Saturday, January 5, 2008

Absolute Poker Superuser

By knowing the hole-cards of his opponents, POTRIPPER wins this $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament on Absolute Poker.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Poker and Video Poker – a little bit of history

Poker and Video Poker – a little bit of history

Poker’s origins are not exactly known. Over a thousand years ago, the Chinese had playing cards that were used in conjunction with dominoes. There is a Persian game known as "as nas" that has a very similar structure to poker. Five players would play this Persian variety using a 25-card deck that had five different suits. The development of "as nas" dates back hundreds of years. In Europe, a German card game by the name of pochspeil was introduced. The French brought a game known as poque with them when they settled in New Orleans. This game was structured around particular betting practices, and bluffing was encouraged.

In the States, poker evolved into a variety of manifestations. Poker became wildly popular on the gambling boats of the Mississippi River. As transportation and industrial technology advanced, poker’s influence was sprinkled across the country. Railroads brought the game to frontier locations. In the West, poker was soon played in almost every saloon.

When anti-gambling laws were passed, the attorney general for California carved out a special niche for the game of poker. Five-card draw, he argued, was a game that required skill. When five-card draw was exempted from anti-gambling laws, it really began to take off. Variations of draw poker began to sprout up in card rooms throughout the country. And the game became one of the most commonly played games in the World.

Video Poker
Video poker is a basic video version of five-card draw. The game plays almost like a slot machine, but unlike slots, video poker is a game of skill. In video poker, a RNG (random number generator) is used to simulate the actual odds of five-card draw. The RNG generates random hands based the game’s 2,598,960 possible five-card outcomes. If you follow the appropriate strategy, video poker is a game that has extremely favorable player odds.

Video Poker first began to appear in casinos in the late 1970s. It was a compromise between slots and table games. Slots can get a bit repetitive after a while, and for some players, table games can be very intimidating. Video poker is an accessible way for players to enjoy the classic game of poker in a streamlined, video environment.

Jacks or Better
Jacks or Better was the first video poker game to hit the market. There are now more than a hundred video poker variations out there, but Jacks or Better was the original. Each different video poker variant has its own strategy. If you take the time to learn the appropriate tactics, you can make a lot of money playing video poker.

Payout Tables
When searching for a video poker game, make sure that you check the payout tables before you start playing. Your aim should be to find the machine, or online video poker game, that offers the highest possible payout.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Beverly Hills, High stakes home game Tournament. Sunday December 23. 6pm

Sunday, December 23, 6.00 pm
9171 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 441, Beverly Hills, CA 9021
$15,000 Prize Pool
(Subject to 33 Players)


Opening Buy-In $300 (cash only) =$30,000 chips Multiple Re-Buy’s of $100(cash only) = $20,000 chips in the first 5 rounds if your chips fall below $20,000. 1 last chance Add-On of $150(cash only) = $30,000 chips, at the end of the first 5 rounds.

Will increase every 20 minutes 100-200; 200-400; 300-600; 400-800; 500-1000; no more re-buys; add-on optional to all players. Break. 1000-2000; 2000-4000; 3000-6000; 4000-8000; Break: Final segment: Ante’s apply: 5000-10000; 6000-12000; 8000-16000; 10000-20000; 15000-30000

Expense fee $30 All players will be required to pay an expense fee of $30 each which will cover all out of pocket expenses including rentals, gourmet food and drink, dealers and hostess. There will be no deduction from the prize pool, no rake and absolutely no other tournament charges.

Please reserve early by return email as this event is limited to a maximum of 40 players. Food will be served at 6 pm and the Tournament will start promptly at 7 pm. Late arrivals will be blinded out and there seat will be forfeited at 7.40 pm, and offered to any alternate player, no exceptions. Players who arrive early and sign in prior to 7 pm will receive an extra bonus of $3000 in chips.

Phone Reservations: Alan 310-804-5015

Boys & Girls Club of Burbank Charity Poker Tournament

One of the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank fundraisers at the beginning of the year is an annual Poker Tournament. The 2008 tournament is being planned for Friday, January 11th. Start time is 6:30, and it will be located at The Masonic Lodge in Burbank. As usual, food will be provided, and if you�ve done this in the past, you know a good time is had by all. This year's top prize is "The High Roller Vegas Getaway".

Buy-in for this tournament is $100, and re-buys are allowed (and encouraged!). Your fees for entering are tax deductible, and receipts will be provided.

Please start your year off with a little fun, and at the same time help a great charity. Your participation means so much to them. Please let me know if you�d like to play by responding to this note, or go to the Club's website and follow directions to signup ( )

I hope you'll decide to play.

Two final notes: (1) Please pass this along to any friends who may want to play, and (2) If you're unable to play but would like to support the Club and/or the event with a monetary donation or if your company would like to provide a prize of some value, those are desired as well.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Faces on the Cards

Regular players of Scoby the Poker Robot may have noticed that sometimes a face appears on the cards. Every wonder who they are?

On the Ace of Spades is Scoby. Scoby is a great great great great great great great grand nephew of George Washington.

On the King of Spades are, sometimes, Tan, Blake and Jonathan. Tan, Blake and Jonathan are all Dueces Never Loses tournament champions.

On the King of Diamonds is, sometimes, Ron a media mogul.

On the King of Clubs is, sometimes, Mike a professional poker player.

On the Jack of Spades is, sometimes, Darren a poker dealer.

On the Jack of Hearts is, sometimes, Bill the manager of the Players Club in Ventura, California.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Scoby the Poker Robot

Play poker against the robot
Scoby plays heads-up No-Limit Hold-em poker for fun.