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Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

Players Television Network — The Business of Online Poker (2005)

The short-lived Players Television Network debuted at the 2005 World Series of Poker.

I was asked to moderate two panel discussions, which were later broadcast via “On Demand.”  The first show was on the late great poker legend Stu Ungar.  SEE STU UNGAR FEATURE HERE   The second show (featured here) was a panel discussion about the business of online poker.

I wasn’t at all prepared to assume the role of moderator.  I recall leaving the rigors of my job at the WSOP for an hour our so, getting abruptly fitted with a microphone, and then walking out and taking a seat in front of a live studio audience and rolling television cameras with no script.

The good thing about the unrehearsed format is that everything was spontaneous.  The bad thing is the show could have been much crisper had I been prepared.  Looking back now, I certainly would have asked more penetrating questions than what appear here.

Fortunately, the three guests who appeared on the online poker segment were outstanding.  Tony Cabot (one one of the world’s top legal experts on online gambling), Mike Sexton (then a consultant to PartyPoker), and Dan Goldman (then a consultant to PokerStars) were all in top form.

Even though this discussion might seem dated now seven years later, it holds up remakrably well over time.  Many of the things discussed that day have happened, just as predicted.

Here’s that panel discussion from 2005 that runs about 40 minutes in length.


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Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Blog, Politics | 1 comment

Mitt Romney’s “Captain Queeg” Moment



There was a moment in last night’s debate when Mitt Romney’s aspirations of becoming the 45th President of the United States came to a shattering end.

Perhaps the worst was a rambling, waffling, embarrassing, and thoroughly revealing two-minute soliloquy towards the end of the duel when Romney was utterly exposed — not just as a pretty little deer caught in the headlights– but as what will mercifully become political road kill come November 6th.

Unable to lay a glove on the chin of a heavyweght champion with a stellar foreign policy record (thanks in large part to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s masterful stewardship), Romney increasingly found himself in agreement with many of the President’s policies, as the night wore on.

It became apparent to millions of Americans watching that the Republican nominee is so thoroughly inept when it comes to international affairs, that he would essentially outsource his entire foreign policy to the same group of neo-conservative zealots (those who make up his current crop of advisors) who slapped us with two unnessary wars costing our nation a terrible loss of lives and treasure, while enriching their buddies like Blackwater who are entrenched in the ultra-lucrative killing business.

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Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Mobile Betting: How Is It Beneficial to Sports Bettors?


Mobile Betting: How Is It Beneficial to Sports Bettors?

Sports betting is practiced by many people from different races and cultures. Besides enjoying the sports that you like, the idea of actually winning easy money is what drives many to try their luck in betting, even if they lack the necessary know-how and skills for it. Nevertheless, they still do it.

For this reason, punters usually take most of their time anticipating how these competitions and races would occur, as well as where would it take place and when.

Today’s time introduced a whole lot of differences from ancient eras, mostly because of the rise in our technology. Indeed, technology is a massive help in making things more comfortable, especially for the business sector, wherein it is a necessity for daily operations. Moreover, the usage of modern technology makes communication more accessible.

The influence of technology also reaches to sporting events, as they are convenient to track since individuals can watch them using their cellphones and other devices. Also, individuals can bet on races, tournaments, and any other competitions worldwide right at the convenience of your mobile phone.

Typically, people gather on arenas and racing fields to watch and cheer for their picks, and most notably, to place a wager. Since not all can witness the events live, they can always use their mobiles to watch for live streaming, as well as to bet online. There are a lot of websites on the internet that market these kinds of programs.

As more and more people and punters prefer to place their bets online, it has become clear that this trend is here to stay.

Some of the benefits listed below can shed light on why mobile betting gives advantages to bettors.

Bet Conveniently and Hassle-Free

One thing that makes mobile betting a popular trend today is the convenience that it gives to the punters. Habitually, individuals make use of their mobile phones every day for different transactions. As such, betting sites take advantage of it and make betting online possible.

