August 31, 2007

The Chip Guide

Today we came across a wonderful, albeit ambitious project. It is called The Chip Guide. What is so special about this site, is that it is attempting to document the chips that can be found in every casino in every state in the union. And while the Nevada section is surprisingly spare, we cannot help but commend the effort this site is doing on behalf of chip collectors everywhere.

Here is just a sample of what you can find at the Chip Guide:

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Head over to the site, and get browsing for more great chips!

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August 27, 2007

Hold'em Wisdom for All Players

While we're on the Daniel Negreanu kick, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out his book, Hold'em Wisdom for All Players.

Here's the editor's blurb:

For beginning and novice players who want to play and win at Texas hold¿em¿95% of the card-playing market¿this is the perfect antidote. The book is designed for those players who want to learn right now and enjoy instant success at the tables. Fifty quick sections focus on key winning concepts, making learning both easy and fast.

For our part, we feel that Daniel is a solid player, and his record cannot be argued with. As we've just noted, we also think that he's more than just a good player, hes taking advantage of the current poker climate, and his celebrity status to parlay his success. His book may not be the most in depth on the market, but it still has some gems that make it worth a read.

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August 22, 2007

Daniel Negreanu Is Thinking Outside the Box

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It seems that Daniel Negreanu is not just a spectacular poker player, but also a savvy business man as well. His latest venture has him marrying poker tips and tricks, and leveraging the latest in cell phone technology as he does it. We think its fantastic!


Top poker player Daniel Negreanu has teamed up with mobile entertainment company I-play to create a series of instructional 'made for mobile' poker videos. These videos can be downloaded and viewed from almost any type of phone, and will be available on selected carriers. The series, called "Win at Texas Hold'em," was released earlier this week on both the Sprint and Cingular mobile networks.

The videos are two- to three-minute clips presented by Daniel himself, offering helpful tips to poker players of all skill levels. Over 100 clips in total were shot recently at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The videos have been separated into five categories: Beginner, Advanced, Bluffs & Tells, Tournament Tips and Winning Secrets. Special segments of Daniel's popular video blog will also be featured in the application.

Poker News has the rest of the story

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August 20, 2007

NFL Team Logo Playing Cards

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Football season is nearly upon us, and we would be remiss if we didn't prepare our poker nights for the season. So here, from Segway Collection.com are some NFL Team Logo Playing Cards. You can use them in your next poker outing, or you can save them for home, nestled next to your Helmet Chip Dispenser.

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August 17, 2007

Tri-Color Triple Crown Poker Chips from Poker Gaming Products

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These are rather attractive mid-randge chips. We are always on the lookout for some nice new mid-range chips, and its nice to finally see some variety in the styles.
Here's the blurb from Poker Gaming Products.com:

These Tri-Color Double Dice Design Chips are the latest edition to our Poker Chip Collection. Few chips on the market today can boast 3 colors and we are proud to offer these colorful and one-of-a-kind chips.

With 3 different combinations of double dice decorating the outer rim of the chip, along with three separate crown designs, these chips are available in your choice of 5 different color combinations.

These 39 mm diameter casino sized chips are 11.5 grams in weight. They are produced from a composite resin and an insert that gives them the weight feel of a heavy casino quality chip.

The detail on these chips is flawless and their unique design makes them great for casinos and homestyle play alike.

Sweet, simple, and at $0.24 a piece, we're happy. Don't miss the sets too!

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August 15, 2007

Hand Crafted Poker Tables From AAA Poker Tables

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Sure, you can buy yourself a typical poker table, even a big wooden one. But was it hand crafted? Did a true artisan put their sweat and love into it, or did some machine lathe it out of a tree?

If you want to see some fine craftsmanship, take a look at the tables from AAA Poker Tables of Kansas City.

Here's a snip from Chuck, the man behind the craft:

My name is Chuck. I design, build, and sell custom poker tables like the one you see here under construction in my design studio. I have been building quality poker tables in the Kansas City area for many years. Designs, styles and characteristics of my poker tables have been influenced by the tables that were formerly found in and around the Kansas City stockyards and similar neighborhoods frequented by the cowmen who would bring herds to the Kansas City railhead and other similar railheads all the way West to Abilene and Dodge City. The hotels, saloons, stock exchange, pool halls, and similar favorite haunts of the cowman had all sorts of poker tables that were sturdy, handsome and functional.

Our tables are built from beautiful American hardwoods by American workers in the USA. We provide a handsome, rugged and very functional poker table that will last for more than one or two tournaments. We mostly use Red Oak and Black Walnut from Kansas, although sometimes we use other materials for clients who want a less expensive yet serviceable table. Solid hardwood has become almost non-existent in affordable quality furniture.

In addition to the Hardwood Line, we provide a less expensive yet very rugged line of tables that we have named the Black Rhino Line. There is a 40% average cost reduction from the Hardwood tables. Some clients prefer the Black Rhino tables because they can be taken outdoors without fear of damage from the elements; they are durable, and inexpensive.

If you like what you see, give us a call at 913-499-9822 to reserve a spot on our production schedule. If not, Good Luck! I’ll see you on up the trail.

See.. thats QUALITY worksmanship! This is clearly a person who loves the craft, as well as the product.

Visit AAAPokerTables.com to find out how to get your own beauty, and while you are there, read the sometimes very funny testimonials.

