Friday, June 19, 2015

WSOP $10 satellite entry

Considering how poorly ive been running (or playing) lately at live poker, perhaps its time for me to give online poker a try. last night i dropped $709 the first session, went over to the Big split machine and recovered $522 of it, then walked back into the poker room at the Peppermill, plays a few more hours, and lost another $254 by the time the game finally broke about 630am. then i walked back to the same machine and won another $153 more before leaving.

went to the barber shop and got a much needed haircut and shave before i went home for $26, and that way i was able to say i got at least one thing accomplished and out of the way for all that money i lost.

Online poker may not be as popular as it was in the mid 2000s, but its slowly been coming back. More states are legalizing it, (at least trying to) and the govt seems to be not bothering as much with the underground sites as it once was. I'm here to let you know the WSOP is going to be having a bracelet event this year that will take place online. (at least until u make the final table that is--then it will be done in person at the Rio).

The tourny is on July 2 at noon on WSOP.com for $1000. it ends at the rio on July 4. and for all of you who would rather not have to pay $1000 (or even have $1000 to enter) theres a wonderful opportunity courtesy of Poker Update for a $10 satellite entry on june 28 at 6pm. u have to register an account on WSOP.com and u have to be physically present in NV and logged into your computer on that date. (you do not have to live in NV however).

it will probably get a lot of entries, so its hard to say in advance how many seats will be awarded. the event u will be entering (if u win a seat) will be awarding a WSOP bracelet, same as the winners of all the live events each year get. The same type of bracelets Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey have earned. wouldnt it be great to have one of these for only $10?

so go ahead, check out Poker Updates website, check out all the tournament details on how to register and enter, and give it a shot if u have not yet already done so. It's possible many of the live professionals will be playing online for the first time just to have a chance to win the online bracelet event, and u might even find yourself sitting in the table with them unknowingly. and remember it will end at the Rio in person (not the satellite) but the $1000 wsop event u might win a seat into.

theres also great cash games online too for those of u who like them, not just tourneys. But at this time of year theres a lot of us who do like to try and enter as many tournaments as we can afford to have a better shot of winning big money in at least one of them. and for only $10, this is one of the cheapest ways u can give it a shot.

45 comments:

  1. How much were you paid for that Poker Updates promo?

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  2. Thanks for alerting everyone to the info about the online WSOP bracelet event. No one knew about it until now...

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  3. Great piece of information Tony. Good post.

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  4. Tony, the second half blog post does not sound like your work. Did you plagiarised?

    As far as online poker, I thought you have been playing all along on Bovada. I made a few posts after I signed up last month, it really is the softest site right now. Unfortunately for me, I have been running (& playing) badly online last couple of weeks. After getting to $5k from my $1k deposit, I keep bouncing between 4-5k. I am going to try playing live more for a change of pace.

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  5. Tony, good to see you are monetizing your blog again.

    MIV

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  6. i feel like all last nights loss (yes i lost $547 there AGAIN--even after i published this blog yesterday) was due to me having my mind on the fact i was out of clean shirts, wanted to get my laundry done--and being too lazy to do the actual work myself--but as usual was going to pay to have it done at a laundrymat. the problem is, the 2 places i know who do it for u, dont stay open 24 hours where i couldve rode a cab then and dropped it off. so it was on my mind all night long.

    so as punishment, im now doing slave labor, myself, in the laundry mat, washing clothes before i go to sleep. at least when i wake up its off my mind and taken care of for another 30 days. i shouldnt be so lazy its not a very far walk to a laundrmat. but i hate spending my time doing other things than trying to earn money. feels like a waste of time to me. at least ive done a little bit of legitimate work lately,,not just my laundry.

    i wanted to get all the things paid and done i needed done before i lost the money. (the dr, the haircut/shave, phone bill, internet bill, rent on june 25 again, etc). not working out too well and im not too proud of myself.

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  7. and i know why im losing, because all of the losses are mostly taking place once the game gets 4 handed or 5. like tonight--i was $12 ahead when the $1-2 broke and i moved to the $3-5 with $359 our of my $347 worth of 4 buyins. actually had it up to $527 at one point, and then i lost a race, and another hand, and was down to about $300. then i made a really bad shove on a guy i thought had air, or at least would fold, and i turned outto be wrong. i was on a total bluff, and thats TWICE i lost a huge pot to a total bluff this week. the other time 2 days prior id convinced the table i had a set but it was nothing but air also. ive got to quit trying to use my image to steal pots. i fold so often and right when i think ill easily be given credit for waking up with a monster im always walking into an extremely strong hand myself by guys i feel using have nothing since they are way too aggressive.

    i hate to feel this way, tell me if im wrong, but it seems like the only way to beat these guys is to let the table fill up so u arent forced into shorthanded situations--and then wait for a real hand that might never come. someone else said to 3 bet their straddles, but that just throwing money away because they dont seem to ever fold if i do this and almost everyone says they will since they say im so tight

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    1. Why don't you go and do laundry when the tables get short handed instead of moving to a different table? If a game is not to your liking, it's a good time to get other other stuff in your life done. Just a thought.

