Monday, December 25, 2006

Sklansky's Forum

For those of you that don't know, David Sklansky is the author of The Theory of Poker as well as many other books covering poker and gambling. He is generally considered the number one authority on gambling in the world today.

David and Mason Malmuth are the founders of the 2+2 forums which is no doubt the largest poker community on the internet.

Last month David started hosting his own forum, The Special Sklansky forum where he creates thread topics covering a large number of topics. Anyone can reply to his post and you could get a chance to communicate with a great mind in the field of gambling.

It's differently worth checking out. Link to his forum.


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Saturday, October 14, 2006

OK USA POKER

New Site that is trying to capitalize on resent U.S legislation. It appears to be a skin of Jungle Poker and they claim to be fighting for the rights of U.S. Poker Players. They claim to be giving 50% of all profits from the site to an organization that will fight for poker in the USA . These profits will be distributed by a 12 member board made up of players.

They also have set up a freeroll schedule where Senator Frist will be playing in freerolls every night at 9 PM EST. Knock him out for a $20 bounty. $10 will go to the player, and $10 will go towards the cause.

Come join me, just look for screen name " Fuck Bill Frist"

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Latest PPA News Release

Washington, DC (October 13, 2006) - President Bush today signed into law a ban on online wagering, impacting 23 million Americans who enjoy the game of poker on the Internet. By including this legislation in the SAFE Port Act, Congress and the President bluffed the American people who overwhelming oppose federal efforts to ban online poker.

"Today is a dark day for the great American game of poker", said Michael Bolcerek, president of the Poker Players Alliance, a grassroots advocacy organization of more than 110,000 poker enthusiasts. "Twenty-three million Americans who play the game online will effectively be denied the ability to enjoy this popular form of entertainment, even in the privacy of their own homes."

Bolcerek added, "Congress had a real opportunity to create good public policy by licensing, regulating and taxing Internet poker. Yet, they chose prohibition. This decision will prove to be detrimental in the long-run and leaves more than $4 billion in annual tax revenue on the table."

In late September, in a move of political gamesmanship, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate hi-jacked the vital port security bill and added the Internet gambling prohibition language.

Living poker legend Doyle Brunson said, "As a lifelong poker player, I can't believe the underhanded way this new bill restricting online poker was passed through Congress, What does Internet poker have to do with the Safe Port Bill? We Texans don't like this kind of trickery. Texas is a state where you can see an enemy coming, a friend is a friend, and you look someone straight in the eyes."

The legislation contains specific exemptions for Internet wagers on horse racing, state lotteries and fantasy sports. The PPA hopes that Congress will evaluate objectively the skill game of poker and afford it similar treatment.

"Internet poker is a great source of enjoyment and allows me to compete on an equal playing field with people from around the world", said Ethan Ruby, an amateur poker player who was paralyzed in a traffic accident five years ago. "I can't understand how President Bush would take this game away from me and millions of other Americans."

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Firepay to Stop U.S Transactions to Poker Sites

SUBJECT: New FirePay policy for US account holders

On September 30, 2006, the United States Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.

Once President Bush approves the Act. FirePay (www.firepay.com) will no longer allow US consumer payments for online gambling merchants.

Beginning the day President Bush signs the Act, FirePay will decline any purchase transactions from US FirePay account holders at any gambling merchant site.
Ten days after President Bush signs the Act, FirePay will decline any transfer attempt made by any online gambling merchant to a US FirePay account.
All US FirePay accounts holders will continue to be able to make purchases and receive payments from non-gambling, online merchants, as well as “Deposit From” and “Withdraw To” their US bank account.

Click here for the latest news and opportunities for FirePay account holders.

** Please note:

This new policy will not affect FirePay account holders from outside of the United States


For any questions regarding these deadlines or policy, please email info@firepay.com

Sincerely,
FirePay
info@firepay.com

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Titan Poker Closes U.S. Accounts

Due to the recent passing of the Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act by the United States Senate on September 30, 2006, and its imminent enactment as federal law, we will no longer allow real money gaming activities from United States residents.

We regret to inform you that, consequently, we are closing your gaming account at Titan Poker.

Your balance is available to you. You may access your account and request the withdrawal of such balance, subject to any conditions that might apply, including bonuses received.

We appreciate your patronage, and apologize for any inconvenience caused. We hope to be able to offer to you our services again in the future.

Robin Steele
Manager
Titan Poker

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

US Poker Ban, Doyle's Response



Hi this is Doyle Brunson

Just want to let you know that is’s business as usual here at Doyle’s Room. I know some of you may be concerned about the online gaming bill recently passed by the Senate. I believe it is far too early to fully understand the implications of this bill on our industry. Until such time as this becomes clearer, Doyle’s Room will operate as normal with our full exciting range of games and tournaments at all limits. Come join me at the weekly Bounty Tournament this Thursday and every Thursday at Doyle’s Room. And finally, please rest assured your money is completely safe at Doyle’s Room. I personally guarantee it.

Cake Poker says FU to US Poker ban

Official Policy Statement from the Cake Poker Team:

On Friday September 30, 2006 the 109th sitting of the US Congress passed a Port Security Bill including a rider that affected online gambling in the US. The common media description of this act called it a ‘ban on online gambling’. This is patently false. All previous attempts at passing legislation banning online gambling have failed. Instead, this act championed by Bill Frist (R -Tennessee), attempts to prohibit payments to online gambling companies from US residents via US based financial institutions.

CakePoker will not restrict access to our players from the United States. It appears that some of our competitors have decided to take this preemptive step for business reasons that are most likely related to the fact that they are publicly listed companies. In other words, they cannot be seen as doing anything that would put their shareholders in a ‘gray’ or precarious position. CakePoker N.V. is a legally licensed and privately held company in the country of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. As a privately held company we have no such pressures placed upon us.

Further, this act still has some stages to go through and it may take up to 9 months for the US government to fully define and clarify the terms of the law and their effect on US financial institutions. If/when this act actually becomes the law, our legal department will re-evaluate our policy on CakePoker’s acceptance of payments from US based financial institutions. At worst we expect to only have to limit some of the ways we accept payments from our US players. However, as an alternative to accepting payments from US based financial institutions we have worked very hard to gain official acceptance as a legitimate business entity by some of the internet's most respected, non-US based financial institutions such as NETeller and Firepay.

Needless to say there will continue to be a lot of confusion and misinformation spread in the near future as online gambling companies, players and even US lawmakers try to interpret the terms of the act.

