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Jack McClelland, Vadim Trincher, Quote of Night, UFC 33, Greatest Fight in History?


Tribute to Jack McClelland:
After five decades as one of the world’s preeminent tournament directors, Jack McClelland, on December 6th, 2013, called it a career.  And what a career it was!  He first earned the TD title in 1984, at the Worl…d Series of Poker. He went on to run the Grand Prix of Poker at the Golden Nugget Casino.  McClelland was the first tournament director to host events at Commerce Casino in Southern California.  His resume includes international poker tournament in locales like the Isle of Man, St. Petersburg, Russia, Vienna, Cyprus and Aruba. For the past decade, McClelland has been running the tournaments at Bellagio, where he helped launch some of the earliest events on the World Poker Tour. He was there, at the helm, for the very first event of the WPT, in May of 2002.  His last event?  The 2013 WPT Five Diamond Doyle Brunson World Poker Classic.
Shuffle up and retire, right?

High Roller Radio Quote of the Night:

My grandmother taught me how to play, starting with two-cent ante, nickel-limit seven-card stud. I was kept broke until I was ten years old because I couldn’t throw a hand away (laughs). But I learned a lot about math playing poker.
– Jack McClelland

High Roller Radio Quote of the Day:

“When I was a kid, I thought that’s what big people did — you throw dice against the wall. That’s the way I was raised forever,” Bob Stupak said in the must-have biography by John Smith, No Limit: The Rise and Fall of Bob Stupak and Las Vegas’ Stratosphere Tower, referring to his parents to ran numbers and spread dice games.

StarCraft like drug addiction?

Some state officials in South Korea think play on computer games such as “StarCraft” — now in its second edition — has gotten so out of control that being obsessed with it should be classified as an illness, along with gambling and drug addictions.  What do you think?

WPT Star in Trouble

Legal troubles for World Poker Tour champion Vadim Trincher, whose admitted to being involved with an illegal sports betting operation that catered to wealthy bettors in the U.S. and Europe. Trincher’s business typically dealt with soccer matches.   He coul have spent decades in prison but thanks to a plea deal had that reduced to between 21 to 27 months in prison.  Trincher is 52 years old.

Did you know?  Lindsay Lohan has reportedly angered casino officials in Connecticut.  Management at Foxwoods not happy after paying the pop culture star a ridiculous $50,000 to judge a costume contest on Halloween.  She was supposed to be there at 10 p.m. and didn’t show until after midnight.  Lohan also skipped the red carpet festivities.  Foxwoods also paid Floyd Mayweather to be a judge and the boxing star was perfectly punctual.

UFC Fight Night 33

Spectacular night of fights in Australia, in particular the ehabvyweight clash between Antonio ‘BigFoot’ Silva and Marc Hunt!  Sick fight, a 5 round war for the ages, perhaps the greatest ther sport has ever seen.  It was a unanimous draw with one judge scoring it 48-47 for Hunt, and the other two having it tied at 47-47…wow.  They were both overjoyed with the outcome and Dana White rewarded them with ‘Fight of the Night’ honors and gave both their win bonuses.  Nicely done boys.

Chris De Beer – “Absolutely amazing fight! Undoubtedly the greatest heavyweight fight of all time – we have been treated to some classics the last few months.”

(Comments from our guru, Chris de Beer)


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Chris De Beer – “Absolutely amazing fight! Undoubtedly the greatest heavyweight fight of all time – we have been treated to some classics the last few months.”

(Comments from our guru, Chris de Beer)

Marc Etienne McLaughlin Interview Notes

Hey High Rollers, had an excellent interview with Marc Etienne McLaughlin, 6th place finisher in the Main Event…the French-Canadian was having fun, leaping into the crowd every time he received a walk in the Big Blind…made a great comeback, but then suffered a bad beat and was eliminated in 6th.  Good friends with Jonathan Duhamel, 2010 world champ, and now good friends with High Roller NATION!


Marc Etienne McLaughlin


Hey High Rollers, you just watched him on television as part of the much heralded ‘November 9’…our guest today – a Canadian, who just enjoyed the biggest score of his young life, 1.6 ,million, ….but first, today’s chat brought to you by our friends at VegasopDogs.com, America’s #1 handicappers…they pick winners folks.