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    2. because i dont like walking home til its light outside, and the laundry room didnt open til 630am. (it gets light at 5am). this is why being in a much bigger casino would keep games full til daylight hours.

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    3. "and i know why i'm losing, because all of the losses are mostly taking place once the game gets 4 handed"

      It is not profitable for most people to play 4 handed because your posting the blinds 50% of the time which also forces you to play more junk hands and you end up having higher variance.

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    4. " i was on a total bluff, and thats TWICE i lost a huge pot to a total bluff this week"

      Shoving your whole stack on a total bluff is risky. I try to avoid total bluffs. I would much more prefer to semi-bluff.

      If I have a Ace or King high flush draw on the flop and someone raises and I push all in. Now if I am called I can still win if I hit my flush or hit my over card.

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  8. id like to see one of u make stealthmunk read the damn blog, and tell him that im going to have to go to vegas to get coaching from him unless one of u other guys think u can help. by help i mean someone sitting by me watching, that i can ask after every hand if there was anyway i couldve got the opponent to fold so i could win. (or shouldve known he wasnt betting with air that time)

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    1. Did Stealthmunk actually say he was going to sit behind you and watch you play??? You might want to clarify this before going to Vegas. Also if someone has that level of skill, they probably are playing poker themselves and at a higher level than $1-3 NL. It's more profitable than coaching. Just a couple of things to consider.

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    2. Instead of coaching you might want to try this
      I joined this a few weeks ago - http://www.advancedpokertraining.com/
      So far I like it but you gotta pay for it - not free.
      Use the code - POKERSOFTWARE
      and you might get a discount.

      You play at an no limit holdem online table with computer opponents. You pick the type of game. Full hand cash game, 6 handed cash game, sit in go, or multi table tournaments.

      You pick the skill level of your opponents - from easy to very hard.

      You can pick a poker adviser. Mike Caro, Ed Miller, etc... So when in the hand and not sure what to do you can click on the advice button and a pop up would say "I would fold here or Bet 100" etc....

      It also has reports that examines your play and tells you the areas where they think your weak and compares your stats to others.

      You also have a screen with hands that you played and which hands you made or lost money on. Then you can click on it KK button and then you can review all the hands you played KK.

      Also if you want you can pick just one hand that you want to practice. Like JJ and in the online game against the computer opponents you will just get dealt JJ every hand.

      I ended up paying $224 for a lifetime membership. But you can pay less if joining for less time.

      Down side is it is only for no limit hold'em on this site. I would love if they had other poker games.

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    3. in bed browsing email, about to fall asleep. too tired to respond in large detail. sounds u did a lot of work composing this post, with pretty good advice, might want to look at that site if i can somehow bring myself to part with a few bucks. thats gonna be tough, as much free info is out there. i suppose i can also set up a table with 4 players too? and one with straddlers?

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    4. "i suppose i can also set up a table with 4 players too? and one with straddlers?"

      No and No. You can pick a table that is 6 handed. But there are no straddlers in this game.

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    5. Alyssa, no way Tony is planning to pay for coaching. At best may be a meal on his comp.

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    6. Um. You definitely need to double check with Stealthmunk then. Have you asked Michelle out on a date yet?

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  9. and thirdly, i shouldve deposited $500+ more or so in the bank than i did when coming back from tahoe. a good way to stop losses is to limit poker buyins to $40, (that was working for me twice, made 3 $40 buyins last 2 days and each time i was over $100 before giving it back away). 2nd way is to leave the atm card at home and carry no more than $300. (that way i dont buy in bigger to get even after im stuck).

    only thing is, i feel like as a winning player, i shouldnt have to quit the game before it breaks just to avoid big losses. my hourly rate is down to $12,68 per hour and it would be worse if it included higher limits than $1-2 but its strictly how i do at $1-2. ive always known my hourly is much worse at the bigger limits and is why i should avoid them.

    hourly rate is poor due to about 150 hours of flatlining. my total winnings havent increased from what they were about 150-200 hours prior. they might be less. i still think id survive though with low expenses and maybe 200 hours a month at $10 per hour. that still beats my expenses if i dont lose any money on VP

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    1. When it comes to buy-ins. You need to have a plan before you go to the poker room. For example if I am playing 1-2 no limit. I bring three full buy ins with me and if I lose all three then I am done for the day. If playing 2-5 no limit I bring 1 full buy in and if I lose that I am done for the day.

