Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Challenge to Mike Matusow

The online poker world has some tremendous players and they are quite capable of taking on the bigtime players on the professional circuit. There have been a lot of online poker player's making significant moves in the major tournaments and they are making names and headlines for themselves; whether it be good or bad. The latest online poker player that's name has cropped up of late is BicycleKick, and the reason his name has received some notoriety of late is because he has layed out a challenge to Mike Matusow in a heads up limit hold'em any stakes competition.

Check out this post from 2+2 Forums on the challenge:

"For those that don't know, I was in LA this past weekend and Mike Matusow joined our $400/800 hold-em game and was rippin on for a play I made that he thought was bad. No big deal and I didn't think much of it. He is on a radio show on cardplayer and in an interview with Liz Leau he asks her what she thought of that red headed kid who thinks he can play and then says he'd like to play him every day for the rest of his life. Well, here I am. I'll play you heads-up limit holdem for any stakes you want. I know you hate online, so we can play live. I hope we can play at least $400/800 as that was the limit we were playing when you were talking. I'm pretty sure you're just a big talker and would never agree to this, but it's just too much possibility for big $$$ for me to not at least make an offer. Put your money where your mouth is."

Be sure to check out the final table preview (mp3) audio clip from Card Player.

Some Mike Matusow Quotes:

"Limit hold'em is for idiots that can't play poker(31:10 in the interview)" said Mike. Later Mike say's ,"(32.24) Nowadays, let's be honest, in limit holdem, nobody folds any pair, ever."

"Not at the limit I play," says Liz. Mike continues saying, "I play at the biggest game there is and they never fold any hand so I don't know what game you're in... "Because it's you! That's because it's you!", interrupts Liz .

Here's Mike Matusow's comments on the kid that challenged him:

Mike: "do I think you're a donk?, yeah I do. If you wanna play me No Limit hold'em Heads Up then i'll give you 10% of your money back. We'll play as high as you want."

Mike: "limit holdem, game for morons who can't play poker. Any idiot can win in limit hold'em Heads Up."

Mike: "you see Andy Beal, he just played the best in the world and took 'em for 15 million. I just made the comment the other day because I saw two plays I thought were **** so I said ' just another internet kid who thinks he can play.'"

Here are some quotes from Neverwin on his Poker Forums on BicycleKick and Matusow:

NEVERWIN SAYS "I was playing in the 1k-2k game right behind u, and I came over and looked at your game a few times when it was short handed before Mike sat down. I was too stuck in my game to come play 4-8, but I was thinking about it when I saw u had a lot of chips and I never seen or heard about u before, so I thought about teaching u some short handed lessons, but even if I busted u at that point, all I would do was get about even so I stayed and lost 97k in the game I was in. When it got 3 handed with Todd brunson and Allan Cunningham, the game broke, I said Im not a big enough fish for u guys to play, they said, nope, u too strong man. I said thank you for the compliment. Your game was broke, otherwise id come over then"

DANDRUFF CHIMES IN: "I'm surprised bicyclekick would be willing to play 2k/4k stakes. I didn't think he had the roll for that. I would never play stakes like that unless there was a megadonk there. As far as bicycle being up against Matusow, I don't know who would be the favorite. I haven't seen enough of Matusow's heads up Limit Hold'em game to judge. By the way, sounds like the high stakes game at Commerce this past weekend were lousy. Allen Cunningham and Todd Brunson?! Were there even any semi-donks at the 4-8 game? And what about the 1k-2k game where Neverwin lost 97k? I'm guessing everyone there was good, as well.

Here is a solid quote on the Big Game and it is a good read and very informative on some of the poker player's involved:

NEVERWIN SAYS "Druff the game was not all that good except when I entered the game, everyone at the table was stuck. the game started out at 400-800, and was 800-1600 when I sat down. The game was me, Chau Chaing, Caddy, Frank Kong, Steve Wolfe, lot of action so the game was good. Shortly after Caddy talked everyone into bumping it to 1k-2k. Later Eskimo Clark sat down and hit and ran for 40k, then Don Z sat down very shortly hit for about 20k. Chau went on a huge heater and went from being stuck 80k to about a 100k winner. It wasn't till the next day that Phil Ivey joined the game, but only played for about 20 minutes because caddy said he would play props with him. Caddy got stuck 50 dimes in props when Phil added a prop of K of spade being worth 30k, the very next hand Phil had the K of spade, it put Caddy into a complete frenzy and then Doyle, Caddy, and Phil started a 4k-8k game. At this point Grinder/David Williams enter the game and borrow 50k, then Todd Brunson jumps in. So it was kinda short handed for a little bit, then at the very end Allan Cunningham joins in, and Frank and Steve leave making it 4 handed. This game lasted no longer than about 45 minutes, when Grinder/David Williams lose 100k total in the game, the game broke.


"Phil Hellmuth tried to convince me that he had made over 1M in online LHE the other day."

"I guess he just conviently has a big downswing everytime there are observers."

DANDRUFF SAYS "That's why the game immediately fills up as soon as he sits down on Ultimate Bet. Of course, he probably attributes that to his fame."

It is great hearing stories about the professional poker player's stories and their big wins and losses and their reputations from fellow poker player's. Stay tuned for my next post as there is going to be more gossip coming from the poker circuit and the online poker world. Thanks for checking out my blog and don't forget for your next pokerparty to use the bonus code 20BR for your next partypoker experience.

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Phil Ivey vs. Andy Beal

Andy Beal two weeks ago quit poker for good, and then he came out of retirement five days later to take on the corporation in a $10 Million dollar heads up poker challenge. Andy Beal surprised everyone and came out victorious. Now, another week goes by and Andy Beal finds himself in a challenge against Phil Ivey. Do you know how this turned out? Well check out the results below.

