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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.

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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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WSOP Starts Tomorrow! WSOP Highlights.

Hey High Rollers, we’re on the eve of the World Series of Poker…where good players become great players and great players become legends.  To get you in the mood, we have some WSOP Did you know?’s for you.  Enjoy.



Johnny Chan

In 1987, the ‘Oriental Express’ became the first forign born player to win the world championship, proving the WSOP was a global affair.  He beat 152 players and pocketed $625,000 for his efforts.

In 1988, Johnny Chan went back-to-back in the main event defeating 167 players.  All the while, Chan kept an orange on his chips to combat the smell of smoke in the room.  He would bite into the orange to release its fresh aroma.

The late Jerry Buss, a poker fanatic and owner of the LA Lakers, promised Johnny Chan an NBA championship ring if he could win three in a row.  Incredibly, in 1989, Chan navigated a field of 178 players to find himself heads-up with Phil Hellmuth, a 24 year old from Wisconsin.  Hellmuth won!  While Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar have also won two world champions in a row, Chan is the last person to do it.  The Hall of Famer has won 10 bracelets, tied for seond on the all-time list with Doyle Brunson.

Hellmuth Hype
True legend.  On June 11th, 2007 “The Poker Brat” became the only player to win 11 WSOP bracelets, topping a huge field of 2,628 in a $1500 buy-in event.  Five years later Hellmuth beat Don Zewin, who finished third in the main event the year the ‘Poker Brat’ won, to capture barcelet #12 in a $2,500 razz event.  Then, in the fall that same year, 2012, Hellmuth secured his dominance by taking down the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe main event for #13.  He is the only player to win both the flagship WSOP championship in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe main event.

1972 world champion Amarillo Slim Preston parlayed his title and charismatic personality into national publicity tour that led to 11 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Slim was also featured on 60 Minutes.  Thanks to Preston CBS ensured a camera would be at the main event the following year to a total of 11 appearances on The Tonight Show and also a feature on 60 Minutes.  In 1973, a CBS camera crew was on hand to film a documentary about poker’s marquis event.

Tom McEvoy

In 1983, McEvoy became the first to parlay a satellite entry into a world championship.  It was also the first year amateurs outnumbered professionals in mian event.

Tom McEvoy Q&A

The idea of a ‘satellite’ was dreamed up by WSOP poker manager Eric Drache, who spied a group of players in a cash game playing with just about $1,000 each. He suggested they play a single-table freezeout for a main event buy-in. So, they did and just like that one of them was in the big dance and the satellite was born.

Annette Obrestad

To this day, she is still the youngest bracelet winnerat 18 years and 364 days old, despite a total of 38 bracelets being awarded at the WSOP Europe and five more at the WSOP Asia Pacific, with all 43 events being open to players 18 or older.  She won
£1,000,000 and a place in WSOP history as the first player under the age of 21 to win a 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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Did you know? Poker Trivia, Hellmuth Highlights & The NATION

August 21st, 2013: “

Live by the big pot, bust by the big pot.”  
– Norman Chad at ESPN.

Did you know?  During Archie Karas’ legendary ‘The Run’, in which he ran $57 up to $50 million in 3 years, he held every single $5000 chip at Binions.  Every single 5k check?  Wow.  FYI, Karas would eventually lose it ALL over the next 2 1/2 years playing mostly Bacarat.
The Run on www.highrollerradio.net under the FEATURES tab.  Perhaps the greatest TRUE gambler all-time.  “My money is in play,” he said.

