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BGC ices gambling talk on football social media sites


The UK Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) is asking football clubs to refrain from discussing and promoting gambling on their social media sites in as part of an effort to avoid triggering problem gamblers. It’s move that may seem extreme to the layman, but will likely help keep UK gambling operators a step ahead of UK gambling regulators.
Guidelines for how football clubs should handle discussions of gambling were sent out by the BGC late last week and utilize a plea from 50 former gambling addicts to make the case. They pointed out that seeing their favorite club site promoting gambling caused them “distress” and “encouraged” them to place wagers.
As an effort to avoid these triggering moments, the BGC is recommending that football clubs refrain from promoting gambling operators or bonus offers and their “organic tweets”. This is a nod to the reality that gambling offers are ubiquitous on social media and that no one is really more than a click or two away from them on the internet anyways.
BGC officials sent a letter detailing the new code of conduct to 11 football clubs, as well as to social media operators.
In a statement reported on by SBC News, Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chairman of the BGC described the importance of the new standards saying, “Our members rightly have a zero tolerance approach to gambling by under-18s, so as an industry we are understandably concerned that children may be exposed to betting adverts on social media platforms. Our new guidelines make clear the standards expected of football clubs when they post gambling promotions on social media, and I look forward to them being put into practice as soon as possible.”
The BGC guidelines are not legally binding, but members of the BGC who wish to remain in good standing are expected to abide by them.
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Addabbo Confident New York Mobile Sports Betting Can Launch This Year


Posted on: February 15, 2021, 10:16h. 
Last updated on: February 15, 2021, 10:32h.

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Read MoreNew York state Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), the lawmaker spearheading the push for the Empire State to embrace mobile sports betting, doesn’t just believe the state legislature will pass a bill soon to expand sports betting in the state.
New York state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. takes part in a swearing-in ceremony for his seventh term last month. Addabbo is a leading lawmaker pushing to legalize mobile sports betting in the state. (Image: NYSenate.gov)He also believes the first bets could take place later this year.“I remain optimistic that should it be in the budget April 1st, with a little initiative, our state government can get it up and running by Sept. 9th, which is the first day of the NFL football season,” Addabbo told Casino.org in an interview.It’s been nearly three years since the US Supreme Court opened the door for sports betting nationwide. New York did take advantage and approve retail licenses for its four upstate casino resorts. In addition, Class III tribal casinos are also allowed to offer sportsbooks on their properties.However, analysts and observers point out that New York misses out on a significant revenue stream since it does not allow mobile applications.For example: According to the New York State Gaming Commission, the four retail sportsbooks in the state generated revenue totaling nearly $3.6 million in January. Over the same month, Indiana – a state with roughly a third of New York’s population – saw its mobile and retail operators earn $29.3 million in taxable revenue.The senator said New York usually leads the way when it comes to state policy.“We’re that car in the right lane with four wobbly wheels, and we’re limping along,” Addabbo said. “And these other fast cars like (New) Jersey and Pennsylvania are whizzing by us. That’s an odd spot for New York to be in.”Sports Betting Part of NY Budget TalksA recent study by Spectrum Gaming estimated that mobile sports betting could generate more than $1 billion in gross revenue for New York operators. If the state sets the tax rate at 10 percent, that would mean more than $100 million in annual revenue.Addabbo’s bill, Senate Bill S1183, as well as legislation sponsored by state Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-Mount Vernon), sets the rate an 8.5 percent. However, that rate, like other portions of the bill are open to negotiation, the senator said.The senator also noted that the original sports betting bill he filed a couple of years ago gave each casino one skin. Now, the bill offers them two, which means a potential of 14 skins, or mobile operators, for the state once the three downstate casinos are awarded.I think that’s all part of the budget negotiations,” Addabbo told Casino.org. “How many skins and the license fee and the tax rate that is all part and parcel of the budget negotiations. It’s all part of the discussions that we’re going to have, and that’s where we’ll have to come to some agreement.”Still, time is of the essence.April 1, the start of New York’s budget year, is just 45 days away as of Monday. While that’s six and a half weeks, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Monday, “in government, 45 days is a blink of an eye.”Addabbo Concerned State-Run System Can’t Meet DemandThe good news is that Cuomo is on board with expanding sports betting in the state to include online applications. The bad news is, his vision for sports betting varies significantly from that of Addabbo and Pretlow. Those lawmakers chair the gaming committees in the respective chambers.Both lawmakers’ bills call for New York to operate sports betting like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Each of the state’s casinos currently would get the chance to partner with two mobile operators.Cuomo, though, wants the state to be in more control. He wants a system more like the lottery allowing the state to derive more of the revenue. That approach resembles what Rhode Island, Montana, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Oregon have implemented.As Addabbo indicated, though, those states combined have a smaller population than New York.“I’m concerned about New York having a product that can handle the volume and the growing, expanding the market,” Addabbo told Casino.org.He also noted that Oregon leaders are already having second thoughts about their lottery-managed sports betting product.Just last month, Gov. Kate Brown requested that the state’s legislature take up a bill allowing the Oregon Racing Commission to regulate sports betting and grant licenses.“So, if it’s not good enough for Oregon, I don’t think it should be good enough for New York,” Addabbo said.

