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Poker Player Dragged off Airplane

April 25, 2017 Category :General Off

The semi-professional poker player from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was recently dragged of the overbooked United Airlines flight at Chicago O’Hare. This scandal was recorded on video, showing a man beaten and bleeding from the mouth as the officers of the law pulled him out of the plane. According to the police, the 69-year-old tried to attack police officers, which is why the policemen replied with force. Dao is a doctor whose medical license was suspended from 2003 to 2015, due to the charges of ‘criminal acts of trafficking in a controlled substance, obtaining drugs by fraud and deceit, and unauthorized prescribing, dispensing or administering of controlled substances’. Namely, Dr. Dao, the father of five, gave prescription drugs to one of his patients in exchange for gay sex.

His patient, Brian Case, stated that Dao wanted to hook him on prescription drugs in order to keep him coming back. Even though the doctor denied the accusations, he was caught shirtless on camera with his young lover, and was convicted, but avoided prison time. The medical authorities suspended his license for more than 12 years.

Since his license was suspended, David Dao needed a way to earn extra cash, so he turned to poker, and became a semi-professional player who was pretty successful in the World Series of Poker. He joined the circuit in 2006 and during the next decade, he made hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the World Series of Poker official website, he earned a total of $234,664. His biggest win was recorded in Mississippi in 2008, when he walked away with a whopping $117,744. At this tournament, the doctor demolished the poker star Matt Stout, who has 12 years of experience and more than $1.4 million in WSOP earnings. Stout remembers the man who kicked his but at the final table as a quiet, peaceful guy, whose fearless playing style got him the second position in Mississippi.

His first tournament got him only $326 and a fifteenth place, but after that he started winning some serious cash. In 2008, David Dao won more than $20,000 in three different tournaments, and we already told you about the success he had during 2009. After a pause he made in 2012, the doctor recorded his next big win in 2016, pocketing more than $19,000. In his last appearance in January 2017, Dao went home with $1,191, finishing the tournament in 11th place. Since he usually kept to himself on those tournaments, Dao wasn’t very noticeable, but after the airplane scandal, his poker opponents started realizing that this beaten old man is actually their adversary from the poker table.

Dr. Dao went through hell after his conviction, including intense scrutiny, and years of re-training, but he never lost hope he will get his license back, which happened in 2015. The medical authorities partially re-instated his license, but his access to patients is quite restricted. Even though Dao’s wife was the first to alert medical authorities on the gay relationship between her husband and his patient, she stood by him the entire time, and they are still living together in their family home in Elizabethtown.

While all poker news may not be as flattering as some, we like to keep our visitors informed of not only promotions and the best USA poker sites to play at, but also current events without a bias.

New York and California Closer

March 5, 2017 Category :Legal Off

Several states in the US have been pushing to legalize online poker for years back. Currently it seems that New York and California are the closest to achieve this feat. New York Senate Gaming Committee voted unanimously in favor of online poker bill proposed by Senator John Bonacic, while one of the key men in the Assembly, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow has recently stated that there are strong chances of New York legalizing online poker n 2017. Meanwhile in California another Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer and Assemblyman Adam Gray are pushing this year’s online poker bill.

Pretlow Making Way for the New Law in New York

The first attempts to legalize online poker in the State of New York date back to 2013 when the first proposals were made in the Senate. However, these attempts had no results as at that time Assembly had another gambling issue on their agenda – legalizing non-tribal casinos. At that time Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow was working on the expansion of land-based casinos.

The following year Senator John Bonacic, Chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee appears with a draft bill and pushes the initiative further, but again with no significant results. In the years to come Bonacic continued pushing further until 2016 when his bill passed the Senate Committee but the person who denied it the support in the Assembly was precisely Pretlow. The main reason for that was, as Pretlow explained is that he had doubts concerning arguments that online poker would be considered a game of skill and legalized as such.

The main aim of Bonacic’s bill S 3893 and consequently introduced bill A 5250 sponsored by Pretlow himself, is to legalize online poker as a game of skill in which case the process does not conflict the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. After a careful analysis of the procedures and operations of New Jersey and other states that allow online poker, Pretlow stands behind one of the bills and believes that by the end of 2017 New York could become the fourth state where online poker is legal.

