The Final Table in the – £1,500 No Limit Holdem in WSOP-Europe

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

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Now the final table of £1,500 No Limit Texas Holdem contest founded among nine participants gazing to acquire their turn at captivating their primary bracelet. In Seat no.1 was Fuad Serhan by 61,000 in chips. This was Serhan yet foremost World Series of Poker final table. He initiates as the small load today. Seat no. 2 was in used by Daniel Nutt. He also founded the day with 207,000 in Poker chips as well as also fooling around his foremost ever WSOP ultimate table. Yevgeniy Timoshenko was on Seat no. 3 with 345,000 in chips. At the age 20 newly succeeded an APPT Macau Main Event. Seat no. 4 was taken by Irishman John Dwyer. Irishman begins today by 511,000 chips. This was his 3rd on the whole WSOP money and earliest final table. Ian Woodley a Poker professional was in Seat no. 5 with 153,000 in chips. This was his 4th WSOP money and his first World Series of Poker final table.

Jesper Hougaard might be measured an experienced person of building WSOP ultimate tables in today’s field. Today was his 2nd final table appearance in WSOP and 5th WSOP money. He occupied Seat no. 6 with 89,000 in chips. Seat no. 7 was taken by our final woman eminence, Linda Lee. She presently has 121,000 in chips. This was her 2nd in general WSOP cash. 40 year elderly Neil Channing was the mainly experienced in WSOP competitions. Now he stained his 15th WSOP cash. This was his primary ever World Series of Poker final table. He occupied Seat No. 8 and has 199,000 in chips. Our leading Poker chip was in Seat no. 9. 20 year of ages Adam Junglen begins today by 795,000 chips.

The primary little hands of a final table witnessed the small loads shove and record the forces bet and antes. Adam Junglen was raised up to 25,000, taking place an eight-hand of a final table. Jesper Hougaard motivated weary and established a call as of Junglen. Hougaard holds 9♥-9♠ and Junglen also hold A♠-K♦. The plank neglected both competitors as well as Hougaard was taking a seat with 200,000 Poker chips.

Cards on 12 showed Daniel Nutt and Fuad Serhan call the raise pre-flop starting Yevgeniy Timoshenko for about 25,000. The first dealing of the coming Q♦-10♠-8♥ and Serhan progressed drained for 47,000. Just Timoshenko called. Serhan holds 10♥-10♦ and Timoshenko hold 9♥-9♣. Timoshenko wanted a jack or sprinting nines. The fourth street card got rid of every hope when the container ten dropped, giving Serhan courtyards and a double over to 175,000.

Daniel Nutt is get rid of the extremely after that hand. Timoshenko increase the bet to 130,000 and a few of competitors got whereas to discard their hand. They were probably thoughts that he was sweltering from now down the previous hand. Battle was discarded just about to Daniel Nutt, who made drained Timoshenko called as well as presented 9♦-9♣. Nutt presented K♣-Q♣. The flop fells A♦-8♠-10♠ provided Nutt a few expect, but alas, the jack didn’t drop by a river with Daniel Nutt was eradicated in 9th position. And he expected £13,222.

Hand 24 dealt Jesper Hougaard big bet Poker Games, to approximately 300,000 after his A♦-4d out-drew Adam Junglen’s A♠-9♦ on the fifth street. The subsequently cards, Ian Woodley was drained next to Hougaard. Woodley holds A♥-Q♣ and Hougaard holds 6♠-6♣. The flop fail to spot both contestants, but the fourth street 6♥ presented Hougaard, succeed with a group of sixes plus propel Woodley away in 8th position. He expected £17,835 intended for his labors.

Linda Lee singled out hand 49 to progress worn-out with her small load. She progressed in by 40,000 and being called with Fuad Serhan. Lee was in advance with her K♠-5♣ next to Serhan’s Q♦-9♦. Her ahead didn’t end extensive as the dealt dropped A♠-Q♣-3♦. The Fourth and Fifth Street together unsuccessful to make a king furthermore Lee ceases as the very last lady standing and the 7th position finisher. She would be paid £22,448 in favor of her unbelievable presentation.

