Come and Join Project Poker Pro

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sta_pic_0I am STILL looking for poker players to join my Project Poker Pro stable. This is where I coach players in my unique SNIPER program and then stake them and mentor them in an ongoing business relationship. Interested parties can simply contact me at in the first instance.

So what does Project Poker Pro do? What does SNIPER do?

Well firstly Project Poker Pro is a culmination of 5 years work. I decided to build my own stable of poker players who have the desire to work with a poker pro on a full time basis or for as long as they wish.


I am looking for enthusiastic poker players to come on board and join me. I allow all players that sign up access to my SNIPER course which teaches:


If you are a breakeven poker player or slight net plus player whether it is online or live then I want to hear from you. poker-726377_960_720


For more information, simply click on the Project Poker Pro tabs at the top of this page and see what it is all about before contacting me. Look forward to hearing from you and joining the stable.

sta_pic_0Carl “The Dean” Sampson

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sta_pic_0For those of you that are not familiar with online poker and its history then you may not have heard of POTRIPPER. This was a cheating scandal on Absolute Poker where a player had access to a “super user” account and could see the cards of everybody else. This lead to some amazing plays and a super human earn rate.

Needless to say that it was exposed but we can learn an awful lot from POTRIPPER….meaning just how high our earn rate can get when we are aware of our opponents cards.


Chips Come Our Way When We Use SNIPER Index Numbers

This then means that the utopian goal for ANY poker player to maximise their earn rate is to try to ultimately get closer to the truth of what our opponents hold or more specifically….what general strength do they have.

So it gets to the very core of what we are trying to achieve at the poker table…..this is to get CLOSE TO THE ABSOLUTE (forgive the pun) TRUTH of what our opponents have.

This is why the overwhelming majority of players struggle to make meaningful money playing poker…..they bluff when they shouldn’t be bluffing and don’t bluff when they should be bluffing and miss value in value bet situations.

The bottom line is that they lose a ton of money bluffing in spots where their opponents are simply not folding……they lose a ton of money when they fail to pick up pots that they should have won and they lose a ton of money in pots where they missed value.

So instead of making $50,000 or $100,000 at the end of the year……they break even or just scrape a profit.


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Big bucks come from the repetition of small amounts compounded. This is WHY SNIPER is so powerful because for the first time we can place INDEX numbers onto each situation that we encounter that identifies what we need to do and when and why.

So instead of having no style and no track to run on and NO PLAN…..we now have a style and a method that we replicate. In LIVE GAMES then SNIPER has been immensely powerful of late and is why I have played live for two years.

I don’t play any other way now and its powerful financial trading principles of weight of money and tape reading form the very core of SNIPER and why it is so powerful.

Any player that wants to learn more can simply contact me at or who wants to be coached in SNIPER or who fancies joining my stable of players as part of PROJECT POKER PRO.

sta_pic_0Carl “The Dean” Sampson can also be seen on and also at

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The SNIPER in Action

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sta_pic_0While I am not going to go into the details of SNIPER here in this post, you will see the power of it right here. Anybody who wants further details can contact me at by the way.

I was playing in a £1-£2 blind game in Sheffield and the game was only 6 handed after two players had temporarily left the table. It had been folded around to an Iranian guy called Mir to my right who made it £10 to go from the cut-off seat. He had a stack of around £450 and my stack was around £320 at the time.


Nobody Figures You Out in Live Games

I held the 5 (S) 4 (S) on the button and decided to call. Both blinds folded and we saw a flop with £23 in it. The flop came

J (H) 2 (H)  J (S)

So apart from some backdoor straight draws then I had missed this flop and had no right staying in.

My opponent bet £15 on the flop and I decided to think even though I knew full well what I was going to do…………the play is to CALL.

I called and that made the pot £53 (less the rake) and the turn card was

A (H)

Mir now bet £20 and the SNIPER play is…….to RAISE!!!