Alright, just had Steve Dannemann on the show, runner-up in  ’05…and he said he watched the final table and called it boring….there was only one guy having fun…the Canadian, Marc Etienne McLaughlin our guest today, from Quebec…good friends with 2010 world champ Jonathan Duhamel…Marc, welcome to show, thanks for being a High Roller…

Hey man, congratulations on your 6th place finish…I know you were hoping for more, you went in 3rd in chips I believe…the cards didn’t seem to be with you….how would you describe your final table experience?

What did you think of the outcome…Ryan Reiss, pretty much dominating Jay Farber heads-up…and then making a controversial remark, saying he feels like he is the best player in the world?  Twitter lit up, many feel he showed some disrespect to veterans of the game…guys who have won multiple bracelets, like Ivey, Hellmuth, Matusow?

During the telecast, your buddy Jonathan Duhamel was interviewed during one of the breaks…and I found it interesting, when he said your ‘rail’ was basically the same rail…the same people, that he had at  the Penn and Teller theatre three years ago when he won it all?  You guys are good friends?  Did you grow up together?

What type of guy is Jonathan?

How do you help each other with your games?

What comes to mind when I say the Montreal Canadiens?  How about the Toronto Maple Leafs?

You a George St. Pierre fan?  Did you watch the fight and, if so, do you think that was a good decision?

Marc Etienne Mclaughlin…listen to full interview at www.highrollerradio.net

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Tony K & VegasTopDogs

 Alright…yes, thanks to Tony K and VegasTopDogs.com, High Roller NATION is $140 richer thanks to Washington/Philly going under (53) and the Bills crushing the Jets.  America’s #1 handicappers making us money!

Plus, Chris de Beer calls GSP and gets lucky, thanks to the judges.  A win is a win right?  The ‘Don’ is crushing it on this show.

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The Dannenmann Notes

Hey High Rollers,

Steve Dannenmann was a recent guest of the show; he was great.  The following is a subsequent story about the ’05 main event runner-up, by yours truly.  Enjoy.

Dannenmann’s Notes

By: Derrick Oliver-Dewan

The 2005 World Series of Poker main event final table will go down as one of the highest rated television shows in poker history.  Two of the game’s biggest stars were part of it and each had a healthy chip stack.  Andy Black, the eccentric Irishman, had a huge chip stack going into play but would eventually blow up, bluffing off his chips in quick and demoralizing fashion, and Mike Matusow, ‘The Mouth’, who watched in disbelief as his pocket King’s ran into the pocket Aces of Scott Lazaar on just the second hand of the final table.   In what has to be one of the most dramatic moments in WSOP history, Matusow clenched his teeth, pointed to the area of the table where the dealer would lay out the flop, and screamed, “KING!”  Voila.  The dealer turned the cards and there it was, that called-for King.  The problem?  The flop also contained two hearts and when the turn card brought another heart, Matusow and the entire room realized Lazar, a magician by trade, held the Ace of hearts and needed just one more symbol of love to perform his biggest trick ever, toppling the set of Kings of Matusow.  ‘The Mouth’ went suddenly silent and buried his head in the shoulder of friend as the dealer dealt the river card.  Bam!  Heart!  Lazar let out a primal scream, “Yes,” noting the ‘Best hand won.”  Marusow, visibly shaken, as if defeated in every sense of the word; physically, emotional, mentally, was crippled and out of the tournament a short time later.

“That was the SECOND hand,” Dannenman told me, emphasizing the word ‘Second’, expressing whole heartedly his disbelief such a massive pot would occur so early on in the evening’s proceedings.   Our interview was set up over facebook and I was excited to talk to him.  I mean, runner-up at the 2005 main event and, because of his character and that fact he was portrayed as a guy who really enjoyed his moment in the spotlight, one of the most recognizable faces in the game today.  He had fun, simple as that.  On ESPN, he came across as a guy you could have a beer with.  See, nowadays everyone’s wearing a hoodie or sunglasses.  One guy’s checking his iPad, another is typing something into his iPhone.  Too many ‘I’s in poker maybe?  The interview was underway and I wanted to know if he saw that as a problem, a detriment to the game?

