May 2008 - Poker Root


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Saturday, May 31, 2008

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May 31, 2008 0

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Daniel Negreanu's Small Ball Strategy (Part 1)

May 31, 2008 1
Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced player, Negreanu has created training modules that will improve your Hold'em game. Daniel explains exactly what to do, when to do it, and why! And for the first time ever, Negreanu reveals the advanced tournament strategy that the pros have been hiding.

Daniel Negreanu has often been called the unofficial ambassador of poker. His charm mixed with highly instinctive and effective play make him a huge fan-favorite. He is one of the highest-grossing tournament players of all-time, with winnings of more than $9 million.

While nursing dreams of a career in acting or comedy, the 15-year-old learned to play a little poker. By 16, he was spending time in pool halls, hustling, sports betting and - yes - playing cards.

By the time he was 18, Negreanu had dropped out of high school - one credit short of graduation - to focus on poker. He started supplementing his play at illegal games around town with trips to charity casinos.

For a more traditional lifestyle, he tried one day as a telemarketer and a month working at a Subway, but his path clearly led elsewhere.

At 21, Daniel took the money he'd made to try his talents against the world's finest in Las Vegas. He lasted about seven months before returning home, broke but determined. Building up a new bankroll at games around Toronto, he made one last push to Vegas, this time for good. Since then Daniel has been in Vegas making a lucrative living for himself.

One of the most popular and charismatic players in poker, Daniel Negreanu maintains an unequalled track record of excellence in poker tournaments around the world. At the tender age of 23, Daniel won his first World Series of Poker bracelet, which earned him the nickname "Kid Poker." Best known for both his aggressive style of play and his amiable personality, Daniel has captured poker titles around the world and has earned almost $6 million in career prize money.

His passion for poker and his knack for reading the reactions of others have landed him atop the highly competitive world of professional poker. Simply put, Daniel's success is enormous, his talent is unrivaled and his personality is unforgettable.

In 2004, Daniel had arguably the best year in poker history with eleven final table appearances, two World Poker Tour victories and winning his third World Series of Poker bracelet. Daniel capped off the year being named ESPN Player of the Year, Card Player Magazine Player of the Year, and World Poker Tour Player of the Year. His total winnings in 2004 alone amounted to a staggering $4.4 million.

Negreanu exudes the confidence of a new generation of poker players, who were raised on video games, the Internet, and MTV and are committed to poker as a sporting competition. Negreanu is one of the most highly visible young poker stars, appearing regularly on the Fox Sports Network, ESPN, GSN and the Travel Channel. He is also an author in Super System 2, the author of a nationally syndicated newspaper column entitled "Playing Poker with Daniel Negreanu." In addition, Daniel spends a lot of his time blogging for his popular website,, which has a large and loyal group of fans.

Daniel travels the world playing in only the highest buy-in poker events, wearing PokerStars, the online poker site that sponsors him. He continues to prepare for big games by watching all five Rocky movies and eating vegan meals prepared by his mother, who has been cooking for his tournaments since he was 18. He can often be spotted at tables wearing a hockey jersey and headphones, listening to relaxing music to focus his game.

Name: Daniel Negreanu
Alias or Handle: PokerStars: KidPoker
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Major Wins:
$1,117,400, 1st Place, WPT Season3: Borgata Poker Open, $10,000 Buyin, NL, 09-19-04
$1,770,218, 1st Place, 5-Diamond World Poker Classic, $15,000 Buyin, NL, 12-14-2004
$755,525, 1st Place, WSOP Circuit Event: Tunica, $10,000 Buyin, NL, 01-23-06
$502,691, 2nd Place, WPT Season 5, Gold Strike Open, $10,000 Buyin, NL, 01-21-07
2 World Poker Tour Titles
3 WSOP Bracelets
1st on the WPT All Time Money List
2004 CardPlayer Magazine "Player of the Year"
2004 WSOP Player of the Year

Favorite Hand: 10:C 7:C
Favorite NL Game Type: Online: Heads Up Cash, Live: Deep Stack $10,000 and Above
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Friday, May 30, 2008

Understanding Implied Odds - Rafe Furst

May 30, 2008 0
Most players know what pot odds and implied pot odds (aka implied odds) are, and how to calculate them. Just about every poker book or website has a section on the topic. Still, I often see people making mistakes in calculating implied odds - especially when playing online. Too often, implied odds are invoked as a reason for a play when "wishful thinking" would be the more accurate description of the situation.

A perfect example came up in a recent tournament on Full Tilt Poker. The table was short-handed and playing rather loose pre-flop, but tight after the flop. The blinds were getting high, and a hand developed where we got to see a showdown between a loose player who I'll call "Loosey" and a player I'll call "Impy."

Impy had no pair and only an inside straight draw on the flop, yet he called a pot-sized bet from Loosey. Impy hit his straight on the turn, but was only able to extract a small amount from his opponent and ended up checking down the river. Impy's fuzzy logic on the flop was that, although he was behind, if he hit his hand he'd get paid off at greater odds than it required to chase his four-outer. As we saw in the hand, he got part of what he wanted (the straight), but failed to extract enough from his opponent to make his call on the flop reasonable. Furthermore, Loosey was short-stacked, had top-pair with a weak kicker, and was unlikely to have paid off much more than he did.

So, what can Impy do to improve his game? Here are some guidelines for using implied odds to greater advantage:
Only Play Against Big Stacks

When two players are contesting a pot, their maximum implied odds are exactly the same: the size of the shorter stack. If you and your opponent both have large stacks relative to the blinds and antes, your implied odds are much better than if one of you is sitting on a smaller stack, simply because there are more chips that can be committed to the pot during the hand. Players who are short-stacked tend to play tighter and are less likely to try to pick off a possible bluff because they don't have any extra chips to spare, unlike a tall stack.
Don't Play Short-Handed

The more opponents there are at your table, the greater the likelihood that one or more of them will pick up a good hand, be in on the flop, and ultimately pay you off when you hit your draw. In short-handed or heads-up situations, you have to get very lucky: first you have to hit your hand, then you have to hope your opponent has a good enough hand to pay you off. My advice is, unless you have a really good read on your opponents in the hand, don't even consider implied odds unless you are at a full 9- or 10-handed table.
Play Against Tight-Aggressive Players

Implied odds are greatest against tight-aggressive players. Why? Because these are the players who are likely to have strong hands after the flop, and are likely to commit a lot of chips to defend their good hands. Tight-aggressive players are also going to be involved in smaller pots on the flop, and will check-raise more often than loose players when out of position. This gives you free-card opportunities, which improve your implied odds. Psychologically, once involved in a hand, tight players may have a harder time letting go after the flop than loose players who are always in action. Over time, those loose players are going to have a harder time finding a reason to play with you after the flop.

