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Chasing Dreams: Player Goals and Expectations at the World Series of Poker — Poll Results

This is a follow-up column with results of the poll questions that were posted at the Card Player website back in May.

Question 1: If you won a World Series of Poker satellite and collected $10,000 in cash, if given the opportunity — would you rather keep the cash (and not play) or take your chances in the championship event?

  • Keep the money — 64 percent
  • Play in the tournament — 36 percent


Comments: These percentages were to be expected. If given the opportunity, more poker players would prefer to keep $10,000 in winnings rather than “invest” the money in a major event. To a certain extent, I expect that these numbers break down according to the economic means of players who responded to the poll. Less affluent players were probably more inclined to want to keep the money, whereas players with larger bankrolls likely prefer to play in the big event.


Question 2: If you could determine the outcome in advance, would you be content with a respectable “in the money” finish in the WSOP main event — which pays $15,000 (netting a profit of $5,000)?


  • Yes — 74 percent


  • No — 26 percent


Comments: By nearly a 3-to-1 margin, most poker players would be satisfied with a modest profit — if given the chance. In e-mails I received on this question, some respondents mentioned that accepting an in-the-money finish meant being able to play several hours of tournament poker at the highest level. The experience gained would be invaluable. To net a profit of $5,000 and gain tournament experience was enough of an incentive to accept the option.


Question 3: All things being equal, which do you think is more difficult in a typical World Series event — making it “into the …

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George’s QQ Online Premiership Predictions

The “rat race” for second to fourth place in the Premier League continues with Arsenal at home to Liverpool, Southampton away to Everton and Manchester United at home to Aston Villa.


We predict a spate of home wins except for Burnley to claim a draw at home to Spurs and Man City to win at Crystal Palace.


Saturday, 4 April 2015


Arsenal 2 v Liverpool 1

Everton 3 v Southampton 1

Leicester 1 v West Ham 0

Man Utd 3 v Aston Villa 0

Swansea 2 v Hull 1

West Brom 2 v QPR 0

Chelsea 2 v Stoke 0


Sunday, 5 April 2015


Burnley 1 v Tottenham 1

Sunderland 2 v Newcastle 1


Monday, 6 April 2015


Crystal Palace 1 v Man City 3


Tuesday, 7 April 2015


Aston Villa 2 v QPR 1


The action gets underway at the Emirates on Saturday as Arsenal face Liverpool in what could be a crucial encounter in the race for Champions League qualification. A busy afternoon then ensues as Man Utd entertain Aston Villa and Southampton travel to Everton, before league leaders Chelsea host Stoke at Stamford Bridge in the late kick-off.


Sunday’s games see relegation-threatened Burnley play European hopefuls Tottenham, before Newcastle look to heap more misery on their North East neighbours Sunderland when they go to the Stadium of Light. The fixtures are rounded off on Monday night when Crystal Palace take on reigning champions Man City at Selhurst Park.


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English Togel press puts Russia in pole position



Blatter.England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup looks shakier by the day as its media turns up the heat on football corruption.


Today the BBC revealed that the Football Association’s bidding team feel they have suffered a serious setback after the Sunday Times forced Togel FIFA to act on allegations that two Executive Committee members were selling their votes.


President Sepp Blatter has already signalled his organisation’s panic against the British media probes, with England’s 2018 bidding team nervously praying FIFA will not take out their anger on them instead. According to the BBC, the FA believe that the recent publicity around FIFA members selling votes (hardly a surprise) has “significantly harmed” England’s hopes of hosting the tournament in eight years’ time, and that further revelations would deal their bid a fatal blow.


“One can ask whether such an action is appropriate, trying to set traps for people,” said Blatter.”We are asking ourselves why did it happen and why did it happen specifically by English journalists? We are looking at that.”


With FIFA’s Ethics Committee due to discuss the allegations leveled at Nigeria’s Amos Adamu and Tahiti’s Reynald Tamarii in a couple of weeks, the proximity of the World Cup vote on the 2nd of December will ensure the other 22 Executive Committee members stay on their guard against further revelations, with BBC’s Panorama preparing another special edition.


While any spring-cleaning of FIFA’s house is welcome to ensure transparency prevails, the losers could well be the FA should the 24 Executive Committee members choose to punish them by association. This would be unfair as the FA were the victims themselves when the Mail on Sunday exposed their chairman Lord Triesman’s extra-curricular dalliance with a secretary, forcing him to resign ignominiously in May …

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Samurai Blue handed Judi Onlain tough draw in South Africa



Japan coach Takeshi Okada reacted calmly to his nation’s World Cup draw, after the Samurai Blue were drawn in Group E alongside the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon.


Having claimed that Japan are aiming for a Judi Onlain semi-finals berth in South Africa, the Asian powerhouses must first negotiate a tough group that includes Bert van Marwijk’s highly-fancied Dutch side.


The Netherlands beat Japan 3-0 when the two sides met in a friendly in Enschede in September, and Okada’s men will need to find a way of dealing with not one, but two European opponents in South Africa.