Adam Junglen bet all of two adversaries in the distance of eight cards to decrease his load to 70,000. Earliest, he mislaid the big pot toward Yevgeniy Timoshenko while Timoshenko betted the flush to out-draw Junglen’s face-down jacks. Eight hands afterward, Junglen was called an weary bet starting Neil Channing except was at the back when Channing presented A♣-K♥ to his A♠-Q♦. Both competitors overlooked the plank and Junglen was on existence maintain.

Two cards following repetition Channing up, Adam Junglen moved drowsy for 74,000 as well as John Dwyer got the call. Junglen holds A♣-5♣ and Dwyer holds 5♦-5♥. Junglen strike his three external on the three face-up as the panel folds A♦-K♣-3♦. Dwyer then rotate and strike a 45 to 1 long-shot when the 5♠ fell on the fourth street providing him a group of fives. This gone Junglen drawn lifeless and heading to the railing in 6th position. He is remunerated £28,598 and imaginings of what might have been.

It took 40 hands to eliminate the next player. John Dwyer moved all-in preflop and was called by Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Dwyer held 5c-5d and Timoshenko held Kc-Kh. Neither player hit the flop and Dwyer was eliminated in 5th place. £36,285 was Dwyer’s prize for his three days of effort.

Six hands afterward, Jesper Hougaard shifted drained commencing the little blind along with Neil Channing got a called. Hougaard had made him covered. Channing holds 8♥-8♣ and Hougaard holds A♥-6♠. The three face-up cards of J♣-J♦-10♦ missed both competitors, but provided Hougaard extra outs. The fourth street fell the 10♠, imitationing Channing’s eights plus leave-taking Channing with just two exposed to succeed then four outs to cut. The fifth street card of the 5♣ sent Channing to the railing in 4th position, making him £44,588.

When the moment we arrived at three means action, Jesper Hougaard has had an almost 3 to 1 chip ahead over Yevgeniy Timoshenko moreover almost 5 to 1 go ahead above Fuad Serhan. Have fun sustained throughout a dinner break time and for fairly a while subsequently. Lastly with cards 157, Jesper Hougaard be in motioned by drained plus was called by means of Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Timoshenko holds 4♠-4♥ and Hougaard holds A♦-J♦. The flop place Hougaard ahead when the panel dropped 5♥-A♣-9♣. Timoshenko was not capable to grasp the four on moreover the fourth or fifth, and Timonshenko turns out to be our 3rd position finisher. He makes £55,350 for his hard work.

Jesper Hougaard survival a four to one chip ahead course hooked on heads-up take part in with Fuad Serhan. Heads-up participate previous just five hands. On hands 162 about this ultimate table, Fuad Serhan increase to 120,000 as of the button. Hougaard turned drained and Serhan was called. Serhan holds A♣-K♣ and Hougaard holds A♦-J♦. In one dropped pounce, Serhan goes like a control preferred to eradicate. The panels showed 10♦-6♦-5♦, providing Hougaard a nut flush and instant win. The fourth and fifth streets were immaterial furthermore Fuad Serhan was our second best, making £89,175. Jesper Hougaard was the winner of the Event no.1 of this year’s WSOP-E. Additionally to a gold bracelet, and Jesper Hougaard triumphs £144,218.

Well done to Jesper Hougaard, got the Event no. 1 winner.

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How to Deal with Losing Streaks

22 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Texas Holdem

It does not matter how long you’ve been playing Poker. Whether you’re a pro or just a beginner, you will eventually hit a downswing. Maybe it is just due to bad plays or maybe you’re just running out of luck. But regardless of the reason, you will experience this at some point in your career and thus you must learn how to deal with it. Here are a few things to remember.

