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Negreanu on Twitch, Jeopardy Run Over, Poker Quotes & Did you know?

Hey High Rollers, Alex Jacob’s impressive run on Jeopardy is over. He amassed winnings of more than $150,000 and will be back for the tourney of champions. Incidentally, he wrote, “what is twitter?” when he should have written, “what is Instagram?” Did you know? Jacob has $2.6 million in lifetime poker winnings?

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DNegs on Twitch

On April 20, 2015, Daniel Negreanu launched his online real-money poker streaming career on the Amazon’s Twitch.tv in style. In a three-hour session, ‘Kid Poker’ managed to win $50,000 in ring games, playing $400/$800 8-game on PokerStars. His first appearance on Twitch days before when he streamed play-money games on PokerStars. This broadcast attracted a mind-blowing 150,000 unique viewers and netted him 4,000 subscribers.

ESPN Broadcaster Lon McEachern, partner of Norman Chad.

ESPN Broadcaster Lon McEachern, partner of Norman Chad.

What does Lon Mceachern think of his partner in the booth Norman Chad?

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Poker Quotes

“The first time I walked into Binion’s in 2003, I took one look around the room at the cast of characters and realized this job was going to be everything I’d ever dreamt of,. I swear, I asked myself, ‘Where has this been all my life?’ Then, after I watched the first show before it aired, I was so impressed at the gritty, real-life gambling feel these new producers had given it, it was just unbelievable.”

Norman Chad on living the poker dream.

German Pro Marquis Gruissem on Charity

“After I had player poker nonstop for four or five years I got the point where my motivation got lost and it got boring. I thought, ‘Why am I doing this? I have a little bit of money in the bank, but why else am I doing this?’ That sucks. So I was thinking about what to do and I decided that I should try to be an effective altruist, somebody who thinks how he can help other people most effectively. I came to the conclusion that the thing I could do best right now is playing poker, that’s my skill. So if I give a 10 percent piece of my earnings to charity, the better I play the more money I can make and the more impact I can have. So that is a big motivation for me, when playing poker isn’t always fun, I get back on track and stay motivated through that.”

Duhamel and PokerStars Part Ways

2010 world champion Jonathan Duhamel is no longer a sponsored team pro at PokerStars, the website announcing in April, 2015. The Canadian’s departure follows 2009 world champ Joe Cada being cut from the roster in 2014, and is just another in a long list of pros leaving the site. Can you say ‘Black Friday’? Since the US justice Department cracked down on online gaming in April, 2011, poker advertising dollars have vanished leading to a severe drop in poker television.

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Did you know? Sam O’Connor, AKAN ‘Silver Dollar Sam’, dealt the first ever game of Hold’em played in Las Vegas. True story, happened back in 1960, O’Connor was a dealer at the Golden Nugget.  O’Connor has written a couple of books, Tales of Old Las Vegas and How to Dominate $1 and $2 No Limit Hold’em.

Did you know? Actor Eric Bruskotter, star of the movies Major League 2 & 3 and Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story, is an avid poker player and a regular at the Commerce Casino in Las Vegas.  Bruskotter doesn’t play in any Hollywood home games because he thinks they’re “lame”.

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Catholic Church on Gambling, Dostoevsky on Problem Gambling, Scandal

Hey High Rollers, been working hard to upgrade our Did you know? section…six pages now, chalk full of poker/gambking tidbits.  Simply visit www.highrollerradio.net and click Did you know?  Plus, check out our interview with blackjack card counter Colin Jones, who was featured in the documentary Holy Rollers; the true story of card counting Christians….this guy’s a professional.  What do you do on a soft 18?  Be sure to listen.

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The Catholic Church on Gambling?

The Catholic Church holds the position that there is no moral impediment to gambling, so long as it is fair, all bettors have a reasonable chance of winning, there is no fraud involved, and the parties involved do not have actual knowledge of the outcome of the bet (unless they have disclosed this knowledge).


Many popular games played in modern casinos originate from Europe and China. Games such as craps, baccarat, roulette, and blackjack originate from Europe.  A version of keno, an ancient Chinese lottery game, is popular worldwide, in casinos and on scratch tickets.

