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Revolution of Online Poker

Since 2003, poker, especially Texas Hold’em, has become revolutionized in the United States. This notion can be credited to Chris Moneymaker, notice the name? If not, you’ve obviously spent some of your life living underneath a rock, or in China
Moneymaker (left) won over $2.5 Million, yes million, in 2003. Ever since his effort, more people have been picking up a deck of cards. The game of poker didn’t belong to the “Professionals” anymore, it’s now a common-mans game. That is if you have the money to play. Big tournaments can range anywhere from $500-$10,000 dollars. Be prepared to take out your wallet if you want to play, and make sure you know a little bit about the game as well.

“No casino’s are near my residence, I can’t find a game anywhere,” no problem Mr. Cliche Quotation! (luls) Online poker is how many people in the United States can gamble straight from their home! What a genius invention!!! There are a ton of online poker applications that you can choose from. “But…Mr. Sawvell…what online poker application should I play?” Shit…it’s the the damn Cliche again…

Online Poker Applications

There are several ways to start assessing on where you are going to play. The key things you have to know before you start playing online poker:
  • Does the poker client offer play or real money? Do they offer both?
  • How many people are apart of this poker community?
  • What are the bonus’s I get if I sign up?
After looking at those three keys you can start to decide what client is best for you! The “Big Three” in Poker Applications are: Full-Tilt Poker, PokerStars, & AbsolutePoker. The reason why they are the near the top, is because they meet the three credentials on above. You then should start to look at the deals that offered if you sign up to play with real money. Here is a chart you can look at to get some basic information:
poker-site-comparison.gif As you can see, Full-Tilt Poker and PokerStars are near the top. If you were to choose a client to play, I would choose one of those two.


In essence, it doesn’t really matter which of the “Big Three” poker applications you choose. Personally, I choose Full-Tilt Poker. Just because they offer bonus codes and their community is extremely big and diverse. I would recommend to do some experimentations before you commit and stick to one client. Everyone has their own preferences.





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Facebook Advertising: A Beginner’s Handbook



I’m sure you are as familiar with Facebook as the rest of the world is! Through the years, you may have noticed little advertisements on your “Home” page.  Chances are you’ve “Liked” one of these advertisements. This leads to updates of whatever you liked. Seeing several updates isn’t too bad because of Facebook’s minimalist approach render them inconsequential. That’s why it’s a small wonder why Facebook Ads Marketing has become such an effective method in promoting products and services.

Setting up a Facebook advert is very easy. Once you’ve clicked on the “Create an Ad” option normally seen on the right side bar of the page, you only have to fill up the empty fields with the corresponding information – Destination URL, Title (25 characters max), Body Text (135 characters max) and Image (optional). Of course, it goes without saying that what you put in there could make or break your business. If by chance you’re at a loss on what to do, you can refer to the ‘Design your advert FAQ’ link found on the upper right portion of the ‘Create an Ad’ page.

Ads need to have a destination URL (a website, Facebook page, or a landing page) that Facebook users can go to in order to learn more about your products and services. The title should easily give viewers an idea of what your products are about. What you write for the body text needs to be concise and direct to the point. Viewers of the ad can easily lose interest if you use too many unnecessary words. Lastly, the image of the ad should be noticeable and indicative of your products and services.

So how do you put Facebook Ads to good use? This is done by bidding on keywords that are relevant to your ad’s niche. You can choose between two methods: Cost Per Click (CPC) and Cost Per Thousand Impressions (CPM). The CPC mode charges you for every instance your ad is clicked on by any Facebook user, whereas the CPM mode does so for every 1,000 ad views. Both of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. What ever mode you choose, make sure that it corresponds to your budget and campaign goals. With the use of preferences set up by Facebook users in creating their accounts, advertisers can configure the ad’s options to target the intended demographic.

These ads are administered on a daily basis using a specific budget that you are required to provide a value for. There’s a maximum daily budget, so there’s no need to worry about overspending. Facebook users amount to 500 million, so the potential in massive customer acquisition is quite high, provided that you play your cards right.

In spending for ads, you can use a Visa, Mastercard, or a PayPal account. You also need to regularly use Facebook Insights – an online tool that allows Facebook marketers to see the proceeds of the advertising campaign and in turn, make the necessary tweaks and adjustments to steer the campaign in the right direction.

In a final analysis, success in Facebook marketing all boils down to using all the necessary tools from Facebook and being aware of the playing field.

Matthew annotti is a marketing consultant in the New York City area. To learn more about Facebook Marketing

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Guest Blog by LynnNChicago: Twitter World


Good evening lady’s and gentleman!  This week’s post is from LynnNChicago, I’ve been reading her blog for a while now and she posts wonderful material!  Read her material here! Thanks so much!  Without further ado, here is the post!
It has been just over a year since I first typed in “Twitter” to my computer’s browser to see what all the fuss was about.  Like most people, I found Ashton Kutcher and his lovely wife Demi Moore first and began following them.
The only ones follow me were marketing sites that wanted me to buy their wares, none of my friends or family was on Twitter, who has time for that?  A few had taken a look and decided it was useless with just some celebrities plugging their shows, movies or music.   I went to Twitters suggested people to follow and found it to be full of mostly celebrities doing just that!  One of the first that Twitter suggested back then was Maria Shriver, I don’t know if she’s still at the top of their list but I followed and was shocked to see that almost immediately, and Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger followed me too!  WOW, how exciting, this woman is interested in what I have to say?  Ok, I was naïve and possibly a complete idiot, I now know that she was obviously using Twitter software that automatically follows any user that follows you.
So what is Twitter and what is it good for?  Celebrities do use it to remind us to watch their shows, go see their movies and buy their wares, yes they do!   Many also use it to kiss up to one another, there are a few celebs out there who will tweet only to other celebs, it is actually pretty comical, you wonder if they have a special software program that sends an alarm if they’re about to tweet to us common folk.
A few good examples of those Twitter snobs:  Lisa Rinna, wife of LA Law’s Harry Hamlin and a past contestant on Dancing With The Stars.  You will very rarely see this woman tweet to anyone who doesn’t have celebrity status, she chats with Jenny McCarthy, Tori Spelling and Brooke Burke.  With over 60,000 followers this woman gets tweets from fans all the time but wouldn’t be caught dead tweeting to any of them.


Speaking of Brooke Burke, co-host of Dancing With The Stars has over 1.7 million followers and typically tells fans what she’s doing, picking up her children from school, eating lunch, getting her hair and makeup done for the show.  If you’re ever curious as to what this woman does with her day, there is no need to film a day in the life of Brooke Burke, she tweets it all day long.
Many Celebrities are just as addicted to twitter as the rest of us, Denise Richards, Reality star, ex-wife of Sitcom Star Charlie Sheen and mother of his two daughters are just about as addicted as one can get.  She typically only tweets to her inner circle of celebrities as well but is improving a bit by occasionally thanking fans for their compliments to her.
The celebrities like to use their photo programs for Twitter as well, we see photos of things that we really don’t need to see.  One of the more famous twitter photos is Ashton Kutchers’, he posted a photo of his wife, Demi Moore in her underwear bending over giving us a butt shot.  The photo was splashed all over the tabloids and entertainment news shows for days afterward.
Most of us follow a good deal of celebrities, every now and then a celebrity will even respond to one of us commoners and all the villagers cheer!
Another interesting thing that Twitter has changed for the entertainment industry, many of the celebrity Public Relations representatives have become celebrities in their own right.  Case in point, PR Superstar, Jonathan Cheban , he and his partner Simon Huck work with many of Bravo’s Real Housewives, The Kardashians and Nicole Richie among others.  Twitter fans will see PR people tweeting to celebrities and will actually get responses from some of the stars, bringing attention to otherwise unknown PR representatives and they get their very own following.
E! Network recently began airing a reality show featuring Cheban and Huck, I firmly believe that Twitter is partially responsible for this show and its success, provided it is successful.
Bravo TV Network celebrities are almost all Twitter users, with few exceptions it is almost as though Network Executive, Andy Cohen requires his cast to utilize both Facebook and Twitter to promote their show’s and help to allow fans to know more about these people.  The best example of major twitter use would have to be the Housewives series.  The nice thing about Cohen’s law is most of the housewives are pretty good about talking with fans and interacting by responding to questions creating more buzz for his network and allowing people to get to know the cast members.
I do have a few pet peeves about Twitter, I just can’t understand why people ask, sometimes beg people to follow them.  It is always nice to have a good amount of followers, that just takes time, there is no other way around it, you have to be patient and tweet away with fun or interesting information, followers will come.  Asking celebrities to follow you is typically a waste of time, they choose, just as everyone does, who to follow and begging them to follow you is futile at best.
If I were a celebrity, the last person I’d follow is the one that constantly tweets with requests for me to follow them.  By following a fan it allows them to send private direct messages and if a fan is going to inundate me with tweets, presumably they’re going to inundate me with direct messages if I follow them.  I believe that is how celebrities view those requests.
Another pet peeve is the occasional crazy person who asks for really crazy things from celebrities.  Concert tickets, gifts and even money have been requested by fans of celebrities on Twitter.  This, to me, is the equivalent of standing on a corner with a can begging for money.  There is no reason for these people to give away anything, let alone to strangers that they don’t know.  I actually saw one Twitterer send over 40 requests for money to 40 different celebrities claiming they lost their job and are losing their home.  I kid you not!  Just cut and paste the same request over and over and hope for the best?  I am just going to assume that the pleas were unsuccessful.
Most of us follow a good deal of celebrities, every now and then a celebrity will even respond to one of the commoners and all of Twitterville cheers!
Until Next Time…….


