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Mike Sexton: My Response To Joe Hachem Is This…

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By now you’ve probably heard what the 2005 World Series of Poker main event Champion Joe Hachem has had to say about the newer champions of poker. In a recent video filmed by the Bluff team at the 2014 Aussie Millions he claims that in his opinion “Gold And Yang destroyed the world champ legacy”

Those are some strong words right? He even goes on to make a lot more points about the state of the game today, so if you’ve not had the chance to watch it then do so now:

Mike Sexton: My Take On The Matter:

“I would agree with Joe Hachem that the World Champion should (or wish they would) be an ambassador for poker, but like he says, “You can’t make them do it. They have to want to do it.”

“I said for years that poker never really grew because the vast majority of past World Champions – just never gave back or promoted the game. They took the money and preferred to stay quiet – which was their right – but it didn’t help promote the game.

Joe said the last five champions (all pretty quiet & reserved) were under 25, so time will tell. But so far, it seems like they prefer to stay out if the limelight.

What we really need is for a bright, nice-looking, young woman to win the main event at the WSOP.  When that happens, poker will explode like you won’t believe possible.” ~Mike Sexton

Now it’s your turn

So do you agree with Mike and what’s your thoughts on the whole matter? Let us know in the comments below.

Scott Baumstein’s Fast Five Poker Tips…

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Well known and liked within the poker community Scott Baumstein describes himself as “Team partypoker Pro, Commentator, Coach, Pretty good at Minesweeper” So you could say he clearly knows a thing or two about poker right? Plus he’s good friends with Mike Sexton. Well via our good friends stateside we managed to catch up with him to grab a few of his best poker tips, let’s cut to the chase as they say in all the good films.

1. Game selection

The most important decision you make is one before you sit down. You may have a choice of tables and one might have more chips and/or more action than the other.

2. Play within your bankroll

A good rule of thumb for a cash game is that you should have at least 30 buy-ins of a given stake.

3. Raise or fold?

I see novice players limping in. If you like your hand then raise with it, and if you are uncertain then fold.

4. Don’t bluff too often

When you bluff make sure you have a reason and that the story makes sense.

5. Pay attention and keep track…

The difference between winning and losing can be as a simple a quick distraction. Does your opponent always limp in with big hands? Does he only re-raise with AA or KK pre-flop?  Take notes and take the game seriously then you’ll see how you’ve been doing.

The brand new partypoker Sunday Majors 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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PartyPoker Big Game Season 7 – North Cyprus Episode 3 of 4

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The second stop of Season 7 is North Cyprus, as the top poker players put thousands on the line in the world’s most famous cash game.

The world’s biggest high rollers put their money where their mouth is at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino with the likes of Sam Trickett, Jungleman and Michael Mizrachi. As the players get eliminated, and the clock ticks on for 12 hours of non- stop play, even the best can unravel. Here in its entirety is part 3 of 4 to enjoy:

Missed Part 2? It’s right here: PartyPoker Big Game Season 7 – North Cyprus Episode 2 of 4

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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Second Chances Are Paying Off For partypoker Player James Finigan aka ‘jimbofinigan’

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Second chances, lucky breaks, a do over, hey everyone needs one now and again right? And the poker world is no different as there’s nothing quite more agonizing than busting out of tournament, that whole “should I stay and watch this or just get the hell out of here” constantly running around your head as you feel trapped like a rabbit in the headlights before prizing yourself out of your chair.

Well luckily enough for partypoker qualifier James Finigan aka ‘jimbofinigan’ he got that lucky break in our Second Chance Freeroll at the recently held WPT National in Milton Keynes. Meaning he get’s another shot at title come the partypoker WPT National London held this February 27- March 2, 2014.

Catching Up

We managed to catch up with this lucky so of a…James for a few quick words:

Dany Willis: Wow quite the break there James well done, so how long have you been playing poker for?

James Finigan: I started playing just over 10 years ago and partypoker was the first site I played on

DW: Where would we find you?

JF: I mainly play online but have started playing a little bit more live this year and have played the last 2 WPT national events which have really enjoyed. Usually play 25/50 cent cash games and $50 -$100 tournament buy ins.

DW: And outside of poker

JF: Main hobbies are playing and watching football which is good because I work at a football stadium and also drinking alcohol ha-ha.

DW: Day job or is poker your full time gig?

JF: Yes I’ve had a day job since I’ve left school so am restricted of how much poker I can play and can’t really go to as many live events as I would like.

DW: So who’d you love to play against any favorites?

JF: I don’t really have favorites when it comes to other poker players, I just see them the same as me, normal people trying to win money playing poker.

DW: Playing the fun theoretical game, you win the event then what?

JF: 6) Well I’m saving for a house so it would be a lovely chunk towards a nice deposit.

DW: Invite us to the moving in party. So last time around what was your trick for qualifying?

JF: I remember building up a nice stack and think I was 2nd in chips with about 15 left, the chip leader kept shoving every hand for about 50 bbs and I picked up 1010, he shoved I called I won that pot and had a massive chip lead and from then was able to apply lots of pressure to the others on the table and it went pretty smoothly from there.

DW: And how’d you celebrate?

JF: I didn’t celebrate as such but was very nice as I was intending to play the qualifiers for the event, I’ve actually had a nice run in these event, I qualified for 3 seats in London for $99 then I won the last man standing promotion which won me a package to MK and now I’ve won another package for London without spending a penny.i guess I have to thank partypoker for all these really good promotions.

DW: So what the secret of you success, your numbero uno poker tip…

JF: Only tip I can give is always find ways to improve your game by checking back on hands and stay in control of you bankroll as this is more important than anything else.

Experience something new in Live Poker!

With the WPT National Tour you could be among the first to truly experience something completely unique in the world of live poker…

We’re talking about the  WPT Aspers Accumulator of course. If you’ve not heard of it it’s a brand new live poker tournament format that gives you more chances to win more chips and make it into the prize spots.

How does it work?

So picture this with an ordinary poker tour tournament you enter once and that’s it right? Well with this one you can actually enter up to 3 times and here’s the best part accumulate your chips from each entry!

