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17 November 2009

NEOVIA Payment Suite Wins Another Five Contracts with Trade & Professional Organisations

NEOVIA makes online membership and events payments simple and easy

Tuesday, 17th November 2009 – NEOVIA Financial Plc (LSE: NEO), the independent global online payments business, announces five more contract wins for its NEOVIA Payment Suite with trade associations and professional bodies wanting to process membership payments quickly and securely online.

Each organisation is using the NEOVIA Payment Suite to securely process subscription payments or payment for events from its members as they visit the organisation’s website. The NEOVIA Payment Suite features the NETBANX international payments gateway, the NETELLER e-wallet and Net+™ cards.  NETBANX allows merchants to accept card and non-card payments through multiple channels including online, contact centres, mail order and automated phone systems. The NETELLER e-wallet allows consumers to spend securely online as well as allowing merchants to increase customer lifetime value. Net+ cards allow merchants to extend customer loyalty and lifetimes. As well as cards, the NEOVIA Payment Suite supports online payments direct from consumers’ online bank accounts.

Dan Starr, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Products at NEOVIA, said  ”Many membership groups have moved their communities online to improve communications, extend reach and decrease costs. This means that traditional ways of paying for memberships or events such as cheques and cash are dead. The NEOVIA Payment Suite is purpose-built for the fast-paced global economy. We allow both members and those organisations mentioned today to benefit from instantaneous and high-trust transactions, even in multiple currencies. Our reputation for a suite of secure and innovative payment solutions has earned us the trust of millions of customers worldwide.”

The Association of MBAs is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. With over 9,000 MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools, and MBA employers, its accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. It accredits MBA provision at 163 schools in 72 countries. The Payment Suite’s NETBANX Unified PayPage is being used for membership fees, publication purchases and event payments directly from the Associations website. For more information visit

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, serves over 70,000 members including practitioners, businesses, academics and students, in the UK and internationally. It promotes wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice. It currently uses NEOVIA for the payment of event fees and membership, securely online. For more information visit

The Chartered Institute of Taxation, founded in 1930 and receiving its royal charter in 1994, is the professional body for chartered tax advisers in the UK. It deals with all aspects of direct and indirect taxation and its primary purpose is to promote education in and the study of the administration and practice of taxation. Their use of NETBANX’s Unified PayPage allows online payments from the Institute’s members for subscriptions and event fees. For more information visit:

The Institute of Acoustics was formed in 1974 and is the UK's professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration. The institute has some 3,000 members with diverse backgrounds including engineers, scientists, educators, lawyers, occupational hygienists, architects and environmental health officers. Kevin Macan-Lind, Chief Executive of the Institute, confirmed that the NEOVIA Payment Suite manages the membership payments, events and subscriptions. For more information visit:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the UK. The core purposes of the Royal College of Psychiatrists are to set standards and promote excellence in psychiatry and mental healthcare; lead, represent and support psychiatrists; and work with service users, carers and their organisations. It is using NEOVIA’s Payment Suite for its membership payments, conference attendances fees, educational materials, books and reports. For more information visit

22 October 2009

The Aussie Millions poker festival just keeps getting better and better

With 17 days of poker tournaments in January 2010, accommodating all
budgets and culminating in an anticipated $10 million dollar prize-pool for the
$10,000 buy-in main event, The Aussie Millions is one of the “MUST PLAY”
tournaments in the world.

The Aussie Millions enjoys the reputation as the friendliest and richest
poker festival outside the USA. Players from all over the world gather every
January in Melbourne to enjoy the incredible hospitality of Crown Casino, the
great city of Melbourne and the famous Australian summer sunshine.

The TV coverage this year will be ramped up, with i2i Television engaged to
produce a series of 1-hour shows. In addition to the main event, the series,
broadcast worldwide, will highlight all the high stakes tournaments and big
cash action.

The Aussie Millions festival runs over 17 days however the schedule is
designed so that a 10 night stay allows players to attend the player welcome
party, the $50,000 freeroll, a range of mid range buy-in tournaments plus the
main event and farewell party.

