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Technical Difficulties Late in an MTT Poker Tourney? Be Prepared!

AKA 'nuTTTz', Al McDonald is the newest member of Team High Roller.

AKA ‘nuTTTz’, Al McDonald is the newest member of Team High Roller.

Hey High Rollers, we’d like to introduce the newest member of Team High Roller Radio. Al McDonald, an avid gamer, poker player & Twitch poker moderator for ‘Gripsed’ & ‘Upswing Poker’. AKA ‘nuTTTz’. Al has a strong technical background and here talks about a gambling nightmare; you’re leading an MTT poker tournament and the power goes out. Help!!!!

Costly Crash Late in an MTT?

By: Al McDonald

It’s just past the 10PM, 5-minute online tournament break. Six hours into what you hope to be a twelve-or fourteen-hour session, you are feeling relaxed. Thinking back to the countless hours of study, the thousands and thousands of hands you played in order to give yourself a real chance to be profitable in online poker, your confidence is high.Seeing the thousands of dollars up for grabs in the top places feeds you energy. The mental game training kicks in, ensuring you stay on track. You continue making good decisions. You’ve got this bad boy! No-one is as prepared as you are to win. Every read is right. The hero calls are paying off. It is all going just as you planned.You hear the sound of a distant “POP!” and suddenly it is dark. A few seconds go by before you start to fully understand the gravity of the situation.
“I am deep in three, 6-figure-prize-pool tournaments and my computer and internet are off! What the hell do I do now? HELP!”

It only takes a few seconds longer to realize that the little generator on your bicycle front tire is not going to save the day. You are well and truly at the mercy of events and circumstances that are out of your control. But are you really? Could you have protected yourself? Yes. Absolutely, most certainly, yes! Taking into account the stakes at play, at some point it becomes necessary to make serious investment in technical variance reduction.

Avoid internet and power outages late in MTT poker tournament!

Avoid internet and power outages late in MTT poker tournament!

The first part of it, like anything, is knowing all the variables. In the case of technical variance, it is a short list of three things:

    1. Hardware failure

    2. Power outage

    3. Internet outage

Hardware Failure

This can be due to any one of a hundred different reasons, some preventable, others not. 

The most obvious factor is to buy a quality system that is up to the task. Going cheap here is like trying to race INDY in your family sedan. Make sure you get system that can handle the heaviest load you wish to put on it and then some. When buying a system, consider maxing out the RAM and upgrading to an SSD drive to improve both performance and reliability.

Regular system maintenance can go a long way towards keeping a system running at peak efficiency. (I’ll get back to that later.) Even the best due diligence on housecleaning, however, will not stop hardware from eventually failing. The key to insuring against losses due to failure is redundancy, even if that means something as simple as a backup laptop capable of running the software load you require. Are you a smartphone/tablet user? Consider having your sites’ apps installed in case of emergency.

Some users, many top Twitch streamers, for example, will put a very large investment into redundant hardware that is capable getting them back on-screen very quickly. Four-monitor setups with dual gaming PCs create the ability for one PC to take over should the other fail. This enables the session to be finished with only a slight interruption. The issue of the failure can then be addressed later when your tournament life isn’t at stake.

Whenever a hardware failure takes your system down, it will almost never be a quick fix. 
Repairs shouldn’t be attempted if also trying to play serious poker. Things such as replacing video cards or restoring data to a new hard drive are quite often day-long adventures.

Backup devices to login with are your best insurance against loss due to hardware failure.

Power Outages

When you have all the right equipment in place, this is one of the least troublesome issues you’ll face.

While dealing with power outages is relatively easy, it will not be cheap to do right. 
Take into account what relevant factors apply to you and determine just how much you need to invest in protection. Things to consider are: location, type of residence, service consistency (outages and fluctuations), expected power consumption, runtime and budget.
 
Dependant upon what type of dwelling you reside in, your options can be different. Home owners have one option others will not: an external, automatic switch-over, backup generator. While an expensive option costing several thousand dollars or more when combined with basic battery backup devices on modems and computers, it provides seamless uninterrupted power. Natural gas may also be an option that ensures your off-the-grid power never runs out of fuel.

