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46th Annual World Series of Poker Highlights, Bracelet Winners, Poker History

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while….busy summer with the World Series of Poker, watching the WSOP Live Streams. Congrats to David Tuchman and all of his co-hosts, another fantastic offering of poker variety, thrills and spills, great action with bad beats and remarkable feats. Below you’ll find all the bracelet winners and some highlights from the 46th annual WSOP.

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Mississippi Grind Trailer

Be sure to check out the new trailer for the gambling road movie Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendohlson…looks great, and got awesome reviews at the film festivals. The greatest since Rounders? We’ll see.

Dogs Playing Poker


A Bold Bluff

This is just one of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s 16 pieces in his famous American Classic painting series. Did you know they were originally painted to sell cigars?

Dogs Playing Poker

John Reading Interview

This Minnesota Native cashed 7 times at the WSOP, made two final tables and won a bracelet in the first ever Hyper Hold’em event that saw 20 minute blind levels. It took just 11 hours to reach a final table.

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46th Annual WSOP

– The first ever WSOP.com online bracelet event drew 909 runners. Players had to be competing from an IP address in Nevada. Once the final table of six was reached play was suspended for a day so that the contestants could meet at the Rio and battle it out live for the bracelet. One of our former guests, Hunter Cichy finished runner-up. Another former guest Dutch Boyd cashed.

– Event #60, the 25k High Roller, won by former lawyer turned poker pro Anthony Zinno, was the richest PLO tournameny in history, generating a prize pool of more than $4 million.

2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel topped a stacked field in the $111,111 buy-in Big One for One Drop. He defeated businessman Bill Klein heads-up for the title and his 2nd bracelet. Bill Klein donated his entre 2nd place winnings, $2,465,522, to charity.

Trivia: Who finished 6th in the main event and plays on the same dodgeball team as Jonathan Duhamel?
Answer
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– Christian Pham, a Minnesota poker pro, accidentally signed up for the wrong event ($1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7) and ended up winning it. Pham previously won a the WSOP circuit main event at Caesars Palace in 2013. Thinking he was signing up for the next day’s NLHE event, Pham was stunned to learn he was playing Kansas City Lowball, a form of poker he had never played before:

“They had started dealing already, so I couldn’t do anything. If they had not started dealing, I would have told the floorman and asked to be unregistered.”
– Christian Pham

– Jeffrey Tomlinson, a 51 year old football coach from Florida, upset a stacked field in Event #25.
“I don’t have any fear. I mean, I’m here to play my game. It doesn’t mean I’ll win ten gold bracelets, but from the moment I sat down I knew I could win.”

– Seven years after his first gold bracelet, Phil Galfond picked up his 2nd in the world championship of Kansas City lowball single draw defeating Nick Schulman, a two-time winner of this very event, heads-up. It was his 15th career cash, bringing is WSOP earnings above the $2 million mark.

– Max Pescatori became the first Italian to win three gold bracelets, taking down the $1,500 Razz for $156,000.

– Keith Lehr needed just 24 hands to beat Paul Volpe in the final of the $10k heads-up world championship. It’s his 2nd bracelet. His first? Twelve years ago in pot limit hold’em.

– After min-cashing in the Colossus, Germany’s Paul Michaelis took down Event #8 for his first bracelet and close to $200,000.

“I was running insane basically. I had a straight flush against a nut flush, I had a couple sets. My bluffs worked out. Everything worked perfectly actually,”
– Paul Michaelis

– The Colossus was exactly that! It broke the record for the biggest live poker tournament ever by more than 150%! The prize pool? More than $11 million, more than double the advertised guarantee. Nolan Dalla, longtime poker writer and unofficial WSOP historian, compared it to Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games, Barry Bonds eclipsing Hank Aaron for career home runs, and Joe DiMaggio setting the record for consecutive games with a hit.

