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Online Poker in The USA – Where are you playing?

Online Poker in the United States
Where are you Playing?

If you live in the United States, where with unregulated offshore sites and an unsure market, playing online poker can be a bit gloomy these days. Let’s take a look at some of the guidelines you should be watching out for on how and where to play online.

In a Regulated Market, Play at Legalize Sites

There are only three states in the USA where the operation of online poker sites is legal and licensed; New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada. Soon Delaware and Nevada will be introducing a players’ pool – which would regulate traffic in both states. Playing Poker at these sites is completely safe. While in Washington State – where playing poker is illegal, it is considered as crime. If you are living there, you shouldn’t be playing poker online. Well, for the other 46 states in the union, be sure to go through these points.

Know the Ambiance

One should always try to find out correct ambience of the state in which you are living. While playing online poker in United States, you will come across some legal barriers because of two things 1) the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 and 2) ‘Black Friday,’ the day in 2011. As a result, American Players were stopped from playing on many online sites.

Where are you playing your online poker?

Where are you playing your online poker?


Keep Track of the News
There are times when you find something about online sites you don’t support, like corruption and dishonesty by the operators through various media outlets, including the poker media. Be sure to stay involved, by going through the news and reviews about the site before playing and find out about the repute and character of the online poker site.


Play at Sites Around for a Prolonged Time

If you want to play safe, it is always better to play at leading poker site for USA with a solid, reputable history. If the site has been around for a long time, it’s a better place to play and feel secure you’re your money.


Safety of Funds Should be Kept at Priority – Play at those Sites

Play with sites that go an extra mile to make you feel safe and secure about your money. The priority should be safety of funds because there are some sites which do not deal in security of players funds. Players should think carefully before playing at those sites. Government focus is on the sites which are not licensed to operate in the United States. Be sure to choose a site that goes that extra length in providing player safety.


Maintain Balance by Managing Balances

Play at sites licensed to carry their operations in the United States, and that means sites ready to serve American players.

Maintain and manage your balances – Always keep your balance light and deposit only the amount you want to keep for playing. Do not deposit large amounts on untrustworthy sites.

Cash out on a regular basis – Don’t let your money sit there for a long time. Find out the average time for cash outs for online poker sites .Checkout the timeframes provided by those online poker sites. The quicker the cash out, the better the site is. It is always a good idea to keep your balances low thus opt for playing safe.

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Football Betting Basics – Harry Redknapp & Sunderland

Football Betting Basics: 

The Sunderland Case Study

Footballers are used to taking a few shots to the shins on the pitch during their careers, but earlier this season the players at Sunderland received a swift kick in the teeth courtesy of the world’s bookmakers. In fact the team has been ranked among the contenders for the drop this season.

As we all know, survival in the Premier League is never easy for any team, but when the bookies are turning against you before the season is even 25% complete there is cause for concern. Of course, the odds makers don’t always get it right and their predictions don’t constitute fact, however, all the early signs would suggest that the Wearside outfit will be heading back down the Championship come the summer.

Naturally, we’re not going to sail Sunderland down the river without a fair trial, so we’ve outlined some of the
reasons why the club might go down and some reasons why the players may avoid the drop.

If you know anything about the world of football, you’ll know that bookmakers often have their fingers on the proverbial pulse. Indeed, many odds makers at the time of writing have Sunderland odds on for the drop. With this in mind, we decided to dive into betfair’s Sunderland hub, read the prominent headlines and use this information to weigh up the club’s pluses and minuses.


A Losing Start

The bookmakers probably didn’t have much faith in Sunderland before the start of the season and that confidence certainty wasn’t helped by a two-game losing streak. Although the team has since rallied and earned draws at Aston Villa and Swansea City, the early signs aren’t good for the Black Cats.

Indeed, a 3-1 drubbing by Norwich City, a team that could be among the bottom clubs this season, is a marker as to Sunderland’s current form. While no one expected the club to suddenly transform into a top-table outfit overnight, recent performances suggest that they aren’t beyond the level of those around them. Not being able to overcome the likes of Norwich certainly isn’t a disaster, but it’s clear the team isn’t particularly strong and as the season wears on that could really start to tell.


Harry Redknapp

Redknapp Says

He might not know it all, but Jamie Redknapp has watched a lot of football over the last few years and his insight into the game is often spot on. Having been a player himself he knows the pressures of the Premier League and when he says he’s not confident in a club then it’s rarely a good sign.

