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It's Facebook contest time once again and we've got $100 up for grabs. This week we're leaving it entirely up to chance in a good old fashioned game of "Pick a Number".

If you haven't already, click through here and become a fan of our Facebook page. Once that's done find the latest contest status update and pick a number between 1 and 100.

I know what you're thinking, "That's the dumbest contest I've ever heard of." Well, I'm not arguing that point with you. In our opinion it's pretty much the best contest ever, but that doesn't necessarily preclude it from being dumb.

You get one vote each and if more than one person guesses the same number they chop the prize. Seriously though, we give away some pretty easy money over there on our FB page so you might as well become a fan and get your piece of the pie.

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matusowforrest

We just got word of a new prop bet between Mike Matusow and Ted Forrest. It's a weight loss bet with a potentially $2 million payoff!

About nine hours ago Phil Hellmuth tweeted the following 140 characters.

 

Ted Forrest (188 pounds) wins $2million from Mike "The mouth" if he weighs 139 pds July 15, or $1M by Sept 24-if not Ted pays Mikey $150,000.

The bet has since been confirmed by Justin "BoostedJ" Smith who, as it turns out, has a substantial piece of the action on Mike's side of the bet.

This is an interesting bet. Forrest is getting massive odds, especially considering the amount of money on the line, but getting down to 139 for him will be no easy task.

Our initial feeling is that Ted Forrest is a sicko, psycho gambler and he'll pretty much do whatever it takes to win a bet like this, short of chopping off one of his arms ... maybe.

Based on that alone we're putting our money on Forrest. But, the problem is that we don't really know much about the science of someone like Ted Forrest cutting that much weight.

According to Smith, Ted's 189 right now and "very muscular". If memory serves Ted is not a tall man. He's gotta be around 5'10" or so. All of these stats lead us to believe it is indeed possible, just potentially very dangerous.

So, any health/fitness experts out there that can chime in with some expert opinion? Is this a lost cause for Forrest, meaning he'll probably buy out, or are Forrest's super-degen powers enough to get him down to 139?

Drop what you think in the comment section below.

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Jeffrey Pollack
"I hope no one draws a thought bubble above my head."
 

As is our weekly custom we're putting up cash, $100 to be exact, for the most creative fan of our Facebook page.

This week it's a caption contest and the photo of former WSOP Comissioner Jeff Pollack you see to your right is the subject.

If you've not already, become a fan of our Facebook page and leave your funniest/cleverest/creativest comments on the photo. On Monday we pick a winner a ship $100.

I snapped this photo of Pollack at the 2009 WSOP Europe main event and I knew it would come in handy eventually. So just to recap, head to our FB page, become a fan, comment on the Pollack photo, cross your fingers.

Make sure to keep an eye on our FB page; there are plenty of promotions and contests to be had!

So if your parents said you were wasting your time on FB ... well, you probably are wasting your time on FB but at least this way you've got something to show for it.

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Good Shoes: The Key to Running Good

We're just two days away from the Run-Good Challenge Facebook Edition and if you want a chance at some sweet free money you better sign up before it's too late.

If you don't know what the RGC is all about do yourself a favor and check out this post explaining it. If you're just too lazy here's what it boils down to.

RGC = freeroll online poker tournament = free money for you. Get it?

Sunday at 14:00 Eastern the tournament begins. To get involved become a fan of the PokerListings Facebook page, then go to the events and RSVP for the Run-Good Challenge.

In addition to the $1,250 up for grabs in payouts we're also putting up $250 in bounties and special prizes.

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Run-Good Challenge Facebook Edition

The PokerListings Run-Good Challenge is back and this time we're inviting all our Facebook fans to get in on the action!

For those of you who haven't heard about the Run-Good Challenge (are you living under a rock!?) it's an online poker freeroll tournament. If you like poker, and you like free money, this is the event for you.

In the past we've had poker pros and poker writers playing but for this edition it's only open to a very elite group of people, the PokerListings Facebook fans!

