Posts Tagged ‘Online Poker’

Accepting the loss of online poker

June 16th, 2011 4 comments

It's been 2 months since the online poker shutdown, and I'm still completing the grieving process.

I hate beginning blogs by saying “I apologize for not writing more often.”  But the reality is, I really hate that I’ve been too depressed to put my fingers on the keyboard and just see what comes out of it.  I think that the combination of having online poker taken away from me on April 15th, and being on the outside of the WSOP looking in, along with the acceptance of having to get a real job that pays only slightly less than minimum wage, finally just all caught up with me. The last couple of days have been somewhat of an acceptance that while I didn’t get what I wanted, I’ll just simply have to grab myself by my belt-loops and trudge through it all.

Let me first start out talking about the WSOP.  It’s been pretty painful to watch all of my friends at the WSOP this year and realize that there is no way that I can join them.  I’m not backed to play in events, and I don’t have a gig this year that would allow me to attend.  My last ditch efforts and solicitations to bring my passion and knowledge of the games, and my abilities to some media outlet to cover the events just came up short.  I couldn’t find a single source to bring me aboard for this year’s events, and I wasn’t financially capable of doing it on my own dime this year.  So I was one of those “outside looking in” guys that got to watch everything take place without me.  Now that the first 2 weeks are a memory, it’s hitting me that I really missed out.  I’ll take some solace in the fact that I’m traveling out to Las Vegas with the family from June 28th – 30th, as we’ve got two nights comped.  So the plan is to steal time away from the family for as many hours as they’ll let me to hang out at the Rio and see some of my friends.  At least I should be able to get one day in…hopefully that will satisfy some of the loss. Read more…

Skill versus Luck. What a great court case this would be.

May 4th, 2011 1 comment

United States Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured) said today that there is skill involved in poker. Enough skill to be considered a "Skill game?"

Today US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a House Judiciary Committee meeting and was asked some questions about the Southern District of New York’s indictment of the three largest US friendly online poker sites.  The part that struck me, I think that Holder really at his core is going to see that poker is a skill game.

While Holder said that he “agreed” that the actions made sense, he wasn’t exactly a great sales person for the prosecution.  Firstly, Holder said at the committee meeting today that “We have to enforce the law as it exists and there are laws on the books with regard to Internet gambling that we have to enforce.  The case that we brought for instance in the Southern District of New York involved pretty substantial amounts of money and big financial institutions and I think those cases are appropriate.”

I’m reading a little between the lines here, but my basic thought on this quote is that the only reason that they brought the action is because these companies made so much money.  While I think that he believes the UIGEA violations occurred by the sites, I don’t think that action would have been taken if the companies were only making a few thousand bucks a year.  But because that number was around $40 Billion, well, now you have our attention. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #13 Phil Laak and Gus Hansen win bracelets

December 26th, 2010 No comments
Laak and Hansen Win

Phil Laak (pictured left with girl friend Jen Tilly) and Gus Hansen both took down their 1st career bracelet's at the 2010 WSOP-E

The World Series of Poker events in the month of September tend to get much less publicity than the events in June and July.  It has much less to do with the fact that the September events take place in London than in Las Vegas, and everything to do with perception from poker players here in the U.S.  Many devalue the tournament series of the WSOP-Europe because it’s an “extension” of the WSOP, and no the actual Series.  But it doesn’t stop the series from dishing out their coveted bracelets, and the crème de la crème of poker turn out to play their events in stocked, albeit smaller fields.  At the 2010 WSOP-E, there were two specific stories that emerged which stood out.  Two individuals added to their already impressive poker resumes an achievement that every poker players aspires for and many were surprised that they had not yet achieved.  Bracelet’s finally found their way to the wrist of Phil Laak and Gus Hansen. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #14 Gavin Smith

December 23rd, 2010 1 comment
Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith winning his first WSOP Bracelet was one of the best stories of the year

When you’re able to see something in person it typically has more meaning.  I was in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker to cover Event #47, a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Event for the Twitter Poker Tour.  One of our own was playing, and was entering into Day 1b on Sunday.  When I arrived on Saturday, I decided to check out action in the other tournaments running, and a special event had evolved at the ESPN Featured table in the Amazon room at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino.  Event #44 (a $2,500 Mixed Hold’em Event) had played down to a final table, revolving between Limit and No Limit Hold’em.  Also playing was Event #45 which was a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event and their Day 2 was winding down. Because a friend of mine (Alex Outhred) had a good sized stack in that event, I stuck on his rail for the remainder of the evening, and all the while kept sending glimpses over to the Featured Table where a unique event continued to unfold.  When play wrapped for the night, I finally headed over to watch and claimed a seat to witness an event that I will remember forever. 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…

Responding to all of my readers comments regarding Bot's.

October 22nd, 2010 No comments

No CheatingI’ve received so many responses and views on the botting article I wrote last week that I think it deserves a second post to defend my position to those that want to claim that they are in favor of Bots.  So many of the comments have been critical of my view on botting.  I don’t mind criticism.  In fact I welcome it.  I am however overwhelmed and dumbfounded at some of the lunacy that has taken place with the respect to some of the comments that have come through.  Let me address these with my personal opinion on Bot’s.

The business of selling bots can be good money to the bot companies.  And for players that employ the use of a good bot, they can be profitable.  I understand that it takes a long time and a lot of effort combined with trial and error to set up a proper Bot.  I get all that.  They can be complex devices to make a tough game an easy money earner, that once set up properly,  require very little effort from the player in respect to decision making.  I get that.  But in no way, shape, or form does it change the fact that Bots are illegal. Read more…

Needing a poker pick-me up

October 19th, 2010 4 comments

So close to $1k, yet so far

Things haven’t been going well for me of late in the bankroll building department.  At one point, I was mired in an 0-for-52 MTT and S&G slump.  That’s 52 consecutive touranments without a cash.  Pretty gross.

The subsequent damage to the bankroll was considerable, and my quest to get to the $1,000 bankroll mark off of the $50 deposit was met with a terrible downswing.  The worst part was, it came directly after a 3rd place finish in a $5 MTT that padded the roll over $200.  But that was completely wiped out during this swing.  Read more…

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