Posts Tagged ‘Nicolas Levi’

Viktor Blom stars in Unibet Golden Cash Game

Monday, November 24th, 2014

EPT8PCAOver the past week, there have been a lot of rumors regarding Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom signing with Unibet Poker. About five weeks ago, he was dropped by Full Tilt Poker to make way for their new marketing campaign, which apparently doesn’t include any famous sponsored pros. And the following tweet is what got the poker world talking:

“In Macau right now, but planning to play the @unibet cash game before @unibetopen at Aspers in London end of November. Looks fun!”

We emphasize the word “rumor” here because playing in a televised cash game doesn’t automatically enter you into a long-term deal with a poker site. However, it’s quite interesting that Blom played in the cash game and is playing the Unibet London Open too.

Moving along, the Unibet cash game, which you can see below, features a number of top-notch players. Nicolas Levi and Neil Channing are a couple of other notable pros who take part in this game.

Speaking of Channing, he recently signed with Sky Poker, and that’s no rumor. Channing, who closed down Black Belt Poker in February, found a sponsor at a time when most players can’t get any such deal. Perhaps the 46-year-old’s affable personality combined with his $3.4 million in tournament winnings proved to be the attractive combination that Sky was looking for. Check out both Channing and Blom grinding in the “Golden Cash Game” below:

What is Social Poker and why is it Important?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Today’s online poker world literally has billions of dollars floating around, as both amateurs and pros seek to work their way up the stakes and on to the big money. There’s certainly no shortage of big money either, with tournament prize pools occasionally reaching multi-million dollar figures. This being said, it’s no wonder why there’s such a heavy emphasis on real money poker games.

But what’s surprising to know is that real money play isn’t even the biggest sector of online poker. Instead, social poker has the vast majority of players. Assuming you’re in the dark about social poker, take a closer look at what exactly it is, as well as why it’s critical to the game’s growth.

Keeping the Fun involved

Whenever you play poker for money, it can be a pretty intense affair. This is where social poker differs somewhat because you’re not putting money on the line. Instead, the game is free to play, although there’s usually something at stake for the winner(s).

In the online realm, social poker sites usually offer non-monetary prizes to those who finish high in tournaments. This prize could be as small as a $5 gift certificate to iTunes, or as big as an all-inclusive vacation.

But no matter what the prizes are, social poker sites put an emphasis on players chatting with each other and having fun. Sure the prizes are a big motivator, but the whole idea behind social poker is to take risks, bluff a lot, and meet fellow recreational players.

It’s worth mentioning that social poker doesn’t just have to be played online. The truest form of poker is a bunch of buddies getting together and playing the game for small stakes or other prizes. For example, whoever wins the home tournament would get a large pizza on the other players’ dime.

How Social Poker will continue to drive the Game

If the first time you ever played poker was in a casino with a bunch of skilled veterans, chances are that you’re not going to have a good time. The same goes for if you play online poker and keep getting picked on by more experienced opponents. This is an awful way to be introduced to the game!

A much better and funner alternative is to play in a relaxed, social environment where everybody else is just there to have fun. Sure there’s no money up for grabs in these games; but at least you get to learn the fundamentals and enjoy yourself in the process.

And the more people who get into poker like this, the larger percentage there’ll be that graduate to real money games someday.