January 2009 - Poker Root


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Friday, January 30, 2009

Gus Hansen and Theo Jorgensen Prepare for Boxing Match - Set For Feb. 21

January 30, 2009 0
Theo Jorgensen and Gus Hansen will battle it out in a boxing match in Copenhagen on February 21.

Gus Hansen and Theo Jorgensen Prepare for Boxing Match
Gus and Theo have a prop bet on the outcome of the match; if Gus wins, Theo will pay him $25,000, if Theo wins, Gus will pay him $35,000. Gus is younger and in better shape that's why the odds are not 50/50.

You can watch a video of Jorgensen training, it is in Danish though.

Here is a conversation between Gus Hansen and high stakes pro Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies on Full Tilt Poker;

Gus Hansen: ziigmund
Ziigmund: y
Gus Hansen: ziigmund
Gus Hansen: is there any chance you are up for a boxing match in copenhagen
Gus Hansen: you vs Lars luzak
Ziigmund: why u want_?
Ziigmund: u hate me so much?
Gus Hansen: do you know that me and
Theo are going to box
Ziigmund: no i didnt
Gus Hansen: nope Im boxing agaisnt theo
Gus Hansen: on the 21st of february
Gus Hansen: in Denmark
Ziigmund: i cannot take against luzak
Gus Hansen: 3000 people watching
Gus Hansen: Zupp
Gus Hansen: do you know zupp
Ziigmund: lol
Gus Hansen: he might be too big for you
Gus Hansen: maybe Uffe holm is better for
Ziigmund: haha
Gus Hansen: he is a danish
Gus Hansen: Im actually very serious
Gus Hansen: Ziiggy
Ziigmund: y0
Gus Hansen: ziiggy
Gus Hansen: are you up for it
Gus Hansen: you might get beat
Gus Hansen: ziiggy vs Zupp
Gus Hansen: just the sound of it sounds
Ziigmund: lets talk latertr
Ziigmund: haha
Gus Hansen: trying to call you from theos
Gus Hansen: ziggy pick up
Ziigmund: wait
Gus Hansen: Ziggy
Gus Hansen: think about
Gus Hansen: it
Gus Hansen: lots of girls

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Come And Join The Beat Victor Challenge

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Come And Join The Beat Victor Challenge
The highly acclaimed 'Beat Victor Challenge' is set to hit the VC Poker Tables, and may just prove to be Victor’s greatest player challenge yet. There is over $100,000 in prizes along with 10 trips to Spain to participate in a live tournament to win the ultimate prize - a heads up poker duel with Victor himself to bag the massive $50,000 Grand Prize.

Founded on Sit & Go tournaments, the Beat Victor Challenge comprises four individual challenges. These are as follows:

Challenge 1 - Weekly Leaderboard competition for 10 weeks
Challenge 2 - Top 9 Weekly Leaderboard winners progress to Weekly Final
Challenge 3 - 10 winners of Weekly Finals progress to Live Final
Challenge 4 - 1st place in Live Final takes 1st shot at Victor heads up

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Aussie Millions: Stewart Scott becomes the first ever Australian to win

January 28, 2009 0
The new king of poker has been crowned, Australian Stewart Scott won the No-Limit Holdem Main Event at the 2009 Aussie Millions Poker Championship.

At the opening day launch of the Main Event, 2005 WSOP Champion and Crown Ambassador Joe Hachem threw down the challenge to all of his fellow countrymen that entered this tournament "I think it's about time an Aussie took home the title", said Hachem. "Get your acts together!". Stewart Scott obviously took this to heart, surviving a 681-player field loaded with top tournament pros, internet qualifiers and world champions, claiming the chip lead at the end of Day 4 and holding it throughout the final table to collect the championship title worth AUD $2 million, the custom made Poker Allure bracelet.

The chip stacks looked like this when the final table began:

Seat 1: Zach Gruneberg - 1,355,000
Seat 2: Barny Boatman - 349,000
Seat 3: Elliot Smith - 1,120,000
Seat 4: Richard Ashby - 658,000
Seat 5: Stewart Scott - 4,520,000
Seat 6: Peter Rho - 2,420,000
Seat 7: Rajkumar Ramakrishnan - 2,050,000
Seat 8: Sam Capra - 1,161,000

After playing a marathon session at the final table that lasted 12 hours, 36-year-old Scott from northern New South Wales walked away with a cool AUD$2 Million for his efforts, the largest prize ever awarded in a live poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.