California Plans to Boost Horse Racing Industry with the Revenue from Online Poker

California is continuing ten-year long battle to legalize online poker and last year Assemblyman Adam Grey came close as his bill passed the Appropriations Committee but failed at the Assembly. This month Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer joined Gray in the battle and they proposed a new bill under which the racetracks will not be eligible to compete for a license but they will receive an annual subsidy worth $60 million. Card rooms and tribal casinos will be entitled to apply for a license. Under the new law persons under 21 and outside state borders will not be allowed to play.

As both California and New York continue to make progress on legalizing online poker, check back here in our poker news section for updates regarding USA legal poker. Until the states figure out what they are doing and get the appropriate bills passed use any of the USA poker sites we list and recommend here on our website. All are highly reputable and offer a great online experience.

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Play Online Poker and Bet the NFL

October 24, 2016 Category :Featured Legal Sites Off

BetOnlineIf you are anything like me, not only do you like to play some online poker but also like to bet on the NFL and college football from time  to time. I use to have an online sportsbook account and then also has a few account where I played online poker. I never really thought about it, but why would I have my money spread around in so many different places? Once I wised up, I have only one account that I use to play both online poker and bet on the NFL and college football.

If you want to be able to bet on some sports and still play online poker from the same account I recommend BetOnline. BetOnline is where I do the majority of my sports betting and they offer a great online and full service sportsbook. I live in the United States and if you do also, BetOnline welcomes USA players.

BetOnline opened back in 2001 and actually opened as a sportsbook. Not until their sportsbook became pretty popular did they then launch the BetOnline Poker Room. With a fully functional sportsbook, one advantage BetOnline has over other poker start ups is they already a player base. While not every sports bettor came over to also play online poker, they did have quite a few which helped the poker room right from the start. Now today, the BetOnline Poker Room has became pretty popular n its own and has adequate site traffic.

Find a full selection of sit and go’s, multi table tournaments and plenty of ring games. Because many of the players are first sports bettors and only come over to the poker room for a little fun and entertainment, you can find some pretty juicy games and tournaments. Do not be afraid to go to the river against a few players when you have a decent hand.

The sportsbook at BetOnline is available both online and for use over the phone. It has received all kinds of awards and was a hit with USA residents as soon as it opened. Bet on just about anything you can imagine at BetOnline and have every and any type of bet available. Whether you only make straight bets or like to parlay, tease, do if bets or reverses, you can them and plenty more bets at BetOnline.

So if you want to play some online USA legal poker and also have access to a sportsbook, BetOnline is a great choice. USA players like myself really like BetOnline because deposits and withdraws are some of the easiest you will find anywhere. Credit cards get approved easily but they also offer Bitcoin deposits and cash transfers as well. Withdraws are processed fast and if you need cash quick, request a cash transfer and have your pick up details in as little as 12 hours! In most cases it takes about 24 hours but we have had our cash pickup details in 12 hours in the past.

Play online poker at one of the best USA poker sites and also bet on sports at one of the best USA online sportsbooks. For more information and/or to get started, see our full BetOnline Poker Review. BetOnline also offers an online casino so if you want to try your luck on some slots or casino games you can also do that. If you do decide to try out the casino, check out the live dealer casino. There you can play blackjack, roulette, baccarat and casino holdem with a real live person as the dealer. You actually play at a brick and mortar casino and are connected by a live streaming feed to be able to communicate with the casino. For more information about live dealer casinos and games see another website we run, http://www.livecasinousa.com which is dedicated to USA live dealer casino play.

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Different Types of Poker Online

May 5, 2014 Category :General Off

Poker is one of the world’s most popular card games and certainly one of the biggest that is played online and also the one that is most commonly gambled on. However, “poker” is not one single game but a collection of many, many games with a common theme and here we take a look at some of the most popular poker variants that are available at the top online poker sites (US friendly of course!) that we work with.

Texas Hold’em is by far and away the most commonly played form of online poker but here four other games that you’ll often find at poker sites, as well as the most popular option too.

Texas Hold’em

The Daddy of them all, Hold’em is the game that you see in all the movies and TV shows and the one you probably play with your buddies, or at least hear them talking about. Like Omaha below, it’s a community card variant of poker in which every player receives two personal (hole) cards and then shares five community cards with the other players. Every single poker site in the world will have Texas Hold’em!

