Protect Yourself Against Poker Cheats

Here is a great poker video covering a lot of the things you need to know to protect yourself in a home poker game.

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Free Poker and Gambling Clip Art and Photos

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If you write or blog about poker or gambling in general, chances are you want some artwork to go with your stories. There’s plenty of fee-based art but chances are you don’t want to pay for it if you’re just doing something for yourself. Quite frankly, there isn’t a whole lot of free casino gambling clip art on the Internet — at least not that’s of much use. But I managed to round up some resources that are professional looking and also completely free. I actually created some of them, so it wasn’t too hard to compile the list!

I’ve listed these free gambling clip art and photo resources below. Please let me know if you have any others you think should be included on the page.

Stock Xchng
Searches for “gambling,” “poker,” “casino gambling” and other related terms will bring up some great images. The photos in one section are affordable stock images but there is another section where you’ll find plenty of free images. Please review the terms for each image, which is located under the green bar that reads “Availability.” Even if the terms don’t require it, providing a photo credit is considered good etiquette because Stock.Xchng photographers take the time to upload quality images for no charge.

Royal Flush Clip Art
This royal flush clip art was created by yours truly, using Picnik.com, the free online graphics software. A link to the page where the clip art resides would be appreciated but isn’t mandatory.

Playing Cards Clip Art
I also created this collection, which features every card in the deck in three patterns: regular, puzzle pieces and a wavy look. The same linking request goes for this as for the royal flush clip art.

Vintage-look Poker Hands Clip Art
I also created these vintage-looking poker hand images that give an Old West feel that’s perfect for articles related to the origins of poker. The same linking request goes for this as for the royal flush clip art.

I hope you find this list of free Internet gambling photos and clip art helpful!

Martin Jacobson wins the 2014 WSOP Main Event

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Martin Jacobson is a 27-year-old poker pro who was born in Stockholm, Sweden and now resides in London, England.

The Swedish professional poker player entered the final table in eighth place out of the remaining nine players and took one of the shortest stacks all the way to a bracelet and 10 million-dollar payday.

The final table took two days to decide, but by the start of the second day, Jacobson had brilliantly maneuvered his short stack into second place amongst the remaining three players. It took only about four hours of play before Martin held all the chips. After Jorryt Van Hoof from the Netherlands was eliminated, Jacobson found himself heads-up against Felix Stephensen from Norway. It took him only about an hour to finish off Stephenson and win the title. “This is what I played for, this is all that mattered to me,” Jacobson said as he flashed the gold and diamond bracelet.

The main event began in July at the Rio in Las Vegas with more than 6,600 players paying the $10,000 fee to enter. The field was whittled down to nine players (known as the November Nine) after seven days of play.

When the November Nine were determined, one of the biggest stories was Mark Newhouse’s repeat performance. Newhouse had also made the November Nine in 2013. Newhouse finished in 9th place last year and was the first player out of the final table this year giving him back to back ninth place finishes. A very impressive feat that virtually any player would love to claim.

The November Nine concept began seven years ago and during that time Newhouse is the only player to have made it to the final table more than once. And he did it in back-to-back years. The last player to make the final table in the main event in back-to-back years was Dan Harrington who did it in 2003 and 2004.

Here are the final table results:
1st – Martin Jacobson – $10,000,000
2nd – Felix Stephensen – $5,147,911
3rd – Jorryt van Hoof – $3,807,753
4th – William Tonking – $2,849,763
5th – Billy Pappaconstantinou – $2,143,794
6th – Andoni Larrabe – $1,622,471
7th – Dan Sindelar – $1,236,084
8th – Bruno Politano – $947,172
9th – Mark Newhouse – $730,725

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November Nine Set For 2014 WSOP Main Event

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The annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) No-Limit Hold’em Championship, also known as the Main Event, is down to its final nine players. The “November Nine” are all that’s left from the starting field of 6,683 players.

The final nine players will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on November 10 to compete for poker’s ultimate prize, a WSOP Main Event gold bracelet and a guaranteed first-place prize of $10,000,000.

The players along with their respective seat assignments and chip counts are:

Seat 1 – Billy Pappaconstantinou – 17,500,000

Billy is 29 and an unlikely finalist because he has no previous WSOP experience. Most of his live poker tournament earnings of $16,379 came mainly from a $500 buy-in event at the 2010 World Poker Finals where he took eighth place and won $15,341.

Seat 2 – Felix Stephensen – 32,775,000

Felix is a 23-year-old originally from Norway but who is now living in London, England. This is his second year in a row playing the Main Event.

Seat 3 – Jorryt van Hoof – 38,375,000

Jorryt is a 31-year-old with only three previous WSOP cashes and $27,956 in earnings but has won over $358,000 in live poker tournaments worldwide.

