Boeree, Gruissem, Kurganov Explain New Poker Charity REG
Published on Jul 2014 by Pokerlistings
Liv Boeree and German high-stakes poker pros Phil Gruissem and Igor Kurganov have founded a new charity to promote humanitarian aid within the poker world. Gruissem and Kurganov have been advocates of the Effective Altruism movement for some time and are now putting that concept into practice by helping poker players donate their money to effective, efficient charities. All three of these poker players have won huge sums of money playing poker but they all say there were still lacking a sense of fullfilment. They suggest that any poker player at any level can make a positive difference in the world and be happier by engaging in philanthropy. Check out the video to hear why these three poker pros are so excited by this new project and keep watching PokerListings.com for the latest news and video from the 2014 World Series of Poker.
Every serious poker player has an arsenal of special poker moves they use to beat their opponents. Today we'll show you one of the best moves: the triple-barrel bluff. It's called a three-barrel bluff because you fire three bets to force your opponent to fold, one on the flop, one on the turn, and one on the river. To triple-barrel bluff successfully you need to remember these three things. #1: Tell a believable story. If you raised preflop, for example, your opponents will tend to put you on big cards so bluff more on boards that match up with what your opponent thinks you have. #2: Pay attention to the cards that come on the turn and river when deciding whether to keep bluffing. Overcards and cards that complete draws are great to bluff at if you put your opponent on a hand like top pair. #3: Never try this move on a calling station. If your opponent can't make a fold it's not going to matter how believable your bluff is. Triple-barreling is so effective because a lot of players will call one bet with marginal hands, but they won't be able to make the tough calls on the turn and river when the bets are getting big. So if you often find yourself making a continuation bet, then shutting down, and losing to a marginal hand at showdown, you should consider firing the second and third bullets if the conditions are right. As your reads get better you'll start to get a feeling for when your opponent isn't confident about the strength of his hand. That's the time to ramp up the aggression and consider a Triple-Barrel Bluff.
PokerListings has been producing poker video since 2006 and we've interviewed an incredible number of poker pros, celebrities and interesting people from all over the world. To wish everyone a happy holidays we've taken just a small portion of those clips and set them to the song “I Don't Want to Work” by Wanting, Reid Henry and vocals by Adam Bailie. Someone smart once said, if you do what you love you'll never work a day in your life. That's a concept poker players understand very well. The video includes clips from poker pros including Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton, Terrence Chan, Nick Binger, Dan Cates, Kara Scott, Maria Ho and tons more as well as Hollywood celebrities including Matt Damon, James Woods, Jason Alexander, Ray Romano, and sports stars Paul Pierce, George St. Pierre and Roberto Luongo to name just a few. Watch the full video and see who you can spot.
For the second year in a row the PokerListings Battle of Malta set the record for the largest poker tournament ever held in Malta and this year we're taking you behind the scenes to find out what goes into one of Europe's hottest low buy-in poker events. Starting at the PokerListings video studio in Vancouver we fly to Malta to see if the 2014 Battle of Malta will cover the €500,000 guaranteed prize pool. We also go inside the PokerListings.com head office to learn the story behind one of the most successful online poker affiliate companies in the world. Watch the full video and check PokerListings.com for more action from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
At the 2014 Battle of Malta, PokerListings honored three very special poker players with the Spirit of Poker Awards. Dominik Panka, Thor Hansen and Shannon Shorr took the second-ever SOPA awards in the categories of Rising Star, Living Legend and Most Inspiring Player, respectively. Both Panka and Hansen were in Malta to receive the award but Shorr was unable to attend and sent in a video acceptance speech. Each player beat out a tough lineup of poker pro's and received more votes in order to win. Check out the video and watch Battle of Malta host Maria Ho present the awards, plus a few words from each of our winners.
Thor Hansen was a teenager when he took over his brother's stack in a poker game and went on his first heater. Now, over 50 years later he's been around the world and seen more of what the poker world is all about than almost anyone. Hansen received the Spirit of Poker Living Legend Award at the 2014 Battle of Malta and spoke candidly about one of the most epic and inspirational poker journeys ever. Starting in Oslo in the 1960s Hansen played in poker clubs, at the racetrack and even in the woods. “Poker came naturally to me. I was playing a little bit of pool and I was always into gambling. I went to the racetrack when I was seven years old,” said Hansen. “I never thought about what I was going to become. Poker just meant so much to me so quickly I never thought about anything else. I just wanted to play poker. So that's what I did.” In his 20s Hansen began travelling. He set a course for Las Vegas and on his first trip won a WSOP bracelet and did well in the cash games. Hansen talks about how, years later, he became close friends with poker legend Stuey Ungar and went on to play for Larry Flynt in his famous seven-card stud game in LA. Hansen is joined by Johnny Lodden, one of Norway's most successful poker players ever. Lodden talks about how Hansen was and continues to be an inspiration to poker players in Norway and beyond. Check out the full interview and keep watching PokerListings for poker player interviews, short documentaries and poker strategy video.
