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Royal Flush Win by Footballer In Online Poker Generates Interest Comments Off on Royal Flush Win by Footballer In Online Poker Generates Interest

Posted on September 09, 2015 by Kimberly Goshterson

Football players and their activities have always managed to generate interest of the general public and the same was evident when Brazilian player won royal flush in spades at a recent €50 Super Stack Event. Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Junior had been a brand ambassador for gambling website PokerStars since May the year. After hitting a royal flush on the board, Neymar went on to win a place on the final table. The prize amount is insignificant for the player as he makes almost $30 million per annum as one of the top ranking players of his team.

Royal Flush Win by Footballer In Online Poker

Enthusiasm over Neymar Da Silva’s gambling achievement

When the footballer posted a picture of his flush hand on Instagram he received more than 510,000 likes within days. This was a good way for the betting company to increase its brand value and improve exposure in international media. As he has nearly 30.3 million followers on social media that express views on all his comments he also received around 700,000 likes on a random selfie recently. Neymar Junior’s popularity is unmistakable due to his ranking as world’s sixth best footballer and he is the second largest international celebrity to be followed on social media after Justin Bieber.

Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior’s partnership with Poker Stars

The partnership of PokerStars with Neymar was intended to increase brand awareness of the firm outside United States and Europe. With this form of exposure, Amaya Gaming, the owner of PokerStars can slowly increase its licensing to places where internet gambling is legal. When a popular footballer like Neymar regarded as the most marketable player in the world promotes a brand it is likely to generate a lot of interest and curiosity among is fans. The gaming firm is aiming for a license to operate online poker website in New Jersey and is trying out all marketing tactics to build popularity for the brand.

Helen Fortune’s Newfound Fortune Comments Off on Helen Fortune’s Newfound Fortune

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Kimberly Goshterson

Good news has arisen from the June 17th draw of Lotto 6/49. A Cumberland County woman named Helen Fortune managed to win the big $1 million prize. She bought the ticket from the Circle K gas station, where she works, and even her boss will receive a hefty seller’s prize of 1 per cent after she claims her lottery winnings.

helen fortune winner

What to do with a Million Dollars

Fortune stated that she and her husband will be using the money to eventually purchase a brand new house, to pay off some bills, and to aid their family members in their lives. Overall though, the first thing they want to actually purchase is a brand new washing machine.

Purchasing a Lotto Ticket as a Lotto Ticket Retailer

She purchased the ticket using the Retailer Play feature that the lottery corporation has in place in order to give the retail employees who sell the tickets the ability to play the game. This causes the winner to be subjected to a 30 day waiting period if the tickets used did not have a Retailer Play stamp, as part of the Atlantic Lottery’s player protection mechanism.

Lotto 6/49

The money was won through Lotto 6/49, a long standing and well respected lottery in the area that’s been serving Canada faithfully ever since it was first founded way back in 1982. Over the decades they’ve been around, there have been many winners that have had their lives changed overnight. Some of their more newsworthy accomplishments include being the lottery that has given out the largest single jackpot in Canada’s history, which was won on April 13th of 2013 at a sum of $63.4 million. Without a doubt, they’re one of the most popular lotteries in Canada and are bound to make even more people millionaires in the coming years.

Upcoming Poker Tournaments in Australia and Nearby Countries Comments Off on Upcoming Poker Tournaments in Australia and Nearby Countries

Posted on May 08, 2015 by Kimberly Goshterson

Poker has always been one of the favourite games for the avid gamblers worldwide and the Asia Pacific region is obviously no exception. Be it poker tournaments in Australia, New Zealand or across Asia, people wait eagerly for information about the poker game tournaments, they can follow or participate.

Some of the most popular poker tournaments in these regions are Aussie Millions and WSOP APAC, Gol Gol BIG ONE $40k Gtd II, Marconi Cup Carnival V and the APPT Manila. SKYCITY Auckland Sky High Event in New Zealand is all set to rock the gamblers from June 26th – 28th of this year, while Poker SA Platinum Event to be held on June 28th at The Maylands Hotel, Adelaide is another tournament to look out for.

