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  1. We're featuring Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul's blog throughout this year's World Series of Poker. For full coverage of what's going on out in Vegas, visitwww.pocketfives.com/live2. The week leading up to event 25 was filled with a lot early busts and frustrations, due in part to shallow structure, a few bad beats, and of course some bad play on both my opponents' and my end. Normally this could be a confidence killer, but my confidence could not have been higher going into this event, the 2k NLHE. I'd been busting early enough to make it back to my hotel and play online, and I'd been doing really well. While most people would be enjoying the many vices Vegas has to offer, I choose to treat this for what it is for me....a business trip. The 1st two levels of the event did not go so well. I saw a lot of flops, but it seemed to be Opposite Day. I was dealt AK-AJ about eight times, JJ twice, and about ten small to mid pocket pairs. If I had big cards all baby cards would come, and when I held the pocket pairs, all paint would fall. I got to the first break with 1,375 of my original 4,000 chips, winning maybe 2 or 3 pots in 2 hours. Coming back to 100-200 blinds, I was ecstatic to pick up AQo in the cut-off, and I shoved to steal the blinds the 1st hand back. Since everyone was not back from break yet, I decided to show my hand to let the players know I wasn't pushing trash. Two hands later, I played the biggest hand of my tournament so far. With two limpers ahead of me, I looked down to 9d7d, and in a spot where I would normally be tempted to shove my 1,675 to try and win the extra dead money, I chose to limp and hopefully hit a big hand to chip up. Definitely not a recommended play, but I was frustrated and trying to make something happen. The button limped behind me, the blinds completed, and we saw a J-J-X rainbow flop 6 handed. It was checked to me and I really took my time before checking, trying to get a read on whether any of the other players liked the flop while also trying to make it look I had a Jack myself. The button checked, and the turn came a beautiful Ace. This was the perfect bluff card for me, I felt I had sold my Jack well and when it was checked to me again I took my time before betting 500 of my remaining 1,500 chips. This screamed of a Jack trying to get value vs. ace, the button thought for 2 minutes before folding (he said after he had A-10), the blinds folded as did both the limpers, and then the last man left took forever before folding, saying he had A-Q. This was huge for me, and while I still didn't have the original starting stack, I had gone from 1,375 to 2,675 during the 1st few hands back, and I finally I had some chips to work with. I played patient poker and chose my spots well, and I managed to chip up to 5,000 with zero showdowns going into the last hand before the 2nd break. The last hand before the break, I busted a short stack with A-Q vs A-9, and I headed into the 2nd break with 6,500 which had to be close to average now. During the next level of 150-300 25a, I had chipped up to about 10k without any showdowns or flops seen when I put myself in an awkward spot. UTG opened to 800, and UTG+1 folded. I decided to smooth call with QQ. It folded to a guy two off the button, who made it 3k total with about 8.5k behind. I was pretty sure he was squeezing, and I made up my mind that if UTG folded or just called, I was going to shove pre-flop and most likely take the pot right there. UTG shoved for like 9k total, and I tanked for about 4 minutes before finally folding, which was followed by the squeezer insta-mucking. It was a really weird spot, because I was 100% positive that UTG had the same read on other guy as I did, but I ultimately decided that the table was really soft and I was chipping up so nicely without having to take any of my hands to showdown. About twenty minutes into the next level, I was up to 11.5k, and right after posting my blinds, the table broke. I was moved into the blinds at the new table, played a full orbit and was moved once I posted the blinds a 2nd time at the table. I got seated right into the BB at my 3rd table, and 3 hands later, I was moved to a 4th table where I was seated UTG, ready to post the blinds again. The next thing I knew, my stack was diminished to under 7k going into the dinner break, facing the 300-600 75a level when we returned. At least this table would end up being my home for the next two levels. I also had the company of Shannon Elizabeth on my right, which motivated me to stay patient and grind. Going into the last 2 hands of the 400-800 100a level, I found a creative way to steal the blinds. At the end of the level, we would be going on break and coloring up all of the green $25 chips. Nobody likes having to stay at the table after being designated the player to buy the rest of the tables green chips, and given my natural obsession with collecting the smallest