But wait it get’s better! You can even win free entries right here on partypoker and yes of course we have qualifiers running every single day. Yes EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! Read more right here: WPT National UK

Daily Online Qualifiers for partypoker WPT Nation London Run Until February 23rd

That’s right we’re continuing to run our daily online satellites for the next partypoker WPT National London event. Up for grabs is a massive £100,000 prizepool guaranteed prizepool for the third leg of the five tour stop live ‘Accumulator’ event running from February 27 – March 2 at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City – the biggest ever guaranteed poker prizepool at an Aspers Casino.

Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City Poker Manager John Scanlon said: “The response from players to the new WPT National Aspers Accumulator events has been fantastic and to show our commitment to the tour we have decided to guarantee £100,000 prize pool for the next event taking place in Aspers Stratford from February 27 to March 2. This is the first time we have made such a commitment to a poker event and it is largely due to the fantastic support of our online sponsor partypoker with their array of online satellites for the event. Never before have players had the opportunity to become a WPT National Champion for £200 and take home not only the prestigious WPTN title but over £20,000 in cash.” 

There’s of course seat-only satellites which are running daily. Every satellite guarantees one seat. And don’t forget you could even freeroll your way into the tournament! For more information on the array of free and low-cost options to qualify, visit: http://ow.ly/tg1b5

In addition, exclusive opportunities are offered to partypoker players with three chances to win $1,000 WPT National packages via three special promotions:

Second Chance Freeroll

All partypoker players who play WPT National London will be  invited to a second chance freeroll on partypoker. The winner takes home a $1,000 package to partypoker WPT National Newcastle (1st May – 4th May), 2nd- 4th a $310 buy-in into a flight at partypoker WPT National Newcastle and 5th-7th a $33 buy-in into the partypoker WPT National Newcastle online satellite.

Last Man Standing

The last partypoker qualifier to be knocked out of the WPT National London will win a $1,000 package to WPT National Newcastle.

Daily Chip Leader

Each daily chip leader of Flight 1A, Flight 1B, Flight 1C, Day 2 and Day 3 of WPT National London will be invited to beat a partypoker pro in an online 6 person Sit & Go.

The three remaining partypoker WPT National UK Tour stops taking place at Aspers Casinos are as follows: 
  • Aspers Westfield Stratford City London: February 27- March 2, 2014
  • Aspers Newcastle: May 1 – 4, 2014
  • Aspers Westfield Stratford City London: July 3 – 6, 2014.

Online Poker Legend Chris Moorman Wins This Week’s $200k Guaranteed Sunday

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In 2013, Chris Moorman became the first-ever online poker tournament player to surpass $10 million in winnings. A significant chunk of that impressive figure were won at partypoker and on Sunday he added a further $27,400 to his partypoker total when he won the $200k Guaranteed Sunday event! And he was more than happy:

Just finished my 18 hour grind today with a win in the Party Major to complete my 20th triple Crown #winning

— Chris Moorman (@Moorman1) February 3, 2014

Moorman, playing as Therealmoorm, went into the final table second in chips and the writing was already on the wall for his other eight opponents then; Moorman does not lose tournaments when he has a substantial stack. Here’s how the nine finalists lined up.

partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table Seat Draw (February 2, 2014) Seat Player Chips 1 kleiner_fisch 575,025 2 Therealmoorm 968,497 3 phil_ivey68 759,529 4 H0meb0iz 1,396,580 5 HanneLind 33,324 6 stevie_np 644,485 7 johnjohn0509 207,636 8 MML01 157,342 9 KrillleR 534,082

Blinds: 7,500/15,000/750a

With only two big blinds at his disposal going into the finale, it was unsurprising to see HanneLind become the first casualty of the final table. phil_ivey68 — who is not the real Phil Ivey incase you were wondering! – opened to 30,000 on the button, HanneLind called all-in from the small blind and stevie_np called from the big blind. Stevie_np checked th flop, phil_ivey68 bet 59,608 and stevie_np folded, leaving phil_ivey68’s to stay ahead and beat the of HanneLind.

They say the number 13 is unlucky for some and it certainly was for johnjohn0509 who crashed out of the tournament 13 hands after HanneLind busted. Johnjohn0509 moved all-in for 126,636 chips with and was looked up by kleiner_fisch on the button who held . It was one of poker’s classic races, but also one that was almost over as quickly as it had begun because the took away some outs for johnjohn0509 as any club would have improved kleiner_fisch to a flush. The turn and river failed to alter the hand and johnjohn0509 exited in eighth place.

Four hands later and MML01 joined the busted players on the sidelines. H0mb0iz opened the betting with a raise to 30,000 from the cutoff seat, a bet that was three-bet all-in to 95,092 by MML01 in the small blind. H0meb0iz called with and found himself up against the superior . By the river the board read to gift H0mb0iz an unlikely straight and to send MML01 home for the proverbial early bath.

Six became five with the elimination of phil_ivey68 by eventual champion Moorman. KrillleR opened to 40,000 from the cutoff, Moorman three-bet to 105,000 from the small blind, only to see phil_ivey68 four-bet all-in for 393,652 in total. KrillleR had seen enough and relinquished his hand, but Moorman had the in front of him and had an easy call to make. And make it he did to discover he was ahead of the of his all-in opponent. The board left Moorman’s hand best and the final table lost another player.

Moorman Continues to Crush

A short while later and Moorman claimed another scalp; this time he sent stevie_np to the rail. After opening to 50,000 on the button, Moorman called when stevie_np moved all-in for 172,161 from the big blind. Stevie_np showed , Moorman the , which got there on the river of the four-flushed ] board.

There was a lull in the eliminations for a priod of 39 hands before Moorman min-raised to 60,000 from under-the-gun and then called when kleiner_fisch three-bet jammed for 377,019 from the big blind. Kleiner_fisch’s needed some help from the five community cards to overtake the that was in Moorman’s hand, but that help never arrived. Moorman paired his ace on the flop and then turned trips to bust kleiner_fisch in fourth place.

Moorman’s rampage continued as he took the tournament life of KrillleR. Moorman opened to 60,000 and Krilller called from the big blind. The flop was initially checked by Krilller, then bet to the tune of 52,400 by Moorman and then check-raised to 129,999 by KrillleR. But that was not the end of the action because Moorman made it 245,000 to play, KrillleR raised to 385,555 and Moorman settled for a call. The turn was greeted with a 260,000 bet from KrillleR and a call from Moorman. KrillleR then pushed all-in for 653,822 on the river and Moorman called, turning over as he did so. Moorman had got extremely fortunate because KrillleR held and had flopped a set of fours!

