Tuesday, October 18, 2005

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News Post

Harrah’s WSOP, AOL Join Forces for Poker Players
AOL Will Soon Launch a WSOP-Sponsored Suite of News and Games

Fans of the World Series of Poker and members of America Online will soon have access to a litany of play-for-free poker rooms, behind-the-scenes reports from WSOP events, and plenty of other poker content designed to enhance players' experiences and skill levels.

Harrah's License Company, LLC, an affiliate of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., has joined forces with AOL to create a co-branded poker room for AOL users that will be the only free-play Internet poker game in which 12 players can win a $10,000 seat into either 2006 or 2007 WSOP main event.

"We're thrilled to pair the best brand in poker with the best brand in online games and content," said Jeffrey Pollack, vice president of sports and entertainment marketing for Harrah's Entertainment. "AOL's powerful reach will help more people than ever before experience the fun, excitement and energy of the World Series of Poker. This strategic alliance is an important foundation for our growth strategy over the next 24 months."

AOL’s poker rooms will be divided according to skill level and will offer tournaments and options to create private rooms. AOL will also give a WSOP seat away to one visitor to its site a year.

AOL partnered with Harrah’s after extensive market research. According to a phone survey done by AOL Games and SRBI Public Affairs, almost half of Americans said they play some form of poker.

Of those who said they play, 17 percent say they are playing more than ever before, and about a quarter of those who say they play have taken up the game in just the past year. AOL talked to 1,005 people all across the United States.

About 1-in-10 players said they have played poker online and, when asked why, most players said it was to learn the game and to get in practice before playing in a live-action game.

"The renewed interest in poker has also been reflected on AOL.com, where poker is constantly among the most popular games on our service," said Ralph Rivera, vice president and general manager, AOL Games. "Joining forces with Harrah's to create the most compelling World Series of Poker-branded poker destination online is a great way to satisfy our users' interests in all things poker."

The WSOP is held each summer at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. WSOP Circuit events take place at Harrah’s properties all around the country year-round.

Harrah’s, which was founded in Reno 67 years ago, took ownership of the “World Series of Poker” brand in 2004 when it bought Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. The company sold the casino to another company earlier this year but retained the rights to the popular poker tournament.

Monday, October 17, 2005

World Poker Players Conference

Of all the poker special events in which I have the pleasure of participating each year, the World Poker Players Conference (WPPC) is my favorite educational event because it offers poker players the best chance to really improve their play and provides them with the tools they need to beat the games and increase their poker bankrolls significantly. For the first time, the WPPC will be held on the East Coast rather than in Las Vegas. Foxwoods Resort Casino has been slated to host the sixth-annual World Poker Players Conference on Nov. 12, 2005. Whether you are a novice player or a seasoned poker professional, you will benefit by attending this remarkable day full of poker seminars presented by an all-star lineup of world-class poker celebrities and authorities.

Card Player Cruises is co-sponsoring the Conference, along with “America’s Mad Genius” Mike Caro, who will be the emcee and also will present poker tips again this year. Already confirmed to speak are T.J. Cloutier, Nolan Dalla, Paul Darden, Jan Fisher, Barry Greenstein, Mark Gregorich, Linda Johnson, Lee Jones, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Barry Tanenbaum, and Mark Tenner. Other speakers are still being confirmed, and since the Conference is scheduled for the day before the World Poker Tour championship event at the World Poker Finals, you can count on additional poker celebrities making appearances throughout the day. The speakers will be covering such topics as no-limit hold’em winning secrets, sit-and-go tournaments, game selection, money management, general poker tips, specific play of hands, playing at the final table, and how to maximize your poker profits. There also will be time for questions and answers with each speaker, as well as autograph and photo opportunities during the breaks.

The itinerary for the day will begin with registration from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Seminars will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a lunch break in the middle of the day.

Early-bird pricing of $169 is available for participants who register before Nov. 4. After Nov. 4 and at the door, the price will be $199. A continental breakfast will be included for all participants, but only those registered by Nov. 4 will be able to attend the complimentary banquet luncheon. A limited number of rooms at the discounted rate of $200 on Friday, Nov. 11 and $250 on Nov. 12 are available to attendees who call the Foxwoods reservations department at (800) FOXWOODS by Friday, Oct. 21. In order to receive the WPPC contracted group rate, telephone requests must identify affiliation with the World Poker Players Conference. Reservation requests received after Oct. 21 will be accepted on a room and rate availability basis.

Nov. 12 will be a life-changing day for many poker players. Register now to be one of them at www.cardplayercruises.com, or by calling (888) 999-488

Saturday, October 15, 2005

mmmm, Cameron Diaz

Everyone knows that poker is the latest "Hollywood" celebrity fad. What people don't realize is that these star converts to the game are falling in love with the game in the same manner as everyone else. The latest preacher at the poker pulpit is Charlie's Angels star, Cameron Diaz.

According to a Contactmusic.com feature, Diaz credits talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres with giving her this new outlook on life and more importantly, a new creative outlet for the already successful actress. According to Diaz, Degeneres introduced both her and her boyfriend Justin Timberlake to the game and the rest is history.

"I remember the fateful night (DeGeneres introduced me to the game) as well. I remember the phone call: 'Come on
Buy $20 and get up to $500 free!
over and play Texas hold'Em.' I said, 'I don't know how to play Texas Hold'Em.' She was like, 'None of us do, come on over.'"

Apparently that game was the genesis of Diaz's inner poker monster. "I took everyone's money that night."

Now she seeks games all of the time. "I'm addicted to it. I do like the casino a bit. I find myself at a casino every once in a while just walking through going, 'What am I doing here?' That's so desperate - I'm in Tunica, Mississippi (at casinos)."

Diaz has shown some aptitude for the game, scoring a second-place finish in a recent re-buy event. Despite still being a novice, Diaz recognizes she has a flare for the game. "I took second (place), but I actually won because I never bought back into the tournament. The guy who beat me bought back in like five times."

Only time will tell if Diaz can duplicate the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker titles owned by another actress, the reigning queen of poker, Jennifer Tilly

Friday, October 07, 2005

I'm Back

I know, it's been awhile...I've been pretty sick the past few months and havn't had the energy and/or motivation to blog about poker much. But, thats changing now. I've got a bankroll again, taking advantage of the new empire re-loads and such, I'll be posting a bigger update later in the week!