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High Roller Radio…Busy, Busy, Busy…on Youtube!

Hey High Rollers, been a busy few weeks with great interviews (William Kassouf, Allen Kessler & James McManus, author of two of the greatest poker books ever; Positively Fifth Street & Cowboys Full.) Great chat about his crazy, fortunate, sequence of events in 2000 at the World Series of Poker. There to cover the Ted Binion murder trial, McManus almost won the main event:

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James McManus Q&A

We have also put together many interesting poker & gambling features, starting with a couple relating to poker & politics:

Donald Trump Wins Presidency, Poker Players Tweet About It!

Do you Abuse Poker Dealers?

The Card Collecting Con

Author Michael Craig: “Ivey Won $17 million in 3 Days!

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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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Archived Poker Interviews, Now on Youtube!

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while for any blog posts but we have been busy uploading our interview library to youtube and the video making process is taking aome time. Of course, we are trying to make each video of high quality, with interesting facts about our guests, some of their achievements ecetera. Congrats to Michael Bisping of the UFC, completes his destiny by knowcking out Luke Rockhold…wow.  Are you playing the World Series of Poker? It’s now underway at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino…good luck to all those playing.

The Colossus drew more than 21,000 runners, less than last year but still massive. Yours truly will be playing one event, Number 57, PLO8 July 1st weekend. Send me some mojo baby! We are now on youtube baby! HERE

Below, please enjoy some of the recent interviews we’s put on youtube, from the archives: 

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Dr. Jaclynn Moskow and her claims of sexual harrassment and racism at Poker Night in America.

Robbie Strazynski, founder of Cardplayer Lifestyle, one of the best poker blogs in the world. Right up there with ours, right?

Mike Leah discusses the WSOP, his recent success at SCOOP and his goal to smash the all-time WSOP cash record.

Darren Elias, a back-to-back winner on the World Poker Tour. History maker!

Douglas Smith, president of the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club, about their big show in Las Vegas. Rare poker chips anyone?

Chad Holloway, former managing editor PokerNews.com, about his WSOP bracelet win in the Casino Employees Championship a few years ago.

The Blackjack Ball? A secret gathering of the best blackjack players on the planet and Nicholas Colon was there! Great chat!

And, the Sensei of Poker Neil Channing! Funny guy. He can play too.




November Nine Final Table – Joe McKeehan Dominates!

Hey High Rollers, did you watch the final table? Did you like it? The 2015 WSOP Main Event has concluded and it’s the 25 year old from North Wales, Pennsylvania who claims the $7.7 million first place prize, richest prize in sports, and bragging rights as poker’s new world champ. Now, he has two world titles, he also won the world Risk title in 2010.  Joshua Beckley finished 2nd, Neil Blumenfield 3rd.

Poker's New King!

Poker’s New King!

Things Learned Watching the November Nine:

  • The Italian, Frederico Butteroni, once worked on a watermelon farm in Australia.
  • Frederico Butteroni and Joshua Beckley made the final table in their first ever WSOP main event.
  • Patrick Chan was eliminated on just the 2nd hand of the final table, a November Nine record.
  • #WSOP started to trend on twitter, as did #WSOPMainEvent
  • Israeli Zvi Stern’s slow play and ‘tanking’ on night one prompted Daniel Negreanu, poker’s all-time winningest player, to take to twitter calling for rule changes i.e. shot clock.
  • The $7.7 million McKeehan won is more than Johnny Chan made after three straight WSOP main event final tables, in which two of them he won.
  • The 2015 WSOP gold bracelet is big enough to fit the two winning cards in it for posterity and is worth $250,000.
  • There were 192 million chips in play in the 2015 main event.
  • This is the 8th straight year a 20-something won the event.

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Final Hand

 Ace 10 versus 44

McKeehan ran well to say the least! Played well too. It was the most dominating win since 2006 when Jamie Gold went crazy.

Shot Clock?

The November Nine saw some slow play, especially from the Israeli Zvi Stern and twister attacked. Daniel Negreanu, poker’s winningest all-time money leader and the game’s bets ambassador took to social media calling for a shot clock. WSOP TD Jack Eiffel had this to say to Card Player magazine:

“[Stern] was super cool when I talked to him about it. He was like, ‘Man, I didn’t realize I was taking too much time.’ He got it. I think sometimes players just have to be told. As officials, it’s our job to talk to guys and try to explain that to them and explain it from the other players’ perspective. The first thing that scares me when I think about the shot clock is that if you put someone on a shot clock, and everybody is on that same shot clock, then everybody is going to use that same amount of time before they act every single hand. So that guy who may have folded in five or 10 seconds are now taking 30, and that might pose a problem. I don’t know how it would play out naturally. It would need some more R and D and some trial to see whether or not it would be good.”

