Friday, June 26, 2009

Two weeks late, but on my way...

Mrs. Chicago and I are sitting at Chicago's Midway airport, waiting for our delayed flight to Las Vegas. I had planned to head out two weeks ago, and to spend at least 8-10 days in toasty LV for the World Series of Poker this year. Alas, life got in the way, as it sometimes does.

I'm looking forward to seeing what changes this year's event have brought. Certainly the advance of technology and social networking have continued to have an impact. Once again, "real time" chip counts are available on the WSOP site, but this year, there's an added twist, a number of professionals have Twitter feeds, so you can sweat them from afar (or right at their table).

If you're interested in following my progress, you can do so at, or in the feed in the right column of this here blog.

I plan to play in the Deep Stack Extravagaza event tomorrow at noon at the Venetian. Sunday will likely involve satellites at the Rio. And Monday, I'll play in WSOP event #54. My fourth year of playing at least one event at the WSOP.

In other exciting news, I make my Poker Analyst television debut this Sunday evening at 7pm Central. For those of you in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa, you can tune in on Comcast SportsNet (DirecTv 665, Comcast HD 300, Comcast 37).


Friday, June 19, 2009

PokerStars WSOP 4X ShootOut

This is sick - just finished Level 1 of a 4x ShootOut on Stars. The first round literally lasted 20 hands (there are 10 players). My stats:

During current Hold'em session you were dealt 20 hands and saw flop:
- 2 out of 5 times while in big blind (40%)
- 5 out of 6 times while in small blind (83%)
- 4 out of 9 times in other positions (44%)
- a total of 11 out of 20 (55%)
Pots won at showdown - 6 of 6 (100%)
Pots won without showdown - 6

I won the table in 20 hands. There were still MANY other tables with 10 players remaining. I had the best run of cards I've ever seen. Got it in good 11 of 12 times. Got 66 in against AA and flop was 6TT.

The saddest part is that there will still be 1000 players left after this level. If I win two more levels, I'll make it to another tournament where I need to beat 4000 players or so to get a seat....