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I have begun preparation to play Day 2 in Event 54 at the WSOP. This is the last It take quite a bit of time and effort to get this body ready to the rigors of tournament play. I slept until I woke up today for a total of 13 hours of sleep. I sure was exhausted after playing day 1a.
Yesterday was long for me. I got up at 4:15 am to leave the house at 4:45 Then rode for an hour to get to the Orlando airport. The next nearly 10 hours were spent dealing with planes and airports.
Arriving Las Vegas just after 11 am, my roomies picked me up and carried me to the Rio. I was packing two dozen Dunkin’ Donuts (roomies did an errand for me on the way to pick me up-thanks guys) These donuts were for my friends in Media Row.
So I’m standing in the long registration line with two boxes which start feeling very heavy. These donuts cause lots of stares and comments. Finally I am registered and head to media row to find @AlCantHang. He is no where to be found so I head to my seat and put the boxes under my chair.
I ask each media person passing by my table if they knew where he was. No luck so I leave early for the first break to find my friend. When he is still unfindable (is that a word?) I leave the donuts on Nolan Dalla’s perch with a note and my business card.
Back to the tournament; I triple up my 3,000 starting in the first two levels. I am flopping full houses and trips. I feel unstoppable. Then you know what happens, the cards go south and the drought lasts until 40 minutes before the end of play. It’s 400/800/75 and I have 3200. I shove a bunch and get lucky a few times.
Then the hand comes: pocket aces. The UTG player opens to 1050 and it’s folded to me on the button. I reraise to 3500. The small blind grabs a stack of 500 chips and reraises me. The UTG shoves for a bit more and I pause. The small blind has me covered. I shove and he calls. My aces hold and I am thrilled. The UTG player had pocket tens and the small blind had AKo.
When the day finished I bagged 23,275 for day 2. This is a nice average stack. Play resumes Saturday at 2:30pm.
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I played the $550 noon event of the Venetian Deep Stack tournament series yesterday. I made a deep run but unable to pull out another cash. I busted out of tournament when I shoved my KQ of diamonds into AK with about 10 big blinds remaining.
I love this tournament structure. I have always felt tournaments have a rhythm to them with each structure having its own unique way. I am starting to catch the rhythm of this deep stack structure. Look out everyone, when I am playing my A- game in rhythm , I will own the table! Since I was able to satellite my way in to this event for $130. It was a very enjoyable day of poker.
The Friday nooner had 637 entrants with for $69k for the win. They are paying 63 spots. Day 2 resumed at 4 pm today.
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My housemate and I left the house last evening setting our sights on playing some cards. We went to the MGM Grand first. The room had two 2/5 NL tables with a short waiting list and 1/2 had open seating. I sat down on a 1/2 table until my 2/5 seat was available.
This table liked to see flops and they wanted to see them as cheaply as possible. I was given the opportunity to see a flop for “free” when 5 others limped in on my big blind. I held the Jack four off suit. I flopped a full house on a 4JJ board and dutifully checked. I love flopping full houses–don’t you? It continued to check around until the button bumped it up to $20. I call as do 3 others. The turn is a queen. I check again. It checks around to the button, who fires another bullet at the pot. This time he bets 2/3 of the pot. I call as does the other remaining player. The river is a blank. The other player checks and I take a stab at the pot, to which the button folds and the other player shoves the rest of his stack (an additional $45) Of course, I call and he proudly flops up 45. Nice hand, Sir!
My housemate likes to play limit and the game at the MGM was not the greatest, so we decided to move on. We stop by the Wynn. There are only 6 or 7 tables going with no list. Next!
At the Mirage, we see games that meet both of our needs. I help get a 2/5 games started, which remained strong until I left at 3 am. There was a nice mix of regulars and tourists. It was an enjoyable game. The room was well run and there was no complaints with the staff. I look forward to playing at the Mirage again this summer.
This is my first trip to Vegas this year. I am excited to be playing many WSOP events, starting with the $1,000 event, which begins for me on Saturday, as there are two day ones. I am expecting a huge field on this holiday weekend.
Today I will be taking it easy by playing a short cash session at the Venetian Poker room. This is probably my favorite poker room in Las Vegas. The seats are amazingly comfortable in this beautiful room. The room is well run and managed, so it is a pleasure to play there. The room is always full of good and bad players–always nice to have a fish or two for my dining pleasure. Additionally, you can get any beverage your heart desires from Fiji water to freshly made carrot juice, as well as BOTH Coke and Pepsi products.
I selected the Venetian for my cash play today because today is Event #1 of the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III. I want to be there as players get knocked out and might be tilting. This event is an affordable $340, which had approximately 700 players last year. With 12,000 chips and 40 minutes levels, this tournament offers great value. The Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III continues through July 15, with a variety of buy ins and tournament types.
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I am sitting in the airport awaiting my flight to Las Vegas. This is my first trip to Vegas this year. I am excited to be playing many WSOP events, starting with the $1,000 event, which begins Saturday. I am feeling lucky and confident this year. Look out everybody!
Since coming home from Vegas my sleep cycle is all messed up. I sleep all day and am awake all night. My Mom used to say a baby was a ”bad baby” whenever their sleep cycle got turned around. I have always been a night owl and love sleeping in. However, this is becoming I bit bothersome. I fell asleep at 9:30 am today and woke up at 5 pm. It is now 3 am and sleep eludes me again. I have become a “bad baby”.
How do I re-adjust my internal time clock?
My husband gets up at 6 am for work. It is not unusual for me to be wide awake as he struggles to get off to work. I feel guilty for lying around and being so unproductive. My health issues require minimal physical activity.
