Monday, January 29, 2007
Trust No One
Where does that leave me and countless other U.S. customers? Waiting for the other shoe to drop...
I took 10th in the first WPBT last night just missing the final table. I had a big stack around the 1.5hr break thanks to a well played AA. I smooth called a preflop raise to see a Kxx flop. The action from the raiser wreaked of AK and sure enough by the river we got all the chips in the middle. I need to run back through my hand history, but I know I played the last hour very weak. This was mostly due to being in the money in 4-5 SnGs at the same time.
Full Tilt sent out an email apology. I appreciate the effort and I'll take the $10. Now why couldn't the email (or my deposit history) show the actual bankroll adjustment?
As you may be aware, we suffered a system outage at 8:39PM ET on Friday, January 26th that forced us to suspend game play on our site for several hours. We have now completed our reconciliation process, and we have made the following adjustments to your account:
If you were sitting at real money ring game at the time of the outage, any money you had at the table has been returned to your account.
|If you were registered for, or were playing in a tournament that was voided during this period, your account has been restored in accordance with our tournament rules.|
In addition, and as our way of apologizing for the inconvenience this outage caused, we have credited your account with an extra $$10.00 .
If you have any questions regarding the status of your account, please contact us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you at the table.
Full Tilt Poker
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Who Do You Trust?
Here's the summary:
- U.S. customer peer-to-peer transfers their Neteller balance to a non-U.S. customer. The receving party pays a 1.6% charge.
- The non-U.S. customer then transfers that same balance, minus 5% total - typically, to Poker Stars, Full Tilt, Paypal, etc.
- The non-U.S. customer then reloads their Stars account from Neteller as needed with the peer-to-peer money.
I've yet to jump on this yet for a couple of reasons. First, I don't think Neteller is going bankrupt. They still have the foreign customers and the fact that they support this peer-to-peer withdrawal system indicates that they have all the customer's money. The problem is the U.S. banks will not currently deal with them. Second, I don't need the money on Stars right now. I've got plenty to cover the limits I play.
Don't get me wrong. I am a little worried since my current Neteller balance is significant. I might hedge some and pull out a portion.
I won satellites to both the Sunday warm-up ($215) and Millions ($530), but decided not to play either. The girls went out to a movie leaving just Baby Royal and I around here. My hands are too full for an important tournament.
Anyone else notice that Full Tilt pulled all their rebuy events? Rumor is the software upgrade caused all the server problems.
What's your opinion on Poker After Dark? I've been watching the shows off NBC's website and in general I enjoy them. The poker format is decent and you get to see most hands, not just the typically WPT all-in confrontations. Shawna even does decent job as a host. The one big negative is the crappy announcer. I guess you can't just let the players talk, but the horrible jokes get old fast.
My plan is to play the WPBT event tonight. 9:00 EST on Full Tilt. Hope to see you there.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Full Tilt Covers the Spectrum
Last but not least they even added a couple of new deposit options...we'll see how those work.
So yesterday evening I sit down for another round of MTTs only to have Full Tilt take a shit. I'm in the middle of two events, one being a rebuy. I guess they were canceled, but I have no idea if I received my refund. I keep records of my MTT results, but I don't have my up to the minute bankroll on each site recorded. Reading the forums it appears that normal MTT refunds were returned, but they're still working on the rebuy events. How about an email telling me that I was refunded and how much it was? Is that too much to ask? Or shit, even list it in the history of my account. C'mon guys, this is simple customer service stuff here!
And while we're at it lets unload the other barrel. Full Tilt's server crash refund policy is crap too. Their in the money policy is different, but before the money is reached they only refund your buy-in. They keep the money from all the busted players! So after playing for an hour and watching half the field bust my stack is only entitled to a refund? Greed...
I can understand, but disagree with, not paying out a bunch of overlay in the case of guarantees. The thing is there are no overlays on Full Tilt right now though. If you're going to just refund the buy-ins you might as well refund those that already busted.
After Tilt crashed I opened up a few PLO tables on Stars only to find on_thg sitting at one of them. I invited him over this way to one of our monthly events and hopefully we can work something out later this year. Iggy is also threatening to come visit, but as Mrs. Royal said "I'll believe it when I see it."
