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The WPT National Canadian Spring Championship Day 1C Coverage Highlights + Chip Counts

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Day 1C of the partypoker.net WPT National: Canadian Spring Championship is in the bag. Mike Sexton, and our Royal Flush Girls, Angelique Velez & Tugba Ercan, kicked off the start of the event with Shuffle Up & Deal this morning at 11. WPT Raw Deal Analyst and Champions Club member, Tony Dunst, stopped by Playground Poker Club to play some cash games, but will not be back in the tournament until Day 2.

Our numbers increased yet again today. We had 552 more entries in today’s field, bringing our event total to 1,079. That meant that the tournament overall prize pool topped the $1 million guarantee – approximately $1,046,630! Of the 552 from today, about 171 will continue on to Day 2, which brings our Day 2 total to about 323.

 Heading Up The Field

The chip leader at the end of play tonight is Pierre Guenette with 378,900. Other top stacks were bagged up by Ricky Tang (331,600), Frederic Bunchen (292,800), JP Piquette (279,600), and Selatjin Jakupovski (270,100).

Notables that survived on Day 1C include WPT Commentator Mike Sexton, Samuel Chartier, Sylvain Siebert, Peter Labib and Champions Club member Chanracy Khun. Other notables that weren’t as fortunate are Gavin Smith, Jeff Gross, Anna Khait, Erik Cajelais, Mike Dentale, Eric Danis, Chris McClung and Antonio Esfandiari.

 One’s To No Longer Watch

Unfortunately, Season XII Ones to Watch player Jeff Gross couldn’t make it through to Day 2 when he was eliminated during level 11. Jeff, who final tabled the Season 11 WPT Montreal, was just eliminated after two big hands where he held aces and kings within the span of three hands.

In the first hand, Gross flopped a set of aces, but lost to a rivered flush. The next hand, after three players limped, Gross moved all in from the big blind for about 20 big blinds. They all folded, and Gross picked up the pot. In the third hand, one player raised, two others called, and Gross moved all in. The original raiser moved all in over the top, one other player called, and the other player folded. Gross turned over , but he needed it to hold up against and to stay alive. The board came out to , and the original raiser had two pairs, aces and fours, to win the entire pot and eliminate Jeff Gross from the tournament.

Bubble Hockey Anyone?

Anna Khait was also eliminated later on in the day during level 12. Anna spent her break playing a spirited game of Bubble Hockey back in the partypoker Players’ Lounge, and then rushed back to her seat in time to catch the first hand on the button. A shorter stack was all in pre-flop against her with 10-10, but a 10 hit the river to give him the set to double up thru her. The next hand, she was in the cutoff, and when it was folded to her, she moved all in with . Another player called with , and again, Khait was a favorite to double up, but a 4 hit the flop to give her opponent a pair, and she never caught up as she was eliminated from the tournament.

 Disappearing Act

Antonio Esfandiari also showed up for his third Day 1, but he was eliminated early on in the day during level 5 by Sebastien Legault. Following the flop – – Antonio Esfandiari lead for 1,075, then his opponent, Sebastien Legault, raised to 3,500. Esfandiari responded with an all-in push for about 15,000, and Legault called. Esfandiari held for a king-high straight, but Legault flopped a flush with . A queen and ten complete the board to eliminate Esfandiari.

Last Of The party People

Today, we had an additional 23 qualifiers join the Day 1C field. Here is a list of the players:

  • Max Droege
  • Tian Lin Liao
  • Domenic Gatto
  • Maxime Gervais
  • Pascal Fournier
  • Santiago Cabrera
  • Matthew Swift
  • Shpend Kllokoqi
  • Marie Josee Hardy
  • Pat Johnston
  • Scott Dorey
  • Steve Simpson
  • Stuart Kerridge
  • Troy Reardon
  • Mario Bouchard
  • Salvador Villaluz
  • Tyson Yu
  • Kenneth McFarlane
  • Daniel Neves
  • Xavier Cena
  • Maurizio LeRusso
  • Luigi De Lellis

Some of our partypoker Qualifiers survived through to Day 2 including Max Droege, Daniel Neves, Kenneth McFarlane, Troy Reardon, Steve Simpson, Shpend Kllokoqi, Pascal Fournier, Maxime Gervais, Domenic Gatto and Tian Lin Liao. Day 2 will begin tomorrow at 12pm.

Payouts # Place Award Amount 1 1st 17.01% $178,114.00 2 2nd 11.92% $124,758.00 3 3rd 7.73% $80,904.00 4 4th 5.71% $59,762.00 5 5th 4.26% $44,586.00 6 6th 3.45% $36,108.00 7 7th 2.86% $29,933.00 8 8th 2.28% $23,863.00 9 9th 1.70% $17,792.00 10 10th 1.27% $13,292.00

 

The WPT National Canadian Spring Championship Day 1B Coverage Highlights + Chip Counts

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Day 1B of the partypoker.net WPT National: Canadian Spring Championship has just wrapped. Mike Sexton, and our Royal Flush Girls, Angelique Velez & Tugba Ercan, kicked off the start of the event with Shuffle Up & Deal this morning at 11. WPT Raw Deal Analyst and Champions Club member, Tony Dunst, decided to take the day off, since he bagged a hefty-sized stack of chips at the end of Day 1A and will be bringing 155,000 back with him on Day 2.

On The Rise…

The numbers increased today, as there were 308 more entries in the Day 1B field for a running event total of 527. Of the 308, only 90 will continue on to Day 2, which brings our Day 2 total to 152. We will need to see at least 473 more entries tomorrow, in order to meet the $1,000,000 guarantee.

Famous Faces…

 

There were a few notables to follow in the field including some repeat offenders like Champions Club members Gavin Smith and Antonio Esfandiari who made appearances on Day 1A, as well as, Sylvain Siebert, Jeff Gross, Mike Leah, and partypoker team pros Mike Sexton and Kara Scott. The Day 1B chip leader is partypoker Qualifier, Simon Quintal, who bagged 303,900! Other top stacks were bagged up by Justin Miller (276,700), Francois Binette (258,700), Joseph Verdugo (240,500), and Pascal Bibeau (237,700).

Card Talk

Although Gavin Smith was eliminated during level 9, he said that he would be back tomorrow. Sylvain Siebert was seated at the same table as Gavin Smith, though his Day 1B life was short-lived, as well, when he was eliminated during level 4 by Dean Murphy. An opening raise by Dean Murphy earned four callers including Sylvain Siebert. They watched as the flop came out to .

Murphy continued with a bet of 1,300, and when Siebert raised to 6,000, everyone else folded but Murphy stayed. The turn was the . Murphy checked, and Siebert bet 4,000. Murphy then check-raised all in and Siebert called with the few thousand he had left. “Oh my God,” Siebert said as he saw Murphy’s for a straight. Siebert turned over for two pair, and after the fell on the river he made his departure out of the tournament area.

GO TEAM PARTYPOKER!

