WSOP Player Profile – Erik Seidel


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

You can roughly always see Erik Seidel well dressed and sitting quietly and it is impossible to find any man quieter than him sitting at the tables. If you talk to him you will discover that he is no more than a silent courteous man.

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Erik Seidel

You would believe that he was nothing more than a mediocre Poker player at first if you were to play against him. You would quickly find that you were wrong about what you probably consider an antisocial man unluckily for you. All of your chips would be his sooner than you knew what was going on.

Erik Seidel is a New York guy that started his gambling profession with backgammon. Currently he was attending Brooklyn College, but he later dropped out. He took up backgammon professionally after leaving college. He also began to play poker soon after that. He sustained these two Poker games until 1985, when the decision was made that as if it was time for a new job. For the years that he was a stock broker and he continued to play poker in his spare time. The stock market crashed and he lost his job but continued to play poker after a few years. After he worked on his game for a while, Seidel took his first try at the World Series of Poker during 1988.

Erik Seidel’s initial nine Poker games didn’t go as intended because he had completely no cashes during that time. Seidel in time found himself against Johnny Chan, the World Champion, during the Main Event, and though he lost, that great things would be seen from him later on became obvious.

While he was a stock broker Eric Seidel spent a few years playing high stakes poker. Seidel refrained from playing poker as a professional even as he won the bracelets in 1992 and 1993. After winning the $210,000 and his third bracelet in 1994 when he won the $5,000 Limit Holdem event, Seidel to decide to turn professional. He soon moved to Vegas with his wife.

Moving was the most excellent decision Seidel could possibly make. He now position 5th all time for WSOP bracelets. Seidel won eight different World Series of Poker Bracelets to earn that ranking. He won different areas, including two wins in bracelets in No Limit Holdem, two wins in Limit Holdem, two wins in 2-7 Lowball, one win in Pot Limit Omaha, and a win in Omaha 8. He has managed to win over nine million dollars in tournaments in his career. In April of 2008 He also won his very first WPT title. Earning $967,390 he won the Foxwoods Poker Classic. He also now holds the titles for the previous Diamond Jim Brady, Four Queens classic, and Fiesta Al Lago events.

Erik Seidel enjoys a huge music buff. He can usually be seen with a set of head phones that allows him to listen to his favorite music while he plays. He also works for Full Tilt Poker and is one of the people in charge of site design.

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Day 1 the £2,500 HORSE Event in WSOP-Europe


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

WSOP Europe

There are 110 Poker competitors raise £2,500 every one to acquire an attempt at WSOP-Europe HORSE competition. HORSE is the turning round game that made up of Limit Omaha 8 or better, Limit Holdem, limit Razz, limit stud 8 or better, and limit 7 card stud. Every diversion is dealt for eight hands previous to exchanging. Leading light professionals contributing in today’s occasion comprise Chad Brown, Roland De Wolfe, Andy Black, Layne Flack, Thor Hansen, Jens Voertmann, Dave “DevilFish” Ulliott, Erik Seidel, Vanessa Rousso, Allen Cunningham, David Benyamine, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Mike Matusow, Andy Bloch, John Juanda, John Phan, Gus Hansen, Barry Greenstein, Phil Ivey, and Phil Hellmuth. Also marked in the meadow, creating his foremost manifestation at this WSOP-Europe was Doyle Brunson.

Play improvement rather sluggish to start with but shortly spontaneous as the arrangement for this Poker event looks a slight express. Phil Ivey recorded a pleasant three means pot throughout a stud 8 stage next to Jason Newitt with Thomas Bihl. Ivey was led the battle on the turn and on river. Bihl trapped a couple of queens on 6th, and wagered out presenting a board of (X-X) J♣-9♠-Q♦-Q♣. Ivey increase the amount presenting a board of (X-X) 6♣-5♠-6♠-J♦. Newitt folded. 7th Street was dealt horizontal and Bihl checkered to Ivey, who enthusiastic out a gamble. Bihl got the call. Ivey presented 6♦-5♣ for his downcards used for a full house moreover Bihl folded. At this moment in the competition, Ivey was about 18,000 chips in.

More than a few tables had extremely burly arrays but not any contrasted to Poker table eight. Table eight had Doyle Brunson, Max Pescatori, Chad Brown, Thor Hansen, Chris Bjorn, John Juanda, Robert Wiliamson III, Jean-Robert Bellande, and a little unidentified gentleman. Oh wait a minute the unidentified gentleman was the dealer.

