PokerStars to celebrate 100 Billion hands in June

Throughout June, PokerStars players like me are being treated to what can only be described as one of the biggest months in poker EVER with the 100 Billionth hand promotion!

PokerStars are running their promotion throughout June to celebrate 100 Billion poker hands having been played, 100 BILLION! Officials say they are expecting the 100 billionth hand to be dealt around the 14th June this year, with one hand paying $1 million ( the Million Dollar Hand).

PokerStars Ultimate Freeroll

I personally am more looking forward to getting stuck into some of the other promotions that they are offering throughout the month, one of them being the Ultimate Freeroll which is a special freeroll tournament which is offering a $1,000,000 prize pool and the winner will grab the grand prize of $50,000. For those also interested in the Ultimate Freeroll, it is going to take place on 30th June.

Of course, other promotions will be running throughout the month to celebrate this jaw dropping event, and more information on all of the promotions that are running is available at pokerstars.com along with a pretty cool video which can only add more excitement to the event!

For those that are new to poker and want to take part in the month long celebration but don’t know exactly how to play poker, read through the Poker Strategy guide at poker.gamble.co.uk – i found it to be very helpful and it has certainly improved my play style! Good Luck to everyone taking part this month and let me know in the comments if any of you have any impressive wins.

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Ultimate Poker launches in Nevada, USA

Yesterday saw Ultimate Poker launch online poker in Nevada, USA for the first time. As we all know, online poker has been very up in the air in the United States in recent years following the events of Black Friday and the two years of frozen accounts for US Full Tilt players, which has recently been announced as being handled by GCG to get US players their Full Tilt Refunds.

The new online poker site has had some good reviews since it’s launch and players in Nevada can visit ultimatepoker.com as long as they are over 21 years of age and are playing in Nevada, other players are able to register an account but aren’t allowed to play online until they arrive in Nevada.

Ultimate Poker comes to Nevada

If you have been keeping up with some of my recent posts you will know that I have a keen interest for online poker and especially like to keep up to date with what’s happening in the US. So far, 2013 looks to me as though it is going to be a good year for poker, with the launch of Ultimate Poker, “America’s first and only regulated online real money poker site.” and the fantastic news that those that had their full tilt accounts frozen are finally getting to hear some news on the handling of the funds in their accounts.

For those that are new to online poker or want to improve your game, visit the poker school at poker.gamble.co.uk for tips, strategies and odds.

Full Tilt Poker Refunds To Begin Shortly

The Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced the appointment of claims administrators group Garden City Group (GCG) to manage the Full Tilt Poker (FTP) refunds to U.S Players, after accounts were frozen in 2011 (Black Friday).

FTP Poker US Refunds GCG

Claims Administrators Garden City Group are going to handle Full Tilt Poker claims

Full Tilt Poker Claims Administrator

Garden City Group were announced on Wednesday (March 13th) as being the people that are going to oversee the hopefully smooth return of funds to the US Full Tilt players that had their accounts frozen in 2011 following the events of Black Friday. The transition of funds has been a long time coming after the re-launch of Full Tilt Poker back in November 2012, where European players were granted access to their funds.

It is expected that the amount to be paid back to the awaiting poker players is somewhere around $150,000,000.

How to claim Full Tilt Poker refund

For any players asking “How do I claim my Full Tilt refund?” then the answer is *almost* simple..
Garden City Group (GCG) have set up a new website called fulltiltpokerclaims.com, where there is currently just an informative notice to those wishing to make a claim. Once the claims process begins, players will be able to submit a claim electronically.

In the meantime, the only information to go on is that “The victim claims process will begin shortly.”
This is still early days, as you aren’t yet able to register for e-mail notifications for when the process is going to begin. The “U.S. fraud victims will be able to seek compensation for their losses (“Petitions for Remission”).”  statement on the website suggests that the wheel is already in motion and people will be able to get some information soon.

I will keep up to date with any more news that is released regarding the Full Tilt Poker Refunds for US players over the coming weeks/months, as it seems after almost two years, American players may soon see their money again.

Is Online Poker changing in the US?

Lately there have been a lot of news stories and events cropping up in the Poker world regarding Poker in the United States and the transition to online play, and also the opposite, with brick-and-mortar receiving a lot of attention. I have been keeping up with as much as I can on social media sites and through various news sources.

