Ace Speaks Dutch

The Games

Ever since I started playing poker for a living, about seven years ago, there has been legal Dutch poker in one place only — the beautiful Holland Casino in the center of Amsterdam. When I started out, the only game they offered was 10-20 guilder limit hold’em, which is slightly less than €5-€10. At one time, it was decided that the smallest game should be 20-40 guilders, and after the conversion to the Euro, this was transformed to €10-€20.

It was around that time that a pot-limit Omaha game was started, too. Some people had been asking for that game for quite some time, and because of the efforts of Ed de Haas, the 500-guilder buy-in PLO game quickly became very popular. Nowadays, our regular game is €500 buy-in PLO, and when some big players are there who want to play for higher stakes, €1,000 or even €2,000 buy-in games are possible. While this would happen rather frequently about two years ago, nowadays the games are almost always €500 buy-in with €10-€10 blinds.

In fact, while this game used to go at least five days a week when it first started, we currently get the game going three days a week. And not only is the game played less frequently, it has become much tougher to beat, because despite the relatively small player base, there are actually quite a few high-quality players. The fact that the Dutch economy has been struggling for quite a while now and the competition of good games on the Internet has increased have made it increasingly more difficult for poker to grow here. This is especially true because there are not many low-limit (or small-stakes pot-limit) games available, which means it is hard to get new players into our game — and the …

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Del Bosque’s 100 and a step nearer Qiu Qiu Online France





The Spanish Week in Review


Spain won 1-0 at Belarus last Sunday night to stay on course for France next summer and a defence of their European Championship crown.


David Silva confirmed his emergence as the best Qiu Qiu Online weapon of la selección by grabbing the only goal on the stroke of half-time.


A wet night in Eastern Europe was never going to be an easy ride and Spain had to fight for their win against a determined and often physical, if limited opponent.


Iker Casillas made a couple of key saves in the second half to prevent an equaliser but Alvaro Morata equally missed a chance at the other end.


Spain enjoyed two-thirds of possession and topped their hosts for shots on target eleven to two and off-target ten to two. They played 693 passes to Belarus’ 310. So they were worthy winners but it was no plain sailing.


Vicente del Bosque, in his 100th match in charge, summed up the night: “Things are not going too badly.”


He went on to identify some tactical points to work on: “Against teams which shut up shop at the back,” he said, “it is good to keep control. What we are lacking is pace when things are static and in transition.”


Del Bosque will call it a day after Euro 2016. He has already won everything that counts but a final hurrah in France would be a fitting send-off for the national team’s most successful manager of all time.


SPAIN: Casillas, Ramos, Alba,  Pique, Busquets, Fabregas (sub Isco 75), Cazorla, JuanFran, Pedro (sub Vitolo 65), Morata, Silva (sub Bernat 85). Goal: …

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Croatia edges Iceland makes it eight out of ten appearances at big Judi Bola Online24Jam Terpercaya tournaments

Iceland came within inches of becoming the smallest country by population ever represented at a World Cup final tournament when they were drawn against Croatia in the European zone playoffs. With 320,000 citizens, the insular nation in the North Atlantic is three times less populous than the current champions – Trinidad and Tobago.


But, it was not to be for the descendants of the Viking explorers. Croatia edged Iceland with a 2-0 home win in Zagreb after a goalless draw in Reykjavik. The newly appointed manager Niko Kovac (ex-Hertha, HSV and Bayern midfielder) outsmarted his ultra-experienced counterpart on the Icelandic bench, Lars Lagerback.


Instead of Iceland, travelling to Brazil will be Croatia, another of the small nations, but with a respectable international record. Croatia, with 4.3 million inhabitants a giant compared to Iceland, will appear in its 8th final tournament, counting both World Cups and Euros. Taking into account the country’s size, population, number of registered players and its GNP, Croatia is in fact one of the most successful soccer nations.


According to an analysis published on the Zagreb-based web site, a total of 60 teams, 28 of which are European, have qualified for the last five World Judi Bola Online24Jam Terpercaya Cups, including Brazil 2014. The analysis covered the period since 1994, when the red-and-whites were first allowed to take part in a qualifying stage, which happened to be for Euro 1996 in England.


David among Goliaths


Only eleven teams, five of which are European, have reached all five tournaments. France and Germany qualified automatically for the tournament each of them hosted, while England, Italy and Spain qualified every time by playing in the qualifiers.


Six countries have made it to four out of five tournaments, three coming from Europe: Holland, Portugal …

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