Series with a record $ 20M guarantee will pass at PokerKing in August. We look at the schedule, talk about the mains and Omaha tournaments – they turned out to be very diverse.
OSS Cub3d: at a glance
Dates: from 1 to 29 August
Number of events: more than 160
Buy-ins: from $ 5.50 to $ 2,650
Such OSS Cub3d players have not seen before. The previous series in January 2021 was held with a total guarantee of $ 13M and three million people with buy-ins of $ 215, $ 630, $ 2650. In August, WPN went for a $ 20M guarantee, and included one $ 2.5M guaranteed event, three million dollar events, two half a million dollars, and one democratic tournament with a $ 250K guarantee.
Features of tournaments at PokerKing:
The download starts at 17:00 Moscow time, ends by 04:00 Moscow time.
Late registration from 3 to 5 hours (in hyper 1.5 hours).
Very smooth structure.
Three $ 1M GTD Tournaments and One $ 2.5M GTD Tournament – OSS Cub3d Major Events Overview
Traditionally, the OSS Cub3d schedule is divided into three subseries:
August 1-8 – Mini Online Super Series (23 tournaments)
August 9-22 – Online Super Series (84 tournaments)
August 23-29 – Bigger Online Super Series (54 tournaments)
The main events of the series are thought out as much as possible for different players:
multiflight (19 flies Day 1 + Day 2);
two-day tournaments (Day 1 + Day 2; you go to Day 2 = you get into the money);
two-flight tournament (Day 1A, Day 1B + Day 2).
For convenience, all information was collected in a table (the table is sorted by the size of the guarantee and the date of events).
From 2 to 30 August
From 2 to 30 August
BOSS #46 PKO
August 22 – 23
OSS # 77
August 29 – 30
MOSS #20H PKO
Tournament with two flights
August 29 – 30
From 2 to 30 August
Every day the schedule includes Mega satellites for tournaments with buy-ins of $ 55 and up. Search the lobby using the filter search bar for “MEGA”.
Omaha Tournament Schedule: 27 PKO tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $ 8.8 to $ 630
OSS # 14H
OSS # 14M
OSS # 14L
OSS # 24
OSS # 28H
OSS # 28M
OSS # 28L
OSS # 37
OSS # 41
OSS # 54H
OSS # 54M
OSS # 54L
OSS # 70
OSS # 80
OSS # 84
Warm Up In The Venom $ 10M GTD Tournament
And before the start of the series, PokerKing runs $ 2,650 The Venom with a record $ 10M guarantee. 4,000 entries must be collected to cover the warranty. After two flights, there are 1,561 entries. The remaining flights will take place on July 30 and August 1, starting at 20:00 Moscow time.
Many famous streamers have played Day 1A and Day 1B: Altal, Alohadens, Jeff Gross, Jonathan Van Fleet and others. You too can participate. Pass the selection through one of the dozen satellites, which we talk about in our Telegram channels.
More and more stories from Russian-speaking reuglers appear on the network, whose PokerStars accounts have been “checked” for months or have been blocked. The support is increasingly citing “verification of the source of income” and “suspicious transactions to other players” as the reasons. The massiveness of the cases is worrisome.
Why does PokerStars ask players to prove their source of income?
It’s all about the unknown requirements of the UK regulators, on the license of which the former poker monopolists are now guided. The room conducts routine checks among its players without any algorithm – do not think that this is only for those who “recently registered”, “actively rolls”, “withdraws a lot” or “deposits a lot”. This is a whole campaign against money laundering and it can affect everyone.
As part of the verification, players are asked to:
Re-verify identity – scan of the passport and payment for the apartment. This is not a problem for most honest players.
Confirm ownership of accounts of payment systems, from where you made deposits and where you sent money (Webmoney / Skrill / Neteller and so on). For this, screenshots with personal data in PDF format are enough.
Confirmation of the source of income – salary statements, data on investments, inheritance, rental income, and so on. This point becomes a stumbling block, which is why many CIS players lose their accounts on PokerStars.
Many PokerStars players work unofficially… How, in this case, indicate the employer’s official address? How to confirm your salary if you receive it “in an envelope”? But in letters PokerStars is asked in plain text to provide confirmation of the last three payments from your employer and bank statements.
Someone makes poker at PokerStars… In this case, PokerStars is ready to accept a bank statement, from which it will be clear that you have withdrawn your poker winnings. Agree, it’s rather strange when this is asked from a plus regular with 10 years of experience? There are also such cases.
Someone makes money in other rooms… It seems that the logic here is simple – you take screenshots with the history of cash-outs from the poker room and attach bank statements to them about the receipt of funds on the card. But the problem is that the bank statements will not say “888poker / partypoker / Pokermatch money”, so PokerStars security refuses to identify them as poker winnings.
Affected Player Stories
User under nickname verhovniy told on the forum Gipsyteam about how the other day he lost an account with a 10-year history.
I confirmed my identity and residence permit, but there was a problem with the confirmation of income. Since 2016, I only make money with poker, I play mainly at the poker house cash Omaha
The user was frozen for verification in July 2020. For a whole year he corresponded with the support of the room, where $ 4000 was stuck – the user tried to prove that he was making money with poker, but as a result he was banned from PokerStars and at the time of publication of the material he could not withdraw money.
