Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Truth in Advertising

I don't want you to think that I'm promoting this site, because I'm not. I know nothing about this site other than the affiliate section is about as hard to navigate as the Amazon River at the height of the monsoon season. I do have to admit that the ad did crack me up and that's the only reason i've posted it. If their players suck half as bad as the affiliate site does, you should be able to get rich there. Don't bother clicking on the banner, it will take you nowhere. Same as their affiliate section did to me. Turnabout is fair play.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

A little Birdy Told Me.

Welcome to Strat's gossip column. I have it on good authority that there will soon be a new poker site in town. A professional player who has recently ended his affiliation with a well known poker site has decided to start his own

I know, just what we need another online poker site. This unnamed pro is apparently willing to invest his passion for the game, knowledge of the industry, and a large chunk of his bankroll in an effort to produce a site of note.

I have been told that a development and marketing team has been formed and we can expect a beta version within 45 days. This is quite a risk in todays competitive online poker market, even if you ignore the ever looming ban of online poker for Americans.

Just recently launched Jungle Poker has invested several million dollars to get up and running, including $100,000 in freeroll money they gave away last month. I stopped in there today and found less than 100 players at their ring games. I clear sign that online poker is a tough nut to crack without network affiliation.

Keep checking back, I'll post more information when Tweety returns.

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Blogger Championship Tournament

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Write Your Congressman

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed review of H.R. Bill 4777 (legislation banning online poker) by a vote of 25 to 11. At this point the bill is forwarded to the House of Representatives for discussion and vote.

It's time to get involved. I watched a webcast of the proceedings. As you would expect there is mention of how a bill similar to this was shot down previously by the lobbying efforts of Jack Abramhoff and it appeared to me that this bill has been introduced by Rep Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) as some form of political retribution.

During the discussions there is talk of money laundering, organized crime and even the suggestion that online gambling is funding terrorist activities. There is talk of wanting to protect the State's Attorney Generals as they are the ones that should be deciding who gets the biggest share of the gambling pie and not unregulated offshore corporations.

One of the biggest arguments presented is that of "protecting children from being taken advantage of by any form of online predator". There was continued debate in regard to gambling in the form of horse and dog racing tracks. So much so, that at one point a vote to an amendment to the bill was called for with a yes vote to be indicated by saying "woof". Apparently the bill allows betting on horse racing over the internet but not on dog racing. One observation of mention is that throughout the entire 1 hour 21 minute discussion the word poker was only uttered one time.

Here is what the bills sponsor Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) had to say about gambling:

"I oppose gambling. I think it causes many problems in our society. Family problems. Problems with bankruptcy. Problems with minors gambling, Problems with gambling addiction, Problems with organized crime. Problems with money laundering. Even the possibility of terrorist organizations using these off shore sites, which in many cases are receiving almost no oversight, using them to raise money for terriost organizations and other criminal activities".


I'm sure these are the arguments you will see brought before the House of Representitives. Please take a few minutes and write you House Representative and let him know that you are against HR 4777 the proposed legislation that would stop us all from playing poker online.

Let them know that Party Poker is not run from some cave in Afghanistan. That the friends you play poker with online are not degenerate gamblers looking to take advantage of minors by stealing there lunch money.(how does a 12 year old get a credit card anyway.) Let them know that poker is a game of skill, where the outcome is not a totally random event that players have no control over, as in other forms of gambling. Let them know that the people they represent want online poker to be regulated and taxed, Its a 12 billion dollar industry that could be utilized for the good of the nation and that you and I don't want to see it banned.

I found a link today that provides a way to send a e-mail to your Congressman by filling out a online form. Like anything Government related it is a pain in the ass. It requires that you enter your 4 digit zip code extension. Not your zip code but the extension. The site does at least give you a means to find this 4 digit number that is the golden key to writing your Congressman online. Again I urge you to take a few minutes and write your Congressman, I did.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Congress wants to ban my blog

I received an alarming notice from the Poker Player Alliance. I had known that Congress was trying to put a ban on the transfer of monies involved with online poker by enacting House Bill H.R. 4777, but today it came to my attention that the proposed bill will also require internet service providers (ISP's) to remove links to gambling related sites.

Whoooooa Nelly, back the freaking horse up. Are you telling me that my Blog will be shut down because it is gambling related. That not only will I be stopped from playing poker online but I can't even talk about it. Guys, this legislation is dangerous. It seriously stomps on our constitutional rights.

In the poker forums I visit the general consensus is that there is no way this bill will pass. That its not a threat yet because its only in the House of Representatives and would still have to make it through the Senate. This may be the case, but please be aware of how difficult it would be to overturn this legislation if it were to pass and keep in mind the bone head moves our Government has made lately. After this country's misguided search for WMD's, the disastrous response to hurricane Katrina and the apparent incompetence of our leaders of late. Would it really be surprising if this bill passed. I think not.