WSOP Bracelet Winners 2015
Event #1: Casino Employees Championship, Brandon Barnette ($74,704)
Event #2: $5,000 NLHE, Michael Wang ($466,120)
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better, Robert Mizrachi ($251,022)
Event #4: $3,000 NLHE Shootout, Nick Petrangelo ($201,812)
Event #5: The Colossus, Cord Garcia ($638,880)
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Turbo, John Reading ($252,028)
Event #7: Deuce to 7 World Championship, Taun Le ($322,756)
Event #8: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em, Paul Michaelis ($189,818)
Event #9: $1,500 Razz, Max Pescatori ($155,947)
Event #10: Heads-Up World Championship, Keith Lehr ($334,430)
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, William Kakon ($196,055)
Event #12: $1,500 6-Handed NLHE, Idan Raviv ($455,057)
Event #13: $2,500 7-Card Stud/Omaha 8 or Better, Konstanin Maslak ($269,612)
Event #14: $1,500 NLHE Shootout, Barry Hutter ($283,546)
Event #15: Pot Limit Hold’em World Championship, Shaun Deeb ($318,857)
Event #16: Millionaire Maker
Event #17: Razz World Championship, Phil Hellmuth ($271,105)
Event #18: $1,000 Turbo NLHE, John Gale ($298,290)
Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, Matt Elsby ($230,799)
Event #20: $1,500 NLHE, Benjamin Zamani ($460,640)
Event #21: $10,000 World Championship of Omaha 8 or Better, Daniel Alaei ($391,037)
Event #22: $1,000 NLHE, Sam Greenwood ($318,977)
Event #23: $1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Christian Pham ($81,314)
Event #24: $1,500 HORSE, Arash Ghaneian ($239,750)
Event #25: $5,000 8-Handed NLHE, Jeffrey Tomlinson ($567,724)
Event #26: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Aaron Wallace ($226,985)
Event #27: $10k World Championship 7-Card Stud, Brian Hastings ($239,518)
Event #28: Monster Stack,
Event #29: $10k World Championship Deuce-to-7 Single Draw, Phil Galfond ($224,383)
Event #30: $1,000 NLHE, Franco Ivan Luca ($353,391)
Event #31: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better, Jeff Madsen ($301,314)
Event #32: $5,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Jason Mercier ($633,357)
Event #33: $1,500 Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Benny Glaser ($136,215)
Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em, Andre Boyer ($250,243)
Event #35: $3,000 HORSE, Dan Idema ($261,774)
Event #36: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, Corrie Wunstel ($266,874)
Event #37: $10,000 World Championship 6-Handed NLHE, Byron Kaverman ($657,331)
Event #38: $3,000 NLHE, Thiago Nishijima ($546,843)
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix, Brian Hastings ($133,403)
Event #40: $1,000 Seniors Championship, Travis Baker ($613,466)
Event #41: $10,000 World Championship 7-Card Stud Hi Lo, Max Pescatori ($292,158)
Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play NLHE, Adrian Apmann ($478,102)
Event #43: Super Seniors Championship, Jon Andlovic ($262,220)
Event #44: The Poker Players Championship, Mie Gorodinsky ($1,270,086)
Event #45: $1,500 NLHE, Upeshka De Silva ($424,577)
Event #46: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Vasili Firsau ($437,575)
Event #47: $2,500 NLHE, Matt O’Donnell (551,941)
Event #48: $1,500 7-Card Stud, Eli Elezra ($112,591)
Event #49: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, Young Ji ($231,102)
Event #50: $10,000 World Championship Limit Holdem, Ben Yu ($291,456)
Event #51: $3,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Justin Liberto (640,711)
Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice, Carol Fuchs ($127,735)
Event #53: Ladies Championship, Jacquelyn Scott ($153,876)
Event #54: $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha, Alexander Petersen ($927,655)
Event #55: $1,500 Draft Kings, Brandon Wittmeyer ($200,618)
Event #56: $5,000 Turbo, Kevin MacPhee ($490,800)
Event %57: $1,000 NLHE, Takahiro Nakai ($399,039)
Event #58: $111,1111 Big One for One Drop, Jonathan Duhamel ($3,989,985)
Event #59: $1,500 NLHE, Alex Lindop ($531,037)
Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha, Anthony Zinno ($1,122,196)
Event #61: $1,111 Little One for One Drop, Paul Hoefer ($645,969)
Event #62: $1,500 Bounty, Jack Duong ($333,351)
Event #63: $10,000 World Championship of HORSE, Andrew Barber ($517,566)
Event #64: Online Bracelet Event, Anthony Spinella ($197,743)
Event #65: $1,500 7-Card Stud 8 or Better, Gerald Ringe ($180,943)
Event #66: Lucky 7’s NLHE, Connor Berkowitz ($487,784)
Event #67: $10,000 World Championship Dealers Choice, Quin Do ($319,792)
Event #68: World Championshp Main Event????

