Cold hits, Midwest spoons with Hellmuth



Frigid, heartless winter ambushed the Midwest last week and drove the kind folks of the Northern Plains indoors, looking for action to while away the hours. So they did what came naturally: they tried to cuddle up with the Madison Kid, and player numbers surged on UltimateBet.


And the icy temperatures that drove people indoors apparently also drove them straight into the arms of Phil Hellmuth and his home poker site, UltimateBet, with a noticeable upswing in player action from the area being reported.


They called it a “Midwestern surge,” but whatever the moniker, UltimateBet was certainly happy about it.


“Since winter has finally arrived,” spokesperson George MacLean said in a release, “our site has seen a massive increase in online activity.


“As soon as temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, our player numbers rise as thoughts turn to Texas Hold’em.”


Accounts usually dormant on weekdays were fired up and weekend numbers soared as well, they reported.


The reason, they say: Winter poker tournaments and the promise of exercising one’s mind from the warmth of the living room or home office sounded appealing, as hopes for outdoor recreation were dashed with …

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WPT American Showdown



Despite a few good hands, baby Mikey’s general principle is to go in swinging, just about playing everything and bluffing as much as possible. I believe Phil Hellmuth calls this “poker creature” the Jackal. Coach Danny N. tells Joe to move all in on a KsQs against Mikey’s 6h6d, on a flop of Kh,8d,Jd,4h. Joe takes the advice, and Mikey’s face drops, but he calls. The river’s a 5h, and Joe takes it.


Mikey gets a KhQs against Carter’s pocket AsAh and Paul Jr.’s 7h3d. The flop is 7c6hAd, to give Carter a trip. Paul’s out, Mikey calls 40K, and Carter’s cool as a cucumber – even when he gets an As on the turn. Four friggin’ ACES. Mikey asks if anyone’s checked Carter’s sleeve, as he goes out in 5th position.


Slowfinger Paul Sr. goes all in on AdKh against humble chip leader Carter’s Js6c on a flop of Qs4c6h. Carter folds. Paul Jr goes all in with 10K without looking at his cards. Joe raises, then folds. Carter raises on an open-handed straight draw (9s2s) against 7s,6s,5h,7c and Paul Sr.’s Qc8c. Carter folds, and Poppa Paul wins side pot, then beats Paul Jr. Junior’s …

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Poker’s Recent Rise in Popularity

Nowadays, poker is taking the world by storm. Poker players are becoming celebrities and cable television even airs shows dedicated solely to the game. What does all this mean? Two words: Big Business. The poker revival can really be attributed to the Internet. Online poker sites have grown exponentially in the past few years, reaching fans all across the world. Everyone from poker professionals to beginners can find an online Bandarq game that matches their skill and financial levels from the comfort of their own homes.


Tournaments such as the World Poker Tour also have played a hand in raising poker’s popularity. Non-professional players can participate and try their luck against the very best. Recently, a non-professional player managed to win 2.5 million dollars in the Tour, which attracted such popular attention that NBC recently signed a deal with them.


Today, sponsorship deals are everywhere. The Bandarq growing industry is bringing in billions of dollars a year, attracting investors and turning professional poker players into wealthy celebrities.


Poker has definitely come a long way over the past few years, developing into new areas never …

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