Over Shot Clock In Poker Rises Again -
9th November 2012
the 2012 World Series of Poker Championship Event
was one of the more exciting final tables in quite
some time, there is a new debate raging across the
internet regarding one aspect of poker that, some
believe, has become a problem the tanking
by players as they make a decision. This discussion
has brought out the question once again of putting
a shot clock in place in poker to speed
the game up.
player/blogger Scott Clark brought up the issue as
he discussed the WSOP Championship Event final table
on Wednesday. During the live play of the 2012
Main Event, fans that were following the action complained
about the excessive tanking by the competitors,
Clark notes. Clark particularly targets eventual runner-up
Jesse Sylvia as the worst offender, pointing out a
Tweet from poker professional Daniel Negreanu which
read, If there was any doubt about the need
for a clock in poker, this (the Main Event play) is
Exhibit A. This is painstakingly tilting for casual
it be cool, Clark queries. Doesnt
it make too much sense? There are several aspects
that would have to be examined with the implementation
of a shot clock in the game, however.
of the big questions would be what tournaments do
you put the shot clock on. Does the $40 buy in tournament
at your local casino have the need for such action?
At what stakes would a shot clock be implemented for?
Pokers rules are already different enough by
locations and adding in a shot clock for tournaments
would put another layer of rules out there that would
be different by what location you play at.
big question would be how long would be the time limit
on the shot clock. It has often been said that players
know what they will do within fifteen seconds of looking
at their hole cards. Anything beyond that is simply
Hollywooding to try to get responses from
your opponents or masking the fact that you were making
a move without the proper ammunition.
a shot clock were to be implemented in poker, it would
have to be long enough to allow for complete thought
while also moving the game along. While the online
standard (approximately fifteen seconds) is a bit
too strict, making a decision within two minutes shouldnt
be too much to ask for someone to come to a conclusion.
Do You Put The Shot Clock On?
in poker go across the entirety of a tournament. With
this theory in mind, if a shot clock was placed on
poker, you should have it from the start of the event
to its conclusion. When the blinds are 25/50, however,
this would more than likely be a waste of time (no
pun intended). Instituting the shot clock on
the bubble or once the players have made the
money would, in fact, change the style of the game
if the clock isnt used from the start of the
The Money Matter?
is an offshoot of the which tournament
question. If the prize pool is only a few thousand
dollars, would the shot clock have less time (or even
be used)? If, for example, were talking about
the WSOP Championship Event, wouldnt you want
to give some time to a player making a multi-million
We Already Have A Clock?
theory, the shot clock is already in place in the
game of poker. It is something that is anathema for
most poker players, however (remember how Tiffany
Michelle still gets derision for her usage of it in
the WSOP Championship Event a few years ago), because
of its nitty appearance. There are also
different thoughts as to individual poker players
as to how long is too long.
believes a shot clock is not a bad idea for the game
of poker. A two minute clock, used at the final table,
might be the best situation but, as Clark also states,
there are few ideas on how to institute it. At
the very least, Clark concludes on his blog,
players should move the game along out of respect
to your fellow players. (Poker
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Interactive Applies for NV Online Gaming License
list of brick and mortar casino owners applying for
Nevada intrastate online gaming licenses just keeps
growing. Fertitta Interactive is the latest organization
to submit an application.
Interactive is partially owned by Frank and Lorenzo
Fertitta, owners of the popular Station Casinos as
well as the Ultimate Fighting Championship brand.
Former Golden Nugget owners Tim Poster and Tom Breitling
also have a stake in Fertitta Interactive. The company
acquired software provider CyberArts in the fall of
2011 and they are now taking steps to be a force in
the online gambling world.
support the regulation of online poker, said
Lorenzo Fertitta, founder of Fertitta Interactive,
in a Thursday press release. Our industry leading
software has a track record of complying with the
strictest regulations in jurisdictions around the
world. Nevada has always been the leader in gaming
regulation and were pleased to file our application
here. Our goal is to provide customers with the best
online gaming experience in a safe and well-regulated
currently supplies its Foundation Poker software to
the free play site PurePlay poker. Fertitta Interactive
is now one of a dozen companies who have applied for
licenses along with brick and morter entities MGM
Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Boyd Gaming, Monarch
Casino, and South Point. Software providers Cantor
Gaming, IGT, 888 Holdings, Shuffle Master, Aristocrat
Technologies, and Bally Technologies have also applied
announcement is the latest in a string of announcements
from Las Vegas gaming companies that indicate that
regulated online gambling appears to be happening
in the near future. Earlier this week, Caesars Interactive
and longtime European partner 88 Holdings revealed
they are expanding their partnership to include US
gaming. Online free money gaming juggernaut Zynga
also hinted last month that a real money venture could
be a possibility in the future as well.
