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Rosters announced for the 2015 Global Poker Masters

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Poker is generally an individual game and players are always on their own when they sit down at the tables. Money is the catalyst and it provides the motivation they need to spend long hours competing against their peers, but sometimes they are provided with another incentive to persevere. Playing for their countries is not something that they get to do on 2015, the Global Poker Masters is going to bring the best players from all over the world together.Rosters announced for the 2015 Global Poker Masters

This competition is a novelty but there were discussions to set it up many months ago and it is now official that if you start on March 21 and will conclude one day later. The location for the event was also decided and the competition will take place in Malta and Hilton hotel, featuring players from all the countries that are representative for online poker. This is not the kind of competition that is open to anyone interested, because only those who receive an invitation can sit down at the tournament tables.

GPM will decide who plays here and they had a hard time making a list of players that are worth competing in such an important tournament. The idea was to bring the best poker players from different countries, so that their fans will have something to cheer for. Players will not compete for money but rather for fame and the opportunity of having their country stand out from the crowd.

At least in theory, the absence of a significant paycheck might have a deterring effect on poker players, but this is not exactly true. They are so used on playing on a lot of money, that this is hardly a single to keep them at the edge of their seats. On the other hand, this is a one-time opportunity of achieving something memorable and nobody wants to that down millions of fans.

Not surprisingly, the vast majority of those invited to participate in the 2015 GPM competition are poker professionals that are well known by the community. The national team rosters have been announced and a total of 32 players are now preparing for the upcoming event, while the players can check their names out in the groups listed below:

Team USA Team United Kingdom Team Germany Team Canada
Dan Smith Stephen Chidwick Ole Schemion Ami Barer
Daniel Colman Jack Salter Marvin Rettenmaier Sorel Mizzi
Pratyush Buddiga Simon Deadman Martin Finger Mike McDonald
Jacob Schindler Oliver Price George Danzer Andrew Chen
Russia France Italy Ukraine
Anatoly Filatov Erwann Pecheux Dario Sammartino Eugene Katchalov
Vladimir Troyanovskiy Benjamin Pollak Mustapha Kanit Oleksandr Gnatenko
Ivan Soshnikov Sylvain Loosli Andrea Dato Artem Metalidi
Vitaly Lunkin Fabrice Soulier Giuliano Bendinelli Oleksii Khoroshenin

World Series Of Poker APAC opening Event won by Luke Brabin

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

World Series Of Poker Asia-Pacific series debuted in 2014 with the $1100 Texas hold‘em event, which made the opening tournament the best option for amateurs and players with limited access to resources. The number of participants was expected to be high, but expectations were exceeded greatly and the participants knew from the very beginning that they had a difficult challenge ahead of them.

goingforIt took a total of four days for a winner to be decided and hundreds of players were eliminated in the process, with making a brief report about what happened throughout the event. The most interesting things occurred at the final table, with Luke Brabin emerging as the main favorite to win. The Australian had a significant stack and the support of the fans, not to mention that he was the more experienced of the nine finalists.

Day 3 saw the last players eliminated and the final table was set to begin the next day at noon, with a couple of players standing out from the crowd. Stephen Lindeblad was the chip leader at the end of day 2 and he caused the elimination of several poker professionals, which explains why he was always in the spotlight. At the final table, he had an average stack and encountered a lot of adversity, with the other finalists trying to lure him into traps.

He had no hesitations in getting involved in the hands and his strategy made several victims, with David Profaca and Piyush Gupta being eliminated shortly after losing a lot of chips to him. The remaining players suddenly turned more cautious, but Luke Brabin took charge and he eliminated two players of his own, with Daniel Murphy and Stephen Lindeblad being the victims.

