Archive for October, 2008

Never lose your pokerface

Sunday, October 26th, 2008 | Miscellaneous | 1 Comment

I found three funny videos on youtube, which are showing, that, if you want to be a poker pro, you should never lose your pokerface. No matter how strange the situation is, you have to be cool and self-controlled. These videos are commercials from Full Tilt Poker. I’m not sure, if these commercials are shown on tv in the USA. Maybe someone could leave a litte comment with this information.

In the first video you can see Jon Juanda, winner of the WSOPE Main Event in 2008 and owner of four bracelets.

In the second video you see Eric Seidel, who won 8 bracelets till now. Eric Seidel was runner-up in his first major tournament, the 1988 WSOP main event, to Johnny Chan. The final hand of this match was featured in the movie Rounders with Matt Damon and Edward Norton.

In the third video you can see Phil Ivey, who won five WSOP bracelets till now and who is, in my opinion, the most talented player in the poker circus. Phil Ivey is a regular participant in the Big Game at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas (a $4,000-$8,000 mixed cash game with extreme big pots).

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Eli Elezra admits multiaccounting on Full Tilt Poker

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 | Poker rooms | 1 Comment

Yesterday, I found an interesting video on tinypic.com. In this scene, Eli Elezra announced in front of Howard Lederer, who is a co-owner of Full Tilt Poker, that he has 17 accounts on Full Tilt. Please note especially the non verbal efforts of Howard Lederer to quieten Eli Elezra (at second 18).


Original Video – More videos at TinyPic

Although the most online poker rooms, e.g. including Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars und PartyPoker, doesn’t allow multiaccounting, this practice seems to be usual among the poker pros. In August 2008, Brian Townsend was found to be playing under multiple account names on Full Tilt and PokerStars. Also Guy Laliberte admits that he has several accounts on the most popular online poker rooms. For a poker pro, it is surely difficult to get action at the online poker table when they use their normal nickname. But in my opinion, a poker pro should be able to handle such a situation.

The question is: Should the online poker rooms allow multiaccounting or should they punish or expel the pros, who break their terms of service? What do you mean? I’m waiting eagerly for your comments.

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My personal experiences with Holdem Genius

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 | Poker software | 6 Comments

In this post I will tell you about my experiences with the poker analysis software Holdem Genius.

First a few words about the software. What is the sense of Holdem Genius? How could it help to improve your game?

Generally speaking, Holdem Genius is an odds calculator which gives you real-time betting advice based on the strength of your hand, your outs, the community cards, and what your opponents likely have.

I bought Holdem Genius at the beginning of September 2008. As you can see in the graph below, I lost a little money in the first 250 hands I played with the software (click on the image to enlarge it). How could that be?

Graph Holdem Genius report

Before you can use this software profitably, most time you will have to adjust the settings of Holdem Genius to match your personal playing style: making it e.g. more aggressive in late position or tighter pre-flop. Between hand 1200 and 1600, I tried another adjustment which cost me a little more money. But after that, I found the perfect setting for me.

Screenshot Adjust Holdem Genius

After I found the right adjustment, the software really helped me playing winning poker. In the screenshot below you can see a normal situation in a poker game: You have a flush and an inside straight draw on the turn and want to know your odds and outs. Holdem Genius shows you all that facts in a second, so you can concentrate on your opponents and not on the math.

Screenshot Holdem Genius

On the right side you see that you have overall 12 outs: 3 for a straight and 9 for a flush. You can also see, that your percentage of winning this hand on the river is only 19%. Therefore Holdem Genius gives you the advise to check this hand or, if the turn is bet, to fold. Your holecards, the betting advice and the strength of your hand is also shown in the middle of the table. A feature, which helps a lot if you are multitabling.

But there is one thing, that you must always keep in your mind: Holdem Genius is only an advanced odds calculator, not a “magic software” or a “miracle pill” that wins all hands for you.

