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Mark Scheinberg, from an idea to 4.9 billion dollars

By Cristina Toderaș

Mark Scheinberg is one of the parents of online gambling; in 2001, when the global gambling industry was still fresh, he, along with his father, founded PokerStars. PokerStars immediately became a leader in the industry, especially in online poker, where it still holds the spot. In 2014, Mark Scheinberg decided to sell his online empire for 4.9 billion dollars to the Canadian company Amaya.

This transaction allowed Amaya to add 85 million users to its database, thus becoming the largest online gambling company, and made Mark the 405th richest man in the world and one of the top 10 richest Canadians, according to the 2015 Forbes rankings.

Who is Mark Scheinberg?

Born in Israel in 1973, Mark moved with his family to Canada at age 13. Although he got into college, he dropped out after only one year. And from that moment on, he started working the hospitality industry, which sent him on a number of trips to Asia and South America. After a while, he entered the online gambling industry. In 2001, at just 28, he founded PokerStars, along with his father – a former IT programmer at IBM Canada, where he developed the Unicode standard, that allows Asian computers to recognize a European script and vice versa. Initially functioning only in beta version, soon the company allowed users to bet real money. Rational Group – the company that actually owned the online platform Poker Stars and, later on, Full Tilt Poker, was initially based in Costa Rica, but then moved to the Isle of Man, for tax reasons.

The Evolution of Online Gambling

PokerStars only won the appreciation of the players after organizing a few big tours. The tipping point came in 2003, when Chris Moneymaker became a millionaire by winning The World Series of Poker (WSOP), the largest event in the poker industry. And he had only been able to enter the competition after winning an online contest on PokerStars.

In 2004, the company’s estimated worth had reached 2 billion dollars, becoming the largest online poker room. In 2009, PokerStars broke the world record for the largest online poker tournament ever organized, when 149,196 people registered to compete, then broke it again in 2011, when more than 200,000 participants logged in after paying a one dollar buy-in. First place won 50,000 dollars. And the online traffic was so intense, that the servers gave in, and the tournament had to be suspended for approximately 20 minutes. Two years later, in 2013, they managed to break the record again, when 225,000 players entered the online tournament.

The company’s run wasn’t easy, though, as it was involved in a number of scandals in the US, where the legislation regulates online gambling. On the 12th of April 2011, the Attorney General decided to prosecute a number of people who were connected to platforms such as PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker și Absolut Poker, also blocking the websites, after these online poker rooms allowed American gamblers to use their services, although the American law – The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 – explicitly forbade it. This day remained forever in history under the name „Poker’s Black Friday”. Scheinberg managed to overcome this, after which he decided it was time to buy out his competitor, Full Tilt Poker. In order to obtain permission to buy it, PokerStars had to sue the Department of Justice. Finally, they struck a deal that cost PokerStars 731 million dollars.

The Largest Transaction in the Online Gambling Industry

The negotiations for the deal between Rational and Amaya Gaming lasted for 6 months, during which they almost got canceled, when the state of New Jersey suspended PokerStars’ license. The sale finally went through, and the Scheinberg family gave up on all their stock for 4.9 billion dollars.

Today, among the games that PokerStars offers, you can find: Omaha, Texas Hold’em, Courchevel, Razz, Badugi, Triple Stud, 8-Game Mix etc. Currently, around 25,000 gamblers play online poker with real money on the PokerStars platform, daily.

Mark Scheinberg, the Investor

The Spanish press recently spotlighted his interest in the country’s real estate market. Spain is currently healing after the 2008 real estate crisis, and the opportunity for investments seems significant.

Scheinberg recently paid 225 million euros for 50% of OHL Desarrollos and Grupo Villar Mir, that own Centro Canalejas Madrid, a giant project that means to turn a number of historical buildings in the center of the Spanish capital into a multifunctional complex.

Trinidad and Tobago: from an underground casino world to regulations

by Oana Mihalache

Even if the gambling landscape in Trinidad and Tobago is not completely smooth – as it’s on its way towards norming and regulation – for sure the soft sand on the beaches and the views that remind us of the most exotic postcards can surely make up for this deficiency and more than that, represent an attraction for tourists and players alike. Despite the lack of clear regulations, there are many casinos that operate for some years now on the two islands, and they don’t just attract customers, but they also bring important incomes for the state, collected as excises. Well, given the fact that the gambling industry is so flourishing, and the first steps towards a clear legislative package have been made in 2016, we can only be optimistic regarding the future of this industry in Trinidad and Tobago. But first, let’s discover it properly…

 

…starting with the development of an underground gambling industry

This is due to the fact that the legislation initiated in 1995 laid the foundation for the appearance of Private Clubs that in time got to include slot machines and another games put at the disposal of customers. Obviously, these Clubs developed in an illicit manner and the gambling activities they offered were not properly regulated. At the end of the 1990s, through an amendment for the law that allowed these Clubs to be registered, the installation of electronic game machines was allowed, as well as table games. Consequently, ”a sector of the gambling industry, completely unregulated, quickly developed”, said the Finance minister, Colm Imbert. In fact, they started to function as live casinos.

By perpetuating these loose regulations, the gambling industry on the two Caribbean islands soon exploded: over 200 Private Clubs appeared, and on top of that more than 20.000 game machines were functioning in the 4000 bars and pubs existing in the entire country.

Nevertheless, their contribution to the economy of the country was by no records negligible: in 2012 authorities estimated that these Clubs employed over 7.000 people and they were paying weekly salaries totaling $6.7 million with the state collecting in the same year taxes reaching $28 million as excises.

Theoretically, gambling activities were regulated by the Gambling and Betting Act, amended in 2014. Still, more than a dozen casinos continued to operate clandestinely, without respecting the regulations of this Act.

The biggest casino in the country is The Royal Princess Members Club, which offers a varied selection of game machines (totaling 180) – including slots, progressive jackpot, video poker, electronic roulette terminals, as well as 12 live table games with Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em, 3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker, 5 Card Poker and Rhum 32. Besides from the cash awards that can reach $200.000, every month a lucky player gets to walk home with a car.

Turnover/ year: $12 billion

Since the Act from the middle of the 20th century, no other government attempted to create a coherent legislative framework to accommodate regulations in the gambling industry…not until last year. Since 2013 the ministry of Finance was warning with regard to the negative social impact that the lack of regulations has, but also concerning the proliferation of money laundering activitites. In May of 2016 a legislative proposal was introduced, clearly stipulating the conditions for issuing licenses, but also for exerting a supervising acivity in the industry.

For an industry that records a turnover of $12 bln. Each year, many starting to raise concerns regarding the ensuing interdictions, even though the authorities gave insurances that the new law – for the Control of Games and Betting – will bring new jobs in the industry and will boost the economy by bringing an extra income of $500 million per year to the state budget. According to the initiators of the law, Trinidad and Tobago is one of the only countries in the Western hemisphere with such a prosperous and yet poorly regulated gambling industry.

