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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. 

We’ve had two great interviews this week, William Kassouf & Allen Kessler, s please check out www.highrollerradio.net and then our youtube channel, subscribe while you’re there.

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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.

November Nine History, Fun Facts & Poker Tidbits

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Qui Nguyen: 2016 World Champion
Fun November Nine Facts
It’s poker’s marquis showcase, the World Series of Poker main event final table. The much heralded November Nine today on High Roller Radio.  Since 2008, in a bid to generate publicity and worldwide excitement, the WSOP has paused play in July, when the tournament gets down to 9 players, taken a 3-and-a-half month break, and reconvened in November to decide the winner, hence the phrase November Nine.

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Players have used that time off to hire coaches, study, play more poker or simply go on vacation. Not everyone is a fan of the extended break. ”it ruins the integrity of the tournament,” said Ylon Schwartz, one of the first ever November Niners, Class of 2008.
ESPN isn’t complaining. That 2008 version got great ratings and an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Live Turnaround’.
In 2009, November Niner Jeff Schulman, president of Card Player magazine, openly stated that if he won the bracelet he would throw it in the trash. “Everything to do with how the tournament is run,” Shulman said. “It used to be run by people who loved and really cared about poker. That mission has been derailed by executives.”
He later recanted, saying he wouldn’t toss the bracelet but instead pursue one of four options; hold an auction for charity, give it away as part of a magazine promotion, hold a tourney and give it to the winner, or give it to tv personality Stephen Colbert. Schulman finished 4th that year. Joe Cada won it at the tender age of 21, making him the youngest ever to do so.
 
Phil Ivey was there in 2009, but was ousted in 7th when his ace king lost to Darwin Moon’s ace queen, when a queen hit the flop. Moon, the amateur logger from Maryland finished 2nd. Did you know he gaimed entry into the main through a $130 satellite tourney in Wheeling, West Virginia, and briefly considered re-investing that 10k score into his business instead of taking his seat in Vegas. Well, 2nd  got him $5 million so good decision and great parlay Darvin Moon.
Herer’s a quirky fact – 2010 main event champ Jonathan Duhamel and 2013 November Niner Marc Etienne McLaughlin, who finished 6th, play on the same dodgeball team. Also, for just the second time ever, 2010 featured a final table without someone who resides in Las Vegas.
In 2011, Irishman Eoghan O’Dea made the November Nine. His legendary, poker playng father, Donnacha, reached the main event final table in 1983, then again in 1991, so they become the first father-son duo to ever accomplish that feat.
In 2012, thanks the US presidential election, the final table was held early, so it was the ‘October Nine’. 2012 was also the year the women got close; Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille, finsihed 10th and 11th respectively, effectively bubbling the Octo 9. The only woman to ever reach the main event final table? Hall of Famer Barbara Enright in 1995.
Then there’s the MarK Newhouse story! In 2013, the American made the final table but was first one out in 9th. Fast forward one year, 2014, and he sent out a tweet:
“Just bought into the main event day 1c. Not f’ing finishing 9th again!’ he wrote. Incredibky, Newhuse outlasted another monster field to make the final table again. Think about that; he survived more than 13,000 runners over a two year period. This time, he had good chips, one of the leaders heading in, but nothing seemed to work that night, just couldn’t get anything going. After losing a few big pots heeventually shoved with pocket 10’s on the river only to be called by pocket Queens. Guess what? Ninth again!
Now let’s break this down:
The odds of being struck by lightning in any two-year period are 1 in 480,000, according to the National Weather Service. Bowling a 300 game? 11,500-to-1. A hole-in-one is 6,000-to-1. Winning an Olympic medal? 650,000-to-1. Well, finishing 9th at the WSOP two years running can be calculated at roughly 4 million-to-1, the experts suggest.
Also in 2014, The November Nine featured Builly Pappas, who between the time of the tounrey getting down to 9 and the actual final table playing out, went out and won a World Foosball Championship, his 4th since 2005, nobody has won more. More fun facts; Britain has had two November Niner’s, both James Akenhead in 2009, and Sam Holden in 2011, started from ninth position and both lasted just a few hands.
Oldest November Niner? Pierre Nueville of Balgium. Second oldest? Neil Blumenfield of San Fransisco. And, they were at the same final table – 2015. Average age of all November Niners since 2008? 31. 2015 was also the first time in history that all players had previously cashed in a WSOP event.
The player entering in 2nd chip position had never won (until this year and Qui Nguyen).
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Your ‘November Nine’ – who will take the WSOP main event?

