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The Year That Was

Wednesday, 4. November 2009 16:19

The Milestone.

2009 marked the 40th anniversary for the World Series Of Poker or WSOP for short. This celebratory event was held in, where else but, Las Vegas, Nevada and was accommodated by the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. The tournament spanned an impressive 49 days running from the 27th of May 2009 to the 15th of July 2009. With 57 bracelet events there were 60,878 entrants. The total amount of money won in these 57 events was $33,350,373.

With literally tens of thousands of entrants in the various tournaments it wouldn’t be wise to list them all here,there are just far too many but here the names of the winners of all 57 bracelet events and the statistics of each will be listed over the space of three articles.

And the winner is:

The first event was one for the casino employees at $500 a head and was a no-limit hold em game. There were 866 entrants in total and the winner, Andrew Cohen, took home a very nice sum of eighty-three thousand, seven hundred and seventy eight dollars.

Event two was a forty thousand dollar no-limit Hold em game with 201 entrants. The lucky winner was Vitaly Lunkin who took home a cool one million, eight hundred and ninety one thousand and twelve dollars.

Game three was a $1,500 omaha Hi-Low split 8 or better with 918 participants and the winner Thang Luu taking home the pot of two hundred and sixty three thousand, one hundred and thirty five dollars.

Event four was a $1,000 No limit hold’em with an astonishing 6,012 players with Steve Sung being named victor and winning the pot of $771,106

The fifth game was a fifteen hundred dollar pot limit omaha game with eight hundred and nine players and a pot win of $237,415 by Jason Mercier.

Game six was a $10,000 world championship seven card stud consisting of 142 players. The winner was Freddie Ellis who took the pot of $373,744.

The seventh game was a $1,500 no limit hold’em with a hefty 2,791 players and Travis Johnson taking home the pot of a devilish $666,853.

Game eight was a twenty five hundred dollar 2-7 draw lowball with one hundred and forty seven players and the winner announced as being Phil Ivey. The pot was $96,361.

Game Nine was a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Short Handed with 1,459 players and the winning player was Ken Aldridge who took the pot of $428,259.

The tenth game was a $2,500 pot limit hold’em/omaha game. 453 players entered this game and Rami Boukai was the winner and took home a $244,862 pot.

Game eleven was a $2,000 no limit hold’em game with 1646 entrants and the winning pot of $569,199 was taken home by Anthony Harb.

Game twelve was an important $10,000 world championship mixed event which consisted of 194 players and Villie Wahlbeck winning $492,375.

The thirteenth game proved that the number thirteen isn’t unlucky for everyone with the game being a $2,500 no limit hold’em game with 1088 entrants. Keven Stammen won the pot of $506,786.

Game Number Fourteen was a $2,500 limit hold’em short hand game with Brock Parker winning out of 367 entrants to take the pot of $223,688.

The fifteenth game consisted of 655 eager entrants all wanting to win the $5,000 no limit hold’em game. Brian Lemke was the winner in the end taking a $692,658 pot.

The World Series Of Poker. We all knew it was popular but to this extent? It is impressive just how many people entered.

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Monday, 26. October 2009 15:25

That is the question. When playing any type of poker game you will have to make a decision based off of your knowledge of the cards, the players, and off of luck. With online poker this decision is even harder to make because you have to use the way they have been playing their game versus the body language of the other players.

Body language during a regular poker game can tell you a lot of things. You may be able to tell if somebody is bluffing, or if they have pocket aces by the way they act. In a game of online poker, you have to go by the way they play. You can only guess what they have based off of what you have and depending on what type of poker you are playing the cards that are visible. You might be able to have a general idea by the amount of money they are putting in the pot, but are they bluffing?

Regardless the decision to raise comes down to you when it is your turn. Are you just going to check and let it go as is? Do you stay in the game and call it? Do you raise it? Do you fold? Depending on what cards you have and what type of player you are you might raise the pot.

The game of poker is a game of skill and luck. It doesn’t matter how much skill you have it is not a guarantee of a win, although it will help. There is a certain percentage of luck that goes into every hand. Knowledge of the game will make you a better player, and as you play that knowledge will be used. Luck comes in where you never know what cards you are going to get. Are you in luck and get that last card of a royal flush or do you get the lowest card of another suit? If it is the last card in play, and you are betting on luck to give you the needed card you may be finding yourself a big winner or a big loser.

The knowledge of the cards and the different combinations that allow you to win a hand are just as important as a little of luck. Knowing the difference between a flush, a straight, and four of a kind is easy for those that play all the time. For a new player, they might be confusing at first. They will quickly learn the different hands and what is worth more. How many times have you seen a royal flush?

The cards can be funny. Sometimes they will go the way you want and other times they will go the opposite way. Sometimes even in the same hand. You have to trust yourself, and your luck to make the decision on whether to raise or bet. Do you have a good hand to start with? Do you have what is possible the best hand on the table?

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