Interactive Submits Application to Nevada Gaming Control
Board to be Licensed to Operate Internet Poker
VEGAS, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fertitta Interactive
LLC announced today that it has submitted an application
to the Nevada Gaming Control Board to be licensed
as an operator and service provider of Internet Poker.
Fertitta Interactive has been at the forefront of
pursuing regulation for online poker since the company's
inception in 2010.
support the regulation of online poker," said
Lorenzo Fertitta, founder of Fertitta Interactive.
"Our industry leading software has a track record
of complying with the strictest regulations in jurisdictions
around the world.
has always been the leader in gaming regulation and
we're pleased to file our application here,"
he added. "Our goal is to provide customers with
the best online gaming experience in a safe and well-regulated
Established in 2010 by Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo
Fertitta, Tom Breitling and Tim Poster, Fertitta Interactive
works to build strong global brands and businesses
online. The group has worked together since the early
1990s, when the Fertittas were investors in Travelscape,
an online travel company that was founded by Breitling
and Poster and purchased by Microsoft's Expedia, Inc.
is the 10th Anniversary of the Aussie Millions, held
at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, and to
help celebrate the event, there was a special Tournament
of Champions held for all the previous winners of
the Aussie Millions Main Event:
2004 Tony Bloom
2005 Jamil Dia
2006 Lee Nelson
2007 Gus Hansen
2008 Alexander Kostritsyn (unable to attend)
2009 Stewart Scott
2010 Tyron Krost
2011 David Gorr
of the former champions were able to make the event,
but the 2008 winner, Alexander Kostritsyn, was not
able to make the trip this year as his wife is expected
to give birth to their first child at any moment.
missing 40 minutes of play from being at the final
table of the $1,000 NLHE w/rebuys event (where he
finished fourth), Tyron Krost then went on to win
this prestigious event, securing himself a special
prize called the Golden Ticket. This will allow a
lifetime of buy-ins for the Aussie Millions $10,000
Main Event and, considering Krost was the youngest
player at 25 years, he is sure to get a lot of value!
the final results of the Tournament of Champions:
Krost - winner of the Golden Ticket
PKR Pro Welcomes Latest Member on November 17
UNITED KINGDOM - 11/11/11 - On 17 November, next-gen
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the site's stable of sponsored professional poker
of the year's most high profile signings, the new
arrival is among the best poker players in the world,
and will represent PKR
in the biggest events across the globe.
Team PKR Pro was created in 2009, 13 players have
flown the flag for the next-generation online poker
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which has emerged from PKR.com's
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a WPT Amneville title.
current and former members drawn from the UK, Ireland,
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PKR's international player base, valuing not only
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poker strategy and lifestyle content for the PKR.com
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the worlds third largest online poker room,
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its Card Rush Instant Win promotion in April. The
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Warne And Poker Mates Get VIP Star Treatment At Australian
Open Tennis Sunday Night...
spinner got there at 8pm hoping to get star VIP treatment
for 14 of his closest mates. In the mix was was Joe
Hachem, who he had earlier caught up with at the launch
of the Aussie Millions Poker Tournament at Crown Casino.
Warne requested an escort (no, not that type silly)
when he arrived and posed mostly for photographs with
his sunglasses on. He also spent time in Andy Roddick's
player's box during his loss to Swissman Stanislas
Wawrinka. It been a big couple of days for "poker
her" for the legend, playing rendezvous with
Liz Hurley in LA. He is expected to play in the second
round of the poker tournament and could face off against
Gary Ablett Jr and Jeff Fenech tomorrow. Blett made
it through to the second round.
Millions Game 8 Results...
London based chap took down the $1,100 8 game mixed
event title at Crown Casino in Melbourne adding AUD$23,800
to his almost $1.2 million in career tournament earnings.
He entered the final table as the short stack, but
managed to grind his way to victory and nudge away
Australia's Bruno Portaro for the victory. The event
marked Ashby's 8th final table appearance at the Aussie
Millions that includes a side-event win back in 2005
and a seventh-place finish in the main event in 2009.
Ashby also won his first WSOP bracelet this summer
in the $1,500 7 Card Stud event and went well in the
$10k H.O.R.S.E. for his biggest career score of $378,027.
The 2011 Aussie Millions $1,100 8-Game Mixed event
drew 68-players and paid the final 7.
are the results:
1 Richard Ashby AUD$23,800
2 Bruno Portaro AUD$16,320
3 Casey Kastle AUD$10,880
4 Daniel Ospina AUD$6,800
5 Oliver Gill AUD$4,760
6 Dane Coltman AUD$3,400
7 Paul Ravesi AUD$2,040
Main Event Day 1b: PartyPoker And Full Tilt Poker
Players Feel The Pain...
and Full Tilt Poker's powers that be likely won't
be celebrating. Ok, they got news coverage and exposure,
but its because their players are out. Yep, history
maties. Full Tilt went well on Day 1a but Day 1b was
rooted. Many of the big name pros went down for the
count as locals stepped up. 209 players entered the
Crown Poker room but after 7 levels of play, 80 remained.
David Oppenheim, Annette Obrestad, Carlos Mortensen,
David Benyamine, Andrew Feldman, Steve Yea, Andy Bloch
and Gus Hansen were some of the Full Tilt players
who died. Other casualties included Luke Santo, Raj
Ramakrishnan, George Moussa, Michael Pedley, Graeme
Putt, Martin Comer, Dennis Huntly, Jamie Pickering,
Bruno Portaro, Casey Kastle, Ben Savage and Tim Marsters.
2005 World Champion Joe Hachem (tweeting he struggled
with jetlag following a recent trip to the PokerStars
Caribbean Adventure.) Defending champ, 2010 Aussie
Millions Main Event winner Tyron Krost (PartyGaming's
pro went down too). A new champ will be crowned in
2011 with plenty of Aussies still in contention. The
field kicked off with Jeff Rossier in the lead with
154,900, closely followed by Michael Ottobra (143,400)
and Martin Drewe, After winning the Opening Event
last week and going deep in another event, Drewe is
now set in the chip leaders in the Main Event after
getting to 136,100. Jay SEABEAST Kinkade
did nicely with 128,700, Haibo Chu (113,900), Manny
Stavropoulos (85,600), Sorel Mizzi (74,400), Michael
Egan (61,100), Kent Hunter (56,400), Jeff Lisandro
(55,000), Eric Assadourian (50,300), Scott Montgomery
(49,200), Chris Ferguson (45,400), Lee Nelson (30,200),
Neil Channing (28,800), Roland de Wolfe (26,100),
Aleks Brkovic (24,600), Jackie Glazier (21,900), Grant
Levy (18,300), Gary Benson (10,500) and Mel Judah
(7,200) amongst those who will return on Day 2. The
3rd and final flight of the 2011 Aussie Millions Main
will commence Tuesday with another strong field and
a few big names expected. Even Van Marcus will front
up. Van, is your Red Ferrari safe this time mate?
We're looking for more good fodder to write about.
How about do a publicity stunt and make world wide
headlines ago. Maybe someone at Crown Casino - Crown
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like Ferrari's getting stolen on site, casino fights
and a man getting stuck in the Crown Casino kitchen
Millions Event #9 Day 1b: Rossiter In Front...
was down to business with players investing AUD$10,600
to buy in all with the goal of becoming the 2011 Aussie
Millions Champion. 7 seven levels of play, and the
209-player field went to 80. Jeff Rossiter is in front
with 154,900. Martin Drewe, 2011 Aussie Millions Event
#1 winner with 136,100 - now 3rd on the leaderboard.
Australian Jay Kinkade is on 128,700, and European
Poker Tour mainstay Jeff Sarwer sits 5th with 120,500.
Randy "nanonoko" Lew has 110,000 and Gavin
Griffin 101,700 in 9th ninth and 10th place. Sorel
Mizzi, Jeffrey Lisandro, Eric Assadourian, Team Full
Tilt's Chris Ferguson, Full Tilt Poker Red Pros Scott
Montgomery and Roland de Wolfe, Neil Channing, and
Lee Nelson have also all made it to Wednesday's Day
2, but it was touch and go for some of them, testing
the skill VS luck debate. Full Tilt Poker $25,000
Shootout Invitational winner David Oppenheim, Annette
Obrestad, Carlos Mortensen, Andy Bloch, David Benyamine,
Andrew Feldman, Gus Hansen, Joe Hachem, and David
Steicke all had to say goodnight nurse. PartyGaming's
Tyron Krost was eliminated in a hand VS Gavin Griffin
where his Ace-Queen couldn't best Griffin's Aces.
The 3rd and final Day 1 flight commences Tuesday in
Melbourne, Australia at 12:30 p.m. local time.
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Gold and The Terminator. Rumour goes PartyGaming
also have, or will soon get, a World
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Poker Tour, just to have all based covered. Party
appears to still be the most popular online casino
brand in Australia despite big efforts by the likes
of 888. Marvel
slot games are forecast to be some of the most
popular of this year with Captain
America and Thor
tipped to hit Australia cinema's this year, with Spider-Man
also getting a remake. Whatever your casino game of
choice, good luck, and let us know how you go guys
and girls. Spin to win.