Russian Roulette

The Russian writerDostoevsky (himself a problem gambler), portrays the psychological effects of gambling in his novella The Gambler. He associates gambling and the idea of ‘getting rich quick’, suggesting Russians have an infinity for gambling.  The association between Russians and gambling has fed legends of the origins of Russian Roulette.

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Banned from baseball, Pete Rose highlights our compilation of the biggest sports betting scandals ever.  Remember the ‘Blacksox’?

Tom McEvoy
1983 world champion, defeating Rod Peete heads-up in, what was then, the longest mano a mano battle in WSOP history.  The two played for more than seven hours.  He’s won 4 bracelets, written more than dozen poker books and is a newly minted member of the Poker Hall of Fame, Class of 2013:
Full Interview 

Suggested Listening:

Dan Lubin:  Inventor of EZ Pai Gow and a table games designer in Vegas.
Robert Turner: Inventor of Omaha poker and a 1993 bracelet winner.

Poker Quotes
Legend of the game, world champion Jack Strauss:
“I think Texans just got a lot more guts has a lot to do with it, most other folks just don’t take the heat when you start playin’ real poker. In Texas you grow up playin’ poker, it’s a Texas game.” 

Jeopardy & Poker?

Arthur Chu, a 30-year-old voice actor, won more than $100,000 in four appearances on the CBS game show Jeopardy.  Chu actively sought out Daily Double’s and abandoned conventional play by starting with the larger dollar values and working his way ‘up’ the board instead of the lowly $100 categories.  Some fans of the show were offended by his style while others praised his apparent understanding of Game Theory and concepts often employed in poker.  Here’s what this trivia whiz had to say about his approach:
     “Back in the day everybody kept their money.  It was like a cash game in poker. Once you’ve gotten enough money, why risk more money? Why make a big bet? If I know I’ve got $18,000 in the bank and someone’s like, “Hey, want to bet $8,000 that you know the answer to this question?” No. Why would I do that? Am I a gambling addict? Am I stupid?  In order to encourage big bets, Jeopardy! is now winner-take-all. Only the person in first place keeps their total at the end of the game. Everyone else gets the consolation prize. If you have $20,000 and someone else has $20,001, you get second prize, which is $2,000. If you are in third place and the two other players have $5 more than you, no matter how much money you have, you take home $1,000. There’s a very powerful incentive to be aggressive. You really do need to make sure you win the game. The most important thing isn’t the absolute number of dollars you have on the board. It’s how strongly you’re beating the other players. How far ahead are you? What’s the spread?”
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Did you know? Quips from the world of gambling.

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Did you know?

A not so successful record producer, Spaniard Garcia-Pelayo decided instead to devote his energies to his favourite passion, roulette.  In the 1990’s he became the first person to exploit wheel bias and retired with more than $1.5 million in the bank.

Isa Summers was very attractive and not your everyday casino cheat.  In the 1960’s and 70’s she reeled in tens of thousands of dollars using shiftiness and smarts; her specialities were ‘hand mucking’ and switching in ‘coolers’ at the blackjack table.

Louis Colavecchio was a counterfeit – at counterfeit coins.  In the late 90s, law enforcement agencies from various states, the FBI and Secret Service included, descended on his home.  There, they found thousands of manufactured slot tokens from dozens of casinos throughout North America.  Colavecchio was an expert at duplicating anything made out f precious metals or stnes.

You’ve heard about the M-I-T Blackjack team?  Books have been written about it and ’21’, a major Hollywood movie chronicling the story came out in 2008.  What began as an after school club quickly became a refined gambling machine, assaulting casinos for years and for millions.  In the 90’s these brilliant students employed statistic-based systems and team play to their advantage.  The team’s wins were legendary, one weekend earning $400,000 alone.

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.  Murpjhy scooped a stunning pot of $1.5 million in the accumulator.

The 1913 Kentucky Derby produced the longest shot 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.

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.

Gambling Joke

Two bored dealers are waiting around for someone to walk up and try their luck at the craps table. A very attractive lady comes in and wants to bet twenty-thousand dollars on a single roll of the dice. The dealers agree.

