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Oct
2010

Poker News – October 2010

Categories: Poker

Poker Hall of Fame Nominees Blogged by Doyle Brunson

Poker world’s legendary figure and hall of famer Doyle Brunson sees his favorite Barry Greenstein and Erik Seidel joining the ranks of immortal’s in the Poker Hall of Fame. Brunson cited the experience and overall skills of his two top choices as their tickets to the Hall of Fame. He also acknowledged the skills of Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey, but he added that this is not their year to win, although he is positive that these two young players will soon join their ranks of poker’s immortals.

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TV Poker

Poker events will soon hit the television this year. This was announced by Versus, a sports cable channel known for airing the National Hockey League and World Extreme Cagefighting. Versus will start showing poker events in time for the World Series of Poker Circuit Events. The poker show is produced by Poker PROductions beginning with the Horseshoe Hamond event from Hammond, Indiana and culminating with the first WSOP Circuit National Championship in Las Vegas before the 2011 World Series of Poker. Poker-themed “Whales” series created by the same producers of “Weeds” will soon be aired. The new-half hour comedy series will feature a group of young internet poker players renting a luxurious apartment in Las Vegas as they prepare for the World Series of Poker.

iPad Acquires Real Money Poker Site

Poker enthusiasts can now play with real money on the iPad table computer as well as on the iPhone and the iPod touch portable computer. The latest innovation for online gaming has been created by SawadeeSoft, Ireland-based software development company. This is the first real-money poker site on iPad called SwitchPoker.com. Players can play six-seat no-limit Texas Holdem cash games on their portable computer systems. SawadeeSoft is also looking forward to future developments that will include multi-table tournaments, single-table sit-and-go tournaments and the Pot-Limit Omaha. It can be recalled that these poker games can be played online and only game available on the site is the short-handed cash game. The real money poker site can be accessed by players using the company web site and restricts US-based customers from accessing the game. The site recognizes the anti-online gambling laws.

Dementia Can Be Prevented by Poker, Study Shows

The effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be delayed or minimized by playing poker, according to a recent study in France which examined five thousand elderly patients. Those who played poker at least twice a week have reduced the risks of dementia compared to their sedentary peers. According to Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, a medical researcher who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease, the study reveals that the retirement concept of “rest and relaxation” can be a predisposing factor to the risk of dementia. Furthermore, the study identified that sustained mental activity can retard or keep off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Poker has been known to be a good mental exercise of elderly people. Dr. Cummings added that the world’s poker top players are past their conventional retirement ages, citing Doyle Brunson (77), Berry Johnson (75) and TJ Cloutier (70).

David Vamplew Nails John Juanda at EPT London

David Vamplew took off with GBP900,000 (US41.4 million) defeating John Juanda of America at the London leg of European Poker Tour. This is David Vamplew’s first major career title. The Scottish poker pro started at a disadvantage to American poker veteran Juanda, playing heads-up at a four-to-one chip. However, Vamplew strongly made a come back to win the title. To date, Vamplew’s victory marked the fourth consecutive winnings of a UK native in as many weeks at a major event. The past weeks saw the victories of Toby Lewis at the EPT Tournament in Portugal which earned him EU467,836 (US$594,568); Jake Cody took home with GBP273,783 (US$425,492) at the First World Poker Tour London event; while James Bord bagged the WSOP Europe title with GBP830,401 (US$1,281,048), a week after.

Guilty Pleas to Illegal Sports Betting Submitted by Ten Canadians

An organized criminal organization involved in illegal gambling on games involving both the Canadian Football League and National Football League, the National Hockey League as well as the Major League Baseball has been uncovered by authorities in Canada. Ten Canadian men, 8 of whom pleaded guilty to unlawful bookmaking will face two years imprisonment while the 2 others are guilty of a crime benefiting a criminal organization and charges of illegal bookmaking. The two, identified as Domenico Velenosi and Carmelo Cannistraro, will be sentenced to a maximum of 14 years imprisonment due to the additional charge of benefiting a criminal organization.  The men have been allegedly working for major organized criminal personalities, taking bets on the sports earlier mentioned. The guilty pleas were submitted to a Montreal judge when Federal prosecutors found out their operations in illegal sports bookmaking web sites.

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01
Oct
2010

Baccarat: Ritual, Rules, and Rumors

Categories: Baccarat

What makes baccarat incredibly fun to play is its simplicity. Almost anyone who knows how to play cards can play a game given, of course, that he has some cash to risk.

