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rivered royal flush

Posted July 13, 2013 By martin

[As][Ts]   [Js 7d Ks]   [6c]   [Qs]

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US Online poker site completes 30-day trial

Posted July 13, 2013 By martin

Ultimate, the first fully legal United States online gambling and poker website, has now received the recommendation of the Nevada Gaming Control Board to be fully approved by the state’s gaming commission. The iGaming market is booming everywhere and other states are looking to follow Nevada’s lead.

SBR reported on February 22 that Nevada made history by legalizing online poker. One week later, NJ Governor Christie signed an internet gambling bill for his state. Atlantic City is expected to have its internet games up and running near the end of the year.

Ultimate Gaming CEO Tobin Prior released the following statement on the news: “The Nevada Gaming Control Board has set regulatory requirements for online poker at the highest level. We are thrilled that our product is the first to not only meet these standards, but exceed them.”

If you’re thinking of anteing up, you’re going to have to be at least 18 years of age and physically present in the state of Nevada at the time. Many companies are spending significantly to recruit firms specializing in geo-location technology to ensure the strict licensing standards are met. SBR reported on one such company’s deal with earlier in the week.

Just years ago, the US seemed determined at a federal level to outlaw most forms of internet gambling. The states, on the other hand, are desperate to bring in more revenue through taxes. Internet gambling is just the beginning of the conversation with respect to the land of the free; across the country NJ is undergoing a federal battle for sportsbooks in Atlantic City that might end with the repeal of federal law PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) – which could see states other than Sin City accepting wagers on sports games in the future.

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VB.NET vs C#

Posted July 13, 2013 By martin

Here in the real world where work actually gets done for actual monetary compensation, developers choose Visual Basic for one reason and one reason only: It’s the programming equivalent to the Leatherman Pocket Multitool. Visual Basic (for Applications) is employed in the MS Office Object Model (from Office 2000 up to and including the new 2012. Visual Basic (for Applications) is employed in the ArcGIS software suite API. VBA is embedded in dozens of other high-end and industry-specific software products for built-in extensibility as well. Visual Basic is employed in Windows Scripting Host (WSH/wscript) and the Command-Based Scripting Host (cscript), and VBScript is processed/executed in HTML markup by all webbrowsers worth having. In Legacy Visual Basic (6 and earlier) VB also exposed OOP, and in DotNET VB exposes OOP plus DotNET. The syntaxes, array functions, and other basic language behaviors are absolutely identical across these multiple and various platforms meaning that if you VB then you do all of the above. If you’re a Visual Basic developer, all of the above is right at your fingertips as long as you’re willing/able to learn the variant engine capabilities.

C# doesn’t offer half of this. In fact, C# only offers DotNET. C# is however, as others have mentioned, an internationally standardized syntax as opposed to a company proprietary language. C# also enjoys an avid following in non-DotNET circles, with multiple interpreters available for Linux/Unix; if you develop on DotNET with C# though, you’re as tied to Windows with DotNET as you would be with Visual Basic. There is a (allegedly functional) product called Mono to extend DotNET onto Linux/Mac platforms, but Mono sucks hard and loud; many proponents will screech that it’s VB that sucks and therefore the Mono project doesn’t support it as well as C#, but if you’ve ever actually tried to use Mono you’d have learnt really fast that System.Windows.Forms doesn’t work well in Mono in any language and System.Net.Security is almost entirely nonexistent (at least if you want/need to work with any SSL over 1.0 and/or use any crypto newer than 10 years old).

On the whole “$10,000.00 USD per year more for developing with C#” question, because the VB developer can literally do anything the C# developer can do and then a whole lot more, the VB developer gets to write his/her own ticket (very, very literally) when working with/for anybody who relies on Microsoft Products like Windows, MS Office, (and ESRI products, and other VBA-embedded products). The C# developer without any ability to do anything but prattle nonsense about how lowly and worthless VB skills are, on the other hand, literally can’t do anything but weigh in heavily on topics he/she knows little/nothing about and then say nasty things like, “I don’t know what you’re talking about and I don’t think you do either,” when they get called on it. So in the end, you should never, never, never select a programming language for any development based on which language is better than another; you should find a competent developer who can tell you his/her own reasons for preferring one language over the other and then let them do it their own way because that way you’ll get the best possible final product out of them.


