Archive for December, 2011
We’re bringing the New Year in with style here at PartyPoker folks, and so for all of January 2012 you’ll be able to play multi-table tournaments and pay zero in rake.
Yes you read that bit right zero, nothing, zip, nada in rake! Now just how good does that sound? And so with no fees to pay that means 100% of your money is heading straight into the prize pool.
It’s time to play for more cash, and all at no extra cost. But like all good things in life it won’t last for ever, this offer is just for January 2012 as Kara Scott here explains:
There is just something about Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome. Maybe it’s that she’s the girl next door. Maybe it’s that she can eviscerate unsuspecting poker opponents in the blink of an eye. Whatever it is, the people with the cameras can’t get enough of her.
First, Rowsome was the subject of a much-lauded mini-documentary that’s been viewed thousands of times since its recent release. After that–and after Rowsome made the final table of the Canada Cup–Rowsome released a little tongue-in-cheek training video as she prepares for her live final. (It should be noted, the writers of the PokerStars Blog do not appear anywhere in that video, especially in the screen capture below).
Now, Rowsome has hit the screen again, this time as a feature on Canadian TV. We have a copy of her story and interview below (which, thankfully, has no men in their underwear that we noticed).
If you missed Rowsome’s documentary video when it first came out, we have it right here.
Online poker players can enjoy the holiday season at Titan Poker by taking part in the various activities of the room’s Winter Edition promotion. More than $ 50,000 in prizes is up for grabs during the months of December and January and players will be keen on winning their share.
The Winter Edition promotion will appeal to avid poker players of all types. Players who prefer cash games have an opportunity to win cash prizes during the weekly Titan Time races, which are staged every Monday through Wednesday during the two months. Players are ranked according to the Points they earn at cash tables with $ 3,000 in prizes going to the top players. A total of $ 24,000 in prizes will be awarded to top players during the Titan Time Winter Edition.
Players who prefer the fast-paced action of sit ‘n’ go tournaments will enjoy the Sit ‘Win’ Go leaderboard races. Three parallel week-long leaderboards, grouping tournament activity by buy-in amount, will rank players during the winter months based on their finishing positions. A total of $ 24,000 in prizes will be awarded over the two months to the top sit ‘n’ go players.
The extremely popular Happy Hours will continue at Titan Poker, awarding players with 50% extra Points based on their gaming at cash tables on weekend nights. The offer is open to all players between the hours of 20:00 and 23:59 GMT. Players can redeem their extra Points into cash bonuses and tournament entries at the Club Titan Store.
Titan Poker will ring in the New Year in style by staging a 2012 $ 10,000 Freeroll on January 2nd. All players are invited to qualify for a seat by earning at least 250 Points during the month of December.
There are plenty of reasons for players to frequent the Titan Poker tables and tournaments during December and January. In Winter Edition, they can compete for a share of over $ 50,000 in prizes.
Lex Veldhuis versus Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. Phil Hellmuth versus Ben Lamb. Pius Heinz versus Martin Staszko. These are just a few of the matchups made famous in 2011, each for very different circumstances. The first was an entertaining kickboxing match, the second a heated race in the 2011 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, and the latter a battle for poker’s biggest title. Now, another duo is making headlines — Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies and Rafi “refaelamit” Amit — two men locked in a battle to become the biggest winner on PokerStars for 2011.
Of the two, Sahamies is the most familiar to the poker masses. He is a long time high-stakes pro, and has played pot-limit Omaha against some of the world’s best. The Finnish pro, known for trash talking, has had the benefit of appearing on several poker television programs and developed a fan base in both the online and live realms. Meanwhile, Amit is an two-time WSOP bracelet winner from Israel, who has essentially given up live play to focus on crushing online.
Both players are mainstays in the high-stakes games, and their results certainly speak to their abilities. The two men are the biggest winners of 2011 on PokerStars, with the Sahamies currently leading by $ 400,000. Given the stakes and volume the duo play, the poker would anxiously awaits the end-of-the-year race that will inevitably transpire. It has also inspired us to take a look back at 2011 and explore the origins of this friendly rivalry.
