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TwoPlusTwo Forums Hurt Jennifer Tilly

October 24, 2009 by Kris Jones  
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BluffEurope.com has announced that Jennifer Tilly is returning to poker. What I want to know is when did she ever leave and how many people noticed?

In an article on BluffEurope.com, Tilly admits to liking the 2Plus2 forums and even thinking the guys on there were smart and funny.  However, Tilly would “feel horrible” when bad things were said about her.

This all makes me wonder how much celebrities scan over some of the stuff written about them on some of the web’s bigger sites.  Tilly no doubt deserves so gaff over her poker history and I’ve dished out one blog entry in particular doing just that.  However, if she wants to start fresh and show she’s ready to prove the doubters wrong, I’ll wait and see if that can be accomplished.

At the very least, Tilly sheds some much needed beauty on the poker world.  Listen close for Phil Gordon’s parting comment:

Amateur Schools Phil Hellmuth

October 24, 2009 by Kris Jones  
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Amateur Schools Phil Hellmuth

Rarely do you see Phil Hellmuth beaten soundly where he doesn’t go off about something. However, today I found footage of just that. In the clip below, a Full Tilt amateur crushes Phil Hellmuth by flopping the nut straight. Unfortunately for Hellmuth, he hits Aces and Jacks.
Hellmuth thinks he is way ahead and his mindset ignores some potential tells from the amateur. For example, the outright mocking should have been an indicator of how confident he was in the hand. Second, Hellmuth gives a textbook tell by mentioning the possibility of weakness and bluffing. …read more


More of Phil Ivey Revealed in New Article

October 23, 2009 by Kris Jones  
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More of Phil Ivey Revealed in New Article

Just as I write that ESPN had not updated their poker section, the World Wide Leader unleashed one of the best reads I have come across in awhile. In a brilliant feature story by Chad Millman, Phil Ivey lets us look through a window to have insider access into his high roller life.
The article touches upon Phil Ivey’s wealth, his entourage, where he plays, how much money he plays for, what games he’s into, and even more as we’re taken on one of his gambling expeditions. In the end, Phil Ivey comes off as an odds defying, unlimited …read more

ESPN Only Major Sports Site to Cover Poker

October 22, 2009 by Kris Jones  
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ESPN Only Major Sports Site to Cover Poker

Poker doesn’t fall into the sports realm unless ESPN has a say. In an independent review of the top sports sites (ok some are a stretch) — ESPN, FoxSports, CBS, CNNSI, SportingNews, NBC, and Yahoo — only ESPN gives poker the time of day to include them in the wide world of sports… but that doesn’t mean they pay close attention to it.
While ESPN will focus in on the poker world during the WSOP in its poker section – and even give a little side or bottom column pub when someone actually wins – they don’t actively cover poker. …read more


Is Poker’s Popularity Fading Away?

October 21, 2009 by Kris Jones  
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Is Poker’s Popularity Fading Away?

The Texas Hold’em honeymoon is over. The fresh rookies that got in on the online poker/Chris MoneyMaker/hole card boom are now grizzled veterans that have settled into their own skin. The surprises and thrills that came along with the gold rush have long since been eroded over into bitterness over bad beats and less fish in the pond.
While other countries may still be in the Texas Hold’em Renaissance era, the U.S. is lukewarm towards poker with the faithful still enjoying play but also looking to go beyond the simpleness of Texas Hold’em. Surely legislation hasn’t helped the …read more

Run it Twice at Full Tilt Poker

October 19, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under online poker

Run it Twice at Full Tilt Poker

Have you heard of “running it twice”? When poker players run it twice, they are agreeing to have the remaining community cards dealt twice to hammer out any variance from bad beats or coin flips. Full Tilt Poker is in the beta process in implementing that feature in the high dollar games and will eventually integrate it to more poker tables. This is a pretty cool advancement and could be a sign of things to come in the future.
If you watch High Stakes Poker, then you’ve probably seen the players do this postflop. No word on …read more


Is Online Poker Illegal? Does Anyone Know?

October 18, 2009 by Kris Jones  
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Is Online Poker Illegal? Does Anyone Know?

For argument’s sake, let’s assume that Texas Hold’em is a game of chance and not a game of skill (it’s both by the way). Under our assumption, it’s easily gambling. Does that mean online poker is illegal? Does anyone have a clear cut answer to this?
There is no clear cut answer to whether online poker is legal. Legislation is entirely vague and skirts around the issue in a massive stack of papers that likely act as the status quo when legislatures want to have flex rules that meet their whims at a particular point in time. In yet …read more

Philip Helm’s Overaggressiveness vs. Nguyen

October 18, 2009 by Kris Jones  
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Philip Helm’s Overaggressiveness vs. Nguyen

There’s aggressive and then there’s hyper aggressive. Philip Hilm falls into the hyper aggressive category. The Danish pro garnered much acclaim during his 2007 run to the WSOP title, but in the end, the fuel that propelled him all the way to the final table left him high and dry much too early.
In the clip below, Hilm catches KQo which is certainly a hand worthy of playing. The problem is Hilm felt compelled to make that hand one that he could no lose to Scotty Nguyen. Aggressiveness is great in poker, but so is the ability …read more


Review of the Movie Rounders

October 16, 2009 by Kris Jones  
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Review of the Movie Rounders

Rounders is a poker movie starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. The two elite actors give a magical performance in one of the most enshrined gambling movies of all time. Damon plays Mike McDermott, a law student who gives up poker only to see it come back into his life when he reunites with Norton’s character, Les Murphy aka “Worm”.
McDermott struggles to balance law school and poker. The balancing act is made tougher by Worm’s underhanded nature which leads him into rough spots with the wrong characters. McDermott’s ultimate goal is to make a big splash …read more

Ivey Bluffed off Pocket Kings Post Flop

October 15, 2009 by Kris Jones  
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Ivey Bluffed off Pocket Kings Post Flop

Had Phil Ivey played with Brad Booth a little more, he easily makes this call. However, I think Phil Ivey was still in the learning stages on his Brad Booth reads and Booth made a huge play with 4 high to get Ivey off pocket kings.
The interesting part about the bluff is I’m betting Booth did not know how strong Ivey was (despite what Gabe “it’s obvious when I see the cards” Kaplan said). Ivey took about two minutes after the big bet but eventually laid the hand down, thinking that Booth may have been playing a low …read more

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