Archive for September, 2008

Phil Laak will play cash game for 36 straight hours

Monday, September 29th, 2008 | Poker rooms, Poker variants | 3 Comments

As announced by Poker News Daily, Phil “The Unabomber” Laak will play cash game for 36 straight hours at the PartyPoker Den III in London.

The Party Poker Den III starts on Tuesday, September 30th an will end 36 hours later. The buy-in is $10.000 and the blinds will stay constant at $25/$50.

Besides Phil Laak, the following poker pros have guaranteed their appearance:

  • David “Devilfish” Ulliott
  • Robert Williamson III
  • Roland “The Edge” de Wolfe
  • Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari
  • Mike “The Mouth” Matusow
  • Jennifer “The Unabombshell” Tilly
  • Juha Helppi

This will certainly be a great event. I will keep my fingers crossed for Jennifer “The Unabombshell” Tilly.

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Breaking News: Doyle Brunson defeats Annette Obrestad 2:0 at the WSOPE in London

Friday, September 26th, 2008 | Tournaments | 2 Comments

Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson won the best of three heads-up game against Annette “Annette_15″ Obrestad in two fast matches.

In the first match Doyle Brunson made a king-high flush on the river and won all the chips against the turned queen-high flush from Annette Obrestad.

The second match Texas Dolly held J 3 and Annette Obrestad K J. A jack high flop brought both players chips into the middle. Annette had the better kicker and was ahead at this time. But the turn was a 3 and Doyle Brunson won the match with two pair.

Finally the player who had more luck on turn and river won this clash of the generations.

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Clash of generations at the WSOPE in London

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 | Tournaments | 2 Comments

On Friday, 26th of September 2008, poker legend Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson will play a best of three no-limit hold’em heads-up matches against the 2007 WSOPE Main Event winner Annette “Annette_15″ Obrestad.

Doyle Brunson won 10 bracelets at the WSOP, including two WSOP Main Event titles in 1977 and 1978. In 2008, he finished 16th in the $50,000 buy-in HORSE Championship. Texas Dolly is also a best-selling author with his two books Super System 1 and Super System 2. He is a representative of the original road gambler.

Annette Obrestad in contrast is a representative of the young and aggressive online poker players. She started her poker career when she was only fifteen years old. At the age of 18, Annette Obrestad won the WSOPE Main Event in 2007 and finished second at the EPT Dublin (Season 4) in the same year.

Both players will have a fair chance to win this match. The result will be posted in this blog. Stay tuned!

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Auto-Rate function now available in Poker Tracker 3

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 | Poker software | 4 Comments

In the new Beta 18 of Poker Tracker 3 the developers added a sadly missed feature from Poker Tracker 2, the auto-rate function.

Now Poker Tracker can automatically mark your opponents with an icon that let you easily identify them with one look as maniacs, bullys, sharks, calling stations, rocks or fish in the HUD-overlay at the table. That helps you to concentrate on the game and make your decisions easier. The auto-rate rules are thereby freely configurable. You could find many rules posted in poker forums such as 2+2.

Here you can see a table with a few players and their auto-rate icons. There are e.g. a rock and a calling station (the telephone) at the table (click on the image to enlarge).

Screenshot Poker Tracker Auto-Rate Icons

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5 reasons to play limit poker

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 | Poker variants | No Comments

If you watch poker on TV, the most time you will see all the poker pros playing no-limit hold’em making big moves, shoving all their chips to the middle of the table and winning big pots. But a lot of those pros play fixed-limit and pot-limit poker as well. For beginners it is the recommended kind of game, because it it more straightforward and less dangerous. Limit-poker is more a game of value betting, which means that you have to try to get the maximum value for your hand.

So, if you never played limit-poker, give it a try. Here are 5 good reasons to play limit-poker:

5. In limit-poker you will only lose one big bet at the end (not your whole stack), when your opponent catches his miracle card on the river.
4. You sleep the whole night knowing that your opponent didn’t bluff you out of a pot, instead of wondering whether or not your opponent had a hand when he got all-in.
3. The players who get lucky against you will be back again and again and again, giving you all your money back on the long run.
2. You can have a big down-swing and still have money to play, whereas in no-limit hold’em, you could be broke in a few days.
1. Your opponents have lost their biggest weapon: They can’t throw all their chips in the middle and shout “All-In”.

