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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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Poker Strategy With Reid Young — Five Reasons Not To Practice Game Selection

Reid YoungTougher competition forces you to improve (or lose)

With tough competition, you have to get better. You have to out think, outplay, out-observe, and out-adjust a much better class of player. Everything needs to be at peak level. This means quicker and more accurate adjustments just to survive. Winning makes you go beyond that.

To use an analogy, imagine yourself back in school. You get an email from your friend asking you about your ten-page research paper. What research paper?! In a frenzied panic, you annihilate the assignment. You’ve never been more focused because you absolutely must be focused. Failure is not an option.

After surviving the assignment, you realize that optimizing yourself and your situation and potential for improvement is all about restrictions. You sit down that night to write the first ten pages of that poker memoir you have been putting off forever. Hey, you just wrote ten pages the night before. Just as you finish the first paragraph, you get a call from your buddy offering to buy you a fine soda to celebrate your accomplishment and completing your research papers. Screw the paper! It’s time to unwind a bit. Your memoir goes unfinished, yet again.

What has happened here? The two cases are the same. Ten pages. One day.

The difference is that the restrictions were not realistic. If you leave to grab a Dr. Pepper, then there are no consequences. Much like losing a large chunk of your bankroll in a situation that could be prevented with study, you’ll simply care less at your normal level. If you feel comfortable, then you aren’t restricted. If you aren’t realistically restricted, then in all likelihood, the same drive that had you crank out a ten-pager in an evening isn’t there. Apply the same idea to poker. Play a higher game. Play a game that your bankroll can just barely stand. Challenge yourself to stay in that field. Soon, you’ll be ready to celebrate…(just kidding, you keep moving up!).

You Will Make More Money When You Win

You don’t have to be Bill Chen to figure out that if you play higher, you have the potential to earn more profit. Every successful preflop bluff feels significant to you. The same winrate at a higher limit means more money. That money can be leveraged to win even more money. It’s exciting!

You Are Intrinsically Motivated To Win

This doesn’t mean that you lose the sight of proper reraise bluffing frequencies. It means that you are so excited to learn how to maximize your expected value that you sign up for a training site that teaches you how to play more effectively. You spend the hour a day studying. You talk with poker buddies about the way they think about spots.

None of this happens without proper motivation and for many professional poker players, that comes in the form of money. Other players are excited by what the money represents: mental superiority.

You Do Not Limit Yourself To A Particular Earning Potential

It stands to reason that if you stay at the same limit that your winnings are capped in light of a few variables, winrate and number of hands played per time period.

You might increase your skill set over time, but we know there’s no panic behind it. How quickly will a gradual increase at your normal limit help you to move to the next limit? How will those small upticks in your bankroll change your life?

If you are honest with yourself, then you see that they don’t.

The solution is moving up to where the play matters. If you can unlock a higher earning potential by optimally leveraging your bankroll, perhaps borrowing an algorithm like the Kelly Criteria, then you maximize your overall expected value.

Overall expected value (EV) goes well beyond a single session. The best poker player realizes that poker does not begin with each seating at the table; nor does a session end when you leave the table. A poker career is a constant fluctuation of bankroll and knowledge relative to your competition. Continually doing your best to maximize your earning potential is a fantastic way to make sure that you realize your overall expected value.

It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean playing a game wherein your bankroll is a single buy-in. Far from it.

What this means is that using your bankroll to its full potential is paramount to long term poker success. Anything else that is inherently complacent or scared limits you. Complacency associated with hyper-game selection is limiting you as a player and as a person within the game of poker.

If you have poker related goals, then not maximizing earnings potential is keeping you from them. It’s that simple.

Learn By Doing, The Poker Version

Probably the scariest part of a poker player’s career is facing a nemesis. You know the player. He always seems to have the best of it when the money goes in and he always seems to know when you are check-raise bluffing the flop and responds with those annoying little flop reraises — with bluffs and with value hands! OK, you say. Let’s get him. You study his tendencies. You replicate his tenacity in pots. You put your opposition in similar difficult situations.

