Archive for October, 2010

Aussie Millions Qualifiers

Full Tilt Poker is qualifying players to head to Australia and play in the Aussie Millions Main Event. The 2011 event will run from January 13 to January 20, 2011.

The event brings in some of the world’s best players and in 2011 will feature an estimated Main Event top prize of more than $2 million.

Poker players interested in taking a seat the Main Event can log into Full Tilt and play in freeroll qualifiers. Full Tilt is the only online poker site offering free seats the Main Event.

The prize package is valued at more than $16,000 and includes the seat at the Main Event, hotel accommodations and a travel allowance so players can get to Australia.

Those who qualify to the Aussie Millions through Full Tilt will also be able to participate in exclusive events sponsored by Full Tilt. These include poker instruction from the pro members of Team Full Tilt and other fun events.

Players interested in claiming their seat the tournament should visit Full Tilt and see the Aussie Millions page. Last year’s winner was Tyron Krost, an Australia native who took home the $2 million prize.

PCA Women’s Event

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is for all poker players but some women might want to take advantage of the PokerStars Women’s Caribbean Adventure that will be held concurrently with the PCA in January.

If you qualify or buy-in, you can join other female players for a weekend that includes a good deal of poker plus days full of relaxation and pampering. Players will also get to spend time with Team PokerStars pros like Katja Thater, Vicky Coren, Liv Boeree, Vanessa Selbst, and Vanessa Rousso.

Players who want to qualify for an all-expenses paid trip to the Women’s Caribbean Adventure can play in regular qualifiers for as little as $2.20 for a prize package worth $3,480 which includes four nights’ accommodation at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas, $700 toward travel expenses and entry into the women’s poker boot camp which is worth $300. It also includes buy-in to the PokerStars Women’s Caribbean Adventure $1,000 main event.

Online qualifiers are running daily and buy-ins range from $2.20 to $215. The PokerStars Women’s Caribbean Adventure runs from Jan 13 to Jan. 17, 2011. The PCA event itself runs Jan. 7 to Jan. 16, 2011 at a casino in the Caribbean.

2010 was the first year that the $1K lady’s event was run. It attracted 91 entrants and had a total prize book of nearly $89,000. It was won by Rousso.

SuperSlots bonuses to end October

SuperSlots one of the wants to put their casino bonus money to work this month for a number of reasons. The month is nearly over but the Haunted $100,000 tournament isn’t. It will run through the 31st of the month and players who haven’t joined in still have an opportunity earn the big bucks.

Entry fees are $10 each with rebuys available. It’s a quite simple tournament with the player recording the highest balance at the end of the event winning the jackpot. Play a lot between now and the end of the month and you could be the winner of that tournament.

In addition, the site is offering, as usual, a calendar full of bonus money including 50 percent bonus on your first deposit each Wednesday, a 100 percent bonus on your first deposit each Friday and a 75 percent bonus on your first deposit every Monday.

On Sunday, players can join in and play Monster Money which is the game of the week for the week ending on Halloween. Monday will feature double points on Keno; Tuesdays offer double points on deuces wild and Wednesdays offers double points on Treasure Trail progressive slots.

Visit the site on Halloween and you can get 150 percent on up to two deposits that day with an up to $300 match total. All players are welcome at SuperSlots!

New players should first take advantage of the new player bonus, which offers a 100 percent match up to $2,000 total on the first four deposits.

Harrahs IPO

Harrah’s Entertainment filed documents Monday to return to public markets. It’s thought the company is looking for a return to the public market in order to raise money for several in-development projects.

The company, which went private about three years ago, filed the request with an expectation of raising more than $500 for the development projects. Some experts believe the IPO could raise at least $500 million and up to $1 billion if successful.

According to papers filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Harrah’s wants to sell an undetermined number of shares to “fund a near-term pipeline of growth projects and for general corporate purposes.”

Some believe that the completion of a hotel tower at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas is one project that would benefit from the increase in funding. The Octavius tower has 660 hotel rooms and saw completion of the outside last year but the interior needs completion and was put on hold when tourism sagged after the economy failed.

Harrah’s filed papers less than a week after MGM Resorts International revealed plans to raise an estimated $517 million through a public stock offering of more than 40 million shares. The Harrah’s IPO is said to be funding three projects, two of them in Las Vegas.

Young Gamblers in Gaming Study

The Florida council on compulsive gaming reported this week that college students in Florida are twice as likely as the general population to be compulsive gamblers.

According to the study, the biggest problem is with young men who are playing poker online. The study indicates that the increased television coverage of live poker tournaments seems to be fueling interest in online poker. In the World Series of Poker this past summer, 8 of the 9 players who made the final table are aged 29 and younger. Of the 7,391 entrants into this year’s WSOP, only 3 percent were women.

According to Gamblers Anonymous in Florida, more young men are coming in with an addiction to online poker.

According to a study from the Annenberg Adolescent Communication Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, 16 percent of those surveyed in a telephone study reported they gamble online; that figure is up from 4.4 percent in 2008.

