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Newsletter: Volume 3 - Issue 35 News

DeepStack Open Malta 2011

Next stop on the DeepStack Open circuit is the amazing island of Malta!

An island just off the coast of Sicily, Italy with enough Sun, Sea and amazing night life is nothing out of the ordinary and now adding to the excitement is 4 nights of great professional poker action.

SunPoker invites you to participate in a series of Satellite events to win a €1,150.00 VIP Package to the DeepStack Open Malta 2011 starting this Monday, September 5th 2011!

Each package winner will be receiving;

  • €500 + €50 buy-in to the Main Event, (50,000 starting chips).
  • €250 for 4 nights’ accommodation inc breakfast at the Alexandra Hotel
    October 6th- 10th
    , 2011 for the qualifier and a guest.
  • €15 for handling fees.
  • €335 for flights and spending.

First Super Satellite is on September 12th, 2011 and the last Super Satellite being held will be on September 19th, 2011

Satellites will carry on daily starting Monday at 21:30 GTM +1 for as low as €8 and every Monday will be dedicated to a Super Satellite with buy ins set at €80 + €8

Visit a luxurious gem in the Mediterranean with SunPoker this fall!


Tournament News

Veneto Poker Fest

We just checked our calendar and right after DeepStack Open Malta we are heading to the Veneto Poker Fest in Panama!

Join team SunPoker at The Veneto Poker Fest hosted at the beautiful Veneto Casino, Panama City between October 12th and October 16th 2011!

The 2011 Veneto Poker Fest Tournament will feature 4 starting days and boosts an impressive prize pool of $700,000 with an additional $50,000.

Experience the excitement of the Veneto casino. Play the slots, play table games, while you play the Veneto Poker Fest Main Event courtesy of a $6,000 VIP Package through SunPoker!

The Package includes:

  • $3,000 Buy In to the Main Event.
    Players can register either day 1B-October 13th or, day 1C-October 14th, as per choice.
  • $400 for 5 nights’ accommodation and breakfast at Veneto Hotel in Panama City, October 12th – October 17th, 2011, for the player and a guest.
  • $90 for handling fees.
  • $2,510 for flights and spending.

As a member of team SunPoker your exclusivity continues with a private iPoker only invitation to the Players Party featuring a $2,500 free roll that will be held October 15th.

Satellites to winning a $6,000 VIP Package are on going, be sure to connect to The Veneto Poker Fest tab under the Land Based category on your SunPoker account.

Poker Around the World


Failla wins first major at WPT Legends of Poker

Long-time poker pro Will Failla (often referred to by his nickname of Will “the Thrill”) is no stranger to deep runs in major poker tournaments. However, up to this point in his career the East Coast native had been shut-out when it comes to claiming victory in a major tournament… that was until last night when “The Thrill” won the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event, and over $750k in prize-money.

Failla is not only admired and respected in the poker community, but is also one of poker’s genuine nice people, evidenced by his huge rail at the final table of the Legends of Poker. After entering the final table as the chip-leader, a few early hiccups saw Failla drop down the chip counts, only to make a massive comeback before going on to win the tournament.

One of those early hiccups occurred when Failla flopped trips to Josh Pollack’s Full House, but somehow avoided getting all the money in the middle –which would have crippled Failla—leaving him in good enough position to grind his stack back up.

Failla’s first step in his recovery was eliminating the short-stacked Owais Ahmed in 6th place; the 2011 WSOP bracelet winner and $50k Players Championship final table member was considered one of the most dangerous and accomplished players at the table.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the 2011 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event:

* 1st: Will Failla – $758,085

* 2nd: Ken Aldridge – $365,800

* 3rd: Jeff Vertes – $186,400

* 4th: Joshua Pollock – $128,500

* 5th: Adam Aronson – $102,800

* 6th: Owais Ahmed – $77,100

Source: Steve Ruddock of

Message from the CEO

Summer has come to an end but at SunPoker we are going to keep the heat going so be sure to stay tuned to the fire action coming your way for the final quarter of 2011!

Message from the CEO The 4 styles of online poker play

Online poker play can be easily broken down into only four distinct styles of play which are normally referred to as:

Tight Aggressive

Loose and Tight define the number of hands the player actually plays, while Aggressive and Passive refer to the player's betting strategy. If you recognize these players at your online poker game it will help you to combat their actions and beat them, be sure to tag notes on these players using the note feature on your SunPoker account.

Here's a summary of each style of play:

The loose-aggressive player is the one most frequently found at the online poker tables. They bet often and bet big, often going all-in. This type of player can be very hard to get a read on, if he's betting every almost hand you know he's not always got the best cards but how do you know when he's bluffing?

This is a player who only bets when they have a very good hand, a tight player is the opposite of a loose player who bluffs often, the tight player hardly ever or never bluffs. When the tight-aggressive player does have a hand though, he bets big and will almost always get some betting action from the loose-aggressive players above.

The loose-passive player generally wants to see every hand but isn't prepared to get involved in the betting. They will check or call any small to medium bets in order to see the cards but won't force the betting by making a raise.

This guy takes so little part in the game you'd wonder why he's there at all! The tight-passive player will fold all but the best of hands, but when they do get a good hand they will only limp in rather than betting big.

For most internet tournament tables tight-aggressive is the best strategy, this style of online poker play requires patience but the pay off in prize money at the end of the game is well worth it. After the loose players and those not paying any attention to the game have gone, you'll be left with four or five players at the table who desperately want to finish in the top three to win some prize money.

Your aggressive play will win big time here as by now they will have noticed that you only play if you've got a hand so they will back down and let you have the pot as soon as you bet big, unless of course you're unlucky and they have a monster hand.




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