Evaluate your Online Poker game. Look at the different aspects of it and determine where the holes are in your plays. They may be causing you your losing streak. Do you bluff too much or bluff at an off timing? Do you chase the wrong hands without computing for percentages? Scrutinize every aspect of your game. It might help to do this with another player who can view it from an objective standpoint. This gives you the chance to gain more insight or feedback on how you can improve on these weaknesses.

While it is not advisable to be a total rock at the table, you could try being a little tighter the next time around. This will help you get back on track. You might think it’s boring. But discipline is key factor to being a great poker player. Don’t chase action just for the sake of.

You might also want to drop down a level. Don’t be embarrassed to do so. You might feel as if you’re compromising a certain reputation of competence by doing so but you’ve got to take it from a different perspective. It might be better to be at a level lower and gain back your winning game than stick to your level and continue losing.

If all else fails, walk away from the whole thing for a while. Take a break. It would not hurt as bad as you think it would. A lot of poker players who have been having a bad run at the tables chose to step away for a while. This gave them time to reorganize their game on their own minus the risks of a real game and gain some new perspective. You might learn a new thing or two away from the tables, too. By the time you come back, you will be refreshed and ready to take on the game again. Hopefully you’ll be luckier this time around.

Losing streaks happen to Poker Games players, no matter the fame and reputation. So don’t take it too hard on yourself if you experience this at some point in your career. Just learn how to look at things objectively. You will eventually come up with a solution to your dilemma and get your game back.

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Beginners’ Tips for Holdem

22 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Texas Holdem

Texas Holdem is enjoyed by millions of poker players, becoming widely popular with the multitude of tournaments being televised all over the world. Below are a few tips for you if want in on the craze.

Knowing how to play your position is crucial in this game. Your position is relative to the dealer button. If there are nine of you in the Poker Games, the first three players to the left of the dealer button are in early position. The next three are in middle position and the last three players are late position. Players that are in late position have an advantage over other players in a hand because they are last to act on any hand. You need very strong hands to make an initial raise from early position and late position players can open with a raise because they typically do not need as strong of a hand.

Beginners should stick to strong hands as they’re still learning the ropes. If you are playing in early position, you will only want to raise with pocket aces, kings, or queens. Ace-king suited can also be raised with from early position. If in the middle position, raising hands should be pocket eights through pocket jacks. Ace queen suited and ace king offsuit are also potential raising poker hands. Late position raising hands are pocket deuces through pocket sevens, ace jack suited, and ace queen off suit.

Another sticky issue with beginners is how much to raise. There are two answers here. The normal play for raising in No Limit Holdem is 3 ½ times the big blind. If the big blind is $2, then the raise would be to $7. This type of raise is typically sufficient to earn the respect of other players at the table. In other games, you will get 6 callers to this raise. Pay close attention to what the other pots have been raised to in prior hands, and adjust your play accordingly. A modified raise is five times the big blind. In some cases it can be nine or even ten times the blind. For those types of games, playing strong hands is crucial.

If you think you have a winning Poker hand, put your money in the Pot Limit holdem. Don’t be afraid to be aggressive. A lot of beginners play too timidly, allowing other players to take free cards and draw out on them. While others will bet, they will bet the minimum or bet an amount too small to force an opponent fold. As you gain more experience, you will find that varying your bet sizes is important. But for now, you typically want to make a bet of around ¾ of the pot size to keep your opponents from having the proper odds to call your bet.

Watch your opponents’ respective betting patterns. Take note of which type of hands a particular player bets big on, for example. This will give you a better feel of how they are doing and how to act for the hand you have.

If you know you’re beat, fold. Don’t stay in a hand when it is obvious that another player has a stronger one. Pay attention to straight and flush possibilities. Many people overvalue one pair and lose a lot of money when met with a draw.

These tips can help you get started but as with everything else, it takes practice.

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Getting into the Short Stack

20 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Texas Holdem

It was in 2006 when I started playing Poker live. I once met a man who I considered to be a real master of a short stack. I had a chance to watch him play, and I must say that he is really good at navigating from the 301 field until the end, which is in the 16th place. It paid him 27 spots, which is quite impressive. There was one thing I noticed about his playing. He was the tournament’s short stack having only 40 players left. He managed to survive his stack and was able to cash in this live poker event.

