The Hottest Card Games.

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Everyone loves to play cards and this is not a lie, if you are with your friends this is a great activity to spend time and have a lot of fun Continue reading

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Sports Betting: an Unusual Job

Written by Karol

1337693812_88Do you know people who work doing sports betting?

Sports betting are not the dreamed work of everyone; in fact many people find sports betting by mistake or as a fast solution to their lives.

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Online Live Casinos Vs. Traditional Online Casinos

Technology is an amusing thing, especially when considering the amount of time that has been required for it to change the world.

Every time a new invention has been completed, it accelerates the speed at which new ones come into existence; and from the moment the Internet was officially adopted by the general population (late 80’s – early 90’s) technology has evolved at an alarming rate.

As things continued to evolve, casinos and sportsbooks weren’t the exception. With this new world of possibilities wide open, they took the initiative to try and conquer the web; well, right after porn since pornography has been and will continue to be the top pioneer for new technologies. And just like that, online casinos and sportsbooks emerged.

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Pre-Flop Strategy

The flop is the determining point – the point of no return – in Texas Hold’em.  When you wait to see the flop, you commit part of your stack.  If you do, you risk losing your bet.  If you don’t, you risk losing a potential win.

Pre- FlopYour pre-flop strategy is therefore crucial in poker.  You should know how to properly and wisely play your cards before the flop and the hit or miss that follows it.  The following are some basic tips that you can use as a guide in determining your own pre-flop poker strategy.  Just note that actual circumstances will probably require you to act differently; however, this will give you a basis on which to make your pre-flop playing decisions.

Fold Pre-Flop

Folding pre-flop is the easiest and the least costly way of playing poker.  When you fold your hand pre-flop, you don’t lose anything – unless you are the small or the big blind, that is, because your forced initial bet is already a loss if you fold.  Even if you are the small or the big blind, however, folding may still be the rights strategy if it keeps your loss for that hand at a minimum.

When should you fold pre-flop?  Clearly, if you have bad starting hands or if you are dealt pocket cards that will give you a very slim chance of winning, you should fold; as a general rule, you should still do this even if you are already invested in the pot (i.e. you’re the small or big blind) and naturally don’t want to lose the blinds. Continue reading

Casino opposes Frank legislation

Some of the largest land-based casinos in California have issued a statement voicing their opposition to proposed legislation from US Congressman Barney Frank over concerns that players may have been misled by speciaCasinol interest groups receiving funds from illegal offshore gaming operators.

Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation And Consumer Protection And Enforcement Act was recently passed through the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 41 to 22 and seeks to regulate online gambling in the United States to counter the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) legislation of 2006.

However, California’s Commerce Casino has expressed its opposition to the legislation and has been joined by the state’s Bicycle Casino, Hawaiian Gardens Casino and Hollywood Park Casino.

“Poker players deserve to know the real facts, so let us be clear,” read a statement issued by Tom Malkasian and Haig Papaian, board members for Commerce Casino. Continue reading

High Stakes Poker News

Patrik Antonius Takes on Zigmund Patrick Antonius

HighStakesDB.com reports three players fought it out in a $200/$400 PLO game earlier in the week. On Wednesday, they were at it again, but this time they stepped up to play $300/$600 instead. And this time around it was Patrik Antonius who got the better this matchup when he managed to win $237K while the two others lost about $100K each. Antonius also found a $95K win in the seven game, so at the end of the day he ended up winning $332K.

The big name high stakes player took on the likes of fellow high stakers Phil Galfond and Zigmund.

PokerTableRankings.com reports that the race to the top of the 25/50 NL crop is really starting to heat up. Continue reading

Day for Online Gambling?

Online GamblingJune 1, 2010 marks the day that the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) finally goes into effect after passing as an attachment to a Port Security Act in October 2006.  The law makes banking institutions responsible for preventing transactions from gamblers to online gambling establishments operating offshore.  The much watered down law does not hold banks responsible for monitoring payouts from online gambling operators to bettors while checks and ACH transactions are, for the most part, exempt.  Because certain forms of online gambling such as horse racing and state lotteries were carved from the legislation, the banking sector has argued that this makes it nearly impossible to distinguish the “good online gambling” transactions from the “bad one’s” (presumably online poker and sports wagers).

With nearly four years having passed between UIGEA becoming law and the actual “enforcement”, many online gambling sites have had plenty of time to prepare for the worst possible outcome, though further “setbacks” can be expected.

As of September 2009, most banks were already complying with the UIGEA regulations anyway, according to Steve Kenneally, the vice president of American Banking Association.

John Pappas, Director of the Poker Players Alliance, believes the June 1 date is being blown out of proportion in some circles.  The world will not end on this day.

“Many people believe that any ill effect of the UIGEA has already been felt over the last four years,” said Pappas. “While I can’t make any guarantees, I do have a sense that this will be more of a blip on the radar screen than a catastrophic event, as some may have predicted.”

Originally slated to go into effect October 1 of last year, the Treasury and Federal Reserve announced a six month reprieve. Continue reading