July 27, 2007

Don't Cheat at Poker

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If you cheat at poker, you may just end up getting caught like a bunch of fools at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Poker News.com has the story:

This week the New Jersey Attorney General's office released details on the arrests of four individuals involved in a poker-related cheating scam at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City on June 7, 2007. A noted casino-industry cheating expert, Steve Forte, along with Joseph T. Ingargiola, Stephen Phillips, and James C. Harrison, have been charged with using a computer and cheating devices to commit theft, attempted theft by deception and conspiracy. All defendants are currently free on bail.

The four men allegedly were involved in a scheme that involved luring high-stakes poker players to a Borgata hotel room which was fitted with hidden cameras. The cameras were placed in a
manner such that players' hole cards were visible. There were also instances where marked decks of cards were employed. The NJ Attorney General's Office also alleged that the men were using computer simulation programs to calculate their odds in any given hand.

We say.. why cheat, when you can just be a better poker player.

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July 25, 2007

Poker Themed Highball Glasses


This morning we were contemplating a new set of glasses for our guests at poker night. And we feel that the most useful glass (besides a pint glass and a wine glass) is the highball glass. Its perfect for the more stout drinks that can come alongside a poker game, and because they are so bottom heavy, they are far less likely to spill in an overzealous "all in".

These poker themed highball glasses we found at Amazon are pretty sweet, with the raised suits on the side for easy gripping. They are also available at Target, and apparently, they are part of an entire poker drink ware collection. Very Very nice.

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July 23, 2007

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Chips


We have been loving the bonanza of interesting chips to be had over at Old Vegas Chips, and today's entry doesn't disappoint!. Behold an entire collection of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino chips.

If you have ever been to Vegas, you know that that the Hard Rock is one hell of a bumpin' place. It seems to cater to a younger, more hip crowd, and it is always a good time. This collection of chips will allow you to pick up a little something to remind you of your visit there. They have chips from Fourth of July 2007, to Carson Daily 2004, and bunches more in between.

You may not want to buy a whole set of them for your evening poker games, but they make a very nice addition to any collection, and a perfect memento of a good time had at the Hard Rock.

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July 19, 2007

Jerry Yang and Scotty Nguyen Among 2007 World Series of Poker Top Winners

From the Casino City Times:

While Jerry Yang won the most money at the 2007 World Series of Poker ($8.25 million for winning the Main Event), Scotty Nguyen was the best overall player in the 55 tournaments that made up the Series, according to the Casino City WSOP Player of the Year leader board.

Nguyen, who entered the Main Event ranked third on our leader board, leapfrogged over Michael Binger and Thor Hansen with his 11th-place finish to claim the title with 373.1 points.

Alexander Kravchenko, who was fourth in the Main Event, moved up from 15th to second, but wouldn't have been able to reach Nguyen, even with a win in the Main Event.

Yes, this was a fine year for the WSOP. It didnt feel as if there was as much of the empty hype this year, and we felt the matches were generally of high quality entertainment.

Congrats to all the winners, and we hope to see you again next year!

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July 18, 2007

Bikini Watchers Chip Set from Old Vegas Chips


Back on the front of the "sexy" chip motif, much like the strip poker chips we took a peek at, these are hot hot hot!

With these chips around, at least when you lose a pot, you can say:
"I hate to see you go, but I love watching you leave".

Like most of the chips at Old Vegas Chips, you can mix and match the chips as you like to create your own set. These beauties will run you 89 cents each, so it might be wise to use them as accents to a set you already have.

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July 16, 2007

Venetian Poker Room Review


This morning, we came across a very nice review of the Poker Room at the Venetian written up by Pokernews.com. We have not had the chance to visit the venetian's poker room, but it sure sounds like a lovely place.

The Venetian's poker room is one of three high-end, luxury poker rooms in Las Vegas, the other two being the Wynn and the Bellagio. The Venetian was designed with appearance in mind, having 21 large-screen plasma televisions, beautiful tables, extremely comfortable, adjustable chairs, richly appointed décor, and a very tasteful, muted, coordinated color scheme to the room – giving it an air of luxury that's unmatched in Las Vegas rooms.

