Poker in Romania, part 1: Players, Series and Negreanu
Poker in Romania, part 1: Players, Series and Negreanu

First part of the story of poker in Romania, or how to play poker in Romania, if you will, will tell you mostly about the players and poker situation in the country in general. Unfortunately, Romania is far from financial well-being in all senses. But people here love poker very much. However, for some of them this love is forced.

The second part is completely about Romanian poker clubs with the most interesting of them described with commentaries of the experienced regular.

 “Romanian players – are natural-born gamblers and they believe in luck. The first thing I’ve noticed is5-7x raises. This sizing is common for tournaments and cash games at all stakes. I got used to standard 3x raises. And here you also get 4-5 people calling you after the raise of increased size”.

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69-year-old Mike Sexton won his first WPT title
69-year-old Mike Sexton won his first WPT title

Everyone know Mike Sexton. He is World Poker Tour announcer for almost 15 years now, he’s Hall of famer of Poker and is one of the biggest ambassadors of the industry. But there is one problem: Mike wins big tournaments very rarely…

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The most complete cheating device in the world
The most complete cheating device in the world

We all were mistaken so much. The market of illegal poker “trinkets” is huge. HUGE. The Chinese ask for $5,000 for the device we’ll talk further. And that is Chinese! It would have cost several times that in America or Europe. Probably, you’ve been ripped with the help of this device several times…

Thanks to superb article by Elie Bursztein, who is the head of Google Google's anti-abuse department, which invents ways to protect users against cyber-criminal crimes, we’ve managed to realize how good at work are different poker analyzers.

Those who created them really deserve some sort of award. This is truly an engineer piece of art, which is used worldwide.

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You may talk but not too much
You may talk but not too much

Poker on TV has hard times. Lately only WSOP Main Event regularly has some airtime. By the way, it is already over (as you may know). People want to see live enthralling poker, not just thinking games of hoodies and ranges adepts.

An accident that happened in summer this year on World Series of poker (recently broadcasted) raises a whole row of critical questions:

  • What is real poker?
  • What one can and cannot say while being at the table?
  • Are the tournament rules fair?
  • So on
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Will King's Casino become the biggest poker club in the world?
Will King's Casino become the biggest poker club in the world?

“What are you, stupid? You’ll get nothing!” -- they said to art-director Leon Tsoukernik when he decided to build poker heaven in tiny town Rozvadov with population of 500 people. According to the words of the owner of the facility which is very successful now, this criticism gave him some additional motivation.

You are willing to make the biggest poker room in Europe. Where will it be placed?

Possible locations:

а) Prague, Czech Republic

b) Vienna, Austria

c) Barcelona, Spain

and d) Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

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Cash festivals gain popularity in Europe
Cash festivals gain popularity in Europe

Cash festival format, unlike traditional tournament series – was always in minority. Poker tour stops are always provided with cash games, but the tournaments are always in the center of attention. It turned upside down recently.

Cash Game Festival – this is a simple name for cash festival, which started several years ago in Estonia. The festival specializes exclusively on cash games and has stops already in Bulgaria, UK, and Malta. In November, it will have the biggest stop in the capital of Estonia Tallinn.

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Poker club “Zeus” invites everyone to the cash festival on November, 4-13
Poker club “Zeus” invites everyone to the cash festival on November, 4-13

Belarus Poker Tour ready for launch on November, 4-13 2016. Minsk will become the capital of poker for 10 days. As always, the partner of the series –“Zeus” poker club, will organize cash games.

For many years, poker and Minsk go along. Nowadays it is not necessary to wait for another series to enjoy the spirit of the competition and victory. “Zeus” poker club is always ready to offer the best cash games in Minsk.

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Hong Kong Pro Elton Tsang Wins €11M in One Drop
Hong Kong Pro Elton Tsang Wins €11M in One Drop

Monaco Extravaganza in incredible interiors and neat costumes ended. Elton Tsang defeated Russian businessman Anatoly Gurtovoy heads-up and received €11,111,111! There were 26 participants in the event, less than expected.

