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Things are looking better for the bettors of thoroughbred racing. The New York Racing Association has instituted an across the board reduction on its house cut, commonly referred to as the “takeout.” The win, place and show percentage was lowered from 15% to 14%. The daily double, exacta and quinella percentage has been dropped from 20% to 17.5%. And on non-carryover days, the pick-six takeout drops from 25% all the way down to 20%. These numbers are a welcome relief to bettors trying to scratch out a winning formula at the races. During the six week Saratoga race meeting, which concluded in early September, nearly $7,000,000 more was returned to the players. The reduced takeouts are certainly a reaction to competition by other forms of gambling. Unfortunately, race fans have long been stamped by the racing industry as mere cattle that blindly follow along in their gaming habits. Not anymore. Racing’s attempt to win new fans has also helped “the old reliable bettors” to catch a long deserved break in this new era of competitive marketing.

 

Takeout Angle

The new takeouts in New York should bury any thought of using a two-horse win parlay over a daily double. There were still some situations in which a parlay paid more than the double. Those situations had to overcome two 15% takeouts (totaling 30%) compared to the one 20% takeout of a daily double. That was a 10% difference. The difference now stands at 10.5%, and that extra half a percent should end any issue.

 

Contest Thoughts

Most major racetracks sponsor handicapping contests in which the top four finishers win prize money and have their expenses paid to attend the World Series of Handicapping in Las Vegas which sports a huge cash prize. In New York, the entry fee is a rather steep $300 with all of the entry money coming back to the winning participants. Many potential entrants argue that such an entry fee could better be spent on say, three cold $100 doubles or exactas. After all, to win a contest like this you’ve got to get hot. However, you could select a succession of winning horses and still not win the contest, or collect a dime. Would this $300 bring better value at the windows? It’s a choice that every handicapper has to make for himself. Personally, I lean towards the windows, and haven’t entered a single contest with such an entry fee yet.

 

Eying the Pools

For years, I have been staying clear of horses that are favored in the UFABET win pool, but are not favored in the place and show pools as well. I have been rarely disappointed in the outcome. There are many reasons why a horse only takes money in the win slot, and most of them are notions you want to bet against. If I am going to back the favorite to win, I want to see that he is also favored in the adjoining pools.

 

Breeders’ Cup Retreads

Probably a half dozen horses that race in this year’s Breeders’ Cup will put in another start before the end of December. Because of the Breeders’ Cup notation in their past performance lines, they will receive plenty of attention at the windows against lesser competition. For the most part, these runners have proved real money burners and should be avoided. The Breeders’ Cup usually culminates a long campaign and leaves little left in the equine gas tank. So if you can’t find a runner at a square price to bet against these horses, simply pass on the race entirely.

 

On the Track

Here are some horses to consider at the windows—Pure Prize is finally getting it all together. Thompson St. could pop at a big number. Starbury is a rugged claimer with talent. Bella Bellucci is a fleet filly just starting her career. Thunderello could get real good for trainer Lake. Carsoncitycyclone continues to race with heart. Bowman’s Band is being tutored well by trainer Kimmel.

 

The New York Racing Association has come up with a fascinating contest called Sudden Death. This free contest requires the player to make a daily selection that finishes in the money (first, second or third). You choose a horse that finishes out of the money, and you’re out of the contest. There is currently a $5,000 prize for the last handicapper standing. NYRA plans on using this contest during their longer race meetings. Anyone can register to play online at www.NYRA.com.

 

We’ve all learned to believe that the Internet has created a world without borders. When you travel from site to site on the World Wide Web, you usually don’t worry about where the pages before your eyes originate. They’re all on your screen, and as far as you’re concerned, it doesn’t matter where the actual data is stored. Add the transfer of money to the equation and suddenly the point of origin becomes extremely important. Suddenly the laws of the jurisdiction in which the service is offered become very relevant.

Through this three-part series, I’m offering a very broad overview of the 50-plus jurisdictions where the operating of Internet gambling services is either regulated or tolerated. Two weeks ago, I briefly covered the broad approach toward regulation that is taken in the Caribbean. This week we move on to the South Pacific, namely Australia.

