Abusive language in chat during online poker


There is nothing that I find more upsetting than bullying at the online poker tables. This comes in the form of snide remarks and some times in veiled profanity, like breaking up the works “you are stu pid” or even stronger profanity will escape the notice of the client software that would ban such language.

Finally I had enough and sent the chat to an online poker site saying that their programming should take care of this. Being a programmer in my past life, I know that this is doable but that it adds to the client overhead.

Here is the response I got back:


Good morning Stephen!

I am very sorry to see you had an unpleasant experience at one of our tables. I will look further into this situation and take the necessary action. We do strive to provide a pleasant and fun experience for our players and encourage anyone to let us know when another player is being inappropriate. We will investigate this, but in the future if another player is being overly inappropriate we do have the mute option so you can continue to enjoy the game without the disruptive actions of others distracting you.

I truly hope this covers everything. Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with. Thank you and have a wonderful day!


Turning off the player chat should not be the option. Abuse talk and behavior is not allowed in live poker rooms and should not be tolerated online either.

What are you thoughts about the subject?

Well, it’s Autumn again!

There is just so much going on in #Vegas, that it is hard to know where to begin. Just having full control of my blog, DadsPokerBlog, is a start. Long story short, I had a host that took care of the software but that did not happen unless I sent at least three emails.  For the time being the blog is on WordPress and is forwarded to “myownpokerblog.wordpress.com”.  In the near future, it will show up properly. Enough of that.

I now have a paid writing gig doing some posting at PocketFives.com, of which I am also a member. The idea is to get our Nevada community more active. I could not be happier about the opportunity.

Poker? I am playing almost daily on Ultimate Poker and/or WSOP.com Poker. And there are more choices for Nevada in the works. But therein lies a problem.

Both sites currently have signed up more than 12,000 players. In the case of Ultimate Poker, perhaps 20,000. But on any given night only 200 or so players can be found. If the three or more local casinos also offer live poker by the end of the year, we will have an even greater dilution of players available for each site.

About the only way that Nevada online poker can be viable is if Nevada is able to team up with other states and share the player pool. Time will tell.  In the meantime, please check my posts on PocketFives for the latest statuses about our online poker sites in Nevada.

The Aria Poker Room

Aria - Poker Room

Aria - Poker Room (Photo credit: Miss Shari)

I belong to the Wednesday Poker Discussion Group here in Las Vegas, WPDG, and one of our members suggested that the place to be on a Sunday from 12 noon until at least 6:00 pm is the Aria Poker Room.

If your budget or bankroll can handle the upswings and downswings, the action at the Aria Poker Room is a thing to behold.  In the five hours that I played in a 1/3 No Limit Table, I saw over $5,000 change hands.

There was one gentleman with his personal assistant that bought in for the maximum of $300 and proceeded to gamble it away in less than 20 minutes, reloaded and gambled it away again. His favorite thing to do was to go “all in”. He must have been watching TV poker and thought that this was the best way to play and win.

Small and large pots were being pushed to many different players at the table. Many were tourists on their last day in Vegas and they either wanted the action or the chance to break even.

BAD BEAT STORY ALERT! SKIP THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HEAR IT! (Bad beats are only interesting the the loser for the most part).
I was positioned to receive some of these chips, but, alas, it was not my day. My AA lost to QQQ on the flop and my KK lost to QQ when a Ten hit the river giving him a straight to my lowly one pair. And this was the same player. END OF BAD BEAT STORY ALERT!

Would I go there again on a Sunday? Yes? I would recommend buying in for at least $200 ($300 is the maximum buy-in) and be prepared to reload at least twice.

aria poker room

aria poker room (Photo credit: mk30)

The room was very nice and the chairs were the most comfortable ones that I have seen so far. Adjustable too.  The dealers were very competent  and friendly and for the most part, very professional.

You can follow Aria Poker on Twitter, @AriaPoker. The Aria Poker Room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are located at  3730 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV. The Poker Room phone number is  (702)590-7230

See you at the tables!