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Ivey League Online Poker Ready in California

The United States has been moving ahead at a steady pace on the legalization of previously prohibited online poker. California has been making noises regarding its progress delivering legal online poker legislation to its citizens. A recent article on the Tight Poker web site has revealed a partnership deal between Jim Ryan, the former chief executive officer of Digital Entertainment, and the Pala Band of Mission Indians in California.

It was also revealed on the Pokerfuse web site that online poker professional Phil Ivey will be taking a major role in the venture. A new company called Pala Interactive, is now preparing to launch online casino and poker products in California as soon as the state legislates legal online gambling. The partnership deal is limited at this time to online gambling products for California, but can also be adjusted  to launch in more US jurisdictions. Pala Interactive is expected to operate on Realtime Edge Software, which is currently being utilized by other major online gambling operators including, GTECH, digital entertainment, and ClubWPT.

Phil Ivey, who was a sponsored pro poker player at Full Tilt Poker prior to its demise has launched Ivey Poker which is home to a team of professional poker players. Ivey Poker, recently acquired LeggoPoker, an online poker training portal and launched a social poker gaming application on Facebook.  LeggoPoker’s, former owner Aaron Jones, has plans to create another poker training site called Ivey League, which will be one of the poker training sites on the Ivey Poker Network, an online network of poker sites to educating and train online poker players.

LeggoPoker will be rebranded as Ivey League when the launch is applied. Ivey Poker is a social online poker room, where players can play games for free. California has still a ways to go to find consensus for online gambling legislation but Pala Interactive will be hitting the ground running when it happens.


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This is Sunday millions 7th anniversary  final table with cards face up and hosted. Great learner vid.

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“Poker is an all-American game. It’s a game that I learned as a teen and continue to play today. Just like millions of other players I enjoy the strategy and skill involved. I continue to be supportive of the Americans who play poker online. They deserve to have a legal, on-shore system that makes sure everyone is playing in an honest, fair structure.”

 Barton’s legislation, dubbed the Internet Poker Freedom Act, would only apply to poker and would allow states to opt out of the federal system.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rep. Joe Barton wants to help Poker-lovers stay on the couch.

The Texas Republican introduced a bill in Congress Thursday that would pave the way for states to legalize online poker without fear of federal intervention.

It’s the second such Internet gambling bill introduced this year. In June, Republican New York Congressman Peter King introduced a piece of legislation he called the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2013.

Unlike Barton’s bill, that gambling act would open the door to all forms of casino games, not just poker.

The federal government cracked down on Internet gambling in 2011. But the same year, the U.S. Justice Department issued a ruling making online gambling legal so long as it’s permitted on the state level.

Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have legalized some kind of online gambling, and legislatures in other states are weighing the issue.

Barton’s legislation, dubbed the Internet Poker Freedom Act, would only apply to poker and would allow states to opt out of the federal system.

The Texas lawmaker said the bill is needed to protect players and the integrity of the game from shady offshore organizations and confusing patchworks of state-by-state regulation.

“Poker is an all-American game. It’s a game that I learned as a teen and continue to play today. Just like millions of other players I enjoy the strategy and skill involved,” he said in a statement. “I continue to be supportive of the Americans who play poker online. They deserve to have a legal, on-shore system that makes sure everyone is playing in an honest, fair structure.”

Congress flirted with an online gambling bill in 2012, but industry infighting and partisan disagreement ultimately doomed it. When that legislation failed, states began moving ahead on their own.

Online poker remains a legal gray zone, though, with no federal regulatory structure in place.

Morgan Stanley predicts that by 2020, online gambling in the U.S. will produce the same amount of revenue as Las Vegas and Atlantic City markets combined: $9.3 billion. But states cannot get there on their own. A more fluid market is needed to drive up pots and create a robust stream of tax revenue.

The summer could see the introduction of a third online gambling bill.

Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, who once called the passage of an online poker bill “the most important issue facing Nevada since Yucca Mountain,” is working on new legislation with fellow Nevadan Republican Sen. Dean Heller.

