Marie-Lizette Acoba

Associate Editor, Poker Pro Wannabe

I am Marie-Lizette Acoba. Yes, I have two first names AND a last name. I'm trying to start a new trend... I'm bring surnames back. But if that's a mouthful, no worries! To most people I'm simply "Lizette."

I enjoy playing poker and writing about my poker exploits at

In addition to playing poker, I am a freelance poker writer and photographer. I do what I can to change minds about the poker industry so that one day it can be accepted as mainstream entertainment like professional sports and reality television.

I've only been on this side of the rail for three years, but I've managed to wiggle my way into some pretty cool gigs. I also write the poker blog for The Bicycle Casino, market its live webcast 'Live at the Bike,' and manage The Bike's social media accounts.

I also I do social media consulting, webdesign and marketing promotion for several other poker companies, poker charity events and a few select friends, but it's not my primary focus.

Posts by MarieLizette:

  • This Week’s Big Winners – August 14th

    15 Aug 2011

    Well, the buck torch has been passed and it has fallen upon me to summarize the latest and greatest happenings in tournament poker. Seeing as how the last entry was pre-WSOP, I will take it upon myself not to pick-up we Pokerati left off, choosing instead to focus on the past few days…during which time millions were […]

  • There’s No Crying in Poker!

    06 Jul 2011

    That’s what I thought after playing in and being a witness to the 2011 World Series of Poker Ladies’ Event — the line from the 1992 film, A League of Their Own, where Jimmy Dugan (played by Tom Hanks) famously said, “THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!“. Don’t people know, “There’s no crying in Poker!” The […]

  • Penn National Growing Pains?

    16 Jun 2011

    Exactly two weeks to the day after Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq: PENN) announced its acquisition of M Resort, a casino workers labor union, UNITE HERE!, issued the following press release that might be of special interest to investors who paid nearly $40/share. (So far, after short-lived giddiness, their stake continues to drop like a rock.) Read below for the […]

  • Federated Sports + Gaming Acquires Heartland Poker Tour

    14 Jun 2011

    Federated Sports + Gaming (FS+G) announced today that it has acquired Heartland Poker Tour (HPT), the nation’s leading grassroots poker tour and one of the largest independent producers of poker content on television. “HPT is one of the great success stories in the poker industry” “HPT is one of the great success stories in the […]

  • Sorel Mizzi’s Next Play…

    09 Jun 2011

    By the time Sorel Mizzi turned 25 on April 16 of this year, he already earned one of the top nods in the poker world as Bluff Magazine’s Player of the Year for 2010. He had also been at the center of several scandalized cheating accusations. There is no question that Mizzi is an exception […]

  • Shuffle Master, Inc. Reports Finantial Growth

    08 Jun 2011

    Shuffle Master, Inc. today announced its results for the second quarter ended April 30, 2011. “We attribute this success to our R&D efforts, continued investments in game content, and improved execution.” “During the quarter we achieved record quarterly revenue of nearly $60 million, filled some key strategic roles such as a new CEO and General […]

  • New software runs World Series of Poker tournament utilizing twenty PokerPro tables

    08 Jun 2011

    PokerTek, Inc. the industry leader in automated poker technology, is pleased to announce that Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has approved its latest PokerPro software, Tournaments Plus+, version 3.0. This approval clears the way for installations and upgrades of this new software into jurisdictions worldwide that accept GLI certification. “And we look forward to running more […]

  • Maria Ho Pockets Second-Highest WSOP Cash Ever by a Female

    07 Jun 2011

    Maria Ho started the Day 4 Final Table of the 4th event of the 2011 World Series of Poker ($5K NLHE) as the shortest stack, while Allen Bari came to the table with a dominant chip lead. Although Maria was able to chip up and double through the elimination of Nicholas Blumenthal, Allen kept his […]

  • Penn National Gaming Announces its Acquisition of M Resort

    02 Jun 2011

    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq: PENN) announced yesterday that following its October 2010 purchase of all of the outstanding debt of M Resort for $230.5 million and the receipt of requisite regulatory approvals, it has acquired the business in exchange for the debt. Penn National purchased the M Resort debt from Bank of Scotland plc […]

  • WPT® Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Game on Facebook® Offers Fans the Chance to Set Sail

    27 May 2011

    Hands-On Entertainment, an award-winning entertainment company that develops and publishes social and mobile games, today announced it is offering fans of its WPT® Texas Hold ‘Em Poker game on Facebook a chance at winning a 7-Day Exotic Eastern Caribbean Cruise hosted by the WPT Amateur Poker League. The cruise will take passengers to the Bahamas, […]