Hard Rock Poker Open 2013 $10m Guaranteed Tournament

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has announced the upcoming Hard Rock Poker Open tournament, running throughout August, with the Main Event running from 08/22 to 08/29 which will guarantee a $10 million pool that players will attempt to win.

I think this could be the largest (correct me if i’m wrong) guaranteed poker tournament prize ever, with others such as the WPT generating much higher, however they are more well known and attract more players. This is perhaps why this $10m guaranteed tournament looked so exciting when I first saw it on Twitter this morning.

The Main Event is going to run from August 22nd through to the 29th and will have a Buy-In of $5,300, which is considerably lower than a lot of other tournaments that can’t manage to offer such a high guaranteed prize.

Source: pokerbankrollblog.com

Speaking about this exciting new tournament that poker players around the world are no doubt looking forward to, the Director of Poker at Seminole Hard Rock, William Mason said that the $10 million guarantee would mean the winner would receive around $1.7 million. I am certainly looking forward to the event in Hollywood, as it has been confirmed that the Main Event will be part of a series running throughout August which will see multiple other poker rooms across Florida play lower entry fee tourney’s which will allow the winners to progress to the $10m guaranteed Main Event.
According to southflorida.com there are no plans to televise the tournament which is making many poker players online and off consider taking part in the tournament, which is understandable with such an irresistible tournament to play for.

Good Luck to everyone taking part in the Hard Rock Poker Open $10m guaranteed tourney, hopefully I will see you there!


Full Tilt Poker Pro Phil Ivey is back

Source: PokerNews

Phil Ivey is concerned as the best poker player in the world by far, even Phil Hellmuth himself pointed that Ivey’s NL Cash and Tournaments skills are above the cloud line. So you can’t disagree with the Poker Brat. We haven’t heard anything about Phil Ivey since Full Tilt Poker has been closed. However the best poker player has returned to the poker stage by winning 1st place and scooping $2,000,000 on Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller event in Australia. That’s right the Buy-In for this event was $250k with top 3 places paid. So the Tournament entreats amount along with the prices paid looked more like a SNG tournament rather than an MTT.

Almost every single participator of this event was a well-known pro, except for the 2 Asian businessmen who have decided to gamble with the world poker elite.

So here are the results along with the line-up:

-1st Phil Ivey $2,000,000
-2nd Patrik Antonius $1,200,000
-3rd Gus Hansen $800,000
-4th Daniel Negreanu
– 5th Sorel Mizzi
– 6th Winfred Yu
– 7th Tony Bloom
– 7th Dan Smith
– 8th Jason Mercier
– 9th Paul Phua
– 10th Nick Wong
– 11th Erik Seidel
– 12th Sam Trickett
– 13th John Juanda
– 14th Mohamad Kowssarie
– 15th Richard Yong
– 16th Tom Dwan

As you can see from the line-up, most of the players are former Full Tilt Poker Team Pro members.
Congratulations to Phil Ivey who was again proved his unofficial best poker player title.

If you still haven’t decided where to play, you can take a look at Poker Room reviews at poker.gamble.co.uk

Poker Stars Turbo Championship, who is in?

Source: holdemreview.com

PokerStars have announced a new Championship called TCOOP, which stands for Turbo Championship of Online Poker, the championship will take place between 19th and 29th of January 2012, the total guaranteed prize pool is 10,000,000.00, with over 50 events in different disciplines and buy-ins in the range of $5.50 – $2,100.

The Tournaments will run in Turbo and Hipper Turbo mod, for those of you who want to play at least some sort of solid poked game I advise you not to participate in the Hyper Turbo tournaments, cause the blinds for those tournaments grow every 2-3 minutes, which leaves you no chance to apply some proper strategy, the game becomes more like Push/Fold game.

