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Crazy Gambling Stories From April

The gambling world can sometimes produce really off-the-wall stories. Every month there are plenty of cases of individuals going to extreme lengths to pay back debts, or of simply bizarre behavior at casino properties around the globe. It can be entertaining and sometimes sad.

April was no exception, as there was plenty that happened in the casino world.

Here’s a look at some of the most colorful and noteworthy from the month that was.

Atlantic City Casino Sues Phil Ivey For $ 9.6 Million, Says Poker Pro Cheated

Poker pro Phil Ivey, widely regarded as the game’s best player, has been sued by an Atlantic City casino, which alleges that he cheated the house out of $ 9.6 million.

Ivey is accused of spotting manufacturing defects in the cards while playing high-stakes baccarat. The suit also names the manufacturer of the cards, Gemaco Inc. of Blue Springs, Mo. In addition, Ivey’s alleged accomplice, Cheng Yin Sun, is named in the complaint. According to the report, she was Ivey’s companion on his trips and gave instructions to the dealer.

Ben Affleck Caught Card Counting In Las Vegas Casino

While 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.

Poker Player Gets Five Years In Prison

According to a press release from the FBI, World Poker Tour champion Vadim Trincher was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison “for participating in a racketeering conspiracy” in connection with a “Russian-American organized crime enterprise.”

A co-defendant, Anatoly Golubchik, was also sentenced to five years for his involvement.

Trincher pleaded guilty late last year to participation in an illegal sports betting operation that catered to wealthy bettors in the U.S. and Europe. According to reports, Trincher’s business typically dealt with soccer matches.

Poker Player Dan Bilzerian Throws Porn Star Off Roof Into Pool, And She Breaks Her Foot

High-stakes poker player and Instagram celebrity Dan Bilzerian was recently doing a shoot for Hustler magazine and decide it would be cool to throw 19-year-old porn star Janice Griffith, who was a model in the shoot, off a roof and into a pool, TMZ reported.

Bilzerian didn’t quite throw her far enough, as the less-than-100-pound Griffith smashed her foot on the side of the pool, and reportedly she broke it.

UK Court Rules That Poker Player Doesn’t Have To Pay Child Support

A professional poker player in the United Kingdom, who doesn’t want to pay child support, just recently saw a judge rule in his favor.

The judge felt that his poker winnings were not from “gainful employment” and thus didn’t meet the regulations governing the payment of child support, the BBC reported.

The dispute between Tony Hakki and his former partner has been ongoing for more than four years.

George Clooney Calls Steve Wynn ‘An Asshole’ To His Face While Having Dinner At Wynn’s Hotel

Fighting with Steve Wynn in his own casino probably isn’t too great of an idea.

The billionaire casino boss and actor George Clooney had dinner a couple of weeks ago to discuss some business, but the evening reportedly ended in a heated exchange.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the two men were talking about politics and got into it after Wynn, Clooney said, criticized President Obama and his policies. Wynn is known for being a staunch Republican, while Clooney is a Democrat.

Nevada Removes Gambler From Casino ‘Black Book’

Roderick William Dee II, who was added to Nevada’s infamous “Black Book” last year, was removed last week by gaming regulars. He died on Dec. 30.

Dee was known for cheating at slot machines.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Dee had four felony convictions for slot machine incidents, three in Nevada and one in Missouri. Two incidents occurred in Nevada casinos and the third occurred in a Las Vegas convenience store. He used a device that would trick a slot machine into producing a jackpot or adding credits. He reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars, illegally.

Game Of Bingo Carries On As Paramedics Try To Save Player Who Had A Heart Attack

A bingo game in the United Kingdom continued despite one of the players collapsing from a heart attack, according to the Burton Mail.

Two nurses who were also playing rushed to the man’s side to help. Paramedics eventually arrived and were trying to save his life. Still, numbers were being called.