Whoever wants to get into this Online Poker game, you should be aware of what it takes to work on poker stack. There are actually two basic facts on this. First, it is part luck poker game. Second, it’s partly a well-timed aggression Poker Games. As soon as you have figured these facts, you must now know how to apply these two basic ideas on a short stack.

There are various strategies that you should keep in mind before you begin hitting the table. First and foremost, you must be able to identify who your opponents are. How? Determine who among the players you can steal from, who might call your bet using two cards, and who may act as chip leaders in the table. Now for the best possible move, you might want to pick on your opponents holding lower to middle stacks. When you do that, expect a chip leader to beat you and an opponent with lower or middle chips won’t risk their stack.

So the question now is, “How are you going to overcome this scenario?” Your move may depend on your status. If you are a short stack and you are able to pick the big poker hand, the only move that needs to take place is the “All-In.” Never dare to take a difficult decision after the flop. You can put a Texas Holdem poker player to a test, instead. It’s your turn to let them take the risk. And when that happens, don’t let that chance pass you by. Be able to move in using two poker cards. The bottom line here is, make value out of the hand you pick up.

You might also be in a status when you are short stack, but almost near the end. If that is so, I would suggest that you wait for the level to end, especially when the antes level up. In that way, more money will be placed atop the pot pre-flop. But if you think waiting might only turn your shove useless, better not take that move. At some point, I have been into a World Series of Poker event where fortunately I picked up a reasonable hand, but instead of moving in with the last level hand, I managed to wait for the next level. Why? I want to see the blinds and ante’s go up. And it made me more confident because I was not close to blinds then so I definitely can pick a few hands especially that the antes were not that bad. On the next level hand, I was able to pick up the suited ace so I decided to move in. Someone called and I doubled up. And since I waited for the next level, I was able to pick up a plus 525.


Limit Holdem Main Event in World Series of Poker Europe: The Final Table I

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

To take their shot at the last bracelet of the year and the £868,800 top prize the final nine players in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker Europe gathered on Sunday. John Juanda is the chip leader to begin the day with.

The first player to double up at this final was table Bengt Sonnert. From the cutoff position, Robin Keston raised to 40,000. Sonnert reraised to 130,000 from the big blind as Daniel Negreanu made the call. Keston raised to 300,000and then came over the top. Keston called as Sonnert moved all-in. Keston held Ah-Ks and Sonner held Qc-Qd. Keston would need running Kings to eliminate Sonnert who flopped a set of queens on a flop of 5c-Qs-3d. The turn fell the Kh, and gave Keston some hope, but the river 9s potted the win for Sonnert as he doubled up to 790,000 chips.

Stanislav Alekhin raised to 32,000 and Chris Elliott made the call on the very next hand. Alekhin bet out 45,000 as the flop fell 10h-9h-2c and Elliott made the call. Alekhin bet enough to put Elliott all-in while the turn fell the 7c and Elliott made the call showing 9c-10c for two pair and a flush draw. For a better flush draw Alekhin showed Ac-5c. Completed with Alekhins nut flush The river fell the Kc made Chirs Elliott was the first player eliminated from the Main Event final Poker table. Chris Elliott taking home £81,450,is our 9th place finisher,

Taking the chip lead from John Juanda early on in this event was Ivan Demidov who reraised a bet from Juanda to 99,000 preflop as Juanda made the call. Juanda checked to Demidov who bet out 125,000 on the flop of Jh-Jc-6c. Demidov moved all-in after the turn fell the 8c and Juanda bet out 277,000 and folded his hand.

Tori Hiltunen reraised to 100,000 total after Stanislav Alekhin raised to 42,000. Hiltunen made the call as Alekhin then moved all in who also held Qs-Qd and Hiltunen held Jd-Jh. the turn came a Queen even though the flop missed both players,and Toni Hiltunen was drawing dead making him our 8th place finisher. With £108,600 as his prize for an outstanding finish.