08 October 2009

World Poker Tour Marrakech  - 100% up to $600 Sign-up bonus - Liz Lieu, take up the challenge, Play against Liz LieuChilli Poker will run a super satellite promotion to the WPT Marrakech, which will be held at the Es Saadi Gardens & Resort, in Marrakech, Morocco, 12th – 19th of October, 2009.
  • The final table will be televised through the WPT distribution in Europe, and blogs/press room will be available.
  • Package Dates – Oct 11th – Oct 19th, 2009.
  • Total Package Value - $8,000.
  • The package includes:
    • €4,500 Buy-in to the main Event – Oct 16th Oct 18th, 2009.
    • €500 Buy-in to side event – Oct 11th, 2009.
    • 8 nights at the Es Saadi hotel or the Kenzi Farah, Oct 11th – Oct 19th, 2009. Breakfast and dinner are included. Both hotels are 5 stars hotels and are gratuitous as part of the package.
    • €50 for handling fees.
    • Up to €650 for flights and spending. (Depending on currency exchange rate).

  • The first prizes are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be converted to cash. You must play or forfeit the seat. 
  • By playing or winning the WPT Marrakech super satellite you declare that you are ready and able to travel to Marrakech, Morocco, in order to play at the WPT Marrakech event. This includes any and all documents required for travel to the destination.

Mansion88 and 5050Poker Join Microgaming Poker Network

Online gaming software provider Microgaming has announced the addition of two more sites to its poker network, with both Asian-facing and Malta-based joining the Microgaming Poker Network.

5050Poker is currently in the process of applying for an online gaming licence from Malta's Lottery & Gaming Authority and said that it is joining the network as a direct result of feedback from its players, who wanted to be on a network which would grow.

"Our players wanted the chance to play against a truly global opposition on a platform that offered improved game and tournament selection as well as greater liquidity," said Mattias Eriksson, CEO of 5050Poker.

"We listened to and acted on their demands and set about investigating a move to a software partner that would enable us to realise our ambitions for growth. Having thoroughly considered all available options, Microgaming was undoubtedly the best fit and we are convinced that operating within its Poker Network will prove a positive move for our player base.”

Licensed in First Cagayan Leisure & Resort Corporation in the Philippines, Mansion88 is a subsidiary of Gibraltar-based

"Microgaming's excellent customer support and local presence made the decision to appoint them as our software provider very easy," said Mr Yong, Director of Mansion88 Poker. "By working together, I believe we can continue to raise our profile within the rapidly growing Asian markets; we look forward to a long and successful partnership."

Roger Raatgever, CEO Microgaming said: "We are delighted to be welcoming Mansion88 and 5050Poker to the Microgaming Poker Network and look forward to expanding our world class poker offering. Our ability to provide poker in more languages than any other network is crucial in helping our operators grow, and our partnership will enable both operators to cement their position as leading brands within their respective markets.”

According to figures from the online poker tracking site PokerScout, the Microgaming Poker Network is currently ranked eighth in the top poker networks in the world, behind the likes of Playtech's iPoker Network, PartyPoker and Ongame Network.

12 August 2009

NETELLER Sponsors Poker in the Park, London

Wednesday, 12 August 2009 –, the e-wallet business of NEOVIA Financial Plc (LSE: NEO), the independent online payments business, announces that it will be a key sponsor for Europe’s largest poker festival, Poker in the Park, which is due to be held this week in London’s Leicester Square. It will take place on Thursday 13th August at 5pm to 9pm and Friday 14th August from 12 noon to 9.30pm.

Billed as Europe's largest consumer poker show, this is the third anniversary of the popular two-day poker extravaganza.  Kicking off at 17:00 on Thursday 13 August, those in attendance will be able to participate in free tournaments rolling every hour at the PKR Poker Dome, as well as meet celebrities, hear lectures from top poker pros, get massages from the lovely Xhilarate girls, and take advantage of free poker lessons and discounted poker merchandise. Pros already signed up to the lecture roster include Peter Eastgate, Neil Channing, Nik Persuad and Jamie Gold. Ex-actor turned poker pro Michael Greco and Irish football legend Tony Cascarino will also be at hand to give players of all levels expert guidance and game analysis.

NETELLER will have a significant presence on the ground at the event, as well as sponsoring the takeaway bags at this event.  Poker players will be able to sign up instantly at the NETELLER stand, taking advantage of our VIP promotion which will allow those players to obtain 3 months’ VIP status and related benefits for free.