Some of the most popular poker tournaments in these regions are Aussie Millions and WSOP APAC

The P1 Million Guaranteed Event to be held from July 1 – 5, 2015 at the PokerStars LIVE Manila, Philippines offers a main event ticket purchase of PHP5,000. Speaking of Gol Gol BIG ONE $40k GTD II to be held on July 11 – 12, 2015 at the Gol Gol Hotel, Mildura, the main event buy in price is $1,100.

With Marconi Cup Carnival V from July 8 – 26, 2015 at the The Poker Palace, Club Marconi, Sydney you will surely love to see the big boys in action. Few other tournaments are ACOP Platinum Series X at PokerStars LIVE, City of Dreams, Macau from July 21 – 26, 2015, APPT Manila from July 31 – Aug 9, 2015 at City of Dreams, Manila, Philippines, Tasmanian Poker Championships from August 7 – 9, 2015 at the Wrest Point Casino, Hobart, Macau Poker Cup 23 at PokerStars LIVE Macau from August 28 – Sept 13, 2015 buy in price is a whooping HK$12,000 or US$1,550. Lastly, there’s the Poker SA Platinum Event at The Maylands Hotel, Adelaide on August 30, 2015.

Findmore information about upcoming poker tournaments as more excitement is in store for you.

WPT500 Fun at Aria Again Comments Off on WPT500 Fun at Aria Again

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Kimberly Goshterson

The World Poker Tour is returning this summer for WPT500 with a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million. The success of the 2014 event has no doubt created even higher expectations from this year’s WPT500 event beginning on the 31st of May, 2015.

About the event

WPT500 ARIA Resort & Casino

Like the previous year, this year too ARIA Resort & Casino is hosting the WPT500 event. The buy-in for the tournament is $565. The previous year, the prize pool was about $1 million due to 3500 entries. This year everything is bigger compared to the 2014 event and this must make both organisers and the participants happy.

The starting flights number in 10. The first one is on 31st May and then the rest are spread over the course of the next few weeks; ending in July. The flights are scheduled for three different weekends; making it convenient for all. The final flight is on 5th July and the final table set for the next day. In more exciting news players can make one re-entry every day and even play multiple flights.

Fun at Aria

ARIA Resort & Casino is all set to host the WPT500 this year. The amenities at Aria are great and this adds more thrill to the event. Players from all across the world are gathering for the event and ARIA is all set to up the excitement ante for them. The casino is not only hosting the event but also holding giveaways. On the 1st of May, the casino is rewarding one seat directly to the event for one lucky player.

In the days before the event both the hosts and organisers are holding various events so that more and more players are able to participate in this year’s WPT500. There is satellite coverage at the event so fans can watch the tournament live from anywhere in the world.

2015 World Poker Championship Win Goes to Connif Comments Off on 2015 World Poker Championship Win Goes to Connif

Posted on March 13, 2015 by Kimberly Goshterson

The Borgata Casino Hotel and Spa has held this year’s World Poker Tour Championship again this year, which is the second time in a row they’ve done so. There was a big turn out there, too, as the main event (no limit hold ’em) drew in a total of 239 entries. There can only be one winner, though, and this year, that goes to the New York based poker player Asher Connif. He won a whopping $973,683 as well as over 1,150 points as Card Player for Player of the Year.


The Borgata Casino Hotel and Spa has held this year's World Poker Tour Championship.


 Asher Connif

This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Conif, as just two weeks ago he had just won at the Borgata Spring Poker Open for $1 million. For this earlier event, he got through a field of over 2,400 entries to earn a grand total of $203,231 and over 500 player of the year points.


He Never Even Meant to Play

Connif stated that he never even meant to play the World Poker Tour event (which is a $15,000 buy in). He was attempting to play a weekly Sunday event on a New Jersey based poker site and accidentally registered for a satellite into the championship. After winning a seat, he even had to cancel his upcoming vacation plans.


Playing with the Pros

It seems as though it all worked out for the best in the end. Connif worked his way through the lower brackets before finally getting into the televised finale of six players. These were tough competitors to beat, as they included poker legends of the likes of Carlos Mortensen, Tony Dunst, and Brian Yoon. It came down to him and Alexander Lakhov in the final match of the no limit hold ’em championship.

Rast’s Poker Journey Comments Off on Rast’s Poker Journey

Posted on February 07, 2015 by Kimberly Goshterson

Brian Rast is the founder of Zen Poker Mentoring


Brian Rast is the founder of Zen Poker Mentoring, a poker training venture, and a winner of many tournaments. It is estimated that he won nearly $7.73 million by playing in a number of tournaments.


