I am starting to make my WSOP plans. I am currently planning on heading out to Las Vegas on July 5th with my wife and one of her friends. There are two other couples that are considering going also, but I am going to make the plans now since they haven't decided yet. My current thinking is to book the Rio for 7/5/-7/12. My wife and her friend will leave on 7/9.
I plan to play a Super Satellite (or two) on 7/5 if I haven't won my seat to the Main Event before then. I may also play some of the the smaller events that start after the Main Event, if I don't qualify. Does anyone know if they are having additional events that start after the Main Event like last year? I haven't seen any on the schedule.
Are there any deals/sites that I should book my hotel through? I am planning on calling the Rio and seeing what rate they offer vs. the website and then trying to get the WSOP entrant discounted rate. Any idea if I can get the discounted rate if I only play the Super Sats and non-Main Event Tourneys (assuming they have some starting after the ME)?
I am heading to a convention this week and they have a poker tourney on Thursday night. I don't know any of the details (prizes, structure, # of players, etc.). The only thing that I know is that there are 80+ people and probably at least 40-50 spouses/significant others goings for a total of 120-130. I am guessing that there will probably be 40-50 in the tourney.
The tourney is scheduled from 10 PM - 12 PM. LOL. So if there are 40 that is one bustout every 3 minutes. It will be fun to see what structure they wind up with.
The funniest thing is there are a couple of people that I work with that think that I will have no problem winning the tourney. In their mind I must be better than all the other people in the tourney because I have won seats/trips to Aruba, WSOP Main Event, and Atlantis in the past. (I try not to discuss any big $$ wins at work) A few of them don't seem to understand the amount of luck that will be involved in doing well in a 2 hour live tourney, no matter how much I try to explain. Oh well, it should be fun donking it up will people that aren't sure whether a straight beats a flush or full house.
Blogger Poker Tour
I didn't get a chance to play the Mookie on Wednesday, so a few people were able to gain some ground on me. I will probably me able to play the MATH tonight, but not sure about the Mookie or Riverchasers.
I am certain that I will drop several spots unless I have a great showing tonight.
Link to Press Release
Barney Frank is introducing a bill today that would regulate online gambling. I'm not sure how well it will be received, but it is a great start.
Below is the a copy of the press release:
Frank Introduces Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007
Washington, DC - Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) today introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007 that would create an exemption to the ban on online gambling for properly licensed operators, allowing Americans to lawfully bet online.
The Act establishes a federal regulatory and enforcement framework to license companies to accept bets and wagers online from individuals in the U.S., to the extent permitted by individual states, Indian tribes and sport leagues. All such licenses would include protections against underage gambling, compulsive gambling, money laundering and fraud.
“The existing legislation is an inappropriate interference on the personal freedom of Americans and this interference should be undone,” said. Rep. Frank.
In 2006, the House passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, restricting the handling of payments by U.S. financial institutions for unlawful forms of Internet gambling. That law prohibits the use of payment instruments by such institutions to handle the processing of any form of Internet gambling that is illegal under U.S. federal or state law.
Traditional forms of legalized gambling already exist in nearly every state. By continuing to prohibit Internet gambling in the U.S., the U.S. has left Americans who choose to gamble online without meaningful consumer protections. The proposed legislation would institute practical and enforceable standards to bring transparency to Internet gambling and provide consumers the protections they expect and deserve.
The Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Can Internet gambling be regulated to protect consumers and the payments system?” at a date to be determined in June, 2007.
Q&A About the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007:
How will the government ensure that the proper consumer protections are put in place?
No applicant would receive a license unless the following requirements with respect to any Internet bet or wager, at a minimum, are met:
• Safeguards to ensure the individual placing the bet or wager is 18 years of age or older
• Safeguards to combat fraud and money laundering and compulsive gambling
• Mechanisms to ensure all appropriate taxes and fees are collected from individuals and the licensees
• Safeguards to ensure that the individual placing the bet or wager is physically located in a jurisdiction that permits that form of Internet gambling
What safeguards would be implemented to ensure that licenses are granted only to qualified Internet gambling operators?