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Posted July 11, 2013 By martin

sorry, Im in the water allot and love this vid


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More Casino / Internet poker pairings emerge

Posted July 11, 2013 By martin


•    Trump Taj Mahal – Ultimate Poker
•    Trump Plaza – Betfair
•    Tropicana – Gamesys
•    Borgata (Boyd Gaming) –
•    Golden Nugget – Bally Technologies
•    Caesars (Caesars Entertainment) – 888 Holdings
•    Bally’s (Caesars Entertainment) – 888 Holdings
•    Harrah’s (Caesars Entertainment)  – 888 Holdings
•    Showboat (Caesars Entertainment) 888 Holdings

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The casino mogul says his new fight against Internet gambling is a moral one, but others see “JUST PLAIN GREED”


Sheldon Adelson finds a new nemesis: Online poker

Adelson, despite making more than $20 billion off his casino empire, has launched a war on Internet gambling, setting up a website, producing a Web ad that calls Internet gaming “one of the worst … [ideas] in the history of bad ideas,” and pushing his message in media interviews and Op-Eds. With deep pockets and back-channel access to senior GOP leaders, Adelson is quickly making himself the biggest enemy of people who want to play poker online and states that want the tax revenue from legalizing it.

Internet gambling right now exists in a bit of gray area, effectively illegal on the federal level but recently legalized in some states, including Nevada and Delaware. New Jersey followed in February and the nation’s first legal online poker site launched in April, serving Nevada residents exclusively. A number of other states are moving quickly to be next and two bills will soon be introduced in Congress to change federal regulation. The online poker train seems unstoppable, but Adelson has planted himself astride the tracks and is determined to derail it.

One reason the casino mogul might fight online gaming is easy to see — it’s a threat to his casinos. Adelson denies this is his motivation, writing in Forbes that online gaming’s “impact on my company’s business would be limited.” His motivations are purely moral, he says, based on his experience as a father of two teenage boys. “It’s a threat to our society — a toxin which all good people ought to resist,” he wrote. But not everyone is convinced. Online poker players are outraged by his opposition, and some are calling for a boycott of Adelson’s Venetian casino starting later this month.

“I don’t know his motivations,” John Pappas, the executive director of the pro-online gaming Poker Players Alliance, which has not joined the boycott, told Salon. “But there are only two kinds of groups right now that are completely against Internet gaming: Sheldon Adelson and groups like Focus on the Family.” Even the National Council on Problem Gambling is OK with online gaming, as long as it’s strictly regulated, Pappas noted.

“The anti-gambling contingent is really pure in their motivations,” Pappas continued. “Not only do they oppose Internet gambling, but they probably oppose Mr. Adelson’s brick and mortar casinos too. Adelson has kind of picked and chosen what kind of gambling he’s going to oppose.”

Later in Adelson’s Forbes Op-Ed, he acknowledges that “the rise of Internet gaming has clearly come at the cost of land-based casinos in Europe.” Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands, after making a fortune in Asia over the past two decades, is now staking its future on building “EuroVegas” outside Madrid in Spain.

And the casino mogul didn’t always have such puritanical opposition to online poker. In 2001, the Las Vegas Sun reported that Adelson was “pleased” the Nevada state Legislature was taking a lead on Internet gaming, adding that the Sands was poised to be “a big player in cyberspace if and when Internet gambling is legalized,” the paper reported. “Our hat will be in that ring,” Adelson said

He even spoke to other casino operators’ reluctance to accept online gaming. “When the industry first fought Atlantic City, I felt that a rising tide would raise all boats and we [Las Vegas] would get our share,” Adelson told the Sun, explaining that cyberspace would be no different.

And Mark Blandford, who founded the U.K. online gaming site Sportingbet and has been in the industry since the late 1990s, hit back at Adelson by pointing out that the mogul made a plaintive stab at online gaming in the early 2000s. In 2003, a company Adelson controlled was granted an online gaming licence by the gambling commission of a British Channel Island government that hosts many online gaming sites. “An Internet gaming license in Alderney provides Venetian Interactive with some of the highest regulatory standards and controls in the industry, which supports our goal of providing a user-friendly gaming,” said Richard Depew, CEO of Venetian Interactive, a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands. But the company never really took off.