Wednesday I played in 7 MTTS, cashed in 4 of them and lost money. I played 4.5 hrs in the $3 rebuy on Absolute for a profit of $6.26. I think many Mexicans would laugh at that hourly rate. Luckily I continue to do well in the SnGs. Here are my updated turbo $60 results for this month.
I've also played a $114 turbo (bubbled-4th) and a $225 turbo (1st) which have helped the bottom line considerably.
I'm about 1600 points away from Gold Star VIP and I'm not sure whether I have the time and desire to get there by end of the month.
And don't forget...
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The Silence is Deafening
The lack of clear response from Stars and Tilt tells the entire story. They were caught off guard and have no fucking clue what to do. There are no great options left. Do they continue to leech the U.S. market until the bitter end? Do they try and stick it out?
I just wish Stars would make a clear statement on all of this. I want to know if I should still try and get Gold Star VIP this month...
The BBall team is now 6-1 after a decisive victory vs. the other 5-1 team. We ended winning 64-47. Yeah, we scored a whole 30 last game.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
The Shifting Landscape
Like I told Mrs. Royal yesterday. I've been playing online poker since before Paypal pulled out and before the huge influx of players. I'll still be playing online poker after the UIGEA dust settles. It probably won't be as much poker and likely won't be nearly as profitable. Oh well, I still enjoy playing poker.
PocketFives.com has the best summary I've seen so far.
The Verified Facts About Neteller, InstaDebit, Central Coin, Citadel, Click2Pay, and Mansion Poker Updated 1/19/2007 at 11:35pm ET
Latest Update in Italics
As many of you know, the founders of Neteller were arrested early Monday morning. After gathering information from several credible sources and ascertaining additional information over the past few days about additional companies withdrawing from the U.S. market, we wanted to give everyone the verified facts about this week's events as well as share the status of many of the companies in question:
Stephen Lawrence was arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He resides on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, not property of the U.S. John Lefebvre was arrested in Malibu, California. The charges, as stated, were money laundering to illegal gambling websites and RICO, which stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. The latter was language used to arrest many mob members throughout history. It also includes drug trafficking and other violations. Neither man has any current position within Neteller except for ownership rights. One left in December, 2005 and the other left in October, 2006. Both were the founders of the company. 10. The complete case against Lawrence can be found here:
The complete case against Lefebvre can be found here:
The investigation had been ongoing since at least June of 2006 and evidence cited in the case goes back to the company's inception in 1999. The company started transactions with "gambling" sites in 2000. The official citation states two instances where the FBI Agent in question wagered on NFL games. He used Neteller to deposit onto a sports wagering site, which was not named. This violates the Wire Act of 1961. The third violation does not list specific merchants, but an FBI Agent deposited onto three separate online, offshore merchants, described as "online gambling businesses." The NFL wagers amounted to $250 or less and the aforementioned deposits were all exactly $25.
Associated Press Article
An Associated Press article by Larry Neumeister stated, "Lefebvre and Lawrence also conceded in the company's offering documents that they were risking prosecution by the U.S. government, he said. Prosecutors said Neteller in 2005 alone processed more than $7.3 billion in financial transactions, 95 percent of which was derived from money transfers involving Internet gambling. Lawrence and Lefebvre were charged with conspiring to transfer funds with the intent to promote illegal gambling, and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted."
A U.S. Department of Justice statement released Tuesday concerning the arrest. It states, "LAWRENCE and LEFEBVRE are both charged with conspiring to transfer funds with the intent to promote illegal gambling. If convicted, both defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment." The same Justice Department statement clarifies why the two were arrested and provides a link to several other arrests made: "This prosecution is part of the United States Departmentof Justice’s effort to combat unlawful internet gambling through, among other things, the implementation of the federal anti-money laundering statutes. Other recent examples of the Justice Department’s efforts in this regard include the indictments of two offshore internet gambling companies – Worldwide Telesports, Inc.,(indictment unsealed on May 17, 2006 in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia) and BetonSports, PLC, apublicly traded holding company that owns a number of Internet sportsbooks and casinos, and its founder, Gary Stephen Kaplan (indictment unsealed July 17, 2006 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri). Additionally, in July 2003, one of Neteller’s competitors, PayPal, and its parent eBay, entered into a civil settlement agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri to settle allegations it aided in illegal offshore and on-line gambling activities. As part of the agreement, PayPal agreed to forfeit $10 million, representing proceeds derived by PayPal from the processing of illegal gambling transactions."