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บาร์ตันซีอีโอของ Crown Resorts ลาออกหลังจากมีข่าวการฟอกเงิน


เผยแพร่เมื่อ: กุมภาพันธ์ 15 2021, 01:14. อัพเดทล่าสุด: 15 กุมภาพันธ์ 2564,01: 14 น. Ken Barton CEO ของ Crown Resorts ก้าวลงจากตำแหน่งในวันจันทร์เนื่องจากอาการกำเริบอย่างต่อเนื่องเนื่องจากมีรายงานที่ท่วมท้นซึ่งทำให้ บริษัท ต่อสู้เพื่อใบอนุญาตของรัฐนิวเซาท์เวลส์ Ken Barton ควรได้รับการตรวจสอบครั้งใหญ่แม้จะมีการวิพากษ์วิจารณ์อย่างรุนแรงเกี่ยวกับผลงานของเขาในฐานะ Crown CEO (ภาพ: ชาวออสเตรเลียตะวันตก) การลาออกของบาร์ตันอยู่บนไพ่นับตั้งแต่การเปิดตัวรายงานโดยแพทริเซียเบอร์กินผู้พิพากษาศาลฎีกาของรัฐนิวเซาท์เวลส์ซึ่งอธิบายว่าเขา “ไม่ตรงกับสิ่งที่จำเป็นสำหรับผู้ถือใบอนุญาตของคาสิโน” . “ ปัญหาของเขาจะไม่ได้รับการแก้ไขโดยการแต่งตั้งผู้เชี่ยวชาญในอุตสาหกรรมที่รายงานต่อเขา” เบอร์กินกล่าวเสริม รายงานสรุปว่า Crown กำลัง “อำนวยความสะดวกในการฟอกเงินเปิดเผยเจ้าหน้าที่ให้เสี่ยงต่อการถูกคุมขังในเขตอำนาจศาลต่างประเทศและดำเนินความสัมพันธ์ทางธุรกิจกับบุคคลที่เชื่อมโยงกับ Triads และกลุ่มอาชญากรรมที่จัดตั้งขึ้น” ขอแนะนำให้หน่วยงานกำกับดูแลการเล่นเกมของรัฐ ILGA ปฏิเสธการต่ออายุใบอนุญาตการเล่นเกมของ Crown ใน NSW บริษัท เปิดรีสอร์ทในซิดนีย์มูลค่า 1.7 พันล้านดอลลาร์ในเดือนธันวาคมโดยไม่มีกิจการคาสิโน วันจ่ายเงิน 3 ล้านดอลลาร์แม้จะมีการระบุไว้ในรายงานของ Bergin แต่บาร์ตันคาดว่าจะเกษียณอายุด้วยการจ่ายเงินอย่างน้อย 3 ล้านดอลลาร์ออสเตรเลีย (2.3 ล้านดอลลาร์) ตามรายงานของเดอะการ์เดียน บาร์ตันได้แสดงให้เห็นถึง “การขาดความสนใจอย่างมาก” โดยตอบข้อกล่าวหาของสื่อที่ว่า Crown อำนวยความสะดวกในการฟอกเงินที่อสังหาริมทรัพย์ในเมลเบิร์นและเพิร์ ธ ในหน้าที่ก่อนหน้านี้ของเขาในฐานะ CFO เขาเคยรับผิดชอบบัญชีวีไอพีสองบัญชีที่แก๊งอาชญากรใช้เพื่อฟอกเงินจากการดำเนินการที่ผิดกฎหมายของพวกเขา Bergin กล่าว บาร์ตันได้รับเลือกให้ดำรงตำแหน่งซีอีโอในเดือนมกราคม 2563 หลังจากอยู่กับ บริษัท มานานกว่าทศวรรษ Helen Coonan ประธานกรรมการคนปัจจุบันจะเข้ามาแทนที่เขาจนกว่าจะพบซีอีโอคนใหม่ “ สมมติว่าบทบาทของประธานบริหารเป็นการตัดสินใจที่ฉันไม่ได้ดำเนินการอย่างจริงจังคณะกรรมการเชื่อว่าจะให้ความมั่นคงและความแน่นอนในการเป็นผู้นำในช่วงเวลาสำคัญทางธุรกิจนี้” Coonan กล่าวในแถลงการณ์ต่อ ASX Coonan กล่าวเมื่อวันจันทร์ว่า บริษัท กำลังดำเนินการ “ขั้นตอนสำคัญในการปรับปรุงการกำกับดูแลการปฏิบัติตามข้อกำหนดและวัฒนธรรมของเรา” Exec ExodusBarton เดินตามผู้บริหารของ Crown อีกห้าคนออกไปที่ประตู ซึ่งรวมถึง Michael Johnston และ Guy Jalland ซึ่งเป็นตัวแทนของมหาเศรษฐี James Packer ผู้ถือหุ้นรายใหญ่ที่สุดของ Crown ในคณะกรรมการ Bergin วิพากษ์วิจารณ์ Packer ว่าทำหน้าที่เป็น “กรรมการโดยพฤตินัย” แม้ว่าจะไม่ได้อยู่ในคณะกรรมการมาหลายปีแล้วก็ตามและแนะนำว่าเขามี “อิทธิพลที่ผิดปกติ” ต่อสังคม นอกจากนี้เขายังแนะนำให้ จำกัด การถือครอง 10 เปอร์เซ็นต์ในทรัพย์สินของ Crown นั่นหมายความว่า Packer จะถูกบังคับให้ต้องขายหุ้นบางส่วนใน บริษัท – ถ้าไม่ใช่ทั้งหมด Packer กล่าวในระหว่างการเป็นพยานต่อการสอบสวนของ Bergin ว่าเขาพร้อมที่จะละทิ้งการถือหุ้นใน Crown หากเขาปกป้องใบอนุญาตขององค์กร