Didier Guerin was the last man standing and it was clear that despite his slightly short stack, he wouldn’t go down without a fight. He did his very best to strike a crushing blow to Luke, but the leader held onto his advantage and won the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific. More than AU$400,000 were split among the nine finalists, with the complete payout structure being this one below:

1 Luke Brabin $131,365
2 Didier Guerin $81,220
3 Daniel Murphy $59,334
4 Stephen Lindeblad $43,986
5 Ryan Hong $33,080
6 Zane Ly $25,234
7 Brian McAllister $19,521
8 Piyush Gupta $15,318
9 David Profaca $12,189

2014 GUKPT Goliath Main Event first prize goes to Ryan Foster

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The 2014 GUKPT Goliath Main Event usually keeps British players at the edge of their seats, because this is the most popular tournament to take place in the islands. Given the proximity to Spain where the European Poker Tour hosted the Barcelona series, many of the poker professionals who attended the EPT were present here. The vast majority of participants were local players attracted by the fact that the buy-in was not prohibitive, as they only had to pay £100+£20.

goingforgoldThis explains why so many players were willing to sit down at the tables for a tournament that would last for a couple of days. After the last player registered, the organizers announced that there were a total of 3394 players competing for a top prize of £62,120. There was a surge of online poker players who left the comfort of their home to experience the thrills of a live tournament, something that doesn’t happen too often as those who play over the Internet are conservative players.

Some of them bought in for the tournament on the premises, but there were some who won the packages winning qualifiers over the Internet. The bottom line, is that they all had the same chance to win the trophy and those who survived the first three days, were in a great position of fighting for the top prize. Mark Adams was the chip leader at the end of the first day, but he was overtook by Hamed Nikjeh who outshined more opponents in the second day, therefore found himself riding a bigger stack.

In the long run, Mark Adams felt much better and he took full advantage of his stack, to make the final table and play the heads-up against Ryan Foster. By comparison, the Day 2 chip leader lost most of his chips and he was eliminated before the name of the last nine players were revealed. Interesting enough, he lost the vast majority of his chips to Foster, who marched on playing some of the most aggressive poker seen at the 2014 GUKPT Goliath Main Event.

The final table was decided three hours after the final day began, with Ryan Foster and Mark Adams dominating the nine finalists. Each of them caused the elimination of three opponents and brought equal stacks at the heads-up, which explains why it took so long for a winner to be decided. Adams got unlucky on two occasions and he found it impossible to dig himself out of the hole, which resulted in him finishing second and claiming a prize of £40,700.

Ryan want 22,000 more and was crowned champion of the 2014 GUKPT Goliath Main Event, with the complete standings being available below:

Place Player Prize
1 Ryan Foster £62,120
2 Mark Adams £40,700
3 Neville Price £27,140
4 Arjun Ruparel £18,990
5 Rodrigo Hernandez £13,570
6 Mihaly Jancso £8,820
7 Adam Nice £5,430
8 Phil Stein £3,390
9 Liam Horton £2,710

RunGoodGear Poker Series scheduled for the first week of October

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Poker professionals are anxiously waiting for the European Poker Tour to resume in August, with Barcelona being the first important stop for the circuit. Meanwhile, it is entirely up to the players to decide whether they will be playing over the Internet or step into land-based casinos for cash games and various tournaments. Poker will return to the United States in November with the final table for the World Series of Poker Main event, but before that RunGoodGear Poker Series will take place.goingforgold

The tournament will be held at the Downstream Casino in October and just a few weeks ago another edition was hosted by the same establishment. Bernard Lee emerged victorious and for his performance he was awarded $47,000, at the end of a tournament that saw him eliminating 344 players. Players will have exactly 2 months to catch their breath or do the exact opposite and play a lot of hands, to be in top shape for the upcoming tournament.

What is certain is that the buy-in will consist of $675 and those who will decide to sit down at the tables of the casino in Hard Rock in Tulsa, Oklahoma will compete for a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. Past performance suggests that this limit will once again be exceeded, so it is very likely that the winner will take home an amount at least as big as the one claimed by Bernard in July.

