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June 29, 2007

NeTELLER Guilty!!

by Luckbox

Breaking News: The co-founder of NeTELLER pleaded guilty today to a charge of criminal conspiracy.

Stephen Lawrence admitted in court today that the operation illegally helped Americans place bets online, "I came to understand that providing payment services to online gambling Web sites serving customers in the United States was wrong."

His lawyers say he was cooperating with investigators and has agreed to be partly responsible for the $100 million the government is seeking to recover from people involved in the operation.

Another NeTELLER director, John David Lefebvre, was also arrested back in January as part of the U.S. crackdown on illegal online gambling.

Permalink | Internet Gambling Bill

June 27, 2007

Notes from the floor

by Otis

"If you get a bloody nose, they won't let you back in the box."
--WSOP dealer

Poker is a game of time. I once told my wife if I don't have six hours to dedicate to a live game, I can't play right.

Time for me at the World Series is in short supply. I've been trying to find six free hours to play and coming up short. I've played one six-hour session since I've been here.

That's just not enough.

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Permalink | 2007 World Series of Poker

June 25, 2007

Back at the Depot and totally burned out

by G-Rob

It took about 3 weeks for me to make it back to the felt. Remember, I'm a guy who was playing as often as 5 times a week as recently as a few months ago.

I wrote a post called "Goodbye to some Forever" when my work schedule changed again. I really can't play more than once a week anymore.

But something more signifigant has happened.

After Bonnaroo, after more time at home with my family, after enjoying the company of friends away from the table....I just didn't enjoy playing poker. That's new.

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Permalink | Playing For Money

June 22, 2007

Get in the Game!

by Luckbox

There is a HUGE announcement over at Up For Sports. It's a 100% completely legal way for you action junkies to get your fix. Go there now!

Permalink | Fantasy Sports

June 21, 2007

Face in the crowd

by Otis

I knew it because I had stopped taking pleasure in my friends' success. Instead, I felt a nagging envy that set my mind wandering to places it shouldn't be. In the past, friends' success would be cause for celebration, a mutual endorphin rush that comes from the home team winning. My feelings had started to become the equivalent of the former leadoff hitter watching his replacement steal another base. The home team may be headed to the playoffs, but for the guy on the bench, it's just another reminder that he won't ever have a chance at being in the Hall of Fame.

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Permalink | 2007 World Series of Poker

June 19, 2007

I'm Back from Bonnaroo

by G-Rob

Several posts forthcoming both on my work site "The Reporter's Notebook" and over at Pauly's Coventry blog. Hope you'll check it out.

I'm back to playing poker at the depot this Friday. See you there. In the meantime...Wayne (of the Flaming Lips) and Bobby (Grateful Dead/Ratdog) posed for this picture after our Saturday afternoon interview. I shot it with Todd's little handheld camera...but damn it was good to hang out with a member of the Dead!


Joe Speaker Needs Your Help

by Luckbox

We're into Round 3 of the Hot Blogger Bracket and Joe Speaker is in big trouble. You see, he got the worst draw imaginable. Some chump from Kentucky is racking up votes faster than is humanly possible. So how is it happening? That's easy. The seven people in the state of Kentucky who know how to use a computer are cheating. They've rigged this thing.

So what do we do? We cheat better. I gotta imagine the poker blogging community has enough computer savvy people to overcome whatever the state of Kentucky can throw at us. Time is running out. Start your ballot stuffing now. Joe Speaker's future relies upon it.

Go here to vote.

Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

June 18, 2007

G-Vegas in Vegas

by Otis

The G-Vegas underground scene has briefly transplanted itself to Vegas. Walking around the Rio is like walking into the Depot or Gaelic game on any given night. A guy that G-Vegans sometimes affectionately call "Rebuy" won $300K in an event a couple days ago. Late last night, I ran into several other G-Vegas players sitting at the Hooker Bar.

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Permalink | 2007 World Series of Poker

June 12, 2007

Joe Speaker: Round 2

by Luckbox

The poker-blogging community is strong! Want proof? Joe Speaker breezed through the first round of the "Hot Blogger Bracket" over at Ladies...

Now it's on to Round 2 and our resident Obituarium and men's hair product expert is in a dog fight with an ambiguously gay duo from Pittsburgh (no connection to Mean Gene!). Joe Speaker needs your votes and AlCantHang has promised to bribe you for your cooperation. You can read Speaker's own request for votes here.

Vote here.

Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

June 11, 2007

The $2200 Laydown

by Luckbox

I'm writing about this so the nightmares stop.

Why don't we touch the hot stove anymore? Is it because our parents told us not to? Of course not. It's because we touched the hot stove anyway and we got burned. Or, in terms some of you may understand better, why don't we sleep with the drunk, loose skank at the end of the bar? It's because we did it once and we'll never forget that burning feeling either.

Pain is the world's greatest teacher. Without pain, we learn nothing. The pain I felt yesterday will stick with me for a long time.

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Permalink | B&M Poker

June 8, 2007

WSOP: Under the table

by Otis

"Do you know Otis?" one member of the media asked another.

"Know him? I've practically slept with him."

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Permalink | 2007 World Series of Poker

June 6, 2007

Vote for Joe Speaker!

by Luckbox

Let's show the sports world the true power of the poker blogger community. Our very own Joe Speaker is in a fight. And it's a fight we can all help him win. Please head here for the details. Or, if you don't like to read, head directly here, scroll down some and vote for Joe Speaker!

Permalink | Luckbox's Thoughts

June 5, 2007

Huggles for everybody!

by Otis

I was minding my own business when the girl walked up. She was on the phone and hidden behind a pair of big, dark sunglasses. The first thing I noticed--seriously--was her toes.

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Permalink | 2007 World Series of Poker

June 4, 2007

Goodbye to Some Forever

by G-Rob

On Thursday night I said goodbye to the "Black Stallion" game. I'll never play there again. No more nights at the "Spring Hotel" and no more Gaelic game. If I stop at the Depot, it will be once a week. That's all the time I'll have.

My schedule at work has changed again and I suppose I'm happy about it.

Here's what I'm working on right now:

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts