The opening of the circuit The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which has just started on May 8 and that won’t only end on May 22 already knows a lot of success. During a fortnight, a total guaranteed prize pool of € 2,500,000 is indeed at stake and the first prizes have already been awarded to the winners of this first meeting considered as the largest series of online poker tournaments. The path of the Belgian, Koen De Visscher, aka Jeankenissan in the event 8 High of 1,050 dollars marked this SCOOP. Thus, thanks to his feat, the new player of the team Poker 770 won a gain of $ 122,000 and also took home a beautiful bracelet. Moreover, this player of Team 770 already collected many sumptuous awards that he won both in online and live poker tournaments.
15 double tournaments with two distinct categories of buy-in mark the SCOOP program : an entrance fee “high” and “low” from € 5 to € 500 is offered to players. Many sizes and types of poker games are to play either Texas Hold’em or Omaha such as Heads Up, 4 Max 6 Max, Full Ring Knockout, Rebuy or Double Chance. Note that some events like the inaugural tournament Medium, a $ 215 NLH 6 Max Low, the Event # 1 – NLH $ 22 6max won willrobrobu with a gain of $ 34,358.84, or the $ 2,100 NLH Event # 1 6max High having allowed the winner to pocket $ 185,200 has already been played.
Rhode Island, the smallest U.S. state, is now in the process of considering passing of a bill that would allow expansion of casino games offered at the local Twin Rive slot parlour in Lincoln. For the purposes of gambling regulation, the state has its own Lottery Oversight Committee whose chairman introduced the bill and proposed a public referendum on the issue. If approved, the little state will be able to benefit from yet another casino game and boost its tax revenues from gambling in the Twin River venue that currently offers 4,750 video lottery terminals. Blackjack is by far the most popular casino table game, only recently outdone by baccarat which has become dominant in Macau, the current Asian gabling capital.
Crazy Pineapple is a poker game that is a variation of Texas Hold’em. The main difference between the two games is that in Crazy Pineapple, each player are dealt three cards and you have to throw one of them after the flop.
The game begins with players putting the blinds and then three cards are dealt to each player and the first betting round starts. Then the flop is dealt on the table. During the second betting round, each player folds a card.
The turn and river is played in the same way as in Texas Hold’em.
There are four betting rounds and you can only bet as much as the small blind in the beginning, but in the final two rounds you can bet double the amount of the big blind. You are allowed to bet 4 times per round.
Strategy in Crazy Pineapple is more complicated than in Texas Hold’em because you get three cards in your hand. The players have more choices, making this variant a more exciting game.
Alleged cheaters caused uproar at the Holland Casino Main Event over the weekend. The €1,500 buy-in event had been played for hours already when Pieter de Korver, one of the top poker pros, noticed Kadir Karabulut sitting at the same table. Observing him for some time he concluded that something dirty was going on at the table and around and alerted the venue managers. When he declared that one of news photographers moving around the tables taking pictures was actually Karabulut’s accomplice, around 30 other players got enraged and the casino had to stop the tournament until the unwanted ones were walked out and banned entry. Last year, Karabulut got disqualified as well, back then it was at the Partouche Poker Tour where he allegedly used the aid of bloggers and reporters who should have signalled him information about other players’ hole cards.
2010 crowned a group of poker pros, some of them just emerging, some with their star already on the rise some time before. And who’s here to watch out for at poker tables in the year that has just started? Let’s start with ladies – Vanessa Selbst (cashed in at the WSOP) and Anette Obrestad (winner of No Limit Hold’em at the London stop of the EPT) are the most formidable women in the poker circles. To name just a few men, the mysterious Isildur1, Eric Baldwin and Phil Ivey are staying in the game to live up to their reputation. And newcomers? By now you will surely know the name of Jonathan Duhamel and Michael Mizrachi (from the successful family of the Mizrachi poker players) and you might not have heard yet of Jason Mercier (succeeded in NAPT Bounty Shootout) and Thomas Marchese (sixth in a $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP).
FullTiltPoker.com has announced that it plans to stop offering its online games in the state of Washington. Online gaming in the state of Washington was made illegal in 2007 but it was not until a court case last month that many online gaming companies took note of the possible difficulties they could face if they continued to offer online gaming services.
In order to monitor who can play and who can’t, FullTiltPoker.com will prohibit any players whom have an IP address that comes from the state of Washington from logging in.
If you live in the state of Washington and are wondering about how you can claim any remaining funds you may have in your account you should contact the customer support team or look on the website. FullTiltPoker’s other online gaming services remain unaffected by this and the company has stressed that their number one priority is to provide the best possible online poker experience to all of their players.
The website full tilt poker has announced last week end the venue of a new member, James Blakes, American tennis player and captain of the Davis Cup for the American Team. In 2007, the tennis player has won the Davis Cup against Russia through to consecutive victories won by him. But, in 2004, the player has been reached by a virus and has to stay to bed. At the time, he decided to play poker. He has already played in number of tournaments such as WSOP or Celebrities Poker Showdown. He told that poker is like tennis, when you lose you have to accept the defeat and become stronger by it by learning your mistakes. This is his point of view today, losing can make you stronger. The player wants to become a professional poker player but first he has to improve his game. See you later around a poker table.
Since France has legalized online games, actually since France has legalised poker, because online casino are still banned, many French people feel a sense of disinterest in the activity. So what are the reasons? Why do the French players lose interest in the poker activity?
