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20 FIRST UP 08 EDITORIAL 12 NEWS
SPORTS BETTING 20 BOXING: HOLYFIELD’S UNDISPUTED MISSION Evander Holyfield Exclusive Interview
30 SPORT IN 3D It’s a Brave New World
32 FOOTBALL: GOALS, GOALS, GOALS Finnigan’s Football Picks
34 FOOTBALL: THE LONG AND WINNING ROAD TO WEMBLEY The Champions League 2010
Evander Holyfield Exclusive 41 888 SPORTING ‘EDLINE 42 CRICKET: THE SUMMER SINKING OF THE SPIRIT OF CRICKET
UEFA Champions League
Cricket In A Fix
The Pakistan Fixing Scandal
46 SHARKEY’S SPREADS Racing’s Winning Formula
FINANCIAL SPREAD BETTING 48 THE EZEE TRADERS Trading With Resistance, Support And Price Oscillators
POKER 50 QUOSS THE BOSS AT EPO Super Fab Crowned King Of England
52 WANNA SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT? The 888 Experience
62 ARCHIE SHARK The Ramblings Of A Hapless Gambler
64 THREE WAY TO THE FLOP The 888 Experience
3D Poker Room Reviews
68 JAKE WORLDS AHEAD
The WPT London Poker Classic
76 THE UKPPL INSIDE SCOOP The Brand New Online Poker League Sensation
78 FROM A TO ZIMBLER AND BACK AGAIN Drink, Dice, Dolly Birds
82 THE INSIDE MAN Performance Coaching For Poker Pros
84 THE ONLY WAY IS UP UKIPT Heads To Edinburgh
The WPT London Poker Classic
POKER STRATEGY 88 LATTER TOURNAMENT TACTICS
LIFESTYLE 90 GADGETS SET TO DAZZLE Latest 3D Technology
94 DRIVING IN THE FAST LANE Maserati Gran Turismo
96 WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH October’s Top UK Events
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98 THE FOX’S DEN The Pope’s C-Charge
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Londoners Hit Back...
Runners & Writers Editor Fred Palley firstname.lastname@example.org Staff Writer Alex Hammond email@example.com
narchy, chaos, pandemonium. For 24 hours last month, when the tube strikes hit London, the city was in turmoil. It was as if we’d been hit by
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terror strikes all over again. Or so the papers tried to have us believe. Yet
in a defiant show of strength, and according to The Evening Standard (the paper
which successfully printed out three whole editions of strike-related stories), Londoners hit back, determined to show that while the strikers could indeed down tools, they would never win the war. And in a brave example of the capital’s fighting spirit, one man forked out £80 on a taxi to get to a job which paid him less than the cab fare. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but surely this particular incident was a case of 1-0 to the tube strikers? I mean just look at the evidence. Man pays £80 to earn £50. Tube striker gets the day off work to earn nothing. That’s a win all day long for the striker in my book. Elsewhere in my book, which I was out and about using to keep score of things, was a second goal for the tube strikers – even though the papers tried to claim it as an equaliser. It was of course, the case of Gulfsands Petroleum director, Andrew Rose. For those not in the know, Mr Rose was the middle-aged man who was pictured riding into work on a scooter in a sharp grey suit and a face like thunder, and whose picture was subsequently splashed across the front pages. Mr Rose was highly embarrassed by the incident and later claimed if he’d known he was being pictured, he would have smiled. Sorry? You’re pictured riding into work on a scooter like a 12-year-old boy and your main concern is that you weren’t smiling? Surely the fact that you were even pictured on a scooter at all is bad enough. In fact, the only thing more embarrassing than being pictured riding a scooter is to be pictured riding a scooter with a great big
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grin on your face. Next thing we know Mr Rose will be claiming he wished he’d been riding to work on a pair of roller heeled shoes whilst whistling La Cucharacha.
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So after tallying up the score in this epic battle of Man vs. Tube striker, I can officially pronounce the latter as the unanimous winner, even if they did lose to me. Oh, didn’t I mention how I scored a late consolation goal for the Londoners striking back? My oyster card had run out two days earlier, so I wouldn’t have been able to get to work anyway, regardless of the strike. Looks like the joke was on them then.
