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Results of RAWA debate not good for Online Poker PlayersWritten on March 26, 2015
Despite the 11th hour addition of testimony from a witness that opposes federal anti-online gambling regulations, the RAWA debate on Capitol Hill yesterday did not go well for the online poker community. Fear-mongering testimony from three of the five panelists served casino magnate Sheldon Adelson well.
The RAWA debate was bought and paid for by Mr. Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp who made his billions off the land-based gambling industry. That alone did not bode well for online poker advocates, and putting RAWA’s presenter, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, in charge of the proceedings, with an additional 5 … Read More
Nevada & Delaware begin Soft Launch of Online Poker Player PoolingWritten on March 25, 2015
One of the most encouraging messages for internet poker enthusiasts in the United States was delivered yesterday evening by Donnie Peters, Editor in Chief at PokerNews. From his Twitter account, Peters announced confirmation from WSOP.com that online poker player pooling has finally begun between Nevada and Delaware.
The shared liquidity compact between Gov. Jack Markell and Gov. Brian Sandoval – more than a year in the making – finally took its first steps yesterday with the soft-launch phase of online poker player pooling between their respective states.Read More
PPA disgruntled by Biased Witness Panel for Wednesday’s RAWA HearingWritten on March 23, 2015
The RAWA Hearing that was supposed to happen on Capitol Hill earlier this month was postponed due to inclement weather, rescheduled for this Wednesday, March 25th. The Poker Players Alliance was relieved by the postponement as it gave everyone time to learn who would appear on the witness panel. That relief has turned to disgust as it turns out—as suspected—the list of witnesses appears to be heavily stacked in favor of Sheldon Adelson and his fellow online gambling opponents.
A tentative list of witnesses has been published by veteran iGaming journalist Steve Ruddock, and while no … Read More
No April Fools Joke: MGM Resorts does away with Cash at Poker TablesWritten on March 21, 2015
When we think of Las Vegas poker tables where high stakes cash games take place, we envision large stacks of cash mixed in with the chips. How many times have we watched live broadcasts of cash games where one poker pro or another finds himself low-stacked with a huge hand, pulling out a wad of bills to raise or cover a bet? Such scenes will no longer take place at MGM Resorts properties throughout Las Vegas.
Santa Ysabel declares support of all-inclusive iPoker regulation in CaliforniaWritten on March 19, 2015
All of the Native Tribes in California seem to support iPoker regulation, but most have sided with one faction or another on the issue of how it should be done, and who should be allowed to participate. Up until now, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel Tribe has kept quiet on the issue. Now the tribe’s Chairman, Dave Vialpando, is speaking out, throwing his support fully behind all-inclusive iPoker regulation in California.
Vialpando said that the current legislative status towards online poker has been “counterproductive to consumer demand”, and that the state needs to stop dragging … Read More
GC Report predicts US online gambling expansion in 2015, RAWA doomed to failWritten on March 18, 2015
A recent study of the US online gambling industry was conducted by Gambling Compliance (GC) in which the research team predicted the future of the industry for 2015. The most notable projections had to do with what US jurisdictions are the most likely to regulate online casino and/or poker games, and what will become of HR 707, the bill designed to enforce a blanket ban of iGaming across the nation, known as RAWA.The Future of US Online Gambling in 2015
The GC report, entitled US Internet Gambling In Focus: 2014 and 2015, based its predictions on … Read More
Welcome to the DurrrrChallengeWho is this man Durrrr ? At just 22 years of age, Tom Dwan has become one of the most respected poker pros in the history of the game. From nosebleed cash games to some of the world's largest live and online poker tournaments, the man they call "durrrr" can be found everywhere. Recently, Dwan issued the Million Dollar Challenge: open to any member of the poker community except Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, the challenge requires opponents to play Dwan in 50,000 hands of $200/$400 or higher on four tables at a time. If either player drops below 75 big blinds in their stack at any point, they must reload. At the conclusion of the Pot Limit Omaha or No Limit Hold'em hands, a winner will be crowned. If Dwan is ahead by $1 or more, his opponent must fork over $500,000. If Dwan's opponent is ahead by $1 or more, the youngster has offered to pay $1.5 million. In each case, the victor will also keep the spoils of the 50,000 hands of play. In addition to the money, the Million Dollar Challenge is about bragging rights.
The Challenge, as you'd expect, generated a considerable amount of buzz even before any poker pros raised their hands to play. However, three of the game's best will face Dwan and receive 3:1 odds on their money: Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey, and David Benyamine. The latter two are World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet holders; in fact, Ivey owns five of them. In 2005, Antonius won the prestigious European Poker Tour (EPT) Baden event. He also finished third in the 2007 WSOP World Championship of Pot Limit Omaha for $311,000. The trio combines for $5.25 million in career WSOP cashes. Ivey and Antonius are both members of Team Full Tilt.
Dwan also has plenty of live tournament experience. He made the televised final table and finished fourth in the World Poker Tour's (WPT) Foxwoods Poker Finals during Season VI for $324,000. He's appeared on NBC's "National Heads-Up Poker Championship" and "Poker After Dark."
