TV Poker Can Make You Wealthy!

Why TV poker can make you wealthy!

There’s an awful lot of poker on the television these days. If you wanted to you could probably watch TV poker almost round the clock and the big events like the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker receive massive coverage.

Poker is great to watch on TV, it is about psychology and people more than it’s about the cards and so it attracts a large percentage of non-players. People love watching other people in real situations and poker is the latest reality TV craze.

The apparent simplicity of Texas Holdem draws the TV audience and holds them, like all great games and sports it is incredibly simple to understand but extremely difficult to master. Everyone from teenagers to grannies can work out the basics – three of something beats two of them! It’s only a short step to fill in the other hands on the ranking table.

TV poker, normally Texas Holdem, also has a very powerful addictiveness about it. Very quickly you will start to like some players more than others, in some cases people will become fans of certain players and follow their progress. If you start watching early on in a tournament, poker has the ability to hold the attention in such a way that you need to stick with it until the end to see who wins.

OK you’re asking, but how will that make me wealthy?

Well, remember all of these non-players who start watching TV poker and get hooked by it’s sheer entertainment value? Very soon some of them will be saying the four little magic words to themselves, the four words that will make you money.

“I can do that!”

Yes of course they want to join in. After all it looks so easy when the professionals raise all-in with a Jack high and steal the pot on a complete bluff against two pairs. What they don’t realise is that it takes years of practise to develop the instinct to know when they can bluff like that. The other point they miss is that TV will edit out the majority of hands and will give a distorted view of the play, it will look like these big bluffs can be pulled off every two or three hands!

Position is of course the other great unknown to the new player. Again to create a more exciting spectacle for the viewer, there is a disproportionate amount of heads up play shown on TV. The non-player absorbs this and takes two false impressions from it, one that you should see the flop almost every hand, and secondly that a good heads up hand is a good hand in any circumstance. So along come these rookies to the internet tables, full of hope and expectation. They’ve watched Phil Hellmuth take a big heads up pot with pocket Queen Seven and thinks it is OK to call with it when he’s first in to play in a 10 player tournament.

This is very good news for you if you’ve played internet Texas Holdem poker for any length of time at all. All these novices entering the arena on a daily basis eager to try out the new found skills that they’ve learned from the TV means rich pickings for you.

And it’s not going to stop anytime soon. TV poker coverage is getting bigger all the time, and every time Texas Holdem is shown, another new “expert” is born!

======================================================Article by Ian McIntosh of Check out the site for all the latest information on Texas Holdem tournaments and freerolls.

Americas Cardroom Brings Back the OSS VIII with over $3,000,000 in Prize Money

There may be twelve days of Christmas with true loves, but there are twelve days of the Americas Cardroom OSS, Online Super Series with over $3,000,000 in prize money for hardworking poker players. This is an exciting series with tournaments in all ranges from $1 buy-ins and up to $500 buy-ins for the million dollar Main Event tourney on December 18th. The tournament will run from December 7 till December 18th. For the sole winner of the Main Event, Americas Cardroom will often bankwire the sum, expected to be $250,000.
As their popularity has exploded, Americas Cardroom has been going over the original prize pools. The most recent exceeded one million dollars. So look at this one for another hot, exciting poker tournament with prize pools exceeding the original limit.
There will be a nice variety of games including No Limit Holdem, PLO8, PLO. And get turbos, knockout tournaments, megastack, 6 and 8 max and more. Buy-ins range from $1 and up to $500, so for small poker players or larger highroller poker players, there is a game for you. It’s a great time for new players who want to excel in poker to play the longer super tournaments and get the feel of big time tournament play. This is where the money is at. There are nearly 80 tournaments with something for everyone.
The OSS at Americas Cardroom has gotten bigger and better everytime with increased prize pools. It’s truly the place to play poker. New players get a sign up bonus that releases cash as you play, a new players freeroll and several days of jackpot poker. Jackpot poker is a three seat game where any player can win a random jackpot.

