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  1. One of the most important things a poker player can have at the tables is the ability to maintain a "level head" and use that tool to make the correct decision on the felt. Now, there is a study from Finlandthat has directly linked more experienced poker players with a more emotionally stable base. Masters student Michael Laakasuo and PhDs Jussi Palomäki and Mikko Salmela, who have previously done studies that looked at such diverse poker subjects as decision-making and the effects of "tilt" on players, conducted a study that examined the proficiency of "emotion regulation" in players recruited from online poker forums. Using a HEXACO model of personality structure, which measures six levels of a person's personality, the scientists discovered there was "a predisposition for emotional stability – that is, lower scores on emotionality – is linked to high levels of poker experience." "We employed an online survey in English, whose first page was opened by 1,178 participants," the research stated. "478 participants (36 of them were female and 255 had some level of college education) successfully completed the entire survey. These demographics, including the low number of females who are underrepresented among poker players, are in line with previous studies sampling poker playing populations." The results "suggest that higher emotional stability predisposes poker players to continue playing poker, whereby they are likely to accumulate poker experience and skill," the writers suggested. "This indicates that experienced poker players may have an innate disposition to tolerate mental and emotional pressure and keep calm while making decisions involving large sums of money." In looking at the other side of the equation, researchers found that those with less experience in the game weren't as able to handle what poker players call "the swings" as well as those with an extensive background in the game. "Players with lower levels of emotionality were also more likely to report fewer numbers of poker hands played and were less likely to consider themselves professional players," the study stated. The study from the Finnish academics also touched on another subject that many in the poker community have wondered about. The study suggests that those who prefer live poker are more extroverted than their online compatriots. "The correlation between preference for live poker, extroversion, and openness to experience is also sensible," the authors wrote. "Extroverts seek excitement, activity, and novel experiences and these are probably more often found in live poker rather than online poker." The writers recognized there may be some problems with their study. For example, in some of their conclusions regarding online poker, they acknowledged that other forces may have a hand rather than preferring the online game over the live one. "The negative correlation between level of poker experience and preference for live poker may be linked to the overall availability of live poker rooms," the authors suggested. "It could be that, for many experienced players, live play becomes available so seldom that, if they want to play often and regularly, they must do so online." The trio of authors concluded their essay by stating, "Our results seem to indicate that emotional stability is an important predictive and enabling factor for acquiring experience in poker. Furthermore, players who prefer to play poker live rather than online seem more likely to be extroverted and open to experiences." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. [caption width="640"] The Poker Track Pro app could be a gold mine for live players.[/caption] The game of poker is a number-cruncher’s dream, and players who can recognize patterns in the data hold a distinct advantage over those who can’t. One of the most basic ways a player can analyze their game over time is by keeping an accurate log of their win/loss rate for each session they play. While developers were quick to build tools to parse online poker hand history files to achieve such a task and more, apps for live poker players were lacking. Poker Track Pro is a smartphone app that aims to take live poker tracking to the next level by offering features only previously available in full PC or Mac HUD programs. Poker Track Pro was created in 2011 by poker player Rick Medved after he was unable to find an iOS app that included all the features that he wanted. Since then, he has dedicated hundreds of hours of coding time to implementing those ideas, producing one of the most robust iOS poker tracking apps available. The app works for both cash games and tournaments and starts building its database when you enter your session buy-in and cashout amounts. The app keeps track of your wins and losses and presents your results in charts and graphs to show your progress for any dates you choose. From time to time, you’ll even be given tips to better your play based on the app’s analysis of your data. Medved believes that while the app has become very popular with pros, players of any level can benefit from it. “Anyone who plays on a regular basis should be keeping track of their wins and losses," he said. "The app helps you to fine-tune your game and improve it." He says that Poker Track Pro can also stop players from going on tilt after a bad loss. “Without tracking your stats, players often get frustrated and donk off a lot of chips thinking they would rather go home,” he said. “But when you are tracking the numbers, you are more inclined to cash out chips after a bad loss rather than going on tilt. People don’t realize it, but tracking profits really changes your game – for the better.” Now on Version 10.4 of Poker Track Pro, Medved has consistently released upgrades to the app and is always looking for new ideas to implement. One clever feature, which allows you to share your stats with friends and view your buddies’ chip stack amounts in real-time, came to him during a trip to Las Vegas with his brother. “We were at times playing at different tables or in different casinos and kept calling each other to get updates on each of the others' sessions," he said. "I thought, ‘Why not have the app keep track of this automatically?'" Poker Track Pro, which has a stellar, near-five-star review, is capable of much more than we’ve listed here. Currently, the app is only available for iOS devices at a cost of $12.99. You also have the option of downloading a free version called Poker Track Pro Lite, which gives you access to limited features, but can give you an overall feel for what the full app offers. Visit PokerTrackPro.com to learn more about the product.
