Paulis Plausinaitis leads GGPoker WSOPC main event final table


The GGPoker World Series of Poker Circuit event is down to its last nine players and there are some superstars waiting to battle at the felt for the famed Circuit Ring and perhaps more importantly, the $1,236,361 top prize.With 6,395 entries, the $1,700 buy-in was stumped up by a huge number of players and that meant the $10 million guarantee was exceeded to an eventual total prizepool of $10,327,925.With 700 players paid, Day 2 started with 1,112 players, meaning the bubble had not yet burst, and play might have been expected to slow down a little. With the two final turbo Day 1 flights running into that Day 2, however, play carried on at a lick of pace, with an orbit at each of the remaining tables producing over 100 bust-outs.There were some big names who ran close to the money but missed out on profit, such as Christian Rudolph, Juan Pardo, Kenny Hallaert, David Yan, GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos and Fedor Holz, with the min-cash of $4,107 eluding them all.Others snuck into the money places, with players such as Brunno Botteon, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Mohsin Charania, Jack Salter, Noah Boeken, Mark Radoja, Laurynas Levinskas and former WSOP Main Event winner Ryan Riess all cashing but failing to make the business end of the tournament. Inside the top 100 places, there were more hard luck stories for big names in the game, with the latest big GGPoker WSOPC winner Niklas Astedt busting, and he was joined on the rail by players such as Ronny Kaiser, Michael Addamo and Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson to name just three.Later still, others such as Danny Tang, Simon Mattsson and Philippe D’Auteuil all departed, and it was around this time that a certain WSOP bracelet winner began to truly thrive. Joseph Cheong was nestling at the top of the leaderboard and starting to make his quality count.Back in 2010, this epic hand at the World Series of Poker saw Joseph Cheong’s aces lose to 7-5 after all the chips went into the middle on a 5-6-6 flop.Cheong managed to stay at the higher reaches of the leaderboard late in the day and will go into play in the final with 63 big blinds, holding 50.7 million chips. Only two players have more chips than Cheong, with the chip leader heading into the final being Macau-based Lithuanian Paulis Plausinaitis (76 million/95 big blinds) and second-placed Belarussian Artem Prostak (54 million/68 big blinds) also ahead of Cheong’s stack.Those three are not the only big players awaiting in what is sure to be a stacked final table when it takes place on Saturday 16th January. Finnish poker pro Joni Jouhkimainen with go into battle with only 13.8 million chips (17 big blinds) but will have nothing to lose by going on the attack. Romanian Alexandru Papazian has 25.1 million chips (31 big blinds) and will be an even bigger threat to the established players at the table in terms of chips.The action is sure to be superb when the final takes place, with kick-off time on the 16th January (this coming Saturday) being at 6.30pm UTC and broadcast on a live delay on the GGPoker Twitch channel.With blinds meaning the average stack is just over 44 big blinds, only four players have that, so you’ll want to tune in for kick-off as those below the line will need to make moves – and quick.GGPoker WSOPC Main Event Final Table Chipcounts:PositionPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds1Paulis PlausinaitisLithuania76,004,22495 2Artem ProstakBelarus54,179,29168 3Joseph CheongUnited States50,700,58263 4‘likeboy’China47,269,12959 5Alexandru PapazianRomania25,140,09131 6‘turkey1’China21,939,16027 7‘BetAddict’Israel20,263,05825 8Joni JouhkimainenFinland13,814,88217 9‘DaiMing141319’China8,992,30511 

