Soccer players who play poker – Teddy Sheringham

by , Jan 10, 2014 | 3:14 am

teddy-sheringhamTeddy Sheringham is one of the most successful soccer players of the last half a century. His professional career lasted twenty-four years, making him one of the game’s survivors. His quality as a player earned him an MBE, presented to him by Prince Charles for services to soccer on the 20th of November 2007.

He is also father to Charlie Sheringham, who has had a successful league and non-league career, and now plays for AFC Wimbledon as a striker. Teddy too played mainly as a second striker, first for Millwall between 1983 and 1991, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur and then Manchester United – it was whilst playing for MU that he was named PFA Player of the Year in 20001.

He retired in 2007/08, at the age of 4, spending his time improving his poker game. He is now a frequent on the world poker scene, and has racked up over $300,000 in live tournament winnings, including two World Series of Poker (WSOP) cashes. He also has a final table finish at a leg of the European Poker Tour under his belt, which netted him a cool €93,000.

Two final table appearances in the Palm Beach Big Game and a final table finish at The Ritz Club mean that he is no rookie – he has been playing seriously for the last six years, but has been playing poker throughout his adult life.

He learned to play poker in dens, hotels and on coaches, and says that he really learned to play poker by losing money. He has a tendency, like a lot of new players, to go for big hands and pairs, to be flash and cool. Now he says “it’s more about trying to figure out what other people have got, using real skill, and whether they’re bluffing. You have to think ahead.”

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Caesars Palace Poker Room 2014-Q1 Promo FYIs

Megabeat says what?

by , Jan 3, 2014 | 1:22 pm

All good things must come to an end, right? And if you remember Vegas Grinders, you know we were big fans of the MegaBeat Jackpot, a progressive multi-property payout. Though none of us cashed in, the promotion was enough to draw each of us (and many of you) to various Caesars property poker rooms on repeat occasion. Anyhow, promotions naturally change, and it’s been about a year that the MB was in play, but there does seem to be some decentralization going on at Caesars- and WSOP-branded poker rooms in Las Vegas — or maybe it’s more of a recentralization? — which may or may not have anything to do with different rooms getting autonomy while others prepare for the axe. Wild speculation, but we do know that email addresses have changed recently, with a promo list like the one below coming from instead of … and these sorts of changes seldom happen for no good or apparent reason.

Caesars Palace January poker room promo info below:


For Immediate Release: Autism Speaks Poker

6th annual Ante 4 Autism event set for Golden Nugget, Sunday, Jan. 26

by , | 11:23 am

Event to be held opening night of the Winter furniture market

Co-Hosts hope to exceed last year’s total of $35,226!


LAS VEGAS – The Ante4Autism Co-Hosts will continue their mission to raise awareness of the disability and raise money to help fund research into the cause and cure for Autism.  The 6th Annual Ante4Autism poker tournament will be held at the Golden Nugget in the “Grand” event center on Sunday, January 26th at 7 PM.   

The buy-in for the Texas Hold’em poker event is only $125, with $40 re-buys available!  All players will receive an Autism Speaks pin for playing!  All final table players will receive great merchandise prizes for being top finishers.  The winner will also receive the Grand Champion winner’s plaque!   The complete details of the event are available at


Ante4Autism 2013 Co-Champions Poker Pro Chip Jett (left) and James Baker (right), look forward to defending their crown next year.     Ante4Autism 2013 with Allen Parvizian, Karina Jett, and Chip Jett

(L) Ante4Autism 2013 Co-Champions Poker Pro Chip Jett and James Baker look forward to defending their crown.

(R) Co-Host Allen Parvizian, with poker pros Karina and Chip Jett, welcome all to play in or sponsor the 6th Annual Ante4Autism poker tournament.

Co-Host Mike McQuiston mentioned:  “The prevalence of Autism continues to rise and we must figure out why.”


Return of Online Poker (Jersey Style)

Adverts driving normalization (and re-normalisation) of American game

by , Dec 16, 2013 | 1:38 pm

All three of these companies’ ads are in heavy rotation on the Trenton, NJ, transit station video displays like they belong. (Take that Bill Frist!)

Georges St. Pierre pimpin' for 888.

Georges St. Pierre pimpin’ for 888.

betfair casino nj transit Betfair in New Jersey offering more than just poker.

