Reflections on the Full Tilt Poker Smear Campaign

Reflections on the Full Tilt Poker Smear Campaign
published on 09/21/11 at 4:18 pm With all the “news” coming out about Full Tilt Poker and a so-called “Ponzi” scheme, I felt the need to say something. First, let me start by saying that Full Tilt Poker is a class organization that has treated this organization and overseas bank accounts fairly throughout the years. Howard Lederer and Jesus Ferguson are honest, trust worthy individuals. Not to mention, Rafe Furst, although he did move to Mexico, I can only say his work with charities and the Bad Beat on Cancer have garnered the utmost respect from me. Second, it is a shame to see the U.S. government stick their noses into something that was good for the poker industry, the nation’s economy, and an individual’s self esteem. The majority of players online are terrible and just give money to the lucky few. But these players kept depositing funds into their accounts, helping my lifestyle with a variety of extravagant needs. So what a player did not know about the inner processes of Full Tilt, did not hurt them. They would never have withdrawn funds in the first place. Third, all these dopes posting about a 400 million dollar hole in Full Tilt Poker’s finances, do not know one thing about international finance. 99% of their money is in overseas accounts. To get their money into U.S. accredited bank accounts takes several months, due to the Patriot Act. I believe Mr. Lederer and Mr. Ferguson are just waiting for the funds to go through the proper channels and everyone will be promptly paid. So let us stop slinging the proverbial mud at Full Tilt Poker. We need to let this show trial run its course and in the end, you shall all see that they are innocent of all charges. About PokerPlasm, Inc.PokerPlasm, Inc., is privately held so no financial statements are made public. Forward-looking statements in no way relate to, among other things, expectations of the business environment in which the Company operates, projections of future performance, potential future performance, perceived opportunities in the market, and statements regarding the Company’s mission and vision. The Company’s actual results, performance, and achievements differ materially from the results, performance, and achievements expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to a wide range of factors. Mr. Sonny Partrude is Acting CEO until the board elects one to a full-term. Related posts: PokerPlasm Executives Discuss Options for Increasing Profits Cracking the Full Tilt Poker Code Full Tilt Magazine Press Release Are Online Players Cheating at Full Tilt Poker? Full Tilt Poker Pro, Cuzzinlaw, Spends Quality Time With Street3

Black Friday Saves One Player’s Money & Relationship

Black Friday Saves One Player’s Money & Relationship
published on 04/23/11 at 8:54 am One person who will be saving money after Black Friday, is Steve “Street3” Carse. Known to have wasted thousands of dollars on online poker sites, the recent federal take over of Full Tilt Poker will have a positive effect on Mr. Carse’s financial statements. Angel Valdez, of the Online Poker Team, fires some questions at Oklahoma’s number one degenerate. How much money have you saved since Online poker got shut down?I transferred my last $80 on FTP to Angel to bet on black at the casino. He informed me that I lost. So, I would have naturally deposited another $50 and in turn, ran that up to around $55, then lost it all. Then I would have reloaded again. I would guess since Friday, I have saved around $450. But, since I don’t have online poker anymore, i am extremely bored and have since spent over $1500 on various illegal endeavors. Those intruders in their homes have names? Some call them Kids, and others call them Mom/Dad/Honey…Honestly I am scared to death about what this question means and wonder how much meth the interviewer has inhaled to come up with such a psycho question. I live with my girlfriend Kelly and I have not seen any intruders in my home. When they stepped outside did the sun melt off their skin? Did they get the vampire effect?Again, another scary question that makes about as much sense as a gaggle of coked up geese selling cookies to gimps. Is their ability to make money playing online poker myopia equal to lets say Charlie Sheen thinking he’s normal?I don’t know what myopia means and I’m too fucking