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Posted: February 14, 2021 at 1:45 pm
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When it comes to online poker bonuses, there are many that the poker players can choose from when they sign up at a specific portal. However, its very important to know which bonuses would be right for you, depending upon your playing style and overall requirements.
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First and foremost, you should be well aware and updated about the different bonus types offered by the online casinos and poker platforms. The most common ones nowadays are welcome bonuses/signup bonuses which are handed at the time of signing up. These can be deposit bonuses or no deposit bonuses. Then there are the reload bonuses which are offered to existing players, for reloading their poker accounts. Please note, many operators also extend regular monthly, weekly and daily bonuses to reward players for playing certain poker games. These can also come in pretty handy at times.
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The amount of poker bonus offered by the platform is another key aspect you should keep in mind while looking for the best poker bonuses. Agreed that there might be portals that might match your deposit amount by up to $ 500, or even more, if youre a casual poker player, even a smaller bonus ranging from $ 10 to $ 100, but with better wagering requirements, might be the ideal deal for you.
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February 12, 2021Chad Holloway
Wednesday's latest "High Stakes Poker" episode on PokerGO was played as $400/$800 no-limit hold'em and featured a new lineup. Among those in action were Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, and venture capitalist and former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, just to name a few.
Below is a look at five of the biggest and most interesting hands from the new episode.
Heres how things stacked up at the top of the broadcast:
Jake Daniels raised to $2,200 under the gun holding the and Ivey just called with the next to act. Tom Dwan came along from the button, both blinds folded, and the flop came down to give Daniels the nuts. He led out for $1,300, Ivey called, and Dwan got out of the way.
On the turn, Daniels upped his bet to $7,300 and Ivey once again called. With $25,800 in the pot, the completed the board on the river and Daniels overbet it by tossing out $30,000. Ivey thought long and hard before folding and giving up on the $55,800 pot.
Ivey eyed up Daniels, who shot him a smile and then tabled his hand.
Ooof, Ivey responded.
The show then showed a little interview with Ivey. Im happy to be back. Its a good feeling, but its just the beginning. Im looking forward to playing a lot more TV events and starting to play a lot more tournaments when they come back, and just getting back out there and starting to play poker from a different perspective.
Ivey raised to $2,500 with the in the cutoff and Dwan called from the small blind with the . After Brandon Adams folded from the big, it was heads-up action to the flop, which gave both players bottom pair.
Action went check-check and the case peeled off on the turn. Dwan checked, Ivey bet $2,500, and Dwan check-raised to $10,500. Ivey called and that inspired Hellmuth to chime in with, Classic battle.
The river was of no consequence and Dwan bet $21,000. Ivey called and watched the $69,600 pot pushed to Dwan, who won it thanks to his ace kicker.
Ivey raised to $2,000 from the hijack with the and Palihapitiya called next to act holding the . Dwan came along from the button with the and Brandon Adams from the small blind with the . Hellmuth ditched his hand in the big blind and it was four ways to the flop, which came down .
Adams checked top pair with the nut flush draw and Ivey continued for $7,000 after making middle set. Both Palihapitiya and Dwan folded before Adams called to see the turn. Adams checked and then called when Ivey bet $22,000.
The river was not was Adams was hoping for and he checked to Ivey, who bet $50,000. Adams wasted little time in folding his hand and Ivey took down the $117,600 pot.
Not long after, the current stacks were flashed on the screen:
Hellmuth looked down at the under the gun, raised to $1,600, and picked up five callers, including Dwan with the in the small blind. When the flop came down , Dwan led out for $5,500 with top pair, Adams folded the big blind, and Hellmuth popped it to $17,000.
Action folded back to Dwan and he called to see the turn. Both players checked, the completed the board on the river, and Dwan checked to Hellmuth, who bet $18,000. Dwan didnt seem excited about putting in the calling chips, but he did so nonetheless. Ship the $80,400 pot to the Poker Brat.
In the last hand of the episode, Lazaro Hernandez raised to $2,400 from the button with the and Daniels three-bet to $8,000 with the in the small blind. Hernandez called and flopped a full boat when the appeared on the flop.
Hernandez checked out of turn before calling a bet of $5,600 from Daniels, who turned a pair when the peeled off. Daniels bet again, this time $13,700, and Hernandez just called to the river.
