May 29, 2009
Poker professional Eric Lynch has this week signed a contract that partners him and Lock Poker.
Lynch became a household name after claiming over $800,000 in World Series of Poker winnings in recent years, giving the site the perfect professional to attract new and existing online poker players to their site.
Fresh of the back of their Bluff Online Poker Challenge, the site is now gearing up for World Series of Poker 2009.
Having a name like Eric Lynch playing at the site is definitely bound to increase the popularity of the online poker room, giving players the opportunity to try their luck against a player who has cashed almost $1 million in World Series of Poker winnings, something that would offer ultimate bragging rights at their next night out with the guys!
Lynch was a feature in the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event, beating out over 8,700 players to lock horns with the eventual winner, Jamie Gold.
With the new World Series of Poker 2009 schedule due to begin, he was asked about his thoughts on missing out on the title 3 years ago.
I don’t really go through any “what ifs” in a negative sense. I’m happy with pretty much every play I made in the tournament minus the pocket aces call versus Erik Friberg. I’m even happy with the infamous A-6 offsuit play against Jamie Gold.
With the past firmly behind him now, Lynch outlined his intensions for this years tournament
I’m playing around 15 events, but some of it depends on how well I do since I can’t play some events if I’m in Day 2 or 3 of others. I’m not taking the entire family out for six weeks this year like the last two years, so I’m flying out for eight or nine days and then back for five or six days in three separate trips.
I’ve targeted No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Hold’em, and Pot Limit Omaha events of varying buy-ins ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. However, if I go deep in an early event or two and get into the WSOP Player of the Year race like I did in 2007, I’ll probably start playing a lot more events of all types.
Well with his thoughts laid down, its now over to Eric to once again make a name for himself within the World Series of Poker schedule and to try to improve on his current prize winnings.
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May 28, 2009
News within the past week has confirmed the thinking of media and insiders of Harrah’s Entertainment about the company looking to move into the interactive ages.
The confirmation that the company have now contracted the former CEO for PartyGaming, Mitch Garber, after weeks of speculation and rumours now adds strength and true to the thoughts of the media.
Garber, was responsible for helping to create PartyGaming into the huge online betting name that they are now and Harrah’s will be looking to use his knowledge and experience in the online marketing fields to boost their fight on the online world.
The aim for Harrah’s Entertainment is to use the experience of Garber in a bid to increase and promote the World Series of Poker brand even further, giving the brand a higher visibility level in what is seemingly a very competitive market.
Harrah’s Entertainment CEO and Chairman Gary Loveman issued a statement on their website saying
Harrah’s is taking a proactive approach toward international and interactive expansion, it is important we position ourselves to explore new markets as well as new technologies with our best in class brands.
Further rumours about the next move of the brand are already in circulation, with the strongest been that they will be looking to create an online poker room that will be available to players across Europe.
With the size of the reputation that the brand already carries due to its huge live tournaments, the possiblity of this site becoming a very quick contender for becoming one of the biggest online poker rooms on the internet is definitely one that should not be written off.
Although the online poker room creation has not yet been revealed by Harrah’s Entertainment nor is it thought to have been discussed at this moment in time, players are already talking about becoming some of the first to place their chips at the virtual felts there, leaving their current poker room due to she draw factor that the site offers.
Should the brand move into creating the online poker room, the promotions for their live tournments will definitely become a huge hit but could this pose an issue for existing online poker rooms who are offering packages and seats into the live tournaments? Will the brand decide that they should take the exclusive rights to been able to offer such prizes?
Only waiting to find out what the brand has planned will confirm or deny the flood of rumours that come with such huge poker industry news.
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May 26, 2009
When the $25,000 buy in was announced for the Full Tilt Poker Heads Up Championship, many players thought that the player pool would house some of the biggest names in poker but the fact is that there were more amatuars that entered than their were professionals.
The tournament did attract some professional poker players though, with names like Erick Lindgren and Tom ‘Durrr’ Dwan joining the field.
The tournament attracted 63 players, facing each player off against one opponent per table.
