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Ben Affleck Caught Card Counting In Las Vegas Casino

Ben AffleckWhile on a Las Vegas vacation with his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, Hollywood actor Ben Affleck was caught counting cards at a blackjack table at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and asked to leave the property.

The 41-year-old part-time poker player, who won the 2004 California State Poker Championship for $ 356,400, was caught using “perfect basic” strategy and “moving his money with the count,” according to an alert submitted by the Surveillance Information Network.

According to a source at the casino, Affleck was being incredibly obvious that he was keeping a running count by using his black $ 100 chips to keep track and varying his bet sizes between $ 100 and $ 20,000, depending on how favorable the shoe was.

Apparently, after being asked to stop, Affleck continued to keep count and the casino had no choice but to ban him from playing and ask him to leave.

The alert, which is issued to other major casinos in the area, said that Affleck was “currently suspected of advantage play.”

Card counting occurs when a player, primarily playing blackjack, keeps a running count of the high and low cards dealt from a particular shoe. When the ratio of high cards to low cards is favorable, the player then bets bigger, taking advantage of the odds being temporarily shifted in their favor. Card counting is not an illegal practice, but the casino does have the right to restrict or bar a card counter from playing.

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Published on 12:31 pm by Administrator

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Pennsylvania Lawmaker Wants Possible Prison Terms For Those Caught Playing Online Poker

Some in Pennsylvania have been pondering the idea of legalizing online gaming that would be offered from state-sanctioned sites, while at least one elected official now wants the act of playing to be criminalized, according to an article on Philly.com.

A state lawmaker is pushing a proposal that would make the “first violation a summary offense that carries a possible $ 300 fine and up to 90 days in jail”, while “a second violation would be a misdemeanor bringing a chance of a $ 2,500 fine and up to a year in jail.”

Those penalties apparently wouldn’t be for running an illegal gambling website in or from the state, but simply for logging on and wagering on an existing site, presumably offshore as the law would make sites domestic to Pennsylvania impossible.

“I believe that if you hit people in their wallets, we can start to crack down on the lawbreakers,” state Rep. Mario Scavello reportedly said.

The lawmaker’s efforts have the blessing of the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, a group which billionaire casino boss Sheldon Adelson has pledged to fund endlessly. Las Vegas Sands has a casino in Pennsylvania, so it has some skin in the game there.

The state has the second largest commercial casino industry in the nation.

A year ago to the day, the state of Washington decided to delay fixing its law that says playing online poker is criminal. Even though no one has ever been prosecuted for playing online poker there, many poker supporters view that statute as draconian.

Neighboring Pennsylvania is New Jersey, which has legal and operational web gambling.

The major offshore poker sites left American cyberspace after Black Friday in 2011, but many smaller sites still take action from those within the Unite States.

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TheAgnostic


7 hours ago

This is one of the reason’s I left Pennsylvania 20 years ago . Stupid politicians wasting everyone’s time. Oh and please tell me how they would go about knowing somebody is playing this horrible game of online poker? I can see it now on Action news channel 6. Today police broke in the door of Johnny Quad’s and found him play .02-.04 Limit Holdem . While at gunpoint they cop’s confiscated his computer and took the criminal in to custody.

Meanwhile across town pedohiles rejoiced as the focus was now on those nasty poker players breaking the internet laws.

Idiots

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Published on 11:32 pm by Administrator

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Buddhist Monks Caught Playing High-Stakes Poker

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The Weekly Turbo: Bellagio Thief Caught, Duhamel’s Win, and More

If you’re looking for the week’s top poker news stories, then you’ve come to the right place. The Bellagio thief was caught this week, so we’re going to tell you about that, Duhamel’s latest win, and more.

Bellagio Chip Thief Caught

Late last night, Las Vegas police arrested Anthony Michael Carleo after the 29-year-old attempted to sell high-value chips, stolen from the Bellagio Resort and Casino last December, to undercover officers The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Carleo is the son of Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge George Assad.

The robbery — the audacity of which inspired some to compare it to Oceans 11 and its sequels — took place just before 4 a.m. on December 14. The suspect parked his still-running motorcycle by the casino’s north entrance, went inside to a craps table where he drew a pistol, and soon left the premises with $ 1.5 million worth of chips in denominations ranging from $ 100 to $ 25,000.

In early January, the Bellagio discontinued the $ 25,000 chips, giving patrons until April 22 to redeem them. At the time, MGM Resorts spokesman Alan Feldman noted that the $ 25,000 chips had already been switched out at the tables within an hour of the robbery. The LVRJ does not specify which denomination chips Carleo was trying to sell to the undercover officers.

