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POKER NEWS ARCHIVE - September 2005

Speed poker is resident's forte
Lately, it seems poker is everywhere. From how-to books and cable channels to the Internet, odds are if you're hankering to learn, play or just watch poker, you'll be able to do it anywhere - in Arizona or London.Which is exactly what Jason Smith, 28, of Chandler, is banking on while he is in England this week playing in the World Speed Poker Open, where he has the chance to win $90,000."It's really the competition," he said, just before his trip. "Being able to outthink someone else, making a p

Poker Chips Design and Tips
Poker chips, or poker tokens, are used to keep track during gambling, to replace money during the game. Even though poker chips are called clay chips, poker chip sets are not made of clay. Sometimes clay is used as filler, but it is always mixed with some synthetic material for durability. Clay composite chip sets were popular in the early 1800s and today are rarely used mainly because they are more expensive and tend to break easily.Today the most popular poker chip sets are made of plastic, cl

Vancouver-based musician Canada's first Texas Hold'em champion
TORONTO (CP) - Canada's new Texas Hold'em poker champion says it was all about the luck and, of course, the poker face.Liam Greig received $105,000 after winning the Degree Poker Championship playoffs at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ont.Taped in June, it was broadcast Saturday night on TSN."The semi-final had me just totally wrapped up in nerves," Greig confessed from his home in Vancouver, where he works as an online poker software designer and plays jazz guitar."(But)

Mariah Carey Won $27,000 At A Poker Game
Mariah Carey won $27,000 at a poker game in Las Vegas last Friday. Carey, 35, invited at producer Jermaine Dupri's birthday party at the opening of the Tao restaurant from Venetian Hotel, visited a nearby casino to play some poker.The Diva, who won $27,000 after just three rounds of the game, confessed she's not a poker player, so the winning was not on account of her skills.Contactmusic.com quote her as saying: "I used to play poker with my sister. But I think my low-cut dress put some of the

Poker players enjoying renewed respect, even in New York
NEW YORK (AP) - Doyle Brunson can remember when being a professional poker player meant being an embarrassment.The 72-year-old Texan recalls old friends crossing to the other side of the street when they saw him coming, and pulling out of the finals of a televised high-stakes tournament in 1972 because he didn't want to shame his family by advertising what he did for a living.All of which made Brunson's situation on Friday night that much more interesting. With his trademark cowboy hat and his d

09/25/2005, Minneapolis, Minnesota -- Pokerbeat, an exciting, informative and fresh new television show, is now in the final stages of production in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than two years in development and orchestrated by experts in gaming content, Pokerbeat offers a stylish and unique glimpse into the world of professional poker play. The episodes will showcase top competitors and industry insiders while delivering up-to-the-minute poker news in a fast-paced, magazine-style 30-minue format.

College Poker Championship Announces the Search for The Next Poker Idol
College Poker Championship Announces the Search for The Next Poker Idol More than $200,000 in Scholarships, $10,000 in Charity Donations and Four Brand New Cars Up for Grabs in the Third Annual Tournament

Stay Safe Playing Underground Poker
I have been a member of the underground poker community for quite a few years. When you attend as many games as I have, you start recognizing faces and building friendships. You also start building a false sense of security, and forget that you're attending an event that typically lures in the degenerates of the world.It's an absolute necessity to take precautionary steps before jumping into the world of underground poker.It shouldn't come as a surprise that many underground poker environments p

The Bicycle Casino Sponsors the ``Entourage'' Poker Lounge
The Bicycle Casino Sponsors the ``Entourage'' Poker Lounge at Monkeys In Pants Award Suites to Raise One Million Dollars for Hurricane Katrina Victims

Commerce Casino to Debut Dynamic New Website at CSPC
Commerce Casino to Debut Dynamic New Website at California State Poker Championship Players Will Be Able to Register Online for Future Tournaments and to 'Bring Your Home Game to Commerce' Site Features Advice From Poker Champs, New Webstore, Live Jackpot Webcam, Tournament Results

