Phil Ivey Settles Suit with Borgata Casino

For six years, Phil Ivey has been under the gun with a lawsuit from Borgata Casino in New Jersey on a card sorting case. He won $10 million dollars the casino successfully sued for on the basis that card sorting is cheating.
He had cleaned out his bank accounts and the casino couldn’t touch a thing. Well, finally a settlement was reached and we should start seeing more of Phil Ivey playing in the future. He already took down the prestigious Sochi High Roller Tournament in Russia. And looks to be back on a winning streak if last year was any foretelling of the future.
Time will tell on all live tournaments at this point due to corona but it’s nice to see a poker champ who can breath easily a hurdle has been overcome.
Details of the settlement weren’t disclosed.

WSOP 2020 Rescheduled for Online July 1 to Sept 6 includes $5 Million Main Event

Due to the corona virus, the WSOP has been changed. All of the tournaments will be held online. Vegas is enforcing social distancing with four handed poker tournaments and distance between slots machines among other things to prevent close contact and this is another excellent move. This makes it more appealling in many ways. There should be bigger jackpots with more players since making the trip to Vegas isn’t a necessity now.
The WSOP 2020 rescheduled will start July 1 and run till September 6. There are over 54 events including high roller, and the Main Event. In fact, most of the events like the Colossus, Omaha, etc will all be available online. For Americans, the requirement is that it’s ok to gamble in your state.
It will be amazing and most events will probably go over the gtds since online will allow many more people to participate than ever before. It should be the most successful WSOP financially ever! Buy-ins range from $50 and up to $25,000. Sounds like fun and certainly something to keep your eyes on.

Alex Brito Winner of PokerStars Sunday Million Turns $4 into $1.5 Million

Spurned by unemployment, Alex Brito turns a $4 satellite seat into a $1.5 million payday at PokerStars Sunday million tournament. It’s a payday many around the world can only dream about but it happened to Alex Brito.
Though he’s been playing poker for over 15 years, he’s usually goes for micro stakes tourneys that are $3 or less. His journey to the Sunday Million was no different. He won a .25 cent spin and go and then a $4 satellite, leading to the $11 satellite to the Sunday Million event.
He’s been playing poker for more than 10 years usually playing the micro stakes tourneys. This started out no different. He won a .25 cent spin and go leading to the $4 satellite and then to the $11 satellite with a hundred winners in for the big Sunday million tourney. The rest is history.
He always was fascinated by card games but put it aside due to everyday life. He’s a commercial manager and his wife is a pilates teacher. Six months ago that changed when the couple both lost their jobs.
The Sunday Million 14th anniversary was constantly posted at the PokerStars site and he thought it would be an amazing tournament. But being unemployed he found it prohibitive to say the least. But he saw the satellites and the game began.
He was in a pool of players with thousands, over 90,000 to be more exact. He hung in there day 1, came back for day 2. By the end of day 2, he realized he was in the money for at least $10,000 and coasted the rest of the day after making some mistakes.
One key point for Brito is that he trusted his judgement more and more. He was 33rd with 91 players remaining. As he approached the final table, his goal was to get as many pay jumps as possible to get more money. He reached the final table and took it down.
Action was slow at the final table but in short order, three players busted out. With Brito taking out another player, it brought the remaining players to 4. Brito eventually made it to heads up against player Crazy_stefan. The two were head to head for awhile even exchanging the lead several times till the great all-in by crazy_stefan lead to his loss. Not much of a loss mind you since he still pocketed over a million dollars.
Check out the video for more. It’s about 30 minutes.


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The Venom at Americas Cardroom Returns with GTD $7,000,000 GTD

It’s official, the Venom Poker Tournament is returning July-August at Americas Cardroom with a prize pool of 7 million dollars. For the first place winner that means at least $1,000,000 USD and the runner ups are in good place too. Though the buy-in is $2650, there are ways to get in for free.
Schedule for the Venom
There are multiple days of tourneys. They go as follows:
Venom Tournament Schedule:

Day 1A: Friday, July 24th, 1pm ET
Day 1B: Sunday, July 26th, 1pm ET
Day 1C: Friday, July 31st, 1pm ET
Day 1D: Sunday, August 2nd, 1pm ET
Day 2: Monday, August 3rd, 1pm ET
Day 3: Tuesday, August 4th, 1pm ET
*Final Table: Wednesday, August 5th, 5pm ET


Ways to Enter the $7,000,000 Venom Poker Tournament for Free
Step 1 Venom tournaments are a freebuy and you can join for free. Play your cards right and you could be joining the final table in August! There are multiple satellites, special tourneys, running around the clock. There are also Venom Cyclones.

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Venom Cyclones
Venom cyclones are simply put satellite sites to a larger Venom satellite event. For pennies on the dollar, you can enter and advance to the next level leading up to the $2650 buy-in. Believe it or not it happens. Max Steinberg won his WSOP seat at his online casino site and worked himself up to the final table! And don’t forget Chris Moneymaker.

Cyclone 1 9 0.1 0.01 1112 5000 x2 $0.41+0.04 Tickets
Cyclone 2 6 0.41 0.04 1465 5000 x1 $1.30+0.10 Ticket
Cyclone 3 6 1.3 0.1 1625 5000 x1 $3.80+0.20 Ticket
Cyclone 4 6 3.8 0.2 1584 5000 x1 $11+1 Ticket
Cyclone 5 6 11 1 1719 5000 x2 $30+2 Tickets
Cyclone 6 6 30 2 1579 5000 x1 $90+ 5 Ticket
Cyclone 7 6 90 5 1552 5000 x1 $280+10 Ticket
Cyclone 8 6 280 10 1591 5000 x1 $850+30 Ticket
Cyclone 9 6 850 30 1604 5000 x1 $2,500+150 Ticket

In addition to venom cyclones, there are steps tourneys where players advance from one step to the next and there are on demand satellite tournaments leading to the big poker tourney as well.

