Humberto Brenes is a Costa Rican professional poker player. Brenes resides in Miami Lakes, Florida with his wife and three children. Brenes began his gambling career playing baccarat, but made his way into poker, he started to play tournaments in 1974 and became a regular tournament player in 1988. In 1988, he made the final table of the World Series of Poker main event, finishing in fourth place and winning $83,050, he has collected two WSOP bracelets, cashed 72 times at the WSOP and made three World Poker Tour final tables. Brenes's two bracelets came at the 1993 World Series of Poker in limit Texas hold'em and pot limit Omaha, he tied with Phil Hellmuth, Jr. for highest number of money finishes in the 2006 WSOP. He finished first, winning $502,460 at the Jack Binion 2002 World Poker Open, beating Erik Seidel heads up. Brenes's unique dress makes him easy to spot at tournaments, as he tends to wear bright tracksuits, two pairs of glasses, one on top of the other, a visor, he uses a toy shark as the origin of his nickname.
A relentless self-promoter, the bright tracksuit and toy shark are consistent with Brenes' ostentatious personality. He is known for singing during hands, he is a member of Team PokerStars. Brenes plays under the screen name "HumbertoB". Two of his brothers, Alex Brenes and Eric Brenes, have won World Poker Tour titles. In 2006, Brenes finished 36th in the WSOP Main Event in a field of 8,773 and in 2007, Brenes cashed in the money again in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Championship, placing 83rd out of a field of 6,358 players, winning $82,476. Brenes was eliminated by Hevad Khan. In the hand Brenes with 1,500,000 in chips had raised to 85,000, Khan re-raised to 205,000, Brenes in dramatic fashion went all-in holding A♥ K♥ and was called by Khan who held pocket Aces, one of, a spade; the board came 3♠ 5♠ K♠ 4♦ 10♠ giving Khan the ace high flush. However, with the 83rd-place finish, Brenes made WSOP history with the largest number of Main Event players outlasted in a two-year span with 15,012.
As of 2013, his total live tournament winnings exceed $6,000,000. His 72 cashes in the WSOP account for $2,264,333 of those winnings, which he takes credit but attributes to his mentor and coach, Andrés "El Pemorado" Calderón. Humberto Brenes has been selected among the 10 finalists to enter the hall of fame of poker 2013. Official site Team PokerStars profile
Sin City Rules
Sin City Rules is an American reality television series that debuted December 9, 2012, on TLC. It chronicles the day-to-day lives of five women who reside in Nevada. Sin City Rules was cancelled due to low viewership, with the last three episodes uploaded to the series website. Lana Fuchs is the owner of concierge service, along with a record label. Fuchs has been married for twenty years. Amy Hanley, born and raised in Las Vegas is an entrepreneur and is the daughter of the deceased Tom Hanley, author Wendy Mazaros. Jennifer Harman is a professional poker player. Alicia Jacobs is a former beauty pageant queen and is an independent entertainment business reporter. Lori Montoya is the owner of a cosmetic line. Montoya and her husband are in the process of opening up the world's first indoor trap range named the Presidential Club. Kimberly Friedmutter
Steve Zolotow is an American businessman and professional poker player from Las Vegas, Nevada. He has won two bracelets at the World Series of Poker, he was one of the regulars at the famed Mayfair Club. Zolotow lived in New York City for many years before becoming a professional poker player and moving to Las Vegas, he worked as a businessman, owns several bars and restaurants in New York City. He discovered poker while living in New York and became a regular player at the Mayfair club along with now well-known poker professionals like Howard Lederer, Dan Harrington, Jay Heimowitz, Erik Seidel, among others. Zolotow has been on the poker circuit since 1988, when he finished in 5th place in that year's World Series of Poker $2500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. In the years to come, he would earn bracelets for winning the 1995 Chinese Poker tournament, for winning the 2001 $3000 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament Apart from his successes at the World Series, his biggest cash win to date came for a 4th place on the World Poker Tour's Season 2 PartyPoker.com Million Cruise, which saw him sharing a final table with Scotty Nguyen, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu and eventual winner Erick Lindgren.