Our final tip in this series is to make friends with poker players that are better than you and discuss hands with them whenever you get the chance. We've interviewed thousands of professional poker players and when we ask them how they got better, this is the number one answer. If you're already part of a group of poker friends chances are you're already talking strategy, but if none of your friends are into it, it'll pay off to branch out a bit and make friends with some good poker players. And the good thing is, it doesn't even have to be in real life. There's a ton of strategy discussion on poker forums like two plus two, and you can take it one step further by joining a skype group with people who play the same stakes and games as you. Advice That's Right for You Books are a great resource for learning strong fundamentals and lots of of hard data but you can't always find out how to fix the mistakes YOU'RE making. When you're talking strategy with a good player you can address the exact spots that are giving you the most trouble. Usually a better player will have already encountered them and can give you great advice based on their experience. The advice will be even more useful if you're talking to someone who's already beat the games and stakes you're playing. Staking Deals and Support It's pretty common in poker for good players to invest time in teaching their friends, and even go on to stake them in tournaments or cash games. If your goal is to become a more serious poker player getting a staking deal and a poker mentor is one of the best things you can do. And if you want to make a living playing poker, it's really valuable to have a support network to get you through tough times and motivate you to keep working hard and playing your best. If everything goes according to plan, sometime down the road you'll be one giving a new player the benefit of your experience.
This year at the PokerListings Battle of Malta there was more than poker on the schedule. Two men met to settle years of bitter rivalry in the boxing ring, on the poker felt and on the chess board. Ken Lennáard is a well-known poker player and writer in Sweden and it was in the comment section of his blog that he first met Andreas Bergman. Harsh words followed, mostly from Bergman if you believe Lennáard's story, before Bergman suggested they meet face to face to put their beef to rest once and for all. We captured it on video and although it didn't pan out the way we hoped, the ending surprised us all. Check out the full short documentary to see the story unfold for yourself.
Two and a half years ago Alex Dreyfus bought the Global Poker Index with the intention of making it the worldwide standard for poker rankings. He now says he's accomplished that goal and is looking forward to making poker a mainstream sport. Dreyfus competed in the PokerListings Battle of Malta, the biggest poker event in Malta's history, and says the event's low buy-in and major-tournament feel are a key way poker brands can attract new players to the game. Dreyfus says it's a format that's largely missing from the European tournament scene but that globally it's actually the fastest-growing style of poker event. Dreyfus goes on to explain his new projects the Global Poker Masters and the Global Poker League, two new initiatives to make poker more marketable to a mainstream audience. Through both events Dreyfus hopes to create a system where the best poker players in the world don't have to buy-in to major events, but can instead compete for big prizes supported by team owners and advertising sponsors, similar to professional golf. Check out the full interview and stay tuned for more interviews and highlights from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Jan Peter Jachtmann is a high-stakes poker player from Germany who specializes in Pot-Limit Omaha but he took a shot in No-Limit Hold'em at the 2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta. Jachtmann runs down the list of who he thinks are the best German PLO players, plus talks about the new season of German High Roller, the country's most successful televised high-stakes cash game. Jachtmann also discusses his print magazine POKERBLATT and it's future after PokerStars recently pulled their advertising purchases. Check out the full video and keep watching for more from the 2014 Battle of Malta.
PokerListings.com has been to poker tournaments all over the world but we've never seen an event with the passion and excitement on display at the 2014 Battle of Malta. It not only broke it's own record for the biggest poker tournament in Malta history, with 1,447 entries, it brought together hundreds and hundreds of amateur poker players from all over Europe and gave them a major international tournament experience at a buy-in that's accessible even to low-stakes players. BOM Host Maria Ho did an amazing job anchoring the videos and interacting with fans and players, and she's back for one final event recap video to show you everything the Battle of Malta has to offer. After four huge days of poker Bulgarian Antoan Katsarov made a heads-up deal with local Maltese poker player Alan Brincat that saw Katsarov take home €122,000 and a killer Battle of Malta trophy. Check out the video for the winner interview, tons of footage from the Main Event and side tournaments, plus an inside look at the BOM VIP Player Party that was definitely one of the best parties in the poker world. The Battle of Malta will be back next year, bigger and better than ever, and we hope to see you there.