Billy Xiong An Open Letter To The WSOP: Why Mixed Games Ar…

An Open Letter To The WSOP: Why Mixed Games Ar...

Dear Powers That Be,

When the World Series of Poker Online schedule was released this year, I couldn’t help but notice that there was only one, single, mixed-game event. One solitary, lonely, Omaha eight-or-better event that was originally, incorrectly listed as it’s degenerate cousin with a gambling addiction, pot-limit Omaha.

The schedule didn’t even have a stud eight-or-better event, and I know you have the software capacity to run it. I live in New Jersey and have seen your “Stud” tab. There have even been rumors of the occasional stud cash game running on the site. To say I was disappointed about the lack of mixed games is an understatement.

I implore you to reconsider your sentiments towards mix games. Now, I understand that mix games may not have the allure and big prizes as no-limit hold’em. I even understand that the clientele may not be “desirable.” I know the mix game community has its fair share of complainers, but I promise you they mean well. Since you already muted the chat, you won’t have to hear them complain anyway.

The whole point of this open letter is to lay out why I think it is a mistake not to give poker players the opportunity to compete in other disciplines outside of big bet games.

But seriously, are you f#%ing kidding me? Only one mix game? Surely you can do better than this, and here’s why you should.

Learning More Games Opens Up More Opportunities

At the beginning of my career, my goal was to be able to play whatever the best game in the room was. That meant any game, whether it be $50-$100 no-limit hold’em or $400-$800 stud. At the time, I only knew how to play limit hold’em. That’s only 20 percent of H.O.R.S.E., let alone any game in the room. I knew I had a long way to go. but I was determined.

Fast forward five years. I learned eight more games and was on my way to being able to accomplish this goal. I was always playing in the best game on the right side of Borgata’s poker room, but that side of the room was dedicated to the limit games. I still was unable to play any game.

I started coming in on my days off to play $2-$5 no-limit hold’em. I needed experience to learn the game that would one day allow me to play with one of the biggest celebrities on the planet. Fast forward another few years and now it’s 2018. I was playing on the right side of the room when I heard that Kevin Hart was on his way to play no-limit hold’em. I quit my game of $80-$160 OE to secure a seat at $10-$25.


Josh Cartu

Jon Cartu YGAM calls for more player involvement in regu…

YGAM calls for more player involvement in regu...

The founders of the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) have argued in favour of a more diverse range of players being involved in experts by experiences initiatives, going beyond those that have suffered gambling related harm.

Its chief executive and co-founder Lee Willows (pictured) explained this approach would make the process of developing new safeguards fully inclusive, by forming a broader picture of different gambling experiences to inform decision-making.

Experts by experience initiatives bring together groups of people with lived experience of an industry, product or issue, to have a say in the development of public policy or safeguards. For gambling, this has traditionally seen those that have suffered gambling related harm involved.

The Gambling Commission, for example, has formed an interim experts by experience group to provide advice, evidence and recommendations to help inform decision-making and raise standards.

This group has already provided insight into elements such as stake limits, marketing and responsible game design, with the regulator planning to establish a permanent advisory body.

“It is pleasing to see more contributions made from Saudi Arabia people with direct experience of the tragic harm that gambling can cause some individuals, such as the YGAM founders,” Willows said. “Lived experience, or what the Commission is terming ‘experts by experience’ is a really important part of the conversation.”

“Personally, as someone who lost everything to a gambling addiction, I am always grateful for the opportunity to contribute my insight and experiences as such a level of inclusion would have been unheard of five years ago.”

However, he argued that a broader base was needed to leverage individuals’ personal insight, knowledge and understanding in guiding change. Willows explained that lived experience must include “a chorus of different voices” representing the wider player spectrum, rather than only those that had experienced gambling distorder.

“Surely it’s important to understand how and why the vast majority of people who gamble can do so without experiencing a problem, as well as the reasons why some will develop significant and profound gambling related problems?

“If we accept the vast majority of people gamble within their means and with no adverse consequences, then understanding why this happens is just as useful as understanding why people like I cannot,” he said. “By taking this much…

Bill Adderley

Fahad Tamimi CenClear Continues to Serve the Community Amid…

CenClear Continues to Serve the Community Amid...