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2016 WSOP Final Table The 'November Nine'

2016 WSOP Final Table
The ‘November Nine’

Meet Your 2016 November Nine
Cliff Josephy, known online as ‘JohnnyBaxPoker,’ has the chip lead heading into the world championship final table. November Niners, representing five nations, will return to the Rio’s Penn & Teller theatre October 30th to play for poker bragging rights worldwide, the $8 million dollar first prize and of course that very expensive bracelet.
The main event attracted 6,737 players from around the globe. Close to seven thousand high rollers, low rollers, amateurs, pros, sharks & fish ponied up the 10-grand to play, some just to say they were there, some for the thrill of it all and many with full intention on winning. Now, just nine remain. Each has already received ninth place money of $1 million but there is still a staggering $25 million to play for. 
It’s a final table featuring five nations, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Spain and the United States. Canada, Spain and the US have all produced world champions before. Belgium and the Czech Republic are hoping for their first. And, by all accounts, the media reports and the updates on WSOP.com, this seems to be one of the more talkative and animated final tables in years.
Alright, let’s meet your players…
In Seat 1, we have the short-stacked Jerry Wong, with slightly more tun 10 million. He is one of two New Yorkers at the table, Josephy being the other, he’s 34, a poker pro with 19 previous WSOP cashes, more than a million dollars in live tournament earnings and his previous biggest score, more than 700k, came in 2013 when he finished 3rd at the PCA in the Bahamas.
Seat 2, Griffin Benger, a previous guest of the show and our favourite to win, despite being 7th in chips with 26 million. Benger, of course, a Canadian who does play-by-play for the newly formed Global Poker League. He’s a bonafied big league poker star, $2.4 million in lifetime live tourneys, more than $5 million won online under the banner of ‘Flush_Entity,’ winner of a couple major titles, including his $1 million payday for taking down Shark Cage. This guy is good, be sure to visit www.highrollerradio.net for our dynamite chat with Griffin Benger.
On his left, Seat 3, is the Czech Republic’s Vojtech Ruzicka, who is ranked 6th in chips with 27.3 million. Good player, a professional with 17 WSOP cashes and $1.5 million won on the live circuit. The closest the Czech Republic has ever come to a poker world champ? Martin Staszko, who finished 2nd in 2011. 
Beside him, Seat 4, is Fernando Pons of Palma, Spain. A guy with much work to do! He is last in chips with only 6 million. His biggest live cash before this main event? $4,000 from a limit hold’em event a few years ago. He is an account executive for a retail chain, so you have to believe he knows the numbers. Will he be the first one all-in? Will he make a push for the title? Or, will he sit back hoping to move up a few spots to pocket some more cash? We’ll see.
Qui Nguyen occupies Seat 5, second in chips with 68 million. This39 year old Vegas resident calls himself a professional gambler. Poker is not his main game, so expect those chips to be active.
Seat 6, the man to beat Cliff Josephy, a 51 year old long time professional shark and the oldest November Niner this year. Josephy has two WSOP bracelets, a 3k No Limit Hold’em title and a $1,500 Seven Card Stud title, and more than $2.6 million in live winnings. He was a main backer of 2009 world champ Joe Cada, so the main event has been very good to him. Can he cap a terrific poker career with a world championship? Can he take JohnnyBax to the max? He’s very good and he’s got the chips to play with.
Good spot to be, directly on Josephy’s left…and that’s where you’ll find Michael Ruane perched with his 31.6 million chips in Seat 7. His previous best cash? $17,000, so this is a massive payday for the New Jersey native. He is a poker pro, cash games, and you have to believe he’s riding high with a ton of confidence.
Next to him, Seat 8, San Fransisco’s Gordon Vayo with 49 million in chips. He’s 27 years old and has come close to WSOP gold, finishing 2nd in a $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event two years ago for $314k. This is his first main event cash but he’s had a great summer, 21 events, 8 cashes and, yes, this million dollar payday, how much more will it be, $7 million? We’ll see.
and in Seat 9, Kenny Hallaert, who is 4th in chips with 43 million. Will he be Belgium’s first ever World Series of Poker main event champion? He is an accomplished tournament director and player, 22 previous WSOP cashes and in last year’s Colossus, with 22,374 entries, he finished 5th, turning his 565 bucks into more than $180,000. Is he your sleeper?
October 30th play resumes to a packed and boisterous crowd at the Rio. It’s poker’s marquis event, the showcase, and the winner will forever be immortalized in poker lore. A gold bracelet, a title and bragging rights are on the line. Can’t wait!
By the way, your ‘bubble boy’ was California’s Josh Weiss who will receive a free entry into next year’s main event for his troubles.
– for more visit wsop.com