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South Park Begins October 6th!


South Park is the most controversial show in recent memory.  Now the show is returning for an EPIC 15h Season!  The show normally follows current events and mocks them in some way.  Most notably last year was the Tiger Woods scandal.  The show has won several critically acclaimed awards including Best TV Series.  The show has a loyal fan base and many expect it to continue that way.

The show has such an array of characters and you have to low each and every one of them.  That is if you’re a fan of the show!  The best character on the show has to be Stan’s Dad, Randy Marsh.  Randy is the parent who tries to fit in with the children while making obscene examples of what he thinks is ‘good’ parenting.

For those of you mature enough to enjoy a GREAT show.  I recomend you start watching on the 6th!



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Ouch! …That Hurts! Video’s Included!

The past week has been the debut of many Television shows.  Most notably are: Two and a Half Men, The Office, Dexter, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and The Amazing Race.

For those of you who haven’t seen ‘The Amazing Race,’ it follows teams of two people (who are somehow related) throughout the world completing various tasks.  While in London, it was their task to fire a watermelon, yes a watermelon, at a suit of armor.  Why?  …because thats good TV!


Contestant Claire made television history by taking a watermelon to the face! You do feel bad for the girl, but at the same time you can’t help but laugh.  In the picture to the right, you can see the Watermelon flying back at her face.  Here is a short video for those who want a quick laugh.  Here is the video – – the girl takes it like a champ and doesn’t even cry!

This made me think of other videos that fall into the “Ouch! …That Hurts!” category. – Young boy gets hit by a full court basketball shot (MUST SEE) – Soccer ball to face – Kid meets garbage can

What “Ouch! …That Hurts!” videos do you know?! Comment and share!

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Our Favorite Serial Killer Returns


Tomorrow is the Premiere for one of TV’s most anticipated TV Show’s – Dexter.  Before I start my post, I’m going to try and avoid any spoilers.  With last season coming to a ‘shocking’ end, everyone is wondering what will happen during this season of Dexter. That includes myself!  Tomorrow’s premiere will begin at 9 pm (Eastern) and should answer many questions that die hard fans have.

For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer for Season 5 which was shown at Comic Con, here it is: –  WARNING: DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE END OF SEASON 4!!!

This was shown at Comic Con and since the showing of the video, many people are wondering what angle the writers are going to take this season.

Hears what I can tell you.  This season will not feature a predominate antagonist.  In other words, we will not see a villain like Trinity (John Lithgow) like last season.  There will be a villain, but that will not be the main focus.  So, from my perspective, I feel as if this season will focus on Dexter and his relationship to other people.

What do you think?



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Katy Perry ‘Cut’ From Sesame Street

Hello folks!  I was browsing ABC’s website this morning and I stumbled upon an interesting video that I want to share with everyone.  In this video – Icon, Katy Perry makes her ‘debut’ on the infamous children’s show, Sesame Street.  I encourage my readers to view at least several segments of the video because it really gets you thinking about pop culture today.


After Katy Perry’s video was ‘leaked’ online before the broadcast of the Sesame Street episode, many parents were outraged of Perry’s dress.  Parents claimed she was exposing too much of herself and that her dress was too low exposing her cleavage.  Many parents were outraged and didn’t want their children to see this clip, even though its broadcasted on the internet…specifically on YouTube.

Sesame Street proclaims they removed the video based on the feedback from parents.  Yet, from the interview with “Elmo” and “Grover” (scary that I’m citing an interview with fictional puppets!), it seems they would like to have Katy back on the show.  Probably covering herself up this time.  Sesame street has been known for having celebrities make appearances on their show.  This is great for Sesame Street because it allows parents to connect to the show as well.

Seeing how this is a children’s show, I’m not shocked to see Sesame Street pull the video.  They don’t want to damage their reputation.  On the other hand, I’m a little shocked they would produce the video and have it ready to air and then decide to ‘cut’ the skit.  What do you think?

I thought I’d post several other videos of celebrities on Sesame Street because I find it quite amusing.  Hope you enjoy!


Artist and Band Member – Will.I.Am – Singing a song on Sesame Street –

Actress – Jessica Alba – Ironically defining the word “Scrumptious” 😉 –

Even the boy band – Back Street Boys – Make a music video with Elmo! –


Please post your own Sesame Street video’s of celebrities that you like!

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