Reports from the Associated Press on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, state that bail would be set for Lawrence on Thursday and was expected to be $5 million. Unconfirmed reports state that Lefebvre posted $5 million bail in a Los Angeles courtroom earlier today.
The Board of Directors of Neteller has strongly urged that the company's shares, which are traded on the London Stock Exchange, be suspended from trading. The value of these shares has plummeted recently.
The Cessation of InstaCash
On January 16, I spoke directly with Neteller and received the following wording: "From time to time, NETELLER revises the policies of our products and services. At the end of 2006, NETELLER began reviewing the instaCASH payment option, which resulted in the decision to retire this product from the US, effective January 16, 2007. As such, instaCASH is no longer available to US members. If you have any further questions, please visit http://updates.neteller.com." Neteller is monitoring the U.S. situation closely, as can be expected. They stated "We have several deposit options available: 1. Online Check (EFT) - Money in your NETELLER account at no charge available in 4-5 business days. 2. Credit Card - Instantly fund your account for a fee of 3.9% 3. Bank Wire - Can be initiated from any bank worldwide. you must personally go into your local bank with the appropriate bank wire information to initiate a bank wire deposit to your NETELLER account." Neteller assured me that all withdraw functions will remain as normal and continue without interruption for U.S. customers.
As of Wednesday, January 17, 2007, Neteller is no longer accepting payments from U.S. accounts to online poker or online gaming websites. For more information, including a complete Q&A, please click here. You will still be able to use Neteller for non-gambling transactions and peer-to-peer transfers as normal. Non-U.S. residents are not affected by this move and will be able to use Neteller as normal. Neteller issued a statement Thursday, January 18, 2007 recapping the events of the past few days and further stating that is withdrawing from all gambling-related activities in the U.S. market. The official press release from the company can be found by clicking here.
As of Wednesday, January 17, 2007, Citadel Commerce (myCitadel Wallet) is no longer accepting payments from U.S. accounts to online poker or online gaming websites. You will still be able to use Citadel Commerce for non-gambling related purchases. Non-U.S. residents are not affected by this move and will be able to use Citadel Commerce as normal. A link to Citadel's complete press release can be found by clicking here. I e-mailed the CFO of Citadel Commerce, who e-mailed back and said they had no further comment at this time other than what was in the press release. I know of no arrests or legal action taken against the company.
I spoke with a representative from Central Coin on Wednesday, January 17. Their service is currently closed completely to American users. It is unknown when it will be operational again, if at all. The text on the site reads, "We are sorry to inform you that the CentralCoin service is currently not operational. We will post further information on this website in due course (including information relating to withdrawing or using your funds). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Whilst we are unable to provide the CentralCoin service, please contact your merchant for other deposit options."
I spoke with a representative from InstaDebit on Friday, January 19. Their service is currently closed completely to American users. This seems to be a permanent decision. The exact wording I received was, "Account registrations and transfers to and from merchants from your country of residence are denied due to U.S. law. If you have a balance in your INSTADEBIT account, you can login to your account profile and withdraw the balance to your bank account. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions."
The decision was made at 2:00pm ET Friday afternoon by Click2Pay to stop accepting new U.S. customers. Existing U.S. customers will be able to use the service as normal for the foreseeable future, according to a representative of the company. The decision, according to her, "was probably made due to the Neteller arrests."
Late Friday afternoon, January 19, 2007, Mansion Poker stated that it is no longer accepting deposits from U.S. players. It appears as if American users are still able to play on the site and withdraws can be done using a wire service that the site has developed. The e-mail to members read: "We regret to advise that we unable to accept deposit transactions from Members in the United States at this time. Any existing funds in your MANSION account remain safe and secure. Should you wish to withdraw your funds we recommend you use MANSION's Bank Wire Option. To take advantage of this option, register a bank account in the Financial Admin tab of the Cashier and proceed to the withdrawal section as normal. Please be aware that withdrawals via Bank Wire usually take up to five business days to appear in your bank account but can sometimes take a little longer, so please be patient. We will continue to advise you via email of any further developments. Should you need any further clarification please send us a Live Chat and one of our Member Service specialists will be on hand to assist you."
