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Players and too much stress, defeats and money at casino en ligne

 

 

Too much stressIf you hit a pinball machine too hard, a sign flashes “Tilt”, and the machine stops working. When a poker player gets hit by too much stress, the effects can be almost as visible and much more destructive. If you tilt a pinball machine, you lose a little pleasure. If you go on tilt in poker, you can blow your bankroll or, if it is too extreme or lasts too long, even lose your home or business. Because luck has such huge short-term effects, you can go on tilt without losing any money this time, and you might not even realize that you’re off balance. However, since the danger is so great, you must constantly watch out for it.

 

Most of us have experienced brief periods of tilt, and some players have lost control for weeks, even moving to larger games or switching to the craps tables, trying desperately to get even. Since tilt is so common and destructive, this four-part series will cover all the major issues:

 

Avoiding it

Creating it

Exploiting it

Coping with it

 

The series starts and ends by discussing ourselves, while the middle two parts focus on other people. Of course, we profit when other people go on tilt, but avoiding it or coping with our own emotions is much more important. We can gain a little from another person’s foolishness, but if we go on tilt and stay there, we can lose a great deal.

 

Definition

 

“Tilt” means that someone is playing very differently and much more poorly than usual, and most people use the term only for playing too many hands too aggressively. If someone is always wildly aggressive, he’s not on tilt. He’s just playing in his usual, maniacal way.

 

I’ll use a broader definition: “Tilt” means someone is making plays for emotional reasons that he would not normally make. Wild aggression is just its most visible form. Another form is to become so upset, frightened, or convinced you can’t win that you “play scared.” You might fold good draws with pot odds or not raise with pocket kings. Your play deteriorates so much that the “I can’t win” belief becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. This form of tilt is less dramatic and noticeable than wild aggression, but it can be equally destructive. Perhaps you won’t have such dramatic short-term losses, but because it is harder to recognize, this form of tilt can last much longer, slowly destroying your bankroll.

 

Avoiding is Much Better Than Coping

 

Of course, you must learn how to cope with tilt, but avoiding it is much better. Good professionals emphasize preventing problems more than solving them. Good dentists tell us to brush and floss. Good doctors recommend diet and exercise. Good lawyers try to keep us out of court. Exactly the same principle applies here: If you wait until you’re on tilt before taking corrective action, some of the damage will have already been done, and your problems will be MUCH harder to solve. So, stop tilt before it starts.

 

Knowledge is Your First Line of Defense

 

The first step is to acquire two types of knowledge. First, you need to understand poker thoroughly on casino en ligne. Mason Malmuth once wrote: “Emotional control is … aided by a thorough understanding of how the game should be played.” Without that understanding, you may overreact to events that would not severely upset a more informed player. For example, I’ve read many threads on twoplustwo.com’s forums stating that someone went on tilt because he played well but was beaten by bad luck and stupidity. Yet, the poster’s own words clearly reveal that he played badly and deserved to lose.

 

Or, take bad-beat stories. Many of them show that the storyteller doesn’t understand the most basic element of poker, the odds. You probably have seen people bitterly complain that they rose with A-Q suited and were called and beaten by an “idiot” with K-2 off suit. They seem to believe that their hand should never lose, but it’s really only about a 2-to-1 favorite, meaning it will lose about one-third of the time. In many situations, the “idiot” would have been absolutely right to call.

 

If you don’t believe me, go to cardplayer.com and use the “Poker Odds Calculator for Hold’em.” You may be very surprised at how different the odds are from what you believe. And if you don’t understand the odds, you can easily overreact to predictable losses.

 

The second kind of knowledge can come only from detailed, accurate records of your own results. If you’re a long-term winner, these records will show that the bad beat you just took or tonight’s “huge” loss is trivial, a tiny fraction of your total profits. Even if you’re a long-term loser, good records will show that tonight’s loss isn’t that important. That’s why so many experts recommend treating tonight as just part of one continuous poker game. When you put a bad beat or tonight’s loss into a larger context, you’re much less likely to overreact.