Bankroll update: Beginning balance $1,000, Ending balance $879, -$111 this visit.

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Where to play? Where to play?

Bally's Hotel and Casino. Las Vegas, NV, USA –...

Bally's Hotel and Casino. Las Vegas, NV, USA – perspective corrected and cropped version of Image:Ballyshotelcasino-lv.jpg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vegas is home to many casinos that offer poker of various buy-ins and flavors.

To be sure, you can find a cash game or a tournament in any price range to fit any budget.

The following is a list of some of the casinos that offer No Limit Holdem at various limits.

There are even out of town casinos that are close enough to Vegas and also offer poker. These too are as easy to find as searching the web.

There even is an app for that, called “Bravo Poker Live” available on the web and as an Android app.

I’m choosing to play the No Limit Holdem games at either the .50c/$1.00 or $1.00/$2.00 levels with $50 or $100 minimum buy-ins in order to preserve and/or grow my bankroll. Those casinos that offer low buy-ins are as follows:

Binion’s, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $60
Circus Circus, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Rio, $1/$3 NL Holdem, min. $60
Sam’s Town, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $40
Boulder Station, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
MGM Grand, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $60
Rivera, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Stratosphere, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $40
Hooters, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Palace Station, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Texas Station, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Sun Coast, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Club Fortune, $.50/$1,00 NL Holdem, min. $20
Poker Palace, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $40
Excalibur, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $60

To be sure, this list is not complete and is constantly changing.


Included are links to either the “Poker Room” or “Casino” website, the address and phone number, and if available, the Twitter name to follow.  Links and phone numbers were checked using Google search. Your results may vary.

Aria Poker Room, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)590-7230

Arizona Charlie’s Poker Room, 740 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)258-5200

Bally’s Poker Room, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)967-4403

Belliago Poker Room, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)693-7291

Binion’s Poker Room, 128 E. Fremont, Las Vegas, NV (702)366-7361

Boulder Station Poker Room, 4111 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas, NV (702)432-7577

Caesars Palace Poker Room, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)785-6566

Excalibur Poker Room, 3850 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)597-7625

Flamingo Poker Room, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, (702)733-3485

Golden Nugget Poker Room, 129 E. Fremont, Las Vegas, NV, (702)386-8383

Green Valley Ranch Poker Room, 2300 Paseo Verde, Henderson, NV (702)617-7017

Hard Rock Poker Room, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV (702)693-5874

Harrahs’s Poker Room, 3475 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)369-5040

Hooters Poker Room, 115 Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV (702)597-6036

Luxor Poker Room, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)730-5510

M Resort Poker Room, 12300 Las Vegas Bl., Henderson, NV (702)797-1777

Mandalay Bay Poker Room, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)632-7790

MGM Grand Poker Room, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)891-7434

The Mirage Poker Room, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)791-7291

Monte Carlo Poker Room, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)730-7780

Orleans Poker Room, 4500 Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV (702)365-7150

Palace Station Poker Room, 2411 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV (702)367-2453

Palms Poker Room, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV (702)942-6961

Planet Hollywood Poker Room, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)785-9150

Poker Palace Poker Room, 2757 Las Vegas Blvd N, North Las Vegas, NV (702)649-3799
(No Twitter account)

The Quad Poker Room, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)794-3225

Red Rock Poker Room, 11011 W. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV (702)797-7766

Rio Poker Room, 3700 W. Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV (702)777-7650

Rivera Poker Room, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)794-9620

Sam’s Town Poker Room, 5111 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas, NV (702)454-8092

Santa Fe Station Poker Room, 4949 N. Rancho, Las Vegas, NV (702)515-4315

Southpoint Poker Room, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)797-8073

Stratosphere Poker Room, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 702-944-4950

Treasure Island Poker Room, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)894-7291

The Venetian Poker Room, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)414-7657

Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)770-7654


Credits:  Photo from Wiki, List of poker room names – AllVegasPoker,  Google for search and verification, Al Gore (Inventor of the Internet)

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What to do – what to do!