When renting or living in a place where an exterior generator is not an option, battery backup is your only option. Also called a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply), these range from inexpensive units that provide mere minutes of power to serious boxes that can provide many hours of backup power. The greater the wattage and longer the power duration possible, the greater the price of entry.

Service consistency will often go hand in hand with location. Rural residents, who may have to contend with things like trees falling on power lines, will naturally be coupled with more frequent outages and longer downtimes. When an external generator is not an option and downtimes will be longer than most, getting proper backup power will be expensive.

How many devices you wish to run on emergency power is a critical consideration. Runtime costs money. Expect any battery backup that will provide power to multiple devices for an hour or more to start at the four figure price range. For multiple monitors, PCs, modems etc, expecting to last for several hours can easily land you in five-figure territory.

Depending on the stakes involved, you may potentially lose more with an outage than a solid battery backup system would have cost. Backup solutions are your poker insurance policy against losses.

Internet Outage

Our modern age worst nightmare. More angry calls have been made because people have email they can’t get than any other reason in telephone history. As a Twitch streamer, a lost internet connection is a show stopper. As a stakes player, it can make you lose your mind and your chance of winning. This is where it gets all ‘good news, bad news’.

For most, the good news is that insurance is fairly easy to obtain. Salvation lay in cell phone service. Urban areas and many rural areas have full data and internet coverage as part of the cell service. Consisting of nothing more than a 4G- or 3G USB dongle and a service agreement, this option is the fastest way back to the interwebs should your main provider suffer a major outage. Switching to a mobile device for play can be an option here as well. Unfortunately, most mobile devices do not support multi-tabling. As such, a 4G dongle on a monthly contract can be a very worthwhile investment.

The bad news: If alternate cell service or a backup internet provider are not options, you are screwed. Blinding out. GG, us. Thank you for playing. Go pour yourself some of your favourite beverage and try to not toss your monitors against the wall. Breaking stuff is -EV.

To this point, we have discussed those things that are random and unpredictable. From here we will go into the preventable.

System Maintenance and Due Diligence

The software on your computer is 1000 times more complicated than the hardware it runs on.
Left to its own devices, the software will, for lack of a more fitting description, over time go insane. Not a little loopy, either; completely batshit crazy. A machine exposed to the internet is at even more risk. Exposure to the internet creates a ‘not if, but when’ certainty for trouble.

Maintenance items that are required for continued good performance are:

    Defrag: Untangles the ones and zeroes that got mixed together during HDD use. Note: Don’t enable defragmentation on SSD devices. Windows does know better here. On mechanical HDDs, this should be run weekly during your non-grinding hours. (No defrag on Macs.)
     Scandisk- Scans system for errors and drive defects. I recommend running scans on your HDDs and SSDs weekly on all critical-uptime systems. (Mac users run Disk Utility.)
    Antivirus/malware scan- Up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software is a must. Run weekly scans and have on-access, real-time scanning enabled. Running a PC on the internet without this protection is only inviting disaster.

Backup, Backup, Backup

One of the most important aspects of keeping your data intact is to have a backup. Windows and Macs offer native backup solutions that are free. Purchase a USB drive that is at least three times larger than your main HDD and schedule daily full backups of your system. In a worst-case scenario of a HDD crash or SSD failure, you can install your operating system on a fresh drive and then restore all your apps and data from last night’s backup. Don’t be That Guy who loses years of hand histories and player stats to a lack of preparation.

Conclusion

As for due diligence, it is like any insurance and maintenance.
When you assess how much is as stake for you, that is your opportunity to consider how much you are willing to invest to protect it. If a four-figure investment can prevent you from a five- or six-figure loss, you should call. 
Every single time.

Be Well.
Be Prepared.
nuTTTz 

 

Costly Crash & Burn Late in an MTT
January 4, 2017

It’s just past the 10PM, 5-minute online tournament break. Six hours into what you hope to be a twelve-or fourteen-hour session, you are feeling relaxed. Thinking back to the countless hours of study, the thousands and thousands of hands you played in order to give yourself a real chance to be profitable in online poker, your confidence is high.

