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CAPE TOWN — Steven Kareka eagerly explains his quick-fix answer to a lifetime of poverty.

“I think I can win the lottery,” the unemployed 25-year-old says as he joins a long line of people waiting on a dusty sidewalk to buy lottery tickets at Ye-Ye’s Butchery in the working-class suburb of Langa.

In South Africa, with one-third unemployment and some workers earning the equivalent of $24 a month, many poor people view their chances of winning the lottery or hitting a jackpot in the country’s new casinos as better than those of getting a decent job.

Egged on by slick advertising campaigns, South Africans are expected to spend nearly $1 billion on gambling this year.

Under South Africa’s white apartheid rulers, gambling was banned in most of the country. South Africa’s few casinos were relegated to remote “homelands,” desolate regions ruled by puppet black governments where South Africa banished many of its blacks.

After the fall of apartheid in 1994, gambling laws were liberalized and the government decided to grant 40 casino licenses.

With 24 of those issued, casinos have sprung up in all the major cities. Now plans are in the works to issue licenses for 50,000 limited-payout slot machines.

South Africa’s gambling industry boasts it has created 15,000 jobs and invested more than $1.2 billion in new projects. This year it will pay more than $90 million in gaming taxes.

But politicians, who initially heralded legalized gambling, are having second thoughts, fearing it is making the poor even worse off.

“The practice in some of these Sg Online Casino is to pick up people from their residential areas in the evening, especially (retirees), and transport them to the casinos, so they can gamble away their meager savings,” said social-development Minister Zola Skweyiya.

Pawnshop owners near Cape Town’s huge GrandWest casino say their trade has soared, with housewives hocking household appliances for gambling money.

The lottery, which for 30 cents gives players a 1-in-14 million chance of winning a weekly jackpot of about $490,000, is regarded as even more of a problem by critics. Tickets are available at 7,000 outlets.

“It is easily available and appeals to the poorest of the poor,” said Rodger Meyer, treatment director for the National Responsible Gambling Program.

People have spent $410 million on the lottery since it began in March 2000.

Natasha Nkosi, 16, waiting outside Maggie’s takeout in Langa to buy six tickets for her mother, said it’s a waste.

“My mum is very poor,” she said. “She wants to win so she can buy a house for herself. Sometimes when she dreams the numbers, she uses the money (meant) for food.”

Meyer, at the gambling program, said there has been a steady rise in problem gambling. The program’s help line gets up to 500 calls a month.

The number of problem gamblers is proportionately higher than in developed countries, said professor Peter Collins, executive director of the National Center for the Study of Gambling at the University of Cape Town.

“For South Africans,” he said, “gambling is also a novelty, and one about which undereducated people are likely to have dangerous misconceptions — like gambling is a good investment.”

However, Meyer and Collins oppose outlawing gambling again. “If you prohibit it, you just create an underground economy,” Meyer said.…

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1999 Gambling Study Commission

The National Gambling Impact Study Commission issued 76 recommendations in 1999. An update on some of them:

RECOMMENDATION: Outlaw betting on collegiate and amateur sports.

STATUS: House and Senate committees voted overwhelmingly last year to ban betting on college sports, legal only in Nevada, but the measure was not brought up for floor votes. This year, the Senate Commerce Committee approved the ban by only one vote. No floor vote has been scheduled.

RECOMMENDATION: Ban Internet gambling.

STATUS: A ban twice passed the Senate but was stalled in the House by questions about enforcement and exemptions. Meantime, Nevada is preparing to approve online gambling. MGM Mirage Chairman J. Terrence Lanni, whose company owns casinos in Nevada, supported a ban while serving on the commission but now favors regulating and taxing Internet gambling Togel Hongkong .

RECOMMENDATION: Restrict legal gambling to those 21 and older.

STATUS: In many states it remains legal for people as young as 18 to bet at race tracks or buy lottery tickets. Last year and again this year, the Senate Commerce Committee rejected a national minimum gambling age of 21.

RECOMMENDATION: Bar cash-dispensing machines from the immediate area where gambling occurs.

STATUS: Rep. John LaFalce, D-N.Y., proposed legislation to implement the recommendation, but it not received a hearing. Critics say the proposal, designed to outlaw cash machines from casino floors, would also exile them from convenience stores that sell lottery tickets.

RECOMMENDATION: States should require insurance companies to cover treatment for compulsive gambling.

STATUS: Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, said roughly 80 percent of insurers still routinely deny reimbursement for treatment. “No state laws, no state insurance commissioners, have addressed this,” he said.

RECOMMENDATION: Congress should ask the National Science Foundation to research the costs and benefits of all forms of gambling, legal and illegal.

STATUS: After a review, the NSF declined to pursue such research. Spokesman William Noxon said the prevailing view of experts was the proposed study was not practical, given its “tangential connection to NSF’s mission and the many other important areas of research needing attention.”

RECOMMENDATION: States should curtail the growth of new lottery games, reduce lottery advertising and limit locations for lottery machines.

STATUS: Minnesota Lottery Director George Anderson, past president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, said states have not altered their lotteries in response to the report. Later this year South Carolina will become the 38th state with a lottery.

RECOMMENDATION: States should not allow any new casino-style gambling at horse tracks, dog tracks and jai-alai facilities.

STATUS: States continue to consider expanded gambling to subsidize purses at ailing tracks. West Virginia’s lottery commission this month approved 595 additional video slot machines at Mountaineer Race Track.

RECOMMENDATION: States should adopt restrictions on contributions to state and local campaigns by people or companies that operate gambling facilities.

STATUS: A Louisiana law banning political contributions by operators of video poker machines was struck down in 1999 as unconstitutional. But New Jersey, Nebraska and Michigan are among several states that still enforce campaign finance restrictions against the gambling industry.…

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The man after our Togel Hari Ini casinos

He’s famously rude, notoriously crude, and you cross him at your peril. Yet he is also a visionary with an extraordinary imagination whose fantastical creations make William Randolph Hearst’s Xanadu seem small fry by comparison. They call him the Donald Trump of South Africa, but his explosive style is more akin to Bob Maxwell brawling his way through a Tarantino script.

