Play High Stakes Poker Online Without Breaking the Bank

By Eva Flores

The recent media blitz covering high profile events such as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the World Poker Tour (WPT) has catapulted the once recluse game of backroom banter onto an international stage donned with high profile personalities and obscene sums of money being wagered at the turn of a card.

The notion that competitors could play high stakes poker online could not be conceived in the earlier days of the tournament back in the 70’s when WSOP was changed to an elimination style format. Now evolved, intense games of 100k wagers or better are conducted at Las Vegas poker tournaments at the Bellagio, Mirage, and Palms but with a high-tech twist. Arguably the most famous tournament in which the upper-crust play high stakes poker is the World Series of Poker tournament which is hosted at the Rio Las Vegas casino.

Buy-ins generally range from $1000 to $5000 and eventually move upward of $10,000 in the Championship tournament. Players can also enter the tournament by winning satellite tournaments without breaking the bank with buy-ins in the range of $300 to $1000. It is not an unusual event to find every player at the final table of a World Series of Poker Satellite tournament to also be found at the World Series of Poker Championship tournament itself so many players find this as viable alternative to otherwise have to pony up the full $10,000 entry fee in the main tournament.

With the recent rise of internet poker popularity, players can also play high stakes poker online to achieve the same goal. Online World Series of Poker Satellite Tournaments are held during the entire year. The convenience of playing high stakes poker online is unsurpassed if you’re looking to get in on high stakes action without breaking the bank. Real money poker sites have become wildly popular with stories of players winning pots in amounts as high as 400k or better. These players understand that when you play online poker for real money, bankroll management and patience are the keys to success. Be sure to play at an online poker room with a large player base so that satellite tournaments are held more frequently and most of all don’t forget to put on your best poker face.

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High Stakes Poker – Are You Ready to Play Today and Win?

By Matthew Donaldson

When you hear “high stakes poker,” you would probably recall the hit television show on cable which started way back in 2006 and had run for already five seasons, the last of which ran on March until May of 2009. It is the same thing as saying there are poker gambling sites being run by individuals or groups, such as Pokerstars.com, that involve high stakes betting or gambling. They are considered high stakes gambling because of the amount of money being shelled out by many people and all that money are put as pot money for each poker game. Different types of gambling can involve high stakes and the most popular nowadays is betting on poker.

High stakes poker involves a great amount of money from poker players. Most poker players are very much experienced because they are the people who earn money from their businesses or jobs enough to be able to bet thousands of dollars on poker. They are also poker players who are serious about the game and are very much in the know of the ins and outs of poker. These are veteran poker players, rich poker players, celebrities, and big-time business owners who have that much money to bet their way into winning poker. These games are usually played inside rooms which are maintained by high-level security and are usually private.

There is not much difference between the regular poker game and poker. The only difference is the very large amount at stake when a player wins the game. The pot money is taken cared of by a group or company until the money is claimed by the winning party. This is how poker games are run, and the most popular way to play poker would be to do it through online gaming websites, such as Pokerstars.com, Partypoker, and many other poker game sites which allow high stakes betting and gambling.

If you would like to try playing the game and you have the money to bet on these high stakes gambling sites, you should expect that the games can be fast and the money can become gone as fast as a snap as well. This is the reality when it comes to these online poker gaming sites. If you are very optimistic that you can win, then you can go ahead and try to play poker with other online poker players. Get to know the game by playing real-time and mingle with other poker players through poker game forums available on the websites. You can also start winning by learning your opponents’ styles and by studying your hand history which can be retrieved through your online poker game.

High stakes poker is a serious game and should not be entered into lightly. You can lose a lot of money from betting, and unless you are ready to lose, you should think more than twice about joining. There are online poker training tools that can help you get a head start on your poker game strategy. Learn more about the game by reading e-books on poker and learn the good and bad sides of playing high stakes poker from poker players themselves on online forums or poker community blogs.

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Eli Elezra Vs Gus Hansen in High Stakes Poker

By Tamas Sziladi

In High Stakes Poker it is possible to observe such a Multi-level Thinking (MLT) that only the best of the best are capable of doing. In High Stakes Poker many great players play and it is a perfect opportunity to learn from Ivey, Dwan, Negreanu, Brunson, Hansen, Antonius or Farha. It is really amazing what goes through their mind during a given hand. In this article there is a little theory about MLT thinking and then comes a very interesting hand played between Eli Elezra and Gus Hansen in High Stakes Poker Season 6.