What does the new law bring new: among other things, it comes with the establishment of a Control Commission for gambling, but also with the introduction of licenses for those who own, operate or produce gaming machines. On top of that, big penalties were introduced for breaking the law in the field. Some penalties can even reach $25 million. The law has already passed the Chamber of Representatives and must now pass through the Senate.

Other changes relate to online gambling, a segment currently under regulated as well. Basically, players in Trinidad and Tobago can enter any site that offers online gambling, from other countries, as the state did not issue licenses for online gambling so far.

The case of Trinidad and Tobago is an example of horizontal development in the gambling industry, by expansion of individual business arms independent of the state. The government’s attempt to regulate this field represents a test for the free marked and the gambling industry will surely pass it, and not only that but it could also rejuvenate by attracting new investors. We will keep an eye on these islands!

Casino Marienlyst – royal elegance, step-by-step instructions, Big Jackpot

-Oana Mihalache

Denmark is not even close to being the richest country in the world, yet in 2016 it was declared, for the third consecutive year, the country with the happiest citizens in the world. Mutatis mutandis, even though its casinos do not compete with the opulence that is specific to places like Vegas, we can still say that one of its casinos offers one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and it’s declared by some as the most elegant casino in North-Eastern Europe. We’re talking about casino Marienlyst, which is part of the homonymous four star resort, including also a hotel, located in Elsinore (Helsingør in Danish), a harbor village from which you can reach the Swedish shores with a ferry boat.

What is so spectacular about this resort? The casino offers a landscape that is unique in the world, as it is built in a coastal area and the view is overlooking the Oresund (øresund) strait, which stands between it and the Swedish coast line. On top of that, visitors can also see the Kronborg castle, known in the entire world for the Hamlet tragedy, displaying an austere architecture, only its tall towers reminding of a castle.

Built in 1902, this casino is the oldest one in Denmark, and due to the influence of that period’s style, it also became known as one of the most elegant ones in North Europe. In fact, the initial construction of Marienlyst dates back in 1859, when it was used as a health center visited by princes and kings in Europe, and its importance led to a new building being constructed in 1902 – the hotel we know today – in order to accept a higher number of guests. Altogether, with the permission of the prince of Denmark at that time, to become King Frederick VIII, a casino started to operate in the building, with cash bets and awards. The casino used as a logo the symbol of the royal crown.

The influence of the Scandinavian style: favoring education & step-by-step

A truly special thing about this casino is the fact that it caters for all categories of clients, and moreover it encourages their way towards professionalism. The seminars offered for those barely initiated in the casino secrets stand for this: players can test the games before taking the adventure of playing against the house. In this way, they can be trained in Roulette and Blackjack during some educational seminars which show that the Scandinavian style is visible even in the casino world: education above all. These seminars are offered outside the normal casino schedule.

The casino has a varied games offer, including American Roulette, Blackjack, Punto Banco, 7-card Stud, Omaha, Texas Hold’em, but also gaming machines – over 60 of them can be found in the Jackpot Club. According to the Danish law, all gaming machines must pay back a minimum of 80% of the winnings to players, but at Casino Marienlyst the return rate is 93%, the biggest in the country and even greater compared to the machines operated by the national lottery. On top of that, those who are fond of Texas Hold’em will be thrilled to know that each Saturday and Sunday, starting from 7.30 PM, poker cash tours are organized. Those interested in the Jackpot need to know that for a minimum bet of 10 cents (DKK 1) can win a Jackpot of almost 300.000 euros (the equivalent of DKK 2,000,000) – this being the starting amount.

Even though many players can be quite skeptical given the different terminology, this casino stands to its international standards and uses, mostly, international expressions that are part of the casinos jargon. Before each game, there is a display showing the instructions for the terminology being used, under the banner of „Player’s Guide”.

There is one thing that already became a tradition at Marienlyst: inspections are run regularly, and this offers an increased degree of safety for clients. All table games, cards, chips and roulette reels are checked by its own inspection teams as well as by public authorities.

The minimum age for access is 18 and as dress code is concerned, the rules are relatively lax, even though a style that is beyond casual can make guests feel uncomfortable, that is why the management asks the guests to be presentable. After the attractions that we mentioned at the beginning, you must be convinced that at least one night booked at the hotel is imperative – the hotel has 222 rooms, from single ones to 240 square meters suites, with a view towards the resort’s garden or the strain that stands between Denmark and Sweden.

Other useful information for guests: an entrance tax is imposed, smoking is forbidden and the access with electronic devices, including phones, is not allowed.

Even if one can be amazed by the elegance, the historical print of this casino and the offer of games and prizes, the Marienlyst Casino is also a small replica of the Scandinavian lifestyle, which promotes a rules-based life, even if apparently a relaxed attitude prevails, but also a strict adherence to the social contract between those who offer entertainment and those who consume it: quality if only offered in exchange for respect showed towards high standards.

Suriname, the smallest gambling destination in South America

-Oana Mihalache

Globalization is not always praised by those who proclaim the importance of economic equity, but it was surely beneficial for industries like gambling, as it allowed access to markets that became new outlets for players around the world, which is possible due to border permeability and free circulation. An example for the latter case is Suriname, the smallest country of the South-American continent. Ex Dutch colony, the country gained its independence in 1975. Even though it’s a small state, Suriname is an amazing destination given that the indigenous population struggled to maintain cultural patterns unaltered by colonialists, but also due to the ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity.

The diversity is not of little importance when it comes to gambling. In the capital city of the country there are four casinos, but illegal activities are also present. Poker is highly popular among players in the country, but also among tourists visiting the country, as poker tour ar organized regularly.

Gambling is legal and the industry is well regulated in Suriname, even though illegal activities have not been totally dismantled. The government starting to issue operating licenses for casinos in 1996, and in a few years there were already nine casinos in the country. Not all of them survived, as now there are four major gambling destinations in the country, because shortly after the industry started to expand, the government launched an offensive against corruption and money landuering activities in the industry, initiated in 2004. Apart from casinos, players also have access to lotteries and sports betting halls, which are run by Suribet, a subsidiary of Superbet, a company that also operates in countries like Uganda, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago.

Casinos were mainly built in the capital and the largest city of the country – Paramaribo (where around half the population lives) and the most renowned casino there was The Palace Casino, which had 161 slot machines, 10 table games, and among the games available were Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Roulette. This casino was closed in 2005, after the tough governmental regulations were issued in order to have a “cleaner” regulation of the industry. The natural development of gambling was going ahead the economy and players’ wellbeing, so a king of “governmental Darwinism” appeared – only casinos that passed the legality test continued to operate.

Even if almost all casinos were built with foreign capital, they are still now a source of income for the population, with a total of 2.000 employees working in them. Regarding the population’s access inside the casinos, it now became a fact, but at a certain moment their access was conditioned by bringing a tourist in – even though the proposal did not become in fact law.

