August 21, 2009

Legalize Online Poker Now

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Come on people - it's poker and it's online and should be legal. People love to play, and we need the tax dollars that now live offshore. Imagine what 5.9 billion dollars would do here in the US, and what about having those developers and business here instead of abroad?

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) recently introduced a bill that would lift the federal ban on internet poker. The bill throws away an inappropriate ban on a game of skill, while keeping sensible regulations in place.

The ban on internet poker has not been effective in crippling the industry, but it has caused problems in the United States. According to the Financial Times, online poker revenue reached $5.9 billion last year, but the U.S. saw none of it. This regulation has pushed poker sites to operate out of other countries and has required players in the United States to make transactions through foreign banks.

At NJVoices Guest blog

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August 14, 2009

Poker test of skill or luck? We Think Skill

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Looks like Colorado is battling it out on the skill or luck debate when thinking of the amazing game of poker. We think skill - what do you think?

The Colorado Supreme Court will have to judge whether poker is a game of chance or a game of skill, a poker players' organization said.

The appeal stems from a criminal case that began when the Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrested five people over a Texas Hold 'Em tournament with a $20 buy-in at a bar in Greeley, The Denver Post reported Wednesday. One defendant was acquitted in January and prosecutors then dropped the charges against the other four.

At Poker test of skill or luck?

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August 7, 2009

Mike Sexton Reviews the WSOP November Nine - WPT Bellagio Cup

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World Poker Tour is upon us again, and good old Mike Sexton has his thoughts on what's happening this season and with the Bellagio WPT Cup. Good stuff and an amazing read.

We just started our eighth season of the World Poker Tour (WPT). It’s actually pretty amazing to think we’ve been on television for seven seasons! And it’s more amazing how time flies.

Season VIII kicked off at Bellagio in July with a $15,000 buy-in for the Bellagio Cup V. 268 players were looking to take down the nearly $1.2 million first place prize. It was a strong field and a very tough final table. Erik Seidel, who was going for his second WPT title, said that it was the toughest final table in WPT history. I’m not sure I’d agree with that, but it was a very strong group.

At Mike Sexton Reviews the WSOP November Nine, WPT Bellagio Cup

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July 31, 2009

Full Tilt Poker Unleashes Major New Update and New Bonus Offer

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Full Tilt Poker released another major software update early Thursday morning, just a few short weeks after a problem-plagued update that left many people unable to play on the site. We've gotten word this update contains a number of major changes that players have been requesting for some time now, and two new lobbies are also in the update. We play at Full Tilt because they offer a Macintosh client, and we really enjoy the free-foll tourneys.

More at Full Tilt Poker Unleashes Major New Update, Bonus Offer

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July 24, 2009

WSOP 2009 Airs On ESPN Next Week - FINALLY!


wsop_2009.gifYep - it's starting this coming week and you can catch it on ESPN. This is a yearly month long journey for me each year. In the evenings on vacation at Martha's Vineyard there is simply nothing better than sneaking off to watch an hour and then returning to the fun.

SPN's broadcast of the WSOP is set to start next week. The first broadcast will be a two hour review of the WSOP 40th Anniversary $40,000 NL Hold'em event.

WSOP 2009Televised coverage of WSOP 2009 is set to begin on July 28 on ESPN. The broadcasts have been scheduled to air every Tuesday at 8 P.M. ET and the shows will run from next Tuesday until November 10, when the Main Event's final table will be broadcast. The show this year will feature twenty four hours of Main Event coverage.

At News: WSOP 2009 Airs On ESPN Next Week

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July 17, 2009

The Final 9 Players for the World Series of Poker 2009

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That's right - the final nie are in, and Phil Ivey is one of them. I love watching Ivey play, but hope he doesn't become over confident too fast.

After a crazy and fast Day 8 of the Main Event of 2009’s World Series of Poker, we’re down to the final nine players. Phil Ivey made it, to the cheers of a packed rail at the Rio. Seriously — they were going mental for this guy.

After 27 started the day, poker fans were treated to some insane action. Billy Kopp pissed away a commanding chip lead on a 5-high flush. Kopp finished in 12th place after many were speculating that he would play tightly and coast into the final table with a strong lead.

At The Final 9 Are Set! - WSOP Main Event Players

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July 10, 2009

How to Win at Poker and at Business - Guide to Success

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There's gold in those poker hills, and Businessweek has a great article on why poker and business go hand in hand.

Deepak Thadani learned how to play poker during a trip to Atlantic City in 2004, a few years after he launched a high-end network security company in Woodside, N.Y. He soon discovered that many of his clients--CEOs and CFOs of large New York companies--were also aspiring card sharps. So he organized a monthly game. "Poker's like the new golf," says Thadani. "People get together at the poker table, they play, and they build relationships."

At How to Win at Poker and at Business

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July 3, 2009

The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide Tournament Edition

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This book continues to dominate the poker bestsellers list at Amazon, and we can see why. With over 15+ professionals contributing, it's got all the tips and tricks you'll need to make your tournament life at poker better. The professionals of Full Tilt Poker include the best and most famous poker players in the world. Their accomplishments are unparalleled, with countless World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour championships to their names and well in excess of $100 million in winnings in private games. Now, this group of poker legends has banded together to create THE FULL TILT POKER STRATEGY GUIDE, which will stand as an instant classic of the genre and is sure to become the industry standard.

At The Full Tilt Poker Strategy Guide Tournament Edition

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June 26, 2009

Mike Sexton Reviews the 2009 World Series of Poker - Killer Poker Read

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This is a really interesting article from Mike Sexton - love the guy and his perspective on the WSOP is always welcome.

This year's kickoff event was a $40,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament commemorating the 40th annual WSOP. Personally, I think it's a dumb idea to ever have a bigger buy-in for a No Limit Hold'em tournament than the Main Event, so I wasn't for it. I didn't play in it because I missed the first week of the WSOP this year. I took a vacation with my wife Karen and son Ty (nine months old) to Yellowstone National Park - and it was great! It was a vacation for our second anniversary and Ty is the first child for either of us. It's official - my priorities have changed from poker to parenting!

At Mike Sexton Reviews the 2009 World Series of Poker

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June 19, 2009

Law Student Wins Bracelet at 2009 WSOP

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I guess I should have studied law, and been born about 10 years later than I was. If so, I would have time to travel to the WSOP and win $650k. Jealous. :-)

And this week, between writing memos about civil liberties, he borrowed a few thousand dollars from a poker-playing friend, entered a World Series of Poker event, made it to the final pairing of the heads-up no-limit Texas hold 'em event, endured a final match that lasted more than eight hours, and won a WSOP bracelet, walking away with more than $650,000.

At Poker a Nice Fallback for Law Student - washingtonpost.com

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