Chuck Liddell…sucks at poker.

September 13, 2008

Please don’t beat me up.

It’s always somewhat mind boggling to watch someone who doesn’t know what they are doing play cards, especially on t.v. against ‘pro’s’.  You really get a chance to see the illogical holdings, the ‘I have a pair, I better call’ mentality, the inability to fold any pair or draw regardless of price, position, or the potential to bust. 

You sir, Mr. Chuck Liddell, fall squarely in the category described above.  Over calling out of position with 6/2o sure, check calling bottom pair on a/6/x board, sure.  Calling off all your stack on a OESD when your nitty opponent puts you in…sure.   My personal favorite was his ‘tell’ of a made hand, putting his head down on his hands, looking ever so innocent.

This is one thing that is great about poker.  Anyone can play the game.  You want to play a $10k event like a homegame?  Fine.  Can I borrow a little $$$ and play too?  Lol.  People with money/fame/satellite entries, don’t need to care about the ‘correct’ ways to play poker, they are playing for fun.  You could obviously see when Chuck was excited, nervous, unsure, confident….that’s why he was playing.  The thrill of moving your chips around in an environment where you know your the underdog.  He said it several times, that the main event was just a fun thing for him to be able to play with the people he watches on t.v.  He did cross the ethical boundary on one discussion with Mark Seif when he told Seif he had made two pair, I think Seif called just so he didn’t have to hear about ‘collusion’ and more cheating – since he is the main figure of Absolute – and we already know about that sites shady mcshadesvilles.

Back to Chuck, and playing for fun…I think that’s cool.  He certainly never claimed to be a good poker player.  He was respectful when he hit big hands, as well as when he lost.  Can you say that when you’ve played against some of the bitter regular/grinders out there…not so much. 

The game NEEDS these players!  Don’t be overly critical next time your playing with the guy splashing around and making two pair with 6/2o…just try and smile and say NH!.  So play on player…keep bashin skulls as your day job, you’re welcome at my table any time. 


The November Nine – Who are they?

August 23, 2008

And should we care?

I’ve been a fan of this new proposed ‘final table’ structure for the WSOP Main Event, mainly because I think it presents an opportunity for casual fans to become more interested in the game.  Which at the end of the day, is the main reason poker is a viable occupation for some people.  New blood feeds this economy and anyone that tells you different is lying.  Not to mention, the ‘rake’ being taken out of the economy by online sites, harrah’s, wsop, wpt, vegas, espn, etc needs to be replaced…you could argue some of these properties bring endorsement money value in as well, but it is such a small percentage of the total community that it is most certainly an overall net loss.  Sorry, I digress…

Originally, I was hoping the final table people would have some interesting stories (and perhaps there still are a few diamonds in the rough) but overall, there are not any super star tv personalities.  I wanted to see some 24/7 style De La Hoya type reality show…but I’m not convinced these guys have enough fire power to fuel that type of show.

So we have this cast of characters about to tee-off for the biggest single table sng of their lives…who are they:

Chip leader: Dennis Phillips – chip count: 27M – seat 1 – he’s an account manager for a trucking company.  Says that regardless of what happens in November, he isn’t going to quit his job.  We’ll see.  This is his first major poker tournament cash, and got into the WSOP ME through a satellite at his local casino.  While his chip count (and bookies) would say he has the best chance of winning…I wouldn’t bet on it.

Ivan Demidov – chip count: 24.4M – seat 7 – A fairly close second to Phillips this will be Demidov’s second cash of the 2008 WSOP as he took 11th place in Event 44 NL w Rebuys for $39,854. Demidov hails from Moscow, Russia.  He started playing poker two years ago.

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Gone til November – World Series of Poker Final Table

July 15, 2008


Every time I make a run, girl, you turn around and cry
I ask myself why, oh why
See, you must understand, I cant work a 9 to 5
So Ill be gone til november
Said Ill be gone til november, Ill be gone til november
Yo, tell my girl, yo, Ill be gone til november
Ill be gone til november, Ill be gone til november
Yo, tell my girl, yo, Ill be gone til november
January, february, march, april, may
I see you cryin, but girl, I cant stay
Ill be gone til november, Ill be gone til november
And give a kiss to my mother.


$900k upfront.  Playing for $9M in November.  GL kids of the 2008 WSOP Main Event Final Table:

Dennis Phillips 26,295,000  
Ivan Demidov 24,400,000  
Scott Montgomery 19,690,000  
Peter Eastgate 18,375,000  
Ylon Schwartz 12,525,000  
Darus Suharto 12,520,000  
David ‘Chino’ Rheem 10,230,000  
Craig Marquis 10,210,000  
Kelly Kim 2,620,000