denominations of chips in play, I was likely to be the man. So the last 2 hands, I raised to 2,500 in attempt to steal the blinds and antes, but I did so using 5 stacks of green chips to discourage the players from trying to re-steal from me, because then they would become the color-up person. It was successful both times, though the 2nd time I thought Eric "Basebaldy" Baldwin was going to re-raise me on principle. During this time, I had increased my stack from 12.5k to nearly 17k. Shortly after break I was moved again, and I just grinded my ass off for the next 90 minutes. Though I have never played a tournament to "just cash," we were approaching the bubble, and cashing was very important to me given my past WSOP debacles. I was in push/fold mode, picking my spots very well and appearing to be pretty tight. At one point, I folded down to 12.5k before shoving K6s UTG with the blinds at 800-1600 200a. I managed to chip up to about 25k during this level by simply shoving all-in at the right times and stealing the blinds and antes, and about five from the money, it folded to me on the button, and I decided I could finally make a standard raise. With Q8o, I made it 4400 and wanted to kill myself for not realizing how short the BB was. That said, the price I found myself getting forced me to call his shove for 7.5kish more, and I suddenly had half my stack in the pot with queen high. I ended up turning an 8 to defeat his A9o, leading him to berate me for making the call. That was the 1st time I had a hand go to showdown since my AQ beat the short stack's A9 way back during the last hand of level 4. Now I was up to 40k, ready to rock the bubble at my relatively weak table. A few hands after the Q-8 hand, I raised pre-flop with a bad ace and actually got flat called. I made a standard continuation bet of 5k on a J-9-9 flop, which got min-raised, and even though everything in my heart told me to shove since it was the bubble, I fought temptations and folded. Not much of a hand, but amazingly this was the 1st flop I had played since way back at the beginning of the 100-200 level before the antes were even in play. A couple of hands later, that same player opened for 6.6k, which was a very large raise and the second consecutive pot in which he had done this. I decided he knew what he was doing and was trying to rock the bubble, so I shoved all-in with 8c7c for just about 30k. I ended up putting on a huge ordeal in order to get him to fold, and eventually he did. That put me at about 40k, and then I proceeded to raise every single hand and steal the blinds until the bubble burst, taking my stack all the way up to 70k. Once we were in the money, with the blinds 1k-2k I ended up busting the only guy at the table I had been allowing to bully me. In a battle of the blinds, I limped from the small blind with A-8o, which is pretty standard as I rarely raise from the small blind unless the player in the big blind is very weak. This was the 4th time I had done this, and for the 4th time, the big blind raised me, making it 8k. The previous 3 times I had folded, but this time I announced I was all-in. He insta-called me, and I yelled out a few curse words in my head thinking I was crushed when he called a little over 30k more so quickly, but he had KJ, and my Ace high held to bring my stack up to 110k. I ended up busting a few more short stacks, and finished the night with over 135k, which was good for a top ten stack. After railing Gavin and Bax a bit in the 5k horse, it was back to my hotel for some sleep. I was definitely a bit wired, like a kid in a candy store, ecstatic over my 1st WSOP cash and the thoughts of big things for the next day.
  2. We're featuring Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul's blog throughout this year's World Series of Poker. For full coverage of what's going on out in Vegas, visit www.pocketfives.com/live2. It's time to play my 1st WSOP event of the year, the $1,000 NLHE with rebuys. Most would probably think that the rebuy is my favorite preliminary event of the series, but actually it is my 2nd favorite right behind the $5,000 NLHE. To say that the rebuy tournament did not go as well as I would have liked would be an understatement. I got to my table and was greeted by the man himself, Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi, who was sitting across the table. We look at each other and immediately start laughing, "ALL-IN BLIND," Imper1um said, like this was an internet $100 rebuy. I'm not sure if he looked or pushed blind, but I looked down at an A K offsuit and called all-in for 4,000. Somehow, I dodged a J 4 6 flop vs. Sorel's 3 5 offsuit. I still felt very cramped due to the guy in seat 8's unwillingness to move over into some of the empty space where seats 9 and 10 would be if they had shown up on time. Sorel is always one to help a friend when he can, and on the very next hand, the guy in seat 8 raised Sorel's BB. Sorel shoved 5 7 off and the guy called all-in with JJ. The flop was 3 4 