by David “The Maven” Chicotsky
One of the things I’ve always liked about poker is it’s a one-man team. I grew up playing competitive tennis in and around Texas. When things didn’t go my way, it was one person’s fault - mine. Don’t get me wrong, team sports have positive attributes as well. There’s just something beautiful about being in control of your own destiny.
If there’s one observation I’ve made over the more than half decade I’ve been knee-deep in poker - very few poker players treat poker like a job or a serious business. Bankroll management is one of the most widely used terms in the industry and one of the least implemented. Especially with the overall demise of online poker in the USA, many tournament poker players are forced to play live tournaments. Instead of being able to buy into 10 different $50 tournaments at once, the same player might be in one $500 tournament. Instead of being able to distribute their risk (similar to buying into a mutual fund that has many stocks in its portfolio), they end up essentially taking shot after shot in every tournament they play (akin to buying an individual stock) - exponentially increasing their risk of ruin.
By Joseph Smith Sr.
Michiel Brummelhuis already had one WSOP Main Event record when he became the first Dutch player to earn a final table seat at poker’s biggest event. The 28-year-old Amsterdam, Holland native brings a decade of professional poker experience to the November Nine. He is number 7 on the poker chip list with T11,275,000 in tournament chips. Brummelhuis is also listed among the top 15 all-time Dutch poker tournament players.
Brummelhuis almost didn’t come for the 2013 WSOP and decided at the last minute to play in the Main Event. He and his girlfriend are expecting their first child at the end of summer so his schedule was already full. Lucky for him and the people of Holland he decided to attend this year’s big poker show and is now considered a contender to take home the world championship of poker’s diamond and gold bracelet. Another well-known Dutchman, Marcel Luske, bubbled the 2004 WSOP Main Event final table. Come November, 100- 200 of Brummelhuis’ fellow countrymen and fans will be in Las Vegas for the final showdown.
By Joseph Smith Sr.
JC Tran is the odds-on favorite to win it all and take home his third WSOP bracelet plus $8,359,531 in cash. He brings all the right weapons to the final table to win the card war come November. He has already won 2 WSOP bracelets, he has the most chips at 38 million and that’s 8.3 million more than the 2nd stack and his game is honed to perfection.
After a careful analysis of Tran’s chances to become the 2013 WSOP best poker player in the world there’s not much that’s apparent that could go wrong and derail this poker express train. But then… we remember final tables and favorites from past years. In 2006 poker pro Allen Cunningham ran into Jamie Gold and finished 4th; or how about the world’s greatest poker player, Phil Ivey, unable to overcome card luck and finished 7th in 2009 and then Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi forced out in 5th place in 2010.
Tran was born 36 years ago in Vietnam and moved to America with his family when he was two years old. He grew up in California, earned a business degree from California State University at Sacramento while developing his poker skills at Capitol Casino in Sacramento playing $9 - $18 limit Texas hold’em. JC Tran brings a long list of attributes to this year’s November Nine and tops the charts in every category. He began his professional poker career in earnest in 2004 when he left behind the limit games in Sacramento and began playing in the majors. Success seemed to come easy to the young player after he began to regularly cash in tournaments including a 5th place in the 2004 World Poker Finals and then the TV bubble in the 2004 LA Poker Classic.
by Barbara Connors
To play quality poker, you must get a good read on your opponents, and to read your opponents, you must be able to see them clearly. There’s the rub. Reading opponents requires objectivity, something which is frequently in short supply at the poker table. With so much at stake, with egos on the line and emotions running rampant, it’s often difficult, if not downright impossible, to keep an objective viewpoint in the middle of a poker session.
But there’s something else that can cloud our vision, something subtle and in a way, more insidious, because we’re usually not even aware of its influence on our thinking. It’s a psychological phenomenon known as the false consensus effect. This describes our natural tendency to assume that other people around us think and feel the same way that we do.
by Tom McEvoy
After waiting what seemed like an eternity, the WSOP.com 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.