Daniels bet for the third time by tossing out $30,000, and Hernandez paused for a bit before min-raising to $60,000. Daniels quickly called only to muck when Hernandez tabled the full house to claim the $176,200 pot.
Remember, High Stakes Poker will air every Wednesday but is only available to PokerGO subscribers. If youre not currently subscribed, you can get a monthly subscription for $14.99, a three-month plan for $29.99, and an annual subscription for $99.99.
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Many professional athletes will tell you that when they were looking to turn pro, they would do whatever it took to train and to succeed in order to improve their game. That often includes spending time in the gym training or getting out onto the field or court to practice for hours every day.
Professionals in other areas take a different approach to the anything to succeed attitude that athletes have. Take poker phenom Phil Ivey as an example. The poker pro is one of the most successful people to ever play the game. And before he made it a pro, he did whatever it took to improve, even if it meant breaking the law.
Iveys biography at So Much Poker gets in-depth about his career, which is one of the best in poker history. Ivey won his 10th World Series of Poker bracelet in 2014, when he was 37 years old making him the youngest person in WSOP history to win 10 bracelets.
He also holds the record for most mixed-game bracelets at the World Series. He has a World Poker Tour title on his resume, and he is considered the biggest online cash game-winner, earning more than $19.2 million at the now-defunct Full Tilt. Ivey was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2017 at the age of 40.
It seems like poker was in Iveys blood from childhood. He started playing the game as an 8-year-old, when his grandfather taught him how to play five-card stud, putting small wagers usually no more than five cents on the games.
He grew up in Roselle, N.J., and when he was a teenager Ivey got a hold of a fake ID that he used to get into casinos in Atlantic City a distance of more than 100 miles so he could get practice playing against other players for stakes in an actual casino environment.
That earned Ivey the nickname No Home Jerome because he spent a lot of time at the poker tables and his fake ID listed his name as Jerome. He worked at a telemarketing firm in the late 90s and played games against his co-workers there. Ivey turned pro as a 20-year-old.
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Phil Ivey eventually moved to Atlantic City so he could spend even more time in the casinos there, playing as many hands as he could to get to the top of his game which is exactly what he did as all the dedication to poker since a young age paid off handsomely.
All told, Ivey has more than $30 million in live tournament earnings in his career, and he plays in high-profile, high-stakes cash games, with stakes as high as $100,000.
He teamed with other pros, collectively known as The Corporation, in 2006 to battle billionaire banker Andy Beal, and in a heads-up match over a three-day period, Ivey won $16.6 million from Beal.
Ivey had a long-term partnership with Full Tilt that ended in 2011 but reportedly paid him $920,000 per month to represent the site at tournaments and other events, which brought Full Tilt massive amounts of publicity when Ivey played in televised tournaments like the World Series of Poker.
In 2019, Ivey introduced a poker course for the online education platform Masterclass. Between his tens of millions of dollars in poker winnings, sponsorships, and other business ventures including the Ivey Poker app, Celebrity Net Worth estimates Iveys net worth to be $100 million.
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February 08, 2021Mo Nuwwarah
Disclaimer: The viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, viewpoints, and official policies of PokerNews.com.
All the way back in 2016, which seems like half a lifetime ago at this point, I took over a PokerNews tradition started by old-timer Rich Ryan, offering predictions for the coming year in the poker industry. There were hits and there were many misses, but fun was had by all me as I tried to divine the craziness in this wacky culture and the readers as they laughed at my whiffs.
This year, that tradition must come to a sad end. This piece will start off normally enough as I run through last year's calls, but after that, it'll take on a new look.
Specific predictions for what's to come in 2021 seem rather pointless, because pretty much everything hinges on the balance between COVID-19 and the availability of the vaccines for said coronavirus. For all I know, we'll all be vaccinated and firing away as normal in six months, though I sincerely doubt it.
Instead, I'll offer a more freeflowing look at where I think the industry will head in the coming 10 months. And I'll close with one crazy prediction that I'll totally ignore for future purposes unless it actually happens.
First, let's see how everything from 2020 came out. Just know I'll be grading these on a very generous curve since in January 2020 when this was written, I had barely heard of the coronavirus. Certainly, like most, I had no concept of how radically the world was about to change.
Now, where do I see things progressing in 2021?