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Criticisms of Michael Slepian’s Stanford study on poker tells and hand movements (published 2015)


Some places the study was featured.
The following is reposted from a 2015 piece I wrote for Bluff magazine. It was originally located at this URL but has become unavailable due to Bluff going out of business. I saw this study mentioned recently in Maria Konnikova’s book ‘The Biggest Bluff’ and was reminded about this piece and noticed it was offline, so I wanted to share it again. A few notes on this piece:

The original title below and was more negative-sounding than I liked; Bluff chose it. Also, if I could rewrite this piece now, I’d probably choose less negative-sounding phrasing in some places. 
Regardless of the exact factors that might be at work in the found correlation, I realize it’s scientifically interesting that a significant correlation was found. But I also think it’s possible to draw simplistic and wrong conclusions from the study, and my piece hopefully gives more context about the factors that might be at work.
Image on left taken from Michael Slepian’s media page.

The Slepian Study on Betting Motions Doesn’t Pass Muster
A 2013 study¹ conducted at Stanford University by graduate student Michael Slepian and associates found a correlation between the “smoothness” of a betting motion and the strength of the bettor’s hand. In a nutshell, there was a positive correlation found between betting motions perceived as “smooth” and “confident” and strong hands. The quality of the betting motions was judged by having experiment participants watch short clips of players making bets (taken from the 2009 WSOP Main Event) and estimate the hand strength of those bets.
This experiment has gotten a lot of press over the last couple years. I first heard about it on NPR. Since, I’ve seen it referenced in poker blogs and articles and in a few mainstream news articles. I still occasionally hear people talk about it at the table when I play. I’ve had friends and family members reference it and send me links to it. It’s kind of weird how much attention it received, considering the tons of interesting studies that are constantly being done, but I guess it can be chalked up to the mystique and “sexiness” of poker tells.