  • Jack Effel

Note: We did great interview with Bart Hanson of Crush Live Poker a few years ago and he commented on a shot clock in poker. www.highrollerradio.net INTERVIEWS tab.

Fun Fact

The 2015 World Series of Poker final table finished this week in Las Vegas, with the final nine playing for a combined $24.8 million. According to analysis of tax liabilities of the November Nine by taxabletalk.com the IRS collected nearly $8.5 million of the prize money.

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Poker and Gambling Quotes on High Roller Radio

Hey High Rollers, still recovering from all that WSOP action? What a summer. Editor’s Note: We are looking for contributors, either audio segments on sports betting, poker strategy, or casino news or written articles on anything gambling/poker related. Interested in getting your name out there? Want to join our team? There is NO pay, but we will promote you with your own page on the website and through social media. 2-to-1 you’ll LOVE it! We’d love to have you!

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Phil Ivey vs Borgata

Can you say Countersuit?

Phil Ivey countersues the Borgata Hotel & Casino over the controversial $9.6 million ‘edge sorting’ case,suggesting the casino committed fraud against them because they destroyed the playing cards/evidence in question. Below is a statement form Ivey’s legal team:
(NOTE: Everything centres on faulty playing cards.)

“Plaintiff’s complaint is barred because of the plaintiff’s own spoliation of evidence, specifically plaintiff’s failure to preserve, sequester or in any other way produce the actual playing cards used in the course of the defendants’ play, thereby irretrievably prejudicing defendants’ ability to secure judgment, and otherwise constituting suppression of evidence that would result in the entry of judgment on behalf of the defendants…Plaintiff intentionally destroyed each and every card and deck of cards it produced for play to defendants Ivey and Sun for that entire five month period preceding defendants’ final play at the Borgata in October of 2012.”

“In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.”
– Ace RothsteinCasino

“In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.”
Ace Rothstein: (voice-over), Casino

At the movies…
A collection of great poker and gambling films.

“I hadn’t been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word the bookmakers were offering 3-to-1 that Frank wouldn’t show for my wedding.”
– Sammy Davis Jr.

“Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money.”
– Steve Wynn

You can lead a horse to water but a donkey will follow you all the way to the river.

– Anonymous

“Every time I go to Vegas, I seem to incur some kind of fine.”
– Artie Lange

In a bet there is a fool and a thief.  

“The night before I left Las Vegas I walked out in the desert to look at the moon. There was a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high.” 
 Norman Mailer

“In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.”
– Steven Wright

Hockey in Vegas?
“I just don’t see it not happening. We have a solid owner, an arena and we sold 13,000 season tickets. Vegas has 2.2 million people. It’s a sports town. We’ve been starving for a professional franchise of any kind for many years.”
– Daniel Negreanu, on Las Vegas getting an NHL team.

Freeroller to High Roller

“I started playing poker seriously during my sophomore year of college in 2005. I had played some $5 home games in high school and stuff before that, but it was mainly an excuse to drink in our basements. I had kind of forgotten about poker, to be honest, but my little brother was really into it. He’s five years younger than me, and one day when I came back to visit from college, he was in the play money games on PokerStars. I thought it looked fun, so I started playing too. Then I found out about all of the freerolls they had on some of the other sites, won one of them, and all of a sudden I had a $100 bankroll. It was pretty much a standard poker boom story. I read some strategy books, got better and started building up my bankroll. I never had to make a deposit and I never went broke. By the time I had reached my senior year I was doing really well. During the last week of my finals, I had won over six figures.”

– Amit Makhija

Poker Hall of Fame
What’s the Criteria for Entry?

Inductees must be at least 40 years old and must have “played poker against acknowledged top competition” and “for high stakes,” while playing “consistently well” and “gaining the respect of peers.” The player must have lasted in the poker world too, as another standard is that they “stood the test of time.” For those who didn’t more or less play full-time, they must have “contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.”

Did you know? There are currently 48 members of the Poker Hall of Fame.
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Bluff Catcher
A hand with marginal strength that is not good enough to bet or raise with, but strong enough to go to showdown against an opponent’s bluffs.

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