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Tex Morgan is an interesting and colorful character who has done much for the poker community, especially for tournament enthusiasts. His brainchild, the TEARS system, has caught on at such an alarming pace that he and his representatives, Patty Pfeil and former WSOP World Champion Brad Daugherty, are barely able to keep up with the constant requests from one tournament director after another.

Just what does the TEARS acronym stand for? It is tournament evaluation and rating system. What does it mean and how does it work? We will get back to that for some general information on this system.

Tex has written an article explaining the entire program and it is available for your perusal right here on PokerPages.com. For now, poker can wait as I share with you an interview with the friendly and congenial Tex Morgan. I caught up with Tex at the recently concluded Reno Hilton Pot of Gold Tournament. Here are some of the fascinating things that he shared with me.

Jan Fisher: Tex, you and I have crossed paths many times during the past decade but we have never really talked. Would you tell me a little about yourself? I have heard that you have had a tremendously varied and interesting life. Talk to me!

Tex Morgan: Well, yes, I have been around a while and I have done many things in my life. You know, the usual stuff that a guy from Texas does ~ nothing too exciting.

JF: I am calling your bluff on that one. Please, I heard that you were in the rodeo, were (are?) an expert archer, as well as other such tidbits. Don’ t make me drag it outta ‘ya!

TM: Okay, good call. I have been a tokyoslot88 competitor all of my life. Yes, I was on the rodeo circuit for many years. The events in which I participated were bareback, bull riding, and roping. I am a true Texan at heart! I also have competed as a toxophilite on a four-man team that set a world record in the 1970s.

JF: Now stop right there! First, you told me “not much” when I asked about your life. Now you are using words like toxisomething…what is that?

TM: Okay, so you were paying attention. That is the real term for archery. I participated on a team that at one time competed in an event where we (as a team) shot 120 arrows at a one and one-half inch bull’s-eye from 60 feet. We missed the target four times.

JF: You missed the target entirely?

TM: No, we missed the bull’s-eye four times!

JF: Wow, that is incredible. So now, save me from the dragging it out of you and tell me the rest of the story.

TM: Well, I also have dabbled at bowling, chess, checkers, and pinochle. I have been happily married for 16 years and hope that that never ends. I began playing poker at the age of 14, playing penny-ante, pot-limit anything. We played draw, spit in the ocean ~ you know ~ the general home fare that dates back to the dark ages! From there, as I got older, I began to play in some home games and, as the current popular poker games emerged as being the games to master, that is where I directed my attention.

JF: I know that with your TEARS tournament structure system, you have certainly spent numerous hours on the computer. Knowing that you are a numbers guy, and assisted by some inside information, tell me about the personal statistics that you keep on your own tournament results.

TM: They really aren’t any big deal. You know, I just crunch some numbers and figure out statistically speaking how I do in the events in which I enter.

JF: And how do you do? I really want to know!

TM: The numbers that I have come up with have truly amazed me. Only ‘cause you are threatening to call my bluff again am I going to share those stats with you. I have to be honest here, I am mighty proud of what I have learned by keeping these good records. I have won 69 tournaments having buy-ins of $100 or more. I win one in 20 that I enter. That’s really about it.

JF: Wow, that is an amazing number! To a non-player it may not sound like many, but that is really awesome! What about your finishes and wins once you are in the money? Do you keep records on that too?

TM: Yes, I have all of those numbers as well. Of all the tournaments that I enter, I finish in the money one time out of five and a half.

JF: And how many of those do you win?

TM: I am a bit embarrassed to share this information but, for the past seven and a half years, I have won one out of three tournaments once I have made the money!

JF: I am amazed! So how do you do in heads-up play?

TM: Jeez, you ask a lot of questions…I have won about 75% of my heads-up matches.

JF: And you said your life was no big deal. You made me pull teeth to get these answers! Wow, if I had such a great life, both in and out of poker, I would be shouting it from the mountaintops!

TM: It’s really no big deal.

And so this is Tex Morgan, the man. Low key and modest by nature, I found Tex to be a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stagnant, smoke-filled casino. His life’s accomplishments, as well as his class and outgoing yet soft-spoken nature, made the time that I spent with him fly. I wanted to know more. But, Tex kept telling me how unimportant all of this was. That the real story here was not about him, but about his tournament program TEARS.

