by Barry Greenstein.  The rest is history!

PokerStars organized a rematch of their main event showdown a few months later and Farha won. They then played a special ‘grudge’ match at the 2011 WSOP and Moneymaker proved victorius in the best-of-three format.

After winning the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or better) event in 2006, Farha skipped the event the next three years. He then played it again in 2010 when it was increased to a $10,000 buy-in – and won!  So, while not winning the event consecutively, Farha did claim the bracelet both times he played in the event.

Sammy co-authored a book, Farha on Omaha, which is a detailed guide on Omaha poker strategy. He intersperses basic strategies with his own personal style of play.

Bracelets

1996: $2500 Pot Limit Omaha ($145,000)
2006: $5000 Omaha Hi/Low $398,560
2010: $10,000 Omaha Hi/Low, $488,241

UIEGA

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is a piece of United States legislation, introduced in 2006 to regulate online gambling.  It was added as Title VIII to the SAFE Port Act, which otherwise regulated port security.  It “prohibits gambling businesses from knowingly accepting payments in connection with the participation of another person in a bet or wager that involves the use of the internet and that is unlawful under any federal or state law.”

When the act was passed, all online gambling sites listed on the London Stock Exchange (or similar markets) stopped taking U.S. players. PartyGaming, which runs PartyPoker.com, had its publicly traded stock drop by almost 60% in 24 hours as a result of the bill’s passage. The company was moved from the FTSE 100 Index to the FTSE 250 Index on October 11, 2006.

The founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, the three largest online poker sites in the world, were among those indicted in April 2011 for violations of the UIGEA.  According to the U.S State Attorney in New York, the companies allegedly tried to circumvent UIGEA rules with the help of others who acted as “payment processors”, which allowed the companies to disguise gambling revenue as payments for non-existent goods like jewellry or golf balls.


The Commerce Casino
The legendary home of the LAPC is a poker player’s dream; you might say a card playing heaven. High Roller Radio spoke to actor Eric Bruskotter, star of the movies Major League 2 & 3, about the electric atmosphere at the Commerce:
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Best Poker Commercials 
From Old Spice to Phil Ivey, High Roller Radio has compiled our list of top gambling commercials. Can you say Poker Face?

Good luck & good gambling!

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.”

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

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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
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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.

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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.