“I was watching a bit of it last night,” he began, referring to the 2013 ‘November 9’, eventually won by a 23 year old out of Michigan named Ryan Reiss.  “It was BORING.  I mean, were any of these guys having fun?  Nobody was talking.  This should have been the time of their life.  If you spend $10,000 to enter a tournament, you know, to fulfill a dream and play at the World Series of Poker, that’s a lot of money.  Don’t you think you should have fun?  I get told a lot our final table in ’05 was one of the best ever, in terms of entertainment.  We were having fun.  And, when guys got knocked out we were hugging each other.  Hugging each other man.”

There was an interesting and revealing moment later on at the ’05 final, revealing in the sense it gave the viewer a sense of Dannenmann’s motivations and approach to his paly that night.  He had opened a pot for a raise holding Ace, 10, and was re-raised by Joe Hachem, the Australian chiropractor who would eventually be crowned world champion.  Hachem was holding Ace, Jack, a dominating hand over Dannemann’s.

“God, this would be a horrible call, this would be absolutely horrible.  I’ve played good cards all week long,” he said as he contemplated one of the biggest calls of his life.  “I gotta check something.”

Dannenmann reached into his pocket and pulled out a crumpled piece of paper, which contained notes he had written to himself.

“My Notes,” he said, as he tried to iron out and flatten the paper, to make it readable.  “Number one; Have fun.  Number two; you have nothing to lose.  Number three; Play tight.”

Dannenman turned over the note and on the other side it said, “Not calling a raise is only a small mistake.”   As he read aloud that Number 4, ‘Not Calling a raise is only a small mistake,” he folded his hand much to the chagrin of Mr. Hachem.

“There should be a bumper stick that says, ‘Fold to the money baby.’ That’s what I did.  I kept finding reasons to fold.  I couldn’t out play them!  I mean, Matusow was bluffing me left, right and centre.  Every time someone got knocked out I made an extra $100,000, then it was $300,000 more.  Then, I was like, ‘Holy shit! That was a million dollar jump.’ I just kept finding reasons to fold.”

Steve Dannenman’s demeanor is a welcoming one; he’s always laughing, joking and smiling.  In 2005, he was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to play at the main event final table and he took it, finding reasons to fold all the way to 2nd place and a whopping $4.2 million.  And, that’s money, as Dannemann says, “that won’t be going back into the poker community.”

It’s a great poker lesson, isn’t it?

  • Have Fun
  • You have nothing to lose
  • Play Tight
  • Not calling a raise is only a small mistake

Listen to the full interview at www.highrollerradio.net  email us derrick@highrollerradio.net


Main Event Monday – WSOP-Time Baby!

Hey High Rollers, Main Event Monday, as the World Series of Poker resumes play, here in Canada we’ll join the action an hour and a half late because of the hockey game, yes hokey is still more popular than poker in Canuck land.  JC Tran has the chip lead, Lon McEachern and Norman Chad at the mic…the world watching as the November 9 play for all the money – $8.5 million for 1st place.  WOW!  The Penn and Teller theatre will be rocking, no doubt, as each player, they’ve already received 9th place money, fly’s in their respective entourage’s.  The fans will be decked out in matching colours, blue for this guy, red for that one….it’s so fun and so exciting.  One thing to watch foe tonight is how the players react to each progressive pay jump…the money bubbles are enormous and they are playing foe life altering money.  Each jump in pay is staggering….some will be playing fo that while a few will be playing foe the world title….that group most certainly includes JC Tran.

Need to get in the mood?  3 great interviews for you at www.highrollerradio.netGreg Raymer, Tom McEvoy and Lon McEachern, simply click the ‘interviews’ tab.

Good luck to everyone at the final table….your time to shine, indeed.  Las Vegas lore, a photo forever immortalizes at the Rio and a place in WSOP history up for grabs.  Good luck indeed.

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High Roller Radio Quote of the Day:

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Quincy

JQ’s a High Roller.

WSOP Broadcast for final table

Thanks to my buddy Jon in Calgary for this:

…your broadcasting guide to the main event final table.  Thanks my friend.

High Roller Radio “Quote of the Day”

“No-Limit Hold’em is: 70% psychological, 20% mathematical & 10% magical.”

Danielle Striker, author Poker Samadhi and soon to be guest on HRR.



