Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kamel Nacif Casino Whale

Kamel Nacif - This wealthy Mexican businessman goes to Las Vegas 6 to 10 times a year with a bankroll between $1 000 000 and $5 000 000 each time.  The high-stake Baccarat player, with an average of $160 000 per hand, is said to have taken between $18 000 000 and $22 000 000 from Vegas casinos.  He is said to become easily agitated when things not going his way. 

Known as "El Rey de la Mezclilla" (the Denin King), Kamel Nacif Borge make his fortune in textile.  Kamel Nacif is one of the richest men in Mexico.  And he is currently one of the biggest and most famous gambler in the world.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Betfair Zero House Edge Jacks or Better

Betfair Zero House Edge Jacks or Better
For Jacks or Better, there is no better place to play than Betfair.  Still the only place with a Zero House Edge Lounge.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Betfair Zero Lounge Baccarat

Betfair Zero Lounge Baccarat
Have you ever listen to a James Bond movie?  If your answer is yes.  You certainly know that James Bond is a gambler and a risk-taker.  And the favorite gambling game of the agent 007 is baccarat.  Baccarat is in fact the favorite game of all the billionaire high rollers and casino whales of the world.  Baccarat is a rather simple card game.
The world wide popularity of baccarat among high-rollers
 is maybe due to James Bond?  Who knows!

Here, the winning strategy is damn simple!  Always bet on the banker.

And just like blackjack, roulette, Jacks or better...  Here at Betfair, the house edge is zero.

Betfair, the only place to play.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Betfair Zero Lounge Blackjack

Betfair Zero Lounge Blackjack
Like with roulette, baccarat, Jacks or Better.  Betfair is the only place were you should play blackjack.  With better odds than any other casino in the world.  Betfair Zero Lounge Blackjack, play with perfect strategy (check the above chart), and you will guarantee maximum potential gains.
Blackjack perfect strategy
Keep this invaluable chart and tape it next to your computer.

Since Betfair pay out 2-1 for a suited natural Blackjack and a five card twenty one.  Played with the proper strategy and the house edge is down to 0.

So join all the high rollers of this world and go play some blackjack on, the largest casino and sportsbook in the world.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Betfair Zero House Edge Roulette

Betfair Zero House Edge Roulette
Betfair is the only place were you should play roulette.  Why?  Because they is NO zero.  So the odds versus a single number and a color are the same.

50/50, no house edge at all!
So, casino players, don't waste your time anymore searching the net to play your favorite game.  Betfair is the only place were you should play.
Betfair is the only place were you can find zero house edge game.  Roulette, blackjack, baccarat, Jack or better...  name it, you got it!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Best place to practise Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'Em

The best place to practise Heads-Up No Limit Hold'Em (HUNLHE) for free

Texas No-Limit Hold'Em is the big thing right now.  Texas No-Limit Hold'Em is on tv, on sports channels, everywhere.  If you want to learn and play poker without losing your shirt.  Pokerstars is the perfect place for you.  At Pokerstars you can play for free with fictive money against a large variety of players.  Without a doubt, the best place were you can practice HUNLHE.  Playing with fictive money is the perfect place to learn your craft.  Having fun while learning the game, the basic strategy, the bankroll management, and the ins and outs of online poker.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Chess, backgammon, poker, and bridge

Chess, backgammon, poker, and bridge
The four great minds games

Games like bridge, poker, and chess are great for business. These games all use methods that can can be incorporated into the way you view and make business decisions. Chess in particular requires strategic decision-making, concentration, tactics, and evaluation.

A complete information game where you are playing against the board.  A game were the better player always win.  A small difference in skill make a huge difference on the scoreboard.  Chess is a game of pure skill, concentration, and strategies.  Chess requires strategic decision-making, concentration, tactics, and evaluation.  No luck involved here.

Garry Kasparov is maybe the most dominant chess player of all time.

Just like chess, backgammon is a complete information game where you play against the board.  Backgammon is a tactical game of concentration, positional evaluation, and math.  The dice is the element of luck in the game.

