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May 19, 2010

Poker No-Limit Texas Hold’em Betting Rules

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Most poker players prefer to play Limit or Pot-Limit games when it comes to playing Texas Holdem, however No-Limit Texas Hold’em is the most popularly played form of this game today. This variant of the game is fairly recent and we take a look at the betting rules, just to make sure you have them straight in your head before you play.

No-Limit Texas Holdem was introduced when Doyle Brunson first introduced the game to the Las Vegas circuit, and ever since then it has increased in popularity. It is this game which allowed Chris Moneymaker to hit the spotlight with his 2003 WSOP Main Event coup, and it offers the opportunity to showcase your poker skill, strategy and how much of a chance you are prepared to take. In this game you can bet every single one of your chips at any juncture during a poker hand.

People are drawn to play this game because it is so unique and there are one of three options the Texas Hold ‘em, no-limit player is faced with: To “check” which is the same as call, “fold” is opt out of the game, or “Bet” which means raise.

When you call you are simply matching the previous bet, when you fold you are throwing in the towel and it doesn’t cost you additional money to do this, and if no bet has been raised yet, once this is done, all the players have the option to raise.

The No-limit Taxas Hold ‘em minimum bet is required to be at least equal to that of the “Big Blind” and a maximum bet is all the chips you have to play with. You are not allowed to add or remove any chips during a hand, so the maximum bet is your stack for that hand.

As soon as a bet has been placed you are only allowed to raise the same amount or more. For example if the bet was $10, the raise can only be $10 or more. Buy-ins vary from game to game and poker room to poker room, but no-limit game buy-ins can be pretty big and it is for this reason it is important to build a strong poker bankroll.

If the blind size is $1/$2 the minimum buy in is generally 20 big blinds which in this case would be $40 while the maximum would be $100. However some sites spread games and don’t feature a maximum buy-in.

No-limit Texas Holdem is a monumental game it is brute-force poker! Players are generally tight aggressive; they run up massive bluffs and play with very large stacks. It is not a game of finesse or a gentleman’s game, it is a thinking man’s and the name of the game is “Big Prize Money”.  Aggression in this game is not timed, it is par for the course and it is for this reason that luck really counts. It is without a doubt that many winners of the WSOP main event, made their names there – pure, unadulterated luck and aggressive play.

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April 20, 2010

2010 LAPT Punta del Este

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The 2010 PokerStars.net Latin America Poker Tour in Punta del Este’s main event is down to 9 players when 307 players started out. Play is currently taking place and Team PokerStars Pro Jose Ignacio Barbero is hanging on for dear life. Barbero is in 9th place as players set in on the final table and the title Punta del Este champion. Norbert Ludger is the player that everyone is chasing as he sits in first place, but Daniela de Lima Zapiello isn’t too far behind sitting in second place. As the action continues stay with Poker777 for the updates and results of the LAPT main event.

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February 25, 2010

2010 NAPT Main Event

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The 2010 North American Poker Tour Main Event made its way to the final table as only 9 players remain out of the 872 that initially hit the poker felt. Before the final 9 were set Andrew Lichtenberger was eliminated in 10th place which set the final table.

The final players remaining consist of Daniel Clemente, Eric Blair, Tom Marchese, David Paredes, Sam Stein, Miami John Cernuto, Yunus Jamal, Thomas Fuller, and Kyle Zartman. The final 9 will battle it out for the title and of course the first place prize that’s worth a whopping $827,648. All players are guaranteed $44,195.

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February 25, 2010

NAPT Shoot Out

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The North American Poker Tour is hosting a one of kind tournament that will feature 49 of the top poker pros we know today. The tournament will be a $25,000 High Roller Bounty Shoot Out which will consist of 7 sit ‘n’ gos, 7 players per sit ‘n’ go, and the winner of each individual sit ‘n’ go will advance to the 7 seat final table.

There is one seat still available and the seat will be rewarded to a satellite winner. From the looks of the tables it appears that Daniel Negreanu may have pulled the most opportunistic first round.

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February 8, 2010

T.J. Cloutier’s Bracelet

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The blunder around T.J. Cloutier’s Bracelet appearing for sale on eBay is still swarming as it sold for a measly $4,006. What we are now finding out is that the purchase came at the hands of the online poker room Cake Poker. A representative of Cake Poker was responsible for purchasing the bracelet when it was on sale. The strange thing behind this whole mess is that Cloutier would like his bracelet back, and it appears that Cake Poker is willing to do so out of good nature. Yet this brings the question to why the bracelet was put up for sale on eBay in the first place.

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January 27, 2010

Betting in Uk is worth £6bn

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Deloitte have published a new report this week stating that the betting industry in UK is worth £6bn which employs nearly 100,000 people. These figures are equal to the 0.5% of UK’s GDP and 0.3% of UK’s total employment. Apart from that the retail betting industry has also revealed that fact that it alone generates £700 million taxes every year, £700 million for the wages paid to their staff and £800 million profit for the company before interest and tax.

The industry have also been contributing significantly to the economy of Britain – but it is now subject to the intense international competition. Also because of the growth in internet and mobile betting it is challenge for government to balance the regulations effectively.

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January 27, 2010

$1K Monday

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The $1K Monday took place last night, and it’s easy to see that all the regulars returned from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. 373 hungry poker players hit the $1K felt last night making the prize pool a healthy $373,000. Full Tilt Poker pro Isaac Baron fell short of the final table finishing in 14th place. The player who didn’t fall short of anything was ‘LEADBOOTS’ who shipped the event and won the first place prize of $93,250.00. Well played LEADBOOTS. LEADBOOTS went heads up against ‘Pwnasaurus’ who walked away from the table $59,000 richer. The PokerStars Super

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January 22, 2010

Full Tilt’s ‘Aid For Haiti’

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As we all know the country and the people of Haiti suffered a devastating 7.0 earthquake on January 12th. The earthquake left the country in rubble, people fighting for their lives, and brought death to thousands of people. Like many online poker rooms Full Tilt Poker is trying to lend a hand in the relief efforts. Full Tilt hosted the ‘Aid For Haiti’ tournament today where they donated and matched the tournaments fees. ‘Nabing’ was the fortunate individual to walk away the winner of this fund raising tournament. If you missed the tournament, but would still like to contribute to Haiti relief players can transfer funs to the account called ‘Aid For Haiti’. Any donation will help benefit the people of Haiti.

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January 19, 2010

PCA High Rollers

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The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Rollers event heads into day 3.  Three Team PokerStars Pros are still alive, and two just happen to be WSOP main event champions.  Current champion Joe Cada, former champion Greg Raymer, and PokerStars pro Sandra Naujoks are still alive.  Sandra is currently in 5th place, Cada is right behind sitting in 6th place, and down a couple spots is Raymer  currently sitting in 11th place.  Yet they all trail Adolfo Vaeza (Uruguay) who currently has 530,000 in chips with the blinds at 2,500-5,000.  Stay tuned with Poker777 for more information on this High Rollers event.

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January 12, 2010

MBA Poker Championship

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The annual MBA Poker Championship is back and it has found a familiar home.  This year’s MBA Poker Championship, to be held January 15th through the 17th, will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  The MBA tournament draws in players from the top college academies in the country.  The events will include a $65 no limit Hold’em event, a $225 no limit Hold’em tournament, and a $150 MBA Poker Championship main event.  The tournament is only open to MBA students, and it is looked upon as great way for the students to network and learn of the gaming industry.

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