Poker

I am currently experiencing an odd phenomenon in my poker playing. I have money deposited in 4 online poker sites; Pokerstars, Betfair, BlueSquare Poker and PKR, and whilst I am making a profit on Betfair, BlueSquare Poker and PKR, I just cannot seem to win on Pokerstars.

Pokerstars was the first online poker site I deposited money on just under a year ago, attracted to it due to the fact that they organise the European Poker Tour (EPT) and, in my naivety, thought I could go straight for trying to qualify for the EPT instead of taking time to actually learn how to play the game!

Blew my first deposit on a couple of Step 1 Sit & Go's and some $3 or $5 regular Sit & Go's.

Put in second deposit and have tried chipping this up through mainly $1 and $3 STT's (also had one go at the Sunday Two Hundred Grand) but after all this was left with less than the 2nd Deposit I make. Managed to chip up a little bit through $1 Double or Nothing STT's during December and managed to almost get back to the value of the 2nd deposit but since the beginning of the New Year I haven't been able to win anything and the number of suckouts that have gone against me in that time is quite suprising (down right unbelievable to be honest).

I know that some people will read this and say that I'm probably just a bad player and this is some kind of variance thing that hitting me but at the microstake level I play a solid game, but if all you get dealt is things like 6-8o or 7-2o all the time there is no way, even if you manage to bluff some pots, of being able to win anything.

I'll have to see what happens for the rest of the month and see if I can chip up enough to try one of the small buy-in satellites for EPT Copenhagen (Thanks to this downswing I wasn't able to try any satellites for the EPT Deauville main event which starts next Tuesday, oh well!).

Just found a posting on the Pokerstar's Blog about a series of events they are running called the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker.

I love the idea that someone has made this rather odd link between Blogging and Poker and managed to convince someone to made a event out of it.

The blog entry can be found here (http://www.pokerstarsblog.com/2008/12/wbcoop-2008-calling-all-bloggers.html) and more details can be found on the PokerStars website at http://www.pokerstars.com/blog_tournament/

The other interesting thing is in the small print at the bottom of http://www.pokerstars.com/blog_tournament/ and is the mention of something called the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). I can't see any other mention of this on the Pokerstars website, so I guess we'll have to wait a little bit to see what it is all about, but if it is anything like the WCOOP series that is held each year on PokerStars it should be something well worth looking forward to!

I listen to a few poker podcast, some come and go, with the others some are good listening and others not so good, so it was great to come across one which sounds good and should be regular as it is also a weekly radio show.

The podcast in question is the Bernard Lee Poker Show podcast. It is initially broadcast live on the radio station 1510 The Zone (WWZN) on Tuesdays and is then put up on the Internet as a podcast on the site Rounder's Radio.

The thing I particularly like about this show is that is sounds like a traditional American sports radio show, like you would get an an ESPN or Fox Sports affliate (in fact WWZN is, according to it's website, a Sporting News Radio affliate) as opposed to a show that started out on the Internet in the first place.

For anyone who uses a Podcatcher or RSS Reader, you can get the podcast directly from http://roundersradio.libsyn.com/rss/Bernard%20Lee%20Poker%20Shows

Over the last couple of weeks Pokerstars has been running is WCOOP series of tournements and it has been great to keep up with each of these tournaments by reading about them on the Pokerstars Blog.

I was even more impressed (at least initially) to find mention of the fact that video highlights of some of these tournements were being made available via the pokerstars.tv site.

The disappointment comes with the fact that the only tournaments featured on pokerstars.tv are Texas Hold'em events. Given that out of the 33 tournaments, 16 of them were non-Hold'em tournaments (including 7 Ohama tournaments) I find this very disappointing.

I know No Limit Hold'em is by far and away the most popular variation of poker, but there is an increasing number of people (me included) that are discovering the joys of Pot Limit Ohama and it would've been nice to have seen one or two of the Ohama tournaments in the video highlights.

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