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The OSS schedule is below:

OSS VIII Schedule

Date Time Event # GTD Buy in Details
Wednesday 7th December 2016 3:30 PM #1 $100,000 $100+$9 5 HR LR
Wednesday 7th December 2016 5:00 PM #2 $8,000 $24+$2 PLO8 KO 6 Max
Wednesday 7th December 2016 7:00 PM #3 $40,000 $100+$9 Regular
Wednesday 7th December 2016 8:00 PM #4 $20,000 $25+$2.5 Regular
Wednesday 7th December 2016 9:00 PM #5 $3,000 $5+$0.5 Regular
Thursday 8th December 2016 3:30 PM #6 $10,000 $8+$0.8 5 Hour LR
Thursday 8th December 2016 5:00 PM #7 $1,000 $4+$0.40 SKO
Thursday 8th December 2016 7:45 PM #8 $30,000 $80+$8 6 Max
Thursday 8th December 2016 8:30 PM #9 $50,000 $300+$20 Regular
Thursday 8th December 2016 9:30 PM #10 $5,000 $15+$1.50 Turbo
Thursday 8th December 2016 10:30 PM #11 $800 $2+$0.20 Super Mega Hyper
Friday 9th December 2016 3:30 PM #12 $30,000 $40+$4 5 HR LR
Friday 9th December 2016 4:30 PM #13 $4,000 $10+$1 PLO 6 Max
Friday 9th December 2016 6:30 PM #14 $8,000 $50+$5 SKO Super Stack Turbo
Friday 9th December 2016 8:00 PM #15 $35,000 $80+$8 8 Max
Friday 9th December 2016 9:00 PM #16 $3,000 $3+$0.30 4 Max
Friday 9th December 2016 10:30 PM #17 $1,000 $7+$0.35 PLO8 Hyper
Saturday 10th December 2016 3:30 PM #18 $7,500 $10+$1 PLO 5 HR LR
Saturday 10th December 2016 4:00 PM #19 $3,000 $5+$0.4 KO
Saturday 10th December 2016 5:30 PM #20 $25,000 $200+$15 SKO
Saturday 10th December 2016 7:00 PM #21 $25,000 $50+$5 6 Max
Saturday 10th December 2016 8:00 PM #22 $15,000 $20+$2 regular
Saturday 10th December 2016 9:00 PM #23 $2,000 $10+$1 PLO Turbo Superstack
Saturday 10th December 2016 9:30 PM #24 $500 $1+$0.10 Regular
Sunday 11th December 2016 2:00 PM #25 $60,000 $20+$2 5 HR LR
Sunday 11th December 2016 2:00 PM #26 $100,000 $50+$5 5 HR LR
Sunday 11th December 2016 3:00 PM #27 $500,000 $300+$20 Sunday Special
Sunday 11th December 2016 5:00 PM #28 $20,000 $60+$6 8 Max NLO8
Sunday 11th December 2016 7:30 PM #29 $12,500 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday 11th December 2016 8:00 PM #30 Cage Event $1000+$50 $1K CAGE
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:00 PM #31 $1,000 $2+$0.20 TURBO Megastack
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:00 PM #32 $10,000 $25+$2.50 TURBO Megastack
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:00 PM #33 $30,000 $100+$9 TURBO Megastack
Monday 12th December 2016 3:30 PM #34 $8,000 $10+$1 PLO8 5 HR LR 6 Max
Monday 12th December 2016 4:15 PM #35 $5,000 $40+$4 FT Experience
Monday 12th December 2016 7:30 PM #36 $20,000 $50+$5 6 Max
Monday 12th December 2016 8:00 PM #37 $40,000 $200+$15 8 Max
Monday 12th December 2016 8:30 PM #38 $4,000 $5+0.50 regular