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Interview with the ‘Poker Mutant’ Darrel Plant

Hey High Rollers, the library continues to grow. We enjoyed some thorough poker and gambling knowledge last week from Nicholas Colon, a professional card counter, an attendee at the secretive Blackjack Ball in Las Vegas and head of the Alea Consulting Group, Dr. Tricia Cardner, author of Positive Poker and Peak Poker Performance & Jonathan Little, author of 9 poker books, winner of two WPT titles and the World Poker Tour’s Season 6 ‘Player of the Year’.

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This week, we are pleased to say we were joined by Darrel Plant, the ‘Poker Mutant’, who writes for PokerNews and www.mutantpoker.com. He is an authority on poker in Portland, Oregon, and has written several articles about the WSOP, poker strategy and cash games versus tournaments.

Great Interview! Hit play and enjoy.

Portand Poker? “Imagine a city where there was never any rake, a tournament started every couple of hours and you could get a seat in a rake-free $1/$2 cash game at multiple venues. That’s the situation in Portland.” – Darrel Plant, PokerNews

PLus, we also dipped into the archives and found some nice clips from Steve Dannenmann, runner-up at the 2005 World Series of Poker for a cool $4.2 million. Dannenmann is a fiesty, lively character, who had the time of his life on his run to the heads-up showdown with Joe Hachem.

Here, he reflects on the ’05 main event final table, star-studded group:

Here, he talks about the infamous Dannenmann Notes. Remember that crumpled peice of paper in his pocket? It contained some sage advice.

Thank-you Darrel Plant, thank-you Steve Dannenmann.

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Great Week at High Roller Radio: Colon, Cardner, De Beer & Little Interviews

Hey High Rollers, been a great week for us. We are closing in on the unveiling of our brand new site design, it’s been a slow process but we’re only in it for the love of the game and we’re in no rush. Stay tuned though, it looks dynamite.

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Did you know that only 1-in-47,000 players actually has the patience and ability to successfully count cards? We learned that in our interview with professional card counter, former player/slash manager of the M-I-T blackjack team derivatives and head of the Alea Consulting Group, www.aleaconsultinggroup.com, Nicholas G. Colon.  He was great in providing High Roller Nation an insiders look at the casino industry; slot machine play, blackjack and player experience.

We also spoke to Dr. Tricia Cardner, www.drtriciacardner.com, who specializes in peak performance and sports psychology and has released a new book, Peak Poker Performance, to go along with her previous book, Positive Poker. Cardner delves into tilt and emotional downswings and looks at ways to develop positive routines and systems to combat it. Terrific chat!

Plus, we had Chris de Beer on, the ‘Don’ of MMA & UFC sports betting. This guy is good. We discussed Conor McGregor at UFC 205, his leverage against the UFC now with two belts, Miesha Tate’s retirement, plus a preview of Anthony Johnson versus Daniel Cormier (now out with injury) at UFC 206. Damn, what a great year for MMA.

And, Jonathan Little, a WPT superstar with two titles, more than $7 million won and author of nine poker books, including his best-selling Excelling at No Limit Hold’em. Be sure to hit play and enjoy. www.jonathanlittlepoker.com

Nicholas G. Colon Q&A

Chris de Beer UFC Q&A

Dr. Patricia Cardner Q&A

Jonathan Little Q&A

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Mike Sexton Wins in Montreal, Adds His Name to List of WPT Champions!

Mike Sexton Wins WPT Montreal

Sexton Slays Montreal

Sexton Slays Montreal

Hey High Rollers, congrats to Mike Sexton, poker legend and Hall of Famer, who finally captured a title on the World Poker Tour. The WSOP bracelet winner and WSOP Tournament of Champions winner has been commentating on the live WPT broadcasts since the franchise’s first ever episode. We’ve all heard his familiar voice, giving blow-by-blow action alongside his partner in the booth Vince Van Patten, exciting millions of fans worldwide with each turn of the card. Well, at 69, he’s finally broke through on the other side of the camera, toppling a field of 648 at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, pocketing more than $300,000 for his efforts. His name added to the star-studded list of WPT champions.

