Poker Surface – Could It Be the New Dimension of Live Poker?

University students developed the latest hybrid of live and online poker, Poker Surface, which can be controlled by either a mobile phone or a touch-sensitive surface. Poker Surface is already raising eyebrows with big companies showing great interest in the product.

Although those in favoring live poker will probabrly never say goodbye to the feel of real chips, a real deck of cards and a fancy dealer lady, the combination of live and online poker has been challenging the developers for years now. The first electronic poker tables made their debut in 2008, and today they can be found in several popular casinos, including the recently finished Aria in Las Vegas.

The Blog of the Multitable King

Randy  ’nanonoko’ Lew, considered the best multi-table poker player of all time, recently started a new official blog, in which he does not only talk about his poker career, but also provides a sneak peek into his everyday life.


Randy ’nanonoko’ Lew was a student at the California Davis University (UC Davis) before he  became a well-known name in the poker world. Nanonoko was also recognized for being a well-known arcade game player before he caught on to poker. He specialized in the game Marvel vs Capcom 2 and won several international championships. He first met Hevad Khan within one of these events (Khan converted from games to cards as well). Khan managed to persuade nanonoko to try himself out in the world of online poker.

Nanonoko vs. Antonius – Unusual Hand Analysis

Randy ’Nanonoko’ Lew, considered the king of multi-table poker and Patrik Antonius, the best performing high stakes player of 2009, had a duel on day one of the European Poker Tour Monte Carlo. 

Randy ’Nanonoko’ Lew, a member of the PokerStars professional online team reminisced over the events of the EPT Monte Carlo, where he was set packing home during the first day. One of his opponents was the best high stakes player of last year, the Full Tilt-pro Patrik Antonius.

The American analyzes his most important hand, where he used his creative artistic skills to animate the outcome of the event.

High Stakes Poker Season 6 – Another nightmare-like day for Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu’s downswing continues in the eleventh episode of High Stakes Poker Season 6. The ‘run it twice’ option didn’t help, and  Mike Matusow ripped Daniel off just as much as he could.

In the latest episode of HSP, Tom 'durrrr' Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, David Benyamine, Eli Elezra, Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow, Phil 'OMGClayAiken' Galfond, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier and Doyle Brunson were the ones that brought us the action in the Golden Nugget.

The World’s Best Casinos - Top 10 List

Here, I am going to introduce the top ten poker temples to make or break you. These are the places where dreams can come true and the luxury of the kings is standard. With millions of dollars turning over every day it’s every poker player’s dream to experience the atmosphere offered by these venues at least once in their life.

Casino de Monte Carlo (Monaco)

The casino was built in 1863 and still is one of the main attractions for tourists in Monaco. The casino had a dramatic impact on Monte Carlo’s reputation to be one of the best places to gamble at in Europe. The Casino Monte Carlo was designed by Charles Garnier, who also designed the Opera House in Paris. The casino’s looks are pleasant to the eyes, with a historic yet modern appeal. It also houses a theatre, which is the venue for opera and ballet performances.
The casino appears in many world famous movies, such as several James Bond films (like GoldenEye and Never Say Never Again) and Eugene Levy’s blockbuster, Once Upon a Crime.
Besides poker, players can enjoy roulette, blackjack, bacarat, craps, trente et quarente and 316 slot machines.

Casino de Monte Carlo (Monaco)

Always Continuation Bet a King High Uncoordinated Flop

Are you the player, who always continuation bet a flop, after a preflop raise? Or are you the one, who just bet, if you hit the flop? Neither is good. If you do not hit hit the board you have to carefully analyse the flop texture and villain’s tendencies before you decide about your flop play.

The more villain folds to continuation bet, the more times you have to bet. And also the more uncoordinated the flop, the more times you have to bet.

But there is a flop when you almost always have to bet, and this is a king high uncoordinated flop. It does not matter if you do not connect to any piece of the flop. Just bet it.

Villains will fold the majority of the time. But if you got called follow carefully.

Play a Hand with Me - Thin Value Bets with 77

$0.50/$1  No Limit Holdem
5 Players

UTG  (Hero) $104
CO  $25
BTN  $102
SB  $185
BB $100

($1.50, 5 players) Hero is UTG with
7h 7s
Hero raises to $3, 1 fold, BTN calls $3, 2 folds

Flop: ($7.50, 2 players)
:4c 6c 4s
Hero bets $6, BTN calls $6

Turn: ($19.50, 2 players)
Hero bets $14, BTN calls $14

River: ($47.50, 2 players)

This hand was played by one of my friends. Let’s see how the hand was played out by him until the river. Preflop it is a clear bet. The flop and turn bets are for protection and also for thin value. But how do you feel about this river card?

