Since it was my last year in university I gratuated and finally had all the time in my hands. Just before graduation I was thinking that I may be forced to work in London, I even received an offer from one well-known Igaming brand in Wimbledon, but I did not like it a lot, especially the location (London gives me such a headache).
Hey guys, a quick update. PokCas has recently added a few sweet poker guides and will add more in the future.
I think these are very useful, especially for recreational/new players.
Today I am going to review a nice addition in the Poker/Casino market, it is called PokCas and it looks very promising.
PokCas is the first platform to list TOP 5 casino and poker brands in the market, this platform picks only best of the best and looks at how they and new brands in the market perform. At PokCas, the top poker and casino brands compete by improving their own brand image. What is more, visitors are able to see their latest standings, reviews and most importantly, private promotions — some of them cannot be found anywhere else.
According to the founders of PokCas, “There was no middleman in the market which would list the best of the best. Many websites currently depend on the brands and cannot risk losing their partnerships while many others simply do not care enough and you can see that in their generic advertisement banners and content. Because of so many years of experience that we have, we knew that something had to be done.
The team behind PokCas knows the online poker and casino market inside and out. They are valuing customer needs and putting it on high priority that players receive an exceptional treatment. Thanks to PokCas platform, brands will benefit from the interaction with each other, while PokCas’ players will be receiving a VIP treatment.
Like no other platform, PokCas is independent, honest and willing to ensure that the top 5 MVPs are chosen based on the following factors: promotions, rakeback/cashback, trustworthiness/overall reputation, whither it is user-friendly, response to player feedback/ideas, innovation/uniqueness, game selection, software(s), traffic/popularity, overall engagement and other.
PokCas has partnered with PaySafe and is now offering everyone a free Neteller VIP Gold status. It does’t matter if you sign up via PokCas or if you already have an account, just get in touch with them by providing your Neteller account number — it is as simple as that. This is very useful, you get free Neteller VIP Gold for 12 months and then you can ask them to extend it for you once it expires (no other website is offering this).
Also, SIGMA (Malta's Igaming Summit) has published a review about PokCas so just that means a lot. Overall, I find this platform to be great and will be coming here to look for latest Poker promotions (I do not really play casino games) and of course if they will have more promos likes a free Neteller VIP Gold that would be fantastic. I hope these guys continue growing their platform.
Hey guys, it has been a very long time since my last post. Recently I came accross Partypoker since they returned to many countries after dissapearing from them for a few years. Since recently PokerStars has introduced a lot of questionable changes like no rakeback for high stakes cash players, no heads up SNG's, removel of supernova elite, decreasing rakeback and now they will completely mess up their VIP Program.
It is very nice to see poker rooms like PartyPoker to step up their game, will also be looking forword for the introduction of Run In Once (RIO) Poker Room.
Sam Trickett has recently joined PartyPoker as a Team Pro member, also very soon there should be even bigger cash games limit so it looks promising. PartyPoker has very decent guarantees in their Power Series so it can compete with PokerStars and Winamax. Also, they recently launched SNG Hero games which are similar to PS Spins, but better since they also have a bounty, so you don't have to win the whole game to collect the whole prize pool so it takes more skill. Recently Party introduced special 100USD SNG Hero Games where you can win up to 1.1 Million USD. Plus, just now Party introduced its own Live Event series, it is already known that one stop is going to be in Canada, there are going to be some stops in Europe and more will be announced later.
So I would invite you to check out Partypoker, I am constantly following their updates which look very promissing. By making a first deposit you will get a 100 percent bonus up to 500USD plus access to many other special promotions.
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It has been a while. I had a very long break from poker, graduated uni and now decided to play once in a while.
One of the sat wins recently:
Hey guys, it has been a while since my last post. I had a break from poker and blogging, and because I do not play full time, this happens from time to time. Some awesome things happened recently and I want to share that with you guys.
Currently I am playing in a few poker rooms, I mostly play satellite tournaments where I try to win decent tickets to participate in major tournaments!
I strongly recommend to listen the latest podcast with Chris Moneymaker http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/articles/PokerSchoolOnline-Podcast It is 30 minutes long, but you can skip it to 25:00, during this podcast my question was one of a few to be answered by Chris Moneymaker! How cool is that?
Also, Pokerstars has mentioned that this year's WBCOOP will be totally different, I'm really waiting for that and definitely going to participate!
Speaking about myself, during this year's WBCOOP series I have won: x1 22$ SCOOP Ticket (Bounty), x1 11$ SCOOP Ticket, x2 55$ SCOOP Tickets. I will try to win something from them, it will be the time when I have the exams to prepare for, but I will find some extra time and do my best!
I would like to thank Pokerstars for making such promotions; this is definitely the best poker related promotion I was ever involved in.
Just before the main even we had to finish WBCOOP tournament series with the last 3 tournaments. I have only played in one and did not cash out (lost with three pair against two pair, but third pair is not allowed poker). So, first of all let's see what tournaments were played, who were the winners and more.