The battles that were played at the virtual felts offered a great sense of excitement, with heads up poker been a fast paced game as standard.
The best perform for the professional elite that entered the tournament was David Benefield, who placed in second behind THEASHMAN103, taking home a great return of $315,000 for his inital buy in of $25,000.
THEASHMAN103 played a great day of poker, beating out professionals and amatuers alike, with cards falling exactly how he needed in order to take the winners spot, placing his claim on the $551,250 first prize.
Tournaments like this are exactly why Full Tilt Poker is still making substancial ground on the markets leading online poker room Pokerstars.
With players from all online poker rooms creating accounts to just observe the fiercely played tournament, the site will have been impressed with their sign up rate over the weekend.
The final standings within the tournament fell like this:
1. THEASHMAN103 (United States) – $551,250
2. DAVID BENEFIELD (United States) – $315,000
3. WINNERFISH (United States) – $165,375
4. YOGIBLAIR (Canada) – $165,375
5. PAST (United States) – $94,500
6. KADABRA (United States) – $94,500
7. IVANLENDL (Sweden) – $94,500
8. VAGA_LION (United Kingdom) – $94,500
Congratulations to all the players listed above.
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May 25, 2009
A leading casino in Las Vegas has hit with a fine of $250,000 by the Nevada Gaming Commission this week.
The casino was alleged to have allowed illegal bookmakers to lay off bets at their race book, meaning that they were willingly allowing illegal activity to happen under their licence.
The complaint was based on five different complaints, all which were acts that were performed by the staff at Poker Palace, with a couple of the staff paying out bets that weren’t even placed in order to meet the demands of their illegal operation.
With the ruling been read, the owner Marvin Coleman was critised for the lack of supervision that was placed on the staff and the casino during its time of operation.
With the ruling been met with an agreement statement from the casino, admitting to all five complaints raised, the casino will be forced to pay $250,000 in fines due to their negligence over this matter.
The investiagtion was started back in 2006 when the audit board realised that the volume of betting at the Poker Palace was very high over their racing offerings.
The investigation managed to dig out the illegal actions by reviewing every bet and payout that was offered in the last few years.
The control board issued a statement about the actions that had been happening:
While the off-track pari-mutuel contest at issue appeared to be legitimate on its face, based on the makeup of the cash-prize pool and the manner in which the contest was conducted, the contest was in actuality a front for an unlawful rebate scheme in violation of Nevada law.
It has been revealed that the buy in for the competition based on a $2,500 buy in was irregular for Poker Place, with many of their contests been placed with buy ins between $2 – $5.
It should be said that the casino neither admitted to the allegations or denied them, instead deciding to pay the fine to speed up the investigation to a close.
The fine was made up of $150,000 in costs for the investigation as well as a $100,000 fine for the act that has been alleged.
The control board told the casino that is was a good job that they had such good lawyers on their side otherwise the fine would have been far more.
May 21, 2009
The new site has taken steps to try to make a big name for themselves, securing the signatures of winning professional poker players to feature at the site.
With winners from the FTOPS and other full tilt poker guaranteed tournaments, the standard of professional player at the site is high, with many players considering making the move to the site to test out the quality of the players there.
At the time of this article been written there are 1,737 online players, which for a new site is a great rate of traffic with the age of the site been considered.
With the site agreeing the signatures of no less than 19 professionals, the site is definately trying to make the move into the biggest online poker rooms available.
They are set to have a huge fight on their hands, with sites like Pokerstars hitting over 20 million members a few months back.
Max Speidel, Operations Manager for RPM Poker issued a statement on behalf of the new poker room, telling the media about the recent signings of the 19 professionals
We’re thrilled to have some of poker’s most recognizable young players as a part of our team. Their results speak for themselves. They’re all world class players that represent the next generation of poker, and they’re all well respected by their peers and fans. We couldn’t be happier with the team that we’ve assembled.
With more and more online poker rooms entering into the online community, surely things can only get better for the players in terms of bonuses and tournaments.
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May 20, 2009
Officials from Dream Team Poker has announced that they have entered into an agreement with World Series of Poker, adding their tournament into the existing tournament schedule for the WSOP 2009.