Who’s your November 9?

Seat 1:  Zvi Stern — 29,800,000
Seat 2:  Pierre Neuville — 21,075,000
Seat 3:  Joshua Beckley — 11,800,000
Seat 4:  Max Steinberg — 20,200,000
Seat 5:  Thomas Cannuli — 12,250,000
Seat 6:  Joe McKeehen — 63,100,000
Seat 7:  Patrick Chan — 6,225,000
Seat 8:  Federico Butteroni — 6,200,000
Seat 9:  Neil Blumenfield — 22,000,000

Gambling Quotes
“The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.”
– Heywood Hale Broun

 
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Oregon Mom Does Unbelievable, Alex Jacob on Jeopardy, High Roller Trend, Congrats Matt Stout

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Oregon bar owner wins three, count 'em, three straight poker tourneys.

Oregon bar owner wins three, count ’em, three straight poker tourneys.

1-in-57 million? Wow!

High Roller Radio had a great chat with Angela Jordison, winner of, count’em, three straight poker tournaments at the Spring POer Round-Up at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Oregon. She owns a bar called Sassy’sand is a mother of two. Check out the field sizes, 537, 448 and 214…..wow. She pocketed close to $40k for her efforts….if you have 11 minutes you must listen to this terrific Q&A HERE

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Watched recent guest of the show Matt Stout, @MattStoutPoker, play the final table of the Borgata Million, he chopped one of the early events for lose to $200k. Well done and well played.  You can follow the action @BorgataPoker

Our interview with Matt was dynamite…the guy’s a High Roller, been playing 10k events since he was 21 and winning, close to $4 million live, and almost as much online. Poker Stud! Check our interview with him HERE

Alex Jacob Jeopardy

6-day total of more than $149,000, this guys good.  @whoisalexjacob on twitter. He is using game theory, sleecting the $1000 or $800 clues first searching out Daily Doubles. When he finds one, he makes large bets to create a big lead or small ones to shut his opponents out. It’s working.  Jacob is a very good poker player, who had several big scores at the height of the poker boom. He is a trader now.

Check out this old clip from Jeopardy, when the “POKER” category was played very last, lol.

Viktor Blom 

Poker pro Viktor “Isildur1” Blom scooped $385,000 in winnings over the past week, one of the top earners says HighstakesDB. He is still down roughly $315,000 this year on Full Tilt, after logging more than 38,000 hands. He’s lost an average of $8.29 per hand played.

Tiger’s Back

Did you see Tiger Woods at the masters? Played pretty good.  Did you know? The 14 time major winner frequently plays Blackjack at $25,000 per hand with a $1 million limit at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Seems he does okay too, no scandals reported. Woods also devotes his gambling interests to a good cause. In 2013, he hosted a charity poker event, “Tiger’s Poker Night” at the Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The likes of Phil Ivey, Kid Rock, Mark Cuban, Mekhi Phifer, Doyle Brunson, Chris Paul, Daniel Negreanu, and Mike Sexton all showed to pay the $10,000 entry fee.

Baseball Betting Scandal

Baseball, above all other sports, is particularly sensitive to gambling controversies. Flashback to the 1919 Chicago World Series, which still stands as the most notorious sports gambling moment of all time. The scandal involved eight White Sox players including superstars who received a total of $100,000 to intentionally lose the Fall Class. Although, a grand jury found all players innocent, they were all banned from baseball, a ban still in effect to this day. As Jackson departed from the Grand Jury room, a small boy clutched at his sleeve and tagged along after him.

“Say it ain’t so, Joe,” he pleaded. “Say it ain’t so.”
“Yes kid, I’m afraid it is,” Jackson replied.
“Well, I never would’ve thought it,” the boy said.

– from the Chicago Herald and Examiner, September 30, 1920

High Roller Trend?