It is time to check out the memorable hand between Eli Elezra and Gus Hansen.

There are eight players at the table, the blinds are $400/$800 with a $200 ante. The stacks are extremely deep, most of the players bought in with $200 000 but Dwan and Ivey with $500 000 each. Gus Hansen raises to $4 200 in the fourth position with a speculative hand: 4s6s. Tom Dwan does not need too much of a hand for such a call but this time he even has a hand and makes the call (6cAc). Eli Elezra finds 8hKh in his big blind and decides to make the additional $3 400 to play the hand. The pot is $14 600 and three of them see the flop.

Elezra says: “I check in the dark.” This is an interesting play and has happened already a few times in High Stakes Poker to mislead the opponent and not give away kind of information about the hand. However he says right away: “No, no, no, wait! I did not check down there!” The following cards hit the table: Ks9h3d. And then the king hits and Elezra still checks his hand. Hansen as the original aggressor makes a $9 900 continuation bet (c-bet). Dwan folds quickly and Elezra makes a fast call. As you can observe the c-bet did not mean much to Elezra. He knew Hansen would make that bet with any kind of a flop, no matter if he hits or completely misses. There are no draws on the flop so Elezra decides to call and see how the hand further develops. The call seems reasonable because with a weak kicker (the eight) Elezra is probably worried that Hansen also has a king with a better kicker therefore he does not reraise. It is also interesting to mention Dwan’s play. He usually does not give up his hands so quickly and makes a call with nothing so he can bluff his opponent out at a later point of the hand. However with Elezra sitting behind him, he does not know what comes next so he makes a quick fold.

The pot is $34 400 and the turn card is 3c. This card has not changed much. Most likely the player who was on front on the flop is still on the front now. Hansen decides to shoot his second barrel and go on with his bluff with a $25 500 bet. Elezra thinks for a bit and decides to call. The pot is $85 400. When he made his decision he probably also thought: “If Hansen was bluffing then I am still ahead with the pair of kings and threes. If Hansen also has a king then I am most likely behind now, but with a call I can have the pot under control and see what the river card brings.”

The river is the As. Elezra checks, Hansen counts his chips and bets $62 200. Now this is the interesting part. This is where MLT comes into play. Elezra knows Hansen very well and they have played many times together. He knows that Hansen is capable of shooting three barrels with nothing.

Knowing that there is $147 600 in the middle, Elezra gets very good odds on his money. If he puts on Hansen on the four hand types as I have done and he thinks he would only win 1.5 times out of 4, it still makes sense to make the call. What I do not know is how Elezra gives the percentages of the four possible hands to Hansen. When I say the odds I consider the fact that there is a 25% chance for all four possibilities. Elezra knows Hansen a lot better so he might think the chance of a bluff is 40% and the other three possibilities are equaled at 20%. In this case the call makes even more sense. If he thinks Hansen has a 40% chance of having a monster and the other three possibilities have 20% then the call does not make so much sense. Elezra actually does not even think long, makes a fast call and wins $209 800. Hansen said after the hand that he had already decided before the river card that he would use the third barrel to chase Elezra away, but he did not want to see an ace. He pulled the trigger anyway (as Gabe Kaplan said). He did all the thinking and possible reactions of Elezra even before the last card hit. However Elezra is also a world class player and he read Hansen perfectly.

What can I say at the end of such a wonderful hand? It was very interesting to see it on TV and analyze it later on. For sure for me it would have been a lot harder to make a $62 200 call on the river with a king. There must be a reason why those players are sitting at the High Stakes Poker table. Their way of MLT makes them special players who can make great reads on their opponents.

