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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How Much Money Do Top Players Actually Have?
How Much Money Do Top Players Actually Have?

Everyone loves to count other people's money. It is bad taste, but that is human nature. Poker is all about money, after all, so little wonder. Let us cut to the case. Do you want to know what bankrolls the world’s top live and online players command? Do you want to know how much they make a year? We will use the help of Douglas Polk, one of the world’s top online high rollers.

This is by far not the first time we have talked about the earnings of MTT and cash players. We have tried to figure out if it is hard being a tournament player, compared potential profits in the two disciplines, and once even tried to find out who won the more money in a given year, live or online high rollers.

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Zeus Poker Club in Minsk: new place, new name and cash festival in January
Zeus Poker Club in Minsk: new place, new name and cash festival in January

On the first day of December 2016 one of the best poker clubs of Belarus changed its name to Zett and now it is situated almost in the center of the capital in entertainment complex “Belaya Vezha”. In January 2017, the renovated club will host cash festival within Belarus Poker Tour

For some weird reason, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the new name of the club “Zeus” is cult scene from “Pulp Fiction”:

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Alibaba launches poker series in China
Alibaba launches poker series in China

The famous online commerce giant - Chinese corporation Alibaba (which, by the way, owns the popular on CIS territory web site Aliexpress), organizes its own poker tour with total prize fund of $7 million! The next stage is scheduled in Shanghai with no particular date disclosed yet.

We wrote about poker in China in September: payouts in iPhones and cash games being restricted so one could get in jail for participating in them; we also wrote of official tournaments there.

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Poker advice for the beginner live poker players
Poker advice for the beginner live poker players

Even experienced players don’t play in optimal play all the time. In a sense they make rude mistakes and don’t use all the information in their possession. We don’t even speak of the newbies who’ve just sat at their first playing table. Their eyes sparkle and their mind generates difficult bluffs, hands are shaking and soul sings.

We’ve already written of poker etiquette and how to define opponents who are afraid of losing money. This article is a little bit different. This is not a set of recommendation for the beginners of games in any live poker facility. Be prepared to everything from Day 1 and learn on your mistakes.

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Where is Tom Dwan?
Where is Tom Dwan?

Tom Dwan should teach basics of marketing and branding. Why? Because he does it better than anything. How many years has passed since he disappeared without a trace? 4 or 5? And people still remember him, still express interest in him, build some theories: “He was enslaved by triadas”, “lost his bankroll”, “lost $30 million in one hand” e. t. c.

So what does Tom Dwan do now? Does he still play poker? Is his body in a gutter?

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Poker etiquette: How to behave at the poker table
Poker etiquette: How to behave at the poker table

Strictly defined conduct rules do not reflect the situation fully in all the cases. Rules are just a framework that needs to be filled. Etiquette has this function of filling in. In most cases, players don’t realize this term correctly.

What is etiquette? It is the way to behave that is expected – in this case – by the players at the table. Etiquette is a set of requirements of behavior in any society. Poker society is also social, so it has some unwritten rules.

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Poker in Romania, part 1: Players, Series and Negreanu
Poker in Romania, part 1: Players, Series and Negreanu

First part of the story of poker in Romania, or how to play poker in Romania, if you will, will tell you mostly about the players and poker situation in the country in general. Unfortunately, Romania is far from financial well-being in all senses. But people here love poker very much. However, for some of them this love is forced.

The second part is completely about Romanian poker clubs with the most interesting of them described with commentaries of the experienced regular.

 “Romanian players – are natural-born gamblers and they believe in luck. The first thing I’ve noticed is5-7x raises. This sizing is common for tournaments and cash games at all stakes. I got used to standard 3x raises. And here you also get 4-5 people calling you after the raise of increased size”.

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69-year-old Mike Sexton won his first WPT title
69-year-old Mike Sexton won his first WPT title

Everyone know Mike Sexton. He is World Poker Tour announcer for almost 15 years now, he’s Hall of famer of Poker and is one of the biggest ambassadors of the industry. But there is one problem: Mike wins big tournaments very rarely…

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The most complete cheating device in the world
The most complete cheating device in the world

We all were mistaken so much. The market of illegal poker “trinkets” is huge. HUGE. The Chinese ask for $5,000 for the device we’ll talk further. And that is Chinese! It would have cost several times that in America or Europe. Probably, you’ve been ripped with the help of this device several times…

Thanks to superb article by Elie Bursztein, who is the head of Google Google's anti-abuse department, which invents ways to protect users against cyber-criminal crimes, we’ve managed to realize how good at work are different poker analyzers.

Those who created them really deserve some sort of award. This is truly an engineer piece of art, which is used worldwide.

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You may talk but not too much
You may talk but not too much

Poker on TV has hard times. Lately only WSOP Main Event regularly has some airtime. By the way, it is already over (as you may know). People want to see live enthralling poker, not just thinking games of hoodies and ranges adepts.

An accident that happened in summer this year on World Series of poker (recently broadcasted) raises a whole row of critical questions:

  • What is real poker?
  • What one can and cannot say while being at the table?
  • Are the tournament rules fair?
  • So on
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Will King's Casino become the biggest poker club in the world?
Will King's Casino become the biggest poker club in the world?

“What are you, stupid? You’ll get nothing!” -- they said to art-director Leon Tsoukernik when he decided to build poker heaven in tiny town Rozvadov with population of 500 people. According to the words of the owner of the facility which is very successful now, this criticism gave him some additional motivation.

You are willing to make the biggest poker room in Europe. Where will it be placed?

Possible locations:

а) Prague, Czech Republic

b) Vienna, Austria

c) Barcelona, Spain

and d) Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

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Cash festivals gain popularity in Europe
Cash festivals gain popularity in Europe

Cash festival format, unlike traditional tournament series – was always in minority. Poker tour stops are always provided with cash games, but the tournaments are always in the center of attention. It turned upside down recently.

Cash Game Festival – this is a simple name for cash festival, which started several years ago in Estonia. The festival specializes exclusively on cash games and has stops already in Bulgaria, UK, and Malta. In November, it will have the biggest stop in the capital of Estonia Tallinn.

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Poker club “Zeus” invites everyone to the cash festival on November, 4-13
Poker club “Zeus” invites everyone to the cash festival on November, 4-13

Belarus Poker Tour ready for launch on November, 4-13 2016. Minsk will become the capital of poker for 10 days. As always, the partner of the series –“Zeus” poker club, will organize cash games.

For many years, poker and Minsk go along. Nowadays it is not necessary to wait for another series to enjoy the spirit of the competition and victory. “Zeus” poker club is always ready to offer the best cash games in Minsk.

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