Surprisingly, Sahamies’ journey to the top didn’t begin until August; in fact, up until that point he was a small loser on the year. On the flip side, Amit started right out of the gates, toeing the line at around $ 800,000 in profits between March and August. It seems the latter month was when the real race between Sahamies and Amit began. Here is a month-by-month look for each player leading up to December 8, 2011:
Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies 2011 Results
- January | $ 0
- February | -$ 132,430
- March | -$ 278,420
- April | -$ 373,090
- May | -$ 225,890
- June | -$ 610,760
- July | -$ 873,360
- August | -$ 362,660
- September | $ 536,340
- October | $ 1,300,000
- November | $ 2,070,000
- December | $ 2,390,000
- Rafi “refaelamit” Amit 2011 Results
- January | $ 262,480
- February | $ 205,270
- March | $ 767,470
- April | $ 800,990
- May | $ 800,990
- June | $ 800,990
- July | $ 800,990
- August | $ 756,930
- September | $ 1,830,000
- October | $ 1,810,000
- November | $ 1,920,000
- December | $ 1,970,000
- At a low of minus $ 873,360 in July, Sahamies switched things into high gear and recoup all of his losses, plus a half-million dollar profit, in just two months. Since then, he hasn’t looked back, improving every month in the last third of the year. On the contrary, Amit was never in the red in 2011; instead, he was up $ 200,000 in January and continued to build on that, though he faced a small setback in February. Interestingly, Amit didn’t play between March and July for reasons untold, though it isn’t a stretch of the imagination to picture him venturing to Las Vegas for the summer.It is also worth noting that both of these players were involved in the biggest pot ever played on PokerStars, which occurred on Sept. 7.
The hand occurred at a six-handed $ 200/$ 400 PLO table and saw Sahamies ($ 247,909) opened for $ 1,400 from the cutoff. While Amit had folded prior to Sahamies’ raise and did not play the hand, he was still present in the game. As it turned out, Andreas “Skjervøy” Torbergsen ($ 30,208) and “bernard-bb” ($ 195,609) were the only to players to make the call, creating three-way action to the [Ks][2h][3s] flop. After a check, Sahamies fired out $ 4,595, Torbergsen raised to $ 18,380, and both bernard-bb and Sahamies made the call. When action checked to Torbergsen on the [9h] turn, he moved all-in for $ 10,428, bernard-bb check-raised to $ 91,019 and Sahamies called. The [3h] river saw bernard-bb bet $ 84,810, Sahamies called, and suddenly there was a pot worth $ 421,826 on the line. Sahamies revealed [Ah][Kh][6h][4c] for a flush, which bested the [Ad][As][2d][7s] of bernard-bb. Torbergsen simply mucked and Sahamies took down the largest in PokerStars’ history.
While Amit didn’t make the history books in the aforementioned hand, at least as the winner, he’s managed to take down a few decent pots. In fact, his three biggest pots of 2011 were $ 134,534, $ 140,397, and $ 170,394, with the first and third both coming in the same game on Aug. 25.
In his biggest pot of the year, Amit ($ 155,605) was playing three-handed $ 100/$ 200 PLO against Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom ($ 98,241) and Ronny “1-ronnyr3″ Kaiser ($ 29,296), with the latter folding from the button. Amit took the opportunity to raise to $ 600, Blom three-bet to $ 1,800, and Amit four-bet to $ 5,400. Blom opted for a call, and then called his opponent’s $ 5,600 bet on the [2s][6h][Qc] flop. When the [Ks] hit the turn, Amit slowed down with a check, Blom bet $ 17,400, and Amit called. The [2c] river saw Amit check-call a bet once again, this time a hefty $ 56,768, and Blom rolled over [5s][3c][9c][4h] for a missed wrap. Amit rolled over [Ah][Jc][Ad][Qd] and took down the pot.
More recently, Dec. 2 to be exact, Amit returned to action for a quick 100 hands, which saw him win $ 78,700 and make him the day’s biggest winner. Unfortunately for him, Sahamies has been grinding a bit more, winning $ 317,000 as of Dec. 8 and extending his lead to a little over $ 400,000.
Given the stakes these two play, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that lead disappear in a single night. With that said, we expect the last three weeks of December to be ripe with high-stakes action as two titans race to be 2011′s best.