We have got to make a change in the way this country is being run and the only way to do that is with our vote. Please follow this link and let your legislators know. If they choose to vote for this ridiculous bill, you will not be supporting them in the future. That not only will you not vote for them but you will campaign to see that they are not re-elected.

You can read more and find a list of Representatives at The Poker Players Alliance.

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Sabina Gadecki is New WPT Hostess

Pokernews.com broke the story Monday announcing that Courtney Friel had been replaced as the hostess of the World Poker Tour by a young model and actress named Sabina Gadecki but with no picture. Say what? Your telling me that the WPT has replaced the likes of Shana Hiatt and Courtney Friel and your not gonna show us a picture? What a rip off.

Well this of course started a two day search in an effort to find a likeness of the infamous young model and lead me to wonder if this young lady really existed. Apparently I was not the only one as quite a few poker blogs I ran across were asking the same question. Who is this mysterious woman? Of course my mind is getting carried away at this point with images of every Playboy centerfold I've ever seen flashing through my mind. With most of my resources exhausted I was forced to bring in the Cooler. That's right, I knew the raging testosterone of a young man who likes to call himself sexybeast could find this woman if any one could. Sure enough, one instant message and 10 minutes later I had enough pictures of Sabina to fill her mothers scrapbook. Google look out there is a new search engine in town.

Here is what Cooler found and thanks a ton to B.J. Nemeth and his great photo's
Click Here


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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Beware of Poker Tools Software

It now seems that the software gadgets that I enjoy so much have to be viewed with an eye of suspicion as they have the ability to carry with them hidden files that can be the demise of your bankroll.

The Rake Back Calculator, RBCalc.exe that was being distributed by a site called checkraised.com, claimed to be a program that calculated the amount of rake a site was taking. In actuality it was a Trojan horse that would place executable files on your hard drive and used a rootkit driver to conceal what it was doing, which was gathering information on your poker accounts. It would obtain your poker site user name and password and would then log in and play on your account against the hackers account and intentionally lose until it had captured your whole bankroll.

The malware reportedly worked on accounts at Partypoker.com, Empirepoker, Eurobetpoker and Pokernow. and was discovered by F-Secure's Blacklight rootkit detection technology.

Checkraise has since removed the program from its site but this should be a warning to us all to beware of new poker tools software in the future.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Poker Blog Giveaway

Thats right, a customized Poker blog and it could be yours, free. One that has been customized so you can start blogging and advertising your affiliate programs without all the hassles involved in learning code.

The "Beginners Poker Guide" is a sample of a template that you can win. Click on the image to the left to see the working blog. I was going to start a guide to poker for beginners but the truth be know, I decide it would be wiser to give away blogs than to give away my poker secrets, besides It's all I can do to keep Poker Chaos regularly updated.


So here is the deal. All you have to do to qualify to win this customized blog is the following:

  1. Sign up at either Pokerchamps or WSOP All In using these links.
  2. Play some raked cash hands so I know you have tried the site.
  3. E-mail your name and the nickname you used at sign up.


Both these poker sites have daily freerolls. So you can, but don't have to make a deposit. Just win some freeroll money and use that to play some raked hands. Its not my intent to get you to deposit but only to try the site as I know you will continue to play there just as I have.

Then on the 1st of July I will take the names of all that have signed up and drop them into a hat and pick a winner. He or she will receive a customized Blogger Template set up with the following features:

  • Custom template with original background or header image.
  • Side bar set up with 10 banner links.
  • 5 customized dropdown menus with up to 10 links each.
  • Scrolling marque with poker news feed or any feed you chose.
  • Blogrolling link list manager setup.
  • Stat Counter so you can track and analyze visiting traffic.
  • Haloscan comment and trackback system.
  • Keyword creation and URL submission to major search engines.


In addition I will give you my IM address where you will be able to ask me any questions you might have on creating posts or updating your template on your own.

This is a great way to get started in blogging or to give you present blog a make over and all you have to do is play some poker. So to get started just follow one of these links:

To sign up at Pokerchamps click here

To sign up at WSOP All In click here

Send your sign up info to: stratman4u2000@yahoo.com


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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Online Poker is a Felony

Can you believe this bullshit. Washington state has passed legislation that now makes it a felony to play online poker. The same class of crime as that of a child molester that fails to register. I'm not joking they actually passed a bill that takes effect June 7th 2006. Citizens in the state of Washington could actually be confined for up to ten years for playing poker online. WTF is this country coming to.
Read More.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Jungle Poker



I don't usually promote new sites but this one caught my interest. They are holding a bunch of freerolls up until the 19th of May in an effort to get players to there site. I played there for a short while today and liked the software and didn't experience any problems. Here is what their promotion says:


Jungle Poker is giving away tens of thousands of dollars of free BankRoll money. All you have to do is play in our FreeRoll tournaments, and all the money you win will be yours to play with on Jungle Poker.

