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UIGEA Regulations - To Be Released Soon

September 28th, 2007

From Compatible Poker.com:

“The UIGEA poker regulations are set to come out within one week and possibly even tomorrow says a Poker Players Alliance board member along with the iMEGA President.

The US Office of Management and Budget has approved the proposed rules. Therefore these proposed rules and regulations could come out anyday but no longer than 1 week.

The regulations will first be published to the Federal Register. This begins what’s called a “commenting period”. Industry experts including a PPA spokesperson, Rich Muny and iMEGA President are estimating a 60-90 day commenting period.

During this commenting period banks will not yet be forced to follow any new rules or be subject to violations of the UIGEA. As far as online poker players are concerned things will remain the same for the time being.

According to Ed Leyden of iMEGA, “It is also possible (but not likely) that a public hearing will be scheduled to solicit commentary from industry, the public, and the bar. “

Finally, after the proposed 60-90 day commenting period ends a re-evaluation of the regulations will be considered. Recommendations from the commenting period will be examined and used to ammend the rules into finalized regulations. This re-examining period is expected to take up to 180 days.

Following this dubbed “grace period” activities amongst those who currently gamble online from the US will notice little to no change. What has already been a prolonged release of these regulations will become even longer.

It has now been almost 1 year since the signing of the UIGEA. From beginning to end these regulations are likely to be finalized 2 years after the initial passing of the UIGEA making those gambling operators who stayed in the US market very wealthy.”

For those of you that like to follow this issue, I would strongly suggest checking Compatible Poker.com almost daily. They have had the best coverage that I have been able to find.

Rakeback, For Those That Can Think

September 25th, 2007

Poker players who are equipped with brains play with rakeback, and all the others hunt bonuses. That’s just how it is. While it’s true that every player can benefit from a little extra bankroll padding every month, rakeback deals do not work the same for every player. Quite a few factors can alter the amount of rakeback you receive.

- How many tables do you play simultaneously?

- What stakes do you play?

- Do you play short handed or full ring games?

- How much do you play (obviously)?

If you want to estimate just how much money you can expect to make from a particular rakeback deal, using rake back calculators will help make your calculation efforts a whole lot easier.

RakeBrain.com offers a calculator that gives you an estimate of your rakeback. The site also has some of the best rakeback deals on the Net. So my advice is: When choosing between rakeback and bonuses, always go with the rakeback!

Big Pots Are Fun

September 20th, 2007

PokerStars 3/6 Hold’em (8 handed)

Preflop: Michael is CO with [Ah, Kh]
UTG calls, 2 folds, MP2 calls, Michael raises, Button calls, 1 fold, BB calls, UTG calls, MP2 calls.

Flop: (10.33 SB) [Js, Qh, 8s] (5 players)
BB checks, UTG checks, MP2 checks, Michael bets, Button raises, BB calls, UTG folds, MP2 calls, Michael calls.

Turn: (9.16 BB) [Tc] (4 players)
BB checks, MP2 checks, Michael bets, Button raises, BB calls, MP2 calls, Michael 3-bets, Button calls, BB calls, MP2 calls.

River: (21.16 BB) [3h] (4 players)
BB checks, MP2 checks, Michael bets, Button calls, BB folds, MP2 calls.

Final Pot: 24.16 BB

Results below:
MP2 has [8d 9c] (straight, queen high).
Michael has [Ah Kh] (straight, ace high).
Button has [Qc Qs] (three of a kind, queens).
Outcome: Michael wins 24.16 BB.

Absolute Poker - Rigged or Hacked?

September 16th, 2007

There seems to be some funny business going on in the high stakes games at Absolute Poker. Read and decide for yourself: (Link to 2+2 Forums Thread)

And here’s a shorter, cliff’s notes version and a bit more up to date: (Link to 2nd 2+2 Forums Thread)

Nonbelievers

September 5th, 2007

PokerStars 3/6 Hold’em (10 handed)

Preflop: Michael is CO with [Qs, Qc]
3 folds, MP1 (nonbeliever) calls, MP2 calls, 1 fold, Michael raises, Button calls, 1 fold, BB calls, MP1 (non-believer) calls, MP2 calls.

Flop: (10.33 SB) [8s, Qd, Th] (5 players)
BB checks, nonbeliever checks, MP2 checks, Michael bets, Button calls, BB folds, nonbeliever calls, MP2 calls.

Turn: (7.16 BB) [Ac] (4 players)
nonbeliever bets, MP2 folds, Michael raises, Button folds, nonbeliever calls.

River: (11.16 BB) [4h] (2 players)
nonbeliever bets, Michael raises, nonbeliever calls.