The article had more than casual interest for me. I’m a former professional poker player and the author of two books on poker behavior: Reading Poker Tells and Verbal Poker Tells. I’ve been asked quite a few times about my opinion on this study, and I’ve been meaning to look at the study more closely and write up my thoughts for a while.
In this article, I’ll give some criticisms of the study and some suggestions for how this study (and similar studies) could be done better. This isn’t to denigrate the work of the experiment’s designers. I think this is an interesting study, and I hope it will encourage similar studies using poker as a means to study human behavior. But I do think it was flawed in a few ways, and it could be improved in many ways.
That’s not to say that I think their conclusion is wrong; in fact, in my own experience, I think their conclusion is correct. I do, however, think it’s a very weak general correlation and will only be practically useful if you have a player-specific behavioral baseline. My main point is that this study is not enough, on its own, to cause us to be confident about the conclusion.
I’ll give a few reasons for why I think the study is flawed, but the primary underlying reason is a common one for studies involving poker: the study’s organizers just don’t know enough about how poker works. I’ve read about several experiments involving poker where the organizers were very ignorant about some basic aspects of poker, and this affected the way the tests were set up and the conclusions that were reached (and this probably applies not just to poker-related studies but to many studies that involve an activity that requires a lot of experience to understand well).
Poker can seem deceptively simple to people first learning it, and even to people who have played it for decades. Many bad players lose money at poker while believing that they’re good, or even great players. In the same way, experiment designers may falsely believe they understand the factors involved in a poker hand, while being far off the mark.
Here are the flaws, as I see them, in this study:
1. The experimenters refer to all WSOP entrants as ‘professional poker players.’
This first mistake wouldn’t directly affect the experiment, but it does point to a basic misunderstanding of poker and the World Series of Poker, which might indirectly affect other aspects of the experiment and its conclusions.
Here are a couple examples of this from the study:
The World Series of Poker (WSOP), originating in 1970, brings together professional poker players every year (from the study’s supplemental materials)
These findings are notable because the players in the stimulus clips were highly expert professionals competing in the high-stakes WSOP tournament.
The WSOP Main Event is open to anyone and most entrants are far from being professional poker players. Categorizing someone’s poker skill can be difficult and subjective, but Kevin Mathers, a long-time poker industry worker, estimates that only 20% of WSOP Main Event entrants are professional (or professional-level) players.
This also weakens the conclusion that the results are impressive due to the players analyzed being professional-level. While the correlation found in this experiment is still interesting, it is somewhat expected that amateur players would have behavioral inconsistencies. I’d be confident in predicting that a similar study done on only video clips of bets made by professional poker players would not find such a clear correlation.
2. Hand strength is based on comparing players’ hands
This is a line from the study that explains their methodology for categorizing a player’s hand as ‘weak’ or ‘strong’:
Each player’s objective likelihood of winning during the bet was known (WSOP displays these statistics on-screen; however, we kept this information from participants by obscuring part of the screen).
They relied on the on-screen percentage graphics, which are displayed beside a player’s hand graphics in the broadcast. These graphics show the likelihood of a player’s hand winning; it does this by comparing it to the other players’ known hands. This makes it an illogical way to categorize whether a player believes he is betting a weak or strong hand.
If this isn’t clear, here’s a quick example to make my point:
A player has QQ and makes an all-in bet on a turn board of Q-10-10-8. Most people would say that this player has a strong hand and has every reason to believe he has a strong hand. But, if his opponent had 10-10, the player with Q-Q would have a 2.27% chance of winning with one card to come. According to this methodology, the player with the Q-Q would be judged as having a weak hand; if the test participants categorized that bet as representing a strong hand, they would be wrong.
It’s not stated in the study or the supplemental materials if the experimenters accounted for such obvious cases of how using the percentage graphics might skew the results. It’s also not stated how the experimenters would handle river (last-round) bets, when one hand has a 100 percent winning percentage and the losing hand has 0 percent (the only exception would be a tie).
It’s admittedly difficult to come up with hard-and-fast rules for categorizing hand strength for the purposes of such an experiment. As someone who has thought more than most about this problem, for the purpose of analyzing and categorizing poker tells, I know it’s a difficult task. But using the known percentages of one hand beating another known hand is clearly a flawed approach.
The optimal approach would probably be to come up with a system that pits a poker hand against a logical hand range, considering the situation, or even a random hand range, and uses that percentage-of-winning to rank the player’s hand strength. If this resulted in too much hand-strength ambiguity, the experiment designers could throw out all hands where the hand strength fell within a certain medium-strength range. Such an approach would make it more likely that only strong hand bets and weak hand bets were being used and, equally important for an experiment like this, that the player believed he or she was betting either a strong or weak hand.
3. Situational factors were not used to categorize betting motions
When considering poker-related behavior, situations are very important. A small continuation-bet on the flop is different in many ways from an all-in bet on the river. One way they are different: a small bet is unlikely to cause stress in the bettor, even if the bettor has a weak hand.
Also, a player making a bet on an early round has a chance for improving his hand; whereas a player betting on the river has no chance to improve his hand. When a player bets on the river, he will almost always know whether he is bluffing or value-betting; this is often not the case on earlier rounds, when hand strength is more ambiguous and undefined.
This experiment had no system for selecting the bets they chose for inclusion in the study. The usability of the clips was apparently based only on whether the clip meant certain visual needs of the experiment: i.e., did the footage show the entirety of the betting action and did it show the required amount of the bettor’s body?
From the study:
Research assistants, blind to experimental hypotheses, extracted each usable video in each installment, and in total extracted 22 videos (a standard number of stimuli for such studies; Ambady & Rosenthal, 1993) for Study 2 in the main text.
Study 1 videos required a single player be in the frame from the chest-up, allowing for whole-body, face-only, and arms-only videos to be created by cropping the videos. These videos were therefore more rare, and the research assistants only acquired 20 such videos.
The fact that clips were chosen only based on what they showed is not necessarily a problem. If a hand can be accurately categorized as strong or weak, then it doesn’t necessarily matter when during a hand it occurred. If there is a correlation between perceived betting motion quality and hand strength, then it will probably make itself known no matter the context of the bet.
Choosing bets only from specific situations would have made the experiment stronger and probably would have led to more definite conclusions. It could also help address the problem of categorizing hand strength. For example, if the experiment designers had only considered bets above a certain size that had occurred on the river (when all cards are out and there are no draws or semi-bluffs to be made), then that would result in polarized hand strengths (i.e., these bets would be very likely to be made with either strong or weak hands).
Also, the experiment’s method for picking clips sounds like it could theoretically result in all strong-hand bets being picked, or all weak-hand bets being picked. There is nothing in the experiment description that requires a certain amount of weak hands or strong hands. This is not in itself bad, but could affect the experiment in unforeseen ways.
For example, if most of the betting motion clips chosen were taken from players betting strong hands (which would not be surprising, as most significant bets, especially post-flop, are for value), then this could introduce some unforeseen bias into the experiment. One way this might happen: when a video clip shows only the betting motion (and not, for example, the bettor’s entire torso or just the face, as were shown to some study groups), this focus might emphasize the bet in the viewer’s mind and make the bet seem stronger. And if most of the hands-only betting clips were of strong-hand bets (and I have no idea how many were), the study participants watching only the hand-motion betting clips would falsely appear to be making good guesses.
My main point here is that thinking about the situational factors of a betting motion, and incorporating that into the experiment in some way, would have resulted in less ambiguity about the results. (It appears that it was difficult to find usable clips from a single WSOP event; in that case, the experimenters could just add footage from another WSOP Main Event to the study.)
4. The number of chips bet was not taken into account
The experiment designers did not take into account the chips that were bet. In their words:
During betting, each player pushes poker chips into the center of the table. Each chip has a specific color, which indicates a specific value. These values range from $25 to $100,000. This range of chip values has a crucial consequence for the current work. The number of chips does not correlate with the quality of the hand (see Table 1A in the main text). Players could move a stack of 20 chips into the center of the table, and this could be worth $500 or $2,000,000 (the winner of the 2009 WSOP won $8,547,042, thus the latter bet magnitude is a bet that can be made in the WSOP). Because no participants were professional poker players, nor considered themselves poker experts, they were not aware of chip values. They could not, then, use the number of chips as a valid cue to judge poker hand quality.
It’s true that your average person would not know what the chip colors at the WSOP Main Event mean. But it seems naïve to think that seeing the chips being bet couldn’t possibly have an effect on the experiment.
For one thing, the number of chips being bet could bias a participant to think a bet was stronger or weaker, whether correctly or incorrectly. What if all the strong-hand bets in the study were also bets that involved a lot of chips? (This is not implausible because smaller bets with weak hands are common early in a hand, when bets are small, whereas larger bets later in the hand are more likely to represent strong hands.) And what if some of the study participants were able to deduce (consciously or unconsciously) the strength of the bet from the number of chips?
Also, it’s possible that some of the test participants were knowledgeable (consciously or not) about some WSOP chip colors and what their denominations were. Or they were able to deduce (consciously or not), from the arrangement and number of chips, what the chip values were. (For example, large denomination chips are generally required to be kept at the front of a player’s stack.)
Again, this could have been addressed by selecting bets taken only from specific situations and only of certain bet sizes. If all bets chosen were above a certain bet size, and this was communicated to the study participants, then this would have lessened the impact of the chips being able to be seen.
5. Quality of “smoothness” was subjective
The experiment was based on the perceptions of study participants watching the assembled video clips. It was not based on objective measurements of what constitutes “smoothness” of a betting motion. This was a known issue in the experiment:
Thus, both player confidence and smoothness judgments significantly predicted likelihoods of winning, which suggests that movement smoothness might be a valid cue for assessing poker hand quality. It is unknown, however, how participants interpreted “smoothness” or whether the players’ movements that participants rated as smooth were truly smoother than other players’ movements. Other physical factors, such as speed, likely played a role.
This is not a major criticism; I think using perception is a fine way to find a correlation, especially for a preliminary study. But I think it does mean that we have no reason to be confident in the idea that smoothness of betting motion is correlated with hand strength. If there is are correlations between betting motion and hand strength (which I believe there are), these could be due to other aspects of arm motion or hand motion, such as: the betting speed, the position of the hands, the height of the hand, or other, more obscure, factors.
In summary
Again, I don’t mean to denigrate the experiment designers and the work they’ve done. I think this was an interesting experiment, and I think it’s probable the correlation they noticed exists (however weak the correlation may be).
Also, as someone who is very interested in poker behavior, I’d love to see similar studies be done. My main goal in writing these criticisms and suggestions was to emphasize that poker is complex, as is poker behavior. There are many behavioral factors in a seemingly simple hand of poker and taking these factors into account can make an experiment stronger and the results more conclusive.
Patricia Cardner, PhD, EdD, is a poker player and the author of Positive Poker, a book about the psychological characteristics of professional poker players. She had this to say about poker’s use in scientific studies:
“While researchers often have the best of intentions, it is difficult for them to fully understand the nuances of poker. Researchers who reach out to poker players for help can make more informed decisions about the research areas they choose to pursue, increase reliability and validity, and improve the overall quality of their results and conclusions.”
¹: Slepian, M.L., Young, S.G., Rutchick, A.M. & Ambady, N. Quality of Professional Players’ Poker Hands Is Perceived Accurately From Arm Motions. Psychological Science (2013) 24(11) 2335–2338.

