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WSOP Movie Detailing Martin Jacobson Coming Soon

"10 for 10" - WSOP Movie

“10 for 10” – WSOP Movie

A WSOP movie trailer was just released. The official trailer for “10 for 10: The Main Event – Martin Jacobson WSOP 2014″ just hit the internets and it doesn’t look too shabby. Check it out below.

Regardless if you’re interested in watching a movie about poker you should at least appreciate that the trailer was beautifully shot. The movie is an insider’s look at Martin Jacobson’s quest for the 2014  WSOP championship and its $10,000,000 prize.

Visit Natural Stacks for early access to the movie.

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Ace Ace Loses To Ace Ace In Crazy WSOP Poker Hand

Pair of Aces In WSOP Poker Hand

Heh heh heh. Ace Ace

People talk about bad beats in sports betting fairly often. I find the thought of a bad beat silly but that’s me. Things happen. It seems as if bad beats do happen in poker.

Now, this bad beat from the World Series of Poker earlier this year is pretty crazy. Both players went all in with a pair of Aces and one sucked out a win on the last card.

Ironically by the last card dealt this “bad beat” had a 20% chance of occurring. That doesn’t seem like a mathematical bad beat. I’m resigned to the fact that bad beats are silly thoughts. Things happen.

Photo: USA Today

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World Series Of Poker Live Stream Details

World Series Of Poker Logo

World Series Of Poker

If you love watching poker you’re in store for a lot of pokery goodness coming soon. Summer is the season of poker! If you’re not in Vegas to catch the World Series of Poker live at the Rio you can watch it almost live online anywhere or wait until ESPN airs it in a few months. WSOP just announced its live stream event schedule for this year’s events. Here are the details:

For the third year, WSOP.com will be livestreaming the final table action with the help of seasoned poker commentator David Tuchman.  We’re keeping the broadcaster busy this summer with 32 days of feature table streaming, which will include commentary from Tuchman and a rotating cast of guests as well as hole cards on all No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha events.

As in previous years, we will also have a secondary stream, which features a multi-camera setup, no hole cards, no commentary, and a five-minute delay.  Please keep in mind this schedule is tentative and we reserve the right to change the schedule and which table is the feature table. 

Start times depend on when play reaches a final table on Day 3. Be sure to follow @WSOP on Twitter for links and start times for streaming events. The streams will all be available on WSOP.com.

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Here’s What To Expect From The 2014 World Series Of Poker

World Series Of Poker Logo

World Series Of Poker

I tweeted a bunch of information that I found interesting during the conference call for the World Series of Poker today. I don’t play casino poker so my major takeaway may be different than most people on the call.

I love how WSOP and Caesars is integrating play on WSOP.com during the tournament itself. You can see details in my notes below. Note the frisbee dog show.

  • $2 billion prize money WSOP
  • New chairs!
  • More tables!
  • New carpet!
  • Frisbee dog shows – Day of Millionaire Maker tournament.
  • Opening day at Rio will include “rain”.
  • 303 millionaires made at WSOP
  • WSOP will not be played exclusively at Rio. Encouraging to play on WSOP.com.
  • Will be able to deposit to WSOP.com from casino cage at Rio.
  • Online players will be able to deposit at the cage. 100% up to $1000 bonus for 1st time depositors & reloads
  • Will be players only cage.
  • WSOP.com ambassadors throughout WSOP to help with signup/questions.
  • Will be live streaming (on delay) of over 25 tournaments. Not sure where. Didn’t catch details
  • Players be allowed to have laptops at WSOP tables so they can also play online
  • Free wifi at convention center. Additional bandwidth for WSOP. Stage will be set up for players and will have its own wifi network to ensure access.
  • Bracelet events online in future.
  • Players can not wear headphones at final tables. Can play poker online when out of the hand. Cannot play online when cards are in front of them.
  • Hotel reservations at Caesars hotels are up YOY.
  • Registration for WSOP healthy.
  • Expect Millionaire Maker to be huge.
  • Main Event prize guaranteed to be $10mm. BOOM!
  • Open Face Chinese Poker still not an official tournament. WSOP not comfortable with it.
  • Last year’s winner purchased a house in Vegas. I haven’t seen him.
  • Many people looking to play Big One are still raising funds. Not using their own money.

