by David “The Maven” Chicotsky
When we’re playing tournaments, we’re forced to make plays that conflict with our interest of not busting out of the tournament. The age old discussion of whether to play to survive or play to win leaves many players with questions as to the best way to proceed towards the final table. The truth is, both are wrong. If you’re playing to survive, the more aggressive players—as well as the blinds and antes will slowly erode your stack. If you’re playing to win, you’re very likely making too many negative expected value plays—costing you overall tournament equity.
A real world comparison to a typical poker player’s dilemma as to playing to survive or playing to win can be seen in the stock market. If an investor puts all of their money in low-yielding bonds and money-market accounts, they won’t be able to keep up with the cost of inflation. If an investor puts all their money in highrisk funds, they’re likely to suffer a catastrophic loss of their funds over time.
Even playing a “balanced game” can create issues, as it can be viewed as far from unpredictable. Even when playing a balanced game, we’re forced to find times to make plays and times to make tough folds. One of the keys to successfully navigating the tournament poker waters is not allowing your opponents to pick up on your playing style (and preferences).
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Amir Lehavot has the distinction of being the oldest player at this year’s WSOP Main Event final table at the “old age” of 38 years. Lehavot was born near Tel Aviv, Israel, but now calls Weston, Florida home and he has dual citizenship with Israel and the U.S. He added to his WSOP history book entries when he became the first Israeli to make a WSOP Main Event final table.
After receiving his B.S in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Lehavot worked within his discipline in San Francisco until he began playing poker in 2004. He quickly discovered his natural ability to successfully play the game. He then became the manager of the online poker training site, pokerwit.com. His first major cash came at the 2009 WSOP Main Event when he finished 226th to collect $32,226.
Lehavot achieved every poker player’s dream when he entered the 2009 WSOP Pot Limit Hold’Em world championship event and won a WSOP bracelet. He also collected $573,456 after outlasting a blue ribbon field of poker pros. His journey to that win took him past the likes of Nenad Medic, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, and Robert Mizrachi.
by Ashley Adams
In the first part of this article we explained how “betting on the come” was a useful tool in making profitable the tougher no limit games that we are facing today. Let’s look at the sample hand we started to examine.
You raised to $12 with Ac Jc and the flop was Kc 9c 2d. You got two callers, and then came out betting $25 on the flop. Your sole loose opponent called you on the button. Maybe he had a 9 or a weak King and figured you were just making a continuation bet with nothing—and that he was probably ahead. Or maybe he had a flush draw (but a lower one than yours) and figured he’d see if he could connect on the turn.
Grand Sierra is hosting the exciting Fall WIN than ANYONE in history!” Pot of Gold Poker Tournament with a guaranteed $400,000. The opening event kicks off at noon on October 3 and consists of five no-limit hold’em flights (1A-1E) with a $100,000 guarantee. The buy-in for each flight is $220, players receive 15,000 in starting chips, and the top 10 percent in each flight get into the money with the top 6 percent advancing to the finals at 3 pm on October 6. Players may re-enter through the first 4 levels on flights A-D and players may re-enter through level 8 for flight E. Players may forfeit their stack at the end of level 4 on flights A-D and level 8 on flight E and re-enter with a new stack. Players that bag chips multiple days will only play their largest stack and will be paid $750 for all other forfeited stacks.
The schedule consists of the following variety of games and guarantees: Omaha 8 or better/$10,000 guarantee, HORSE/$10,000 guarantee, PLO 8 or better/$10,000 guarantee, no-limit hold’em 6 max/$25,000 guarantee and $100 bounties and several other no-limit events with guarantees ranging from $5,000-$15,000.
Another event consisting of six flights starts on October 10 with a $330 buy-in and a whopping $200,000 guarantee. The only difference in this event and the opening event is that players that bag chips multiple days will be paid $1,000 instead of $750 for all other forfeited stacks.
Today I’m going to share a simple trick about hands with medium prospects. It will revolutionize the way you play poker. If you use it correctly, your profits will soar. Yes, really.
In order to take advantage of my trick, you need to understand that an ace is higher than a king and that a king is higher than a queen. That’s all.
From now on, whenever you’re involved in a poker hand, you will always be translating your hand into a single card—ace, king, or queen. Just pretend that, no matter what your actual cards are, there’s a super card floating in your face. Ace, king, or queen. Visualize. Ace. King. Queen. Got it?
Okay, now I’ll explain.
by Haley Hintze
DELAWARE OFFERS PLAY-MONEY ONLINE POKER AS LIVE ROLLOUT DELAYED
Delaware Lottery officials announced a linkup to a play-money Facebook poker app as a stopgap measure while development continues on the state’s upcoming real-money online poker and casino offerings. The state’s three racinos – Dover Downs, Huffington Raceway and Delaware Park – are now offering links to the play-money DoubleDown Casino suite of play-money gambling apps offered by DoubleDown Interactive, a division of IGT. IGT is, in turn, a long-term “strategic” partner of Scientific Games, one of three firms selected as the Delaware Lottery’s primary vendor for the state’s online gambling launch. The play-money signup came as the state faced its original projected launch date of September 1st for real money play, which state officials confirm will not be met. Instead, Delaware officials now list October 31st as the new target date.
MOHEGANS PLAN BILLION-DOLLAR MASSACHUSETTS CASINO
by Wendeen H. Eolis
This year the World Series of Poker Europe pays special tribute to women with its first ever Ladies Event. It will also cater to world travelers and romantics alike with a change of venue from the French Riviera to the suburbs of Paris. The accommodations are expected to delight all who love the City of Light and adore its energy in the fall.
The WSOPE Changes
Port of Call For the first four years, the tournament lived in London, centered at Harrahs’ Leicester Square Casino at the Empire. It outgrew its space before the first main event!
In 2011, Mitch Garber, CEO of Caesars Interactive—the Caesars company responsible for the WSOP brand—spearheaded the exploration of a change of venue from England to France. Garber picked up the phone and went straight to the top source for intelligence- -Lucy Denos. She is the seasoned poker room director at Casino Barriere de Deauville where the EPT has held Court for years. Talking with Garber from her perch on the French Coast of Normandy, Denos explained the lay of the land.