During a pre-season interview the son of manager Harry Redknapp suggested that Bournemouth could be the surprise package to avoid the drop this season, while Sunderland could struggle to reverse last season’s fortunes. The main reason for Redknapp’s reluctance to back Sunderland is the lack of change in the dressing room.

Although Dick Advocaat decided to stay for another season and managed to bring in some fresh blood, the few changes he has made don’t seem to be enough to convince the critics. In fact, Redknapp believes the lack of “significant changes” will hamper Sunderland throughout the season and cause the club to suffer as the pressure begins to mount.

 

Hindsight is 20/20

Experience counts for a lot in the football world and there’s no doubt last season’s exploits will stand Sunderland in good stead this campaign. The players are already expecting a struggle and that probably won’t be good for morale. However, the remaining players obviously have the inner-strength to overcome adversity.

Despite facing an uphill task against Arsenal with two games left to play, Sunderland managed to hold the Gunners to a draw and secure themselves another season of top-flight football. This experience may be a distant memory for those not directly linked to the club, but that experience will stay in the memory banks of those involved and could prove invaluable at the close of the coming season.


Dick Knows the Score

After being drafted into the club with just eight games to go last season, Advocaat produced a minor miracle to keep the club in the Premier League. However, after winning the hearts of the players and fans, the veteran manager announced that he was retiring from the game. Fortunately, however, he made an unexpected U-turn before the start of the 2015/2016 season and signed a one-year deal with Sunderland.

That deal prompted Advocaat to draft in the likes of Adam Matthews, Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Coates to help bolster the squad. Although many feel these signings won’t be enough to save Sunderland, the manager clearly knows how to inspire greatness in his team. Yes, it was too close for comfort last season, but staying up is staying up and Advocaat clearly has the ability to repeat this feat once again.


Getting Ahead in the Betting World

Betting on football is never easy. The margins between victory and defeat in the English Premier League are extremely thin and that makes predicting winners and losers is tough. Much like a high stakes poker players looking for small edges, the route to victory in the Premier League is a matter of inches and not miles and Sunderland may be able to find a way to survive. However, if they do, then it won’t be by much.

The bookmakers may have it wrong when it comes to Sunderland’s chances of survival, but the fact remains that you should always do your research before you agree or disagree with them. Regardless of the price, taking some time to review the news feeds linked to Sunderland and the Premier League as a whole is a must for any sports bettor.

Indeed, you wouldn’t start throwing out three-bets at the poker table without a read on your opponents, so you shouldn’t start wagering money on Sunderland to go down just because the odds makers think they will. Betting, whether it’s at the poker table or in the sporting arena, requires careful analysis of the facts and that’s only possible if you’ve soaked up as much information as possible.

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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.  
~Proverb

“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.
Full List

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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46th Annual World Series of Poker Highlights, Bracelet Winners, Poker History

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while….busy summer with the World Series of Poker, watching the WSOP Live Streams. Congrats to David Tuchman and all of his co-hosts, another fantastic offering of poker variety, thrills and spills, great action with bad beats and remarkable feats. Below you’ll find all the bracelet winners and some highlights from the 46th annual WSOP.

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Mississippi Grind Trailer

Be sure to check out the new trailer for the gambling road movie Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendohlson…looks great, and got awesome reviews at the film festivals. The greatest since Rounders? We’ll see.

Dogs Playing Poker


A Bold Bluff

This is just one of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s 16 pieces in his famous American Classic painting series. Did you know they were originally painted to sell cigars?

Dogs Playing Poker

John Reading Interview

This Minnesota Native cashed 7 times at the WSOP, made two final tables and won a bracelet in the first ever Hyper Hold’em event that saw 20 minute blind levels. It took just 11 hours to reach a final table.

Full Q&A

46th Annual WSOP

– The first ever WSOP.com online bracelet event drew 909 runners. Players had to be competing from an IP address in Nevada. Once the final table of six was reached play was suspended for a day so that the contestants could meet at the Rio and battle it out live for the bracelet. One of our former guests, Hunter Cichy finished runner-up. Another former guest Dutch Boyd cashed.

– Event #60, the 25k High Roller, won by former lawyer turned poker pro Anthony Zinno, was the richest PLO tournameny in history, generating a prize pool of more than $4 million.

2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel topped a stacked field in the $111,111 buy-in Big One for One Drop. He defeated businessman Bill Klein heads-up for the title and his 2nd bracelet. Bill Klein donated his entre 2nd place winnings, $2,465,522, to charity.