Money Bankroll Girls February 08, 20113

Money Bankroll Girls February 08, 20113 (Photo credit: stevendepolo)

I have a current bankroll of about $1,000.00

According to the cash management rule of thumb for poker:

Having 20 buy-ins for No Limit Holdem, my maximum buy-in should be no more than $50 or a .25/.50 for a No Limit Hold’em game.

Having 300 big blinds for Limit Holdem, my maximum buy-in should be no more than $3 big blind games for Limit.

Having 40 buy-ins for Sit-N-Go’s, my maximum buy-in should be no more than $25 for these type of tourneys.

This means that I am currently underfunded to play poker in Vegas.

On the plus side, I am adding $240 to my bankroll a month from my allowance. (Diane and I each get a monthly allowance to cover day to day items not in our monthly budget plan).

I also have the ability to grow my bankroll by adding to it by winning.

Living in Vegas, I have found some .50/1.00 games of NL Holdem that would allow me to buy-in from $50 to $100.

There are some limit games that would allow me to buy-in at $30 or $40 minimum but that would put me over the $3 per big blind recommendation.

As far as Sit-n-Go’s at $25 or less, the lowest buy-in I found is $23 with $9 being charged for the admin fee.

Because I am impatient, I am currently playing at games over my bankroll as I play in $1/$2 NL Holdem games with a minimum buy-in of $100.

Most of the “Sit-N-Go’s” (really MTTs or Multi-table tournaments) that I play cost between $45 and $55 to play.

As far as Limit cash games, well, I play so badly, I find no reason to play them at all.

My most affordable game that I play is “Free”. That’s right, free online poker.

Well, not really free but $20 a month (close to as free as you can get for a poker player).

This allows me to play up to four games a day every month, or at least 112 tourneys minimum to as many as 124 tourneys a month. These free daily tourneys have a bonus feature.

If you finish in the top three or four depending on how many players are enrolled in a month, you can win a buy-in up to $200 to use in a live tournament of your choice. The staking allows me to keep 60% of my winnings with 40% going back into the staking pool. This is a win win situation and provides motivation to improve, both online and life as well.

Based on the above, I am going to be giving up my live tournaments and concentrate on cash games and the online game. (Well, not really give them up. If I win enough playing cash games, I will buy into some of the tourneys with my profits, such as they are).

If I get staked from being an online winner, I hope to translate that to a win in a live tournament here in Vegas.

Being here in Vegas has given me so much flexibility and has me very excited about the possibilities. Who know, even online poker might become a reality here in Vegas as well.

Are you excited about the poker possibilities in your own life?

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Playing a Grumpament

Courtesy of hardboiledpoker.blogspot.comFebruary 1st, I saw on Twitter that @PokerGrump aka Bob Woolley, was leaving Las Vegas and that a special send off party was being given in his honor. The twitter hashtag was #Grumpament and the tourney was being held at the Treasure Island Poker Room.

This would be a chance meet up with people that I have been following on Twitter for years, IRL (in real life). I got to the casino early and got the required ‘Player Card’ (each casino chain has their own rewards card, which also keeps track of how much you gamble and on what).

I registered for the event then went in search of the real life people that were going to be here to send off @PokerGrump.  I got to meet many people, some of whom I might not have remember for this post.

In addition to @PokerGrump, there were: @Alaskagal1, @WriterJen, @FTrainpoker, @Snapple95, @Robvegaspoker, @PokerVixen, @Mitzula, @ChrisAbramski, and @ckbwop.

At the 7 pm tournament there were almost 30 people playing on three tables.

I lasted about an hour after the first break before running out of chips, cards and luck. My poker skills only got me so far.

Of interest during the event,  was a gentleman to my immediate right. He apologized all night long  to the players next to him for his supposed bumbling behavior. He made numerous errors and had to be helped by everyone at our table, even the dealer.

