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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)

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.

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

A Must-See Film – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

I was going through my collection of dvds yesterday and stumbled across an old favorite of mine, if you happen to not have seen this film, I would highly recommend it.

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels can be put simply into one word: a masterpiece. Only those who don’t have any sense of humor left will be left looking for the remote. There are numerous scenes within this film to tickle the funny bone, but the ones who also seek action will not be disappointed. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels starts with a poker game to trigger the plot.

The Ups and Downs of Poker

Thousands of people play poker on a daily basis and the possibility of making easy money attracts more and more new players. It’s inevitable that a great player pops up from time to time to make a career out of poker. Many players have Lady Luck on their side, winning huge amounts in minimal time and others remain on a gradual decline from day 1. As a poker guru, I have also experienced the highs and lows of playing poker. Here, I have collected a few of my favorite and memorable player searches. The colorful variety of different players can be visually viewed in the graphs below.

Dead Fish

Is it possible that someone plays 12,000 micro-limit Sit’n’Gos and learns nothing about poker during the process? I think this question is best answered by Rookie62. The poker extraordinaire tossed his bankroll underwater by playing $2 Sit’n’Gos. Most of the time, he plays 2-4 tables and if he is patient enough, he could become the biggest loser in the world. His talent is given.

Poker downswing chart

Some Nice Poker Art

Here I have collected some of the best pictures on the net with their theme being related to poker. Enjoy!

Darci Faulkner - "You are Right, I Don't Have The Spades"
Darci Faulkner - You are Right, I Don't Have The Spades (

Poker Hands Slang

Ever since people have been playing poker, players have been giving hole cards various nicknames. Here, I have collected some of the most known and popular nicknames for hole cards.

Pairs’ nicknames:

AA: Pocket Rockets; Bullets; American Airlines
KK: Cowboys; King Kong
QQ: Ladies, Whores, Siegfried & Roy
JJ: Fishhooks; hooks
TT: Dimes
99: German Virgin; Barbara Feldon (Get Smart Agent 99)
88: Snowmen; Doggie Balls; Piano Keys
77: Sunset Strip
66: Route 66
55: Speed Limit
44: Magnum; Sailboats
33: Crabs
22: Ducks

Barry Greenstein - Ace On The River (An Advanced Poker Guide)

This is a really a book not to pass by. Because Barry Greenstein’s book is one of my all-time favorites, I think I’m gonna be a bit biased when it comes to this review. Why is this? Because it was a pleasure to read, well-structured and left me wanting more. I think everyone can take away something from this book, I found all the chapters very useful and all the pages are worth looking over twice. This might not be the most convincing argument for the book, but the quality of the paper it’s published in and its high quality photos (284 of them!) not only make it a pleasure for your eyes, but also a valued book in your collection. Another reason behind my favoritism towards this book would have to be my respect for Barry Greenstein as both a professional poker player and a personality. I feel there is a lot to learn from him and his gameplay is simply amazing.

Ace On The River

The author of the book did not pick up the nickname ’The Robin Hood of Poker’ accidentally, as for he has donated millions of dollars of his winnings to numerous charities. Greenstein doesn’t only have his hands in tournaments, but he also plays cash game and has appeared numerous times in the American show High Stakes Poker, aired by the GSN Network.

The Pinocchios of Poker

There is nothing better than winning the pot with a weaker hand and letting your poker face intimidate your opponent into thinking you are the strongest. I have collected five of the most memorable bluffs in this compilation to make you think next time you fold. It’s undoubtable that it is a pleasure to win the pot with Aces, but if you can do it with 7-2 off-suit, that’s skill. 

The bluff is essential in any poker game and is a deadly weapon once mastered. It takes years and great control over emotions to master a great bluff. In order to be able to build your stack without a good hand, most good players abide by these guidelines:

  • Choice of opponent
  • Perfect timing
  • A good read
  • Exact bet amounts
  • Consequent aggressivity

Funny Poker Video Ads - Sure to tickle the funny bone!

Here I found a collection of some of my favorite funny poker-related videos and ads. Check them out and enjoy!

To begin with, let’s start with a Full Tilt Poker classic, starring Phil Ivey. A surprise awaits Phil when he gets home. Full Tilt made several similar ads based around the theme ‘One of the best poker faces in the world’.

The Cincinnati Kid - ’The Kid’ vs ’The Man’

The Cincinnati Kid, directed by Norman Jewison, is one of the finest and first card-related films, which tells us the story of ’The Kid’ and ’The Man’.

The Cincinnati Kid

Watching this film provides us with a glimpse back in time, letting us get to know the wild gambling world of America in the Sixties. The film’s opening scene revolves around a card game and just like in old Western movies, the suspicion of cheating arises and a battle between knives rather than cards begins. Throughout the film, there are numerous other card showdowns and even time for a cockfight.

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