WotR “Hörertreffen” 2009: Party, chicks and a trip to sardinia

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 | Tournaments | 1 Comment

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I played the final table of the Webmasters on the Roof Series of Poker (WotR) in Munich on Saturday, 24th. The event was hosted by Mediadonis and Fridaynite and sponsored by Everest Poker, which all made an incredible job. The location, the 089 Bar in Munich, was also great and the party really amazing.

And best of all, Silke Burghardt and I survived the final table (besides Marcus and Fridaynite) and therefore won the two tickets to Sardinia in May to play the final EPEC 2009 tournament. We started with 4.000$ chips and blinds of 25$/50$. I really had no hands and played only four hands the whole tournament. With an M-ratio of 2, I had to call an all-in move with K9 against the AQ of Marcus. I turned a full house (Kings full of nines) so I doubled up and survived. Sorry Marcus! In the end, the last player was eliminated by Silke.

In Sardinia, there will be about 200 participants, who qualified in several Everest Poker events (live and online poker). The prize pool of this tournament is overall $100.000. The tournament’s prize structure has not been published yet.

Here are some pictures of this fantastic evening:

WotR Munich 2009 Pic 1
WotR Munich 2009 Pic 2
WotR Munich 2009 Pic 3
WotR Munich 2009 Pic 4
WotR Munich 2009 Pic 5
WotR Munich 2009 Pic 6

Special thanks to Thomas Luk, Nils Hennig, Silke Burghardt and Gianfranco Murgia for a great party.


Germany rocks the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2009

Sunday, January 11th, 2009 | Tournaments | No Comments

At the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2009 on the Bahamas, the players from Germany are really incredible:

  1. Team Germany wins the World Cup of Poker V and is therefore the inofficial Team-World Champion. Every Member of the team wins $20.000.
  2. In the 5000$ side-event of the PCA 2009, two German players reached the final table. Florian Langmann finished in second place behind Peter Eastgate, the winner of the wsop main event 2008 and Jan “50 outs” von Halle finished in ninth place. Florian Langmann gets $184.300 and Jan von Halle $25.000. Peter Eastgate, the winner of this event, enhanced his bankroll with $343.000.

Last but not least Benny Spindler, a 23 year old German player, finished in third place at the main event of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and received $1.100.000. After 5 hours of play in a threesome, Benny Spindler lost an important flop with A K against A 8 (his opponent made a full house) and was then extreme short-stacked. After that, Benny Spindler lost his last chips to Poorya Nazari, who finally wins the tournament against Tony Gregg.

Also mentionable is the ninth place of Jan Collado Fernandez in the same event. He was busted only one place before the final table. Overall twelve players form Germany finished in the money at the main event of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2009.

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

Position Name Country Payout
1 Poorya Nazari Canada $3.000.000
2 Tony Gregg USA $1.700.000
3 Benny Spindler Germany $1.100.000
4 Alexandre Gomes Brasil $750.000
5 Pieter Tielen Netherlands $550.000
6 Dustin Dirksen USA $400.000
7 Dan Heimiller USA $300.000
8 Kevin Saul USA $234.000

So, as you can see, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2009 was really a good tournament for the German players. Congratulations to this incredible performance!!

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Munich, I’m coming!

Thursday, December 4th, 2008 | Tournaments | 3 Comments

On Tuesday, I won the second Webmasters on the Roof Series of Poker qualification-tournament on Everest Poker which was hosted by Mediadonis and Fridaynite, two well-known German webmasters. Therefore, I will travel to Munich in January 2009 to play the final table against the six other qualifiers, Fridaynite and Mediadonis, who was part of the PokerStars-Beat the Stars-tournament in Germany and is a regularly participant of EPT- and WSOP-Events.

So cross your fingers for me!!!

If I finish this tournament first or second, I will get an EPEC-Package for the final-tournament in Sardinia at the end of may with a prize pool of 100.000 €.

Here is the list of the participants of the final table in Munich

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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.


Cycalona „Clonie” Gowen sued Full Tilt Poker

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 | Poker rooms | No Comments

Cycalona Gowen, better known as Clonie Gowen, has sued Full Tilt Poker and the various people and companies associated with Full Tilt for the sum of $40 million dollars. The list of defendants is impressive. First, there are the various companies like Full Tilt Poker, Tiltware LLC and Pocket Kings Ltd. Second, Clonie Gowen sued also the founders of Full Tilt, Howard “The Professor” Lederer and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, and all the equity holders in the company, including Jennifer Harman, Erick Lindgren, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius.

Clonie Gowen claims that the defendants are guilty of a number of things, including Breach of Contract and Unjust Enrichment. In 2004, she had the opportunity to become a member of Team Full Tilt Poker. She was offered a 1% stake in the company for represent and promote Full Tilt. Till now, she says, this stake is not paid. The problem is, that she had no written contract. It was only an oral agreement. Therefore it is likely difficult for Clonie Gowen to prove her statements.

Nevertheless Full Tilt Poker will do anything to keep this case out of court. If this case would go to court, all the associations between the poker pros and the various companies written above will rise up. This will be very interesting for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the US government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement and the worst case for Full Tilt.

If we hear something new about this case we will update this post. So stay tuned!


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

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 pokerstars.com

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

Screenshot Badugi at pokerstars.com (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?


Peter Eastgate youngest winner of the WSOP Main Event 2008

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 | Tournaments | 1 Comment

Peter Eastgate is the winner of the main event of the WSOP 2008. He defeated Ivan Demidov and is the youngest winner so fare. He displaced Phil Hellmuth from this title, who won in 1989 at the age of 24.

After a marathon final table, which lasted more than 14 hours, Peter Eastgate won the tournament when he turned a street from Ace to five and his opponent had only two pair.

Peter Eastgate gets $9.152.416 and the bracelet. Ivan Demidov as second gets anyhow $5.809.595.

Congratulations to Peter Eastgate!

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

Position Name Country Payout
1 Peter Eastgate Denmark $9.152.416
2 Ivan Demidov Russia $5.809.595
3 Dennis Phillips USA $4.517.773
4 Ylon Schwartz USA $3.774.974
5 Scott Montgomery Canada $3.096.768
6 Darus Suharto Canada $2.418.562
7 David (Chino) Rheem USA $1.772.650
8 Kelly Kim USA $1.288.217
9 Craig Marquis USA $900.670


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).


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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