Before getting into some of the details, I should mention that online gambling services licensed in Australia offer more assurance of fairness than sites based in any other part of the world. Further, Australia has gone to great measures to promote responsible gaming. This is mostly because gambling is extremely popular in Australia, and the increasing accessibility of gambling Down Under has resulted in a very high rate of problem gambling.

I should also mention from the get-go that gambling policy has traditionally been legislated and enforced in Australia on a state-by-state basis. The federal government, until recently (more on that in a moment), has left gambling issues in the hands of the individual states and territories.

Gambling in Australia is broken into three categories: lotteries, gaming (casino games etc.) and wagering (betting on horse races, sporting events and other miscellaneous events such as political elections or awards ceremonies). To regulate event-oriented wagering, the state governments have simply extended the same policies for regulating land-based gambling facilities to the Internet. Subsequently, several of the country’s land-based sports and race betting operations, particularly the TABs (totalisator agency boards), have launched online services to complement their terrestrial offerings. Likewise, lotteries and lottery agencies have adopted the Internet as a new distribution channel.

Regulating casinos is a whole other ball of wax because winning or losing is determined solely by the random number generation of computer software. In layman’s terms, casino games can be rigged very easily. A site could, for example, advertise a 98 percent payout schedule for a game that actually pays out at a rate of 40 percent to 50 percent. In the absence of stringent regulatory measures, doing so would be a walk in the park.

So, Australia was only willing to legalize the operating of online casinos if a set of very high standards was met. This was accomplished through the establishment of a national regulatory model, which was drafted by Australian regulators in 1997. The states and territories, with the exception of the Northern Territory, base their Internet casino gaming policies on this model. The Northern Territory adopted a comparable act that is as equally effective.

The first state to pass an Internet Togel gambling act based on the national model was Queensland, and in doing so, Queensland instantly became a model, worldwide, for how it should be done. The Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania later followed by passing laws similar to the Queensland act. The government of Victoria agreed to adopt legislation based on the national model, however, it was never enacted.

The national model seeks to accomplish two things. First it seeks to prevent, if at all possible, compulsive gambling. It does so by mandating several policies such as the requiring of players to set their loss limits before gambling, the ability and right to refuse bets from players who have exceeded these limits or exhibited other signs of problem gambling, the ability to enable family members of compulsive gamblers to have them locked out of a casinos system and the posting of ample information for how and where compulsive gamblers can get help.

Further, the national model seeks to ensure that all online casinos offer games that are fair and that they are operated by upstanding companies and individuals. It accomplishes this by outlining a detailed process for conducting extensive background checks on all companies (as well as on their key employees) that develop and operate online casinos. In terms of the fairness of the games, the national model also establishes guidelines for testing gaming software before it’s approved as well as conducting periodic audits to be after the site is up and running.

The first licensed Australian online casino to open for business was Lasseters Online (www.lasseters.com), operated by Lasseters casino of the Northern Territory. Launched in 1999, Lasseters Online is recognized by many as the most highly regulated casino on the Internet.

Then, in mid-2000, three more online casinos — www.AusVegas.com, licensed in Queensland, www.wrestpointcasino.com, licensed in Tasmania, and www.countryclubcasino.com, also licensed in Tasmania — began taking wagers over the Internet.

The three new Australia-licensed online casinos have since been shut down because the federal government has imposed a moratorium on the expansion of Internet gambling. The moratorium, officially implemented in December and still currently in effect, is retroactive to May 19, which was before the three casinos were officially launched.

This is where all the good news about gambling sites based in Australia ends and the bad news — for online gamblers — begins. During the moratorium, the federal government, which previously left all gambling matters in the hands of the states, will decide whether it will prohibit or regulate online gambling. Based on their comments and actions, those who strongly support the moratorium, particularly Communications Minister Richard Alston and Prime Minister John Howard, appear to be leaning toward a ban. The only other alternative would be for regulators to draft a revised, even more stringent, version of the national model — one that is accepted by the federal government.

If a ban is imposed, even Lasseters could be forced to shut down its online operations and gambling at online casinos based in Australia would no longer be an option for consumers concerned with game fairness. More than likely, lotteries and event wagering services would be allowed to continue offering their services online, but it’s even possible that they will be closed down too.

Let’s summarize then, shall we?

