Does it Benefit Me to be a Specialist or Should I Learn All the Games?


28 Jul , 2009 - Posted by Dan in Poker Tips

This is a tough question to answer as it really depends on what you want to do with your poker playing.  If you are just looking to take down your local game, you are probably better off just playing hold’em and becoming an expert.  If you want to be a true player and be successful at the casinos, you are better off getting a well rounded education and learning all of the games.

The reason I say that you should become well rounded is because you never know where opportunity is going to strike.  Most home games are either a compilation of a bunch of silly games like After the Queen, Low Hole and 7, Middle Hole and the like or straight up Texas Holdem Poker tournaments.  Any game with a wild card is pretty much pot luck so you can focus on hold’em and clean up with your buddies.

When you are looking to play cards for a living, you have to be able to play where the money is.  For instance, you walk into your local card room and all of the hold’em tables are not only filled, but are occupied by people that you know are better than you.  On the other hand, the 7 stud table has 2 seats open and has nothing but suckers sitting at it.  Do you want to be on the list to donate your money or would you rather go sit down and make 2 month’s rent in one session?

The other money making opportunity for this is playing poker on poker sites.  H.O.R.S.E. tournaments are becoming more and more popular at the poker sites. While there may be a lot of players in them, they do not always have the best skills once you get into the stud variations.  It is always funny to watch someone play Razz for the first time as it can get quite confusing. These poker sites offer more popular games which might be an opportunity to make more money.

This is where being a well rounded player will help you.  Let them fight it out on the hold’em and Omaha Poker games.  You can sit back and wait for big hands there, but when the stud games roll in, all bets are off.  This is where you can lay down the hammer and take advantage of the weaker players.

As a matter of fact, this is also true of the live game.  I’m not sure if you noticed for not, but the majority of the variation games had all pro’s going deep in the WSOP.  The reason behind this is the fields are smaller and the play is much weaker.  A skilled player can rip right through these games.  In all honesty, if you want to win a bracelet, this is your best chance.

Now is the time to start practicing.  Get as much experience as you can at the micro levels online and then get into the live games at the casino.  Start at the lower levels to get a feel for how the game is played and then start sitting in with the big boys.  You may even find that you like it better than hold’em!

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Dan Harrington


23 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in World Series of Poker

It’s Dan Harrington, one of the most tight or aggressive Poker player. He started as champion backgammon and chess master. In the 80’s earned a little more experience, he started his poker habits at New York’s Mayfair club. During that moment he played Erik Seidel, Howard Lederer, Jay Heimowitz, and Steve Zolotow.

Dan Harrington

Dan Harrington

Dan Harrington ended sixth at the WSOP in 1987, which was when people really began to perceive him. Johnny Chan managed to win his first title this very same year. It was 1995 earlier than Dan won the NL Holdem Event for $2,500, winning home his very first World Series of Poker bracelet. He walked away with his second bracelet and the $1 million prize pool after winning the Main Event Later in the year. Harrington ended up walking away with all the money and at different points of the final table tried to talk Poker players into accepting a deal but they would not agree

Dan Harrington managed to top himself even though that prize pool and the title would be well thought-out a major feat for most players. It was the year 2003, Harrington had again gone to the Main Event and this time, he finished third. Because of the unexpected win of Chris Moneymaker this was when Poker really boomed. There was a huge increase in the number of people that showed up the very next year. There were 2,576 people on the field and it was a new record. There were so many people there that Harrington had to work to come across his way to that last table. His achievements are still considered one of the greatest in the history of poker although he failed to win the tournament, and received only fourth place.

Harrington doesn’t only enclose his accomplishments in the but he is also made two final tables in the World Poker Tour. At the Doyle Brunson North American Championship winning $620,730 he took second in his first final table. Harrington made the final table for the Legends of Poker when World Poker Tour made the decision not to haphazardly raise limits in 2007. Harrington managed to win his very first World Poker Tour title, which finished up being the longest final table in the entire history of World Poker Tour.