He ended up at the final table. I think we were hustled. Instead of him being the “fish” in our poker pond, he was the “SHARK” swimming around in search of our chips.

After the tourney, many of the players ventured to a local watering hole to wish Bob well in his new adventures.

@PokerGrump,  safe journey!

Lots to do before playing poker in Vegas

We had over 400 boxes to unpack so October was not a heavy poker month for me or for Diane.

Of note, while I have over 60 books about poker in its various forms, and I have played online since 2003, the MoneyMaker year, it was my wife Diane that first got involved with poker in Vegas.

Our neighbor, Corky, invited Diane to become a member of the Las Vegas Poker Hotties


Poker (Photo credit: polomex)

.  Who’d figure?

While she was playing poker with the likes of Pam BrunsonAnjela Brunson, and Linda Johnson, the First Lady of Poker, I was playing at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall with some of the locals.

She lost the tourney and I lost $250 in my first NL Holdem cash game.  Not auspicious start for either of us.

But at the end of October, one of our FaceBook friends mentioned that there was going to be a Championship Beard contest and that we should check it, which we did.

First poker tourney for me was at the Golden Nugget at the first ever Beard Team USA Poker Tournament.

There were over 65 bearded gents, including myself.

Some of these guys had never played poker much less a tournament but I was unable to take advantage of this.

I lasted until just after the first break.

Diane and I then attended the Whiskerinas’ National Ladies’ Fake Beard and Moustache Competition.

For the full story, see this on MomPopPow.

This was how October closed for us.

More next time.

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Starting out in Vegas!

Official seal of Las Vegas

Official seal of Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am living in Las Vegas and I have not been blogging about my great adventures.

Until now!

Alright, they are great to me.

But I just realized that many of my Twitter, Facebook and Google+ friends would give their eye tooth to be in Vegas and be able to do all the cool things that are available in Vegas.

So first things first.

How we got here?

Long story short, back four years ago, Diane and I moved from Revere Mass to Fremont NH. From a coastal town to the woods in New Hampshire.

Turns out Diane was allergic to trees, which we had in abundance.

So after four years she says let us move to Vegas. I say what?

She says, you know, Vegas, it has a desert and would be good for my allergies and you could even play poker there.

Well, I was hooked and we moved out here.

Even before we bought our home here, we met one of our next door neighbors. His name was Mike and he was very nice. He said that his wife, Corky, could not come out to great us right now as she was playing poker online.

Wow, how great was that, neighbors that have an interest in poker. It does not get better than that.

In August we checked out the area, bought the house in October, and moved here to Las Vegas, the desert, and “The Poker Capital” of the world. (At least in my mind).

More on these adventures in my next post.

English: The Golden Nugget Las Vegas

English: The Golden Nugget Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Villainess or Victim

Annie Duke at 2007 WSOP

Annie Duke at 2007 WSOP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adult male aggressive businessmen are called self-confident and dominant. Females with the same attributes are called bitches or worse.

Such is the trap that it appears Annie Duke has fallen into.

Annie Duke, born Annie LaBarr Lederer, in Concord, NH, has a long career as a professional poker player and has attempted to start or work on many business opportunities.

Annie Duke joined Ultimate Bet in 2000 as a spokesman (Phil Helmuth was hired in 2004).

Phill Hellmuth in 2006 World Series of Poker a...

Phill Hellmuth in 2006 World Series of Poker at Rio lAs Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to wikipedia, Annie Duke has been involved in numerous poker activities and promotions, including writing her autobiography, “How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at The World Series of Poker”, appearing on the Colbert Report, the Gaming Show Network, Poker After Dark, and other poker related shows.

She also appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice, finishing second only to Joan Rivers even though Annie had raised more money for her charities.

One of her latest ventures, her involvement in the Epic Poker League, may have caused her to receive the most criticism. Her title was the commissioner of the League which was made up of mostly professional poker players chosen for their results and standings in the poker community. It was by invitation only basically and you had to qualify to maintain your standings to belong.

