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Catholic Church on Gambling, Dostoevsky on Problem Gambling, Scandal

Hey High Rollers, been working hard to upgrade our Did you know? section…six pages now, chalk full of poker/gambking tidbits.  Simply visit www.highrollerradio.net and click Did you know?  Plus, check out our interview with blackjack card counter Colin Jones, who was featured in the documentary Holy Rollers; the true story of card counting Christians….this guy’s a professional.  What do you do on a soft 18?  Be sure to listen.

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The Catholic Church on Gambling?

The Catholic Church holds the position that there is no moral impediment to gambling, so long as it is fair, all bettors have a reasonable chance of winning, there is no fraud involved, and the parties involved do not have actual knowledge of the outcome of the bet (unless they have disclosed this knowledge).

Tidbit

Many popular games played in modern casinos originate from Europe and China. Games such as craps, baccarat, roulette, and blackjack originate from Europe.  A version of keno, an ancient Chinese lottery game, is popular worldwide, in casinos and on scratch tickets.

Russian Roulette

The Russian writerDostoevsky (himself a problem gambler), portrays the psychological effects of gambling in his novella The Gambler. He associates gambling and the idea of ‘getting rich quick’, suggesting Russians have an infinity for gambling.  The association between Russians and gambling has fed legends of the origins of Russian Roulette.

Sports Betting 101

Scandal

Banned from baseball, Pete Rose highlights our compilation of the biggest sports betting scandals ever.  Remember the ‘Blacksox’?
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Tom McEvoy
1983 world champion, defeating Rod Peete heads-up in, what was then, the longest mano a mano battle in WSOP history.  The two played for more than seven hours.  He’s won 4 bracelets, written more than dozen poker books and is a newly minted member of the Poker Hall of Fame, Class of 2013:
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Suggested Listening:

Dan Lubin:  Inventor of EZ Pai Gow and a table games designer in Vegas.
Robert Turner: Inventor of Omaha poker and a 1993 bracelet winner.

Poker Quotes
Legend of the game, world champion Jack Strauss:
“I think Texans just got a lot more guts has a lot to do with it, most other folks just don’t take the heat when you start playin’ real poker. In Texas you grow up playin’ poker, it’s a Texas game.” 

Jeopardy & Poker?

Arthur Chu, a 30-year-old voice actor, won more than $100,000 in four appearances on the CBS game show Jeopardy.  Chu actively sought out Daily Double’s and abandoned conventional play by starting with the larger dollar values and working his way ‘up’ the board instead of the lowly $100 categories.  Some fans of the show were offended by his style while others praised his apparent understanding of Game Theory and concepts often employed in poker.  Here’s what this trivia whiz had to say about his approach:
     “Back in the day everybody kept their money.  It was like a cash game in poker. Once you’ve gotten enough money, why risk more money? Why make a big bet? If I know I’ve got $18,000 in the bank and someone’s like, “Hey, want to bet $8,000 that you know the answer to this question?” No. Why would I do that? Am I a gambling addict? Am I stupid?  In order to encourage big bets, Jeopardy! is now winner-take-all. Only the person in first place keeps their total at the end of the game. Everyone else gets the consolation prize. If you have $20,000 and someone else has $20,001, you get second prize, which is $2,000. If you are in third place and the two other players have $5 more than you, no matter how much money you have, you take home $1,000. There’s a very powerful incentive to be aggressive. You really do need to make sure you win the game. The most important thing isn’t the absolute number of dollars you have on the board. It’s how strongly you’re beating the other players. How far ahead are you? What’s the spread?”
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New Radio Show – Sports Betting Scandals – Q&A w/ Dutch Boyd

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while, been in California at my sister’s and playing some cards at the Commerce Casino, the world’s largest card room.  Amazing atmosphere and one of my favorite places to play.  Did quite well too.  Lots happening; would love for you to check out the website at www.highrollerradio.net, some changes on homepage and a few new pages as well.   First and foremost, a big announcement, or at least unveiling this Thursday night at 8 p.m. eastern on Your Poker Radio.