 

Identify Your “Triggers”

 

Although a solid foundation of knowledge is essential, it is not enough. By definition, tilt is an emotional overreaction, and emotions obey their own, partly irrational rules. We all have done stupid things for emotional reasons, and we should understand the factors that trigger emotional reactions.

 

The three most common triggers are alcohol, bad beats, and losing too much money tonight. Alcohol is particularly dangerous because people often think they can “handle it,” even when its effects are obvious to others. The same illogical thinking that makes so many drunk people drive makes them believe, “I can play better drunk than they can play sober.” Other triggers include playing for larger stakes than usual, being “card dead” for hours, obnoxious people, being hungry and/or tired, inept dealers, software problems and bad connections (for online players), and even loud noise or sitting next to an inconsiderate smoker — anything that upsets you. By themselves, none of them may have much effect, but several of them combined can destroy your balance.

 

Triggers are individualistic, and yours may be quite different from mine. You might not even notice things that really bother me, and vice versa. You should therefore remember what caused past tilts, and then avoid as many triggers as possible. Of course, you can’t avoid bad beats, inept dealers, and some other triggers, but you can avoid alcohol, large losses, and many others.

 

For example, nearly all of us have a “psychological bankroll,” the amount we can lose without getting severely upset. It is almost always much smaller than our financial bankroll. You might have a $5,000 bankroll, but get very upset by a $300 loss. If you don’t recognize and stay well within your psychological limits, one bad beat can put you on tilt. You might decide to buy more chips than your usual limit because you’ve “got to get even.” Once you start thinking that way, you can lose control, keep buying more chips, go to the ATM, perhaps blow your entire bankroll, and then borrow money. It has happened countless times.

 

Think About Triggers Before You Start Playing

 

Some triggers have nothing to do with poker. Problems at home or work, backaches, financial pressures, or anything that troubles you will increase your vulnerability. For example, if you had a bad day at work, argued with your spouse, and have a headache, don’t play poker “to relax.” Instead of relaxing, you could easily become even more tense and play badly; once you do that, it’s just a small step to going on tilt and losing lots of money.

 

Monitor Yourself

 

You should constantly monitor both your play and your emotional state. Ask yourself again and again: “How well am I playing?” “Why did I make that last play?” “Am I angry, confused, sleepy, eager for revenge?” “Am I feeling the effects of alcohol?” Many people have taken huge losses because they did not realize how much their drinking or other factors had affected them.

 

There are lots of similar questions, but most people don’t ask or answer them. The poker culture is extremely anti-introspective. We’d rather focus on how other people think, feel, and act than seriously analyze ourselves. In fact, your opponents will often see that you are on tilt or approaching it long before you do.

 

When in Doubt, Quit

 

A later column will focus on what to do when you are clearly on tilt, but don’t wait until you are sure you’re on it. If you see signs that your play is deteriorating, and/or you’re getting upset, go home. I cannot count the number of times that people — including me — have ignored that advice. We may recognize the signs but stay because we won’t admit that we’re not playing our “A-game.” Or, we may think, “Perhaps I’m not playing my best, but this game is too good to leave.” Sometimes we may say it even when the game is too tough for us. We’re so off balance that we can’t assess ourselves or the competition.

 

You may think I’m being too conservative, but we’ve all seen players who are on tilt lose serious money in wonderful, average, and terrible games. There will always be another poker game, but if you go on tilt and blow your bankroll, you won’t be playing in it.

 

 

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Discipline – The Secret of a Poker Champ

 

 

Playing a winning hand in poker requires a lot of discipline and grace. There is no room for mistakes. A single oversight can kill. It’s not about math or reading your opponents. The most important skill for a winning player is self-control.

 

Don’t play more than your bank account would allow. Don’t tilt if you feel you should. Don’t crumble after a couple of hands and you’re not winning. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. But what good does it do if you don’t?

