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'LTE with new shoes': Industry bod points a judgy finger at the US and Korea's 5G fakery

The Register - Mon, 2019-04-15 08:02
Wait till you see the real thing

A leading industry figure has dismissed 5G "launches" in Korea and the United States as "LTE with new shoes".…

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A quick cup of coffee leaves production manager in fits and cleaner in tears

The Register - Mon, 2019-04-15 07:10
Lockable doors on the server room? That's for losers

Who, Me? Hilarious mishaps! Get your hilarious mishaps! That's right, it's the delectable Who, Me? come again to tickle your tech error taste buds.…

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2019 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Day 1B: Guarantee Crushed as Shawn Nguyen Takes Overall Lead

Poker News Daily - Sun, 2019-04-14 19:40

Day 1B at the World Poker Tour’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was everything that it was billed to be. The players once again came out to utterly crush the $3 million guaranteed prize pool as 648 entries hit the tables. By the time the final hands were dealt on Saturday night, Shawn Nguyen had emerged as the Day 1B and overall leader heading to Sunday’s action.

Stunning Hand Opens the Day

The day started a bit slower on Saturday than it had 24 hours previously. “Only” 130 players were entered on the tournament clock when the “shuffle up and deal” call went out, but the numbers would ramp up from that point. Those that decided to wait until later in the day to register for the event (or come back for a second shot) would miss out on a historically memorable hand that people might be able to say they will never see again.

Barely an hour into the day’s proceedings, a hand occurred that was, without a doubt, one of the most memorable for those involved if not for any poker fan. After a raise from under the gun to 400 (with the blinds at 100/100), Irfan Siddiqui put out a three-bet of 1600 from the plus one. It folded around to the cutoff before Bob Mather made the 1600 call.

The action wasn’t done yet. Henry Tran, on the button, decided to FOUR-bet the action to 6600, which was enough to get the blinds out of the way. The original raiser simply called the bet from Tran, but that wasn’t enough for Siddiqui. He would push out his stack for his tournament life – remember, this was only one hour into the day’s action – putting his remaining 50K in the center. Mather sat for several moments before he, too, announced that he was all in for less than Siddiqui’s bet. Tran grumbled but tossed his cards to the center before the original raiser opted to get out of the way by open folding his pocket Queens.

What do you think the hands were? If you’ll remember an old strategy piece here on Poker News Daily, you probably figured out that the hands were these:

Siddiqui: pocket Aces
Mather: pocket Kings

Making the hand even more intriguing – remember, the original raiser mucked pocket Queens face up – the big blind commented that, with all the action in front of her, she knew her pocket sixes weren’t good and Tran said that, once the all-ins started flying, he knew his pocket fours were toast. That’s right…FIVE pocket pairs in one hand.

An Ace in the window was exactly what Siddiqui was looking for and, once a seven peeled off on the turn, Mather was drawing dead. The nearly 120K pot was pushed to Siddiqui as Mather headed to the rail.

Third Largest SHRPS in History

About the only drama after the five pocket pairs hand was just how large the field size was going to be for the 2019 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. By the time Level 9 began, the players had that information.

648 entries were racked up on Saturday which, along with the 712 that came out on Friday for action, meant the total size of the field was 1360 entries. This beat last year’s 1309 entry field and was the best since 2015, when the tournament drew in 1476 entries, and 2014, when the record was set with 1795 entries (prior to 2014, the tournament was a freezeout event instead of a re-entry tournament). As the third largest Poker Showdown in history, the prize pool settled in at $4,352,000 million, of which 170 players would partake. The winner, of course, will walk away with the lion’s share of the pool, $715,175, and the seat to the 2019 WPT Tournament of Champions.