She says, “I hope you don’t mind, but I feel much luckier when I’m half naked.” With that she strips naked from the waist down, and rolls the dice while yelling, “Momma needs a new pair of pants!” She then begins jumping up and down and hugging each of the dealers.

“YES! I WIN! I WIN!” With that she picks up her money and clothes and quickly leaves.

The dealers just stare at each other dumbfounded. Finally one of them asks, “What did she roll anyway?” The other answers, “I don’t know. I thought YOU were watching the dice!”

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Did you Know? Poker/Gambling Tidbits for the Poker Junkie!

Hey High Rollers,

One of the best things about the world of professional poker/gambling is the varied characters you come across.  I mean Characters!  Legends are born in the most fascinating of ways and below we’ve compiled some interesting info – we certainly hope you enjoy.  We call it…”DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know?  Dominic ‘The Dominator”LoRiggio teamed up with Frank Scoblete, another professional craps shooter whose authored severalbooks on the subject, including Golden Touch Craps, and over the years the pair made hundreds of thousands of dollars together.  While Scoblete is one of the world’s leading authorities on dice throwing, he admits it was LoRiggio who had the golden arm and The Golden Touch.  Think about this; the odds of rolling a seven are 1 in 6.  LoRiggio once went on a 53 minute roll without crapping out, earning him $27,000 in the process.

NOTE:  The Frank Scoblete interview is one of our very BEST!  He is widely regarded as America’s #1 gaming author.  Check it out HERE

Did you Know? Johnny Moss and Stu Ungar have won the World Championship twice.  Two-time champs Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan each won the event in back-to-back years.  Jack Strauss won his championship in dramatic fashion, coming back from a single chip; coining the phrase, “a chip and a chair.”   Phil Hellmuth is the only player to win both the main event of the WSOP (1989) and the main event of the WSOPE (2012).

Did you know? 

Antonio ‘The Magician’ Esfandiari, a multiple winner on the World Poker Tour, took home the biggest first place purse in poker history – $18 million – after capturing the Big One for One Drop charity event at the 2012 WSOP in Las Vegas.   Jamie Gold captured the largest prize in WSOP Main Event history in 2006 – $12 million.

Did you know?  In 2004, the World Poker Tour created a Walk of Fame, inducting poker legends Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen, as well as actor James Garner.

Did you know?  In 2008, the WPT copied the WSOP in offering bracelets to its event champions. Players who won a title prior to that were given a WPT Bracelet retroactively.

Did you know? In November 2009, PartyGaming announced its acquisition of the World Poker Tour from WPTE for a whopping $12,300,000.

Did you know?  Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, who sit in a booth near WPT main event final tables, providing commentary and occasionally interacting with the players, record their specific comments about hole cards after the tournament takes place.  They are required to do so because gaming regulations prohibit them from observing a ‘live’ feed of the “hole card cameras” while on the set.

Did you know? Legendary poker player and gambler Billy Baxter was married in 1975 and took his new bride to Hawaii for the honeymoon.  They never returned home!  On the way back, they ended up in Las Vegas where they stayed for nine months, living in a motel, while he played poker.

Did you know?  Billy Baxter fought the government and won, in a judgement that classified poker winnings as ‘earned income’.  It was a huge legal victory for poker players all over the country because now they could play for a living.

Did you know?  Sam O’Connor, AKA ‘Silver Dollar Sam’, dealt the first ever game of Hold’em played in Las Vegas. True story, happened back in 1960, O’Connor was a dealer at the Golden Nugget.  O’Connor has written a couple of books, Tales of Old Las Vegas and How to Dominate $1 and $2 No Limit Hold’em.

Did you know?  Actor Eric Bruskotter, star of the movies Major League 2 & 3 and Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story, is an avid poker player and a regular at the Commerce Casino in Las Vegas.  Bruskotter doesn’t play in any Hollywood home games because he thinks they’re “lame”.

Did you know?  Canadian Brian Zembic had a pair of 36C breasts implanted in order to win a $100,000 prop bet.  He had to wear his big pair for one year in order to collect.  Here’s the kicker; when the year was up Zembic kept the implants in stating they were a good way to get on talk shows to promote his book and that it helped him meet women.

