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888poker’s Gift Showers Promo Underway

 888poker’s Gift Showers Promo Underway

888poker is in the midst of a holiday-themed promotion with one of my favorite names ever, even if it is a little wordy: Gift Showers $ 800,000 Season of Giving Promotion. I’m just imagining my childhood self, cackling with glee as presents rain down on me, each one a mystery, possibly containing that thing that would make my wildest dreams come true. Now, 888’s promo isn’t exactly like this, but for those who play poker on the site, it’s a cheap and easy way to try to win prizes until the day after Christmas.

888 is hosting three different types of tournaments during the Gift Showers promotion:

All-In Gift Tournament – every day at 20:20 GMT through December 26th
$ 2,000 Lucky Star Tournament – every day at 01:05, 11:05, and 18:05 GMT through December 26th
$ 6,500 Starburst Tournament – every Sunday at 20:35 GMT through December 25th

The All-In Gift Tournament is another one of these tourneys we’re seeing more and more of in which all players have to do is register; showing up is optional. The software just puts everyone all-in pre-flop automatically until someone wins. For Gift Shower, the All-In Gift Tournament doesn’t award cash prizes. As the name implies, “gifts” are the reward. Here is a breakdown of the prize allocation:

Iphone 7 – 1st Place
GoPro Hero 5 Black – 2nd place
PlayStation 4 Slim – 3rd place
888poker Hoodie – 4th through 13th place
888poker Knitted Hat – 14th through 33rd place
888poker Cards – 34th through 53rd place
$ 5 CIP FreePlay voucher – 54th through 143rd place
$ 1 BLAST Ticket – 144th through 583rd place
$ 2,000 Lucky Star tournament ticket – 584th through 5000th place

In order to participate, players need entry tickets; everybody gets one for the All-In Gift Tournament and one for the $ 2,000 Lucky Star Tournament just for being a real money 888 customer. Up to three more tickets can also be earned for the All-In Gift Tournament each day (I guess it’s a multi-entry tourney) by doing the following:

•    Play five or more BLAST tournaments with a minimum buy-in of $ 1
•    Play in tournaments or Sit-and-Go’s (not counting BLAST or heads-up) with total buy-ins of at least $ 4
•    Win 15 hands at the real money cash game tables with stakes of $ 0.02/$ 0.05 or higher

The only minor catch to the above is that in order to be eligible to earn those extra tickets, players must have played in the All-In Gift Tournament or $ 2,000 Lucky Star Tournament at least once. Since everyone gets one free ticket for each, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Tickets for the weekly $ 6,500 Starburst Tournament can be earned by completing a weekly mission, revealed in a Sunday e-mail. For that tournament, $ 5,000 of the prize pool is cash, while the rest is awarded to the winner in the form of a Bebop drone, a Sky controller and a Galaxy tablet.

Additional chances at tickets for the tourneys, plus other tournament tickets and free plays in the casino and sportsbook, are available via a Star Spin game. Everyone who has deposited at least once on 888 can spin up to two times per day, once on the desktop client and once on the mobile app.

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A Christmas Gift: A Visit From St. Doyle

 A Christmas Gift: A Visit From St. Doyle

(Writer’s note:  I penned this a decade ago and it still rings true even today. Over the years I’ve considered changing some of the names used in the course of the tale (due to transgressions), but have left the original intact for posterity and to reflect the original inspiration. To you, the reader, and with apologies to Clement Moore, we pass along our wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and Seasons’ Greetings and wish the best of the New Year to all!)

A Visit from St. Doyle

‘Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house,
The only thing heard
Was the clicking of a mouse.

The stockings were hung
By the chimney with care.
But nothing was in them
As I looked at two pair.

The tournament was late,
The blinds they were high.
I considered a raise
And behind heard a sigh.

The children were silent
And snuggled in bed
As thoughts of a boat
Danced in my head.

With Mom (who sighed) merrily wrapping
And I in my visor,
I had settled into the game
And considered my raiser.

When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair
And ignored the chat banter.

Towards the door
I flew like a flash,
Threw back the bolt
And opened the latch.

To what did my wondering eyes did appear,
The saint of the game and eight of his peers.
He had a big cowboy hat and a grand old smile
And with a sweep of his hand ushered in those in the rear.

“In Chris, in Barry,
In Howard and Annie.
In Jennifer, in T. J.,
And Phils, Hellmuth and Ivey.”

To the table we flew,
The chips they were clicking.
The discussion was merry
Over the eggnog we were drinking.

He spoke reverently
As we played through the night.
He looked in my eyes
And showed me the light.

“The game, it is great,
The time spent is a blast.
But it isn’t everything,
Enjoy each day like it’s your last.”

“Play the game and enjoy
Who knows, you may be great.
But remember friends and family,
Those things never abate.”

The eight and I nodded in agreement
A toast was raised to The Man
As he grandly announced,
“Everyone all-in, last hand.”