Australia-licensed online gaming sites are arguably the best places to play in terms of consumer protection. Unfortunately, the government is leaning toward prohibiting such services, thereby removing them as an option and ultimately leaving the country’s residents, as well as gamblers throughout the rest of the world, with only the option of gambling at sites which don’t offer nearly the same protection… at least until another government comes along — possibly the United States or the United Kingdom — and reestablishes the standards set by Australian regulators.

In two weeks I’ll finish this series by covering the approach toward regulating Internet gambling in Europe.

 

 

 

We all love to win in Online Casino Malaysia. To have a really nice tournament score. To see those dollars materialise in your online poker account. It is after all the prime motivatation to play for the vast majority of online players.

However this often creates a problem. Suddenly to have a large chunck of cash gives you a very liberal feeling when it comes to spending. Suddenly you have bought that $2000 watch that caught your eye, suddenly you are giving out $50 tips like some business tycoon or film star, and suddenly you are buying pretty much what you want whenever you want it.

Sure this feeling gradually subsides, but the fact of the matter is that in poker money won is never really there for liberal spending, unless you are retiring completely from poker, or have a really ridiculous sized score (eg WPT Main Event scale).

You might have spent $5K in tourney fees before that “significant” $18K score, and you could quite easily spend another $10K before you hit another. Variance is by its very nature unpredicatable, and really cold periods can creep up on you. That money is not profit, and it is not a “Christmas bonus”. You are dealing with a fluid operating role. That money won is very much part of that role.

Sure exurberance goes hand in hand with poker, and we all know it is a requirement to buy those diamond studded jeans from the shopping mall at Caesars, the moment you have anything half resembling a decent win 😉

So how do you deal with it without spoiling the obvious fun and pleasure. Really the best way is to wait a few days in a period of reflection until the money properly sinks in. Then decide what you want your operating role to increase to. Look if you have enough to be fully rolled for a level up. Also assess if there are any imporant financial things outside of poker that need to be sorted. Then after this period, have a look at what’s left, and if there is anything then its time for the spending spree.

Main Event Bets Update

Out of my 40 main event horses, I have lost 13 to my knowledge. Which is great. Maybe there are a few I’ve missed, but quite a few are looking good, especially Mark Vos and Jon Turner, who are amongst the leaders.

WSOP Main Event Bets

I am not much of a betting guy really, but come the time of the WSOP Main Event it seems criminal not to have a few fun bets on a range of players.

So, welcome to my elite stable of horses 😉  Hopefully some of these make it through to the final table.  I have naturally avoided the biggest names, as getting odds of 22 to 1 on Phil Ivey is ludicrously poor value.  This is poker, not AC Milan vs Accrington Stanley, or Gary Kasparov vs Jim from the meat-packing factory.   In poker we deal in edges, not 99.9% certainties.

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Bryce Paradis, better known as Freedom25 at Full Tilt sanghoki , has decided to call it quits from the poker game.

In his lengthy blog entry, Bryce mentioned that though he had started playing poker for the money, it was not the most important thing.

Here is an excerpt from his blog:

“With nearly 3 million in lifetime winnings I have reached a point where, once allocated in an investment portfolio, the funds I have gained through poker will yield enough tool-value to experience all things which I can conceive of as being of large, moderate, small and even moderately eccentric value to myself, at least for the immediate future, and so further time spent on playing poker for money is no longer valuable for that reason alone. Some people may ask, “Why not, then, pursue the academia of poker at the table and challenge Hawrilenko, larger live games, etc. and test your mettle for the sake of that challenge?” I do not believe that that would be a negative experience, and in fact playing poker has not become a negative experience, it is in fact still a good one, but the spotty-action environment and the lack of time-reward in the form of money have detracted from it, and due to the amount of energy required to continue playing at a competitive level I have opted out on the grounds that, while the experience may be good, I intend to find better. I am still rather infatuated with the academia of poker, however, and because of this not only will my involvement with StoxPoker continue in the future, but it will likely increase.”

Bryce plans to spend some time working on his website, taking some courses and doing the things he always wanted to do.

Congratulations Bryce, and “gg”!

Daniel Negreanu Getting Divorced

Daniel Negreanu announced on his blog the other day that he will be getting divorced. After just over 2 years of marriage, Daniel and his wife Lori have decided to go their separate ways.

According to Daniel it was a mutual decision and everything went very smooth. They hope to remain the best of friends, but unfortunately could not continue as a married couple.

