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Online gambling was recently legalized in New Jersey. Unlike Nevada, which only has online poker, this is full gambling which includes slot machines and other table games, too. In addition to having more games to play in New Jersey, you can play these games on your mobile devices (phones or tablets).
Gamblers like to gamble no matter where they are and gambling on the go can lead to gambling in strange places. Betfair, one of the online casinos in New Jersey, recently surveyed NJ residents between the ages of 21 and 58 to see where they do their online gambling when not at their personal computer or laptop. The results are as fun as you’d expect.
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PokerTube is exactly what you’d imagine based on its name. It’s a YouTube-style website dedicated to poker videos. The site features mostly poker from TV shows but also includes interviews, user-generated poker videos and training for online poker players. There’s even a live video section for the super fan that doesn’t want to miss a hand from a tournament.
PokerTube has a large library of poker videos, with over 20,000 currently uploaded. Many of the site’s videos are televised poker shows including High Stakes Poker, National Heads Up Championship, Poker After Dark, Late Night Poker and Million Dollar Cash Game. It's a great way to keep track of your favorite poker players when they're not playing the WSOP. In addition, PokerTube regularly hosts poker-related live-streams such as high-stakes online games which include a live chat feature in addition to the commentary normally provided.
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Originally planned as a subscription-based site, that idea was scratched quickly and South Point poker went quiet for a while. It's now been rebranded under the name Real Gaming and has officially launched as Nevada's third regulated, real money online poker site. Real Gaming follows Ultimate Poker and WSOP.com.
The 45th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) officially begins the day after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 27 with an expected $200 million in prize money up for grabs. The schedule is similar to last year’s WSOP with a few changes here and there to spice things up. The biggest difference in this year’s WSOP, however, isn’t even in the schedule. It’s that the winner of the WSOP Main Event will take home a guaranteed prize of $10 million!
The 2014 WSOP begins with a new $25,000 buy-in Mixed Max No-Limit Hold’em tournament which offers the first open bracelet of the year on opening day, May 27 at 4 p.m. The 4 p.m. start is notable as its an hour earlier than events began last year. This high-roller, four-day event plays nine-handed on the first day, six-handed on Day 2, four-handed on Day 3 and Heads-Up matches on the fourth and final day to ultimately crown poker’s best all-around No-Limit Hold’em player. This is the first of 16 different high roller events on the schedule, with 13 $10,000 buy-ins, the above $25K, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, and the $1,000,000 buy-in, Big One for One Drop.
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Most Vegas casinos will offer free lessons in the most popular table games like blackjack, roulette and craps. These lessons are a great way to learn the more popular and social games that you’ll find in the casino. Since each of these games has a decent house advantage, it’s kind of a win-win. The customer learns how to gamble while the casino earns a new player they should be able to extract a few dollars from. You should see signs for lessons when you walk around your favorite casino floor during the day.
It feels as if the World Series of Poker just ended, but it's already time to get ready for this year's WSOP. The 45th World Series of Poker begins Tuesday, May 27 at the Rio. This year's WSOP schedule includes gold bracelet events, satellite tournaments, cash games and three daily deep stack tournaments over 49 consecutive days.
The most popular tournament of the WSOP, The Main Event, will once again begin with three starting flights July 5-7. The first phase of the WSOP will conclude with the final nine players of the WSOP Main Event on Monday, July 14.
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2013 was a tough year for poker rooms in Las Vegas and it ended with the closure of one of the oldest rooms in town.
The final days of 2013 brought the closure of the "poker room" at El Cortez. Poker room is in quotes because the one at El Cortez was made up of three tables that seemed as if they were just sort of tossed in an awkward corner of the casino. We'd estimate the players age was near 98. The average number of oxygen tanks was 1.5 per person.
WSOP.com, Nevada’s second real-money online poker site to launch this year, is just over two months old. Competitor Ultimate Poker got a five-month head start by getting cards in the air, so to speak, back in April. Its launch was a bit subdued and relied on in-house advertising resources. WSOP.com, owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, is taking a more explosive approach in trying to sign up new players and take control of the online poker market. If you have a Total Rewards account, step foot in a Caesars hotel room, or even watch TV in the state of Nevada, Caesars is going to let you know about WSOP.com.
Online, Caesars is promoting WSOP.com through many of its own websites. WSOP.com staff are reaching out to gamblers elsewhere on the web and regularly post on poker message boards. Additionally, WSOP.com targets existing Total Rewards members with a rewards system that connects to their accounts. Although the levels don’t match up exactly, it is possible to advance your casino status through online play and vice versa. Credits earned online can also be converted to credits for use at Caesars properties.
On Monday, Day 1 of the final table of the World Series of Poker took almost 10 hours to go from the November 9 to the November 2. The WSOP final last night was a heads up showdown between 23 year old poker pro Ryan Riess and 29-year-old Las Vegas club promoter Jay Farber. The last two players went heads up for almost 3 hours until Ryan Riess came out WSOP Champion. He’ll take home a prize of over $8 million dollars and a $500,000 gold bracelet. Jay Farber, who rocked a Hakkasan lid during both nights of the final table, will receive over $5 million as runner up. Not too shabby.
Ryan Riess, from East Lansing, Michigan, becomes the sixth consecutive player under the age of 25 to capture poker’s top crown. He also becomes the sixth consecutive poker professional to win the title. Michigan seems to be a hotbed of poker stars as this is the third time a player from Michigan has won the event, the most recent being Joe Cada of Shelby Township in 2009. Poker Hall of Famer and Grand Rapid’s Tom McEvoy was first to accomplish the feat in 1983.
WSOP recently announced it will bring back the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One For One Drop tournament for 2014's WSOP. You may remember Big One For One Drop from the 2012 WSOP when poker pro Antonio Esfandiari won over $18 million dollars.
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The field is comprised of eight professional poker players and one amateur player. The oldest (36) and most famous poker pro at the final table, JC Tran, has the chip lead with 38 million. The winner of the WSOP this year will earn a prize of $8,361,570 while the top seven finishers will become millionaires as well. The first player to lose at the final table at the WSOP tonight will earn $733,224. Not too shabby for a couple months of work.
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The World Series of Poker is about to crown another winner in just a couple weeks.
The final table of the WSOP, a.k.a. the November 9, actually begins on Monday, November 4 at the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio. Entry to watch is free and offered on a first come, first serve basis. The line begins at 1 p.m. Seating begins at 4 p.m. with friends and family of players getting priority. General admission begins at 5 p.m. with the first hand of poker dealt at 5:47 on the nose. There will be a 15-minute break after every 45 minutes of play until three remain. This could take hours.
The final three players will then take the Penn & Teller theater stage on Tuesday, November 5. General seating begins again at 5 p.m. with fancy ESPN player introductions happening at 5:30 p.m. The first hand will be dealt at exactly 5:48 p.m. and will continue until the new WSOP champion is eventually crowned.