Sunday, November 29, 2015

Game of the Day: Clippers at Warriors


Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors (-7.5, 218)

The Golden State Warriors endured jabs from opposing players and coaches over the summer after winning the NBA championship and have come out this season on a mission to prove they are still the best team in the league. The Warriors will try to continue their historic pace when they host one of the teams that did the most talking over the summer - the Los Angeles Clippers.

Golden State took three of four from the Clippers in the regular season last year and missed out on a chance to see them in the playoffs when Los Angeles squandered a 3-1 series lead against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals. Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers suggested the Warriors may have been the recipients of some good fortune in their run through the playoffs, prompting Golden State guard Klay Thompson to respond by saying, “I wanted to play the Clippers last year but they couldn’t handle their business.” Los Angeles has handled its business so far this season and heads into the matchup 4-0. The Warriors are 4-0 as well after beginning their homestand by blasting the Memphis Grizzlies 119-69 on Monday.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), CSN Bay Area (Golden State)

LINE HISTORY: The Warriors opened as 7-point home favorites and quickly moved to -7.5. The total has held steady at its opening number of 218.


Clippers - N/A.

Warriors - C A. Bogut (questionable Wednesday, concussion), SF K. Looney (Late January, hip).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Clippers (-13.8) - Warriors (-16) + home field (-3) = Warriors -5.2


ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (4-0, 2-2 ATS, 2-2 O/U): Blake Griffin has been at the front of several battles with the Warriors over the past few seasons and is leading his team in Wednesday’s clash. Griffin is averaging 29.5 points on 62.2 percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds during Los Angeles’ hot start and is benefiting from an improved bench that now includes Paul Pierce and Josh Smith helping to take some of the pressure off in the frontcourt. Griffin has even improved at the free-throw line, where he is connecting at a 74.3-percent clip.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (4-0, 4-0 ATS, 1-3 O/U):
Golden State has outscored its first four opponents – all of which were Western Conference playoff teams last season – by a total of 100 points, bettering the 1961-62 Boston Celtics’ 99-point margin through four contests. “I think we’ve taken our intensity to a different level,” Draymond Green told the San Francisco Chronicle after Monday’s win. “It’s just a maturity. We’re getting more and more games together. We know what it takes.” Reigning MVP Stephen Curry is leading the charge and notched his third 20-point quarter of the young season in the third against the Grizzlies.



* Home team is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings.
* Clippers are 5-17 in the last 22 meetings in Golden State.
* Under is 10-1-2 in Warriors last 13 home games.
* Over is 8-1 in Clippers last nine games playing on 1 days rest.

The public is giving the slight edge to Golden State, with 51.67 percent of wagers backing the Warriors.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Alessandro Adinolfo wins IPT Saint Vincent Main Event


Italian Alessandro Adinolfo beat a field of 390 players to win the IPT Saint Vincent Main event this week, earning a first prize of €80,000. The field amassed a prize pool of €378,300, paying the top 55 players. Adinolfo's defeated Giuseppe Caridi heads-up, with Caridi collecting €45,000 for second place.

The final action saw Adinolfo go all-in with A♥J♣, which was called by Caridi holding 7♦ 6♣. The board of 8♣5♥5♦ J♥8♥ sent the spoils to Adinolfo.

Adinolfo has earned more than $250,000 in tournaments during ten years in the game. The title marks a career high for the man from Turin, whose other results have come from across Italy, notably in Venice and Sanremo.

The IPT now heads to Nova Gorica from September 10-15, 2015.

The full result from the IPT Saint Vincent Main Event is below:

IPT Saint Vincent €1,000 + €100 Main Event
Entrants: 390
Prize pool: €378,300
Places paid: 55

1. Alessandro Adinolfo (Italy) € 80,000
2. Giuseppe Caridi (Italy) € 45,000
3. Enrico Consales (Italy) € 32,000
4. Giorgio Soceanu (Italy) € 26,000
5. Christian Cipriano (Italy) € 21,000
6. Giuseppe Mancini (Italy) € 16,000
7. Paolo Antonio Pellegrini (Italy) € 12,000
8. Micha Renaldo Hoedemaker (Netherlands) € 8,500
9. Matej Adamic (Slovenia) € 7,000

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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Tom Holke beats all-comers to win inaugural Eureka Hamburg Main Event

Sometimes it's just written in the stars. Despite everyone trying to take your destiny down another route, you stay on path until you reach your goal. Tom Holke came in today dressed in all the accessories he could find that matched the colours of the German flag- hats, scarfs, you name it - he had it on, and it was a signal that he already knew he was going to win. Come to think of it, he's been wearing the same gear since day one!

