Poker variants

Playing Badugi for real money: New Sit-and-go’s at

Thursday, November 13th, 2008 | Poker variants | No Comments

As we mentioned earlier, you can play the poker variant badugi at PokerStars. Until now there were only play money games. Yesterday I discovered, that there are Sit-and-Go’s (SNG) for real money as well. As you can see in the next image, there are all kinds of limits, from buy-ins of $1 up to $200 (click to enlarge):

Screenshot Badugi at

If you can’t find badugi SNGs, you may have to activate the checkbox in the options:

Screenshot Badugi at (options)

I don’t know, if it is a good idea for me to play badugi for real money. I used to play a couple of play money games and it is really fun. But otherwise, badugi should be new to most of the players at pokerstars. So maybe there are more fishes and donkeys than in other poker variants? What do you think? Have you any experiences?


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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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!



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