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Austin Powers & Poker, Richard Nixon, Locker Room Picks & More…

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Eric Seidel, who’s 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.

Linda Jonston, “The First Lady of Poker”, was publisher of Card Player Magazine and was instrumental in the formation of the Tournament Director’s Association (TDA).

Morrissey’s, a lavish gambling parlour in New York, located at 5 West Twenty-Fourth Street, practically next door to the opulent Fifth Avenue Hotel, featured ‘outrageous’ gambling in the late 1870’s.   Banking tycoon August Belmont reportedly lost nearly $60,000, in just one night, and spent the rest of the evening dining on two finely cooked ducks – making the ducks, at a sinful $30,000 each, probably the most expensive meal ever eaten during the Gilded Age.

(King of Heists)

In the case of Baxter v. United States, legendary pro gambler Billy Baxter fought the Internal Revenue Service and won the right to count poker winnings as earned income. Because of the ruling, poker winnings are taxed at a lower rate than other forms of gambling.

Dewy Tomko has played the main event of the WSOP every year since 1974, the longest streak ever.

Henry Orenstein is the patent holder of the 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.

The Gambler

To say it struck a chord with gamblers all over the world is to understate its simple genius.  What a song!  Kenny Rogers won the Grammy for best male vocalist in 1980 for the song, ‘The Gambler.”  As close to perfect a song will get, it quickly became one of the World’s all-time great anthems.
• Released – 1978
• Format – Vinyl
• Genre – country
• Label – United Artists
• Length – 3:32
• Songwriters: Hart, Lorenz / Rodgers, Richard

The River Baby
This has got to be one of the most popular t-shirts in our collection.  Imagine showing up to your home game in this beauty – Absolutely priceless!

River Baby t-shirt



Greg Raymer
‘The Fossilman’

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Blackjack in the Movies

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 and 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.

Blackjack Hall of Fame

‘Blackjack Pete’

Lyle Berman, a three-time WSOPbracelet winner, has been elected into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame – It’s 1st member and much deserved too…this guy changed poker with theWPT.

“Lyle is not only a fierce competitor at the highest limits, he completely and indelibly changed the world of poker when he co-founded the World Poker Tour,” Canterbury Park’s Senior Director of Card Casino Operations Michael Hochman said in a statement. “We talked to a great deal of people about inaugural nominees into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame, and literally everyone’s first answer was Lyle Berman.”

Berman is from Minneapolis.
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‘Tricky Dick’
The 37th president of the United States loved to play poker and actually financed his run for Congress with poker winnings.

Scotty Nguyen
(pronounced ‘win’)
• 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 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 whatever Nguyen might win.  One week later, Nguyen is 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



Winning Sports Advice, Phil Hellmuth’s Temper, The Moneymaker Effect

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Winning Sports Advice

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Phil Hellmuth – The Poker Brat

“Look honey, I was supposed to go broke on that hand.  But, they forgot one thing; I can dodge bullets baby.”  

Phil Hellmuth, after folding a ‘big hand’, two-pair, Aces over Fours at the World Series opf Poker in 2005.  He stood up and made this statement after his opponent showed the table a better Full House.

Temper Tamptrum

Phil Hellmuth is known to BLOW HIS TOP!  Here is perhaps his most famous tirade:

“The Guy Can’t Even Spell Poker!”

High stakes tournament poker is tough. The pressure is intense and when you couple that with the millions of dollars up for grabs emotions run high.  Phil Hellmuth sometimes, despite his best intentions, blows up, frustrated when the action doesn’t go his way. It’s happened countless times and has polarized him as one of the most controversial World Champions ever.