WBCOOP EVENT-28 HORSE was a long tournament, so only the most experienced HORSE players claimed the best prizes! These 35 players were ahead of the others and I am very glad that my friend honolulu.lt finished third. Vokinruk from Russia was the one to take down the winner title, congratulations to him!
WBCOOP EVENT-29 NLHE [6-MAX]
This tournament had many registered players - 619. Because it was the second last tournament, players were registering to it. Pokerstars Pro player Sjlot from Belgium was playing as well, she finished 418th.
It took nearly 7 hours for a tournament to finish and SonicMan555 from United Kingdom prove that he is a champion of No Limit Hold'em [6-Max].
Congratulations to him and other players who won the tickets!
WBCOOP EVENT-30 NLHE was the last tournament of WBCOOP series that was awarding TLB points and SCOOP tickets for highest finishers. Daleroxxu (Dale Philip), stated on his Twitter feed, that he needed to cash in this tournament in order to play in the main event, so Pokerstars Pro Adrienne Rowsome ''talonchick'' even offered her ticket. Of course that is not allowed, all Dale needed to do was do his best and he did - he finished 21st! This was the first cash for Dale Philip this year in WBCOOP series. Congratulations to him and everyone else who cashed in this tournament!
Sadly we have to say bye to WBCOOP and conclude it with a Main Event, that's what my next post is about!
In today's post I am going to use a slightly different format than I have used in the previous WBCOOP related posts. Why? I have only played in one tournament from all six tournaments, because I had only three tickets left. So first off, you will see the summary of each event straight away and at the end we will see which countries scored the most TOP places in these events. We are going to take a look at the results of the WBCOOP EVENTS NUMBER 21-26.
WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-21 NLHE [TURBO SHOOTOUT]
340 Entrants. No Late Registration. 5 minutes blind interval. Running time - 3:04 hours.
Pokerstars Pro players entered - none.
1st Marrakesz (Poland) - 162$ SCOOP Ticket
2nd-10th places - 33$ SCOOP Ticket
WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-22 PLO [6-MAX]
347 Entrants. 60 minutes late registration. 15 minutes blind interval. Running time - 5:08 hours.
Pokerstars Pro players entered - none.
1st. Grann Winner (Argentina) - 109$ SCOOP Ticket
2rd. ProBlackBird (Sweden) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
3rd. havocofsmeg (United Kingdom) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-23 NLHE [BIG ANTE]
509 Entrants. 60 minutes late registration. 15 minutes blind interval. Running time - 7:26 hours.
Pokerstars Pro players entered - none.
1st. AnnoKano (United Kingdom) - 109$ SCOOP Ticket
2nd. Don Vitche (Brazil) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
3rd. Bigbossman1 (Trinidad and Tobago) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-24 NL OMAHA H/L [TURBO]
296 Entrants. 30 minutes late registration. 5 minutes blind interval. Running time - 2:33 hours.
Pokerstars Pro players entered: frosty012 (finished 205th).
1st. alneal (Ukraine) - 109$ SCOOP Ticket
2nd. kssikarwar (India) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
3rd. JanisSoprano (Canada) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-25 NLHE [Deep Stack]
589 Entrants. 120 minutes late registration. 20 minutes bling interval. Running time - 8:51 hours.
Pokerstars Pro players entered: frosty012 (finished 127th).
1st. dawhiteninja (United Kingdom) - 109$ SCOOP Ticket
2nd. BigBossman1 (Trinidad and Tobago) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
3rd. kssikarwar (India) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-26 PL OMAHA H/L [6-Max]
403 Entrants. 60 minutes late registration. 15 minutes blind interval. Running time - 6:14 hours.
Pokerstars Pro players entered: frosty012 (finished 158th).
1st. a1379 (India) - 109$ SCOOP Ticket
2nd. Ab.Denis (Russia) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
3rd. Tararni (Poland) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
From the results we can see that player BigBossman1 reached an impressive two final tables in such a short period of time and finished in a TOP 3 both times.
Also, frosty012 was the only Pokerstars Pro to show up. It's too bad that he did not succeed in winning anything. However, I like the way he plays poker, I believe I believe his losing streak should end soon.
It is nice to see Indian and Polish players getting some major results in WBCOOP.
To conclude my today's post, I would like to congratulate everyone who finished in these TOP places!
See you tomorrow!
Today, we will look at WBCOOP EVENTS NUMBER 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, who were the winners, what were the tournament structures and more. Due to a ticket restriction and my choice, I have played in two of the tournaments. I will discuss more about this later on.
WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-16 TRIPLE STUD
260 players wanted to take place in this tournament, as well as Celina Lin Pokerstars Team Pro member.
Every 3 minutes the game type was changed and every 9 minutes the blinds were increased. So it looked like a very fast tournament if you were not familiar with this type of game.
Celina Lin, has not reached the money, she finished in 146th place. It took more than five hours for a tournament to conclude, players got used to see same opponents over and over (of course those who did not bust). So it was a very good chance to analyse your opponents, because you had to play with them for a long time.