Dogged for years by allegations of bribery, but simultaneously feted as the richest self-made man to have come out of South Africa, Sol Kerzner, 67, is more complex, more colourful, and has more edges to him than a Picasso painting.

Love him or loathe him – and there are few neutrals – Kerzner, the billionaire Togel Hari Ini casino-hotels tycoon, has, we now hear, entered the tightly held London casino market through the back door.

His Bahamas-based company, Kerzner International, has bought into the beleaguered London Clubs International (LCI) – one of Britain’s premier casino businesses that has recently fallen from grace – perfectly positioning himself to enter the soon-to-be-deregulated British gaming market.

Analysts expect that within two years the liberalisation proposed in the Budd Report on gaming deregulation will have passed through Parliament, and that it will quickly lead to a doubling of UK casino revenues, from its present £620 million to more than £1.2 billion.

In what is regarded by the City as an extremely canny move, instead of buying LCI shares, Kerzner snapped up $15 million (£9.6m) worth of loan notes in LCI, acquiring 30 per cent of the casino group’s bonds (long-term debts).

Since LCI got into financial trouble last year, mainly due to a disastrous investment in a Las Vegas casino that had to be written off, its market value has plummeted from £536 million in 1997 to just £25 million, and it is now bond-holders – like Kerzner – and not shareholders who control the destiny of the company. It would be highly out of character, leisure sector analysts add, for Kerzner not to follow up with a full-scale swoop for the entire company.

LCI, which has a debt mountain of £224 million on net assets of just £3 million, is widely regarded as a sitting duck. Its 12 casinos, including the upmarket 50 St James and Les Ambassadeurs in London, make it one of just four major companies that control the sector, the others being Stanley Leisure, Rank and Gala.

It is 13 years since Kerzner, creator of the notorious Sun City and Lost City resorts, left South Africa under a cloud of alleged bribery, transferring his focus to the Caribbean and the United States, where he now owns mega-casino hotels in the Bahamas, Connecticut and Atlantic City.

Each time he has sought to open a casino in a new territory, his controversial reputation has travelled before him and he has had to convince the local gaming board he is a person to be trusted. Each time he has eventually prevailed.

Now, as he contemplates his next move, British casino owners may well be wondering which Sol will turn up: the misunderstood genius with the Midas touch who some say has mellowed with the years, or the pugnacious, uncouth, roughhousing man-boy not shy to tell his fellow board members to buck up or “f*** off”.

As LCI’s directors may have already discovered, Kerzner’s boardroom manner is not exactly Savile Row. Wilf Rosenberg, who worked as the publicist on Kerzner’s team for Sun City boxing events in the Eighties – including a number of world heavyweight title fights, says of Kerzner: “The way he ran meetings was unique. He would keep us waiting, then swagger in dressed like a scruff, and kick off with the words, ‘What the f*** is going on?’

“Then the suits had to talk fast. Just the facts. He didn’t want to hear your excuses. Sol never suffered fools. Try and bulls*** him and he’d rip you apart. You’d be out on your ear. There were no second chances.”

His energy level was phenomenal, adds Rosenberg. “Up at 6am, he’d keep going until 2am, then end the day with a beautiful woman on his arm, a bottle of Scotch in his hand, and a gamble in his casino. The man never sleeps. He’s lived one of the fastest lives ever lived.

“To me he was a porcupine, spiky on the outside but soft and generous on the inside. Many people hated him but most were simply jealous. He was the kid from the Bronx who ended up in Bel-Air. If you did your job well for Sol, he would reward you beyond what the job was worth. He actually thrived on making people dislike him because he wanted to be seen as the tough guy. It goes back to who he was as a kid.”

Solomon Kerzner was born in Johannesburg on 23 August 1935, the youngest and only son of four children to Russian parents who had immigrated six years earlier. He grew up dirt-poor in the rough, poverty-stricken neighbourhood of Doornfontein, where, as one of only two Jewish boys in his class, Kerzner was regularly beaten up.

His answer was to enrol for boxing lessons, where he learned, in his own words, “to beat up all the boys who beat me up”. But Kerzner discovered his talent for boxing went beyond street fighting, and went on to became welterweight champion at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied accountancy, qualifying at the age of 26, and becoming a junior partner in a firm of chartered accountants.

His struggling parents, meanwhile, had relocated to Durban, where they ran a kosher boarding house called the Menorah Hotel. Kerzner used to help out and, inspired by the swanky new hotel franchises coming out of the United States, started to dream of opening a very different kind of establishment.

Within three years, at 29, Kerzner had borrowed money from clients to build South Africa’s first five-star hotel, the Beverly Hills. It went up on a deserted beach in a tiny fishing village to the north of Durban called Umhlanga Rocks. Even in that very first project, Kerzner’s leitmotif was evident: he saw potential where nobody else did; and then he built faster, bigger, better and more grandiose than anyone else.

Today, Umhlanga Rocks is a thriving resort on the balmy Indian Ocean. But, back then, there was no South African precedent, and so Kerzner based his initial design on crude pictures of Miami hotels he cut out from holiday brochures.

Within five years, Kerzner had started the Southern Sun Hotel franchise, the South African hotel chain that transformed the leisure sector in South Africa and grew to 31 hotels. But his big break came in 1979, when he built Sun City in the so-called independent homeland of Bophuthatswana, striking a deal – which would later be attacked as highly suspicious – with the then homeland leader, Lucas Mangope, for the exclusive gambling rights.

Sources in South Africa would subsequently allege that Mangope was in the pocket of Kerzner, pointing to the mysterious £1.8 million fortune he amassed before fleeing to his private mansion in Switzerland.