FiveTo_One hasn’t played on PokerStars since December 2020, and at the end of January 2021 PokerStars decided to check the provenance of his earnings. His support hell lasted within six months – it took 30 letters and an uncountable number of clarifications in the certificate of income from the place of former work.
Gipsyteam user with nickname Satanwaited over 8 monthswhile his account is verified. He provided PokerStars with a 3-month salary and bank statement, but did not return access to the account. After the player threatened to contact an independent dispute resolution service with gambling operators, he was answered within a few hours. The user will be withdrawn all the money, but the account will be blocked, since the source of income has not been confirmed.
If your account is frozen and you are unable to pass the PokerStars income verification check, try contacting a UK Independent Dispute Resolution Service. IBAS – several users wrote that the request helped them get things going.
Lack of support staff
Not all users who were touched by the verification of the source of income were blocked. But the very fact that there are many negative scenarios is alarming – PokerStars has long been not the most reliable place to store your bankroll, and this has been proved once again. Ramon “easyjay” Rincon.
The crazy story of a regular unsuccessfully withdrawing $ 300K from PokerStars
The problem lies not in the nature of the test, but in its execution. It’s no secret that PokerStars took the path of “optimization” of costs and seriously reduced the staff. Many offices with hundreds of employees have closed. Among those laid off were the professional support representatives that PokerStars was famous for for many years – these people solved problems of users quickly and painlessly.
The PokerStars office is now decentralized and each region has its own support team. Communication problems arise not only with the players, but also between the departments of the company. Because of this, victims often write not only to [email protected], but also duplicate emails to [email protected] just in case – it turns out that this makes sense.
If you make more than $ 500 in rake per month and want to change the room, then contact our VIP department for the best conditions.
The next Super MILLION $ finale did without Russian-speaking players, Anatoly Filatov became the bubble-boy of the finals (10th place).
Claes “ssicK_OnE” Segebrecht – five interesting facts from the biography
Klaas Segebrecht started playing poker in 2012. In 2015, he received a bachelor’s degree in economics, put it on the shelf and plunged into poker.
On the Internet, Klaas “ssicK_OnEE” Segebrecht has earned over $ 3M and won three SCOOP tournaments. He won over $ 2.7M in live tournaments.
Over the past two years, he has changed four countries. Klaas lived in Germany, Hungary, Sweden and Ireland. Judging by the flag on GGPOKEROK, Austria can also be added to the list.
Klaas «ssicK_OnEE» Segebrecht – bitB fund coach.
Klaas’ profile picture on GG shows Christian Rudolph in Photoshop with some unidentified faces.
Claes Segebrecht entered the $ 10K Super MILLION $ final table at GGPOKEROK with the chip lead and held the lead for more time. The cooler in 5-max with AA vs KK Andersson became the key one.
Segebrecht went heads-up against Bruno Volkmann. The final distribution is attached below. Stack depth: 65bb for Segebrecht, 22bb for Volkmann. Preflop Segebrecht completes, Volkmann raises to 3.75bb – calls.
Volkmann then bet two barrels (flop and turn) and check-called the river.
Payouts to Super MILLION $ Finalists
Claas Segebrecht Austria ssicK_OnE Austria – $ 267.3K
Bruno Volkmann Brazil – $ 208.7K
meow41 (Canada) – $ 163K
Chris Puetz Austria – $ 127.3K
/ Joachim Andersson (/ Joakim Andersson) Malta – $ 99.4K
Simon “C. Darwin2 Simon Mattsson Novegia – $ 77.7K
With the development of payment services and an increase in the variety of cryptocurrencies, poker players have more and more options for safe transactions. Once popular, Skrill has ceased to be the most convenient for regulars, this is especially noticeable in the case of those who operate with large amounts.
At the moment, more and more Pokeroff players are switching to operations in stablecoins, the main of which is Tether USD (USDT), but some still treat it with distrust, preferring to remain a Skrill client. In this article, we’ll explain why you should worry about stopping Skrill right now and switch to USDT payments.
An important point: the information specified in the article is relevant for players who generate $ 1K or more in rake per month or regularly conduct transactions with the room from several thousand dollars – if you operate with hundreds of dollars per month, you can also read the article – but “for growth”, because with small turnover the situation is a little different.
Why is Skrill no longer suitable for regulars with rake of $ 1K per month or more?
To understand what has happened to Skrill over the past year and a half, you need to return to January 31, 2020, when the UK officially terminated its EU membership following Brexit. Until the end of the year, the country remained part of the economic space of the European Union, but carried out various measures to exit it and change the conditions of cooperation with the union, which is why many of the country’s payment systems, including Skrill, underwent structural changes. One of the main reasons for these changes was the tightening of control by regulators. Of course, Skrill had already “tightened the screws” for ordinary users before – for example, in 2017 it stopped sending its cards to Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and constantly increased commissions – but 2020 and the beginning of 2021 turned out to be especially “fruitful” for it.
