The 50th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) marks my 11th summer spent in Las Vegas.For most of those summers I have worked full-time for PokerNews in many positions including as a live reporter, on the editorial team, and most recently in a management role.We're currently not permitted to play gold bracelet events (with the exception of the Casino Employees Event and online tournaments), but luckily there are plenty of good tournament series about town to help scratch the itch.In an effort to refine and improve my game, I've been taking notes on various hands I have played with the hope of bouncing them off pros I respect at the 2019 WSOP.In the Event #7: $400 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em, we were at the 160/320/40 level and action was nine-handed when UTG+1 (36,200) raised to 640 then a player in middle position (12,744) three-bet to 1,700.This seemed like a pretty standard shove, but one of my goals to improve is to reevaluate those things I consider "standard" in poker.
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In a deal that has far-reaching implications, Eldorado Resorts agreed to purchase and merge with Caesars Entertainment.In a new three-part series, PlayUSA will analyze how the $17.3 billion deal impacts the land-based casinos, online gambling and sports betting.During a conference call following yesterday’s announcement, the two casino companies stated that the merger of Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment is expected to close in the first half of 2020.Though the Caesars deal is easily the biggest move, over the past couple years, Eldorado has been quite the acquisition spree.As currently constituted, it will boast some 60 casinos spread across 16 US states.The other combined numbers of the two companies are just as eye-catching:
As the years roll on and the regulars get more and more events to fire, that becomes clear in looking at the PokerNews chip counts in the live reporting.Check out the counts in any big buy-in, small field event and one's gaze is met by a barrage of bracelet badges.On the other hand, it's still pretty damn tough to win a poker tournament.The small buy-ins bring their own challenges, requiring the dodging of thousands of mines en route to a finish that often features short stacks and high variance.So, it's not surprising that a few of the best have slipped through the cracks and failed to secure a bracelet.Long tabbed by countless observers as the best player without a piece of WSOP gold, Stephen Chidwick's desire to end his drought appeared to be on the backburner in the past couple of years as he focused more on nosebleed events held at ARIA and other venues around the world.
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Phil Ivey looks like he might be back to the top of the pile after disappearing off the poker circuit for a while.Ivey goes into Day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship leading the pack at $1,254,000.Of the 74, only 38 remain going into day 3.Ivey Back on TourThe 10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner dropped out of the public spotlight in 2014, moving to Hong Kong and staying out of the limelight.He was largely absent in 2016, followed by a complete absence in 2017, missing every major tournament.In the meantime, Ivey has been working out his edge sorting lawsuit with Borgata Casino, which started in 2012.
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Despite a deep run, his run came to an end in Level 14 just short of the money.I played online poker semi-professionally in the early 2000s, but I don’t intend to make a career of it now, as I’m sure I wouldn’t be good enough at it to justify forgoing other opportunities.”The 34-year-old won almost $2.5 million during his run on the game show, which lasted 32 games.Holzhauer, who lives in Las Vegas, planned to donate 50 percent of any WSOP winnings to charity.Last Friday, he finished off the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet for his fourth bracelet and $127,808.Another player grabbed gold last week for the first time as well.
Plans for a merger announced this week by Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment will create the largest gaming company in the US and will undoubtedly have major ramifications on the Atlantic City casino industry.The estimated $17.3 billion deal, including stock, cash and the assumption of Caesars’ debt, will not close until it is approved by shareholders and various gambling regulators.That is not expected to happen until at least the first half of 2020.Should things remain as they are in Atlantic City, Caesars would run four of the city’s nine casinos.Immediate impact in Atlantic CityThe impact of the merger will be felt immediately at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.
In some cases players were using these to gain an advantage so partypoker are trying to level the playing field to make the playing experience better.For me, poker is all about making decisions for yourself and improving your game and natural intuition.It’s more like a live game then and it’s down to the player’s skill sets, rather than a computer program.Removing Downloading and Storing of Hand HistoriesI think the removal of downloading and storing hand histories, replacing it with the hand replayer is also a positive move.This has probably attracted the most negative attention over the past week but to be clear you will still be able to analyse your past hands, searching by date, hand number etc using the hand replayer.
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The German professional player ended on top of a 1,867-player field and collected $260,335 and some bounties worth $500 each.Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty Final Table ResultsSeatPlayerCountryPrize (USD)1Jonas LauckGermany$260,3352Robert BickleyUnited Kingdom$160,8203Fernando VianaBrazil$116,4264Markus GonsalvesUnited States$85,1415Anil JivaniUnited States$62,9016Aaron PinsonUnited States$46,9517Arron WoodcockUnited Kingdom$35,4128Aaron JohnsonUnited States$26,9929Edward CourageCanada$20,793With 1,867 total entries, lots of familiar faces gave it a shot.Kalidou Sow, Bryn Kenney, Kenny Hallaert, Dominik Panka, Bart Lybaert, and Ryan Laplante were just some who tried but failed to make the money in this event.Some of the players that did make the money but missed out on the final table were Max Pescatori (191st - $1,617), Daniel Negreanu (155th - $1,762), Kristen Bicknell (129th - $1,945), Bertrand Grospellier (75th - $2,819), and Daniel Strelitz (41st - $5,468).
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While the highly anticipated Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship kicked off on Monday, Day 1 served up the usual minute morsels of action.While plenty of hands were played across the eleven hours that players graced the Amazon Tan section, only one player got felted and only a couple of the grinders were able to climb to twice the starting stack.After six levels of play — really, three double levels — Josh Arieh and Justin Bonomo are pacing ahead of the 63 players remaining.Arieh finished with 658,500 while Bonomo slightly trails him with 646,100.Arieh got the honor of playing sole executioner on the day as he sent former champ Mike Gorodinsky packing just before the end of the night to prevent an unusual 64-for-64 bagging time.Bonomo waited slightly longer to hop in, but while he drew a seat on Phil Ivey's right that most players would be eyeing warily, Bonomo was able to extract chips from the legend in a few spots en route to a second-place bag.