‘Derrick & Dannenmann’

'Derrick & Dannenmann' on YourPokerRadio.  Visit www.highrollerradio.net for details.
‘Derrick & Dannenmann’ on YourPokerRadio. Visit www.highrollerradio.net for details.

Proud to announce a brand new show to debut this Thursday night at 8 p.m. eastern on Your Poker Radio, a new and exciting radio network featuring a ton of great shows, including High Roller Radio past interviews.  Wanna check it out?  Simply visit our homepage at www.highrollerradio.net and hit Channel 1 or Channel 2.  We’re set to air at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. eastern on Thursday night’s on Channel 1, with a re-run on Friday’s at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Channel 2.

‘Derrick & Dannenmann’ features Derrick Oliver-Dewan, a veteran radio and television broadcaster and self-proclaimed poker junkie, and Steve Dannenmann, who is one of poker’s household names, finishing 2nd at the 2005 World Series of Poker main event for a cool $4.2 million.  He called Phil Hellmuth a ‘punk’ at the Tournament of Champions that same year.  Exciteable, opinionated, and funny.  This guy can play, despite referring to himself as ‘the 4th best’ in his home game.

Can’t wait for this show and network to launch this week folks, give us some time and I know we’re going to build it into a major winner.  If you hear AC/DC plaving then you know it’s time for the ‘Derrick & Dannenmann’ show on Your Poker Radio.

WE just did a fantastic interview with ‘Poker Joe’ Purvis, the man behind this new network, a friend of mine too, and with his hustle and smarts I truly believe this is going to be huge.  Very happy to be in on the griound floor.

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Greatest Sports Betting Scandals

Eight members of the White Sox threw the 1919

Eight members of the White Sox threw the 1919 World Series.

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Tony George & LRP Radio
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Blackjack in the Movies

Austin Powers playing blackjack with Number 2…Number 2 is wearing an eye patch with x-ray vision and hits on 17 because he knows the next card is a FOUR. Austin Powers shows and deuce and a three and STAYS on 5.

The dealer advises him to hit but he says he likes to “live dangerously.” The dealer gets 20 and Austin loses.

This is the scene where he meets Allotta Fachina.

Blackjack Hall of Fame

‘Blackjack Pete’

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

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

Berman is from Minneapolis.
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‘Dinsmore’

R. Scott Dinsmore is one of best contributors at High Roller Radio…here he has a brief correspondance with poker pro Dutch Boyd.

April 29, 2014
Interview with Dutch Boyd

RSD: How did you start playing poker on a professional level?

DB:  I had been sneaking into card rooms and playing online since I was 18, and loved playing. When I turned 21, I landed a job at Garden City in San Jose as a prop player. This would have been in 2002. A time-sheet and a schedule… that’s about as “professional” as it gets.

RSD:  What is your favorite poker game?

DB:  I like the mixed games… the 12/24 mixed game at Aria and the 8-game rotation on Stars.

RSD: Where is your favorite poker room?

DB:  In Vegas, the Aria is a beautiful room, but I think the Orleans treats their players better. My favorite live room was Gila River in Arizona… I think they changed the name, but they had so many great promotions. Online, I’d have to go with SealsWithClubs.eu… playing with bitcoin and getting cash outs the same day you request them is pretty awesome.

RSD:  What % do you play: Cash games ( 35% ) Tournaments ( 65% )

DB:  I’d be much better off if I just played cash games… tournaments are fluky and have a much lower hourly rate.

RSD:  What is your most memorable poker experience?

DB:  Ha… you don’t need to ask. You were there, bro! Taking down that first bracelet in front of the ESPN cameras, headsup with the former year’s champion after eliminating Negreanu in 8th (“spanking his ass” for the chiplead, lol).

RSD:  What is the most notable change you have seen in poker?

DB:  Well, the UIGEA and Black Friday made up the one-two punch that told us our government doesn’t want us making a career out of poker. It’s been sad watching pros have to relocate to play the game that they love. The game epitomizes everything that is good and bad about this country, and has such a deep history here. We have presidents who funded their political campaigns from poker winnings. Yet, it’s illegal to play Texas Hold’em in Texas or Omaha in Nebraska. The economy was crushed when the big sites left and I don’t think the US poker economy will ever get back to where it was before the UIGEA, even if we see interstate pacts.

