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March 21, 2008

Poker Stars WSOP News

Poker Stars.com is gearing up to send a TON of folks to the 2008 WSOP this year! PokerNews.com is reporting that they play to send 1000 players this year, but I cant find substantitation on their site on exact numbers... here is what I CAN tell you FOR SURE!

"At Poker Stars.com, we pride ourselves on giving our players a World Series experience they will never forget. The prize package we have on offer for the 2008 Main Event is no exception. In fact, it’s our best yet! Players can qualify via our FPP, Cash and Steps Sit & Go satellites.

Our standard prize package is worth $12,500, made up of the following:

$10,000 Main Event buy-in
$2,500 for expenses
But that’s not all. We’re also giving each player the opportunity to be a part of The Poker Stars.com Experience. This includes the following additional features*:

Free hotel accommodation at the Palms, for 8 nights from July 2-9 (or a cash alternative of $1,000**). The qualifiers that chose to wear Poker Stars.com gear, who are still playing in the main event on July 10th will have their accommodation extended until July 15th.
Hotel suite upgrades for Supernova and Supernova Elite VIP members.
Shuttle bus service each day to the Rio.
Cash bonuses of up to $50,000 for qualifiers that make a TV table***.
Additional bonuses of up to $1,000,000 for players that make the final table***.
How to win your prize package
Not only are we giving our players the best World Series prize package around, we’re also providing the most chances to win one:

Buy-in directly to any of our cash qualifiers
Use your Frequent Player Points in our FPP qualifiers
Battle your way to the Main Event with Steps Sit & Go Satellites
With so many routes available to achieve your poker dreams, everyone has a real chance of making it to the Main Event! "

IF you are not a member there yet, I'd suggest CLICKING HERE and get in on your shot!

Posted by fatbill at 08:27 AM | Comments (0)

March 17, 2008

Why Online Poker is bad.....

Poker915.com's Top 12 Reasons The Online Poker Ban Is Good For America
If you love poker, or simply believe in liberty, please e-mail this to your state and US representatives, and everyone you know!

We need to protect the children.

If the government bans it kids won't do it. That is why kids don't smoke, drink, use drugs, sneak into rated R movies, etc. If mom and dad fail in their parenting, a good, solid government ban will always fix the problem. It takes a whole community to raise a child, so why should parents be responsible for monitoring their own children?

Playing poker leads to drug use, pornography addiction, prostitution, and all manner of criminal activity.

Much in the same way that gambling one's earnings by investing in the stock market leads to these same vices.

If I have an addiction problem, no one should be able to participate in any of the activities that I have a problem with.

That is why liquor stores, tobacco sales, caffeine, fatty foods, refined sugar, sexually explicit materials, and state lotteries are all illegal in the United States. Our constitution makes it clear that the rights of the many must be sacrificed in order to protect those who won't take responsibility for their own problems. Further, compulsive gambling never existed before the online gaming boom. If addicts were not allowed internet access they would be better partners, fathers, and mothers because they would never find anything else to gamble on.

Prohibition has always been the best way to protect addicts from themselves and their families from financial and emotional ruin.

This is why the United States of America has no crack, crank, crystal meth, Oxycontin, or heroin problems. It's why the Twelve Step organizations have no members, and methadone clinics are empty.

Playing poker for profit is too risky.

That's why Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke, Jesus Ferguson, and countless other poker pros who met with financial demise must endorse poker web sites just to make ends meet. Since poker is not a skill game, and you cannot control your profits or losses over an extended period, it's simply not a good investment strategy.

Poker is not a legitimate form of entertainment.

Spending $5 or $10 on a tournament or cash game on the internet is a waste of time. You will have spent your time and money far more wisely if you spend $20 going to the movies, $50 on greens fees, or $60-$300 on a professional sporting event. These are all far more productive uses of your time, and therefore more moral.

The internet poker ban has already drastically reduced gambling in America.