 

Winning players listen to other people’s bad beat stories. If ever you do, don’t just listen. Evaluate the player’s story. Think about why he lost. While the person may focus on his loss, focus more on “why” he lost. Center your evaluation on the root of the loss. It’s not about the surface flaw. More often than not, it’s two or three steps earlier in the game  togel hongkong when the person made the imminent mistake-a risky or incorrect play in the hand, perhaps. An objective analysis of the game will allow you to get at the root and see the “real” mistake.

 

While evaluating other people’s play, you also evaluate your own. What you do best, just enough and below expected performance. Try to think of potential ways on how to improve on the three. Poker is a game of chance and versatility. A combination of different techniques and maneuver can be employed to guarantee a winning hand. But as always, you have to go down at the roots.

 

Game selection or table selection is considered by some as the most significant poker skill. Pick out the game that is best suited to your capabilities, play, and beat the crap out of it. That may be important but it’s nothing compared to the fundamental skill of a real poker winner.

 

Every game that you play right now is a culmination of all the games you’ve played before. Poker is not a game of the moment. It is a result of your well-conceived strategies and techniques. Playing with regular opponents allow you to set the stage for many tactical plays minutes, hours and months before you totally blow them off. Your previous games is a step up towards leading you to gaining more self-control an the proper attitude. Always set your goal as a winning player while taking into consideration your finances. A positive outlook is needed when playing hands. If you fail on a couple of hands, don’t drown on your emotions. Each game is a separate entity from the previous or next. If all these are set in their proper places, each separate action that you take will be stemmed from a concrete, perceptive foundation.

 

Discipline brings forth other poker skills, tactics and maneuvers. Every chip of winning strategy and brilliant philosophy should be applied or else, it’s pointless. Everything is wasted if you don’t practice discipline. There is no other way to discipline. Discipline is the only way.

 

So, if you want to be a perceptive, blissful poker player, work everyday on your self-control-every minute, every hour, everyday.

 

 

 

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PartyGaming and Online Casino Singapore Future Bright – HSBC

 

 

Analysts at HSBC slapped a price target of 122p on the shares of PartyGaming, saying they saw potential upside of 30% on the share price at levels of 94p.

 

In a research note initiating coverage with an ‘Overweight’ rating, HSBC – the house broker for 888 Holdings – noted that although the PartyGaming share price has retraced from its July high of 179p, the fall has been overdone.

 

“We expect continued growth from its current core market [US], benefits from the data mining project started this year and new game offerings will drive top-line growth,” wrote Richard Wainwright, analyst for HSBC.

 

PartyGaming has been under a cloud since the company issued its interims in September when comments about the future growth prospects triggered a 30% fall in the share price. But Wainwright noted the fears regarding the strength of the poker market have not been borne out by the third-quarter key performance indicators (KPIs) from either PartyGaming or 888.

 

“PartyGaming’s de-rating has nevertheless had a significant impact on the sector… As a result, we believe the online gaming sector is now relatively undervalued versus its growth rates.”

 

However, Wainwright says that the sector will need to see a longer series of good KPI numbers and financial performances over a period of 12 months for confidence in the sector to return. Noting the recent US$14.5m PartyGaming deal to acquire MultiPoker, Wainwright added he expected consolidation within the egaming sector to increase and that PartyGaming is likely to be a “key consolidator” within the space.

 

Meanwhile, the performance of the Empire Online share price this week suggests that many in the City of London are betting against PartyGaming making a substantial offer for the business. At one point on 18 November, the Empire share price slumped to 58.5p, giving it a market cap valuation of around £180m.

 

PartyGaming Predicts Further Online Casino Singapore Growth

 

The popularity and proliferation of poker, both on and offline, is expected to continue according to Richard Segal, CEO of PartyGaming – the world’s largest online poker operator for PartyPoker.2005 was a landmark year for online poker and the online gaming industry as a whole. This year saw three large London stock market flotations, generating revenues of around $3.5 billion (2 billion pounds). Moreover, poker games and books are now topping Christmas lists the world over.

