I’m generally not one for cover songs, “twists” on the classics or “new and improved.” I”m a traditionalist.
Unless there’s wagering involved. Vegas Hold ‘Em anyone?
There’s a new kid on the poker block, Duplicate Poker, which offers a twist on traditional ring games, Sit ‘n’ Gos and multi-table tournmanents. The site is also giving stuff away.
Download the site from Poker Works (link above), make any real money deposit and you’ll be automatically entered in four upcoming freerolls, sponsored by PokerNews. The pot at the end of the rainbow is a prize package to the PokerNews Cup, Oct. 21-27 in Melbourne, Australia. Each freeroll winner will be awarded with AUD$3000 Main Event entry, $1500 cash for travel expenses and six nights accommodation at the Crown Promenade Hotel.
Not bad. For nothin’.
Duplicate Poker is open to US players, as the site is classified as a skill game. I recently opened an account with my bank debit/credit card and had no problems.
Unlike the sites you’re used to playing, on Duplicate Poker you are battling not only the opponents at your table for chips, but players sitting in the same seat–and playing the same cards–at other tables. Each session has a fixed number of deals. After each deal, regardless if you win, lose or fold, your chip count goes back to even. Yet, any chips you lost or accumulated are tabulated and compared with the totals of the players in your same seat at other tables.
At the end of the session, the player with the highest total accumulated for each seat across the tables moves on, while the others are eliminated.
I played some free money SnGs on there and didn’t do too well. I’m not sure of the strategy just yet, though it seems clear one must loosen up. If you fold all hands in a given session, your chances of moving on are slim. Basically, you have to play your cards better than the other people who play your cards.
Of course, my deposit got me registered for the four upcoming freerolls, which go off every Sunday between now and October 7th a 4 p.m. Eastern. There are less than 300 people registered right now and you know many of those will be absent. Seems like a perfect sidekick to the late NFL games.
I will be back next week with a report on how the tournament played and I’m thinking by the time the 3rd or 4th rolls around, I might have some idea how to play them. But I encourage you to take advantage of this exclusive offer immediately and we can learn together.