As “Miami” John Cernuto said: “Even though the big no-limit hold’em tournaments can bring their 15 minutes of fame and millions of dollars, the other games can be a great way to make a living.

If you have more reasons to play limit-poker, let us know and leave a comment!


Sebastian “Luckbox” Ruthenberg winner of the EPT Barcelona 2008 (Season 5)

Monday, September 15th, 2008 | Tournaments | No Comments

After a marathon poker match with more than 8,5 hours, Sebastian “Luckbox” Ruthenberg won the final table of the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Barcelona 2008. He defeated Fintan Gavin in the heads-up in the third hand with K♣ 9♣ against 4 7♣. After the flop (A♣ 7 2) he was behind, but the “Luckbox” got a K on the turn and a 9 on the river for a two pair and won the first price which is €1.361.000. Fintan Gavin as second receives at least €792.000.

After his bracelet at the WSOP 2008 this is the second big title in this year for Sebastian Ruthenberg.

Here are the results and the payouts of the final table:

Position Name Country Payout
1 Sebastian Ruthenberg Germany €1.361.000
2 Fintan Gavin Ireland €792.000
3 Davidi Kitai Belgium €455.000
4 Daniele Mazzia Italy €351.000
5 Dren Ukella Germany €292.000
6 Jason Mercier USA €227.800
7 Samuel Chartier Canada €178.000
8 Martin Nielsen Denmark €119.000


Sebastian “Luckbox” Ruthenberg chipleader after day 1 of the EPT Barcelona 2008 (Season 5)

Friday, September 12th, 2008 | Tournaments | No Comments

Sebastian “Luckbox” Ruthenberg from Germany is the chipleader after day 1a and day 1b of the EPT Barcelona 2008. He starts at day 2 with 105.900 chips followed by Jonas Klausen from Denmark with 101.800 chips and Mikael Lundell from Sweden with 101.000 chips.
Sebastian Ruthenberg won his first bracelet at the Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo event at the WSOP 2008 and is therefore the world champion in this poker variant.

Overall 619 players played at the two starting days. 203 of them will return at day 2, including the PokerStars Pros Chad Brown and Andre Akkari. They are all hoping to win the tournament and take the first prize which is €1.361.000. The runner-up gets at least €792.000.

Here are the top 20 chipcounts after both starting days:

Name Country Chipcount
Sebastian Ruthenberg Germany 105.900
Jonas Klausen Denmark 101.800
Mikael Lundell Sweden 101.000
Brice Cournut France 87.100
Michael Murra Germany 87.000
Jason Mercier USA 79.300
Olof Jonatan Stal Sweden 78.100
Nichlas Saarisilta Sweden 76.100
Aniol Alcaraz Coca Spain 74.100
Pedro Pocas Portugal 73.600
Rasmus Hede Nielsen Denmark 73.100
Jesper Hougaard Denmark 72.700
Haward Speer Germany 72.300
Voitto Rintala Finland 71.800
Nestor Ygborn Sweden 71.200
David Shave Kruger USA 71.100
Mazhar Nawab Ireland 70.600
Sorel Mizzi Canada 68.500
Chad Brown USA 67.100
Dren Ukella Germany 65.800


Mac-compatible software launched by PokerStars

Sunday, September 7th, 2008 | Poker rooms | No Comments

The online poker room PokerStars launched a fully-functional Mac-compatible software on friday, 5th of September 2008. The new software allows Mac players to have access to all of the features that users playing on Windows machines do. PokerStars is beside Full Tilt Poker one of two big online poker rooms that offer a fully-compatible Mac-version of its software. Although PCs are still the top gaming platform, the number of online games with Mac has been growing and PokerStars stepped up to deliver it.
Several other poker sites (e.g PartyPoker or Absolute Poker) only offer web-based versions of their software for Mac-users.

