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Non Hold'em Poker

November 27th, 2010 1 comment
Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey won the 6th of his 8 WSOP Bracelets playing No Limit 2-7 Lowball

About a month ago, Full Tilt Poker released a new series of Draw games to their software, which offers the ability for players to add to their current selection of games.  I know a lot of players that simply rely upon No Limit Hold’em as their game of choice, but poker is a game that really requires a variation of play in order to keep it from becoming boring and predictable.

First of all, I love Hold’em.  It’s my game of choice.  It’s probably the most simplistic of the games to explain and learn, and its the game that most people play.  But every once and again, I just need a change-up Read more…

Patching – A good thing or a bad thing?

November 24th, 2010 4 comments
Joe Tehan

Joe Tehan earned $725,000 for winning the NAPT Los Angeles, but he lost money when PokerStars made him remove his Full Tilt Poker patch for the TV final table.

While I was at the NAPT – Los Angeles last week, I saw an interesting thing take place at the final table of a poker tournament.  A player was asked to remove a patch.  I’d never seen that before.  I got the reasoning behind it, but I’m not sure if its a valid reason or not.

Let me lay the ground work for the story.  It should be noted that the first 4 days of the NAPT Main Event were played at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens.  ”The Bike” has had a long-standing relationship with the World Poker Tour, whereby the WPT has exclusive rights to film poker tournaments for television for their tournament series.  So when the NAPT decided that they would conduct their tournament at The Bike, the players were under the impression that the tournament would not be televised at all.  It’s no big secret that the tournament series is presented by PokerStars, and so it stands to reason that their host of pro’s were all on hand to participate in the event Read more…

Making the World Series of Poker Better

November 19th, 2010 No comments
Jonathan Duhamel

2010 Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel just didn't move the ratings needle

The WSOP Ratings on ESPN came out this week and the final table numbers were bad.  I mean, really bad.  They were worse than 2007 (the year that Jerry Yang won the main event) which was the last year before moving to “The November Nine” concept, and have been on a steady decline from the 2008 year when Peter Eastgate won the event.   Last year’s table with Phil Ivey drew fewer views than I think most people expected, but this year’s numbers can’t be classified as anything other than a disappointment.

The reality is that Read more…

Hanging out at the NAPT

November 12th, 2010 No comments

I decided to play the “media card” and roll on down to the Bicycle Casino to cover the North American Poker Tour for the TPT.  I was pretty jazzed when I saw the list of pro’s that were scheduled to attend, so I figured, why not take a shot at watching some of my favorite tournament pro’s in action.  Day 1a is today, and fielded 330 total players.  Day 1b begins tomorrow, and it will probably have at least as many players based on all the info that I’m getting from most of the players.

Being at the Bike for the NAPT is a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere considering the competitors that are here for a $5,000 buy in event.  So far, on day 1a, the normal PokerStars Pro’s are here with Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, and Jason Mercier all in PokerStars garb.  But there are a number of Full Tilt and Ultimate Bet pro’s in the mix as well (Annette Obrestad, Jeff Madsen, and Scott Clements are wearing FTP Patches, and Eric Baldwin, Adam Levy, and Bryan Devonshire are representing UB). Read more…

Thanks for helping us raise money for a cure.

November 9th, 2010 No comments

On Saturday Night, our family headed over to Woodland Hills to participate in the “Light The Night” walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Our team had set a goal of raising $2,000 for the charity, and we exceeded that goal thanks entirely to the generous donations of our friends and family.  In total, our team contributed to the sum total of more than $200,000 raised on the night, and a sum that places the LLS at close to raising $1 million for Light The Night walks this year.

The event itself was a memorable experience.  Thousands of people converged in the Woodland Hills Park to participate in the event.  The area had a band playing as well as a number of tents for each of the major sponsors of the walk.  One of the tents handed out balloons which contained small flashlights fixed inside of each of the balloons.  There were 3 different colored balloons representing different things.  Red Balloons were given to those walking in the event and supporting the cause.  White balloons were given to people that had survived cancer.  And Gold Balloons were given out in memory of those that had lost their battle with cancer.  The balloon string was connected to a flashlight-like switch that turned the light on inside of the balloons, and as darkness fell the thousands of people turned on their balloons, the event really began to take light (so to speak). Read more…

Adam Levy joins us this week in the Twitter Poker Tour

November 4th, 2010 No comments
Adam Levy

Adam "Roothlus" Levy joins us on The TPT Live Show during the Twitter Poker Tour event tonight

I’m really looking forward to this months Twitter Poker Tour events.  It’s been a lot of work getting all of the prizes up and running for the league, and I hope that it’s going to pay dividends.  I’m anxiously awaiting the result of how many people actually register for the event, and hope that we can actually grow this thing.  Last week’s 67 entrants was a decrease in participation from the 82 the week before, but I’m hoping that with the new leaderboard, and DeepStacks Prizes for the month, that we’ll see a big pick up in numbers.  If we get less than 100 for the first week, I think I’ll actually be upset about it.  But I have hope that this will continue to be the best online poker league anywhere. Read more…

Walking for a Cure

November 1st, 2010 7 comments
Traci and Paul

My wife Traci and I at the "Celebration of Life" at the City of Hope

I’m one of those guys that hates cancer.  Not that there’s anyone out there that cares for the disease mind you, but in the case of our family, it’s played a major role.

In April of 2002, my wife Traci was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a week after she gave birth to her youngest daughter Nikki.   The tumor crushing her lung was softball sized, and the news continued to get worse when the cancer was found in her bone marrow.  At the age of 24, Leukemia – Stage 4 is perhaps one of the worst possible diagnoses one can receive for a mother of 2.

The cancer was treated aggressively with multiple rounds of chemotherapy.  Read more…

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