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Phil Ivey Cashes Big Time in Sochi Partypoker Series

Phil Ivey has been on a streak that started in 2019 and he’s going strong in 2020. At the Sochi 2020 Partypoker Millions series he was the champion player cashing in several events.
He won the $50,000 short deck event pocketing $856,000. This was his first take down since 2018. At the second $51,000, Ivey cashed for $525,000. Additional cashes were in the $100,000 No Limit Short Deck Holdem where he finished 5th for $240,000. And he placed 7th in the $25,000 No Limit Holdem event for $72,000. Nice way to start the year, don’t you think?
The comeback of Phil Ivey is amazing. I don’t know if he’s settled everything with the card sorting situation but he’s doing well. Maybe he should stick to poker and forget the other games!! 2019 was another good year for him with over $2 million in earnings. He ranks 8th in the All Time Money list for poker players with over $30,000,000. And everyone loves Phil Ivey.
Sochi Russia was where the Olympics were several years ago. It’s amazing they took the town and added casinos making it a getaway for Russians with something for everyone in the family. Visitors can enjoy world class winter sports and casino fun at the same time. Pokerstars also sponsors a “Multi Million Dollar” Poker Series at Sochi as well.

Body Language – The Secret Poker Strategy

If you have ever played poker before you know that you can obviously see all the players around you since you play in a circle (unless you’re playing online poker). You just figured out the most important part of poker. You may be thinking that that’s impossible.

You probably think that the most important part is the cards; what cards you get how to use them, ECT… These are very important, you are correct, but it all starts with your ability to use your body language to your advantage. The cards are going to be relatively the same for all the players. Luck usually doesn’t factor in well in poker since everyone has the same chance to get the same cards.

In case luck begins to play a large role in your game then what can you does? A player always has 4 basic choices; you can check, bet or call, raise, or fold. If you are not getting good cards you can always fold right?

This is not always a good idea. You may be leaving large amounts of money on the table in the long run after a few initial folds. Sure you seemingly get away with losing less but you give up the chance to even try. Bluffing is the art of misguidance. You want them to think you have a bad hand one second and the next a great hand with all the best cards that are sure to win you the pot.

How do you accomplish such a thing? Simply with your body language this can be done. If you have good cards act happy. You may not want them to know that you have good cards but it’s a way to change there thinking; now every time you act “happy” they will think you have good cards and may fold.
If you have bad cards and you act happy they might fold because now they are afraid.

What you want to do is create a complicated pattern of sad, happy, indifferent, ecstatic, angry, ECT. Actions for certain hands. You want to throw them off but try and lure them into a safe zone where they think they understand your bluffing pattern and then hit them with the reality. As long as they are trying to keep up with whatever pattern you have, you will have them all under your control.

In one game of poker tournament I was playing in I decided to create very complex poker faces. They where not good they where not bad. I scrunched my face, grabbed my lip and scratched my leg; I did the craziest thing that nobody understood. They had no idea what my faces meant so they assumed that when I didn’t raise that my cards where not good and they would raise and raise. When it came time to show, guess who took home the pot.

The moral of this little story is that you have to be creative. This is step two of poker (after learning the basics and learning them by heart), body language is very important. If you are known as a newbie and you come in they will expect you to show your cards loud and clear through your body language. You can mislead and kill your competition with a good poker face.

WSOP 2019 Roundup

This year I’m approaching the WSOP 2019 in different way. I’m commenting after the tournaments and going over the highlights including interest players. I would previously just report tournaments and winners. That will still be included but with added insights.
The WSOP 2019 had 8,568 players playing for $10,000,000 in prize money. That means the Main Event took in $85,680,000 with a prize pool of $80,548,604. As compared to online tournaments the payout is much smaller but lets see.
WSOP 2019 Prize Money
First place gets $10,000,000
Second $6,000,000
Third $4,000,000
Fourth $3,000,000
Fifth $2,200,000
Sixth $1,850,000
Seventh $1,525,000
Eighth $1,125,000
Ninth $1,000,000
This is $30,825,000 and there were smaller cashes between $15,000 for the early cashes at the 1063-1286 players left in the game mark and up to $800,000 for those lucky enough to finish at the 10-11 left in the game mark. The winner this years takes home $10,000,000 up from last years’ $8,800,000.
Highlights of the game include Richard Seymour, ex-Patriots football player who walked away with almost $60,000.
Germany’s Hossein Ensan took the first place prize and $10,000,00. The other winners in winning order were: Dario Sammartino, Alex Livingston, garry Gates, Kevin Maahs, Zhen Cai, Nick Marchington, Timothy Su, and Milos Skrbic.
Hossein Ensan’s victory is amazing in that he is 55. He’s the oldest WSOP winner in a long time. They say poker is a game for the young but his victory is proving that wrong. He started playing poker professionally later in his forties. His live cashes are now near $13 million.
It’s so amazing that few players come back year after year. I’m always looking for Phil Ivey or Negreanu, or Fedor to come back again and again. Antonio Esfandiari busted early and took home a little over $80,000. Negreanu did manage to cash with $1,725,838 in the $100,000 High Roller tourney though. If you look at his cashes for the WSOP, he came out with around $2,000,000 for the several weeks tourney. I guess this is what makes him a champ.

$100,000 High Roller No Limit Holdem Tourney
Here’s where the top poker pros have gathered, Negreanu, Kurganov, Nitsche, Vogelsang, and other top players. 99 players played the event. For Negreanu even though he didn’t win first place, the second place prize payed $1,725,838 which is almost 5% of his total career earnings. The winners were:
Keith Tilston $2,792,406
Daniel Negreanu
Nick Schulman $1,187,802
Igor Kurganov $840,183
Brandon Adams $611,258
Dominik Nitsche $457,772
Sergi Reixach $353,202
Christoph Vogelsang $281,025.

