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Victor Blom vs Daniel Negreanu – The Tournament

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The much awaited match between Isildur1, also known as Viktor Blom finally happened at 3 pm EST on a peaceful afternoon on Sunday. Both of the players bet for $150,000 and played for the No Limit Hold ‘em for a value of $50-$100. Blom did not delay his way to the win- he made it in the first three hands of the match, all-in twice, and ended on top. The match for Blom resulted in a $26,150 lead.

Negreanu tried to score higher- or at least close to the leading Blom, but Blom had already made it to the lead with $61,300 at hand 658. It is an understatement to say that Blom is running well. He can be seen to be ‘ behind in hands’ against Negreanu, but managing to be on the top. In the illustration, Blom could be seen to shove on the flop, all-in, by just using the flush draw. Negreanu, on the other hand, had flopped his top pair with the best kicker did the call. The few moves was a trip for Negreanu, but he lost a $25,604 for Blom by a single move done by mistake.

On hand 935, Blom was able to break the $100k mark and cut the game to just three tables. Blom led the match by $119k this time. But he was not winning all these matches by mere luck, but also by strategy. For the succeeding hand, Negreanu shoved on the flop using a draw in an open ended manner. Blom had some pocket aces did an easy call. Negreanu couldn’t match it, thus losing another $14k for his opponent, Blom.

The match is down to two tables, then Negreanu decided to attempt a comeback on hand 1,165. He was able to grow back the rolls- just enough for the online match to resume into four tables. Negreanu’s comeback was based on a double up against Blom after making quadruple turns. He flopped consecutive sixes and, and Blom made a flush draw. Negreanu made another set of 6 – this made Blom realize that a flush draw is a very good move to counter his opponent. Negreanu did not delay to do some calling, which ended him to doubled up with quadruples and a good laugh as well.

That was the final gasp for Negreanu, as all went downhill from that certain point. The match was eventually moved to three tables, and then two, and then one. Negreanu has only $11,000 left when he thought of gambling with Blom. At first, Blom bet for $300 and Daniel made his bet into $1,000. Blom decided to super-shove for a value of $22,903. Negreanu gave a second thought, saying “meh” and “let’s gamble I guess”, but finally decided to gamble instead. He made a call afterwards, showing some Ks-Jc. Blom showed some Ac-Kh, dominating Negreanu. The flop ended up to be 10s-7d-Jd which gave Negreanu a top pair. Blom then hit with the Qc. There was no other choice for Negreanu but to chop the pot with a river ace. It fell to the 4d, and then it became a beat over.

The first match, ever, between Viktor Blom and Daniel Negreanu ended up with Blom busting Negreanu in 1,439 hands. After their match, Negreanu said “That was pretty frustrating. Lost the match in 1439 hands. In 20k + pots he beat me 12-2 and I ran 44k under par in all in pots again.” This is also the first match that has ended in an earlier time the expected because of busting. However, this is not at all surprising, as Negreanu is seen to be kicked up during the earlier part of the match at the $50-$100 heads-up tables. Maybe he should consider to practice more before playing with Blom.

This match was originally planned to take place on a two-weekend match with 5,000 hands total. It is yet uncertain whether or not week two will because of Negreanu’s busting. An announcement has to be made about the 2nd week of the match.

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Jose Macedo – Girah

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Every fan of online poker forums might have heard about the “Portuguese Poker Prodigy” which was trained by Daniel Cates screen name jungleman12. This is no longer a mystery as we now know from the TwoPlus Two forums that Jose Macedo with screen name Girah is the new prodigy.

The story of Macedo is quite interesting and resembles a fantastic movie. He was raised by a single mom as his dad died when he was four. She tried her best to be a good father and provide her son with everything he wanted. Little Jose dreamt about owning a house in Hawaii when he was 16. it is said that Jose was seriously inspired by the Tom Dwan story which a friend told him.

He then went on to learn a great deal about the game and finally convinced his mother who then deposited €30 on Betfair on his behalf. He was able to successfully convert this deposit into a mind blowing $2,500 well before he even heard about online forums and the Hold’em Manager software.

Macedo has said that he tried to learn a lot from the various online players but was not able to learn anything from their concepts. He tried to contact them through Skype and asked them to train him. With all this ccumulated knowledge, he was able to make a massive amount of $1.6 Million.