Thanks to CardPlayer for this article.

What is the sum of two players and a game of limit Texas hold’em, divided by three days of intense heads-up action? The answer is 16.6 million dollars. Over the years, mathematical theorist Andy Beal has applied probability to the game of poker
and found new fame by repeatedly challenging the elite in a spirited game of limit Texas hold’em.

“Beal’s conjecture,” otherwise known as the “Beal problem,” became just that for The Corporation — a team of professional poker players who aggregated their $10 million and matched it against his $20 million in a series of private sessions. Since early February, the event became a virtual roller coaster ride for players and fans alike, with financial swings, false retirement claims, and multiple challengers adding to the excitement.

At the midmonth break of a nail-biting two-week competition, The Corporation had depleted their $10 million bankroll. The members dusted themselves off and prepared for Thursday’s L.A. Poker Classic event in California. The game was paused until the two teams could coordinate their schedules.

On Monday night, Feb. 20, 2006, Beal was back on a plane to Las Vegas and checked himself into the Wynn Resort upon arrival. He returned to play a third week of high-stakes Texas hold’em poker against a new challenger, the Corporation’s long time team member, Phil Ivey.

Ivey is known for his aggressive play and unwavering focus at the tables. At the recent Card Player Player of the Year awards, he took home three top awards, best no-limit player, best heads-up player, and most-feared player. Ivey continues to play the highest-stakes cash games in the world in addition to the tournament circuit.

Tuesday, Feb. 21:

Play began in the late afternoon and blinds were set at $30,000-$60,000, lower than the previous $50,000-$100,000 of weeks past. Ivey seemed to hold the lead throughout the day’s match. Spectators in the high-limit section of the Wynn poker room, who witnessed much of the action, shared their thoughts with Card Player. Most felt Ivey had exhibited an aggressive approach. In typical fashion, he sat blank-faced, focused, and with his mouth agape.

It’s the same expression that also won Ivey the “Flushies” award, for the best poker face, during the 2005 World Series of Poker. Ivey has an intense and intimidating nature at any table and the one-on-one competition with Beal only seemed to magnify this trait.

Play ended at around 7 p.m. PST and it appeared Ivey was up several racks. It was confirmed by a member of The Corporation that the number was $2 million in Ivey and The Corporation’s favor.

Phil Ivey played a very, very aggressive style, and very effectively. Whether
Andy was timing him wrong or Ivey was getting good cards at the right time, Phil was a step ahead for most of the session. For the first 45 mins, Andy was letting Phil run over him, picking his spots, and Ivey was withdrawing.

But then Ivey took control, winning lots of pots without a showdown and always seeming to have Beal when the hands went to the end. Sometimes, Phil had big cards and won that way. Other times, Andy called him down with 4th pair and Phil had 3rd pair. One step ahead.

Phil ended up $2 million ahead for the group. There was also a $25,000 coin flip after the day's play, won by Ivey. (He called heads)

Wednesday, Feb. 22:

First thing Wednesday morning, Ivey and Beal were again heads-up at the felt on table No. 3 at the Wynn. Blinds remained at $30,000-$60,000 and again Ivey seemed to have an advantage over Beal. In less than eight hours of heightened competition, Ivey ended the day with another monetary gain of $4.6 million.

They were playing $30,000-$60,000. The only good news in all this for Beal was that the stakes were lower. Phil Ivey played a very aggressive heads-up game. It's arguable whether Andy Beal had an answer to it; there were periods where it seemed like Phil was rolling over him, and periods where it seemed like he was picking Phil off, getting paid for slowplaying, waiting until Phil got the money in the pot with nothing to make his move, etc.

Phil had the lead for most of the day, though Andy tied the match at 1:25 PM. After that, Phil accelerated, helped by some very good cards. The luck has run both ways in the Andy's games with the pros and the last 2-3 hours were favorable ones to Phil. Again, it's arguable he was outplaying Andy and had Andy playing defense all day long, but whatever Phil was doing right - and it was arguably plenty - was aided by hitting big cards at the right time.

In the last few hours, there were periods where almost every pot was multiple-raised and Ivey was winning a large portion of those. Some, of course, were the result of Beal making a move, but Phil had the goods an extraordinarily high percentage of the time. When Andy had a big day against Jennifer Harman, she was playing (generally) the same style game as Phil, but she had periods where she was card dead and had no defense when Andy played back. It appeared Andy had enough to play back ... Ivey had enough to win all these big showdowns.

That puts the group (The Corporation) ahead about $6.6 million for the two days. The match is scheduled to continue tomorrow. (It appears Phil Ivey again and a 9 AM start at the same stakes, but that could possibly change.)

They flipped a coin for $50,000 at the end of the day. Andy called heads. When it came up tails, he said, "Who didn't know how that was going to come out?"

To re-emphasize, Ivey played an excellent game, arguably one that Beal didn't have a good answer to. But that kind of aggressiveness is helped enormously by good cards, and Phil got them where, in other situations, Andy got them and was able to demonstrate the superiority of his "style".

This is speculation/analysis/etc. but it would be too easy to look at the results and say, "Phil Ivey is just too much for Andy Beal." Maybe it's true. Phil played very tough. But it's hard to defend against a super-aggressive player when you take your shots to look him up and, as happened to Beal in one instance, your opponent shows you quads.

Ivey and Beal left the table of the poker room together while they conversed amongst themselves.

Thursday, Feb. 23:

At 9 a.m. Beal and Ivey met for a third and final session. Ivey was in seat two, at the long end of the table, with his back against the wall. Beal sat in seat six, at an angle so as to face Ivey. To Beal’s left (in seat seven), sat his long time friend and representative, Craig Singer and next to him was Michael Craig (author of the book The Professor, The Banker and the Suicide King), in seat nine. The two players discussed the possibility of raising the stakes while the witnesses remained silent. It took only moments for Ivey and Beal to come to an agreement and the blinds
would indeed be raised to the original level of $25,000 – $50,000, increasing the limits to $50,000 – $100,000.