  3. [caption width="640"] The Punta Cana Poker Classic[/caption] In just five days, poker players from all over the world will be sipping on complementary cocktails at the luxurious Melia Caribe Tropical Resort in the Dominican Republic, relaxing before the start of the seventh annual Punta Cana Poker Classic. The PCPC is the brainchild of online poker site True Poker, which conceived of the idea after asking themselves what was lacking from live tournaments at the time. After thinking over the possibilities, the site’s marketing team came up with the concept of offering a professionally-run, vacation-style poker tournament set in a picturesque locale. The team traveled to various tropical locations around the world in search of the perfect spot, and eventually settled on the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The massive property offered players a variety of amenities, like the choice of dining in over nine restaurants, all under an all-inclusive system. From the beginning, the company advertised the event not so much as a True Poker-branded tournament, but as a chance for partner sites and affiliates to offer packages as incentives for their most valuable players. Pointpoker, DSI, Bodog Network, BetCRIS and Doyle’s Room all got involved, running qualifiers and sending dozens of players to the event. The tournament exceeded expectations from the very start, attracting over 200 players and doubling its $100,000 guarantee. Several big-name poker players made the trip, including Doyle Brunson, Mike Caro, Hoyt Corkins and Eli Elezra. But as it was in its first year of operation, however, there were still several kinks to work out. For the inaugural event, organizers decided to use dealers, tables, chips and cards all from the local area, instead of bringing in their own. The decision led to a major problem when officials realized that they were missing a crucial component of the tournament – dealer buttons. But organizers didn’t sweat it, and eventually made use of some very old, non-value casino chips, stamping the word “Dealer” on them. In the end, Canada’s Peter Cross emerged victorious, banking a $65,000 payday, while claiming the title of first PCPC champ. With the success of the 2010 event, organizers decided to fly in an elite team of Las Vegas dealers, along with experienced tournament directors for the second edition. The results were impressive; a total of 415 players showed up for the Main Event, prompting organizers to bump up the $500,000 guarantee to a total of $600,000. In 2012, player participation dropped slightly, but was still enough to beat the $500,000 guarantee by about $53,000. This time around, organizers had the experience to fix problems which had plagued them in previous years, and the tournament ran seamlessly. California native Matthew Weber took home first-place and a $135,475 prize in what was becoming a premier international poker event. The following year, the event boasted a record 490 entrants, which pumped up the prize pool to an all-time high of $712,950. Mexico’s Guillermo Abdel Olvera Acuña walked away with the title that year, adding $171,100 to his bankroll for the win. The bar was raised yet again and 2014, as 507 poker players from all over the globe bought into the Main Event. When all was said and done, Canadian pro Alan Ari Engel came out on top, taking home $177,045, the largest PCPC first-place prize which had been offered to date. Last year’s event turned out to be the biggest yet, with 567 entrants buying-in to battle for the largest PCPC prize pool ever. Venezuelan poker player Luis Yepez ended up besting the field, taking home a $185,615 payday. This year, organizers have decided to move the tournament from the Hard Rock Hotel to the Melia Caribe Tropical, renting out an entire level of the resort. They expect attendance to once again break records as players bask in the beauty of Punta Cana’s white sandy beaches, and vie for a slice of the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.
  4. [caption width="640"] Eduards Kudrjavcevs won the 2016 Punta Cana Poker Classic, 3,675.[/caption] After coming close to wins across the globe, Eduards Kudrjavcevs finally has his first career live recorded poker title. With $194,000 in tournament earnings to his name coming into this event, Kudrjavcevs was an accomplished player in his own right but is now the owner of the Punta Cana Poker Classic officially making his venture to the Dominican Republic a successful one. Kudrjavcevs has final table appearances in countries such as Cyprus, The Bahamas, and his native Latvia. Given his previous tournament experience, it seemed like only a matter of time before Kudrjavcevs earned his breakthrough victory. Eight players came into the final day of play and it would take over two full levels to score the first elimination of the day as it was Fernando Gordo would be the initial player to hit the rail. Gordo moved all-in with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] and found a call from Kudrjavcevs, who held [poker card="jc"][10c]. The flop was clean for Gordo, but the [poker card="jd"] surged Kudrjavcevs ahead and Gordo would hit the rail earning $18,005 for his final table run. Two eliminations occurred during the next level bringing the field down to five players. First to exit was Jorge de Oliveira. Manuel Minaya was the player who sent de Oliveira to the rail as he flopped two kings with [poker card="kd"][poker card="5h"] to send de Oliveira and his [poker card="as"][poker card="4h"] to the rail earning $22,855. The next to go was Enrique Sikaria who shoved with [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] and found a call from Kudrjavcevs, who held [10s][poker card="8c"]. The [poker card="8h"] flopped for Kudrjavcevs and Sikiaria was eliminated in sixth place for a $27,705 score. Kudrjavcevs would continue his streak of eliminations in the next level as he sent John Curcury out in fifth place. Curcury was all-in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="7d"] and needed help against the two eights of Kudrjavcevs. A king would not come for Curcury and he headed to the payout cage to collect his $34,360 prize. Carlos Sobenes would take his leave in fourth place after running pocket fives into the pocket aces of Chris Cotton. Once