Team partypoker pro Kara Scott doubled up in the last few seconds of the day! A player limped from middle for 2,000, McKid Lim raised to 10,000, and Kara Scott moved all in for 52,200. The original limper folded, and Lim called with . Scott turned over , and she needed to improve to stay alive. The board came out to , and Scott flopped a set of queens to win the pot and double up in chips.

Party Hard And Live To Play Another Day!

Of the 52 who qualified for entry into this event via partypoker, there were actually thirteen of them in the field yesterday, and only four will be continuing on to Day 2. The following four players survived to Day 2:

  • Steven Schartner  -  193,900  (80 bb)
  • Darcy J. Wright  -  60,000  (25 bb)
  • Stephen Caplan  -  48,600  (20 bb)
  • Shawn O’Dell  -  25,500  (10 bb)
Even More partypoker Qualifiers…

Here’s the eight qualifiers who joined us for Day 1B:

  • Ashton Chin
  • Martin Dufour
  • Larry Farr
  • Stephen Hardy
  • Steve Kidman
  • Danielle Micallef
  • Simon Quintal
  • Cristian Stanciu
Chip Counts Simon Quintal 303,900 Justin Miller 276,700 Francois Binette 258,700 Joseph Verdugo 240,500 Pascal Bibeau 237,700 Marco Caza 220,800 Daniel Watton 214,700 David Szymanowicz 211,600 Stephane Hamel 193,100 Josh Kimmel 188,200 Mike Leah 168,700 Sebastien Lebrun 165,400 Mario Lim 164,800 Ami Alibay 128,000 Kara Scott 108,800 Christine Do 107,000 Harley Stoffmaker 101,400 Dean Murphy 100,000 Frederic Mercier 97,600 Paul Basi 86,600 Bill Kontaratos 77,000 Conrado Corpus 72,300 Danny Rouleau 70,300 Osman Soubra 56,000 Josue Sauvageau 53,700 Karl Gingras 43,200 Laurence Grondin 33,600 Coming Up….

All of the partypoker qualifiers, except for Simon Quintal, unfortunately did not make it past Day 1B of the event, though Danielle Micallef did mention that she would be back for more action on Day 1C. Tomorrow, we should see at least 30 more qualifiers from partypoker. The players’ party is schedule for tomorrow night at 9pm at The Rail in Playground Poker Club. We’re looking forward to having a fun night.

The WPT National Canadian Spring Championship Day 1A Coverage Highlights + Chip Counts

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Play just wrapped up for Day 1A of the partypoker.net WPT National: Canadian Spring Championship event at Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada. Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst, and our Royal Flush Girls, Angelique Velez & Tugba Ercan, kicked off the start of the event with Shuffle Up & Deal.

The Royal Flush Girls And Company

Though this event was part of the Main Tour schedule last season, there was still a big amount of hype from local players, as this is definitely one of the more popular poker rooms in North America, or even in the world. Numerous times, I heard players rave about the staff, the venue, and other aspects that Playground has to offer.

3 Times The Fun…

The tournament will feature three Day 1’s, and players will only be allowed to fire a total of three bullets, once a day. The blinds will last for 45 minutes on each Day 1, as well as on Day 2, followed by 60-minute levels on Day 3 & 4. The lower buy-in of CAD $1,100 definitely appeals to a lot of the local players, and there is also a $1 million guaranteed prize pool on the table.

219 Reasons To Join In….

We had a total of 219 players join us on Day 1A, and of those 219, only 62 will be returning for more action on Day 2 of the event.

There were a few notables to follow in the field including Champions Club members Gavin Smith, Antonio Esfandiari, last year’s Canadian Spring Champion winner Amir Babakhani, Tony Dunst, as well as Erik Cajelais, Bay 101 Shooting Star and Fallsview Poker Classic runner-up Dylan Wilkerson, Xuan Liu, and our very own Mike Sexton, but the question on everyone’s lips is did he call clock?

Gavin Smith

Watch Out

Season XI Ones to Watch, Xuan Liu, had a quick start when she doubled up her stack against Bill Kontaratos. With the board showing and a pot of more than 11,000, Bill Kontaratos checked, and Xuan Liu bet 4,700. Kontaratos waited a short while and then announced that he was check-raising all in, and Liu called right away.

Liu had and was well ahead of Kontaratos’ . Liu then went all in for just over 25,000 and Kontaratos had her covered. The turn was the 10h and the river was the , and Liu’s aces held up to give her an early double.

Xuan Liu

Mike Sexton Busts Out And The Whole Room Cheers….WTF? 

Sadly, Mike was eliminated during level 5, and his bust out was accompanied by a loud cheer in the poker room, though it was for reasons that had nothing to do with his departure from the tournament.

A lucky player in the cash games area had just claimed the bad beat jackpot worth over $400,000! Mike later learned that the gentlemen who won the jackpot had actually sat at his table for a while before busting out early on in the day!

The winner’s name was Richard Figiel. The flop came out to , and it checked to the button, who bet $11. Figiel and Morcos both called. The turn card double-paired the board with the , and again it checked to the button, who bet $20. Figiel and Morcos both called. The river card was the , and Figiel moved all in for about $104. Morcos called, and the button thought for a moment before he folded.

What A Way To End The Night!

Figiel turned over , expecting to win the hand with quad sevens, but Morcos flipped over for quad tens. The entire table cheered and applauded. Morcos won the pot, but by losing to quads with quads, Figiel had won the Playground Poker Club Bad Beat Jackpot, which had reached $415,551.

For holding the losing hand, Figiel received the largest share of the jackpot, worth $157,865. For having the winning hand, Morcos received $78,955. Everyone else at their table received $11,279, while everyone who was playing at a cash game table at the time received $500. This was definitely not a bad way to end Figiel’s night at the poker tables.

Party People….

Of the 52 who qualified for entry into this event via partypoker, ten of them were in the field today; however, only six will be continue on to Day 2 of the tournament. Timothy Vukson, Franco Casarcia, Peter Katsoulis, and Alexandre Baron unfortunately did not make it past day 1 of the event.

We will be seeing more of Darcy Wright , Steven Schartner, Patrick Lalonde, Shane Brotherwood, Edward Hislop, and Steve Caplan in the next couple of days. After speaking with a couple of the qualifiers, Darcy and Steve C., it appears as though they’re having a great time and are enjoying themselves here at Playground Poker Club. Here is the full list of partypoker qualifiers:

  • Darcy J. Wright
  • Steven Schartner
  • Patrick Lalonde
  • Alexandre Baron
  • Shane Brotherwood
  • Edward Hislop
  • Peter Katsoulis
  • Franco Casarcia
  • Stephen Caplan
  • Timothy Vukson

Royal Flush Girl Tugba Ercan & partypoker qualifier Darcy Wright

Day 1A Chip Counts

 Player Name  Chipcount Eric Davis 276,300 Andre Turcotte 267,800 Boyd O’Neill 241,100 Mark Wilson 225,400 Nicolas Aubin 216,700 Steven Schartner 193,900 Eric Levesque 180,000 Michel Naggar 163,000 William Mullen 162,600 Alain Toledano 161,200 Ioannis Pentefountas 160,500 Ruben Perceval 160,000 Tony Dunst 155,000 Ioannis Pentefountas 150,000 Bill Loukanikas 148,000 Danny Ayoub 136,000 Dimitrios Helmis 132,000 Eric Afriat 131,500 Anesti Kocini 124,000 Franco Casarcia 120,000 Kevin MacDonald 114,000 Marc-Etienne Blais 103,000 Amir Babakhani 102,000 Don Fisher 93,000 Peter Labib 88,000 Xuan Liu 87,300 Antoine Berube 73,000 Demetrios Helmis 71,000 William Foxen 68,000 Edward Hislop 65,000 Patrick Lalonde 65,000 Jean-Guy Boyer 61,000 Oliver Racine 58,000 Maxime Laberge 57,000 Kyle Sparks 55,500 Dominique Prefontaine 55,000 Gerry Lye 52,000 Darcy J. Wright 51,000 Kevin MacDonald 46,500 James George 46,000 Jean-Philippe Matte 45,000 Stephen Caplan 44,000 Paul McCarthy 43,000 Shane Brotherwood 38,000 Francois Pilon 37,100 Dylan Wilkerson 26,000 Jean-Yves Blais 20,400 James Stevenson 18,700 Simon Pier Belair-Grondin 18,000 Giovanni Abate 18,000 Timothy Vukson 17,000 Hagay Brener 12,000 Coming Up….

Tomorrow we should see at least 9 more qualifiers from partypoker. Eric Davis was chip leader at the end of today, and took home $276,300 for his victory over the rest of the field! Day 1B should begin promptly at 11am tomorrow. Stay tuned for more updates!

Marvin Rettenmaier – Why I’m Against Implementing A Shot Clock!

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The WPT is thinking about implementing a shot clock, Mike Sexton wrote about favorably here and Lee Davy gave us his thoughts as well. The WPT ran a survey on it during the LA Poker Classic and the players voted 80% to 20% in favour of the shot clock, I’m in the 20%. People that I think are great for poker might be trying to do too much for the sport and are going for a revolution where there’s no change needed.

Don’t Get Me Wrong…

I’m not opposed to the shot clock because I take my time, I’m objective and if I’d think it improve the game of poker and it’d be against my personal interest I’d be in favour of it or at least I wouldn’t speak against it. But 30 seconds is not enough time, often counting out chips can take longer than that.

Ask Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan

For instance at the Aussie Millions I played a hand against Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan where I raised, he three-bet and the dealer then took 20 seconds to count out the chips after he three-bet. It would then give away the strength of my hand if I have to decide within a few seconds what I want to do.

So How Does This Make Poker Accessible?

We need to really ask what the goal of implementing a shot clock is. There has been a lot of talk about how we need to make poker more accessible and enjoyable for the amateur players rather than the pros. I think a shot clock would be detrimental to that goal.

Unlikely To Play Events

Paul Newey, who plays a lot of the High Roller events but is first and foremost a businessman, tweeted that he would stop playing events if they implemented a shot clock as he believed it only benefited experienced professional players.

Not a fan of shot clock/pot limit pre flop. This only suits experienced pros who need less time to think.Unlikely will play 250k if similar.

— PAUL NEWEY (@TOPDOLLARMAN) February 7, 2014


So if a guy like Paul Newey, who has played a lot of Super High Rollers is considering not playing them anymore if they have a shot clock what do you think way less experienced amateurs are going to do?

This Could Easily Backfire

We’re putting up more barriers to poker with a shot clock, newcomers are already scared when they have to play in a live setting for the first time. Now you want to make it even harder by giving them time restrictions. I think 95% of poker players have realized that 30 seconds is not enough already. I’ve had people say to me that you should have something like one minute on the flop, two minutes on the turn and three minutes on the river. What’s going to change then exactly? No difference – you can call the clock if you wish to if people are tanking too much. There is also the phenomena of people using their rights. If you give somebody 30 seconds for a decision, he might take 30 seconds where otherwise he would have only taken 10.

How About Some Basic Manners?

Perhaps the real shift needs to be that it becomes more acceptable to call the clock earlier on opponents. I’ve had the clock called on me plenty of times and only a couple of times did I think it was out of line. An alternative would be an individual time bank as they have it in chess or online poker, but it still makes playing a poker tournament less attractive to an amateur.

Really Just Ask Yourself How Would You Feel?

I agree that poker should be fun to watch and I think that the people in charge are doing a great job at creating great poker shows. The WSOP Main Event final table is the only mainstream live broadcasted poker event and I don’t think you can blame people for taking a little more time on everyone’s most important poker day of their lives. How would you feel making a mistake that’d cost you a couple of million just because you didn’t take enough time or have enough time?

And I Hate To Say It But…

If the WPT do implement the shot clock and it fails I will be the guy saying, ‘I told you so!’ Even though a huge majority voted in favour of the shot clock but I don’t think players have really thought this through and are just thinking – yes, playing faster is awesome, let’s play more hands, but forget the greater spectrum and that it’s basically impossible to implement.

So what are your thoughts? Let me know below but don’t think about calling clock on me :)

Football Legends Line Up For Poker Champions Cup

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The exciting mix of football and poker comes together on May 3, 2014 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy when the inaugural Poker Champions Cup takes place.

Already one of the most eagerly anticipated poker events of the year, excitement surrounding the Poker Champions Cup reached fever pitch at the start of the week when it was revealed that a legend from five of the best football clubs in Europe will be captaining their poker teams!

  • Denis Irwin – Manchester United
  • Manuel Amoros – Olympique de Marseille
  • Stefano Tacconi – Juventus
  • Enzoo Scifo – RSC Anderlecht
  • Rafael Martin Vazquez – Real Madrid

Manchester United and Ireland legend Denis Irwin is overjoyed at the prospect of captaining his team: “I’m delighted to be involved in the bwin Poker Champions Cup. I’m not much of a poker player, so if the guys playing have as much ability on the table as they did on the pitch, it’s going to be a tough day. I’m sure the lucky online winners will give them a testing time too! It’s an honour to be representing Manchester United and I’m hopeful of reliving my 1999 experiences by clinching another European title!”

Qualify Now

You could be competing alongside these footballing heroes if you qualify for the Poker Champions Cup at partypoker. Qualifiers are running right now, including freeroll tournaments that feed into the weekly $9+ $1 final. In this final, two live event fan packages are guaranteed, with additional packages awarded for every extra $1,300 in the prize pool.

Each $1,300 package consists of:

  • Entry to the Poker Champions Cup
  • 2 nights’ accommodation for two people
  • $800 for travel and spending money
  • 2 tickets to a Juventus game
  • Special VIP activities
  • Team jersey and exclusive gifts and goodies!
What is the Poker Champions Cup?