One of his most infamous blow-ups happened in 2005, at the Main Event of the World Series of Poker.  His nemesis was a player to his right named Jim Pittman, a fireman, who bet and, after being raised by Hellmuth, who at the time had 9 bracelets to his name, went all-in.  Hellmuth could not get his chips in the pot quick enough, as if he knew Pittman was dominated, and turned over his Ace King.  Pittman sheepishly rolled over King Jack, a big underdog, and watched as the ‘flop’ (first three community cards) brought no help, nor the ‘turn’ (the fourth).  However, a Jack came on the ‘river’ (fifth and final community card) to bail Pittman out and send Hellmuth on one of his, now infamous, tirades.  When Just as ESPN broadcaster Lon Macheran announced, “Oh, it’s a Jack!  That is a bad beat and Pittman steals the pot,” Hellmuth stood up and went ballistic:

“This freakin’ donkey sticks $15,000 in the middle with King Jack.  The guy can’t even spell
poker.   I re-raised to let him know what I had.  You peeled a Jack off for the sucker; he doesn’t know how to fold a hand.  Some of the worst players in the world, I can’t believe this is the World Series of Poker. I threw away all those hands just to make it look like they could move in on me.  What a terrible play!  If I ever stick my money in with King Jack, but of course that’ll never happen in a million years.”

Pittman interjected, “I’ve seen worse.’

“Not from me buddy, that’s why I’m the 9-time World Champion of poker because I always have the best hand.  You found a Jack for the ‘live’ one huh?”

A demoralized Hellmuth walked over to the crowd and his wife Cathy, telling her, “the guy’s trying to catch a flight.’ He was eliminated a short time later by legendary backgammon player and well-known poker pro Paul Magriel, when MaGriel’s pair of 7’s bested his Ace Queen.  As he left the playing area, Hellmuth looked back at the table and muttered, “That maniac put all that money with two 7’s honey, did you see that?  Two seven’s!  That’s about the worst hour of poker in my life.  I knew MaGriel was going to go off like that too, sevens!  Some of the worst players in the world around here, I mean you think I could catch a break?”

The Moneymaker Effect

The Moneymaker Effect
Christopher Brian Moneymaker grew up in Knoxville and earned his Masters’ Degree from the University of Tennessee. He became an accountant and settled into a ‘normal’ life with his wife Christina and daughter Ashley.  Just an ordinary guy, with an ordinary job and a regular life, but because of him the game of poker, and all online gaming for that matter, EXPLODED!
On weekdays Moneymaker would crunch numbers, on weekends he worked at a local restaurant.  One day, alone at home in his basement, Moneymaker entered a $39 online poker tournament.  It was his first ever. In that moment, that single, solitary, decision to retire to his basement and play an online multi-table tournament would change his life and revolutionize the game forever.
Low and behold, he won the event and qualified for the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.   He soon found himself sitting across the table from the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, who between them have 27 gold bracelets.  27!  This wasn’t his basement, no; this was the big time; bright lights, television cameras, huge purse and the lustre of being crowned the best poker player on the planet.
The year was 2003, 838 runners ponied up the $10,000 entry fee and three days later, Moneymaker found himself heads-up against the smooth-talking hustler Sammy Farha, who always played with an unlit cigarette dangling from his mouth.  Although Farha was short on chips, those in the know still had him as a huge favorite to win.  As fate would have it, Farha failed to call a massive bluff by Moneymaker, a hand that would have given Farha the chip lead, and a few hands later it was all over, Chris’s full house bettering Sammy’s pair of Jacks.
Initial investment – $39, total winnings – $2.5 million!  How’s that for a parlay?  Poker stardom, television commercials, sponsors, books would follow.  “If he can do it so can I,” others said to themselves.  The following year there were more than 2500 players in the World Championship, at the WSOP, the main event attracted.  The year after that 6000 people anted up and in 2006 an astounding 9600 entered.  It’s become known as the “Moneymaker Effect.”  
The poker boom hit like a ton of bricks; television shows, big online site sponsorships, player signings, endorsement deals, a myriad of book releases.  Companies like Poker Stars, Full Tilt and Ultimate Bet became part of mainstream vernacular.  There were a litany of strategy articles, poker forums, blogs, and social media platforms like facebook and twitter have certainly swelled with a ton of poker content – all because an accountant from Knoxville was bored one Saturday afternoon.

