This page gets back to the basics about Texas Holdem Poker. Every now and then I get an email about various aspects of the game. So, I decided to go over the game from the beginning. And while this article isn’t all there is, it’s a step in the right direction, instead of hearing about poker superstars or the latest tournaments.
History of Texas holdem poker
Today’s top poker players have people like Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim and Jack Binion to thank for the game of Holdem Poker played today. Then professional card players were looked at like seedy people. Often games were held in out of the way locations and crime at these events occurred often. The game originally started in Texas and moved to Nevada. In hopes to attract wealthy clients, the game originally played at the Golden Nugget. It was moved to what was the Dunes hotel, a better environment. Interest in the game grew and exploded with television broadcasts. This really became the turning point. Suddenly millions of people would watch these players at round tables playing this game. Next, the internet made it so much easier.
In the early internet, porn and gambling were the two biggest money makers. One lucky player named Chris Moneymaker managed to win the WSOP and entered through an online casino operator for $50. He is cited by many players today as the reason they got into poker and this has been coined the “moneymaker effect”. Now, everyone had access to the big bucks that poker offered. It was a wide open field all you had to do was win. Online poker is making players millionaires and top operators billionaires. Pokerstars was recently sold for five billion dollars and several of their top players have annual earnings in the seven figures. This is one of several online poker sites. Poker today is truly hot. For all the money on the table, poker is a simple game to play.
Poker is a community card game. Players have cards in their hands called hole or pocket cards and there are community cards that are displayed face on the table. The combination of the two decides the winning hands.
The first round is pre-flop. This is when all members are dealt their two cards. Players then get to bet, raise or fold. After this the first of three card come out. This is the flop phase of the of the round. Players get to raise, check or fold. To check is to neither raise or fold but indicate you’re still in the game. If a player raises everyone has to raise or fold. The next round is the turn. A fourth card comes out followed by another round of raising, checking or folding. Then a fifth card comes out. This is the river where everyone can add it all up and decide again to raise, check or fold. Afterwards is the showdown where everyone shows what cards they have and the player with the highest card value wins.
As in most forms of poker the ranking of hands is royal flush. A royal flush are all the face cards of the same suit and a ten.
A straight flush is the next rank the hand rankings. A straight flush is the same suit in sequence as in the diagram. In case of two straight flushes in a hand, the higher of the flush will win. For example, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of spades will beat Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 of the same suit.
Four of a kind ranks next.
A full house is next. A full house is made three of kind and a pair. As in the straight flush the highest of the full houses will win if there are two full houses.
Next is a flush. A flush is five cards of the same suit. The highest card value will win if there are two flushes here as well.
A straight ranks next. Like a royal flush, a straight flush is all the same cards in sequence of mixed suits.
Three of a kind ranks next. This is self-explanatory. and finally a pair is the next ranking card.
Also, there is high card, in the event no one has any matching pair. An ace will trump a king, as an example.
Players are seated in a oval table. As a betting round finishes the dealer position rotates by one clockwise. The two players to the left of the dealer, right if you’re online, are called the blinds. There is the big blind and small bind. These are the first bettors with the big blind betting the round amount and the small bind betting half that.
There is much written on strategy in poker. There’s always someone who has a new way of strategy. For beginners, this is sometimes good. There’s often a tip or two that will help you win tournaments. One of the best I’ve found is Gripsed Poker. He has a massive amounts of free videos on Youtube and he has thousands of subscribers. It’s a free channel also and you can learn lots of things that will improve your game. Experienced players can also benefit especially if stuck in rut.
There is also software called huds, pokertracker, is an example. You use these as a companion while playing online . The computer will indicate whether it’s a good time to bet or not. The decision is up to you. Some swear by them other people don’t. By the way online poker is the way many of today’s poker players are working the poker scene today.
Online poker has many benefits. You can learn without distractions of a casino. You can create a comfortable atmosphere to work in and excel. One of my favorite sites for poker is Americas Cardroom.
So, here are the basics of Texas Holdem Poker. There’s so much out there in terms of abstracts of poker it’s amazing. Staying focused with a strategy of some sort often works out best even though poker is an ever changing sport with very little predictable. It’s an exciting sport and many will continue to play for a long time.
Americas Cardroom is holding its first High Five tournament of the year. It’s a great way to get in with small buy-ins from satellites as low as .25 cents and up. Over $840,000 in prize pools are on the table for the taking. And there will be winners. It may as well be you. Bonuses for first timers are in effect, up to $1000. So you can get money back from that as well.
It’s extremely competitive and the tournaments have many players. Give yourself 8 to 10 hours and the amount of players is around 2000 per tourney. Some of the tournaments are going over their original prize pool. It’s a very exciting place to be. The tournament schedule is below and include Pot Luck Omaha, PLO, tourneys as well.
From May 29 to June 1 the Super High Roller Bowl will the most exciting game in town. Scheduled to join include Daniel Negreanu and Phil Helmuth among others. The tournament will have max of 49 players and at $300,000 an entry fee the pots are astronomical. If all seats are filled it will give a prize pool of $15,000,000 and $5,000,000 to the first place winner.
The event will be held at the Aria Hotel. The Aria has allready reserved 14 seats for its own high rollers leaving 35 seats for the public. It’s open to the public.
Freeroll poker tournaments are great for all poker players and online casinos. Many of today’s top poker professionals got their start in an online freeroll tournament. And freerolls bring in many new players who will later play with real money increasing revenue for the casino. You don’t want to be the latter just the winner. Freerolls usually have a mixture of poker players from new players to experienced players. There is an effective strategy to winning most of them and this method will usually place you well in most poker tournaments whether it is a freeroll or not. This write up will cover effective strategies to win freeroll poker tournaments.
In the first period of a freeroll, you tend to see many inexperienced players going all-in with very little in terms of hands. Some players will go all-in with an unsuited two and five. But the fact is cards are cards and they still might win. In my experience, though it may be tempting, don’t go all-in based on seeing a fellow player go all-in and feel you will get their chips. Stick to good strategy – high pairs and high cards win more often. Also to note, some of these players might not be inexperienced but instead have a freeroll is free attitude and not be applying themselves the way they would in a fee to join tournament. Your goal is to win as many chips as possible with the least chips invested.
One strategy that really counts is to get the most from a good hand . For example, you get dealt a pair of aces and the flop reveals one ace and two kings. Next to a four of a kind or royal flush, you have no competition. If you go all-in right away, you will probably cause people to fold missing out on a chip accumulation opportunity. Instead, raise in graduated amounts. With a high card like king or ace fellow players are more likely to bet if they have these cards in their hand increasing the size of the pot. Or if fellow players have pairs, they may increase their bets as well. At each betting round, increase the pot by betting again. At the showdown, you’ll see many more chips than going all-in at the start of the betting rounds. This tight aggressive strategy works across the board with all tournaments.
Another excellent strategy is to sit it out. You may be dealt an unsuited ace and five and a fellow player goes all-in. It may be to your advantage to sit it out. Don’t forget any pair will beat the unsuited ace five combo and you’ll have fewer chips. Don’t take risks with your stack and fold. An alternative strategy is to check out the flop if there is a raise and assess the landscape from that position. If it looks good, raise and if not fold. Don’t get in the practice of chasing an ideal hand.
Chasing an ideal hand is the surest way to lose. If you look at most poker wins, they are usually a pair or three of a kind. At the WSOP 2015, it was won with a pair of 10s. It was also a three of kind of 10s that won the WSOP in 2014. The likelihood of a straight or flush is rare. Of course, they happen but they’re nothing to bet your stack over. You might look at that tempting pot and your hand and think it’s going to win, only to find yourself with less chips because a fellow player has a pair. The best strategy for those hands that may be flushes or straights is to see the flop even if there is a raise and evaluate from the next betting round. You might have a flush or straight and then you can make graduated betting increases from there or fold if it’s an unlikely combination. Now you see how to bet in a freeroll tournament. I’ll go over the stages.
There are basically four stages of a freeroll poker tourney. The initial stage, the middle stage, the final table stage, and the heads up stage. The initial stage covers the entry period where anyone can enter usually it’s one hour though some poker sites vary and have variable time limits up to several hours. It is still a one entry free game and play from there. The second stage is the middle. There are no more new players and it’s often the middle stage. The final table is the third stage . This stage is marked by various all-in scenarios as players hope for a heads up tourney. Heads up is the last stage of a tournament. If you have held on this long , congratulations. You are now at the top of the prize level and will get either the first or second place prize. Back to the phases and observations.
During the initial phase of freeroll poker tournaments, there tends to be many all-in betting scenarios. This is the time to sit it out and wait for great hands only. You might find your chip stack down but you are still in the game. After the initial phase, you will see fewer all-in bets since everyone wants to keep their chips. Your chips should be accumulating by now by playing the winning hands. During the later phases and up to a heads up match, this strategy will work fine. The best place to bet is more often than not at late position.
Betting at the late position is good for three reasons. First, you get to see the raises on the board and can decide if you want to bet. Second, you get to know your fellow players and decide who is a bluffer and who bets only solid hands. Knowing how your fellow players bet will help you in many plays. If a player goes all-in or raises frequently, the chances are slim that each hand is a winning hand. It may be accurate to raise against them as compared to a player who only raises with great hands in the first place. The third reason late position is great is that if a following bettor has a pair of aces or goes all-in, it may be tempting to go all-in and lose chips in the process. For all phases of a poker tournament, these tight, aggressive strategies will work and lead you to the final table if not heads up. One additional strategy is called gut instinct.
