Archive for May 2018

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris2018 49th WSOP

The 49th Annual World Series of Poker has begun. This year the WSOP features a grand total of 78 Official Gold Bracelet Events with the Main Event beginning on the 2nd of July and running through to July 14th when the new WSOP Champion will be crowned. The WSOP’s partners ESPN and PokerGO have made it clear that they will offer daily live video coverage of the Main Event.

Here is the official schedule for the Main Event as reported directly from the WSOP:

“The event will begin earlier this year. Starting flights will be held on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3, with the very final day to enter the WSOP Main Event scheduled for Wednesday, July 4. These are officially flights A, B & C of Event #65. On Thursday, July 5, flights A&B return to play their Day 2, while Flight C players have the day off. Any Flight A or B players that survive Day 2, will have Friday, July 6 off, while Flight C players play out their Day 2 on this day. The fields combine for the first time on Saturday, July 7 and play every single day until we reach the final table on July 11 and crown the champion on Saturday, July 14.”

Today, May 29th is showtime for Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em – this event features one re-entry per player. Following on Wednesday May 30th starting at 3 pm will be Event #2: $10,000 N0-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty which features a $3,000 Bounty for every player. Then starting Thursday at 11 am on the last day of May, the 31st will be Event#3: $3,000 N0-Limit Hold’em Shootout followed by Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better at 3pm. Both Event#3 and #4 will play out for 3 days.

That will be all the fun for the month of May at the poker tables of the 2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker. Come back for our continued coverage in a few days.

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*(The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that made sports betting illegal)

The big question following the US Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision is; now that PAPSA is dead, will online poker reap the benefits? The answer is; it depends on who you ask.

Phil HellmuthMany who learned of the new ruling were highly optimistic, among them “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth. In fact, he quickly tweeted: Every Major sport (NBA, NFL, MLB) is behind the legalization of sports betting, and all of them will profit by it. But how can Sports Betting online be legalized w/out online poker being legalized (clearly more skill than sports betting)? The time is NOW to legalize online poker!”

PokerStars ambassador Jason Somerville also joined in the tweetfest: Great news to wake up to! we’ll see just how much this helps US online poker but the financial incentives for states to pass gaming legislation just got a whole lot more attractive. let’s go!

Mark CubanAnd Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks  seemed confident that the Supreme Court decision will help the game of poker. In an interview with CNBC, Cuban predicted that the gaming industry at large will be able to capitalize on new business opportunities thanks to the ruling. According to Cuban, online poker could be a beneficiary.“I’m not a constitutional lawyer,” Cuban said in a phone call, “but, you can see online poker all of a sudden…Someone is going to start up online poker again.”

Kevin Iacofano, a 2018 WSOP Circuit Main Event winner, understands that the two aren’t necessarily linked, so he’s urging fans and players alike to push lawmakers into introducing legislation that would combine online poker with sports wagering. He stated, “If you are a poker player and you haven’t made a call or email to your representative, especially now your state representative, make your voice heard. Tag online poker along with the sports betting wave and this Black Friday to now nightmare will be over.”

The brilliant poker reporter, Lee Davy, writing for CalvinAyre.com, had a very different take on the court ruling, asking, “How is this whole PASPA deal going to affect online poker?”

According to Davy, the short answer is that it probably won’t, at least in the short term. He explains that PASPA is a sports betting law that has nothing to do with poker, online or otherwise. Therefore, PASPA’s death is not going to launch online poker industries in dozens of states. Besides, he reasons, if states were going to legalize online poker, they would have done so already.

Davy also reminds his readers that despite the enthusiastic tweets from members of the poker elite, he doesn’t really buy the notion that they are dying to see online poker legalized. He points out the fact that the PPA (Poker Players Alliance), the supposed conduit between the players and the politicians, was unable to raise a paltry $25,000 to support their efforts.

Nevertheless, the Poker Players Alliance issued the following press release from PPA president Rich Muny:

This is a great decision for consumers who for years have had no alternative to wager on sports other than the black market. It presents states with the perfect opportunity to establish sensible policies not only to regulate sports wagering, but also other forms of gaming, including internet poker. Whether you are betting on sports or playing poker, lawmakers must make it a priority to protect consumers. The states that have already regulated internet poker have proven that it can be done in a way that benefits consumers and governments. It makes sense for states that are eyeing sports betting to also realize the benefit of regulated iPoker and iGaming.