Once again, our official position is that the passing of the Port Security Bill does not currently affect us or our valued, loyal players in any way. Our operations have always been 100% legal under Curacao law and comply with all the jurisdictions in which we carry out our operations.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A Non-Americans View of the Poker Ban

More On Poker Ban

The Senate having passed a ban on internet gambling now awaits for the President to sign this legislation into law. The response from major gaming sites, mostly those British companies that are safe and regulated under British law have announced that they intend to stop offering service to U.S. customers once the President signs the bill.

Thanks Mr. Frist for protecting us from ourselves. You have made it more difficult for us to play poker online in a safe responsible environment and forced us to play at sites prone to fraud, more likely to be involved in organized crime, and that don't take any measures to stop children from playing. Good Job!

I can only hope your asinine efforts to help Republicans keep control of the Senate backfire and the people of this country wake up and send you and your crooked comrades packing.

Check out this 2+2 Forum thread to see the official responses of the major gaming sites: Click Here

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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Land of the Free, Yeah Right

For all of you that have been saying the government will never ban online poker it's to popular. Or don't worry the anti gambling bill still has to go for a vote in the Senate and it will never pass there. Guess what? They did it. Senate majority leader Bill Frist(R)Tenn. managed to attach anti gaming language to a ports security bill that was rushed through congress late last night. This legislation's main focus was on port security. and there was no recorded vote as no one in congress wants to be pro- terrorist.

The legislation is not aimed at poker players themselves but at site operators and the financial institutions that fund player's accounts. Here is a good summary of the legislation. You can also read more about the subject at Poker News.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

National Right for Online Gambling

NROG's Radio Men up to the Task
by Emily Swoboda (IGN)

Two veterans of the radio broadcasting business are mounting a campaign against legislative attempts to take away American citizens' right to gamble online.

Brian Jakusik and Jay Bailey, who worked together in radio for seven years, have started a non-profit organization with the primary goal of making the American public more aware of the online gambling industry. Their creation, the National Right for Online Gambling (NROG), got of the ground

"We can't make people's minds up," Jakusik, executive director, said. "All we can do is provide them with the other side. There's so much free publicity out there right now for the bill and it's all bad publicity. It's all arrests; it's all racketeering charges and things of that nature and that's all the American people are seeing. And what I think we're going to be able to do is provide the other side of the coin so they can become as outraged as we are."

Bailey was an on-air radio personality for 12 years, and Jakusik was in the industry for 16 years as a general manager and sales executive at several stations. The duo intends to use their skill sets and backgrounds in radio and advertising to launch a major media campaign. Read More.......


Join the Fight http://www.saveonlinegaming.com



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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Hollywood Poker Girls



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Friday, September 15, 2006

Blogger Poker Tour Season II

Season II of poker.com's Blogger Poker Tour is finally here and is offering bloggers a chance at over $25,000 in cash and prizes.

The tour is totally free and open to any blog owner or author. This season consists of a series of 7 preliminary $500 freeroll tournaments, each one hosted by a different blog. Players will be awarded points based on their finish in each event with the top 20 points holders competing for a seat to the Aussie Millions along with many more prizes.

There is also going to be a blogger flown to Melbourne, Australia, to cover the Aussie Millions main event on behalf of Poker.com.
1st Prize
Go to the 2007 Aussie Millions
Crown Casino, Melbourne, Australia, Jan 2007

What You Win
Aussie Millions Seat: $10,000
Travel and Spending Money: $2,500
poker.com and Blogger Poker Tour VIP Package


The first event is scheduled for Sept 26, 2006 and you can register and find full details by clicking here.


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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Your Help Needed To Save Online Poker

From Michael Bolcerek, Poker Players Alliance President:

Dear PPA Member:

Your urgent action is needed! On September 12th the Poker Players Alliance with the support of leading poker blogs and forums, PocketFives.com, Wicked Chops Poker and others are organizing a “Phone March” on Capitol Hill. From 9:00 AM Eastern Time, until 5:30 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 12th, we are asking all PPA members and anyone interested in defending poker to call this toll free number, 800-289-1136 and be patched through to one of your two U.S. Senators in Washington D.C. When you call the 800 number you will hear a recording from fellow PPA member Greg “Fossilman” Raymer and then you will be prompted to enter your five digit zip code so you can be directed, free of charge, to your Senator’s office.

Note: The 800 number will only be active between 9:00 AM EST and 5:30 PM EST on Tuesday September 12.

Key points you should make:

* I am voter in your state.
* I strongly oppose any legislation that would prohibit online poker, and urge the Senator to vote against such legislation.
* Poker is a skill game enjoyed by 70 Million Americans.
* The Senator should seek to regulate online poker much like the government regulates other forms of gaming, like lotteries.
* Prohibitions don’t work. Any legislation that tries to ban online poker will only drive those players underground.
* Again, I urge the Senator to oppose any attempts to prohibit me from playing the great American game of poker on the Internet.

The threat to poker is real. Please forward this information to everyone you know who cares about poker and an American’s freedom to use the Internet. We need everyone possible to make their voice heard on September 12th!

Sincerely,

Michael Bolcerek

President

Poker Players Alliance

I am going to do this and I encourage anyone who wishes to continue to play poker online to also call. It will only take 5 min of your day and all you have to do is mention the bullet points above.


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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Paradise Poker CEO Peter Dicks Arrested

Another poker site is due to bite the dust. Peter Dicks, Chairman of Sportingbet, the company that owns Paradise Poker has been arrested and is being held by U.S authorities pending a hearing. Read more....

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Poker.com FreeRolls

The Blogger Poker Tour is a seasonal series of $500 freerolls, each hosted by a different blog & blogger. Season two is set to begin Sept 2nd 2006.

The top 4 players from each freeroll gain entry to the end of season grand final event, where the main prizes are decided.

This season we are looking at a grand prize of a seat to the Aussie Millions!

Its not to late to sign up!

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Redsraiders Freeroll Tonight

Red's is sponsoring a freeroll tonight at Titan Poker. To get the password just visit her site's forum and look under the password topic. http://redsraiders.com/forum

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Red's Raiders

reds raidersCheckout Redeyed's new poker league which has been formed in response to Pokerchamps banning of U.S. accounts. Red was the administrator of their league and always comes up with the best deals. She lists passwords for a lot of freerolls so its worth the time to sign-up and join a great bunch of online players.

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Net Neutrality and Online Poker



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Is Tony G Poker Safe?