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Poker Idols – Jack Straus


It’s not hard to imagine why a poker player who measured at 6’ 6” (just under two meteres) was called ‘Treetop’, but the story of Jack Straus is perhaps even taller than he was.  Who was the man who won the 1982 World Series of Poker Main Event from having only one chip halfway through the tournament? How did he die early, and what is his lasting legacy on the game?  It’s time to find out why Jack ‘Treetop’ Straus is a bona fide poker idol.  From the Ground Up  Straus might not have written his poker legend until 1982, but over a decade earlier, he was following the game of poker around the United States. Having attended University in Texas, he played basketball while he was there and was also known locally as a hunter and marksman who could bring down the big game.  That reputation gained a second meaning as Straus transitioned into a poker player who became a ‘road gambler’ travelling around the United States in search of a game as all the professionals would do in the days before the World Series of Poker was born in 1970. He specialised in heads-up poker and wasn’t afraid to gamble when it was full ring, either.  In some ways ahead of his time and playing with an attacking flair beyond his years, at the start of the 1970s, Straus was front and centre in Las Vegas to take part in the newly-formed WSOP. Straus, who once said, “If they had wanted you to hold on to money they’d have made it with handles,” wore a lion’s paw about his person, which was inscribed with the following legend: ‘Better a day as a lion than one hundred years as a lamb’.  The prophetic nature of that phrase would sadly come true in more ways than one.  A Chip and a Chair In 1972, Jack Straus would make the final table of the WSOP Main Event, eventually finishing in 5th place as Amarillo Slim would win the only prize of $80,000 by beating Puggy Pearson heads-up. It would only be a year later that Straus won his first WSOP bracelet, however, as he took down the $3,000-entry Deuce to Seven Draw event for a top prize of $16,500.  As well as winning his first bracelet, Straus went on to finish 3rd in the Main Event of that year, this time missing out on the heads-up he would have fancied his chances in by just one place. It would be Johnny Moss and Puggy Pearson who would battle it out for the bracelet, with Pearson prevailing to the tune of $130,000, with Moss (and the other 11 entrants who busted before him) winning nothing.  Straus would keep coming back to the World Series of Poker, but would have to wait another nine years for the bracelet he really wanted – the WSOP Main Event. A year before his big win, Straus lost heads-up to Mickey Perry for the $2,500 Limit Ace-to-Five Draw bracelet, but the 1982 WSOP Main Event wouldn’t just see him win the most sought-after title in poker but in a manner that has never been repeated.  Halfway through the tournament, with 104 whittled down in number a little, Straus pushed what he thought was all his chips into a pot. Called by his opponent, Straus lost the pot and thought he was out of the tournament, but unbeknown to him, he’d left a single ‘500’ chip under a table napkin. Good natured banter at the table aside, the official rulings stated that as Straus hadn’t declared all-in, the bet stood only at the poker chips he had pushed over the line, and that single chip he found was still his.  Sitting back down in his chair, Straus put that chip to phenomenal use. The very next hand saw play folded to Straus’ big blind, doubling his chip to a micro-stack. Next, he doubled back to a short-stack he could play and eventually grinded his way not just back into genuine contention but as table leader by the close of play with 90,000 chips. By Day three of the most famous event he would ever play, he was chip leader of the whole tournament. Reaching the Heights  Reaching the final table was a miracle in itself, but Straus would go on to complete the unlikeliest of victories, taking down the title after outlasting a final six players that included Doyle Brunson (4th for $52,000) and Berry Johnston (3rd for $104,000).  Straus had almost single-handedly busted most of the final table players, but he saved the cous de gras until his speciality play and just Dewey Tomko sat between him and the title of world champion. Heads-up, Straus took down Dewey Tomko, who committed his stack with ace-four in the final hand and was no match for ‘Treetop’, whose ace-ten paired up to seal the most remarkable win in World Series history.As a side-note, just by reaching that 1982 final table (the last he would reach), Straus joined a select band of players which is unlikely to grow in number as the popularity of the world’s biggest and best poker tournament continues to increase. Only Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, Johnny Chan and Dan Harrington have reached three WSOP Main Event final tables with Straus… what a six-max tournament of champions that would be to watch!  The Broken Heart of a Giant   Jack Straus didn’t limit excitement to that one Main Event. His poker legend would grow even larger after he made a huge bluff in a cash game, holding 7-2 off-suit with a flop of 7-3-3. Heads-up in the hand, Straus was on a roll and after a raising war pre-flop, played the aggressor posot-flop too, calling a large raise when it came. The deuce on the turn inspired Straus to represent the three and made a huge bet, offering his opponent a novel way of gaining information.  “I’ll show you whichever one of my cards you choose if you give me $25,” said Straus. With his opponent taking the bait, Straus was asked to turn over the card, which he did, revealing the deuce. Straus’ opponent decided to fold, figuring Straus would only make that move with pocket deuces or a deuce and a three. Straus won the huge pot on a massive bluff.  Sadly for Straus, he would live just six years as world champion. Aged just 58 years old, Straus suffered an aortic aneurysm on August 17th, 1988 as he sat in a high stakes poker game. Later that year, as Johnny Chan won his second and back-to-back world title, Straus was posthumously inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame along with Doyle Brunson in that same year.  Straus was one of three men in the Hall of Fame to die at the poker table while in a game, with the others being Wild Bill Hickok and Tom Abdo. ‘Treetop’, however, was a unique player, and one who will never be forgotten as a poker idol another 100 years down the line.  

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GGPoker launch Flip & Go tournaments


Flip your way into the money right away with a new format from GGPoker for people who just want to play the end game.

Another new poker tournament format with the recreational player in mind has just launched at GGPoker.
Flip & Go tournaments promise to get you straight to the money stages of the tournament. The tournament begins with everybody being forced all-in on the first table until one player remains. Once every table is complete the tournament slows down and becomes a normal MTT after the bubble has burst. 
It’s not a complete gamble at the first table. Players will be dealt three cards instead of two and discard one before going all-in, so you have a chance to pick the hand that plays the best multi-way. 
Players who get dealt a strong three card starting hand preflop and go on to win the flip will see their stack increased. x1 if they get a straight, x2 if they get a flush, x3 if they get dealt trips and x4 if they get a straight flush. 

Discard one card in the Flip & Go stage

You can also buy a bigger stack in the flip stage, up to x10 your starting stack. So in a $5 MTT you can pay as much as $50 to get a x10 bigger stack, meaning you have a better chance if surviving the flip stage. It also means that the money stage of the tournament begins with different stacks in play. 

This format could prove popular with recreational players and professionals alike. Casual players don’t have to play all night only to miss the money. Serious players already like to late register and could easily justify these tournaments if the early gamble they go through means they get to play against recreational players in the money stages. PokerStars have previously tried something similar called Bubble Rush where the fast structured tournament slows down after the bubble bursts. 
Will you play this format? Let us know in the comments:

Barry Carter
Barry Carter is the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, Poker Satellite Strategy and PKO Poker Strategy

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ซีรีส์ YouTube หลายเรื่องที่มีผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์เหมือนกัน พวกเขามีความท้าทายที่ผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์เริ่มต้นด้วยจำนวนเงินเล็กน้อยที่จะวางลงพูดว่า $ 50 และพวกเขาเสนอให้เปลี่ยนเป็นแบ๊งค์ 5 ตัวเช่น 10,000 ดอลลาร์นั่นคือหลักฐานของซีรีส์วิดีโอ Charlie Carrel ล่าสุดบน YouTube เหตุใดการดู Charlie Carrel จึงแตกต่างจากการดูผู้เล่นคนอื่นทั้งแบบออนไลน์หรือแบบถ่ายทอดสดเป็นเวลานานที่ Charlie Carrel อยู่ในโลกของผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ฉันไม่มีความรู้เป็นการส่วนตัว – ชุดลูกกลิ้งสูง มันผ่านฉันไปเพียงเพราะโอกาสอันบริสุทธิ์จริงๆ ในช่วงเริ่มต้นอาชีพการรายงานโป๊กเกอร์ของฉันฉันได้รับการทดสอบอย่างถูกต้องในเหตุการณ์เล็ก ๆ บางอย่างที่ไม่ค่อยมีใครสนใจ ในความเป็นจริงบางครั้งเพียงแค่ตาของฉัน แต่นั่นเป็นวิธีที่ถูกต้องและเร็วกว่านั้นฉันพบว่าตัวเองอยู่ในปรากต่อหน้าชาร์ลีและเบ็นฮี ธ เพื่อนที่ดีของเขาคาร์เรลและฮี ธ พบปะสังสรรค์กันในช่วงพักเรียนโป๊กเกอร์อย่างหนักด้วยกันและมักจะสลับแอ็คชั่น ดังนั้นมันจึงสมเหตุสมผลที่จะดูว่าทั้งคู่กำลังทำอะไรอยู่ ทั้งคู่ยังเด็ก, แก่แดดและอยู่ในระดับของโป๊กเกอร์ที่สูงกว่าผู้เล่นในวัยของพวกเขาเองทำให้ฉันรู้สึกไม่เหมือนใครและแน่นอนในแง่ของผู้เล่นชาวอังกฤษภาพลักษณ์เก่า ๆ ของนักโป๊กเกอร์ชาวอังกฤษคือคนที่มีผิวหนาและมีพิรุธ ประวัติศาสตร์และอากาศที่มีทั้งความลึกลับและมัสค์นั่นไม่ใช่กรณีของ Carrel และ Heath ที่สูดอากาศบริสุทธิ์อย่างแท้จริง การโจมตีฉากลูกกลิ้งสูงที่โต๊ะพวกเขาแต่ละคนพูดถึงหัวข้อที่น่าสนใจมากมายเช่นปัญญาประดิษฐ์ มันจะเกิดขึ้นเมื่อไหร่ชีวิตของเราจะซึมผ่านไปมากแค่ไหนมันจะกลายเป็นสิ่งถาวรในสังคมมนุษย์หรือไม่ Carrel นำความสามารถนี้มาเติมความสดชื่นให้กับการสนทนาในซีรีส์ YouTube ในช่องยอดนิยมของเขา (เขามีสมาชิก 47,000 คน) และในขณะที่ หลักฐานของการเรียกใช้แบ๊งค์ไม่ใช่เรื่องแปลกใหม่วิธีการของ Carrel คือ ในช่วงไม่กี่ปีที่ผ่านมาพัฒนาเป็นผู้ชายที่มีมุมมองชีวิตที่เปิดกว้างอย่างสดชื่นชาร์ลีคาร์เรลเป็นคนที่น่าสนใจในการฟังและดูการเล่นโป๊กเกอร์ไม่ต้องสงสัยเลยว่าเขาจะประสบความสำเร็จในการเปลี่ยนเงิน 50 ดอลลาร์เป็น 10,000 ดอลลาร์ – มันขึ้นอยู่กับว่างานนี้จะใช้เวลานานแค่ไหน แต่เช่นเดียวกับหลาย ๆ สิ่งในชีวิตมันคือการเดินทางที่พิสูจน์แล้วว่าสนุกกว่าการไปถึงจุดหมาย ความสุขในการดู Charlie Carrel พูดคุยเกี่ยวกับโป๊กเกอร์และชีวิตคือความแปลกใหม่และความเพลิดเพลินในการแสวงหาไม่ใช่ผลลัพธ์คุณสามารถดูตอนล่าสุดของภารกิจของ Charlie Carrel เพื่อเปลี่ยน $ 50 เป็น $ 10,000 ด้านล่างและเราขอแนะนำเป็นอย่างยิ่ง