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Tom Holke - your winner

He's also played with the carefree style of a man who knew he was going to win. He had the look of a man who thoroughly enjoyed himself at every moment. If he lost a pot, no bother, he'd just go and win the next one.
Poker is a zero sum game though, and if he was feeling that elated, others were feeling the opposite. None more so than the second and third-pace finishers, Alexander Lemme and Steffen Kessler, who had the look of men who had been told they weren't going to win whatever they tried. Maybe Holke let them in on his secret.

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Alexander Lemme - runner-up

Lemme should be happy with coming second for €67,100 - by far the biggest score of his career - but, as the start of day chip leader, he had eyes on top spot and nothing else. He busted after 12 hands of heads-up play when his ace-seven couldn't find a way back against Holke's dominating ace-jack. Kessler busted a short while before that when his pocket kings were beaten by Holke's ace-jack (again) that made a straight on the river.

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Steffen Kessler - 3rd

Only six of the official final table of eight came back for the final day here inside the Spielbank Schenefeld casino, the tenth of ten days that filled up this inaugural poker festival. That number was quickly reduced to four after the elimination John Forst and Nils Maibaum.

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John Forst - 6th

Forst three-bet all in with nine-ten but was felled by Holke (who called behind) and his mighty pocket deuces. Nils Mainbaum lost most of his stack in the final three-way all in hand that concluded Day 3's play and wasn't in a position to fold to a flopped top pair. Unfortunately for him, Lemme had him out-kicked and he was on his way.


Nils Maibaum

Armin Eckl was, by far, the shortest stack by that stage and struggled to find a spot to get his stack in. When he did - with five-deuce on the button- he ran into Lemme and his ace-queen.

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Armin Eckl - 4th

Three-handed play was the only plateaux of the last couple of days - a three-level period without elimination. That doesn't mean nothing was going on though. Holke tormented his opponents with a style of play that his opponents weren't able to exploit, a style of play that big hands are the only ammunition that work. All you had to do was look at Lemme and Kessler's faces to realise their weapons were loaded with blanks.

Well done Holke, this is your time. Enjoy every single second of it.

To read back over how today's action went down, please click here.That concludes a hugely successful Eureka5 Hamburg festival. We'll be back for sure and keep a listen out for news about upcoming stops on the tour.


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ESPT6 Barcelona: Prize pool info and the nationalities pie (super-sized)

The blitz of bustouts continued through the second hour of Day 2 of the Estrellas Barcelona Main Event. A third of the day's starters have already been knocked out in just two hours of play, as just 664 remain.


Where some of the eliminated players' chips went

That means the money bubble is suddenly starting to edge onto the horizon, which makes it as good a time as any to take care of the business of reporting some prize pool information for this record-breaking ESPT event.

It's the biggest freezeout tournament in PokerStars history as far as the number of players participating is concerned. With 3,292 entering, the prize pool is a massive €3,193,240, to be divided among the top 487 finishers with an eye-popping €491,000 to be awarded to the winner -- that's just over 446 times the buy-in!

Those making the final table (to be played Monday) will be scheduled to earn the following:

1st: €491,000
2nd: €256,500
3rd: €168,000
4th: €139,500
5th: €116,540
6th: €93,600
7th: €71,400
8th: €52,100

While were sharing facts and figures, we have information about nationalities to share as well.

Players from 81 different countries came to the Casino Barcelona to play this event, an especially high number that exceeds that of many past EPT Main Events. Spain is the best represented with 590 out of the 3,292 (21%), with France next in line with 445 entrants (16%). Italy (251; 9%), Germany (233; 8%), Russia (151; 5%), and the U.K. (143; 5%) each sent considerable numbers, too.

