Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Las Vegas Travel First Timer Tips and Hints for Savings and Comfort

There is so much I wish I had have been told or found online prior to jet-setting off to Las Vegas as a first timer. I plan to write a tonne of stuff for you all to read about the World Series of Poker 2017 but I figure starting at the very start of my journey - as a semi tourist is a better idea. Given half of my friends that frequent the WSOP and Vegas do not know (didn't know) these hacks, hints and tips, its a must! Saving money, grabbing deals, comps and attractions and looking after yourself. Of course you could tune into Poker Pod Radio to hear all of this, but, for those that don't want to hear about poker, read away here.

So, you have booked that flight and started your vacation / holiday count down clock. Where to now? You look for things to do, you look for the best motel / hotel deals and count your spending money. You have heard all about the shopping outlets and figure you should take as little as possible to bring home all your purchases and be underweight. Sadly, if this is you, you are missing out big, just like I did! You need to really prep for your trip and plan well in advance to make the very best of it and get the most bang for buck!

Drinks are free with most meals at restaurants - CHEERS

Lets start with discounts! Before you even think about booking your accommodation there are a few things you may consider doing! Forget about online deals and reviews you see all over the place and start by downloading MyVegas and taking advantage of the FREE rewards on offer!MyVegas is a free app on iphone or android and can be linked to your facebook account for safe keeping. You are able to play a variety of slot machines and also blackjack and receive real rewards for the time you play via loyalty points. MyVegas has a reward section where you can claim your rewards which are stacked into categories such as: accommodation, attractions, nightlife, food and beverage. If I were to turn back time I would have used MyVegas loyalty points to save an absolute fortune off my accommodation. The deals are spectacular! I left Australia with around 32,000 loyalty points after three weeks of auto-play (I set the slots to spin on their own) and night time - pre sleep time blackjack play. 32,000 is a lot of points, sadly you can only use three redemption per 30 days. To take full advantage of the three you would obviously choose the most expensive three, if that makes sense? Accommodation being the very first!

When it comes to coupons and deals I would also suggest becoming a member of the Las Vegas Advisor where you can get up to date news and many rewards that can be used back to back. IN the Las Vegas Advisors' own words: "The 2017 Member Rewards Book (MRB) is a powerhouse of savings, packed with dining discounts and half-price buffets, gambling bonuses, free drinks, show deals, and more -- all exclusive coupons for Las Vegas Advisor subscribers!". Thanks to a friend that is a member and had a coupon book that used them on my behalf my savings were so high that if I calculated what I didn't spend (what I saved) and actually spent it, I would likely declare bankruptcy at the end of my trip. It also enabled me to eat the nicest food imaginable and all at the cost of a cheeseburger with non drinks 100% free!!

Without a doubt being a Las Vegas Advisor Member is a must and by far gets you the best deals, short of absolutely everything free.Also sign up for rewards cards for each and every casino you go to. Many offer free drinks and match play bets for becoming a member and of course you get points too which you can use for freebies. Whilst wondering through each casino, take the free moisturizers, body and hand lotions from retail outlets offering trials. Its a sure fire way to treat yourself on the go!Take (pack) things you don't expect to need and do not take things you think you will! As a chick headed to Vegas and its bright lights and party like atmosphere I took almost 60kgs of luggage including a tonne of high heels and handbags to match every outfit. I took almost all my makeup and bathroom products and well, emptied my cupboard of every cocktail dress I owned - I basically used NONE OF IT! Mind you, my sister, assistant and travel partner took more (shoes excluded.....)


I would suggest that ladies take a small makeup kit only; if going in summer in particular. Also take hair basics such as a straightening iron and some hair ties and bobby pins only. You don't need a hair dryer, you do not need shampoos and soaps, they are all provided and changed by the motel daily. Instead of taking a tonne of high heels take just one pair in black, you are likely not going to even wear those! You will do so much walking it isn't funny and unless you want to be suspected as a hooker you really should keep them off anyway! I used my tennis shoes, boots, converse fakes and thongs (flip flops, though I also wore thongs underwear wise lol!). Pack jeans, pack shorts, pack swimwear, sunscreen lotion and hats. Also make sure you pack a few different nice jackets as the casinos are quite cold and although the heat gets to you, it also gets chilly compared to the extreme aussie heat at the early hours in the morning. Also pack condoms, tampons and sanitary pads else face humiliation as corner stores have them behind the counter. Make sure you take enough underwear for every single day!

Washing isnt going to be on your agenda and likely not possible anyway.Prior to leaving ensure you have everything planned! Two weeks goes very fast! Use your iphone calendar and actually time everything. Vegas is indeed the city that never sleeps. Allow 4-6hrs sleep time out of each 24hrs to ensure you get to do everything you have jotted down. There are so many free things to do and they all take a lot of time up. You have fountains, stores, volcanos, shows and the likes of the Freemont Street experience all free. I would allow five full nights and days just to do the free things. One free thing that everyone seems to want to do is get a picture with the Las Vegas sign! Let me tell you there is a long line to do this. It is hot and dry weather and doing it at 2am probably isnt very safe. You really need to plan this on your calendar (in particular) for midnight and still allow 30 minutes wait. I returned with no picture! Take it from someone who knows!