6, and Sorel had flopped the nuts. The player in seat 8 elected not to rebuy, and I finally had some room. So I was off to a sweet start and praying that Sorel's all-ins would continue to benefit me. Well that obviously didn't happen, and I actually lost a 12,000 chip pot with AK against Sorel's pocket deuces. The rest of the rebuy hour did not go well, and I ended up spending a total of $10,000 on the tournament with 7 rebuys and a double add-on at the break. I had just over the minimum of 8,000 to show for all this. No one likes to hear stories of bad beats or coolers, so I will spare you the details, but I ended up busting just after the second break. The $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo event had just started, so I decided to hop on line and see how many players they had and if it was worth playing. They ended up getting close to 700 players, so I decided to take a shot and play. Two hours later, and after only dragging 1 non-chopped pot the entire time, I was out. As I explained my downfalls to Brett "Gank" Jungblut, he simply replied to me, "That's why they call it Omahahahahaha." I decided to grab some food with a couple of friends who were on dinner break from the rebuy and we ended up eating at The Sportsbook there in the Rio. After we finished eating, I decided to hit the rail and see if there was anything good to watch. Unfortunately, Jon "Pokertrip" Friedberg had already been eliminated in 3rd place from the $1500 Pot-Limit Hold'em final table, so there was pretty much just the rebuy tournament to rail. I somehow managed to wiggle my way through a packed rail and had a nice spot watching one of my good friends from Chicago, Gavin Griffin. Gavin and I have been good friends for quite a few years, well before either of us became interested in playing poker seriously. The rail wasn't abnormally large because of his recent win in the Monte Carlo EPT Championship; he's not quite that popular yet. He had a pretty sick table, and most of the rail was there to watch Phil Ivey at work. I railed a lot of tables that week so I didn't recall any of the other players at the table except for Vanessa Selbst, the woman who made the play with 5s2s at the final table of a WSOP Preliminary event ESPN televised last fall. To be completely honest, I like her style but wasn't impressed with her play or table talk during her short stay at that table. She got to the table with what I thought was probably an average stack and immediately started yapping at Ivey, challenging him to a prop bet at the video game Ms. Pac-man. Any smart gambler knows that if someone is so willing to make a bet with you at something you are well-known to be very good at, then it is probably a bad bet for you. The whole table pretty much pointed that out and we all had a good laugh. It wasn't too long after dinner that Gavin ended up busting Ivey, and the rail got a little easier to move on. After Ivey departed, there were still quite a few tough players. Gavin then became the most recognizable with his pink hair, which he dyed for a charity walk for breast cancer he would participate in later that week with his girlfriend Kristen, a breast cancer survivor. Later in the week, while watching Gavin in the 5k Pot-Limit Hold'em with his girlfriend, we were talking about how it still felt so weird to watch him and hearing other people on the rail talk about him like he is some kind of celebrity. I hung around the Rio until midnight or so before heading back to my hotel to get some rest for tomorrow's 2k NL. I had a really good start in the 2k NL after a super lucky suck out when my 8 4 of hearts got my 4k starting chip stack up to about 9k. I had a really aggressive image at my first table, and 15 minutes before the break I got a well needed table change. I decided I would use this to my benefit and play real tight for the next 75 minutes until the antes kicked in. While playing tight, I still increased my stack to 15k, but then Chris McCormick beat me in a pot for about 3k when my pocket pair was counterfeited. The very next hand I steamed after Chris with 10 4 of diamonds, and we ended up going all-in for a 26k pot on a flop of Kd-Qd-4h vs. his Q K. I rivered a diamond and completed my flush, finally feeling really good about my chances in a W.S.O.P. event. That feeling didn't last too long, as I proceeded to misplay a hand that cost me 11k or so. I then proceeded to yo-yo my stack between 8k and 15k before finally busting the last hand of the 200-400/50 level in a somewhat ironic hand. Raising from the cut-off to 1300 with Ah10s, the BB shipped me all-in with 2d3c and I called 5k more. The Flop was Qh-Jh-6x, the turn came the 4h, and the river an offsuit 5. I was pretty pissed I blew my stack but not unhappy with how I busted out; I just didn't feel I played very well after I won the 25k pot. I managed to hop back on Gavin's rail just in time to see him bust out of the 1k rebuy event in 24th place. We walked off to cash his winnings and spoke about