Vegas Baby! The first time I went to Las Vegas was in July 1994. I stayed at the Flamingo (then the Flamingo Hilton). This was one of the first Vegas casinos opened by Bugsy Siegel in 1946. Almost opposite the Flamingo stands the Bellagio, one of my favourites and where I got married at the […]
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Time may change me, but you can’t trace time.(Bowie, Dec 1971) Casinos were not as common as they are now when I was starting out, they were hard to find. I remember writing a letter to the gambling commission to ask exactly how many Casinos were in the UK, and where they were, pretending […]
Slain By The Goliath
I have been meaning to do a Goliath update for a while and seeing as I’m not in the GUKPT Luton final today I’ve got a spare couple of hours to do it now. What a great week the Goliath was, kind of. It was a success in so many ways. There were a record […]
The WSOP and the Goliath 2016
The WSOP main event is just about to enter day 3 with 2,176 players remaining out of the 6,737 that entered! No sooner does the seven week WSOP festival start than the main event creeps up and then it seems all over for another year. My first trip was back in 1995 and I just […]
A Poker Rule I Believe Needs Changing
A Poker Rule I Believe Needs Changing There is a rule that has become commonplace at major poker tournaments in recent times. It was a rule in place at the recent Irish Open, it’s a GUKPT rule and I believe it is a TDA rule too. It’s a fairly recent rule implementation, I don’t remember […]
Still Got The Balls?
Still Got The Balls? I would like to apologise in advance if this blog seems a bit of a rant. I think some of the things that have happened recently are actually quite funny and all show what a sad state some UK bookmaking businesses are in. Before I get onto the stuff that is […]
Are Coral Bookmakers Acting Illegally?
Are Corals Acting Illegally? Coral Bookmakers and the Freedom of Information Act Restricted accounts are a common subject of discussion among punters. At Bettingemporium.com we have several thousand members and we often get support emails asking questions on this subject. One of our registered users (let’s call him Mr P), not a professional and someone […]
Blackpool Rocks! – plus get 10% of me in the GUKPT Grand Final!
Blackpool G Casino, on the sea front, is one of my favourite casinos in the UK. It has a real party atmosphere, people enjoy themselves there. They also have some of the best cash games that I have seen since Holland 1996. I would like to give a special mention to the waitresses there as […]
When is a Hall of Fame not a Hall of Fame?
You can probably guess by the title of this blog that the results for the 2015 Poker Hall of Fame inductions have been announced. As many of you may have guessed, the ‘winners’ are John Juanda and Jennifer Harman. Both are, without doubt, great poker players. I would like to be half as good as […]
Devilfish and the Poker Hall of Fame
Devilfish and the WSOP Poker Hall of Fame What is a Hall of Fame to you? It should certainly include persons judged as outstanding in their sport or profession, it should also be someone considered memorable. Whilst there are some great names, great players, in the current list of 48 Poker Hall of Fame members […]