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EcoPayz Poker Deposits: 15 Years of Fast & Secure Payments for Online Players

Written on April 24, 2015

The key to playing online poker for real money is being able to deposit and withdrawal funds in a fast, safe and secure manner. Over the years, EcoPayz poker payments have earned that unrelenting classification. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary as a trusted online payment solution, the company has become a top-tier choice for the online poker community.

EcoPayz (formerly EcoCard) is one of the oldest, longest-lasting online payment solutions in the business, established in 2000. Having facilitated EcoPayz poker payments for years without err, the parent company, PSI-Pay LTD, took the next step by … Read More

Online Poker Player Pooling has Positive Impact on Delaware iPoker Revenue

Written on April 23, 2015

Delaware may be known for a lot of things, but size is not one of them. It is home to the 6th smallest population in the US, boasting just under one million residents in 2014. As such, state officials were well aware that Delaware iPoker revenue would not be a significant factor in the growth of government tax coffers. And while that fact remains true today, it is worth noting that the player pooling compact with Nevada has resulted in an increase of 26% more revenue in March.

Making the story even more interesting is the time Read More

eCheck Poker Deposits, the Guaranteed Way to Fund Online Play

Written on April 20, 2015

There aren’t too many things guaranteed in this life, aside from death and taxes, of course. For online poker players in the US, the ability to make a deposit can be even more volatile than making a profit on the virtual felt. With that in mind, we’d like to share with you the rapidity and convenience of eCheck poker deposits.

Making a purchase with an eCheck, also known as ACH (Automated Clearing House) or EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer), is as easy as writing a personal check. Admittedly, in day to day life, the use of … Read More

Resorts Casino to Syngerize Live & Online Casino with iGaming Lounge

Written on April 17, 2015

The first land-based casino in New Jersey, Resorts Casino is making history in the Garden State once more by opening the first digital iGaming Lounge at its Atlantic City property. The company said its business strategy is to create synergy between its live and online casino offerings by giving their customers a more immersive experience.

Resorts was late to enter the state’s online casino market, launching in late February 2015, but that doesn’t mean the company comes up short on spearheading evolution in the industry. Yesterday, alongside the ‘Official’ hard launch of the online gaming site, Resorts Casino unveiled Read More

Entropay Poker Deposits: The Best Kept Secret in Online Financing

Written on April 15, 2015

For online poker players, the security of their personal and financial information is a top priority. Any long-time player can attest to the fact that the number of reliable payment options has shrunk dramatically over the last 5-10 years, and not everyone is comfortable sharing their credit card details over the internet. With that in mind, I’d like to take a moment to inform fellow internet gamers about Entropay poker deposits; perhaps the best kept secret in online financing.

In my personal experience, Entropay poker deposits have been a boon to the iGaming industry. It works as a Virtual Read More

New Faces in CMO, COO positions at Amaya Gaming’s Rational Group

Written on April 14, 2015

Rational Group, parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, has undergone a multitude of changes in the last year. Since being acquired by Canadian-based Amaya Gaming, the business strategy has—most would say—improved remarkably. The company’s latest endeavor was to implant new senior management leaders at Rational Group in the roles of CMO and COO.

It’s been confirmed that Amaya Gaming initiated the appointment of two new heads of operations on Friday, April 10. The role of Chief Marketing Officer was awarded to Gino Appiotti, while the position of Chief Operating Officer now belongs to Israel 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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