Every on had to get up an hour early for the final day of the EPT in Vienna as daylight saving began (only in theory, not actually). Before the first card was dealt Daniel Negreanu was the chip leader and favourite for the money with a stack of $5,070,000. Konstantinos Nanos and Michael Eiler were within striking distance. Andreas Wiese and Martin Hruby were the short stacks with less than $1,000,000 apiece.
Daniel maintained his position through out the afternoon and at one stage had almost doubled his stack.
A little Hollywooding from Nanos brought some wry smiles to the table heading towards dinner time. A bet of $450,000 from the Greek was check called by Daniel which created a pot in excess of $2,000,000. Nanos leaned back, took off his sunglasses and started fiddling with his stack and then began to count out a bet. Daniel said 'Don't do anything crazy now; I might call a bet of 650,000. Nanos waited a little more and slowly slid $750,000 into the middle. Daniel folded.
Daniel the early leader, had been on the wrong end of some not quite so good cards for a while and in the last game before the meal break he went all in for $1,205,000. Martin Hruby checked the bet and the ace that turned for him was good enough to win, so Daniel's hopes of winning a triple crown were washed down the river.
After the dinner break the table, only three players are left, Konstantinos, Nanos and Michael Eiler who have stacks of just over $4,000,000 and Martin Hruby with $9,440,000. Eiler won the first two hands then Nanos won and Eiler picked up the next three; change was coming over the game.
The Nanos comeback was stopped by an all in bet by Hruby who flopped a pair of Kings to take the pot and send Nanos back to his waiting family.
Martin and Michael went head to head swapping the pot until Eiler called Martin's move for an effective $4,950,000 and doubled his stack. The two stacks were now equal.
In a strong betting hand Eiler flat called which Martin fell for and that gave Michael a stack of $11,900,000. A few hands later Hruby called all in for has last $3.9 million and Eiler flopped a diamond flush (just missing a royal) to give him the 700,000 euros first prize. Hruby played one of the best short stack games ever seen to come from second lowest stack to second highest.
Online Poker became popular after Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event in 2003. The origins of poker itself go back to the early riverboat days on the Mississippi River.
Poker is not a game, it's a family of games. You might have heard of Omaha Holdem, Seven Card Stud or Texas Holdem. The latter is the most popular variation.
The game of poker has many variations and each variation has a different set of rules. The best combination of five cards win. But betting structures and game play differ.
Playing poker online is different to playing in a casino. There are more players, there are more games, there are more options. You will have to modify your approach.
In choosing an online poker site there are several points to consider. The first is popularity. The second is software. The third is customer service. What else?
Poker rooms are competing for your business and are offering bonuses for joining their site. Bonuses differ from site to site in relation to the size and redeeming conditions.
The Poker Boom and the Web
Poker has been getting popular since the 1980s, but the 21st century where was where it really got interesting. With the introduction of the internet, any player aged over 18 could get involved on a daily basis. They could enter a tournament in one of the many poker rooms for as little as $0.01 and that meant that everyone could have a taste of what poker is really about. Although history shows us that card games and cigars is where poker started, most people know it as an online gambling game. Benny Binion was a player that changed the face of poker, launching a tournament that gave $30,000 to the winner, something we now know as the World Series of Poker.
In fact, poker got even more coverage, when it was televised in 2004. The World Series of Poker was really on the map and this boosted the entries from 800 plus, to well over 2,500. The poker boom is now officially here and it shows no sign of stopping in the near future.
The media's love for poker
Lots of the popularity related to poker has been thanks to various media coverage. It seems nowadays that poker is featured in many magazines, newspapers, not to mention specific media pieces that are designed for poker enthusiasts. Nowadays, we take poker coverage on TV for granted, but it is certainly here to stay.
In fact, poker is also the hot topic in many of the big films. Talking of films, the most recent one of them being Runner Runner, a poker film starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Ben Affleck is actually playing off-screen as well. Already back in 2004 he won the California State Poker Championship, giving poker a huge boost of coverage. Thanks to the positive media coverage, most people now like the game more than actually winning cash at the end of it.
Many have suggested that the poker boom is over, but many are likely to disagree. That being said, the WSOP is no longer growing in size and many poker TV program ratings are down. Maybe poker has hit its peak and stability is all that is really needed.
One thing's for sure - the largest online poker sites still receive a lot of traffic and even online poker's darkest hour - the Black Friday - couldn't change that. And what's the best poker site today? That you have to find out for yourself.
Other online games
Casinos have a lot more to offer than just poker. Casinos appeal to a huge range of players which means everyone can really get involved. Some of the all times favorites when it comes to casinos include the likes of Blackjack and Roulette, although Slot Machines are also considered to be one of the most popular games out there.
Nowadays, it seems that bingo is something that is growing in popularity. Everyone remembers going to a bingo hall and nowadays, they can grab that experience in an online style. Bingo sites are popping up all over the place and there are now some great opportunities to win huge amounts of cash. Free bingo games are also available, with no risk for the player.
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