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Casino Aussie Millions Update, by Greg Tingle - 20th
punters, journos, high rollers - casino whales, poker
sharks, entertainment news junkies, politicians, insiders,
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Millions Plays Celeb Card...
poker is still popular, especially down under in Australia,
despite the market becoming somewhat flooded (no pun
re Queensland floods) in recent years. Crown Casino
celeb poker was a red carpet was affair. Enter the
Aussie Millions "Celebrity Poker Challenge".
Perhaps with a tie in to the world famous Studio 54,
Crown's 'Studio 3' at James Packer's prime Australian
casino became party time. The showgirls were impossible
to miss, there was a press pack with paps - mainly
friendly ones, and a DJ to keep people pumped up on
cool music. We're pleased to report that last years
Main Event champion, PartyGaming's PartyPoker
sponsored Tyron Krost was there, and we think it was
a sighting of the Germany Shepherd dog loving Tony
G. Howard "The Professor" Lederer and Barney
Boatman were also in attendance. Insiders saw a few
glimpses of Shane 'Warnie' Warne also, but we missed
Jeff 'Marrickville Mauler' Fenech. Annette '16' (once
upon a time) Obrestad and alleged partner of some
description, Scott Montgomery showed their faces.
The brother of ex WSOP champion, Tony Hachem was seen
getting around on a crutch, apparently carrying an
injury (no, not to the groin, and no, Annie Duke didn't
do it to him, before you ask). Then, our of the shadows
a lovely lady understood to be Ann Peakcock emerged,
who soon passed the stage to Shane Warne, who appears
to be the main face of Crown Casino poker these days,
the other face being Joe Hachem. James Packer still
stays in the background most of the time, but is still
good for a media quote and photo every now and again.
Money raised from the night went to charity, with
some connection to The Shane Warne Foundation and
Variety, and somehow the cash will get to the victims
of the Australian floods, where Queensland is the
worst effected, and unfortunately it appears the death
count is just a touch less than 20, but we will keep
you updated as more news come to hand of the tragedy.
In a nice gesture, Blue ribbons were worn by all in
recognition of the floods that have hit much of Australia.
Before you could say 'Flush' or 'River' things were
transformed into a 4 table team showdown. It was a
top night and we publicly congratulate James Packer
and his world class team and associates for showing
the world how its done.
Millions 'Celebrity Poker Challenge' Media Blurb...
Australia. Tuesday 18 January 2011. Crown will deal
another royal flush TOMORROW with the annual Aussie
Millions Celebrity Poker Challenge' that will
see the likes of tennis ace Andy Roddick and Brooklyn
Decker, poker champion Joe Hachem, Shane Warne, Dannii
Minogue, Gary Ablett Jnr, Glenn Archer, Grant Smile,
Kris Smith, Nathan Brown, Nicholas Bolton, Paris Wells,
Paul and Barbara Licuria, Pete Evans, Shane Delia,
Stephen Curry and Zoe Badwi join with world poker
pros Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Howard Lederer, Patrik
Antonius and defending Aussie Millions Champion Tyron
Krost to put their best poker faces on for charity.
Casino - Event 4: $1,100 No Limit Hold'em Shootout!
The famous poker tournament is already 5 days in punters.
An Aussie and a South African gent have got their
shootout format is the talk of the poker world, at
least as far as Aussie Millions goes. To progress
through to the next stage, a player must best all
punters at their poker table in a shootout fashion.
This is the virgin time a shootout tournament has
been run at the Aussie Millions The jet setter pros
have been arriving at James Packers' Crown Casino
and world class poker room.
who appear to be lock ins include Annette '16' Obrestad,
James Akenhead, Scott Montgomery and Jonathan Karamalikis.
4th Aussie Millions gold ring is up for grabs, and
more likely than not, within the next 48 hours we
can report on who snatches it.
far Crown Casino's Aussie Millions is living up to
its world class status. It got on the way last Thursday
at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia and an
impressive 762 players showed up for the opening event,
a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Holdem tournament.
The series, which includes a grand total of 20 events,
goes thru to Sunday, January 30th and features not
only the prestigious AUD $10,000 buy-in Main Event,
but also the AUD $100,000 High-Roller tournament that
continues to snatch and catch the biggest names in
poker across the globe, year after year. Aussie professional
Martin Drewe was crowned the winner of the first event
at the Crown Casino on Sunday, besting Darren Kramer
heads-up for a prize of AUD $200,000.The 2nd event
- Jared Solomon earned a nice AUD $10,000 via Poker
Pro No Limit Holdem Shootout. Sean Dunwoodie
picked up $1,000 in the Pot Limit Omaha Event #3 for
AUD $37,000 and Soren Blanner won in the $1,100 No
Limit Holdem Shootout Event #4 for AUD $38,000.