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    2. ive always known my hourly is much worse at the bigger limits and is why i should avoid them.

      You an beat the 1/2 or 1/3 game so why play the bigger?

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  10. Concerning the last paragraph of the blog: As a general rule, one uses the phrase "a lot of us" when the statement actually applies to us.

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    1. she posted a 2nd comment, but it was deleted and not approved, it was for an illegal product not fit to be discussed here. unethical and fraudulent, and im sure the first comment of hers was simply a test to see if both comments would be published.

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    2. It was illegal, unethical, AND fraudulent?? HUD? Of course, the way you throw the word Unethical around, it could have been sunglasses for all I know.

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    3. it had to do with them selling u phony atm cards, and using them to defraud banks

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  12. i thought Evan the dealer at the Peppermill liked me? he seemed to be quite nice up until the final hand. he was quite drunk, much more so than ive ever seen him be before, and was making some out of the ordinary plays. even one of the other dealers commented on it when he was briefly up from the table to rebuy. i decided to improve upon my normal initial buyin strategy tonight by buying in for $200 when i first sat (instead of waiting til im stuck and tired trying to get even). worked out pretty well as early on i won a pot and had it briefly up to $381 before i started dwindling back. then about 3 hours later i got a really big pot with a hand i cannot remember for the life of me what the hand was i won with. (why is this so hard for me?) but i do remember i came close to folding the winner.

    (im in the middle of a Bovada tourny) and i suddenly remember the hand. i had a QT of hearts and 3 smaller hearts hit on the turn. he called my $40 turn bet, and another guys $105 allin. we both had a lot behind and i just felt like he thought he had a monster, so i didnt reraise. a blank came on the river so i checked, and sure enough he makes a big bet to put me allin. i almost fold, but feel i must call and he has the J hi flush and im relieved.

    gonna hit post and then tell u about the hand with evan the dealer next

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    1. "i thought Evan the dealer at the Peppermill liked me? he seemed to be quite nice up until the final hand"

      He is playing poker to win money and to try to get it from everyone at the table, including you. If he wins money off you that is fine. All is fair in love, war, and poker.

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  13. ok id slowly dwindling down off the $824 and was thinking of quitting any minute. this final hand with Evan took another $200+ from me and i quit with a bit over $400, still a little over $200 up.

    i had 88 and evan was straddling $5 on the button. this time im in middle position and he raised to $30 with 3-4 limpers. since he had been doing that a lot, im sure the correct play is to reraise right? i wouldve if i wasnt ahead so much for the day and didnt want to lose it back (when u feel like this u should quit right?). this is why i should play at commerce. they let u move tables for just the min buyin if u want to keep playing. u dont have that option here, it was the final table.

    i only called, and i think i was the only caller. i get a fairly good flop with 934 all in hearts and i have the 8 of hearts. im content just to call him down and he bets somewhere $20-40 i think. turn pairs the 4, he bets $100 after i check, and i only call. (this is where i should shove correct? or is that a bad risk, and do i only feel that way due to getting rivered? id like to know.

    river comes offsuit J and he bets $100, i call, he shows JQ offsuit for a rivered pair and had nothing the whole way? wtf? i left too pissed to even wait for the BB to get to me, very unusual move on my part but didnt want to lose 1 more hand. never been quite so disgusted when walking out of the casino up $200+

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    1. "i had 88 and evan was straddling $5 on the button. this time im in middle position and he raised to $30 with 3-4 limpers. since he had been doing that a lot, im sure the correct play is to reraise right?"

      With a hand like 88 I like to see a cheap flop and flop a set. If I miss my flop and he bets big I can just fold with a small loss.

      I do not like check calling big bets on flop, turn, and river with just 88 because it is very hard to know where your at.

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    2. This is one of those hands where your thinking from preflop, to each subsequent streets, and your read on your opponent determines whether you played it well or not. Is villain capable of triple barreling with air? What range of hands do you think he had as the hand progressed?

      One thing I am sure of, shoving the turn is never correct in this hand. Sometimes you have to take a stand with marginal hands against maniacs, but there are 2 problems here. One, you are out of position. Two, you are playing 300 BB effective stack.

