Gaelle Baumann at the Battle of Malta 2012

Published on Nov 2012 by Pokerlistings

French poker pro Gaelle Baumann finished 10th in the 2012 WSOP Main Event and now she's at the PokerListings.com Battle of Malta. She speaks with PokerListings France about what it's like playing poker in her former home.

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Keep Accurate, Honest Records – How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 9 03:12
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Keep Accurate, Honest Records – How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 9

Not keeping a record of your wins and losses at the poker table is one of the biggest ways people suck at poker. In the penultimate episode of our beginner strategy video series How Not to Suck at Poker we teach you the easiest ways to get started tracking your poker results. It's as easy as jotting down a few notes on your phone or in a journal after each session but it's something most poker players fail to do well. Watch the video to find out the most critical information you should be recording, plus a few more detailed statistics you can use to figure out where your profits are coming from and where your losses are greatest. Video Transcript: Most recreational poker players try keep a running tally of how much they’re winning and losing but the truth is, people naturally downplay their losses and only remember their wins. There’s lot of people out there who believe they're breaking even or better. If they kept good records they’d be forced to be honest with themselves and work on improving their game. And if you’ re actually a winning player, you need good records to figure out how much you’re winning and where your profits are coming from. If you’re only playing online poker, tracking your results is really easy. Buy a quality software program like PokerTracker or Hold’em Manager and check out the articles PokerListings.com for detailed instructions on how to use it. Live poker results are a lot harder to keep track of and since a lot of players are just taking cash straight out of their bank account to play each session, this is where most rec players get into trouble. The easiest way to get started is to buy a simple journal and write down the most important information about your poker session every time you play.At the very least you should keep track of how much you win and lose each day as well as a running total of your all-time wins or losses. Once you’ve played for a few months you’ll start to get a clear idea of whether you’re winning or losing.

Poker Pro George Lind III Says Hearthstone Will Be Huge 07:08
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Poker Pro George Lind III Says Hearthstone Will Be Huge

PokerStars Team Online's George Lind III has been crushing online poker for more than decade but in the last six months he's been playing more and more of the new virtual card game Hearthstone. Lind told PokerListings.com that Hearthstone has a similar blend of luck and skill to poker which should make it a great competitive tournament game that people will be willing to wager money on. We've already seen the beginnings of players making a living from Hearthstone and with more events like next month's Blizzcon, which will will award $100,000 to its Hearthstone champion, this new game could become a viable way for people to make money. George Lind tells PokerListings about why he thinks Hearthstone has a big future, as well as how online poker companies could learn from some of the things Hearthstone is doing well.

Shut Your Mouth at the Table - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 8 02:58
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Shut Your Mouth at the Table - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 8

One really common way beginners suck at poker is by inadvertently giving away information about their hands. This beginner poker strategy video will teach you why it's important to keep your mouth shut while you're in a big poker hand to make sure you don't give away important info my mistake. Strong live players are really good at making reads based on how you're acting, and the most dangerous thing you can do is talk too much while you're in a big hand. As your poker game improves you'll learn how to spot tells from your opponents but for now it's more important not to give them away yourself. You need to learn how to act the exact same way whether you have a monster or a stone-cold bluff and the first step is to keep your mouth shut. Good players just want to get you talking so they can gauge your comfort level. If you're relaxed and talkative it's likely you have a strong hand. If you clam up all of a sudden after making a big bet chances are you're bluffing. The best way to protect yourself is by acting the exact same way in every situation. It's really helpful to have a rehearsed routine you can follow to make sure you don't give away any information by mistake. That routine should start by never verbally engaging your opponent, no matter what they ask you. It's perfectly acceptable to stare straight ahead and keep quiet after making a big bet or raise so don't worry about being rude. If you watch poker pros on TV you'll notice a lot of them do the exact same moves every time they bet. Find a position that's comfortable for you and focus on returning to it after every action. Concentrate on breathing evenly and keeping your hands and feet still. In the next episode of How Not to Suck at Poker we'll show you why it's really important to keep detailed records of your wins and losses.