Tournament Poker: A Team Sport?
Recently, a buddy told me he had bumped into David Singer, a professional tournament poker player whose family was vacationing on the same Cape Cod beach. The entire time they were on the beach, David was practicing his card memory skills by having a family member flash three cards for him to memorize.It made me think about things I might be able to do at home to improve my game while waiting for the next opportunity to test my skills against live competition at a tournament in Atlantic City or

Six Left in Borgata Open Poker Tournament
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The third day of action at the Borgata Poker Open, part of the World Poker Tour, saw another round of intense battling as the field tried to make moves and secure their position in one of the top six final spots. Sixty-two players began the action at 11 a.m., but it wasn't long before players began to drop like flies.The drama of the event was heightened throughout the day by the looming fact that only 45 players would make the money. Unfortunately

Borgata Poker Open Breaks Records
ATLANTIC CITY -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Energy levels among players and guests at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa rose early Monday morning as the hotel welcomed players of the World Poker Tour (WPT) main event.The highly regarded tournament series recorded the largest turnout of players in the history of Atlantic City casinos with over 500 players ponying up $10,000 for a shot at the biggest pool prize in Borgata Poker Open history.Spectators were treated to some intriguing tables as a number of top pro

Call for Entries for Absolute Poker's Free 'Win Your Tuition'
Call for Entries for Absolute Poker's Free 'Win Your Tuition' Texas Hold'em Tournament Ends October 6

James Woods Takes on the Pros
James Woods Takes on the Pros in GSN's New POKER ROYALE Series 'THE JAMES WOODS GANG VS. THE UNABOMBERS'

Poker guru beating the odds
Finally, someone who has put a Georgia Tech education to work on the big stuff.Like, say, the human dynamics of rock-paper-scissors."I play a lot of high stakes rock-paper-scissors," begins Phil Gordon, 35-year-old Yellow Jacket/poker raconteur. "Played for $10,000 one time [and won]. It's actually a game of skill, much like poker. You think that it's random, but it's not. Human beings are not good randomizers; they always fall into patterns. If I know which way you're going, you can't win."In a

World Poker Tour owner plays hand in court
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The parent company of the "World Poker Tour" has sued its outlet, the Travel Channel, for allegedly interfering with plans to develop a new poker series on ESPN.WPT Enterprises Inc. sued the Travel Channel and its owner, Discovery Communications Inc., for alleged breach of contract and intentional interference. The case, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages and various court orders, including a declaration that WPT upheld its si

Poker players could be breaking Iowa laws
DES MOINES -- Iowa lawmakers asked regulators Tuesday to help clean up rules governing popular poker games, arguing that Iowans who know when to hold 'em often don't know when they're breaking a confusing patchwork of laws.Members of the Government Oversight Committee said their constituents are uncertain when, where and how it's legally appropriate to play Texas Hold 'em and other poker games. Lawmakers said they want clarification, but, for now, they're not interested in new regulations."I thi

Tropicana to Host Poker Tournament
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Attention: "Average Joe" Poker Players. Finally, here's your chance to play against other recreational poker players for a shot at the world's top poker pros and nearly $40 million in prize and bonus money in your own televised tournament series.It's ProJo Poker and the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City will play host to 26 weekly tournaments beginning Wednesday, Sept. 21 and running through January 18, 2006. Winners will advance to the P

Women find a fun place to play poker — online
ELIZABETH KURZ is a 28-year-old interior designer with a steady boyfriend. Shirley Carnett is a 64-year-old grandmother who answers phones for her husband's chimney sweeping service. Jenny Kleid is a 35-year-old stay-at-home mom who drives her kids to soccer practice in a hulking white Ford Expedition.Spanning a demographic spectrum that would make a marketer's head spin, these women, unbelievably, have something in common. That something is online poker, and due to a prevalance of low-stakes or

ESPN to Air AbsolutePoker Pro Mark Seif's Second WSOP Win
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- ESPN is airing AbsolutePoker (http://www.absolutepoker.com) pro Mark Seif's second consecutive win at this year's World Series of Poker (http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com) starting at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday, September 20. Seif made headlines at the record-setting annual event when he topped 2,012 players, the third largest field in WSOP history at the time, to become the only person to win two titles at the 2005 competition.Seif, who is ranked number ni

