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Steve "Thorladen" Weinstein took down the WPT Borgota Winter Open. Thorladen is considered one of the most complete online poker players out there, with great results in both cash-game and tournaments. An important live-tournament title would be the only thing missing in his career, but not anymore. He overcame a field of 1017 players to take down his first WPT title and pocket the nice first-place prize of $658,405 .

It was a 3-day tournament, with two first days. That’s a really impressive duration for a $3,000 buy-in tournament. Third and final day of the tournament started with 27 players still chasing the title. Thorladen was 17th in chip counts, only nine would make it to the final table. Charles Marchese was the first finalist to say good bye to the tournament, earning $61,020. Carl Pion, who started the day with the biggest stack, was the next. His pair of Threes met with pocket Aces and he found no help from the board. Pion was eliminated in 8th place for $83,902.

Ory Hen and Frank Caldwell were eliminated in 7th and 6th places respectively. Michael Contessa lost with Fives against Ladies and finished in 5th place. Robert Mclaughling and Anthony Merulla were eliminated by chip leader Todd Terry in 4th and 3rd places. When heads-up started Terry lead with a 4-to-1 advantage against Thorladen. Eventually though, Thorladen doubled up and made his skills prevail, taking the lead from Terry. In the final hand Terry’s open ended straight draw was no match for Thorladen’s top pair of Aces. Steve Weinstein is now a WPT champion! Congratulations Steve!

    1. Steve "Thorladen" Weinstein - $658,405
    2. Todd Terry - $434,767
    3. Anthony Merulla - $236,452
    4. Robert McLaughlin - $205,942
    5. Michael Contessa - $175,432
    6. Frank Caldwell - $144,922
    7. Ory Hen - $114,412
    8. Carl Pion - $83,902
    9. Charles Marchese - $61,020

How to get more profit from big hands

No matter what your skill level, high marginal hands like A-J, K-Q, K-J, Q-J and Q-T consistently cost poker players more money than any other grouping of hands. The question is not whether or not to play these hands; the question is how to play them profitably.In this two-part series, we'll look at the first part of this equation: knowing the numbers and knowing how much equity these hands really hold.

The premium hands make you the most money; the rags win/lose you the least. Even if you don't have a database full of stats to run reports from, just take a second to think:

  • How much of your profits/losses do you feel come from AA and KK?
  • How much of your profits/losses do you feel come from 2-3 or 8-3?
  • How much of your profits/losses do you feel come from K-Q and A-J?

Unless you have a skewed view of your own game, or you're playing an extreme, radical style, your thoughts will be the same as every serious online grinder's results. Most of your profit in a hand vs. hand comparison is almost always from AA, with KK usually being No. 2.

The smallest part of your losses/wins comes from hands such as 8-3; if you don't play them, you can't have wins or losses attributed to them.

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Soon, the 111th Congress will gather in Washington, D.C., to begin its work, and that means that all of the bills that were introduced to the 110th Congress will have to be reintroduced all over again.
Several bills that were introduced that, if passed, would have changed the landscape of Internet poker in the United States, also expire with the 110th Congress in a few weeks.

John Pappas, the executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, says that all of the proposed bills concerning poker and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) that were introduced in 2007 and 2008 will be reintroduced when the next Congress convenes.

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It took hours longer than anybody could have imagined, but the mounting blinds and antes finally put an end to a marathon heads-up session that saw numerous lead changes, huge hands, and even bigger bluffs. When all was said and done, Jonathan Little bested Jonathan Jaffe for his second WPT title and nearly $1.2 million.

Here were the chip counts heading into the final table:

Seat 1: David Pham — 2,038,000
Seat 2: Jonathan Jaffe — 4,131,000
Seat 3: Jonathan Little — 2,021,000
Seat 4: Charles Marchese — 1,718,000
Seat 5: Jack Schanbacher — 1,592,000
Seat 6: Mike Matusow — 816,000

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Peter Eastgate win WSOP 2008

The final night at the 2008 World Series of Poker main event was a record-setting affair. New heights were reached for the longest $10,000 no-limit hold'em world championship final table ever, as well as the largest big blind (1 million) in the history of the event. At the end of play, another record fell when Peter Eastgate of Denmark became the youngest world champion in history at 22 years old when he defeated Ivan Demidov of Russia just after 2:30 a.m and took home $9,152,416 in prize money. Card Player was there to catch all of the action from the final table, which you can read about below.

First, a little bit about what these players had to fight through to get to the final match. In July, they had to battle amid a tournament field of 6,844 players, the second largest in history, to make a final table of nine players. After that, they had to wait 117 days before they could return to Las Vegas to play down to the heads-up match on Nov. 9.

