Friday, October 28, 2016

Playing the Punta Cana Poker Classic is a Big Deal for Young Americas Cardroom Player

I don't think I've met a poker player that’s living the dream quite as truly as a player I chatted with last night at the Punta Cana Poker Classic. Tyler, a young player from Missouri, won his way to Punta Cana in a satellite tournament at Americas Cardroom, the biggest US poker room. He more than survive Day 1 -- he’s got over 70,000 chips and thinks he's is in the Top 20 heading into Day 2!

My video today has highlights of our conversation.  The full version is on the Americas Cardroom poker news blog.

Tyler’s never played an action packed live tournament like the Punta Cana Poker Classic. In fact, he’d never even been on a plane before this epic trip!

“If I just place, that’s good enough for me.  But if I win I guess I’ll buy some stuff for my car,” said Tyler.  “Folks back home won’t be surprised to hear that!  I guess I’d invest a lot of it – and set some aside to go to the WSOP and try my luck in Las Vegas!”

There's lots of young guys playing here this week, but Tyler's gotta be about the youngest.

“I guess if I start to feel too intimidated I’ll just put on my sunglasses,” he laughed.

“This next day could be a little difficult, since the antes and the big blinds… But as long as I play good – not too tight and not too aggressive – I should be fine.

I'll keep my eye on Tyler through Day 2 tonight and, hopefully, will see him at the Final Table on Sunday.  I'll have one more video episode with final results on Monday.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Punta Cana Poker Classic – Better than at the Hard Rock!

Americas Cardroom players at the Punta Cana Poker Classic agree: the move to the new location was a good idea!  Better food… closer to the beach… and the new Poker 2.0 game rocks!

I arrived in the Caribbean yesterday just as the players were sitting down to the Main Event, Day 1a – everyone excited and hoping they’ll be the one take home the big prize. Like Luis Yepez did last year. He took home more than $185k!

This video has highlights from the full version which is available exclusively at the Americas Cardroom poker news blog:

This year the Punta Cana Poker Classic moved from the Hard Rock to the Melia Tropicale – a wise move, according to a couple of regulars.

“I never thought we could do better than the Hard Rock, but this place is really nice,” Steven Schillenberg, who’s been playing this event for eight or nine years, told me.

 “The new game that they have, the 2.0, it’s actually really, really good,” said John Lets, another player from the trusted US poker room who’s been coming to this event for many years.  “I’m really getting into it! I think the more you play it you’ll enjoy it even more.

I'll be speaking with more online players living the dream in the Caribbean and will have another video for you tomorrow.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Headin' South for the Punta Cana Poker Classic

I'm on my way to the Caribbean again with another group of online poker players.  This time Americas Cardroom is sponsoring my big poker adventure! More than 120 of the US poker room's players will be in Dominican Republic for the action packed Punta Cana Poker Classic. I’ll be there with video cameras so you can see what it’s like to win your way to a big money live tournament.

I’ll be hanging out with Americas Cardroom players and chatting with them in my videos.  Twitch poker guru Doug Polk will be with us too so I’ll have comments from him on the tournament as well. Faraz Jaka, the Homeless Millionaire, will also be with the ACR entourage!  (CNN gave him that nickname when they found out he’s won millions in poker tournaments all over the world – but doesn’t have a home and lives out of a backpack.)

I'll have highlights here but my full videos from Punta Cana will be available only in the Americas Cardroom poker newsThe Big Blind.  There's a preview article there now: Americas Cardroom is Living the Dream at the Punta Cana Poker Classic.

Check back October 27th for my first video from the Punta Cana Poker Classic.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Four Online Champions on Their Way to $500K PPC Aruba with Intertops Poker & Juicy Stakes

This summer, Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker hosted a series of online satellite tournaments for the $500K PPC Aruba tournament.  Four online satellite champions will be travelling to the Caribbean together to compete at the massive live tournament that begins November 2nd.

One member of the team, Joan Sandoval, placed 6th in the $5000 GTD at PPC Aruba last year and is looking forward to playing the Main Event this year.

“I know a lot of my competition in Aruba, actually. I know it is going to be a tough crowd with a lot of good professional players” said Joan from her home in Wisconsin.