Poker News & Gambling Notes: A Ton of Info

Hey High Rollers, wow, what a month so far; Greg Raymer, Tom McEvoy, ESPN’s Lon McEachern and we have confirmed for the show Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler and Steve Danneman, runner-up to Joe Hachem at the ’05 world series….wow.  Plus, Danielle Striker, author of Poker Samadhi, go my copy and its fantastic!  Okay, a ton of great stuff for you, facts and funnies, odds and ends.  Please enjoy.

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Two games today according to Tony K, America’s #1 handicapper from VegaTopDogs.com – we’ve got $50 each on the jets game (we have the jets (+6)) and we’ve got Carolina to smash the Falcons.  So far, so good.  We’re 2-and-0 this weekend so far…YES!

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Programming Notes:  3 dynamite Q&A’s to remind you of; ESPN’s Lon McEachern, awesome, talks about the WSOP final table, JC Tran the chip leader, the atmosphere and his partner Norman Chad – GREAT.  http://www.highrollerradio.net/Lon_McEachern.html
Plus: 2 world champs Greg Raymer here, http://www.highrollerradio.net/Greg_Raymer.html AND Tom McEvoy, here, http://www.highrollerradio.net/Tom_McEvoy.html  Enjoy.  As well, BRAND NEW news and notes, facts and funnies, Tony K’s picking winners from VegasTopDogs.com and 4, count’em, four Brand NEW WSOP pages….just in time for the final table.  CONGRAT to Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy, being elected into the Poker Hall of Fame.

ESPN Broadcaster Lon McEachern, partner of Norman Chad.

ESPN Broadcaster Lon McEachern, partner of Norman Chad.

Worked hard on 4 NEW World Series of Poker pages…please check’em out…a ton of gambling and poker tidbits, quotes, clips, and anecdotes.  If you love poker like we do, these pages are for you….star on this one….there are 4.


High Roller Radio ‘Quote of the Day’

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
– Helen Keller

We know Helen’s a High Roller!

High Roller Radio Quote of the Night:

“If there was no action around, he would play solitaire – and bet against himself.”

Groucho Marx about his brother Chico.

One word – Unacceptable!!!!!

A mother and daughter were arrested after Hallandale Beach Police found five unsupervised children in a parked car at the Gulfstream Casino.

Angela Pond, 37, and Esharia Pond, 21, were each charged with five counts of child neglect after a Gulfstream security guard found the children, ranging from 1 to 11 years of age, inside a car parked in the south lot, according to Hallandale Beach Police.

(Folks, please gambling responsibly and w/ common sense.  Your kids are more important than a slot machine, or even our website, lol…Please don’t let the next story like this be about you.  Cheers)

….from Card Player magazine: A woman who won a $1-million prize in a promotion at an Oregon tribal casino is suing the firm who insured it for stiffing her on her seven-figure payout, according to KGW.  In 2012, Beverly Mackey, who currently lives off of disability and social security payments and a small pension, hit the grand prize in the Chinook Winds Casino’s “Swipe, Play & Win” promotion. … To her devastation, the insurer of the contest, Nevada-based Odds On Promotions, reportedly refused to pay, claiming that it had made a terrible blunder. It said a company technician put the odds of a $1-million prize far too low. In other words, that the hit was illegitimate
(We hope the judge makes them pay big time.  A win is a win!)

Twitter Glitter:

Kristy Arnett @KristyArnett
Good poker players who say snarky remarks at plays beginners make need to shut the hell up. There was a time that was you.
(Nicely done Kristy, we agree.  Be nice to them, “good hand,” and keep’em at the table.  I’ve seen a so-called good player get upset at a recreational player, mother of 4, and she got up, put the chips in her rack and left.  Nice job buddy!)



Lon McEachern Interview Notes on HRR

Hey High Rollers, what a thrill for ‘The NATION’ today, just days before the so-called November 9 resume play at the Penn & Teller Theatre in Las Vegas, we had a chance to chat with the man who will be broadcasting all the action…ESPN’s Lon McEachern, the straight man to Norman Chad’s funny….the perfect pair…such chemistry…and you know, what a job ESPN and its crew has done to promote this beautiful game.  Here are our interview notes for Mr. Lon McEachern.  2-to-1 you’ll LOVE it


ESPN’s Lon MCEachern


ESPN Broadcaster Lon McEachern, partner of Norman Chad.

ESPN Broadcaster Lon McEachern, partner of Norman Chad.

Alright High Rollers,

Today, the voice of poker in America….yes…but first, today’s chat on High Roller Radio brought to you by our friends at VegasTopDogs.com, Tony K and company, America’s #1 handicappers…they pick winners folks….

I am a huge fan of this guy…he’s the straight man, if you will, to Norman Chad’s funny – what a career in the broadcast booth…he’s compiled quite a resume…k1 Kickboxing, Pride, billiards, you’ve heard him do Strikeforce on NBC, PBA Bowling….I think…he even broadcasted Scrabble…but of course, he is most famous, at least among this crowd, for his outstanding coverage of the World Series of Poker on ESPN…. Oh did he hit it big when Moneymaker survived Farha,…and there he was, front row seat, with his headphones on, just smiling….because poker was about to explode….and he had the best view in the house..

Lon McEachern (ma-CAIR-en)…our guest today…Lon, welcome to the show…

Alright, we’re a few days away from the big showdown at the Penn and Teller Theatre, November 9…how have you been preparing for this marquis event?

Are you happy JC Tran is there…a BIG Name pro…doesn’t always happen these days with the incredible field sizes…

For our listeners who haven’t been to this vaunted event…can you describe for us the atmosphere at the P&T Theatre? For the final table?

Lon, in ’03, when everyone’s saying Farha would come back and beat the kid, “…just too experienced,” I remember Dan Harrington saying….did you have a sense then, of what was about to happen…I mean, the epic rise of this game…right into the mainstream?

What do you make of the sums of money these guys are playing for…not just in the tournaments…but in the side games…and have you gotten used to it?

Who are some of the poker players who stand out of the crowd for you…that when they’re at a table you’re commentating on you say yes…this will be fun?

Let’s talk about Mr. Chad…the comedian…what type of guy is he…..what you see and hear on camera, on twitter and so on…is that really who he is?

You guys have great chemistry…was it always that way…at the beginning?

Side kicks…you’ve had a few interesting guys in the booth with you, Ken Shamrock, Randy Petersen, Norman Chad…what strikes you as most interesting about each, all very successful in their own right…

How would you describe your broadcasting career?

Tell us about the bowling…PBA, it seems to me…is big right now…guys are making a tremendous living at 10-pin…national sponsorship…but it hasn’t really taken off like poker…

Darts, big in England…what do you make of these secondary sports…poker bowling, darts, making it big…is it all about promotion?

You covered a lot of sports…where does a superstar poker player rank in celebrity with say a football player, hockey player etc….

Curious Lon…how cutthroat is the sports broadcasting business in the USA….everyone wants that dream gig….

Is it true you broadcasted scrabble?  And if so, are you kidding me?

You can visit Lon’s website at www.LonMcEachern.com and be sure to watch the final table Monday & Tuesday.

To listen to the full Lon McEachern interview…visit here http://www.highrollerradio.net/Lon_McEachern.html


High Roller Radio Quote of the Week:

“If there was no action around, he would play solitaire – and bet against himself.”

Groucho Marx about his brother Chico.

Contact us at derrick@highrollerradio.net

The Fossilman, Tom McEvoy, High Roller NATION & the Story of the Butterfly

October 25, 2013:
1 word – AWESOME!
2004 World Series of Poker winner Greg ‘The Fossilman’ Raymer guests with High Roller Radio’s Derrick Oliver-Dewan and it is TERRIFIC!
He describes the final hand in ’04 in depth, took him a minute to realize he had won,… talks about Hall of Fame inductee Scotty Nguyen, what about shades at the table…of course he made those crazy glasses famous….some say they should be BANNED.  What’s the world champ think?
Tells great stories about Mike Matusow – remember that classic confrontation with him in 04?  We’ve got the video of that for you….and a hilarious story about Phil Hellmuth
Greg Raymer on HRR.



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Cupcakes after our own heart!  www.highrollerradio.net

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TomorrowTom McEVoy, noon Vegas time, newly minted member of the Poker Hall of Fame….well-deserved too.  Remember him standing on the chair in ’83…arms raised…I did it baby!  What a thrill…we’re gonna talk about that…what the Hall of Fame induction means to him…The World.  Icing on the cake baby!1983 Wold Champ – Tom McEvoy on HRR.  Can’t wait.

