2016 WSOP Results

Andrey Zaichenko wins the $1,500 Triple Draw Event

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Glaser adds another bracelet this summer in less than a week!

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WSOP of the Past; 2006

In 2006 the World Series of Poker reached its peak of growth. Each year since Moneymaker’s epic win in 2003, the WSOP had seen exponential growth and in 2006 it was at its pinnacle. All of the events were played at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. This would mark the first time in the history of the WSOP, that a final table of the Main Event would not be held at the Binion’s Horseshoe.

Two players that had a great year at the WSOP were Jeff Madsen and William Chen. Chen used his mathematical expertise to win the $3,000 limit hold ’em event and the $2,500 no-limit hold ’em event. Madsen was a young gun who made a name for himself at this WSOP. He was remarkably consistent at his debut, eventually earning him the Player of the Year. Madsen quite possibly experienced one of the greatest WSOP’s in the history of the series. He made 4 final tables, finished 3rd twice and won two bracelets. He won the $5,000 no-limit hold ’em six handed event and the $2,000 no-limit hold ’em event. At the age of 21 years 1 month and 9 days, he was also the youngest bracelet winner at the time.

WSOP of the Past, 1979

The 1979 WSOP would see a different kind of outcome for the first time. Up until this point, all of the previous WSOP titles had went to well-known pros such as Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim and Bobby Baldwin. However, in this WSOP the World Champion of Poker would be a player from the amateur realm. You didn’t think it was Chris Moneymaker did you? It was a man by the name of Hal Fowler. In fact, the year before Moneymaker’s epic win, Robert Varkonyi won the event as an amateur. Most believe it was Moneymaker. After all, he did start the poker boom as we know it today. But when Hal Fowler won in 1979, it opened the door to much growth for the WSOP. He laid the foundation that anyone can win on any given day.

The Origins of Poker; H.O.R.S.E.

In this edition of the Origins of Poker we profile the multi-game by the name of H.O.R.S.E. This poker game will test your skills as an overall poker player as it includes five variants of the game. Bring a full range of skills to the table or face a quick exit.

H.O.R.S.E. is a form of poker that features five different games in one.

They are played as follows:
H – Limit hold ’em
O – Limit Omaha hi/lo
R – Limit Razz
S – Limit 7 card Stud
E – Limit 7 Stud 8 or better (hi/lo)

The origins of this game are not clear, but since each variety has its own origins you can trace them back individually. H.O.R.S.E. requires a player to be good at a variety of games, thus making it a very difficult game to win. Many players do not like it because all sections are in a fixed-limit format. Although the final table in some recent tournaments, such as the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the WSOP, have been no limit hold ’em to decide the eventual winner. H.O.R.S.E. rotates games every round or in some tournaments every blind increase. Every round means once the dealer has made a full rotation on the table then the game changes. Usually it is played with 6 to 7 players on each table due to the fact that the stud games require more cards and difficult to play with more players.

H.O.R.S.E. history at the WSOP:

Nevada Poker Player in Trouble After HUD Use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heads-up Poker

Heads up poker is an art in itself with each match played with a different strategy. With that in mind let’s look at some key points when playing just one opponent. This article is not meant to provide a full proof strategy as everyone tends to play different when making it to heads-up. However, it will give a few short strategies to consider when you find yourself vying for a championship.

The first thing to remember when playing heads-up is that starting hands change significantly when only faced with one opponent. When playing a full table the amount of cards dealt is greater, therefore your Ace that you hold in your hand is not as strong. The likelihood of another player having an ace is great due to the amount of cards dealt. On the other hand, when playing heads-up the chances your opponent has an Ace too is greatly reduced. As a result your hand is stronger.

Obscure Forms of Poker Part 1

Are you aware of just how many forms of poker there are? There is the ever popular and dream killer, Texas Hold ’em, Omaha, 5-card draw, 7-card stud and Lowball. However, there are some other forms of poker out there that not many people are not aware of. This is part 1 of a multi-part series on obscure forms of poker.

Oxford Stud:

Maybe you have heard of stud poker, but how about Oxford Stud? It was a game that was made popular in the premier colleges in the 1960’s, particularly MIT. Although it was called stud, it was more of a hybrid game because it included community cards as well. Many people may think, “How do you decide who acts first?” In stud games it is usually based on the rank of the cards showing for each player. While in community card games it is the player left of the dealer who acts first. In this game stud rules apply when deciding who acts first. First each player is dealt two cards face down and one face up, just as in 7-stud. Then there is a round of betting. After the first round of betting two community cards are dealt, followed by another round of betting. After the second round of betting another up-card is dealt to each player and another round of betting ensues. Finally a 3rd community card is dealt, followed by a fourth and final round of betting. The player with the best 5 card hand combination made from the 4 cards he was dealt and the 3 community cards, wins the pot. Oxford stud is usually played with a High/Low split.

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AGP Interviews Recent Hyper Tourney Bracelet Winner John Reading

Recently AGP Senior Writer Michael Krisle was able to contact recent bracelet winner John Reading. John is a poker pro that resides in St. Paul, MN and has been a successful online player. Coming into the Hyper Event do doubt his online skills helped propel himself to a WSOP gold bracelet. Below is the interview.

The State of Online Poker

Since every poker news outlet is talking about RAWA and its potential effects. So I thought it only be fitting that I get into the mix as well. So here is my take on RAWA and what it could mean for the future of poker or not.

The Ups and Downs of Poker

by: Michael Krisle – Senior Writer/Editor – AGP

Poker is a challenging game. It takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master. Perhaps that is why so many people are drawn to it, always looking for that big win. That is every player’s dream. Except it never happens that way, at least not all the time. The swings in poker can make players leave wondering why they even sat down in the first place. The swings can get so bad at times, some players end up quitting for awhile or all together. One minute you are up and the next few hands you are railed. In this edition of The Beat we explore how to manage the ups and downs of this crazy game we call poker.

The best way to you can avoid letting the swings get to you, is to simply realize they are going to happen. No poker player in the world runs well all the time. In fact, many pros will tell you they have busted several times in their careers. Tom Dwan, a famous online player and poker pro for a now defunct Fultilt poker, has claimed several times that he has never lost it all. Now that may be true or a bluff, but despite any of his claims he can attest to the ups and downs of poker. If you play poker you know that a bad beat is bound to happen. Even if your goal is to play perfect poker by getting your chips in when the odds are the best possible and with the best hand, you will still most likely suffer a bad beat. However, on the reverse side you will also be on the beneficial end of some of those bad beats. Ultimately, it evens out. No limit hold ’em is the worst version of poker when it comes to swings and bad beats. Players knows that you can go from a few chips to the chip leader in a matter of a few hands. On the other hand, squandering a giant chip stack isn’t too uncommon either. You have to realize that these things are going to happen and we should accept the beats and move on. I will admit myself that moving on and forgetting a session or hand is difficult at times. Often I find myself saying “I hate No limit hold ’em.” However, living with swings is a must if you want to be a consistent winning player.