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Playing on at last

by Tom McEvoy

After waiting what seemed like an eternity, the poker website finally launched for live action in mid September. I signed up for an account during the 2013 World Series of Poker as did hundreds of other Nevada residents. Signing up for the site was the easy part; after that, things got considerably more difficult. My first roadblock was making a deposit. It took several emails and chats with support to finally get a transfer from my checking account to my new online account. Evidently some credit card companies allow a transfer, others do not.

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Why Do Winning Poker Players Go Broke?

by Tom McEvoy

Have you ever noticed that near most poker rooms in Las Vegas there is a sports book? These sports books are located near the poker rooms for a very good reason; poker players like to bet on sports. They also like to play casino games and gamble on golf and prop bets and just about anything else you can think of. Casinos don’t get built and thrive on players beating the house. Poker is totally different. It is obvious that the casino makes money off the rake and does not care who wins; this enables the more skillful players to come out ahead. Poker is a game of skill, as we all know, even though there is a luck factor. Bad luck can be overcome by making good decisions in the long run. The same cannot be said of other forms of gambling, with few exceptions. There are a handful of skillful sports bettors and expert blackjack players that have an edge—not a big edge, but an edge. Most bettors, including the vast majority of poker players, do not put in the study necessary to win in these other games. They get a rush off the action—some can’t even watch a game or sporting event on television if they don’t have a bet on it.

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Some Reflections on the 2013 WSOP

by Tom McEvoy

This year’s edition of the World Series of Poker is now over—except, of course, for the final 9. They play off for the most prestigious title in poker this November, hence the title “November 9”. I have often been asked what I think about delaying the final almost 4 months instead of playing it off right away. I know that if I was a lucky finalist, I would welcome the time off. The additional rest, publicity, and sponsorship deals would be well worth the wait. This year’s group is mostly in their 20s with the chip leader, J.C. Tran, one of the two old men of the group at the ripe old age of 36. His closest competitor in the chip count is Amir Lehavot of Israel who is the dean of the group at age 38. These two “old-timers” are the only two bracelet winners among the finalists. When I won the main event last century—30 years ago in 1983, I was 38, and there were more players older than me at that time than younger at the final table. Things have changed since then with this tournament definitely being more of a marathon than the 4 day sprint it used to be.

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From Tom McEvoy To All His Readers— Best Of Luck At The WSOP! Plus, An Interesting Decision You Should All Know About!

by Tom McEvoy

 The World Series of Poker has officially arrived. By the time this newspaper is printed, the series will be in full swing. Will it be bigger than last year? Nobody knows for sure, or at least they aren’t telling if they have inside information.

 The economy is not fully recovered and Internet poker in the U.S. is still mostly unavailable, so that will hurt attendance. On a positive note, the $1,000,000 first place guaranteed purse for the $1500 buy in scheduled for June 1st should be a huge success. Re-entries are allowed so this “Millionaire Maker” event should be one of the best events on the schedule. It is much harder to predict what the other events will do, especially the main event. The over and under for the Championship event is around 6500, and the answer is, no I am not taking bets either way. Good luck to all my readers, and I hope to see you at the final table—with me.

That Decision I Spoke About...

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An interesting hand and other tidbits

by Tom McEvoy

My friend Paul Zibits was playing a tournament at the Commerce Casino in Las Angeles when the following hand came up. This hand was haunting him and he did not know if he made the right play or not so he asked me for my opinion. Here is the situation: We are now one table from the money and Paul has an average stack and is in the big blind. One player goes all-in and Paul has him covered. Now the biggest stack at the table (a good young tournament player) flat calls. Since he is the chip leader he could have a wider range of hands to call the first player’s all- in move. Paul looks down and has pocket Jacks and the action is now on him since all the other players have folded. He knows he has no fold equity since he would not have enough chips left to push the other player off his hand. His thinking was that he probably had a coin flip against one or both of these guys and the 2nd player could have flat called with a bigger pair to trap in this spot which is not uncommon. In the end he folded. If he was up against just the original all-in player, he would have called for sure. If he made the call and lost he would be very short-stacked even if he put no more chips in the pot. This hand has been haunting him ever since and he wanted to know what I would have done in this situation. This was a big tournament at the L.A. Poker Classic so there was a lot at stake.

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Reflections on 2012, Hope and Predictions for 2013

by Tom McEvoy

2012 was quite a year for the poker world. The greatest scandal in poker history occurred when the owners of Full Tilt not only had their site shut down, but made no effort to repay their customers, and (except for Ray Bitar) avoided criminal charges—so far. They all belong in a jail cell as far as I am concerned. On a much happier note, PokerStars, the true hero of online poker, took over ownership of Full Tilt and immediately promised to repay all their customers worldwide. The only thing slowing things down for the U.S. customers is the turtle like pace of our justice department in permitting people to reclaim their money. This is the government’s fault, not the fault of PokerStars.

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There is No Magic Formula

by Tom McEvoy

In this column I would like to offer another tip on how to win poker tournaments. The tip is simply this: “there is no magic formula.” Countless times over the years I have had students ask me for advice on what to do in the latter stages of a tournament. They get thru over 80% of the field, the blinds and antes are much higher and they are short-stacked. They either fail to get into the money or get only a small payoff. Don’t forget that the big money in poker tournaments is usually in the top three spots.

 I can tell you that if I had a sure way to get more chips and survive I would do it. Come to think of it, I probably would be very reluctant to broadcast that fact to anybody else. The truth, of course, is that I don’t have a strategy that works all the time. That being said, there are things you can do to increase your chances. Just remember you can’t manufacture a good hand out of thin air.

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My Observations from This Year’s WSOP

by Tom McEvoy

 Mental attitude is everything. There’s an old saying: “Quitters never win, and winners never quit.” Where poker tournaments are concerned, this is especially true. I will give you an example of a quitter.

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McEvoy Speaks Up for FaceUp

Serving as a spokesperson for FaceUp Gaming is Tom McEvoy, who won the 1983 World Series of Poker Main Event, and has been nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame three years running. In an exclusive interview, McEvoy stated: “FaceUp Gaming is a subscription site and is perfectly legal. You get to play a lot of tournaments. It’s all No Limit Hold’em tournaments right now. There are no cash games or anything, but we’re hoping at some point to have legalized internet poker where people can play cash games.

 It’s a great bargain for players because for $24.95 per month, they have a chance at big cash prizes, Aruba trips, cruises, and things of that nature. It’s a huge overlay because you don’t have to face 2,000 players like you have to on a few of the other sites. Our biggest tournament has been in the 300s. Now is the perfect time for people to sign up.”

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Tom’s Poker Topics: WSOP Overview

By Tom McEvoy

I’m going to give an overview of the World Series of Poker in this column: the good, the bad—and the uncertain. First off, the good: no long lines to sign up for events. The Rio staff has it down pat, and they’ve proven to be very efficient in processing players. The one table satellites are well run and have an experienced staff that can handle any problems that arise. There are tournaments and cash games for every size bankroll. The Rio has daily $235.00 buy-in tournaments at 2:00 pm that are attracting very large crowds and nice payoffs for the winners. Later in the day, $185.00 buy-in and $135.00 buy-in events are also available. These are all deep-stack tournaments with lots of chips to start with. Mega satellites for the main event are also offered daily with $330.00 and $550.00 buy-ins. The Rio has made available a lot of convention space to hold all of their events, so there is plenty of room to take care of all the players. The cash games go from $1 & $3 blind no limit games up to very high limits and pot limit games, including some very big Pot Limit Omaha.

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