When acrobatic tricks of Guy Laliberte (they made a real performance on the tournament opening), when the price of Monaco Albert II told his speech; when they all gathered in luxurious Casino de Monte-Carlo hall – the tournament with the most expensive buy-in in history of poker began.

The spectacle was extraordinary.

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Taj Mahal Casino is closed, Atlantic City mourns
Taj Mahal Casino is closed, Atlantic City mourns

“Eighth wonder of the world”, as Donald Trump himself called Taj Mahal has officially closed its doors in the morning of October, 10th. The most favorable forecast predict its work renewal in spring, but the majority thinks this closure is permanent.

“I still remember the times when Taj used to be the most popular place for playing poker in the whole Atlantic City,” one of the players writes on 2+2 forums.

Really, in the end of 90s Taj Mahal prospered. The Casino opened in the 1990, right after gambling became legal in New Jersey. In 1996 U.S. Poker Championship tournament with $10,000 has become the first one which had buy-in equal to the one of World Series tournaments.

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One Drop Extravaganza: the most expensive poker tournament in history
One Drop Extravaganza: the most expensive poker tournament in history

One of the grandest events in the poker history already started (on October, 13th). At least if we’re talking of charity events. Almost a week of high roller tournaments with buy-ins of €10,000 to €1,000,000 and cash games with rocket high stakes and €300/hour rake.

The upcoming event is exclusively for businessmen and recreational players, no professionals. This decision was made by the organizer of the event Guy Laliberte there were more pros than amateurs on the latest One Drop event, so the latter had no point in participating in such an expensive event against opponents this strong.

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Poker in China: Red Bull cans instead of prize money
Poker in China: Red Bull cans instead of prize money

As you might know, gambling is officially prohibited in China. It doesn’t stop poker enthusiast though. Just like in any other country where gambling is prohibited, the Chinese think of their own ways and tricks to bypass the law. Besides, donэt forget about many underground games around the country.

At the moment, official poker life in China is centered in Macao, and is quite poor in comparison with Vegas, for instance. This comparison isn’t correct even. Vegas is head and shoulders above Macao.

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Macao reborn (or not?)
Macao reborn (or not?)

For the first time in two years (starting June, 2014) Macao casinos showed positive economical results. In comparison with August, 2015 gambling facilities earned 1.1% more – $2.36 billion total. This fact may seem insignificant but in reality, things get better than it seems. Wynn Palace casino opened in the region Cotai, and Parisian Macao (Las Vegas Sands) will open its doors in the middle of September.

“Macao economics is now in the period of spreading cost and increased competition in conditions of aggressive macro environment“, says Jaime Suh, Daiwa Capital Markets analytic.

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Top 10 biggest poker clubs in the world
Top 10 biggest poker clubs in the world

Poker is a game of small rooms. This is not slot machines which are stockpiled in the most casinos. Card games require com comfort and some atmosphere. That is not always the case. There are some giants, Walmart, Media Markt and Tesco of the poker world.

The casinos that will be mentioned are sorted by the number of tables – from the smaller number to the bigger one. This is the only condition. We don’t take into account stakes, no service level or placement. This rating is only about the size – the bigger, the better. By th way, the biggest poker rooms are usually first-class facilities. So there is a direct correlation between the size and the quality.

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Red Baron of the high stakes
Red Baron of the high stakes

One of the major peculiarities of online poker is that players remain relatively anonymous. When you are playing cash games or tournaments in poker clubs – you will be identified in the future this way or another. But when you only see an avatar, some random nickname and country of the player – it is easy to create atmosphere of mystery around yourself.

We seldom write about online poker. It is not our profile. However, sometimes there are interesting stories there. And it doesn’t make sense to leave them without our attention: why limit ourselves with some unnecessary borders.

Besides, the topic of the article is somehow connected with live poker as well.

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