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Sexton is one of poker’s household names, he spoke at Stu Ungar’s funeral, and has compiled a stellar poker career, but perhaps his finest moment was the event in La Belle Province. He entered the final table as chip leader, but had to overcome a ridiculous chip lead held by Benny Chen once heads-up. At one point, I think it was 70 big blinds for Chen to Sexton’s seven big blinds. The veteran card player, who has faced off against most of the games greats, put on a short-stack display for the ages. Small bets, small pots, a steal here, a tight fold there, Sexton managed what few chips he had left and battled his way back. With all the momentum on Chen’s side Sexton asked for a break, which was granted, and it proved to be move of great guile and wisdom. Upon return, Sexton stayed calm and collected, and fought hard over several hours and came back, to the delight of the worldwide audience on Twitch. One big pot that shifted the chip lead, and then the fatal knock-out blow, and just like that Sexton had his arms raised like the champion he is. Sure he survived a few all-ins with the worst of it, but he gave himself a chance, put himself in a position to win an closed the deal. Well done sir.

From the archives:

Is it High Roller Radio mojo? Maybe. We had Sexton on the show several months ago to talk about his new book. Did we mention he’s an author? The book is called Life’s a Gamble and its a good read. It’s a great interview too:

High Roller Radio Q&A w/ Poker Great Mike Sexton.

Did you know? Sexton was a gymnast and attended The Ohio State University, earning a degree in public recreation. He jokes that he majored in poker because he played frequently in college. Sexton has 46 cashes at the WSOP, and close to $5.5 million in earnings.  On February 15, 2006, he was recognized as the top poker ambassador at the Card Player Magazine Player of the Year Awards Gala. In 2009, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. 

Editor’s Note: If you haven’t seen the three-handed action from the 2006 WSOP Tournament of Champions involving Sexton (who won the event), Daniel Negreanu and Mike Matusow, it is highly recommended you do so. Look for it on youtube. Sexton was brilliant.

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High Roller Radio…Busy, Busy, Busy…on Youtube!

Hey High Rollers, been a busy few weeks with great interviews (William Kassouf, Allen Kessler & James McManus, author of two of the greatest poker books ever; Positively Fifth Street & Cowboys Full.) Great chat about his crazy, fortunate, sequence of events in 2000 at the World Series of Poker. There to cover the Ted Binion murder trial, McManus almost won the main event:

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James McManus Q&A

We have also put together many interesting poker & gambling features, starting with a couple relating to poker & politics:

Donald Trump Wins Presidency, Poker Players Tweet About It!

Do you Abuse Poker Dealers?

The Card Collecting Con

Author Michael Craig: “Ivey Won $17 million in 3 Days!

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Allen Kessler Poker Interview & Greatest Craps Roll Ever!

Hey High Rollers…did you watch the WSOP main event final table? Wow. Congrats to Qui Nguyen, who displayed the heart fo champion throughout, on taking down the November Nine, the bracelet and the $8 million first prize. 

We’ve had two great interviews this week, William Kassouf & Allen Kessler, s please check out www.highrollerradio.net and then our youtube channel, subscribe while you’re there.

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Allen Kessler Interview

He’s the ‘Chainsaw’ folks. Terrific chat about the 2016 main event, the November Nine, the Poker Hall of Fame inductions and more. Enjoy.

Craps Legend!

Your every day dice thrower can expect to roll 8 times at the craps table before sevening out, that’s the average, 8 rolls, and then 7-craps. Well…Patricia Demauro of New Jersey is not your average dice thrower, and in 2009, she set the gambling world a buzz! A Grandma who was feeelin’ it, the greatest craps roll ever today on High Roller Radio.
Out for a night of gambling, she was having no success at the penny slots when her friend, who was losing at poker, asked her if she wanted to try craps.  “Why not?”  She said. When it was her turn, she rubbed her hands together, picked up the dice, and began to throw.
Craps is the most popular dice game in the world, certainly the most exciting. Its a game of chance not skill, with a slight house edge, about 1.4 percent…, harder to beat than blackjack, but easier than roulette. Its a fast game too, and for Demauro, a novice at the game, it must have been like speaking a foreign language.
“There are all these terms I didn’t know, people were yelling at me,” she said. But she kept tossing those dice, another throw, another point hit, more throws, hard eights, snake eyes, 8’s, 10’s, a hard 4 for good measure.  The dealer kept retrieving the dice and she kept throwing – 154-times in all. Yes, 154!  Enough to make it the greatest craps roll all-time. Took her an astonishing 4 hours 18 minutes! Talk about a good night. The casino so impressed it broke out the bubbly.
We know she started with 100 bucks, and while there’s no word on exactly how much she made, if she made decent bets, it would have been in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Experts bets and it would be million. Happened may 23rd, 2009 at the Borgata…
Before her, the longest craps roll lasted three hours and six minutes in las vegas in 1989, 118 rolls… And according former guest of our show, Frank Soblete, author of Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos, the previous best for highest number of successive dice rolls was 147, by a man known as the “Captain” in 2005.
By the way…, what are the odds of Demauro’s unlikely performance at the craps table?  154 rolls without severing out? Well, According to Stanford University statistics professor Thomas Cover, the probability has been calculated at 1 in 1.56 trillion, chances smaller than getting struck by lightning or winning the lottery.
154 rolls…and no sevens baby! Patricia Demauro…a grandma with the greatest craps roll ever today on HRR.

