MZone Report – Poker Calculators For Tournaments

Up until recently, there wasn’t a single poker calculator that was designed for tournament play and of all the software I have tested over the last 2 ½ years, this struck me as somewhat fascinating. The fact is, online poker has thrived because of new players signing on after watching WPT or WSOP reruns.

Both of those shows ushered in new television celebrities the likes of Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, and Chris Moneymaker. As a result, hundreds of thousands of players took to the poker sites in search of ring games. Not. They came because of the tournament action and qualifiers that could, for a s little as a couple bucks get you on a final table on television vying for millions!

These players need help at the game, and many software designers obliged with poker calculators. Using poker calculators however often meant you had to adapt the information it provided while playing tournaments because tournaments and ring games are completely different strategies.

I was in a forum recently where players admitted using two different poker calculators to help compensate for tournament structures. Those players who are using two poker calculators are welcome at my table anytime. Too much of a good thing can make you a geek in this case, and it will take away from your game.

Regardless of all this, the bottom line in tournaments is that the only history you should be focused on is the recent history. Any particular player can take on many characteristics during a single tournament (never mind hundreds). Too much past data not only takes your attention away from the game but skews it into thinking how credible your opponent’s hand may or may not be.

I prefer keeping things in a simplistic display with hard core data that reflects what has transpired RECENTLY – as in the last 10 hands or so. I think Tournament Indicator does this better than anything on the planet right now.

The only stable period where long term stats MAY be useful is in the first 2 or 3 levels. However this stage is more reliant on hole card strength anyway. Once your table has reached a variance in MZone stacks, well then long data term is all but useless. You don’t need it, and you don’t really WANT it either.

Rather than be reliant on profiling, I strongly feel that reading opponents has more to do with what they are “feeling” at a game critical intersect in the tournament. If I can get an inkling on that player’s feelings, I am much, much farther ahead than looking at historic data collected at different tournaments and ring game levels from long past.

Spain Casinos

The beauty and majesty of Spain’s coastlines and cities have drawn in visitors from around the world for decades. Spain has an interesting culture and many great places to learn about Spanish history and society. However, tourists need a place to go when they aren’t on walking tours or taking in the scenic beauty of Spanish cities. Spanish casinos and gaming facilities offer vibrant music and entertainment, fine dining and spirits, and some of the best gaming in the world. With more than 30 casinos throughout the country, Spain’s casinos offer a wide range of entertainment to tourists from all over the globe.

The Spanish city of Murcia features three of the country’s finest casinos. The Regency Casino la Manga Club features a cozy casino atmosphere with more than forty gaming tables and slot machines that offer a fine gaming experience for all. The Gran Casino Murcia is a bit larger than the Regency Casino with more than eighty tables and slots, but still provides a comfortable place for tourists to find entertainment and new experiences. For visitors to Murcia who want a more quiet gaming experience, the Casino Costa Calida has just about twenty tables and machines for a quick game of blackjack.

For those visiting the beautiful modern capital of Madrid, the Casino Gran Madrid mixes all the best elements of Spain’s casinos. With a massive gaming area of more than 100,000 square feet, the Gran Madrid is spacious enough for the thousands of visitors who come through its doors every day. There are more than 170 slot machines that can give the gambler with the golden touch a quick payday. As well, there are twenty tables for games like roulette and blackjack that will keep casual and professional gamblers playing all day long. Those who are visiting Madrid need to stop by the Gran Madrid to get an appreciation of the casinos of Spain.

Perhaps the finest casino in Spain, however, is the Casino de Barcelona in the beautiful city of Barcelona. Once the home to the Summer Olympics, Barcelona is filled with great entertainment and cultural offerings. However, the Casino de Barcelona is a must see for visitors and gamblers. Those who visit the casino can dine at four different restaurants, including La Terrazza and Le Gourmand. As well, there are more than fifty gaming tables that allow tourists to sit down, relax, and play a hand of poker or blackjack. This casino also features video poker and slots for those interested in a quick gambling fix. With a creative modern facade and some of the best gaming in Spain, the Casino de Barcelona is a great place to be for visitors and Spaniards alike.

Yokozuna, Haku-Ho, Saved Japanese Sumo

It started from an article of a Japanese magazine. The article reported that Japanese Sumo wrestlers committed a crime of illegal baseball gambling provided by Japanese organized crime group. Some of them are high-rank wrestlers; including Oozeki (2nd Highest Rank), and Stable Masters, who are in a leading position of young wrestlers. There were Sumo wrestlers gamble problem in the past. This time, however, was different since it was involving major Sumo Masters and Wrestlers. The order restoration committee suspended activities of the chairman of Sumo Association and replaced the chairman. Japanese people consider this as the largest disaster of Sumo history.

Nagoya season started on July 11 through July 25 as scheduled. There was even opinion that Nagoya season should not have held. Japanese National Broadcasting did not carry live broadcasting as they usually do. The chairman of Sumo Association appeared to apologize on the first day. Number of sightseers reduced by 10%. About 8000 people cancelled their tickets. Emperor’s office decided not to give the largest award for the champion, Emperor’s Trophy to the champion of the season.

For people who are not familiar with this Sumo wrestling sport, Sumo is Japanese traditional wrestling style. 2 muscular guys fight to push the enemy out of field or cause him to fall on the ground.