The Aussie Millions main event will commence this
Sunday, January 23rd. The AUD $10,000 No Limit Holdem
tournament had 746 entrants last year and is set for
another huge field in 2011. Defending champ, Tyron
Krost snatched AUD $2 million last year after besting
a tough final table that sported Peter Jetten, Annette
Obrestad and Sorel Mizzi. Other former Main Event
champions included Stewart Scott (2009), Alexander
Kostritsyn (2008), Gus Hansen (2007), Lee Nelson (2006),
and Tony Bloom (2004). The AUD $100,000 Challenge
might just be the most anticipated match at Aussie
Million. It's billed as the most expensive tournament
buy-in in the world. The event was first held back
in 2006, getting a modest 10 players. In 2010, the
AUD $100,000 Challenge saw 24 players hit the tables,
with Dan Shak finally beating Phil Ivey for the AUD
$1.2 million winners purse. In 2009, David Steicke
won, coming up best from from a 23 deep pack, snatching
a cool $1.2 million payday. In other upcoming action
there will be an Aussie Millions high-stakes cash
game on 24th January featuring an AUD $200,000 minimum
buy-in. Players who took part in last years
broadcast cash game included Tom "durrrr"
Dwan, Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies, Chris Ferguson,
Andrew Feldman, Gus Hansen and Rafi Amit.
Millions Events (buy-ins in Australian Dollars)
PartyGaming Poker Pro Tony G Will Get To Bring Dog
To Poker Table...
a nice move by Tony, PartyGaming,
and maybe, Crown Casino powers that be. The well known
and largely feared poker shark will have at least
one dog (yep, with 4 legs) accompany him to at least
one poker game. Tony had blogged that Zasko the dog
was having some visa and security issues and would
not be able to make it. But now Tony has hooked up
with TJ, another German Shepherd breed to take the
place of MIA Zasko. "As you well know by now
I am not Phil Hellmuth so there will be no flashy
entrance but you have to be impressed that the G has
the weight to get a dog brought into the casino. He
will just be there playing around tilting my
opponents and making the game a bit of fun,"
he blogged. Tony is looking to get TJ a meal inside
the casino and Wagyu beef comes to mid. Tony and TJ,
would you like win with that, and do you pref your
meat raw, medium or well done? Well do for adding
a bit more colour to the already party-time like event.
Security is understood to be at an all time high,
with many of the world's top casinos reporting theft,
fights and fraud matters over the past few years.
Trouble makers, best stay at home, and those who love
to party and love to win, who can also behave themselves,
you are warmly invited. Oh, if you own a fancy sports
car, why not temp fate and park it in the casinos
carpark and see if anyone dares try snatch it. Who
can forget the red Ferrari thief situation and well
as the Crown Casino robbers incidents from a few years
back, and then there was the Crown kitchen grease
trap man. Will lighting strike twice? If its too hot
in the kitchen, best get out. If your prepared to
get cooking with the best of them get your ass to
Crown. In any event, stay tuned to this website portal
for more hot action.
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UNITED KINGDOM - Dec 8 2010 - Next-generation poker
celebrates another big win after picking up the highly
sought after Poker Operator of the Year at the 2010
E-Gaming Review Awards ceremony that took place in
off a strong field which included household names
such as PartyGaming, 888 and William Hill Online,
judges praised PKR
for demonstrating how originality and constant innovation
could build a successful business in the face of liquidity
challenges. The award also means that PKR is the holder
of both major industry Poker Operator of the Year
awards, having won the IGA version in January this
Graham, CEO of PKR said; "The EGR Awards are
very important for the online gaming industry and
it is a fantastic achievement for PKR to have won
this prestigious award. 2010 has been an astounding
year for us and we look forward to adding this title
to this year's portfolio, which also includes the
top spot in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100."
