Matt Savage posted on Twitter a link to this interesting story from the 2002 World Series of Poker, one which I had never seen before, well told by Jesse May. It contains important lessons for both players and tournament officials.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
While I was out playing poker this evening, B.J. Nemeth mentioned on Twitter that only 13 out of 242 women cashed in this year's Main Event--fewer than would be predicted based on their numbers. That represented only 5.4% of the female entrants, whereas 10.1% (693/6865) of the whole field and 10.3% (680/6623) of the men made the money.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Steve Zolotow, a Full Tilt Poker red pro who is either a lot more clueless or a lot more willing to lie than I had previously had reason to believe, in Card Player magazine column, July 13, 2011 (vol. 24, #14), p. 56. Emphasis in original.
If you haven't been paid by a poker site, blame the U.S. government, not the site.
That would be President Barack Obama, who today told Republican leaders, with respect to the debt ceiling increase, "Don't call my bluff."
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sunday evening I was playing at Treasure Island, in my favorite seat--#1.* When a new dealer came into the box, I noticed that he slowed down a bit in his pitch for seats 1 and 2. I thought I knew why (this isn't my first rodeo), so I made a point of being even more conspicuous than usual in keeping my hands well away from his pitching zone.
Monday, July 11, 2011
I was just checking PokerNews for updates on what's going on at the WSOP, and noticed in the margin a feed of Tweets from various pros, including one that mentioned an accusation of cheating. That's a subject that always interests me, so I looked into it a bit more. (This just happened within the past hour, so not much information yet available.)
With 8325 chips and blinds at 250/500 (50 ante), I started the day with just over 16 big blinds. I had already heard a dealer's "Seat open!" cry from another section of the room on the very first hand, so at least I knew I would not be the first one out on Day 2A.
Images below courtesy of Wolynski.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Todd Brunson, in Card Player magazine column, July 13, 2011 (vol. 24, #14), page 38.
The World Series of Poker Main Event buy-in was first set at $10,000 in 1972, and it has not changed since then.
I now know my tablemates for the start of Day 2 (Monday at noon), as posted in full here. I'll be at Amazon Orange 335-5. As expected, I'll have the shortest stack at the table. This is a badly skewed chip distribution on the deep side, with a table average of 67,000 (not counting the woman who didn't report her chips), while the day's average will be 45,000. Not good for me. But I will do my best to find good spots to double up. Two successful doubles and I'll be out of danger.
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I'm reading a profile of Allen Bari in the July 13 issue of Card Player magazine. I had not been aware of him prior to this year's WSOP, but I've quickly learned to dislike him intensely. His reputation for misconduct is already tightly associated with his name, and he seems not only OK with that, but bound and determined to make himself the game's number-one arrogant, trash-talking asshole--as if we need another one of that ilk.