Wait. Did you just get better? Yup! Rinse and repeat. The idea is to not blow your bankroll at the same time. A great way to find better competition for a lower price is to try a heads-up table.

Heads-up games are chalked full of marginal spots and great players. If you do the sitting, as opposed to the predatory or game selecting method of waiting to play, then it’s much more likely you will encounter more talented competition. Even at the $ 100 buy-in level online, you are likely to encounter sophisticated play and better yourself.

Think of it like a personal poker lesson with an earnings potential. Sounds awesome. Embrace the challenge as a heightened form of the aggression you typically encounter and learn how to adapt. Better adaptations means a higher winrate and you can carry that idea to higher stakes games.

Test Yourself

One theme tied to proper game selection is the fact that you should be continually testing yourself. Find the wall and figure out how to get past it. This “wall” appears in many forms: bankroll, poker knowledge, competition pool, the actual game and more.
Here’s a poker secret. You are always the wall. In some form, you are the limiting factor.

Therefore, it’s important that you test your limitations and begin to tear them down and to play past them. The quicker you complete each mini-test and the more you learn from it (take notes, review and repeat), the better you become.

The quicker you better your play, the more money you make.

You may ask yourself why everyone doesn’t practice these five simple reasons not to game select. The fact is that they’re all scary as hell. Sounds like test number one.
Good luck! ♠

Reid Young is a lead poker video instructor at TransformPoker.com. For more detailed (and free) information on game selection and other poker strategy, visit blog.transformpoker.com

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The Weekly Turbo: PokerStars Acquires Full Tilt Poker, Ryan Young Passes Away, and More

Weekly Turbo

Did you miss any of the top poker news stories this week? Well you’ve come to the right place to get caught up. We’re covering PokerStars’ acquisition of Full Tilt Poker, the shocking death of poker pro Ryan Young, and more.

Poker Business

PokerStars Acquires Full Tilt Poker Assets

After months of negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice, PokerStars has completed the purchase of Full Tilt Poker.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s office approved a deal allowing Full Tilt Poker to forfeit all of its assets to PokerStars. In return, PokerStars will forfeit $ 547 million to the U.S. government over the next three years. Once the transfer of assets is finalized, PokerStars will make available all outstanding balances owing to all non-U.S. customers of Full Tilt Poker — an amount totaling $ 184 million — within 90 days. U.S. players, owed approximately $ 150 million, will be refunded separately through a remission process organized by the DOJ.

According to a press release issued by PokerStars, the company plans to re-launch Full Tilt Poker in most markets as a separate brand, following the appointment of a “new, independent management team.” In addition, the agreement allows the company to operate real-money online poker in the U.S. under both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker brands once the activity is legalized at a state or federal level and PokerStars receives the proper licenses.

For the full story, check out PokerNews.com.

Another Win for the DOJ

Nelson Burtnick, former director of payments for Full Tilt Poker, was arrested on Tuesday after arriving in New Jersey from his home in Dublin.

Burtnick was one of the 11 defendants in the civil indictment issued by the Department of Justice on April 15, 2011. He surrendered to authorities Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering and bank fraud in connection with the illegal activities conducted at Full Tilt Poker. Like his former colleague Ray Bitar, Burtnick posted bail and was released.

The news of Burtnick’s arrest was overshadowed by the deal between PokerStars and the DOJ on Tuesday. PokerStars forfeited $ 547 million to acquire all of Full Tilt Poker’s assets and help clean up the mess created by Burtnick, Bitar and others at FTP. It will pay another $ 184 million to all non-U.S. FTP customers within 90 days of the close of the deal.

Read more about Burtnick right here at PokerNews.com.

Praying for a Bad Beat

A record-setting Bad Beat Jackpot is currently up for grabs at the collective Caesars Entertainment properties in Atlantic City. As of Saturday the jackpot was sitting at $ 730,540, pooled from the Caesars Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, and Showboat Atlantic City properties. The previous record was $ 672,115.