E-Gaming Review Awards ceremony took place at the
Honorable Artillery Company in the heart of London
on 24th November 2010. The event was hosted by comedian
Jack Whitehall, and was attended by over 800 people
from the gaming industry.
in 2004 by serial entrepreneur Jez San, PKR
is headquartered in Camden, London and now employs
over 100 staff. It has over 4 million registered users
and has won numerous awards including 'Hotshot Operator
of the Year' at the 2008 E-Gaming Review Awards, 'Poker
Operator of the Year' at the 2010 International Gaming
Award and the UK's fastest growing technology company
in the 2010 Sunday Times Tech Track 100.
of the players involved will remember the jaw dropping
quads over quads Andrew Robl, Toby Lewis, Mike
Sexton and Jesse May talk about this in a special
post here: PartyPoker.com
Aussie Millions qualifiers are up and running. Team
Party pro Tyron Krost won the event last year and
gives his own guide to satellites. PartyPoker.com
VIP's - Spoil Yourself With As Many Presents As You
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- Santa's Party Pack Open To All On PartyCasino
30th November 2010 -- The festive season is
drawing closer and PartyPoker.com
is making sure they treat their most-valued players
to a whole stack of presents. Palladium VIPs have
the opportunity to pick up six presents and fill their
very own Santa sack by just earning points by playing
online tables from the 1st to 14th December 2010.
spokesman said: "The premise is very simple
Palladium VIPs earn points that make prizes. At the
bottom end there is a $50 cash bonus, while 30,000
points delivers a $5,000 WPT entry. Players are entitled
to keep all of the prizes they can win - so with six
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Heres whats on offer in the VIP Gift Accumulator:
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The more prizes a Palladium VIP earn the more entries
theyll get into the draw, giving more frequent
players a better chance of winning the $5,000 first
prize, the $3,000 second prize or the $2,000 third
prize. Winners will be announced on the 17th December.
Please note that this is an OPT-IN promotion. For
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Santa is also coming to PartyCasino.com.
Unlike the poker promotion this is open to non VIPs
too and runs from the 1st 14th December, whether
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00:00 ET, 1st December
Ends: 23:59 ET, 14th December
is making an early appearance. Hes spreading
Christmas cheer, handing out killer Christmas presents
to non-VIP and Palladium VIP players.
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a share of Santas Party Pack is simple, and
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youre not a VIP yet, check out the Christmas
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a cracker! But wait theres an extra present
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time you earn 20 points during the promotion, youll
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time you earn 500 points during the promotion, youll
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luck and Merry Christmas!
Introduces Five Star Poker Challenge - 29th November
will unveil the Five Star Poker Challenge, offering
31 freerolls worth $5,000 each plus other high-stakes
cash prizes. PartyPoker
offers some of the industrys most unique promotions
you have to do to take full advantage of the Five
Star Poker Challenge is rack up five Party Points
in a single day. Thats it; thats really
all you have to do. When you amass five points, PartyPoker
will grant you entry into a $5,000 freeroll the next
day. There are 31 freerolls that will be held in total,
meaning that the site is putting up over $150,000
for this part of the Five Star Poker Challenge promotion.
if you qualify for five of the aforementioned $5,000
freerolls, youll score entry into a $50,000
freeroll that will be held on January 2nd. Youll
be ringing in the new year in style as you vie for
a five-figure prize pool, all for playing on one of
the worlds largest online poker sites.
addition, repeat winners of the $5,000 freerolls will
be in for a special treat. Win two daily $5,000 freerolls
and youll take home a $5,000 cash prize. If
you manage to win three daily freerolls, then your
prize will be increased to $50,000. Finally, any PartyPoker
player who manages to take down five daily $5,000
freerolls will win a colossal $500,000 cash prize.
$5,000 freeroll victories dont have to be consecutive;
rather, they can happen on any days during the promotion.
is offering up one $5,000, $50,000, and $500,000 bonus,
so start playing early to claim your prize, as jackpots
will be paid out on a first come, first served basis.
found on PartyPokers
website explains how bonuses can be claimed: To
make a claim, players must send an email to email@example.com
and confirm their account name. PartyPoker
will respond to all claims within 48 hours in order
to verify all claims and ensure no fraudulent play
has taken place. PartyPoker
expects to pay out bonuses within 48 hours.
$5,000 tournaments will kick off at 15:00 ET each
day during the Five Star Poker Challenge. According
to PartyPokers terms, a day runs
from 00:00 ET to 23:59 ET, so make sure to pick up
five Party Points during this time span to qualify.
in December, PartyPoker
is holding the VIP Gift Accumulator for its VIP
members. All players need to do is earn Party Points.
Then, at certain thresholds, theyll receive
rewards for their play, ranging from a $50 cash prize
to a $5,000 World Poker Tour (WPT) buy-in. Other prizes
include $100 in cash, an iPod Touch, $700 in cash,
and a 16 GB iPad, which will likely be one of the
hottest gift items for the holiday season. All prizes
are cumulative, which could make for a pretty full
stocking come Christmas morning.