This incredible new tournament plays much like the group stage of a football tournament in that players from each team will face each other in a number of 5-handed sit & gos. The player who tops their sit & go wins a Galaxy Tab and progresses to the final table where a World Poker Tour package is up for grabs! Stay tuned to the partypoker blog in the run up and during the Poker Champions Cup as we bring you news and views from what should be an amazing poker spectacle.

Sunday Majors partypoker Blog

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The Sunday Majors have never been bigger on partypoker, with guarantees going through the roof!  After a very busy Sunday, we followed the action in several of our most popular tournaments to bring you the highlights of a humdinger at the virtual felt!

The action got under way very quickly in the $200k Guaranteed event, with ‘Dubya’ laying down the law…

 

The action didn’t end there, with ‘TheMoist’ proving that they were better wetter and trebling up in the first few orbits of poker in the same competition:

The play was fast and despite some serious nosebleed prizes, no-one was waiting for an opportunity to make chips.  We asked the great partypoker Twitter family which hole-cards they can never fold and they responded.  This player just can’t say no to cowboys…

@partypoker The black Kings. I'm never folding them. #sundaymajors

— Brian. (@Briii78) March 23, 2014

It was a regular food festival when we posed the question ‘what is your favourite snack to play online poker with?’ and we had some great answers!  This took the prize, though, and a great one of a Daily Majors ticket at that!!

@partypoker Chocolate to reduce stress. Coffee and cigarettes at break. Chewing gum to keep awake. #dailymajors #sundaymajors id:lummy8

— Cashier (@lummy88) March 23, 2014

When the dust settled from the early stages, AnimalRussia won a big flip to fire themselves into contention:

And After a terrific evening’s play, we had big winners in the Sunday Majors!  Check out the big winners in just two of our tournaments… and see us at the virtual felt on Sunday evening from 6pm GMT!

$200k Gtd Sunday 23rd March winners details:

Name:                  Mr Yuri Dzivielevski

Location:              Parana, Brazil

Account name: bz_yukadosantos

Amount won:    $ 20,000.00

$50k Gtd 23rd March winner details:

Name:                  Mr Sean Lango

Location:              Verona, New Jersey

Account Name: bj_wanda_praiseHIM

Amount won:    $ 11,248.00

Returning To Online Poker And I Need Your Help! By Kara Scott

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Even though I work in poker, my life has weirdly taken me to live in different places where playing online wasn’t really an option. Finally, I’m all set up to play in Italy on a .it site and ohhhh yes, I’m pretty stoked about it!

May 23rd marks my return to the online felt and I’m happy but also a wee bit nervous. To say that I’m rusty would be an understatement. I’ve always felt that my game suffered when I wasn’t able to play online, as for me, that’s always been a place to figure things out, try new ways of playing and test myself. I spent a lot of nights happily tapping away at the bet/raise/fold buttons when I lived in England and I’ve missed it.

Stamina…

One thing I lack from the ‘old days’ is stamina. The late hours aren’t so easy for me and I’ll be blasting my grinding tunes to help me stay focussed. I could definitely use some advice from all you regular grinders out there. I’m expecting that I’ll be making some pretty amateur mistakes for the online felt so what do you think I definitely need to remember? You can tweet @karaOTR or answer in the comments below. Please, pretty please.

Montreal Is Calling My Name…

For those of you who’ve been online winning seats to the Montreal WPTN Spring Poker Championship, I’ll be seeing you there as well so you can come and say hi at the Playground. I’m going to be in the running for a big piece of the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool along with big names like WPT legend Mike Sexton, Premier League 7 stars Antonio Esfandiari and Jeff Gross.

I just hope that I’m not at Jeff’s table because not only is he a great player, but Playground Poker Club has some pretty lucky vibes for him and those of you who have seen the early episodes of the partypoker Premier League 7 will know what I’m talking about! Until next time - Kara Scott

The brand new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule!

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Three Warning Signs That Poker Needs A Shot Clock

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With the recent news made famous by Mike Sexton that the World Poker Tour (WPT) are considering implementing a shot clock still reverberating around my empty skull, I entered the WPT Venice Carnival with a keener eye. Is the game really as slow as the story paints, or is there very little to really harp on about? Upon closer examination I realized that the time delays for crucial decisions were neither plentiful nor detracted from the sense of enjoyment of the game. Instead, they added to the sense of competitiveness, anxiety, stress and drama.  The ingredients that make sport as compelling as it is. So instead of a clean head shot, I saw a game that was suffering from death by a thousand cuts, and wondered how on earth a shot clock could be properly implemented to cut out the wasted time accrued in the three most frequently annoying instances that made me want to jump into the Grand Canal whilst wearing Michael Jordan’s trainers.

#1 The Multiple Shuffle Tank

We are at a nine-handed table in the first level of play on Day 1B. The action folds around to the player seated in the lo-jack seat. He looks left and then he looks right. You would swear he was a young child learning to cross the road. He rubs one of his hole cards repeatedly on the felt and then slides it underneath his second hole card and repeats the rub. He rubs again and peeks at one card with the pace of a sloth. Then he looks left, looks right, and repeats the whole process with his second card. Ponders his decision for 10-seconds, shakes his head and then flicks his hand into the muck whilst pulling a face reminiscent of a Bulldog chewing on a wasp.

#2 The How Much is It Tank

We are at a nine-handed table on Day 3. There are 35 players left and 18 players get paid. The action folds around to Sam Trickett in mid-position and he makes a min-raise. At this point it’s worth pointing out that for the past few hours everybody at the table is making nothing but min-raises. The action folds around to the player in the big blind who is sitting on a 50bb stack. He stares at Trickett for a good 30-seconds (Sam is busy tweeting, sexting, or whatever on his iPhone), then he shuffles his cards in the same way as point one above. Goes through the same ritual as peeling over one corner after another. Sets a 5k chip on top of his hole cards, looks at Trickett again (who still hasn’t moved his attention way from his phone) and then asks. “How much is it?”

#3 Tanking After a Tanker

The action is nine-handed in the fourth level of Day 2. There is a min-raise from early position from a player sitting on 23BB. The action folds around to the player on the button who makes a 3x three-bet off a 45BB stack. The player in the big blind is the table captain sitting on 80BB and he goes into the tank. He stares at the three-bettor, stares at the initial raiser, keeps checking his cards (which I always find a little strange considering they could no doubt recite the entire action flop, turn and river – suits and all, but suddenly can’t remember their two hole cards), then after a good minute of tanking he decides to fold his hand. Now to the initial raiser who not only has a smidgen over 20BB by now but has also had a good two-minutes to think about his decision whilst the big blind has been pondering his move. He too goes into the tank! I suddenly have this mental picture of a monkey sitting inside his mind crashing the cymbals whilst the big blind was pondering his move. Why wait? You can fold or you can raise? Can’t you make that decision whilst the third player in the hand is giving you the time to think? After another two minutes the initial raiser folds ace-king face up and everybody wants to kill themselves. Which leads us to the ultimate question….

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Marvin Rettenmaier – 5 Tournament Strategies That Work!