Stewart Scott outlasted an incredible field of 681 players who anted up the AUD$10,500 buy-in for the Main Event, creating a prize pool of AUD$6.81 Million. The Main Event was the culmination of 18 individual events, which this year generated more than AUD$18 Million in the total prize pool.

After the final, life-changing hand, Scott scooped up all of the cash on the table and let it fall through his fingers. ‘Yeah!’ he shouted. His wife was let onto the set. Scott picked her up in a long embrace, spun her through the air, and gave her a kiss.

American Peter Rho played amazing poker and held his own against some of the best players in the world, busted out in second place winning a tidy AUD$1 Million.

"We congratulate Stewart Scott on his tremendous accomplishment," said David Courtney, Crown Casino’s Chief Executive Officer. "He played superb poker over a prolonged period against a record field that included virtually every top professional and hundreds of talented amateurs from Australia and around the world."

Finishing third and collecting AUD$700,000 was 21-year-old Elliott Smith from Vancouver.

The remaining players at the final table were:
4th place: Rajkumar Ramakrishnan - $400,000
5th place: Sam Capra - $300,000
6th place: Zach Gruneberg - $210,000
7th place: Richard Ashby - $150,000
8th place: Barny Boatman - $100,000

A little bit of trivia about Stewart Scott - he has a ‘Dream Chart / Wish List’ hanging on the back of his bathroom door, and on top of the list is the ‘Aussie Millions Champion Title’, along with a new kitchen for his wife and six month old daughter, along with other items and various words of encouragement.

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Doyle's Room - Now Accepting American Players Again [Plus a $5k Welcome Back Freeroll]

January 28, 2009 0
Doyle's Room is now accepting U.S. Players again after moving to the Cake Poker Network. Previously on the MicroGaming network, MicroGaming decided to ban American players from many of its sites last November.

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To celebrate its relaunch, the site will host a $5,000 freeroll on Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. EST. The very next day, DoylesRoom will host a $100,000-guaranteed tournament for a reduced price of $162 at 5 p.m. EST.

“We wanted to offer our players a rewarding place to play,” said Doyle Brunson, the 10-time bracelet winner DoylesRoom is named after. “The liquidity and integrity associated with the Cake Poker Network made this an easy choice for our new partnership.”

All current player balances and all “loyalty points” will transfer to the new network. Loyalty points will now be known as “Gold Chips.”

Although the site will once again accept American players, it will still not allow competitors from Washington, Louisiana, or Kentucky based on local laws and court cases.

The Cake Poker Network launched in 2004, quickly establishing itself as one of the leading poker networks. It now ranks fourth in terms of ring-game traffic — behind only PokerStars, Full Tilt, and Cereus — of all the poker networks that accept American players.

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In Pot Limit... - Clonie Gowen

January 28, 2009 0
Most Pot Limit Omaha players know that Omaha is a game of "the nuts." In a multi-way pot, the winning hand is, more often than not, the best possible hand out there. When you start with four cards, you have six different possible two-card hands. This increases the chances that someone is holding the nuts. What many beginning Pot Limit Omaha players do not understand is that Omaha is really a game of redraws.

A redraw means that after the flop, you not only have some kind of made hand, you also have draws to a better hand. Having redraws in Pot Limit Omaha is so important that it is sometimes mathematically correct to fold the nuts on the flop. For example: suppose you raise in the late position with Ac Kh Tc 9h -- a very good starting Omaha hand. Two players call and you see the flop three-handed. The flop comes 6d 7s 8s. You've flopped the nut straight, which is the best hand possible at the moment. The problem is that you have absolutely no chance to improve your hand. This is as good as it gets. This may be okay if both of your opponents check to you. But, if one opponent makes a pot-sized bet and the next one makes a pot-sized raise, then what do you do? How can you fold the nuts?