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August 14, 2007

Ring Games: A Guide from Home Poker Tourney

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If you have ever wondered how to host your own ring game, but you were not sure how best to structure it, fear not! The Home Poker Tourney site is here to save the day again.

Whether you have no idea what a ring game is, or whether you are looking for the tips to make your game run smooth, this guide has everything you need. It even tells you what chips to bring:

The poker chips needed to play ring games is somewhat similar to what is needed for tournament play. You can make do with less colors if needed, but three or four different colors is still best. You should still try to issue each player at least 30-50 chips to start with. Many ring games are played with a large amount of one or two colors and a few of a third color. Some games can be played with only two colors.

You can easily play ring games with the same chipset that you purchased for tournament play. The common tournament chip distributions of (200-200-100) or (200-150-100-50) and denominations of 5, 10, 100, 500, and 100 make it easy to adapt for a ring game. You could make your ring game buyin $10 and simply divide your tournament chip values by 100. To issue each player $10 worth of chips you would give out 20 - Red (.05) chips + 16 - Green (.25) chips + 5 - Black (1) chips. If you have a $100 buyin you could give out 20 - Red (.50) + 16 - Green (2.50) + 5 - Black (10) chips. You will also have to make sure that the antes/blind structure that you use is well suited for these chip denominations. The chips needed differs greatly for each variant of poker (7-Card, Hold'em, Draw) and also depends greatly on the ante and blinds structure.

Get all the goodness over at Home Poker Tourney

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August 10, 2007

American Beauties Pinup Girl Chip Set

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Today's lovely example of the art of the poker chip, are the American Beauties pinup girl chips. Our post about Nevada Jack chips, had us actually heading over to Nevada Jack's site. We knew they sounded familiar.

Here is more about these hot hot ladies:

"American Beauties" Casino Chip Sets featuring original artwork by Greg Hildebrandt

Nevada Jacks is proud to annouce that it is the exclusive manufacturer of Greg Hildebrandt's "American Beauties" Pin Up Chip Set. For those of you not familiar with the Hildebrandt name he is the famous American artist known for his work on the original Star Wars Poster, Lord of the Rings Calendars, Harry Potter art, Marvel Comics and most recently the "American Beauties" Pin Ups. The combination of Greg's amazing art and Nevada Jacks' casino quality chip makes for the most attractive chip set to collectors and players alike.

Available in 8 uniques designs. Personally signed Certificates of Authenticity by Greg Hildebrandt accompany all 500 piece sets.


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August 9, 2007

Nevada Jack's Chips at Poker Gaming Products

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There is something cool about a skull. Especially one wearing a sombrero and smoking a cigar. So here, from Poker Gaming Products.com, we have the Nevada Jack's poker chips.

Here's the site's blurb:

They are the highest quality composite casino poker chips made available for home games and casinos alike. A full 10 gram casino weight chip with a high grade texture only found in a true casino, these are now being marketed to casinos worldwide.

Made with a high density polymer composite to give it a professional clay feel, this is an affordable casino quality chip. Compare it to a Chipco brand chip. In addition to its casino feel, an advantage this chip has over its clay counterpart is its ability to accept higher quality graphics using the entire face of the chip. On the edge of the chips, there is also a marble-like finish with vertical stripes at six points around the chip's perimeter. Few chips can come close to replicating this classy appearance.

All chips feature a colorful illustration of the Nevada Jack logo and a deceased old west gambler. Appropriately enough, he is holding "the dead man's hand," aces and eights, the hand reputedly held by "Wild" Bill Hickok at his untimely death. Available in 7 colors and denominations between 25? and $500.

The detail on these chips is flawless and their unique design makes them great for casinos and homestyle play.

These are available in both the individual orders, as well as a full set with aluminum case. Sweeet.

Poker Gaming Products.com

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August 7, 2007

Heisted!

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Looks like this Ocean's Eleven is now Ocean's Ten:

The alleged ringleader of a $1.5 million Indian casino heist, an inside job in which 10 workers were hogtied, has been arrested, authorities said Monday.

Rolando Luis Ramos, 25, a video security technician at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, was arrested Saturday at a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport and booked for investigation of strong arm robbery, false imprisonment, kidnapping and battery, Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Dennis E. Gutierrez said in a statement.

Read the rest over at Gambling Planet.

If we've said it once, we've said it a hundred times. Don't think you can put one over on casinos! They know their security! But if you insist on doing it... you may want to have your passport ready BEFORE you rob the place!

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August 6, 2007

California State Poker Championship Coming Soon!

Every poker championship deserves some attention, and a championship from the most populous state in the union is nothing short of top story!

We are very much looking forward to this tourney, and if you have the stake, and the inclination, maybe you can go up against California's best.

Poker News Has the goods:

The Cal State Championship is gearing up again, running from September 4-23, 2007. It will be hosted by the Commerce Casino, the world's largest poker casino.

The tournament events are open to everyone; you don't need to be a California resident to play. If you were looking for an easy field, the California State Championship might not be the best place to find one. If you are looking, however, to make a name for yourself, then these are great events in which to prove your skills. California has more card rooms than any other state in the US and has established
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itself as a poker mecca for players. Weaned on a card-room culture, California players have a well-earned reputation for being experienced, aggressive, and savvy.

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