Whatever its murky origins, Sun City was nevertheless perfectly positioned – just a two-and-ahalfhour drive to the west of Johannesburg, and it became the favourite haunt of wealthy white South Africans who were otherwise prevented from gambling in Calvinistic, apartheid South Africa.

Later, on the same bushveld site, Kerzner built the even more flamboyant Lost City, creating an artificial rainforest replete with waterfalls, a beach, a sea with waves, a golf course with real crocodiles, and of course thousands of slot machines.

He held regular extravaganzas – including numerous world heavyweight title fights and Miss World contests – playing host to a long list of celebrities, from Frank Sinatra to Liza Minnelli An equally long list, however, viewed Sun City as an apartheid-enhancing, sanctionsbusting scheme, a sentiment famously voiced in a song lyrics: “I ain’t gonna play Sun City.”

Kerzner was reputed to be worth around £600 million but, as fast as his fortunes rose, so his private life unravelled. By the mid-Eighties, his third marriage – to blonde beauty Anneline Kriel, South Africa’s first Miss World – was on the rocks and dark rumours circulated Johannesburg as to just how stormy and violent the parting had been.

His five children all come from his first two marriages, though two of his children were left motherless when Shirley, his second wife, committed suicide in 1978.

In the midst of it all, to celebrate his 50th birthday in 1985, Kerzner chartered a Jumbo jet to fly 150 of his closest friends to Mauritius, where he also owned a brace of casino-hotels, replacing the air stewardesses with dancers who performed an in-flight striptease.

Meanwhile, his womanising, workaholic, alcoholic lifestyle was beginning to damage his health.

In 1989 Kerzner had a heart attack, and his doctor told him not to bother to come back until he had given up his 60 cigarettes a day, cut the booze, and somewhat reduced his daily intake of 20 cups of coffee and a dozen cups of tea.

“My cardiologist said ‘No cigarettes and three drinks maximum’,” said Kerzner. “I swapped my cigarettes for worry beads but he didn’t say how large each drink should be. I still get through half a bottle of Scotch in a night, maybe more, very easily.”

Kerzner would later hook up with Californian model Christina Estrada, becoming engaged to her on Valentine’s Day 1994 with a diamond ring so large she had to keep it in a bank vault. Her subsequent seven-year wait for tycoon Sol to say “I do” provided regular juicy copy for gossip columnists worldwide, especially when he finally dumped her for her best friend, New Yorker Heather Murphy, who at 33 is half Kerzner’s age. She was destined to become his fourth wife.

But by then he was immune to embarrassment. He had already endured the humiliation of being accused of bribery in the acquisition of exclusive casino rights, not just in Bophuthatswana but in the Transkei, another “homeland”.

Kerzner later admitted to paying £500,000 in cash to Transkei prime minister George Matanzima but, when accused in 1989 of giving a bribe, Kerzner insisted it was not a bribe but extortion on Matanzima’s part. Matanzima was jailed for nine years for accepting the money but Kerzner never returned to the Transkei to stand trial and got off scot-free.

Christo Nel, the Transkei attorney general, pursued Kerzner for eight years, compiling a 300-page dossier on the man and famously declaring: “I have an arrest warrant charging him with bribery, corruption, fraud and perjury. I’m not going to give up now, or ever, not until Sol Kerzner is brought to justice.”

But, as time passed, key witnesses – former policemen – disappeared or refused to give evidence, and the crucial middleman in the deal, admitted by Kerzner to be Ci Gouws, was killed in a car crash in the Nineties. Eventually Nel dropped the case. By then, Kerzner had long sold his interests in South Africa and turned his sights – and considerable war chest – on America.

Based in the Bahamas, he has set about building an international empire even more extravagant and fantastical than his South African one. His flagship is the hugely successful Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where his £1.4 billion casino-hotel is set amid the world’s biggest man-made aquarium, a water-slide marine park inhabited by 100,000 marine animals including piranhas, sharks and stingrays.

He also built the £200 million Mohegun Resort-Casino in Connecticut, owns the £300 million Resorts casino-hotel in Atlantic City, and has eight other beach resorts at exotic locations in Mauritius, Dubai and the Maldives.

Leisure sector analysts agree that, when change comes, the stuffy and highly regulated British casino market is ripe for the plucking. Kerzner, whose imagination has never let him down – and whose goal, he says, is to “continually blow away the customer” – could be the man to take it …

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Best of Both Worlds Gather for American Ligaz888 Gaming & Lodging Summit

Keynote speeches, corporate presentations and powerful seminars highlight gaming’s most important conference.

    With one week to go before the debut of the American Gaming & Lodging Summit, conference organizers were confident that both industries would be well represented, both as speakers and attendees.

    Held at the Las Vegas Hilton, Dec. 8-10, the Summit will feature ten keynote speakers, who will address many of the issues that concern the leaders of the lodging and gaming industries. Taking the podium during the three day conference will be:

    o Sheldon Adelson, developer of The Venetian Casino Resort in Las Vegas;

    o Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO, American Gaming Association;

    o Arthur Goldberg, president of the gaming division, Hilton Hotels Inc.;

    o Bjorn Hansen, managing director of the lodging division of Coopers & Lybrand;

    o Robert Johnson, chairman, Black Entertainment Television; Paul Nussbaum, chairman of Patriot American;

    o Terry Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM Grand Inc.,

    o Paul Nussbaum, chairman and CEO of Patriot American Hospitality Corp.;

    o Glenn Schaeffer, president and CFO of Circus Circus Enterprises Inc.,

    o Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO, Starwood Lodging Trust; and

    o Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.).

    Corporate presentations, sponsored by Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. include chairman, presidents, CEOs and CFOs of many of the major companies in both the gaming and lodging industries.