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Poker Fraud Alert Radio – 02/12/2021 – The Terrence and Mike Twitter Show

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Ep 246 – Forum On Monotone Flops (@FiveByFive)

This week, Jim Reid leads the panel through a forum post by our own @FiveByFive! While battling it out against each other in the nightly home game, the panel looks at five different types of hands we might find ourselves with in the big blind when we see a monotone flop and it checks through to the turn.

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Ep 245 – REC Room: HUD and Hand Review – Jim and Matt

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February 12th, 2021 – Heads-Up Battles, Betting Controversies and Strategy

On this episode of the Tournament Poker Edge Podcast, Clayton wraps up the heads up battle between Daniel and Doug, discusses the betting controversy between Timex and Terrence Chan, answers a viewer tweet and of course gets in to some strategy.

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Ep 245 – REC Room HUD And Hand Review – Jim And Matt

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#117 Greg Vail: Red Chip Poker Coach and Author of SCOOP! Winning High Low Concepts for the Hold’em Mind

Today’s guest on the Chasing Poker Greatness podcast is the author of SCOOP! Winning High Low Concepts for the Hold’em Mind volumes 1, 2, & 3 Greg Vail.Greg’s a Red Chip Poker Coach and cash game pro who specializes in the world of Big O and Omaha Hi-Lo.Greg’s poker career is split into two acts: The first act was from 2005-2010.

