This is poker. Yes some people make a living playing QQWIN99 and many other people make a living not playing the game but working in the industry that has grown up around the game. Dealers, floor staff, food and beverage services; lots of people have jobs based on the booming game of poker. And yes some of those people are in the media: writers, video artists, onscreen talent, editors, web designers, photographers and oh yes, me.
But at the end of the day it is only poker and poker is a business. One aspect of a bigger business we commonly and collectively refer to as gaming. Gaming is here for one and only one reason and that reason is profit. Oh sure it’s entertainment but it is a very, very profitable business. So it should come as no surprise that the various business interests who own and run the big poker tournaments have taken steps to sell the media coverage to make more money.
I am not going to argue with the profit motive nor with the right of anyone to sell or buy anything. That argument has and will be made in other places. I want to address another issue regarding the consolidation of poker coverage to fewer and fewer sources. But before I do, I want to say once again:
“This is only poker.”
Here is the problem with Bluff Entertainment having exclusive access to the World Series of Poker events and CardPlayer Media having the same …
Bertrand Gospellier – also known as ‘ElkY’ online – took down the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure earlier in the week. It couldn’t have been any more perfect for the man who was Hasil HK Hari Ini first-ever SuperNova status’d player, and obviously one of the most feared tournament players in the world…
Was it any more fitting that a member of Team PokerStars take down the very tournament that bears its namesake? Yes…yes…a thousand times, yes. Here’s the post written on the PokerStars Blog after ElkY’s big win:
“Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier wins the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and $2 million.
Hafiz Khan eliminated in second place, winning $1,094,976
End of the road – That’s it. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is done. At the end, it was a bluff gone awry for Hafiz Khan in a brief heads-up joust. ElkY, with the chip lead, raised 500,000 pre-flop; Hafiz pushed all in from the big blind. ElkY dwelt for a moment, but not quite as long as you might think for a $2 million decision. Obviously he had some read of Hafiz and called, flipping 8-8. Khan was caught and meekly tabled 9-3. The board bricked and ElkY’s eights were good. The Team PokerStars Pro member from France is the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion. Bien, bien ElkY!”
2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Final Table Set
After 4 grueling days of play, the final table of the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has finally been set. The final group consists of some very solid online …
Proposing to the love of your life means the huge decision of which engagement ring to buy. It’s pretty much certain that she will love a diamond ring whatever her tastes are in jewellery, but if you’re on a tight budget it’s worth knowing that some diamond cuts are much more expensive than others.
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Look at the range of fancy shaped diamonds
The industry term fancy shaped does not mean that it’s a much more expensive diamond – in fact the opposite is pretty much often the truth. A fancy cut diamond is one which is not the popular round brilliant shape. The category labelled as ‘fancy’ includes pear, marquise, princess, cushion and asscher. Within these shapes, some are more expensive than others but it doesn’t mean that an inexpensive shaped diamond looks anything less desirable than a more costly one.
A beautiful shaped diamond; it resembles a teardrop and looks particularly stunning on the hand. A popular choice with celebrities at the moment, it also is a great way to save money as they can be as much as £1000 cheaper on the larger carat sizes than corresponding round brilliant stones.
A shape for those who want something a little bit different and like to stand out in the crowd, a marquise diamond is an incredibly elegant option …
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If you are currently struggling with getting traffic to your website, or converting that traffic when it shows up, you may think you’ve got a traffic or conversion problem. In Russell Brunson’s experience, after working with thousands of businesses, he has found that’s rarely …
The World Series of Poker main event is now in full swing with Day 2b of the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em championships coming to a close early this morning. Two of pokers greatest players and most recognizable names, Johnny Chan and Phil Helmuth, have both survived a day during which nearly 2000 players were sent to the rail. Phil couldn’t possibly have passed through the whole day without some sort of attention; his grating table chatter stirring up emotions in the players around him. Other well known faces to progress to Day 3 include: Jeff Madsen, John D’Agostino, Phil Gordon, Shawn Sheikham, Gus Hansen and Mike Matusow.