Did you know?  After winning his bracelet in 2010, Canadian Pascal LeFrancois posed for the winner’s photo topless.  It was the result of a dare from friends and he kept his word and removed his shirt for the bracelet photo – what had to be a WSOP first!

Did you know?  Chris Tryba defeated Eric Cajaleis heads-up during a WSOP event in 2011 and captured hi first ever bracelet thanks to a straight flush on the final hand – what was a WSOP first! 

Did you know?  Paul Simmons and John Carter crunched the numbers, studied a ton of historical data, and calculated the odds of a hole-in-one at the British Open to be roughly 50/50.  Several unsuspecting bookies offered considerably higher odds than the evens, or less.  So, when Brian Marchbank scored an ace during the Major Championship the two friends cleaned up – winning between £600,000 to £1 million.

Did you know?  During the television broadcast of the 2002 World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth was quoted as saying, “If Robert Varkonyi wins I’ll shave my head.”  Hellmuth was suggesting the amateur wasn’t very good.  Well, you guessed it!  Varkonyi went on to win the championship and the $2 million first prize. During the bracelet presentation a pair of clippers was brought out and Varkonyi played barber on the ‘Poker Brat’s’ head.  His critics suggest it was simply another marketing ploy, more shameless self-promotion, on Hellmuth’s part to steal the spotlight.

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WSOP Did you know? Player of Year rankings and more…

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.  Listen to interview at www.highrollerradio.net under INTERVIEWS tab.

Invented by Dan Lubin, table games designer

Invented by Dan Lubin, table games designer



Did you know?  Gus Hansen, a multiple winner on the World Poker Tour, is the worst loser in the history of online poker.  He is down $10 million dollars on Full Tilt Poker alone.

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.  As of 2012, 44 people have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, 21 of whom are still living.

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.


Did you know?  Poker Hall of Famer Tom Abdo died while playing poker.  According to legend, after suffering a heart attack, he asked another player to count his chips and to save his seat.

Did you know?  The legendary Puggy Pearson is credited for developing the concept of a freeze-out tournament, of course the freeze-out style is incorporated at tournaments worldwide, including the WSOP main event.

Did you know?  Jack ‘Tree Top’ Strauss’ 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 has not been eliminated from the tournament, he or she still has a chance.   Straus is one of three Hall of Famers to die while playing poker.

Did yiou know?  Fred ‘Sarge’ Ferris, a poker Hall of Famer, gained notoriety when the IRS seized $46,000 from him on April 22, 1983 while he was playing high stakes poker at the Horseshoe Casino.

Did you know?  Barry 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.

Did you know?  While Ladies’ Events have been offered before at WSOP Europe and elsewhere, until 2013 there has never been one that offered a bracelet outside of Las Vegas. That changed Friday afternoon as WSOP Europe kicked off its 2013 series with a €1,100 Ladies Event, won by Aussie Jackie Glazier for $29,613.

Below is the first ladies event in Vegas…some history for you:

1977 World Series of Poker – Event 9  Buy-in: $100  Game: Seven Card Stud  Entries: ~62  Prizepool: $5,580  Winner: Jackie McDaniels – $5,580

2013 Poker Player of the Year
1. Daniel Negreanu 1,014.16 pts 2. Vanessa Selbst 849.58 pts 3. Mike Watson 833.44 pts … 4. David (dpeters) Peters 773.90 pts 5. Ole Schemion 762.62 pts 6. Blair Hinkle 750.97 pts 7. Steve O’Dwyer 742.62 pts
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2013 Poker Player of the Year</p>
<p>1. Daniel Negreanu 1,014.16 pts<br />
2. Vanessa Selbst 849.58 pts<br />
3. Mike Watson 833.44 pts<br />
4. David (dpeters) Peters 773.90 pts<br />
5. Ole Schemion 762.62 pts<br />
6. Blair Hinkle 750.97 pts<br />
7. Steve O'Dwyer 742.62 pts </p>
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Did you know? Poker/Gambling

Hey High Rollers, time for Did you know? – one of our favorite segments on High Roller Radio.  Fascinating tidbits or, as we like to call them, little morsels of gaming goodness. Hope you enjoy.  Have any to share?  Send them to us at Derrick@highrollerradio.net
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Did you know?  Globally, close to $33 billion was spent by online gambling customers in 2012.  Despite online poker’s ‘Black Friday’ in 2011, the American online betting market was $2.6 billion last year, which some say would be three times as high if the US market was fully open for business.