The high roller trend began in 2006 when the Aussie Millions launched its $100,000 No Limit Holdem Challenge (actual buy in is $100,500, including the $500 entry fee), at the time billed as the highest buy-in of any poker tournament in history.
Structure:
* Players start with 100,000 chips, a comparatively larger amount compared to both the Aussie Millions and WSOP Main Events.
Betting is pot limit preflop and no limit afterwards.
* Players are allowed only 30 seconds to act on their hands. At the start of the tournament, each player is given three extensions of 30 seconds each for use during the tournament.
* The $100,000 Challenge was first played in 2006, with 10 entrants. Eighteen entered the Challenge in 2007, 25 in 2008, and 24 in 2010. In 2011, organizers introduced a Super High Roller event featuring a $250,000 buy-in.

The Blocker Bet

What Is It? A bet from out of position designed to control the size of the pot, freeze your opponent, and possibly get a cheaper showdown.

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Oregon Mom’s Amazing Poker Feat, Classic Hellmuth Blow-Up & ‘The Chainsaw’ on Table Selection

Hey High Rollers, great interview coming up tonight with Angela Radich Jordison, a mother of two and bar owner who recently took down three straight tournaments at the Spring Poker Round-Up at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Penndleton, Oregon. Amazing feat considering the field sizes (537, 448 and 214) wow!  Promises to be a gteat chat with a woman who doesn’t play many tourneys, mostly just Omaha hi/low (coulda fooled us!)

Oregon bar owner wins three, count 'em, three straight poker tourneys.

Oregon bar owner wins three, count ’em, three straight poker tourneys.

Don’t miss that Q&A, www.highrollerradio.net

Poker Quotes

“I have never played one hand of no limit cash in my life. I play a lot of mixed games. Other than Dan Heimiller, I think I play more tournaments than anyone. I’d be out of my league here. There are a lot of great no limit hold’em players here, It’s not my realm. I liked mixed cash games.”
– Allen Kessler, on why he wasn’t playing the Poker Night in America cash game.

Did you know? Allen ‘The Chainsaw’ Kessler plays the slots? Find out why HERE

Greatest WSOP Blow-Up EVER!

You guessed it, the ‘Poker Brat’ loses his cool with fireman Jim Pittman, an amatuer poker player who got more than he bargained for at the 2005 WSOP. Great tv clip. Wow, does Phil go off, “the guy can’t even spell poker.”

 

Poker Hall of Fame

The Brat’s in there…and as of 2013, 46 members have been inducted. Did you know? The Poker Hall of Fame was founded in 1979 by Benny Binion, owner of the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas.  When Harrah’s Entertainment, now known as Caesars Entertainment, acquired the rights to the WSOP in 2004, it also assumed ownership of the Poker Hall of Fame.

Hanson’s Online Woes

Gus Hansen, a multiple winner on the World Poker Tour, is the worst loser in the history of online poker.  He is down close to $20 million online alone. $20 million!  He recently admitted that perhaps the games has passed him by and he needs to work harder.

Did you know?

Dan Lubin, a former computer analyst, moved to Las Vegas to enjoy his retirement as a dealer when he invented the game EZ Pai Gow Poker, which was an instant hit with both players and casino management.  He is no longer retired; he was hired as Manager of Table Games Development by Galaxy Gaming.

Are you a Donkey?

Donkeytest.com is a poker skill test, the first of its kind, which features a unique scoring system to measure your overall poker skill level and assess your play in 13 sub categories.  The website reveals your strengths and, perhaps more importantly, your weaknesses. Donkeytest.com was developed by a group of professional poker players and is essentially a poker IQ test.

Team Blackjack

Al Francesco, the Godfather of team blackjack, once won $50,000 playing $100 limit blackjack after spotting a dealer who was inadvertently bending the cards.  Francesco is in the Blackjack Hall of Fame and is credited for teaching fellow Hall of Famer Ken Uston how to play the game.  Uston went on to write The Big Player, effectively exposing all of the team’s and Francesca’s secrets to the public and, more importantly, the casinos.

