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Mike Sexton 2009 inductee for Poker Hall of Fame

Friday, October 16th, 2009 | Miscellaneous | No Comments

Harrah’s and the World Series of Poker announced on October 15th that Mike Sexton had been selected to become the 38th member of the Poker Hall of Fame.

Mike Sexton’s poker résumé is a long one. He won a WSOP bracelet in seven-card stud in 1989, and took down the televised WSOP Tournament of Champions in 2006. He has made $3.18 million in tournament winnings and has accumulated 47 WSOP cashes.

However, Mike Sexton is better known as the “ambassador of poker”. He is the main host of the World Poker Tour and spokesman for PartyPoker.

He has written for Card Player Magazine and founded also the Tournament of Champions of Poker, which let compete tournament winners from the previous year only.

Mike Sexton will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 7th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino during the final table of the WSOP main event.

Congratulations to Mike Sexton!

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Race for the Bracelets

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 | Miscellaneous | No Comments

The WSOP 2009 is over and the “November Nine” are found. In November, we will see the following players back in Las Vegas to finish the main event:

Name Land Chip count
Darvin Moon USA 58.930.000
Eric Buchman USA 34.800.000
Steven Begleiter USA 29.885.000
Jeff Shulman USA 19.580.000
Joe Cada USA 13.215.000
Kevin Schaffel USA 12.390.000
Phil Ivey USA 9.765.000
Antoine Saout France 9.500.000
James Akenhead England 6.800.000

This is the time to look at the all-time list of multiple bracelet winners. Who has won more than one bracelet, will Phil Ivey win his eighth bracelet at the WSOP 2009 and has Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth won his twelfth bracelet?

