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2011 EPT PokerStars Women Grand Final

by | Published: Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The Pokerstars Pokerstars Women events have been very popular at the world’s number 1 poker site, and so the European Poker Tour is getting in on the action.

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From 11 May to 12 May, the PokerStars Women Grand Final will run as part of an EPT stop in Madrid, capital of Spain. The direct buy-in to this tournament will be €550, but poker playing women can join daily qualifying events now to win their place in this major live poker event.

Saturdays from 12 March through 30 April, you will have the chance to play in a first step qualifying freeroll at 13:30 ET. The winners of these freerolls get a ticket into the €109 Weekly Final.

Those who want a few more chances at winning a Weekly Final seat can try the €3.30 + R satellite tournaments at 15:30 ET each day. These offer a Weekly Final seat for every €109 in the prize pool and they will run daily until 1 May.

If you would like to avoid the masses in the freerolls and the low cost satellites, then you can try the €11 satellites at 14:30ET Monday to Saturday until 30 April. This will also offer a seat into the Weekly Final for every €109 in the prize pool, but you will need to finish ahead of fewer players to earn your prize than you would for the cheaper satellites.

Every Sunday from 13 March to 1 May, the Weekly Final will run at 14:30 ET for a direct buy-in of €109. Every final will guarantee a prize package into the PokerStars Women Grand Final at the EPT stop in Madrid. This prize pack is worth €1,050 and covers the €550 buy-in as well as cash for expenses. Winners will also be invited to a welcome reception with drinks, goody bags, and an exclusive EPT party later on!

If you want to play for your shot in the EPT PokerStars Women Grand Final event, then get on over to Pokerstars Pokerstars now! New real money players at PokerStars can earn a 100% bonus on their first deposit of up to $600, giving them great value on their early poker play.

Andrew Li Makes Supanova Elite in 2 Months

by | Published: Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

In the Pokerstars Pokerstars VIP scheme, Supanova Elite is the highest honor and requires 1 million points earned in a calendar year. Andrew Li did it in about 2 months.

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Finishing pretty much just at the end of February, and not really getting started until he returned from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in mid-January, Li has proven himself to be a master grinder to earn 1 million VIP points in such a short period of time.

In order to achieve such a massive number of loyalty points in so short a period, Li was multitabling from when he got up in the morning to past dinner time in the evening. Out of 59 days, he played for 50 of them, and we doubt others could keep up such a demanding schedule for this length of time, let alone do better.

What possibly makes Andrew Li’s achievement so impressive is the daily average he had to maintain. Every day he played, Li needed to earn around 20,000 points, no easy feat even when playing high stakes. More importantly, Li also had to remain solvent, as playing long multitabling sessions at high stakes has a pretty high risk of ruin. Swing days of tens of thousands of dollars had Li nervous during the later weeks of February.

We challenge you to develop the skills and discipline to beat Andrew Li’s Supanova Elite record! To give it a try, sign up at Pokerstars Pokerstars now to begin your training. New players can earn a 100% bonus on their first deposit of up to $600 to help them along!

Snakes & Ladders Step Tourneys

by | Published: Monday, March 14th, 2011

Carbon Poker Carbon Poker is currently running a Snakes & Ladders step tournament with as much as a $2,000 first place prize for as little as $1.10 in initial entry fees.

Step tournaments work by having players play through a whole tournament field before moving to the next one. The Snakes & Ladders steps tournament works similarly, except that players who do not finish in the top positions may simply be awarded entries into a lower step rather than eliminated entirely. All of these tournaments are Sit & Gos, so you can play in them whenever enough players are available.

There are 7 steps in this promotion, with each of the 6 bottom steps offering entries to the next step up for the best and entries to steps below for the also-rans. For instance, the top two players in step 1 tournaments win a step 2 entry, while the next 3 players win another step 1 entry. In the step 2 tournament, the top 2 players win an entry to the next step, the next 2 players win another step 2 entry, and the next player wins a step 1 entry.

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The Snakes & Ladders idea means that you don’t need to go on some ridiculous winning streak in order to win some money from these step tournaments. Sometimes you’ll climb up another level, and other times you’ll repeat the level again. As long as you can consistently finish high in Sit & Go events, then winning big in the Carbon Poker Carbon Poker Snakes & Ladder step tournaments series should simply be a matter of time.

Of course, you can always skip the first few steps by buying in at a higher level. Say you had a good run up until level 5 and then got knocked down to step 2. You probably aren’t in the mood to climb up all that way again and can choose to simply buy in at a higher level.