Omaha Hold’em

Omaha is known to fewer players but has its hardcore fans who won’t play anything else and Omaha is also available at virtually all online poker sites. In this game you get four hole cards and five community ones and must form your best hands using two of your own and three of the shared cards.

Five Card Draw

Draw poker is a simpler version of the game and five card draw, sometimes known as Cantrell draw, is the most popular variant, although still reasonably rare online or in land casinos. Each player receives five cards, facedown and can swap any (often no more than three or four) for alternative cards to try and form a better hand.

Five Card Stud

In Five Card Stud poker players get five cards with one face down and the rest face up, betting taking place as each card is dealt. This is an old-fashioned form of the game and hasn’t been played in the World Series of Poker since the 1970s.

Seven Card Stud

The same as the above but with two cards face down and five face up, Seven Card Stud is more popular than Five Card and is offered by many casinos, both off and online.

Play all of these games at our recommended USA legal poker sites. USA poker players are welcome at the sites we recommend and all the sites do a good job getting USA deposits approved.

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Why We Play Poker Online

April 11, 2014 Category :Online Poker Off

Playing poker with friends is a great way to have fun and hone your skills while playing in a real-life casino adds a certain glamor to the occasion. But playing online poker has so many benefits that neither of those can match and while all three have their pros and cons, we love playing online poker for the following reasons.

First and most obviously, you don’t need to leave the house! Call me lazy or whatever you will but when the Polar Vortex was freezing the East coast the choice of “stay inside in front of the fire or head round to my buddy’s” was a simple one: sorry Brad! Why not crank that heat up real high and play in your beach wear?!

Another major advantage of playing poker is that most offer a great bonus to help you get started. I’ve played poker at a friends house a lot of times and never once when I walk through the door has someone just give me a thousand bucks. A warm beer sometimes, maybe some chips if I’m real lucky but never a thousand dollars – which is exactly what Bovada offers!

A further benefit of playing poker online is that you can always be guaranteed action. The online casinos and poker rooms never close, never have better things to do and never cancel a game at the last minute. Anytime of the day or night you can be assured of a game if you play online and with many of our featured USA legal poker sites now available on mobile, you can even play on the move or slip in a few hands when waiting around with nothing to do.

Finally, playing online is quick and hassle free, with no concerns about cheating, funky dealing or other people seeing your cards or touching your stack. In addition, you can also find some easy action and really cash in: after all, that heating bill isn’t going to pay itself!

Check out the many great USA poker sites we recommend, all of which welcome USA players. Sign up to claim a huge bonus and enjoy playing online anytime the mood strikes.

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Play Poker at BetOnline

April 1, 2014 Category :USA Poker Off

BetOnline PokerThere are a growing number of online poker rooms that accept USA poker players, but, as with everything on the internet, some sites are a whole lot better than others. The good news is we only feature the best USA legal poker sites here, and BetOnline Poker is certainly one of those.

The company itself has been in business since 2001 and so they have a wealth of knowledge about how to run a successful gaming site. And though the poker room itself has only been up and running since 2011, they have followed the same principles which made their sportsbook a big success: dynamic, cutting edge software and products, a good mix of promotions and top notch customer service.

Touted as the “fastest growing poker room in the US”, BetOnline is based in Panama where they are licensed and regulated. They welcome US customers with open arms and have a good range of payment options including credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express), while Western Union and Money Gram are decent alternatives. Withdrawals can be made by Western Union or a Fed Ex delivered check. A great feature at BetOnline and another reason so many players are flocking to the site, is BetOnline pays fast. Request a Western Union withdraw and have your money in as little 48 hours.

The welcome bonus, which varies from time to time, gives new poker players a 200% bonus on their first deposit (which must be between $50 and $2,500 to qualify). The bonus is then released in five stages based on how much you play and you have 120 days to complete the bonus play-through requirements.

Once you’ve signed up to BetOnline Poker you will find a good number of ongoing and one time promotions and bonuses to keep the cash flowing your way. These come in a variety of forms including guaranteed prize pots, with up to $250,000 in prize money up for grabs, jackpots available when you get bad beats or specified good poker hands (four of a kind being worth a bonus at the time of writing) and free seats at some big money tournaments.