Apart from games, those who choose this small country as a gambling destination can also spoil themselves with fine drinks, night clubs, they have access to bars and free parking. The biggest casino in the country is Princess Hotel & Casino, which has 15 table games, 2 poker tables and 320 slot and video poker machines. This is only one of the casino attractions, another one being The Torarica Hotel Casino and the other casinos in the country are Hotel Ambassador & Casino and The Golden Truly Hotel & Casino.

As a small country, with only 560.000 inhabitants, Suriname has an economy that surpasses the medium incomes in the region, with a GDP per capita of $15.000 per year. As the country prospered, inhabitants developed a growing propensity for gaming. There is one game that is particularly popular in the country: poker, but the most wide-spread form is the one available in casinos, Carribean Stud Poker, even if many players prefer to play among themselves and not against the house, which is why they choose Texas Holdem or Omaha, which allow this playing formula. Poker can also be played in illegal spaces, which are apparently ignored by the government, tacitly allowing for their illicit activities to run.

Even if it’s an extremely small country, Suriname is an example of endurance in front of illegal practices and economic tenacity. If at the beginning of the 2000, the casinos were mainly considered a form of escapism for the population whose medium income was $150, now the industry developed according to the demand existing on the market and it became a destination both for them and for tourists – casinos were reduced in number, but altogether illegal activities that took place inside or near them have been reduced, such as drug dealers transactions. Well, this was not an easy road to take, and Casino Inside recommends this destination to those who ae curious to see a former Dutch colony in all its cultural and ethnic diversity and how it adapted to globalization, while keeping its indigenous specificities.

Poker One by Stanleybet: Exclusive Texas Hold’em tournament – € 200,000 Guaranteed!

The established British bookmaker, Stanleybet, invites you to an exclusive poker tournament in Malta. The TEXAS HOLD’EM Tournament will take place from  8th to 11th December, at the Portomaso Casino, featuring total prize money of €200,000 of which only the big prize is worth €50,000.

Enter the race now – € 550 buy-in!

The event starts on December 8th and for 2 days you will duel for thw qualification in the “Road to the Final”, from  December 10th. But qualification may be possible even from the first day, through a Live satellite, paying only a tenth of the buy-in. To move to the next phase players will initially face each other with a stack of 50,000 chips.

Sunday, 11th of December, will take place the grand final, where one player will ensure a minimum win of €50,000. The final can be watched also online, through live streaming.

Those who are not so lucky and inspired to take possession of the Grand Prize, will be able to get even at the “Side Events” tournaments, which offer both technical and fun games.

Accept the challenge, be master of the universe at the poker table!

The moment when the cards are turned and you win the jackpot is unique, and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. Poker is the favorite game of world leaders, and when you hit a big break nothing else matters, you are the master of your own universe.

Take your “Poker face” and go on an unforgettable journey to Malta!

The Mediterranean island is great, and the tournament organized by Stanleybet is just one more reason to consult your agenda and to plan a well-deserved vacation. Stanleybet thought of everything, thus you can book a room at the Hotel Cavalieri at a special price only for the players of the tournament: €55 / night for a single room, €60 / night for double room, paying 50% on booking and the rest at check-in.

 

For details or reservations at Poker One by Stanleybet please contact the organizer by email:

thepokerone@stanleybet.it

Marius Câmpan: ” My result at the 2016 PCA motivates me to fight even harder to fulfill my dream of winning an EPT title”

An excellent result came to our attention to the beginning of this year. The Side-Event # 47 No Limit Hold’em – Triple Flipout Elimination of the 2016 PCA was won  by Marius Câmpan. The financial gain he had obtained is not high, but the result itself is commendable, especially since it is a PCA title. More about his Caribbean adventure and his vision on poker you will find in the following interview, directly from the protagonist.

 

How did poker become part of your life?

I play 5 cards poker since childhood, and in 2009, I was introduced to Texas Hold’em by some friends.

 

What attracted you to this game?

Beauty, game dynamics, competition.

 

What is poker for you? Is it a hobby or a profession?

If in the past it was just a hobby, I can say that about 3 years it has become a profession.

 

How much time do you spend playing poker each day?

The average should be about 6 to 8 hours a day.

 

What kinds of poker are you playing frequently? Which ones do you like to play more and why?

Omaha Pot Limit and Texas Hold’em Nl. I like to play Omaha Pot Limit more because in the last period of time (about 1 year) they play it frequently at the Royal Poker Club in Cluj-Napoca, which I visit very often, many recreational players prefer Omaha Pot Limit due to the adrenaline and the dynamics of this type of poker, and for a professional poker player it is a good way to increase their bankroll. Internationally, in cash games, I noticed a huge increase in the number of Omaha Pot Limit players compared to Texas Holdem Nl.

 

What do you prefer, online or live poker? Tournaments or cash games?

I definitely prefer live poker, especially tournaments, but I also play pretty much Omaha Pot Limit, cash.

 

I believe the poker clubs market has stabilized now. Do you think the number of poker players will continue to follow an upward trend or will stagnate?

Following my almost daily presence at the 2 poker clubs in Cluj-Napoca (Royal and Rounders) I can say that the number of poker players will continue to follow an upward trend, which is largely due to management and professionalism with which the administration of the two clubs promotes poker.

 

How do you comment on the future of poker in Romania taking into account the current field of players who are becoming more and more experienced?

Poker in Romania had a spectacular evolution recenty, with the legalization of the poker clubs, given that the current field of players is growing and becoming more experienced, I think that in the future the successes at the international level will be more frequent and important (an EPT, WPT or WSOP title)!

 

The online sites were legalized in our country. Do you think this will lead to an explosion of the number of online poker players?

With the legalization of online poker and the very good results obtained by the Romanian players online, I think the number of online poker players will increase significantly.

 

What are your strengths at the poker table, in your opinion?

My strengths at the table are patience, intuition, trust.

 

You have obtained an important result at PC this year – 1st place at the Side-Event 47 No Limit Hold’em – Flipout Triple Elimination. You did not won a big prize, but this is a PCA trophy that you brought into our country. What does this result mean to you and how it will motivate you in the future?

Yes, it is a PCA title, and this result means a lot to me, although the financial prize was not large, but it motivates me even more to fight to fulfill my dream of winning an EPT title.

 

What should a poker player do in order to achieve good results constantly?

To study as much as possible, to play as many tournaments as possible, so one can progress at the same time with the evolution of poker, and in this way one can get good results constantly.

Where do you see poker in your future plans?

Considering how much I love poker I am convinced that it will have an important role in my future plans. I hope to have some of the same support in the future from my wife and children to whom I want to thank in particular for being there for me the entire time, I thank my family and my friends.

 

What other passions do you have besides poker?

Traveling, football, movies and spending as much time as possible with my family!

Anne LaBarr “Annie” Duke – the duchess of poker

A woman in a man’s sport, Duke refuses to play in events for women only, saying: “Poker is one of the few sports where a woman can compete on a totally equal footing with a man, so I don’t understand why there’s a ladies only tournament.” Since the 90s she has evolved into a phenomenal player with a WSOP bracelet to her name, over $3,500,000 in tournament wins and a solid reputation as one of the two best women players along with Jennifer Harman and Vanessa Selbst.