Gut instinct varies from all of these strategies in that it’s simply a matter of self-trust. You feel it and it works. Like in the freeroll example mentioned above where someone goes all-in with an unsuited two and five and they win against a pair of aces. Tuning into your instinct is as important as using rational strategy. There will be a good hand, a pair of aces for example ,where you should fold. And the flop reveals a pair of fives and your opponent just happens to have one five that trumps your ace pair. Only your gut instincts will lead you accurately here but using them and trusting them is another strategy that is most effective.
In conclusion, freeroll poker tournaments are a great way to play poker , learn the game and build a bankroll. Strategies learned in freeroll are easily applicable to tournaments you have pay to play. Following an effective strategy and taking notes will increase your empirical knowledge and lead to better outcomes than playing without any strategy at all. Key points are not to chase ideal hands, pairs and three of kinds win more often than straights or flushes and betting at late position will give you more leverage than betting at early position. Also, developing and using gut instincts will take your poker game to a high level.
America’s Cardroom has freerolls 24/7. As soon as a required amount of players are in, the tournament starts!!
They say you should always list your goals and be working for them. Well, Daniel Negreanu has done just that with his list of goals for 2016. He posted on his blog what he want to do the year ahead. It’s pretty bold, especially in poker. But this is what seperates poker players from poker professionals. The ability to be goal oriented in a game of chance. To know what you want out of this game.
He posted his 2015 goals as well. He wanted to score $2,000,000 in live tourney cashes. He did this. Also, he wanted to make 5 final tables, and win 3 WSOP bracelets. His winnings this year were around $2.5 million. His most recent cash at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic added nearly $650,000 to his bottom line.
His original goal was to enter 55 tourneys. He entered 49 . He made 4 four final tables. He didn’t win any bracelets in 2015 but came pretty close. He came in 11th at the WSOP Main Event.
Though he didn’t get all of his goals. He did pretty good overall. But he does an important, he sets goals. It’s imperative to set goals and keep working on them as the year progresses. His $2 million goal came with a December win at the Five Diamond Poker Classic.
Don’t forget to plan your goals for the new year and make it a great one!!!
The poker juggernaut continued for Joe McKeehen with this final table win over Joshua Beckley. Many people felt McKeehen wouldn’t last. It’s only the second time in WSOP history that the chip leader going into the final table has come out a winner. Jonathan Duhamel did it in 2008 but that’s all. Based on history, it was an unexpected win. But not for McKeehen. He compared the final table to a freeroll because of his chip stack but he cruised to the top with a nonchalant attitude.
McKeehen sent home six of the final table members in showdowns including Neil Blumenfield , 61, who took home $3.4 million for his efforts. He’s former software executive who sold his company to Intuit in 2013. He says the similiarities in poker and business are that the top 10% make any real money. In many ways this is true. These players have probably made more than 90% off all players during the entire poker playing career.
After knocking Blumenfield out his next victim was Joshua Beckley. Beckley held a pocket pair of 4s and as the flop came, a ten was all it took for McKeehen to claim with WSOP title. Beckley takes home $4.5 million for his work which is excellent.
His aggressive betting style didn’t aid him in getting more chips and now he goes back to Israel nearly $2,000,000 richer. Stern was up against Neil Blumenfield who had Ace King while Stern held Ace Jack. As the flop unfolded 7h, 5s, 3d, Blumenfield kept his lead. Then King of diamonds came on the turn giving Blumenfield the pair. The Queen completed the set. Stern bowed out at 5th place.
Max Steinberg is also out. He failed to get any great chip counts and a bluff left him in the dust against Neil Blumenfield. Steinberg had unsuited 2 and 3 against Blumenfield’s pair of Queens. He folded in a raise and left him with 18,250,000 chips. Finally Joe McKeehen stepped in with a raise holding Ace Queen, Steinberg who held Ace Jack went all in for 16,500,000 chips and was effectively out with Mckeehen’s Queen kicker. He’ll collect $2,600,000 for his work.
The remain three, Beckly, McKeehen, and Blumenfield meet Tuesday in the finale!!
Thomas Cannuli of New Jersey was the 6rh man out at the WSOP. He came in as the short stack.He lost to Max Steinberg. He went in with a pair of Aces and Steinberg held a pair of tens. The flop revealed Jack, Ten and a Six giving Steinberg, a three of a kind win.
Cannuli won $1,400,000 for all his work. This was just the 2nd hand of the night. Cannuli thanked everyone like a good sportsman and afterall he’s in his mid twenties and $1,400,000 is a great deal of money to have at that age. Steinberg’s stack was raised to over 31,000,000 chips and second on the leaderboard
People were looking for a David vs Goliath setting for the WSOP, they didn’t get that last night. Joe McKeehen continues his poker juggernaut increasing his lead over the table.
Patrick Chan was first out after two hands. McKeehen’s Ace and Four held up over Chan’s King and Queen for the win. Chan makes $1,001,000 for his efforts. Not to bad. Next to go was Federico Butteroni.
Federico didn’t reraise often. He waited patiently for nice hands but didn’t find any. He had some chip gains with an all-in with a Queen and nine. It bumped up his stack but not enough when coming up against McKeehen. McKeehen scored with an Ace King high hand over Ace high held by Butteroni. The Italian took home $1,097,000. and finally Pierre Neuville.
His chances were dashed with a straight against a flush from Tom Cannuli. Neuville with in with two Queens and raised. While Cannuli called with King and nine of hearts. The flop was Ace hearts , Jack diamonds and Ten of hearts. The turn was a 4 of hearts and Cannuli had it shut down. But later on against Mckeehen, Neuville lost with McKeehen getting a flush against an Ace high card . He goes back to Belgium with $1,203,000.
For the losers , they are really winners. They beat field of over 6000 players to go home with at least a million dollars. For day two, McKeehen has almost half of tables’ chips . This puts him in a formidable position. The action starts at 8pm est on ESPN.
The WSOP Final Table begins November 8, 2015 at 8:30 pm est. It’s the culumination of the Main Event Poker Tourney that started over the summer. And it could be interesting full of surprises. If history holds up, the chip leader Joseph McKeehan won’t win. Rarely do chip leaders continue the climb to the final table at the WSOP . One exception was Jonathan Duhamel who went in chip leader and won the Main Event in 2010. McKeehan hasn’t been resting on his laurels. He won the Wynn Fall Classic in October taking over $90,000 in the $300,000 Guarantee Championship.So look for fireworks, possible upsets or the poker juggernaut continues with McKeehen . As chip leader, all eyes are on him.
As a shout out to you’re not getting older but better, two players Pierre Neuville and Neil Blumenfield are also at the table. Neuville is 72 and Blumenfield 61.
Zvi Stern, who almost didn’t play the Main Event is also 2nd in chip count. He only decided to play the Main Event after United Airlines posted a cheap flight. He booked it Friday morning and was en route to Vegas Friday night. Luck was in the cards , since even if he doesn’t win the Main Event , he will still go home with $1,000,000. He’s had subsequent cashes including the 2015 WSOP Europe festival and Europe Poker Tour.
The remaining players are your everday WSOP players. All under 30. Max Steinberg is the most successful of the group with earnings around $2,000,000. He also cashed at the Big Poker Oktober – CPPT 2015. Joshua Beckley, another November Niner, has cashed since making the Final Table including a WSOP Circuit cash for $2200 in September 2015. He’s also a spokesman for America’s Cardroom featured prominently in ads for their Million Dollar Sunday Tourneys. Patrick Chan from Brooklyn, NY is still cashing including the WPT – Borgata Open at Atlantic City. Rounding out the November Nine are Federico Butteroni and Thomas Cannuli.
It will be an exciting tourney to say the least with possible upsets or predictable outcomes. The coverage is as follows:
Here are some cool tips for beginners as well as pros. Poker is poker and anyone can win any game. For beginners these tips will last throughout your poker career and professional poker players will find these tips will come in handy in any game.
1. Play premium hands.
Premium hands are high face cards like AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AK, AQ, AJ and some say any pair will do as well. By sticking to these hands you increase your odds of winning. It’s not a perfect hand so it’s best to raise and check out the flop. If your gut instinct says to go all in then do it. These premium hands are those hands that often win.
2. Find Soft Opponents and Tournaments.
Poker professionals often gravitate to big money jackpot games. They have mortgages, rent, bills to pay and need more money than a recreational player. If you’re not a professional you’ll find easier opponents to play against. Ever see a hand played and you wonder ‘how’d he play that’. That is often a sign of a inexperienced players. You’ll find it easier to win these tournaments but the money won’t be as great as playing in big money tournaments with skilled players using HUDS and other potential advantages but winning is winning.
3. Pay Attention To Opponents.
As noted above an inexperienced player might play a hand that has you scratching your head . Doing this over and over might lead you to think you can beat them and you might be right. Conversely, a player who only plays premium hands will lead you to think you should only play when you know you have a great hand to play . This is usually correct also and will save you many chips. Play when you know you have the nut hand.
4. Use Intuition as a Guide
Occassionally you’ll get a hand that creates a gut feeling it’s a winner. It might not be a premium hand as noted . It could be and unsuited 3 and 10 but somehow you know it’s winner. Don’t ignore that vibe play if it’s to big a bet and you will probably come out a winner.
5. Play Big Hands Aggressively
When the flop comes out and your AA reveals a pair of Aces for a four of a kind , go all-in. Being an aggressive player in this case will give you more chips that will lead you to the Final Table and hopefully Heads Up!
By the way, these tips are not just for beginners but all players and all ranges. You’ll see these tips will across the board in all games. Good Luck!
