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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Review of the Annie Duke Poker Tutor iPhone App

The world knows Annie Duke as the most famous female poker player in the world with the help of her media presence and of course for her very strong play as a world class poker player. The UltimateBet pro's newest endeavor is her very own iPhone app, called the Annie Duke Poker Tutor and is a very convenient and surprisingly sleek piece of free software.

Features of the Annie Duke Poker Tutor

To start with, the Annie Duke Poker Tutor has a Tip of the Day feature to spread Annie's thoughts and suggestions about how to play good poker. If you wish to have a new tip everyday all you have to do is submit an email address, but you do have the option to not receive email updates once it's given. This is a relief for those who hate getting a thousand newsletter updates a day.

Next is a very simple and easy to use Texas Hold'em odds calculator that will help players figure out pot odds given your cards, flop, turn, or river. All you have to do is select the cards in question and tap calculate. The odds calculator is very fast, so if you can tap fast enough you should be able to quickly find out your pot odds even when playing online. There is an expanded odds calculator for an additional cost of $0.99 that is based on the same simple design as the basic, but allows users to enter up to 10 different hold cards to simulate play at the tables rather than just heads up pots.

One very handy feature for those brand new to online poker is a Hold'em Glossary that is filled with Texas Hold'em terms that every player should know. From rake to variance and "the button", the basics and not-so basics of poker is laid out in the helpful glossary.

Annie Duke App Freerolls and News

If having a free and portable poker tutor wasn't enough of an incentive to download the Annie Duke app, there are monthly freerolls on UltimateBet just for those who have downloaded the Annie Duke Poker Tutor app. These freerolls are, well free of course, but you also get a chance to play against Annie Duke herself, who also has a bounty on her head. So anyone who knocks her out of the freeroll gets a nice added cash prize. Who doesn't love a good freeroll?

The app also lets users know what is going on in Annie's professional life. What tournaments she is participating in, what causes she personally backs, and when they are all happening.

Overall Opinions of the Annie Duke App

Given that this poker tutor is completely free to download, has an already great odds calculator, and a inexpensive extended odds calculator at just $0.99 it's hard not to love the Annie Duke Poker Tutor app. With simplicity and great design, the poker tutor should be on every new poker player's iPhone. Bravo to Ms. Duke for putting this out there.
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Saturday, 1 May 2010

Icecold Deck, Insane poker hand [Almost Unbelievable]

Official - poker now a mind sport.

In a landmark announcement for poker around the world, the International Mind sport Association officially recognized Poker as a mind sport, a game of skill, on a par with chess and bridge.

Speaking from Dubai,where the decision has been taken at the annual congress of the International Mind Sports Association, International Federation of Poker president Anthony Holden welcomed “a major milestone in our campaign to have poker accepted throughout the world as a game of strategic skill.

It comes exactly a year to the day that the International Federation of Poker was founded in Lausanne, Switzerland on 29 April 2009 with the primary objective of having poker officially accepted as a ‘Mind Sport’.

“Over time, this should help to free poker from much governmental interference and other such unnecessary restrictions all over the globe,” said Holden. “Equally exciting, poker will now form part of IMSA’s World Mind Sports Games, due to be held in the UK in 2012 alongside the London Olympics."

The announcement came after a busy year spent working towards membership of IMSA. A presentation to delegates yesterday at the IMSA general meeting in Dubai. After firther deliberations behind closed doors IMSA President Jose Damiani emerged to announce the acceptance of IFP as a member.

As well as poker, IMSA is also formed by federations of chess, bridge, draughts and Go who are also members of SportAccord, the global organization with some 150 member Sports Federations.

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The meetings in Dubai attended by IFP delegates were part of the SportAccord Congress and International Convention. The next step fo the IFP is to secure membership of SportAccord to maintain its IMSA status.

Holden will be attending the SportAccord Congress on Thursday as an observer where they will lodge a formal application for membership, something the IFP hopes to secure at SportAccord’s next annual meeting in London in 2011.

Speaking in Dubai, Holden said:

“Now it has secured IMSA membership, poker is officially designated a mind sport and IFP is eligible to become a member of SportAccord,” said Holden. “This will involve satisfying all the requirements to obtain formal membership at their 2011 Congress in London."

“Above all, we need to have a minimum of 40 member federations from at least three continents. We have already achieved more than 50 per cent of that target and, boosted by today’s decision, we anticipate little difficulty in meeting this and the other requirements over the coming 12 months."

“I know the whole poker world will now come behind our efforts, not least because it means that poker will be played in the World Mind Sports Games due to take place in the UK alongside the 2012 London Olympics.”

Doyle Brunson, poker’s elder statesman, and a member of IFP’s Advisory Board, warmly welcomed the news.

“The IFP deserves our thanks and congratulations," said Brunson. "I believe that history will show this was a key moment for poker. All over the world the game has been faced with governmental controls and other obstacles. Yet it is obvious it calls for qualities and skills that go far beyond a capacity just to take a chance.”

IMSA President Jose Damiani said:

“I am delighted to welcome the International Federation of Poker into membership of IMSA," said Damiani. "Poker’s participation alongside bridge, chess and other mind sports in the annual IMSA events will demonstrate to the world that poker is indeed a mind-sport of strategic skill.”

Next year IFP will be launching poker’s first annual world championships, both team and individual, as well as participation in regular IMSA events.
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