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Friday, February 22, 2008

Phil Ivey Smashes "Seda1" On Full Tilt Poker; Wins At Least $600k

Phil Ivey Smashes "Seda1" On Full Tilt Poker; Wins At Least $600k: "Before today, Ivey was down approximately $473k in the high stakes NLHE games on FTP so far in February. 'seda1', an opponent he has tangled with quite regularly recently, was up approximately $220k. This was all about to change.

The two played a couple of sessions on Tuesday. Phil Ivey completely dominated, and when the game was over, he left with a stack of over $800k. He bought in for $200k total ($100k to start, $100k reload), and took the other $600k off of 'seda1'. The two were battling on their usual $500/$1000 'Ivey Deathmatch' Table on Full Tilt Poker."

Here's a recap from Poker King of Phil Ivey's high limit poker game against an online player by the name of "seda1".

If you want to sit down and battle with Ivey, sign up to Full Tilt Poker here.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Shawn Sheiky Sheikhan faces deportation - News - Iran immigrant faces deportation

You probably remember Shawn Sheikhan from WSOP 2005 or from his appearances on High Stakes Poker. He was the loud mouth who sparred with Mike the Mouth at the final table of the main event in WSOP 2005. He also appeared on NBC's Heads up championship and Poker After Dark. On TV, he's always a cocky son of a bitch but that's what makes him great for TV poker along with guys like Mike Matusow and Phil Hellmuth. has some additional details regarding his molestation case with underaged girls.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Bodog Poker Open Schedule

Below is the schedule for the upcoming Bodog Poker Open. These look like some reasonable tournaments - by reasonable, I mean it's affordable to the lower limit players (.50/1, 1/2, 2/4 NL). This is their inaugural tournament. This schedule of preliminary tournaments lead up to the series' championship, the $500 buy-in BPO Main Event, held on Sunday, March 9.

The tournament schedule for the BPO is as follows:

Date Event Type Buy-In Added
Mon., March 3 Event #1 No Limit $250 + 20 $10k
Tues., March 4 Event #2 No Limit 6-Handed $300 + 25 $10k
Wed., March 5 Event #3 Rebuy $100 + 10 $10k
Thurs., March 6 Event #4 Pot Limit $200 + 15 $10k
Fri., March 7 Event #5 Limit $150 + 10 $10k
Sat., March 8 N/A Satellite Day Various N/A
Sun., March 9 Event #6 Main Event (NL) $470 + 30 $25k

To sign up for Bodog Poker and enter this tournament, click here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

World Poker Tour Announces season 6 on GSN

(Los Angeles, CA) – Tuesday, February 12, 2008 – WPT Enterprises, Inc. and its new network partner, GSN, announced today the sixth season television schedule featuring 23 two-hour World Poker Tour® (WPT) episodes. The season premieres in its new timeslot on GSN Monday, March 24 at 9 PM ET/PT kicking off with the Mirage Poker Showdown.

The new season features three new tour stops, more than 20 new WPT Poker-Made Millionaires and new hostess, Layla Kayleigh. Making Monday nights the ultimate destination for poker entertainment, the WPT will follow GSN’s popular HIGH STAKES POKER “cash game” series.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have GSN as our partner and the new home of WPT,” said WPTE President, Founder and CEO, Steve Lipscomb. “GSN and WPT are dedicated to collectively broadening the poker experience for fans and viewers and cannot wait to kick off our best season yet.”

“The WPT is one of the strongest brands on television, and poker fans will enjoy the action every Monday night on GSN,” said Jamie Roberts, Senior Vice President of Programming, GSN. “With the popularity of our original cash game HIGH STAKES POKER and the WORLD POKER TOUR, there is no better place to watch poker on television.”

As the new home of the WPT, GSN will televise tournaments from the most prestigious casinos and locations around the world including Barcelona, Spain; Turks and Caicos Islands in the British West Indies; and Niagara Falls, Canada. The WPT schedule begins with two events from Las Vegas and continues to feature popular stops at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, Bellagio in Las Vegas, Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Conn. and many others.

Returning for their sixth season is the popular announcing team of Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten. Joining them this season is new hostess, Layla Kayleigh, who is making her poker debut and will be reporting from the sidelines with updates and player interviews. Layla has previously appeared on G4 and Fox Sports Net. WPT live update online hostess, Kimberly Lansing, will also make her debut on GSN providing a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament action that led up to the final tables.

Other highlights from the WPT on GSN this season include Barry Greenstein and contender for WPT Season VI Player of the Year, Jonathan Little, colliding at the final table of the North American Poker Classic, WPT Ladies Night following Mother’s Day in May, the Foxwoods World Poker Finals in June, the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic at the Bellagio, the popular WPT Celebrity Invitational at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles and the season ending WPT World Championship airing August 25.

The WPT on GSN will feature encore showings Monday nights at Midnight ET/PT and the following Sunday nights from 7 to 9 PM.