As mentioned, Tex wrote his own report about the system and the reasons behind it. You can access that report right here on Pokerpages.com. Let me tell you a little about it that he may have neglected to tell you, being the modest cowboy that he is. He began working on this idea for a better tournament structure eight years ago. He knew what needed to be done, but he just didn’t know how to do it. He got a computer about five years ago and began learning what was possible. He is refining the program all the time, but it has taken off with overwhelming success. The premise of it is that the limits go up in a smoother, more even fashion. There are no 100% limit increases. All limit jumps fit within the parameters of being between 33% and 66 2/3%. The time limit for each round is adjusted according to a computer model, answering the tournament director’s dilemma of what time an event will end.

The Reno Hilton was the first property to accept this new idea as being worthy of a trial and it has finally come to overwhelming acceptance after some initial player trepidation. Players and tournament directors were all skeptical, as we all are, of change. It seems to have turned out that this change was hugely for the good of tournament poker. Tex was hoping that by 2001, he could get three main properties with major events to give his system a try. To date, he has already gotten 17! Not only will the Reno Hilton use this system again for their January World Poker Challenge, but also the Reno Peppermill will begin using it for their next event, as will the prestigious World Series Of Poker and Tournament Of Champions! Now those are some resounding endorsements.

So what does Tex get out of this? The knowledge that he has made a change for the betterment of the industry. For casinos that wish to try out this system, Tex is offering the program and training in its usage free of charge. If he or one of his representatives have to travel to accomplish this, they ask expenses only. Tex has done this for the industry that he loves. He is an adrenaline junkie and by keeping tournaments playable for the masses, he has provided for a better future for these events.

In addition to the structures he provides, he also has payout schedules that are figured out by the same computer program. He believes in the flattened payouts. That is quite a generous belief for someone with such tremendous tournament results. His love of poker, poker players, and the industry is certainly evident. I was incredibly impressed by Tex and his friendly and fun nature. And as I left him at the table where we had been speaking, I was asking myself what the heck had taken me so long to get to know this really cool guy. I look forward to my next encounter with Tex and suggest that when you folks see him in a cardroom, you go right up to him and say “howdy.”

I know when the next time I will see him will be. He and I have an appointment to go over the structures that he is trying to prepare for me to see if his system will work for my tournaments on the Card Player Cruises. We have some special needs, and I would have thought I was drawing dead to even think that he would have the formula for me. He assured me that he would try to come up with one by the time I meet up with him again in Reno at the Hilton’s January event. I promise that if he has the program for me, I will give it a try!

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Among the more profitable player options available is the choice to “double down”.  This can only be done with a two card hand, before another card has been drawn.  Doubling down allows you to double your bet and receive one, and only one, additional card to the hand.  A good example of a doubling opportunity is when you hold a total of 11, say a (6,5) against a dealer’s upcard of 5.  In this case, you have a good chance of winning the hand by drawing one additional card, so you might as well increase your bet in this advantageous situation.  If you are playing in a face-down game, just toss the two cards face-up on the table in front of your bet.  In either type of game,  add an additional bet to the betting circle.  Place the additional bet adjacent to the original bet, not on top of it.  The dealer will deal one additional card to the hand.  In the face-down game, he’ll probably tuck it face-down under your bet, to be revealed later.

Players are allowed to double down for any amount up to the original bet amount, so you could double down “for less” if you wanted.  Just remember that you do give up something for being allowed to increase your bet:  the ability to draw more than one additional card.  If the correct play is to double down, you should always double for the full amount if possible.

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Splitting Pairs

When you are dealt a matching pair of cards (remember, ignore the suits), you have the ability to split the hand into two separate hands, and play them independently.  Let’s say you are dealt a pair of eights for a total of sixteen.  Sixteen is the worst possible player hand, since it is unlikely to win as is, but is very likely to bust if you draw to it.  Here’s a great chance to improve a bad situation.

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If you get additional pairs (in the first two cards of a hand), most casinos will allow you to resplit, making yet another hand.  The most common rule allows a player to split up to 3 times, making 4 separate hands, with 4 separate bets.  If double after split is allowed, you could have up to 8 times your initial bet on the table if you chose!  Some casinos restrict resplitting, and some allow unlimited splitting.  Another fine point is that you are allowed to split any 10-valued cards, so you could split a (Jack, Queen) hand.  However, this is usually a bad play: Keep the 20.

