Poker Hand Matchup: Anthony Gregg vs. Chris Moorman

Outcome

Preflop, with the blinds at 400 and 800 and a 100 ante, Todd Terry raised to 2,000 from late position, Moorman reraised to 4,800 from the button, Gregg reraised to 11,800 from the big blind, Terry folded, Moorman went all-in, and Gregg called.

Analysis

Fresh off the win of his first major at the 2014 WPT LA Poker Classic, Moorman gives us a glimpse into his extremely aggressive preflop play. After trying to pick off a potential steal attempt from Terry with a three-bet, Moorman doubled down undeterred by Gregg’s cold four-bet out of the blinds. Moorman was hoping Gregg was also up to a steal, making a move based on the hostile dynamics between late position openers and the players they try to loot in the blinds. Moorman’s deep stack and the signs of strength from an accomplished opponent might have made the play unnecessarily risky, but these types of preflop antics are part and parcel of Moorman’s success both live and online. Gregg had Moorman in a bad spot, but a lucky flop gave Moorman the open-ended straight draw and Gregg a sweat. Gregg faded the draw, and his new found chips helped carry him to the final table where he finished in 7th for $ 189,244.

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Eric Blair Wins WSOP Circuit Main Event At The Lodge

Eric BlairA total of 330 entries were made in the 2014 World Series of Poker Circuit $ 1,675 no-limit hold’em main event at The Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado.From that field only one player could emerge victorious with the title and in the end it was poker pro Eric Blair that came out on top, earning $ 116,325 and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring for the win.

“They all played really well,” said Blair of his final table opponents after his win. “They were tough. No one was giving it away. It was mentally grueling.”

Blair entered the final day in the middle of the pack, but less than an orbit into the day a key hand arose that rocketed him toward the top of the chip counts when he eliminated Corey Zedo in fifth place ($ 28,967) by besting his 6Diamond Suit6Club Suit with the KHeart SuitKClub Suit. From there he was able to make it to heads-up play with Nicholas Petitti. The two battled it out for over three hours, but in the end Blair was victorious.

In addition to the title, the hardware and the money Blair also earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his third title of the year, having just won a $ 1,172 Deepstacks Extravaganza $ 300,000 guaranteed event at the Venetian roughly two weeks earler and a $ 2,100 prelim at the Wynn Classic in April. With another small final table finish already under his belt for 2014 as well Blair now sits in 20th place in the overall POY standings, with 1,632 points and year-to-date earnings of $ 279,996.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

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George Clooney Responds To Casino Owner

Back in April, Steve Wynn and George Clooney were having dinner, and a heated exchange ensued. The spat became public and the center of celebrity gossip.

The two have slightly different accounts of what exactly went down. Wynn claimed that Clooney got drunk and basically got overly pro-Obama. Weeks later, Clooney has refuted Wynn’s account of what was said. The actor presumably wanted to clear the air.

Here is Clooney’s full statement (via People Magazine):

“Steve Wynn and I have met three times, two times for dinner. That is the extent of our knowledge of one another, so I will refrain from trying to categorize him based on the little time we’ve spent together, but I will not let his version of the truth go unchallenged.

“He now says he didn’t call the president an ‘asshole.’ That is false. He bellowed ‘I voted for the asshole,’ and then called him the same thing several more times as the dinner came to an abrupt end. Again there were eight people at the table, eight witnesses. I did in turn, call him the same body part, and walked out. Again he can make up whatever story he wants, but these are the facts. He said I drank 16 shots of tequila. I didn’t drink one shot of tequila, not one. We were drinking but it was early and we still had two events to attend.”

“He said I live in a bubble. More of a bubble than Las Vegas? Honestly? He says I’m ‘molly coddled,’ that I’m surrounded by people who coddle me. I would suggest that Mr. Wynn look to his left and right and find anyone in his sphere that says anything but ‘yes’ to him. Emphatically. I did not attend a private boys’ school, I worked in tobacco fields and in stock rooms, and construction sites. I’ve been broke more of my life than I have been successful, and I understand the meaning of being an employee and how difficult it is to make ends meet.

“Steve is one of the richest men in the world and he should be congratulated for it, but he needs to take off his red sparkly dinner jacket and roll up his sleeves every once in a while and understand what most of the country is actually dealing with…or at least start with the fact that you can’t make up stories when eight people who are not on your payroll are sitting around you as witnesses.”

