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Boston Files Second Lawsuit Against Wynn’s Casino

The city of Boston has filed a second lawsuit that is seeking to kill Steve Wynn’s plans for a $ 1.7 billion casino in nearby Everett. The first lawsuit claims that …
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Daily 3-Bet: Hellmuth $180k Flip, NJ Certified, Coenaldinho7 Speaks

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Phil Hellmuth losing an unfortunate coin flip, a list of certified poker sites in NJ and an interview with the enigmatic Coenaldinho7.

1) Hellmuth Loses $ 180k Flip in Silicon Valley Game

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Brag: Phil Hellmuth got to attend the exclusive Tesla Model X unveiling and rub shoulders with tech moguls like Elon Musk.

Beat: He lost $ 180k in a coin flip.

A little context: Hellmuth didn’t lose the $ 180k at the Tesla unveiling. That came later at his weekly Silicon Valley home game, which includes NBA players and tech CEOs.

Hellmuth doesn’t say who was playing (does Elon Musk play?) although we assume the “Jason” listed in his ShareMyPair video was angel investor/poker player Jason Calacanis.

So what happened? Hellmuth got all-in with a QQ on a J-T-9 flop with his opponent holding T-9. Standard coin flip situation except the pot tipped the scales at $ 181,600.

No word as to whether Hellmuth ended the game up or down but that must have been a tough beat to get over.

2) US Poker Sites Get Digital Stamp in NJ

Atlantic City by Ron Miguel
No PokerStars. Yet.

It’s easy to forget that there’s legal online poker in the USA if you aren’t located in one of the three states that allow it.

That hasn’t stopped the states that do allow it from improving their platforms. This week the New Jersey announced a special digital stamp for the sites that are certified to offer online poker in the state. The following companies were given the stamp:

Borgata Hotel & Spa (Includes PartyPoker)
Caesars Entertainment (Includes 888poker)
Golden Nugget
Resorts Casino Hotel
Tropicana Casino and Resort

Visibly absent? That would be the 600-pound gorilla in the room that is PokerStars. Despite ramblings that PokerStars is coming to NJ we still haven’t received any official word as to when PokerStars will officially touch down in the USA.

3) Coenaldinho7 Speaks: “It Was Tactics, All Tactics”

Alexander Kostritsyn
Coenaldinho7 got past seasoned pro Alexander Kotritsyn

So Belgian Coenaldinho7 made quite a name for himself at the WCOOP ME final table yesterday.

To recap:

Shows up 15 minutes before the final table starts and begs everyone to do a 9-way chop for $ 500k each despite being one of the shortest stacks Keeps asking for a deal throughout the final table Gets argumentative in the chat Finally gets a four-way chop Hits a two-outer in the final hand to win the WCOOP ME and $ 1.3m

PokerStars got a hold of Coenaldinho7 earlier today and did an impromptu interview with the new millionaire.

Coenaldinho7 wouldn’t reveal his actual name but gave people some insight into his thought process through the final table.

One of the key takeaways is that Coenaldinho7 says most of his table talk was merely a tactic to get his opponents off their games.

It’s well worth a read and you can check it out on the PokerStars Blog.


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Belgium’s ‘Coenaldinho7’ Wins $1.3 Million In 2015 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event

‘Coenaldinho7’ topped a field of 1,995 entries in the $ 5,200 buy-in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) no-limit hold’em main event, winning $ 1.3 million and the title after making …
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Poor Bastards: How Winning a Poker Tournament Can Be a Disaster

When we talk about ‘form’ in poker – as in the sports concept of being in good shape – we usually mean luck.

Form in the way of being luckier for the moment to exist.

I don’t care if the foremost statistical authority in the world tries to prove absolute randomness by mathematical laws and statistical diagrams.

I don’t care if she’s a math genius and I don’t care if she can prove that the earth is flat either.

Form in the shape of luck exists. Anybody who has played poker long enough will tell you the same.

Luck is Not Random

Sometimes you run good, and sometimes you run bad. Chances are that you will continue being successful the whole day if you start out good. And vice versa.

Mike Matusow 2
Exhibit A for Run-Bad Theory

Perhaps there are dimensions not yet discovered by the scientist that will explain the phenomena? Perhaps there is some kind of energy that flows around and gives some people more luck and some people less luck?

All I know is that luck is not random. And no, luck does not even out. Not in a lifetime anyway.

It’s impossible to win a poker tournament without good form. Everybody agrees on that. When I start out bad it usually continues that way, and there’s not much I can do about it.

In tournaments you just fold, hoping to survive until your luck changes. In a cash game you tighten up and try to find a spot where you’re such a huge favorite that you hopefully can overcome your bad form.

Most of the time it would have been better to just go home right away. Rebuying is usually a bad idea.

Sooner or Later There’s a Flip

A tournament is better if you’re unlucky. It only costs you one buy-in and you can create a tight image and use it to your advantage in a spot where luck is less involved – you know, like pre-flop where you can get a fold.

Sooner or later there’s a flip.

I don’t know how many tournaments I’ve played where I’ve stayed alive for a long time by tight play and good moves. But sooner or later there’s a flip, and then it’s game over.

It would have been better to just put the chips in the middle and get it over with as soon as possible.

The few players I’ve met that thought the luck factor was the same for all were all some of the biggest luckboxes I’ve ever met.

Everybody agrees that they are incredible lucky, but they don’t see it because being lucky is the standard for them.

Ironically some of them are the worst whiners when they finally lose a hand. Probably because they’re not used to it. Phil Hellmuth is a great example.

Some Very Talented Players Tried and Failed

When you start out playing poker you have no clue what an average hand distribution looks like because you have no reference.

Some make it, some don’t.

The learning curve can be steep because you can play many hands online in a short timeframe.

In the old days it was tougher. You learned poker by grinding 40 hands an hour. It took time to get a couple of thousand hands under your belt, which really is a minimum to get a decent understanding of the game.

Some people got lucky and learned in a soft game so it wasn’t too expensive. But that just meant that they would hit the wall later.

Some very talented players tried but failed, never realizing they were having a bad streak when they started playing. The same happened online as well when they overplayed their bankrolls, got busted by luckboxes and then gave up.

Some players succeeded because their good form helped them to survive until their skill level was up to par with the opponents they played with.

That Can Be Expensive

What it took to succeed back in the day was a burning fire and a will to work hard to improve. The same is true today, and probably tomorrow as well.

Tim Vance
Sometimes it’s unlucky to be lucky.

But the obstacles were so much bigger back then and the learning curve was so much longer without all the excellent advice available today.

Sometimes it’s unlucky to be lucky, and vice versa.

At the Club where I basically lived in the 90s when a newbie won a tournament we said: “Poor bastard.”

Because he thought it was easy. And he would try and try again to recapture the feeling.

That can be expensive when the luck turns.

About Ken Lennaárd:

Sweden’s most controversial poker blogger Ken Lennaárd has been around the professional poker circuit for almost 20 years. Among his numerous accomplishments are Swedish Championships both live and online, three WSOP final tables and over $ 1.5m in live earnings. He’s now bringing his singular poker voice to the English world via Look for new posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Aaron Mermelstein Wins His Second WPT Title Of 2015!

On Tuesday, Aaron Mermelstein took down his second WPT title after winning the World Poker Tour Maryland Main Event! Mermelstein, who won the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in January this year, bested a field of 337 runners and a final table that included two-time WSOP bracelet winner Greg Merson to bank $ 250,222 and a seat into the $ 15,400 buy-in WPT World Championship. He is the 25th person (Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen and Season XIII Hublot WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno etc.) to have [...]

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