Bellagio: The Home of High Rollers
Bellagio: The Home of High Rollers

TV Show High Stakes Poker was filmed here, famous WET fountain is situated nearby, Cirque du Soleil performs here and the most famous poker players gather on this place.

Short info:

Name: Bellagio

Owner: MGM Resorts 

Place: Las Vegas, NV, USA

Total gambling area: 10,800 sq. m.

Opening Year: 1998.

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WSOP Main Event 2014: Gentlemen, place your bets
WSOP Main Event 2014: Gentlemen, place your bets

Only one week separates us from the biggest final table of the year - November Nine. Traditionally, the best skilled theoreticians of the world – those, who are connected with bookmaking – evaluated who is going to be the most likely winner and owner of 10 million dollar prize.

Waiting for the end of the most interesting poker event till November – despite of the fact that the tournament itself started in summer – is very boring. It’s just like with the final season of “Breaking Bad” – it was also divided into two parts. And that was dreadful.

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Poker in the Ukraine
Poker in the Ukraine

Just about a year ago poker in the Ukraine was listed as a sport. Clubs are placed all over the country – in Lvov, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Cherkassy and, certainly, Kiev.

History of the Ukrainian industry of gambling is very much similar to the one in Russia. The law which forbids gambling came in force in 2009. It actually made a lot of casinos and slots machine clubs working undercover.

5 years later we can’t say that the situation has changed significantly. Big and little gambling houses are being closed for several times a year. It is a common practice.

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Poker in Germany
Poker in Germany

In one of the most powerful EU countries people do love and respect gambling games. Every major city has at least one casino. Moreover poker is presented in the bulk of the gambling venues. Let’s hear more of German poker.

German history is complicated, contradictory and during some periods dreadful. In the first half of the 20th century the population of Germany was far from entertainment. So was it in the next decades. But casinos have existed in Germany for a long time already – even from the end of the 18th century.

Gaming industry of one of the leading European countries is characterized with draconian taxes – up to 80% – and tight state control. A few years ago a prohibition on work of private gaming companies set on the territory of Germany, but then it was raised under the European Union duress.

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EPT London: At the top of the double-decker
EPT London: At the top of the double-decker

The busy week in the capital of Great Britain resulted in the victory of the German Sebastian Pauli in the Main Event (£499,700) and the triumph of the Canadian Andrew Chen in High Roller (£394,200). The both had to fight to a finish.

It’s raining in London as usual. Actually in Great Britain there are approximately 100 rainy days a year. But it would be alright if the price of housing, food and services was not so high. In short, not all the players could afford the journey to the capital of Great Britain.

Nevertheless we witnessed one of the most spectacular events of the European Poker Tour in recent memory.

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WSOP APAC, episode 2: Scott Davies won the Main Event (A$850,136), Mike Lee – High Roller (A$600,000)
WSOP APAC, episode 2: Scott Davies won the Main Event (A$850,136), Mike Lee – High Roller (A$600,000)

Inspired by Chris Moneymaker’s success the American Scott Davies promised himself to take the same position. And he managed to do this! And the Canadian, the famous 40-year old professional player Mike Lee, showed a top class performance and rightly got his first bracelet.

In the first series we told you about eight events that had been before the main event and the High Roller: about George Danzer’s this year third bracelet, about the homeland success of Jeff Lisandro, a poker old stager, and many other things.

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WSOP APAC, episode 1: Danzer Won the Third Bracelet
WSOP APAC, episode 1: Danzer Won the Third Bracelet

The third gold of George Danzer became the most important news of the Australian stage on the threshold of the main event. German MTT Specialist became the sixth player in the history who could win three bracelets in one year.

One year ago WSOP stage was held in Australia for the first time. It was Melbourne where poker players from the whole Asia-Pacific Region gathered, poker players who can hardly afford themselves a long and expensive flight to Las Vegas.

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Heart-to-heart: cutie Xuan Liu
Heart-to-heart: cutie Xuan Liu

Xuan Liu, a young Canadian poker player, shocks with her beauty and results. It took her only 9 months to win $1.1 million and it’s no laughing matter! The finalist of EPT Sanremo and PCA is considered to be one of the most promising modern players.

The whole world got to know about Xiun Liu several years ago when at the age of 25 she took the third place in the EPT Sanremo Main Event 2011 ($524,705), and at the beginning of the following year she became the fourth at PCA ($600,000).

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Rise of the Machines, or Why Is It Better to Play Alive
Rise of the Machines, or Why Is It Better to Play Alive

Machine Tartanian 7 is said to be the best poker robot. In fact, the robot which operation is based on Nash equilibrium in heads-up gambling is unwinnable. And it will be soon when its analogues will appear in the network.

In the famous Hollywood masterpiece Terminator the story was about Skynet artificial intelligence that would trigger off the nuclear war, and human race would become an endangered breed.

Thanks God that scriptwriters’ idea is far from turning it into reality, though local analogues already exist.

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Venetian Macao: Chinese alpha-casino
Venetian Macao: Chinese alpha-casino

The top-of-the-range casino in Macau, the largest one, the most famous one, the most beautiful one. The seventh largest building in the world has everything inside of it: gondolas, shops, boxing matches, poolside cocktails, baccarat and even poker.

Summary:

Name: The Venetian Macao

Owner: Las Vegas Sands

Location: Cotai Zone, Macau

Total area: 980,000 m2

Opened in: 2007.

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How to become a live pro, Part 1: Poker is really complex
How to become a live pro, Part 1: Poker is really complex

Poker fantasy is so alluring. When you are winning, when the deck is hitting you in the face, when you on are the good side of coolers, nothing in the world seems easier than poker. And therein lies the rub.

