If he loses it, the ‘Poker Brat’ may be out of WSOP

Posted by Ty Poke | January 24, 2013 | Posted in: US Poker Gambling Law | Comments (0)

If he loses it, the ‘Poker Brat’ may be out of WSOP

World Series of Poker officials want to do a better job tabulating infractions by players and improve enforcement. Players could be assessed penalties ranging from warnings to one-hand or one-round suspensions.

Hellmuth, the 1989 World Series of Poker champion and owner of a record 11 individual title bracelets, is one of the game’s most decorated players. He is also the main reason for the new disciplinary program.

Known as the “Poker Brat” for his boisterous antics and outbursts at the poker table, especially when ESPN’s cameras are rolling, Hellmuth seriously crossed the line during last year’s main event.

Bluffed out of a $400,000 pot by a relative unknown opponent, Hellmuth berated the player, calling him “an idiot” and the “worst player in history.”

World Series of Poker officials handed Hellmuth a warning. The poker community grumbled that he was given special treatment.

“After the episode with Phil, we reviewed our system of warnings and penalties,” World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack said.

Tournament organizers plan to monitor players’ conduct more closely during events so punishments for violations such as taunting at the table will be effectively enforced.

“We saw a couple of things we weren’t too pleased with or proud of,” Pollack said. “Some changes needed to be made.”

Tournament officials will keep a written log of warnings and penalties to determine appropriate punishments when rules are violated.

“Our intention is to make sure that the behavior of a few does not impact the experience of the many,” Pollack said.

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Heads-up field gets better and better

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — (PRESS RELEASE) — Get your tournament brackets ready! NBC’s 2009 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, the granddaddy of all heads-up poker tournaments, will take place once again at Caesars Palace Las Vegas on March 5-8. Now in its fifth year, this year’s event will feature an array of many of the greatest poker players in the world along with some celebrities known for their poker-playing prowess and a few amateur qualifiers. Each will battle for their share of not only the $1.5 million prize pool, but for the recognition and fame that comes with capturing the coveted title.

The NHPC has been an extremely successful venture for NBC over the years and this year’s tournament promises to be no exception as the field is quite possibly the toughest yet assembled. Last year’s champion, Chris Ferguson, will be there to defend his title and attempt to improve upon the success he has experienced in this event that has seen him win 84% of the matches he has played in over the last four years, compiling an unprecedented record of 16-3.

In all, a total of sixteen players will make their debut in this year’s championship, including two Caesars Palace qualifiers and four others who qualified online. There will also be five celebrities in the field, four who have played in this event before, and newcomer actor/comedian Brad Garrett.

At the conclusion of the 2008 NHPC, event organizers and NBC executives came up with a list of criteria that would establish automatic qualifiers into this event for the first time ever in 2009. In all, nineteen players received bids to play in this year’s event based on the list found below.

Previous four NHPC champions: Chris Ferguson (2008), Paul Wasicka (2007), Ted Forrest (2006), Phil Hellmuth (2005)

Previous two NHPC runners-up: Andy Bloch (2008), Chad Brown (2007)

Defending NHPC semifinalists: Huck Seed, Phil Ivey

Four consecutive years of cashing in the NHPC: Scott Fischman, Huck Seed (2)

Previous three World Series of Poker Main Event champions: Peter Eastgate (2008), Jerry Yang (2007), Jamie Gold (2006)

Defending WSOP Championship runner-up: Ivan Demidov

Multiple WSOP bracelet winners in 2008: John Phan

Defending WSOP Player of the Year: Erick Lindgren

Defending WSOP Heads-Up champion: Kenny Tran

Defending World Series of Poker Europe champion: John Juanda

Reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year: Jonathan Little

Reigning European Poker Tour Grand Final Monte Carlo champion: Glen Chorny

Reigning Card Player magazine Player of the Year: John Phan (2)

Reigning Bluff magazine Player of the Year: John Phan (3)

Barring any last minute changes, the following is a list of all 64 players. The names of the four amateur qualifiers not listed will be released as soon as they have all been determined, and will be posted on, along with bios and past performance records of all players participating. Those players with an asterisk (^) by their name are competing in their first NHPC.