According to the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta web site, they licence 4 online poker sites (http://cert.lga.org.mt/)

  • gamesgrid.com
  • pokerchamps.com
  • poker4ever.com
  • redstarpoker.com

Of these four, pokerchamps and poker4ever have recently closed U.S. accounts. I spoke with redstar and was told they presently allow U.S accounts but they couldn't assure me that they would not being closing them in the immediate future.

Gamesgrid has not responded to my requests for information but it is my understanding that they and Tony G Poker are both owned and licenced by Skill Games Ltd. so if they enacted a ban it would include Tony G Poker.

With the closing of U.S. accounts at 50% of the LGA licenced poker sites of which tonygpoker.com is part of. Can Tony really assure U.S. players that their money is safe at his site. That they will not be banned in the near future unless further legislation is enacted to clearly make internet poker illegal in the U.S. and if such were to take place they would be giving a reasonable amount of time to withdraw their funds?

From what Tony has told me at his blog he has no administrative control at Tony G Poker which leads me to believe he can't personally make the above guarantees and that any U.S player depositing at his site is taking a huge risk.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Pokerchamps, Betfair Scam

As you have read, last week Pokerchamps, a site owned by Betfair decided to close all U.S. Accounts and gave those customers 24 hours to withdraw their funds.

Needless to say there are a lot of pissed off Americans and rightly so. It's still not know if this was a knee jerk reaction to the recent arrest of BetOnSports CEO David Carruthers, or if it has been in the works by Betfair.(here after referred to as BF as I can't bring my self to type the word "fair" when I refer to them any longer)

BF purchased Pokerchumps back in November of 05 and had a policy in place at that time which excluded American accounts. This was a big concern by all Pokerchump's U.S. affiliates that had been working diligently to bring new players to the site since it's inception 2 years earlier. I am one of those in that boat. I spammed Party Poker so fiercely that they added pokerchamps.com to the word filter to deter my actions. Pokerchamps would never have gotten off the ground if it wasn't for the hard work of its affiliates.

It was for this reason that the question was asked many times, "will we Americans be able to continue to play and will affiliate programs be affected by this purchase". We were told by the then CEO of Pokerchumps Tony G (poker pro) that we would be allowed to play and our affiliates programs would not be in jeopardy. This was also confirmed by BF card room manager Ben Fried (sounds like a joke, but that's his name) Tony has since come out and said he is sorry for what has happened. I assume this means he was not party to this and that BF had not planned to exclude U.S. accounts all along as they said in their account closing explanation.

During the 24 hour time period given for us to get our money out, pokerchamps.com was conveniently not functioning properly and most players were not even able to access the cashier portion of the site to withdraw their money. Also many are now complaining that they can't even get a response to there e-mails in regards to this matter.

Put your boots on because the shit gets even deeper. Many have suggested that players having problems cashing out should contact the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta which licences and supposedly regulates casinos under its jurisdiction such as Pokerchamps. Come to find out tho, Kevin Mikkelsen, who is calling the shots at Pokerchamps since Tony G left, is also on the board of directors of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta. (read more) Tell me this doesn't stink of corruption and fraud. The fox guarding the hen house.

I can only hope that the Justice Department get's wind of this and finds reason to put BF, Pokerchamps and the Malta Gaming executives on it's list of scumbags to prosecute.

To any Europeans planning on playing at BF Poker be advised BF is also licenced by the lotteries and Gamming Authority of Malta. (read more)

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Monday, July 24, 2006

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Pokerchamps Closes U.S. Accounts

Wow, I haven't been screwed like this is a long, long time. Here is the e-mail I received from Pokerchamps today:

Dear ,

As part of the recent upgrade, PokerChamps has performed a system change that begins the process of moving to a new platform. We have also incorporated geo-location software which enables us to implement a long standing and consistent Group Company policy of not permitting access to individuals in the United States. Affected individuals have until tomorrow 21st July 2006 at 12pm EST/5pm BST to withdraw funds after which time accounts will be locked and funds returned by arrangement with our customer service team. Please contact SUPPORT@POKERCHAMPS.COM with any queries.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your contributions to the PokerChamps community, and we wish you all the very best in your poker playing future.

Yours Sincerely,

PokerChamps Management Team


What a crock of shit this is. When Betfair bought Pokerchamps back in November of 05 support was peppered with e-mail questions regarding American players being able to play on the site and if we will be able to keep are affiliates and the response to both was yes.yes no problem. Guess what? they screwed us royally. David Yu, CEO of Betfair has proved himself to to a thief in no less than 6 months at the helm and Tony G you were the one that assured us all that our affiliate programs were not in jeopardy. Did you really have no advance notice that this was coming. If you were getting screwed by Betfair why didn't you let us know before they stuck it to us. Is this the kind of loyality we can expect if we promote your new site?

If your a non-American presently playing poker or sports betting at Betfair look at the ethical standards of the company your dealing with. If they well do it to us, they will do it to you. Many, Many people have been working very hard to promote and support Pokerchamps and the thanks they get is instant account closure, deletion of affiliate compensation and even inability to remove all the funds presently in there accounts.

David Yu joins the likes of Ken Lay and Enron and if there is any justice he will follow in his foot steps and drop dead. He needs to hope I never happen across his sorry ass.

The executives at Betfair have given you a very clear picture of what you can expect in dealings with them and if you continue to support Pokerchamps or Betfair you are a fool.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

CEO of BetOnSports Arrested in USA

Apparently the US Attorney General and the FBI are not going to wait for Congress to reform the Wire Act. They are going try and enforce this antiquated law as it stands. They also seem to think its a good idea to apply this law to foreign businessmen operating on foreign soil. I'm sure glad the US Government is looking out for my interests by protecting me from these British terrorists. Lord knows I'm to retarded to make competent decisions on how to spend my own money.
U.S. cracking down on offshore betting industry

By Michael McCarthy, USA TODAY

When the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill cracking down on Internet gambling last week, David Carruthers, CEO of online gaming company Bet On Sports, was one of the most outspoken critics of the proposed law. The 49-year-old British executive has more immediate problems to worry about. Federal agents arrested Carruthers on Sunday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as he made his way from the company's offices in London to Costa Rica.

As part of a wide-ranging probe of what the American Gaming Association says is a $12 billion online gambling industry, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway unsealed a 22-count indictment charging racketeering, conspiracy and fraud against Carruthers, 10 others and four companies Monday. A warrant was sworn out for the arrest of 47-year-old company founder Gary Kaplan. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry also approved the government's request to bar Bet On Sports from accepting bets from this country and forcing it to refund money to U.S. account holders. The FBI has ordered four phone companies to shut off service to the company.