Over 6.5 million dollars, Dan Harrington won well in tournaments. He wrote books and worked as real estate as well as a stock investor while winning his poker tournaments. He wrote five different books committed to poker. They were Harrington on Holdem: volumes 1 through 3, all of which focal point was on the tournament play. What’s more he also wrote two books entitled Harrington on Cash Games, both of which keep their centered on ring games.

If you want results, Dan’s tight and aggressive approach is the way to go though it may seem boring. Having his solidness and business smarts will help you develop into a winner even if it is in business you want to go.

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Day 2 the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. Event in WSOP-Europe (Part II)


22 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in World Series of Poker
WSOP Europe

WSOP Europe

The subsequent participant eradicated in this Poker competition when he was drained on 6th street next to Mark Gregorich was Marc Goodwin. At face-off Gregorich presented 5♥-10♦-4♣-10♠-10♥-5♦-6♠ for a full of tens. Marc Goodwin had four to 10 through ace straight presenting on the board moreover only showed a card with two spots as one of Marc hole cards. He was according to the grapevine drawing dead lying on 7th, furthermore Goodwin is inedible to bring together his £4,812 prize.

Sitting little loaded following a hand next to Howard Lederer in Limit Holdem event was Daniel Negraneu. With a flop on board of 9♥-2♥-Q♠-J♣-Q♣, Lederer gamble out also Negreanu had to muck. Negreanu was remains with just 18,000 chips. Lederer elevate to 107,000 on chips, which was next in general.

The most excellent Poker competitor living, Phil Ivey sustained to prove his supremacy in this competition. With 14 remaining competitors, he sits down with 124,300 chips. Jeff Lisandro, champion of 2007 WSOP $2,000 Stud Event was be seated third at 102,000 chips.

At this 2008 WSOP, Spencer Lawrence has had on a rip in limit rounds. He got three moneys and two ultimate tables. He completed 2nd place at $1,500 Omaha 8 or better round and then 6th place in a Limit Holdem Shootout. I was on position to look at both shows. His extra money was got in a $10,000 Limit Holdem Contest where he completed 22nd. Despite of wherever he came to an end in the Poker competition, he is confirming himself as the one of the majority productive limit poker competitors in the humanity.

Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu caught into an elevating Poker battle on the flop of 7♠-9♦-6♥. When the fume disappeared, Negreanu was worn-out and presented A♠-6♠-2♦-6♣ for the nut low deal plus a group of sixes. Ivey presented 10♦-7♣-2♠-8♠ for a dealt straight and poor low draw. The turn dropped the 2♥, bluffing Negreanu’s hand a nut low round, however leaving him a poor low draw. The K♦ on a fifth street completed Negreanu’s mission for the bracelet and finished him as our 14th position finisher.

 

Mark Gregorich was bended over two times in the file throughout the stud round next to Phil Hellmuth. Primary he created an eight next to Hellmuth’s jack. The extremely then cards, he was capable of protected one more double up as well as elevate to 50,000 of chips. Hellmuth had has crabbing previous regarding the dealer’s mixing up behavior and sustained to do so following these nonstop losses.

The Competition Administrators went roughly and spoke to every competitor regarding placing an untimely finish to the competition as it come into view so as to we were no place next to building a final 8. It was settled on that amusement would bring to a close latterly of stage 13.

Hellmuth’s assaults on a dealer finished up dodging of hand. At one moment, he prepared the dealer weep. The competition administrator drop round moreover gave details to her that it’s not her liability that he was behind. The trader was so disturb that the competition administrator informed him that he will receiving a punishment if his manners didn’t get better.

Phil Ivey place Isaac Haxton drained throughout a holdem stage. Unluckily for Haxton but Ivey appeared on top. Haxton turns out to be our 13th position finisher captivating £5,500.