Lastly, pre prep by downloading the Uber app, you will use uber a lot. Make sure you go to the pick up spots though, you cant just call an uber to anywhere! Also make sure you have a travel card (I got mine from the commbank) and take enough USD for tipping! Converting cash can be tough and costly! There is free wifi at almost every given spot in Las Vegas so don't worry about getting a phone or using yours for standard calls and texts. Use skype, messenger and facetime etc. FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE. If you need to make a local call they are likely free from your accommodation.

Don't forget your power converter! Don't bring electronic items that do not have 110-240v options. They wont work even when you use a converter. Also take a power board from your country of origin so you can plug in all your devices using just one converter. Travel hair irons are a must, and best of all they are transient. Also, see picture of THREE 750ml bottles of spirits. That's the limit you can return with to Australia. Do not get confused by what anyone says. THREE x 750 mil bottles ONLY and a maximum of 50 cigarettes - and ......

Don't fall in love like my friend has! No matter what, that's the number one tip I can give you ladies - its a big rule! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas is a saying and this is so very true ... don't let your heart be one of those things you leave behind in the hands of another human being, keep it fun.

My next blogs I will talk a little about each FREE attraction, each buffet, each atmosphere and nightlife on offer and each gambling area (when it comes to travel and lifestyle). The cheapest, best and nicest that Las Vegas and even LA has to offer! In the meantime, you can catch me on Poker Pod Radio where we speak this week about our poker experience and some world class poker play! I will also add bits and pieces of poker including highs and lows, strategy and study and info on the greats as I go. I suppose you could say: I have my writing bug back :)

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Banning Online Poker in the Australian IGA 2016 is Political Suicide that must be Revised Immediately Based on Facts & Understanding for the Good of All - Open Letter

I have just returned from my first trip to the World Series of Poker, I felt I needed to blog / write an open letter about something else before getting into the nitty gritty of my trip, winners, lifestyle and what can only be described as Vegas madness on my part. If you want to hear all about that and see some pictorial evidence, stay tuned. This is my first blog in a very long time and I wanted to touch on something that had my entire heart, soul and mind attached to it that as an ambassador for poker players in the past and a poker front runner (so to speak), this needed to be said; by me. I am standing back up on my pedestal again. Let my fight, our fight, really begin!

I am hoping my blog post touches the core of the political parties both in the USA and Australia. I am hoping my blog points things out in ways that no one has managed to get across before. I am hoping that the people reading this are the right people and frankly, I will ensure that this happens by sending political hierarchy a link and tweeting it to them (hello politician that is reading this, and thank you). I can say all of this without fear now. I can push the points without legal ramifications or financial and career destruction, I don't have a career. So, lets do this!

The Interactive Gambling Amendment Law 2016 has just messed us up in Australia, by us, I mean most of us, not just poker players, the food chain is large. I was messed up previously when the FBI etc. stepped in and shut down sites in the USA too. You can read prior posts about the pain and anguish I personally faced and the destruction it caused me on my blog, right here by having a little look through older posts. One particular post I made was about freedom, and what it really is! It also warned the population of Australia that they could be next. Well, say hello to next! Its now happened!

I'd like to think that we have smart folk in our upper house, lower house, in our senate, smart politicians that can run businesses, crunch figures and see sense and act on our behalf. I say that lightly because nothing relating to banning a game of skill, a past time loved by many Australians and a game that does not 'usually' create problem gamblers to 'surface' has been banned. We all know about this ban. I am not here to give new news, again, I am here on the BLAST and BEG and PLEA! Why am I writing this doubting the intelligence of the Australian and US parliamentarians? Why are we all? It shouldn't be happening. Furthermore this is actually Political Suicide on your part if you voted against and is far from intelligent.

My trip to the WSOP gave me the front-line ammunition to fire hard regarding this topic and shed new light (its actually old light but has extra strength now) on poker and why it should NOT be classified in the same category as stupid poker machines (slot machines) or roulette or any other game relating to mere chance (or rather, NO CHANCE!). For three days straight I watched none other than poker legend Daniel Negreanu play poker variants, various kinds. For three days I watched magic. I saw one of the most mathematical calculated minds in the industry PROVE beyond reasonable doubt (as he took the first spot for all time money winning in live tournament cashes) that skill is a required asset to succeed in poker, you can not win without it. There are thousands and thousands of poker players (total) playing in each World Series of Poker Event yet we see him coming third, second etc. and destroying those around him when it comes to reading other players and working out probabilities and other mathematical equations that I wont bore mere mortal minds with (no pun intended). Of course, he couldn't perform like this on a poker machine (slot machine) he has as much chance as a fish, a skill-less problem gambler pushing money through slot machines or playing bingo in a bingo hall. He does perform online though - how astonishing, huh? Its the same game / sport!


Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu Playing "Another" Final Table at the WSOP 2017




To further push this point across that banning poker online along with other ridiculous games of pure chance I refer to James Obst, mostly because he is Aussie but also because I have followed his story and genius for a very long time and he is a fabulous example to the point where online meets live and skill shows off chance. You can read all about James on my blog also, you will see him under poker prodigies and also underage gambling, right here if you are able to look hard enough. James is a poker genius, he is an elite sports man that uses the mind that he was given to out skill other time and time again, make no mistake by even slightly thinking other wise. James has just won a WSOP bracelet in RAZZ to add to his already huge list of accomplishments. He also came second in a grueling heads up game that I unfortunately also missed watching, though I did cheer him on.

