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 Winter 2013 Championship Results

Black Hats
1st - Donald Bly

2nd - Brett Zylinsky

3rd - Allen Lundborg

Red Hats
4th - Paul DeHass
5th - Keith Martinez
6th - Zach Robinson
7th - Tony Fuller
8th - Fernando Martinis
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Allen Lundborg - 3rd Place - Winter 2013 - WA State Poker Championship

August 2012 - January 2013
Washington State GPF Poker Leaderboard

1st  -    Mike Torre        -    1278
2nd    -    Tony Rusi        -    961
3rd    -    Rick Suss        -    736
4th    -    Judy Almond        -    691
5th    -    Mark Skar        -    658
6th    -    Will Mace        -    638
7th    -    Donald Bly        -    571
8th    -    Dave Almond        -    550
9th    -    Joan Turchin        -    548
10th    -    Harley Pendleton    -    538

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20pts = 10k, 60pts = 15K, and 100pts = 20K in starting chips.  Rebuys are 50pts for 5K in chips (you must bust out first) End of 4th Blind Add-on is 100 points for 10K in chips.  Use this information to set your league goals and strategy!

New Venues - Know of a bar or tavern that could use some additional customers.  Pitch our Poker Program and earn up to $100 when a venue signs up for two days of play. 
Call Donald 360-551-1209


The Robert Richey Memorial Cup, for the next three months, will be on display at Bogart's Airport Way Bar and Grill in South Seattle.

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Global Poker Federation will pay up to $100 when a bar or pub that you refer, signs up for poker.  Just have your local bar call us at 360-551-1209.  Make sure they tell us that you refered them!

WA State GPF Champions

Donald Bly winner Winter 2013 WA State GPF Poker Championship

Donald Bly
Winter 2013


2nd - Brett Zylinsky
3rd - Allen Lundborg
4th - Paul DeHass
5th - Keith Martinez
6th - Zach Robinson
7th - Tony Fuller
8th - Fernando Martinis
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Ron Toomey
Fall 2012


2nd - David Nugent
3rd - Sam Hovey
4th - Stacy Toomey
5th - Tony Rusi
6th - Nikos Lopez
7th - James Kelby
8th - Anthony Loeffler

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Jeff Welch
Summer 2012

2nd - Ron Eccles

3rd - Roger Coale
4th - Daniel Lakey
5th - Mike Torre
6th - Austin Miller
7th - Luke Nolan
8th - Donna Dilger

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Kurt Steputis - WA State GPF Poker Champion - May 2012

Kurt Steputis
Spring 2012

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Brett Verner - WA State GPF Poker Champion - Feb 2012

Brett Verner
Winter 2012
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Scott Clafiin Winner WA State GPF Poker Championship November 2012

Scott Clafin
Fall 2011
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Paula McCord
Summer 2011
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Evonne Bess
Fall 2010
Winter
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Terry Smith
Spring 2010
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Donald Bly
Fall 2009
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Cathy Williams
Spring 2009
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Jim Appelgate
Fall 2008
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If your screen name appears in the left hand column and you are still not recieving points for your NLOP play; please follow the instructions for syncing your NLOP screen name with your GPF player number.  This is step 3 on the Player/Registration page http://www.globalpokerfederation.com/gpf/index.asp?s=&p=1&pg=players&lg=1

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State Championship Qualification Requirements Win a seat at thel GPF Amateur Poker Championship May 2013 by accumulating 20 GPF points. Players that accummulate more than 20 pts will be awarded chips in accordance with the following schedule.  Points accumulated November thru April count.
 
Starting Chips 
  20 GPF Points = Seat and 10K in chips
   60 GPF Points = Seat & 15K in chips
100 GPF Points = Seat & 20K in chips

Re-Buys
50 GPF Points = 5K rebuy
(unlimited rebuys through 4th blind level, you must bust out to re-buy)

Add-Ons
100 GPF Points = 10k in chips at the end of the 4th blind level.

You don't have to take all your starting chips if saving the points for use as a re-buy or 4th blind add-on is a better choice.  Strategy begins before the tournament even starts.

Sit n Go - Satellite Tournaments
Beginning at 9AM the day of the GPF State Championship, eight person single table satellite tournaments will be conducted.  The last satellite will start no later than 11AM. Satellite tournaments will be started as soon as eight players are seated. Starting chip count will be 1000 with 10 minute blind levels. As many tournaments as can be started within the alotted time will be conducted.
 