The FERN numbers and WOM numbers that are inherent within SNIPER and are the secrets behind its success indicated such and I raised it to £75.


SNIPER Creates Pressure and Pressure Creates Mistakes

My opponent thought for a while and gave me the stare but then ultimately folded and showed me

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I rake in £45 in profit in what ultimately became a £374 win after around four hours of play. In live small stakes games there really is no stopping the SNIPER.

Contact Carl at for further details if you want to join his poker stable or for details on SNIPER.

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The SNIPER in Live Cash Games

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cropped-header-4.jpgI have to give a big apology to regular readers of my blog for not posting for a full two months.

Well there has certainly been a reason for it and it has absolutely nothing to do with being in Vegas for the WSOP or because I was in France watching England in the Euro’s.

I have been trialling the SNIPER on the road and visiting numerous casinos playing small stakes cash games mainly at the £0.50-£1 and £1-£1 (with the odd 1-2) levels. I have to report some staggering success and I have won £9,388 since the 1st June having logged 357 hours of play in that time.


No Need to go to Vegas to Make Money in Poker

At an hourly rate of £26.29 per hour and a rate of around 25 hands per hour then I have played somewhere in the region of around 8900 hands at a staggering 105bb/100 hands.

That’s amazing and is far and away greater than anything I have achieved or ever will achieve playing online in terms of big blinds per hour.

I always knew the live games were soft because of the local small buy-in poker tournaments and the bad beat jackpots but they are stupidly soft.

Over the next few months I am going to concentrate on using SNIPER at 1-2 and attempt to double the hourly rate of £26.29.

It is THIS that I got into poker for and for me, the future is clear and I am leaving online poker to other people because the production and enhancement of my SNIPER stable is my top online priority these days.


Do You Fancy Joining the SNIPER Stable of Poker Players?

I simply cannot and will not spend any more time grinding online when I can pick up easy money playing live.

For me now the computer is for my poker business and staying in touch with my students and finding and bringing on board new ones.

I am leaving it to other people to take SNIPER forward in online poker while I concentrate on live play and managing my stable.

After playing online poker professionally since 2002 including several stints as a professional with Cake Poker and 888 poker then I owe it to myself to spend less time on a computer and from now on, online poker is taking a back seat for me personally in terms of actually playing online.

Money can still be made online if you have discipline and are WILLING to put the time in and you have a good system and back up behind you which SNIPER along with myself will provide.

However it is all down to you as to whether or not you are willing to come on board or not and as the saying goes…. “You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink”. A person needs to be willing because the correct mindset is everything. If you are willing then the rest takes care of itself.

sta_pic_0Carl “The Dean” Sampson can be checked out on where he is the leading poker theorist and writer and also at his rakeback site of

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Making Your Own Future

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3991I spent all last night watching the EU results come in until around 4am when it was obvious that the “leave” vote had won. I am not going to enter into political debate here as I never mix politics with poker….I voted but how I voted is academic.

However I do know this….a lot of people rightly or wrongly are concerned about their future as a result of this referendum. The bottom line is that whatever the result had been be it leave or remain then millions of people would have been worried about their future anyway!


I Got Sick and Tired of Worrying About My Future

The latest data on debt levels in the UK are very sobering. The current level of debt in the UK has doubled in the past ten years and now stands at a staggering £1.47 TRILLION or 1470 BILLION (as of July 2015)!!

This figure is rising and currently stands at about £4000 per adult (I did the maths).

Whether we are in or out of the EU has NOTHING whatsoever to do with this figure and neither is which political party happens to be in power.

There is an excellent poker training video by the poker player Brian Townsend where he talks about the biggest step that a poker player has to make in order to become a winner…… “Becoming responsible for your results”…..but doesn’t this reflect life in general?

People are in financial difficulty in the UK (and in most other countries too) because they have made poor decisions in their life and do not take the responsibility for that.