I do not discern if you’re an advocate in Karma, but from time to time things occur that has to formulate us speculate. For instance, in 2006 WSOP Main Event, Friedman blamed Jeffrey Lisandro of thieving a pot chip throughout the Main Event. This finished up flattering a huge subject when he sustained to rebuke Lisandro for more than an hour about “ante theft.” Lastly, the Competition Administrator had to get mixed up to reinstate organize. It was afterward find out that Lisandro didn’t steal the ante, although Friedman not at all says sorry. Since that competition, Friedman hasn’t been heeded of on the competition sight. He hasn’t capital in an competition in more than 2 years. Lisandro on the other situation has had 9 ready money at the WSOP, counting three final tables plus one bracelet. He as well completed 2nd place in Player of the Year Race at 2007 WSOP. The amusement he succeeded the bracelet within was the Seven Card Stud. You have got to ante previous to every hand in stud.

What did the on top have fuss with this competition? Pre-flop throughout the holdem stage, Phil Hellmuth heatedly flung his chips by proclaiming worn-out. Because this was the limit round, this was in fact just the raise. Sherkhan Farnood increased the bet adequate to cover up Hellmuth furthermore they were inedible to the contests. Just to offer you a slight environment, Farnood had succeeded some pots previously in a day also Hellmuth had criticized him as the “most aggressive competitor in record.”

Hellmuth holds A♠-K♥ while Farnood holds 3♥-3♣. The flop showed J♦-Q♥-K♦ to provide Hellmuth high pair and the straight draw. The turn dropped the 5♦. Merely 2 cards in the floor could appear to grant Farnood the triumph. The river dropped the 3♦, giving Farnood trips of threes and eradicated Hellmuth from this event. Hellmuth tempest off to protest regarding Farnood, the trader, and no matter which those persons would pay attention to him moan about. How greatly you desire to gamble that Farnood is the trader’s innovative greatest buddy.

Howard Lederer completed a not on time day drive also is our present chip leader by 208,500 chips. After his suck out next to Phil Hellmuth, Sherkhan Farnood is exactly at the back him by 141,500 chips. Phil Ivey is taking a seat in 4th place by 114,000. Spencer Lawrence was the center of the bunch with 88,500. Raul Paez was our little load currently with 17,500. By the limits ready to rise to 4,000 – 8,000, Paez was gone with presently more two huge bets.

The concluding 11 competitors will be back tomorrow at 2:30 o’clock p.m. and engage until we arrive at our victor. As well, the £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha competition kicked off tomorrow. The most excellent Omaha competitors from in cooperation with the U.S. plus Europe will assemble to obtain their turn at a bracelet. Pot Limit Omaha is the majority popular type of poker in Europe, consequently the Americans will comprise a difficulty in tomorrow’s competition. Engage in recreation for that competition kicked off at 3 p.m. London time.

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WSOP Legend – Doyle Brunson


22 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in World Series of Poker

Doyle Brunson, alias “Texas Dolly” who stands alone just likes a legendary person in the name Poker world. Maybe he evaluated his self as an over qualified in WSOP. Even at this time he plays a large number of competitions in the game poker and it’s complicated to visualize “Texas Dolly” was not at the World Series of Poker.

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunsonowns 10 WSOP bracelets furthermore still annoying to add his bracelets to 11th. Doyle got his foremost bracelet in World Series in the year 1976 when he was greatly slighter and got his 10th bracelet in year 2005. It is an elongated expedition for Doyle, the type of expeditions you create cinema regarding. I rather visualize Texas Dooly may possibly acquaint with legend for days concerning his pass days of competing in back rooms as well as periling his life being a poker enthusiast. Passing across them all and have fun next to the most excellent in four unlike decades. Anything says Doyle Brunson is the most excellent forever it doesn’t matter everybody respects him as well as recognizes he is the best among the best performers to ever fool around the Poker game.

The term Super System, identified as the “poker constitutions and by-laws”, Doyle was the author, altered the poker planet without end. In 1978 the normal competitor at the present had the skill to distinguish how the in favor of were creating currency take part in Texas Holdem. If still not read Super System, better to have one. This volume is still applicable these days, and got some idea how to engage in recreation about the game as a professional. Doyle believed that his writing has lot of expenditure, the amateurs become because of his book.