The key to playing against tight-aggressive players after the flop is to keep the pot as small as possible until you hit your draw. If they put a lot of pressure on you, you're better off folding your draw and waiting for a better situation. Not every hand can be played profitably after the flop.
Incorporate Bluffs and Semi-Bluffs

If you are drawing on the flop, you should be betting and raising instead of passively checking and calling to hit your hand. This gives you two ways to win by:

* Forcing your opponents to fold, or
* Hitting your draw

This is called a semi-bluff. The only time you should play passively is if you think a free card will help your situation more than getting your opponent to fold.

Another thing to remember is that you are definitely going to miss your draws more often than not. In these cases, you should sometimes be bluffing, but the question is, how much and how frequently?

Let's say the pot has $100 in it and you have $100 left, and you are deciding whether to bluff on the river. You're giving your opponent 2-1 odds to call you, which is exactly how often you should bluff in that situation (two times for every one that you don't).

How do you choose the right balance between keeping the pot small after the flop and playing aggressively as I am advocating here? That's the art, and it requires lots of practice and a good read on your opponents. You may want to pick up Sklansky's Theory of Poker to learn more about optimal bluffing frequency and semi-bluffs. By employing these techniques correctly, you can vastly increase your implied odds and positive expectation.
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Back down to $7...Gosh

May 29, 2008 0
Its been a rollcoaster ride at Action Poker..And right now I feel terrible and have a large headache. Maybe cash games aren't for me.

Can't fold this, double gutted and over card..hit the turn but he hit river for a full house.

I guess I got out played, what can I say:(

This one got me mad..F*ing donks, raising everything and than sucking out..sob..

Anyway, heres a big bluff from yesterday before I went to bed..This guy was getting on my nerves, always out playing me. At least I got him one time..

Hes a good player and I knew he would need a 7 to call.

So..back down to $7..I'll try some more tomorrow, hopefully I don't go bankrupt. By the way, I'm at 454 Points, once I hit 1100 points, I'll get another $50.
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Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play

May 29, 2008 0
Okay, heres one of the best no limit tournament books to ever come out. I heard so many good things about this book. I just purchased it and only have read 100 pages or so and it gave me a new perceptive on the game of hold'em. It has really changed my game for the better.

This book is not really for the beginner, it is called expert strategy and is intended for average to advanced player.

Poker has taken America by storm. But it s not just any form of poker that has people across the country so excited it s No-Limit Hold Em the main event game. And now thanks to televised tournaments tens of thousands of new players are eager to claim their share of poker glory.

Harrington on Hold 'em takes you to the part of the game the cameras ignore the tactics required to get through the hundreds and sometimes thousands of hands you must win to make it to the final table. Harrington s sophisticated and time-tested winning strategies, focusing on what it takes to survive the early and middle stages of a No-Limit Hold Em tournament, are appearing here for the first time in print. These are techniques that top players use again and again to get to make it to final tables around the globe.

Now, learn from one of the world s most successful No-Limit Hold Em players how to vary your style, optimize your betting patterns, analyze hands, respond to a re-raise, play to win the most money possible, react when a bad card hits and much, much more.

Dan Harrington won the gold bracelet and the World Champion title at the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold Em Championship at the 1995 World Series of Poker. And he was the only player to make it to the final table in 2003 (field of 839) and 2004 (field of 2576) considered by cognoscenti to be the greatest accomplishment in WSOP history. In Harrington on Hold Em, Harrington and 2-time World Backgammon Champion Bill Robertie have written the definitive book on No-Limit Hold Em for players who want to win ... and win big.

About the Author
Dan Harrington began playing poker professionally in 1982. On the circuit he is known as Action Dan, an ironic reference to his solid but effective style. He has won several major no-limit hold em tournaments including the European Poker Championships (1995), the $2,500 No-Limit Hold em event at the 1995 World Series of Poker, and the Four Queens No-Limit Hold em Championship (1996).

Dan began his serious games-playing with chess, where he quickly became a master and one of the strongest players in the New England area. In 1972 he won the Massachusetts Chess Championship, ahead of most of the top players in the area. In 1976 he started playing backgammon, a game which he also quickly mastered. He was soon one of the top money players in the Boston area, and in 1981 he won the World Cup of backgammon in Washington D.C., ahead of a field that included most of the world s top players.

He first played in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold em Championship Event of the World Series of Poker in 1987. He has played in the championship a total of 15 times and has reached the final table in four of those tournaments, an amazing record. Besides winning the World Championship in 1995, he finished sixth in 1987, third in 2003, and fourth in 2004. In 2006 he finished second at the Doyle Brunson North American Championships at the Bellagio, while in 2007 he won the Legends of Poker tournament at the Bicycle Club. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest and most respected no-limit hold em players, as well as a feared opponent in both no-limit and limit hold em side games. He lives in Santa Monica where he is a partner in Anchor Loans, a real estate business.

Bill Robertie has spent his life playing and writing about chess, backgammon, and now poker. He began playing chess as a boy, inspired by Bobby Fischer s feats on the international chess scene. While attending Harvard as an undergraduate, he became a chess master and helped the Harvard chess team win several intercollegiate titles. After graduation, he won a number of chess tournaments, including the United States Championship at speed chess in 1970. He also established a reputation at blindfold chess, giving exhibitions on as many as eight boards simultaneously.

In 1976 he switched from chess to backgammon, becoming one of the top players in the world. His major titles include the World Championship in Monte Carlo in 1983 and 1987, the Black & White Championship in Boston in 1979, the Las Vegas tournaments in 1980 and 2001, the Bahamas Pro-Am in 1993, and the Istanbul World Open in 1994.

He has written several well-regarded backgammon books, the most noted of which are Advanced Backgammon (1991), a two-volume collection of 400 problems, and Modern Backgammon (2002), a new look at the underlying theory of the game. He has also written a set of three books for the beginning player: Backgammon for Winners (1994), Backgammon for Serious Players (1995), and 501 Essential Backgammon Problems (1997).

From 1991 to 1998 he edited the magazine Inside Backgammon with Kent Goulding. He owns a publishing company, the Gammon Press, and lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife Patrice.

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I'm on Fire!! Nothing can stop me now:)

May 29, 2008 0
So, I've been playing good lately. I've been playing a little bit of loose aggressive and than switch to tight aggressive. Working real well cause I'm getting the cards too. Than I go for the trap with small pair and hit a set and works out well. Everything is working.

The players on Action Poker play very passive which is a very bad style, just calling and not too much raising. So I can see a lot of flops out of position and get 2 pair or a 3 of a kind and they often pay off if they have a mediocre hand.

Anyway, I'll show you some hands. Heres the first hand of the night. I didn't think he had an ace so I figured I had 2 overs and a open ended straight draw. When he reraised all in on the flop, I didn't like my hand too much but felt like gambling..I hit, nice start for my day:)

This one, I got lucky:)

This one, I wasn't going to call the 70 cents preflop but there were a couple other callers and a lot in the pot..I hit a monster flop; flush draw and gut shot straight draw. I had a straight flush draw too.

