Poker Notepad: Homework, Part 2
Poker Notepad: Homework, Part 2

The second edition of our little dissertation on how to work at your game the right way is about more practical matters which give us a definite algorithm. The authors advise to dedicate a whole year to the education. We’ve got more universal decision for you. Remember, we are trying to become a better poker player with the help of this articles.

Professional players MpethyBridge and Spikeraw22 from 2+2 forums have started big thread where they talk about all the details of their off table work. There is a lot of info, we’ve read the whole thing, analyzed it and now publish the main info.

In Part 1 we speak about the way of analyzing hands, how to make yourself start doing this, why you need to do this and the best way to record the hands.

Next »
Poker Notepad: Homework, Part 1
Poker Notepad: Homework, Part 1

Any successful regular player develops his game and evolves. One of the components of this development is constant work at the mistakes made. We’re speaking about live poker right now – cash games and tournament play. Hopefully, this material will help you find some clues on becoming a poker player

Professional players MpethyBridge and Spikeraw22 from 2+2 forums have started big thread where they talk about all the details of their off table work. Basically, they  share info on how to become a good poker player. There is a lot of info, we’ve read the whole thing, analyzed it and now publish the main info.

First thing’s first is motivation. Working at your mistakes is often boring but really necessary. YOU JUST HAVE TO DO IT! AT LEAST START IT! That’s the key answer on a question “How to become good at poker”

Those who have problems with procrastination should see this video (watch till you have a will for action):

Next »
First legal poker club is about to open in Russia
First legal poker club is about to open in Russia

The opening in St. Petersburg is scheduled on November, 1. At least one professionally organized tournament will be scheduled a week. There will be no prizes for the winners and no buy-ins. The club is cooperating with prosecutors organization and when it opens it becomes the first in the city (and, possibly, in the country) officially operating poker house.

Quoting the author of the idea:

“We invite you for the opening of The First Legal Poker Club in St. Petersburg. We play money-free professional tournament Texas Hold’em. We don’t have buy-ins and rebuys. Everybody is in equal conditions.  We’re planning to open and hold the first tournament on November 1.

We’re planning to systematically have weekly sport poker tournament, where people with same interests will be able to play without taking any risk. After each tournament day we’ll keep records and write the results down to the tournament table.

The most recent info appears at the club’s official VK page, and there are 335 people in it already.

Next »
The biggest poker event of the year will take place in Ukraine
The biggest poker event of the year will take place in Ukraine

Kharkov city is so rigorous, that all the bans and crises are the child’s play to it. “Kreschatik” is closed, “Imperial” is closed, everything is closed – except for the clubs in Kharkov. The last bastion of poker in Ukraine is not going to yield and, what is more, is going to arrange the biggest event on its land!

From October, 22 to October, 31 THREE Kharkov clubs at the same time will see the event of Ukranian series WSF Poker Tour with 750,000 grivnas (~ $35,000) guaranteed!

This is completely surprising and also somewhat absurd new. “How is this even possible?!” – many people will ask. “We don’t know”, – we’ll answer.

Next »
Why Patrick Antonius doesn’t play online poker any more
Why Patrick Antonius doesn’t play online poker any more

Player who has earned $17 million just stopped playing NL Hold’em and Omaha at the highest stakes. The reason is the most trivial: “I don’t beat ‘em”. This player’s name is Patrik Antonius…

In his latest interview, Patrik Antonius told to one well-known poker resource some interesting things.

  1. The world of live high rollers has seen better days

The Chinese, according to Antonius, more and more play by themselves (organize private games and do not invite others). They only begin poker movement on Philippines; there is no regular game yet.

There is no game in London, Macao, Vegas. It used to be better back in the days. That is the reason Patrik Antonius plays poker so rare. Sometimes sits out for months. However, it’s not the best part.

Next »
Minsk – the new poker capital of Eastern Europe?
Minsk – the new poker capital of Eastern Europe?

Following the fifth stage of Belarus Poker Tour which has started in Minsk, one of the main events of Russian Poker Tour is also going to have a going here. If everything goes well (and we truly believe everything’s going to be that way), Minsk is going to be assigned to a new status of poker oasis of CIS.

Recently discovered flaws of Live Events series is putting in doubt some words and actions of some tournament directors who used to have crystal reputation in poker community not causing any reproaches.

In particular, reputation of Mike Peltekci took a blow. He was not just the head of Live Events, but directed some other poker tours that were popular in CIS.

Next »
Natural poker drugs
Natural poker drugs

As the level of competition is very high, you have to find edge by all means possible. It’s known for quite some time that many pro (and not only pro) players regularly use different kind of stimulators to enhance their game quality. Those substances often have serious side effects. But there is also a little group of natural additives and we’re going to talk about them now.

We are not going to write about preparation and substances which cause addiction, seriously affect on brain work and nervous system. This is no the way poker meant to be played and popularized.

We will not be recalling Stu Ungar, 70s and 80s when one could often see at the poker table (even at World Series!) a pack of amphetamines and something like Diazepamum. We will not be telling you the most widespread brands among the modern day online and live players of strong and prohibited preparations.

Do you need it? You don’t.

Next »
Fights in poker, or Knockout for $1,000,000
Fights in poker, or Knockout for $1,000,000

When emotions take control over mind, when steam boils within, when you want to punch that dummy across the table, it’s time for fists and threats. And that is poker. And if in our countries we’re not used to deal with that kind of problems like gentlemen, aboard everything’s way more civilized

Recently the biggest fight in the history of poker could have happened.