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Top Online Poker Strategies Used by Skilled Players

Not all of us will have the good fortune to ever compete at a World Series of Poker event. Most of us will play in our home games, online, or at our local casinos. With that said, there is no reason why we should be prevented from enjoying all that the game of poker has to offer. Think about some of the reasons why you initially decided to learn how to play poker. Perhaps you enjoy the competition? Or maybe you are instead interested in the inherent psychology. While both of these are perfectly valid motivations, for most people who play poker, they’re tempted by the allure of winning money; possibly a huge jackpot score from a big tournament. Are there some strategies which seem to work better than others as far as giving players an edge? Objectively speaking, those who put forth the effort to study solid strategy material from poker training sites will tend to do better,. With that said, even a handful of tips and tricks could very well provide you with a much-needed edge when the time is right. Let’s break it down to the basics, and examine the notions of hand volume, endurance, and bluffing.
The Fallacy That More Hands is Better
Many novices tend to focus upon volume in terms of the number of online poker hands they choose to play. The theory behind this approach is that statistics will remain on their side. However, this comes with a catch. The main hiccup with this strategy is that it can easily become exhausting to play optimal strategy at all times. You need to maintain tremendous discipline and play relatively strong holdings most of the time. It is wise to play fewer hands in order to avoid bleeding away what could very well be a rather modest virtual stack of chips.
Another point to mention involves endurance. From a psychological point of view, your senses and reaction times can become blunted if you play for too long. To put it simply, more is not necessarily better. It is instead prudent to play fewer hands and to embrace a more aggressive approach.
Understanding the Bluff
There is no doubt that some of the best players in the world have taken bluffing to the next level. While this talent can be considered an art form to a degree, it is also a science, in that there’s often mathematical calculation involved. This is when the term “semi-bluff” is important to appreciate. Semi-bluffing means that while you don’t have a complete trash hand, your hand is weak, yet nonetheless you attempt to bluff your way to a win. Even if you get called you still may have the chance of winning if you manage to catch the cards you need. Moreover, there are those who have managed to eke their way into winning a bad beat jackpot after first having attempted a semi bluff.
The best way to semi-bluff is to determine if your current hand has an out. In other words, this approach can often enable you to improve your holdings as the rounds progress. Examples include flush draws and straight draws. As many experienced players will attest, it is always good to have a backup plan if your bluff is called.
As the old saying goes, poker is a game that takes just a few minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master. The immense amount of strategies, nuances, and areas of study that need to be practiced can seem overwhelming. Even the best players in the world are still improving their own games. With that said, don’t despair, particularly if you are new to the game. Poker is just as much about the journey as it is about winning big. This is why the learning curve will naturally take a bit of time. And remember, the game is supposed to be fun at the end of the day.
About Marcus HarmonMarcus Harmon is a poker writer and editor of Sunshine Poker Rooms, a poker news and information source. With a decade of experience in the online gaming industry, Marcus has been lucky enough to have met and indeed been beaten by some of the great players. His other passions are soccer and travel.