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A race to the finish!

Judging by the amount of time railbirds spend begging for $5 we assume there are some low-stakes players out there desperate for a bit of that online cake.

We've decided to do something about it by putting up not $5 but $20, just for picking the top three WSOP Main Event finishers in the correct order.

There's not much more to it. Pick the 2009 November Nine trifecta and you've got yourself $20 to do with what you will.

I will personally ship it to you online. The thing is, I'm putting up my own monies and if through some freak occurrence like 100 people pick it right I'm not putting myself on the hook for $2k. The $20 will be split between everyone who picks correctly.

The Rules:

  • You may only vote once.
  • You MUST leave a valid email on the comment form. To claim the cash you will have to respond to an email sent to that address.
  • You must leave your picks in this format:

    1-Ivey,2-Shulman,3-Buchman

Good luck and be sure to tell your friends to come and give it a shot.

EDITED 08/11/2009: THE TIME FOR GUESSING IS OVER!

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Tom Dwan

Don't blame Matt Marafioti if he looks a little under the weather today - blame durrrr.

Late Monday night at the Main Event of the 2009 World Series of Poker, Marafioti and Tom Dwan got into a little bit of the old propbetaments.

durrrr bet Marafioti (he's "ADZ" online) $5,000 that Marafioti couldn't drink ten shots of Patron tequila in fifteen minutes.

Marafioti took up the challenge, and with Dwan's assurance to the tournament director of a $5k charitable donation should ADZ happen to spew in the tournament area, the shots were delivered and the game was afoot.

ADZ downed the shots in ample time and durrrr paid his debt with a $5k Bellagio marker.

But it didn't end there.

The shots made Marafioti a bit drunk and thus a bit rowdy and within a few minutes he'd incurred a penalty for swearing. It was enough to convince him to call it a night.

He left his 56k on the table in the Miranda Room and headed off into the night, his safety assured by Dwan, who'd paid the tournament director a couple bills to ensure his rival got home alright.

Rumor has it, however, that ADZ spent the night in a bathtub at Bellagio, puking up his ever-loving guts.

But he's back for Day 2b and so is durrrr. Both players have been seated near each other in the Brasilia Room for the early levels, so stay tuned for a potential rematch.

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Thien "Tim" Phan

For some poker players, gambling is as essential for their survival as food is. You'll see players gambling on nearly anything.

The other day Tim Phan and Roland de Wolfe were in the middle of a table redraw and saw the perfect opportunity to sneak in some extra-curricular activities.

First it was a heads up Baccarat hand for $5,000. The cards were scrambled in front of the dealer and both players reached in and picked two cards.

Phan turned over #Jd#8d while Rollie turned up #Th#6d. Roland tried to draw another card but Phan stopped him and apprised him of the fact that #Jd#8d is a natural. Game over, Tim Phan up $5,000.

The floorman was trying to get the guys moving.

"Alright guys, come on let's go," he said.

"Ok double or nothing red or black," de Wolfe blurted.

"Fine, pick a card quick," Phan said.

Roland picked a card.

"Red or black?" Phan asked frantically.

"Red!" de Wolfe said and rolled over the #3d to win.

"Damn, I was just up $5,000," Phan said as he gathered his chips and headed to his new table.

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Erick Lindgren

Erick Lindgren may have won his first bracelet and the Player of the Year race at the 2008 WSOP, but he still lost a bundle of money betting on the Lakers in the NBA finals.

The Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles in six games last year and Lindgren joined several players who took a bath on that one, including Phil Ivey.

This year, however, the Lakers are back in The Finals and are the clear favorite over the Orlando Magic.

At the break of the $10k Mixed Championship, where he's nursing a short stack, Lindgren told PokerListings.com he's betting on the Lakers again.

They have a 1-0 lead and Lindgren is feeling quite confident the series is theirs for the taking.