At the end of his post, Daniel made mention that he will be getting back into poker and playing a lot more. Here is an excerpt from the post:

“So what does the future hold for me? Well, I don’t have any plans to find anyone new at all. I’m too busy with other things to even think about that sort of thing. It’s not on my mind at all. I’m still going to be working on my terrible golf game, hanging with buddies playing pool, but I’m planning on changing a few things around the house. More toys, if you will, like www.fullswinggolf.com and a few other things.

As for poker, one of the reasons that I have taken on a lighter schedule both online and live was calculated. I’ve been playing this game long enough to know that if my attention is split between personal issues and poker, the results could be dangerous. So, rather than mess with any of that I’ve been very careful in the amount that I play, and when I do play, I make sure that I REALLY want to play. Hence my decision to skip Foxwoods.

I’ll be back to kicking butt on the tournament trail starting with the 5 Diamond at Bellagio and will hopefully follow that up with a good WSOP in 2008. Despite all of this going on for me recently, I feel like my poker game is super sharp right now and I’m reading people better than ever. That, plus thanks to logging a few more hours in online at PokerStars, my game is as good fundamentally as it’s ever been. I’m looking forward to the 5 Diamond and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January. Both are tournaments I’ve had great success in, coming first and third two of the last three years at Bellagio, and cashing three times in Bahamas. I’ve always had “lulls” in my poker year, and they usually happen between September and December.”

Best wishes to Daniel, and good luck in the future!

Also, if you want to buy Daniel Negreanu’s Toyota Tundra, you can find the ebay auction here

 

Bluffing is the most exciting of all Poker strategies. It is an audacious move, when done rightly. Otherwise, it can turn out to be an extremely stupid tactic. You need to attain absolute perfection with this art if you are looking to use this to gain an edge over your opponents. If you never get caught bluffing, it is almost certain that you have never bluffed. It is always good to get caught bluffing once in a while. However, bluffing too often can lead to worthless bankroll swings.

A player who plays two hands and wins one and loses the other will most certainly be on a lower psychological level than a person who has played neither hand. Losing money is definitely as unpleasant, if not more, as winning the same amount of money is pleasant. A $20/40 player who loses $1000 in a single day will surely be more annoyed than he is happy when he wins $1000 in a day. It is a natural tendency among players to try to ‘get even’ if they are losing four or five bets. They might even risk all their winnings to get those five bets. On the other hand, if they are winning five bets, then winning another five bets would not make much of a difference to them. It is quite strange to see how people have different perspectives for two things of equal value.

Before you decide to bluff, you must take into consideration the psychological effect that might be caused by the bluff. Bluffing can be a dangerous move and if you don’t handle loss sensibly, it is better not to bluff at all. There is hardly any doubt about the fact that bluffing is a good tactic. However, going overboard with your bluffing is definitely not good. A person who bluffs actually tries to compensate for the lack of objective assets of his new usa online casinos with no deposit bonuses with his boldness.

When your bluffs earn you money, it is good. When you realize that you are not getting anywhere by doing it, there is no way people are going to appreciate you for your audacity. Reckless or foolish bluffing is a strict no-no. Do not do it because you enjoy doing it. Do it as an effort to increase your chances of winning.

Bluffing is a good tactic so long as you do it well. Bluffing can win you games. At the same time, you are risking losing a game. So bluff sensibly.

That’s the one

 

Wish me luck on Monday. It’s a very big day for me.

I’m a big fan of dumb luck. I like most things dumb… like Jessica Simpson, low calorie cookies, and American Idol. Dumb is free. Dumb is fearless. Dumb is like the twin sister of luck that we rarely acknowledge because she walk with a limp.

But why the hostility?

Here’s what fellow poker blogger “Big Slick Nuts” (it’s a reference to a poker hand mom and dad… not profanity) uses as a banner:

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

-Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson was smart. That’s strike one. Plus, I hate it when people say things like, “You make your own luck.” I mean, it’s too ignorant to be dumb.

Seneca, a dead Roman guy, said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” That’s pretty dumb too. These are the same people slot gacor who used to add and subtract with numbers like “X” and “V” and “mcmxxvii”… which, with the exception of Super Bowls, is pretty damn dumb.