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Poker PROfile Q&A: Rising Live Tournament Star Pratyush Buddiga

In the early 2000’s it seemed that every week there was another “young gun” making a name for himself on the live tournament circuit. In the wake of Black Friday, there have been fewer and fewer players who make their way from online tournament grinder to high-stakes live sensation.

One player who has successfully made that transition in recent years and earned the title of “one to watch” is Pratyush Buddiga. Over the past few years he has put together over $ 1.3 million in live earnings, with a big win at the 2014 Fallsview Poker Classic that put him into contention in this year’s Card Player Player of the Year race.

We caught up with Buddiga at the 2014 Irish Poker Open main event to talk about his background in the game, how WSOP main event champ Pius Heinz and Mike McDonald helped him with his game and more.

Erik Fast: So Pratyush, I’ve been seeing your name in the results for more and more live tournaments in recent years. Can you tell me a little about your background in poker?

Pratyush Buddiga: I started playing poker a little bit in high school, but it was never very serious. By the time I went to University I essentially stopped because I was always busy with school. In 2010, I had this one pretty easy semester so I started playing more and made some friends with some poker pros through AIM (instant messenger). One of the guys who helped me a lot ended up being the 2011 WSOP main event champ, Pius Heinz. He helped me a ton with my game and I went from playing $ 20 tournaments online to the mid-stakes. I graduated from Duke in 2011 and after Black Friday I decided to just see where poker might go.

Pratyush Buddiga at the WSOPEF: What did you study in school?

PB: I studied economics, which isn’t directly applicable to poker necessarily, but it is a decent major and I am glad I got my degree at least.

EF: You say that meeting Pius was very important to improving your game. How did you connect with him?

PB: I met him on a poker forum, where I had hired this guy as a poker coach and he was in the same chat group with us. By the time Pius won the main event he was playing mid to high stakes online, and we became good friends. He is sort of semi-retired now so he doesn’t play as much, but in the beginning he was the biggest influence on my game.

EF: How did you start making the transition to the live game?

PB: I had started to get better online and in the beginning of 2012 I started to get coached by Timex (Mike McDonald) and from there my results started to get better and better. In the spring I had two big results on the European Poker Tour, finishing eighth and 16th in back-to-back main events, and that gave my bankroll a pretty big boost. In the summer of 2012 I moved in with Timex, and since then things have kept improving. Mike’s been an awesome coach for me.

EF: So you reached out to him for coaching?

PB: Yeah, I started playing more high stakes and was getting crushed. Moving up from mid-stakes, where I played pretty ABC and didn’t bluff a lot outside of some occasional three-bets. In the high stakes you can get run over pretty easily playing ABC so I reached out to Mike and his coaching helped me a lot. We became pretty good friends and after a while he told me that he had an extra bedroom up there (in Canada) and I thought, why not?

Buddiga moves all inEF: So in 2012 you had some live results, but all of a sudden last year I saw that you played in a $ 130,000 USD buy-in super high roller in Macau, where you finished eighth for $ 772,870. How did that come about?

PB: Basically, I was in Monte Carlo with Mike for last year’s EPT Grand Final and he heard about this tournament that was going to take place in Macau and it sounded like the best tournament that has ever been run. It’s going to be a $ 100,000 buy-in with more than 120 entries and mostly businessman, maybe only 30 big name pros in the field. He said I should try to play it, but I was hesitant because I hadn’t even played a $ 25,000 at that point. He insisted that it would be the best tournament ever run in the history of poker in terms of one that’s open to the public. So he said, “No matter what, you should try to get in.” These German kids were interested in buying my action, so I played.

EF: So how was that whole experience? Had you ever been out there before?

PB: No, I had never been to Macau. It was definitely pretty nerve wracking in the beginning. I hadn’t worn sunglasses at the table in forever, but on the first day I realized that it was my first really big buy-in so I should probably be extra careful about giving off tells. There were a lot of businessmen in the field, but there were also a lot of the high roller regulars like philbort (Phillip Gruissem) and Igor Kurganov, and if I end up at the table with them I don’t want to give anything away with tells. So I ended up wearing sunglasses. It was definitely nerve wracking, but probably the most fun I’ve ever had playing an event.

