The newest $10,300 Buy-In Super MILLION$ High Rollers GGPoker champion is Darren Elias. Now that is the way to start a new year, especially this year after such a miserable 2020.
Elias started out this year by winning the much anticipated online poker tourney and taking home a very sweet $448,842.34 after going head to head with Niklas Astedt. Although he was way behind Astedt and you would expect that Astedt would walk away with it all, it just was not meant to be.
The final hand saw Astedt raised 700,000 and Elias jammed for 12,078,400 which Astedt snap called and turned over pocket Queens against Elias’s Ace-Seven. Cards were in Elias favor as the turn dropped an Ace giving him the pot and the championship. Way to start 2021, Darren!
So even though it’s been a difficult time for the last 12 months or so, this proves that you can still play and win a fortune playing poker online. So check out the Texas Poker Store to pick up all your poker supplies to practice with.
Poker players have been asked what poker skills would they want for Christmas. Funny, but their answers were all the same things that I had on my list for this Christmas:
2. Play re-bet pots like the pros
3. Knowing what the perfect bet size should always be
4. The ability to make the right decision at every moment
5. Improve my online skills
6. Telepathic abilities to read my opponents
7. Good luck
Pretty unrealistic, I guess, but it’s all in good fun. Whatever your poker skills Christmas wish list is, we hope you get everything you want. And to help that along, you may want to pick up a few poker gifts for yourself and your loved ones.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holiday Season. And of course, we wish you all “Good Luck.”
Someone recently asked if I ever played poker while touring the world in my past Rock & Roll history, so I decided to re-post the following. Check it out!
…In the past I have written about rock and roll and alluded to my personal rock ‘n roll past. I wrote about contributing to the Buddy Miles biography in a press release that you can read here, and I have written about how, when we were touring, we often played poker to kill time while cruising in our “Stretched out Silver Eagle” going from one gig to the next. I’ve even written a few poker lyrics that ended up in a collaboration between my wife, myself and the incredibly talented Randy Pavlock. That collaboration ended up with the Texas Poker Store producing the music video of “I May Be Bluffin.”
Recently, a friend sent me this pic of Buddy Miles actually trying to read my poker face, and if memory serves me correctly, he was holding a pair of cowboys that were no match for my trip queens. Buddy was always much better at playing drums than playing Poker!…
A while back I was playing a few hands of Texas Hold ’em online with some old friends and a few new ones. When someone mentioned the worst beat they ever had and explained that he was holding a 7 and a 9. The flop was 8, 10 and J of diamonds giving him a Diamond Straight Flush (7 to J) and he splashed all in, he was snap called by his friend who was siting with a Q K of diamonds. The turn was an A and an A giving him the dreaded Royal Straight Flush (10 to A). That certainly qualified as a bad beat. I was reminded of the worst, and craziest bad beat that I had written about several years ago and decided to repost here for your enjoyment
Back half a dozen years or so I was kicking back with a few friends after getting knocked out of our friendly local tourney, enjoying a cold draft and laughing at the BS being bantered around. Someone asked, “What’s the craziest bad beat y’all have seen in a tourney?” One of the guys said he watched a video of this year’s Big One for One Drop at the WSOP. This was when Connor Drinan and Cary Katz, both of whom had paid one million dollars to play, and both of whom picked up pocket aces. Drinan with ace of diamonds and ace of clubs vs Katz’s ace of spades and ace of hearts. After raising and re-raising each other a few times Drinan splashes his poker chips all in and Katz snap calls him.
The flop came down with 2d – Kh – 5h, the turn and the river were both hearts giving Katz a flush and knocking Drinan out in 18th place and out of the money. That definitely qualifies as a bad beat, and certainly many will say it’s the worst ever because of the million dollar buy in.
However, in my mind, the worst beat ever is still the battle between Justin Phillips and Moriyuki Mabuchi at the 2009 WSOP. Mabuchi bet after the river – Phillips raised – Mabuchi splashed his chips all in and Phillips called. The board showed A of hearts, 9 of clubs, Queen-Ten-A of diamonds. Phillips turned over a J-K of diamonds for a Royal Flush and Mabushi turned over the Ace of spades and the Ace of clubs for Quad Aces. Insane beat. Quad Aces destroyed by a Royal Flush. The chance of a royal flush and quad aces happening in the same hand is 1 in 2.7 billion! To me that qualifies it as the worst bad beat ever, despite the money.