Home

User login

, after login or registration your account will be connected.


March 26, 2014 - 11:30am
March 26, 2014 - 11:00am
March 25, 2014 - 12:41pm
March 25, 2014 - 11:38am
March 24, 2014 - 11:20am

Social Media



Poker Radio

High Roller Radio
High Roller Radio
2 to 1 You'll Love It!

High Roller Radio
House of Cards
by Ashley Adams
 

Who's online

There are currently 0 users and 20 guests online.

Susie Isaacs - Ladies Legend The 1998 WSOP - The Year of Dreams

Derrick Oliver-Dewan

Article by Derrick Oliver-Dewan

The World Series of Poker has produced a number of remarkable stories of fate over the years and two of the best ever come from the 1998 main event.   Perhaps, the most famous anecdote was delivered by Mike Matusow in his book Checkraising the Devil, when he opted not to play the world championship that year because he had a dream 'The Prince of Poker' Scotty Nguyen would win the event and the $1 million that went with it.

Confident his vision was accurate, Matusow gave half his buy-in, $5000, to Nguyen so he could play instead.  His friends and family thought he was 'Nuts' but 'The Mouth' was confident and maintains to this day he never doubted his decision for a second, not once, because he had seen the outcome vividly in his sleep.   The rest, as they say, is histoy; Nguyen defeated Florida's Kevin McBride heads-up to win, uttering one of the most famous quotes in poker history in the process, "You call and  it's gonna be all over baby."

Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)

Poker News Brief: Ultimate Poker Signs Deal with Reno’s Peppermill Nevada

by Haley Hintze

Licensed online poker site Ultimate Poker expanding its reach into the state’s second-largest market in early March, courtesy of a major deal with Reno’s Peppermill Resort Hotel. The recently renovated Peppermill is one of the leading casino destinations in the Reno-Tahoe market, whose population is dwarfed by greater Las Vegas, but remains the state’s second most populous region. The deal also includes four smaller Peppermill affiliated casinos -- Western Village (Sparks), and the Rainbow, Peppermill Wendover, and Montego Bay (all in Wendover). Ultimate Poker is associated with the Vegas-centric Station Casino family, and lacked prominent landbased casino exposure before this deal.

No votes yet

Thunder Valley: JC Tran Wins 2nd WPT Title

Tran has won quite a bit playing tournament poker over the years, and his career earnings now stand at $11,214,250 according to Hendon Mob poker database. He now has 14 cashes at WPT events and he has won $3,440,918 on tour (12th all-time), but this cash so close to home has to mean a lot, even to a poker player who has accomplished so much in his career.

At a certain point Tran began building a dominant chip lead and it proved too much to overcome, even after Harwell doubled up on the 198th hand of play. On Hand 207 Tran knocked Harwell below 10 big blinds, and a short time later it was over.

On Hand 211 Harwell moved all in preflop for 1,125,000 and Tran called. The two players tabled their hands and Tran had the lead with K4 over Harwell’s 85. The final board was dealt 642109 and Tran won his second WPT title. Harwell was eliminated in second place after a solid run in the tournament and he took home $200,030 for his impressive play at the final table.

Tran adds $302,750 to his sizable career earnings. He also gets a $15,400 seat in the season-ending WPT World Championship, a special edition pair of 24K Monster headphones, and his name will go on the WPT Champions Cup for the second time. Congratulations to JC Tran on the hometown victory. The next tour stop will be the WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open that runs from March 21-25.

No votes yet

Poker News Briefs: South Carolina’s Graham Seeks Wire Act Strengthening

by Haley Hintze

US Senator Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) has announced his intent to introduce Congressional legislation seeking to expand the US’s 1961 Wire Act to cover most forms of online gambling. Graham is among a handful of state and federal level politicians to speak out on the matter in recent months, aligning themselves with the philosophy of an anti-online-gambling push being funded by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. Political observers have speculated that some of the politicians are seeking to curry favor (and possibly contributions) from Adelson, a leading GOP donor who famously dropped at least $10 million into Newt Gingrich’s failed 2012 presidential campaign. Graham, in his statement, wants to strengthen the Wire Act’s reach, reversing a 2011 interpretation by US Attorney General Eric Holder that the law applies only to sports betting.

Your rating: None Average: 4 (2 votes)

Foxwoods Poker Classic - She Lok Wong takes Championship Trophy

By Rhue R. Reis  [Pictured left to right: Sam Hadded, She Lok Wong, Mazen Neshiwat]

3-Way Agreement Leaves She Lok Wong With Championship Trophy and $95,000

The $2,700 No Limit Hold’em Main Event at the 2014 Foxwoods Poker Classic had 226 entrants start play on Friday battling it out for a piece of the $548,050 prize pool. Eighty-two returned at noon on Saturday for day two action. Play continued for just over ten hours before the money was reached, and another two hours before play was over for the night with thirteen players remaining. Play resumed at noon on Sunday and in two hours, the final table was determined. Seven hours of final table action culminated with the final three reaching an agreement that gave Mazen Nesheiwat of Poughkeepsie, NY $84,125 for 3rd, Sam Haddad of Westwood, MA collected $92,434 and the Commemorative Watch for 2nd, while She Lok Wong of Forest Hills, NY garnered the Championship Trophy and Top Prize Money of $95,000.