2,628 players, a record turn out for a hk prize Day 2, sat down yesterday as they attempted to join the 469 players who qualified from Day 2a. Amongst a raft of eliminations were a number of popular pros: Liz Lieu, David Singer, Amnon Filipi, John Juanda, Shannon Elizabeth, Carlos Mortensen, Phil Laak, Joe Hachem and Jerry Yang all failing to capitalize on their Day 1 performances.
Many news outlets jumped the gun, claiming that Alex Outhred was the days chip leader before official chip counts were released. Outhred is an instructor at the WSOP and has claimed the the tips he’s picked up from the likes of Annie Duke and Greg Raymer have been an invaluable asset in his main event assault. His quality was first evident when he made a WPT final table in 2006, although until now he has …
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Have you watched the series “Mr Robot”? This is a fantastic production, however, telling a rather complicated story, in which a group of hackers plan to attack the mysterious corporation E-Corp (apparently it is short for Evil-Corp). The series itself is something on the border of David Lynch’s films and the iconic “Underground Circle” of David Fincher. However, we will not write about movies here. One of the most interesting concepts contained in “Mr Robot” is the “cryptocurrency” E-Corp
If you have not seen the series, we hurry with explanations. E-Corp is an evil, international company that the main character of the series has set himself the target. Together with a group of colleagues, he wants to make the biggest hacker attack in history. The crisis thus created is intended to make ordinary people aware that E-Corp is the real power behind the US government.
To make matters worse, American citizens believe more in the currency issued directly by E-Corp than in the currency issued by E-Corp’s ‘owned’ government. At one point, US regulators are even asking for E-Corp to issue an e-currency bitcoin dice that people can use. It’s like the Federal Reserve has asked Disney to start spending its own dollars, because this company is more trustworthy than the government. And now remove the computer hack from this story and add a blockchain, and soon you will see that a similar situation can take place in the modern, real world in the case of Facebook, Amazon and …
Two Republican aides have forecasted that the Internet gambling bill is unlikely to win US Senate passage before senators begin a month-long recess on August 4.
The bill was not among the priorities outlined by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, during a session with reporters on Tuesday in which he laid out measures he hopes will be in place before the August vacation.
toto sgp of the legislation had hoped to swiftly push it through the Senate this month after the arrest of David Carruthers, the former chief executive of UK-listed BetonSports, on charges of racketeering and conspiracy.
However with other priorities on the schedule, aides believe the bill will face delay. ‘I don’t expect it (Senate passage of the Internet gambling bill) to happen in the next two weeks,’ one Republican aide said, whilst another commented, “It’s always a possibility, but right now it is not on the schedule.”
However there are other reports emerging that some Republican senators have broken ranks and placed “holds” on it.
“The House-passed bill is not going to pass the Senate,” said one source, adding that changes must be made to win sufficient support.
Bingo Shown To Enhance Brain Functions
According to a recent study playing bingo can enhance brain functions, such as hand-eye coordination and memory, believed to deteriorate with age. The recent study found bingo players typically experience less memory losses than non-players. Conducted by Julie Winstone, from the Center for Visual …
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Interactive TV access to games
Britain’s Independent Television Network (ITV) has signed an agreement with British Sky Broadcasting PLC that will enable the network to launch a range of interactive services on BSkyB’s digital satellite platform and to develop new revenue streams.
Three principal areas of development are involved, embracing interactive voting, competitions and other services, interactive advertising and gaming and betting services.
The gambling and betting interactive services will be provided through ITV’s partnership with Sportech PLC’s Littlewoods Leisure division, linked to programming on the network. The partnership is based on a revenue sharing arrangement between ITV and Littlewoods and a range of applications is in development.
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CLUB FIORE TO RELOCATE?
Kahnawake or the Isle of Man?
It seems that our speculation last week that the popular Club Fiore.com casino might be considering a change of jurisdiction was on the money – when we presented this information to manager David Hope Robertson shortly after going to press last week he was less reticent with this statement, “….at present Action Online is exploring alternative regulated jurisdictions and we are in discussions with the Isle of Man authorities on our intention to relocate our operations. I would expect to be able to give you more information on our planning in the coming week”.
In a report on the growing disquiet of Isle of Man licensees concerning the inflexibility of the regulations there, New Media commented recently that several licensees were “…understood to be reconsidering their presence on the …