Early life

Rast, born November 8, 1981, showed extraordinary acumen in his early life. He soon enrolled in Stanford University to get a degree and was all scheduled to do so, until he got a taste of poker. His initial games were played at San Diego’s Barona Casino. He also played a no-limit Royal Vegas Poker on Prima Network. This continued until he bankrolled about $100,000. He terms this amount as “baseline number” at start of his career.

By this time, Rast was also making his mark in the world of online gambling. His rank was third in PokerStars Monday Million where he won $73,490. He also took the third position in Full Tilt Poker FTOPS III Main Event. He got $114,203.50 from Full Tilt. His success spurred him to move to Las Vegas, the Mecca of poker.


Personal and career progression

Rast met Phil Laak at Bellagio, where he won a game with his support. Laak introduced him to Antonio Esfandiari, who was once an aspiring magician. All three became fast friends a short time after that.

Soon after Rast went to Brazil as a tourist and met Juliana. They fell in love but faced a problem-the US rejected her visa multiple times and he could not get her to the United States. After a lot of pain with the visa process and missing the main game of the 2011 World Series of Poker, he could finally obtain a visa for Julianna and they eventually landed in Las Vegas in 2011. Rast scored his maiden gold bracelet when he defeated Allen Kessler to win Event number 15: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em. The prize money was $226,232.

Play At Ladbrokes Casino; Win a Chance to Visit Taj Mahal Comments Off on Play At Ladbrokes Casino; Win a Chance to Visit Taj Mahal

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Kimberly Goshterson

Do you wish to visit the Seven Wonders of the World? Well, who doesn’t? However, what if you could win a free trip to one of the seven wonders? That is exactly what can happen if you try your luck at Ladbrokes Casino. Under its 7 Wonders of the World offer, the casino has been offering its lucky winners a chance to visit one of the seven wonders of the world for free (we are talking business class here)! What’s more, you also get to take along a friend and have a luxurious stay at an opulent hotel. You will be given an extra £1,000 to spend while on the trip. Now, isn’t it a treat?


Ladbrokes Casino Offering


Fly to Taj Mahal

Launched in September, till date the casino has sent winners to Petra (Red City), Rome’s Coliseum, Chichen Itza in Mexico (famous for the ancient Mayan ruins) and Rio de Janeiro. This month the winners will get a chance to visit the Taj Mahal in India. Wondering what you need to do to win the tickets? It’s simple; just participate in a raffle on February 2. Before that, you will have to show some love and loyalty toward the casino by liking its promotional page and clicking on ‘Claim Now’, which will give you a free ticket to the draw. After that, for every £50 deposited by you in the slot games offered by the casino, you will win an additional ticket to the raffle. Your deposits made till January 31 will be counted, based on which you will get another ticket.


Other prizes

Apart from the mega prize, you stand a chance to win free bonus of £1,000, which will be given to 100 runner ups. There are also smaller prizes of £50, £25, £10 and £5. If you don’t win this time, you can try again for the remaining two wonders – The Great Wall of China and Peru’s Machu Picchu.

San Diego Poker Syndicate: An Overview Comments Off on San Diego Poker Syndicate: An Overview

Posted on May 23, 2014 by Kimberly Goshterson

The San Diego poker syndicate is a gaming community that conducts poker game series periodically. The winner of the series gets to participate in the prestigious World Series of Poker (WSOP)tournament. Everybody can take part in the series conducted by the syndicate, regardless of whether they’re a beginner in the game or an expert.


The syndicate’s poker seriesPoker


The syndicate hosted it’s ninth poker series this year, and the winner of the series was Jacob Beck, who played smashingly well and moved on to play in the WSOP tournament.

The syndicate is popular for conducting the well-known series with the strictest of regulations. A tournament can have up to 70 players. The main rule of the game is that all players who want to compete in the WSOP tournament must participate in at least five games. When they do it, they receive their shares from the syndicate.

The series consists of a total of twenty tournaments. When the tournaments come to an end, each player’s individual score is calculated by adding his/her twelve best scores out of twenty. The player who earns the highest overall score is declared the winner of the series, and gets a $10,000 entry to the WSOP. The player also wins a cash prize of $500.