“My strategy in any bigger tournament is to play one hand at a time and concentrate on just my table and not so much everyone around me. I like to just study the people and limit big pots in the beginning and try to play premium hands...try to get a solid image on the table so I can make my occasional bluff.”

Video: Online Tournament Champions have Won Their Way to the PPC Aruba

4 online winners from Intertops and Juicy Stakes will compete in the $500K Aruba World Poker Championships Main Event.

Joan will be joined by Tim O’Keefe and John Curcuru, both professional poker players.

When he’s not grinding online at Intertops, Tim plays mostly in casinos in Texas where he lives and in nearby Oklahoma. He also travels to Foxwoods a few times a year.  This is the third time that Tim, who only recently quit his day job and turned pro, has won his way to a major live tournament like this.

No stranger to the casinos of Las Vegas where he lives, this is the second Intertops/Juicy Stakes junket for John.  Also an avid chess player, John joined the Intertops team at the TKPT tournament in St Maarten this spring.

“It’s great travelling with a group like this,” said John.  “The camaraderie really helps you cope with the pressure of the tournament.  Intertops took very good care of us last time so I’m really looking forward to joining them again!”

The fourth member of the team is Texas poker mom Ashley Hine. Ashley works with her father building luxury custom homes but hits the casino several times a week.  PPC Aruba will be her fourth live tourney.

“I expect the players to be a smart, tight group, everyone hoping to make money and make a name for themselves.  I think it’ll take massive determination and discipline.  I always say it’s not the hands you, play but the folds you make that can make you a great player.”

All four online satellite tournament champions won $5000 prize packages that include $2,400 buy-in to the Main Event (November 4th – 7th) and accommodation on Palm Beach at the Hilton or Hyatt Resort. Their prize packages also include travel expenses, one $200 tournament buy-in and one $300 buy-in, as well as Intertops or Juicy Stakes gear and dinner and a night out with the Intertops/Juicy Stakes team.

The PPC Aruba World Championship is one of the most exotic stops on the Poker Players Championships circuit, now in its fourth season, which includes high stakes events all over America.

“We’ve taken players to a bunch of live tournaments like this,” said Intertops’ Poker Manager.  “We picked this one because there will be lots of poker action, lots of opportunities to win some cash – but also lots of time to enjoy some fun in the sun!”

Monday, October 17, 2016

New RTG Mobile Casino Games at Slotastic: Two Video Pokers and a Halloween Slot

Realtime Gaming has been developing new mobile casino games as quickly as they can and this month they've introduced two video poker games and a spooky slot game perfect for Halloween. Slotastic added Joker Poker and Bonus Deuces Wild video poker and the Voodoo Magic Halloween slot game this week. These games have been popular in the online casino for awhile and are now available to players that prefer to play on their smartphone or tablet.

Voodoo Magic features a spooky Wild Priestesses and scattered Voodoo Dolls. You'll get up to 25 Free Spins with a Magic Multiplier with any scatter win. Magic Multiplier prizes increase with each Free Spin!

Video: New Halloween Mobile Slot and Two New Mobile Video Poker Games

Voodoo Magic mobile slot and Joker Poker and Bonus Deuces mobile video poker added to Slotastic Mobile Casino.

Jokers turn mundane hands into royal winners in the new Joker Poker. The new mobile video poker game features a payout for Sequential Royals that will send players giggling all the way to the bank. In Bonus Deuces Wild, deuces are wild and special payouts are given for five-of-a-kind hands and four-of-a-kind deuces.

In both games, players can play 3, 10, 52, or even 100 hands at a time. After a winning hand, they can choose the optional Double or Nothing Bonus and try to double their win by selecting a card that is higher than the dealer’s card.

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Slotastic has hundreds of games from RTG including several Halloween slots including the new Witch’s Brew. If you're looking for a spooky experience, try Eternal Love, Count Spectacular. Voodoo Magic, Goblin’s Treasure or Haunted Opera.

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Video: Desert Nights and Slots Capital Giving Free Spins on Rival's New Windy Farm Slot

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Slotland's New Neon Reels Slot Features New 'Clone Reels'

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Neon Reels casino bonuses are available until October 18th only.

Video: Slotland's New Neon Reels Slot has Clone Reels and Wild Reels

Freebies and bonuses are available to try new game until October 18, 2016 only.

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