Even if the other guy had kings than I'd win half the time. It is pretty funny that the other guy won with ace 3..I actually had 18 outs against him, he only had 33% chance to win, what a donk:)

Here is the set I was talking about, the players are so passive!! Not even raising with ace king..If he raises/pushes, I probably muck my hand. He deserved what he got even if its only $1.50. I'd be mad if a 10 came on the river:)

At least I got some money back from the guy with a3 lol:) I usually wouldn't bet the river there but this guy is a total donk and would call with a lot less than top pair.

Anyway, I pick up aces and than my computer restarts:( I raised first and than someone reraised..At least it was an all in protection and I won $1.25..I lost a few dollars on that hand.

I played all this in just one hour, went from $25 to $50. Was a goodnight, going to watch Poker After Dark, good show!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Table Talk - Gavin Smith

May 28, 2008 0
I talk a lot at the table. I like meeting people, and poker tournaments give me the opportunity to chat with a lot of nice folks. The conversations I have between hands are not just pleasant - they can also be informative. What a player shares about himself will often determine how I'll play against him down the line.

For example, say I'm playing in a $10,000 tournament. I ask the young person to my left how he bought into the tournament and he tells me that he won a $30 satellite. Based on that piece of information, I can make some assumptions. He's probably not especially experienced. Most active players don't bother with low buy-in tournaments. He likely doesn't have a huge bankroll, so he'd probably be perfectly happy to cash in the event; he doesn't need to win to feel he had a successful tournament.

Against this player, I'm probably going to run some bluffs when I think he's only got a moderate hand. I'm also going to be willing to make some pretty big lay-downs against this guy. I seriously doubt he's going to put in a lot chips without a very strong hand.

Now imagine that I ask a man at my table how he got into the tournament and he tells me he bought in directly. I ask him what he does for a living, and he says he's a bookmaker in Dallas.

I've got to assume that this guy's willing to gamble. He's probably not afraid of a big bluff or a big call. Against him, I'm going to have to call more liberally and avoid making any of my own big bluffs. I may even check some reasonably big hands to avoid getting raised off my hand.

These are just two examples of what you can learn by drawing your opponents out and listening carefully to what they have to say. Every piece of information you gain at the table is something you can use to your advantage.

Gavin Smith
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Grinding the Mirco Stakes on Action Poker

May 28, 2008 0

Alright, so I lost some money the other night and was back down to $8 on Action Poker. I took the $8 to 2 5cent,10cent tables and doubled up fast in one. So I took $4 out and was playing at 3 tables cause they go so slow. I was just playing solid abc poker and worked my bankroll to $25. So I made about $17 tonight for about an hours work, not bad. I only have 270 Action Points, I need to reach 1100 points in 13 days..I`m going to have to move up limits if I`m going to make it there so I`ll play some 10cent,25cent tomorrow.
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YouTube does Tony G.

May 28, 2008 0
I have a great time when I play poker. And I’m known as a ‘trash talker’ by many, that is part of my game. I use my mouth as well as my poker skills to win when I’m in a competition. I’m really a soft spoken, warm hearted individual and never hold any malice or spite for anyone. Even though I’m happy to bust you out of a tournament, I’m genuinely sorry that you went broke and had to leave. Perhaps that doesn’t make sense to you but that’s how I feel about the play of the game. Because once you are out, you have to leave and wait for the next tournament. I hate waiting for the next tournament and I believe that you do too.

For those of you that play against me, and know me, you are completely prepared to play against me, and my mouth, when we end up at the same table. For those that have never faced off against me before, I hope you find the following links to be entertaining, because that’s how I view them. I laugh at myself when I watch them. Enjoy!

- Tony G.

Poker... The Best Of Tony G
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Monday, May 26, 2008

Starting from Zero - Chris Ferguson

May 26, 2008 0
I'm almost a year into an experiment on Full Tilt Poker. I'm attempting to turn $0 into a $10,000 bankroll. With no money to start with, I had no choice but to start out playing Freerolls. Starting out, I'd often manage to win a dollar or two, but I'd quickly get busted and have to start over again. It took some time but, after awhile, I was eventually able to graduate to games that required an actual buy-in.

Even today, people don't believe it's really me when I sit down at Full Tilt's small stakes games. They ask what I'm doing down here, and often tell me stories about how they turned $5 into $500 or $100 into $1,000. Usually, these stories end with the person telling me that they went broke. There's no surprise there. These folks tried to quickly build a bankroll by gambling. They'd play in a game that was beyond their bankroll and, if they happened to win, they'd move up to a higher limit and risk it all one more time. Inevitably, they'd lose a few big hands and go broke.

For me, this experiment isn't about the money. It's about showing how, with proper bankroll management, you can start from nothing and move up to the point where you're playing in some pretty big games. I know it's possible because I did it once before, turning $1 into $20,000.

To ensure that I keep my bankroll intact, I've adopted some key rules:

* I'll never buy into a cash game or a Sit & Go with more than 5 percent of my total bankroll (there is an exception for the lowest limits: I'm allowed to buy into any game with a buy-in of $2.50 or less).
* I won't buy into a multi-table tournament for more than 2 percent of my total bankroll and I'm allowed to buy into any multi-table tournament that costs $1.
* If at any time during a No-Limit or Pot-Limit cash-game session the money on the table represents more than 10 percent of my total bankroll, I must leave the game when the blinds reach me.

I think a lot of players would do well to apply these rules. One great benefit from this approach to bankroll management is that it ensures you'll be playing in games you can afford. You'll never play for very long in a game that's over your head because, when you're losing, you'll have no choice but to drop down to a smaller game. You can continue to sharpen your game at that lower limit until your bankroll allows you to move up and take another shot. These rules also prevent you from being completely decimated by a bad run of cards.

Dropping down and playing lower limits is difficult for a lot of players. They view it as a failure and their egos get in the way. Many want to remain at the level they'd been playing and win back their losses. But this can lead to some pretty severe tilt - and that can go through a bankroll in a hurry. I know that dropping down was difficult for me in my run from $1 to $20,000. When I first played in the $25/$50 game, I lost. Sticking to my rules, I dropped down to the $10/$25 game. I had a losing streak there and had to go down to $5/$10. That was tough. After playing $25/$50, a $5/$10 game was boring to me.

But I had the discipline to stick to my rules, and that motivated me to play better at the lower levels. I really didn't want to lose any more because I knew the consequences: I'd have to play even lower and work even harder to get back to where I'd been, which could take as long as a month. If you ever find yourself bored or frustrated playing at the lower limits, you're obviously not playing well. Take a break from the game. Often, stepping away can give you a fresh perspective and heightened motivation to play well when you return.

There are a couple of more tips I'd like to share regarding bankroll management. First, you should never play in a game that is beyond your bankroll simply because the game seems to be soft that day. It's never soft enough to risk money that puts your bankroll in jeopardy. The other point is that you should avoid playing in games that are at the top of your bankroll limits, when a lower game offers more opportunity for profit.

