We don’t often see this concept talked about much, but we find it is a good tool to have in the arsenal…
To play a rush sometimes you just need to keep playing hands. Obviously it is impossible to tell when a ‘rush’ is coming, but if you’ve ever gambled at anything else besides poker, you’ll know that sometimes you just get a ‘feeling.’ Now, this can sound a bit silly, not as clever as the technical tools we all have learned (i.e. position strength, reraising light, short stack play, etc), but it certainly can be a part of the game. So, get in there when you start feeling good. Play 6 hands in a row, see what happens. You might just chip up. You will also change your image, the table will feel you are playing recklessly. You can and should ‘revert’ to whatever style you were playing prior to the rush, or whatever is appropriate for that table, after a reasonable amount of time as the rush has surely subsided.
This is a great example of positive things poker players can do in the world. The One Drop Foundation which was founded in Oct ’07 aims at ‘fighting poverty in the world by ensuring everyone has access to water.’
Now, who started this cool foundation? Guy Laliberte, with a $100mil. He plays poker. You can find him on t.v. during the High Stakes Poker show on GSN, wearing a ‘one drop’ hat and shirt. He didn’t make his money playing poker though – in fact in ’06 he was rumored to be the biggest loser in cash games online @ fulltilt, over $3mil downtick. He got his money by owning 95% of Cirque du Soleil…it’s only valued at approx $1.7billion. He was entrepreneur of the year in ’06 by Ernst and Young.
Inspired by this positive entrepreneurial spirit, PROP will be giving away 25 hoodies for ’25 days of Xmas’ to homeless people in San Francisco. It’s cold there, hoodies aren’t quite as good as a warm bed/place to stay but they are a start and show people down on there luck that someone cares.
The moral of the story – poker is a game – people play the game – people can do positive things in the world. Get out there and do some good.
Quick update – Will Lin cashed in the first event of the Bellagio 5 Diamond Poker Classic going on over the next few weeks. Event #1 was a $1500 +90 buyin that had 472 entries. Will finished 44th for $2645.
Event #2 – Dapo and Will both busted before the money, with Will getting busted to a set over set situation, and Dapo ran into top set with a st8 flush draw and a pair on the flop.
Note: All these fields are notoriously stacked…it’s the Bellagio…anyone who is anyone wants to win these events, and most of the pros are playing the smaller buyins to warm up for the $15k WPT starting in the middle of December.
Somehow we stumbled across this site by Tony Korfman, a long time regular in Vegas circles, http://www.pokergas.com/. It’s selling a book, but there are some funny soundbytes on the site worth listening to.
If you are looking for a regular/weekly online league to get into check out a solid league called the Monday Night Poker League hosted by Rob and Team DCG. This league features games on the Carbon Poker network, with small weekly buy-ins. Good prizes and point system for league championship. If you join, tell Rob that PROP sent ya!
At what usually becomes a wild ride at a WPT final table the dominating forces of the tournament were not able to overcome the one and only Mike Vela?? Superstars Tom Dwan, Nick Schulman, and Nenad Medic all fell to the poker gods. After winning 1.7mil Mr. Vela says he’s staying at work, and the money does not change his life at all. Yo Mike, kick us down a lil something then! It’ll change our lives. Watch the victory interview @ http://www.cardplayer.com/tv.
In a hand where a guy moved allin on him with A/7o nothing on the flop, JC immediately called with Trip 9’s…in his disgust the guy attempted to muck his hand. Throwing his cards face down toward the muck. They didn’t hit the muck however, and the dealer exposed the cards…whereby the poker gods came laughning and went runner runner for a st8 and take the pot away from Tran. Interesting situation, Tran should be commended for how he handled the situation calmly like a true professional. Although, playing for millions, this sh$t shouldn’t happen.