A similar robbery had taken place the previous week at the Suncoast Casino, a heist thought to be perpetrated by the same individual.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has more about last night’s arrest.

Another Win for Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel has done it again – well kind of. No, he’s not at the World Series of Poker Final Table, but he did final-table the European Poker Tour Deauville $ 10,000 High Roller event and go on to win it. He pocketed €203,232 for the win when he beat Alain Confino heads up.

After the win, Duhamel was overheard saying, “I’m so happy right now. I love poker,” to Swedish pro Martin Jacobson who was railing the action. We’d love poker, too, if we were in your shoes, Jonathan.

Check out the PokerStars Blog for more.

Intrastate Online Poker… Is Florida Next?

In December, Florida state Rep. Joseph Abruzzo refiled a bill that would establish a system for intrastate online poker in Florida, but the legislative session ended before his bill could be advanced.

Now, though, the idea has been revived once more as state Senator Miguel Diaz has drafted a Senate companion bill putting the idea of intrastate online poker back on the legislative table.

Rep. Abruzzo’s bill had outlined a plan to allow Florida’s brick-and-mortar rooms to become affiliates of newly-created online sites. As has been the case with similar discussions in other states, play would be limited to Florida residents only.

Scott Long offers more on the current status of online poker in Florida at Ante Up! Magazine.

Greg Raymer No Longer a Team Pro

If you go to the PokerStars home page, you won’t find 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Greg “Fossilman” Raymer under the Team Pro lineup anymore.

According to a thread started Monday on TwoPlusTwo, Pat Pezzin questioned Raymer about not being a Team Pro anymore while they were playing at the same table.

Pat Pezzin: yo greg
FossilMan: hi pat
Pat Pezzin: why don’t you have red star by your name?
Fossilman: long story, call me if you’d like

Also on Monday, Kathy Leibert tweeted, “I heard that Pokerstars was cutting many of their team pros compensation. Take it or leave it. Raymer left it.”

And while there was no official confirmation from Raymer or PokerStars, not being in the Team Pro lineup is about as official as it can get — unless there was some unfortunate Internet glitch.

There was no glitch, it’s true, as Raymer has confirmed the suspicions in the same TwoPlusTwo thread.

“There has been a lot of discussion about my representation of PokerStars, and it is true that right now I am not representing them. In the near future, I will have a more detailed statement discussing this situation, but I have no further comment at this time. For those of you who have been reading about and discussing this situation, I appreciate all of the positive comments I have received. It is very gratifying to hear so many nice things from so many good people, and I am touched by your support. Sincerely, Greg Raymer (FossilMan)”

Structures for 2011 WSOP Events Made Available

In late December, dates for the 2011 World Series of Poker were announced. Then, a little over a week ago, the full schedule came out providing details of the record 58 bracelet events that will comprise this year’s series.

On Friday, structure sheets were made available for all those events, giving players plenty of time to study how each event will be managed before deciding to play.

As previously announced, for events with one-hour levels, players will never be forced to play more than 10 levels in a single day. Also, for events with late afternoon (5 p.m.) Day 1 start times, dinner breaks will last only 30 minutes rather than a full hour.

All the structure sheets can be viewed on the WSOP site.

Oldest WSOP Player Jack Ury Dies at 97

The poker world said goodbye to a dear friend this week after hearing the news that Jack Ury had passed away Tuesday evening in Terre Haute, Indiana, just a few weeks shy of his 98th birthday. The nonagenarian participated in the World Series of Poker Main Event each of the last four years, setting a new record with every appearance as the oldest-ever WSOP participant.

Ury will be remembered fondly, with most of those who played with him or who reported on WSOP Main Events over the past four years having stories to tell of Ury’s humor and heart.

Last summer the former postal worker and U.S. Navy veteran made it through Day 2 of the Main Event, though his short stack was blinded off at the start of the third day of play. Here’s one hand from Day 2 which epitomized Ury’s inspiring spirit, a hand in which the father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather was all in with pocket kings and survived.

“I never give up,” said Ury after the hand.

Read more about Ury’s life and offer condolences over at the Callahan-DeBaun Funeral Home website.

Such a Tease

Season seven of High Stakes Poker on GSN is just around the corner on February 26. And just to get you amped up about it, we’ve got a little teaser commercial for you.