I'm confident that by sticking to these sound bankroll management rules, I'll make it to my $10,000 goal. These rules are sure to help you as well, as you pursue your own poker ambitions. So, if you want to start your own quest - or play against me while I'm continuing with mine - come open a free account at Full Tilt Poker and look for me online. But hurry, because I'm hoping I won't be in the lower limits for too much longer.
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Looking at the Long-Term - Erik Seidel

May 23, 2008 0
Tournament poker can be a very tough business. No matter how good you are, you're bound to encounter long periods where things don't go well. On the tournament circuit, even the best players can go several months - or even a couple of years - between significant cashes. These dry spells can be tough to deal with if you don't develop a solid mental approach to the game.

I think the down times are particularly difficult for younger players who have some success early in their careers. They come to expect great results and can become overwhelmed when things go badly in a long string of tournaments. They may grow frustrated and are apt to assume they're making mistakes. They make changes in their games that aren't well thought out, and they suffer because of it.

To endure the long, tough stretches, serious players need to understand that bad runs are inevitable. They're part of this business. And while there's something to be said for going into every tournament with a positive attitude, it's also important to be realistic. If you expect to win every tournament you enter, the disappointment that accompanies repeated bust outs could be very damaging to your psyche. I know that early in my career, my confidence suffered when I went through a rough stretch.

Over time, however, I learned to focus my attention in productive ways. Now, when I'm playing in a tournament, I concentrate on making the best decisions I can. I try to approach every hand in a thorough and effective manner. If my focus is good at the table, I can be honest with myself as I assess what I'm doing well and where I need improvement. I'm not likely to fall into the traps that ensnare other players. Many refuse to admit mistakes and insist that a bad run is due to bad luck alone. Others believe they're playing well when their results are good, even though they're playing poorly and are benefiting from a great run of cards.

After a tournament is over, I'm quick to remember that tournament poker requires the temperament of a marathoner, not a sprinter. If I play well and consistently make good decisions, I'll be rewarded, though it may be a long time before I see the results I'm looking for.
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

PokerStars Opening Live Poker Room in Macau

May 22, 2008 0
PokerStars has announced today that they are going to open a live poker room in Macau tomorrow. The poker room has been named PokerStars Macau and it will have a 250 person capacity.

PokerStars Macau will be located inside of the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in Cotai. The first official card shuffle in the poker room will be at the No-limit Texas Hold'em Charity Poker Tournament.

The charity tournament is going to raise money for earthquake relief that is desperately needed in Western China after their recent tremor.

There isn't a set buy in for the tournament but it is being recommended that players donate $2,000 HKD to enter in the tournament. Players will be competing for there share of the $150,000 in prizes, including a $25,000 buy in to the Asia Pacific Tour Event in Macau.

This tournament is going to be the first charity event in the Macau Cup and it will feature a $1,000 HKD buy in Deep Stack event and a $10,000 HKD buy in Red Dragon event that will start this weekend.
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Action Poker

May 22, 2008 0
Played a little Action Poker today. At least I'm up today. Started with $8 and was at $25 but lost $6 with aces and missed 8 flush draws so down to $13..I was playing the 5cent, 10 cent games, thats the lowest limit anyway. Theres a ton of donks there but they always seem to suck out.

Anyway, I'm at 213 points there and need to reach 1100 im 18 days. I'm pretty sure I can do it as long as I don't go broke:)
In the picture, was happening to me all night..I thought she had an ace and I didn't want to call river bet but didn't have enough time to think and I was getting 2 to 1.
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Playing Mixed Games - Jennifer Harman

May 22, 2008 0
Despite what you see on TV, there's much more to poker than just Hold 'em. The great players are judged by how they play all the games. In the big cash games at the Bellagio, we play an assortment of games every night and at the World Series of Poker*, they've introduced a $50,000 buy-in HORSE tournament that attracts many of the world's top professionals.

This week, Full Tilt Poker will begin spreading mixed cash games for players of all limits. It's a great opportunity to experience the fun and challenge that comes from playing a variety of games in a single session without putting a huge dent in your bankroll. While a lot of fun, mixed games do have some challenges and, for this tip, I want to give some suggestions that will help you starting out.

One of the hardest things for new mixed games players to become comfortable with is the flow of play. With games switching every 10 hands, it can be difficult to instantly adjust your thinking in order to concentrate fully on the game at hand. It will take some time and experience, but eventually, you'll be able to go from Omaha Hi/Lo to Razz and be ready to play your best as soon as the games switch.

Until you're comfortable with the game flow, here are some pointers that can help make the switch to mixed games a little easier:

* Be sure you're playing the right game! I play a lot of HORSE Sit & Gos at Full Tilt Poker and, in almost every one, there's a player or two who makes the mistake of playing Razz when the game is Stud, or vice-versa. Even in the big game at the Bellagio, this sort of mix-up happens all the time.

* Work on your weakest games. If you find that your Stud Hi/Lo game isn't as strong as it could be, spend some time at the Stud Hi/Lo tables and work on improving your skills. Put in enough hours at each individual game so that you're grasping the subtleties of all of them when you play a mixed game.

* Play stronger in your best games than in your weaker games. You may be a master at Stud and feel you can play a lot of different hands well in that game. But if your Omaha Hi/Lo is relatively weak, you'll need to tighten up in that game and play only premium starting hands. Look for starting hands like A-A-2-3 suited or A-2-K-Q that offer the potential to make both the nut high and nut low, allowing you to scoop as many pots as possible. Or in Razz, for example, stick to starting hands with three cards of 8 or less - if that game isn't your strength.

If you're anything like me, you'll find that it's tough to go back to any one game once you start playing mixed games. You'll miss the mental challenge and fun that comes from this type of poker.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Down $65 in Action Poker

May 21, 2008 0
Terrible, just lost $65 on Action Poker. Down to $8. I know I shouldn't play cause I got no sleep last night...Oh well, I wasn't playing bad though. They just hit their flush and 4 outter straight everytime I hit my 2 pair or set..Oh well, saved $8 for when I feel better.
These two hands hurt..I would only be down ~$25.. What can I do
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Sun Poker 2.5k and 5k Freerolls

May 21, 2008 2
Okay, here are two password protected freerolls on Sun Poker. Note: You have to make a deposit, when you deposit you are also eligible for the $500 Free Sun Poker Bonus, more details here

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Pot-Size Manipulation - Gavin Smith

May 21, 2008 0
One of the key skills that winning big-bet players bring to the table is the ability to manipulate the size of the pot. They manage to play big pots when they have big hands, and keep the pot smaller when their holdings are more modest. If you think carefully about your betting throughout a hand, you can set yourself up to play a pot that's appropriate for the strength of your hand.

For starters, let's look at a hand that gets a lot of players in trouble - a big pocket pair. Generally, with any one pair, you should be looking to play a medium-sized pot. Of course, you're happy enough to get all of your money in pre-flop with Aces, but beyond that, you should try to avoid playing huge pots with any one pair. Here's an example of how you might manage the size of the pot while holding Aces.

