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The Poker Mistake That Costs You 40% of Your ROI

This post ties in with my January monthly newsletter. If you are looking for the Carbon Sit N Go tokens offer details, or links to the articles in that mail, then you'll find them at the bottom of this page. For everyone else, I’d like to introduce the single most common mistake poker players make. You can keep telling yourself that you have great reasons for ignoring it – though at the end of the day the math does not lie.

40% is a big number, and one I do not use lightly. While I use Sit N Goes as the example below, this mistake applies equally to all poker formats.

PokerStars Numbers and the Amaya Story

I have a new hero – at least in Business terms. After leading the Amaya takeover of PokerStars last year, David Baasov has been crowned the ‘King of Online Gambling’ by Forbes. The article is linked below, along with some fascinating numbers about online gambling which came from the story. Baasov’s persistence and grit really shines through in the article. He is up there with Elon Musk and (the younger) Richard Branson for me…

Planet Corp Look Ahead to 2015

Here is part 2 of my year-end wrap up from Planet Corporation. New Year is always a peak in motivation for me, I can’t wait to get stuck into new projects. 2015 will have 2 themes. First, re-investing with more focus and more discipline. Second, I need to delegate more tasks to enable me to grow faster. This post puts my plans out there in public and helps keep me accountable,

Here is the breakdown:

Planet Corp Year in Review 2014

Last day in the office for this year and I’m already pumped for the start of 2015. Several new projects are almost ready to launch, and I’ll be implementing some valuable lessons learned from this year into the mix. This post focuses on my company (Planet Corporation) and reviews the good, bad and ugly from 2014. Between xmas and new year I’ll publish a second post which will look forward into next year.

Will AI Destroy Online Poker?

Stephen Hawking has been in the news again. This time giving us the dire warning that artificial intelligence is an existential threat to the human race. He is not alone, Elon Musk warned against this earlier this year, and the argument goes back all the way to Terminator.

It got me thinking. If we set aside the trivial matter of the destruction of humanity for a moment, is there something more imminent, and more important at stake?

Preview: Million Dollar Guaranteed US Online Tournament

The last few posts have all featured non-US topics, so I thought that I'd balance things today with a topic that should be of special interest to my US readers.

We are less than a month away from big milestone in the recovery of US poker after Black Friday. For the first time in 3.5 years, there will be an online poker tournament with a prize pool of $1,000,000 guaranteed. The date for your diaries is the 14th December (a Sunday). This post gives you a preview of what to expect, and outlines the different satellite qualifiers which are going on right now.

A Billion Tournaments!

I’m trying to get my head around this one… and will probably end up having to admit defeat – 1 billion poker tournaments is just beyond conceptualizing for me. PokerStars have certainly earned the right to have a celebration. Not only with some big extra prize pool MTTs – the excellent ‘Golden Sit N Goes’ are returning too. It all kicks off very soon, with the event running between the 17th and the 30th of November.

The Age of the Online Poker Grinder is Ending

There was a big poker news story last week covering the increases in rake and withdrawal of the popular Battle of the Planets promo at PokerStars. It is always a shame to see player benefits getting reduced, though this was not the main thing that stood out for me. Instead it was the response of the pro grinders which took my attention. On this occasion, I think they are wrong.

The argument goes something like this:


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