By Jason Bullock
When visiting online poker forums recently, I was struck by one poster who claimed a particular site had really transformed his game— AdvancedPokerTraining.com. This player said it really had helped him repair some leaks that had been costing him money. Within months after he signed up there, his win rate had dramatically improved and he’s been owning most of the players in his regular game.
I decided to try it out and have already seen dramatic results. The flagship feature of the site is a poker simulator game featuring 10 levels and over 100 lifelike opponents. The patented game plays right in your browser with no download required. The opponents are tricky, and over time they learn your style, adjusting to defeat you just like skilled opponents you will play with regularly.
by David “The Maven” Chicotsky
Let’s discuss “meta-game” theories and how they relate to tournament poker. I’ve always been very reluctant to play “balanced” - the main reason being that we are constantly being moved around from table to table in tournaments. What’s the point of balancing your re-raising range (or check-raising range, amongst other ranges) if you’re only going to play against a player for an hour or two? By the time they figure out what you’re doing - the table will get broken and you’re well on your way to menacing a whole other set of opponents.
Metagaming, from Wikipedia, “is a broad term usually used to define any strategy, action, or method used in a game which transcends a prescribed ruleset, uses external factors to affect the game, or goes beyond the supposed limits or environment set by the game. Another definition refers to the game universe outside of the game itself.”
by Debbie Burkhead
Want to be part of the 2014 WSOP? The WSOP has decided to discontinue their dealer training for the upcoming 2014 WSOP but Tony Shelton Dealing School offers their graduates the opportunity to deal at the World Series of Poker Rio annually during the seven week event. Many events are televised on ESPN and this is a terrific opportunity to expose your talent and expertise in the world of poker dealing. Dealers may also choose to deal at the Venetian Deep Stack, the Golden Nugget, or Binions, all during the 2014 WSOP. You will be taught 16 variations of poker necessary to deal all games offered at the WSOP. Training is also available for blackjack plus carnival games, (3-Card Poker, Pai Gow and Caribbean Stud). The school is a proud member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and is a post secondary education institution. Much more than just a dealing school with 30 years of WSOP experience and a combined 60 years of teaching experience, Tony Shelton, James Kean, and John Kulig provide hands on instruction to their students. The school is located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas in a space that houses four casino style poker tables, casino weight poker chips, and poker quality cards. Credit cards are accepted and financial aid is available. Visit www.TonysPokerSchool.com or clip the ad in this issue of Poker Player Newspaper to receive a 10% discount.
6th Annual Ante4autism event set for Golden Nugget, Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to raise money for Autism Speaks! The event will be held opening night of the Winter furniture market, as Co-Hosts hope to exceed last year’s total of $35,226!
By Barbara Rogers
From Mohegan Elementary school to Mohegan Sun poker room, Josh Zuckerman is living proof that you can make a successful full circle, and you can go home again. Once upon a time Josh watched the mirrored towers of the stunning Mohegan Sun hotel appear on the Uncasville, Connecticut landscape. The lure of this big beauty launched what would become an exciting and successful career for this homegrown boy. Now a proficient senior level professional, experienced in managing operations for multimillion-dollar casino resorts, this man now brings his game home to Mohegan Sun.
Mr. Zuckerman makes the move from the Florida scene. He left his mark on their gaming world too. As a member of the Florida Gaming Summit, Josh generously contributed his expertise in operations to the industry. While working as the poker room manager at Jacksonville Greyhound Racing and Poker, he developed and ran a weekly one hour industry based radio show, broadcast on an ESPN affiliate and online. Deciding that an industry based poker talk show would do well, Josh put together a unique format. Blending a panel of personalities that would bring together every aspect of the game, in a 1 hour weekly show, a player, a dealer, a floor manager, a poker pro, and Josh talked poker strategy. Having so much fun, and considering it to be one of the best experiences of his career, Josh is in the early stages of a similar show for Mohegan Sun.
I asked Josh to sum up what he learned in his full circle.