Drugmakers Posed As Poker Players In Botched Attempt To Flee Australia

Three men from Canada posed as poker players in a tournament at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia as part of a botched effort to set up a “local drug laboratory for a sophisticated international syndicate,” the Herald Sun reported.

The men have pleaded guilty to the crime of conspiring to manufacture a commercial quantity of drugs and are awaiting sentencing.

Pennsylvania Man Mistakenly Throws Away $ 1.25 Million In Winning Lottery Tickets

Sometimes when you win the lottery you actually lose.

A Pennsylvania man mistakenly threw away $ 1.25 million worth of winning lottery tickets, and that money will stay with the state, according to a report from the York Daily Record.

The tickets were bought by a lottery regular in 2013, and many months went by before the Pennsylvania Lottery made a public announcement that the winner had until Mar. 13 of this year to cash all 25 of them in. However, no one did.

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Atlantic City Casinos Win $11.9 Million From Online Gambling In March

Internet gambling revenue in Atlantic City has reached its highest level ever.

According to a state report released Monday, the city’s casinos reported web gaming win of $ 11.9 million in March. That figure was a 15.2-percent increase compared to the $ 10.3 million in February. Revenues have steadily been climbing since the games launched late last year.

Of the $ 11.9 million, around $ 3.2 million came from online poker. Poker was $ 3.1 million of the figure in February. Poker increased in size, but decreased in its piece of the overall pie.

For comparison with Nevada: The Silver State’s poker sites captured $ 824,000 in rake from online poker in February. Nevada’s numbers from March aren’t yet available.

According to Adam Krejcik of Eilers Research, the New Jersey market size for the year is on pace to be around $ 142.5 million. At one point in the not-so-distant past, some state officials in New Jersey were thinking that online gaming could be worth $ 1 billion in the first year.

That outrageous estimate was eventually debunked.

As of Mar. 31, nearly 292,000 Internet gaming accounts had been created since the beginning of soft play on Nov. 21, 2013. At the end of February, there were 248,241 accounts.

The number of New Jersey web gaming accounts doesn’t refer to the number of unique players, as customers can sign up for an account at each Internet gaming website.

The Garden State report also included mention that total gaming win from the brick-and-mortar casinos and their Internet gaming operations was $ 233.4 million in March. That was a 2.2-percent decline compared to the $ 238.5 million in casino win for March 2013.

It is worth noting that there was one fewer casino this March.

Atlantic City was in the national spotlight this past weekend, as one of its casinos sued poker pro Phil Ivey in an effort to recoup $ 9.6 million. The casino said Ivey and his gambling companion cheated while playing high-stakes baccarat in 2012.

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Tropicana Completes Casino Purchase From Pinnacle

Tropicana Entertainment announced Tuesday that it has completed its acquisition of Lumière Place Casino, HoteLumière, and the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis from industry competitor Pinnacle Entertainment. The deal was $ 260 million.

With the acquisition, Lumière becomes the ninth casino property in Tropicana’s portfolio. It has casinos in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and Aruba.

“We are incredibly excited to add this magnificent St. Louis property to Tropicana’s portfolio.” Tony Rodio, the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement.

“We are very much looking forward to becoming part of the St. Louis business community and working with the city and state as we operate Lumière into the future. We would like to thank Mayor Slay for his support in welcoming Tropicana to St. Louis and the Missouri Gaming Commission for its expedited review of our gaming applications.”

The sale came after the Federal Trade Commission originally expressed concern with Pinnacle’s merger with Ameristar Casinos. That acquisition was for a whopping $ 2.8 billion.

Last year, the government said that without selling some of its casino investments, “the transaction would have increased Pinnacle’s ability and incentive to raise prices post-acquisition, in the form of less favorable hold rates, rake rates, table game rules and odds, and lower player reinvestments.” The FTC approved the overall plan by a vote of 4-0.