I have found this article which emphasizes that purchasing a casino in Atlantic City seems to be paving the way for online poker to make a comeback in the US . I can see why people are for and against poker being legalized online in the US, there is the view that doing so would reduce the amount of people that play in casino’s altogether, and add pressure to an already struggling casino industry in America. But then again there is the point that if it was legalized, there would be more brick and mortar games available to play, and could easily attract a new audience of people, perhaps those that don’t have access to a computer or the internet. Obviously if people were legally allowed to play poker online in the U.S then the government would receive tax on all money spent, so whilst the money going directly to Atlantic City could potentially decrease, the overall money the government receives would stay the same, if not increase.  Another benefit to legalizing poker online would be that people could have healthier gaming habits.. If somebody sits in a casino all day, and then moves to another the next day, there is virtually no way of tracking how much money they are spending, and therefore building up an addiction, whereas with online poker, there are possible ways of monitoring how much people are spending online, and then procedures could be put in place to stop them spending away their wages, and reduce the risk of people getting addicted.

Atlantic City Casino

Source: blog.nj.com

Brick and Mortar Poker to make a comeback

Not only this, but you get the social side of poker if you are playing online, whilst playing in brick and mortar casinos you do actually meet people face to face whilst you’re playing, you don’t always have time to stop and chat, but with online poker you do. Last weekend (Feb 19th/17th) I managed to play a few games online on Full Tilt and PartyPoker (an old favourite) and suddenly became aware of how friendly players are on there. I often find myself playing on tables where people talk constantly, and I get the impression that if the chat feature was taken away then the player numbers would drop significantly. How many times have you logged on to any online poker network and gone more than 10 minutes without seeing some form of interaction? I personally think it is a much better way to play poker than at a casino as you interact with people a lot more, and are able to concentrate more on your game play.

If Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey does sign a revamped version of the bill for online gaming, it could see a 10 year trial period for online gaming in NJ, which would definitely settle the argument for good, Brick-and-Mortar Poker, or Online Poker?

 

2013 WSOP Schedule Announced

The Schedule for the 2013 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) has been announced.

I, along with many other Poker Players have been expecting the announcement for some time, and finally Caesars Entertainment and official WSOP came forward on February 15th to put us out of our misery.
The 44th annual WSOP is going to run from May 29th through to July 15th, 2013.
With three months until the event kicks off, we have plenty of time to improve our play and ready ourselves for the challenge!

The event starts on May 29th, and is going to consist of 62 events, with a lot of focus no doubt being put on the $10,000 Championship Event. According to the news article on wsop.com, the “November Nine” is to go ahead again, starting on July 15th, and then will be played on November 4th and 5th.

WSOP 2013 Dates

WSOP 2013 Dates announced – May 29th – July 16th Source: http://www.masterspokerclub.com/the-WSOP-2013-dates-are-set-n169

The event I personally am most looking forward to is the Millionaire Maker, or ‘Event #6’ that starts on June 1st. I think it’s going to attract a lot of media attention and get a lot of players interested, as the winner receives a guaranteed $1 million regardless of how many people enter the event.
Of course, the famous Casino Employees Event is going ahead this year, and is going to commence on May 29th, the day it all kicks off.

Sadly. after the success of 2012’s “Big One For One Drop” event, it has been confirmed that it won’t be making an appearance this year, although after talking to people on Twitter and through various news articles online, it is heavily speculated that it will be returning in 2014. This year though, there will be two smaller versions, the “One Drop High Roller” and the “Little One For One Drop” which will apparently feature a $111,111 and $1,111 buy-in respectively.

A different tournament that is said not to be appearing in this year’s WSOP, but could possibly make an appearance in the future, is the Open Face Chinese Poker, not much has been mentioned about it online, but i will be keeping an eye out and updating as more news is released, in the mean time, read the How To Play guide of Open Face Chinese Poker at CardPlayer.com

Beginner Poker Tips

For those of you that are new, or even experienced in Poker, here are some beginner poker tips to help your play and improve your skill:

Beginners Poker Tips

First of all, learn what hands are best to play, and learn that not every hand is going to win. When you first join a Poker table, it’s easy to get carried away and think that playing hundreds of hands is going to make you win hundreds of times – it isn’t.

Obviously, if you are wanting to start from scratch and build up your knowledge, my advice would be to not play for real money at first, get used to the game, get used to losing, because it is going to happen, even the best Pro Poker Players lose.

