Posts Tagged ‘Poker’

Expekts Marcus Petersson vann poker-SM

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Swedish flag Expekts Marcus Petersson blev sent på lördagskvällen svensk mästare i poker. Marcus svarade för en guldkantad insats hela vägen och avslutade heads-upen som om det var klippt och skuret ur ett filmanus, med AA.


- Det här känns enormt kul, det är helt klart min största seger som pokerspelare, strålade en lycksalig ”Mackan” efter triumfen som gav en halv miljon kr, 44 240 euro, i utdelning på Casino di Venezia på Malta.


Marcus Petersson, som jobbar som pokerkonsult åt Expekt, inledde finalbordet short-stack men visade upp ett mästerligt spel.


- Jag hade bestämt mig för att vänta ut lägena på ett bord med många duktiga, offensiva spelare. När jag sedan fick ett antal nyckelpotter och kunde dubbla upp ett par gånger insåg jag att det här kunde gå hur bra som helst.


Visst gick det bra. Efter sex timmars spel var Marcus framme i heads-up med Johan Berg och visade ingen pardon efter att ha vänt ett underläge och dubblat upp med 77 mot 22. ”Mackan” mer eller mindre knockade motståndaren på slutet med resoluta höjningar och i sista handen slog hans AA ut AJ.


- Jag kom tvåa när jag spelade öppna norska mästerskapen i Nottingham för några år sedan och det är enormt skönt att få vinna ett mästerskap nu, säger ”Mackan” med ett skratt. Den gången vann jag lite mer pengar men titeln och äran är det som framför allt räknas med en SM-seger i main event.


Expekts egen pokerexpert, som också tränade Niklas Wikegård med framgång inför dennes start i SM, tog alltså hem spelet.


- Jag kommer att fortsätta jobba som vanligt åt Expekt och spela mest online framöver, kryddat med lite liveturneringar där WSOP i Las Vegas som vanligt hör till programmet, säger ”Mackan”.


Videointervju med “Mackan” följer!


Are you our next Poker Operations Executive Intern? [Jobs]

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

We are doing it again – we are looking for our next Poker Operations Executive Intern, and it could be you! An excellent and rare opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and committed individual to gain valuable hands-on experience in the field of Poker Operations.


As the Poker Operations Executive Intern, you will work closely with the Poker Team and you will report to the Product Manager.


You will be responsible to ensure all the Operations matters are dealt with efficiently, effectively and professionally. This is a paid fulltime internship which will take place in Malta and will last for minimum 6 months.


You should apply if you are a student looking for an internship, or just finished your education but do not have enough hands-on experience to get that poker and marketing related online gaming job. You need to have interest and knowledge of online gaming in general, and online poker in specific.


It is also necessary that you have great motivation, initiative and drive. In order to be successful in your internship, it is also important that you have strong organisational skills and critical judgement.


If this is for you the opportunity you have been looking for, we would love to hear from you. In that case, take a closer look at the main responsibilities below, and in turn send us your CV and a Cover letter to recruitment at expekt dot com.


Your main responsibilities will include, but not limited to:


Promotions

  • Analyze the promotions
  • Run ad hoc reports
  • Update promotions leader boards


Newsletters

  • Write newsletters
  • Make recommendations on e-mailing campaigns VIP
  • Assist on the VIP chat service
  • Answering VIP-emails
  • Credit bonuses Communication to the Network
  • Schedule and run marketing messages to support tournaments and promotions
  • Run analyses and improve the efficiency of marketing messages


Content

  • • Assist on creation/update of content pages & news letter


Thoughts on the WPT Championship [Article]

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

[Scotty Nguyen, born October 28, 1962 in Nha Trang, Vietnam is a Vietnamese American professional poker player who is a five time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, most notably as the winner of the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2008 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship. This win also made him the first and currently only player to win both the WSOP Main Event and $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. events.]


For those that do not know, this was my second year in a row making a deep run in the World Poker Tour Championship at the Bellagio, finishing 6th place last year and now 8th place in this year’s event. I came into the event this year just knowing it would take a lot to throw me off my path of winning for my fans and family.


I’d like to tell you about my thought process in my elimination hand because it had many different elements to it: With blinds at 40,000-80,000, and a 10,000 ante, I raised from middle position to 260,000, and David Benyamine called from the big blind. We both checked to the turn on a board of Jh, 10d, 6d, 8h, David bet 350,000, I raised to 1,150,000, and David moved all-in. I called with 8-8 for a set of eights, but David showed 10-10 for a higher set, and I needed to catch the case eight on the river to stay alive. The last card was the 7d, and David won the pot with his set of tens to eliminate me from the tournament in 8th place.