The other complication for pair splits concerns splitting Aces.  Splitting Aces is a very strong player move, so the casino restricts you to drawing only one additional card on each Ace.  Also, if you draw a ten-valued card on one of your split Aces, the hand is not considered a Blackjack, but is instead treated as a normal 21, and therefore does not collect 3:2 odds.  Some casinos allow resplitting Aces if you draw another, while many do not allow resplitting Aces although they often do allow resplitting of any other pairs.  With all these restrictions, you may wonder whether it makes sense to split Aces.  The answer is a resounding YES.  Always split pairs of Aces.

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Main Street Station offers a free scratch-off card to win cash when you hit any four-of-a-kind, straight flush, or royal flush on a video poker machine, and whenever you win 300 coins or more on any slot or video keno machine. Prizes range from $1 to $5,000. To receive e-mail promotional offers send your name, Player’s Gold number, mailing address, and e-mail address to: davidbrendmoen@boydgaming.com. Be sure to write “MSS Promo” in the subject line.

Out-of-state visitors can get a free El Cortez Fun Book in advance of their visit by e-mailing a request with their name and address to: reservations@elcortezhotelcasino.com. Careful Kitty’s Cafe, the coffee shop at the El Cortez, serves a T-bone steak or prime rib dinner for $5.95 from midnight to 7 a.m. every day. They also offer an 8-ounce rib-eye steak dinner for $4.25 from midnight to 3 p.m. daily.

Fitzgeralds offers a fun book that allows you to build your own selections. You must be a member of the slot club but even if you don’t gamble UFA you’re still eligible. If you do gamble the offers will be better and best of all won’t affect your point balance. The Fitz also offers two shows featuring celebrity impersonator Larry Jones and Elvis impersonator Craig Newell. Both shows are virtually free except for a one-drink minimum (prices run $2 to $4).

The Market Street Cafe at the California features a daily Prime Rib Special for $5.99 that includes a salad bar, entree, potato, vegetable, and cherries jubilee over ice cream for dessert. If it’s not listed on the menu be sure to ask for it. To receive updated information by e-mail about promotions send your name, Player’s Gold number, mailing address, and e-mail address to: davidbrendmoen@boydgaming.com. In the subject line enter “NATC-Promo.”

Magnolia’s, the coffee shop at the Four Queens, offers up a complete prime rib dinner daily from 4 p.m. to midnight for $6.95. Also, for $10 you can receive a set of three plastic coated Win Cards showing basic strategies (or winning payoff amounts) for the games of Blackjack, Craps and Roulette, plus $15 in non-negotiable chips that can be used for any even-money bets in the casino. You even get a $1 tip coupon for the dealer. In essence, you’re getting the cards for free, plus an extra $6 in value.

The Golden Gate serves up its world-famous 99-cent shrimp cocktail 24 hours a day with live piano music to entertain you while you dine on your 99-cent bargain. Be sure to watch for the Promotions Girl, found near the entrances from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday nights. She hands out fortune cookies that contain all sorts of free or special offers including: food discounts, free drinks, match plays, and slot and video poker bonuses.

The Fremont has a free prize machine for members of their slot club located next to their booth. You can insert your slot club card once per day for a chance to win prizes. If you happen to hit a jackpot of $1,000 or more they will give you a free Logo t-shirt. To receive updated information about promotions at the Fremont send your name, Player’s Gold card number, mailing address, and email address to: howardjochsberger@boydgaming.com. Be sure to enter “Fremont-Promo” in the subject line.

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Most of you probably saw that now-famous “Judge Judy” show last month, the one where John Bonetti brought suit against Dirty Wally. But for the benefit of those of you who missed it because your TV set is in the pawn shop, here’s what happened.

It seems that Bonetti staked Wally in a tournament satellite. When he saw how Wally played a hand that cost him all his chips, he became so enraged that he complained to every player in the room who would listen, and then he demanded his money back.

Wally indignantly refused, whereupon Bonetti sued him for impersonating a poker player. Wally in turn threatened to counter-sue for defamation of character, and they both agreed to air their differences on Judge Judy’s court TV program.

