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Age 17 for both. I just seem to have been really lucky with that hand when I'm running bluffs with it I seem to flop two pair or better A LOT!

Average player by definition would be 9-1. Above average player probably not any better than 4.5-1.

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My point is this: why is Ivey being singled out and not people like Erik Seidel for example? What is inherently different about the two outside of the fact that Ivey was more marketable? Why does one get a free pass when the other is vilified when they are both in the same boat? The whole "boggles my mind" thing is why, if people are upset with shareholders, aren't they equally upset with the entire team? As for Annie Puke, yes, she was involved in marketing decisions including player signings etc and worked with the owners on the business side of things whereas Hellmuth never took on such a role.
Willy GeeIf you do a little research online you will find Annie Puke was involved with the birth of UB, back in Oregon I believe, and all PH did was sign a sponsorship deal.
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Hi Daniel,Do you know anything about ielogic (UB) and Ms. Puke's involvement in building the site and/or software? From what I find she and Russ were pretty tight, and then she screwed him, at least figuratively.Her online resume...http://www.linkedin.com/pub/annie-duke/5/b2b/30aielogic2002 – 2006 (4 years)Consulted on feature development, promotions and game logic at ielogic, developer of online poker software.

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hey there DanielFirstly I would like to thankyou for uploading all the videos and blog that u have done. I love them all and it help me to enjoy poker a lot more. I have been playing poker for a few months and you are my fav poker player so far! U seem fun to have on the table lol :)Anyways I have 2 different poker hands I played and want to know if you would have played it differently.1) The first hand took place on the first few hands of a poker tourney.We started with 4000 chips if I remember correctly and it was a 1 rebuy tourney. The blinds were 10-20. IN the first few hands I had a pair of 9's. I was first to act so raised to 100. 1 person calls and another raises to 300. I call the 300 and so does the other guy.Flop wasQ 6 9 all unsuitedI checked and so did the middle player and the last one bet 1000, I raised to 2500 and the 3ed guys fold. The raisers instantly goes all in and I call. He shows QQ. So we both hits sets. I properly should have played the pot small but what would u have done?2) I was playing cash poker in this example. I had $400 with me and the blinds were 2-4. I was last to act (holding QQ) to raised the pot to 20 since everyone called the blinds. Sadly everyone called my raise :SThe flop was 4 6 6 all unsuitedWe all checked.turnQI checkedone guy bets $100, one guy calls and I go all in.Both the initial raisers go all in.One guy shows 44 and another shows Q6River4!:(If u were in my position would you have played it any differently? Or was this hand just bad luck for me?thanks for the helpand goood luck in Ireland!

