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Newsletter: Volume 3 - Issue 27 News

Summers Tournament tab

Have you noticed the new Summer Tournaments tab? Sure you have!

We have put together a set of our most popular tournaments under one category to simplify your gaming selection, under the Summers Tournaments tab you will notice a daily update in buy-in’s and tournaments ranging from Sit N Go’s to $60k Guaranteed games!

Satellites and Super Satellites will also be listed under this tab and this week you can select from a verity of Guaranteed tournaments that include;

  • Wednesdays $50,000 GTD
  • Saturday’s $35,000 GTD
  • Friday’s $60,000 GTD
  • $1,500 Dragon Tournaments
  • $1,000 Kylin Tournament
  • $1,000 GP Daily Dollar Tournament
  • $500 GP Top Gear Tournament

Games under this tournament start for as low as $0.03 and go all the way up to a $33 buy in, it really is your choice we just made it easier to pick and choose your tournament after all it is summer and we want you to be able to feel the heat at


Tournament News

Irish Winter Festival

The WSOP Main Event is officially in on it’s way, but soon enough the hype around summers biggest land based tournament will end and focus will shit to falls largest land based tournament, the Irish Winter Festival!

SunPoker is sending you on a 4 day poker party, a tournament that attracts some of the world’s top players and boasts its impressive prize pool!

Plan your next poker trip to none other than Dublin, Ireland at this year’s Irish Winter Festival, 2011 hosted at the luxurious Burlington Hotel!

This year, SunPoker is giving you two different ways to see Dublin through a full VIP package valued at €1,800.00 or through our Ticket Package worth €1,100.00!

This total Package includes.

  • €1,000 + €100 Buy In to the Main Event.
  • €316 for 4 nights’ accommodation and breakfast at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, October 28th – November 1st, 2011.
  • 30 for handling fees.
  • €354 for flights and spending.

Daily Satellites to the Irish Winter Festival have already started for as low as €3.00 + €0.33 and first VIP package will be won on Sunday June 26th at 20:00 with a buy in of €150 + €12

Let the luck of the Irish Shine!

Asian Poker Tour – Manila

One more month until the Asian Poker Tour starts its 2011 circuit and here at SunPoker we continue to provide players with the best VIP packages to the greatest tournaments happening around the world.

APT 2011 schedule has been released and the first stop is - Philippines at the Resorts World Manila from August 20th – August 23rd, 2011. Along with a main event buy in set at US$1,200 poker players get to enjoy the tournaments, hosted in an identical format with heavy satellite action and a series of side events.

Several packages are up for grabs, through the series of satellites now being offered at SunPoker, simply choose a game that suits your budget and play your way to a final table, where each first place finisher will receive a full $3,600 to the 2011 APT Manila, that includes;

  • $1,200 buy-in to the main event. (August 20th – August 23rd).
  • $700 for 5 nights’ accommodation at the Maxims Tower Hotel, August 19th – August 24th, 2011.
  • $40 for handling fees.
  • $1,660 for flights and spending.

After the WSOP continue your summer travels with SunPoker across to the Philippines as this APT tour is destined to be a record!

Poker Around the World


Doyle says no, and then yes, to WSOP Main Event

They all have different reasons –and one or two may actually show up to play anyway—but the list of big-name poker players who will be skipping the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event seems to be getting longer, with the living legend Doyle Brunson being latest player to say “no mas” (***See update below***).

Brunson made the announcement in the way all septuagenarians spread news… via his Twitter account! In two consecutive Tweets on the 4th of July Brunson expressed his apparent disgust and plans to skip the 2011 Main Event, but did manage to inject a little of the notorious Doyle humor with a jab at the DOJ:

Busted… Total nightmare… Goodbye WSOP

No main event for me .maybe the DOJ will stake me.

Brunson joins Tony G (apparently skipping the WSOP out of boredom/on a whim/fodder for a blog post), Phil Ivey (“boycotting” the 2011 WSOP), Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson (both of whom will be skipping the WSOP thanks to Full Tilt’s antics since Black Friday) on the list of poker elites not expected to be participating in the Main Event this time around.

Brunson famously boycotted the World Series of Poker in the 80’s when Jack Binion was pushed out by his sister Becky and basically exiled to Tunica, but this time around it’s unclear if Doyle is just titled, boycotting, or is simply not interested in partaking in what amounts to playing a week-plus of 12 hour days at the poker tables.

***UPDATE*** Doyle has changed his mind and already registered for the Main Event, the big kidder!!!

ok, I, officially am playing the ME.Do I feel good? No. Do I want to play? No. Am I playing my best? No. Am I gonna try my best? Damn right!!

Source: Steve Ruddock of

Message from the CEO

Team SunPoker take their seats to the 2011 WSOP Main Event this weekend and we would like to wish them the best of luck!!!

Message from the CEO Improve your poker profits by thinking big

Is your lack of confidence hurting your poker profits in your online poker play?

In an online Texas Hold’em poker game there are various levels of buy-ins for tournament play, generally starting from around $1 (plus site fee) per player. This is the level that most new players play at but has your game moved on while you've stood still? What I mean by that is - have you gained enough poker experience to leave the "newbies" behind and move up a couple of levels? If you haven’t then I would seriously suggest that you start playing for higher stakes, you could be losing out on a lot of online poker profits if you don’t.

The thing about playing at the bottom rung is that inexperienced players make unpredictable moves a lot more of the time than experienced poker players, so the very fact that you don't know what to expect from them often means that they're harder to beat than better players. Take Phil Hellmuth for example. Phil is probably just about the best player in the world but he's famous for ranting and raving whenever somebody makes an unexpected move against him. He would find it very difficult against a complete novice who got a run of lucky hands, in fact most of the top pros avoid playing beginners for the very reason that there is an unacceptably high risk of them suffering an embarrassing defeat.

Poker is an art as well as a science. It's about people as well as about cards and different people do different things, it's human nature. A hand that one player might see as cause to raise all-in, another might fold. And nowhere in the world of online Texas Holdem is this difference of opinion more polarised than in the bottom buy-in tables. But as you move up the poker ladder, you will find yourself mixing with a better standard of player at each stage.

Everybody wants to win so the players who have taken the plunge and have decided to move up are playing at the highest level where they still have a realistic chance of taking a prize. Nobody wants to play hand after hand without ever winning so each player finds their level and plays there until they are ready to move up again to the next grade.

So if your game has moved on and you've gained experience playing Texas Holdem online, don't hang around for too long at the $5 tables. Do yourself a favour and make the step up to the next level. You'll find players there that are more in tune with the way you play so you will have more chance of being able to read their game and boost your poker profits.

Sure it will cost you a bit more money, but look at the positive side. You're a better player now so you've got a good chance of winning more money!

Is your glass half full or half empty? When it all boils down the decision where to play is of course yours, but don't you think it's worth a try...just to see?




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