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German Poker Player Christoph Vogelsang Wins $6 Million at the Super High Roller Bowl

German poker player, Christoph Vogelsang won the Aria Super High Roller Bowl and the $6 million dollar grand prize. The Super High Roller Bowl is one the most lucrative tournaments and is by invitation only. The buy-in for this event is $300,000. It’s a field of today’s poker superstars and a couple of other high roller players. The tournament itself started with a field of 56 players and was a multiple day event.
Vogelsang’s other major win came at the 2014 Big One for One Drop where he took home third place for $10 million dollars. His total live event poker earnings are nearly $14 million dollars. And he is second in the German poker list for poker earnings.
The final day, it’s a three day event, had Vogelsang in second place. Jake Schindler was chip leader with Pratyush Buddiga in third. Pocket aces from Schindler knocked Buddiga out against his pair of eights. The heads up was set with Schindler holding a major lead but Vogelsang “chipped” away at Schindler’s lead.
The final hand of the tournament was Schindler calling with 8 and Jack of hearts. Vogelsang checked with 10 of spades and 7 of clubs. The flop brought 10 of clubs, 3 of hearts and 2 of diamonds. The turn brought a 7 of hearts and Schindler bet 400,000. Vogelsang with two pair raised. The river brought a 2 of clubs. Schindler went all in as did Vogelsang who won with a two pair.
In short, Schindler was called on his bluff. But the strategy highlights bluffing and chasing a flush that will be covered in poker strategies.
The results of the Super High Roller Bowl are:

  1. Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000
  2. Jake Schindler $3,600,000
  3. Stefan Schillhabel $2,400,000
  4. Leon Tsoukernik $1,800,000
  5. Byron Kaverman $1,400,000
  6. Pratyush Buddiga $1,000,000
  7. Justin Bonomo $600,000

May 28th – June 1st Marks the 2017 Aria Super High Roller Bowl Poker Tournament

One of the most lucrative poker tournaments, The Aria Super High Roller Bowl is slated to begin May 28th and will run till June 1st. 55 player each putting up $300,000 will have a chance to compete for the $6 million dollar first prize. This tournament is invitation only and includes some of the top names in poker.
The tournament is getting bigger each year and this is the largest prize pool by far. Last year’s tournament saw Germany’s Raine Kempe and Fedor Holz battle it out for first and second place. Outside of Americans, Germany has the second most amount of players. In this tournament cashes start at the last seven players and range from $600,000 and up to $6 million dollars. Total payouts will be nearly $17 million dollars.
Here is a list of some of poker players slated to be in the tournament with their histories:

Daniel Colman
He really has looked back since the One Drop for Water tournament in 2014 for nearly $14 million dollars, the second largest cash in poker history. He added several other 7 figure cashes to his total that summer as well. And even this year he’s added nearly $2 million dollars to his cashes for a total cash of nearly $28,000,000. At 26 years old, he’s one of the youngest players. He is also second in for the most cashes of an American player.

Dan Perper
With nearly $2 million in cashes, he’s nothing not to look at. The Illinois is an experienced poker player with many cashes under his belt including nearly $900,000 at the 2015 One Drop for Water Event.

Dan Shak
He is hedge fund manager and semi pro poker player who specializes in high stakes buy-in tournaments. He has nearly $9 million in earnings. His most recent cash was $86,400 at the Aria Super High Roller 13.

Dan Smith
One of the top 10 in the money of all time for Americans, Dan Smith is a force to reckon with. His total earnings are over $15 million dollars. This year is no exception with nearly $800,000 in cashes so far in 2017. It could be a very good year for him.

Daniel Negreanu
The Canadian has made a name for himself as the all time top of the in the money list with over $32 million dollars in poker winnings. Lately his streak has been off at the live tournaments. His most recent cash was over $250,000 at the PokerStars High Roller Event in the Bahamas.

David Einhorn
David Einhorn, a semi pro player, he is the founder of Greenlight Capital. He is a billionaire businessman. His most recent cash was $44,728 in 2014 in the No Limit Holdem Event 66. His total poker earnings are over $5 million dollars.

David Peters
Hailing from Ohio, Peters is a force to reckon with. He’s been a success almost from the start at age 21. He’s racked up over $15 million dollars in earnings. His most recent cashes was over $100,000 at the PokerStars Macau Event 28. For 2017, he’s made almost $450,000 in cashes.

Dominik Nitsche
Originally from Germany, Nitsche, who lives in Scotland, has an impressive list of cashes. In 2016, he cashed over $1 million dollars for the year. His most recent cash was $2000 in the Asian Championship of Poker.