Betfair Casino in New Jersey offering more than just poker.

Ahh, Dear Old Party Poker, welcome home.
Ahh, dear old PartyPoker, welcome home.

Martingale Betting on the Road

by , Nov 25, 2013 | 9:26 am

A Canadian gambler’s license plate asks: Want to go double or nothing?


Snacktime Poker

by , Nov 24, 2013 | 10:57 am

I have a feeling that converting Xbox players to online cash game players might be a long-term goal.

Full Tilt Poker Remissions Inch Forward at Snail-mail Pace

Postcards reveal what remediators may or may not know about you

by , Nov 14, 2013 | 7:25 pm

If you had cash on Full Tilt shortly before Black Friday, you’ve got until this weekend to inform government contractors that you’d like your money back, please. Check out what I got in the mail recently from the poker world’s new-good friends at Garden City Group, who are handling Full Tilt remissions on behalf of the DOJ, whom you may or may not recall earmarked nearly $200 million of PokerStars money for paying back Full Tilt player/ponzi victims.


Curious though, their effort to contact me, as my email has been the same since I signed up in 2004 … and I’m almost certain I maintained a negative balance on Tilt ever since I stopped playing there in like ’09. (According to my records I was in the red for about $300, but hey, I’m standing in solidarity with Erick Lindgren; I called “not paying!”)

Presuming I didn’t unknowingly luckbox into some sorta secret errant money transfer, I think this postcard campaign reveals a GCG serious about covering various asses should someone and their lawyer(s) can come back later and claim ignorance when trying to get a piece of any FTP payout pie. Otherwise you gotta wonder … they didn’t have my email address — the one that just about everybody remotely connected to poker has? (You know, the one that has been the same ever since signing up with Full Tilt in ’04?) And yet they were able to track me down through a postal address that didn’t even exist for me or Pokerati until after Black Friday? It wasn’t anything I ever provided to Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, Garden City Group, nor the DOJ, as far as I know. In fact, I could be wrong here, but I think the only federal agency that would have this address for me is the IRS.

Hmm … makes you wonder what kinda sit-n-gos the NSA really might be playing!

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Loto-Québec passes muster

Recent judgment finds the lottery monopoly within the law, not deceiving consumers

by , Nov 11, 2013 | 9:49 am

In an interesting decision out of Montreal, the Quebec Superior Court very recently found in favour of Loto-Québec in a claim against it by two Quebec residents. A copy of the judgment is here.

The plaintiffs alleged that certain limited outputs of the algorithm used to generate lottery selections in Quebec’s ‘Extra’ lottery add-on product showed that Loto-Québec violated its own governing by-law, the Criminal Code, and provincial consumer protection legislation. Basically, the plaintiffs claimed that the tickets were not generated at random, which meant that the winners were not selected at random. They sought substantial money damages, including $10M in punitive damages.

The Superior Court roundly rejected every one of the plaintiffs’ claims. Most important, the court found that Loto-Québec generally has the discretion to conduct and administer lotteries within the parameters that it chooses. While tickets as part of the draw may or may not be produced completely at random, the winners are selected at random, and that latter quality is sufficient to meet Loto-Québec’s legal obligations.

There are plenty of good reasons to criticize the provincial lottery monopolies in Canada (poor planning, lack of innovation, the occasional scandal), but exaggerated and baseless claims about a lottery product not being sufficiently random aren’t a useful avenue of attack.

Canada will tax your bitcoins

CRA issues first release on how it will approach virtual currency

by , Nov 7, 2013 | 9:59 am

The Canada Revenue Agency (the Canadian equivalent of the IRS) just issued its first release on how it will treat virtual currencies for taxation purposes. There is not much new here — the CRA sent an e-mail to the CBC back in April about bitcoin taxation — and the government leaves several questions unanswered. Still, it’s an actual release from the CRA and not just a communication to a news outlet, which is helpful to those advising taxpayers. And even though the interpretation bulletins and the release do not have force of law, this communication does at least put up some signposts about the CRA’s thinking about bitcoin.

The release — styled one of the CRA’s fact sheets on “digital currency” – is available here.


