Poker Tournaments for the Technology Community

MEMBERS – Max Discount code coming your way

If you are an existing member of PokerCoder then you will shortly be receiving a member’s notification via email of a discount code that Adobe have issued to me, exclusively for PokerCoder members for Max in Milan. This is from the 1st to the 3rd of December. I will be going myself as some of the speakers are to good to miss and of course the Italian food and women aren’t bad either. And in case you ladies aren’t convinced by this, check out the Italian men.

Please let me know if you still haven’t received your email notification by the weekend and I’ll email you directly with the discount code if you’re on the PokerCoder database.

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Adobe London Poker Tournament IV – RESULTS

Well it didn’t all go exactly according to plan this time. I guess it can’t go perfectly every time. Adobe were a little thin on the ground at the tournament. They are usually very well represented but Andrew Shorten stood in well for them all. I had to cut short all announcements because neither of the Casino microphones worked, so there’s a lot of stuff I’ll be announcing via the blog here over the next few weeks, so check in regularly.

Unfortunately none of the Standard, Winner and Loser T shirts turned up this time, so for those of you who won or lost, we’ll be sending you the Ts in the post (provided the addresses I have for you on the PokerCoder database are correct).

I am proud to say that I was NOT the first person out this time. That dubious honor went to Jamie Badman, who on this night, did NOT live up to his name. I did in fact post a respectable bit of play and would have done well if it weren’t for “the excellent play of a gentleman called Jiten Pitamber”. And by ‘excellent play’ I of course mean ‘stroke of dumb luck’ and by ‘gentleman’ I of course mean ‘moron’. LOL, no, not really. It was a great hand of poker, probably one of the best head to heads of the night, and for those of you who want to learn more about poker, it’s called a ‘Bad Beat’ and here’s what happened: Read more

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If you are attending the Adobe sponsored PokerCoder Tournament tonight at the Grosvenor casino, don’t forget YOU MUST HAVE PHOTO ID IF YOU DON’T ALREADY HAVE MEMBERSHIP. A passport or photo driving licence are the only acceptable forms of ID. Obviously if you are already a member of a Grosvenor casino then you’ll be fine. IF YOU DON’T HAVE THIS ID YOU WON’T GET IN and there’s nothing I can do about it at the casino.

The event starts at 7pm but please arrive as early as possible as you will need to get membership at the door. It’s free and comes with no obligations. The casino simply get a few more official members and the possibility that when you next want to go to a casino, you’ll go to theirs.

We’ll be having dealer lead training at the tables by about 7:20pm, so if you’re new to Poker get along on time.

CONFIRMATIONS: If you received a members priority invitation and you clicked on “YES” you’ll be attending, then you are in. Consider yourself confirmed.

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Adobe London Poker Tournament – Last Few Places

Roll up, roll up. But do it quick. We are just a few places away from being fully booked, so if you’d like the chance to come to the Adobe sponsored London Poker Tournament next Tuesday then get over to the site and register straight away.

If we have any members who didn’t receive their Member’s Notification email then please email me ( and let me know. I suspect there may be an issue with the member’s notification system but it’s a difficult one to track down with out the members help.

A quick ‘hi’ to all those people I met at Flash on the Beach, though it was amazing to see just how many people either didn’t know about the PokerCoder events or who thought you had to know how to play poker to come along. I would ask you all, if you have a blog, then please blog on the event if you’ve attended. This brings more suckers in, uh, I mean, players, eh-hem, and encourages greater and continued sponsorship.

Also, if you’ve never played poker before then this event is specifically for you. We have the club instructed that most of our players are beginners. We have 15 minutes training at the beginning and easily 50% of the attendiees use that. Invariably the final table is full of beginners as anyone who has played before has already gone out as a direct result of trying to bluff a beginner. I know, I’m usually one of them. As I say, easily 50% of our players are beginners or complete novices, so come along and give it a go. It’s free, so is the beer and you get to meet truley nice people (players and sponsors)

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Adobe London Poker Tournament IV – BACK ON – 14th October

Prepare to be vigorously Pokered. Ok, so now I can finally reveal that the PokerCoder event was postponed to allow CS4 to be released first. This means that you can all fight for brand new CS4 products if you get to the final table. With the tournament champion getting his/her choice of CS4 Creative Suites. How awesome is that!

Put October 14th in your diary. For all my regulars (could I sound more like a hooker?), those of you who meet Adobe’s fairly strict criteria should have already received an invite to the tournament. If you have attended before and you haven’t then email me and I’ll check it out.

