Archive for April, 2011
by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
The World Series of Poker is set to unveil a world first at this year’s WSOP events in North Carolina.
Not only will it be the first time that a WSOP event has been held in North Carolina, but it will also be the first WSOP tournament held entirely on PokerPro automated tables.
The PokerPro table is about the same size as a traditional table, however there is no seat for the dealer. The hands are dealt electronically and the community cards are displayed on a large screen in the centre of the table.
Each player has a screen in front of them that displays their hole cards, their chips, and buttons that correspond to the actions a player may want to make throughout the course of a hand.
When the cards are initially dealt, they will appear face down on the players screen. When a player cups their hand over the screen the hole cards will be revealed, and when the player removes their hands from the screen the cards will again appear face down.
Players who have made their way into live poker via playing online will find these tables a breeze to operate. However there is still some resistance coming from traditional poker circles with fair play the biggest worry for older players.
Players on the PokerPro automated tables will have to get used to the fact that there are no chips to rake in after a good win. Also, players won’t be able to play with their chips during a hand. Although anyone who has heard the deafening rattle of thousands of poker chips being rattled around may welcome this.
While not having a dealer at a poker table may sound like sacrilege to some, it does have its benefits. First of all players shouldn’t worry about acting out of turn or putting the wrong amount of chips in the pot as all this is governed by the automated tables. All screens feature a ‘confirm’ button, meaning there is no excuse to accidently move all your chips in. Moreover, all side pots are calculated in seconds and evenly re-distributed. Also, in some casino’s it is customary to tip the dealer when you take a pot. That will be a thing of the past with the PokerPro automated tables.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino will play host to the first WSOP tournament staged on automated tables. Entry to the tournament is $1075, with the winner receiving a seat to the 2011 WSOP Main Event plus $2000 spending money in addition to the cash prize.
Players are reminded that they qualify for the 2011 WSOP with Carbon Poker for as little as $2.00
by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, April 21st, 2011
Losing has never been so profitable with the Carbon Poker Bad Beat Jackpot.
The Bad Beat jackpot will be awarded to a player that loses a hand when holding better than quad 7’s.
At present the Bad Beat Jackpot stands at a whopping $244,903.00.
$0.50 from every hand played at the Bad Beat Jackpot tables goes into this pool, so you can rest assured that by the time you read this it will have already increased.
One aspect of the Bad Beat Jackpot that players should be wary of is the fact that to qualify as a jackpot winning hand the ‘loser’ must use both of their hole cards in the hand.
What’s more, for the hand to qualify the pot must generate a rake of at least $0.50. However this is unlikely to be a problem in a hand where two players have better than quad 7’s. Also, both players must show their cards at the completion of the hand. Again, this is unlikely to be a problem because even the tightest player will call with quads.
The other jackpot requirement is that at least four players must be dealt in at the start of the hand. So if you find yourself on a Bad Beat table that gets down to three players, it’s time to find another table.
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And it’s not just the ‘loser’ who is the winner at the Bad Beat tables. Everyone at the table will share in the jackpot.
The Bad Beat Jackpot will be distributed in the following manner.
- 35% to the loser of the hand.
- 17.5% to the winner of the hand.
- 17.5% to other players at table (players must be dealt in to receive jackpot – no sitting out)
- 20% to reseeding the jackpot
- 10% to Merge Gaming.
So if you find yourself with quad 7’s at the Bad Beat tables you may well be hoping to lose the hand. However spare a thought for the Carbon Poker player that missed the Bad Beat Jackpot by the barest of margins when their Quad 6’s were defeated by a straight flush.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, April 15th, 2011
Are you an aspiring poker player looking to turn pro, but need a sponsorship for stability? Then you need to look into the Lock Poker Bluff Pro Challenge, which is about to run.
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The Lock Poker Bluff Pro Challenge is set to make an instant star out of a talented young online poker player. Challengers will take each other on for the title, and the eventual winner will be awarded a very lucrative sponsorship deal.
