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August 6, 2005
rooms: Gambling911 helps players make informed decisions
With the addition of online poker expert and tournament player
Bones McCoy, Gambling911.com now becomes a force in helping players
choose the right poker room.
Miami Beach, Florida, (PRWEB) August 5, 2005 -- With so many
online poker rooms popping up all over the net these days, Gambling911.com
has responded to the needs of an ever growing poker playing population
by enlisting the services of one Bones McCoy.
And just who is Bones McCoy you might be asking yourself?
"I am a self-proclaimed online
poker junkie," McCoy, Gambling911.com's latest acquisition
to its writing staff, explained. "I literally play in various
online poker rooms
at least 8 hours a day, often much longer than that."
McCoy left his day job (or in his case, a night job as a waiter)
to pursue his internet poker playing dreams on a full time basis.
Like many of this year's World Series of Poker entrants (some
5000 plus), Bones McCoy has aspirations of becoming a professional
poker player and vying for the millions of dollars in prize money.
"I do well in tournaments," McCoy confessed. "I
study each online poker room with the same fervor as I do the
players I'm competing with."
McCoy's experience helped make him an excellent candidate to
assume the position of Lead Poker Writer for Gambling911.com (www.gambling911.com),
a popular online gambling portal recently mentioned in The Wall
"I was so elated when they (Gambling911) approached me about
this position," said McCoy. "This is a dream come true
Just two years ago, McCoy probably couldn't even tell you what
cards appeared in a deck. Like many of today's professionals,
McCoy is self-taught and a quick learner, which just goes to show
that anybody can start playing poker and enjoy tremendous success
in a very short period of time.
In addition to providing readers of the web site with tips and
strategies related to online poker games, McCoy will also be writing
reviews on many of the web's leading poker rooms.
His latest review is likely to turn many poker
players onto what some might consider an "obscure"
online poker room.
"Sports Interaction (www.sportsinteraction.com) is well
known among sports bettors but I had no idea they even featured
a poker room until Gambling911.com asked me to review them,"
McCoy said. "Let me just say, “WOW”! For being
a relatively smaller site, (1-2,000 active players) I was impressed
with everything. I would bet that the owner is a poker player."
While much of the public remains infatuated with the big name
online poker rooms like PartyPoker, PacificPoker and PokerStars,
McCoy believes that the "little guy" and those linked
to larger online sports betting ventures will eventually make
"Most poker sites
aren’t user friendly like SIA. They cater to every type
of poker player. You get to choose your character type, you can
be a baseball player, evening gown girl, tuxedo guy, pimp, body
guard, a cowboy, and several more (I’m the Pimp, obviously)
and they are voice animated. They have a nice variety of ring
table games; limit, pot limit, no limit Texas
Hold ‘Em, limit, pot limit Omaha,
limit and pot limit Omaha
hi/low with blinds as low as $.01/$.02 up to $10/$20."
McCoy recently stumbled upon a Gambling911.com sponsor whose
poker room was not
up to par. The sportsbook that manages this poker room has asked
McCoy to assist them in implementing the necessary improvements
to make them more competitive and customer-focused.
"I am more than happy to help out. It is my personal opinion
that there will never be too many poker rooms for a serious player
Gambling911.com already has plans to exhibit at next year's World
Series of Poker. Plans to produce regularly scheduled "online
poker nights" with Gambling911.com's sexy sailor-mouthed
reporter, Jenny Woo, have been placed on the back burner for the
time being however.
"Jenny (Woo) needs to hone her poker skills a little more,"
explained Gambling911.com Founder and President, Christopher Costigan.
"We are hopeful that "Jenny Woo Poker Night" will
eventually get off the ground but for the time being, Gambling911
is focusing more heavily on providing extensive poker coverage
and competing with - or otherwise working with - already established
websites and publications operating in this sector."
Costigan pointed out that his company enjoys a solid relationship
with Bluff Magazine and its founder, Eric Morris.
"We see Bluff Magazine as the current leader among a whole
slew of poker magazines
that have come out in the last year or so. Bluff regularly provides
us with interesting content while Gambling911.com does its best
to drive new subscribers their way. During the World Series of
Poker, Bluff Magazine
utilized our own Jenny Woo to welcome guests at their booth."
Proof that Gambling911.com is starting to be viewed as a key
player in the extremely lucrative online poker market: two prominent
poker rooms have recently entered into advertising deals with
the web site.
"You can't ask for a better sponsor than legendary poker
player Doyle Brunson's very own poker room," Costigan said.
"We were thrilled to bring on www.doylesroom.com last month."
And this month, Gambling911.com brings on a relatively new name
to the world of online
"The folks behind IGotPoker.com have been key players in
the online gambling industry for many years. We are confident
that this heavily financed brand will become a power house in
Over the next few months, Gambling911.com will pursue other poker
writers, primarily on a syndication basis. The web site also plans
to focus on the celebrity interest in poker.
"We are already in the process of lining up interviews with
so-called "poker celebrities" - and there are a lot
of them out there," Costigan stated. "No other media
outlet covered the World Series of Poker celebrity parties the
way we at Gambling911.com did and that trend will continue."
As for the online poker
rooms themselves, Costigan admits that newer ventures like
Doyle's Room and IGot Poker will initially have a tough time competing
with the more established powerhouses like PartyPoker, many of
which have already begun trading publicly on the London Stock
Exchange. But he also sees significant potential with these underdogs.
"What our resident poker expert, Bones McCoy, is discovering
is that poker rooms the likes of Doyles, Sports Interaction and
IGot Poker are more focused on the players needs and offer a wealth
of options that the larger poker sites do not. We might not see
a changing of the guard right away, but we will see these newer
poker rooms gain a significant market share over the next two
And while a lot of pundits refer to the current poker
craze as nothing more than a "fad" similar to that of
the Cabbage Patch Doll frenzy in late 80's, Gambling911.com sees
no end to poker's popularity.
"Those who think that poker will go the way of the dinosaurs
in two or three years have probably never played the game,"
laughed Bones McCoy. "As a serious poker
player, I can tell you right now, unless I get hit in the
head with a rock and develop amnesia, there is no way I'm losing
interest in poker."
Gambling911.com is recognized as the worldwide leader in online
gambling and sports betting information. As a portal begun
in 2000 dedicated exclusively to covering internet
gambling, Gambling911.com has since expanded into various
other arenas that have led to a tremendous surge in readership
over the past year. Gambling911.com provides all the latest news
related to online poker rooms. Gambling911.com has been mentioned
in the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, The Las Vegas Sun,
The Hartford Courant, Fox 6 Milwaukee and many more fine media
All media inquiries should be directed to Christopher Costigan
For more information visit www.gambling911.com
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