Doyle Brunson is identified as a Texas Holdem enthusiast, but he possibly will be the top all in the region of poker enthusiast to still exist. In No Limit Holdem, Brunson got the bracelets, Deuce to Seven Draw, Seven Card Stud, RAZZ plus HORSE. By the year 1979 Doyle again triumph a Mixed Doubles episode along with Starla Brodie. For that 10 bracelets in all ‘Dolly” succeed four of them by competing No Limit Holdem. The major cash price that Doyle Brunson has was the one when he prevails at the Shorthanded No Limit Holdem bracelet in excess of $350,000 at the World Series. And that could assist you appreciate how great deal the game have tainted, in the year 1976 Doyle prepared $230,000 for pleasing the major event. 1976 Doyle Brunson won two bracelets in the Main Poker Event also in the Deuce to Seven Draw.

Doyle’s hand known as the 10 – 2, he won nonstop up to main events cleave to the two hole hands in 1976 and 1977. In ‘76 Doyle Brunson hit Jesse Alto by Heads up that’s came from at the rear to build full house, once more in’77 with at hand 10 – 2 Doyle again coming behind creating a full hose next to Gary Berland. The 10- 2 cards is one among the worst cards in poker and evermore will be acknowledged the same as “Doyle Brunson”, Doyle occasionally will play the hand when he is on the TV show just for show. He changed poker a lot since succeed in main events in 1976 in attendance were twenty-two contestants in the competition and 34 competitors in 1977 measure up to the thousands that come in each year now. In 1977 Doyle got six bracelets, but in 1980 he did not win any. In 1991 Brunson add his next bracelet from the time 1979, with take home of $2,500, in No Limit Holdem event that exceed than $200,000. In 1998 in a RAZZ tournament, again Doyle succeeds, but in 2003 expecting again to prove that he may possibly still get big competitions when he make it in HORSE event. “Texas Dolly” again won his 10th WSOP bracelet by year 2005 captivating home in the event of Shorthanded.

Doyle Brunson got married in 1962 with Louise. Blessed with three kids, like father like son, Todd became also an expert poker competitor himself. Both of them Todd and Doyle are the original father and son permutation to succeed in WSOP bracelets. Doyle’s daughter Pamela as well plays and bring into being successor in 2007 Series. Doyle conquered big problems in his living for he got disease in the near the beginning of 1960’s so as to said untreatable. The doctors believed it was a miracle when the operation was finished because no cancer may possibly be found. Doyla, his daughter at peace when she got 18 years old and Doyle back to religion to obtain him all the way through the hard-hitting times.

At this time Doyle Brunson recurrent the major currency games in Las Vegas and take part in numerous competitions a year. He competes in the WSOP annually in Las Vegas as well as in Europe. He earned in excess of $2,800,000 in his WSOP line of business, and keep on the trail to get his 11th bracelet. This year 2008 with big runs in two tournaments, come to an ending 21st in event 8th and in the World Championship of HORSE he completed at 16th. At a WSOP tournament, Doyle has completed in the top 10, in 23 times with that number I know he will continue to rise. He got 31 totality cashes during his business and also obtain six in last three progression. With the HORSE competition perhaps the greatest possibility Doyle can make at captivating extra bracelets at some point, Doyle at rest is one among best versatile competitors around the world. In WSOP HORSE events, Brunson have cashed since 2003 four times and sooner than later he might succeed it again.

Texas Dooly developed the competition of poker by means of his book and subsequent to the poker roar he has brought backed himself as the Legendary Players around the world. Countless populace distinguishes “Texas Dolly” that stand alone as the facade of poker. If Babe Ruth in the name of baseball, Wilt Chamberlain in Basketball, Gordie Howe in hockey and what Doyle in the fairy tale of poker. The distinction is you are able to play with Doyle it’s like you can take part in competition or be seated in a tournament and assess your abilities in opposition to the mainly legendary player of poker of the record. Listen to Doyle’s legend and now have the benefit of the detail that you acquired to witness a factual legend of the game poker, seize the moment watch Doyle the legendary “Texas Dolly” play.