    Just some of the Ligaz888 companies presenting will be American General Hospitality, Aztar Corporation, Boyd Gaming Corporation, Capstar Hotels, Carnival Corporation, Circus Circus Enterprises, Inc., Extended Stay America, Grand Casinos, Inc., Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., Harveys Casino Resorts, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Host Marriott Corporation, Innkeepers USA Trust , International Game Technology, Marriott International Inc., MGM Grand, Inc., Mirage Resorts, Incorporated, Patriot American Hospitality, Planet Hollywood International, Primadonna Resorts, Inc., Prime Hospitality Corporation, Showboat, Inc., Silicon Gaming, Inc., Station Casinos, Inc., Sun International Hotels Limited, Sunburst Hospitality, Sunstone Hotel Investors, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc., Vail Resorts, Inc., and Winston Hotels.

    A series of seminars presents some of the top experts in their fields, including Tadd Johnson, new chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission; Hubert H. Humphrey III, Minnesota’s attorney general; Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer; Vincent Trudel, president of Casinos du Quebec; Gen. Paul Harvey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission; Frank Catania, director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement; Dr. Howard Shaffer, director of the Division on Addictions, Harvard Medical School; and many more.

    For more information on attending the American Gaming & Lodging Summit ’97, call 1-800-559-2695 or visit the web site at


New York, New York, (November 24, 1997) — In a movement to rescue frustrated and isolated Web surfers who have been drowning in the clutter of the Internet, Julianne Gentile, of Cleveland, Ohio, has joined The Mining Company as the Focus on Quake Guide. Julianne was hand-picked to be a Guide for her expertise, passion, and personality. She joins the hundreds of other Guides all over the world also working with The Mining Company.

As the Quake Guide at The Mining Company, Julianne is responsible for mining the Web for the gaming “gems” — the most relevant and timely information, valuable links, and lively conversations — and presenting them in a clear, concise way at the site —

“We are taking the Net back from the mechanical, chaotic and frustrating place it has become,” said Scott Kurnit, founder of The Mining Company. We’re putting real people back in charge of the Net.” “People will no longer feel lost and frustrated by the unorganized mass of information on the Web.”

Guides Do The Research, So You Don’t Have To

Guides, who are the heart and soul of The Mining Company, mine the Web for the most relevant and timely information, sorting through other Internet Web sites, discussion groups, and chat areas to find the most valuable links and lively conversations. They present these “gems” in a clear and concise way, continually highlight the pages that are noteworthy, and sift out information that is dated, wrong, or boring.

Guides are individuals from all over the globe with a passion for a topic who have the skills to use the Internet to share that real-life passion with other people around the world. Guides have intimate knowledge of their subject matter — either through formal training or life experience. Guides at The Mining Company are real people ranging from medical doctors and journalists to soap-opera fans and graphic designers.

Guides offer unique perspectives on their topics through clear and engaging regular features. They also initiate timely discussions with visitors to their site, keep abreast of important developments in their fields, and conduct special events.

No Wonder People Are Frustrated!

The World Wide Web is an amazing resource, yet many users find it increasingly frustrating. That’s no surprise. Forrester Research now estimates there are more than 75 million pages of material on the Web. The Internet Archive, a non-profit group, says that in the two-and-a-half month period ending in mid-February, the Web doubled in size. The Web now has two-thirds the information included in all the books in a public branch library. But unlike a library, there’s no card catalogue, and the “books” aren’t shelved in any logical order.

“If you search for pediatrics at a popular search engine, you receive 24,174 documents,” said Kurnit. “Visit the pediatrics site at The Mining Company at and you’ll be greeted by Guide Dr. Warren Silberstein, a pediatrician who has already gone out and found the most relevant links and areas that you’ll need.”

The Mining Company is a division of General Internet Inc. The Mining Company’s goal is to rescue frustrated consumers by offering a network of people-powered, special-interest sites with a consistent “look and feel,” and to meet the needs and amplify the talents of independent Web producers throughout the world. The Mining Company, headquartered one block from the United Nations in New York City, was founded by Scott Kurnit and a team of experienced Internet professionals. You can find us on the Web at or via email at General Internet Inc. can be found at…

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On the tokyoslot88 Tournament Trail:

I returned to Paducah to do a little work before heading back Tuesday morning for the main event of the 2003 WPO. A little work consisted of delivering three babies on Monday. I drove up Tuesday morning, stopping in Union City, Tennessee to pay the speeding ticket I got the first time I drove to Tunica. Then I received yet another speeding ticket in Arkansas as I neared West Memphis. I have never won going to Tunica after getting a speeding ticket.

This was my first $10,000 buy-in event, and I was really excited to be able to play an event of tokyoslot88 this magnitude. In choosing my strategy, I had several factors to consider. Foremost was the fact that I had been away a very long time from my practice, and my revenue was going to start to suffer, as I am self-employed with about 15 employees. I had a full clinic the very next day. Hence, I decided that I didn’t want to survive to the next day unless I had a lot of chips. I was going to take chances. I was not going to allow myself to be pushed off of a big hand. I was determined to either bust out or double up.

I had a near miss, when Mike Matusow made it 150 early in the first round, and an Australian attorney raised to 600. Both Jim Lester and I mucked our pairs, his being 9’s and mine being 4’s. The flop came 9-4-2. Mike and the attorney both put all of their chips in. Had Jim and I called he would have quadrupled up and I would have been driving back to Paducah. On the other hand, I wish I had called after Jim folded.

I started the day playing well, and slowly built myself up to 12,000. But in the second level I started to decline down to 6000, before making a bit of a comeback to over 8000. Then came the big hand. There was a small under the gun raise with blinds at 50-100 to about 300. I called from the button with K-2 suited in hearts. I called because I saw the hand as a nice opportunity to trap someone, when I had good position.

One of the blinds called and we took a flop of K-10-2 with two diamonds, and one heart. I had two pair and felt that I had a hand I could put my chips in with. The UTG preflop raiser made a small bet of around 300. I decided not to slow play what I thought was a strong but vulnerable hand. I raised to 700. The blind folded and the raiser now made it 2000. In considering the hands that he had, I felt that he was unlikely to hold any of the hands that beat me. I wouldn’t expect an UTG raise with K-10. Pocket Kings were less likely, as there was a King on the flop and I held a King.