EF: The field definitely seemed a bit different than most $ 100,000 buy-in events, with a few more mid-stakes players.

PB: Yeah, it was definitely a unique tournament. I think if they run it again it will probably be worse because more pros will know how good it is. I think a lot of people didn’t bother because it was during the World Series of Poker, but this year they would probably make the trip.

Buddiga on day 1 of the 2014 Irish OpenEF: So just a few months ago in Canada you won the Fallsview Poker Classic $ 2,500 event for your first big live win after a deal you made three handed. As a result you’re now inside the top 50 in the Card Player Player of the Year race. Can you tell me about that experience?

PB: That was a pretty fun tournament. I was originally just going to head out there for the $ 5,000 main event, because I was in Colorado at the time visiting my girlfriend. Mike told me the tournaments were really good though, and encouraged me to make it out for the $ 2,500 as well as the main event. So I flew back to Canada and drove down with Mike. I ran hot immediately and chipped up incredibly quickly. I had around 80,000 at 150-300 blinds, which I never have, so it was pretty sweet and it was just smooth sailing from there. It was nice to finally close it out, after having the close results in the EPT events and the eighth in the Macau tournament, it felt good to get finally close it out.

EF: So where do you go from here, as far as your career is concerned?

PB: The main thing is for me to just keep working on getting better. I would like to be one of the elite tournament poker players. I’ve had pretty good results but I still think there’s a long way to go. It would be nice to win an online major, as I’m still playing a lot from Canada. After the Irish Open and the EPT Grand Final Mike and I are going back to Canada to play SCOOP (the Spring Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars). After that I’m heading to the WSOP for the whole time. Last year I only did the last few weeks, as I’m not a huge fan of Vegas, but now that my girlfriend is out in Colorado it’s a little easier for her to visit me, so I’m just going to be there from the very first event.

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Poker For Hope Coming To Caesars Palace This May

On Saturday, May 17 in the Caesars Palace poker room in Las Vegas, the first annual Poker For Hope charity tournament will take place, benefiting cancer charities Tia’s Hope, The Life Raft Group and Phase One.

The $ 500 buy-in event, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. and will be hosted be former WSOP champion Jamie Gold, gives players two days of poker fun.

The first 100 players to register will be invited to attend a private VIP Celebrity Improv Show at Cleopatra’s Barge on Friday, May 16 starring Cheryl Hines, Kevin Pollack, Willie Garson, Larmorne Morris, Kevin McHale and Sara Rue. The first 175 players to register will get tickets to the Friday night showing of Absinthe.

Every player who registers for the event will be invited to attend a private poker lesson with Antonio Esfandiari. The $ 60,000 prize pool includes a $ 25,000 first-place prize and 10 separate $ 1,000 bounties on celebrity and pro players, which will be gambled on a hand or spin of roulette or blackjack.

To sign up, please visit www.pokerforhope.com.

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Poker Strategy With Reid Young: Mastering Scare Cards

Reid YoungHave you ever been in this spot? You call a preflop raise with a medium pair like 7Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit out of position. The flop is 9Heart Suit 3Spade Suit 2Heart Suit, and you think “that’s not so bad.” You check to your opponent and call his continuation bet (c-bet). The turn is the KSpade Suit and your heart sinks. You check and again your opponent bets. You are probably in for a bumpy ride! Is he bluffing? Would he bet again with only a nine? Or did he hit that king on the turn?

What is a Scare Card?

Scare cards are those community cards that are most likely to adversely affect a particular player’s distribution of holdings and scare that player off of putting more money into the pot with a weak hand. In this case, we, as the out-of-position player, are nearly helpless on the turn king. Besides the heart and spade flush draws and the straight draws that also have two overcards to our pair that we may have to dodge on the river, if our opponent is semi-bluffing with them on the turn, we also have to worry about being way behind a king. Being against a flush draw and trying to guess which it is the times that the other draw hits the river isn’t so bad, but being a 9-to-1 underdog on the turn against a king is pretty rough.

Our opponent knows that we probably don’t have many kings to take the actions we have taken so far in this hand. Think about it. We only called preflop, so it’s unlikely that we have K-Q or A-K, and we probably don’t play hands like K-9, K-3 or K-2 preflop when we are out of position and facing a raise. If we did have K-Q preflop, then would we check/call with king-high and no draw on a nine-high flop? Probably not.