At around noon, the players took a short break and Craig Singer explained that Beal had developed a reserved curiosity over the media’s need to share information regarding the private high-stakes matches. Back in Texas, Singer had printed a recent article and placed it on Beal’s desk for his review. Suddenly, the break was over and Singer was due to return to his seat. He informed us Beal was up almost $2 million. “We’re doing better today.” He said as he returned to the game about to resume.

From the rail, one could see Beal reaching repeatedly into his rack for chips. Within a few hands it appeared Ivey had reversed his deficit and was back to even. The dealer was tapped out and a new one took his place. When that dealer was swapped-out, he shook his head, as in disbelief while walking from the table. The already intense face-off had become an action packed, raise-to-the-river spectacle.

Members of The Corporation began to arrive and could be seen on the sidelines, talking discretely amongst themselves. They were careful to keep a respectful distance from the table so as not to distract the players. It was just after 1 p.m. when both players suddenly rose to shake hands. After approximately four hours of play, Ivey had recovered his initial loss and won an additional $10 million.

The Corporation had recovered their $10 million loss since Feb 1, and earned another $6.5 million in revenue through Ivey's efforts.

Andy Beal complimented members of The Corporation for their sportsmanship and announced he would be heading home to Texas.

Andy Beal also mentioned that he was done with poker.

Here is some more detail on the final day's action courtesy of Bluff Magazine

1. They played $50,000-$100,000. Ivey wanted the higher limit and, of course, Beal wanted it. Ivey convinced the pros, who I think were very divided about it. And even though Andy lost $10 million today, he made a point of thanking Phil at the end and saying, completely sincerely, "Thanks for getting the stakes raised to fifty and one hundred." Not sarcastically, but honestly.

2. Andy was ahead by $1-2 million for the first half of the match. Like the first two days, Phil controlled the action by always raising, always betting, but Andy had him timed very well for picking him off.

3. In a space of 3 hands, Phil made back most of that deficit. Big pots, concealed strength, wicked rivers, etc. etc. etc. But Phil took over the lead and just ACCELERATED.

4. He made the $10 million in about 4 hours.

5. The game became wild, reckless, and unrelentlessly aggressive. The timing Andy had in picking Phil off had failed. Andy got some river suck-outs but, now behind, probably became dispirited when he was the victim. (Phil, in contrast, was not affected in the least when Andy sucked out. So I can't tell you if Andy took more bad beats or just got affected by it more.) But with constant reraising and nobody folding, the river will decide a lot of hands. Phil won more of those, which made the game just that much more out of control.

6. Andy said he's done with poker for ever. One of the pros said he would bet that Andy will be back within six months.

7. Andy was a total gentleman, and so was Phil Ivey, and so were the several pros in the room, who came because they were concerned about how their investment was doing but kept discretely hidden so not to appear to be gloating over the result.

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Friday, February 24, 2006

BREAKING NEWS...........

Some Breaking News on another huge cheating bust on Partypoker.

For those of you that have played on PartyPoker, you would have heard the name ZeeJustin, and he is the latest individual to get busted for cheating.

Here is a copy of an email sent to MR. Bonomo from PartyPoker yesterday morning:

"Dear Mr Bonomo, This communication is to inform you of the findings of an investigation launched internally by partypoker.com into six accounts originating from your own location and computer. These are the accounts in question: ZeeJustin IBLUFFUOUT 69jwilson 55vapoker 58mehsab greenb272. These accounts have been systematically used to enter the same Multi Table Tournaments as a ýteamý, in a deception that is in direct violation of our Terms and Conditions. Although registered in different names, these accounts have been created with the sole intention of playing as multiple accounts in the same tournaments. All six accounts were consistently logged into at the same time from the same IP/System and show a consistent pattern of being played by the same person. A decision has been made, in consultation with the Poker Room Manager, Legal and Management, to close these accounts permanently and confiscate all funds. I would ask that you do not attempt to open any further accounts with our company, as these will be closed and any monies therein will be deemed forfeited. Furthermore, please be informed that we have withdrawn your PPMV Cruise Package and you will no longer appear on the passenger list."

Steve Winter, Manager, Investigations Team

Here are ZeeJustin's comments on what happened to him.

"Yes, it’s true. I did use these accounts to enter multiple accounts in the same multi table tournaments. I have never done this in a tournament with less than 1,000 players."

"I have been at the same table as myself. For what it’s worth, my standard protocol has been to increase my number of tables when this happens. As most of you know, I will very rarely be playing fewer than six tables at a time. If I had 6 tables open and two of my accounts were brought to the same table, I would simply open up 4-6 more SNGs. I felt that this would negate my unethical advantage. With 10 tables open, I just play tight and solid. I can’t even remember the hole cards one account folded after the flop, and I’m certainly unable to pay special attention to that table. After talking to Curtains, I realize my standard play should have been to sit one account out when this happens, but I want to make it clear that I never used collusion to my advantage, never chip dumped, or did anything of the sort."

However, what Party emailed me is wrong on several subjects.

First of all, the accounts were NOT created solely for MTT use. They were originally created for SNG play. It got to the point where everyone knew that ZeeJustin would steal the blinds often, and everyone called him liberally. I created these accounts to erase this loose image. Everyone would be readless against me, and it was a huge advantage. These accounts all did very well in the big SNGs on PartyPoker.

N82 referred to a hack that let you open multiple Party clients. I have no clue how no one has mentioned this yet, but no such hack was necessary. This is important, so listen up.