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Newspaper claims footballer won $100m at poker


Put on your sceptical hat for this, but a newspaper is claiming that former Everton star Thomas Gravesen is one of the biggest winners in poker.

Thomas Gravesen

The Daily Star wrote that the Danish midfielder had won over $100 million playing poker since retiring from football and moving to the United States. 
At this stage it would be remiss of us to point out that the Daily Star in the UK is not exactly a Pulitzer winning publication. Also, mainstream media tend to get turnover and profit gravely mixed up in these stories. 
There are, however, rumours abound in poker that some of the biggest games and therefore biggest winners in poker are from the private games enjoyed by the rich and famous where most professionals are not allowed. Indeed, there is credible evidence to suggest that Rick Salomon and Tobey Maguire are two of the biggest winners in poker history from such games. 
The article also claims that Gravesen lost $54 million in a single heads-up session in Vegas. That actually has some secondary evidence to be found, as five years ago somebody made the same claim on 2+2. They also said Gravesen was up $80 million at the time. 
So it seems clear that Gravesen plays high stakes games and possibly has been a winner in them. However, it is probably better to wait for some respected players in the industry to confirm he is the real deal before we pay too much attention to the $100 million winner claims. 
Do you think this story is plausible? Let us know in the comments:

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Barry Carter is the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, Poker Satellite Strategy and PKO Poker Strategy

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Some Positive Stories of 2020 from the Poker Community

In my latest monthly newsletter, I announced a contest whereby I’d be gifting $100 to an individual who shared with me a positive story of something that went right for them in 2020.
Here’s what I wrote in the newsletter: “While 2020 has certainly earned itself the moniker of ‘a year that nobody wants to repeat,’ I’m choosing to look on the bright side at some of the good things that have happened. As rough as 2020 has been for you, I’m absolutely positive that there are some things that have gone right, too. Focusing on that leads to optimism, internal happiness, and ultimately outward happiness.”
With last year having been for so many people quite simply a year they’d rather forget, I nonetheless felt it would be a uniquely uplifting experience for people to reflect on some of the good things that may have happened for them. I received a total of 20 responses, each of which told a unique story that made me smile. There were no major outliers like someone winning an online lotto, or anything like that. That said, the responses did run the full demographic spectrum: men and women of all ages and backgrounds from multiple places across the globe sent in some really beautiful stories.
I’ve decided to select half a dozen of the truly special ones (the winning story included) and am publishing them below with permission, sans any identifying information of course. The world could surely use as much positivity as possible right now, and I’m grateful we have such a wonderful poker community to share these great stories with. I hope the stories warm your heart as they have mine.

For Mama
2020 was obviously a difficult year for all of us, but I was very fortunate to not have my job affected by the pandemic. Because of this, I was able to take care of my Mom from my house instead of having her in a nursing home. It’s been very stressful because no one will put her in assisted living either due to Covid. I am spending a lot of money out of pocket to pay for home health.
One thing that has been a nice break from taking care of her has been playing online poker. Very low stakes, but still fun and sometimes profitable 😁.
Personal Growth
I have been reflecting on 2020 recently and feel very lucky and fortunate to say that it was one of the biggest years of growth for me. I have been afraid to share these positive outcomes beyond a couple close friends in fear of appearing perhaps selfish and lacking sympathy for all the bad and suffering that has also come for many this year. So, thank you for providing a safe space for us to reflect and celebrate our wins.
What’s gone right for me in 2020:

My family and I are in good health.
I started listening to and prioritizing my needs.