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One thing I’m always asked about is tournament selection. Which one’s should I play? which should I avoid, is late reg bad or good? It’s probably one of the most important topic we face as poker players. You need to know where’s the value and once you’re there how to take a shot at a big payday! So here’s another 5 tips and thoughts you should really consider so you don’t blow it! Good Luck!

1) Know when you can play Texas Fold’em

Sometimes you’ll have the luxury of having a seat to the target tournament locked up and can simply fold to a seat – yes even aces. There’s no one size fits all formula for working out when you’re safe but my rule of thumb is this. If you’re inside the cut-off point by more places than there are players to be eliminated before the satellite ends then you’re safe. For instance if there are 27 players left a satellite that awards 20 seats, if you’re 12/20 or higher then you basically have a seat locked.

2) Know which stacks to attack

As a short stack you want to attack the medium stacks who can’t afford to call you light lest they lose and become a short stack. Big stacks can call you more freely. As a medium stack you want to attack fellow medium stacks and the big stacks who either have a seat locked up or all but do and therefore have to call you super tight because of the risk-reward ratio. Don’t attack the small stacks as they have less to lose. As a big stack you can pick your spots more carefully, if you must play a hand pick on fellow big stacks who have a seat locked.

3) Keep an eye on the other tables

Whilst screen real estate is precious if you’re deep in a satellite you need to have the other tables open so you can follow the action at the other tables.

4) If you must, stall…

If you’ve followed point three and are ‘hugging the bubble’ – as in sweating if you’ll get a seat are not, then if it helps you must stall and use your timebank. In the end game of satellites, where the difference in stacks can be minuscule, stalling so the blinds increase and dent someone else’s stack more severely is not unethical, its smart play.

5)  Know your opponents

Of course the above only applies against opponents who realise the difference between a satellite and a regular tournament. So, take note of anything odd – a player calling really light when they have a seat locked for instance – and apply that alongside satellite strategy.

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Premier League 7 Quiz – So What Happened Next?

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    Here’s a crucial hand from the opening stages of the Premier League 7. Just tell us what you think Gross should do here. 1k/2k blinds, action folds back to Gross in the small blind. Gross calls and Seiver checks. So what happened next?

    • Fold
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Last Chance To Qualify To The partypoker WPT® National Canadian Spring Poker Championship!

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We’re heading into our final week of qualifications for the partypoker WPT® National Canadian Spring Poker Championship here on partypoker! So make sure to reserve your seat and join one of the coolest poker tournaments there is from March 27th – April 1st being held at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal.

With a CAD $1,100 buy-in, three starting flights and next-day re-entry for all players plus a CAD $1 million guarantee being introduced by organizers you can imagine we’ll be expecting quite the turn out!

Legends of the felt

Roll out the red carpet the big names are in town! Antonio Esfandiari, Jeff  Gross, Chanracy Khan and former partypoker WPT Montreal winner Jonathan Roy are all confirmed to be playing. And they’ll of course be joined by Team partypoker’s Kara Scott and Mike Sexton as well as WPT talent such as Vince Van Patten, Tony Dunst and those incredible Royal Flush Girls Tugba Ercan and Angelique Velez.

Déjà vu?

And if all of this seems a little familiar then that’s probably because you remembering the incredible time we spent in Montreal last fall filmed the Premier League 7. Names such as Jeff Gross, Sorel Mizzi, Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates and more, took part in one of the most prestigious poker events in the world, one that every poker player wants to compete in and win. Watch the Premier League 7 here!

It’s homeward bound for Kara Scott!

One thing’s for sure Kara Scott is looking forward to heading back home when she told us: “I can’t wait to get back to Montreal for the partypoker WPT Spring Championship. I’m really glad that the poker scene there is getting both the coverage and the big global events that it really does deserve. Playground Poker Club is one of the best run and friendliest places that I’ve played and I’m always excited to see it on the tournament schedule!”

Top Dollar…

You might get there for free but the winner of the partypoker WPT National Canadian Spring Championship will be walking away with a share of the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool!

So don’t delay, qualify today!

Make sure to check out our daily free entry and very low cost options to gain entry into the main online satellites. For more information see: https://www.partypoker.com/whats-going-on/tournaments/wpt/national-canadian-spring-championship.html

3 Top Talents Never to Win a Major

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After Chris Moorman finally ripped that monkey off his back with his million-dollar performance at the World Poker Tour (WPT) LAPC, it got me thinking.

What other superstars do we have in the game that have won a considerable chunk of change, but haven’t managed to win a major tournament title?

Here is a trio of talent who are yet to tip those particular scales in their favor.

1# Martin Jacobson

Martin Jacobson has $4,689,574 in live tournament earnings

Martin Jacobson nearly won a major tournament title in his first attempt after coming third at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Budapest in 2008 for $247,668 for what would rank as his first-ever live tournament cash.

That experience galvanized the Swede and the following year he took his new bankroll to Venice where he finished runner-up to Ragnar Astrom at WPT Venice for $319,518. His first WSOP also came that year and he made the final table of a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) event where he finished eighth for $65,486, and the following year he made another final table when he finished fourth in the same event for $183,345.

In 2010, he joined one of the toughest final tables in EPT history when he finished as the runner-up to Toby Lewis at EPT Vilamoura, and in the following year found himself heads-up against Lucien Cohen for the EPT Deauville title. The Frenchman hitting the deck hard in every hand to surprise everyone by stopping Jacobson from taking a title everyone had presumed was his for the taking.

Undeterred Jacobson headed to Berlin in 2011 and once again made the final table of an EPT Main Event when he finished fourth for $327,337 in the year Ben Wilinofsky first came of age.

The PCA was his next stop and a 10th place finish for $101,000 saw him start 2012 with aplomb, but it was 2013 where Jacobson would win the biggest score of his life after finishing sixth in the $111,111 WSOP One Drop High Roller for $807,427.

Jacobson continues to butt heads with the greatest players on the felt but so far that major live tournament victory has eluded him.

Surely it’s just a matter of time?

2# Shannon Shorr

Shannon Shorr boasts an impressinve $5,606,768 in live tournament earnings

Shannon Shorr is one of the most consistent performers in the world of poker and currently occupies the number 10 ranking in the Global Poker Index (GPI).

Just like Jacobson, Shorr burst onto the live tournament scene with a huge score in a major live tournament final when he secured fourth place for $199,129 at the 2006 Aussie Millions.

The following year he took that bankroll into the WSOP where he showed his diversity by picking up fifth in the $5,000 Heads-Up NLHE event for $46,060, and returned the year after to pick up a runner-up berth in the $2,000 NLHE event for $349,142 after losing out at the death to Matt Keikoan.

In 2009, Shorr made his first of three WPT final tables when he finished fifth in the World Championships at The Bellagio for $408,550, and followed that up with another WSOP final table when he finished fifth in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E event for $50,881.

