Los Angeles, CA
The Micros are back with a fourth episode... Heads Up 4 Röfls.
And here's a special treat for April Fools Day...
Long live Gobbo.
Photography: Flipchip took photos of the Las Vegas Strip when the lights went out for Earth Hour. (LasVegasVegas)That's it. You know the drill. NGTFOOMO.
Poker Legislation: Full Tilt Poker and Station Casinos are teaming up. It's never official until it turns up in the Journal, right? Web Poker Plays New Hand: Casino Owners Team Up With Online Gaming Site to Legalize Internet Gambling. (Wall Street Journal)
Life of Ivey: This is in the running for "thread of the year"... Phil Ivey Wasted will go down in history as another epic, legendary, hysterical photoshop thread. (2+2)
WSOP History: Shamus waxes about a bit about Trivial Pursuit and the 1997 WSOP Main Event. (Hard-Boiled Poker)
Cheaters: I love a good Keno scandal. Kim breaks down the Betsoft Keno Scandal. (Infinite Gaming Edge)
Gossip: Los Hombres have photos of Gus Hansen's latest Danish girlfriend. (Wicked Chops Poker)
Music: Need some music to help kick-start the day? My buddy Jonas published the latest batch of Background Beats. The latest mix is the Good Morning Edition. Perfect music to listen to when working out, riding the subway to work, stuck in traffic, still up late grinding away at the virtual tables... or in my case, early morning writing music. (Coventry)
Profiles: It's not very often the online poker appears in positive light in an influential mainstream publication that doesn't entail a non-cheating, non-robbery, or non-piece of legislation angle. That's why it was refreshing to read Online Poker's Big Winner. It's an insightful, slice of life piece on Daniel "jungleman12" Cates. This was my favorite line:That's it for now. I'm working on a few non-poker assignments and fear monger as per usual, but as soon as I'm done I'll write a little more about the Stars-Wynn merger and rumors about Full Tilt merging with Station Casinos.The Cheesecake Factory was mobbed. We found a spot at the bar, and Cates flagged down the bartender to order the filet mignon. In the five meals Cates and I shared over three days, he ordered filet mignon three times. As we waited for the bartender to bring us our drinks, I noted our luck in finding a seat on Valentine's Day. Without a trace of irony, Cates, who speaks in the halting cadence most often associated with World of Warcraft group chats, asked, "Why would a restaurant be any more crowded on Valentine’s Day?"Read the entire article here. (NY Times)
Social Media: With all the Zynga talk the last week or so, I re-read this thorough, thought-provoking post Why Zynga Poker Will Not Be the Next PokerStars. Maybe Bill can write a follow-up and updated version? Would love to hear about some of his thoughts after the most recent Zynga Con. (Bill's Poker Blog)
Op/Ed: Speaking of Zynga. Katkin wrote an op-ed about his experiences at Zynga Con. ZyngaPoker Pro or Con?: Assessing the impact of a Facebook game’s arrival in Las Vegas. (Pokerati)
Marketing: Kim sounded off on Why PokerRoom.com Was Five Years Ahead of Its Time. Remember those guys? I always thought that PR was ahead of the curve when I noticed (pre-UIGEA)they were advertising at NY Knicks games and in/on NY City taxis. (Infinite Edge Gaming)
Cheaters: Absolute Poker Rigged Keno! Wait, what? Read Noah SD's latest rant. (Noah SD)
Silver Bears: The Silver Bears are back with a new episode on their series about the manipulation of the silver market. I friggin' love the Silver Bears and their hysterical videos. (Tao of Fear)
I noticed the first Jack off of Robertson Blvd., shortly after I returned from the Bahamas...
I noticed the second Jack on Pico Blvd. at the end of February...
I came across this one the other day just off Olympic Blvd...
