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Monday, 19 December 2005
Charities capitalize on poker boom
ROCKFORD Poker is the new bingo. At least, that's how a growing number of charities in the Rock River Valley feel. Just ask John Guth, director of Ken-Rock Community Center. Like many other nonprofit groups, Ken-Rock has watched charitable donations dry up in recent years. Budget shortfalls have forced the neighborhood center to lay off two full-time employees since 2002. And revenue from weekly bingo games is slipping. So Guth organized a Texas Hold'Em tournament in March that offered as the gr...

Saturday, 17 December 2005
Paradise Poker to match own record for largest-ever free online poker prize
NEW YORK, NY, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ - Online poker players from around the globe are competing in the world's richest free online poker tournament. Ten Paradise Poker online players will compete in a head-to-head final table in Nassau, Bahamas on Sunday December 18. The ten finalists are all amateurs who defeated thousands of competitors to make it to the final table. They include a taxi driver, a self-proclaimed "ski bum," a Vietnam vet and a railway conductor. "The response to our first Million D...

Saturday, 17 December 2005
Players' body language can tell you everything
You'll often hear the expression, playing the player, as it relates to poker. I want to share with you what it actually means, as well as give you some tips on how to do it. The great Doyle Brunson once said, about a No Limit game he played in, "I could beat that game without even looking at my cards." He wasn't being cocky or disrespectful towards the other players. Doyle was just supremely confident in his ability to play the players. He could read them so well that the cards became irrelevant....

Friday, 16 December 2005
WPT's Lyle Berman thinks poker as popular as pro golf on TV
Although his personal tastes run more toward game fishing and skeet shooting, Lyle Berman names another sport as the one poker is most likely to emulate as it evolves: pro golf. Berman, the man who effectively controls the World Poker Tour as the organization's executive chairman, sees some similarities between the fairways and the green baize, the roughs and the bluffs. As a televised competitive event, "poker is still in its infancy," Berman said recently at the Gambler's Book Shop near downtown...

Friday, 16 December 2005
$60M Winner-Take-All Poker Tourney Set
LOS ANGELES - Six players will compete in a winner-take-all $60 million televised poker tournament next summer. Fox Sports Net reached agreement on a three-year deal Monday, with the pots growing to $75 million in 2007 and $100 million in 2008 for the one-day competitions at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The first tournament is scheduled July 12 and will last at least six hours and up to 10 hours, said FSN vice president of programming and production George Greenberg. "This event will t...

Friday, 16 December 2005
BetandWin Buys Out Rival Ongame in Deal
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Austrian online gambling site BetandWin said Friday that it is buying Swedish gambling site for at least 473.6 million euro (US$568.4 million) in a deal that would create one of the world's largest publicly listed gambling companies. The deal is expected to be completed in the first four months of 2006, pending final approval from BetandWin's supervisory board, regulatory approvals and other conditions. BetandWin said it was acquiring 100 percent of the shares in O...

Monday, 12 December 2005
Bodog Launches Beginner Tournaments
Bodog, a favorite site for online poker players, announced the launch of its Beginner Tournaments. The site launched the special tourney program to get new players started on successful tournament play. New players often hear from more experienced players that "you have to pay for your poker education". Through gaining experience, players become seasoned in the strategies that lead to consistent success. A typical poker tournament will pay somewhere around the top 8% to 15% of finishers meaning...

Monday, 12 December 2005
Check-raising keeps pesky foes on their toes
Whether you're playing Limit Hold'em, Seven-Card Stud, Omaha or even No Limit Hold'em, the check-raise can be a deadly weapon when used properly. Check-raising is a play in which you pass your turn by not betting. That's the check. And it should suggest, because you didn't bet, that you don't have a strong hand. Once you check, and another player bets, you pounce out of the high grass with the raise. It's a powerful but at times controversial tool. In some home games, the check-raise is outlawed...

Friday, 09 December 2005
You gotta know when to fold 'em
RECENTLY, I played two poker tournaments in Monte Carlo. One of them was the $25,000 buy-in Monte Carlo Millions (a topic for a future column).Today, I'm focusing on the second tournament - a seven-player affair with a $120,000 buy-in that went out live to over 110 million homes worldwide on Fox Sports Network and Sky Sports.The tournament was held behind closed doors in the spectacular Monte Carlo Casino. The field was world-class: Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, Chris "Jesus"...

Friday, 09 December 2005
All In With the Bad Boy of Poker
LAS VEGAS No one seems surprised that world-class poker champ Phil Hellmuth Jr. has shown up late to his own kickoff seminar at his recent three-day Fantasy Poker Camp at Caesars Palace. This is part of Phil's shtick. Bursting with confident arrogance, he can be counted on to be defiantly tardy even to multimillion-dollar tournaments, letting his chip stack slowly and dangerously erode with missed hands until he eventually shows up to kick the butts of everyone else at the table. When Hellmuth...

Friday, 09 December 2005
The 'perfect' poker style: your own
Maybe I'm completely wrong for thinking so, but I've always assumed that when all the chips fall, there is one strategy for poker that will be most successful. My entire education as a player has attempted to hone in on this one "perfect" strategy, and in my eyes, I keep getting closer and closer. It's aggressive, sometimes overaggressive, and it puts me in situations where I'm forcing players to fold hands that they don't necessarily want to play. Its one drawback is a tendency for wild swings,...

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