Merit Poker Empire
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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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PokerStars develops a Hearthstone-like game
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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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Inversion: gather compromise material for the opponent
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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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WSOP 2017: What’s new + Full Schedule
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The new World Series of Poker 2017 will take place from May, 30 to July, 18th and is expected to have 74 events, including a couple of new ones. We could highlight $365 THE GIANT, The killer of “The Colossus” among the other. Quite possible. It will have a new world record on number of participants in a single poker tournament.

Have you hardly forgotten the previous one and about to have a new WSOP under way? You are not alone. That is normal. We get to know the new Main Event Champion’s name in late autumn.

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PokerStars Attacks Regulars Again
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In its new update, the world’s largest room did what it was long asked for: started an active fight against bumhunters and scripts. is already testing an automatic system of seating of players. Which means that soon it will be impossible to select specific tables or tag along weak players.

The room’s blog summarizes the major changes. The most important one is the Seat Me button. A player selects a game (e.g., No Limit Hold’em) and limit (say $1/2). Then clicks Seat Me to be placed at a random table at this limit.

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Players who are afraid to lose
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Not everyone is natural-born Phil Ivey. Not everyone is able to make themselves act recklessly, calmly, firmly. The following players often play at the tables. They are afraid to lose bankroll on various reasons – whether it is the lack of experience, tilt or limited bankroll. Those comrades need to be recognizable and exploited.

A piece of wisdom in poker: Scared money don’t make money. Those players are easy to recognize even by their appearance.

We will highlight several categories of players you will often meet at the tables of poker clubs.

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HighStakesDB opened an access to graphs of all online high rollers
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New Year holidays came a little bit earlier for poker players as in the biggest high stakes database HighStakesDB opened a public access to closed-before accounts of the highrollers on some unknown reason in the middle of December. Now we all know how much really did Red baron, Alexander Kostritsyn, Ragen70, Ben Tolleren, Nanonoko and many other top pros earn.

HighStakesDB shattered pink glasses of many. The website suddenly decided to open the graphs of the players to the public eyes, though no permission was granted to them. Still, we have an opportunity to know how much did the most famous online players earn this year and throughout their careers.

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Disastrous PCA 2017
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There were only four buy-ins in $25,000 PLO at the first historical stage of PokerStars Championship Bahamas. It would be an understatement to say that this is a failure. Main event had 738 buy-ins, while there were 928 registrations the previous time. This all happened even now when he buy-in became lower (for mere $300).

The big experiment of transformation of European Poker Tour and many other local tournament branches into two formats – Championships and Festivals – doesn’t show the best of results yet.

It all started rather good. There were plenty of super highrollers in $100,000 Super High Roller (54 against 58 buy-ins last year) but then they’ve realized that something went wrong.

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Alexander Kostritsyn
Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn – Best Online Player of 2016
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During the previous year, Russian high roller Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn earned about $1.5 million and was the only one to show a seven-digit result in the positive range. All this became known through HighStakesDB that opened for public access the previously closed accounts of most of online high rollers.

It stands to mention the significant decline in activity at the highest stakes. At the moment, online high rollers can only play on PokerStars at very castrated stakes (as compared with the old Full Tilt), and the field itself has tightened significantly while big fishes now deserve to be listed in a database of rare species.

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Why you are still stuck at lower stakes?
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You are a brainy guy, or so it seems, you know something about the game and even able to learn others some moves – but yet you are still playing at low stakes. Why? Why do we like to stand still while we can see the clear path? The reasons vary, but in most cases the problem is within ourselves.

Is it a common thing for you to see other people’s mistakes clearly and even predict something (in most cases relevant things), you are able to analyze hands but when you sit at the table, you start to lose it. You call when you know you’re behind and push when you don’t have fold equity.

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