“This record Atlantic City Bad Beat Jackpot has generated a buzz like nothing else in our Caesars Entertainment poker rooms,” said Don Marrandino, eastern division president for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City. “Players are lining up each and every day for a chance at this life changing amount.”

The Bad Beat Jackpot in Caesars’ Atlantic City properties has gone untouched since March 1, 2012, when a winning table shared $ 281,000. When the jackpot is won, it will be split among everyone playing in all four card rooms, with the loser of the hand getting 30 percent and the winner receiving 20 percent.

For more on the Bad Beat Jackpot, visit Harrahs.com.

Poker Players

Far Too Young

Poker pro Ryan Young of Torrance, Calif., passed away on Monday, according to many of his close friends in the poker community. Young was 28.

Details of Young’s death are limited, but several sources close to Young said he died in a car accident. Young was beloved by many of his peers in the poker community, several of whom shared their thoughts via social media on Monday.

“So incredibly torn up about Ryan Young’s car accident,” said Amit Makhija. “Was in disbelief when I read the news this morning was praying it was a bad joke. I was quite close to him for many years, and it’s really so sad, he was definitely an amazing friend, and a great person. My heart and prayers go out to his family.”

“Very sad day,” Bryn Kenney wrote on his own Facebook page. “A good friend of mine Ryan Young passed away. He was such a good hearted kid. You will be missed, I love you buddy.”

“This is such a shock,” David Benefield wrote on Young’s Facebook wall. “You were a great friend, an awesome person, and a damn good poker player. I have known you for as long as I have known almost anyone in the poker world, and I will miss you dearly.”

Even those who didn’t know Young well had wonderful things to say about him.

“We only met a few times, but I can echo the thoughts of so many others — poker, and the rest of the world, needs more truly nice guys like you,” said poker pro Jon Turner.

On Saturday, Young’s mother contacted Daniel Negreanu to post a short message on his blog from her and the Young family:

Ryan Young, family, and I would like to thank all the kind words and gestures that were posted on Facebook, Twitter, and the poker media. It has meant so much to our family to hear that he was so respected and loved by so many. We are confident that Ryan is in a better place now. He is continuing to infect people with his one of a kind smile, and his positive attitude, just as he did in this world. Thanks again for your compassion, support, and kindness. Sincerely, Lois, Ryan’s mom, Robbie and Randall, Ryan’s brothers.

Young burst onto the live poker scene in 2007 when he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in a $ 1,500 no-limit hold’em event for $ 615,955. He amassed more than $ 1.6 million in live tournament cashes in his short career. Young was also a feared player on the virtual felts, where he played high-stakes sit-and-gos and tournaments under the name “youngluck.”

Our deepest condolences go out to Young’s family and friends.

Stiffing The Grinder

When Michael “The Grinder Mizrachi was at the final table of the $ 50,000 Poker Players Championship in June, he had more on the line than the $ 1,451,527 top prize.

Before the start of the World Series of Poker, Mizrachi was offered 5-to-1 odds on $ 20,000 by Giorgio Medici that he wouldn’t win a bracelet in 2012. As you probably know, Mizrachi went on to win the Poker Players Championship (for the second time in three years). But when it was time to collect his $ 100,000 from the prop bet, Medici said he couldn’t pay.

Apparently, Medici filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 6, claiming $ 36.2 million in liabilities. On page 25 of the bankruptcy filing, Medici listed his debt to Mizrachi under “unsecured nonpriority claims.”

Mizrachi was steaming about the bet on social media outlets last month. His main reason for coming forward about the bet was to warn others. “I don’t want this to happen to anybody else,” he posted on Twitter.

Mizrachi recently spoke with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about the situation. Click on the link for more info.

Paying Off Debts

Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein says he intends to repay the $ 400,000 he borrowed from Full Tilt Poker a few years ago.

Greenstein’s debt to Full Tilt Poker was made public by Groupe Bernard Tapie in February. According to GBT attorney Behnam Dayanim, Greenstein and several other high-profile pros borrowed a combined $ 18 million from the embattled poker room before it was shut down on Black Friday. The debts were discovered while GBT was investigating Full Tilt’s financial situation before purchasing the company.

