Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Birmingham Prepares For Bluff Europe Poker Academy

Following Manchester’s success, Dave Ulliott, Paul Jackson and Alex Rousso head to the next stop on the poker lecture series

Birmingham’s Broadway Casino is next in line to host the Bluff Europe Poker Academy, Saturday (9 May), as Europe’s biggest poker magazine continues to offer you the chance to “learn from the pros”. After a successful stop in Manchester last Sunday, the Academy continues its nationwide tour to Birmingham, with further stops in Dublin and London over the coming month.

Located at Birmingham’s entertainment hub Broadway Plaza, just minutes from the city centre, Broadway Casino offers one of the country’s finest card rooms, hosting regular tournaments and cash games. The casino also boasts sumptuous interiors and a fantastic gaming area. Preparing for the Birmingham stage of the Academy are poker pros Paul ‘Actionjack’ Jackson and Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott who will be looking to pass on knowledge and wisdom to attendees.

The day comprises of three hours of interactive lectures followed by four hours of tournament play with direct supervision from a pro. The first lecture series will cover some of the most crucial concepts in professional poker, such as the fundamental ‘Theory of Poker’, luck and variance, dealing with defeat and bankroll management.

Master of Ceremonies Alex Rousso believes “this is a great opportunity for intermediate players to come along and improve their game by learning from some of the best players in the country and hopefully have a lot of fun at the same time.”

Academy attendees can also take in a £25 NLH tournament following the lectures. Players will be divided into teams with Ulliott, Jackson and Rousso acting as captains and offering personal advise to the players on their team. Lucky final tablists will ten pit their skills against Ulliott and Jackson at the final table.

Report from Manchester

A merry contingent of poker enthusiasts took on the role of students last Sunday as the Manchester 235 club played host to a band of top poker professionals, including Ian ‘Rasier’ Frasier and Paul ‘Actionjack’ Jackson. Many were delighted with the assemblage of such a star-studded cast, to whom they were able to discuss all things poker, receive personal feedback on their play and generally just stare in awe of these god-like figures.

Head tutor Alex Rousso was especially impressed by the contribution of the pros. “Ian and Paul were consummate professionals,” he said, “their advice was spot on and they were always on hand to help out – both during the seminar exercises and the tournament.”
The feedback from the delegates was equally sparkling. The lectures were “clear and concise, well delivered and well structured”, the pros were “very approachable and friendly” and the venue was “superb”.

Highlights for the delegates included the WSOP hand analyses, as well as the opportunity to bust both pros when they made short-stack guest appearances on the final table of the tournament.

About the Poker Academy Team

Alex Rousso has a PhD in evolutionary psychology and has taught university undergraduates. He ran the family pickle importing business until he started making more money per hour playing poker. He now writes a column for Bluff Europe (as "Pickleman") and can be found most days online at the PLO cash tables.

Paul “Action” Jackson is a revered UK tournament player from the Midlands. Although he has enjoyed much success in the UK circuit, he is perhaps best known worldwide for his second place finish at the Monte Carlo Millions in 2005. His heads up battle against Phil Ivey, with its bluffing and re-bluffing, has become a YouTube classic.

Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott is one of the UK’s most recognisable and formidable characters in poker. Along with his trademark sunglasses and personalised gold knuckle dusters, Devilfish has become a major celebrity with his own online card room. He also has collected over $4,000,000 in career winnings.

There are still places available on all three stops left of the tour but not for long so interested parties should hurry if they want to secure a place. Tickets cost £125 + £25, which includes tournament buy-in. For more information or to sign-up, visit www.bluffeurope.com/pokeracademy.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Online Casino Gives Up To $800 to Play Million Dollar Jackpots

“8ISGREAT” Bonus Gives $800 to Play 8 Jackpots at US-Friendly Casino

JackpotCapital.com has eight progressive jackpots with a total value of over $4.5 million and they’re giving players up to $800 in free money just to try their luck at being the next online casino millionaire. The Jackpot Pinatas and Aztec’s Millions jackpots are both over $1.2 and the Shopping Spree and Mid-Life Crisis jackpots are both quickly approaching a million.

“We have a lot of players that have been watching these jackpots climb for months now,” said Oliver Smith of JackpotCapital.com. “This special bonus will give them more chances to win one of the million dollar jackpots!”