VIP Gift Accumulator also includes a prize draw that
will shell out $10,000. The top payout in the prize
draw is $5,000, with cash sums of $3,000 and $2,000
also available. The VIP Gift Accumulator promotion
runs from December 1st to 14th, with the prize draw
occurring on December 17th. Players must opt into
the VIP Gift Accumulator in order to participate.
WPT buy-in is good for any event before March 31st.
Players who would rather not head to a live poker
tournament can opt for a cash alternative of $3,500.
In order to check out how many VIP Gift Accumulator
points youve earned, head to your PartyPoker
account after youve opted in.
Reviving Million Dollar Hand in January - 22nd December
will be bringing back one of its most popular promotions
ever, the Million Dollar Hand. All you have to do
is make a pair in a five-card poker hand to be awarded
a prize, and a $1 million jackpot is on the line.
cards is quite simple. Youll get one for every
15 PartyPoints you rack up between January 5th and
January 30th. When youve amassed five cards,
youll have a hand. If it contains a pair, then
$3 will be coming your way. If it contains two pair,
then your prize will be upped to $10. If you manage
to score three of a kind, then youll get a $20
cash prize. Thats pretty simple, right?
who land a straight in the Million Dollar Hand will
take home $50, while those who pick up a flush will
see $100 come their way. Players who make a boat will
get $150, while anyone who hits quads will receive
a $1,000 cash prize. Now, were into the big
money, as straight flushes are worth $10,000. Finally,
anyone who manages to score a Royal Flush will divide
a $1 million prize pool, which means if two players
hit it, each person will actually take home $500,000.
If only one person makes a Royal Flush, theyll
take home the seven-figure jackpot.
best part about the Million Dollar Hand is that PartyPoker
is awarding every player his or her first card for
free. No play is required! Just log into your PartyPoker
account to see what your first card is.
lets review some of the terms and conditions
of the PartyPoker
Million Dollar Hand. First, youll only be able
to acquire 10 cards per day for a total of two five-card
poker hands. Second, if you fall short of 15 points,
PartyPoker will carry them over to the next day. Third,
you have to reveal your cards manually. In order to
do so, log into your PartyPoker
account and see what youve amassed. If you dont
reveal your cards, they wont count.
players will have until the end of the day Eastern
Time on January 31st to reveal any cards theyve
received and only points accumulated at cash game
tables will count. Finally, as text found on PartyPokers
website notes, Cash prizes will be paid
to players within an hour of them revealing their
hand apart from Royal Flush winners, who will be paid
on February 1st.
is one of the industry leaders when it comes to unique
promotions like the Million Dollar Hand. In fact,
the site is concurrently running a Million Dollar
Hand VIP Points Race for Palladium Lounge members.
Players will earn the same cash prizes as in the Million
Dollar Hand and also rack up points based on their
hands value. The top two spots on the leaderboard
pay out a World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic
prize package worth $14,000.
top 200 spots in the Million Dollar Hand VIP Points
Race pay out, with a minimum prize of $100 up for
grabs. The top 30 spots award four-figures and everyone
who reaches the top 500 scores a seat into the Million
Dollar Hand VIP Freeroll, which doles out a WPT prize
package to its winner. Palladium Lounge members will
receive extra race points for accumulating over 300
PartyPoints in a single day.
to the traffic ranking site PokerScout.com, PartyPoker
is the third largest site worldwide in terms of real
money ring game volume with a seven-day running average
of 3,600 players. It just edges out the iPoker Network,
but is well behind PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker,
which rank first and second worldwide, respectively.
team of sponsored pros includes Poker News Daily Guest
Columnist Mike Sexton, poker bad boy Tony G, and High
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Australia To Ban Sale Of Playing Cards, by Greg Tingle
- 1st June 2010
dear punters, casino entrepreneurs, sports betting
lovers, poker playing sharks and newbies, you know
who you are.... poker is once again under attack down
under in Australia. No, not online poker this time...
playing cards are the target. If its not the God Squad
trying to ban FHM, Maxim and the like off supermarket
shelves, its their cousins campaigning against the
dreaded pack of cards... Media Man and Gambling911
aren't buying the bluff, nor should you! Shuffle up
and read on..
under in Aussie Land, Kimberley Shire, to be precise,
a campaign is on to prohibit the sale of playing cards.
Local Kununurra is the main offender, and seems children
of all ages are playing 'Poker In The Park'! (maybe
they were watching PKR
3D poker TV, PartyPoker
TV or something). WSOP season is kicking off for Aussies
in a most unusual fashion. Yep, poker has hit the
parks big time.
the record Media Man does not condone children breaking
the law, but comon', its bloody poker. Just because
someone is playing the game doesn't mean they are
gambling - playing wagers. They are not playing Strip
Poker either, so where's the harm... (big kids 16
or 18 plus depending upon where you live...can play
Strip Poker ok, but no minors ok).