The arrest of Carruthers, a longtime British racing industry executive who joined Bet On Sports in 2000, is setting off alarm bells in Europe and the Caribbean, where the offshore casino industry is based. Bet On Sports asked for its stock to be suspended on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Shares of British gaming stocks, such as industry leader Party Gaming, fell Tuesday in heavy trading, wiping out more than $1 billion in value.

"The No. 1 topic at every board meeting today is 'Am I next?' " says Internet gambling attorney Lawrence Walters. "There's a high degree of concern now that the government has made it clear they think they can prosecute foreign citizens at foreign corporations."

The House bill is the first shot in an attack by the federal government on a foreign industry that considers itself beyond the reach of U.S. law — while generating most of its revenue from U.S. customers. An estimated 23 million Americans play casino games such as poker and blackjack online, according to the Poker Players Alliance.

The Justice Department says online gambling is illegal under the Federal Wire Act of 1961. While authorities have not pursued individual bettors playing poker on their home or office PC, they have gone after some gaming executives.

Despite generating half or more of their revenue from U.S. customers, online gaming companies maintain U.S. laws don't apply to them because they're located in places where online gaming is legal, such as England, Costa Rica and Gibraltar.

U.S. Attorney Hanaway promised the indictments are "but one step in a series of actions designed to punish and seize the profits of individuals who disregard federal and state laws" during a news conference Monday. That means top casino executives will have to worry about personal exposure if they try to catch a connecting flight in the USA, as did Carruthers, says Walters.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Act passed by the House on July 11 would strengthen the 1961 law by barring banks and credit card companies from collecting for Internet casinos. The bill's main supporter in the Senate, Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., issued a statement Tuesday saying the indictment strengthens the need for legislation to ban Internet gambling.

"I am hopeful that legislation I intend on moving through the Senate this year will provide the Justice Department with the tools necessary to continue aggressively pursuing those that wish to circumvent the rules and engage in this sort of illegal activity," the statement said.

A broad coalition of sports leagues, including the NFL and NCAA, and family rights groups supports the bill. Supporters add the proposed law would stop Internet gambling from spreading to cellphones and other new mediums.

"The House properly recognized that betting via the Internet already is illegal in this country," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says. "This bill reinforces the law and would place significant impediments on the operations of fly-by-night offshore Internet gambling companies."

But critics charge the government would be better off regulating and taxing the online gambling industry. Their biggest complaint: The current bill provides exceptions for state-regulated lotteries such as Powerball and horse racing while cracking down on casino games.

"This bill's advocates proclaim the immorality of online gaming and shout it will destroy our society — unless you're betting on horse races," declared U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., on the floor of the House during the bill debate.

Michael Bolcerek, president of the Poker Players Alliance, adds, "Prohibitions don't work. Poker players will find a way to play. This won't stop anything. It will just drive people underground."
When the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill cracking down on Internet gambling last week, David Carruthers, CEO of online gaming company Bet On Sports, was one of the most outspoken critics of the proposed law. The 49-year-old British executive has more immediate problems to worry about. Federal agents arrested Carruthers on Sunday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as he made his way from the company's offices in London to Costa Rica.

As part of a wide-ranging probe of what the American Gaming Association says is a $12 billion online gambling industry, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway unsealed a 22-count indictment charging racketeering, conspiracy and fraud against Carruthers, 10 others and four companies Monday. A warrant was sworn out for the arrest of 47-year-old company founder Gary Kaplan. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry also approved the government's request to bar Bet On Sports from accepting bets from this country and forcing it to refund money to U.S. account holders. The FBI has ordered four phone companies to shut off service to the company.

The arrest of Carruthers, a longtime British racing industry executive who joined Bet On Sports in 2000, is setting off alarm bells in Europe and the Caribbean, where the offshore casino industry is based. Bet On Sports asked for its stock to be suspended on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Shares of British gaming stocks, such as industry leader Party Gaming, fell Tuesday in heavy trading, wiping out more than $1 billion in value.

"The No. 1 topic at every board meeting today is 'Am I next?' " says Internet gambling attorney Lawrence Walters. "There's a high degree of concern now that the government has made it clear they think they can prosecute foreign citizens at foreign corporations."

The House bill is the first shot in an attack by the federal government on a foreign industry that considers itself beyond the reach of U.S. law — while generating most of its revenue from U.S. customers. An estimated 23 million Americans play casino games such as poker and blackjack online, according to the Poker Players Alliance.

The Justice Department says online gambling is illegal under the Federal Wire Act of 1961. While authorities have not pursued individual bettors playing poker on their home or office PC, they have gone after some gaming executives.

Despite generating half or more of their revenue from U.S. customers, online gaming companies maintain U.S. laws don't apply to them because they're located in places where online gaming is legal, such as England, Costa Rica and Gibraltar.

U.S. Attorney Hanaway promised the indictments are "but one step in a series of actions designed to punish and seize the profits of individuals who disregard federal and state laws" during a news conference Monday. That means top casino executives will have to worry about personal exposure if they try to catch a connecting flight in the USA, as did Carruthers, says Walters.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Act passed by the House on July 11 would strengthen the 1961 law by barring banks and credit card companies from collecting for Internet casinos. The bill's main supporter in the Senate, Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., issued a statement Tuesday saying the indictment strengthens the need for legislation to ban Internet gambling.

"I am hopeful that legislation I intend on moving through the Senate this year will provide the Justice Department with the tools necessary to continue aggressively pursuing those that wish to circumvent the rules and engage in this sort of illegal activity," the statement said.

A broad coalition of sports leagues, including the NFL and NCAA, and family rights groups supports the bill. Supporters add the proposed law would stop Internet gambling from spreading to cellphones and other new mediums.

"The House properly recognized that betting via the Internet already is illegal in this country," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says. "This bill reinforces the law and would place significant impediments on the operations of fly-by-night offshore Internet gambling companies."

But critics charge the government would be better off regulating and taxing the online gambling industry. Their biggest complaint: The current bill provides exceptions for state-regulated lotteries such as Powerball and horse racing while cracking down on casino games.

"This bill's advocates proclaim the immorality of online gaming and shout it will destroy our society — unless you're betting on horse races," declared U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., on the floor of the House during the bill debate.

Michael Bolcerek, president of the Poker Players Alliance, adds, "Prohibitions don't work. Poker players will find a way to play. This won't stop anything. It will just drive people underground."