Michael Caselli, organiser, said “We are really pleased to have NETELLER as one of sponsors this year.  Their online wallet has long been the best way for poker players to move money between sites whenever they want to.” 

Dan Starr, Executive Vice President of NEOVIA, commented “We’re proud to be sponsoring Poker in the Park.  We have a long history of servicing the poker market and serving our VIPs well has always been a primary focus for NETELLER.  Our VIP motto “Always been all-in” demonstrates our commitment to our VIPs and we look forward to welcoming more of you during this special event in London, Europe’s Poker Capital.” 

07 August 2009

NEOVIA Financial Plc 2009 Second Quarter Trading Update

Friday, 7 August 2009 – NEOVIA Financial Plc ("NEOVIA" or the “Company”), (NEO.L), the independent online payments business, today provides the following update regarding trading during the first half of 2009.
  • Group expects to report operating result in line with market forecasts for first half of 2009;
  • Quarter-on-quarter increase in active customers with 3% growth in second quarter 2009;
  • Quarter-on-quarter improvement in gross margins; and
  • Announcement of appointment of new CEO expected shortly.
Overall, the Group continued its promising start to 2009 with the second quarter on track despite the ongoing challenging economic conditions and the Board expects to report an operating result for the first six months of 2009 in line with market expectations. Nevertheless, the challenging market conditions experienced by the Group and other related companies in the first quarter of 2009 have continued into the second quarter, leading to a decrease, as anticipated, in revenues in the first half of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008.

Against this, the Group has seen a quarter-on-quarter increase in active customers, growing by 3% compared to Q1 2009. This is an encouraging trend considering both macro-economic conditions and the fact that the second quarter has traditionally exhibited slower growth than the first quarter. While gross margin in the first half of 2009 will be lower than the same period of 2008, the second quarter of 2009 will be ahead of the first quarter’s gross margin as the Group’s focus on cost control continues to show results. The Group’s results for the first six months of 2009 will reflect a number of non-recurring items which in total are expected to amount to approximately US$7 million.

The Board has identified a new Group Chief Executive Officer and expects to announce his appointment shortly. It is anticipated that he will join the Group in early September 2009.

Dale Johnson, Chairman of NEOVIA, commented: “The Board and management team remain focused on maximising revenues, maintaining control over costs, delivering a capital programme to support the strategy for the future, and preserving cash to deliver value for all shareholders. The Board continues to be optimistic about the outlook for NEOVIA for the full year, but is mindful of the ongoing external market conditions.”
The Company expects to publish its half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2009 in mid- September 2009.

28 July 2009

Pot equity

Pot equity is your percentage chance of winning the pot at any given point in a hand. That percentage is the amount of equity you have in the pot or how much of the pot "belongs to you".

Here's a Texas Hold 'em example. You hold AsAh and you have a single opponent with what could be any hand. Your pot equity against a random hand is about 85%, meaning that if you both pushed all-in and the hand went to the showdown you can expect to win about 85% of the time. Notice that this is for a run all the way to the river with no strategy discussion and no chance of anyone folding to scare cards. The effect is the same as if both players agreed to check all the way. Pot equity does not tell you anything about numbers of bets you can expect to win.

You're not always up against a random hand, of course. If my opponent calls my raise with my AsAh above, I can start to put her on some hands which will eat away a bit at my pot equity.

You probably won't be figuring pot equity at the table. You'll mostly be figuring it after the fact when you wonder how good your AKs was against someone's ATo (answer 75%). Use a tool such as PokerStove for help in figuring your pot equity.

Pot equity has some use at the table. Primarily it lets you know how much of the pot "belongs to you," as mentioned above. When you know your equity, you can compare it to your "fair share" which is just the pot size divided by the number of people in the hand. So, when you start a hand with pocket aces and have three opponents, you know that your fair share is about 25% but your pot equity is around 85%. Therefore, all bets that go into the pot earn you more than your fair share. This is especially useful when you're trying to determine whether to check/call vs. bet/raise with a flush draw. If you have many players in, your pot equity (the chance you'll win the hand, which is directly related to you making the flush) vs. your fair share may warrant a bet/raise rather than a check/call. That is, every bet you put in and get called is, theoretically, extra money for you when your pot equity is higher than your fair share.