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Padraig Parkinson Q&A, Ultimate Slow Roll, Poker Funnies & the HRR T-Shirt

Hey High Rollers, great interview with Irish legend Padraig Parkinson today, well actually at midnight last night our time, 6 a.m. his time in Paris, but edited today and on the website now at www.highrollerradio.net (give it a few minutes to load.) Padraig was 3rd at the 1999 main event, won Late Night Poker across the pond, which made him a household name in the UK, and he’s got a new book out, Rebel Without a Pause, and believe me you’ll want to pick yourself up a copy. He is a funny guy and dynamic storyteller; we spoke about the passing of Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot, the Irish Open and that classic slow roll gone wrong. What was the German thinking? Slow rolling the Grandfather of Irish Poker Donnacha O’Dea, at the final table no less. He got what he deserved.  If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the commentators reaction, obviously Irish and fans of O’Dea:

Crazy! “Justice is done! Justice is done.!” Padraig has heard one possible reason for the slow roll, but you have to listen to the interview, Part 2, at www.highrollerradio.net

Luck of the Irish?

Stable boy turned millionaire.  In March 2012, 29-year-old Irishman Conor Murphy placed the luckiest bet of his life at Cheltenham.  He wagered $75 on all five of his boss’s horses to win and, guess what, they did.  Murphy scooped a stunning pot of $1.5 million in the accumulator.

This guy's a High Roller!

This guy’s a High Roller!

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Longest of Longshots

The 1913 Kentucky Derby produced the longest long-shots in the history of the race when 91-to-1 outsider Donerail claimed victory.   One hundred years ago, those putting $2 on Donerail would have collected $184.90.

Jockey

Incredible!  Jockey Frankie Dettori left bookmakers with their jaws dropped in 1996 when he won all seven races at the Ascot Festival in the United Kingdom at odds of 25,000-to-1.  Darren Yeats placed a £59 ($89) accumulator bet on all of Dettori’s races and it paid off, big time.  Yeats took home £550,000 ($830,000) richer.

Scotty Nguyen Baby! (Pronounced ‘winn’)

•  5 WSOP bracelets
•  1998 World Champ
•  1 World Poker Tour title
•  8 final tables on the WPT

Did you know?

Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow, one of the best players on the planet, wrote in his book, Check Raising the Devil, that a few days before the 1998 Main Event had a dream, which vividly depicted Scotty Nguyen as the Champion.  Despite his friends and mother’s objection, Matusow decided to opt out of the tournament and instead give his entry fee to Scotty for 33 per cent of any prize money.  One week later, Nguyen became World Champion and ‘The Mouth’ was $333,333 richer – his share of the $1 million payday.

Tidbit:  One day after the 1998 World Championship, Scotty Nguyen’s brother was killed in a car accident back home in Vietnam.  To this day, Nguyen does not wear his Main Event gold bracelet.

A Putt for his Life?

Once, during a discussion about golf, Doyle Brunson said that if he had to pick one guy to make a 10-foot putt for his life it would be Puggy Pearson.  Wow.  Not Nicklaus, nor Palmer, nor Watson.  Puggy Pearson! “He’s the greatest pressure putter I’ve ever seen,” Brunson said.

Akio Kashiwagi

Biggest Gambler in the World? At one time, in 1992, yes he was! This Japanese property developer liked to play baccarat and holds the world record for the biggest loss EVER playing that game – a whopping $10 million in one session at the Trump Casino.  Soon afterwards, he was stabbed to death outside his home.

Lori Kolstad wearing the High Roller Radio t-shirt. Look, feel & play like a High Roller baby, get yours today!

Lori Kolstad wearing the High Roller Radio t-shirt. Look, feel & play like a High Roller baby, get yours today. 


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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

Two great interviews now playing at www.highrollerradio.net – Justin Oliver, bracelet winner and son of a world famous jeweller, and Ryan Laplante, who cashes 6 times at the WSOP this year and made his 3rd final table.  Listen to them now.  Also, click the banner below and bet with us at Bet Online.  2-to-1 you’ll LOVE it!

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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.  
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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

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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 Starts Tomorrow! WSOP Highlights.

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

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Johnny Chan

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

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

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

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

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

Tom McEvoy

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

Tom McEvoy Q&A

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

Annette Obrestad

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

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Did you know? Poker/Gambling Anecdotes.

