Absolute Poker has been on a tear as of late, both in expanding their player base as well as their stable of site pros. Every night, over 15,000 players flock to Absolute's wide selection of cash games and tournaments. And if they're lucky, they might just get the chance to test their skills against top professionals and WSOP champions such as Mark Seif, Brandon Cantu, Sean McCabe, Casey Kastle, Lacey Jones and Card Player's 2006 Player of the Year Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi.
Possibly the most famous Finnish poker player of all is Patrik Antonius. Lately, he's been on tour Stateside, hitting several major events since the World Series. And what a World Series it was: five cashes, including ninth in the $25,000 HORSE event. Antonius also finished runner-up in 2005's Doyle Brunson event at Bellagio. This native son does Finland proud, and it's also remarkable considering Finland has only one casino with poker.
"We offer cash games and tournaments," says Jukka Rasanen, table games and poker manager at Grand Casino Helsinki.
Situated within the beautiful woodlands of Northeastern Wisconsin, The Menominee Casino- Bingo-Hotel is where the surroundings come alive. Just a short, scenic 1/2 hour drive west of Green Bay; take exit 225 off of Hwy. 29, drive north 8 miles and you will find Menominee Casino on the left side of the road!
The history of poker in Poland is fairly recent. It all began after the fall of the USSR. In late 1989, the economy was transformed to a free market, references to Communism were struck from the constitution, and the country was reborn as the Republic of Poland. By the early '90s, democracy had taken root. Thanks to this movement, casinos began appearing across the country, mostly basing themselves in hotels.
Carol, most of the folks who read my columns know that I try to write a little different than other poker columnists, and try to work a little poker into the mix-but today, I want to make this entire column about poker, so... First, the game of poker is always changing. It is never the same, so you have to grow your poker game or you will have a great deal of difficulty in winning.
I do not like change-I like the old ways, but they are gone like the Dodo bird-You have to grow your game or you will need to find money to buy chips with.
Some casinos employ people known as proposition players or props, whose job is to fill short-handed games. The name comes from the practice many years ago of players approaching management and making propositions for compensation in return for their help keeping games going. Today, there's no "proposition" to it. Employees are paid an already established hourly wage to gamble with their own money. How much they earn depends on how much they win. Their paycheck is additional profit or compensation against their loss.
There once was a U.S. based sweepstakes, designed to raise money for Irish hospitals, that was incredibly popular. Illegal, but popular. Tickets were smuggled into the country. How popular was it? About 13 percent of the population bought at least one ticket. The Irish are integral to the introduction of worldclass poker to the United States. Benny Binion, an Irish-American, created the Horseshoe in Vegas in 1951 and helped found the World Series of Poker in 1970.
Mention the Las Vegas Hilton and every one connects the joint with "Elvis the King." The Las Vegas Hilton was home to the King for his 8 years as headliner at "the showroom" of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Hilton. The gig broke all the Vegas entertainment records. Elvis performed 837 consecutive sell-outs entertaining 2.5 million people. The Elvis Presley penthouse suite is a Las Vegas famous place. An original bronze work stands tribute to King. Elvis will never leave this building.
Live poker has reached the furthest corners of Europe - including a place that seems unlikely to be a gambling haven at first - Hungary.
The first night I ever logged on to Ultimate Bet, way back in 2003, I popped open a shorthanded $300-$600 triple draw table and watched as two online unknowns drilled into Phil Hellmuth's bankroll to the tune of $20,000.
Outdrawn again and again off his made eights and nines, Hellmuth went on chip-spewing tilt as he tried to re-raise these young comers out of pots to no avail and went bezerk in the chat box. "Do you know who I am?"