Tournaments

  • Bovada’s 2016 Black Diamond Poker Open
    Running from March 7 to April 25, this year’s Black Diamond Poker Open (BDPO) promises to be the best yet, with up to 200 events and a guaranteed prize pool of over $4.5 million.  To top it off, for the first time ever, the Contender and Championship series will take place at the same time and our regular $100K guaranteed tournament will be replaced with a $150K guaranteed tournament throughout the BDPO.     Buy-ins range from $11 to $450 and qualifiers begin March 7 for as low as $1.10. In the lead up to our $400,000 Guaranteed Main Event on April 24 at 5:04 PM ET, there will be Daily Qualifiers, Sit & Go Qualifiers and Last-Chance Qualifiers.     Qualifying for the BDPO is simple,...
  • Here Comes the Global Poker League
    By: Jason Lake   It's so crazy, it just might work. The Global Poker League (GPL) plans to launch next month with 12 teams and an ambitious 12-week schedule, leading up to the inaugural GPL World Championships this summer. Dates and locations are pending at press time, but league officials intend on hosting the Championships at a “1st-tier” arena in the United States. Can poker draw 20,000 fans to Staples Center? It's likely if the GPL does it right. Early results are promising. The 12 teams have already been named and branded with gorgeous sports-style logos, and each team has been assigned a captain, plucked from the biggest names in poker. They'll meet on February 25 in Beverly Hills...
  • What to Do With Your Chips
    By: Jason Lake   Are you a Tinglehead? If so, maybe you're one of the quarter-million people and counting who have watched that ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) poker video on the YouTubes. The host displays a bunch of oversized playing cards and riffles some poker chips. It's intriguing, but I can't watch more than a minute or two before my mind wanders. I've got things to do. Like riffle my own poker chips. I've got a nice set that I picked up a while back, proper clay chips that feel just right in my hand and make just the right sound. I don't do this nearly as much as I used to, but sometimes, when I'm playing online, I'll grab a stack of 10 or so and start shuffling them...
  • The Three Craziest Poker Hands I've Ever Seen
    By: Jason Lake   Of all people, poker players should never be stunned by a hand of cards. Unless you've got a royal flush, there's a chance you're going to lose, and there are so many ways for that to happen. That's just science. What makes a sick poker hand really sick are the circumstances. Who's playing in the hand? What are the stakes? How did the players react? Like everything else in poker, sickness is situational. With that in mind, please allow me to present the three craziest no-limit Hold'em hands I know about – feel free to watch along and judge for yourself.  Connor Drinan vs Cary Katz, 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop The odds say that your pocket pair will get cracked by the...
  • The 10 Commandments of Tilt
    By: Jason Lake   It's not easy being human. No matter how good you are at something, there will be times when your brain and the rest of your body just don't seem to get along. Poor decisions will be made and executed. Then you'll compound your error by over reacting, and making an even worse decision. Lather, rinse, repeat. Every culture has a core set of principles to help us deal with this. Taoism has the Five Precepts, Buddhism has the Noble Eightfold Path, and poker has the Ten Commandments. If you've been studying poker for a while, you may have been taught the Ten Commandments of no-limit Hold 'em, or tournament poker, or maybe even poker etiquette. But the following Ten...

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