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Delaware Online Poker sees 15% revenue boost, 44% overall

Written on December 19, 2014

The online gambling revenue being generated in the tiny state of Delaware isn’t particularly significant, especially when compared to the two other US states of Nevada and New Jersey where interactive casino games and/or poker has been regulated. What is significant, however, were last month’s fiscal reports, indicating a 44% increase in iGaming revenue, including a 15% boost from online poker.

Delaware iGaming revenue up 44%, online poker up 15%For October 2014, Delaware Lottery officials reported the second lowest overall iGaming revenue generation of $130,268.65, with the absolute lowest being $111,387.71 in November of 2013; that being the first full month the state’s online gambling market … Read More

Is Gus Hansen taking another break from online poker after $56k win?

Written on December 18, 2014

Gus Hansen, aka The Great Dane, is one of the most recognized professional poker players of our time. At 40 years of age, he’s racked up over $9 million and a throng of championship titles. Unfortunately, in recent years, he’s become better known for his exorbitant losses in the online poker realm. After returning to Full Tilt from a 3 month hiatus, he may be trying to reverse the pattern with intermittent breaks.

Gus Hansen online poker hiatus results in $56k profitHighstakesDB has been tracking Hansen for years now, dating back to November of 2006. In all that time, the Dane’s Full Tilt account has never … Read More

PokerHost breaks ties with Equity to join Winning Poker Network

Written on December 16, 2014

Starting from the ground floor isn’t always the easiest of tasks, especially when breaking into one of the most competitive industries in the world. That was exactly the position the creators of the Equity Poker Network put themselves in 13 months ago. It’s been a rocky first year, to put it lightly, and the loss of another big operator, PokerHost, isn’t going to help matters.

PokerHost hopped aboard the innovative new online poker network just over a year ago, right after EPN debuted its real money poker software on November 8th, 2013. Now 13 months down the road, … Read More

Santa Ysabel online poker site may fail due to “facsimile” exemption in IGRA

Written on December 15, 2014

The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel have stirred up an awful lot of dust since announcing their intention to open a legal, regulated online poker site in California. Although the website,, has yet to transition to real money gaming, a cash-play online bingo site went live in November. Last week, the state of California successfully petitioned for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against, and it could spell doom for the tribe’s intention to offer real money online poker.

The Santa Ysabel based the legality of their right to offer California online poker and bingo games on the … Read More

Poker Rooms with Minimum Deposit

Written on December 13, 2014

Poker is a game that transcends culture and status, a game that everyone can play and a game that is played all around the world. Poker is at its biggest in the United States, which is no surprise. Not only do Americans love to gamble, but many variants of poker were born in the US. Texas Hold’em was spawned in a small Texas town, Omaha was probably created in a US casino and Five Card Draw was played by early Americans and those cigar chomping, pistol carrying outlaws of the Wild West, with the game being popular with everyone from … Read More

Party Borgata proves courtesy is key to player retention in New Jersey

Written on December 12, 2014

Online poker operators have spent nearly two decades trying to determine what specific elements draw players to the virtual felt. Theories have been splayed in all directions, from software superiority and promotional offerings, to customer support, a broad game variety and widespread tournament availability. In New Jersey, it seems the Party Borgata network may have found the answer.

In the last year since the Garden State launched its legal, regulated online poker market, player traffic has been disappointing overall. Two operating networks, Party Borgata (Party Poker and Borgata Poker) and WSOP NJ (Caesars Interactive), immediately took the lead and have … Read More

Welcome to the DurrrrChallenge

Who 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.

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