If one of your opponents has flopped a set, and the other player -- or possibly even the same player -- has a flush draw, you are almost a 2-1 dog to win the pot. If one of those opponents has the same straight as you with a flush draw as well, or a wrap to a higher straight (such as 9,T,J), your hand is even worse because you can only win half the pot even if you don't lose to a flush or full house. You have to ask yourself what your opponents would possibly be betting and raising with on this flop. If there is a chance that all of the redraws are out against you, then you should always fold. If both of your opponents check and either one is tricky enough to be capable of a check raise, then you should still check this flop. If a blank comes on the turn - the 3c for instance -- your hand will be much stronger. Keep in mind, though, that if all of those draws are still out against you, even now you're not much better than 50% to win this pot.

Having multiple redraws to the nuts is much better in Omaha than having the best hand at the moment. Lay this hand down and save your chips for use in a better spot.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Texas Hold'em Poker Odds Calculator

January 26, 2009 0
Texas hold'em is the hottest game in poker. Use this calculator to improve your game by showing your odds against up to nine other opponents!

Learn the exact odds of all possible hands. Know when to bet and when to fold by determining whether you have a strong or weak hand. Simply click a card to deal it to a player. Find out how your odds look before and after the Flop, after the turn, and after the River.
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Daniel Negreanu's Bankroll Challenge - Turn $10 into $100K

January 24, 2009 2
Daniel Negreanu will attempt to turn $10 into $100K within 3 years. Daniel heard about Chris Ferguson's $0-$10k Challenge and decided to try it for himself.

I decided to try a little fun experiment. Starting with a $10 bankroll I'm playing ring game NL hold'em on PokerStars, starting out at $0.01-$0.02 and not moving up in limits until I have 500 big blinds at the next limit. Why? It's kinda fun. When I get to $25 I'll jump to $0.02-$0.05, Daniel Said.

Whatever my bankroll is, I will always buy in for 1/5th of my total bankroll. So, in the $0.01-$0.02 game I'll start with $2.00. If I were to happen to lose the $2.00 my next session would be 1/5th of the $8.00 bankroll I have left (1.60). I'll continue to do that as long as the game allows, meaning if I dip below the minimum buy in I'll be forced to gamble. I won't go down in limits.

Negreanu is 3 weeks into his "experiment", having played 786 hands and total profit of $15.26. Negreanu is currently playing the $0.02-$0.05 limit.

BankRoll Management Guidelines for Daniel Negreanu

1. He won't move up in limits unless he has 500 big blinds for that limit. He's starting at $0.01-$0.02 with a $10 bankroll.

2. When possible, his buy in amount will allow him 5 buy ins at that limit. For example, if he has $5 left, his buy in for the game will be $1. He will continue to do that until he dips below the min buy in.

3. He will play only NL cash games. He'll try to play full ring games as much as possible.

4. If he doubles his bankroll in a session he'll quit on his blind to avoid risking too high a percentage of his bankroll in any one hand.

5. At about the $5-$10 limit he may decide to increase the number of big blinds required to move up in limits. Negreanu says 500 BB's is plenty for the micro games, but could be short for the higher limit games with better opponents. He will base his decision on when to do that at his discretion.

6. He may also lower the buy in amount for the higher limit games from 1/5th of his bankroll per session to 1/10th of his bankroll per session.

7. When the amount needed to reach a goal is less than the 1/5th of the bankroll buy in, the buy in will be equal to the amount needed to reach the goal. Example: If 1/5th of the bankroll is $4.50 but you only need $2.50 to reach the goal, the buy in for the next session will be $2.50.

Note: It is very easy to go broke with these guide lines and I don't recommend you follow them. Instead I recommend the guide lines in Chris Ferguson's $0-$10k Challenge.

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The Script - Phil Gordon

January 24, 2009 0
In an effort to simplify my decisions, every single time it's my turn to act, I try to run through the same script in my head:

Are my opponents playing conservatively? Aggressively? Tentatively?

What are some of the hands my opponents are likely to hold?

What do my opponents think I have?

Once I have the answer to the first question, and feel confident about my range of answers for the second and third questions, I move on to the most important question:

Should I bet or raise?

If I think I have the best hand, I nearly always answer "Yes" and I bet or raise.

If I think I can force weak opponents out of the pot with this bet or with future bets, I nearly always answer "Yes" and I bet or raise.

If I don't think betting or raising is the right decision, I move on to the last question:

Should I check (or fold)?