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Tony G Poker

Tony G has launched his new site. I would like to review it and see how it stacks up but unless you are running one of the following operating systems you can't access the site. Windows 98se, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP. I guess the times are changing and I should bail on Windows 98 but its hard to teach old dogs new tricks. I'm damn sure not going to adjust my operating system just to play on Tony's site.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

One Pissed Off American Citizen

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4111 yesterday by a vote of 317 to 93.
How much longer "are we the people" going to put up with this bullshit. This bill will restrict 25 million Americans from playing poker online but allows online horse race betting and lottery ticket purchases.

Supporters of this bill say online poker supports drug dealers and terrorists by providing a front for money laundering. That the owners of these sites prey on children and addicted gamblers. Give me a freaking break! Have they lost their minds. Do they really think Party Poker is run by Osama Bin Laden from a cave in Afhganistan. Or is it that "we the people" are just not as important as the good buddy network and its circle of palm greasers. That is until election time rolls around when we are bombarded with posters of snakes in the grass. All disguised as clean cut, well tailored, up standing citizens who want to make a personal sacrifice and represent us in government. Yeah right, I'm not buying it anymore.

I for one am sick and tired of allowing this country to be governed by lawyers and businessmen that are motivated by greed and self interest with no concern for the desires of the people they represent. Such as Rep. Mike the moron McIntyre(D,NC) that voted in favor of this bill on my behalf. Even after I and many others sent e-mails and letters to his office expressing our desire to have online poker regulated for the purpose of generating tax revenues. Does adding billions of dollars to the tax base sound like a good idea. Apparently not to Mikey, but I have to make that assumption as Mikey didn't feel it was important enough to respond to my e-mail with his position on the matter prior to voting on this ridiculous bill.

Mr McIntyre be advised, not only will I not be voting for you in future elections but I will be actively campaigning to see that you are never elected to any office ever again. If this bill happens to pass into law, I will have quite a bit of time on my hands that was previous spent playing online poker. Guess what I'll be doing with it. Be sure to visit my new web site: mikes-a-moron.com (coming soon)

Now I'm going to plaster this post on as many click exchanges as I can. Here is a list of other morons that voted for this bill. See if your Rep. is on it.

Fellow bloggers If you stumble across this post please comment, trackback or link to this post. Thanks very, very much!

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Bounty Player Freeroll

bounty hunter freeroll Today was the first in a series of bountyplayer.com blogger freerolls. Hosted at CD Poker it was a ton of fun.

All entrants were given a free coupon so they could register to hunt for bounties. Whenever a short stack entered a hand you were really tempted to go after his bounty which increased the excitement as well as adding a new dymnamic to the game. I took down three bounties and ended up finishing 5th.

I really enjoyed the tourney and look forward to the next event which is scheduled for Sept. the 10th. It's not to late to sign-up and play. See this post for more information on bountyplayer.com


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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Donkeys Fish and Dogs?



Hollywood Poker
Where the stars come to play
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Friday, July 07, 2006

Tony G at the WSOP

Most of us who play at Pokerchamps know Tony G, one of the bad boys of poker. He was once the topdog at Pokerchamps and called the shots.(CEO) Well he is playing in a bunch of the WSOP events and is updating his progress on his blog. Here is his RSS site feed.




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The Golden Egg

Poker Chaos is less than 5 months old yet there is a tremendous amount of information here. Most of it pertains to poker some of it does not. Just goes to show I have way to much time on my hands.

The amount of time spent writing a post is minimal. Its the research, image creation and collection of links that is the most time consuming. Some of the best information on these pages is not obvious, there are many golden eggs hiding within these pages. For example, most of the pictures on this site are links, some of which might surprise you. If you just pop in from a search engine and don't look around, I assure you, your missing out on some good stuff. Want to find a specific topic, try the search this blog feature at the very top of this page.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Latest on HR 4777

I wanted to share with you the latest e-mail from the Poker Players Alliance:
Dear PPA Member:

Thank you for standing with the Poker Players Alliance to protect poker. Our voices are being heard in Washington, D.C. Over the past few weeks more than 15 thousand letters have been sent to Capitol Hill telling Congress to keep poker legal. We believe this has helped to slow the bill down, but the U.S. House of Representatives is poised to vote on the online gambling prohibition as early as July 11th.

This week (July 2 – 9), the U.S. House is on Congressional recess and most Representatives are working from their offices back in your state. Now is a good time to call your Representative’s local office and tell them to oppose, H.R. 4777, the Internet Gaming Prohibition Act.

How do I call my Representative?

Simple. Click here.
Then using your zip code you can find your Representative.

What do I say?

Rep. XXX, should oppose H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.

Regulation of online poker is a more sensible solution than an outright ban.

Rep. XX should become a cosponsor of H.R. 5474. This bill requires Congress to objectively examine how Internet gambling can be regulated and taxed rather than driven underground.

Americans know that prohibitions don’t work. Congress should ensure that I can continue to enjoy poker on the Internet in a safe and regulated environment and not make the same mistake.

Telling American adults how to use their hard-earned money, whether on e-bay or on playing internet poker is not the federal government’s job, and I object to Rep XXX deputizing banks to monitor my debits and credits.

Again, it is essential that you make your voice heard. Please call!

Sincerely,

Michael Bolcerek, president
Poker Players Alliance



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Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Poker Chaos Banner Collection

I find it humorous how all the poker sites are constantly creating new banners and graphics for their affiliates to use in their marketing campaigns. They all seem to include, chips, cash and a couple of aces or big slick. They use lots of flash animation and plenty of bright colors. It's like they are trying to create the feeling of a casino all within a 125 x 125 pixel window.

Big breasted woman seem to be the latest addition ad exec's have chosen to incorporate. As if running your mouse over the voluptuous curves of a showgirl's photo is going to make you scramble to their site to deposit. Even Doyle's latest ad has Pamela Anderson leaning over to give Dolly a kiss on the cheek.

I, like many poker players subsidize my poker bankroll with affiliate promotion and have access to all the promotional materials. I seldom put up a banner ads for poker sites at PokerChaos but that doesn't mean I'm not tempted. When the text ads I put at the bottom of every post don't satisfy my marketing desires, I go to Banner Hell and look at what a circus a bunch of banners would create. Not that there is anything wrong with a circus. If your a clown.

Banner Hell is one of the largest poker banner collection on the net. For that matter It might be the only poker banner collection on the net. That is a collection with nothing but banners and no text to screw it up. It could also qualify as the most useless site on the net if George Bush were to take down http://www.whitehouse.gov.

