Lady Gaga

Yesterday I was thinking, I would love to see a club song about Poker. Preferably, sung by a woman in a skimpy outfit, some mumbling, and maybe centering on a poker face.

Today what do I see but a Poker Face video that is lighting the internet afire. Or not.
Anyway, today I did discover Lady Gaga playing poker and singing about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyDRbp1ZPp8.

Who is Lady Gaga?

She looks like Christina A except a little more brutish or manish. She’s a club diva.

And from the song you can tell, she wants to “Holdem like they do in Texas.”

She’s also “bluffin with her muffin.”

The music is a little Gwen Stefani and a little Black Eyed Peas mixed with a club band. Now, this isn’t really my kind of music, though I do like the idea of bluffin’ with her muffin. It’s a catchphrase I will repeat everywhere I go. It went over great at Christmas with the grandparents.

Also, of note is the fact, the table she is playing at in the video, not that you’ll notice, but it is adorned with a huge bwin logo. I like it. That’s where I play.

This isn’t the best poker song out there but it does share one thing in common with another Euro club song about Poker, it gets in your brain and infects you from the inside out. Of course I’m talking about, the neo classic 95 Rocks Poker Song, “I Call You With Ace High”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKWaFqunGFA. Instead of saying “I win with the Ace High, Ye-ah, yeah,” or “There’s no luck” in moments of boredom your brain will endlessly repeat “mum-mum-mum my poker face” after listening to Lady GaGa. That’s not necessarily a good thing, I know.

However when I play online texas holdem my iPod whenever it’s on shuffle seems to seek out the Ace High song and other ditties I downloaded as a joke.

Some other poker songs?

Of course there is Kenny Rogers the Gambler. Yes, some truth in there. “You gotta know when to fold them and when to holdem.” I doubt Kenny’s man would be holding Ace High in the showdown like the Eurodonks in the great video linked above. It’s maybe Kenny’s best song though the “Coward of The County” is tough to beat.

This one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7PIjBr2LMw is only good that they dedicate it to TJ.

Marcel Luske of Holland took his crooning from a table distraction to an authentic poker song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlocf-4hFK8&feature=PlayList&p=6941258FBD6A4425&index=0&playnext=1 “Poker, Poker, Poker everybody plays poker… these days.” Marcel should stick to his day job. He still gets to sing there so it’s plus ev.

So in short, it’s not too hard to be a good poker song. Outside of the Gambler there really isn’t too much competition. Is Lady GaGa’s a good tune. I’m still repeating that inane chorus. So maybe.

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Binions is new again…

The birthplace of modern poker, the start of the Chris Moneymaker effect, the cramped World Series of Poker venue before the massive Rio became the cramped WSOP venue, the staple of the Old Strip, Binions is turning a new leaf. You want to play poker in the spot legends were created? Now you can. Not that you couldn’t a year ago, but then it was a dingy, crowded, weathered antique. Back then, if you wanted to play texas Holdem on the table that Texas Dolly won his early bracelets, it was a distinct possibility you’d play on the very same table he played on with no renovations to the chairs, faded felt, or steam driven shuffle machines. The fact their 80 year old dealers were Doyle’s dealers 30 years ago just added to the ambiance.

Granted, I prefer to play online texas hold ’em at http://www.pokerroom.com/poker/ or at https://poker.bwin.com/poker.aspx but when I do venture out into live play or land in Vegas, I always liked the opportunity to play under the black and white photos of past world series of poker champions. What’s changed? Now, I can do it in style. Binions has been given a facelift, Madonna would die for, and is now a polished jewel on the old strip.

A brand new poker room is being unveiled where everything is brand spanking new. Built in the spot once occupied by an old longue the new room has 10 tables and 11 plasma TV screens. The words spacious and comfortable come to mind, when a few short months ago the room was exactly the opposite.

Next time when you play online texas holdem and you are ready to take a breather or get out of the house, or if you are planning a trip to Vegas check out Binions. Now, instead of being part of the museum if you decide to play texas hold ’em on the old strip at the birthplace of poker, you’ll be playing in style.

Pokerroom.com Alpine Cup Qualifiers

PokerRoom.com (http://www.pokerroom.com/poker/) is hosting another opportunity for texas holdem online players to win their way to a live event the PokerNews Alpine Cup online texas holdem finals.

From PokerRoom.com, this sounds like a dream vacation: “The Alpine Cup is a new live poker event that will be held in March 2009 at the luxurious Alpine Palace ski resort in the Austrian alps. PokerRoom.com players lucky and skillful enough to win one of the $8,000 trip packages up for grabs in the online finals will be in for the time of their lives, with a perfect mix of skiing, poker, and living the high life awaiting the winners in the Austrian alps.”

The first qualifer had 63 players vieing for the title for three packages. The winners were: mazlumb2, liverpool170, and mr.Schne.

Play poker on a Mac? Want to?

I have a good friend of mine who is a little dejected he can’t get involved in the online poker boom because he doesn’t have a pc.  Many companies don’t offer online gaming or poker to Mac software.  Mac texas holdem is hard to come by and when you can play it, oit is a bit of a hassle to use one.  He found recently a site that does just that www.pokerroom.com/mac/.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my pc, but I admire the capabilities of his mac.  He’s into heavy graphic programs and film editing so he’s felt it’s mandatory that he own a macintosh.  I’ve always felt like I’ve had the upperhand because of the limitations on his macintosh poker.    Now he can play mac texas holdem whenever he wants.