All you had to do was click the PartyPoker icon on your desktop very rapidly. If you did that, multiple clients would open up. Using this bug, I was able to play multiple accounts on the same computer at the same time. I would be in a step 5 on one name, while playing a mini step 5 on another, and no one would ever suspect that it was me.

All of the money that was seized from me was from sit’n’go play where nothing unethical was done. I never entered multiple accounts into the same sit’n’go, never colluded with anyone, never soft played anyone and never chip dumped with anyone.

The other accounts I used never had any big MTT scores. Combined, I am pretty sure they were all long-term losers in the few MTT’s they played. Despite this, almost $100,000 was seized from my accounts.

For those of you that feel safe because my money was taken, open up your eyes. This money will not be returned to the players in any way. PartyPoker is keeping it because they can, just like they did with JJProdigy’s $40,000, and just like they will do to you when you get caught.

I know what you’re thinking right now, “I won’t get caught, because I didn’t do anything wrong.” First of all, that doesn’t matter. PartyPoker reserves the right to take your money for any reason at any time (although I should point out that
this does not make it legal).

Secondly, almost all of you have broken the rules at some point. How many of you have created a second account for rakeback? Neither creating a second account nor receiving rakeback is allowed. Both are expressly forbidden. Maybe you’ll see things my way once all your money is seized for doing that. If I’m a cheater, so are you.

If you are a saint like CSC claims to be, kudos to you. You are in the minority, and are certainly upstanding citizens. I commend you on following Party’s rules and not receiving rakeback. Most of us are too greedy to pass up money that easy. Furthermore, I would like to point out, that I did NOT break the rules.


The name on your Account must match your true and legal name and identity and the name on your Account registration must match the name on the credit card(s) or other payment accounts used to deposit or receive monies in your Account. You are prohibited from holding more than one Account. If you have more than one (1) Account or Accounts in different names, then you must contact us immediately to have your Accounts managed so that you only have one (1). If you have lost your Account name or password, please contact us for a replacement.

I have one account. That account is named ZeeJustin. My brother also has an account named Bernard61 (formerly jwilson55), and I have used that account quite often. No where in Party’s rules does it say you cannot use someone else’s account. I’m sure many of you have used friends’ accounts before, and there is nothing wrong with this. People will often take over MTT’s for friends that have unforeseen obligations.

I do think what I’ve done is unethical, and I certainly regret doing it, however, I need to point out that no where in Party’s rules is it stated that you cannot enter multiple accounts into the same tournament. Not only do they not forbid it, but to open multiple clients on the same PC, all you have to do is click the icon a bit more rapidly than normal. Great work PartyPoker.

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

JJProdigy: PokerParty Busted

By now pretty much everyone who follows online poker has heard the name JJProdigy. But where did he come from? Out of the blue one day, he won the Triple Crown. Then he was ranked on PocketFives.com. And then he went on a heater in August and beat out the best players on the net to win the heralded TLB crown (Tournament Leaderboard at PokerStars)and an extra $5k courtesy of nip/tuck.

Someone gave Josh $100 to start playing on PartyPoker in Fall 2004, and he began playing the $25 max NL games, and he built his bankroll up to about $2k. “I have no idea how,” he said in retrospect, "I was the biggest fish". He moved on to the $200 max game, and his bankroll fluctuated for a while between $2k and $5k. Then he won an entrant into a 2 table Step 5, which he won for $9k. A few days later, in January 2005, he got 6th in $200k guaranteed for just over $10k.

Josh now plays at least a couple tournaments every day, although during that August TLB race, he was playing as many as 250 tournaments a week! He’s slowed down since, and he prefers not to force himself to play if he’s not feeling into it. He does pretty much always play the Stars 150’s and the daily “Super” tournaments on Party Poker. Also on Sunday, “all of them are musts,” he says.

When he’s not playing multis, he spends his online poker time playing $200 and $500 turbo sit-n-go’s on Poker Stars, and the Step 5’s and mini-step 5’s on Party Poker. He plays a fair amount of $10-20 No Limit Hold'em and some $50-100 and $100-200 Limit Hold'em. Recently, he’s been trying to play some $30/60 Omaha 8/b. Out of all of this, sit-n-go’s are the only thing he plays every day.

That was a little history on the beginning of JJProdigy. His name has popped up all over the internet and if you are a frequent visitor to poker message boards you will see a lot of heated debates on this young man. For those of you who have not heard the news about JJProdigy let me enlighten you a little bit. On Sunday, February 12, 2006 PartyPoker held the weekly $500K Guaranteed tournament, JJProdigy was signed up under his account and he also logged in from a second account titled ABlackCar (which he claimed to be his grandma's account). So, he was playing in this tournament under two aliases, and he eventually won the tournament under his second account: ABlackCar. Needless to say there were a lot of rumblings going on once the tournament had come to a conclusion, and that indeed this account (ABlackCar) was JJProdigy. People had filed complaints to PartyPoker as JJProdigy let it slip that he was playing under two accounts and that cost him dearly financially, and it definitely hurt his reputation.

Here is his JJProdigy's statement on exactly what happened!

This was posted in the 2+2 Forums.

"The account 'ABlackCar' was not made for multi-accounting. It was intentionally made for my grandma for her birthday present. However, it was never given to her. So, I had an extra account. Yes, I multi-tabled. Yes, it is incredibly easy. Yes, many
people do it was . You really have no idea about the situation. About 2 months ago, I thought it was just a really bad idea like everyone else. A lot of my friends did it, and I always gave them a hard time for it. But, I had a conversation with a player where we decided it would be a lot of +EV to not be known when you are playing MTTs. So, basically, I had a spare account with tons of +EV in it. So many poeple did it with no repercussions. I know someone who had over 10 accounts in a recent million guaranteed.