Here are the payouts for those who fell yesterday during the play-down to the heads-up match:

3rd: Dennis Phillips -- $4,517,773
4th: Ylon Schwartz -- $3,774,974
5th: Scott Montgomery -- $3,096,768
6th: Darus Suharto -- $2,418,562
7th: David Rheem -- $1,772,650
8th: Kelly Kim -- $1,288,217
9th: Craig Marquis -- $900,670

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WPT: Foxwoods World Poker Finals Day 5

Jonathan Little, Jonathan Jaffe, David Pham and Mike Matusow Make Final Table

jonathan jaffeIt was a short day for the World Poker Tour, as the final ten competitors resumed play in the ballroom just outside the Great Cedar hotel in Foxwoods, Connecticut. Here were the ten players and their chip counts:

Seat 1: David Pham — 1,242,000
Seat 2: Jonathan Jaffe — 1,780,000
Seat 3: Jonathan Little — 1,407,000
Seat 4: Dimitri Haskaris — 945,000
Seat 5: Tom Nguyen — 615,000
Seat 6: Henry Doiban — 591,000
Seat 7: Charles Marchese — 963,000
Seat 8: Jack Schanbacher — 1,600,000
Seat 9: Mike Matusow — 1,857,000
Seat 10: Anthony Newman — 1,391,000

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WSOP Final Live

Right now, it feels more like a European football match in here than a poker tournament, with each player's entourage cheering wildly as their man is introduced to the crowd. Kelly Kim's supporters are holding signs bearing messages like 'You Can Do It Kelly!" while Peter Eastgate's are all dressed in identical black t-shirts with yellow stars that say "It's in the Stars!" Ivan Demidov's fans are dressed in Russian costumes, complete with military hats and are waving their country's flag.

And of course, there are the "Phillipians" nearly 300-strong, all wearing Cardinals hats and screaming for their man from the stands, the orchestra section, the balcony... really wherever they can fit.

Along with the extraordinary entourage of chipleader Dennis Phillips (all dressed identically in white Broadway Trucking shirts and St. Louis Cardinals hats), a number of poker luminaries have turned up in the audience. Just from sitting here we can see Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Robert Mizrachi, Philippe Rouas, Greg "FBT" Mueller, Phil Gordon, Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy, and Barry Greenstein.

The November Nine left the stage after stacking their chips. Tournament Director Jack Effel is now introducing each of them individually, in seat order around the table. He is also reading short bios on each player after they take their seat.

Game starting from Round: 33 Blinds: 120000/240000 Ante: 30000

Read more about November Nine and prefinal day - here.

Watch WSOP Final Here.

WSOP FInal Live

With the next world champion of poker about to be determined as today's final table begins in Las Vegas, PokerStars is inviting you to "Choose a Champion" yourself! PokerStars will run six special tournaments today – one for each of the Stars-sponsored players who began play in today's final. Each of the six NLHE tournaments is a very affordable $10+1 to enter, and each offers a bit of extra money from PokerStars as well.


Read everything about World Series of Poker Final.

All of this here - fastpokernews.com

FTOPS X events 4,5

FTOPS Event #4 was a $300+22 affair allowing for one rebuy and one add-on. The tournament attracted 815 entrants with 558 rebuys and 538 add-ons. When all was said and done, the prize pool fell just a bit short of its $600,000 guarantee. Notable finishers included orangeman88 in tenth place ($5,700), Carl "colson10" Olson in 17th ($3,000), Jeremiah Smith in 23rd ($2,340), Matt "GrinderMJ" Juttelstad in 25th ($2,340), Halfrek in 28th ($2,040), and insanocut in 33rd ($2,040). The chip counts to start the final table were as follows, with Full Tilt "red pro" Aaron Bartley holding a commanding lead:

Aaron Bartley - 1,541,956
mightypirate - 470,585
Darren "darrenelias" Elias - 425,902
raidalot - 393,305
mrcall912 - 355,023
dbones6 - 326,688
Jeff "GrampaJeff" Gray - 223,319
djmanga - 189,674
Shakar513 - 164,548

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With Full Tilt's FTOPS X series on tap, the early week could have been a time for rest. However, the online scene was busy as usual on Monday and Tuesday nights. "jonrubs" and "Phoenician88" agreed to a nearly equal chop at the end of the PokerStars Super Tuesday, while James "Mig_com" Mackey routed the final table on his way to a big win in the Monday $1,000 at Full Tilt. Here's how the events unfolded:

PokerStars Super Tuesday

The PokerStars Super Tuesday drew a field of 406 for a total prize pool of $406,000. Among the best finishers falling short of the final table were Jeremiah "Believer82" Vinsant in 11th place ($5,278), Brent "usoursek" Hanks in 12th ($5,278) and Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka in 13th ($4,466). The chip counts to start the final table were as follows:

jonrubs - 260,393
Ben "bfineman" Fineman - 223,574
Phoenician88 - 172,110
dk1155 - 159,254
Danny "THE__D__RY" Ryan - 151,316
Christian "charder30" Harder - 84,905
copi - 66,588
markysals11 - 54,561
Bgormez - 45,299

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