The most notable player is the 3-times Backgammon World Champion and successful gambler Tim Holland.

It is a simple card game of hidden information who rewards attention and the reading of psychological situations.  An element of luck coming from the cards.  A game of skill and deception.

Currently, the best all-around poker player of the world is Phil Ivey.

Like many card game, bridge is a game of hidden information.  Bridge is about remembering every card, probabilities, and communication.  Some luck involved here.

Someone could make a living as a pro bridge player by gambling 
high-stakes bridge and/or being a paid partner for people.

The best player in the world and probably the best player of all time is "Mr. Bridge" Bob Hamman

So, apparently, unless you are a super grand master--chess is for fun and intellectual stimulation. Also, duplicate bridge is mostly "for fun". Backgammon is a game where you can be a pro and earn a living. Poker is a game where you can be a pro and usually earn even a better living than you usually can at Backgammon. :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Betfair - Poker

Betfair is not only the best Sport Exchange and has a Zero Lounge Game casinon.  It is also a great place to play juicy poker.  Soft and fishy competition, excellent software, and a lot of players.

Go get it and play NOW!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Betfair Casino - Zero House-Edge Lounge

Betfair Casino - Zero House-Edge Lounge

The Betfair Casino is the only casino where there is a zero house-edge lounge.  The company is calling it the Zero Lounge: an area where the games have 100% returns to player.  For roulette they have removed the zero.  This is an unprecedented move which other operators will be watching with interest – it goes against everything that casinos have been trying to do over the years – increase the edge!  The idea is that they get more customers with a higher turnover.   Players will also have to observe basic strategy on Blackjack, Jacks or Better and Baccarat to take advantage of the zero edge – which we know not all players will do – this creates a small margin for Betfair – very clever!  Betfair Casino offers two great casino lounges, the Zero Lounge and the Main Lounge.  The Main Lounge offers the usual casino fare with the reliability of a major online gambling company behind it.  It’s the Zero Lounge that makes Betfair so different.  The Zero Lounge is the first casino with zero house edge on every game.  The return to players on all zero games is 100.0 per cent.  

Betfair Casino is the only online casino with no house edge and that means the odds on you winning at Betfair are greater than anywhere else.  Betfair Casino offers two great casino lounges, the Zero Lounge and the Main Lounge.  The Main Lounge offers a huge range of the newest and most exciting games making it one of the most diverse and best value casinos on the web.  Betfair prides itself on offering a unique service.  The zero lounge continues that tradition by offering the only casino where games can be played with no house edge.  If the zero lounge doesnt have the game that you want to play, visit the Betfair main lounge.  The main lounge offers fantastic player bonuses and unbeatable offers only available to Betfair Casino customers.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Doing the right thing in poker

Doing the right thing in poker

According to all time great cash game poker player Chip Reese.  There is some basic rules to observe to be a winning poker player.

     - Playing the best hand
     - Not chasing
     - Knowing where you're at in hand
     - Getting away from hands when you're beat

As Chip Reese would said: "It's hard to lose that way."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Pittsburg Phil

Pittsburg Phil
Pittsburg Phil, given name George Elsworth Smith, (1862-1905), was a professional gambler - horse racing handicapper who became a multi-millionaire circa 1895.  He was described as cool, calm, and as having a phlegmatic demeanour. 

At the time of his death in 1905, Pittsburg Phil had amassed a fortune worth $3 250 000, including real estate, stocks and bonds.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fictional Gamblers: Who's the best?

Fictional Gamblers: Who's the best?
The fictional world is the reflexion of the real world.  Like in the real world, gamblers and investors of all kind are presents in the fictional world of Hollywood.  There is some really interesting and fascinating characters from the movie screen.


The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
His Name: "The Man" Lancey Howard
His Game: High Stakes Five-Card Stud
Accomplishments: As the king of New Orlean's gambling world, The Man has never been beaten in five-card stud.