William Kassouf Interview: “Victimized & Singled-Out” in WSOP Main Event!

Hey High Rollers, one of the most polarizing players in poker folks, William Kassouf put on quite a show at the 2016 World Series of Poker and we spoke to him about his run in the main event, his opponents reaction o him, Cliff Josephy, Gordon Vayo, Griffin Benger, Jack Effel and poker’s new world champ Qui Nguyen. Enjoy!

November Nine History, Fun Facts & Poker Tidbits

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Qui Nguyen: 2016 World Champion
Fun November Nine Facts
It’s poker’s marquis showcase, the World Series of Poker main event final table. The much heralded November Nine today on High Roller Radio.  Since 2008, in a bid to generate publicity and worldwide excitement, the WSOP has paused play in July, when the tournament gets down to 9 players, taken a 3-and-a-half month break, and reconvened in November to decide the winner, hence the phrase November Nine.

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Players have used that time off to hire coaches, study, play more poker or simply go on vacation. Not everyone is a fan of the extended break. ”it ruins the integrity of the tournament,” said Ylon Schwartz, one of the first ever November Niners, Class of 2008.
ESPN isn’t complaining. That 2008 version got great ratings and an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Live Turnaround’.
In 2009, November Niner Jeff Schulman, president of Card Player magazine, openly stated that if he won the bracelet he would throw it in the trash. “Everything to do with how the tournament is run,” Shulman said. “It used to be run by people who loved and really cared about poker. That mission has been derailed by executives.”
He later recanted, saying he wouldn’t toss the bracelet but instead pursue one of four options; hold an auction for charity, give it away as part of a magazine promotion, hold a tourney and give it to the winner, or give it to tv personality Stephen Colbert. Schulman finished 4th that year. Joe Cada won it at the tender age of 21, making him the youngest ever to do so.
 
Phil Ivey was there in 2009, but was ousted in 7th when his ace king lost to Darwin Moon’s ace queen, when a queen hit the flop. Moon, the amateur logger from Maryland finished 2nd. Did you know he gaimed entry into the main through a $130 satellite tourney in Wheeling, West Virginia, and briefly considered re-investing that 10k score into his business instead of taking his seat in Vegas. Well, 2nd  got him $5 million so good decision and great parlay Darvin Moon.
Herer’s a quirky fact – 2010 main event champ Jonathan Duhamel and 2013 November Niner Marc Etienne McLaughlin, who finished 6th, play on the same dodgeball team. Also, for just the second time ever, 2010 featured a final table without someone who resides in Las Vegas.
In 2011, Irishman Eoghan O’Dea made the November Nine. His legendary, poker playng father, Donnacha, reached the main event final table in 1983, then again in 1991, so they become the first father-son duo to ever accomplish that feat.
In 2012, thanks the US presidential election, the final table was held early, so it was the ‘October Nine’. 2012 was also the year the women got close; Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille, finsihed 10th and 11th respectively, effectively bubbling the Octo 9. The only woman to ever reach the main event final table? Hall of Famer Barbara Enright in 1995.
Then there’s the MarK Newhouse story! In 2013, the American made the final table but was first one out in 9th. Fast forward one year, 2014, and he sent out a tweet:
“Just bought into the main event day 1c. Not f’ing finishing 9th again!’ he wrote. Incredibky, Newhuse outlasted another monster field to make the final table again. Think about that; he survived more than 13,000 runners over a two year period. This time, he had good chips, one of the leaders heading in, but nothing seemed to work that night, just couldn’t get anything going. After losing a few big pots heeventually shoved with pocket 10’s on the river only to be called by pocket Queens. Guess what? Ninth again!
Now let’s break this down:
The odds of being struck by lightning in any two-year period are 1 in 480,000, according to the National Weather Service. Bowling a 300 game? 11,500-to-1. A hole-in-one is 6,000-to-1. Winning an Olympic medal? 650,000-to-1. Well, finishing 9th at the WSOP two years running can be calculated at roughly 4 million-to-1, the experts suggest.
Also in 2014, The November Nine featured Builly Pappas, who between the time of the tounrey getting down to 9 and the actual final table playing out, went out and won a World Foosball Championship, his 4th since 2005, nobody has won more. More fun facts; Britain has had two November Niner’s, both James Akenhead in 2009, and Sam Holden in 2011, started from ninth position and both lasted just a few hands.
Oldest November Niner? Pierre Nueville of Balgium. Second oldest? Neil Blumenfield of San Fransisco. And, they were at the same final table – 2015. Average age of all November Niners since 2008? 31. 2015 was also the first time in history that all players had previously cashed in a WSOP event.
The player entering in 2nd chip position had never won (until this year and Qui Nguyen).
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Poker & Gambling Features: Big Wagers, High Stakes Blackjack & Roving Gamblers!