James Obst is an Australian legend to what has to be a million or more Australians now alike Joseph Hachem (though Joe did win the main event). He was a legend previously in my mind when he made it quite clear to the world that age and chance has no barrier to poker online when he destroyed the online poker tables for beyond ridiculous amounts of money whilst under age. Money that all of you reading this likely make from your fields, politics, running our country and making the right decisions. The skill is so high when it comes to these men in poker! The analytical minds, the abilities are only comprehensible by stopping, thinking and REALLY UNDERSTANDING. Whilst countries like Canada cheer on their greats like Daniel Negreanu, Australians leave the cheering to the likes of AFL (Australian Football League).

Come on! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi! Why the hell cant we cheer these guys on when they play online (and live of course) using brains? Is it only masculinity and physical skill and power that matters to our Australian Politicians? If this is the case, which it seems, none of you should be in parliament! You allow AFL players to do their thing and earn hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, rugby league players and Olympians alike - but when it comes to using an organ, a brain like the legendary Doyle Brunson has and other lightly physical impacting things such as sitting for 12hrs+ you say its bad and ban it? What the actual hell? Studies show that poker even helps combat Alzheimers for crying out loud! This is our mental health we are talking about and the continual use of a primary - THE PRIMARY organ!

Online poker players use more brain ability to make their money, they sit longer and play harder than you, our parliamentarians to earn their cash. Lets emphasize EARN due to the facts that: it has to be worked for and its not just a hand over on a daily basis. It is stressful, mind tiring and far from an easy job. Political persons make decisions that have great impact on all Australians, those decisions are easier to make than one at a poker table with up to 200k on the line each week where calculus is a must. James made good choices and good decisions as a child, let alone an adult. James continues to make good decisions. Where did James get his skill? Playing ONLINE POKER! Reading, studying and playing at a young age. This of course is not possible for children now, the security is as it should be, I must point that out. Just to show you how above these guys are, to you (assumption) click HERE and solve or even read these kinds of equations!

Referring to James obviously gives favor to us against the stupid IGA laws that you, the Australian parliament has just passed. How can anyone sit back and destroy the lives of Australians and dumb others down by banning a mathematically challenging online game? I would really love to see my sons using their brain to huge depth and becoming smarter Australian men by playing this game. Instead all I see is football injuries and the brains knocked the fuck out of them on a weekly basis (do not get me wrong, I am footy mad! Love the game, its hardly different though, (excluding it knocking heads off), there are lucky bounces, lucky marks and kicks, and a huge element of talent and skill. There is also the whole gambling side of it - online gambling where we bet on Brownlow medals and of course our weekly tipping.

So my point is to show you that I have seen with my own eyes and to direct you to these things I have seen so YOU can see. You can realize the difference between poker and other things, games, stupid, stupid games and change the law! Reverse this nonsense immediately and fix this shit for the better of this country! There is such danger of Australians falling victim to black market operators instead of corporate giants that are on the stock exchange and rely on good reputation and ensuring player safety such as 888Poker who pulled out of the Aussie online poker market before you made the law in order to do the right thing. I hope this act at the least shows just how above board and diligent operators can be..... current trusted ones, that is!

Making the decision you made, if it was against excluding online poker from the IGA, in my mind was possibly due to laziness. You simply couldn't write a damn sentence to exclude poker from the IGA. You all knew all about it and could differentiate, I watched this shit go down. You made it clear, all of you, that you at least partially understood what the Australian Poker Alliance said to you. To those that couldn't or wouldn't understand, I call you moronic. Go read. You have no part representing the citizens of this country. You did NOTHING to represent the understanding of poker and lazed your way out of a small amendment. I ask you, on behalf of every Australian to amend it now! Not in a year or two, now! Sadly, it was a whole bunch of people from similar parties. Do you all have a plan to make Australians hate you and vote you out or do the right thing by the majority and be loved? I am a little confused about your actions here, to be brutally honest. The Australians you have just pissed off, destroyed or alienated are everyone from single mums that want to stay home with their kids on a Friday night and pay $2 for hours of entertainment through to big business men that earn more than you do who also want to kick back and chill.

I send my thanks (and everyone elses in Australia that gives a damn) to Senator David Leyonhjelm and anyone else trying to now fix this mess parliament unnecessarily made. Pauline Hanson & Derryn Hinch, to name a few that were all for allowing online poker to remain, have brains (and now more popularity). Clearly they are able to understand the in-depth skill required to play this online game. I also send my thanks to anyone reading this that will use it and the data / information provided (via links) to impact a hopeful immediate decision to alter this complete madness, even if you did make a prior poor decision regarding it due to ignorance, laziness or peer pressure.

There is no time like now! Get on it and let Aussie have a little freedom to do the thing they love. Show Australia, you are on the side of Australians, the government is really starting to be frowned on by the general public. There's a lot of poker players included in our general population, to say the least and you can turn this around. In addition to all of the above I would like to lasty add that we, poker players agree with the rest of the IGA. We are with you and want our citizens protected from gambling on shit they shouldnt that destroys lives.

Tune into Poker Pod Radio each week to hear my verbal rants and updates. This week you will hear all about WSOP trip 1!


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Being Trapped By Women on and Off the Poker Table (2) Compared The Feeding Trapper

Please note, you can skip the introduction of this article if you have already read article (1). They are the same, why explain it all twice, right? If you have read article 1, please go to the heading in BOLD!