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FIRST UP 9 STARS SHINE AT BRITISH POKER AWARDS
he stars of British Poker were out in force last month to mark the long overdue and much-awaited British Poker Awards. Celebrating a remarkable year of success for British poker players, which has already included three EPT titles and five WSOP bracelets, the UKâ€™s top pros were lauded by peers, fans and industry members alike as over 3,000 people voted in the inaugural awards. Pictured above is Vicky Coren,
winner of the outstanding contribution to poker, alongside the equally outstanding Victory Poker girls.
AWARDS Best Cash Player Neil Channing Best Tournament Player James Akenhead Best Online Player Chris Moorman
Neil Channing, James Akenhead, and Sam Trickett all scooped up gongs, as did Chris Moorman and Praz Bansi while Dusk till Dawn won the Card Room of the Year Award. The Hendon Mob won the Best Poker Forum award while the Nuts Poker League also grabbed an accolade.
Best Contribution to Poker Vicky Coren Best Newcomer Sam Trickett Best All Round Player Richard Ashby Editorâ€™s Choice Player of the Year Praz Bansi Best UK Card Room Dusk till Dawn Best Poker League The Nuts Poker League Best International Player Phil Ivey
It stands out more than any other because the media had determined that until you beat him, you have never really beaten anybody”
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The Summer Sinking of The Spirit of Cricket Spot fixing, match fixing, batting collapses, deliberate no-balls, investigations and allegations. The Spirit of Cricket has been well and truly broken during Pakistanâ€™s tour, writes Peter Myton.
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POKER ROOM REVIEWS Three Way To The Flop
p until the latter part of the 20th century, playing poker was an activity normally reserved for a Friday night with friends, or if you were brave enough to take the shackles off your bank account, the Mecca of gambling, Las Vegas. But in 1998, the way that the game was played changed forever. The world’s first online poker room was established and suddenly people who had thought poker was something you put in a fire were reaching for their mouses. With the advent of more advanced computer technology, it seemed the future could only get better for the online version of the popular card game. It took less than a decade for a new era to be ushered in as
the first 3D poker room was created in 2006 as PKR.com released software with unrivalled video game style graphics, which would be a benchmark for taking the format to the next level. The industry is now estimated to be worth $6.7 billion dollars (£4.3 billion pounds). While businesses collapse around the globe, poker has seemingly been recession-proof and has only gone from strength to strength. Now it’s not just Lady GaGa who is showing of her Poker Face as people from all walks of life lay their cards on the table in more ways than one. Daniel Jolly takes a look at the top five UK facing 3D poker rooms.
Brits Go Busto DAY 3
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INSIDE SCOOP Michael Gales delves into the cash-filled realms of the brand new online poker league phenomenon, the UKPPL.
THE WIRE What they’re saying about the UKPPL... “UKPPL in 1 sentence = top players, top prizes, top dollar.” Benji Hallett “The only way I see to improve the UKPPL would be to give us more of the same.” Christopher Cornelius “The prizes that are on offer makes the UKPPL the best site online at the moment.” Stegs73 “UKPPL is the best league around bar none, and it will only get better!” Spitvenom
THE LEAGUE IN REVIEW Five tournaments in and the UKPPL Premier Division has seen five different winners fend off the rest to win bags of cash and fantastic prizes. Here we round up who won what, how much they won, when they won it, and how they did it! This is the UKPPL Premier Division in review. Tournament 1: London Invitational Jonny ‘Jonathan Burg’ was the man who won the opening Premier Division tournament when he scythed his way through an 89-man field to scoop a mouth-wateringly tasty $650, all courtesy of a $5.50 buy-in. ‘Jamiessx’ was the unfortunate player who fell at the final hurdle, although still picked up $400, while ‘Spitvenom’, who’ll you’ll be hearing more of later, claimed third spot in the inaugural London Open. Tournament 2: Birmingham Open Week two and a new tournament saw a new winner, with ‘ChAzZzzz18’ triumphing in the Birmingham Open, and bagging over $800 for his troubles. He wasn’t the only winner on the night though, as ‘alecs’ picked up the $100 bonus for finishing 88th, ‘Stegs73’ grabbed just under $300 for his second placed finish,
and ‘Marc’ went home with a brand new PlayStation 3. Not bad for a few hours’ work.
for it himself from the $792 he won for taking down the Scottish Open.