Something for everyone


The players who come in the next 8-9 places in the series aren’t left out of the main game; they get a WSOP tournament entry of $1,500 to $2,500. These players win a guaranteed cash award of $250 each. The rest of the players in the syndicate series who finish within the Top 22 get to compete in another game conducted by the syndicate, where they can win a $1,500 or a $1,000 entry into the main tournament. Even the players who are just participating in the series have the chances of winning several bonus prizes. 

If nothing, you at least get an opportunity to meet several big poker names in the industry by just participating in the syndicate.


Actor Ben Affleck’s Poker Addiction Is Destroying His Marriage Comments Off on Actor Ben Affleck’s Poker Addiction Is Destroying His Marriage

Posted on April 12, 2014 by Kimberly Goshterson


Problem gambling has been in the news a lot lately. From Queensland, Australia to Toronto, Canada, there have been many public and heated debates over gambling in every aspect. Whether the topic was Fixed Odd Betting Machines in London or the widespread global incorporation of mobile app-like games turning ordinary housewives into online gaming addicts, the media at large has had no shortage of stories about gambling and betting to report. poker addiction

America has its own spotlight story about problem gambling right now. The big feature on everybody’s computers and newspapers is Ben Affleck’s seeming downward spiral in regards to his gambling addiction. As with most addicts, the actor – who is set to star in the upcoming 2016 blockbuster Batman film – has not copped to having a problem. It was his wife, the equally high profile actress Jennifer Garner, who blew the whistle.

It all started to unravel when Ben and Jennifer were supposed to be enjoying some alone time on a vacation in Vegas before he started filming for Batman. During their trip, he was caught card counting at Hard Rock Casino, and subsequently banned from playing blackjack there. He was, as the casino owner reported, allowed to continue playing other games at their establishment.

Now, it seems, the high profile case has taken an international turn. Not only has Affleck been booted from Vegas casinos for his card counting, but recently he was asked by security to leave a Canadian establishment for the same reasons. The movie star was reportedly undertaking his advantage betting tactics of morally questionable proportions at the Caesar Windsor Hotel in Ontario, Canada when he was asked to leave. It seems that his wife has had it with his gambling habit, and she has no problem with telling the media as much.

Since the allegations have begun to fly, Garner has been more vocal about her concerns over Affleck’s addiction. She sees that he needs help, and she doesn’t trust him when he gambles. In a statement that was picked up by celebrity gossip guru Perez Hilton, a friend of the couple said “Jen demanded to go to Vegas with Ben because she doesn’t trust him and he felt like he had no choice but to take her….. Once Ben starts gambling, he can’t stop.”

Ami Barer First Canadian to Win Aussie Millions Comments Off on Ami Barer First Canadian to Win Aussie Millions

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Kimberly Goshterson


Ami BarerOn Sunday, Feb. 9, Ami Barer prevailed at the AU$10,600-buyin (about US$9,560) Main Event of the Aussie Millions tournament series, winning AU$1.6 million (approximately US$1.44 million). This was his first major live tournament victory, and the 22-year-old Vancouverite became the first Canadian to win in the 16 years that the Aussie Millions has been running.

About the Aussie Millions

This year’s Aussie Millions series was held at the Crown in Melbourne, Australia. The Aussie Millions is one of the most popular annual live poker series, and it draws competent poker players from around the world. The 2014 series contained 20 events running from Jan. 23 to Feb. 10. The Main Event attracted 668 players. It began on Feb. 2, and the final table was ready to play on Feb. 9.

Final Table Action

The seven-player final table contained a couple of big names. Besides Barer, who entered the table as the chip leader, fellow Canadian Sorel Mizzi was present, having previously finished third in the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Scott Seiver was another tough competitor that Ami Barer had to get through.

Eventually, the tournament boiled down to the two Canadians, Barer and Mizzi, squaring off against each other for the championship. Barer began the heads-up match with a 2:1 chip lead, and Sorel Mizzi was unable to close the gap. After less than an hour, the final hand was dealt. Barer raised preflop, and Mizzi three-bet his remaining chips all-in. Barer made an instant call and revealed the A♥A♠. Mizzi was behind with just the Q♦8♦. The board was an irrelevant 2♣K♠2♥3♥A♦, and Sorel Mizzi was knocked out in second place, winning AU$1 million (about US$900,000).

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