Isaac 'the General' Galazan wins inaugural WSOP 'Shootout' championship, earns victory in first-ever tournament of its kind.
Most poker players stumble blindly through their hands, lurching from decision to decision without much thought to the way the hand will play out. This is not the way to think of poker, especially no-limit hold'em, where each hand is an evolving combat, and where those who think ahead enjoy a material advantage over their foes. No, the way to think of poker is like chess... chess plus luck.
It seems that everyday history is being made at the 2005 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. This is the first year that the historic event has been moved from Binion's Horseshoe. It is curently being held at the Rio casino. The Rio has better facilities to handle the massive crowds of players, fans, and media. There have been more entrants playing in each event this year which means that the prize pools are also record breaking. Poker fans all over the world are interested in accessing real-time information about the final tables.
The stranger bought a rack of white chips and settled into the four seat at my $4-8 HoldEm table on that Thursday afternoon in early spring. He introduced himself, "Mike," he said, "from Odessa." Mike-from-Odessa played mostly in home games and on the Internet and wanted to try his skills in a brick-and-mortar poker room. He had heard about bad-beat jackpots and asked how big ours that day and what did he need to have to qualify, Aces-Full beaten, or what?
I have utmost respect for Roy Cooke, the erudite Senior Columnist for Card Player magazine. And I appreciated his comments when we served sidebyside as panelists at the World Poker Players Conference last November at the Bellagio/Las Vegas. Furthermore, I treasured his advice in his column,"Hold'em StartingHand Basics," in the June 18, 2004 issue of Card Player. He wrote:"The biggest moneylosing mistake . . .
Does Size Matter?
Judging by the gargantuan size of the fields in the first five events at this year's World Series, poker's popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Consider these numbers:
Number of WSOP Entries (2004 versus 2005)
2004 2005 Percentage +/-
Event #1 Casino Employees World Poker Championship 279 662 137 percent increase
Event #2 $1500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em 831 2,305 177 percent increase
Event #3 $1500 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold'em 363 1,049 195 percent increase
Event #4 $1500 buy-in Limit Hold'em 610 1,049 72 percent increase
Pat Poels quits his job, plays poker, and wins $270,100
How many recreational poker players could walk up to their spouses and say with a straight face, "I'm going to quit my job to play poker for a living."
Pat Poels did.
Eric Froehlich becomes youngest WSOP winner ever!
You'd have to have spent the last few years or so in a coma not to notice how phenomenally popular poker has become. The World Poker Tour is rating its ass off. Punters are dumping mortgage payments into online games much larger than they'd ever dare to play live. The article you're reading now, and others of its ilk, contribute to the ever-broadening stream of public poker interest. Taken as a whole, this stream has earned the name (okay, didn't really earn it, just got labeled it by me): poker porn.