Stop Making Huge Bluffs - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 7 03:35
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Stop Making Huge Bluffs - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 7

In the latest episode of our beginner poker strategy video series How Not to Suck at Poker we show you why most of those huge bluffs you're attempting are costing you tons of money. Despite what a lot of people think, being good at poker isn't about pulling off huge bluffs every other hand. The way to win is by making less mistakes than your opponents, and a lot of the time when beginners are making big bluffs, it's a mistake. There are plenty of opportunities for betting and raising without a hand but most of these spots are about taking advantage of your position, or a big draw, opposed to putting lots of chips at risk with a huge stone-cold bluff. The important thing to remember is that it's better to make lots of simple bluffs that are likely to succeed, than to make one huge bluff for your whole stack where you're basically just praying for a fold. Quick bluffs refer to things like continuation bets and three-betting loose, late-position raisers. They're designed to take advantage of your position and what you know about your opponents, but they're not designed to lead to huge pots or all-ins. These are simple plays that stand a high chance of success. When you're betting and raising with a big draw that hasn't hit yet it's called a semi-bluff. Semi-bluffing is really important because it adds a lot of value to your draws by giving you two ways of winning the pot. Either your opponent folds to your semi-bluff and you win the pot uncontested, or you hit your hand and win a big pot at showdown. Stone-cold bluffs, or naked bluffs, are when you have no clear positional advantage and no hand value whatsoever. People seem to think that stone-cold bluffs are what poker's all about but the truth is, you'd be better off ignoring them completely. Until you're at a level where you can put your opponents on an exact hand and understand how to make them fold, you should focus on playing solid poker and not spewing chips by trying to get fancy.

Have a Poker Bankroll - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 6 03:16
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Have a Poker Bankroll - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 6

Not sucking at poker is one of the most important things you have to do if you want to have fun playing poker. In the 6th installment of our landmark poker strategy video series How Not to Suck at Poker we explain one very crucial way you need to not suck, by having a poker bankroll and following proper bankroll management. Most people are extremely attached to money. They work most of their life to have enough of it and losing it can be pretty scary. That's why to be an effective poker player you must have a poker bankroll that's separate from the rest of your regular money. Even the best poker players in the world have losing weeks or even months. The best way to deal with that psychologically is to trust in your ability to win in the long run, and to structure your bankroll and the stakes you play so that you can make it through long stretches of bad luck without going broke. When you have a big enough bankroll you won't be stressed out about a couple losing sessions, and you won't be afraid to pull the trigger on a big bluff, or make a big call when the time is right. The most common guidelines say that in a cash-game you should never put more than 5% of your bankroll in play at a time. That means if you're playing $1/$2 No-Limit at your local casino and you buy in for two hundred dollars, your bankroll should be at least two grand. If you're multi-tabling online you should have even more. For tournaments you should have a bankroll of at least 100 buy-ins. So if you're playing the nightly $10 MTT at your favorite online poker room, you should have at least $1,000 in your account. That probably sounds way too high for recreational players but that just goes to show how much variance there is in tournament poker. These numbers are also designed to make sure you never bust your bankroll. If you're an amateur player who has no problem re-depositing if you go broke, it's definitely okay to take bigger risks with your bankroll.

2014 Battle of Malta Features Parties, Pros and €500k in Prizes 02:01
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2014 Battle of Malta Features Parties, Pros and €500k in Prizes

We spoke to poker pros Maria Ho, Kara Scott, Andreas Hoivold, Sofia Lovgren and Gaelle Baumann about what makes the PokerListings Battle of Malta so special. With a €500,000 guaranteed Main Event, new celebrity host and a packed schedule of side events and parties, the Battle of Malta will have tons to offer both on and off the felt. This November the Battle of Malta will set the record for the biggest poker tournament every held in Malta and poker pros from all over the world will be competing. Listen to five hugely successful poker pros explain why you should consider adding the Battle of Malta to your poker vacation schedule. Whether you qualify online or buy in directly for the affordable price of €550, you'll have the chance to play in one of the best-value poker events on the planets. Playing out November 6-9 at the beautiful Portomaso Casino, the 2014 Battle of Malta will be held in a new, bigger tournament room and will feature a brand-new High Roller Event. Go to http://www.pokerlistings.com/battle-of-malta for more information and to find out how to qualify!