lazy to google it. Charlie Sheen has Goddesses, cocaine, no teeth and millions of dollars. I have Kelly, teeth and tens of dollars. You tell me. Why is chicke nmeth so addictive, especially among online poker players?A bit of history, Chicken meth was introduced in Arkansas by Jeremy Allen. It’s a combination of meth, chicken shit and feathers. It gives one the ability to 5bet shove 73o into AA and see a 773 flop. Or at least that’s what chicken meth benders will trick your mind into seeing. On the evolutionary poker scale, where would you place IBGPN?I would place him at the bottom of the scale. Somewhere between a single celled organism and tadpole. While he can swim with the sharks, he’s often overlooked as his bank roll rarely goes above the $1 mark. His most frequent sightings have the word (OBSERVER) after his name. I just had a cup of tea and a grilled cheese sandwich. Comments?You must be gay or British. Related posts: Best Kept Poker Tip: Rakeback Saving You A Lot Of Money Rakeback Saves the Day GI Joe Assaults Online Poker, Refrigerated Beer, Noobs

First Timer’s Guide to Playing Live

First Timer’s Guide to Playing Live
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The strategy to shut down Full Tilt Poker stolen from Jack Abramoff’s playbook

The strategy to shut down Full Tilt Poker stolen from Jack Abramoff’s playbook
This article is a writers political view or opinion and submitted content and does not entirely represent pokerbloggs.com Poker Domain Seizures Part 4 “The strategy to shut down Full Tilt Poker stolen from Jack Abramoff’s playbook” Jack Abramoff Photo Image Jack Abramoff is the most famous lobbyist of all time. Why am I bringing his name up on a poker blog? Well, I’ve been doing a serious of articles exposing corruption at the highest levels of Washington DC and Las Vegas: Domain Seizures Part 3Domain Seizures Part 2Domain Seizures Part 1 addendumDomain Seizures Part 1 Unlike most people who are begging for regulation of online poker, I’m doing the opposite. I will not beg to government officials to do what I want in privacy of my own home (as long as I’m not hurting anyone). The wool is being pulled over the whole online poker community by the NFL, Caesars/Wynn, Fair Play USA, and the PPA. These companies are using the masses of online poker players to beg congress to legalize something that is not illegal in the first place. Eric Holder himself could not say whether it was game of skill or not in front of a senate DOJ over site committee: He is quoted as saying “beyond my capabilities” and “Do you think Phil Ivey is just lucky, he is the world’s greatest poker player?” asked Democratic Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee. “I am not sure I know who Phil Ivey is, but I am sure there is some degree of skill that is involved, some degree, I am not a poker player myself,” Holder replied. The reason I’m bringing up Jack Abramoff and Eric Holder is that they were both lobbyist for major DC firms. They both stifled competition to benefit their clients. In the case of Eric Holder, he went from making $2 million a year for Covington and Burling to $150,000 as Attorney General. And now all of his former clients are benefiting??? Jack went to jail for 3 and 1/2 years and Eric Holder is in one of the highest positions of the US Government. But one could argue that Frank Fahrenkopf (American Gaming Association lobbyist for Caesars) would be more comparable to Jack. Frank and Jack are/were both beloved Republicans with ties to the very top (Bush Family). Both are/were lobbyists that worked for the casino industry. both fought bills prohibiting online gambling and both used influence to stifle competition for their clients, and both funneled money to congress representatives to pass their initiatives. Jack has reevaluated lobbying in his new book Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist Amazon.com Widgets He writes “it continues today, unabated by reform campaigns or public ire at the Congress.” “Most of these legislators had taken thousands of dollars from my clients and firms, and now they were sitting as impartial judges against me. Washington hypocrisy at its best,” “I know that, barring a torch and pitchfork uprising, no real changes will occur.” “the lure of post-public service lobbying employment needs to be eliminated,” “If you chose to serve in Congress or on a congressional