The “8ISGREAT” deposit bonus can be used to play any of these progressive jackpot slot machines until June 30th:

Aztec's Millions - over $1M
Jackpot Cleopatra's Gold - over $140K
Jackpot Piñatas - over $1.2M
Crazy Dragon - over $6K
Shopping Spree - over $940K
The Shark - over $99K
Mid-Life Crisis - over $940K
I.R.I.S. 3000 - over $260K

The Aztec’s Millions jackpot has only been hit once and that was shortly after it was launched last year. Jackpot Pinatas, Shopping Spree and Mid-Life Crisis have yet to be won. The small Crazy Dragon jackpot is usually hit about every 30 – 40 days but as it is now over 100 days since the last jackpot was won, many players think that this is the next to be cracked.

JackpotCapital.com offers over 300 exciting games, each with state-of-the art graphics and sound to provide a unique gaming experience. Not surprisingly, the most popular games at JackpotCapital.com are the large selection tied to the site’s huge progressive jackpots. Just like the slot machines in Las Vegas that contribute to one mega jackpot, everyone playing card games like Caribbean Hold´em, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Let ‘Em Ride, or spinning one of the casino’s many progressive jackpot slot machines are contributing to huge and growing prize pools.

JackpotCapital.com is pleased to accept players from the United States. New customers are eligible to receive a 100% Match Up Bonus on their first deposit.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Royal Joker Casino Has First Big Winner

Intertops’ new RoyalJoker.com has already been paying out!

The red carpet is out and players can expect the royal treatment – the new RoyalJoker.com casino, operated by industry pioneer Intertops.com, is now online. Only weeks after launching, the new online casino has already had its first big winner.

Michael P has just won $92,960 playing the “Break da Bank” slot machine. Although RoyalJoker.com offers a total jackpot pool of nearly $7.5 million, this was a winning wager, not a progressive jackpot win. The winner deposited just $20 and then rode his winning streak to this huge win.

RoyalJoker.com is a new online casino presented by Intertops, one of the oldest and most trusted online casino and sportsbook operators. RoyalJoker.com features more than 350 games from Microgaming Systems including the Mega Moolah slot machine whose progressive jackpot is currently at a record-breaking $6.1 Million. New games will be added every month.

“Running one of the first online casinos for eleven years, we’ve learned a lot about giving players what they want,” said Michl Posch of Intertops. “RoyalJoker.com gives us a chance to try out some new ideas and to give players another opportunity to win big!”

The “Wild Card” mystery bonus, which awards $200 to a randomly selected player every Monday and Wednesday, continues at the new RoyalJoker.com until April 29th.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Head-to-Head $5K Blackjack Tournament Declares Winner

Lucky18Casino.com continues to offer the net’s best blackjack tournament action

For seven weeks, Lucky18Casino.com blackjack players have been going head-to-head in yet another exciting blackjack tournament powered by 21GNET tournament technology. Last weekend’s $5000 “Head-to-Head Blackjack Tournament” championship saw intense competition when a six-level, 64-player field narrowed to just the Final Four.

While most large online casino blackjack tournaments are off limits to players in the U.S., Lucky18Casino.com welcomes players from all over the world. They are the only online casino to accept Amex, Mastercard and Visa from all customers, including U.S. players.

The dealer made it difficult for the wannabe champions by pulling one blackjack after another, like in the semi-final round featuring two rookies ‘Mademan’ vs ‘Kurestrio,’ when the dealer swept 33% of the chip stack after one lucky pair of cards. ‘Kurestrio’ was out of chips long before the final hand, forfeiting the game and sending ‘Mademan’ it to the finals.

There he would meet ‘Black_jd’ who had his way with ‘John_doe’ in the other semi-final. ‘John_doe,’ an up-and-comer with an aggressive style and severe lack of name creation imagination, played well but not good enough to take out ‘Black_jd,’ who was also going to the finals.

Knowing the dealer had been scorching all night, both ‘Mademan and Black_jd’ started with conservative wagers when they went head-to-head and both were glad they had when the Dealer started with a blackjack.

Down by close to 900 chips with only a few hands left, “Black_jd” was forced to split his chip count in the 14th for any hope of being in the game. Finally receiving some fortune, he doubled his chip count and had a shot. In the 15th and final hand, he bet his max to finish an unlikely comeback but all hopes were shattered when the dealer ended the game as he began it. Blackjack!

