Jeton Poker Chips

August 27th, 2011 Poker 0 Comment
Jeton Poker ChipsBefore plastic poker chips were invented, and way before the advent of virtual ones in online gaming, players used small coins or tokens called jetons. They were originally used as calculation tools on a board, similar to the abacus. Their use in gaming came when people started using them as substitutes for money. Eventually, as one would expect, they were replaced by modern-day plastic chips which were cheaper to mass-produce. Chips are still called jetons in some circles, especially in Europe (the term originates from French jeter, to throw). Today, jeton poker chips usually refer to European-style gaming sets made of high-quality materials, such as light wood, pearlized ...

“Poker Refugee” Service Helps Players Relocate

August 23rd, 2011 Poker 0 Comment
The massive crackdown on online poker sites last April, now dubbed "Black Friday" by poker circles, have left American players without their favorite pastime, and for many, a significant source of income. Indeed, those who have been making their living from online poker for the last few years have been forced to relocate. The likes of Kevin MacPhee, Phil Galfond, and Olivier Busquet--elite players who have earned well over seven figures--were among the first to establish residency outside their native U.S. Several others have announced they are soon to follow, heading for Costa Rica, Malta, Panama, and neighboring Mexico and Canada. The exodus is becoming so widespread that PocketFives, one of the ...

Poker Chips Values

July 19th, 2011 Poker Chips 0 Comment
Chips are a popular substitute for real money in poker games, both online and offline. As the most widely accepted currency for the game, they have evolved into a system of their own and can be used in almost all varieties of poker. They are most popularly used, however, in Texas Hold 'Em and Omaha Hold 'Em. The chips come in different colors, each of which is ascribed a certain dollar value. A basic poker set will contain five colors: white, red, blue, green, and black. White chips are the least valuable kind, at $1 per chip. Red chips are worth $5 each, blue chips are $10, and green chips are ...

WSOP Main Event Draws Third-Biggest Turnout Despite Crackdowns

July 12th, 2011 Poker 0 Comment
No one expected a record turnout for this year's World Series of Poker tournament, which takes place just weeks after a round of federal stings on high-profile poker sites. But the 6,865 players who showed up to the main event--the third largest turnout since the first event in 2000--is still a pleasant surprise, a sign that players aren't quite ready to pack up their chips that yet. On April 15, a day the poker world has dubbed "Black Friday," the U.S. Department of Justice formally accused the founders of Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker, and PokerStars with money laundering, bank fraud, and illegal gambling, and forced them to stop hosting games ...

How To Sell PokerStars Chips

July 1st, 2011 Poker Chips 0 Comment
As the world's largest online card room, PokerStars offers ample opportunity for optimizing game earnings. Seasoned players know that betting isn't the only way to make money in online poker--they also buy and sell PokerStars chips for real money. And despite the controversy in the poker world over the last few weeks, trading chips doesn't involve any cheat software and won't get you penalized. How does it work? Selling PokerStars chips is relatively simple because of the site's large customer base, which includes both registered and unregistered users. Registering is highly recommended, however, as members' confidential information (including location and account details) is protected under the site agreement. Chips are usually ...

Folding Card Tables

June 24th, 2011 Poker Tables 0 Comment
If you're an avid poker player, you've probably entertained the idea of having your own professional poker table, the kind you see in casinos and tournaments. But most of us have neither the room nor the budget for it. Besides, with prices easily going over the $1,000 mark, it's a bit much to pay for a hobby. That's where folding card tables come in. Smaller, lighter, and much more affordable, they're ideal for casual to semi-serious players who just want to have a place to themselves when friends come over to play, and the option to stash it away when needed. If you have weekly games with a group of friends, ...

A Look At Poker Apps

June 17th, 2011 Poker Systems 0 Comment
When Full Tilt Poker released its Android app last December, it was among the first of its kind to let users play for real money on the go. And despite a shaky start, players took to it pretty favorably, making it the top-selling poker app on the market in just a few months. But since then, there have been more and more additions to the market, catering to other mobile systems and each offering tools outside of gameplay, from bankroll management to tournament finders to practice games. The largest selection of poker apps, interestingly, can be found on the BlackBerry platform. For basic gameplay, there's Downtown Texas Hold'em, which can be ...

Ivey Pulls Out Of WSOP

June 2nd, 2011 Poker 0 Comment
Poker player Phil Ivey has announced he will not be playing in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament this year, and that he plans to sue Full Tilt Poker for not reimbursing online players after their sites were forced to shut down last April. Ivey, a longtime supporter of Full Tilt Poker and one of its main endorsers, said he was "deeply disappointed" at the company's refusal to give players back their money. The fact that many players are unable to join the tournaments because of the financial blow also embarrassed him, he added in an official statement published on his website. According to Ivey, it was highly unfair that he ...

International Poker: Traveling for Tourneys

May 26th, 2011 Poker 0 Comment
You've seen poker stars hop from continent to continent as pro tournaments fly them in, year after year. They make it look so easy--how hard can it be to hop onto the first-class cabin, crash in a five-star hotel, and face fellow pros on the velvet? Harder than you think, if you ask the pros. International travel is no walk in the park, and when you factor in the stakes of poker tours and the rigorous game schedules, the game may feel like more work than play. If you're just beginning to travel for poker, here are some handy tips from Poker News. Pack light: Try to plan it so that all ...

Galaxy Casino Opens In Asia’s Gambling Capital

May 20th, 2011 Poker 0 Comment
There are two things a casino gambler can't stand, according to The Economist: losing a game, and less-than-spectacular d├ęcor. Not everyone can win, but Galaxy Macau, in what is widely known as Asia's gambling capital, is more than taking care of the latter. Developer Galaxy Entertainment, owned by a lucrative cement company in Hong Kong, says the casino boasts enough gold leaf to carpet 87 football pitches. The total investment was just under $2 billion, the Economist reported. Macau is a popular destination for poker and casino games enthusiasts, largely because it's the only place in China (it was given back to the People's Republic by Portugal in 1999) that legally permits ...