Don’t Put Your Future into The Hands of Greedy People Who Work in Their Own Interests Entirely

So their debt levels spiral and they then make even further poor choices when it comes to controlling that debt and then trying to eliminate it.

In 2002 I made the choice to stop making excuses as to why I wasn’t successful and other people were and stop accepting that they were lucky and I wasn’t and I got into poker in a serious way.

I had bummed out during my early years and that was MY FAULT…..not the governments fault or the EU or anything else because the fact of the matter is this……THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES THAT HAPPEN WITHIN OUR LIVES ARE CREATED BY OURSELVES.

Successful people and winners don’t need to be in the EU or out of the EU or for the Conservative Party or Labour Party to be in power or supposed good economic times….they succeed because they have creativity and they decide to do something productive about their future rather than sit back and hope for the best.


Traders Simply Shorted the Pound in Anticipation of Bad News

As I watched the results from the referendum come in, Sterling plunged after the early result from Newcastle.

These were actions taken by smart traders shorting the Pound in anticipation of a leave vote happening.

By the morning the Pound against the USD had fallen from $1.49 to $1.34……but GUESS WHAT!

Traders had been shorting the pound and buying it back after it had fallen and had made MILLIONS! For every winner in life there are numerous losers and it’s your choice as to which side you are on……not luck or fate or what the “stars say”.

I recall the line delivered by Tom Hanks who played Jim Lovell in the movie Apollo 13 when he was sat on the lawn with his wife looking up at the moon after watching Neil Armstrong become the first man to step out onto its surface

“It’s not a miracle…..we just decided to go”

It was only when I became a successful online and live poker player, writer and coach did I realise that the reason for that success had simply been the determination to make something happen and the drive to follow it through.


Never Buy Hope…..Buy a Plan and STICK to it

Poker is a way to change people’s lives and it is achievable unlike the plethora of false dawns and utopian avenues that people pursue like buying lottery tickets and scratch cards and hoping to find a job or get a pay rise.

If people want to change their life and have the desire to want to put the work and time in and they want to work with me then I am interested to speak with them. People that make money from poker simply take money from the people that lose it and the ones that get that money take steps to place themselves into the top 5% of players…..THE WINNERS!

All they need if they have that desire is to reach out to the right people and be taught effective ways of playing poker or in other words…..WINNING!

Winning poker isn’t about being super smart, it isn’t about being incredibly lucky (not if you play cash games) and success doesn’t mean getting into debt like with University fees or loans and you don’t need to be a great poker player either (SNIPER takes care of that).

………it’s about DESIRE to want to change your life and realising that the ONLY HURDLE that stands in your way is the person that you see looking back at you the next time that you look in the mirror.

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SNIPER: Winning the Battle of Decisions

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3991Poker is all about making decisions….we literally live and die so to speak at the poker table by not only the quality of our decisions but the quality of those decisions when pitched against the quality of the decisions from our opponents. So as the great poker theorist David Sklansky once said…. “Poker is a Battle of Decisions”.

This is what is so powerful about SNIPER because it puts index numbers and weight of money numbers onto situations that allow you to make BETTER and MORE ACCURATE poker decisions.


Online Players use Trackers to Make Better Decisions but they Don’t Work in Live Games

In fact if you look at the high-stakes poker videos on this site then you will even see when you come on board just how effective SNIPER can really be at that exalted level of poker as well.

I go onto YouTube an awful lot these days because I find it more entertaining than the rubbish dished out on modern terrestrial and cable/Sky TV.

I put the SNIPER numbers onto many cash game situations and it even holds its own against world class players which is certainly not what it was designed to do.

In fact when I put SNIPER into these hands and see the results it makes me even more proud of what for me is close to being my greatest achievement in poker. The development of SNIPER and my poker stable is the biggest reason why I now play less live poker and certainly online poker and concentrate more and more on the business of poker.


SNIPER was used to turn $100 into $100k

There is one HUGE reason as to why my coaching methods work and you only need to look at the image to see why.