Problems always start the same way: the user is blocked from actions on the account, requiring them to confirm the source of income. The company accepts as supporting documents:
Bank account statement indicating incoming and outgoing transactions for the last 3 months, and the balance of the bank account must be close to the amount (commensurate) that you request for withdrawal from Skrill;
Investment reporting on dividends, interest on deposits and similar receipts;
Declaration or other document on inheritance receipt;
Purchase and sale agreement concluded 1 year ago or later;
At the same time, statements of transactions with the room – which are accepted even by the Tax Service of the Russian Federation! – Skrill does not consider it a proof of income, which makes the situation more unpleasant for the regulars. They have two more or less working options:
Provide an up-to-date tax return – but if you make a conclusion, for example, in the middle or the end of the year, then Skrill simply will not accept it, because it will not confirm current income;
Send a bank statement that matches the conditions – but if, for example, you withdraw an amount larger than your bank account balance, Skrill will not accept it either.
It is noteworthy that the service does not have clear rules on the amount of transactions at which it sounds the alarm and requests documents. From the experience of our players, it is only clear that the amount should be large – transactions up to $ 1K per month are not yet verified in this way, but the more you transfer, the higher the probability that you will be “frozen” at a random moment without warning and the low probability of proving legality your income.
If we add to the above that Skrill rigidly divides money on the account into gaming and non-gaming – and most banks in the Russian Federation and other payment services do not allow making “gambling” transfers – it becomes obvious: using the service for storing and safe transactions has ceased to be convenient, which means it’s time to move on to something more comfortable. This is where the USDT stablecoin comes into play.
Why not Bitcoin?
In terms of anonymity and security, there is no difference between USDT stablecoin and Bitcoin (BTC) cryptocurrency. But there are five important nuances to consider when choosing a cryptocurrency for transactions.
# 1 you need to be careful
In the case of cryptocurrencies, the safety of your assets and control over the correctness of transactions are entirely on your shoulders. You need to choose the right wallet or exchange, secure them using all available methods, try not to lose your username, password, wallet data, recovery keys and other information important for gaining access to it, as well as carefully select sites, services and applications in which you need use of cryptocurrency.
Since it is impossible to reverse a transaction in a crypt, it requires more care when handling than conventional payment systems – but it rewards you with anonymity.
# 2 BTC – volatile, USDT – stable
As the name implies, stablecoin (stable + coin) is a stable cryptocurrency, the rate of which is directly related to the rate of any fiat. In the case of Tether USD, this fiat is the US dollar – 1 USDT is always equal to $ 1. In this regard, it is very reliable: no matter how much and when you withdraw from the room or send to it, the rate will be 1 to 1. Not only will you not lose anything during the transaction, but also keep your anonymity – after all, it will take place like other transfers in cryptocurrency.
As for Bitcoin, the situation with its course is much less stable – it changes very often and is not always predictable, and since the beginning of 2021 it has shown such leaps at all that many token holders were disappointed. Below you can estimate its volatility on a chart covering the period from January 1, 2021 to July 26, 2021.
Jumps in the BTC rate and his sensitive reaction to the news – remember at least the fall when Musk announced Tesla’s refusal to accept BTC as payment due to the low environmental friendliness of mining – make it less convenient for transactions than stablecoins. When using Bitcoin, you have no guarantee that you will receive the same amount after the cashout.
# 3 Withdrawal fees depend on blockchain networks
Depending on the network through which you send your tokens to the room, the commission will differ significantly. At the same time, for USDT, the equivalent in dollars is always equal to the amount of tokens, while for BTC the rate can change at any time.
The table below shows examples of fees on one of the largest crypto exchanges – Binance at 02:00 UTC on July 26, 2021.
BTC Transaction Fee
USDT Transaction Fee
0.0000044 BTC (~ $ 0.15)
1 USDT ($ 1)
Binance Smart Chain
0.0000044 BTC (~ $ 0.15)
0.8 USDT ($ 0.8)
0.00057 BTC (~ $ 20)
0.00046 BTC (~ $ 16)
10 USDT ($ 10)
1 USDT ($ 1)
# 4 Crypto does not directly convert to fiat
To convert your tokens into dollars, euros or rubles, they will have to be exchanged or sold. The exchange is carried out through people-exchangers – you can find a suitable one among private traders with a high reputation, for example, on GipsyTeam – or special services, the rating and reviews of which can be seen on the website BestChange and analogues.
The sale can be carried out through a cryptocurrency exchange – for example, on the above-mentioned Binance there is a P2P trading section, through which you can sell your cryptocurrency to a person, having received a payment on a card or payment in a convenient national currency.
# 5 Not all rooms accept cryptocurrencies
The number of rooms that directly carry out cryptocurrency transactions is growing, and at the moment most of the partner rooms of Pokeroff freely work with tokens. At the same time, BTC is available in more rooms than USDT.
Important: so far, at partypoker, cryptocurrency transactions are made through MuchBetter. However, for Pokeroff players there are more opportunities for using cryptocurrency in various rooms, which you can learn more about from the VIP-manager of Pokeroff.
Why is USDT more profitable than Skrill?
# 1 Cryptocurrency account cannot be frozen
If you use your Skrill account because you allowthen by crypto wallet you you know – no one can freeze it and ask you for any documents to confirm anything. At the same time, on the crypto exchange, you may be asked to confirm transactions or freeze the account – but only in case of a serious violation of the platform rules.