Now that PokerStars has acquired the assets of its former rival, the community is asking questions about the debts of the high-stakes players.

“I was always going to have to pay whoever owned Full Tilt,” Greenstein said in a thread at TwoPlusTwo.com this week. “Clearly, PokerStars will own Full Tilt in a few days or a little longer, and finally I will know who to pay. I’m curious if they will try to collect from anyone else.”

Others involved in the alleged FTP loans include Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, Erick Lindgren and David Benyamine. While the exact debts of each player haven’t been made public, an Excel spreadsheet created by Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar has been given to PokerStars. The spreadsheet breaks down the amounts owed by each player, according to sources who have seen the document.

Read more on Greenstein at TwoPlusTwo.com.

Poker Tournaments

Raymer Back in the Winner’s Circle

Greg “Fossilman” Raymer has added a Heartland Poker Tour trophy to his World Series of Poker bracelet.

On Monday, Raymer won the $ 1,500 HPT Route 66 championship event for $ 71,875. Raymer bested a field of 131 players in the tournament, which fell short of its $ 250,000 guaranteed prize pool by $ 53,500. It marked Raymer’s first victory in a televised event since he won the WSOP Main Event in 2004 for $ 5 million.

Others taking part in the event at the Route 66 Casino were Kathey Liebert, Allen Kessler, and former HPT champs Craig Casino, John Sacha, and Rob “veeRob” Perelman. Raymer’s victory came in the 200th HPT event.

Here’s a look at the final table results from the Heartland Poker Tour Route 66 championship event:

For more details from the event, check out the Heartland Poker Tour website.

Prague Poker Festival

The schedule for the 2012 Prague Poker Festival has been released. The festival kicks off on Nov. 27 with the World Sit ‘N’ Go Masters and will be followed by events from the World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour, and Grand Series of Poker (GSOP), all of which will be played at Corinthia Hotel and Casino in Prague.

In addition to the poker tournaments, event organizers Living it Loving it and Mind Sports (International) Ltd. will launch the inaugural Prague Mind Sports Festival from Dec. 1 through 4. Poker players will have the opportunity to compete in games such as Backgammon, Scrabble, Risk and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in an exciting tournament format.

Here’s a look at the preliminary schedule for the Prague Poker Festival:

For a complete look at all of the events, check out PraguePokerFestival.com.

Online Poker

Nevada’s Online Poker Race

South Point Poker is scheduled to meet with the Nevada Gaming Control Board next week to discuss recommendation for an operating license in Nevada. If approved, South Point will seek final license approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission and possibly become the first operator to offer legalized and regulated real-money online poker in the U.S.

South Point’s hearing with the NGCB is set for Aug. 8 in Carson City. Monarch Interactive, another one of the 30-plus companies that have applied for online poker licensing in Nevada, will meet with the NGCB on the same day.

South Point CEO Mark Gaughan told eGaming Review last month that his real-money online poker site would be ready to launch as early as September. Gaughan says his gaming platform has already been approved by an independent testing laboratory, meaning it can go live as soon as it is licensed to do so. South Point currently offers a free-to-play site at SouthPointPoker.com, but Gaughan says the real-money site will have brand new software.

Slot machine suppliers IGT and Bally Technologies were the first companies to receive licenses to act as service providers for Internet poker operators, but it could take up to six months for their technology to be tested by the board and the state.

Read more about the NGCB hearing at gaming.nv.gov.

Ultimate Beat

The cheating scandal that occurred on Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker between 2004 and 2008 is arguably the worst case of fraud the online gaming industry has ever seen. Years later, though, many in the community are still left wondering what exactly happened behind the scenes.

Enter Scott Bell. A former poker pro who was affected by the cheating incidents, Bell has since spent years investigating the real story behind the scandal. Now, he’s set to release a documentary, appropriately titled Ultimate Beat. Here’s a sneak peak that was released on Thursday:

Bell and production company DoubleHead Pictures are still shooting interviews for the film, so if you have an interesting story involving the scandal be sure to contact the team at doubleheadpictures.com.

