Poker Lessons: Determining Hand Value

Here is a terrific poker video that shows how to determine your hand value and how to protect it.

Poker Tip: Pre-Flop Match-ups

Here’s a great poker video showing the odds of different hands pre-flop.

How To Play Pre-Flop In Texas Hold ’em

Here is a great video sharing thoughts on pre-flop strategy in Texas Hold ’em.

Poker Tells

Reading your opponents correctly can save and/or make you a lot of money in poker. Here is a video that gives examples of many of the tells you may see.

Understanding Position in Poker

Improving your poker game means understanding and keeping the five P’s of poker in mind; patience, perseverance, psychology, position and practice.

This terrific poker video explains what you need to know about playing position in Texas Hold ’em.

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.

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, 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

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: