Brazil is about to legalize gambling? Las Vegas Sands is in already
Brazil is about to legalize gambling? Las Vegas Sands is in already

Brazil is a big country (with huge territory and population of 208 million people). The country with problems everyone knows about (wild corruption and high criminal level in particular). But Brazil is also the country which has millions of poker fans in the country – according to the official data! Their number could increase drastically in the nearest future. The state is thinking about full-scale legalization of gambling.

Brazilians “think” over the legalizations and make some steps towards it for more than a year now. This is a long-time boring issue. For instance, some law projects on legalization of gambling appeared several years ago and they are making some real steps only now. These law projects are getting delayed all the time on various reasons.

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Patrik Antonius opens poker room for high rollers in Monaco
Patrik Antonius opens poker room for high rollers in Monaco

Poker legend from Finland, ex-titan of virtual world, supermodel, macho and a great guy Patrik Antonius is retired long time ago. At least from online poker. Famous player has his own business though. He plays at high stakes live cash tables and is about to open his own poker room in Monte Carlo.

There is almost no info about Patrik in latest years. One is able to follow his Instagram, where Patrik posts photos like these:

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PartyPoker MILLIONS Sochi in September: $5,000,000 guaranteed in Main Event!
PartyPoker MILLIONS Sochi in September: $5,000,000 guaranteed in Main Event!

“Russia now has a global poker boom. The results of Partypoker Millions Sochi astonished us. We were expecting such a hype but still were impressed to see that in reality,” – these are the words of Artur Voskanian, the head of Poker Club Management. And he is absolutely right. It’s time to raise the bar. The next Partypoker Millions champion will receive at least a million dollars!

We expected PokerStars Championship Sochi with guaranteed prize fund of $2.5 million in Main Event will become the most spectacular event of this and following years. We were wrong. We are expecting even bigger series with ambitious prize structure this September: Main Event guaranteed money is $5,000,000, and the winner will take home at least $1,000,000

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Artemis Turbo Poker Festival Cyprus, May, 2-7: $100,000 guaranteed to the winners!
Artemis Turbo Poker Festival Cyprus, May, 2-7: $100,000 guaranteed to the winners!

We haven’t yet written about these guys. This is a new (yet very experienced) team, which specializes on cash festivals in Cyprus and Georgia. They’ve decided to enter a new high level and organize a full-scale mini-series - Artemis Turbo Poker Festival in Kaya Artemis Poker Club (Northern Cyprus). The guaranteed prizes are huge. For instance, main event champion will receive at least $25,000!

The team is called Innovative Management of Poker (I'M Poker) and consists of the people who worked in such series as WPT Nationals and Classic, WSOP Circuits and PartyPoker and PokerStars events. In particular, it is headed by GTLive tournament director Sergei Abrat.

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PokerStars and WPT will host “joint series”
PokerStars and WPT will host “joint series”

This is much more epic than it sounds. PokerStars and WPT will host their series in different parts of Europe but there are additional bonuses for those who are able to visit both events. We are talking of Monte Carlo and Amsterdam and the common name for these two stages is PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing.

On April, 25th to May, 5th Monte Carlo Casino will host PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo and on May, 5-13th Holland Casino will host WPT Amsterdam. The managers not only agreed on the terms of their events (making them the most convenient for the players) but also motivated the participants to take part in both events with additional prizes.

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Tony G vs. Gus Hansen: The Big Cash Game in King’s Casino
Tony G vs. Gus Hansen: The Big Cash Game in King’s Casino

There is nothing to watch right now. There are no interesting poker shows. With no action whatsoever any expensive cash game attracts higher attention. Especially the one with Tony G and Gus Hansen as participants. That is the session that lasted three days and took place at Leo Tsoukernik’s King's Casino Rozvadov during the stage of World Series of Poker Circuit.

As we all know, King’s Casino often gathers cash games specialists. It is called Celebrity Cash Kings. The brand used to gather such poker monsters as Philipp Gruissem, Igor Kurganov, Daniel Coleman, Max Altergott, Ole Schemion, Daniel Cates etc. Top-notch stars.

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Fish2013 outplays Dwan in $65k MBP Super High Roller
Fish2013 outplays Dwan in $65k MBP Super High Roller

Belarussian high roller Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy who is rightfully perceived as one of the best NL Hold’em players, won super high roller tournament with $65,000 buy-in in Macao defeating Tom Dwan himself in the head-up. Bodyakovskiy earned $420,255 total.