Win Seats to the WSOP 2019 in a Satellite Tournament at Americas Cardroom

That’s right. For as low as $2.20 and a little luck, you could be in Vegas playing in the Main Event for millions of dollars this year. At Americas Cardroom, you can win a seat to the 2019 WSOP for a fraction of the $10,000 buy-in.
Between June 3rd to the 9th, there will be daily WSOP satellite tournaments and at least 15 packages will be awarded to winning players. Total value is $12,500. This is sponsored during WSOP Takedown Week.

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Steps Tournaments
For as low as 28 cents, players can win their way up. There are seven steps with the first at .28. If you get lucky, you get the option to keep the cash or take your chances in Vegas. Personally, I don’t have a huge entourage that could take time off from work to cheer me on in Vegas, so I can’t say I’d jump at the chance. You often see winners with all their pals. But I do see the occasional person who goes singularly to the events, they win and go home. The buy-ins for the seven step tournaments are below. You can enter any one of the tournaments with the Step 7 tournament paying out with 15 Main Event seats.
Step 0 $0.25 + $0.03
Step 1 $1.50 + $0.15
Step 2 $6 + $0.60
Step 3 $15 + $1.50
Step 4 $50 + $5
Step 5 $140 + $10
Step 6 $500 +400
Step 7 $1,800 + $120

The WSOP is the apex of playing poker for NLH players and all poker players really. The WSOP is one of the most prestigious of tournaments to win. You could be next to a Phil Ivey or Fedor Holz. It’s really an amazing opportunity if you love the sport of poker.
The winning package includes the $10,000 buy-in and $2500 for travel expenses. A shout out for Americas Cardroom for the chance at greatness.
Americas Cardroom just completed an April High Five Series concluding with a $420,000 Main Event. It went over its guarantee and reached $664,000! The top winner, Package5, took home $124,835.76 pretty good for a days work! Congratulations.
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Americas Cardroom is doing something right. Other top events are in the pics just click for the larger image.

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Highstakes Results of Americas Cardroom High Five Series

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100k High Five Tournament
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30k GTD
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80k Poker Tournament

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The Cage Poker Tournament Live at the Taormina Hotel Costa Rica

Americas Cardroom will be sponsoring the Cage Live Event at the Taormina Hotel in Costa Rica. There will be several weekends throughout the year to join the fun. The dates of the Live Cage are:
March 29th – April 1st, 2019
May 31st – June 3rd, 2019
August 9th – 12th, 2019
October 4th – 7th, 2019
December 6th to 9th, 2019 (POT LIMIT OMAHA)
If you’re on vacation and might be interested in playing, the buy-in is $5,250. You can also win by playing at Americas Cardroom in the $55 Beast and Sit and Crush tourney each Sunday at 6 pm. You also get a hot package including hotel, airfare and spending cash. A total package of $8340 is on the table every Sunday.
Winners get:
$5,000 + $250 Buy-in to Cage Live Event
$800 airfare
$1,000 spending Cash
$340 for Cash Games
Up to 3 nights’ accommodation at the Taormina Casino and Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica
Airport Transportation


The Cage is a time based poker tournament where players play for an allotted amount of time and at the finishing players leave with what they have at the time instead of a tournament where players cash at a certain point. The Structure for The Live Cage is:
2-Day Event
Players start with 5,000 in tournament chips.
3 hours Blind Levels.
30 minute break every level.
No late registration.
No Re-entry allowed.

Play Schedule

Day 1 -> 2 Levels
Day 2 -> 2 Levels

Blinds

Level 1 with $10 / $20 blinds and $5 ante
Level 2 with $25 / $50 blinds and $5 ante
Level 3 with $40 / $80 blinds and $10 ante
Level 4 with $50 / $100 blinds and $10 ante
Players’ antes are paid by the button player. This format speeds up the overall play.
There will also be a double buy option where prize pools increase substantially. Before the tournament starts, a player can buy an extra entry for $5250 and have more chips to redeem if necessary. If it’s not used throughout the tournament, it gets refunded.

troy quenneville poker player

A previous winner of the Live Cage is Troy Quenneville who won $51,315 in January 2019. You could be next or have lots of fun in Costa Rica!!
January 2019 The Cage Live Results:
1 Troy Quenneville $51,315
2 Jonathan Sherfy $19,900
3 Jeff Gross $18,955
4 John Schiff $15,485
5 Joe Williams $13,745

 

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Cub3d Boss Poker Tournament Highlights from Americas Cardroom

Cub3d Boss Poker Tournament Highlights from Americas Cardroom

highstakes poker tournaments at Americas Cardroom

For the first time in a long time, Americas Cardroom is becoming the choice more and more poker professionals are turning to. There was pre Black Friday when Americas Cardroom aka Doyle’s Room was booming but things went south. They appear to be recovering. For the larger stakes tournaments, where those who make their living from playing poker play, there seems to be a boom. Most of them are over their guarantees for the first time in a very long time. Check out the pics below.
There was a time last year when they were going in that direction. But the site kept getting blasted with server disruptions to the point they scaled back. Now those ddos attacks seem like a thing in the past and it’s been smooth sailing. Let’s hope everything goes well. There’s a lot of money on the tables.
Here are some of the results from the high stakes tournaments there and the pics when clicked will show a small sample of what’s available. There are also finished results of the larger tournaments too. In July, Americas Cardroom will host the $5 Million Dollar Venom where the winner will walk away with a million dollars. Check out Americas Cardroom click here
Million Dollar Poker Tourney Results click for larger pic
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In February, ACR, started the OSS, BOSS culminatively known as the Cub3d. There were lots of great poker tournaments including 2 million dollar tournaments. The million dollar tournament result is below. The winner walked away with almost $200,000. All from playing at home!!!
60k Holdem Poker Tourney Results click for larger pic
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100k Poker Tourney
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125k Poker Tournament results
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150k Holdem Poker Tournament Results click for larger pic
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3/10/19 Million Dollar Tournament click for larger pic
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Check out Americas Cardroom for the burgeoning or established poker professional. There also lots of of micro and small stakes tournaments, and cash games in a variety of buy-ins click here

