Aussie Millions Winner is Team bwin member AmazingRiver

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Team bwin poker players, AmazingRiver, King_Dirk, and fjolss dominated a  field of 266 players in Event #14 of the 2009 Aussie Millions Poker Championship, Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em $2,200 Poker Tournament.  The three of them made it all the way to the final table.  Thomas Lindbjerg (AmazingRiver) entered the final-table as the chip leader and left it with all the chips.  After knocking out most of the remaining players, Lindbjerg found himself one on one with American pro Noah “McLovin” Schwartz. 

Lindbjerg prevailed bluffing his way through a couple of pivitol pots and winning with the Brunson hand of 10 2.  Lindbjerg aka Amazing River won the first place prize of $130,021 (Australian).  Alexander DeBus aka King_Dirk finished in 5th winning $34,580 and Jacob Lysemose aka fjolss won $65,436 for third place.

For a player named AmazingRiver, it was a day of “unamazing” rivers.  Time after time his opponents had outs to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat with the river card to come but every time Lindbjerg’s better hand held.  The only thing Amazing about the rivers were that none brought a suck-out.  Online poker tournaments get a bad rap for unlikely cards hitting but online poker player AmazingRiver had to be happy his final live table the cards held up.

When play was reduced to six-handed Lindbjerg starting things rolling by knocking out the sixth place finisher when his Ks9S called Jonathan Dull’s open shove made with Ac5d.  The flop gave each of them a pair with their lesser card.  Lindbjerg turned two pair when a king hit and only had to sweat three aces and two fives.  The river was a blank.

Lindbjerg then busted fellow Team bwin member Alexander Debus aka King_Dirk in fifth.  Again, Lindbjerg in the face of an open shove had a decision to make.  This time it was easier holding AQ.  He moved over the top all in.  Debus’s button shove was a Kh8s.  Lindbjerg turned a full house and King_Dirk was railbound knocked out by his team-mate.

Phillip Peters was next up in Lindbjerg’s sights.  Peters had an open ended straight draw on the turn and second pair.  When Lindbjerg shoved with top pair Peters made the call. The river was unamazing and bricked out.  That left three players standing Noah Schwartz, Lindbjerg and Jacob Lysemose. 

Lysemose, whose bwin handle is fjloss unfortunately was next to fall to the amazing run of AmazingRiver’s.  Lysemose shoved over the top of Lindbjerg’s raise.  Lindbjerg called with pocket Kings.  Lysemose had Ace rag and needed some help.  Again, the river had potential but nothing came.  His ace went upaired and Lindbjerg had but one opponent left to knock out.  

Noah Schwartz’ fell when his KJ made top pair on the flop of J104.  Lindbjerg held 102 good for second pair and got two pair on the turn with a 2 rolled off.  Schwartz got checked raised all in.  After a long bout in the tank he called.  He was drawing slim to the river.  Again, the river blanked out, which was Amazing only to Amazing River.

Lindbjerg knocked out everybody at the final table. The team bwin players won entry in to this event as a bonus to the Australian Main Event prize they won playing an online tournament qualifier.

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Situations to Fold Pocket Kings Preflop

1.  Never

2.  Never-Ever.

3.  Bet, Raise, Re-raise, Re-raise, Re-raise, action to you… maybe.

4.  On the bubble in a multi-table texas hold’me satellite.  Everybody wins the same prize if they survive the bubble and one person is knocked out.   Three shorter stacks are all in.  Each of them has you covered.  Looks like the two players behind you are going to ship it too.  They also have you covered.

5.  You’ve won more than you’ve ever had.  Everything you own is on the table, all of it, including your house note, your stocks, bonds, and savings, and number 3 happens.

You won’t find that in most strategy books or online strategy sections, like this one.

I’ve only folded them a couple of times…

In a cash game, I was deep and my opponent was deeper.  One of my better nights.  He bet, a couple of callers, I popped it.  He repopped.  I repopped. He pushed another couple of thousand in which would put all my chips in.  Hmmm.  My opponent was the embodiment of the tight stereotype.  You could call him ‘the nuts’ because he always had them when he shoved.  Never saw somebody snap off his bluffs because he didn’t bluff.  I turned them face up and mucked him.  He didn’t SHOW the aces but after I cooled off he and walked around the house a little bit.  He said he had them.

In a MTT, we were down to the money bubble.  A guy bet, I raised, another guy went over the top all-in, another guy went over the top all in.  The initial raiser followed suit.  If I folded I’d have plenty of chips for the money play.  To me one of them HAD to have Aces.  Two of them had me covered.  I wasn’t getting a 4 to 1 price.  I laid them down.  AA, 1010, QQ.  Flop brought a King.  Yeah… Still it was the right decision.