Party Poker has no idea. So, back to the day of the win. When there was about 30 left, I started telling all these people I was in. I was too much caught up in the moment, and it was a really stupid thing to do in hindsight. It slipped out, and everyone knew. The account was in the name of my grandma, and it was intended for her to play in, so that was the easiest excuse for me. I apologize for lying to everyone. I really do. When such a large amount of money is on the line, it's really tough to be loyal to morals.The next morning, both accounts were closed. Today, they took away all the money. The roughly 40k in JJProdigy, and the 140k in ABlackCar."

This is the statement that Josh AKA "JJProdigy" received from PartyPoker:


The PartyPoker.com investigations team opened an investigation on accounts JJProdigy and ABlackCar relating to suspicious activities during the February 12th $500K Guaranteed Tournament. The investigation was initially triggered by the investigations team as a result of a common information alert, IP and computer. Although the investigation was initiated internally, customer service began receiving complaints/concerns regarding this situation starting on February 13th. With this investigation, the complaints and alerts pointed to multiple accounts being played
from the same location in the same tournament.

The accounts involved in the investigation:
Account JJProdgy was created on November 4th, 2004.
Account ABlackCar was created on December 31st, 2005.

Note: The account ABlackCar was not created until December 31st, 2005, therefore all previous data was not used in the investigation unless found
to be relevant.

When investigating the location of where an account is played from, there are two identifying factors that are taken into account.A specific computer is traced by a unique computer identification number. An Internet Protocol (IP) address is the address that an internet service provider uses to identify and trace the location of a computer.

From December 31st, 2005 until February 11th, both accounts only used the IP address xxxxxxx, which traces to xxxxxx, CA. Both accounts only used a
computer with the same identifier. These are referred to as the xxxxxx IP and computer.

Account ABlackCar was created from the Home IP and computer on December 31st, 2005. On dates of January 1st, 3rd, 5th, 15th and February 6th, 7th and 9th ABlackCar logged into the Home IP and computer and registered and played in a total of nine tournaments. All of these tournaments had a buy-in of $100 or more.

Account JJProdigy was logged into from the Home IP and computer on the same dates and registered and played in the same tournaments. Both of these accounts were played from the same computer and the same IP address in the same tournaments.

The tournament in question took placed on February 12th. At 13:54 ET account JJProdigy logged into a different computer, but from the Home IP, and registered for the $500k Guaranteed Tournament. That account then logged out and back in on the Home computer at 15:18. $215 was transferred to account ABlackCar at 15:27. At 15:32 account ABlackCar logged onto the Home IP and computer and registered for the same $500k Tournament.

Both accounts started playing the $500k Tournament from the Home IP and computer.


This indisputable evidence led to the conclusion that both accounts had played several tournaments together from the same computer located in the same

Account ABlackCar, although registered in a different name, is believed to have been created with the sole intention of playing multiple accounts in the same tournaments. Both accounts were consistently logged into at the same time and show a consistent pattern of being played by the same person.


A decision has been made, in consultation with the Poker Room Manager, Legal and Management, to close both accounts and confiscate all funds. Funds gathered by this deception will be refunded to the players that were affected.

First off, for anyone who doesn’t know, this type of behavior has become quite common in the online poker world. There are numerous high profile online players entering multiple accounts into poker tournaments. It has been reported in the media that some players enter as many as 10 different accounts into one tournament. I don't know about you, but I think this kind of gives them an unfair advantage, don’t you?

If you have multiple accounts entered into the same tournament, there becomes a very real possibility of chip-dumping if you have multiple accounts playing at the same table. Multiple accounts in online poker is just not fair and certainly not virtuous.

That's all for now, but make sure you check out the blog as I am going to put up a post on the challenge proposed to Mike Matusow by an Online Poker Player.

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Monday, February 20, 2006


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CardPlayer Article on the Andy Beal vs. The Corporation below:

Over the years, mathematical theorist Andy Beal has applied probability to the game of poker and found new fame by repeatedly challenging the elite in a spirited game of limit Texas hold’em.

“Beal’s conjecture,” otherwise known as the “Beal problem,” became just that for “The Corporation” — a team of professional poker players — who aggregated their $10 million and matched it against his $20 million in a series of private sessions. Over the next two weeks, the event became a virtual roller coaster ride for players and fans alike.

A year had passed since the burgeoning aerospace entrepreneur had gone heads up with The Corporation, but Beal returned to Las Vegas and the Wynn Hotel Casino to challenge poker professionals Jennifer Harman, Todd Brunson, David Gray, and Ted Forrest.

This is a recap of the two-week span of events. With its twists and turns and highs and lows. It was an exhilarating ride and an amazing story.

Wednesday, Feb. 1:
The high-limit area of the Wynn poker room was roped off, open only to Beal, members of The Corporation and Michael Craig (author of The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King).

The stakes were negotiated and the Corporation opted for $30,000-$60,000 limits, but Beal insisted the blinds be set at $25,000-$50,000 with $50,000-$100,000 limits.

The first player, celebrating the biggest win during last year’s union, was heads-up specialist Todd Brunson and after five hours of intense counteraction, Beal was up $1.6 million.

Thursday, Feb. 2:
Jennifer Harman challenged Beal until the dinner break, winning $1 million. David Grey and Ted Forrest took their turns at the felt, losing the $1 million gain and essentially breaking even for the day.

Friday, Feb. 3:
Ted Forrest was back and Beal employed a more aggressive style, but Forrest was unaffected by Beal’s change in technique and ended the day with a $2.5 million surplus over the past three days.

Saturday, Feb. 4:
Forrest returned, but Beal appeared focused and determined not to suffer a similar slide to the day before. Play ended at about 7:30 p.m. with no substantial gains for either side.