Borgata Adds Women's Poker Event
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa was a sea of pink as the Ladies Only No Limit Hold 'em event kicked off Sunday and players sported their new pink Borgata Poker Open hats.With 516 competitors playing for the title, the ladies wasted no time taking to the felt like fish to water. Action flowed as the sound of chips being shuffled dominated the early rounds. The ladies action went long into the evening as players fought fatigue and short

Chris Ferguson Becomes the First Player to Ever Win Multiple WSPC Tournaments
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 20, 2005 -- Team Full Tilt member Chris "Jesus" Ferguson has added another chapter to his already impressive tournament record by becoming the first player to ever win two World Series of Poker Circuit Championship tournaments.Ferguson earned $362,088 for his victory last week at the $10,000 No-Limit Hold 'em WSOPC tournament at Harrah's Las Vegas. In March 2005, he won $655,220 for his first-place finish at the $10,000 No-Limit Hold 'em WSOPC Championship tourn

Bluff Magazine Reaches 5 million New Readers
Bluff Magazine Reaches 5 million New Readers through AskMen.com; Market Leading Poker Magazine's Content Now Available on Largest Men's Internet Portal

St. Louis Man Dominates Poker Action at Borgata
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ--(MARKET WIRE)--Sep 17, 2005 -- Another day down, another champion rises to the challenge at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Event five of the 2005 Borgata Poker Open came to a conclusion late in the evening on the second day of the $1,000 buy-in tournament with St. Louis, Mo.'s Jess Yawitz capturing his first Borgata bracelet and a first prize of $121,210.Having started playing a little over a year ago, some might be surprised by Yawitz's success, but he proved hi

New Jersey Man Takes Home $129,600 in 2005 Borgata Poker Open
New Jersey Man Takes Home $129,600 in Day 4 Event; Hometown Hero Bests Top Poker Champs to Win Largest Cash Prize to Date in 2005 Borgata Poker Open

Thirty miles not far enough
"Celebrity Poker Showdown" co-host Phil Gordon can really hustle. He has books coming out, business interests to watch out for, and his TV show to shoot. He'll be making so many personal appearances during the rest of 2005 that he'll have time to play only a few poker tournaments.And Gordon misses playing big-time poker tournaments. I know the feeling. It's hard to be a businessman, promoter and writer, and still maintain your poker schedule, which, is, after all, how we made our names.Gordon an

Women bet, bluff in state poker championship in Oceanside
OCEANSIDE ---- Their poker faces firmly in place, 57 women bet and bluffed their way through the last day of the ninth annual, three-day California Ladies State Poker Championship at Ocean's Eleven Casino in Oceanside on Thursday.The name of the game: No-Limit Texas Hold ëEm.Peeking at their hands and throwing green, yellow, grey and black chips into the pot, the players tried to make winning hands out of seven cards ---- their two face-down cards and five face-up community cards the dealer plac

Doyle Brunson
76 year-old Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson is credited with inventing the widly popular Texas Hold 'Em version of poker. He was the first player ever to win a $1m dollar tournament and has since won a record-equalling ten World Series of Poker gold bracelets. Small Talk caught up with him minutes before he launched into yet another tournament Hi Doyle, all set for the action?[With a slow drawl that's at odds with his rapidly shifting eyes] Oh yeah, I'm always ready for the action.If Small Talk got

TSN isn't bluffing with poker series
The poker craze, it seems, isn't dying down anytime soon. If anything, it continues to mushroom.Witness the creation of the Degree Poker Championship, the first all-Canadian version of the popular Texas Hold 'em duel. It's a project that's been in the works for a year at TSN, with the first of four shows airing last night.It's an all-Canadian affair featuring "everyday" people, said Adam Ashton, TSN's VP of marketing."The thing we asked ourselves was 'How do you create an authentic Canadian cham

The Legend of Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
My family has been a fan of gambling ever since I can remember, which is actually 25 years ago. I havenÂ’t been a big fan of gambling, but I have been a fan of card games. While I love blackjack, I found poker to be too complicating to play and therefore I steered clear away from poker. That is until I watched Chris "Jesus" Ferguson play Texas HoldÂ’em.With his notorious black Stetson, his dark shades that seemed to reflect back on the poker table, and his long hair, Chris Ferguson was almost like



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