# 2 Decentralization of cryptocurrencies
The location of the cryptocurrency is the Internet, so it is not subject to the regulation of any particular country and is not subject to a group of people, corporations or states. Of course, now many governments are trying to implement control mechanisms over the cryptocurrency, but due to the very specifics of its functioning, full control seems unlikely. Most likely, it is even impossible. This is not the case with Skrill, which is subject to UK regulators.
# 3 Cryptocurrency is easy to change
USDT can be sold for almost any fiat or converted for most payment systems. The only downside to this is that you need to figure out how to do it correctly.
# 4 Cryptocurrency transactions are cheaper
If you take Skrill, then on the way from the room through it to your bank account or into your hands, you must pay a commission:
For withdrawal from the room – from 0 to 3% ($ 1 from GGPOKEROK);
For currency conversion (if the account in the room and the Skrill account are in different currencies) – up to 5%, and this will happen every time you transfer money between Skrill and accounts in other places, if they differ in currency;
For withdrawals from Skrill to other places – from 3.49% to 7.5%;
Let’s look at an example. You have decided to withdraw $ 5K from GGPOKEROK. For withdrawal, the room takes $ 1 commission from you – $ 4,999 remains. Let’s say you have a Skrill account in EUR and the exchange rate is $ 1 = € 0.85, so your $ 4,999 turns into € 4,246. From the last amount, a conversion fee of 5% (€ 212) is taken and € 4,034 is credited to the account. If you are lucky and Skrill still does not knock on your mail with a request to confirm the legality of the income, then you decide to withdraw the received amount to your Visa card. If your account is in dollars, then you will again pay 5% for the conversion (€ 201) and the remaining € 3,833 will turn into $ 4,511. From this amount, you will be charged another 7.5% for withdrawal for a Visa ($ 338), so in the end you will receive $ 4,173 – $ 827 less (16.5%) than you sent for withdrawal from the room.
In the case of USDT, the situation looks simpler: with a cashout, you only pay the room’s commission – from 0 to 3% ($ 1 for GGPOKER).
Skrill withdrawal commission
Commission for withdrawal in cryptocurrency
0 for the first cashout of the month, 5% for the second and subsequent
2% for the exchange of volutes + 1% for the operation
The fees paid further depend on how you convert the token to fiat:
Through P2P on Binance – the commission will depend on the buyer, starting at 1%. At the same time, Binance itself takes commissions for converting currencies and selling operations only from those who advertise for the sale or purchase – from 0% to 0.35%. If you conduct an operation by choosing a posted ad (without placing it yourself), then the exchange will not charge you a commission;
Through exchange services – the commission depends on the selected service and starts from 1%. In addition, the payment system to which you exchange funds may also take a commission – for example, PerfectMoney takes another 0.5%.
An important advantage of P2P and exchangers over Skrlll is the ability to choose the currency rate – Skrill exchanges at the rate, choosing it itself.
Let’s look at an example. You have decided to withdraw $ 5K to USDT from GGPOKEROK. For withdrawal, the room takes $ 1 commission from you – $ 4,999 remains. USDT 4,999 comes to your wallet. You decide to sell it via P2P on Binance and choose a ready-made order from a seller offering a transfer to your bank account at the rate of 1 USDT = $ 0.98 (commission – 2%). After the operation, you receive $ 4,899 to your account – only $ 100 (2%) less than you withdrawn from the room.
How do I switch to USDT?
The standard way for poker players to start dealing with cryptocurrency is as follows:
If you generate more than $ 1K in rake per month and want to use alternative payments to Skrill, write to the VIP manager of Pokeroff, he will help you choose the best option.
Pokeroff can pay rakeback, process deposits and cashouts with USDT. Contact us, we will tell you everything and help you. The exchange of these currencies will be no less convenient, but more profitable and secure.
We continue to get acquainted with the chip leaders and tell how the streamers performed in Day 1B, and evaluate the overlay in The Venom with a $ 10M guarantee.
sw33ney, WillBeDbest, NikeL 9 – who leads The Venom tournament
Day 1B The Venom took place on Sunday night. The second fly saw 1,026 entries – almost double the number of Day 1A (535 entries).
Apestyles, AllInPAV, Altal and others – how famous players played Day 1A The Venom
On the second day, 162 participants crossed. Most of the chips (373 bb) got «WillBeDbest“. The real name of this player is unknown, but here is his schedule: 240 tournaments minus $ 14.5K.
The owner of the fifth stack (300 bb) – Ronan “sw33ney” Sweeney (Ronan Sweeney): A poker pro from Ireland with over $ 130K in live tournament earnings. In 2017, he became a runner-up of the partypoker LIVE Grand Prix Killarney (€ 38,393).
Eighth stack (258 bb) for Sean “NickeL 9” Davidson (Sean Davidson): A software engineer based in Boston. He has amassed over $ 359K in live tournaments.
Alohadance, Jeff Gross, Apestyles – who performed better in The Venom on stream
From the representatives of the Russian-speaking community, The Venom was streamed by the Ukrainian poker player, the famous Dota 2 player Ilya “Alohadance” Korobkin. He plays at WPN under the nickname “trxmrzwmshoe”. Ilya introduced two buy-ins. In the decisive spot, he could not win a coin for a pot of more than 100 big blinds.
