Poker Pro Bio: John Juanda

John Juanda is one of those professional poker players who has managed to make a very good living despite not being one of the better known players in the world. More consistent than spectacular he has put together a large number of cashes with only a few wins on his resume. Nevertheless all of those cashes really add up and Juanda has managed to make a great deal of money by playing poker for a living.

John Juanda was born and raised in Indonesia where he was a promising athlete while he was younger, mainly in track and field. When he was nineteen he went to the United States to go to college, he would end up staying long enough to earn his MBA. It was while he was in the US that Juanda started to play poker, mostly with friends at college. After returning to Indonesia he started to take the game more seriously and played regularly in cash games.

Since the opportunities to play poker are fairly limited in Indonesia Juanda moved back to the States in order to become a professional player. He settled in California which is where he still lives and he has now become a US citizen. After spending some time playing in cash games Juanda started to enter tournaments. This has proved to be a very good decision as he has managed to win more than eleven million dollars in tournament play.

The biggest successes that John Juanda has had have been in the World Series of poker, this is despite the fact that he has never won an event. He has however finished in the money forty two times which is ninth on the all time list of money finishes. This has not only made Juanda a great deal of money but it has also helped to establish his reputation as one of the most consistent players in the game.

Although he has not won any events at the World Series of Poker John Juanda has been successful in other tournaments with a couple of wins and a lot of money finishes on his resume. The result is that while he has not become the best known player in the world he has managed to build a very good career for himself.

Like a lot of top players these days John Juanda has started to spend a lot of time playing online poker. This is in part because he is now sponsored by one of the top online gaming sites but it also because there is a lot of money to be made in online games. Nevertheless Juanda remains best known for his live play and this is largely still how he makes his living. Given how often he cashes this seems like a pretty good strategy.

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Review: Purple Lounge Online Casino

Purple Lounge can be considered a new player on the network of micro gaming that has around 15,000 online players at a given time and is gaining popularity among poker players across Europe. Purple Lounge features excellent graphics, good design, and a good software.

Players who want to try Purple Lounge can get the downloadable version or you can also play it on your browser. Although the market of the online casino is geared towards a more sophisticated bracket of poker players, there will be no worries even if you are a newbie to the poker world. Every player can find a game that suits their level of play.

Buy-ins range from as low as $2 all the way through 10,000 Euros. Players interested in joining the low stake games can use either dollars or euros while the high stake poker games are only accepting Euros.

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Pertinent Sit and Go Strategies-Boost Your Game

Red Pocket AcesThere are millions of people who play poker. But how many of them are aware about the sit and go strategies? Reading this article will help you enhance your game in more than one way.

Most of the movies that are directed have extra characters in diverse scenes. The same happens in poker. This dynamic game welcomes these extra individuals who play a vital role in the game. Poker players should be witty and spontaneous. They should know how to deal with these individuals and should refrain them from taking advantage of the situation. This article would educate you on sit and go strategies.

Modify your playing strategies

Players should apply the method of thoughtless playing during the beginning stages of sit and go. The blinds are very squat in the first two levels so you should try and outwit the others during that stage itself. The others have a feeling as if they’re playing slots, while you’re the one playing a REAL game! After the careless act you should examine your opponents. After sometime you should also avoid playing recklessly. You should change your outline by playing in a conventional manner to dupe the opponents. This would help you to avoid getting trapped by the opponents.

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Straight Flush over Straight Flush

At least they both made sick money. I wish we could all make this kind of poker money!

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Quad Kings lose – Carbon pays out the bad beat jackpot!

I wouldn’t mind losing quad kings on a $100 No Limit Hold’em game if it ends up netting me $58k. Goddamn that must be sweet!

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Sick Call Patrik

I’m pretty sure Mr Patrik Antonius must have had some sort of read on Erik Lindgren here, because damn – that is one sick sick call considering the concept of the Poker After Dark Sit&Go’s.

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Phil Gordon takes some abuse from Erick, by the way… :D

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Getting by with a Little Help from Your Friends

playingDid you know your friends can help you become a better poker player? Probably the best way to begin playing poker is by just playing with your buddies — and then talking about the hands after the game.

By doing this, you can get a whole lot of insights on a variety of different hands in poker, many of which you probably never considered.

Home games should be learning games, as well as fun ones; you may win some money but that is not the main point. Learning and growing as a player is what will actually earn you big money as you continue to play.

The internet can help you too. If you cannot play against your friends, there are plenty of web sites out there which will let you play against other players for free, plus you can find people to analyze hands and strategy with you.

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Making Money as a Poker Player

making moneyFor some people, the whole point of playing poker is to make money. Even if they play for the love of the game, they would rather come out on top. However, newcomers who are playing poker for money do not realize the sheer amount of discipline and strategy involved in making sure this happens. They think they can come in and get rich immediately — and that is the surest way to lose your money from the get go.

You have to manage your money before you can bet it and hope to gain more. You cannot simply go the whole hog and sit down at a table with every cent you have to your name. You cannot go in with moderate skills and hope to come away a winner.

You need to polish your skills, you need to manage the amount of money you can actually afford to play, and most of all you have got to exercise as much discipline as you can.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

runner-runnerI recently got to thinking. A novice to the world of poker is apt to think that we more experienced players are speaking in a foreign tongue. Some of them see a movie like 21 or something and may go through an entire game chanting things like, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner,” even though that applies far more to Blackjack than it does to poker. Whereas, they might stumble upon this blog, for instance, and have no earthly idea what “runner runner” itself stands for, let alone what a runner runner flush is. So what the heck, I figure they should be enlightened a little bit.

Actually, there are lots of different definitions for what a runner runner hand truly points to, but most of them revolve around pretty much the same thing. Typically, the term refers to a situation in Texas Hold ‘Em or a similar game wherein a player needs certain cards in the Turn and the River in order to make his or her hand. Other terms for this situation are “backdoor” and “perfect perfect.”

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Bricks Casino: Becoming Obsolete?

online-casinoThere is nothing like your first glimpse of Las Vegas, coming up over the hill to see all of those lights, all the people, all the mile high promises that you can win, win, win!  People go to Vegas for a variety of reasons, but most of them find some time to gamble at least a little while.  Tourists, especially, typically cannot wait to step inside one of the sprawling casinos to play poker or Blackjack or craps or even the slot machines.  However, with the advent of online casinos, where playing poker becomes endlessly more convenient, are bricks casinos becoming obsolete?

Sometimes it seems that way.  Certainly, there are a lot of advantages associated with playing poker online.  It is more convenient, sometimes it is easier to walk away when the game gets too hot, and it can be a whole lot of fun.  On the downside, however, people tend to talk a lot of smack on the internet in general.  When playing poker, they tend to talk a whole lot more.  The cloak of internet anonymity gives players a sense of bravery they might otherwise have.

But does this mean the end of Las Vegas and Atlantic City?  Heck no.  Where else can poker players go to find some civility?

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