Trivia: Who finished 6th in the main event and plays on the same dodgeball team as Jonathan Duhamel?
Answer
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– Christian Pham, a Minnesota poker pro, accidentally signed up for the wrong event ($1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7) and ended up winning it. Pham previously won a the WSOP circuit main event at Caesars Palace in 2013. Thinking he was signing up for the next day’s NLHE event, Pham was stunned to learn he was playing Kansas City Lowball, a form of poker he had never played before:

“They had started dealing already, so I couldn’t do anything. If they had not started dealing, I would have told the floorman and asked to be unregistered.”
– Christian Pham

– Jeffrey Tomlinson, a 51 year old football coach from Florida, upset a stacked field in Event #25.
“I don’t have any fear. I mean, I’m here to play my game. It doesn’t mean I’ll win ten gold bracelets, but from the moment I sat down I knew I could win.”

– Seven years after his first gold bracelet, Phil Galfond picked up his 2nd in the world championship of Kansas City lowball single draw defeating Nick Schulman, a two-time winner of this very event, heads-up. It was his 15th career cash, bringing is WSOP earnings above the $2 million mark.

– Max Pescatori became the first Italian to win three gold bracelets, taking down the $1,500 Razz for $156,000.

– Keith Lehr needed just 24 hands to beat Paul Volpe in the final of the $10k heads-up world championship. It’s his 2nd bracelet. His first? Twelve years ago in pot limit hold’em.

– After min-cashing in the Colossus, Germany’s Paul Michaelis took down Event #8 for his first bracelet and close to $200,000.

“I was running insane basically. I had a straight flush against a nut flush, I had a couple sets. My bluffs worked out. Everything worked perfectly actually,”
– Paul Michaelis

– The Colossus was exactly that! It broke the record for the biggest live poker tournament ever by more than 150%! The prize pool? More than $11 million, more than double the advertised guarantee. Nolan Dalla, longtime poker writer and unofficial WSOP historian, compared it to Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games, Barry Bonds eclipsing Hank Aaron for career home runs, and Joe DiMaggio setting the record for consecutive games with a hit.

WSOP Bracelet Winners 2015
Event #1: Casino Employees Championship, Brandon Barnette ($74,704)
Event #2: $5,000 NLHE, Michael Wang ($466,120)
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better, Robert Mizrachi ($251,022)
Event #4: $3,000 NLHE Shootout, Nick Petrangelo ($201,812)
Event #5: The Colossus, Cord Garcia ($638,880)
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Turbo, John Reading ($252,028)
Event #7: Deuce to 7 World Championship, Taun Le ($322,756)
Event #8: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em, Paul Michaelis ($189,818)
Event #9: $1,500 Razz, Max Pescatori ($155,947)
Event #10: Heads-Up World Championship, Keith Lehr ($334,430)
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, William Kakon ($196,055)
Event #12: $1,500 6-Handed NLHE, Idan Raviv ($455,057)
Event #13: $2,500 7-Card Stud/Omaha 8 or Better, Konstanin Maslak ($269,612)
Event #14: $1,500 NLHE Shootout, Barry Hutter ($283,546)
Event #15: Pot Limit Hold’em World Championship, Shaun Deeb ($318,857)
Event #16: Millionaire Maker
Event #17: Razz World Championship, Phil Hellmuth ($271,105)
Event #18: $1,000 Turbo NLHE, John Gale ($298,290)
Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, Matt Elsby ($230,799)
Event #20: $1,500 NLHE, Benjamin Zamani ($460,640)
Event #21: $10,000 World Championship of Omaha 8 or Better, Daniel Alaei ($391,037)
Event #22: $1,000 NLHE, Sam Greenwood ($318,977)
Event #23: $1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Christian Pham ($81,314)
Event #24: $1,500 HORSE, Arash Ghaneian ($239,750)
Event #25: $5,000 8-Handed NLHE, Jeffrey Tomlinson ($567,724)
Event #26: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Aaron Wallace ($226,985)
Event #27: $10k World Championship 7-Card Stud, Brian Hastings ($239,518)
Event #28: Monster Stack,
Event #29: $10k World Championship Deuce-to-7 Single Draw, Phil Galfond ($224,383)
Event #30: $1,000 NLHE, Franco Ivan Luca ($353,391)
Event #31: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better, Jeff Madsen ($301,314)
Event #32: $5,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Jason Mercier ($633,357)
Event #33: $1,500 Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Benny Glaser ($136,215)
Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em, Andre Boyer ($250,243)
Event #35: $3,000 HORSE, Dan Idema ($261,774)
Event #36: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, Corrie Wunstel ($266,874)
Event #37: $10,000 World Championship 6-Handed NLHE, Byron Kaverman ($657,331)
Event #38: $3,000 NLHE, Thiago Nishijima ($546,843)
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix, Brian Hastings ($133,403)
Event #40: $1,000 Seniors Championship, Travis Baker ($613,466)
Event #41: $10,000 World Championship 7-Card Stud Hi Lo, Max Pescatori ($292,158)
Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play NLHE, Adrian Apmann ($478,102)
Event #43: Super Seniors Championship, Jon Andlovic ($262,220)
Event #44: The Poker Players Championship, Mie Gorodinsky ($1,270,086)
Event #45: $1,500 NLHE, Upeshka De Silva ($424,577)
Event #46: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Vasili Firsau ($437,575)
Event #47: $2,500 NLHE, Matt O’Donnell (551,941)
Event #48: $1,500 7-Card Stud, Eli Elezra ($112,591)
Event #49: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, Young Ji ($231,102)
Event #50: $10,000 World Championship Limit Holdem, Ben Yu ($291,456)
Event #51: $3,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Justin Liberto (640,711)
Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice, Carol Fuchs ($127,735)
Event #53: Ladies Championship, Jacquelyn Scott ($153,876)
Event #54: $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha, Alexander Petersen ($927,655)
Event #55: $1,500 Draft Kings, Brandon Wittmeyer ($200,618)
Event #56: $5,000 Turbo, Kevin MacPhee ($490,800)
Event %57: $1,000 NLHE, Takahiro Nakai ($399,039)
Event #58: $111,1111 Big One for One Drop, Jonathan Duhamel ($3,989,985)
Event #59: $1,500 NLHE, Alex Lindop ($531,037)
Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha, Anthony Zinno ($1,122,196)
Event #61: $1,111 Little One for One Drop, Paul Hoefer ($645,969)
Event #62: $1,500 Bounty, Jack Duong ($333,351)
Event #63: $10,000 World Championship of HORSE, Andrew Barber ($517,566)
Event #64: Online Bracelet Event, Anthony Spinella ($197,743)
Event #65: $1,500 7-Card Stud 8 or Better, Gerald Ringe ($180,943)
Event #66: Lucky 7’s NLHE, Connor Berkowitz ($487,784)
Event #67: $10,000 World Championship Dealers Choice, Quin Do ($319,792)
Event #68: World Championshp Main Event????