Another shot at a WPT title came his way in 2011 when he finished fourth in the $10,000 NLHE event at Biloxi for $144,985, he finished third in the WSOP $10,000 NLHE Six Handed event that saw Greg Merson rise to prominence, finished eighth in the 2013 WSOPE Main Event and most recently took the runner-up position against James Calderano in the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

Shorr may not have won a major title, but at the back end of 2013 his talents were recognized by the GPI when he made the number seven spot in the GPI Player of the Decade series.

3# Joseph Cheong

Cheong has an increadible $9,010,734 in live tournament earnings

There are plenty of players who have their five minutes of fame in the WSOP Main Event spotlight before fading into the ether, but Joseph Cheong is certainly not one of them.

Cheong was first thrust into the limelight in ‘that hand’ against Jonathan Duhamel in the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Cheong’s aggressive approach won him a lot of fans, but it didn’t win him the title finishing in third place for $4.1m.

Cheong kept plugging away and in 2012 he reached the heads-up phase of the $5,000 NLHE Mixed Max event at the WSOP, where he narrowly missed out on a bracelet when he was defeated by the Frenchman Aubin Cazals, before finishing fourth for $292,320 in the year Phil Hellmuth created history by becoming the first player to win two WSOP Main Event titles on two continents with victory in Paris.

A runner-up finish against Philipp Gruissem in the A$50,000 NLHE High Roller event at the inaugural WSOP-APAC followed before losing out to David ‘Doc’ Sands in the heads up phase of the $100,000 NLHE Super High Roller event where he picked up $614,250 for his win.

In 2013 Cheong picked up the win in the Manila Millions for over $1.3m and despite the event not being classified as a major, and only containing 18 players, perhaps this will give Cheong the key to unlock that major final title success sometime in the near future?

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partypoker Premier League Poker 7 – Episode 1

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The PartyPoker Premier League returns for Season 7 from the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada. Now watch as 12 of the best poker players in the world battle it out for that number one spot and $400,000!

Heat 1 kicks off with Sorel Mizzi, Jeff Gross, Scott Seiver, Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Brian Rast, Dan Colman and Jason Koon. Kara Scott provides Rail-side commentary and interviews and in booth commentary is done by the voice of poker himself the non other Jesse May!

So did you enjoy it? Then let us know in the comments below!

Montreal is calling, will you answer?

We’re in our final week of qualifications for the partypoker WPT® National Canadian Spring Poker Championship here on partypoker! So make sure to reserve your seat and join one of the coolest poker tournaments there is from March 27th – April 1st being held at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal. For more information see: https://www.partypoker.com/whats-going-on/tournaments/wpt/national-canadian-spring-championship.html

Kara Scott – Ciao Venice, Bonjour Montreal!

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Yeah, I know that I’ve said it before but Venice is totally my favourite. Favourite city, favourite WPT tour stop, favourite casino. All of those things!

People ask me why I love playing poker in Italy so much and it’s hard to put it into words. There is a cultural difference in Italy which, as an outsider, it’s hard to describe accurately. You know it when you feel it though! It has a lot to do with the great casino staff and friendly dealers and even more to do with the players who I get to see and spend time with.

So Friendly

There is a sense of friendliness and warmth that exists in Italy in a different form to the other countries I’ve lived in.  That’s not to say that England, Canada and the USA aren’t ‘warm’ countries, but the openness and passion with which people express themselves is on another level in Italy. People play hard against each other at the table but as soon as break hits, it’s all hugs and laughs and the kind of good playing advice that actually helps your game, rather than being designed to tilt you further!

Our Live Poker Show

This year, Jesse May was onsite to host a one-hour live web stream show every night during the Main Event. He started this in Prague last year during the WPT and I’m glad that they’ve convinced him to keep it going. He chats to a few players, the Royal Flush Girls (who are undiscovered comedy geniuses, by the way) get involved with reporting, social media and games. They also gave away some tickets to online events on partypoker as prizes. I hope that Jesse continues to have time to do these shows because I really think they add something to the WPTs!

Mean Tweets

I also had a ton of fun recording our latest “Mean Tweets” video even if I still don’t get the context to my tweet!:

Coming Up Next

My next stop will be Montreal for the Spring Championship but I have a few days off to do the piles of laundry that have been growing since I left home a few weeks ago. It’s always good to be home!

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From Denmark With Love: lede007 Takes Down Pokerfest Main Event

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James Bond, better known as his code number 007, uses an array of gadgetry in the books and films bearing his name in order to complete his quests. Denmark’s lede007 may use the same code number as the fictional Bond, but the only thing he used on his way to an epic vitory was his supreme poker skills!

A staggering 1,769 players exchanged $200 for a chance to become the 2014 Pokerfest Main Event champion and secure a slice of the $300,000 guaranteed prize pool. These 1,769 entries meat the guarantee was reached and that $329,034 was up for grabs, with the eventual champion taking home a bankroll-boosting $43,598.53.

The tournament kicked off at precisely 7:00pm UK time on Sunday evening and the final table reached some 11-hours later. Leading the finalists into battle was lede007 and his 5,128,694 stack, whose nearest rival was WeRize and his 4,686,048 chips.

2014 Pokerfest Main Event Final Table Seat Player Chips 1 nipa3p3 4,169,173 2 lede007 5,128,694 3 RedKinGGs 2,088,676 4 SophieMoone 1,865,493 5 showtizzzle 1,433,706 6 kokonakueka 730,174 7 WeRize 4,686,048 8 m1ronO 2,463,632 9 OneOfTheseDays 3,924,404

It took 35 hands for the first elimination from the final table, OneOfTheseDays being the ninth place finisher. It had been one of those days for OneOfTheseDays because he lost with a full house over a bigger full house (which hit on the river), he then turned top-two pair with ace-king and lost to jack-deuce and his final hand saw WeRize min-raised to 160,000 from the button and OneOfTheseDays defend his big blind with a call. The duo checked the flop. The fell on the turn and it lit a powder keg because OneOfTheseDays led for 216,000 chips, WeRize raised to 489,234 and OneOfTheseDays responded by jamming all-in for 762,468. WeRize called, showed and was a 100% favourite to win the hand because OneOfTheseDays held for a smaller flush. The completed the board and ended OneOfTheseDays’ tournament.

RedKinGGs busted in eighth place after moving all-in for 1,047,488 (10 big blinds) from early position with what turned out to be and was looked up by m1ronO in the big blind who has in his hand. The flop gave RedKinGGs some hope, but the turn and river were of no help to him and he crashed out of the Main Event.

SophieMoone then lost a coinflip with showtizzzle to lose all but 1.8 antes of her stack. Lede007 raised to 200,000 from early position and SophieMoone looked down at and three-bet all-in for her 1,042,804 stack. To her immediate left was showtizzzle and he called off his 1,024,261 stack with . Seeing that action in front of them, everyone else folded, including lede007, and the Randon Number Generator got to work putting the community cards into view. is how the board ran out, SophieMoone taking the lead on the flop then falling back behind on the turn.

Here tournament ended on the very next hand when her couldn’t improve against the dominating of kokonakueka.