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This series of articles has been designed to focus on the positive steps taken by poker operators as they aim reduce their carbon footprint at live events and beyond—in the full understanding that there is always more that can be done.The WSOP has also introduced water fountains 5 gallon water jugs in the tournament rooms thanks to its ongoing partnership with the One Drop Foundation.This is no bad thing, as it is interesting to see what different operators see as the main challenges to putting on a green event and what they are doing to achieve this.info and access to benefits.”Membership cards allow players who are attending casinos to enter into events seamlessly.A move to digital is a great step from partypoker, but it looks like its partner casino Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham still uses plastic membership cards, according to the Terms and Conditions page.
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A big bracelet will be awarded today with the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship down to just eight players with a massive $1,086,967 top prize going to the winner.Each of the returning players is guaranteed an $18,462 payout with their eyes on winning the bracelet and the massive $1,008,850 top prize.The blinds will be at 10,000/20,000 with a big ante of 20,000 when the action resumes at noon PDT today and increase every hour.The action is scheduled to end for the day when just six players remain who will battle it out until one of them wins the trophy in front of a live-streamed audience at CBS All Access in the United States, Canada, and Australia and at PokerGO in the rest of the world.He is followed by Bryan Kim (17,725,000), Anthony Kazgandjian (15,700,000), Ramiro Petrone (13,900,000), Andre Haneberg (12,725,000), Jonathan Seltzer (12,125,000), Randall Hernandez (11,975,000), Bart Hanson (11,650,000), Benjamin Ector (11,465,000), and Willaim Lorring (9,400,000).PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds1Vincent ChauveFrance22,000,0001102Bryan KimUnited States17,725,000863Anthony KazgandjianFrance15,700,000794Ramiro PetroneArgentina13,900,000705Andrew HanebergGermany12,725,000646Jonathan SeltzerUnited States12,125,000617Randall HernandezCosta Rica11,975,000608Bart HansonUnited States11,650,000589Benjamin EctorUnited States11,465,0005710Willaim LorringUnited States9,400,00047
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It's Day 3 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack and the field is thinning, getting closer to the first-place prize of $1,008,850 and a coveted gold bracelet.What makes this deep run extra special is Moreno finished in sixth place in the same event in 2016, earning his biggest career cash of $219,632."It's really easy to get caught up in all the excitement.All these factors, all these pros that are at your tables."I definitely feel the experience," Moreno told PokerNews."Like yesterday, I had a couple big hands that went my way, and then when I started to lose some chips back, I could feel the experience having been there before."
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Recent Jeopardy phenom James Holzhauer saw his epic run come to an end at the beginning of the month, but that doesn’t mean he’s done trying to win big.The Las Vegas resident announced he’s competing in the World Series of Poker 2019 and as a professional gambler, he’s probably got odds than most.While he won’t be competing in the Main Event, he’ll be accepting an offer from a legendary Poker Hall of Famer to play in some smaller Texas Hold'em tourneys.Gambling professionally is, of course, close to Holzhauer’s heart, but he specializes as a sports bettor and thus, as he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he doesn’t plan to make high-stakes poker a regular habit.“I decided to enter because Mike Sexton contacted me and offered to sponsor my buy-ins.I played online poker semi-professionally in the early 2000s, but I don’t intend to make a career of it now, as I’m sure I wouldn’t be good enough at it to justify forgoing other opportunities.”Holzhauer will play in two events Monday including the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty tournament followed by the $1,000 buy-in Tag team No-Limit Hold’em event alongside Sexton.Amazing Run Captivated Millions
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As of Wednesday, four of this year’s World Series of Poker online bracelet events are in the books.Growth, both vertical and horizontal, for WSOP onlineThe online component of the WSOP has been rapidly growing since its introduction in 2015.In those years — when the schedule did not change much — year-on-year field growth of 20% to 40% was the norm.Even when the number of events expanded from one to three in 2017, entries for the $1,000 main event saw a modest increase.So far this year, only one event has cleared $1 million – the No.
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As reported by multiple outlets, casino operator Eldorado Resorts Inc. has agreed to acquire and merge with Caesars Entertainment in a cash-and-stock deal worth $17.3 billion that also includes Eldorado assuming Caesars' not insignificant debt.Going forward, the newly-merged company will be known as Caesars and will be headquartered in Reno where Eldorado is based.It was less than two years ago that the largest operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp managed to emerge from bankruptcy following a complicated restructuring of the company.Meanwhile Eldorado Resorts, with a current market value of $4 billion and a long-term debt of just over $3 billion (as of the end of March), currently owns 26 properties in 12 different states (though none in Las Vegas).News that a merger between Eldorado and Caesars might be forthcoming first emerged back in the spring with reports that Caesars' board had approved a possible sale, with initial rumors citing either Eldorado or the Golden Nugget as a potential buyer and/or partner.Such stories occasionally overlapped as well with speculation about the future location of the World Series of Poker, presently playing out for the 15th year at the Caesars-owned Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
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The following poker hand presents a perfect example of the value of overbetting when deep-stacked:Starting from preflop, a very loose and passive recreational poker player open-raises from middle position and another player calls on the button.I think we have so much more to gain here by juicing up the pot with a hand this strong and forcing our opponent to put more money in the middle now, while we have a large advantage.As mentioned in the video above, recreational poker players tend to give more action in reraised pots.This is something that I talk about in much more detail in my book Crushing the Microstakes.In the "Fish Psychology" section of the book, I explain how recreational players like to play sheriff and fight for pots much more when there has been a three-bet preflop.
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