Online Pros Dominate WSOP

The axe continued to fall at the 37th World Series of Poker Sunday as the field for the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold’em championship was slashed to the last 45 players.The original field was 8,773, including thousands – the vast majority – who qualified online.They will return at noon Monday, with the remaining players again facing the chopping block at Harrah’s Rio Hotel and Casino.This year’s WSOP still is far ahead of schedule, thanks to the quick exit of scores of players after the money bubble burst earlier in the week.Only 27 players still will be alive once Monday’s action is complete.How the schedule will play out Tuesday and Wednesday, when the field is due to be cut to the Final Table of nine for Thursday play, remains to be seen.The Final Table will be shown live only on pay-per-view TV, a fact that irritates many for a variety of reasons.Cost is $24.95.Allen Cunningham (1,290,000 in chips) and Humberto Brenes (565,000) were among the 45 survivors, in 31st and 41st position respectively.Jamie Gold, who entered the day as the chip leader, continued to build his stack, which totaled 7,330,000 when play ended about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.Gold is a TV producer from Malibu who told reporters he is in the WSOP, for the first time, for the competition rather than money.”I don’t need the money,” he said, adding that the gold bracelet given all WSOP event winners was his main motivation.The WSOP champion will earn $12 million and the runnerup more than $6 million.Rounding out the Top 5 chip leaders were Erik Friberg, 5,590,000; William Thorsson, 3,545,000; Rhett Butler (no kidding), 3,210,000; and Kevin Aaronson, 3,190,000.”It’s going to be another unknown,” predicted one writer from “Card Player” magazine.Women’s hopes again were thwarted as high-profile Annie Duke busted out in 58th, walking off with $51,129.Defending champion Joe Hachem of Australia, who won $7.4 million in 2005, was eliminated Saturday.Harrah’s continued to go to great lengths to separate itself from myriad Web sites that qualified the majority of the WSOP seats.A front page story in the Sunday Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest newspaper, detailed efforts of the gaming giant, which last week e-mailed reporters reminding them that no one is permitted to wear Web site logos on their apparel.The second of a half-dozen No-Limit events being held concurrently with the World Series was ongoing in another part of the Amazon Room, giving players eliminated from the main event added opportunities to claim a bracelet.The WSOP began June 25.

Testing Video Games For Cash

Playing video games for a living is a dream come true for some. Playing video games for a living and getting paid for it, is not just a dream, but a reality. Imagine testing video games for cash. Take two minutes to just sit aside and think about it. If you play video games now, just for fun, why not get paid for it?Video game testing is a very large, and growing, industry and should NOT be passed up by anyone. Many things are included when becoming a video game tester. Not only do you get to test video games, but you get to do things other people would never be able, or allowed, to do. Wanna know what exactly I am talking about? Well listen up. When joining the industry you get to take part in some video game beta testing. Don’t understand me? Well, that means the game is done, but it still needs to tweak out some things. So companies will pay you to do that. Do you know anyone who can play a video game before it is released into the world……..I didn’t think so. That is an advantage of testing video games.Another advantage is getting free copies of games before anyone does. Have you blown away all your money trying to buy the newest and coolest games on the market? Well, like I said, it’s not necessary. You can just get them, FREE. That’s the amazing part. You can also take advantage of learning a load of cheat codes and “bugs” before the game is released. I wouldn’t pass up on an opportunity like this if I were you. Does this all sound to good to be true? Well it isn’t. Many people have been completely satisfied with this kind of job. Do your parents want you to get a real job? If so, call them over to the computer right now and make them read this article. Hopefully they will start agreeing that the video game industry isn’t just for goofing off and being lazy, it’s for young teens (or even adults) to make a living that will be fun and enjoyable to them. Earning money while working at a hard job is the thing of the past. Making money from home is the way to go.Think about making almost $200 dollars a day. I know that number is very big, but it is possible. Anything is possible. You can test computer games, or even console games. Don’t like the Xbox 360? Well choose the PC. Don’t like the PC? Well choose the PS3. Not fond of the PS3? Go with the Wii. It’s all up to you.Testing video games has been around for a while now and, with the industry skyrocketing in growth, it is the way of the future. With over $50 billion dollars in sales last year alone (2007), don’t expect those numbers to drop. It will only continue on growing and growing and give Video Game Testers more work to do. But making that kind of money, who can complain? Don’t hesitate on becoming a video game tester. You will NOT regret it. I PROMISE!

Game Tester Jobs in Video Game Industry – Basic Requirements

Many gamers are looking for jobs in video game industry. Unfortunately though, most video game jobs require some form of education, be it from a technical school or from college. This is a serious barrier for hardcore gamers, many of whom just want to play video games and get paid for it. Luckily, there is an option available to such gamers; one that requires little to no training. What is it? Professional video game testing.Unlike with game designing or game programming, one does not need a degree or college education to succeed in game testing. All a person needs to obtain testing jobs in video game industry is the ability to play video games and the ability to spot game glitches (high attention to detail). If the gamer has both those traits, he/she is ready to be a game tester right now.Two Types of TestersMost people don’t know this, but there are two types of video game testers; the at-home tester and the “testing center” game tester. The at-home tester, as you can no doubt guess, works primary from home; while the “testing center” game tester works in a public building with others.How do the two differ? Well, for one, the at-home tester doesn’t have to leave his house to go to work. The second difference is the at-home video game tester won’t be working with a team. Aside from those two differences, there really isn’t much else. Both types will need to create bug reports on the games they are testing, both will receive free video games, both will get insider information on new games, and both will get paid excellent salaries for their work.Getting Testing Jobs In Video Game IndustryYou won’t get any video game tester jobs sitting on your hind-end waiting for game companies to come to you; it’s not that easy. Instead, you have to get yourself out there and actively search for new positions that are opening up.Gaming companies are constantly launching new games, which means they are CONSTANTLY looking for new game testers to test those games. This is where you come in. Get in contact with these companies & developers and tell them what you have to offer. Brag about your experience and how long you’ve been gaming. The more experience you have with video games, the more they will be impressed and the more likely they will be to hire you.If you’re up for it, tell game developers that you’ll test the first few games free of charge. Free game testing may not come with pay, but it is an excellent way to build up your references and your list of contacts.