Philipp Gruissem took down the PokerStars Championship's €25,500 Single-Day High Roller event, beating 58 players and 27 re-entries to walk home with a cool first place prize worth €485,135.

Some notable names that failed to earn a return on their investment included Dan Colman, Mike Watson, David Yan and Erik Seidel.

Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, Gruissem and Steve O'Dwyer were left to fight it out for the title.

The duo struck a deal that made sure O’Dwyer pocketed €494,665 and Gruissem collected €465,135. The remaining €20,000 was up for grabs. After two hands of going all-in blind, Gruissem earned the win for €485,135.

Final Table Results:

1: Philipp Gruissem €485,135
2: Steve O’Dwyer €494,665
3: John Juanda €266,550
4: Justin Bonomo €205,100
5: Oliver Weis €162,450
6: Mikita Badziakouski €127,030
7: Daniel Dvoress €100,000
8: Jason Mercier €78,100
9: Nick Petrangelo €59,350

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Quan Zhou took down the Single-Day High Roller event at the PokerStars Championship Macau, beating 50 players. The HK$206,000 (US$26,514) Single-Day High Roller, with 12 subsequent rebuys offered a prize pool of HK$12,152,000 ($1,563,622). Local boy Zhou took home a cool HK$3,645,000 ($469,090) for a first place prize.

The PSC Single-Day High Roller witnessed the likes of Steve O’Dwyer, Fedor Holz, Mustapha Kanit, Dario Sammartino, and Isaac Haxton falling just short of the money spots.

Quan Zhou made it to the final table in pole position and seized the initiative against his seven remaining opponents. After a series of eliminations, Zhou and Nick Petrangelo were left to fight it out for the title.

The heads-up duel lasted just one hand as Zhou made a straight to end the hopes of his opponents. Thanks to his latest win, Zhou took his live tournament earnings to $1,404,477.

Final Table Results:

1: Quan Zhou (China) $469,090

2: Nick Petrangelo (US) $339,602

3: Jack Salter (UK) $218,766

4: Davidi Kitai (Belgium) $166,000

5: Zuo Wang (China) $128,050

6: David Peters (US) $100,124

7: Shuo Li (China) $79,790

8: Mikita Badziakouski (Belarus) $62,407

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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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Poker legend Mike Sexton earned himself a slice of personal history after we won a WPT title that had eluded him until now.

The Poker Hall of Famer won the World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event for C$425,980 (US$317,817).

The C$3,850 buy-in tournament, hosted by Kahnawake's Playground Poker Club, had 648 participants and a prize pool of C$ 2,199,960 (US$1,641,357) up for grabs. Sexton showed his class, playing solid poker for six days to take home the prestigious title.

Six players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, Sexton was left to grapple with Benny Chen for the coveted trophy. The veteran poker pro brought all his class into play in the heads-up round. The final hand of the game was played when Sexton (Q-Q) and Chen (K-J) went all-in preflop. A Q-9-4-A-2 board meant Benny had to settle for a respectable second place finish for $286,110.

Mike Sexton on the other hand ticked another box of his illustrious poker career.

Final Table Results (C$): 

1st: Mike Sexton $425,980
2nd: Benny Chen $286,110
3rd: Nadir Lalji $183,320
4th: Ilan Boujenah $132,750
5th: Ema Zajmovic $102,010
6th: Jake Schwartz $81,740

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All good things come to an end, is a line gambling and showbiz industries are all too familiar with. The latest big news to emerge out from this sphere is the split between singer Mariah Carey and Australian casino mogul James Packer.

This after the pair got engaged on 21st January 2016 in a rather lavish manner. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Packer is one of Australia’s richest men with an estimated fortune of around $4 billion.

However, things have now turned ugly between the two, as the American pop diva has asked for a $50 million settlement from her the Aussie.

Mariah’a lawyer argue that Packer made several financial promises to her client and compelled her to move from New York to Los Angeles.

The exact reasons for their splitsville aren’t known yet but there are several reports in the American media.

“Our sources say what may have been the deal breaker for Packer came when she had some sort of rendezvous with one of the dancers in her Vegas show … something that is on video for the reality show. We’re told James hated the reality show from the get-go and it became a major source of conflict,” read an article on TMZ.

This saga between the ex-couple is far from finished. It remains to be seen how the two will go on to settle this matter.

Either way, will keep you posted on what happens next.

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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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While there is plenty of talk about Jason Mercier and Ian Johns, UK's Benny Glaser has grabbed the spotlight at this year's WSOP 2016 with two wins in just one week.

After winning the $10,000 Omaha eight-or-better championship for $407,194, the 27-year-old took down $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better event for $244,103.

Thanks to his impressive show at this year's WSOP, Glaser's live career earning have now jumped to $900,906.

The $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better event witnessed a field of 934 players, with Felipe Ramos (9th), Jason Mercier (8th), Todd Brunson (7th), and Matt Glantz (3rd) putting up solid performances.

Commenting on his latest win, Glaser said:

“It’s surprising that I won two back-to-back, full stop. But Omaha eight-or-better is one of my best games and probably the games I’ve played the most hands in online, so it would be one of the top games that it would happen in if it was going to happen. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. It’s just been a crazy week of grinding and focusing, but now I’ll get some time to enjoy it.”

Final Table Results:

1: Benny Glaser $407,194
2: Skippy Lorgeree $251,665
3: Matt Glantz $175,754
4: Grzegorz Trelski $125,125
5: Robert Campbell $90,846
6: Per Hildebrand $67,291
7: Todd Brunson $50,872
8: Jason Mercier $39,269
9: Felipe Ramos $30,965

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