Based on the unlikely nature that we have a king, our opponent has free reign to abuse us on the turn by betting and by leveraging the possibility of future bets in such a way that maximally takes advantage of how unlikely it is for us to have a king on the turn. If you’re thinking ahead, then you may already be saying to yourself, “well OK, let’s just add some more kings to our flop check-calling distribution.” That’s only part of the answer though because the turn card isn’t always a king. In fact, the turn is going to be a king less than 4/47 of the time, or less than 8.5 percent of the time (since sometimes at least one other player has a king). The other 90 percent or more of the time, we don’t want to simply have to check/fold the turn. That’s like kissing our flop call goodbye a lot of the time.

Representing Scare Cards

Being prepared for the rare king on the turn means that we, as the out-of-position player calling the preflop raiser’s flop bet, need to have at least a few kings in our distribution. That way we can stand the heat at least a little bit better and also prevent our opponent from value betting as thinly. For example, if our opponent tries to value bet a hand like ADiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit on the flop, on a turn king, and on a river deuce, it’s less likely that we face that river bet with a hand that only beats a bluff and loses to his ADiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit. That lowers the value of our opponent’s strategy. Nice. But we still have to keep in mind that every turn isn’t a king.

That means that the ability to represent a scare card is tied to your opponent’s ability to take profitable actions up until the point that the cards comes off the top of the deck and is placed into the community cards that can make up all players’ hands. If a player can’t profitably get to a particular turn or river and have a particular hand, then it’s hell on him to try to defend against an aggressive player’s betting strategy. However, players can plan ahead to try to mitigate the effects of scare cards.

Mastering Scare Cards

If you learn how to recognize players that over-do bluffing on scare cards, then you can counter-exploit the fear that they try to leverage. In other words, a good player is going to make your life tough when the board gets bad for your hand and there is really not much that you can do to prevent losing money in the long run; however, an overly aggressive player gets greedy, and we can make him pay.

Recall the 9-3-2-K board. What if we, as the out of position preflop calling player, decide to check/call our king-high flush draws on the flop, as well as all our combinations of pocket deuces. Now, all of a sudden, on the turn king we aren’t so worried about folding a marginal hand. Of course, it’s very easy for our opponent to go wild bluffing and have us very worried about the value of our middling hands, like those red sevens. On the other hand, he’s occasionally going to run into our king or our set of deuces.

By planning ahead and knowing that a lot of the turn cards in the deck are actually pretty terrible for us the times that we have pocket sevens, we can start to understand exactly what other types of hands should be in our flop check/calling distribution. That is, if we take an action with a certain type of hand that ends extremely poorly on several common board run outs, then it gets to be clear that we should probably mix up our flop play a little more and add in some hands that are deceptive on a number of turn cards, and then on a number of river cards.

Stopping the Inevitable

It’s extremely important to understand that it is very difficult to offset the positional disadvantage in poker, especially as the board gets more dangerous for the bulk of your holdings. The most important idea to take from an overview of scare cards is that we can mitigate these negatives by constructing a versatile distribution.

While it’s ridiculous to assume you’ll have the best of it in all positions on all run outs, you can do better than your opponent when we put him into the same position. When you’re playing a hand out of position, often your only goal is to do better than you would have done by surrendering your blind bet outright. Many players assume they need to win most of the hands that they play from the blinds and try to make moves too often and win more than their fair share. Against a passive or exploitable opponent, that strategy might work well. However, the better players are going to tear up that strategy and just call you down when they turn their kings and fold their bluffs in proportion to your bluff size on the turn. So what if we want to do something about that turn bet than just check and call?

Fighting Back

We know that a lot of players over-do it on the turn scare card. They bet far more often than they could actually have a king or a better hand like pocket nines or pocket aces on that turn. Because our opponent is bluffing a lot of the time and the river is usually going to be incredibly scary, regardless of how often we believe our opponent is bluffing, we may want to raise the turn periodically to end the hand with our own bluff.

But if we are bluffing, then what are we value betting? Remember those pocket deuces that we decided to check/call on the flop the second time around. Now you’re getting it! If we are ready for all possible outcomes and we have a plan going forward that accomplishes getting money into the middle with our best hands and also protecting against aggressive players who leverage future bets on scare cards, then we have a balanced strategy. The most difficult player is in many ways the least predictable player.

