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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!

Hope you enjoy….2-to-1 you’ll LOVE it!

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Greatest Hustler Ever? Alvin Clarence Thomas

Hey High Rollers, just a reminder about High Roller Radio on YourPokerRadio tonight, Thursday’s at 8 p.m., HRR Program Director Derrick Oliver-Dewan and ‘Poker Joe’ Purvis w/ 1 hour of poker and gambling….news, views, interviews and great commentary at www.yourpokerradio.com

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

Plus, great interview with Snooker legend and High Roller Cliff Thorburn, first player to ever make a perfect game, a ‘147’, at the World Championships in 1983 and he was the 1980 world champion.  Visit the site and click the INTERVIEWS tab.

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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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Did you Know? Amarillo Slim’s Top Prop Bets, PLUS: WSOP 1st

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Did you know?

WSOP Trophy?

Bracelets have not always been awarded for winning events. In 1970, the first WSOP Champion received nothing but a silver cup and whatever cash he won during the event. From 1971–1974, the winner received an undescribed “corny trophy”. In 1975, the winners received a sterling plate. The following year, 1976, the WSOP started the tradition of issuing bracelets to the event winners.

Topless Photo a WSOP 1st
Pascal LeFrancois is a super likeable guy.  He’s young, polite and Canadian.  A typical Frenchman, who likes to root for his beloved Montreal Canadiens’, one of the National Hockey League’s original six teams, LeFranscois proudly, dawns his ‘Habs’ jersey wherever and whenever he can.  In fact, often times you’ll see him sporting his team’s colors at the poker table.   In 2010, Le Franscois had a break-out year!  At the World Series of Poker, he managed to win Event #8, a $1500 buy-in with a ruthlessly large and talented field and collect more than half-a-million dollars.  Then, at the main event, LeFrancois finished 11th for more than $600,000.  A couple of weeks work and more than $1.1 million to show for it!  Pretty good gig if you can get it. To follow that success, and prove in the process he wasn’t a one-trick pony, LeFrancois finished second in Montreal, at the 2012 World Poker Tour main event for close to $500,000.  This guy is good.

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Definition of HIGH ROLLER
Noun:
1: a person who spends freely in luxurious living
2: a person who gambles recklessly or for high stakes
— high–rolling
Examples:
– A high roller known for his lavish parties.
– The casino offers special deals to attract high rollers

High Roller Radio has interviewed a number of poker’s top women; including Ladies Legend Susie Isaacs

Jan Fisher
Member of the Women’s Poker Hall of Fame

Barbara Enright
Only woman to ever reach main event final table

Kathy Liebert
$6 million plus in lifetime earnings

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Amarillo Slims’ Greatest Bets
• Playing Minnesota Fats in one-pocket with a broom.
•  Taking 211/2 points on the Jets and winning a big bet on Broadway Joe in Super Bowl III.
• Hitting a golf ball a mile on a frozen lake—inspired by Titanic Thompson.
• Wagering that a cat could pick up a Coke bottle.
• Betting on which sugar cube a fly would land on in an Arkansas jail. • Outrunning a horse for a hundred yards (no one ever said anything about the race being  a straight-away.  Horse had to stop and turn around.  Too much momentum.  Too late.)
• Holding a horse’s tail for a quarter of a mile in San Angelo, Texas.
• Broad jumping farther than a superior athlete at Rogers Municipal Golf Course.
• Winning the World Series of Poker at Binion’s Horseshoe in 1972.
• Rafting down the River of No Return in winter in a wetsuit made by Jacques Cousteau–a bet that earned me $31,000 from Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder.
• Beating Evel Knievel in golf with a carpenter’s hammer and betting that two out of thirty cab drivers in Dallas would have the same birthday.
• Shooting free throws with a football against a Hall-of-Fame basketball coach.
• Beating Bobby Riggs playing Ping-Pong with a skillet.
• Beating a world champion Ping-Pong player with a Coca-Cola bottle.
• Betting that a champion bowler couldn’t bowl seventy blindfolded (and that a driver with a little physical impairment could).
• Finding (a) person who could eat a quail a day for thirty days.
• Beating Willie Nelson out of $300,000 playing dominoes in Las Vegas.
• Riding a camel through Casino El Mamounia in Marrakesh, Morrocco. • Pitching coins with Bob Stupak for $65,000 at the Orleans in Las Vegas.
• Playing Larry Flynt heads-up poker at the Fips Club in Los Angeles.
• Betting a prominent politician that George W. Bush would win the 2000 Presidential election.