“Gaming” vs. “Gambling” Revisited

New study says online difference is more than just six points in Words with Friends

by , Oct 16, 2013 | 4:12 pm

Do we call it gaming or gambling? I think we all know the casino industry would prefer we call it “gaming”, but for poker players that’s sometimes kinda hard when you see your heroes on the TV holding second pair and a gutshot only to be shouting “gamble gamble!” after an all-in and a call.

While some suggest gaming and gambling have already virtually converged, and others contend that no matter, the customers are different, there has been little definitive work to confirm what the Nevada Gaming Commission (and Gaming Control Board) have known all along: People are more comfortable betting real money when the activity in question is referred to as gaming, not gambling.

At least that’s the case when it comes to online wagers, according to new research set to be published in the December issue of Journal of Consumer Research. Full title: “Framing the Game: Assessing the Impact of Cultural Representations on Consumer Perceptions of Legitimacy.” (LOL academic phrasiologies.)

While this study looks at myriad forms of casino gambl, er, gaming, it takes special note of online poker. By doing a content analysis of newspaper coverage post-Black Friday, researchers found that indeed, media suddenly stopped presenting poker as an online entertainment option akin to video games and instead were presenting it using words associated with criminal pursuits.

Read below for more details about what they found, and feel free to question the credibility of any social scientist who doesn’t reference the phrase, “one time!” when talking about the relationship between cards and money.


The Pizza Report

Snapshot of semi-direct marketing efforts in Nevada

by , Oct 13, 2013 | 5:40 pm

Want a sense of the new world we’re seeing here in Nevada, thanks to licensed and regulated online poker? Game-wise, the combo of and Ultimate Poker is still hardly a shell of the glory days of PokerStars and Full Tilt. But what is different is the way online poker is showing up around town … on billboards, TV, radio … in snail mail, on top of slot machines … I’m kinda waiting to see it show up at the 50-yard-line at Sam Boyd Stadium — because really, shouldn’t there be a Silver Bowl?

(Note: technically a Texas-based maker of industrial lubricants has that game locked down for three years.)

Outside the Box? apparently thinks real money online poker might appeal to people inclined to sit around waiting for satisfaction and opportunity to just show up at their door in 30 minutes or less. [pic: @RobertGoldfarb]

Outside the Box? apparently thinks real money online poker might appeal to people inclined to sit around waiting for good stuff to just show up at their door. [pic: @RobertGoldfarb]

Until then, however, the WSOP is left to consider other means to present their brand (and an entire industry!) with newfound legitimacy. According to the presumably reliable delivery driver from Noble Pie Parlor in Reno, provided some 500 of these boxes for their handmade “New York Street”-style ‘zas.

Criminal, Civil Complaints against Silk Road Mastermind

What Dread Pirate Roberts bust means for bitcoin

by , Oct 4, 2013 | 9:23 am

Journalist Brian Krebs broke the news on Oct. 2 that US federal authorities shut down Silk Road, the most famous, or infamous, Tor network online contraband bazaar. Pursuant to a criminal complaint and related civil complaint and protective order, Ross William Ulbricht (a.k.a. Dread Pirate Roberts) was arrested in San Francisco as the FBI seized the Silk Road web domain and millions in bitcoin.

But given the role of BTC in Silk Road, one question I have is what this case means for bitcoin, if anything. This case may put virtual currency more front and centre for some, but I don’t think it should have much of a long-term effect on how policy-makers and regulators look at it. That’s because this is fundamentally a drug case, not a bitcoin case. Paragraph one of the criminal complaint emphasizes that the defendant and others agreed to violate the narcotics laws of the United States. Bitcoin was just one of the instrumentalities in the alleged criminal scheme: good technology used for criminal ends.

Ulbricht was charged with one count of narcotics trafficking conspiracy (undercover agents apparently procured ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, and LSD on Silk Road), one count of computer fraud conspiracy, and one count of money laundering conspiracy. A panoply of illicit goods and services were available on Silk Road, including controlled substances and other drugs, computer hacking services, and forged documents. In an allegation that may make for a future bar exam question, Ulbricht is also alleged to have used Silk Road to orchestrate a murder for hire. If the allegations are true, Ulbricht contracted with a drug dealer to murder a Silk Road vendor, paid the drug dealer, received photographic evidence of the killing, and apparently believed that the hit was successful. But apparently the murder did not in fact take place.


