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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Since 1979, when the Poker Hall of Fame was established by the owner of  the Horseshoe Casino, Benny Binion, to honor the world’s greatest poker players, 50 world class poker players have been inducted. Johnny “The Grand Old Man of Poker” Moss was the very first inductee and with this announcement, the total is now 52.

Poker Hall of Fame

The Class of 2016 added a couple of new members, Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen, to poker’s most exclusive club, the Poker Hall of Fame.

Todd Brunson“It’s a true honor to be inducted by my peers into this prestigious institution,” said Todd Brunson. “I literally grew up attending these ceremonies and have always respected and admired its members. To join their ranks is the honor of a lifetime.”

Carlos MortensenCarlos Mortensen was heard saying, “I have been playing poker professionally for more than 20 years. This game has given me so many things that I have come to cherish. I’ve always wanted to be included among the great players who make up the Poker Hall of Fame. To be included with the legends makes me very happy. I want to thank my friends, the poker fans, and all the people who vote for me. I take this honor very seriously.”

The official induction will occur Oct. 26 at the Binion’s Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, kicking off the November Nine festivities just before the World Series of Poker Main Event final table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.

The criteria for the Poker Hall of Fame is as follows:

  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
  • Played for high stakes
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • Stood the test of time
  • Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

When Harrah’s Entertainment, now known as Caesars Entertainment, acquired the rights to the WSOP in 2004, it also assumed ownership of the Poker Hall of Fame. Currently, membership in the Poker Hall of Fame is handled directly by the WSOP.

Have any of you ever wanted to be known as a “kick ass” poker player? If you answered yes, then you best sit in on as many poker tables as you can to try to perfect your game. It’s possible, even if only remotely, that you could then be considered among the very best. Of course it’s a lot more likely that you’ll start to win more and, at the very least, have a helluva lot more fun.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Caesars Entertainment released the 2015 World Series of Poker official schedule, which was met by the usual excitement, although there were some mixed feelings. Due to some new lower buy-ins this year, some fear that a whole new crop of players will swamp the already huge number of participating players that have made it to the WSOP before.

In 2013, there were a total of 79,471 registered entries and last year we saw that number climb to a staggering 82,360. Now we’re hearing predictions that this year, when the words “Let’s shuffle up and deal”  are heard, there may be more than 100,000 registered participating entries ready to sit at the poker tables for all scheduled 68 events, each and every one of them dreaming about their shiny new bracelets and pockets full of cash.

The mixed feelings range from concerns about starting out with deeper stacks, to the WSOP being much more accessible to casual players. Some loved the idea of an online event which is featured as Event#64: A $1,000 Online No-Limit Hold ’em (July 2-3) while others thought it was highly overrated.

As far as we’re concerned, we believe it’s important for the WSOP to continuously evolve. Obviously, they agree, based on all the changes planned for the 46th Annual World Series of Poker beginning on Wednesday, May 27.

World Series of Poker 2015We’ll see what happens and will keep you posted as always.

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Pocket Bullets Paris at Ceasars CasinoBy Pocket Bullets Paris

Governor Andrew  Cuomo is excited by the possibility of a few casinos being built closer Manhattan, with potential suitors considering building sites in the Catskills, the southern Hudson Valley and even as close as Tuxedo, NY, a mere 40 miles from the city.

Twenty-two companies will be bidding for the rights to one of the four available licenses. They include Caesars Entertainment, Hudson Valley Gaming, Inc., and the already active Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. now operating their casino and harness-racing facilities 150 miles north of Manhattan. They definitely see the value in closer proximity to the city.

Each of these twenty-two companies has already submitted proposals to develop a casino in New York State, and each one has already put up $1 million in application fees. Personally, I think that if it will financially help the upstate  communities that are hurting financially then I’m all for it. Besides, building those casinos will also bring lots of much-needed jobs into the regions where they’ll be built … and that’s beyond all the money generated by the casinos once they are operating.Poker game

Go for it New York! Bring some major Poker Events there and we will be visiting you!

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Confessions of a Grinder Vinny the VenetianConfessions of a Grinder

September 19th was an eventful day for poker. There was some great news for Online Poker enthusiasts in the USA. When I visited the WSOP in June, I saw some people signing up for the WSOP’s official online-poker site. I thought to myself; ‘This is probably too good to be true at this stage.’ However, disappointed, frustrated and faithless American poker players who were cheated by their very mentors had a glimmer of hope, when the Big Daddy” of poker leagues, The WSOP, launched its online-poker site on Sept 19th. Site owners Caesars Entertainment and 888 Holdings were only the second entrepreneurs to launch an online-poker site for Nevada locals. The site saw some 120 players play on Thursday evening, and though the numbers are nothing compared to Pokerstars, I am sure they will rise in the coming months. I am particularly looking forward to the WSOP Online Championships in October with the winners of nine main tournaments playing the Online Nine alongside the famous and much anticipated November Nine, with Half-A-Million added to each prize pool. I am also sure that this is the second of many more poker sites to follow in the coming years.

September 19th was also eventful for me, and poker players in and around Ohio. The WSOP added another Circuit Event to its series at the Horseshoe Casino in Ohio’s own Sin City, Cincinnati. The event runs from the 19th till the 30th, and has exciting tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $365 to the $1675 Main Event. There are no massive guarantees like the SHRPO in Hollywood, Miami, which I recently covered. However, winning a WSOP Ring is always prestigious, and both the turnout for WSOP Circuit Events and the Prize Pool have always been solid.

Doyle Brunsons Super System 2 Daniel Negreanu - Hold'em WisdomNow here’s another question for you, and this one will not win you any Texas Poker Store Merchandise.. You won’t even have to look in any Poker Books for the answer, it’s that simple. Where do you think I am going to be till the 30th? Think about that while I go get me some green.
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