His life was not a bed of roses, he had to face his ups and downs in the endeavor and at a particular stage, he was cheated out of $250000 by his own accomplice. He learned a lot from this incident and learned to convert failures into succes. He made his dream a reality when he finally brought the house at Hawaii which he was dreaming of since he was sixteen. Now that the world knows about the story of his life, he continues to inspire people.

Many readers in twoplustwo forums cannot really digest this story, and most of them think that this is a fake one. It sounds much more like a story that they have heard too often and they simply refuses to believe that it might have actually happened.

Having said that, one should note that no one would have believed if someone told that a TN accountant would win the world series of poker main event and win $40, you would have probably thought it would be a hoax too. Some people think its too crafty to be true and there are others who think it is true. Only time will reveal if this kid is a fake or a real source of inspiration.

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Wynn Casino Can Make Betting Legitimate

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It is now possible to legally bet online in the UnitedStates due to the efforts of Wynn family of Casinos. Americans betters from 2006 have been treading on thin ice. UIGEA Regulations from then had been the stumbling block inlegally gambling and betting. From the days the law tookeffect many individuals and gambling places have triedand successfully changed the law since the first of June, 2010. The Vegas based Wynn Casino and Resort is the premiercasino in the US that won the rights for its customersto bet online on poker tournaments. The Wynn Classic isproposed to be held from March-2 thru the 24th of the samemonth.

Here is what you need to do know about participation;first select your preferred players, place a wager on theprospective tournament winner, and it will be entered intoa prize pool. The first three heading the list will receivea part of the money pooled as prize money. The unsuccessfulplayers will be divided into three lots and auctionedto the successful bidder. The most accurate bidder willget 60% the pooled money, the next in line 30% and last10% of the money pooled. Should the Calcutta Auction gosuccessfully, then more such opportunities can follow likethe World Series of Poker, and ultimately online wageringand gambling will become legitimate for all to use.

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Barry Greenstein Biography

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Barry Greenstein

Barry Greenstein was no different from other poker players when he started his career. His principal object then was to run behind money and to make it the source to livelihood. Many years after ward he used the same game to help others who never had his privileges.

Greenstein’s father taught him the tricks associated with playing poker when he was a young boy and it stayed with him that way into his middle age and later years. He was educated at The University of Illinois College in Urbana, Champaign. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and studied mathematics too. After his graduation, Greenstein who also played poker then, turned into a professional player.

A few years afterward, his desire to care for his stepchildren brought Greenstein unwillingly came back to a regular life of work. He called it off a day after having worked for Symantec until 1991. Even while working for Symantec, he continued with his passion; poker. The fact, that he could make more money in poker, rather than his job, and still devote more time for his family, weighed in favor of his quitting his job at Symantec.

Greenstein has the reputation for being one of the toughest cash game player on earth, both under Limit and No limit Hold Em. Greenstein pocketed the Million Dollar Seven Card Stud Tournament at the Larry Flynt Poker Challenge Cup in 2003. This tournament gave him $770,000 in prize money.

It was about this time he built a reputation for becoming a philanthropist. A major part of the money he won went to Children Incorporated and that was when he made it a habit to donate all tournament earnings to this organization. Greenstein’s prize money from WPT World Poker Open in 2004 was $1.27 million which he made it over entirely to Children Incorporated. That was when Greenstein was nicknamed “Robin Hood of Poker.”

In 2006 Greenstein took the decision to peg down his charitable donations to his profit levels, which was not the case till2006. This was inevitable due to the big expenses involved in Tournament poker which had grown too big by then and he had to make provision for losses as well.

Greenstein’s total earnings from poker were $7.2 million in his career span. On top of his earnings he has to his credit 2 WPT tiles and 3 gold bracelets from WSOP. Greenstein can seldom be missed in the big time cash games at the Bobby’s Room in Las Vegas. World Poker Tour, High Stakes Poker, ESPN, the WSOP and Poker After Dark are some of the televised poker shows in which Greenstein was seen.

There are few professionals who can match Barry Greenstein capable of playing tournaments and cash games alike at the top. There is nothing that he has still left for achievement, and soon, in a couple of years at the most, will be lock at the Hall of Fame. His gestures, particularly the philanthropic endeavors are significantly changing the lives everywhere. Whether it is at the poker table or in life, Greenstein is apparently a winner.