Being able to have a strong hand on any board run out ensures that you don’t fall victim to being abused by scare cards. Also, keep in mind how your actions with a particular distribution of hands readies you for play on the next street! ♠

Reid Young is a successful cash game player and poker coach. He is the founder of TransformPoker.com.

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Crazy Gambling Stories From April

The gambling world can sometimes produce really off-the-wall stories. Every month there are plenty of cases of individuals going to extreme lengths to pay back debts, or of simply bizarre behavior at casino properties around the globe. It can be entertaining and sometimes sad.

April was no exception, as there was plenty that happened in the casino world.

Here’s a look at some of the most colorful and noteworthy from the month that was.

Atlantic City Casino Sues Phil Ivey For $ 9.6 Million, Says Poker Pro Cheated

Poker pro Phil Ivey, widely regarded as the game’s best player, has been sued by an Atlantic City casino, which alleges that he cheated the house out of $ 9.6 million.

Ivey is accused of spotting manufacturing defects in the cards while playing high-stakes baccarat. The suit also names the manufacturer of the cards, Gemaco Inc. of Blue Springs, Mo. In addition, Ivey’s alleged accomplice, Cheng Yin Sun, is named in the complaint. According to the report, she was Ivey’s companion on his trips and gave instructions to the dealer.

Ben Affleck Caught Card Counting In Las Vegas Casino

While on a Las Vegas vacation with his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, Hollywood actor Ben Affleck was caught counting cards at a blackjack table at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and asked to leave the property.

The 41-year-old part-time poker player, who won the 2004 California State Poker Championship for $ 356,400, was caught using “perfect basic” strategy and “moving his money with the count,” according to an alert submitted by the Surveillance Information Network.

Poker Player Gets Five Years In Prison

According to a press release from the FBI, World Poker Tour champion Vadim Trincher was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison “for participating in a racketeering conspiracy” in connection with a “Russian-American organized crime enterprise.”

A co-defendant, Anatoly Golubchik, was also sentenced to five years for his involvement.

Trincher pleaded guilty late last year to participation in an illegal sports betting operation that catered to wealthy bettors in the U.S. and Europe. According to reports, Trincher’s business typically dealt with soccer matches.

Poker Player Dan Bilzerian Throws Porn Star Off Roof Into Pool, And She Breaks Her Foot

High-stakes poker player and Instagram celebrity Dan Bilzerian was recently doing a shoot for Hustler magazine and decide it would be cool to throw 19-year-old porn star Janice Griffith, who was a model in the shoot, off a roof and into a pool, TMZ reported.

Bilzerian didn’t quite throw her far enough, as the less-than-100-pound Griffith smashed her foot on the side of the pool, and reportedly she broke it.

UK Court Rules That Poker Player Doesn’t Have To Pay Child Support

A professional poker player in the United Kingdom, who doesn’t want to pay child support, just recently saw a judge rule in his favor.

The judge felt that his poker winnings were not from “gainful employment” and thus didn’t meet the regulations governing the payment of child support, the BBC reported.

The dispute between Tony Hakki and his former partner has been ongoing for more than four years.

George Clooney Calls Steve Wynn ‘An Asshole’ To His Face While Having Dinner At Wynn’s Hotel

Fighting with Steve Wynn in his own casino probably isn’t too great of an idea.

The billionaire casino boss and actor George Clooney had dinner a couple of weeks ago to discuss some business, but the evening reportedly ended in a heated exchange.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the two men were talking about politics and got into it after Wynn, Clooney said, criticized President Obama and his policies. Wynn is known for being a staunch Republican, while Clooney is a Democrat.

Nevada Removes Gambler From Casino ‘Black Book’

Roderick William Dee II, who was added to Nevada’s infamous “Black Book” last year, was removed last week by gaming regulars. He died on Dec. 30.

Dee was known for cheating at slot machines.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Dee had four felony convictions for slot machine incidents, three in Nevada and one in Missouri. Two incidents occurred in Nevada casinos and the third occurred in a Las Vegas convenience store. He used a device that would trick a slot machine into producing a jackpot or adding credits. He reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars, illegally.

Game Of Bingo Carries On As Paramedics Try To Save Player Who Had A Heart Attack

A bingo game in the United Kingdom continued despite one of the players collapsing from a heart attack, according to the Burton Mail.

