Jason Koon won the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100,000 Super High Roller, beating 54 players to take home $1,650,300 first place prize.

In doing so, Koon registered his biggest ever score since 2008. Post this win, Koon took his career earnings to $8,143,080.

Speaking about his latest win, Koon said:

“I think it’s really important to keep my eye on the rail, stay grounded and realize that I’m having a mini-Fedor moment and that’s awesome. But at the same time, there’s a bunch of guys that are more talented than I am so I need to work hard and stay on top of it.”

Seven players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations it was left for Koon and Charles Carrel to fight it out for the title. The duo played out an exciting battle before Koon emerged victorious. The final hand of the game was played when both players checked a K-Q-2-8 board all the way through to the river, which was a J. Carrel’s bet was responded to by Koon by moving all-in. Carrel (k-7) made the call and Koon (Q-8) had enough to clinch the contest.

Final Table Results: 

1: Jason Koon $1,650,300

2: Charles Carrel $1,191,900

3: Daniel Colman $759,660

4: Daniel Dvoress $576,300

5: Byron Kaverman $445,320

6: Connor Drinan $340,540

7: Bryn Kenney $275,060

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Saturday, 10 December 2016 17:21

Protecting your online poker bankroll

The art of money management in the game of poker is termed as bankroll management. Learning how to manage your online poker cash is extremely essential and important. Ideally, one needs to build a poker bankroll over a period of time and invest it wisely. This isn’t easy and requires tremendous discipline. Here are some of the ways you can get better at bankroll management.

Select your strategy

This will depend on what kind of online poker you are or want to be. Are you happy playing poker occasionally for recreation or do you want to grow as a poker player and build your winnings? If you want to play poker for fun, then you don’t need a big bankroll. Just make sure you keep some cash to play, that’s about it. Don’t utilize your savings or invest if you are facing a cash crunch. If you are serious about the game, then you need to be more judicious with your money and build your bankroll one step at a time.

Keeping records

Now this may sound boring, but it is important to keep a track of your money. Use a book or an excel sheet to enter details of every session you play. This should include the buy-in, winnings and type of game. Basically this is a log of your daily performance. You can also add the metrics like hours played, type of opponents, your mood and the time of play. Keep doing this for a month or two and you will have a nice little pattern of your play and performances. Draw your inference from this date and you’ll have a fair understanding of what works and decent. Remember, the ultimate objective is to keep a track of the money trail.

Moving up the ladder

All poker players reach that stage where they believe it’s time to step up and play at higher stakes. This might seem like the next logical step in your online poker journey, but you need to be careful in making this transition.Bankroll management becomes crucial when you want to move up the limits. In case you have made sizable profits at the lower stakes and you have spare cash to invest, you can have a go at the big tournaments. If it doesn’t work out, you can still grind at the micro tables. Also, if losing cash at the new higher level leaves you disturbed and affects your finance, do not switch. Stay where you are. Play in your comfort zone for a little longer. There is no hurry. The important part is building your bankroll and not losing it in order to play with the big boys.

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Noah Boeken emerged victorious at the 2016 Master Classics of Poker €10,250 High Roller to win €217,069 ($229,812) for his first-place finish. The event, held at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam, offered a prize pool of €732,604 thanks to 73 participants.

Boeken's win helped him take his lifetime earnings tally to $2,019,263 and reach 9th on the Netherlands ‘All Time Money List’.

After a series of eliminations, six players made it to the final table. In the heads-up round, it was left for Noah to take on English pro Charlie Carrel.

There was an intense duel between them towards the end. The final hand of the game was played when Carrel (4,4) moved all in pre-flop. Noah (A,A) made the call.

The dealer laid out a Q-6-3-8-Q board, to consign Charlie to a respectable second place finish for €144,615, while Noah walked home with the big prize and bragging rights.

Top 10 Finishes: 

1: Noah Boeken €217,069
2: Charlie Carrel €144,615
3: Kees van Brugge €98,901
4: Jans Arends €69,524
5: Luuk Gieles €50,330
6: Enzo Del Piero €37,656
7: Rashed Zade €29,087
8: Stefan Wolzak €23,297
9: Rob Buky €23,297
10: Wim Emo €19,414

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When it comes to fun and games, nothing can beat the Halloween weekend. Though the Halloween traditions are rooted in American culture, the rest of the world has now well and truly appropriated that legacy.

Few things can be more fun and enjoyable than wearing something you'd never dare to in public and making merry with your closest pals and members of your family.

Interestingly, there are those that don't enjoy the madness of Halloween, yet want to taste a slice of this action. Well, if you belong to this category, then we have just the perfect scene for you.

Just relax, sit back and be a part of Halloween weekend from the comfort of your home. What can be more fun that raking in the moolah during this fun time?

If you are a part of PKR Poker, you stand a chance to win some cool Halloween giveaways. If you aren’t, don’t stress. Read what’s at stake and take the plunge.

Four Card Fright Fest at PKR Poker will run up to Sunday, November 6. Play 5 or more Fright Fest tournaments, and get a €10 satellite ticket for the €5,000 GTD Finale on Sunday 6 November.

PKR Poker’s Four Card Fright Fest is sure to give you chills! Play terrifying Omaha tournaments with guaranteed prize pools every day during the promotional period, and bring your most gruesome game for the Final on Sunday 6 November!

It must be noted that this is a Pot Limit Omaha tournament series, with 20 events in 10 days with a total of €15,000 guaranteed. The buy-ins for the same, range from €1.10 to €55.

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Panzica carved out a memorable win at the 2016 WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble, after he outplayed a strong field of 379 players to walk home with $354,335.

Thanks to this win, Sam's live career earnings tally reached $1,833,379. Interestingly, a majority - $1,126,534 - of it has come in 2016 itself.

The $5,000 main event had a prize pool of $1,762,350 up for grabs. The list of notable players that walked away with a return on their investment included Byron Kaverman in 19th ($16,380), Marvin Rettenmaier in 18th ($19,689), and Maxx Coleman in 14th ($24,040).

Nine players made it to the final table. But after a series of eliminations, Sam and Richard Malone Jr were left to fight it out for the big prize.

Going into the heads-up duel, the latter held a 2:1 chip advantage over the former. However Panzica played some solid poker to not just level things up but to also edge ahead.

140th hand was the final one and it arrived when Panzica moved all-in preflop with K-9. Malone (A-3) made the call. The board ran 8-7-5-9-K to condemn Malone to a second place finish for  $237,616.

Final Table Results:

1: Samuel Panzica $354,335

2: Richard Malone, Jr. $237,616

3: Ankush Mandavia $152,766

4: Tyler Patterson $100,643

5: Noah Schwartz $77,499

6: Paul Balzano $64,183

7: Timothy Miles $53,785

8: Kory Kilpatrick $43,827

9: Jake Schwartz $33,933

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Said El-Yousfi took down the 2016 WSOPC Global Casino Championship, after beating a strong field of 126 players for a cool $343,256. After three days of pulsating action, Moroccan-born Frenchman earned a slice of history by becoming only the second non-American player to capture a WSOP Circuit event. This memorable win helped Said to push his live earnings to $443,271.

Commenting on his latest triumph, El-Yousfi said:

“I feel wonderful. It’s fantastic. It’s like the cherry on the cake.. I like to make jokes and have fun. When we got to 15 or 16 players, I was already happy. I played this tournament like I played a tournament with 200 friends.”

Some of the notable players that walked away with a slice of the $1,260,000 prize pool included Jonathan Turners in 18th ($16,280), Nipun Java in 16th ($16,280), Justin Zaki in 13th ($19,259), and Jesse Martin in 12th ($23,262).

Six players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left between Said an Yasin Ahmady to fight it out for the title. The heads-up duel lasted 34 hands and the final hand was played when El-Yousfi (A-8) moved all-in on a J-9-7 flop. Ahmady (K-Q) called, but did not get any assistance on the turn (7) and river (9). The latter had to settle for a second place finish for $212,150.

Final Table Results:

1: Said El-Yousfi $343,256
2: Yasin Ahmady $212,150
3: Joshua Turner $150,851
4: Joe Kuether $109,192
5: Sean Small $80,483
6: Cody Pack $60,427
7: Alexander Rocha $46,231
8: Brian Green $36,054
9: Blake Whittington $28,673

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Matt Marafioti disappearing act during the 2016 WSOP led to his friends and family filing a missing person's report. People close to him felt he was suffering from problems related to mental health.

On August 1 however, Canadian poker pro resurfaced, claiming he was camped for 45 days and enjoyed his “summer in peace and quiet”.

Poker pro Randy Dorfman was actually the first person to sound alarm over Matt's absence at the request of the latter's family.

On his return however, Matt has dissociated himself from Randy, terming him a “very seedy, one-sided community,” and furthermore stated that Dorfman was no friend of his, going so far as to call him “an ex Wall Street, Miami swinger club owning, SCUMBAG mobster who happens to be Jewish so please stop HARASSING me/publicly lying.”

In response to the attack, Randy hit back stating that Matt “suffers severe mental illness’ and is ‘DESPERATELY’ in need of help."

There is no concrete evidence to suggest that Marafioti is indeed undergoing mental health problems. However on January 16, 2016, he released a video on YouTube titled “Matt Marafioti Is Being Framed By The Illuminati, Italian, And Jewish Mobs Because Of Drake". This raised several eyebrows in the poker community about the player and his temperament.

Marafioti has now released another video, debunking the myth around his alleged mental health problems.

“To be honest, I find the poker community to be a very seeded, one-sided community. So with that being said, I chose to remove myself from the situation in order to grant myself the peace and happiness I deserve, which I live in every single day. So I’m just moving on with my life in a completely positive and happy manner.”

Marafioti has $2,771,146 in live tournaments earnings and an additional $2,984,909 from playing online under the screen name ‘Adzizzy’.

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Democrats and Republicans recently held their national conventions to formally announce their respective presidential candidates.

The election campaign has been a polarized affair so far, mostly due to the rhetoric of Donald Trump. Several celebrities have hit out the billionaire businessman for his stand on immigration and Muslims.

Poker legend Daniel Negreanu too has previously spoken out against Trump. The Canadian became a US citizen earlier in the year and is now eligible to vote in the upcoming election.

Negreanu praised Michelle Obama after her speech at the DNC in Philadelphia, writing “AMAZING WOMAN AND ROLE MODEL FOR OUR KIDS!!!!” 

He also stated that Hillary Clinton’s was a “well delivered speech full of ideas, plans, and solutions.”

He attacked Trump, terming him an “awful human being” and a “thin skinned” sociopath who was “dangerous to America”. 

Trump supporter came after Negreanu after his comments about the Republican candidate.

Interestingly, some poker players like Mike Matusow, Matt Glantz, and Doyle Brunson are backing Trump.

Negreanu had a clear message to those that disagreed with him on social micro-blogging site Twitter. Unfollow me, he wrote to them.

Responding to Negreanu, poker legend Brinson, said: “I almost pulled the [unfollow] trigger but decided it would be stupid because we disagree over politics. America will decide.”

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Regular cash game players will often find themselves involved in multi-way pots. The key here is to have a clear distinction between hands that will help you win and the ones that will leave you in a soup.

In such situations, there is a strong probability of two or more players connecting with the flop, mostly on a board with possibilities of straight or flush draw.

If you keep this in mind, then you best chance to win a multi-way pot is to hold a better than one would require against just a single opponent.

When there are online one or two opponents, even a top pair can be enough to seal the deal. When there are four players in the fray, the eventual winner needs to hold a hand lot better than a two pair.

Note that you shouldn’t get too excited with hands like a top pair or top kicker or for that matter even KK’s. The single most important factor you need to watch closely is the texture of the board. For instance, you might be holding pocket AA’s on a 7h, 8h and 9d board. Let’s assume there are four players, with some of them due to act after you.

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In this situation, you must seriously considering opting out of the hand. Hands like AA or KK are lethal in heads-up action. But when it comes to a multi-way pot, at least one player will have you crushed at the flop in such a situation.

If pockets rockets don’t cut it, what’s the best hand to beat competition in such scenarios? Interestingly, medium and even small pairs can get the job done, especially when you flop a set. Also, when you flop a set on a board with a high card, there is every chance at least one other player will get himself/herself involved and hand you a decent pot.

Hands like AQ, AK and KQ too can be extremely handy in multi-way pots. This is simply because they offer the possibility of hitting a big straight or a nut flush. You need to remember this especially if you have flopped a top pair etc., since your opponents with one of those hands could outdo you.

For instance, many experts believe that AK is a problematic hand when you’ve flopped top pair. It can burn a hole in your pocket if not played with care especially since it appears a lot stronger than it actually is.

Finally, you need to pay attention when a player on the table is willing to shell out a lot of cash. Even if you have flopped top par in multi-way pot, always been open to the possibility that he/she might have you beat.

Ultimately, it all boils down to how well you know your opponents or have clearly you have figured their respective gameplay. Presence of mind and astute decision making is often the differentiator between a good play and a great play.

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Shaun Deeb emerged victorious at Event #49: $1,500 Seven Card Stud of the WSOP 2016. He beat a field of 331 players to take home a cool $111,101.

Last year, the 30-year-old won his first ever bracelet with the $10k Pot Limit Hold’em event win. After his latest triumph, Deeb now boasts of $2,288,091 in live earnings. That's not all. He has $6,358,922 in online winnings as well. 

Speaking about his victory, Deeb said:

“There’s a lot of run good in stud.. I had all the big hands and all the 3-way pots and I ran one big bluff and it got through and with the time it just had value so it was really easy to play. I didn’t really have to outplay anyone. Anyone would’ve won with my cards in that tournament.”

The event was played over three days with a prize pool worth $446,850. Fifty spots were paid and some of the notable players who walked home with a return on their investment included Robert Mizrachi in 46th ($2,257), James Obst in 28th ($2,717) and Vladimir Schemelev in 17th ($3,108).

Eight players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left between Deeb and Adam Friedman to fight it out for the title. 

Despite Friedman's chip lead at the start of the heads-up battle, Deeb pulled off a phenomenal win.

“I was just happy to have some chips going into Day Three and it obviously was a super tough final table with a lot of great players who have been playing for over a decade,” he further added

Final Table Results: 

1: Shaun Deeb $111,101
2: Adam Friedman $68,666
3: Max Pescatori $46,312
4: Katherine Fleck $31,899
5: Eugene Katchalov $22,448
6: Yaniv Birman $16,147
7: John Monnette $11,878
8: Cory Zeidman $8,941

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