I gotten away from Kings plenty of times after a flop, even one that for all intents and purposes didn’t justify the agression of a player at a table, but really rare preflop.  Long run it’s a lose-lose situation.  Kind of like folding sets on non-textured boards. 

The ev is there.  For a helpful tool in calculating starting hands ev check out this site, bwin’s poker strategy as well.  If you don’t know what ev is, learn it.  Shorthand it’s the expected value of the hand.  Plus ev is good.  Negative ev is bad.  Kings have a strong plus ev from any position.

BlackJack?

Just spent the weekend with my friends playing poker and blackjack.  One of my friends, Steve Martin (not THE Steve Martin) is notorious for chasing his poker winnings on the blackjack table.  I’m usually very skeptical as I like to focus solely on poker and using my edge over other players as a profit source.  However, sitting down watching him crush the shoe for two hours has me revising my train of thought.  It looked almost… too easy.

I understand that his results were not typical, in fact, the table was hot as the dealer was going bust and feeding everybody black-jacks.  However, I was entranced by the speed of the play.  You don’t have to sit and wait for a spot, a hand, or an opponents mistake like in poker.  There are none of the long Hollywooding drawn out hands you get during a no limit game.  No, it’s hand after hand.  You win, you lose, or you push and you move on.

Certainly, I can see why an action junkie would love it.  So, I think I’m going to play blackjack online.  Of course, I’ll try my hand on bwin to see if it’s the same thrill and fun as it was live.  Granted my gameplan is to stick to the tips they supply and start out conservatively at first.  Below are some of the hand strategies…

Tips

  Player’s hand Dealer’s up card
  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
5-6-7-8 H H H H H H H H H H
9 H D D D D H H H H H
10 D D D D D D D D H H
11 D D D D D D D D D H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
13-14 S S S S S H H H H H
15-16 S S S S S H H H H H
17-18-19-20-21 S S S S S S S S S S
A-2(13), A-3(14) H H H D D H H H H H
A-4(15), A-5(16) H H D D D H H H H H
A-6(17) H D D D D H H H H H
A-7(18) S D D D D S S H H H
A-8(19), A-9(20) S S S S S S S S S S
A & A SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
2 & 2 – 3 & 3 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
4 & 4 H H H SP SP H H H H H
5 & 5 NS D D D D D D D D H H
6 & 6 SP SP SP SP SP H H H H H
7 & 7 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
8 & 8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
9 & 9 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP S S
10 & 10 NS S S S S S S S S S S

H=Hit, S=Stand, D=Double Down, SP=Split, NS=Never Split

Anybody out there play blackjack online and a whiz at the game?  I know that if you play optimally you got a great chance to win but are there any particular holdings you might deviate from the above suggestions?   How much of your bankroll would you recommend playing at a time.  Is there a stop-loss? 

One strategy Steve was employing was increasing his bet after every win.  At every loss he’d go back to his initial bet.  He believes the game is all about streaks so he’ll wants to get more money in on a winning streak, and obviously less money in on a losing streak.  Any recommendations for bet strategies when I play online blackjack?

Trip to Porto

2009 promises to be a fun year. I only now became aware of an awesome opportunity for poker players that like to combine poker, travel and sports. Who doesn’t, right? Well, I know some of my peers like to travel to the Bahamas to play poker online all day. That’s fun. Get a wireless connection and stay in your room. At least maid and room service can convince you it’s no different than home.  Who cares if there is an island outside to explore.  And who needs sunlight, right?

For players that like to venture outside of their hotel rooms, bwin is debuting their new promotion the ”Magic Moment of Poker” 2009 that will offer players different opportunities to travel around Europe. Winners of online poker tournaments will get a prize package that will include a visit to a city in Europe, a sporting event, and a seat at a televised poker table. Not too shabby.

The first stop in this tour is a visit to Porto, Portugal. After taking in the sites of the Coastal city, the winners will get tickets to a game between two of the most illustrious soccer (er.. football) clubs in the country. The match takes place at Estadio do Dragao March 1st.

Touted as VIP accommodations, and surely a helping of old world charm, the stay should be just as fun as the poker. Bwin takes care of hotel, airfare, and meals. The entry into the tournament with a chance to win a seat in next November’s Vienna final will be the capper of the visit.

The trip gives travelers four days to see the sights, take in the game, and play some poker. The big three in Portugese soccer are Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, and even casual fans will enjoy the chance to see two of them engage in a 90 minute drama while sitting in the beautiful 52000 seat stadium. The rivalry over the years is so close that Sporting Lisbon only holds a three game advantage in the win column.