I set boundaries with family and friends.
I can say ‘no’ now, and am getting pretty good at it!
I am more selective of to where and to whom my time and energy goes.
I realized my living environment was causing me stress, and moved to a quiet space of my own. My mind now feels free.
I realized exercise is the foundation of my life’s momentum so I prioritized time for exercise above all else.
I made eating healthier meals a priority and did a lot more cooking at home.
I made time to get outdoors more and have discovered a lot of new hiking and fishing spots.

Socially:

I found a new sport to enjoy: pickleball!
I made a new friend who I connect very deeply with and I adore.
I have kept in touch and even become closer with a few out-of-state friends via text and Zoom.
I have found a new small group of poker people to hang out online with, which has been an easy way to relax and socialize from home.
I have become closer to my family.

Poker:

I feel fortunate I had a network already established to be able to transition from live poker to app games when casinos shut down.
I moved up in stakes
I have gained some confidence (although this feels like a rollercoaster, it appears to have an upwards trajectory)
I feel like my theoretical curiosity and understanding are both constantly growing.

After taking this year to remove so many stressors, my mind feels free, and I am no longer just satisfied coasting through the day. I am eager for growth and challenges. I am not sure what this means for me yet, but the spark, drive and motivation are all back.
Happiness and Good Health
I guess what went right for me in 2020 wasn’t much of a personal achievement but it felt like a miracle, purely because so many people didn’t have it happen for them. In a year devastated by COVID-19, I think the best thing that happened to me was that somehow all four children in my care in any way are happy and healthy and head into 2021 with a roof over their heads.
We had a few worries along the way, illness and injury, sadness and frustration at the collapse of education, but we educated them at home, we kept them on the straight and narrow and by Christmas were able to provide a few happy memories for them; in years to come, I hope that they talk of this time of a special Christmas, maybe even the year. As a society, we often look back of periods of great suffering or hardship with pride – the war, a recession, episodes of tragedy such as 9/11, they can reboot families, stir a drive for peace and happiness within people and I hope that what comes out of the global pandemic we’re living through is a new era of togetherness, kindness and appreciation. Those are qualities we all need to pass onto our children and if that happens, then it’ll be something positive that came from 2020 that can last into the next decade and hopefully beyond.
Retirement Benefits
I can think of three things that made 2020 less sucky for me personally. The first is that my wife retired in December of 2019. And even though her first year of not working in over 40 years turned out to be the year of a global pandemic, she took it in stride and began baking, crocheting, and doing other crafty things that she always wanted to do. It’s been a blessing seeing her relaxed and enjoying life and I’m looking forward to two years from now when I plan to retire also.
The second positive from last year was the feeling I got while donating all the tournament buy-ins that I would have spent to various charities. I decided to do that back in May and plan on continuing it through this year until live tourneys start up again. Granted, it’s not a ton of money but at least a needy cause can put it to work accomplishing their goals.
Lastly, and somewhat selfish, was that back in mid-March I finally went through the Maryland motorcycle safety course and got my motorcycle license at 59 years old. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and was lucky since the class I attended was the last offered due to rising COVID-19 concerns at that time. I also bought a new Harley and it was delivered to my house in late March. I’ve really enjoyed getting comfortable riding the bike around during the past year. Since most folks were staying home and off the road, it gave me a chance to ride more open roads than I ever could have.
A Full House
2020 was an amazing year for my household if not for one reason alone. We purchased our forever home here in Ohio! I thought I was going to hate it but it has brought so much love and shared memories for me and my wonderful family. My older step-daughter and younger daughter spent their entire childhoods growing up in apartments. Sharing rooms, sharing a bathroom, trying to constantly not strangle one another in tight quarters. Then we added a third daughter, so, yea, four women and me… IT WAS HARD!
Now my girls have a loft with a movie room for us to have movie nights. We have a play area full of kid toys to stimulate the mind and help the little one grow into a beautifully talented woman. We have a sunroom where the piano sits. My middle daughter gets to rock out with her headphones there often. My oldest doesn’t have to share a sink anymore. My wife has her dream kitchen where she gets to cook/bake in comfort. Me? I have a beautiful office I get to escape to here and there. We all enjoy the front porch more than anything.
There isn’t much else that was considered good. My wife is an emergency room nurse. My work/passion clearly disrupted by the pandemic often as it has been most of my friends. Kids seeing less of their friends because of lockdowns. HOWEVER… with family and our new home it has been perfect and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Everything works out when and how it is supposed to.
Prepping for a Bright Future
In 2020 I:

Got my first WSOP cash which led to me being added to The Hendon Mob website
Decided I would like to be a lawyer and wrote the LSAT, followed by applying to Law schools
Got my first university semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA (I am currently in my fourth year of University)
Was able to stay in a long-distance relationship with my girlfriend as she lived in Europe for 4 months
Had my first “large” (relatively) poker cash
Was able to visit my grandparents and cousins in the summer who live in Quebec
Starting managing my personal finances and created investment accounts
Re-found my love for tennis and started playing weekly again
Started the process of creating my own poker related social media sites: Twitch, YouTube, Tiktok, Twitter, Instagram

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons
For starters, I really appreciate someone wanting to know the positive things that have happened in 2020 as opposed to the negative…
2020 was a pretty miserable year for a lot of people including myself but there were also bright spots.
I lost my job due to the pandemic but I found a new one that I like much better.
I was also awarded full custody of my 8 year old son which is a huge feat for a single father but I persevered. We are happier than ever.
And in the last part of 2020 I have reconnected with ‘the one who got away’ when we were young and not ready for each other yet. We are now together again, soulmates, and also happier than ever. And she is amazing with my son and has given him a strong female to look up to and we are also able to show him what a loving relationship looks like.
2020 was also the year I got my first online poker tournament win. And it felt really good to break that barrier.
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About Robbie StrazynskiRobbie founded Cardplayer Lifestyle in 2009.
Having quite literally learned how to play poker around the kitchen table as a child, “living a Cardplayer Lifestyle” is something that he’s always aspired to. After having worked as a copywriter and marketing professional in the online gaming industry for a number of years, Robbie transitioned to become self-employed in the poker media industry in March 2017.
Robbie translated Pulling The Trigger: The Autobiography of Poker Pro Eli Elezra, from Hebrew into English. He is also the host of the Twitch.tv/poker roundtable panel show The Orbit, the CardsChat Podcast, and creator of the Poker Notes Live mobile app.
Robbie received the 2018 Global Poker Award for Charitable Initiative of the Year and in 2019 he was recognized by the Women’s Poker Association with their Excellence Award as Media Support Person of the Year.
Connect with Robbie on Twitter @cardplayerlife, or via email: robbie@cardplayerlifestyle.com.

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Seven final poker quotes to inspire you


When it’s played right, poker should inspire everyone at the table, win or lose. Of course it’s nice to walk away from the felt a winner, but it shouldn’t define your mood. If it does, maybe you’re in the wrong game.Better a rye smile and a few funny words than anything is our motto and it’s with that spirit in mind that we present to you seven final quotes from the great game to inspire your own week at the felt.Let’s get the lesson on!1. “People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker.”Mary Austin makes the surprise call about a player’s beliefs at the poker table. Have you ever been all-in against an opponent and they’ve called upon ‘The Poker Gods’ to save them despite veering between only agnostic or downright atheist? This isn’t uncommon in real life, actually. In times of peril, many people will summon a higher power for help having previously never believed. We think any God might be quite busy saving the starving and hungry to assist in preventing that one-outer landing on the river, but what do we know?2. “If you play bridge badly you make your partner suffer, but if you play poker badly you make everybody happy.”Joe Laurie Jr. hits the nail on the head, as in poker it really is you against the world. If the world wins, then they want you back at the table as soon as possible. If you win, well you’re happy. It sounds like the easiest thing to be a winner at poker, but it is of course, very difficult. Getting to know how your table (and in microcosm, the poker world) plays, is of course, key. There’s no way around playing at the felt to do this, so stay sharp by staying at the table.3. “Even Jesus wouldn’t bet all of his chips on a Jack-three.”Phil Gordon is inclined to believe that Jesus would have been tight-aggressive or at the very least tight-passive and who are we to disagree. What would Jesus’ favourite hands be? Well it’s hard to look past the son of God set-mining with the cowboys in order to get three kings – that would be the Jesus play. It’s unlikely he’d even call the flop with pocket sixes for fear of landing the hand of the devil – 666.4. “I was tired, a little the worse for drink, jet lagged and light-headed – four out of four conditions in which one should certainly not play poker in Las Vegas.”There aren’t many people we respect more in poker than Anthony Holden, who is better health than he has enjoyed recently, spoke to us way back in 2012 at the inaugural IFP poker event at the Rotunda in London.If you haven’t read Anthony Holdens seminal poker book Big Deal, then read our review of it right here and make it your next poker purchase – it’s wonderful.5. “Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.”Jackie Robinson is bang right about one of the most important things to remember about playing poker and quitting while you’re ahead. No-one wins forever in poker, but those who learn to walk away from the table with profit on a consistent basis win the long game. In the end, the only battle is with yourself.6. “Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.”Steven Wright with one of the funniest lines about poker ever written. Just the visualization of a home game with Tarot cards is enough to make us chuckle, but if you get tired of poker, you can always look at our article we published over Christmas which talks about other card games you might like to play. 7. “The next best thing about gambling and winning is gambling and losing.”Nick ‘The Greek’ Dandalos had an appetite for gambling that was insatiable and he knew that win or lose, if you’re taking part, you’re enjoying it to some extent. Poker is like that and if you’re in a chair, virtual or otherwise, you can have fun.If you’re playing poker tonight, then enjoy it! It’s enormous fun and should be enjoyed whenever you sit down to play. We hope that you’ve loved this look at some of the best quotes from the world of poker as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.