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PokerNews Podcast: Doug Polk Discusses Win Against Negreanu; Interview w/ Scott Stewart

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Should The Elite Pro Call It Off Heads Up?

Manig Loeser faces an all-in overbet in a big time online tournament. If he calls and wins he takes it down – how should he proceed?

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The Chip Race – Season 14 Episode 4 – Ana Marquez Ryan Fee Martin Jacobson Roland Boothby

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SHORT STACK Crash Course | A Little Coffee with Jonathan Little

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Did This Guy Make A Mistake By Moving In Against Ike Haxton?

It’s the final table of a big time online tourney, and Ike Haxton is in the mix. Is his opponent making a mistake against the poker wizard?

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Episode 94 – Tournament Poker Bankroll Management and a Cashout Strategy

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Sheldon Adelson: How the Legend Affected Poker and Intertops Login


Sheldon Adelson, an American businessman – and billionaire – died on January 11, 2021. At the age of 87, he lost his battle with cancer, after almost two years of treatments. And while Adelson owned many businesses, he will be mostly remembered for his involvement in the gambling industry.Over the years, the casino mogul took live gambling to an entirely new level. However, it was clear he wasn’t a big fan of online poker. How did this tycoon influence the industry? And what could he possibly have said to influence Intertops login options and online betting in general? Let’s take a closer look at the man’s history and involvement with poker.Adelson’s Career and Early LifeSheldon Gary Adelson was born in 1933 in Boston, and from a young age, it was clear he had an eye for business. At the age of 12, he began selling newspapers, which turned into a passion of his further down the line.After serving in the US Army, Adelson started various businesses, some more successful than others. He tried his luck in travel, hotel toiletries, and mortgage banking. But his first major success came when he helped build the Interface Group with several partners, launching the highly successful COMDEX. Soon enough, the technology trade show became one of the largest in the field, and Adelson helped run it smoothly till it was sold in 1995.His next project included venturing into the gambling industry, and in 1999, he opened the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Slowly but surely, it turned into a highly popular gambling resort. Later on, Adelson had the chance to expand his businesses in Macau, which is a beloved gambling destination for travelers. One casino turned into two, then three, and before he knew it – Adelson was in charge of a billion-dollar empire.In September 2020, Adelson was listed by Forbes as the 28th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $33.8 billion. A big chunk of that came from his share in the gambling empire, which was worth approximately $14 billion at the time of his death.Adelson’s Influence on Online PokerWhile Adelson opened many land-based casinos both in the US and abroad, he wasn’t a big supporter of online gambling. In fact, when the DOJ announced the Wire Act didn’t apply to online betting (under Obama’s administrations), the casino mogul did his best to fight that decision.He founded the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, trying to promote the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) with little success. Later on, he supported multiple Republican presidential candidates, which were more likely to adopt his views on online betting.After spending a lot of money on the issue, he got some support from Trump’s administration, as the DOJ went back to its original stance on the Wire Act a few years ago.But while his campaigns against online gambling left a lot of players disheartened by his actions, there is no ignoring all the good things he did. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Adelson donated millions of dollars to multiple causes. He supported wounded soldiers and contributed a lot to the fight against drug addiction – matters that were close to his heart.In ConclusionEven though Adelson campaigned against online gambling, he still deserves respect for all he was able to achieve in his life.

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Casino REITs Beacons of Stability in Real Estate Sector


Posted on: February 15, 2021, 12:12h. 
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Last year, the real estate sector languished as hotel and office real estate investment trusts (REITs) were punished at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic. Surprisingly, gaming landlords proved sturdy despite multi-month casino closures.
MGM Grand Las Vegas. An asset manager is bullish on owner MGP and other gaming REITs. (Image: Bloomberg)The three publicly traded casino REITs — Gaming & Leisure Properties (NASDAQ:GLPI), MGM Growth Properties (NYSE:MGP) and VICI Properties (NYSE:VICI) — offer a compelling business model and strong dividend yields at a time when interest rates are at historic lows.Unlike hotel REITs, casino REITs typically own properties under a long-term, triple-net master lease structure, leaving most of the financial and operational risk to their tenants — the casino operators,” according to Hoya Capital research. “Owing to this lease structure, rent collection and occupancy rates have remained essentially spotless throughout the pandemic.”Owing to capital markets being open to gaming companies during the darkest days of the pandemic, GLPI, MGP and VICI encountered little difficulty in collecting rent. There were occasions when the real estate companies — thanks to their own sturdy positions — worked with clients on financing, but no foreclosures arrived.With Casino REITs Selectivity MattersWhile GLPI, MGP and VICI operate in the same realm, the companies are not carbon copies of each other. Pennsylvania-based GLPI prefers to maintain a portfolio comprised largely of regional casinos. To that end, it’s looking to unload one of its few Nevada properties — the Tropicana Las Vegas.Conversely, the bulk of MGP’s revenue is derived from the Strip. There, it either completely controls or partially owns the real estate assets of all of MGM Resorts International’s venues except the Bellagio. For its part, VICI depends on Sin City for less than a third of rental income although it owns the property of Caesars Palace.“Selectivity is critical, and we prefer the ‘destination’ casinos and tenant operators with a solid foothold into the online gaming ecosystem,” said Hoya Capital.While the firm views online gaming and sports betting as a potential long-term headwinds for land-based casinos, it sees near- to medium-term benefits because those iGaming and sports wagering will support profitability and tenants’ ability to pay rent.The REITs’ major clients — Caesars Entertainment, MGM and Penn National Gaming — are among the major players in both internet casinos and mobile sports betting.Tradition of Out-PerformanceIn financial markets, history doesn’t always repeat, but it often rhymes. That’s relevant for the likes of GLPI, MGM Growth and VICI because their performances are often correlated and the trio has a history of beating broader REIT benchmarks.“Through the end of 2020, Casino REITs have outperformed the broader REIT index in four of the past five years,” said Hoya Capital. “Since the start of 2015, the casino REIT sector as a whole has produced an annualized total return of 14.5 percent, outperforming the 6.5 percent annualized total return on the Equity REIT Index.”Even with that, GLPI, MGP and VICI are more attractively valued than the broader real estate sector. The casino REITs trade at 13.7x funds from operations (FFO), well below the ratio of 21.1x for the average REIT.