The year 2020 brought unprecedented changes to the poker world as it did to pretty much every industry.
The most noticeable thing, of course, was the glaring absence of major live poker tournaments. The European Poker Tour was basically absent aside from a Sochi event that isn't easily accessible for most players. The World Poker Tour held just a handful of events before shutting down live operations for the year in early March. And the World Series of Poker shifted basically its entire schedule online barring a surprising hybrid Main Event to end the year.
Unfortunately, at this stage, there's not much reason for optimism that things will be back to normal for 2021.
COVID-19, despite the emergence of a vaccine, remains a significant problem in most of the world.
In some locales, poker operators have chosen to soldier on. Look no further than the WPT event taking place in Florida this week. It made headlines for a strong turnout of 1,573 entries. No doubt, that may embolden some to try put on a big event. Hell, there's another WPT coming up just around the corner at Venetian.
However, that seems likely to be more of an oddity than the norm, at least in the foreseeable future.
While the potential for the vaccine to help clear things up is exciting, the glacial pace at which it's being distributed makes me less than hopeful it have a discernible impact this year. Less than 2% of the U.S. has received the full vaccination at the time of writing. I know in the state where I live, nobody that I know of under age 70 who doesn't work in health care has even gotten a first dose scheduled.
Other than the aforementioned Venetian event, the WPT has nothing on the schedule aside from online stuff.
The EPT has only another Sochi event officially on the docket. The much-anticipated second running of the PSPC, which was supposed to take place at Barcelona in 2020, still has only the original postponement announcement as its last major update. It seems unlikely PokerStars will run the event if it can't hold a candle to the first iteration, a never-before-seen spectacle redefined what a $25K tournament could look like.
As for the biggest tournament series of all, the WSOP...well, usually by now, PokerNews has the ball rolling in terms of planning coverage for the summer bonanza. I can share that this isn't the case for 2021 as of right now.
I do know at least one major Vegas poker destination has a big series planned for the summer, so I'm not ruling out a WSOP in some form. If it happens, though, I think it will be heavily slanted to online events with some mixed and non-hold'em formats that the client can't support potentially playing out live, along with some big final tables. I'm not even sure those smaller fields would be feasible with the current international travel situation.
I don't anticipate anything that resembles a normal schedule of live major tournaments until 2022. I could see some things creeping back toward normal in the later months of 2021, but I feel like if anything big was coming before then, we'd have heard about it by now.
While the live poker situation in Europe seems certain to remain pretty much on ice as lockdowns remain prevalent and international travel remains somewhat limited and difficult, it's a bit easier for smaller tours to get traction again here in the U.S.
Still, everything seems certain to be more regionalized as venues and operators cautiously dip their toes back in. And even that will only occur in certain states, as others remain firmly against large gatherings, the likes of which a decent-sized poker tournament would fall into for sure.
It seems the M.O. for now will be stuff like the Bally's Main Event Mania from late last year schedules of events that look something like a WSOP Circuit but with smaller guarantees that may cater more towards local players.
This kind of thing can give the venues the chance to rake in a few dollars while whetting the appetite of local players without the bad optics of thousands of players flooding in, potentially raising the ire of local regulators and media.
As for what events players can hope to circle, it seems the Mid-States Poker Tour has the most ambitious schedule laid out with something like their normal number planned. The Heartland Poker Tour, on the other hand, still has a planned event from last August listed on its website, so it's anyone's guess whether it will even come back. The WSOP Circuit seems content to shift things online, where they can raise revenue with zero risk.
All of that is to say, you might be able to find a halfway decent tournament series somewhere nearby, but the chance to win six figures for a modest buy-in won't be too common.
While things are looking grim both stateside and around the world in terms of live poker, the online scene paints a much different picture.
With the dearth of available live poker in 2020, the online operators stepped up and provided some incredible tournament series. Hundreds of millions in guarantees were produced by international operators GGPoker, PokerStars and partypoker. Even domestic operators like WSOP.com with smaller player pools provided huge guarantees with six-figure prizes available.
It looks like much the same will be on the horizon for 2021. GGPoker shows no signs of slowing, having just wrapped up a whopping $100 million WSOP Circuit series. Its competitors will be looking to keep pace and that means more huge prize pools everywhere.