Say that you raise pre-flop with pocket Aces and you're called by the big blind. The flop comes down J-6-3 rainbow, and the blind checks to you. You bet three-quarters of the pot and the big blind calls.

At this point, you can assume your opponent has some kind of hand. Maybe he has a pocket pair or he hit top pair on the flop. The other possibility is that he hit a set on the flop and you're in very bad shape. Given these likely hands, I think that checking behind your opponent if he checks to you on the turn is the best play. You avoid the possibility of losing a monster if you're check-raised by a set. And if he does have a pair, you're not giving away a whole lot of value by giving the free card. He may have two or five outs, which makes him a pretty big dog.

When you check the turn, you do so with the plan of calling a reasonable bet on the river. And if he checks to you on the river, you can put in a small value bet. At that point, your hand would be pretty well disguised, so he is likely to pay you off if he has anything at all.

So in this case, keeping the pot small will get you pretty good value when you're ahead and help you avoid disaster when you're behind.

Now let's look at another type of hand that players commonly misplay - a flopped monster. Say you're in the small blind in a No-Limit cash game. There are four limpers, including the small blind, and you check your option with A-T. The flop is huge for you - A-A-T. You have what is almost certain to be the best hand at showdown. Many players choose to check in this spot, fearing that a bet a will kill their action. And it very well might - it's possible that everyone will just fold. But this is a situation where you want to give yourself the chance to win a big pot. You want someone to put in a lot of money on the turn and river while drawing dead, and that will only be possible if you start building a pot on the flop. In this situation, you've just got to hope that someone is holding the case Ace or decides to draw to a gutshot. So bet two-thirds of the pot on the flop and hope for the best.

Slow-playing might get you a few chips when you catch someone stabbing. But that would win you a tiny pot, and with this hand, you're hoping to get a good portion of someone's stack. You can only do that by betting and building a pot.

In the course of a hand think about what you can do to keep the pot appropriate to the strength of your hand. A timely check or a thoughtful bet can aid you in getting the most out of your hands.
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Action Poker - 100% up to $2500 Deposit Bonus

May 21, 2008 0

Action Poker say's that they are all action all poker and they mean it! Let us start their site review by advising that they offer a 100% poker bonus! offers live free and real money Texas Hold'em, Omaha High, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Stud Hi/Lo, Hold'em Tournaments, Panguingue, Chinese Poker, Big 2 Poker and Guts Poker. They offer you new and exotic games that you can only find right now at their website. This poker room has it all especially with all the exotic games! All from the comfort of your own home! Info:

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You have your choice of ring game action or try their exciting daily tournaments with entries offered for the World Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker and all the other major events. If you download now you can play in their daily freerolls as well. What is a freeroll you ask? That means that you play for free with the chance to win money! All for being a client of theirs! They have just recently added player notes to their poker site which allows you to note which players are sharp and which are fish. Nothing's better than checking your fish list and making sure your playing versus easy to beat players!

They also have a great buddy list option that you may not only chat with your pals but you can join the table that they are at as well. These are options that you can execute from the lobby.

Want more action? They offer you Texas Hold'em tournaments at where you can play in 10, 6 or 2 player tournaments 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. They also offer you multi table tournaments as well.

Their customer service is great and they're also on call 24/7 for help. With many freerolls every week and the ability to win seats in the WPT or WSOP they offer you more than most of the other poker rooms and to top it off you get a 100% bonus on your first deposit up to 2,500 dollars! No one offers you a better or bigger first deposit bonus.

This is a great place to play online poker and as an added bonus and since they are new they do have quite a few fish that are ripe for the pickings ;)
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Leeann Tweeden is New Poker After Dark Host

May 21, 2008 2
Model/TV personality Leeann Tweeden has been tapped as the new host of the popular poker television show Poker After Dark.

Tweeden will replace season 3 host Marianela Pereyra, who stepped in after a pregnant Shana Hiatt left the show a year ago. The super sweet, Argentinian-born Pereyra was a regular fixture at last year's WSOP, where she did online video reports.

The hostess has appeared in FHM, Maxim and Stuff Magazine.

Poker After Dark came under intense scrutiny after revealed via Tom Somach of that the show featured a convicted sex predator. "Iron Sheik" Sharhram Sheikhan served 9 months on charges of child molestation. Years later he was involved in a fatal car accident reportedly caused by Sheikhan's speeding Mercedes. The driver of the other vehicle that was hit by Sheikhan's vehicle perished. The US Government last year attempted to deport Sheikhan back to his native Iran.

Poker After Dark airs on NBC, which ironically features "To Catch a Predator" among its television programs. That show works to nab child molestors.

In an even more bizarre twist, Leeann Tweeden hosted "The Skateboard Show" in 2002.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Unibet - Finially cashed out

May 20, 2008 0
I finally received my $342 from Unibet. Unibet blocked my account when I tried to withdraw and told me to send them a picture of my ID. I took a picture of my driver's license on my webcam(I covered important numbers), it was a little blurry so they denied it. Than I took a picture on my digital camera, it was hard to get a clear picture because of the plastic on the card reflecting the light.

Anyway, they said it'll take a few days to verify the ID. (Who knows why, should only take a second. I emailed them a bunch of times after weeks of waiting and all they would tell me is please be patient or just a few more days.

After 1 month of waiting, I was fed up. I sent them an email that I'd never play at Unibet again and their service is terrible and I just want my money and be on my way. 2 hours later, they reply and say my account is unblocked. lol, didn't think they would want to lose a customer so thats why I said that and it is frustrating when your money is locked and you can't do anything about it.

Seems as though they could have unblocked my account the whole time, just giving me a hard time. Oh well, just received the money so I`m happy now.

I still recommend Unibet, their support could be better though. They have a nice number of players and a nice selection of sit and gos.

I give Unibet 7.5/10, would give them a 9 if they had better support.

Anyway, if you want to get 40Euros($60) for free from Unibet than check out the BankrollMob.
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Friday, May 16, 2008

Poker Rooms for Mac, Linux Computers

May 16, 2008 1
There are only 2 downloadable poker rooms that can run on a Mac computer as of May 2008.

These two Pokerrooms are Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker. Note, they do not run on Linux.

There are many no downloadable Pokerrooms that pretty much run on any computer including Windows, Mac Linux. Absolute Poker is the only Pokerroom which allows US players and has a "no download" option.

Anyway, check out my Free Poker Bankrolls table, I indicate which pokerrooms are playable on mac, Linus etc. I will add US flags to the US friendly rooms soon.
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Money Bookers

May 16, 2008 2
MoneyBookers is one of the leading e-wallet solutions in the internet today. Established in 1999, Moneybookers quickly became a leader in the online poker/casino market. Today Moneybookers has more then 4.6 million users in more then 30 countries, including Canada, UK, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain and France.

The thing I like about Money Bookers is that it is free to deposit and withdrawal money to poker rooms and I believe also free or small fee to send/receive money from friends on Money Bookers.