Applicants for a license would be required to provide comprehensive financial statements and corporate structure documents, and to agree to be subject to U.S. jurisdiction and all applicable laws related to Internet gambling. No license would be granted to any applicant convicted of a criminal violation of any law relating to gambling, money laundering, fraud or other financial laws. Licensing would be handled by the U.S. Treasury through its anti-money laundering agency, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
How does the bill protect consumers?
The framework set forth in the bill would for the first time effectively regulate Internet gambling, thus making it possible to address underage and compulsive gambling, neither of which are prevented under prohibition regimes. Regulation combined with proven technology would establish a system of effective controls to block children and compulsive gamblers from gambling.
How can restrictions against underage Internet gambling be enforced?
Existing technology can enforce requirements that licensed Internet gambling operators restrict minors’ access to Internet gambling. For example, when registering at a gambling site, the customer would be required to provide a range of information including name, address, date of birth, telephone number and details of an identity document, such as a driver’s license or social security number. This information would then be passed on to the Payment Service Provider (PSP) and run through the Know Your Customer (KYC) system to confirm that the data being provided matches against several separate sources of information and is in fact accurate. The operators may also have KYC systems in place.
Operators could also request a physical copy of documentation, such as a utility bill and/or a copy of the customer’s identity document, for further verification.
Is it possible to identify and enforce restrictions on compulsive gambling?
There are a number of techniques that can be used, from systems that limit the total amount of funds that may be wagered based on credit limits, to the use of public databases that include details used to identify persons who have chosen to exclude themselves from online gambling. Customers could be added to this list at their own request.
Additionally, limits can be placed on the number of transactions a customer can put through on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, by the operator acting alone, by the credit card company, by the PSP, or by all three. In the event that an unusual spending pattern is noticed, these transactions could automatically be put on hold for further investigation.
FINANCIAL INTEGRITY OF INTERNET GAMBLING TRANSACTIONS
How will a license and regulation framework protect against money laundering and fraud?
Funds entering a gambling operator’s system are already resident in the banking network somewhere. That is, the funds have previously been deposited into a bank account at some stage, subjected to stringent KYC requirements, and which greatly increases the traceability of any funds entering the system. All transactions can also be checked at the time of authorization against a number of anti-fraud, money laundering and terrorism databases.
What additional security measures could be put in place to protect the consumer from merchant fraud?
Payment Service Providers could set-up escrow accounts for each licensee in which money is set aside for a period of time to ensure that when a financial transaction is successfully contested the operator immediately refunds the consumer. Therefore, any claim regarding the use of an unauthorized credit card could automatically result in a full repayment to the principal credit card holder.
STATES AND INDIAN TRIBES
Would individual states and Indian tribes have the option to opt-out of legalized Internet gambling?
To protect States’ and Indian tribes’ rights to control gambling activities within their respective geographic borders, the Act permits States and Indian tribes either to prohibit Internet gambling activities or impose limits on various types of Internet gambling activities.
Is it possible for restrictions to be enforced if individual states decide to “opt-out” from permitting persons in their states from Internet gambling?
Yes. In using the Internet, a customer’s IP address is broadcast to the operator, which can then be used to identify the state in which a customer resides with a 99 percent level of accuracy. This information is also made available and compared to the customer’s registration information. In the event the information differs, the transaction is not approved and the customer is prevented from engaging in Internet gambling.
If professional sports leagues and college associations decide to opt-out from allowing bets and wagers on their sporting activities, could that be enforced?
Yes. Under the proposed legislation, all licensed Internet gambling operators would be prohibited from accepting bets or wagers on sports leagues or associations that have opted-out. In the event of a violation, the operator’s license could be withdrawn and the operator may be prohibited from applying for a new license. As part of its contract with the Internet gambling operator, the PSP would be required to enforce these requirements throughout the collection and payment process.
