Archive for March, 2011

Full Tilt Poker’s Multi-Entry events definitely need a fix.

March 29th, 2011 7 comments
Mike Sowers

Mike Sowers won over a half million dollars last night, but the "Merged Stacks" may have actually cost him money.

Am I the only tournament poker player that doesn’t seem to think that Multi-Entry tournaments are a good thing?  I’ve played in a bunch of them before, and I’ve had a bunch of cashes in them.  But as we’re now in the midst of the Full Tilt Poker Double Guarantee’s week, where every tournament on FTP that has a guarantee is now a Multi-Entry event, I am left wondering if this is ultimately a “good thing” for the game of poker.  Yes, the Multi Entry events result in gigantic prize pools because of humongous field sizes where players are entering into the same tournament multiple times.  They’re basically like generating a prize pool kind of like a rebuy tournament does, except that the additional chips that you’re purchasing are being divided onto other tables as separate stacks and entries into the tournament over multiple tables.

I don’t have a problem with the multi-tabling aspect like so many other players do.  I’m very much accustomed to playing multiple tables, and have done as many as 28 in a single session.  It’s a lot to manage, and I do time-out from time to time. But for the most part, I can usually keep up the volume fairly well.  For me, managing the additional tables in a single Multi-Entry event is the easy part, but there is a big reason that they have never really set all that well with me.  The main reason is the way that the “Merged Stacks” take place at the end of the tournament, and the giant disparity it creates in your capacity for earning in a single tournament. Read more…

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Back from the Bahamas….Yeah Mahn.

March 27th, 2011 1 comment

The sunset from our ship as we left Freeport, The Bahamas

Traci and I took a little vacation for about a week, and crammed in a great trip to The Bahamas.  I didn’t take the laptop, and I switched off the phone for 48 hours which meant no twitter, no online poker, no email, no facebook….and just some one on one time with my wife.  It was a fantastic getaway.

A while back, Traci and I attended a time share presentation and declined their offer to buy a bad resort for a ridiculous price.  But we did accept a gift of a free cruise to the Bahamas.  We paid for the port fees and taxes for a total of about $150 back in November of 2009, and had 18 months to put it to use.  Because the window of time was closing in, we decided to book some cheap airfare to Florida and take advantage of it.  We caught the red-eye flight out of LAX on Monday which left at around 11:50pm, and landed in Ft. Lauderdale at around 7:30 AM.  It was the first time that Traci and I had flown anywhere together, and it was the first time that Traci had flown since she’d been in the wheelchair. Read more…

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A pretty good poker week

March 21st, 2011 No comments

I feel like I’ve been playing some pretty good poker lately, but that I just haven’t had the time to fit in a lot of volume.  I took down the home game in pretty dominant fashion last week and just felt like I played mistake free poker.  That always feels good when you play good and run as good as you play.  In online poker, Full Tilt treated me very well this week.  I final tabled the $10+1 SuperStack $10,000 Guarantee and finished in 8th place.  I played pretty awesome until this happened: Read more…

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A wild weekend of Kaiser visits

March 8th, 2011 1 comment

I had a lot of Kaiser this weekend...unfortunately it was the wrong one.

It’s been a whirlwind the last few days.  Firstly, I went to the Commerce Casino to cover the Los Angeles Poker Classic Main Event for about a week.  It was my first WPT event, and I was pretty stoked about the opportunity to view one up close and in person.  After having covered the World Series of Poker and the North American Poker Tour for the Twitter Poker Tour, the WPT was really the last tournament series that I wanted to scratch off my list.  But this post will not be about No Limit Hold’em, or any of that stuff.

I wanted to write about this earlier in the week, but the weekend and subsequent days have been hellish to say the least.  Friday was the normal zoo of events as all 4 of my kids need to get to their various girl scouts meetings after school, which requires me driving for roughly 3 hours with all the round trips that I make.  Then on Saturday morning, it was Girl Scout cookie boothing.  At the end of the session, it was time for Emma to head to the urgent care for a sore throat that she’s had for a few days.  Luckily, the test for strep throat came back negative and the doc said “just looks like a cold.  Should be gone in a few days.”  In the evening it was a girl scout activity, followed by passing out hard core.  On Sunday, it was time to take Kelli to the urgent care in the AM after injuring her shoulder on the trampoline.  After a fun time down at Kaiser (which resulted in her losing consciousness at one point while the doctor made her scream in agony whilst playing with the shoulder to see what was wrong), the diagnoses came in as a strained ligament or muscle pull, most likely in the rotator cuff.  The doc recommended physical therapy since it’s been such a long problem, and we’re really looking forward to that one.

But Sunday wouldn’t have been nearly as complete without a 3rd trip to the urgent care on the weekend, as Abby proceeded to bail on her scooter in the front yard and land awkwardly on her wrists.  About an hour into the pain, another doctors visit was in order.  The doc’s diagnosed as a bad sprain in both her wrists, and provided her with ace bandages so as to look much more like a mummy.  It should be a few days of evaluating how she responds, and if the pain is still there, then they’ll put in a request to see if it’s broken…which they thought that based on the reaction of Abby and her pain tolerance, that it was just a sprain.

So that ate up the weekend, while Monday and Tuesday were filled with a sick kid (Kelli) and Kaiser appointments that are the standard Monday and monthly thing with the wound-care clinic and the Bone-Marrow transplant team that are just follow up visits…but time consuming.  All told, I’m pretty damn tired of going to Kaiser.

I’ll catch everyone up on the poker stuff a little later.  It might be on the Blogger from the Rail on Full Tilt Poker, as I’ve had chats about including a couple of guest blogging items.  More on that one in the next day or so, and more on the newest happenings for the Twitter Poker, which has some big news around the corner.

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