Friday, March 11, 2005

Take a seat at the table - Bonus Code IGGY on Party Poker!

"If the world were coming to an end, I'd go to Cincinnati, because everything happens there ten years later."
Mark Twain

It's funny cause it's true.

Howdy all. Quick update and announcement with a few nuggets of poker goodness. How about a random picture or two? It is Friday, after all.

Don't forget about our little WPBT event coming up this Sunday evening. Bloggers and readers are more than welcome to participate.

$5 tourney
Sunday. March 13th
9pm EST
Name of tourney: WPBT HORSE Tournament
Full Tilt Poker - Bonus Code IGGY
password: thehammer

Because this is a HORSE tourney, I don't expect we'll have as many players per usual, so I went ahead and set up the next official No-Limit WPBT tournament on Poker Stars, open to all.


Wednesday, March 30th
$20 + $2 - No-Limit
Poker Stars - Private tournament tab
Password: thehammer

Because I will be eliminated in the HORSE tourney within the first few orbits, I'm really looking forward to the Stars event.

K, I gotta get back to the tables - one of my favorite fish is three tabling on Party Poker and I need to get lucky relieve him of his cash. March is looking to be a good month for me - I've been putting in lotsa time and it's paying off. So much for heading back to corporate America....

Here's the follow-up to the rumours of a 60 Minutes report on poker.
I'll be back soon.


Author: Nolan Dalla

Let me be as clear as I possibly can in response to the RGP post that was made over the weekend about a pending news report that allegedly claims many top online poker sites are rigged. CBS News has not done, and is not doing such a story.

I have been involved in a project on behalf of PokerStars.com from the start which pitched "60 Minutes" -- a division of CBS News -- on the idea of doing a poker story. In fact, I wrote the initial proposal. The focus of the story was initially on the popularity of poker and television, but as the lead (Dan Rather) gatherred more material and became more immersed in the subject matter, the focus of the story
shifted and ended up being on poker psychology and 'tells' (you will have to watch "60 Minutes" when it airs to appreciate what I believe will be a very interesting and positive segment on poker). Chris Moneymaker and other players were interviewed by Mr. Rather. The air date has not yet been determined. Since a poker story is not 'time sensitive' the segment could air anytime between now and the 2005 WSOP.

When I saw the initial RGP post, I thought it best to go straight to the source -- the producer of the segment at "60 Minutes" and ask him directly if there was any truth to it. He emphatically denied any such focus, slant, mention, or story currently in production that mentions online poker cheating or other alleged improprieties. When queried further about the possiblity that another division of CBS News might be pursuing a story, the producer was even more forceful in his response. "No," he said.

I hope this will settle the issue, once and for all.

For the past three years, PokerStars.com has maintained a policy to send full hand history files to any player who expresses a concern about our shuffle and questions of randomization. We encourage such players to run tests themselves or consult with others to run such tests. Even though many players, including experts in math and
statisstics have made such requests of hand histories, there has not been a single case of anyone showing a statistically significant deviation at PokerStars.com.

Nolan Dalla
Director of Communications -- PokerStars.com


Obligatory random photo, and hell, who doesn't enjoy girls getting all kissy?

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