The shock has worn off a little from hearing about the alleged Ponzi scheme that was Full Tilt Poker. Time for this poker blogger to let you know what people in the industry have been saying as well as reactions from notable poker pros.
Full Tilt Poker exposed by the U.S. Department of Justice as one big Ponzi scheme. Howard “The Professor” Lederer, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and other company board members apparently stole hundreds of millions from players.
Though nobody knows when it’s going to happen, it’s a foregone conclusion that online poker will someday be legal again in the United States. When that happens, it will be interesting to see which online poker room players will flock to.
Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight between Las Vegas and Atlantic City? Vegas, right? Well the underdog Atlantic City sure came out swinging hard…
Canadian online poker players with money locked in Full Tilt Poker finally have some hope. A Canadian law firm has filed a class action lawsuit that any Canadian can join.
Don’t you wish there was some way to buy in to your favorite daily or weekly tournament instead of waiting in line, in person, at the poker room? Have you ever walked in to a poker room ready to play in a tournament only to find that it had already started? Well, this poker blogger just discovered a cool site that allows you to do just that: lock up a seat in a live poker tournament online, right from the comfort of your living room: www.pokertickets.com.
Hurricane Irene is currently making its presence felt across the Eastern Seaboard, including one of this poker blogger’s favorite destinations, Atlantic City.
With a lead character that’ll clearly have aged in McDermott, Rounders 2 scriptwriters will have to bridge the long gap. My money says what they’ll come up with will have something to do with online poker. To do so would be quite wise in my opinion, as it would pique the interest of the film’s cult audience of poker players.
While many online poker pros have given serious thought to relocating abroad, where they could continue playing legally, just the thought of the bureaucracy and hassle involved has forced plenty potential emigrants to stay put. Enter the “Poker Refugees” service.
While Wilmington, Delaware isn’t exactly bursting at the seams with Vegas-style megaresorts, the Casino at Delaware Park has definitely put the city on poker players’ maps. The casino is looking to make an even bigger name for itself by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Continuous Poker Tournament ever held this Saturday.
When things aren’t going well for you at the poker table, there are things you can try to do to get yourself out of the rut. Here’s the 2nd part of a 2-part series in which we give you some helpful tips to reverse a poker downswing.
Here are some tips I think would help anyone experiencing a lengthy downswing at the poker tables: Take a Break, Have A(nother) Hobby, Study, Study, Study!, Chalk it up to Variance, Have and Use a “Support Network” of Poker Friends.
Many Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog readers used to play on Full Tilt Poker before they disappeared from the online poker landscape. The rumor mill has been churning ever since as to the future of the former #2 online poker room, with plenty of trending topics of discussion, including “Where’s Phil Ivey?”, a possible European buyout of the site, and the potential of frozen monies to be returned to the players.
With apologies to Phil Hellmuth, this year may not be the year of the “brat” after all, but rather the year of the “lamb”, Ben Lamb. Already having won a WSOP bracelet this year in the $10,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Championship, and with an additional 2nd place finish and 2 other big cashes to his credit, Ben Lamb has literally has his way at the 2011 World Series of Poker. This poker blog has given plenty of space to the accomplishments of Hellmuth, the all-time leader in WSOP bracelets won with 11, but Lamb has in fact done him one better and is the current leader in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
With the possible exception of his 1st WSOP bracelet, the famous 1989 Main Event victory of Johnny Chan, a bracelet win today at the $50,000 Player’ s Championship surely would’ve counted for Phil Hellmuth’s sweetest win ever. Made of white and yellow gold, diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, even the bracelet itself clearly stands out as unique. Unfortunately, Brian Rast has other plans for the Poker Brat.
The dynamics of no limit Texas Holdem ring games means that buying in for the absolute maximum may not always be your best option. Forget what the so called experts tell you about always buying in for the maximum; this only applies if several factors are in place. Firstly you need to have an advantage and a significant advantage over some of your opponents for your big stack to do you any good. If you haven’t and you are –EV against the entire table then what is the point in buying in for the maximum?