The cards whisked to us,
As did the flop, turn and river,
And we all peeked at our hole cards
To see what was delivered.

It came around to me
And I turned up my hand
I stared down wide-eyed
At the royal flush that I had.

The cash went to me,
As well as the cheers of the gang,
And we all left the table
As the Christmas bells rang.

The mood was joyful
As they all faded from sight.
St. Doyle looked back to me
And had one final insight.

“The best to you in the game,
And the best in your life.
May your hands be huge,
Merry Christmas and good night.”

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Looking For a Gift? Couple of Poker Books to Fill the Stockings

 Looking For a Gift? Couple of Poker Books to Fill the Stockings

There is less than two weeks until the celebration of Christmas around the world and Hanukkah is already in full swing, with its conclusion on Monday. At this point, many have exhausted all of the gift options that they might have thought of, but there are a couple of books out there that might interest the poker fan in a person’s life. These books are diametric opposites – one a stringent strategy guide, the other a more whimsical look at how the game shapes a life.

First, the strategic objective…

Jonathan Little has become one of the more prolific writers for the folks at D&B Publishing. His earlier works – his trio of books entitled Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker and his tome Live No Limit Cash Games – have been excellent entries into the poker strategy genre. Even after all of this, Little has wanted to do more to help the amateurs in the poker world improve their games. So what did Little do? He ask for a little help from his friends.

Although his name is on the top of the billing, Jonathan Little’s Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em is more of an ensemble work, kind of like how there wasn’t a real star of Friendswith its ensemble cast. In putting together the work, Little had an excellent idea to look at several different aspects of poker and not just from the playing side of the game. While Little would probably have a good clue on some of these things, he chose to have other players or even psychologists address these issues rather than dominate the book himself.

The list of players that make up Little’s book are some of the best the current poker world has to offer. Poker Hall of Famers Phil Hellmuth and Mike Sexton, Olivier Busquet, Liv Boeree, Scott Clements, Matt Affleck and Bernard Lee were all gracious enough to step up with a contribution to Little’s book and each person hits their own niche. Hellmuth and Boeree, for example, examine how to play a short stack, with Hellmuth putting up his “old school” version while Boeree espouses the “new school” way to play. Busquet tackles heads up play, while Little puts his skills on paper in preparing for a tournament final table.

While there is a great deal of strategy in Jonathan Little’s Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em, Little takes it a step further in looking at the mental aspect of the game. Dr. Patricia Cardner, who has partnered with Little previously for Positive Poker, presents an abridged version of that tome in her chapter regarding mental toughness. Jared Tendler, another psychologist and poker player, offers ways to help players eliminate tilting from their games. Personally, however, I found two sections to be quite helpful.

2003 World Series of Poker Championship Event winner Chris Moneymaker, in one of the early chapters of the book, discusses how to play smaller buy in events. With their faster structures, fewer starting chips and other idiosyncrasies, these types of tournaments – the daily events you might find in Las Vegas casinos or even buy-ins up to $ 1500 – require a different approach than deep stacked, high buy in events. Moneymaker offers up to the reader a solid method of approaching these tournaments and presented ideas I had not considered.

The other chapter of the book that impressed me was from Ed Miller, another longtime poker author with some books of his own that have helped players. In his chapter, Miller offers an excellent approach to moving up in stakes. Instead of setting artificial bankroll limitations, Miller looks at it from the approach of how you are attacking the players and when you reach a certain level of efficiency at beating those opponents. Miller’s writings made a great deal of sense and I’ll have to check out more of his work.

For the more whimsical other book, author James McManus – the author of the seminal poker work Positively Fifth Street – has stepped back into the literary world, but not exactly with something that is entirely poker-related. While it is titled The Education of a Poker Player, McManus’ book is more a coming-of-age story rather than a great treatise on the game of poker. For some, this might be a turn off but, for myself, I found the book to be quite refreshing.

The book seems to be semi-autobiographical as it follows a young man in the 1960s as he works through that tumultuous decade. It also deals with the young man’s tumultuous hormones as he discovers his attraction to girls and his enjoyment of playing poker with his extended family. Unfortunately, all of these things are anathema if he is to fulfill his grandmother’s wishes and become a Catholic priest.

While the book lacked anything remotely resembling poker strategy, the story of McManus’ main character is probably someone that all of us would see if we looked in the mirror. For many of us, poker was a game that we learned at a young age and has captured us ever since. It has become a part of us, even though there are those that would prefer we didn’t follow that path, and McManus’ lead character exemplifies many of the obstacles that we potentially faced. It also tracks through some of the most distressing moments of the 1960s, including President John Kennedy’s assassination.

Overall The Education of a Poker Player isn’t going to make you a better card player. It isn’t going to give you a way to sniff out that river bluff or a magic wand to get someone to move all in over the nuts. What it will give you is a little better appreciation of the game, perhaps a remembrance of how you got your start, and bring a smile to your face as you relive those memories.

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