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Free Video And PDF From Jonathan Little On Increasing Aggression At The Poker Table

Jonathan LittleAccording to 2-time World Poker Tour champion Jonathan Little, lots of players, especially in the small and middle stake games, take very passive lines when they should in fact be taking very aggressive lines.

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Little will be teaching all of these tips and strategies in greater detail on a live 3-hour webinar on Saturday March 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.

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  • Why increase aggression?
  • Bankroll management implications
  • Open raise with more hands
  • Typical button raising range
  • Attack limpers
  • Squeeze when it makes sense
  • Open pushing when short stacked
  • Open pushing vs. other plays
  • Reraise preflop with a wider range
  • Recognize when you are being reraised wide and 4-bet
  • Bet when checked to
  • Float the flop
  • Playing the turn when checked to
  • Playing the turn when bet into again
  • Raise the flop
  • Check raise the flop
  • Attack scary boards
  • Attack strong ranges when your opponent thinks you are also strong
  • Raise to increase your equity
  • Do not blindly apply aggression

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Crazy Gambling Stories From February

The gambling world can sometimes produce really off-the-wall stories. Every month there are plenty of cases of individuals going to extreme lengths to pay back debts, or of simply bizarre behavior at casino properties around the globe. It can be entertaining and sometimes sad.

February was no exception, as there was plenty that happened in the casino world.

Here’s a look at some of the most colorful and noteworthy from the month that was.

Washington State Shuts Down Penny-Ante Card Game At Senior Center

The state of Washington busted a 25-year-old penny-ante pinochle game at a senior center in the city of Snohomish, King 5 News reported. About five years ago, the city passed an ordinance to keep for-profit card rooms from opening there, and apparently thanks to some murky language in the rule the senior center game was included under its scope.

Player Banned From WSOP Events and Properties After Taking Tournament Chip

On Feb. 16, during a World Series of Poker Circuit stop at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in South Florida, Chan Pelton took a single 25,000 denomination chip from his stack during heads-up play at the final table of a $ 1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament.

Pelton, a tournament regular from Texas with over $ 300,000 in career earnings, then went on to win the tournament, the $ 47,061 first-place prize and a WSOP Circuit ring.

After video surveillance confirmed tournament staff suspicions that a chip had been taken, Pelton returned the chip, claiming he had taken it as a souvenir. However, PBKC staff believed that Pelton had taken the chip with the intention of adding it to a stack in a future tournament.

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Wants Possible Prison Terms For 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. A 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.”

NFL Star Ray Rice Arrested At Atlantic City Casino

Ray Rice and his fiancée were both arrested for simple assault at a casino. Police have video evidence that shows Rice knocking her unconscious. A video posted online by TMZ shows Rice lifting the woman by her arms out of an elevator at the Revel Casino and laying her on the floor. It also shows Rice pulling the woman’s legs away from the elevator door.

Former Steeler Settles Case Against Casino

Michael Merriweather, a former linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has settled his federal wage theft and discrimination lawsuit against The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pennsylvania, according to the Associated Press. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Sheldon Adelson Targeted In Las Vegas Sands Websites Attack

Casino boss Sheldon Adelson was the target of a online attack on various websites owned by Las Vegas Sands, a casino corporation that operates The Venetian and The Palazzo in Nevada, The Sands Casino Resort in Pennsylvania and other properties in Macau and Singapore. The sites were taken down, and restored about a week later.

More Charges For Alleged Borgata Poker Tournament Cheat

A man accused of using fake chips in a New Jersey poker tournament last month has been charged with copyright infringement after authorities found thousands of bootleg DVDs at his home. Customs agents have been investigating Christian Lusardi since mid-2012, when they started intercepting boxes of counterfeit DVDs from China heading to Fayetteville homes.

Woman Hits $ 29M Jackpot On Faulty Slot Machine, Casino Offers Her Two Steak Dinners

An apparent software glitch in a slot machine at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana awarded a woman nearly $ 29 million on January 11. She left empty-handed. According to reporting from a local ABC station, Jennifer Carmin sat down at the penny slot and before she knew it, the machine was flashing a number with a lot of digits and commas.

