Wednesday, July 25, 2012

PartyPoker Eliminates High Stakes Cash Games

Last week, PartyPoker surprised the online poker community by removing its highest stakes real money cash games. Gone are all No-Limit and Pot-Limit tables at stakes above $5/$10 and all Fixed-Limit tables above $30/$60. Some players received the following short message from PartyPoker via e-mail: We have removed some of our super high stake games, this decision has been taken to make improvements to our poker ecology and in our players best interests. We will still offer high stake games at NL1000 PLO1000 and FL 6000. We believe this change will improve the action at our tables and is in the best interest of the poker room as a whole. The change will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
In attempting to analyze that vague statement, let’s take a look at an article Brandon Adamswrote for Bluff Magazine back in November 2006. In the piece, entitled “The Poker Economy,” Adams wrote that one problem with high stakes games for sites is that they aremuch less profitable than low stakes games. Because online poker rooms must pay fees to payment processors to get player deposits onto the site, high stakes games cost more since they require more money. At the highest levels, the proportion of rake to buy-in is much smaller than at low stakes, making the increased costs all the more painful.
Adams also wrote the following:
From the site’s perspective, there are two further disadvantages to offering bigger games. Bigger games make players a) more likely to bust, and b) less likely to recover from a bust. Once a player blows through his bankroll, he usually has to look for sources outside of poker to replenish it. If the stakes he plays for become big relative to the money he’s capable of obtaining from other sources, then it’s less likely that he’ll recover from a bustout.
Hence, the “improvements to our poker ecology.”
Continuing on that train of thought, Two Plus Two poster “Matt Probability” opined that the high stakes pros will take their business elsewhere, something that will be good for the rest of the players on PartyPoker. He said, “…this move is best for all the lower stakes grinders who will now have a chance to earn the easy money while the sharks move off of the site.”
Two Plus Two’er “Bigoldnit” played devil’s advocate, though, posting, “Or maybe the sharks move down in stakes and have to play more tables in order to make the same amount of money while some of the whales look for other sites that will allow them to gamble at the stakes they want…”
Poker pro Andrew “good2cu” Robl took a more cynical stance, saying, “Good for party. This way when people are stuck and trying to get even their only option will be casino/pit games.”
PartyPoker currently ranks as the third largest poker room or network on the internet, with a seven-day average cash game player count of 2,500, according to In its Weekly Online Poker Traffic Update, PokerScout said that the elimination of the high stakes cash games has yet to have a great effect on Party’s traffic, as those games did not attract many players. The high stakes games accounted for just 0.6 percent of Party’s overall cash game traffic. Its traffic count for the week dropped 0.8 percent. That is not to say all is well, though, as PartyPoker’s traffic is down 44 percent from the same time last year.

