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PokerStars The Big Game Sneak Peek

PokerStars' new TV high stakes cash game show, "The Big Game" will start airing June 14th on FOX. The show will run 5 nights a week at 1:00 am.

It's a 6-handed holdem cash game with $200/$400 blinds and $100 ante. The minimum buy-in is $100,000. It looks like it's going to be pot-limit preflop, no-limit post-flop.

Along with the poker pros every week one seat will be filled by a Loose Cannon. A player that wins a $100k buy-in for The Big Game. Anything they win above $100k they get to keep.

PokerTableRatings Premium Is Online

PokerTableRatings is a service that data mines no-limit holdem and Omaha cash games across various online poker rooms.

You can review your own hands and stats as well as those of other players. From their website you can access basic statistics for free or you could purchase hand histories to import into your poker stat software such as Holdem Manager, PokerOffice or PokerTracker.

PokerTableRatings today has launched a new PTR Premium service which expands on the stats you can find on their website.

Bodog courts Tiger Woods Disses Poker Players?

What a joke! Bodog is offering Tiger Woods a 5 year $100 million sponsorship deal with a "no moral judgement" clause.
With divorce an increasingly likely outcome and speculation about a multitude of other ‘sins’, BodogBrand feel they are the only ones who can extend a deal that will be totally unaffected by any non-golf related activity but in fact actively encourages endorsees, employees and customers alike to 'Play Hard.'
This is their 3rd offer to Woods, the first two were apparently declined and I wouldn't be surprised if this third one is rejected as well.

Woods has been losing some of his endorsement deals after his affairs came to light. I don't think that's necessarily fair. While I don't condone what he did, he worked hard to get where he is. His endorsement deals were mutually beneficial relationships where corporate sponsors were able to benefit from his accomplishments in exchange for cash. Now that he's facing losing his family some of these backers want to distance themselves. When someone that has done so much for you is in a difficult situation you don't dump more crap on them. At least that's what I think decent people should do.

My First PokerStars Knockout Sit-n-Go

Last month PokerStars announced a new type of Sit-n-Go tournament, the Knockout SnG.

I didn't notice them until recently. They seem pretty cool. They are structured like normal 9-man single table tournaments with 10 minute blind levels and 1500 starting chips.

Buy-ins match their non knockout counterparts but their is an added 25% fee that counts as your bounty. Whenever a player knocks you out of the tournament, they get your bounty. Whenever you knock someone else out you get theirs.

Jean-Robert Bellande goes Busto!

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Jean-Robert Bellande (@BrokeLivingJRB) poker pro and former Survivor: China contestant has been tweeting his bankroll updates since he started his $0 to $1million run. His last bankroll update simply read:
Cash 0 Stars 0 FTP 0 I feel sleepy.
Sun May 09 02:31
Starting from nothing he got up to around $100k playing a variety of cash games and tournaments.

Some staking deals and credit lines got him going. Following his tweets poor table selection and bankroll management really did him in.

Update on PPC Advertising for Poker Blogs

About a month ago I wrote about PPC Advertising For Poker Blogs after noticing a lot of Poker Bloggers were using Google Adsense. Since it is against Google's policies to post AdSense ads on sites containing casino or gambling related content I thought I'd point out some alternatives to Adsense that allow poker and gambling sites.

The two main AdSense alternatives are AdBrite and Bidvertiser. Both offer PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising and both allow poker related sites. They even have a special category for poker sites so advertisers can easily target them.

I gave both AdBrite and Bidvertiser a short run on this blog. Traffic to my site is pretty good for it's age and size but I'm not getting thousands of visitors per day so it's just a limited sample but enough to come to some better conclusions than I did in my last post.

For each ad network I used a large rectangular ad slot that I inserted above the fold. I chose the large rectangle because it is one of the better performing ad formats. I let each ad run until it had a few thousand impressions.

DoN SnG Challenge Update 9

What a relief! It looks like the Double or Nothing Sit-n-Gos on PokerStars are profitable again!

For a while I was thinking it was going to be impossible to get anywhere with this challenge so I'm very happy that things have been going well for my last two updates.

Right after I last posted on my DoN Challenge progress I had a nice little run of almost 20 straight wins and I was feeling great (initial spike in Update 9 portion of graph). Unfortunately it was followed by a big downswing that had me tilting again. I tried to regain my composure and rode it out.

Double or Nothing SnG Bankroll Management Spreadsheet

My Cash Game Bankroll Management Spreadsheet got some good feedback so I thought I'd start releasing some of the other spreadsheets I use. It takes some time to clean up and make them a little more user friendly.

Today I'm sharing my Double or Nothing SnG Bankroll Management Spreadsheet. It's the spreadsheet I use to keep track of my DoN SnG Challenge progress and it allows me to easily post charts on my site. This spreadsheet will work with both standard and turbo DoN

DoNs are a great way to build up a bankroll because they are relatively low variance games and pretty easy to beat. Using this spreadsheet can help you build a nice sized roll from a relatively small deposit on PokerStars. Just enter a few parameters and start playing. The spreadsheet will let suggest when you should move up (or down) in stakes. If you don't have PokerStars, you can download it and create an account free here.

Free Poker Bankrolls

I ran across a site recently that is willing to get you started playing poker on a number of different sites without having to deposit any of your own money.

All you need to do is verify your identity and phone number and that's it.

It seems too good to be true but apparently it's legit. I did some searching and the company has been around for a number of years and I haven't run across any complaints.