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Final Table at FullTilt and two friends deep in World Series event

I haven't been able to play as many non-satellite tournaments for the past month or two. I have never had a lot of success at FullTilt even though I really love the structure of the tourneys there. Last night I found a $5 PL Omaha 8b tourney that fit into my schedule and was very happy to make the final table. I started the final table with a chip position of 8 of 9. I finished 7th and got a really good return on my buy-in.
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Good luck to Devin "TranquilChaos" Porter and congrats to Jared "TheWacoKidd" Hamby. TranquilChaos is 4/14 in the World Series of Poker 6 handed no limit hold em tournament(Event number 9). Both are great players and even better guys. Waco was knocked out deep in the money and is playing very well.

I am registered to play as a blogger in the <a href="">PocketFives</a> Open. There are added prizes for the poker blogging community.The PocketFives <a href="">Poker Forum</a> is source of the best <a href="">online poker rankings</a> in the world.Also, PocketFives boasts a member list that includes the most famous players in online poker, including top poker players such as <a href="">mr. menlo</a> and <a href="" >PearlJammer</a>. Please check out the forum and the tournament. Both are well worth your time. Thanks

Johnny Bax joins UltimateBet!

In a move that surprised man, online poker legend, World Series of Poker bracelet winner, and former Number 1 ranked online player Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy has been added to lineup of poker pros at online poker site

UltimateBet has added a great asset to the company and look for this to really help UltimateBet increase the prestige of the company. Bax is one of the more respected online players and this was a very good move by UltimateBet.

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At the rail with Jennifear

Jennifear is a fantastic young poker player from Niagra Falls, New York. She is a proud Contributing Writer for and a Presto Award Winner for 2006's Most Valuable Poster, as voted by the readers of Her writing and ideas on playing have won her a legion of fans. Jennifear teaches private poker lessons, and you can find the details at Jennifear's Poker Palace. A discount on these lessons is available if you support by joining a poker site through one of their links.

Thanks for joining me here at the rail Jennifear

It's a pleasure! Thanks for having me!

Tell me how you got started playing?

I never planned on playing for real money, and the fact that I did was a complete accident. I watched the WPT UltimateBet Classic in 2002 and was hooked. I went to UltimateBet with the intent of playing with playchips, which I did for three months! Then, something unexpected happened. They had a "high hand" jackpot that went off every 90 minutes, and I flopped a royal! I won $4.75 real money for my good fortune, and headed right to the cashier's page to make a withdrawal.

Minimum Withdrawal: $25

I was SO PISSED! I didn't really need the five bucks or anything but the idea of getting something for nothing was really nice!

I started grinding at the cash games (.01/.02 NLH) and realized just how easy that game was. I built my roll up to $100, took out my $25, and then discovered SNGs. I've never looked back.

I got into coaching by accident too! After seeing a few bad beat posts where people complained that they "always got their chips in as a favorite", but never won, I decided to show the world how to win without always "being ahead". I offered a lesson on MSN chat with two intentions. To get as many people to sign up for sites thru pocketfives as possible, and to have some fun. I ended up playing with a full chat room of 50 people, and I was overwhelmed. It worked out great though. Everything I tried that day worked. I couldn't lose, and was able to help a lot of people. I started getting requests for private lessons, and it took of basically through word of mouth. I try to help people on pocketfives whenever I can because it's where I learned a lot of my game, and I am paying the community back.

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Friends roll again

Your humble author cashed for the first time in what seems like a decade yesterday, but the big story was the friends of the blog slicing through tourneys all across the internet last night/early this morning.

MATHCLUBNZ had a couple of final tables on Absolute Poker. The first was in the $9K Guaranteed SuperStack where he won $1080.00 for finishing 3rd out of 83. The second was in $6500 Guaranteed where beating out 260 other players for a 3rd place was worth $721.50.

Finally, playing under his screenname of jakehekejnr, MathClub made the final table in PokerStars Tournament 86176132. Once again he finished 3rd, this time out of 396, and won $1318.68.

iLLNuGWichee final tabled the PokerStars $109 NLHE [$25,000 guaranteed!] winning $7815.00 for finishing 2nd out of 521.
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