At the appointed hour, Dirty Wally, Bonetti, and Big Denny, whom John had brought along as a corroborating witness, stood in front of the judge. Dirty Wally wore his usual cowboy hat and jeans with a water bottle stuck in his back pocket. Big Denny was garbed in a Barstow Card Sbobet88 Casino T-shirt. Judge Judy stared at them in disbelief, then asked the plaintiff and defendant to identify themselves.

“I’m da plaintiff, your honor,” John Bonetti began. Dat bum dere boint up the dough I gave him t’ play on.”

“Hey,” Dirty Wally broke in, “bad beats happen to everyone. Besides, it was the dealer’s fault….”

Judge Judy banged her gavel. “How about we talk one at a time here? She peered at Dirty Wally over her reading glasses. “It says here that you call yourself ‘Dirty Wally.’ Is that your real name?”

“His real name is Cecil,” said Big Denny. “Hey, Theethil, kin I come over ta yer house an’ play wit yer dolls?” Big Denny snickered, then ducked as Dirty Wally flung his water bottle at him.

Judge Judy stared at Big Denny in disbelief. And who, pray tell, is this bozo?” she inquired.

“Dat bozo is my expoit witness,” Bonetti replied.

“Yeah, lady,” said Big Denny. “Ya got a problem wit dat?” For perhaps the first time in her life, Judge Judy was at a loss for words. She turned back to Dirty Wally. “This is a courtroom, Mr. Wally. Please remove your hat.” Wally did not respond. “Do you see my lips moving?” the judge berated him. “I asked you to take off that idiotic cowboy hat.”

Wally approached the bench and whispered something in her ear.

“I don’t care if you’re bald, that hat comes off!” she shouted, and yanked it off his head.

Unfortunately, the long, ratty wig to which it was attached came off as well, revealing that Wally was as bald as a melon.

“Eeeyah!” Judge Judy screamed. “Put that hat back on.” She sighed deeply. “Now, is it acceptible with everyone if we proceed? Mr. Bonetti, please state your case.”

“Soitenly,” Bonetti said. “Foist of all, I put this bum here in a satellite….”

“Where did you put him?” Judge Judy asked in confusion. “In a satellite,” Bonetti repeated.

“Ya see, it’s like poker, only instead of playin’ fer money, ya play ta win yer table, which if you should happen to do, then ya get to play in da regular tournament, so I put up 55 bucks of my own money for half of dat bum’s action, in case he should happen to win his table and cash out in the tournament, which ain’t too likely after I see da way he plays, like he’s a school goil just loinin’ da game, if ya know what I mean.”

Judge Judy had no clue what he meant. “Could you be a little more specific?” she prodded.

“Sure, Bonetti responded. Da game was 7-card stud highlow eight or better, which Wally tells me is one of his best games. Anyway, he’s in a pot playin’ against another poisen who’s got four low cards showin’, and he’s playin’ like king, jack, ten, an’ he’s tryin’ ta make a straight, an’ of course he don’t make it, an’ loses all his chips, and when I give him a little friendly advice by tellin’ him he’s the woist player who I have ever seen in my whole life, he gets mad and blames the dealer. Ain’t dat right, Denny?”

“Yeah, dat’s right,” said Big Denny. “I think Wally needs new glasses, or maybe a seein’ eye dog.”

Judge Judy still had no idea what was going on. “And what is your response, Mr. Wally?”

“I call as my witness that eminent poker authority, Miss Barbara Enright,” Wally announced triumphantly.

“OK, Barbara, now tell the judge what you told me.” “Oh, I once saw John play exactly the same hand exactly the same way in a tournament,” Enright testified.

“He got broke too.”

“Hey, dat was different!” Bonetti shouted. “Besides, it was da dealer’s fault. If dealers had more brains dey would be waiters.” Bonetti threw up his hands. “Anyway, what’s da use even discussin’ dis? It was my own fault stakin’ Wally. Only time I ever seen him cash out was once when he found two quarters in a telephone change slot.”

Now it was Wally’s turn to become incensed. “Hey, I’ve won over 200 tournaments!” he yelled.

“Yeah, den how come I ain’t never seen yer name in Card Player?” Bonetti demanded.

“I play under an assumed name to fool the IRS,” Wally replied.