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

Did you know?  Caesars Entertainment owns the Poker Hall of Fame.  It does not have a physical existence, just a virtual one.

Did you know?  44 year old Huckleberry Seed was featured in the documentary Quantum Hoops, about the Cal Tech Basketball team and their pursuit of their first ever win.  The 1996 world champion has four bracelets and an NBC Heads-Up title.

Did you know?  Vietnam-born Scotty Nguyen owns 5 WSOP bracelets, including the 1998 world title and the 2008 50k Players Championship.  He’s won $11.7 million on the tournament trail thanks to an impressive 272 cashes.

Did you know?  Carlos Moretnson, the 2001 main event champion, has three seven-figure scores on his resume; the ’01 world title, the 2004 Festa al Lago and the 2007 WPT championship for a whopping $3.9 million.  No one has won more than him on the World Poker Tour.  El Matador made a deep run in the 2013 main event, finishing 10th.

Did you know?  Mike Matusow has two one million dollar scores in his poker career and two main event final tables.  Besides capturing his 4th bracelet in 2013, ‘The Mouth’ also took down the NBC Heads-Up Invitational for $750,000.

"The Mouth"

“The Mouth” is one of the greatest poker players ever!

Did you know?  Thor Hansen is known as ‘The Godfather’ of Norwegian poker with more than $3 million in earnings playing tournaments and 187 cashes worldwide.

Did you know?  65 year old Swede Chris Bjorin, who owns two WSOP bracelets, has more than $5 million in earnings.  He has cashed at the WSOP 68 times, good for fifth all-time.

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Lori Tells... is a segment on www.highrollerradio.net

Lori Tells… is a segment on www.highrollerradio.net

Okay, so you spot three players working together at the poker table…what do you do?  (Don’t shoot them in the leg, this isn’t te movie Speed)  What do you do?
– stay an exploit them, wait for the nuts
– quit and tell the floor
– wait til you’re done and then tell the floor

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Did you know? June 30/2013

Did you know?  The Australian government has banned ‘live’ betting odds during sports broadcasts.  The broadcasting industry has revised its code to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which estimates up to 500,000 Australians are at risk of becoming, or are, problem gamblers.

Did you know?  Absolute Poker, the company behind the Russ Hamilton “God Code’ conspiracy at UltimateBet.com, was started by college friends at the University of Montana in 1997, the friends were all members of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Did you know?  Noted author Ben Mezrich, who has penned tomes on the MIT Blackjack Team (“Bringing Down The House”) and the founding of Facebook (“The Accidental Billionaires“) that have become successful movies (“21” and “The Social Network,” respectively), now takes on the story of Absolute Poker, in his new book “Straight Flush”….can’t wait for the movie!

Did you know?  In 2007, Erick Lindgren famously won six figures by shooting under 100 in four consecutive rounds of golf in Las Vegas, in dire desert heat.  He collapsed at the finish line. ESPN ate it up and did a feature on the prop bet.

Did you know?  Erick Lindgren, who once appeared on the cover of BLUFF with the title, “All American”, attended a rehab facility in Newport Beach, California, in 2012 trying to work through his addiction to gambling.  The 36 year old, who’s won millions playing poker, lost more than he could pay betting sports in 2011, in what can only be described by friends a ‘horrendous’ season.

Did you know? In the 1864 edition of “Hoyle”, the series of books inspired by Sir Edmund Hoyle, for whom the phrase “According to Hoyle” was coined, it stated, “Success in playing the game of poker (or Bluff, as it is sometimes called) depends rather on luck and energy than skill. It is emphatically a game of chance, and there are more ways of cheating, or playing with marked cards, than in any other game.”