There are a few limitations:

  • Holdem Genius can’t tell you if your opponent is bluffing or not. The software will only show you your outs, odds and winning percentages, but its on you to decide if your opponent has a hand or not.
  • Holdem Genius doesn’t track your opponents playing behavior. If you want to track your opponents playing style, you have to use a software like Poker Tracker or Poker Office.
  • Holdem Genius won’t tell you exactly how much to bet or raise on a strong hand. It will usually just say something like “Raise or Re-Raise” or “Check or call one small raise”. It’s on you to decide how much you will bet or raise.

In my opinion, these are just minor limitations of the software, which are in fact obvious. The benefits are much greater. Playing winning poker is much easier since I use this software.

Holdem Genius is for free. All you have to do is opening a new account at one of their partner poker rooms. You can get a free license on the Holdem Genius website.

If you use another software or if you have a different opinion, please let me know. Criticism and comments are welcome.

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Winners and losers at the PartyPoker Den III

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 | Poker rooms | 1 Comment

As PartyPoker announced on their blog, Andrew Feldman and Robert Williamson III are the big winners after the 36 hours marathon poker session at the Poker Den III in London.

21 players took a seat at this game, including poker pros such as Roland de Wolfe, Ian Fraser, Jennifer Tilly and Phil Laak. Each player had to pay a minimum buy-in of $10.000, with blinds starting at $25/$50. All players were free to leave the table at any time they wanted.

The biggest winners were Andrew Feldman and Robert Williamson III. Both of them won about $63.000.

The biggest loser was Sammy George, who gambled away over $78.000.

Here is an overview of the buy-ins and the cash outs:

Name Buy-in Cashed out
Andrew Feldman $40.000 $103.350
Robert Williamson III $30.000 $93.675
Richard Wheatley $20.000 $61.025
Phil Laak $20.000 $42.325
Bodo Sbrzesny $20.000 $42.850
Chris Smith $20.000 $40.000
Juha Helppi $40.000 $55.775
Roberto Romanello $10.000 $24.000
Jennifer Tilly $20.000 $32.550
Ian Frazer $20.000 $28.550
Neil Channing $60.000 $66.450
Joshua Landis $39.350 $41.874
Barney Boatman $30.000 $19.000
Joel Nordkist $30.000 $14.200
Chris Parker $60.000 $28.550
Ilios Kamatakis $10.000 $0
Alex Roumeltiotis $25.150 $0
David Williams $40.000 $0
William Martin $40.000 $0
Roland de Wolfe $50.000 $0
Sammy George $78.425 $0

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Michael Martin winner of the EPT London 2008 (Season 5)

Monday, October 6th, 2008 | Tournaments | 2 Comments

After a roller-coaster poker match with a lot of suck outs, Michael Martin won the final table of the European Poker Tour (EPT) in London 2008. He defeated Michael Tureniec in the heads-up with 4♣ 4 against K 9♣, turning a set. Michael Martin won the first price which is £1.000.000. Michael Tureniec as second receives at least £525.314.

Michael Martin had in the middle of the final table with blinds of 40.000/80.000 only 95.000 chips left and survived three all-ins in a row with a pair of eights, a pair of nines and a pair of aces. After that, he took the chiplead and eliminated all the other players.

Michael Martin was second at the Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam in November 2007 and fifth at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo (Season 4).

Michael Tureniec won his seat to EPT London in the $800 Last Chance qualifier on PokerStars – only three days before the tournament started. The second place is the biggest success in his poker career.

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

Position Name Country Payout
1 Michael Martin USA £1.000.000
2 Michael Tureniec Sweden £525.314
3 Marcin Horecki Poland £303.439
4 Eric Liu USA £234.920
5 Philippe Dauteuil Canada £195.766
6 Alan Smurfit Ireland £153.351
7 Johannes Strassmann Germany £120.723
8 Anthony Lellouche France £81.569

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