Kimberley Shire chief executive Mr Gaffney advises
a ban on playing cards being sold was "negotiated"
with town retailers. He says they have been getting
a positive result from the ban over the past few weeks.
before you can say Bluff, an itinerant vendor filled
the void and sold cards from a van. Man with a van!
few months ago the town shire officials noticed increased
"gambling" in parks, and both youth from
10 years of age, up to fully grown adults were spotted.
Oh My God... send them all to jail (satire). Late
night games were also on the increase.
could only break the groups up and move them on, Gaffney
aka "Killjoy" said.
were walking the parks with the police, our rangers
were trying to break it up during the day and the
general public was feeling it was pretty poor".
was quite evident that kids had quite a lot of money
on them from cards. We're not talking 10, 20, we're
talking hundreds of dollars. We were exasperated by
retails stopped selling playing cards the poker games
are the park cooled off, but we're not sure about
the kids and parents online poker gaming exploits.
the itinerant vendor started selling cards, other
retailers decided they were missing out and dropped
out of the moratorium!
actually achieved something for a short time. All
we are trying to do is modify behaviour"! They
you go punters, The Thought Police - Control Thoughts,
Control Actions, Control Lives! Where's the PPA when
you need them... get down under boys.
"Anti Gambling" Gaffney advised the local
council would "work with retailers and police"
to try to revive the initiative.
should we order a warrant to search their homes for
playing cards and poker software also.
with your rights... don't let it happen to you.
Man and Gambling911 advise readers to try to abide
to laws, rules and regulation, but do not give in
to The Thought Police. Need more clarification, go
rent John Carpenter's sci fi classic 'They Live' with
Roddy Piper, and then if your ready for the next level,
look up 'Casino Jack And The United States Of Money',
California Split and 'The Sting'. Don't do anything
we wouldn't do. Now, shuffle up and deal!
The Late News
"Winner" At Crown Casino Takes Them To Court
female patron of Crown Casino who won $3600 on a spin
of the roulette wheel, later to have her winnings
paid to another happy customer is taking the casino
punter put down a $100 chip on a number of the roulette
wheel a few weeks ago but did not realise the croupier
paid her winnings to a lucky gent until that person
departed the winning table.
Martin said a review of video footage by the casino
pit boss had backed up her story.
said she returned to the casino the following day
and believed she again saw the man but no action was
spokesman Gary O'Neill said he could not comment on
the case as it was due to go before the courts but
said the casino was still reviewing the matter. Procedures
for resolving bet disputes at Crown are approved by
the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority. Might be
a case for Aussie casino king James Packer to green
light even more employment of honest and switched
folks at Crown. Yep, Crown Casino...'A World Of Entertainment',
especially for gaming and media analysts. Bet with
your head, not over it, and for Christ's sake, watch
those croupiers. See you at the bar.
Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal
Aussie Millions in January 2010 tipped to be biggest
and best to date; Stewart Scott, Doyle Brunson, Mike
Sexton, Shane Warne, Jeff Fenech, Paris Hilton, Pam
Anderson, Tony G, Elle MacPherson all strongly rumored
to attend. Rumors that Mickey Rourke and Mike Tyson
may check out Aussie Millions
your seat at one of Australia's biggest poker tournaments
Games today announced a two million pound pub media
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the dazzling neon lights of the strip to the outrageous
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Virgin Casino's new advertising creative brings the
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Vegas'. As part of the Wagerworks network - which
is owned by IGT, the biggest provider of games to
Las Vegas casinos - Virgin Games is able to offer
a truly authentic Vegas experience to players, with
many of the most popular games on the strip being
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Vegas banners will be made available shortly to affiliates,
but you can already inform your players that signing
up for a free or cash account within the next 6 weeks
from the page below could earn them a Virgin trip
to Vegas for two, with all the trimmings.
new registrants will be entered in a prize draw, cash
players will earn extra entries to the draw for each
£500 wagered during the period. The winner and
a guest will be flown to Las Vegas with Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin Casino will pay for the flight, the hotel and
will even throw in a bit of cash to spend at the tables.
A holiday to remember!
Virgin Games Press Releases
8th April 2008
Best improved affiliate competition winners announced.
to Gtingle, RTR and Virginspikey who respectively
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for Hardpete, LPL and Takimeto who ran away with the
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month, the affiliate who shows the best improvement
in active cash player registrations from one month
to the next will receive £100 (Casino) or £50
(Poker and Bingo) worth of Virgin vouchers (or an
extra £100 added to their monthly affiliate
commission, if preferred).