1.Against All Odds

Introduction

Los Angeles poker classics

ESP

Bad Beat Poker

Pot-Limit Omaha

Spooky Hand

World Poker Challenge

Pot-Limit Hold'em Tournaments

Foxwood's Poker

Five-Star World Poker

World Series of Poker-2000

World Series Poker Championship

2.World Series of Poker Hands

Youngest World Champion

World Series Poker-1999

World Series Poker-1998

World Series Poker-2002

WSOP-2002

WSOP-1995

WSOP-1994

WSOP-1998

U.S.. Poker Championship-1999

WSOP-2000

WSOP's Winner-2000

WSOP-2003

WSOP's Record-2003

"Big One" in WSOP-2003

3.World Poker Tour

WPT-2002

World Poker Tour-2002

WPT's winner-2003

WPT-2004

WPT-2003

World Poker Tournament-2003

WPT's Event-2003

Foxwood's World Poker

Amir's Big Call

4.European Poker Tour

The Poker em

Poker In Amsterdam-1998

The Poker em-2000

Late Night Poker 3-2000

WHUPC-2003

5.Reading other Player's mail

WSOP-1992

Tournaments of Champion-1999

A Tale Of Four Bluffs

WSOP-2001

Commerce Casino-2002

No-Limit Hold'em Event-2002

 

An UltimateBet.com Hand

The professional poker world has been turned upside down as a result of amateur players dominating the top prizes at poker’s most prestigious tournaments.  It’s just amazing.  Robert Varkonyi winning the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2002, amateur player Alan Goehring winning the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tournament Championship in 2003, and Chris moneymaker-he invested $30 in an online poker tournament and parlayed that up to $2.5 million-winning the 2003 WSOP.

            The buzz on the street is “Anyone can win!” and “If Money-maker can do it, why can’t I?  I’ll buy in for a hundred dollars and give it a shot.”  This is drawing unprecedented numbers of players into online poker rooms.  And some of these players are creating their own legends.  King of ding and TICKER (Erick Lindgren) are two players known to have made over $1 million playing online poker card games.

            While in Aruba playing in UltimateBet.com’s World Poker Tournament event, I made a few bad plays along the way, and found myself knocked out of the tournament on day two.  Erick Lindgren, already $1 million ahead playing online poker, proved his mastery of online players one more time, and would up winning the $500,000 first-place prize. 

(By the way, in 2004, with a $4 million prize pool guaranteed, along with a $1 million first prize, UltimateBet.com (UB) is going to have the single biggest event ever held in Aruba.) With the thought poker of relaxing on my mind, I decided to play an actual online tournament while hanging out on the balcony of my hotel room-overlooking the beach-with a Rum Punch in my hand.

            It was the Sunday $200 buy-in no-limit Hold’em poker game tournament, and UB had 500 players.  The total purse was $100,000, with a first place prize of $24,000.  When I saw the prize pool posted, I thought, “Wow, I can really win something for my $200 investment.” With 55 players remaining, the following hand came up between “philhellmuth” (me) and “Krazykunuk” (James Worth) who is an excellent tournament player.  The blinds were $500-$1,000, everyone folded to James on the button, and James opened for $3,000 of his $15,000 total.  I was in the big blind with Qh-9h and $18,000 total.

            I was thinking, “OK, perhaps James is trying to steal the blind with a weak hand, but he knows that it is philhellmuth in the big blind and usually players have a real hand when they raise my blind.”  Thus I liked folding as the best option, or moving all-in as my second-best option, with calling the bet as the worst.  Why call and get yourself in trouble somehow?  If James is raising with, say, Q-10, then I would go broke with some flops.  In that case, folding would be a great option, but moving all-in would probably win the gaming money.  Somehow, however, my thinking got double-crossed, and I decided to call the bet.

            The flop came down 9d-7c-6s, and I decided that there was a high low poker probability that I had the best hand.  I was thinking, “OK, if I check, and he checks, and now a card higher than an eight comes off, then I’ll be forced to play my hand, even though I potentially let James hit that higher card for free.  Thus, I should bet out something that would prevent James from calling with say, K-J, but not enough to scare him away if he has a pair.  I would love to bet out small, and have him move in on me with nothing, or with a pair that I would beat.”

            So I bet out $3,500, hoping for a raise from James.  In fact, James did raise all-in, and I called him quickly.  James shoed me 10-8, which made a straight on the flop.  When a two and a jack came off the next two cards, James won the $30,500 pot, and I was left with $3,000.  I thought, “Phil, you dummy, you knew calling before the fop was the worst option! You let him hit his hand, and then paid him off spooky hand.  Moving all-in would have worked because there is no way he would have called with 10-8.”

            Oh well, how bad could it be?  I was in Aruba; I had a nice view of beach, a lot of my friends close by, and a Rum Punch in my hand.

 

6.From The Other Side Of Table

WSOP-1974

Commerce Casino-1999

WSOP-1999

WPT-2003

Bellagio Poker

Ladies World Championship

High Limit Action in Houston

Commerce Casino's California-1999

Party Poker Million-2002

WSOP's Winner-2002

WSOP seven card stud-2000

Foxwood's Casino

Pot-Limit Hold'em Event

World Heads-Up Poker Tour

United States Poker Championship

7.Poker Hollywood Style

Chinese Poker

Bicycle Club Casino

Rounder's

Celebrity Poker

Hustler Casino

8.Cheesehead Poker

Poker in Madison

Bluffing

Sportsmen Club

Pot-Limit Hold'em At Nora's Bar

Big Game in Wisconsin

A GOLF STORY

ULTIMATEBET HAND

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR AWARD

TOP MOMENTS IN POKER

THE NEXT POKER WAVE