Shade (2003)
His Name: The Dean
His Game: Poker "mechanic" (cheater / con-artist)
Accomplishments:  The greatest mechanic in the world, The Dean has never been beaten and is a living legend.

Casino Royale
His Name: Le Chiffre
His Game: High Stakes Texas Hold'em
Accomplishments:  Chess prodigy and mathematics genius who uses his abilities to make fortunes on the stock market and at poker.


The Runner (1999)
His Name: Deepthroat
His Game: Sports Betting
Accomplishments: A devious, ruthless, and powerful pro gambler who like to play mind games with his employees (runners).

Back to the Future Part II
His Name: Biff Tannen
His Game: Sports Betting
Accomplishments:  Becoming one of the richest and most powerful men in the world by using a sports almanac giving him 25 years of the upcoming sports' results in the future.  The dream of everyone!


Wall Street (1987)
His Name: Gordon Gekko
His Game: Corporate Raider
Accomplishments:  In 2008, with an evaluated fortune of $8.5 billion, Gordon Gekko was named the fourth richest fictional character by Forbes magazine.  Inspiring an entire generation of stock brokers and day traders. 

The character of  Gordon Gello was partly inspired by Ivan Boesky, Carl Icahn, and "Junk Bond King" Michael Milken.

In my view, in the fictional world of Hollywood and movies, the three greatest gamblers/investors are Le Chiffre, Biff Tannen, and the immortal Gordon Gekko.  If you have other suggestions, don't hesitate to add them in the comments sections below.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mickey Appleman

Mickey Appleman
Mickey Appleman unique look...  Yes, this is his real hair!
Mickey Appleman is a 66 years old pro gambler, poker player, sports bettors and handicapper.   Some of his biggest bets are betting $900,000 on the Carter/Reagan election, $300,000 on Larry Holmes against Muhammad Ali, $500,000 on a football game between Louisville and Memphis State. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

High Stakes Heads Up No Limit Hold Em Online Cash Game

High Stakes Heads Up No Limit Hold Em Online Cash Game - The Ultimate Poker Challenge

Chess vs Poker

They say chess is the Games of Kings.  Give me a break!!
There is no risk in chess, no financial gain, no financial loss.  In my view, chess is pointless.  It kill all hope for the beginner, since chess is a complete information game.  There is no luck and randomness in it.  The best player will always win.

At less in poker, you always got an element of luck, which can play in your favor on the short-term.  But like all zero-sum game, in the long term, the most skilled player will always win.  But at least, the beginner or a player with marginal skills got some chance to break the bank if he is lucky, sometime very lucky.  It is all about choosing the right table at an appropriate level.

But don't think for a second that poker is just a brainless game of hazard and chance.  Don't you think that if it was just a silly game of luck you would always see the same people winning poker tournaments years after years?!?  Those people reigning on top of the poker world would be the World Luckiest People?!?  That's like all those profanes who think that the stock market is just a "game" of luck!?! 

For playing it myself, I can tell you that luck, in the long term, play for very little in the career of a poker player.

Never mind, there is no money to be made on chess.

Hold'em is to stud what chess is to checkers.
--Johnny Moss 

Doyle Brunson was referring to no-limit hold’em (NLH) as the ‘the Cadillac of poker games’ over 30 years ago.  This is undoubtedly the case in cash games.  Doyle Brunson also rightfully said that No-Limit Hold' Em is a money game played with cards.

The Ultimate Poker Challenge

But if poker is so great!!!  Can you tell me which form of poker is the best?  Which poker variant is the ultimate poker challenge?

Without any hesitation I say High Stakes Heads Up No Limit Hold Em Online Cash Game.  Don't give a fuck about chess, bridge, and backgammon.  When your life is at stake at the center of the table and your financial well-being depends on the way you will play the flop, the turn, and the river...  Like Doyle Brunson would: "That's poker folks!"  

