Category Archives: Live Poker

Main Event Package schedule on ACR

Main Event Package Tournament Schedule

Here are the exact dates for the WSOP® Main Event Package tournaments  on Americas Cardroom.

Can You make it to a Final Table?

Can You make it to a Final Table?

Each package is worth $12,500 and there will be 50 packages awarded, that’s $625K in seats and travel/vacation expenses.

Each package satellite has a $50+5 buy-in and can be bought in directly or via satellite.

From the ACR Web site:

It’s not just the tournament entry you’ll win, but the paid vacation experience to Las Vegas as well.  Each package is worth $12,500 with $2,500 marked for travel expenses and accommodations. With one win you can have it all for the low buy-in of just $50+$5! 

Package Tournament Schedule

Main Event Package Tournament Schedule

If the $55 buy-in is a little too much for your bankroll, then here is the daily schedule to win a chance to play for a Main Event® Seat package for $7.70 or $11.

Satellite to a Package tournament schedule

Satellite to the Package Tournament

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Was that a Bad Beat? Just bad luck? Or was I just screwed?

Bad Beats, Bad Luck or were you Screwed?

Have you ever screamed at your monitorGood Starters when some dimwit caught a magic river card?

Have you ever thought that you were cheated?

Have you ever thought it’s rigged to help the stupid people of the world?

Or how could that Donk get so F’n lucky?

Well, whether you play ring games or tournaments, everyone who plays poker online has had this feeling.

Everyone who plays online has been knocked out by some idiot who should never had even been involved in a hand.

Now the question to ask is Why? 

Is Online Poker rigged to favor the idiots?

Am I not lucky enough to continue trying to play online?

I can answer these questions quite simply……………..

No it is not rigged and No you are not as unlucky as you may think.

You more often than not, remember the bad (beats) losses and forget about the times where you catch a break (and you get your share).

Last Friday, I got into a long discussion (at work) with a poker playing buddy (his name is Tom) who was convinced it is not worth his time playing poker online.

He just happens to frequent a Local River Boat and play live poker every week end.

Tom says he rarely sees the shit he sees online while playing live, the bad beats are few and far between, the cards just do not fall as they do online.

As I explained to him why and I think he started to understand what I was saying.

The difference between playing live poker and internet poker is simply the speed of the game, the number of hands, the amount of cards you see every hour.

A fast live poker game may see 10 to 12 total hands a hour.  It takes the dealer a lot of time to collect all the cards, shuffle, deal, monitor the betting, read every ones hands, declare a winner and pay the pot to the winning hand and start the next hand.

A poker hand online can take as little as 30 seconds, everything is automatic through the miracle of computer processing.

Cards are dealt, bets made, winner decided and paid and the next hand is being dealt before you know it.

There is an average of about 100 or more hands a hour dealt online compared to 10 or 12 live, that is almost 10 times as many hands and cards seen.

Look at this ring game lobby from Americas Cardroom, note the H/HR (hands per hour):

ACR Ring Game Lobby

A average poker table online will see about 100 hands dealt (sometimes more) and played every hour.

What does this mean?

Considering there are the same 52 cards used for every hand, there are 4 of each rank and 13 of each suit you can be sure you will see many of the same things happen and many sick (and lucky?) draws every hour of online poker play.

100 hands a hour online is 1.5 hands a minute

1.5 hands a minute online is 15 hands in 10 minutes

Every 13th river card (every 13 hands) will be a Ace, so that means you will see a miracle Ace once every 10 minutes or 6 times a hour online. (These numbers also apply to a inside straight draw, there are 4 of any one card needed to fill that inside straight)

Live Poker will see a Ace on the river maybe once every 2 hours (once, maybe twice in about 20 hands)

Every 4th card will be any one particular suit, so for about every 4th hand online, some idiot will catch his flush. That’s every 4 minutes or about 15 times a hour.

A live poker game will see any particular suit on the river maybe twice a hour.

There are 8 cards to fill a open ended straight, so about every 7th hand will fill that straight. That’s about once every 6 minutes or 10 times a hour.

That open ended straight may hit once a hour at a live poker game.

So that means on average while playing poker online you may see that miracle Ace on the river 6 times, 15 flushes caught on the river and 10 straights hit on the river to beat you.

Playing live is another story, you might see a miracle card on the river every hour, but often it won’t happen for 1.5 or 2 hours.

These online numbers are averages, it won’t always hit a particular card for a individual player on any particular hand, but the cards will fall exactly as the probabilities dictate over the long haul.

That’s not all, sometimes when playing online these unbelievable river cards will hit hand after hand, seeming to have no end.

But it is not unbelievable, it is going to happen quite often with regularity, it is just the math, it is going to happen.

One thing you can always count on is the law of probabilities, it will happen as the math dictates, maybe not now, but over the long haul it will happen.

The good news is it happens for you too, it is not just for the bad players.

The Law of Probabilities are quite fair and will be nice to all players, every thing evens out in the long run.

(How long of run? Hours and hours of play–1000’s of poker hands).

Now I know this may not make everyone feel better, I think my friend Tom understands now. It is just a matter of the number of hands you see at online play compared to live play–You will see more than you can believe when playing that many hands and seeing that many cards.

Now this does not mean play any two cards online and hope for the best……..

Just remember, to play your strong starting hands with many outs and you will find yourself hitting that miracle card on the river more often than you can remember.

One more thing to think about, all Bad Beats aren’t Bad.

Bovada offers a Bad Beat Bonus of 100 times the big blind (limit of $1000)

Bovada 100% Poker Bonus


Win a $10K WPT Tournament buy-in on Draft Kings

DraftKings & The World Poker Tour

Have partnered together to send one fantasy footballer to Vegas for the WPT Doyle Brunson 5 Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio from December 5th-12th!

1. Join Draft Kings and get a 100% Deposit Bonus

2. Qualify into the  exclusive WPT football satellite in any sport for as little as $2

3. Play the $55 Football Satellite on November 24th

4. The winner gets a $13,000 package including a $10,300 buy-in, hotel, airfare, spending money & more!

Check out DraftKings  Fantasy Football Details Here

New Poker App for Live Players

I said I would have some extra time to find some new and neat things for us players, well Here’s one………

I received a e-mail update from the PPA (Poker Players Alliance) and saw this,

Introducing ShareMyPair™

PPA is pleased to introduce ShareMyPair™ – The Social Networking App for Poker Players. This free app will forever change how poker players share stories about their greatest wins and their most devastating bad beats!

Share my Pair

The PPA is so excited about the ShareMyPair app that each day of the WSOP, we will retweet our favorite poker hands to our 15,000+ Twitter followers each day of the WSOP. To be considered for our WSOP Tweet of the Day, make sure to use the “@ppapoker” in your ShareMyPair tweet.

Once you download this Free App, all you need to do is enter all the hand information/details and you will create a customized and personal video of your most memorable live hands.

You can have a library of your biggest wins, worst beats and those moments of WTF just happened?

All shared by you, for all your friends and family to see……………..

I don’t see why you couldn’t use this App to record some of your most memorable internet hands, and create some videos of  “what I did last night”.

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