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Limit Holdem for Beginners


22 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Texas Holdem

While No Limit Holdem is at present the most popular variation of Texas Holdem, many people still prefer to play at lower limits and thus choose to play Limit Holdem poker instead. The rules may be the same for both games. However, the games play very different. Here are some basic tips for those who are just new at playing limit holdem.

Game Structure

Let’s first take a look at the betting structure of limit holdem. Pre-flop and on flop, betting is done in the increments of the big blind. In a $2/$4 limit holdem game, betting and raising occurs in $2 increments. On the turn and the river, betting is in the $4 increments. Moreover, there is a limit on the amount of raises allowed in this variation of Texas Holdem. In some cases the maximum allowable number of raises is three. This allows many to play looser then they normally would.

For beginners, playing strong Poker hand is as important in limit holdem as it is in a no limit game. Your playing position is also crucial but the range of starting hands differs. In early position, you can pocket pairs of jacks, aces, ace-king suited, and ace-queen suited. Others include ace-jack suited, and both ace-king and ace-queen unsuited. If you’re in the middle position, you can add both nines and tens to raising hands and ace-king suited as well. Being in the late position allows you to raise a variety of hands. You can add all the other remaining to your list: king-ten suited, queen-jack suited, king-queen off suit, and king-jack off suit. If you face a raise, it is important that you pay close attention to what play you make. This all still depends on what position you’re playing in.

A lot of lower stakes limit holdem games are very loose with at least 4 players seeing the flop. Sometimes you will encounter games that will almost ignore a pre-flop raise. In this case, pay close attention to the players at the table and the types of hands they show down. Sometimes their plays don’t make sense. Don’t be confused. Experienced players tend to do that in limit holdem. Also, don’t play every hand just because there are multiple players in the pot.

Watch what type of players you’re up against. If you are in a soft game, you will want to pay attention to betting patterns. Pay close attention to players who raise often and what hands they’re raising with. Also pay close attention to flop betting by players.

Drawing to straights and flushes are much more common in limit poker than in no limit holdem. In many cases, if you flop a straight or a flush draw, stay in the pot to try and hit your draw. Remember that if you flop an open ended straight draw, eight cards can come to complete your hand. If you flop a flush draw, you’ll have 9 cards that can complete your hand. Stay in the hand unless there is a lot of action ahead of you. If you can see the turn and or river for one bet or for free, then continue but if not, just fold.

You won’t see or need to do a lot of bluffing in limit holdem because it is hard to force a player to fold to just one bet which will basically represent 10% or less of their chips. It would really best to just play relatively straight forward poker.

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Texas Holdem Variations


22 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Texas Holdem

Since being popularized by televised tournaments and cash games, holdem Poker can now be enjoyed by fans at any given time. You can see pros and even amateurs from all over the world battle it out at the tables right in the comforts of your own home. But some, especially those just starting out, don’t realize that they can play various styles of the game online or at the nearest casino. The most popular form seen on TV is the no limit holdem but you can also play limit holdem games, pot limit, or mixed Holdem. All are different from each other and the bets are structured, each having different allowable amount of chips you can bet on any given street.

No Limit Holdem. This is how most players learned how to play and is the variation most commonly played in home games and on television. Playing No Limit Holdem allows you to go all in when it is your turn to bet, regardless of pot size or what street you are on. This game also allows you to be more creative, leaving room for bluffs and big pots. When you go all in, you force your opponents off a hand and makes bluffing easier if you can pull off such a bold move. The problem with this variation though is that inexperienced players will lean too much on the all in bet. This is because these days, this is what they see most poker players do on television – which is basically edited to show the audience the most exciting hands. This is a game that forces you to be on your toes because you even know when you will have to go all in.