Now the first factor to consider is that David called my raise from the big blind. Because he already has some money invested, David might be calling to defend his blind, to see a discounted flop with a variety of marginal hands, or he might have an actual hand like a pair or big cards. A call with a real hand here likely means he wants to control the pot as best he can out of position. Now when David checks on the Jh-10d-6d flop, I consider putting in a continuation bet, but I decided that a check would be better.


With so many draws out there, betting could only build up a bigger pot if he has anything, as he would have to re-raise to protect from the draws. I wanted to keep the pot small even if I had the best hand since my hand was vulnerable at this point, so I checked as well. Now that turn card, 8h, is gin for my hand as it gave me a set and didn’t complete the flush draw on board. The 8h did complete a straight on board, however David would’ve had to played gap cards like Q-9 or 7-9 out of position and I just didn’t put him on that type of hand.


When David bets into me on the turn, it can mean many things. David could’ve checked a hand like J-10 on the flop with the intent of check raising, expecting me to bet any overpair to protect against the flush draw. David could have pocket 9’s or 9-10 for a pair and draw, and decided that here is the time to find out if it is good or not.


David could also hold two diamonds and want to bet to decide the price of seeing the river, instead of checking and allowing me to bet and decide the stakes myself. Finally, David could have 6-6, 10-10, or J-J. I raised to $1.15 million here because I need David to know that he cannot draw cheaply, and I want him to pay if he has a flush or straight draw. David would have had less than $1.5 million behind if he calls. When David moves all in over the top of me, I thought for a couple minutes.


There are three problems with David moving in here – the board texture, my stack size and my image. Because the board texture is so draw heavy, it makes sense for David to try and push me off my hand here with a draw, which makes it hard for me to fold a strong hand like trip 8’s. David also knew that if he pushed all in, I would be put to a decision for my tournament life. If I call and lose, I am out, so he could be using this bet as a power play to make me fold an overpair, an A-J, or any hand that might be marginal in this spot.


Finally, I had been playing good, solid poker all day, and David could shove knowing that I would only call with an absolute monster hand. With less than $1.8 million to call and around $4.5 million already in the pot, I was getting better than 2-1 in this hand to call, and this, coupled with every other factor prompted me to call. As you can see, there were a lot of layers to this hand, and many factors that led me to ultimately calling.


It was unfortunate that the hand played out this way and I am disappointed as I am anytime I come so close.


However, I will be back next tournament playing harder than ever to improve on my finish in this tournament baby!


Get your $600 poker bonus here baby!



Spela poker och chatta med Niklas Wikegård ikväll kl. 21.00 [Poker]

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Swedish flag Ikväll kl. 21.00 har du chansen att möta Niklas Wikegård vi pokerbordet. Vi värmer upp inför nattens NHL-slutspel med en 15 Kr turnering med extra $50 i potten.


Niklas kommer spela under pokernamn “NiklasWikegard” så att du kan hålla koll på honom i chatten.


“Men jag är ju så j-v kass på poker” sa Niklas när vi ringde upp honom förra veckan för att planera för turneringen. Det är ingen fara, Markus Klintborg, vår Poker Manager, kommer ha ett långt coach möte med Niklas innan vi kör igång ikväll. Om inte annat så har ni chansen att chatta hela turneringen med Niklas om det vi alla kommer sitta bänkade vi inatt: Stanley Cup slutspelet mellan Philadelphia Flyers – Chicago Blackhawks.


Turneringen är öppen för registrering nu, spelet börjar kl. 21 och pokerklienten kan du ladda ner här. Lösenordet till turneringen är “wikan”.




Scotty’s Boot Camp in Las Vegas 2010 [Video]

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Thanks to everyone qualifying and participating in Scotty’s Boot Camp 2010. Together with Scotty and our 10 winner we had some wonderful days in Vegas with poker, party, bowling and a lot of laughs! Hope we can make it next year again “baby”!



Final day of Scotty’s Boot Camp, Tournaments, dinner and clubbing till 5 am!

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

After the long day of lessons yesterday we felt that our Scotty’s Boot Camp players needed a treat so we took them to one of the gourmet restaurants at the Venetian and then the renowned Lavo club at the Palazzo. It was a night to remember with a flow of bright drinks, great music, a lot of dancing and an occasional real live superman (true story) flying across the room with a bottle of champagne.