 

Hey High Rollers, we love to bring you little gems of gaming goodness so, with that in mind, here are a number of Did you know?’s…poker/gambling tidbits from the site www.highrollerradio.net

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– Joe Hachem, an Australian, was the last player to win the title at its original home, Binion’s.

– Tom McEvoy defeated Rodney Pete heads-up in one of the longest heads-up battles in World Series of Poker history (roughly 8 hours).  He’s co-authored more than a dozen poker books and was elected into the Poker Hall of Fame in the Class of 2013, alongside Scotty Nguyen.

– A name synonymous with poker, gambling and extravagant prop bets.  One of the greatest gamblers of all-times, Amarillo Slim was one of the first ‘known’ players to try and take the game mainstream; from underground, and sometimes shady, card rooms to the masses.  After winning the 1972 World Championship, he appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He also guested on other television shows, like 60 MinutesGood Morning America, the Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder and he was in the movie California Split, which was directed by Robert Altman and starred George Segal and Elliot Gould.

– Howard Schwartz of the world-renowned Gamblers Book Club, a Las Vegas institution, was a guest on High Roller Radio and told us about the making of California Split:  “Slim wouldn’t take any direction from the director and demanded to use his own lines in the movie.  They left all of it in!  It was more genuine poker lingo than the script.” 

– World Series of Poker bracelets owned by Amarillo Slim
• 1972.  $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship (prize money -$60,000)
• 1974.  $1,000 No Limit Hold’em (prize money – $11,100)
• 1985.  $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha (prize money – $85,000)
• 1990. $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha (prize money – $142,000)

– Doyle Brunson’sSuper/System had a different title when it was first published in 1978.  It was called, How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker.

Fun Facts
The famous Gamblers Book Club received a credit in the movie Rounders, starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Jonothan Turturo and featuring a cameo by 2-time WSOP Main Event Champion Johnny Chan.

Poker Quotes
“Poker is like sex.  Everyone thinks they’re great at it but most don’t have a clue!”
– Dutch Boyd


“If there wasn’t any action around he’d play Solitaire – and bet against himself.”
– Groucho Marx (…about his brother Chico)

What’s in a Name? 
Moneymaker’s ancestors made silver and gold coins for a living and chose the name “Moneymaker” as a modification of their German last name, “Nurmacher”

Book  
Moneymaker:  How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker

“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


‘Titanic’ Thompson
Amarillo Slim is widely known to have learned many of his proposition bet schemes from Alvin Clarence Thomas, a gambler and hustler, known as ‘Titanic Thompson.’  His reputation as a golfer, card player, marksman and pool shark is legendary, his skills often compared to Merlin himself.  ‘Titanic Thompson’ travelled the USA wagering at cards, dice games, even horseshoes and he’d make enormous prop bets when he had the obvious edge.

A roving gambler in an age when gamblers carried guns for protection, it’s believed Thomas killed five men in his life; shot four of them shot in self-defence when they tried to rob him of his winnings one night.  He was also involved in a high-stakes poker game that escalated into, what was then called, the
 ‘Crime of the Century’.

Tidbit: In the wee hours, on November 4th, 1928, crime boss Arnold Rothstein lost $500,000 but welched on the payment because he believed the poker game was rigged.  And it was, by ‘Titanic Thompson!  Rothstein was murdered (not by Thompson) in what was then the ‘Crime of the Century.’ 

Fun Fact: After taking 500 bucks off a rival in a pool game one night, a spectator asked, “what’s his name?” The opponent replied, “It must be Titanic; cause he sinks everybody.”

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Did you know?

– Open-faced Chinese Poker is being offered at the 2013 WSOP, as part of the Carnivale of Poker. It’s a WSOP first and the event is expected to attract many big name pros.

– Johnny Moss, with a win at the 1971 WSOP, became the first person to have won multiple lifetime WSOP “bracelets.”  The first actual bracelet was given in 1976.  Moss was also the first person to win five lifetime bracelets, with a win at the 1975 WSOP.