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No Man’s Land: Will Genderless Cards Reinvent Poker Download Games?


Poker cards have looked the same for quite some time, and most people didn’t question their design or meaning. For many decades, the higher-valued cards were represented by members of the royal family – kings, queens, and princes.However, some people believe that the popular card design is outdated and that it’s time to change things up. In recent weeks, poker players have been talking about an alternative kind of design for a deck of cards: genderless figures.What stands behind the proposition of changing the current deck? Will it influence poker download games? And what does history say about changing trends in card design? Learn all of that NOW!Woman Proposes to Use a Genderless Deck – and the Masses ReactIndy Mellink, a young woman from the Netherlands, came up with the idea of designing a gender-neutral deck of cards. The forensic psychology graduate even went as far as manufacturing and distributing more than 1,500 packs of cards to spread her message.But what gave Mellink the idea that something needed to be changed? Apparently, while playing card games with her family, the young innovator figured out something she has never paid attention to before. Why was the king automatically worth more than the queen?In an interview, Mellink said: “… it’s just another way of saying hey, you’re less important”. While cards’ value might be a small thing, it is still a part of our society that tells women they aren’t as important as men. Maybe, by changing seemingly trivial parts of our culture, we will be able to reduce gender inequality on a bigger scale as well.Instead, the new deck of cards includes gold, silver, and bronze imagery to replace the royal characters that we know so well. But what did people, including some online poker players, thought about this initiative?The Public’s ResponseWhen news of the gender-neutral cards deck made headlines, some people were supportive – and some were not.The head of the Dutch Bridge Association, for example, said: “… But gender neutrality, I am all for it! It’s great that someone of this age has noticed this”. However, she also said that the new type of cards won’t be used anytime soon in official games, as it will require a rewrite of the existing rules.Mellink also claimed that many of the people she approached have never even considered the gender issue when playing cards. Therefore, they haven’t had a lot to say about the subject.But most tweets and online reactions actually mocked the idea. Reuters reported that one man said: “…it’s ridiculous”, while another made a valid point: “… Isn’t the ace the highest card already? And that is gender-neutral. Check and mate.”Card Designs in the PastWhile we’re all used to the cards that started this entire debate, in the past, this style of cards was used mainly in France, and then reaching Belgium and England. The French were the first to officially use the classic suits – ♥, ♦, ♣, ♠.Other countries, however, had a different vision as to what playing cards should look like. In the past, Spanish card suits included cups, coins, clubs, and swords. The same thing goes for Italian decks, although the designs looked a bit different.Germany also had unique card suits – including hearts, bells, acorns, and leaves. And even now, you will be able to find some of those traditional cards in various countries all across the world.In ConclusionOverall, it seems that people weren’t overly enthusiastic about the idea, but who knows? Maybe in the future, we will see new card designs gracing the poker tables.For now, it seems more likely that people will be able to find gender-neutral cards only in gift shops and the likes of it.

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Okada Manila Operator on SPAC Search to Gain Nasdaq or NYSE Listing