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The Nightly Turbo: Young Lands Seat in NBC Heads-Up, Bellagio Chip Thief Caught, and More

Justin Young

It has been another busy 24 hours in the poker world. A seat in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship has been claimed. A friend of poker has passed. Another tournament, this one in Italy, has begun. And two thieves of poker chips — real and virtual — have been nabbed. Here’s what’s been happening…

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The 2011 Borgata Winter Open Championship Event completed its third day of play on Wednesday with 37 of the original starting field of 718 still with chips. All of those returning will be chasing chip leader Or Abramov when play resumes. >Here’s the latest from Atlantic City.

The sixth installment of the UltimateBet Online Championship series recently concluded. In the end, more than $ 5 million was divided among those cashing in the 28 events. Rich Ryan recaps highlights from UBOC 6.

There was an incident last week at the Holland Casino Dom Classic in which a player, Kadir Karabulut of Turkey, was disqualified after being suspected of employing a colleague to help him gain an advantage at the table. Read about what is being reported as having happened at the Holland Casino here.

Justin Young Qualifies for NBC National Heads-Up Championship

Justin Young has won his way into the field of 64 for next month’s NBC National Heads-Up Championship after outlasting Eric “Basebaldy” Baldwin in a heads-up final to claim the seat.

The win was doubly sweet for Young, a bit of payback versus his good friend Baldwin who last November defeated Young heads-up at the final table of the NAPT Bounty Shootout in Los Angeles.

Young claims the $ 25,000 seat for winning a $ 230 qualifying event that ran as part of the 2011 Caesars Winter Poker Classic. The event began with 217 players playing a multi-table tournament until just 16 remained, among them Kathy Liebert, Jonathan Friedberg, Sam Grizzle, Baldwin, and Young. Those 16 then played out a heads-up tournament after the fashion of the NBC tourney, with Young ultimately coming out on top.

Stay tuned over at NBC.com for the latest news regarding the Heads-Up Championship.

Oldest WSOP player Jack Ury dies at 97

The poker world said goodbye to a dear friend today after hearing the news that Jack Ury had passed away Tuesday evening in Terre Haute, Indiana just a few weeks shy of his 98th birthday. The nonagenarian participated in the World Series of Poker Main Event each of the last four years, setting a new record with every appearance as the oldest-ever WSOP participant.

Ury will be remembered fondly, with most of those who played with him or who reported on WSOP Main Events over the past four years having stories to tell of Ury’s humor and heart.

Last summer the former postal worker and U.S. Navy veteran made it through Day 2 of the Main Event, though his short stack was blinded off at the start of the third day of play. Here’s one hand from Day 2 which epitomized Ury’s inspiring spirit, a hand in which the father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather was all in with pocket kings and survived.

“I never give up,” said Ury after the hand.

Read more about Ury’s life and offer condolences over at the Callahan-DeBaun Funeral Home website.

Bellagio chip thief caught

Late last night, Las Vegas police arrested Anthony Michael Carleo after the 29-year-old attempted to sell undercover officers high-value chips stolen from the Bellagio Resort and Casino last December. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Carleo is the son of Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge George Assad.

The robbery — the audacity of which inspired some to evoke comparisons to Oceans 11 and its sequels — took place just before 4 a.m. on December 14. The suspect parked his still-running motorcycle by the casino’s north entrance, went inside to a craps table where he drew a pistol, and soon left the premises with $ 1.5 million worth of chips in denominations ranging from $ 100 to $ 25,000.

In early January, the Bellagio discontinued the $ 25,000 chips, giving patrons until April 22 to redeem them. At the time, MGM Resorts spokesman Alan Feldman noted that the $ 25,000 chips had already been switched out at the tables within an hour of the robbery. The LVRJ does not specify which denomination chips Carleo was trying to sell to the undercover officers.

A similar robbery had taken place the previous week at the Suncoast Casino, a heist thought to be perpetrated by the same individual.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has more about last night’s arrest.

Cards in the air at WPT Venice

The ever-journeying World Poker Tour has touched down once again, this time in Venice, Italy where the WPT Venice event presented by PartyPoker has begun.

The five-day, €3000 + €30 buy-in tournament has attracted several familiar faces, among them Max Pescatori, Fabrice Soulier, Claire Renault, Claudio Rinaldi, and Alessio Isaia.

Other events scheduled to take place over the next few days at the Casino di Venezia include a €10,000 High Roller event taking place February 7-9 as well as a series of charity heads-up matches involving Pescatori, Dragan Galic, Giovanni Rizzo, and Italian football star Francesco Totti.

Check the PartyPoker blog for live reports in English and Italian.

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