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Standard deviation was too nerdy a term for me to understand back then lol. Yes, I obv included party day stats into my hourly.
Hi Daniel, Another question about your early days at fundtime.In limit calling the river is much more correct then in no limit because of the odds. When you were playing at fundtime did you fold the river more then most other pro's because of your superior hand reading skills or did you stick strictly to trying to make a positive EV call vs his range?What other things did you feel contributed to your amazing win rate? Soft Games? Table image? Collecting fish from other charity casino's? Your personality making people give you more information or calling light against you and checking down the nuts vs you because people liked you so much?Did you play looser then the recomended starting hand chart? Because of your superior post flop play?How did you intially learn everything about limit, pot odds, starting hand chart? etcI'm sure you were much younger then most people playing limit at that time. Did people ever start to notice you more because of your age and because you "always seam to win"? If so, did you feel this image help or hurt you? Why?How did you avoid card dead tilt not having a playable hand for 6+ hours?'How did you deal with fish who verbally attacked other fish or new players for there questionable play, because these players don't care about winning money but winning pots and to be macho? These players hurt your expectations without understanding or caring what they did how do you deal with this?At that time how loose were those 10/20 games on adverage? 1 or 2 limpers and a raise? 3 or 4 limpers rare raises? 5+ limpers with almost no raising preflopHow far did you have to travel on average to play?Do you think travel time and waiting time should be included as part as your hourly rate?I know this is a million questions but I play 5/10 and 10/20 to pay for school and these are questions i'm dying to have a real professional answer.I love your blog, twitter and everything else you put on the internet.Thanks so MucH!Brian
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IN reference to Post 308 ... Those are a couple of 'bad beats' you've had in such a short time playing the game. As for the tournament hand I would take a look at a couple of items where you could have possibly avoided a bust out, but in a rebuy tournament with such 'small' stacks it would be hard not to fall into this cooler of a hand. Preflop you raised 5x BB which is pretty high and when you get mutiple callers and have to deal with a raise the pot gets pretty big quickly and although 9s are nice to have there are alot of overs that can hit the Flop. As it turns out you hit a set and felt good about your hand ... and you got an opponent to bet the pot (really an overbet with his hand). What were you scared of here that you felt the need to raise, basically 2500 is all-in? You dont mention the suits, but you are probably against AA, KK, QQ, AQ, 66, Q9 or a big draw here ... 5 of the 6 made hands you have dominated. So a flat call of the 1000 lets you see the turn. If you then check again and he goes all-in you still 'have' to call since you are more than likely still crushing the stated range and win 80 to 90 % of the time. In this case, rebuy and move on since the stack size you indicated doesn't really prevent you from getting felted here unless you know your opponent will only go all-in with the nuts on the Turn.As far as the cash game ... you were 'lucky' enough to get a checked Flop where you were only 4% to improve and hit YOUR one-outer, thus only having to fade 2 other outs on the River and one of the them got THEIR one-outer. Tough hand and it doesn't even count as a bad beat in most places!! You basically got what you wanted out of the hand on the Turn, just bad luck on the River. What to change? If you were playing 2-4 pot limit (you mentioned 'raising the pot') then nothing, but if you were playing no-limit, then obviously your table needs a larger raise to get 'everyone' out of the hand pre-Flop, thus creating a chance for a small win rather than a large loss ... problem is that 44 may call anyway and Q6 folds, which just means that Mr. 44 wins less money in this case. Other option would have been to bet out on the Flop since you have a strong hand against multiple opponents looking for any 6s out there, assuming you were in the BB, and then possibly fold to any re-raise ... thus, you don't see the Turn that broke your heart until you are out of the hand as certainly the other 2 guys are going to go at it when you lead out in order to protect their made hands.I think both hands were played 'standard' but could have possibly been delt with differently with a little more pot size control. Good luck!!

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IN reference to Post 308 ... Those are a couple of 'bad beats' you've had in such a short time playing the game. As for the tournament hand I would take a look at a couple of items where you could have possibly avoided a bust out, but in a rebuy tournament with such 'small' stacks it would be hard not to fall into this cooler of a hand. Preflop you raised 5x BB which is pretty high and when you get mutiple callers and have to deal with a raise the pot gets pretty big quickly and although 9s are nice to have there are alot of overs that can hit the Flop. As it turns out you hit a set and felt good about your hand ... and you got an opponent to bet the pot (really an overbet with his hand). What were you scared of here that you felt the need to raise, basically 2500 is all-in? You dont mention the suits, but you are probably against AA, KK, QQ, AQ, 66, Q9 or a big draw here ... 5 of the 6 made hands you have dominated. So a flat call of the 1000 lets you see the turn. If you then check again and he goes all-in you still 'have' to call since you are more than likely still crushing the stated range and win 80 to 90 % of the time. In this case, rebuy and move on since the stack size you indicated doesn't really prevent you from getting felted here unless you know your opponent will only go all-in with the nuts on the Turn.As far as the cash game ... you were 'lucky' enough to get a checked Flop where you were only 4% to improve and hit YOUR one-outer, thus only having to fade 2 other outs on the River and one of the them got THEIR one-outer. Tough hand and it doesn't even count as a bad beat in most places!! You basically got what you wanted out of the hand on the Turn, just bad luck on the River. What to change? If you were playing 2-4 pot limit (you mentioned 'raising the pot') then nothing, but if you were playing no-limit, then obviously your table needs a larger raise to get 'everyone' out of the hand pre-Flop, thus creating a chance for a small win rather than a large loss ... problem is that 44 may call anyway and Q6 folds, which just means that Mr. 44 wins less money in this case. Other option would have been to bet out on the Flop since you have a strong hand against multiple opponents looking for any 6s out there, assuming you were in the BB, and then possibly fold to any re-raise ... thus, you don't see the Turn that broke your heart until you are out of the hand as certainly the other 2 guys are going to go at it when you lead out in order to protect their made hands.I think both hands were played 'standard' but could have possibly been delt with differently with a little more pot size control. Good luck!!
You joined in 2007 and one of your 3 total posta lifetime is the answer to a question that was meant for Daniel Negreanu. WTF man.
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You joined in 2007 and one of your 3 total posta lifetime is the answer to a question that was meant for Daniel Negreanu. WTF man.
Sorry if I am over stepping my boundries ... I didn't even remember this site (or that I was a member) until DN mentioned it in his rant and I came her to check it out. I would certainly find it unlikely that anyone would only want one opinion on something that was posted in a forum, do you? If DN wants to anwer he will and he can take me to the cleaners as well if he disagrees with my thoughts ... My goal here is to learn as much as I can about what others are going through and I am not going to sit around and wait for DN to give a response (if he wants to) when we can talk about it while waiting.
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Hey Daniel,Big fan of yours. I'm glad I found this forum and appreciate the opportunity to post and to read your replies. I think you're one of the classier pro's and a great example of how to be successful and still be approachable. And while I'm piling on the accolades, let me say that I really respect your game and have tried to model my play after you. OK...enough with the props...I've been a member of PokerVT for a number of months and I know for a fact it has improved my game tremendously. I wasn't aware how much I didn't know. Now I am a committed small baller, both in tourneys and cash. I love the new found control of variance! I watch the videos over and over and pick up new things each time. My favorites are yours, Jon Turner, Jason, Adam and Bryan. I do have a request though. Since I've found the videos of your online MTT's and low limit cash games the most helpful, I wonder if you have any plans to add more. The private cash game commentary is very good, and I hope you continue adding to that, but a few new online MTT's would be great.So, thanks again for all the above, and I wish you tons of 'run good'.Joe