Why can’t I escape the voice of Mom?
…telling me how lazy I am?
I must find a way to silence the voice. Being “lazy” is by prescription.
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So, round two of the WSOP has come and gone! There was really no news worth reporting during the time I was there, but I felt duty to post something! Which lead to some of the interesting hands that developed on the second heat.
From middle position, I opened with Q’s for 425 with blinds at 100-200. The only problem was that the blinds were really at 75-150. OOPS! So, now the cut-off, button, and the BB (chipleader) decide to call. Flop comes 6-4-4 with 2 spades and I check with the intentions of raising. Cut-off checks behind, button leads for 1k and BB flats. I make the 5k pop and get the button to fold only to have the BB ask for my stack size. After getting the count BB calls and the turn is the Ad. I fire out another 5k and the BB again calls! So, flat, flat, flat and then the river gives me a 7c. Now I value bet 2,250 and BB puts in 15k. Time to stand and tank for myself. It really took some time to figure this one out. But, realizing that I still have 6,700 behind and we’re still early in the tourney, I call and find that my Q’s were best!
The third hand of the tournament and we only had 5 players at the table. The button opens for 150 and I RR to 500 from the BB with Q’s. He smoothes only to see 7-9-J. I bet 675 and the button calls. Turn…2. I bet 1k and he calls again. The river was another J and I’m screaming inside! Now I check and the button fires out 1,100. I pay him off only to see A-J. I did show my Q’s cause I might as well let them know up front that I’m playing like a girl!
7 p.m. WSOP Nightly:
I heard the play was amazingly bad in the 7 p.m. donkament so I desired to check it out myself. We got to see a lady throw away King’s full of sevens when she saw her opponents AK. She even tried to defend herself by saying that he had the best kicker.
I witnessed another lady in black going all-in anytime she paired on the flop. She was drinking. Not just the occasional drink. She was on her third jack and Ginger before the first break. The words were starting to slur rather quickly. One rather crazy hand saw our drunken lady win with j6h with the board reading 10-A-J-10-6r. Even more amazing was that she was all in on the flop. Then she calls an all-in Pre with KQo. The all-in had jacks and never improved. Our lady would eventually end the tourney for 12 players in the first two levels. Of course, reason would prevail and our lady was busted soon after.
But, that’s enough about the other’s bad play considering it was me who was tilting from 1k. I managed to stay above average all day. I called an all-in for about a third of my stack against this bad guy had previously went all-in w/ Q9, A8o, and one uncontested in last orbit. Now, he’s in cut-off and I’m BB. I have a10o and it’s 12,500 with blinds at 300/600/50. He had 77. I don’t improve.
The next hand had me in the sb with KQo. Good player from button opens for 1525. I call. When will I ever learn I must reraise or fold in this spot!! Time and time I make this same mistake. Flop is Q-10-9 rainbow. I bet 3k and the guy tank calls. Turn K and I shove. He calls w/ broadway. So I end up busto with about half the field left.
Still tilting, I go to the cash game and get an immediate seat in 1/2 thinking this would save me money. I went through 400 before I could type this up between hands!!! I would rebound after many hours of exhaustive play.
And speaking of cash games, last night I had my second ever loosing session at the Rio. The game was so strange. I must get better about table selection or recognizing when to get up from a game. I lost $300 more than I should have. I even remember thinking I should pick up my chips. The standard action was limp, limp, raise, reraise and everybody calls.
2/5 cash game and I buy-in for the max. $500.The hand that would set the tone for the night would be when I saw some random chick open for $25 and I look down at K’s. I pop it to $100 and the chick flats. Flop came J-A-3. Cbet 125 and she flats. Turn is an 8 and we both check. The river 10 gives me the scare. So much so that when she lead out for 100 I was done with the hand. Chick claims she chased the str8. But then a few min later, She leans over and says, “sorry it was u. I’d rather it be the guys.”
This post was written by the great Klaus Hausmann. Thanks for sharing your dream with me!
Jena is chasing me in my dreams
In the past two years I was in Las Vegas for seven weeks to cover the whole WSOP for IntelliPoker.com and PokerStarsBlog.de. I had to write reports about the performances of the Germans and the Team PokerStars Pro players. So every day I had to take pictures of the players with my camera. If you take pictures of the players every day, you will recognize them after a while. I knew that Jena was playing the year before – how could I forget her smile – but I didn’t get to know her in person . During the WSOP 2008 we had some nice but small chats.
This year I’ll be in Vegas for only two weeks (if I don’t qualify for the main event). So it isn’t surprising at all that I catch up every piece from Vegas and the WSOP that I could get. I follow the news, blogs, Facebook and Twitter. I saw Jena’s status reports at Facebook and I was happy to see, that she is also playing in a lot of events this year and not only the Ladies Event like some other female players do. So far so good.
A few days ago I had a very strange dream, I dreamed that I was already in Vegas and drove in a car through the streets, searching for something I don’t remember. After a while I saw a highway sign, and I couldn’t believe what I saw – it was a sign of the “Jena Delk Highway”. I caught myself thinking, “Wow, is she so famous that they named a highway after her?”. Then I woke up. It was so funny that I told it Jena at MSN Messenger, and I could imagine her laughing . I guess my dream has something to do with her status message at Facebook, but who knows, maybe it is a sign of something special – I wouldn’t be surprised, if they name a highway after the first woman who wins the main event. So go for it Jena, and don’t forget to sell me a share . And if it isn’t going to happen, there is still a job for the first female president of the United States of America. If so forget the share, I would only need a Greencard in that case . I’m really looking forward to see you in Vegas, meanwhile good luck at the tables.