I’m sure I left something out so feel free to tweet or comment with any questions.

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Online Gaming Yes, Sports Betting No In New Jersey

Atlantic City Boardwalk Waterfront At Night

Atlantic City Waterfront At Night

It’s not news that online gaming has become legal in New Jersey. What is news is that there is a start date.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Online gaming in New Jersey will begin November 23rd. That date is still tentative so it can always move but I’m sure that the state and casinos would like the gaming companies to have their stuff together in time for holiday money.

In a matter of two months or so, gaming regulators in the State of New Jersey will start giving the “go live” signal to launch Internet gaming websites of Atlantic City casinos that passed vetting processes. The much-awaited date is tentatively set on November 23, 2013. 

New Jersey will allow all types of gaming online. Even though Nevada is first out of the gate with online poker being available with Ultimate Poker and WSOP they’re only allowing poker. This is a good start for Nevada but the ability to play video poker and slot machines will really be where online gaming makes a dent in the bottom line for a casino or gaming company.

In Nevada you can bet on sports online or in a casino sportsbook. You won’t be able to do either in New Jersey any time soon with another lost court case. Have no fear, the Supreme Court will be here to save the day to legalize sports betting in New Jersey!

“For the first time, a judge has ruled in our favor,” state senator Ray Lesniak said. “That gives us hope that others, either Supreme Court justices or the entire Court of Appeals for our district, will allow New Jersey to enjoy the economic benefits of sports betting that are now reserved exclusively for Nevada.”

The next step will be to seek a rehearing before all judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Then, the case would head to the U.S. Supreme Court, which only takes up a small percentage of the cases presented to it.

There is a huge market for sports betting on the east coast and this could be a huge financial impact when it becomes legal. For comparison sports betting in New Jersey will be about the same as the Las Vegas strip. That’s just the strip – not the rest of Nevada. That’s a big deal.

Since I live in Las Vegas I think I’ll go fire up one of my apps and bet on a game….because I can. 🙂

Photo: Soul of America 

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Poker Book And Poker Movie

Straight Flush Book By Ben Mezrich

Straight Flush

There’s a new poker book out from Ben Mezrich called “Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire–and How It All Came Crashing Down…” and a new poker movie called “High Stakes – The Sam Tricket Story” about his entry into last year’s $1 million World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop tournament.

Ben Mezrich wrote one of my favorite books called “Bringing Down The House“. It’s about the infamous MIT blackjack team going to Las Vegas and winning a boatload of money. I viewed the book as entertainment going into it and not fact even though it was pitched as non-fiction. I’m cynical and don’t believe anything is 100% true or false. His new book “Straight Flush” is being promoted in the same manner. Some reviewers on Amazon are attacking his accuracy. If you’re interested in building and tearing down of an online poker empire and read it as partial truth you will probably enjoy “Straight Flush”. Here’s an interview with Mezrich from CalvinAyre.com.

Exclusive Interview: Ben Mezrich on his new book, Straight Flush Video 

 

“High Stakes – The Sam Tricket Story” is about poker player Sam Tricket and focuses mainly on his entry into last year’s $1 million entry for the Big One for One Drop tournament at the World Series of Poker. Like all gambling movies it touches on his ups and downs in the poker world. You can watch the entire movie by visiting matchbook.com and signing up for an account if you’re from anywhere outside of the United States and France. I’m sure if you want to watch the full movie and you’re American you’ll be able to find it somewhere. Here’s the movie trailer for the documentary.

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ESPN Running Scared From Poker

After last weeks breakup of three major online poker sites ESPN (and their parent company, Disney) has announced that they are removing all poker from the network for the time being.

Walt Disney’s ESPN sports cable channel will remove poker advertising and programming after the U.S. indicted gambling websites that sponsor televised tournaments and froze their bank accounts.

“We are aware of the indictment only through what has been announced publicly,” Bristol, Connecticut-based ESPN said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. “For the immediate future, we are making efforts to remove related advertising and programming pending further review.”

This is a very safe play for ESPN.  They were going to lose most of the advertising for their poker programming anyway since Full Tilt, Absolute Poker and Poker Stars made up the bulk of advertising on the shows.