$5 million USD Dollar Venom Poker Tournament at Americas Cardroom

Yes you read it right! Later this year, Americas Cardroom will be hosting the $5 Million Dollar Venom poker tournament. The winner walks away with at least a million dollars!
Imagine having that kind of money in one fell swoop. All it takes is focus and luck.
Americas Cardroom has been increasingly hosting higher stakes tournaments and they’ve been going over the guarantees left and right. This should be another winner. If you’re not a member of Americas Cardroom, now is the time to join. Get the feel of the games. Many people choose one place to play and make that home but with stakes like these it’s time to take a look at Americas Cardroom.
The $5 Million USD Dollar Venom at Americas Cardroom


This will be the largest tournament ever offered at Americas Cardroom. It takes place July 31, 2019. The buy-in is $2650 but there satellite and Steps Tournament that could get you in for a fraction of that if not free! And if you get lucky and get multiple entries, you can even sell them. If you live in a foreign country, imagine the real dollars you’ll win, it could be several times the $5 million depending on the exchange rate.
In the mean time while you get used to Americas Cardroom, you can choose from some the other high stakes poker games.
Between February 10th to March 10th, Americas Cardroom will be hosting three super series with over $8 million guaranteed. There will be 169 events and two million dollar gtd tournaments. There are satellites to all the big tournaments and leaderboard prizes for consecutive winners including 10 seats the $5 million dollar Venom in July.


Buy-ins
There are buy-ins for all event from as low as .50 cent to over $2000 for one of the million dollar tournaments. There’s something for everyone’s bankroll. If you’re new to Americas Cardroom it’s a great time to join and get the feel of the site. Experience is your best asset.
Bonuses
Americas Cardroom has bonuses for first time depositors and members. For first time depositors, get 20 days of free cash and up to $1000 in matching money and get a seat to a freeroll as well. For long standing members, you get cash back for each tournament and the longer you stay in a tournament, the faster you accumulate bonus money.
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Americas Cardroom features the Venom Million Dollar Poker Tournament

It’s been going on for at least a month with no plans to stop anytime soon. The Venom Million Dollar Poker Tournament is in full blast. The most recent featured an almost $200,000 for the first place finish. The buy-in is a lofty $2500 but you can get in for free.
There are satellites around the clock for the event. Included in the satellites are freebuy tournaments where you enter one time for free but if you have to re-enter you’ll have to pay. There are step satellites leading to larger satellites and the main tournament as well. It’s a great way to focus on a tournament since the grand prize is so large. The top prize is a half decent annual salary!
In addition to the Venom, Americas Cardroom has ramped up its high stakes poker games offerings with high stakes games available almost 24/7. There tournaments for all levels micro, mid and high and satellites for all the mid and high stake events.
To find the freebuy events click the Freeroll link at the top of the menu. You’ll find all the freeroll tournaments there. The top of the menu also has the satellite events available.

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The Sunday Venom at America’s Cardroom
$1,000,000 GUARANTEED $2,650 BUY-IN Each Sunday at 2pm ET
Normally, shots like this come around once in a lifetime but here at ACR, they happen every week. We’ve rebranded our Million Dollar Encore tournament to The Sunday Venom, and the good news is it’s here to stay.
It has become a Sunday institution. The Sunday Venom is a great way to add serious bucks to your bankroll. If you’re a poker pro or a recreational player you should check it.
In a Nutshell:
$1,000,000 GTD prize pool every Sunday at 2pm ET
Winner takes home close to $200,000
1 in 8 entrants win at least $5,000
Win a $2,650 seat for free via Step Tourneys running all day every day
$450,000 up for grabs between the top-3 players
Mega satellites available every Sunday before the event
WAYS TO QUALIFY
You don’t need to cough up the whole $2,650 to take your shot. Americas Cardroom has lots of ways where you can qualify for a fraction of the cost or even for free.

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Pick Your Game To Win Your Seat:

ON DEMAND STEP TOURNAMENTS:

Step 0 12 Daily Freerolls-Each Guarantees 113 Seats to Step 1
Step 1 $6.60 buy-in-Guarantees 60 Seats to Step 2
Step 2 $15+1.51 buy-in-Guarantees 30 Seats to Step 3
Step 3 $50+$5.01 buy-in-Guarantees 18 Seats to Step 4
Step 4 $200+$15.01-Guarantees 12 Seats to Step 5
Step 5 $600+$30.01-Guarantees 15 Seats to The Sunday Venom
(Step 5 takes place Saturdays at 6:30pm ET)
*Tournaments start automatically when the required number of players have registered for each event.

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DIRECT MEGA SATELLITES
ACR guarantees 40 seats every weekend via these three MEGA satellites.

Saturdays Sundays
Time (ET) 8pm 11:30am 12:30pm
GTD Number of Seats 10 Seats 10 Seats 20 Seats
Buy-in $215 $55 $320
SPIN TO GET IN
Got a penny? Instead of entering a qualifier, you can try your luck with our Spin to Get IN feature. A penny could lead to the $1,000,000 GTD SUNDAY VENOM tournament right off the bat.

