WPTN Montenegro: Fairy tale about Kolobok
WPTN Montenegro: Fairy tale about Kolobok

Hello again, Montenegro. We’ve seen each other already. Only now it’s Splendid Casino and new title -- World Poker Tour. From April, 3 till April, 12 there was a second stage of beloved by many players WPTN Montenegro.

It seems like yesterday we’ve written about RPT Montenegro, which was remembered because of Golden Girls and series of “problems”.

And once again Montenegro. This is this spring’s capital of European poker, and Russian as well. There is a lot of Russians at the stages in Montenegro.

Such giants as Dmitry Vitkind, Vasiliy Firsov, Gleb Kovtunov, Alexander Lahov, Sergei Rybachenko, Alexandr Dovzhenko, Nikolai “NikolasDLP” Prokhorsky and many others. Even EPT Malta champion Jean Montury came here.

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Big game in Macau: Who plays $12.5k/25k?
Big game in Macau: Who plays $12.5k/25k?

Despite continuing decrease of earnings of Chinese casinos big cash game in Macau is rolling full speed (well, almost as good as always). Sometimes stacks of players consist of tens of million dollars and there is not enough room for all the chips.

Unreal game in Macau isn’t going anywhere. The best pros in the world together with the most powerful and richest businessman are still there. They don’t talk about it much. Players won’t benefit from it, especially in modern day realities of today’s China: there is big war against corruption – almost everybody is getting tested.

But some info comes through. And here it is.

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RPT Montenegro: Russian Strip Poker
RPT Montenegro: Russian Strip Poker

Another Russian Poker Tour has ended with some interesting stuff going on. There were careless dealers, naked ladies, cancelled events and, certainly, cool tournaments. Montenegro, specifically town Budva, hotel casino “Queen of Montenegro” has hosted the event.

There were some interesting headlines in the Montenegrin stop of RPT: World Poker & Party Series, Belarus Poker Tour, Pokerfest, Pokerdom and some other “brands”.

RPT Main Event with €200,000 guaranteed and WPPS Main Event with €125,000 guaranteed were meant to be the biggest events of the series. Meanwhile, guaranteed prize was supposed to be €150,000 and has been reduced “due to unexpected denial to cooperate with WPPS of one of the major partners (PokerFest)”.

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EPT Malta: Birth of a New Polish Star
EPT Malta: Birth of a New Polish Star

The first stage of European Poker Tour was a great success. Beside some big tournaments, Italian victory in Global Poker Masters and other interesting features, we witnessed a birth of the next poker pro – Dzmitry Urbanovich from Poland.

The stage was played by Poland perfectly well. And that is understatement. The small poker country came on top in very first High Roller tournament with €25,000 buy-in.

Two Polish guys made the final table – Urbanovich and Piotr Franczak. And that is cool already. Both of them are unknowns. Franczak will eventually make it to Top-6, and Urbanovich will go heads-up against very dangerous American Connor Drinan (You might recall him from losing with aces vs. aces in Big One For One Drop).

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Global Poker Masters, Finals: Italy screwed Russia
Global Poker Masters, Finals: Italy screwed Russia

In defiance of all the predictions Team Italy has won the first Global Poker Masters cup, becoming the strongest poker team in the world. And in the Finals they were competing with Russia, not with the USA or Canada.

We wrote earlier about how the Day 1 of the team championship went on. Americans advanced straight to the semi-finals with confidence, British went off the distance and Ukrainian worked poker miracles.

The second day included few stages:

  • first – heads up matches, team vs. team (one country goes busted);
  • second – 6-max Sit-and-Go (two best teams go through to the finals);
  • third – finals, five simultaneously played heads ups (the game continues up to three winnings).
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Global Poker Masters, Day 1: Russia and Ukraine made it to the second round
Global Poker Masters, Day 1: Russia and Ukraine made it to the second round

The exhausting first day of Global Poker Masters ended up with the triumphant performance of Team USA, elimination of Team UK and heroic Ukrainians’ run. Today we expect to see the heads up series, 6-max Sit'n'Go and the final battle of two strongest teams.

«The Global Poker Masters is not just another poker event or another Sit-and-Go. It is about skill», – these are GPI Index founder Alex Dreyfus’ words.

Before the competitions started, he had said a lot – and others too, actually. Basically it was all the same: poker must become an international sport; money shouldn’t be the primary concern and so on.

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Heart-to-heart: The man of the world Igor Kurganov
Heart-to-heart: The man of the world Igor Kurganov

On the top Russian players list he has the first place – $8,422,677. Annually he donates about 10% of his earning for the charities through his own charity organization. This multimillionaire and super high roller is Igor Kurganov.

In the modern poker Kurganov’s personality keeps aloof. One knows about him much less than would want to know. For example there’s no information about the early life of the German with the Russian background.