I think the great American thinker Frank Sinatra said it best, “Luck be a lady Tooooonight.”

As I type right now there’s some guy from Children International, one of those adopt a poor foreign kid groups, on TV. I feel pretty lucky I wasn’t born a poor foreign kid.

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There are some people who understand this concept, so central to our understanding of poker. Take “Predator314,” another blogger, who left this comment on a recent BadBlood post:

“2.) Even if you are by far the strongest player in the field, you will still need to get lucky to win.”

He’s talking about any large MTT, or as I call them, MMTTs (Massive Multi-Table Tournaments). He’s absolutely right.

Sometimes we get so lost in our defense of poker itself that we lose sight of basic facts. Poker, we say, isn’t a game of chance, it’s a game of skill. That’s true to a point. But POKER IS GAMBLING and luck is always a factor.

If you play in a tourney you MUST win some coin flips. That’s luck. It’s Gambling.

If you play in a tourney you WILL make mistakes. None of us is perfect. Part of CJ’s “luckbox” reputation comes from the suckouts he’s unleashed. Truth is, he’s an awesome player and suckouts are just part of the game. Plus, CJ is a problem gambler.

Luck is your friend. Don’t deny her.

My bankroll experiment is going very well. I withdrew almost ALL of my Stars account and have been building it back up. From $6.50 last week I’m over $200 now. The low limit SNGs are free frikkin’ money and I’ve won most of them outright. The one I didn’t money in, I lost because of BAD luck. I’ve won 2 because I got lucky.

We spend so much of our time online focused on better play. I hope we do at least. Part of the motivation for the bankroll experiement was my tendancy to GAMBLE more with a bigger roll and I was losing the focus I needed. It took stripping the game almost bare to make that happen.

I’ll need some luck to build it further.

I think we can MANUFACTURE our own success to some degree. That much is true, but nobody does it without luck.

Gamblers are deeply afraid of luck. We really shouldn’t be.

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The NEW YORKER has a good piece on “Happiness” this week. Our concept of it has changed a great deal. In fact, our need to BE happy is a fairly recent Western desire. Cavemen weren’t happy. The wanted to stay alive.

Even at the beginning of philosophy and all Western thought, people had the sense that things happened TO them… not because OF them. If the Gods will it, so it shall be. In the simplest sense, “Shit happens.” Back then, our concept of “free will” was a few centuries away.

It was around the time of our nation’s birth that we started our “pursuit of happiness” as if it was something we could work to acquire. Happiness is no longer a divine gift, it’s something we earn. Of course, most of that pursuit leads us to an ever-unhappy void. Without the void, what would we advertise, I need a swiffer sweeper to fill the unhappy hole.

We turned our back on lady luck.

In this sense, by ignoring the progress of modern ideas, dumb gamblers stayed smart.

Luck Happens. Work all you want.

………………

Again, I need good luck on Monday. Take the day off from poker and send the positive suckouts my way.

I won’t be playing poker but a possibly life changing opportunity is coming my way.

I’m qualified and prepared.

It’s up to luck now.

 

Well the last week of my life has been really busy. Between work, poker and girls I havent had the time to even think about a new blog.

Poker wise nothing interesting to report really. I played a couple of MTT and a NWP private tourney, I woke up real early on Sunday I was really hung-over and for some reason couldnt sleep albeit I was very tired. I decided to play in a MTT the only slot 428 MTT that was to be running soon was a 10$ NL. I figured why not. I played well but never really got any hands, after looking at the stats I requested from poker stars I laughed at my flop seen %. I think most players who play with me know that I am a pretty loose player PF. I like to open pots when the action gets to me. I believe that NL holdem is the truest test of poker when played properly. I think that its always better to be putting people into tough decisions for their chips then to ever really be forced to make one yourself.

10$ NL Tourney stats.

308 hands played and saw flop:

– 9 times out of 40 while in small blind (22%)

– 9 times out of 39 while in big blind (23%)

– 26 times out of 229 in other positions (11%)

– a total of 44 times out of 308 (14%)

Pots won at showdown – 16 out of 21 (76%)

Pots won without showdown – 23

Short handed I couldnt find a hand and eventually made a move with J-4 from the small blind at the BB and he had JJ. It payed a measly 100$ or so.