In a potential landmark approval, the world’s largest poker site, Pokerstars, received approval to offer online gambling for residents of New Jersey. This is another notch in the return of online poker to New Jersey residents following Black Friday and potentially a breakthrough for other states to follow. Since 2013, New Jersey has allowed online gambling through approved sites. It’s started slow with revenues of 100,000,000 but has been showing an increase over last year.
Having one of the largest , most popular sites with major jackpots everyday will probably be the ticket to bring online gambling back to the US in a major way.
Other states may follow since Pokerstars had to pass a rigorous and unheard of DGE, Division of Gambling Enforcement, review process. Other states namely Pa and Ny may look to share in the fortunes of New Jersey. Look for legislation to start in 1-2 years.
Players must be in New Jersey to play. That could mean a laptop in a train station or physical address. Ha ha.
Poker pro Vanessa Rousso, one the top female poker pros with nearly $5,000,000 in career earnings, is a finalist on the reality show Big Brother and a favorite to win the $500,000 grand prize.
Big Brother is a reality game show where members live in a house with cameras everywhere. All the comings and goings are documented digitally and the interactions of the members, often heated, are the subject of news. Members have included former pornstar Jenna Jameson, and Janice Dickinson among celebrities. Big Brother is one of the longest running reality shows on TV on air since 2000. It’s hosted by Julia Chen.
Vanessa Rousso made her name as a poker player but she’s also a serious academic who graduated from Duke University in two and half years with a degree in economics and later went to law school. She’s a spokesman for Godaddy and was also in the tv show Million Dollar Challenge. Her poker history is impressive with 16 money finishes as the WSOP, and 2 final tables and 8 money finishes in the World Poker Tour.
Check out her hot Las Vegas mansion.
Federico Butteroni is one of the November Nine WSOP finalist. He hails from Italy and speaks in a very thick Italian accent. At 25, he’s pretty much a vet in the poker world having recorded cashes from 2010. He thinks European players are more aggressive than Americans and more unpredictable as well. For the Final Table at the WSOP, he’s not sure of his strategy yet. He just wants to rest before the tournament. He’s the lowest stack of all players going into the Final Table with 6,200,000 chips. How will he do stay tuned for the November Nine Final Table.
Here’s a list of his recorded cashes:
05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
29-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #59) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 3,622
24-Jun-2015 United States $ 235 No Limit Hold’em 3PM Rio Daily Deepstacks 2015, Las Vegas won $ 31,756
12-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack (Event #28) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 45,633
28-May-2015 Czech Republic € 199 No Limit Hold’em – IMOP Main Event IMOP – Italian Masters Of Poker, Rozvadov won $ 1,668
10-Jun-2014 Australia No Limit Hold’Em – Event #9 Sapphire Series Poker Challenge, Perth won $ 6,301
09-Jun-2014 Australia A$ 100 No Limit Hold’em – Monday Night Weekly Tournament – The Poker Scene Monday 2014 Crown Casino Perth Recurring Tournaments, Perth won $ 187
04-Jun-2014 Australia No Limit Hold’Em – Event #6 Sapphire Series Poker Challenge, Perth won $ 3,887
01-May-2014 Australia A$ 330 No Limit Hold’em Last Sunday of the Month 2014 Crown Casino Perth Recurring Tournaments, Perth won $ 3,246
09-Dec-2010 Italy IPT € 2,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event IPT – 2 – Sanremo III, Sanremo won $ 6,706
Here’s a video clip where he talks about being and Italian poker player and getting ready for the WSOP.
Though he’s in 8th place going into the Final Table, you can’t count New Yorker Patrick Chan out from winning the WSOP 2015. In fact, don’t be surprised if he takes it down. He’s from Brooklyn!!! The same place as Vanessa Selbst. He’s been cashing for years after starting out online pre-Black Friday and his list of cashes is impressive with $500,000 in live cashes not including the huge WSOP pay day ahead. His favorite casino is the Borgata.
05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
29-May-2015 United States WSOP $ 565 No Limit Hold’em The Colossus (Event #5) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 7,170
19-May-2015 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em (Event #8)WSOP Circuit – Foxwoods, Mashantucket won $ 12,964
21-Apr-2015 United States $ 100 + 20 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry (Event #27) Borgata Spring Poker Open/WPT World Championship, Atlantic City won $ 364
09-Apr-2015 United States $ 160 No Limit Hold’em #3Liz Flynt Spring Classis 2015, Gardena won $ 900
12-Feb-2015 United States $ 570 No Limit Hold’em 2015 L.A Poker Classic, Los Angeles won $ 23,890
08-Feb-2015 United States $ 350 No Limit Hold’em – Shootout 2015 L.A Poker Classic, Los Angeles won $ 2,650
28-Jan-2015 United States $ 2,350 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax Championship Parx Casino Big Stax X, Bensalem won $ 71,449
17-Sep-2014 United States $ 260 + 40 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WPT Borgata Open, Atlantic City won $ 2,465
31-Jul-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax VII, Bensalem won $ 1,676
14-Jun-2014 United States $ 300 No Limit Hold’em – Encore Presentation Phamous Poker Series V, Las Vegas won $ 5,047
31-May-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Millionaire Maker (Event #8) 45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 100,689
05-Feb-2014 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry WSOP Circuit – West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach won $ 1,936
12-Nov-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack- Re-Entry Borgata Fall Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 29,406
19-Aug-2013 United States $ 310 + 55 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo WSOP Circuit – Connecticut, Mashantucket won $ 1,182
11-Aug-2013 United States $ 520 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WSOP Circuit – Connecticut, Mashantucket won $ 3,804
26-Jun-2013 United States $ 185 No Limit Hold’em II Rio Daily Deepstacks 2013, Las Vegas won $ 309
30-May-2013 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #3) 44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013, Las Vegas won $ 2,619
14-May-2013 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Six Max Mega Stack Challenge XXVIII, Mashantucket won $ 607
06-Apr-2013 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Foxwoods, Mashantucket won $ 3,329
15-Mar-2013 United States $ 2,325 + 175 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Event Foxwoods Poker Classic, Mashantucket won $ 6,754
10-Mar-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Borgata Three-Play Deep Stack Poker Tournament, Atlantic City won $ 1,439
09-Mar-2013 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 1,055
01-Mar-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-entry WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 716
27-Jan-2013 United States WPT $ 3,300 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Championship WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 28,207
25-Jan-2013 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Re-Entry WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 783
15-Jan-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack Re-Entry WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 1,120
01-Dec-2012 United States DSPT $ 2,300 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Main Event DeepStacks Poker Tour Mohegan Sun National Championship, Uncasville won $ 33,599
18-Nov-2012 United States $ 2,500 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Borgata Fall Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 131,895
11-Aug-2012 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Borgata $100,000 Guaranteed Saturday Series, Atlantic City won $ 28,279
22-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em Borgata Deep Stack Double Play Open, Atlantic City won $ 3,212
01-Jul-2012 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #54) 43rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012, Las Vegas won $ 2,667
19-Jun-2012 United States $ 600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 6,852
11-Sep-2011 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry 2011 Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 1,083
11-Jun-2011 United States $ 340 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 2,294
21-May-2011 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Borgata $100,000 Guaranteed Saturday Series, Atlantic City won $ 689
16-Dec-2010 United States $ 570 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 1,163
Here’s a video clip with his foresight for the Final Table in November. He feels he could win with a good run of cards. Hello!! He also mentions where he grinds and mentions the Borgata Casino.
Max Steinberg is a 27 year old professional poker player who started cashing in tourneys in 2008. He has an impressive list of finishes and to date has nearly $2,000,000 in live tournament wins. He’s had 11 WSOP cashes. In 2013, he was in the Main Event when he knocked out Phil Ivey and went on to win $400,000 but this is his biggest cash to date . He’s guaranteed a million and potentially $7,600,000 in the November WSOP tournament.
Interesting to note, he won his seat this year with a Draft Kings satellite tournament for $27. Amazing! He’s also a spokesman for Draft Kings , the sport/poker site.
His recent cashes are below:
Aug 19, 2014 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em 2014 10th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship $1,000 won $3,431
Jul 15, 2013 WSOP $10,000 Main Event 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 won $50,752
Jun 20, 2013 Event 32 – $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $5,000 won $23,791
Jun 16, 2013 Event 27 – $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed Max 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $3,000 won $231,501
Jun 12, 2013 Event 20 – $1,500 Omaha 8/OB 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $1,500 won $8,377
Jun 05, 2013 Event 9 – $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $3,000 won $39,756
May 24, 2013 No-Limit Hold’em 2013 WSOP National Championship $10,000 won $219,799
Feb 28, 2013 Event 4 – No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up (64 Player Max) 2013 Chicago Poker Classic $5,000 won $15,637
Aug 29, 2012 Main Event (WPT) 2012 WPT Legends of Poker $3,500 won $293,490
Jul 02, 2012 Event 53 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker $1,500 won $21,114
Jun 16, 2011 Event 20 – No-Limit Hold’em 2011 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III $1,070 won $2,567
Mar 24, 2011 Main Event 2011 Wynn Classic $5,000 won $71,974
Oct 04, 2010 EPT London Main Event 2010 PokerStars.com EPT London – Season VII $7,415 won $14,145
Jun 04, 2010 Event 8 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker $1,500 won $352,916
May 24, 2008 No-Limit Hold’em Championship 2008 LAPT I – San Jose, Costa Rica $2,500 won $144,773
Here’s a recent video celebrating his November Nine victory;
He is the 2nd Final Table to also be an executive though retired. Pierre Neuville was a businessman who created a game, Eddy Merckx, named after a famous cyclist. He then went on to start a toy company that he later sold to Hasbro. Afterwards, he was vice president of Hasbro till he retired and from there went to start a personal consulting company with clients including Kevin Costner. At 72, he’s the oldest player in the Final Table, age is only a number!!