If I think I have the worst hand, I nearly always answer "Yes" and I check or fold. If I think my opponents are strong, I nearly always answer "Yes" and check or fold. After a careful analysis, if I'm not sure if I should raise and I'm not sure I should fold, I feel confident that calling a bet (or checking) is correct.

I find that even in straight-forward and obvious situations, by running through the script I often find opportunities that other players might miss. And by asking the "raise" question before the "fold" and "call" question, I ensure that I am playing aggressive, winning poker.

Try using this script next time you sit down at the table, and see if simplifying your inner dialog forces your opponents into making more complicated decisions.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Amarillo Slim Gets Beat Up, Robbed of Cash and Diamond Ring

January 23, 2009 0
AMARILLO, Texas — Texas poker great Amarillo Slim was beaten and robbed while trying to take collateral on a $3,000 gambling debt he was owed, police said Thursday.

Amarillo Police Lt. Jim McKenny said the 80-year-old former world champion poker player, whose real name is Thomas Preston, was beaten after being lured to a field Tuesday night expecting to retrieve a four-wheeler as collateral. Preston went to the hospital with a broken jaw, hand and thumb, he told the Amarillo Globe-News.

He said he was robbed of $8,000 cash and a diamond ring worth $85,000, McKenny said.

That would not be that unusual for him to have that kind of money, he said.

It wasn't the first time he's been robbed either, McKenny said.

I think it probably has to do with the clientele and people he tends to hang with in the gambling circles, he said.

Amarillo Slim won the 1972 World Series of Poker and has been a member of the Poker Hall of Fame since 1992.

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Just A Few Things When Playing Razz - Jennifer Harman

January 23, 2009 0
The rules:

For those of you who aren't familiar with Razz, it is a game played like 7-card stud. The twist is that in Razz, the worst hand wins. Straights and flushes don't count for anything, but pairs are bad. Aces are always low cards. A five-high (or wheel -- remember that straights don't count against you) is the worst -- or I should say the best -- possible hand for this game. A-2-3-4-5.

Starting hands:

When playing this game, it's important that you start with 3 little cards. You shouldn't play with any card bigger than an eight in your hand. But there are two exceptions to this rule.

1. You have a nine showing when the hand is dealt, everyone else's up card is bigger than a nine, and you have two low cards in the hole. In this case, you have the best starting hand.

2. You are in steal position with a baby showing, and the remaining player (or even the remaining two players) has a big card showing. You can often raise in this spot to steal the antes regardless of what your hole cards are. If someone calls, you hope that their next card (fourth street) is a big card and yours is a baby. If your opponent catches a baby and you catch big, you should let it go. There's no point in continuing with the bluff.

Tracking cards:

Are your cards dead? This is another important thing to know when playing Razz. What do I mean by 'dead card'? A dead card is a card that is no longer in the deck. You know this because you have seen it in someone else's hand. Keeping track of the dead cards allows you to know how many of the remaining cards can hurt you, and how many will improve your hand. For example: your first three cards are 2-5-8. There are seven other players in the game, and their upcards are: 2, 5, 8, 8, 2, 7, J. Remember that pairs are bad in Razz. Fortunately, many of the cards that will pair you are in other players' hands, or 'dead'. Now suppose your opponent is holding 7-3-A. He needs a lot of the cards that are on the board (dead) to make his hand. The cards you need to make your hand are still available. In this situation, you are a little more than a 56% favorite. By tracking cards, you can more accurately make decisions based on your real equity at any given time.

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Seinfeld Actor Jason Alexander Joins Team PokerStars

January 23, 2009 0
Jason Alexander, best known for his role as George Costanza on the television series Seinfeld, has joined Team PokerStars. Alongside NHL hockey player Mats Sundin, past Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, and former Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser.

Jason Alexander will represent Pokerstars in several live and online poker tournaments including the 2009 World Series of Poker. You can find Jason on Pokerstars.com under the name "J. Alexander".

PokerStars has very graciously asked me to sign on as one of their official players. I am very flattered and happy to be playing for a real quality site and with the kind of professionals that remind me every day how truly mediocre I am at this game. But I'm learning. And now I can learn from some of the best, Alexander said.

