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 Party Poker 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.
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!
In this post I am going to review WBCOOP EVENT-15 only, because I had quite a nice experience while playing in it, so there are lots of things to share.
It was a usual Tuesday night for me, it has not seemed that anything extraordinary is going to happen. 3,000 chips starting stack, 5 minutes blind interval, seemed like a nice tournament for me. But I just came to play and do my best, so did not really think about much besides how to do my best. When I started the blinds were 25/50 already, because I was a little late to join.
First hand I have started with 8Q off suit, under a BB. Player from a dealer position raised to 100 chips, me and a small blind called. Flop: 6, 10 of spades and 2 of clubs, I had a Queen of spades, so had three spades already. SB checked, I bet 200, player from a dealer position folded, SB called. Turn brought Ace of spades, I was one spade away from a second highest flush. I bet 400, opponent raised to 800, I thought for a minute and decided to call and BOOM it's 9 of spades!
After this my opponent decided to move all of his chips in and I called. He showed a complete bluff - KJ and I doubled up in a first hand. After that hand I felt a power rushing through my veins, I just knew that this tournament is not going to be the same as the others.
When the late registration was over, it was a total of 401 player registered in a tournament. Late registration was closed in 30 minutes. 11 minutes after that I had another interesting hand. Started with Aces, was the first one to act, raised to 800 chips (Blinds were 200/400). A person from a CO position raised to 1,899 chips, I re-raised to 3,200 chips, opponent moved all in his whole stack, but he had me covered because I only had 6,333 chips in total. Long story short, he have shown a pair of Tens, did not hit a ten and lost and I doubled up.
A hand after that, I had pocket tens and 13,566 chips with me, I was under a BB position, and an opponent from a SB position went all in with 4,612 chips and I called. Opponent turned over AQ, did not hit anything, and I hit a 10 on a river and eliminated the player.
At that point, quite some players were eliminated, but we still didn't reach the bubble phase.
When we reached the money, in one of the hands I have started with a pair of Jacks under a BB position. Blinds were 300/600, first person to act raised to 1,200 chips (everyone else folded), I re-raised to 3,000 chips, opponent moved all in with 6,850 chips I called. Opponent turned over Tens, did not hit anything and was eliminated.
Next hand was about 30 minutes later when we were guaranteed at least 16.50$ SCOOP tickets. I was a short stack, had only slightly more than 23,000 chips, when the blinds were 1,000/2,000. Was dealt AK suited, was the first one to act and raised to 4,000 chips. Big Blind called and we saw a flop: A, 9, 2 rainbow. Opponent checked, I raised to 4,500 chips and opponent mucked the cards.
After a few minutes Pokerstars Team Pro Bryan Huang (BryanHuang) was moved to my table! That was the first time during the WBCOOP series! However, he was not involved in a hand I am going to talk about. I had slightly more than 13,000 chips, Blinds were 2000/4000, so I was pretty much on a life support. I was the first one to act and moved all in with KJ off suit. Big Blind called with AQ, and I was praying to receive a King or a Jack. Boom! Flop brought 8 ,K, 8 and I was celebrating and waiting for the rest of the cards. Those were 4 and 10 and I survived and doubled up!
In a few minutes I was dealt AK off suit and had nearly 32,000 chips, was sitting on a dealer button. Bryan Huang pushed all in and I called, I had him covered. He turned over A9 and did not hit anything, while I hit a second king on a turn to make it even more painful and eliminated a Pokerstars Team Pro player from a tournament for the first time in my life! Plus I received 1$ + 22$ SCOOP ticket bounty bonus! At that time I was more excited to eliminate him than to play in such a deep stage of a tournament. However, I concentrated and continued playing.
Check the hand on a PSO hand replayer (was unable to BOOM it later on): http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/replayer
When I was really deep and only about 10 players were left and I was guaranteed a 33$ ticket, I was dealt 88. I had slightly more than 53,000 chips, what was just below the average stack and which was about 73,000 chips. The Blinds were 3,000/6,000 and I raised to 24,000 from a Dealer button. SB moved all in, BB folded, I called. My opponent had me covered and turned over K10, luckily he did not hit anything and I survived and had a wealthy chip stack which was above the average!
In the next 23 minutes, I had an intense fight and managed to build up my chip stack to more than 150,000 chips! When the Blinds were 5,000/10,000 and it was only 5 of us left and we were sitting on a final table, I had this hand. I was on a Dealer button with Aces, raised to 20,000, BB pushed more than 95,000 chips stack and I called. Opponent turned over a pair of nines, didn't hit anything and was eliminated in a 5th place.