Variance is a two way street however human beings are only capable of seeing the “bad” side of variance. When we are experiencing the “good” side of variance, ego and memory bias work together to alter our perception and convince us that “good” variance is just “normal”. So while we are winning during positive variance, we believe it is due to our awesome skill which enables and drives the Poker Fantasy.

Poker reality

The reality is that poker is comparable to Chess in terms of complexity and the skill required to master the game. Notice I said “master” not simply have a winning session. Because Chess has no variance the skill aspect of Chess is 100% front and center.

However, since poker has a variance component, that variance component combined with human memory bias, ego, and misperception masks the skill element and complexity of poker. The result is that players have a severely limited view of just how complex poker is. Players tend to develop all types of erroneous systems, methodologies, theories, dogmas, etc about poker that have little basis in reality.

But seriously, how complex can poker be? Well, there are 1326 possible preflop two hand combinations possible. Below is a table of how many hand combinations there are possible vs. opponents.

Opponents / Number of possible hand combinations
1: ) 1,225
2: ) 690,900
3: ) 238,360,500
4: ) 56,372,258,250
5: ) ≈ 9.7073 × 1012 (more than 9 trillion)
6: ) ≈ 1.2620 × 1015 (more than 1 quadrillion)
7: ) ≈ 1.2674 × 1017 (more than 126 quadrillion)
8: ) ≈ 9.9804 × 1018 (almost 10 quintillion)
9: ) ≈ 6.2211 × 1020 (more than 622 quintillion)

There are 1,712,304 different possible boards (flop, turn, river) that are possible. If we were to apply the # of possible boards to the above table we’d get numbers that were beyond ridiculous (as if 622 quintillion isn’t ridiculous enough already!).

Human factor

The above is just the simple math of possible hand/board combinations. Now factor in the human element. Is your villain aggressive, passive, or neutral? How skillful is your opponent? What about multiple opponents? What about the influence one opponent has on another opponent? What about the influence one opponent has on another opponent who has on another opponent?

But wait there’s more. Now let’s include game dynamics such as: Position, effective stacks, bet sizing, preflop, flop, turn, and river actions.
But wait there’s more. Now let’s include the human dynamic such as: fatigue, fear, anger, ego, tilt, focus, lack of focus, joviality, indifference, etc.

Poker formula

Now, think of the numbers of the above table and multiple those numbers by every factor we can think of and the total complexity of the system (i.e. poker) works out to something like:

A x B x C x D x E x F x G x H x I x J x K = SUPER COMPLEX. And if this weren’t enough, some of the factors do not apply multiplicatively but exponentially so the “complexity equation” actually looks more like this:
A x B^C x D x E x G^F x H x I^J^K = RIDICULOUSLY SUPER FREAKING COMPLEX

Becoming a pro

Okay, okay, okay, so poker is really complex, what does that have to do with whether or not I should turn pro?

Because step #1 in the question of “Whether or not I should turn pro” involves having a realistic understanding of the task/challenge you want to undertake.

What would you say to someone who said, “You know, the last couple of months I’ve been playing pick-up basketball down at the YMCA and I completely killed the game. I’m thinking about dropping out of school and becoming a professional NBA player.”

What about someone who said, “You know, Last night I was singing at a Karaoke bar and everyone loved my singing so I’m thinking of quitting my job and becoming a professional singer.”

You would tell the above person that just because they can beat the locals at basketball or rock the house of the Karaoke bar down the street doesn’t necessarily mean they could/should quit everything and chase the dream of becoming a professional. On the flip side, it’s possible they could become a pro but they would have to proceed in stages. Each stage would be a proving ground and if they cannot master and conquer each “stage” then they simply do not have what it takes to “turn pro.”

Well the same thing can be said in poker. It is possible to become a poker pro, but to do so means going through a gauntlet and if you can get through the gauntlet and progress through each stage then at the end you will have proven yourself and have become a poker pro.

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WPT Borgata Poker Open: MTT pro Darren Elias celebrates his victory ($843,744)
WPT Borgata Poker Open: MTT pro Darren Elias celebrates his victory ($843,744)

The third time at the WPT Main Event proved to be the charm for the 27-year-old Canadian professional. Darren Elias who had earned more than $3.3 million online won the first offline title in his career. And what title!

It all started in mid-September, the venue – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, one of the most profitable gambling venues in Atlantic City: about 4,000 slot machines and a few hundred tables. The most significant stages of the World Poker Tour are regularly held here.

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Poker in England
Poker in England

The English like nothing better than betting. Great Britain, and England in particular, is the kingdom of scratch cards and lottery tickets, the poker empire and the homeland for the most powerful bookmakers in the world.

About 150 casinos are scattered across the United Kingdom. A significant number of gambling venues are situated in London. Generally speaking, most people do not consider Britain as a single state, as well as the United States or India. That’s why we won’t cover the situation in the whole country; we would rather focus on the most developed and densely populated part of the UK – England.

It all started during World War II. The soldiers became addicted to the game that was similar to the modern bingo. The first casinos were opened in the 1960s, and the very first casino was situated in Wales.

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The Colman effect or why the stars keep silent
The Colman effect or why the stars keep silent

A young 24-year-old American Daniel “mrGR33N13” Colman won more than $15,000,000 in the tournament $1M Big One For One Drop 2014. Afterwards the grinder added another $6,000,000 to his bankroll. But even now Colman refuses to talk to the media.

After his staggering success in the tournament with $ 1,000,000 buy-in, his flat refusal to give a detailed interview and his stirring post on the TwoPlusTwo forum, where Colman condemns modern society and poker itself, the new poker hero has been viewed as a renegade.

At least by most people, and especially by the media.

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