“Yeah? What name?”

“T.J. Cloutier. How d’ya think he got named player of the year?”

An ancient creature in a Civil War cap struggled to his feet in the spectator section. “That’s tellin’ ’em, sonny,” cackled Filthy Willy, Dirty Wally’s grandfather.

Judge Judy banged down her gavel. “Order in the court!”

“OK,” said Big Denny. “I’ll have a ham and cheese sandwich on rye.”

Judge Judy banged her gavel down even harder.

“With a side order of pork chops,” Big Denny added.

Judge Judy held her head in obvious pain. “Oh, why didn’t I just become a dental hygienist?” she wailed. “All right, here’s my ruling. I haven’t the faintest idea what either of you two gentlemen are talking about, so I’m going to split the money down the middle, providing you both use it for educational purposes.”

“What kind of education?” they both asked. “Poker lessons for Mr. Wally and elocution lessons for Mr. Bonetti. Court is adjourned.”

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CryptoLogic Inc. (NASDAQ:CRYP) (TSE:CRY.), a leading software supplier to the Internet gaming and e-commerce industries, today expanded its offering with the acquisition of the leading gaming content provider, WinnerOnLine, through CryptoLogic’s licensing and services subsidiary, WagerLogic. WinnerOnLine (www.winneronline.com) has distinguished itself as one of the best gaming portals for players, providing independent information on the latest news, game tips, casinos and jackpots on the Internet. With over 12,000 pages of unique content and an unbiased bulletin board, WinnerOnLine attracts over 350,000 unique visitors each month and has developed a solid understanding of the e-gaming market. WinnerOnLine will retain its independence following the acquisition.

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The acquisition of WinnerOnLine creates valuable synergies as CryptoLogic deepens its relationships with some of the world’s top land-based operators. The addition of player-focused content gives the company a superb channel to the user community, and follows CryptoLogic’s investment in customer relationship management software that helps licensees establish one-to-one relationships with players.

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Once touted as a long-term replacement to David Beckham on the right of England’s midfield, the career of former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur winger David Bentley seems to have gone seriously off course, writes Andy Greeves.

Ten years ago, David Bentley scored the first goal of his professional career for Arsenal against Middlesbrough on January 24, 2004. His delicate chip over Boro goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer from the edge of the box spoke volumes for the huge natural ability the 19-year-old midfielder possessed.

Loan spells at Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers followed between 2004 and 2006, in which time Bentley proved that he could compete at the highest level, playing 26 Premier League games for the Canaries, scoring twice and 14 further games at Ewood Park. He permanently signed for Blackburn in January 2006 and within days achieved his Agen Domino99 career highlight to date – a hat-trick for Rovers in a 4-3 win over Manchester United on February 1, 2006. By this stage, Bentley was a regular fixture in England’s U21 team, indeed he was the first Englishman to score at the new Wembley Stadium against Italy’s U21 side on March 24, 2007. After an impressive season for Blackburn in 2006-07, he was called up for an England B game and thereafter found his way into England’s full international squad with call-ups for matches against Brazil and Estonia.

In June 2007, he was named in England’s U21 squad for the UEFA European U21 Championships but pulled out shortly before the tournament began. Then-U21 manager Stuart Pearce questioned the player’s commitment and many have done the same think since as Bentley’s career has gone off course.

The following year Bentley made his first England start against Switzerland on February 9, 2008 and signed for Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of around £15m that summer. Early displays for Spurs were impressive, including a long range opener in the North London derby against former club Arsenal on October 26, 2008 in a 4-4 draw at the Emirates Stadium. While fellow right-winger Aaron Lennon shone during the 2008-2009 season for Tottenham, Bentley was in and out of the starting eleven. During the same season, he was arrested for drink-driving after crashing his Porsche into a lamp post. Cue The Sun headline ‘Smashed Bentley Smashed Porsche’. His appearances during the 2009-2010 were even more sparse, with just 15 league run-outs for Spurs compared to 25 the previous campaign.

He came on as a substitute for Tottenham in their pivatol match away at Manchester City on May 5, 2010 in which Peter Crouch’s 82nd minute header saw the North Londoners win 1-0 and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. Bentley celebrated by throwing a large bucket over Spurs manager Harry Redknapp during a live TV interview. He laughed off the incident and even auctioned his water-damaged suit for a charity. However, those close to the current QPR manager say he was less than impressed by the stunt and indeed Bentley made just league two appearances under Redknapp during the following season.