how he had gotten so short after a squeeze-play that went bad when he had J 7 offsuit. The pay out process was quite annoying, and I for one feel quite fortunate I have never had to go through it myself ;). We went to one room and gave his chips to a lady sitting in a desk who congratulated him on finishing 24th and cashing for what turned out to be 3% of his original goal. Then we walked with another guy who took us to a cashier where we didn't have to wait in a normal line. Of course this guy also congratulated him on finishing well short of his goal and asked a million questions about poker that he politely answered, despite being extremely annoyed and just wanting to get the hell out of the poker room. I ended up back on the rail of the 1k rebuy, sweating a very talented field that included shaniac, Imper1um, pbdrunks, and Mike Gracz. I didn't get to see much from Imper1um, but I was very impressed by the play of pbdrunks on a short stack, shaniac on a mid-stack, and Gracz on a big stack. Pbdrunks was on the short stack for a long time, picking his spots well and stealing the blinds with all-in bets when given the chance. Shane had one of the more difficult stacks to play in tournament poker. He didn't have a short stack where he only had one move option of going all-in, and didn't have a very big stack where he could afford to raise and fire a continuation bet. He stayed very patient, and I felt he picked his spots extremely well. It was fun hanging on the rail with sheets, quietly discussing thoughts on hands that were taking place. Occasionally we would bounce back and forth between the rebuy and sweating Bax in the 5k stud event. We were having a lot of fun sweating the table with pbdrunks, shaniac, Imper1um, and Gracz, along with an old school PokerStars player by the name of Dolphin. A very interesting hand occurred with 18 or so left between Dolphin and Imper1um. I believe the blinds were 8k-16k with a 2k ante when it folded to Dolphin on the button. He elected to limp in, the small blind folded, and Imper1um checked his option in the BB. The flop came down 10-8-7 with 2 spades. Imper1um checked, Dolphin bet 20k, and Imper1um called. The turn brought an Ace of hearts, and with roughly 95k in the pot, Imper1um checked the turn. Dolphin then moved all-in for 150k, which seemed to be a pretty large over-bet. Imper1um had Dolphin covered by roughly 40k and went into the tank for what seemed like 10 minutes, talking himself through the hand. On the rail, Eric and I were going back and forth on what each player had. Dolphin's bet didn't make sense if the Ace improved him, and what the hell could Imper1um have to be thinking so long. We both agreed Dolphin didn't like the Ace and had a hand like J J, Q Q, or maybe 8 8, which would have given him an open-ended straight draw. Putting Imper1um on a hand was much harder, as he was in the BB and this pot was limped in pre-flop. We thought he could have just a 10, or maybe some kind of pair/draw combo like 8-9 or 10-J. We felt he would likely have check-raised the flop with 10-8, but perhaps he froze a bit and just called because of the unusual button limp. Dolphin wasn't necessarily a tricky player, but he was an old guy who rarely would bet his hands and often made rather large all-in over-bets throughout the remainder of the tournament. Imper1um tried to call the clock on himself to force his own decision. Being ignored by the dealer, Shaniac called the clock on him to help out. Finally, Imper1um called with just seconds left to act with 10-5, and Dolphin flipped over K-10 to win the pot. The very next hand was folded to Imper1um in the SB. He made the standard shove with A-10, only to have Pbdrunks wake up with AA in the BB. The aforementioned hand sparked a lot of discussion, especially after Sorel called, though I understood why he did this. The board was very draw heavy, and it was apparent that Dolphin didn't like the turn and wanted to take the pot right there. That was the read sheets and I had, and Imper1um came up to the same conclusion. He made a good read but unfortunately had the second best hand. That's poker; it happens to all of us. Shortly after Imper1um busted, Pbdrunks followed when he lost with 6 6 vs. Q J in a battle of the blinds. Fairly quickly they got down to the last 10 players and combined to one table to play until one more player was eliminated. I stayed for the whole time because I really wanted to see shaniac make this final table. It was going to be close; he was in 7th place and pretty short with 10 left. The bubble didn't take too long to burst, and a few hands into the final 10 it folded to the SB, who made a standard raise. Todd Witteles moved all-in, and the SB called with A K suited. Todd had Q Q, and it was unclear who had more chips to start the hand as they were very close. When the Ace hit the river and chips were counted down, the SB had Todd covered by a slim margin and the ESPN TV Final Table was set for the next day. Nice job Shane!
  3. We're featuring Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul's blog throughout this year's World Series of Poker. For full coverage of what's going on out in Vegas, visitwww.pocketfives.com/live2. I was excited for the 1,500 NL 6-handed event. Short-handed tournaments suit my aggressive style very well, as aggression has more of a reward in short-handed tournaments than when playing at a normal 9 or 10 handed table. Since it is a 6-handed table, a drawback is that players must accumulate chips early to survive because they will blind out waiting for a hand much more quickly than in a normal tournament. I pretty much bounced around between 2,500 and 3,500 during the first level, and then the following two hands occurred. UTG raised to 150, Crazy Euro Guy to my right called, I called 10h-8h on the button, and I believe the SB also called. Robby then made it 750 to go from the BB with roughly 1700 behind, UTG folded, and Crazy Euro Guy moved all-in. I folded, as did the SB, and Robby thought for a bit and then called with AsQs. The nature of the tournament's structure is such that players who want a chance to win must gamble early on to build their stack, and Robby's call showed that he recognized this fact. He was up against the Crazy Euro Guy's JJ, and he flopped a flush draw, leaving him 15 outs overall. He hit a 3rd spade on the river to double up. The very next hand, Crazy Euro made it 150 with about 1,100 total. Sitting on 2,700 or so, I decided I would like to take a small gamble vs. this person who was likely tilting. I re-raised to 550 with 8 's and called his shove for the change he had left. He turned over AK, and I lost the race, leaving me with the short stack at the table with the blinds going up to 50-100. The last hand I had was A7d, and I decided I was going to make a large raise to 350 and shove my last 950 in on any flop if called, unless of course I flopped the nuts. The person to my left called me, which set off some alarms, and I was starting to get cold feet on my original plan as I thought he might have a huge hand. Crazy Euro Guy then made it 1,500, and I tanked it for two minutes, trying to get a read on Euro Guy and completely forgetting about my initial fear of the flat call. I finally decided I was very short and that this may be a good spot to double-up plus some, as I felt I would be all-in vs. only one player. I really felt the Crazy Euro Guy could be on a complete move, so I called. I then watched the person who smooth called me, instantly shove all-in for 2k more, and I cursed myself for forgetting about him. The Euro folded, and I was up vs. KK in a spot to actually triple up. I normally would be happy with this situation, but when the other four players all said they folded an ace, I was no longer enthused about my chances. No help from the dealer, and it was back to the rail for me. I was pretty pissed that I busted so early and even more pissed that I busted on a Thursday. The online tournament schedule is so much juicier Monday-Wednesday, and I really wanted to play poker. With Shane at the 1k rebuy final table, Jordan "iMsoLucky0" Morgan at the final table of the 1.5k Omaha Hi/Lo, ZeeJustin and Ducci (online player worldsgrtest) starting day two of the 2k NL, and many friends still in the short-handed, I decided to stick around the Rio and rail my friends. Jordan was not so lucky, as his screen name implies. After entering the final table 2nd in chips, he was eliminated in 7th place after losing some big pots early. For most of the afternoon, I sat in the ESPN audience railing Shaniac at the 1k rebuy final table. Coming into the final table, Amir Vahedi and Mike Gracz were the top two in chips and ended up finishing seventh and sixth respectively. I felt Mike played great and just got super unlucky in the big pots he played. As for Vahedi, I have never been overly impressed with his play, and without actually seeing his hands, it seemed to me that he spewed most of his chips before getting unlucky with an overpair and losing to Dolphin's flush draw. He raised with QQ, and Dolphin called in the BB. On the flop, he called Dolphin's check-raise all-in on a J-9-x flop with two clubs and was up against 10c-7c. The turn was an offsuit queen, which gave Amir top set, but the river was an offsuit 8, which should make for good T.V. I really hope ESPN shows the priceless reaction on Amir's face as he thought he had dodged the flush and won the pot, but the 8 actually made Dolphin his straight and left Amir with fewer than 10k in chips. Meanwhile, Shaniac was waiting patiently for an opportunity to double his short stack. After folding one hand, Amir committed his last 6k with 56o, and the chip leader made a sizable raise to isolate. Next to act, Shaniac moved all-in with zero fold equity, and waiting for the cards to flip, we knew that he had to have a hand. The chip leader knew he was behind but also knew that he had to call and eventually tabled AQ vs. Shane's AK. Shane's hand held and was up to more than 500k with 15k-30k blinds. Very little time passed before Shaniac was involved in another hand. The button made a standard raise pre-flop, Shaniac called in the BB, and the flop came down J-9-7 rainbow with one diamond. Shaniac check-raised all-in with QdJd, and he was called by pocket aces. We all started screaming for help cards on the turn to give Shaniac the lead in the hand. The turn was a complete brick, which left Shaniac drawing to just a queen or a jack. The dealer brought a queen on the river, though, and Shane was saved. Barry, the player who had the pocket aces vs. Shane, proceeded to shove a few times to steal some blinds and build back up. Then he shoved with As-8s, and Shane moved all-in over the top with Ac10c. The board came Js-9c-4s-8d-8c, and Shane was down to fewer than 200k chips. Two hands later, he pushed with A-Q and called by the BB with K-10. When a 10 came on the board, Shane was out in fifth. With Bax also out of the short-handed event, we started bouncing from rail to rail, sweating Zee Justin and Ducci in the 2k NL that was approaching the final table. Sheets was also still in the short-handed. It was interesting watching sheets deep in this tournament, an event where aggressive players usually dominate, as he is not quite as aggressive as many of the other players we know. He was nursing his typical shorter stack for most of the tourney when they approached the money bubble. I swear this was the longest bubble you could possibly imagine for a tournament that paid 126 players; it must have been about 15 hands before they finally lost a player. From the time they reached the money until the end of the night, Sheets went from about 45k to 175k. The players at his table just kept giving him chips, and he was in great shape to make a run to the final table the next day. Watching the 2k was quite a treat. Plain and simple, ZeeJustin is just sick. He was abusing all those people and amassing a huge stack. Besides the pots he was picking up pre-flop by raising frequently, he occasionally played some flops when players would decide to call him. It was really an art, watching him betting the flop, turn, and river and seeing his opponents fold at the end. He would bet just enough on the turn to keep his opponents interested in seeing the river, yet leaving enough in his opponent's stack so they could fold the on the river. I am not sure if he actually had good hands or was bluffing, but it sure was entertaining to watch. Ducci, on the other hand, was battling to make the final table. At one point, he went all-in with KJ vs. HB_Hitman's AA, only to flop a jack, turn a king, and river another jack. Justin, with a massive stack of almost 2 million, and Ducci with a healthy stack of about half of that, made it to the final table. Hitting about 2 A.M., I headed home to get some sleep for the next day's 5k Pot-Limit Hold'em event.
