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Newsletter: Volume 3 - Issue 12 News

DeepStack Open Cannes 2011

The city of Cannes in the South of France is known for luxury, beauty and of course the famous Cannes Film Festival, but on April 28th to May 1st 2011 the city will be known for its Poker action, as the 2011 Cannes DeepStack Open takes over the city!

SunPoker invites you to participate in a series of Satellite events to win a €1,150.00 VIP Package to the DeepStack Open Cannes 2011 and enjoy the beauty France has to offer in the Spring time.

Each package winner will be receiving;

  • €500 + €50 Buy In to the Main Event. 50,000 chips.
    All players are registered to day 1B, April 29th.
  • €400 for 4 nights’ accommodation at the Gray d'Albion, April 28th – May 2nd, 2011.
  • €15 for handling fees.
  • €185 for flights and spending.

Satellites for the DeepStack Open Cannes 2011 started on March 22nd 2011.
The first Super Satellite, where the winner will receive the full VIP package is on March 28th, 2011 at 21:30 Server Time.

Satellites will carry on daily until April 18th, 2011 and every Monday will be dedicated to a Super Satellite with buy ins set at €50 + €5

Cannes in the Spring time is just as good as a Royal Flush anytime!

Tournament News

Irish Open 2011

St. Patty’s day just went buy, but the real luck of the Irish is right around the corner at the 2011 Irish Open in Dublin!

Every weekend, SunPoker hosts satellites to different land based tournaments around the world and we’ve noticed for 2011 the most sought after VIP package has been to the Irish Open!

Therefore, we now extend another opportunity to our players this Sunday, March 27th at 20:00 Server Time to participate in a No Limit Texas Hold’Em tournament where the winner will receive a full €4,600 VIP Packages to the 2011 Irish Open!

The full package will include;

  • €3,200 + €300 Buy In to the Main Event.
  • €395 for 5 nights’ accommodation and breakfast at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, April 21st – April 26th, 2011.
  • €50 for handling fees.
  • €655 for flights and spending.

Daily and Weekly Satellites are ongoing for as low as €1.10 + €0.10 and the last package will be awarded on April 3rd 2011 so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity this weekend!

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin, a city where pubs, night clubs and a verity of entertainment is right around every block!

Poker Around the World

Zynga Hacker sentenced to server 2 Years

British hacker Ashley Mitchell has been sentenced to serve two years in prison after being convicted of computer misuse and four counts of money laundering.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty in February of hacking into the online gaming website Zynga and stealing 400 billion virtual chips. He later sold some of those chips on Facebook, picking up £53,612 from the site’s users. Had he sold all of the virtual chips, he could have netted approximately £7 million.

Zynga Poker is an application that is played on a variety of gaming portals that include Facebook, MySpace, MSN Games, Yahoo!, the iPhone and Android. The company has over 50 million daily users and has offers other popular games such as Farmville, Cafe World, Mafia Wars and Cityville.

Though his defense team tried to argue that Zynga would not have suffered any losses, because they could simply create additional virtual chips, Judge Philip Wassall of the Exeter crown court wasn’t buying it.

“The sentence has to reflect the impact on public confidence in security systems and online business when someone breaches security in this way,” he said.

Mitchell also received an additional 30 week sentence for violating an earlier suspended sentence after hacking into his previous employer’s network in 2008.

Source: Julio Rodriguez


Message from the CEO

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Message from the CEO

What exactly is Protection Play?

We all do it, but did we know there’s a real definition behind it?

What am I talking about? Here is a definition of Protection Play:

Protection in poker is a bet made with a strong but vulnerable hand, such as top pair when straight or flush draws are possible. The bet forces opponents with draws to either call with insufficient pot odds, or to fold, both of which are profitable for the betting player. By contrast, if he failed to protect his hand, another player could draw out on him at no cost, meaning he gets no value from his made hand.

A protection play differs from a bluff in that the bluff can win only when the opponent folds, while protection bet is made with a hand that is likely to win a showdown, but isn't strong enough for slow playing.

The importance of protection increases when there are multiple opponents. For example, if a hand is currently the best, but each of four opponents has a 1-in-6 chance of drawing an out, the four opponents combined become the favorite to win, even though each one is individually an underdog. With a protection bet, some or all of them may fold, leaving fewer opponents and a better chance of winning.

The term protection is also often heard in the context of an all-in player. A bet by an opponent serves to protect the all-in player by reducing the number of opponents the all-in player must beat. To deliberately make such a bet solely to protect another player's hand constitutes collusion.

A slight but big difference between a bluff and protection!



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