Alexander has already played in many tournaments including 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, and ESPN's broadcast of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, an event he has played for the last three years. Jason will also appear in an upcoming episode of NBC's late-night show Poker After Dark.

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Action Poker Session - Good Results

January 23, 2009 0
So, I played at 2.5 hour session tonight. Started with $190 and finished with $268, I lost $17 on the last hand I played where my Queens lost to Aces. $78 profit is pretty good. I was lucky tonight, I didn't receive any bad beats and I won a few coin flips.

I haven't played since Jan. 1st. I will continue my poker challenge starting Feb. 1st but for now, I am working off a deposit bonus at Action Poker. I had 30 days to work off the bonus but I have left it for the last 24hours. 300 points I need to complete bonus, my goal was 150 tonight, another 150 just before time runs out. So I actually finished with 158 points and a lot better night than I thought it would be even though I got discounted on 2 big hands which I was value betting..One hand, I had Ace10 and it was 10 high board. I got disconnected just before value betting and I didn't even get to see the other guy's whole cards. He told me he had jacks but I don't believe cause he played the hand so weak. The other hand, I had kings and value betting the river, I took a screenshot(the picture above).

Here are a few hands;

Here is the kings hand I posted above..I'm surprised to see my value bet went through. Turned out the disconnection saved me $7.69. I played this hand bad, I should have raised to $1 since I am from early/mid position and bet is a little too small on flop because I'm out of position. The other guy played this hand good:(

I was surprised to see his hand :O

Monster flop, something like a coin flip.

I like how this hand turned out:)

That $3 bet on the river is scary, and that's why I called. Small bet on turn made it look like he had a draw and if he wanted me to call, he would have bet $2.85 pot bet or lower.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Way To Approximate The Odds - Clonie Gowen

January 21, 2009 0
It is very difficult to calculate the exact odds of hitting a drawing hand when you're sitting at the poker table. Unless you're a genius with a gift for mathematics like Chris Ferguson, you will not be able to do it. That leaves two options for the rest of us: The first option is to sit at home with a calculator, figure out the odds for every possible combination of draws, and then memorize them. That way, no matter what situation comes up, you always know the odds. But for those of us without a perfect memory, there's an easier way. Here is a simple trick for estimating those odds.

The first thing you need to do is to figure out how many "outs" you have. An "out" is any card that gives you a made hand. To do this, simply count the number of cards available that give the hand you are drawing to. For example: suppose you hold Ac 8c and the flop comes Qh 9c 4c. You have a flush draw. There are thirteen clubs in the deck and you are looking at four of them -- the two in your hand, and the two on the board. That leaves nine clubs left in the deck, and two chances to hit one.

The trick to figuring out the approximate percentage chance of hitting the flush is to multiply your outs times the number of chances to hit it. In this case that would be nine outs multiplied by two chances, or eighteen. Then take that number, multiply times two, and add a percentage sign. The approximate percentage of the time you will make the flush is 36%. (The exact percentage is 34.97%.) Now let's say that on that same flop you hold the Jd Th. In this case you would have an open ended straight draw with eight outs to hit the straight (four kings and four eights). Eight outs with two cards to come gives you sixteen outs. Multiply times two and you will hit the straight approximately 32% (31.46% exactly) of the time.

One important thing to keep in mind is that the percentage stated is merely the percentage of the time that you will hit the hand you are drawing to, NOT the percentage of time that you will win the pot. You may hit your hand and still lose. In the first example, the Qc will pair the board and may give some article a full house. In the second example both the Kc and the 8c will put a possible flush on the board, giving you the straight, but not necessarily the winning hand. Still, knowing the approximate likelihood of making your hand is a good beginning step on the road to better poker.
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sit & Gos Made Easy - Howard Lederer

January 18, 2009 0
The Sit & Go (SNG) is online poker's great gift to the aspiring tournament player. Prior to the SNG, final table experience was hard to come by. You could enter a dozen multi-table tournaments and never find yourself at a final table. Or you could make one or two, only to get knocked out in 8th or 9th place. Adapting to an ever-diminishing number of players at a single table is a crucial skill in tournament poker, and it's a hard experience to find offline without investing a lot of time and money. Online, this experience is a mouse-click away. The SNG's advantages are many. For starters, it's low-cost, or even free. It's also fun, and convenient: You don't need to schedule it -- a SNG starts every time the table fills up -- and it's usually over in less than an hour. It's the flight simulator of final table play, and mastering it should be considered mandatory homework for the serious student.