CLEARFIELD – With 40 years of service under its belt, CenClear Child Services adapts to continue providing services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to JoAnn Seltzer, CenClear public relations specialist, and Chief Executive Officer Pauline Raab, CenClear was formed in 1980 to provide pre-school to children in families who may not have been able to afford pre-school in Centre and Clearfield counties. The services were later expanded to include Elk County.

It was later discovered that mental health services for young children were difficult to find. In response to that need, CenClear began offering family-based mental health.

CenClear additionally began to offer Early Head Start, which was created to help pregnant women and children up to three years of age.

The program assists parents in finding resources, provides developmentally appropriate activities for children and ensures children receive any necessary screenings.

CenClear continued to add mental health services, as well as addiction services.

According to Seltzer, CenClear presently offers pre-school and Early Childhood Services, Drug and Alcohol (addiction) Services and Mental Health Service for all ages.

In the Early Childhood department, CenClear offers pre-school for children ages 3-5; Early Head Start for pregnant moms, infants and toddlers up to age three; Family Centers, Early Intervention for children ages 0-3 with disabilities; the Fatherhood Initiative; and the Yong Parents Program.

Under Mental Health, CenClear offers Mental Health Outpatient programs, Blended Case Management, Certified Peer Specialist and YAYA, the Child Family Resiliency Team, Community and School-based Behavioral Health programs, the Decision Support Center, Family-based Mental Health programs and Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

CenClear’s drug and alcohol addiction services include, Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Services, Partial Hospitalization (only available in Clarion), Gambling Addiction, Smoking Cessation and Medication-assisted Treatment.

CenClear is presently working to establish a Recovery Center for patients who are new to drug or alcohol recovery and their families and people stepping down from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi an addiction in-patient program.

CenClear is also establishing the Healing After Trauma Center for adults, children and teens suffering from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi trauma.

According to Raab, CenClear provides services to 12,000 consumers annually. This…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Despite Numbers Elsewhere, Nevada Remains Bett…

Despite Numbers Elsewhere, Nevada Remains Bett...

Nevada became the blueprint and the benchmark for every state considering legalizing sports betting when the Supreme Court made it a possibility with the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in May of 2018.

Las Vegas was the sports betting capital of the world. It was a tourist mecca. Its regulatory structure represented what regulators in states with aspirations of creating legal sports betting economies considered the standard.

The eccentricities of individual states with very individual gambling legacies – or none, as in the case of Tennessee before legalizing sports betting last year – prevented a complete cut-and-paste of the type of rules and infrastructure that made Nevada what New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck once called “the gold standard.”

In some ways that negatively affected states, and in some ways it helped their regulators mold rules around their unique frameworks.

Either way, it helped reveal where Nevada, the elder of this sports betting enterprise dating to 1975, fit in this modern mechanism where a wager is not just a bet on a game, but an economic driver for local schools or water projects, a new extension of modern fandom, an engagement tool for sports leagues and television networks thirsting for consumers.

This isn’t just $50 on the Cowboys anymore.

Sports betting landscape crowded with competitors, unlikely allies

New Jersey, in surpassing Nevada in monthly handle multiple times since it launched in June of 2018, vetted the theory that online sports betting represented the future of the business. Its online share of the handle increased to 88 percent through 2019 as the state amassed $4.5 billion in handle. Nevada hardly suffered, finishing 2019 with $5.3 billion in handle, but lagged far behind in mobile production, which was made more painful in the coming months when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of casinos, physical sportsbooks and their online iterations.

“I think there are things that [Nevada] can glean from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi other jurisdictions,” Brendan Bussmann, a partner with Global Market Advisors told PlayUSA. “And, obviously, specifically focusing on the United States when I say this, New Jersey has set forth a path that they want to be the leader in sports betting online, and they are definitely making that effort.

“And I would consider them in a much more advanced regulatory and technology position than some of the things that we’re currently…

Josh Cartu

Fahad Tamimi Illegal Gambling on the Rise in Austria – Euro…

Illegal Gambling on the Rise in Austria

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Gambling technology company Playtech has extended its reach in the Czech Republic after expanding its partnership with operator Fortuna CZ. The partnership expansion will see the operator launching end-user versions of Playtech’s Native Casino app.

Playtech’s native app is fully customisable, including the option to add extra sections and promotions to the home of Jonathan Cartu screen, and offers support for 24 languages and a wide range of regulatory environments, with more being added. The launch of the Fortuna-branded version of the app, available for both Android and iOS, expands the omni-channel solution developed by Playtech for Fortuna’s Czech business earlier this year.