Pocket tens were also possible, but he bet out on the flop for only a small amount with a dangerous flop with a lot of draws. I expected the tens to be played differently. Pocket deuces were also less likely because of the deuce on the board and in my hand. What I considered more likely was the possibility of being up against A-K, A-A, or K-Q. In keeping with my plan of action, I was willing to risk it all having a decent hand on the flop and vulnerability to a lot of draws. Thus I moved all-in and he called instantly. To my chagrin he had the pocket 10’s and I failed to catch either my King or my backdoor flush draw. I guess I was the one who got trapped.

Before I knew it I was on the road again back to Paducah. Even though I had decided to play decent hands for all of my chips in that way, I still felt quite dejected. I feel like I am becoming a set magnet, as I am starting to get picked off by them in various no limit tournaments. When I played the main event of the 4-Queens Classic, I think I let myself be pushed off of hands too easily for fear of sets. Since October I have repeatedly failed to lay down hands against sets. So for the next few weeks until I get to the Commerce in the LA Poker Classic, I will be considering whether I should be laying down a few more hands.

World Poker Open, January 26, 2003: 3:00 AM

When last I had written, I was about to enter the $2000 no-limit Hold-em event. I was one of the first ones out. I was trapped with top pair on a few occasions and left finally when my A-K hit a flop of K-5-2, and I encountered a set of twos.

I played some short handed 50-100 Omaha 8 with Chris Bjorn and I flopped 9’s full of deuces, while he had quad deuces. We both checked the flop and we found ourselves capping the turn and river. I just refused to consider the fact that he had quads until the last bet. That was another 1000 down.

Then came the supersatellite. It started great. I tripled up on the first hand, when I flopped a straight draw along with a flush draw. The next hand I played saw me flop a fullhouse with my pocket sixes, but I lost because it was sixes full of aces and the guy with the ace caught his card on the turn. I ended up busting out three times before I gave up. I must have been playing bad, because they were all asking me to stay, but I was thoroughly disenchanted with everything.

I had pretty much reached the conclusion that I was not coming back after Sunday. I decided to give it one more shot in a $1000 per person single table satellite. I had signed up for one, but had become embroiled in a $220 buy in satellite, so I agreed to pass on the first big satellite and ended up taking a seat in the second one, which worked out nicely, because the first table had a real tough line-up. There were a few notable players in my satellite, including Alex Brenes, Steve Melton and Asher Derei.

I doubled up quickly with pocket Queens against Alex Brenes’ 10’s. I was able to get away from pocket Jacks after the player to my left limp raised with Aces before the flop. Later I eliminated a player with pocket Jacks when he went all-in with 8’s and I was second largest stack. The key hand came soon after that. We all limped in and I was holding pocket 3’s. I flopped quads. The small blind bet 500, then the only player with more chips than me moved all-in. I spent a long time considering my call, in hopes of bringing in the initial better, but he mucked. This doubled me up and from there I was in control.

The last big hand came when we were four handed and Steve Melton raised my blind. I put him all-in with K-Q and he had pocket 4’s. I caught my over card and he was gone, which relieved me, as I have found him to be a difficult opponent to beat. I also had over 70% of the chips. I got Asher Derei next and finished off my remaining opponent never losing my 5 to 1 chip advantage.

I got my seat after all. It seems so ironic to me that my perceived weakness has become my strength, that being single table satellites. I have to strongly recommend yet again the one-table tournaments on Party Poker, because that’s all I play online. I only wish that I had known that I would take at least some money out of 3 out of 4 the one-tables I had played. If I can continue with this level of consistency, then this will really help my bankroll go a long way in tournaments.

I played the $2000 limit hold-em tournament on Saturday. I went fairly deep into the event, finishing 29th. Dan Negreanu and I squared off throughout the day. I eventually knocked him out, but he really outplayed me. There were two glaring mistakes that I made. The first was with pocket tens that I raised with from early position. Danny three-bet it from the button, and I ended up mucking then tens after he bet the turn even thought there were no cards flopped greater than 8. He showed Ace high to win the pot, and I was beside myself. I really thought that he had a bigger pair.

Later I had raised in mid position with pocket Jacks only to be reraised by an early position raiser. It was obvious that he had Aces, yet this time I had sticky fingers and I couldn’t pry those Jacks loose. If I would have pitched the Jack and held the tens, I would have been able to come down the stretch with over 7000-8000 in chips. I went all-in a few times and rebuilt my stack back to 5000, but with the bets at 400-800, I couldn’t withstand the beat I took with the A-K, and I was out soon after.

I finished strong, playing 50-100 Omaha 8 and winning a quick 1800 before calling it a night. I will just play some side action on Sunday. Then I will go back to Paducah, working Monday in clinic. I will drive back on Tuesday morning and play the big one. I will have to play aggressive, because I have clinic scheduled every day after Tuesday. I will cancel clinic every day that I last in the event. Thus I will not be afraid to bust out early as that will mean fewer cancellations. I don’t want to come back the next day with no chips. I need to get enough chips to make it worth my while to miss work at home. Stay tuned…

World Poker Open, January 24, 2003. 11:00 AM

Yesterday was another losing day. I couldn’t get anything going in the Omaha Hi-Lo game and was out early. I sat down in the 50-100 Omaha 8 game and found myself down $3800 pretty quick. There were some good players in the game like Barbara Enright and Spring Cheong. I ended up making a bit of a come-back and left only $1800 down. The game was tough and there were no bad players in the game.

I played the super satellite for only $200, but lost fairly quickly after the rebuys were over. The only thing I did well at was a single table satellite that I made a deal at. Actually I have played two and split two, so I am playing these better than I ever thought I would. Maybe I should have focused more here, because I have played nothing online for the last two months other than at a popular site’s 1-table satellites, and I have been winning.