Haley's posted the latest installment of Just Conjecturin', her thorough investigation into the UB cheating scandal. Here's the skinny...That's it for now. You know the drill. NGTFOOMO."When I started the series, I didn't have much for facts on the UB side, and some of my early theories turned out to be wrong. As you'll see later in this tale, there was indeed a "jam" of some sort going on, but it appears the jam was Greg Pierson's, not Russ Hamilton's, and the solution to the problem was to enable the superusing and scrape tens of millions of illicit dollars into various endeavors or off the site in its entirety. Now comes the sordid dirt, and the part I've really put off writing about because, well, it's sad and disgusting. But it cannot help but be the key to it all, and so it must be dug back up."You can read more at Volume 30: Naming Names -- Greg Pierson. (Haley's Poker Blog)
Full Tilt Poker (their pros in suave suits) announced the Onyx Cup, a super high roller tournament series that competes with both Jeffrey Pollack's newly formed Federated poker league and PokerStars' various international tours. (Full Tilt Poker)
F Train asked Three questions about the The Onyx Cup, meanwhile, Shamus offered up his two cents in Another Level: The Onyx Cup Series. (Riding the F Train, Hard-Boiled Poker)
One of the better poker-themed documentaries I've seen in a while... Randy Lew brings "nanonoko" from behind the curtain (PokerStars Blog)
In the most recent edition of the SuperStar Showdown on PokerStars, Daniel Negreanu took on Isildur1 and... lost $150,000 in 1,400 hands. I think they are gonna play again next Sunday. Anyway, here's a creative summary of the Negreanu vs. Isildur1 showdown by a poster on 2+2. H/T to KevMath. (TinyPic.com)
For some political analysis, check out gamingcounsel's Thoughts on H.R. 1174 (the #CampBill). (Pokerati)
The collective known as Anonymous recently declared war on the Fed. (Tao of Fear)
$100,000 buy-in events? Full Tilt Poker will be launching their own uber-high stakes tournament series that will compete against the Federated Poker League and PokerStars' regional poker tours. (Wicked Chops Poker)That's it for now. Back to fear mongering over at Tao of Fear. NGTFOOMO!
KevMath wrote up his Commerce experiences when he visited Los Angeles to play in the WPT Celebrity Invitational. Love the pic with the iPad. (From the Rail)
On the politics front... Nevada introduced a bill to regulate internet poker. They actually had three bills going. (Pokerati)
On the municipal front, California is considering online poker again. Don't know how serious this effort will be, but, California is so broke that they are worse off than Eskimo Clark at the end of the WSOP. They gotta come up with money somehow -- marijuana or online poker -- which one is it going to be? (Sacramento Bee)
The 2011 SCOOP schedule is out and about. Time to play a few satellites. (PokerStarsBlog)
R.I.P. Owsley Stanley. (Coventry Music)
Rereading The Biggest Game in Town: Prelude (1 of 6)Well done, sir. Shamus got me all excited to reread The Biggest Game in Town much earlier than May.
Rereading The Biggest Game in Town: Poker’s Challenge to “Reality” (2 of 6)
Rereading The Biggest Game in Town: Losing (3 of 6)
Rereading The Biggest Game in Town: Playing Jimmy Chagra (4 of 6)
Rereading The Biggest Game in Town: Reality and Romance (5 of 6)
Rereading The Biggest Game in Town: America, Where Gambling is a Form of Patriotism (6 of 6)
Paradise Island, Bahamas - 4th Place, PCA $25K High Rollers
Melbourne, Australia - 3rd Place, Aussie Millions $100K (AUD) High Roller
Melbourne, Australia - 1st Place, Aussie Millions $250K (AUD) Super High Roller
Los Angeles, CA - 1st Place, LA Poker Classic $25K High Rollers
Las Vegas, NV - 1st Place, NBC National Heads-Up Championship
1. Respected old timer - Leathered face. Cowboy hat. Distinct drawl. Anyone come to mind? Yep, good old Texas Dolly. Heck, why not have him at EVERY televised final table. He earned it.Of course, these roles are interchangeable. For instance the villain could also be a hotshot online pro. The sensual female could also be the celebrity, and the celebrity could very well be an actual comedian.
2. Brash young online pro - Online poker rooms are the biggest advertisers, so they want a cocky kid with killer skills to entice younger viewers to open up online poker accounts.
3. Cinderella - Everyone loves to root for the underdog, especially a total fish out of water. This role often went to the middle-aged family guy with a beer gut -- your next door neighbor or the guy sitting in the cubicle across from you. Who would've thunk that Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer would have became role models for thirty-something and forty-something all over America. As much as everyone wants the life of Ivey, it's easier for Middle America to identity with a regular looking guy like Dennis Phillips.
4. Phil Ivey - No comment.
5. Sensual Woman - The Don Drapers at big time advertising companies manipulate our suppressed sexual psyche. It's got something to do with our Puritanical roots and the simple fact that men become Pavlov's frothing dog whenever they see a pair of boobies.