  4. Wir präsentieren Ihnen hier den Blog von Kevin Saul, alias "BeL0WaB0Ve", der Teil für Teil während der diesjährigen WSOP herausgegeben wird. Um auch wirklich alles zu erfahren, was sich in Las Vegas tut, besuchen Sie:www.poketfives.com/live2 Ich bin also letzten Montagnachmittag in Vegas angekommen, total übermüdet, da ich das ganze Wochenende über Onlinepoker gespielt hatte und die Nacht davor nicht genug geschlafen habe. Als ich dann mein Gepäck erhalten hatte, wartete ich 5 Minuten auf ein Taxi und führ dann direkt in mein Hotel am „Strip". Dieses Jahr war ich mit den Vorbereitungen sehr nachlässig und habe in letzter Minuten ein Zimmer im Tropicana online gebucht. Als ich dort ankam musste ich mich erstmal in einer Schlange anstellen, was für das Einchecken um 5 Uhr Nachmittags ärgerlicherweise typisch ist. Ich hatte mich vorher kaum über das Tropicana informiert. Im Grunde hatte ich nur sichergestellt, dass es auch Nahe am Rio liegt (im Taxi so um die 5 bis 10 Minuten) und buchte dann ein Zimmer zu durchschnittlichen Preisen von knapp unter $100 pro Nacht. Um ehrlich zu sein war ich total schockiert als ich mein Zimmer betrat. Nicht dass ich ein 5-Sterne Hotel oder so erwartet hätte, doch über 40 Spiegel im Zimmer hatte ich nicht erwartet. Im Großen und Ganzen war das Zimmer sehr geräumig, mit großem Doppelbett, eine Kombination aus Schreibtisch und 3-türiger Garderobe (die mir für meine Kleider mehr als genügend Platz bot) und eine Couch, die zwar eher niedriger Güte war, doch dem Zimmer zusätzlich eine bessere Note verlieh. Trotz all dieser Einrichtungsgegenstände war trotzdem genügend Platz um sich frei bewegen zu können. Ich war so müde, dass ich beschloss noch etwas fernzusehen und mich für ein Schläfchen niederzulegen, bevor ich mich mit einem Freund zum Abendessen treffen würde. Am Ende ging ich so gegen 10 Uhr Nachts in eine kleine italienische Bude zum Abendessen. Es ist gut für das Lokal, dass ich den Namen vergessen habe, denn die Bedienung war furchtbar und das Essen nur mittelmäßig. Eine meiner vergangenen Arbeiten war als Kellner in einem sehr netten italienischen Restaurant. Aus diesem Grund bin ich wohl etwas kritischer mit der Bedienung und dem Essen, das ich serviert bekomme. Schließlich vermasselte die Kellnerin meine Bestellung und als wir noch nicht einmal in der Hälfte unseres Mahls angelangt waren, übergab sie unseren Tisch an einen anderen Kellner. Am Ende unterhielt ich mich mit dem Geschäftsführer über meine Unzufriedenheit, doch dieser nickte aus Höflichkeit einfach nur mit dem Kopf. Als wir schließlich die Rechnung bekamen, so hatten sie uns trotzdem den vollen Preis verrechnet, was mir eigentlich sehr unrecht war, aber egal... zahle die Rechnung und fahre mit Leben fort. Nachdem wir unser spätes Abendessen beendet hatten, gingen wir zum Rio hinüber, was für mich das erste Mal in diesem Sommer war. Als ich zuerst hineinging fiel mir eine Reihe von Änderungen auf, die seit dem letzen Jahr stattgefunden hatten