Now I’m reaching a point where if I don’t make some score, putting up the $10,000 for the main event will clean me out. So I have decided not to play it unless I have a score between now and then. The $4600 I won on Sunday is gone after four events without a score. I will take a shot at one or two $1000 entry one-table satellites. I am down to about $18,000 in bankroll. There are three tournaments to go that will cost $5000. I don’t feel like putting my own $10,000 and leaving myself low for my next trip. It also costs me to not work. I have to cancel clinic as well. It would be like paying $20,000. If someone wanted to take a piece of me, I would consider that, but I don’t, as of yet, have …

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A Bit of Sbobet Maths


Whilst losing my money on Paradise Poker recently, I found myself considering an interesting problem. In the UK, we play mostly pot limit and it is clear that pot limit hold’em and limit hold’em are two completely different games.

One difference in limit hold’em is playing out of the same blind. Clearly in a multi-way pot, there is a temptation to call with trash from the small blind. Who wants to go through the agony of throwing away a 38 offsuit and the flop coming down A88? It happens all the time to me. Of course, in my case, the big blind is always slow playing AA.

Anyway, there is the introduction. Let’s get on with the analysis.

Calling from the small blind.

Firstly, we must make some assumptions about what constitutes a good result and calculate the probabilities of achieving this.

We shall define two broad styles of play, loose and NOT loose (i.e. tight).

Lets say a loose player is a player who will consider certain additional flops as good and doesn’t care if there is a subsequent raise.

The tight player will regard a subsequent raise as a bad result. As a base, we shall consider the probability of a subsequent raise to be 10.00%.

Let’s consider two hand types, 27 and 56, and look at the suited and non-suited cases against our loose/tight players.

2.1. 27 offsuit for the loose player.

The loose player considers a positive result to be flopping a set, a full house or two pair and doesn’t care whether there is a subsequent raise.

See how this trash hand requires pot odds that CANNOT be met? 26.17 to 1 would require 12 additional limpers to give the required pot odds.

2.2. 27 offsuit for the tight player.

The tight player as stated, considers a subsequent raise to be a bad result and as you can see he requires even worse pot odds of 29.19 to 1. Pas Possible!

2.3. 27 suited for a loose player

You can see what I’m trying to do here. I’m saying that a loose player considers flopping a four flush as being a good result! For me (as a rule) that’s loose.

Even given this latitude, he requires pot odds of 5.17 to 1 to justify his cavalier attitude. He needs two limpers after the big blind to justify the call. Of course, this can happen.

2.4. 27 suited for a tight player.

The tight player excludes the four flush, thus…

27 suited-loose

He needs 11 limpers after the BB to achieve the 23.28 to 1 pot odds required. NO WAY rocky.

2.5. 56 suited for the loose player

56 suited-loose

Clearly the pot odds are (even without a limper) at least 3 : 1 (for the extra half bet) so for the loose player the call is always justified for this hand.

2.6. 56 suited for the tight player

56 suited-loose

We’ve dropped the four flush and four straights for the tight player. This means we need 8 additional limpers. Throw ’em away Sylvester!

2.7. 56 offsuit for the loose player

56 offsuit-loose

The pot odds are too large. 12 other limpers cannot be.

2.8. 56 offsuit for tight players

56 offsuit-loose

Here we have our additional 10% factor for the case where there is a subsequent raise. This makes the case even worse. 14 limpers required. Get a bigger table.

Summary of Results

You must admit it’s quite interesting. For the more conservative player, even the suited 56 appears to be unplayable out of the small blind (according to our definition).

Ok, I know many thousands or even millions of loyal readers will be sending me friendly messages about all the considerations I have not made, but…

It’s still food for thought. I have a feeling that erring on the side of caution will save me a lot of money.…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Online UFABET Gambling

Types of Online Casinos

There are a number of types of online casinos at which you can play. Many of them are Java-based and load directly in your browser. Some of them use Flash or Shockwave, which also runs in your browser but may require the Flash (or Shockwave) plug-ins available from Macromedia.

Both of these types are usually referred to as no-download casinos, even though you have to download graphics and sounds every time you play. The biggest advantage of a no-download casino is that it can be played on most computers and operating systems, and many of these will also work on WebTV.

Then there are the downloadable software UFABET casinos, which will only run on Windows-based platforms. File sizes generally range from 5-15 megabytes, so you should make sure you are definitely planning to play at this casino before investing the time to download. If you run Windows, I recommend that you stick to these download casinos. They are generally more stable and secure, and once downloaded minimize communications between your computer and the casino game server, making them ideal for those of you with dial-up connections.


One of the biggest advantages to online gambling is the wide availability of bonuses that online casinos offer. Some casinos give you money right off the bat for you to test out their games. Others require you to make a deposit in order to receive a bonus, which is either a percentage of your deposit added to your account, or a fixed amount received for an exact deposit of X dollars.

For example, Casino A might give you $10 free just for downloading, and $40 additional when you make your first deposit of $100 within seventy-two hours.

Casino B may offer you a bonus of 25% of the amount you deposit up to a certain limit.

The reason that online casinos can offer bonuses like this is simply because they have a much lower overhead cost. Less staff, less equipment, no construction required, etc. And on top of that, they make you wager your deposit (and usually your bonus) at least three times over before you can collect your winnings.

It is very important that you read the terms and conditions which are either posted on the web site or included in your email offer—how many times you must wager the deposit and the bonus, the validity period of the bonus offer, and which games you can or cannot play in order to ensure your winnings are valid.

Making a Deposit

So you’re ready to make your first real money bet? There are usually a number of methods by which you can send the casino money.

Firstly, there’s your credit card: Visa and Mastercard are commonly accepted by nearly every online casino. However, many of you in North America may find that your credit card purchase will be rejected.

This is not because the casino doesn’t want your money; it’s because of a regulation at credit card companies, which forces the merchant (the casino) to identify the transaction as 7995: the purchase of tokens for the purpose of Internet Gambling. Most banks in the US are afraid to accept these high-risk transactions and automatically reject the purchase.