Sites like Poker Stars, Full Tilt, Absolute Poker, and Ultimate Bet all went broke and don't even advertise in the United States anymore.

My God is the one true God, my faith the one true faith, and my morals are the correct morals. Therefore everyone should live by my moral code.

In a theocracy such as ours we know that government should always enforce the values of specific religions. That is why we are all required to attend church on Sunday, women must wear veils and walk behind our men, and our constitution gives the federal government vast, sweeping powers to determine what you should and should not read, listen to, view, or believe.

Playing poker is wrong because for a few to make a profit, many must spend money.

This is not the case with any other entertainment sector. The movie industry does not make a profit by providing entertainment to their paying customers, just as cable companies, satellite providers, rock stars, professional athletes, and other entertainers do not profit at the expense of paying customers. Therefore, it is immoral for good poker players to make a profit from their recreational poker playing counterparts who are willing to pay for the entertainment value.

Only social misfits and those from society's underbelly play poker.

That's why famous lawman Bill Hickok, Senator Alfonse D'Amato, President Richard Nixon, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, and countless other prominent politicians would never dream of playing such a vile game. Poker is simply unAmerican.

Making poker illegal will make gambling go away because no one would ever dare subvert the law by supplying the populace with what they demand.

Ample evidence of this can be seen in the way organized crime withered and was completely eradicated in the 1920s when alcohol was banned in the United States.

Nobody will play poker if they can't do it online.

Poker would only exist in places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City where gambling is legal, and all the illegal home games would go away overnight. This is evidenced by the fact that there are no famous old-time poker players from Texas nor are there poker games that originated in Texas where Hold 'Em was illegal in the good ol' days before the internet corrupted us all.
Chadler E. Cowles
Utah PPA Representative
Poker915.com Administrator

Posted by fatbill at 09:13 AM | Comments (0)

March 10, 2008

Remember that UIGEA bill?

Remember back when lame duck republicans pushed the UIGEA legislation onto the PORT AUTHORITY ACT to placate the Religious Right?

You have to remember... thats when MOST Of the major Poker rooms STOPPED allowing US players... IE: Party Poker....

The UIGEA was supposed to impose restraints on the banking industry in an effort to stop US Citizens from funding their online poker (gaming) accounts.

Well... here is a small exerpt from a statement made by the American Banking Association (ABA) on that rediculous piece of legislation:

"ABA believes that the proposal, in large part due to the nature of the statute itself, will fail to create a practical process for intercepting prohibited conduct that maintains an efficiently functioning payments system." The above was shortly followed by a statement more damning: "(W)e believe that UIGEA will in the end catch more banks in a compliance trap and do greater damage to the competitiveness of the American payments system, than it will stop gambling enterprises from profiting on illegal wagering."

In another part of their statement they get even harsher in their criticizm:

"In other words, in the view of the drafters of the legislation, all the sophistication of the FBI, Secret Service, and other police computerized detection systems and investigative expertise devoted to fighting terrorism and financial crime are inadequate to the task of apprehending the unlawful gambling business or confiscating its revenues. ABA believes that punting this obligation to the participants in the U.S. payment system is an unprecedented delegation of governmental responsibility with no prospect of practical success in exchange for all the burden it imposes."

Isn't it about time that our (mostly) useless legislators get off their collective asses and just legalize online poker and quit trying to impose their sense of morality on law abiding citizens????

Posted by fatbill at 09:03 AM | Comments (0)

March 03, 2008

Furguson wins 2008 Heads Up Title

Well.... guess he was tired of being the bridsmade again ( '05 and '06 ) so this year Chris Ferguson took down Andy Block in a best two out of three match to win the NBC National Heads Up Championship!

Block was not originally scheduled to compete in this event, but was called on at the last minute with TV star Brad Garrett was called back to work after resolution of the writers strike!

Both Block and Ferguson represent Full Tilt Poker....

Posted by fatbill at 09:08 AM | Comments (0)

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