Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Variations of Poker Games

The young game of the 19th century has come with much number of variations in the middle of the 20th century. Almost all the variations are firstly found in the United States. All the varying systems of play poker games have distinguished in their number of cards engage in the play and the number of players in the game, and they are also different in their distinct betting system. As the many variations are coming in poker games, the system of those games is to be more and more complicated. Many distinct actions are employed in the games which the players have to maintain in the beginning of their playing.

Many actions are taken place in the middle of the rounds of the poker games. Researchers try to present a list form of these varying poker games and they try to enlist the strategies of the games. There are three well known variations of poker games are very popular among the United States people, and among the world wide casinos. These three well known poker games are draw poker, stud poker, and community card poker, every one of them is very distinct in their serving of number of cards and in the progressive number of card combinations.

In the draw poker games the players are playing in a complete hand and hidden one. After that they replace it by the number of cards. The most common game in this formation is five card draw. Stud poker is a hugely popular game with the multiple betting systems. In the multiple betting rounds the players get some combination of face up cards and some combination of face down cards. Seven card stud and the five card stud are the most popular game in this formation. Community card poker is another much played variations in the varying of poker games.

According to this system of card playing every player gets an incomplete hidden hand, and the cards of these incomplete hidden hands are combined with the shared face up cards. The most game of these are Texas Hold’em and Omaha Hold’em. There are poker games which are not included in the above variations of poker games. These variations are generally home version of poker games.

They are played in the chats rather in the casinos with the bets. These specific home versions of poker games are stud horse poker, oxford stud, High Chicago or Low Chicago, follow the queen etc. without any reason stud horse poker was banned in Chicago in 1885. In 1947 the attorney General of California gave a statement that the stud horse poker was the same type of version of the game stud poker, and after that he ordered to play the game.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Day 1 Of The Poker News Cup Austria

The first day of the Poker News Cup Austria was filled with excitement and many familiar faces. It is always fun to see which famous poker stars will compete and this tournament was no different. Not only did we catch glimpses of some of the best stars but we also caught a peek at some of the qualifiers from Poker Stars, CD Poker, T6 Poker, Duplicate Poker, Titan Poker, and Full Tilt Poker.

T6 Poker had the largest amount of qualifiers that included Henrik Gwinner, Mel Judah, Anthony Chatelain, and Woody Deck. The total amount of players 135 making the prize a total of €120,600

One of the first to be eliminated was Torben Hubert - the founder of T6 Poker. He was able to grab hold of some chips early in the day - which allowed him to participate in the cash games. Not long after he was joined by Mel Judah and Woody Deck (others from T6.

We especially noticed the elimination of Judah. He went all in during the pre-flop while in a special coin flip against another fellow T6 Poker player - Henrik Gwinner and his pocket queens. The flop gave Judah a top pair - but when the river came it supplied Gwinner with his two-outer that he needed to push Judah to the sidelines.

Gwinner was impressing us all with his aggressive strategy. By the end of the day he was the noticeable chip leader. Gwinner spent the whole day playing hard and winning big while at the same trying to take out some of the best poker pros at the table. After busting Judah out of the game he went face to face with Henric Bjornstrom.

Bjornstrom started off by moving in above Gwinner with a pair of sixes. Gwinner decided to call with a Kd-Qc. The river revealed enough to help Gwinner secure the win for that round. The two went up against each other many times during the day - but they both managed to end the day in the top ten chip stacks.

Others who were able to finish the first day and make it to the second were Rikard Aberg from Poker News, Anthony Chatelain and Anders Henriksson from T6 Poker. Out of the 135 players that began the day only 90 players were left.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Wilbur Futhey Wins WSOP-C Caesars Indiana

This week poker players from around the country came together at the Caesars Indiana to fight for the $180,289, the $10,000 buy in that will get them to the Main Event at the World Series of Poker, a WSOP Circuit diamond and gold ring, and $1,000 to spend in the event. The first day was exciting and as we entered the second day we couldn’t help but notice that Robert Cheung – the bracelet winner of the WSOP – had taken the chip lead and was working hard to stay there.

Some of the first to be eliminated early in the second day were James McKinney, Bill Johnson, and Beth Shak. Shak lost all her chips when she went up against Jerry Martin. She started off with a (10-Hearts)(10-Clubs) against his (9-Clubs) (9-Diamonds) - giving her the lead. She lost her hand when the flop gave a (9-Spades) to Martin and sent Shak to the sidelines.

Robert Cheung took out John Ferguson with an A-K against Ferguson’s A-10. Afterwards we watched as Dave Costain was taken out by Philip Sparta when his K-Q turned out to be no match for Sparta’s pocket eights.

There were many more eliminations throughout the day – but none was tenser than the battle between Steve Merrifield and Robert Cheung. Robert Cheung was the chip leader throughout the day – but he lost his footing when he went all in during the pre-flop with only a J-7. Steve Merrifield called with his A-J. Unfortunately for Cheung there was no help to be found on the board and he was sent to the sidelines to receive his $8,093 for the tournament.

Michael Iacovone went up against Dale Poynter and Benjamin Hock not long after the final table had been set. Iacovone went all in with a (Q-Hearts)(5-Hearts). The turn revealed (10-Hearts)(2-Clubs)(A-Spades)(9-Hearts) - which inspired Poytner to bet and Hock to fold. Poytner showed off his (A-Diamonds)(9-Hearts) to give him a two pair. On the river a (10-Clubs) was revealed – which didn’t serve to help either player. Iacovone found himself in deep water and was eliminated.

The next one to go was Jerry Martin when he went all in during the pre-flop with his (A-Clubs)(Q-Diamonds). Both Jason Mann and Merrifield called and the board revealed (J-Hearts)(K-Diamonds)(9-Hearts)(9-Diamonds)(Q-Hearts). Mann took the pot with his (K-Hearts)(10-Diamonds) for a straight. Martin was eliminated.

As the game slowly drew to a close we saw the elimination of Benjamin Hock, Doug “Rico” Carli, and Poytner. One by one as the players were eliminated we saw that the battle would be between Steve Merrifield and Wilbur Futey.

In the final hand Futey re-raised and went all in during the pre-flop with his (A-Clubs)(K-Spades). Merrifield made the decision to call with an (A-Spades)(10-Clubs). When the flop revealed a (6-Spades)(Q-Clubs)(Q-Spades) it was obvious that it would be hard for Merrifield to get himself back on top. Things looked up for Merrifield with a (10-Hearts) was revealed on the turn. However, this was quickly taken away when the river revealed a (J-Clubs) and gave Futhey a Broadway straight and the win. Futhey won the $180,289 grand prize as well as a $10,000 buy-in to the WSOP Main Event.