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Borgata NJ gives online poker grinders 4,500 reasons to play more

Written on October 6, 2014

New Jersey’s Borgata Poker is calling all grinders of the virtual felt to the tables this month with a brand new promotion, aptly titled The Grind. The online poker site will be dishing up free poker chips and tournament tickets all throughout October to players who earn enough iReward Points (iRP). Those that play hard enough can earn as much as $4,500 in cash and tournament tickets.

Members of Borgata Poker are already earning iRP just for playing real money online poker, both at cash games and tournaments. But this month, those frequent player points will translate to even … Read More

NJ Live and Online Poker market shrinking with Trump Taj Mahal closure

Written on September 29, 2014

New Jersey went from being the gambling mecca of the east coast just a few years back, to losing a third of its casino properties in 2014 alone. Down from 12 to 8 gambling establishments in Atlantic City, it appears another member of the industry is going to be out of business next month. Trump Taj Mahal, which saw its online poker and casino gaming partner, Ultimate Gaming, exit the state earlier this month, is scheduled to close its doors November 13, but the company hasn’t given up on the property just yet.

Trump Entertainment Resorts, parent company of Trump … Read More

Nevada online poker players can fund their accounts at the local 7-11

Written on September 24, 2014

When the first regulated online poker sites in the US opened their doors last year, one of the key complaints – among many others – was the lack of available deposit methods. Members of Nevada’s newest poker site, Real Gaming, won’t have to worry about that anymore. According to an announcement made by representatives of the online poker room yesterday, players can now make an instant deposit at any in-state 7-11 convenience store outlet using the PayNearMe funding method.

PayNearMe is a nationwide, cash transaction network that allows users to make immediate payments for a multitude of purposes; everything from … Read More

2014 Borgata Poker Open awards $843k and WPT Title to Darren Elias

Written on September 22, 2014

The Borgata Poker Open is a staple of the World Poker Tour (WPT), taking place each year at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This year’s rendition featured 24 primary events, including the $3 million GTD main event that began on September 14th. Five days later, the final table was set, and in the end, it was Darren “darrenelias” Elias who took home the coveted WPT Title along with $843,744 after eliminating Kane Kalas in heads-up.

The 2014 Borgata Poker Open drew a massive field of 1,226, all dishing up the $3,500 buy-in/fee (or winning a seat … Read More

WSOP.com signs 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Merson as first Sponsored Pro

Written on September 18, 2014

The regulated online poker market in Nevada has been up and running for 17 months now, but its leading operator, WSOP.com, is just now on the cusp of celebrating its one year anniversary. Launched September 19, 2013, the real money online poker site will be one year old on Friday – an event well worth commemorating in the eyes of the state’s top iGaming operator. To help celebrate, WSOP.com has done something they’ve never done before – they’ve signed their very first sponsored pro, and it just happens to be the 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion, Greg Merson.

Owned by … Read More

Retired Hockey Pro Danyeko signs sponsorship deal with Party Poker NJ

Written on September 16, 2014

Ken Danyeko is an immensely popular name in New Jersey; one the owners of the state’s popular online poker site, PartyPoker, couldn’t resist associating with their brand. For those who aren’t familiar with the 50 year old Canadian born athlete, Danyeko is a retired professional hockey player who spent his entire 20 year career with the New Jersey Devils (1983-2003). He’s been playing the role of halftime commentator at his former team’s games ever since, and more recently became an avid poker enthusiast.

Over the span of two decades, Danyeko earned a reputation as a dominant force as the Devils … 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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