Vegas Slot Machine Hasn’t Awarded A Jackpot In Nearly 20 Years

A slot machine at MGM Grand in Las Vegas hasn’t awarded a jackpot in nearly 20 years. The prize currently stands at more than $ 2.3 million. Under Nevada law, the old machine can’t be replaced until awarding most of that sum. In other words, it stays until the jackpot is hit. Gamblers reportedly have flocked to it.

Dan Cates Says He Was Scammed Out Of $ 1.9 Million

Online poker legend Dan Cates said that a fellow high-stakes regular owes him $ 1.9 million from their matches, but has refused to pay him.

Nevada Indicts Gambler Over $ 12.9M Debt

A Canadian real estate businessman was indicted by a grand jury on charges he failed to pay back $ 12.9 million in gambling debts to two Las Vegas casinos. Semion Kronenfeld faces 12 counts, including theft and obtaining money under false pretenses, for not paying off $ 7.9 million in markers to the Venetian and $ 5 million in markers to the Green Valley Ranch Resort.

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Chan Pelton Banned From All World Series of Poker Events and Properties After Taking Single Tournament Chip

Chan Pelton, After Winning A CPPT Event In July of 2013On Feb. 16, during a World Series of Poker Circuit stop at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in South Florida, Chan Pelton took a single 25,000 denomination chip from his stack during heads-up play at the final table of event no. 9, a $ 1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament.

Pelton, a tournament regular from College Station, Texas with over $ 300,000 in career earnings, then went on to win the tournament, the $ 47,061 first-place prize and a WSOP Circuit ring.

After video surveillance confirmed tournament staff suspicions that a chip had been taken, Pelton returned the chip, claiming he had taken it as a souvenir. However, PBKC staff believed that Pelton had taken the chip with the intention of adding it to a stack in a future tournament.

This week, the PBKC and the WSOP have taken swift action, banning Pelton from all PBKC events, as well as all Caesars Entertainment properties and WSOP events. That includes the summer series in Las Vegas.

Additionally, Pelton was forced to forfeit his prize money, his ring and points used to qualify him for the WSOP National Championship this summer. The event’s runner-up, Chris Bolek, was then awarded the first-place prize, with the second-place prize of $ 29,070 being distributed among the rest of the tournament players who finished in the money.

“I’m literally shell-shocked,” Pelton told SouthFlorida.com. “This is my livelihood, and this is the first time I’ve even been close to any sort of infraction.”

Although the PBKC admitted that the integrity of the event wasn’t compromised and that Pelton was only hurting himself in the tournament by taking the chip, they still felt the need to make an example out of him in order to protect future events.

“The integrity of our games is of upmost importance and regardless of the intent in question from this incident, we cannot sit idle and risk the stolen chips being re-introduced in the future,” said PBKC Card Room Director Noah Carbone. “We take great pride in providing a fair and secure environment for our valued patrons and this unfortunate incident, while discovered and handled swiftly, should serve as a reminder to players that tournament chips are the property of the poker room and must remain on the table at all times.”

The poker world appears to be split on whether Pelton knowingly broke the rules. On the one hand, Pelton is a tournament regular with years of experience. Surely he should know better. On the other hand, taking one high denomination chip is essentially worthless in future tournaments. The chip was too big to use early on in a tournament when it would be valuable and by the time it could be slipped into a stack, it would only represent a small fraction of the chips in play.

The incident on the WSOP Circuit comes just weeks after Christian Lusardi was accused of introducing counterfeit tournament chips into the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open. Lusardi was later caught after 2.7 million in counterfeit chips were discovered flushed down an Atlantic City hotel room toilet. The Borgata is now facing a class action lawsuit over the frozen tournament funds.