Many foreign people love Japanese Sumo I know. For these out of Japan Sumo fans, the situation seemed hopeless. They must have worried about what would happen with the Sumo. It was quite fortunate for entire Sumo community that they had this Yokozuna (Grand Champion, highest-rank wrestler). His name is Haku-Ho. During this confusion of illegal baseball gambling of Sumo Association, Yokozuna, Haku-Ho continued to fight quietly and kept winning. His record for consecutive winning before Nagoya season was – No.4 in the history after No.1 Futaba-Yama, 69, No.2 Chiyo-no-Fuji 52, No.3 Tai-Ho 45. In this Nagoya season, Haku-Ho continued to win and recorded 47 continuous. He became No.3 record holder overcoming his own teacher, Tai-Ho. Haku-Ho was the winner of Nagoya season, but he could not get some rewards centered on Emperor’s Trophy, due to this illegal gamble scandal. He looked a little bit sad despite his own outstanding record of consecutive win and championship. He did not comment on the scandal when an interviewer asked.

Time has passed. Sumo Autumn Season started on September 12. There were still some people who were talking about the scandal. The association decided to fire one Ohzeki (2nd Rank next to Yokozuna, 1st Rank). Some others disappeared forever. The damage from the scandal was obvious. The people’s center of interest, however, had already shifted from the scandal to the consecutive win record by Haku-Ho. People talked about how many wins Haku-Ho can achieve, if he could win Autumn Season without losing. Haku-Ho looked like Blue Wild Wolf, from Mongolian Prairie, who does not bark, who does not growl, but just attack and fight. He was quiet. When a reporter asked about his pressure, he just said that he fights doing his best.

7th day of the season, he won the match and became official No.2 of the historical record. He continued to win and finished the entire season without losing once again. His continuing win after this season was 62, next to No.1 record of 69. Seniors and former Sumo wrestlers are saying that they cannot imagine anyone who can win Haku-Ho.

People do not talk about the news of Illegal Gambling by Sumo wrestlers any more. People say just about how many more Haku-Ho can win. They talk about if he could replace historical record of 69 wins. If there were no Haku-Ho, if there were no his continuing winning record, the popularity of Sumo would not have recovered this quick. It must not be just me who believe that this Mongolia born young Yokozuna saved Japanese Sumo.

Sports & Gambling – Where Is Sportsmanship?

It was only a couple of thousand years ago that sports was culminated by the Romans when they had what they called their own version of the Olympic games. The progress of these games saw what we now have as the modern day Olympics.

Since then, many other sports have risen in popularity in modern times with the biggest being football which is followed by almost 2 billion followers around the world. Many of these sports have made millionaires of the players who excel and represent their sports in the international arena.

The most famous being Tiger Woods (#1 ranked golfer in the world) who has been proclaimed as the 1st billionaire sportsman since the beginning of sports.

There is also Michael Jordan (rated by many as the greatest basketball player of all times) who is a few hundred million short of becoming a billionaire himself.

With these players one cannot easily say that they have not performed 100% each time they go out and play. Looking at their performance record it would be more easy to say that they have excelled 90% of the times they have played. Being humans we all have our bad days due to illness, stress, family issues etc. Thus, the few substandard performances.

But there are sports that is so glaringly transparent that gambling has got a hold in their hallowed halls of management. The sport that I am talking about is FOOTBALL.

Take the recent World Cup for example. There were more than 20 incidences where a wrong call or no call by the referee or linesman made a critical difference to the outcome of the match. This would seem insignificant to most viewers except those who had bets on the outcome of the game. And it is the belief that at least 5% of viewers bet on the matches around the world. This would amount to 100 million viewers globally. If the value of each bet was $10 that would make the value of each match a cool $1 billion. There were more than 30 matches throughout the tournament. That’s more than $30 billion at stake. Astounding isn’t it. Just over a period of about 30 days.

You see, the mistakes that were made by the referee or linesmen could have been avoided if FIFA (world governing body for football) had agreed to install the video playback which is currently used by other sports like tennis and badminton. It takes only a few seconds for the playback verification. It also takes out the ‘unfair play’ factor. Joseph Blatter (FIFA chairman) has made a statement on ‘fair play and respect’. What fair play? Millions were lost to syndicates. So why the indifference by FIFA? Could it be that the gambling syndicates have their support even within FIFA???

This means that past history on football could very well have changed if video playback technology was implemented and I would like to recall that most famous incident involving Diego Maradona and his ‘hand of god’ incident against England. He scored with his hand which is in effect a foul. Not a goal.

Let’s take a look at one example, a top team playing with a team ranked in the 70s. The odds of the top team going through would probably be 3 or less to 1. That means whoever betted on the top team stands to win $30 or less if they had betted $10. If 10 million viewers did the same thing then the stake of the match would be about $300 million. It is very easy to BUY someone for let’s say $1 million when the stake is $300 million wouldn’t you agree? It is very hard as a human to ignore this kind of temptation when you earn about $100 to $200 per game (as in the case of the linesmen and referees and to not make a call at a critical stage during the match).

Let’s take a look at the same example but with a different betting stake. Most bets are on a variable stake. That means that the bet is broken down into several stakes. Take team A (top team) and team X (ranked 70s). The bet would look something like this:

Team A beat Team X = Odds are 3 to 1

Team A beat Team X by 1 goal = Odds are 3 to 1

Team A beat Team X by 2 goals = Odds are 5 to 1

Team A draws with Team X (90 minutes) = Odds are 10 to 1

So if there is a result where Team X beats Team A or draws with Team A (full match including overtime), it’s all profits for the syndicates.

There have been recorded incidences in the past about referees and linesmen being involved in match fixing. There were also recorded incidences in the past about football players being involved in match fixing. So with all this sordid history, wouldn’t you think FIFA would want to implement video playback technology? If they have not done so and are postponing this glaring truth technology you have to ask yourself why? WHY?

This would not even be considered if video playback technology was implemented.