ESPN didn’t state that they’ve canceled all contracts and are out of the business forever.  They are just putting things on hold for TV.  The poker page on ESPN.com is still up and running.  I expect ESPN to seek out other World Series of Poker advertisers and will hold off on committing to airing the tournament until they know how they stand financially.

This is all, still, just the beginning of what’s probably going to be legal online gambling in America…it’s just a matter of when.

UPDATE: ESPN will be airing the 2011 WSOP, but they have removed old programming. Thanks for the heads up BluffMagazine.com

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World Series of Poker TV Schedule

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) just narrowed the field to 9 as we prepare for the final table in November.  Until then ESPN‘s weekly coverage will tide us over until the live final table.  Here’s the schedule.

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World Series Of Poker Final Table Set

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) narrowed the field from over 7,000 to the final table of 9.  The final table takes place and the 9 remaining players are called the “November Nine.”  Witty, huh?

Following 13 days of intense competition at the 2010 World Series of Poker(1), two North American PokerStars players have advanced to join the elite ‘November Nine’ and will compete for the $8,944,138 first prize and the title of 2010 World Series of Poker champion.  Canadian Jonathan Duhamel and American Jason Senti skillfully outplayed their competition to earn the coveted seats at the final table, and now await the November 6 final date for their next shot at the grand prize.

That’s quite a prize for the winner.  It’s amazing how far the WSOP has come from it’s small beginnings.  Here’s a look at the November Nine from the Atlantic City Weekly blog.

Seat 1: Jason Sentl

Hometown:  St. Louis Park, MN (USA)
Age:  25
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  This is Sentl’s first time to ever cash in a WSOP event

Chip Count:  7,625,000

Seat 2: Joseph Cheong
Hometown:  La Mirada, CA (USA)
Age:  24
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Cheong won a WSOP Circuit gold ring and earned a degree in psychology from UC-San Diego.

Chip Count:  23,525,000

Seat 3: John Dolan

Hometown:  Bonita Springs, FL (USA)
Age:  24
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Dolan has six WSOP cashes, including three at this year’s series.

Chip Count:  46,250,000

Seat4: Jonathan Duhamel

Hometown:  Boucherville, Quebec (Canada)
Age:  22
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  This is Duhamel’s third time to cash at this year’s WSOP.
Chip Count:  65,975,000

Seat 5: Michael Mizrachi
Hometown:  Miami, FL (USA)
Age:  29
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note: He won his first WSOP gold bracelet and $1,559,046 in this year’s Poker Players Championship.
Chip Count:  14,450,000

Seat 6: Matthew Jarvis
Hometown:  Surrey, BC (Canada)
Age:  25
Profession:  Poker Pro/Student
Note:  Jarvis is primarily an online player.  This marks his first time to cash in a WSOP tournament.

Chip Count:  16,700,000

Seat 7: John Racener
Hometown:  Port Richey, FL (USA)
Age:  24
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Racener is one of the stars of the national WSOP Circuit, with more than $500,000 in earnings, including the 2007 Main Event championship victory at Harrah’s Atlantic City.
Chip Count:  19,050,000

Seat 8: Filippo Candio
Hometown:  Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy)
Age:  26
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Candio is the first Italian player ever to make it to the Main Event final table.  He has a number of cashes at major tournaments held in Europe.
Chip Count:  16,400,000

Seat 9: Cuong “Soi” Nguyen
Hometown:  Santa Ana, CA (USA)
Age:  37
Profession:  Sales (Medical Supplies)
Note:  Nguyen is the senior player at this final table, at the advanced age of 36.  He is also the only amateur sitting among the final nine

Chip Count:  9,650,000

I don’t know any of these names, but I’ll probably take a look when ESPN TV coverage starts.

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World Series of Poker Registration Up At Least 20%

Registration isn’t over for all events at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) yet, but the total number of entries is already 20% more than last year.

Official statistics from the 41st World Series of Poker currently running at the Rio in Las Vegas indicate that through the first 56 events, there have been 65,647 entries, surpassing last year’s total entries including the main event of 60,875. And this year’s main event registration numbers have yet to be recorded!

I thought interest in casino poker might be slowing last year with the 8% drop in TV ratings.  Maybe, I was wrong.  It can happen.  Maybe people still have dreams of a dollar and a chip.

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