Tournament 3: Summer Invitational With the summer drawing to a close on the August bank holiday weekend, 106 UKPPL players took to the felt with their eyes firmly on the stunning Summer Invitational prize pool, which saw a first place pay-out of $809. Not to mention a free seat to the 888 50k Challenge of course, which the top ten players in every single Premier Division tournament will win. ‘Spitvenom’, who grabbed second in the opening event of the season, made another final table appearance and won the $100 bonus courtesy of 888 for his 8th place finish. ‘Gremlin’ meanwhile, became the third UKPPL winner when he overcame ‘Back2BackAA’ heads-up.
Tournament 5: Liverpool Classic The fifth tournament in and the UKPPL saw its first animal winner. And it was ‘Gecko’ who was that creature, winning the first holiday of the season for his 1st place finish. Courtesy of Octopus Travel, ‘Gecko’ will be whisking away his girlfriend to Paris for a romantic weekend of passion on an allexpenses package worth $1,500. ‘4andrew4’ narrowly missed out on the trip, but secured $608 for his second place finish, with ‘Macca’ coming 3rd and collecting $354 for his efforts.
Tournament 4: Scottish Poker Tour Finishing 5th in an online poker tournament with a $5.50 buy-in isn’t usually something that will see you win a skydiving lesson. As you’ll fast be coming aware of though, the UKKPL isn’t just any other tournament. And that’s why ‘Danny Shorrt’ will be freefalling above the clouds. ‘Benji Hallett’ may also be going skydiving, although he’d be forking out
Premier Division Overall Standings POS PLAYER POINTS 1 Spitvenom 763 2 hayley 626 3 Danny Shortt 591 4 kalle6ton 541 5 Macca 515 POS PLAYER MONEY 1 Gremlin $836 2 Benji Hallett $805 3 ChAzZzz18 $797 4 jonny $782 5 4andrew4 $622
Gadgets Set To D-D-D-azzle The technology world is on the cusp of a 3D explosion that looks set to take place as early as the end of 2010. To help you navigate this new technological advance, GX breaks down some of the latest gadgets to have hit the market and gives you a taste of some of the equipment we can expect in the coming months.
SamSunG XboX 360 Kinect The biggest advance in gaming technology since the Nintendo Wii, the Xbox Kinect offers players the first ever video console “controller-free gaming and entertainment experience”. 3D motion capture and facial and voice recognition allow the user to interact with the console so completely that it’s as if the technology evaporates and the gameplay is real life. Described as a “pivotal moment in the history of entertainment” by Steven Spielburg, the XBox 360 Kinect is the future of gaming, and will be available in the the UK in early November 2010.
bD-C6900 3D blu-Ray Player Priced at £349 and supporting not only Blu-Ray disc but also 3D technology, the Samsung BD-C6900 is fully equipped for the future of home entertainment. The player brings the pinnacle of image quality right into your living room in a manner which has never been possible before.
The Asus G51J-3D was the first laptop to incorporate Nvidia's 3D vision technology and consequently is at the pinnacle of 3D gaming for the laptop. With a price range of $1,450 - $1,900, the Asus G51J-3D is an expensive piece of technology but worth the money for those keen to foray into the world of portable 3D gaming.
3D Video Camcorder American online mail order dealer Hammacher Schlemmer are marketing the world’s first ever hand held 3D camcorder. As well the capability to record 2D and 3D video, the camcorder can also take still
photos in both 2D and 3D, with a 4GB SD card being able to store up to four hours of 3D video or 2,000 3D still images. In addition, all 3D images and videos can be viewed on the camcorder’s 7" screen without the need for 3D glasses. The Hammacher Schlemmer 3D video camcorder is being retailed through theIR US website for $600.