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Mihail Stoykov wins Aces Unlimited 50k Freezeout!

The Aces Unlimited High Roller Weekend kicked off yesterday with a ₹50,000 Freeze-out tournament. A total of thirty players made it to Casino Royale in Goa to play in this high buy-in tournament, amongst them were Rajesh Goyal, Rocky Motwani, Phil Sanders, Aditya Intervention, Aditya Mastermind, Aditya Sushant, Kavin Shah, Jasven Saigal, Amit Varma, Mihail Stoykov, Bobbe Suri, Arjjun Singh, Amit Jain, Himanshu Laul, Farukh Shaikh, Rakesh Agarwal, Anand Dalmia and Dr.Ravi – a star studded field guaranteeing plenty of rush poker strategy action.

The first to be eliminated were tournament organizer Rajeev Kanjani, whose shortstacked all-in with got called & busted by Bobbe Suri holding . (The board ran – Bobbe makes an ace high straight), and not long after Aditya ‘Intervention’ Agarwal was sent off to the rail after losing a coinflip against Dr. Ravi.

Two hours after the Poker Tournament Schedule kicked off Craig Wildman, the tournament director in Casino Royale Goa, announced the payouts in this high roller event:


1st 6,00,000
2nd 3,40,000
3rd 2,50,000
4th 1,60,000

At 2 am with blinds of 600/1200 and an ante of 100 the tournament played down to the final table, after losing Rocky Motwani as the final table bubble boy. Rocky was busted by PokerGuru Pro Mihail Stoykov (cover image), who now had a commanding chip lead having almost three times the chips of Ramandeep & Farukh who were 2nd and 3rd in chips with respectively 37300 and 32100.

Final Table Chipcounts

Mihail – 103600
Ramandeep – 37300
Farukh – 32100
Rajesh – 25400
Gaurav – 19500
Kavin Shah – 18600
Jasven – 17700
Chris – 16700
Jagdish – 15900
Dr. Ravi – 13000

Jagdish Padim was the first to go and Rajesh Goyal followed soon after. At 4:25 am the money bubble busted with Jasven Saigal as the bubble boy after suffering a brutal bad beat handed out by Mihail, who opened up with raise to 7,000 and got shoved on by Jasven. Mihail made the call and Jasven flipped over , a big favorite against Mihail’s . Jasven was looking good as the board ran but unfortunately for him the river was the heart wrenching – giving Mihail a set and eliminating Jasven Saigal as the bubble boy in this tournament. Chris Fernandes was the fourth place finisher, taking home Rs. 1,60,000 and Dr. Ravi followed soon after, finishing 3rd for ₹2,50,000.



Ramandeep and Mihail Stoykov were the two players left to decide who is going to walk away with the Aces Unlimited High Roller title and the boatload of cash with it. Ramandeep doubled up early when he called all-in holding pocket eights versus Mihail’s Ace Deuce and a fierce heads up battle ensued with no clear winner in sight. Eventually the top two runners made a deal, giving both players ₹4,50,000 and Rs. 40,000 & The Aces Unlimited Title are left to play for.

The final showdown of the event came an half hour later at 6 am, when Mihail pushed all-in holding and Ramandeep made the call with .

The board ran , earning PokerGuru Pro Mihail Stoykov the pot, The Aces Unlimited High Roller title and ₹4,90,000! Ramandeep takes home ₹4,50,000 for his brilliant play in this tournament.

Today on the 26th of February the One Lakh Heads up tournament will start. Today the round robin matches of this ₹1,00,000 Buy-in tournament will be played off and tomorrow on the 27th the quarter, semi and final matches will be conducted in Casino Royale Goa.

Go to for registration and more information about Aces Unlimited: The Poker Conquest.

From left to right: Ramandeep, Mihail Stoykov and Dr. Ravi
From left to right: Ramandeep, Mihail Stoykov and Dr. Ravi

World Series of Poker Schedule Revealed

The World Series of Poker is the largest, richest and most prestigious poker tournament schedule series in the world awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelets, universally recognized as poker’s top prize. This summer the world’s biggest poker festival will begin on May 31st at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and will conclude with the main event running from July 7th until July 19, when only nine players will remain. The WSOP final table will be played Nov. 5th through Nov.7th and is expected to award millions of dollars to the winners. Last year Jonathan Duhamel won the main event for $8.9 million! WSOP 2010 attracted almost 73,000 entrants from 117 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and awarded over $187 million in prize money.

A total of 58 coveted gold bracelets will be up for grabs in 2011 – one more than last year. The WSOP will kick off on May 31st with a $25,000 buy-in heads-up no-limit Holdem championship. Another exciting event on the poker tournament schedule is the $50K Poker Players Championship which features an 8-game format – the true test of the game’s greatest all-around player. In addition, this year there are even more short-handed and non-holdem tournaments like the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha/Six-Handed Event.

“Something for everyone is the best way to describe the 2011 World Series of Poker schedule,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who will supervise the event for the sixth consecutive year. Just like last year, there are plenty of low buy-in tournaments which are expected to gather enormous fields and create huge prize pools. The opening weekend, June 4th-5th, features a $1,000 No-Limit Holdem tournament, which in the past has drawn more than 6,000 entrants!