Who’s your November 9?

Seat 1:  Zvi Stern — 29,800,000
Seat 2:  Pierre Neuville — 21,075,000
Seat 3:  Joshua Beckley — 11,800,000
Seat 4:  Max Steinberg — 20,200,000
Seat 5:  Thomas Cannuli — 12,250,000
Seat 6:  Joe McKeehen — 63,100,000
Seat 7:  Patrick Chan — 6,225,000
Seat 8:  Federico Butteroni — 6,200,000
Seat 9:  Neil Blumenfield — 22,000,000

Gambling Quotes
“The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.”
– Heywood Hale Broun

 
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WSOP 2015; Highlights, Fun Facts and Bracelet Winners

Hey High Rollers, sorry its been a while. The World Series of Poker is in full swing, almost at the halfway mark and the action has been fast and furious. Phil Hellmuth has won bracelet #14, Phil Galfond bracelet #2 and a 20-something kid has taken down the largest live tourney ever, the Colossus.

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Hellmuth is The Man!
Proving again that he is the greatest tournament player ever, Phil Hellmuth captured his 14th bracelet at the 2015 WSOP, besting a field of 103 in Event #17, the $10,000 world championship of Razz. This is the ‘Poker Brat’s’ 2nd Razz bracelet.

Hellmuth Hype

Big Crowds at Colossus

WSOP Sets Record
The Colossus was exactly what officials at the World Series of Poker imagined – unreal! A field of 22,373, making it the largest live poker tournament ever, was topped by 20-something Cord Garcia. Congrats. Talk about a resume topper.

Did you know?
Ray Henson, a long-time poker pro and summer roomates with Cord Garcia, finished 3rd in the Colossus. Roomates, first and third? Wow.

Tidbits
Michael Wang, winner of Event #2, has a degree in biology from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
“I’m still trying to process it. This is the most prestigious prize in poker. This is the best thing in the game that’s ever happened to me. It’s going to take some time for this to sink in.”

Robert Mizrachi wins 3rd WSOP Bracelet

Mizrachi Mashes

Wins his 3rd bracelet in Event #3, $1,500, Omaha 8 or Better. In 2007, he captured the world championship of Pot Limit Omaha and $769,000. In 2014, he won gold in the $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed event.
Did you know? Robert’s brother, Michael, owns three WSOP bracelets & two WPT titles. He won the $50k Players Championship in back-to-back years.

