Tag: Poker

Testing out YouTube video embedding on WordPress

I know you are all big fans of televised poker.  How can you not be.  Ever since they brought those hole card cameras to the final table, big poker tournaments became a spectator sport.  And I’m talking ESPN-grade, prime time for the Main Event, with ridiculously expensive broadcasting rights kind of spectator sport.  I will occasionally post some links to poker videos on YouTube, so I wanted to see how it will look on a post.

Here is an episode of the World Poker Tour from 2011 that I have uploaded to YouTube.  Click Here to view this and other WPT episodes on YouTube.

August 2017 Poker Schedule – Hollywood Casino Columbus Ohio

August 2017 Poker Schedule Columbus Ohio

Here is the monthly schedule of poker events at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus Ohio.  As you can see, this month’s main attraction is the upcoming Columbus Summer Classic Tournament Series, which will run from August 10th to August 20th.  The series will kick off on Thursday with a couple of $50 Mega Satellites to the Main Event.  These turbo satellites will have 15 guaranteed Main Event seats.  The starting stack is 10k, and the blinds are 15 minutes.  There are two days designated for the Mega Satellites, Thursday August 10th and August 17th.  I guess they want to give people more chances of making into the bigger weekend events.  I don’t think I will be able to make it up there for the satellites, but I am definitely going to play in the first weekend event.   It will be the first flight of the Event # 3, the $350 No Limit Deep Stack $125,000 guaranteed, which will run on Friday August  11th.  I already requested a day off, so I will not miss it.  This is an awesome event for an amateur poker player, or pretty much any poker player that does not have a substantial bankroll.  This event will have a $125,000 guarantee, with the starting stack of 30k, and easy flowing 30 minute levels.   Flight B will run on the following Saturday and the event will restart/merge on Sunday August 13th after the $200 No Limit Seniors $15,000 guaranteed (Event # 4) gets going.  Monday August 14th will feature a $240 Black Chip Bounty $20,000 guaranteed.  I will not be able to attend because the Western Southern Tennis Tournament will be in full swing in Cincinnati, and I will be extremely busy at work.  Event # 6, $250 Pot Limit Omaha will start at 2:15pm on Tuesday August 15th and will feature a $12,500 guarantee (not going to play that one either).  Event # 7, the $250 No Limit Super Stack $25,000 guaranteed will run on Wednesday August 16th.  This is another great tournament for the novice player.  20 minute levels, 25k starting stack and a 25k guarantee all for just $250 entry fee.  Sign me up!!  Thursday August 17th is another Mega Satellite day.  two $75 buy in satellites with 15 seats guaranteed, getting people ready for the Main Event weekend.  The $550 No Limit Holdem Main Event (Event # 10) will kick off at 12:15pm on Friday August 18th (Flight A) and Saturday August 19th (Flight B).  40k starting stack and 30/40 minute levels with $175,000 guaranteed prize pool.  The Main Event will merge and restart on Sunday.  The series will finish up on Sunday August 20th with the $200 buy in Second Chance Event.  The final tournament will have 20 minute levels and a starting stack of 20k chips.

Click Here for the link to the PDF document with all the information for the 2017 Columbus Summer Classic Poker Tournament Series, including general rules, schedule, blind structures and tournament event formats.

The Protective Shove

I wanted to review a hand that I was involved with this past Sunday at Jack Cincinnati.  I was playing my usual Sunday afternoon $160 buy-in $10,000 guaranteed.  I really like the structure of the tournament, so I try to play it every weekend.  The blind levels are 30 minutes, which allows you to take your time and not hurry the action.  Plus, Jack just eliminated the antes at the lower levels, so the game goes a lot quicker.  You don’t get blinds until way into the final table, and it saves a lot of time.  Anyway, the pace is always very leisurely, and I like that a lot.

We were about to get down to 4 tables (final table made money), we were running a bit shorthanded, and I was in the big blind for 1600.  Everyone folded to the button, and he raised to 3300.  This guy was definitely the chip leader at our table.  He came to our table about 20 minutes beforehand, and immediately started pushing people around.  I was in a card slump, and for the most part, just tried to stay out of his way.  The small blind folded, and I peeked at A6 suited.  I know this is not my usual protective range, but something about his demeanor suggested that he just wanted to steal my blinds.  I thought about it for a few seconds, and looked him over.  He seemed nervous, and uneasy.   So I decided to put him to the test, and shoved for over 35k.  He snap called, and flipped over pocket Queens, I flipped over my A6 suited.  The flop came 2 6 Q, all rainbow, I sighed in disgust and got up from my chair.  There was another 6 on the turn, and 10 on the river.  I mumbled “Good game” through my clenched teeth, and walked to my car.

I was really mad at myself for misjudging the raiser guy, and busing out right before the final table.  At first, I was convinced that I made a huge mistake, and if only I just called, or even folded to the raise, I would still be in the tournament.  But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that no matter how I played it, the end result would be the same.  Even if I slow played it, and not shoved preflop, I would surely get it all in on the turn, with the trip 6s and an Ace kicker.  And he still would have snap called me with a set of Queens, and I would still be out.

I was running the scenario in my head over and over, all the way into Monday afternoon.  Then I caught the third episode of the 2016 WPT Montreal, where Darryll Fish made an exact same shove with A2 offsuit into a beautiful AK.  He was heads up, so really shorthanded, and the other guy kept raising aggressively.  Darryll just had to stand up to the aggression, he saw an ace in his hand, and me decided to shove it.  He got busted out too, but in 2nd place.  Seeing such a successful pro do the same exact move I’ve been agonizing over for two days brought me a sense of relief.  I realized that I did make the right move by shoving into that raise, and in order for me to maintain my aggressive style, I will have to make moves like that every once in a while.  And even though I will lose some of those shoves, it is still the right decision.  And that what poker skill is all about.  Making the right decision.  I’ll try to refrain from shoving weak aces this Sunday.

 

After School Special

It has not been that long since I finished my writing class, and my desire to practice the skill of writing has not abandoned me.  With this journal I hope to improve my own writing skills, and hopefully, provide some interesting or at least entertaining reading material.

What I am going to write about?  First off, Poker! I am absolutely hooked on the game, and in my quest to become a professional poker player, I will devote a lot of time and attention to the game of Poker.  I will start out by discussing some general game issues, and follow with a review and analysis of nearby casinos.  I wanted to devote a whole section of my blog to promote the game of Poker, both live and online, so expect a lot of links and promotions.  Please do me a favor and click on some of those links, it will make me feel like I have done something productive.

Coming next :  The Early Days, Lawrenceburg, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Cleveland, Louisville, Hammond (East Chicago), Pittsburgh.

I need to get a giant wall map.