“I regard it as naked self-interest. I think he’s fearful of anything that he sees as being a threat to his revenues, and that includes the Internet,” Blandford told Salon of Adelson’s opposition. “Adelson has tried to look like a modern day King Canute while wiping the history of Venetian Interactive,” he said, referring to the Viking king of England who legendarily tried to hold back the tides.

Ironically, it’s now Adelson who stands alone among his competitors in opposition to online poker, as most of the other casino operators have abandoned their opposition and are now adapting to the times. The American Gaming Association, the industry’s lobby organization, used to oppose online gambling, then went neutral, and now supports federal legislation to legalize online gambling.

Adelson hasn’t said if he’ll spend big money fighting the rising tide of online poker, but such vocal opposition from someone who dropped $150 million on the 2012 election has to worry some pro-gaming politicians, especially those with national ambitions like Chris Christie, who pushed New Jersey’s online poker rule into law.

“I don’t reward or punish politicians,” Adelson said when asked about it in a recent interview on Bloomberg TV. “It’s not my job. I’m only one vote, plus that of my family. I do support a lot of politicians, but I do so because of their ideology and the sharing of values with me.”

Last year, a gaming lobbyist told the Las Vegas Sun that online gaming wasn’t the casino mogul’s top goal. His first priority was stopping President Obama from getting reelected, and his second was making the Senate flip to Republican control. Both of those agenda items are now moot.

Advocates of online poker say all of Adelson’s arguments about why online gaming is worse than casino play — minors may access it, it lowers the burden of play and is thus more addictive, for instance — have been asked and answered by effective regulation. “Adelson’s concerns are more than a decade old,” Casino City Times columnist Howard Stutz wrote. “Technologies, such as age verification, geo-location, and other safeguards have been approved by independent testing laboratories and Nevada gaming regulators.”

Pappas of the Poker Player’s alliance says because everything is tracked in real time, online play can actually be better controlled than face-to-face gaming: “It’s really a regulator’s dream.” He pointed to a Harvard study that found that regulating Internet gaming is safer than trying to ban it entirely, which is impossible anyway since people will always find a way to flout prohibitions.

“We thought your love of freedom was why you left the Democrats and joined the Republicans,” Nicholas Kisberg, the CEO of the online poker forum, wrote in an open letter to Adelson. “That’s the beauty of gambling online. It gives you the power to choose.”

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GUI for 5 Card Poker Hand

Brad Steinburg

VB.NET Source Code to evaluate a poker hand

C# Source Code to evaluate a poker hand

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With New Jersey recently legalizing online poker as well as the long anticipated opening of Nevada’s online poker games, it was only a matter of time before other states began legalizing online poker too. The tiny state of Delaware followed suit with legalizing online poker and we’ve heard rumors of California and even Iowa allowing online poker as well. Now, Pennsylvania becomes the latest state that may possibly enter the legal online poker fray.  The bill would also allow for other type’s of casino games, not just poker. For a business to provide online poker or other online casino games, it would need to be an established land based casino in the state, and users would register with the site by going to the casino. Third party providers could work with the casino to provide the software (so a casino may partner with say 888 Poker to provide games). Pennsylvania is a fairly large state and currently has the second largest gaming market, recently overtaking New Jersey. If online poker is legalized there, it would be a huge step towards a general legalization effort in the United States.

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float play from the big blind

Posted July 10, 2013 By martin

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to zx martin xz 8c5h
UTG: folds
UTG+1: folds
MP: folds
HJ: folds
CT: folds
SB: calls 125
zx martin xz: checks

—– this is a great flop to float—–

*** FLOP *** 4c4hQs
SB: bets 500

—– at this point you pause, already planning on raising the turn, and flat call his bet —–

zx martin xz: calls 500

*** TURN *** 4c4hQs 3d
SB: bets 500

—– a very fast raise (the smallest that will get the job done)  here will portray an excited newb and should work —–

zx martin xz: raises 500 to 1000

—– he didn’t get lucky (2 cards in 46 = 4% chance he had the 4) and folds the winning hand—–

SB: folds

Uncalled bet (500) returned to zx martin xz
zx martin xz collected 2710 from pot
zx martin xz: shows 8c5h

*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 2710 | Rake 0
Board 4c4hQs3d

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