Read the full review over at the Poker News.

Visit the Venetian Main Site

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July 13, 2007

Birds of Prey Chip Set


Today's fascinating exploration into the world of poker chip sets brings us to a pretty unique set, the Birds of Prey set. For the bird lover in your life, or even if you just want to just strike some primal fear into your opponents, these birds of prey chips are for you.

These are more for the collector, as they are a steep $3 each, but they are still pretty darn cool.

Check them out at Old Vegas Chips.

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July 11, 2007

Brass Dealer Button


Sure, you could go with the standard dealer chip, which is basically a plastic chit with the word dealer on it. Or you could even go for an acryllic hocky-puck looking thing. But when they say to go for the brass ring... maybe they meant this Brass Dealer Button.

Its 40mm, and its only seven bucks. We have used this thing in our games, and we like the feel of it. Handy tip: It serves as a rather dangerous missile when hucked at a sleeping player.
It may even replace the cheap plastic scooby doo figurine you've been using. You know who you are!

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July 6, 2007

Home Poker Games going Too Far?

The Casino City Times had a story recently that caught our eye. The question here stems around a website called HomePokerGames.com. The idea of the site is to allow for your home poker games to get some variety by opening the typical invite list to encompass some strangers. The argument being that this can vary the poker crowd enough to keep the games interesting.

Like a gambling version of Internet dating, the site - www.homepokergames.com - lists buy-ins and limits for games as well as any house rules, such as no smoking, drinking or swearing.

But the amount of money at stake - buy-ins and organized tournaments that in some cases start at $20 and go up to $100 or more - is alarming some lawmakers and players.

At a recent gathering in Las Vegas, legislators from casino states beyond Nevada discussed how the Web site may be advertising games that are illegal or, at the least, generating tax-free winnings.

"I had no idea this was going on in my state," said Steven Geller, a Democratic state senator from Florida. "You've got all of the problems of casino gambling and none of the benefits. There's no job creation and there's no programs for problem gambling."

Geller also said players are risking their safety.

"You've got serious, hard-core gambling by serious, hard-core gamblers," he said. "You don't have to watch 'The Sopranos' to realize you've got a big security issue."

Now, while we can understand wanting to mix it up (our own poker games got stale after a bit), we think that inviting total strangers is just asking for trouble, either by unruly players, or in some case, by your local law enforcement. In our opininon, keep home games for fun, and only among friends. If you want to make real money, head to a casino, the watresses are better anyway.

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July 5, 2007

Light Show LED Color Changing Poker Chip Coasters

Gaudy? Perhaps, but hey.. you can't blame us for finding interesting poker-related gear.

Check out End of The Rainbow Gifts for the images, and a small video of the color show.

Serve more than just a beverage, serve up a light show with these poker chip coasters. The 4 blue, green, yellow, and grey coasters are shaped like poker chips. A money amount, dice, the red heart and diamond, and the black spade and club are on each poker chip coaster. The blue coaster is the $50 chip, the green coaster is the $25 chip, the yellow coaster is the $5 chip, and the grey coaster is the $100 chip. The poker chip coasters are sonic sealed to protect against moisture. Each coaster features an automatic on/off function. When a glass is placed on the coaster, the coaster will light up and the color morphing LED light show begins. The LED lights change a rainbow of colors under the glass, creating a dazzling display.
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July 3, 2007

Dogs Playing Poker: The Chip Set

Our obession with Wicked Cool Stuff may have reached its apex, but not before we found this Dogs Playing Poker chip set.


The classic painting of Dogs Playing Poker makes a great themed poker set!

Collectible tin box features 100 Heavy Weight Poker chips (25 Red, 25 Black, 25 Blue, 25 White) and a deck of cards - all with the Dogs Playing Poker image on them!

And at only $29.95... HELL YEAH!

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