At the fore of the online explosion is PartyGaming who are the dominant force in the industry. After a high-profile £4.6 billion flotation in June, the owner of PartyPoker and Starluck Casino saw its market value soar to over £7 billion.The dawning of 2006 promises more exciting – and likely profitable – prospects for PartyGaming with the launch of its new PartyCasino site to run alongside its existing Starluck Casino, as well as two new games.

 

‘There will be two new products next year… In the first half there will be a person-to-person skill game and in the second half there will be another more akin to casino,” said Segal.

 

PartyGaming will also launch a ’shared purse’, which will help players switch from game to game. Segal explains, ‘If you want to go from playing on Starluck Casino to PartyPoker, it’s currently the equivalent of going from eBay to Amazon… It’s not just one click away, but that will change.’

 

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What is BlackJack?

 

 

Blackjack (also known as twenty-one), is a descendant of Baccarat and Chemin-de-Fer and is often considered one of the world’s most popular casino table games.

 

Object of the Game

The object of the game is achieve a higher card count than the dealer without exceeding 21.

How to Play

This version of Blackjack uses eight decks of cards.  The deck is shuffled after each hand.

 

The Bets.  Select an initial bet amount and click Deal to begin the game togel hongkong .  There is a minimum bet of $5 and a maximum bet of $100.

 

The Cards.  Aces may be considered 1 or 11.  Face cards have a value of 10 and all other cards are counted as their face value.

 

The Deal.  A card is dealt face up to the player followed by one to the dealer.  A second card is then dealt face up to the player, and a second card face down to the dealer.  At this point, the player may choose to stand or draw one or more cards to improve their hand total.  The dealer takes additional cards only after the player has completed his or her hand(s), following specific rules (see Dealer Strategy below).  The player’s hand is completed when the player:

 

draws Blackjack (a natural 21 consisting of an Ace and a 10 or face card)

chooses to stand

busts (the hand count exceeds 21).

The winner is determined by which hand’s total is closest to 21. A Blackjack beats all other hands totaling 21 (this applies to the dealer as well). If the both the dealer and player draw a Blackjack, it is a considered a push (tie) and neither hand wins nor loses.

Players Options

The player is initially dealt two cards.  After these cards are dealt, the player has the option of making the following additional wagers:

 

Splitting Pairs.  This option is available to the player when the two original cards are of the same value (6’s, 8’s, etc).  The player splits the cards into two hands and plays each hand individually.   Additional pairs can not be split again.  A pair of Aces may be split but each Ace receives only one additional card.  Except when splitting Aces, the player has the option to double down (see below) after splitting.  In all cases, the player must wager an additional amount equal to the original bet when splitting.

 

Double Down.  If the first two cards do not total 21, the player has the option to double down.  Should the player feel that he or she can win with only one additional card, the player may double the original bet and receive one more card.  The player may also double down after splitting a pair unless the pair consists of Aces.  In this case the player is only entitled to receive one card after splitting.

 

Insurance.  If the dealer’s first visible card is an Ace, the player has the option of buying insurance.  Insurance is a wager equal to one-half the player’s original bet which pays two to one if the dealer draws a Blackjack.  If the dealer does not draw Blackjack, the player loses his or her insurance.

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How To Win Texas Holdem Tournaments – Getting To The Final Table In Texas Holdem Poker Online

 

 

Gambling is one of the most popular recreational pursuits in the world and millions of people love a good game of poker, both in real casinos and the online variety, but if you are out to win, what are the best tips for winning at Texas holdem poker tournaments?

 

Playing Poker Online successfully is a skill not everybody bothers to learn: some people are happy to play poker for the thrill of the game and they do not care whether they win or lose. But the rest of us are in it for the money and learning how to win Texas holdem tournaments is something we want to master!

 

There are many useful tips for winning at no limit Texas holdem tournaments and even if you only use a few, you are still certain to improve your chances of winning a decent pot of money.

 

Tips for how to win at Texas holdem tournaments:

 

– Play tight: instead of playing every hand, maximise your chances of winning big by only playing when you have a good hand and folding when you do not.