Duke, born as Anne LaBarr Lederer, grew up in Concord, New Hampshire, where her father, writer and linguist Richard Lederer, taught English literature at St. Paul’s School and her mother, Rhoda Lederer, taught at Concord High School. Her parents were both card players and Duke became interested in cards from an early age. Her siblings are professional poker player Howard Lederer and author/poet Katy Lederer, who published a memoir about the Lederer family.

Duke attended St. Paul’s School, then enrolled at Columbia University where she double-majored in English and psychology. After graduating from Columbia, she pursued a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on cognitive linguistics and writing her dissertation on a hypothesis of how children learn their first language called “syntactic bootstrapping”. For her graduate studies she was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship. In 1991, one month before defending her doctoral dissertation, she decided that she no longer wished to pursue academia and left school.

In 1992, she married Ben Duke, and moved to Billings, Montana. They were married until 2004 and had four children. The couple divided their time between Las Vegas and Montana between 1992 to 2002, when they moved to Portland, Oregon. In 2005, Annie and her children relocated to Hollywood Hills, California

Duke first played Texas hold’em in a casino at age 22 and continued to play for fun in Las Vegas casinos while visiting her brother, Howard Lederer during her graduate school years. After she moved to Billings in 1992, Lederer encouraged Duke to play poker professionally, sending her $2,400 and providing her with poker instruction books and lessons by phone. She began to play poker initially at the Crystal Lounge, a local bar in Billings that had a legal poker room. Following a successful year playing in Montana, her brother prompted her to enter tournaments at the 1994 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. Within the first month, she won $70,000 and decided to move to Las Vegas to pursue her professional poker career.

In the first two tournaments of the 1994 World Series of Poker, Duke placed 14th and 5th, and finished 26th in the Main Event. Following her move to Las Vegas, Duke continued successfully playing poker on a professional basis through the late 1990s, and by 2000 had 16 in the money finishes at WSOP events, prior to the WSOP World Championship event that year.

From 2000 onward, she became well known for her high profile achievements in WSOP events. In the 2000 WSOP World Championship event, although nine months pregnant with her third child, she placed 10th out of a total of 512 players, which was the second-highest finish by a woman in the event’s history. She received a WSOP gold bracelet in 2004, placing first out of 234 entrants in an Omaha Hi-Lo Split tournament. By July of that year she had become the top female money winner in the history of the WSOP; earning over $650,000 from 25 in the money finishes, including 13 at the final table. Later in 2004, she placed first in the inaugural WSOP Tournament of Champions, beating her brother and nine former world championship winners and winning $2 million. In the 2006 WSOP, she was one of only two women left in the tournament when she finished in 88th place with $51,129 in winnings.

In 2010, Duke won the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, winning $500,000 and becoming the first and only female winner of the event as of 2013. Her previous record at the tournament was one match win and five losses. In the 2010 event she came first out of 64 players, including previous winner Huck Seed, and defeated Erik Seidel in the final match.

As of 2013, Duke’s total winnings from her 38 cashes at the WSOP is $1,141,567 and she holds the women’s record for most in the money finishes at the WSOP, ranking 34th overall. In total, Duke has won over $4,270,000 in live tournaments and is ranked as the third highest winning woman of all time, as of 2012.

From 2001 to 2004, Duke worked as a spokesperson and consultant for ieLogic, a company that developed online poker software for multiplayer poker websites including Ultimate Bet. She moved to Portland, Oregon where ieLogic was based in 2002 and remained there until 2005. Duke represented Ultimate Bet as a spokesperson until December 2010, when she announced that she was leaving the company.

On two occasions, Duke has testified in Congress on behalf of the Poker Players Alliance regarding the legality of Internet gambling. In 2007, she appeared in front of the House Committee on the Judiciary to testify against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, and in 2010, she appeared in front of the House Committee on Financial Services to provide support for H.R. 2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act.

Duke was a co-founder and commissioner of the Epic Poker League, which sponsored three tournaments at the Palms Casino Resort in 2011. Through the three tournaments, the league raised more than $125,000 for charity: $53,000 for humanitarian organization Operation USA; $25,000 for the charity Fallen Heroes USA, which supports families of law enforcement officers who die in service; and $48,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s “Bad Beat on Cancer” campaign.

 

Duke, actor Don Cheadle, and a mutual friend, Norman Epstein, co-founded the non-profit Ante Up for Africa in 2007 to raise money with poker tournaments for charities benefiting African countries. The first tournament in July 2007 was held at the start of the World Series of Poker and raised more than $700,000, which was donated to the ENOUGH Project and the International Rescue Committee. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, money raised in the organization’s tournaments was again donated to the ENOUGH Project, and also to Not On Our Watch, Refugees International, Water.org, and the Eastern Congo Initiative

 

Duke has also played in and hosted charitable poker tournaments for organizations including Life Rolls On, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Boston Children’s Hospital, for which she helped to raise $500,000 in 2007 and $425,000 in 2012. From 2007, Duke served as a member of the board of directors for the Decision Education Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Palo Alto, California which provides training for teachers and mentors to produce curricula focused on decision-making skills for their students. As of 2013, she is no longer a member of the board of directors.

 

Duke’s success and popularity go beyond poker: she has appeared on several TV shows, including NBC’s “1 vs. 100” and “Deal or no Deal.” In 2006, Annie won the World Series of Roshambo (Rock-Paper-Scissors) tournament, earning $10,000. A funny fact: a Jersey horse breeder named a filly after Annie Duke, hoping that she will grow to be as successful and competitive as her namesake.

Trivia

  • Younger sister of professional poker player Howard Lederer.
  • Played at himself in All in: The Poker Movie (2009)
  • Author of the book  Annie Duke: How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker
  • Mother of four children: Maud, Leo, Lucy and Nell
  • Member of Team UB and is a spokesperson for Ultimate Bet
  • Has a double major in English and psychology from Columbia University
  • Won a bracelet at World Series of Poker in Omaha Hi-Lo Split (2004).

Silviu Nemeș: „Poker is my life!”

Former chess player that converted to poker, the young poker player from Timisoara of just 24 years of age, born in Jimbolia, is a very open and likeable person. You could say that’s typical for his age, but Silviu Nemeș shows a type of maturity which suggests that his achievements so far are not due to chance, but his competitive nature and healthy a lifestyle approach.

 How did you become a poker player?

My first contact with the poker came in the summer of 2008. I was travelling to Montenegro for the European Championship of Chess for juniors. A friend in our group brought with him a poker kit. It was then when I have learned the game for the first time. I played sit and go with my chess colleagues on 1-5 euros. Here I’ve heard my colleagues say that many chess players have made the transition to poker with great success. I returned home, I began to study the game and to play it online.

 What was it that drew you to this game?

I always liked competition. Poker is a very competitive game, to which adds up the adrenaline of large pots and tense situations. I want to be the best and to face the best!

 Please tell us a few things about your poker history so far, for those who don’t know you that well. What were your best results?