27 July 2009

NEOVIA Enters Remittance Market with Launch of NETELLER Money Transfer Service for Instant Online Movement of Funds

Cost-effective global remittance increases choice for sending payment to friends and family

Tuesday, 28th July 2009 – NEOVIA Financial Plc (LSE: NEO), the independent global online payments business, announces its NETELLER Money Transfer service, that lets friends and family send and receive money instantly around the world securely through a user-friendly interface.

With no transfer fees for the receiver, the sender only pays a 1% transfer fee up to a maximum of $10 USD. This makes the NETELLER Money Transfer service one of the most cost effective methods available to consumers on the market.

The global remittance market is forecast to be in excess of $300billion this year, according to World Bank estimates. Senders can apply for a free NETELLER account and send money the same day to anyone with an email address. The service allows people to transfer funds in 20 different currencies to over 180 countries, where NETELLER offers a service. It has a wide variety of deposit options including credit/debit card, bank transfer, direct e-Banking, Giropay, iDEAL, and Ukash and will automatically convert the currency for the receiver as well as support multiple local languages.

Receivers of funds are prompted to open their own NETELLER account and withdraw via a number of flexible options including bank transfers, cheques, bank wires or through the Net + card which can be used at over 1 million ATMs and 30 million point-of-sale terminals world-wide.

Dan Starr, Executive VP NEOVIA Financial said: “The launch of NETELLER Money Transfer is NEOVIA’s official offering in the global remittance marketplace, making transfer services such as bank drafts, money orders and cheques redundant. If you’re settling up your tab with a friend round the corner or sending money to your parents or loved ones around the world, you want the money to get to them as soon as possible, safely and with minimum charges. We know how to move funds and we know how to do that quickly and securely.”

09 July 2009

PartyGaming launches marketing push on back of US asset freeze

PartyGaming has ramped up its marketing spend to capitalise on the US authorities’ squeeze on the payment channels of US-facing poker sites PokerStars and Full Tilt.

The company made the announcement in a second-quarter trading update which revealed group revenue since April 6 remains in line with that achieved in the first quarter, despite the onset of the regular summer downswing in online gaming activity.

The marketing push on the back of US authorities’ seizure of player winnings from US-facing poker sites including Poker Stars and Full Tilt has already positively impacted player numbers in several territories, said the company.

PartyGaming said increased distribution costs associated with the initiative would be offset by continued cost savings and favourable currency movements, with full-year results expected to be in line with those achieved for the full year in 2008.

PartyGaming chief Jim Ryan said: “The Group’s strategy remains on track and I am pleased that many of the seeds we have sown over the past year are now beginning to bear fruit.”

PartyCasino was the group’s strongest performing vertical over the quarter, turning in double-digit revenue growth, on the back of a substantial increase in games offered on the platform and the launch last month of a dedicated affiliate programme and international marketing campaign.

PartyPoker revenues however dipped below first-quarter levels due to a reduction in active player days due to seasonality, continued competition from US-facing poker sites, and lower yields due to increased bonus and player loyalty costs.

The company’s online poker tournament service in Italy for land-based lottery services provider Intralot has also gone live. Party said it expects to be offering poker cash games on its newly launched Italian poker network by the end of 2009. Sponsors Leading Manx Rally Co-Driver, Leveraging Social Networking

Thursday, 9 July 2009 –, the e-wallet business of NEOVIA Financial Plc (LSE: NEO), the independent online payments business, today announced that it is a proud sponsor of leading Manx rally co-driver Robert Fagg, who this weekend will be seeking to maintain his lead in the Kick Energy Fiesta Sport Trophy on his home turf as he contests the Isle of Man Challenge Rally. In promoting the rally series sponsorship, has been leveraging extensive use of social networking media, including blogs and Twitter feeds.

Robert remains in top spot in the standings having finished 5th in the most recent round of the series, the RSAC Scottish Rally in Dumfries. Robert has his own website at which is updated with the latest news pre and post event. Rally Isle of Man, which the Challenge event forms part of, takes place on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July and is the first of two tarmac rounds in the eight round championship. More information is available about the Isle of Man Challenge Rally at from which Robert’s progress may also be followed.