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BRAND NEW:  “Features Page 3″…please check this page out because you will enjoy a variety of interesting poker/gambling features, anecdotes and oddities – Listen Now.  GREAT PAGE!
Author Johnny Hughes, Famous Gamblers, Poker History & Texas Stories, and DYNAMIC guest on HRR.  Cheats and their methods, Benny Binion, Curly Cavitt, Amarillo Slim…:”Slim stole most of those prop bets from Titanic Thompson” Hughes says.  Explosive Q&A at www.highrollerradio.net
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High Roller Radio Quote of the Day:

“A day without a laugh is a day wasted.”
–   Charlie Chaplin (Official)

We know Charlie’s a High Roller!

In the News…

Poker is a game of skill in India! 
The Indian Poker Association (IPA), had filed petitions before the High Court of Karnataka (a state in Southwest India), alleging that police were “humiliating and harassing aspiring poker players.
The c…ourt eventually came to the conclusion that poker is a game of skill and that card clubs don’t have to have a license to offer such games to players, whether amateurs or professionals.
In other words, it sided with the IPA — and the players weren’t involved in misconduct.  Of course it’s a game of skill.
Registration is closed for the 2013 WSOP-E…375 runners this year, building a prize pool of €3,600,000.  A total of 40 players will make the money, with a min-cash being worth €20,250 and €1,000,000 going to the eventual champion along wit…h the championship WSOP Europe gold bracelet.  Phil Hellmuth captured his 13th bracelet in winning the title last year.  By the way, attendance was down 11% this year.   This year, the series is being held, for the 1st time, in Paris, France at the Casino Barriere Enghien les Bains.  It was staged in Cannes in 2011-2012 and in London from 2007-2010.
High Roller Radio Thought of the Day:
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared.
He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours
as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.Butterfly
So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and…
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged easily but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it,
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body,
Neither happened!
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around.
It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required by the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.

Greg Raymer Interview Notes

October 25, 2013:  Hey High Rollers, amazing Q&A w/ The Fossilman Greg Raymer, 2004 main event champion, when his Deuces full of 8’s bested David Williams’ Deuces full of 4’s for a cool $5 million.  Below, interview notes for our chat…which was sponsored by VegasTopDogs.com, America’s #1 Handicappers & Bet Online, bet with us at Bet Online by clicking the banner below.  Good luck and good gambling.


‘The Fossilman – Greg Raymer

'The Fossilman" a guest on www.highrollerradio.net

‘The Fossilman” a guest on www.highrollerradio.net

What a thrill…and I mean that…an absolute thrill…to be speaking with our guest today….can you say world champion?  Today’s interview is brought to by our friends at VegasTopDogs.com, America’s #1 sports handicappers…featuring the like of Tony K and Joe Duffy…they pick winners…at vegastopdogs.com

I’ll never forget the image…I think it was a delayed reaction, we’re going to ask him about that today…but then the hands raised, a primal scream…joy, elation, relief, probably all rolled into one…because in 2004…this guy…climbed to the top of the poker mountain…a view, by the way, only a very special few get, to win the main event of the World Series of Poker…minted a world champ forvever…and a little slice of WSOP immortality…not to mention the money…and it was a good chunk, $5 million….oh, and those glasses….gave poker face a whole new meaning…

I said it off the top…it is a thrill to welcome The Fossilman, Greg Raymer to the show, Greg, welcome, thanks for being a High Roller.

I’ve always wanted to ask you….that final hand against David Williams…your full house, what was it deuces full of 8’s….it seemed to me like you hesitated before raising your arms in victory…not sure if that was the tv edit…but did it take you a moment….to realize you had just won the title?

We just had Pamela Brunson on…I know you know her dad…but have you met her before…

Greg, I met you in London England, the Hilton Metropole for the EPT London…we shook hands, I said I was a fan and you were accommodating, very gracious….does that come natural to you?Because…with the title comes exposure, fame…the lot….was it an easy adjustment for you?

I read some where that you made a deal with your wife…you’d play on a $1,000 bankroll, if you lost it…you’d quit poker…is that true, and how close did you come to a balance of zero before you hit the jackpot?

I’m sure poker was changing at the time you won won…ho has it changed since…are the kids really that crazy and ultra aggressive?

What has poker taught you about life…I mean, you travel the world….been to a lot of places, seen a lot of things?

Lot of people know you used to be a patent attorney…not too many, I’m guessing, know you have a masters degree in biochemistry…what kinds of things were you tackling there and any relation to poker?