Jonathan “apestyles” Van Fleet (Jonathan Van Fleet) claims to be the main sponsor of The Venom. On Day 1B, he implemented 3 buy-ins (and another on Day 1A), but was never able to advance to Day 2.
A member of the partypoker team became the main triumphant among streamers. Jeff “fantasymagic” Gross (Jeff Gross). He went through with one buy-in on the second day with a stack of 52.65 big blinds.
The Venom $ 10M GTD Overlay Chance
Venom is coming to PokerKing for the fifth time. Interestingly, the event never took place with an overlay:
This time the tournament is held with a $ 10M guarantee (with a minimum of $ 1M guarantee for the champion and runner-up). 4,000 entries must be collected to cover the warranty. After two flights, there are 1,561 entries. Given that Day C and D are usually the most popular, the probability of an overlay is rather low.
There are two flights and a combined day ahead (start at 20:00 Moscow time):
Friday 30 July – Day 1C
Sunday 1st August – Day 1B
Monday 2 August – Day 2
Direct satellites continue to run to The Venom with buy-ins ranging from $ 15 to $ 880.
OSS Cub3d – The Largest Series in PokerKing History Launches in August
PokerKing isn’t just limited to The Venom. From 1st to August 29th, PokerKing will host the Online Super Series Cub3d XII with a record $ 20M guarantee. As always, the series is divided into three “subseries” with different buy-ins
Mini Online Super Series — $55 Main Event MOSS $500K GTD, start on August 7
Online Super Series — $630 Main Event OSS $1M GTD, start on August 22
Bigger Online Super Series — $2,650 Main Event BOSS $1M GTD, start on August 29
A detailed announcement of OSS Cub3d will appear closer to the beginning of the series.
The July headlining series at GGPOKEROK has come to an end. Summing up the Battle Of Malta in today’s article on Pokeroff.
Main Event: Raggaz Winner, Urbanovic Third
For five dozen starting flights, the € 3M guarantee in the Main Event of € 550 was beaten – the prize fund was € 3.4M. On July 25, Day 2 took place, where almost 1000 people moved.
The game for the first prize € 378,285 and the special trophy lasted about nine hours – unfortunately without a live broadcast. The only final table player we know of was Dmitry Urbanovich (Dzmitry Urbanovich), recently retired from the partypoker professional team. He went 9-max with 10.7 bb short stack, but doubled a couple of times and ended up in 3-max.
Being the second stack, Dima wanted to share. But when it came to discussion, he unchecked the necessary box with the words that he wanted to take a chance. The risk was not justified and Urbanovic was eliminated in third place (€ 212,724) – his last hand in the BoM Main Event can be viewed in our telegram channels.
The first place went to an unknown player from Australia under the nickname Raggaz (€ 378,285). According to SharkScope, he played 1,700 ABI170 tournaments at GGPOKEROK with a score of + $ 500,000.
TonyGPT is the best player in the series and sells stakes at odds of 2
Even before the start of the series, a mysterious player caught our eye Sergio “TonyGPT” Veloso (Sérgio Veloso) – player flying the Croatian flag in public sold shares to APL (Asian Poker League) tournaments with odds of 2, which is quite cocky considering his average ROI of 8.6% over a distance of 6400 ABI120 GGPOKER tournaments.
Apparently Sergio is really good considering that he has become the best player on the Battle Of Malta leaderboard. He received a participant package in the next offline stage of the Battle Of Malta worth € 3200 (includes 7 nights in a 5-star hotel, travel expenses, as well as a ticket to the Main Event and High Roller).
Judging by the same SharkScope, his best result in the series was the 5th place in the € 330 # 4 Three Cities Challenge tournament (€ 13,773). The player did not have any other large ITMs.
Martirosyan, Haxton and Silverstein among the winners on the last day of the series
Arthur “mararthur1” Martirosyan shared with the Russian Spaceinside in the Battle Of Malta event: $ 1050 Sunday High Rollers Main Event. By the way, Arthur’s overall schedule for GGPOKEROK is still in the red by $ 400K +.
Isaac Haxton (Isaac Haxton) took first prize in the Battle Of Malta event: $ 1050 Omaholic Main Event HR.
Jeffrey Silverstein (Jeffrey Silverstein) earned $ 102K for first place in Battle Of Malta: $ 525 Bounty Hunters HR Main Event.
old took the largest prize in the side events of last Sunday – $ 139K for winning the Battle Of Malta: $ 1050 GGMasters High Rollers.
How do you know that you are truly a poker pro? The answer to this question was posted on your Youtube channel former 888poker Ambassador and 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson. The Swede identified three features that make it easy to distinguish a pro from an amateur – below you can read his opinion and examples to understand how to start progressing in your poker mindset.
Difference # 1: The amateur is guessing about opponents hands
Unlike a professional player who operates with ranges, an amateur thinks only about specific hands (his and his opponent’s) in each situation. But poker is a game of incomplete information and it is almost impossible to narrow down your opponent’s range to one particular hand or combination, especially when you are faced with an unknown range.
For many recreational players, the concept of range is too complicated – they play hand against a hand or even a board, so they often get frustrated when opponents show completely different hands and end up not being successful at poker.
Difference # 2: The hobbyist seeks confirmation of a guess.
