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Pennsylvania House will meet to discuss Internet Poker Regulation in April

Written on February 26, 2015

Since 2011, lawmakers in Pennsylvania have toyed with the idea of regulating internet poker and casino gambling. Up until now, there has been underwhelming support among legislators to move forward with such a plan. On April 16, 2015, the House Committee on Gaming Oversight will hold a public hearing to discuss the topic once again, and see if lawmaker’s opinions on the matter have changed.

Pennsylvania is currently ranked the second highest revenue grossing state in the US gambling industry, having recently taken that title from New Jersey; (Nevada being number one, of course). But thanks to added … Read More

Delaware & Nevada set timeline for Online Poker Player Pooling

Written on February 25, 2015

Take a step back in time to one year ago, February 2014, when Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware signed an interstate compact for online poker player pooling. The shared liquidity venture was only expected to take a few months, projected to occur in the summer of that year. Now, a long 12 months later, Gov. Sandoval says that Nevada regulators think it could happen in the next 4-6 weeks.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says online poker player pooling with Delaware imminentThe announcement was made during an off-topic interview with Steve Tetreault of the Las Vegas Review Journal. The purpose of the article … Read More

Seals with Clubs shuts down after security breach and raid by Nevada Gaming Commission

Written on February 23, 2015

It was reported over the weekend that the most popular Bitcoin poker site, Seals with Clubs, would be ceasing operations. The original story was an allusive one, pointing to a security breach in the system responsible for the immediate shut down. Now, thanks to video statement from Bryan Micon, Chairman of Seals with Clubs , we know there was a lot more to the decision to close the online poker room.Bitcoin poker site Seals with Clubs closed

In his statement, recorded from Antigua, Micon revealed that the unspecified security breach wasn’t the only thing that occurred February 11th. That morning, his … Read More

Real Gaming announces GTD Satellite Tournaments all weekend, $1k GTD Sunday

Written on February 20, 2015

Anyone who’s been paying attention to Nevada’s online poker promotions lately has surely noticed the series of GTD Shootout freerolls that occurred every evening this week at Real Gaming. Each event was announced just hours before it happened, and it’s finally apparently that there was a method to the madness of the site’s marketeering team. This morning, it was revealed that Real Gaming is hosting a weekend-long series of satellite tournaments with super low buy-ins, culminating into a $1,000 GTD Shootout on Sunday.

When the promotional email went out this morning to all members of Nevada’s newest online … Read More

AG nominee Lynch tells Sen. Graham reversal of Wire Act not likely

Written on February 17, 2015

Theoretically three Republican votes away from becoming the new U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch has been very busy these days. One would-be supporter, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), posed an interesting question, asking the AG-nominee if she would consider reversing the 2011 clarification of the Wire Act by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)—the same clarification gave state’s the right to regulate online poker and casino gambling.

U.S. AG nominee Loretta LynchSen. Graham is no stranger to the US online gambling debate, having been personally responsible for introducing the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) in 2014. Ostensibly, the Senator … Read More

New progressive online poker series, Full Tilt Classic, running Feb 15-22

Written on February 16, 2015

Calling all online poker players – there’s a new tournament series in town. It’s called the Full Tilt Classic, and it presents players who don’t have an excessive bankroll to work with a lot of opportunities to cash in. Full Tilt’s new online poker series began Sunday, February 15th, with tournaments starting at $0.50, and will end on Sunday, February 22nd, with a $100 buy-in, $200k GTD Main Event.

Full Tilt Classic online poker seriesThe Full Tilt Classic will feature two daily deep-stack tournaments for 8 days straight, featuring what the online poker operator calls “some pretty sweet 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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