und mir nun ins Auge stachen. Ich hatte nicht wie gewöhnlich den Eingang bei der Kasse gewählt, sondern eine der Seitentüren im Bereich der Finaltische. Der gesamte Raum war um einiges dunkler als im letzten Jahr. Als ich mich auf den Wänden umschaute, konnte ich alle vergangenen Gewinner der Hauptveranstaltung sehen. Ich konnte nicht anders als mir denken, dass die Mitarbeiter im Rio versucht hatten die Atmosphäre vom letzten WSOP im Binion zu kopieren. So weit ich mich erinnere ist es nun das 3. Jahr wo das WSOP im Rio veranstaltet wird, seit Harrah's entschieden hatte, das es hier statt im Binion stattfindet. Dies ist außerdem mein 3. Mal beim WSOP, weshalb ich persönlich nie wirklich das WSOP im Binion erfahren habe, jedoch ich spielte dort mit einem Freund an einem kleineren Turnier. Das erste was ich tat war mich in einer relativ kurzen Warteschlange anzustellen und mich für das $1.000 Rebuy am Dienstag anzumelden. Gerade letzte Woche las ich einige Berichte über die angeblich schrecklich langen Schlangen bei der Anmeldung, speziell bei der ersten $1.500 NL Veranstaltung, die am Samstag stattfand und das Alles so schlecht organisiert war, wie auch die Registrierung per Satelliten- und Geldspiele. In der Woche seit ich hier bin, habe ich jedoch niemals länger als 5 Minuten für die Anmeldung zu einer Veranstaltung gewartet und ich finde auch, dass Harrah's im Großen und Ganzen großartige Arbeit geleistet hat, diesen WSOP-Zirkus so gut abzuwickeln. Persönlich bin ich von Menschenmengen nicht angetan, speziell bei über 5.000 Spielern, die sich in einem kleinen Saal versammelt haben und bereit sind die eigene Großmutter umzurempeln, nur um in der Warteschlange voranzukommen und so ihren Platz am Tisch zu bekommen und Poker spielen zu können. Aus diesem Grund blieb ich das erste Wochenende zu Hause, während sich die Anderen auf den Foren beschwerten. Ich war mir sicher, dass bis zu meiner Ankunft alles in bester Ordnung sein würde. Nachdem ich mich für das Rebuy angemeldet hatte, verbrachte ich einige Zeit damit Eric Haber (alias "sheets") von hinter der Abgrenzung aus zu beobachten. Sheets entschied sich aus unbekanntem Grund plötzlich an dem $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Turnier mit Rebuys teilzunehmen. Dieser Bereich kann der schwierigste der gesamten WSOP-Einleitungsspiele sein, mit Ausnahme des $50,000 HORSE-Turnieres. Ich möchte auf keinen Fall einen der wenigen Spielern beleidigen, die ich wirklich bewundere, an den Tischen, wie auch privat, doch die ganz direkte Aussage dieses Mannes war folgende: „Scheiß drauf, ich bin hier um zu spielen und werde meine $5.000 bei diesem Ding verheizen. Keine Rebuys, keine Add-Ons und ich hatte am Ende der Rebuy-Periode 80.000 Chips, bei anfänglichen 10.000." Ich wanderte noch ein bisschen umher, um einige Bekannte zu begrüßen und beobachtete Sheets anschließend noch ein bisschen, bevor ich zurück ins Hotel ging um mich für das Rebuy-Turnier des nächsten Tages gut auszuschlafen.