Promotional dollars shouldn't be hard to come by either. PokerStars executives have already made rumblings about committing more dollars to the business, promising "investments in poker" ($) that can only mean good things for the players. Run It Once has just rolled out what one industry expert called "the most lucrative welcome package in recent history."
Exciting happenings are also afoot in the U.S. with the door wide open for continued growth. Michigan has come online thanks to PokerStars and will hopefully soon be pooling players with the other states.
Not only is Michigan bringing in a sizable population of about 10 million, but it also offers a potential drive-and-play destination for Midwesterners who had no such sanctuary before, what with everything previously located closer to the coasts.
Prize pools in the U.S. should be bigger than ever, and rest-of-world options should be about on par with 2020 as well.
GGPoker will buy the WSOP. This is definitely not based on any inside info or anything like that.
It just feels like this could be the year the WSOP is finally sold after years of rumors but nothing actually coming to fruition. Several employees appear to have been laid off and not replaced, and the future of the flagship series looks as uncertain as ever with 2021 having been the last year anyone said on the record it would remain at the Rio.
Many have suggested in the past that PokerStars could be the ones to fire off, but GGPoker would seem to make more sense at this point.
GGPoker and WSOP already have a strong relationship with all of the bracelet and ring events that have been running on there. Furthermore, there are a few small clues that GGPoker may be looking to enter the live arena at some point in the near future.
What better way to do it than go all the way with their partners?
Hey, ya never know in this crazy industry.
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Any person starting off in poker dreams of having their own Moneymaker-esque moment, turning a small buy-in into a life-changing score. However, with the change in the poker landscape over the last 15 years, it now takes a lot more to get to the next level.
Long gone are the days where reviewing a couple poker hands would give you the tools needed to ascend from the low stakes to the big games in a timely fashion. Nowadays, to reach that level, poker players who predominantly play at the low stakes need to develop a deep understanding of the game and put in the work off the felt, if they want to see any real progression.
Thanks to the team at BBZPoker, theyre opening doors for aspirational poker players who grind the low stake tournament scene via their staking and team of elite coaches. The platform has recently embarked on a new adventure with the newly created BBZ Academy a new staking team thats focusing on full-time players, playing around the $5-$20 mark. Managed by Jake Brickman, the academys goals are simple, they want poker players to realize their potential and equip them with all the necessary knowledge needed to progress in this game.
The reason we started this was to get more people from an entry level position into poker. The benefits that players will receive is not only the skills to become a pro but how to act as one. We want to make sure that by the time a player finishes their deal with us that theyre financially stable and able to continue on their own as a professional poker player or transition to one of our other programs such as the CFP (Coaching for Profit) program.
One player who has seen his fortunes turn around since joining BBZ Academy is 19-year-old Brazilian born Eike Onodera. A former prodigy in both tennis and table tennis, it was at a local competition where Onodera first began to swap the rackets and bats he was used to for playing cards.
It was at a BBQ in a very casual tennis tournament that took place in my building, some friends got a deck of cards, poker chips and then we just started playing. Its funny looking back as Id never played poker before and didnt even know the rules
Poker gripped the up and comer instantly. He quickly ran home after his first soiree into No Limit Holdem and found himself googling how to play the game later that evening. Little did he know what that court-side game would result in. Onoderas competitive spirit soon transferred to the online poker felt, with aspirations from the get-go of becoming a professional poker player.
For the first year I already had the goal of becoming a professional, but it was still a bit casual in a certain way, I started with a $100 bankroll on partypoker then managed to increase my bankroll kind of quickly playing the micro stakes. At the time I was studying but it was still very surface level and basic stuff. As well as that, I didnt know too much about how to study correctly or effectively
The Brazilians journey into the BBZ fold began after coming across Jordan Drummonds, founder of BBZPoker, Twitch channel. It was not long after that Onodera found himself joining the aforementioned CFP program. Acknowledging that becoming a staked player was one of the best shots of becoming a fully-fledged poker player, he decided to apply to the newly created BBZ Academy as soon as it was set-up. It was this move that would precede the biggest payday.