Two nurses who were also playing rushed to the man’s side to help. Paramedics eventually arrived and were trying to save his life. Still, numbers were being called.

Drugmakers Posed As Poker Players In Botched Attempt To Flee Australia

Three men from Canada posed as poker players in a tournament at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia as part of a botched effort to set up a “local drug laboratory for a sophisticated international syndicate,” the Herald Sun reported.

The men have pleaded guilty to the crime of conspiring to manufacture a commercial quantity of drugs and are awaiting sentencing.

Pennsylvania Man Mistakenly Throws Away $ 1.25 Million In Winning Lottery Tickets

Sometimes when you win the lottery you actually lose.

A Pennsylvania man mistakenly threw away $ 1.25 million worth of winning lottery tickets, and that money will stay with the state, according to a report from the York Daily Record.

The tickets were bought by a lottery regular in 2013, and many months went by before the Pennsylvania Lottery made a public announcement that the winner had until Mar. 13 of this year to cash all 25 of them in. However, no one did.

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Card Player Poker Tour Spotlight: Rem Remington

Rem RemingtonJacksonville local Rem Remington is finding his way back to the poker tables after taking a little time off to re-adjust to life with a new baby. After working at his own low-voltage wiring company, Remington played professionally for seven years before taking a break with his wife and baby and starting a real estate company.

Getting back into the swing of things is a grind, but Remington is ready and using his knowledge from his past professional time to start over. He secured a seat in the Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville $ 1,500 no-limit hold’em $ 300,000 guarantee main event early and is looking for a nice score come May 8-12.

“Starting back over, grinding is a big part of it,” Remington said. “Playing satellites to get into the big events and doing the hard things that a lot of people don’t want to do. If you want to be successful you have to commit to those.”

“bestbet does a great job pre-event of allowing the local players to get into the main event through the satellites. And even satellites for the other events like Event 1 ($ 350 no-limit hold’em $ 100,000 guarantee). A local player that is really committed to that can really take advantage of that like I did. Getting into the main for $ 185, you can’t beat it. That definitely increases the profit margin, which allows you to do some other things.”

Name: Rem Remington

Resides: Jacksonville, Florida

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Largest Live Cash: $ 17,563 – 5th, 2010 Winter Bayou Poker Challenge Main Event

You try to stay in Florida mostly now, but did you previously travel a lot?

It’s really nice that you guys and a lot of the tours are coming to Florida now because that’s a lot less traveling for some of us to get around a bit and that has really helped out a lot. Before the laws changed here in Florida, the stops were always Biloxi, Vegas, New Orleans, Tunica – so it just added a lot for someone who was trying to play the tour stops, especially for someone who lived in this area.

But now there is so much that goes on here at this great room in Jacksonville, and then down south is amazing, so now I can drive and I don’t have to be gone for too long.

Do you still travel occasionally?

I do. I still go to New Orleans – only because I run so good in New Orleans, I love it there – Biloxi and then obviously Vegas for the World Series.

Now poker is not your full time career correct? Or has that changed?

Well for about the past seven years, it was. I had a life change and had a new baby. So for about the last year and a half I’ve kind of slowed down and started a little real estate business. But now that the baby is getting older, my wife grabbed me and said ‘hey, you really miss poker right?’ And I couldn’t lie. I said ‘yeah, I do.’ So I’m getting back into playing full time. I’m excited about that and she is supporting me so it’s great.

Prior to the past seven years, what were you doing before?

I owned a low-voltage wiring company and then just got some freedom in my life that allowed me the opportunity to do what I wanted. So I studied up on the game, had a nice little run at the World Series, which bankrolled me pretty good and I played for a living for about seven years straight.

When everything changed on Black Friday, is that where your real estate business came into play? How did you deal with that change?

Well actually Black Friday didn’t affect me too much because I didn’t play a lot online, I played mostly live. But I was at the World Series during Black Friday and let me tell you, those kids were freaking out. They were trying to figure out how they were going to bankroll themselves during the World Series. It didn’t personally affect me but a lot of my friends were really scrambling. Quite honestly, it helped a lot of people who backed players start a business at that point, because there were a bunch of good players who needed funding. So there were a few people who were able to capitalize on that and make money.

From here going forward, what are your plans? You have played a couple CPPT stops and you are playing other tours as well, where would you like to be in a few years?

