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Monthly Archives: August 2012
If Michigan is going to drop Toussaint and a backup lineman before a game I will hope on Denard Walker’s behalf the backups know their blocking assignments against Alabama’s line. Dallas is not quite neutral territory for the SEC versus Big Ten and basically I don’t care how many starters you lose to the NFL I am still having flashbacks about what the Crimson Tide did to LSU so I think it’s foolish not to give the 14 points (and while you’re at it bet the under.)
I just won’t say it to Mayweather’s face.
In what is arguably the strongest endorsement of online gambling, Finnish player Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen is using his online poker winnings to buy a ticket to space. Kyllönen paid €160,000 for a seat aboard Virgin owner Richard Branson’s private space vessel.
Virgin recently announced a contest that will reward the traveler who racks up the most miles on Virgin flights with a free seat on board the next space trip. Kyllönen decided to skip all that nonsense and just buy a seat.
“I’ve always been fascinated with space and now that I have the opportunity to be within the first people going I just felt like I had to do it,” he said.
€160,000 is a drop in the bucket for Kyllönen, who recently sat down at a $1-million buy-in PokerStars table, and who as of last week was up over $1.6 million.
Kyllönen told Card Player Europe that the planned spaceflight is still in the staging period, and that he expects to enter Earth’s orbit sometime in 2014. He explained there’s a three to four day training period at Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert.
The planned flight will last approximately two hours. Plenty of time for a zero-gravity game of Hold ‘Em. Let’s just hope they use velcro-covered chips.
It’s now official. Intrastate online poker has come to the good ol’ United States of America. Last week we reported on the Nevada Gaming Commission considering South Point Poker LLC for operating an online poker site. South Point caught the NGC’s attention by demonstrating that not only will their company operate the room, they’ll also handle manufacturing the content and acting as the service provider.
It wasn’t exactly a surprise that the NGC voted unanimously in South Point’s favor, but intrastate online poker is still big news! Once their room launches, U.S. players outside Nevada’s state lines will be able to play at South Point tables (provided they are at least 21 years old).
South Point boasts its own software client, distinguishing itself from other online poker license applicants which partner up with other developers. By electing to not partner up, South Point was possibly able to make a stronger case for its licensure to the NGC. South Point chief executive Michael Gaughan reported that the software was in its second wave of testing last July, and that an independent lab is still finishing tests. Still, the on-paper incompletion of South Point’s software capabilities didn’t stop the NGC from unanimously voting to approve the intrastate poker room.
While the company is undoubtedly excited to lead the way for poker rooms, being first out of the gate means they’ll certainly be subjected to a considerable amount of industry and regulatory scrutiny. Peter Bernhard, NGC Chairmain said pointedly to South Point, “We want to make sure it’s done correctly because what you do might have an impact on what others do later.”
We at Chipist are counting on exactly that impact. Revenue from online poker continues to skyrocket and we’re hoping that additional intrastate poker rooms pop up all across the country. Next out of the gate is Reno-based Monarch Interactive which is planning to partner up with a software developer to eventually launch their own poker room, and Global Cash Access Inc. was licensed to be an online payment provider which will partner up with South Point’s new poker room.
Cantor Gaming announced their first real-money mobile sports wagering app called Cantor Sports Book. The Nevada Gaming Control Board recently approved the app which lets users place wagers via any iOS mobile device using the entire Cantor Games Race & Sports Book. The download is available to everyone and usable by all who have a Cantor Race & Sports Book wagering account, which must be applied for in-person at a Cantor Race & Sports Book in Nevada.
Worried about security? Cantor Games’s new app boasts “sophisticated data-encrypted technology that provides the highest levels of security and offers Nevada-based sports betting fans a convenient, fast loading, secure and easy to use application.”
“Cantor Gaming is committed to enhancing our customers’ experience by introducing innovative, fun and convenient technology,” said Lee M. Amaitis, president and CEO of Cantor Gaming. “Offering a mobile sports wagering application on Apple devices, was an important step given the widespread popularity of Apple’s products and the extensive marketplace penetration of Apple’s iPhone and iPad. As a company that is passionate about sports and steadfast in introducing state-of-the-art sports gaming experiences to our customers, we look forward to continuing to bring exciting new wagering opportunities to sports gaming enthusiasts.”
Chipist wonders if Mr. Amaitis will also consider the “extensive marketplace penetration” of Android devices as well, especially since the company’s first mobile app, Cantor Games, has a version on Android as well as iOS. It’s a virtual sports book that is not based on real-money wagering that’s designed as a fun game of experience and competition.
The new Cantor Sports Book is an interesting development in real-money wagering technology. Laws are still up in the air in the U.S. and betters are finding plenty of ways to get around the obstacles in order to make wagers. Pulling out an iPhone looks like one more way to make a buck … or lose a few.
Here’s how “run it twice” works. This explanation only applies to people who are really good at poker.
With “run it twice,” there are two sets of community cards. The dealer deals the first set of cards, then shuffles the cards and deals a second set. If each player wins both sets, they split the pot in half. If a player wins both, they win the whole pot. This normally happens when two people go all-in.
Sam Ganzfried’s blog Game Theory in Practice offered a classic example of a “run it twice” moment:
“Suppose the players are all-in preflop with AA against KK and decide to run it twice. If the first set of community cards is 2389J, and second set is 3489K, then the players chop the pot because the AA player won the first hand and the KK player won the second hand (assume no one hit a flush).
At the time of Mr. Ganzfried’s post, PokerStars didn’t have the option to run it twice, but it looks like it soon will. An online forum member noticed the addition of a “run it twice” option in the PokerStar’s Test client’s lobby. PokerStars responded:
“There is no timetable at this point that we can share. We actually expect a prototype on TestPokerStars to be available later in August for player testing (subject to changes). Based on stability of the feature it might be released soon to main clients or might stay on TestPokerStars only for a longer period of time.”
We wonder what they’re waiting for? Perhaps “run it twice” will be introduced just as soon as PokerStars reaches its 100 billionth hand. Chipist will keep you updated on when this exciting new feature will be added to PokerStars tables.