Poker tournaments for beginnersWritten by Mansi gupta
As game of Poker is scaling new heights, casinos and resorts where game is played along with media have left no opportunity untouched to accrue contemporaneous benefits. This is evident from rise in number of Poker tournaments. Since past decade there are significant number of Poker tournaments held at local as well as national level. The highly played poker games in these tournaments are- Seven Card Stud, Seven Card High-Low, Omaha Hold 'Em, and Texas Hold 'Em, community poker etc.
Poker tournaments can be of different types. For instance- shootout tournaments where tables along with players are not eliminated but continue to be there till one player emerges as a winner. Unlike to this are elimination tournaments were game commences with all players having equal amount of chips and prolongs until one player manages to get all chips. Here tables are removed and at end a single table is left. All those who survive in game till last table get some sort of reward to cherish. Such tournaments have no re-buys but ‘Re-buy’ tournaments provide chance to re buy chips once they are all gone. The chips are to be purchased by paying extra money. So game continues for long and there are little odds of being segregated from game.
Besides this there are also satellite games in some areas of United States like Las Vegas. These tournaments involve a group of people that gathers and each places in a portion of his money. The fortunate winner gets a good amount (even more than a million dollar) to invest in other costly large-scale crucial tournaments.
2005 World Series of Poker -- Mid Tournament ReportWritten by Tom Howze
The 2005 World Series of Poker started its 36th year bigger and better than ever at RIO! Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. At mid point of tournament series, Events #1 through #22 have been completed. If you were not fortunate enough to be in Las Vegas for this mega event, here are some of updates, results and highlights for you.
Records were being made from start as 662 casino employees entered Event #1 which was "Casino Employee No-limit Hold'Em" tournament. The number broke record set last year, which was 279 entrants. Andy Nguyen, a poker dealer from Binion’s in Las Vegas, won this event earning a payday of $83,390. Things really picked up as Event #2 "No-Limit Texas Hold'Em" began with an astounding 2,305 players signing up to play. For comparison, 2004 WSOP Main Event had 2,576 players in it. Allen Cunningham was recipient of a WSOP gold bracelet and $725,405 for winning this one. Event #3 "Pot-Limit Hold'Em" had Thom Werthmann pocketing $369,535 by overcoming tough play from Layne Flack in heads up match at final table. Another WSOP record was set when 21 year old Eric Froehlich became youngest person to earn a WSOP championship bracelet by winning Event #4 "Limit Hold'Em" and an additional $361,910 for his efforts. Pat Poels who quit his full time job to become a professional poker player won event #5 "Omaha Hi-Low Split". His paycheck that day was $270,100. Isaac Galazan won Event #6 "No-limit Hold'Em" a shootout tournament by defeating a determined Harry Demetriou and took home $315,125 for becoming champion.
Event #7 "No-Limit Hold'Em with Rebuys" was won by 24 year old poker tournament millionaire Michael Gracz, picking up an additional $594,460 for win. But Michael said he would give up all winnings just to have WSOP bracelet, that's how much it meant to him. Event #8 "Seven Card Stud" had online qualifier Cliff Josephy claim victory and $192,100. Erik Seidel picked up his 6th WSOP bracelet and $611,795 after winning Event #9 "No-Limit Hold'Em" tournament. Reza Payvar who saw a marathon 13 hour heads up match to end, won Event #10 "Limit Hold'Em". Reza, who received $303,610 and a WSOP bracelet, stated he dedicated win to his father who passed away last year. Reza missed 2004 WSOP to be with his father who had cancer. Online qualifier Edward Moncada won Event #11 "Pot-Limit Hold'Em" receiving his first WSOP bracelet and $298,070. The winner of Event #12 "Pot Limit Omaha" was Josh Arieh who earned his 2nd gold WSOP bracelet along with a $381,600 payday.