 

– Start low: while you are learning how the game works, play for the lowest stakes possible, that way it will not matter as much if you lose more than you win. Besides, many of the lower stake tables can be just as profitable.

 

– Learn the rules: it may seem obvious, but many newbie poker players do not bother to learn the rules of the game and dive straight in expecting to win. Do your research and watch a few games before you have a go yourself.

 

– Pay attention to the other players: always be aware of what the other players in your game are doing -staying ahead of the action will give you extra information and help you win at Texas holdem poker.

 

– Learn from your experiences: every time you play Texas holdem poker, you are building on your experience and over time your skill will grow and you will make better game decisions.

 

How to get to the final table at Texas holdem poker:

 

Getting to the final table in Texas holdem poker games requires discipline, focus, and a fair amount of lady luck. By this stage, you should be careful with your chips and try to avoid speculating against the big players unless you have a large stack of chips to back up your game. Finally, be aggressive and play not just to crawl to the money – but to win!

 

After playing, studying, watching and reading poker for the past 18 months, I decided to create The Poker Zoo – an international social network for poker enthusiasts.

 

At the Poker Zoo you can add your profile, learn poker tips and strategy from our articles, share videos, add forthcoming events and get news of live international poker tournaments, chat to friends and other members, blog, upload photos and much more.…

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How To Win Texas Holdem Tournaments – Getting To The Final Table In Texas Holdem Poker Online

 

 

Gambling is one of the most popular recreational pursuits in the world and millions of people love a good game of poker, both in real casinos and the online variety, but if you are out to win, what are the best tips for winning at Texas holdem poker tournaments?

 

Playing Poker Online successfully is a skill not everybody bothers to learn: some people are happy to play poker for the thrill of the game and they do not care whether they win or lose. But the rest of us are in it for the money and learning how to win Texas holdem tournaments is something we want to master!

 

There are many useful tips for winning at no limit Texas holdem tournaments and even if you only use a few, you are still certain to improve your chances of winning a decent pot of money.

 

Tips for how to win at Texas holdem tournaments:

 

– Play tight: instead of playing every hand, maximise your chances of winning big by only playing when you have a good hand and folding when you do not.

 

– Start low: while you are learning how the game works, play for the lowest stakes possible, that way it will not matter as much if you lose more than you win. Besides, many of the lower stake tables can be just as profitable.

 

– Learn the rules: it may seem obvious, but many newbie poker players do not bother to learn the rules of the game and dive straight in expecting to win. Do your research and watch a few games before you have a go yourself.

 

– Pay attention to the other players: always be aware of what the other players in your game are doing -staying ahead of the action will give you extra information and help you win at Texas holdem poker.

 

– Learn from your experiences: every time you play Texas holdem poker, you are building on your experience and over time your skill will grow and you will make better game decisions.

 

How to get to the final table at Texas holdem poker:

 

Getting to the final table in Texas holdem poker games requires discipline, focus, and a fair amount of lady luck. By this stage, you should be careful with your chips and try to avoid speculating against the big players unless you have a large stack of chips to back up your game. Finally, be aggressive and play not just to crawl to the money – but to win!

 

After playing, studying, watching and reading poker for the past 18 months, I decided to create The Poker Zoo – an international social network for poker enthusiasts.

 

At the Poker Zoo you can add your profile, learn poker tips and strategy from our articles, share videos, add forthcoming events and get news of live international poker tournaments, chat to friends and other members, blog, upload photos and much more.

 

 

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WPT Boot Camp and Best Bets Today

Mike Sexton and Vince van Patten help to put students on a fast track to the final table

World Poker Tour commentators, Mike Sexton and Vince van Patten have been named as instructors for the first WPT Boot Camp, alongside Alex “The Insider” Outhred.

Sexton and van Patten are familiar faces on the WPT, providing commentary for the TV show which has created a boom in the world of poker. All three of the instructors possess great insight into the workings of World Poker Tour tournaments, which will be used for a basis for instruction.