To trap or not to trap? A frequent thought that flows through the mind time after time. What about if one was to add into the equation: To trap or not to trap while watching if you are being trapped as you; yourself trap in various ways? Yep! I am also confused! This is technical! So hard to wrap ones head around!

Lets compare what I am trying to say to women, you guys and relationships. Then I can explain a lot easier more easily and bring a little CRAZY LOVE to the table while saving your asses both in a poker and from crazy women that are not what you need! (Or men, for those ladies that are also often finding themselves trapped by douche bags!)

We are all a little nuts, some more than others. We also have our individual ways of developing friendships into relationships. One can only hope (for the sake of all you guys out there) that most people (normal people) decide to develop a relationship freely, to let be what will be, to dive into the arms of a potential lover when you are wanted, in a natural way, and to form a solid 2 way foundation and build perfection and be happy with no stupid games. If it doesn't work, meh! On you go ...... On they go ........

This I call natural play! No tricks, no traps! The way it is meant to be. Of course you expect the curiosity that sets in, weariness of whats playing out in front of you, a little anxiety and a little excitement all which should be shown at the right times. An ordinary hand of poker when its compared to a potential budding relationship /fling. You with me now?

I have recently discovered there's some women in the world (probably men too!), that play the friendship / fling / relationship game a little differently. (Watch them guys, I'm wow'd to say the least at this sudden discovery). They play games of trap. When there are traps of all different kinds being set things can seemingly get very messy and very ugly! I am sure some of you know this already. This is purely for those that do not.

As I do, often, if you have followed my writing of all kinds, I take to the table, to my writing or to the guitar what I discover in life. I plan to do this with a series of trapping articles. These may or not make sense. Hopefully they do help somewhat and relate to your social or poker life.

(Side note: I would like to take this opportunity to thank every woman who tries or has tried to stupidly trap men into a relationship, its definitely something that needs to be said at this moment. Without you, I wouldn't be writing this! You have unlocked my writing block. Also thanks to the trapped guys out there that have sent me info! Ladies, really? Why bother???)

Lets look at the female traps I have discussed of recent times and ones I have determined through a little more reading and research and convert them into some poker table sense to save your asses from traps of all kinds while unveiling your very own! (Revert to the confusing start of my article). (Article 1 - this article - the Welcome Seller, other female trap articles to follow, there's too many traps to put in 1 post)

The Feeding Trapper!

 She throws you delicious and scrumptious food, its in your face, you eat it and taste all the sweets and sours. She shows you what family life could be like. She offers the perfect child and delicious nightly meals, packed lunches. She intends on using the oldest trap theory of buying the way into a mans heart through his stomach (of course there may be a little hanky panky on top after you are fed and feeling content, but the main throw line is the food! The food gets you to the next two steps she has planned.). You; most men, could really live with this attention and this fine dining all the time!

Poker Converted:
This is a weak trap where crumbs of truth are thrown directly onto the table (literally). She has a different hand and a different plan than what she represents and is feeding you bits and pieces to get you into her clasps! Why would she do this? Fill you with information? Well, its obviously incorrect information! Don't think she just has a heart flush, she is going to nail you with a life ruining, straight heart flush that you can not escape! Setting this trap is so easily done with the right cards on the board as she sends you little crumbs of info to make you think she has something else. Both are the life and poker variant traps are the oldest in the books ..... Check and RAISE awareness .....

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Being Trapped by Women on and off the Poker Table (1) Compared The Welcome Seller

To trap or not to trap? A frequent thought that flows through the mind time after time. What about if one was to add into the equation: To trap or not to trap while watching if you are being trapped as you; yourself trap in various ways? Yep! I am also confused! This is technical! So hard to wrap ones head around!

Lets compare what I am trying to say to women, you guys and relationships. Then I can explain a lot easier more easily and bring a little CRAZY LOVE to the table while saving your asses both in a poker and from crazy women that are not what you need! (Or men, for those ladies that are also often finding themselves trapped by douche bags!)

We are all a little nuts, some more than others. We also have our individual ways of developing friendships into relationships. One can only hope (for the sake of all you guys out there) that most people (normal people) decide to develop a relationship freely, to let be what will be, to dive into the arms of a potential lover when you are wanted, in a natural way, and to form a solid 2 way foundation and build perfection and be happy with no stupid games. If it doesn't work, meh! On you go ...... On they go ........

This I call natural play! No tricks, no traps! The way it is meant to be. Of course you expect the curiosity that sets in, weariness of whats playing out in front of you, a little anxiety and a little excitement all which should be shown at the right times. An ordinary hand of poker when its compared to a potential budding relationship /fling. You with me now?

I have recently discovered there's some women in the world (probably men too!), that play the friendship / fling / relationship game a little differently. (Watch them guys, I'm wow'd to say the least at this sudden discovery). They play games of trap. When there are traps of all different kinds being set things can seemingly get very messy and very ugly! I am sure some of you know this already. This is purely for those that do not.

As I do, often, if you have followed my writing of all kinds, I take to the table, to my writing or to the guitar what I discover in life. I plan to do this with a series of trapping articles. These may or not make sense. Hopefully they do help somewhat and relate to your social or poker life.

(Side note: I would like to take this opportunity to thank every woman who tries or has tried to stupidly trap men into a relationship, its definitely something that needs to be said at this moment. Without you, I wouldn't be writing this! You have unlocked my writing block. Also thanks to the trapped guys out there that have sent me info! Ladies, really? Why bother???)