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Poker and Gambling Quotes on High Roller Radio

Hey High Rollers, working on a new page of Poker Quotes and have provided a few below.  Enjoy, and please be sure to check out the site www.highrollerradio.net


“Well, it gives me a bit of table presence that others don’t have.  And it helps, because wearing a coat and tie reminds me to stay disciplined.”
– Crandall Addigton, on his wearing a Stetson at the poker table.

“Well, I could have won.  We played back and forth for a long time and finlly a hand came up where, if I had won this hand, I would have broke Johnny.  I had a big lead on him in chips anyway.  I flopped three sevens and he slow played two aces.  He checked the flop and the turn and, even there was an ace on the river, I was convinced I had him.  That was a hand I’ll never forget.  Then we played and played and finally I tried to win with a pair, but he had turned a set of threes on me and that was the end of the game.”
– Crandall Addington, on finishing second to Johnny Moss at the 1974 World Series of Poker main event.

“He returned to Dallas (in 1945) to find one nice surprise…most of his cronies had added a new game to their repertoire – hold’em.  The high action game had spread quickly across the south.  Johnny never let on that hold’em was one of the first games he ever learnt.  He simply asked them how it was played and had a picnic as people across the south tried to teach him.”
Don Jenkins, from his book on Johnny Moss.

“Ill be damned – this is funny.”
– Believed to be the last words of Doc Holliday, legendary Faro and poker player, who died in 1887 of ill health.  Seems he was surprised his death was not the result of bullets.  (From the outstanding book, Ghosts at the Table by Des Wilson.)

A Gambler’s Word
“They are not brace enough to take the name, but they are always ready for part of the game.  A gambler’s word is as good as his bond, and that is more than I can say of many businessmen who stand very high in the community.  I would rather take a true gambler’s word than the bond of many businessmen who are today counted worth thousands.  The gambler will pay when he has money, which many good church members will to.”
– George Devol, legendary riverboat gambler who had a knack for chesting cheaters, from his autobiography.

“To be a Road Gambler you had to do four things:
1) Find the game
2) Beat the game
3) Not get arrested
4) Not get robbed”
Amarillo Slim Preston

Poker Quotes
“I’ve never seen anyone grow humpbacked carrying away the money they won from me.”
– ‘Poker Alice’ Tubbs 

“Oh Grace, don’t you know, the Queens always beat the Straights in this house.”
– Will, from the show Will & Grace following a ‘Home Game’

“Sports betting is all about money management, so the most money won on one event is not the most important thing.”
— Bruce Dern 

(Note: We thank Des Wilson and his wonderful book Ghosts at the Table for the source of some of these quotes.  Highly recommended book.)

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

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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
1: a person who spends freely in luxurious living
2: a person who gambles recklessly or for high stakes
— high–rolling
– 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

AmarilloSlim Preston, Poker Hall of Fame
Amarillo Slim
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.

Did you know? Poker & Gambling Anecdotes

Hey High Rollers, watching the NCAA intently and t’s been extremely exciting; how about the Mercer Bears?  Wow….big match-up with Tennessee on Sunday.  Warren Buffet’s Billin Dollar bracket is DONE….no winners…everyone’s busted on just the 2nd day.  9.5 quintillin to one or something like that….you gotta believe if someone’s offering that kind of money they had to be SURE no one would claim the prize.  Great marketing!  It got a ton of play, heck even the President filled oput some picks.

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Did you know?  At first, WSOP bracelets did not have much prestige. Ten-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson said that his first bracelet “didn’t mean anything” to him and that he did not even pick up two of them.

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 a somewhat “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.

Cigars, Women & Poker
Paul “Cigar” McKinney is an American poker player who won a World Series of Poker bracelet at the age of 80.  McKinney won the 2005 World Series of Poker Seniors World Poker Championship No Limit Hold’em became the oldest person to win a WSOP event at the age of 80.  On his bio sheet for the World Series of Poker he listed his hobbies as “moonshine, cigars and young women.”

