Posts Tagged ‘WPT’

Posted by baccaratguru at March 8, 2012

Category: live poker

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I was recently watching a WPT final table on the television and here is one interesting hand I saw.

There was lots of room for players to manoeuvre with the blind structure and no one was so short-stacked as to not have a chance. With players starting with 10K initially, there was $7,840,000 in play and the blinds were rolled back to the start of Level 22, which is where they left off the previous night – blinds 20K/40K + 4K antes. Danny Chang – Tournament Coordinator, BC Lotteries, Phil Quelch, the Tournament Director and Daryl McCullough also inserted a new Level 23 of 25K/50K + 5K antes to give some more play to the final table.

One of the greatest assets of River Rock tournament staff is their knowledge and control of these expansive events. The only legitimate concern expressed from the players was about the $4,000 in starting chips for each of the $1,000 events and some issues raised about rule adjustments, but like any player concerns, they are quickly addressed and improved for future events.

As Daryl said, “My job is to do the handshake at the end and steal the microphone sometimes and handle any problems.” Much too modest as always; more importantly, he noted, “I want to find out what the players are looking for and find out how to meet those demands.”

The first casualty occurred at Hand #13 with Michael Sun being first into the pot, risking his chips all-in with a legitimate A♥10♠. Bad timing though and he hit a brick wall with Greg’s A♣A⋄. No help from the board and the BC young gun took home $40,000. On the very next hand Lazaros pushes all-in on the button with 8♣9♣ for a semi-steal. The brick wall was still there with Greg’s A♥K⋄ – an easy call for the 32-year-old, who has been playing poker for half his life. The 5♣ 6⋄ K♥ on the flop spiked top pair. The 4♣ on the turn offered hope of a club draw, but the 10♠ on the river helped Greg accumulate even more chips.

Posted by baccaratguru at August 29, 2008

Category: online poker

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Me my sister love to play online poker, can you believe it?

The first contact with the online poker was a shock to my sister. The possibility of
earning money while having fun and most importantly, at home, had never crossed her mind.

A whole new world opened to her, but probably not as easy as she had first imagined.
Here’s a quick summary of her path, that will better define her character. And if you can get some advice from this story, then our contract is completed, as this blog is about sharing our experience.

Like any good soldier, she spent hours watching the WPT, listening to the advice of television commentators as if it was her own life at stake. She played mostly the poker variation called Texas Holdem Poker. The sums involved made her drool, and like many people interested in gambling, she wanted to be part of the dance. Yes despite her young age, she fell in love with online poker.

Unfortunately for her, the transition from NL10 to the WPT main event at the Borgata Monaco does not occur overnight. The learning is pain, loneliness and especially a tedious step by step progress.

Poker is no exception to the rule, like any art, mastery is acquired through experience.
If we had any advice to give to a beginner, it goes like this: progress step by step, bankroll management is the cornerstone of your poker skill building, do not exert yourself in a spot where you will play over your means and last but not least, be patient. The great poker players have tremendous patience.

Patience is probably the most important quality in poker for many reasons, one of which is that it helps you avoid going on tilt when a series of bad cards hurt you.

Each large loss in bankroll occurred because we wanted to rebuild it at an upper limit, under a slight tilt to make it worse. This approach is not the basis of a solid poker, because you can catch up your losses once in three times, but for the rest it is the atm.
Believe in someone who had this experience several times, it feels lousy when we lost everything. Because it puts you in the face of reality: mathematically, you are a fish.
And even if these are mistakes that we learn from, this is a very costly learning lesson. There are only a few poker stars, and many fish.

Nothing is more important than the love of the game. One need to learn how to put aside the sums involved and not consider a sum gained until it is warm in your bank account. Your bankroll is a capital investment that can grow based on your performance and decrease following your setbacks.

We must accept that we are at the mercy of chance. There are things that we cannot master in poker, which are delivered by the hands of Dame Fortune, but surely this game can be so addictive. So always exert extreme caution when playing online poker. Be careful and bet small amounts of money.