World Poker Tour Season 4

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 15:41

World Poker Tour Season 4

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World Poker Tour season began with the Mirage Poker Showdown at the Mirage. This opening proved to be historical as Canadian Gavin Smith became the first from his country to win at the World Poker Tour, as he fought a very volatile game until finally emerging the winner. We then move on to the city of lights at the ever elegant Aviation Club de France for the Grand Prix de Paris. Frenchman Roland De Wolfe proudly brought a poker title to his homeland and proved that he had veritable poker knowledge from his experience as the card game's writer.

The World Poker Tour has certainly become the game of all nations. In Legends of Poker, Israel-born Alex Kahaner and in the Borgata Poker Open, American Al Ardebili won their own prestigious pots. Aside becoming a favorite throughout the world, poker has also proved to be a game for people of all ages and poker-playing experience. Now certifiable millionaires, Kahaner and Ardebili were once only newcomers to this game.

The card game proves further its international merit as The World Poker Tour makes its way to the Caribbean for the Ultimate Bet's Aruba Poker Classic. Kassem "Freddy" Deeb, a Vegas old-timer, faced young aggressive players from different parts of the world at his table. But the veteran remains steadfast in his techniques and claims the million-dollar prize.

While the sunny Caribbean proved to be a place of success for Deeb, back in his country, the Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship held at the Bellagio became the lucky playing field for Minh Ly, who won with his final hand by calling a bluff. He was even more elated when he left with his jackpot of over a million dollars.

But while Ly was lucky in the Bellagio, young Nick Schulman displayed his skill as satellite qualifier at the World Poker finals as he emerged triumphant among 780 participants at the Foxwood Resort Casino. Rehne Pedersen would follow suit in the Five Diamond World Poker Classic as he beat living legend Doyle Brunson and Irishman Phil Laak with his quiet and steady rise in the chip lead.

The youth continues to participate in the World Poker Tour as several young adults made it to the table in the surprisingly windy Caribbean Poker Adventure. While skill is something that poker pros have attained through the years, they can still lose when luck is clearly not on their side. Steve Paul-Ambrose, at only 22 years of age, succeeded in testing the Caribbean waters with a win of over a million dollars.

While the newbie poker generation is getting ahead, let us not forget the poker mainstays. Scott Nguyen, Michael Mizrachi, and the first World Poker Tour champion Alan Goehring, who all showed that practice does make perfect in the World Poker Open, Borgata Poker Classic, and the L.A. Poker Classic. Luck is a good thing to have, but skill does play a vital part in poker. The wins of Barry Greenstein in the World Poker Tour Invitational and Nam Le in the Bay 101 Shooting Star can also be added to this claim.

But just as you begin to believe that experience is more important than luck in this game, there goes another claim to the contrary. In the last three legs of tournament, the question of poker as a game of luck or skill is raised once more as several newbies won. Amateur Mike Simon bags the prize in the World Poker Challenge while a relative newcomer Victor Ramdin imitates Simon's win in the Foxwoods Poker Classic. However, Joe Bartholdi Jr, a Vegas pro, nabbed the coveted title of World Poker Tour Champion at his home court, the Bellagio.

The fourth season of the World Poker Tour, with its many surprising wins, shows to its growing audience that poker is a game that anyone can play.