Cabin Fever Has Hit!
Snuggle up by the warm fire, sip on hot cider and enjoy all that a cabin getaway gives! We are randomly selecting Fifty Players each day this weekend to receive £€$10. It is just what you need to warm up!
How To Stage A Coup 101
As I mentioned in a previous post, Thailand had their first elections since the military took control about a year ago. Now I don’t want to be critical but I think one of the things you should learn in military academy is how to properly execute a coup. Thailand’s big dog in the [...] As I mentioned in a previous post, Thailand had their first elections since the military took control about a year ago. Now I don’t want to be critical but I think one of the things you should learn in military academy is how to properly execute a coup. Thailand’s big dog in the military obviously skipped that class as the Thai people esentially re-elected the same government that the coup threw out. My guess is that that was not a great career move for anyone in the higher ranks of the military. The Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party was headed by Thaksin Shinawatra who was the prime minister of the country. After the coup the TRT was banned and 111 members of the party were prohibited from participating in politics for five years. In the elections this week the Thai people elected the People Power Party (PPP) into power which is basically the same people who were a part of the TRT party. Now Thaksin wasn’t exactly a model for enlightened leadership. His government was constantly accused of corruption and human rights abuses. Thaksin was personally accused of twisting the tax laws to escape paying taxes on a 73 billion baht sell of his telecom holdings. He also drew critisism when he launched a three month anti-drug campaign in which the first seven weeks saw over 2700 people associated with the drug trade killed. The government claimed only 50 people died at the hands of police but it was widely believed that many more were extrajudicially executed. When the UN asked to investigate Thaksin famously said “The UN is not my father.” I’m no expert on Thai politics but from what I can gather from local Thai people, most middle and upper class Thai people strongly disliked Thaksin. Most of his support came from the farmers and people living in rural areas. He took money from the upper/middle class and created all sorts of programs for those living in the rural areas which made him almost saint-like there. Any government that has a policy of robbing Peter to pay Paul is certain to have the support of Paul. What came as a suprise only to the military leadership, the PPP ran the same line to the rural people as the TRT had and won those districts in a pretty spectacular fashion. In fact, most of the candidates basically ran on a “vote for me and we’ll bring back Thaksin” campaign. What’s even more interesting is that the man who will be the next PM, Samak Sundaravej, is not exactly the forgive and forget kind of guy. Doesn’t sound like the type of guy who is going to quickly forget the military’s power grab. Should be a pretty interesting next few months here. Advertisement: All About Mike The “Mouth” Matusow - Keep up to date on his infamous melt downs, his outbursts, and everything else
Phil Hellmuth Heart Phil Hellmuth
Not that it comes as a surprise to anyone who follows poker but Robin Millard reporting from London for the Bangkok Post has some great quotes from the best poker player in the world (Phil’s opinion, not mine). Maybe there’s 100 people who are better than me. But they haven’t found the game yet. [...] Not that it comes as a surprise to anyone who follows poker but Robin Millard reporting from London for the Bangkok Post has some great quotes from the best poker player in the world (Phil’s opinion, not mine). Maybe there’s 100 people who are better than me. But they haven’t found the game yet. The fame and fortune is all there for anyone to grab. The poker world is afraid of me because I’ve done so much. I stare into people’s souls! Some of the great players say the reason I’m set apart from them is my desire to win. Poker players are really good at managing money, managing people, and managing themselves. I rock around the poker world. It makes you think you’re cool. My life is like a movie. Advertisement: Your Ad Here! Advertise on Bill’s Poker Blog.
Watch Out For The Jewel Thief!
Keep an eye out this week as the Jewel Thief is about to strike! Make sure you’re ready for him. The Top 5 Wagerers each day This Week will receive £€$50 into their Casino Account, so get in and start the show!