EPT San Remo – Liv Boeree, Queen of the Riviera

The stunning poker player Liv Boeree is once again in the spotlight after winning the PokerStars European Poker Tour San Remo event, beating the online professional Jakob ’mendieta19’ Carlsson in the heads-up.

Liv Boeree

The final 8-player table of the €5,300 buy-in EPT Main Event in San Remo started with the 22 year-old Swedish online poker player Jakob ’mendieta19’ Carlsson having a superior advantage over everyone else. Carlsson had almost three times the amount of chips as the 18 year-old Toni Petterson who came in second after the chip count.

Become the Governor of Texas

Get ready for some great entertainment in Youda's new game, the Governor of Poker. Just being a newbie at this game my first impression where Wow! What a creative and exciting platform to relax a play some fun Texas Hold’em Poker. The Governor of Poker is not like any other poker game I have ever played and definitely stands out with its uniqueness.

Governor of Poker

Still in the Game After a Century - A 106 Year Old Poker Player

I was just browsing the net yesterday when I stumbled across an intriguing and inspiring video of a 106 year old man who still enjoys the occasional poker game.

Ruben Hopper from Pawnee Country, Oklahoma, was born on August 13th 1903 and was raised on a farm being one of 17 children.

Durrrr Gets His Own Avatar at Full Tilt Poker

Tom ’durrrr’ Dwan became a Full Tilt Poker professional in November 2009, when he signed with the Full Tilt Team. Although durrrr has been signed with Full Tilt for a while now, only recently has he acquired his own avatar, a privilege to every Full Tilt Pro. Durrrr’s comic self was born on the 18th April, so now he doesn’t need to look in the mirror anymore to admire his own face while playing poker.

New Durrrr Avatar at Full Tilt Poker

The new Tom ’durrrr’ Dwan avatar has also raised the eyebrows of his opponents with the following comments published online:

Is the 2009 WSOP Final Up for an Emmy award?

The WSOP broadcast of the American Tv channel ESPN has been nominated for the Sport Emmy award for a second time. Last year, it fell short of the title with is main rival NBC, with its broadcast of the Olympic Games taking the honor. This year, however, it is said to be the ultimate favorite for the award.

Emmy Award

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences had the honor to announce the nominees of the Sport Emmy award, and the WSOP Final Table broadcast has also made it to the ’Best Live Event Broadcast’ category list. Other nominees include Basmaster Classic (ESPN2), Tour de France (CBS/Versus), Inside the Headsets – Speed, The 25th All Star Race (NASCAR Media Group), Inside the PGA Tour, The Deutsche Bank championship (PGA Tour Entertainment).

Aria’s High Stakes Poker Room, The Ivey Room Set to Open in May

For several years now, the home for Las Vegas high stakes poker action has always been Bobby’s Room, located in the Bellagio. The Ivey Room, part of the Aria (the new casino giant also located in Las Vegas), is now set to take over this title, securing its grasp on high stakes poker.

The Aria Hotel & Casino (said to be the jewel of the 8.5 billion dollar city-in-a-city complex dubbed the MGM Mirage) is a 60-storey glass palace, lying over 370,000 square meters that took five years to construct. The casino consists of 14,000 square meters and besides its showcase central room, it has numerous private rooms to provide discrete high stakes action.

The steering committee’s main goal with the extravagant enterprise is probably to bring Las Vegas to its knees and to make it the central hub for all the action happening in the city. So, the plans to take over the high stakes games from the Bellagio do not come as a surprise.

Where Would They Be Now if It Wasn’t for Poker?

What would the multi-millionaire poker players of our time be doing if a poker career wasn’t their profession? The members of 2+2 have got together again to try and answer this unusual question with the help of Photoshop to come up with some alternative professions that would most probably suit these well-known stars. I have made an assortment of the finest ones available.

Doyle Brunson driver
Doyle Brunson, the roaming cowboy

Full Tilt Big Dogs In The Pound – 2+2 Random Brain Farts

The well-known international poker forum, 2+2 demonstrates its comic humour again, this time chucking its focus on Full Tilt Poker. As most of you might already be aware, Full Tilt Poker is being investigated by the FBI for supposedly accepting players from states (i.e. Washington) where online poker is already banned, breaking the legislation of the UIGEA, to be placed in full effect in June.

Although I don’t think that the people leading Full Tilt Poker (like Howard Lederer and Phil Ivey) will spend the rest of their time behind bars, the Photoshop section of the 2+2 forum seem to have pondered on this idea, not afraid to push it that extra step.

Full Tilt Poker Gang
The Full Tilt Gang in the Prison

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