1. David Benyamine
2. Andy Bloch
3. Chad Brown
4. Doyle Brunson
5. Johnny Chan
6. Don Cheadle
7. Glen Chorny *
8. Allen Cunningham
9. Ivan Demidov *
10. Annie Duke
11. Tom Dwan
12. Peter Eastgate *
13. Eli Elezra
14. Antonio Esfandiari
15. Sam Farha
16. Chris Ferguson
17. Scott Fischman
18. Layne Flack
19. Ted Forrest
20. Brad Garrett *
21. Jamie Gold
22. Clonie Gowen
23. Barry Greenstein
24. Gavin Griffin *
25. Bertrand Grospellier *
26. Joe Hachem
27. Gus Hansen
28. Jennifer Harman
29. Phil Hellmuth
30. Orel Hershiser
31. Jeffrey Ishbia * (Caesars qualifier)
32. Phil Ivey
33. John Juanda
34. Gabe Kaplan
35. Phil Laak
36. Howard Lederer
37. Erick Lindgren
38. Jonathan Little
39. Mike Matusow
40. Dario Minieri *
41. Chris Moneymaker
42. Daniel Negreanu
43. Scotty Nguyen
44. David Pham
45. John Phan *
46. Greg Raymer
47. Vanessa Rousso
48. Ilari Sahamies *
49. Huck Seed
50. Vanessa Selbst *
51. Erik Seidel
52. Mike Sexton
53. Gavin Smith
54. Jennifer Tilly
55. J.C. Tran
56. Kenny Tran
57. Paul Wasicka
58. David Williams
59. Jerry Yang
60. Leon Yanovski * (online qualifier)
61. Caesars qualifier *
62. Online qualifier *
63. Online qualifier *
64. Online qualifier *

This tournament also has a strong international flavor, with 15 different countries of origin represented among the 64 players. And just to underscore the difficulty that each of the players will face in winning six straight matches en route to collecting the $500,000 first place prize, the field has collectively won 14 World Series of Poker Championships, 119 World Series of Poker bracelets, 27 WPT open titles, and amassed more than $290 million in live tournament winnings!

The 2009 National Heads-Up Poker Championship kicks off with a drawing party on the evening of May 5 at the Pure Nightclub located inside Caesars Palace. Opening round play begins March 6, and will continue for three days until the 2009 champion is crowned. NBC will air twelve hours of coverage on six consecutive Sundays beginning on April 12. Craig Hummer joins Ali Nejad this year to provide commentary, while Leeann Tweeden will again serve as the host and sideline reporter. Check your local listings for the exact times in your area.

When to Look at Your Hole Cards

Most professionals won’t look at their hole cards until it’s their turn to act. There are smart reasons for this, and it’s definitely something you should do yourself. Why? Because there’s simply no upside to looking at your hole cards before it’s your turn to act.

You see, most poker players, especially men, like to think that they have faces of stone. They believe that they’re incapable of revealing any physical tells.

Well, they’re just plain wrong.

Everyone has tells, even professionals, and if you observe carefully, you’ll spot them. Pros are just better at masking them. The tells that they do reveal are often very subtle.

I’m often asked how I’m able to get solid reads on others players. It’s a skill that takes discipline. I watch my opponents as they look at their cards before the flop. Depending on how they study their cards, I can often figure out if they’re planning to call or fold. That single bit of information can determine how I play a hand, and if I win or lose.

The main reason you shouldn’t look at your own cards right away is that there’s so much to be learned by watching your opponents look at their own cards instead. Why cheat yourself out of this valuable learning opportunity?

It’s also important not to look at your own hole cards until it’s your turn to act because you’ll conceal tells that your opponents might be picking up on you.

I recall playing in a $20-$40 Hold’em game at the Mirage in Las Vegas when I was in my early 20’s. I played a guy who always looked at his hole cards as soon as they were dealt. If he liked what he saw and planned to play the hand, he’d put a chip on his cards to protect them.

He wouldn’t bother to protect his cards at all when he had a junk hand.