Hey High Rollers, have you been enjoying the ESPN coverage of the 2016 WSOP main event? How about William Kassoeuf, the talkative one time chip-leader, who ran his pocket Kings into Griffin Benger’s pocket Aces with just 15 left? Known for his ‘speech play’, Kassoeuf certainly was the talk of the poker world, not so much for the things he was actually saying, but perhaps more for the time he was ‘wasting’ while saying them. Personally, I loved it. Love his talk, entertaining indeed, but yes it would be nice if play could speed up a bit. Can you say shot clock? It’s coming.

Alright, we are taking our time (sorry for delay) in launching our newly updated site at www.highrollerradio.net, new design, same great ciontent and more. It will be ‘live;’ soon…so please stay tuned. In the meantime, we are transferring a lot of our audio content to youtube, in the form of some short, informative, and hopefully enjoyable videos. Here are a few of them:

Dominic LoRiggio: The Man with the Golden Arm

Billy Baxter: Poker Legend & Hall of Famer

The Breast Bet Ever? Canadian Gambler Brian Zembic

The Hole in One Gang: How British Gamblers Beat the 1991 British Open

Britain’s Best Gambler? Harry Findlay!

Hemingway on Hold’em: The Literary Giant Loved Poker

Video Poker Legend Bob Dancer

Doyle Brunson’s Super System

Ken Uston: The Blackjack & Pacman Man

Minnesota Fats: Hustler, Gambler Legend

The Rovin’ Gambler Puggy Pearson

The Moneymaker Effect – How Chris Moneymaker Changed the Game of Poker

What’s in a Deck of Cards? A lot!

The Ace of Clubs House

Most Expensive Casino Chip Ever Sold!

Amarillo Slim: Poker Legend & 1972 World Champ

John Wesley Hardin – Gambler, Gunfighter, Legend

The Cincinnati Kid: A Highly Improbable ‘Cooler’ Final Hand

The FedEx Gamble: How Blackjack Saved the Company!

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Your ‘November Nine’ – who will take the WSOP main event?

Hey High Rollers, very excited for UFC 201 tonight from Atlanta, as Robbie Lawlor puts his title on the line against the imposing and hard hitting Tyron Woodley. Can you say SLUGFEST? Another fight to watch is Jake Ellenburger versus Matt Brown, wow! Follow us on twitter @highrollerradio for updates throughout the evening.