Now that you know why you should play, let's look at how:

The most obvious difference between a SNG and a multi-table tournament is that when someone goes broke in a SNG, there isn't someone waiting to fill their spot. Multi-table play consists mostly of full-table, ring game poker. But as players get eliminated from a SNG, the table gets shorter- and shorter-handed. This reduction in players basically serves to artificially raise the antes. For instance, say you're playing five-handed and the blinds are 100-200: You're paying 300 in blinds for every five hands, or 60 per hand. As soon as someone gets knocked out, you're four-handed. Now you're paying 75 per hand -- a 25% increase -- despite the fact that the blinds have remained the same. Accordingly, you're forced to gamble more, or risk getting blinded out.

Since the size of the blinds relative to your stack size should always play a major role in your hand selection, I recommend starting out with pretty conservative starting hand requirements. This serves two functions: First, the blinds dictate that you play fairly tight early; the blinds are small and you are nine-handed, so they don't come around as often. Second, this helps you establish a tight image, which you hope will pay off later when the blinds are high and you might really need a timely ante steal.

But there's another not-so-obvious reason to play tighter earlier and looser later: The payout structure rewards tight play. Most SNG's pay 50% to first, 30% to second, and 20% to third. This payout structure dictates that you play for third. Why? Looking at the payout structure another way might help. Basically, the payout means that 60% gets awarded once you're down to three players, 20% gets awarded when you get down to two players, and the final 20% gets awarded to the winner. If you can just get to third, you get at least one-third of 60% of the prize pool, or 20%. You've locked up a profit, and you have a chance to win up to 30% more. It's only now that you're in the top three that your strategy should take an abrupt turn. Now it pays to gamble for the win. Let's look at the numbers again: 60% of the prize pool is off the table, and moving up one spot is worth only another 10%. But move up just one more spot and it's worth a whopping 30% extra -- that's three times more for first than it is for second. And with the blinds going up, gambling for the win is even more clearly the correct play.

I see many players employ a nearly opposite strategy. They figure they have nothing to lose, so they go for the quick double-up early. They take chances too soon when, in their view, there's "nothing on the line". Then, once they're in the money, they tighten up, thinking about that extra payout for moving up a spot. If you start to rethink your SNG approach and adopt a "slow early, fast late" strategy, you'll see an almost immediate improvement in your results.

Best of luck and see you at the tables,

- Howard Lederer

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Freerolls - Free Poker Tournaments

January 16, 2009 0

Freerolls are tournaments with no entry fee, but although we usually think that freeroll is a free tournament, some freerolls can require players to make payments at some point in order to get a seat in a freeroll tournament.

However, typical freerolls are completely free. Unlike standard poker tournaments, where the prize pool is accumulated from the entry fees, in freerolls the prize pool is provided by the house, or sponsorship fees, or broadcast rights fees, or admission charged to spectators or any other source that wouldn’t require the participants to pay for their seats. Many online poker rooms and land-based casinos offer freerolls as bonus games for loyal members or frequent players. These are usually invitation-only tournaments for the frequenters.

Don’t confuse freerolls with play money tournaments – these two types of tournaments have to differences. First of all typical play money tournaments require a play money buy-in and the winnings are also play money, while in freerolls you shouldn’t pay an entry fee, but compete for real money prizes. Many online poker rooms running point reward systems require a payment of points. Sometimes you can buy a free invitation buy depositing money into your account. Besides of cash prizes, the winnings in freeroll tournaments can be player points, various merchandise, or free entries to standard tournaments.

I have set up a Freeroll Script to show all the latest freerolls, it is updated in real time. I also set it up so when you click a pokerroom, not only do you get to play in freerolls, you also get a free bankroll. Using this listing of freerolls you will never miss free tournaments, where you can win real money, entries to standard tournaments and other cool stuff!
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Tony G Instructional Videos - Advanced Strategies

January 16, 2009 0
Tony G Instructional Videos - Advanced StrategiesInternet poker is definitely alive and well!