Knowing this, if I planned to steal the blinds from late position, but noticed that he had placed a chip on his cards — telling me he had a hand he liked — I’d simply abort mission and save myself a probable loss. On the other hand, if he didn’t protect his cards, I’d push in my chips and follow through with my original plan.

Obviously, tells aren’t always that easy to read. Nor do tells have to be that transparent in order to give away useful information about a hand.

Many novices, for example, will glance at their chips immediately after they look at their hole cards and see a playable hand. They’re on the receiving end of a subconscious message telling them to get ready to grab those chips and fire them into the pot.

Remember, too, that tells aren’t exclusive to pre-flop play. Stay observant and you’ll be surprised just how much free post-flop information is out there ready to be exploited.

For example, when a player misses his flush draw on the river, he might literally jump out of his chair and curse his bad luck. You don’t ever want to be that guy but you certainly want to play against him!

More likely though, he won’t launch out of his chair. Rather, he’ll stare at the felt, crack his knuckles, stand a chip on its side — pretty much any physical act that might reveal something important, or might mean nothing at all.

If you observe some random behavior that you’ve only seen rarely, it probably means nothing. If, however, you observe repetitive behaviors throughout a long game, you’re likely onto a meaningful tell.

One final comment: Remember to stay alert as it’s always possible that you’re being set up by a false tell. This is poker after all.
By Daniel Negreanu

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Raghavan wins Five Diamond main event – ESPN (blog)

Posted by Ty Poke | December 11, 2012 | Posted in: US Poker Gambling Law | Comments (0)

Raghavan wins Five Diamond main event – ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)

Raghavan wins Five Diamond main event
ESPN (blog)
According to the World Poker Tour, after Thomas Winters eliminated Jeremy Kottler in sixth place (7-7 defeated A-K) and Raghavan knocked out Lichtenberger in fifth (Q-4 over A-9), Esfandiari trailed only Raghavan. It appeared to be a two-horse race
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Fiscal Cliff Poker: Call Obama’s Bluff! – American Thinker

Fiscal Cliff Poker: Call Obama's Bluff!
American Thinker
The president and the speaker of the House are playing poker. The imagined stakes are whether we go over the "fiscal cliff" on January 1, 2013. The actual stakes are the direction of the country — whether we will see any GDP growth, put our people to

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Fox Poker Club Shuttered, to be Rebranded as Genting Casino – Pokerfuse


Fox Poker Club Shuttered, to be Rebranded as Genting Casino
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Internet Poker – The Internet Gambling Rage

Posted by tempdude | December 1, 2012 | Posted in: US Poker Gambling Law | Comments (0)

Poker, while it is utterly prominent in the gambling arena, it experienced an unforeseen rise in fame with the creation of several types of online games. The conventional kind of casinos weren’t very successful with their poker rooms as they cannot make enough money to be a big winner for them. As a result of this, many poker rooms were substituted by slot machines. Nevertheless, as the online version of games of chance appeared, a brand new life was given to poker and ever since the popularlarity has exploded.

One reason behind internet poker becoming popular is the remoteness of land-based casinos. It is very costly to visit a casino and play. Depending on how far away you live it can be an excursion. Another thing is you are free to play poker online virtually anywhere you want. Also, when you play on the web you’re anonymous and your poker tells are harder to discover. At the same time you have the liberty of playing at different tables simultaneously in new windows.

Apart from this, you must wait for the dealing and the cards to be shuffled in a regular casino. The availability of games is a major plus to online poker. You can find a variety of games and money levels also. Moreover, if you are at home playing poker online, you’re more relaxed when playing multiple rounds and definitely more confortable sitting on your couch. What’s more? The only way to win alot in land-based casinos is to play at higher stakes, whereas you could win equally as much by playing multiple tables and multiple rounds on the web.

Another reason responsible for the excitement of the internet version of poker is the sign up and reload bonuses. You can get up to 100% bonus whenever you sign up at an online poker site. You also get up to 50% whenever you buy more chips. The land-based casinos provide small comps but not near as much online. Online there is alot of freeroll tournaments that will help build your bankroll. These tournaments are incredibly hard to find at land-based casinos, if at all.

The advantages mentioned above are enough in themselves to get you pumped up about poker, but try the internet websites for poker for full satisfaction..