How does it work?
From Apr 28 to May 19, Jungle Poker will be holding special FreeRoll tournaments - completely free to enter for everyone. All your winnings will be waiting for you the day of Jungle Poker’s official Grand Opening date of May 20. Use this money to enter Real Money Tournaments and/or Ring Games as you wish.

What are the conditions?
Use this bankroll to play any Tournaments or Ring Games here at Jungle Poker. However, before you can withdraw money from your account, you must clear of this promotion by meeting one of the two conditions:

1. For each dollar of bankroll, you must play a total of 2x raked hands in Ring Games. For instance, if you won $100 in BankRoll, you must play at least 200 raked hands at any limits
2. You invest your Bankroll amount into Jungle Poker Tournaments

Can it possibly get better than this?
Yes it can. Jungle Poker wants to send you to the 2006 WSOP in Las Vegas this summer. All players who place in the money in any of these Win Your Bankroll tournaments, will immediately qualify for our May 20th “WSOP 2006 Seat Giveaway” tournament, where the winner gets an all-inclusive seat to the WSOP. Please see the “WSOP 2006 Seat Giveaway” Page for more details.

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Poker Media

It's amazing the amount of information available to today's poker player. It only goes to follow that the average player you run across will be much better informed than just a few years ago. The popularity of poker although not quite as explosive as it has been is still growing and if the politicians don't have their way it will continue. As a player today you had better keep studying, listening to the top players and continually striving to improve your game or your going to left behind.

I have added a drop down menu in the side bar that is dedicated to poker media links, magazines, radio, podcasts and newspapers. These are great sources of information available to you when your away from the poker table. While your colleagues at work are listening to Rush Limbaugh or other AM talk radio, tune into Holdem Radio. Although most of the poker magazines offer free digital copies online I'm sure your bathroom library could use some updated material, so subscribe to one of the many poker magazines. Beats the hell out of having your laptop on your knees when your TCB, if you know what I mean.

The links in the new drop down are by no means complete but at least a good start. I will keep adding new stuff as I find it so keep checking back, or if you know of a new media link let us know, that's what the comments section is for.


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Friday, May 05, 2006

Poker is Evil



Mr Subliminal pointed out that my math sucks so here is my revised formula.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Secret to Winning Poker

You have read Doyle's Super System along with every other poker book you could get your hands on. You've spent so much time staring at a felt green computer screen your eyes have begun to bleed. Your weekends are spent scouring the internet in search of information that will give you that little edge you need to be one of the chosen few that actually show a profit playing poker.

What you don't know and i'm about to tell you is the key, the secret to winning poker that you have been searching for and no one has been willing to share with you. Most are scared to even mention it because of its black nature. Once you take this step your old game will be a thing of the past. Those times where you had 15 outs and still couldn't manage to catch a card will be over. You will no longer be the short stack. Your suckouts will amaze and astonish. All this time you have been struggling to gain poker skills. Guess what? you don't need skill to win at poker, its luck that makes you the big winner and you can control luck if your willing to step into the dark side. Just ask Gus Hansen. When you watched him win three WPT titles by playing any two cards, you said to yourself, man that guy has supernatural luck. Well now you know.

Prepare to explode your bankroll because here is the recipe to your success in poker but beware once you cross this line you can never go back.

Ok, for starters the best time to cast spells is during a full moon. You need to scrounge up a caldron. These can be hard to find so if it a poses a problem you can get by with a beer cooler but you will only have good luck when you play drunk, but hey, thats a small price to pay, don't you think. Next fill the caldron half full of water and drop a silver coin into it. Position the cauldron so that the light from the moon shines into the water. Gently sweep your hands just above the surface, symbolically gathering the moon's silver. While doing this, say:

"Lovely Lady of the Moon
Bring to me your wealth right soon.
Fill my hands with silver and gold.
All you can give, my purse can hold."

Repeat three times. When finished, pour the water upon the earth. It is done.

Now if your like me and you could screw up a wet dream and not even be in it, then you might want to hire a witch to cast this spell for you. (Some things are better left to professionals) If you need help locating one just send me a email and i'll get you in touch with my ex-wife. Oops, my bad, she would be a bitch and you need a witch. Try here this should help.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Blogger Freeroll

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Monday, May 01, 2006

World Series of Poker 2006

Its that time of the year again where you can win a seat to the WSOP via a satellite tourney. I would list all the poker sites offering satellites but for now here is the short list: "all of them". If your like I am and want a cheap way of getting a seat without the bother of playing a bunch of annoying sat's. In other words you suck at poker as bad as I do, but want to be able to brag about how you played with the big boys. Then you might want to consider the yard sale approach of gaining a seat. Click Here.

If you own a business or website and your looking for a unique way of promoting it, look no further. This young fellow wants to try and get your logo on national TV as well make you a rich man. Click Here.

At last and definitly not least, you can go to Harrahs the official site of the 2006 WSOP, down load a application and wire your 10Gs in for a reserved seat.

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