“Today marks an important date for the future of gaming in the United States,” Muny added. “The future of sports betting will continue to rely on internet and mobile technologies, and this is also true for all gaming. Now more than ever, states should take control of unregulated internet poker and sports betting and create systems that protect adult consumers and provide governments with new streams of revenue.”

So the bottom line is that we’ll see. What do you think? Send me your thoughts or comments!

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Has anyone seen Phil Ivey lately? If you have, it certainly wasn’t in the U.S. where he’d been embroiled in legal battles that finally ended in 2017. Instead, Ivey has played mostly in Asia, including frequenting casinos in Macau and attending the Triton Super High Roller tournament in Manila last year.

But, you can expect to see Ivey, the ten-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, back in the spotlight very soon. He recently won the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro short deck ante-only event*. Ivey outlasted a field of 61 total entries, including finally going head-to-head with poker star Dan “Jungleman” Cates, to win $617,396, bringing his career live earnings to $24,083,744. It was his first live tournament cash in more than two years!

When asked by pokernews.com about what his plans were, Ivey said, “I plan on playing the in the 2018 WSOP in Vegas this year.” That should make a lot of poker fans extremely happy!

Since Ivey has always been one of our favorites we can’t wait to see him at the 2018 WSOP poker tables.

* For those of you who have never heard of Short Deck Hold’em, it is similar to the traditional no-limit hold’em known around the world, with the exception that it’s played with just 36 instead of 52 cards. The deuces, threes, fours, and fives are omitted, making for rankings that are rare in traditional hold’em, now a lot more common. The game is incredibly popular in the Asian high stakes poker scene.

What do you think? Send me your comments or thoughts!

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It has been announced by the World Series of Poker that the Big Blind Ante format will be introduced to 8 of this year’s 78 gold bracelet events, as well as several side events.

Texas Poker Store Poker ChipsThis is a basic reworking of the ante format. Instead of being a specific amount that each player pays every hand it now will be a specified amount that each player pays each round. Because the Big Blind Ante is like the Big Blind, it only affects the player on the Big Blind of each hand. This way all players are treated equally.

In other words, you no longer need to worry about whether or not you put up your ante and the dealer doesn’t have to collect or figure out if someone missed paying the ante. This makes for a faster game and allows each player more chances to play hands at every level.

As reported by the WSOP, The Big Blind Ante format works this way:

“In variants with an ante, instead of each player posting an ante each hand, the player in the Big Blind will post an amount equal to the Big Blind.

For example, with blinds at 500-1,000, the player in the Big Blind will post 1,000 for his/her Big Blind, followed by 1,000 for the Ante.  His/Her total contribution to that pot is 2,000. The Ante (1,000) is dead and is immediately brought into the pot. The Big Blind (the other 1,000) is live and is part of the pre-flop betting.

If a player in the tournament does not have the required amount for both the Big Blind and the Ante, the Big Blind will be paid first, followed by the ante.

No matter how many chips a participant starts with he/she can always win the entire ante. For example: the blinds are 4k/8k and the big blind also antes 8k. A participant who is not in the blinds who starts the hand with only 1k gets involved in a three-way pot against the blinds. If that participant wins, he/she wins 11k (his/her own 1k wager, plus 1k from each opponent, plus the 8k ante). In this scenario, 1 chip can win 11 chips.”

Below is a list of the 2018 WSOP Events that will feature the Big Blind:

2018 WSOP EVENTS USING BIG BLIND ANTE
Event #5: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels)
Event #54: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #74: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
Event #77: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
Event #78: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em
4pm: $200 Daily Deepstack (one-day event) Daily May 29-July 17
10pm: $150 Daily Deepstack (one-day event) Daily May 29-July 17
King’s Lounge: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Every Friday at 8pm
King’s Lounge: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Every Sunday at 8pm
Mega Satellites: A variety running daily in Pavilion Room. See staff.

Hope to see you at the poker tables during the 49th Annual World Series of Poker.

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