I’ll have to look into Apple a bit more.  He’s now got a poker mac as well as his cool iPhone, iPod, and devices that have a symbiotic relationship with his home computer.

I have another friend on www.gulfcoastpoker.net Shoats, that whines about not being able to play poker on his mac.  I’m going to have to ship him the link to www.pokerroom.com/mac/ and see if he likes it.  I’ll put up a review if he does one.

In my own news, I had a good day of texas holdem.  I chased a couple of flush draws and got there on the turn.  One guy had a set but didn’t pair the board and paid me hansomely.  The other guy rivered a straight and shoved like he was holding the gonads.  He wasn’t.  I was.  Ace high flush.  Nice chunk of change.

The Aussie Millions Winners

Unfortunately I did not advance deep  to the finals stages of the Aussie Millions to win the $18,000 play texas hold’em prize package offered on PokerRoom ( http://www.pokerroom.com/promos/right-now/aussie-millions-how-to.html).  However, I must send out my congratulations to those that did including ChipLieder85, AmazingRiver, and CorpseGR.

Can’t beat the systems or the variety of means to get there. ..  

You can start in the Lucky Dollar level, where $1.00 + $0.10 gets you a chance to advance to the next level playing Texas Holdem online, $15 +$1.50, and from there $69 +$6.  Win a seat there and it gets you into the equivalent of a $500 +$40 buy-in.  Remember how Chris Moneymaker won big at the WSOP, same principle to get there.  Shannon Shorr of the Gulf Coast started his career with qualifiers to the Aussie Millions and then crushed the field once he got there. 

You could also have won the Big Bounty event which paid the top two places with the $18,000 packages and give you the opportunity to win $100 for each Team PokerRoom member you knocked out.  Then there was the Mobile Millions online texas hold’em poker challenge (http://www.pokerroom.com/promos/right-now/aussie-millions-mobile.html), and coming soon the Leaderboard Challenge and the Sit ‘n Go Jackpot.  All great wins to win the prize package.  There is another qualifier starting tonight. 

I hope to play tonight.  I have had a good streak going on this site and think I can advance past the early levels.  I’ve seen how hard Will Souther is working on a similar structure and I know it’s a challenge.  But it’s a fun one.   Pretty soon, I hope to be reporting from Melbourne.  Just as long as my big cards hold and my little ones improve.

Congrats to the Aussie Millions Poker Prize Package Winners

The Poker Room (http://www.pokerroom.com) has out done itself with qualifiers to the Main Event of the Aussie Millions (http://www.pokerroom.com/promos/right-now/aussie-millions/). You can play online texas holdem all the way to Melbourne. Their poker prize package now includes: $10,500 (Australia) buy-in to the Texas Hold ‘Em Main Event, $2,200 buy-in (AUS) to a six handed event, 11 nights at the posh Crown Victoria hotel ($4,000 U.S), and $3,000 (U.S.) expense money.

They have a few different ways to play poker to get there. Unfortunately, I have yet to advance deep in the Lucky Dollar online poker play qualifiers. With them basically you can get in cheap to the first level of satellites by playing a $1.10 qualifer and go up a ladder of events ($15 +$1.50, $69 +$6, $500 +$40). This is the type of way Chris Moneymaker qualified for the WSOP Main Event. One day he decided to play poker online in a small qualifer and kept advancing until he won his seat. The rest they say is history. I also read that Shannon Shorr started his texas holdem career at the Aussie Millions by progressing up a ladder of qualifiers. Once in Melbourne he crushed the the texas hold’em tournament.

I like Poker Room because they have 4 or 5 different ways to get to the main events of global poker tournaments. For the Aussie Millions, they also had the Mobile Millions (you can play mobile poker), a Bounty Tournament, and coming soon a sit ‘n go challenge and a leaderboard challenge.

 There is another tournament tonight which I might take a shot at.

Hopefully, you’ll read a blog post from me in Melbourne sipping a frothy beer if I do advance.

I Play Online Poker at a New Site

I have recently started to look for other sites to play online poker on besides the normal ones. I consider myself a good poker player and have played at the big two sites as well as both the sites featured on the 60 minutes profile. I have success at all of them but recently I’ve found the best place to play online texas holdem is on https://poker.bwin.com/poker.aspx.

I did not know much about the site before too recently. However, I saw an ad for them on http://www.gulfcoastpoker.net/. Been from Louisiana I check out that site a lot. Anyway, I expected a European site to have a lot of donks, or Eurodonks, players that were likely to play fast and furious and could get caught up overplaying certain hands. I thought if I played my tight and normal style of poker and I’d get paid. Texas Holdem is not that hard a game if people overplay their hands.

I’d have to say that is exactly what has been happening. I’m going to brag a little. In one particular hand during my last texas hold ’em poker session I had AA in mid position. Normally, I’d like to raise aggressively to thin the field. However, I discovered on this site if the pot is unopened as it was, I could simply limp and let the maniacs to my left do my betting for me. Why do the pushing if the Eurodonkeys will do the pulling, right?

Sure enough, one of the guys puts out a raise, the button re-raises, and the BB three bets it. Time to shove the $500 sitting in front of me. BB calls me with AK. Nice try sir. It’s never easy so I had to sweat a four outer as the flop brought a J and a 10. Oh well. I’ll take that matchup every hand. If that gets lucky on me I’ll happily reload and fire again.