Earlier this week, Rosa Nguyen and her husband Vuong Trong were arrested for their part in a counterfeit chip operation at the Maryland Live! casino.

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Free Live Cash Game Tips PDF From Jonathan Little

Jonathan LittleCard Player has joined forces with 2-time World Poker Tour champion Jonathan Little to teach poker players how to maximize their ROI in live cash games.

As part of this partnership, Little is giving Card Player readers a free PDF containing over 30 slides packed with Little’s BEST cash game tips from his upcoming live cash game webinar.

Little will be teaching all of these cash game tips and strategies in greater detail on a live 3-hour webinar on Tuesday February 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

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Here are the topics Little will be teaching on his upcoming LIVE cash game webinar:

  • Developing a Sound Strategy
  • The Five Things You Must Pay Attention To in Live Cash Games
  • Preflop Raise Sizing in Low and High Stakes Cash Games
  • How to Extract Maximum Value
  • Generic Early Position Opening Range
  • Generic Middle Position Opening Range
  • Generic Cutoff Opening Range
  • Generic Button Opening Range
  • Adjusting to Your Opponents If They Are Tight and Passive
  • Adjusting to Your Opponents If They Are Loose and Passive
  • Adjusting to Your Opponents If They Are Tight and Aggressive
  • Adjusting to Your Opponents If They Are Loose and Aggressive
  • Adjusting to Your Opponents If They Are Calling Stations
  • Adjusting to Your Opponents If They Are Maniacs
  • Common Leaks of Amateurs
  • Common Leaks of Weak Players
  • Common Leaks of Aggressive Players
  • Table Selection
  • Seat Selection
  • Bankroll Management
  • How Much to Take to the Table
  • Common and Reliable Tells
  • Life Leaks

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Crazy Gambling Stories From January

The gambling world can sometimes produce really off-the-wall stories. Every month there are plenty of cases of individuals going to extreme lengths to pay back debts, or of simply bizarre behavior at casino properties around the globe. It can be entertaining and sometimes sad.

January was no exception, as there was plenty that happened in the casino world.

Here’s a look at some of the most colorful and noteworthy from the month that was.

Gambler Throws $ 30,000 Off Casino Balcony After Birthday Victory

A French gambler threw $ 30,000 off his hotel balcony and down to the people below after winning the huge sum of money at a Uruguayan casino.

The man, who was staying at the exclusive Punta del Este resort in the southeast of the country, was reportedly celebrating his birthday while on holiday in Uruguay when the incident took place. After drinking profusely in the Moby Dick pub, he then headed to the resort’s casino where he won the life changing amount of money.

Cop Allegedly Plays Web Poker While Driving

Video has emerged that allegedly shows a suburban Chicago police officer driving down a snowy road in his patrol car while gambling on a computer game. The 45-second clip posted to YouTube prompted an investigation into the Bolingbrook Police Department officer’s actions.

Elderly Man Robs Bank With Underwear Over His Face After Losing At Poker

An elderly man robbed a Florida bank with underwear over his face because he was broke after gambling on horses and playing poker.

The Palm Beach Post reported that 73-year-old John A. Dougherty held up the bank in the Lakewood Park area with a loaded shotgun. Seven bank employees and one customer were there at the time of the robbery.

Alleged Borgata Chip Counterfeiter Flushed Chips Down Toilet

A suspect has been arrested in the case of the counterfeit chips in the Borgata poker tournament. The $ 2 million guarantee was canceled on Jan. 18 with just 27 players left.

According to reports, the situation began when casino officials at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City discovered that someone had flushed 2.7 million worth of counterfeit poker chips down the toilet in a hotel room. The Borgata was then notified and the tournament was suspended. Tournament staff discovered an additional 800,000 chips in play.

Furniture Store Loses $ 600K In NFL Promotion

The owner of a furniture store in Houston, Texas got rocked for $ 600,000 after offering a juicy promotion that more than 100 customers took him up on.