Limit Holdem. This variation does away with the all in bet as it is structured in such a way to limit the action. There is a ceiling amount for bets and raises in this game. This is most commonly played in online tables and in the casinos. If you are playing with a $1/$2 blind, the small blind is 50 cents and the big blind is $1. The first two round of betting allows you to raise only a dollar at most. On the fourth and the fifth streets, you can bet in increments of $2. If you have some good poker math skills of a no limit holdem player, you will find that in this game the odds are in your favor to make a lot of calls. For example, you are in a four-way pot from the button with a $1/$2 blind with two bets per round. When it is your turn to make your final decision with the hand, the pot will already be about $42. You call $4 and you have top pair. Question is, can you lay down top pair getting a price of 10.5-1 even if you think you’re beat? Answering questions like this one is what makes a good limit holdem player.

Pot limit holdem. Here, the maximum amount you can bet is what’s in the pot. This is like playing a no limit holdem game only you’re not allowed to go all in unless the pot is bigger than your stack. The minimum bets are the same. In online games, these are automatically calculated for you so it will be kind of frustrating to do this on your own when you’re playing a home game. It is important that you include a call in the size of a pot size bet before you calculated the final total.

Mixed Texas Holdem. This variation combine two game limits in one. It allots a specified amount of time to play a particular variation then switching to another one after and so on and so forth. You can be playing no limit at first and then switch to limit holdem after. This is an interesting game, depending on which variation you’re better at. If you think you can play both extremely well then this variation is for you. But what is more important is how well you are able to cope with the switch.

While it’s not really all that bad to specialize in one style of Texas Holdem, it won’t hurt much to give the other variation a try. Improving your skills in one style can help you develop your game in another. Just keep an open mind about it.

Most of online poker rooms offer texas holdem poker games in Limit, Pot Limit, No Limit and mixed versions o. Visit poker reviews website to find out your choice of online poker room to play texas holdem poker.

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Bankroll to Roll Your Game


20 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Texas Holdem

There are two things involved in poker games: good decision making and money. While you can make good decisions in Texas Holdem or any poker games, you must not forget that money can keep your game rolling as it is the basis of keeping a score. However, I noticed that a number of online or live poker players do still manage to play games that require more than the average bankroll. So whether their bankroll is full or near to empty, these players are still unstoppable.

You may ask, “What it means to play games more than what is in your bankroll?” That is a scenario when you choose to play in a game where limits are not suited for normal swings which you can only find in regular poker games. A good example for this is when you decide to play at the casino, having with you a bankroll of $500. It may be big, but not good enough when you choose to play in a $5-$10 Limit Holdem. That’s playing way too far of your bankroll.

Same fault also happens in some poker beginners. A friend of mine, whom I have worked with at the World Series of Poker, tried his luck in turning professional with a bankroll of $10,000. At first, I saw him playing on reasonable poker levels. But later on, he decided to hop in around the range of $50-$100. And he used to bet in a $30-$60 range. But sad to say, his bankroll is not enough to survive until the end of the game. When a losing streak hit him, he found his bankroll with nothing left. He may not be an amateur poker player, but since he came up with a wrong decision, it was too early for him to end up as a loser, and still had to pay for the price.

In other cases, a huge number of Online Poker players would always think that as long as they are in winning sessions for the first or second level, they can always go up and reach the higher level. Of course, that’s possible. But it’s a big “NO-NO!” when your bankroll is not enough to support the idea. Otherwise, you’re contemplating a suicide. Bear this in mind, a 200-300 big bets is a healthy bankroll for Limit Poker levels. If you wish to play the range of $5-$10 Limit Holdem, your bankroll must be healthy enough to contain $2,000-$3,000 as it allows you to handle swings successfully.

I am not stopping you to get into a higher limit game when your bankroll is below 200-300 big bets. There are also times that a poker game is really tempting, especially when it’s worth taking the shot. I was able to play a $5 to $10 Limit Holdem Poker game a year ago. I was also able to identify my opponents at the table and the rocks were the only decent players I got to play with. Technically, my bankroll is not enough to play the $5 to $10 range. What I did was to take a couple buy-ins equivalent at a lower level then took a shot. It only lasted for a couple of hours, but fortunately I ended it with a $150, which is equivalent to 7 ½ bets per hour.
It is therefore safe to play any higher games when you are perfectly aware that a good standing bankroll is a key player in playing any poker games for a couple of hours.