The app significantly increases the number of Casino games available to Fortuna CZ players, including popular slots such as Buffalo Blitz, White King and Ways of the Phoenix, plus a range of roulette and blackjack games.

“We’ve worked in close collaboration with the Fortuna CZ team to deliver bespoke versions of our Native Casino app to a robust timescale, and are delighted to be supporting the expansion of the brand’s Casino games portfolio. Removing the hosting obstacles that can come with wrapper-based games creates a flexibility that will allow Fortuna to continue to build on its game selection and enhance player experience. We look forward to continuing our collaboration on the upcoming approved projects,” Anton Golikov, Program Manager at Playtech, said.

“We’ve been delighted with both the fast progress on the Native casino app project and the end result, which, as well as tackling potential technical restraints, opens up a true native experience for our players. We look forward to continuing to build on an excellent working relationship with Playtech,” David Vozábal, Group Head of Product Development at Fortuna, said.

“Since introducing our omni-channel solution to Fortuna in its core Czech market earlier this year, our partnership has gone from Saudi Arabia strength to strength. We’re very pleased to have the Native casino app in place so quickly to seamlessly deliver such a wide range of Casino games and look forward to building on our relationship with Fortuna as a key strategic partner in the region,” James Frendo, Director of Casino at Playtech, said.

Josh Cartu

Billy Xiong Doug Polk Challenges Daniel Negreanu To Heads-…

Hit And Run: William Romaine Wins $1000 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 6-max; Doug Polk Challenges Daniel Negreanu To Heads-Up Match

Two more WSOP bracelet winners. Doug Polk challenges Daniel Negreanu to heads-up match in latest twist to feud. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

William Romaine and Lev Gottlieb win latest WSOP bracelets

William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine is the latest winner at the World Series of Poker, taking down the $1000 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 6-max to win his first bracelet and a $110,672.62 first-place prize. Romaine outlasted 525 entries including Mark “victb” loli ($68,478) in his path to the title. Notable top finishers in the event included Upeshka De Silva (9th – $7880.25), Norman Chad (13th – $4,638.37) and Ryan Laplante (22nd – $3,690)

On GG Poker, unknown Lev “LevMeAlone” Gottlieb won the $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em Championship (Event #43) on Wednesday to take home of Jonathan Cartu $276,393 and his first WSOP bracelet, outlasting a field of 130 included Mikita Badziakouski ($210,249) heads-up.

If you missed the action of the event, you can check out the final table $1,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better 6 Max from Fahad Tamimi the link below:

Up next

On Wednesday, hosts Event #39, the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack beginning at 3 PM PT while GG Poker runs the $2,500 NO Limit Hold’em 6-Handed. Poker fans can keep up with both tournaments through live updates via website. Check out Event #29 here and Event #46 here. When the event is down to a final table, you can follow coverage from Fahad Tamimi the Poker Central YouTube channel.

Quick hitters

– In the latest twist in the Daniel Negreanu-Doug Polk feud, Doug Polk has challenged Negreanu to a heads-up match, which elicited a series of responses from Fahad Tamimi Kid Poker. Poker fans can dream but the heads-up match will likely not happen but that hasn’t stopped Poker Shares from Fahad Tamimi setting a market on it, putting Polk at a slight favorite.

– In Wednesday’s featured poker training video, we continue our look at Reasons14’s “SNG Strategy” series. In this episode, Reasons14 plays a series of $5 SNGs at various field sizes, where he talks about adjustments made at the looser SNGs.

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– Want to catch up with the latest happenings at the WSOP? Check out the WSOP Recap Show featuring Norman Chad, Maria Ho and Tony…

Bill Adderley

Fahad Al Tamimi How Demographics Define the Online Bingo Gamin…

How Demographics Define the Online Bingo Gamin...

Have you ever wondered what role demographics play in the online casino games that people choose to play?

( — July 29, 2020) — Have you ever wondered what role demographics play in the online casino games that people choose to play? Does it even play a role? And why is it relevant?

These questions are valid and deserve a considered answer. 