Although the tournament will be played without offering a bracelet to the winner of the tournament, like all the other tournaments within the schedule, the move will be a huge boost to the Dream Team Poker tournament exposure.
Dream Team Gaming revealed that the tournament will be played to their usual guidelines and will be played alongside day 5 and 6 of the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Jeffery Pollock, commissioner for World Series of Poker said that he was suprised by the response that the recent tournament at Caesars, Las Vegas and felt that a team tournament would offer a new fun feel to the end of the World Series of Poker 2009 tournament schedule.
Last years tournament was won by Team Aced Poker, headed up by Jamie Gold.
Recently though, the two parted company after a disagreement, with no official statement been made by the online poker room at the moment.
Gold’s management team though have spoke out, telling the media that the issue was to do with Aced Poker not honouring their “Financial Responsibilities” to the player but with this been brought into the public eye the online poker room have issued an intent to sue the player and his management team for slander.
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May 18, 2009
Full Tilt Poker, the second largest online poker room on the internet will this week start its $25,000 Heads Up Championship tournament.
The tournament is set to attract some of the biggest names in the poker world, giving them the opportunity to face off against each other in a bid to take the title of heads up champion.
Carrying a buy in of $25,000 the tournament is not for the usual inexperienced players who seem to find the buy in fee for other tournaments that the site offers, all trying to make fast money but failing as they come up against better players.
With the standard of the tournament set to be high, professionals and experienced amatuers will be locking horns and trying to make a name for themselves here.
The tournament has been capped at 128 players, meaning that places are sort after at the moment, especially with satellites been offered for $535, players will definately trying their luck to gain access through these tournaments in a bid to avoid paying the large buy in fee.
The heads up championship tournament is scheduled to start 15:00 ET on Saturday May 23rd, so entry via the satellites will need to be won as soon as a player can, with the tournament due to start in only 6 days.
Last years winner David Singer managed to take the title and the $560,000 that was offered for a first place finish, so players have a chance to take home a great return on their investment should they finish in one of the top spots.
With the buy in for the satellites been $535, why not sign up to Full Tilt Poker using our Full Tilt Poker Bonus Code?
The code will enable you to be eligable for a huge 100 percent first deposit match on your first deposit, so a good player would only have to deposit $270 in order to take their place in one of the most sort after satellite tournaments on offer by the site at the present time.
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May 15, 2009
Huge american sports television network ESPN, who usually cover the World Series of Poker tournaments, have announced that this year will have a new setting when viewers tune in to watch one of the biggest poker tournaments today.
With the network recording increasing viewer numbers over the last 2 years, the network have decided that they are going to change how they show the tournament on their channel in aid of the tournaments 40th year of running.
Doug White, senior director of programming and acquisitions at ESPN, told meadia sources
You’re going to be seeing a little bit of a different dynamic in overall programming structure for 2009.
With the World Series of Poker 2008 offering ESPN action to fill 31 shows, the viewing figures jumped to 1,126,000, a year on year increase from 2007′s tournament, with numbers increasing by 15 percent last year.
White told sources
We feel that the main event is what viewers are looking for.
With that been the general opinion of bosses at ESPN, the network have announced that this years main event will be televised 24 hours a day until the tournament is won.
This is set to alert new viewers of the networks sport channel, with the popularity of poker constantly raising by the day.
With the tournament offering no less than 54 WSOP gold bracelets to the players within the tournaments schedule, participation figures are strongly tipped to exceed numbers within the previous tournaments in past years.
The excitement has already started surrounding the latest World Series of Poker, with online poker sites increasing the amount of places they are looking to offer their members in a bid to secure more loyal players.
With last years final table been placed after a break in play, working out well for both the players and the WSOP brand, the same will happen again this year.
This means that the final table will be played in November, with the tournament starting May 26th.
This year the ESPN network have announced that they will be doing 25 one-hour shows covering the tournament, with a double coverage [2 hours] been also offered within that period.