At the end of the Day 1B action, Shawn Nguyen emerged not only as the leader of the Saturday flight but of the tournament overall, racking up 319,500 in chips:

1.Shawn Nguyen, 319,500
2. Aman Singh, 293,000
3. Sam Soverel, 288,500
4. Ubaid Habib, 276,000
5. A. J. Gambino, 261,000
6. John Miller, 247,500
7. Christopher Brown, 237,000
8. Jim Crouch, 235,500
9. Nizar Dajani, 227,000
10. Jorge Martinez, 219,500

Overall the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown leaderboard looks like this:

1.Shawn Nguyen, 319,500
2. Davian Santana, 318,000
3. Frank Russo, 304,000
4. Aman Singh, 293,000
5. Sam Soverel, 288,500
6. Paul Snead, 276,500
(tie) Javier Zarco, 276,500
8. Ubaid Habib, 276,000
9. A. J. Gambino, 261,000
10. Dan Chalifour, 257,000

Day 2 is underway right now as the 524 players left in the tournament come together for the first time. The plan for WPT and Seminole Hard Rock officials is to work down as close as possible to the money as they can in ten, 60-minute levels. Tuesday will be the day the final table is determined, with that final table set to be played out in Las Vegas at the HyperX eSports Arena on May 30 as one of the “delayed” final tables for the WPT.

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Watch Toyota's massive basketball robot shoot a hoop, and read up on how you should think about AI and, erm, Jesus

The Register - Sun, 2019-04-14 11:12
Also, Axon, the massive policy body cam org are pursuing facial recognition after all

Roundup Another week has passed in the AI world, with military shenanigans, US government regulation and new chips from Qualcomm. Here's the best of the rest.…

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Caesars Entertainment Allegedly for Sale…Again

Poker News Daily - Sun, 2019-04-14 04:31

Over the past decade or so, there have been many rumors regarding the future of Caesars Entertainment. Even after the company, then known as Harrah’s, purchased the World Series of Poker back in 2004, there was some thought that the company would be sold and the WSOP would be either sold as a separate entity or ended altogether. Although none of those things has happened, there are new rumors regarding the future of Caesars Entertainment which portend of its sale once again.

Where There’s Smoke…

According to reports from several media outlets, Caesars Entertainment is supposedly on the auction block, with two powerful entities actually tying their names to the potential sale. According to Josh Kosman of the New York Post, Carl Icahn, who currently owns 28.5% of the casino conglomerate and is the largest shareholder in the company, has battled with others in the organization for a sale and/or bringing in another partner to invest. Kosman reports that Eldorado Resorts, the owners of the Tropicana in Atlantic City, have had a cursory look at the financial records, but another player may be entering the game.

Tilman Fertitta, the owner of the Houston Rockets and the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas and the cousin of Station Casinos owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, has been granted access to the financial records of the company. This is a big move, according to Kosman, because Fertitta was denied access to this same information in late 2018. Caesars, however, declined to make any comments for Kosman or other news outlets.

How Much is at Stake?

To say that there are some intricate financials to go through would be an understatement. Caesars Entertainment is valued at $5.6 billion through its stock holdings on the NASDAQ exchange, but there is roughly $18 billion in debt that the company has built up. It’s resulting valuation of $23.6 billion, therefore, would give even the deepest pocketed billionaire a moment’s pause before jumping in.

Fertitta isn’t one to jump in without knowing all the angles. Fertitta purchased the Houston NBA franchise in 2017 for $2.2 billion and already owned the five Golden Nugget properties across the States of America. His net worth is estimated at $4.9 billion by Forbes Magazine, placing him at #394 in their annual list of the top billionaires in the world and at #158 in 2018 in Forbes’ ranking of the richest people in the States of America.

What About the WSOP?

While these billionaires aren’t asking this question, there’s tens of thousands of poker players that might be. The plans are already in place to have the 50th celebration of the game of poker at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas beginning next month, but a sale of the company – or a move by the company to eliminate some properties – could put the future of the WSOP in a tenuous spot. The Rio, due to its off-Strip location, has long been a thorn in the side of Caesars Entertainment (and was during its days under Harrah’s ownership) and there are some rumblings that the property could be sold and/or demolished to help the balance sheet.

If the Rio were to be sold/demolished, would Caesars move the biggest game in poker to another casino? Caesars Palace would be a logical choice, but the venerable series could also be sold to another entity. If this were to occur, what changes would take place, or would the WSOP even continue?

Before Panic Sets In…

This isn’t the first time that reports of Harrah’s, Caesars Entertainment, the Rio or the WSOP have been bandied about.

In 2013, the stories were passed around the poker community about how PokerStars, looking for access to the newly-opened Nevada online poker industry, was going to buy the Rio to have access to a gaming license in the state. The rumors turned out to be true, but PokerStars didn’t go through with the deal and instead concentrated on moving into the New Jersey market.