I didnt see many flops but as the stats show I was making the right plays. I wasnt showing down bad hands at showdown, and was winning my fair share without showdown.

It was just about the same in the NWP tourney I played on Friday, I pretty much played what I think was flawless poker, even short handed I was killing it until the following hand crippled and ended my bid to win. I decided to even close all the tables I was playing on UB and Stars at the time because I said that I wanted to play my A game and win this thing. I had played a few NWP tourneys without really playing hard and when I did I would get donkstruck hard for my whole stack.

Anyways the following hand is from when we just entered the money and 3rd was 31.00$ 2nd was 50+$ I think and 1st was 90+$ around.

Bangem was playing pretty solid as was Seedthrower. Seedthrower was too passive though he allowed me to steal his blinds pretty much the whole final table. All tourney I did a good job of avoiding big pots and getting into it for a lot of chips, I pretty much built my stack from a few pickoffs and got about 1K from Liquidsyphon when I sucked out with AJ to his AQ (gotta get lucky sometimes). When this hand came up I was chip leader and pretty much in command at this point. The call from Bangem and Seedthrower was most definitely some type of A or big paint.

 

We’ve long asked who would be the first sbo poker blogger to make the final table of a big event. Friday, fellow blogger Mike “Lucky Blind” Lacey, has a damned good shot. He finished Day 2 of the French Open in third chip position and has ben playing very well. Plus, he’s one helluva nice guy.

Be sure to check out his progress Friday on the The Nuts link on the left.

I’m Slipping

Fresh off my double triumph last night, I decided to go after a couple cheap SNG’s over at PokerStars again tonight. The results weren’t as good…

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Yeah… I only won one. I finished in a lowly 2nd in the other. This time it was $11 turned into $36. I’m not sure where I went wrong!!!

Actually, I was a little fortunate to win the first one. I’m heads up and I raise 3xBB with AQo. My opponent goes all-in and I call. He shows AJo. I’m a huge favorite… until he outflops me. And I don’t mean he caught a Jack. The flop came K-Q-T. He flopped the nut straight. At this point I’m praying for a Jack so we can split, but it’s another T on the turn. Now I’m down to one card… and, amazingly, I get runner-runner T’s to win the pot with a full boat. I suppose it was justice since I was way ahead at the start.

In the one I lost, my opponent was dealt Rockets twice in 7 heads-up hands. On the final hand, I flopped a flush draw and he flopped a set of Aces. He caught his boat on the river, I never caught my flush. He had a 2-to-1 chip advantage and I probably didn’t need to make the move at that point, but I thought I’d take my chances. Being patient heads up works a lot better for me.

So what I’ve determined at this point is that I have a relatively good chance of beating the fish who play $5 SNG’s at PokerStars. Can I get some backers?

Actually, I got to France on a plane that could’ve crashed on landing, then went into an airport where people were blowing up suspicious packages. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t have made it France without the winner of this competition.

Back in a few days with one hell of a story about making it to the final four of a tournament (given…a small tournament) with Mean Gene’s favorite European player in the four seat.

Oh, yeah, I was in the three seat.

And if you have any interest in keeping up with the French Open, be sure to check it out at the EPT blog.

 

Team Titan’s Marvin Rettenmaier is featured in the March 2012 edition of CardPlayer Magazine. The popular poker magazine boldly declares “Mad Marvin link vao w88 Conquers Europe” on its cover, and headlines its in-depth interview with him by stating that Mad Marvin is “hell bent on card player glory.”

Teammate Sam Trickett has frequently appeared on the covers of poker magazines but this is Mad Marvin’s most prominent appearance.

In its article, CardPlayer deals with Marvin’s attempts to win the title of CardPlayer 2011 Player of the Year (POY). That was why Marvin spent “all of last year hopping from tournament to tournament, grinding extremely long hours at the live felt.”

“I really made it my goal to win this ranking before the year had even started, which is kind of a weird goal. I mean other people try to win money and stuff, but I just wanted to win this ranking,” Marvin tells the magazine.

At year’s end, however, Marvin was ranked fourth on the CardPlayer POY leaderboard, behind Ben Lamb, Chris Moorman, and Oleksii Kovalchuk.

“I tried my best and I am proud that I managed to keep up with all the stress I went through last year,” Marvin says. “And if I would have binked one more of those deep runs I had I could have won it as well!”

