A Couch Potato’s Guide to Poker on TV!

I love Poker. I love to play it. I love to read about it. I love to watch other people play it, especially on TV. It’s an inexpensive way to learn from the pros. You can see what they do in real-world situations, not just what they say they would do in their books. Watching Poker helps improve your game. You can learn pot odds, combinations, order of hands and many other basics as well as advanced, psychological strategy such as tells.

I watch a lot of Poker on TV. Yes, I do. Apparently, the networks are taking notice of the TV-viewing public. A lot of us are crazy for Poker. In this article, I’m going to discuss several, TV series that are still running now, that I highly recommend and regularly watch.

1) Celebrity Poker Showdown. This is on Bravo, usually on Thursday nights. Poker Pro Phil Gordon and comedian Dave Foley (Kids in The Hall, News Radio) are the moderators for this light, fluffy show featuring celebrities such as Alex Trebek, Ben Affleck, Rosie O’Donnell and Camryn Manheim. Some of the celebs are really very good. Of course, there is also that wonderfully evil moment when you can watch someone on the D-List or above sink on the river.

Phil gives expert commentary. There’s a short film each week in which the basics of No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em and the betting rules are explained. It’s entertaining TV even for newbies, pros and the star-struck alike.

2) The World Series of Poker. ESPN is currently showing episodes of the 2005 WSOP. The other night, I saw Johnny Chan win his record 10th WSOP bracelet in the Pot Limit Hold ‘Em event. It was awesome. He beat out Phil ‘Unabomber’ Laak to take the lead against Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth, who were both present during the match, for the all-time record bracelet wins. Hey, don’t feel too bad for Mr. Laak. His girlfriend, the beautiful Hollywood actress, Jennifer Tilly, won the Ladies’ Event at the WSOP this year.

A week or two prior to that, I got to see Josh Arieh, a very good player who doesn’t get too much airtime (yet), play – and win – the Omaha tourney. It was great to see Omaha Hold ‘Em played on TV for a change. I loved it.

Even if you’re not a poker junkie like I am, you can appreciate the epic nature of the World Series of Poker with its international field featuring the best of the best – and a few Cinderella stories thrown in for good measure.

3) World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel. Travel the world from your chair and watch pros play in the World Poker Tour. They play in exotic locales such as Aruba and Paris. Host Mike Sexton is so knowledgeable about the game that he makes up for his co-host Vince Van Patten’s shtick. The man tries to give nicknames to any hand combination possible. Some of his groaners include:

QQ – Siegfried & Roy or Paris & Nikki (Hilton)

55 – Sammy Hagar (after the song, ‘I Can’t Drive 55’)

Rounding out the commentator group is the lovely Shana Hiatt. She interviews the pros and showcases different aspects of the poker-playing lifestyle on each episode. The WPT hosts names like Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer and more. It’s a veritable who’s who of Poker and it comes fresh and new into your home each week.

These aren’t the only Poker shows on TV. ESPN has a drama called TILT starring Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) and Eddie Cibrian (Third Watch) which is a fictionalized version of a poker pro’s dirty and dangerous life.

E! Entertainment Network, beginning on St. Patty’s Day 2005, aired several episodes of E!’s Hollywood Hold ‘Em Game. Laura Prepon, of That 70s Show, produced the show and starred in one of the episodes with her live-in love Chris Masterson (Malcolm in the Middle) and some friends, including Chris’ brother and That 70’s show star, Danny Masterson (Hyde). Other episodes had Mila Kunis (Family Guy, That 70s Show), Macauley Culkin – yes, that Macauley Culkin. He’s Mila’s beau – and Shannon Elizabeth. I haven’t seen it on recently; but, I desperately hope that it comes back. It was pretty good poker and Phil Laak was the dealer/mentor/host.

