Poker as Rock-Paper-Scissors
Poker as Rock-Paper-Scissors

If we consider a simplified model of poker, it will be quite similar to the world famous game of Rock-Paper-Scissors. Both games have an optimal strategy: random action in the popular childrens play and Game Theoretical Optimum (GTO) in poker. However, these strategies do not guarantee the maximum value.

The optimal game strategy guarantees only one thing: actions of the opponents will become irrelevant. This is a standard Nash equilibrium.

And here one should understand: the optimal strategy only makes sense if other players stick to it too. In other cases – when the opponents act in their own fashion – it is much more effective to focus on their mistakes and adjust your actions accordingly.

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Best Poker Clubs in India
Best Poker Clubs in India

Several years ago the whole Indian poker was centered in Goa, the main resort of the country with endless beaches and serenity of Arabian Sea. Recently poker vector started to move towards Bangalore and other big cities (like Calcutta). We can’t say Goa has lost the lead yet, but it’s coming soon.

Currently the country with the population of 1.3 billion people has several poker centers - in Goa and Bangalore in particular. There are just several states  available for legal play – such as Nagaland, Sikkim, West Bengal and Karnataka. The former two have population of no more than 3 million total, while the latter two have over 155 million habitats!

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Video: Jake Cody is looking for Big Game in Macao
Video: Jake Cody is looking for Big Game in Macao

Poker vloggers were very active during the recent months. Daniel Negreanu began to record some nice content, Jake Cody develops his channel (one of the most interesting about poker), Alec Torelli regularly uploads videos e.tc.

We liked one of the latest vlogs of EPT Deauville champion Jake Cody where he visits Asia, Macao, for the first time, participates in exorbitant cash games and Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Event tournaments.

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PokerStars develops a Hearthstone-like game
PokerStars develops a Hearthstone-like game

Power Up is a so-called poker hybrid of poker and card video game. Currently there is a closed alpha-test, so the final release is far away. The game reminds HoldemX, the development of the company of Alex Dreyfus, one of the most famous innovators in the world of poker.

There was a new trend in gaming-industry that has been formed during the latest years – it is card games. Not poker, but close (or not so close) analogues of Magic: The Gathering, a popular table and online game.

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Merit Poker Empire
Merit Poker Empire

The word Merit is well known to many poker fans all around Europe. This is a network of hotels, casinos and poker clubs in Cyprus and Montenegro. It is a pilgrimage destination for poker players from Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Iran, Israel, Ukraine and Belarus. For instance, Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino in Cyprus is one of the most attractive sites from the point of view of poker.

And we are happy to announce that now we cooperate with Merit and its poker clubs in Cyprus and Montenegro. From now on managers will regularly update their tournament schedule and information about cash games in real time on our website.

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Inversion: gather compromise material for the opponent
Inversion: gather compromise material for the opponent

You probably know plain yet effective worldly-wisdom: put yourself to some other person’s place and you will understand him. This method helps in lots of fields of life, including poker.

Pro player Tommy Angelo went beyond this and described inversion in his article. He uses the term reciprocality, which is much worse for defining the phenomena, IMHO.

This is not some well-known term so don’t overthink the name. You just need to realize the principle of its functioning and apply it practically in cash games.

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WSOP 2017: What’s new + Full Schedule
WSOP 2017: What’s new + Full Schedule

The new World Series of Poker 2017 will take place from May, 30 to July, 18th and is expected to have 74 events, including a couple of new ones. We could highlight $365 THE GIANT, The killer of “The Colossus” among the other. Quite possible. It will have a new world record on number of participants in a single poker tournament.

Have you hardly forgotten the previous one and about to have a new WSOP under way? You are not alone. That is normal. We get to know the new Main Event Champion’s name in late autumn.

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PokerStars Attacks Regulars Again
PokerStars Attacks Regulars Again

In its new update, the world’s largest room did what it was long asked for: started an active fight against bumhunters and scripts. PokerStars.es is already testing an automatic system of seating of players. Which means that soon it will be impossible to select specific tables or tag along weak players.

The room’s blog summarizes the major changes. The most important one is the Seat Me button. A player selects a game (e.g., No Limit Hold'em) and limit (say $1/2). Then clicks Seat Me to be placed at a random table at this limit.