In addition to the Venom, Americas Cardroom has ramped up it’s high stakes poker offerings especially suited for high rollers.  Join Americas Cardroom Click Here

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Short Stack Strategy – Poker Strategy Series

This video shows a short stack strategy as a case study. You will see it defies what some say about strategy and makes you realize you need to trust your own instincts as well. This is a youtube video no copyrite infringement intended. I just want to make sure the video was available.

This is the second part of a short stack comeback by bloodyfun. Player bloodyfun has been short stack throughout much of the tournament but fortunes change.
Bloodyfun goes all-in with a pair of fives and wins. This is the start of this players’ rise. Bloodyfun’s chip stack roughly doubles. Next is the high card queen with the 8 as a kicker. One big change happens when Bloodyfun goes all-in with ace-7 and gets an ace pair. Another major move is all-in with ace-6 with a 6 pair win.
Bloodyfun has been steadily increasing their chip stack.
The ace-2 combo is another winner for Bloodyfun. This time the scene has changed with Bloodyfun in the lead. Finally, Bloodyfun has a queen pair and goes all-in and their opponent does the same. Bloodyfun wins the pot and game.
To sum it up, Bloodyfun gains with pairs and ace combos and then caps it off with a queen pair.
Short Stack Strategy
This is a case study of excellent short stack play. Pairs and high cards are your best bets when short stack. You will also note many tips not often used like low pairs were also used with success.
Any player will find themselves with a short stack. It could be starting later in a tournament, you haven’t had any great runs, or you bet and lost chips. Any of these scenarios can lead to a small chip stack. But there is a way to get more. These are some strategies to use to increase your chip stack.
Many people use anywhere between 10 to 40 big blinds as a measure of being short stacked. The higher number is excellent to use a a guide since it will get you thinking before you get to 10.
With short stacks, you don’t want to waste any chips. Do very little bluffing, or “maybe hands”. You want to increase your chances of winning chips. I’ve seen bluffers go all-in with flop of 4 hearts, 4 spades and king hearts, only to have an opponent bet with 4 clubs and diamonds. Bluffing doesn’t always work, so don’t try it when you’re short stacked. Your goal is to win tournaments.
Flop and Pre-flop
For short stacks this is where the action is. If you have an ace pair you will want to raise and put everyone on defense. Most of the high cards work here but ace pair or ace with anything else that could lead a pair should be considered. Often, players don’t want to go to the river with raising potentially losing more chips.
Some people advise to not use suited connector or small pairs. I disagree because I find them to be the most lucrative when you have the winning hand. Suited connectors mostly face cards but even 8 an 9s can lead to flushes or straights. It doesn’t happen often but when they do you chip stack will improve dramatically. The same thing with small pairs. Many people bet big with ace king. They don’t always materialize. Also pairs could lead to three of kinds, fullhouses and four of a kind. They won’t if you fold them.
As you can see from the video above, small five pairs essentially kicked off Bloodyfun’s rise in the tournament. You will also note Bloodyfun used the ace-combos well to win frequently as well.
The top hands to use most of the time are:

Ace Ace
King King
Queen Queen
Ace King suited
Ace Queen suited
Jack Jack
Ace King
Ace Queen
Ace Jack suited

These hands are basically a laundry list of the top, highest ranking hands. But guess what? They don’t always work. But if you’re going to take a chance, you want to take your chances here. And you want to take your chances with most pairs.
With most pairs you want to assess the flop. If your pair is lower than the flop or doesn’t have three of kind it’s best to check fold vs call. Be safe not sorry.
When you think you have a great hand raise it first. This is one of the greatest tips ever. Most players know that ace pair doesn’t always work and don’t always want to negotiate hands defensively and would rather fold giving you the pot. And pots add up over time.
Best practices.
Raise with strong hands.
Use pocket pairs and suited connectors till the flop comes out.
Using higher face cards will lead to victory more often than using lower value cards.

Strategy theory vs the real game
In poker, hands change all the time. You might find a pair of two beating an ace king combo. Suited connectors connect to flushes and straights. You have to develop an ability to trust your own instincts with playing poker and that is one of the best strategies out there. One WSOP Main event was one with a high card and another with a pair of 3s. So develop the ability to trust your instincts and your winning will increase several fold over.

Online Super Series in Full Swing at Americas Cardroom

Americas Cardroom is in full swing. It has been going with no dds attacks that plagued the site in the past. Million Dollars Sundays, $500,000 and $150,000 tournaments are some of the choices for members of this  who choose to join their most recent Online Super Series.

The OSS, is an online poker festival with new tournaments and a leaderboard for players who win frequently. The winner will also get an additional prize. Featured are a mix of No Limit Holdem, Omaha, PLO8 tourneys with a variety of buy-ins for all bankrolls. Americas Cardroom has recently added a new type of poker 6+ No Limit Holdem. This variety of NHL has cards starting at 6 and up. There are slight changes to hand values. For example, a flush beats a full house and three of a kind beats a straight. It’s something different if you want a change of pace in the poker you play. I don’t know if this will catch on and spread to other online poker sites if so, you can get in early!

These are results of the top tournaments of last week. There is the encore Million Dollar Sunday Event. Coming close to the guarantee of million. The top winner took home almost $200,000.

This tournament had a $2500 buy-in but Americas Cardroom has dozens of daily satellite tournaments where theoretically, you can join this tournament for free. If you win every step of the way. Also Americas Cardroom has a spin to join feature where you try your luck and join any tournament they feature for from 01 cent and up to a dollar a spin.

Additional tournaments from the OSS, Online Super Series are the $500,000 and $150,000 tournaments. They both have handsome payouts for winners and appealing to the professional poker players.