Ivan Demidov raised to 38,000 and Robin Keston moved all in, two hands later. Demidov made the call with 9h-9d as Keston showed Ac-8h. The flop fell Kc-10c-4h, gave Keston a backdoor flush draw. This made things exciting when the 9c fell. Keston was gone when the river fell a harmless 6. He became our 7th place finisher, with £135,750.

A few Poker hands later both Scott Fischman and Stanislav Alekhin made the call after Ivan Demidov raised to 39,000. Demidov checked to Fischman, who bet out 45,000 as the flop fell Jh-Ad-10d. Fischman moved all in and Demidov folded. Stanislav showed Kh-Qh for broadway and called. Fischman showed a gutshot straight draw and Ac-Qc for top pair, had 3 outs for a chop. Fischman became our 6th place with £171,950 for his finish. Unluckily for Fischman, both the turn and river fell blanks.

Bengt Sonnert moved all in preflop against Ivan Demidov, who held Qh-Qd. Sonnert held Ad-7d . The flop failed both Poker Gamesplayers, however the turn spiked an Ace for Sonnert, who doubled up to around a Million in chips and the river missed Demidov., Daniel Negranu had in fact slipped to the short stack position with 811,000 in chips at this point.

As both Negreanu and John Juanda slowly bleed off chips for a while, Juanda ended up losing a sizable pot to Stanislav Alekhin, who ended up falling down to 600,000 in chips. Negreanu moved down to 398,000 realizing He needed to make a move soon.

About an hour after players returned from break, Bengt Sonnert moved all-in as John Juanda made a raise to 75,000 . Juanda made the call holding Qh-Qs and Sonnert held Ah-7h. Juanda was in a commanding lead when the flop could not have come much lower when the 5s-2d-2c hit the flop. The 4s hit the board and now Sonnert had a wheel draw. The river 8c sealed the win for Juanda as he doubled up to 1,359,000 in chips.

Daniel Negranu Finally was forced to move all in preflop by Stanislav Alekhin. Alekhin held Jc-Jh Negreanu held Ac-9h. Daniel Negranu who is eliminated in 5th place will take home £217,200 for his strong finish. This was Daniel’s third cash at this WSOP Europe.

Bengt Sonnert was the short stack after Negreanu’s elimination. And he moved all-in preflop for 311,000 against Stanislav Alekhin. while Alekhin Cardhopper held Ah-8s, Sonnert held Ad-5h. When the flop fell Ks-10d-8h it made things nearly academic. The turn of the 3d sealed the deal for Alekhin  as Bengt Sonnert finished this Main Event in 4th place with £271,500.


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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Limit Holdem Main Event in World Series of Poker Europe: The Final Table

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

There was a lot of back and fourth going on between the two Poker players for the next couple of hours. When a large hand occurred between the two, The chips were about the same as the last chip count update. Alekhin made the call and Juanda raised from the button to 100,000.  Alekhin checked to Juanda who bet out 105,000 on a flop of Qd-9h-6h.  Juanda made the call and Alekhin raised to 285,000 and bet out 375,000 chips The turn fell the 6h and Juanda made the call.  Alekhin bet out 725,000 in chips and Juanda released his hand on the river of the 7d.  Alekhin took a pot worth nearly 750,000 chips as he revealed 5h-8h for the straight

This event is officially the longest event in WSOP history as far as the number of hands played at hand 355. The final table had run 17 and ½ hours at this point and there was still a lot of Poker to be played folks.

Juanda made a reraise to 325,000 as Alekhin rasied from the button to 100,000 and both players saw a flop of 2c-Ks-4h.  Juanda put money on out 365,000 and was called.  As Juanda bet out 480,000 chips, the turn fell the 10d and Alekhin started stacking chips.  Juanda folded his hand before he could put them in the middle and  Alekhin showed pocket queens.  Alekhin has retaken the chip lead at 4.66 Million..