Actually, the disinterest of online poker is essentially felt by professional players and experienced players. Since France has allowed gambling games, the country gave the power to the ARJEL Authority (French online gambling game authority) to control the gambling laws and enforce the law in terms of online gambling games. The ARJEL is pleased to manage this market and at the end of June, the authority has attacked the ISP (internet approved suppliers) to prohibit access to French players by playing on foreign online gambling sites. This means that the ARJEL wants to force French players to play between French players and that all and also through legalized sites that the ARJEL allowed. Even if this attack affects the players’ privacy, the judge ruled in favour of the ARJEL.
Today, if a online sites don’t produce a file for a French online license in France and had not acquired a license, the website can’t be more longer available on the French market and the ISP have to prohibit any addresses which are not allowed to practise the activity in France. For example, at the moment, the poker770 site is trying to get its license in France but because the site does not yet have some specific criteria, Poker 770 is not allowed to practise on the French market, which means that if you try to join this site, a message will ban you to play on this site. ISPs have an obligation to prohibit this kind of website (it is an example among other one).
But for online poker players, this means that the French players should just play between French players because the masquerade is the same for each country and ARJEL does not want to give access to foreigners and foreigners don’t want to play on our websites. The Americans or the Germans players deemed to be excellent players and high rollers do not want to play on the French sites because they considerer that this market is too small in terms of rewards. As a result, French poker players cannot play poker today along with experimented players and cannot compare themselves to American players whom are probably the best poker players in the world. Thus, a significant number of French people don’t want to play any more online at poker and they don’t feel as much interest in playing online, a restriction which could cost a lot for online gambling website and the French government too.
Moreover, the French government tax every bet of 2% each time, which is rather big if you compare to other countries. Through this tax, earnings and announced prize roll are much less attractive than usual: a second reason that probably stops more experienced players to play online. It would be probably better to tax the companies on their profits, it would be much easier for the company to manage its rewards and also be able to be more competitive.
The position with which you play is a very important, and it is very important for a beginner to be aware of this game concept. If you are the first or the last poker player to talk, it makes a huge difference.
In fact, when you talk first, it is difficult to know how many players will follow you. But if you play at the last position, you know exactly how many players are following you that mean that you can already analyse the games of your adversaries. If most of the players fold and some of them are just following the big blind, you already know that they don’t have such a good game and you can raise without being worry a significant amount especially if your hand is strong.
Imagine that you have an ace and a 6. The flop comes, ace-5-J. Your opponent checks, you check too. Next turn, an ace, the other player raises, you raise his raise. He decides to go all in you call. He had a pair of Jack, a very strong pair but it does not allow him to win with your three of the kind. He has only two pairs. You just need to hope that the last one won’t be a Jack. Being in the final position, make a big difference, you can do whatever you want and if you check, you can see the next card and choose to raise or not. You can also analyze the game of another poker player.
Raise in Poker is paid quite often. Many players do not take the initiative to raise with something and prefer to follow someone, which can be your strength. Imagine you’re in last place to talk. You have a king and a jack. It is a very good hand. Everybody follows the big blind (BB). You raise because nobody wants to take a risk. A number of players fold but some will follow you to see the flop. Do not let too many players to see the flop, like that the probability for them to make a good combination is lower.
The flop comes: An ace 8 and 2. Nothing helps you but maybe the same for your opponents. The 2 or 3 opponents are checking. You raise even if you have nothing. If they all fold, you’ve managed to scare them with nothing but having the advantage of being in last position. If one of them follows you but do not raise, it is because he is waiting for something. At the next card, if the card is in your advantage, observe what your opponent will do and take a decision at that time. If he raises, he has probably an ace. It would be crazy to follow him but he can understand your game then you can either raise or fold. The fact raise again will allow you to know if he really has something.
Being able to observe what your opponents have, it is a very important advantage that allows you to manage the game.
We don’t really know when gambling game started. The oldest time that historians could find was 2300 years before Jesus Christ time in China but this kind of games is something that all of the generations did. And through your experience did you never bet something with your friends when you were a child or an adult? So you know what I mean, don’t you?
Anyway every country has proved by the past that gambling was something present and popular but because the society changed through different events, a few of them decided to stop these kinds of activities and prohibit gambling games in their societies.
America, it is one of the best places to play today, if you like casinos and gambling games (Atlantic City, Vegas…). At the beginning of their history, gambling games took part in the famous saloons all around the country but the most popular were The Nouvelle-Orleans, Saint Louis, Chicago et San Francisco.
At the beginning of the XX century, America banished gambling games. Most of the politicians, at this time, considered these types of games like evil and immoral. But as you probably know, in USA, each state can decide about their own laws, this is why the abortion is legal in some of the states and illegal in the other ones. And, we will have to wait for 1931, to get the gambling legalised back in USA in the city of Las Vegas (Nevada) and in 1976; the New Jersey imitated the Nevada in term of gambling game.
Casinos are everywhere around the world and it is always a great place to go for holidays. The main casinos in the world are Las Vegas and Atlantic City in USA. But they are not the only ones. In China it is the city of Macao. The Chinese market it is probably the market which can expect the most significant extension in the next few years through its population and the importance of gambling game in China. A lot of investigators want to develop the market and get a lot of profit through it. In Europe, you can play at the casino of Estoril in Portugal and, of course, the famous one in Monaco.
It is a lot of movies around casinos and gambling games especially in the last few years such as Ocean’s eleven, hangover, what’s happen in Vegas and so more. But stories about casinos started before with literature such as Stephan Zweig and 24 hours in the life of a woman. This book talks about a woman completely addicted in casino and she would be able to do everything to get money and abusing of her evil hobby.
As you can read, casino is something that exists for ages and it won’t disappear, of course, because it is in the nature of the man to play money and defy their neighbours but, it has to be a game and not an illness this is why governments try to protect gambling by imposing a certain legislation on it.