I assume the poker world today, because there’s so much money to be won…is full of very smart people…can you give us an idea…isn’t Chris Binger a rocket scientist or something…you’ve got bankers, stock guys, engineers…it’s a tough racket?

Hall of Fame inductions officially take place November 3…Scotty Nguyen, Tom McEvoy, another world champ…your thoughts on the inductees this year? Is that something you aspire too?

Is there a fraternity of past winners of the main event?

After you win the main event…you finish 25th the next year…what kind of grind was that?  That was quite an accomplishment.

Mike Matusow…that classic run-in with him…how s your relationshiop with him now?

World championship of online poker?

Fossils?  Where did this start…?

How many fossils have you given away?

Shades at the poker table…Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, shot clock in poker?

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World Champs Raymer & McEvoy to Gues on SHOW – YES!

October 22, 2013Hey High Rollers, how great is this?  Not only a sign, an indication, we’re growing our library by two quality – HIGH QUALITY – guests, but we are also GROWING the SITE too.  We are so happy, thrilled actually, to report we have confirmed a couple of world champions for the show.  YES!

Greg ‘The Fossilman’ Raymer and our program director Derrick Oliver-Dewan have been corresponding by email…and it looks like things are set for 2pm EST Wednesday.  Raymer, of course, the 2004 world champ, when he defeated ‘young gun’ David Williams heads up with a full house, deuces full of his pocket eights…Williams held a boat as well…deuces full of his 4’s….$5 million richer for his efforts and a piece of WSOP immortality.  Heard a story that initially, Raymer’s wife wasn’t too happy with his play online so he struck a deal with her…he would play a $1,000 bankroll and should he lose that he would quit poker….the rest, as they say, is history.  Can’t wait to chat with the Fossilman.

I met Greg at the EPT LONDON at the Hilton Metropole, very briefly a few years about and he shook my hand, said hello, graciously accepted my compliments and was very accommodating.  This guy has been GREAT for the game.   Now, we know he’s had some bad press lately, but we will certainly will NOT be broaching that subject, unless he wants to.  Our site is about poker history, legends of the game…which Raymer most certainly is!  Thank-you Greg for agreeing to guest with us.  Oh man, can’t wait.

'The Fossilman" a guest on www.highrollerradio.net

‘The Fossilman” a guest on www.highrollerradio.net


1983 woeld champ...newly minted member of the Hall of Fame.

1983 world champ…newly minted member of the Hall of Fame.

How about it…Tom McEvoy, YES!!!!  The 1983 world champ, an author, a gentleman of the game, and now a newly minted Poker Hall of Famer.  A credit well deserved…you know he’s been on the ballot 5 straight years…from Bridesmaid to Bride in ’13.  McEvoy is a 4-time bracelet winner and has always been good for the game,

I met Tom in Montreal, at the Poker Pro Canada Classic, where he played as part of a Deepstacks University Course offered to anyone who would pony up $500.  It was well worth it…you can make that money back in one pot with the information the pros conveyed.  Great stuff.  The course also included Adam Levy, otherwise known as Roothlus online, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi, and Tristen Wade, an excellent online sniper.  Tom was absolutely delightful, gracious, kind in his answers…his table manner and his instruction were both inviting…and it was quite interesting to recognize the differences in the two styles of instruction:  Tom more old school…while The Grinder, Levy and Wade represented the new age player…ultra aggressive…get those chips at any cost…fight, fight, fight for each hand.  I am not saying Tom is tight…just that his play is different, for sure.

Tom McEvoy has been great fiends with Kathy Liebert, another former guest and $6 million plus in career earnings, but I’m not sure if they’re close anymore.  I may ask about that?  Here’s the thing…this honour means the world to Mr. McEvoy and he deserves it.  Interesting though, that in past years he was waiting and waiting for the phone call and it HURT him when it never came.  This year…he told me…he just ‘let go’…whatever happens happens…and not two weeks later he got the call….wow!  A lesson there somewhere, right?