Monday 12th December 2016 10:15 PM #39 $5,000 $25+$1.25 Hyper Megastack KO
Tuesday 13th December 2016 3:30 PM #40 $7,500 $5+$0.50 6 Max 5 HR LR
Tuesday 13th December 2016 4:30 PM #41 $6,000 $20+$2 PLO
Tuesday 13th December 2016 6:45 PM #42 $7,500 $10+$1 Regular
Tuesday 13th December 2016 8:00 PM #43 $15,000 $30+$3 R/A
Tuesday 13th December 2016 8:30 PM #44 $2,000 $3+$0.30 4 Max
Tuesday 13th December 2016 10:15 PM #45 $15,000 $50+$5 Super Stack Turbo
Wednesday 14th December 2016 3:30 PM #46 $35,000 $30+$3 5 HR LR
Wednesday 14th December 2016 4:30 PM #47 $2,000 $2+$0.20 R/A
Wednesday 14th December 2016 6:45 PM #48 $30,000 $50+$5 Regular
Wednesday 14th December 2016 7:00 PM #49 Cage Event $5000+$100 $5K CAGE
Wednesday 14th December 2016 7:30 PM #50 $25,000 $200+$15 NLO8
Wednesday 14th December 2016 8:00 PM #51 $5,000 $5+$0.50 Regular
Wednesday 14th December 2016 10:15 PM #52 $4,000 $20+$2 PLO Superstack Turbo
Thursday 15th December 2016 3:30 PM #53 $5,000 $10+$1 5 HR LR SKO
Thursday 15th December 2016 4:30 PM #54 $10,000 $40+$4 Megastack Turbo
Thursday 15th December 2016 6:45 PM #55 $5,000 $20+$2 PLO 6 Max
Thursday 15th December 2016 7:30 PM #56 $30,000 $80+$8 Regular
Thursday 15th December 2016 8:30 PM #57 $1,500 $2+$0.20 Regular
Thursday 15th December 2016 10:15 PM #58 $300 $1+$0.10 Super Stack Turbo
Friday 16th December 2016 3:30 PM #59 $40,000 $50+$5 5 HR LR
Friday 16th December 2016 4:30 PM #60 $1,000 $5+$0.50 NLO8 SKO
Friday 16th December 2016 6:45 PM #61 $10,000 $20+$2 R/A
Friday 16th December 2016 7:30 PM #62 $5,000 $5+$0.50 Regular
Friday 16th December 2016 8:00 PM #63 $30,000 $50+$5 Regular
Friday 16th December 2016 10:15 PM #64 $6,000 $10+$0.50 Hyper Super Stack
Saturday 17th December 2016 3:30 PM #65 $50,000 $75+$7.50 5 HR LR
Saturday 17th December 2016 5:00 PM #66 $8,000 $20+$2 Regular
Saturday 17th December 2016 6:45 PM #67 $30,000 $150+$10 6 Max KO
Saturday 17th December 2016 7:30 PM #68 $3,500 $7+$0.70 Megastack Turbo
Saturday 17th December 2016 8:00 PM #69 $50,000 $500+$30 PLO SKO
Saturday 17th December 2016 10:00 PM #70 $4,000 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday 18th December 2016 1:00 PM #71 $250,000 $100+$9 5 HR LR Warm up 8 Max
Sunday 18th December 2016 2:00 PM #72 $60,000 $20+$2 5 HR LR
Sunday 18th December 2016 4:00 PM #73 $1,000,000 $500+$40 MAIN
Sunday 18th December 2016 6:00 PM #74 $10,000 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday 18th December 2016 8:00 PM #75 $40,000 $100+$9 BIG10
Sunday 18th December 2016 8:00 PM #76 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
Sunday 18th December 2016 8:30 PM #77 $40,000 $80+$8 Megastack Turbo
Sunday 18th December 2016 10:00 PM #78 $5,000 $40+$2 Hyper SK $40 buy in $40 bounty