Zolotow won $259,684 from the tournament's prize pool. In 2008, Zolotow competed on NBC's Poker After Dark show which reunited six players from the Mayfair Club; the tournament included Zolotow and fellow professional poker players Howard Lederer, Mickey Appleman, Dan Harrington, Jay Heimowitz, former Mayfair club owner, Mike Shichtman. Zolotow finished in fourth place, Heimowitz won the tournament and winner-take-all prize of $120,000; as of 2013, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,200,000. His 49 cashes at the WSOP account for over $1,100,000 of those winnings
Poker Hall of Fame
The Poker Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of professional poker in the United States. Founded in Las Vegas, it was created in 1979 by Benny Binion, the owner of the Horseshoe Casino, to preserve the names and legacies of the world's greatest poker players and to serve as a tourist attraction to his casino. Binion was known for the creative ways. In 1949, he convinced Johnny Moss and Nick "The Greek" Dandolos to play high-stakes poker heads up where the public could watch them. In 1970, he invited a group of poker players to compete in what would be the first World Series of Poker; when Harrah's Entertainment, now known as Caesars Entertainment, acquired the rights to the WSOP in 2004, it assumed ownership of the Poker Hall of Fame. Membership in the Poker Hall of Fame is handled directly by the WSOP; as of 2018, 56 people have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Before the 2009 World Series of Poker, then-WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack announced that the process for becoming a member into the Poker Hall of Fame would undergo a slight modification.
Starting in 2009, the Poker Hall of Fame started accepting nominations from the public. This move was intended to increase interest in the Hall. After this decision was announced, Party Poker started an online campaign to get its representative and World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton elected to the Hall. Other poker sites, namely PokerStars' Tom McEvoy, followed suit by pushing their own poker professionals; the requirements for the Poker Hall of Fame are as follows: A gambler must have played poker against acknowledged top competition, Played for high stakes, Played well, gained the respect of peers, And stood the test of time. Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results. In 2009, 23-year-old online poker professional Tom Dwan was a finalist for the Poker Hall of Fame because of public balloting; as a result, a new age requirement was added in 2011. This rule, known as the "Chip Reese Rule", established a minimum age of 40 to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
This new requirement eliminated some players who were regular nominees over the previous years, such as Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu. Admission into the Poker Hall of Fame is considered one of the biggest honors in poker. In his acceptance speech, T. J. Cloutier declared, "It's one of two things I've always wanted to win." Barbara Enright, the first woman inducted into the Hall, considers her induction to be a "lifetime achievement honor."Before being acquired by Harrah's Casino, R. S. Owens & Company was commissioned to design an award for Poker Hall of Famers; the award was an 8-inch-tall piece of glass with a hand of cards sandblasted at the bottom, the winner's name, the words "Poker Hall of Fame" in a circle. The circle had the Binion's Horseshoe Casino logo in it. There was a gold plated base with three gold-plated stacks of chips. World Poker Tour Walk of Fame Poker Hall of Fame Doyle Room Poker Hall of Fame Legends Jack Binion & Crandell Addington Accessed March 3, 2008
Patrik Antonius is a Finnish professional poker player, former tennis player and coach, model from Vantaa, Finland. He resides in Monte Carlo. Antonius was mentored by poker pro Marcel Lüske as a member of Luske's "Circle of Outlaws" and advised by Jennifer Harman. Antonius has two children. Antonius began making a name for himself on the poker tournament circuit with two finishes near the final table of a European Poker Tour event and a World Poker Tour event, 12th at the EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 15th at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event two months in early 2005, he went on to finish in the money in three events of the 2005 World Series of Poker. In September 2005 he made the European Poker Tour Main Event final table, finishing 3rd in Barcelona; the next month, Antonius won the EPT event in Baden bei Wien, taking home the €288,180 first prize when in the final hand his 8♠ 4♥ beat Gunnar Østebrød's Q♥ 9♣ on a board of 4♠ 7♠ 8♥ 3♣ 7♣. In December 2005 he finished the year 2nd in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas, winning $1,046,470.
In July 2006 he placed 9th in the 143-player 8-handed World Series of Poker $50,000 H. O. R. S. E. Event, taking home $205,920, his biggest cash that year. In the 2007 World Series of Poker, Antonius entered numerous tournaments but he only cashed in the World Championship of Pot Limit Omaha event, placing third and winning $311,394, making that his ninth WSOP cash and increasing his WSOP earnings to a total of $569,964. Antonius has been featured three times on NBC's Poker After Dark. In his first appearance, he finished as runner up, losing out to fellow poker professional Jennifer Harman, but his next attempt saw him defeat Brad Booth in heads-up play to take the victory. In his third appearance he was runner up again, this time to Johnny Chan; as of 2016, Antonius' total live tournament winnings exceed $6,775,000. His 14 cashes at the WSOP account for $911,178 of those winnings. Antonius was not able to enter the 2009 WSOP Main Event, as he was turned away when attempting to register along with hundreds of others due to a capacity field.
