Prima time Thursday...

Thursdays may be Prime Time Thursday (and the hottest night for weeknight tv from an advertising standpoint) on television, but in the poker world... or at least our poker world, for that matter, its still the hottest night in poker, but better called Prima Time Thursday. Our CheckRayz Leaderboard Tour heads back to River Belle Poker for the second of our three River Belle events this month. If last week was any indication of the awesome level of play present on our tour, three of the top four on our leaderboard all made the finals table. In a dramatic finish, your's truely kept punching until the bell and ended up landing a lucky knockout blow against head of Shark Poker Tour Security Bornsupreme. If memory serves me correct, he and I dramatically raised and reraised one another, ending up allin preflop. I had 8's in the hole to his 9's. I did not spike trips, however, I did manage to get four diamonds on the board to land the lucky haymaker and take the win. This was not the way I wanted victory, but its in the history books now, nothing more can be done. Though, I suspect born will be looking for some revenge tonight, so I'll take the automatic table change upon sighting.

I've faired rather well at the prima tourneys. I think this is due to the blinds structure and starting chip stack. I tend to play tighter than most, regarding the amount of flops I participate in. This allows me to be patient and wait for my game to come to me, rather than going to it.

Look for a leaderboard update tommorrow, and in addition to the friday night mailbag, I'll be announcing the details for a CheckRayz promotional arrangement. While you're waiting, download pokertracker and use it to evaluate your play. Load hands or play through, loading on the way and take a look at your game.

And finally, tying television and prima (River Belle, specifically) together, please find the reprint from a River Belle press release regarding Poker Night In Canada.

River Belle Gives Poker Players the Opportunity to Become TV Stars

Program to Air on CGTV Nightly from 11pm - 1am EST

Gibraltar, February 8, 2006 - River Belle, one of the most recognized and trusted online entertainment brands in the world, announced today that it brings exciting poker activities to poker enthusiasts in Canada through Poker Night Live Canada. The program will be broadcast daily by CGTV, a Canadian cable channel specializing in gaming entertainment, on Rogers Digital Cable channel 228. During Thursday and Saturday broadcasts, players will compete on the River Belle branded playing felt.
Riding on the success of the UK version, Poker Night Live will televise a virtual poker table with participating online players. Commentary will be provided by two avid poker players with tournament experience. The broadcast allows viewers the opportunity to watch how online poker is played while practicing their skills. Additionally, Canadian poker players now have a live platform to exhibit their poker talent through Poker Night Live Canada and River Belle - the "TV Tables" can be accessed through the River Belle Online Poker software, which is available to download at Riverbelle.com.
River Belle recently launched a new and innovative online poker room complete with Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Low, 5-Card Stud and 7-Card Stud, all available with a wide range of table limits. River Belle Online Poker provides players the unique opportunity to create their own private tables and replicate weekly poker nights with good friends at any time. Features also allow players to pre-select their seats, locate a specific player, or search for their favorite table. More advanced players can play at ten tables at once while watching each game via the "Mini View" feature. River Belle Online Poker also offers free poker school for learning the skills and rules of each game.

"Poker Night Live will give online players the rare opportunity to showcase their poker skills on live television," said Tim Johnson, Chairman of Carmen Media Group, owners of Belle Rock Entertainment. "River Belle is the ultimate entertainment portal and we are very excited to share it with the Canadian market."

About River Belle

River Belle is the fastest growing online entertainment brand in the Belle Rock Entertainment group, which is owned by Carmen Media Group Limited based in Gibraltar. River Belle Online Casino, River Belle Online Poker and River Belle Multiplayer Casino make up the successful River Belle portfolio accommodating thousands of players every day. Part of the Prima Poker Network - a global card room network where players from different card rooms play against each other, River Belle Online Poker is designed to bring players the ultimate poker experience. Incorporating state-of-the-art software powered by Microgaming and rich interface features, River Belle brings the best online games to life. As the most trusted name in online gaming, River Belle continues to set the standard in fair play, transparency initiatives and the promotion of responsible gaming.