Denmark will likewise provide a stern test for the Japanese, while Cameroon will be eager to impress on African soil.


Despite the tough draw, Okada was optimistic about his side’s chances of progressing.


However, former Japan coach Ivica Osim had a warning for his successor, telling reporters in Tokyo on the eve of the draw, “the bigger the expectations, the bigger the disappointment.”


Japan’s first match is against Cameroon on June 14 in Bloemfontein, before they take on the Netherlands in Durban on June 19 and end their group stage campaign against Denmark in Rustenburg on June 24.


Final day showdown in epic J. League race


At approximately 5.20pm on a chilly Saturday afternoon, the 2009 J. League champions will thrust their glittering trophy into wintry Japanese skies.


Whether it is two-time defending champions Kashima Antlers left celebrating, or the trophy-hungry Kawasaki Frontale, is the question still to be resolved.


Kashima hold the upper hand after Oswaldo de Oliveira’s side obliterated the only other title contender Gamba Osaka last weekend, as the Antlers ran riot in a 5-1 home victory.


Kawasaki kept alive their hopes of claiming a first ever …

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Qatar Stars Toto Hk League – Week 24



Fortune favours the brave. Qatar Stars League defending champions Al Gharafa fought bravely and lady luck smiled indulgently on them. Despite being reduced to 10 men early in the game, they earned a nerve-wracking 3-2 win over Al Rayyan. With just three rounds remaining, the win helped them recapture first place in the Qatar Stars League.


Clemerson Soares has been in great form throughout this season. He scored twice, once from a penalty. Al Gharafa’s fortunes will hinge heavily on the goal-scoring abilities of this Brazilian import.


Al Khor, who has been playing well for the past few matches, extended their unbeaten run at home to eight games. They played a brilliant game to beat a battling Al Wakra 3-0 in front of vociferous home supporters. The revamped Qatar Toto Hk Stars League, which aims at building fan support for various teams in the country, started playing League matches on a home and away basis this year. And Al Khor, with their huge support base, has been one of the biggest success stories.


Qatar Sports Club is a side which never truly realised its full potential. It boasts of numerous Qatar national team players, the most prominent being Sebastian Quintana. He is their most charismatic striker and a ball-controlling wizard. However, even his exploits were not able to save his team from losing two vital points against a steely Umm Salal. They played out a goalless draw in front of disappointed home supporters.


Al Sadd are the strongest side in the League after defending champions Al Gharafa and Al Rayyan. They played a terrific game against Al Arabi and completed a 5-1 rout. For Al Arabi, who enjoy a huge fan following, everything they did went wrong. Their players lacked cohesiveness and the strikers …

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No cameras or chips say Pengeluaran HK FIFA



Henry hand ball.FIFA have closed the door for now on using video replays in football.


At its meeting in Zurich yesterday, the International Football Association Board, the committee which decides on any changes to the rules of football, announced they would not be proceeding with technology in football.

“The door is closed. The decision was not to use technology at all,” said Fifa’s General Secretary Jerome Valcke. “Technology should not enter into the Pengeluaran HK game, that was a clear statement made by the majority of the IFAB. Let’s keep the game of football as it is.”


The IFAB, the descendant of the 1882 meeting in Manchester between representatives of the world’s first four soccer nations – England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, are now an eight-man committee comprising one representative from each of the four British nations (Northern Ireland but not the Republic) and four from the FIFA family.


The English and Scottish FAs had been in favour of more technology to prevent the sort of brouhaha created by Thierry Henry’s illegal handball for France’s decisive goal which knocked Eire out of the World Cup.


Football Association of Wales Chief Executive Jonathan Ford cited the “stop-start” nature of using replays, presumably one he knows well from rugby, as something he did not wish to enter soccer, while Irish FA boss Patrick Nelson cited “the debate, the controversy” as part of football.


But the Welsh and Irish representatives sided with the four FIFA delegates, who were against video replays. The committee also kiboshed any introduction of goal-line technology to decide whether a goal had been scored or not.


Two products had been considered for football – Hawk-Eye, well-known to followers of cricket and tennis, and Cairos, a chip inserted inside the ball to …

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Pim Verbeek Interview – Pre-Asian Cup Bandar Poker Online Problems



For nations like Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Korea and now Australia, the Asian Cup is second only to the World Cup in importance and not only that, it is the one major competition that is, at present, winnable for such teams.


The Taeguk Warriors haven’t done so for 47 years – and, ten months after taking his place in the hotseat in Seoul, South Korean coach Pim Verbeek is determined to end that drought. However, the Dutchman feels that the people involved in Korean football are not all pulling in the same direction.


With less than four weeks until the Asian Cup begins, the K-League is still going at full pelt. Korea’s 14 clubs will play their last games before the summer break on June 23 and the midweek Hauzen Cup will come to an end four days later – just nine days before the national team leaves for Indonesia and Group D matches with the co-hosts, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.


