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โซเฟียเคนนีเพิ่งเอาชนะแอชลีย์บาร์ตี้อันดับ 1 ของโลกไปถึงรอบชิงชนะเลิศในรายการออสเตรเลียนโอเพ่นเมื่อเดือนมกราคมที่ผ่านมา ขณะที่ยังอยู่ในชุดเทนนิสและนั่งอยู่บนม้านั่งในห้องล็อกเกอร์ข้างๆ Bethanie Mattek-Sands เพื่อนและคู่หูของเธอ Kenny มองไปที่โทรศัพท์ของเธอและเอามือเข้าปาก “โอ้พระเจ้าโอ้พระเจ้าของฉัน” เคนินพูดขณะที่เขาอ่านออกเสียงข้อความอันดับ 1 ของโลกในอดีต “ผู้หญิงคนนี้กลายเป็นคนดี” ร็อดเขียนกระตุ้นให้เธอชนะตำแหน่ง “ฉันจะ” เคนินตะโกนใส่โทรศัพท์ของเธอ จากนั้นเขาก็ร้องไห้ เคนินอายุ 22 ปีพบกับร็อดดิกเมื่อเขาเป็นปรากฏการณ์ฟลอริดาวัย 7 ขวบที่เล่นงานแฟร์กราวด์กับจิมคูเรียร์อันดับ 1 ของโลกและวีนัสและเซเรน่าวิลเลียมส์ เขาบอกนักข่าวว่าเขารู้วิธีคืน 150-plus ไมล์ต่อชั่วโมงของ Roddick ด้วยการแยกสเต็ปและตีด้วยแบ็คสวิงสั้น ๆ น้ำตากลายเป็นมนต์ของเคนิน เธอกรีดร้องอย่างประหม่าก่อนการแข่งขันทุกนัดในรายการ Australian Open เมื่อปีที่แล้วจากนั้นก็ร้องไห้ด้วยความสุขหลังจากเอาชนะGarbiñe Muguruza เพื่อคว้าแชมป์รายการหลักครั้งแรกของเธอ เธอหลั่งน้ำตาด้วยความผิดหวังในช่วงที่แพ้เฟรนช์โอเพ่นรอบชิงชนะเลิศให้กับ Iga Swiatek จากนั้นก็ปล่อยให้พวกเขาไหลไปในขณะที่เธอนั่งอยู่บนสนามระหว่างการนำเสนอถ้วยรางวัล Kenin เข้าสู่ Australian Open เมื่อปีที่แล้วซึ่งอยู่ในอันดับนอก 10 อันดับแรกโดยได้รับความช่วยเหลือจากแบ็คแฮนด์ที่แข็งแกร่งใต้เส้นการดร็อปที่ปลอมตัวมาอย่างดีและความปรารถนาที่จะชนะอย่างไม่เปลี่ยนแปลงฤดูกาลที่ตัดแต่งโควิดอยู่ในอันดับที่ 4 และได้รับการเสนอชื่อเป็นผู้เล่น WTA ของปี. บทสนทนาต่อไปนี้ได้รับการแก้ไขและสรุปแล้ว แล้วน้ำตาทั้งหมดล่ะ? ฉันไม่รู้. ฉันกำลังพยายามจัดการมัน ฉันไม่สามารถไปที่สเตเดียมร้องไห้ได้เพราะมันเป็นข้อดีสำหรับคู่ต่อสู้ของฉันดังนั้นฉันจึงต้องเช็ดน้ำตาอุ่นเครื่องให้ดีรู้สึกถึงลูกบอลแล้วเริ่มเล่นเกม แล้วฉันก็ลืมไปว่าฉันร้องไห้และจดจ่ออยู่กับประเด็น คุณร้องไห้ก่อนการต่อสู้ทุกครั้งหรือไม่? ฉันทำที่ออสเตรเลียเมื่อปีที่แล้ว ฉันไม่ได้ทำโดยตั้งใจมันเพิ่งเกิดขึ้น แล้วฉันเชื่อโชคลางนั่นคือสิ่งที่ฉันเป็นฉันต้องร้องไห้ ฉันไม่ใช่นักแสดงที่ดี ในรอบชิงชนะเลิศปีที่แล้วคุณเป็น 2-2 ในเซตที่สามโดยมี 0-40 ในการเสิร์ฟและคุณชนะ 5 ครั้งติดต่อกัน คุณทำได้อย่างไร; ใช่ฉันรู้ประเด็นเหล่านี้ ฉันดูพวกเขาในทีวีอีกครั้งและฉันก็มีอารมณ์เล็กน้อย สิ่งเหล่านี้เป็นจุดคลัตช์ที่แท้จริงซึ่งอาจเป็นส่วนที่ดีที่สุดในชีวิตของฉัน Djokovic ชาวนอร์เวย์ซึ่งเป็นแชมป์ Australian Optics เพื่อนของคุณกลายเป็นแรงบันดาลใจให้คุณเมื่อปีที่แล้ว มันช่วยได้อย่างไร? ฉันกำลังดูการต่อสู้ของเขาและส่งข้อความถึงเขาในอินสตาแกรม ฉันหวังว่าเขาจะชนะดังนั้นฉันจะมีข้ออ้างเพื่อแสดงความยินดีกับเขา จากนั้นเขาก็อยู่ที่สนามซ้อมข้างๆฉันในวันก่อนการแข่งขันรอบชิงชนะเลิศและเขามาและให้คำแนะนำกับฉัน เขาบอกให้ฉันสนุกกับช่วงเวลานั้นและปล่อยให้มันอยู่ตรงนั้น ฉันคิดว่าฉันจะถามเขาว่าจะรับมือกับความกดดันในการป้องกันแชมป์ได้อย่างไร เขามีประสบการณ์มากมายกับเรื่องนี้ หลังจากชัยชนะในออสเตรเลียไม่นานทัวร์ก็ปิดลงเป็นเวลาห้าเดือนเนื่องจากโรคระบาด นั่นทำให้คุณโกรธหรือเปล่า? มันกระทบฉันอย่างหนักเพราะมันต้องเป็นสิ่งที่ดีที่สุดที่เคยเกิดขึ้น สามเดือนของการปฏิบัติและทุกอย่างถูกยกเลิก ฉันไม่ได้หดหู่ แต่ฉันตกต่ำจริงๆ ฉันไม่ต้องการที่จะอยู่ในสนาม แต่เมื่อเราเริ่มต้นใหม่อีกครั้งฉันรู้สึกตื่นเต้นมากที่ได้ออกไปต่อสู้แม้ว่ามันจะโชคร้ายจริงๆที่ไม่มีแฟนก็ตาม ย้ายไปเมลเบิร์นอะไรที่ทำให้คุณตื่นเต้นที่สุดและอะไรที่คุณกลัวที่สุด? ฉันมีความสุขอย่างแน่นอนที่มีประสบการณ์ในการป้องกันแชมป์ นี้ค่อนข้างพิเศษ จากนั้นฉันกลัวการสูญเสียและการสูญเสียในช่วงต้นมากกว่า เขาแตกต่างจากเด็ก 7 ขวบคนนี้อย่างไรกับสายตาที่เขาอยากจะคืนเซอร์ดของร็อดนิก ฉันชนะหนึ่ง Slam และได้เข้ารอบชิงชนะเลิศอีกครั้ง นี่คือความแตกต่างที่ยิ่งใหญ่