No-Limit is a not a card game. It is a money game played with cards.               
-- Arthur Reber

High Stakes Heads Up No Limit Hold Em Online Cash Game

High Stakes: Higher stake equal superior skills.  That's where the big boys play.  You will find the best players in the world, poker pros, and billionaire gamblers at the highest stakes...

Heads Up: The most extreme form of poker is heads-up, mano-to-mano, that where you see who is the best player of poker... 

No-Limit: that's where you can be your own worst enemy.  You're not only against the other player but you're against your emotions.  In poker, you must control yourself and keep a cold head.  Emotions are deadly!  Going on tilt is forbidden... 

Hold' Em: Texas Hold' Em is the name of the game... 

Online: Faster pace equal more hands per hours.  That's where all the action is!  The more hands you play the more experience you get.

Cash Game: The most lucrative and deadly form of poker.  That's where the money is... 

Who is on top of the food chain?

Sorry Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey is on top of the food chain.  Phil Ivey is the best overall poker player in the world.  Phil Ivey is excellent!

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My HSHUNLHEOCG top poker players ranking

Maybe not as controversial as my lambasting of the chess game but it will certainly suscitate a lot of reactions from poker aficianados.  I will decorticate each element of the HS-HU-NL-HE-O-CG one by one.  So it will be less confusing.

High Stakes:  The Ultimate King of Nosebleed Poker is Texas banker Andy Beal, hands down.  Billionaire Andy Beal was at the center of the most epic poker confrontation in recent memory.  The Banker versus The Corporation.  The billionaire banker from Texas vs the best professional poker players of the world in $100 000/$200 000 Heads-Up Limit Hold'em.  What do you think about that?  It's not just nosebleed poker, it's bloodbath poker.  The stakes were so high that the pros got to regroup themselves and form a Corporation to equal the endless bankroll of Andy Beal.  The Banker defeated The Corporation a few times until Phil Ivey came to The Corporation rescue and stomped The Banker.  To read the entire story goes to: Andy Beal - The Banker versus The Corporation

Heads-Up:  Really close to the excellence in HSHUNLHEOCG, his name is Tom "durrrr" Dwan.  Right now, the guy is the most successful High Stakes Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Online Cash Game poker player in the world.  Sorry again Tom Dwan, you were my first choice but...  wait a minute... an unknown player named Isildur1 snatched $5.3 millions from your bankroll.  Isildur1, later revealed to be Viktor Blom, defeated Patrick Antonius for $1.6 million.  Was conned out of $4.2 millions by Brian Hastings in an unfair battle.  And, just like Andy Beal, Isildur1 was outplayed by Phil Ivey, losing $3.2 millions to Ivey.   To read the entire story go to Isildur1 Viktor Blom.

No-Limit:  Stu Ungar.  Blessed with a genius IQ and a photographic memory.  He started as an unbeatable gin rummy player, beating cheaters and world champions alike.Once said there was no one who could beat him in poker other than himself.  He was right since he self-destructed snorting excessive amounts of cocaine (his nose collapsed) and routinely losing all his money on sports bets, horse bets, and prop bets.  Having won an estimated $30 million during his poker career, Stu Ungar died of an heart attack at 46 years old with only $800 in his pocket.  His friends paid for his funeral services.

Hold'em:  Sorry no Phil Hellmuth there, this is not about tournament poker it's about cash game heads-up.  I will go with Doyle Brunson here.  The Godfather of Poker.  Like he would say:  "Texas Hold'em is the Cadillac of poker."

Online:  Tom Dwan.  Despite his $5.3 millions downstring against Isildur1 Viktor Blom.  Over the long haul, durrrr is said to be the best poker player online.  Phil Ivey think that one day, Tom Dwan will kick his butt at poker.

Cash Game: 
???  To paraphrase Phil Ivey, cash game is real poker.  And Phil Ivey is The Man here.  He bested Andy Beal and won more than $16 millions from him and he outsmarted Isildur1 Viktor Blom earning $3.2 millions.  Enough said.


They are all playing differently but aggression is a common trait of all these poker champions.  Whether you are tight or loose you should always play aggressive poker.  You must be a shark to swim with the sharks.

