FAST FIVE: Things you might have missed this week

August 02, 2019inPoker

Here’s a quick catch up from the week on PokerStarsBlog… 

  • All the latest from APPT Manila
  • 5-Card Fiction: Bluffing the toughs in ‘Destry Rides Again’
  • How the Sunday Million was won (July 28)
  • Weird variants of poker you should be playing
  • Live tournament tips from Liv Boeree

But before we get to that, PokerStars Blog would like to pay our respects to high-stakes online poker legend Richard ‘nutsinho’ Lyndaker, who passed away earlier this week in his San Diego apartment at the young age of 33.

Lyndaker was a force on the virtual felt, making more than $2M in online earnings in 2011 alone playing the biggest nosebleed games around. He will be missed.


ALL THE LATEST FROM APPT MANILA

There has been plenty of action at the beautiful Okada venue this week as APPT Manila has been in full swing.

Super High Roller champ Chaofei Wang

Chaofei Wang is the biggest winner so far with his victory in the ₱500,000 ($9,800) Super High Roller for ₱7,000,000 ($137,210). Meanwhile the ₱65,000 ($1,270) APPT Manila Main Event is currently on Day 1B.

Click here to catch up on everything from the Philippines.


5-CARD FICTION: BLUFFING THE TOUGHS IN ‘DESTRY RIDES AGAIN’

“A deuce in the hole in this game is as good as an ace.”

So says a character near the beginning of the 1939 film Destry Rides Again starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich.

Tom Destry Jr. (James Stewart) attempts to handle Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich)

In this week’s edition of ‘5-Card Fiction’, PokerStars Blog’s resident poker historian (and author of Poker and Pop Culture) Martin Harris takes a close look at a great poker scene from a classic western from the genre’s golden era.

Read ‘5-Card Fiction’ here.


HOW THE SUNDAY MILLION WAS WON (JULY 28)

Last Sunday’s edition of the Sunday Million was a doozy, with long-time high-rolling crusher Ole Schemion making the final table. As we found out when interviewing the final table players, he was joined by a Czech pro, a self-proclaimed ‘average Joe’, and a shrimp fisherman from Denmark.

Ultimately is was Jakub “Olli444” Oliva who outlasted the 11,300 field to win $97K.

Find out how he did it here.


WEIRD VARIANTS OF POKER YOU SHOULD BE PLAYING

If you learned how to play poker after seeing it on television, you’re not alone. Millions of poker players around the world first found their favorite card game on the tube, almost all of them watching people play Texas Hold’em in major tournaments.

Poker is so much more than Hold’em, though — just ask anyone who grew up playing draw poker home games back in the day. They can tell you all about the wide, crazy world of poker games.

Here’s a look at some weird poker games and variants you should be playing. 


LIVE TOURNAMENT TIPS FROM LIV BOEREE

Liv Boeree isn’t just a Team PokerStars Pro. She’s also a past EPT and WSOP champion with more than $3.8 million in lifetime live tournament earnings. In other words, she’s exactly the type of person whose brain a new tournament player would want to pick before playing live for the first time.

Liv Boeree of Team PokerStars

This week we got some thorough advice from Boeree that will help you make the most of your first live event, courtesy of PokerStars School — plus some useful advice from Pete “Carroters” Clarke on some of the few situations where making a decision to call ahead of time can actually be profitable.

Check out Liv Boeree’s live tournament tips here.


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