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Allen Kessler Poker Interview & Greatest Craps Roll Ever!

Hey High Rollers…did you watch the WSOP main event final table? Wow. Congrats to Qui Nguyen, who displayed the heart fo champion throughout, on taking down the November Nine, the bracelet and the $8 million first prize. 

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Allen Kessler Interview

He’s the ‘Chainsaw’ folks. Terrific chat about the 2016 main event, the November Nine, the Poker Hall of Fame inductions and more. Enjoy.

Craps Legend!

Your every day dice thrower can expect to roll 8 times at the craps table before sevening out, that’s the average, 8 rolls, and then 7-craps. Well…Patricia Demauro of New Jersey is not your average dice thrower, and in 2009, she set the gambling world a buzz! A Grandma who was feeelin’ it, the greatest craps roll ever today on High Roller Radio.
Out for a night of gambling, she was having no success at the penny slots when her friend, who was losing at poker, asked her if she wanted to try craps.  “Why not?”  She said. When it was her turn, she rubbed her hands together, picked up the dice, and began to throw.
Craps is the most popular dice game in the world, certainly the most exciting. Its a game of chance not skill, with a slight house edge, about 1.4 percent…, harder to beat than blackjack, but easier than roulette. Its a fast game too, and for Demauro, a novice at the game, it must have been like speaking a foreign language.
“There are all these terms I didn’t know, people were yelling at me,” she said. But she kept tossing those dice, another throw, another point hit, more throws, hard eights, snake eyes, 8’s, 10’s, a hard 4 for good measure.  The dealer kept retrieving the dice and she kept throwing – 154-times in all. Yes, 154!  Enough to make it the greatest craps roll all-time. Took her an astonishing 4 hours 18 minutes! Talk about a good night. The casino so impressed it broke out the bubbly.
We know she started with 100 bucks, and while there’s no word on exactly how much she made, if she made decent bets, it would have been in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Experts bets and it would be million. Happened may 23rd, 2009 at the Borgata…
Before her, the longest craps roll lasted three hours and six minutes in las vegas in 1989, 118 rolls… And according former guest of our show, Frank Soblete, author of Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos, the previous best for highest number of successive dice rolls was 147, by a man known as the “Captain” in 2005.
By the way…, what are the odds of Demauro’s unlikely performance at the craps table?  154 rolls without severing out? Well, According to Stanford University statistics professor Thomas Cover, the probability has been calculated at 1 in 1.56 trillion, chances smaller than getting struck by lightning or winning the lottery.
154 rolls…and no sevens baby! Patricia Demauro…a grandma with the greatest craps roll ever today on HRR.

WSOP Legend Doyle Brunson – ‘Texas Dolly’

Hey High Rollers, Conor McGregor comes up big at UFC 194, a stunning one-punch knock-out of Jose Aldo. Wow! He is the UFC’s money man now as the age pulled in a whopping $10.1 million. Irish eyes are smiling.

This week, we profile Doyle Brunson, two-time world champion and 10-time WSOP bracelet winner. He is a member of the poker Hall of Fame and the author of Poker’s Bible Super System (1 and 2). He won both his world championships with the starting hand 10, deuce, which has forever become known as ‘The Brunson.’

Super System, poker's Bible

Super System, poker’s Bible

What was the original name of the book Super System? Answer HERE

The sections of the book dedicated to strategy were divided as follows:

  • Draw poker written by Mike Caro. Among other things, Caro writes in detail about poker tells, how to gain information about an opponent’s hand based on how they act. He is regarded as an expert on poker psychology and behavior and would later go on to write his own seminal book on tells. He is also known as the ‘Mad Genius of Poker.’
  • Seven-card stud written by Chip Reese.
  • Lowball written by Joey Hawthorne and Doyle Brunson.
  • Seven-card stud high-low split (with no qualifier for low) by David Sklansky.
  • Limit Texas Hold’em by Bobby Baldwin.
  • No-limit Texas hold ’em by Doyle Brunson.

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Odds & Ends
“I love gambling and that’s another bad financial decision I’ve made; to play cards for money.”
– Macy Gray, Singer

Omaha Hi Low
Remember the 3 Bandits; If you’re holding a 7, 8 or 9, keep in mind they create lower hand expectations. Think fold!
And, who invented Omaha? Answer HERE

Strip Poker Anyone?
Strip poker is a party game, a variation of traditional poker, where players remove clothing when they lose. Any form of poker can be adapted to the strip form, but it is usually played with simple variants like 5-Card Draw or Texas Hold’em. Played by mixed groups in social situations to generate an atmosphere of fun, strip poker can heighten the sexual atmosphere. Like other adult party games, activities besides removing clothing and playing cards might be involved, like Truth or Dare.