2016 WSOP Final Table The 'November Nine'

2016 WSOP Final Table
The ‘November Nine’

Meet Your 2016 November Nine
Cliff Josephy, known online as ‘JohnnyBaxPoker,’ has the chip lead heading into the world championship final table. November Niners, representing five nations, will return to the Rio’s Penn & Teller theatre October 30th to play for poker bragging rights worldwide, the $8 million dollar first prize and of course that very expensive bracelet.
The main event attracted 6,737 players from around the globe. Close to seven thousand high rollers, low rollers, amateurs, pros, sharks & fish ponied up the 10-grand to play, some just to say they were there, some for the thrill of it all and many with full intention on winning. Now, just nine remain. Each has already received ninth place money of $1 million but there is still a staggering $25 million to play for. 
It’s a final table featuring five nations, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Spain and the United States. Canada, Spain and the US have all produced world champions before. Belgium and the Czech Republic are hoping for their first. And, by all accounts, the media reports and the updates on WSOP.com, this seems to be one of the more talkative and animated final tables in years.
Alright, let’s meet your players…
In Seat 1, we have the short-stacked Jerry Wong, with slightly more tun 10 million. He is one of two New Yorkers at the table, Josephy being the other, he’s 34, a poker pro with 19 previous WSOP cashes, more than a million dollars in live tournament earnings and his previous biggest score, more than 700k, came in 2013 when he finished 3rd at the PCA in the Bahamas.
Seat 2, Griffin Benger, a previous guest of the show and our favourite to win, despite being 7th in chips with 26 million. Benger, of course, a Canadian who does play-by-play for the newly formed Global Poker League. He’s a bonafied big league poker star, $2.4 million in lifetime live tourneys, more than $5 million won online under the banner of ‘Flush_Entity,’ winner of a couple major titles, including his $1 million payday for taking down Shark Cage. This guy is good, be sure to visit www.highrollerradio.net for our dynamite chat with Griffin Benger.
On his left, Seat 3, is the Czech Republic’s Vojtech Ruzicka, who is ranked 6th in chips with 27.3 million. Good player, a professional with 17 WSOP cashes and $1.5 million won on the live circuit. The closest the Czech Republic has ever come to a poker world champ? Martin Staszko, who finished 2nd in 2011. 
Beside him, Seat 4, is Fernando Pons of Palma, Spain. A guy with much work to do! He is last in chips with only 6 million. His biggest live cash before this main event? $4,000 from a limit hold’em event a few years ago. He is an account executive for a retail chain, so you have to believe he knows the numbers. Will he be the first one all-in? Will he make a push for the title? Or, will he sit back hoping to move up a few spots to pocket some more cash? We’ll see.
Qui Nguyen occupies Seat 5, second in chips with 68 million. This39 year old Vegas resident calls himself a professional gambler. Poker is not his main game, so expect those chips to be active.
Seat 6, the man to beat Cliff Josephy, a 51 year old long time professional shark and the oldest November Niner this year. Josephy has two WSOP bracelets, a 3k No Limit Hold’em title and a $1,500 Seven Card Stud title, and more than $2.6 million in live winnings. He was a main backer of 2009 world champ Joe Cada, so the main event has been very good to him. Can he cap a terrific poker career with a world championship? Can he take JohnnyBax to the max? He’s very good and he’s got the chips to play with.
Good spot to be, directly on Josephy’s left…and that’s where you’ll find Michael Ruane perched with his 31.6 million chips in Seat 7. His previous best cash? $17,000, so this is a massive payday for the New Jersey native. He is a poker pro, cash games, and you have to believe he’s riding high with a ton of confidence.
Next to him, Seat 8, San Fransisco’s Gordon Vayo with 49 million in chips. He’s 27 years old and has come close to WSOP gold, finishing 2nd in a $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event two years ago for $314k. This is his first main event cash but he’s had a great summer, 21 events, 8 cashes and, yes, this million dollar payday, how much more will it be, $7 million? We’ll see.
and in Seat 9, Kenny Hallaert, who is 4th in chips with 43 million. Will he be Belgium’s first ever World Series of Poker main event champion? He is an accomplished tournament director and player, 22 previous WSOP cashes and in last year’s Colossus, with 22,374 entries, he finished 5th, turning his 565 bucks into more than $180,000. Is he your sleeper?
October 30th play resumes to a packed and boisterous crowd at the Rio. It’s poker’s marquis event, the showcase, and the winner will forever be immortalized in poker lore. A gold bracelet, a title and bragging rights are on the line. Can’t wait!
By the way, your ‘bubble boy’ was California’s Josh Weiss who will receive a free entry into next year’s main event for his troubles.
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