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"I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream. Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and - when played well, nourishes the wallet." ~ Lou Krieger

Friday, June 3, 2011

Andy Beal - The Banker versus The Corporation

Andy Beal

Born November 11, 1952, the 6.6 Billions Dollars Man (as evaluated by Forbes in 2011) Andy Beal made his fortune in banking and real estate.  Andy Beal is a natural born businessman.  In his teenage years, he was no only a gifted student,  but he was already a hard working young entrepreneur.

The Texas banker is not only known in the financial sector.  He is also notorious for his ultra high-stakes poker and mathematics activities.  Andy Beal was a blackjack player in his youth.  He has never played poker seriously until March 2001, when he was 48 years old.  Which prove that it's never too late to start playing and excelling at poker.  On his first day, he sat at a $15/$30 Limit Hold'em table.  Then, after winning a couple hundreds bucks, he moved to the $80/$160 table.  The next day he played at the $400/$800 table.  Here, in the big league, he encountered and dominated Todd Brunson in an heads-up match. 

The next day, with almost no poker experience, he played some of the best poker players in the world at stakes from $1000/$2000 to $4000/$8000 at a full-table game and won more than $100 000.

Despite his indeniable success at the full-tables, Andy Beal feel he was more suited for Heads-Up Limit Hold' Em.  But he wanted to play astronomical stakes with the pros.  And even the wealthiest pros didn't have the sufficient bankroll to challenge the Texas banker.

The Banker versus The Corporation

However, Doyle Brunson came up with the idea of forming "The Corporation", a group of pros to join their efforts and bankrolls to contending with "The Banker".  This elite group included Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese, Todd Brunson, Ted Forrest, Jennifer Harman, Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Barry Greenstein, Chau Giang, and others.

With his limitless bankroll, Beal hoped to play in such ultra high-stakes that it would perturb the play of the pros.  At the end of their several encounters in 2004, they were playing $100 000/$200 000 Heads-Up Limit Hold' Em with more than $20 millions on the table in what would be the Richest Poker Game of All Time.  Andy  Beal is recognized as the poker player who won the most money in a single day.  On Tuesday, May 13, 2004, at the Las Vegas Bellagio, Andy Beal won $11.7 millions from The Corporation (Legendary player Chip Reese, Hamid Dastmalchi, Gus Hansen, and Jennifer Harman).

After the famous 2001 to 2004 encounters, Andy Beal returned to Las Vegas at the Wynn Casino on February 1, 2006 for a five-day Heads-Up session, once again versus "The Corporation".  Taking on Todd Brunson, Jennifer Harman, Ted Forrest, and others playing $50 000/$100 000 Limit Hold' Em, Beal was down $3.3 millions on February 5, 2006.

Then, a week later, from February 12 to 15, Andy Beal took his revenge and won approximately $13.6 million from The Corporation.

However, the party crashed for "The Banker" Andy Beal when he ran into Phil Ivey from February 21 to 23, 2006.  Representing The Corporation, Phil Ivey, known as the best overall poker player in the world, won $16.6 millions from "the Banker" playing  $30 000/$60 000 and $50 000/$100 000 HULHE.  Which put an end to "The Banker vs. The Corporation" sagas.

Learn the entire story about Andy Beal vs The Corporation and gets inside Andy Beal's head while he plays the bests in the world.

You too you can encounter the Phil Ivey experience on Full Tilt poker.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Isildur1 Viktor Blom

Isildur1 Viktor Blom

How he build his poker bankroll

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First of all, a young Swedish player nicknamed Blom90 deposited $2000 on Ipoker around January 1, 2009.  Playing 0.50/$1 online games, 15 hours a day.  Three weeks later, he had turned his initial $2K into, believe it or not, an astonishing $1.4 million bankroll by playing Heads-Up No Limit tables.  Then he disappeared from Ipoker.  At this point, Blom90 aka Isilbur1 aka Viktor Blom was only 18 years old.