Lucky18Casino.com Head to Head Blackjack Tournament Final Standings:

1st: ‘Mademan’ ($2,500)
2nd: ‘Black_jd’ ($1,500)
3rd: ‘Kurestrio’ ($500)
4th: ‘John_doe’ ($500)

Lucky18Casino.com online casino offers 16 slot machines as well as blackjack, craps and roulette. Their massive $1800 Welcome Bonus offer is the most generous deposit bonus anywhere. Powered by Realtime Gaming, Lucky18Casino.com welcomes players from around the world, including the U.S.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New 21 Payline Vegas Mania Slot Machine Makes 7 Original Games at 3D Casino

Their last new game was a simple, single payline, 3 + 1 reel slot machine, but WinADay.com has pulled out all the stops with the new game just launched at the three-dimensional online casino. The new Vegas Mania is a five-reel, 21 payline slot machine featuring all the bells and whistles that a true Vegas Maniac looks for. Check out this high stakes slot machine with a total maximum bet of $84 per spin at WinADay.com.

Players get up to fifteen free spins. Wild symbols increase the chance of winning and Double Wilds increase chances of winning and double those winnings. And like all games at the innovative new casino operated by online casino pioneer, Slotland.com, the new Vegas Mania is tied to the WinADay.com progressive jackpot.

Vegas Mania is a high stakes slot machine with a total maximum bet of $84 per spin. Players can win up to 3000 times the betted amount.

"The last game we launched, Slot-O-Matic, was a very simple one and we were amazed by its instant popularity," said Ondrej Tuma of WinADay.com. "Nevertheless, we know that lots of our players like to play the more complex, more strategic slot machines. This is the most elaborate game we’ve ever designed. "

WinADay.com had its second major jackpot winner recently when “Forgomo” won $200,111 on the Heavy Metal slot machine. The first jackpot was won not long after the new site launched. “Monica68” was playing the Wheeler Dealer when she won €116,200 ($148,724).

Continually adding new games, WinADay.com now has seven slot machines and video poker games to choose from in its three dimensional Games Lobby. Animated casino staff are available in the Lobby to answer questions and direct players to their game.

WinADay.com games are all instant-play, no-download Flash games. There’s nothing for players to download or install – they are in the 3D casino lobby, ready to play, in seconds. All games are original, built using proprietary software only available at WinADay.com and they’re all tied to one progressive jackpot pool.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Two Jackpots Statistically Overdue for a Hit While Million Dollar Jackpots Still Wait for First Winner

Lucky18Casino.com has the biggest jackpots and the largest jackpot pool available to US players

The folks at Lucky18Casino.com have been watching the jackpot meters very carefully lately. Three of their biggest progressive jackpots – two over a million and one almost a million – have been tempting fate for weeks while a couple of their smaller jackpots ($50K and $11K) are mathematically well overdue for a win. With a total jackpot pool of almost $4 Million, Lucky18Casino.com offers US players the most progressive jackpot money they’ll find anywhere online.

The largest jackpot waiting to be won at Lucky 18 is Jackpot Pinatas which has been over $1.2 Million for a few weeks now. Launched just a year ago with an initial $250,000 prize, Jackpot Pinatas was hit for $273,914 within weeks but hasn’t been won again since then.

Aztec Millions (currently $1.1 Million) and Shopping Spree (currently $940K) have never been won so it’s anyone’s guess when they might get their first hit.

While there’s millions still waiting to be won, a couple of jackpots have just been won. It’s Good to Be Bad $1 paid more than $151K earlier this month and another player just won $88K playing It’s Good to Be Bad 25ȼ.

"Who knows when we’ll have a really big winner. That’s up to Lady Luck herself," said Robert Goldman of Lucky 18 Casino. "We’re amazed at how high our big jackpots have gone. Surely one of the three has got to be won soon! But if you really do the math, our next jackpot win will more likely be Caribbean Stud or Light Speed."