The real name of the Belarusian players is much less known in comparison with his nickname -  fish2013. According to HighStakesDB data, the profit of the Belarussian went over $600,000 in 2016, though he lost about $450,000 by March, 2017…

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Isildur1: “Practice is far more important than theory”
Isildur1: “Practice is far more important than theory”

Viktor “Isuldur1” Blom is a genius person who is not very talkative. He rarely gives any interviews and when he does it looks like he makes that unwillingly. When this happens, the least we can do is make a post in PokerDiscover blog about it. Blom “revealed his soul” at Unibet Poker Open which took place in London recently here he was invited as a super poker mega star. He also made a good PR for Unibet, as he does.

We won’t stop at what happened at the event as it is not very interesting for wide audience. The personality of the Swede, however is the topic to discuss.

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PokerStars Championship Sochi! $2.5 million guaranteed in Main Event!
PokerStars Championship Sochi! $2.5 million guaranteed in Main Event!

Poker gods have heard our prayers and sent us gift of PokerStars Championship Sochi! We’ve barely had time to enjoy new records of EAPT nor discussed enough an upcoming tournaments with million dollars guaranteed prize fund (held in Sochi) before getting an official information from PokerStars: in May, Russia will hold the most expensive series in history!

That is not an exaggeration!

Buy-in of the Main Event will be $5,590 or 318,000 rubles. This sounds scary but is big poker. Guaranteed prize fund of the main event is corresponding – 150 million rubles or $2.5 million.

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Poker as Rock-Paper-Scissors
Poker as Rock-Paper-Scissors

If we consider a simplified model of poker, it will be quite similar to the world famous game of Rock-Paper-Scissors. Both games have an optimal strategy: random action in the popular childrens play and Game Theoretical Optimum (GTO) in poker. However, these strategies do not guarantee the maximum value.

The optimal game strategy guarantees only one thing: actions of the opponents will become irrelevant. This is a standard Nash equilibrium.

And here one should understand: the optimal strategy only makes sense if other players stick to it too. In other cases – when the opponents act in their own fashion – it is much more effective to focus on their mistakes and adjust your actions accordingly.

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Best Poker Clubs in India
Best Poker Clubs in India

Several years ago the whole Indian poker was centered in Goa, the main resort of the country with endless beaches and serenity of Arabian Sea. Recently poker vector started to move towards Bangalore and other big cities (like Calcutta). We can’t say Goa has lost the lead yet, but it’s coming soon.

Currently the country with the population of 1.3 billion people has several poker centers - in Goa and Bangalore in particular. There are just several states  available for legal play – such as Nagaland, Sikkim, West Bengal and Karnataka. The former two have population of no more than 3 million total, while the latter two have over 155 million habitats!

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Video: Jake Cody is looking for Big Game in Macao
Video: Jake Cody is looking for Big Game in Macao

Poker vloggers were very active during the recent months. Daniel Negreanu began to record some nice content, Jake Cody develops his channel (one of the most interesting about poker), Alec Torelli regularly uploads videos e.tc.

We liked one of the latest vlogs of EPT Deauville champion Jake Cody where he visits Asia, Macao, for the first time, participates in exorbitant cash games and Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Event tournaments.

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PokerStars develops a Hearthstone-like game
PokerStars develops a Hearthstone-like game

Power Up is a so-called poker hybrid of poker and card video game. Currently there is a closed alpha-test, so the final release is far away. The game reminds HoldemX, the development of the company of Alex Dreyfus, one of the most famous innovators in the world of poker.

There was a new trend in gaming-industry that has been formed during the latest years – it is card games. Not poker, but close (or not so close) analogues of Magic: The Gathering, a popular table and online game.

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Merit Poker Empire
Merit Poker Empire

The word Merit is well known to many poker fans all around Europe. This is a network of hotels, casinos and poker clubs in Cyprus and Montenegro. It is a pilgrimage destination for poker players from Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Iran, Israel, Ukraine and Belarus. For instance, Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino in Cyprus is one of the most attractive sites from the point of view of poker.

And we are happy to announce that now we cooperate with Merit and its poker clubs in Cyprus and Montenegro. From now on managers will regularly update their tournament schedule and information about cash games in real time on our website.

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Inversion: gather compromise material for the opponent
Inversion: gather compromise material for the opponent

You probably know plain yet effective worldly-wisdom: put yourself to some other person’s place and you will understand him. This method helps in lots of fields of life, including poker.

Pro player Tommy Angelo went beyond this and described inversion in his article. He uses the term reciprocality, which is much worse for defining the phenomena, IMHO.

This is not some well-known term so don’t overthink the name. You just need to realize the principle of its functioning and apply it practically in cash games.

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