staff, you should be barred for life from working for any company, organization, or association which lobbies the federal government. “ Jack spent 3 and 1/2 years in jail for fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. The only problem is that this sort of thing is going on as we speak. Jack had committed conspiracy to bribe public officials to shut down Indian Casinos. He later would bilk them out of millions to persuade congress to let them open up again. Jack and his partner Michael Scanlon attempted to bilk (Jack would most likely disagree with this term) the Native Americans out of 85 million dollars. He still claims to have done the Indians a favor because of the millions they reaped after his services. The most incredible similarity I found between Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon’s scandal and the online poker seizures is that of Sun Cruz Casinos. This is almost identical to the attack on online poker and specifically Full Tilt Poker. You see, Sun Cruz was the “internet poker” of the time so to speak. It eluded the regulation of the brick and mortar cartel of casinos in the USA that is funded by Michael Milken. Something had to be done to keep the kleptocracy going, so using their influence in congress, Jack Abramoff used his friends at Americans for Tax Reform to funnel money to Rep. Bob Ney and others to apply pressure to shut down Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis and his SunCruz Casinos. This is not unlike Covington and Burling attaching bills in the middle of the night to port security bills or using their shill Eric Holder to confiscate online poker domains. In my opinion, American International Center LLC (a company that was set up by Abramoff and Michael Scanlon) is not unlike Fair Play USA. Fair Play USA is a fake grass roots organization or “Astro-turf” company financed by Caesars Entertainment. They act to influence lawmakers just as Ralph Reed did for Jack Abramoff’s benefit. They also ask poker players to call their congressman, write letters, etc etc. So if they were ever exposed as what they are they could say “you asked for regulation”. Here is one of Fair Play USA principles :Provide tools to crack down on unlicensed foreign operators who do not comply with U.S. law; removing U.S. banks as the enforcers under UIGEA and empowering law enforcement to shut down illegal operators. This is simply Caesars paying ex Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Ex FBI Louis J. Freeh to use their buddies to wipe out (or lower the price of) Full Tilt Poker. SunCruz Casinos forced into bankruptcy even though they were highly lucrative business More similarities exist between SunCruz and Full Tilt Poker’s shut down…. Jack Abramoff was an attorney at Greenberg Traurig and was used to seek a buyer for the troubled SunCruz Casinos. Jeff Ifrah is Full Tilt Poker Attorney and was an attorney at Greenberg Traurig and is helping facilitate deal for buyer for Full Tilt Poker. Jeff is still a shareholder at Greenberg. Instead of keeping his fiduciary duties of getting his client out of trouble, Jack teamed up with a shady character named Adam Kidan. Adam Kidan would be the buyer for SunCruz Casinos if he had the cash. He didn’t have all the cash and committed fraud to produce a fake wire transfer of $23 million. One could compare Kidan to Bernard Tapie.Bernard Tapie PhotoBernard Tapie is the shady French character that is looked to as the savior for the Full Tilt Sale. Adam Kidan and Bernard Tapie both have shady past, both didn’t have the money on their own, and both are front men. So lets get a little refresher course: Bob Ney = Jon KylAdam Kidan = Bernard TapieCaesars/Wynn/Milken = The MoneyFair Play = Ralph ReedSunCruz / Indian Casinos = Full Tilt PokerJeff Ifrah = Huge billing like Jack had at GreenbergRay Bitar = Konstantinos “Gus” BoulisAGA Frank J. Fahrenkopf = Jack AbramoffHarry Mason Reid = Tom Delay Adam Kidan Photo Adam Kidan would end up getting stabbed multiple times by Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis when he tried to push Gus out of the business. Konstantinos Boulis would later be murdered after the attack and subsequent sale falling into disarray. Three members of the Gambino crime family were arrested for the professional hit on Boulis. $250,000 was traced by investigators from Kidan to the mobsters. Kidan claimed the money was for catering