If you’re new to PokerCoder events, then sign up quick. They’re free, you get to meet many talented peers, network and drink free beer. You will receive tutoring on how to play texas hold ’em poker (it’s very easy) and if you make it to the final table then you’ll get prizes to. Everyone enjoys the event. It’s very informal and it’s great to meet many of the people who’s blogs you read or who’s company you’d like to work for. It’s a chance to exchange ideas, talk to the sponsors about their software and play some damn fine poker

At PokerCoder careers are improved, friendships are forged, prizes are won, fun is had, beer is drunk, IQs are flexed and sheep are dressed in leather. Oh, no, actually that last one is a different event

The event is being held at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino off Edgware Rd. Check the site for directions and a map. If you attended the very first PokerCoder event last year then you’ll have already been to the casino and more importantly, you’ll already be a member.

IMPORTANT: I can’t stress this enough – When you come to the casino, if you are already a member then there should be no problem (bring your membership card, though you might get in without it), BUT if you are NOT a member, you WILL NEED PHOTO ID to get in. I can do nothing about it if you turn up without membership or photo ID, so don’t forget it (Passport or photo Driving Licence). The casino are very strict about this. If you want to know more then contact the Casino directly. Their phone number is on the PokerCoder event site under ‘LOCATION’.

See you all at the tournament. I’ll be the one NOT going out first this time.

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URGENT – Adobe London Poker Tournament IV – POSTPONED

Adobe have requested that we postpone the next PokerCoder tournament, scheduled for the 18th of this month. This is because Adobe have a business requirement which must now take president. We will be rescheduling the event for October and I will announce the date and venue as soon as I confirm it later in the week.

Stand by for poker.

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Adobe sponsored London Poker Tournament IV

ALPT 4 is coming on the 18th September at the Grosvenor Victoria casino off Edgware Rd. We will be open for registration in a few days time, so clear your diary for free networking, drinking and gambling.

If you are a member of the Grosvenor chain of casinos entry will be easy, if not then you MUST remember to bring photo ID. I will be constantly reminding you all of this between now and the event. No membership or photo ID, no entry.

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Betfair PokerCoder IV Report and Results

Wow, what a night! Summary:

I was the very first player out, on my second hand. Don’t get me started. I had to announce to everyone that I was a big loser with my own megaphone.

World famous WSOP poker champion Annette Obrestad (Annette 15) turned up to kick our asses.

Annette Obrestad Annette15

The prizes were awesome. Roy and his staff at the Loose Cannon club were superstars as usual, this time saving us when the casino canceled our venue at the 11th hour. Betfair laid on some amazing sponsorship. The Betfair team turned up mob handed and are really great people. In total 115 people attended the tournament. Surely an indication of the growing popularity of the PokerCoder events. Read on for the details. Read more

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Poker Chip Tricks 1 – Chip Shuffle

So you have a pair of Jacks. The guy opposite you is wearing a cowboy hat, shades and a month of stubble. You can’t see his eyes but you know he’s staring into your head. You start to think that inside he’s laughing because he knows what you’ve got, but on the out side he is cold and calculating. You raise and he re-raises, without hesitation. While he watches you sweat he starts to shuffle his chips with one hand, split the single stack into two and reshuffle them again with one hand. He seems to do it so easily and almost without thinking. How does he do that? It’s really cool, but intimidating at the same time. I wish I could do that. But the chinking of the chips is getting louder in your ears and you start to question your hand. He must be good. Look at the way he shuffles those chips. You fold. He laughs at your weakness with contempt as he starts to take your chips and shows you his 2 7 off suit.

Beaten by a chip trickster. Well no more! No longer will you have to loose the girl because you’re scared of a chip bully kicking chip tricks in your face, and other such crap, shoehorned analogies. We will teach you the ways of the chip trickster. Starting with a great video from a fat bloke called skd1337 who looks for all the world like Mike Jones‘ stunt double. Don’t be fooled, this guy knows his stuff.

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Registration closing for Betfair tournament on 29th

Hi all, well despite the crazy late venue change, we have had a massive response to this event, especially from the Flex community. Obviously Betfair are giving away great prizes to the winners and entry to the event is still totally free, so that helps ;), but from a Flex point of view don’t forget you will have the opportunity to speak with Betfair about working for them on their next generation of online Poker apps created in Flex. So a great challenge, doing what you love (Flex and Poker) working for a truly great employer.

We’re going to close registration at midnight tonight as we have more than enough players attending now. If you have been to one of the Pokercoder events before then you are officially a member and you will have received a members early notification and invitation to this event. If you didn’t then please check your JUNK mail folder as we need to get these emails un-junked for future invites to get to you.

If you’re new to PokerCoder events then you should have immediately received an email asking you to confirm your email address (so we can add you to the members list and you will get members advanced invites to future events)

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