Stanislav Alekhin started turning on the pressure to Juanda as he started chipping away at Juanda’s stack over the track of the next hour or so to the spot where Juanda was left just 940,000 chips.  John Juanda at hand 399 decisive to raise to 150,000 and Alekhin lay him all-in.  Juanda called showing As-Kc and Alekhin had Kd-Jd.  Juanda is far behind when the flop fell Jc-4c-4s  and he would need help to win.  Juanda could now win with an Ace, King, Queen, or 10 on the river and the turn card  fell the Qh.

Alekhin raised to 150,000 preflop and Juanda called a few Poker hands later.  The flop fell Ad-4h-6d and action is checked around and the 2 fell on the turn and Juanda bet out 275,000.  Juanda bet out 475,000A and 10s fell on the river.  Juanda stood up and Alekhin immediately moved all-in and showed Qd-2h for a pair of ducks. Juanda showed Ah-6c for two duo, doubled up to seize the chip lead and Juanda moved up to 3,850,000 in chips and.

Alekhin made the call while Juanda raised to 165,000 in a Preflop. Alekhin fired out a bet of 325,000 on a flop of Kc-Qh-7c.  Alekhin held 4c-3c for the flush draw and Juanda held Kh-6h for top pair.  Leaving Alekhin needing one of 9 clubs,the turn fell the 9s.  John Juanda doubled up through Alekhin and the river fell a harmless 4h. Alekhin lost with about 600,000 while Juanda held 6.6 Million in chips

Alekhin moved all in from the button and is called by Juanda at hand 484.  Juanda held Ks-6c and Alekhin held Ac-9s.  When the 6d-6s-2d hits the board Juanda flops a near miracle and making Alekhin realize that he needs running aces or nines to win.  The turn fell the Qc left Alekhin drawing dead.  The river card was the 6h, giving Juanda quads and the title to add insult to injury.  As the runner-up and will take home £533,950 for his fantastic showing, Stanislav Alekhin finished this Main Event.

John Juanda is the Champion of the 2008 World Series of Poker Games Main Event after 22 hours and a marathon heads-up session that saw him come back from the brink multiple times. He now has bracelets in No Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, 7 card stud, and 2-7 Lowball. , “It’s so long ago when I won my last bracelet, I can’t remember. It’s embarrassing.” “I wondered if I will ever win again.” he stated during his interview.

In The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event Title, 362 players came out to take their shot at poker immortality. it was John Juanda that came out on top in the longest final table in World Series of Poker history in spite of the  top pros who weaved their way through the field.  Juanda will take home £868,800addition to his gold bracelet as the Champion of the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe.

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Texas Holdem: Counting Outs and Percentages

19 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Texas Holdem

A solid knowledge of calculating odds and percentages is needed if you want to be successful at no limit Texas Hold’em poker. One thing you could do is learn how to compute for your outs and calculate the odds for and against your hitting your hand. Here are a few examples of counting outs and a few simple tricks you could use to estimate the percentages of hitting your Poker hand post-flop.

First things first, what is an out? An out is a card you need to have in order to hit your hand. If you are going for a straight draw and you need a five to hit your hand, your outs will then be the four fives that are in the deck. This is important because you should know what the odds are of you completing your hand by the river. Below are a few examples.

You have four cards to a flush post-flop. You then have nine outs to complete your Poker hand. If you flop and open-ended straight draw, you have eight outs. But the computation will not always be as simple as straight draws and flush draws.

Example: the flop is Jc-10c-9h and you have Ac-Qc. You have the chance to hit a monster hand. First, you have a nut flush draw and an open-ended straight draw, and any king or eight will give you a straight. Your outs are 15 because one of the kings and one of the eights have already been accounted for.

There is also what we call “potential outs”. These are basically Poker cards that may give you a hand but are not a lock to win the hand for you. One example would be a hand in the big blind of Ah-7h. If the flop is 4h-5c-6h, you will hold a nut flush draw and an open-ended straight draw. The potential out in this case is any ace. If one hits the board then you’ll win your hand. But if your opponent has an ace with a better kicker, you will have 18 outs of nine hearts, 3 non-heart three’s, 3 non-heart nine’s, and the 3 remaining aces.

