We all know the affable Norman Chad from ESPN's telecasts of the World Series of Poker, but Chad may have a shot at a bracelet of his own.
I want to do this daily, but I’m not making any real promises here. Basically I was thinking about doing a quick little piece on the things that I’m interested in seeing in the upcoming day, but I don’t know that I’ll actually hold myself to a daily commitment of blogging. After all, I’m not getting paid for it, and sometimes life (and er…um…motivation) gets in the way. So when I do get to it, the piece will be here. When I don’t….well….tough noogies.
First let me start by congratulating the people that won the 23 bracelets so far in the series. You’re awesome. I’m not.
I particularly enjoyed the story of John Juanda besting Phil Hellmuth to gain bracelet number 5 and prevent PH from hitting number 12. I couldn’t take my eyeballs off the livestream…until what seemed to be the final hand of the event and they killed the broadcast. I had to find out through twitter that Juanda took it down because the feed went down in the closing seconds, but the rest of the match was a slow painful grind anyway. 2-7 Lowball is one of the more painful games to watch, so it was hardly mesmerizing. Juanda really tore up Hellmuth heads-up and overcame a more than 3 to 1 chip disadvantage to take home the gold. He’s certainly worth of acknowledgment.
I also want to sent congrats to my buddy Tristan Wade for final tabling the $1,500 NLHE event. Read more…
Categories: Blog Post Cyndy Violette, Daniel Negreanu, Frank Kassela, Jean-Robert Bellande, John Juanda, Karina Jett, Kristy Gazes, Mike Sexton, Phil Hellmuth, Poker, Sean Getzwiller, Tom Marchese, Tristan Wade, WSOP
DeepStacks Live is a course that I'd recommend for anyone serious about improving their poker game.
On Friday I finally got to cash in on a DeepStacks Live Course that I won way back in October 2010 when I shipped a prize through a series of poker tournaments with the top prize being a DeepStacks Live Course. I’d been looking forward to the opportunity to attend since before I won the prize, as I’d been yearning for the opportunity to have my game picked apart, and to learn something new for my game that I could incorporate. I love learning, and I love poker, and I like being critiqued so that I can make improvements in my game, so I desperately wanted to attend. But unfortunately, DeepStacks had been offering courses all over the globe and at dates and times that I just couldn’t make work for me until Friday, when I finally had a spot where our two calendars synced with one another. I couldn’t be happier that it finally did.
Jack and I took the 5 hour drive from my place to Turlock, CA in the afternoon on Thursday and headed up the I-99 past Fresno to get there. It was long after dark on Cinco De Mayo by the time we arrived, and there wasn’t a whole lot of partying going on in the tiny city of Turlock. We unloaded our stuff at and checked into the hotel, and went out to enjoy a few beers at the bar at a Red Robbin restaurant while chatting about what we expected from the class, which began at 10am the next morning. Jack was unfamiliar with any of the instructors that were scheduled outside of Mike Matusow, who is one of the most recognizable personalities in the game. Mike “The Mouth” has been on TV playing poker countless times and has a character persona that never stops. But he definitely knows the game of poker having amassed more than $7.7 million in Live Tournament earnings, being one of the most prolific cash game players ever, and holding multiple titles including 3 WSOP Bracelets, and a WSOP Tournament of Champions win in 2005. Mike is one of the great members of the “Old Guard” of poker and a virtual lock for the Poker Hall of Fame sometime soon. Read more…