Fun Facts
Christian Pham, a Minnesota poker pro, accidentally signed up for the wrong event ($1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7) and ended up winning it. Pham previously won a the WSOP circuit main event at Caesars Palace in 2013. Thinking he was signing up for the next day’s NLHE event, Pham was stunned to learn he was playing Kansas City Lowball, a form of poker he had never played before:

Kansas City What?
“They had started dealing already, so I couldn’t do anything. If they had not started dealing, I would have told the floorman and asked to be unregistered.”
– Christian Pham

Shocker in 5k
Jeffrey Tomlinson, a 51 year old football coach from Florida, upset a stacked field in Event #25.
“I don’t have any fear. I mean, I’m here to play my game. It doesn’t mean I’ll win ten gold bracelets, but from the moment I sat down I knew I could win.”

Twin Towers?
In Event #24, Arash Ghaneian was being cheered on by his wife, soon expecting twins. Good start to the family, Ghaneian won the event, his first gold bracelet and $240,000.

7 Year Itch?
Seven years after his first gold bracelet, Phil Galfond picked up his 2nd in the world championship of Kansas City lowball single draw defeating Nick Schulman, a two-time winner of this very event, heads-up. It was his 15th career cash, bringing is WSOP earnings above the $2 million mark.

Italy to the Max!
Max Pescatori became the first Italian to win three gold bracelets, taking down the $1,500 Razz for $156,000.

12 Years Later
Keith Lehr needed just 24 hands to beat Paul Volpe in the final of the $10k heads-up world championship. It’s his 2nd bracelet. His first? Twelve years ago in pot limit hold’em.

James Woods
The actor, who co-starred in the movie Casino, made his first and second ever WSOP final tables in 2015. He is widely regarded as a pretty good poker player.

Back-to-Back
Tuan Le won the $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven triple draw world championship, becoming the first player since 2009 to win the same WSOP event in consecutive years.

Running Good?
After min-cashing in the Colossus, Germany’s Paul Michaelis took down Event #8 for his first bracelet and close to $200,000.

Poker Quotes
“I was running insane basically. I had a straight flush against a nut flush, I had a couple sets. My bluffs worked out. Everything worked perfectly actually,”
– Paul Michaelis

Fast and Furious?
A total of 1,496 runners signed up for the WSOP’s newest event, the $1,000 Hyper Hold’em, which only took two days to complete. Won by Minnesota’s John Reading, it featured 20 minute blind levels. The final table only last one hour and forty-five minutes of actual playing time.

Shaun Deeb Wins Event #15
“This was one of the toughest final tables I’ve ever played against. This was the second time I’ve made the final in this $10K PLHE event, and to come out on top against these caliber of players was just great. It was really special to get this against Paul (Volpe), because we play together all the time. I know he wanted to win, but to get my first against him was just amazing the way it all happened.”
– Shaun Deeb

One to Israel
Idan Raviv became the first Israeli to win WSOP gold by taking down Event #12, the $1,500 6-Max. This just a year after finishing 22nd in the main event.

2015 WSOP Bracelet Winners (so far)
Event #1: Casino Employees Championship, Brandon Barnette ($74,704)
Event #2: $5,000 NLHE, Michael Wang ($466,120)
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better, Robert Mizrachi ($251,022)
Event #4: $3,000 NLHE Shootout, Nick Petrangelo ($201,812)
Event #5: The Colossus, Cord Garcia ($638,880)
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Turbo, John Reading ($252,028)
Event #7: Deuce to 7 World Championship, Taun Le ($322,756)
Event #8: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em, Paul Michaelis ($189,818)
Event #9: $1,500 Razz, Max Pescatori ($155,947)
Event #10: Heads-Up World Championship, Keith Lehr ($334,430)
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, William Kakon ($196,055)
Event #12: $1,500 6-Handed NLHE, Idan Raviv ($455,057)
Event #13: $2,500 7-Card Stud/Omaha 8 or Better, Konstanin Maslak ($269,612)
Event #14: $1,500 NLHE Shootout, Barry Hutter ($283,546)
Event #15: Pot Limit Hold’em World Championship, Shaun Deeb ($318,857)
Event #16: Millionaire Maker
Event #17: Razz World Championship, Phil Hellmuth ($271,105)
Event #18: $1,000 Turbo NLHE, John Gale ($298,290)
Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, Matt Elsby ($230,799)
Event #20: $1,500 NLHE, Benjamin Zamani ($460,640)
Event #21: $10,000 World Championship of Omaha 8 or Better, Daniel Alaei ($391,037)
Event #22: $1,000 NLHE, Sam Greenwood ($318,977)
Event #23: $1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Christian Pham ($81,314)
Event #24: $1,500 HORSE, Arash Ghaneian ($239,750)
Event #25: $5,000 8-Handed NLHE, Jeffrey Tomlinson ($567,724)
Event #26: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Aaron Wallace ($226,985)
Event #27: $10k World Championship 7-Card Stud, Brian Hastings ($239,518)
Event #28: Monster Stack,
Event #29: $10k World Championship Deuce-to-7 Single Draw, Phil Galfond ($224,383)