down to three-handed play, the tournament ended in a span of only three hands. Cotton was felted first when he got all-in with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"] and was up against the [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"] of Kudrjavcevs. The flop netted Cotton the [poker card="kc"] but the board run out a flush for Kudrjavcevs to send Cotton out as he earned $60,600. Heads-up play did not last much longer as Minaya was all-in the next hand with [poker card="kd"][10c] against the [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"] of Kudrjavcevs. The board ran out dry for Minaya as he took second place for $88,895. It was a dominating final table performance for Kudrjavcevs as he was responsible for all but two of the eliminations on the last day of play. With the victory, Kudrjavcevs is now over $335,000 in career tournament earnings. Final Table Payouts Eduards Kudrjavcevs - $143,675 Manuel Minaya - $88,985 Chris Cotton - $60,600 Carlos Sobenes - $46,405 John Curcury - $34,630 Enrique Sikaria - $27,705 Jorge de Oliveira - $22,855 Fernando Gordo - $18,005 Jeffrey Cormier - $13,850
  5. [caption width="640"] The scenic city of Bucharest is hosting the Unibet Open Season Finale this December[/caption] The Unibet Open Poker Tour has already made stops in London and Malta so far this year, is on its way to Copenhagen for four days of live poker action beginning in the next few weeks and has now announced the final stop on the 2016 schedule: Bucharest. The tour makes its final stop in the Romanian capital from December 1-4 with all action playing out at the Pokerfest Poker Club and tournament organizers have raised the Main Event guarantee to €500,000, the largest ever offered by Unibet in its nine-year history of running the tour. Unibet has yet to release the Main Event entry fee, but if past stops are any indicator, it will likely be set at €1,000 + €100. Due to the interest surrounding the event, the site has expanded the Main Event cap to 800 players, double its usual limit. “We have worked with Pokerfest Romania for a couple of months to put everything in place. We are extremely happy to up the cap to 800 and guarantee half a million,” said Nataly Sopacuaperu, head of live events at Unibet. “This is the biggest event we have ever done.” Players will stay at the luxury-grade Marriott Hotel and can expect much more than poker tournaments during their trip. Unibet plans to pamper its guests with welcome drinks and player parties, and will offer plenty of activities off-site, giving players a chance to explore the historic city. Those who can’t attend can watch all the action streamed live, complete with commentators, on the site’s Twitch channel. More season finale details and info on online qualifiers and travel packages will revealed in the next few weeks. In the meantime, players can check out the upcoming Unibet Open Copenhagen event, which runs from August 25-28. Direct buy-in packages for that stop are offered at €1,750 and include entry into the Main Event, four nights accommodation at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel, daily dinner and breakfast, along with “full enjoyment of the legendary Unibet Open hospitality.” The stop will feature live satellites into the Main Event and at least five other tournaments, including a $2,300 buy-in High Roller event on the 27th. Earlier this year, the UK’s David Shallow bested a field of 411 players to win the tour’s first stop in London for £65,000, while the Czech Republic’s Martin Soukup took down the latest stop in Malta for the same prize.
  6. [caption width="640"] The Playground Poker Club will be the first venue to host a partypoker Live event when they bring the partypoker Million North America to Montreal in May.[/caption] Partypoker is going on a world tour and giving poker players the chance to join them with the launch of partypoker Live. The new tour will be based around $5,300 buy-in main events with million dollar guarantees. The announcement comes in the wake of a number of successful live events held under the partypoker banner in the last few months, most notably the Caribbean Poker Party last November in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. “Listening to feedback from the players at the Caribbean Poker Party it was clear that there was a desire for events that not only offer high guaranteed prize pools but also fun off the felt,” said Tom Water, Group Head of partypoker. “With the 2017 partypoker LIVE events schedule, there will be something for everyone! Online qualifiers start from $0.01 on partypoker giving players the opportunity to travel all over the world to take part in some amazing events.” The first partypoker Live event is slated for the popular Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada in May. The event, dubbed the partypoker Million North America, comes with a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and a cool $1,000,000 guaranteed for the champion. It consists of three stages: Phase 1, Day 1, and Day 2. Phase 1 and Day 1 can be played online at partypoker.com or live at the Playground Poker Club, while everything Day 2 is played out live. “We are thrilled to be hosting the first partypoker Million with our online partner, partypoker.,” said Phil Sabbah, Playground Chief Marketing Officer. “Kicking off the tour in Montreal, Canada gives all the North American players a first look at the amazing events partypoker will offer in 2017. We will also be featuring live phase 1’s in the club for all our players.” Phase 1 of the partypoker Millon North America is already running both online and live with Day 1 events set to begin in April. To help promote the launch of the new Live tour, partypoker is awarding an additional $550 cash to the first 100 players to qualify online for Day 1. This $550 is not deducted from the prize pool and can be used for travel or other expenses. The new tour also includes the creation of the partypoker Nationals events – $1,100 buy-in events with prize pool of at least $500,000. Future partypoker Live dates and locations will be announced soon but look for Dusk Till Dawn, a long time partypoker partner and the largest poker room in the United Kingdom, to be included.

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