Seriously. Jokes aside.

Super high roller David “Doc” Sands challenged to fight Douglas Polk who also specializes on very expensive tournaments and nosebleed-cash.

Next »
Heart-to-heart: Sammy Farha, Mr Raisy Daisy
Heart-to-heart: Sammy Farha, Mr Raisy Daisy

Ihsan Farha, aka Sammy, aka Mister Cool is a legendary high stakes player. He is a true example of old school gambler. Farha was the runner-up of WSOP Main Event 2003, second to only Chris Moneymaker to whim he has lost in the famous heads-up battle. Later Sammy will become one of the most recognized high stakes players and one of the most dangerous cash players in Las Vegas.

Farha was born in Lebanon and moved to the USA when he was young to escape civil war. He had relatives in the USA, including his brother. He wanted to work with this brother (to become a medicine doctor).

But eventually Sam will choose another path. He’ll get a degree in economics and will be closely connected with playing cards.

By the way, despite loyal attitude towards different card games inside the family, Farha was staying aside those games. Due to unknown reasons. Even when his friends started to play, our hero wasn’t following their example.

But when eventually Sammy made it to the poker table, the passion to cards started to burn like the wildest fire.

Next »
Game at stakes $2,500/$5,000/$10,000 in Manila!
Game at stakes $2,500/$5,000/$10,000 in Manila!

In parallel with APPT Manila that takes place in Philippines, there is the game at extreme stakes, the biggest at the history of the country: $2,500/$5,000 ante $10,000! As Winfred Yu, the godfather of Macau poker has promised the Highrollers are trying the new place out.

Today we’ll know the name of APPT Manila Main Event new champion. To be honest, there is nothing extraordinary to be expected about the culmination of the tournament. There is about $557,000 in the prize fund, way too small of the money in comparison with EPT. Though it’s a big deal for Philippines – almost 600 men in the chip count, that’s a record!

Next »
Revolution in online poker, or will there be more live players?
Revolution in online poker, or will there be more live players?

Recent cardinal changes on Full Tilt Poker mark the beginning of the new era of world poker development. Poker is now becoming targeted only on amateurs. These changes in online poker may doom it forever.  Regular players have to find new fishy places and with time there is great possibility that they’ll end up in live poker rooms.

We do not discuss online poker very often; we follow some other aspects of poker life. But sometimes changes in virtual world are so massive that they affect live poker also.

And that is the case here.

First “let’s-make-poker-more-user-friendly” changes at Full Tilt Poker were made few days ago. Their logic: the number of deposits decreasing, regulars are over their heads, we need to find new stream of noobs or we are going to die soon. Changes in poker terrify.

Next »
Poker Notepad: Profiling
Poker Notepad: Profiling

What makes the difference between professional poker players and amateurs? Actually, a lot of things. Pro player develops different skills which help him to get additional profit. One of those skills is ability to profile the opponents.

It is not very hard to play profitably at the lower stakes in casinos and live poker rooms, this is not a rocket science. Using basic principles of ABC-strategy would be enough: just play preflop and flop aggressively, use only good pocket holdings and respect the position.

But with time players development in that direction significantly slows down. Besides, basic strategy works mainly against certain types of players – amateurs, gamblers and tourists who consider poker some kind of roulette.

To develop yourself further, to play with much wider range of hands, you need to get acquainted with certain set of skills. One of these skills is profiling.

Next »
Heart-to-heart: Brian “Steel Balls” Rast
Heart-to-heart: Brian “Steel Balls” Rast

Man of steel, aka Big Bet King, aka $500,000 Aria Super High Roller Bowl champion, aka one of the best super high rollers of modern poker. One of the Big Three: Rast – Esfandiari – Laak. Brian Rast. 33 years of age. American. Married to Brazilian spouse.

 “…as hard as a hammer and as bent as the sickle that crosses it,” – this description of one of the heroes of a famous movie “Snatch” characterizes our today’s person in interest the best.

He is that tough. He has such a poster at his home:

Next »
Macao calls for gambling legalization in Beijing
Macao calls for gambling legalization in Beijing

Macao just can’t meet the demand of gambling from the Chinese. And considering economical drop-down trend of gambling giant, the situation will soon get out of control. Moreover, there are plenty casinos now just outside Chinese border, although the country authorities prohibit junket tours to their citizens

June has become the 13th straight month when Macao profit decreases. More to that, profit of the worlds gambling center is now as low as it was five years ago – that is the lowest for a very substantial period of time. Profits are decreased by 36%.

What’s important, most of the major clients of Macao are Chinese, over 60% of total number. Beijing finally started to realize the problems of the independent territory. Some changes were made last month to make conditions of staying in Macao more comfortable for Chinese: you can stay for 7 days there now (used to be 5) and now they can go there twice a month (only once a month earlier).

But that’s not going to cut it.

Next »
Poker in Bulgaria
Poker in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has fallen out of the USSR influence in the end of 1989. Since then industry of gambling very closely connected with tourism prospers. All the famous poker rooms are situated on the shore of the Black Sea.

There are over 20 casinos for population of 7 millions Bulgarians. If we add up slot machine halls, there is somewhere a hundred gambling houses. It is not the biggest number anywhere but certainly above average.

There is gambling spree in the country since 90s. Cheap life and Black Sea attract tourists. Especially CIS tourists.

Next »

You got %count% points
Report Bug