First up for Dwan is Antonius. Designated Pot Limit Omaha tables have already been set up on Full Tilt Poker to host the spectacle. Keep checking back for up to the minute details on one of the world's most unique Real Money Texas Holdem Challenge.
Myths about Texas Holdem and the Challenge
Myths can be useful. On the surface they provide plausible explanations of why things are the way they are. Beyond that, they keep believers from discovering the truth, allowing those who know better to profit at the expense of others’ naiveté.
In poker, the abundance of myths certainly keeps play interesting. Following are a dozen of the most pervasive ones, many of which encourage inexperienced players to put more in the pot than they should or inhibit potentially good ones from playing at all.
- Poker is a game of chance . The inventor of this one obviously wanted to entice more novices to stop studying the game, give up calculating odds and put their chips in the hands of fate (with “fate” being a particularly good player). Quite the contrary, scientific research has shown that a player’s talent is the single most important determinant of success. Winning poker is about six parts skill for every one part luck.
- Good players always win. Don’t tell that to anyone who has ever finished second at a World Series of Poker (WSOP) title event. Even in cash games, the randomness of the cards is still a factor. Although good players succeed more than they fail—perhaps 60% or even 70% of the time—lose they most certainly do, walking away to play another day. That means there is at least an opportunity for lesser players to take them down.
- Winners must be super aggressive. Hollywood might like that script, and relentless pressure certainly has its place, especially in big money tournaments. But in cash play and limit games, it can actually work against a good player. Most successful professionals, like a Chip Reese or a Dan Harrington, are selectively aggressive. They can turn it on or off and will go full throttle only for short periods of time.
- Great poker players are born, not made. There might be such a thing as “natural poker talent,” but it is no substitute for experience and learning. Many of the top players today have an aptitude for math; they are good with numbers and quick at making calculations. Others are masters of human psychology. But those are just foundations on which to build their poker prowess. It takes playing in real game situations to develop one’s skills to the point of greatness.
- Poker is a man’s game. This has to be true, right guys? Just look at the WSOP poker rankings—all men—except for Annie Duke, Kathy Liebert, Jennifer Harman Traniello, Vanessa Selbst, Vanessa Rousso, Annette Obrestad, Joanne Liu, Liv Boeree and ten other women who have earned more than $1 million at the tables, not to mention dozens of other females who now play professionally. Sorry fellas, but it’s time to apologize to the ladies for this myth.
- Poker is all about reads . Players who can identify poker tells and understand what they mean certainly have an advantage. But if that were the secret to success, nobody would ever be successful online, where opponents are faceless, bodiless and perhaps just poker bots with poor programming. It’s much more important to know how to play your own cards than to focus on mind reading.
- Bad players ruin the game . That might be true at the Blackjack table, but in poker, bad players are the fish that feed the sharks. Even the ones that consistently overplay hands, raising when they should fold, staying in and catching lucky draws on the River, will eventually feed the chip stacks of the better players at a table. Bad players welcome!
- Losing bluffs help big hands win. Folks who subscribe to this baloney truly believe that they can’t get opponents to go along with their monster hands unless it appears they might be bluffing. What nonsense! Although getting caught in a bluff isn’t the worst thing that can happen in poker, it should never be a player’s intention. The sole purpose of bluffing is to turn a weak hand into a winner, not to advertise incompetence. Good players win big on big hands regardless of whether they bluffed previously or not.
- Online poker is fixed . Pardon the double entendre. Online poker is certainly not fixed (rigged) but it has been fixed (corrected) ever since the poker cheating scandals of 2005-07, involving Absolute Poker and UltimateBet. Today’s reputable online poker rooms are secure, monitored by regulators and audited to prevent any types of cheating or scams. If the games were ever found to be unfair, users and the industry would come down on them like a flopped flush on a pocket pair.
- It’s easier to win online than at live tables. So much depends on who is playing, where and when that no generalization of this sort can be made. In fact, the opposite may be true. Las Vegas poker regulars say a constant flow of tourists makes winning there easier than online, where the same players can be seen day after day. Online multi-tabling also means a single shark can feed on more fish, so in that respect it may be even more difficult to succeed in the virtual version.
- More bad beats occur online . It sure might seem like this is true, especially to anyone who has played a lot online and off. But it’s mainly a mathematical illusion. Online play is faster, meaning more hands per hour at the table and, hence, more bad beats in total than at real tables, where play is much, much slower. On the other hand, a real contributing factor might be looser play at online tables, leading to more bad breaks.
- Playing Texas Holdem for money is illegal . Unfortunately, this is true in some places, but not universally so. In Nevada, licensed casinos have poker rooms. In California, legal card clubs abound. New Jersey bans cash games played at home, but allows poker operated by some 12,000 organizations throughout the state. Online poker playing is lawful in most parts of the world, and some web sites welcome players from the U.S. and other countries where it is not. It is up to each individual to be aware of what laws apply, as they vary greatly from one jurisdiction to another.