Moneybookers is known as secure, convenient, fast and borderless payment method. Many slots, blackjack and poker players naturally voted for Moneybookers, making use of it in online casinos and poker rooms for a long time all around the world.

I funded my Money Bookers with BankrollMob. As soon as you get 5000 points in BankrollMob, BankrollMob will send you $50 to your MoneyBookers account.

Unfortunately, since October 25, 2006 Moneybookers stopped to work with US casino players and thus it’s not available for U.S. citizens any more.

American players can try eWalletXpress

European, Canadian and non-USA casino players are still welcome to use Moneybookers.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008

My Book Every Hand Revealed Has Been Released! - Gus Hansen

May 15, 2008 0
Gus Hansen's book is finally out. I'm a big fan of Gus, I love his style although it is very different than mine. His book look very well written and describes his hands in great detail.

Finally, after months of hard work, months of editing and what seems like months of post-production, my book "Every Hand Revealed" has finally been released.

The book is already available online at Amazonand lots of other eBookstores and it will hit the "real-life" shelves at your local book store on May 6 at the very latest.

To give you an impression of the style and the format of the book, I have included an excerpt from the foreword as well as one of the 329 hands I was involved in during my journey to victory at the 2007 Aussie Millions. Hope you will enjoy it.

From the foreword:
This book will give you the opportunity to see the hands from my perspective and get a grasp of the basic concepts and principles of my poker philosophy. What you will discover is that my kind of poker requires constantly attacking your opponents, constantly accumulating chips, constantly keeping track of pot odds and winning percentages and constantly gearing up as blinds and antes increase.

It is the first poker book to go behind the scenes and actually show you what I had, and how I played it during the Aussie Millions Poker Tournament 2007. All the hands that I played are turned face up and every decision I made is explained in my pursuit of the title. The revealing is made possible because of the little tape recorder that I always bring to the tournament tables. After having played a hand I take a couple of steps away from the table to record the action. On top of the play of the hand I of course also take note on my opponents, if he/she has displayed any patterns, mannerisms etc. Information I hopefully can use profitable for later encounters.

"Every hand revealed" is a visit to my world. It is the story of a crazy five day rollercoaster ride from my first hand – 5s 7s – to my last hand – Ac Ah. It is a story of moves, big lay-downs, bad beats, suck-outs and lots and lots of stealing. Of patience, pressure and aggression. Of bluffs, reads and tells.

From chapter 1:
Hand 38


Blinds: 400/800/100, My position: 2 off the button, Hand: Jc 3c, My chip stack: 73,400

New round, same procedure. Or maybe not?

I make it 2500 two off the button with Jc3c. The BB ponders for a while but finally decides to call. It felt like he was thinking about the re-raise and not the fold so my instinct tells me that my J3 is probably not the best hand…

The flop comes:

Jh 8c 6s

Top pair, ridiculous kicker - but top pair nonetheless!

He was supposed to check but instead he decides to fire out 6000. What was that all about? It is not very often that I am facing a substantial lead-out bet when I am the initial raiser and therefore I wanted to take my time to make sure I made the right decision…

My opponent had another 14k in front of him which meant my maximum down-side from this point on would be a total of 20k. Maximum up-side 26k.

Folding: Seems very odd now that I finally flopped top pair.
Calling: Putting in 6000 and awaiting his next move.
Raising: Shooting 20k into the middle hoping my J3 was ahead.

Three very different approaches and whichever one to take is gonna be decided solely on my read on the situation.

• He looked eager to re-raise pre-flop – not a good sign.
• He led out 6000 which is a significant part of his stack – not a good sign
• He looked mighty confident about the situation at hand – not a good sign.

I can remember three times in my career where I raised pre-flop, flopped top pair, and folded facing a single bet! Was this going to be the fourth?

The only holdings that made some kind of sense to me were the AJ, the QQ and hands of similar strength. The more I thought about it the more confident he looked, and in the end I saw no other choice than to muck my hand! I folded.

Because of my very curious nature I showed the Jack face-up, as I was certain he was going to turn it over if he had bluffed me. Don't worry – he did! He turned over two Tens displaying his victory to the table, or should I say – my ridiculous fold…

Where did I go wrong?

My initial read about him wanting to re-raise before the flop was correct - re-raising pre-flop with TT would be the normal play.

My read on his confidence level after his lead-out bet was also correct – I think taking my time made my opponent certain that his TT was the best hand because how could I ever be taking that long with a Jack in my hand?

My read on his lead-out bet was incorrect – I took it as a sign of strength where it was in fact meant as a stab to take down the pot if I didn't hit the flop.

I made an informed decision based on all the facts I had available at the time. I came to the wrong conclusion but that is bound to happen when you sit 10+hours at the poker table. Maybe I should think twice next time I am about to fold top pair on the flop…

In case you have any comments about the book, good as well as bad, you are more than welcome to post them in the forum at

WPT Championship

Oh, right – I came second in the WPT Championship
! Almost forgot to mention it J. I am still very disappointed but I will following up on the experience in the coming blogs as well as in CardPlayer Magazine. No further comments at this stage.

- Gus

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Betting out of Position - Gus Hansen

May 15, 2008 0
Every Hold 'em strategy guide talks about the importance of positional advantage. The standard thinking is that the player who acts last has more information than his opponents, so he'll have a better sense of where he stands in a hand and can, therefore, make better decisions. There's no doubt that this is true, but it's important to understand that the power that comes with position is often granted to the late-position player by the early-position player.

To see what I mean, consider a pretty typical No-Limit hold 'em hand. Say that I'm in the big blind with 7s-8s - a nice, flop-worthy hand. The player on the button raises to three times the big blind and I decide to call. Many players would check the flop under almost any circumstances. But, by checking, you give control to the late-position player. He can bet whether or not he has a hand, putting you in a tough spot if you don't get a piece of the flop.

In a hand like this, I believe it's best to look at the flop and ask, "Is it likely that these cards helped my opponent?" Once I have an answer to that question, I can decide how to proceed.

If the flop is Ah-Kd-9c, I'd probably just check and fold to a bet, as my opponent was likely raising with big cards and caught a piece of the flop. However, if the flop is 9c-5h-2d, I'd probably be more skeptical. I know that in Hold 'em, two unpaired hole cards will fail to make a pair on the flop about 66 percent of the time, and this seems to be a flop that the pre-flop raiser might have missed.

If I suspect my opponent didn't connect, I'm going to take the initiative and bet out about half the size of the pot. Betting here with my gutshot draw offers several advantages. First, I might take the pot down right here, and I'm always happy when a semi-bluff forces a fold. But even if I get a call from my opponent, I've forced him to react. That gives me a chance to pick up a read. If my opponent seems uneasy, I might continue with my semi-bluff on the turn and try again to pick up the pot. Or, if I feel my opponent is strong, I can check and fold to any bet on the turn if I fail to make my hand.