Top Babes of The Poker World

10. Jennifer Harman - While she may be cute as a button, don't let her innocent looks fool you. At the poker table, Jennifer Harman is as vicious as they come. With two World Series of Poker bracelets and over $1,000,000 in tournament earnings, Harman is considered one of the finest poker players in the world, regardless of gender.
9. Jennifer Tilly - Born to a Chinese father and an Irish-Canadian mother, actress Jennifer Tilly has been blessed with an exotic beauty. She's also been blessed with an ability to excel at poker. This star of such films as The Fabulous Baker Boys and Bullets Over Broadway became the first non-poker celebrity to win a World Series of Poker bracelet. And to make matters worse for other players, she's stated in recent interviews that she might start concentrating less on acting and more on the cards.
8. Cyndy Violette - As beautiful as she is talented, Cyndy Violette has a World Series of Poker bracelet in the Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split Event. In addition, she has an impressive 21 money finishes and has amassed career earnings of over $950,000. Currently living in Atlantic City, she has also competed in the World Poker Tour.
7. Erin Ness - When she's not breaking players at the poker table, Erin Ness can be found working as a photo assistant for Maxim magazine. She has frequently appeared on GSN's Poker Royale and has become a member of Team PokerStars. A graduate of Georgetown University, she was the third highest placing woman in the World Series of Poker main event in 2004.
6. Jennifer Leigh - Nicknamed "Jennicide," Jennifer Leigh is a computer geek, top poker player, and all-around babe. She finished 5th in the Poker Royale: Battle of the Ages series and finished in the money in the 2006 World Poker Tour: Caribbean Poker Adventure.
5. Kristy Gazes - Formerly married to poker pro Bill Gazes, Kristy has a talent for all types of card games. In fact, she's so skilled at mixed events like H.O.R.S.E. and H.O.S.E. that she earned the nickname "Mixed Games." A poker player since 1986, her biggest payout came when she won the Full Tilt Poker championship and $250,000. She has also made appearances on Ultimate Poker Challenge and Poker Royale: Battle of the Sexes. She has three in the money finishes at the World Series of Poker.
4. Isabelle Mercier - Nicknamed "No Mercy," Isabelle Mercier is known for her hard-nosed playing style, as well as her model-like beauty. Besides having an undergraduate law degree, Isabelle also practiced commercial law in Paris, France. She later earned her Master's degree while managing a poker room in a French casino. In 2005, she had an impressive 3 money finishes at the World Series of Poker. Her career earnings top $500,000, and she is a member of Team PokerStars. She frequently plays in tournaments across Europe, dazzling opponents with her skill and good looks.
3. Clonie Gowen - Having won the title of Miss Teen Oklahoma at the age of 15, there was never any doubt as to whether or not Clonie was going to grow into a beautiful woman. But this mother of two is also a savvy poker veteran, with career tournament winnings exceeding $300,000. She has served as a guest commentator on numerous poker shows, as well as writing a regular column for All In magazine. She is also a member of "Team Full Tilt."
2. Evelyn Ng - Known as "Evybabee" or "Champagne", Evelyn Ng is a Canadian poker player of Chinese decent. With her tall, slender frame and model-like face, she is known throughout the poker community as one of the great beauties of the game. She's also a top player, having achieved 5 in the money finishes at the World Series of Poker, as well as being featured on the Xbox video game Stacked. She is a member of Team Bodog, and her career tournament earnings exceed $250,000.
1. Vanessa Rousso - Not only is Vanessa "Pokerness" Rousso beautiful, but she's also very intelligent and well educated. She is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in Economics and is also a law student at the University of Miami. In addition, she has 4 in the money finishes at the World Series of Poker. A dual citizen of both the United States and France, Vanessa is a member of Team PokerStars and has career winnings of over $360,000.

Poker After Dark Records Record Audience

Poker After Dark hit record numbers this week, as over 6.4 million people tuned in to watch the showdown between Phil Ivey and Allen Cunningham. The buildup had been immense, as this session of Poker After Dark featured six of the world's most famous poker players in a shorthanded showdown. The buy-in was $50,000, and the format was winner take all, with the top dog taking $300,000 for his efforts. The session was broken down into four episodes:

The first episode featured the start of the tournament. Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Allen Cunningham, Berry Greenstein, Bryan Piccioli, and Patrick "Baller" Butler each posted up their $50,000 to buy into the event, and play began. In the Poker After Dark series, players actually play with their buy-in money (in this case, $50,000), but have to play until one player has all the chips. The only real difference is players use cash on the table as well as chips.

The first episode started out with fireworks, as Brunson and Piccioli were quickly knocked out after making aggressive moves with poor hands. The second episode began with four players remaining. Ivey was in the chip lead, followed by "Baller" Butler, Berry Greenstein, and a very short stacked Allen Cunningham. The second episode was all about Cunningham, as he played with a vicious aggression and quickly rebuilt his stack by knocking out Berry Greenstein and taking a ton of chips off of Phil Ivey.

The third episode begas with three players remaining: Cunningham in the chip lead, Phil Ivey just behind, and Butler short stacked and desperate. Patrick "Baller" Butler has always been known for his aggressive play, especially once he puts his headphones on and listens to his favorite song, "Lollipop Remix". Unfortunately players cannot listen to headphones during Poker After Dark, so Butler wasn't able to mount a comeback and was eliminated in the third episode.