Tribal Gaming Hardly Appeased by Congressional Inaction

In face of online poker, some advocates fight against off-reservation casinos

by , Sep 30, 2013 | 2:21 am

Some people in Congress believe American Indians struck it rich with the establishment of tribal gaming and the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in the late 1980s.

But serious problems with education, health care, unemployment and housing remain. Tribes are also dealing with the effect of Internet gaming on their business, off-reservation casinos and political gridlock in Washington, D.C.

“They’ve been very busy in Washington this year,” John Gusik, founding partner of the Franklin Partnership, a Washington, D.C., law and government relations services firm, said Thursday at the Global Gaming Expo. He was moderating a panel discussion on tribal gaming on the final day of the expo at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

“There have been 4,500 bills in Congress this year; only 31 have been enacted,” Gusik said. “It’s a do-nothing Congress. Seventy-two bills dealing with tribal issues and none have been enacted. Internet gaming continues to languish in Congress.”

The fate of those bills has also been hurt by the Oct. 1 deadline to enact a budget or face a possible federal government shutdown.

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Pete Kirkham, president of Red Maple Consulting, a Springfield, Va., government affairs and political strategy firm, said Congress hasn’t passed any of the 13 appropriation bills needed to fund the government.

“If you represent tribes, they think you must work on Indian gaming all the time,” Kirkham said. “Gaming takes up some time but it’s also about health care, education and housing.”

Kirkham acknowledged that the vast majority of a tribe’s revenue is earned through gaming, but said those dollars go to providing services to the community.

The National Indian Gaming Commission reported $27.9 billion in gaming revenues in 2012, up 2.6 percent from $27.2 billion in 2011.

“Everything is now seen through the prism of gaming,” said Jana McKeag, president of Lowry Strategies, an Alexandria, Va., government and public affairs consulting firm. “Congress believes that tribes have all this gaming money … why do they need (federal dollars)?”


USA States with Legalized Internet Poker

Other States Looking to Follow

by , Sep 29, 2013 | 12:31 pm

Many people in the United States, especially poker players, are hearing more and more about States legalizing, or looking to legalize poker over the Internet. However, with all the information on the World-Wide-Web floating around on this topic it can be a bit confusing so this article is intended to simplify it all.

The facts are Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey are the only three States that have passed legislation for legal poker online. Nevada went live with UltimatePoker, a real money poker website, in April of 2013 and just recently went live with the WSOP site on September 19th, 2013. Nevada passed Interstate Poker, just like the other two States, which means you must be within the State/Nevada in order to play poker for money on these two websites.

As for Delaware and New Jersey, they are still working out operational procedures, regulation policies, how it will be taxed, etc., but it’s anticipated that everything should be in place by the end of 2013 or early 2014. poker law page lists the gambling and poker laws State by State, along with their current stance and future outlook on making poker over the net legal. As for other States looking to regulate and tax online poker, there are about ten States moving in that direction. Of those ten States taking a serious look into this matter, six continue to push legislation; California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Washington.  Three others are looking to write bills; Maryland, New Hampshire, and New York. And, Texas appears to be a State towards the top of the list that will pass Internet poker in the near future.

Nevada OKs Golden Gaming, 888 Holdings Partnership

TI online poker could be coming soon

by , Sep 19, 2013 | 2:57 pm

State gaming regulators gave preliminary approval Thursday to a marketing agreement between Golden Gaming and Gibraltar-based 888 Holdings in which the tavern operator could deliver its customers as online poker players to a website that includes Treasure Island.

Under terms of the exclusive marketing agreement, Golden Gaming can sign up customers from its three Pahrump casinos and its 40 wholly owned statewide taverns operations to play online poker on a planned website that will be operated by 888 Holdings, parent company to 888poker.

Golden Gaming would share in a percentage of the gaming revenues with Treasure Island and 888 Holdings.

“It’s unique and allows Golden Gaming to market 888’s platform to its customers,” Golden Gaming attorney Michael Alonso told the Gaming Control Board.

Alonso said Golden Gaming does not have any role in the operation of the website, and is only a marketing vehicle to deliver players. He told regulators the agreement is a way for 888 Holdings to expand its online gaming operation into the locals market and Pahrump. The customer base for Treasure Island, which is owned by Phil Rufin, is the Strip.

Golden Gaming is expected to market the 888 website through various inter­active programs and other means.