$500,000 OSS Results

The $150,000 OSS Result

Now is a great time to join Americas Cardroom or renew your previous relationship. Get new player bonuses, free cash, a freeroll. For existing members, signup with bonus code and get a 50 deposit bonus. The deposit bonus is given back to you as you play.  But the higher you reach in tournaments, the more you get back. Get your win on and join Americas Cardroom. There is something for everyone.

Americas Cardroom Million Dollar Sunday Results

This is the results of the Million Dollar Sunday tournament at Americas Cardroom. It’s really an encore Million Dollar Sunday tournament. Earlier this year, Americas Cardroom started offering the tournaments every Sunday but changed. Are they back for good? Who knows but it’s a great time to get into the game and join Americas Cardroom. As you can see, the tournament met it’s guarantee and went over by 70,000. The first place prize was over $200,000.

Texas Holdem Poker Strategies and Overview

Poker, especially texas holdem,  is popular game that gives players an opportunity to make lots of cash. The popularity exploded after cable tv showed the games and winnings. And there is the Chris Moneymaker effect which in effect brought millions of new players, spectators, and  wanna be players to the game.
Chris Moneymaker was an accountant who played online at PokerStars. He won a seat to the 2003 Main Event from an $86 satellite tournament and won the 2013 WSOP for $2.5 million dollars. He was the face of many players. A part time poker player who dreamed of the big payday and he got it! He became the best advertisement for poker players around the world.
Since then poker has taken off. The 2014 WSOP Main Event jackpot was $5 million dollars, then $7 million, peaking at the 2006 WSOP jackpot which was $12 million. While it hasn’t reached that level in a while, the 2018 Main event jackpot was $8.8 million.
The “Moneymaker Effect” is evident not only did it bring more players into the game, but all things related to poker bloomed including strategies.
There are many strategies for poker some better than others. Tournament play strategy varies from cash game strategy. Live strategy varies from online strategy.
Tournament Play Strategies
In any one tournament, you might have to employ various strategies to reach the final table. All the strategies center on getting more chips. That’s the bottom line – more chips and creating a large chip stack. Early tournament strategy varies from mid level and later periods of the tournaments.
Early Stage Poker Tournament Strategy
Early tournament strategy is basically the same strategy you want to use throughout the tournament. The main difference is you can take more risks. This is the time to play hands you have a hunch might win. Your suited 5-6 might make a straight or 5-5 might lead to a four of a kind. In general it’s easier to take a risk and often very profitable especially when you win major chip stacks with those harder to come by hands.
It’s important not to be extremely loose but loose enough for speculative hands to win. And if you enter a tournament early enough you’ll see you often don’t have to. You can build an extremely nice chip stack by staying open to the possibilities and you don’t even have to bet a lot. Just assessing the hand against the flop .
This period you also want to fold in some cases when very aggressive bettors re-raise. Don’t through caution to the wind. Stay loose enough to raise a hand but unless it’s ace-ace or high pair hole cards you will still find great results. Enough to take you beyond the early stage and bring you beyond the bubble.
Bubble Strategy
If you enter the tournament early enough you should have enough chips to take you beyond the bubble. But the bubble is a period when you can make more chips. The blinds are rising and you don’t want to be caught with low stack as they rise. I like to wait beyond the bubble to bet but will bet ace-ace or cards that tend win more than lose. Of course, you don’t always get great cards like that at the bubble. But waiting will give you a chance to cash and then resume the climb. Entering early enough in the tournament will often give you enough winning hands to make through the bubble with a great chip stack too. I say this often enter your tournaments early.
Post Bubble Strategy
You need to assess your chip stack and your betting at this point. If you got a major chip stack boost with earlier wins, it’s good to wait to play around the blinds. If you didn’t and need to increase your stack, play according to the rules above. The same things go a suited 4-5 could be a straight or flush. Don’t over bet but don’t miss out on a chip increasing stack either by folding either. There is an implied odds for each player and holding out for say and ace-ace pair while it could win it could also lose to a three of kind, flush or straight as well. Don’t hold out for those extremely rare high pairs that seem rarer when you need them. Play loose but don’t over bet. You should still see winning hands to make it through the tournament.
Final Table Strategy
Congratulations on the final table, a choice place for all players. Guess what? The same strategies that got you there will be the same will get you through to heads up. There are usually some players with more chips than others. They will often re-raise and many people will fold. This only increases their stack while other players wilt. A good thing to do here is re-raise if you stack is high and force players to fold if they think they don’t have a winning combination or play the blinds for great hands while folding the rest of the time. You still have nine or less players here who can have great hands. Unlike heads up, where there are only two players.
Heads Up Strategy
Heads up is the best place to be. The odds change here dramatically only because finally, you don’t have nine players at the table just two. Odds increase dramatically by having any pair or high card and you always play these because they win more often. Simply put, you worked hard to reach the final table but it’s usually much easier at this point because there are only two players and fewer potential hand combinations.

John Cynn Wins 2018 WSOP Main Event

In 2016, John Cynn finished 11th in the WSOP Main event. Well, he finally took down the WSOP 2018 Main Event and took home a gold bracelet and $8.8 million dollars. The largest cash of his career. Amazing comeback from his previous attempt. It would be cool to see if he could pull down another win in the future.
The win brings his career earnings to nearly $10 million dollars. Most of it came from this event.
This is a much written about event. I will probably do another post just covering some of the highlights of the event itself.
To make a long story short, John Cynn and Tony Miles were heads up. It was a very long tournament with both players grinding at 5am. Miles tried to bluff with 8 and queen but lost to a hardcore three of a kind king hand from Cynn. Miles tried to blame fatigued on the loss but hey he took home $5 million.
In the interview both players look and sound pretty tired. They did play for over 12 hours. I guess it’s to be expected.
The final results were:

Place Player Earnings
1 John Cynn $8,800,000
2 Tony Miles $5,000,000
3 Michael Dyer $3,750,000
4 Nicolas Manion $2,825,000
5 Joe Cada $2,150,000
6 Aram Zobian $1,800,000
7 Alex Lynskey $1,500,000
8 Artem Metalidi $1,250,000
9 Antoine Labat $1,000,000

 

 

Justin Bonomo Wins One Drop For One Million at the 2018 WSOP
Boy wonder, Justin Bonomo, the star and cash leader at the WSOP, added another notch on his belt with the One Drop for Water event. He won and took home the $10,000,000 top prize along with a bracelet.
German boy wonder, Fedor Holz took second for $6 million.
Bonomo’s earnings are now around $43 million dollars with Holz’ at $33 million. Bonomo is now first in cash earnings. Negreanu needs a wake up call. Hello?
It’s Bonomo’s third gold bracelet. And if you can believe it, for 2018 Bonomo has won over $25 million dollars in tournaments. It’s really a historic event. Dan Colman is the other player who won over $22 in 2014.
He stated staying as focused as possible paid off.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Justin Bonomo $10,000,000
2 Fedor Holz $6,000,000
3 Dan Smith $4,000,000
4 Rick Salomon $2,840,000
5 Byron Kaverman $2,000,000

 

 

Brian Hastings Wins H.O.R.S.E $3000 Event at the 2018 WSOP
Brian Hasting Won the H.O.R.S.E. $3000 buy-in event at the 2018 WSOP. He gets his fourth gold bracelet and $232,202 in cash for first place. He triumphed over 354 fellow players.
Legendary online, he once took home over $4 million in a single cash game. He’s managed to extend his streak to live poker games as well. His four bracelets proves this point. He has career earnings of $3,323,752 as of 7/18.
The H.O.R.S.E. event had many bracelet winners as well. These tournaments bring a lot of players who are well rounded in the world of poker. Dutch Boyd, Jeff Madsen, Andrew Brown, John Hennigan, Ben Yu where some other notable players who either cashed or were in the event.
The final results were:

Here is a look at the final table results.
Place Player Earnings
1 Brian Hastings $233,202
2 Andrew Brown $144,128
3 Tim Martsers $97,340
4 Jeff Madsen $67,121
5 Lee Markholt $47,275
6 Hye Park $34,027
7 Dutch Boyd $25,040
8 Bruno Fitoussi $18,849

Ben Yu Wins $50,000 2018 WSOP High Roller Event
Be Yu has won the $50,000 WSOP $50,000 buy-in high roller event. He has cashed a whopping 14 times at the 2018 WSOP and got three final tables. The icing on the cake was this event. He picked up his third gold bracelet and whopping $1,650,000. He triumphed over 128 players who created a prize pool of $6,144,000.
Yu has now passed the $5 million dollar mark in earnings with over $2.5 million in this years WSOP. He won nearly $900,000 in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event. It’s amazing that so much could happen in such a short time moneywise. He’s 32 and from Ohio.
With a high buy-in like this many of today’s top poker players were in the event like Jack Schindler, John Racener, Nick Petrangelo among others.
The final results for the event were:

Place Player Earnings
1 Ben Yu $1,650,773
2 Sean Winter $1,020,253
3 Nick Petrangelo $720,103
4 Isaac Haxton $518,882
5 Igor Kurganov $381,874
6 Manig Loeser $287,174
7 John Racener $220,777
8 Jake Schindler $173,604

Joe Cada Wins $1500 Closer Event at 2018 WSOP
Having a great summer, Joe Cada has won the $1500 Closer event at the WSOP. The win brings his bracelet total to four. This was a massive event with 3,120 players who created huge prize pool. Cada took home $612,886 for the win and a gold bracelet.
He also made final table at the WSOP and bagged over $2 million there. He is one of two double bracelet winners for the 2018 WSOP along with Shaun Deeb.
His total earnings are now nearly $14 million dollars.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Joe Cada $612,886
2 Paawan Bansal $378,765
3 Jeffrey Tanouye $278,774
4 Richard Ali $206,813
5 Eric Afriat $154,660
6 Richard Cox $116,595
7 James Poper $88,615
8 Brayden Gazlay $67,904
9 Joshua Turner $52,465

July 15 2018 Americas Cardroom Million Dollar Tourney

The name says it all. On July 15, 2018, Americas Cardroom had its Million Dollar Sunday. The Million Dollar Sunday events were almost each and every Sunday till a massive ddos attack made the site scale back. But Americas Cardroom looks like it’s in full swing again.
The latest series featured only high stakes tournaments starting at $109 and going up to $2000 for the Million Dollar Sunday tournament.


The picture says it all. The prize pool was nearly a million dollars at $988,000. There were 494 entries, some of whom got in with the satellite tournaments leading to the event. First prize was $200,000. This is excellent cash that’s lifechanging for many.
In the picture, you’ll see it was taken 9 hours into the event. That’s a long time but not even close to the finish. The tournament ended around 5am the next day. These tournaments are like those dancing contests they had in American history where the winner just had to keep dancing. It must awesome though to win.
Check out the top players here. In the coming photo you’ll see how it changed.

The video of this Million Dollar Sunday event is here

 

As the tournament played on we get to the final table below and the last final hands. This clip is 30 minutes. You can study it and see.