Six became five with the exit of WeRize as the clocks displayed 7:45am, some 12.25 hours after play had begun! Lede007 found in the hole and opened the betting with a raise to 200,000 and the action folded to WeRize in the big blind who raise all-in for 1,776,422 from the big blind with . That all-in bet was called and when the board ran out , lede007’s sevens were still the best hand and WeRize crashed out.

Lede007 continued to send players to the rail when he dispatched of nipa3p3 shortly after WeRize’s untimely demise. The action folded to nipa3p3 on the button and he opened to 240,000 with . lede007 raise to 522,299 with the powerhouse hand that is and nipa3p3 called. The flop came down improving nipa3p3 to a pair of tens, but it was still way behind lede007’s holding. Lede007 led for 522,222 and was called. The was the turn card, giving nipa3p3 extra outs to a straight, outs he’d need because lede007 bet 1,422,222 and then called when nipa3p3 raised all in for 3,234,637 chips in total. The river was the , which was no help to nipa3p3. Game over for nipa3p3, whose exit meant each of the remaining four players were guaranteed a five-figure score for their efforts.

The first player to pick up their $10,000+ score was kokonakueka. A few minutes prior to his exit, kokonakueka doubled with pocket fives versus the ace-king of lede007, but the same pocket fives faired a lot worse in a rematch with lede007’s . No set this time on a board, leaving only three players in the hunt for the title.

Lede007 held 20.6 million of the 26.5 million in play so it was no surprise to see him emerge victorious less than 20 hand after kokonakueka crashed out of the tournament. M1ronO was the first of lede007’s last opponents to bust, he jammed 2,504,003 chips at the 150,000/300,000/30,000a level from the button with and was unfortunate to find lede007 sat in the small blind with . By the river the board read and heads-up was set.

After 15 hands of one-on-one play it was all over and the champion crowned. Lede007 set showtizzzle all-in while holding and showtizzzle called with . The flop propelled lede007 into the lead, bu the turn gave him a sweat because he now had to avoid a diamond or an ace on the river to avoid doubling up his opponent. And he did just that as the appeared in the river, condemning showtizzzle to a runner-up finish (one worth a cool $26,158.20) and leaving lede007 to collect $43,598.53 and enjoy and early morning celebrator drinks – probably a Vodka Martin, shaken not stirred.

2014 Pokerfest Main Event Final Table Results Place Player Prize 1 lede007 $43,598.53 2 showtizzle $26,158.20 3 m1ronO $15,464.59 4 kokonakueka $11,516.19 5 nipa3p3 $8,061.33 6 WeRize $6,087.12 7 SophieMoone $4,606.47 8 RedKinGGs $3,619.37 9 OneOfTheseDays $2,796.78 The brand new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule!

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10 Pieces Of Advice You Won’t Find In A Poker Book

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Poker books are an invaluable tool; we all read them, we all love them, we all heed the advice we find within their pages. Clearly, your game will improve if you take advantage of what the authors of those books aim to teach you. But here’s the thing:

In the course of my merry adventures as a player, I’ve come to find that the most valuable poker lessons I’ve ever learned weren’t found in those books gathering dust on my shelf.  If you pay attention, you’ll find that you can gain an infinite amount of knowledge simply by listening to bits of off-the-cuff wisdom from the likes of Mike Sexton or random players you run into during your poker sessions.  These pieces of advice are usually not easily forgotten, and will stay with you for life.

The best guidance I’ve personally received is the first on the list below, and  followed by 9 other priceless pieces of advice that you’ll never find in any poker book.  Some of these may make you laugh, because they ARE funny! Do yourself a favor, though, and take note of their message.

  • See that watch to your left, [the one with all those diamonds]? The bigger the watch, the bigger your value bet needs to be. – Travis Williams
  • If a nit who remembers JFK check-raises a dry flop, he has a set. – Michael Mock
  • Don’t play against people nicknamed after a city. – Erik Jensen
  • If a fat guy puts in a raise while he’s eating, he’s got a monster. – Jason Corlew
  • If a player is addressed by his profession – “Joe The Lawyer”, “Doctor Scott”, “Jim the Jeweler”, for example…  play as frequently and as big as possible with said individual. – Melissa Burr
  • Ask $1/$2 players if they are on the $2/$5 list. Bountiful information comes from conversations to follow. – Benjamin Breed
  • While eating, put down your fork and cold 4-bet. They’ll fold QQ! – Tyler Patterson
  • If the older player across from you is shaking, it isn’t always a big hand, it could be Parkinson’s. –Daniel Cox
  • At most, poker should be no higher on your list than Plan “B” in life. – Steven Dannenmann
  • For a happy life don’t play with a-holes. – Alex Outhred

If you have a piece of poker advice you’d like to share, tell us in the comments section below, or shoot us a tweet… if we think it’s as good as you do, we’ll include it in our next list!

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Poker Players Read Mean Tweets #1: WPT Venice

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You know sometimes the truth hurts. At least it did for these pro poker players at the WPT Venice when we caught up with Kara Scott, Roberto Romanello, Chaz Chattha, Jamie Kerstetter, Sam Trickett and Ben Yu read mean tweets about themselves. And just for the record no we don’t see the connection between Kara and ketchup, do you?

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DerD0n777 Bosses His Way to a $28,030.20 Payday!

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A bumper crowd of exactly 1,100 players bought into this week’s edition of the partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday, creating a $204,600 prize pool as they did so. Leaving the partypoker virtual felt with the lion’s share of this massive sum of money was DerD0n777 who outlasted his 1,099 opponents to scoop the $28,030.20 first place prize.

The 1,100 hopefuls bet, folded and bluffed each other for several hours before only nine of them had chips in front of them. These nine players had reached the final table of partypoker’s biggest weekly tournament and were now guaranteed to turn their $200 investment into at least $1,946.16.

$200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table (March 9, 2014) Seat Player Chips 1 sm2702 368,568 2 pizzadude1 438,689 3 DerD0n777 556,744 4 lovecCICA 301,608 5 Bluffer OO 409,976 6 GRANDAD_BAZ 317,221 7 Romeo1500 225,689 8 Mr.Ingenious 1,553,211 9 Max_The_Mush 1,314,794

The finalists only completed nine hands before they jumped up one notch on the payout ladder. DerD0n777 min-raised to 30,000 from under the gun and then called when GRANDAD_BAZ raised all-in for 281,221 in total from three seats over. DerD0n777 flipped over , much to the disappointment of GRANDAD_BAZ who held the dominated . By the river the five community cards read and GRANDAD_BAZ busted from the tournament.

Eleven quick-fire hands later and the final table lost another player. Mr.Ingenious set the ball rolling with a min-raise to 40,000 from under the gun, a raise that Max_The_Mush flat called from the next seat. One player folded and pizzadude1 decided to move all-in for 249,689 chips with the . The players folded back around to Mr.Ingenious and he mucked. However, Max_The_Mush snap-called and revealed a slowplayed ! The aces held as the board ran out and pizzadude1’s tournament was over.