Join Carbon Poker Carbon Poker now to be part of this exciting steps tournament opportunity! Remember that new Carbon Poker players can claim a 100% bonus on their first deposit of up to $600 plus entries into the $500 Freerolls for Newly Depositing Players for 14 days.

Improve Your Play at Full Tilt

by | Published: Monday, March 14th, 2011

If you are a poker beginner, then probably aren’t yet familiar with the number of training sites out there. One of the best choices for the new amateur player is the Full Tilt Poker Academy.

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Free to Full Tilt Poker players (though with some restrictions until you have earned enough reward points), the Full Tilt Poker Academy offers videos and challenges to help new players improve their skills in a variety of games and subject areas. Most of the videos are focused on Texas Hold’em and specifically no limit, but there are also plenty of videos on Omaha and the draw games offered at Full Tilt.

One of the best things about the Full Tilt Poker Academy is its focus on subjects that are important to a poker education without being an active part of the game. For instance, several videos and challenges are dedicated to bankroll management and discipline. Most beginners would prefer to ignore this, but it is probably the most important lesson a starting poker player should learn if they want any long-term success.

The lessons are all presented by Team Full Tilt pro players, so you know you are getting tip top advice. Some of the teachers include Chris Ferguson, Mike Matusow, Andy Bloch, Tom Dwan, Phil Gordon and many more. Are they giving away their greatest secrets? No, but they are offering a good base for a patient beginner to get the skills they need to become a winning poker player!

If you would like to learn from the Full Tilt Poker Academy, then sign up now for an account at Full Tilt Poker Full Tilt Poker and make a deposit! This will give you access to dozens of instructional videos and challenge you to improve your skills every step of the way.

Pokercams Fight PokerStars Home Games

by | Published: Monday, March 14th, 2011

888poker 888poker will fight the PokerStars Home Game craze with Pokercam tables allowing players to see and here each other via webcam and microphone.

If you have a webcam, you can join specially marked “Video” tables at 888Poker. At these tables, you will be able to speak to and watch other players, and they will be able to do the same with you. To us, this seems like a way of taking home poker game online, just like PokerStars has been doing with its Home Games Poker Clubs.

Join 888poker 888poker now to try your hand at the Pokercams tables and to play at one of the most popular poker rooms for players from the UK and Europe. If you are in the USA, you can instead join PokerStars to try the new Home Games section of the software.

Obviously, many poker players would not like to use this technology due to it exposing more of their tells. However, these Pokercam tables are intended more for the social poker player than the power player. The idea is to create a friendlier atmosphere that gives players an opportunity to socialize while playing the game they love.

Similarly, the PokerStars Home Games are designed to help players get together with friends to participate in less intimidating and less competitive poker ring games and tournaments. Nevertheless, Pokercams seems to be just as social, oif not moreso. Maytal Ginsburg, VP Poker at 888Holdings, put it thusly:

“We believe that real poker is not just about winning money, but it’s about the thrill, the fun, the excitement and the social poker experience. Online poker has been traditionally focused on the ‘money making’ element – we feel that there is no reason why online poker should not enable players to meet, socialize and play together.

“Our new Pokercam tables offer our customers a place to meet, play and socialize and are a true indication of our commitment to play different. It’s all about opening our doors to customers that want a casual game of poker, some may play for fun and some may play for real money what we offer is a fun and exciting game of poker against people who share the same interests as you and now you can actually see and talk to them!”

Of course, what 888Poker is really offering is a different experience, which is so rare in online poker these days. This is also what PokerStars are aiming to give US poker players with their new Home Games Clubs. In the words of Hili Shakked, the Director of Poker Offering at 888Holdings:

“I’m thrilled to offer current and new customers of 888poker this innovative and fun feature. It’s been almost a year in the making and we are delighted at the result.

“Players can look forward to enjoying a completely new and different poker experience, by simply downloading the new 888poker software on a computer with a standard webcam. Now the greater challenge will be how to conceal the big smile when you get pocket aces!”

We at welcome innovations like this, even if they aren’t focused on increasing the per hour earnings of the grinders. Poker is a social game, and being able to see, hear and speak to your opponents is something that has been sorely missing from online poker. Some people are talented at leveraging their social skills at the table, and Pokercams will make it easier (and more fun) for those players to try online poker.

Join 888poker 888poker now if you are interested in trying out Pokercams for yourself, and remember that new players can claim a big bonus when they sign up through us. If you are a player from the USA that cannot join 888poker 888poker, then we recommend you join Pokerstars Pokerstars and try out Home Games with your buddies if you are looking for a new poker experience.