Rarely starting in the league, Bentley was handed a number of opportunities to play for Spurs in cup games when Redknapp rotated his squad. Rather than perform to levels he set at Blackburn and try to get back in contention for Tottenham’s Premier League team, he squandered his chances. Memorable, for all the wrong reasons, was his performance in a 2-0 League Cup defeat at Manchester United on December 1, 2009 when he spent 90 minutes showboating rather than focusing on any end product.

With his Spurs career going nowhere, Bentley was loaned to Birmingham City during the 2010-11 season and West Ham United in 2011-12. Albeit hampered by injury, he only made a total of 18 league starts for the two clubs. He even moved to Russia to join FC Rostov in 2012-13 but made just seven appearances for them and returned on an emergency loan to Blackburn for a spell last year. Having once commanded a single transfer fee of over £15m, the winger left Spurs on a free transfer during the summer of 2013.

Despite being linked with a number of clubs around Europe and America, Bentley started the 2013-14 season without a club and now in the January transfer window, is still available on a free transfer. It will be interesting to see whether the coming weeks offer an undoubtedly talented footballer a way back into the game. At 29, he still has age on his side but the big question potential suitors will be asking is whether he has appetite and application to match his footballing ability anymore.

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South Africa Judi Online captain dies

South Africa & Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa has been killed in an armed burglary.

At 8pm yesterday two men entered the house he was visiting in Vosloorus and following an altercation over a mobile phone, Meyiwa was shot and pronounced dead on arrival at hospital in Johannesburg.

Meyiwa led a complex private life and at the time of his death was visiting the house of actress/singer Kelly Khumalo, with whom he had fathered a child. Khumalo was arrested last year for assaulting Meyiwa’s wife Mandisa, and had published a photo of herself with Meyiwa hours before the shooting.

South African police have promised to track down the killers and have offered a 150,000 ZAR (£8,500) reward.

The 27 year-old had six caps for his country and 73 appearances for Orlando Pirates, for whom he had played the day before in a 4:1 win over Ajax Cape Town.

Meyiwa was born in Durban and had captained Bafana Bafana in their four African Nations Cup qualifiers this year.

In the run-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the press whipped up much fear of tourists being targeted, but in the end the tournament passed off peacefully.

Sadly now domestic Judi Online football has fallen victim to the country’s violent crime problem.

Irvin Khosa, president of the Pirates and the South African football association, tweeted,

“If something like this can happen to a national icon, then the rest of us are in deep trouble. It has to be stopped for us all.”

Darren Keet, Meyiwa’s goalkeeping understudy for the national team, put it simply, “When does it STOP South Africa?”

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Figures Up, But Game Off

Hilton chief David Michels was in top form when presenting the group’s [which includes Ladbrokes] results last month.

Michels normally insists on delivering his profit numbers at the crack of dawn on a Thursday, after a late-night poker session with friends. But this time around, his weekly poker game was cancelled for the first time in 17 years!

His announcement included news that Ladbrokespoker.com now has more than 64,000 active players, representing an increase of 156 percent over the previous year.

Still Growing

Recent estimates from the Vancouver-based outfit Pokerpulse indicate more than $190 million is bet in online poker games every day, up from $11 million two years ago. During that period, the number of active players has grown from about 83,000 to nearly 1.9 million.

Meanwhile, figures compiled by investment bank DKW show online gambling is worth $9.2 billion (£4.8 billion) a year. In 2004, gamblers worldwide, online and off, lost $237 billion. It is estimated that the amount that Britons are gambling over the Internet has increased more than sixfold in the past year.

Software Profits, Logically

Internet gambling software group Cryptologic, whose customers include William Hill and the Ritz Casino Club, has reported a 44 percent surge in revenues over 2004.

Income for the year was $63.7 million, with pretax profits up 55 percent to $16.5 million. Cryptologic plans to invest in poker technology after a 165 percent increase in fees generated from poker, which accounted for 20 percent of its revenues in the last quarter of 2004.