The Epic Poker League was originally funded from a venture capitalist group but the monies were spent rather quickly without new revenue sources to offset the expenses. Promises were made to players, employees and vendor and these were not kept. Although it was announced that the bankruptcy was going to be a reorganizational bankruptcy, no reorganization took place and the assets of the Epic Poker League were acquired by Pinnacle Entertainment, one of the major debtors.

Even though both Annie Duke and Jeffrey Pollack were commissioners, you can see based on ownership of common stock that the actual power was divided up by the top three, consisting of David Goldberg, co-CEO, Michael Brodsky, and Jeffrey Pollack with the lions share of common stock, while Annie Duke had the highest salary of the four. Since the stock is now worthless, Annie made out best of all with her salary arrangement with the Epic Poker League.

The follow shareholder information was taken from the bankruptcy documents.

Michael Brodsky Common 67,302

David Goldberg Common 67,302

Jeffrey Pollack Common 66,876

Jeffrey Pollack Trust Common 3,519

Anne L. Duke Common 20,000

Jeffrey Grosman Common 18,750

FSG Partners, Inc. Common 6,250

It is my contention that Annie Duke has had a bad run of luck when it comes to business involvements, such as UB and Epic.

In her own element, poker and also book writing, she seems to be doing great. Her last two books were written with John Vorhaus, another poker professional.

The advice and information that Annie Duke and John Vorhaus give is top notch and quite helpful. These books are titled: Decide to Play Great Poker: A Strategy Guide to No-limit Texas Hold Em and The Middle Zone: Mastering the Most Difficult Hands in Hold’em Poker , both available on Amazon. (These links are our affiliate links with Amazon).

Note: On September 21, 2012, Annie Duke and her crew will be putting on a boot camp at my workplace, The Poker Room NH, and she will be playing in the $250 Main Event on September 22nd. (I hope to see and deal to her at one of the tables that day.)

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Can I hear you now? Can I hear me now?

Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year...

Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rates from Hearing loss (adult onset) by country (per 100,000 inhabitants). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An interesting thing happened on the way to my current state of depression.

I was losing my hearing and I did not know it or else I did not accept it.

Diane did tell me that she thought I was losing my hearing, but I was tested 30 years ago and my hearing was fine.

The audiologist at the time told me that I had selective hearing. I had good hearing in both ears but chose not to listen. That made sense to me then and I thought that was what my current problem was now.

Apparently this loss has been happening over the last five years.  I did not notice the gradual loss of hearing in both ears of the higher tones. I would not hear female voices as well as higher pitched voices.

Poor Diane.

As I could not hear my own voice as well,  I apparently started to speak louder and perhaps with poorer diction, causing her some great difficulties and concern.

I started noticing that I seemed to miss what people were saying at work so I decided that Diane must be right (ever notice how the female spouses of the world always seem to be right?).

I scheduled an appointment to have my hearing tested and my ears examined by a physician.

Low and behold, I had a hearing loss of between 70% to 90% of the higher tones. Go figure.

Yesterday I was fitted for hearing aids and started to hear sounds that I have not heard in a long time. The rustling of a paper bag sounded strange and I could hear myself speaking too loudly. The quiet house that I was living in, all of a sudden got louder.

It will take a while to make the adjustments to both my hearing and my speaking but I am so glad that I have the opportunity to correct this problem before it becomes unrecoverable.

It also turns out that many people going through hearing loss become depressed. I am hopeful that my restored hearing will allow me to ease out of the depression that I have been suffering.

I am fortunate that I can afford these devices. As I am 65, my government insurance, Medicare, and my private insurance does not cover any of the costs for the devices, only the cost for the examination and diagnosis.

It is unfortunate that seniors in the US do not have easy access to hearing aids. Something our politicians probably won’t want to talk about, I guess.

On another front, Diane and I are going to Las Vegas for a week.

Hope to talk some poker, Vegas, and some poker dealing soon.

Thanks for listening.

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