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DN don't you hate it when you take a girl home from the bar and all she wants to do is talkIf you had to be doing something else in your life to make a living what would it be? Do you ever invest in stock market?What kind of retirement plan do you have?Do you think the world will end on 12/12/12?When do you think online poker sites will start getting regulated in the states?Probably on. 12/13/12

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Sorry if I am over stepping my boundries ... I didn't even remember this site (or that I was a member) until DN mentioned it in his rant and I came her to check it out. I would certainly find it unlikely that anyone would only want one opinion on something that was posted in a forum, do you? If DN wants to anwer he will and he can take me to the cleaners as well if he disagrees with my thoughts ... My goal here is to learn as much as I can about what others are going through and I am not going to sit around and wait for DN to give a response (if he wants to) when we can talk about it while waiting.
No I doubt people want more than one opinion in a thread that is solely based on Negreanu's opinion. But that is pure speculation on my part and I could be wrong. If your goal is to learn as much as possible about what others are going through I would suggest that you try searching for a different thread. Again, only a friendly suggestion. HAGD
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How good is top pair?I ask this, as an avowed donkament player, since it seems to me the median hand you should be willing to get all in with on the flop. That is, when I get all in with it it seems to be good about half the time and crushed the other half. In limit, obviously, I can just call down but in no limit it's a real problem.I lucked into an entry to Poker Maximus main event on Lock (sick brag) and went in totally intimidated and bled off my stack. Towards the end, I saw a couple hands that made me believe i was giving these guys too much credit, but by then it was too late and I lost a coin flip.

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Hello Daniel. First, thank you for talking to me for a bit at last years WSOP. When you found out that I got every penny back from PokerStars, you fist-bumped me. I'll never forget that moment.Now, two questions, one on strategy and one sort of fun one...On PokerTV, you made a little statement that I have followed when you said that if you are putting more that 25% of your stack in the pot as a single bet, you should shove it all in. I have been doing that...In tournaments. Was this statement meant for cash games only??My second question is...Have you ever been in a MTT when you were forced to be at the same table as Annie Duke and how do you think it would go down if it were to ever happen??(_)> Cheers! Alan Chiras.

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I disagree with what you are saying here.When a person makes an endorsement, he stakes his reputation. That's what he gets in exchange for money. When it turns out that the business is not sound, his reputation is, rightly, negatively affected. The only reason an endorsement has any value is the risk it represents to the celebrity's reputation. It's not just free money. They can't just disavow the association.
Fair enough, but singling out Ivey over all the other team FTP makes absolutely no sense.
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