Students aged 14 to 22 were surveyed by the Annenberg group and results showed that the percentage of high school students who gamble online at least once a month was up from 2.7 percent to 6.2 percent. Although it remains a man’s game, the Annenberg study showed that the number of high school females who gamble online on a monthly basis rose from .5 percent to 1.5 percent.

However, none of the students admitted to gambling online on a weekly basis. Players in the United States can play at and poker rooms that are operated offshore.

Chilean Rescue Hits Online Gambling

According to & poker sites, online gaming  dropped dramatically over the last couple of days as people turned to their televisions to watch the dramatic rescue of 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped in a mine shaft for 69 days.

It took 24 hours to remove the miners one-by-one with a small capsule that dropped down into the mine shaft and then pulled each man out. Many online poker rooms reported a drop in the usual number of visitors while all this played out on international television.

It’s been reported that on average 25 million gamblers are online at one time playing at online poker rooms and in online casinos, but whenever a news story breaks, those numbers can dramatically decrease. In the last couple of days, as the dramatic rescue unfolded on live television, the number of online gamblers decreased as more people turned away from their computers and toward their televisions.

Ironically, many of the miners reported playing poker while stuck in the mine shaft in order to keep their spirits up.

Blake new friend Full Tilt

Full Tilt Poker (www.fulltiltpoker.com) announced it has added a new friend to its Friend of Full Tilt stable. Tennis star James Blake recently joined Full Tilt as a friend.

Blake is a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team and has been since 2001. He has a record of 20 wins and 9 losses. Since he turned pro in 1999, Blake has been ranked among the world’s top players. Although he has had a number of challenges to his career, namely a near-death incident and a viral infection that left him partially paralyzed and with blurred vision, Blake has emerged as one of the most recognizable faces in tennis and continues to play well despite these challenges.

He recently played in the U.S. open where he advanced to the third round. People Magazine named him the world’s sexiest athlete in the 2002 issue of the “World’s Sexiest Men”.

Blake joins other Friend of Full Tilt members like Don Cheadle, Jay Greenspan, Mario Adinolfi, Bruce Buffer and Matt Hughes.

These members can often be found playing online at Full Tilt.com and other players at the site can join them at a table.

Ivey at Asian Poker Tour Macau

In news that is certain to ramp up the prestige of the tournament, Phil Ivey has confirmed his participation in the Macau stop of the Asian Poker Tour, taking place at the Poker Lounge and Hard Rock Casino in the City of Dreams in Macau.

Ivey’s appearance is sure to bring some buzz to the tournament. Ivey has previously won the World Poker Tour title and he’s an eight-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner. Over the course of his career, Ivey has won more than $13 million in live tournaments and it’s rumored that he’s on track to win more than $20 million in online poker earnings.

The 34-year-old began his poker career as a youth in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and has come into his own in recent years, making a strong name for himself on the international poker circuit. He is often referred to as the Tiger Woods of Poker”.

The Macau leg of the Asian poker Tour is scheduled for Nov. 6 to Nov. 14.

Nevada Gaming Numbers for August

After months of bad news, Nevada casinos came out on top in August with an astounding 11.5 percent increase in gaming revenues.

According to the Gaming Control Board, which released its report early Friday, Nevada casinos collected nearly $950 million in August compared to nearly $847 million in August 2009.

This figure represents only the second time this year that the casinos have reported a revenue increase. Strip casinos are doing particularly well, seeing their gaming revenues grow at a rate of 21.1 percent for the month of August. Those casinos reported collecting $554 million from customers in August; in August 2009, that number was $450 million.

The rest of the Nevada gaming region reported mixed results. North Las Vegas casinos showed a 13.6 percent increase, but casinos in Mesquite, Laughlin and the downtown area all reported declines.

As a whole, gaming revenues in the Clark County region were up 13.6 percent in August. Tax collections for the gaming industry based on the August revenues were nearly $62 million, an increase of almost 25 percent. During the same period last year, just under $50 million was collected in taxes. Overall, tax collections for the first three months of the fiscal year are up 1.3 percent.

Full Tilt Take 2

Players at Full Tilt Poker (www.fulltiltpoker.com) can earn up to $25 and double the Full Tilt Points they would normally earn just for playing their favorite ring games.

From Oct. 15 to Oct. 24, the Take 2 promotion awards any players who play at least two standard ring game tables at the same time or any Rush Poker table with double Full Tilt Points.

Players can play as often as they want during Take 2 and Full Tilt will also reward players with up to $25 depending on how many days they play during the Take 2 period.

To earn up to $25 in cash, players should earn at least five Take 2 bonus points on any five days during the nine-day Take 2 play period; for that, they will get $5 in cash.

Players who do so on nine of the 10 days will get an additional $20, for a total of $25.

To earn double points during the Take 2 period there are two paths players might take. First, a player can play two standard ring game tables at the same time and receive double points on both tables or players can play any table at Rush Poker and earn double points. For example, if a player plays at a table and earns 100 points during the Take 2 period, the player will get an additional 100 points for a total of 200 points.

Players can use their points to order gear from the Full Tilt store, which includes items like Plasma TVs, iPods, and Full Tilt poker jerseys. They can also user points to enter special sit and gos and multi-table tournaments.