2012 World Series of Poker Info

wsop infoIt’s almost that time of year again!  The 43rd annual World Series of Poker begins Sunday, May 27th with the last tournament starting Monday, July 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each year thousands of poker players risk their bankrolls for a chance to win over $190,000,000 in available prize money. Some risk it all for the winner’s bracelets that adorn the wrists of legends like Phil Helmuth, Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey and the respect that comes with a WSOP bracelet.

The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (owned by Caesars) is hosting the tournament again this year. 480 poker tables fill the 125,000 square foot ballroom along with cameras from ESPN to capture the all-in action. Buy-ins for each tournament range from a direct buy-in of $500 to $1,000,000 while some players won seats at the many WSOP circuit events held all over the country through out the year.  There are some US friendly poker sites offering WSOP satellites, like Lock Poker.  Of course all the non-US poker sites like PokerStars also offer WSOP seats for winning online tournaments.

The most well-known of the events is the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. It begins Saturday, July 7th and runs until the final table of nine players is determined. Since 2008, play of the final table has been delayed until November, earning the players the nickname of the November Nine. Due to the 2012 Presidential Election, play this year will begin on October 28th.  Will it now be call the October 9?

Several variations of poker are played during the World Series of Poker, the most common being No-Limit Hold’em. Other events being offered this year are Heads Up No-Limit, Pot Limit Omaha, H.O.R.S.E, Limt Hold’em, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (limit), amongst many others. Visit the World Series of Poker official page for a full event schedule.

WSOP is sponsored by Caesars Entertainment, formerly Harrah’s Entertainment. Event players can contact any of their Las Vegas hotel resorts for special room rates and accommodations during the WSOP. Registration opens May 27 with pre-registration available 14 days prior to any bracelet event. Players who bust or are waiting for an event to begin can also take advantage of the numerous cash games and non WSOP events that will run during that time.

What are Progressive Jackpots?

Casino players who decide to take their gaming to the Internet will want to make sure they know all about what it is that they should be looking for. By choosing a good online casino a player can expect to have a great time and have plenty more chances of winning. On top of locating an online casino run by dependable software, players also want to find one which offers good games, good support, and good promotions. However, players will also want to look for online casinos offering progressive jackpot games players can really get excited over.

A game which offers a progressive jackpot will offer players more chances to win huge amounts of money. The way a progressive jackpot works is that a percentage of the amount wagered on the game will be added to the progressive jackpot. This means that the jackpot can become extremely large. In fact, many of the progressive jackpots can get to be more than a million dollars.

Here is a video from the Hangover Progressive Slot Machine in Windsor hitting a progressive jackpot.

A lot of players don’t realize just how generous the progressive jackpots can be. A simple search on the Internet will reveal some of the largest progressive jackpots that have a lot of money to offer lucky winners. When it comes to locating an online casino that offers plenty of progressive jackpots, players will be glad to learn that most of the popular online casinos do offer them. As long as a player makes sure to check out the reputation and features of the online casino they play on, they can try for those progressive jackpots while they take advantage of good bonuses and other promotions.

Some of the games will offer players to obtain a certain outcome in order to win the progressive jackpot, while many times others can be won at random. Since the rules of a progressive jackpot can be different at each one of the online casinos a player needs to make sure to read the information offered on the casino. For many lucky progressive jackpot winners, the experience has proven to be life changing. Often times, the online casinos can be more generous than the land based casinos and the progressive jackpots can get to be much larger. Anyone looking forward to playing at an online casino will want to be on the lookout for those progressive jackpots since they can add so much opportunity for an online casino player looking for a big win.

Party Poker PokerFest Tournament

For all the poker lovers out there, the commemoration of our annual PokerFest Tournament at PartyPoker will be going on from the 23rd of October until the 6th of November. Qualification will start at one dollar, and qualifications will be structured so the buy-in amount will allow play in any event for that value. Players will have access to a share of $3,000,000 in prize money, including the $1,000,000 payoff for the culmination pot at the main event. Check the PokerFest page at PartyPoker for more information.

The inaugural PartyPoker PokerFest tournament will have a total of 47 events with a variety of game types and at least three events held every day between October 23rd and November 6th.

The 1st four NLH events will start at 13:30 ET on October 23rd with a pot of $472,000 to be given out that day.

Daily games and pots the week of October 24th through October 30th

  • Monday October 24th – one NLH and two NLH+R games – $55,500 pot
  • Tuesday October 25th – three PLO games – $27,750 pot
  • Wednesday October 26th – three NLH games – $44,400 pot
  • Thursday October 27th – three FLH games – $27,750 pot
  • Friday October 28th – one NLH and two NLH+R games – $110,100 pot
  • Saturday October 29th – three NLH 6 deep games – $83,250 pot
  • Sunday October 30th – four NLH games – $677,500 pot

Daily games and pots the week of October 31st through November 6th

  • Monday October 31st – one NLH and two NLH+R games – $66,600 pot
  • Tuesday November 1st – one PLO and three PLO+R games – $44,400 pot
  • Wednesday November 2nd – three NLH 6 deep games – $55,500 pot
  • Thursday November 3rd – one NLH and two NLH+R games – $66,600 pot
  • Friday November 4th – one NLH and two NLH+R games – $110,100 pot
  • Saturday November 5th – three NLH games – $110,100 pot
  • Main Event – Sunday November 6th – three NLH games – $1,055,000 culmination pot

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Final Four March Madness

We all know March is the time of year when your hoops obsession can pay out big-time. With dozens of games every day, the wagering choices are practically limitless, you can ewasily place a  personal stake in each and every outcome, with the opportunity to make use of your knowledge to fatten your wallet.

March Madness is still here and we are down the the Final Four!  The Final Four Teams (Butler, VCU, Uconn and Kentucky) will play again April 2 and the Final Championship game will be held April 4.  All the Final Four games will be held at the Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas.

All the NCAA Final 4 Games are on CBS television at the following times:

April 2 6 p.m. Butler vs. VCU
April 2 8:45 p.m. UConn vs. Kentucky
April 4 9 p.m. Championship Game

You can get the latest odds from popular sports sites like Bodog or Betonline.  Bookmaker (known by bettors as one of the best sports betting sites) has set the odds on the Final Four teams to Win the NCAA Championship:

NCAA Final Four Odds to Win
Kentucky 7/5
Connecticut 11/5
Butler 7/2
VA Commonwealth 11/2