He plays in some of the highest profile online tournaments, in September 2008, he finished 2nd in the Full Tilt Poker $25,000 buy-in Heads-Up Pot Limit Omaha Championship, winning $320,000. Antonius finished 9th in the 593-player 8-handed €10,400 2011 World Series of Poker Europe main event for a prize of €90,000. In January 2013, Antonius finished third in the Aussie Millions Main event for $600,000 Antonius is a heads-up specialist, he is a regular high-stakes player online and one of the most successful, having won millions of dollars. He has played on Full Tilt Poker under several nicknames, including Luigi66369, CryMeRiver9 and Finddagrind, but having become a member of "Team Full Tilt" he now plays under his real name. During his early career he used screen names e.g. I_knockout_U, try_hrdr_fish and -ANTONIUS- on various other poker networks. Antonius was one of a team of players associated with Martinspoker.com. He is prolific in live cash games, is a regular in the Big Game, the high-stakes cash game at the Bellagio.
Antonius appeared on the third to sixth seasons of GSN's High Stakes Poker. Patrik was involved, along with Sammy Farha, in the show's largest pot. After a preflop raise and re-raise the flop came 6♦ 3♣ 9♦. Sammy called Patrik's all-in raise and the two agreed to run the turn and river four times. Though Sammy's hand was a slight favorite, Patrik won three of the four runs and collected $749,100. In another sizable pot on High Stakes Poker, Patrik went up against Jamie Gold. Jamie had K♠ K♦ versus Patrik's A♠ J♦. Patrik raised to $4,000 preflop with Jamie reraising to $14,000, after declaring that his hole cards felt "like aces"; the flop came out 3 ♠ Q ♦ 10 ♥. Jamie bet $15,000 into a $30,800 pot; the turn was the K ♥, Jamie a set of kings. Patrik bet $45,000 into the pot. Patrik called making the pot worth $743,800; the players agreed to run the river three times. Despite being a 77%-23% favorite, Patrik won only the last of the three times, as Jamie hit a full house on the first two. At the time, it was the largest pot on High Stakes Poker.
Antonius has since lost a pot of $600,000 to Tom Dwan on an episode of the Poker After Dark high-stakes cash game. Tom straddled the hand to $1,200 and Patrik was first to act having pocket 10s, with which he raised. Tom reraised the hand with pocket kings and Patrik called; the flop gave Patrik a set of tens and he bet $27,000, which Tom called. The turn was a king. Patrik bet $59,000 which led to Dwan going all-in for over $200,000. Patrik called, making the pot $600,000, they ran it twice, with Patrik losing both. The hand had the largest pot in the history of Poker After Dark. In November 2009, Antonius won the biggest pot in online poker history, $1,356,946 against Viktor Blom, at the time known only by his Full Tilt Poker moniker, Isildur1
Betting in poker
In the game of poker, the play centers on the act of betting, as such, a protocol has been developed to speed up play, lessen confusion, increase security while playing. Different games are played using different types of bets, small variations in etiquette exist between cardrooms, but for the most part the following rules and protocol are observed by the majority of poker players. Players in a poker game act in clockwise rotation; when it is a player's turn to act, the first verbal declaration or action they take binds them to their choice of action. Until the first bet is made each player in turn may "check,", to not place a bet, or "open,", to make the first bet. After the first bet each player may "fold,", to drop out of the hand losing any bets they have made. A player may fold by surrendering one's cards. A player may check by making any similar motion. All other bets are made by placing chips in front of the player, but not directly into the pot. In general, the person to the left of the dealer acts first and action proceeds in a clockwise fashion.
If any player has folded earlier, action proceeds to next player. In games with blinds, the first round of betting begins with the player to the left of the blinds. In stud games, action begins with the player showing the strongest proceeds clockwise. If there is a bring-in, the first round of betting begins with the player obliged to post the bring-in. If no one has yet opened the betting round, a player may pass or check, equivalent to betting zero and/or to calling the current bet of zero; when checking, a player declines to make a bet. In games played with blinds, players may not check on the opening round because the blinds are live bets and must be called or raised to remain in the hand. A player who has posted the big blind has the right to raise on the first round, called the option, if no other player has raised. If all players check, the betting round is over with no additional money placed in the pot. A common way to signify checking is to tap the table, either with a fist, knuckles, an open hand or the index finger.
If in any betting round it is a player's turn to act and the action is unopened the player can open action in a betting round by making a bet—the act of making the first voluntary bet in a betting round is called opening the round. On the first betting round, it is called opening the pot, though in variants where blind bets are common, the blind bets "open" the first betting round and other players call and/or raise the "big blind" bet; some poker variations have special rules about opening a round. For example, a game may have a betting structure that specifies different allowable amounts for opening than for other bets, or may require a player to hold certain cards to open. A player makes a bet by placing the chips they wish to wager into the pot. Under normal circumstances, all other players still in the pot must either call the full amount of the bet or raise if they wish remain in, the only exceptions being when a player does not have sufficient stake remaining to call the full amount of the bet or when the player is all-in.