World Poker Tour Season VI Television Schedule



March 24, 2008

Mirage Poker Showdown

March 31, 2008

Bellagio Cup III – Part 1

April 7, 2008

Bellagio Cup III – Part 2

April 14, 2008

Legends of Poker

April 21, 2008

North American Poker Classic

April 28, 2008

Mandalay Bay Poker Championship

May 5, 2008

Borgata Poker Open

May 12, 2008

WPT Ladies Night V

May 19, 2008

Turks and Caicos Poker Classic

May 26, 2008

Gulf Coast Poker Championship

June 2, 2008

WPT Spanish Championship

June 9, 2008

Foxwoods World Poker Finals

June 16, 2008

Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic

June 23, 2008

World Poker Open - Part 1

June 30, 2008

World Poker Open - Part 2

July 7, 2008

Borgata Poker Classic

July 14, 2008

L.A. Poker Classic

July 21, 2008

WPT Celebrity Invitational

July 28, 2008

Bay 101 Shooting Star

August 4, 2008

World Poker Challenge

August 11, 2008

Foxwoods Poker Classic

August 18, 2008

WPT Ladies Championship

August 25, 2008

WPT World Championship

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Did I make the right play in 1/2NL?

I played a home game this past week. It's been a while since I've played a home game, probably 1 - 1.5 years. I definitely had some rusty moments. Not raising when I should have and giving others free looks at free cards when I'm ahead.

But I am certain I played this hand correctly. This hand caused about an hour of debate after the hand ended. Some thought it was the right play and some disagreed. This hand was the turning point of my entire night.

This was a 1/2 No Limit game with 8 players.

Here's how it went down:
Preflop: I am holding A9os. The player to my immediate right raises preflop to $8. I call. Two other players call. (pot $50 = $48+BB)

Flop: A-9-5 rainbow. Player to my right checks, I bet out $15. Player to my left calls. One guy folds. Player to my right check raises to $45. I just call the $30. Player to my left folds so it's just heads up now. Me and the aggressive player to my right. (pot $155)

My thought process after the Flop:
I have this guy right where I want him. I've got two pairs, As and 9s and I know for sure he doesn't have AA. With an $8 preflop raise, he's NOT holding AA or AK, but something like AQ or AJ.

Turn: K comes on the turn. A-9-5-K on the board. He checks to me. I have $88 behind me and I bet out $50. If my read is right, I have a 85%/15% advantage at this point and all I want to do is maximize my winnings. He calls me and reraises all in. I call. (pot: $331)

My thought process during the Turn:
My read hasn't changed. I still put him on AQ or AJ. No chance he has AA, AK or KK. I already have an Ace and I don't see him reraising the pot after the flop with either of those three hands. I figure that a $50 bet would get the call and I would push my remaining stack of $38 on the river (he would be priced in).

River: K comes on the river. A-9-5-K-K DAMN!. My two pairs now became worthless. I now have two pairs, Aces up with a 9 kicker. At this point, I knew I had lost it. He had 6 outs and he hit the River. He flips over AQ and takes down the $331 pot.

I still think I made the right move by betting $50 on the turn. I had a huge advantage and took my chances on winning more. My $50 bet enticed a call and it worked. I wanted to maximize the pot with the best hand. Every now and then it will backfire but I would take that 85/15 odds anytime.

Let me know your thoughts.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Annie Duke & Phil Hellmuth Poker show starts tonight today announced that its much talked about reality poker series, Best Damn Poker Show, will begin airing on Monday, February 11th at 9pm, 11pm and 12:30am local time on Fox Sports Net. The ultimate poker reality series follows 18 poker players on two teams led by world poker champions Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke as they battle it out over seven weeks. More than just money is at stake in this televised battle. Egos are on the line as the two poker pros try to prove who’s the better poker professor.

Despite the endless heads-up Texas Hold’em battles between Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke at’s online poker tables, it’s unlikely that the age-old debate regarding which pro is the better poker player will ever be settled. Best Damn Poker Show aims to discover who can better teach the game and mold ordinary poker players into champions.

Online poker players at fought for a spot in the L.A. audition process by creating and submitting an audition video that demonstrated why they deserved to be on the innovative poker reality series. The online poker site also invited Texas Hold’em fans to take part in a series of qualifiers where spots in the televised audition process were up for grabs.

Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke each handpick.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Canadian Press: 18-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., pockets $1.4-million poker jackpot

The Canadian Press: 18-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., pockets $1.4-million poker jackpot

The young pro - who is still sporting braces and hasn't finished his post-secondary schooling yet - has parlayed countless hours of playing poker online into two major payouts.

It's pretty amazing that an 18 year old Canadian kid can win a big tournament. This kid won $1.4 million in a European poker tournament. It's even more amazing considering you can't gamble legally in the United States until you are 21.