In early 2009 NEOVIA launched a wide range of social media approaches to engage with its customers, including blogs, business and consumer Twitter feeds and the ability to use the ShareThis™ feature to syndicate content from its blogs and websites to dozens of social networking sites, including Facebook, Linkedin, WindowsLive, and MySpace.’s sponsorship of Robert Fagg features on the NETELLER blog, with interviews and rally-by-rally updates being provided on the blog and via the site’s Twitter feed. The NETELLER Twitter feed also provides relevant news, promotions and updates regarding the e-wallet and the Net+ Card.
Additionally NEOVIA also provides business/corporate RSS and Twitter feeds that focus on payment industry news, as well as relevant press releases from NEOVIA.
Dan Starr, Executive Vice President of NEOVIA, commented “We’re proud to be sponsoring Rob and to promote his endeavours to our customers. We are keen to ensure our customers are kept up to speed with developments in our business, product offering and good news. The latest social networking developments, such as Twitter and blogging, provide an excellent way to link with our customers in the way we know best – online.”

22 June 2009

Net+ Card Wins Top Accolade at Cards & Payments Europe 2009 Awards

Monday, 22 June 2009 – NEOVIA Financial Plc (NEO.L), the independent online payments business, and Conister Trust are pleased to announce that their Net+ Prepaid MasterCard has won the Best New Prepaid Card Product Launch.

The Net+ Prepaid MasterCard has been voted the best new prepaid card at the prestigious Cards & Payments Europe 2009 Awards, organised by Cards International and Electronic Payments International, against tough competition from the PayPal Top-Up Card and the M-Cube/Ryanair co-branded prepaid card programme.

The Cards & Payments Europe Awards, which are open to UK and international payment card issuers and acquirers, recognise best practice in the card payment industry. The Card & Payments Europe Awards are part of Europe’s leading cards and payments conference and expo held in Prague on 18/19 June 2009.

To qualify, the card had to have significant features, marketing strategies or programmes, be new to the issuer, market or both, and have acquired a significant number of new accounts in the six months following its launch. The winners are chosen by an independent judging panel, which comprises representatives from the payment card organisations and industry commentators and experts from across the globe.

The Net+ Prepaid MasterCard, issued by Conister Trust Limited and launched in October 2008, incorporates chip and PIN technology, allows cardholders to instantly access funds from a NETELLER e-wallet account at over 26 million retail point of sale locations and 1 million ATMs worldwide. The virtual version of the card offers a secure way to shop and pay online with one-time usage card numbers.

The award was made to NEOVIA and Conister Trust Limited, the issuer of the Net+ Card, at The Cards & Payments Europe 2009 Awards ceremony in Prague on 18 June 2009.

Simon Hull, Managing Director of Conister Trust Limited, said “This award recognises the leading capabilities of the Net+ Card, and we are delighted to be working with NEOVIA to bring such an innovative product to the market. The Net+ Card is the first time an e-wallet has been used to load both virtual and physical cards.”

Dan Starr, Executive President of NEOVIA, commented “We are delighted that the Net+ Card has been recognised as the best new prepaid card by industry experts at The Card Awards. The Card has been a success for our existing e-wallet customers, giving them flexibility and security over payouts, and to our merchants, the cards have demonstrated they can add to customer lifetime value as part of the NEOVIA Payment Suite.”

11 May 2009

Neovia Annual Report

Friday, 8 May 2009 – NEOVIA Financial Plc (LSE: NEO), the independent global online payments business, advises that it has published its 2008 annual report and that copies have been posted to the Company’s shareholders together with a Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM).  The AGM is convened to be held at 11.30 a.m. on 17 June 2009 at the Claremont Hotel, Douglas, Isle of Man.
Pursuant to Rule 20 of the AIM Rules, a copy of the annual report (containing the Notice of AGM) is also available on the Group’s website at the following address

About NEOVIA Financial Plc

Trusted by consumers and merchants in over 160 countries to move and manage billions of dollars each year, NEOVIA Financial Plc operates the world's leading independent online payments business. Through its Payment Suite, featuring NETELLER®, NETBANX®, Net+and 1-PAY brands, NEOVIA specialises in providing innovative and instant payment services where money transfer is difficult or risky due to identity, trust, currency exchange, or distance. Being independent has allowed NEOVIA to support thousands of retailers and merchants in many geographies and across multiple industries.
Subsidiary company NETELLER (UK) Limited is authorised by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to operate as a regulated e-money issuer. For more information about NEOVIA Financial visit

Media and Investor Contacts

NEOVIA's media relations are managed by McEntegart Marketing. Contact them through the Media Relations Contact page. NEOVIA investor relations are managed by Citigate Dewe Rogerson. Contact them through the Investor Relations Contact page.

