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WSOP 2010 lessons

Posted in Texas Holdem

My friend played in the main event of the World Series of Poker a while back, having won his entry in a freeroll on Full Tilt Poker. He somehow managed to finish 520/5619 for baby money of $12,500. This is what he has to say. There are some minor trades that he has to pay out, but he is glad to have gotten that far. Here are some of the things he learned:

  1. Vegas still sucks. His sinus cavities are all messed up, and his head feels like it is filled with helium.
  2. He sucks. he wasn’t taking the time he needed to review the relevant information. Often, he was just stalling, not thinking about anything except maybe “the fucking Mirage”.
  3. The field sucks more. How else can you explain calling off 20K in the 100/200 round on a paired board, or calling down with 33 when you are check-raised and bet into on every round.
  4. There were hundreds of solid players. Many of the pros played very well, but there were many other players who were young, and who played that year for the first time, who were as good as, and sometimes better than many of the name players.
  5. He was lucky. Of course, that is the story of many players’ poker life. He is now 3/6 ITM in WSOP events, and is averaging a profit of 8.9 buy-ins per tournament. I hear that it’s better to be lucky than good.
  6. He sucks. He had no idea what to do in a wide variety of situations. In particular, He didn’t have much of a plan with regard to being a bully or dealing with a bully. Likewise, he wasn’t sure of when to reraise, or how to deal with reraises.
  7. He will play again. Of course, until he stops sucking he’ll have to win the entry in a satelite like he did that year.

Benefits of Joining a Poker Forum

Posted in online games

Most players don’t think that an online poker forum can help them accomplish much. If this sounds like your view of a poker forum, there are a lot of things you’re missing. A poker forum and community can benefit a poker player in many ways.

One of the biggest benefits of joining a great online poker forum is the ability to discuss strategy with other players. Take a strategy that you use to an online poker forum and discuss it with your new friends. A few days worth of comments and discussion should give you a better view of the strategy. By posting these types of questions in a public forum, players can get multiple perspectives. This is a great way to get opinions on how to play a specific hand. Hand histories from online poker websites are easy to read and understand, so posting it on a forum and asking for analysis is great way to learn.

Online poker forums also offer players a great way to find special deals going on at different poker rooms. Beyond new-player deposit bonuses, there are also reload bonuses, monthly bonuses, weekly bonuses and Poker Rakeback plans. Members of online poker forums discuss these types of promotions, giving you this information all in one place.

Instead of going from poker room to poker room looking for a great deal, you can find these promotions and discuss them with other members as well. All of the popular poker forums have people who want to know everything, and they can fill you in on the fine print. Poker rooms do a good job of hyping their promotions on their websites, but these forum guru’s will give you unbiased information on the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Being a member of a large poker forum can also give you access to better deals than you can get straight from the poker rooms. With lots of players to market to, poker rooms often negotiate better deals with forums to attract new players.

Poker rooms are constantly making changes to their software, tournaments and promotions. Being a member of a poker forum allows you to get current information about special deals and changes being made at different poker rooms. Whether you’re looking for WSOP satellites, a particular type of tournament, or a room with fantastic graphics, you can find all of this information on the better forums.

Poker forums are fun! They’re a great way to kill time at work when the boss isn’t looking, and they keep players up to date on everything going on in the poker world. When Mike Matusow loses a couple hundred grand playing online poker, you’ll hear all about it. If there’s a scandal going on, you can get all the details. If there’s a new player killing the game at your favorite poker room, you’ll know it before he takes your bankroll.

Poker, a game of force

Posted in Poker skills

Is force necessary to succeed?

In this firs post we will take an overview of how Texas Holdem tournament is played to facilitate your experience.

So, Texas Holdem tournaments are among the world’s greatest gaming events. While Texas Holdem has been played for decades, online poker tournaments are rather new. In around 1972 the largest poker pot for world’s tournament was $10.000. In 2002-2003 tournaments the first prize has surpassed $4,000,000.

That’s because of modern technologies, which allow multitude of users to enter the online tournament sitting at home. The tournament is the aim of both novice and professional players, because it is the only place and time, when you can convert your skills in some good money. You can even become a millionaire, if luck will cast the light upon you.

Don’t pay attention at that TV shows which features skills as the main point of the victory promoting Texas Holdem tournament schools, books and other media. Skills are pointless if luck will pass you by. Almost all tournament winners were not top players, but just ordinary folks, who entered the tournament with a lucky clover upon their fortune. When over a thousand players enter the tournament with a $5,000 entry fee, your chances to win those $5,000,000 are zero if you trust only skills and pay no attention on strategy, knowledge, etc.

In case you have entered the tournament for fun – skills are quite sufficient, but otherwise you should need to possess much more then just the capability to count the right hand. Intuition, cleverness and prediction – these are just the basic things to learn. I play online poker tournaments mostly for the fun and who knows, I could also make good money from them one day if I run deep. But prevailing at one of these online poker tournaments necessitates a solid poker strategy, which is different from cash games.

Beyond the luck value, you must know the features called “the must” for any Texas Holdem tournament player. These are the basic rules and strategy, some tricks and bluffing abilities, excellent knowledge of all hands and combinations, and at least basic how-to’s of the game. In this article we shall overview a couple of things you must know playing at a poker tournament.

At the tournament, your chips have a relative value that differs from the regular poker cash game, where you consider each dollar as an equal amount. The first thousand chips at the tournament are worth much more than the next thousand you win. Since you cannot buy back in, you should always keep a certain amount of chips in order to survive. You should be tighter at the beginning of the Texas Holdem tournament to keep your bankroll, but risk more at the later stages to reach the final table.

Otherwise you can be simply blinded out. At the later stages of the tournament, necessary force plays a great factor, because the blinds are so high that the majority of the players in contested hands will be all-in preflop. You must use a lot of force, in other words aggression, as you want hands dominating all other hands for this reason.

You should know the hands well in order to collect the best ones, or predict your hand proceeding from your pocket cards value. The common mistake is betting hard with a weak hand, usually a low pocket pair. Such pairs are good only when trying to steal the blinds. So these are the basic differences between Texas Holdem tournament and ring games.

Team Pokerstars Vanessa Rousso

Posted in online poker

October 2007 was a great month in poker for Vanessa Rousso as she finished runner up in the main even of Pokerstars WCOOP. Every poker player knows that to make it down to two and not win can be painful however Vanessa got a cool $700,000 for her performance as a consolidation prize. It wasn’t too long before Vanessa struck again with a top-notch performance at the well-known NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

Vanessa competed with 64 of the world’s top players and once again finished runner up for a nice payday of $250,000. Vanessa didn’t even get a chance to rest after the heads-up tournament by shortly after astounding poker fans yet again with a first place victory in the EPT High Roller Event in Monte Carlo. Tired of finishing runner up Vanessa plowed through 78 of the world’s best players to win cash in her biggest prize yet, €720,000.

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