Stabbing at pots when out of position can be very lucrative. In tournaments, I'll open-raise out of position fairly frequently because I think there's a lot of power in being the first one to fire at the pot on the flop. I pick up a lot of small pots that way.

As you work on your Hold 'em game, remember that you don't have to give the advantage in the hand to the player in late position. Look for opportunities to bet out and seize the initiative.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sizing Up Your Opening Bet - Chris Ferguson

May 13, 2008 0
I never get tired of saying it: If you're the first to enter the pot in a No-Limit Hold 'em game, never call. If you aren't prepared to raise, throw your hand away.

Why, you ask? Simple. By raising, you put pressure on the blinds and the other players at the table, making them consider just how strong their hands really are. Chances are that by raising, you'll force marginal hands to fold before you even see the flop, limiting the number of players you have to beat through the rest of the hand.

OK, with that out of the way, the next obvious question becomes: How much should I raise?

To that, I say; it depends. First off, you shouldn't allow the strength of your hand affect the size of your raise. A tough poker game is like real estate. The three most important factors in deciding how much to raise are: Location, location, location.

You always want to make your opponents' decisions as difficult as possible. In choosing the size of your raise, you want to give the big blind a tough decision between calling or folding if the rest of the table folds around to him.

Raising from early position is to advertise a very strong hand - one that can beat the seven or more other players who still have to act. Since you are representing such strength, it doesn't take much of a raise to convince the big blind to fold. Also, since your hand is so strong, you actually don't mind a call from the big blind anyway. The real reason for a small raise is that you have so many players acting after you, any of whom might wake up with a monster and re-raise you.

When you raise in late position, you're representing a hand that can beat the two or three remaining hands. This gives you a lot more freedom to raise with marginal hands, but your raise must be bigger or the big blind can call too easily. Another reason to raise more from late position is that you're trying to put pressure on the big blind to fold, not call and, more importantly, you don't have as many remaining opponents who can re-raise you.

One of the most common mistakes in No-Limit Hold 'em is coming in for a raise that's too big. In early position, you want to keep your raises at about two times the big blind. With four to six players to act behind you when you're in middle position, raise to about two and a half big blinds, and raise to about three times the big blind from late position.

If you're representing a big hand by raising from early position, it stands to reason that you'll only get played with by huge hands. Why risk four, five or more bets to win only one and a half bets in the blinds when you're often going to be running into monsters along the way? If you're holding A-Q rather than A-A and a player comes over the top, you can lay it down without having risked much.

Some beginners raise more with their strongest hands to build a bigger pot or raise less with these monsters to get more action. Instead, I recommend that you play your starting hands the same way no matter what you have. With A-A or A-J, raise the same amount so you're not telegraphing the strength of your hand to watchful opponents. An exception would be if you know your opponents aren't paying attention and you feel sure that you can manipulate them.

These numbers need to be modified if there are antes. You should generally add about half the total antes to any raise. Your early position raise should be two big blinds plus half the total antes, and three big blinds plus half the antes for your late-position raises.

There are many loose live games these days. If you find yourself in one of these games and you can't steal the blinds with a normal raise, tighten up your starting requirements slightly and make larger raises. If this raise still can't take the blinds, don't tighten up anymore, but choose to raise an amount that you expect to get called once or twice behind you. Since your opponents are playing too loose, take advantage of it by building bigger pots when you think you're getting the best of it.

The last exception is when you're short-stacked. If making your typical raise means putting over a quarter of your stack in the pot, just go ahead and move all in instead. Betting a quarter of your stack before the flop commits you to calling just about any re-raise or, at the very least, it gives you a very tough decision. Moving all in here instead of raising less forces the tough decision on your opponents and eliminates one of your tough calling decisions. All of which brings us back to my first principle: Avoid being the one to just call.
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Monday, May 12, 2008

Action Poker

May 12, 2008 0

Haven't written a post in awhile, haven't played much lately either. I've played a little bit on Action Poker with the free $40. Not many players there and I was told they are on the Action Poker Network meaning they're probably the only one on that network but I was told theres 15 other pokerooms on that network(Probably 15 crap poker rooms cause it takes forever to get a 6 handed sit and go started). Hardly any sit and gos there, and you don't get any POP points unless you play high stakes sit and gos. So my advice is to stay away from sngs and stick to the cash games.

Well, in order for me to cashout on Action Poker, I must get 2200 POP points. And when I cashout, I must have deposited and gained 400 points since the deposit. Sounds pretty bad but its not that bad. I'm going for 1800 points, if I still have a bankroll, I'll deposit the minimum with my MoneyBookers account(Got it funded free from BankrollMob), get 400 more points and than cashout.

I'm not doing too bad so far, have 120 pop points on a few hours play. I'm playing the 10cent 25 cent cash games and doing alright in them. I just hate the deep stack tough decisions when I have aces, kings and they move all in on me on the flop..I lost $20 on calling with aces when flop comes 234, 2 spades and donk called my preflop reraise with 5,6 offsuit..bah..I put him on a spade draw, how can I put him on 5,6:( Couldn't put him on 2 pair, perhaps a set but if so he had an ugly pair preflop lol. Plus, I figured a 5 would give me a straight if I was dominated but no, 5,6 offsuit!! lol..Hit an ace on the turn to make it a little exciting.

Picked two big hands today. First one, pair of 4s and just limped in cause I was raising a lot. I was reraised from the small blind to $1.25, big blind calls, (he likes to call preflop) and I call hoping to hit a set. Flop comes AJ4, 2 spades. I bet right out $3 hoping someone reraises with a pair of aces. Well, the small blind had ace 10 and reaised all in for $22 so I take down that pot. Another hand large stack limps in, I'm on dealer with king queen, was reraising a lot in position and thought for sure he'd call and probably lead out on flop so I just call. flop comes AK4, all clubs. I have queen of clubs. Large stack bets out $1(pot size). I call because we both have $50 and don't want to gamble in case he wants to put his stack in with an ace. Turn is another king, great card and he checks and I bet out close to pot. He calls, and checks river. Queen on river so now I have a full house and I bet pot size, like $7, knowing thats pretty much all I can get and he calls.

Last hand I pick up 5,6 suited on cut off. Had to play it and I just limp. Got flush draw and gut shot but couldn't hit but didn't lose much just because I just called.

P.S. I found some pictures of Action Poker Girls, aren't they hot:) I love their outfits:)
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Saturday, May 10, 2008


May 10, 2008 0

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Friday, May 9, 2008


May 09, 2008 2
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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Play More Pots - Erick Lindgren

May 08, 2008 0
In tournaments, I play lots of hands. I'll put my money in with all kinds of connected cards, especially when in position. I might limp, I might min-raise or raise a little more than the minimum, depending on the circumstances. I'm looking to keep my table off balance so they don't know where I'm coming from.

My overall goal is to pick up a lot of small pots without a lot of resistance. I might raise in position and hope for a call from one of the blinds. If I raise pre-flop with something like 6-7, I might miss the flop entirely, but the raise puts me in control of the hand. On the flop, I'll likely bet if checked to, even if I miss. That small bet on the flop will usually win me a small, but helpful pot.

