Thu, Aug 17, 2:26pm by Poker Guru
In general I do not enjoy watching others play poker, I enjoy playing myself a lot more. But there is one exception and it is Tom Dwan, or ‘durrr’ as he is known playing online. I really enjoyed his entertaining style of poker at High Stakes Poker, still my favourite poker TV show.
Now Aria in Las Vegas is hosting some high stakes live games which are streamed on Poker Go, the new live streaming app for live poker. It costs $10 per month and I am very tempted to sign up now. I watched a big hand between Dwan, Antonio Esfandiari and Dan Negreanu yesterday.
Tom Dwan had pocket aces, Esfandiari pocket kings and Negreanu pocket queens. If you are familiar with Dwan’s loose style you understand that he will be able to build a big pot in a situation like this, and he ended up winning a 700,000 USD pot after a six-bet all-in pre-flop.
Negreanu managed to get out of the way and only lost about 20k but Esfandiari called and lost big. It is a lot of money and Esfandiari’s pain is quite obvious if you watch the video:
WATCH: Tom Dwan is Back
The other day Pokerstars launched Spin & Go Max. It is a new, more complicated form of their successful Spin & Go game. First of all, I love Spin & Go’s and I think it is a brilliant invention.
It is fast, fun and you can turn a small buy-in into a big win in minutes. The biggest prize is 10,000 your buy-in and you only need to win one three-handed sit’n’go (and a lucky spin).
Originally this concept was created by Winamax and I find it a little ironic that Pokerstars now call their version 2 of the game Spin & Go Max. Is the ‘Max’ name Pokerstars’ subconscious way of saying thank you to to Winamax?
Anyway, as much as I like the original Spin & Go format, I hate Spin & Go Max. One thing I liked about Spin & Go was the simplicity. Three players, win and you will win at least double your buy-in, sometimes more and sometimes a lot more. With Spin & Go Max Pokerstars has changed everything.
Now you will play a sit’n’go with between 3 and 8 players and you do not know how many until the tournament starts. Although you are still guaranteed at least double your buy-in if you win, I would not be happy if I won a 8-handed sit’n’go and only won double my buy-in.
In that case Pokerstars will keep 75% of the buy-ins and that is way too much, in my opinion. I hope that players will boycott the new Spin & Go Max tournaments and stick to the original ones which is still available.
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