Annette Obrestad's Best Poker Moment: The No-Look Tournament Win 02:06
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Annette Obrestad's Best Poker Moment: The No-Look Tournament Win

In 2007 Annette Obrestad won a 180-person online poker tournament without looking at her cards a single time. Obrestad, then just 18 years old, covered the portion of her computer screen that showed her hole cards with a piece of paper and proceeded to crush her way to victory playing aggressive, position-based poker. Obrestad has since won the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for £1 million but says more people know her from winning a $4 online tournament blind than being a WSOP champion. In the latest episode of PokerListings.com's new series “Best Poker Moments”, Obrestad reflects on what it was like winning that tournament blind and the reaction she got from poker players and fans. In addition to being an amazing feat, her accomplishment also stands as compelling evidence for poker being a predominantly skill-based game. Listen to Annette Obrestad talk about her best poker moment and keep your eye out for new episodes coming to PokerListings.com soon.

Villa-Lobos: 'Brazil Could Be Second-Biggest Poker Market in the World' 02:58
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Villa-Lobos: 'Brazil Could Be Second-Biggest Poker Market in the World'

Nicolau Villa-Lobos and Bruno Kawauti should probably be in Rio de Janeiro watching the World Cup but their insatiable desire for poker action has brought them all the way to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. Poker is getting huge in Brazil and according to these two, it's going to get even bigger. Villa-Lobos and Kawauti both agreed that Brazil could host a World Series of Poker, and that it would be bigger than either WSOP Europe or WSOP Asia-Pacific. While poker continues to grow in their home country, both these members of Team 888poker continue to travel the world in search of big tournaments. PokerListings.com caught them on a break to find out how it feels being away from home for such an important event, and where they see poker in Brazil going in years to come.

Pay Attention - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 5 03:34
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Pay Attention - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 5

Even if you learn a ton of poker strategy, it's not going to pay off unless you pay attention to your opponents and what's happening at the poker table. In the latest episode of our beginner poker strategy video series How Not to Suck at Poker, we teach you exactly how to pay attention at the poker table to make more money. Pay Attention to Every Hand This is a tip that every poker player has heard but many fail to put into practice. Every hand that plays out at your table is a chance for you to learn something about your opponents. That means that even if you fold, you need to watch and take note of how the people still in the hand are playing. Pay attention to how often players are raising before the flop and from what position. And if their preflop raise gets called, how often are they continuation betting on the flop? Do they like to play their draws fast by betting and raising, or are they just calling and shutting down when they miss? The second you sit down at the poker table you should be watching every other player in the game and profiling them as tight, loose, aggressive or passive. Most players are a combination of more than one style so make sure to pay close attention. Identify the Weak Spots To win at poker you don't have to be best in the world, you just have to better than your opponents. The same thing goes for your table. You don't have to be better than everyone, but if you're the worst player at the table you're going to lose. Most of your profits will come from the worst couple players at the table so you have to be able to identify the weak spots and focus on playing as many pots against them as possible. You also have to be honest with yourself and be able to see when you're the weak spot at the table. Don't let your ego get in the way. Just pick up your chips and find a game where you're not the mark.

Learn Basic Odds - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 4 02:55
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Learn Basic Odds - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 4

There's no two ways about it: Sucking at poker sucks. We're here to show you how not to suck and our latest episode is an important one: Learning basic poker odds. This video will teach you the basics of pot odds, pot equity and how to compare the two to find out whether you should make a call. Keep watching our 10-part series on How Not to Suck at Poker to stop sucking and start winning today. You don't need to learn any advanced math but you do need to be comfortable calculating things like pot odds, equity, and how common hands match up against each other. If you shy away from learning math, don't worry. You already learned everything you need to know to calculate basic poker odds when you were in elementary school. The whole point of learning poker odds is so you can judge how likely you are to win a hand and how much you should bet or call to get to showdown. Pot Odds The first thing you need to get familiar with is pot odds and it's a really simple concept. Pot odds refer to the amount you have to call compared to the amount you stand to win. Pot odds are important but they're only one piece of the puzzle. Pot Equity refers to your chances of having the best hand at showdown, and by comparing it to your pot odds you can figure out whether or not you should make a call. If your pot odds ratio is bigger than your pot equity ratio you should make the call, if it's smaller, you should fold.