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Caribbean Poker Classic

Posted: January 29, 2010 in poker tournaments
The 5th annual Caribbean Poker Classic which was held from the 16th to the 23rd of  November, 2008 was the most popular and certainly the most adventurous of 2008. Why, you ask? Well thats because it was held aboard one of the world’s largest cruise ships, the Freedom of the Seas which sailed across San Juan Puerto Rico, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas and Philipsburg St. Maarten. This week long poker extravaganza kicked off once the ship set sail from Miami, Florida. The organizers of the Caribbean Poker Classic chalked out a detailed and informative schedule for players with details of game timings, cruise schedule, event schedule, excursion schedule, etc.
Caribbean Poker ClassicYou must be asking yourself “How do I get into a Caribbean Poker Classic?” It’s simple there a two ways by which a person may get in and that is either by playing and winning a satellite (preliminaries starting in May), or by buying a seat in the main event But only people above the age of 18 yrs will be legible to play and will be required to a produce proof of their age.
Texas Hold’em isn’t the only option the Caribbean Poker Classic has to offer it also serves up action-packed side events, Satellites, a $2,500 main event and endless cash games. Besides poker the Caribbean Poker Cruise 2008 hosted a whole itinerary of events ranging right from dinners to rock climbing and ice skating, and yes it’s all available on board!! But ofcourse all this came at pricing options of $5K and $10K.
All-in-all the Caribbean Poker Classic 2008 was a mega success with 2 Super Satellites, 4 Categories of No Limit Hold’em ($300+$30, $400+$40, $500+$50, $1000+$100) and a Main Event spread over a span of 7 days, gave the poker stars plenty of action and doe, and the press people to talk about!! The Caribbean Poker Classic organizers spared no pennies when it came to spending as they looked after their guests like royalty.
Yes the Caribbean Poker Classic 2008 was one which will go down in the books as being one of the Special Tournaments of 2008 not only for its grandeur and pomp but also as one of the biggest poker tournaments of 2008.
The European Poker Tour (more commonly referred to as the EPT) began in 2004 as part of the worldwide explosion in Texas Hold ’em poker popularity. The EPT is a series of televised poker tournaments and is very similar to the World Poker Tour (WPT). It is branded and partially owned by Poker Stars.
In seasons 1-3 of the European Poker Tour, the most significant difference between itself and the World Poker Tour was the buy-in and its effect on the prize pool. The EPT featured buy-ins about half the size of the WPT and therefore the prize pool was somewhat smaller. This changed in season 4 when the buy-in for most of the EPT events was increased to €8,000. The increase was made due to its high popularity and lack of space in participating casinos. At the time (2007) after exchange rates, the buy-in was close to equal to US$10,000 which is the buy-in for most WPT events.
The final table of the European Poker Tour is made up of 8 players. This is again different to the 6 player final tables popularized by the World Poker Tour.The EPT is taped by Sunset + Vine for television broadcast across Europe.
The European Poker Tour was created by John Duthie, winner of the inaugural Poker Million tournament. John Duthie commentates for the show, alongside Colin Murray and James Hartigan. The show was first hosted by Caroline Flack, then joined by Natalie Pinkham. Season 4 of the show is hosted by Kara Scott.
There to date have been 6 seasons of the EPT. Although the location of the EPT changes frequently major locations such as London, Copenhagen and Monte Carlo remain the same each year; usually with Monte Carlo being the season finale location. The following locations are where the European Poker Tour have been held to date:
· Barcelona (Barcelona Open 2004)
· London (European Poker Classics)
· Dublin (The Irish Winter Tournament 2004)
· Copenhagen (Scandinavian Open 2005)
· Deauville (The French Open 2005)
· Vienna (11th Vienna Spring Poker Festival)
· Monte Carlo (European Poker Tour Grand Final)
· Baden (The Big Double 2006)
· Dortmund (EPT Dortmund)
· Warsaw (EPT Warsaw)
· Prague (EPT Prague)
· PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
· Sanremo (EPT Sanremo)
· Budapest (EPT Hungarian Open)
· Kyiv
· Vilamoura
· Salzburg
European Poker TourAs the European Poker Tour has many events a Talley has been kept alike the Olympic Games showing each countries win score and Talley. This has no real meaning but may in years to come. Until now The United States is in the lead with a total score of 9 wins. Here is a chart showing countries who have taken down an EPT event:
1st United States 9
2nd England 7
3rd Germany 5; France 5
5th Netherlands 4; Sweden 4
7th Denmark 3; Canada 3
9th Finland 2; Norway 2; Portugal 2
12th Lebanon 1; Italy 1; Russia 1
The European Poker Tour Seasons 1 to 6 can be found on youtube and pokertube in bits and pieces with the final table of each event the easiest to find. This is brilliant viewing for all poker players across the globe.

Great Poker Hands

Posted: January 22, 2010 in poker hand ranking, poker hands
Great poker hands are something we all wish for. Whether we are new to poker or a veteran we all want the same thing a great starting hand and a great poker hand once the community cards have all flopped.
Many different people think differently on what a great poker hand is pre flop. Although commonly people will say pocket aces IS the best (the best starting hand) many differentiate. Some people say KK or even 7/8 suited. Great poker hands pre flop to each individual vary due to their own personal success rate.
Doyle Brunson’s favorite starting hand is 10 2 off suit (102 is the age he hopes to get to for the record) as he won the WSOP with it. Doyle Brunson is a good example of poker players who think that that a few great poker hands work best for them. Just so it is clear, poker mathematics and sense tells us that pockets aces are indeed the best hand to start with. This doesn’t mean they will hold up and you will win with them though.
Post flop is a different story to pre flop when judging great poker hands. After the community cards are on the board a great poker hand is a new story. Pocket aces after the flop do not always as great poker hands. Poker Hands are ranked and in any Hold’em or Omaha hi poker variant the ranking is as follows from the best to the worst hand:
  • Royal Flush – A, K, Q, J, 10 – all of the same suit
  • Straight Flush – Any five card sequence in the same suit – 5, 6, 7, 8,9 of diamonds an example
  • Four of a Kind (also called quads) – All 4 cards of the same denomination – AAAA as an example
  • Full House (also called boat) – Three of a kind combined with a pair – K, K, K, Q, Q as an example
  • Flush – Any five cards of the same suit – 5 diamonds as an example but not in a straight form.
  • Straight – Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit – 7,8,9,10,J, of varied suits
  • Three of a Kind (also known as trips or a set) – Three cards of the same denomination – 999
  • Two Pair – Two Separate Pairs – 88 99 as an example
  • One Pair – 77 as an example
  • High Card – The highest card wins the hand as no player has even made a pair.
poker hand rankingsSo, out of the hand rankings the greatest of all great poker hands is A Royal Flush!
If we were however to think of great poker hands in the history of poker rather than which is the best, many come to mind and should never be forgotten. Historically speaking, the dead mans’s hand (A,8) is one of the best examples of great poker hands which have been remembered for ages. The dead man’s hand incidentally was named after Wild Bill Hickok as he was holding 2 pairs (Aces and Eights) at the time of his murder (August 2, 1876). Of more recent times we could think of the 2009 world series of poker win by Joe Cada who held pocket 9’s (9,9) taking down the tournament against heads up opponent Darvin Moon. Joe Cada is now in the record books as the youngest ever World Series of Poker Winner!
Great poker hands that go into the history books are from great wins or headlining events. If there are none of these events behind them, then let’s face the facts – nothing beats pocket Aces pre-flop or a Royal Flush once the hand is complete.