But when PL.com suggested the Lakers are the kind of team that often has a letdown after a big win, Lindgren agreed, saying Kobe Bryant's boys may even lose two in Orlando.

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Jean-Robert Bellande

Jean-Robert Bellande has been tweeting his bankroll swings after going broke sometime last month. To save you non-twitterers the time of digging through his archive we're bringing you the highlights right here.

When we last left off Bellande was on a downswing that had knocked his roll down to $3,900 from its highest point of $11,000. That was on May 4th and since then he's had a few ups and downs before bottoming out at $200.

Broke and living like a millionaire is Bellande's credo and so far he's lived up to it.

It's still a mystery how much of this whole thing is on the level. It seems hard to believe he would be able to maintain the lifestyle with a legitimate "bankroll" of $200.

Bellande's Twitter account has 700 followers at the moment but given the way things can blow up that could change pretty quick. We'll just have to wait and see if anyone really cares.

Here are the noteworthy tweets from the last two weeks.

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Jean-Robert Bellande

Jean-Robert Bellande is a gambler, whether it be poker, pit games, prop bets or television game shows. He went bust a few weeks ago and now you can follow his bankroll rebuilding on Twitter.

Twitter's explosion in the poker world isn't exactly noteworthy, given that every subculture in the world seems to be jumping on the bandwagon.

Twitter's real strength though, its versatility, has lent itself to poker pros and media who spend their lives on the road.

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November Nine BFF collage

Prize for winning the 2008 WSOP Main Event: $9,119,517. Prize for winning the PL.com WSOP Final-Table Fantasy Challenge: your very own PokerListings chip set. Difference in excitement between the two however? Negligible. Very negligible.

The inaugural PokerListings Final-Table Fantasy Challenge is now officially open, and to say the gauntlet has been thrown down by the first few entries would be pure speculation, as we have yet to receive any.

We certainly expect them to be gauntlet-throwing-down worthy however. Kelly Kim ftw?

How the challenge works:

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Gavin Smith

The rage in Vegas has nothing to do with poker at all this summer. It's all about the prop bets. At the start of the series, we saw two much slimmer people than usual, Sorrel Mizzi and Roland De Wolfe had a $25k weight loss bet, though it seemed Mizzi was the one taking it the more seriously, and he easily won.

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Doyle Brunson

Sports betting and poker have quite a symbiotic relationship. Poker players love action and they can always find it in the major American sports - football, baseball and basketball.

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Sorel Mizzi

The first two WSOP events have been quite disappointing. In the $10k Pot-Limit Hold'em event I got off to a really good start by winning big pots in situations where I had my opponents drawing to very few outs.

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Sorel Mizzi

During the first part of our roundtable discussion with Sorel Mizzi we spoke about his transition from tournaments to high-stakes cash as well as the importance of a balanced life when it comes to being an online professional. In the second and final segment we'll find out what Imper1um's up to for the World Series of Poker and hear about a few recent prop bets he's had with other big-name players.

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Amarillo Slim

Prop betting and poker go hand in hand like Canadians and hockey, and poker players are renowned for their gamble. Here are, arguably, the top five prop bets of all time.

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Sorel Mizzi

A couple weeks after Copenhagen my friend Roland De Wolfe invited me out for a one-week skiing trip with him and his parents in Zermatt, Switzerland.

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chips and cards

Seven-Card Stud is a weird game, don't you think?

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Explaining Crossbooking

Created By: Liz Lieu
20 February 2008
Posted in: , Prop Bets and Challenges
Liz Lieu

The cash games are still hot and heavy and I'm still avoiding the smaller tournaments at the LAPC.

But today I wanted to talk about a subject many people may not understand: Crossbooking!

Crossbooking is a bet between two players that raises the stakes between them. In tournaments, it's a payment of the difference between what each player cashes for.

In cash games, the two players add their total chips together to determine what is on the table. At the end of the session, they calculate the difference between the two stacks of chips.

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