Winning a free $109 ticket from the Pokerstars Blowout Series Ticket Machine promotion, Onodera found himself with the opportunity to play an event that was well above his usual buy-in. However, after realizing the ticket was for a satellite tournament for the Blowout Series: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, The Big Blowout!], $5M Gtd that instant euphoria subsided quickly. Onoderas initial dismay didnt last too long though and soon turned into delight after navigating the satellite event to win the $1,050 ticket prize. After two days of play, he found himself at the final table fourth in chips and over $82,000 already locked up.
The final result saw Onodera bow out in sixth with a six-figure prize of $167,360. An absolutely fantastic achievement being that his first recorded result on PocketFives was a 253rd place finish in a $1.10 online MTT in March 2019.
It was an amazing feeling, I had only been in the BBZ Academy for a month when I had the score, but more importantly I had been studying with BBZ content for almost a year. That definitely was a huge factor in my game and helped me move in the right direction. Despite playing way higher than I ever had before, the lessons I had learned from the coaching I had received made me confident that I would not be so behind when playing against tough opposition.
And when talking about how new poker players can best elevate their skills or looking for potential backing, its no surprise what Onodera had to say.
I think any BBZ content would be great for a beginner as they are very experienced in teaching and explain the game in a very direct and efficient way. Getting a better understandingof how the game fundamentally works and its math is what people should expect.
If anyone wants to be staked, bias aside, I definitely recommend BBZ. Theyve been in the market for such a long time and in the past few months they have been doing a lot of video content. Poker is a competition so the more effort you put into studying, while still being efficient, will keep you ahead of most players. I believe being curious about how the game works, concepts, ideas, etc should be some of the traits of someone whos seriously looking to improve their game
The BBZ Academy is still looking for aspiring poker player who wants to elevate their game to the next level.
Players looking to apply will need to hit some requirements before having the chance to be one of BBZs newest recruits. Theyll need to have put in the hours and played at least 3000 tournaments over the past year to 18 months to be considered. Also, BBZ makes it clear that the Academy is no side hustle, players are expected to commit most of their time and effort in order to succeed.
More information on applications to the Academy can be found on the BBZ Poker website.
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College third-year and varsity baseball and basketball player Darien Knowles has bounced around a lot. Since graduating high school, he has been enrolled at four different schools. His winding academic journey was supposed to stop last spring when he started at Oberlin, but the COVID-19 pandemic ensured that nothing would come easy for him. Still, he has managed to adjust and acclimate thanks to help from his teammates, his coaches, and his other passion: playing poker.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Where were you before Oberlin?
I graduated high school and I decided to do a year of prep school in Arizona [at Hillcrest Prep] after graduation because a lot of college coaches wanted me to gain weight before college. So, I went to prep school to try to gain the weight. Things went well. Basketball wise, recruitment wise, everything was looking good. And then I ended up having surgery on both of my knees. That knocked me out the following year while I had to rehab and recover. Then I spent a year at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. That just wasnt a good fit coaching wise, so I went to Glendale Community College in Arizona to get re-recruited. I ended up tearing my meniscus again in the first game of the season, which sucked. So now Ive had three knee surgeries. And then, after being out in Arizona for those two years, I was just really, really tired of being that far from home. Im from Amherst. I actually live like 10 minutes from the school.
How did you end up at Oberlin?
Ive had a relationship with the Head Baseball Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz since I was in high school. Ive been working with him for years and it never really hit me that there would be any chance I would attend Oberlin. But, when I was transferring from my JUCO [junior college] and I realized I wanted to play baseball, I was actually on campus at Oberlin with Abrahamowicz working out and my mom came up and were all talking and it clicked We put it in motion and I got accepted.
How did you become a dual sport athlete?
My whole life I was actually the baseball kid, and basketball was something that I did for fun. Then, my junior year in high school, it kind of flipped in my head. I started to love basketball more and baseball took a backseat. I still played baseball my last two years of high school, but I didnt take it as seriously. So, after I graduated, I didnt play baseball again until last spring. At first I wasnt sure if I was going to be playing both here or not, but the basketball coach approached me and the baseball coach was very cool about it, so I decided to play both.
What was it like transferring to Oberlin last spring and having your first semester and baseball season cut short?
It was really upsetting. We went through our full pre-season. We had been practicing for a while and then we got to play four games before they ended up cancelling the season. We were actually like two or three days away from leaving to go to Arizona for a couple of days, which we were all looking forward to. But I got to meet the guys, and theyre all great.