Lets look at the female traps I have discussed of recent times and ones I have determined through a little more reading and research and convert them into some poker table sense to save your asses from traps of all kinds while unveiling your very own! (Revert to the confusing start of my article). (Article 1 - this article - the Welcome Seller, other female trap articles to follow, there's too many traps to put in 1 post)

The Welcoming Seller!

She opens her doors and tries to sell you her home and lifestyle. You're in a beautiful home and wow is this woman a tempting one because of it (or so SHE hopes). She is hoping to trap you into her life via her crib, by making you feel comfortable in this crib, she is expecting you to be sucked in, sucked into her life, mind, body, warts and all!
  
The Welcome Seller Poker Conversion!

Being trapped into thinking your opponent has a hand that is going to make you comfortable at the end of it, which may be a very wrong move on their part. Do they really want you to feel comfortable at the end of their trap? This is actually a double trap. They are misrepresenting their hand twice. They have a strong set of cards but are actually selling them as even stronger then they make out. The thing is, your cards are still probably better so it really is a trap fail for them if you can pick up on it and not fold or wave the white flag. They are reeling you into thinking they have a straight when they actually have a flush. But why do this?

They do this to get you into the hand and make you invest big time, to commit you into the pot, in hope that you have trips (a likely thought of theirs) and will jump on in and float to the river bringing your tournament life with to an end with you!

In summary, the trap is reeling you into their hand as you forget about the strength of your own even though its a lot stronger; most likely (yes they have a nice house but you in fact, have nicer yet do not realize). They have misrepresented the hand by showing strength (the house) yet not enough to give the whole hand (the real intentions or hand) away. Tricky huh?

Make sure you take 4 ladies with you to this ones trap & throw it right back at her. (four queens, quads or - in house terms, bring a friend and shut this one straight down!).

The next trap article is all about the Apatite Trapper. I shall link in here once posted.

Stay safe! HAC




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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Poker Journey Where Did I Come From? Journey Part 1

I was pretty shocked today to be asked by a colleague and friend just how I started out in this wonderful world of poker. It prompted me to jump to my blog and do some all needed writing. I figured it was time to mark my poker journey. Where did I come from? How did it start? What have I achieved and where have I come to? The first part of a journey is always where it starts. So where did i come from? How did my poker life begin?

Once upon a time in far away Australia there lived a lady in her mid twenties who had some wonderful kids, no partner, no money and no social life. She spent many a night at home after the children retired to bed bored out of her mind for hours on end. Not being able to afford much at all this lady pulled out an old PC and started tinkering away on it on her newly ordered dialup internet connection. She was a big reader so spent most of her nights simply reading things on various internet sites.

One day she had read enough, she couldn't be bothered reading anything else, she felt like playing games and with no man around had no one to play with (lol). She typed in the words "online games" hoping to find something like a mind games site, something like Mensa mind games. Instead of Mensa Mind Games in front of her curious eyes popped up the words "Play Free Online Poker, Download Poker For Free, Play with Real Live people." The lady clicked the link and went to the download page and after waiting about an hour for her dialup connection to download the new poker game she made an account.

The curious lady went straight ahead and found a free money table she could join. There was one she found with 1 seat available and she could see the people on it all chatting very nicely to each other. She joined the table and immediately was welcomed and asked where she came from. Poker wasn't new to her, she had seen the game played as a child and had played many a draw game but playing online poker, keeping up with these weird betting techniques as well as the chat (which may as well have been like that at a BBQ) she found pretty hard.

Over the following hours she got to know a little about the people she had joined and also those who came along as the night grew. She found out that these people all gathered daily. At one stage they pointed out that there was a very long wait line to join the table and it was always a resident friend. The young lady was pointed in the direction of the buddy list and told to add them all and find them tomorrow by clicking their name. She did just that!

The same time the very next evening, the evening after and many, many, many evenings after the lady joined the same people to play a nightly game of poker and chat with her friends about love, life and all the things that came with it. She then found a freeroll tournaments tab and wouldn't you know it! She played her very first tournament with more then 800 players and WON!

Realizing there was not only fun, but also money in online poker the young lady decided she would take a punt and play each night after her kids went to bed to see how much money she could make. Before she knew it she was playing and winning a nice $300 a week which sure as hell made her life a little more comfortable.

The kids loved the bonuses, the lady started saving and she was no longer bored out of her brain. The lady and her family lived happily ever after! Actually; they lived happily ever after until today as she writes this blog post. This is just the start of an amazing poker journey. More tales from both sides of the felt of how my life became where it is today coming up!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Danielle Poker World Update

Well, its been quite some time since I have written which is quite odd right? Regardless, here I go again with a Danielle Poker World update. Due to many things that have happened behind the scenes my blogging and article writing has been on the back burner. Time to kick it into gear again!


So behind the scenes for me I have been watching the updates and legal crap I really need to and want to know about when it comes to online poker. I have been sorting out my own poker game as I was slacking a little on my studies etc etc, I have been starting web development on my own sites and finalizing projects which have been running for a very long time. I have started working a regular job but to do with poker and casino gaming (of course).


During this course I have had many meetings and discussions about our Australian Poker News issues and the effect many online changes have had on it. I have also helped with the upgrading of Australian Poker Weekly from print to online (which is almost done - yay!)