By Barbara Rogers
Turning Stone Poker Player Bailout weekend (January 23-26, 2014) is trying to help you. In an already action packed under 21 years of age poker room, a $5,000 Random Seat Giveaway takes place on Jan. 26th. From 2 pm to 10 pm every 20 minutes, a player will be handed $200. The day before, Saturday the 25th, from 2 pm to 10:20 pm, the action will be interrupted every 20 minutes with $200 given away in the High Hand Bailout. If this isn’t enough to help you out, there is a $10,000 tournament with a $25.00 entry fee. See page 11 of this Poker Player issue for more details. Turning Stone Resort Casino does offer a poker room discount. Rooms fill up fast, but the Stone has additional lodging, and they will shuttle you, no problem: call 800 771-7711.
by Geno Lawrenzi Jr.
Every New Year’s Eve I gather with friends at a favorite watering hole. Iced champagne is served by pretty waitresses who look more like Playboy Centerfolds than the girl next door.
We watch the wall clock move slowly toward midnight. When it hits that magical hour and we are in the New Year, I reveal my New Year’s Resolutions. Excuse me? The room has suddenly gone silent. Okay, all of you called my bluff. You know that most people do not keep their resolutions. In my case, that, unfortunately, has been true.
In 1962, I resolved to marry Kathy, my childhood sweetheart. There was only one problem. She was already on her second husband and would go through two more before we met at a class reunion a couple of years ago. When I saw her, I was happy I hadn’t made good on the resolution. Boy, what time and four ex-husbands can do to a woman.
In 1984—what a wonderful George Orwellian year that was!—I resolved to stop drinking in excess. And I did.
Ten years later.
You earn poker profit only if your opponents make mistakes. That’s the fundamental truth about winning.
Nobody plays poker perfectly, so the battle is over mistakes. The players whose mistakes are the fewest or least costly eventually win. Mistakes made by opponents will naturally occur. But why settle for just those. You should entice even more of them. Today, we’ll examine how to do that.
Enticing covers many things, from projecting a personality that makes losing more comfortable for your opponents to eliciting bets and raises through subtle psychological maneuvers. But let’s go a step further. Let’s simply entice weak opponents to play in our pots. That’s indirectly enticing mistakes, because weak opponents make plenty of them.
Where the money lives
The most important key to enticing is to make yourself someone who weak opponents prefer to play against. Look at it this way. You’re trying to play in a land of weak opposition, because that’s where the money lives. Right?
The 2013-14 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City Main Event has officially come to a close! In the end, Joseph LaPinta was able to defeat his own roommate, Joseph Wertz, during heads up play to win the $182,070 in first-place prize money as well as the gold ring and the seat to the National Championship.
Despite coming into the final table in the eighth overall chip position, LaPinta was able to overcome the field to seize a victory. LaPinta spent a majority of play during the day remaining patient and picking his spots well. As the table lost players, LaPinta ramped up the aggression and found himself in a dominating position for heads up play.
On December 14, 285 entrants started play in an attempt to earn a piece of the $301,330 prize pool. There were forty-six who returned at noon on Sunday to resume play, and eleven hours later the Final Table was determined.
Final Table action continued for three hours, before the final five reached an agreement and played on for the Trophy and $10,000. In the end Seunghwan Lee of Albertson, NY finished 5th for $36,355, Frank Meaney of Thomaston, CT collected $30,724 for 4th, Alias Mourtadh of Yonkers, NY claimed $22,302 for 3rd, Matthew Stark of Long Island City, NY settled for 2nd place and $36,066. While the December 2013 Mega Stack Challenge $1,200 No Limit Hold’em Title, Championship Trophy and $52,127 went to Giuseppe Pizzolato of Ridgewood, NY!
The publisher and staff of Poker Player newspaper wish all of our readers a very HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. 2013 has been a difficult year for most of us. Let’s hope that 2014 will bring everyone their greatest hopes and desires. Poker Player has several exciting projects coming up in the near future, including a new patented format for poker tournaments that will be more exciting and more satisfying for both players and management. We are in talks with several properties to arrange its implementation in 2014. Keep your eyes peeled for further details coming in this newspaper in the near future.