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How tough are online cash gmes nowadays?

WSOP Bracelet Winner

Mike Gorodinsky WSOP Bracelet Winner

“I can only speak on hearsay since I actually haven’t played a single hand of online poker since Black Friday, but just the simple lack of action at $10-$20 and higher for the big bet games should serve as a pretty good indicator that things have dried up significantly. The reality is that the sheer volume of training content and advanced playing tools out there is going to inherently toughen up your average poker player. The losing players then wind up losing faster and the weak professionals don’t really seem to have the desire to improve their game while taking any sort of equity loss against better regulars. So the games just don’t go the way that they used to.”
– Mike Gorodinsky (Card Player magazine April 2015)

The Devilfish Passes Away at 61

The poker world has lost a true High Roller and legend of the game. Dave Ulliott passed away at the age of 61 after losing a battle with cancer. WSOP bracelet winner, WPT winner and Late Night Poker winner. We pay tribute: MORE

5 Poker Thoughts

1) Why do players blame the dealer? Come on guys and gals; I mean, your bad play or misfortune is not the dealer’s fault. Is it?
2) Why is it when you have pocket Kings an Ace always hits the flop?
3) Why do players say ‘Sorry’ when they put a Bad Beat on someone in the pot? If they were truly sorry they’d give their opponent his or her money back.
4) Why do so-called ‘good’ players openly criticize and disrespect an opponent when that player gets lucky and beats them in a pot? Good players should say, “Nice Hand,” keep their ‘fish’ happy AND at the table, knowing they’ll win in the long run. Don’t scare away the Fish folks!
5) Don’t you hate it when a smart-ass opponent says “I knew you had that!” AFTER he sees your cards.

What’s in a Name?

One of the best players on the planet, this Canadian is a double bracelet winner at the World Series of Poker, a former professional hockey player and a guy known as FBT, for Full Blown Tilt.
“A long time buddy, who’s kind of a mentor to me, gave it to me but not so much for the poker table. I’m always antsy, my head’s always spinning. You know, ‘What’s going on over here?’ or ‘Let’s go there.’ He started calling me Full Blown Tilt. It went to FBT and the rest is history. When I first started on the circuit people just knew me as FBT, they ddn’t even know I was Greg Mueller. It’s stuck with me for a long time.”

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Wild Bill Hickok
He’s one of three Poker Hall of Famers to die while playing poker (along with Tom Abdo and Jack Straus.)

Did you know?

– Felton McCorquodal, who was elected into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979, is credited with introducing the game of Texas Hold’em to Las Vegas in 1963.

– After writing a book on the game of Whist, the phrase “according to Hoyle” became synonymous in card games with following the rules. Edmund Hoyle was inducted into Poker’s Hall of Fame in 1979.

Poker Hall of Fame

– Jack Strauss icknamed ‘Treetop’, his world championship victory in 1982 is considered to be one of the greatest comebacks in poker history. At one point, Straus had one chip remaining and somehow managed to win the title, coining the phrase “A chip and a chair”, meaning that as long as a player hasn’t been eliminated from the tournament, he or she still has a chance.
–  Berry Johnston holds the record for consecutive years cashing at the World Series of Poker – 29.  He cashed in at least one event every year from 1982-2010.
– Henry Orenstein is the patent holder of poker’s hole cam, which allows audiences to see player’s hole cards. At the time of his induction into Poker’s Hall of Fame, he was a producer of the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and High Stakes Poker.

Tidbit: He also invented Transformers!
Phil Ivey in New Chrysler Commercial
The Kings and Queens of America Here
– 10 World Series of Poker Bracelets
– 1 World Poker Tour Title
– 9 WPT Final Tables
– Won 3 Bracelets at 2002 WSOP

– TV Ad? Yes!

Gambling History

In the early1850’s, Portsmouth Square, the center of the City by the Bay, featured the Parker House, originally built by its owner, Robert A. Parker, as a hotel, but it was quickly converted into a casino as the gambling craze swept San Francisco. A large room downstairs contained three tables for faro, two for monte, one for roulette and a seventh for any other game desired. Professional gamblers paid $10,000 a month for the privilege of conducting their games in this room. A smaller room behind the bar went for $3,500 a month. Jack Gamble, an appropriately named sporting man, leased the entire second floor for $60,000 and outfitted all the rooms for games of chance. It was estimated that at the peak of the California Gold Rush upward of half a million dollars was stacked on the tables of the Parker House on any given day.

Is the EPT the Hardest Tour to Win On?

“To win an EPT is always something very big. These are the tournaments with the toughest fields in the world, and therefore the most difficult to win. In the aftermath of that triumph, my ambition is to win another major title to consolidate my leadership in the French poker rankings and prove to the entire poker community that I haven’t just been lucky — that Malta has not been just an episode.”

– Jean Montury, EPT Malta Winner

“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

Online/VLT Randomness

In slot machines and VLTs, random results are produced by a specialized computer chip called a random number generator (RNG). The RNG’s job is to cycle continuously through millions of numbers at several thousand numbers a second. When a player pushes the “spin” or “deal” button, the number that was available on the RNG at that split second is selected. Pushing the button a thousandth of a second earlier or later would result in a completely different outcome. The RNG runs continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even when no one is playing.

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