He started cashing in 2007 and hasn’t looked back! He’s been extremely successful in the European Poker Tour, EPT with over 15 final tables and has cashed in 39 events. Last year 2014, he had several WSOP cashes including taking home nearly $400,000 in the Six Handed Event. His most recent cash the million guarantee and potentially nearly $8,000,000 from the 2015 WSOP is his best cash to date. His total cashes are around $3,000,000. That’s a great way to retire!!
His recent live cashes history are below:
23-Aug-2015 Spain € 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Hyper Turbo Bounty #27 EPT – 12 – ESPT – 6 – Barcelona, Barcelona won $ 968
05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68)46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
05-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker (Event #16)46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 6,973
08-May-2015 Monaco € 2,000 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo ‘8 Handed’ (Event #78)EPT – 11 – FPS – 5 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 4,980
02-May-2015 Monaco EPT € 10,000 + 600 No Limit Hold’em – EPT Main Event (Event #27)EPT – 11 – FPS – 5 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 33,552
21-Mar-2015 Malta € 2,000 + 200 #18 No Limit Hold’em – IPT High Roller EPT – 11 – IPT – 7 – Malta, Portomaso won $ 42,032
06-Feb-2015 France € 500 + 50 #39 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Cash EPT – 11 – FPS – 4 – Deauville, Deauville won $ 968
05-Feb-2015 France € 1,000 + 100 #35 No Limit Hold’em – Cash – 6 Handed EPT – 11 – FPS – 4 – Deauville, Deauville 12th won $ 2,690
03-Feb-2015 France € 2,000 + 200 #24 No Limit Hold’em – Cash EPT – 11 – FPS – 4 – Deauville, Deauville won $ 4,200
17-Dec-2014 Czech Republic € 300 + 30 #57 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Edition of EPT Main Event EPT – 11 – EUREKA – 4 – Prague, Prague won $ 2,933
14-Dec-2014 Czech Republic € 1,000 + 100 #36 No Limit Hold’em Holdem EPT – 11 – EUREKA – 4 – Prague, Prague won $ 2,852
07-Dec-2014 Czech Republic EKA € 1,000 + 100 #2 No Limit Hold’em EUREKA – Main Event EPT – 11 – EUREKA – 4 – Prague, Prague won $ 2,210
30-Nov-2014 Belgium € 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Belgian Poker Challenge – Namur, Namur won $ 3,182
13-Oct-2014 England £ 2,000 + 150 #24 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo 8 Max EPT – 11 – UKIPT – 4 – London, London won $ 47,577
18-Sep-2014 Morocco 7,700 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Tanger Poker Festival VI, Tanger won $ 5,224
27-Aug-2014 Spain € 100 + 20 #43 No Limit Hold’em – Hyper Turbo EPT – 11 – ESPT – 5 – Barcelona, Barcelona won $ 356
16-Aug-2014 Spain ESTPT € 1,000 + 100 #2 No Limit Hold’em – Estrellas Main Event EPT – 11 – ESPT – 5 – Barcelona, Barcelona won $ 10,364
18-Jul-2014 Belgium WPTN € 675 + 75 WPTN Brussels Main Event WPT National Brussels Summer Poker Challenge 2014, Brussels won $ 15,691
11-Jul-2014 United States $ 235 No Limit Hold’em Rio Daily Deepstacks 2014, Las Vegas won $ 797
08-Jul-2014 United States $ 1,100 No Limit Hold’em #60 Deepstack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas $ 2,679
01-Jul-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #60)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,460
28-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #55)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,881
25-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #49)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 9,224
22-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #45)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 2,253
18-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 3,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #39)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 16,573
15-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #33)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,266
10-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em – Six Handed (Event #24)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas 2nd won $ 385,041
07-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #19)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,154
01-May-2014 Monaco € 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Bounty 8 MaxEPT – 10 – FPS – 4 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 3,665
25-Apr-2014 Monaco € 2,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – FPS High RollerEPT – 10 – FPS – 4 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 5,666
29-Mar-2014 Belgium € 900 + 99 High Roller Planet Poker Deepstack Series, Namur won $ 20,615
12-Mar-2014 Morocco 9,900 No Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event Tanger Millionaire Maker, Tanger won $ 2,457
06-Mar-2014 Belgium WPTN € 1,350 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event win2day.be WPT National Brussels, Brussels won $ 5,630
27-Jan-2014 France € 800 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Random Bounty EPT – 10 – FPS – 3 – Deauville, Deauville won $ 2,803
Here’s a recent video clip:
What is a CEO doing at the WSOP? Ask Neil Blumenfield, president and COO of Elastic Intelligence. This company is at the forefront of accessing and sharing data that is in a cloud. Not clouds in the sky , computer clouds where information and data is kept. Their application is a breakthrough in the industry and was bought buy Intuit. The prez is Neil Blumenfield who also is a finalist in the WSOP 2015. It’s amazing that someone with his background is also a poker champ. He’s had modest cashes of around $150,000, but the million dollar payday and potentially more is his greatest. He’s also one of the oldest players at age 61 but not the oldest.
His cash history is scattered across the years. In 2008, he won over $15,000 in the Nevada State Poker Championship. In 2014, he place 286th in the WSOP Main Event. He’s also scored well in the Heartland Poker. He also placed in the WSOP Seniors Event.
His top live cashes history are below:
Jul 16, 2012 $10,000 WSOP Main Event 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker won $38,453
Jan 27, 2014 $1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 2014 HPT – California – Thunder Valley won $37,749
Aug 18, 2015 $5,250 No-Limit Hold’em $5 Million GTD 2015 SHR Poker Open won $25,000
Oct 05, 2008 No-Limit Hold’em State Championship – Event 28 2008 1st Annual State of Nevada Championship Poker Tournament won $15,930
Jun 17, 2015 $600 No-Limit Hold’em Seniors $50K GTD 2015 Wynn Summer Classic won $4,641
Here’s a video clip of an interview.
Ofer Zvi Stern, mostly called Zvi Stern, is one your typical poker players. He plays with hoodie on , sunglasses so you can’t catch and facial expressions but he plays hard and going into the WSOP Final Table in November his chip count is a nice 29,000,000. He’s from Israel and is the 2nd Israeli to make the November Nine Final Table, Amir Levohat made it in 2013. He’s had only two live cashes of about $100,000 to his name but feels confident and this is poker where anything can happen and anyone can win no matter their chip count going into Final Table. His new live cash total is over $1,000,0000 so he’s definately doing something right.
His live cash history is below:
27-Aug-2015 Spain € 500 + 50 Pot Limit Omaha #50 EPT – 12 – ESPT – 6 – Barcelona, Barcelona 10th € 2,260 won $ 2,588
05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
07-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 3,000 Limit Hold’em Six Handed (Event #19) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 9,501
01-Jun-2015 United States $ 1,100 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Main Event #19 Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 2,512
29-May-2015 United States WSOP $ 565 No Limit Hold’em The Colossus (Event #5) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 3,009
12-Jan-2015 Bahamas $ 24,000 + 1,000 #24 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller 8 Handed PCA – 2015, Paradise Island won $ 44,540
01-Jul-2008 United States WSOP $ 1,500 Limit Hold’em – Shootout 39th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2008, Las Vegas won $ 5,055
10-Jul-2007 United States WPT $ 10,000 + 300 Bellagio Cup III – No Limit Hold’em Bellagio Cup III, Las Vegas won $ 41,310
06-Aug-2006 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em 37th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2006, Las Vegas won $ 39,530
05-Aug-2006 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em 37th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2006, Las Vegas won $ 1,289
Here is his interview from Poker News on Youtube:
When Joe Mckeehen goes into the WSOP Final Table, he goes in as chip leader with over 63,000,000 chips. He’s only 24 but is already a WSOP veteran who last year won over $800,000. He hales from Pennsylvania but is already a poker roadie with wins stretching around the country including Atlantic City, Vegas, Foxwoods, Florida and even Paradise Island. He’s a laid back gentleman in an interview but makes it clear he’s there to win the tournament.
He talks about strategy somewhat in that as chip leader he can put pressure on shorter stacked players and in this case everything worked out. It doesn’t always work out as you know. I’ve big stacked players make big bets and lose and short stacked players come back from the brink and win. Poker is really anyone’s game and there are no guarantees. Will this tournament have a major upset? Who knows but Joe Mckeehen appears very relaxed as takes a break before the Final Table in November.
His total cashes are near $2,000,000 not bad for a 24 year old . His recorded cashes are below.