This comes from the first difference: if rational thinking is at the forefront of the professional poker player and he analyzes the hands, trying to better understand the style and ranges of opponents, then the recreational player relies on guesswork and “gut”, looking for confirmation only of his conclusions. He is not embarrassed that conclusions most often come from selective memory and the desire to pass off the wishful thinking. In particular, he mistakes his mistakes for bad luck, opponents’ luck, or “lucky bluffs,” but may not even know if the play was a real bluff.
Professionals sort out their hands based on one simple concept – the interaction of ranges with each other. The key here is understanding what range of hands your opponent might have and how he “stands” against your range. Also, the player must take into account the advantage of the range – the presence in a particular situation of a larger number of strong hands in someone’s range. Understanding whose range has the upper hand helps you better choose your bet sizes – calculating how much you can bet and what would be the ideal betting frequency in a given situation. The lover does not consider all this.
Difference # 3: the hobbyist repeats the same mistakes
Repeated wrong actions, wrong judgments and decisions never bear good fruit in the long run. By simplifying the game by reducing it to several dimensions, the recreational player is at a loss, while maintaining the confidence that he is simply unlucky. Often he tries to achieve something that is only possible in theory (read: in his head), basing his decisions on guesswork and ignoring the facts.
A professional, on the other hand, always remembers that he can be wrong, so he tries to find and eliminate errors. The starting point for this is to work on understanding your opponent’s preflop strategy in various positions.
How to Think About Ranges: Martin’s Examples
By determining which strategy the opponent has chosen to play preflop, the player can narrow his range from one street to another using the information he receives during the game. It clarifies and makes decision-making easier, adds confidence in the game, as opposed to the stress of guessing about hands – because you can never be sure that you interpreted / understood / read / guessed correctly, because you do not know what might be from your opponent.
But professional poker players are not born with the necessary knowledge and skills – they need to be developed, first of all, by understanding how the game against each other in ranges works.
Let’s take a look at one of the clearest examples of range differentiation – the UTG raise versus the BB defense.
Usually UTG has a tighter range, since the game starts out of position, and after that there may still be 7-8 players who have not done anything. At the same time, BB, on the contrary, is forced to defend quite widely – after all, it has good pot odds (you can see the charts in the screenshot below).
If you compare these charts, you can see quite clearly that different boards will fit ranges in a very polarizing way – that is, there can be bluffs and nuts in different situations.
For example, if the board is small, then even with a wide BB range, UTG still needs to be very careful, because he lacks a range of hands to match the cards on the table. In such a situation, the advantage of the range and the probability of the nuts is higher for BB, which can have several options for a straight, two pairs, sets, and so on – while UTG simply cannot have them.
In the opposite situation, when the board consists of high-value cards, the advantage is already on the side of UTG, because its narrow range matches the cards on the table much better.
Example # 1: how to determine the benefits of a range
We have UTG 88, flop AJ4… Before deciding whether we want to check our hand or do something else, we need to ask ourselves a very important question: “Who has the range advantage in this spot?”
In many situations, as preflop raisers, we have a very large range advantage, so we are just willing to bet full range. Once we bet the flop and get called, our opponent’s range becomes more specific and often even drops. Next, we can decide to attack such a range on the turn, for example, by overbetting, in order to put pressure on an opponent with a cap on the range. Another option is to check to see the river for free. That is, we have options that our opponent simply will not have – this makes C-bet a powerful tool in this situation.
Example # 2: how to choose hands for beta
We have the same hand on UTG – 88but the flop is now 754… We no longer have a range advantage, so we should better select the hands we will bet with. This will protect ourselves from check-raises and getting into difficult spots where we will not have enough strong hands to continue playing. In this scenario, we can bet with a part of the hands, but the question arises: “Which hands should I choose?”
When we decide which combinations we want to bet with, these should be:
Hands from whose protection we get more benefit;
Combinations that block the opponent’s strong hands by combining with the board;
Hands and combinations that have the potential to improve.
In our example, a pair of eights fits all three types. First, it is beneficial to bet with it as a defense against overcards – for example, if BB has JT or even AJ, he will be forced to check-fold, since the board does not suit him. Forcing a person to fold when we have a middle pair in such a situation is a big win, since our opponent has 6 outs to improve.
Secondly, a pair of eights blocks a lot of strong hands in the opponent’s range, reducing the likelihood of having cards of the same denomination.
And thirdly, of course, the pair in this example has every chance of improving, right up to the nuts, which gives us the opportunity to continue playing even if we do get check-raised. This is very valuable because the last thing we want to do is bet and then fold a hand that has a lot of equity, especially in position.
If I have a pair of aces in my hand – in theory, a much stronger hand than eights – in such a situation it will be more suitable for checking, since it does not fall under any of the types listed above.
If you summarize all these examples in a list of short tips, it looks like this:
Always determine your opponent’s range;
Evaluate the likelihood of finding possible combinations with him before making a decision.
Until you think about the ranges, you cannot consider yourself a professional poker player – even if you are sometimes lucky to win large sums in it.
For high-quality work with ranges, use special programs, for example:
Who has implemented more than one buy-in, who is most memorable on Twitch and who came out on the second day – an overview of the brightest performances of famous players in the flagship tournament $ 2,650 The Venom at PokerKing.