While there are many Lock Pros on the Lock Poker team, only a select few make it to the Lock Pro ELITE. For the player who comes out on tip in the Lock Poker Bluff Pro Challenge, the ranks of the Lock Pro ELITE await. The Lock Pro ELITE includes players such as Eric Lynch and Brett Jungblut, and current Lock Pros like Wesley “Aumnicient” Clark and John “Reraz0r” Law will be working hard in the Lock Poker Bluff Pro Challenge to try to make their way to the next level.
Even better, the winner will also be featured on the cover of Bluff Magazine, one of the most popular poker magazines in the world. This is the first time that players have been able to play for the cover of Bluff, and such a high profile cover shot could be a real shot in the arm for the career of a borderline pro player looking for a seat on a poker TV show.
If you would like to try your hand at the Lock Poker Bluff Pro Challenge, then be sure to join Lock Poker right now! New players who are simply interested in following this contest should also join Lock Poker, as they can make some easy money by taking advantage of the $1,200 in bonuses.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, April 15th, 2011
After a blistering start to the year that saw his profit peak at around $4.7 million, Gus Hansen has been dealt a serious blow after going down a million dollars in a week.
After being online poker’s biggest winner for the first three months of the year, Hansen now finds himself down to the tune of $970,000 for the month of April.
In the first week of this month alone, Hansen played some 8500 hands, including massive sessions of $300/$600 PLO against online regulars Tom ‘durrr’ Dwan and gavz101.
Unable to get any traction there, Hansen tried his hand at heads up matches. Following several gruelling sessions Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond , the Great Dane was suddenly down hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In what shapes as a worrying trend for the Dane, Hansen won $2 million playing online poker in the early stages of last year, only to lose it all and more later in the year.
Two weeks ago it would have been unthinkable that Hansen would be danger of losing his mantle as 2011’s most winning online poker player but that may soon become a reality.
Hansen’s profit from online poker currently stands at around $3 million (down from $4.7 million) for 2011, while Dan ‘jungleman12’ Cates, is closing the gap at $2 million.
Hansen can rest easy in the fact that he has had a winning start to the year, but the same can’t be said for his Full Tilt Poker nemeses Tom ‘durrr’ Dwan.
Dwan is currently the biggest loser in online poker for 2011, going down over $2 million in the early stages of this year.
Dwan’s poor start to the year was compounded by the fact he recently went down another $225,000 in a single week.
Both Dwan and Hansen play at Full Tilt Poker
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2011
ESPN is set to host a special WSOP Rematch series that will see famous Main Event winners and runners up face off again.
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There will be three rematches in total, with the participants for the first two already decided and the last to be decided by a poll on Facebook.
To start the WSOP Rematches off, there will be a 2 out of 3 game match to repeat the end of the 2003 WSOP Main Event between Chris Moneymaker and Sammy Farha. The first game will see them play with the same chip stacks they had going into heads up play. The second game will reverse the stacks to explore how things might have gone if the chip advantage were different. If neither player has won both games, there will be a third game with equal chip stacks to see which player can dominate from an even start.
In the second match, we will get to see Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth face off once more in a repeat of the end of the 1989 WSOP Main Event. This will be a one match deal from even starting stacks, and it will be very interesting to see how they have adapted to deal with one another in the more than 20 years since their first legendary meeting.
The third match will be decided by a vote on Facebook, with four choices that include:
- 1988 WSOP Johnny Chan v Erik Seidel
- 2004 WSOP Greg Raymer v David Williams
- 2006 WSOP Jamie Gold v Paul Wasicka
- 2010 WSOP Jonathon Duhamel v John Racener
This final match will have equal starting stacks. If the top voted match up cannot occur, then the next most popular choice will be played.
The game will be played at the Amazon Room in the Rio and filmed by ESPN on 2 June. Voting on the third match will begin on 2 May, and the games will be broadcast in a two-hour special on ESPN on 26 July.
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