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The Riviera Closes, Seidel’s a High Roller, Wynn on Online Gaming

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Gotta love twitch right? So much good poker content to watch and learn from. In fact, the EPT Grand Final from Monaco is down to 9, and streaming live on twitch Twitch Poker/EPT Grand Final Commentating now? The stunning Liv Boeree. And, Johnny Lodden has chips. Great stuff.

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Ari Engel Interview

Ari Engel is an Orthidox Jew poker pro who lives in Las Vegas, but much of his time is spent on the road. He travels the circuit and has won 7 WSOP Circuit rings (2nd all-time), he’s cashed for more than $5 million in live and online tourneys and he’s a great guy! Q&A HERE

Did you know? Ari Engel actually has 8 WSOP Circuit titles but only seven of them were sanctioned ring events. He was also founder Ari’s Training Centre and his main protege was David ‘The Maven’ Chicotsky.
We spoke to ‘The Maven’
 Q&A HERE

Be sure to check out his website at www.aripoker.com

Bye to ‘The Riv’

The Riviera has ended its 60 year run on the Las Vegas strip. The legendary casino, which was the backdrop for several big movies, Casino, Ocean’s 11 and The Hangover, has been bought by the city for $180 million. City officials plan on converting the space and using it for its $2.3 billion dollar convention centre project.

Did you know?
The ‘Riv’ had over 2,100 rooms and the casino had 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2) of gaming space.

Bingo Anyone?

The Riviera had one of the largest bingo rooms in Las Vegas, and was voted the ‘Best Bingo Room’ by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Charged for operating Seals with Clubs.

Charged for operating Seals with Clubs.

Bryan Micon Charged for Operating Illegal Gaming Operation
The Nevada-based poker pro is accused by the state of running an unlicensed internet gaming platform, Seals with Clubs, misconduct that carries a potential prison term of 10 years and a five-figure fine.

“I maintain that I have committed no wrongdoing.” Micon says. He’s being represented by David Chesnoff, who’s defended well-known poker players Phil Ivey, Paul Phua and Dan Bilzerian in the past.

“Mr. Micon maintains his innocence and we’re looking forward to litigating on what appears to be a case of first impression. We are going to advise our client that he’s been charged in Las Vegas and what his legal obligations are.”
– David Chesnoff, to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Erik Seidel, Best Ever?

Erik Seidel topped a record field of 59 entries in the 2015 €100,000 buy-in EPT grand final Super High Roller event. It’s his 28th career title, good enough for more than €2.2 million. Seidel is 55, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame, and has won more than $22 million lifetime. Oh yes, he’s got 8 WSOP titles as well. High Roller baby!

Tribute

Wynn on Online Gaming

Interviewed on the Nevada political program “Ralston Reports”, billionaire casino owner Steve Wynn said he is still against real-money poker games on the internet.
“I believe that Internet gaming is not going to happen in any way that is meaningful for Las Vegas. I don’t think it has any chance of getting through the House of Representatives, and even if it did, it would at the behest, at the encouragement, of the state lottery boards who want to go into that business. I am not going to get into [online gaming]. We’ll get blamed if anything goes wrong.”

Rudy at the Poker Table?
Actor Sean Astin’s been in numerous films and been in front of the camera too many times to count, but this week in Monte Carlo the Lord of the RingsRudy, and The Goonies star has made his way to the French Riviera to play on the thrilling Shark Cage poker show.
$100 Bills NOT Allowed
The 2015 World Series of Poker will not allow $100 bills to be in play at cash game tables. The WSOP posted the announcement on twitter:
“We believe this decision best aligns our guest experience to stay up to date with evolving industry standards and ensure our operations can deliver great experiences consistently. It is important to note that this new poker cash game policy has no impact on any poker tournament we offer, as those have always been run exclusively with non-value tournament poker chips.”
Players will exchange cash at the cage or via a chip runner during the Series.