The Game Show Network has Poker Royale. This is a 6-person tournament that runs for several weeks. There are several elimination rounds, then a finale. The first had all pros. It was men vs. women. The men won each individual match; but, the ladies, led by Kathy Liebert, Jennifer Harmon and Cyndy Violette took the final – and decisive match. The second installment had Celebrities vs. Poker Pros. I found it to be a watered-down version of Celebrity Poker Showdown. I missed Phil Gordon and Dave Foley, gotta admit. The third installment, which is currently airing, is the Comedians vs. Poker Pros. I didn’t find this one too fun or funny; but, I’ve had other things to do lately.

Actually, I dropped watching that because the Fall Season picked up; and, well, I’d rather watch the Poker Superstars Invitational on FSN! This is awesome. It’s a turbo tourney – the blinds go up really quick and the play is fast – featuring Johnny Chan, Carlos Mortensen and other luminaries. It’s action-packed, high-stakes poker that goes by in the blink of eye.

If you can’t find a good online or home game, why not sit down and watch one on TV? Chances are – there’s one on the television right now. Go. Watch!

Playing Online Bingo

If you are a bingo player, or perhaps you are thinking of trying the game for the first time, consider the new and fun method of playing Bingo – ONLINE. The internet now brings bingo players the opportunity to play their favorite game in the comfort of your own home, at whatever hour or time which suites you. Online bingo is becoming very popular in the UK, attracting new bingo players every day with a convenient online experience, awesome jackpots, loyalty points, online community and more.

Online bingo is also becoming quite specialized; delivering specific games and websites for women only, providing a safe environment where women can play online bingo, meet new friends and take home substantial winnings. Now you no longer need to play in large, cold halls, with strange people. Now women can enjoy the game of bingo in the warm and safe environment of their own homes, also enjoying the benefits of enjoying the game at any chosen time.

Another draw card for online bingo players is the wonderful loyalty program which usually means you can earn points when playing online bingo-the more you play the more points you earn. These points can keep you playing and ensure you also have some benefits even if you aren’t winning!

A top benefit of online bingo, over other traditional bingo games is that the online website will offer new and interesting games to choose from, all of which players will win instant prizes. So, these online bingo sites will keep you interested and keep you coming back for more. The online bingo game will allow you to play bingo for fun, while interacting with our bingo community in the easy to use bingo chat facility.

So for bingo enthusiasts, choose online bingo to deliver awesome jackpots, progressive jackpots, patterns, slots, video poker, instant games and more. Search the internet for the best online bingo website, and enjoy the benefits of playing online bingo over playing in a bingo hall. Join the bingo revolution and become part of a bingo online community, make new friends and enjoy loyalty points along with incredible jackpots and more. Your chosen online bingo website should offer you user-friendly functions, along with informative advice and information regarding each bingo game. So, why not enjoy a free registration to one of the top Bingo online websites, and try out a game for yourself using loyalty points? You have nothing to lose, only more enjoyment to gain by joining an online community of bingo enthusiasts.

Know More About Poker Clothing

Every game in this world has rules and regulations. In addition, some of the most authentic and popular games have their unique and specific dress codes. Cricketers have different dress codes, hockey players wear their own outfits and tennis players have different dress codes. Similarly, people playing poker wear poker clothes while playing the game. This principle of unique dress codes is not only applicable to outdoor games but applies to the various indoor games as well. In fact, gambling industry is not far behind in this field. You have to follow a dress code even in the game of casino. The moment you step into the bingo hall, you have to follow the rules of dress code again. And in this regard Poker rules are no different.

  • Poker clothing

Once you enter the hall to play the game, you will find different groups of people, following different style and dress code. Poker clothes of the players can be casual or formal, depending upon the hall rules you have entered to play the game. Dress code may depend upon the age since most halls offer different dress codes for different age groups. Old players have to wear formal or traditional dresses so that they may feel comfortable.

