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The sexy pro has been reported as being in the next issue, out in February, as reported by ThePlayr Poker News
PokerStars Game #20620614273: Tournament #200800033, $5000+$200 Hold’em No Limit – Level XXXIII (125000/250000) – 2008/09/22 22:28:07 ET
Table ‘200800033 105’ 9-max Seat #3 is the button
Seat 3: ckingusc (39992242 in chips)
Seat 4: liberace (14632758 in chips)
ckingusc: posts the ante 25000
liberace: posts the ante 25000
ckingusc: posts small blind 125000
liberace: posts big blind 250000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
ckingusc: raises 350000 to 600000
liberace: raises 900000 to 1500000
ckingusc: raises 38467242 to 39967242 and is all-in
liberace: calls 13107758 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (25359484) returned to ckingusc
*** FLOP *** [As Kc Th]
*** TURN *** [As Kc Th] [4c]
*** RIVER *** [As Kc Th 4c] [9d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
liberace: shows [Kd Jd] (a pair of Kings)
ckingusc: shows [8c Ac] (a pair of Aces)
ckingusc collected 29265516 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 29265516 | Rake 0
Board [As Kc Th 4c 9d]
Seat 3: ckingusc (button) (small blind) showed [8c Ac] and won (29265516) with a pair of Aces
Seat 4: liberace (big blind) showed [Kd Jd] and lost with a pair of Kings
As reported by MSNBC
Allegations that cheaters manipulated the software powering a leading Internet poker site so they could see their opponents’ hole cards have triggered a $75 million claim against a Canadian company, msnbc.com has learned.
The alleged subterfuge on UltimateBet.com — one of the 10 top poker sites — is the biggest known case of fraud targeting an Internet gambling site and its customers, according to the company that owns the site. It is similar to a case of cheating that occurred last year on UltimateBet’s sister site, AbsolutePoker.com, but this time the thieves ran the scheme for far longer — at least from January 2005 to January 2008, it said.
Word of the $75 million U.S. claim ($80 million Canadian) — the first indication of the scope of the alleged cheating — emerged this week when msnbc.com contacted a court-appointed liquidator overseeing the voluntary dismemberment of Excapsa Software Inc. of Toronto, which formerly owned and licensed the poker software to UltimateBet and other gambling sites. The claim was filed by Blast-Off Ltd. of Malta, a private company that currently has an ownership interest in Ultimate Bet.
“We’re taking it seriously and are in contact with the stakeholders with a goal of settling the claim,” said the liquidator, Sheldon Krakower, president of XMT Liquidations Inc. “… It’s a very touchy situation. We’re just trying to get everything done.”
Krakower said the amount of the claim did not directly correlate with the amount believed to have been stolen from UltimateBet players, but he declined to provide additional details. He said he was hopeful that the parties were nearing a settlement.
The unprecedented claim is just the latest twist in a slowly unfolding whodunit that began more than nine months ago when poker players posted comments about suspicious play on UltimateBet in an Internet poker forum. It’s a mystery steeped in international intrigue and featuring a cast of characters that includes some of the world’s most famous poker players, the former grand chief of a Canadian Mohawk community and executives of a secretive Oregon Internet security company.
The company that claims ownership of UltimateBet — Tokwiro Enterprises, headquartered in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in southern Canada — has issued some refunds and promised to repay any players who lost money once an outside investigation is completed. But many players who haven’t received credits remain fearful they will never see a dime.
Barney Frank’s HR 6870: Payments System Protection Act of 2008, passes the House Financial Services Committee!
Today HR 6870 passed the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 30-19. The text of HR 6870 is below. To sum it up, if this is passed into law, it will alter the UIGEA to specifically exclude poker from being covered and only apply that law to sports betting.
The next step appears to be for Frank to attempt to attach this bill to a guaranteed to pass piece of legislation, much like Bill Frist did attaching the UIEGA to the Safe Port Act.
This is only one step in a long road but a very important one. Today is a good day for online poker. If this legislation passes, it will open the door for Party Poker and other poker rooms to re-enter the US market.
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Payments System Pro-
tection Act of 2008’’.
SEC. 2. PROHIBITION.
The Secretary of the Treasury and the Board of Gov-
ernors of the Federal Reserve System, whether acting
jointly or separately, may not propose, prescribe, or imple-
ment any regulation under subchapter IV of chapter 53
of title 31, United States Code, or otherwise give effect
to such subchapter or any such regulation, including the
proposed regulations published in the Federal Register on
October 4, 2007, except to the extent as any such regula-
tion pertains to wagering of the type that is prohibited
(as of the date of the enactment of this Act) under chapter
178 of title 28, United States Code (relating to profes-
sional and amateur sports protection) or except as pro-
vided in section 3.