A massive field of 477 players registered for Day 1B of EPT Prague and among them the three French players of Team Titan: Christophe Benzimra, Yann Brosolo and Florian Desgouttes . They started the day seated at difficult tables:
Table 27: Christophe Benzimra with Johannes Strassmann, Anton Wigg, Praz Bansi and Melanie Weisner.
Table 18: Florian Desgouttes with Jonathan Duhamel (WSOP Main Event Champion 2010) and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.
Table 10: Yann Brosolo with Dermot Blain and the WSOP 2011 Main Event Champion Pius Heinz.
Level 1 – Blinds 50/100
Yann Brosolo bet 250 under the gun and Dermot Blain 3-bet to 700 in middle position. Yann called.
Yann check-raised to 2,700 and got paid by his Irish opponent.
Yann Brosolo bet 4,400 and was again called by Blain.
Yann Brosolo fired a 11K bet on the river 4♦, and after a long hesitation Blain finally folded, wincing. Brosolo didn’t show his cards but it was a bluff with pocket 6s.
Our two other Frenchmen were not really active during the first level.
End of Level:
Yann Brosolo: 36.5K
Christophe Benzimra: 27.6K
Florian Desgouttes: 28.1K
Level 2 – Blinds 75/150
A Romanian player raised at the cut-off to 425, the small blind called and Christophe Benzimra as well from the big blind with Q♠9♥
The flop came 9-4-3 rainbow and the three players checked.
On the turn, an 8, the small blind opened to 600, Christophe and the cut-off both called.
The river was a 4 and the small blind bet 1,750 and just Christophe paid. The small blind mucked his hand when Christophe showed the top pair. Christophe was up to 31K.
Then Johannes Strassmann raised to 400 in middle position. The button called, Christophe Benzimra called in small blind and Melanie Weisner in big blind as well.
Strassman bet 1,400 on the flop 10♦6♠9♥ and Christophe paid. On the turn, the 3♦, Christophe check-folded after the 3K bet of Strassmann.
Our 3 French players maintained their stacks at the same level until the first break of the day.
Yann Brosolo: 37.2K
Christophe Benzimra: 26.8K
Florian Desgouttes: 28.9K
Level 3 – Blinds 100/200
A player raised in middle position to 500. English player Praz Bansi raised to 1,275 and Christophe paid at the button. The initial raiser folded.
On the flop 9♣10♥10♠ Benzimra check-called the 1,300 of Bansi.
Same action at the turn J♥, and at the river Q♣, for respectively 2.2K and 3K.
Bansi revealed A♦10♥ and Christophe mucked his A♠Q♦ and fell to 20K.
A few minutes later, Christophe raised to 400 in early position with A♦ A♣. Swedish player Anton Wigg and Strassmann called. The player at the button 3-bet to 2.5K. Christophe 4-bet to 6.4K and the button moved all-in. The call was obvious and Christophe was a huge favorite against the A♥K♥ of the button.
Five cards later Christophe Benzimra was up to 42K.
At the very end of the level, Strassmann limped under the gun and Benzimra raised to 850 with pocket Aces again. Melanie Weisner called at the button and Strassmann paid.
Flop: 4-4-6 rainbow
Johannes Strassmann check-called the 1.8K bet of Benzimra while Weisner gave up.
Turn: 3♦ and both players checked.
River: 4♣ Strassmann checked, Benzimra bet 4.6K and after tanking two or three minutes Strassmann made the call with pocket 10. Christophe Benzimra was up to 46K.
The other French players had a quiet Level 3 and finished at exactly the same amount as the previous level.
Level 4 – 100/200 ante 25 - Yann Brosolo on fire and Florian Desgouttes eliminated on the last hand of the level.
Yann Brosolo 3-bet preflop with K♦K♠. His opponent 4-bet to 3.5K and Yann Brosolo called out of position.
On a flop 10-J-6, Yann Brosolo donk-bet to 3K and got paid.
Both players checked the turn, another 6, and Yann bet 5K on the river, a 2. His opponent paid and mucked after seeing the hand of the French Titan pro.
