Russell Thomas: 2012 WSOP October Nine Video Interview
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Published on Jul 2012 by Pokerlistings
Russell Thomas is a 24-year-old actuary from Hartford, Connecticut and this October he'll be playing for $8.5 million at the WSOP 2012 Main Event final table. Thomas is a Temple University grad and one of the few non-professionals at this final table. He enters the final table with 24.8 million in chips, good for fourth place on the leaderboard. We get to know Russell Thomas a little better in this WSOP video interview from Las Vegas.
We explain how to shuffle poker chips like a pro in the latest installment of our beginner poker strategy video series. If you see poker pros playing on TV they’re always shuffling their chips and they barely seem to notice they’re doing it. With this poker video tutorial, and a little practice, you’ll be able to impress your friends and inspire respect from even the most hardened poker grinders. First cut out two stacks of chips. Place your pinky and ring finger on the outside edge and use your thumb and pointer finger to squeeze the two stacks together. Now use your middle finger to pop the two stacks up in the middle and lift your hand straight up to shuffle the chips together into one stack. Don't squeeze too hard. Just prop the chips up in the middle and let them fall into place. Now, practice! PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey today.
Our latest Poker Basics beginner poker strategy video teaches you to bet and raise like a poker pro. We’ll also show you how to avoid common mistakes like string-betting, and calling when you meant to raise. Beginner poker players make a few common mistakes when they bet and raise for the first time in a real poker game. The easiest way to avoid most mistakes is to clearly announce your action before you even touch your chips. If you want to raise, when it's your turn just say “Raise”, then count out your chips and push them across the betting line in one clear motion. The easiest way to announce a raise is by saying the combined total of the original bet and your raise. If a player in front of you bet 500, and you want to raise an additional 1,000, just say “ I'll raise to 1,500”. Clearly announcing that you're raising will help you avoid common mistakes like string-betting and calling when you meant to raise. String-betting is when a player tries to bet or raise but moves their chips in with more than one motion. It's also considered a string-bet if you use the old movie line, “I'll see your bet … and raise”. String betting is against the rules and in both examples the first action is binding. Another way you can slip up and call when you meant to raise is by throwing in one large-denomination chip and not declaring raise first. Save yourself the trouble and clearly announce what you're going to do, before you do it. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey today.
Hosting a home game is the perfect way to get started in poker but stack sizes, chip denominations and blind structures can be confusing for beginner poker players. In the latest episode of Poker Basics we give you our recipe for the perfect eight-person home poker tournament. We call for 5,000 starting stacks, four different chip denominations and 20-minute blind levels. If you follow the instructions you can expect this tournament to last roughly two hours, but you can tweak that by changing the stack sizes, or how long each blind level lasts. Just remember, simple is best, especially if you're playing with beginners!
Last year the PokerListings Battle of Malta set the record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta, and this November it's back, bigger and better than ever. With a bigger €500,000 guaranteed main event, a brand new high-roller tournament and a huge schedule of parties, the Battle of Malta goes way beyond the action on the felt. Let the battle begin!
Beginner poker players make a lot of mistakes when they handle their cards for the first time. PokerListings.com is back with another episode of Poker Basics to show beginners how to play poker like the pros. Today's tutorial will teach you how to protect your hand from other players and from the dealer. Stay tuned to PokerListings.com for the best beginner poker strategy videos.
Beginner poker players make a lot of mistakes when they stack their poker chips for the first time. In this episode of Poker Basics we teach you how to stack your chips like a pro. Watch PokerListings.com for the best beginner poker strategy tips.
Local Las Vegas amateur Jay Farber made an epic run in this year's WSOP Main Event but, sadly, it came to an end in second place. On the bright side he did make more than $5 million and had a chance to compete on poker's biggest stage. PokerListings.com speaks to Farber moments after it ended to get his side of the story.
The 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event is over and Ryan Riess is champion! PokerListings.com was on location for the entire event and we've got interviews with Riess, his parents and runner-up Jay Farber. Riess took down $8.3 million and the title of world champion. Check out this video to see how it all went down.
Ryan Riess admitted that he did absolutely nothing to prepare for the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table but he did say that he will be doing some prep work for his heads-up match against Jay Farber tomorrow. $8.3 million and the title of world champion is on the line.
JC Tran entered the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table as the chip leader but only made it to fifth place before finding himself on the rail. Tran still took down more than $2.1 million but it was clear the veteran pro was disappointed. Tran speaks candidly to the poker media following his elimination about how he felt about the way he played and what it's like getting so close and coming up short. Tran also offers refreshing perspective on what's really important in his life when he speaks about expecting his second child in just a few weeks.