SEC. 3. RULEMAKING TO IMPLEMENT SUBCHAPTER ON
PROHIBITION ON FUNDING OF UNLAWFUL
INTERNET GAMBLING AND DEFINE UNLAW-
FUL INTERNET GAMBLING.
(a) INGENERAL.—Notwithstanding section 2, the
Secretary of the Treasury and the Board of Governors of
the Federal Reserve System, in consultation with the At-
torney General, shall jointly develop and implement regu-
lations (which the Secretary and the Board jointly deter-
mine to be appropriate), on the record after opportunity
for agency hearing involving an administrative law judge
or similar official, under subchapter IV of chapter 53 of
title 31, United States Code, that shall include a definition
of the term ‘‘unlawful Internet gambling’’ for purposes of
such subchapter and such regulations, after conducting a
full economic impact study of the proposed regulations
under chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code (commonly
referred to as the ‘‘Regulatory Flexibility Act’’).
(b) COORDINATIONWITHPROHIBITION.—Upon the
effective date of final regulations under subsection (a),
section 2 shall cease to apply.
From Pocket Fives
I want to start by first off apologizing for all my failed apologies in the past. It has always been my wish to come clean and be accepted into the community like I was at the very beginning of my career, but the reasons behind my words weren’t what they needed to be for me to realize the impact of my actions on the players, the poker community, and the outlook on online poker by the rest of the world. I have made the decision that it is time to move on with my life and to finally mature. It is necessary that I put myself on the back burner and dedicate myself to promoting this game and to repairing the image that I have created for it.
It was never my intention for my image and negative impact on the game to get this out of hand. In the beginning, I was a misguided kid with undeveloped morals and ethics. Once I got thrown under the bus by my actions, I always wanted to come back and to return where I once was, but this thinking is exactly why I am where I am now today. I never admitted that I had a true understanding of everything that I was doing, how I was affecting such a bigger picture than just being talked about in private conversations and on the occasion poker forum thread. I never made this clear because I never truly believed it. I always just wanted to be accepted, I didn’t realize the first step was to come clean and understand once and for all the impact I had on the community.
With this being said… I would like to formally apologize. I apologize for all the players I have affected and the unfair equity that I stole from them in tournaments. I apologize to the entire poker community for highlighting the flaws of internet poker and giving it such a bad reputations in parts. It is a privilege that we should all be very thankful for, and I am deeply sorry that I took advantage of it for my own personal benefits. I apologize to everyone I offended, whether it be top name pros or micro stake grinders. I apologize to all those that have been close to me and have been affected negatively for associating with me. It is not fair for these people to be punished for my actions, but it is a grouping affect that they had to be aware they were getting themselves into.
I would also live to say that I am not the poker god that I tend to be talked up to be on the forums. My accomplishments have been vastly exaggerated, even by those close to me. I am aware that a part of this persona I have been given is because I have been the mentor to many phenomenal poker players in their own rights. I have to renounce this, however, and say that I have been very blessed to have such great minds come to me with the desire to improve and learn. I did nothing for them that they could have not have done for themselves. I merely helped them open their minds and to see their potential. I am very thankful for the praise I get for this, but I assure you I did very little and am merely very lucky to have worked with such great minds.
It is unfair how highly I am looked upon as a poker player, as well. No one should ever get some of the praises I get. I assure you that in poker, no one is vastly greater than anyone else on any given day. Poker is about evolving and adapting to every single hand in every single situation. The game merely rewards those who are bright enough to keep up with it.
I also haven’t made nearly as much money as people think I have. I have lost a majority of my worth through the forms of failed staking arrangements. This is also something that tends to be greatly exaggerated.
Starting now, I will dedicate as much time and effort as needed in an attempt to right my wrongs of the past and restore faith in online poker. I understand if I cannot be forgiven for my actions, but I would like to repair the bad image the I helped create. I want to work with major poker sites and offer my guidance on how I feel this can be stopped completely and wiped out of online poker. Security is evolving everyday to get more sophisticated, and I commend the sites for that.
It is time that I move on with my life and right the wrongs of my past. I sincerely apologize for the mistakes that I have made and the corrupt image I have made for such a unique and beautiful game. The time calls for me to do everything in my part to receive forgiveness and to try to prevent any abuse to go on in the future. I will volunteer my time to the top sites if they will have me. I will also answer any questions that anyone might have, either about myself or my actions. I understand that the road to recovery is long and bumpy, but I assure you I will do everything in my power to amend my past and move on to a more ethical, aware, and self-understanding future.
Tom Dwan (durrr), Phil Galfond (OMGClayAiken), Genius28, trex313 and elmariachimacho at Rail Heaven on Full Tilt Poker in the biggest cash game ever played online.