Sunday, Feb. 5:
The short session with Todd Brunson broke around 4 p.m and Beal was down $3 million for the week.

That evening, Beal boarded a plane to Texas. It wasn’t clear if he would return for another round of one-on-one matches, but none were prepared for the events that would transpire over the next few days. Craig Singer, who represents Beal, issued a shocking statement. “Andy is done with poker … for good.” The news quickly resonated throughout the press and created a wave of intrigue and confusion.

In a popular poker forum (The 2 + 2 Forum), Todd Brunson responded. “Andy has made these claims before. He is very eccentric and he may be back to Vegas tomorrow, or we may never see him again. Who knows?”

On Saturday, 11 February, Beal boarded a plane back to Las Vegas.

The local press began reporting and poker enthusiasts around the world were starved for updates. Soon the national press had their own distant coverage and poker forums were alive with speculation, chatter, and gossip.

When informed that he’d developed an enormous fan base, Beal replied, “I’m glad to hear that. It makes me feel good.”

Sunday, Feb. 12:
Jennifer Harman returned to the felt with Doyle Brunson by her side. She’d accumulated almost $2 million at midday, but by session’s end she was down $5 million.

Monday, Feb. 13:
Todd Brunson had won $2.5 million for the Corporation, but with an hour until break, Beal battled back for a $1.2 million surplus in his favor.

Tuesday, Feb. 14:
Forrest was able to regain $7 million of the previous losses, but with two hours remaining, Andy had profited $3.5 million.

“It’s been going great,” Beal said. “But you always want to win more.”

Wednesday, Feb. 15:
Ted Forrest was shortstacked and unable to gain momentum. It wasn’t long before his chip racks were empty.

The Corporation had depleted their $10 million bankroll and the game was over, for now. They dusted themselves off and prepared for the L.A. Poker Classic, to commence on Thursday in California.

The Corporation still holds a net gain over the course of several years, but Beal came closer to evening the score and made a reputable comeback.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Andy Beal vs. The Corporation, Partypoker solidifies itself as the Online Poker Giant, and more

Party Gaming the company that owns Partypoker has finally ended its dispute with Empire Poker and they have officially taken over the Empire Poker Brand. Party Gaming purchased the company for a quiet $250 Million dollars. This purchase/take over will further solidify the strength of this company in the online poker world. At the present time there have been no announcements made as to what Partypoker is going to do with Empire Poker but it is widely assumed the two will just consolidate into one brand. Stay tuned for further developments on this story.

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Thanks to Bluff Magazine for the update on the Andy Beal vs. The Corporation. Here is a little excerpt from this past Sunday's Events:

"Andy Beal Had a HUGE day at the tables. Play resumed today, at 11PST. I guess last week was just a lead in, because there were fire works today. From the looks of things Jennifer was playing very agressively all day, and Andy countered that agression with a relentless attack of his own. There were many more showdowns, and heavily contested pots.

With both sides starting with 4 racks (10 million) It looked like Andy Beal has erased his loss from last week, and pulled ahead. Word is that, Andy while ahead all day, finsihed the day up almost 2 Racks, or 5 Million dollars. Jennifer battled back from being down most of the day, but everytime she was ready to pull even, Andy would find a way to win a big pot. It seems to me this was by far the most spirited match of the 6 days of play.

In Attendance were some familiar faces. David Grey, Johnny Chan, Minh Ly were all in the room for some parts of the match. Also making his first appearance at Wynn, was none other than the man himself Doyle Brunson.

Doyle Brunson will be playing Andy Beal tomorrow morning!!"

Finally some insight being brought to us on some of the big games. I mentioned yesterday how Andy Beal had packed it in for five days and now he is back and by the looks of it he is back in a big way. I'll keep my ear to the ground and as soon as I hear more info on Beal vs. Corporation games I'll let you all know.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bodog.com introduces new poker show

Bodog.com has stepped up as the latest online poker company to start up a new television reality series. This series titled "Are you the Next Poker Superstar" will begin March 4-11. The CEO of Bodog.com Calvin Ayre will host the six-episode show from his luxurious Central American estate, called the Bodog Compound, in San Jose, Costa Rica.

This is how the show is going to go:

"The poker TV series will present the journey of 40 individuals – 10 celebrities, 10 poker professionals, and 20 Bodog.com poker players – as they compete for a $500,000 grand prize. Every episode will feature a poker game, where the winner will take the US $50,000 first place prize and a spot at the sixth and final table for a chance to win the $500,000 grand prize".

Sounds like it should be pretty entertaining but ya never know how this will fare as there have been numerous attempts by various companies to grab the poker spotlight and they have come up empty. So we will have to wait and see on this one.

So if you are serious about taking your game and Pokerparty to the next level than you can sign up for this show at Bodog.com. Remember if you are a fan of online poker don't forget to use the bonus code 20BR at Partypoker.


Now back to the on again off again drama of poker player Andy Beal. It was confirmed a little over a week and a half ago that Andy Beal had packed up his poker chips and his poker career was done. Well just like many before him he didn't last too long being out of the game well make that five days he was done for and he has landed back in Vegas and he is stationed at the Wynn playing for the big time cash he has been accustomed to playing. You wonder what goes through these guys minds when they say they are done with poker and then not even a week goes by and he's back. Is it the addiction or is it the pride factor. You really have to wonder what these guys think about? Well good luck to Andy Beal as I'm sure he'll be alright as he is one hell of a poker player.