Longsheng Tan Wins $1,500 No Limit Holdem at the 2018 WSOP

Las Vegas real estate agent Longsheng Tan has won the 2108 WSOP $1500 No Limit Holdem event. He triumphed over a field of 1351 players to take home the gold bracelet and $323,472.The event is the first since the start of the Main Event.
For Tan this has brought his earnings this year to $427,841.
Tan was chip leader going into the final day of the event. He managed to add to his chip lead with sending Adam Laskey to the rail.
Heads up play was between Jayaram Kovoorchathoth and Tan. It was brief , Tan won with a full house 7 and ace against Kovoorchathoth’s three of kind sevens. Runner up took home $199,862.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Longsheng Tan $323,472
2 Lanny Levine $199,862
3 Jayaram Kovoorchathoth $142,785
4 Trey Brabham $103,212
5 Adam Laskey $75,497
6 Stephen Bierman $55,892
7 John Pannucci $41,884
8 Georgios Tavoularis $31,775
9 Jason Paradis $24,409

Anderson Ireland Wins 2018 WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty Event
New Orleans tour manager, 27 year old, Ireland Anderson has won the 2018 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Bount event. He triumphed over a field of 833 to win the gold bracelet and $141,161.
He was knocked out of the Main Event and took a chance at this one. It paid off handsomely. He only started playing pot limit within the last year.
Heads up play was against former bracelet winner Matt O’donnell. It would a major battle since Ireland had a 5:1 chip lead. Ireland won with an all-in move and getting a straight.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Anderson Ireland $141,161
2 Matt O’Donnell $87,198
3 Joon Park $61,013
4 Michal Maryska $43,313
5 Hai Chu $31,203
6 Andrew Holland $22,816
7 Jonathan Thomas $16,937
8 Harry Pozefsky $12,767
9 Jameson Painter $9,776

Ronald Keijzer Wins 2018 WSOP $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Event
The $3000 Pot Limit Omaha 6 Max event was won by Ronald Keijzer. It was a huge prize pool and Keijzer took home a bracelet and $475,033 for the grand prize. This was Keijzer’s best cash to date.
A lot of attention has been going on the main event, but look at the cashes below. Maybe players should look for other tourneys as well.
Place Player Earnings
1 Ronald Keijzer $475,033
2 Romain Lewis $293,553
3 Scott Bohlman $199,572
4 Mo Abedi Arani $137,954
5 James Chen $96,987
6 Ryan Lenaghan $69,369

Phil Hellmuth Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $5,000 Turbo No Limit Holdem Event
Extending his bracelet lead spectacular, Phil Helmuth has won his 15th gold bracelet at the WSOP with a win in the $5000 Turbo No Limit Holdem event. He was already the leader with 14 and he’s added another notch on his belt. Excellent for the 53 year old.
Hellmuth was in 8th place on the final day but by the final table, he moved to 2nd.
Wolansky went all-in but lost to Hellmuth three of kind 3s to secure the grand prizes of $485,082.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Phil Hellmuth $485,082
2 Steven Wolansky $299,807
3 Alan Sternberg $204,789
4 Aliaksei Boika $142,458
5 Kenneth Fishman $100,956
6 Matthew Glantz $72,911
7 Paul Hoefer $53,682
8 Ralph Wong $40,309
9 Eric Hicks $30,881

Yaser Al-Keliddar Wins 2018 WSOP $3,000 Six Max Limit Holdem Event
Yaser Al-Keliddar has won the $3000 Six Max limit holdem event. With a buy-in that large the payoff is great too. In this event, Al-Keliddar took home $596,700 and his first gold bracelet. There were 221 entries.
He is a recent convert to poker. His other gigs include law, real estate and stand up comedy.
The event was his largest cash to date, though he made a deep run in the Wynn Summer Classic Main event.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Yaser Al-Keliddar $154,338
2 Juha Helppi $95,380
3 Justin Thurlow $62,187
4 Andrew Yip $41,665
5 Mike Schneider $28,708
6 Barry Greenstein $20,358

Denis Timofeev Wins 2018 WSOP $1,000 Double Stack Turbo
Denis Timofeev has won the 2018 WSOP $1000 Double Stack Turbo event. The 31 year old Russian triumphed over a field of 1,221 players getting his biggest cash ever of $199,586 and first gold bracelet.
He stated he likes playing turbo and hyper events online. Perhaps the experience online created a live casino type confidence with these events.
He previously cashed in PokerStars Panama event for $161,340.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Denis Timofeev $199,586
2 Leo Margets $123,297
3 Evan Lipshultz $87,831
4 Ben Yu $63,327
5 Justin Young $46,221
6 Juan Carlos Martin $34,157
7 Hien Nguyen $25,560
8 Thiago Nishijima $19,371
9 Jason Johnson $14,871

Jordan Polk Wins First WSOP Bracelet In 2018 $1,500 Mixed Holdem/Omaha Event
Jordan Polk has won the $1500 Mixed Holdem/Omaha event at the 2018 WSOP. He gets his first bracelet and $197,461 in cash. There were 707 players in the event. Polk had been looking forward to the event.
Polk won over a final table that include Ryan Leng, and Dan Matsuzuki among others.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Jordan Polk $197,461
2 Fernando Brito $122,032
3 Jesse Vilchez $85,320
4 Dan Matsuzuki $60,556
5 Samuel Welbourne $43,641
6 Ryan Leng $31,942
7 Kevin Iacofano $23,751
8 Alexander Ziskin $17,945

Guoliang Wei Wins 2018 WSOP Little One For One Drop Event
Getting the fourth bracelet in China’s history, Guoliang Wei has won the Little One for One Drop poker tournament at the 2018 WSOP. His payday is a whopping $559,332 and gold bracelet.
Other Chinese players who have bracelets include Jian Chen, Yue Du, and Yungpeng Zhou.
The final table had players from South Korea, Brazil, France and the Phillipines.
The final results were:
Place Player Earnings
1 Guoliang Wei $559,332
2 Francois Tosques $345,415
3 Chris Staats $254,580
4 Sung Joo Hyun $189,098
5 Richard Douglas $141,565
6 Jon Hoellein $106,822
7 Renato Kaneoya $81,521
8 Erwann Pecheux $62,299
9 Lester Edoc $48,157