Enjoy the following chart showing how big of a slice of the field each of the nationalities claimed. We had to special order a really, really big pie for this one:


In the time it took to share this with you, another 100 players have fallen. Back soon with news from the bubble.

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Online Poker Bill Blocked by Would-Be Kennedy Replacement

The attorney general of Massachusetts prevented an intrastate online poker bill from advancing to the ballot and declared online gambling in all forms illegal in the state, just as she swore running for US Senate wouldn't influence her job.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who has used an anti-gambling stance to enhance public awareness of her, refused to allow state residents to vote on creating regulated intrastate online poker. Coakley told the Poker Players Alliance a measure to allow poker players to play online as long as both server and bettor were in Massachusetts wasn't written in proper form to be included on the fall ballot.

Coakley announced this week she would run for the US Senate seat vacated by the death of Ted Kennedy. Immediately she had to field questions about her ability to continue as Attorney General while campaigning, but insisted her political ambition would not affect her performance as AG.

“I will stay involved,” Coakley told the Boston Herald. "I have been and will remain involved in the major decisions in the office.”

While Coakley asserted her attention to tasks at hand, it was uncertain whether critics had thought she would neglect her job, or whether they had meant she now has political implications lying on legal decisions such as reviewing the online poker initiative.

Coakley told poker advocates that the wording of the bill left in question whether Massachusetts would be able to legally force the payment of a suggested five percent tax on Internet poker deposits.

Despite the presence of no state law against Internet gambling, Coakley's office states on its website that all online gambling is illegal.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

LAPT8 Uruguay: Christiansen out in 3rd, Lopez and Quijada heads-up

While Mario Lopez still had the chip lead went play went heads-up, Hilario Quijada had been doing most of the eliminating.

German Christiansen raised to 130,000 from the small blind and Quijada tanked. Quijada grabbed a pile of white, T25,000 chips and counted out 350,000. Then he grabbed his cards and slightly moved them towards the muck before he pulled them back.

Quijada thought a bit more, recounted the bet and then added a pile of blue chips to it.

"Raise," Quijada said. "450."

Christiansen moved all-in and Quijada snap-called.

Christiansen showed 7♣7♠ but Quijada had a better pair with K♦K♣. The board ran A♣3♥J♦9♠A♠ and Quijada eliminated another player.


3rd-place finisher, German Christiansen

Christiansen won $75,760 for the 3rd-place finish while the tournament went heads-up.

Quijada started the match with 2.1 million while Lopez was still in the lead with 3.2 million.

"I wanted to get heads-up with 1 million to your 4 million," Quijada said.

But Quijada would have to settle for double that. Then he took the tournament chip lead for the first time.

For the first part of the match, there were a lot of small pots. Players would raise and call preflop and then check down to the river. They were hesitant to show cards at every showdown, Lopez would usually show just one card and Quijada would muck if he was beat.

Then Quijada took a few big pots.

In one, Lopez called from the small blind and Quijada raised to 295,000. Lopez called and the flop came J♥T♥6♦. Players checked and checked again when the 8♠ came on the turn.


Hilario Quijada

The river brought a T♠ and a big bet. Quijada put out a bet worth 405,000 and after some thought and chip shuffling, Lopez called.

Quijada turned over 8♦8♥ for a full house and Lopez mucked.

Soon after that, Quijada called from the small blind and Lopez checked.

The flop came T♥6♦A♠ and Lopez bet 70,000. The turn brought a T♦ and Lopez upped the bet to 80,000. Quijada called and the 9♣ completed the board.

Lopez checked and quickly called after Quijada fired off a bet of 135,000.

Lopez mucked just as quickly when Quijada showed K♥T♠ for trip tens.

The hand put Quijada up to 3.1 million while Lopez dropped to 2.2 million.

The leaded didn't last long for Quijada. With 40,000/80,000 blinds, a number of small pots put Lopez back up to about 2.6 million and players are about even again.

At the conclusion of this level, the final two players will be on a 75-minute dinner break.

Photography from LAPT8 Uruguay by Carlos Monti. You can also follow the action in Spanish and in Portuguese.

Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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