Have either of your teams been able to help you with the transition to Oberlin?
Shout out to [College fourth-years] Lawrence Hamilton and Alexis Castillo. Those are my guys, but really both teams, all 30, 40, 50 guys as soon as I came in the atmosphere and environment that they created, it was incredible. I walked in on day one, not knowing a single person, but left feeling like I was almost immediately a part of this family and culture. I think the school community does a perfect job of that as well. Everybody Ive met has been so down to earth and just welcoming and helpful. In my experience, at my other colleges, its almost difficult to get somebody that wants to help you, but here it seems like anybody would be willing to help you with anything.
Outside of sports, what was it like transferring right before the pandemic hit?
It was a lot, especially because Oberlin is so far advanced [academically] compared to where I was, so I was trying to transition into a harder curriculum. Then the pandemic hit and it just all happened so fast. At first, it didnt seem real. It was like, okay, theres a case in the U.S. No big deal. And then, a week later, the whole country is upside down and were all at home. But I think academically, it almost calmed things down because there was so much else going on. A lot of my professors realized that, and kind of pulled back a little bit and became a little more lenient. So it actually, I think, helped my academic transition. But it was still a lot to process.
What do you do outside of athletics and academics?
I watch a lot of movies and TV shows. I bowl, but mostly I play a lot of poker.
Do you play online or do you have a group you play with in person?
One of my buddies has a huge basement around the corner and before the pandemic wed all go play over there. Itd be anywhere from eight to like 22 people. If we got that many people, then wed have two tables. But Ill go play at the casino or online. Ill play anywhere.
Would you consider yourself to be good or is it just for fun? If you went to Vegas, how would you feel about your odds of winning?
I consider myself to be good, 100 percent. I think were all good. In my friend group, theres one or two of them that are top level, like could almost compete professionally. Then theres me and then the rest. Id do pretty good in Vegas.
Anything else youd like to say?
Ill say, for the football fans, that the Browns are going to the Super Bowl next year. And, for the basketball fans, LeBron James is the GOAT.
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WSOP Pennsylvania FAQ – when will the iconic World Series of Poker launch online poker in PA? – Pokerfuse
Posted: at 1:44 pm
For over a year now, PokerStars PA has been the only online poker operator in Pennsylvania. While there have been numerous hints over the previous months that WSOP.com could enter the market, the launch kept getting delayed.
Now, it seems that all pieces have finally fallen into place: The launch of WSOP PA appears imminent. In the next few months, players from Pennsylvania will likely get another option for their online poker needs.
One of the best hints that WSOP is indeed coming to the Keystone State is pages on the companys official site, spotted by pokerfuse, that list specific rules for PA players. It certainly seems like the operator is getting in position for launch.
888, WSOPs platform provider, has already received a license from the PCGB, and the existing partnership with the Harrahs casino in Philadelphia, all technical requirements have been met.
The pair have extended their relationship for US online poker, and in a recent interview with pokerfuse, 888 said that it was hoping to launch with its partner under the WSOP brand this side of summer.
Awaiting the official announcement, we will try to answer some of the biggest questions you may have about the upcoming launch of WSOP.com in Pennsylvania.
In a recent interview for Pokerfuse, Yaniv Sherman, SVP and Head of US at 888 Holdings, stated that the company is currently prioritizing Pennsylvaniathe clearest sign yet that WSOP has eyes on PA.
Right now, we are looking to prioritize Pennsylvania with our partner Caesars to deploy it for the WSOP brand. We then will aim for a phased rollout across the states, he said.
The company plans to roll out before the summer and the start of the 2021 World Series of Poker. If things go according to plan, we should see WSOP PA go live before June 2021.
Like with the rest of state-licensed operators, players on WSOP PA will have to be physically present in the state to join real money cash games and tournaments.
The minimum age limit to legally register with the site is 21 and the operator reserves the right to verify the information provided by the player by requesting their documents.
As things stand right now, PA players will likely be ring-fenced to begin with, i.e. they will only be able to play against other players from the state.
There are negotiations underway, which would allow combining the player pool with those of WSOP New Jersey and WSOP Nevada. For this to happen, PA regulators would need to sign on to the MSIGA (multi-state igaming agreement) that permits operators to pool liquidity across state lines.