That hand left Moorman with 3,474,894 chips to H0meb0iz’s 1,814,106 yet it still took exactly 50 hands of one-on-one poker to end the tournament. On the 50th hand Moorman raise to 80,000 with , H0meb0iz three-bet all-in for 773,441 with and Moorman called. Neither player’s holding improved on the board, Moorman’s ace-kicker being more than enough to bust H0meb0iz in second place and leave Moorman to add yet another major online poker tournament title to his already impressive list of results. Here’s Chris Moorman: 5 Tips To Improve Your Play

partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table Results (February 2, 2014) Place Player Prize 1 Chris “Therealmoorm” Moorman $27,400.00 2 H0mb0iz $16,500.00 3 Krilller $9,800.00 4 kleiner_fisch $7,400.00 5 stevie_np $5,300.00 6 phil_ivey68 $3,900.00 7 MML01 $2,900.00 8 johnjohn0509 $2,400.00 9 HanneLind $1,920.00 The brand new partypoker Sunday Majors 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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Play Our Sit And Go Challenge And Then Click To Win Big Time!

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Raise your hands if you love a good sit & go tournament, ohh wow it seems like a lot of you do! Well the good news is from the 3rd till the 16th February we’re making them just a little bit sweeter with our new Sit & Go Challenge!

The important stuff

When? Every day from 3rd to 16th February

How do I get in? Earn just 10 Points on the Sit & Go tables to receive your first click card

What can I win? T$, cash bonuses, Step tickets and tournament entries.

Points mean prizes…

All you have to do is do what you do best play poker! Every Sit and Go you participate in will give you points and once you have enough you’ll be rewarded with click cards. Once a click card is clicked it will reveal a mystery reward, all the way from tournament dollars, cash bonuses, step tickets and yes even tournament entries!

Sounds easy right? That’s because it is and here’s the twist in the tail if you go all out and grab 50 points in a day we’ll give you 3 Click cards!

Reveal up to 3 prizes per day:
  • 10 points a day = 1 card in total
  • 20 points a day = 2 cards in total
  • 50 points a day = 3 cards in total

Remember though you’ve got 12 hours to reveal your click card upon receiving it before it’s forfeited. Good Luck and let us know how you get on below!

The following prizes can be won:
  • WPT Step entry – Step 1 or Step 2
  • $10 cash out restricted bonus
  • $1 STT tournament entry
  • $T – $1 OR $5
  • MTT entry – $1 OR $5
  • $1 or $5 MTT/STT entry
The brand new partypoker Sunday Majors 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 Lies Poker Players Like to Tell

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Poker is a game that was created by liars, played by liars and all the money is owned by liars.

Never believe a word that comes out of the mouth of a poker player. They have become so good at fooling their opponent’s they can’t remember what parts of their lives are even real anymore.

This is what makes this game so beautiful. Nobody likes to tell the truth. We all wear a mask, and bluffing is the sexiest way to keep people from seeing who you really are.

With that in mind I reached out to as many of the games greats as I could to ask them to share their theories on the top 10 lies poker players like to tell.

1# The Good Old Bust Out Lie

It’s a rare thing indeed to find a poker player who gives you an honest appraisal of their bust-out hand. Inevitably, some amazing feat of mathematical outlandishness has resulted in the exit when in general things are generally a lot simpler than that.

“I just played the hand like an idiot.”

“One of the biggest lies I hear the most is the one when they bust out and make it seem as if they were the victim of a bad beat, when in fact they just played the hand terribly,” says Rupert Elder.

2# Good Luck

It’s the final hand of the biggest buy-in event in the world. It’s winner takes all, with $1m in prize money going one way and the insides of a balloon heading the over.

The two combatants have managed to duck and dive their way through a field of 10,000 people and they stole the $10,000 buy-in from their mothers purse, and need to get it back in their before she dips her hand in searching for the Silk Cut.

The player’s look at each other, liquid leaks from the sweaty palms as they embrace.

“Good luck.”

What a load of sweaty horrocks.

Good luck?

“Players saying good luck is the biggest lie in poker.” Says Nicolas Levi.

“I hope you die of a heart attack right now,” Is a more apt response.

3# I Never Tilt

When I first read the Mental Game of Poker by Jared Tendler I was blown away. It was as if the little man was inside my head. I got so excited I told everyone I knew to buy it and it was then that I feared for Tendler’s book sales.

“I don’t suffer from tilt.” Came the chorus of replies.

“I never tilt” is the biggest lie in poker. Everyone tilts, even if it’s in minor ways they may not even know about.” Says Max Silver

4# I Had You Beat

According to the French Pro, Benjamin Pollak, the most common lie that he hears reverberate around his earlobes is the ‘I had you beat’ line that inevitably comes after another super cool lay down from Pollak.

“When I ask a player what he had, and he tells me that he had me beat, I always know that I would have won the pot.” Says Pollak.

5# I Had to Fold or Move All-In

This little beauty is the personal favorite of Paul Jackson who has been around long enough to hear his fair shares of porky pies.

“I would say the biggest lie I hear is ‘I had to fold or move all-in,” says Jackson.

Not really mate.

You could have raised, looked interested in the hand, took less than two minutes to make your decision, or even smiled.

6# I Got it in Good

Kara Scott gets particularly irked with this one.

“The one lie that I hear a lot is ‘I totally got it in good,’ when they quite clearly didn’t.”

This lie is used quite commonly by people whispering their sordid tales away from the main action on the felt, and generally follows a hand that has led to complete and utter disaster.

I use it when trying to explain to the wife why I have just blown £1,000 on a tournament buy-in after telling her we can’t afford a vacation this year.

7# I Put You on That

If you think Derren Brown, Dynamo, David Blaine and Paul Daniels are the greatest mind twisters of all time, then you haven’t met a poker player.

It’s true that these guys can ask you to think of an animal and always know you are thinking of a cat or a chicken, but poker players can guess a complete hand with suits thrown in for good measure.

Absolute genius.

“I like the one where players always put you on a hand once showdown has been reached and they can see your holdings. It’s strange how their predictions are strangely similar to your actual holdings and yet their decisions in the hand tell a completely different story.” Says Rhys Jones.

8# The Classic Bluff Spot

As I reiterated earlier: bluffing is black stockings and suspenders. It’s the sexiest thing about the game of poker, but it’s also the foundation of a lie that the Dane Morten Mortensen hears time and time again.