With the tournament offering a few changes to pay tribute to their 40th year, WSOP have announced that they are to place more of a spotlight on the winning of the prize bracelets, saying
The WSOP gold bracelet is poker’s crown jewel.
This year, in the tradition of the Olympics, we’ll have a bracelet ceremony on the floor of the Amazon Ballroom inside the Rio every day at 2 p.m
With the tournament trying to place a celebratary feel to this years tournament, they had placed the players code of conduct into the offical tournament rules, saying that they would be keeping logs on all cautions and warnings that are handed out to the players.
Jeffery Pollock, WSOP commissioner said
We want to better ensure that the tournament floor is a civil, courteous and comfortable environment for all players.
With the gauntlet laid down for all players involved, this should turn out to be a very interesting tournament indeed.
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May 14, 2009
The organisers for the brand World Series of Poker have this week announced that they are going to add to the excitement of the current World Series of Poker tournament schedule by showcasing some of the biggest names in poker in a tournament that is set to become the richest buy in tournament in North America.
The tournament will start May 28th and will be a four day tournament, with participation expected to be big within the professional ranks.
The commissioner for the brand World Series of Poker, Jeffery Pollock said
I think this event will bring out the best players in the world and produce a final table for the ages.
The tournament will be covered by ESPN but they will only be showing the highlights of the four days in two one-hour shows on July 28th but the action should be something that all players who have the option to, should definately watch.
The next tournament that is scheduled is the Champions Invitational on May 31.
The tournament has been described as the ‘Champion of Champions‘ tournament, with the players invited all been past winners of the World Series of Poker Main Event in the years gone by.
Pollock said that
[players would ] be playing for bragging rights as the champion of champions.
The prize for the tournament will be a red Corvette that has been restored to its 1970′s former glory and the new commemorative trophy, Binion Cup.
Pollock also said
The Binion Cup was created to honor our heritage, I am proud to say that Jack Binion himself, poker’s patriarch, will be on hand to present the trophy.
With the tournament set to celebrate 40 years in the running, the brand have decided to give the public extra participation in this years schedule, allowing them to place suggestions for players who should make it into the Poker Hall of Fame.
Suggestions are been taken from May 26th to July 2nd, when a panel of 12 living poker players who are already featured on the list will cast their votes for who should earn the right of passage onto the exclusive list.
The suggestions will be revealed at the WSOP Main Event, with the top 10 most suggested been passed forward for consideration by the panel.
Millions are expected to nominate a player at the World Series of Poker website, where the nominations will be received.
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May 13, 2009
Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, the young professional who has cashed millions in poker tournament winnings, has this week agreed to join the Casino Player magazine as a columnist.
The move comes as the number 1 publication in North America tries to broaden its appeal to gamblers by offering poker as well as casino game based articles.
Casino Player Publications decided that in order to maintain the high quality that is already offered by the magazine to its readers, they would only look to include professional poker players who could write regular columns for the magazine.
I’m excited to come onboard as a columnist for Casino Player. This magazine has had a huge following for many years, and right now it looks sharper than ever. In order to stay on top at the tables, you can never stop learning–and whether you’re a casual player or a pro, every issue of Casino Player contains a wealth of information that is designed to give you the edge.
With Casino Player making this signing, they next looked to highly respected poker ambassador and brother of the famous Mike Sexton.
Tom Sexton will debut in his first issue by writing an article in memory of his late friend and poker legend, Chip Reese.
With two columnists already onboard the magazine decided that they needed to offer readers more… Give the readers exactly what they want to read.
With the worlds best video poker player Bob Dancer, media director of the World Series of Poker Nolan Dalla and Frank Scoblete, who is seen as the leading craps authority in America all writing for the magazine, the chances of the magazine receiving extended reputation is expected to be very high.
Managing editor Rob Wiser said
Our readers range from the industry’s top executives, to celebrity pros and everyday players who want to know about the latest events, promotions and deals. Now, by adding Antonio Esfandiari and Tom Sexton to the mix, this publication is stronger than ever–and with 21 years under our belt, that’s really saying something.
You can definately say that again Rob.
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