Marvin is very positive about the year ahead, stating, “I’m looking forward to a great year ahead. I really feel that this is going to be my year. I will try to have a better work-life balance, play destinations where I have more than poker, not play tired anymore and therefore play my absolute A-game a lot more often.”

Marvin finishes his interview with CardPlayer by stating, “I would really like to win a major tournament, maybe a bracelet this summer, and I’m very confident in my game. I’ve been in so many spots where I was very close to it, so I feel like it’s only a matter of time.”

Check Lord of the Grind Status in Real Time

Players are grinding away at the tables and tournaments in efforts to earn Points and meet their targets in Lord of the Grind, Titan Poker’s exciting new promotion that launched on the first of the month.

The Lord of the Grind promotion offers players something unique. For the first time they can check their progress towards meeting the monthly targets in real time. The personal information is available either on the Titan Poker website or directly in the software.

Lord of the Grind challenges players with monthly targets, listed at a number of levels. For example, a player is challenged to earn 30 Points on 10 separate days, and if he succeeds, he will receive a $5 cash bonus and a $15 pending bonus. There are multiple levels and rewards offered, and players may succeed in completing more than one over the course of the month. At the end of the month, players are rewarded for the highest target level they’ve achieved.

To participate in the Lord of the Grind poker promotion, players must first opt-in on the Titan Poker website. Then they are encouraged to start playing and earning Points. It’s a simple task for a player to check his progress so far in the promotion, and this can be done by clicking the “Check Your Status” button on the website or clicking on “News & Offers” on the navigational menu in the software.

The Lord of the Grind status page shows a player’s Points earned per calendar day. In addition, the player is tracked on each of the monthly levels, showing how close he is to completing the level and how many days are left until the end of the month. Players can earn Points towards achieving more than one level simultaneously, but only one reward will be awarded to them at the end of the month.

Players are enjoying Lord of the Grind in March, especially due to the fact that they know exactly how close they are to receiving cash prizes and bonuses.

 

Players are grinding away at the tables and tournaments in efforts to earn Points and meet their targets in Lord of the Grind, Titan Poker’s exciting new promotion that launched on the first of the month.

The Lord of the Grind promotion offers players something unique. For the first time they can check their progress towards meeting the monthly targets in real time. The personal information is available either on the Titan Poker website or directly in the software.

Lord of the Grind challenges players with monthly targets, listed at a number of levels. For example, a player is challenged to earn 30 Points on 10 separate days, and if he succeeds, he will receive a $5 cash bonus and a $15 pending bonus. There are multiple levels and rewards offered, and players may succeed in completing more than one over the course of the month. At the end of the month, players are rewarded for the highest target level they’ve achieved.

To participate in the Lord of the Grind poker promotion, players must first opt-in on the Titan Poker website. Then they are encouraged to start playing and earning Points. It’s a simple task for a player to check his progress so far in the promotion, and this can be done by clicking the “Check Your Status” button on the website or clicking on “News & Offers” on the navigational menu in the software.

The Lord of the Grind status page shows a player’s Points earned per calendar day. In addition, the player is tracked on each of the monthly levels, showing how close he is to completing the level and how many days are left until the end of the month. Players can earn Points towards achieving more than one level simultaneously, but only one reward will be awarded to them at the end of the month.

Players are enjoying Lord of the Grind in March, especially due to the fact that they know exactly how close they are to receiving cash prizes and bonuses.

Marvin Rettenmaier Featured in Togel Singapore

Team Titan’s Marvin Rettenmaier is featured in the March 2012 edition of CardPlayer Magazine. The popular poker magazine boldly declares “Mad Marvin Rettenmaier Conquers Europe” on its cover, and headlines its in-depth interview with him by stating that Mad Marvin is “hell bent on card player glory.”

Teammate Sam Trickett has frequently appeared on the covers of poker magazines but this is Mad Marvin’s most prominent appearance.

In its article, CardPlayer deals with Marvin’s attempts to win the title of CardPlayer 2011 Player of the Year (POY). That was why Marvin spent “all of last year hopping from tournament to tournament, grinding extremely long hours at the live felt.”

“I really made it my goal to win this ranking before the year had even started, which is kind of a weird goal. I mean other people try to win money and stuff, but I just wanted to win this ranking,” Marvin tells the magazine.

