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Jamie Robbins: World Series Of Poker Main Event Final Table Or Bust

Robbins Looking To Improve On 2009 11th Place Finish
by Julio Rodriguez

Jamie Robbins has been here before and he knows what it will take to make the World Series of Poker main event final table. Now he just has to actually do it.

The 38-year-old former online pro from San Diego finished 11th in 2009, securing $896,730, the biggest payday of his career. But the day was bittersweet, knowing he came so close to becoming a member of the November Nine.

“I was card dead that entire last day and then when I finally picked up a hand with 14 players left, I had my aces cracked all in preflop against James Aikenhead,” said Robbins. “I remember Antonio Esfandiari was telling the table that getting that deep was a once in a lifetime opportunity. In the back of my mind, I knew that wasn’t true. I knew I’d be back.”

Robbins has already secured $62,021, but with a near average stack, he’s looking for much, much more.

“I’m final table or bust,” he admitted. “I said that on the first day of play and I’m sticking to it. Anything short of that goal will be a major disappointment for me. The money is great, but I need to be in that final nine to considering this tournament a success.”

Other than Sam Holden and Eric Buchman, Robbins is quite possibly the most mentally prepared player still remaining in the tournament and says that his deep run in 2009 gave him invaluable experience.

“I really learned about the fatigue factor that goes along with playing a tournament of this stature,” he said. “This is the time of the event when people start to fade or make bad decisions that they never would have made on day 1. I’m just playing my game, but I’m making sure that I’m well prepared for the grind, because right now, it’s the players who make the fewest mistakes that survive the longest.”

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Jamie Robbins: World Series Of Poker Main Event Final Table Or Bust

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Gambling addicts prefer poker machines to online or sports betting

By Miles Kemp


TELL US: Is it time to get rid of pokies?

FOUR out of every five problem gamblers in South Australia are addicted to pokies – despite the growth of online and sports betting.

A profile of problem gamblers treated by the Flinders University School of Medicine shows less than 1 per cent said they had a problem gambling online but 83.9 per cent admitted to poker machine addiction.

Flinders University Professor of Psychiatry Malcolm Battersby said experts did not know why a boom in sports betting and online gambling had not yet translated to an increase in problem gamblers.

In recent months, anti-gambling advocates have switched their focus to newer forms of gambling, especially the  promotion of betting odds  during AFL games.

They have criticised the use of gambling advertisements without legal warnings at AAMI Stadium, incorporation of betting odds during the Wimbledon championship on Channel Seven, AFL coverage on Seven and rugby league coverage on  Channel Nine.

Professor Battersby said the latest figures showed that the Flinders University service treated around 800 problem gamblers in 2010-11.

They reported problems with TAB gambling (10.8 per cent), casino games (3 per cent), Keno (1.1 per cent) and lotteries, private gambling and card games (less than 1 per cent). “People have said for a long, long time: `Look out, here comes a tsunami of people with problem gambling’ because of the new forms of gambling and we have not seen that yet,” he said.

“One researcher has evidence that while problem gambling in the newer forms of gambling is increasing, we are yet to see the increase in people seeking help.

“We don’t know why is the short answer. But like all young people, perhaps those who are taking up the new forms of gambling just don’t seek help.

“Around 20,000 people have a gambling problem in total but only 2000-3000 come for help.”

Professor Battersby said researchers still expected new forms of gambling would create problems. “The average time it takes for people to come to our service for pokie gambling is five to seven years, usually when they hit rock bottom or have some major crisis in their life,” he said.

Gambling addicts prefer poker machines to online or sports betting

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