05-Jul-2015 United States $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
27-Jun-2015 United States $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo (Event #56) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 12,376
04-Jun-2015 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout (Event #14) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 5,413
29-May-2015 United States $ 565 No Limit Hold’em The Colossus (Event #5) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 5,000
23-Apr-2015 United States $ 1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em Six Max (Event #10) Borgata Spring Poker Open/WPT World Championship, Atlantic City won $ 3,395
13-Mar-2015 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Double Play Borgata Poker Player’s Series, Atlantic City won $ 1,232
06-Mar-2015 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em Main Event #10 WSOP Circuit – Baltimore, Baltimore won $ 4,703
19-Feb-2015 United States $ 1,000 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Parx Casino Big Stax X, Bensalem won $ 1,179
13-Feb-2015 Canada C$ 4,700 + 300 No Limit Hold’em WPT Main Event 2015 Fallsview Poker Classic, Niagara Falls won $ 8,120
18-Dec-2014 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em (Event #8) WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 3,058
12-Dec-2014 United States $ 1,100 + 100 No Limit Hold’em Big Stax 1100 Parx Casino Big Stax IX, Bensalem won $ 13,105
03-Dec-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax IX, Bensalem won $ 27,236
13-Nov-2014 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Event #14 Borgata Fall Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 3,104
01-Oct-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’m – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax VIII, Bensalem won $ 894
11-Sep-2014 United States $ 1,500 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Heads Up WPT Borgata Open, Atlantic City won $ 37,248
07-Aug-2014 United States $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 500 Parx Casino Big Stax VII, Bensalem won $ 3,208
31-Jul-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax VII, Bensalem won $ 995
26-Jun-2014 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Monster Stack (Event #51) 45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 820,863
08-Jun-2014 United States $ 2,100 No Limit Hold’em #26 Deepstack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 101,864
30-May-2014 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Shootout (Event #6) 45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 4,411
13-May-2014 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 949
25-Apr-2014 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Philadelphia, Chester won $ 6,013
24-Apr-2014 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – Philadelphia, Chester won $ 6,091
17-Apr-2014 United States $ 600 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Borgata Spring Poker Open 2014, Atlantic City won $ 33,873
08-Apr-2014 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deeptack Re-Entry Borgata Spring Poker Open 2014, Atlantic City won $ 1,385
15-Mar-2014 United States $ 1,500 + 150 No Limit Hold’Em Foxwoods Poker Classic, Mashantucket won $ 61,285
13-Mar-2014 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’Em Foxwoods Poker Classic, Mashantucket won $ 2,508
27-Feb-2014 United States $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 500 Parx Casino Big Stax V, Bensalem won $ 1,002
20-Feb-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax V, Bensalem won $ 20,641
14-Feb-2014 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em Main Event WSOP Circuit – West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach won $ 68,291
19-Jan-2014 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 770
17-Jan-2014 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack (Re-Entry) WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 69,808
15-Dec-2013 United States $ 150 + 30 No Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event Borgata Mini Series, Atlantic City won $ 413
06-Dec-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo WSOP Ring Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 746
30-Nov-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WSOP Ring Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 3,633
21-Nov-2013 United States $ 280 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Black Chip Bounty – 6 Max – Re-Entry Borgata Fall Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 471
17-Nov-2013 United States $ 400 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepest Stack – Re-Entry Borgata Fall Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 30,963
01-Nov-2013 United States $ 2,500 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 4,979
30-Oct-2013 United States $ 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 6,343
24-Oct-2013 United States $ 260 + 40 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 8,514
20-Oct-2013 United States $ 530 + 70 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Mashantucket won $ 10,706
03-Oct-2013 United States $ 300 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Parx Casino Big Stax IV, Bensalem won $ 5,074
27-Sep-2013 United States $ 300 + 40 No Limit Hold’em Philly Poker Deepstack, Chester 2nd $ 14,123
06-Sep-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Borgata Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 1,171
03-Sep-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Borgata Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 1,138
22-Aug-2013 United States $ 5,300 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Event Seminole Hard Rock 2013 Poker Open, Hollywood won $ 14,544
08-Aug-2013 United States $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Parx Casino Big Stax III, Bensalem won $ 1,534
01-Aug-2013 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em Parx Casino Big Stax III, Bensalem won $ 3,000
06-Jul-2013 United States $ 10,000 World Championship – No Limit Hold’em (Event #62) 44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013, Las Vegas won $ 24,480
24-Jun-2013 United States $ 3,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #44) 44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013, Las Vegas won $ 8,194
10-Jun-2013 United States $ 1,600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 6,013
28-May-2013 United States $ 500 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 1,569
19-May-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 1,623
15-May-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 14,205
09-May-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – New Orleans, New Orleans won $ 24,219
26-Apr-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WSOP Circuit – Harrahs Chester, Chester won $ 1,995
07-Apr-2013 United States $ 350 + 50 Limit Hold’em Borgata Spring Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 3,819
09-Mar-2013 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 174,147
01-Mar-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-entry WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 1,112
14-Feb-2013 United States $ 1,500 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 1500 Parx Casino Big Stax I, Bensalem won $ 4,890
26-Jan-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack Semi Turbo WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 1,013
12-Jan-2013 United States $ 1,090 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Delaware Park Winter Poker Classic, Wilmington won $ 4,236
21-Sep-2012 United States $ 200 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack Re-Entry WPT Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 27,843
08-Sep-2012 United States $ 1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em WPT Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 15,389
13-Aug-2012 United States $ 300 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Turbo 2012 Empire State Poker Championship, Verona won $ 15,885
01-Aug-2012 United States $ 200 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WPT Parx Open Poker Classic, Bensalem won $ 8,635
25-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,600 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty 2012 Florida State Poker Championship, Pompano Beach won $ 2,722
20-Jul-2012 United States $ 550 No Limit Hold’em – ReEntry 2012 Florida State Poker Championship, Pompano Beach won $ 19,019
15-Jul-2012 United States $ 550 No Limit Hold’em 2012 Florida State Poker Championship, Pompano Beach won $ 1,015
03-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 7,972
02-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #56) 43rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012, Las Vegas won $ 2,757
15-May-2012 United States $ 175 + 25 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Eastcoast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 3,168
14-May-2012 United States $ 175 + 25 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Eastcoast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 1,157
13-May-2012 United States $ 200 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack Turbo Eastcoast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 3,335
14-Jan-2012 Bahamas $ 10,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em 6 Max – High Roller PCA – 2012, Paradise Island won $ 21,100
12-Jan-2012 Bahamas $ 2,000 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo PCA – 2012, Paradise Island won $ 116,230
10-Jan-2012 Bahamas $ 270 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo PCA – 2012, Paradise Island won $ 3,680
10-Aug-2011 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty Heartland Poker Tour, Verona won $ 3,957
08-Aug-2011 United States $ 300 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Turbo Heartland Poker Tour, Verona won $ 18,006
12-Jul-2011 United States $ 330 No Limit Hold’em 2011 Florida State Poker Championships, Pompano Beach won $ 923
26-Jun-2011 United States $ 350 No Limit Hold’em 2011 Summer Poker Classic, Verona won $ 1,612
23-Jun-2011 United States $ 350 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Event 2011 Summer Poker Classic, Verona won $ 2,276
21-Jun-2011 United States $ 175 No Limit Hold’em 2011 Summer Poker Classic, Verona won $ 200
17-May-2011 United States $ 165 + 25 No Limit Hold’em East Coast Poker Championships, Verona won $ 1,242
03-Mar-2011 United States $ 250 + 45 No Limit Hold’em – Bounty 2011 March Madness, Verona won $ 3,960
14-Aug-2010 United States $ 2,300 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event PokerStars.net Empire State Hold ‘Em Championships, Verona won $ 4,100
He’s an accomplished poker professional at the age of 24!!
Thomas Cannuli, 23, from New Jersey is getting ready for the WSOP 2015. He’s guaranteed a million but might get much more than that if he wins. He’s one of several November Niners who come from New Jersey along with Joshua Beckley. That would look great for the state of New Jersey. He’s mostly a cash game player with $50,000 in winnings so far . This year will be his best. He’s listed in tourneys from 2013. He’s had several WSOP cashes so far and this is a learning experience as well.
Though is experience is limited, he’s proving himself a great poker player of tomorrow. Will he become the next Phil Negreanu? He has an interview where he talks strategy for November 2015. He plans on taking time off, relaxing then getting back in the groove or grind for the big day. Some of his pals include Antonio Esfandiaras among others who been teaching the tricks for the Big Day. A humble guy, he credits working hard and luck with helping him wn.
Here’s the clip below.
Joshua Beckley is one of the November Nine WSOP members. With this title comes $1,000,000 allready and fame in the poker world like he’s never had before. He’s a 24 year old who comes from New Jersey and as you can see in his winner’s list most of his wins are from casinos in Jersey. He’s been a poker professional for only a year but being one of the youngest players, I thought it would be great to give this guy coverage.
After winning $98,000 at Parx Casino, Beckley set a trail blazing winning streak that saw not only take home over $200,000 but an additional $1,000,000 from his final table at the WSOP. With an even greater payday on the horizon, I’m sure most poker are watching in AWE at this kid. Including this years WSOP Main Event cash, he’s had a total of 5 WSOP cashes so far. It seems he’s bringing alot of zing to the poker world. What if he wins!!
Presently he’s an ambassador at America’s Cardroom and will be in some of the million dollars tourneys coming up this fall.
Here’s a youtube clip of a recent interview.