My fair share of health problems has kept me from radio, although I started back again today on ontiltradio.com where I discussed all the health issues i have had - funny show, too bad you missed it :D Music scene has seen me write some more lyrics for Jimmie Lees up and coming album - make sure you watch for them!


I will get back to and continue my moms in poker articles on womanpokerplayer.com and when it comes to womens poker August sets womenspokernews.com back into motion and full operation.


I will be working as an editor on pokerlivenews.com and many other sites in the coming months you will see this in sudden full swing with pokerlivenews being a 2 year project in reality, the same for some other sites but pokerlivenews and womenspokernews my babies. You may also see pokersitenews.com and pokeradd.com pop up out of no where, kind of like my sons site did: deckboy.com (not bad for a 10 year old to own huh?).


I am looking for writers at the moment and have had many offers of contribution so people can get their name out into the industry. Most of us started working for free, if your interested keep this in mind. I am after alllllll kinds of writers! News, articles, strategy, pokerlife, sportsbetting, poker celebrity paparazzi if you must, comedy - anything poker that your heart desires that is YOUR style!!! Email me at hotauschick@gmail.com to submit an example of your work. Writers will be eventually paid, just like with every growing news site and every growing writer.


I am awaiting more details on the Poker Player Academy which I thought looked quite fantastic and will update as soon as i get them. It seems very upstanding with some great named pros in. Although it works kind of like a pyramid, its all about the training as far as i am concerned and if it comes from the best - yay!


I have had discussions with many people around the world about the live poker scene and are really happy to see some series expanding and also offering ladies only events. I have also been watching the WSOP carefully, up until Tony Hachem busted and then I turned it off (sorry everyone!). I was hoping to see a final table for him - NEXT YEAR!!!!!


My online tournament play has been pretty good. My last 3 games:


74/2955
26/387
50/1322


Still trying to work on that win, it surely will come this weekend! (Hopefully not in a $1 entry - an $11 or $20 would be better :) )


That is all for now, not much else to say other then i am hungry and tired and its time to sleep for this crazy little poker chick! Again, if you are interested in pushing your name into the community in a big way through writing email me as per above.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

THE JERSEY OUTLAW, JIMMIE LEE HITS BIG EVENTS THIS SUMMER

Jimmie Lee, The Jersey Outlaw-The Bad Boy of Country Rock, gets ready to make the big splash this summer in the country rock and poker arena with several big events that promise to be the best of the best! Jimmies got big events that include live venues, poker tournament appearances, the big photo shoot at the Chelsea Hotel , release of a new CD-KID VEGAS, and many more extravaganzas!! The Outlaw's just hit Vegas and left a trail of dust behind, in what claims to be the big poker anthem for the poker world with his new song , IM ALL IN. Jimmies new hit single combines rock with crossover country and a dash of rap , and perfectly captures the emotions that poker players feel while waiting for that crucial card! This explosive single has taken the poker world by storm, and has been the "talk of the town" in many poker magazines, as well as receiving major airplay on several poker radio stations. Supermodel Cindy Margolis loves the song, and commented, "The only thing hotter than Jimmies song....is Jimmie himself!"


Jimmie Lee is taking to the stage for the 2011 Jersey Outlaw "ALL OR NOTHING" Road Tour with planned stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and more. Some of the shows are headlining gigs, while others will see Jimmie open for classic acts as Thorogood, ZZ Top, and others. Our Bad Boy of Country Rock has the Big Photo Shoot slated for Weds, June 29th at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City. The rumor is that Jimmies locked down Top Playboy Models for this event, compliments of Mike Esterman, celebrity booking agent!


So, as you can see, The Jersey Outlaw is definitely taking the ride into country rock stardom, and Jimmies one to watch and definitely one to listen to!


The Outlaw will also be making select appearances at Celebrity and Charity Poker Tournaments throughout the year. These events feature Jimmie and The Bandito Girls , with track shows, and are always a big hit with the poker players! There's rumor that Jimmies new single may make it to the World Series of Poker this year, as the theme song, which airs on ESPN.


And, there are big poker events planned in Atlantic City and Las Vegas throughout the year, and look for Jimmie Lee , who will be the featured artist at some of these live tournaments. The Outlaw is cross-branding with the release of the New Jimmie Lee Collector Poker T-Shirt, now available at www.highrollerclothing.com. So as you can see, Jimmie Lee has made a huge dent into the poker arena this year with his new hit single.

Hot news just off the press!! The Jersey Outlaw has just written a new poker song, HIT THE RIVER RUNNING, with hotaussiechick and poker guru, Danielle Adams-Benham, soon to be released along with 5 new killer songs. Jimmies new Album, JIMMIE LEE-KID VEGAS will debut this Fall 2011, with the style of music more in the rock genre!

Psst!! Jimmie may be appearing on a Top TV Reality Show later this year, as talks are in the works!! This is really big, and we'll keep you all informed on this.


Jimmie Lee brings a new breed of country rock music to the scene- country horse powered sound, that's sure to bring the house down!! Lee is known for delivering powerful shows and concerts, and he performs as though his life depends upon it. The Outlaw always delivers a stimulating show and packs in sold out crowds for all his performances. Jimmies hit songs include Lets Go, Kickin Ass, Country Rocker, Gimme A Holler, Forever 29 and more hot songs.

