Texas hold 'em

After the flop, the dealer acts last and continues to do so for the remainder of the hand. Most poker authors recommend a tight- aggressive approach to playing Texas hold 'em. This distinguishes hold 'em from other poker games where the number of starting card combinations forces strategy guides to group hands into broad categories. These were the approximate chip counts at the start of heads-up play: A player with access to such a database can call up detailed information about every one of his opponents without ever playing against those opponents himself. The use of this website is governed by NV law. This causes that player to act as the big blind and the player has an option to raise when it comes to their turn again.

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McKeehen used his chip advantage throughout, constantly putting pressure on his opponents and having a hand in their demise time and time again. At 61 years old, Neil Blumenfield would be the eldest player in the November Nine most years. In fact, before this year, the record for oldest player ever to make the November Nine was 57, by Steve Gee in Max Steinberg is the only player at this final table who already has a WSOP bracelet on his poker resume.

Thomas Cannuli is the youngest player in the November Nine at age The New Jersey native has already assured himself of the biggest live tournament score of his career.

Pierre Neuville is the oldest remaining player at 72 years old. Neuville has a long history of success in European poker tournaments, and this is his 20th WSOP cash. He does not yet have a World Series bracelet; the closest he came was a second-place finish just last year.

Federico Butteroni has made a name of himself over the past few days with his emotional celebrations when winning key hands. That excitement is sure to carry over to November, as the stakes become ever higher. Patrick Chan has four previous WSOP cashes, including a th-place finish in the first ever Colossus tournament earlier this summer. This marked his first gold bracelet victory, and the triumph couldn't have possibly been more exciting, since it pitted two former WSOP dealers against one another.

The year-old poker pro from Livingston, NJ collected his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet, an accomplishment made even more impressive by the intensity of play throughout the tournament, a huge comeback when he was battling heads-up, all culminating at the end of a long six-year journey to reach this personal poker pinnacle.

Remarkably, this is the first WSOP cash of Garcia's career, and he sure made it one to remember for the family and friends that lined the gallery around the final table. He also earned his first gold bracelet, a personal milestone.

Reading is a year-old poker pro from St. He has played full-time for several years, with most of his previous success coming from online poker games. Reading has pocketed six-figures in the past, but nothing could compare to the thrill of winning on the biggest live stage in poker here at the WSOP.

If you wait 20 hands for a monster to punish your loose opponents your stack will have gone through the blinds four or five times and will have decayed considerably or even might have vanished in the process. Play here is so different from the previous phases that it's worth training for heads-up duels specifically.

Once again cards go up in value and you have to be willing to put tremendous pressure on your opponent, otherwise he'll just grind you down.

A hand like Ace-Five for example is virtually unplayable in most situations on a full-ring table but is a monster when playing heads up. Very often during the final table the remaining players will try to make a deal to split the remaining prize money. Normally you should politely reject those offers. Your opponents will usually moan and groan a bit, threaten to keep on playing without a deal, but will eventually accept a counter offer. The rule of thumb is: You should not accept much less than that but also not demand much more than that.

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