Chad Brown finished up as the foremost celebrity got rid of from day 1’s H.O.R.S.E. competition. In the Omaha 8 or better stage, Chad Brown created a two bets before the flop of 5♥-2♣-7♥. Both Jean-Robert Bellande and Robert Williamson III prepared the call. The fourth street of Q♣ and the fifth street of the 10♥ were betted down. Williamson presented 8♥-6♣-3♠-A♣ for the best low cards and Bellande presented 6♦-3♥-2♥-K♣ for a flush. Brown folded his cards and started out of the competition vicinity.

The subsequent star to strike the flap was Andy Black. At some point in a stud event, Black completed the raise on turn presenting (X-X) J♦-4♥. Ivo Donev, the unique bettor got the call presenting (X-X) J♥-5♠. Black trapped a 3♣ on river and Donev trapped the 3♠. Then they both bet nothing. Donev shut out the bet after grabbing an A♥ on sixth. Black just had three 25 value chips and got the call following catching the 2♣. Donev presented J♠-9♥ for a couple of jacks. Black presented A-Q for the wheel draw. Donev trapped the nine on a fifth street for jacks upbeat and Black just trapped the king, then Andy grew fainter to Black.

Phil Hellmuth has had actually landing his hold today. Phil has been close crammed of the chip ahead for nearly the entire round. In the Omaha 8 cards linking him, Neal Friets, and Layne Flack, Phil wagered out on the board of 5♥-6♠-4♥-6♦ and Flack moved about drained. Friets and Hellmuth called along. The fifth street dropped the J♦ and Hellmuth gamble out. Friets got the call. Friets presented 2♠-3♦-9♣-7♠ for the seven up straight and the 6 low. Hellmuth afterward flipped over A♣-3♣-6♥-6♣ for a four of a kind of sixes and 2nd nut low. Flack mentioned, “Four of a kind of sixes and the 2nd nut low, is that everything you got?” He afterward folded his cards and disappeared from the competition vicinity.

Soon after that Mike Matusow as “the Mouth” begun taunting Hellmuth regarding the truth so as to Hellmuth has never succeeded the bracelet in the non-holdem competition. This was really right. Hellmuth has eleven gold bracelets, however each and every one in single variety of holdem or any more. Norman Chad as excerpted as uttering, “He is the one magician, but young man, what the trick.”

HORSE was not the simply item being engaged today. Throughout the rests Mike Matusow, John Juanda, Phil Hellmuth, and Doyle Brunson chooses to fool around some $1,000 a means Chinese Poker. Unhappily for Matusow, he did not succeed the hand. The mass could listen to his outburst athwart the room following the break.

Thor Hansen once more could not call for assist from Odin as well as broken out as of today’s game, even though we don’t have the factors of his ruined-out. Dave Ulliott the “DevilFish” ruined-out soon after down a huge stud pot next to Gary Jones’s “ace high.” The one who eradicated by David Williams while he obscured queens couldn’t outdraw Williams crack aces was Michael Binger. Mike “Timex” McDonald and Chris Ferguson were as well victims of the last stage.

After a 12 hours and 30 minutes gathering, the opening day of a HORSE competition completed by Phil Ivey in first place. This is supposed to move toward as a surprise to no one seeing as Ivey is believed by numerous chosen the most excellent in general poker competitor living. In an appalling progress to all, Phil was in 2nd position with had 54,200 chips. Woody Deck was 3rd in chips about 37,500. Howard Lederer and Daniel Negreanu are together hanging just about the 30,000 chip stain. Just now it comes into view that Richard Ashby was the little load at 3,200 chips. For several unheard basis, Mike Matusow didn’t account the quantity of chips he had outstanding, however he is certainly still herein session. It as well comes out that Brunson out of action everywhere something like finished of the day however we do not have some statistics on how this happened.

56 competitors stayed alive for Day 1 of this £2,500 HORSE round. Tomorrow swears being an extended day since we are predicted to fool around to the ultimate table. With a quick arrangement of deal, look forward to lots of untimely bust-outs and after that play to slow to a crush as we move toward the cash bubble. Just 16 competitors will take home in this competition with 16th position receiving £4,812. The champion of this session will obtain £76,999 moreover the popular gold bracelet. The day 2 of the said competition will kick off Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m.