Just like a lot of what I call the grinding tour players – buy-in levels are great, the field sizes are perfect for someone who is really trying to what I call ‘break through’ – even though I’ve been playing for many years, everyone knows that player just needs that signature win. When you have that signature win it kind of allows you to play
differently. I’m going to continue to play on the Card Player Tour and some of the other tours when they come to Florida. I’m going to continue to play the World Series and try and hit my signature win and then go from there.

But poker just allows you a lifestyle that is great – freedom to spend time with your family and do what you want to do. So I’m good with it and just earning a living and moving forward. But everybody wants that big win. I’d love for it to be this weekend at the main event. I’d take that!

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Antonio Buonanno Wins 2014 EPT Grand Final Main Event

Antonio BuonannoAfter ten hours of heads-up play, the longest one-on-one battle in European Poker Tour history, Italy’s Antonio Buonanno finally defeated Britain’s Jack Salter to win the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final main event. At around 7:00 AM in Monaco, roughly 18 hours after the eight-handed final table began, the 47-year-old finally lifted the trophy.

“It was very hard and very long. Salter is a good player and it was very difficult to win this EPT,” said Buonanno after the marathon battle. “I played five days very short-stacked but I think I played good poker yesterday and today.”

In addition to the title and the trophy Buonanno also earned the €1,240,000 ($ 1,715,439 USD) first-place prize and 2,100 Card Player Player of the Year points, enough to move him into a tie for tenth place in the overall Player of the Year race standings.

In 2013 the EPT Grand Final main event final table featured some of the biggest names in the game, including Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Jake Cody, Johnny Lodden, Noah Schwartz, Andrew Pantling and eventual champ Steve O’Dwyer. This year’s final table was remarkable for quite a different reason: seven of the eight finalists satellited their way into the event. Eighth place finisher Sebastian Bredthauer didn’t even have to invest any of his own money, making his was to a $ 178,184 payday after qualifying using PokerStars VPPs (loyalty points).

Jack SalterBuonanno, a former clothing store owner who has traveled the EPT circuit for the past four years and has a big final table at the WSOP under his belt, was the only player to directly buy-in. The other seven combined to invest only €1,700 between them in qualifying for the €10,600 buy-in event. They cashed out for a total of €2.7 million.

Runner-up Jack Salter earned €765,000 and 1,750 POY points for his deep run, but surely will be disappointed after holding the chip lead for much of heads-up play and having three huge all-in hands where he was ahead or flipping to win the tournament, but failed to win any of them. He kept his composure, but the steady Buonanno was able to stretch his advantage until the final hand arose.

With unprecedented (for the EPT) blinds of 150,000 /300,000 with a 40,000 ante, Buonanno raised to 600,000 from the button with the ASpade Suit4Heart Suit and Salter moved all-in for just under 5 million with the KDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit. Buonanno called and the board ran out JHeart Suit9Spade Suit2Heart SuitQDiamond Suit3Spade Suit to secure the pot and the title for Buonanno. Salter, who had one prior final table finish in 2014 already, now sits in 13th place in the overall standings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Photos courtesy of PokerStars / Neil Stoddart.

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Ben Affleck Caught Card Counting In Las Vegas Casino

Ben AffleckWhile on a Las Vegas vacation with his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, Hollywood actor Ben Affleck was caught counting cards at a blackjack table at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and asked to leave the property.

The 41-year-old part-time poker player, who won the 2004 California State Poker Championship for $ 356,400, was caught using “perfect basic” strategy and “moving his money with the count,” according to an alert submitted by the Surveillance Information Network.

According to a source at the casino, Affleck was being incredibly obvious that he was keeping a running count by using his black $ 100 chips to keep track and varying his bet sizes between $ 100 and $ 20,000, depending on how favorable the shoe was.

Apparently, after being asked to stop, Affleck continued to keep count and the casino had no choice but to ban him from playing and ask him to leave.

The alert, which is issued to other major casinos in the area, said that Affleck was “currently suspected of advantage play.”

Card counting occurs when a player, primarily playing blackjack, keeps a running count of the high and low cards dealt from a particular shoe. When the ratio of high cards to low cards is favorable, the player then bets bigger, taking advantage of the odds being temporarily shifted in their favor. Card counting is not an illegal practice, but the casino does have the right to restrict or bar a card counter from playing.

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