 During the first 4 years of my career as a poker player I played Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em Cash Game. I started with a bankroll of $ 50, playing online at the lowest stakes, $ 0.05/ 0.10. I started winning, I climbed through the stakes without ever submitting, patiently and respecting the bankroll management and I got to play regularly on $5/10 and $ 10/ 20. Then due to flatness and the lack of high-stakes games I have started to play No Limit. I played cash and tournaments with good results. I’ve had good results in cash games and several cash wins of $ 6,000-$ 8,000 in online tournaments. I promise a great result soon! (he laughs)

 What is poker to you?

I play live and online poker, I think of poker, I talk about poker with my friends and I even opened a poker club with some friends recently. I can say that for now, Poker is my life!

 Do you play poker on a daily basis? How much of your time do you spend on poker?

For the time being I have put my professional poker player career on hold. Since I have opened the club I have played little poker. But slowly, all the problems at the club have been solved, we formed a complete team and I want to dedicate myself and to focus back on the game. I’m anxious to start to play online again, day after day, how I was used to.

 What are your favorite types of poker, Texas Holdem, Omaha, HORSE …? Which one do you enjoy playing more, and why?

Texas Holdem is the game I have studied and played. I played very little Omaha. I don’t know the other games yet.

 Which do you enjoy playing more, live or online poker? Do you prefer tournaments or cash games?

In general I prefer to play online, it’s more comfortable for me and I can play more than one game table. For a professional player is more profitable to play online. When one plays more game tables, more hands per hour, the win-rate per hour is higher. Live games instead are easier, with more amateur players and the game is not so seriously taken as online. When I want to take a break from the online game I play live. There are advantages to playing live: when you play one single table, you are more focused, I see the players, their gestures and the way they act; I have more information than online, so automatically I make fewer mistakes and I can easily make the best decisions.

 In tournaments versus cash dispute, I choose tournaments. In tournament play you’re in a continuous competition, you can win great prizes and bonus the tension and the adrenaline of the final table. But I never say no to in a high-stakes cash game.

 Do you sense that the number of the Romanian poker players is increasing, now, when we have more and more poker clubs? What is your opinion on the quality of these clubs?

The number of players is certainly growing. Clubs were opened in most of the large cities of the country. They advertise, organize daily tournaments and attract more and more new players. As to the quality of the other clubs it is not my place to comment, since I only know things by hearsay.

 How do comment the future of poker in Romania in the light of the present fields of players, which are becoming more experienced?

 Poker is growing in Romania. It is not a big increase as experienced in last years, but slowly. We look forward to pass the law of income the tax of 25% so that we can bring major international tournaments in Romania. Cash small or medium games and cash tournaments have more and more players still. Problems arise when we talk about large cash games, 5/10+, which are very important for the prosperity of the clubs and which make the difference. Indeed professional players become more experienced because of the competition. The level of the game is constantly growing, and if you cannot keep up, it will get by you.

 The main problem for the lack of high-stakes games is the Romanian standard of living, but I think the professional players have a great contribution to that too. There are young players from the online area, or even live professional players, who don’t make a a sound at the table, they play with headphones in their ears, the play a few hands, soft-play among themselves, and they do not provide action and fun to the recreational players. On the contrary, I have seen many cases when professional players hopped on recreational players or even cursed them for the way they were playing. They have to understand that it is important to have for the table’s vibe to be as pleasant as possible, because their future depends on it. There are fewer and fewer players like Negreanu, Farha or Esfandiari, who did much good to poker and are responsible for the show and the pleasant atmosphere at the tables.

You are a co-owner of the poker club Gentlemen’s Poker Club, Timisoara. Please let us why are you different from other poker clubs? In your opinion, which are your strengths? Why should people come to play poker at your club?

It’s a club created by players for players. Both I and the other associates of the club love the game of poker; we respect each other and do our best to provide players with the most enjoyable experience. Here, at the Gentlemen’s Club Poker we follow the rules of the game strictly and we do not create disadvantages for anyone. All players are treated equally.

Since we have opened the club we continually come up with new adding and we always try to innovate. Together with Andrei Simon we have recently launched the first poker school in Romania, ‘GENTLEMEN’ S Poker School’; the first seminar took place at the club, its places have filled out very quickly and many others like it will follow. We have recently organized with great success, for the first time in Romania, the first Progressive Superknockout poker tournament. We have opened the “GPC VIP ROOM”, which houses the Cash, High Stakes games in a private atmosphere. Here at the Gentlemen’s we do our best to provide as many options to players when it comes poker at the highest standards.

Which are your strengths at the poker table, in your opinion?

Patience, discipline, I’m not tilting, I adapt very quickly to my opponents and the ability to make the right decisions depending on the timing of the hand.

Why should a poker player do to obtain notable results on a constant basis?

To have noticeable results in a consistent manner, a poker player must devote himself to Poker. One should both play and study. To analyze carefully the decisions made during the game, to read books, articles, videos, to watch related videos constantly, to analyze his game constantly, always discuss with other players about different hands to find out other opinions, and so forth.

What is the poker’s place in your plans for the future?

My career as a poker player is just getting started. As I also said above, I love this game, I love it very much, I still have a lot to get and a lot of tournaments to win! (he laughs). I can’t wait to betake myself to the game with 100%.

What advice would you give to those who want to start in on poker?

In the beginning the most important things are to play, to learn, to have patience and to persevere. The results will come eventually.

 Besides poker, how do you spend your free time?

 I like to go out with friends, to read, to watch movies, to play sports (football, ping pong), a chess now and then, and so on and so forth. Good luck!

Fost jucător de șah, convertit la poker, tânărul jucător de poker timișoarean, de doar 24 de ani, născut în Jimbolia, este o persoană extrem de agreabilă și deschisă. Mi-ați putea spune că e tipic vârstei, însă Silviu Nemeș dovedește și un tip de maturitate care lasă să se întrevadă că realizările sale de până acum nu sunt datorate întâmplării, ci felului său competitiv de a fi și mentalității sănătoase pe care o abordează.

Cum ai ajuns jucător de poker?

Primul contact cu pokerul l-am avut  în vara anului 2008. Eram plecat la Campionatul European de Șah pentru juniori în Muntenegru. Un prieten din grupul nostru a adus cu el o trusă de poker. Atunci am învățat jocul pentru prima dată. Am jucat cu colegii mei de la șah sit and go-uri pe 1-5 euro. Tot aici mi-am auzit colegii povestind cum foarte mulți jucători de șah au făcut tranziția la poker cu mare succes. M-am întors acasă, am început să studiez jocul și să joc online.

 Ce te-a atras la acest joc?

Mereu mi-a plăcut competiția. Pokerul e un joc foarte competitiv între oameni, la care se adaugă adrenalina poturilor mari și situațiile tensionate. Vreau să fiu cel mai bun și să-mi măsor forțele cu cei mai buni!

 Pentru cei care nu te cunosc așa bine, te rog să ne spui câteva lucruri despre istoricul tău pokeristic de până acum? Care au fost cele mai bune rezultate ale tale?