and security and investigators believed him. Anthony Moscatiello and fellow hitmen Konstantinos Boulis the owner of SunCruz Casinos and founder of Miami Subs Full Tilt Poker is like a resource rich Indian Reservation with casinos or a profitable International Cruise Line casino multiplied by 10. All of the issues it has with money is a result of the UIGEA which was attached by a lobbyist for the NFL. The NFL has future gambling initiatives and is really influenced by the Rooney family which owns the Steelers and Casinos up and down the east coast. The UIGEA was tailored to the Rooneys for their Horse tracks and Poker Rooms. When Full Tilt Poker aligned with stations casinos, it was a threat to the Caesars/Wynn/NFL cartel on future online gambling. The members of TWO PLUS TWO are going to have to come to realize that they are being used by lobbyist to pressure legislators on bills that will restrict their freedoms and cost them money down the road. Amazon.com Widgets I’m saying it now: Two Plus Two is being used just like Focus on Family was to email congress and make phone calls. This will only benefit a future Caesars/Wynn/Milken online gambling monopoly. I believe the whole strategy to shut down Full Tilt Poker was taken directly from Jack Abramoff’s lobbyist playbook. I believe he is more relevant than ever. He even admits in his sixty minutes interview that lobbying (in it’s current form) is bribery and nothing less: 60 Minutes InterviewAbramoff: I think people are under the impression that the corruption only involves somebody handing over a check and getting a favor. And that’s not the case. The corruption, the bribery, call it, because ultimately that’s what it is. That’s what the whole system is. Stahl: The whole system’s bribery? Abramoff: In my view. I’m talking about giving a gift to somebody who makes a decision on behalf of the public. At the end of the day, that’s really what bribery is. But it is done everyday and it is still being done. The truth is there were very few members who I could even name or could think of who didn’t at some level participate in that. So is Jack Abramoff truly for more regulations against lobbyist? Has jail given him time to think? Or, is he simply working some new angle for a return to politics or main stream media? I really don’t know but I would like to think he changed while he was in prison and is exposing corruption for the good of the American people. I’m going to give him the benefit of doubt unless he proves me wrong. Two Plus Two thread on Jack Abramoff writer and poker player John Smith Play Online Poker Poker Blog Copyright 2008 Just add chips LLCSubscribe to PokerBloggs.com

Strategy with Kristy Podcast: Jared Bleznick

Strategy with Kristy Podcast: Jared Bleznick
November 17 2011, Kristy Arnett Related Articles Strategy with Kristy Podcast: Lex Veldhuis Discusses Pot-Limit Omaha Strategy with Kristy: Randal Flowers Discusses Bluffing Preflop Strategy with Kristy: Andrew Seidman Discusses His Book, Easy Game Share It Tags Black Friday, Jared Bleznick, Omaha, PokerNews Podcast, Poker Strategy, South Point, PokerNews Strategy Print Jared “harrington25” Bleznick was a prominent figure in online tournaments and cash games before Black Friday. He has since moved out of the country to play but recently said he will no longer be playing online. Instead, he’s offered his services as a coach. For this edition of Strategy with Kristy, brought to you by South Point, Bleznick talks about what it takes to be poker professional, beginner pot-limit Omaha strategy, and advice he has for those considering making poker a career. Here is a snippet from the interview: As a no-limit hold’em player, I understand when to three-bet preflop, but in pot-limit Omaha, it seems like players are getting in buy-ins so frequently. So I guess my question is, what are you considering when three-betting in pot-limit Omaha? To talk about what you first said about players getting it in by three-betting and four-betting preflop — that’s honestly because everyone literally just has a gambling problem. I’m being serious. Everyone just gambles in Omaha because the edges are so small in any individual hand. If you take eight-nine-ten-jack double-suited and you put it up against ace-ace-two-six with a suit, you’re basically a very small dog. When you take into account the blinds and the dead money, you’re basically flipping. Let’s