1st Place    20 GPF pts
2nd Place   10 GPF pts

The Value of Free Poker to You!
What does it take to become skilled at the game of Texas Holdem?  One of the league's hosts in our early days, Jerry Marquez, a Texas Holdem dealer at the Clearwater Casino, once commented that for a player to go from novice to average playing in Casino Tournaments would require an investment of approximately $10,000.  And that's just to become average.  We have seen league members advance through large fields of players at local casinos as well as at the WSOP and win substantial cash payouts.  We would like to believe that the experience they acquired through free league play has been instrumental in helping to develop their game to this level.

Top Ten Poker Tells - The Body Language of Poker

1. Watch the Eyes 
This is why many pros wear sunglasses or visors/caps when playing, they know that the eyes rarely lie.

For example, many players can't help but stare at big hole cards, so their length of time peeking is longer.  Conversely, if a player is looking to steal the pot, he may look to his left to see if the remaining players, who haven't yet acted, have quickly glanced at their cards and are likely to fold. Another example, a player may try to ask you questions about your hand, knowing that people rarely can "look someone straight in the eyes" while being dishonest.

2. Facial Expression
Again, many pros try to disguise their entire face by wearing a cap and looking downward. This is to avoid the classic stare-down that poker pros are famous for. They may try to study your face for nervousness (detecting a weak hand), or even look for repetitive characteristics like a body "tic". You may have obvious unhappiness in your face when your hand is weak, and conversely, you may show a contrasting show of confidence when your hand is strong.

3. Weak is Strong/Strong is Weak 
In its most simplistic form, this usually applies to novice players but frequently applies to pros as well. Basically, players like to be actors, and when they have a monster hand they tend to look disinterested. For example: "Oh, is it my turn to act" or "Oh I guess I will play these cards". Alternatively, a player increasing the level of his voice while raising the pot, and trying to look intimidating.. may be running a bluff.

4. Anxiety
Anxiety typically occurs in people when they are confronted, or anticipating confrontation. Psychologists call this the "Fight or Flight" stimulus response, which links back to the days when we were cavemen/cavewomen. Physical changes happen including flexing of muscles, eye pupil dilation, palpitating heart rate, dry throat. In poker, when someone has a big hand they are typically ready for confrontation and can exhibit some of these characteristics. You may see the chest expanding abnormally, or you may notice the players voice become slightly higher as he makes a comment. Some of the top players in the game will stare at the vein on the top-side of your face for blood pressure changes. During a bluff, the player may demonstrate anxiety, but if he knows he will fold the hand if re-raised (non-confrontational end) may look quite comfortable.

5. Trembling Hands
Also, a byproduct of anxiety, beware of a player whose hands are shaking, this nervousness can represent a big hand.

6. Glance at Chips
Again, relating to the eyes. It is common for players to quickly glance at their chips if they connect with the board after a Flop. This may be a subconscious reaction, but the tell is the player is already planning his attack!

7. Peeking Hole Cards on Flop
Some players will take another look at their hole cards when, for example, the board is showing a potential 3 card flush draw. Typically, the player is looking to see if one of his cards is connecting, because he remembers only that the two cards are different suits.

8. Repetitive Betting Patterns
Usually the most revealing poker tells are based on the way a player habitually bets during particular situations. For example, maybe the player always checks when he has made the nuts, or a player may regularly fold after being re-raised.

9. Body Posture/Attitude
Some players show obvious changes in their posture based on their attitude/hand strength. For instance, you may notice their shoulders drop/slump when they are not confident (weak hand). Conversely, you may notice the player is very attentive and sitting in an erect position when he has strength. You may also notice that a player who bluffs a lot, leans forward in a confrontational way... remember Strong is Weak!

10. Chip Stacking
When you first sit down at a table, study the way the players stack their chips. Although it is a generalization, loose aggressive players typically maintain unorganized/sloppy stacks, while tight conservative players keep well organized/neat stacks.

 

TiGPF-2010-Money-Shot.jpgm Fierro advances his game after WSOP cash.
Tim cashed at the WSOP this past year for $12,591.  He has since been able to take his game to a new level.  Tim's first live tournament was wi
th the No Fee Texas Holdem Amateur Poker Leaqgue.

I went to the Little Creek Deep Stack January 1st tourney a few weeks ago.  I was first place, but agreed to split the top 4 places in money so we all walked away with 5k each.

I then went to Muckleshoots Winter Classic this past weekend.  On Friday's $300 tourney, I got in the top half of 260 players.  Then on Saturday's $500 tourney, I only last 2 hours and got my aces cracked.

But on Sunday's $1,000 event, I managed to play for 17 hours and picked up a respectful 3rd place after a long battle.  That was good for another $16k.

January has been a good month for playing poker.  WSOP released the schedule for this year's play.  Time to start making plans!

