Archive for September, 2008
Monday, September 29th, 2008 | Poker rooms, Poker variants | 3 Comments
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.
Friday, September 26th, 2008 | Tournaments | 2 Comments
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.
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!
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 | Poker software | 4 Comments
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).
Other poker software
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!
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:
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:
|Olof Jonatan Stal||Sweden||78.100|
|Aniol Alcaraz Coca||Spain||74.100|
|Rasmus Hede Nielsen||Denmark||73.100|
|David Shave Kruger||USA||71.100|
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.
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:
|6||Kuok Wai Will Cheong||Macau||$56.730,77|
|9||So Myung Sim||South Korea||$22.692,31|
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|
|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|
|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|
|33||Sep 21||$5.200||NL Hold’em Main Event||$10.000.000|