say a guy is playing with $200,000 in his account and another guy is playing with $20,000. The guy that’s three-betting with eight-nine-ten-jack [with $200,000 in his account] is eventually going to bust you because you’re flipping and the guy has you covered with his bankroll. As for the three-betting, I think you should be three-betting a lot more when you’re deeper. It allows for a lot more play. If you three-bet a guy that has 100 big blinds, and he four-bets you with aces, at the point, you’re not even playing poker anymore. You’re just gambling. If you do it when you’re really deep, you can actually play poker. These guys that do that and three-bet and four-bet and constantly get it in are literally putting their money in and closing their eyes. It’s just stupid, honestly. When I say the games are tough, it’s because the edges are small. So even if a guy is doing that, he’s never in that bad a shape. It’s not like in hold’em where you’re getting it in in a 80/20 or 70/30 situation. You’re getting it in at like 55/45. A lot of people can’t overcome that. Podcast Powered By Podbean Tune in every Thursday for new episodes of Strategy with Kristy, brought to you by South Point. Feel free to send in questions, ideas or suggestions for the podcast to kristy@pokernews.com. Also remember to follow PokerNews on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news. Follow Kristy Arnett on Twitter — @KristyArnett Comments

Win a Share of $10,000 in the Size Does Matter Promotion at Unibet Poker

Win a Share of $10,000 in the Size Does Matter Promotion at Unibet Poker
December 10 2011, Josh Bell Related Articles It’s Time to Win Big in the $10,000 Unibet Size Does Matter Promotion Start Building Your Stack in the $10,000 Unibet Size Does Matter Promotion Win Your Way to Latvia for the Unibet Open Riga Share It Tags Unibet Poker, Poker promotions, Poker bonus, Poker freerolls Print Make sure you download Unibet Poker now and don’t miss out on a share of a $10,000 prize pool thanks to the exciting Unibet Size Does Matter promotion! If you would like bulk up your bankroll before Christmas arrives, why not take part in the Unibet Size Does Matter promotion? The exciting new initiative, running now and continuing through to Dec. 15, really could be the easiest cash you’ve made all year. Size Does Matter The difference between this promotion and others is the unique format of the freeroll tournament. Players will begin the freeroll with different size chip stacks depending on how many VIP points were earned during the promotion period. Players have until Dec. 15 to accumulate their chip stacks at which time all qualifying players will be awarded entry into the $10,000 Size Does Matter freeroll, which will take place on Dec. 18 at 18:00 GMT. The unique format of the promotion ensures that players of all play volumes and bankroll sizes will have the chance to partake in the valuable freeroll, which will award $10,000 to our players. Earning Your Stack Players will be awarded a starting stack of 100 chips for every 100 VIP points which are earned during the promotion period as outlined above. Players still have plenty of time to accumulate as many VIP points as possible, so they can have the chance to be awarded the maximum of 3,000 starting chips. The best part about this promotion is that players only need a starting stack of 100 chips to qualify for the freeroll. This means players need only earn 100 VIP points and they can take their shots at the $10,000 prize pool. Below is an example of how many chips you could be starting the freeroll with according to how many VIP points are earned. Size Does Matter Final Starting Stack Amounts 100-199 VIP Points: 100-chip starting stack. 200-299 VIP Points: 200-chip starting stack. 300-399 VIP Points: 300-chip starting stack. 400-499 VIP Points: 400-chip starting stack. 