‘Poker Alice’
Alice Ivers Tubbs; aka: Poker Alice (1851-1930)  was perhaps the best known female poker player in the Old West.  At the age of 79 she underwent a gall bladder operation in Rapid City, but died of complications on February 27, 1930.   In her later years, Alice claimed to have won more than $250,000 at the gaming tables and never once cheated. In fact, one of her favorite sayings was: “Praise the Lord and place your bets. I’ll take your money with no regrets.” 

Greatest Trick of them All!
Antonio Esfandiari pocketed a whopping $18,346,673 after claiming the largest buy-in tournament in poker history. In total, 48 players ponied up the astounding $1 million buy-in to play in the The Big One for One Drop, at the 2012 World Series of Poker. It was largest prize ever awards in sports history.

Can you say Ganjifa?
Archaeology Ganjifa Playing Cards come from Iran.  Ganjifa and Aas-Naas are traditional Iranian card games whose history goes back to the 15th century Safavid period. Apparently Ganjifa was similar to Hokm and Aas-Naas to Poker. These hand-painted playing cards are all from the late Qajar period and are made of lacquered papier-mâché.

Playing like the Boys
In 1941, the Young Women’s Republican Club of Milford, CT held a night like no other; they indulged in traditionally male pastimes like cigar smoking, poker playing, and wrestling. The night confused the majority of Milford’s male population but made quite a splash none-the-less.

The Ace of Clubs House Museum

What a great historical landmark in Texarkana, TX. (1885) This 22- sided house is built in the shape of a “Club” playing card. The local legend is that entrepreneur James H. Draughon built the house with the winnings from a poker game. The winning card was the Ace of Clubs. Each room represents a specific period in the history of the house. The house is located at 420 Pine Street and is part of The Texarkana Museums System.

“It’s impossible to overstate the value of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to anyone who takes the game seriously. It is the equivalent of winning the Stanley Cup in hockey or the Lombardi Trophy in football.”
– Jeffrey Pollack
2006 WSOP bracelet ceremony

Legend has it, the longest poker game in history was played in this town, Thurmond, WV, circa 1915.

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Did you know? Poker/Gambling Anecdotes.


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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”

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.

(Thanks to www.GamblingHelp.Biz for these details)

Poker/Gambling Quotes on High Roller Radio

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Jeopardy Champ a Student of Game Theory

Jeopardy/Game Theory Expert
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 ion 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?”

“Sports betting is all about money management, so the most money won on one event is not the most important thing.”
— Bruce Dern

Philip Gruissem
Young German Pro won $4.5 million in 2013 and here he talks about one of his main motivations of late – 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.”
– Q&A w/ Card Player magazine

“The one who bets the most wins. Cards just break ties.”
– Sammy Farha

“If an opponent won’t watch you bet, then you probably shouldn’t.”
– Mike Caro
The Mad Genius of Poker

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”
– Ray Kroc

“A funny thing happens when you shoot for the moon, you get there!”
– Cadillac, new commercial.

“In the game of life, the house edge is called time. In whatever we do, nature charges us for doing it in the currency of time. So we must take advantage of every moment. Every moment in life is so very precious.  You only get a fling at life for a while, then the house collects. We must get all our thrills and all our experiences while we have the opportunity. We have to go for it now! And only by taking advantage of time in this way can we get the best of it – win or lose.”
– Bob Stupak
From the forward to his book, Yes You Can WIN!

(A quick sampling for you from our Poker/Gambling Quotes pages…you’ll find more at www.highrollerradio.net under the FEATURES tab)



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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
― Pablo Picasso

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― Mahatma Gandhi

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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

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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.

Who played the largest pot in televised poker history? 

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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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!”

Chris de Beer is back baby! “The DON’ of sports betting, now a stunning 42-and-17 on this show, takes a look at UFC Fight Night 36 on FOX – Machida v Mousasi.

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“Everything you can imagine is real.”
― Pablo Picasso

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