Anybody that enrols in SNIPER will not be attending lectures, there are no audio-visual aids and so no videos and there are certainly no demos.

There are no group discussions and while there is a lot or reading……it isn’t just random reading but reading about the index numbers that allow you to make many more powerful poker decisions.

Couple this with practice of being involved in my poker stable and the fact that you will be able to teach SNIPER to others if you so choose means that my methods are PARTICIPATORY in nature and not passive.

They are not passive because you can take SNIPER into battle within a very short space of time after enrolling.

Contact Carl “The Dean” Sampson for details of his SNIPER programme at and you can also see Carl at

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The Future is SNIPER….Make it Happen!

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sta_pic_0There is no doubt that poker changed my life and there is no doubt that it can change yours too. Back in 2014 when I first devised the SNIPER system I was acutely aware of just how flawed modern poker had become and not to mention how complex.

I felt it had to be simplified and the famous quote by Leonardo Da Vinci which says “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication” is displayed on the home page of my PC. It was Albert Einstein who remarked that “things should be as simple as possible but not more so” meaning….keep things simple but don’t overdo it.


The Bulk of my 100K Challenge was done on 888poker

This complexity is the main pivotal reason as to why people are simply not making money from poker and certainly not making life changing sums of money.

There are simply too many voices and too much opinion and complexity so is it any wonder that people can’t see the wood for the trees?

If you factor in that the majority of players are following the EXACT same theory lines and using broadly similar styles then you have the making of poker Armageddon.

There is no doubt that poker and especially online poker has gotten tougher in which to make money but for one simple reason…..a combination of ego (playing too high) and too many people playing the same way has compressed earn rates.

Too many are playing similar poker styles to each other and not exploring other avenues!


Live games are every bit as profitable as they were due to the influx of a new wave of recreational amateur tournament players many of who venture into cash games.

I made £34k (around $50k) in 18 months just playing part-time around 15-20 hours a week in live games using SNIPER around the UK between 2012 and 2014 and that figure is rising as I still play live and when I do play then I use SNIPER. Prior to that I was using SNIPER in online $25, $50 and $100 ring games and doing very well there also.

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Leatherass made millions using a SYSTEM and then EXECUTING it.

The system itself is not only UNIQUE… is also devastatingly effective and uses financial day trading principles at its very core that allows players to KNOW when to launch bluffs, when to value bet and how much and more importantly when their opponents are bluffing and when they are value betting.

In short it tells you in a systematic way just when to fold and when to bluff successfully. Making bad calls and losing money is an earn rate killer…..SNIPER corrects this.

Making bad folds and being bluffed when you could have called and won or raised and won is also an earn rate killer…..SNIPER corrects this also.

How many times have you missed value because you didn’t know that your opponent was strong enough to call a much bigger bet?

SNIPER does all this and it achieves this objective by placing index numbers and weight of money ratios onto each situation that you encounter at the table. The unique F.E.R.N or “Fold Equity Ratio Number” is a fantastic concept that has card counting principles as its very core.

Couple this with the W.O.M or “Weight of Money” ratio number and you have a massively powerful money making tool at your disposal. The SNIPER system is revealed in a 40 lesson course that incorporates not just the SNIPER but also an entire blueprint for playing professional level poker.

To Gain an Edge…..Be Different!

The course is called “SNIPER: Professional Poker Blueprint” and is designed for live cash games and lower stakes online poker games. It doesn’t just teach the SNIPER and how to make money playing poker but how to think like a professional.


Take SNIPER to Vegas

  • You can basically put all of your books to one side and coaching videos because these have been holding you back.

This isn’t because these guys are stupid or bad poker players or even telling you things that are wrong…..but they are in business to coach EVERYBODY so where is the edge in everybody knowing the same tactics?

  • If you are not making money in poker or your game is stagnating then you owe it to yourself to try the SNIPER.

