Sofia Lövgren, the lovely sponsored pro for 888poker has written a new blog post in which she lists the invitees to her dream home poker game.
When compiling such a list, people are often torn between inviting those players that they have a significant edge over, and those that will provide interesting table banter. At her $5/$10 NLHE game, Sofia’s professional poker side (and a little bit of wishful thinking) shines through as she explains how she will exploit most of her guests regardless of their standing in the poker community. For example, she plans to use her image to bluff Daniel Negreanu, trap Guy Laliberté and double through Gus Hansen.
Choosing a historical figure or two when comprising such a list is common, and for Sofia that person is none other than the President of the United States, Barack Obama. She rounds out her table with some loved ones and even includes a list of honorable mentions.
Check out here blog post here. An then after you do, let us know who would highlight your Dream Home Game.
By now you have probably heard about lottery-style Sit & Gos like PokerStars’ Spin & Gos where three players compete for a prize pool that can be as much as much as $1 million for a $5 buy-in.
Recreational players seem to flock to them, but some grinders think they are bad for the game. Well, after experiencing them first hand, poker media guru Barry Carter took the time to offer up his opinion on the topic. Barry is an old-time SNG player from way back. Interested in what he had to say? So were we, so we checked out his latest article over at PokerStrategy.com
When you are done reading, Tweet at us and let us know what you think!
At about the 37 minute mark, Timex admits that “it is very very hard to stay competitive,” and that “the average person playing [his] stakes has been working harder than [he] has.”
But start at the beginning, There is tons of good stuff in there including Timex’s thoughts on why there aren’t more women playing high stakes, sunglasses at the poker table and he even delves into his thoughts on open relationships.
And, if you like the show, and we know you will, check out all of Chicago Joey’s shows on his YouTube channel.
Make sure you take care of your sweetie on Valentine’s Day so that you can break away and catch the World Poker Tour on TV this Sunday.
Last season was the most watched season in history and this season should be even better “with an enhanced Monster® Bar, Hall-of-Fame commentating, and behind-the-scenes access to some of the premiere casino properties around the world.”
There will even be four events that will be broadcast for our friends over at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
There is also the The WPT Monster Invitational scheduled for April 19. You won’t want to miss this cool made-for-TV, winner-take-all six-person tournament. This special final table will feature Antonio Esfandiari, Vanessa Selbst, Phil Laak, David Williams, Scotty Nguyen, and Raw Deal host Tony Dunst. Combined these players have over $60 million in live tournament winnings, six WPT titles and 13 WSOP bracelets.
For more info on the latest WPT Season, check out the WPT Blog and contact your TV provider to determine which channel to tune to for Fox Sports Net.
If you’ve hung around a poker table long enough, then you know that when a player throws out a single chip in response to a bet or raise, it is considered a call. Well, the Director of Poker Communications at PokerStars, Lee Jones, thinks that rule should be changed.
Lee believes that the negatives out weigh the positives when it comes to the single chip rule. The opportunity for someone to shoot an angle is just too great, he contends. “Furthermore, there’s no upside to this one-chip call except to allow the caller to be lazy and detached. “
Check out his post on the PokerStars Blog to see a full explanation of Lee’s problem with the rule and his perspective on poker rules in general.
It was during day 2 of the history-in-making $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship when a Vietnamese lady by the name of Thi Xua Nguyen stunned everybody by making this incredible laydown versus Athanasios Polychronopoulos, a Greek-American professional poker player with two WSOP bracelets.
220 players remained on the field when Nguyen raised from the button with Ad Qc only to get 3-bet to 37,000 by Polychronopoulos from the big blind who held a pair of Aces.
Nguyen made the call and the flop landed Ks 9s Qd. Both the players checked. The Qh on Turn improved Nguyen’s hand to trips. She bets 17,000 after Polychronopoulos checked for a second time. He made the call and the Ace of Spade gave both the players a full house.
Polychronopoulos once again checked on the river with his Aces full. Nguyen bets 50,000 leaving her 153,000 chips behind but finds herself in a check-raise-all-in situation.
This is where things go crazy!!!
After tanking for a while, Nguyen lays down Ad Qc face up—a freaking Full house!!!. Out of respect for her incredible fold, Polychronopoulos flips out Aces and was himself stunned.
Did she misread her hand? No!!! She knew what she was doing. Nguyen put him on Aces or Kings and she was bang on right!!!
The hand was caught during the live stream and obviously, the viewers glued to the stream went berserk including the commentators James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, and Lex Veldhuis.
Nguyen eventually finished 153rd for $25,450 and Polychronopoulos also made cash but busted against Platinum Pass winner, Jussi Nevanlinna.
What is more crazier is that on day 1 Nguyen won an EPT Monte Carlo package during a random draw table giveaway.
PokerStars gave away 320 free entries to the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) over the course of the previous year via Platinum Passes that after accomodations and spending money were valued at $30,000.
Short Deck Hold’em, AKA 6+ Hold’em, is one of the hottest poker variants being played today, and courtesy of these highlights from the HKD 500k ($64k USD) buy-in Short Deck Event at the Triton Poker SHR Jeju 2018 series, you can learn from one of poker’s all-time masters, Phil Ivey.
OP-Poker, a team of Twitch streamers and official ambassadors of PokerStars’ Power Up, was recently invited to have a look at PokerStars’ brand new upcoming Virtual Reality Product PokerStars VR held at EGX conference at Birmingham.
Unibet has announced that the Poker Princess, Molly Bloom, who’s “Hollywood high stakes poker game was the subject of the Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed film Molly’s Game“ will be their special guest!
This story still has the poker community talking. Real life poker couple Kristen Bicknell (who is signed by partypoker) and Alex Foxen made the final table of a tournament at The Venetian in Las Vegas last month. Their alleged soft-play and collusion has the poker community riled up with the likes of Doug Polk and Justin Bonomo still talking about it long after play finished up.
Unibet have worked with creative agency FCB Inferno to release a custom deck of cards to accompany the launch of a new poker format where the Queen outranks the King.The project is intended to help draw attention to gender equality and unconscious gender bias in poker.