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What to watch today at the WSOP – Melanie Weisner looking for one for the ladies

June 24th, 2011 No comments

Melanie Weisner has a shot at a bracelet for the ladies when action resumes today at the Rio.

Hard Stops prevented any bracelets from being awarded from yesterday’s action at the Rio.  Probably the biggest story of the day was that of Tom Dwan making yet another WSOP Final Table and giving all those bracelet prop bettors of his a nice little sweat in the process.  With 6 players left in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship, Durrrr held the chip lead after surging from the short stack earlier in the day.  But it seemed that Razz really became his undoing as he donated basically half of his chips late in the evening at that discipline, and eventually was bumped out in 6th when Shawn caught running diamonds on 6th and 7th street in Stud to flush Dwan and send him to the rail.  This was Durrr’s 4th career WSOP Final Table (most people forget that he made two of them in 2008), and his second largest WSOP score ever (he took down $134k after winning the $381k from the runner up finish last year).  It’s also his 3rd cash at this year’s WSOP, and who knows…maybe Dwan is heating up.  Lord knows that he’s had more opportunities than anyone else at the Rio having entered into around 2,432 events already (even more impressive considering that event #40 just started).

The reality is, whenever Dwan runs deep in a tournament, he’s the story.  His tables rail was a reported 3 people deep, Read more…

What to watch today at the WSOP – Dwyte Pilgrim looks for a 2nd Career WSOP Final Table, and eyes a bracelet

June 23rd, 2011 No comments

Dwyte Pilgrim has 3 WSOP-Circuit Championship Rings and a WPT Title on his resume, but today he has his eyes firmly fixed on a bracelet.

In the game of poker, there are great runs, heaters, and just simply skillful players.  To me, Jason Mercier has eclipsed all of those titles.  People that sit at a poker table with Jason have to consider themselves both the most fortunate and least fortunate of the players in any tournament.  Most fortunate because the reality is, you’re going to get a performance by one of the greatest players in the history of the game.  That may be a bold statement, and perhaps premature, but I really don’t think that’s too much of a stretch.  Just ask anyone at the table who has counted themselves unfortunate for sitting at Merciers table, because in the end, he’s stacking all of their chips.

Jason will turn 25 this November and has already accomplished the unthinkable.  My article on Mercier’s first three years of hitting $1 million in his first three years of playing live poker (found here) needs an update.  I gave myself some room at the end of the article saying “But $1 million in earnings in your first 3 years of live poker play is a truly unique title that Mercier can lay claim to, and it begs the question, can he make it 4 in a row next year? And is there anyone who doubts that he can?”  And he has. Read more…

What to watch today at the WSOP – Jason Mercier highlights the $5k PLO

June 22nd, 2011 No comments

Jason Mercier ran like...well...Jason Mercier and is near the tops of the chip counts with 15 players left in the $5k PLO

Only one bracelet was awarded yesterday as Mark Schmid overcame the 3,144 player field to take home the Event #34 championship, shipping $488,283 in first place prize money and the jewelry.  The online player known as “pimpindonks” has roughly $1 million in online tournament earnings, and now has a prize even better than one of those Gold Jerseys (which have decreased significantly in value as we’re now on day 67 without hearing a word from Full Tilt Poker about where our deposits are – another post…another time).  Anyhow, I know little about Schmid other than this is his first bracelet, so congrats to him.

There will be 5 events in action today, and one in particular will continue to be a doozy.  Here’s what to watch for today: Read more…

What to watch today at the WSOP – Great action at the $5k PLO

June 21st, 2011 No comments

Vanessa Selbst leads a very impressive field in the $5k Pot-Limit Omaha (6-max) event.

Well it turns out that yesterdays $10k Stud-8 event was the big highlight after all, as we say Phil Hellmuth heads up for the second time in this World Series of Poker.  He got there through a loaded final table, but got there short stacked as well.  Eric Rodawig, a Cardrunners instructor ran away with the chip lead, and while Hellmuth was able to narrow the chip margin to about 3 to 1 at one point, he just simply couldn’t run well enough to overtake the chip disadvantage and settled for 2nd a second time this summer.  Congrats to Eric Rodawig for shipping the bracelet and a $442,183 payday.

The runner up finish does have a small consolation prize for Hellmuth who fell one spot shy of record setting bracelet number 12.  Hellmuth has now overtaken Sam Stein in the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard, although I think that for Phil, that’s probably the last thing on his mind.  He wants number 12, and he wants it bad.  This was career cash number 81 (also a WSOP record), and 44th Final Table (also a record).  Hellmuth also now has a total of 8 Second Place finished now for his career, so he’s painfully familiar with the title of “Bridesmaid.”  But he is still in search of at least one more title as he hasn’t won a WSOP event since 2007.

There was another event that completed in the Rio yesterday as Kirk Caldwell survived the blood-bath that was the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event.  It’s his first bracelet and a $668,292 payday, so congrats to Caldwell.