After a few hands I was dealt K4 off suit, was under a BB, blinds were still the same. Everyone folded to SB, he raised to 20,000, I re-raised to 40,000, because I had more value to raise than call, opponent called. Flop 2, Q, 8 two spades, opponent checked, I checked back, another 2 came. Opponent checked again, I raised to 30,000, opponent folded.
Soon I increased my chip stack to more than 310,000. In one hand when the blinds were 6,000/12,000 and still four of us left, I was dealt 88, while sitting on a SB. Dealer raised to 36,000 chips, I called, and a big blind pushed all of his stack which was nearly 51,000 chips and we both called. Flop 5, 8, 2 two diamonds, opponent raised to 12,000, I re-raised to 36,000 chips, opponent called. Turn - 10 of hearts, I raised to 60,000 chips, opponent called. River - 4 of spades, I raised to 72,000 chips, opponent called and mucked the hand while I took the 493,365 chips pot and eliminated a player that was all in.
I was a chip leader for the most of the time, at one time had about 670,000 chips. Until an unfortunate situation happened, I lost with a Set + Ace kicker to a full house. I don't blame my reading skills, I was just acting too fast. After that 2Sick2Loose from Germany had about a 9:1 advantage against MariusTrif from Romania, but Marius did even think about forfeiting and won the tournament!
TOP 3 Results
1. MariusTrif (Romania) - 109$ SCOOP ticket
2. 2Sick2Loose (Germany) - 55$ SCOOP ticket
3. Wernestas (United Kingdom) - 55$ SCOOP ticket
It was nice to appear in a TOP 3 and know that you have played very well (I'm originally from Lithuania, but staying in the United Kingdom).
Bryan Huang congratulating me with a bounty!
This tournament was definitely one of the best tournaments I have ever played until this day!
Thank you for reading, see you soon!
Hey folks, today we are going to look at the very recent WBCOOP Tournaments number 11, 12, 13 and 14.
I have not played in any of them because I was not very familiar with that type of poker and because of my time zone.
Let's begin. First tournament we are going to review is WBCOOP EVENT-11 NLHE/PLO.
A total of 459 entrants have entered the tournament as well as Jon Heitmann Pokerstars Team Pro member.
The starting stack was 3,000 chips and blinds were increasing every 15 minutes. So it was very easy to start when the blinds were not increasing that often. However, the chip stack was not that big, so everyone needed to analyse their opponents first and then take some serious action. Jon Heitmann eventually finished in 135th place, he was quite close to winning a SCOOP ticket.
It was a very hard tournament and it took 7 and a half hour to finish. At the end these three human beings were the winners:
While t I am writing this post Sonnya Jade is sitting in a second position of WBCOOP 2013 leaderboard. However Leaderboard statistics are still going to change and change till the end of the series.
WBCOOP EVENT-12 STUD H/L [TURBO]
This tournament was not as popular as the other WBCOOP tournaments, it had 243 entrants. It was a good chance for everyone to win some high value tickets. 96 players have not left the tournament empty handed, but with a big smile in their faces :)
No Pokerstars Pro players have entered this tournament and took slightly less than 4 hours for a tournament to be completed.
The top four winners were:
WBCOOP EVENT-13 4-MAX NLHE
This No Limit Holdem tournament had nearly 500 entrants (497), two of them were Pokerstars Pro players V. Wahlbeck and Lex Veldhuis (L.Veldhuis). Some players had the honour to eliminate Pokerstars Pro players and win 22$ SCOOP tickets.
Starting stack was 3,000 Chips, and blind levels were increasing every 15 minutes. Late registration was 60 minutes, so for those who entered the tournament in the beginning, the play was not as quick as later on. None of the two Pokerstars Pro members reached the money and were bust quite early.
After slightly more than 5 hours the tournament was over and some players were left empty handed, while the winners were not. These are the TOP 4 winners who did the best job:
WBCOOP EVENT-14 5-CARD DRAW
This tournament had a big number of entrants (343), compared with how popular this type of poker is. Frosty012 was a Pokerstars Pro player who joined the tournament and had a 22$ worth of SCOOP ticket bounty on his head. He finished in a 240th place and did not anything (Poor Frosty :/).
Starting stack was 3,000 chips and blinds were increasing every 10 minutes, while the late registration was open for 60 minutes. So it was not boring to start playing early or join later on if you had something else to do if you could not join earlier (for example homework, job related work, while some people needed to cuddle their cat as well).
After 5 and a half hours of a very long play, three winners received their medals (medals are represented by high value SCOOP tickets that are basically medals, but slightly different).
Congratulations to all the winners, I wish you all the best in those SCOOP tournaments and the rest of the WBCOOP!