These players finished in a TOP 4:
1st. Sinbad612 (Germany) - SCOOP 162$ Ticket
2nd. Das Ferzb (Belarus) - SCOOP 109$ Ticket
3rd. Rszunimagu (Belarus) - SCOOP 55$ Ticket
4th. Unik22 (Belarus) - SCOOP 55$ Ticket
WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-17 HEADS-UP NLHE
This tournament had 546 entrants who were interested in playing Heads-Up poker. It was very interesting that no Pokerstars Pro players wanted to take a part in it. 1500 chips starting stack every round, only one elimination and you were gone. Blinds were increasing every 8 minutes, so you did not need to rush much.
I will start of by telling how I did in this tournament. I could not miss it, because I am always playing better in Heads-Up tournaments. The less people are on a table, the better I play, it has to do something with my people reading abilities.
When I started, I was one of those lucky players who had no opponent, so I waited for the first round to finish.
The second round I was playing against an opponent who was quite tough, it was obvious that he did not have a lot of experience, but it took me some time to eliminate him. Also, I was quite lucky, because in one of the hands I had A5 when my opponent had AJ, but I was lucky to catch a 5 and survive.
When proceeded to round 3, another surprise was waiting for me. My opponent was disconnected, I waited for a minute in case he had a short internet connection problem, then started collecting the blinds. In a minute or two he was back, I asked him what was the problem, but he did not respond and we continued playing. He was a better player than my previous opponent (much better) I needed to do my best, and use a completely different strategy than I have used with my previous opponent. After a long match, I was the one two win, we said bye to each other and then I proceeded to the next round.
Round 4, this opponent was nothing like any of my two previous opponents. He was using a very interesting smart-maniac strategy. I liked how we was putting a pressure on me, he was a very good player and knew what he was doing. Too bad that when I was a short stack, my AJ did not hold against KQ, my opponent caught a King, and I was eliminated only one round away from winning a SCOOP ticket.
I finished 84th, when 63 players received the tickets. Of course it was not a good feeling, but at least I did my best.
1st. JIenoHeCTB (Ukraine) - 215$ SCOOP Ticket
2nd. J.D. Daan (Ukraine) - 162$ SCOOP Ticket
3rd. jose743 (Colombia) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
4th. SusharikSpy (Ukraine) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
As we can see Ukrainians are doing very well in this year's WBCOOP series, best of luck to them and everyone else!
WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-18 TURBO PLO
The tournament had 272 entrants, joined by Pokerstars Pro Bryan Huang (the one I eliminated in EVENT NUMBER-15).
3000 starting chips, 5 minutes blind interval, seemed like a fun, quick tournament. However, it was too quick for me, because I bust in 172th place, I was a 100th player to be eliminated. Not a terrible result, but I was pretty upset with the way I played, it was a long time since I have played Omaha, I used to play it way better this summer.
Just before I was eliminated, Bryan Huang was eliminated in a 175th place. Lithuanian player macijauskas who is from my home country finished 82th, he was already mentioned in my blog a while ago.
After a little more than 2 hours, what was not that long, the tournament was finished and these three players collected the biggest prizes:
1st. WesleyNoHand (Belgium) - 109$ SCOOP Ticket
2nd. asddde (Ukraine) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
3rd. Schmitzer1 (Luxembourg) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
Next tournament was WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-19 PLHE [6-MAX]
292 entrants entered the tournament, and 15 minutes was the blind interval between every increase. No Pokerstars Pro player was interested to join in, so there was no possibility to win a 22$ SCOOP ticket bounty.
Some Lithuanians had pretty decent results in this tournament: honolulu.lt (81st), hansas16 (75th). macijauskas (12th).
But after more than 6 hours of play, these three players were the ones to appear in a TOP 3:
1st. Dart Serg (Russia) - 109$ SCOOP Ticket
2nd. KiraLasVegas (Russia) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
3rd. beto1982 (Portugal) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
Again Russians showing how unstoppable they are, but we will get to see the final Leaderboard at the end of WBCOOP and it will show the players and the countries that had the best results.
Last WBCOOP tournament we are going to review today is WBCOOP EVENT NUMBER-20 PLHE [TURBO]
374 players entered the tournament and once again no Pokerstars Pro members entered the tournament (cmon, bloggers don't bite ha ha). Some payers needed to adjust their strategy, because you could no longer just shove a big chip stack of yours and hope for the best. If you had a premium hand, you needed to make your opponents to raise you, so you could raise even more. 3,000 chips were the starting chip stacks, blinds were increasing every 5 minutes, so it was a quick and nice tournament. Once again, my previously mentioned Lithuanian macijauskas finished 12th, it shows what a good player he is.
After two and a half hours, the tournament was finished and here are the best 3 results:
1st. Rainmy (Venezuela) - 109$ SCOOP Ticket
2nd. Jack Wade (Germany) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
3rd. 11Kenion89 (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - 55$ SCOOP Ticket
Congratulations to all the winners who also received a decent amount of the WBCOOP series Leaderboard points!
Tomorrow, we will review next tournaments.
Best of luck!