Итоги Day 1A The Venom $10M GTD
First flight $ 2,650 The Venom started with 80 entries. By the end of the late registration, this number was increased to 535. Is that a lot or a little? Considering that The Venom is running with a record $ 10,000,000 guarantee, which requires at least 4,000 entries to cover (an average of 1,000 per day), the organizers are unlikely to be happy with this result.
Of the 535 entrants to Day 2, 75 moved up. Tyler “nyankeety” Ruger, the third-place finisher in the WSOP Online Main Event at GGPOKEROK ($ 1.9M), leads the tournament, which was won by Bulgarian Stoyan Madanjiev.
Another interesting fact straight from the top of the chip account. With the third stack, a player with the nickname “dogerson” moved to Day 2. Two years ago, at The Venom $ 5m GTD, he moved from Day 1A to Day 2, also with a third stack.
Moving on to other, slightly less productive performances of other more public players.
Faraz Jaka, Jonathan Van Fleet, Hristovoe Pavlovich, Altal and others – the most striking performances of the players in Day 1A The Venom
Last Friday evening, all Twitch in the “Poker” category split into two camps: those who stream The Venom and those who don’t. And despite the $ 2,650 buy-in, there were quite a few of the former.
Poker pro, the creator of his own room in the past The phrase “The-Toilet 0” Jack (Faraz Jaka) chopped up the stream, introduced three buy-ins, but didn’t make it on the second day. He says he will try again on Sunday, however, without air.
Partypoker ambassador Jeff “fantasymagic” Gross also got a glimpse of the spark: trimmed, injected two rounds, finished in 267th. He played beautifully, did not allow himself to be bluffed, but it did not work out.
Megaskill Jonathan “apestyles” Van Fleet. I limited myself to one entrance, flew out in 214th place.
The greatest disappointment from the performance in the tournament was caught by the vocalist Adam “ThirstyPayday” Neal, about whom we wrote in the Telegram… Adam burst into late registration, sat down with a stack of 16 bb, spun up to 50 bb, and then got into such a cooler (let’s go preflop). Basically, he played three hands flawlessly, but got out.
Video game streamer, big poker fan Erind “Froste” Puka, who raised $ 100K as part of the Sabaton, also cut $ 2,650 for The Venom, also did not move on the second day.
“The Uncle Joe” won in the “Most original streamer setup” section. This guy can be called the king of the greenscreen. Just take a look at this graphic for yourself. “Uncle Joe”, by the way, did not switch on the second day either.
The most emotional streamer Denis “ALTAL” Pisarev tried to bring in from the Russian-speaking community The Venom. But he did not succeed either: an out in 259th place in a very offensive display.
Hristivoje Pavlovic, a member of the GG Twitch Squad team, Hristivoje Pavlovic, became the only player who switched to the second day directly on the stream: Hristivoje Pavlovic: 51st chip account, 67bb stack.
Satellites, Steps & Blitz – How to Qualify for $ 2,650 The Venom
There are three more $ 2,650 flights ahead of The Venom: July 25, July 30 and August 1. Before the start of flight 1B, there will be very juicy megasatellites (MSK time):
July 25, 4:45 pm – Buy-in $ 95, 10 tickets guaranteed at $ 2,650
July 25, 4:45 pm – Buy-in $ 290, 20 tickets guaranteed at $ 2,650
July 25, 9:15 pm – Buy-in $ 290, 10 tickets guaranteed at $ 2,650
July 25, 10:30 pm – Buy-in $ 109, 5 tickets guaranteed for $ 2,650
You can also qualify for The Venom through Om Demand blitz and step steps.
Venom Blitz Steps
Blitz Steps are “pools” of players in the fast poker format (if you fold your hand, you go to a new hand). You register, you get the starting stack, the blinds are the same. The goal is to finish the stack up to 5,000 chips. When you reach this amount, you move on to the next step. The blinds in steps 1 and 2 are 40/80, in all others – 50/100. Steps 3 to 9 will take place at 3-max tables.
This is what the Venom Blitz Steps look like:
$ 0.11 (starting stack 1.112)
$ 0.45 (starting stack 1.465)
$ 1.40 (starting stack 1.625)
$ 4.00 (starting stack 1.584)
$ 12 (starting stack 1,719)
$ 32 (starting stack 1,579)
$ 95 (starting stack 1,552)
$ 290 (starting stack 1,591)
$ 880 (starting stack 1.604)
Complete 9 steps – you get a ticket for $ 2,650.
Venom On Demand Steps
Another way to qualify for Venom is through SNG Steps. The buy-in steps are exactly the same as the Blitz ladder. This form of satellites is more classic and familiar to players.