Seat 4 – Mark Newhouse – 26,000,000

Mark is a 29 year old Las Vegas resident and the first ever November Nine player (the November Nine concept began in 2008) to make back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables. Mark finished in 9th place in 2013 and collected $733,224.

Dan Harrington was the last player to make back-to-back Main Event final tables in 2003 and 2004. Making back-to-back final tables in the main event is a great feat anytime, but it’s even more impressive in Mark’s case because he had to get through fields of 6,352 last year and 6,683 this year, compared to Dan having to get through fields of 839 in 2003 and 2,576 in 2004.

Seat 5 – Andoni Larrabe – 22,550,000

Andoni is a 22-year-old Spaniard who is now living in London, England. He’s the youngest player left in the field and has $20,068 in career WSOP earnings. He also won a tournament in the Bahamas in 2013, taking home $218,710.

Seat 6 – William Tonking – 15,050,000

William is a 27-year-old from Flemington, New Jersey, who has $13,421 in career live poker earnings by way of three previous WSOP cashes. This will be his first cash in his third try in the WSOP Main Event, having played in it in 2008 and 2013.

Seat 7 – Daniel Sindelar – 21,200,000

Daniel is a 30-year-old poker professional who is originally from Nebraska but is now living in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has 17 previous WSOP cashes and more than $227,000 in earnings from those events.

Seat 8 – Martin Jacobson – 14,900,000

Martin is the only player at the table with more than $1 million in career WSOP earnings, from 15 previous cashes. He’s 27 and now lives in in London. In total, he has won $4,807,316 in worldwide tournament winnings.

Seat 9 – Bruno Politano – 12,125,000

Even though Bruno is starting the final table with the shortest stack, he still holds the distinction of being the first Brazilian ever to make the WSOP Main Event final table. He is 31 and plays poker as a hobby.

In addition to the first-place prize of $10,000,000, prize money* for the remaining eight spots is as follows:

2nd place: $5,145,968

3rd place: $3,806,402

4th place: $2,848,833

5th place: $2,143,174

6th place: $1,622,080

7th place: $1,235,862

8th place: $947,077

9th place: $730,725

When play resumes November 10, the players will pick up with antes of 50,000 and blinds at 200,000 and 400,000.

The final nine players each received ninth-place prize money upon reaching the final table; the remainder of the prize pool will be placed in an interest-bearing account to be added to the prize pool on a percentage basis for the final eight finishers.

The 2014 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Begins

poker imageThe 45th annual World Series of Poker officially begins Monday, May 27,2014 with an expected $200 million up for grabs and the winner of the WSOP Main Event walking away with $10 million as well as the cherished diamond bracelet.

The World Series of Poker which began in 1970 will be televised from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV and consists of a comprehensive collection of the game’s most popular poker variations. The events will run through July 14, 2014.

A total of 65 WSOP bracelets are in play, (three more than last year) so you have 65 chances to make your poker dreams come true. As usual, the WSOP offers something for everyone, satellites, cash games, bracelet events and the return of the $1 million buy-in, Big One For One Drop Event.

The full 2014 World Series of Poker tournament schedule can be found here:

Ryan Riess Wins The 2013 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Main Event

Ryan Riess beat runner up, Jay Farber in a terrific heads-up battle to win the 2013 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. He had Jay on the ropes earlier, but Jay was able to hit a nine to make a straight and keep his hopes alive.

With the blinds at $600,000/$1,200,000 and the antes at $200,000, the final hand came down to Jay (on the short stack with less than $15,000,000) having few options and going all in with Q9 of spades.

Ryan called instantly with AK of hearts and was a 65% favorite. When the flop came 4 of clubs, J of diamonds and 10 of diamonds, Jay lost some of his outs as a queen would have given Ryan a straight. Jay, dead to a 5 watched as the 3 of clubs came on the turn and the 4 of diamonds came on the river making Ryan the latest main event winner and $8,361,570 richer.

The rest of the final table and their respective payouts finished in the following manner:

2nd Jay Farber $5,174,357

3rd Amir Lehavot $3,727,823

4th Sylvain Loosli $2,792,533

5th JC Tran $2,106,893

6th Marc McLaughlin $1,601,024

7th Michiel Brummelhuis $1,225,356

8th David Benefield $944,650

9th Mark Newhouse $733,224

The 2013 WSOP November Nine Main Event Final Table Is Set

After more than a week of play,  a field of 6,352 players has been reduced to the final nine who will meet again in November to determine who will become the WSOP  Main Event champion.

The winner will not only get the coveted bracelet but will also take home over $8 million. All of the final nine players are already in good shape, being guaranteed at least $700,000 just by making the final table.