Then a young player raised in early position. Two other players called and Yann Brosolo completed in big blind position with 6♠4♠
No action on the next flop: K-6-6
The turn brought a 10, Yann checked, the initial raiser opened to 1K. Yann Brosolo raised to 3.3K and his opponent made it 6K. Brosolo called.
Check, check and Brosolo won the pot. His opponent held AK.
Then, a few minutes before the second break of the day, Yann raised with J♥10♥ and got paid by the button and the big blind.
The flop came 3♥4♥6♥
The big blind checked, Brosolo bet 800, the button called and the big blind raised to 2.1K. Call from Brosolo.
Small blind player bet 4K and Brosolo called.
Brosolo called the 6.8K bet of his opponent who showed 4♦5♦ for a straight. Yann Brosolo climbed to an healthy 72K before the break.
At the same time Florian Desgouttes was playing his last hour in the poker room. Jonathan Duhamel raised to 500, ElkY called and Florian 3-bet to 1,325 from the cut-off. Both Duhamel and ElkY called.
No action on the flop: 9♥6♥9♠
On the turn, 7♥, Duhamel opened to 2,825, ElkY folded and Florian called.
Check, check on the river, the 8♦
Duhamel won the pot with 5♥5♠ versus the A♠Q♥ of Florian who was down to 20K.
A few hands later, the cut-off player raised to 500, Florian 3-bet to 1.3K and the cut-off paid.
On the flop 2♥ 8♦ 3♥ the cut-off check-called 2.8K and on the river, the 4♥, he gave up after Florian bet 6K.
Just before going on break, Florian Desgouttes called the raise of a Czech player in middle position. The big blind paid as well.
Flop: 8♥ 2♣ 9♠
Big blind player checked, the initial raiser bet 900 and Florian 3-bet to 2,050. The big blind folded but the pre-flop raiser 4-bet to 5,150. Florian made the call.
The dealer revealed the 4♥ and the preflop raiser bet 6.7K. Florian shoved for around 14K and his opponent, looking very unhappy, had to pay the difference.
Florian Desgouttes showed Q♦ 9♦ and his opponent was in front with a strange 4♦ 2♦
The river brought a blank and Florian Desgouttes was eliminated.
End of Level 4 – Average 34K and 421 players left.
Christophe Benzimra: 45K
Yann Brosolo: 72K
Level 5 & 6 at Blinds 150/300 ante 25 and 200/400 ante 50
Johannes Strassmann attacked to 900 and Praz Bansi called. Christophe paid at the button with A♠ 5♠
On the flop: 5♦ J♥ J♦ Strassmann opened to 2.1K, Bansi called but Christophe Benzimra fired a strong bet of 6.8K which resulted in a quick fold of his two adversaries.
Yann Brosolo ended the level with 69K and Christophe Benzimra with 51K for an average of 38.4K and 373 players left.
Level 7 & 8 at blinds 250/500 ante 50 and 300/600 ante 75
Christophe Benzimra was sitting behind a 40K stack half an hour before the end of the day. He was card dead during 3 levels and played only one real hand and lost it.
A new player at his table raised to 1.3K and got called in middle position. Christophe called with A♠ J♦ in small blind and the big one completed.
Flop: 2♠ 7♠ 4♠
Small blind and big blind players checked, the pre-flop raiser opened to 1.8K and just Christophe paid.
Both players checked the turn, the A♥
Christophe Benzimra bet 3.5K on the river, the 8♦, and was called by his opponent who won the pot with A♥ K♠
Yann Brosolo eliminated 2011 WSOP Main Event Champion Pius Heinz. Yann raised to 1,250 with AQ and Heinz moved all-in for 10K total. Yann made the call and hit an Ace on the flop.
Then Brosolo lost two pre-flop all-in hands against short stacks and was down to 50K.
In the middle of the last level, Yann Brosolo raised to 1,200 at the cut-off and got 3-bet by the button to 3,700. Yann decided to just call to keep his short-stacked opponent (12K) in the hand.
No action on the flop Q-10-9
Yann bet 4,200 on the turn, a 5, and his opponent paid.
Yann Brosolo moved all-in on the river, a 2, but his opponent gave up.
Just before the end, Yann took down a nice last pot to finish Day 1B with 74K.
He raised under the gun to 1,300 with pocket 9s and the button made the call.