In 2014, the late Robin Leach actually stated that “a major off-Strip hotel” had been sold for a reported $400 million. While many believed that the property in question was the Rio, Caesars never commented on Leach’s statement and still owns the home of the WSOP. It is also noteworthy that no “off-Strip” property turned out to switch hands despite Leach’s reporting. The rumors that are abounding could be just that…rumors. But when billionaires are looking at shuffling their money to make more – and when those names can be put on the deals – then it might be time to look closer at the rumors and determine whether they are true or not. ior

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2019 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Day 1A: Monstrous Field for Day 1A, Davian Santana Leads

Poker News Daily - Sat, 2019-04-13 15:08

Only three events are left in the World Poker Tour’s Season XVII schedule and their stop in Florida is so far a big one. The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood, FL, kicked off the first of two-Day Ones with a monstrous field that saw Davian Santana come out on top by the close of the day.

Players Ready for Action

With unlimited $3500 entries and being one of the last three events on the WPT schedule, there was expected to be a throng come out even thought it was a Day 1A. Out of the gate, 215 players were on the tables and, even though they started with 40K in chips each, the numbers ramped up quickly. With eight levels of unlimited re-entry (and late entry), just how high the final count would be was eagerly anticipated.

While the tote board went skyward, the players set about sending their chip stacks skyward. WPT champion David ‘ODB’ Baker and Kelly Minkin had some early success, but Tristan Wade and Phil Hui saw their chip stacks cut in half only 30 minutes into action. Former WPT champion Mohsin Charania was an early leader in cracking the 50K mark, however, forcing an opponent off a pot with a river bet on a J-10-3-4-Q board (his opponent felt he had a Jack or ten).

Coming back for action at Level 3, the tournament clock read 392 entries and players were still flooding into the Seminole Hard Rock tournament arena. Wade was able to rebuild from his slow start, cracking the 80K mark in chips, but he was significantly behind Brent Roberts’ 111K chip stack. Baker and Minkin, however, struggled to get past their early success as they stayed around the starting chip mark.

Halfway Mark Brings over 500 Entries

By the time the halfway mark of the day was at hand – Level 5 – there were 529 entries on the tournament clock and there was no sign of a slowdown coming. The guaranteed $3 million prize pool was certainly one of the draws for many in the field, but the last chance on the East Coast for players to reach the WPT Tournament of Champions also may have had an impact. Add in the potential for players from Day 1A to re-enter on Day 1B and WPT and Seminole Hard Rock officials had to be impressed with the outpouring of players.

Defending Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen did not get off to a good start for his stay in Florida. On a 10-6-3-7 board, Foxen and Wade would get involved in a hand that featured a pot of over 40K on the turn. A river eight saw Wade move all in for his final 90K in chips and Foxen, with only about 40K, pondered his situation for some time before making the call. Foxen would turn up his pocket Queens, but his ladies were clipped on the river by Wade’s pocket nines for the rivered straight and Foxen’s elimination.

Foxen would have plenty of company by the end of the day. Ubaid Habib, Tony Sinishtaj, Lily Kiletto, Erik Seidel, Maria Ho and Eric Baldwin would all touch the felt by the end of the day, while the tournament clock showed that 712 entries had been received and 279 players from that field would continue on to Day 2 on Sunday (or sacrifice their stack and come back on Saturday for Day 1B). When the chips were counted, it was local player Davian Santana who came out on top of the chip counts:

1.Davian Santana, 318,000
2. Frank Russo, 304,000
3. Paul Snead, 276,500
4. Javier Zarco, (tied)
5. Dan Chalifour, 257,000
6. Tyler Patterson, 248,500
7. Samuel Bernabeu, 239,000
8. Phil Hui, 234,000
9. Cliff Josephy, 228,500
10. Lisa Teebagy, 227,000

Bubbling under the Top Ten are such notables as Asher Coniff (224,500), Baker (206,500), Mukul Pahuja (196,000), Faraz Jaka (195,500), and Minkin (168,000). Day 1B will kick off at 11AM and, seeing the numbers that came out for Day 1A, there is a chance this could be one of the largest WPT events in history by entries. The $3 million guarantee is easily within sight and, if there are at least 600 entries on Saturday, the record will be cracked for the largest WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in the event’s history. Just how many will come? We’ll know the story by the time that Day 1B ends later Saturday just how big the tournament will be.

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IE under fire, Triton goes under the microscope, and Norsk still reeling from ransomware attack

The Register - Sat, 2019-04-13 12:23
Plus, Minnesota and North Carolina cities hit by hackers

As April hits its stride, we saw a week of Wi-Fi bugs, Assange's public eviction and King's College warnings.…

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Former Oracle software seller says company fired him because he's Hispanic

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 23:46
Lawsuit accuses database biz of racial discrimination

A former Oracle NetSuite account executive has sued the database giant claiming that he was discriminated against because he was Hispanic.…

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Is Google's new cloud gaming service scalable? Yes but it may not be affordable, warns edge-computing CEO

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 23:12
Polystream says the future of hi-def gameplay is distributed

We're doing gaming all wrong, says the CEO of UK-based Polystream, Bruce Grove, and that includes Google new cloud-based games service Stadia that was announced last month.…

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Yay, you lose weight and get rad hardened in space! Nay, your genes go awry and your brain slows down when you return to Earth!

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 22:53
NASA Twin Study explores space and Earth poop in twins

Spending your days floating in space may give you a nice break from Earth, but be warned, your body might not fully recover when you decide to come back down.…

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US-Cert alert! Thanks to a massive bug, VPN now stands for "Vigorously Pwned Nodes"

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 21:00
Multiple providers leaving storage cookies up for grabs

The US-Cert is raising alarms following the disclosure of a serious vulnerability in multiple VPN services.…

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Silk Road 2 + Dread Pirate Roberts 2 + 1 Liverpudlian = over 5 years in prison

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 20:30
Privacy activist CthulhuSec outed as head of illegal bazaar

For years, it was assumed he had escaped the Feds. But on Friday at Liverpool Crown Court, 24-year-old university dropout Thomas White pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, money laundering and possessing child abuse images and was sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in prison.…

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Amazon boss snubs 'expensive', 'sub-optimal' relational databases. Here's looking at you, Larry

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 20:23
Also in letter to shareholders, Cargo Jeff admits Echo is a bit creepy: 'A black, always-on cylinder in your kitchen...'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has used his annual shareholders letter to throw shade at legacy database rivals, saying that while no one asked for AWS, businesses were sick of lock-in and punitive licensing deals.…

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Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 19:24
Misogynists sniping at Caltech's Kate Bouman get an earful

In response to the scientific community's celebration of the publication on Wednesday of the first picture of a black hole, internet trolls painted an even darker portrait of misogyny through an effort to discredit the female postdoctoral researcher, Katie Bouman, who led the development of the imaging algorithm.…

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Hole lotta crud: Chinese stock photo pusher tries to claim copyright on Event Horizon pic

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 19:13
Issues grovelling apology, promises to fix 'weak links' in management

China's largest stock photo flinger has been forced to backtrack after it tried to put its own price tags on images of the first black hole and the Chinese flag.…

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They live: The US government is not killing its zombie servers fast enough say its auditors

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 18:23
You’ve got to aim for the head

The US government is terrible at managing data centres: five years after the Federal Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) mandated the closure or consolidation of thousands of inefficient server farms, the federal agencies are nowhere close to meeting its goals.…

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Russian parliament waves through powers for internet iron curtain

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 18:06
High potential of cutting off the nose to spite the face

The Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has voted to approve the controversial bill that would give politicians powers to isolate the country from the internet.…

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Bucharest's Bayrob boys blasted based on bogus buys, Bitcoin banditry, bound to be behind bars

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 17:00
Romanian duo catch 21 felony convictions for selling details of hacked machines on darknet

Two Romanian nationals face the prospect of years in a US prison after being convicted for their roles in a malware-based financial fraud ring.…

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While Google agonizes over military AI, IBM is happy to pick up the slack, even for the Chinese military

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 16:00
Big Blue insists it's only for good ol' fashioned research

IBM shared its controversial Diversity in Faces dataset, used to train facial recognition systems, with companies and universities directly linked to militaries and law enforcement across the world.…

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New UK counter-terror laws come into force today – watch those clicks, people. You see, terrorist propag... NOOO! Alexa ignore us!

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-12 15:06
Officer, um, we were just explaining how viewing terrorist content online's an offence

New laws came into force today that make it an offence in the UK to view terrorist material online just once.…

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