There will be several side events and even qualifiers for the main tournament, so those who are even remotely interested in poker and happen to live in Oklahoma shouldn’t make plans for early October. It pays off to be around when action resumes and the poker players are expected to swarm the live tables, in an attempt of winning a portion of the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Check out the complete schedule for the RunGoodGear Poker Series below:

Date Time Event Buy-In
Wednesday, Oct. 1 5 p.m. RunGood Happy Hour Social
Wednesday, Oct. 1 7 p.m. RunGood Pro Bounty $125
Thursday, Oct. 2 1 p.m. All-In-or-Fold Rebuy Tournament $40 ($20 rebuys)
Thursday, Oct. 2 4 p.m. Main Event Qualifier (Five seats guaranteed) $150
Thursday, Oct. 2 7 p.m. Six-Handed NLH $230
Friday, Oct. 3 1 p.m. Main Event Day 1a $675
Friday, Oct. 3 4 p.m. Main Event Qualifier (10 seats guaranteed) $150
Friday, Oct. 3 7 p.m. Main Event Qualifier (10 seats guaranteed) $150
Saturday, Oct. 4 11 a.m. Brunch w/ the RunGood Pros
Saturday, Oct. 4 1 p.m. Main Event Day 1b $675
Saturday, Oct. 4 7 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em Tournament $150
Sunday, Oct. 5 11 a.m. Main Event Final
Sunday, Oct. 5 1 p.m. Second Change Turbo NLH $125

PPC North America Championship Main Event title secured by Nick Mann

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

One of the last important tournaments hosted in the United States is the PPC North America Championship Main Event. This explains why so many Americans decided to take advantage of this final opportunity to play in a prominent tournament, before action shifts to Europe. The winner was guaranteed to take home more than $40,000, which is not a lot of money by WSOP standards, but still a nice paycheck for a land-based tournament.goingforgold

Nick Mann was one of the players who found it worthwhile to pay the buy-in and his success received ample coverage at There were a couple of players from abroad who decided to expand their stay in the United States to participate in this competition, but the vast majority of players were Americans. Nick played against many countrymen, but he didn’t falter and at the end of the day, he was the only man standing.

His victory in the PPC North America Championship Main Event has a two-pronged effect, because on one hand he won nearly $45,000, on the other he will have a free entry for the PPC Aruba World Championship. This tournament is scheduled for next year in March, which means that there is plenty of time for Nick to further boost his bankroll in brick-and-mortar casinos or online.

Danny Lobato came painfully close of winning the top prize and the free entry to the aforementioned tournament, but he was clearly outplayed in the heads up. He received $27,000 for his effort, while the other seven players who made the final table were paid according to the list below:

  1. Nick Mann – $44,757
  2. Danny Lobato – $27,658
  3. Michael Baize – $20,210
  4. Julio Orhuela – $15,006
  5. Parry Shaw – $11,315
  6. Stan Trim – $8,660
  7. Buzz Papalia – $6,726
  8. Alec Bradlow – $5,298

Ronald Widman – $4,232

Full Tilt Poker will run the Summer Freeroll Series next month

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Those who say that there is no such thing as a free lunch, should know that as early as July, Full Tilt Poker will run the Summer Freeroll Series. The name of this competition leaves very little doubt about what the tournament is all about and it is expected to attract many existing members as well as new ones. Since being purchased by PokerStars the poker room is flourishing and with the reimbursement process being almost complete, players have also resolved their trust issues.Full Tilt Poker will run the Summer Freeroll Series next month

The free rolls series will comprise of several tournaments and the deadline was set for July 26, which means that players have a full month to prepare. They don’t need to save money for this competition, because the buy ins are nonexistent and the only thing they should do is to hone their poker skills. The organizers revealed the fact that there is a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000, so players have enough reasons to participate in the qualifiers.