On the flop Q-9-6 Yann made a continuation-bet to 1,600 and his adversary paid.
A Jack fell on the turn and Brosolo bet 4K. His opponent made it 11K and Brosolo called.
Yann checked, expecting a bet from his opponent but this one checked behind with Q J !!!
Christophe Benzimra ended the day with 36K.
304 players are left from the 488 entrants for an average stack of 48,157 chips.
Tomorrow at noon, Christophe and Yann will be back to defend their chips on Day 2 of EPT Prague. Good luck to them !
Dust off your computer monitor, grab some popcorn, and get ready for the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Even if you can’t be there yourself, PokerStars.tv will get you as close as you can be. Once again, the PCA and PokerStars.tv are going to broadcast the final table of the PCA main event and PCA High Roller with hole cards revealed to the world.
Last January, the giant satellite truck behind the Atlantis convention hall beamed to the PCA live around the planet. It was such a hit, the people behind the PCA decided to do it again. On a mere 40-minute security delay to protect the players’ hands, the live PCA broadcast will be your first chance to see the big money action from the Bahamas.
If you’d like to mark your calendars now, here are the key dates and times:
- January 13: PCA main event final table: 13:40 ET (18:40 CET)
- January 14: PCA High Roller final table: 13:40 ET (18:40 CET)
When the time comes, keep the PokerStars.tv Live link handy.
Of course, maybe you’re still planning on joining us in the Bahamas to see the final table (or play it!) for yourself. As we told you this week, registration numbers are already getting really big. There are still lots of good qualifying chances between now and then. In fact, there are some really big events over the next few days that could have you packing for Paradise Island.
- The final PCA Mega-Path final is December 19th at 01:00 ET.
- Sunday December 18th, PokerStars hosts the Very Big $ 700 Mega Qualifier with 30 PCA main event packages guaranteed at 15:00 ET. Satellites for that qualifier are running right now.
For full information on the PCA and to see all the ways you can qualify, visit the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure homepage.
Team Titan’s two professional players are recognized throughout the poker world as being the rising stars of the sport. German poker newssite PokerOlymp has nominated both of them for its prestigious 2011 readers’ choice awards. Register your votes for Sam Trickett and Marvin Rettenmaier today.
Vote for Marvin Rettenmaier as Best German Poker Player of the Year!
Vote for Sam Trickett as Best International Poker Player of the Year!
Hurry up because the voting closes on December 26, 2011.
Last year, PokerOlymp selected Marvin as its Poker Newcomer of the Year.
Sam was recognized in September as the Best Cash Player at the second annual British Poker Awards.
When I was a kid, if people acted with poor manners then you’d often hear them reprimanded with a ‘What, were you raised in a barn or something?’
Now, I have known a fair number of barns in my day. I grew up in an agricultural area. Barns were everywhere so I knew them well and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted people to think I was RAISED in one.
Oh, how things have changed. Last month I moved into my new home in Santa Barbara, which just happens to be, you guessed it, a barn. I was looking for somewhere to keep my stuff while I travel and somewhere to rest my head when I’m back but I never expected to find this absolute little gem.
It was built in 1898 and so it’s definitely rustic but it’s been renovated into a cozy little artists’ studio that I fell in love with the first time I laid eyes on it. The landlord is a creative artist type who lives much of the year in SE Asia (lucky man). Two very good friends of mine live in the main house up front and when they heard the landlord talking about perhaps finding someone to rent it out, they jumped on it for me. So not only do I get to live in a kick ass barn, I basically live in my friend’s backyard too.
But the best part of the whole thing is its name. It was used as a washing shop for women’s undergarments in the early 1900s – I supposed all of those heavy petticoats and whatnot needed some heavy-duty care! So the place is called “The Panty Barn”. Yup, that’s right. I live in the Panty Barn. This amuses me greatly.
For all those people prone to respond to such things with, “It was my understanding that there would be no math,” please be aware the following post about the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure qualifying requires some addition. It’s worth it, however, to explain how the PCA prize pool is getting ready to crest $ 5.3 million.
As you should be aware by now, we have less than four weeks until the start of the ninth annual PCA. As of this morning, 378 people had already won full packages to the main event. Included in those packages is money for plane fare, a room and food credit at Atlantis, and the main event buy-in. It’s quite a deal.