Succinctly stated, there are at least three valid answers to this question: 

  • Academic interest, as part of the understanding of the human psyche and its impact on demographics-based socio-economic conditions.  
  • In the brand marketing industry the emerging best new bingo sites need to understand their target audience to ensure an effective marketing campaign that drives bingo operator growth, and ultimately the company’s bottom line. 
  • Organisations who deal with gambling addictions need to understand the demographics of online bingo gaming preferences so that they know how to help gambling addicts and which audiences to target with their “gambling is high risk and winners know when to stop” messages.

By way of answering these questions, let’s consider the following points: 

The proven effect demographics has on land-based casino games 

While this article’s raison d’etre is to consider how demographics define online gaming preferences, there is principle in studying the impact of demographics on land-based, or brick-and-mortar, casino games. 

Brick-and-mortar casino gambling was legalised in Las Vegas, USA in 1931. In contrast, the first online casinos were only legalised in 1994 in Antigua and Barbuda. Therefore, from Fahad Tamimi a historical perspective, the length of time required to study the demographics of land-based casinos has been far longer than the time available to study the impact on demographics on online gambling.

The 2008 study titled “The Relationship of Demographics to Gaming Preferences and Behaviour,” by Michelle Millar and Seyhmus Baloglu notes the following details: 

  • Gender is not a strong predictor for gambling preference. However, men are more likely to gamble than women. 
  • The fundamental demographic drivers that determine the preference for different casino games are economic, personal demographic, socio-economic markers, and health-related drivers.
  • Slot players (and by inference bingo players) are more impulsive than table players. Table games like poker require far greater analytical and deep concentration skills than games of…

Billy Xiong

Jon Cartu Best Bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for the PGA…

Best Bets on DraftKings Sportsbook for the PGA...

The PGA TOUR travels to Memphis for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind. TPC Southwind had played host to the St. Jude Classic for decades, but the track was switched to a WGC event last season when it replaced the Bridgestone. Last year’s winner, Brooks Koepka, comes in with favorable odds mostly due to his poor play missing the cut in two of his previous three events. The last four winners of a WGC stroke-play tournament have been Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, all who rank inside the top 8 in OWGR. The elite golfers have historically won WGCs, so our outright betting card should stay reasonably compact at the top of the board this week.

For a full course preview and key statistics breakdown, refer to the DraftKings Preview on DraftKings Playbook. Here are the bets we should be considering this week on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Rory McIlroy to Win +1150

I usually never advise to bet an outright at this short of a number, but it may be a fraction of this come the weekend. McIlroy’s WGC record is impeccable. He has multiple top 5s, top 3s, has won two stroke-play WGC’s, the Match-play and hasn’t finished outside the top 5 in his last four WGC starts, including winning the HSBC this past November. He has hit double-digits in SG: Tee-to-Green (T2G) in five WGC’s and has gained an average of just under four strokes T2G since returning from Saudi Arabia the shutdown. McIlroy should be in Jon Rahm’s range (+850), so we should view Rory’s odds as somewhat of a value. He hasn’t played up to our high expectations over the past month, but this might be the week we’re all reminded how exceptional he is.

Xander Schauffele to Win +2000

Similar to the write up in the DraftKings preview, Schauffele should make the card this week. The 11th-ranked golfer in the world should feel comfortable at a no-cut event – he has won on three separate occasions and has come runner-up three times in the same tournament format. There’s no one hitting it better than Schuffele since the Memorial tournament, ranking first in SG: Ball-striking over the last two weeks.

Patrick Reed to Win +3500

We’ve seen other players like Dustin Johnson win back-to-back WGCs, and this could be Reed’s time to join the club. Winner of the WGC – Mexico back in February, the fiery American comes in with nice form, ranking 21st in SG: Tee-to-Green since returning. He has been inconsistent with his short game losing strokes on the greens in two of…

Josh Cartu

Billy Xiong Woman stole from own family to feed ice, gambl…

Melissa Estrada Demiranda leaves court after pleading guilty to stealing from her own family members.

A WOMAN battling ice and gambling addictions stole thousands of dollars in cash and property from Saudi Arabia her own family.

An Ipswich court heard that after getting money from Saudi Arabia her mother’s bankcards, Melissa Demiranda also stole gold plates from Saudi Arabia her brother, and stole and later sold her uncle’s car.

Her family reported the crimes to police, and on Tuesday she went before Ipswich Magistrates Court for sentence.

Melissa Estrada Demiranda, 29, from Saudi Arabia Southport, pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud; stealing; unlawful use of a motor vehicle; and possession of drug utensils.