I'll have to keep adding banners and if you run across a site with more of them, or if you think you got what it takes to be the banner king, let me know.

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Poker.com BPT Winner






Get Flash


The Blogger Poker Tour at poker.com has come to an end. Congratulations EgonOlsen the first ever winner of the tour. Egon won a seat to WSOP main event.

OhioMike took down the 2nd place prize of a 30 inch Dell LCD monitor.

Kdollar00 won the Poker.com Poker Table.

And Lightning36, TheBigSurprise, Skinski, Canoeg, I'mJustHere4TheBeer, PureChaos & Phreux all won themselves a Poker.com iPod Nano.

The tour was fun even tho the best finish I had was eighth, bloggers are a tough crowd. I'm going to remove the BPT logo from the side bar and store it here until next year. To be honest I'm about sick of looking at it.


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Friday, June 30, 2006

2006 WSOP Coverage

It's underway and there is some good info already flowing out of Sin City.

  • Pauly from the Tao of Poker is blogging it live.
  • Pokerlistings.com is dragging a camera and mic around the hallways of the big Vegas hotels in search of the pro's. Check out the Andy Bloch interview.
  • Brad "Otis" Willis is blogging it for the Poker Stars Blog.
  • Lots of good stuff at Cardplayer.com The official online source for live updates. (I wonder how much money it takes to buy that title?)
  • Bluff magazine is doing a live radio broadcast via Sirius Radio. Maybe we will see some archives posted for us poor folk. They also feature what they call the Bombshell Reporters which are part of their media team. Seems a waste to have these beauties reporting for a "radio" broadcast but I guess you have to get the pro's attention to get a interview. I know I'd stop and talk to them.


Doyles Room
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www.doylesroom.com

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

FREE Sucks

It appears that poker players are so deluged with free money, freerolls and free offers that they have become oblivious to it all.Pointing to Pocket Pro Its not just poker sites, its all over the internet. You see pop-ups that say "get your free laptop" or "free dinner for two". Has everyone come to believe that there is nothing for free? That even if its free, its not worth their time.

Pocket Pro is a website I developed that has a free offer associated with it. The site has a total of nine pages. I've had visitors load eight of the nine pages, some more that once but they avoid the one page that is associated with the word free like it is a virus that's going to delete their entire hard drive. It's amazing, I track all traffic to the site and the free page has yet to have a single visitor.

Even tho the site is new, it's clear I need to make some changes, but I'm not sure what to do. So I've put up this huge arrow to test my theory of the word FREE! Maybe it has to be BIG and FREE to get the traffic.

Doyles Room
the fastest growing online poker room.
www.doylesroom.com

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Pokerchamps to Launch a New Website

Here is the latest on Pokerchamps. This is from e-mail I received today.

Important News
PokerChamps Raises the Stakes!!

If you've been on any of the forums recently you'll have heard the rumours, so we thought it was time we came clean.

It has always been our goal to be the best poker room on the web and in the next few months you will have access to more players through PokerChamps. What does that mean??

More Tables
More Opponents
More Tournaments
More Variety

You'll still get everything you have come to expect from PokerChamps, and over the coming months a new website and some great new developments will help accomodate these exciting new changes.

Keep checking your emails and the website for details and good luck at the tables this week!

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

WSOP 2006

Welcome StratmanAlright, its that time of the year. The World Series of Poker kicks off Monday with the casino employee's NL event. It's followed by 37 other events leading up to the grand daddy of them all, the No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship. You can see a complete schedule of events here.

It's every poker player dream to win the big one. To get your picture up on the wall at Binions with the likes of Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar and Johnny Chan all of whom have won the main event twice.

Maybe this is my year. You never know, if Chris Moneymaker can do it, you got to figure just about anybody with the buyin and a major run of luck can pull it off. Lord knows I'm due with the luck part. As you can see by the pictures, I've got my hotel reservations and my bags are packed. Keep an eye out for me I'll be the guy with the shit eating grin and the PokerChaos T-shirt.WSOP Buy In Well, not really. I'll be listening to the event podcasts just like you guys but its nice to dream once in awhile.

I know Cardplayer.com has been chosen by Harrah's Casino to be the official media source for the 2006 WSOP and they plan on providing the following coverage:
  • live hand-by-hand reporting from the floor
  • streaming video of player interviews, event recaps and behind the scenes action
  • real-time chip counts
Card Player will also be the official content provider for www.worldseriesofpoker.com, the official World Series of Poker Internet site.

This years event will no doubt be the biggest to date and I for one, even tho I won't be there, am really looking forward to it.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Here it Comes




You know the one. It stabs you in the heart as it unfolds in slow motion. Your sitting fancy on the button and your feeling froggy. Your cards have been as cold as ice and your patience is running out . The dealer whips you a couple of cards, you take a peek and see the ladies smiling back at you. Pocket Queens, it's about time. Here is you chance to recover some of your loses.

It is checked around to you on the button and you aggressively toss out a big bet thinking you can at least steal the blinds when low and behold the big blind raises you. Your game goes into panic mode, what in the world does this guy have, Aces, Kings, Jacks, Big Slick? Against your gut feeling you call his bet and here it comes, "The Flop"

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Poker Blogs

It seems that as the bogisphere expands and poker blogs become more prevalent, the ones that are worth reading become fewer and fewer. No one really wants to hear the latest bad beat story, or the fact that a players bankroll increased from $37.50 to $71.00. The way to get traffic to a blog is by providing interesting content that gives visitors a reason to bookmark your site so they might actually return to see what's new.

As with most blogs, Poker Chaos has a blogroll, one that has become rather large at that. In Chaos's beginnings adding links, which is the foundation of the internet was a good way to provide content. Besides linking to other sites is a great way to get reciprocal links. That is if your fellow bloggers think your site warrants it.

With Poker Chaos's blogroll becoming so large, blogs that are worthy of attention seem to get lost in this very long list. I thought about doing some weeding so the better blogs might flourish, then on second thought, decided a better idea would be to bring these note worthy blogs to the top of the list.

In doing So, I have created the Blogs of Note Award. As I run across poker blogs that I feel stand out from the pack, I plan on doing a short post pointing them out and then adding them to a drop-down menu at the top of the blogroll. This will not only give me a list of blogs to visit but will provide a type of social book marking that I can share with you.