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Gordon Vayo Out as Qui Nguyen Wins WSOP 2016 Main Event and Gets First Bracelet

Starting the final table of the WSOP 2016 Main Event by playing aggressively has paid off well for Qui Nguyen. He won the event and the $8 million dollar first place prize and bracelet. Though it wasn’t always smooth sailing, he pulled out a win which has become expected for those who play aggressively.
He came into the final table winning small to medium and several large pots against Gordon Vayo who was second in chip count and Gordon Josephy who was third. Josephy came out early moving up but his rise was crimped by Vayo who was dealt some strong hands as Josephy doubled up. He was left short stacked. He rallied for a bit till being eliminated by Vayo. Josephy took home $3.5 million for his work. This set the stage for Nguyen and Vayo.
The heads up match was long at 8 hours with many twists and turns. Vayo had gotten the chip lead briefly but that was changed after half an hour. The two battled back and forth till Nguyen took control. He went all-in on the river and Vayo folded with 80,000,000 chips on the table. Later Nguyen took another chunk of chips leaving Vayo weakened.
Nguyen continued to build on his lead eventually winning with a pair of kings against Vayo’s jack – ten spades combination.
Highlights of the tournament are in the video below.

Nguyen’s win highlights the effects of aggression in poker. If you sit at a table, you see it all the time. Players who raise often, even with questionable hands, often come out ahead.
Qui Nguyen is a Vietnamese who settled in California working in a nail salon before leaving for Las Vegas in 2007. He started by playing limit holdem cash games but went to no limit and had only a few cashes in small events. His only WSOP cash was in 2009 for less than $10,000. When the final hand came around, Nguyen won with a pair of kings against Vayo’s 10-jack combination. This shows the possiblities in poker that you don’t have to be Phil Ivey or a well known figure to win the WSOP.
Nguyen won his seat through a satellite tournament. Satellite tournaments are a great way to enter larger bigger payoff tournaments.

The WSOP 2016 Main Event results were:
Qui Nguyen $8,005,310
Gordon Vayo $4,661,228
Cliff Josephy $3,453,035
Michael Ruane $2,576,003
Vojtech Ruzicka $1,935,288
Kenny Hallaert $1,464,258
Griffin Benger $1,250,190
Jerry Wong $1,100,076
Fernando Pons $1,000,000
For most of the players, this is a high point of the poker career. Nguyen had his largest cash at this event. His previous top finish was $9000 and he earned his first bracelet. It’s rare to have repeat winners who place tops in the Main Event over and over.

Qui Nguyen Continues Table Domination in Day Two of the WSOP 2016 Final Table

On day two of the WSOP Final Table, Qui Nguyen continued his table domination to nearly 200,000,000 chips. He played aggressive, winning medium pots and he got one large pot against Ruane, who he eliminated with an ace – jack combination. Nguyen didn’t start off so well though. He doubled up and lost to Ruane with pocket sixes against Ruane’s pocket eights. Nonetheless, he still retained control of the board.
At one point in the tournament, Vayo held the chip lead. He eliminated Ruzicka with a pair of eights against a ace – king combination from Ruzicka who also bluffed.
The remaining three will battle it out for the last of the series. The chip counts of the remaining players are:
Nguyen 197,600,000
Vayo 89,000,000
Josephy 50,000,000

Qui Nguyen Dominates Day One of the WSOP 2016 Final Table

Qui Nguyen has dominated and taken over the lead in day one of the final table and has a major chip lead over the other players. His biggest hand of the night went to Nguyen when he took Kenny Hallert out with a pair of aces against Hallaert’s ace queen of clubs. Though that was the biggest hand of the night, Nguyen had been leading for most of the night. That hand was more or less the cap of a successful night at the table. He holds a sizeable lead over his opponents.
There were four bust outs. The rounds leading to the four busts were:
Fernando Pons went all-in with ace-six but lost when Cliff Josephy won with three of kind of kings. Jerry Wong was next with a pocket jacks being overruled by Vojtech Ruzicka’s pocket queens. Griffin Benger was next out when a pocket tens from Gordon Vayo won over Benger’s ace – nine combo.
The remaining players are guaranteed at least $1.9 million.
There are five players remaining.
Chip counts for the remaining players are:
Nguyen 128,625,000
Josephy 63,850,000
Vojtech Ruzicka 62,250,000
Vayo 58,200,000
Ruane 23,700,000
All the players who busted out are guaranteed at least a million dollars . First place finish will take home $8 million dollars.