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Monday, January 26, 2009

ESPN to broadcast WSOP Europe

ESPN to broadcast WSOP Europe - Poker - ESPN: "ESPN's coverage of the World Series of Poker-Europe will debut on February 1 with the first four episodes beginning at 6 p.m. ET. There will be an encore presentation of the first two episodes on ESPN2 at 10 p.m."

Make sure to set your Tivo and DVRs for this one. This is the first time ESPN will be broadcasting the European event. It should be interesting seeing how different it is from WSOP Europe and WSOP USA. There should be some key differences including a smaller, cozier, playing area and the use of a mobile hole card camera. I'm surprised that the mobile webcam hasn't been introduced in the USA. First place is only $1.5 million while in the US, the winner of the last main event earned a little over $9 million.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tournament play - Bad Beat

Recently I played in a sit and go tourney on Full Tilt Poker, about 75 players. It was down to about 16 players and I was in the middle of the pack somewhere. I was playing fairly tight with about 8000 chips behind me. The chip leader had around 30k chips. Here's how the dagger hand went down:

At this point of the tournament, there was a $50 ante and blinds were 50/100. So preflop, there's about $550 on the table. I was holding pocket 5s in the small blind. One player before me raises the pot to $300, I call the additional $250. Two other players between us are in the pot. The flop comes out at 3s 5h Jc. I hit my trips and I check the flop, and it goes back to the raiser. His stack is at $25000. he bets out 1500. I raised him to $3k. I'm laying out the sticks for him to fall right in. He pushes me all in. I call him instantly. He flips over Kh Jh. Jack high with a possible back door flush. I'm still feeling really good at this point with my trip 5's. Turn is a 8h. River is a Qh. I'm like, "oh shit". He hits his flush and I'm finished. I bust out in 16th place.

What a joke. I haven't played many sit 'n gos lately but this stuff happens all the time. When stuff like this happens, I feel like the online poker room just wants to move things along. I always feel like I played the hand 100% correct. I would probably play it like this every time. I'm sure some would disagree but those folks are usually the ones who give me all their money.

Friday, January 09, 2009

How much does Full Tilt Poker pay professional poker spokespeople?

Have you ever wondered how much poker pros get paid for representing the big online poker sites? I was always interested in what sites like Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars pay the poker pros. I've always noticed a few things. Poker pros seem to have tons of money. I could never figure out how some of these people play in million dollar games or how they can basically throw money away gambling. How much does Chris Moneymaker get paid for being the face of Pokerstars? Or how much does Phil Ivey make from Full Tilt poker? How much does Phil Hellmuth get for representing Ultimate Bet?

Anyways, I read this article recently in Poker News Daily and I couldn't believe what these guys get paid. My guess is that the poker pros have to appear in a few commercials, wear the gear during their public appearances and play a certain amount of hands online -- at the very low limit tables.

From this article, it appears that some pros for Full Tilt get paid 1% of the site's online revenues. According to the article, Full Tilt made $4 billion last year. You know what 1% of $4 BILLION is? That's $40 million for each of these poker pros. And Full Tilt has a lot of them like Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Jennifer Harman, Gus Hansen and several others. They have a bunch of people on the payroll. Now I know how these guys can play in some of these high limit games. I don't care how good you are, but if you play like Gus Hansen, you are bound to be on the losing end in the long run.

I'm pretty sure Chris Moneymaker doesn't make that much from PokerStars. From what I've read, you can find him at the $2/5 NL Hold'em tables. Now that's slumming for a past WSOP winner.

Full Tilt Files Motion for Dismissal in Clonie Gowen Case: "After she was summarily dismissed from Full Tilt as a professional representative for the site on November 11th, Gowen filed the suit, seeking up to $40 million (the 1% of the estimated $4 billion that Full Tilt and its relative entities are worth, according to Gowen and her attorneys) in compensation."

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