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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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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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The World Series of Poker Circuit Begins


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

With its first stop in Elizabeth, IN, the World Series of Poker Circuit season has kicked off. The WSOP Circuit are groups of tournaments held at a variety of locations around the U.S. on a smaller scale, this gives players exposure to the World Series of Poker. There is higher buy-ins with the Main Event of the circuit event coming in at a $5,000 buy-in although most tournaments are around the $500 buy-in range.

Winners of the Main Event of each Circuit series will receive an entry into the Main Event of the next year’s World Series of Poker Las Vegas The victor of every circuit event receives a gold ring in addition to the first place prize money.. This year’s circuit schedule is below:

October 2 — October 14, 2008 HORSESHOE SOUTHERN INDIANA
October 24 — November 2, 2008 HORSESHOE HAMMOND (Chicago area)
November 6 — November 16, 2008 HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE (Nevada)
December 5 – December 18, 2008 HARRAH’S ATLANTIC CITY
January 20 – February 9, 2009 HARRAH’S TUNICA (Mississippi)
February 12 – February 25, 2009 HORSESHOE COUNCIL BLUFFS (Iowa)
March 4 – March 14, 2009 CAESARS ATLANTIC CITY
March 19 – March 29, 2009 HARRAH’S RINCON (San Diego)
April 12 – April 29, 2009 CAESARS PALACE (Las Vegas)
May 8 – May 20, 2009 HARRAH’S NEW ORLEANS
The Circuit does try to mix the events up on occasion offereing H.O.R.S.E., Limit Holdem, Omaha 8 or Better, 7 card stud, and on rare occasions Stud 8 or Better however many of the events in the WSOP Circuit are No Limit Holdem. The staff at Harrah’s run an incredible tournament. They have an entire area set aside for the events giving the feel of a mini World Series of Poker.

Numerous of people looks at the WSOP Circuit as the minor leagues. You will discover that many of the preliminary events are won by virtual unknown players and headlined. Partially the circuit was intended for giving players at all levels a chance at WSOP glory. It is not rare for a first time poker player to play in an event and take one down.

Of the various WSOP Circuit Events Professionals tend to fly in for the Main Event. The $5,000 buy-in is piece of the appeal. As many of the Main Events are covered by various media outlets, the other is the opportunity for media exposure.

You can also satellite your way into any event at the WSOP circuit. $65 satellites can win you an entry into the $500 events, like the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. $125 satellites win you’re an entry into the $1,000 event. You can have fun all the way up to $550 satellites to get your attempt at the $5,000 buy-in Main Event.

The WSOP Circuits usually have a decent increase of cash games going at all times as well for those of you that like to fast cash games. So there should be a Circuit event for you no matter what your game.

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Kid Poker Profile


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

Daniel Negreanu is one of the most prized and most decorated professional Poker players of all time. Every time he plays a threat to win and he is a fan favorite at the same time. He remains one of the top players in the world is and coming off a great showing at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe. His style at the table is one that the general public can connect to because seems to have a lot of fun at the tables and he’s talkative. “Kid Poker”, has continued to have success right up to today since his burst on the seen in the mid 1990’s. Daniel is a gambler; and he also loves to bet on golf will play any form of poker that is available to him.

Born in Canada and is a poker icon in that country,  he started his poker dreams playing in backroom Poker Games and in Casino’s near Toronto Ontario in 1997 at Foxwoods. Negreanu broke threw as a young man winning two events for more then $50 000 and starting his climb to the top of the poker world. Later on in 1998 “Kid Poker” won his first bracelet in a $2000 Pot Limit holdem tournament becoming the youngest player to ever win a bracelet at the WSOP. His first bracelet was worth more then $160 000 and likely a sign of future success at the World Series. He didn’t win a bracelet again until 2003, but had 8 top 15 finishes and came close multiple times. In 2003 he won his second bracelet in a SHOE tournament where he won more then $100 000. Negreanu finished in the top 10 in tournaments five times in 2004, finishing 3rd in a no limit event and winning Limit Holdem event number 15 for his third bracelet. In 2005 Daniel took home a circuit event for more then $750 000 and his biggest cash at the WSOP and still winning. In 2006 and 2007 Daniel still performed well cashing seven times over the two years although he didn’t win a bracelet. Recently He showed up in London looking to win his first WSOPE bracelet, although he didn’t win he made the final table at the main event winning more then 215 000 pounds. Daniel has four bracelets, 33 cashes and more $2 million in Career World Series of Poker earnings all in all.