Most of these satellites have begun and they will run live throughout July, with a handful of players already securing a place for the Full Tilt Poker Summer Freeroll Series. June 15 has been an important milestone for those interested in participating in this competition, because this is when the first freerolls began. Each of them is worth $500 in addition to awarding a seat at the final event, and players get to choose between conventional tournaments or satellites that take the form of sit ‘n goes.

This is really a win-win situation for those who have a genuine passion for poker and an account at Full Tilt Poker. The freerolls series represents an excellent opportunity to boost existing bankrolls or build new ones out of scratch, therefore the chance shouldn’t be missed. All the qualifiers will come to an end on July 26 when the main event begins, so strap on and get involved for a chance to win a sizable amount.

Jeff Madsen wins HPT Californian State Poker Championship

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The hottest poker action will unfold in Las Vegas, where the World Series of Poker is set to begin and a major tournament already took place in Nevada. Even though it goes by the name of the HPT Californian State Poker Championship, the event was actually held in Sin City and the winner was no walk in the park for Jeff Madsen. This is one of the most persevering poker professionals and also one of the most active in 2014, having played in numerous live events.

He didn’t let the fact that WSOP 2014 is about to begin have a deterring effect on his determination to participate and joined the other 583 players at the start line. The prize pool exceeded $900,000 and the players who chose to attend the event spent exactly $1650, a more than reasonable amount. The top prize was set to exceed $160,000 and it is not easy for Madsen to outstrip his competitors in every imaginable way. He showed a great deal of resilience in overcoming a string of unfortunate events early in the day.

goingforgolJeff basically lost plenty of big hands when he started with the best cards, but all the bad luck in the world couldn’t stop him in his tracks. Time after time, he rebuilt his bankroll from scratch and in the end he made the final table with just enough chips in front of him to stand a chance. Once again he was on the ropes but he didn’t act as a short stacker who desperately tried to simply leapfrog the next player.

Madsen took his faith in his own hands and whenever he had an opportunity to shove his chips in the middle with a coin flip hand, he did it. Fortunately for him, Lady Luck smiled benevolently upon him and he doubled up three times, to make three handed play and then also eliminated Amit Makhija. The stage was set for an epic confrontation in the heads up with Alex Greenblatt, but by this time, Jeff was clearly in control with twice as many chips as his opponent.

It is definitely refreshing for him to know that he had the bigger stack and he was also the more experienced player, with these key advantages leading to a swift conclusion. Jeff Madsen won it all in exactly 14 hands and Alex had to settle for a six digit amount, as can be seen below:

  1. Jeff Madsen – $160,060
  2. Alex Greenblatt – $112,200
  3. Amit Makhija – $72,150
  4. Doug Lee – $53,430
  5. Luther Quach – $40,050
  6. Brett Murray – $32,090
  7. Jasmin Oh – $26,760
  8. Wes Nally – $21,340
  9. Steve Ayoub – $16,000

Grzegorz Mikielewicz and distractions in poker

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The moment you sit down at the poker table, you need to be fully committed at the task at hand, otherwise downswings will be unavoidable. This is something that any poker professional can confirm, but most of the amateurs are now fully aware of the truth of the statement. This is why it is surprising to hear Grzegorz Mikielewicz who has a reputation among poker players, saying that distractions are not that bad.Grzegorz Mikielewicz

Before jumping to conclusions and assume that it is just fine to browse the Internet while playing poker against better opponents, hear him out. He spent so much time competing against some of the best players worldwide, that he can be trusted when he says that distractions can have a minimal effect on the gameplay itself. The trick is to select those activities that don’t demand your total attention, such as surfing the Internet, listen to music or watching a sports match on an alternate monitor.

Mikielewicz reminds fellow players that it is preferable to focus at a single thing, so unless you feel well within your comfort zone when playing poker, distractions should be avoided. As for himself, a person who masters the game and is now in complete control when at the tables, it is perfectly fine to listen to his favorite tunes or watch something on TV. On the other hand, when things get tough and he plays big hands, he has the uncanny ability of blocking out any information coming from other channels.

