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Blog de Paris Part Deux

Blog de Paris Part Deux
“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”Winston Churchill Stumps as you would say in cricket, David Sheperd would have been hopping around, one hundred and eleven started the Euro 1000 PLO at the ACF. (Apologies to those who don’t like or understand the cricket references) I had an unluckyish draw, if that is possible in Paris, and I had a table full of the PLO ‘regs’. When our table broke after a few hours there were fewer chips on it than any other and I still just had a starting stack. The draw in tournament poker is as important as anything else. Cut the boring bits and after 7 hours I still had a starting stack, we were down to 28 and it was the dinner break. Bruno Fitoussi invited a few of us to be his guests at the top table. Simon Trumper, Jeff Duval, Padraig Parkinson (looking a little bruised following his mugging in Paris the other night but in good form) and Nic Szeremeta were all present.. They put some plates of thin pink stripes of something on the table with half a lemon on top. Nic asked what they were and Bruno told him ‘fish eggs’. Padraig told us to plant them in the garden and grow some fish. So that’s why the action is so good here. There is an annual membership fee at the ACF now and Bruno was explaining that the French authorities take 70% of everything in tax and that’s gross not net. So out of every 10 euro taken in table charges the ACF get to keep only 3. It is because of this that four of the other main casinos/ card rooms in Paris have closed recently. Apparently the ACF is not like a normal casino it is what they call an ‘association’. Without the membership fees the ACF may not make an actual profit and is not allowed legally for an ‘association’ to lose money. Padraig informs us that he is going to become an association too. In Germany we are told the government don’t take 70% they take 90%! Hence the lack of places to play live poker in Germany. We thought it was bad in the UK with the newish tax hikes on card rooms. When are these governments actually going to employ someone who understands the business? After dinner things improved and by the time we hit the money spots (top 16) I had average chips. Sadly two or three pots later and having flopped a set and straight draw and turning a flush draw too I found myself all in for the first time in 14 hours. It was to be the last time too and I picked up Euro 2100 for 12th spot. Kudos to Nicolas Fraioli for a great structure though and a great run event. Tonight I am off to the EFOP awards where Barny has been nominated for rookie of the year and then back on the Eurostar tomorrow lunchtime. Next stop is the Genting Poker Series in Birmingham from the 1st to the 5th of February. I’ll be there all week and hope to see at least a few of you there too. At least Star City don’t do fingerprinting.

Mexican man held for 52 murders

Mexican man held for 52 murders
Mexican man held for 52 murdersLas Vegas HeraldSaturday 7th January, 2012  (IANS)A Mexican drug cartel leader has been arrested for planning an arson attack on a casino that left at least 52 dead, officials said.Baltazar Saucedo Estrada, 48, was arrested along with two other people of the Los Zetas drug cartel.During interrogations, Estrada alias ‘El Comandante Mataperros’ confessed to ordering the Aug 25, 2011 arson attack on the Casino Royale in the northern industrial city of Monterrey.Authorities said Estrada also confessed to ordering the kidnapping and murder of several police officers in Monterrey.Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office had offered a reward of up to five million pesos (around $360,000) for information leading to his arrest.Many people have been arrested for the casino massacre, but authorities were still trying to track down another 17 suspects.The suspects have told authorities that Los Zetas gunmen torched the casino because the gaming establishment refused to pay protection money.The gunmen told the people inside the casino to get out before setting fire to the building, but the emergency exits were closed. The majority of the 52 victims died from smoke inhalation, with only seven burning to death.Founded by deserters from an elite special forces unit, Los Zetas began as the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel, but went into business for themselves in March 2010.

Mega Moolah Hit Before New Years

Mega Moolah Hit Before New Years
Mega Moolah, the online casino progressive slot jackpot from Microgaming, has been hit again. There has not yet been confirmation from the online casino software provider, however, the counters for the online casino progressive slot jackpot have been reset, and the slot game has begun to climb up from its starting value of one million. There verification process can take a few days before it is officially announced that there is a new Mega Moolah millionaire. It looked as if Mega Moolah was heading towards the two million mark when the counters stopped and a hit took place at around 1,965,000. It is not likely that the lucky winner will be upset in any way that the slot had not yet made it to two million. The last big hit that took place on Mega Moolah was almost twice the size of this hit, at a value of 3,841,865. This hit took place on 11th October 2011, just two and a half months ago. Mega Moolah’s main jackpot may only be won every few months, but it also has other jackpots, such as the Mega Moolah Major jackpot that pays out far more frequently, albeit in much smaller amounts. The recent Mega Moolah main jackpot was hit on 28th December 2011, and on the very same day, Mega Moolah Major was hit for 21,721. The day before that, another lucky online casino progressive slots player won 39,590 on Mega Moolah Major’s progressive jackpot. No matter what Mega Moolah’s latest winner wants to use the money for, it has certainly come as a great New Years gift. What a way to end 2011 and begin 2012! The Major Millions online casino progressive slot game that is also found at Microgaming, is currently the highest progressive slot jackpot available from the online casino software company, with a value of over 1,7 million. Related Posts US Online Gambling Update New Slot from Rival Gaming Christmas and New Years Bonuses at Club World Casino Manhattan Slots Christmas and New Year Bonuses Mobile Game Releases from Microgaming   Share on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace…