Thursday, February 03, 2005

Stupid WPBT

I didn't exactly tear it up in the blogger tournament last night. Nor did I stink up the joint. I think I went out 65th, right there in the middle of the pack. Worse than that is I really didn't even get to play or get involved in many hands, for the most part. Just kept folding dead, dead cards. I stayed about average stacked for most of the tournament, bluffing at a few pots to tread water, stealing blinds a few times. I got some action on a flopped set of kings early, which kept me afloat. I kept getting blatantly pillaged in the blinds but never had anything at all to defend with. I finally had to make a move with 1010 on the button, BB called with AQo, flopped an A, and I was down to T400 or so. Went out shortly thereafter in the BB myself with K7, basically all-in just from posting.

Looks like the WPT is about to launch its own poker site, which should be interesting:

World Poker Tour and WagerWorks Finalize Agreement and Set Timetable for Launch of International Online Gaming Site

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 3, 2005-- WPT Enterprises, Inc. and WagerWorks finalized its agreement today to develop a WORLD POKER TOUR(TM) (WPT) branded real-money gaming website. The two companies also announced that the site,, is expected to go live in the second quarter of this year. will prohibit bets from players in the U.S. and other jurisdictions where online gaming is prohibited. will showcase a WPT-branded poker room featuring ring games, Sit and Gos, and multi-table tournaments for poker games including Texas Hold'em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, and 7 Card Hi-Lo. Additionally, the site will feature an online casino with a broad selection of slots and table games including WagerWorks' exclusive online titles Monopoly(TM), Wheel of Fortune®, and The Price is Right(TM)."

Full article is here.

WagerWorks is an interesting choice as far as a software platform, as I'm not aware of any major casinos or poker sites that use it. WagerWorks used to be part of Silicon Gaming (and slots-maker IGT, when IGT bought Silicon Gaming) but was spun off on its on after the acquisition. Most of their current offerings seem to be Flash-based. They also seem pretty dedicated to the notion of barring US players (and anyone in jurisdictions where gambling isn't permitted) so it may be a moot point for us US based peoples.

Not much else going on in my little gambling world. I'm kind of recharging the batteries before leaping in to another month of hardcore bonus action.


John-Paul said...

Hey Scurvey... it was a pleasure playing with you. And by the way, sorry about "the pillaging of the blinds". BTW, great site, been reading you for a while and had no idea who you were at the tourney. So sneaky!

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