Not 1 – but 2 world champs on High Roller Radio in one week.  Thank-you guys.  We are absolutely thrilled….as is The Nation…at 551 and counting.  Congrats, by the way, to Ed Barkhouse, latest winner of a HRR t-shirt….Ed, I need your mailing deets.  LIKE our facebook page to enter:



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2 Confirmed Q&A’s, UFC 166, High Roller NATION and more…

October 1st, 2013:  Hey High Rollers, lots to report this week; a couple of confirmed q&a’s, some glitter from twitter, UFC 166, betting with us at Bet Online, High Roller NATION and more.  Hope you enjoy.

The NEW BetOnline

CONFIRMED:  Former guest Johnny Hughes, author of Famous Gamblers, Poker History and Texas Stories, will grace our airwaves again…CAN’T WAIT….we will be talking about cheats, their methods…Is PHIL IVEY a cheat?  What about ARCHIE KARAS?

Author, Famous Gamblers, Poker History and Texas Stories

Author, Famous Gamblers, Poker History and Texas Stories

Stay tuned…should be scandalous!  www.highrollerradio.net

(It’s a great book and he’s a great guest!  Johnny is a great story teller.)

Pamela Brunson is also CONFIRMED.  Just waiting on a date but she will be returning as a guest as well.  The daughter of a LEGEND.  Visit the site and click the INTERVIEWS tab and enjoy.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!  Put $20 on the Saints to cover last night and they did…$17.84 into the account.  NOW 2-and-1 in my NFL picks this year….will keep track all season.  Running it up to a million!  (watch out Chris de Beer)

Bet w/ us at Bet Online…simply click the banners at www.highrollerradio.net and let us know your record.  Great site…sports betting, poker, casino, horses…whatever you want baby.

Be sure to follow Chris de Beer, ‘The Don’ of sports betting, right here on High Roller Radio.  The 19 year old South African is now 31 and 8 on the show betting the UFC (Deets on UFC 166 below)

DONE:  Up all night working on our new COVER PAGE!  Hopefully a little more professional and BIG LEAGUE.  If you know the story, I am an amateur webmaster, built the site from scratch not knowing a thing about computers, no facebook, twitter or nothing…AND here we are….522 on fb and 1200 on twitter…slowly but surely we are growing.  Have had a ton of help from friends Chris de Beer in South Africa and Lori Kolstad in Biloxi…not to mention ALL of our guests and partners.  NEXT UP: a ‘Daily Deal’ page and more.

Check it out:  www.highrollerradio.net

Your thoughts?  We are open for criticism…but go easy, okay.  lol.

Legend or Cheat?

LOVE this page!  Tribute to Archie Karas, who some say is the greatest gambler of all-time and others call a CHEAT.  Heard of the legendary ‘RUN?’  Turned $57 into more than $40 million in less than three years, only to lose it all back over the next 2 years.  .  Quote from Vegas historian Howard Schwartz of Gambler’s Book Club & ESPN video f/ Brunson, Cloutier, and others talking about Archie.
UFC 166 Cain v Junior #3
Cain Velasques v Junior Dos Santos

Cain Velasques v Junior Dos Santos

This should be EPIC!  Cain Velasquez versus Junior Dos Santos III at UFC 166.  Wonder who ‘The Don’ of sports betting, Chris de Beer is taking.  Stay tuned.  Fight night October 19.

Here’s the card:


Twitter Glitter:

Lori Kolstad @VintageSlips  3m
given the donkeys ample time to visit ATMs and bring to the poker table. Headed to @ipbiloxi #ShipIt

(From our very own grinder Lori Kolstad.  Love it.)

High Roller NATION

A great BIG hello to Donna Blevins, the latest to join High Roller NATION!  YES!  We are at 523 and counting….Donna you are in the October 15th draw for a HRR t-shirt.  Good luck.

Yes!!!  Gail Schiffli the latest to join High Roller NATION!  Awesome stuff Gail…please enjoy our great poker/gambling content here, on site and our blog.  www.highrollerradio.net & http://blog.highrollerradio.net/   Plus…you are entered into our October 15th draw for a High Roller Radio t-shirt.  Good luck & good gambling.  The NATION at 522 and counting.  Cheers.

Gail S. is a High Roller!

Brandon Nemeth, the latest to join High Roller NATION!!!! Yes, 521 and counting now.  Brandon thanks for the LIKE.  You are now entered into all future facebook draws…next one October 15th.  Hope you enjoy our site www.highrollerradio.net and our blog at http://blog.highrollerradio.net/

2-to-1 you’ll LOVE it!

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