PCA 2015: Azerbaijan miracle
PCA 2015: Azerbaijan miracle

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is one of the biggest starts of the year, traditionally opening poker calendar. Play in Bahamas is always special. This stage wasn’t any different.

Since January, 6 in casino Atlantis millions of dollars were distributed between poker players. During this week we saw Ronaldo’s first cash in tournaments, Mike McDonald’s push-ups and squats after lost bet and, finally, triumph of Azerbaijani player Ilkin Garibli who joined his friends to play High roller tournament for fun and won over $1 million!

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Live pros vs. online pros: who is wealthier?
Live pros vs. online pros: who is wealthier?

Who earned more in 2014: tournament players, who roam from place to place eternally, or multitabling experts? Despite the striking differences of their specializations, there is a point in comparing creams of the crop. And the answer to the aforementioned question is not as easy as it seems.

At first, let’s make it clear who are we going to compare. On one hand there are tournament live players, we’ll take the data of the website Hendon Mob as a basis. On the other hand – online players of nosebleed limits actually. Why they? Well, the MTT-pro’s incomes are much lower, besides it’s far more complicated to find an appropriate info about them (many of them roll several websites at a time, and some of them have no statistics at all).

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Poker in the Netherlands
Poker in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a quite powerful poker empire, but there are not many classical casinos in the state as the business is monopolized by the government. However, most big cities, including Amsterdam, of course, have their own poker rooms.

In 1875 in Netherlands state company Holland Casino was created. It is still monopolist in the market. The organization is still the only one of a kind to have a license to work in gambling business. Big changes are to come into the gambling industry of Netherlands in 2015: private companies, some of which may be foreign, will be able to operate on online market.

There are around 170 gambling facilities in the Netherlands, most of which are slot machine halls of Jack’s Casino, Toy Toy and Fair Play Center networks.

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Poker Notepad: Relative Value
Poker Notepad: Relative Value

In the second part of “Poker Notepad” we’ll try to cover or at least discuss a little such a matter as relative value. This concept helps to determine hand’s strength in specific situation.

First, let’s make several requirements:

  • You have to at least have understanding of hands value
  • You have to at least have understanding of ranges
  • You have to at least have some experience of playing on real money.

Now we can continue.

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Heart-to-heart: high-principled prodigy Daniel Colman
Heart-to-heart: high-principled prodigy Daniel Colman

The phenomenon of man. At his 24 years old he is already a legend-player, Big One For One Drop champion, who won $22,400,000 in 2014. People call him impudent, immature, describe him with the features of egoist and genius.

A young American Daniel «mrGR33N13/riyyc225» Colman is from a small town of Massachusetts. He took a great interest in poker at the very early age – 14 years old. At that time young Colman deposited wherever he could – including bookmaker websites, he was keen on sport betting.

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2014: events, people, numbers
2014: events, people, numbers

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the New Year is just round the corner and it’s time to sum everything up. We’ll tell you about the most significant events of the leaving year, name the best offline player and the largest distribution in poker.

This year is extremely authentic. It is pretty foolish to say that it has been a better or a worse year than a previous one – it is just special.

It soaked up the large amount of the most interesting events, some of which have brought the whole poker world into the state of shock.

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WPT Five Diamond & Alpha8: Millions of Bellagio
WPT Five Diamond & Alpha8: Millions of Bellagio

Two significant tournaments have ended in the Las-Vegas – WPT: Five Diamond World Poker Classic and Alpha8. There were millions of dollars at stake at both tournaments and the number of the distinguished players went beyond the limit.

Perhaps we will start from $10,400 WPT Five Diamond. The most interesting six-day tournament would be most likely considered as High Roller tournament on the European land, but bets are always higher in Vegas.

Almost 600 people (586 to be exact) anted the required buy-in – that’s a new record! It has beaten the result from the previous year for approximately 150 buy-ins, where 449 registrations took place.

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EPT Prague: Russians attack
EPT Prague: Russians attack

18 days, 70 tournaments and a bunch of new records – Prague Poker Festival again brings calm streets of Czech’s capital to live. Despite there is a huge number of interesting events, central place of the festival is most definitely taken by EPT.