Of course, sometimes it won't work out. I'll bet and get check-raised on occasions. But that's okay, because I actually don't lose much in the hands that I have to surrender. Overall, I get to gradually add to my chip stack by chopping at small pot after small pot.

The other major advantage to my style is that, occasionally, I will hit a flop hard. If I do happen to flop a straight, it's difficult for other players to put me on something like 5-7 or 6-8. If one of my opponents also gets a piece of the flop, I'll get paid off in a big way.

By adding to my stack early, I have a real advantage over players who play a cautious, tight game. The extra chips that I accumulate allow me to survive some tough spots. So, if I happen to get involved in a race with A-K or a pair of Tens, I can withstand a loss. An opponent who's playing tight will likely be on the rail after losing a single race.

New players often ask me how they can learn to play more pots. I always suggest that they drop down significantly in stakes and practice. If you're playing $2-$4 no-limit, drop down to $.50-$1 - a level where some losses won't hurt you.

Once you're at that table, try to play eight hands out of 10. Play everything but 2-8 or 3-9 - hands that are entirely unconnected. When you get yourself involved with this kind of frequency, you'll have to concentrate more on your opponents than on your own cards. You'll have to be on the lookout for opportunities to take down pots with well-timed stabs. You'll also learn how to proceed in situations where you flop a good, but dangerous hand.

By dropping down and playing a lot of hands, you're going to learn a lot about poker. You're also going to have a lot of fun. Lord knows, playing 50% of the hands is a whole lot more entertaining than sitting around waiting for Aces.

If you look at the success that Gavin Smith, Daniel Negreanu and myself have had over the last couple of years, you'll see that being active can be an excellent way to score big in tournaments. It takes practice to play this style, but it can lead to great results and be a lot of fun.
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Monday, May 5, 2008

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May 05, 2008 0
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Please note that it can take up to 72 hours for your initial $10 in free cash to appear in your account. So in the mean time, check out our poker school or get some practice in on our play money tables and your free money will be with you before you know it.

300% up to $600
Match your first deposit by 300% all the way up to a massive $600 FREE. Minimum deposit of $25 required, bonus released in $5 increments for each 300 Action points accumulated.

Simply follow these 3 easy steps:
1.Download the VC software and open a Real Money Account
2. Click the "Cashier" button and then the “Deposit” tab
3. Enter code 'BVCTWO' when you make your first deposit.

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Sun Poker Free $10

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If you would like to receive the free $10 at Sun Poker click the Sun Poker banner and follow the instructions below.

This promo is available only for: Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Australia.

Online Poker

-Download the Sun Poker software and open a Real Money Account.
-Send an email to, something like this;

I would like to receive free $10, here is my info

-Your account number (found in the 'Cashier' under the 'My Account' tab)
-Your Full name
-Your Email address
-Your Phone Number
-Your City/Town

You should than receive an email in a day or so saying you received the $10. Good Luck.

Sun poker reserves the right to pull this promo at any time.
All players are eligible for a 100% first deposit bonus up to 200%.
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David William's Instructional Video - Playing $3-$6 No Limit

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David Anthony Williams (born June 9, 1980 in Arlington, Texas) is a professional poker and Magic: The Gathering player. He was a student at Princeton University and studied Economics at Southern Methodist University and attended the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, an early entrance college program

Williams was self taught to play no-limit Texas Hold'em tournaments. He was then mentored in poker by Marcel Lüske, with whom they both had a mutual friend in the Netherlands, Noah Boeken.

Williams's poker success was capped at the 2004 World Series of Poker. He won his buy-in through an online poker site and made it to the finals of the main event, ultimately finishing second to Greg Raymer, but still winning $3.5 million for the runner-up prize. His second-place finish is the best ever by an African American in a WSOP Main Event, besting Phil Ivey's 10th place finish a year earlier.

Four months later, he finished second at the Borgata Open World Poker Tour where he collected $573,800. David Williams became a member of Team Bodog after the 2004 World Series of Poker.

In March 2006, Williams made a second WPT final table, finishing 4th for $280,000. Two months later he made another WPT final table, again finishing 4th.

Williams also appeared on the game show King of Vegas, finishing in third place.

Williams now has his own vlog that offers an inside look at his personal and professional life. The webisodes air on the internet TV channel

Even though there is more money that can be made in professional poker than in professional Magic, Williams has said he will continue to play both games, although poker will take precedence. Like many who play both, he has asserted that the two are for different purposes: he plays Magic to have fun, and poker to make money.

Williams won his first WSOP bracelet in 2006 in the $1,500 Seven-card stud event when his K♠ 3♥ 4♣ J♦ (6♠ 4♠ J♥) defeated John Hoang's 4♣ 5♠ 9♦ 3♣ (A♦ 8♠ T♠).

His mother Shirley Williams often attends poker events in which he plays, and even competed in the 2006 WSOP main event, outlasting her son in the process. She also played in the $1,000 L.I.P.S. (Ladies only) W.S.O.P. event.[3] and she cashed in 465th place in the 2007 World Series of Poker main event.

As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,800,000.

David Williams
This young, charismatic tournament and online-savvy player is a force to be reckoned with. In 2004 alone, David won $3.5 Million for his Runner Up Finish at the WSOP Main Event and $573,000 for his Runner Up Finish at the WPT. Coming from a college background including Princeton and Southern Methodist University, David is an active World Poker Tour Professional, Professional Poker Tour Participant, and Card Player Magazine cover story. Before poker, David, now 25 years old, was an avid "Magic" player, a game that is only played one-on-one. Within the last year, David Williams has truly established himself as an important part of the professional poker tour landscape. With Two Second Place finishes in key tournaments, the Borgata Poker Open and the World Series of Poker "No Limit Hold'em Poker Championship, David proves his tournament mettle. David is one of the World Poker Tour's "Young Guns" and has been featured in Playboy and ALL IN Magazines as the Future of Poker.

More Background
His Magic Days David traveled the world playing "Magic - The Gathering" a card game with the features of chess, bridge & poker. During his travels he made many friends, including Noah Boeken who is also now making his living as a professional poker player like David.

What is David Like?
If you ask people who know David, his friends and family, about him you will get all the pieces of an amazing puzzle that becomes the David Williams people see at the table and on the final table poker tournament coverage on TV. David is smart and mature for his age, he has needed to be as he grew up in a single parent household, so he has always felt the need to be responsible. David is competitive- he wants to win - period. Second place is nice but it is not first to him who is always striving to be the best in all he does. He is wicked smart with an SAT score of 1550 Princeton welcomed David with open arms but he found a better college fit in his home state of Texas at Southern Methodist University. Polite and reliable are the comments of the people who do business with David, he follows through and does what he says he is going to do. David accepts reality, which helps him with the roller coaster ride of a nontraditional career in poker- he doesn't allow the ups & downs to waver him from his goal to win at the table and in the long run.
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