Masters Poker Club lauds chess champ Magnus Carlsen, expands in Biñan Laguna

MASTERS Poker Club continues its advocacy in promoting poker as a sport while lauding international chess champion Magnus Carlsen, who recently transitioned as a professional poker athlete after being spotted as a player in Hustlers Casino’s live stream cash game in Los Angeles, California.

Carlsen, a Norwegian chess grandmaster, is the reigning five-time World Chess Champion as well as a four-time World Rapid Chess Champion and six-time World Blitz Chess Champion while holding the record for the longest unbeaten streak at the elite level in classical chess.

For his recent game in Hustlers Casino, Carlsen emerged as the winner with a total cash prize of almost Php300,000.00 or $5,000.00.

Carlsen along with other chess masters such as Alexandra Botez have recently been joining Hustlers Casino’s poker live stream. Chess players transitioning to poker has been a recent trend mostly due to its similarity with chess. Both sport requires a fundamental comprehension of game theory doubled with proficiency in human phycology – skills that could be attained with rigid training as in the case of every other sport.

Poker, though, presents a greater challenge given the randomness of cards. This compels a player to learn how to deal with any card in any given situation and against any opponent in order to win.

Carlsen’s game is a testament that the sport requires every player to decipher challengers through constantly varying probabilities and behavioral patterns on the table – and this is the mental exercise that chess players seek in poker.

The growing mainstream popularity of poker as a legitimate sport embodies and reflects the vision of Masters Poker Club to enlighten Filipinos that the game requires skill and strategy instead of luck – with enough practice in honing that skill, anybody could make poker a profession.

And the club continues to promote the sport as it crosses over down south with the much-awaited grand opening of their newest branch in Biñan, Laguna.

“We’re excited to announce the opening of Masters Poker in Biñan, Laguna this May. We are bringing poker closer to the south and we are looking forward to see everybody at the felt,” says Masters Poker Club marketing head Gio Palacios.

For the coolest updates and more information on Masters Poker Club, follow @masterspokerclub on Instagram and like Masters Poker Club on Facebook.

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