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Players who are afraid to lose
Players who are afraid to lose

Not everyone is natural-born Phil Ivey. Not everyone is able to make themselves act recklessly, calmly, firmly. The following players often play at the tables. They are afraid to lose bankroll on various reasons – whether it is the lack of experience, tilt or limited bankroll. Those comrades need to be recognizable and exploited.

A piece of wisdom in poker: Scared money don't make money. Those players are easy to recognize even by their appearance.

We will highlight several categories of players you will often meet at the tables of poker clubs.

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HighStakesDB opened an access to graphs of all online high rollers
HighStakesDB opened an access to graphs of all online high rollers

New Year holidays came a little bit earlier for poker players as in the biggest high stakes database HighStakesDB opened a public access to closed-before accounts of the highrollers on some unknown reason in the middle of December. Now we all know how much really did Red baron, Alexander Kostritsyn, Ragen70, Ben Tolleren, Nanonoko and many other top pros earn.

HighStakesDB shattered pink glasses of many. The website suddenly decided to open the graphs of the players to the public eyes, though no permission was granted to them. Still, we have an opportunity to know how much did the most famous online players earn this year and throughout their careers.

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Disastrous PCA 2017
Disastrous PCA 2017

There were only four buy-ins in $25,000 PLO at the first historical stage of PokerStars Championship Bahamas. It would be an understatement to say that this is a failure. Main event had 738 buy-ins, while there were 928 registrations the previous time. This all happened even now when he buy-in became lower (for mere $300).

The big experiment of transformation of European Poker Tour and many other local tournament branches into two formats – Championships and Festivals – doesn’t show the best of results yet.

It all started rather good. There were plenty of super highrollers in $100,000 Super High Roller (54 against 58 buy-ins last year) but then they’ve realized that something went wrong.

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Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn – Best Online Player of 2016
Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn – Best Online Player of 2016

During the previous year, Russian high roller Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn earned about $1.5 million and was the only one to show a seven-digit result in the positive range. All this became known through HighStakesDB that opened for public access the previously closed accounts of most of online high rollers.

It stands to mention the significant decline in activity at the highest stakes. At the moment, online high rollers can only play on PokerStars at very castrated stakes (as compared with the old Full Tilt), and the field itself has tightened significantly while big fishes now deserve to be listed in a database of rare species.

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Why you are still stuck at lower stakes?
Why you are still stuck at lower stakes?

You are a brainy guy, or so it seems, you know something about the game and even able to learn others some moves – but yet you are still playing at low stakes. Why? Why do we like to stand still while we can see the clear path? The reasons vary, but in most cases the problem is within ourselves.

Is it a common thing for you to see other people’s mistakes clearly and even predict something (in most cases relevant things), you are able to analyze hands but when you sit at the table, you start to lose it. You call when you know you’re behind and push when you don’t have fold equity.

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New Russia's casino opens in Sochi
New Russia's casino opens in Sochi

Today the first casino opens in Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone “Sochi Casino and Resort”. This is a huge entertainment complex in “Gorki Gorod” with restaurants, boutiques, conference-halls and a bar. The casino will have 569 slots, 70 gaming tables and – what’s the most important – poker club “SOCHI” for ten tables. 

It holds a major stage of EAPT series with $500,000 guaranteed prize fund under the management of Artur Voskanian in January.

The official opening of the complex is scheduled on January, 5th though it will operate in New Year and throughout the end of December 2016. It turns out that the first casino here starts operating not later than six months after the decree of making a new gambling zone by the government of Russian Federation.

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Leon Tsoukernik: “I am the only pro player at the table”
Leon Tsoukernik: “I am the only pro player at the table”

Leon Tsoukernik, the owner of the biggest poker club in Europe - King's Casino – has recently won the stage of EPT Prague Super High Roller and received €741,100 in prize money. Basically, it was the first win of the Czech entrepreneur on the international arena. Though he often tries his luck in big events.

The story of Leon is amazing. He started out as antique seller back in 90s, he and his partners opened several stores in different corners of the planet. Sometime later, in the beginning of 2000s he got an idea to open his own casino. And he did just that. As a great fan of poker, he started to put emphasis on his favorite card game in the end of 2000s, promoting King's Casino as poker venue for all the players.

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