Archive for October, 2010

Double Hold’em Strategy Article

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We recently added an introductory Double Hold’em strategy article to our poker strategy section. Double Hold’em is a new poker variant that is available at Party Poker.

In Double Hold’em, players are dealt three cards instead of two. After the flop is dealt, each player remaining in the hand must designate one of their three cards as the “point” card. This card is then placed above the other two cards to form a triangle. The point card can be used in conjunction with each of the other two cards to form two different hold’em hands. In the event of a showdown, you play whichever of your two possible hands gives you the best five card poker hand. As in hold’em, both, one, or none of your hole cards can be played at showdown.

Check out our strategy article for more insight into how to play this interesting new game.

Scott Montgomery Robbed in Bellagio Bathroom

Monday, October 11th, 2010

2008 November Niner and 2010 bracelet winner Scott Montgomery was robbed yesterday in a bathroom at Bellagio in Las Vegas according to his Twitter account. Montgomery tweeted, “Got mugged today at Bellagio. Black guy pulled a knife on me in the restroom. I gave him the $2k in my wallet and he left.”

He continued to say, “I called security, but they took like 15 mins so they didn’t catch him. They are useless twits. Didn’t even ask me to look at camera footage. Security pretty much just said oh well, life sucks, have a nice day. I’m pretty annoyed.”

The good news for Montgomery, who has over $4 million in live tournament winnings, is that the situation could have been much worse. $2,000 is not that much in the grand scheme of things and luckily for him, the “black guy” didn’t shank him with that knife. What is unfortunate, however, is Bellagio’s apparent response to this. It is their job to ensure the security of patrons walking around with large sums of money. If any individual with a knife can lift $2k off of a poker player in a bathroom and know that it’ll take the casino 15 minutes to respond to the incident, robbing poker players in casino bathrooms is going to become the best game in town.

NY Times: Casinos Warming Up to Online Poker

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

A recent article in the New York Times suggests that U.S. casinos are warming up to the idea of legalized online poker. The American Gaming Association, a trade group that represents major casino corporations, is working to draft a proposal that would ask Congress to legalize some form of online poker. It is likely that the casinos in question have some interest in branching out into the online gaming sector and need legal clearway to do so. The article states that Harrah’s Entertainment, owners and operators of the World Series of Poker, have been investing in software companies associated with online gaming.

These efforts are unlikely to result in any immediate turn-around for the legal status of online poker in the U.S., but they do represent a small step in the right direction.