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I quite enjoy listening to players banter at the tables and thought that I would post the funnier and/or wittier ones that I hear. The first is from someone you would not expect: Allen Cunningham at the 2008 WSOP. As you see in the pic, Allen had trip Q’s against his opponents fullhouse. The other guy was so nervous he was visibly shaking when he made a value bet on the river. Allen thought briefly before eventually folding and quipping “I  wanted to think for longer but I did not want you to die!” ROFL. He doesn’t say much, but when he does it is usually on the money.


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I was once on the right end of quads over quads. This hand is sicker than that. This is from the first epidose of the 2008 Main Event on ESPN:

Apparently the odds of that happening are 1 in 2.7 billion!

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Most of you probably know about this now. Here is a nice compilation of the ‘highlights’ of the 2008 WSOP HORSE final table. Scotty Nguyen is drunk and out of control. Bad behaviour, but wow is it compelling viewing!

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Well I am toughing it out at the moment…really struggling. Looking over my post about WCG|Rider is helping because over the last 17,000 hands I have been going nowhere. My bankroll has been fluctuating between $400 and $450 over that time….at least I haven’t had a big downturn. It is just very frustrating when every 1,000 session you have coolers and suckouts preventing you from going forward. In the last session it was my set of Jacks going in all on the turn when my opponent had 2:1 pot odds calling with a flush draw and 7 outs…..guess whether he hit!

It is exactly for these periods of difficulty that I am writing this variance series. Preventing tilt is vital to becoming a winning poker player, and unfortunately I haven’t mastered this yet. I have definitely improved but I still have tilt tendencies that results in major leaks holding back the winrate.

One thing that I would like to do in this series on variance is comment on what the pros have to say about variance and bad runs. How do they cope with it? Well, perhaps some of them don’t cope with it that well. Have a look at this’blogfessional’ (on www.pokerroad.com) of Eugene Todd Bro.

This is recorded during the 2008 WSOP..he is a bit frustrated..and realise that he is actually a bit ahead thus far having had a good cash. As he mentions, there are many players who thus far  who haven’t cashed at all, including Phil Ivey (we are up to Event 38).

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A bit belated but congratulations to Daniel Negreanu, my favourite player, who won event #20 at the 2008 WSOP ($2000 Limit Holdem) to capture his 4th WSOP bracelet. His last bracelet was in the same event 4 years ago.

It has been a good week for Negreanu money wise. He won just over $200,000 for winning the event, however he won another $200,00 from Phil Ivey from an ongoing bet between the two which is basically $200,00 for each bracelet in events they both play in. Add to this $55,000 that he won from a golf game earlier this week with a partner against Patrick Antonius (and partner), and a bonus $100,000 in another bet against…..Phil Ivey again!!!. That is over half a million dollars in 3 days………..not bad going.

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WSOP 2008 has started!

Exciting times if you are in Vegas right now. The 2008 World Series of Poker event has started at the Rio.

Yes, I know, a few years old, but hey…..good Aussie memories.

The first event is the $10,000 Pot Limit Holdem Event, which emphasises one of the changes for this year; an increase in $10,000 events meaning less number of players but higher quality and less likelihood that Phil Hellmuth will win!

For those of us who have a real job and grind out at 5c/10c a few nights a week, and are not in Vegas, there are plenty of resources online to monitor what is happening.

Firstly, there is the official WSOP site at www.wsop.com. This site so far seems to be having a daily video update, but it looks like some of the tournaments (starting with event #7) will be able to be viewed live (at least the TV table maybe).

Pokernews.com again has exclusive onsite reporting rights and I am just hoping that Tiffany Michelle is again the video host.

Edit: I am very excited…..Michelle Tiffany is back!!!!!!!!!

Pokerroad continue to enhance their offerings, the highlight being the regular Poker Road Radio shows with Joe Sebok, Ali Nejad and Gavin Smith. Just as a quick aside, Pokerroad, your homepage is getting way too cluttered! Keep it simple.

As a Negreanu fan ( he is already out of event #1!), I will be following his blog, video blog and forum where he posts live updates from his phone.

Of the other major online sites there is cardplayer.com and bluffmagazine.com but it is not yet clear to me what additional goodies they are going to offer. I guess the former will have a few videos like the Matusow regulars plus interviews with players offsite.

I am sure that as time goes on I will find other online resources and the plan is to add them here.

If you are lucky enough to be playing an event or events, good luck!

I will make it there one day!

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I am a bit behind the 8 ball on this story, but it needs to be posted. I am not sure whether this story, or the WCOOP Main Event story came first, but both are a worry.

From cardplayer.com: “The Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) has hired an independent auditor to investigate claims that Absolute Poker’s security system was breached during a $1,000 buy-in tournament held last month. There is speculation that a former Absolute Poker employee shared holecard information with the winner of that tournament.

The investigation stems from a request made by professional poker player Marco Johnson, who plays under the screen name “CrazyMarco.” Immediately after the tournament, which took place on Sept. 12, he requested the hand history for a final table from Absolute Poker after a player named POTRIPPER called his all-in bluff with a busted nine-high flush draw with just 10 high.

Instead of the hands for the final table, Absolute Poker sent Johnson a spreadsheet containing a large amount of information about the first 94 hands of the tournament.

Card Player obtained a copy of this hand-history spreadsheet from Nat Arem, the first member of the poker community to analyze the spreadsheet in depth and share his findings with a number of prominent poker forums. The document is a little more than 9 megabytes in size (very large for a spreadsheet) and contains 65,536 lines of information.

The hand history shows a pattern of unorthodox poker play, wherein POTRIPPER maximizes his profits and minimizes his losses perfectly in each hand. The entire hand history is available in a video format on YouTube. ”

The initial post on Pocketfives here is.

Here are the 4 videos showing hole cards of all players where possible. It looks nothing other than highly suspicious.

The story continues:

Whilst posting this, I have just seen a post on Pocketfives about Absolute Poker coming clean:

“PocketFives just received a phone call from Absolute Poker confirming the suspicions of the online poker community over the past month. While we need to be vague in this post to respect their wishes, we can say that their systems were compromised, and that they are prepared to provide the details in a statement coming shortly.

Part of the statement will include a plan to refund players affected by this compromise.

We are extremely relieved to hear this outcome, as our most important goal in all this is to see justice given to those who were cheated in this process. Pocketfives is extremely proud to have played a part in the process of uncovering the impropriety that has occurred. We would of course like to thank all the other parties who played a key role in this process—specifically the folks that have been posting here and at twoplustwo.com.

This is great news for everyone. Keep your eyes out for the statement.”

Here is a blog post from Mark Seif about the situation.

Here is a report from Pokernews.com

“Absolute Poker confirms security breach” from Cardplayer.

I will add more to this post as news comes out.

Update 13th November: I missed this update from a few days ago. This is from Pokerlistings.

“Joe Norton, the former grand chief of the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake and the owner of Tokwiro Enterprises ENRG, which holds a 100% interest in Absolute Poker, sent out a statement Thursday with more information about the poker site’s recent security breach.

“First and foremost, we would like to assure our players, once again, that the security breach, which resulted in unfair play, was resolved immediately after it was discovered and confirmed, and AP’s sites are absolutely secure,” Norton said.

Players affected by the breach have been fully reimbursed with interest – an amount estimated at $1.6 million in refunds.

So far an internal audit by the poker site has discovered that the unfair play went on for about 40 days, beginning on Aug. 14.


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