If this is the case, you have two alternative methods of using your credit card—by opening up an account at either PayPal or FirePay. You can tie your credit card to these accounts and the purchase will be identified as a pseudo-cash transaction instead of Internet Gambling transaction. These two methods are now the most common ways by which North American residents deposit money into online casinos—and in some cases casinos will offer an additional bonus if you make a deposit by one of these methods.

Many casinos also offer incentives for making a purchase by Western Union—you can use your credit card to send funds by Western Union online, or you can always go to your nearest Western Union agent and hand over cash. Some casinos will even allow you to deposit money by other methods such as ACH (which is basically an electronic check), or by wire transfer, Neteller or Layeway.…

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ป๊อกเด้ง ไฮโล Review of Fundamentals of Poker

There are a lot of people in this world that like to play poker, but don’t really know the ropes. A lot of fun games go on at kitchen tables that don’t look much like what is played in card rooms, and these public games can be extremely intimidating to people thinking about playing in a casino for the first time. Clearly, there is the need for a simple book that bridges the gap, that introduces the basic concepts of poker to a wide audience.

Fundamentals of Poker is a short book that can be easily read by the average reader in less than an hour. It starts with an introduction and a brief history of the game, that for being only two pages long, is fairly thorough. Next, the authors discuss some general guidelines for poker play, including hand rankings, general advice, and common poker etiquette.

The next two sections describe the basics of play of Seven Card Stud and Texas Hold’em, respectively. As these two games are the most commonly played in casinos, they obviously deserve the most attention. While the strategies presented here are extremely simple, they’re about as good as you’re going to get in a maximum of 15 pages in this format.

The book then presents a section on other popular games, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Stud 8, Razz, and Lowball. Needless to say, the strategies listed for each game is even more basic. The book also contains a glossary and a recommended reading list extremely heavy on books published by Two Plus Two Publishing.

I have some quibbles about some of the phrasings of explanations and ป๊อกเด้ง ไฮโล strategies, but these are minor at best. However, I do think the book comes up short on explaining casino decorum. I don’t think ten more pages would have harmed the book any, and extra information on how the house makes its money, how to get on the lists for games, and some more information on how casino games are likely to be different from home games (pace, quality of opposition, etc.) would have been well worth the effort. True, given the variation of procedures in today’s card rooms this isn’t an easy task. Yet, there are enough similarities that such a section could be extremely useful for the novice.

Nonetheless, the book does a very good job of encapsulating the very basics of poker in its small form factor, and I would recommend that just about anyone read it before playing poker in a casino for the first time. However, it’s not quite as much information as I wanted before I made my rookie debut in a card room. There is no real reason for a person who has played poker in a casino before to read this book.


A good book on the basics of the most popular games of poker played in public card rooms today. This book is aimed at the novice poker player, one who has never played in a casino before. However, I found the information on casino procedures to be lacking a little. If you’ve played casino poker already, don’t bother with this book unless you think you’re missing something truly fundamental and you have nobody you feel you can ask.…

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Land-based Judi Online Terpercaya Casino Heavyweights Finally Go Online

Well, it’s finally happened. Big name land-based casinos have officially joined the online casino market. Last week, U.K. dependency the Isle of Man granted online casino licenses to MGM Mirage (U.S.A.), Sun International Hotels (South Africa), and Littlewoods Leisure (U.K.), and in the process ushered in a new era for the online gaming industry.

These aren’t the first land-based gaming companies to go online, but things are a little different this time. The new licenses offer a higher level of regulation than ever before, and for the first time, a major U.S. gaming company will be offering real-money wagering on the Net.

There are a number of international jurisdictions that currently offer online casino licenses, but they generally employ a less-restrictive set of regulations. That has kept some of the big players on the sidelines, but things appear to be changing with the introduction of the Isle of Man licenses.

Officials there know they’re offering something special. Allan Bell, minister of Home Affairs of the Isle of Man, noted, “We … are in a different league altogether [from] this level of competition [offered in Antigua, etc.] … We are not aware that there are any similar regimes as well regulated anywhere else in the world.”

Regulators have worked diligently to exclude under-age gamblers and players from jurisdictions where online wagering is prohibited, as well as beefing up online security. Players will also have to set betting limits for themselves, and will be unable to bet on credit.

More importantly, each casino will have to keep £2 million (approximately US$3 million) on deposit to ensure that players will get paid if the casino goes out of business. And that kind of player protection is unheard of in other jurisdictions.

These stringent licensing regulations seem to appeal to Judi Online Terpercaya casinos worried about the side effects of a poorly planned online venture. In a company press release, Terry Lanni, chief executive of MGM Mirage, stated, “We look forward to operating an Internet gaming site from the Isle of Man because its government has chosen to develop proper licensing and regulation.”

But why is MGM Mirage opening an online casino in the U.K. when the state of Nevada – where the company is headquartered – may be offering its own online casino licenses in the not-too-distant future?

The simple answer is because the company doesn’t want to get left behind. MGM already has a play-for-fun casino site at, so it’s got its foot in the door. But Nevada licenses may be years in the making, and MGM has to stay on top of things in this growing market.

What’s more, MGM Mirage’s name recognition and an existing online casino presence will be invaluable if Internet wagering ever gets the green light in the U.S. But that doesn’t mean MGM can afford to take a cavalier approach to things.

Any move that is seen to flaunt U.S. Department of Justice regulations concerning online wagering may adversely affect MGM’s position at home. Representatives from MGM, Sun, and Littlewoods have all said that they will move ahead in a deliberate but cautious manner so as not to jeopardize their land-based interests.

Isle of Man licenses aren’t cheap (they cost £80,000), but the casinos will get what they are paying for. And what they’re paying for – in part, at least – is the prestige that will undoubtedly come from an Isle of Man license.

Nine more online casino licenses will be issued in November, and if all goes well, the Isle of Man will likely become a popular choice for industry heavyweights and Vegas strip operators.