10 March 2009

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Full Tilt Poker offers such online poker games as Texas Hold 'em Poker, Omaha Poker, Omaha Poker 8/Better, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud 8/Better, Razz, Poker Tournaments, Sit and Go Tournaments, and so much more. This variety of games will definitely not leave any poker player unsatisfied.

Besides, there are many professional and well known poker players who make up Full Tilt Poker team. You can play with the, learn from them and improve your skills level. More than sixty five best poker players in the world are available at Full Tilt Poker to chat and play. Do not miss this fantastic opportunity!

Full Tilt Poker provides twenty four seven hours a day, seven days a week support for its players. If there is something you need to ask, do not hesitate and contact Full Tilt Poker customer service representatives who are always there to help you. Full Tilt Poker is all about responsible gaming experience. There is no way any underage players can play at Full Tilt Poker and use Full Tilt Poker software. This poker hall does its best to ensure you safe transactions of your payments and won money. There are some site rules that ensure that. Also, every player's account is protected by the latest encryption technology.

With Full Tilt Poker you will never get bored. First of all, you get a 100% deposit bonus after you sign up if you deposit less than $600. Then, there are always different events happening on Full Tilt Poker such as Series 2009, free roll tournaments, and Big Money Sundays. There are so much more other great promotions offered by Full Tilt Poker. 

During Happy Hour you can earn Full Tilt Poker points three times faster than usually. You can refer Full Tilt Poker to your friends and earn $100 for sign up. What about famous The Doubles? Playing in the daily Double Tournaments a player can win a share of the night's progressive jackpot.

If you really liked that all, but are not sure of your poker skills, you can join Full Tilt Poker Academy and get started!

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09 March 2009

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22 February 2009

Become A Poker Expert at Million Dollar Poker Club

The Million Dollar Poker Club is dedicated to training winners and helping you take your poker skills to the next level. In order to win more money, you have to improve your game. To be sure you are moving in the right direction it’s a good idea to have an experienced professional sitting next to you giving you advice. How you use those words of wisdom is entirely up to you but there is no doubt that you can put it to good use where it counts – in your chip stack.

Bringing serious students of the game together with experienced and proven poker coaches is one of their most valuable tools in helping you to achieve your goals. They developed a Club Room where you can chat with other players, compare tactics and get tips for those difficult decision-making-situations. You can also put questions directly to, and more importantly get informed answers from, their seasoned Poker Coaches.

Getting coached by winners is the fastest way to improve your poker play. Their poker coaches will tell you what you are doing right, and where you are going wrong. They can help you hone your skills to read the cards and read your opponents to your advantage – in short they will teach you to think like a champion.

Their coaches know how to teach poker and bring out the best in each poker student. They all have excellent track records in tournaments and have proven skills in poker coaching.

The Million Dollar Poker Club gives you exclusive poker advice and training. Throughout the year they will also offer you the chance to go to training camps in Europe, Vegas and the Caribbean and benefit from live class room and private coaching one-on-one with WSOP champions. All the information you need to win more is right here. They have some of the finest Poker Coaches on the circuit working with them. They are committed to making you a better player and enabling you to win more money at the Million Dollar Poker Club.

15 February 2009

Play with Poker Pro Liz Lieu

Sign up and play with Liz Lieu, the poker divaLiz Lieu (born August 2, 1974 in Vietnam) is a Vietnamese professional poker player.

Lieu was primarily a limit Texas hold 'em cash games player for a number of years, before embracing tournament play at the 2005 World Series of Poker. When John Phan encouraged her to enter the $1500 no-limit hold'em event, she ended up in fifth place with over $168,000 in prize money. She went on to place 12th in the $5000 no-limit hold'em event the same year and cashed in the $3000 tournament as well.

The next stop was the Bellagio's 2005 Festa Al Lago tournament, where she placed fourth in the $2500 no limit hold'em event and 16th in two other top tournaments in the series, taking home more than $80,000 for less than a week's worth of work. She went on to finish in the top ten spots at the World Poker Finals, Five Diamond World Poker Classic, and the Gold Strike World Poker Open.