If you’re playing land based games, practice your Poker Face, the key is to show no expressions, especially when you are dealt cards. The one thing that other players can see at a table is your face, if they look at you when you pick up your cards and see a big cheesy grin, they know you have a good hand. Alternatively, if you are dealt a rubbish hand, DO NOT sigh or show that you are disappointed, because this will only cause other players to raise their stakes, forcing you to fold. If other players think they have as much chance at winning the game as you, they are going to be more cautious, and play less aggressively.
Don’t get too hung up on this though, bluffing is only a minor factor of how to be successful at poker, and for the most part, you wont even use it (especially if you’re playing online).
At first it is definitely better to concentrate on playing better hands than bluffing, as you need to keep your head in the game and not let anything distract you.

One of the most obvious, but not often put into practice rules is to play against people that aren’t as experienced at poker as you. Much like taking candy from a baby, if you play on lower stakes tables where beginners are playing, they are less likely to have an upper hand on you, and can often, but not always, lead to a victory for you. Of course, if you are a beginner yourself, playing on the lower stakes tables is a must, and concentrate on the game until you know how to play. Don’t worry, not everyone you are playing is going to have more experience than you, as often, when people play lower stakes tables for more frequent wins, they often get bored and go on to the higher stakes to win more money.

Another point to consider when learning, is that other people on the table are also playing poker, and think they are going to win just as much as you. This is when you should start to take notice of opponent’s cards and how they are playing. If they appear to be playing aggressively, they probably have a strong hand, and chances are, if you aren’t playing aggressively, it is stronger than yours. Beware though, because this could be bluffing too.
If you do have a weak hand though, it is wise to fold, especially if other players are playing hard and raising large amounts of money, remember, you aren’t always going to win.

How To Play Poker

Something that comes before all of this though, is that you need to know how to play poker. Sitting down and playing random hands without knowing the strength of them, or what it is you’re trying to achieve, is not going to get you anywhere. There are various different places you can visit to read up on poker, obviously there are many books out there such as “The Virgin Guide to Poker” by Alex Tanner, and obviously there are some good quality websites out there that will teach you in the form of an online course.

Finally, play it safe. If you are still at the table with all but one or two other players having folded, chances are, they are just as likely to have cards as good as yours, if you’re not confident you are going to win, play it safe and fold, unless you’re feeling lucky!

World Poker Tour (WPT) Launches Poker Trainer

World Poker Tour (WPT) have launched a Poker Trainer in the form of an iPhone/iPod/iPad app, available through iTunes. The Poker Trainer app aims to teach people how to play certain hands, with 5 different hands available before you have to purchase the full version.
The app is very interactive with things you do, for example, the second you make a move, the app gives you feedback on your move, and gives an opinion on the move. The hands available don’t let players have as wide a choice of actions available as there are in actual online poker, but the graphics, and speed of the trainer app make up for this.

As the WPT Poker Trainer app is developed with the help of professional poker players, the information you recieve is good quality and it allows you to actually learn how to play properly.

The WPT Poker Trainer is said to plan on launching a new hand pack each month, so players can easily improve their skills over a range of different hands.
Players earn ProCoins when they make a move, and if you don’t earn three coins, the Trainer App tells you what you are doing wrong, and suggests ways to improve your moves, and in turn, the way you play poker.
This is handy, as new players can be stumped by the amount of terms and phrases professional poker players use, and the WPT Poker App simply navigates you through everything so you can pick up on different words and phrases as you learn.

This is also handy because the coins you earn can be used to purchase different Bonus Packs, which again, in turn gives you more information on different hands, and in theory will improve your skills as a poker player. Some of the other hands available are Continuation Betting, odds, and pre flop play.

The World Poker Tour Poker Trainer App has recieved some very positive reviews from different people on the internet, with many taking to Twitter to say how pleased they are with the app. Some people are mentioning that they don’t agree with all the advice being given to them on the app, but it is just opinion from professionals that is there to help.

All the reviews I have read online on different websites and on social media suggest that the app is extremely helpful and detailed when it comes to giving you information and tips when you make a move, which newcomers are very interested in.
Not only is the app helpful to newcomers, but people are saying that it is very helpful if you have an idea of how to play Texas Hold ‘Em, as it helps people improve the way they are playing.

Don’t forget, you can look at a number of different Poker Strategies and Hands at poker.gamble.co.uk as well as view the latest News and much more.