It’s been suggested that strip poker originated in New Orleans in the 19th century, around the same time as original poker. It was played in brothels. The term ‘Strip Poker’ has only been confirmed since 1916. What began as a pranl among boys, the current co-ed version was called”mixed strip poker” in England to differentiate it from the all-male, non-sexual variety.

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


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Poker Hall of Fame Inductees, November 9, WSOPE, Poker Central w/ Maria Ho & more!

Hey High Rollers:

Always remember, treat poker like an English dinner: “They’re the FISH and you’re the CHIPS!”

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our latest interview with Maria Ho, one of the best poker players on the planet, three times the last woman standing in the WSOP main event, close to $3 million won playing live tourneys, and now host of her own show on Poker Central on Twitch Poker. Listen Now: HERE

Poker Central
Poker Central will be delivering non-stop poker television including exclusive poker tournaments, celebrity players, professional tips, movies, and more. The ownership group includes the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari. Finally.

And the Inductees are?


Poker legends Jennifer Harman and John Juanda will be inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame in 2015. The duo beat out other greats like Max Piscatory, Dave Ulliot and Carlos Mortensen and were selected by a 16-member media panel and the 23 living members of the PHOF.
Poker Hall of Fame

Congrats…well deserved!

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Jonathan Duhamel Wins WSOPE High Roller
The Canadian, and 2010 WSOP main event champion, has taken down the €25,600 star-studded High Roller event for €554,395. It’s Duhamel’s 3rd bracelet, the 2nd this year after taking down the $111,111 Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas. In 2010, he pocketed close to $9 million after defeating John Racener heads-up to become poker’s world champion.
 After his main event victory Duhamel donated $100,000 to the Montreal Canadiens (NHL) Children Foundation.

2015 WSOPE Results
(Berlin, Germany)
Event #1: €2,200 6-Handed NLHE, Makarios Avrimidis (€105,000)
Event #2: €550 Oktoberfest NLHE, Dietrich Fast (€157,749)
Event #3: €3,250 8-Handed Pot Limit Omaha, Richard Gryko (€126,345)
Event #4: €1,650 Monster Stack NLHE, Ryan Hefter (€176,205)
Event #5: €2,200 8-Game Mixed Event, Alex Komaromi (€65,740)
Event #6: €3,250 NLHE, Pavlos Xanthopoulos (€182,510)
Event #7: €550 Pot Limit Omaha, Barny Boatman (€54,725)
Event #8: €1,100 Turbo NLHE Re-Entry, Georgios Sotiropoulos (€112,133)
Event #9: €10,450 Main Evemt, Kevin McPhee (€883,000)
Event #10: €25,600 Jonathan Duhamel (€554,395)

November 9 Betting Odds?

Chip leader Joseph McKeehan: 7/5

Zvi Stern: 7/2

Neil Bluemenfield: 6/1

Pierre Neuville: 6/1

Max Steinberg 7/1

Thomas Cannuli: 12/1

Joshua Beckley: 12/1

Patrick Chan: 25/1

Frederico Butteroni: 25/1

Winner = $7.7 million!!!

Joseph McKeehan
Did you know?
This 24 year old native of North Wales, Pennsylvania, the 2015 WSOP November 9 chip leader with 63 million, won the world RISK championship in 2010. Tidbit: The best roll in Risk is three 6’s. In 2014, McKeehan finished runner-up in the inaugural Monster Stack event earning more than $800,000.

Fun Fact: Fellow November 9’er Max Sternberg won his main event entry through a $27 NBA satellite on Draftings.

Did you know?
Buster Douglas was a 45-to-1 dog to beat Mike Tyson.

“The biggest change in my life now is just knowing that if I don’t make smart decisions, my child might not eat.”
– Tuan Le, Owner of back-to-back WSOP bracelets and 2 World Poker Tour (WPT) titles.

Poker & MMA?

Poker pro’s Olivier Bousquet & JC Alvarado have agreed to an MMA fight with the winner to receive a 6-figure payday. Alvarado wins he gets $120,000, Bousquet wins and he gets $150,000. Who you taking? No date or venue. Alvarado has MMA experience….but weighs less.

The Richest Poker Game Ever?
High Roller Radio interviewed Michael Craig, author of The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King, chronicling the showdown between billionaire banker Andy Beal and a group of Las Vegas pros called ‘The Corporation.’  The Corporation won millions but not before withstanding a huge threat to their bankroll:
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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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