That’s why, those who plan on diversifying their poker activities, should start by doing something casual while playing at the single table. The more poker tables you have open, the more difficult it would be to stay focused and many find it impossible to play at the same level when something runs in the background. His advice is not written in stone and it is up to each player to decide for himself, but this is an interesting diversion coming from a poker professional who won hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The perks of running the board twice

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

High-stakes games are special for obvious reasons and those who spend most of the time competing for pocket money are affected by this highly immersive show. Professionals play flamboyant poker when they are in front of the cameras and they use all the weapons in their impressive arsenal to prevail. There are many things to learn from watching these pros going head to head, yet not all of these tricks are worth trying at regular tables.


You need to have the proper crowd to employ complicated moves and those who try to follow the same strategies used by professionals at low stakes, are in danger of becoming the victim of auto-leveling. Some of the plays we see at high-stakes games look great on TV, but the question is whether it makes any sense to replicate them in real life. Running the board twice is a shining example of how poker pros choose to protect themselves against risks, when they are slight favorites to win the hand.

There are exceptions when the player who is completely in charge and has chances as high as 85% to win suggests such an arrangement, but these occasions are relatively rare. What actually happens is that the dealer reveals the remaining street and then deals a new one. If one players wins both times he will collect the entire pot, otherwise the amount is evenly distributed among the players involved.

The odds look great on paper when you have a monster hand, but there have been many instances in which the underdog prevailed. If players compete for a lot of money, they might like the idea of hedging against such risks, even if that slightly diminishes their chances of winning big. For the player who is drawing, it is also profitable to see more cards, because these improve his chances of making a strong hand. In fact, he benefits more from this arrangement and it makes perfect sense to accept the proposal.

It is only possible to run the board twice at cash game tables, so don’t assume that you can ask for it when playing in a tournament. These events are supposed to crown a winner and everyone tries to double up at some point, so running the board several times would defeat the purpose. At low and medium stakes, there is no reason to do it either, since the size of the pot is hardly intimidating. Most of those who fear the possibility of losing the pot would be better off moving to the inferior limit to play in bankroll.

Ruddock talks about the expansion of online poker

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

PokerPages PhotoIt took a while for poker to become the popular game that it is today, but the expansion of online poker was much faster. There are many who believe that the poker boom began with Chris Moneymaker’s victory at the World Series of poker back in 2003. They base their assumption on the fact that immediately after the unknown accountant won millions of dollars in the most important poker tournament in the world, players decided to follow his example.

Nowadays, we know that Chris began by playing over the Internet, but in 2003 the community was relatively small and those outside of it had no idea that it even existed. While these arguments in favor of the popular theory stand to scrutiny, Steve Ruddock has a slightly different idea about how and when online poker became popular. Without dismissing the importance of the Chris Moneymaker moment, he downplays its significance and claims that the seeds were sowed a few years before.

In the 90s, poker was already on TV and ESPN was broadcasting live the most important tournament, contributing to the games rising popularity. Many years before Chris won the WSOP, players were already competing over the Internet at both cash games and tournaments. As far as Ruddock is concerned, his triumph only acted as a catalyst for an already growing community and the belief that even without his victory, Internet poker would be just as popular today.

Another argument that he frequently invokes is that 2+2 and other forums helped people better understand the game and encouraged them to pick up the cards. All these events happened before 2003, but the advocates of the aforementioned theory seem to ignore them altogether. In a nutshell, Steve claims that the Moneymaker moment is a tipping point that certainly influenced the growth of online poker, but he claims that it was not the most important one.

The movie Rounders premiered in 1998 and for the first time ever, the greater audience got to see how Texas hold ’em is played and some got hooked right away. Obviously, the action depicted in this movie has very little to do with what happens in real life, but it was nevertheless a great incentive for those undecided. Last but definitely not least, James McManus and Annie Duke’s performances at the World Series of Poker three years before Chris won the event, made big waves throughout the community.