USA Today reported that Gallery Furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale dangled the following for his customers: purchase $ 5,000 worth of furniture (or more), have it delivered to your home before the start of the first game, and correctly pick the two teams that would advance to the Super Bowl and you would get the purchase free.

Warren Buffett To Award $ 1 Billion For Perfect ‘March Madness’ Bracket

According to a press release, Dan Gilbert’s Quicken Loans has partnered with Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway to dangle an incredible prize for basketball fans — well for anyone, really. The $ 1 billion prize would be paid in 40 annual installments of $ 25 million. Alternatively, the winner could elect to receive an immediate $ 500 million lump sum payment. If there was somehow more than one winner, the prize would be shared.

Poker Player Gets Prison In Illegal Gambling Case

Poker player Edwin Ting was sentenced in New York to five months in prison for his role in the high-stakes gambling ring that was busted by the feds in April of last year.

He was among nearly three dozen individuals charged in the case.

In addition to his sentence, Ting has been ordered to forfeit $ 2 million.

-$ 16 Million Now For Gus Hansen On Full Tilt Poker

Gus Hansen started off the year on a nearly $ 700,000 downswing, and since then he has dropped yet another $ 300,000, which brings his deficit on the year already to seven-figures and his lifetime hole on the software to an astounding $ 16 million.

That’s more than twice as terrible as the second worst account of all time.

888 Offers NFL Player $ 88,800 To Change His Name

The gambling firm has offered New York Giants player Hakeem Nicks $ 88,800 to legally change his name to 888.com. As NorthJersey.com reported, that money wouldn’t actual go in Nicks’ pocket, but instead to a charity of his choice.

The terms of the offer would require him to keep it that way for a full year.

Man Arrested For Alleged Gambling Scheme At Australian Open Tennis Tournament

Detectives believe they have made the first arrest in the world for tennis courtside gambling after nabbing a U.K. man at the Australian Open.

The 22-year-old is alleged to have been sitting at games and using a special electronic device sewn into his clothes to send messages to an associate who places bets before a TV delay — between seven and 10 seconds — catches up and betting odds change.

Former NFL Player Arrested For Allegedly Running An ‘Illegal Gambling House’

Former local football star and ex-NFL player Donald “Reche” Caldwell was arrested for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation in Tampa, Florida.

The 34-year-old Caldwell played wide receiver at the University of Florida, before going to the NFL and playing with several teams — the New England Patriots, the Washington Redskins and the San Deigo Chargers. He played professionally for six years.

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Nevada Casinos Rake In $152.7 Million From Live And Online Poker In Fiscal Year 2013

Statewide, Nevada’s top casinos reported $ 152,746,688 in revenue from live and online poker in fiscal year 2013, according to a state report issued last week.

The revenue is another word for the rake.

Since online gambling hit the Silver State on April 30th, the figure included only about two months of online poker action. Card Player was told by the Nevada Gaming Control Board that online poker revenues were negligible with respect to the fiscal year poker revenue figure. It is very worth noting that only one online poker site in the Silver State was in operation during that time. Ultimate Poker was the first to venture into the online space in U.S. gaming history.

Right now, just Ultimate Poker and the World Series of Poker have such games running. To start 2014, the sites are averaging 90 and 110 cash game players, respectively, according to PokerScout.com. Traffic for each site has leveled off recently.

The $ 152.7 million marks a decrease from fiscal year 2012, when poker revenue (just brick-and-mortar play) was $ 160,909,393. It is also worth noting that the number of locations generating the figures dropped between FY 2012 and FY 2013. The numbers for poker during calendar year 2013 won’t be available for several weeks.

It might not be good though, as Circus Circus Las Vegas and the M Resort both closed their respective poker rooms in the late summer/early fall of last year. It remains to be seen if more online poker in the mix will offset those losses.