If you want to play, stick with me, follow my lead and fine tune all of your skills playing online. Online is one of my favorite mediums and could be the favorite for my opponents because they can't hear me while I'm at my best - that is the role...

- Tony G

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Check out Tony G crushing opponents on his razor-sharp video lessons!

(For full screen, click bottom right)

Advanced Level

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Update On My Pokerstar's Challenge

January 14, 2009 0
Find the Poker Star in you

Figured I'd try $5.20 games to test them out first. I found antes are high so it's worth it to steal blinds more often. Anyway, I played 24 of them today. First 10, I got the worst bad beats ever lol. I didn't play many hands and I seemed to lose every hand I played whether it was a coin flip or they got runner runner straight/flush. So I only won 2 out first 10 sngs.

I went for a break and I got very lucky in the second session. Not so much in one hand but I won crucial pots when it counted. I won 9 sngs in a row. I than felt like I can win in this game and perhaps more up to $10.40 tomorrow.

So 12/24 for today.
Hours Played: 3
Bankroll: $595.20
FPP points: 24 of 3000

Here's one hand from today, one of the bad beats I got.

Jacks vs ...

Edit Jan 14th: I've been busy lately so I will I will continue the challenge Feb.1st since there's no way I can make Silver Star with so little time left in January. I will play a little bit at Action Poker, I'll post some hands if you guys want.

You can track my Pokerstars progress at Sharkscope here, I started the challenge at around 500 games played.
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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tom "Durrrr" Dwan's Million Dollar Challenge [Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonious and David Benyamine Accept Challenge]

January 10, 2009 2
Durrr states:

"I'm making this heads-up challenge to the world. Anyone can accept. Four tables, minimum of $200/$400, and I'll put up $1.5 million to their $500,000. We play 50,000 hands minimum and if they end up a dollar after rake they keep the side money or whatever. So basically, if you and I played and you won a dollar, you would get my $1.5 million and if I won a dollar I would win your $500,000. So I'm giving a million dollars free if anyone thinks they can do it."

Tom "Durrr" Dwan has three players who have taken him up on his million dollar challenge. The players are no small fish by any means and have the ability and bankroll to take on Durrr. The players are Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonious and David Benyamine, three of the highest rollers in the online poker playing community.

Tom "Durrrr" Dwan talks to Card Player TV at the PCA about his recent challenge and whose in line to play.

The Durrr Challenge

It would appear that Durrr may have gotten more than he bargained for when he issued his brash challenge. Should Durrr lose to all of his opponents, he stands to lose whatever he loses at the table, along with $4.5 million. On the flip side, if he defeats all three players, he would win $1.5 million in side bets. From a practicality standpoint, the risk vs. reward aspect here seems to be fundamentally flawed.

To reiterate, the way the challenge will work is that Durrr would face his adversary heads up in either No limit Hold em or Pot Limit Omaha at four tables simultaneously. At the conclusion of 50,000 hands, if the opponent is up by at least a single dollar, Durrr will give them an additional $1.5 million. If he is up a single dollar, Durrr would be paid $500,000.

Free Poker Bankrolls

Ivey confirmed his acceptance of the challenge on pokerroad.com in an interview with Barry Greenstein. Ivey confirmed that Durrr will first face Benyamine before stepping onto the virtual felt with himself. Though Antonious has confirmed his participation, it is not yet known if he will face Durrr before Ivey or after. No statement on the matter have been made by Durrr so it appears the challenge is still open if anyone else wants to partake.

At press time, start dates have yet to be confirmed, but with the interest this has stirred on the poker forums, the secret will be out before long.
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Thursday, January 1, 2009

My Pokerstar's Challenge

January 01, 2009 0
Find the Poker Star in you

Hey guys. Here's my next challenge. I will attempt to play 1500 $10 + $0.40 Turbo Double Up Sit and Go's within 2 months. I have 6 months to work off the pending bonus but I would like to do it in 2 months so I can become Pokerstar's Silver VIP member.

Game Type: $10 + $0.40 Turbo Double Up SNGs
Number of SNGs: 1500
Bankroll: $600
Time Frame: 60 days (180 days if I fail)
Goal: 3000 VPPs points and hopefully 20ROI+

Estimated time to complete: 180 hours, 25 SNGs per day.
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