Thinking “outside the box” sometimes provides a great advantage. But it can also lead to poker disaster. Here’s why.
The concept of outside-the-box thinking means that you can stray from traditional step-by-step logic and find innovative solutions that aren’t otherwise apparent. Fine. I do that routinely. Many truly great advances have happened because someone thought “outside the box.”
Poker is no different. When you’re faced with a routine decision about calling or folding, you should often think, “Wait! What happens if I raise?” Raise? Well, you can’t raise. Nobody raises in this situation. Hmm… but what if I do?
By Barbara Rogers
Poker Room Manager at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Mr. Bruce Dixon, has plenty of staying power. Poker Player first profiled Bruce Dixon in 2008, while he acted as the Director Of Poker Operations at Mohegan Sun Casino & Hotel in Connecticut. These days, Harrah’s Philly is fortunate to have this gentleman in charge of their poker operations. The winding road from Bruce’s birthplace, Atlantic City, has taken him from the Taj Mahal to the Tropicana, from the Borgata to Ct, and now Philadelphia at Harrah’s. This casino, Harrah’s, now reaps the full benefit of Dixon’s diverse experiences. A fitting match, Harrah’s Philadelphia continues to enjoy their market share of players and a strong sense of ensured game integrity, 2 goals that have served Bruce well. Combined with training the staff on proper customer interactions and motivating them to their full potential, it’s easy to see he’s developed the right formula for success.
Cincinnati native wins $220,000, a Circuit ring and a National Championship seat.
After a large turnout at the first ever WSOP Circuit event in Ohio, it was none other than a local engineer who took home the first place title at the WSOP Circuit Main Event at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cincinnati. Brad Albrinck, a 28-year old Cincinnati native, won his first Circuit title and $221,994 on September 30.
Albrinck was born and raised in Cincinnati before heading off to Purdue University for his undergraduate degree. He came back to his hometown and attended the University of Cincinnati to get his masters degree. He has worked as a solid waste engineer for the last three years. “It’s several years of my salary,” said Albrinck with a laugh about his first place money. “You know that when you go play these things you are going to have the downswings so it’s nice to have the upswing.”
With the event being so close to his home, he was able to close out his heads-up match with some of his family and friends in attendance. He was heads-up with another Ohio native, David Kash before he dispensed of him to take the title. Heads-up play only lasted a few hands before Kash and Albrinck got all the chips in the middle preflop. Albrinck was holding ace king against Kash’s ace ten. When Albrinck faded a three-outer, the hardware was all his.
JERSEY SPORTSBETTING INJUNCTION UPHELD
New Jersey’s controversial 2012 challenge to the federal-level Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), approved in a voter referendum, was ruled invalid by a federal appeals court in late September. New Jersey had been sued by the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, with those states successfully gaining an injunction earlier this year preventing New Jersey from implementing Nevada-style sports betting, which was grandfathered in under the 1992 federal law. New Jersey officials now face the non-guaranteed prospect of a US Supreme Court appeal in hopes of implementing sportsbetting, with the niche’s increasing popularity having reverberating effects on casino-development plans in Jersey and elsewhere. The three-judge court ruled 2-1 against New Jersey’s interests in the latest decision.
WYNN AND 888 ANNOUNCE SOFTWARE DEAL
by Wendeen H. Eolis
Last month at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, the American Gaming Association (AGA) upped the ante in its bid to promote progressive federal legislation to regulate online poker while pushing for a strengthened crackdown on illegal online poker operators.
AGA Uses Runner Runner to Campaign for Legislative Reform
AGA president, Geoff Freeman (since July 1, 2013) held a media conference during the GGE gathering to let it be known that the AGA intended to capitalize on the new movie, Runner Runner, by highlighting perils of online poker in an unregulated environment.
Freeman demonstrates a savvy understanding of the two-edged sword of this movie, noting, also, the need to mitigate against opponent cries to eliminate online gambling altogether based on the ills of the industry depicted in the movie.
Runner Runner Movie Eludes Box Office Kudos