Steve Berman, Co-founder of the WPT Boot Camp says, “Mike, Vince and Alex have all played the game of poker and been witness to the skills of top players worldwide. Together they will provide the kind of coaching necessary to help amateur poker players reach and succeed at a WPT Final Table. They will be instrumental in selecting additional quality instructors for WPT BOOT CAMP.”

Mike Sexton is a 25 year poker-pro with numerous championships to his name, including The Legends of Poker and The L.A Classic. Sexton is also credited with the creation of The Tournament of Champions and the hugely popular Party Poker MillionBest Bets Today.

“I’m really looking forward to the WPT BOOT CAMP,” Sexton said. “And while high-stakes poker can be a pretty serious, stressful business, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with the folks we’re teaching. Poker is, after all, a game.”

Alex Outhred has worked on the WPT as associate producer for three seasons, his experience has brought about great poker knowledge in Hollywood Home Game celebrities such as Mekhi Phifer, William Shatner, Michelle Clunie, David Sutcliffe, Bob Eubanks, Chuck Woolery, and Billy Burke.

WPT Boot Camp enrollment costs $1,495. For more information go to our website.

Also, I have begun to notice that at certain sites, the majority of tournaments offered are of the turbo variety. I think this all bodes very poorly for the long-term future of tournament poker online. Players who are conditioned by these events where you pretty much have to put your chips in before your seat is warm are getting a very poor model to base their tournament play on, and indeed are getting a flawed poker education. For online rooms to base their play model on turbo tournies make sense for them in one respect: get ’em in, get ’em out. Much like the models for the early fast food restaurants, you offer something quick, and satisfactory, instead of offering an experience.

As most poker players have learned, tournament poker is a high variance game. Even the best players won’t win all that often (especially against the huge fields todays tournaments attract). In turbo tournaments, the blinds may go up three to four times faster, but the variance is ten times (or more) higher. All of the above facts lead me to wonder if turbo tournaments, or at least their proliferation online, are a positive thing for the game.

For example, I just went online to three sites to see how many of their next ten tournaments offered were turbo tournaments to learn about Best Bets Today. At site #1 (one of the biggies) three of your next ten tournaments offered were turbo. However, at two of the smaller sites I play at one offered five turbos in the next ten, and the other offered six of the next ten as turbos!

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Probability: Figuring Out the Casino Extra Odds

 

The ability to figure out your odds, or the probability, of whether you have the better hand, or what the chances are of hitting the top hand, is a major part of Texas Hold ‘Em and an absolute necessity if you expect to become any type of a decent player.  Professional and amateur players alike use odds to determine what their best course of action is.  Odds are very important because very rarely does a straight or flush actually flop, meaning that figuring the chances of actually drawing these winning hands becomes critical to figure out in order to make the right play.

 

The chances of Casino Extra finishing a flush or a straight, while the most obvious examples of the need for odds, are not the only ones.  The probability of getting an over card, the percentage of times you’re going to flop a set to match your pocket pair are all important factors in poker.  A detailed knowledge of these percentages is a major key to winning.  This is even more important in online games where you won’t have the physical tells that a table in a casino can present to you.

 

 

The three main terms you will hear when dealing with odds are: outs, pot odds, and implied odds.  An out is basically any card that will give you the strongest and/or winning hand.  For example, if only a heart flush will give you the win and you are holding two hearts in your hand, with two on the board, then you have 9 outs (13 in the deck, minus two on the board, minus two in your hand).  An out could be any card that completes a flush, a straight, a set, or even just gives you high pair.  In some situations there may be very few outs.  If you have pocket 7’s and go all in, and someone calls you with pocket 8’s, only another 7 will help you (assuming another 8 doesn’t show up).  That means you have only 2 outs.  Percentage wise, this means that before the flop, you have about a 4% chance of getting another seven to hit the set (52- 4 = 48 cards, with only 2 sevens left).  Other times you could have as much as half the deck helping you out!

