Just to remind you, in our last column we presented “The 13 Reasons for Raising,” developed in cooperation with my Claude Pepper Seniors Poker Group and discussed the first eight on the list.
The 13 Reasons for Raising
• Build the pot • Force out opponents – RSPF • Steal the blinds • Semi-Bluff or Bluff • Get information (How good is my hand?) • Improve betting position • Isolate a “maniac” • Get a FREE card on the next betting round • Force out a bluffer on the river • Buy more outs • Protect your hand • Create or change your image • As a psychological weapon
by David “The Maven” Chicotsky
Playing marginal hands in certain situations will allow you to build bigger chipstacks. Due to progressive payouts in tournament poker, players who are able to build larger chipstacks will cash for disproportionately more than their less efficient counterparts.
Shaun Deeb was already a legend before the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) began. Deeb once retired, albeit briefly, at age 24, after suffering immense burnout from grinding it out on the virtual felt in excess of 100 hours a week. Prior to 2012, Deeb was widely considered the best online player who never won a major live tournament. He accumulated $5 million in career online tournament earnings with $3 million won on PokerStars (screen name: “shaundeeb”) and over $2 million at Full Tilt Poker (screen name: “tedsfishfry”). But for some peculiar reason, Deeb’s virtual prowess never translated to brick and mortar rooms, where he only collected $750,000 in earnings with a handful of disappointing runner-up performances.
It started in 2006 and quickly became one of the WSOP’s most anticipated events of the year. Taking on added significance with the passing of the first-ever champion, Chip Reese, the “Poker Players Championship” is Event No. 45 on this year’s schedule.
The tournament – which begins on Sunday, June 24th, requires participants to play a rotation of eight popular forms of poker – including Limit Hold’em, Omaha High-Low Split, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High- Low Split 8, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, and Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball – to determine the game’s greatest “all-around” player.
During the 2012 World Series of Poker, WSOP.com (the event’s official website) will live stream all gold bracelet event final tables. This means poker fans can watch every single gold bracelet being won.
Up to three final tables a day may be streamed, but in most instances, two different final tables will stream daily, with scheduled start times of 1 pm PT and 2 pm PST.
by Debbie Burkhead
The Trop Appoints Eldon Brown Cardroom Manager! Eldon has 24 years experience in the poker industry dating back to 1988. His career began in California at the Bike, he spent the early 90’s at the Commerce and then in 1995 he moved over to Hollywood Park. Eldon moved to Las Vegas in 2000 to take the position of tournament director/cardroom manager at Station’s Fiesta Henderson. In 2004 he accepted the position of tournament director/ shift manager at the Palms and on March 20, 2012 he landed on the Strip as cardroom manager of the New Tropicana. Eldon has made great strides in making the poker room more player friendly.
by Ashley Adams
I’m a big fan of talking at the table for two good reasons: it induces action, and lightens the mood.
Inducing Action. I was playing $1-$2 no-limit early on a Sunday afternoon at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino. I started with a lowly pair of fives. But the pot was only raised to $6 before the flop with a few callers in front of me. I called and was rewarded with a five and two deuces on the flop. The initial bettor bet $20. I called, and everyone else folded. When a four hit the turn, he bet $35. I had his $200 stack covered. I wanted it all, and decided to set a rather deep hook. I raised to $105. He thought a long time, musing out loud that he should have raised more before the flop to get me off of the 6-3 he thought I started with.
This marks the fifth straight year of the so-called “delayed” Main Event final table. Years ago, the finale was played in the summer, at the conclusion of the long series of gold bracelet events.
However, in 2008, the WSOP revolutionized everything by delaying the final table more than three months, ultimately playing the championship in the fall. While initially controversial, this format has proven to be popular with players and fans alike. 2012 marks another challenge for the “November Nine” concept since the finale would otherwise conflict with the U.S. Presidential Election, which falls in early November.
by Tom McEvoy
The 2012 World Series of Poker is with us at last. I’m writing this column just a couple of days before the first event, so it’s too early to tell how things will turn out for the players this year, but I will make a few predictions and offer some tips. First off, the excitement in the air always seems tangible around the WSOP, and 2012 should be no exception. Every year, patrons speculate that the WSOP will fail to match the previous year. And, every year, that speculation is dispelled. Even in the aftermath of Black Friday (April 15th of last year) there were record crowds, and I predict that will be the case again this year.
Gold Bracelet Event #55 on this year’s WSOP schedule is unlike anything in history. The special No-Limit Hold’em tournament will have the astronomical buyin of one-million dollars – which is four times the buyin of the previous high-mark for a tournament entry fee.
This tournament, called the “Big One for One Drop” has all the makings of an instant classic. It has been called insane, audacious and incomprehensible. But one thing is for sure, this event will capture the attention of the poker world like no event before it. The Big One for One Drop is a madefor-television, charity poker tournament that will award the largest first-place prize ever, and feature the most unique collection of millionaires (and billionaires) ever assembled together.