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Negreanu and Duke at loggerheads

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Amanda Leatherman
Daniel Negreanu has been heavily scrutinised after he allegedly used the expletive ‘c***’ in a recent interview with PokerPlayer.co.uk.

The four letter curse was directed towards female Ultimate Bet pro and sibling of Howard Lederer, Annie Duke. Open-minded Daniel has never been afraid to voice his opinion, but the word used to describe Duke was far from diplomatic.

Tension arose when Negreanu and Duke disagreed over the existence of the ladies event at the recent World Series of Poker. Daniel supported such an event, citing his disappointment at male entrants using tampons as card protectors, and Shaun Deeb playing in a dress. Negreanu argued women had every right to hold their own tournament, free of male bigotry and chauvinism.

Duke hit back however, claiming that a separate event did no favours for breaking down the sexual barriers in the game. The shrewd Negreanu, however, found the hypocrisy in Duke’s repost. Despite claiming men and women are equal at the felt, Duke, in sync with her UB marketing image, champions herself as the ‘best female poker player in the world’ on her website. Negreanu went on to say, ‘how offensive are you, you f***ing c***?’.

Daniel’s attack has polarised opinion amongst poker circles. Whereas some people have praised him for his candidness, others have berated his terse choice of language. The row has escalated, with Duke calling for PokerStars to take responsibility for Negreanu’s words.

Negreanu has not replied on Twitter as of yet, but Lex ‘RaSZi’ Veldhuis came out in support for the Canadian ice-hockey lover. Lex added it was quite ironic that Duke asked PokerStars to assume responsibility, when Ultimate Bet has attempted to keep its super-user scandal under wraps. The animosity between the two parties is understandable. Duke’s website Ultimate Bet is in direct competition with PokerStars, and her brother Lederer co-owns further rival site Full Tilt Poker.

In other sections of the interview, Daniel discussed his rigorous training regime and decision to remain t-total throughout the 2010 WSOP. He questioned Phil Hellmuth’s ability to win another bracelet given the younger, superior opposition dominating large NLH tournament fields, and lauded praise on Phil Ivey. Negreanu stressed the importance of bluffing in today’s high stakes poker games, and hinted that he is dating glamorous Pokernews journalist Amanda Leatherman.

WSOP tournament of champions

Friday, June 18th, 2010

There is hardly a more difficult tournament than the Tournament of Champions at the World Series Of Poker.

Unlike all other events at the WSOP, this tournament is different as:

  1. there is no entry fee,
  2. it is invitational for WSOP bracelet holders only,
  3. only elected players can participate,
  4. only star players are to be found there.

This is the largest freeroll tournament in the world with a prize of one million dollars, half of which goes to the winner. 27 players will seat on June 27th 2010 to battle for that money, and what a field!

First of all some past champions (five of them ) had a guaranteed seat: Joe Cada (winner of the WSOP main event 2009), Barry Schulman (winner of the WSOP Europe main event 2009), Annie Duke (TOC 2004 winner), Mike Matusow (TOC 2005), Mike Sexton (TOC 2006).

Then from a list of some of the fifty most revered poker players with a WSOP bracelet, twenty were elected by the public. Phil Ivey came on top of the list (not a surprise, is it?) and Daniel Negreanu came second. This is going to reinforce the big rivalry between these two men who on some accounts can be considered the two best players in the World. For example Phil Ivey has the largest live tournament winnings of all times, and Daniel comes second as well. Pokerstars is number one, Full Tilt second.

The other 18 players in the list are not really surprises either, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, Dan Harrington, Antonio Esfandiari.

Finally, the last two qualified players did not get their seats the easy way.

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier won a special satellite tournament. Only nine-seated, but only with strong players without yet a WSOP bracelet, such as Liv Boeree or Sorel Mizzi.

The 27th players is a totally unknown amateur player, Andrew Barton, who won his seat online. Certainly an unforgettable experience for Andrew to seat among this crowd of top pros.

Good luck to all.

The European Championship Of Online Poker

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The European Championship of Online Poker (ECOOP) is a two-weeks tournament event organized by Titan Poker.