We will be adding credible information to this post as that information comes in and is verified by the staff of PocketFives.com.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Here's an update on my Jan. SnG stats:
Saturday I managed to bubble our monthly championship tournament. The bubble doesn't bother me. I was playing for first unlike everyone at the final table except two others. You know who you are! Not to mention the brutal one outer I put on Dozer.
First hand of the final table I pickup KK and make a standard raise. A short stack calls all-in and of course has AA...it holds up. Second hand of the final table I pickup TT and now my raise is all-in. I'm called by the Dozer with QQ. The flop is QTx and as the dealer peals the turn you hear one side of the table go nuts. There is no reason to look as it's obviously the case ten.
The one hand of the entire tournament I regret is later on at the final table when I pickup K9 in the SB with 30/60 blinds plus 5 ante. As the chip leader I make it 200 and after the BB pushes I'm facing 3-1 odds for a decent portion of my stack. I call and do not catch vs. his QQ.
I made one big mistake in this hand. I don't need to raise to 200. The BB is a good player and won't be re-pushing with junk very often. A raise to 150 serves the same purpose and probably lets me fold to a re-raise. There is no reason why I couldn't have won this tournament at that point and that one mistake cost me the chance.
10% of the Dozer was a good investment though and made up for the LJ debacle. Sorry Joe.
Oh yeah, and it looks like Neteller is out of the US market. This is no surprise, but it will have a big impact. Hopefully everyone has enough money on Stars and Full Tilt.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
The no third places finishes is strange, though my sample size is pretty small. I've played plenty of these SnGs in the past and my current ROI is not at all sustainable. It sure feels good for now though.
You wouldn't draft him for the debate team, but if you needed a horse in a NLH MTT is there anyone better right now then Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo? Check out these results from ZEEJustin.com.
Lately I’ve been on a siiiiick run. Since December 6th, I’ve played seven tournaments, and here are my results from them:
12/06/06 – 5 Diamond Event #5: $5000 Buyin
8th Place: $16,465
12/08/06 – 5 Diamond Event #7: $2000 Buyin
4th Place: $42,565
12/09/06 – 5 Diamond Event #9: $3000 Buyin
(somehow I didn’t make the money in this tournament. I must have gotten really unlucky!)
12/11/06 – 5 Diamond Event #10: $5000 Buyin
5th place: $53,635
12/19/06 – 5 Diamond Main Event: $15,000 Buyin
7th place: $152,230
1/9/07 – PCA Main Event: $8,000 Buyin
11th place: $77,702
1/10/07 – PCA $2500 Buyin
1st place: $123,750
Seven tournaments and I’ve only missed the final eleven once! This run is just unreal sick and I have no idea how to qualify it. Obviously I’m playing some amazing poker, albeit with a few mistakes (including the KK hand above that I still hate myself for).
The kid can obviously play!
Friday, January 12, 2007
Let the Weekend Begin
Driving around in the car Little Royal is jabbering on about Baby Royal's 9-month checkup which the Mrs. is taking him to today. She mentions the he's going to visit Dr. Smith and how much she likes Dr. Smith. This is standard as she pretty much never stops talking. She spews words better than I spew chips during a drunken$3 rebuy. Then she says "Dr. Smith is a Pediatrician." I about come out of my seat and say "He's a what?" and She says "He's a Pediatrician." She's heard this word before and certainly in the context of Dr. Smith. But to remember it and pronounce it correctly...remember she just turned 3. So I ask her, "What's a Pediatrician?" and she says "They take care of babies and kids." Wow, not too bad. At this point I'm still amazed she knows this word, how to pronounce it and even appears to understand the definition. So I continue, "Can I go to a Pediatrician?" and she replies "No, you're too big. Hey, look at that patriotic flag!"
After four basketball games in our league of eight teams the standings looked like this:
How's that for random stratification? We knocked off one undefeated team on Tuesday to move to 5-0. The next two games will decide the league championship as our final three will be against teams we already handled and should defeat again.