Doug Polk
The California native has made his mark in the poker world. He specializes in heads up play. He ran a $20 deposit at PokerStars into $10,000 but still didn’t find lasting success till he decided to focus solely on poker. His most recent cash was $86,000 in the Aria High Roller 49.

These are some of the top players. Others include: Justin Bonomo, Jason Mercier, Fedor Holz, Erik Siedel, and others. The tournament starts May 28th and runs till June 1st.

Monthly High Roller Series at the Aria Poker Room

Every month, the Aria Poker Room hosts a High Roller tournament with a buy-in of $25,000. These are titled Aria High Roller 54 and 55 for the month of March. The numbers represent the place in the series that started in 2015 and has picked up alot of steam.
In this event, the top five are the players in the money. For the Aria High Roller 54, Scott Seiver took the win for $342,240. This is his second top place finish. Last month he won second place for $232,632. In second place was Bryn Kenney, but he had more to go.
At the Aria High Roller 55, Bryn Kenny finished in runner up with a prize of $211,000. He is in second place on the leaderboard and has cashed in five of the last six High Roller Events and has career earnings of nearly $15,000,000, fifteen million dollars. Brian Rast took top prize and cashed out with $237,555.
April will bring another High Roller but in May will start the three day Super High Roller Bowl, which is probably the most lucrative tournament today with selected players joining in a $300,000 buy-in event.

Americas Cardroom to Have Over 10 Highstakes Poker Tournaments in VIII Online Super Series

Americas Cardroom will be hosting over 10 highstakes poker games during the OSS, Online Super Series. This is the eighth super series and like wine gets better with age. There will be over 78 events, but for highrollers, there are over 10 highstakes tournaments including a million dollar Main Event. In addition, there’s a $500,000, $250,000 and several $100,000 events and there’s a combination of poker varieties including No Limit, PLO, and PLO8. It’s an exciting time for poker players. The series will run December 7th to the 18th
Americas Cardroom OSS has gotten larger and this is the largest of so far. Their customer service is very easy to access with a simple phone call 24 hours a day. This is one reason many players choose this poker site over others. Expect payouts quickly as well usually within two weeks.


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Below is a list of highstakes poker games at Americas Cardroom.

Million Dollar Sunday Tournament
The Million Dollar Main Event will be on December 18th. There are freerolls and satellites to this event. You can get in at a fraction of the $540 buy-in or free if you’re smart enough to enter the freerolls and win each time. There are two daily freerolls for this at 11:59 am and pm.
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$500,000 Tournament

Similar to the Main Event, this tourney has satellites and freerolls as well. You can join for a fraction of the cost. The players listed have already secured their seats via satellites. The date is December 11th.

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$250,000 Warmup GTD
This is another of the highstakes tournaments during the OSS at Americas Cardroom. There will be 25 levels. The buy-in is $100. I don’t see satellites yet but there will be some as they announce them later.
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$100,000 Warmup GTD
The OSS #1 will be the first tournament in the OSS. It’s 10,000 chips per entry and has a late entry period of five hours.

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OSS #20 $25,000 Super KO
This is a bounty tournament and get this – for each player you take out you get $100. The buy-in for this even is $215
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$30,000 Turbo Megastack
This is your classic tournament but the entry period is one and half hours and there are 5 minute levels. If you don’t like playing for 8 or more hours, then this tournament is for you.
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OSS #67 $30,000 6-Max KO
This is six to the table KO. Get $50 for each player you knock out.
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OSS #3 $40,000 GTD
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OSS #37 $40,000 GTD 8 Max
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OSS #75 $40,000 GTD
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OSS #9 $50,000 GTD
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OSS #69 $50,000 PLO SKO
Put your pot limit omaha skills to the test with this tournament. The buy-in is $530 and the bounty is $250 for each player you take out.
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OSS #50 $25,000 GTD NLO8
This is an Omaha Hi/lo event and one of the few in the series.
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This is an overview of the highstakes tournaments at Americas Cardroom. There are a total of 78 events. So, this is just a snapshot of some of the larger tournaments being offered. For new players, you get a sign up bonus up to $1000, a $250 freeroll you can use anytime and up to 20 days of jackpot poker. Jackpot poker is
a 3 seat game where you can win a random jackpot at anytime. The higher the table buy-in, the higher the jackpot.
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