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Wyatt Earp, A New Gambling Commercial, & Bet on Sports today!

Wyatt Earp – Gambling Legend
Came across an article in Card Player magazine, which happens to be my homepage, about Wyatt Earp and was intrigued by a new gambling game I had not heard of before called Faro, which is kind of like roulette, a game with big action.
Did you know?  Wyatt Earp was also a “Faro” dealer.  Faro, “just as legitimate a business enterprise as the savings bank down the street,” according to Earp biographer Stuart Lake, was the action game that kept the west’s saloons humming in… 19th century.
The game used a 52-card deck, bets were placed on a green cloth playing surface called a layout (with images of the 13 cards in a suit), the dealer drew two cards with the first “banker” card being a losing card that would see the dealer collect all bets on that number, and the second “winning card” paying even money for bets on that number. If both cards had the same value (called a split) the dealer collected half of players’ bets on that card.  The simple luck game also offered other bets (coppered, whipsaw, high cards, squares) so the layout, similar to a modern roulette table, was a mess of wager towers and usually required a dealer assistant and a casekeeper, who kept a scorecard, usually on an abacus, of the numbers drawn.
The only reason “Faro” flourished in the Gold Rush boom years (the house edge in a straight game of Faro is only 0.23 percent on a straight winning/losing card bet) was due to the rigging of the dealer box, which ensured profits for operators like Wyatt Earp.
Photo: Did you know?  Wyatt Earp was also a “Faro” dealer.  Faro, “just as legitimate a business enterprise as the savings bank down the street,” according to Earp biographer Stuart Lake, was the action game that kept the west’s saloons humming in 19th century.  The game used a 52-card deck, bets were placed on a green cloth playing surface called a layout (with images of the 13 cards in a suit), the dealer drew two cards with the first “banker” card being a losing card that would see the dealer collect all bets on that number, and the second “winning card” paying even money for bets on that number. If both cards had the same value (called a split) the dealer collected half of players’ bets on that card.<br />
The simple luck game also offered other bets (coppered, whipsaw, high cards, squares) so the layout, similar to a modern roulette table, was a mess of wager towers and usually required a dealer assistant and a casekeeper, who kept a scorecard, usually on an abacus, of the numbers drawn.   The only reason “Faro” flourished in the Gold Rush boom years (the house edge in a straight game of Faro is only 0.23 percent on a straight winning/losing card bet) was due to the rigging of the dealer box, which ensured profits for operators like Wyatt Earp.</p>
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Largest Sports Betting Scandal in American History (at the time)
Did you know? Wyatt Earp, in 1982, was part of the biggest sports-rigging scandal in American history, only eclipsed, 25 years later, by the World Series ‘Black Sox’ scandal..  He was a last-minute stand-in referee for a boxing match between Bob Fitzsimmons and Tom Sharkey.  The old gunslinger entered the ring with a Colt .45 tucked into his belt and had to be disarmed in front of the entire crowd….   Fitzsimmons, a 3-to-1 favorite, dominated the bout as Sharkey hit the canvas in the first and fifth rounds. In the eighth round, it appeared to be all over; Sharkey took a devastating body shot and then a sjotn to then jaw that sent him to the mat again.  Earp ruled that the body shot was below the belt and disqualified Fitzsimmons.  It’s rumored that Earp pocketed $2,500, enough to clear his debts, for orchestrating the bogus DQ.

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New Gambling Commercial

Check it out:  NEW Gambling ad from France, re-enacts the JFK assassination….a Horse Betting Commercial?  What do you think of it?  Bad taste?  I personally think so…I mean, I have a brother in advertising, a big firm in California and I’ve learned a lot from just listening to him…his clients include Hyundai and Foot Joy….but, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know…that there are many more things in this world in which police officers could bet on…other than the JFK assassination.  Come’on man!  Your thoughts?

http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/16126-watch-french-gambling-firm-releases-ad-with-absurd-reenactment-of-j-f-k-assassination

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