On June 29th Jimmie Lee will do a spectacular photo shoot for his new CD with beautiful models at the world famous Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City. Jimmie Lee's models were booked via Esterman.com


Be sure to keep an eye on the Outlaw, check him out at www.jimmieleesongs.com, YOUTUBE, i-tunes, and be sure not to miss these big events this summer. . Jimmie Lee has ignited a fire that has put him over the top this year!! For interviews NeilCiruccipr@aol.com

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Phil Iveys Actual Legal Filing

Anyone who doubted Phil Iveys actions can rest assured it is sealed in black and white. Below the filing of the suit and below the filing I have copied and pasted, some indications of what certain legal terms within it mean:

The electronic filing:

Location : District Court Civil/Criminal Help
Register of Actions
Case No. A-11-642387-C
Phillip Ivey, Jr., Plaintiff(s) vs. Tiltware LLC, Defendant(s) §

Case Type: Other Civil Filing
Subtype: Other Civil Matters
Date Filed: 06/01/2011
Location: Department 1
Conversion Case Number: A642387
Party Information
Lead Attorneys
Defendant
Tiltware LLC

Plaintiff
Ivey, Phillip Dennis, Jr.
David Zeltner Chesnoff

Retained

7023845563(W)
Events & Orders of the Court
OTHER EVENTS AND HEARINGS
06/01/2011 Case Opened
06/01/2011 Complaint
Complaint for Injunctive Relief, Declaratory Relief and Damages
Financial Information


Plaintiff Ivey, Phillip Dennis, Jr.
Total Financial Assessment 270.00
Total Payments and Credits 270.00
Balance Due as of 06/01/2011 0.00

06/01/2011 Transaction Assessment 270.00
06/01/2011 Wiznet Receipt # 2011-57045-CCCLK Ivey, Phillip Dennis (270.00)

Injunctive Relief is a court-ordered act or prohibition against an act or condition which has been requested, and sometimes granted, in a petition to the court for an injunction. Such an act is the use of judicial (court) authority to handle a problem, and is not a judgment for money. (A problem such as paying the FTP players).

From Wiki:

A declaratory judgment is a judgment of a court in a civil case which declares the rights, duties, or obligations of one or more parties in a dispute. A declaratory judgment is legally binding, but it does not order any action by a party. In this way the declaratory judgment is like an action to quiet title, a paternity petition, or any other form of preventive adjudication.The declaratory judgment is generally distinguished from an advisory opinion because the latter does not resolve an actual case or controversy. A court may issue a declaratory judgment by itself or along with some other relief (such as an award of damages or an injunction). A declaratory judgment is sometimes called a declaratory ruling, a term which also includes decisions of regulatory agencies.

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Phil Ivey Statement Facts Reasoning Speculations

Phil Ivey Statement Facts Reasoning and Speculations are flying high! Why has he done this, whats he going to get out of this, what does this mean, whats the real motive, how will this effect the WSOP, is this an insult to poker - the list of things that i have seen written today goes on and on and on about Phil Ivey boycotting, not playing and refusing to play in the WSOP as he sues TiltWare. Excuse the lack of ? Marks, there are just too many questions being asked. Is Phil Ivey's Robin Hood act right or wrong?

Lets look at some things that have happened, firstly the statement which yyou can scroll past as you have no doubt already read it:

"For many years, I have been proud to call myself a poker player. This great sport has taken me to places I only imagined going and I have been blessed with much success. It is therefore with deep regret that I believe I am compelled to release the following statement.

I am deeply disappointed and embarrassed that Full Tilt players have not been paid money they are owed. I am equally embarrassed that as a result many players cannot compete in tournaments and have suffered economic harm. I am not playing in the World Series of Poker as I do not believe it is fair that I compete when others cannot. I am doing everything I can to seek a solution to the problem as quickly as possible.

My name and reputation have been dragged through the mud, through the inactivity and indecision of others and on behalf of all poker players I refuse to remain silent any longer. I have electronically filed a lawsuit against Tiltware related to the unsettled player accounts. As I am sure the public can imagine, this was not an easy decision for me.

I whole heartedly refuse to accept non-action as to repayment of players funds and I am angered that people who have supported me throughout my career have been treated so poorly.

I sincerely hope this statement will ignite those capable of resolving the problems into immediate action and would like to clarify that until a solution is reached that cements the security of all players, both US and International, I will, as I have for the last six weeks, dedicate the entirety of my time and efforts to finding a solution for those who have been wronged by the painfully slow process of repayment."


Ok, so there's the statement that has caused more press action and poker community talk then the start of the WSOP itself! In saying this, that question has come up -

Is this a press stunt? A stunt to gain more popularity? In my opinion anyone who thinks that is a numbskull! Does Phil Ivey at the start of the 2011 WSOP really need more press? I think now you have thought of that question you would agree that the answer is NO. He is always smothered by press, no need for more! He is also one to avoid it other then the normal marketing tactics such as playing and winning! His entrance causes enough highlights.

Is doing this making him a class act? Regardless of what the motives the answer is evident-ally YES, in the eyes of the poker world (most of the poker world) of course it is.

Is this wrong as he is disappointing the fans at the WSOP and will it effect it? There are more fans that play online poker, I think he is not disappointing fans, he will go to the WSOP and make an entrance now and again is my guess; but will not play in it as he stated. But will it make a difference? I always have said "It takes more then 1 man to make a stand usually" The WSOP will suffer if everyone takes the same stand - this is not going to happen and I would never support even the thought of it.