In a shocking development, Full Tilt Poker has had its eGambling license suspended indefinitely by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC). Ordering them to cease operations immediately, all activity on Full Tilt Poker did just that; it just stopped! Whether they were in the middle of a big hand or on the verge of winning a tournament, Full Tilt Poker players worldwide witnessed the end of the site in real time.
Since April 15th, most of the news that has come out about online poker has been negative. With the Department of Justice effectively unilaterally blocking Americans from playing poker online, pent up demand for legalized online poker in the U.S. makes it only a matter of time before it becomes legalized and regulated. While a number of attempts have been made to enact laws on the state level, a new bill to legalize online poker on the federal level has just been introduced to the House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas.
Making his 2nd deep run in as many weeks at yet another $10,000 Championship event at the World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth must have felt that it was his destiny to finally break through for another bracelet 4 years after his last win. This time Hellmuth was facing Eric Rodawig in 7-Card-Stud Hi-Lo, but after outlasting a host of other former bracelet winners, Rodawig ultimately proved too much of a roadblock for Hellmuth to overcome.
Hellmuth came within 1 player of rewriting history, but ultimately fell in 2nd place to John Juanda at the just-concluded $10,000 buy-in 2-7 Lowball World Championship.
No – this isn’t another April Fools’ Day poker blog. Seriously. $1 million to enter a No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker tournament.
As the biggest event on the poker calendar kicked off yesterday, you’d think it would be impossible for any other poker story to overshadow the World Series of Poker. Lo and behold, Phil Ivey, arguably the biggest name and best player in the game, accomplished just that with a simple press release. Poker’s biggest star has announced that he will be boycotting the WSOP this year!
First PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker/UB; and now DoylesRoom. Like a set of dominoes, online poker’s biggest rooms continue to falter in the face of the US Department of Justice. DoylesRoom.com was among 10 additional domain names seized recently by the DOJ, which seems hell-bent on preventing Americans from playing poker or any other online casino games, even from the privacy of their own homes.
Earlier this week the world, along with your favorite poker blogger, was shocked to learn of the death of Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Anyhow, how does the Macho Man’s death specifically relate to poker? Yeah, that one had me stumped too until I stumbled upon a guy on eBay selling Macho Man card protectors.
In planning out your Atlantic City poker trip, a player should realize that there are a lot of promotions run by the rooms that can significantly decrease overhead costs. The fact is, of all the poker rooms in Atlantic City, the 4 Caesars properties have the best promotions in the city, by far! I’ve done the research for you – below you’ll find the most up-to-date list of direct numbers to all the poker rooms in Atlantic City, courtesy of Cardplayer Lifestyle’s poker blog. I know I’ll be carrying a copy of these numbers with me next time I visit.
This poker blog is meant to cover a variety of topics. Normally I write about what’s going on in the poker world or the world of online poker. Sometimes we post videos of some of television’s most popular poker shows like High Stakes Poker. And still other times, I write about some of my own poker-related experiences. Recently, I took a trip to Atlantic City and had a boatload of new and exiting experiences. I came away from the tables having learnt a ton, and I wanted to share some things with readers of my poker blog. Many of the next few blogs posts I write up will cover the things I did and learned while on my trip.
A few days ago (on the 6th May to be exact), after loading up the PokerStars client, I was very surprised to see that the buyins for my regular MTSNGs (multi-table sit-and-goes) had changed and my favorite game, the non-turbo $4.40 180 man had disappeared altogether.
Regular readers of this poker blog might be surprised to see an article about blackjack. Then again, as our website name itself says – it’s Cardplayer Lifestyle, meaning ALL card games. A lot of poker players also try their hand at blackjack from time to time. So without further ado, here are a few tips about blackjack for you:
Bottom line – if you were employed by, are a spokesperson for, or ever played on either of these 2 online poker sites, you’re pretty much screwed.
As this poker blogger correctly predicted, smaller guarantees were the seen at this past Sunday’s major online tournaments. The fact is, with approximately 30–40% less of a player base, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker simply could not guarantee bigger prize pools, which saw declines across the board of up to 75%.