On top of that I am also taking any interested parties and bringing them on board into my stable of poker players who if these people so wish can enter into an ongoing poker business relationship with me where I coach them in SNIPER and then stake them for as long as they so choose.



If you want to change your life and become part of a poker partnership or if you want to supercharge your poker game or if you just want to damn well do something exciting and want to work with me and join the team then drop me a message to and l will get back to you as soon as possible

Carl “The Dean” Sampson is also one of the leading poker players and theorists on


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The Evolving Poker Player

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sta_pic_0There have been periods of my poker career where I was a full time pro. There were also periods where I was a part-time player and periods where I didn’t play poker at all.

The times when I wasn’t playing poker at all tended to be when I thought that there was something wrong with my game. So I elevated learning more than playing and this is important if you want to correct any flaw or flaws that you have as quickly as possible.

My own fundamental weakness was that I was not a trained poker player or one that was coached until recently. The worst way to learn poker is to do it in an isolated way without personalised outside professional help.


Devilfish Never Knew it But he Was My First Teacher in Poker

Many players that were previously making money that are no longer making money will argue that the games have become tougher.

If they are referring to the average opponent being quite knowledgeable now then they are correct.

However there is always value at the lower levels simply because the average player doesn’t have all that much time to dedicate to learning the game.


The time that the average player has available is used primarily to play although there has been a far greater learning period than a few years ago and players these days have access to far superior coaching material.

If you think that the poker games are tougher then you need to examine your own game. In the overwhelming majority of cases then previously successful players tend to be sound poker players and many of them have good ABC games.

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No Need to Be Tom Dwan to earn GOOD MONEY from Poker!

However once you move into an environment where there isn’t really much to choose between your style and everyone else’s then the profit potential dies.

A common buzz word in poker at the moment is “standard”. A line is “standard” or a particular tactic is “standard”. In my opinion then “standard” is just another name for something that is well known and widely used.

Standard in this context means a well-trodden path. So just how effective can lines be if they are “standard”? Well that all depends on how high you play but the very best poker players in the world analyse their games differently to the rest.

Understanding the game dynamic is the first step but adjusting to play non-standard lines that work is the next.

At the higher levels of play then you need to be at the very forefront of the changes in game dynamics just like day traders otherwise you are either playing the same as everyone else or being exploited by the very elite players that deviated from conventional play first. Let us have a look at standard plays.

It is folded around to you on the button with the Qs-Js. If you raise here then the raise is standard for the situation and especially if you raise to around 3bb-3.5bb. If your opponent calls from the big blind and the flop comes 10c-8d-4h and they check then your c-bet is standard.


You have the overcard outs plus the inside straight draw for a decent level of pot equity. Only having one opponent and a relatively dry board means that the c-bet is “standard”! If your opponent check-raises you then if you shove all in then you have deviated very widely from standard play.

chain-1623322_960_720All this is beside the point though because the topic of today’s post was in how effective “standard” lines are.

This is a major factor in my opinion for why previously successful players stop making money.

They play at levels where their opponents adjust to “current theory” constantly and their own adjustments either only match up to that or fall short.

888poker_logoCarl Sampson is an online poker pro who plays at 888poker and cane be seen in Poker Player and Bluff Europe Poker Magazines

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Know the Basics

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sta_pic_0It may seem very trivial to many people but simply knowing the rules of the game is an area that many poker players don’t even bother with at sites like 888 for example.

The rules of poker differ somewhat and they certainly differ from game to game with huge differences in how various forms of poker are conducted.

For example I have run across many players who struggle when moving across from say no limit hold’em to Omaha based on the fact that in Omaha then you have to use two cards in your hand and three from the board.


The game rules in Omaha confuse many a novice player and this can be easily highlighted for example with the following hand.

Let us say that in four card Omaha you get dealt the Kc-Jd-10h-8s and the final board is 9s-9d-8c-4h-8h. In hold’em then you would have a full house of nines over eights because you can play one card from your hand.