Who is getting ready to board the Party Poker Million V cruise ship and compete for thousands and thousands of dollars. The guys at partypoker come up with the ultimate ideas for prizes and such, even though the partypoker Million cruise has been going on for awhile what a great idea. Imagine playing poker on an unbelievable cruise ship for seven days like Christ sign me up. I'm all for poker but who's kidding who here get me on that bloody cruise ship. Especially with the coldness that's been in my neck of the woods of late, please partypoker hook a brother up. Anyways if you guys are looking for some poker, good weather, and a rockin good time check out the qualifiers and get your ass on board the almighty cruise.

I truly feel that it must be hard for these other online poker companies to compete with the likes of partypoker, FullTiltPoker, Ultimate Bet, and Poker Stars. I mean those are no doubt the three giants and I just don't get how the others are able to even stay close to these guys. Especially with the prizes and the tournaments that these guys offer, they are above and beyond and i'm going to say PartyPoker.com is the leader of the pack.

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Friday, February 10, 2006

One big PokerParty

The World Poker Tour is at it again as they continue to expand their huge corporation. "The WPTE introduced its new Events division and the hiring of two powerhouses in the event industry. The new Events division will now be offering corporations, meeting planners, charitable organizations and a host of other businesses, professional, top-flight, poker events". These guys are looking to dominate the poker world and they are already well on their way as this poker phenomenon continues to lead the way.

"This is the design of the new proposed MGM City Centre"

For those Vegas fans and the Lord knows I'm one of the biggest, there is news that the MGM city center has increased their budget to $7 billion dollars to create the ultimate city centre. This project is going to turn this empire into a 66 acre masterpiece. When all is said and done this place is going to be the largest privately financed development in all of America. The City Centre will be larger than New York City's Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and SoHo combined. Now that is huge! This structure is aimed to be ready in 2009 and I can't wait to see it. I can only imagine what Vegas is going to be like in ten years from now.

For all those fans of the Heads up Poker Challenge that was on NBC last year well get ready cause they are coming back with it. I was a huge fan of this format and I am pretty stoked about it. The tapings for this show are set for March 4,5,and 6th. They will air the event again on NBC for six sundays in a row starting on April 16th. This folks is a Pokerparty you do not want to miss.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Mr. Anonymous I'm Calling you out Biatch

Alright here we go! The Bus rolls into Detroit and "Git's r done". That's for my anonymous buddy from the good ol USofA. I love guys like this who decide to sign up as an anonymous person and then go off in your blog comment section. You know what these guys are fucking ass clowns cause they are scared as hell to show there face for what they write. You know what I write blogs and this blog in particular cause I love to write, I have opinions and this is a great way for a person to just rant and write in an open forum. To have an ass clown like this guy criticize me and my knowledge go for it, but I'd love for you to say it to my face (or sign in so I can check your sorry ass writing skills out) and call me a Canadian sucker or whatever you want. I don't mind at all calling him an American Ass Clown because (A) he is one and (B) I have balls and he knows where to find the Kid, and the Kid will rock his ass like Lidell rocks Couture's ass. Oh wait, now he's probably going to complain that Couture slipped and that's the only reason why Lidell beat him. Hahahaha. I hope this goof comes back cause I'd love to have more chats with this Ass Clown (see if he wants to go a few rounds in the Octagon, it would be embarassing how much of an ass whooping he'd take but it would be fun). One more thing to our Seahawks fan: The Steelers Win, The Steelers Win and the Bus is going to Disney World and the Seahawks get to go home and wine about having to beat the refs. Hahahaha. Go play some online poker and have yourself a solo poker party since you probably have let me think zero buddies to hang with. As one wrestling legend used to say "That's the bottom line cause The Kid Said so", now Beat it!

"I guess your right Mr. Anonymous the Bus and the Steelers didn't Git R Done"


Fo Shizzle Dizzle my Nizzle! The D.O. double G is staging his own poker tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of two million dollars. The Event is called the $2 Million dollar Rappers challenge, and this tourney is going to take place on The Big Easy which is a casino boat. The tournament buy-in is fifteen grand and along with the buy-in you get a room and an airline ticket, now that's not........ it's not....... Too Brad! Snoop and his peeps are guaranteeing that there will be atleast two rappers/celebrities at each table. The best thing about this tourney is probably going to be the party before the tourney. This is one Pokerparty I want to check out!

"Snoop thinks they Git R Done, how about you Mr. Anonymous"

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Pokerparty vs. Super Bowl Party

It's official the Bus rode into Detroit with one thing in mind and he and his teamates "Git r Done". What a game and what a year for the Pittsburgh Steelers. With living in Canada we were unable to see some of the new commercials that debuted in last nights Superbowl but I don't think there is as much hype or great commercials as what there used to be. I used to love seeing the new budweiser commercials. Those things were fucking hilarious. The Wassup guys were hysterical. I'm sure there were some good ones I'm not saying that I'm just thinking that the hype is not at the height it once used to be at.


You are Canadian When:

You understand the phrase "Could you pass me a serviette, I just dropped my poutine, on the chesterfield."

- I know some of the American crew are like what the fuck is poutine, well it might not be what you think it is, but y'all need to try it out, that shit rocks.

You eat chocolate bars, not candy bars.

- Yeah cause the last time I checked the bar is made out of chocolate not candy. God! Idiots!

You drink Pop, not Soda.

-Damn Straight!

You know that a Mickey and 2-4's mean, "party at the camp, eh!!!"

You don't care about the fuss with Cuba. It's a cheap place to go for your holidays, with good cigars and no Americans.

You know that a pike is a type of fish, not part of a highway.

You drive on a highway, not a freeway.

You have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen drawers.

You know that Casey and Finnegan were not part of a Celtic musical group.

You get excited whenever an American television show mentions Canada.

You brag to Americans that: Shania Twain, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, Michael J. Fox, John Candy, William Shatner, Tom Green, Matthew Perry, Mike Myers, Neve Campbell, Pamela Anderson Lee & many more, are Canadians.