The players and their chip stacks are as follows:

  1. J.C. Tran $38,000,000  from the United States
  2. Amir Lehavot 29,700,000 from Israel
  3. Marc McLaughlin 26,525,000 from Canada
  4. Jay Farber 25,975,000 from the United States
  5. Ryan Riess 25,875,000 from the United States
  6. Sylvain Loosli 19,600,000 from France
  7. Michiel Brummelhuis 11,275,000 from the Netherlands
  8. Mark Newhouse 7,350,000 from the United States
  9. David Benefield 6,375,000 from the United States

Former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Carlos Mortensen from Spain, finished in 10th place just missing the final table.

Tune in November 4, when the battle for the bracelet resumes.

 

Team Negreanu Crushes Team Hansen in Online Heads-up Poker Challenge

The heads-up challenge between the pros from Team PokerStars and Team Full Tilt ended with with Team PokerStars crushing their opponents 3-0 and picking up the $150,000 in prize money.

Playing at the European Poker Tour London, each player competed in a best-of-three heads-up No-Limit Hold’em online match. Team Full Tilt,
made up of Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom played heads-up against the Poker Stars team of Daniel Negreanu, ElkY Grospellier and Ike Haxton at $50,000 per match. The first player to win 2 out of 3 in each match would win a point. The team winning 2 out of 3 matches would take the total prize money.

Blom played Grospellier, Dwan played Haxton and Negreanu would face off against Hansen. After the dust settled, Tom Dwan was the only Full Tilt player to win a game as Team PokerStars walked away with the cash. Negreanu beat Hansen despite timing out twice with the nuts.

Daniel Negreanu commented, “Well, I did predict that we’d win all 3 matches and it went just as I’d predicted. When asked if there would be a rematch, Negreanu replied, “Ah well, it’s up to them!” He laughed and said, “If they’d like to donate some more to our fund, we’d be more than happy to play them again.”

ElkY added, “It went amazingly well. The whole PokerStars team had dinner together the night before and Daniel Negreanu, Eugene Katchalov and above all Isaac Haxton – because he’s played a lot against Isildur and had a lot of information to share – all gave me advice. I had also watched a lot of his matches from when he did the SuperStar Showdown on PokerStars, so I had a lot of information about his style, more than he did on mine, since I haven’t been playing as many heads-ups as I used to. I think it was very important to win the first match, it put more pressure on him. We also worked on finding what aspects of his game I could use to my advantage, and what I could do in certain situations to make him feel even more frustrated.”

This $150,000 match all started from a tweet by Gus Hansen where he teased Negreanu about a hand from High Stakes Poker from a number of years ago where Negreanu’s full house ran into Hansen’s quads. Daniel responded by issuing this challenge to Hansen and the rest, as they say, is history.

Team Negreanu vs. Team Hansen In Heads-up Poker Challenge

Team Full Tilt Poker player Gus Hansen has agreed to a challenge from Team Poker Stars player Daniel Negreanu for a three-on-three online heads-up match. The challenge is a battleship-style tournament to be held at PokerStars’ London event in March.

Negreanu surveyed fans as well as other pros from Team Poker Stars to help him in his decision on who to choose for his team. Eventually Negreanu arrived at Isaac Haxton and French poker star, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier to play against Gus Hansen’s team of Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

Negreanu is suggesting that each player put $50,000 into the pot ($150,000 per team) with the plan being a three table No-Limit Hold’em heads-up freezeout on laptops. Hansen and Negreanu are team captains so they will play each other but we will have to wait to see how the other parings match up.

A player wins an individual match by taking two of the three tables. The team who wins will have to take two of the three individual matches overall.

This is the first time there has ever been an official competition between Poker Stars pros and Full Tilt Poker pros. Interestingly, Daniel has even agreed to play the event on Hansen’s Full Tilt Poker site instead of Poker Stars. It’s set to take place during the EPT Main Event in London, which is March 10-16.

Here’s a video of Daniel Negreanu talking about how it all got started:

Poker Betting Is On The Increase In Australia

Australia has seen huge growth in the sports betting arena but poker remains the star attraction. Business analysts IBISWorld report that poker accounted for over 60% of total betting spent by gamblers during 2011 and 2012. The sports betting sector has seen phenomenal growth and is becoming increasingly popular. At present it’s only 1.6% of the total gambling market but it has seen 14.7% growth over the past five years, which is more than lotteries and horse racing.

IBISWorld predicts Australian gambling will grow to $22.5 billion, with an average of $1,256 wagered per person in 2012. Customers are displaying an increased awareness of where they are placing their bets. And they are taking full advantage of the benefits and convenience of online casino services. Along with sports betting, gamblers now have access to a wide selection of casino games and multi-player options such as online poker tournaments. All can be accessed direct from the Internet and increasingly also on mobile devices and smartphones.

Sally Gainsbury, from the center for gambling, education and research at Southern Cross University commented that: ‘The prominence of new technology, such as the rising penetration of smartphones, enables people to place a bet anywhere’. Gaming Club’s official representative said, “The gambling industry has been very strong in Australia for many years now. This has clearly been helped by the growth of several online gaming websites that offer hundreds of online casino games.”