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Negreanu halves deficit but can he really make a comeback?


The bitter feud that kicked off the heads-up high stakes match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk was an entertaining one, with Polk claiming that odds of 4:1 against him were lucrative ones and at the same time he would soon be backing up a truck to fill with his rival Daniel Negreanu’s money.After 10,000 hands, Polk was up by close to a million dollars and while the balance had levelled out a little by the 12,500-hand halfway stage, many thought it obvious that Daniel Negreanu’s best play at that stage would be to quite while he was behind by six figures.Kid Poker decided to fight on.Since then, fortune has certainly favoured the Canadian, with five straight wins in sessions amounting to 2,750 hands meaning that the six-time WSOP bracelet winner is now down by a much more manageable $484,073.According to a tweet from Negreanu, he’s currently running under EV by almost $200,000 too, so if all was fair in love and all-ins, he’s be less than $300,000. Chump change to the GGPoker ambassador.Negreanu’s current deficit equates to 12 buy-ins to the $200/$400 NLHE tables he plays against Polk (two tables run at the same time), not a small amount but not an insurmountable number either given there are 9,750 hands of poker still to play.Polk himself has been unusually contrite in recent times, with far fewer threats to open up the truck door and fill up the back with DNegs’ hard-earned money. https://twitter.com/DougPolkVids/status/1348827442887028737As he put it later, however, Polk was more than happy to credit his opponent.“I gotta say, [Negreanu] is playing just night and day better than at the start of the challenge. I still think I have the edge, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s pretty low at this point. Gotta give credit where credit is due.”Is Polk giving credit where credit is due, or could this be a cunning ploy to manipulate the betting markets? Well, let’s take a look at them. Where Negreanu was 15/1 to book a win just a few weeks ago, the best price available for the Canadian to win the challenge is 8.50. In digital terms, Polk is still nailed-on, only available at 1.08, but like we just said, that could be quite a chunk if you bet enough and there are some deep pockets in the poker community.Mike Matusow has waded into the furore, stoking the already roaring fire by asking his audience if, after five winning sessions on the bounce and reducing his arrears from $985,000 at one stage to half a million dollars less, Negreanu could win the match.Overwhelmingly, ‘The Mouth’s followers have voted in the negative, with a whopping 68.9% giving Negreanu just a 10% to 25% chance. With 22.5% believing Negreanu has a 25% to 40% chance of the win, only 8.6% think the Canadian poker legend has a better than 40% chance.The value isn’t there given popular opinion sides with Polk at least 91.4% of the time to back Negreanu at 8.5, and that’s presuming the ‘Over 40%’ demographic all think Negreanu would win, which of course doesn’t apply to some of their number.Matusow is not put off, stating: ‘I’ll take 7 to 1 on [Negreanu] for $2,000 if anyone wants to DM me!”Brave talk from Matusow. We wonder if Polk is blocked or whether he’s tapping out a message to The Mouth as we speak.

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