NET Profit

In another sign of interest in the industry, NETELLER, an online money-transfer service that derives 80 percent of its business from facilitating payments for gaming and betting sites, has seen its share price triple since it listed in London in April.

North Dakota the First U.S. State to Allow Internet Gaming?

Two pieces of legislation that would allow companies to set up Internet poker (and gaming) sites in the American state of North Dakota have been tabled.

House Bill 1509, which passed with a vote of 49-43, sets up the guidelines for the sites, while House Concurrent Resolution 3035, which has been heard in committee, allows people to vote to change the state constitution to allow Internet poker sites. More about situs poker online terpercaya

Should both pieces of legislation pass, companies would be regulated and taxed by the state. It could result in millions of dollars in income and make North Dakota the Las Vegas of cyberspace gaming.

However, many believe the federal government would strike down the law, but not Patrick O’Brien, an attorney who represents clients in the Internet poker and gaming industry. He doubts the federal government could stop North Dakota from allowing the sites.

“Gambling has always been a states’ rights issue,” O’Brien stated. “If North Dakota legalizes it, then it’s legal.”

Leeson Still Gambling

Ten years have passed since Nick Leeson gambled away £862 million and ruined the 230-year-old merchant and royal banker Barings.

But it seems that old habits die hard, as the “Rogue Trader” is now an avid poker player and a regular at Celebpoker.com, where he is joined by actors Joaquim De Almeida, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Gareth Hunt, radio presenter Chris Brooks, comedian Norman Pacecricketer Ed Giddins, football manager Harry Redknapp, snooker’s Ken Doherty and Mark Williams, rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio, and a host of soccer players.

The site was founded by David Donovan to enable the public to play poker against their favourite celebrities online, and is said to be “the first and only online poker site in the world to bring together celebrities and the general public to play the most realistic poker experience on the Internet.”

Interestingly, Celeb Poker recently announced plans for a betting exchange, multiplayer bingo, and celebrity auction.

Oddschecker Launch

Leading odds comparison website oddschecker.com has spread its wings by launching two new sites to cater to the online casino and poker markets.

The aim of the site, bought by UKbetting in December 2003, is to monitor the latest jackpots, tournaments, and bonuses being offered amongst gaming sites.

Hill Both Cancels and Makes Plans

William Hill has cancelled its plans to enter the land-based casino business, returning £453 million to its shareholders in the process.

The cash-generative bookmaker said the government’s decision to restrict new casinos to 24 reduced the scope for acquisitions or mergers between bookies and casino operators.

However, online poker has proved popular with Hill, and it has been revealed that William Hill’s Channel 425 will soon introduce a poker magazine programme, followed by a $1 million tournament at the end of the year.

When contacted by Card Player Europe, David Hood, a spokesman for William Hill, declined to make further comment, but said a full announcement on the Leeds-based company’s plans for televised poker would be made shortly.

ParadisePoker Share Value Increases

Sportingbet, which splashed out £163 million (then $315 million) for the Costa Rican-based ParadisePoker in October 2004, has announced its pretax profits were up 117 percent at £18.3 million ($34.9 million).

In the period ending in January, the company’s accounts show Paradise chipped in £8m ($15.3 million) of Sportingbet’s £26 million ($49.7 million) operating profits.

The hike was helped by an above-target performance by ParadisePoker, which has seen its customer numbers increase by nearly 100,000 to 837,000 since its acquisition by the online bookmaker. Furthermore, the number of games played on the Paradise site has reportedly leapt 61 percent compared to the same time last year.

Many thought Sportingbet overpaid for ParadisePoker last autumn, but the conventional wisdom now is that it got an extremely good deal. Its shares have surged from 100p to beyond 300p since.

Analysts say the dramatic increase in value is equally attributed to the results of increasing profits in a rapidly growing market and investors’ interest due to speculation that the Hilton Group (owners of bookmakers Ladbrokes, who already operates the UK’s biggest poker site) is planning a takeover bid, a move nonsensed by the hotel chain.

Regardless, an understandably upbeat Nigel Payne, Sportingbet’s CEO, said ParadisePoker’s performance was “well ahead of expectations,” and added, “we believe there are around 80 million poker players in the world, and online every day there are about 1.5 million. This is a huge market, and not very many of them are yet going online.”