With great graphics and a slick interface (powered by their propriety software), BetOnline Poker is certainly one of the best options for USA players. Give them a try today and see if you can win yourself a tidy stash. For more information see our BetOnline Poker review and use any of our links to be taken to site and qualify for the bonuses offered.

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The Most Basic Poker Tips

March 24, 2014 Category :General Off

Playing poker, whether online, on your cell or with real people at a casino or with friends is a sometimes complex yet generally hugely enjoyable experience. Thousands of books have been written offering poker advice, tips and strategy and the subject is as well documented and researched as just about anything else in the world of gambling.

It is, therefore, beyond our scope to compete with such detailed guides but we can give you some very basic pointers that will immediately improve your chances of walking away a winner.

The first and most important thing to do is maybe obvious, choose a great online poker site. All the poker sites featured here score very well over the whole range of features that matter most. When deciding on a poker site you should ask a few questions. Is the site trustworthy and reputable? Do they offer generous bonuses and promotions? Is there a good variety and number of games? Are the games and graphics professional? The answer is yes in all cases.

The next most important thing is to only play online poker when you are in the right frame of mind. Poker is a game of skill and one that requires concentration, focus, determination and confidence.

When you’re bored, tired, feeling down or, worst of all you’ve been drinking, you’ll be lacking one or more of those attributes and your chances of doing anything other than making the other players at the table richer are slim.

If you’re playing tiny stakes and have a lot of self-control and don’t mind losing a few dollars and you simply enjoy playing, then by all means play at such times. But for many people this is a bad idea and can easily lead to large losses, loose play and frustration.

The next straightforward tip is to try and find a table where the other players are at your level – or even better, below it! One of the oldest, best and truest poker quotes is, “If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker”. Watch for the plays made by the other guys and try to cash in if there is a player who might be drunk, tired, or just plain not very good.

None of these tips will make you a millionaire or take you to the World Series but they will certainly help you avoid making the most basic of errors. Enjoy your online poker, practice, practice, practice and you might just get a bracelet one day!

Choose from any of our USA legal poker sites and claim some free money. Claiming free poker bonuses is another great tip on how to make your bankroll last longer. Especially if your new to the game, poker bonuses can help to offset some losses when you are just starting out. If you do not fully understand the terms used when playing, we have put together a poker terms page which defines some of the most basic terms you will hear while playing.

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A Quick Look at Americas Card Room

March 13, 2014 Category :Featured Legal Sites Off

Americas Card RoomAmerica’s Cardroom is one of the longer established USA legal online poker sites you will find and with that comes plenty of industry know how and a great player experience. Read on for the full run down with details of their latest promotions and bonuses, best features and the quality of their gameplay.

America’s Cardroom offers new players a 100% match bonus up to $1000 on your first deposit. The bonuses do not stop there however, America’s Card Room is constantly offering bonuses and promotions and they are not kidding when they state, “the sole purpose at Americas Cardroom is to bring ongoing promotions designed for US poker players.

Even though they are great, the bonuses are not the main reason to come to America’s Cardroom. The main reason to play here is that they are – as the name suggests – a great way for USA poker fans to get some action. Deposits and withdrawals are handled really well and there’s always a good choice of games going on. In addition the registration process is just about the quickest and easiest we’ve ever seen so you can get going right away.

Another really neat feature at America’s Cardroom is their great Poker School, which has a really detailed guide to playing the game. If all your buddies never stop talking about poker but you think a flush is something that happens in the restroom and a full house is what you have at Thanksgiving then this is the place to go and learn about this awesome game.

In the Poker School you’ll find rules, strategy, tips and loads of detailed articles that will help both total poker pretenders and poker pros. It’s nicely laid out, easy to use and a top quality resource.

America’s Cardroom also offers a wide variety of games in both the of type and stake size, so there will always be something you feel comfortable with playing. The games, like America’s Cardroom’s customer support, are available 24/7 with live chat always available resolving any issues that may come up.

America’s Card Room is a great place to play USA legal poker and you will be able to find all the action you want at the tables. For more information see our complete Americas Card Room review and get started at one of the best USA online poker sites available.

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