DaPokerGnome - Tim Fierro

 
How to calculate hand odds (the longer way):

Once you know how to correctly count the number of outs you have for a hand, you can use that to calculate what percentage of the time you will hit your hand by the river. Probability can be calculated easily for a single event, like the flipping of the River card from the Turn. This would simply be: for two cards however, like from the Flop to the River, it's a bit more tricky. This is calculated by figuring out the probability of your cards not hitting twice in a row and subtracting that from 100%. This can be calculated as shown below:

Turn and River Probability Calculation

The number 47 represents the remaining cards left in the deck after the flop (52 total cards, minus 2 in our hand and 3 on the flop = 47 remaining cards). Even though there might not technically be 47 cards remaining, we do calculations assuming we are the only players in the game. To illustrate, here is a two-overcard draw, which has 3 outs for each overcard, giving a total of 6 outs for a top-pair draw:

How to calculate hand odds (the shorter way):
Now that you've learned the proper way of calculating hand odds in Texas Hold'em, there is a shortcut that makes it much easier to calculate odds:

After you find the number of outs you have, multiply by 4 and you will get a close estimate to the percentage of hitting that hand from the Flop. Multiply by 2 instead to get a percentage estimate from the Turn. You can see these figures for yourself below:

However, most of the time we want to see this in hand odds, which will be explained after you read about pot odds. To change a percentage to odds, the formula is:

Thus, to change the 24% draw into odds that we can use, we do the following:

Tim Fierro - 38th at 2010 WSOP  Wins $12,591
http://www.wsop.com/players/playerprofile.asp?playerID=91642

Tim-Fierro.jpg
Was fun, went out with my AK versus AA in round 20 on the 3rd day. From memory, as I just got home and it is 01:00 AM right now, but it may have been round 21.

Highlights: Men the Master taking my first pot I lost in 2 days. 2 Hands later, I bumped it up with pocket KK. He asked if I was trying to needle him. I told him no, it is just that he took my only pot I lost at showdown, and I wanted my chips back.

But all in all, not a bad cash for only my second year going to the WSOP. Was 10th in chips at one point in Day 1A, and that was scary. I have never had to stack so many chips in front of me and still try to find a place to lift my cards to view my hand.

I don't know if anyone knows this, but my first live game was at Mako's Bar/Lounge with No Fee's quarterly game. There was like 130 players that day a few years ago. I can say that this league has been a major stepping stone to getting to this day, my first cash in the WSOP.

Thank you Don & Bernadette!

DaPokerGnome - Tim Fierro - WSOP 2010 Event #3
38th place out of 4,345 players

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Starting Hand Values

Starting hand values by position











Figure the Odds.... Improve Your Game!
Cards

%

Odds

Pair pre-flop

6

1 in 17

Suited cards pre-flop

24

1 in 4.2

Suited Connectors (3/4, JQ, etc.)

4

1 in 25

AA or KK pre-flop

0.9

1 in 111

AK (Big Slick) pre-flop

1.2

1 in 83

AK suited pre-flop

0.3

1 in 332

A in hand pre-flop

16

1 in 6.25

AA, KK, QQ, or JJ

1.8

1 in 56

Flop is all one kind (JJJ)

.24

1 in 425

AA vs. KK pre-flop (heads up)

.004

1 in 22560

AK pocket cards and catching an A or K by the river

50

1 in 2

Pocket cards J's or better

9

1 in 11

Completing a flopped flush draw by the river

39

1 in 2.6

Open ended Straight Flush completing to flush or straight by river

54

1 in 8.5

Completing open-ended straight draw

34

1 in 2.9

Two Pair improving to Full House

17

1 in 5.8

Three of a kind (set) on flop improving to Full House or Quads

37

1 in 2.7

Pocket Pair Improving to a set on flop

12

1 in 8

No pair Pocket cards improving to a pair on the flop

32

1 in 3.125

Suited Pocket cards, catching two more on flop

11

1 in 9

One pair on flop improving to two pair or a set by river

22

1 in 4.7

Pocket pair improving to a set after flop

9

1 in 11

Two over cards improving to a pair by river

26

1 in 3.9

Two over cards and a gutshot improving to a pair or straight

43

1 in 2.3

Gutshot straight hitting by river

17

1 in 6

Gutshot and pair improving to two pair or better

39

1 in 2.6

Backdoor Flush hitting

4

1 in 24

Runner Runner Straight

1.5

1 in 68

Backdoor Flush or Gutshot Straight impriving to one by river

21

1 in 4.8

5 players on flop, someone has an A when one is on the board

58

1 in 1.7

4 players on flop, someone has an A when one is on the board

47

1 in 2.1

3 players on flop, someone has an A when one is on the board

35

1 in 2.9

2 players on flop, someone has an A when one is on the board

23

1 in 4.3












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