Just a quick scan of the people who have qualified for PCA packages shows a lot of big-name Team PokerStars Pros, members of Team Online, and former EPT winners. Here are just a few of the people you’re sure to see at the tables on Paradise Island.
- Vanessa Selbst
- Matthias De Meulder
- Toni Judet
- Pat Pezzin
- Victor Ramdin
- Nicolas Chouity,
- Ronny Kaiser
- Kevin MacPhee
- Martin Schleich,
- John Shipley ,
- Mike McDonald
- Anders Berg
- Kevin Thurman
- Shane Schleger
- Here’s where the math comes into play.In addition to the 378 who won full packages via the normal routes, 100 players picked up full PCA adventures in the PokerStars 10th Anniversary PCA Giveaway. Don’t put away your calculator yet, because 51 more people have already registered for the PCA using cash from their PokerStars accounts.
So, add them all up and you have 529 people ready to sit down for the 2012 PCA main event. With more than three weeks to go until we start, the prize pool is almost at $ 5.3 million. What’s more, qualifiers are running all the time.
On the ride to Paradise IslandIf you’re looking for a way to be among those of down in the tropics this January, here are some of your best chances of the week.
- 14:00 — $ 215–(2 packages)
- 16:41 — $ 33+R-3xT (1 package)
- L20:30 — $ 700–(1 package)
- 14:01 — $ 320-1R1A (1 package)
- 16:41 — $ 33+R-3xT (1 package)
- 20:30 — $ 33+R-3xT (1 package)
- 15:00 — $ 530 (2 packages)
- 16:41 — $ 33+R-3xT (1 package)
- 20:30 — $ 215 (1 package)
- 16:41 — $ 33+R-3xT (1 package)
- 12:30 — $ 215 (2 packages)
- 16:41 — $ 33+R-3xT (2 packages)
- 05:00 — $ 320 (1 package)
- 15:00 — $ 700 (30 packages)
- 16:41 — $ 33+R (1 package]
- 18:00 — $ 530 (2 packages)
- If you’re planning a trip down to Paradise Island and don’t want to get locked out of any of the side events, you can now register for those tournaments on PokerStars using your PokerStars account. Just click on Events > PCA > Qualifiers, register, and all you need to do is show up with your ID to pick up your seat assignment.One last thing…if you are hoping to get into the PCA via the always-popular FPP Mega-Path events, now’s the time. The last Mega-Path final is coming up December 19 at 01:00.
So, lessons learned here:
1) Time is running out.
2) There is still time.
3) Time to make it happen, cap’n.
Carbon Poker is doing their part to make this holiday season a little bit better by adding a collective $ 5,000 to December poker tournament prize pools. The added $ 5k will be split into five equal $ 1,000 amounts, and the tourney buy-ins will range from $ 1 + $ .10 to $ 10 + $ 1.
Those who want to participate in these added value pokertournamentsneed to earn 250 VIP points at some point in December, and pay the buy-in. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to play in the following tournaments:
December 10th – $ 10 + $ 1 buy-in, earn at least 250 VIP Points
December 17th – $ 5 + $ 0.50 buy-in, earn at least 250 VIP Points
December 24th – $ 2 + $ 0.20 buy-in, earn at least 250 VIP Points
December 25th – $ 1 + $ 0.10 buy-in, earn at least 250 VIP Points
December 31st – $ 1 + $ 0.10 buy-in, earn at least 250 VIP Points
As you can see, the December 10th added value poker tournament has already past, but there are still four other tourneys where $ 1,000 will be added to the prize pool. And they’re all at least several days away, so you have plenty of time to earn the required 250 VIP points to play.
It’s also worth mentioning that the extra $ 1k should offer a ton of added value to these poker tournaments since the buy-ins are so low. For example, let’s say you play in one of the $ 1 + $ 0.10 tournaments; even if 2,000 people bought in ($ 2K total), Carbon Poker would be matching 50% of the prize pool with their added $ 1,000, which really adds a lot of equity for players!
So if you’re looking to get the most out of your tournament buy-ins this December, play at Carbon Poker.