Verbeek believes the late finish as well as the hectic domestic schedule with games every weekend and Wednesday since the season began in March will harm Korea’s chances in Indonesia.


“As far as I can see, in less than three months time there have been 22 games – which is impossible. Players are tired, the coaches can’t train and have no time to improve the team and because of that. I have no preparation,” Verbeek told Soccerphile.


A congested fixture list is not unique to Korea. England is well-known for the amount of games played – the English season has already accounted for Park Ji-sung, Lee Young-pyo and Seol Ki-hyeon, all three of which are likely to miss the Asian Cup through injury but according to Verbeek, the situation is not the …


Hiddink & The Dominoqq Socceroos



Australia Praying for “A Little Miracle”


Guus Hiddink must be a glutton for punishment. Having taken two nations to the World Cup semi-finals already and now in charge of Dutch Champions PSV, the club he won the European Cup with in 1988, you would think he might not want another job.


But when Football Federation Australia called time on Frank Farina’s six-year reign at the end of June, a call went out to the man who set Seoul and the rest of Dominoqq South Korea on fire in 2002.


Although he had little more than four months’ preparation before their do-or-die World Cup play-off against the fifth-placed South American side, and about as many chances to watch his men play in that time period, Hiddink was happy to oblige.


Australia are the big fish in the small Oceania pond whose dreams of World Cup glory rest realistically on only two matches every four years. No other country in the FIFA world must undergo so many meaningless games in between


“Those games are not really serious,” Hiddink confirmed. They win all those games and then all of a sudden they have to play a powerhouse from South America. Now they are in Asia it is better for their development.”


Soccerphile was one of only three media outlets who made the effort to engage perhaps the world’s greatest coach at Australia’s recent training session in London, where he explained just why he took on this new challenge:


“I had two other options but I did two World Cups in France or Korea,” Hiddink told us, “and they were nice experiences for me so when the Australian Federation asked me if I could help them out for the qualification I said yes.” One of …

Terry pursuit parallels Gerrard Togel Online chase




The irony of Manchester City’s chase of John Terry will not have escaped the attention of Liverpool supporters still bitter over Chelsea’s pursuit of Steven Gerrard before the 2004/05 season.


The parallels with Terry’s rumoured switch away from the Blues are uncanny, as any Reds fan will have already pointed out.


Then, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was spending money like it was going out of fashion and used every inch of his financial muscle to tempt the Liverpool captain into leaving the club he joined as a youngster, with some locals having already burned their team shirts before Gerrard ‘s about face. For more info, check out –


The England midfielder may have believed his switch to Jose Mourinho’s Stamford Bridge revolution would provide a greater chance for silverware, but the potential to earn a staggering amount more than he was already collecting on Merseyside was another clear motivating factor.


And now to Terry, whose silence over a double-your-money transfer to Eastlands is deafening. Like Gerrard at Liverpool, he’s been raised by Chelsea, becoming the England captain and the heartbeat of his club.


But judging by the weekend’s round of one-on-ones with Abramovich and other senior Chelsea officials Terry’s isn’t convinced of the merits of seeing out the remainder of his five-year contract with last season’s third-placed finishers.


Already 28, and with a recent catalogue of back complaints, Terry would be short-sighted not to be eyeing one final giant payday as well as the lure of helping establish City as one of Europe’s grandest.


While it is debatable whether Chelsea are a club on the rise or decline, he will doubtless have cast an envious glance at Mark Hughes’s signings of Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tevez while his …

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No rush for England’s poisoned chalice for Togel Online



“There are not many candidates because it looks a bit like a crocodile that opens the mouth and says: ‘Jump into that.’ Once he’s in there, he’s eaten. And once you have eaten four, five says: ‘No, maybe I don’t jump in there.'”


So went the words of Arsene Wenger, the best coach working in England at present.


In the old days, before the savaging of Bobby Robson and Graham Taylor by the tabloids and the realization that the real money and chances of success were to be found in the Premier League and not the international game, the nation’s best coach would have leapt at the chance of managing England.


Not any more. In the aftermath of Steve McClaren’s quick exit from Soho Square, the candidates for the top job have been scurrying into the shadows. Like schoolkids desperate for the teacher not to pick them to answer a tricky question, the candidates are doing their best to look at their shoes instead.


Aston Villa coach Martin O’Neill could probably have signed a Togel Online contract the day after the Croatia fiasco had he wanted to, but yesterday appeared to shut the door. “It’s gone for me. It’s absolutely gone,” he said.


Reading’s Steve Coppell would appear to be the best English candidate working in the Premier League, but also realises his nationality counts against him this time.

If the next leader of the Three Lions must be English, the options are fast disappearing beyond Coppell. Alan Curbishley now says he is no longer interested, Harry Redknapp’s colourful reputation surely precludes him and the FA are unlikely to go crawling back to the doors of two men they have previously fired – Glenn Hoddle and Terry Venables.


Almost certainly, the FA …