Let’s just say it’s a different kind of night club than what I am used to in Malta, and judging by the Expekt.com players faces, their countries too. When we left about 4 players at palazzo at 3 am I thought there’s a good chance they’ll miss this morning brunch and last day of the Scotty’s boot camp but amazingly enough they all arrived (maybe not on time.. ) and were eager to sit down and play Scotty who had a bounty on his head as did the instructor Alex.


The tournament brought many laughs at all kinds of situations. One of these was when Juzzu from Finland got a cramp in his leg conveniently at big blind and couldn’t move to the dealer’s frustration only to one hand later fold AK pre- flop. Scotty was wondering if he hadn’t listened at his lessons?! The players were fighting for an exclusive Word Series of Poker leather jacket signed by Scotty and the “lucky” winner in the end was Georgios from Greece.


The time came to say good bye from our end as we make our way back to Malta tomorrow. I assured my players that I’m way tired of them and would ignore there constant phone calls and text messages, but truth is.. I will miss them! On Saturday they enter the $1,000 #3 event and I will be sitting crossing my fingers all day that they make it through day 1 and show everyone what Expekt.com players are made off!


PS. Did you know that new poker players at Expekt.com poker get a $600 welcome bonus?


Superman


Scotty’s Boot Camp: This was one of the best days in my life! [Guest blogger]

Friday, May 28th, 2010

[Örjan Knutsson from Sweden won a full $10,000 Scotty’s Boot Camp package going to Las Vegas with Scotty Nguyen and playing in the WSOP. Scotty’s Boot Camp is being held in Las Vegas between 25-27th May.]


It was poker from morning until night on Wednesday and I picked up so much from Scotty and the instructor Alex. We started with chip stacks relevant to WSOP events and did a few hours of poker hands with a WSOP event profile. We analyzed hand selections, bet analyze, raise and re-raise, patterns, situational plays and reading hand quality at the table. Scotty gave us tournament strategy and filled in with tips all the time and special anecdotes from his long career.


The video session after lunch was great. Scotty showed situations from his most famous tournaments where he put in some tricks and overall view on choices. We got scenario based training with decisions and pre-flop and stack analyzes. It was very hands-on and we sat there all day like students eager to learn more.


We got specific situations to solve at the table and in the afternoon we were so filled with poker impressions that we needed a four hour siesta before we headed to the dinner and then a nightclub where we partyed till the early hours. This was one of the best days in my life!


Autograph Scotty Nguyen

(Image: Poker magazine)


Örjan Kunosson Scotty's Boot Camp

(Image: Poker magazine)


View all the latest images from Scotty’s Boot Camp on flickr.


Scotty’s Boot Camp, getting ready for the WSOP with poker lessons from the pro

Friday, May 28th, 2010

This was some heavy in depth poker lessons today. Starting off with Alex as our star instructor, teacher of the bracelet winners showing the Scotty Boot Camp players pre flop, bet size and pot size strategy with Scotty helping the players to get their play to a top notch level.


Moving on to some analysis off Scotty’s most famous hands such as the winning hand in 2008 WSOP Main Event, letting our Scotty’s Boot Camp participants give their opinion; how would they have played it? What did the players round the table do wrong? And who is showing the most obvious tells?


Today has been a most highly valuable day for our winners, mainly cause Scotty is preparing them hard core style for the #3 WSOP event starting on Saturday! No matter how talented and experienced our players are, they will shiver at the thought of sitting down at a table of the most prestigious tour in the world.


This is Vegas, this is where the legends of poker meet and its all new for our Scotty “Boot Campers”! But thanks to these last days they are more prepared than ever and Scotty will be proud to let them loose at Rio.


Jan from Czech republic is 22 years old and studies agriculture and is pretty amazed at finding himself at a one to one lesson with the Prince of Poker. He says he values the new knowledge of keeping focused on the pot at all times when playing live, even if you’re not in the hand, while Maris from Latvia who is doing his BA in law (!) Says he wants Scotty to teach him how to hide his tells before the event start.


The ten winners are all different people on different levels of poker but after this Scotty’s Boot Camp we know they have a shot in the WSOP event! What I know is, that after this day we definitely need to sit down for a nice dinner and then move on to the Las Vegas luxury night club that we put our sights on! Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will play a final tournament here at the Venetian and put the winners new knowledge to the test and don’t forget to check all the latest images from Scotty’s Boot Camp on flikr.