500-599 VIP Points: 500-chip starting stack Above pattern continues in 100 chip increments until… 3000+ VIP Points: 3,000-chip starting stack! So far, there are only a handful of people who have accumulated 3,000 starting chips. Do you have what it takes to join them at the felt with the maximum starting stack? The $10,000 Size Does Matter freeroll is set to be played as a deep-stack freezeout tournament with blinds starting at 5/10. This ensures that players will have plenty of chance to test their poker skills no matter how many starting chips they managed to accumulate. Earning VIP points is easy with every real money cash game and tournament adding to your Size Does Matter chip stack! The top 20 percent of finishers in the freeroll will earn the biggest share of the $10,000 prize pool, all thanks to PokerNews and Unibet Poker! If you don’t have a Unibet Poker account but would still like to take to the felt in the Size Does Matter promotion, make sure you sign up to Unibet Poker through PokerNews and use our massive €1,000 bonus welcome bonus. To find out more, head to our Unibet Welcome Bonus page and then download Unibet. If you experience any problems with this or any of our promotions, please contact our Ticketed Promo Support System. Recent Articles 2011 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 4: Soi Nguyen Leads; Esfandiari Still In The Nightly Turbo: UB Responds to Data Leak Concerns, Google TV Adds Zynga, and More The Online Railbird Report: Amit vs. Sahamies for Biggest Winner of 2011 Pigskin Diaries Week 14: Bouncing Back Adelson Morally Opposes Internet Gambling; PPA Urges Players to Take Action Most Popular This Week 22 Players Confirmed for $1 Million Buy-In Tournament at 2012 World Series Of Poker Big Game in Macau: Antonius Welcome, Hall Speaks, & Trickett Up $1.8 Million The Nightly Turbo: Jungleman Challenge Cancelled, PokerStars Guinness Record, & More The Weekly Turbo: Facebook Considers Online Gambling, Barney Frank to Retire, and More Sounding Off: Liebert’s Tweets, Cates’ Challenge, & Hellmuth’s Charity Event Comments

Pigskin Diaries Week 13: Post Tryptophan Haze

Pigskin Diaries Week 13: Post Tryptophan Haze
December 02 2011, Rich Ryan Related Articles Pigskin Diaries Week 11: They Are Who We Think They Are Pigskin Diaries Week 8: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Pigskin Diaries Week 4: Trending Topics Share It Tags Print We’re full from Thanksgiving, we’re happy the holiday season is beginning, and we’re winning with our Nation Football League regular-season picks. Let’s keep the trend going. Denver (+1.5) @ Minnesota This pretty much sums up Tim Tebow. No one can explain how in the world he’s 5-1 as a starter, but whatever he’s doing is working. Last week, Tebow ran the ball 22 times, which is the most rushes by a quarterback since the merger, and completed only nine passes. Again, mind-boggling. Most of the credit should go to the defense for their inspired play, but even they’re just mediocre (17th in DVOA). The real takeaway here is that the Vikings are really bad, especially without Adrian Peterson. How did Toby Gerhart almost win the Heisman? Are the defenses in the Pac insert-number-of-teams-here really that bad? He averaged less than three yards per carry last week in Atlanta, and Minnesota needs an effective running game to protect rookie quarterback Christian Ponder. There is a chance that AP goes on Sunday, so you might want to wait to place your wager. Knowing what we know now, though, it’s impossible to pick against Timmy Terrific. Fantasy: Percy Harvin had a great game last week and could be in for another nice day. Denver allows the ninth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Carolina @ Tampa Bay (-3) The Panthers took care of business last week against the winless Colts, but in the process Carolina fell to 32nd in defense DVOA. They can’t stop anybody, and LeGarrette Blount is one of the toughest runners in the game. He’s crossed the century mark in consecutive games, and there’s a high likelihood he’ll make it three in a row on Sunday. The Bucs have their own problems on defense, and are so desperate that they’ve enlisted the services of Mr. Albert Haynesworth. Tampa has two very good corners, Aqib Talib and Ronde Barber, who will make it difficult for Cam Newton to stretch the field. Earlier in the season, this line would’ve been much higher, and we would’ve grabbed the points, but the market has adjusted because everyone loves Cammy Cam. We like Newton, too, but he can’t do everything. Fantasy: We love us some Blount in this game, even though he gets little work in passing downs. The re-emergence of DeAngelo Williams is concerning for Jonathan Stewart owners, and frustrating because this is a good matchup for whoever gets the bulk of the carries. Cincinnati (+6.5) @ Pittsburgh The Steelers are arguably the most public team in football, while very few square bettors look at the Bengals and