Here is the current list of the WSOP multiple bracelet winners

Bracelets Player Years
11 Phil Hellmuth 1989, 1992, 1993 (3), 1997, 2001, 2003 (2), 2006, 2007
10 Doyle Brunson 1976 (2), 1977 (2), 1978, 1979, 1991, 1998, 2003, 2005
10 Johnny Chan 1985, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003 (2), 2005
9 Johnny Moss 1970, 1971 (2), 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1988
8 Erik Seidel 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
7 Billy Baxter 1975, 1978, 1982 (2), 1987, 1993, 2002
7 Phil Ivey 2000, 2002 (3), 2005, 2009 (2)
6 T.J. Cloutier 1987, 1994 (2), 1998, 2004, 2005
6 Layne Flack 1999, 2002 (2), 2003 (2), 2008
6 Jay Heimowitz 1975, 1986, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2001
6 Men Nguyen 1992, 1995 (2), 1996, 2003 (2)
5 Gary “Bones” Berland 1977, 1978 (2), 1979 (2)
5 Allen Cunningham 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007
5 Chris Ferguson 2000 (2), 2001, 2003 (2)
5 Ted Forrest 1993 (3), 2004 (2)
5 Berry Johnston 1983, 1986, 1990, 1995, 2001
5 Scotty Nguyen 1997, 1998, 2001 (2), 2008
5 Stu Ungar 1980, 1981 (2), 1983, 1997
4 Mickey Appleman 1980, 1992, 1995, 2003
4 Bobby Baldwin 1977 (2), 1978, 1979
4 Bill Boyd 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
4 David Chiu 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005
4 Artie Cobb 1983, 1987, 1991, 1998
4 Mike Hart / Harthcock 1984, 1990, 1991, 1994
4 John Juanda 2002, 2003 (2) 2008 [Europe]
4 Jeff Lisandro 2007, 2009 (3)
4 Lakewood Louie 1978, 1979 (2), 1980
4 Tom McEvoy 1983 (2), 1986, 1992
4 Daniel Negreanu 1998, 2003, 2004, 2008
4 Walter “Puggy” Pearson 1971, 1973 (3)
4 Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston 1972, 1974, 1985, 1990
4 Huck Seed 1994, 1996, 2000, 2003
3 Eli Balas 1992, 1999, 2004
3 Lyle Berman 1989, 1992, 1994
3 John Bonetti 1990, 1993, 1995
3 Farzad Bonyadi 1998, 2004, 2005
3 Jimmy Casella 1971 1974 (2)
3 John Cernuto 1996, 1997, 2002
3 Paul “Eskimo” Clark 1992, 1999, 2002
3 Hamid Dastmalchi 1986, 1992, 1993
3 Nani Dollison 2000, 2001 (2)
3 Barbara Enright 1986, 1994, 1996
3 Chau Giang 1993, 1998, 2004
3 Perry Green 1976, 1977, 1979
3 Barry Greenstein 2004, 2005, 2008
3 Jack Keller 1984 (2), 1993
3 O’Neil Longson 1994, 2003, 2005
3 Mike Matusow 1999, 2002, 2008
3 David “Chip” Reese 1978, 1982, 2006
3 Hilbert Shirey 1987, 1995 (2)
3 David Sklansky 1982 (2), 1983
3 Max Stern 1995, 1997 (2)
3 Dewey Tomko 1979, 1984 (2)
3 Don Williams 1982, 1985, 1988
2 Daniel Alaei 2006, 2009
2 Rafi Amit 2005, 2007
2 Howard Andrew 1976 (2)
2 Sam Angel 1973, 1975
2 Josh Arieh 1999, 2005
2 David Baxter 1983, 1986
2 Chris Björin 1997, 2000
2 Buddy Bonnecaze 1992, 1993
2 Burt Boutin 2001, 2007
2 Humberto Brenes 1993 (2)
2 Starla Brodie 1979, 1995
2 Brandon Cantu 2006, 2009
2 Brent Carter 1991, 1994
2 William Chen 2006 (2)
2 Thomas Chung 1989, 1991
2 Scott Clements 2006, 2007
2 Hoyt Corkins 1992, 2007
2 Aubrey Day 1973, 1978
2 Freddy Deeb 1996, 2007
2 Jim Doman 1982, 1983
2 Sam Farha 1996, 2006
2 Tommy Fischer 1985, 1986
2 Scott Fischman 2004 (2)
2 Gene Fisher 1980, 1993
2 Eric Froehlich 2005, 2006
2 Matt Graham 2008, 2009
2 David Grey 1999, 2005
2 Thor Hansen 1988, 2002
2 Jennifer Harman 2000, 2002
2 Dan Harrington 1995 (2)
2 John Hennigan 2002, 2004
2 Randy Holland 1996, 2000
2 Jesper Hougaard 2008 (2)
2 Ryan Hughes 2007, 2008
2 Susie Isaacs 1996, 1997
2 Mel Judah 1989, 1997
2 Vasilis Lazarou 1990, 1997
2 Howard Lederer 2000, 2001
2 John Lucas 1983, 1984
2 Hans “Tuna” Lund 1978, 1996
2 Vitaly Lunkin 2008, 2009
2 Thang Luu 2008, 2009
2 Tony Ma 1996, 2000
2 Jeff Madsen 2006 (2)
2 Sam Mastrogiannis 1979, 1986
2 Juan Carlos Mortensen 2001, 2003
2 Ralph Morton 1982, 1987
2 Greg Mueller 2009 (2)
2 A.J. Myers 1980, 1981
2 Minh Nguyen 2003, 2004
2 Phi Nguyen 2003, 2004
2 Frankie O’Dell 2003, 2007
2 Rodney H. Pardey 1991, 1994
2 Brock Parker 2009 (2)
2 Max Pescatori 2006, 2008
2 David Pham 2001, 2004
2 John Phan 2008 (2)
2 Pat Poels 2005, 2006
2 James Richburg 2006, 2007
2 Dody Roach 1981, 1996
2 Brian “Sailor” Roberts 1974, 1975
2 Ray Rumler 1990, 1992
2 Eddy Scharf 2001, 2003
2 Tom Schneider 2007 (2)
2 Mark Seif 2005 (2)
2 Marty Sigel 1993, 1996
2 Jan Vang Sørensen 2002, 2005
2 Jack Straus 1973, 1982
2 J.C. Tran 2008, 2009
2 Peter Vilandos 1995, 2009
2 Steve Zolotow 1995, 2001

Puh, what a list! This shows that there are frequently the same players winning big tournaments and that poker is not just a game of luck, but a game of skills.

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Iron Man Challenge between Sorel Mizzi and Bertrand Grospellier

Sunday, March 15th, 2009 | Miscellaneous | No Comments

Sorel “Imper1um” Mizzi, a sponsored player of the online poker room Betfair, announced an Iron Man Challenge against Team PokerStars Pro member Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier. They will compete against each other in 17 events. In sixteen events, the winner will take home $10.000 and in the “Main Event”, which will be kick boxing, the winner gets $20.000.