Poker After Dark waited a week between airing the third and fourth episodes, and during that time they aired a ton of TV commercials and the online buzz grew. Tons of poker players tuned in on Thursday the 12th to watch the showdown, and the final number of viewers was 6.1 million. However, the show was a bit of a bust, as Ivey completely dominated the entire match and quickly won first place and the $300,000 prize.

PAD Season 7 - CASH GAME 200K min Part 1

PAD Season 7 - CASH GAME 200K min Part 2

In Canada Poker After Dark aired afternoons and late nights on Rogers Sportsnet and, since fall 2009 on the French network V.
In France Poker After Dark airs at night on RTL9. In Germany, it airs on SPORT1, with commentary provided by Michael Körner. In IrelandPoker After Dark airs on Setanta Ireland and Setanta Sports 1 on most weeknights with little change from the US version. In The Netherlands, it airs on Veronica; episodes feature the original English commentary with Dutch subtitles. In SwedenPoker After Dark airs on afternoons and nights on TV4 Sport and on TV 10 weekday nights at 01:30. In Denmark it airs at night on TV3+. In Italy Poker After Dark airs at night on POKERItalia24. In Poland Poker After Dark airs at evening on Sportklub and Sport Klub+; commentary is provided by Paweł Majewski and Marcin GrzywaczRussia show airs on 7TV at 11:30pm every day till the Febral, now show on REN-tv at 3:00 pm.

Poker on Television, TV SHOWS

Most would agree that poker has made its way into the mainstream. One of the ways to help make this judgment is to acknowledge all of the TV shows that feature the game of poker. Of course this boom was fueled by the explosion of Texas Hold'em and this is the game most often being played on the tube. But other forms of poker are making their way into the spotlight as well.

Without a doubt, the invention or addition of hole card cameras on the World Poker Tour tables made the game much more enjoyable to watch. This allowed the audience to see how different people play hands. With this new insight into pros and successful amateur players' minds, the general public was fueled even stronger in its belief that anyone could win. As a result the number of poker players around the world, especially in the US, swelled to record levels. These record levels of poker players affected the whole market. One of the starkest examples is a record numbers of players for several years in a row at the World Series of Poker (this was only derailed after the passage of legislation that was harmful to online poker). Online poker sites enjoyed incredible growth as well, especially from US players. Poker players hungry for information and knowledge led to many new poker related publications and books. Retailers of supplies enjoyed tremendous sales increases and the high interest led to many new products coming to market.

Now the World Series of Poker is televised more prominently and is in its second year of postponing the final table for several months for increased interest and anticipation. While most poker TV shows feature coverage of a tournament, High Stakes Poker illuminates the exciting world of cash game poker. By featuring poker pros playing with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money, this show has easily captured the attention of the poker viewing public.

WSOP World Series Of Poker 2011 Main Event with Hole Cards

World Series Of Poker 2011 Main Event, Unveiled Hole Cards

Other innovative shows which vary the format of tournament poker are Poker After Dark and the National Heads Up Poker Championship. Poker after Dark does feature tournaments, however the games played is varied quite often and the players are hand picked. The table has six players that you will usually know or will have heard of each player. It is like watching a talent packed final table in every episode. The National Heads Up Poker Championship describes itself with the name. Once again this is a tournament, but the players have to work their way through the field one player at a time. This definitely takes a different mindset and different set of skills.