As Russian proverb says, “We’ve all been there and drank honey and beer” – and it is true in the case. At least partly, because we surely have drunk beer – as it’s good and chip in Czech Republic. Even the creator of PokerDiscover, who have been into Top-10 of OFC World Championship Main Event, visited Prague. But we’ll talk about this sometimes later…

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Poker in Czech Republic
Poker in Czech Republic

One can find more than enough opportunities for poker playing in a rather small Czech Republic. There are several well-known clubs in Prague only, and once in December the town turns into poker capital of the world.

In the Czech Republic there are approximately 60,000 slot machines. It is a lot for a country with 10.5 million inhabitants. From the end of 90s the number of slots was growing – 1,000 more each year. The explanation is the existed laws in force: licensed companies could install as many slot machines as they wanted and open infinite number of branches.

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Poker Notepad: Pot Commitment
Poker Notepad: Pot Commitment

In this first part of series of theoretical articles “Poker Notepad” we are going to talk on one very significant topic for those who play live: being pot-committed. This is especially important for those playing cash games as they have absolutely no clue about it.

Let’s get through the “terms used” as all the nerdy articles seem to start like this, aren’t they?

It is very common to hear or see the following logic in cash game: the player invest more than a half of his stack into the pot and calls on the turn and river just because he is “pot committed”, or “too much involved”. And the main focus is the invested money, not pot odds.

Weird.

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King's Casino Rozvadov: The Czech miracle
King's Casino Rozvadov: The Czech miracle

In the teeny-tiny village at the German-Czech border one can find a casino with the largest poker room in Europe – 60-70 tables are available at any time.

An hour and a half’s from Nuremberg and two-hour's drive from Prague, as if right at the border, there’s a human settlement Rozvadov which is so small that its population numbers less than 1,000 inhabitants. It gained the worldwide and European fame due to the King's Casino, build in 2003.

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Revolution on PokerStars, or How AMaya predicted
Revolution on PokerStars, or How AMaya predicted

Even before the monopolist room PokerStars has been bought by the Canadian company Amaya there was strong trend for room to be reconstructed in favor of the recreational players. The latest changes have caused an outrage even among those-who-have-seen-everything regulars, who are now taking votes for the most famous team PokerStars player Daniel Negreanu to leave the poker room.

Just to confide this statement, let’s get through the list of the latest controversial changes in global poker economics:

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City of Dreams: the poker capital of Macau
City of Dreams: the poker capital of Macau

In addition to the enormous tower-hotels, several shows of world standard, numerous entertaining centers and a few hundred gambling tables City of Dreams has one more trump card: the only PokerStars room in Macau.

Short Profile:

The name: City of Dreams or CoD Macau

Its owner: Melco Crown Entertainment

Location: China area, Macau

The square of gambling halls: 39,000 m2

Opening year: 2009.

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Belorussian Poker Tour: Not the first spin and not a spoiled one
Belorussian Poker Tour: Not the first spin and not a spoiled one

The first official Belorussian Poker Tour has ended with triumph: the new records have been set. The players are happy. The managers are satisfied. However there were some imperfections. But one can say for sure: the format of continuous poker tournament has been adopted easily and will be improved with time.

During the period of time from 31 October to 10 November the doors of the "Victoria Olimp Hotel" located in the capital were opened again for poker players from all over Belarus and neighboring countries. This championship has got a new name, in the manner of European series – Belorussian Poker Tour, a new intelligible schedule and, what is more, organizational issues gave rise to no special complaints.

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The second gambling zone is opened in Russia
The second gambling zone is opened in Russia

The Kemerovo Company “Alti” has opened the first casino Altai Palace at the gambling zone “Sibirskaya Moneta”, situated in 250 km from Barnaul. This establishment have been already welcoming new clients, despite the fact that only the ground floor out of four is operated.

In November there emerged one more gambling zone in Russia. Now there are two of them out of five. For a long time “Azov-City” has been the only legal territory with functioning gambling institutions.

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