June 29, 2007

Binon's Changing Hands Again!

We can only help that all this changing of hands will see this gem of Vegas into the hands of folks who will care for this classic casino, and maybe even bring it to another high. The story is over on the Poker News:

As the 38th WSOP battles onward, the place where it all started has been sold once again. On June 27th, MTR Gaming Group announced that they had signed a definitive agreement to sell Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel for $32 million to TLC Casino Enterprises, owners of the Four Queens Hotel and Casino. MTR bought Binion's from Harrah's in 2004 for $20 million shortly after Harrah's purchased it from Becky Binion Behnen. Harrah's retained the rights to the WSOP.

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June 27, 2007

Metal Coin Inlay Chips

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While poking around the Internet for some new and different chips, we came across these neat metal inlay chips from Poker N Stuff. They are 11.5 gram, and are made from a " hi-grade composite resin". They only cost $8.95 for 50, so we're not holding our breath on the quality. And while these may not be Sidepot chips, they are definitely pretty darn cool.

Here's another closeup pic we found of the inlay:

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These would be a very unique addition to a poker chip collector's cache, and they would also serve as a nice discussion piece for any weekly game. Our only wonder is, how well those inlays are secured in there. We'd hate to see them pop out when we aggressively splash the pot sometime.

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June 25, 2007

Dogs Playing Poker: Joe Cool Edition

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We've all seen dog's playing poker, but we like this Peanuts take on an old theme. Joe Cool plays with himself in this cool looking T shirt from Wicked Cool Stuff.

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June 21, 2007

John Wayne Poker Set

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Well pilgrim, if your lookin for a set that captures the image of western cowboys and tough guys perfectly, look no further. Wicked Cool Stuff has this great John Wayne poker set.

Just the way the Duke would've liked 'em. This poker set comes in a rustic wooden box featuring John Wayne's likeness on the lid and a quote printed on the inner lid. "Talk low, talk slow and don't talk to much - John Wayne"

Includes chips and a deck of cards with the Duke on them.


Thats one fantastic set for "the searchers" out there.

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June 20, 2007

Harrington On Hold'em

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We haven't read this book ourselves yet, but if the reviews on Amazon are any indication, Harrington on Hold'em is a winner. It has over one hundred and seventy five-star reviews. Here is a snippet of one of them:

No limit hold'em, obviously, is a complex game. So complex that there has never been a good comprehensive treatment in a book form; I had thought that this was because it involves more "table feel", experience and intuition that can't be easily taught or expressed in a useful format.

Harrington and Robertie have done just that. Harrington is the 1995 world champion, and the only player to make the final table in both 2003 and 2004, overcoming the two biggest fields in World Series history (839 and 2,576 players, respectively). Robertie is a top backgammon player and author of several excellent books on that game.

Among the top players, there are drastically different styles of play, from conservative to super-aggressive. One problem I expected was that given Harrington's solid, fairly conservative style, he wouldn't be able to give much useful information on playing at the other end of the end of the spectrum, styles such as those employed by Daniel Negreanu and Gus Hansen.

I was wrong. The book does a fine job addressing the relative merits of various styles, playing against each type of opponent, and even choosing one for yourself. This makes sense; no matter his own style, to be successful he has to have spent a lot of time thinking about, observing, and combatting all different types of players. Further, a playing style isn't cast in stone; even the most conservative players have to switch gears and become much more aggressive at times, and vice versa.

This is definitely a book we need to get our mitts on!

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June 18, 2007

Poker at Home Essentials: a Humidor

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One of the things about poker is its mystique. When you ask people to consider a home poker game in their minds, they will often imagine a dimly lit room, with folks gathered around a table, usually with cognac glasses of amber colored alcohol, and usually with cigars. The cigar has truly become intertwined with the image of poker, and so it feels fitting to have cigars available for your guests at your next poker game.

Modern times being what they are, you may insist your guests all take a break outside to enjoy a drink and a cigar, but whether they enjoy their cigars inside or out, having cigars come from a proper humidor makes all the difference. And where to find this essential piece of home poker equipment?

Whatever your humidor needs, from the starter set, all the way to full on tower cabinets, you will definitely find it here.

So what are you waiting for? Get that humidor, stock it up, and host your next poker party in style!

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June 15, 2007

World Series of Poker Extravaganza!

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The 2007 World Series of Poker is well under way, and you can keep track of all the action through the magic and wonder of the Internet.

We begin our tour with a stop at the PokerNews WSOP Live Reporting Page. This page is fantastic. You can get event standings, and even chip counts in up-to-date time. Its not exactly "real time" but its pretty darn fast. Each event is essentially treated as a blog, and the reporters just regularly update the info on the event! Brilliant! There is even a video gallery of all the action!

Another great feature of the site, is the "Feature Hands" section. This section replays great hands in a "sports graphic" sort of way, so that you can see just how the action unfolded. A simply AWESOME feature.


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That not enough for you? Fine, no worries, you can head over to the Official WSOP site, and get plenty of live coverage there too!