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    3. A typical chain of events for a LAG player. Here's what I do on this hand.
      Call raise before flop and check flop:
      Double the information bet on the flop with a check raise...get result:
      If not re-raised, lead with a decent turn bet and take it...or?
      Get called see the river and do it again.
      You have risked the same amount of money, but given yourself the chance to win on all 3 streets....see how that works?

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    4. Hello unknown dealer, I think your math is way off. A check raise on the flop means you risk playing for your 300bb stack by the river. Really not a fan of min check raise on the flop, marginal hand, out of position, with a deep stack against a LAG. Just asking for trouble.

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    5. Who said any thing about math? There is a drunk dealer who just made a big score earlier in a tournament, playing every hand with a "Live" straddle on it. Poker is a behavior...not so much a skill or exercise in 2 + 2. If it was hugely skill based, the landscape of our cities would be ringed in financed houses and cars all gotten from plying that skill going back as long as it has existed but news flash...it ain't happenin'. Check raise the loose drunk, lead on the turn and watch him fold when he has nothing. This is how you act when someone else is acting accordingly. All behaviors. It ain't rocket surgery....

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    6. I think it was Chris Ferguson who said "If you don't think poker is about math, you don't know the right kind of math."

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    7. Unknown dealer, you are the one who brought up math. You said "You have risked the same amount of money, but given yourself the chance to win on all 3 streets....see how that works?" If you checkraise the flop and lead the turn, there is no way you risk the same amount.

      If you check raise on the flop, there is no way you are risking the same amount of money.

      Preflop: $80
      Flop: $80+$40 + $80 checkraise + $40 call = $240
      Turn: $240 + $120 bet + $120 call = $480
      River: Tony has less than $400 left vs a $480 pot, what is he going to do???

      The guy is a loose drunk, he is not folding if he has a piece of the flop, any spade over cards, any over pairs, even a gutshot draw or 2 overcards with no spade may be good enough for him to call. The best way to beat a maniac is by letting him hang himself, not by trying to out aggress the maniac.

      You are right, poker isn't rocket surgery, but then, nothing is rocket surgery...

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    8. What is it then...brain science? The units Tony described only add up to about $100 after the double check raise on the flop getting to the turn. The drunk is the one playing every hand with a straddle. Please don't chide me for a play on of words, or lecture me using points of mental masturbation through ego protecting remarks surrounding the life of a "Professional Gambler"<<....an absolute oxymoron in translated description. No one puts their kids through school using gambler math. But there are a lot of people in your generation behaving like they can.

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    9. Is there some universal law that states those who support Tony have the critical reasoning abilities of fruit?

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    10. Math is idiotic - Barry Greenstein

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    11. Unknown dealer, I don't know what your problem is, but obviously you have some anger issue. Hard to decipher all that verbal diarrhea, but if you disagree with the pot and bet sizes I posted, please feel free to put down your version.

      It appears you are the one doing most of the chiding and lecturing, and protecting of some massive ego.

      By the way, which generation of people are you lumping me with?

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    12. "The critical reasoning abilities of fruit..." :)

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    13. @Pokerdogg(sic)..Generational boundaries have no influence on poker as a behavior, since I personally know 60 year old men who don't act old enough to be in a casino.
      Industrial Psychology experiments(an accredited field), have shown IQ point drops of 20-40, and higher brain function plummeting upon entering one(ringing bells-flashing lights-free booze-scantily clad girls).
      Congratulations to "Hippy John" Andlovec who just won the Super Senior WSOP for a cool 1/4 million, and a friend of mine for 30 years. We both dealt that tournament back in the 80s together when the big talk was: "Will we break 200 players?" for the main event this year.
      Stu Unger threw the muck to the ground on me because he was an emotional F'up, and Doyle tipped me regularly..unheard of.
      So yes, I am in a position to lecture whoever and whenever I want on this subject, and leave the "verbal diarrhea" to the rappers.

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    14. @UKD, according to what you wrote, your IQ have dropped substantially just by entering a casino. For someone who works in a casino day in and day out, I can only imagine the effects would be more severe, and perhaps permanent. I hardly think a severely lowered IQ qualifies you to lecture on any topic.

      One more time, what generation do you put me in? Simple question to answer I hope.

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  14. I think you actually played the hand okay. It's hard to play a marginal hand like this against an aggressive opponent. Difference between him betting 20 and 40 on the flop is huge, this is important information that you should try to remember for later use. Regardless you were ahead most of the hand. If you're getting in this spot against an opponent that you can't read or think can outplay you, you may even want to tighten up a bit and just fold this hand before the flop, or fold after the flop when its merely a good (but not great) flop. He's going to have 2 overcards often so you do not have much of an equity edge, and you don't seem to have a feel for when he improves.

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