All I can say is, it’s about bloody time the big boys got in the game.…

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Paddy’s Corner

Last month I played in the Victor Poker Cup, a televised poker tournament hosted by Victor Chandler and filmed in the Teddington Studios outside London. This event is definitely going to change the future of TV poker as we know it. Now that everybody has gotten over the novelty of being on television, they are just not going to put up with crapshoot tournaments anymore, and I say this despite the fact that the Irish are known to be very good at crapshoots. At $10,000 a pop, crapshoots just don’t appeal to that many people. The fact that Victor Chandler put this thing together is marvelous; those involved came up with a completely novel idea that the poker players are the stars, and not bit players paying for the privilege to be seen on TV. Jon Shoreman surprised lots of people, including him and me, with his excellent performance as tournament director. All of the players were collected by courtesy cars, all of the marketing people were friendly and helpful, and the hospitality was marvelous. The guy on my right and I shared 18 vodkas during the course of the event, and for the first time in history, I didn’t have any of them.

Barry Shulman and Victor ChandlerThe buy-in for this tournament was £5,000, with the 100 entrants drawn into 10 heats of 10. The structure was so fair that it was unbelievable, as many of the heats lasted 10 hours or more. Apart from structuring the event to make a lot of play, they brought in an idea that if the average stack at any stage was 16 times or less than the big blind, the blinds would stay at that same level for another 15 minutes. On the fourth level in my heat, this rule was brought into play when there were still eight left, which was extraordinary because they called my table “The Heat of Death.” I’m not sure what happened next because I got knocked out. One of the joys of being knocked out was that there was a wonderful hospitality center. Dave “The Devilfish” Ulliott and Marcel “The Flying Dutchman” Luske found a grand piano in some hallway close by, added a few volunteers, and started playing “Blueberry Hill” over and over again. It made for a great atmosphere. I’ve been at events where security would be called if someone decided to enjoy themselves.

Now, I don’t want to sound like I’m slagging off any other events at which I’ve also been treated well, but this is evolution for you. I honestly thought that television poker was going to kill itself, because the people who were designing the buy-ins and the structures weren’t paying for the buy-ins themselves. Another completely novel aspect of this event was that Victor Chandler and his marketing people were personally talking to all the players who had been knocked out and asking them how they felt about the event and what improvements, if any, they thought could be made. That’s pretty novel, isn’t it? Victor Chandler could set a new precedent by having a poker guy present when the TV editing is done. I’ve played at lots of these events in the past where the people doing the editing knew lots about television but not much about tournament poker, and the result has been that the commentators have had to comment on some of the most boring hands in the tournament while the real stuff was left on the cutting room floor.

From an Irish point of view, there were several top Irish players involved and some others. Included were Donnacha O’Dea, Noel Furlong, Rory Liffey, Paul Leckey, Ivan Donnaghy, Liam Flood, Sean Murphy, and myself. More good news is that I’m reliably informed that Victor Chandler Poker’s next move will be to run a big tournament in Ireland.

Leaving Las Vegas

I was told to inject a bit of Irish humor in this column, and I can’t think of a better place to start than Irish poker champion Alan Betson, who has probably said five of the 10 funniest things I’ve ever heard at a poker table. Normally, you’d bet the farm on Alan Betson to win a battle of wits with anybody, but I recently had the pleasure of witnessing a very close contest when Alan took on a Las Vegas taxi driver on the driver’s home turf.

Veronique and I were stumbling half asleep through the corridors of the Golden Nugget, holding our suitcases and headed for the airport for our flight back to Paris, when Alan Betson emerged from a room on the route slightly worse for the wear. It was a pretty good result considering that Alan had spent 28 hours in the company of Big Al from Cork and only 58 minutes in bed, and he managed to communicate that he would be in favor of sharing our taxi to the airport.

Veronique and I sat in the back while Alan sat in the front beside the taxi driver. Alan immediately pulled his baseball cap down to the tip of his nose and lay back in the seat. The taxi driver was even more animated than the normal Las Vegas version. He drove with one hand and held his coffee cup in the other, and he was extremely polite, because he insisted on turning around to face us while he was talking. After the driver had given us his opinions on just about everything, he started telling anti-French jokes while intermittently giving us the only line he knew from Viva Las Vegas, which was “Viva Las Vegas.” Alan, whom we all assumed to be asleep, raised his baseball cap slightly and said, “I assume this is your idea of working on your tip.” He then went right back to the position he’d been in before.

Immediately after this, the taxi driver spotted an accident on the other side of the motorway involving a taxi from his company that was facing in the wrong direction. As it looked like there hadn’t been any serious injuries, this wasn’t of particular concern to any of us except the taxi driver. He proceeded to spend the next 10 minutes wondering if his colleague’s car had been driving the wrong way on the highway, or maybe it had been spun around after the crash. The taxi man came up with about 10 different theories as to what might have happened, and eventually Alan raised his baseball cap again and said, “Maybe he was just talking nonstop and had a coffee in one hand.” This would have stopped a normal human in his tracks, but not our Las Vegas taxi driver. And despite the fact that Alan had landed two beautiful punches, we had to call the contest an honorable draw.

There’s a poker terpercaya lesson in this somewhere, and it’s probably that having all the talent isn’t enough. Some guy who is really dogged might manage to bridge the gap. If a guy with total commitment can withstand two knockout punches and get up off the floor, it’s probably because he doesn’t know that he should have been knocked out.

Elvis Has Left the Building

You’ll have to have a wooden heart not to shed a tear for this one. There was a raffle in the Brighton poker room last month for a car valued at £26,000, and the first ticket out of the drum belonged to player and crooner Bruce “Elvis Senior” Atkinson. But you have to be there to get the prize, and despite a frantic search, Bruce could not be found. Many people remember where they were when Elvis died, and I think Bruce will remember all of his life where he was when that ticket came out. Atkinson lost all claims to the car and there was a redraw. It was a classic case of “Return to Sender.” ´…

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