Whether this happens or not also depends on the Wire Act interpretation and what happens with it in the months to come. With some positive developments in this area disputing DoJs interpretation of the document, path could be paved for many interstate compacts in the future.
While it is hard to say for certain, based on the products in other states, we can speculate on what kind of offers new WSOP players in Pennsylvania are likely to have access to.
WSOP.com PA will likely welcome all players with a no deposit bonus of $10. For this one, all you have to do is register an account and confirm your identity.
The free cash is available on a completely risk-free basis, so it will be a nice way to get familiar with the site, check out the software, and test the waters in some real money games playing with the house money.
When and if you decide to make a real money deposit, there should be a nice deposit bonus waiting for you. If it is similar to what WSOP offers in other markets, players will get a 100% match up to the maximum of $1000.
As is usually the case with poker bonuses, you will need to play to release the bonus funds. With WSOP.com PA, it will probably look something like this:
New players have two months (60 days) to clear the bonus. Any funds that are not released by that date will be voided.
Like other regulated poker rooms in the US, WSOP.com offers a variety of banking options. Pennsylvania players should have no problems funding their accounts or withdrawing their poker winnings.
To add money to your WSOP.com account, you will probably have access to the following options:
When it comes to cashing out, WSOP PA will probably feature several options such as:
For withdrawals, NETELLER is the fastest option, so if you want to have quick access to your funds, go with this. Bank drafts and checks are very reliable, but they longer to process.
The offering of cash games at WSOP in Pennsylvania is likely to be very similar to that in New Jersey and Nevada. In terms of variations, this means Texas Holdem, Omaha, and several stud games, in no limit, pot limit, and fixed limit formats.
As for the stakes, the highest available games will probably be $25/$50, at least for no limit and pot limit variants.
There are no fast-fold poker variations offered by WSOP.com at this time, so you will have to make do with regular tables.
The maximum number of cash game tables you can have running at any one time is 10. There is no limit to the maximum number of tournaments you can have open, though.
According to the WSOP.com Pennsylvania page, the operator will be rolling out BLAST tournaments when they go live in the state.
In case you are new to WSOP, BLAST poker features four-handed sit and go tournaments with random prize multipliers between 2x and 10,000x the buy-in. When the play starts, the countdown timer is initiated. Once the time runs out, players can no longer make decisions and they will be all in every hand until there is the winner.
The WSOP.com online platform is powered by 888 and both rooms have a very similar design and features. The software has seen many upgrades in the recent period and it offers a high quality gaming environment.
The lobby features several sections to make the navigation easier. You can use additional filters to find the games you are looking for and get a seat at the table or register in a tournament of your choice with no problems.
For Pennsylvania specifically, WSOP.com is looking to roll out with a brand new client called Poker 8, pending certification. From what we have seen of the new client thus far, it features a sleek, modern design that seems to be a significant upgrade on the current software.
WSOP.com offers quality mobile apps for Android and iOS devices, and players from Pennsylvania will certainly have access to these once the room goes live.
The current mobile apps live in Nevada and New Jersey only support play at one table at the time and only for Texas Holdem cash games.
However, if 888 is able to roll out Poker 8 in time for PA, as they plan, then these restrictions will be lifted. The new mobile app supports PLO and multiple simultaneous tables.
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Liverpool ‘play poker’ for Klopp’s ‘dream’ defensive signing – Reds now prepared to invest heavily – Sport Witness
Posted: at 1:44 pm
Liverpool are in the hunt for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, who is considered the dream signing for manager Jrgen Klopp.
Thats according to BILD, who say the Reds play poker with Chelsea and Bayern Munich to secure the highly-rated Frenchman.
Upamecano is widely expected to leave Leipzig in the summer, having established himself as one of the top centre-backs in Europe in recent years.
He has a release clause worth 42.5m in his contract that activates this summer, a price that several top sides in Europe consider a bargain in the current climate.
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Liverpool are one of those to have been named among his suitors, with them desperate to find a long-term partner for Virgil van Dijk, particularly after their defensive woes this season.
BILD back up their interest today and state that Upamecano is the dream transfer for Klopp this summer.
They explain that while Liverpool urgently need defenders, they wanted to wait until the summer and then invest heavily.