At year’s end, however, Marvin was ranked fourth on the CardPlayer POY leaderboard, behind Ben Lamb, Chris Moorman, and Oleksii Kovalchuk.

“I tried my best and I am proud that I managed to keep up with all the stress I went through last year,” Marvin says. “And if I would have binked one more of those deep runs I had I could have won it as well!”

Marvin is very positive about the year ahead, stating, “I’m looking forward to a great year ahead. I really feel that this is going to be my year. I will try to have a better work-life balance, play destinations where I have more than poker, not play tired anymore and therefore play my absolute A-game a lot more often.”

Marvin finishes his interview with CardPlayer by stating, “I would really like to win a major tournament, maybe a bracelet this summer, and I’m very confident in my game. I’ve been in so many spots where I was very close to it, so I feel like it’s only a matter of time.”

 

Daniel Negreanu knows how to pick a fight. Matt Savage is probably the most respected tournament director in the world and also happens to be the target of Negrenau’s recent ire. The dispute? A poker tournament rule that’s got Negreanu’s chips in a bunch. The rule: players can’t disclose the contents of their hand. In an attempt to have the rule changed, Negreanu has been publicly challenging (with, you might say, some attitude) Matt Savage on the rule. What’s followed has been an entertaining and informative dispute between the players and the tournament directors who make the rules they play by.

The short of it is that players are not allowed to disclose the contents of their hand.

The long of it, from the rule book:

“Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Therefore, players, whether in the hand or not, may not:

Disclose contents of live or folded hands,

Advise or criticize play at any time,

Read a hand that hasn’t been tabled.

The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced.”

Though the rule is seven years old, it has only recently been enforced with consistency. For example, in this year’s WSOP Negreanu took issue with the rule when he was seated at a table where the rule was being enforced. The Tournament Directors Association (TDA) rule, according to Negreanu, severely impairs a player’s speaking rights at the table, to the point where they are forced to say nothing. This is because the rule is enforced in dramatically different ways by different tournament directors.

As the Canadian poker star put it, “The problem with this rule is that the TDA cannot agree as a group as to what constitutes breaking this rule. There is far too much wiggle room for a floor person to rule one way or the other…The goal of the TDA has been to standardize rules, but they have made a grave error with this rule because it cannot be standardized the way it’s currently written, because every floor person will rule identical situations differently.”

During the slot online indonesia , Negreanu (@realkidpoker) sent out a slew of entertaining and energetic tweets to Matt Savage (@savagepoker):

@savagepoker you couldn’t possibly be more wrong but are obviously too stubborn to understand the lack of logic behind your weak argument.

@SavagePoker your dumb rule hurts honest people and helps protect those that collude. You don’t get it. Oh well.

@SavagePoker better question: do we REALLY need TD’s over policing table chat that’s been part of the game since it’s inception?

@SavagePoker I’mguessing over 90% of fans and players understand how awful this rule is. You’ll awaken eventually. You’re too smart not to.

In the end, the upset pro at least left with a gesture of nicety:

@SavagePoker Sad you don’t get it, but I still love you!

Then, to up the ante, Savage and Negreanu appeared on a radio show together for a full-on debate! This was just last week.

Savage eagerly defended the rule, stating that players could easily collude if they were allowed to reveal the contents of their hand. Negreanu’s position on the matter is simple:

“If you allow table talk, everyone is all of a sudden going to start colluding with each other. Huh? I never colluded before this rule was implemented, and taking away this rule isn’t going to make everyone feel like they have a license to cheat. Verbal collusion is illegal. Table talk, and revealing information about your hole cards doesn’t equal collusion. In fact, verbal collusion is by far the least likely way two legitimate cheaters would ever cheat because it brings more attention to what they are doing.”

How this will all turn out will likely depend on poker players keeping the pressure on the TDA. If the rule is seriously hurting how players play, the TDA (including Matt Savage!) isn’t going to have much choice but to give in. As Negreanu commented, “Thanks to mediums like twitter, and poker forums, more voices can be heard to support changing this rule and the way it’s currently being implemented.”

So weigh in on Twitter! Send your tweets of support to @realkidpoker or @savagepoker, depending on where you stand, and help the chips fall your way.