I’m personally not a fan of Turbo games anyway, so I will stay out of this one. But for anyone of you who feels like a turbo player here is some useful information about the PokerStars Turbo Championship schedule:

19 Jan 12:00 $22 NL Hold’em [6-Max] $200,000
19 Jan 14:00 $33 NL Omaha Hi/Lo $50,000
19 Jan 16:00 $134 NL Hold’em [Knockout] $250,000
19 Jan 18:00 $33 NL Hold’em $100,000
20 Jan 08:00 $22 PL Draw $50,000
20 Jan 10:00 $55 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Shootout] $100,000
20 Jan 12:00 $22 NL Hold’em [Rebuys] $400,000
20 Jan 14:00 $82 NL Hold’em [Big Antes, 2x Chance] $300,000
21 Jan 10:00 $55 PL Omaha [Knockout] $100,000
21 Jan 12:00 $11 NL Hold’em [Rebuys, 3x-Turbo] $300,000
21 Jan 14:00 $109 NL Hold’em [Heads-Up] $150,000
21 Jan 16:00 $33 Triple Stud $25,000
21 Jan 19:00 $33 Saturday Speedway – TCOOP Special $100,000
22 Jan 08:30 $55 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, 2R1A] $50,000
22 Jan 11:30 $55 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $150,000
22 Jan 12:30 $55 NL Hold’em [Knockout] $200,000
22 Jan 13:30 $109 NL Hold’em [1R1A] $300,000
22 Jan 15:30 $22 PL Omaha [6-Max, Rebuys, 2x-Turbo] $150,000
22 Jan 18:30 $215 Sunday Supersonic – TCOOP Special [Hyper-Turbo] $300,000
23 Jan 08:00 $55 PL Omaha [6-Max, 1R1A] $100,000
23 Jan 10:00 $44 NL Hold’em [4-Max] $150,000
23 Jan 12:00 $82 FL Omaha Hi/Lo $50,000
23 Jan 14:00 $153 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $200,000
24 Jan 12:00 $109 PL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max] $50,000
24 Jan 14:00 $215 NL Hold’em $500,000
24 Jan 16:00 $22 Stud $25,000
24 Jan 18:00 $22 NL Hold’em [Rebuys, 2x-Turbo] $300,000
25 Jan 08:00 $82 NL Hold’em [2x Chance] $150,000
25 Jan 10:00 $109 NL Hold’em [Shootout] $75,000
25 Jan 12:00 $11 PL Omaha [6-Max, Rebuys, 3x-Turbo] $100,000
25 Jan 14:00 $22 Stud Hi/Lo $25,000
26 Jan 12:00 $5.50 NL Hold’em [Rebuys, 3x-Turbo] $100,000
26 Jan 14:00 $33 Razz $50,000
26 Jan 16:00 $215 NL Hold’em [2x Chance] $400,000
26 Jan 18:00 $55 PL Omaha [4-Max] $75,000
27 Jan 08:00 $82 NL Hold’em [6-Max] $250,000
27 Jan 10:00 $55 PL Omaha [6-Max, 2R1A] $100,000
27 Jan 12:00 $55 NL Hold’em [Ante Up] $100,000
27 Jan 14:00 $109 FL Hold’em [6-Max] $100,000
28 Jan 10:00 $109 HORSE $25,000
28 Jan 12:00 $109 PL Omaha [Heads-Up] $50,000
28 Jan 14:00 $33 NL Hold’em [Rebuys, 2x-Turbo] $300,000
28 Jan 16:00 $109 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $100,000
28 Jan 19:00 $33 Saturday Speedway – TCOOP Special $100,000
29 Jan 06:00 $109 NL Hold’em $100,000
29 Jan 11:00 $215 NL Hold’em (replaces Sunday Warm-Up) $750,000
29 Jan 12:00 $2,100 NL Hold’em [High Roller] $500,000
29 Jan 13:30 $320 8-Game $100,000
29 Jan 15:30 $700 NL Hold’em Main Event $1,500,000
29 Jan 18:30 $215 Sunday Supersonic – TCOOP Wrap Party [Hyper-Turbo] $300,000

All times are Eastern Time (ET), don’t forget that the first tournament starts in 6 days!
If you would like to find out more about PokerStars you can read the PokerStars review on poker.gamble.co.uk

World Poker Tour in Ireland 2012

I’ve just found out that the World Poker Tour in Ireland starts today. The tournament will be held from 5th -8th January in City West Hotel, Dublin, the buy in for this tournament is €2500. This is a Texas Holdem No Limit Freezeout tournament, which means that no rebuys will be available.