The Great History of Baccarat

Baccarat is an Italian word for zero. The origins of the game have been debated by many and everyone seems to claim it as theirs. One of the most interesting origins of baccarat, however, tells the story of a ritual held centuries ago. The Roman Etruscans in the Italian peninsula introduced baccarat over 2600 years in the past. They had nine gods who were all housed in the Temple of Golden Heir whom they were required to offer a blond virgin to. To determine whether the woman dies or not, a nine sided die was to be rolled in front of her and a specified number will determine her fate. A six or a seven meant that she could live and will be forever excused from rolling the die again. An eight or nine meant that she was to be promoted to a priestess. While a five or less meant that she had to wade farther and farther down the sea until she drowned. The rules of baccarat display a very close similarity to this story. Though the origins of the game are dark and grim, the game is absolutely fun and easy to learn.

During the 14thcentury, the game flourished when the Crusaders once again re-introduced playing cards. Cards were often once thought of by the Church as the work of the Devil, but Gutenburg, in just about the same year that he published the Holy Book, also printed playing cards which then evolved into the first tarot deck where the four suits of the deck represented a certain class in society. To represent the serfs, the Clubs, which then evolved into cloverleaves, were used. The Coins which turned into diamonds represented the merchant class and nobility was represented by the Swords, which then turned into spades. The last suit, the cups, which represented the church because of its allusion to the Holy Grail, turned into Hearts. It is worthy to note that the first King of Hearts was Charlemagne the great King of the Francs and the Emperor of the Romans.

Felix Falguire created a game similar to the Etruscan ritual in the 1600s, using tarot cards. Thinking of a name to call his game, he decided of calling in Baccara, a Venetian slang term for zero which then turned into the the game we know today. Some say that the baccarat comes from the Chinese Pai Gow, which means to make nine, and was only introduced to Italy on one of Marco Polo‘s great expeditions.  It is interesting to note that Pai Gow also has the same banker rules.

Rules on Playing the Game

Baccarat is a not a complex game, but certain rules will need some getting used to. You need to understand the dynamics of the banker hand and player hand. Two hands are dealt and one is given to the banker while the other is given to the player. In the casino mini-baccarat, the objective is to bet on the hand with two or three cards with a sum that is closer to 9. If you are the player, your objective is to draw a two or three hand card that totals closer to nine than the banker. Remember that tens and face cards are all equal to zero, and all the other cards are equal to their face value. The ace earns you one point. If, on the other hand, the total of your hand equals to more than ten, you need to drop the ten and make the second digit the value of your hand. If you hand equals 14, for example, drop the ten, and your value is 4.

Two cards are dealt at each hand, and the point totals should determine whether the banker or the player gets a third card. The hand belonging to the player is always completed first. A maximum total of 8 or 9 is often called a natural. When a player gets a natural, he gets no more cards. If, on the other hand, the banker has a 9 or ties the natural eight, no more cards are drawn, and the player with a natural is an automatic winner. A player stands when his hand totals a six or seven. On zero to five, the player draws a third card if and only if the banker has no natural, in which case the bank wins without the need for drawing more cards.

Bankers have rules that are a bit more complex. The banker must stand on the numbers 7, 8, or 9 while he draws on a 0, 1, or 2 on other hands the banker is dependent on the amount of the players third card. Here are a series of banker rules for you to follow:

  • Hand equals 0,1,2: The Banker must draw a third card
  • Hand equals 3: Banker draws only if the Players third card is 0 through 9 with the exception of 8
  • Hand totals 4: Banker draws only if Player can third 2 through 7
  • Hand totals 5: Banker draws only if Player thirds 4 through 7
  • Hand totals 6: Banker draws only if Player can third 6 or 7
  • Hand totals 7: The Banker stands

Once all the cards are dealt, either the banker or the player with the total hand that is closest to nine wins.

The Only Possible Strategy

Remember, that there is no way of improving your odds in this game. Other than trying to avoid a Tie bet, there is nothing your efforts can do to improve your chances of winning. If you wish to count the cards, like the way people do in TV, remember that its only a facade. Professional research has proved that card counting in the game of Baccarat does not work. Baccarat is completely a game of luck, but if you utilize the rules to your advantage, you may just improve your chances of winning.

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