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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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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May 17, 2007

F-Bombs allowed at the World Series of Poker!


F-Bombs are allowed at the World Series of Poker!!! Well, so long as they are not directed at anyone.

The PokerNews.com gang have news regarding the new rules for the 2007 World Series of Poker, and among the most interesting rules update is this:

Any player who directs any profane and/or abusive language at another player, dealer or tournament staff member or who makes any profane and/or abusive comments about another player, dealer or tournament staff member will be penalized in accordance with Rules No. 22 and/or 46. In particular, the use of the so-called "f-bomb" and "c-bomb" as well as derivatives of those and similarly offensive terms, will subject the offending player to penalties if they are directed at or refer to another player, dealer, staff member, patron or official of Harrah's or the WSOP. In Harrah's sole and absolute discretion, it may impose at any time a zero-tolerance policy for profane language whether directed at another person or not.

Wow.. nice. We do enjoy some colorful language in our poker games. I wonder how many "derivative" words we could come up with...

You can read all the new rules at The World Series of Poker Official Site.

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April 18, 2007

How to Get Into the World Series of Poker: Trade Your Way In!


We came across an interesting story today about a writer for one of our favorite poker and gambling news sites, the Casino City Times. It seems that one of their staff is attempting to trade his way up from a sixty cent winning at an online poker tournament all the way to a seat at the World Series of Poker.

Here is Aaron's story:

Last summer, I won sixty cents in a free poker tournament at PKR.com. I planned on playing until I lost it all, but PKR.com decided not to take U.S. players for real-money games when Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. I cashed out and asked my readers what I should do with my sixty-cent check. One suggested I try to trade it for something better. So here I am, trying turn my sixty-cent check into a World Series of Poker Main Event entry through a series of trades. And while my plan may seem ridiculous, it's no more ridiculous than the UIGEA.

This reminds us of an Internet phenomenon called One Red Paperclip, where a very clever guy named Kyle MacDonald managed to make a series of trades starting with one red paperclip, and ending up with a HOUSE!

Aaron currently has made a trade for the sixty cents for 500 novelty poker chips from GoldenPalace.com, and he managed to trade those for a basketball signed by the 1975-76 Indiana Pacers.

It sounds like Aaron is being smart, and is definitely well on his way to getting that seat!

We will be watching his progress, and rooting him on!

Follow Aaron's Trading Quest over at his website: Sixty Cent Main Event

Read more about Aaron and his stories over at the Casino City Times

Finally Learn more about the World Series of Poker at their Official Site

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June 23, 2006

Charities look to trade in chocolate chips for poker chips

Looking to energize fundraising, charities have called on lawmakers for permission to move beyond traditional bake sales and bingo to capitalize on a poker craze fed by Texas hold'em on television and the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow.

Trading in chocolate chips for poker chips is proving difficult, however. Nonprofits have balked at tough limits proposed by state regulators, but powerful card club interests are demanding those restrictions to protect their turf. Companies that contract to run casino nights for a cut of the donations are angry and anti-gambling interests want lawmakers to simply fold the games.

Full article at: Charities look to trade in chocolate chips for poker chips

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March 25, 2006

RFID goes all-in at the casino

7076 TmCan I get a chip count please? The next time you're sitting at the poker table and someone goes all-in, finding out how much more it is to call is going to be so much easier thanks to a Korean start-up that has embedded RFID tags into casino chips – the first of its kind. According to Telecoms Korea, compatible devices will be able to give you a quick chip count, "no matter how many there might be."

Of course, you won't be able to scan chip stacks across the room, nor would you need to. The RFID tags have an "instant recognition range" of three metres, which is more than what the dealer will need to access any given pile at his table. The tiny metal chip is incredibly small and lightweight, being embedded right into the middle of the chip. You won't even know it's there.

They say that other companies have tried implementing UHF RFID tags before, but "failed in commercializing due to anti-collision problem."

At RFID goes all-in at the casino

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August 11, 2005

Santa's 'All-In' for the Holidays With New WORLD POKER TOUR(R) Gifts for the Poker Fan

Latu100Logo Oh man. More crap than you can throw a stick at including: Jewlry, Poker Chips, Clothing, and more. I'm wondering how long before this whole poker thing crashes, but I'm pretty sure this Christmas will help poker on it's goal to being oh so early millenium. My tip? Stop telling people you play poker so you don't get this ridiculous stuff.

At Santa's 'All-In'

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July 26, 2005

Patties & Poker Chips?

Burg We had to post this up. I don't think patties are like poker chips but the Cattle Network does.

CattleNetwork.com: At most restaurants, especially the quick service and mid-range variety, patties and poker chips are interchangeable. Drop into a White Castle for a sack of sliders and they’re even the same size: small, thin, and as hard as a brick, at least until they’re dropped on the grill for a few seconds.
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June 30, 2005

Weird Poker Games

8555 SmallWe've been looking for odd poker games to spice up our semi-weekly home game and I've just hit the jackpot!

This page has an extensive set of weird poker games you might want to try out including:

Book'em Danno
Five-Card Twenty-One
Three Dog Night
Rudy's Jewels
Midnight Cobain Baseball
Courtney Love Baseball
United States Stud
Texas Toothpick Toast
Texas Hold-em (rec.gambling.poker faq)
Standard 5-Card Poker Scoring
A Note On Betting

At Weird Poker Games

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June 24, 2005

It's Sexy Poker Chip Friday!

BikiniimageYou need sexy poker chips! You need sexy babe poker chips! You need sexy babe poker chips with babes in bikinis! All tanned and toned, these poker chips will bring the gift of beauty and the beach to your home game.

At Drinkstuff.com

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