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We’ve written about how generous many poker players are about donating a portion of their earnings to various charities before, but there are some that have a passion for a special cause and create a tournament dedicated to raising money for it. For example, there’s poker super star Vanessa Selbst, who is hosting her “Justice Is Blinds” (see what they did there?) event for the third year in a row, on September 26, in New York City. Tickets are $1,500 to enter and $2,000 for VIP access.

Selbst loves the idea of helping her home town’s most socioeconomically challenged populations by raising money for the Urban Justice Center (UJC) a non-profit that provides legal services to thousands of NY residents, including survivors of domestic violence, international refugees, veterans, the homeless, and more. A huge advocate in the fight for a just and equal society, Selbst feels that she can best support the UJC by hosting this extremely popular annual tournament.

As she said, “There’s actually a great community of poker players [in the city] who don’t get to play very often because poker isn’t legal here, but charity poker is. There are a lot of people who come out just for charity events.”

And a lot of celebrities and poker stars show up, too, which helps make this one of poker’s premier charity events. This year they are expecting Erik Seidel, Andy Frankenberger and Jonathan Little, not to mention co-hosts Daniel Negreanu and Olivier Busquet.

“Justice is Blinds has been a tremendous success the last two years,” said Gretchen Wagner Nealon, director of development at the UJC. “Vanessa knows how to throw a poker tournament! We have heard many people at the tournaments say it’s the best poker tournament they have ever been to. We raised over $180K last year and hope to surpass that this year.”

Top prize will be a $15,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package. Players can also win other tantalizing prizes. The best prize, of course, is helping a worthy cause.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I talk to a lot of casual poker players almost every day. I define casual players as those around the world who may love poker but really could never become professionals, mostly because they just ain’t that good, don’t have the kind of money necessary to hit the pro circuits, or probably could not stand the pace. However, there are some casual players I have watched and thought, now they could be good enough to play professionally, but they just don’t have the money. These guys could do well if they had backers, but backers are hard to get. And, if they did get them could they really handle it? I mean, if it was you, could you handle the rigorous schedules? Could you become a world-class poker player?

Poker game time at our man caveDo you think you could hold your own at the poker tables for prolonged hours, even days against the likes of a Phil  “Unibomber” Laak, who set the world’s record for playing 115 consecutive hours at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. More than likely the answer would be, “of course not.” After all, Phil did it to get into the Guinness Book of World Records and that really isn’t about poker. However, the real schedule of most poker pros is anything but a walk in the park.

Take our favorite player, Daniel “Kid Poker’ Negreanu; in 2014 he played a total of 56 events for a combined total play time of 505.5 hours. He cashed on 13 of those events including the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic where he walked away with$36,947, nine events at the 45th Annual World Series of Poker for total wins of $8,545,408, two events at the Aussie Millions bringing in another $1,611,022 and lastly one event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure that earned him $89, 560. All together he picked up $10,282, 937 give or take a few dollars. To accomplish that, the buy-ins  for the 13 events that he cashed in totaled $1,395,170 and the buy-in for the remaining 43 events that he failed to cash in amounted to an additional $1,788,756. That still gave him a profit before payout for action sold to backers, swaps, taxes and, not to forget, traveling expenses to Vegas, Australia, the Caribbean, etc… of more than $7 million dollars. But that’s the exception. He could have just as easily lost his buy-in money and gone home, since less than 5 percent of poker players can actually make enough to “make it.”

Now think about that for a minute. If you wanted to try that in the hopes of netting the $7 million, you would have to travel and spend sleepless nights in foreign lands, invest more than $3 million dollars, play hundreds of hours, withstand the pressure of tens of thousands of people scrutinizing your every move, accept defeat about 80 to 90 percent of the time with dignity, and move on to the next tourney.  Reality is that only a very small percentage of people who try can really become professional poker players . Can you afford it? Are you a good enough poker player? Or are you satisfied enjoying your life as a casual poker player?

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy Pocket Bullets Paris

From home to office poker games; from online poker tourneys to live games at the casinos’ poker tables worldwide, millions of dollars have already been won by amateur players just like you as well as by professional players who may have inspired you to learn the game. How much have YOU won?

Ben “Jenbizzle” Jones has already amassed closed to $150,000 from his online exploits. Jake Schindler took the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller game away from Greg Merson and walked away with $1,192,624. Dominik Panka has taken the title of  2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion and a sweet payday of $1,423,096, along with a “Steel and Black” design SLYDE watch worth €5,550

Ben "jenbizzle" Jones Jake Schindler Dominik Panka

(By the way, it’s hard for me to write about this without mentioning that the decision by New Jersey to allow Internet Gaming has already generated $8.4 million in its first six weeks. That resulted in $1.3 million collected in state taxes. Why every other state isn’t doing this is mind boggling to me, but that’s another blog.)

The winners will keep coming all year long. The question remains; where are you in all of this? We expect huge live events with bigger and bigger payouts and we will see fortunes made online around the world. We know, of course, that there will also be fortunes lost, but that is ultimately the risk that we as poker players accept. Whether at home or office games, or if we play online or ultimately dare to venture out and make it to the live events, it is the thrill of victory, even knowing we may experience the agony of defeat, that we crave.

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At the 10th anniversary of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure held at the Atlantis Resort and Casino, on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst became the 2013 PCA High Roller Champion!  She shipped the $25,500 High Roller event and racked up $1,424,420 for her victory, making her the highest-earning female poker player of all time. She is also 40th in the all-time money list.

If you want to compete at these kind of events you better sharpen your poker skills. Practice, practice, practice. Play thousands of poker hands, watch all the poker videos and read all the Texas Hold em poker books you can get your hands on. Maybe, just maybe we will see you next year at the 11th anniversary of the PCA.


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