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Terrible plays Razz Rounds in H.O.R.S.E. Games to look out


19 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Razz Poker

H.O.R.S.E has been a game that has been growing in popularity since 2006.  It is a game of five revolving poker modifications of Holdem, Omaha 8 or Better, Razz, Stud, and Stud 8 or Better.  The one game that players are the least knowledgeable in is Razz although most players have exposure to many of the other games.  They make many awful plays or do things that you would not usually see in a razz Poker game as a result.  These are few things that can appear for during a Razz round in an H.O.R.S.E. game.

First, there may be players in your crowd that will settle on to sit out many of the hand in the Razz round depending on how the game is prearranged, which is more common in H.O.R.S.E. cash games at the same time as different to tournaments. These players may only play a hand that is actually strong as a result. You can play a marginal hand next to these players in the hopes that they may catch bad and fold to pressure sometimes. It is not like call down this type of Poker player if you are showing an ace and they come in with a King.  Nevertheless, occasionally you can come in and see 4th street if you are showing a 9 or 10 and they are showing a card from 5 to 8.  They will fold to a stake on fourth if they catch paint and you improve sometimes.

It is a safe bet with the intention having a couple of really strong low cards below if a player calls a completion bet on third that was a bring-in or has a card 10 or higher.  Pay close attention to how they improve and if you are improving, bet your hand strong as a result.  Generally a player is going to put them on A-2 or A-3 in the hole if someone calls a completion with a 10 or higher.  Slow down or even fold if you can’t outdraw them if by 6th street they are showing possibility to have a better hand than yours.

The player holding their hole Poker cards are either strong or perfect if someone hits a pair on their board and they call a bet from you.  Keep on to pushing your advantage unless they happen to get better or you fall behind.

After that don’t try and bluff a calling station as in some form of poker.  Some players are showing K-7-8-9 and they will not fold their hand even if you are showing A-2-3-4.  This may seems odd, but some have experienced it. And some have also lost when their hole cards were 8-9-10 to this form of player.

A reminder, most players that play H.O.R.S.E. have a tendency to concentrate in some games and just are regular in some games and Razz is the game that most players have the slightest amount of knowledge with.  You will see some awful plays during the track of a H.O.R.S.E. game that you may not see that frequently in a Razz cash game as a result

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Other Players in Poker world


19 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in World Series of Poker

As Poker has become popular we have become familiar with a lot of the top professional players in the world. Poker players unite on Las Vegas to compete for World Series of Poker bracelets annually and on WSOP programming every year we expect to see guys like Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Scotty Nguyen. Every one of those players is great and deserves all the publicity they get. Nevertheless there are a lot of other great players you just don’t hear a lot about who have won multiple bracelets, but aren’t as visible like the television professionals. These guys get a little attention of there own for the great undertakings at the WSOP.

Loads of people don’t even know who he is, but Billy Baxter has seven World Series of Poker bracelets. Winning his first bracelet in a 1975 deuce to seven lowball event and has went on to cash 28 times so far, Billy is a true legend of the game. Even though he only won 1 in the 90’s, he won 5 of his seven titles in the 80’s. He has made seven cashes since capturing his last bracelet in 2002. His wins have come in less popular games like deuce to seven lowball, Razz and Ace to Five draw is the reason you may not be familiar with Baxter. Proving that he is still a great player, he had a final table in event 40 most recently in 2008. Baxter deserves his spot in the midst of the poker greats of all time with 7 bracelets and more then a million in WSOP earnings,

Did you know Layne Flack that has 6 WSOP bracelets? With 19 career cashes, he has more then $2.2 million in career World Series earnings. He won his first title in 1999 in a pot limit holdem event for more then $220 000. In winning No Limit Holdem, Omaha Hi/Lo and pot limit Omaha rebuy is where his career would take off from there. bracelets. In 2008 Layne won his first bracelet in 5 years and took home more then a half a million dollars. Flack has 6 titles and has ended in the top five, five times. He had won a couple of those tournaments he would be right up there with career bracelets throughout his career.