Lesson 5: A two-street game can be powerful
For the most part, it is correct not to play the two street game. However, sometimes a 2-street game can bring down havoc upon your enemies. For this, I’d like to look at an example from the book Kill Everyone. On p. 99, they start a section “Big Pushes on the Flop.” Picture this, pot is 1800 on the flop and it’s heads-up. The first to act is the small blind with 5400. The small blind pushes alli-n on As7h2c flop. What should the other player call with? If the latter player has a range of 22+, A2s+, A5+, K9+, QT+, J9s+, T8s+, 97s+, 86s+, 75s+, 64s+, 54s+, it’s +EV for the small stack to push any two cards if the later player needs AT+ to call. Of course, that is an extreme scenario involving any two cards verse a pretty wide range that doesn’t call lite. The key here is that this same concept can be used to exploit certain players. Some players just nit up post flop. How hard is it to push two to three times the pot all-in on the flop when one catches any part of it (one-pair, OESD, flush draw, even an over card and inside straight draw) and put the pressure on lite callers?
Don’t pull this move too often, but it’s awful nice to mix in the bag of tricks. It works real well when you’ll pull the same move with AA preflop.
But, this gets at another point: know the equities of certain ranges on different types of flops. Trust me, some players will take shots at the shortstacker who clams up postflop. On the other hand, some full stacks clam up as well and are highly exploitable. If you see someone who folds to a flop bet 70%+ of the time, you know they have high standards for moving on in the hand. Of course, guys do goofy things when shorties get involved, so pay attention to see if they buck their normal playing style.
There are a myriad of examples that one can go through here. One cannot go through all of them. However, just study a few to get something of a feel for the equities.
Lesson 4: Opening up in the Small Blind
Let’s start with SB vs. BB, 9.5bb left after posting the small
BB Call Range 28% or less: Push with any two cards
30%: Top 83%
35%: Top 61%
60%: 46% (it goes up past here)
Getting a read on what kind of player the BB is is important, because the correct push range differs greatly between 25% and 50% calling, although that’s certainly no easy task.
Now for the button, same as before, 10bb stack with blinds covering:
SB call 10%/BB call 15: Top 75%
15/15: Top 49%
Top 23% is any ace, any pair, KJ, any two suited broadways, and T9/98s. So you should definitely be pushing these from the button at the bare minimum. To look up what “Top x%” is, use Pokerstove.
Now for the cutoff:
Button 10%/SB 10%/BB 10%: Top 27%
10/10/15: Top 20%
20/20/20: 14% and so on
Pushing with this somewhat wider range of hands is going to add greatly to your swings, since you’ll be playing more all-in pots with small edges/the worst hand, but rest assured that these are indeed profitable plays, not withstanding the rake. Many of these hands do horribly if called, but remember that 1.5bb is 15% of your stack, and you’re never that big an underdog unless you run into a big pair. These aggressive pushes will also give you more action on your early position shoves, which should of course be with premium hands.
This isn’t to say the open-pushing small blinds is the optimal solution though. It is optimal up to 13BBs. However, you will often be dealing with 20BBs. The issue is that most of you shorting will not be as good as your opponents at 400NL 6max and up. (There is a reason you’re shorting, right?) The loss of playing push/fold instead of small raise is minimal and might be none at all if your opponents can outplay you post-flop.
Lesson 3: Hand ranges to play and responding to the 3-bet
I understand a desire to be told to play X,Y and Z UTG and X,Y and Z MP, but I’ve found it to be pretty pointless. Find any reasonable TAGish opening hand chart and just go with it.. There are numerous qualified guides out there.
Cutoff and button ranges are highly dependent on the players left to act. I’m sure you could just make a chart and go with it every time, but you’ll be giving up EV by not adjusting to exploit player tendencies.
There are a few adjustments that are really important however:
1) You need to adjust a bit so that your hands are better at going to and winning showdowns. This ties into discussions in Professional No Limit Holdem on hands to play with SPRs around 4.
2) You need to adjust a bit so that your hands stand a better chance of calling an all-in if someone 3-bets your opening raise.
Alltogether, just about any TAG opening range will be just fine. Just keep in mind the slight adjustments you should make.
Responding to the 3-bet:
OK, so you open and then the opponent 3-bets you preflop. Whether it’s more than your stack or not, you should respond as though it is a shove, because nearly any call on your behalf is a pot-commitment.
There is a really simple way to respond to this. It’s a simple math problem that is very much like things we’ve seen in the poker literature regarding MTTs.
For example, look at pages 206 through 213 in NLTAP by Sklansky and Miller–“Calling All-In Raises”. So, you should know what you have. You must estimate the range of hands your opponent would 3-bet. Then, it’s just a pot odds calculation to see if your hand has enough EV to call. Now, I’d suggest you use more breakdowns (both hand ranges and pot odd calculations) than Sklansky and Miller, but they set the perfect standard of what to look at and how to apply it. The only excitement is trying to accurately tease out the villain’s hand range.