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Phil Hellmuth Writes History

phil hellmuthPhil Hellmuth won his 12th WSOP Bracelet on Sunday and wrote his name with golden letters in the history of the poker game. Late in the evening on 10th June 2012 all the spectators looked at one person – the world record holder Phil Hellmuth. By winning the 12th WSOP bracelet he is two bracelets ahead of his closest rivals Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan – with 10 bracelets each.
Hellmuth’s win came in the $2,500 buy-in Seven-Card Razz tournament, held at the Rio in Las Vegas, USA. The poker legend is more famous with his Hold’em skills, but he showed everybody that the Razz game is also one of his specialties. The prize money he won was $182,793, but that’s the last thing Phil was thinking about when receiveing the golden bracelet. The “bad-boy” image, that Hellmuth made during the years quickly became the prototipe for a whole generation of young players who try to emulate the legend. Read the rest

$100,000 Sunday Challenge EXTRA with 888poker

888 sunday challengeDo you have plans for Sunday?
What about winning a share of $100,000 while chilling at home? 888poker is one again offering big cash.
As 888poker became Poker Operator of 2011 at the EGR awards, and as a result of their growth at the poker market, the poker room is celebrating with extra cash added to selected tournaments, including the Sunday Challenge with doubled prize money – from $50,000 to $100,000. The Sunday Challenge offers you to win big cash every Sunday at 19:35 GMT.
$100,000 prizepool is awaiting the poker players and all that with a very low entry fee – the buy-in is $82+$8.
888poker is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is certified by top online authorities such as eCOGRA, TRUSTe, McAfee and many more as a trustworthy partner of the poker players.
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King of the Ring – Spring Edition with Everest Poker

Do you think you can be a poker champion? With Everest Poker now you have the chance to prove it. You can take part in a series of events and be crowned as the poker champion.

Here’s how this could be done:

Sign up and create a player profile in the Everest Poker’s software. If you are already registered, log in and under the “Scheduled Tournaments” tab find the King promotion. After you’ve done that enter the registration code “COMPETITOR” in your bonus queue and then you can play in the nightly King of the Ring tournaments, also called Rounds. The tournament rounds are running every night except Sundays from April 23rd to May 26th at 18:00 and 19:00 GMT. There will be different ways to join the poker action: you can participate in Undercard Satellites with $2 buy-in, which will guarantee 2 seats each to the Rounds. You can also start the action directly into the Rounds at the specified hours with $10 or $33 buy-in fares.
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Range Merging – The Essentials

card trapRange merging is a method that refers to a counteraction to the players who try to catch a bluff using the bluff catching hands.
First let’s see what the bluff catchers are. The bluff catcher is a hand, that beats all bluffs, but does not have much value and can’t convince the poker player to bet with it. The reason that the players use bluff catchers is that very often the bet on the river has an irregular structure. This means that your bet is the ultimate for your current range and it is either a bluff, or the nuts .
For example if a poker player has J-J, it is hardly common for him/her to bet on board showing K-5-Q-Q-7. If somebody bets on the river that means that he/she has either a Q card or a better hand, while hands like K-J or J-J would prefer to see the showdown without betting anymore on that board. Therefore a bet on the river with that kind of board most commonly means that the player has either a very strong hand (nut), or a very poor hand (a hand that won’t win the pot at the showdown) trying to steal the pot with a bluff. Because very strong hands do not come up very often, players use bluff catchers in these situations.
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Knock out the champion with Paddy Power Poker.

niall smith bountyYou think you have what it takes to be a poker champion? Well, now you have the chance to prove it. Paddy Power Poker gives you the chance to head-up against the young irishman Niall Smyth – the 2011 Irish Poker Open Champion and knock him out in poker.

The Irish Poker Open is the longest running No Limit Texas Hold’em poker tournament in Europe and second longest in the world after the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas. It was first organized in 1981 by Terry Rogers, a well known Irish bookmaker.

In 2011 Smyth beated 615 poker players and took the title Poker Champion of Ireland. He won the championship after series of qualifications: Niall won the Grand National bet on paddypowerpoker.com and after that he won the Last Chance Saloon satellite.
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