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Poker News – October 2010

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Poker Hall of Fame Nominees Blogged by Doyle Brunson

Poker world’s legendary figure and hall of famer Doyle Brunson sees his favorite Barry Greenstein and Erik Seidel joining the ranks of immortal’s in the Poker Hall of Fame. Brunson cited the experience and overall skills of his two top choices as their tickets to the Hall of Fame. He also acknowledged the skills of Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey, but he added that this is not their year to win, although he is positive that these two young players will soon join their ranks of poker’s immortals.

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TV Poker

Poker events will soon hit the television this year. This was announced by Versus, a sports cable channel known for airing the National Hockey League and World Extreme Cagefighting. Versus will start showing poker events in time for the World Series of Poker Circuit Events. The poker show is produced by Poker PROductions beginning with the Horseshoe Hamond event from Hammond, Indiana and culminating with the first WSOP Circuit National Championship in Las Vegas before the 2011 World Series of Poker. Poker-themed “Whales” series created by the same producers of “Weeds” will soon be aired. The new-half hour comedy series will feature a group of young internet poker players renting a luxurious apartment in Las Vegas as they prepare for the World Series of Poker.

iPad Acquires Real Money Poker Site

Poker enthusiasts can now play with real money on the iPad table computer as well as on the iPhone and the iPod touch portable computer. The latest innovation for online gaming has been created by SawadeeSoft, Ireland-based software development company. This is the first real-money poker site on iPad called Players can play six-seat no-limit Texas Holdem cash games on their portable computer systems. SawadeeSoft is also looking forward to future developments that will include multi-table tournaments, single-table sit-and-go tournaments and the Pot-Limit Omaha. It can be recalled that these poker games can be played online and only game available on the site is the short-handed cash game. The real money poker site can be accessed by players using the company web site and restricts US-based customers from accessing the game. The site recognizes the anti-online gambling laws.

Dementia Can Be Prevented by Poker, Study Shows

The effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be delayed or minimized by playing poker, according to a recent study in France which examined five thousand elderly patients. Those who played poker at least twice a week have reduced the risks of dementia compared to their sedentary peers. According to Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, a medical researcher who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease, the study reveals that the retirement concept of “rest and relaxation” can be a predisposing factor to the risk of dementia. Furthermore, the study identified that sustained mental activity can retard or keep off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Poker has been known to be a good mental exercise of elderly people. Dr. Cummings added that the world’s poker top players are past their conventional retirement ages, citing Doyle Brunson (77), Berry Johnson (75) and TJ Cloutier (70).

David Vamplew Nails John Juanda at EPT London

David Vamplew took off with GBP900,000 (US41.4 million) defeating John Juanda of America at the London leg of European Poker Tour. This is David Vamplew’s first major career title. The Scottish poker pro started at a disadvantage to American poker veteran Juanda, playing heads-up at a four-to-one chip. However, Vamplew strongly made a come back to win the title. To date, Vamplew’s victory marked the fourth consecutive winnings of a UK native in as many weeks at a major event. The past weeks saw the victories of Toby Lewis at the EPT Tournament in Portugal which earned him EU467,836 (US$594,568); Jake Cody took home with GBP273,783 (US$425,492) at the First World Poker Tour London event; while James Bord bagged the WSOP Europe title with GBP830,401 (US$1,281,048), a week after.

Guilty Pleas to Illegal Sports Betting Submitted by Ten Canadians

An organized criminal organization involved in illegal gambling on games involving both the Canadian Football League and National Football League, the National Hockey League as well as the Major League Baseball has been uncovered by authorities in Canada. Ten Canadian men, 8 of whom pleaded guilty to unlawful bookmaking will face two years imprisonment while the 2 others are guilty of a crime benefiting a criminal organization and charges of illegal bookmaking. The two, identified as Domenico Velenosi and Carmelo Cannistraro, will be sentenced to a maximum of 14 years imprisonment due to the additional charge of benefiting a criminal organization.  The men have been allegedly working for major organized criminal personalities, taking bets on the sports earlier mentioned. The guilty pleas were submitted to a Montreal judge when Federal prosecutors found out their operations in illegal sports bookmaking web sites.

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