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Isuldur1 crushing the pros on Full Tilt poker

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An unknown player from Sweden named Isilbur1 (a Lord of the Rings character) begun his Full Tilt Poker rampage on September 16, 2009.  His first two weeks at the $25/$50 No-Limit Hold'em were pretty uneventful.  But after that kind of probation period, he began to tear the high-stakes scene apart, taking on all-comers.

One of his first big catch came at the expense of Haseeb "INTERNETPOKERS" Qureshi.  Starting at the $25/$50 and moving to $100/$200 where Qureshi took a beating of nearly $500K in a 24 hours session.

Then, in the next few days, he dismantled UgotaBanana for $300K and took more than $700K from Cole South and lost some small amounts versus Brian Hastings and Brian Townsend playing $200/$400 and $300/$600 Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha.  By November 15, 2009, his Full Tilt poker earnings were at a career high $5.98 millions.

Heads-up versus the great one, Tom "durrrr" Dwan

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Then, the all time great Tom "durrrr" Dwan (one of the top online high stakes poker player) make his apparition, confident to break the unknown Swedish in short order.  But thing didn't go that way!  Mostly playing at 6 Heads-Up $500/$1000 No Limit Hold'em tables simultaneously, Isildur1 became famous after he won over $5.3 millions in one week after besting "durrrr" Tom Dwan on Full Tilt Poker

Rollercoaster losses

On the low side, while playing 3 tables Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em at $500/$1000 stakes, Isildur1 lost $3.2 millions to Phil Ivey (probably the best poker player in the world right now) in a week.  He subsequently stated that Phil Ivey was the toughest opponent he ever played.
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Also lost $1.1 million to Townsend, $840K to Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies and $578K to Patrick Antonius.

World Record Holder

In his short career, Isildur1 is all ready a World-Record holder several times for his spetacular bankroll swings. 
- He was involved in all the top 10 biggest pots in online poker history.  Seven of those huge pots changed hand inside the same week.  All disputed between Isildur1 facing Antonius or Ivey. 
- Isildur1 had gone on the largest, most lucrative run ever in the history of online poker (taking approximately $5.3 millions from Tom Dwan in one week) 
- He was also the first person ever to lose a 7-figure pot (a $1 356 947 pot to Patrick Antonius). 
- Two days later, he won a $1.1 million pot against Phil Ivey.
- The largest gain and loss in a single day of online poker (losing $4.2 millions to Brian Hasting in a five hours session).

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Isildur1 vs the Corporation

In some kind of "conspiration" against him, Isildur1 lost $4.2 millions in a five hours session versus Brian Hastings on December 8, 2009.  Afterward, it was discovered that Isildur1's past opponents (Hastings, Townsend, Cole Smith) joined forces and shared information about more than 30 000 hands they played versus Isildur1.  Disgusted by the unfair play, Isildur1 left Full Tilt poker for several month.  Then, the mysterious and anonymous Isildur1 got a lucrative offer from PokerStars and officially joined the Team PokerStars Pro on December 2010.

But who is Isildur1?
Some rumor said he was wealthy retired NHL hockey player Matt Sundin (a Swedish and a relatively skilled and avid poker player worthing more than $25 millions USD).   Some pranksters said that Isildur1 is the Ghost of Stu Ungar (widely regarded as the best poker and gin rummy player who ever lived).  And a lot more crazy, ridiculous "rumors".
On January 8, 2011, at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, PokerStars finally revealed the identity of poker prodigy Isildur1 as being none other than Viktor Blom. 

However, now knowing his identity, the Swedish fisc wants his piece of the cake, $150 millions.  Ooops!!  No wonder why Viktor Blom now live in UK.

But who is Viktor Blom?

A high-stakes Heads-up Hold'em specialist?  For sure...  One of the best players in the world?  Absolutely...  An overly, hyper-aggressive player to say the least, a maniac known to regurlarly overbet (betting more than the size of the pot).  Nonetheless, a sick player with raw talent and several good years before him.