Poker bots are becoming more popular as people try and gain an edge on the game. The bots have been around for years but haven’t really been taken seriously until recently. Most of what’s out there is still garbage and require you do a ton of your own programming to get them up and running. But they have been improving since they first showed up on the scene, and some observers were beginning to think that they were better than live players.

 

That theory was put to the test last July when pro poker players Phil Laak and Ali Eslami took on the bot in a battle of abilities. After 500 hands, the players beat the bot by $570. That result was similar to tests done earlier, showing that the bot is not quite up to human ability yet. If it can’t beat Phil Laak, it’s not gonna make you a lot of money.

 

Vegas Venetian Hotel Earns Top Honors with First AAA Five Diamond

 

The AAA (American Automobile Association) has completed inspections of over 60,000 hotels and resorts and the 2007 results are in. The Venetian has entered a class that represents only 0.27 percent of the hotels in the hospitality industry throughout North America and the Caribbean, by earning their first AAA Five Diamond Award for 2008. The Five Diamond Award is given only to establishments that show the ultimate in service and sophistication.

 

To win the award the Venetian had to undergo an inspection from 65 full-time inspectors annually. No other system for ranking comes anywhere near the scrutiny of the AAA Diamond Rating System. The Venetian joins four other Vegas casinos – Bellagio, Four Seasons Las Vegas, Wynn Las Vegas and Skylofts at the MGM Grand – which also have AAA Five Diamond status. Making this list puts the Venetian on a small list of the best places to stay in Vegas, and that’s impressive.

 

Harrah’s Announces Dates for 2008 WSOP

 

Harrah’s has announced that the 2008 WSOP will take place from May 30 through July 17. The schedule of events is still in the planning stages but the dates are confirmed, and reflect pretty much the same schedule as last year. Apparently the time slot worked well now that the coverage of the event wasn’t competing with big sporting events anymore.

 

They will open up a few days earlier on May 26 for two special events and an opportunity for players to register early for events. Harrah’s has improved the event every year and intends to do so again in 2008. Consideration for events overlapping will be factored in this year so that players are able to play in more events, even if they go deep in another event.

 

They’re likely to be marketing the $50,000 HORSE event more this year. We can also expect lots of $1500 events, as they attract so many amateur players.

 

Mobile Gambling: How Far We’ve Come

 

In the late 90s if I wanted to place a bet with my bookie while I was on vacation in Monaco I’d use my cell phone. The main problem though was a payment method. Sure I could use my credit card but I wasn’t too happy to give this  information over insecure lines. I didn’t even want my bookie to have this information!

All this began to change when cellular phones became equipped with WAP (Wireless Application Protocol). Then came Java, an easy programming language that enabled poker, bingo and roulette to be played on mobile phones. Eventually commerce caught up, in the form of transmitting money with Togel mobile phones. This takes us consumers to the near fututre, and a market place that analysts value at US$20 billion by 2010. The best part now is when I am in St. Tropez and i need to place a winning bet, I don’t have to trust Lenny, my bookie in San Fransisco, with my credit card info.

 

Bodog Poker Celebrates One-Billionth Hand

 

The Bodog Poker room will be celebrating its One Billionth Hand some time this month. In only three years the room has achieved this milestone occasion, and they are planning on celebrating it in a big way. Every day from Nov 5 to 26 Bodog Poker will be giving away $50 to ten players a day. The remaining $12,000 will be given to the player who wins the billionth hand, in the form of $1000 per month for a year.

 

Players at the table of the big hand will split $10,000, and there will be increasing giveaways after the 980,000,000th hand has been played. The prizes will be given away every five million hands until the billionth. Players involved in those hands will get $109 worth of tournament credits, which include the weekly $100,000 Guaranteed and Player’s Choice qualifiers. Those events can get you into a WPT or EPT event in the future.