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Edward Sabat winner of APPT 2 Macau 2008

Saturday, September 6th, 2008 | Tournaments | No Comments

Edward Sabat won the final table of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) 2 Macau 2008. At the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in Macau he defeated Charles Chua in the heads-up with K J against Q♠ 3♣. The flop was Q 6 6♣. The Turn was A♣ and the river 2, so his king high flush beated the two pair of Charles Chua.

Edward Sabat is a american poker player from Lancaster, California. He is not a unknown person in the poker scene since he won the $5,000 buy-in Main Event of a World Series of Poker Circuit Event for over $70,000.

Here are the results and the payouts of the final table:

Position Name Country Payout
1 Edward Sabat USA $453.851,28
2 Charles Chua Malaysia $291.761,54
3 Diwei Huang Singapore $153.984,62
4 Mikael Rosen Sweden $108.600,00
5 Jeppe Drivsholm Denmark $81.044,87
6 Kuok Wai Will Cheong Macau $56.730,77
7 Tian Chen USA $42.143,59
8 Javed Abrahams UK $30.797,44
9 So Myung Sim South Korea $22.692,31

The former chipleader André HoRRoR Wagner ended up on 28th place with $8.104. The next APPT poker event takes place on September 26-28, 2008 in Seoul (Korea).


WCOOP 2008: $30.000.000 guaranteed

Friday, September 5th, 2008 | Tournaments | No Comments

The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is an online poker tournament series sponsored by PokerStars. This year PokerStars guarantees an overall prize pool of $30.000.000. There are 33 different events in total, covering a wide range of poker variants, including Hold’em, Stud, Razz, Omaha, HORSE, 2-7 Draw and 8-Game-Mixed.
In addition to the guaranteed prize, the winner of a WCOOP event receives a 14 karat gold bracelet.

Here is the schedule of the 2008 WCOOP:

Event No. Date Buy-In Event Guaranteed prize pool
1 Sep 5 $215 NL Hold’em [6-max] $1.000.000
2 Sep 5 $215 PL 5-Card Draw $100.000
3 Sep 6 $215 Limit Hold’em $300.000
4 Sep 6 $215 2-7 Triple Draw $100.000
5 Sep 7 $10.300 High-Roller NL Hold’em $2.000000
6 Sep 7 $530 NL Hold’em $3.000.000
7 Sep 8 $215 PL Omaha [6-max] $300.000
8 Sep 8 $320 8-game Mixed Event $200.000
9 Sep 9 $215 NL Hold’em [4-max] $400.000
10 Sep 9 $215 Razz $100.000
11 Sep 10 $320 PL Omaha Hi/Lo $300.000
12 Sep 10 $320 Mixed Hold’em [6-max] $300.000
13 Sep 11 $215 NL Hold’em w/Rebuys $1.000.000
14 Sep 11 $320 7-Card Stud $100.000
15 Sep 12 $320 NL Hold’em [Heads-Up] $500.000
16 Sep 12 $215 PL Omaha [1R1A] $300.000
17 Sep 13 $530 PL Hold’em [6-max] $400.000
18 Sep 13 $215 HORSE $300.000
19 Sep 14 $25.500 High-Roller HU NL Hold’em $1.600.000
20 Sep 14 $1.050 NL Hold’em $3.000.000
21 Sep 15 $530 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo $200.000
22 Sep 15 $530 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo [6-max] $200.000
23 Sep 16 $530 NL Hold’em [1R1A] $500.000
24 Sep 16 $530 NL 2-7 Single Draw $200.000
25 Sep 17 $320 PL Omaha w/rebuys $500.000
26 Sep 17 $320 NL Hold’em [6-max] $500.000
27 Sep 18 $530 NL Hold’em Triple Shootout $300.000
28 Sep 18 $530 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo $400.000
29 Sep 19 $530 NLHE w/Rebuys [6-max] $400.000
30 Sep 19 $1.050 PL Omaha $500.000
31 Sep 20 $1.050 Limit Hold’em [6-max] $500.000
32 Sep 20 $10.300 HORSE $500.000
33 Sep 21 $5.200 NL Hold’em Main Event $10.000.000



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