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Finding folds at the WSOP

Those who know my game well know I don’t particularly like to fold reasonably strong hands. While being a bit of a calling station works well against most good, aggressive players who almost always have at least some bluffs in their ranges, against weaker opponents who play blatantly straightforward and rarely bluff, calling down with good, but not amazing, hands can get you in a ton of trouble. This WSOP has provided me with numerous examples where I should simply lay down a hand to a weak, passive player that would be criminal to fold against someone with a balanced range.
The first example took place in a $1,500 WSOP event. The blinds were 25/25 and everyone had around 4,500 chips. I raised with Kc-Qd to 75 from middle position and both the small blind and big blind called. Both of my opponents were around 55 years old and had yet to take any sort of an aggressive betting line. The flop came Ks-Ts-6d. My opponents checked to me and I bet 150. Only the big blind called. The turn was the (Ks-Ts-6d)-2c. The small blind checked and I decided to bet 300 for value. To my surprise, he made it 1,000 with little thought. I reluctantly folded and he proudly showed me his Kh-Th.
While most good players could, and likely should, have flush draws and marginal made hands they decided to turn into bluffs in their range, a tight passive player is almost never bluffing. Knowing this, which hands would he realistically check raise large for value and, in his mind, protection? I imagine the worst hand he may think is a “premium” hand on this board would be K-J. If that is the worst possible hand he can have, K-Q is in awful shape. It is worth noting that you will occasionally fold the best hand but against his tight value range, K-Q is crushed. Even if he had a few premium draws in his range, K-Q still simply must be folded.  When your opponent’s range is almost entirely premium made hands, if you have a good, but not premium, made hand, you should usually fold.
Another hand came up a little while later in the same tournament. This time, the blinds were 150/300-25 with 15,000 effective stacks. A tight, passive player raised to 750 from the small blind and I elected to call in the big blind with Js-Tc. The flop came Jh-Jd-9h. My opponent bet 900 and I called. The turn was the (Jh-Jd-9h)-6c. He checked and I quickly tossed in 1,500, hoping to look as if I was trying to blatantly steal the pot. When he check raised to 4,000 with confidence, I assumed the way I put my chips in the pot induced him to run an optimistic bluff. I elected to call, hoping he would shove the river. The river was the (Jh-Jd-9h-6c)-8s. My opponent instantly went all-in for 9,000 and I called with little though, losing to his 6d-6s.
So, where did I go wrong? Some people may think I should have raised the flop for “protection” but if the opponent only has a few outs, you should not be concerned with getting outdrawn, especially if you suspect you will be able to extract an additional street of value later on the turn or river. I was also concerned that he would fold almost all hands worse than a 9 if I raised, which would be a disaster as I certainly want to keep him in the pot with various A and K high hands. Finally, I wasn’t entirely sure I could profitably get in 50 big blinds against this specific player if he elected to reraise on the flop.
I messed up badly on the turn. I thought he would view my splashy bet as a bluff whereas in reality, he probably wasn’t paying attention to how I put my chips in the pot in the least bit. If he had nothing, he would fold and if he had a good hand, he would call. It is as simple as that. I then compounded my error by assuming my opponent would lose his mind and attack my splashy bet, which he probably wasn’t even aware of. This made me think my opponent’s range consisted of almost entirely hands I crush. In reality, he simply has a J or better every time. When he instantly pushed on the nasty 8s river, which improved Q-T and J-8 to better hands, I should have found a fold because I lose to all value hands besides perhaps a vastly overplayed overpair. I leveled myself about as hard as possible.
I know that most players know to not pay off tight, passive players, but I seem to forget it from time to time. When someone who hasn’t put a chip in the pot in an aggressive manner all of a sudden wants to stick his whole stack in, you need an overly premium hand to continue. Don’t forget it.
If you are going to the WSOP, I strongly suggest you spend some time preparing. If you simply show up and expect to succeed, you are almost certain to fail. I recorded a six-hour long training series for you that explains all of the preparations I make in order to ensure I have the best chance to do well. I also discuss how to play with the wildly varying stacks you will be forced to play with at the WSOP. Check it out here: Jonathan Little’s WSOP Coaching Series
Thanks for reading and good luck in your games!
This article initially appeared in CardPlayer magazine.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Poker’s Mixed Games

It’s a new year, and with it comes the potential for new excitement and opportunities.
When it comes to poker, that’s no different. Along with studying and dedicating yourself more to your game of choice (for most, No Limit Hold ‘em), It’s also a great time to take up a new game… or 8, or 10.
Anyone who knows me knows I love the mixed games, and it thrilled me to see over 16,000 players kicking off the year in a small stakes 8-game tourney on PokerStars recently.

Mixed games are alive, well, and growing, and I would love to see them grow even more this year with new players.
As such, I wanted to put together a quick guide of beginners’ tips for the games in a standard 8- to 10-game mix.
This will consist of some very fundamental advice for the newest of players (and like any strategy advice in poker, there are always exceptions), but at the end of this guide I’ll also point you towards some excellent resources that will go far more in depth than I will.

First, a general rule for all games: know the basic rules of whatever you’re playing before you jump in. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen beginners playing 2-7 draw games like they’re Five Card Draw or Ace to Five. Know the fundamentals and give yourself a fighting chance.
And since No Limit Hold ‘em is in an 8-game mix, I’ll just leave this here: Enough with the open limping!
I’m not going to get into it all, but where we’re at in 2021 when it comes to No Limit Hold ‘em theory, it’s universal (outside of the highest levels) that open limping is just not a good play.
Okay, mini-rant over. I’ve gone and calmed down a bit (read: dusted off some bankroll money, lol) by playing some live dealer casino 2021. Now, let’s get to the good stuff!
Pot Limit Omaha: No danglers!
One of the appeals for new players to the great game of Pot Limit Omaha (said with Joey Ingram emphasis) is the action provided by having four hole cards instead of two. Twice the cards = twice the fun, right?
Well, if you’re playing with 3 cards while everyone else is playing with 4, you’re instantly at a huge disadvantage.
Got a random low card along with those 3 sweet broadway cards? That dangling low card instantly kills a good chunk of your equity. Barring a crazy rare runout giving you trips or better with that random dangler, your starting hand is seriously hampered.
Plain and simple, you’re given 4 cards. Make sure they all work together in some fashion.
Limit Hold ‘em: Bet and raise small pairs, don’t limp and call
The structure of the game may be the same, but the differences between Limit and No Limit Hold ‘em are huge.
One of the major ways in which the games diverge in strategic approach is how to play hands that in No Limit you’d be happy seeing flops with, and cashing in on implied odds. Well in Limit, that’s just not a thing. You do not want to go multiway with small pairs, especially out of position. You want to play pots heads up as much as possible, and not give the big blind incentive to see the flop. As such, you need to be raising and 3-betting small pairs preflop.
Postflop, having position is huge because just like in No Limit Hold ‘em, way more often than not, you won’t flop a set. Pairs are great, but they can still be vulnerable to whatever your opponent had preflop, given that despite your 3-bet, they’ll still be getting tremendous odds on a call.
Be ready to keep up the aggression, but with great odds both preflop and on the flop, your opponent will rarely fold, so have an idea of how they play, and whether or not you’ll be able to get them off their hand with sustained aggression, (especially on the turn, where the bigger bet sizes begin) if the board doesn’t run out in your favour.
Many times that small pair may end up the winner at showdown vs. missed draws or overcards that missed.

Omaha 8 or Better: No middle card garbage
Split pot games cause new players a lot more problems than they should.
Although there are plenty of ways to have chips pushed to you with high and low possibilities, the goal is to scoop the entire pot. Along with generally playing WAAAAAAY too many hands, far too often new players start with hands that look enticing but give them no shot at scooping.
Hands like 679J or JT65 may look promising, with plenty of straight-y possibilities (and flush potential if suited), they have huge potential for disaster.
In small stakes games, you’re very likely to find yourself in multiway situations postflop. If you make a straight, and a 3-flush hits the board, someone likely has you beat with a flush. Even if you have a flush, its vulnerable to better flushes, and above all, if a low comes on board it’s VERY likely your weak low won’t be good.
Hands like these leave you praying to win half the pot at best with marginal made hands. These are situations you want to avoid. Start with hands that have good potential to win you both halves of the pot. Will it mean you have to fold a lot? Yup, but I’m sure you’d rather keep your chips than give ’em away to strangers, right?
Hands with aces in them are off to a great start. Add a low card like a 2 or a 3, sprinkle in some high hand potential with big pairs, suitedness to the ace, or another wheel card (2,3,4,5), and you’ve got a recipe for success more often than not in Omaha 8 or Better.
Razz: You need 5 cards to make a winning hand
Ok, this may seem obvious as a basic rule of most poker games, including Razz, but the point I want to make here is that on 3rd (and 4th) street in Razz, you have an incomplete hand. As such, piling in multiple bets on these streets is generally not a good play.
Equities run much closer than you might expect in the early streets of Razz. Sure, you may have A23 vs. your opponent’s door card 8, or even a defended bring in, but only 60% of your hand is made. Piling in bets based on the “strength” of your hand this early is dangerous. Here come the broadway cards and a paired 3 the rest of the way (seriously… why does that always seem to happen?!). Now how does that A23 look?
If you catch good on 4th and your opponent(s) catch bad, then you can start applying pressure, but unless you have a notable advantage in the hand, piling in bets on early streets is a pitfall that beginners should avoid.
7 Card Stud: Do not double bet on 4th street
The Tournament Director’s Association (TDA) actually removed this archaic rule (when an open pair is shown on 4th street, that player has the option to make a double bet; e.g., In a 5-10 game, you can bet 10 instead of 5) recently for TDA-approved tournament play, but you may still find this option available in cash games and online.
Don’t do it!
In a game with no exposed cards, a big bet could still represent a bluff, but in stud, where your cards are right there for everyone to see, why in the world would you want to scare away your opponents with a big bet holding an open pair?! The minimum you’re representing is two pair, and only a comparable hand or huge draw can reasonably continue. As always, there could be rare exceptions, but in general it’s a terrible play.
Stud 8 or better: 9s, 10s, and high cards kill your starting hand
Okay, straight up: If you have a 9 or a 10 as your door card, unless you’re rolled up (3-of-a-kind on 3rd street), maybe have buried aces, or maybe, MAYBE have a 3-card straight flush, FOLD!
Again, there can be exceptions based on who your opponents are and your position in the hand, but in general 9s and 10s are the very worst cards you can have in your hand in Stud 8. Picture cards usually pose the same problem if they’re unpaired to start the hand.
Essentially if you have two babies and a high card banana to start, your hand is trash. Forget about thinking about “well I have two low cards, I could maybe make a low.” Great, but unless you also pair that high card, or run out a low straight or flush, you’re very unlikely to win both sides of the pot.
Just like in Omaha 8, scooping the pot is your goal. And like in many small stakes games, there are likely to be more multiway pots with opponents making these mistakes. As such, you need to be the player starting strong and giving yourself the best chance to win the entire pot with stronger starting hands.
Bonus tip: Razz hands pose equal danger. Not all 3-low-card starting hands are created equal. Hands like 863 and 752 that are unconnected and unsuited may win you the low, but are very unlikely to win you the high as well.
Always be playing to scoop the pot in split pot games.
2-7 Triple Draw: Don’t leave home without a deuce
This is an easy one. The game is deuce to seven triple draw. Not three to eight, not four to nine. Deuce to Seven.
Therefore, if your starting hand does not have a deuce in it, you begin at a huge disadvantage. Simply because without a deuce, the best hand you can make is 86543, the ninth-best hand possible. Furthermore, if you don’t have a deuce, and your opponents are competent, they are likely to have one, limiting your ability to catch one.
As always, there are some rare exceptions. If you are dealt a pat 8 without a deuce for example, you do not want to break this hand, as it is quite strong, and you should be playing it aggressively before the first draw. However, if you are drawing, you should have that deuce in your hand.
Imagine if you have 7543x. Sure you have a draw to #1, the best hand you can make, but you can only draw that deuce. If you draw an 8, you have a good hand (87543), but it’s only the 13th best hand possible and can easily be outdrawn, especially against multiple opponents.
If you have 7432x, you’re in much better shape because you can draw one of four 5s or one of four 6s to make #1 (75432), or #2 (76432), or an 8 to at least make the 10th best hand (87432).
Of any game, it can safely be argued that a deuce in 2-7 Triple Draw is the most powerful card relative to the game. Even more so than an ace in Omaha 8 or Stud 8.

No Limit 2-7 Single Draw: A pat jack is a favourite against any 1 card draw
While the goal of making as low a hand as possible is the same as in the limit triple draw version, the methods and criteria for a quality hand is significantly different in the no limit single draw version.
With only one draw, and no limit betting, hand strengths differ greatly versus in triple draw. With only one crack at improving your hand, your initial hand strength is hugely significant.
There is a lot more to the game than one might think, and the more you study and play, you’ll quickly discover this. But when it comes to that initial hand strength, any pat Jack, (even JT986) is a favorite over any drawing hand (even 7432x).
Think of it like a coin flip preflop in Hold ‘em. A pair is a slight favorite against two overcards. This is also the case with pat Jacks in 2-7 Single Draw. Therefore, if you are dealt a made hand Jack low or better, and you think your opponent will be drawing, you should be patting it (not drawing) and playing it aggressively before the draw.
Badugi: Build up! (start with lower cards)
Badugi plays identically to triple draw in structure and drawing rounds, but building your hand from your lowest cards up is even more important because the best 3-card hand will be the winner if no one has made a badugi.
Equities run far wider than in triple draw. Unsuited A23 and A34 may look very close, but the A23 is actually a near 4-to-1 favorite because the A34 must improve, while the A23 does not need to, yet still could.
The smoother (lower) you start, the better chance of winning you’ll have even if you don’t improve. If you have a 359 for example, the best hand you can make is a 9 badugi. If you don’t improve, any 3-card hand lower than a 9 beats you. Even if you do improve to a 9 badugi, there’s no guarantee it’ll be the best hand by the final draw if your opponent is drawing smoother than you.
Bottom line, start and go low! Not only is ace-deuce is a great start in Omaha 8, but also in Badugi!
Mixed game resources
Poker Books
Mastering Mixed Games – Dylan Linde
If I could only recommend one resource for both beginners to mixed games, and existing players looking to improve, it is Dylan Linde’s outstanding book. Linde provides both basic and advanced strategies for all games, including some of the more obscure ones you may only find in a live setting (Badeucy, Badacey). For under $40, The amount of information provided is invaluable.
A Poker Player’s Guide to Mixed Games – Ken Lo
This 2014 book may have flown under the radar, but it’s still available and an outstanding resource for both beginners and experienced players alike. It is incredibly thorough, going through the basics of each game before diving into deeper strategy. It’s actually the biggest book I have in my poker library at almost 700 pages, but not a page is wasted. Don’t let the size scare you. It’s well worth the read, and a great value also at under $40.
Super System 2 – multiple authors
This was the first book I read that really had multiple great chapters on mixed games. The original Super System does as well, but the information is now quite dated, while SS2 was written by more contemporary players (in 2005), such as Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Harman and Todd Brunson, and still holds up quite well. Their sections (Negreanu, 2-7 Triple Draw; Harman, Limit Hold ‘em; Brunson, Stud 8 or better) I can still highly recommend.
Finding a physical copy of SS2 can be a bit difficult, but the Kindle version is available for under $10.
Run it Once Elite membership
This is on the pricier end of the spectrum at just under $1000/yr, but with coaches like Chris George, George Danzer and online mixed game wizard Iteopepe88, along with the huge amount of training RIO provides on No Limit Hold ‘em and PLO, a RIO membership will truly get you elite level training for all games.
Run It Up WCOOP review with Jason Somerville and Daniel Negreanu
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is THE BEST free piece of content available on HORSE. In 2016, JCarver and DNegs sat down for a 4-hour video breakdown of Daniel’s WCOOP HORSE win. It’s awesome to hear Daniel go through his thoughts on the final table, and honestly, aside from the aforementioned Run It Once Elite content, its really the only place you can find a mixed game hand history review with an elite poker player. Oh, and have I mentioned that it’s FREE?!?!?
Twitch streams
Twitch has become a hugely popular source of poker entertainment, and learning. While the biggest streamers are generally No Limit Hold ‘em players, there are some streamers on the platform whose main focus is playing and growing mixed games. At the top of the list are PokerStars’ streamers Mason Pye (pyefacepoker), and Georgina James (GJReggie), along with Scott Kenyon (Pokerbrahs), who has crushed me both online and live, and is incredibly good at winning flips for table massages (but that’s another story).
Rec Poker PokerStars Home Games
The crew at Rec Poker are a great bunch of people, dedicated to growing poker for recreational players. Along with nightly No Limit Hold ‘em tournaments, a monthly series, and an international series, they run a monthly mixed game tournament series with a leaderboard and player of the year award. To prepare for the monthly mixed game, each Saturday they’ll run a warmup game of whichever the game of the month is.
It’s a great way to play and learn with a group of friendly folks, and as it’s a free home game, can be played from anywhere in the world, even the United States!
So be sure to check them out and jump on into the mixed games. You’ll find me there defending my Player of the Year title.
Good luck, and have fun in the ‘banana game’ streets!

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About Mike PatrickA veteran of both the Canadian sports media industry and poker scene, Mike has made the jump into poker media with cardplayerlifestyle.com.
Having worked his way from intern to television producer and from home game hero to semi-professional poker player, Mike brings knowledge and a competitive outlook from his experiences in the newsroom and at the tables to his writing.
Splitting time between his home in Toronto, Ontario and the bright lights of Las Vegas, you’ll likely find Mike at a poker table or a hockey game, especially when he’s in Vegas. (Go Knights go!)

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Live Open Face Chinese Poker

Lessons I’ve Learned at the World Championship
by Jennifer Shahade
The two-time US women’s chess champion, and PokerStars Mind Sports Ambassador Jennifer Shahade admits that her biggest highlight of this poker season was winning the TonyBet Open Face Chinese World Championship High Roller event. Not only was it the biggest live buy-in she ever played, it was also the biggest cash prize of her career.
Since the event was streamed live, the recorded video footage allowed Jennifer to analyze her own game and use it to teach others about OFC poker. In this piece Jennifer shares her thoughts on two hands she played during the tournament and looks at them in more detail.

At this point of the tournament I had Jason Mercier and Marek Kolk as my opponents. Jason is a really good player under pressure, he has a lot of experience. In Open Face Chinese I think he plays a bit more conservatively than average. Jason is also extremely dangerous under new formats and new situations, as he can adjust very quickly, being used to that from high stakes mixed games.
So considering many of the players were not as used to tournament format that could give Jason an edge. I didn’t know as much about Marek Kolk though from the few hands I played with him, he seemed more on the aggressive side and willing to take risks when it’s close, so he and Jason were presenting two very different aspects of the game here.
Just like in other forms of poker, sometimes a more conservative line and a more aggressive line can have similar equity, so in Open Face it’s about trying to figure out when your style is interfering with the correct mathematical choice. I’m not sure where I lie on the spectrum – I think I’m pretty good, of course. Though if I had to identify a leak in this respect, I’d say I am probably a bit too conservative/straightforward when my hand is bad.
When talking about this particular hand, I definitely would have played Queen on top, 2, 3 in the middle and 7, 4 in the back first to act, as Marek did. I can’t see another way to set my hand: 2, 4 in the middle and J, 5, 5 at the bottom seems totally standard, the jack is the perfect kicker for the back.
As for Jason’s hand, anyone who watches my Run It Once videos knows how partial I am to pairs over three-flushes. With all of the kings, tens and sixes live, I’d consider K, K, 6 in the back, ten in the middle and ace up top. Believe it or not we are over 50% to make a boat or quads in this spot, which sounds outrageous, but makes sense when you consider how it’s rather unusual that all of our kings and kickers are live.
It’s also very nice that our other kicker is so live too so we’ll make two pair in the middle quite comfortably. Of course his set is very well designed for fantasyland, though I think my way gets there quite often as well.
I think Marek’s hand was shaping up poorly compared to our hands. Presumably, he did not get a diamond, and Jason was very likely to complete his flush. Meanwhile, all my jacks and fives were live too, and there were still three aces live at the time, so he decided it was time to gamble.
I think I’d play it the same way though I don’t know his discard on the crucial pull where he decided to gamble for Fantasy Land.
I think the value of Fantasy Land is slightly less in three-handed play. As I discuss in my Run It Once videos, however, I think that in three-handed it’s also a little easier to get to it because we will have more information about which kickers will be live and which will be dead.
Whether or not to go for Fantasy late in the game is often a pure math problem! It became a bit more complex in the tournament format with short stacks though I normally believed that if I had a relatively short stack, it was even more profitable to gamble for Fantasy.
It’s also very relevant as to which position we’ll be in when we come out of Fantasy Land. It’s not that important to see our opponent’s first five cards when we set a Fantasy hand, it will only occasionally change our set. However, it’s quite important if we can find ourselves on the button after getting out of Fantasy, rather than “wasting” our button while we are in Fantasy.
A very important factor to consider before playing a live Open Face Chinese poker event is one’s physical and mental preparation. Because you have to play each and every hand, it is very different from Hold’em tournaments.
I had an event in London the day before the OFC High Roller, and I wasn’t confident that I’d be rested enough to play the 10K High Roller. I ended up changing my seat from an aisle to a window the night before, and slept the entire flight. If not for that, maybe I wouldn’t have ended up playing and taking home the biggest cash of my career and the belt!
I was so energized to be in beautiful Prague, and just before sundown, I texted my friend Warren Lush to see what he was up to and how the High Roller was going. He encouraged me to come out and play and I rushed to the tournament. All in all, a great example of the butterfly effect for me.
I also had a wonderful time at the tournament – I’d never played a so-called “High Roller” before, though I’d played 10Ks in Main Events, this was quite different. I noticed that ironically, the atmosphere was more informal and relaxed. I also thought the staff did an exceptional job, especially considering how late the tournament ran. And the food was amazing at Kings Casino, I’ll always remember the steak and champagne I had after winning. I’m missing Prague already!

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Sam Trickett: Poker Results & Memorable Hands


Sam Trickett’s poker resume details the accomplishments of one of the world’s most successful poker players. The high-stakes tournament fixture has amassed more than $21 million in career tournament earnings since taking up the game.
Born in Nottinghamshire, England, in 1986, Trickett chose a path as a poker pro while at a crossroads in life in the mid-2000s. That decision has led to a career that puts him among the top 25 all-time tournament money winners.
Let’s take a look at the life and poker career of Sam Trickett:
Sam Trickett’s Tournament Results and Biggest Cashes
As of Janaury 2021, Sam Trickett’s career poker tournament earnings total $21,782,558. Trickett’s five biggest tournament scores include:

2012 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop (2nd – $10,112,001)
2013 Aussie Millions A$250,000 Challenge (1st – $2,111,397)
2011 Aussie Millions A$100,000 No-Limit Hold’em (1st – $1,508,258)
2011 Aussie Millions A$250,000 Super High Roller (1st – $1,384,631)
2011 Partouche Poker Tour Cannes €8,500 Main Event (1st – $1,364,666)

Take a look at Trickett’s entire history of tournament poker results at his Hendon Mob page.
Sam Trickett’s Memorable Hands
Upswing Poker founder Doug Polk takes us through the following hand from the 2019 Triton Poker London Super High Roller. This event played as the highest buy-in poker tournament ever recorded, with players putting up a £1.05 million entry fee ($1,215,901).
Polk begins his analysis with a catch up on what happens in this hand before we get to see the streaming coverage. Stephen Chidwick min-raises to 12,000 from the hijack with J♣ 8♣, Trickett flat calls with A♣ J♦ from the small blind, and Bryn Kenney calls with 8♥ 6♣ from the big blind.
The flop comes 7♣ 4♣3 ♣, with 45,000 in the pot:

Chidwick flops a jack-high flush, and the blinds both check. Chidwick decides to check back.
The turn comes J♠, bringing in top pair for Trickett along with his ace-high flush draw. Trickett checks, Kenney checks, and Chidwick checks for a second time.
With the pot still at 45,000, the river comes 7♠. Trickett bets 16,000, and Kenney, with just eight-high, raises to 102,000. Chidwick calls, putting the action back on Trickett.
Trickett decides to turn his hand into a bluff, going all-in for 485,000. Kenney folds, and Chidwick uses a few time chips, then folds. Polk’s video questions whether this hand represents the sickest bluff ever, especially considering it comes in the early stages of a million-plus buy-in tournament.
Trickett vs. Antoine Saout
This vintage hand from the partypoker World Open features Trickett watching and commentating post-production. The hand starts with an under-the-gun Antoine Saout opening to 15,000 with K♣ K♥, and Trickett flat calling in the small blind with T♦ T♣:

The flop comes T♥ 6♣ 8♥, bringing in top set for Trickett. Trickett checks Saout bets 30,000, and Trickett makes the call.
The turn falls J♣, and both players check through. The river falls a disastrous K♠ for Trickett, with his set of tens now rendered no good against Saout’s set of kings.
Trickett checks again, and Saout bets 45,000. Trickett check-raises all in for his remaining 365,000, and Saout calls, with Trickett looking stunned when Saout tables the kings.
In the post-tournament commentary from this video, Trickett says he doesn’t like the way he ended up playing the hand.
Sam Trickett’s Rise to Poker Greatness
Trickett now sits with more than $21 million in live earnings, but times were tough for the English-born superstar back in 2006. Trickett began playing poker in the pubs of Nottinghamshire and taught himself how to get better with each outing.
One of Trickett’s first wins came in a local tournament, in which Trickett’s then-girlfriend loaned him the money for the buy-in. Trickett worked as a plumber and was an aspiring football player at the time.

An injury cut Trickett’s football dreams short, so he started to learn gas engineering while continuing to study poker. By the time Trickett’s training for a gas engineering career was complete, Trickett decided to pursue poker full time instead.
Trickett’s rise up the tournament stakes began with low-stakes tournaments around England, with his recorded wins beginning in 2007 according to Hendon Mob.
Trickett’s breakthrough came at the 2008 World Series of Poker, where the then 21-year-old Trickett finished fourth in a $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event for $245,927. He followed up two months later with a win in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event for $215,718.
Sam Trickett’s poker accomplishments put him among the best tournament players of all time. (Image courtesy of partypoker)
Seven-Figure Scores and Beyond
Trickett began 2011 with a pair of million-dollar-plus cashes at the Aussie Millions. A win in the A$100,000 No-Limit Hold’em event ($1,508,258) and a runner-up finish in the A$ 250,000 Super High Roller ($1,384,631) marked his two biggest cashes to date at the time.
The 2012 WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop yielded Trickett’s career-high cash, by far. Trickett finished second for a $10,112,001 payday in what was then the biggest buy-in tournament of all time.
Trickett claims five scored of seven figures or larger across his career, and stands at No. 24 on the Hendon Mob all-time tournament earnings list as of January 2021. He’s at No. 11 in the Hendon Mob’s Popularity Rankings.
Partypoker employs Trickett as a Global Ambassador, and he has two different poker rooms named after him. “Trickett’s Room” can be found at Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club in Nottingham, England, and an online version of Trickett’s Room is hosted on partypoker’s international online poker site.
Trickett still appears regularly in high-stakes tournaments and cash games around the globe. Still just 34 years old, Trickett has amassed one of the most impressive poker resumes of all time over the last decade-plus.

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Massive overbet on river/is this ever correct?


PokerStars – 10/20 Ante 3 NL – Holdem – Hand converted by PokerTracker 4 Hero (CO): 74.85 BB BTN (BTN): 73.85 BB SB (SB): 78.2 BB BB (BB): 74.85 BB UTG (UTG): 74.85 BB UTG+1 (UTG+1): 74.85 BB MP (MP): 74.85 BB MP+1 (MP+1): 73.85 BB MP+2 (MP+2): 74.85 BB 9 players post ante of 0.15 BB, SB posts SB 0.5 BB, BB posts BB 1 BB Dealt to Hero: Qs,Js fold, fold, fold, MP+1 calls 1 BB, fold, Hero raises to 2.5 BB, fold, SB calls 2 BB, fold, MP+1 calls 1.5 BB probably should have made it 3,5BB on account of the limper but I i actually didn’t notice him hence the 2,5 open Flop (9.85 BB, 3 players): 5s Qd Qh SB checks, MP+1 checks, Hero checks I should probably c bet at this board all the time but hey trips plus BDFS so I thought slowplaying a little bit wouldn’t hurt too much, BUT IS THAT CORRECT? Turn (9.85 BB, 3 players):As SB checks, MP+1 checks, Hero bets 3.25 BB, SB calls 3.25 BB, fold I chose to bet small but on retrospect i should probably bet bigger charge the aces and any flush draw PLEASE COMMENT ON THAT River (16.35 BB, 2 players): 10s SB bets 16.35 BB, Hero raises to 68.95 BB and is all-in, SB calls 52.6 BB well this is i think the most controversial decision: I tanked and thought that usually pot donk bets at those tables represent extreme strength. BUT i also thought AQ + is somewhat unlikely (i d expect a 3bet from AQ AA maybe even 1010) so what could he possibly have? a flush trips or a full house. I beat all flushes except king high ones and given that he is in the sb he could have pretty much any suited hand. KQ could take this line as well as any smaller queen including the remaining QJ. So a call minimum is standard. now to the raise part: Hands that call my shove that beat me: AQ AA 1010 Q10 K high flushes. Realistically Q10 and the nut flushes, maybe AQ that doesnt 3bet. Hands that call my shove that i beat: any other queen any other flush (+an unlikely straight that somehow found its way to the river). Some low flushes and some low queens obviously fold but given that my opponent is the type of guy who would donk pot on the river is my assumption that he might call with worse here correct? Would you recommend another course of action? (you probably would but what? ON ALL STREETS) Im no phil ivey and i feel that I made numerous mistakes here submitted by /u/itsmenikos [comments]

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67th place in the Colossus WSOP event

By James Iglinsky
Since 2010, I have been traveling to Las Vegas from Houston to play in a WSOP event. I don’t get the opportunity to play much, as the closest casino game is 2.5 hours away and I will not play in any of the local raked home games.
Leading up to this year’s WSOP trip, I began a heavy study schedule watching videos and playing hand packs from InstaPoker. Then I joined Jonathan Little’s online training site, floattheturn.com. I enjoyed his teaching style and how easy his content is to read and understand. In one article Jonathan explained how Tim Ferris significantly influenced his life when he began following Tim’s Four Hour Body program and changed his eating habits. One of my goals this year was to lose weight and become healthier so it seemed like a good fit.  I picked up a copy of the Four Hour Body and am happy to say that, for me, it has been really easy to follow and I have now lost 21 pounds in 35 days. I believe this played some part in my ability to focus during the Colossus as my memory has improved and I was never exhausted.
From my previous experiences in the WSOP I knew that I would be forced into some difficult decisions early, and I was not disappointed. Jonathan Little’s videos allowed me to be more aggressive in position against weak blinds, to fold AQ, and to even 3-bet and take down a few uncontested pots. I would like to provide links to the specific videos that have helped me the most, but honestly, I have not viewed a single video, attended a webinar, or watched Jonathan live on Twitch without learning something. The area where I have improved the most is my ability to define my opponents’ ranges. While I have been aware of this for years, and have had access to Poker Stove, I just didn’t really look at it with a critical eye.  While I believe that I am far from making the best decisions possible, I know I have vastly improved in this essential area of decision making.
Since I only get to play a live game about once every two months, my opportunities to improve are limited. As a result, I treat this trip to Vegas as a vacation first, and a money-making opportunity second. While playing in the Colossus, I attempted to take notes as recommended by Jonathan, but since I have not practiced, I found that I was too slow. I also typed notes into the Note app on my phone, and later posted everything I had on Twitter.  I made many decisions based on reads, position, and stack sizes (mine and my opponents’).
Compared to my play before studying with Jonathan, I more frequently attacked a single limper and the blinds from late position, and I was rewarded for it.  Not only did I bag chips once, I bagged twice in the Colossus and when I got knocked out there were only 7 tables left.  I earned a 67th place finish for a payout of $14,330. Additionally, I jumped into a $50 last longer posted on 2+2 with 41 others and took it down for an additional $2,100. While in Vegas I also ran deep in two other tourneys, actually bagging chips in one, and was dramatically busted in both before the money.  Overall an amazing trip. This was the first time I had bagged chips since 2010, and it was my first WSOP cash.  Amazing, fantastic, and wonderful are the words that come to mind.
During the Colossus I experienced tremendous drama as I started with 5,000 chips, bagged 26,000 on Day 1c, then bagged 157,000 on Day 2, and amazingly made it up to 1.45 million chips during day three before I called a “shorty’s” all in with A-Jo and lost to his 3-3 leaving me with 997,000.  Then I played this hand and lost about 835,000 chips:
I have replayed that hand a lot in my mind.   Until last night I thought I was right to go with my read of his hand strength and try to make him fold.  Since we were down to so few players, maybe I should have considered that we were all guaranteed $10,000 and that he wasn’t folding any pair, or maybe my bet on the turned Q did not make sense if I had a Q, so his Ace kicker was good?   I just don’t know.  Should I have continued on the turn and checked the river with some thin show down value, or should I have check-shoved the turn, or just shoved the turn?   I was confident in my read that he did not have an over pair, and that he did not have a 9 or Q.  Post flop he was clearly uncomfortable, so 77 or 66 made sense, as did AKo, 65 suited+, AJ suited+.  I have no doubt he would have snapped it off if he had a Q on the turn, based on the few hands he had played.
((Jonathan’s comments: It seems like you got a bit fancy in this hand and it cost you. I would have certainly checked preflop. I can’t remember the last time I raised tiny over limps with the intention of trying to represent a premium hand after the flop. Most of the time, your opponents will not be capable of hand-reading well enough to remember what took place preflop.
Assuming you decided to reraise small preflop, I think your flop bet is great, both for value and protection. When you get called and the turn is a Queen, I think you should actually check-fold. It is way too likely that your opponent has a slowplayed 9, a straight, or top pair. Of course, he could also have an 8 or an underpair, but you are in fine shape versus most 8s and you beat the underpairs. I see no reason at all to play a big pot in this situation.
That being said, you mentioned you had a strong read on this player, but in general, I do not trust my reads enough to run a bluff for all of my chips with a hand that should have a reasonable amount of showdown value, especially if the pot checks down. If I bet the turn and got called, unless the board drastically changed on the river, I would have given up. Again, I am not a fan of running huge bluffs, especially in tournaments that are somewhat soft. Most of the time, it makes sense to just sit back and wait for prime situations where the money falls in your lap.))
In closing, I want to say “thank you” to Jonathan Little for his training and guidance.

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Why Live Casino Poker Games Are Better Than Traditional Online Casino Poker Games

When it comes to online casinos, all websites offer poker games, but there are two main types; live casino poker games and traditional online poker games. While both are fun to play, many believe that live casino poker games are much more fun to play, and here’s why.
Live Casino And How It Works
Live casino is a type of casino game which features a real-life dealer who is streamed directly to you over the internet and from a specialised live casino studio. Rather than playing against the computer, you’ll be playing against other real players and a real dealer.
A behind-the-scenes view of what an online casino’s live dealer studio looks like
These games follow all the rules of traditional games, but the main difference is you’re playing with real people over the internet rather than by yourself. In addition, they will have timed windows for players to place bets to keep the game fast-paced for all users. This website provides a more in-depth on the basics of live dealer gambling as well as how bonuses work in a live environment.
Why Live Casino Poker Is Better
Many believe that live casino poker games are better than traditional online poker games, mostly because they offer a much more social experience. Playing with real people online is much more fun than playing by yourself against a computer, and since all live casino games feature a chat room, you’ll be able to interact with all other players and the dealer themselves who respond via the stream.
In addition, live casino poker games tend to have more unique and fun variations than traditional online poker games. These variations, while mostly the same, will alter gameplay mechanics, the design of a casino game or offer additional betting options which aren’t usually available in the ordinary online counterparts.
What’s more, some online casinos will offer specialised live casino promotions which you can specifically use on live casino poker games. This offers another great incentive for you to play live casino poker!
Finally, most online casinos licensed in the UK now offer live casino games, including live poker! This means that you can easily register with an online casino and begin playing live variations of your favourite poker games, what more could you want?
Is Traditional Online Poker Still Worth Playing?
Yes. Although many believe that live casino poker games are generally better, it’s still well worth playing traditional online poker titles as well, particularly because live casino games can sometimes fill up quickly, meaning you’ll have to wait until another user leaves before you can join.
There are plenty of online poker games for you to enjoy, all of which are based on games found at brick-and-mortar casinos. Just remember that you’ll be playing alone and against a computer rather than with several other real people.
Figuring Out What’s Best For You
If you’re an avid traditional online poker player, we suggest you give live casino poker games a try to see if they’re something you enjoy. If you’re completely new to online poker, we suggest you try both traditional and live casino poker games and decide on which type of online poker game you prefer.
Regardless of what you do prefer, online casinos in the UK generally offer enough poker content to keep you entertained and busy, so go ahead and start playing!
About Marcus HarmonMarcus Harmon is a poker writer and editor of Sunshine Poker Rooms, a poker news and information source. With a decade of experience in the online gaming industry, Marcus has been lucky enough to have met and indeed been beaten by some of the great players. His other passions are soccer and travel.

