Archive for April, 2011

Congratulations to the Expekt player who won the ONE in Monte Carlo

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Julian Kabitzke emerged as the victor in Everest Poker’s first ‘The One’ tournament. The 21 year old, who qualified through VIP promotions won a total of €300,000 in this prestigious tournament that was played in the luxurious Salle des Palmiers in Monaco last weekend.


221 players added to the prizepool, which totaled €1,071,850



“I have had a couple of fantastic days in Monaco and I wish to thank Everest Poker and Expekt Poker for this experience and great final,” Julian Kabitzke told after his triumph.



What was your strategy in The One?

“My general tactic was to stay patient, play my best poker and look for reasonable spots to increase my chip stack. More specific strategy was of course applied to my knowledge about each player and his/her weaknesses.”



Can you please describe some of the key hands that were involved in day 1?

“I pick three moments: 1. The first 3 hours were slow but in the 4th blind level the following occurred: Blinds (ante 25, 150/300). Early raise to 800 from early position, 3 callers, and I decided to call with Ah9h from the Big blind. Flop is A98 rainbow. It is checked to the fish at our table, which bets large, button calls and I go all in. Fish snap calls, and the button folds. Fish shows AJo and didn’t improve. This doubled my starting stack from 30,000 to 60,000. 2. 6th level in the blinds. I raised under the gun with KQ off suit. Button and big blind calls. Flop: Ah, Jh, 10c. Big blind checks, I fire a continuation bet, button calls. Turn: 10s. I immediately check. Button throws in a huge bet, I push all in and immediately call the floor manager to make sure the time is kept and to put my opponent on more pressure. He folds and I win a huge pot. 3. During day 2 I successfully abused the bubble play and raised almost any two cards to increase my chip stack, so that I managed to enter the final table as 3rd chip leader. “



When did you feel that you could win the tournament?

“I never really concentrated on winning the tournament, I was always thinking step by step and Alex was the chip leader through the entire final table until we reached heads up. In heads up I was able to play him step by step and slowly realized that I was probably going to win it.”



How long have you been playing poker?

”I have been playing for a couple of years. 99% of my poker career so far has been online and this is a huge step for me.” What will be your goal as a poker player in the coming years? “I have no plans for my poker career in the coming years. I am focused at being successful this year as well and then decide from there how I will continue. But after this victory I will definitely play more live events.”



Any final words?

“Thanks to all my friends and railbirds that cheered for me during the tournament. And thanks to Expekt for making this victory possible for me.”



Everest The One final table results:



Position Name Country Prize euro

1 Julien Kabitzke Germany 300,000

2 Alexander Debus Germany 170,000

3 Joel Dodds Australia 112,000

4 Alessio Isaia Italy 90,000

5 Xavier Carruggi France 75,000

6 Julien Pouchain France 58,000

7 Adrian Aston UK 47,500

8 Marc Sander Germany 37,000

9 Manuel Bevand Frankrike 26,350



Expekt player won the Monte carlo One

The Royal Blues take on the Red Devils

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Schalke, the surprise team of the year, are up against the Man Utd in tonight’s clash at the Veltin’s Arena. The home side have knocked out Valencia and Inter Milano in the knock-out phase and now take on Sir Alex’s boys. Will they have any chance to cause yet another upset? Well, for starters Man Utd are rightly priced as favourites in this encounter. Although they have only won one out of their last three games they are a team in good shape. Rooney has found his long-lost form and Javier Hernandez, “el chicarito” is getting better for each game he plays. In addition to this you have to acknowledge United’s massive experience in European cup games. The manager and the players are highly skilled when it comes to the tactical part of the game which is more important in cup games then in regular league matches. Last but not least, United’s home form must be mentioned. Usually it’s hard coming to Old Trafford, but this season it’s been beyond hard. The Red Devils have made their home ground into a stronghold which seems almost impossible to conquer.


This having said, Schalke are clearly underdogs but not without chance. Man Utd have struggled big time against German teams and Schalke can play in a very high level on a good day. They have some “point players” in Raul, Edu and Farfan, they have a coach who is a great motivator and surely knows how to set up his team in front of these big games, and they will be massively supported by their supporters tonight. The people of Gelsenkirchen live and breathe football, so tonight’s game will be a highlight for all the supporters of the Royal Blues.


What’s your thought? Favourite win or time for another upset? Check out the odds and place your bets! Don’t forget that you can bet live during the game and make this European cup night even more exciting!


Champions League Semi Finals 1st Leg 26 April 2011

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

We have reached the semi final stage in the Champions League and two fantastic fixtures await us. On Tuesday night surprise package Schalke 04 entertain Manchester Utd, whilst on Wednesday there is a meeting between the giants of Spanish football, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Place your bets here at Expekt



French Ligue One and Old Firm Preview Easter Weekend

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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French Ligue One is going right down to the wire this season with a dramatic tussle between Lille and Marseille for the Championship title. On Easter Sunday Lille travel to Lorient and with Marseille not playing until Wednesday they have the opportunity to put some points between themselves and their rivals. In Scotland there is the small matter of an Old Firm Derby between Rangers and Celtic.


El Classico and FA Cup Semi Finals

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet each other four times in the next month, and the first meeting takes place on Saturday evening. It is always a passionate encounter and we have come up with some interesting betting opportunities. The English FA Cup has reached the semi final stage and there is an intriguing Manchester derby plus a fascinating clash between Bolton and Stoke.

Weekend Football Preview 9-10th April 2011

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Place your bets at It is tight at the top of both French Ligue One and Italian Serie A, and there are significant games in both divisions this weekend. Meanwhile, on Monday night at Anfield, Liverpool entertain title aspirants Manchester City in the English Premierships big match. We look at the odds and suggest a few interesting bets.


Real Madrid vs Tottenham Champions League, US Masters Golf

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The Champions League has reached the quarter final stage and midweek sees four fantastic ties as Inter host Schalke, Real Madrid play Tottenham, Barcelona take on Shakhtar Donetsk, and Chelsea entertain Man United. It is also the first Golf Major of the year, starting on Thursday at Augusta National. as the top players hope to win the Green Jacket at the US Masters. We preview all the action and give you our top tips.


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Premiership and Serie A previews 1 April 2011

Friday, April 1st, 2011

A massive game in East London as West Ham entertain Man Utd with both sides desperate for points for differing reasons, whilst in Italy on Saturday evening it never gets bigger than a Milan Derby as city rivals AC and Inter chase the Serie A title. We look at all the big games and highlight the best betting opportunities. Place your bets at