say, “Man, that’s a good football team.” Thus, Cincinnati is 7-3-1 ATS, while Pittsburgh is staggering along at 5-6. The Bengals are even bigger winners on the road (5-0-1), and they were very competitive in the game they pushed at Baltimore. Pittsburgh is at a disadvantage because they had a short week to prepare for a division rival that has to win. If the Bengals drop to 7-5, not only can they say goodbye to their hopes of winning the division, but also they open the door for the Jets, Broncos and Titans in the wildcard race. Cincinnati may certainly lose, but the game is going to be very competitive. Fantasy: Rashard Mendenhall has been a big disappointment this year, but he scored two touchdowns the last time these teams met. Don’t be quick to bench Cedric Benson either — he’s looked good the past two weeks, even against Baltimore. Indianapolis @ New England (-20.5) The real line is 62, which was set by the Saints back in Week 7. Fantasy: Even Chad Ochocinco might be a start. Oakland (+3) @ Miami The Dolphins looked great on Thanksgiving, holding the Cowboys to just 20 points and nearly winning outright. They’ve covered in five straight games, which is nice considering that they started the season 0-5-1 ATS. The Raiders are on a streak of their own, covering in three straight games, and are a perfect 5-0 ATS on the road. That’s important, because Miami is only 2-3 ATS at home with their only covers coming against Washington (bad team) and Buffalo (bad team). Also, let’s not forget that Oakland leads the AFC-Tebow West. Carson Palmer hasn’t missed a beat, Michael Bush has been very effective in the absence of Darren McFadden, and the defense is improving, except for Rolando McClain who was recently arrested for firing a gun next to someone’s ear. Raiders gonna Raider. Fantasy: Reggie Bush failed to score against Dallas on turkey day, but in the three previous weeks, he scored four rushing touchdowns. He’s a good start this week. Atlanta (-3) @ Houston How is Brett Favre not the starting quarterback for the Texans this week? The team said they “didn’t want to bring the circus to town,” so instead they’re going with T.J. Yates — the first-ever starting quarterback from the University of North Carolina. This was an opportunity for Houston to make itself relevant. They’re tied with the best record in the AFC, yet no one talks about them as a true contender, and without Matt Schaub they’re in danger of missing the playoffs. The Titans are only two games back, and the pair play one another in Week 17. The old gunslinger doesn’t need to be a hero, he just has to be better than Yates, who looks like a check-down Charlie. Best of all, if No. 4 somehow finds himself on the Texans, and they find their way to the Super Bowl, then there’s a chance we may see the greatest grudge match in the history of the NFL — Favre versus Rodgers for the Lombardi Trophy. Fantasy: Andre Johnson looked healthy, but can Yates get him the ball? For the Falcons, Roddy White is back to being a stud, while Julio Jones and Michael Turner are both questionable. Tennessee (+2.5) @ BuffaloNew York Jets (-3) @ WashingtonDallas (-4.5) @ Arizona All three of these teams are in contention and must win. You can make an argument that the Bills are still battling for the playoffs, but they’ve lost four straight games and are dead men walking. Fantasy: C.J. Spiller is interesting because on some sites, he is now available at both the running back and wide receiver positions, Fred Davis is a great start against New York’s poor coverage line backers, and Laurent Robinson is a beast. Kansas City @ Chicago (-7)Baltimore (-6.5) @ Cleveland It’s hard for bad teams to get up for consecutive games, especially after losing a tight game to a good opponent. The Browns and Chiefs played their hearts out against the Bengals and Steelers respectively, and this week they both have to face tough, defensive-minded opponents. With decent games from Joe Flacco and Caleb Hanie, both the Ravens and Bears should cover. The only problem is that neither Flacco nor Hanie are very consistent. Fantasy: Anquan Boldin, Ray Rice, and Matt Forte are the only must-starts in these games. Ed Dickson, Marion Barber, and Torrey Smith are interesting if you’re desperate, and Dwayne Bowe is a borderline start, depending on how much you trust Kyle Orton. St. Louis @ San Francisco (-13.5) The Rams have already been 14-point dogs