Lucky18Casino’s million dollar jackpots may just "feel" like they are due for a hit with no historical data to back it up, but two of their smaller jackpots -- Caribbean Stud Poker and Light Speed -- are statistically overdue for a win. The Caribbean Stud Poker jackpot, currently about $50,000, has been won twenty-three times with an average of fifteen days and six hours between wins. It’s now been nearly thirty days since it was last won making it mathematically long overdue. The Light Speed jackpot was hit 123 days after it was launched. Almost a year later it’s at over $11,000 and overdue for a big win.

While most large online casino progressive jackpots are not available to players in the U.S., Lucky18Casino.com welcomes players from all over the world. They are the only online casino to accept Amex, Mastercard and Visa from all customers, including U.S. players.

Lucky18Casino.com online casino offers 16 slot machines as well as blackjack, craps and roulette. Their massive $1800 Welcome Bonus offer is the most generous deposit bonus anywhere. Powered by Realtime Gaming, Lucky18Casino.com welcomes players from around the world, including the U.S.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Europe’s Largest Poker Festival Returns to London’s Leicester Square This Summer

Europe’s largest free poker festival, Poker in the Park, will return to the middle of Leicester Square Park this summer. The third incarnation of consumer poker fair will take place on Thursday & Friday, August 13th and 14th.

This year promises to be even bigger and better than last year, with plenty of free live poker tournaments on offer, as well as live lectures and autograph signings from big name pros, plus all manner of discounted poker merchandise on sale.

Last year 10,000 people swarmed into the marquees in Leicester Square to play poker for free and listen to talks from the pros, including Devilfish, Neil Channing, Ian Frazer, Marc Goodwin, Paul Jackson and Nik Persaud. This year promises more big name players and exhibitions from some of the most exciting brands in the online poker industry.

Bluff Europe’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Caselli said, “Poker in the Park is about bringing poker enthusiasts from all over the UK together to meet their poker heroes, improve their play and play poker absolutely free with other lovers of the game from all around the nation.”

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Daydreaming Divorced Dad Looks Forward to Gloating Over $200K Jackpot Win

The kids won’t be teasing him about enjoying online slots any more!

Luck has changed for a divorced dad who recently won the largest progressive jackpot ever at Slotland.com. The player known as “FORGOMO”, who was daydreaming while playing when he suddenly had $200,111 in his account, doesn’t expect much teasing about his slot machine hobby from his sons any more.

“Of course, I can hardly wait to tease my kids next weekend when they come over,” said the divorced father of two who only recently returned to Slotland.com after a three year break from playing online. “I have a feeling that I will be able to take a lot of ribbing from them on any losing streak I might have in the future!”

“The last couple of years have not been very lucky for me,” said the jackpot winner. “About 2 years ago, I went through a messy divorce. I couldn’t afford to play the slots for awhile. Then I went through a much needed job change and was finally able to go back to Slotland for some fun.”

The week of his record-breaking win, FORGOMO made a $200 deposit on the weekend while his sons were watching TV. He started playing one of his favourites, Heavy Metal.

“This is one machine you can’t just spin without thinking!” said the serious slots player. “It has all these little quirky elements, such as random hold options, which just add to the fun and excitement. I always feel like I’m playing something of a skill game, by carefully reading through the last three spins to see what else I might be able to win.”

In less than 15 minutes, he was staring at over $1,000 in his account. Later in the week, when his sons had gone back to their mom’s, he decided to call in sick and enjoy some time alone at the slots.

“I remembering relaxing with my coffee and slowly spinning each round, even daydreaming a bit about what I should do that evening, when suddenly it happened. I ended up winning it by holding two Triple 7 symbols on line C (I told you smart players win more!) and watching the third Triple 7 symbol end my spin. It took me a moment to actually register that the huge amount in my bankroll was from the jackpot, but once it did I just stared for the longest time, shaking my head and laughing uncontrollably!”

Slotland’s 3D online casino site, WinADay.com, has a separate progressive jackpot of its own that was also won only last week for $150,660. The Slotland.com jackpot is already over $65,000 and at WinADay the jackpot is currently $35,800 and rising.

Slotland.com currently features thirteen unique slot machines and three video poker games. Four of the most popular online slot machines and two video poker games are also available on mobile phones and PDAs. All of Slotland’s games give players the option of placing a maximum bet for a chance at the progressive jackpot. All of the slots and video poker games on the mobile network are also tied to the same jackpot pools. Slotland is available in Spanish at Es.Slotland.com.