During calendar year 2012, live poker in Nevada brought in $ 123,253,000 of the $ 10.86 billion in total gaming revenue, which was a 6.54-percent decline from 2011. It was also the smallest amount since 2004, according to research from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Poker revenues have been declining since 2008, when it was close to $ 156 million.

Just this week, the state of New Jersey reported that online gambling, which began there in late November, had revenues of around $ 8.4 million during 2013. Poker accounted for around $ 3.2 million of that figure. A handful of Atlantic City casino firms have web poker going.

While New Jersey is releasing data on its online gambling industry, the Silver State will not until one more operator is up and running. It’s unclear who or when that might be.

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Online Poker’s Winners And Losers From 2013

Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker went on an absurd heater during the fourth quarter of 2013 on Full Tilt Poker to end the calender year up around $ 6.3 million, which was tops in the online poker world, according to tracking data from HighstakesDB.

By the way, he also won another $ 4.5 million from tournaments.

It’s safe to point to Heinecker as the largest winner, but after that it’s impossible to give you any sort of top 10 list, as numerous high-stakes regulars have opted out of having their results tracked. They wanted privacy, and HighstakesDB obliged.

At any rate, Texas-native Ben “Bttech” Tollerene won nearly $ 3 million during 2013, which was by far his best year ever. Tollerene was up that massive amount despite losing $ 1.7 million to Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in a single session during in an action-packed spring.

Ola “Odd Oddsen” Amundsgaard, who defeated a Norwegian politician in a highly publicized heads-up battle in early December, also won around $ 3 million last year.

Brit Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar had a consistent 2013, winning around $ 2 million.

Patrik Antonius, who now plays under the screen name “FinddaGrind”, proved yet again why he might be the best online poker player in history. He won $ 1.7 million last year in his return to Full Tilt, bringing his lifetime earnings there to at least $ 13 million.

Tom “durrrr” Dwan played sparingly in 2013, but still managed to win $ 750,000.

Although he was up more than $ 5 million at one point during 2013, Blom managed to end the year with profits of around $ 580,000. A large six-figure year doesn’t sound too bad for the Swede, given his lifetime deficit on Full Tilt Poker, but the year could have been much, much greater had he figured out how to slow down a bit.

As for the losers last year, no one compared to Gus Hansen. He dropped around $ 8.4 million, bringing his lifetime losses on the Full Tilt software to around $ 14 million. He had few upswings in 2013, as he continued to get crushed session after session. However, he still remains stubborn and looks to be a very active player in 2014.

Unknown Macau account “MalACEsia” lost around $ 3.7 million last year, but that was in a pretty short span during the summer. The account was the catalyst for massive $ 400-$ 800 no-limit hold’em six-handed games that made a lot of regulars a lot of money.

Perhaps the biggest surprise last year was seeing Phil Ivey — now playing as “Polarizing” — get owned at the virtual felt. He is still the largest online poker winner in history, but 2013 saw him drop around $ 2.4 million. Perhaps his online magic is gone?

New Hampshire-native Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky was the largest winner in 2012, taking home nearly $ 4 million, but 2013 was terrible for him. He lost $ 1.4 million.

His final figure was not the result of a couple of bad months near the tail end of 2013. He struggled all year, and against the same opponents he had crushed a year before.

There is a lot of parity in the high-stakes online poker world.

The year 2013 was the first full year of Full Tilt Poker being back as the epicenter of the high-stakes online cash games. The site was shutdown in 2011 thanks to the Black Friday mess, before re-opening in late 2012. The return of Full Tilt reunited a lot of high-stakes regulars with their frozen account balances, most notably Hansen, who had been on a $ 6-million upswing prior to the site going defunct. Hansen went on to dust off all of that and then some to his peers.

One should expect 2014 to also be an exciting year for the online games at Full Tilt Poker, and to some extent at its sister site PokerStars. Stay tuned to CardPlayer.com for weekly recaps on Friday, with results and even some hands from the action.

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