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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

This should have been the 50th Anniversary of the most prestigious, and most highly anticipated event in the poker world – The World Series of Poker, but thanks to Covid-19, many poker fans consider it a travesty.

The online “World Series of Poker” which began on July 1, featured 31 events that are being held on the online poker site of the organization, WSOP.com. These 31 events will require that players have to be on the grounds in either New Jersey or Nevada to play in the tournaments as WSOP.com is only available in those two states.So, while “anyone can play,” you’re going to have to figure out some arrangements for play and look to spend some time away from home (at least that is somewhat like the live WSOP).

Then, the remaining 54 events (from July 19 to Sept.6) will be played out on GGPoker – Home of the WSOP 2020 Online Bracelet Series, partially sponsored by Daniel Negreanu and friends. Of course, to participate, you’d have to go to either Canada, Mexico or another foreign country since those of us from the U.S. are not yet allowed to participate.

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So, obviously, online bracelets will be awarded, thus significantly diluting the value of the prestigious WSOP prize. Seems a shame. 2020 has been atrocious, especially for live sporting events like Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the 2020 Olympics, so perhaps the WSOP should have bowed to Covid and skipped a year.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableAre you ok having to abide by all the restrictions to play online for the possibility of winning some real cash or would you rather wait it out and play live at a real poker table?

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

For those who have followed my blog for a long time, you probably noticed that whenever Daniel Negreanu is the focus of a poker story, I can’t resist reporting on it. So, I’ve been watching the simmering feud Negreanu vs Polkbetween Doug Polk and DNegs, which has consisted of Polk needling, mocking and trash-talking Negreanu, mostly on Twitter, to get him to accept a high stakes online “grudge match.”

Finally, after months of refusing to answer Polk’s DMs, DNegs accepted the  challenge in his blog while putting it in context for his fans. According to Negreanu, Polk has studied and played NLH Heads Up for the majority of his career, being the self-proclaimed “best in the world at it”, whereas DNegs only has a total of approximately six weeks playing in that format. Beyond that, the match would be on Polk’s favorite platform, the internet, and on his terms, a cash game with no raising stakes.

Negreanu went on to assure his fans (and Doug Polk) that he would NOT be showing his hole cards and that he would have liked adding a charity component to the match but knew that Polk was “anti-giving.”

“So in the end, why am I doing this? Negreanu asked rhetorically, before providing his answer. “To give the people what they want. For many years now this man has made a living off of trashing me on a regular basis, well past an unhealthy obsession, regurgitating the same attack lines over and over. Not because he truly believes I’m an evil monster, but purely for personal gain disguised as standing for some noble cause.”

On July 29th, Polk tweeted: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Looks like we have some action.”

And @RealKid Poker tweeted back his agreement with the terms, adding: If this will make you feel better and give you some type of closure from your multi-year obsession with me.

Deal the fucking cards.

The only thing I could add to this would be that I’d like to see them do that live at a real poker table.

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pocket-bulletsVinny at the Indian Poker Legends TournamentConfessions of a Grinder

We thought that we would revisit our old friend’s column, Vinny’s “Confessions of a Grinder,” regarding what to do with Pocket Rockets. Since I am known as “Pocket Bullets,” and because recently I have been badly beaten several times while holding those glorious aces and just plain betting them wrong.

Pocket Aces a.k.a. Bullets, Batteries, American Airlines, Pocket Rockets, The Eyes of Texas or Alan Alda. How often do you hear losing stories involving Aces? “I had them bullets but I ended up getting shot in the head” or “I don’t even know why I play Aces. I never win with them”. Beginners tend to overplay Aces over-assuming their strength, or underplay them in a greedy effort to win more.

ultimate-Red 01Playing Aces can be tricky. On a poker table, where people are ready to call almost any raise pre-flop, it’s probably more profitable to ‘just call’ with Aces in an early position, and hope someone raises, so you could make a sizable re-raise. The key is to always play them aggressively either in a pre-flop situation to isolate, or in a post-flop situation to avoid letting someone draw out on you. Play them hard but at the same time, polish your antennae, and get ready to surrender them, when you sense danger.

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