Did you know? Players’ winning multiple WSOP bracelets in one year is not uncommon.  In fact, the last time there wasn’t a double bracelet winner was 1999.  Tom Schneider won two bracelets in 2013, bringing his total to four.  He won two back in 2007 when he was named WSOP ‘Player of the Year.’  In 2012, three players won two bracelets; Greg Merson, the world champion, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth.  In 2009, five players won multiple titles, including Jeffrey Lisandro, who pocketed three, Phil Ivey, Greg Mueller, Brock Parker and Jesper Hougaard.
Did you know?  Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Puggy Pearson, Jeffrey Lisandro and Ted Forrest are the only players to win three WSOP bracelets in one year.
Did you know?  The last person over the age of 50 to win the main event was Noel Furlong in 1999.  The Irishman was 61.
Did you know? Millionaire poker icon Phil Hellmuth was put to work as a valet at the Rio during the 2013 World Series of Poker for a segment on ESPN.  During the piece, Hellmuth actually parked the cars of 2012 main event champ Greg Merson and 2013 winner of the Big One for One Drop and $6 million dollars.  The ‘Poker Brat’ was even the recipient of a few tips.
Did you know?  The Mizrachi family can play poker.  In 2010, four Mizrachi brothers’ Michael, Robert, Danny and Eric all cashed in the main event.  Michael, back-to-back winner of the 50k Players Championship and widely regarded as the best player of the four, finished 5th.  Robert finished 115th, Danny busted in 347th and Eric finished in the Top 800.
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Fans of the Poker Brat
We are big fans of this HIGH ROLLER – Phil Hellmuth, the All-Time Bracelet Leader – Lucky #13, Here is a list of Phil Hellmuth’s WSOP gold bracelets: (year, game, prize money)
• 1989,  $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship, $755,000
• 1992,  $5,000 Limit Hold’em, $168,000
• 1993, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, $161,400
• 1993, $2,500 No Limit Hold’em, $173,000
• 1993, $5,000 Limit Hold’em, $138,000
• 1997, $3,000 Pot Limit Hold’em, $204,000
• 2001, $2,000 No Limit Hold’em, $316,550
• 2003, $2,500 Limit Hold’em, $171,400
• 2003, $3,000 No Limit Hold’em, $410,860
• 2006,  $1,000 No Limit Hold’em with rebuys, $631,863
• 2007, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, $637,254
• 2012, $2,500 Seven-Card Razz, $182,793
• 2012, E€10,450 No Limit Hold’em Main Event, €1,022,376
• Phil Hellmuth’s Texas Hold ‘Em (2005)
• Bad Beats and Lucky Draws: Poker Strategies, Winning Hands, and Stories from the Professional Poker Tour
• Play Poker Like the Pros (2003)
Did you know?  During the television broadcast of the 2002 World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth was quoted as saying, “If Robert Varkonyi wins I’ll shave my head.”  Hellmuth was suggesting the amateur wasn’t very good.  You guessed it – Varkonyi went on to win the championship and the $2 million first prize.  So, during the bracelet presentation a pair of clippers was brought out and Varkonyi played barber on the ‘Poker Brat’s’ head.  His critics suggest it was simply another marketing ploy, more shameless self-promotion, on Hellmuth’s part to steal the spotlight.
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Phil Hellmuth Quotes

Hey High Rollers, not sure if I’ve posted this or not, found it in the drafts column…worth reposting anyway…Phil Hellmuth quotes…gotta love Phil, perhaps the greatest tournament player in the history of poker.  Enjoy!


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Phil Hellmuth Quotes from a Dutch magazine interview in which the only words in English were Hellmuth’s answers;  apparently Phil’s working on not letting his ego get in the way this year, as he preps for WSOP: 

The winner of 12 bracelets!

The winner of 13 bracelets!


“I think I had two amazing years in a row where I finished second in Player of the Year both times. One of those times the guy (Greg Merson) had to actually win the Main Event to beat me. I posted more points than anyone in the history of the POY but I still finished second!”

“It’s more like the problem is everyone’s telling you how great you are and you’re reading about it and everything. You really have to ignore all that and keep your head down.”

“You can never take success for granted. So it’s about not letting ego get in the way. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of doing that,”

“He and I have a fun rivalry going on. He sent me a joke text with a picture the other day. I said “I’ll race you to 20 bracelets.” He wrote back and said “I’ll race you to 30.”