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The Nightly Turbo: Ryan Young Killed in Car Accident, Full Tilt Poker News, and More

Ryan Young

We apologize for taking a day off from writing the Nightly Turbo on Tuesday. We were a little busy covering a few other things. But we’re back! In this edition, we’re covering the shocking death of a popular high-stakes poker pro, more news on the Full Tilt Poker front, and more.

In Case You Missed It

The PokerNews Podcast returned on Tuesday, which happened to be one of the most chaotic and exciting days in recent memory for this industry. The crew talked with Phil Galfond, Jason Somerville, and others about PokerStars’ deal with the Department of Justice.

There was a lot of information to take in about PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker on Tuesday. In case you don’t feel like navigating through all the stories, we’ve created The Lazy Person’s Guide to PokerStars’ Acquisition of Full Tilt Poker.

Did you miss Tuesday’s coverage of the World Series of Poker on ESPN? Read about what happened in our WSOP recap.

The poker tournament scene really heats up on the East Coast this month. If you plan on playing some events, check out the East Coast Grinder to help figure out your schedule.

Poker pro Blair Hinkle had more than $ 1 million frozen on Full Tilt Poker for 16 months. Needless to say, Hinkle was a happy man on Tuesday. He told PokerNews about his reaction to the news that all FTP players would be repaid.

Far Too Young

Poker pro Ryan Young of Torrance, Calif., passed away on Monday, according to many of his close friends in the poker community. Young was 28.

Details of Young’s death are limited, but several sources close to Young said he died in a car accident. Young was beloved by many of his peers in the poker community, several of whom shared their thoughts via social media on Monday.

“So incredibly torn up about Ryan Young’s car accident,” said Amit Makhija. “Was in disbelief when I read the news this morning was praying it was a bad joke. I was quite close to him for many years, and it’s really so sad, he was definitely an amazing friend, and a great person. My heart and prayers go out to his family.”

“Very sad day,” Bryn Kenney wrote on his own Facebook page. “A good friend of mine Ryan Young passed away. He was such a good hearted kid. You will be missed, I love you buddy.”

“This is such a shock,” David Benefield wrote on Young’s Facebook wall. “You were a great friend, an awesome person, and a damn good poker player. I have known you for as long as I have known almost anyone in the poker world, and I will miss you dearly.”

Even those who didn’t know Young well had wonderful things to say about him.

“We only met a few times, but I can echo the thoughts of so many others — poker, and the rest of the world, needs more truly nice guys like you,” said poker pro Jon Turner.

Young burst onto the live poker scene in 2007 when he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in a $ 1,500 no-limit hold’em event for $ 615,955. He amassed more than $ 1.6 million in live tournament cashes in his short career. Young was also a feared player on the virtual felts, where he played high-stakes sit-and-gos and tournaments under the name “youngluck.”

Our deepest condolences go out to Young’s family and friends.

Another Win for the DOJ

Nelson Burtnick, former director of payments for Full Tilt Poker, was arrested on Tuesday after arriving in New Jersey from his home in Dublin.

Burtnick was one of the 11 defendants in the civil indictment issued by the Department of Justice on April 15, 2011. He surrendered to authorities Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering and bank fraud in connection with the illegal activities conducted at Full Tilt Poker. Like his former colleague Ray Bitar, Burtnick posted bail and was released.

The news of Burtnick’s arrest was overshadowed by the deal between PokerStars and the DOJ on Tuesday. PokerStars forfeited $ 547 million to acquire all of Full Tilt Poker’s assets and help clean up the mess created by Burtnick, Bitar and others at FTP. It will pay another $ 184 million to all non-U.S. FTP customers within 90 days of the close of the deal.

Read more about Burtnick right here at PokerNews.com.

Raymer Back in the Winner’s Circle

Greg “Fossilman” Raymer has added a Heartland Poker Tour trophy to his World Series of Poker bracelet.