As the usage of these mobile phones became a widespread occurrence, individuals can quickly place their bets hassle-free through several online betting sites. These websites offer bonuses, and a lot of promotions, especially to new members who will sign-up to them.

In most situations, the convenience and practicality of using gadgets to bet on sports make a lot of sense. Who would not want a comfortable way to make a bet? Surely no one. Convenience is genuinely one of the many reasons why it is an advantage to bet online using mobile phones.

Anytime, Anywhere!

Whether you’re stuck out of traffic, bored in the office, or spending your free period, you can always have your time. Individuals can place a wager on specific sites online. You can now easily bet on your favorite sporting events, whenever and wherever you are, so long as there’s an internet connection.

Furthermore, no matter what time of day it is, if your preferred team will play in other countries, you can still place your bet. The punters will not have a hard time looking for bookmaker shops while traveling or on vacation to place bets. While using only the mobile phone, you can look for live streams online and check if they’re available at the venue.

Free of Charge When Signing Up

Reaping all the benefits of sports betting using mobile devices is a win-win situation since placing a wager online don’t have fees. Individuals can sign-up and input information quickly and can get the chance to obtain new member bonuses.

Individuals can conveniently deposit their bets through the site’s trusted partners. Also, these sports betting sites give quick access to bank accounts that allows people to transfer and withdraw funds easily to and from the bookie. Rest assured that all the information provided to the site remains confidential and secured.

Selection of Bets

The majority of online sites for sports betting also offer the same variety of wagers as to the bookmaker shops. No matter what kind of sporting events that individuals want to take the risk of their money, they still can look for that event using their mobile phones.

Horse racing, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, and any other tournaments are all introduced in the online betting sites.


So, is mobile betting beneficial? Definitely, yes.

Betting is a spontaneous activity that people like to do. It is heavily evident in sports as most of the individuals are into different sports. It’s not surprising. After all, you get to enjoy your horse racing while earning money.

Although punters allot their time on watching and placing a wager on these events, there will be times of unavailability to go and witness the game live. Fortunately, they can still view and bet online using mobile phones.


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Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Blog, Essays, Politics | 9 comments

Masters of Hate — The Conservative Disinformation Campaign

Stupid Tea Baggers


Conservatives love to hate President Obama.

They’re willing to resort to any means necessary to defeat the incumbent President.

They will lie.  They will cheat.  They will steal.  And, then when that’s not enough to produce a voting majority, they’ll lie even more.

Consider the wacko disinformation campaign that’s been blasted from one inbox to another over the Internet ever since the name “Barack Obama” surfaced as a serious Presidential candidate, some five years ago.  Since then, we’ve witnessed a toxic assembly line of lies almost always consisting of fabricated junk meant to create confusion and hatred for the President — about his intentions, about his character, even about his patriotism and nationality.  I suspect that most of you reading today’s column have received these same emails occasionally, which are essentially nothing more than political garbage.

Invariably, they are easily debunked as completely false.  Most of the time, a ten-second Google search reveals most of this stuff is quite simply made up.  Yet, just as it’s difficult to scrub the ring out of a toilet bowl, the filthy concoction of lies continues to get passed from one scared little person to another, circling around in the right wing’s sewer pipes, pumped from one fanatic to the next.

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2012 in Blog, Sports Betting | 0 comments

NFL Plays — Week 7




35 WINS – 28 LOSSES – 1 PUSHES —– (+ 6.95 units / 1 unit = $100)




Coming off a 6-5 week, which could have been a much better day…..but a missed 37-yard FG with few seconds left in the first half of the Arizona game cost us an 8.4 unit swing on the OVER…..We lost another 11.25 unit swing on the Lions/Eagles game OVER 9.5 in the first quarter — four illegal motion penalties in Eagles territory gave us a 6-0 first quarter lead, rather than a 10-0 lead, which would have been a monster day if just a play or two had gone our way.  Steamed we didn’t go 7-4 or perhaps 8-3.  But this is still a season in the black, so far — which is encouraging. 

On to Week 7 — Making ten bets and wagering $4,145.

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