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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
There was a time when we thought it would be a good idea to keep our faithful fans up-to-date on which states would be next to vote to legalize and regulate online poker. We assumed it would happen on a fairly regular basis after the success of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. After all, is there really a state that wouldn’t benefit from the potential multi-millions of dollars in additional revenue?

Turned out that passing the legislation necessary to offer its citizens the right to enjoy online poker was a heckuvva lot more difficult for states to make happen than we imagined. It seems crazy, but nothing much has changed since 2013 (sorry, Pennsylvania, but you haven’t gone live yet!) except that more states have legalized marijuana than online gambling!

So, it’s our pleasure to announce that Virginia has become the fifth state ready to launch online gambling. Governor Ralph Northam signed SB 1126 today (March 26) after both houses of the legislature overwhelmingly supported it. However, don’t get too excited quite yet, poker players of Virginia. There are some very stringent rules for setting up casinos so you probably won’t be playing online until at least next year.

Unfortunately for those of you who were following Kentucky’s bid to join the online gambling states, their once promising H 175 has been shelved until 2020. Also on the cusp are West Virginia and Michigan, all hoping to become the sixth state to embrace online poker.

Until your state manages to pass the legislation needed for you to enjoy online poker, it looks like y’all will have to be satisfied playing in your home games, sitting at the poker tables! One thing is for sure; it is definitely a better way to meet people and find new poker buddies!

Any thoughts??

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The dates for the 50th Annual World Series of Poker have been announced. Poker’s most well known and extremely popular poker tournament series is now set to take place from May 28th to July 16th, 2019. As usual the series will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and as of now it is expected to award more than $200 Million Dollars.

There will be a special Historic Event in honor of the tournament’s 50 Birthday that is currently slated to start on opening weekend, May 30-June 2. This will be “The Big 50” -$500 buy-in, 50,000 chips, and 50-minute levels with a $5,000,000 million guaranteed prize pool & $1,000,000 to the winner.  “We’re excited to commence our golden event,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.  “We expect our opening weekend Big 50 event to be one of the largest in our history, and certainly one of the best value tournaments ever offered.  This is part of our concerted plans to make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around.”

There will also be lots of new events added to this year’s WSOP. To me, one of the coolest new event additions has to be a $1,000 buy-in Mini Main Event. Beginning a couple of days before the $10,000 buy-in actual Main Event gets on the way, the Mini Main Event will begin Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2. Like its bigger namesake counter-part, the Mini Main Event will see players start with 60,000 in tournament chips and features the same blind structure with the only difference being a 30-minute  instead of 120-minute levels.

The popular Colossus event is back, with starting days on Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27. The Colossus will be the lowest-priced gold bracelet event on the 2019 schedule, with a $400 buy-in – down $165 compared to last year’s $565 buy-in. It comes with 40,000 in starting chips and will play 40-minute levels throughout. On June 28 the survivors see the field combined for Day 2 with the final table scheduled for Saturday, June 29.

There will be One-Day Super Turbos, the only live way to earn a bracelet in a day at the WSOP. In the $1,000 version, each player is a $300 bounty, while in the $1,500 version, each player is a $500 bounty.

Nearly 500 poker tables will be set up across more than 100,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the thousands of players from around the world who attend poker’s annual series of tournament events.

Individual event online pre-registration won’t open until March/April after all events have been determined and approved by regulators. WSOP.com’s real-money online poker offerings in New Jersey and Nevada will be the exclusive online home for players in these states to win seats into WSOP events, including the Main Event, as well as to participate in the exclusive online WSOP official gold bracelet events.

The full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released sometime in the first quarter of 2019. All above-announced dates, times, and events are subject to change, according to the WSOP press release.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Last week we featured four more celebrities that always capture our attention when they are sitting at a poker table. Sometimes you’ll catch them laser- focused on their hand; you can almost see the wheels turning in their heads as they hesitatingly splash their chips in.

Christian Slater - Phil Hellmuth - SlashOther times you may catch any one of them goofing around with some superstar POKER PLAYERS like in this picture with film star Christian Slater on the left, superstar poker player Phil Hellmuth in the middle, and Rock n Roll superstar Slash.

Celebrity poker lovers come in all sizes, varying skill levels, and various degrees of taking the games they enter into seriously. Most celebrities I have witnessed seem to be very seriously committed to the game.

Michael PhelpsTake one of the most beloved Olympic legends of all time, Michael Phelps. Although he hasn’t quite broken through yet, he has cashed about a half dozen times and if he keeps practicing and enters more tourneys, he just might push through and win more. After all, he’s Michael Phelps!

 

Paris HiltonWhen or where was the last time you saw or heard that Paris Hilton was in the house? Well, if the house happens to be a poker room then you may have seen her up close and personal. She loves poker so much that it has been reported she once bet away her Bentley Continental GT and she still runs to the tables to play her favorite game.

MiniMe Verne TroyerThen there was Mini Me, Verne Troyer, of the Austin Powers movies, who unfortunately passed away this past April. He will be missed by fans of his films and by many who remember this 2′ 8″ giant at poker tables around the world.

 

Pamela AndersonHow many of you lusted after Pamela Anderson  in the “Baywatch” television series? She still has a huge fan base worldwide and over the last several years she’s added a whole new fan base through her appearances at poker tables everywhere. If you play often enough, you might get lucky and spot her pushing chips across the felt.

There are a lot more television, film, and sports personalities who love to hit the poker tables at their closest casinos in hopes of making a deep run . . .  and maybe even reach a final table at their favorite tournament.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As promised in our last blog, we continue now with a few more of our favorite poker playing celebrities. The poker bug is capable of biting anyone, whether you’re a well known celebrity, or just a poker junkie. It doesn’t care if you’re a film star, a television regular, a sports legend or just famous for being famous. And it doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, man or woman, as long as you have enough chips for the minimum buy-in, you’re welcome.

Ray RomanoWe’ll start with one of my all-time TV comics from “Everyone Loves Raymond”, Ray Romano. Although he seems to be spotted at the poker tables quite often, he hasn’t had much success; in fact over the course of the last 10 years he’s only picked up about 20 grand in prize money. But Romano loves poker so much that I doubt he will stop trying.

Everyone remembers Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane – Superman’s main squeeze, or as Paris Carver, Agent 007’s ex-lover in “Tomorrow Never Dies.” If you ever got the chance to speak with her, as I did one night several years ago (that’s me with Ms. Hatcher in the photo on the left) she would tell you that she is a closeted poker player, and now she loves having a whole new fan base in the poker world.

Don Cheadle There are those who fall in love with poker and it somehow doesn’t seem to matter whether they win or lose;  they apparently play just for the sheer rush or the banter around the table. Such is the case with Don Cheadle who gave us such an outstanding performance in “Hotel Rwanda”, an inspiring actor who loves poker and doesn’t seem to care if he ever cashes. Cheadle is the co-founder of the “Ante Up For Africa” foundation, dedicated to raising money for Africans in need.

SlashPoker attracts people from every walk of life including hard-playing rock and rollers. We all know Slash from “Guns and Roses,” but not many of us know about his love of poker. He has gone so far as to be the main ingredient in a free poker-playing app, “Poker Slash.”

 

That’s it for now, but we will be back soon with some more well know poker-playing celebrities. Until then have fun playing your favorite poker games; hopefully on one of our premium poker tables .

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