Lieu's first tournament win came at the 2006 L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce Casino, where she won the $1000 limit hold'em event. Her second tournament win came when she won the same event in 2007.

In 2006, Lieu was honored by the WSOP and ESPN as a "Final Table Grand Marshall" along with Johnny Chan.

Back in September 2007 Lieu signed an exclusive partnership with Chilipoker and acts as an Ambassador for the poker room.

As of 2008, Lieu has earned over $690,000 in live tournament play.

Improve your game with Liz Lieu, Try out the poker school and win

14 February 2009

Double Your Money Just for Signing Up

Full Tilt Poker is endorsed by the biggest pros, so it only makes sense that they offer the biggest sign-up bonus. That's why they match your first deposit up to $600. This is one of the most generous sign-up bonus anywhere online. Simply start playing at any of their real-money games, Sit &Gos, or tournaments, and you'll start earning Full Tilt Points right away.

As your points total grows, they put cash in your account. It's that simple. Plus, you get to keep the points! These points can be used to get the same Full Tilt Gear our pros wear every day. Or, you can use those points to enter valuable Freeroll tournaments. Play more; earn more - all the way up to $600.

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13 February 2009

European Poker Tour

The European Poker Tour, the EPT, has fast established itself as one of the largest televised Poker series in the world. At Gnuf you can bridge the gap between your PC and the EPT and play in Season 5 of Europe’s hottest Poker event.


  • The EPT is a series of major European poker tournaments
  • Satellite & Buy-in are entries accepted at all levels
  • Live TV-coverage available on major European networks

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Keep checking their promotions section to see what’s going on at the poker tables right now.

About the EPT

The European Poker Tour, the EPT, dealt its first hand in 2004. With the spectacular interest of games like Texas Holdem, the tour was an eminent success. After its first season, the EPT had already positioned itself as the premier host for major league European poker.

Today, the EPT is considered as one of the world’s most prestigious tours alongside the World Poker Tour. And with rising pots & prizes, Season 4 is looking particularly fierce.

The EPT attracts the absolute cream of card players and this year’s tour is likely to set an all-time high in EPT winnings.

Poker Tip: Pot Equity

Whenever players are ahead in a hand, they think that it’s their right to win. After a session, they’ll often report their results as follows: “I was down $200, but I really should be up $500 because of the bad beats I took.” Unfortunately, this thinking is misleading, because it fails to take into account the very real probability of losing the hand. Remember, poker is a game of giving yourself in edges, and very rarely are those edges absolutes. (But as long as you are actually giving yourself edges, you will come out ahead in the proverbial long-run)

What is Pot Equity?

Pot equity is the percentage of the pot you expect to win in the long run. If you subtract your investment in a pot from your pot equity, then pot equity becomes just another way of expressing expected value. But having many ways of thinking about expected value is helpful both for understanding it and calculating it easily.

Suppose you’re playing in a no-limit hold’em game with blinds of $1 and $2. One opponent limps, you raise to $10 with AA, and someone behind you goes all-in to $50. The blinds fold as well as the initial preflop limper. You call, and you find that your A♥A♦ is facing K♦K♠ for a $105 pot (let’s assume $2 rake, meaning that the pot is actually $103). You’ll win about 81.71% of the time and tie about .46% of the time. Your equity is (.8194)($103) = $83.90. The percentage, .8194, is obtained by taking your winning percentage and adding half of your tying percentage (because when you tie, you only get half of the pot).

Short Term Variance; Long-Term Results

Your goal is poker is to make decisions yielding a positive expected value. Another way of saying this is that you need to think of the process rather than the results, and you need to think of the process in an honest light.

If you think of your results in terms of “should haves,” you’re in the habit of overestimating your expected profit, and if you overestimate your profit, you’ll seldom reach your expectations every session, meaning that poker will be a very frustrating experience for you–one of the worst feelings in life is repeatedly failing to match expectations. Instead of thinking in terms of “should haves,” begin thinking about your poker in terms of pot equity. At the end of the day, you’ll be a much more sane, and a much more happier player, and a much more analytic player. Poker is supposed to be fun, so respect and enjoy the process!

By Tony Guerrera