- Oh and don't forget about Steve Nash, the best point guard in the world baby! We proud of our boyz!

You know that the CEO of American Airlines is a Canadian.

You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

- not soo much, here we go again, like it doesn't snow in fucking buffalo or minnesota. Last time I checked that's in America Biatches.

You know that the last letter of the English alphabet is always pronounced "Zed".

Your local newspaper covers national news on 2 pages, but requires 6 pages for hockey.

You know that the four seasons mean: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road work.

- Again enough with the winter jokes. Maybe its time to come up with something new on us Canadians.

You know that when it's 25 degrees outside, it's a warm day.

You understand the Labatt Blue commercials.

You perk up when you hear the theme song from 'Hockey Night in Canada'.

You are in grade 12, not the 12th grade.

"Eh?" is a very important part of your vocabulary, and is more polite than, "Huh?"

You say "aboot" instead of "about"

Your Beer Case handles Are Big Enough To Fit Your Mitts

When you own 5 pairs of hockey skates and only one pair of shoes.

You know that we don't all live in igloos and ride polar bears to work.

Every murder is reported.

You can understand Jean Chrétien (most of the time, anyway)

You froze your tongue to something metal and survived to tell about it.


I love being canadian and it's fun to see how others perceive us, but sometimes I do get very pissed at the things that comes out of peoples mouths. One thing I hate is how athletes (especially basketball players) perceive playing in our hometown of Toronto. Ya know what come to Toronto and see what it's all about before you diss it. I'd love to live in LA as well but I can't deal with all of the stuck up son of a bitches. Toronto is a fucking unbelievable city and if you have never been here before come check it out, then you can determine whether you like it or not. I'll guarantee you one thing, there will be more people who like it than dislike it. That's because its one of the greatest cities in the world baby!

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

An Online Poker Dream

Man would it be nice to wake up one morning with a million dollars in my bank account. I hear of so many stories of people becoming millionaire's off of online poker and I'm wondering how these guys do it. I'd love to be able to sit in front of my computer a couple of hours a day and just rake in the cash. The thing with me is though I get bored real fast and I don't think I'd have the patience to play online poker for that duration of a time. But the life that these guys live due to the game of poker is incredible. I admire these guys in certain ways and in other ways I'm very leary of the whole situation. I mean live poker and online poker are great but it is gambling and it all it takes is that one bad beat and you could be done for life. You never know and that's why they call it gambling but it is pretty crazy.

I would love the opportunity to just have a sniff of what it would be like to be a millionaire or even just well off. I have a feeling online poker isn't the route for me but I'm hoping I find my route fast enough so the kid can start livin out his dreams.

I love getting messages from buddies when they are shitfaced and I try to recreate the scene in my head. Last night I had a couple of text messages from my buddies in Europe and I was laughing my ass off. I love partying with these two brothers of mine as we always have a kick ass time together and there are always so many stories that we share together. Anyways it is funny to try and think of what people are up to when they are getting gunned or what not when you are sober cause its the funniest thing in the world getting drunk calls or text messages. These dudes are livin the life and I can't wait for these two to get back so we can giver together. Safe trip boys and have another crazy night for the kid.

This is a quick post as the kid has a busy day today as I gotta go to home depot and if there is time maybe Bed Bath and Beyond. Not really but I thought I'd bust out some lines from Old School. My day is pretty much straight forward, wake up, eat, go to the gym for a couple hours and then eat some more, i'll watch a couple of games and then I'll get ready to go and giver. That's how today is gonna go and I'm pretty stoked about that.

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

A PokerParty Thursday

Does anyone who reads this watch the television show 24. I got hooked on this series last winter when I was chilling in sweet home Alabama and I am so pumped now that the season has arrived. This show is the best goddamn program on television and Kiefer Sutherland is an absolute genius coming up with this program. Still on television, that show King of Vegas has been on for a while now and I definitely am not feeling this show one bit. When I had first heard about it I thought it was a great idea but the show fucking sucks. Aside from Big Boy the characters are useless and that is what sells a show. They would have been better off producing a pure poker reality tv show and saved themselves from this show. They should have gotten the twenty top poker professionals and have them do a showdown texas holdem style or something on that manner. Or even do a guys versus girls or even generations. Now that would be interesting, not like this bullshit that they have going on.

I have steered clear of politics on this blog for the most part aside from the George Bush jokes and pictures but cmon the guy is an ass clown and the jokes are pretty funny. Anyways this Bin Laden fuck is really starting to drive me nuts. I mean can we seriously not find this guy. I know that supposedly they were close to finding him but how the hell do you have everything surrounded and you can find this fuck or his 90 year old side kick that loves to make cameos and how the hell is this old guy running through the bloody mountains and nobody can find him. Like seriously find these clowns and don't kill them right away beat the living snot outta these guys.

I have put together some funny pics for you guys to take a look at:

"For me these never get old. What a Clown!"

"What a fucked up Squirrel"

For all of those that are curious how the kid's job search is coming along I am here to tell you that I am still looking but I have definitely found something that is going to be my career. I am going to start part time work helping student athletes get athletic scholarships. This is really exciting for me and I am going to start working part time and I have been offered a franchise opportunity which I am going to seriously consider. This position couldn't be any better for me as this is right up my alley. So I haven't gotten anything full time yet but this I think is gonna be the start of something big for the kid. If this fails maybe I will just take up playing poker full time whether it be online or live. Cause I'm that damn good! Hahaha just playin. I ain't that damn good! Thanks to the chap that left the message for me not to write about my bad beats, last time I checked this was the kid's blog and I can write about whatever the fuck I want! By the way I did win a SNG today but I am still struggling and real frustrated. So until your next Pokerparty thanks for checkin out my blog.

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