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No poker in Greece

The quarter is over and I’m off to Athens tomorrow at 6:30am, so I won’t be writing for this blog until at least Monday, March 25th. Hope everyone has a good break, I’ll leave you with a story about getting invited to play poker:

“Online Poker – Get Invited”

I was snooping around Pokerstars tournament listings when I stumbled upon the ‘Private’ tournaments tab and noticed that lots of 3rd parties are hosting their own tournaments, all requiring passwords for members online. Well guess what, Stevie here got an invitation … or rather invited himself.

I noticed one group of tournaments that had lots of listings: texasholdemforums.com. I watched the final table of one of their tournaments (A $10 buyin with $100 added to the pool by the site) and decided to check out the site. The forums are very extensive and they have a great resource for any poker player looking to up his game, not to mention meet some friends along the way to play with and improve against.

They host several tournaments like the ones I played in. You must register and get certified and then you can get the required passwords from the forums to play with the guys. I played in a $10 MTT with the guys from www.texasholdemforums.com and had a blast. Only 44 people signed up, a great break from the $10 MTTs with 1,500+ people, not to mention most of the poker knew each other. It really felt like a home game from all over the country. I introduced myself as a new member of the forums and I was greeted warmly by who I found out later to be the moderators and owners, haha.

And get this: It was good poker. There weren’t maniacs in the first rounds going all in with nothing and most of the big showdowns deserved big showdowns (I saw AA vs KK twice and AA vs QQ once!)

I hit an amazing run of cards all of the 2 and 1/2 hours I played, getting AA 3x and KK and QQ and AKs and all that jazz, putting me in 1st place all the way until the final table when my two pair 6[spades]5[diamonds] ran into Q[diamonds]J[spades] on a Q[spades]6[diamonds]5[hearts] flop and a J[diamonds] spiked on the turn. After that I was unfortunate enough to run into nattys’ Q[hearts]Q[spades] with my K[spades]10[spades] in the BB and was knocked out right on the bubble in 6th place. Just proves that NL can be a very unfriendly game, but I had a blast doing it. Oh, and the tournament was for points, like a TLB for the forum, so I guess now I have earned some points for their ‘seasons’. Its a really cool concept, I suggest you take a look, if not to play at pokerstars, just to join a great forum about poker!

Also check out: www.freerollforums.com for much of the same kind of stuff!

Good luck on the felt!
Steve

I've been playing poker for almost four years now (well before it was legal for me, woops!) Besides poker I enjoy playing the guitar and I'm very enthusiastic about pursuing Dentistry as a career. I'm currently at The Ohio State Univeristy studying Microbiology, living with three of my close friends. I'm dating a lovely girl from Australia and am looking forward to the oppurtunity to study abroad over there as well.

1 thought on “No poker in Greece

  1. Hi Steve,

    I’m french and I will live in Athens for 6 months. So i’m a long time poker player and i would like to know where playing poker, if a lot of people are playing and if the greek law allow poker game.

    Thanks,

    Fly#

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