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Players were reluctant to put out their friends, but at the poker table there is no room for friendship and players quickly get involved in big pots.
Anna then explains about bluffs and semi-bluffs and their effect on the game, where we watch a clash between Marc Goodwin and Devilfish in the British Poker Open.
Finally we get to the semi-final before getting down to the final table of ten. With first having 33,100 and tenth having just 200 we can expect some early casualties in part 4, the final.]]>
Low boards and firing bets at the opposition see Claudio Demetrescu take down many pots unchallenged before getting involved in a re-raise war with what has to be the play of the tournament.
We then go out and about in Bucharest to see more of Romania and get a bit of history about it’s communist past to it’s current culture and the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
Back at the tables Anna talks us through the basics of poker and we watch the end of Heat 2.]]>
As Romanian law doesn’t permit more than 2 poker tables in a building that’s open to the public the event required a number of Day ‘ones’ an a shootout style with the top 3 progressing.
55 players played in 3 heats which progressed to a semi-final which concluded with a 10 player final table.
Watch all the action from the heats in part one of this event.
To qualify for more poker tournaments visit Poker Heaven.]]>
For the viewers that are confused about the stack sizes changing between hands the tournament runs for about 5 hours and in order to condense it into a 30 minute show only some hands are chosen to be shown on TV, hoepfully the more exciting ones.
Josh makes a few mistakes when calling the outs, feel free to mock him in the comments.
Some decent play seen from the final few player but a dodgy play with pocket tens heads up from Pete9999 sees the game drag on a little but a snap call does see Pete9999 win.]]>
Josh gives some insights into what makes a good poker player and defines aggression as the most important factor.
Travers shows a lot of aggression with a big raise with AK that isn’t called, then all in with AQ the very next. Scotty wakes up in the blinds with AK and calls, and looks sown up with a TQK flop. Another Q on the river though sees him out in 10th place.
Some more outdraws with a loose call sees another player bust out early and then a decent hand with KJ vs T6 on a K66 flop sees another player hit the rails.
IP-Hippi continues to run hot to knock out another player while holding the worst starting hand and looks unstoppable by the end of the first half.]]>
Grub Smith and Carmel Thomas talk about the differences in Heads Up to full ring (6+ players), where the saying that any two cards can win is more true than usual. Joe Hachem even won a WSOP main event with 73 offsuit.
We witness a heads up battle between Noah Boeken and Gus Hansen, where Noah plays his TJ badly against Gus Hansen’s T3 but sucks out on the river after going all in behind.
Discussing the most important part of heads up, Grub talks about aggression which is the main decider in a heads up game.
Paul Sandells (now writing for Poker Channel Europe) makes an aggressive bluff and against just one other player steals the pot.]]>
Step 7: Reading Players. The skill of putting your opponent on a hand and sniffing out weakness. You need to watch how your opponent plays, spot betting patterns (very important in online poker) and looks for any physical tells.
Step 8: Heads Up. What to do when you get down to the last 2 in a tournament and the game turns into full blown psychological warfare. In heads up the value of your starting hand changes, the more aggressive player usually wins and it’s much more about bluffing as both players will usually miss the flop.]]>
Some more trap setting goes on but because they’re only playing when they have a hand there’s no huge showdowns.
This is some of the most boring poker ever seen.
Seriously, you’d be much better off just playing yourself. Head on over to Poker Heaven and just play for fun or for real.]]>
Kabbaj begins to get on my nerves peering under his glasses to try and see the cards as they both try and slow play hands that gets them in trouble.
They both hit the same flops throughout resulting in some flushes against bigger flushes and pair against bigger pairs.
Lack of aggression from both players makes for some dull poker, dragging this heat out for another 15 minutes.
An insightful comment from baznz says “Funny, one guy can’t see, the other guy cant play!” I’ll give him that.]]>