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Friday, January 29, 2010

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I finally bought the book Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen. I wanted to read it for a long time (I haven't received it yet, it's still in the mail). I also bought The Picasso Flop, co-writtened by Vince Van Patten (Co-host alongside Mike Sexton on WPT Tour).



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Rush Poker At Full Tilt Poker

January 29, 2010 0
An interesting new style of poker is "Rush Poker". It seems to be quite popular







Here is how it works:



Unlike a standard ring game, when you play Rush Poker you’ll join a large player pool and face a different table of opponents every hand you play. When you fold your hand, you’ll immediately be moved to a new table for your next hand.




“Rush Poker is the greatest innovation in online poker since poker started on the Internet,” said Team Full Tilt member Chris Ferguson. “Rush Poker is an amazingly fast-paced game. You always have a decision to make; you’re never waiting for other players to finish the hand.”



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Now, the problem with this is that there's a new table everyhand with different players so you can't really get a read on your opponenets. Another problem is the blinds are all over the place, for example, one hand you may be under the gun, the next hand you may be cut-off position but I'm sure Full Tilt has made a system where you averge out the 1.5 blinds every round.

















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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cake Poker Buys T.J. Cloutier’s WSOP Bracelet On Ebay

January 27, 2010 1
T.J. Cloutier’s WSOP Bracelet
One of the team members at Cake Poker bought T.J. Cloutier 2005 World Series of Poker $5K No Limit Bracelet for $4006 on ebay. There were 8 bids on the bracelet, starting at $2999 and finishing at $4006. The Cake Poker member put an auto-bid on the item so it looks like they were willing to pay a lot more than $4000 for it. There is a post on Cake Poker Blog about Cake Poker buying the bracelet: Cake Poker Discovers the Joys of eBay. They do not directly say they bought the item but there are enough clues including the Tags on the post "Tags: ebay, wsop, tj cloutier".

T.J. Cloutier confirms the bracelet is indeed from his 2005 WSOP win. He told this to Hardcore Poker Show

“I don’t want to talk about it… Yeah its mine… I was short… I pawned it…. I tried to get it back with my ticket but i was too late”


I feel kind of sorry for Cloutier but he shouldn't be pawning his WSOP bracelet(s)..I just noticed this is on the auction page:

"Please see our other auctions for another one of Mr. Cloutier's Championship Bracelets!"


Screenshot of T.J. Cloutier’s WSOP Bracelet Ebay AuctionI wasn't able to find the other auction. Here is a link to the original 2005 World Series of Poker $5K No Limit Bracelet auction on Ebay. Note: The auction is private so you need an ebay account to view it. I took a screenshot of the auction(Image to the left)



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Monday, January 25, 2010

Funniest Poker Quotes

January 25, 2010 1
Here are some of my favourite poker quotes from some of my favourite poker pros!


Sam Grizzle:

"You can spend your money the way you want to and ill spend somebody else's money the way I want to"
Gus Hansen:

Clonie: "I have an above average hand"
Gus: "I have an above average something too"

Gus: "Do you know that good old saying?"
Daniel Negreanu: "Which one?"
Gus: "F*** you"
Mike Matusow:

"Only a donkey would make that call"

"poker 101 - never bluff to an idiot"

"Just call me Bossman"


What are your favourite poker quotes?


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Seventh Street Decisions in Seven-Stud - Keith Sexton

January 25, 2010 1
Keith SextonA few weeks ago, I offered some pointers for playing fourth steet in Limit Seven-Card Stud. For this tip, I'm going and show how you might improve your play on seventh street.

My first suggestion for playing on seventh street is that you need to look at your pot odds when facing a final bet. When playing $5-$10 Stud, for example, you'll often need to call a $10 river bet while looking at a pot of $70. In this spot, where you're getting 7:1, if you have any suspicion that your hand is good, you really ought to call. The odds are so favorable that throwing away a lot of marginal hands would be a mistake. This is very different from no-limit poker, where you'll need to make some big laydowns late in a hand. If you're making the transition from No-Limit Hold 'em to Limit Stud, keep this very important point in mind.

Some of the tougher decisions on seventh street arise when you're holding one pair. Let's say you start with a pair of 6s and your opponent open-raises with a King as his door card. He bet all the way, representing a pair of Kings, and you called. Neither of you seemed to improve on fourth, fifth or sixth streets, and he bet out on the river.

At this point, you can be fairly certain that he doesn't have a pair of Kings. Most people don't have the heart to bet one pair on the river. So, in this case, you're likely up against something like Kings up, some sort of hidden hand, or a total bluff. Given this range of hands - and knowing that a bluff is a possibility - you should make the final call. You'll pick off a bluff enough of the time to make the call profitable.

I want to point out here that, since it's proper to call with a lot of marginal hands, betting with one solid pair on the river is often a good idea. If you start with something like a pair of Kings and your opponent doesn't seem to catch anything, don't be timid on the river. Oftentimes, you should bet, knowing that a lesser hand is likely to call.

Now, let's look at another river situation. Let's say that after the river has been dealt, you have Q 10 9 8 with three clubs showing. You made a straight on the river after your opponent has been aggressively betting his hand the entire way, showing Ad Kd 9s 6h.

After betting into your hand on sixth street, he again bets into your hand on seveth street. In this situation, you have to think about what your opponent is betting into. Most players will not bet into such a scary board with one pair or even two pair.

We have to assume that our opponent is either bluffing with a weak hand and is unconcerned with our hand, or has a huge hidden hand and is hoping to get three bets on the river. This could be a situation where you might just call, especially if there is a third hand behind you who might over-call with a marginal hand that he would fold if you had raised.

When playing Limit Stud, be sure that you're making enough value bets and crying calls on the river. Keep the pot odds in mind and you're likely to make the right play.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Major Flaw at Lucky Ace Poker/ Pacific Poker Network

January 24, 2010 1
Pacific Poker Network Stealing From Their Players

A while I posted about how Lucky Ace Poker/ Pacific Poker Network takes money from inactive accounts, which they call "administration" fees. To make things worse, they also take your bonus dollars (Money which you have to wager before withdrawing) and they make you work off the pending bonus before you can withdraw even though they took the bonus dollars.

For example:

I had $25 bonus dollars in my Lucky Ace Poker account. $20 of it was taken for "administration" fees while I was inactive. Now, before I withdraw, I have to wager enough to clear the $20 but when I complete the requirements, I do not get to keep the $20..


No pokerroom should be able to do this, it's just plain wrong. I suggest everyone stay away from Pacific Poker Network... you can see what network pokerrooms are on at http://www.pokerscout.com/PokerSites.aspx

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