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How Twitch can help poker clubs and live series
How Twitch can help poker clubs and live series

Streaming platform Twitch has recently been pretty active in poker sphere. New format was highly praised by PokerStars, 2+2 forums and Global Poker Index. Besides Twitch is perfect for poker clubs and live series.

First of all, what is Twitch. Well, this is a gaming site where gamers can stream (show) they gameplay. Let’s say there is Jeremy from San Francisco and Petya from Ivanovo playing Hearthstone, and their game can be seen by other people, they can communicate with each other and (that’s important) see the streamer through web cam. Those who missed live coverage  can watch it later.

In general you can stream everything you’d like (at least everything that can be recorded and translated through the monitor): someone carving, composing music or…playing poker in the club.

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Poker Notepad: Maniacs can cry also
Poker Notepad: Maniacs can cry also

Real clubs and casinos have much bigger numbers of those. Those guys and dudes who open raise 10x and bet on every flop and turn. They are considered as bad players and awaited as warm spring day in the cold mornings of January. However, there is not much of players who know how to play against them.

This man opens too wide and his raises are wild, he is fish anyways, so let’s have a party,” – this is pretty much all thoughts of players at the tables when they see another maniac. That is basically definition of what is a fish in poker.

The only problem is that they have no idea how to crush this poor fellow fish. Many make same mistakes and become another victim of this poker maniac.

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Poker according to «thievish notions»
Poker according to «thievish notions»

The other day in the Russian poker community a scandal broke out around the Ukrainian regular, Oleksii Khoroshenin, who conned famous players. And “according to the notions” “the victims” ought to pay EPT champion a great sum of money…

In the “underworld” an oral agreement remains valid. Every single person has to answer for his words; every single person has to meet the conditions of the agreement – despite all the other factors.

Even if your “partner” turned out to be a cheat…

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Who needs to be barred on WSOP. Also $500,000 Super High Roller…
Who needs to be barred on WSOP. Also $500,000 Super High Roller…

In his latest (and highly controversial) blog post Daniel Negreanu makes list of players in some way connected in different poker discussions. He gives green light to participate in World Series 2015 to some disproves that to others. And former are the majority.

There is a lot of Negreanu-related news during recent months. Or even more so during recent years. The famous tournament and cash games professional became the voice of poker community. He has to say something on all the topics. His opinion is always being discussed.

Despite how loud Negreanu’s sayings are, the often seem one-sided. Mister Negreanu represents PokerStars. And many of his words and expressions could be explained by this fact.

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Heart-to-heart: Vladimir Troyanovskiy or The Perfect Russian Gambler
Heart-to-heart: Vladimir Troyanovskiy or The Perfect Russian Gambler

The acknowledged best high roller from the season 9 of the EPT Russian poker pro Vladimir «vovtroy» Troyanovskiy is considered to be the strongest player of his country. A family man, a businessman, a gambler – he picks up all kinds of games in a jiffy and prefers playing without using the bankroll.

Meet Vladimir. Opposed to our previous protagonists under the heading “Heart-to-heart” he is over forty, has a family (a wife, a daughter). Despite that Troyanovskiy is an active online player named vovtroy. According to Official Poker Rankings data Russian’s earnings are over $1.2 million.

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Poker in Montenegro
Poker in Montenegro

Small republic of Montenegro on the shores of the Adriatic Sea claimed its independence only in 2006. Back then administration of the country took course on tourism and gambling development.

Chernogoria (east name for Montenegro) has population of a little bit over 600,000 people, many European cities are even bigger. Nevertheless little country on southeast of Europe attracts big numbers of tourists, some of whom come to country with only one goal – to play poker.

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Poker Notepad: Live poker chameleon
Poker Notepad: Live poker chameleon

Live game has its own rules. Playing online you can earn decent money using “standard lines” with the help of intense multitabling, but in offline poker you’ve got to invent 5-wheel bicycle (in a good way) every freaking time.

The main problem with live poker in that it is slow. You can’t have good win rate playing similar all the time (well, you can, if opponents are the same and in general this is only partly true). Live player must maximize his value in any favorable situation and his online vis-à-vis can score the same result with playing bigger amount of hands. Here are few tips on poker strategy.

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EPT Deauville 2015: Songs, dances and poker wonders
EPT Deauville 2015: Songs, dances and poker wonders

Only in Deauville one can see a 49-year-old French confectioner singing songs at the playing table and demonstrating moves from tae kwon do. Only there the tournaments are carried out with four blinds and the chip leader stacks don’t worth a penny.

Ah, Deauville! A recreation place for Parisian bohemia, elite, aristocracy. At this popular resort in the north of France an episode of EPT takes place two times a year. For many years already.

Despite the long ago accustomed poker tradition, playing fields at the main event become reduced. In 2012 there were 890 registrations, in 2013 – 782, even less in 2014 – 671 buy-ins, and this year only 592 buy-ins.

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