There was a lull in the eliminations for 26 hands, but the action was still fast and furious. A short-stacked Romeo1500 open-jammed his 114,189 stack into the middle from early position with and getting almost 2:1 on his money, lovecCICA looked him up from the big blind with . The board showed no love for Romeo1500 and he finished in seventh place for a $2,966.70 addition to his partypoker bankroll.

Max_The_Mush claimed himself another scalp during the 12,500/25,000/2,500a level when he opened to 50,000 from the hijack seat. sm2702 was next to act and he opted to three-bet all-in for 618,636. This large bet folded out the other active players, but Max_The_Mush made the call with his and discovered he was in a coinflip agains the of sm2702. Max_The_Mush took the lead on the flop, went further ahead with the arrival of the turn and then scooped the pot when he unnecessarily improved to a flush on the river.

Bluffer OO was the next casualty at the final table, busting in fifth place. His exit hand was, as the cool kids say, standard. DerD0n777 raised from the cutoff to 60,000 chips with , Bluffer OO raised all-in for 416,047 from the small blind with and DerD0n777 called. A board completed the hand, Bluffer OO exited and DerD0n777 climbed passed one million chips. Standard.

The difference between finishing fourth and third was around $2,500 so it was no wonder that nobody wanted to be the next player out. Sadly, the very nature of poker tournaments dictate that players have to be eliminated in order for a champion to be decided. The unfortunate soul – if you can call someone who has just won $7,570.20 unfortunate – to bust in fourth place was lovecCICA who saw DerD0n777 raise to 80,000 when first to act. lovecCICA then moved all-in for 312,310 from the button with only for Max_The_Mush to four-bet with to isolate the short stack’s shove. DerD0n777 folded, leaving lovecCICA to hope for a favourable board. The flop kept Max_The_Mush in the lead, but he needed to avoid a spade on the turn and river to avoid doubling up lovecCICA. The was most certainly not a spade, and neither was the river. Game over for lovecCICA.

Three-handed play last exactly two hands and when it was over DerD0n777 had a massive chip lead. Max_The_Mush raised to 80,000 from the button and DerD0n777 responded with a three-bet to 240,000 from the small blind. Mr.Ingenious folded in the big bind, leaving Max_The_Mush to four-bet all-in for more than 1.95 million! DerD0n777 called, showed and Max_The_Mush . DerD0n777 had the hand locked up by the turn of the board, busting Max_The_Mush and scooping the almost 4 million chips pot!

It only took four hands for DerD0n777 to press him his 4,388,789 to 1,103,211 chip advantage. The final hand saw Mr.Ingenious raise all-in for 453,211 in total with and DerD0n777 call with . It was as close to a 50/50 as they could get – without them having the same hands, obviously – but when you’re running good like DerD0n777 was, those 50/50s suddenly feel like 70/30s! DerD0n77 spiked a ten on the flop and when the turn and river fell and the March 9 edition of the partypoker $200K Guaranteed was done and dusted.

$200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table Results (March 9, 2014) Place Player Prize 1 DerD0n777 $28,030.20 2 Mr.Ingenious $16,879.50 3 Max_The_Mush $10,025.40 4 lovecCICA $7,570.20 5 Bluffer OO $5,421.90 6 sm2702 $3,989.70 7 Romeo1500 $2,966.70 8 pizzadude_1 $2,455.20 9 GRANDAD_BAZ $1,964.16

If you fancy following in DerD0n777’s footsteps by playing for big bucks why not try to win your seat to this week’s $200K Guaranteed Sunday? Alternatively, get involved in the excellent Pokerfest series whose Main Event on March 16 guarantees a whopping prize pool of $300,000!

The brand new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule!

The all new partypoker has introduced a new Sunday tournament schedule. The key changes are the addition of an action-packed fun $10K Super Bounty and a wide range of new low buy-in tournaments featuring the best of the old but also new speed, rebuy, add-on and PLO tournaments – a great Sunday mix if you want to win top prizes and have fun playing tournament poker.

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10 GIFs That Perfectly Sum Up Your Roller Coaster Poker Day

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We’ve all been there, the virtual face-plants, the “OMG WTFs”, and the old “HOW DID HE CALL WITH THAT!?”. Those wild and crazy moments in our poker playing lives. Sometime you just have to let them go. Really you do. And sometimes you need to make an amusing collection of gifs out of the situation. So here’s our take on some of our roller coaster moments.

1. Here’s to the ones who just can’t fold. “But…….It was suited!!!!……” you hear them cry….

 

2. When you get your last chance bluff past the bully at your table

 

 

3. When you just can’t lose an All-In

 

4. When someone say “Omaha? Sure it can’t be that different right?”

 

 

5. When you are on tilt and someone asks “How it’s going?”

 

6. When that random donk is talking shit and you say “come on…heads up” 

 

7. When someone just has to tell you their fricking bad beat story… 

 

8. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. YOU. MISCLICK.

 

9. Finally when the fish sits down…

 

10. And everyone on Sunday just before the bubble to a live event package!

Here’s to an awesome week in poker! Good luck and enjoy the game!

The brand new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule!

The all new partypoker has introduced a new Sunday tournament schedule. The key changes are the addition of an action-packed fun $10K Super Bounty and a wide range of new low buy-in tournaments featuring the best of the old but also new speed, rebuy, add-on and PLO tournaments – a great Sunday mix if you want to win top prizes and have fun playing tournament poker.

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Jesse May – Get Ready Venice Here We Come!

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I love Venice.  It is truly one of the great cities in Europe, and in addition to the food, the nightlife, and the beautiful surroundings, the Venice casino is blown out.  It is the oldest casino in Europe, I think, built something like 600 years ago, and it is in a grand old style right on the banks of the Grand Canal.

This Show Is Going To Kick Ass  

I am very pumped for the show, as we will be operating from within the casino itself, and trying to do a couch style talk show much like we did in Prague, but with more fun, more games, more entertainment, and all the updates from the WPT Venice.

Not There? No Matter!

If you are not able to be here yourself, than watching the show will be the next best thing, as we will be doing a fast paced hour every night with guests and all the big names who show up in Venice.  Don’t forget to play on Party Poker while you watch the show as there is an added money tournament every day running concurrently with the show, plus special cash games on Party Poker which will have extra prizes and player points awarded to those who participate.

You’re A Part Of It Too!

This show will hopefully happen on social media, we want people to get involved via Twitter and participate in every show.  Plenty of prizes, shoutouts, Tweets, and selfies.  The Royal Flush Girls are the backbone of the show, and Violet and Dalia will be on the couch every day and doing fun interviews and pieces out and about in Venice.  I’m trying to convince them to do a Dating Game show, where a poker player can win a dinner date in Venice with one of the Royal Flush Girls, but not sure if that is definitely happening yet.  Also, Sam Trickett will be in town along with Kara Scott, and I’m pretty sure we can get them to stop in fairly often while we are filming. Hope you enjoy the show!

Pokerfest – A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.

Pokerfest Bigger than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $5 – or qualifiers from just $1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Check the full schedule here.

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