Daniel has found a lot of success at the WPT winning two titles more than just the WSOP. He has 16 WPT, was the WPT player of the year in 2005 and cashes in his career. You can commonly see him on television shows like Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker and Kid Poker” has the most career earnings on the WPT. When you look at Daniels career totals he ranks second all time to main event winner Jamie Gold, who won $12 million in one tournament and has earned more then $10 million in poker tournaments. Negreanu will no doubt pass Gold some day because he is still young.

Daniel Negreanu’s style is unusual from a lot of the other top pros you will see. He doesn’t sit silently so that players can’t get reads off of him or sit like a statue with his sun glasses on, he is entertaining. More then any other big named professional player his game is unique, he loves to play pots and be in the action. He known for his love of hands that most players will throw away without a second thought and playing small suited connectors. Negreanu will play small pots and take advantage of weaknesses in his opponents and he doesn’t need pocket aces to win. This possible because of his excellent ability to figure out where he stands in a hand and read players. We have witnessed before in World Series of Poker programming, when Daniel calls out the hand of his opponent entirely. This has won him a lot of money over the years. he works his way back threw the hand and guesses is competitor raised with a Queen Eight sometimes it is as if he can see the hole card cameras. He has worked hard on it and you know he has been wrong a lot of the time. When he isn’t playing good or if he is card dead Texas Hold’em becomes very difficult for him, he relies of his ability to read opponents.

Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu has more world wide career paycheck like those great players of his generation like Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey and Allen Cunningham. Daniel has four bracelets and counting. If you get the chance to play with him, everything is calculated everything he says while in a hand with you is designed for him to have the best outcome. Daniel will be the biggest money earner in poker tournament history and should be considered one of the top players of all time someday. “Kid Poker” is a great player, and he is highly respected and as well fan favorite all over the world.

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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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From No Limit Holdem to Limit Holdem Games


18 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Texas Holdem

With the way television has popularized No Limit Holdem, it comes as no surprise that many beginners choose to learn this form of Holdem. They find the excitement of gambling for all their chips just irresistible. But back in the days, Limit Holdem was the game played in most cash games. Even today, the games with much higher stakes are still limit holdem Poker Games. So if you want to switch from no limit to limit holdem, here are a few things you need to know.

In limit holdem, pushing Poker players out of a hand is more difficult than it is in no limit holdem games. For example, when a player has a middle or a bottom pair, it will be easier to make a call when the bet is equal only to 10% of their entire stack or less. Folding a weak hand may even be a wrong thing to do even if a player is beat, depending on the pot size.

It is also much more common to draw to straights and flushes when playing a limit holdem Poker game because betting becomes more limited. If a player has a flush draw or an open ended straight draw, it is not very likely that he will get the right price to chase down a draw.

You are not likely to see players bluffing at lower limit games. This is largely because it is difficult to make your opponent fold to one bet if they really have nothing in their hand. If he is in a hand until the river, it is more likely that he will not fold a hand unless he has missed a draw. Bluffing is more a thing for games with higher limits where the bet sizes are larger. However, keep in mind that bluffing at higher limits will not have the same power as in a no limit game.

A good skill to learn and use when playing limit holdem is the ability to extract extra bets and to know when to save bets. This Poker game is about winning bets and not taking stacks. While in no limit holdem you can be on the losing end for four to five hours and hit it big with a couple of monster hands in the end, two hands will not make up for your losses in limit holdem. Your goal in limit holdem is to keep people in and extract bets from them when you are ahead. You should also know when to save bets. Although it may contradict the earlier advice to stay in for pot odds, it isn’t. For example, you have a flush on the river but there is four of your suit on board. You may want to check in this situation. If another player bets, you will call and may lose one bet. But if you bet and your opponent raises, then you will lose two bets to the better flush. Learn to scrutinize whether a spot will keep your losses down and improve your standing or not.

These tips will be helpful in jumpstarting your move from no limit to limit holdem. As you go along, you will learn more about how this variant of holdem is played.

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