Final Pot: 15.16 BB

Results below:
nonbeliever has [8d Ah] (two pair, aces and eights).
Michael has [Qs Qc] (three of a kind, queens).
Outcome: Michael wins 15.16 BB.

I always wonder why these particular players decide to become nonbelievers. Once he didn’t reraise the turn, there was no reason for me to think I’m not holding the best hand.

Respect?

August 30th, 2007

PokerStars 3/6 Hold’em (8 handed)

Preflop: Michael is UTG with [Qd, Qc]
Michael raises, 6 folds, BB calls.

Flop: (4.33 SB) [As, 4c, Qh] (2 players)
BB folds.

Final Pot: 2.16 BB

I guess he knew I had a monster…

Fun With Medium Suited Connectors

August 22nd, 2007

When the conditions are right, it’s profitable to enter a pot from middle position with a limp with medium or small suited connectors. You just have to have the right opponents already in the hand and also yet to act.

Most of the players behind me in this hand are loose and passive. The player who limped in before me is a tight player who overplays his hands and basically can’t fold them when it’s obvious he is beaten. In fact, I have played with him so much that I will sometimes enter pots against him with hands that I know he beats preflop because I know that he can’t get away from a hand if I hit and I can easily get away from mine if I don’t.

This hand is a tremendous spot for implied odds with my medium suited connectors. As luck would have it, I flopped a monster and the hand played out exactly according to the script:

PokerStars 2/4 Hold’em (10 handed)

Preflop: Michael is MP2 with [6s, 7s]

MegaDonkey posts a blind of $1.50.
3 folds, TightCan’tFold calls, Michael calls, MegaDonkey (poster) checks, CO calls, 1 fold, SB completes, BetAnyDraw checks.

Flop: (6.50 SB) [5h, 4d, 8s] (6 players)
SB checks, BetAnyDraw bets, TightCan’tFold raises, Michael 3-bets, MegaDonkey calls, CO folds, SB folds, BetAnyDraw calls, TightCan’tFold caps, Michael calls, MegaDonkey calls, BetAnyDraw calls.

Turn: (11.25 BB) [2s] (4 players)
BetAnyDraw checks, TightCan’tFold bets, Michael raises, MegaDonkey calls, BetAnyDraw calls, TightCan’tFold calls.

River: (19.25 BB) [Ad] (4 players)
BetAnyDraw checks, TightCan’tFold checks, Michael bets, MegaDonkey calls, BetAnyDraw calls, TightCan’tFold calls.

Final Pot: 23.25 BB

Results:
BetAnyDraw has [3s 6d] (straight, six high).
TightCan’tFold has [9c 9s] (one pair, nines).
Michael has [6s 7s] (straight, eight high).
MegaDonkey has [Jd 8d] (one pair, eights).
Outcome: Michael wins 23.25 BB.

There is no substitute for knowing your opponents. Because I knew mine, I was able to put myself in a very profitable spot. In most hands, this would be an insta-muck preflop. Not here. :)

Put Me On AK At Your Peril

August 20th, 2007

If you are a loose-passive calling station, go ahead and put me on AK. I dare you:

PokerStars 2/4 Hold’em (8 handed)

Preflop: Michael is MP1 with [Kh, Kd]
2 folds, Michael raises, MP2 calls, 2 folds, SB calls, 1 fold.

Flop: (7 SB) [4d, 4c, 6s] (3 players)
SB checks, Michael bets, MP2 calls, SB folds.

Turn: (4.50 BB) [Js] (2 players)
Michael bets, MP2 calls.

River: (6.50 BB) [6d] (2 players)
Michael checks, MP2 bets, Michael raises, MP2 calls.

Final Pot: 10.50 BB

Results below:
Michael has [Kh Kd] (two pair, kings and sixes).
MP2 has [8h 8c] (two pair, eights and sixes).
Outcome: Michael wins 10.50 BB.

Yep, Called By Six High

August 17th, 2007

There is apparently something being served in the water in the online poker universe this month. I get called by Ten high a week or so ago and I thought that was kind of amazing.

Can I top that? Judge for yourself:

Full Tilt 2/4 Hold’em (9 handed)

Preflop: Michael is SB with [Qd, Qc].
2 folds, MP2 calls, MP3 calls, 2 folds, Michael raises, BB calls, MP2 calls, MP3 calls.

Flop: (8.50 SB) [8s, 4h, 4s] (5 players)
Michael bets, BB folds, MP2 calls, MP3 folds.

Turn: (5.25 BB) [2c] (3 players)
Michael bets, MP2 calls.

River: (7.25 BB) [8c] (3 players)
Michael bets, MP2 calls.

Results below:
Michael has [Qd Qc] (two pair, queens and eights).
MP2 has [5h 6c] (two pair, eights and fours).
Outcome: Michael wins 9.25 BB.

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