Outs are also important on the turn because there will be times when this will give you additional outs to hit you hand. Just look for them. Let’s say you have As-Qs and the flop is Ks-6s-2c. Post-flop, you will have 9 outs for the flush and 3 potential outs if an ace hits. If the turn falls the Qd, you will now have picked up 2 more outs to hit your hand if another queen falls on the river.

Be aware of and prepared for sudden changes that can go against you in Poker Games. For example, you have Qc-Jc on a flop of Kd-10s-3h. You will now have an open-ended straight draw and 8 potential outs to hit it. If the river falls 6h, you will still have a chance but it is possible that your opponent has picked up a flush draw. Two of your outs can now be a problem for you. If Ah or 9h fall on the river, then your opponent may hit his hand.

This is the first step in learning how to calculate your percentages of hitting you hand by the river. With practice, you will be prepared for situations where knowing your percentages will affect greatly how the game turns out for you – if you should proceed with your hand or fold. There is a simple way of figuring out percentages. It is known as the “4 and 2 method”.

First, you want to know what your percentages are post-flop. Count the number of outs to hit your hand then multiply it by 4. If you have 9 outs, then there is a 36% chance that you will hit your hand. If you pick up additional outs after the turn, add these to your pre-flop out. Then take the number of outs and multiply it by 2.

Like everything else, this takes practice. Try taking out a deck of cards and dealing some simulated hands at random. Practice calculating your percentages for each hand. Once you’ve learned and mastered this, you will find it easier do it at the table.

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The Art of Bluffing in No Limit Holdem Poker

18 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Texas Holdem

Every Poker player knows that aside from the ins and outs of the Poker Games, the next thing you need to master is the art of bluffing. It is considered a normal part of all forms of poker. But everyone knows that a properly executed and well-timed bluff is best rewarded when playing No Limit Holdem poker. Here are a few pointers you need to consider the next time you think of pulling off a bluff.

Ask yourself, how many players are there in the pot? Bluffing is almost pointless when you are playing a hand in a pot with more than two players. The odds are against you in this situation because it is very likely that someone has a hand. The risk of bluffing here may cause you to lose your chips for nothing. Keep in mind that bluffing is more likely to work for you when you are playing against two Poker players or just one.

The next factor to consider is the type of read you have on your opponent. Is he the type to keep a tight, rock solid attitude during the game? Look for patterns in their behavior. When he misses a flop, does he check? Is he the type that can check-raise? Know you opponent’s temperament and behavior to certain events in the game. Bluffing is a mind game. You need to have the proper read on your opponent in order for your bluff strategy to succeed.

Third: what type of board is showing? Is it an uncoordinated low board? A paired board? A common bluff used is one which involves betting out into a paired board. Your opponent may choose to play back at you. When this happens, release the hand. When a particular scare card appears, like an ace for example, or a card that could complete a straight, you have another opportunity to bluff. But this is all of course dependent on how the hand unfolds.

Next question you need to ask is how many chips does your opponent have? This one is important when playing tournaments. If your opponent is a medium stack and you bluff to test them for all of their chips, they will be forced to call unless they have a hand. This may not work as well against a player with a short stack of chips because they are more likely to stick to a hand until the river.

Another trick that could work is to allow yourself to get caught bluffing every once in a while. Try this: make a well-timed bluff on the river when you think you are likely to be called. After this bluff, lay low for a while. When you get caught on a bluff, your opponents will keep that in mind and there will be more action in the game. You can also make the same type bet or move with a solid hand if you think the other player will call you on your bluff. This technique will result in a few raises and larger pots.

It is common knowledge in Poker that if you become successful every single time you bluff, then you are doing it all wrong. But if you get caught most of the time, then you are bluffing too much. Find a balance between getting caught and getting away with a bluff. Timing is key to this trick. Master this and you may just win the game.

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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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