Gambling Quotes
“I’ll play any man from any land any game he can name for any amount he can count – provided I like it.”
– Puggy Pearson

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?

Answer HERE

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.

Jon Stewart Blasts Governor Christie on Marijuana versus Online Gamblng

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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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Oregon Mom Does Unbelievable, Alex Jacob on Jeopardy, High Roller Trend, Congrats Matt Stout

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Oregon bar owner wins three, count 'em, three straight poker tourneys.

Oregon bar owner wins three, count ’em, three straight poker tourneys.

1-in-57 million? Wow!

High Roller Radio had a great chat with Angela Jordison, winner of, count’em, three straight poker tournaments at the Spring POer Round-Up at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Oregon. She owns a bar called Sassy’sand is a mother of two. Check out the field sizes, 537, 448 and 214…..wow. She pocketed close to $40k for her efforts….if you have 11 minutes you must listen to this terrific Q&A HERE

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Watched recent guest of the show Matt Stout, @MattStoutPoker, play the final table of the Borgata Million, he chopped one of the early events for lose to $200k. Well done and well played.  You can follow the action @BorgataPoker

Our interview with Matt was dynamite…the guy’s a High Roller, been playing 10k events since he was 21 and winning, close to $4 million live, and almost as much online. Poker Stud! Check our interview with him HERE

Alex Jacob Jeopardy

6-day total of more than $149,000, this guys good.  @whoisalexjacob on twitter. He is using game theory, sleecting the $1000 or $800 clues first searching out Daily Doubles. When he finds one, he makes large bets to create a big lead or small ones to shut his opponents out. It’s working.  Jacob is a very good poker player, who had several big scores at the height of the poker boom. He is a trader now.

Check out this old clip from Jeopardy, when the “POKER” category was played very last, lol.

Viktor Blom 

Poker pro Viktor “Isildur1” Blom scooped $385,000 in winnings over the past week, one of the top earners says HighstakesDB. He is still down roughly $315,000 this year on Full Tilt, after logging more than 38,000 hands. He’s lost an average of $8.29 per hand played.

Tiger’s Back

Did you see Tiger Woods at the masters? Played pretty good.  Did you know? The 14 time major winner frequently plays Blackjack at $25,000 per hand with a $1 million limit at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Seems he does okay too, no scandals reported. Woods also devotes his gambling interests to a good cause. In 2013, he hosted a charity poker event, “Tiger’s Poker Night” at the Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The likes of Phil Ivey, Kid Rock, Mark Cuban, Mekhi Phifer, Doyle Brunson, Chris Paul, Daniel Negreanu, and Mike Sexton all showed to pay the $10,000 entry fee.

Baseball Betting Scandal

Baseball, above all other sports, is particularly sensitive to gambling controversies. Flashback to the 1919 Chicago World Series, which still stands as the most notorious sports gambling moment of all time. The scandal involved eight White Sox players including superstars who received a total of $100,000 to intentionally lose the Fall Class. Although, a grand jury found all players innocent, they were all banned from baseball, a ban still in effect to this day. As Jackson departed from the Grand Jury room, a small boy clutched at his sleeve and tagged along after him.

“Say it ain’t so, Joe,” he pleaded. “Say it ain’t so.”
“Yes kid, I’m afraid it is,” Jackson replied.
“Well, I never would’ve thought it,” the boy said.

– from the Chicago Herald and Examiner, September 30, 1920

High Roller Trend?

The high roller trend began in 2006 when the Aussie Millions launched its $100,000 No Limit Holdem Challenge (actual buy in is $100,500, including the $500 entry fee), at the time billed as the highest buy-in of any poker tournament in history.
Structure:
* Players start with 100,000 chips, a comparatively larger amount compared to both the Aussie Millions and WSOP Main Events.
Betting is pot limit preflop and no limit afterwards.
* Players are allowed only 30 seconds to act on their hands. At the start of the tournament, each player is given three extensions of 30 seconds each for use during the tournament.
* The $100,000 Challenge was first played in 2006, with 10 entrants. Eighteen entered the Challenge in 2007, 25 in 2008, and 24 in 2010. In 2011, organizers introduced a Super High Roller event featuring a $250,000 buy-in.

The Blocker Bet

What Is It? A bet from out of position designed to control the size of the pot, freeze your opponent, and possibly get a cheaper showdown.

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Oregon Mom’s Amazing Poker Feat, Classic Hellmuth Blow-Up & ‘The Chainsaw’ on Table Selection

Hey High Rollers, great interview coming up tonight with Angela Radich Jordison, a mother of two and bar owner who recently took down three straight tournaments at the Spring Poker Round-Up at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Penndleton, Oregon. Amazing feat considering the field sizes (537, 448 and 214) wow!  Promises to be a gteat chat with a woman who doesn’t play many tourneys, mostly just Omaha hi/low (coulda fooled us!)