I played a handful of MTTs last night with no cashes. In several cases I built up big stacks only to piss them away. Fortunately I took first in two of three $60 turbo SnGs to make the night profitable overall.
This hand in particular made my day as the guy continued to berate me from the rail afterwards. It's amazing how many of the SnG players, even at the $60 level, have no clue about correct bubble play.
Saturday night is the season championship for our monthly league. I'm on a freeroll and the prize pool will be the biggest of the year.
The Poker.com Winter Championship kicks off Monday, January 22, with 7 guaranteed tournaments over 7 days. The Winter Championship will provide a poker carnival atmosphere to all our online players who can't join us at this year's Aussie Millions.
All 7 championship events will award points that count towards the Poker.com Winter Championship leaderboard. At the conclusion of the events, an overall champion will be crowned and receive a $12,500 package to represent Poker.com at one of these events:
WPT WSOP EPT 2008 Aussie Millions
The championship schedule has been designed with something in mind for all our players, with events including short handed and deep stack tournaments, as well as special events for our European Players and American Players.
All winners of championship events will receive the Poker.com Championship accolade for their player box.
There will be satellites running into the $55 + $5 buy-in, $30,000 Guaranteed Championship Main Event on January 28th, or players with existing Poker.com $60 coupons can use them to buy into this tournament.
Please find the full Poker.com Winter Championship schedule below.
|Event #||Date||Time||Tournament||Guaranteed |
|1||22-January||18:00||Limit Hold'em Championship||$2,000||$10.00 + $1.00|
|2||23-January||18:00||No-Limit Hold'em - Short handed||$2,500||$10.00 + $1.00|
|3||24-January||14:00||Intercontinental No-Limit Hold'em Championship||$2,500||$23.00 + $2.00|
|4||25-January||20:00||American No-Limit Hold'em Championship||$2,500||$23.00 + $2.00|
|5||26-January||18:00||Pot-Limit Omaha||$3,000||$15.00 + $1.50|
|6||27-January||15:00||No-Limit Hold'em - Deep Stack||$5,000||$23.00 + $2.00|
|7||28-January||17:00||$30,000 Guaranteed Championship Main Event||$30,000||$55.00 + $5.00|
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
2007 WSOP Comments
- We're back to an early June start similar to 2005.
- 55 total events vs. 43 last year. 12 additional events in approximately the same number of days.
- 32 non-NLH Events vs. 21 last year. I guess that explains the extra events.
- There is now an official "World Championship" of various poker games. Is this new or a throwback to days of old?
- There appears to be a lot of combining lower limit NLH events with other non-NLH events on the same day. I really like this idea.
- There are no $1000 NLH Events except those with rebuys. Looks like I'll be playing a $1500 event.
- They're expecting less people in the Main Event..err World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em. Only three flights with 3,000 people each.
- There are no events schedule for after the Main Event starts. That just can't be right. Maybe they'll be running non-bracelet tournaments?
Now we just wait to see what impact the UIGEA financial regulations have.
2007 WSOP Schedule
June 1 to July 17 Event Offers New Variety Of Games, Buy-Ins January 9, 2007
LAS VEGAS – January 9, 2007 – Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:HET) said today the 2007 World Series of Poker Presented by Milwaukee's Best Light will offer the most diverse event schedule in the tournament's illustrious history.
The 38th edition of the world's most prestigious poker tournament, set for June 1 through July 17, 2007, at the Rio® All-Suite Hotel & Casino – and televised exclusively by ESPN – features 55 bracelet events with buy-ins up to $50,000. Among the additions to the schedule are $2,500 HORSE event and $5,000 Mixed Hold'Em Events and a $5,000 Heads-up No-Limit Hold'Em World Championship.
"The 2007 schedule offers something for everyone," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker. "As part of our commitment to innovate for the benefit of all players, we've added nine bracelet events and created more opportunities for both amateurs and professionals to win poker's most coveted prize."