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On Jan. 12, the league and the players’ union announced new health protocols to deal with a rash of game postponements. Among the new rules, players and staff have been directed to remain at their homes or hotels when on the road except for team activities and essential tasks. After a recent game between the Miami Heat and the Nets, a security official interrupted Nets guard Kyrie Irving’s attempt to exchange jerseys with the Heat’s Bam Adebayo — much to the bafflement of Irving. (Irving slipped a jersey to Adebayo after their next game two days later.)Others players have weighed in on the All-Star game as well. On Friday, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, who was selected to his first All-Star team last season, said: “I feel like, for the most part, they have done a great job of trying to keep us safe,” referring to the league, “though you can’t control everything. But I do understand the concerns about it, especially in Atlanta.”His teammate Kemba Walker, a four-time All Star, told reporters on Friday that he agreed with James.“He’s a smart man,” Walker said. “He’s been around. He’s a leader. A lot of things he says are correct. He feels the way he feels. I’m probably going to be on vacation.”Earlier in the week, De’Aaron Fox, the top guard on the Sacramento Kings, said holding the game would be “stupid.”“If we have to wear masks and do all this for a regular game, then what’s the point of bringing the All-Star game back?” Fox told reporters. “Obviously, money makes the world go ’round so it is what it is.”For the moment, the N.B.A.’s virus-related game postponements have died down. The most recent one was on Monday, when the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets were supposed to play in Denver. Two days later, the league said in its weekly report that no new players had tested positive for the coronavirus. The week before there had been one case, a sharp reduction from the 27 reported over the two weeks prior. In January, several teams were missing multiple players because of infections and contact tracing, but now most teams are no longer missing anyone for that reason.N.B.A. players — like much of the country — are under enormous mental strain, as Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors said in a podcast interview that was posted on Friday. He said this season has been particularly difficult with longer days as a result of daily testing and restrictions in the league’s protocols.

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Big Winners of the Week, BWOW, Latest Poker News, Online Poker, Tournaments & Cash Games
CardsChat Presents: Big Winners of the Week


The Polk/Negreanu dustup is done, an unregulated online tournament pays the winner more than a million bucks, live tournament poker is back in Vegas at the Venetian, and Michigan becomes the latest state to go fully legal. It’s a wild-wild mix of dramatic action, live and online, among amateurs and pros around the world (with Brazilians making a notable showing). Here’s who booked big victories in the game for the week ending Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021:(Image: YouTube/DougPolkPoker)Heads-up NLH vs. Daniel NegreanuWSOP.comIt was a dominating way to beat one of the best poker players in the world. After giving Daniel Negreanu not quite a glimmer of hope last week, Polk won all three sessions this week, for an additional $499,858 as he finished off the 25,000-hand heads-up no-limit hold’em challenge against his nemesis with a resounding $1.2 million profit. Polk left little doubt as to who is the superior heads-up player (not that we didn’t already know it before their match began in November). He followed up his win by delivering a Masterclass on how he dismantled Negreanu.(Image: Instagram/ramonkrop)In the fourth installment of its Venom Poker Series, venerable offshore site ACR attracted 3,774 entries into its $2,650 NLH main event, generating a $9.4 million prize pool. (Not quite a record, but enough to surpass the $8 million guarantee.) When the dust settled at the final table, PORKNOMAR finished on top after leading from start to finish. The Brazilian online grinder and member of the Midas Team capped off a dominant display with J♦ J♣ versus A♣ J♠ of fellow Brazilian ‘SmashedAvocado’ (aka Yuri Martins). A dry board sent the pot, the title, and more than $1.1 million to Kropmanns.(Image: Twitter/bencb789)Rolle proved you don’t have to start a final table with a chip lead to finish on top. The online crusher and head coach at Raise Your Edge went from eighth place to champion in GGPoker’s latest $10,300 weekly — all while streaming his comeback live on Twitch. Weaving through a final table full of online pros, Rolle was still a short stack (4:1 chip disadvantage) by the time he got heads-up. After clawing his way to the lead, he closed out the victory over a field of 210 by limping with A♣ 6♣ to induce a shove from the aggressive Brazilian Michael Zhang (“mczhang”), who obliged with Q♦ 10♥. An ace on the flop was enough to give Rolle the thrilling win.
This event honored the late, great WPT commentator and hero Mike Sexton with a $10,300 online version of the WPT Montreal event he won in 2016. It came with a $1 million guarantee and no rake. (The extra $300 from 125 entries went to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, a Sexton-family chosen charity.) Daniel Dvoress, an underrated tournament pro with over $15 million in live tourney winnings, shipped it. The 32-year-old Canadian previously won a WSOP online bracelet in the 2020 Millionaire Maker for nearly $1.5 million. Something tells us this won’t be the last time Dvoress, a coach for Phil Galfond’s Run-it-Once training site, makes CardsChat’s list of big winners.

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Sung Joo Hyun
WPT Deepstacks VenetianLas Vegas
$205,335 (+ $3k Championship entry)
This $1,600 buyin WPT Deepstacks at the Venetian, on the 25% occupancy Las Vegas Strip, drew 812 entries (across two Day 1s) this past week. Sung Joo Hyun outlasted them all for his first live poker tournament win. The victory comes on the back of a 2020 online WSOP bracelet (for $162k) in the $500 Deepstack NLH event. Check out Sung’s winner’s vid for a glimpse at what live multitable tournaments look like these days, while also providing the V a commercial for the antiseptic safety of their indoor, eight-handed festivals.

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Online Poker Players in Michigan
PokerStars

A decade after Black Friday, poker players in Michigan are finally able to play fully legal online poker. PokerStars MI launched on Monday, making the Wolverine state the fifth in the nation (following Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania) to offer online poker (along with online casino and sports betting). And with a bill recently issued to allow liquidity sharing, Michiganders could be playing across state lines by the end of 2021. PokerStars is first in Michigan, but it won’t be the last — BetMGM, Partypoker and more will come online in the months and years ahead.

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