I think it is reasonable to say that the tournament is actually €2250 + €250, because 10% from the prize pool will be withheld. All players start with a massive stack of 30,000 chips. The entries are accepted until blinds level 6 (until 21:30)

There will be a 60 minutes time period for the each level from1 till 20, and a 90 minutes period from level 21 to final table.
Day 1 starts at 14:00
Day 2 starts at 14:00
Day 3 starts at 14:00
Day 4 (final table) starts at 15:00

Good Luck to everyone in World Poker Tour in Ireland 2012.

WSOP 2012 $1 Million Buy-in Tournament

WSOP 2012 $1 Million Buy-in Tournament has finally been confirmed. Over the last few months it was unclear if this tornament will take place, however it has been announced that WSOP 2012 $1 Million Buy-in  will take place as a basic WSOP event in 2012.

This WSOP tournament was organised by Guy Laliberte – the owner of One Drop fund and CEO of Cirque du Soleil corporation in cooperation with WSOP officials. It has been pointed that 11,11% from buy in will be donated to One Drop fund to help people in Africa who are desperate for clean water.

It has also been announced that 22 players have already signed in for this tournament. The maximum amount of players is limited at 48 players, which is really a shame.  Among the ones who have already signed in are: Tom “durrrrr” Dwan, Gus Hansen,  Daniel Negreanu, Patrick Antonius and others. This tournament will also be available for 3 satellites winners.

There are still 26 places for this tournament. ESPN will cover this WSOP 2012 $1 Million Buy-in Tournament on July 1-3, 2012.

Why Phil Hellmuth is so Unlucky in Cash Games? (Part 2)

Source: casinopoker365.com

Secondly, I think that Phil Hellmuth focuses on his ego too much. So rather than focusing on the game itself, Phil is focuses on his persona. Phil Hellmuth thinks that everyone at the table has a proper respect for each hand that he is involved in. However they don’t.

Thirdly, lets be honest here, Phil Hellmuth doesn’t have enough skill to compete against the world best cash game players. We have discussed the reason for that in the first part (applying tournament strategy to cash games). You can see a lot of times Phil Hellmuth states that he plays “one hand per hour and still they call him with the worst hands”. Isn’t that obvious?  How do you play against a rock? That’s right you loosen up your game a bit. And that is exactly what everyone does. Phil states that he won his 11 bracelets by trapping opponents   –  this is a very good strategy on WSOP field, especially if half of the participators are fish. Which makes it easier to trap bad players, however doesn’t work when you play against Phil Ivey or Tom Dwan.

Finally, we can not point any particular case for Phil Hellmuth cash games fails, I think that is is a mix of all of the issues in one case.

Why Phil Hellmuth is so unlucky in Cash Games? (Part 1)

Why Phill Hellmuth is so unlucky in cash games

Source: imaconlinepoker.com

Phil Hellmuth is world wide known for his 11 WSOP bracelets and his bad attitude at the poker table. Let’s be honest, his poker brat performance is exactly why we love him so much. Most of the people who watch his poker game in real tournaments and cash games have no interest in his performance whatsoever, instead they are looking for the “blows up” which are related with Phil Hellmuth. I would say that his emotional instability is part of his trademark… Anyway, after watching Phil Hellmuth loses in every single TV Cash Games shows, a lot of people began to wonder how the hell did he claim 11 WSOP bracelets and yet is so unlucky in  cash games? I mean, from the viewer perspective it seams that all Phil Hellmuth does is complaining about how bad everyone plays except himself. So how did he actually managed to be so successful in Tournament games and is so unlucky in cash games?

First of all Cash games are completely different from the Tournament games. There are a lot of factors that affect a tournament player, which however doesn’t relate that much to a cash game player. For example blinds do not grow at the cash game as they are in MTT, Tournaments are more time consuming. You can’t just sit out at any time (well, technically you can, but that will not do any good for your stack). The strategy should always change accordingly to your stack size, those are just the main difference, however there are a lot more than just that.Pursuing this further we make an assumption that you can not use the same strategy which you use for Tournaments and apply it for the Cash Games. The dynamics of those games is completely different.