Bovada is the leading online poker room for U.S. players, and it is also the only site with 100% anonymous poker. Over the past several years it has grown to become the most trusted site in terms of reliable payments to U.S. players. So what is anonymous poker and how can you use it to your advantage?
I made the 5-hour drive down to Hollywood, FL this week, for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. With over $12,500,000 in guaranteed prizes, this was a series not to be missed. Nothing like this has ever come to Florida before, and I must say, it was one of the most well-run tournaments I’ve been to. Although the crowds were large, I rarely waited in line to buy in, the tournaments started on time, and the dealers and floormen were outstanding. Which believe me, isn’t always the case – some of you may remember me being critical of a series at Foxwoods once, with long lines, delays, and not-so-knowledgeable floors.
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Poker Training has become a big business since the first time we made a list of the top sites in 2009. Over the past few years, many new training sites have popped up online and others have gone away. We have taken the time to review all these sites, and compile a comprehensive list of sites that offer the best training materials for your buck.
We would like to emphasize that we are not getting paid by these sites. These are the honest opinions of the TestYourPoker.com team on these sites. The list is in no particular order, as different sites have different strengths.
As the battles for online poker continue on, there are some that have been won and some that have been lost. Currently 4 states have active online poker bills: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Texas.
However, this isn’t to say online poker is legal in these states yet, in fact Texas may never see online poker again. It seems the bills never get going, and end up stalling in committee.
Pennsylvania is set to have legislation introduced, while Hawaii, Iowa, Mississippi, and New York all share abandoned or otherwise stalled legislation. There is good news to report however. Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada have all passed legislation. Delaware has been making steady progress towards making online gambling legal, with over a dozen license applications and pushing for a launch in late September.
New Jersey is aggressively moving in the right direction by developing and releasing regulations that would allow operators to apply for licenses and offer online gambling to New Jersey residents.
Nevada has obviously made the most headway by hiring and marketing at Caesars, Ultimate Poker, and other major Nevada operators. WSOP.com has become the first major site to solicit beta-testers for real-money online poker software in Nevada, and Ultimate Poker has announced the signing of Antonio Esfandiari.
There is support from politicians and it is gaining momentum. House Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts works diligently to overturn the UIGEA, while New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez publicly announced his support.
To put a definitive date when online poker will be legal again in the US is not an exact science, while some states are clearly making headway, other states are moving slowly introducing legislation. It’s going to be a battle, but one that isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.
In the meantime, prepare for legalization in the U.S. by pushing your game to the next level. At TestYourPoker.com, our personalized poker training plan will have you dominating your opponents in no time. Get your PokerIQScore and get started training today!
No one would ever consider running a business without a strategy. Well, some people do it, but they probably aren’t in business very long. The same can be said for poker. Many people decide to play poker without any strategy for getting better, but they probably lose their money rather quickly. To take this a step farther, many people embark on a poker training agenda with the intent of improving, but very few approach their poker training with any strategy. I believe that this is a critical mistake.
The first step in devising an appropriate poker training plan is doing a Big-Picture Analysis of your long-term goals and the steps that it will take to reach them. The bigger your goal, the more time it will take. The farther along you are to accomplishing your goal, the less time it will take. The program I am going to suggest today is directed primarily at beginning and intermediate poker players, but many aspects of it are useful for advanced players also.
We have decided to donate 100% of our monthly poker training membership revenues for all new memberships during the month of July, 2010, to victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We will make the donation to Second Harvest Food Bank. We feel like this is the socially responsible thing for us to do. Many of our friends and family members live on the gulf coast, and they are going to face hardships for many years as a result of this accident. We believe our members will be glad to know that we are helping out a good cause, and it is a good opportunity for poker players to help out and get use of a valuable poker training service that many online poker players pay for anyway. We believe that we will be able to make a substantial contribution to a worthy cause, and help out our neighbors on the gulf coast.
“Online gamblers are not necessarily losing a lot of money; they are just on there 14 hours a day to the detriment of their work and family life. Problem gambling is not just about the money. ”
- Keith Whyte, National Council on Problem Gambling
In our last two posts, we discussed the newly pending legislation in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and the huge boon it could be to the online poker industry. In this post, we will discuss the other side of the coin - the people and organizations who are against online poker and online gambling in general.
“The proper role of the federal government is not that of a nanny, protecting citizens from any and every potential negative consequence of their actions. Although I personally believe gambling to be a dumb waste of money, American citizens should be just as free to spend their money playing online poker as they should be able to buy a used car, enter into a mortgage, or invest in a hedge fund. Risk is inherent in any economic activity, and it is not for the government to determine which risky behaviors Americans may or may not engage in.” - Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
In our last post, we discussed the newly pending legislation in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. In this post, we would like to discuss the lobbying activities of organizations interested in legalizing online poker in the U.S.
“Americans ought to be free to do what they want with their own money” - Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass)
Congressman Frank summarizes the feelings of many Americans with his support of Internet gambling in the United States. He has been a staunch supporter of officially legalizing, regulating, and taxing Internet gambling, and he has recently received support from many very big power names in the worlds of gambling and politics. Over the next several posts, we are going to provide an update on the state of Internet gambling in the U.S., what attempts are being made in Congress to regulate and tax Internet gambling, what these efforts might mean to online poker, and what you can do to help out the cause.
These are some of my comments about the WSOP final table. The heads up part won’t be played until tomorrow night, and then it will be on ESPN on Tuesday. If you don’t want to know anything until you see it on TV, read no further.
The four month break gave everyone a chance to take some poker lessons. More than that, it gave them a chance to round up a posse. Several of the November Nine had large, very vocal cheering sections. Fights were even breaking out, and spectators were being ejected. I’m not making this up! But the rest of the audience – I mean everybody – was for Phil Ivey. Even when Ivey just took down the blinds, the crowd would roar with approval. But it wasn’t meant to be…
At one point Ivey lost a key coin flip to Joe Cada (who went on to make the final two). Then, there was a short break around 8PM, and upon the resumption of the game, Ivey went out on (I believe it was) the first hand. It was the dreaded AQ, but this time Ivey didn’t have it, he had AK. Darvin Moon had AQ. The crowd went wild, everybody was going absolutely crazy. Then, a queen came on the flop, and with no help on the turn or river…it was over. A lot of the crowd started to leave shortly after that. Phil Ivey takes home a lousy $1.4 million. J
It’s one thing to talk about the stamina needed to win a major tournament. But the human body just isn’t meant to sit in a chair for 17 hours, with the cameras and lights and the knowledge that any misstep could cost you millions in real money. Playing until 5AM just gives a huge advantage to the younger players, or the players who just happen to be night owls. (Hey, I’m one of them, so I’m not complaining for my sake). Anyway, the winner should be determined by skill, not who can pop more no-doze. I suspect we might see a change next year, perhaps we’ll play down to 6, then to 2 the next day, and then play the heads up the following day. Either that, or just have a time limit – after 10 hours we call it a day and pick it up the next morning.
So what are we left with?
Joe Cada came from nearly being out, to doubling up time after time and now going into heads up play with $135 million chips. Darvin Moon started the day as the chip leader, and finished the day with almost exactly the same number of chips, roughly $60 million. He had some very strange plays along the way, and I can’t wait to see if they show these hands on ESPN to see what the heck he was holding. By the way, Cada is only 21 years old. If he wins he’ll claim the title of youngest World Champion ever (Peter Eastgate was 22).