When you play against the same opponent a lot, small exploitable areas in their game surface. Sometimes, it takes patience and good timing to be able to take advantage of them. Brian Townsend (SBRugby) used that patience and proper timing to take advantage of Phil Ivey by making a "fake misclick" several months after he had actually misclicked against Ivey. He had been waiting for the proper timing and found it. Some of the speculation on different forums is that Ivey was quickly calling preflop pot size bets and he called preflop thinking that it was a pot size bet.
Brian Townsend's Blog Entry about the hand
So for now....Blogger Tourney Pimpage.
I recently moved up to the #4 spot in the Battle of the Bloggers and hope to continue my run this week in the following tourneys:
After a rough cash game stretch (Feb through Mid-March) that caused me to move down in limits, things are finally starting to look up again. I feel like I am back on my game after not playing my best for a while and am beating the game for a pretty good rate.
It took taking a big step back and re-examining my game/play overall for me to realize that I wasn't just running bad. I was playing bad and letting bad beats and coolers really effect me. I am definitely playing my A game again now after taking the time to fix the massive amount of leaks that I had let sneak into my game mainly due to complacency.
Some of the things that I am doing differently (cash game wise):
1. Not trying to play catch up when down/Quitting when I am down. - When I was running bad, sometimes I would compound things by starting to feel like I needed to get back to even for the night. (I am sure every one of us have felt this way at times.) I should have been doing what I am doing now - If I am playing bad/not my best I will close down the cash game tables and either turn off my computer or jump into a smaller buy-in SNG or MTT. I know that the games will still be good tomorrow and I can earn the money back a lot quick with a clearer/more rested mindset. Poker is a marathon, not a sprint.
2. Letting go of hands that I know are beat. - There were times when I just had "that feeling" that I was beat and knew that I should lay down a hand but didn't. It was usually when I had just taken a bad beat or lost a cooler hand and was looking to get my money back. This, of course, only made things worse and the swings greater. I had to take a step back and tell myself that one picked off bluff is -EV vs. two bad calls against "real" hands - especially when I could use the fold to my advantage later against the same opponent. I am back to paying a lot closer attention to my opponents, putting them on a hand range, and making my decision based on all the information available to me. Everyone isn't always trying to make a move every time. (It is sometimes harder to make the correct laydowns when things don't seem to be working for you.)
3. Keeping pots smaller in marginal situations. - I have started making smaller bets in marginal situations (or even checking behind) to keep the pots smaller. I have been throwing in more blocking bets to help avoid having to call big river bets out of position and figure out where my hand is. This has been working well and had helped to more clearly define my hands in close spots. It has also helped a lot on later hands against some players to induce bluffs when I have a monster.
4. Getting all my chips in when I know my opponent will call with a lesser hand instead of trying to slowly milk him. - When I was running bad, I started feeling like I needed to get the most out of every big hand. I was miminizing my wins because I didn't want to "scare" my opponent away. This goes back to paying closer attention to my opponents and making the most money possible with my big hands based on what I think each particular opponent will do. (It helps knowing which players will call off all their chips with top pair and which players are the nut peddlers.)
5. Not being afraid to put my chips in without the best hand when I know my opponent will fold. - I wasn't using all the information available to me when I was making bluffs and wasn't making them in the right spots. Now, I have been thinking my way through any bluff and leaving myself outs when I get called. There are times when you just know that your opponent can't/won't call if you bet $XX. I wasn't making those bets when I knew that I should be making them.
6. Tightening/Loosening up based on table conditions. - I would get into the multi-tabling mode of playing the same style on every table instead of playing to the table conditions. I am now back to taking the time to feel out the table/players and play whatever way that I think would be most profitable based on the table conditions.
7. Realizing that I don't have to always continuation bet (basing it on how the other players have been reacting to them) - I think watching some of sbrugby's cardrunner videos really openend my eyes to this again. When I was running bad, I was cont. betting way too often in less than ideal spots.
8. Leaving a table once all the fish are gone. - Like the saying goes, "There are plenty of fish in the sea." I am paying more attention to the dynamics of the table. If the fish leave and the table becomes full of tight regulars that won't pay you off, I leave.
