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UltimateBet’s Annie Duke Freeroll and Free Sports Picks

Players wanting to square off against an elite pro but not pony up a huge tournament entry fee now have a chance to put their skills to the test against 2004 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Annie Duke. By sitting at a specially designated Holdem table at online poker site Ultimate Bet, players can earn points for use in the site’s monthly “Annie Duke Freeroll” event.

The prize pool for the event is $1,000, which comes directly from Duke’s “hard-earned cash,” according to ultimatebet.com. The maximum number of entries is 400 and the winner nets $300. The site’s promotional materials state that “you’ll find Annie attending this freeroll event occasionally both to chat with and challenge the players.”

To qualify for the tournament, players must earn 300 UltimatePoints during a month of play at the site’s Annie Duke $4-$8 Texas Holdem table. Points are earned for each hour of play and each hand dealt, with the point amount tied to the amount of the rake. Details are available at ultimatebet.com.

Duke defeated a field of 234 players at last year’s World Series of Poker $2,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo tournament and later beat eight other top pros to take home the $2 million first prize at the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. She contributes strategy articles and partakes in promotions as a member of “Team UB”.

POKER ON TV AND FREE SPORTS PICKS

2005 seems already certain to be the saturation point for poker programming on television. In the coming year, at least one gaming cable network will launch, and the plethora of tournament poker, and specialty poker shows will continue. ESPN will again expand on its already extensive coverage of the WSOP, and the World Poker Tour, (and the new Professional Poker Tour), and Celebrity Poker show no signs of slowing down in terms of ratings, or interest.

Still, one must wonder how much is TOO much in terms of poker on TV. The production values of some of the televised poker these days is bordering on insulting, and it seems only a matter of time before the good separates itself from the bad. At some point, people will begin to distinguish between watching tournaments with the stars of the game in them, and watching 6 random players go at each other. Any form of entertainment places high value on its “stars”, and one of the ways those stars are made is through repeated exposure. It seems that much like the world of online poker (see below), in 2005 we will see the streamlining of the offerings of poker on television, and well thought out, sufficiently budgeted programming will continue to thrive, while some of the lower budgeted programming may fall away. In the end, I think maintaining a certain quality level for TV poker programming will bode the best for the long-term health of poker as a TV option.

Predictions for 2005 – poker on TV

Steve Lipscomb will make more money than you or I (and many others) combined.

Some TV type will be the first to use a 4-color deck in a televised tournament. Purists in card rooms across the land will riot (or at least grumble).

Celebrity Poker will NOT replace a host.

The first television poker “league” will form, and play to mixed results.

I will make a television final table (maybe that should be under ‘dream’, and not prediction).

Toto HK

PokerRoom.com Offers Tsunami Relief Toto HKTournaments

 

 

Pokerroom tsunami tournaments

Sweden-based PokerRoom.com will host two poker tournaments this weekend to benefit the victims of the devastating tsunamis in Southeast Asia.

 

Thailand is the number one vacation destination of Swedes during the month of December, and several of PokerRoom.com’s employees were vacationing in the region at the time of the disaster. A recent report by Reuters said that 52 Swedish tourists have been confirmed dead and 827 are still confirmed missing.

 

“While Toto HKPokerRoom.com’s native Sweden was hit extremely hard, this is an international tragedy which will take years to overcome and will require efforts worldwide,” Patrik Selin, Casino Boss of PokerRoom, said in a press release Thursday.

 

A $20 buy-in tournament will be held Saturday January 8th at 8 PM ET, and a $100 buy-in tournament on January 9th at 8 PM ET. The site will match the total prize pool from both events and donate the money to the International Red Cross. PokerRoom.com will also facilitate the

donation of any money from the winners.

 

PokerRoom.com is the only online gaming site not requiring a download, and offers online poker to Mac and Linux users.

 

Any similarities you see between pitching and poker?

 

“To be successful in both, you have to have no fear. To be successful in pitching, you have to go right after the hitter. In poker, it’s the same thing; if you are on a bluff, you can’t back down and show weakness. If you are on the mound if you want to make a pitch, you can’t show weakness, you have to go right after the hitters. In poker, it’s the same thing, you have to have no fear and keep on your plan.”

 

Many of the television outlets today are trying really hard to turn poker into a sport. Do you consider poker a sport?

 

“I don’t consider it a sport. Its more of an activity”

 

So, let’s talk about your upcoming charity poker tournament. Any celebrities in the tournament who are good players? Who do you like in the tournament?

 

“Well, Mike Lieberthal [Phillies catcher] is a really solid Toto HKPlayer. But actually, Thunder Keller will be playing as a celebrity. At first, we weren’t going to be letting any pros play, but I think it will be neat to have pro card players in there. I do think Thomas has an edge, but its sometimes more difficult for the pros to play against inexperienced players. An inexperienced player might stay in with a gutshot, and might make his hand, whereas a more experienced player would have folded.”

 

The tournaments $1,000 buy in also includes a cocktail reception with the celebrities, VIP check in, and airport transfers. Also, tournament players can register thru the tournament, and get a $79 room rate at the Hard Rock Hotel. Cards will be in the air at 1pm on the 13th, and players can register online at www.corylidlecharitypoker.com or in person until 12:45pm on the day of the event. Good Luck!

 

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