“The lie I hear a lot is when a player is talking through a hand and they tell you how good a bluff spot it was, and how they would have surely done it with any two cards, yet always seem to have the nuts.”

9# The Pants Down Scenario

There is nothing more cringe worthy that watching someone squirm in their seat after being caught with heir pants, or knick-knack-paddy whacks, well and truly warming the ankles.

Here is Leon Louis with the chapter and verse.

Player 1: “I had AK!”

Player 2: “If he didn’t call I was definitely going to call.”

Player 1: “I folded the ace of hearts.”

Player 2: “You couldn’t have. I folded the ace of hearts.”

Player 1: “Maybe it was a diamond?”

10# I Never Bluff

This is a line that comes from the old school way of thinking. More roaring 1920s than digital 2000s.

“I always have a good laugh at the older men you find yourself up against from time to time,” says Anton Wigg. “They always find the opportunity to tell you that they never bluff and then always take the first opportunity to bluff.”

I also asked Mathew Frankland for his input in this article and he told me that he was too busy trying to find the soap in a Jacuzzi he was sharing with The Royal Flush Girls, but if I Facebooked him the question he would reply later.

“Promise?” I asked.

“I always tell the truth.” Said Frankland.

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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Now it’s your turn.

What poker lie really gets through to you? Let us know below.

 

Take Your Team To The Poker Champions Cup!

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Opportunities like this come around once in a life time! We’re talking of course about the Poker Champions Cup, a unique team poker event packed to the rafters with exciting programs like a trip to Turin, all inclusive VIP tickets to a Juventus game, Meet & Greet with living legends and so much more!

Win a spot…

And you’ll be traveling to the Turin  the home of Juventus where right there in the stadium you’ll be playing poker in a dream team representing  a top football club and battling it out for some amazing prizes as VIP experience packages, WPT packages, official merchandise and so much more.

Who’s your team?

Man Utd, Real Madrid, Juventus, Olympique de Marseille or RSC Anderlecht? Now’s the time to defend your clubs honor as good as you can and make them proud by bringing home the championship. This is your time!

Up for grabs fortune and glory… The important stuff

When? 3rd February – 6th April, 2014

How do I get in? Play in the daily qualifiers. You can even win your package for free!

What can I win? Entry into the Poker Champions Cup

Lead your team to glory then a $1,300 Live Event package is up for grabs including:

  • Entry to the Poker Champions Cup
  • 2 nights’ accommodation for two
  • $800 travel and spending money
  • 2 tickets to a Juventus game
  • VIP hospitality
  • A team shirt and more
Here’s how it works

The Poker Champions Cup kicks off on 3rd May, 2013 with a unique format where teams of 5 poker players compete for a host of top prizes.

And like in the group stage of a football tournament, the players on each team will go head to head and face each other in 5-handed Sit & Go tournaments. Make sure to support your team the best you can as valuable points are on the line!

Gadgets and WPT package up for grabs…

The player who wins their Sit & Go wins a Galaxy Tab and will move on to the final table where there’s a WPT package up for grabs.

Player of the tournament

All the Sit & Go winners who made it to the grand final will be battling out for massive $6,000 WPT experience package of their choice! That’s right of your choice!  Prove your poker prowess and crown yourself player of the tournament!

Meet and greet living legends

The Poker Champions Cup experience is not only taking you to the famous Juventus Stadium, you will also have the opportunity to meet some of football’s living legends, take pictures and even play poker with them.

Now let’s get out there!

So come on let’s get ready for a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as the Poker Champions Cup kicks off!  Win your seat now for free in the daily qualifiers.

But wait, hang on….hold on a minute now!

That’s not all! Every Sunday for the next few weeks’ we’ll be giving you the chance to win a ticket to the for the following  Weekly Poker Champions Cup final held every Sunday at 12:30 ET/1730GMT from the 9th of February on wards. All you need to do is head on over to our Facebook and answer the fun Poker Champions Cup post we’ll put up. The winner will get picked the day after.

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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Borgata Winter Poker Open Now Officially The 2nd Largest WPT Ever! So Who’s on First?

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We knew from the start that the field of poker fans would be large, but we just realized that was what’s technically termed as a “massive understatement” other words we should have used could be massive, mammoth even gargantuan…

With the numbers all tallied and double checked we saw 1229!!! entrants taking their shot at the title. And incredibly this is the 2nd largest event in WPT history ever.

Who’s on First?

Well funny enough it was the same venue the 2011 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in which our very own Team  partypoker player Bobby Oboodi took 1st place.

Countdown…

1229 runners have thinned considerably down, with just 188 players starting Day 3. And they’ll keep up the good fight and continue to battling it out all in the hopes of getting in the money! We’re getting reports that their not stopping until there down to 27.

Champions of the poker table

Local pro Chris Reslock who back in 2007 won a bracelet at the World Series of Poker for the $5,000 Seven Card Stud event, cashing for $258k is just one of many familiar local faces still sitting with chips. Good luck to you all!

And in other news

According to tournament officials, a staggering 1003 entrants all ponied up the cash for the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Post-Lim 100K Guaranteed Event #21. As we roamed the field, we spotted quite a few familiar faces, including Marguerite Spagnuolo who was playing for what she calls “shoe money”, before she busted when the BB woke up with a hand. AGAIN.

“Good Luck Monger” Frank DiRe has also been spotted, looking focused as !*%#, after losing a large portion of his chips. He’s not in “DiRe” straits, though; and says his plan is to get a bunch of ‘em back RIGHT NOW.

 

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Ever Hear The One About: “So the button raises 3x, and I shove AJhh for like 15bbs, and the BB wakes up on Kings and holds” And Felt Lost?

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Say have you ever been at a poker table, and been totally lost by the table talk? It can be a pretty intimidating experience right? Well have no fear we’re here to help. You see the our wonderful game of poker is literally filled to the brim with those strange and odd words and sayings that truly only an insider would have a clue what the hell they mean. Until now, here’s pokertalk #101 starting off easy as A,B,C:

Here Come The ABC’s

“A” Game – Minimizing your mistakes in order to play the best game of poker possible.

ABC Poker – Avoiding fancy play; betting strong hands, folding weak ones.

Act – Bet, call, raise, or fold.

Action – A player’s turn to act.

Action Card – A card which causes weighty and significant betting between two or more players.

Add-On –  Purchasing additional chips at the end of a tournament’s rebuy period.

Aggro – A term used to describe an aggressive player.

Air – No pair, no draw.

Angle – Behavior or action during a game that does not directly violate the rules, but bends them as far as they’ll go.  Often referred to as “angle shooting” and considered to be poor etiquette by most players.

Ante – A forced bet for all players dealt into the hand.

Back Into – Picking up a draw on the turn and completing your hand on the river is called “backing into” a hand. (see also ‘runner-runner’)

Backdoor – Unintentionally improve a hand on the river. The stuff bad beats are made of.

Bad Beat – Playing a pot as a statistical favorite and losing.

Bankroll – The amount of money a person has allotted for playing poker.

Barreling – Following up a bet on a previous street, often as a bluff.

Bet – Initiate a wager.

Big Blind – A forced bet, most often double the small blind, serves as the min amount to bet.

Big Blind Special – Turning an otherwise unattractive starting hand into one worthy of a large pot when on the Big Blind simply because no other player raised pre-flop.

Bink – Transition from underdog to favorite after hitting an out.

Blank – A seemingly innocuous card.

Bleed – Lose chips unnecessarily. (see also ‘spew’)

Blind – A forced bet.

Blocker – Holding a card which decreases or eliminates the likelihood of your opponent holding an unbeatable or otherwise extremely strong hand.

Bluff – A wager placed in an attempt to steal the pot with little to no hope of being able to showdown the best hand.

Board – Community cards. Also known as the flop, turn, and river. The board is shared by all active players in a hand.

Bottom Pair – Having a card in your hand which matches the lowest ranking card on the board.

Bottom Set – Having a pair in your hand which matches the lowest ranking card on the board.

Brick – 1. A card which hits the board which does not improve your hand. 2. Failing to improve your hand  3. Failing to cash in a tournament or series of tournaments.

Brick & Mortar – A live casino/gaming venue as opposed to online site.

Broadway – The highest possible straight, Ten through Ace.

Bubble – The period of play during a tournament where all remaining players will be played except one (the next player eliminated).

Bullet – A buyin.

Bust/Busto – The act of being eliminated from a tournament or cash game, when your chip count equals zero.

Button – A round marker which indicates the dealer position.

Buyin – The amount of money used/required to enter a game.

Call – To match another player’s bet.

Calling The Clock – Forcing your opponent to act by putting an official time limit on his action.

Calling Station – A player who frequently flat calls as opposed to raising or folding.

Call Light – An unorthodox call based on having a relatively weak hand when you’re convinced that your opponent is bluffing. (see also ‘bluff catch’)

Card Dead – A seemingly unending sequence of weak starting hands.

Cards In The Air – When a hand is being dealt, it is said that cards are in the air.

Chase – Continuing to call/put money in with a dog hand, hoping to improve on a future street.

Check – Declining the option to bet, while still remaining in the hand.

Check Raise – Making a raise after previously checking to your opponent on that round of betting.

Chip Leader – The player with the most chips at any given time during a game is referred to as the chip leader.

Chip Up – To increase the amount of chips in front of you.

Chop – A consensual agreement among remaining players in a tournament to modify the distribution of scheduled payouts.

Coin Flip – When your odds of winning a hand are at or near 50%.

Cold Call – Calling after multiple bets and/or raises have been made in front of you, with none of your chips previously invested.

Community Cards – Cards shared by all players in a hand. (see also ‘board’)

Connectors – Two cards that give the opportunity to flop a straight, often consecutive in rank.

Continuation Bet – Also referred to C-Bet, place a bet on the flop after having raised pre-flop.

Counterfeit – When a card falls on the turn or river that reduces the value of your hand.

Crack/Crack A Hand – Outdrawing a stronger hand.

Crippled – Lose most of your chips, but not your entire stack.

Cry Call – A call made tentatively and with little hope of winning the pot, often made based on the size of the bet in relation to the size of the entire pot.

Cutoff – The table position directly to the right of the dealer, or button.

Up next it’s the def’s, NO we said D E and F….

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Lana O’Brien – My WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Was All Going So Well And Then…

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We’re back with even more news state side as the The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open continues. We managed to catch up with a very special contributor Lana O’Brien aka @lanaob22 as she told us her thoughts on the tournament and a few sick sick hands she’d seen out there on the felt so far:

It started with a little bit of controversy…

“Well the first event of the Borgata Poker Open ended with some controversy, as play was suspended with 27 players remaining. The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement ordered the event canceled due to a finding that one or more entrants improperly introduced counterfeit chips into the tournament, and the 1B chipleader, Christian Lusardi, was recently arrested.

I was not among those final 27, as (spoiler alert!) I did not cash in the first event. However, I had a great time playing and seeing friends.

Time to hit Fatburger!

 

 I spend most days with two kids under 2.5, so just the drive down to the Borgata is a vacation! I arrived about 45 minutes before the tournament’s 10am start time and there was no line (sweet)! I grabbed a greasy bacon, egg and cheese from Fatburger that hit the spot and headed over to my seat.

One of the last things I took from my house was my phone charger, but suddenly my battery was at 20% and I couldn’t find it. Thankfully, I asked up at the tournament podium and none other than Borgata Tournament Director Tab Duchateau dug around his bag until he produced one. Thanks again Tab!

Slowly slowly does it…

My table started out playing four-handed and things were pretty slow in the early levels. In one of my first hands at the table I raised AK and bluff raised the river after I missed the board, taking it down. Always feels nice to pull off a bluff early.

A good player named Matt sat down and doubled the first hand he played. Early on I raised 76s and triple barreled, getting him to fold on the river (phew). I don’t normally bluff that much, but every time I hit the board people were sucking out on me, so I had to win somehow.

Meeting Men “The Master”…

Men the Master sat down and promptly won two pots from me, one where he floated a Q92hh flop with A3 and turned an A on my flopped top pair. The other hand I flopped top pair and he went runner runner flush with Q8s. Bob “Uncle Krunk” Panitch sat down and got me to fold AQ on a terrible board.

Apart from flopping a set early and getting a couple streets of value, the biggest hand I played was when I defended my big blind with QTo and check called three streets with top pair. I also got lucky once when I got in with Q9 v. AQ on a Q high flop and binked a 9 on the river.