9. Riding the rush. - I have been trying to put in longer session when I am running/playing well to maximize the profits from the rush.
10. Taking a step back and look at the big picture after a bad beat. (Avoid tilting/opposite of riding the rush) - I listened to sbrugby's pocketfives podcast interview and he said that one of Phil Ivey's best qualities is being able to walk away from the table after a bad beat or cooler. He is able to leave and just decide things aren't working for him today. I think that this is one of the hardest things to do in poker. There were times when I would start playing less than optimal hands in less than optimal spots. I found myself calling bets when I shouldn't against players that were horrible. I am now calling those bets or raising when I know that I can extract the most from a player that is willing to get all his chips preflop with 88.
11. Basing my actions on what my opponents think that I am going to do based on my past actions. - During the bad run, I wasn't paying enough attention to my table image. I wasn't basing my actions on what my opponents thought I would do. I am now staying fully aware of my table image and how each player will react to different situations.
12. Not letting my ego get in the way - At times, it is hard not to let your ego get in the way. There are players that I played against a lot at 5/10 and 10/20 that I see at the 25/50, 50/100, and 100/200. I know that I am better than some of those guys, because I was winning against them at a pretty good rate and there was nothing spectacular about their play. I had to swallow my pride and move down stakes when I was running bad. It took a while for me to adjust to the different play at the lower limits and I had to constantly remind myself that I didn't need to be playing high stakes. I am now comfortable at my current levels and have a plan to very gradually step up in stakes. I don't have a problem not moving up to the next level until I reach a certain bankroll number.
13. Studying/Challenging myself - I was winning at decent rate for a long period of time and my game started getting stagnant. I wasn't reading as many strategy posts in the forums, posting for feedback on hands, watching as many videos, etc. I was happy with where my game was and wasn't doing everything that I should to keep things fresh and challenge myself. During the downswing, I started devoting a lot more time to doing these things. It has helped to plug all these leaks and make me realize that I need to constantly push myself to improve.
I am glad things have turned around and will come back and read this if I start to play bad or run bad in the future. Hopefully, I have plugged most of the leaks and will keep up the great run that I have been on recently. I will continue to review my play and challenge myself daily to be a better player.
After not editing my links for several months (or longer), I have added several blogs to the links on the right. A lot them are blogs that I visit daily but have been too lazy to add.
I know that there are a few dead blogs in the links - I'll try to go back through them all soon and delete the ones that have lapsed.
The following have been added:
I know that there are a few others that I am forgetting to add right now. Post a comment if I forgot your blog and you want me to add it to the links.
Don't forget the Mookie tonight. It is the 5th tourney in the Battle of the Blogger Tourneys.
I managed to bubble the Final Table of the $19k Guarantee on FTP last night. It was a shovefest on the Final Table Bubble. We were 5 handed and I ran A9 on the button into a shorter stacks A10 and didn't improve. A couple of hands later I pushed UTG with K7s since I only had 28k and the blinds were 4k/8k +1k antes about to go up to 5k/10k. The SB called with 1010 and the BB (who had the SB covered) shoved with AQ. The SB called the remainder of his chips (approximately another 100k) on the Final Table bubble with 1010. I think I am probably laying that down there, since the BB's bet represents a huge hand IMO. I really don't think either of them understand play on the bubble/knocking out a short stack. The rive was an Ace. I was out in 10th and the SB was out in 9th.
Oh well, maybe I'll get a little closer next time.
I was home sick from work yesterday and was debating whether or not to play the MATH (Monday's at the Hoy) blogger tourney. It was starting at 10 PM and was a deep stack tourney, so I wasn't exactly sure when it would end and I didn't want to stay up all night. I decided that I would register to play if it had less than 60 players. I am glad I did because MiamiDon (who has been tearing up the Battle of the Blogger Tourneys), OSU, and I chopped the tourney. Normally, I would say let's just play it out (especially, since I had a slight chip lead), but I was sick and tired (literally).