There will be four events running at the WSOP today, and here’s what to watch for among them:

Event #34 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em

27 players remain in the $1k Donkament, and that’s kind of what it’s turned into.  Once Dwyte Pilgrim went busto in 70th, the field turned into a basic sea of unknowns, so I’m not watching this one anymore.

Event #35 – $5,000 PLO 6-max

This event had tons of promise from just the name, and after day 1, the field of 507 was quickly trimmed to 110 remaining players bagging chips and the list of leaders has some great names.  Vanessa Selbst leads the field with 250k chips, and is followed in order by Erick Lindgren (208k) and Shaun Deeb (194k).  Also in the top 10 is WPT Los Angeles Champ Greg Brooks (147k) and Chris DeMaci who finished runner up at the NAPT Los Angeles.  Tom Dwan led the pack for much of the day but Durrrr got some action and saw his stack dwindle down towards the end of the day, bagging 81k which is still above average.  There are a ton of names still in this thing, and it will continue to be a fantastic watch.

Two more events get underway today as the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em will be the biggest field of the day, while the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event will draw the best names on the day.  It should be a great day down at the Rio.

What to watch today at the WSOP – There’s other stuff to do in Vegas besides poker

June 18th, 2011 No comments

If you're hanging at the Rio today, it might be a good opportunity to see Penn and Teller instead of the WSOP

First let me sleepily get through a congratulatory paragraph for the three bracelet winners of yesterday.  Congratulations to Chris Viox (winner of Event #25 – Seven Card Stud Hi/Low for $200,459), Oleksii Kovalchuk (winner of Event #26 – $2,500 NLHE 6-max for $689.739), and to Daniel Idema (winner of Event #27 – $10k Limit Hold’em Championship for $378,642).  You all have your first bracelet and more money than me.  But honestly, your stories are boring, so I’m moving on.

If you’re at the Rio today, you’re not going to have a lot to see.  So honestly, if you were planning on doing something else with your weekend in Vegas, this would be a good one for that.  Here’s the basic story lines of interest in the events in action today: Read more…

What to watch today at the WSOP – Mike Sexton looks for a repeat

June 17th, 2011 No comments

"The Poker Ambassador" Mike Sexton looks to add another WSOP Bracelet in an event that he won 22 years ago

Yesterday’s action at the WSOP had 6 events running simultaneously, which has become the norm these days in the Rio.  One tournament wrapped up as the final table of Event #24, the $5,000 NLHE Shootout came to a close.  A bracelet was awarded to Mark Radoja who collected 436,568 reasons to be happy.  I collected a reason to yawn.  It was a mostly uninteresting story about some guy who plays the WSOP every year since 2007, but had his biggest score ever in this thing, winning his first career bracelet, yadda yadda yadda.  Last year, he finished 3rd in the $5k NLHE 6-max event for more than $200k, but he finally climbed the mountain to poker greatness.  Again…yawn.

So here’s what’s going on and what I think is interesting in the events that will transpire today: Read more…

Skill versus Luck. What a great court case this would be.

May 4th, 2011 1 comment

United States Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured) said today that there is skill involved in poker. Enough skill to be considered a "Skill game?"

Today US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a House Judiciary Committee meeting and was asked some questions about the Southern District of New York’s indictment of the three largest US friendly online poker sites.  The part that struck me, I think that Holder really at his core is going to see that poker is a skill game.

While Holder said that he “agreed” that the actions made sense, he wasn’t exactly a great sales person for the prosecution.  Firstly, Holder said at the committee meeting today that “We have to enforce the law as it exists and there are laws on the books with regard to Internet gambling that we have to enforce.  The case that we brought for instance in the Southern District of New York involved pretty substantial amounts of money and big financial institutions and I think those cases are appropriate.”

I’m reading a little between the lines here, but my basic thought on this quote is that the only reason that they brought the action is because these companies made so much money.  While I think that he believes the UIGEA violations occurred by the sites, I don’t think that action would have been taken if the companies were only making a few thousand bucks a year.  But because that number was around $40 Billion, well, now you have our attention. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #10 Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates

December 28th, 2010 1 comment
Dan Cates

The "Durrrr Challenge" between Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates and Tom "Durrrr" Dwan had countless players glued to their screens watching cash games on Full Tilt Poker

With the enormity of online poker, it comes as no real surprise that there are new stars born in the game of poker each and every day.  Many people have flocked to the internet to throw virtual cards and chips around a virtual table since Chris Moneymaker used that avenue to earn his way into the World Series of Poker Main Event, and then win the thing in 2003.  But since the internet poker boom, there have been really only a few names that I can think of that have drummed up the level of interest in a single year that we’ve seen from Daniel Cates.

If you were to search the Hendon Mob Database for Cates, you would find just 1 professional live scoe.  Cates finished in 12th place at a $1,500 buy in No Limit Hold’em event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2010, booking $9,085 for the cash.  He has no cashes at the World Series of Poker, no cashes at World Poker Tour Events, and no cashes at the Aussie Millions, the European Poker Tour, or any other major tournament for that matter.  The reason, he’s only 20 years old, and not old enough to play in the big tournaments yet. Read more…