6. Funny Guy - You need comic relief, especially during all of those down moments.
7. The Villain - I can't explain it, but we're obsessed with things we despise. My life is too short to get bent out of shape over a dickhead or douchenozzle, but a huge portion of the populous loves to be haters. They get off on it. Like a drug. Hate is our real national past time. That's why Phil Hellmuth is a marketing genius because he plays up to the crowd as the prototypical bad guy. He even dresses the part by wearing all black -- something right out of classic John Ford westerns, where the bad guy always wore the black cowboy hat.
8. Celebrity - You need someone famous because Americans are obsessed with the celebrity culture. A good looking guy would instantly boost female viewers -- even if they don't care about poker, many of them like to look at pretty things.
9. Foreigner - A quirky accent instantly adds intrigue and mystery.
Hellmuth: You friggin' bi-polar donkey. You get it all in with K-J like that and suck out?And let's not forget a little verbal jousting with The G...
Charlie Sheen: I'm bi-winning. I win here and I win there. Now what? If I'm bipolar, aren't there moments where a guy like crashes in the corner like, 'Oh my God, it's all my mom's fault!' Shut up! Shut up! Stop! Move forward.
Hellmuth: Keep playing like that and you'll go broke.
Charlie Sheen: Defeat is not an option. You picked a fight with a warlock.
Hellmuth: I'm not afraid. I can dodge bullets, baby!
Charlie Sheen: I'm sorry, man, but I've got magic. I've got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time -- and this includes naps -- I'm an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground.
Hellmuth: What have you been smoking, pal?
Charlie Sheen: I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available because if you try it once you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. It's too much
Tony G: I'm gonna rip you apart so hard!As a member of the poker media, one of my least favorite duties involves interviewing pros. I know a few of my colleagues that turn on their recorders, let the pro say what they want, then type it up verbatim. I refuse to do that. Besides, the majority of pros give dull interviews because they've been coached into not revealing anything too spicy or saying anything incendiary. Alas, they routinely dodge the tough questions especially on hot-button issues. And on the rare chance I extracted anything with a little sizzle, the quote almost always got mercilessly killed by spineless editors at the request of fascist PR ruffians. Killed quotes occurred too many times to me early in my career as a reporter. The KGB-esque means of censoring poker media is one of the many aspects of the industry that I loathe, which is why I rarely interview sponsored pros for publications, because I know that any of the juicy quotes will be extracted from my articles. Luckily, Tao of Poker is one of the few bastions of uncensored self-expression in poker.
Charlie Sheen: I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words -- imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists.
Tony G: You're the worst player in the world! Get on your bike Charlie and pedal back to Hollywood!
Charlie Sheen: The scoreboard doesn't lie. Never has. So what we all have is a marriage of the hearts. And to sully, contaminate, or radically disrespect this unit with a shameful contract is something I'll leave to the amateurs and bible grippers.
Tony G: Feel my power!
Charlie Sheen: Pfffffttttt.... when you see how I party man, it's epic. The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger, Richards, all of them, just look like droopy-eyed, armless children.
NBC's Goldmine: The National Heads-Up ChampionshipThanks again to ACH and DM for the invite.
8 Bracelets, 15-Minutes of Fame, and 12 Donkaments
The Land of Unicorns - Macau Cash Games
Freaky Styley: Durrrr and Jungleman12
Bluff Magazine's Power 20 has been the source of blog fodder. Read for yourself at... Kim at Infinite Edge Gaming, Bill Rini at Bill's Poker Blog, F Train at Riding the F Train, Shamus at Hard-Boiled Poker, and Shamus again at BetFair.Did you read everything in a British accent? The news sounds more important and classier that way.
And the Power 20 spawned a podcast from los hombres and Bluff Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley. (Wicked Chops Poker)
A trio of posts... Timtern's This Week’s Big Winners, Mark Gahagan's Winners, Losers, Coinflips, and Michalski wrote about the Gold Coast closing their poker room.(Pokerati)
Haley posted the latest installment of Just Conjecturin', her series investigating the UB cheating scandal... Volume 29: Inside the Makar Email (Haley's Poker Blog)
This made me howl... an animated version of Charlie Sheen's rant on the Alex Jones show. You know you're in trouble when Alex Jones is the more sane person of the two in a conversation. (Tao of Fear)
Change100, the resident fashionista for Tao of Fear, recently broke down everyone's favorite Libyan despot in Dictator Chic: Moammar Gadhafi. (Tao of Fear)
For all you music enthusiasts, crank up the volume for The Funky President Mixtape! (Coventry)