Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Pokerstars Structure...Goodbye 20-50bb tables!!!

So i'm excited about the new structure at stars and doing away with the 20-50bb games. Will make for better games and the bad players will be back at the 100bb tables soon. I posted what steve wrote on 2+2 and if you want to check out the link yourself here it is:

Message from Pokerstars Steve:
PokerStars Ring Game Changes: Effective January 27th, 2011
PokerStars will be making substantial changes to No-Limit Hold’em ring game offerings starting immediately. New 6-max tables of No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo will also be added. These changes are being made after careful consideration of all information available, including feedback provided by players here on the Two Plus Two forums. PokerStars would like to thank all players who made suggestions about ring game buy-ins this past year for their input. PokerStars Poker Room Management has read each and every post on this topic to make sure that all players’ suggestions have been considered.

Introducing CAP Tables
PokerStars has been testing ‘CAP’ tables at certain stakes and game types for the past several months. These tables will now be offered more widely as a part of the standard PokerStars offering.

‘CAP’ tables place a limit on how much each player can wager over the course of a single hand. When this amount has been wagered, the player is considered to be all-in for the remainder of the hand.

The ‘CAP’ is always the same for each hand, and always the same for each player at the table. PokerStars will initially deploy only 20bb CAP tables that limit each player’s total betting to 20 big blinds in each hand.

CAP tables will initially be listed alongside other tables in the No-Limit and Pot Limit lobbies. PokerStars may move CAP tables to separate lobby tabs in the future. Games with caps larger than 20bb may also be offered in the future.

6-handed and 9-handed tables
The following buy-in options will be offered at No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) tables with 6 or more seats:

0.01/0.02 and 0.02/0.05 blinds
• 40-250bb tables, unlabelled. This offering is unchanged.

0.05/0.10 and 0.10/0.25 blinds
• 40-100bb, without lobby labels. This will include all Euro currency tables.
• 100-250bb tables, labelled as ‘deep’

0.25/0.50 blinds and above
• 20bb CAP, allowing buy-ins of 20-50bb, labelled ‘CAP’
• 40-100bb, without lobby labels. This will include all Euro currency tables.
• 100-250bb tables, labelled as ‘deep’

Tables with 20-50bb buy-in ranges will no longer be offered for 6-max and 9-max NLHE.

Tooltips explaining the exact minimum and maximum allowable buy-in at each table will still be displayed when the mouse pointer is hovered over a table name in the PokerStars lobby.

New Tables: 6-max No-Limit Omaha Hi/Low
New 6-max tables will be offered for No-Limit Omaha Hi/Low at stakes ranging from 0.10/0.25 to 3/6.

These changes will be implemented in two steps.

The first step, the addition of new tables, will occur immediately. NLHE Cap tables will be deployed at limits $0.25/$0.50 and above and No-Limit Omaha Hi/Low 6-max tables will be deployed at all currently offered stakes.

Removal of NLHE 20-50bb tables and changing of Euro NLHE tables from 35-100bb to 40-100bb will take place on February 10th. Changes to table labels will also take place on this date. Tables of discontinued types will slowly be closed as they empty, but some may exist until the next server restart.

Heads-up NLHE and Omaha
PokerStars is still considering making changes to table buy-in minimums and maximums for heads-up NLHE and all omaha games. Player input and suggestions for possible changes to these tables are appreciated. Any changes to these tables will be announced and implemented in February.

PokerStars would like to thank all players for their patience in waiting for these changes. It is important that PokerStars consider all options and opinions before making decisions about ring game buy-ins.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


A post to all you blogganators!!!!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Crush Crush Crush

Hey everyone!! It has been a while and I hope everyone had a blast off to the New Year and Christmas!!

Things have been great. First off, I like to recap my 2010 year. Since last year was my first year trying this online thing out to play professionally, I have to say it wasn't what I expected. I'm officially a Rakeback Pro for 2010. I put in 1.62 million hands and managed to breakeven the whole year. Not my proudest moment and most of my losses came from 100nl when I took shots at it. I think overall was a good learning, life, and knowing more of myself experience. Poker has taught me a lot of things the past year and I think I'm a better person since I started this career path. You have to balance your life, yourself, your family, working, studying, etc etc. Without it, you will just be a poker unsocialized person to the real world. Not saying that it is bad, but believe me, I have gone through it shutting the whole world out and at one point I think poker was an addiction. Playing professionally, has taught me to manage my time more (which I'm still doing), continually trying to stay ahead of the competition, and making better decisions with what I do weather it be poker, family, life. I think we continue to evolve and with that hopefully become a better poker player. Dealing with so many emotions, swings, happiness, sadness, has all led to my development. I really hope that I can make this a career for the many years to come to take care of my family. Honestly, this beats most jobs out there and the chance to stay home, be my own boss, and spend time with my family whenever I want has been amazing.

With that, 2011 I hope to have a winning year. Put in at least 2.5 million hands and work towards that SNE Goal. I think for this year, I might not be able to make it since I really want to crush my limits i'm playing at before I even consider playing 100nl again. I'm rolled for 100nl, but to be honest, I am not ready for that comfort zone. I'm starting to feel good again, regaining my confidence, working on my game, getting into good situations, talking poker with other like minded individuals, etc etc. I'm going to see how the next few months go at 50nl and if I do have some solid results, I might consider taking shots at 100nl again.

I'm still going to 24 table as I depend on the vpp's, but I have a wealth of more knowledge than I did when I first started and I think with that said, I should have better results for this year. If I don't, than it will be time to reevaluate poker. I hope you all have a great year and I hope we can get better at poker along the way. Feel free to email me and we can exchange skype info to get better at poker and work on this ever changing game.

best of luck on the journey!