Bookkeeping and share value apart, Scott Wilson, director of poker operations for Sportingbet, added, “We’re delighted with the growth we’ve been seeing at ParadisePoker as of late.

“Players have been flocking to Paradise over the past six weeks to secure their spot in our upcoming Paradise Masters tournament, which has a $1 million-guaranteed prize pool.

“As well, with our inclusion in the Sportingbet Group, we’re seeing some great crossover between sportsbook players and poker players, and vice versa. When you walk into Bellagio in Las Vegas, the sportsbook is right beside the poker room — and that’s for good reason!”

Conceding that it is tough to quantify, Wilson said there are other reasons for Paradise’s growth. “With all the new sites popping up out there that are spending marketing dollars to introduce newcomers to our great game, I think a lot of players try online poker for the first time, wooed by deposit bonuses and other promotions designed to help a fledgling site gain critical mass.

“As this new customer gains familiarity with online poker as a product, he looks to see what else is available to him. A good number of these new and curious players end up at our site for one reason or another.

“We’ve got a great reputation for customer service, our software is unique to all others, and we’re one of the most established sites out there, having dealt our first real-money hand back in 1999.

“As one of the larger sites, we are able to offer our players a nice range of action, as well. In addition to a huge variety of cash games to choose from, we also have a nightly $50,000-guaranteed tournament, chances to win seats in World Poker Tour events, and, of course, we’ll be sending a large number of players to this year’s World Series of Poker through our supersatellites.” ´

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Ghana Exit African Cup of Qiu Qiu Online Nations

Cameroon’s victory over Ghana has silenced the nation. Now people are facing up to life in the real world as their dream of lifting the trophy has come to an end. Walking back from the stadium to Osu, where every other time there has been people “jubilating” (yes they use this word a lot over here) all over the place, people discussed the tactics and decided who was to blame. I saw the previous day on TV politicians defending Qiu Qiu Online John Mensah’s red card as an act he had to commit, they went into great detail as if they were the managers of the team. Such is the fever that had gripped the nation. From my own personal point of view the fever is also much better!

In truth I think this sending off coupled with a lack of quality strikers was the reason for ghana’s exit. With Mensah absent Essien was asked to play a much deeper role, and was unable to support the attack. Cameroon took their chance.

The 5p.m. start times have meant that people have struggled to get to the games in time for kick off as they rush from work. In Kumasi, the locals, unwilling to pay the price of 4 cedis (about 2 pounds) would wait until the gates were opened around twenty minutes from the end and pour in in their thousands to catch just a glimpse of the action.

When you realise that a normal working wage is just 5 cedis a day you begin to understand their predicament. The Local Organisation Committee (LOC) has come in for severe criticism for its pricing policy and distribution of tickets. Tickets were meant to be available through Banks and Post Offices, people spent hours queuing but were frequently disappointed as either tickets never materialised or there were insufficient numbers available to meet demand. Yet come match day there were people on the street happy to sell tickets above face value, especially to the foreigners who would pay the inflated prices.

For any locals getting their hand on tickets the chance of a 10 cedi profit (2 days work) gave them a dilemma. Support their national team which they do passionately, or take the money to live on. Just yesterday a friend had his rent increased from 40 cedis a month to 60 cedis (a 50% increase without any warning).

Here children often fail to complete their education as they need to support themselves by selling items on the market, as a result many lack the basic skills which we take for granted back home. Last July the currency was devalued – 10,000 old Ghana cedis now being worth 1. The people have struggled to understand the change and still talk as though they are dealing in old cedis. Thus causing great confusion to myself when I am asked to pay a grossly inflated price.

At the end of the year a presidential election is due. The people here are hoping that this will bring a change in the current unemployment system, cost of electricity (which is paid for just now but not necessarily provided) and improvements to transportation links. I would also hope that work is done on the open drains which encourage mosquitoes and increase the risk of malaria for all.

Finally the people are growing restless with the current Government especially after it was revealed that they had lost (!) millions of old cedis which were to be burnt, and the police (or “one cedis” as they are known – one cedi being the amount required to bribe them) who recently, it was revealed had captured a large amount of narcotics. The bust was under surveillance but the drugs were found to have been replaced, presumably finding their way back on to the market.

The Government has proudly supported the football team during its African Cup campaign, it is now time for it to support it’s own people.