The World Series Of Poker – Let The Games Begin

By: David Olsen

In days gone by the game of poker was reserved for dimly
lit barrooms, and back rooms filled with smoke. Times
have changed. Poker has become nationally recognized as
a game, not a bar-brawling excuse for fighting. Millions
follow the world series of poker.

Initially the world series of poker was an event held in
Las Vegas mainly to draw publicity. Now the world series
of poker is nationally televised, and has huge crowds as
the games progress. There’s even been best-selling books
written about the world series of poker.

No longer an evil, threatening type, the world series of
poker attracts the interest of everyone. Men and women
alike are mesmerized by people like Mike “The Mouth”
Matusow, who recently won $1,000,000.00 at the tournament
of champions in Las Vegas. This tournament began with 114
players. The final table lasted more than eleven hours.
Phil Hellmuth, gave Mike a close run being the second
highest chip beginning the second day of the tournament.

There’s a wide variety of influences and personalities of
those who play the world series of poker. Everything from
the cowboy type, to Rene Angelil, who is the manager of the
international diva, Celine Dion has made it to the world
series of poker. The variety of the kinds of people who
make it to the world series of poker isn’t limited to the
old time evil perception of those who play.

One of the oldest and most well know poker legends who
playing in the 2005 world series of poker was Doyle Brunson
Brunson with a 50 year poker career, is perhaps the most
widely known professional poker player. Unfortunately
and surprisingly Brunson was eliminated on the second day
of play at the tournament of Champions.

Steve Dannenmann a modest 39-year-old CPA and mortgage
broker from Severn, Maryland got the attention of the poker
world by outlasting 5,617 players in the main event at the
2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP). He was within one hand
of achieving championship, but ended up as the second place
finisher to Joseph Hachem. When asked about his achievement
and winning $4,250,000 in prize money, Dannemann is
reserved. He says he is just lucky to be playing with so
many great players. Yet, as witnessed by his participation
in the 2005 Wolrd Series of Poker, Dannemann’s mild manner
hides a tremendous talent in tournament poker.

The World Series of Poker is a fascinating event and the
2006 World Series of Poker promises to show-case
world-class talent and excitement. Be sure to check it out.

David Olsen has been writing about online casinos and casino strategy for over five years and is considered an
authority in the online gambling world. His latest website is all about video Poker with special attention paid to Online Poker. Visit His site to learn more

Mr. Olsen works from home and is married with one young son.

The Untapped Benefits of Gambling

The Untapped Benefits of Gambling

By: Gerardas Norkus

Some people cringe at the thought of being labeled as a gambler since the stigma would forever hound them. People have different reasons as to why they gamble. Some gamble to forget their problems, others for fun, or to while away the time, those who play seriously and those who are addicted to it.

But all is not negative when it comes to gambling as there are untapped benefits of gambling which cannot be seen within the walls of the casino, or the race track, or in the bingo social hall.


In Las Vegas, a whopping 60 percent of the employment ratio is attributed to the presence of casinos. Imagine what would happen to Las Vegas if all the casinos suddenly stopped operating.


Self-discipline is the key. Gambling is for entertainment, as it was intended to be. Others just couldn’t handle a loss and always kept right on thinking that the next card would be the one to salvage all that has been lost. But it never does. And these types of gamblers only comprise one-fourth of the gambling population who cannot gamble responsibly.

Imagine the other 75 percent who responsibly gamble. These are the people who find the entertainment value of gambling and they are never blinded by the illusion that hitting it big time just once is the key to financial freedom.

It is sad that only a small percentage of the gambling population gets the bad rap of how gambling can be so destructive. Families, friends, properties, jobs, crimes and deception permeate the destruction brought about by gambling.

Charity Work

Winnings from gambling activities have contributed in providing the needed financial support of worthy causes. They use gambling activities such as bingos or lotteries with a percentage of the jackpot winnings tied with charity institutions.

Some celebrities even show their prowess in card games like poker to provide entertainment for the viewers and winnings for the charity institution they represent.

Health benefit

Studies have been found that retirees 65 years old and above who gamble have less health issues such as depression, alcoholism and bankruptcy as they find gambling to be therapeutic as it exercises their mind and keep them alert.

The study was not conclusive, however, because retiree gamblers are the recreational gamblers who find the entertainment value of gambling. They are healthier because they are healthy to begin with and not because they gamble.

In the end, it is not the gambling act itself that makes it beneficial or harmful to the individual. It is the decision of the individual if gambling would rule him or he would rule his gambling habit.

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