Posted on: February 14, 2021, 07:16h. 
Last updated on: February 14, 2021, 07:16h.
Universal Entertainment Group is looking for a US-based special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to partner with to list the Okada Manila integrated resort business on the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
The Okada Manila integrated resort. The operator is looking for a SPAC partner to list the business in the US. (Image: Forbes)The Japanese company declared its intentions to work with a blank-check entity with an eye toward a listing on a US bourse in a note to investors last week. Universal’s integrated resort operation consists solely of the venue in the Philippine capitol city.The Company has already executed advisory agreements with multiple financial advisory firms in Japan and the US in order to prepare for the listing of its IR Business … and is currently engaged in the selection of a SPAC, the investigation of aspects involving the law and tax systems, the revision of the capital structure of the Company Group as a whole, with the aim of listing the business sometime in fiscal 2021,” according to the investor letter.Universal Entertainment started partial operations at Okada Manila in December 2016, noting that over time, growth is steady. As is the case with gaming properties around the world, the venue was hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, but the Japanese company said it deployed a variety of cost-cutting measures to bolster earnings — many of which are expected to remain permanent.Let SPAC Speculation CommenceAfter 244 blank-check companies raised $78.2 billion via initial public offerings last year, another 134 billion raised $39 billion (as of Feb. 12) to start 2021.In other words, there are hundreds of SPACs currently trading that do not yet have merger partners. That group includes dozens that previously declared intentions to focus on gaming assets. Blank-check companies have two years to strike deals or face forced liquidation in which capital is returned to shareholders.In the investor letter, Universal Entertainment doesn’t reveal the identities of specific SPACs it’s in talks with, but the gaming company makes clear it views this an efficient avenue to list its equity on one of the major US exchanges.“In view of this situation, [and] having positioned its IR Business as the core business of the Company Group, the Company recently arrived at the decision to pursue a detailed examination of the listing of that business on either the US NASDAQ Stock Exchange or the New York Stock Exchange with the aim of realizing the further expansion of that business and greater corporate group value,” according to the letter.SPAC Fever Permeates Gaming Sector…AgainNot even two months into 2021 and there are already there are already multiple blank-check deals notched with gaming companies, including Golden Nugget operator Fertitta Entertainment with FAST Acquisition (NYSE:FST) and Acies Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:ACAC) with Playstudios. That follows three gaming firms that went public last December following SPAC mergers.That group doesn’t include some new public entities born out of blank-check transactions that aren’t dedicated gaming companies, but have some or are looking to gain exposure to the industry.As for SPACs without a deal that make for logical partners for Okada Manila, some standout more than others. Universal Entertainment didn’t mention a date when it reveal its partner.

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Daniel Negreanu Reacts to Hellmuth’s Criticism, Challenges Poker Brat to HU Duel


The recently concluded grudge match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk created a lot of stir in the poker community and gave everyone hours’ worth of great, high stakes entertainment.
Polk came into the match as the favorite and walked away the winner after 25,000 hands, banking $1.2 million for his victory.
In the days following the conclusion of the HU challenge, many players shared their views of the match, among others Phil Hellmuth.
Hellmuth was supporting Negreanu from the get-go, but he wasn’t too happy about the final result and in a recent interview, the Poker Brat openly stated he was disappointed by the Canadian’s performance.

The short, two-minute segment, didn’t go unnoticed by Negreanu, who responded by challenging Hellmuth to a heads up match under his terms.
DNegs Quick to Respond to Phil’s Jab
Helllmuth’s short statement about Negreanu’s play also included not so thinly veiled brag about his own poker skills.
The way Phil explains it, Negreanu’s coaching team was recommended by him as he recognized them as very good and capable players.

However, Phil sent them Daniel’s way because they didn’t have much to teach him?

It seems Hellmuth is trying to suggest that he already knows everything Negreanu has spent months trying to learn and Polk spent years studying.
Daniel wasted no time responding to Phil, challenging him to a heads up match under any terms he wanted: live or online and for whatever number of hands he wanted to play.

It goes without saying that the poker community was thrilled to see the Canadian’s reaction, but will Hellmuth go for it?
Will There Be a Hellmuth vs. Negreanu HU Match?
Phil Hellmuth is known as an outspoken player who holds his own skills in very high regard. The whole Poker Brat attitude has been a part of his persona for years and helped him build a brand around his name.
But, facing an open challenge by Negreanu, what are the odds of Phil actually accepting?

Personally, I don’t think they are very high at all.

While Hellmuth loves to talk the talk, he’s not very likely to walk the walk in the situation where he must know he’s a big underdog. Even if the two had equal skills before the Negreanu – Polk challenge, Daniel has put in countless hours studying HU play and GTO.
DNegs was going into the grudge match against the odds and for that alone, he earned some respect from the community and from Polk himself.
At this moment in time, the skill gap in the particular format between Negreanu and Hellmuth could be even wider than it was between DNegs and Polk when the grudge match was announced.

Even Polk said after the match that he wouldn’t be as thrilled to play Negreanu again as he felt Daniel has improved a lot over the months of the challenge.
The Canadian would probably jump at the opportunity to play some one-on-one poker with the Poker Brat and put his newly found skills (that he paid dearly to acquire) to good use. Plus, the skirmish would likely be just as popular (if not more) as the original grudge match.
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In the same video included earlier, Hellmuth boasted his heads-up skills, claiming he’d won 29 of his last 30 HU matches.
This is technically right, but these were all short battles, featuring no more than a few hundred poker hands.

In a prolonged match that would last 10,000+ hands, DNegs would have to be a clear favorite, just like Polk was against the Canadian.

And, to be completely honest, it seems really farfetched that the Poker Brat would accept to play Negreanu in this format. If anything, he might be up for a few hundred poker hands, which is far too small of a sample size to determine who the better player is.
One is allowed to hope, though.
If Hellmuth and Negreanu were somehow to come to an agreement for an actual, proper heads up match that would include the kind of coverage that we saw in the earlier challenge, it would be a real treat for the fans.
Both DNegs and Phil are in the group of the most popular poker players alive and their “grudge” match would attract hundreds of thousands of eyeballs.
Is it likely to happen? No, absolutely not – but we sure as hell root for it! And, if the match were to happen, who would you bet on and what odds do you think would be fair?

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