But there’s more to it than that: whoever wins the most individual events will receive a cut of 15% of the other player’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) winnings up to a maximum of $300.000. And if either Sorel Mizzi or Bertrand Grospellier can emerge victorious in 80% or more of the events, they’ll receive an extra $50.000 from the other player.

The following events are planned:

Day 1

  • bench press
  • bicep curl
  • shoulder press
  • triceps pull down
  • chin-ups

Day 2

  • angled leg press
  • leg extension
  • squats
  • TBA

The winner of all weight lifting exercises is determined by whoever can lift the most for three repetitions.

Day 3

  • a tennis match best of three

Day 4

  • a jump roping challenge: whoever can jump the most number of times without missing will win this event.
  • arm wrestling

Day 5
The kick boxing main event: The two poker pros will square off for nine rounds in the ring.

Day 6
In a special swimming challenge they will answer the question who can stay at the center of a pool the longest without touching the sides or bottom.

Day 7
A rowing event: The winner of the rowing event is determined by whoever of the two guys can row the furthest in 15 minutes.

We will post the result of this great challenge here. So stay tuned!

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Doyle Brunson bets against his death prediction

Sunday, February 8th, 2009 | Miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Mack Rawden wrote a macabre article in CinemaBlend named “100 Most Likely People to Die in 2009″ and listed Doyle Brunson in 16th place with a 10% chance to die from obesity in 2009. In my opinion, this statement is really ridiculous. Doyle Brunson lost about 130 pounds in the past five years.

Therefore Doyle Brunson wrote a blog post on his online poker site DoylesRoom, calling Rawden a “clown” and then remarking, “… he said it was a 10% chance I would die. I would like to lay 10-1 for any amount if anybody knows this joker.”

Marc Rawden accepted the bet for $1.000, which means Doyle Brunson would pay out $10.000 if he dies in 2009, with all the winnings going to the American Cancer Society.

One of Brunson’s poker colleagues will hold the bet. The possible list of trustees including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Jennifer Harman and Mike Sexton.

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Phil Hellmuth now has his own poker clothing line

Friday, November 28th, 2008 | Miscellaneous | No Comments

Phil Hellmuth launched the Poker Brat Co. apparel line. At PokerBrat.com you can find a big assortment of various clothing articles, like T-shirts or hats. The hats have a “PH” logo on them and the shirts have a poker tree in the front or “Poker Brat Clothing Co.” written across the middle. Some of the designs are pretty cool but i think, that he won’t sell much outside the poker world.

Nevertheless, after his deal with the Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee, who print his face in front of their beer cans, this is another great deal from Phil Hellmuth. He really knows how to market his image as a poker brat.

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It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 | Miscellaneous | No Comments

It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings is a very important guideline in a poker game and means that you shouldn’t assume the outcome of a hand until the river is dealt and the hand is actually finished.

If you are ahead and big favorite to win the hand and you lose instead, this is often called a bad beat. There is no consensus among poker players, which situation is a bad beat and which is not. In my opinion, there are no bad beats, its all math. With Pocket Rockets e.g., you have only a 80% winning chance preflop. That means, that you lose one time out of five when you are dealt pocket aces.

In the following hand, I had 7 7 and my opponent held K K♠. I was a 19% underdog preflop to win this hand.

As you can see, I won the hand with a straight. The most players would call such a hand a bad beat, but as I stated above, its all math. Preflop I had a 19% winning chance and therefore in one hand out of five, I will win the hand.

The question is, how do you handle such an outcome. Do you go on tilt like Phil Hellmuth or do you accept bad beats as an unpleasant but necessary drawback to a tactic, that works the majority of the time and let you win more money? Good players will never lose their pokerface and endure such situations.

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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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A different kind of congratulation: F*cking Erick Lindgren

Monday, September 1st, 2008 | Miscellaneous | No Comments

In July Erick Lindgren was named WSOP player of the year 2008. The other poker pros congratulate him on a special way. Daniel Negreanu, Forrest Griffin, Phil Hellmuth, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Jason Alexander, Annie Duke, Patrik Antonius, Gavin Smith, Barry Greenstein, Joe Sebok and TJ Cookie made a videofilm named “F*cking Erick Lindgren” to honor him.

Have fun with the video!!

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