The ECOOP is a major event on the online poker scene and it will be running this November for its 5th edition. ECOOP V promises to be a major event with a total guarantee of $4,550,000 put up by Titan Poker, the organizer.

There will be a total of 14 tournaments. Of course as the most popular poker variation, Texas Hold’em poker will dominate. The main event taking place on Dec. 6th is a $1,500+$80 buy-in NLHE tournament with a guarantee of $1.5 million. Eight other tourneys are in Texas Holdem, fixed limit, pot limit and no limit, including 6-max and turbo, for buy-ins ranging from $100+$9 to $750+$50, and even $2500+$100.

But other variations are represented as well. Limit 7-Card Stud, Omaha Hi/Lo and Pot-Limit Omaha. All other 13 tournaments have a guarantee around a few hundred thousand dollars.

ECOOP takes place twice a year and started in December 2007 with $2,500,000 in guaranteed prizes spread over ten events. Due to the success of online poker in general and Titan Poker in particular, the number of events and pool prize keep on growing each time.

The first winner at ECOOP I main event overwhelmed a field of 992 players who all paid the $1000+$600 buy-in to take home the first prize of $220,000. Kaishi the most recent winner at ECOOP IV earned $330,000.

You do not have to pay the full buy-ins to join ECOOP V, as Titan Poker offers plenty of satellite tournaments for just a few dollars. For more information about titan, check our Titan Poker Review.

Titan Poker does not accept players from the United States unfortunately because of the uncertainty related to gambling laws, but this should be settled rather soon. If you are not American and have not yet opened an account at Titan Poker, use Titan Poker bonus code BONUSTIPS in order to receive an exclusive 100% bonus up to $500.

Good luck at the tables.

Heads Up Sit And Go Tournaments

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Heads up sit and go tournaments are a format of online poker that is not very well known. All the excitement is in NLHE multi-table tournaments and the WSOP main event is no stranger to that hype. Alternatively players like ring games, 6-max, single or multi-table full ring sit and gos. But the heads-up sit and go format is scary for a lot or players.

Some of the poker pros believe that heads-up is the purest form of poker and that this is how champions are determined. As a matter of fact if you consider the nose bleeding high stakes contests taking place between durrrr, Phil Ivey, Ziigmund or Gus Hansen, they are all heads-up (but not sit and go).

Many players avoid heads-up matches because they remember from their early days that these are very tough to play. Indeed they are. Heads-up matches are for solid experienced players, not for new players. Skill dominates over luck in these face-up duels.

Heads-up sit and gos are the ideal format for grinding a consistent profit, because they attract plenty of weaker players who do not know better. If you are an intermediate or advanced player who does not play them, reading  this article will benefit you by opening your eyes to this unexpected source of profit.

If you decide to give heads-up sit and go tournaments a shot, start at the lowest stakes. Move up one stake each time you become consistently profitable at a given level. When you start at the lowest levels, there are mainly two types of players:

  1. nits: they are prudent players who play in a straightforward way with few big bluffs,
  2. maniacs: they play to gamble with wild bets and a lot of bluffs.

At the beginning of the match, do not take big risks and observe your opponent to determine his style. Pay particular attention to every hand going to showdown, as it can reveal a bluff or a missed chance to make one. There is no need to take risks at the beginning, but only once you have a good idea of how your opponent plays.

In heads-up, position is crucial. The small blind is the button, so he acts first pre flop, but last post flop; and vice-versa for the big blind. The standard move is to raise 3 times from the button with any reasonable hand. The big blind should fold most of the time unless he has a good hand.

If your opponent fails to raise from the button regularly, this is a big leak. Easy to exploit, you just need to raise yourself more often than him from the button. This will make you collect a bigger share of the blinds and your stack will increase consistently. Forcing your opponent to make moves. This is what you are waiting for; the opportunity to force him to risk his stack while you do not.

On the other hand if you are short-stacked, you must make moves. You must be the aggressor in order to recover.  Change gear, bet more, make larger bets, including allin moves.  If you opponent folds, you will progressively regain chips and this could happen fast if the blinds are large. If he calls, you get a chance to double up and to come back into the contest.

If you know how to play online poker, try heads-up sit and gos for an exciting change full of potential.