No votes yet

Poker News Briefs: Utah House Investigation Reports Probable Felonies Linked in Online Poker Matters

by Haley Hintze

Utah House Investigation Reports Probable Felonies by Former State AG, US Senators Linked in Online Poker Matters – A 206-page report issued by a Utah House-authorized investigative panel in mid-March has asserted that former state Attorney General John Swallow may have committed as many as eight different felonies in a wide-ranging series of allegations with ties to the “Black Friday” online-poker processing conducted through a St. George, UT bank. Central to the investigation’s findings are evidence obtained from indicted Utah online marketer Jeremy Johnson, an unindicted, but important figure in the Black Friday affair. A secretly taped conversation of a meeting between Johnson and Swallow includes admissions of suspect behavior by Swallow, who resigned in November, and also includes the Johnson-alleged assertion of a million-dollar bribe paid through back channels to US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) through back channels. The investigation into Swallow, led by two Utah county prosecutors, also includes the links to Reid and to US Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), but without formal federal assistance. According to the two Utah prosecutors, their request for the FBI to investigate Reed’s and Lee’s possible connections was blocked by the US Department of Justice.

Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)

Poker News Briefs: New Jersey Online Gambling Numbers Rise Again

by Haley Hintze

Jersey Online Gambling Revenue Grows While Delaware Numbers Stagnate – The effect of “critical mass” on poker-play pool liquidity can be seen in the contrasting online-gambling revenue numbers posted in February by eastern US states New Jersey and Delaware, both of which went live with online-gambling services (including poker) in November.  New Jersey’s monthly revenue topped $10 million for the first time in February, more than a 20% day-over-day gain from January’s numbers, and the state has logged roughly a quarter of a million real-money signups in less than four months.  Meanwhile, much-smaller Delaware has struggled, seeing declining signups and revenue in each of the past two months.  Delaware’s small size and growth struggles are part of the impetus for the player-sharing deal it recently signed with Nevada, the third US state currently offering legalized online poker.

Your rating: None Average: 4 (2 votes)

Take the Information and Run With It

by David Chicotsky

We’ve all heard the phrase, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, in poker, in the vast majority of situations—you can. For the most part, players are very straightforward with their intentions, and when you have a read on someone (assuming you’re competent at gauging other players’ tendencies) you can usually use that info against your opponent in the future. In my previous articles I’ve highlighted how important it is to shift-gears, since playing the same way throughout a tournament makes us predictable. Despite this advice, be aware that the average player doesn’t shift gears enough.

 As a good training exercise to work on shifting gears, play a tournament and alternate between playing loose and tight every other level. Obviously there is no other logic behind this exercise than to get you comfortable switching gears. Normally, you’d want to switch gears during opportune times of a tournament, but in this case it’s easy enough to go from tight to loose at the start of each level. In tournament poker there is a perceived need to reconfirm information to help substantiate our thoughts on various opponents. I caution you against this...and here’s what I mean. If you think someone is loose, and you’re correct let’s say 80% of the time, you’re better off treating him accordingly right away (by re-raising the player on our right in this example). If you reconfirm this information by not re-raising and deciding to wait until the player has made another loose open, you’ll be that much more sure the player is loose (let’s make up a number, say 90% sure). The problem is, now this player realizes you’ve seen him play loose and can adjust accordingly. So even though you’ve increased your hypothetical certainty percentage from 80 to 90, the effectiveness of using that information against your opponent drops drastically. Essentially, the longer you wait to counter-act your opponent, the easier it is for your opponent to be conscious of this and adjust accordingly.

Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)

Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni Poker Tournament at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh

by Barbara Rogers

You may not be able to beat these guys in a hockey match but you sure could beat them in a poker match. March 29th at 7pm at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh will be your chance to play against hockey hot shots; famed hockey alumni Frank Leroux, Pierre Larouche, Bryan Trottier, Kim Clarkson and Duane Rupp are some players you could thump. All for charity, fun and winning money with unlimited buys of 5,000 in chips for $25. The starting stack is 10,000 with 20 minute levels and a total buy-in of $205 (the breakdown is $125 entry fee + 50 charity + 25 house fee + 5 dealers pool). Visit Rivers Poker section for the latest information. Pending PGCB approval.

No votes yet

Alpha-Bets

by Barbara Connors

Everybody has to start somewhere. For poker players, just as for readers, the journey begins with ABC. Literally, of course in the case of readers, while aspiring poker players cut their teeth on a style of play known as ABC poker.

As the name implies, ABC poker is about building-block fundamentals. It’s poker played strictly by the book. But ABC poker can be best described by what it is not—it is not creative, it is not deceptive, it doesn’t make adjustments for your opponents’ playing styles, and it’s often not the most profitable way to play a given hand. And if all that’s not unappealing enough, because ABC poker dictates that you play by the book—following somebody else’ script— there’s little sense of personal satisfaction or accomplishment, even when you win.

Your rating: None Average: 4 (1 vote)

Poker Player Home | About Us | Contact Us

All material ©Poker Player All Rights Reserved unless materials are under existing copyright and said materials are the property of their respective copyright holders. Poker Player expressly disclaims any warranty relating to any content of any pages or any links provided on these pages.

 

 

 

 

 

Syndicate

Syndicate content

Poker Player Newsletter

Subscribe to our
FREE POKER NEWSLETTER

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

 

World Series of Poker