Nicknames of Poker Hands Part One

Posted by Ty Poke | April 2, 2012 | Posted in: US Poker Gambling Law | Comments (0)

Nicknames of Poker Hands Part One
Whether you're watching a television show on poker, playing a friendly poker game with friends or taking part in a live poker game; you are certain to hear poker players discussing their hands. However, the terms they use when talking about their poker hands may not be understandable, if you don't know the nicknames associated with certain poker hands.

G-poker: Online Poker Twice as Popular in Canada despite PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker Troubles
G-poker reports that Canadians are on average twice as likely to play online poker as Americans. According to the study by researchers from the University of Nevada and the University of Hamburg, the prevalence of online poker players in Canada varies, from .68% of residents in Nova Scotia and .83% of those in Ontario playing online poker, to 2.54% of all residents of the Northwest Territories …

Recent graduate hits jackpot with poker

Posted by Ty Poke | October 24, 2011 | Posted in: US Poker Gambling Law | Comments (0)

Recent graduate hits jackpot with poker
While many recent college graduates spent their summers interviewing and competing for jobs, one Ohio State alumnus decided to try his luck as a professional poker player, continuing a journey that started with $5 poker tournaments with roommates.

South Point Casino’s Michael Gaughan Announced Debut of

Posted by Ty Poke | October 5, 2011 | Posted in: US Poker Gambling Law | Comments (0)

South Point Casino’s Michael Gaughan Announced Debut of
On Wednesday, Michael Gaughan, owner of the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, announced the debut of, the first free-play online poker site launched by a casino-based and state-regulated property.

The Nightly Turbo: Details on the ISPT, Online Poker Buzz in Washington, and More
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$15K Carbon League on PokerNews
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Commonwealth of Kentucky Files Claim for Indicted Online Poker Domains
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Packing Up to Play Poker: Vancouver, Canada

Posted by Ty Poke | October 4, 2011 | Posted in: US Poker Gambling Law | Comments (0)

Packing Up to Play Poker: Vancouver, Canada
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No special treatment for Angry: Nationals – Sydney Morning Herald

Posted by Ty Poke | October 2, 2011 | Posted in: US Poker Gambling Law | Comments (0)

No special treatment for Angry: Nationals – Sydney Morning Herald

No special treatment for Angry: Nationals
Sydney Morning Herald
Anderson will likely be a thorn in the side of the government as it works on poker machine reforms. In 2009, Anderson and his band signed a deal with poker machine firm Aristocrat to roll out a Rose Tattoo themed machine which plays their music and

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European Poker Tour London Day 1B Complete, Day 2 In Play – Poker News Daily

European Poker Tour London Day 1B Complete, Day 2 In Play
Poker News Daily
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A smaller carrot might make stick superfluous – Sydney Morning Herald

The Age

A smaller carrot might make stick superfluous
Sydney Morning Herald
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Viva La Full Tilt Poker? – Online

Industry Leaders Magazine

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The Nightly Turbo: Wynn Resorts to Aquire Bwin.Party, Daniel Cates, and More

Posted by Ty Poke | August 17, 2011 | Posted in: US Poker Gambling Law | Comments (0)

The Nightly Turbo: Wynn Resorts to Aquire Bwin.Party, Daniel Cates, and More
The Nightly Turbo is bringing you the day’s top poker news stories including a look at Wynn Resorts looking to acquire Bwin.Party, Daniel Cates interview, and more.

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Pretty Little Liars 209 Recap: Picture This Poker Face – Autostraddle

Posted by Ty Poke | August 11, 2011 | Posted in: US Poker Gambling Law | Comments (0)

Pretty Little Liars 209 Recap: Picture This Poker Face – Autostraddle

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137 players participate in Epic’s debut – ESPN

Poker News Report

137 players participate in Epic's debut
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So many ways to hate A-Rod? Not! –

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So many ways to hate A-Rod? Not!
Brian Blanco / AP Major League Baseball said that Alex Rodriguez would not be suspended but “he will be warned again” about playing in illegal poker games. By Jelisa Castrodale “There's nothing [Alex Rodriguez] is doing that violates the morals clause
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