The folks over at Casino City Times have released their list of the biggest poker players to watch this year, and we can't say we're surprised at any of their choices, especially for number one. Did we give anything away by including a picture of Phil Ivey? Probably not.
It's nice to see online casinos treating their players right. Full Tilt Poker has introduced its all-new Black Card — a unique membership offering players a special selection of rewards, tournaments, personalized services, and luxury gifts. All players who earn a Black Card receive exclusive access to the Black Card Store, where Full Tilt Points (FTPs) can be exchanged for cash bonuses, as well as limited-edition luxury items and Black Card merchandise.
In addition, all Black Card holders will receive double FTPs while at the tables and entry to exclusive Black Card tournaments. If that wasn’t enough, Black Card members will have preferred treatment at live events among Full Tilt Poker pros, including access to the Pro’s Choice World Series of Poker suite next summer.
World Series Of Poker Europe Main Event Continues Attracting Big Names
Phil Ivey and others are showing up for the WSOP Europe event. I bet poker in Europe is just more fun. Who knows but I can't wait to watch it.
Many of the names expected to be on the list have finally arrived, and all eyes are on certain professionals as the fight for the bracelet takes place. Phil Ivey has entered the building, and is currently on the rise. As of 9:31 EST, Ivey held 41,000 chips, 11,000 more than the starting point.
Andrew Frankenberger Wins the 2010 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker
Andy takes it! Yep - nearly 12 hours after he sat down, he would finally stand up from the table with all the chips and money in hand as the newest WPT champion. Frankenberger earned $750,000 in prize money, plus a $25,000 seat into the WPT Championship by winning this event. It was only Frankenberger's second World Poker Tour event. After his victory he acknowledged he'll be playing in a lot more.
Harman, Liebert and Billie Brown Inducted Into Women's Poker Hall of Fame
Grab your chips and shake those hips because in an official ceremony due to take place on September 3rd at Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget Casino, Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert and Billie Brown will find themselves inducted into the ‘Women in Poker Hall of Fame.’ Women are really starting to dominate poker, and it's nice to see them getting recognized before the younger crop of players pass them by - or will they?
Mike Matusow Wins 2010 Florida State Poker Championship
I love me some Mike Matusow, and it's nice to see him winning lots of tournaments. Mike “The Mouth” Matusow has just collected $103,000, after taking down the main event of the Florida State Poker Championship at the Isle Casino & Racing in Pompano Beach. Matusow was in Florida to promote and run a seminar for poker online training site ‘Deepstack’ and while there decided to take time out to enter the tournament.
World Series of Poker Returns This August on ESPN for 2010
I've been wondering when the WSOP would return on ESPN, and it looks like this August. They will start coverage of the main event, and then takea break for the final tables in November.
Ty Stewart, vice president of the World Series of Poker, took a cue from reality TV when he championed the radical idea of shutting down the action for four months before playing out the "November Nine." For the third year, the Main Event has done just that. The final nine was decided two weekends ago and will resume play Nov. 6 after a 110-day break.
Yes - that's right. Barney Frank is at it again trying to get the poker bill for the US at least looked at and marked up. What's a mark up? It's when the sponsors of a bill add to it and subtract from it in hopes the bill will get passed or even looked.
After a few months of inactivity regarding United States legislation that would legalize and regulate online poker, a flurry of action continued today when another Congressional committee session on the subject was scheduled for Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, the House Committee on Financial Services will mark up H.R. 2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act, a bill introduced by the commitee’s chairman, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
Learning Self Control at the Poker Table One Game at a Time
Poker is a game of skill, luck, and patience. Whether the playing field is a diamond, gridiron or court, the mental side of any game is certainly important. But in poker, where the playing field is about the size of a dining table, the mental side of the game is everything.
In order to better equip themselves for their own competitions at the recent World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, about 45 players took a daylong seminar with two non-poker players whose specialty is the mind - former FBI agent Joe Navarro and mind-set coach Sam Chauhan.
We've never had a mind-set coach but it could help right? Click on through for more info on how this works, but we think one or two classes couldn't but help anyone's poker game.
Oh - and they're hot. Stroll through the World Series of Poker playing area Tuesday night at the Rio revealed a statement about the current climate of the game. Massive pictures of Annette Obrestad, a 21-year old poker superstar from Norway, on the cover of Bluff Magazine lined the hallways. A final table in the Amazon Room featured Jennifer Harman, a 46-year old Las Vegas poker veteran, battling two other players for the $10,000 buy-in seven card stud hi-low world championship.
Well - it's about time, and well - I'm glad. We need people from all walks of life playing poker, and mars needs more women. :-)
Poker Players May Use Drugs to Stay Sharp and Win at the Table
Really? I think you can play your best game substance free. If you're that tired and the game is too long - get up and leave. There's really no need to juice yourself up to just play poker even if it's your living.
Researchers from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., found that alongside caffeine, energy drinks and guarana, professional and amateur players all over the world are turning to marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, Valium and a host of other prescription medications to try to gain some advantage at the table.
"The use of these substances could allow poker players to stay awake longer, as well as focus and concentrate better, which would be a competitive advantage, study author Kevin Clauson, an associate professor at NSU's College of Pharmacy, said in a university news release.
When it can pay later to show your successful bluff in Poker
Pretty amazing article from Steve Rosenbloom - when to bluff? This article shows you the when and when not to bluff in poker, and then show said bluff.
The decision to bluff is one thing. The decision to show a successful bluff is another, usually determined by whether you want to keep opponents guessing or believe that revealing your play might put the victim on tilt.
Here's how young, talented pro Faraz Jaka played it in a hand from the World Poker Tour's $15,000-buy-in Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Las Vegas' Bellagio in 2009.
More Chips at Aria Casino with Phil Ivey Poker Room
The newest casino on the Las Vegas strip, the Aria, is set to open a Phil Ivey solo table poker room. Having won millions in both tournaments and cash games, Ivey is considered by many to be the best poker player alive surpassing even the likes of the great Doyle Brunson. Indeed, Ivey is a regular in the famous Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio where the biggest poker games in Vegas are held.
The Aria Phil Ivey Poker room is expected to spread some of the most expensive poker games in Vegas and will likely become a direct competitor to the famed Bobby’s Room. To celebrate the opening of the room the Aria will be hosting a celebrity and VIP tournament with $250,000 on offer for the winner. In addition to the prize money the winning player will also get a chance to battle Phil Ivey heads-up for a further $250,000.