Here’s a look at his results:
14-Aug-2014 $ 1,500 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 1500 Parx Casino Big Stax VII, Bensalem 98,348
08-Sep-2014 $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack Re-Entry WPT Borgata Open, Atlantic City $ 883
09-Oct-2014 $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 500 Parx Casino Big Stax VIII, Bensalem $ 1,116
17-Oct-2014 $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – 6 Max Parx Casino Big Stax VIII, Bensalem $ 1,280
11-Dec-2014 $ 365 No Limit Hold’em (Event #1) WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City $ 1,366
26-Dec-2014 $ 260 + 40 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Re-Entry Borgata Poker Deepstack Challenge, Atlantic City $ 538
13-Jan-2015 $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Borgata Million #1 WPT Borgata Winter Open, Atlantic City $ 1,145
21-Jan-2015 $ 400 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Borgata Million #15 WPT Borgata Winter Open, Atlantic City $ 984
04-Feb-2015 $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax Parx Casino Big Stax X, Bensalem $ 53,564
20-Feb-2015 $ 1,500 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax Parx Casino Big Stax X, Bensalem $ 33,932
23-Apr-2015 $ 1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em Six Max (Event #10) Borgata Spring Poker Open/WPT World Championship, Atlantic City $ 1,455
07-May-2015 $ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Parx Casino Big Stax XI, Bensalem $ 3,847
31-May-2015 $ 565 No Limit Hold’em – Colossus Jr Phamous Poker Series – Goliath, Las Vegas $ 1,333
03-Jun-2015 $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed (Event #12) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas $ 3,276
05-Jun-2015 $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker (Event #16) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas $ 3,928
07-Jun-2015 $ 235 No Limit Hold’em 3PM Rio Daily Deepstacks 2015, Las Vegas $ 332
11-Jun-2015 $ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha (Event #26) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas $ 2,397
17-Jun-2015 $ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha (Event #36) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas $ 9,802
05-Jul-2015 $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas $ 1,001,020
12-Aug-2015 $ 350 Pot Limit Omaha (Event #17) Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, Hollywood $ 2,705
America’s Cardroom will be hosting Freebuy Super Series from August 28th till Sept.6. It’s a great way to play poker with no money and really test skill and luck. The freebuy tournament basically is a rebuy/addon tournament but you get to enter for free. If you need a rebuy/addon it’s up to your luck, skill or comfort level.
The tourneys are from $500 and up to $20,000 with rebuys from .01 cent and up to $20 and include NHL and PLO games. The entry period is two hours after start time. It’s a great way to win money for nothing! If you’re looking for some great action, join America’s Cardroom for the Freebuy Super Series.
Sunday August 2nd marked another Million Dollar Tourney at America’s Cardroom. One of the largest for online American poker sites that accept US players. Grand prize was $200,000 followed by $109,000 for 2nd. Buy-in was $500. The tournament itself lasted greater than 16 hours which is a long time and requires ultimate discipline to be on your toes that long sitting at a computer.
It was major success for America’s Cardroom . Previous attempts had been plagued with overloaded servers literally crashing the site and all tournaments. America’s Cardroom has planned for the fall 5 Million dollar tourneys coming your way. Get in on the action at America’s Cardroom.
MIT is offering a free open course in poker called Poker Theory and Analytics. The history with gaming is pretty impressive at MIT. Not only was the MIT Blackjack Team created there but also the Masscash Team that scored an impressive amount of cash playing the state’s lottery game.
The course is taught by Kevin Desmond , who became a trader for Morgan Stanley after being a professional poker player. He believes aspects of poker provide insight into better decision making like reading actions of others, comfortable self assessment, and making decision without complete information.
The class is four weeks and around 4 hours each week. It focuses on basic strategy, analysis techniques , pre-flop analysis , tournament play , game theory , economics and decision making.
Mr Desmond feels this is a good way to learn poker without gambling directly. Most of the time, you have to play real cash to learn these concepts. He feels that taking the class will help create a winning strategy that will not only work for poker but other applications as well.
The best part of this course is that it’s free. There are lots of places to pay to learn poker. Here you can learn risk – reward in a no money on the table environment. For more on the class check out MIT Poker Theory and Analytics.
The November Nine, the nine finalists of the 2015 WSOP is set. Chip leader Joseph Mckeehen is by far and away the chip leader with 63,000,000 chip more than twice as many as the next player. Zvi Stern from Israel is next with 29,800,000 chips. Next is Neil Blumenfield with 22,000,000 chips. Pierre Neuville from Belgium is next with 21,075,000 and is the oldest player at 72. He recently won a lifetime poker award from the European Poker Tour. Max Steinberg is next with 20,200,000 chips. Rounding out the November Nine are Thomas Cannuli, Joshua Beckley, Patrick Chan and Federico Butteroni.
About the November Nine
Joseph Mckeehen is a WSOP vet with over a million dollars of earnings. He placed 2nd in the 2014 Monster stack tourney for an over $800,000 payday.
Zvi Stern has just two live tourney cashes under his belt but is looking for a largest yet. His distinct style is hoodie and sunglasses.
Neil Blumenfield is a vet with previous WSOP cashes under his belt.
Pierre Neuville has over 19 cashes and nearly $600,000 in earnings from the WSOP. The payday for the final table is a million at least so this will be his best year yet. And he’s 72!
Max Steinberg has been a regular casher at the WSOP since 2010. He’s earned over $1,600,000 and this win will put him at the $3,000,000 threshhold and maybe higher. He has a twin brother as well.
Thomas Cannuli has three previous WSOP cashes and this is his biggest payday by far.
Patrick Chan is another WSOP vet. He’s had multiple cashes though his earnings are slightly over $130,000. His part of the November Nine is his biggest cash to date.
Joshua Beckley has been a professional poker player for only a year. He’s won close to $200,000 in that time and at least $1,000,000 from the 2015 WSOP. What a good year.
There you have at get set for part two in November.
There are 69 players left for the Tuesday making of the November Nine. Pierre Neuville is chip leader with 7,105,000 chips. Neuville is one of the oldest players out there at 72. He’s a regular in the European poker scene. The following are the top tens going into Day 6.
1 Pierre Neuville 7,105,000
2 David Stefanski 6,480,000
3 Thomas Paul 6,140,000
4 David Peters 6,130,000
5 Mozheng Guan 6,030,000
6 Andrew Moreno 5,320,000
7 Matt Jarvis 5,250,000
8 Thomas Cannuli 5,070,000
9 George McDonald 4,949,000
10 Brian Hastings 4,740,000
It’s going to be an exciting Day 6. Stay tuned!!
It’s Day 5 of the WSOP and new leaders emerged as the chip count gets bigger and bigger. Max Steinberg , a WSOP vet, is the frontrunner with 5,150,000 chips. He has been a regular at the WSOP and has over $1.5 million in cashes and one bracelet. Next is Pierre Neuville with 4,815,000. He has been a regular casher with nearly $600,000 in WSOP earnings. He’s been a fixture at the WSOP since 2008. Newcomer Bruce Perry is third 4,500,000 chips. Jake Toole is fourth with 4,335,000 he is a WSOP vet with multiple cashes . Poker Pro Joseph Mckeehen is next with 4,320,000 . He’s over the million dollar in earnings bracket. Interesting to note is he stated learning poker from watching it on tv. Scottish player George McDonald is next with 4,135,000 chips. Swedish player Ghattas Kortas is 8th with 4,060,000 chips. David Peters is 9th with 3,960,000 chips. He’s won one circuit ring and cashes of nearly $400,000. And rounding out the top ten is Danny Fuhs with 3,880,000 chips. He’s had previous cashes at the WSOP of nearly $900,000 and is poker pro.
Some well known players are still alive in the tourney including Daniel Negreanu and Matt Jarvis. Stay tuned for more highlights.
The final day of Day 1 at the WSOP, Day 1C, finished with nearly 4000 players buying in for a chance at poker history. Registration officially closed with 6240 entries for a prize pool over $60,000,000.
John Gorusch ended the day as chip leader with nearly 200,000 chips. Zack Megerdichian finished with 180,400. James Juvancic 166,350 and others filled out the top spots. Many well known players like Phil Helmuth, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu made it to Day 2 that’s to start Thursday. In addition some celebrities like Ray Romano, and Wade Townsend also made it to Day 2
Not everyone lasted that long Greg Merson, Jerry Yang are some of the casualities. But then again poker is poker and not everyone is going to make final table . Stay tuned for more!
It should come as no suprise that an online tourney has finally made its way to the WSOP and it had a massive payout. Anthony Spinella took the first place gold bracelet and $197,000 cash prize home for a buy-in of $1000 an excellent return on investment! The qualifier started online and finished at the Rio.
Final Table Payouts
1. Anthony Spinella – $197,743
2. Hunter Cichy – $116,066
3. Craig Varnell – $73,079
4. Andrew Rose – $55,884
5. David Tuthill – $47,286
6. Ryan Franklin – $33,530
The second day of WSOP has brought a new crop of players to the table in the quest to be part of the November Nine. Hamid Feiz is chip leader with over 180,000 chips. Feiz is repeat WSOP player with a cash in the WSOP 2014 Seniors No Limit Holdem and this year at Monster Stack he won over $11,000. His total WSOP earning are around $20,000. Most of the other top finishers are new to the WSOP including;
2. Adil Khan 156,800 chips
3. Srikanth Koneru 154,725 chips
4. Edward Grau 148,825 chips
5. Marko Neumann 146,675 chips. He’s had multiple WSOP cashes with earnings over $400,000.
6. Young Lu 141,750 chips
7. Alexander Wilkinson 139,025 . One previous WSOP cash.
8. Chad Power 135,575 chips. One previous WSOP cash.
9. Omri Shaked 134,250 chips
10. Jeffrey Tanouye 131,075 chips. He’s had multiple cashes at the WSOP though no bracelets.
Other top finishers include Dominik Nitsche who’s had WSOP earnings over $2,500,000. Also Greg Raymer with earnings near $7,000,000 including winner of the 2004 WSOP Main Event also finished strong.
A Minnesota man, Christian Pham, won $81,000 at the 2015 WSOP playing No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw. He meant to sign up for the No Limit Texas Hold’em but signed up for the other tourny by accident. Whe he got to the table he realized something was wrong when dealt 5 cards instead of 3. Instead of pannicking, he looked at the other players and listened to advice from a man sitting next to him. He folded the first 7 hands. He was chip leader at the end of Day 1. After 3 days, he won over 215 players. It’s not Pham’s first win. In 2014, he won over $200,000 at the WSOP as well. No limit 2 7 Single Draw is one of the 67 poker events at the 2015 WSOP.