On Monday, Raymer won the $ 1,500 HPT Route 66 championship event for $ 71,875. Raymer bested a field of 131 players in the tournament, which fell short of its $ 250,000 guaranteed prize pool by $ 53,500. It marked Raymer’s first victory in a televised event since he won the WSOP Main Event in 2004 for $ 5 million.

Others taking part in the event at the Route 66 Casino were Kathey Liebert, Allen Kessler, and former HPT champs Craig Casino, John Sacha, and Rob “veeRob” Perelman. Raymer’s victory came in the 200th HPT event.

Here’s a look at the final table results from the Heartland Poker Tour Route 66 championship event:

For more details from the event, check out the Heartland Poker Tour website.

Crabcakes, Football, and … Gambling?

On Tuesday, Caesars Entertainment Corp. received a license from Maryland gaming authorities that will allow for the development of a $ 300 million casino in downtown Baltimore.

The property, named Harrah’s Baltimore, will have 3,750 slot machines, as well as a fine dining steakhouse and signature casual dining restaurants. Harrah’s Baltimore is expected to open in 2014.

“We are pleased to have been awarded the license to operate a VLT facility in Baltimore, and look forward to building a unique entertainment experience that will attract customers from across the country,” said Gary Loveman, president and CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “The development of Harrah’s Baltimore is part of our plan to develop casinos in urban areas that integrate into and support the surrounding communities.

The license initially allows Caesars to offer slots within the casino. Maryland’s General Assembly will discuss in a special session next week whether Caesars can offer table games like poker. If approved, Loveman says it will “add to the customer experiences the property will provide.”

Caesars rival MGM Resorts International recently signed a deal to develop and run a hotel-casino property near Washington, D.C. The property would be located at the National Harbor waterfront complex in southern Maryland and feature 250 table games, 4,500 slot machines, retail outlets, restaurants and a luxury hotel.

Read more in Caesars’ press release.

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It wouldn’t be an official tournament wrap without a collection of all the blunders and highlights. Check out the latest PokerNews blooper reel from the 2012 ANZPT Snowfest Queenstown Main Event.

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Justin Young Wins Bellagio Festa al Lago Championship

Justin YoungA total of 228 players put up the $ 5,000 buy-in to enter the Bellagio’s annual Festa al Lago Main Event this year and after battling it out for four days, it was Justin Young who came out on top.

Young has been particularly dominant at the Bellagio, a property that accounts for nearly $ 2.2 million of his lifetime earnings, or roughly 66 percent of his winnings. This time around, Young pocketed $ 349,590 after defeating a final table that included Justin Filtz (ninth), Chris DeMaci (sixth), Tom McCormick (fifth), Michael Katz (fourth) and eventual heads-up opponent Sameer Aljanedi (second).

There were 26 players in total who made the money, nabbing at least $ 7,562 for their efforts out of the $ 1,105,800 prize pool.

Here’s a look at the final table results.

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The Scoop — Justin Young Part 1

Feb 04, 2011

Justin Young stops by the set of ‘The Scoop,’ brought to you by Full Tilt Poker, to discuss his recent runner-up in the NAPT bounty shootout, his poker support group and more.

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The Nightly Turbo: Young Lands Seat in NBC Heads-Up, Bellagio Chip Thief Caught, and More

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It has been another busy 24 hours in the poker world. A seat in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship has been claimed. A friend of poker has passed. Another tournament, this one in Italy, has begun. And two thieves of poker chips — real and virtual — have been nabbed. Here’s what’s been happening…

In Case You Missed It

The 2011 Aussie Millions broke records left and right, making for a memorable month in Melbourne. PokerNews’ own Lynn Gilmartin has collected video highlights chronicling a most exciting month of poker in her hometown. Click and watch.

The 2011 Borgata Winter Open Championship Event completed its third day of play on Wednesday with 37 of the original starting field of 718 still with chips. All of those returning will be chasing chip leader Or Abramov when play resumes. >Here’s the latest from Atlantic City.