The 2011 WSOP promises amazing structures and starting chips with all gold bracelet events having triple the buy-in in starting chips and deep structures, providing plenty of play. Furthermore, the maximum a playing day will last will be 10 levels each day, irrespective of the number of players remaining. This new policy includes re-starts and final table days which will ensure tournament play each day concludes at approximately 3:00 AM for re-starts and allow a 12-hour break before play resumes.

Pokerguru is confident that with each year passing, more Indian poker players will be storming the WSOP tables and winning bracelets. Hopefully, WSOP 2011 will be a success for Indian poker players as many are already set to go – Lawrence Sanjay and Rajesh Goyal have their seats in the Main Event, as well as our own Team Pokerguru Player Aditya Agarwal who will certainly be leading the pack. There are plenty of ways to go to the World Series of Poker – The Shark is planning to organize satellites to the WSOP, moreover, all online sites offer satellites with a wide range of buy-ins to the WSOP. For more information on the best online poker websites and special offers to Pokerguru members visit our Online Poker section.

Isolation Play for Beginners by Aditya Agarwal

Hey guys, I am very excited to be writing poker strategy articles and to be able to share my poker knowledge with fellow poker enthusiasts . The poker boom has begun in India and as many new people take up the game I feel it is very important to learn from the bare basics. I will try and explain the various plays which I hope will help every beginner and mid stage player take his or hers poker games online to the next level. I will be talking about plays which I learnt coming up in the game as I was fortunate enough to get coached by some of the best players and I hope to share the insights I learnt from them with you guys so I can help you become better players. A disclaimer, I am not a writer, actually far from it, I am a full time poker professional so please do give me feedback and I will try my best to improve on future articles.

In this edition I want to talk about the isolation play. One of the biggest mistakes, which beginners make, is trying to see cheap flops; they have the mentality that any two cards can win. It sucks a lot for novice players to try their luck with almost any two cards pre-flop hoping to get lucky on the flop. The problem with this is, the mathematics of the game is such that you are just not going to make hands often enough to be profitable if you try and see too many flops with weak and mediocre hands. Hands like A6, A7, K7, k8, Q7, Q8, J7, J6, 69, 6T, 48, 58, and so on are just not good enough to enter the pot, as general Texas holdem poker rules for beginners you should not play the hand if you don’t feel its good enough to raise. If its not worth raising its not worth limping. Most beginners will however make this mistake where they will be limping their weaker hands and raising their stronger hands. If you spot a player who is limping a lot, termed “chronic limper” on your table, you can exploit him a lot with the isolation play. Iso play simply means isolating a weak player who is limping his weak hands by making a raise to drive other people out and playing him one on one if he decides to call with his weakish hand. Once you have a read on a player that he is limping his weaker hands and raising his stronger hands, you have to punish his limps. Lot of the times people are stubborn and will call your raise but they will not continue unless they hit the flop, since most of their limping hands are weak its going to be difficult for them to continue on a majority of the flops.

An example of such a play is: Player A, who has been limping a lot, limps in it’s a 100-200 game, he seems generally like a weak player who is trying to see flops, you make it 900 (iso raise) hoping everyone else folds, taking down the pot here is profitable but you don’t mind Player A calling, since we know he is limping his weak hands and raising his big hands. The isolation raise can be anywhere between 3x-5x the limp, (in this example ideal isolation raise will be 600-1000, if the game is very loose I would suggest raising more to discourage other players from calling) adjustments should be made according to the stacks, deeper the stacks the more you want to raise and shallower the stack the smaller you want to raise to give yourself more room to play the hand post flop. Everyone folds back to player A who decided to call. Flop is K 4 6 and you go ahead and continuation bet anywhere between half to two thirds pot, knowing there is a good chance that he has missed this flop with the wide range of hands his is limping with, in this scenario its very difficult for him to continue unless he has a King, even when he does have a King its never going to be a good King and he could potentially give up on a later street.

Most of the hands beginners limp with do not flop well too often-hands like Q9, Q8, A3, A2, K9 are all examples of hands which beginners try to see cheap flops with and hit flops. Most typically when they do call your raise they just play their hand pretty face up post flop, a continuation bet is a must once you have isolated pre since most beginners are not crafty enough to make a move on flops they have missed and will end up folding a huge majority of the times making this play very profitable. A lot of you are wondering what range of hands you should be isolating these limpers with, well you can pretty much do it with any 2 cards since you are going to end up winning the pot on the flop a very high percentage of the time. I personally prefer raising suited connected hands like 45ss, 78ss, 68ss and so on, these hands are really well disguised when you raise a limper pre and its either a miss or a hit on flops making your decision fairly simple on flops. I would also be going with all of my stronger hands, which I would be raising for value since I expect the limper to be calling with worse hands. If I see someone is limping hands like q9, k9, k8 and so on I will be going as wide as KJ, KT and JQ for value with the aim of playing the pot post flop with this player, since I can get him to pay me when we both flop top pair and I have him out kicked.

Hope I was able to explain this play, if there are any questions or clarifications needed, please go ahead and give me feedback at the PokerGuru Forums!

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