În primii 4 ani din cariera mea de jucător de poker am jucat Fixed Limit Texas Holdem, Cash Game. Am început cu un bankroll de start de 50$, jucând online cele mai mici mize, 0.05$/0.10$. Am început să câștig, am urcat prin mize fără să mai depun vreodată, cu răbdare și respectând bankroll management și am ajuns să joc regulat 5/10$ și 10/20$. Apoi din monotonie și lipsa jocurilor la mize mari am trecut la No Limit. Am început să joc cash și turnee cu rezultate bune. Am avut rezultate bune la cash și câteva scoruri între 6000$-8000$ la turnee online. Promit în curând un rezultat mare! (râde)

 Ce înseamnă pokerul pentru tine?

Joc poker live și online, mă gândesc la poker, vorbesc cu prietenii despre poker și mai nou am deschis un club de poker împreună cu câțiva prieteni. Pot spune că deocamdată, pokerul e viața mea!

Joci poker zilnic? Cât timp îți ocupă pokerul?

Deocamdată am pus pauză carierei de jucător de poker profesionist. De când am deschis clubul am jucat puțin poker. Dar încet, încet, toate problemele la club s-au rezolvat, am format echipa completă și vreau să mă dedic și să mă concentrez din nou asupra jocului. Sunt nerăbdător să mă reapuc să joc online, zi de zi, cum jucam mai demult.

Care sunt tipurile de poker preferate, Texas Holdem, Omaha, HORSE…? Care dintre ele îți place să le joci mai mult și de ce?

Texas Holdem e jocul aprofundat și jucat. Am jucat foarte puțin Omaha. Celelalte jocuri nu le cunosc.

Îți place mai mult pokerul live sau online? Preferi turneele sau jocurile cash?

În general prefer să joc online, e mai confortabil pentru mine și pot să joc mai multe mese. Pentru un jucător profesionist e mai profitabil să joace online. Joci mai multe mese, mai multe mâini pe oră, deci automat un win-rate pe oră mai mare. În schimb, jocurile live sunt mai ușoare, cu mai mulți jucători recreaționali și jocul nu e luat așa-n serios ca online. Când vreau să fac o pauză de la online, joc live. Sunt avantaje mari la jocul live: când joc o singură masă, sunt mult mai concentrat, observ jucătorii, gesturile lor și modul în care se exteriorizează; am mai multe informații decât online, deci automat fac mai puține greșeli și pot să iau mai ușor cele mai bune decizii.

 În disputa turnee versus cash, aleg turneele. În jocul de turneu ești într-o competiție continuă, poți să câștigi premii mari și ca bonus se adaugă tensiunea și adrenalina de la mesele finale. Dar nu spun niciodată nu, la un joc de cash pe mize frumoase.

 Simți o creștere a numărului de jucători români având în vedere că acum există tot mai multe cluburi de poker? Dar calitatea acestora cum ți se pare?

Cu siguranță numărul jucătorilor e în creștere. S-au deschis cluburi în majoritatea orașelor mari din țară. Acestea fac publicitate, organizează turnee zilnice și atrag tot mai mulți jucători noi. Legat de calitatea celorlalte cluburi nu mă pot pronunța, decât din auzite.

 Cum comentezi viitorul pokerului în România ținând cont de actualele field-uri de jucători, care devin tot mai experimentaţi?

Pokerul în România este în creștere. Nu mai crește la fel de mult ca în ultimii ani, dar încet, încet, crește. Așteptăm să treacă legea impozitului de 25% ca să putem aduce marile turnee internaționale în România. Turneele și jocurile mici sau medii de cash au în continuare tot mai mulți jucători. Problemele apar când vorbim de jocurile mari de cash, 5/10+, care sunt foarte importante pentru prosperitatea cluburilor și care fac diferența. Într-adevăr jucătorii profesioniști sunt tot mai experimentați din cauza competiției. Nivelul jocului se află într-o continuă creștere, iar dacă nu ții pasul te depășește.

 Principala problemă pentru lipsa jocurilor la mize mari e nivelul de trai din România dar cred că și jucătorii profesioniști au o mare vină. Își urmăresc prea des interesul și nu binele jocului pe termen lung. Apar tineri din mediul online, sau chiar jucători profesioniști de live care nu scot un sunet la masă, joacă cu căști în urechi, joacă puține mâini, fac soft-play între ei, nu oferă acțiune și distracție jucătorilor recreaționali. Ba din contră, am văzut multe cazuri când jucătorii profesioniști ceartau sau chiar înjurau jucătorii recreaționali pentru modul în care aceștia jucau. Ei trebuie să înțeleagă că e nevoie ca atmosfera la masa de joc să fie cât mai plăcută, deoarece viitorul lor depinde de asta. Sunt tot mai puțini jucători ca Negreanu, Farha sau Esfandiari care au făcut mult bine pokerului și sunt responsabili cu spectacolul și atmosfera plăcută la mesele de joc.

 Ești co-proprietarul clubului de pokerGentlemen’s Poker Club din Timișoara. Te rog să ne spui cu ce vă diferențiați de alte cluburi de poker? Care consideri că sunt atuurile voastre? De ce ar trebui să vină lumea să joace poker la voi în club?

Gentlemen’s Poker Club e un club creat de jucători pentru jucători. Atât eu cât și ceilalți asociați ai clubului iubim jocul de poker, îl respectăm și facem tot posibilul să oferim cea mai plăcută experiență jucătorilor. La Gentlemen’s Poker Club respectăm cu strictețe regulile jocului și nu dezavantajăm pe nimeni. Fiecare jucător e tratat la fel.

De când am deschis clubul adăugăm continuu lucruri noi și căutăm să inovăm mereu. Împreună cu Andrei Simon am lansat recent prima școală de poker din România, “GENTLEMEN’S Poker School”; am ținut primul seminar la club, la care s-au umplut locurile foarte repede și urmează multe altele. Am organizat recent cu mare succes, în premieră în România, primul turneu de poker Progressive Superknockout. Am inaugurat GPC VIP ROOM”, care găzduiește jocurile de Cash, High Stakes, într-o atmosferă privată. La Gentlemen’s facem tot posibilul să oferim cât mai multe opțiuni jucătorilor când vorbim de poker, la cele mai înalte standarde.

 Care consideri că sunt atuurile tale la masa de poker?

Răbdarea, disciplina, nu mă tiltez, mă adaptez foarte repede la adversari și abilitatea de a lua decizii corecte în funcție de momentul în care se desfășoară mâna.

 Ce ar trebui să facă un jucător de poker ca să obțină rezultate notabile în mod consecvent?

Ca să aibe rezultate notabile în mod consecvent, un jucător de poker trebuie să se dedice pokerului. Trebuie să joace și să studieze constant. Să analizeze bine deciziile în timpul jocului, să citească cărți, articole, să urmărească constant filmulețe, să-și analizeze constant jocul, să discute mereu mâini cu alți jucători pentru a afla și alte păreri, ș.a.m.d.