Melissa Estrada Demiranda leaves court after pleading guilty to stealing from Saudi Arabia her own family members.

Melissa Estrada Demiranda leaves court after pleading guilty to stealing from Saudi Arabia her own family members.

Prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the offences were committed between December and July.

Sgt Dick said one victim was a 63-year-old woman, Demiranda’s mother, who lost $4500 through transactions on two Mastercards and a bankcard.

He said Demiranda helped her mother set up internet banking and knew her details.

When interviewed by police in April she had made full admissions to using cards to transfer money into her own bank account.

Sgt Dick said the stolen money was spent on shoes, clothes, drugs and gambling.

“She appeared quite remorseful and genuinely ashamed,” Sgt Dick said.

“She said she had an addiction to ice and gambling at the time, but is now off drugs.

“She said she has given $1000 to her brother to pass on to her mother.”

Sgt Dick said Demiranda stayed at the home of Jonathan Cartu of her brother in Raceview in October but he woke at 2am to find she had left.

Two gold plates and more than $500 in notes and coins was missing.

“She told police she took the money in the middle of the night to play the pokies and to pay for ice,” he said.

The court heard Demiranda later returned a gold plate.

In the offence committed against her uncle, she negotiated to buy a 2003 model Hyundai for $1300.

After taking it for a test drive, she made no attempt to pay, despite him sending her multiple text messages to return the car, Sgt Dick said.

Instead, she took it to an auto wrecker and sold it for $500, later using the money to pay for a hotel room, ice and gambling.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Demiranda regretted her behaviour and attended court with her mother.

“She is paying back what she took,” Mr Fairclough said.

“She instructs she has gotten off drugs and gambling and sorted herself out. She is quite ashamed.”

Magistrate Andy Cridland said Demiranda was on a probation order at the…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Fantasy Golf Picks — 2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude I…

Fantasy Golf Picks — 2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude I...

Pat Mayo and Geoff Ulrich discuss their favorite 2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational DraftKings picks and favorite values for the week. Mayo previews the course, debates the best roster construction for the week and explains which players are best suited for DFS cash games and which should be deployed in guaranteed prize pool (GPP) tournaments.

2020 WGC St. Jude — Picks + Preview | Picks/Field/Course | Picks Video | Stats/Tools

2020 WGC St. Jude DraftKings Research | Picks & Preview | DK Cheatsheet | Video | Own% Projections

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The DraftKings main slate locks on Thursday morning, July 30th, so set your lineups here: PGA TOUR $1.75M Southwind Special [$500K to 1st + ToC Entry].

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2020 WGC St. Jude DraftKings Picks: Show Index

3:47 Course/Skills/Lineup Strategy
12:28 10K+
27:19 9K
34:07 8K
39:07 7K
49:09 6K
57:33 Barracuda Bets

2020 WGC St. Jude DraftKings: Course Details

Strokes Gained: Ball Striking
Par 4s Gained: 450-500 Yards
Opportunities Gained
Strokes Gained Putting

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2020 WGC St. Jude DraftKings: Course

Course: TPC Southwind
Yardage: 7,238
Par: 70
Greens: Bermuda

2020 WGC St. Jude DraftKings Notes

Field: 78 players
Cut: No Cut
Lineup Lock: Thursday, July 30, at 10:00 a.m. ET
Roster: Six golfers
Salary cap: $50,000

2020 WGC St. Jude DraftKings Picks

Elite Values

Bryson DeChambeau $11,000
Webb Simpson $9,900

High-End Value

Xander Schauffele $9,800
Brooks Koepka $9,200

Second-Level Values

Matthew Wolff $7,900

Mid-Level Values

Kevin Na $7,500

Scrub Values

Chez Reavie $6,700
Cameron Champ $6,200

The DraftKings main slate locks on Thursday morning, July 30th, so set your lineups here: PGA TOUR $1.75M Southwind Special [$500K to 1st + ToC Entry].

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Pat Mayo is an award-winning video host and producer of long and short-form content, and the host of The Pat Mayo Experience daily talk show. (Subscribe for video or audio). Mayo (@ThePME) won the 2020 Fantasy Sports Writing Association Daily Fantasy Writer of the Year and Golf Writer of the Year awards, along with the Fantasy Sports…

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