Does his name sound familiar? It should since he won the 2010 WSOP. Jonathan Duhamel has won the One Drop for Water grand prize of nearly $4,000,000. It’s great to see players stay in the success loop since many have highs and lows.
Duhamel won at the final table that featured top players like Colman, Ben Sulsky and Phil Hellmuth who entered the final table chip leader and had his eyes set on a 15th bracelet.
Since his 2010 WSOP victory, Jonathan Duhamel has been very well including the 2013 Players Tourney that brought him over $200,000 in prize money. His career earnings exceed $15,000,000 and he placed well the current WSOP 2015 as chip leader going into day 2
The One Drop for Water is the charity event started by Cirqe de Soleil founders and has raised millions of dollars to support water relief for third world countries.
The WSOP Main even kicked off yesterday. There’s some changes to the structure this year. One of the great benefits is the first 1000 finishers will get a prize . This is great considering most players are taking time from work, paying hotel and air fare as well. Even if they don’t win a major prize they may break even or get some cash back making this more enticing. In fact, more players will probably want to join and that could still bring a bigger cash event .
The Main Event drew 741 players who ponied $10,000 in hopes of going for that grand prize , bragging rights and a big entry in the poker world.
After day one at the 2015 WSOP, Floridian, William Kakon emerged as the chip leader going into Day 2 to take place Wednesday. His lead isn’t the greatest though with a little over 150,000 chips . Fellow competitors Gjergj Sinishtaj has a little more than 149,000 and Alex Tran from California has a little more than 142,000 chips. It’s so far a tight match.
Day 2 is slated for Wednesday , while the finishings of the Day 1 entrants are Monday and Tuesday.
A Russian computer bot won $1.4 million playing poker at PokerStars. The games targetted were the $ 0.50/$1 and $1/$2 Six Max cash tables and the bot came out with total profit of $1.4 million dollars. The software basically exploits the table tracking fellow players styles and making use of different stack sizes. For recreational players this a nuisance.
Do bots win more than players who play without a bot. There are several types of poker software that are around and they don’t cost alot. Most of them are in the same category. They download all the information regarding fellow players and give a heads up on playing styles leading to you being able to make an informed decision before betting. For some the luck and skill goes out the window with poker software. Of course , there are variations and some teckies have made their own software that will provde the optimal bet for them. This must add to profits since PokerStars may change their TOS to not allow third party software. And there’s the new poker bots that supposedly indicates when to bet as well. One program was created by a player , Skier_5. None of these I have seen for sale.
It’s been around for over decade. It started as Doyle’s Room, in reference to the great poker player Doyle Brunson. And for a long time was a more or less struggling poker site. But things have changed.
If you go to any poker forum, you’ll see much written over the years about America’s Cardroom and ddos attacks leaving players stranded in the middle of a tournament. That’s right all your chips whether up or down stopped. Yes you get a refund but your game was what really mattered. Even as recently as December when they had a million dollar tourney, that whole week of the Online Super Series was an incredibly unbearable period for players with disconnections and such totally ruining players motivations. But for one reason players kept coming back. For one it’s one of the few cardrooms that takes American players. I read of players who live in the states and play at Pokerstars or Carbon but not sure how they get around it maybe grandfathered in who knows . But for new players American cardroom is the answer and it’s one of the largest poker sites with a variety of games from freerolls to $100 , $15,000 tournaments everyday.
The variety of games is cool. It’s mostly no limit but has some Pot Luck Omaha as well. There are rebuy/addon tournaments and satellites to almost all of their tourneys. There’s in fact a satellite to the WSOP, how cool is that! And Sunday they’ve added these great tournaments $25,000 for a $15 entry fee and a $3000 for only a dollar it doesn’t get any better. But be warned these two tourneys attract many players and they go for a much longer period of time as a results. Make sure you have 12 hours for these tourneys! And you can enter any tourney for a penny. Get To the WSOP or Any Poker Tourney for a Penny
Everytime you go to register, a popup appears that has a slots games where you can bet to win a free entry and use from 1cent and up to a dollar for a spin. So theoretically, you can enter even the monthly $100,000 for only a penny. It will probably take more than one cent but then it might be your lucky day.
And they’ve seemed to beef up their servers so there’s less disconnections if at all . The site is running much more smoothly than ever before. So maybe just maybe America’s Cardroom is really The Next Big Thing.
The WSOP 2014 was historic for two reasons. First it was the first time in over 5 years the main event winner would win over $10,000,000 and the first time a Swede would win the tourney. The winners of the Main Event were:
1st: Martin Jacobson (Sweden) – $10,000,000
2nd: Felix Stephensen (Norway) – $5,145,968
3rd: Jorryt van Hoof (Netherlands) – $3,806,402
4th: William Tonking (USA) – $2,848,833
5th: Billy Pappaconstantinou (USA) – $2,143,174
6th: Andoni Larrabe (Spain) – $1,622,080
7th: Dan Sindelar (USA) – $1,235,862
8th: Bruno Politano (Brazil) – $947,077
9th: Mark Newhouse (USA) – $730,725
It was an exciting game with blinds at 800K/1.6M! What numbers. Martin Jacobson, 27, became the first Swede to win the event. He’s had previous cashes at the WSOP final tables career earnings over $4,000,000. He stated:
“It is surreal,” Jacobson said. “I have been so focused the past couple days. I felt comfortable and surprisingly calm. I don’t know, it just felt like it was meant to be.”
Formerly, Jacobson was a chef. He had taken time out from poker to develop and healthy fast food restaurant concept. He stated he was burnt out from poker. This was right before the Aussie Millions, but he went for the Aussie Millions anyway and was back in the excitement with love for the game.
Here is a recap of the final hand!!
The first time based poker tournament at America’s Cardroom was a big success. 66 poker players qualified either through the $5000 buy-in or through satellite wins as low as $1.50. On the table was $330,000. The success of the tournament came as a big surprise. The original jackpot estimate was $250,000 but in the final hours leading up to the tournament more than 27 players joined bringing the pot to $330,000. The winner at the conclusion of the three hour tournament was bik6624235 who won with a full house. His take home for the event was nearly $30,000. Winners get a free bank wire.
America’s Cardroom saw a mixture of successful players and newbies. Some surprises were Kenyantrackstar and Common Joe Jug who were knocked out. They have won consistently in big money tournaments in the past.
The Cage will be back in November. Satellites are underway now at America’s Cardroom.
Ever have those periods in a tournament when the bubble is approaching. You’re almost in some money and you find yourself low in chip stacks and you either bust out before or slightly after the bubble. You have to forget about that first place prize or final table you envisioned. But maybe , there is a chance.
In a nutshell, you’ll have to take some chances. One of the things I’ve learned from playing loose freerolls is that anything goes. Everyone likes their bets hedged and will go in with Ace King but a pair of deuces will triumph. A three of a kind will win over two Aces When you take the initiantive and go all-in you see what people are holding.
Going all-in and/or raising the bet are really the only ways to move up at this point. You could wait for great hands but you’ll probably feel the pressure from your larger stacked opponents who are often reraising and might even raise your entire chip stack testing you!
Take initiative. There’s nothing like seeing a player who comes out betting 3 times the big blind. It brings implied value and if other players have so so hands they will often fold rather than be challenged and it’s tighter than going all-in because you will have some chips left if you’re wrong. If you’ve got a high pair go all-in. You can imagine the all those who will fold instead. These are the two strategies that will increase your chip count. But you have to be bold to do it and remember even if you lose that you took a position on the situation rather than let the blinds eat away at your chips. This strategy works at any stage of the game by the way. But if you’re low stacked , you have to act and be as cool , calm and collected about it. In fact remember CCC, Cool , Calm and Collected, during this period and forget about that sense of urgency that often comes up when you’re low stacked.
For big stacked players, you want to keep your edge a simple strategy is bet three times the big blind. It will give implied value to your hand and players might not want to challenge you unless they have a potentially, hot hand. Remember,you’ll still have to keep your edge or big stack could get smaller. For medium stacked players, sit tight and bet your regular game watchful of the short and big stacked players.
Failure is not an option. I can do it!. I will win and nothing gets in my way!
These are all great psyche ups for your match and all you really have to do is have a no excuse attitude about your ability to win and the rest will follow and you’ll be to go for your next tournament be it online or at real table.
Psyching yourself up goes along way before and especially during a tournament. Tournaments take several hours and your chips can go high and low and back again in that time. Think it through that you can do it and low and behold, you’ll find yourself at the final table in no time if that was your goal.
I read about poker players who were once more in the action and took time out. Reading what they have to say almost sounds like they’re new at the game entirely and they need coaches! I can see the need to have a coach as a new person but to need a coach after being in the limelight sounds excusey.
But coaches do count. I remember starting in poker basically naked and winning very quickly a lot of dough. Then I gained weight and my game went down.
Now the weight is almost off and my game is back.
But there are some poker coaches that do very well and give lots of info. One I recommend particular is Gripsed. He’s got a ton of videos from strategies at MTTs to real poker matches with winners of serious cash. He’s got a great ranking from Pocketfives and is usually in the money when he gets finished with a tournament. His Youtube channel has gotten over a million views and he gives lots of great info for those looking for poker strategy and tips. Some of videos are real tournaments and they be several hours long but you get a break down of hand to hand play. The one he shows , a member of the Gripsed family is usually winning something big. One of his members has so far won over $250,000 , two hundred and fifty thousand , this year alone.
For Gripsed click here.