Unde poziționezi pokerul în planurile tale de viitor?

Cariera mea de jucător de poker e abia la început. Cum am spus-o și mai sus, iubesc acest joc, îmi place foarte mult, mai am multe de obținut și multe turnee de câștigat! (râde)Abia aștept să mă dedic din nou jocului 100%.

Ce sfaturi ai da celor care doresc să se apuce de poker?

La început cel mai important e să joace, să studieze să aibe răbdare și să persevereze. Rezultatele vor veni până la urmă.

 În afară de poker cum îți petreci timpul liber?

Gentlemen’s Poker Club îmi ocupă tot timpul! (râde) Îmi place să ies cu prietenii, să citesc, să mă uit la filme, să fac sport (fotbal, ping pong), câte un șah ocazional, ș.a.m.d.

Baftă!

Fost jucător de șah, convertit la poker, tânărul jucător de poker timișoarean, de doar 24 de ani, născut în Jimbolia, este o persoană extrem de agreabilă și deschisă. Mi-ați putea spune că e tipic vârstei, însă Silviu Nemeș dovedește și un tip de maturitate care lasă să se întrevadă că realizările sale de până acum nu sunt datorate întâmplării, ci felului său competitiv de a fi și mentalității sănătoase pe care o abordează.

Cum ai ajuns jucător de poker?

Primul contact cu pokerul l-am avut  în vara anului 2008. Eram plecat la Campionatul European de Șah pentru juniori în Muntenegru. Un prieten din grupul nostru a adus cu el o trusă de poker. Atunci am învățat jocul pentru prima dată. Am jucat cu colegii mei de la șah sit and go-uri pe 1-5 euro. Tot aici mi-am auzit colegii povestind cum foarte mulți jucători de șah au făcut tranziția la poker cu mare succes. M-am întors acasă, am început să studiez jocul și să joc online.

 Ce te-a atras la acest joc?

Mereu mi-a plăcut competiția. Pokerul e un joc foarte competitiv între oameni, la care se adaugă adrenalina poturilor mari și situațiile tensionate. Vreau să fiu cel mai bun și să-mi măsor forțele cu cei mai buni!

 Pentru cei care nu te cunosc așa bine, te rog să ne spui câteva lucruri despre istoricul tău pokeristic de până acum? Care au fost cele mai bune rezultate ale tale?

În primii 4 ani din cariera mea de jucător de poker am jucat Fixed Limit Texas Holdem, Cash Game. Am început cu un bankroll de start de 50$, jucând online cele mai mici mize, 0.05$/0.10$. Am început să câștig, am urcat prin mize fără să mai depun vreodată, cu răbdare și respectând bankroll management și am ajuns să joc regulat 5/10$ și 10/20$. Apoi din monotonie și lipsa jocurilor la mize mari am trecut la No Limit. Am început să joc cash și turnee cu rezultate bune. Am avut rezultate bune la cash și câteva scoruri între 6000$-8000$ la turnee online. Promit în curând un rezultat mare! (râde)

 Ce înseamnă pokerul pentru tine?

Joc poker live și online, mă gândesc la poker, vorbesc cu prietenii despre poker și mai nou am deschis un club de poker împreună cu câțiva prieteni. Pot spune că deocamdată, pokerul e viața mea!

Joci poker zilnic? Cât timp îți ocupă pokerul?

Deocamdată am pus pauză carierei de jucător de poker profesionist. De când am deschis clubul am jucat puțin poker. Dar încet, încet, toate problemele la club s-au rezolvat, am format echipa completă și vreau să mă dedic și să mă concentrez din nou asupra jocului. Sunt nerăbdător să mă reapuc să joc online, zi de zi, cum jucam mai demult.

Care sunt tipurile de poker preferate, Texas Holdem, Omaha, HORSE…? Care dintre ele îți place să le joci mai mult și de ce?

Texas Holdem e jocul aprofundat și jucat. Am jucat foarte puțin Omaha. Celelalte jocuri nu le cunosc.

Îți place mai mult pokerul live sau online? Preferi turneele sau jocurile cash?

În general prefer să joc online, e mai confortabil pentru mine și pot să joc mai multe mese. Pentru un jucător profesionist e mai profitabil să joace online. Joci mai multe mese, mai multe mâini pe oră, deci automat un win-rate pe oră mai mare. În schimb, jocurile live sunt mai ușoare, cu mai mulți jucători recreaționali și jocul nu e luat așa-n serios ca online. Când vreau să fac o pauză de la online, joc live. Sunt avantaje mari la jocul live: când joc o singură masă, sunt mult mai concentrat, observ jucătorii, gesturile lor și modul în care se exteriorizează; am mai multe informații decât online, deci automat fac mai puține greșeli și pot să iau mai ușor cele mai bune decizii.

 În disputa turnee versus cash, aleg turneele. În jocul de turneu ești într-o competiție continuă, poți să câștigi premii mari și ca bonus se adaugă tensiunea și adrenalina de la mesele finale. Dar nu spun niciodată nu, la un joc de cash pe mize frumoase.

 Simți o creștere a numărului de jucători români având în vedere că acum există tot mai multe cluburi de poker? Dar calitatea acestora cum ți se pare?

Cu siguranță numărul jucătorilor e în creștere. S-au deschis cluburi în majoritatea orașelor mari din țară. Acestea fac publicitate, organizează turnee zilnice și atrag tot mai mulți jucători noi. Legat de calitatea celorlalte cluburi nu mă pot pronunța, decât din auzite.

 Cum comentezi viitorul pokerului în România ținând cont de actualele field-uri de jucători, care devin tot mai experimentaţi?

Pokerul în România este în creștere. Nu mai crește la fel de mult ca în ultimii ani, dar încet, încet, crește. Așteptăm să treacă legea impozitului de 25% ca să putem aduce marile turnee internaționale în România. Turneele și jocurile mici sau medii de cash au în continuare tot mai mulți jucători. Problemele apar când vorbim de jocurile mari de cash, 5/10+, care sunt foarte importante pentru prosperitatea cluburilor și care fac diferența. Într-adevăr jucătorii profesioniști sunt tot mai experimentați din cauza competiției. Nivelul jocului se află într-o continuă creștere, iar dacă nu ții pasul te depășește.

 Principala problemă pentru lipsa jocurilor la mize mari e nivelul de trai din România dar cred că și jucătorii profesioniști au o mare vină. Își urmăresc prea des interesul și nu binele jocului pe termen lung. Apar tineri din mediul online, sau chiar jucători profesioniști de live care nu scot un sunet la masă, joacă cu căști în urechi, joacă puține mâini, fac soft-play între ei, nu oferă acțiune și distracție jucătorilor recreaționali. Ba din contră, am văzut multe cazuri când jucătorii profesioniști ceartau sau chiar înjurau jucătorii recreaționali pentru modul în care aceștia jucau. Ei trebuie să înțeleagă că e nevoie ca atmosfera la masa de joc să fie cât mai plăcută, deoarece viitorul lor depinde de asta. Sunt tot mai puțini jucători ca Negreanu, Farha sau Esfandiari care au făcut mult bine pokerului și sunt responsabili cu spectacolul și atmosfera plăcută la mesele de joc.