I had a lot of fun playing the tourney because the deep stacks allowed for more post flop play which makes things a lot more interesting.
A few key hands
I flopped a straight and turned the nut flush. I think that the turn card probably cost me some money.
This was the key hand that doubled me up fairly early and allowed me to open things up a little more in the later levels. I decided to see a flop for 120 with Q10 and got the perfect flop.
A little bit of an overbet on my part. I clicked on the bet amount and typed in what I thought was 150, but turned out to be 1,050. Ooops.
I was pretty sure that HomelessShelter would fold after the flop on blank flop since he didn't re-raise me preflop. I wasn't pretty sure that he was shoving preflop with a decent pair. He said that he had AK. I took a chance and it worked out.
MiamiDon's turn raise just seemed fishy to me. I called and we checked down the river.
I decided to get all the chips in preflop. Once we got short handed, I had been raising a lot, getting re-raised, and folding. I felt like my hand was good here and was actually surprised to be up against a pair. I was thinking it would be something like Ax.
I raised preflop and the re-raise all-in pretty much committed me with AQ. I lost the coin flip.
Four handed at the final table. The river bet seemed fishy. Ace high is good.
I just called on the river instead of shoving because I felt like there was a good possibility that he had the flush.
I knock out the short stack with 44 vs A4.
From there we agreed to chop and went into shovefest mode.
Great playing with everyone.
I didn't fair too well in the $1k WSOP Super Sat last night.
The first hand I picked up JsJd and raised 4x BB preflop. Two callers and the flop AcQc3c. I check fold. That hand kind of summed up how things went for me the rest of the tourney.
I raised preflop and continuation bet twice on meaningless flops with AK only to have to fold to all-in re-raises both times. (It was the same guy both times. We were very deep stacked in relation to the blinds and there was no way that I was calling off all my chips in that situation with A high.)
A little while later I lost a few chips in SB with 66 vs. the BB's AQ when a Queen came on the river.
I was around 650-800 for a good portion of the 50/100 level. I pushed from late position with K10s and was called by 66. I didn't improve and was out somewhere around 52 of 73.
I felt like I kept winding up with the 2nd best hands and maybe overplayed AK a little early. Hopefully, I'll fair better next time.
After my horrible play at the final table on Tuesday night, I managed to finally win my way into one of the big WSOP Super Satellites last night. I played a $39 satellite to the Sunday Warmup and won a seat. I unregistered from that tourney and took the T$215 + $10 addtional and entered the $225 Satellite to Friday Night's $1,050 WSOP Super Satellite.
I won my seat to the $1k Super Satellite by knocking out the short stack once the blinds got high.
Hopefully, I can win my seat to the ME on Friday. It would be nice to lock it up early.
I am questioning my play on my final hand of the $109 Satellite to the $1k WSOP Super Sat on FTP last night. I think that I played it very poorly. We were down to 7 players with 3 seats to the $1k Super Sat and much smaller money for 4-6. I was pretty much veiwing it is just top 3 getting paid instead of top 6.
I had a pretty tight image at the FT because I had been very card dead and the few times that I considered entering the pot preflop there was a large raise before me. I had been extremely active when we got short handed at my previous table and I'm sure that a few of players knew that I could open things up with less than premium hands (seat 2 included).
I had an M of a little more than 8 but we were getting short handed and the blinds were about to increase.
Any thoughts on how I could have played this different are appreciated.
Full Tilt Poker Game #2133486131: Satellite to WSOP $1K Thursday (15677012), Table 1 - 150/300 Ante 25 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:50:36 ET - 2007/04/03
Seat 2: giverofbadbeats (8,463)
Seat 3: Freddieh (4,510)
Seat 4: cmitch (5,322)
Seat 5: Super Rock (13,062)
Seat 6: lucko21 (9,982) - He won his seat to the Super Sat - BTW
Seat 7: KramerTM (11,531)
Seat 9: littlecreeck6 (5,630)
giverofbadbeats antes 25
Freddieh antes 25
cmitch antes 25
Super Rock antes 25
lucko21 antes 25
KramerTM antes 25
littlecreeck6 antes 25
littlecreeck6 posts the small blind of 150
giverofbadbeats posts the big blind of 300
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to cmitch [9c 9d]
cmitch raises to 900 - Standard
Super Rock folds
giverofbadbeats calls 600
*** FLOP *** [8s 5d Jd]
cmitch checks - probably the worst thing that I could do here. I am guessing a half pot raise would have been best. I could then possibly fold to an all-in re-raise after committing 1,900 +/- of my 5,300 chips??