The 55-event 2007 WSOP schedule compares with 46 events in 2006, when more than 42,000 entrants from 56 countries generated a total prize pool exceeding $171 million – the largest purse in competitive sports. The 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event – the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'Em World Championship – attracted a field of 8,773 players. More than 870 players won money in the 2006 WSOP Main Event, including reigning world champion Jamie Gold, who captured the top prize of $12 million.
In addition to an expanded schedule, the 2007 World Series of Poker will offer players more space, with up to 300 tables available for tournament and live-game play. The additional tables will enable tournament officials to reduce the start days for the WSOP Main Event to three. As in 2006, World Series of Poker officials will allow players entering the WSOP Main Event to choose their start dates as long as seats are available on the selected dates.
For the third straight year, the Rio Hotel & Casino will host the annual Gaming Life Expo July 5-8. A free consumer show featuring exhibitors from around the globe, the 2007 World Series of Poker Gaming Life Expo will showcase a broad array of gaming and poker products, memorabilia, books and clothing. In 2006, more than 100,000 people visited the Expo.
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment through its operating subsidiaries. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada 68 years ago, Harrah's has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. Harrah's Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership.
More information about the World Series of Poker or Harrah's is available at the Web sites www.worldseriesofpoker.com or www.harrahs.com. To learn more about the 2007 Gaming Life Expo, please visit www.harrahs.com/gaminglifeexpo.
The complete schedule of 2007 World Series of Poker events follows:
|June 1, 2007||Friday||12 noon||1||World Championship Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit) (3 Day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|June 1, 2007||Friday||5 PM||2||Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em (2 day event)||$ 500.00|
|June 2, 2007||Saturday||12 noon||3||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 3, 2007||Sunday||12 noon||4||Pot Limit Hold'em (3 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 3, 2007||Sunday||5 PM||5||Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better (3 day event)||$ 2,500.00|
|June 4, 2007||Monday||12 noon||6||Limit Hold'em (3 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 4, 2007||Monday||5 PM||7||Pot Limit Omaha W/Rebuys (2 day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|June 5, 2007||Tuesday||12 noon||8||No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys (3 day event)||$ 1,000.00|
|June 5, 2007||Tuesday||5 PM||9||Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (3 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 6, 2007||Wednesday||12 noon||10||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 2,000.00|
|June 6, 2007||Wednesday||5 PM||11||World Championship Seven Card Stud (3 day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|June 7, 2007||Thursday||12 noon||12||No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed (3 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 8, 2007||Friday||12 noon||13||World Championship Pot Limit Hold'em (3 day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|June 8, 2007||Friday||5 PM||14||Seven Card Stud (2day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 9, 2007||Saturday||12 noon||15||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 9, 2007||Saturday||5 PM||16||H.O.R.S.E. (3 day event)||$ 2,500.00|
|June 10, 2007||Sunday||12 noon||17||World Championship Ladies Event No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 1,000.00|
|June 10, 2007||Sunday||5 PM||18||World Championship Limit Hold'em (3 day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|June 11, 2007||Monday||12 noon||19||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 2,500.00|
|June 11, 2007||Monday||5 PM||20||Seven Card Stud Hi-low-8 or Better (3 day event)||$ 2,000.00|
|June 12, 2007||Tuesday||12 noon||21||No-Limit Hold'em Shootout (2 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 13, 2007||Wednesday||12 noon||22||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|June 14, 2007||Thursday||12 noon||23||Pot Limit Omaha (2 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 14, 2007||Thursday||5 PM||24||World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (3 day event)||$ 3,000.00|
|June 15, 2007||Friday||12 noon||25||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 2,000.00|
|June 15, 2007||Friday||5 PM||26||H.O.R.S.E. (3 day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|June 16, 2007||Saturday||12 noon||27||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 17, 2007||Sunday||12 noon||28||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 3,000.00|
