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From $10 to $1,000
PokerStars pro Jorge "Baalim" Limon recently proved to the poker world how it is easily possible if you have the right skill set to turn a $10 bankroll into $1,000. He documented his progress in a 32-part YouTube series and discusses the key points to his success in this journey in a blog titled From $10 To $1,000, the Easy (Smart) Way.
He completed his challenge in less than 10,000 hands and credits "solid and basic poker" for his success. One of his recommendations to complete this challenge is to throw bankroll management out the window. Limon practiced a seven-buy-in bankroll-management strategy to move up and down stakes, which is far less than what he referred to as a typical benchmark of around 50 buy-ins.
Limon recommends for any player trying the challenge to settle somewhere in between, such as a 15-buy-in bankroll-management method. He also gives other advice in the blog on how to successfully and quickly complete the challenge, including not having an emotional attachment to a bankroll and not feeling bad about moving down stakes if necessary.
Head to the PokerStars Blog to read about how Jorge "Baalim" Limon turned $10 into $1,000 in less than 10,000 hands.
Dwan Four-Barrel Bluffs a $700,000 Pot Against Phil Ivey
The Full Tilt Blog took us back to the past to when Tom Dwan successfully four-barrel bluffed fellow top pro Phil Ivey to win a pot of almost $700,000 on High Stakes Poker.
The hand began with a few poker legends hoping to see a cheap flop, with Phil Laak raising the action from early position with the to $3,900 and getting calls from Eli Elezra with the , Ivey with the , and Daniel Negreanu with the . Dwan, holding the from the big blind, opted to three-bet to $28,900. Everyone folded but Ivey, who called to create a bloated pot of $70,700 before the flop.
Dwan fired twice on the flop and turn of a board, with Ivey opting to call both times to set up a $408,700 pot for the river. Dwan continued to barrel when the appeared on the river, this time with a bet $268,200. Ivey tanked with bottom pair and eventually folded, sending a $676,900 pot to Dwan with just nine-high.
Head to the Full Tilt Blog to read more about Dwan's amazing four-barrel bluff against Ivey.
Introducing the GPPT Mini Tour
The Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) has proven its popularity among players by offering a very reasonable $109 buy-in to main events with huge $250,000 guaranteed prize pools.
Parlaying on its success, the GPPT has just introduced the GPPT Mini Tour, where in over a dozen venues in 2016 players will be competing for at least a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000 for the same affordable $109 buy-in. Players will have the opportunity to qualify into events online at partypoker for as low as just $0.01.
GPPT Tour Host and Dusk Till Dawn Club Director Simon Trumper is understandably excited about the new tour, informing on the partypoker Blog that, "This is a great tour that will bring the festival feel to some excellent casinos up and down the country. The GPPT Mini presented by partypoker is offering an exceptional $50,000 guarantee for an affordable $109 buy-in. I look forward to visiting all of the venues and some new cities in the process. I hope the player's enjoy the tour as much as I will."
Learn on the partypoker Blog about the GPPT Mini Tour.
Can Women Beat Men in Poker?
888poker Magazine took a look at the success of women in poker. The article kicks off by discussing when Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad won the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event before comparing female poker icons like Kathy Liebert and Vanessa Selbst.
Women hit the center stage in poker during the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event when France's Gaelle Baumann and Norway's Elisabeth Hille both just missed out on joining the November Nine at the final table.
However, despite these successes, the article points out that poker still has a long way to go before women are more noticeably present in big-ticket events. For example, just six percent of the over 22,000 player that entered the $565 WSOP Colossus were women.