However in Omaha then the rules state that you must play two cards and so you only have one eight from your hand plus one other card! For you to be able to make a full house here then you need to have a four in your hand or a nine or possibly a pair of fours.


A-A is not as BIG pre-flop in PLO as it is in Hold’em

Another example could be if the final board is 9-9-4-4-9, taking your previous hand then you still do not have a full house.

Remember that you must use only three cards from the middle and so the three nines must combine with two cards from your starting hand. Seeing as you do not hold a pair then you cannot have a full house.

You would be amazed at just how many players I have seen commit huge errors in this area and even experienced players who should know better often misread their hand in Omaha. Just like in any form of poker then not knowing the rules of the game can really hurt you where it hurts the most…….in your pocket.

I have been trialling SNIPER in PLO lately and the early signs are VERY encouraging. In fact we will have to watch this space because I wouldn’t be surprised to see SNIPER achieve a better earn rate in this form of poker.

3991Carl Sampson is a professional poker player that plays online at 888poker and can now be seen at Poker Player and Bluff Europe Poker Magazines

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Taking Your Game to the Next Level

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sta_pic_0I have often read poker books in the past that have talked about the number of reasons that you have to place money into the pot by either betting or raising.

The reasons that I have seen quoted have numbered from half a dozen to as many as twelve depending on who the author is. However the reasons that I have seen haven’t been reasons at all but consequences of taking certain actions.

The fact remains that when you bet or raise in poker then you are either doing so for value or to bluff……..there are no other reasons.

Sophisticated players often merge the two reasons but there are only two. This is because you either have the best hand in any given situation or you don’t. Also your opponent either has a hand that can withstand action or it can’t and the same applies to you.


SNIPER plus soft games equals only ONE THING!

One of the things that you will notice when you play poker is that there are an awful lot of “either/or” type scenarios. If you feel that your hand is not only the best hand but if you bet then your opponent can call then you are betting for value. SNIPER PLACES YOU ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THESE FAR MORE OFTEN!

If you feel that your opponent is unlikely to be able to call then you are no longer betting for value but just aimlessly betting……UNLESS OF COURSE YOU ARE BLUFFING.

Likewise if you feel that you don’t have the best hand, if you bet or raise then you are bluffing. However if you also feel that there is very little chance that your opponent can fold then you are not actually bluffing or at the very least then you are either bluffing badly or with no forethought at all. What actually confuses many novice players is that you can actually have the best hand but you still need to bluff.

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Players like Schmidt and Seidman told us HOW to TURN made hands into BLUFFS….SNIPER WILL SHOW YOU WHEN!!!!

Knowing When to Pull the Trigger

This can be seen with the following example. You have Ad-Jc on a 10h-6s-2c board and your opponent has the Ac-9c. Clearly although you have the best hand, the important factor here is that both you and your opponent have weak hands.

Your hand of ace jack high is only marginally better than your opponent’s hand of ace ten high. While your hand will win the pot at showdown, the fact of the matter is that both you and your opponent are weak.

So if you bet then you are not betting for value for the simple reason that a worse hand will not call.

So if you are not betting for value then you are bluffing even though your hand is better than your opponent’s hand. Your bet is actually signalling to your opponent that you have a hand that is stronger than what you actually hold.

Because this is not the case then you are telling a lie to your opponent and that means bluffing. If you can remember that in poker then you are only ever placing money into the pot for two reasons and they are to either bet or raise for value or to bet or raise to bluff.


Make Better Decisions and Money is Yours

If you cannot bet or raise for value or to bluff then this leaves you with only one possible option and that is to check.

When you look at poker in this way then suddenly the entire game becomes logical and many of the problems that you have been encountering suddenly make a lot more sense.

One of the biggest leaks in the games of novice and even intermediate level poker players is that they place money into the pot for either the wrong reasons or for no reason whatsoever which is many times worse.


sta_pic_0Carl Sampson is an online poker pro and poker ambassador for 888poker

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