Updates: Chad Brown Championship, Online Poker Threads, Jeff Freeman

In case you haven't been exploring Chicago Poker Club of late, we have a great deal going on. 

Chad Brown ChampionshipWe've added a new tab for all non-WCPC Fallah Productions shows, and are kicking off our new section with Episode 1 of the 2nd Annual Chad Brown Texas Hold 'Em Championship, which was recently filmed in Jacksonville, Florida.  ChicagoJason worked as a producer on the show, while our friends at Ante Up Magazine, Chris Cosenza and Scott Long host.

We have a brief recap, and a link to some of the best features on the Department of Justice takedown of the three biggest online poker sites

And finally, Jeff Freeman brings us the latest installment in his Primer Series.

Online Poker Takedown

As this author was heading back from a week away, playing some poker in International waters, and visiting the Bahamas, a country where citizens may play poker online if they like, the DOJ back in the U.S.A. was taking down the Big 3 of online poker sites - Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker, and Ultimate Bet.  If you're on a U.S. IP, and visit one of the websites of these online poker houses, you'll just see the following image, as their primary domains as been seized by the FBI as a part of the crackdown:

Big Three Takedown - FBI Seized Online Poker Sites

From Jess Wellman's article in Bluff Magazine:

High stakes pros and young 21 year-old grinders may have a multitude of options before them, but others don’t really have any options at all. Devin Porter is a 27 year-old poker pro from Utah who actually converted from being a live pro to an online grinder so he could stay home and spend more time with his wife and two-year old son. For six years, he has paid his bills, supported his family, and played full time. Now, he doesn’t see much of a way he can continue living the life he’s made for himself.


There is plenty of solid coverage of the event out there, so we at Chicago Poker Club have opted to be the source of the source.

There's lots more out there to read, but this will get you started.

Windy City Poker Championship 2011 Starts Now

Windy City Poker Championship starts its 2011 schedule tonight at 9pm on Comcast SportsNet Chicago (available nationwide,  non-midwesterners may need to add it to their programming.)  Dates and Times for Comcast SportsNet in other regions and Bright House Sports in Florida coming soon.

But why wait?  Full episodes of Windy City Poker Championship can be found online here, at WCPC.ChicagoPokerClub.net.  Episode 1 is available now.

Here's a teaser:

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The Gap Concept

The Gap Concept is one of David Sklansky's poker theories that states a player needs to have a stronger hand than what they would raise with in order to call a raise. The concept highlights the fact that poker players actually prefer to avoid confrontations with another player who has indicated they have a strong hand and also that calling only has one way to win a hand (being the best hand) whereas raising allows you to win immediately if your opponent folds.

The majority of the players taking part in the GSOP $100000 Betfair Poker events will have some understanding of the gap concept but a much smaller sample size will be aware that the size of the gap is not fixed, in fact quite the opposite is true. Some of the factors that alter the size of the gap include where at the table the raise came from, the size of the chip stacks in play and the playing style of the player making the raise.

It should be obvious that the gap, or the difference in strength of cards needed to call the raise, widens when the player making the raise has a tight range of hands that he plays. This is because when a tight player enters a pot he is more likely to hold a premium hand. Conversely, a player with loose starting hand requirements actually narrows the gap as they have many more weaker hands in their raising range.

Again, if the raise comes from early position then you should tend to give it more credit for being a strong hand than say if the raise came from one of the later positions at the table. Likewise, if you are facing a raise from a deep-stacked player in one of the Betfair GSOP 6 events then the gap should be narrower as they is an increased chance they are simply splashing around in the pot but a standard sized raise, and not an all-in bet, from a short-stacked player should be treated as immense strength, which widens the gap.

So to recap, the tighter the player and the earlier position the raise comes from the wider the gap, therefore the stronger the hand required to call becomes, but a looser, late position raiser narrows the gap so you can call with a weaker hand. Simple when you think of it really!