After the game, the winners will then head to their televised match up. Seems like a pipe-dream huh? Actually, bwin Poker is offering a series of online satellites to get there. Play online poker for some low stakes and you could be there.  The first step costs but $6. Even better bwin is offering $50 to the pirze pools of each tournament.

These are the days to play in the satellites:
Thursday January 15
Sunday January 18
Monday January 19
Wednesday January 21
Thursday January 22
Sunday January 25
Monday January 26
Wednesday January 28
Thursday January 29
Sunday February 1

The final will feature:
1st – Soccer package to Portugal valued at €3,150
2nd – $200 cash
3rd – $100 cash “

Good luck to anybody playing. And have fun in Portugal. I had a friend stay there, 10 years ago, for essentially a Worlds Fair, though I think its called something else like World Showcase, and he raved about it and the people.

Beckham

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Becks

 Being a bit of a soccer fan, I was surprised to read online that David Beckham departed the LA Galaxy and went on loan to Italian powerhouse AC Milan.  This was the guy who was supposed to save the MLS.  He was the marketing equivalent of Pele (but certainly not his match in talent–except for crossing, energy and free kicks) and was going to bring the spotlight to the young league only now coming online.  He did half his part.  In a game of high stakes poker the LA Galaxy bought the massive pot with a slight overbet and signed Becks, for a massive amount of publicity.  After the luster of spending huge dollars wore off and the media turned their eye to more American sports what do they have to show for it?  A failed reality show, some papparazzi photos of him out on the town with Tom Cruise, and Posh Spice Single-White-Femaling Katie Holmes Cruise is about it, although Scientology may thank the Galaxy for their next totem if the recruitment goes as planned.

I wonder if Beckham is a bit of a gambler.  Now with online casino bwin emblazoned across his jersey he’ll be a representative of fans who like to play blackjack online or play online roulette.  It’s ironic because the LA Galaxy thought they had blackjack when they paired David Beckham with the greatest American player ever, Landon Donovan, yet they didn’t even make the playoffs.  Their defense played as hesitantly as I would Russian Roulette and even the tireless energy of Beckham couldn’t stop the league’s assault on their goal.

Sure they provided some exciting games as the Galaxy scored early and often but their opponents usually scored more.  Bettors, or “punters” as Beckham’s Brits like to call them, will now face better odds when betting on Beckham’s team as AC Milan is internationally competitive.  They have a recent Champions League trophy as proof of that.  If gamblers need inspiration where to place their bets, they need look no further than the online casino bwin on Beckham’s jersey to make a second half bet.

Alpine Cup Finalists

According to bwin’s poker blog (http://www.bwinpokerblog.com/ ) focusing on online poker tournaments, bwin’s top three finishers in their December 27th Alpine Cup texas holdem finals are kingmemo36, Hydro8, and Don Cool. They, as the latest members of bwin, can claim their $8,000 online poker prize package and get a ski/snowboarding weekend fit for poker royalty. PokerNews teamed up with bwin to reward these guys with a package at the PokerNews Cup Austria.

The PokerNews Cup Austria is held at Salzburg’s Concord Card Casino. The winners that make up Team bwin have won accommodations in the posh Alpine Palace nestled in the awe-inspiring Austrian Alps. The bwin Team is in for a luxury trip combining first class poker with winter fun. How to qualify now! The qualifiers run from now to early Febuary.

Here is what the $8,000 PokerNews Cup Premium Package includes;
• 7 nights luxury accommodation at the 5 star Alpine Palace
• Buy-in to the PokerNews Cup Main Event and 1 side event
• Flights and spending money
• Ski pass for the duration of your stay
• VIP shuttle from Salzburg to Alpine Palace with return by helicopter
• The VIP treatment including a spa treatment and invite to the VIP Welcome Party

Kingmemo36, Hydro8, and Don Cool join previous winners mazlumb2, liverpool170, and mr.Schne for a fun-filled weekend. The action was fast and furious and it took a bad beat for the winners to get their prize money as badblatt61, the bubble boy, got it all in with pocket Queens only to have the dominated pocket 10s of Kingmemo36 set up on the flop. The set held and badblatt61 was bad beated and sent home. He got a final ticket and $241 in cash for 4th. The top three are jet-setting though.

Kingmemo36 ran well with pocket 10s as he also knocked out the fifth place finisher, Playboy Royal, with them too. Playboy had 8s and hit his set on the flop, but Kingmemo36 also hit his set and Playboy, who was the chipleader at the beginning of 5 handed play was drawing thin and then sent to the rail.