The innovative LSOP concluded with Mexican poker player taking home over $130,000. Sanchez gained momentum, eliminating Ezio Fenocchio and took over the lead in chips. In a great heads up, Sanchez won with a full house including pocket aces. The winners of this tourney are:
Greg Sanchez – $106,961
Jonathan Arturo – $106,826
Adrian Mendoza – $91,089
Ueltom Lima Gomes –79,355
Jose Severino –77,608
* $24,345 extra for first place
Canadian poker player p0cket00 is one of the world’s top online poker players . He’s made over $8,000,000 since 2008. His favorite online poker sites are Pokerstars, Fulltilt and Partypoker but also plays at America’s Cardroom , Titan Poker and other online poker sites as well. His largest cash was $213,000 and he’s had over 5,568 cashes! Some highlights of his cashes are;
bwin Grand Tournament XXXII $213,000
Titan Poker 4th place $60,000
PokerStars 100k $27,200
Absolute Poker $42,000
Party Poker Monthly Million $88,600
Fulltilt 250K $43,000
PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy $16,000
He sounds like he’s on the bwin team from this video check him out.
This video below is from PokerStars 2013 Event 22 NL Holdem $2100
Everywhere there’s a playboy , a man of mystery, charisma and an ever blaring mouth. Poker has the man too in Dan Bilzerian. He’s a poker player and actor and will be in The Equalizer. He’s been on Howard Stern and made the news a couple of years ago after throwing a porn star off a roof. He’s the King of Poker bling, has a private jet and a luscious condo in Vegas.
A few years back, he claimed winning nearly 11 million dollars in one night. There are plenty of stories of him. How true they all are I don’t know but here are a few.
He claims to have made over $50,000,000 in one year. The largest amount he’s ever lost was $3,600,000. I could see this type of guy appealling to a lot of high rollers who’d to not only play poker with him but get to know this cool guy who doesn’t seem stuck in work or boardrooms. Here are some video clips and interviews of this hot guy.
EPT100 Wrap Up – Main Event – High Roller and Super High Roller Events Results
Andre Latteu , the hot German poker player, has done it by winning the Barcelone EPT100. His prize is a little over a million dollars , the title and a Slyde watch. It was a monumentous win full of the agony and joy that goes into a poker tourney but the stakes were so much higher. Imagine a million dollars for one day’s work. The results are below:
1 – Andre Lettau, Germany,$1,000,000
2 – Sam Phillips, USA, PokerStars qualifier, $1,300,000 in a 3 way deal
3 – Hossein Ensan (Germany) $864,000
4 – Andrea Dato (Italy) $484,000
5 – Andrey Shatilov (Russia) $380,000
6 – Kiryl Radzivonau (Belarus) $295,000
7 – Ji Zhang (Germany) $227,000
8 – Slaven Popov (Bulgaria) $160,000
The EPT100 High Roller Event
The High Roller event, Ept100 High Roller was won by Russian Ihar Soika. His prize was also nearly a million dollars, trophy, and watch. He was heads up with Jason Mercier from Team Pokerstars.
The results are below:
1. Ihar Soika (Belarus) $993776 and a SLYDE watch
2. Jason Mercier (United States) Team PokerStars Pro, $630000
3. Ismail Erkanov (Russia) $455000
4. Ami Barer (Canada) $368,000
5. Benjamin Pollak (France) $290,000
6. Marc-Andre Ladouceur (Canada) PokerStars Team Online, $224,000
7. Stephen Chidwick (United Kingdom) $167,000
8. Carlos Chadha (Canada) $120,000
The EPT100 Super High Roller Event
The Super High Roller EPT100 was won by Olivier Busquet who won over Daniel Colman. Yes, the One Drop winner of $15,000,000 placed second for a nice prize of $1,100,000. But the grand prize of $1,200,000 was all for Olivier Busquat bringing his total earnings as a professional poker player to $4,500,000.
The results are below:
1 – Olivier Busquet, USA, $1,200,000
2 – Daniel Colman, USA,$1,100,000
3 – Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russia, $630,000
4 – Scott Seiver, USA, $484,000
5 – Sam Trickett, UK,$383,000
6 – Sven Reichardt, Germany,$299,000
7 – Morten Klein, Norway, $236,000
8 – Dan Shak, USA,$184,000
9 – Mustapha Kanit, Italy, $140,000
10 – Jake Schindler, USA,$122,000
11 – Ryan Fee, USA, $122,000
In this update from the EPT100, Dominik Panka gets another with two Aces. He beat Norwegian Karin Bruteig. She’s a newcomer to live tournaments with less than $10,000 in career earnings.
He will face Bram Haenraets , who is the chip leader at the next tourney. Interesting to note , this is Bram Haenraets’ first live tourney. All his previous wins have been through Pokerstars. His original satellite seat cost $80.
Pokerstars doesn’t yet take American Players online but is applying to do so.
Exciting news from Spain is the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event and the first EPT100 said to be one of largest in Pokerstars history of live events. The total entries stands at 2342. Dutch player Daniel Reijmer was the leader from day one and goes to day two with 209,300 chips. There are also some veteran players including Vallo Maidla, Jacques Zaicik. Last year’s tourney saw German player Soenke Jahn won the event taking home over $220,000.
Three Day Super High Roller August 18th
Pokerstars will feature a three day super high roller event with some to poker’s biggest players including Daniel Colman, Daniel Negreanu and Vanessa Selbst among other players it’s a $65,000 event.
Ever go into a poker game and find people raising and when the final card is drawn you think ” that person went all in with a hand like that”. But you look at their chip stack and it’s higher than yours. They’ve been doing this a certain move in rounds over and over and have a payoff of a great chip stack as a result. Raising or going all-in gives implied value to hand that might be lackluster. Everyone who plays poker can tell you of the time a pair of aces lost to three of a kind 2’s or three of a kind 2’s lost to three of a kind 3’s. There really is no book on a good hand till the last card comes out. And there this is the loophole that can be exploited by raising or going all-in.
Going all-in might make an opponent think twice before playing but their ante is allready on the table. They fold, you win. I see this over and over again. It doesn’t always work but it’s a great way to build chips.
Once I was playing two tournaments at the same time and clicked the all-in button by accident. Guess what no one challenged my hand and I got the pot. Doing this over and over people will catch on and want to challenge you just for the sake of challenging you and some might just have good hands that might win. But raising and going all-in is another aspect of poker, the betting side of poker, that must be covered as well as having good hands. Yes you can take the pot by simply going all-in or raising. This is a more aggressive strategy for those who realize that there are many hands in poker and it’s just a game.
It’s best not wait till your chip stack is too low and you have room to breathe easy at the table. You’ll see some great results.
This December 14th, 2014, history will made with the $1,000,000 No Limit Holdem poker tourney at America’s Cardroom. The buy-in for this event is $540 total but every day there are freerolls to this event.
Yes, if you’re an expert professional poker player or a novice with a low bankroll, you have as good as chance to win. Everyday there are freerolls to the event at 10 am and 1:30 pm you have a chance to win satellite seats to another satellite for this event. Players are placing now for event and every night at 8:30 pm a winner gets their chance at the event.
The winner is guaranteed at least $200,000 but if history repeats itself it will probably be much more depending on how many people sign up regardless of the satellite seats. In fact, America’s cardroom’s top tourneys often break the original estimated tourney prize pool because more people register .
The satellite schedule is as follows.
10:00am and 1:30pm
3 Seats GTD to the Daily Super $6
$0.10 Rebuy and $0.25 Addon
Daily Super $6
2 seats GTD to the Nightly Satellite $109
7:15am, 9:15am, 11:15am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm and 3:30pm
The final table for the November 2014 WSOP is set. It’s an eclectic mix of players. Most have had previous WSOP cashes . It’s amazing previous winners don’t often repeat past perfomances but Mark Newhouse is back with a back to back final table finish. The grand prize of $10,000,000 will go to the winner and last place finisher will get about $750,000. Can’t feel bad for any of them, they’re all winners more one than the other. The November Nine is as follows:
Jorryt van Hoof will go to the final table in November as chip leader with a chip count of 38,375,000. He is the favorite to win as a result. He’s cashed in three previous WSOP events with earnings of $27,956. He also runs the Dutch website Nederpoker.
Norwegian Felix Stephensen is a first timer for the WSOP. His chip count is 32,775,000. His total career earnings are $17,000 so far. Now he’s guaranteed at least $730,000 for the final table.
Mark Newhouse is a WSOP veteran and the only player with back to back WSOP final table finishes. His chip count is 26,000,000 .He’s had 8 cashes and won $906,093 .
Andoni Larrabe from Spain will start with a chip count of 22,550,000 . He’s had 3 cashes and previous WSOP earnings are $20,068.
Dan Sindelar from Vegas his chip count going into the WSOP is 21,200,000. He’s had 17 WSOP cashes of $149,991 and career earnings over $330,000.
William Pappaconstantinou from Massachusetts will go into the final table with 17,500,000 chips. It’s 2nd time for his WSOP cashes. His previous was for a minor $5000 in the 2013 WSOP.
William Tonking is a newbie with total career earnings just under $100,000. He will go to the final table with 15,050,000 chips.He’s had 3 previous cashes with WSOP earnings of $14,701.
Martin Jacobson is the Swedish boy wonder. He’ll go to the final table with 14,900,000 chips. He’s the 2nd Swedish all time money poker player with over $6,000,000 in career winnings. He’s had 13 cashes and $1,204,983 in WSOP earnings.
Bruno Politano from Brazil will enter the final table with 12,125,000 chips. He’s a shop owner and doesn’s consider himself a professional poker player. He’ had 3 WSOP cashes for a total of $25,404.