 

The outs should be converted to percentages, or an x to y ratio.  This makes it easier to determine what the best course of action.  If you are holding A-K of hearts and the flop is A spades, Q hearts, 10 hearts, then you have 9 outs from hearts, 3 jacks for a straight (the jack of hearts already counts towards a flush), and 2 aces for the set—not to mention that you already probably have the best hand.  In this case you have 14 outs.  So 14 out of 47 cards will help you.  Even if you face a big bet here, it is Casino Extra definitely the right move to call or even re-raise since 14/47 comes out to a little less than 1/3, and you get two chances to hit it.

 

 

 

Learn to figure out and use these odds and enjoy as your game improves immensely!

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Cbetcasino Poker Trips #1 – Necessary Aggressive Play + Other Tidbits

 

 

 

I watched a WPT Bellagio season 3 game over the weekend. Nam Le, Steve Rassi, and Jennifer Harman had already been eliminated, in that order. Vinny Landrum only had $135,000 left. He’d just defeated Jennifer Harman with his pocket 3s against her A-x when he flopped trips. Then lo and behold, Humberto Brenes got pocket 3s and beat Landrum when he flopped trips.

 

There was no way Landrum could have lain low, given the blinds were 50,000 and 100,000. The hand left him with 25,000 (I assume the rake is 10% – I don’t know). Daniel Negreanu, the chip leader with around  $8+ mln,  had been playing very Cbetcasino aggressively, especially against Brenes, whom he perceived as a threat. But Negreanu very good naturedly played a gentleman’s game on what became Landrum’s final hand, with neither player looking at their cards. Brenes looked just before, which gave him a psychological edge. When fifth street was revealed, Negreanu and Landrum revealed their cards. Landrum was out in third. He played well, but he just didn’t have enough chips left.

 

Negreanu went on to win, but only after losing a few to the very good-humored Brenes. It was very exciting watching the heads-up action between these two aggressive players. Oddly, though, Negreanu has a very obviously aggressive style, and Brenes is a master of deception. If you want to learn, watch these two as much as you can.

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Stars and Stardom in Cheri Casino?

 

 

 

Perhaps, my head wasn’t right, perhaps I was a victim of circumstance, but when we dropped to 9 players I was no longer a big stack. John Juanda had been sat on my left and just basically outplayed me. This isn’t something I remember admitting to for a long while. I didn’t clash much with Eric, but marvelled at the way he turned a small stack into a monster in barely an hour. He had nerves of steel, as he called bets on the flop, turn and river. Most players would have folded or raised at much earlier points. The pots he won were therefore, considerably bigger.

 

So here I was at the final table of the PPT with all Cheri Casino three of them. Eric and Daniel were the two chip leaders. John was a small stack like myself. We were to play down to 6 players, who would make the money.

 

The action was fast as we lost one player, shortly followed by John Juanda. 7 left, and I was definitely the shortest stack. I moved all-in with an AQ and got called by a pair of 9s. The cameras zoomed in as an Ace hit the flip. Yabbadabbadoo! My joy was short lived though as a 2 on the river gave a board of A2345. Split pot with a straight, and I am still the man under pressure.

 

I only had 58,000 chips left which would not last me 20 hands. So when I was dealt a pair of 6s, they were all deposited in the middle. It was Chris Bigler’s obligation to be executioner. He called with a pair of 8s, and I didn’t get lucky. I was out on the so-called ‘bubble’. No consolation money for 23 hours of mental anxiety, torture and pain. I struggled to string a sentence together on my exit TV Interview. The attractive, cute presenter felt sorry for me. I was gutted . . . but I did wake up the following morning with a smile on my face. It had been fun. I think?

 

 

 

Dave ‘El Blondie’ Colclough is the European Cheri Casino Poker Player of the Year. He is sponsored by bet365poker, part of the bet365 Group Limited, one of the world’s leading betting and gaming groups. Dave writes a weekly column full of poker tips and his experiences playing professionally.

 

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