Poker Hand I Played Today on NL $1000

Here is a good hand I played today (not because I won it :))

Hold’em No Limit Heads Up ($5/$10 USD)
VPIP/PFR/AF/WTSD/
SB (Hero) $1250
BB $990 (25/13/9/33)

Preflop: ($15) Hero is SB with 9A
Hero Raises $20, BB Calls $10,

Flop: ($45) (2 players) 293
BB bets $30, Hero calls $30,

Turn: ($105) (2 players) 8
BB checks, Hero bets $75, BB raises $200, Hero calls $125

River: ($460) K (2 players)
BB bets $230, Hero Calls $230

Final Pot: $920
Hero (SB) shows 9A (pair of nines)
BB shows 10J (King high)

Hero wins the pot.

This is  a good example of how your read might results in decent +EV. I noticed that this aggressive post flop opponent likes to bet his draws. The board was very dry to I decided that favourite most of the time on board like that. I was not afraid of set or overpair as a player like that would slow play it. SO the only hand that did make sense for that kind of opponent was a good draw.

Zoom Poker Strategy on PokerStars

Hello everyone, it’s been a while since I wrote some poker guidance and tips (simply because I was busy with some other stuff like finding latest news on Full Tilt 🙂 . Anyway, I decided to write a short guide on Zoom Poker Strategy on PokerStars. I will not go in to details for every tips assuming you already know the basic and you don’t need in-depth analysis.

ok here goes:

General Zoom Poker Trend can be described as: WAIT FOR THE GOOD HAND AND RAIS – that is why we want to exploit this trend for our benefit and profit:

Rule #1 – Use Statistic on your opponents (for example Holdem Manager)
Rule #2 If you see a raise from UTG they guy probably has QQ+ AKo+ so there’s no value for you to call unless you have a pocket pair for set value on the flop
Rule #3 You have to exploit the general trend by raising marginal hands. It means you can add extra 5% from your average PFR range. No one will ever call you unless they have a proper hand, and even if they do they will fold 66% of the time on Flop CB
Rule #4 You have to 3bet more often with block hands especially if the raiser is in MP+
Rule #5 You have to defend your blinds, as a lot of players assume that you have already left the table
Rule #6 You have to still the blinds more as most of the players have already moved to another table
Rule #7 Take notes
Rule #8 Don’t ever limp
Rule #9 Don’t get too creative especially on the low limit games.

Hopefully this Zoom Poker Strategy on PokerStars will help anyone who just started playing Zoom Poker. You can also find some decent poker strategies on poker.gamble.co.uk

Poker Rooms Fish Count

Hi Guys, hope everyone has enjoyed latest news on FTP. I personally didn’t like the fact that the guy has apologised but haven’t said anything specific towards when will ftp actually open. Looks like my prediction for the March will not become live…

Anyway, I’ve been asked by a few people to point what is the difference in skills of players between several rooms and different limits. Since I’m not playing every single room on the world I will be able to make a few poker room comparisons. Hope this will help new players to choose one that suits them more.

PokerStars Fish Count
Overall Fish Amount – 20%

Low Limits Cash Tables – 40%
Low Limits MTT’s – 60%
High Limits Cash Tables – 15%
High Limits MTT’s – 25%

I Consider PokerStars as highly profitable place for everyone who plays MTT on Low-Midd stakes. I personally think that a player who plays a solid tight game at $10-$25 buy-in tournaments should make quite sustainable and yummy profits without applying any additional strategies.



PartyPoker Fish Count

Overall Fish Amount – 35%

Low Limits Cash Tables – 50%
Low Limits MTT’s – 55%
High Limits Cash Tables – 20%
High Limits MTT’s – 25%

PartyPoker has the second hardest field after PokerStars. If you are contemplating playing on PartyPoker you should definitely go for low cash games and MTT’s, as most of the time players don’t have any ideas what they are doing. The favourite fish move on PartyPoker is to check/call preflop/flop/turn and re-raise all in River with AA on the 567 K Q Board.


Ipoker Fish Count

Overall Fish Amount – 45%

Ipoker network comprise a variety of different poker rooms like TitanPoker, Bet365, WilliamHill and others. But since the players battle against each other on the same network called Ipoker, we will not consider every individual poker room (as it doesn’t make sense)

Low Limits Cash Tables – 50%
Low Limits MTT’s – 70%
High Limits Cash Tables – 25%
High Limits MTT’s – 30%

Ipoker has more fish than any other poker room. Multiple all ins are available for you to harvest at < $3 Buy In tournaments. Low Cash tables are gold mines for decent poker players. Any type of game you play at IPoker should result in gradual profits.

If you have any poker rooms you wish do discuss please leave a comment and don’t forget to check back 🙂