$ 0.11 – 15 people to start, 10 tickets for Step 2 GTD
$ 0.45 – 12 people to start, 8 tickets for Step 3 GTD
$ 1.40 – 10 people to start, 7 tickets for Step 4 GTD
$ 4.00 – 10 people to start, 6 tickets for Step 5 GTD
$ 12 – 8 people to start, 5 tickets for Step 6 GTD
$ 32 – 8 people to start, 4 tickets to Step 7 GTD
$ 95 – 6 people to start, 3 tickets to Step 8 GTD
$ 290 – 4 people to start, 2 tickets to Step 9 GTD
$ 880 – 5 people to start, 2 tickets $ 2,650 GTD
The Venom Skip is a new feature of satellites. The “ladder” can be passed by “stepping over a step”, in fact, in 5 steps:
$0,25 The Venom Skip — 2 билета на Step 3 GTD
$1,40 The Venom Skip — 2 билета на Step 5 GTD
$12 The Venom Skip — 2 билета на Step 7 GTD
$95 The Venom Skip — 2 билета на Step 9 GTD
$ 880 Step 9 – 2 $ 2,650 GTD tickets
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The NL50 player on GGPOKEROK received a warning from the security service that his account was suspected of “increased inhuman activity.” Simply put, he plays too much.
The essence of the user’s claim
Zloy_Kot wrote on Gipsyteamthat I received a letter in the game client with the following content (below is the translation):
During a scheduled audit, we detected unusual activity on your account. More precisely, the number of hours played on it exceeds the capabilities of an ordinary person. Please note that this is a warning only and we are not taking any action on your account at this time. However, if the number of hours remains suspiciously high, your account may be blocked for further investigation. In the event that violations of our Environmental and Safety Agreement (ESS) rules are found, we will take appropriate action.
It turns out that the poker room allegedly “threatens” the user who is clearly playing NL50 cash on the leaderboard. The race for the money prize just implies frequent play on a large number of tables at the same time – many players often completely rearrange their life schedule and do not sleep much. From the side of the room, it is illogical to punish for this.
Hiro also added that the security service does not give him a direct answer to the question – how long is the permissible duration of the game per day… Judging by the Security Council’s answers, this is classified information that they cannot disclose. The player was advised to “reconsider the number of games per week / month”, since if the algorithms re-detect the increased number of game hours on his account, this could lead to consequences.
How correct is GGPOKEROK’s position?
Usually in such disputes, most of the players are a priori on the side of the user. The evil room puts sticks in the wheels – bans the winning players, bans bumhunters, or even “just like that” confiscates funds.
If you look at that very “Agreement on Environment and Safety”, then you will not find where it says the number of hours that can be played per day, week, month. It turns out that GGPOKEROC is guided by non-existent rules? Not so simple.
When re-reading the user’s forum post at 15:00 Moscow time (before any edits in the text), we noticed that he did not mention several important details that would help to better understand the situation:
The player did not introduce himself. His nickname on GGPOKEROK is unknown, so even the fact of his playing in the poker room has not been confirmed
How many tables does he usually play?
How many hours on average does one session last? How often does he arrange them in a day? How many days have you played in the last month?
It is worth saying that Zloy_Kot is ready to pass the security check and can record a 10-hour video, where he plays 12-14 tables at the same time. But this does not mean that he played exactly that much time and so many tables. until the incident… Only SB GGPOKEROK can have reliable information with this data. What if a user played 12-14 tables for 20 hours a day? Is this a good enough reason for concern?
In the light of such data, let us return to the “Agreement on Environment and Safety”, paragraph 16 – Third party tools… We will say in advance that we do not blame the user for any sins, but recall that this point implies the struggle of the poker room with any programs that either help the user to make game decisions or do take them for him… Do not forget also about point 6 – Exchange of accounts… There is a precedent when two or more users play on the same account in order to win the leaderboard.
Yesterday, foreign poker resources spread around poker, criminal news with a touch of secrecy. Hashish, “pink cocaine”, marijuana, speed, ecstasy, mushrooms – this is just a part of the list that the detainee had on the island of Ibiza. Someone was having a crazy Las Vegas Fear and Loathing party.
Disclaimer: Pokeroff editors against the use of any drugs
The identity of the “famous poker player” was initially unknown – the law enforcement agencies did not initially name her. But here’s what we knew:
Man 33 years old
He flew in from Las Vegas on a private jet, he was detained at the Ibiza airport
He has dual citizenship of Italy and Kuwait
He had a company of 30 people with him.
The poker player faces a real prison term. A few hours later, we learned his name. The poker player with 1.5 kg of drugs turned out to be Salman Behbehani.
A private jet with 30 passengers left the United States for Ibiza last Friday. But the party did not go according to plan when the Spanish Civil Guard (where they came from) found 1.5 kg of various drugs in Salman Behbehani’s luggage: cocaine, mushrooms, marijuana, ecstasy, 2C-B, LSD, poppers – and this is not the whole list. …
In truth, Salman Behbehani is not exactly a professional poker player. It’s correct to call him a player with an infinite bankroll. Forbes ranks the Behbehani family in the top 20 richest Arab clans in the Middle East.
He has over $ 3.3M in prize money on hendonmob. Salman’s biggest win, $ 818K, came from running the main event of the controversial Partush Poker Tour in 2011. He also ran a $ 5K PLO runner up at the 2013 WSOP.
At PokerStars, Salman played under the nickname salfshb. His most resounding success was third place in the $ 102K WCOOP tournament, where Heads Up broke through Fedor Holtz and Ben Rolle.
The fate of Salman Behbehani is still unknown. Do you think he will be released on bail? Extradited and fined? Or will Salman have to spend a couple of years in a Spanish prison?