– Johnny Chan, with a win in Event No. 25 at the 2005 WSOP, became the first person to win 10 lifetime WSOP bracelets, just a few days before Doyle Brunson won his 10th bracelet in Event No. 31 of that same WSOP.  Phil Hellmuth is the overall bracelet leader with 13.

– The first person to win two bracelets in the same WSOP was Johnny Moss in 1971.

– The first person to win three bracelets in the same WSOP was Walter “Puggy” Pearson, in 1973. As of the start of the 2013 WSOP, only four other players have won three bracelets in a single WSOP.

 

Is Sigmund Freud the Father of Tilt?

The Psychodynamics of Tilt

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Is Sigmund Freud the Father of Tilt?  He’s certainly considered the father of Pschodynamics and the Theory of Gambling Tilt.  What is psychodynamics?  Well, dynamic psychology studies the psychological forces that underline human behaviour, especially the relationship between conscious and unconscious motivation.  Check this out: according to Freud, the entire field focusses on emotional states in the id, ego and superego, all of which have to do with your early childhood psycho-development.  Ego, or for simplicity sake, your personality, is the core and it has to be at war with three forces; id, or instinct, superego, or belief system, and the outside world.  Freud says the outside world can include family, friends, work colleaues, and the casino.  
     So, how does that relate to gambling…or tilt?  Well, stay with me…first some history for you:
Psychodynamics was further developed by Carl Jung, Alfred Adler and Melanie Klein…then in the 1950’s an American psychiatrist built on Freud’s model to develop something called ‘transactional analysis.’  Now, physician James R. Allen says ‘cognitive behaviour therapy’,  the bread and butter of psychiatrists today, is actually derived from transactional analysis, a theory popularized in the 1964 book, Games People Play, that sold a whopping 5 million copies.  Cognitive behaiour therapy is used extensively to treat and rehabilitate compulsive gamblers throughout the world.  Gamblers of healthy mind, their ego always moves in the direction of psychic wholeness…compulsive gamblers, those who canm’t handle their emotions, see their ego go the other way….to that unhealthy state.  That’s when tilt happens. 

Let me ask you a question:  Did you have a happy childhood?  A healthy mind will always say ‘yes’ because it filters off the unhappy experiences.  Conversly, if a patient says his childhood was unhappy, that ego has failed to move towards wholeness.   It’s a concept with important implications in gambling tilt.   By nature, the human mind cannot handle negative emotion.  An unhappy childhood leads to a distorted psyche.  Gambling losses lead to gambling tilt and, even worse, chasing the losses.
     Good news, once you recognize you’re on tilt you should be able to take precautions to survive it.  Tilt comes at a cost right?  So be careful; problem and compulsive gambling is recognized as a disorder that affects about 1% of the population.   Why do gamblers, in particular problem gamblers, continue to play when they are likely to lose money?  We all know what the ‘House Edge’ is.  The casino never loses!  Well, a study at the University of Cambridge looking at gamblers’ belief systems suggests problem gambllers always fnd a way to increase their chances of winning.  They are affected differently by ‘near misses’ and their belief system promotes an ‘illusion of control.’   These near-misses cause them to play longer and bet higher and, over time, chase their losses.

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SHANIAC

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Viktor Blom ‘Winning’
The man known as Isildur1 online has added a smooth $400k to his bankroll after another successful week on the virtual felt.  Blom is now up $2.2 million for the year.

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New Jersey brought in $9.46 in online gaming revenue in January, up 28% from the previous month.  The Division of Gaming Enforcement says there are 197,782 online accounts in that state.

Glitch Costs Woman $29 Million
Jennifer Carmen thought she hit a $29 million jackpot at a casino in Indiana but she left empty handed because of an apparent software glitch.  Management offered her a steak dinner as consolation.  “I don’t even like steak!” she says.  Carmen is fighting for the money she believes she deserves.  “They’re always taking my money and I don’t say: ‘Umm is that computer wrong or did you overcharge me?’”

Venetian Maccau

The Venetian Macao in China is the world’s largest casino and the third largest building in the world.  It has more than 1000 slot machines,more than 600 gaming tables and is open 24/7.   The Venetian is a huge complex with the central building standing over 40 stories high.  The price tag, a cool $1,8 billion.

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