Should Phils supporters INSIST he play? I guess it is up to him in the long run and for now it appears he isnt lol, people are saying they should insist he plays and give back to him the same as he is trying to give. Maybe they could insist he play and donate 100% of proceeds to charity? If he did this, he wouldn't be like the other players who are unable to play, he wouldn't be playing to make himself a fortune, rather someone who desperately needs it. Could this show a real Robin Hood?

Phil is suing FTP so does that mean he is suing himself? Doesn't he own % of the site? Phil is suing Tiltware aka the owners and creators of Full Tilt Poker not FTP itself from what I figure if that at all makes any sense? Its like me starting DanielleWare and opening 10 companies, 1 of them being FTP... thats my thought anyway.... I am not quite sure how the business operations runs.

What is Phil taking a stand against, his issues have nothing to do with the WSOP?
Whilst the WSOP has nothing to do with the issues at hand he is obviously making a stand for the players who have not been paid and have suffered terrible financial hardships. People are losing homes and livelihoods over this. As a friend wrote on my facebook wall; "Sounds like a man that remembers where he comes from, No Home Jerome that's what they call him!!!"

The biggest player in the world, the best player in the world not playing at the biggest and best poker tournament in the world is one hell of a fucking voice don't you think? This has nothing to do with WSOP itself.


Will his actions directly hurt FTP relations with people outside the US?
I think if any harm was to be done to players that do not reside in the USA it was already done. US players are not getting paid, the site is still full of players from other countries. There are however some people refusing to deposit until they know they are safe.

How will this effect his contract with FTP?
Only a few people would know this. I certainly can't voice what is in his contract but can assume it includes some amount of online play. I can however say that when I was unable to play online for a site I once represented my contract was obviously screwed up - I assume Phil has to play online for a period of time also. I think there would have already been contract issues and possible talks of cancellation for all US pros.

Is this because his account is frozen?
I am sure that he would be more then annoyed about his account being frozen, but ummm this is Phil Ivey we speak about here. Do you really think that having his FTP funds frozen means he will lose his house, starve, lose his car, have his phone services cut etc? NO the answer is clearly NO.

Anymore questions? Shoot me an email: hotauschick@gmail.com . Keep in mind, I am merely speculating my thoughts based on a little knowledge. I will be taking your questions and statements live on air to ontiltradio.com in a new up and coming debate over the weekend.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Divided Global Online Poker United

I am so annoyed right now about the divided global online poker issue. By divided I mean divided communities, divided friends, divided continents and divided countries. The division isn't just in relation to the laws that each country may have, or even the divide on whether or not online poker should be banned. This divide goes further then most people see. It goes deep into the hearts of once were close nit poker communities that played games together.

At the moment I have no right to sit and play a game of friendly poker online with friends that i have played with for almost 2 years. Some friends I have played online with for more then 7 years! We have to choose a site that caters for us both. A site that caters for both Australia and the USA and also of course the European countries. Its getting hard! Its getting very hard.

The sites that cater for all players have a low amount of traffic and so players are not happy and wont happily play there together. This causes a further divide as people beg their friends to join this site and join that site. When it comes to Australia mostly we do not have it too bad at the moment. We still have the luxury of playing on the online giants. That doesn't mean we can play with mates though and have discussions about our games. Simply we cant and that's something I personally treasured. Chatting to and joining into games with my buddies overseas is something I thoroughly enjoyed!

Many a player is happy to stick with the sites they are on and I respect that. I will personally continue playing the GTD tournaments and some cash games on FTP. Many of my overseas buddies have opted to play on merge which I so greatly miss. I say however we all work together on breaking the divide and breaking down the walls stopping us from having our regular play together. To stand united is just what we need.

There is no point USA and PPA standing up and attempting to just legalize online play in the USA for without Australia and Europe USA have still lost customers (as such). What we need is unity, global unity! I am the first to jump in and support the PPA but having branches globally is going to help. PPA (poker players alliance) as far as i am concerned is for all players and working at the moment on the areas most hard hit. Who however is working on preventative measures and discussion with governments in other countries other then the USA? I am thinking no-one! An individual here and there but there is no united platform.

As you see, it isnt just the FBI, DOJ and governments from around the world and of course the limitations to play on certain sites dividing global online poker - but rather the online poker players themselves. Uniting to places such as ELG sites, Bodog and BetSharks which accept all players from all countries is a good start. Branching the PPA out to other countries is the second thing we should do. Any takers? Australia? Europe? We need reps! If not reps as part of the PPA reps on an individual level that can pass information back and forth globally so everyone knows what on earth is going on on a global scale.

We really need to prove we will not give up and we need to keep online poker moving as much as we can. I know when it comes to the rules and regulations in Australia I know stuff all, I would like to be able to go to a site that spells it out for me though, as well as what is going on with developments on bannings and also reinstating against bans. Also knowing when there are law changes would be good!

Anyway there's my 2 cents worth, global uniting on sites that accept us all to make the job harder for the DOJ and FBI to close us entirely in the USA and joining forces all the way around the world! I would like to know your thoughts and also if you happen to be a representative from any country. Do let me know!




USA, Australian, Europe, ALL players are accepted!
Let me know if you would like a private game set up because I personally wouldn't mind one with my mates!

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