Breaktime with the partypoker pros

 During breaks I caught up with partypoker player Jamie Kerstetter and my friend “Action Bob” Hwang, and grabbed some of the vegetarian chili. A tourney grinder named Kevin McColgan recommended it over Twitter last series, and in my opinion it’s the best option for food in the event center.

And Then It All Came Crashing Down….

Sadly, it all went downhill after the chili. I lost with QQ to AK and 88 all in pre-flop. I misplayed a hand where I checked top pair on the flop, called the turn and lost to a rivered gutshot. I doubled with KK v. QQ only to lose a chunk when my KT lost to K9 on KQ9 board. I finally busted when Ben, the nice guy on my right, 4xed from the CO and I shoved my last13 big blinds with 99 and lost a flip to his AQ.

So Go On What The Heck Would You Do?

I’ll leave you with a hand where I was pretty lost. New player who looks like a regular sits down and limps the last hand of 400/800/50 under the gun. I raise on the button to 3200 with AQs, and he shoves all in for 28k. I have about 95k.

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It’s Time To Kick Out The Jams With Our Sunday Majors Playlist

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We asked “What are your favorite songs to listen to whilst playing poker?” and you answered literally by the truckload, yes you told us exactly what you wanted to hear.

And so we went off to put together what can only be described as probably the most awesome digital mix tape you’re likely to hear in a long while. Yes it’s really that good. We aim to please here and hopefully it’ll help take your Sunday Majors to the next level. Final Table FTW and all that right? One Time!

What song would you like see added to the playlist? Leave it in the comments section below and we’ll consider adding it! If we think it’s cool enough of course…

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There’s A Few Well Known Faces At The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Day 1B

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Kim Shannon has an eye like a hawk it would seem, she’s down there on the floor at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and has managed to spot nearly every poker player who currently isn’t at the 2014 Aussie Millions it would seem!

“There’s a sea of familiar faces here on Day 1B of the Main Event at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open; the field is massive, with around 640 entrants at  Level 3: 75-150, and it’s quite a mixed bag. Celebrity pros, notable local grinders and casual players alike have gathered in the Event Center, putting their poker skills to the test in an effort to win their slice of the $3M Guaranteed pie.

This is an unlimited re-entry tournament and registration is open until right after dinner break at the beginning of Level 7, so players definitely have the opportunity to do just that.

Tim Faro of Glen Burnie, MD, eyeing up his opponents. #BodyBags

Our very own #teampartypoker players Jamie Kerstetter & Bobby Oboodi and WPT’s Mike Sexton are seated in the field, along with partypokerNJ satellite winners Larry Domin, George Cicak, Ken Gallo, and Matthew Weiss.

Other faces in the crowd we recognize are local grinder-beasts Michael Marder & Tim Faro, Alpha Female Allison Schultz, James Woods, Matt Stout, Ryan Eriquezzo, Vinny Pahuja, Chino Rheem, Jonathan Little (our current chip leader), Anthony Zinno, Dennis Phillips, Kathy Liebert, and Kyle Bowker, along with many others.

Local beast Michael Marder, in full focus mode. #FAFftw

Here at partypokerUS, we’re wishing every player in the field the best of luck, but secretly rooting for our beloved locals. See you all at dinner break!”

 

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Mike “Little Man” Sica – Gone But Not Forgotten

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Mike “Little Man” Sica always had time, a smile and sometimes a toothpick for anyone it would seem. You might recall how sadly we lost Mike a few months back, one of the true legends of the poker scene who always brought the room alive either because of his matching jumpsuits or his infectious personality.

And I’ll be the first to admit I was knocked back and saddened to hear that we’d never hear him from him again chucking wise nuggets of poker wisdom to all who choose to listen. Kim Shannon our ace stateside reporter tells us how the poker playing world at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open felt pretty much the same way:

Paying Homage

“Play was suspended just before the start of Day 1 Level 5 in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open as six players took the stage to pay homage to Mike “Little Man” Sica in a powerful, emotion-filled spoken tribute. A universally loved  player, the Borgata regular passed away on November 13, 2013 after succumbing to lung cancer.

Chris Reslock, Mike Dentale, Mike Borovetz, Anthony Zinno, Allen Kessler, Lee Childs, and Will Failla took turns remembering “Little Man” in their own words. A common sentiment among all, however, is that Mike Sica was a rare breed, treating everyone he encountered with genuine kindness.

“Regardless if they were poker elite or the biggest fish, he treated them all with same level of respect”, said Zinno, as he unsuccessfully tried to choke back his tears. As the players in the field listened intently, Anthony urged them all to visit the Tournament Director’s desk and pick up a band to wear in “Little Man’s” memory.

 

Childs characterized Sica as “a true gentleman, someone we can all learn from” and Borovetz described him as “a legend on the East Coast” and continued by saying “I think about him all the time”.

Will “The Thrill” Failla spoke last, eulogizing Mike “Little Man” Sica with an anecdote. He recalled the time that “Little Man” played a hand vs Mica Raskin in which Raskin was originally dominated by Sica’s pocket aces, but eventually won via an egregious suck out. “I wanted to eat Raskin’s liver after that hand”, quipped Will, “but Mike handed him a toothpick and wished him luck, like a gentleman. That’s just how he was”.  Failla then brought the impromptu memorial to a close by asking everyone in the room to observe a moment of silent reflection in Mike Sica’s honor.

And reflect we all did. We miss you, Little Man.”

Mike “Little Man” Sica, 1944-2013

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11 Tips For Playing Live – As We Ask Can ‘BigChedda’ Cut It At The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open?

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Seriously on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being “calm as a Hindu cow” and 10 “Ohh my god my house is on fire” how nervous would you be about attending your first live poker event? Does that dial go to 11 yo might ask?

That’s what our stateside reporter Travis T Williams (who’s no stranger to the world of live poker) was thinking when he found out that one lucky winner was being sent to the Borgata Open to play in the $3,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em Main Event with a $3,000,000 Guaranteed Prizepool.

As Travis mentions ” Well yeah I was happy to offer free advice to whoever it may be, before the lamb was set before the lions. I quickly learned that ‘BigChedda’ was happy to hear what I had to say.