In summary, the poker boom was fueled by many factors and poker TV shows were a big part of this phenomenon. Most notably was the great success of the poker table hole card camera, first used on the World Poker Tour. Second stage contributors were websites that allowed the average poker player to play online from the comfort of their homes. These poker sites benefited greatly, but also contributed heavily to the growth. A third major benefactor and contributor were the many poker supply retailers who supply multitudes of poker chips and tables for the masses of home and public games that appeared all over the world.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

The National Heads-Up Poker Championship - 
The glorious Poker event commonly known as National Heads-up Poker Championship has been most anticipated celebration in the poker calendar. This amazing event has been running since 2005 and this year is seventh one, where the who is who of Poker world gather and unite to show their Poker skills to thousands fans watching anxiously. This event has been started by NBC television to showcase the best of Poker players to come and show their skills to worldwide audience.
While some might question the validity of this tournament as the participants are always invited from the NBC Poker selection team, but the process has many auditions each year in different cities to find best in Poker world. Each year the starry line up of players feature rich and famous Poker players with array of celebrities too. National Heads up Poker Championship was the first of its kind tournament in the United States broadcast history, but each year the viewer-ship has increased phenomenally and prizes increased as well.
The structure of National Heads up Poker Championship was developed inline with the basketball tournaments, which are often the most popular college sport events unquestionably. The process of playing is easy, the different players are set against the different opponents from all over the country, and the winner proceeds to next level. To win this championship one has to beat six players.
The first round of the championship starts with the different players being separated into the different groups called brackets. There are four brackets named as clubs, hearts, diamonds, and spades. The players are randomly drawn and each couple fights to show the supremacy in Poker skills. From each bracket the winner proceeds to fight between the brackets. While the bracket names might not sound significant but there have been many interesting stories of brackets being lucky or jinxed also. The game continues between the best of the brackets to find the best of three from Diamonds, Spades, Hearts and Clubs. Similarly the two players showing most wins are put in the final as one of them is crowned as the champion.
The idea of NBC Heads Up Poker Championship was based upon the success of the various European championships of similar nature. This championship is often compared with the World Heads-Up Championship, which is an open championship and anyone can enroll to participate. The 7th National Heads up Poker Championship was the event of the month in March 2011, and attracted thousand fans to watch and learn from their Poker idols.

Brief History
The National Heads-Up Poker Championship is an invitation-only event. In contrast, the World Heads-Up Poker Championship is an open event with a maximum participation of 128 players.
The 2005 event took place at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas between March 4 and March 6. It aired weekly on NBC from May 1 to May 22 with commentary from Gabe Kaplan and Matt Vasgersian.
The 2006 edition took place from March 4 to 6 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. NBC began its coverage by broadcasting one part of the opening round on April 16. The semi-final and championship matches aired May 21. Kaplan and Vasgersian returned as commentators.
The 2007 edition was broadcast from April 8 to May 20. Ali Nejad took Gabe Kaplan's spot as commentator due to Kaplan competing in the tournament.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WSOP 2012 Event #55: The Big One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em

The BIG ONE for ONE DROP™ - is a one-of-a-kind poker tournament featuring a $1,000,000 buy-in and hosted by the World Series of Poker® (WSOP) to benefit ONE DROP. It is one of the most significant charity initiatives and the largest buy-in ever in live tournament poker history.
As of 2012, the WSOP consists of 61 events, with most major poker variants featured, though in recent years over half of the events have been variants of Texas hold 'em. Events traditionally take place during one day or over several consecutive days during the series in June and July. However, starting in 2008, the Main Event final table was delayed until November. Due to the 2012 U.S. presidential election, the 2012 WSOP final table will be delayed until October 28.
"The MAGICIAN" and his money prize


Winning a WSOP gold bracelet is always a special moment.  It's often cited as the highlight of any poker career.  It's usually the greatest achievement many will make in their lives.Winning the one-of-a kind tournament which was completed on a Tuesday night at the Rio in Las Vegas, in front of a packed gallery of spectators, and a worldwide television viewing audience on ESPN as well as the live stream at, was not just the crowning jewel of an eclectic ten-year poker career that began in the San Francisco Bay area.  It was the culmination of mind over matter, and willpower over distraction.First, let's talk about how spectacular this moment was in terms of pure human drama.  Antonio "the Magician" Esfandiari -- yes, former magician -- won the richest prize in poker history.  He collected a bank-account busting $18,346,673.

The BIG ONE for ONE DROP - $1,000,000 Buy-In 

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