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.
HOUSE HEARING SCHEDULED TO BANKRUPTCY AUCTION
The Atlantic Club Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will close on January 13th after a bankruptcy auction failed to find a bidder willing to operate the casino. The only bid, which was duly accepted, was a $23.4 million joint offer by Tropicana and Caesars that will see the two NJ competitors divvy up the Atlantic Club’s equipment and physical assets, with Caesars holding the rights to the property and attached casino. Roughly 2,000 workers will be unemployed through the Atlantic Club’s closure. The Atlantic Club’s failure came after casino owners Crown Colony LLC backed out of a 2012 sale to PokerStars parent Rational Group, which sought a point of re-entry into the US market. The casino’s closing leaves 11 operating properties in the state.
LAS VEGAS SANDS, ADELSON ABANDON SPANISH EUROVEGAS PROJECT
by Shari Geller
As 2013 draws to a close it is time for our annual reflection on the stories that made news, whether for good or bad, in the world of poker over the past twelve months. From a new WSOP locale to the continued scrambling over the future of online poker, the return of some notorious names and the introduction of some new ones, 2013 was another eventful year.
The return of online poker in the US was both the biggest story of 2013 as well as the source of great disappointment to poker players. By year’s end, three states have managed to get regulated online poker sites operating to serve their residents, leaving 47 states where poker players cannot enjoy their favorite game in the privacy of their own homes.
Nevada became the first state to license and regulate online poker and had sites up and running by mid-year. Two sites, UltimatePoker. com and WSOP.com, are servicing local Nevada players, but the number of participants is a mere fraction of what Pre-Black Friday websites handled. Delaware followed Nevada as the second state in the country with statewide real-money online poker. Delaware had a soft launch on Halloween and by November, players physically located within the state were able to log on to one of three state-sanctioned sites; Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway. New Jersey governor Chris Christie made a few friends for his expected future presidential run by finally signing legislation allowing New Jersey to allow online poker, and New Jersey has now outpaced Nevada and Delaware in the number of players who have signed up. But while those states overcame the many hurdles to bringing online poker to their residences, other states do not seem to be in any hurry to join them.
by Ashley Adams
You’re going to make them, these mistakes at the table. You’re going to make them, so you should figure out how you’re going to deal with them when you make them. Why am I so sure that you’ll make mistakes at the poker table? Because I make them. Recently I made a colossal one. It could have ruined my game for the night. That it didn’t is the product of having learned to deal with mistakes like this over the many years that I’ve been playing poker. Here’s what happened.
I was in a relatively soft $1 - $2 no limit game at Foxwoods. Everyone was friendly and most were laughing much of the time. Players were generally tight. So my new style of being loose and aggressive was working—building pots, or letting others build them, and then stealing them with aggressive play on the flop and turn.
by Barbara Rogers
13 DAYS OF POKER, 21 events: Delaware Park brings it bright and early New Years Day. With the first event starting at 9 am, if you’re hung over, not to worry... The next event is at 11 am! Still hung over? Go to the poker room at 3 pm and play that tournament. This is the Winter Poker Classic in Wilmington, at the very hot spot on the second floor, considered to be one of the best run poker rooms in the country. Say hi to Kevin Castora, Calvin, and the rest of the GQ-looking floor; they dress for success. Check out Delaware Park's ad on page 3 of this issue of Poker Player. [Download the PDF]
by Barbara Connors
Poker players spend a great deal of time talking about bad beats and suckouts and the idiot who hit his two-outer on the river. So it’s easy to forget sometimes that the poker gods can give as well as take away. And one of the best poker gifts of all is known as the big blind special.
This particular bonus comes in two parts. First you get a free walk in the big blind with marginal cards. Then the flop hits those marginal cards well enough to actually give you a big hand. After a tough session of watching your premium pairs get cracked, big aces that never hit and draws that never come in, it’s strange to finally drag a pot with 8-3 offsuit because the flop came down 3-3-8, but that’s poker for you.
Poker is a business. And as in most businesses, it can pay to advertise. Many players don’t advertise effectively when they’re in a game. They do it at bad times. They do it too often or not often enough Their “ads” are poorly conceived. Or they pay too much. Today, I’ll explain the art of profitable advertising in poker.
When you sit in a poker game, you’re setting up shop — you’re in business. The first thing you must do is find the best location — the right game that affords the most potential to make money.
That usually means choosing a table where players are entering pots and calling more than they should. Avoid games with many raises from aggressive players, though. You really want loose, meek opponents who will reward you by calling when you hold superior hands, but won’t press every advantage. When you see them, it’s the right place to locate your business today.
And remember, most physical businesses must choose a permanent location. And you’ve heard that location is everything when measuring the success of a store. Same in poker — except you have the luxury of moving to a better location anytime you want.
Store? How does that apply to poker? Don’t stores sell things?