Top 11 tips for playing live:

  1. The best advice I can give is to have fun.  Enjoy the experience.
  2. Remember that no matter how great you play a hand, you simply cannot win the tournament on Day One, and certainly not in the first level.*
  3. There is absolutely nothing wrong with folding.**
  4. Be mindful of your table image.  If you limp into pot after pot, they’re gonna start raising you.  If you raise every hand, they’re gonna start three-betting you.  If you raise every button, they’ll defend their blinds to the death.
  5. The biggest problem I have had in larger buy-in events, including this event last year – was waiting so long for that premium hand pre-flop and failing to admit that I was beaten after the flop, no matter how unlikely.  I got the entirety of my 30K stack into the middle in level two on Day 1A last year with [88] on a QQ8 5 board with no flush possible, not even a flush draw.  As unlikely as QQ, Q8, and Q5 were… sure enough, he had Q5… and I was on the rail.  I played a massive pot without the stone nuts in a tournament with a fantastic structure.
  6. If I had checked back on the turn in this hand, as crazy as it seems – my opponent would not have had the chance to check-raise all-in, and I might not have been faced with an all-in bet on the river.
  7. Don’t get too wrapped in playing overly cautious.  After all, you’re there for free.  Most of these sorry saps in the competition had to put up their own hard-earned money to play.
  8. For the love of God, don’t give away free information by showing how great your fold was after they bet and you know you’re beaten.
  9. Also, as much as it hurts inside, try to refrain from showing the bluffs.  One of the reasons your rare bluffs will be effective is because you never got caught and you’ve built up such a tight image.
  10. After I got all my chips in with one out in the dreadful pocket eights hand, I took a long and lonely walk back to my room.  I eventually let my supporters talk me into firing a second shell.  On Day 1B, I got a ton of chips in with AK in the Big Blind vs AQ on the button.  I never looked back after that hand.  I bagged up a top-ten stack and dominated most of Day 2.  Day 3, I lost a big one with KK vs KQ on a JTx flop.  Real heartbreaker. After the hand, I still had well above an average stack, but my spirit was broken.
  11. I let my emotions get in the way and cost myself an in-the-money finish (and thousands of dollars).  100 places paid out of 1000+ entrants.  And I went out around 108th place shoving in way too many chips pre-flop with 88 when I could’ve raised and then folded when the button woke up to AA behind me. Hindsight’s 20/20, right?

Again, have fun, and Good Luck

Credit where credit is due

* This is what I like to refer to as “The Hollywood Theorem,” courtesy of Brian Hollywood.

** First (poker) book I ever read was @LeeHJones‘s “Winning Low Limit Hold ‘Em.”  Lee finally made folding sound like a great idea.  My favorite book to date, @TheTommyAngelo on Twitter’s “Elements of Poker”.  Tommy makes folding fun.

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From Travis T Williams aka @OnAFoldDraw “11 Tips For Playing Live Poker” http://t.co/K3Grsj4oK7

 

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Catch All The Action At The WPT Venice Carnival [VIDEO]

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Ahh Venice…The Grand Canal, Harry’s Bar, St Mark’s Square and of course the WPT Venice Carnival. That’s right with partypoker you can now qualify a trip of a lifetime to the city of bridges.

You see the WPT is hosting a one heck of a poker party in Italy with the Venice Carnival – and it goes without saying that we want your name on the list. Here’s a sneak preview of just how good the event is going to be!

The Details

If you qualify for the main event you’ll find yourself in a “thrilling high-stakes tournament” at legend has it the oldest casino in the world the fabulous Casino di Venezia Ca Vendramin from 9th-15th March.

So give it a shot and you could walk away with a $6,200 package!  The best part is there’s a ton of ways to qualify from daily free rolls up to the $335 Sunday Satellites which come with 1 package guaranteed.

Each $6,200 package includes:
  • $4,100 main event buy-in
  • Five nights’ hotel and hospitality
  • $950 travel and spending money

Win your way to the WPT’s Italian job and put your poker skills on show at the Venice Carnival.

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partypoker players ‘I_DO_PAGEANTS’ and ‘LebleuPetit’ Chop This Week’s $200k Guaranteed For Over $21K Each!

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When you compete in poker tournaments, you sometimes get a feeling that today is your day and that you’re going to go all the way and take down the first place prize. After navigating hi way through the majority of the field in the latest partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday tournament and then sending someone to the rail after only two hands of play at the final table, “I_DO_PAGEANTS” must have been getting “that” feeling.

partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table (26/01/2014) Seat Player Chips 1 LebleuPetit 437,030 2 TillyismyEX 845,601 3 Uninc157 537,900 4 Kirk_Enzi 950,035 5 I_DO_PAGEANTS 883,779 6 gunny66 660,306 7 gimpazoid999 401,262 8 AceSpades11 352,804 9 TarpedTony 313,283

As mentioned, the final table’s player count was reduced by one after only two hands. The action folded around to “Uninc157” on the button and he min-raised to 40,000. The small blind folded, I_DO_PAGEANTS three-bet all-on for 929,779 and Uninc157 called off his remaining 485,900 chips. As is often the case in tournament poker, this particular hand was a classic race situation and they say in order to win tournaments you have to win your races – whoever they are. I_DO_PAGEANTS flipped over which stayed ahead of his opponent’s when the five community cards ran out .

Three quick fire hands later and another player’s stack disappeared, although this particular hand was nowhere near a coinflip. “TillyismyEX” opened with a raise to 40,000 from middle position, which folded out everyone up to “AceSpades11” in the big blind. AceSpades11, down to 14 big blinds, pinned his hopes on the in his hand and three-bet all-in. TillyismyEX instantly called, as so would you had you been dealt the best hand in Texas Hold’em, the mighty . AceSpades11 was drawing dead by the turn of the board and exited in seventh place.

Only five hands later, a hand went down that claimed the tournament lives of two players and left I_DO_PAGEANTS with a monster-sized chip lead. “TarpedTony” open-ripped for his 351,283 stack from middle position, only to see “Kirk_Enzi” call of his last 260,035 chips from his seat in the small blind. I_DO_PAGEANTS must have felt all of his Christmases had come at once because he had been dealt and had an easy call to make, which is exactly what he did. He then found his kings were facing TarpedTony’s and Kirk_Enzi’s . A final board reading improved I_DO_PAGEANTS to a hand-winning set of kings, left the final table with five players and I_DO_PAGEANTS with 2,976,997 of the 5,400,000 chips in play – or 55.13% of the chips in play for those out there needing to satisfy their mathematician urges.