An injury to Joel Matip forced them to move for Ozan Kabak in the January transfer window and while BILD say he can be signed for 30m at the end of his loan deal, Klopp would rather add the 12.5m and sign Upamecano instead.
They face competition from Chelsea and Bayern Munich for his signature, though, with it now very much presented as a three-way race between these clubs for his signature.
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Posted: February 8, 2021 at 11:32 am
On the afternoon of October 25, 1946, the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein held a graduate seminar in his rooms at the University of Cambridge. The discussion centred around the issue of what it means to say that you talk to yourself. Ironically (given the subject matter), as was typical of his seminars, it was a conversation carried out in silence. Wittgenstein was more a collector of acolytes than students. Most of whom were a bit scared of him.
Later that day, he attended a packed meeting of the universitys Moral Sciences Club. During this he threatened the visiting speaker, Karl Popper, with a fireplace poker.
Or did he?
The details of what happened that evening are charmingly interrogated by David Edmonds and John Eidenow in their 2001 book Wittgensteins Poker. The verdict? That Wittgenstein may or may not have been guilty of a failure of donnish etiquette (or attempted assault). The Edmonds-Eidenow prosecution file is an agreeable condensation of most of the historical issues. I cant recommend it highly enough. It is a beautifully written portrait of the idiosyncrasies of the main protagonists (including Bertrand Russell no show without Punch), and a faithful characterisation of the other witnesses/attendees a sort of carnival of philosophical grotesques.
Wittgensteins Poker is wonderful psychology but incomplete philosophy. Wittgenstein was a scion of one of the wealthiest families in Austria; Popper was a member of the more professional Viennese classes. He was the deeply ambitious up-and-coming philosopher of science; Wittgenstein, at that point in his career (he died five years later), didnt think philosophy was a thing. A deeply serious person (and a very practically minded one) he considered it a diversion, one which merits little more attention than a crossword puzzle. Its alleged that this incident instantiated a feud its more likely that whilst Popper still wrote about it several decades later, Wittgenstein had forgotten about it ten minutes after it happened. Genius tends towards solipsism. The book brings all this out very well. But it misses a trick.
Poppers paper was titled Are there problems in philosophy?. Youd think it would be self-evident that there are, but we who are trained to argue about everything will end up arguing about anything. Wittgensteins view was that the huge philosophical issues are no such thing, that they are instead illusions thrown up by our systematic misuse of language. Just as the Buddha thought we can be tricked into a fake view of the universe by getting our words out in the wrong order, so Wittgenstein thought that the deepest questions that trouble the human mind are caused by a certain slovenliness about the way we speak and (therefore) think.
How do you seriously answer questions about whether other people have minds, whether God exists, or what it makes something true rather than false? Wittgensteins answer was that you dont take the question seriously in the first place. The deepest questions of philosophy are best addressed not by argument but by therapy. Our ways of thinking imply that what we take to be deeply counter-intuitive is probably no more than linguistic mischief, a mischief in which we collude. Just as the early Church argued that as soon as we act, we display our tendency to sin, so Wittgenstein believed that as soon as we start philosophising, we go deeply wrong.
But there is something obviously wrong here, isnt there? You could argue that Wittgenstein is guilty of a form of self-refutation, and that the position he advances is, in itself, a redolently philosophical one. The claim that there are no really interesting philosophical problems is surely contentious? And, if contentious, then its a metaphysical claim?
More interestingly, what happened on that evening is in itself a question with some philosophical import. Who was right?
What, in other words, is the status of propositions which make claims about the past? Wittgenstein, in an earlier iteration, had sided himself with the Vienna Circle of philosophers who wished to assimilate all knowledge to what can or cannot be empirically verified. Their manifesto announced a theory of language according to which a statement can only be meaningful, as opposed to true, to the extent that it can be subject to some experiment. The logical positivists had declared war on speculative metaphysics (dangerous to the scientistic agenda) without noticing that their own position was hilariously self-refuting. How do you verify its own articles of agenda? And how, more interestingly, can you maintain that statements concerning what happened five minutes ago let alone 75 years ago are meaningful?
Popper made his name dismantling that theory of meaning. So maybe we should score that one to him?
One thing we do know, is that this was the first and only time these two ever met. Unless, of course, theyre chatting now. Thatd be a Round 2 worth watching. Wittgenstein talking to himself; Popper irate that hes being ignored.