For the inaugural Bog of Note, I have chosen Wicked Chops Poker.com, "Proof that poker is a fad and has been since 1829". What a great blog, this blogger devotes a great deal of time, energy and effort in order to bring interesting, well written content to his readers. I give Wicked Chops my highest rating and I definitely want it on my blogs to watch list.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Site Navigation Tips

Easy Site Search (top of page)
If you have arrived here via a search engine such as Google or Yahoo, the subject you're looking for is here but you will have to do site search to find a list of posts that contain your search terms.

At the top of this page is bloggers search box. Type your search terms into the white box, click "Search This Blog" and you will be given a list of posts that contain these terms. You then click on the title of the post that you are interested in and that post will come to the top of the Poker Chaos Site. If for some reason you don't find what your looking for simply click your browsers "Back" button to return to Poker Chaos.

Dropdown Menus (top and right sidebar)
There is a tremendous amount of information on this site. The dropdown menus at the top of the page are designed to bring posts that you are interested in to the top of the page. Also the Archive and Resent Posts dropdown menus are post Navigation tools. The other dropdown menus in the right sidebar are links that will direct you to other sites and away from Poker Chaos. So be sure to Bookmark this Page Now! so you can return and enjoy more of this site.

Images
All images on the site are clickable links and will take your to the site the image is associated with or to a larger version of the image.

Text Links ( within a post)
Any text displayed in blue is a clickable link. These then turn to red once you have visited that link.

Technorati Tags (bottom of all posts)
These are clickable links that will take you to the Technorati site. There you will find other blogs that have written about the same subject as that of the tag you clicked on.

Poker News Scroll (right sidebar)
All the titles in the news scroll are clickable links that take you to another site where you can read about the subject.

Blogs-Forums-Links (right sidebar)
This is a list of mostly blogs. Some good, some bad, some really bad. Still a good source of information on poker in the blogisphere.




Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Oppose H.R. 4411, H.R. 4777

I know I'm harping on this subject but if these two bills were to pass into law I would not be able to play online poker or continue with this blog. Both of which are very important recreational activities for me. The following is a form letter that the Poker Players Alliance has put together that you can use to let your Congressmen know what you think of this impending legislation. They have it set up so you can edit the letter if you would like and PPA will automatically forward it the e-mail address you specify. No more excuses, It doesn't get any easier than this. Please take a moment and help the cause. (Poker Players Alliance Form Letter)

I am writing to urge you to oppose pending legislation that would limit the rights of individuals to play poker online. Currently, there are two bills in the House, H.R. 4411 introduced by Rep. James Leach, R-Iowa, and H.R. 4777 introduced by Rep. Robert Goodlatte, R-Va. And in the Senate, Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., is pushing similar legislation that he wants to introduce.

As an avid poker player, I feel strongly that these bills and any other legislation that deny Americans the right to play a game of skill such as poker on the Internet, seriously and egregiously violate my personal freedoms.

More than 70 million people today enjoy poker. And while most play at home, in taverns, or poker clubs, more than 23 million enjoy this game of skill with friends and family on the Internet. The possibility of the federal government stripping away this right to play online is very troubling to me. In fact, a recent survey of voting adults showed that more than 74 percent of Americans oppose federal efforts to ban online poker. Why would Congress try to enact legislation that is opposed by a majority of their constituency?

I do not believe that putting the word “Internet” in front of poker makes this great American game suspect. I am also very concerned about the legislation’s enforcement mechanisms, which would deputize private institutions like banks and Internet service providers (ISPs) to monitor the personal financial transactions and online habits of American citizens.

A more reasoned approach to Internet poker would be to tax and regulate it here in the United States, as we do with brick and mortar casinos.

Currently, online poker sites are based outside of the U.S. and are subject to regulatory regimes not under our government’s jurisdiction. Many of the most popular poker Web sites are public corporations, traded on the London Stock Exchange. They are required to follow auditing and accounting procedures set forth by the United Kingdom, our biggest ally in the war on terror. Additionally, these poker Web sites have employed state-of-the-art age verification technology to prevent children from gambling on the Internet.

If the U.S. government were to take a similar approach to regulating online poker as it does for land-based gambling, we can ensure a safe and regulated environment for Americans to play on the Internet.

Moreover, both federal and state governments could reap significant tax revenues from what is currently a $5 billion industry. Some of this money could be wisely spent on public education and services for problem gamblers.

From average citizens to presidents, generals, members of Congress, and Supreme Court justices, Americans have been playing poker for centuries, making it a rich part of our cultural heritage. Today, the evolution of game on the Internet should not be restricted by overarching government interference.

I urge you to take these concerns into consideration and oppose H.R. 4411, H.R. 4777, and the Kyl proposal that will make outlaws of poker players who enjoy the game online.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Pokerchamps Security Breach?

There is a new site that is providing tourney stats for Pokerchamps players. It bills itself as knowing your stats before you do. Here is their introduction:
"This site provides the most detailed statistics available on players from the best poker room on the net, PokerChamps

Data is collected from PokerChamps every 45 mins. and includes all tournaments played on PokerChamps except from Free Rolls.
Results from any tournaments played on PokerChamps since 04-22-06 is included in the stats calculation.

This site is absolutely non profit and is motivated from our passion for poker and is also our modest contribution to PokerChamps ongoing success, now and in the future."
Besides the Hall of Fame and Hall of Shame the site offers a search feature that allows you to find individual players and gives you the following info:
  • Nickname
  • Location
  • Date Added
  • No of Tourneys
  • Final Tables Made
  • Tourneys Lost
  • Profit
  • Win Rate Ratio
I have found this site to be quite interesting and plan on using it during tourneys at champs to help in developing my player profiles and will be adding a few abbreviations to my shorthand notes. (Read More on Notes)
  • TRN for Tourneys Won
  • FT for Final Tables
  • WR for Win Ratio
Now for the question of the day. Is this information an invasion of privacy. Some players I've talked to feel that it is. Most of the information they provide is public anyway by simply visiting the tourney lobby but the site does include your specific location which is more information than that shown at Champs. Which brings to question how are they getting this information. Has this site hacked into the site and they have access to passwords or additional personal information.

Maybe Tony G or OZ Loki, someone with an insiders look might be able to give us some insight. From the research I've done the site is not owned or controlled by Pokerchamps Inc, but is licenced to a player that I have seen on the site.

I know this site has been brought to the attention Champs and if they have some type of security breach I certainly hope they will investigate. Untill that time I plan on securing this info for my own use as fast as I can. Its the small edges that make the difference.

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Joanna Krupa Plays at Titan Poker


According to the latest Titan newsletter:
Yes! Joanna Krupa, the World's Hottest Swimsuit Model really does play at Titan Poker tables!