The sixth installment of the UltimateBet Online Championship series recently concluded. In the end, more than $ 5 million was divided among those cashing in the 28 events. Rich Ryan recaps highlights from UBOC 6.

There was an incident last week at the Holland Casino Dom Classic in which a player, Kadir Karabulut of Turkey, was disqualified after being suspected of employing a colleague to help him gain an advantage at the table. Read about what is being reported as having happened at the Holland Casino here.

Justin Young Qualifies for NBC National Heads-Up Championship

Justin Young has won his way into the field of 64 for next month’s NBC National Heads-Up Championship after outlasting Eric “Basebaldy” Baldwin in a heads-up final to claim the seat.

The win was doubly sweet for Young, a bit of payback versus his good friend Baldwin who last November defeated Young heads-up at the final table of the NAPT Bounty Shootout in Los Angeles.

Young claims the $ 25,000 seat for winning a $ 230 qualifying event that ran as part of the 2011 Caesars Winter Poker Classic. The event began with 217 players playing a multi-table tournament until just 16 remained, among them Kathy Liebert, Jonathan Friedberg, Sam Grizzle, Baldwin, and Young. Those 16 then played out a heads-up tournament after the fashion of the NBC tourney, with Young ultimately coming out on top.

Stay tuned over at NBC.com for the latest news regarding the Heads-Up Championship.

Oldest WSOP player Jack Ury dies at 97

The poker world said goodbye to a dear friend today after hearing the news that Jack Ury had passed away Tuesday evening in Terre Haute, Indiana just a few weeks shy of his 98th birthday. The nonagenarian participated in the World Series of Poker Main Event each of the last four years, setting a new record with every appearance as the oldest-ever WSOP participant.

Ury will be remembered fondly, with most of those who played with him or who reported on WSOP Main Events over the past four years having stories to tell of Ury’s humor and heart.

Last summer the former postal worker and U.S. Navy veteran made it through Day 2 of the Main Event, though his short stack was blinded off at the start of the third day of play. Here’s one hand from Day 2 which epitomized Ury’s inspiring spirit, a hand in which the father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather was all in with pocket kings and survived.

“I never give up,” said Ury after the hand.

Read more about Ury’s life and offer condolences over at the Callahan-DeBaun Funeral Home website.

Bellagio chip thief caught

Late last night, Las Vegas police arrested Anthony Michael Carleo after the 29-year-old attempted to sell undercover officers high-value chips stolen from the Bellagio Resort and Casino last December. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Carleo is the son of Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge George Assad.

The robbery — the audacity of which inspired some to evoke comparisons to Oceans 11 and its sequels — took place just before 4 a.m. on December 14. The suspect parked his still-running motorcycle by the casino’s north entrance, went inside to a craps table where he drew a pistol, and soon left the premises with $ 1.5 million worth of chips in denominations ranging from $ 100 to $ 25,000.

In early January, the Bellagio discontinued the $ 25,000 chips, giving patrons until April 22 to redeem them. At the time, MGM Resorts spokesman Alan Feldman noted that the $ 25,000 chips had already been switched out at the tables within an hour of the robbery. The LVRJ does not specify which denomination chips Carleo was trying to sell to the undercover officers.

A similar robbery had taken place the previous week at the Suncoast Casino, a heist thought to be perpetrated by the same individual.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has more about last night’s arrest.

Cards in the air at WPT Venice

The ever-journeying World Poker Tour has touched down once again, this time in Venice, Italy where the WPT Venice event presented by PartyPoker has begun.

The five-day, €3000 + €30 buy-in tournament has attracted several familiar faces, among them Max Pescatori, Fabrice Soulier, Claire Renault, Claudio Rinaldi, and Alessio Isaia.

Other events scheduled to take place over the next few days at the Casino di Venezia include a €10,000 High Roller event taking place February 7-9 as well as a series of charity heads-up matches involving Pescatori, Dragan Galic, Giovanni Rizzo, and Italian football star Francesco Totti.

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The Young and the Thirsty

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