Oregon bar owner wins three, count 'em, three straight poker tourneys.

Oregon bar owner wins three, count ’em, three straight poker tourneys.

Don’t miss that Q&A, www.highrollerradio.net

Poker Quotes

“I have never played one hand of no limit cash in my life. I play a lot of mixed games. Other than Dan Heimiller, I think I play more tournaments than anyone. I’d be out of my league here. There are a lot of great no limit hold’em players here, It’s not my realm. I liked mixed cash games.”
– Allen Kessler, on why he wasn’t playing the Poker Night in America cash game.

Did you know? Allen ‘The Chainsaw’ Kessler plays the slots? Find out why HERE

Greatest WSOP Blow-Up EVER!

You guessed it, the ‘Poker Brat’ loses his cool with fireman Jim Pittman, an amatuer poker player who got more than he bargained for at the 2005 WSOP. Great tv clip. Wow, does Phil go off, “the guy can’t even spell poker.”

 

Poker Hall of Fame

The Brat’s in there…and as of 2013, 46 members have been inducted. 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.

Hanson’s Online Woes

Gus Hansen, a multiple winner on the World Poker Tour, is the worst loser in the history of online poker.  He is down close to $20 million online alone. $20 million!  He recently admitted that perhaps the games has passed him by and he needs to work harder.

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.

Are you a Donkey?

Donkeytest.com is a poker skill test, the first of its kind, which features a unique scoring system to measure your overall poker skill level and assess your play in 13 sub categories.  The website reveals your strengths and, perhaps more importantly, your weaknesses. Donkeytest.com was developed by a group of professional poker players and is essentially a poker IQ test.

Team Blackjack

Al Francesco, the Godfather of team blackjack, once won $50,000 playing $100 limit blackjack after spotting a dealer who was inadvertently bending the cards.  Francesco is in the Blackjack Hall of Fame and is credited for teaching fellow Hall of Famer Ken Uston how to play the game.  Uston went on to write The Big Player, effectively exposing all of the team’s and Francesca’s secrets to the public and, more importantly, the casinos.

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Padraig Parkinson Q&A, Ultimate Slow Roll, Poker Funnies & the HRR T-Shirt

Hey High Rollers, great interview with Irish legend Padraig Parkinson today, well actually at midnight last night our time, 6 a.m. his time in Paris, but edited today and on the website now at www.highrollerradio.net (give it a few minutes to load.) Padraig was 3rd at the 1999 main event, won Late Night Poker across the pond, which made him a household name in the UK, and he’s got a new book out, Rebel Without a Pause, and believe me you’ll want to pick yourself up a copy. He is a funny guy and dynamic storyteller; we spoke about the passing of Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot, the Irish Open and that classic slow roll gone wrong. What was the German thinking? Slow rolling the Grandfather of Irish Poker Donnacha O’Dea, at the final table no less. He got what he deserved.  If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the commentators reaction, obviously Irish and fans of O’Dea:

Crazy! “Justice is done! Justice is done.!” Padraig has heard one possible reason for the slow roll, but you have to listen to the interview, Part 2, at www.highrollerradio.net

Luck of the Irish?

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

This guy's a High Roller!

This guy’s a High Roller!

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Longest of Longshots

The 1913 Kentucky Derby produced the longest long-shots 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.

Jockey

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.

Scotty Nguyen Baby! (Pronounced ‘winn’)

•  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 Scotty 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 any prize money.  One week later, Nguyen became 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.

A Putt for his Life?

Once, during a discussion about golf, Doyle Brunson said that if he had to pick one guy to make a 10-foot putt for his life it would be Puggy Pearson.  Wow.  Not Nicklaus, nor Palmer, nor Watson.  Puggy Pearson! “He’s the greatest pressure putter I’ve ever seen,” Brunson said.

Akio Kashiwagi

Biggest Gambler in the World? At one time, in 1992, yes he was! This Japanese property developer liked to play baccarat and holds the world record for the biggest loss EVER playing that game – a whopping $10 million in one session at the Trump Casino.  Soon afterwards, he was stabbed to death outside his home.

Lori Kolstad wearing the High Roller Radio t-shirt. Look, feel & play like a High Roller baby, get yours today!

Lori Kolstad wearing the High Roller Radio t-shirt. Look, feel & play like a High Roller baby, get yours today. 


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