 Ești co-proprietarul clubului de pokerGentlemen’s Poker Club din Timișoara. Te rog să ne spui cu ce vă diferențiați de alte cluburi de poker? Care consideri că sunt atuurile voastre? De ce ar trebui să vină lumea să joace poker la voi în club?

Gentlemen’s Poker Club e un club creat de jucători pentru jucători. Atât eu cât și ceilalți asociați ai clubului iubim jocul de poker, îl respectăm și facem tot posibilul să oferim cea mai plăcută experiență jucătorilor. La Gentlemen’s Poker Club respectăm cu strictețe regulile jocului și nu dezavantajăm pe nimeni. Fiecare jucător e tratat la fel.

De când am deschis clubul adăugăm continuu lucruri noi și căutăm să inovăm mereu. Împreună cu Andrei Simon am lansat recent prima școală de poker din România, “GENTLEMEN’S Poker School”; am ținut primul seminar la club, la care s-au umplut locurile foarte repede și urmează multe altele. Am organizat recent cu mare succes, în premieră în România, primul turneu de poker Progressive Superknockout. Am inaugurat GPC VIP ROOM”, care găzduiește jocurile de Cash, High Stakes, într-o atmosferă privată. La Gentlemen’s facem tot posibilul să oferim cât mai multe opțiuni jucătorilor când vorbim de poker, la cele mai înalte standarde.

 Care consideri că sunt atuurile tale la masa de poker?

Răbdarea, disciplina, nu mă tiltez, mă adaptez foarte repede la adversari și abilitatea de a lua decizii corecte în funcție de momentul în care se desfășoară mâna.

 Ce ar trebui să facă un jucător de poker ca să obțină rezultate notabile în mod consecvent?

Ca să aibe rezultate notabile în mod consecvent, un jucător de poker trebuie să se dedice pokerului. Trebuie să joace și să studieze constant. Să analizeze bine deciziile în timpul jocului, să citească cărți, articole, să urmărească constant filmulețe, să-și analizeze constant jocul, să discute mereu mâini cu alți jucători pentru a afla și alte păreri, ș.a.m.d.

Unde poziționezi pokerul în planurile tale de viitor?

Cariera mea de jucător de poker e abia la început. Cum am spus-o și mai sus, iubesc acest joc, îmi place foarte mult, mai am multe de obținut și multe turnee de câștigat! (râde)Abia aștept să mă dedic din nou jocului 100%.

Ce sfaturi ai da celor care doresc să se apuce de poker?

La început cel mai important e să joace, să studieze să aibe răbdare și să persevereze. Rezultatele vor veni până la urmă.

 În afară de poker cum îți petreci timpul liber?

Gentlemen’s Poker Club îmi ocupă tot timpul! (râde) Îmi place să ies cu prietenii, să citesc, să mă uit la filme, să fac sport (fotbal, ping pong), câte un șah ocazional, ș.a.m.d.

Baftă!

Florian Duță: „Poker is constantly changing”

Florian Duță is a name that appears more often on the list of money entries in the national and international tournaments. Ranked the 21st at the EPT Barcelona Main event last year, the Romanian poker player has the ability to “hit” a great outcome, but only time will show proove us right. We invite you to browse this interview with Florian, during which you will learn more about him and his passion for poker.

 Please let us know a few details about yourself, your age, civil status, occupation, the city you live in (a brief biography).

I am 30 years old, are originally from Curtea de Argeș, but over the past 11 years I have lived in Bucharest, until a few months ago, when I relocated temporarily in London. I have not yet decided whether I will stay here or return to Bucharest.

 Many people do not known well enough yet. Please tell us a few things about yourself and about your poker background.

I play poker for almost 4 years, I started with the live game, and at first I have also tried several sessions online, that didn’t turn out so great. I can still say that I’m a live poker player, although in the meantime I’ve gained some experienced with online games also, but not enough to say that this is my field of activity.

 What does the poker mean to you?

It is a hobby, a pleasure, but also a way of life sometimes.

 What types of poker do ou prefer playing, Texas Hold’em, Omaha or other types? Why?

I like almost all poker games, occasionally I play 8-game tournaments, but on smaller stakes. Those I know better and I play more are nevertheless, Texas Holdem and Omaha.

 Which do you enjoy more live or online poker? Do you prefer tournaments or cash games?

Live, and I prefer tournaments, because I am more experienced in thie area.

 Poker has become a great phenomenon in the world as well as in Romania, is there any difference between our country and the rest of the world?

Given that I have only seen a small part of the “rest of the world,” it’s hard for me to give a firm answer here. However, I believe that there is a difference in the public’s perception, but it is changing for the better in Romania too. And sometimes there is a difference in the level of frustration people show when they lose.

 What comments do you have regarding the future of Poker due to legislative changes (in Romania and in the world) as well as from the point of view of the field of players, which become more and more experienced?

I think Poker is constantly changing, but the interesting part is that in this game no strategy has only bad parts. So everyone will have their less or greater share, regardless of the general trends.

 Recently you came close to entering the final table at EPT Barcelona, an important tournament worldwide! What was lacking for a better ranking?

Perhaps it was a small lack of patience, and the favorable circumstances in the last day, that’s for sure. I was removed as a result of a right decision, betting my chips in a pretty good situation, so I have no regrets. Sometimes, after you make a decision, the short term good fortune is the one that dictates who stays and who goes home.

 In your opinion what were your strengths (advantages) at Barcelona? What did you do to take you competition by surprise?

I don’t think I’ve taken my competition by surprise at all, the level of play was very high and everyone knew what is there to know about poker. All you can do is to avoid making mistakes, to take advantage of favorable circumstances, and ideally to lose minimum during those at least unfavorable. I managed to do that on Day 2, in a meeting KK vs. AA, where I lost only 14 blinds from a stack of 120, against an opponent with a stack similar to mine.

 What should a poker player do in order to obtain important results on a constant basisi?

One should focus on making the correct decisions mathematically speaking, to disregard the short-term results, to be aggressive in a controlled manner and take advantage whenever the weakness of an opponent brings up an opportunity.

 Where in your plans for the future do you place poker?

It is quite important part of my plans.

 How much of your time does poker take each day?

Several of hours, and when I play in major tournaments, the game may reach up to 10-12 hours/day.

 Which is your favorite poker player and why? Of course, if there is such a thing.

I have never thought about it, I don’t think I have a favorite player. I do not spend much time viewing poker shows.

 What advice would you give to young people who want to start playing poker?

To treat it seriously and to try to improve their game by all possible means.

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Do you have other hobbies besides poker? How do you spend your free time?

I love snooker, so I am playing it and watching it. I read quite a lot, I have a few TV series that I watch, and from time to time I go to a concert or to the theatre.