To begin with, there is a ton of video coverage, including daily recaps for every day of the tourney. Of course, there is a tournament standing update page, which gives the standings for each event. On the main page, you can get to all of the various blogs covering the tournament. And finally, there is the video coverage of all of the final tables.

If you really need your know whats happening live, you can, for a premium of $50 a year, get the Live Video.

With all the tools at your disposal, its pretty hard to miss all the action going on at this year's WSOP. Maybe next year, they will add a remote-play feature, so you can even PLAY the tournament via the Internet.


WSOP Live Reporting at Poker News
WSOP Official Site

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June 14, 2007

Diamond and Gold Poker Chip Necklace

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If you are looking for a high end gift for the jewlery wearing poker lover in your life, you can pick them up this diamond and gold poker chip necklace from coolwatercanyon.com.


Solid 14kt Gold 1/4 ct Poker Chip is an absolute beatuy. This unisex necklace is perfect for both men and women. When sitting at any poker table you will have every player focused on your necklace and not the cards. The enameled suits are exactly like the real deal. The curcumference of the chip has 12 genuine brilliant diamonds. This poker chip comes with a heavy bale which allows the chip to float on the chain. It comes with an 18 gold curb chain. This is not thin chip either

At a price of $737.83, its not cheap, but it would certainly make a statement. All we're wondering is, why the 83 cents?

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June 13, 2007

Phil Hellmuth Achieves 11 World Series of Poker Bracelets

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Well, the bad boy of poker has done it. He has won his 11th bracelet on the World Series of Poker events, and thus solidified his position as one of the greatest poker players of all time. And somehow, we think he wont be stopping at 11. Congratulations Mr. Hellmuth.


The Casino City Times has the story:


The self-dubbed WSOP "Record Man" now stands alone atop the poker world.

Phil Hellmuth Jr., who before the series vowed to play well enough to break all of the major WSOP records, humbly accepted number bracelet No. 11 from Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan Monday night after winning Event #15, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. The victory came just one year after he tied Brunson and Chan with ten WSOP titles.

The 1989 WSOP Main Event title was Hellmuth's largest victory in terms or prestige and money, but this last win was the personal mission of a player who wants to be remembered as one of the greatest of all time.

"This is the one I really wanted," Hellmuth said afterward in a post-tournament press conference. "I have so much respect for Doyle and Johnny. To now be at the top of the all-time (WSOP wins) list is really about as good a feeling as I have ever had."


Phil's Website
World Series of Poker Website

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June 8, 2007

Sweet Nils-Frederking's Folding Table and Chair

We saw this one via Gizmodo and just HAD to pass it on.

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Greg "Fossil Man" Raymer Lizard Eyes Glasses

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You can imagine what its like to be sitting on a massive call, turning to your opponent in an attempt to discern some tell from him by staring into the pools of his eyes, only to be rewarded by the cold stare back from the glassy orbs of a reptile. This is what it must be like playing against Greg "Fossil Man" Raymer.

Now, that cold empty fear, can also be what your opponents feel when they look to you! Behold, the Greg Raymer lizard eyes glasses!

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Now you have what you need to strike deep mamalian fear into the hearts of your opponents! Oh, and if you REALLY want to help your table image, eat a live mouse or two.

"Fossil Man"'s homepage
Lizard Eye Glasses at Amazon

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June 7, 2007

Led Zepplin Poker Chip Set

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From the depths of WickedCoolStuff, we have mined out this gem. The Led Zepplin Poker Chip Set

Rock and Roll poker! This set of 100 heavyweight poker chips features classic Led Zepplin artwork, and a matching deck of cards!

Comes packaged in the themed tin shown. Officially licensed.

Rock On!

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June 6, 2007

How to Build Your Own Poker Table

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The morning's browsings took us to a fantastic gem of a site called Home Poker Tourney. This website is a treasure trove of information, with everything from tournament structue information, to how-to's on dealing, to poker rulebooks. Among these golden nuggets of goodness is a fantastic collection of free plans on how to build your own poker table!

Take a look at all of the tables!

Our favorite was this one from Chris Norrick. The shopping list is helpful, and the use of pipe insulation as a rail seems like a very easy and clever way to accent the table.

If you are the DIY type, or if you're just looking for a table on a budget, you can't go wrong with building one of these honeys.

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June 4, 2007

Protege Poker Chips From Sidepot: High End Elegance

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We recently got our fingers on some Protege chips from Sidepot. We ran them through the paces, and have decided that for high-end poker chips, these are definitely among the best in breed. These are not your totin' chips, these clay beauties are for breaking out when the big fish come to play at your place. Read on find out what we liked about these fine chips, and how you can get a set of your own.

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June 1, 2007

World Poker Tour DVDs

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Lets face it, poker is huge these days, and its in no small part thanks to the World Poker Tour playing on television. Word of mouth garnered the show a huge following, and its easy to see why. You get to watch the drama and thrills of high stakes Hold'em, and get some intelligent and whitty commentary to boot.

If you have not seen the show, or if you missed some shows of the past, the time has come to catch yourself up.

Pick up Season 1, Seaason 2, or Season 3, and soon you'll be quoting Mike Sextant and Vince Van Patten with the best of 'em!

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