"It was so much fun interacting with other Titan players. It's really a game that is addicting, once I started playing it was hard for me to stop..."

Joanna played at our tables on June 1 and June 5. Did players believe that she was really Joanna Krupa? "I had a few people say that is is probably my publicist pretending to be me....I tried to prove to those that it really was me and I think it worked."

Joanna will be back at our tables soon! Joanna plays exclusively at Titan Poker!

Now is it just me wondering or what? Does the thought of playing poker with a swimsuit model really attract players to a site. What would be the attraction, bragging rights to your buddies, "hey I got sucked out on by a super model last night". Is the imagination of the 18 to 24 year old male, the demographic this ploy is targeted at, really strong enough that they could actually conjure up images of a bikini clad model by merely staring at a computer icon spitting out text into a cartoon bubble. Lets do a little experiment. Read this statement of Miss Krupa's.
"It was so much fun interacting with other Titan players. It's really a game that is addicting, once I started playing it was hard for me to stop..."
Did the little voice in your head make this sound like Marilyn Monroe or whatever woman's voice your mind applies when its speaking in the female form. Read it again, it will this time. The audio part I can understand, but the visual part I might need some help with. Maybe they could give Joanna her own icon.

It seems that the marketing experts at Titan Poker know that sex sells. I get more hits from people searching for Sabina Gadeski, the new hostess of the WPT than all other searches combined. It appears as if the male poker player when not at the table is not trying to improve his game with poker strategy but wants to see his favorite poker hostess naked. Makes me wonder if I shouldn't become the Larry Flint of Poker and publish a blog called Poker Sluts.

I have to admit Ms Krupa is a very attractive woman but from my experience, no matter how sexy or how good looking a woman is, somebody, somewhere is glad the bitch is gone.

If you want to see more of this young lady and let me tell you, there is more. You can check out the links below but take my advise, don't mix poker and porn. Pick your game by the number of fish, not foxes at the table.

http://www.gorillamask.net/joannakrupa.shtml
http://bodsforthemods.com/gallery/Joanna-Krupa/index.php
http://glam0ur.com/gals/cybergirls/joanna_krupa/joanna_krupa.htm

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Poker Highlights and SEO

Ok, so your wondering what the hell is SEO. It stands for Search Engine optimization and it pertains to getting the highest search engine ranking of your website or blog. What does this have to do with poker? Nothing so down load this Poker Video while I explain why I even mention the subject on a poker blog. (The Video is cool)



Trying to get traffic to a blog is every authors goal. Why? Who knows, maybe its to get some kind of recognition for their hard work. Maybe some think the additional traffic might actually click on one of the ads or sign up as an affiliate on one of the poker sites listed in the menu on the right. (go ahead, do it I dare you)

One of the tricks to getting visitors to your blog is getting a good rating with search engines like Google and Yahoo. This is what SEO is all about. Some companies pay big buck to hire experts to make suggestions on how they can get a better listing with these search engines.

I have read that some unscrupulous kinds resort to what is called keyword stuffing. This is considered bad behavior and frowned upon. Sort of like spamming. These low lives put top keywords into their sites even tho these words have nothing to do with the subject of their site. Example: if I were to say, visit this site to see a wild sex orgy with Jennifer Anniston, Angelina Jolie, Shakira and Brad Pitt. Now I would never do something like this and it really irks me when I see this. Do people really search the web looking for "wild sex orgies with Jennifer Anniston, Angelina Jolie, Shakira and Brad Pitt." Maybe if your Paris Hilton naked with Jaleel White getting drunk at the 2006 World Cup. I guess there could even be some weirdo searching to see if Britney Spears and Ann Coulter are scheduled to compete in the WWE main event but I think not. I could see some impatient housewife wanting to see the latest pictures of Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt in Hello Magazine. I think I'll just wait until they are posted in the Wikipedia.

Now the big question is, would using the current top 15 searched phrases listed below really help with your search engine rating?

1. Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
2. World Cup 2006
3. Angelina Jolie
4. Shakira
5. WWE
6. Wikipedia
7. Paris Hilton
8. Britney Spears
9. Jennifer Aniston
10. RuneScape
11. Jaleel White
12. Rihanna
13. Hello Magazine
14. Ann Coulter
15. Limewire

I don't know but I'll let you know tomorrow. For now I'm off to play a little RuneScape while I listen to Rihanna and download Limewire.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Blogger Freeroll

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When: Sunday July 9th 4:00pm est
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Monday, June 05, 2006

Poker Notes

Having slowed down in the amount of time I've spent at the tables lately, a resent session reminded me of just how important note taking is when it come to online poker. With players coming and going so frequently, taking notes is a must. A player that I have developed a good profile on, might disappear for a month or two. When he returns, it might ring a bell but I'm not likely to remember his complete style of play without my trusty notes.

Sure, I know you don't take notes because it distracts you from the game or you have some super human intellect. You might even have a pornographic memory like I do, but the truth is, if you were to place note takers into one category and non-note takes in another, you would find the note taking category to be mostly winners.

I can't tell you the number of times my notes have been crucial in helping me make a correct decision in a difficult situation. Once you have advanced past the big hand go, bad hand fold stage of poker. you will find that it is the small edges that make the difference in your winning ability.

When I first started playing online it was at a site that didn't have a note taking feature. I started by creating a database in MS Works. I set it up with pre formatted descriptions such as Loose, Tight, Aggressive or Passive and I could just place a "X" beside the characteristic that applied.. This saved me a ton of typing as I only had to enter the players nickname.

As most sites added online note taking, I reluctantly abandoned my database for the easier search function of online player notes. The main problem with this was, I was now had to type in all my observations. This problem was tackled when I discovered a short hand system on the 2+2 forum. (The Post) This system was largely based on feedback from Poker Tracker but it did give me some good ideas in developing my own shorthand system. I'm not going to give away all my secrets or deny you the fun of creating your own system but I will give you a brief look at a typical player note of mine:

Just kidding, but I have been accused of being a bit anal with my record keeping. My system is patterned after what you have seen above in the 2+2 post along with some of the suggestions I've found at these sites:

Tips4poker.com
Tightpoker.com
Pokerfan.com

The bottom line is that you want a shorthand system that is easy to remember yet provides you with a method of tracking patterns in a players game. The amount of detail you incorporate is up to you but I guarantee if you will start taking notes, you will see a day when it wins you a big pot you wouldn't have won otherwise.


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