To raise is to increase the size of an existing bet in the same betting round. A player making the second or subsequent raise of a betting round is said to re-raise. A player making a raise after checking in the same betting round is said to check-raise; the sum of the opening bet and all raises is the amount that all players in the hand must call in order to remain eligible to win the pot, subject to the table stakes rules described in the previous paragraph. A bluff is when a player bets or raises when it is they do not have the best hand; when a player bets or raises with a weak hand that has a chance of improvement on a betting round, the bet or raise is classified as a semi-bluff. On the other hand, a bet made by a player who hopes or expects to be called by weaker hands is classified as a value bet. In no-limit and pot-limit games, there is a minimum amount, required to be bet in order to open the action. In games with blinds, this amount is the amount of the big blind. Standard poker rules require that raises must be at least equal to the amount of the previous bet or raise.
For example, if an opponent bets $5, a player must raise by at least another $5, they may not raise by only $2. If a player raises a bet of $5 by $7, the next re-raise would have to be by at least another $7 more than the $12; the primary purpose of the minimum raise rule is to avoid game delays caused by "nuisance" raises (small raises of large bets, such as an extra $1 over a current bet of $50, that have little effect on the action but take time as all others m
Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents purportedly unscripted real-life situations starring unknown individuals rather than professional actors. Reality television came to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the global successes of the series Survivor and Big Brother, all of which became global franchises. Reality television shows tend to be interspersed with "confessionals", short interview segments in which cast members reflect on or provide context for the events being depicted on-screen. Competition-based reality shows feature gradual elimination of participants, either by a panel of judges or by the viewership of the show. Documentaries, television news, sports television, talk shows, traditional game shows are not classified as reality television; some genres of television programming that predate the reality television boom are retroactively labeled reality television, including hidden camera shows, talent-search shows, documentary series about ordinary people, high-concept game shows, home improvement shows, court shows featuring real-life cases.
Reality television has faced significant criticism since its rise in popularity. Critics argue reality television shows do not reflect reality, in ways both implicit, deceptive; some have been accused of underdog to win. Other criticisms of reality television shows include that they are intended to humiliate or exploit participants. Television formats portraying ordinary people in unscripted situations are as old as the television medium itself. Producer-host Allen Funt's Candid Camera, in which unsuspecting people were confronted with funny, unusual situations and filmed with hidden cameras, first aired in 1948, is seen as a prototype of reality television programming. Precedents for television that portrayed people in unscripted situations began in the late 1940s. Queen for a Day was an early example of reality-based television; the 1946 television game show Carry sometimes featured contestants performing stunts. Debuting in 1948, Allen Funt's hidden camera show Candid Camera broadcast unsuspecting ordinary people reacting to pranks.
In 1948, talent search shows Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour and Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts featured amateur competitors and audience voting. In the 1950s, game shows Beat the Clock and Truth or Consequences involved contestants in wacky competitions and practical jokes. Confession was a crime/police show which aired from June 1958 to January 1959, with interviewer Jack Wyatt questioning criminals from assorted backgrounds; the radio series Nightwatch tape-recorded the daily activities of Culver City, California police officers. The series You Asked for It incorporated audience involvement by basing episodes around requests sent in by postcard from viewers. "You're Another", a science fiction short story by American writer Damon Knight, first appeared in the June 1955 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and contains the earliest fictional depiction of what is now called reality television. First broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1964, the Granada Television documentary Seven Up!, broadcast interviews with a dozen ordinary 7-year-olds from a broad cross-section of society and inquired about their reactions to everyday life.
Every seven years, a film documented the life of the same individuals during the intervening period, titled the Up Series, episodes include "7 Plus Seven", "21 Up", etc.. The program was structured as a series of interviews with no element of plot. However, it did have the then-new effect of turning ordinary people into celebrities; the first reality show in the modern sense may have been the series The American Sportsman, which ran from 1965 to 1986 on ABC in the United States. A typical episode featured one or more celebrities, sometimes their family members, being accompanied by a camera crew on an outdoor adventure, such as hunting, hiking, scuba diving, rock climbing, wildlife photography, horseback riding, race car driving, the like, with most of the resulting action and dialogue being unscripted, except for the narration. In the 1966 Direct Cinema film Chelsea Girls, Andy Warhol filmed various acquaintances with no direction given; the 12-part 1973 PBS series An American Family showed a nuclear family going through a divorce.
In 1974 a counterpart program, The Family, was made in the UK, following the working class Wilkins family of Reading. Other forerunners of modern reality television were the 1970s productions of Chuck Barris: The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show, all of which featured participants who were eager to sacrifice some of their privacy and dignity in a televised competition; the 1976-1980 BBC series The Big Time showed, in each of its 15 episodes, a different amateur in some field trying to succeed professionally in that field, with help from notable experts. The series is credited with starting the career of Sheena Easton, selected to appear in the episode showing an aspiring pop singer trying to enter the music business. In 1978, Living in the Past recreated life in an