|June 17, 2007||Sunday||5 PM||29||Seven Card Razz (2 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 18, 2007||Monday||12 noon||30||No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed (3 day event)||$ 2,500.00|
|June 19, 2007||Tuesday||12 noon||31||World Championship Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em (3 day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|June 19, 2007||Tuesday||5 PM||32||Seven Card Stud (2 day event)||$ 2,000.00|
|June 20, 2007||Wednesday||12 noon||33||Pot Limit Omaha W/Re-Buys (2 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 20, 2007||Wednesday||5 PM||34||Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 3,000.00|
|June 21, 2007||Thursday||12 noon||35||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 21, 2007||Thursday||5 PM||36||World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (3 day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|June 22, 2007||Friday||12 noon||37||Pot Limit Hold'em (3 day event)||$ 2,000.00|
|June 23, 2007||Saturday||12 noon||38||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 24, 2007||Sunday||12 noon||39||World Championship H.O.R.S.E. (5 day event)||$50,000.00|
|June 24, 2007||Sunday||5 PM||40||Mixed Hold'em (limit/no-limit) (3 Day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 25, 2007||Monday||12 noon||41||World Championship Seniors No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 1,000.00|
|June 25, 2007||Monday||5 PM||42||Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better (2 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|June 26, 2007||Tuesday||12 noon||43||Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 2,000.00|
|June 27, 2007||Wednesday||12 noon||44||Omaha Hi-Low Split (2 day event)||$ 2,000.00|
|June 28, 2007||Thursday||12 noon||45||No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed (3 day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|June 28, 2007||Thursday||5 PM||46||Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better (3 day event)||$ 1,000.00|
|June 29, 2007||Friday||12 noon||47||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 2,000.00|
|June 29, 2007||Friday||5 PM||48||2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) W/Rebuys (2 day event)||$ 1,000.00|
|June 30, 2007||Saturday||12 noon||49||No-Limit Hold’em (3 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|July 1, 2007||Sunday||12 noon||50||World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha (2 day event)||$10,000.00|
|July 1, 2007||Sunday||5 PM||51||S.H.O.E (2 day event)||$ 1,000.00|
|July 2, 2007||Monday||12 noon||52||No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys (3 day event)||$ 1,000.00|
|July 3, 2007||Tuesday||12 noon||53||Limit Hold’em Shootout (2 day event)||$ 1,500.00|
|July 4, 2007||Wednesday||Satellite Day|
|July 4, 2007||Wednesday||12 noon||54||World Championship No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/Re-Buys (2 day event)||$ 5,000.00|
|July 5, 2007||Thursday||Satellite Day/Media Event|
|July 6, 2007||Friday||12 noon||55||World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em Day 1A 3000||$10,000.00|
|July 7, 2007||Saturday||12 noon||Day 1B 3000|
|July 8, 2007||Sunday||12 noon||Day 1C 3000|
|July 9, 2007||Monday||OFF|
|July 10, 2007||Tuesday||12 noon||Day 2|
|July 11, 2007||Wednesday||12 noon||Day 3|
|July 12, 2007||Thursday||12 noon||Day 4|
|July 13, 2007||Friday||12 noon||Day 5|
|July 14, 2007||Saturday||12 noon||Day 6|
|July 15, 2007||Sunday||12 noon||Day 7|
|July 16, 2007||Monday||OFF|
|July 17, 2007||Tuesday||12 noon||Final Table|
For Event No. 55, the No-Limit Texas Hold’em World Championship Event, you may request your first day of play.
Based on availability, you will be placed by your preferences during the Registration or Pre-Registration process.
For vendor information please call 702-777-2310
Single Table Satellites, Mega Satellites and Live Action begin on June 1, 2007
Mega Satellite Schedule:
$550 Mega Satellites will take place Monday - Thursday at 9 PM.
$1060 Mega Satellites will take place Friday - Sun at 9 PM.
Mega Satellite Days on July 4 and July 5:
$550 Buy-In Mega Satellites will take place at 10 AM and 4 PM.
$1060 Buy-In Mega Satellites will take place at 1 PM and 9 PM.
Second-Chance Tournaments From June - July 3:
$1,060 Buy-In No-Limit Hold'em tournaments will take place daily at 7 PM.
Second-Chance Tournaments From July 9 - 16:
$550 Buy-In No-Limit Hold'em tournaments at 7 PM.
For Tournament Info:
Visit our web site at www.worldseriesofpoker.com or call us at 1-877-FOR-WSOP (1-877-367-9767)
For Room Reservation Info: 1-877-746-8342
The following percentages will be withheld from the Buy-In for each event:
All winners will be required to show a valid picture ID and must provide an Individual Tax Identification Number.
Foreign players without an ITIN and Foreign Players from Non-Treaty Countries are subject to 30% Tax Withholding.
Harrah's reserves the right to cancel, change or modify the Tournament or any Tournament Event ,
in part or in whole, without notice.
Trahan, Burden, Charles
Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
- Play in a WSOP event. This would ideally be a 1-2K NLHE tournament that overlaps with a blogger gathering.
- Use FPPs on Stars to pay for my WSOP event seat. I need to get a few more points and get back to Platinum Star by WSOP time.
- Play 12 (one a month) Sunday majors or comparable events. That seems about the right amount to balance other weekend activities.
- Make 20 online MTT Final Tables. This could be a challenging goal depending on how many MTTs I actually get in. I considered setting a play XX MTTs goal instead, but I somewhat have that covered with the Sunday majors goal. If you counting WSOP Satellite final tables I would have been just short of this goal in 2006.
I’m in a bit of a quandary with goals 2-4. I don’t play big and enough MTTs to hit Platinum Star. That leaves me playing ring games or SnGs to collect enough VPPs. That’s not a big deal except my poker hours are always limited. There’s always the more tables option, but that comes at a price. It really should come down to whether playing MTTs is more profitable than SnGs and rings games + FPPs.
Monday, January 01, 2007
Happy 2007 and Happy Birthday Royal Poker
So what's in store for 2007? Well, it's likely to be one of the most important years ever for poker. We'll likely find out what the financial regulations look like for the UIGEA and how much of an impact that will have on the poker world. On a related note we'll probably see the first decrease in WSOP attendance as well.
PokerStars continues improving their VIP program with the addition of Supernova Elite Status. This new VIP level is only for the extremely high volume player and won't impact most of us. Kudos to Stars for continuing to build on the best VIP program around!
Becoming a Supernova Elite VIP
To earn the rank of a Supernova Elite VIP you must accumulate 1,000,000 VIP Player Points (VPPs)1 during the calendar year (January 1st through December 31st). Once you have earned the required VPPs you're a Supernova Elite through at least the end of January of the following year. In addition, we will extend your status on a month-by-month basis from February through the end of June, provided you continue to earn at least 50,000 VPPs every month, missing no more than one month of 50,000 VPP accrual.
Benefits of being a Supernova Elite VIPAs a Supernova Elite VIP you will have access to all VIP Events, FPP store merchandise and other benefits given to Supernova VIPs. Visit our Supernova VIP page for details.
400% FPP bonus - Frequent Player Points are the heart of the PokerStars VIP Club. Use them to buy merchandise, enter VIP only events, or to buy into live and online tournaments. As a Supernova Elite VIP you will receive a 400% FPP bonus. Every time you earn 1 FPP, we'll actually credit your account with 5 FPPs. If over a ten minute period, you earn eight VPPs, your account will go up by 40 FPPs!
Free trip and entry into select PokerStars signature events! As a Supernova Elite you will automatically be given free entry to the WCOOP main event and regular PokerStars prize packages to 2 out of the 3 following events of your choice:
• PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - January 2008
• EPT Monte Carlo - March 2008
• WSOP main event - June 2007 or 2008
Entry to WCOOP main event (online tournament) - October 2007 or 2008
The above packages are not redeemable and non-transferable. Usual PokerStars terms & conditions for these event packages apply.
*Dates subject to change
**Your free event packages will start one month after you achieve Supernova Elite status.
Example 1: You reach Supernova Elite status December 1, 2007 you will be eligible for free prize packages to all Supernova Elite free events for 2008.
Example 2: You reach Supernova Elite status July 1, 2007 you will be eligible for free prize packages to the 2007 WCOOP Main Event, 2008 PCA, 2008 EPT Monte Carlo and 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event.
I haven't yet determined what my 2007 poker goals will be. I know that qualifying for the WSOP Main Event will not be a goal, but playing in a WSOP event will be. I think I'll also work on a goal around competing in X number of higher dollar (Sunday Major types) MTTs. I'm just not exactly sure what is realistic though.
Good luck to everyone in 2007. Hopefully we'll get a chance to see each other again at a 2007 blogger gathering!
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