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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

These days seems like you just finish one poker tournament in time to get ready for the next one. Around the globe, the biggest tournament, of course, is the World Series of Poker; in second place comes the Aussie Millions – Australia, followed by the Latin America Poker Tour – Brazil, then the World Series of Poker Circuit event in New Orleans. There are way too many for us to give you a complete list, but we will do our very best to keep you informed with plenty of time for you to gather your $$$, your senses, and of course, giving you enough time to sit at any poker table and hone your skills.

Super High Roller BowlFor now, here’s one for you to keep your eye on; perhaps you can shoot for it next year as it has already sold out for this year. In fact, hard as it is to believe, it sold out on the very first day with a buy-in of $300,000! There are a total of 50 players which created a prize pool of $15 million with $5 million going to the winner.

The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl sold out so fast that it has been confirmed as the World Championship of High Stakes Poker. 35 seats were sold out the first day and the remaining 15 seats were held back and will be chosen by the Aria Resort and Casino.

Every player wants to play in The Super High Roller Bowl. Not everyone can get in. The following are the confirmed players for the tournament:

Christian Christner Antonio Esfandiari Igor Kurganov
Matt Berkey Connor Drinan Steffen Sontheimer
Jake Schindler Pratyush Buddiga Rainer Kempe
Sean Winter John Juanda Dominik Nitsche
Christoph Vogelsang Stefan Schillhabel Andrew Robl
Brian Rast Bryn Kenney Fedor Holz
David Peters Jason Les Ben Tollerene
Tom Marchese Erik Seidel Sam Soverel
Scott Seiver Ankush Mandavia David Einhorn
Nick Petrangelo Haralabos Voulgaris Isaac Haxton
Andrew Lichtenberger Doug Polk Ben Sulsky
Byron Kaverman Koray Aldemir

The remaining 15 players will be announced by the Aria Resort and Casino. If your name is not on the list above, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get in next year. Good luck to y’all.

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Vinny The GrinderBy The Grinder

Decades ago, No Limit Texas Hold Em started out slow and was mainly played in southern states, until somebody decided to construct a paradise for gamblers in Las Vegas, and from then on it grew exponentially. We now have over 100 million poker players in the world today playing a totally different game, and speaking a whole new lingo.

Gone are the days when one would be content being dealt ten hands an hour, having a good chat with dealers, sharing poker stories, and naming each other classic names like Slim Jim. Poker whiz kids now play a wide range of hands, and strategies change once every few months.compuer-poker

The key is to adapt and improve. For example, a while back, Q7 was known as a Computer Hand. Some guy in the 70s ran a computer simulation, and Q7 happened to win most of the time, by sheer dumb luck. Thereafter, the phrase ‘Computer Hand’ was used mainly as a sarcasm by old-school live players simply because they would never play it. Q7 does have a 51.77% equity over any random hand, and while hands like J5, Q2, Q5 etc. have a close enough equity, it’s fair to say that Q7 is one of the best worst hands to start with—a good bad hand! I was recently watching the final table of the 2013 Guangdong Asia Millions. I bet that after you watched it, you’d probably have a wee bit more faith in Q7. Minutes after the start, short-stacked Isaac Haxton doubled up through Teng Zhang when his Q7 won against Zhang’s KJ-suited on a board of 7-6-A-A-9. A few hands later, Pratyush Buddiga’s 88 lost to Igor Kurganov’s Q7 when the board ran out Q-2-6-4-10. The point being simple—it’s not about playing Q7 as much as it’s about taking your chances in a tournament! No wonder Mike Mcdermott in Rounders said ‘if you’re too careful, your whole life can become a grind’. If you dream of winning a poker bracelet, you better start taking your chances at the poker tables.

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