The current bwin.com website does not allow you to download a poker client, instead this message is displayed:
Dear bwin Customer
We are proud to announce the new and enhanced features at bwin. Soon we present you with:
Sports: experience the number one in online sports betting – faster and in a new design. Place your bets in the optimised betslip, with more functionalities such as embedded league statistics!
Poker: join the world's second-largest poker community – twice as many players as before, even more action-packed tournaments, doubled prize pools and a new poker format in the form of FastForward Poker.
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Games: more promotions and bigger bonuses
Mobile - m.bwin.com: place your bets on your mobile device via our new and touch-optimised mobile site. Anywhere, anytime!
We kindly ask you for your patience until the update is completed."
The Logistics of the Integration
LaserPoker.com has learned that "a few hours" will actually be more like a few days, but nonetheless, bwin will finally leave Ongame and integrate into the PartyPoker network! The bwin poker brand will become a skin of PartyPoker, like WPT Poker is currently. This means the backbone of bwin poker will run on PartyPoker software.
Today bwin.party announced the departure of eight year CEO Jim Ryan, who was instrumental in orchestrating the merger with bwin. On January 15, 2013 Norbert Teufelberger will assume the role as sole CEO of the entire bwin.party group.
Jim Ryan (left), Norbert Teufelberger
What does this mean for PartyPoker?
Let's not beat around the bush: Jim Ryan and his managerial decisions were great for poker and it's sad to see him leaving bwin.party. He was wise to hire key people and poker room managers who truly cared about poker and making Party great, like like Mike O'Malley who no longer works on the poker side of bwin.party. This absence of Jim Ryan will mean bwin.party will continue to focus more on solely the bwin (re: casino) arm of the brand.
But can you blame them? Poker revenues have continued to slide, the poker market is fragmenting as more European countries are choosing to run iGaming domestically (breaking EU law, but that's another story). Luckily for bwin they continue to keep the board satisfied with fairly consistent revenue growths from casino, a much larger part of the business than poker. Teufelberger knows his cash cow for now is casino, and is wise to treat poker as a "rising star," or potential future money maker if/when legislation changes in the United States market.
While that kind of decision making might make Norbert Teufelberger a good poker player, it certainly isn't good for PartyPoker.
I was invited back to be on the love of my life, Kristy Arnett's, podcast. Unfortunately we talked more strategy than before, but I tried to drop some subtle hints that I'm madly in ruv with her. While devastating to hear that I'm 100% in The Friend Zone I managed to pull it together and finish the 30min podcast.
LaserPoker.com is proud to announce the addition of sixteen new card mods (modifications) for PartyPoker. All of the following Party Poker Mods work on both the modern table theme and the classic table theme! Enjoy.
This special installment of Laser Stats features commentary during a live sweat session held with my friend Caleb "madmaniac_21". Compared to me, Caleb is tighter, tends to give people credit, and is not as aggressive. Neither of us are playing "wrong" per se as there are many ways to crush no limit hold'em; however, Caleb is now break even over his last 375,000 hands at 50 and 100nl. Something must be wrong, and that's what I'm calling the Xgression-factor.
Laser Stats - Live Session Sweat (Part 1/2) in 1080p
Get the HUD
Caleb is using the Laser HUD featured in Episode 1 which includes a link to download this custom HUD and some custom 3-bet pop-ups.
The Poker Xgression-Factor
A highly intelligent and rational thinker who fully adopts my Laser Stats approach to poker, is good at reading lines and by all respects "good" at poker, Caleb currently lacks this Xgression-factor that will enable him to play more fearless and (1) Playing in position more; (2) Maintaining the betting lead more often, and (3) Avoid playing "my hand is face up" guessing games.
How To Play With The Poker X-Gression-Factor
Only consider EV and eliminate you fear of having to play for stacks and possibly lose, large downswings, and the possibility of getting money in behind.
Realize you can't change the last hand and you can't affect the variance of the current hand.
Avoid tilting especially over bad beats, instead, celebrate because you just won Sklansky Bucks and probably G-Bucks!.
Make poker harder by making these types of plays more often: Three-bet in position, Squeeze, Cold four-bet, (C/)Raise the Flop/Turn/River, Folding less to three-bets, etc, etc.
If you you are not sure it's a bet or a check: it's a bet. If you are not sure if it's a call or a fold: it's a fold. In other words, play tighter and more aggressive.
Think more about what range your opponent will fold at some point, or you're ahead of, and less about their range beats you.
As a corollary, ask "What can I get to fold?" more and "What do I beat? less.
Do You Play With The Poker Xgression-Factor?
An incredible amount of regulars at 50nl and 100nl are breaking even because they are too afraid to trust the stats and pull the trigger when required. Simply becoming more aggressive and not caring so much about the money. Remember that what's on the table is your bankroll, not your money. Not having this X-gression factor is what prevents just about every fundamentally sound player from becoming a big winner, when all they need to do is try hard to win pots while not caring about the money in play. Remember it's hard to make even a pair in NLHE. If you thought a river call was +EV but turned out to be wrong, as long as the hand shows was in the range you assigned, instead of being discouraged you should be fist pumping at your good read and now even more likely good call.
Warning: Xgression-Factor is NOT Constant Aggression
More than anything, I'm describing a state of miind and approach to poker. Of course there are spots we should always be aggressive like opening the button, some less frequent spots like donk betting or check-raising the flop, and rarely making moves like triple barreling non-believers, cold four-betting, or five-bet bluff shoving. As I said before, there are many ways to beat poker. Blind and relentless aggression is not one of them. In the video below, try looking for good spots, based on opponents stats, where we can apply more aggression. Does Caleb currently have the poker Xgression-factor in his poker arsenal?