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WSOP Legend Doyle Brunson – ‘Texas Dolly’

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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.

History
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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WSOP Main Event Final Table – Tonight! Betting Odds.

Hey High Rollers, biggest night in poker as the November Nine resumes, fans will be watching with bated breath, one of the biggest spectacles and richest prizes in sport. Is poker a sport? We’ll save that for another day, but it is the World Series Of Poker final table, nine players vying for the world championship – and the money doesn’t lie, a whopping $7.7 million to the winner.

Nine players left for the world championship and $7.7 million

Nine players left for the world championship and $7.7 million

These nine have outlasted more than 6400 others, each have already been paid ninth place money, more than a million dollars. The cards fly in just a few hours, 8pm at the Penn and Teller theatre at the RIO in Las Vegas. And yes, you can wager on it! Chip leader Joseph McKeehan is the overwhelming 7-5 favourite, massive chip lead with  more than 63 million to play with. His chip count, more than double that of 2nd place Zvi Stern, from isreal, who’s listed at 7-2. McKeehen, by the way, a native of North Wales, Pa, is a two-time WSOP circuit winner, he almost captured a bracelet last year finishing runner-up in the inaugural Monster Stack event. Tidbit: McKeehan won the world Risk championship in 2010. Third in chips, is San Fransisco’s Neil Blumenfield, 61, who has 22 million chips and is pegged at 6-to-1. Same odds for the oldest player left, 72 year old Belgian Pierre Neuville and what a story that would be. Neuville will unbag 21 million chips in 4th Place. And then there’s Max Steinberg, a little more than 20 million, listed at 7-to-1, and this is our betting favourite. Great story too; he won his $10,000 seat into the main event through an NBA satellite on DraftKings. Yes, this guy used to play poker for a living, he owns a WSOP bracelet already, and what a parlay! He tturned that $27 satellite, into a $10,000 entry fee, now has a $1 million and a chance at the whole enchilada. This guy’s good, he’s underrated and you know he’s riding high, so watch out – Max J Steinberg at 7-to-1…that’s where our money’s going. The remaining 4 players, all between the tender ages of 23 and 25, are long shots. Young gun’s Thomas Cannuli and Joshua Beckley, both from New Jersey, and both listed at (12/1).  Brooklyn’s Patrick Chan and Italy’s Federico Butteroni are (25/1) dogs. Chan and Butteroni have less than 1/10 the amount of chips as McKeehen, the leader. Watch for it folks, live ESPN tonight, when they’ll play down from 9 players to 4, then tomorrow November 9th, from four players down to 2, and poker’s world champ will be crowned Tuesday November 10th.

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Did you know? The $7.7 million first place prize money is more than Wimbledon, The Masters, and the Indianapolis 500 awards to its winners – combined! The largest ever prize at the WSOP ME was 2006 when Jamie Gold collected $12 million for winning the main event. The richest first place prize in poker history was the Big One for One Drop – $18 million – won by Antonio Esfandiari.

Have fun watching tonight…good luck to all…let’s hope for drama folks.

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