*** TURN *** [8s 5d Jd] [7s]
giverofbadbeats bets 1,400 - Should have sent warning bells, but he could be making same type bet with air or more likely a flush draw because of my check on the flop.
cmitch raises to 4,397, and is all in - I now have a double gutshot straight draw and two 9s. I also could be ahead if he has a flush draw. I am not worried about an overpair because this player would have re-raised me preflop. The only hands that I am worried about are a Jack or a small set. I don't think that 910 is very likely. If he has a Jack without the flush draw then I still have 10 outs (four 6s, four 10s, and two 9s). My only choice IMO here is to fold or push. Anyone think different? Thoughts on calling, folding, pushing?
giverofbadbeats calls 2,997
cmitch shows [9c 9d]
giverofbadbeats shows [Js As] - yeah worst possible hand for me. I am now drawing to 7 outsinstead of 10.
*** RIVER *** [8s 5d Jd 7s] [3d]
cmitch: ooops - oops is right
cmitch shows a pair of Nines
giverofbadbeats shows a pair of Jacks
giverofbadbeats wins the pot (10,919) with a pair of Jacks
lucko21: gg (translation - ty for giving him your chips because he is going to give them to me when I get KK against his 1010.)
cmitch stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 10,919 Rake 0
Board: [8s 5d Jd 7s 3d]
Seat 2: giverofbadbeats (big blind) showed [Js As] and won (10,919) with a pair of Jacks
Seat 3: Freddieh folded before the Flop
Seat 4: cmitch showed [9c 9d] and lost with a pair of Nines
Seat 5: Super Rock folded before the Flop
Seat 6: lucko21 folded before the Flop
Seat 7: KramerTM (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 9: littlecreeck6 (small blind) folded before the Flop
I am thinking that there are several places that I could have gotten away from this hand. There were probably a lot of different ways to play the hand, but it might be hard to avoid going broke because of the two flush draws out there.
Any thoughts welcome. Please feel free to call me a donk.
Daniel Negreanu had a great April 1st post ripping on Hellmuth's "My biggest loss ever post."
It is defintely worth the read.
Read Hellmuth's post first and then read Negreanu's rip.
Name dropping, charity, big losses and humbleness abound.
Yawn. National Champs Again!!
2006 National Champs - Basketball
2006 National Champs - Football
2007 National Champs - Basketball
Total Sports Domination.
First thing is first - GO GATORS!!!
$30K Goal by WSOP
I am only up a little over 1k on FTP and PS in cash games including bonuses. I seem to take 4 steps forward and 3 1/2 steps back. It is kind of frustrating. I think that the pressure of trying to hit the milestone is effecting my play and causing me to play when I normally wouldn't.
I am going to stop the $30k goal for now and just go back to playing poker without the pressures of playing X amount of hands or winning X$ this week/month, etc. This will keep me from playing when I am too tired and distracted.
I need to get serious about winning my seat to the WSOP. We were over at some friends house last night and started making WSOP plans. We are going whether I win my seat or not - along with 3-4 other couples. I guess I am going to start devoting more time to winning my way into the big WSOP Super Sats on FTP and PS.
Cash Game Swings
I saw a couple of posts today talking about the swings in cash games. I know all too well how crazy/brutal they can be. The downswings can be hard to overcome, but only make your game stronger in the long run. (I am thinking about putting together a post on downswings/stepping down limits when thinks are clicking)
Oh yeah - GO GATORS!!!!!!!