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Newsletter: Volume 3 - Issue 30 News

Steps Tournaments Continue

SunPoker’s Steps Tournaments continue to build up as players are challenging each other internally as to who can climb to the top the fastest and who will cash in the $200,000 Guaranteed first!

What step will you start at? Take the first step for only $0.16 and work your way to the top of the mountain for a $215 token to the $200,000 Guaranteed Tournament or would it be at a higher step getting you that much closer to top!

Either way, reaching for $200,000 has never been cheaper or this much fun with SunPoker’s Step Tournaments!

These tournaments are 10 player Sit 'N' Go’s every time you win a tournament you will receive a token to the next step, now of course players can buy in directly to any Steps Tournament at any level, which means you don’t need to start at the bottom!

The tiered structure of Steps Tournaments gives you the opportunity to work your way up from Step 1 to 7; the tournaments are designed to keep you in the game!

If you don’t proceed to the next Step, don’t panic, you can win a token either to repeat the same step or at a lower step. Alternatively you can use any winning tokens, from Step 2 on, to buy in to any of the tournaments listed in the table below with an equivalent buy-in amount.

Your Goal Conquer the 7th Step to win the top prize and play your way to cash in the $200,000 Guaranteed! So get your step on!

These tournaments can be found under the Sit 'N' Go code on your SunPoker software. 


Tournament News

Asian Poker Tour – Manila

Just a few more weeks and we’re off to Manila for the 2011 Asian Poker Tour circuit and SunPoker has room for two more players!

This Saturday at 19:00GMT for a buy in of $130 + $10 you can win yourself the first of the last two VIP Packages and join us in the amazing city of Manila where you will participate in the poker action 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.

Satellites will continue running daily until August 5th when the final VIP package will be won!

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.

Here at SunPoker we continue to provide players with the best VIP packages to the greatest tournaments happening around the world.

Get your passport ready as this is just the start for SunPoker’s international poker tour!

Poker Around the World


Epic Poker League to Air on CBS, Velocity

With its inaugural season about to begin, the Epic Poker League has now revealed where you’ll be able to watch it: CBS and Velocity.

Twenty hours of Epic Poker League programming will air with 7 hours scheduled for weekends on CBS and 13 hours on Velocity, a new network aimed at high-income males to be launched by Discovery.

Long-time sports anchor Pat O’Brien, of CBS Sports and Access Hollywood fame, will host with Ali Nejad of Poker After Dark as the primary analyst. 441 Productions, the company behind ESPN’s World Series of Poker telecasts from 2003-2010 (they were replaced by Poker PROductions this year), will produce the shows.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Epic Poker League is footing the bill for the airtime as well:

“Epic is paying CBS to air the show on weekends as part of a ‘time buy,’ the WSJ article says, "a deal similar to an infomercial in which the company pays the network to air the show.

"On Velocity the program will air as a 'promotional barter,' in which the poker company supplies the show without payment from the channel."

Headed by Commissioner Annie Duke, the new league features only the top 200 tournament poker players in the world based on the newly created Global Poker Index.

Among the pros who have qualified for the top 200 include Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel, John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Matt Marafioti and Phil Hellmuth.

Five exclusive tournaments in total will be played with the first set for August 9-12 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.

The first four events each have a $20,000 buy-in with $400,000 added to the prize pool.

The season is capped off with a $1 million Championship freeroll for the top 27 players in February.

According to FS+G chief exec Jeffrey Pollack, who spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the shows will dig into the players' personalities and background along with the action at the table and will introduce the audience to players they may not already be familiar with.

Air dates for the shows are expected to be released later in the summer.

Message from the CEO

We are almost there…the surprise we’ve been hinting about is about to be made public! Be sure to stay tuned to for the exciting news!


Slow play is a term used in poker – especially Texas Hold’em - for trying to lure your opponents into making a large bet so that you can trap them and take down a big pot.

It is usually used with a very good pre-flop hand such as pocket Aces on Kings. Instead of betting big, the slow player will sit back and limp in (call or check) as if he doesn't have a hand worth betting, hoping that an opponent will have caught a lower pair or a straight draw and will come in with a big bet.

It is a classic poker maneuver and one which has won a lot of money for poker players down through the ages, but unfortunately slow play has now lost its effectiveness. The simple reason for this is that everybody is now slow playing their big hands so it is almost expected.

So how do you use this situation to your advantage?

If you catch a big hand, you need to come out betting. Instead of trying to tempt your opponents into making a move so that you can come in over the top, make the bet yourself. Now most amateur players baulk at the thought of this in case the rest of the table folds and they "waste" their big hand, but in reality you will normally always get some betting action from somebody.

By betting your big hand instead of slow playing it, you are performing a double bluff since most people would slow play it. Your opponents will often assume you are bluffing and you will get some betting action and ultimately win more money.

The other reason you should bet is that if you don't bet, you are allowing your opponents a free look at the cards and every time a card is turned over they could be converting a losing hand to a winning one.

There is only one situation where it will always pay to slow play your hand - when you flop an absolute monster that almost cannot be beaten. For example say you are dealt Ace, Four of clubs and the flop is Queen, Ten, Nine of clubs. You have just flopped the nut flush and you're pretty much unbeatable. OK somebody could have a pair of Queens, Tens or Nines and catch a fourth on the turn or river, or they could be holding the King of clubs and catch the Jack for a straight flush, but the chances of you not winning are now remote.

This is the time to slow play your hand. There are all sorts of hands that somebody else might be holding to make them think they are in a good position here; two other clubs, a straight draw, triples or even just a Queen for the top pair, whatever they've got the chances are somebody will think it's worth betting. If the flop or river produces a King, Queen Jack, Ten or Nine you might get a big raise or even an all-in from somebody.

Now you let them build the pot up by just calling the bets and take down the pot with your nut flush.




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