A few minutes later and “gimpazoid999” continued the trend of players busting out like being on the sidelines was going out of fashion. I_DO_PAGEANTS opened from the button to 40,000 and “gunny66” three-bet to 120,000 from the small blind. Gimpazoid999, in the big blind, jammed al-in for 309,262 and when I_DO_PAGEANTS folded on the button, gunny66 called. Gunny66’s trailed his opponent’s preflop, but the flop put him in front. The turn gave gimpazoid999 some extra outs, but the river was not one of them. Game over for gimpazoid999.

The eliminations continued when king-nine came good for gunny66 again. This time, TillyismyEX opened with a 2xbb raise to 50,000 from the button with and gunny66 defended his big blind with . The flop hit both players so it was no surprise to see gunny66 check, TillyismyEX lead for 65,775 and gunny66 check-raise to 159,912. TillyismyEX moved all-in for 553,000 in total and gunny66 called. The flush-completing locked up the hand for gunny66, rendering the river completely useless.

Some 99 hands were required to send the next player to the rail, that unfortunate soul being gunny66 who min-raised 4x the big blind to 120,000 from the small blind and then called off his remaining 262,684 chips when “LebleuPetit” set him all-in from the big blind. Gunny66 showed and LebleuPetit . A final board reading was no help to gunny66 and the tournament reached the heads-up stage.

I_DO_PAGEANTS held a 3,459,705 to 1,940,295 chip lead over LebleuPetit but it was far from over as a contest. Thanks to the frantic pace of the rest of the final table, even LevleuPete had over 60 big blinds in his stack.

The deepstacked heads-up battle lasted over an hour and saw LebleuPetit claw his way back into contention, then at 7:17am UK time, with stacks almost even, I_DO_PAGEANTS typed into the chat box “Yes for the Deal” and the players split the remaining prize pool between them based on the chip counts at the time.

partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table (26/01/2014) Seat Player Prize 1 I_DO_PAGEANTS $22,381.00* 2 LebleuPetit $21,712.88* 3 gunny66 $9,843.12 4 TillyismyEX $7,432.56 5 gimpazoid999 $5,323.32 6 TarpedTony $3,917.16 7 Kirk_Enzi $2,912.762 8 AceSpades11 $2,410.56 9 Uninc157 $1,928.44

*reflects a heads-up deal

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Here’s All You Need To Know About Our Omaha Majors!

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If you’re new to Omaha we think you might just like it. You see it’s similar to Texas hold ‘em, where each player is dealt four cards and must make his or her best hand using exactly two of them, plus exactly three of the five community cards. So because of this, there is a much higher chance of making a hand when playing Omaha. This means a lot more players seeing flops and a lot more betting happening throughout the entire hand! Good Luck!

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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WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event Day 1A: Wrap-up

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Well rumor has it there’s a poker tournament going on at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ! And best of all our friends stateside are on the ground covering all the action and will be sending us the best of the best when it comes to live poker.

So expect a ton of updates this week as the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event swings into action! Here’s all the news from the most important people of course the players and everyone one talking part! Good Luck to you all!


[View the story "Borgata Main Day 1A: Wrap-up" on Storify] 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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Just The Facts! Catching Up and Catching Cards with John Gudger Winner of the World Poker Tour National UK Milton Keynes Main Event.

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You might remember the name John Gudger. He’s the partypoker player who managed to pull off the ultimate poker trick there is. Turning a $3 online qualifier into a whopping £12,750 payday by winning the  partypoker World Poker Tour National UK Milton Keynes Main Event. All this and a little known fact is that this was actually his first live tournament in the United Kingdom!

No easy feat…

Once he’d secured his seat to the live event he still needed to conquer a field of 292 players at The Casino MK in Milton Keynes. But in the end that’s just what he did, a very nice pay day later, a trophy and the title of WPT National champion, we caught up with John for a few quick words.

1) Dany Willis: Congratulations again on your impressive win John, so when did you get into playing poker?

John Gudger: Only since Christmas 2011!

 

 

2) DW: Wow and already a live event title under your belt that must feel great! So what kind of stakes and games do you normally play?

JG: Well anything upto $12 but now I’ve been playing $.25/.50 cash tables

 

3) DW:  ”If  I don’t get my daily ______________ I get grumpy!”?

JG: Ha ha…nope never get grumpy!

 

 

4) DW: Alright well how would you describe your style?

JG: I guess I’m now a tight passive kind of player

 

 

5) DW: Another fun one the “Be careful what you wish for especially with ________?”

JG: Easy it has to be ACES!

 

 

6)DW:  So so true…okay how about “Do NOT wait until the last minute to ____________”

JG: Well of course that would be “buy in”

 

 

7) DW: And who would we find on your ipod?

JG: Led Zeppelin of course!

 

 

8) DW: With your poker, are you playing mainly online poker, live poker, or a mixture of both?

JG: I’d say online. You see Milton Keynes was actually my first ever Live Tournament in the United Kingdom!

 

9) DW: So that was a pretty payday, any plans?

JG: Helping my nephew with university costs.

 

 

10) DW: Good times, alright now any sicks hands from the final table you’d care to talk about?

JG: Sure Button all in SB called overshoved with KK. Small blind folded saying don’t be an ace. Ace on the river but beat button’s J10!!

 

11) DW: It’s like you said about the Aces right? So tell us how did you celebrate your victory?

JG: With Pink champagne and the organizers

 

 

12) DW: So any fool proof recipes for success at the tables?

JG: Yeah… don’t play every hand!

 

 

 

13) DW: We never do! And lastly but not least what was the best thing about WPT UK Tour Experience?”

JG: Well it was a big tournament experience for very little cost and all thanks to partypoker of course!”

 

 

 

Experience something new in Live Poker!

With the WPT National Tour you could be among the first to truly experience something completely unique in the world of live poker…

We’re talking about the  WPT Aspers Accumulator of course. If you’ve not heard of it it’s a brand new live poker tournament format that gives you more chances to win more chips and make it into the prize spots.

How does it work?

So picture this with an ordinary poker tour tournament you enter once and that’s it right? Well with this one you can actually enter up to 3 times and here’s the best part accumulate your chips from each entry!

But wait it get’s better! You can even win free entries right here on partypoker and yes of course we have qualifiers running every single day. Yes EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! Read more right here: WPT National UK

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