on the road twice this season and were outscored by a combined 58-10 in those games. They’re 2-9 ATS, 1-4 on the road and have scored single-digit points in more than a quarter of their games. The Niners aren’t an offensive powerhouse, but their defense is capable of shutting anyone down, much less the crappy Rams offense can. On Thanksgiving, San Francisco failed to cover for the first time this season. They’ve never been favored by more than 10 points, but they’re very capable of laying the smack down. They have three wins of 14 points or more including a 48-3 stomping against the Bucs. Fantasy: Despite being unable to score many points, St. Louis’ Brandon Lloyd is arguably a top-ten fantasy receiver because of his high volume of targets. Green Bay (-7) @ New York Giants If the Giants had no answer for Drew Brees, then how are they going to stop Aaron Rodgers? Crickets. Fantasy: Ahmad Bradshaw might return this week, but his status remains questionable. If he plays, he’s a top-15 back, so keep your finger on the pulse. Detroit (+9) @ New Orleans This is a perfect example of a team being overvalued (New Orleans) after coming off of a big, prime-time win, and a team being undervalued (Detroit) because one of their players assaulted an opposing player on a national holiday. There’s way too much hate for the Stompers Lions imbedded in this line. Just because Ndamukong Suh went Stone Cold Steve Austin last week doesn’t mean the team should be near-double-digit dogs. Matthew Stafford has been unforgivably bad the last two weeks, but that trend can’t continue, right? He’s a solid, accurate passer with a great arm, and Calvin Johnson Jr. is arguably the most talented receiver in the NFL. If Eli Manning can throw for over 400 yards against New Orleans, then Stafford should have no problem airing it out, and Detroit should keep this one competitive. Fantasy: Lance Moore has cemented himself as the number two receiver on New Orleans, but he’s still the third option behind Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham. San Diego @ Los Angeles Jacksonville (+3) Are you ready for some football? Fantasy: The Jaguars give up the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. That’s music to Antonio Gates’ ears. 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Larger payouts – online poker as seen by a college student

Larger payouts – online poker as seen by a college student
1 February 2009 The world of online poker has drawn those who are compelled by the online poker competition and the potentially large cash payouts that can be won. Mike Brinker from the US is an online poker success who used his cash winnings to gain independence and survive.Mike has won more than $9,000 playing online poker. Mike turned to online poker when faced with a choice that confronts millions of college students every year: stay in school or get a job.Mike played online poker as well as being drawn to the poker tables in Las Vegas. Additionally he owns a poker table placed in his basement to keep check of his poker skills.During his college years he was a dedicated online poker player as well as being a regular at live games around the campus. He tells ”I played a cash game my sophomore year where I wiped out everyone by the end of the night, Starting with $40, I left with $620.”Essentially it is the social aspects that drew Brinker to the live games, yet he claims that ”the Internet is typically the source for larger payouts.””The thing with online play is not everyone is a broke college student,” Brinker said. ”Some of these guys are $100K a year job holders. He doesn�t care. He’ll buy in for $100, lose it, and bet in for another 100. Those are the best tables to sit at. You get in a hand with someone like that and make $100 in however long it takes to get Ace King over Ace Queen.”Mike is from academic background, both his parents having medical degrees. They did not agree with poker playing. However with $9,000 in his pocket made from online poker, Mike was able to gain his own independence.The popularity of the poker game, specifically No Limit Texas Hold ’em is apparent in the success of online poker sites and televised poker games. A national survey indicated that almost 10 percent of men aged 18 to 22 gamble online at least once a month. OPN Staff All trademarks and copyrighted information contained herein are the property of their respective owners.