Posts Tagged ‘Lee Jones’

Is PokerStars moving to Zoom-Only?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

It’s been a few weeks since PokerStars made the controversial decision to switch all of their regular high stakes games (50/100 NLHE, PLO and up) to Zoom Poker format. And Stars recently struck again by changing their $25/$50 PLO games to Zoom on February 1st.

Given these huge changes, a poster on TwoPlusTwo raised a good question about if PokerStars is set on transitioning all of their cash game formats to Zoom. Here’s a look at the OP:

First it was 50/100 NLHE/PLO, now 25/50 PLO, eventually they will do this at 10/20 and maybe 5/10. I think lower limits won’t be changed, but who knows..

As Stars Head of Poker Communications Lee Jones said back in December, the idea behind switching games to Zoom format is to eliminate what’s become a predatory environment. Rather than top-ranked players consistently clashing in high stakes games, online poker has become a place where pros are far more worried about seeking out fish. As another TwoPlusTwo poster put it:

yea they do this to prevent the current predator system which leads to auto-sitting when a fish sits and auto-leaving when the fish leaves. it’s bumhunting to the extreme and it has to be dealt with

Going back to the OP, will Stars eventually become a place where the only cash action is Zoom? This is an experiment right now, so the answer to this question depends on if players are largely happy with the changes, and if Stars is happy with their profits. The world’s largest online poker site can more than live with a few disgruntled regs as long as they’re continually attracting fresh recreational players and making money.

Until PokerStars can move into the United States and other unfriendly, but lucrative markets, it seems that they’ve hit a ceiling. So look for them to keep testing Zoom in other stakes to try and get something going in the profits department. And even if they lose regs over this move, a good portion of these players will go to the Rational Group’s (PokerStars) other site, Full Tilt.

Required Reading for Poker Players

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

A good buddy of mine just started getting serious about poker and has been looking for ways to maximize his skills. The other day he asked me to recommend a few good books about poker strategy and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you as well.

I play mostly Texas Hold’em so, for me, Lee Jones’ Winning Low-Limit Hold’em is a veritable bible. Jones’ book is the most popular reference on the game of low limit Hold’em and gives players a solid foundation in the tools and techniques that can help you win. Winning Low-Limit Hold’em starts out with an introduction to the fundamentals of the game, and to poker odds. Following chapters go on to explain how to play in each round of the game. Finally, Jones covers everything from bluffing to tournament play to rakes and more.

If you’ve already mastered all the techniques in Jones’ book or enjoy playing for higher limits than I recommend Hold’em Poker for Advanced Players by David Sklansky. Sklansky is one of the foremost writers in the poker industry and his book is considered one of the best about Hold’em strategy.

Also from David Sklansky, The Theory of Poker is a must read. This book covers everything from bluffing to slow playing, the value of deception, how position affects your play and other theories about the game of poker. Start out with these three books and you’ll be well on your way to massive improvement in your poker play.