Keeping in mind the comfort of young poker players, casuals and poker accessories like hats, sunglasses, gold chains including other things have become an integral part of the game. One of the most common and popular dresses of this game is strip poker shirts. These shirts reflect enthusiasm among the poker players. The poker clothing comprises of shirts, pants, jeans, blouses etc.

  • Reason for the poker clothing

Of all the card games, poker is one of the most favorite games among the card players in the world. Various casinos around the globe offer this game. In fact, in some places, there are poker tournaments and that is where the need of poker dress code comes in. In fact, people of all age groups can wear these specially designed clothes for poker tournaments. As there is no bar on the age of poker players, there should be no restriction on the clothes worn by players of certain age group. All you need is a cool attitude and you can look smart.

Now, there are many people involved in this game at different levels. First of all, the dealers in this game have to wear a black pant and a shirt. There should be no designing on the clothes. The only thing acceptable on their shirt is the imprinted name of the organization. The whole idea is that the players should look professional. On the other hand, these clothes worn by the players and the customers vary and are quiet different from each other. Therefore, when you are attending any poker event, you will see a wide variety of poker clothing. The female players in this event are dressed in either their best clothes or in their casual clothes.

A Checklist for Bingo Supplies-10 Things You Must Have and Why

Bingos’ growing popularity online has many fans flocking the virtual bingo halls in seek of some bingo fun. Even with this rapid growth online fact remains that bingo is the largest game in the world and the majority of bingo fans still play bingo the good old fashion way, in their church, schools clubs and even homes or just a general get together.

Here I will share with you a couple of things you will need if you decide to put on a bingo game for a large crowd or just a simple gathering.

1. Tubs of chips- You can find these in a wide assortment of colors and styles. A popular trend is to have these customized. Most tubs are reusable. It is always better to get these the ones with the gritty edge for easier handling. You can also get the popular magnetic chips for better handling.

2. Daubers- These can also be customized. Red is one of the more popular colors for daubers, however the variations in daubers have grown considerably and your choice are wide.

3. Double Roll Tickets-Most rolls contain up to two-thousand tickets per roll. Using various colors is always recommended with larger bingo gatherings.

4. Bingo Paper/Cards- The push out die paper is popular on those bingo cruises we often hear about. There is no need daubers or chips with these ones. You can simply push out the number as they are called with your finger. If you prefer the traditional bingo cards then you can have them custom ordered with customized themes or logos.

5. Cushions and Totes-Bingo suppliers who make cushions and totes have gotten more creative with the numerous patterns and styles. It is recommended that you get the ones with extra cushion padding for more bounce and softness, they also last longer. Get the ones with a Velcro pouch for a better grip on the chair. Totes with special compartments for specific bingo necessities such as your daubers and chips is always good deal. There are wide assortments of patterns and colors to choose from. Matching tote and cushions normally look better together.

6. Raffle Drums-Drums come in all shapes and sizes. The size is obviously the determining factor in getting a bingo raffle drum.

7. Ping Pong Cage-Stainless steel cages are recommended. These come with bingo balls.

8. Promotional Wheels- Most wheels are made of wood. It is highly recommended that if you decide to get a promotional wheel you get one made from plywood. Promotional wheels often become wobbly and discolored when made with regular wood. These have a very short life span. Get only the best promotional wheels. Wheels can be custom made base on promotion and target audience.

9. Electronic Equipment-These are much bigger investment. When you get electronic bingo equipment ensure that it is state of the art with a good warranty. These are more suited for bigger bingo establishments. Useful equipments include the Game pattern flashboards. They come in different sizes and show the amount to be won and last number called.

10. Bingo Starter Kits- Bingo Starter Kit is good for large and small bingo games. Most bingo kits have everything you need. These are a few things that your bingo starter kits should have, a cage set which includes the cage, bingo balls, a masterboard, bingo cards, chips, bingo paper that contains bingo sheets and bingo daubers.

These are just few of the things you will need for your bingo game. There is a wide variety of accessories available. Most bingo supplies can be customized to order specific to color, logo and themes.