April 30th, 2012 by Sammy
When you look down at your cards and you see a pocket pair, somehow you get excited with the possibilities as it can make a set and these sets can mean big pay for you. The small pocket pairs can be considered as among the most straight forward hands in no limit hold’em but they present some pitfalls for those who do not know how to use them wisely.
Small pocket pairs hold ground during multiway pots. If you have experienced playing live NL, then you know that there are a lot of times that a number of players draw something out of the flop. Having a small pocket pair is a good advantage since you have a good chance of making sets which will be the best hand for a round. You need to be cautious though since it might not just be you who made a set. If you think everyone will call, go for a raise instead of limping into the pot.
If you have a good position, small pocket pairs can help you during a heads up. In multiway battle for the pot, you will know the real value of the cards when you get a set but in heads up, you have to handle unimproved hands and win the pot so position is very important. Position dictates if you can go for a showdown even if you have a weak pair. You can bet for value and squeeze some extra from your weak hand.
Small pocket pairs do not do well in re-raised pots especially during heads-up. If you opened the betting but an opponent re-raises while everyone else folds, you might be better off by folding your cards. If you have unimproved small pocket pairs, you have a very small chance to win against a re-raise.
April 12th, 2010 by Sammy
It can be considered one for the books since we rarely see danger in a poker tournament. Recently, robbers armed with hand guns and machete raided a poker tournament in Berlin taking away a big chunk of the price money for the million euro tournament.
The spokesperson of the poker tournament relayed that the armed men stormed into the Grand Hyatt in Berlin where the poker games are being held. They threatened the staff and caused a bit of a panic. The robbers ordered the poker tourney staff to give them the money.
Good thing no one was seriously injured but seven people were hurt. Among those who needed medical attention was a security guard who tried to stop one of the bad guys.
According to a police report, the panic in the area cost the robbers one bag of their loot. The closed circuit television of the venue was able to capture scuffle. Poker tables were turned, players trying to hide under the tables, and people running all around.
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March 20th, 2010 by Sammy
Durrr’s challenge is making it to TV – and I’m LOVING it. We’ve seen him square off against the likes of Sammy George, Marcello “Luckexpress” Marigliano and Ilari Sahamies and so far, Tom Dwan is doing pretty good…
Here’s an excerpt:
November 12th, 2009 by Sammy
Here’s a somewhat silly and useless Belgian Poker Video I found on YouTube:
I was hoping they’d mention some of Belgium’s biggest names in poker like Kenny Louagie or even Laurens De Smet.
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May 16th, 2009 by Sammy
Poker tells can often be one of the most dangerous handicaps a poker player is faced with. While one can prepare for a number of kinds of card hands and lay strategies in place, mastering the art of concealing one’s emotions is a tricky task. Maintaining an impassive and neutral expression in the face of extreme emotions such as anxiety, elation and nervousness can be difficult; yet hiding these tell-tale signs is of ultimate importance because their presence can clue the opponents onto your strategies. Hiding these indicative signs is of ultimate importance and in this article we give you some advice on developing fixed practices to counter these clues.
In order to be able to conceal emotions from revealing all and mastering the practice of concealing these revealing signs it is important to first understand what habits and practices actually act as indicators. They are manifested in the form of behaviors that can either be seen or heard and can be used by strong players to gauge the strength of their opponents’ hands. Most newcomers to the field betray their state of mind and thus their playing position by unconsciously responding to their card hands and reacting on a mainly instinctive level.
These clues are broadly classified into three categories, on the basis of their form. When players react in the form of emitting sounds such as sighs or gasps the indicators are classified as audible. If the player has a noticeable physical reaction such as slumping of the shoulders or the chest expanding, the clues are said to be ‘visible’. And if the manner in which the play bets during the rounds is used to gauge the strength of the hand, the clue is classified into the category of ‘betting indicators’. Betting indicators become most important in the context of online games of poker where visible clues and audible reactions from the players cannot be used to discern the quality of the game.
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May 16th, 2009 by Sammy
Patrik Antonius and the Great Dane Gus Hansen playing some high stakes heads-up Pot Limit Omaha against eachother on Full Tilt Poker. With these $200/$400 blinds, the pots quickly go into the 6-figures when they pot-bet regularly…
A great game to watch, for sure. I honestly rate Patrik Antonius higher than Gus in PLO – but hey, when the cards are in the air…. they both like to gamble!
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