Berry Johnston is a main event winner although a lot of people don’t know him. In 1986 Johnston took home the bracelet and $570 000 when he won the main event.  He has cashed an amazing 56 times in his career and has 5 bracelets in total. With his best finish being 10th in the World Championship of Omaha he cashed 3 times in 2008. Johnston has definitely had a great career with over $2 million in career earnings. He is known as one of the tightest and most solid players in Texas Hold’em history.  Johnston is bound to get a lot more cashes in his career and compete for more bracelets by the way he plays.

Another main event winner, Tom McEvoy took home the title in 1983.  He has 36 career World Series of Poker cashes and 4 bracelets in total. He continues to play in the series every year and has career earnings of more then $1.2 million. McEvoy has cashed 7 times in the last three years even if he is on a big bracelet drought not winning one since 1992. he won two events including besting Doyle Brunson at the final table of the main event  in 1983. His four bracelets are in four different games Limit Holdem, No Limit Holdem, Razz and Omaha. McEvoy is an excellent player and deserves his spot in poker history. In 2008 he finished in the top 30 twice and made more then $12 000.

Chau Giang is one of the best characters in poker. He has won 3 bracelets and has 46 career cashes. Giang with 8 cashes with 3 top 15 finishes had an amazing 2008. He is still an excellent poker player and can win every time he plays. His earliest bracelet came in 1993 and most lately won a 2004 Pot Limit Omaha event. Chau finishing in the money 17 times over the past 3 World Series of Poker’s, is indeed a cash machine.  When he finished 3rd at a Pot Limit Omaha event for almost $300 000 was His biggest cash in 2006. Chau is one of the most consistent and best players in the world as his Career earnings of close to $1.5 million.

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Barbara Enright -WSOP Legend’s Profile


19 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in World Series of Poker

In 1995, Barbara Enright starred a final Poker table that featured Chuck Thompson, Captain Tom Franklin, and concluding champion Dan Harrington. Her legend remained even though it took an unlucky outdraw by Brent Carter to eliminate her from the event. This even made Barbara Enright is the first woman to ever make the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Enright took down the 1996 Pot Limit holdem event for $180,000 and the coveted gold bracelet following her performance in 1995 by becoming the first woman to ever win an open event at the World Series of Poker where she third overall bracelet. in both 1986 and 1994, she won bracelets in the Women’s 7 card stud event.

Her ability as a stud player made Enright known around the Poker world for. Countless of her previous tournament wins and cashes were in Stud.  Not only has she proven herself as a competent No Limit Holdemplayer, she also held numerous cashes and 4 titles in No Limit Holdem. With 11 time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, Enright was inducted into the Professional Poker Hall of Fame in 2007.

2008 has been an excellent year for Enright. She has 10 cashes this year in tournaments, including 6 final tables and 3 wins so far. Enright was inducted into the Women’s Poker
Hall of Fame earlier in 2008. Enright showed the field why she was in the Hall of Fame by winning the event in a tournament as part of the induction festivities.

Barbara is one of the friendliest professionals that you will ever meet from traveling around the tournament circuit. She can play every game inside of a casino better than most men and her friendly personality is not just an act she puts on either. She always is responsive to anyone that approaches her and is very gracious in either victory or defeat whether you see her in LA, Las Vegas, or wherever. Barbara also was gracious enough to teach anyone who is willing to learn about a thing or two about the game of Razz and most of her advice got them started on becoming solid Razz players.

Various of the players were sitting with Enright in the 2006 Orleans Open while discussing the topic of Women’s Only No Limit Holdem events. Barbara said that she enjoys playing in them for the fact that she can go in them and be very aggressive. She says that when a woman goes into a tournament and plays aggressive like a man, they can do very well and that most women play the game too soft.

Even at her age, Barbara Enright is more than a match for many of the players that she faces. She is an old school professional poker player that has been around the block quite a few times. Enright proves that anyone at any age can play this game at a high level despite of the fact that people claim poker to be a young person’s game.

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