  5. We're featuring Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul's blog throughout this year's World Series of Poker. For full coverage of what's going on out in Vegas, visit www.pocketfives.com/live2. So I got into Vegas last Monday afternoon, tired as hell from playin online all weekend and not getting a good night's sleep the night before. Once I got my luggage, I waited about 5 minutes for a cab and headed to the strip to check into my hotel. I was really lazy with my preparations this year and at the last minute booked a room online at the Tropicana. I got there and waited in a line that was pretty typically annoying for a 5 P.M. check-in. I did very little re-search on the Tropicana before hand; I basically checked to make sure it was close to the Rio (it's about a 5-10 minute cab ride), and booked the room for an average of just under $100 per night. To say I was a little shocked when I walked into my room could be considered an understatement. It's not like I was expecting a 5-star hotel or anything but the 40+ mirrors in the room caught me a little off guard. Overall the room is pretty spacious, King Size bed, a desk/3-drawer dresser combo to give me plenty of room to store my clothes, and a 2-seat couch of somewhat poor quality but that still added a little touch to the room. All of this and still plenty of room to walk around without feeling cramped. I was pretty tired, so I decided to watch some T.V and lay down for a nap before meeting up with a friend for dinner later. I ended up going to a little Italian joint for dinner around 10. Fortunately for them, I can't remember the name of it, but the service was awful and the food was just so-so. One of my past jobs was as a server in an very nice Italian restaurant, so I will be the first to admit that this causes me to be a little more critical of both service I receive and the quality of the dishes. The waitress ended up goofing up my order, and it appeared that when we were not even halfway through eating the waitress had given our table away to another server. I eventually spoke with management about my displeasure, and he basically just nodded his head in compliance. When we got the bill, everything was still on it which didn't sit very well with me but whatever....pay the bill and move on with life. After having our late dinner, we headed over to the Rio for my 1st time this summer. When I first walked in, I noticed a couple of changes from last year that stood out to me. I didn't enter from the entrance by the cashier as normal; instead I entered from the side door by the section for the final tables. The room in general looked a lot darker compared to last year. Looking around the walls and seeing all the past main event winners, I could not help but feel that the staff at the Rio had tried to replicate the feeling one used to get when walking into Binion's for past WSOP's. I believe this is the 3rd year that the Rio has hosted the WSOP since harrah's decided to move it over from Binion's. This also just happens to be my 3rd WSOP experience, so I never actually experienced a Binion's WSOP for myself, though I have played a smaller tournament there with a friend. The first thing I did was hop into a fairly short line and register for the Tuesday $1,000 rebuy. Just this past weekend, I read alot about the awful lines to register, specifically for the first $1,500 NL event that was held on Saturday, and how everything was so disorganized including satellite and cash game registration. In the week I've been here, however, I think the longest I've waited to register for an event has been 5 minutes or so, and overall I think Harrah's has done a great job handling the circus that is the WSOP. I personally am not a fan of huge crowds of people, especially 5,000+ gamblers gathered in a small room, willing to knock their Grandma over to move that much closer to the head of the line to get their seat and play some poker. That's why I sat at home for the first weekend while everyone complained on the forums, fully aware that things should be fine by the time I arrived. After registering for the rebuy, I spent a little time railing Eric "sheets" Haber, who decided to for some unknown reason to jump into the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha with Rebuys event. This field might be the single toughest field of any WSOP preliminary event, with the exception of the $50,000 HORSE tourney. In no way am I trying to insult one of the few players who I really look up to on and off the tables, but a direct quote from the man himself was, "Screw it, I decided to gamble and fire one $5,000 barrel at the thing. No rebuys, No add-ons, and I got 80,000 chips at the end of the rebuy period up from the 10,000 we started with." I walked around a bit to say hi to some familiar faces and then railed sheets a bit more before heading back to my hotel to get a good night's sleep in preperation for tommorrow's rebuy tournament.
  6. Ya I guess your right...tho I dvr it so I can skip the BS...was looking forward to Jamie Foxx b4 he started that LOL song...skipped all of fantasia minus the last line of song where she said she been eating cornbread or something...and from the looks of it she's been eating ALOT of cornbread Ummmm ya..right...I normally love a girl in a dress but a girl with that much ass should always be wearing jeans. And yes I do feel like a dirty old man right now siiiiiigh Ya apparently it's Haley and Casey dating
  7. I caught the very end of this story on the radio today flipping stations but didn't hear names tho they were named. My sister seemed to think Haley was involved and my 1st thought was Stefano or Casey but I really have no clue. IDk about Scotty/Lauren, would make sense age wise but Scotty doesnt strike me as the type to appreciate all that thickness.
  8. In the beginning they flashed on the screen "you will never guess who's going home". I figured for sure that meant Haley or Paul and hoped it was Paul. I guess they felt Thia was a shocker? I was a lil surprised Paul wasn't sent home, but glad bc Naimi is turrible and Thia has a decent voice but bores me. I definitely think Jacob is the most talented vocally of the 9 remaining, but I hope he goes home soon bc he bores me and while I can appreciate his talent he has no shot of winning bc he is completely wrong for Idol. I'm really starting to pull for Haley, and I think she is a dark horse to win this thing. She really seems to be growing and improving every week...unlike some others... Pia has taken a step back by just being consistently good the whole time but not taking the steps forward that I expected of her. While I thought she was 1 of the locks for top 3 and favorite to win this thing at the start of the top 13 I wouldn't be shocked if she doesn't make the top 5. I think Stefano is this season's Tim Urban, and I wouldnt be surprised to see him hang out in the bottom 3 for a couple more weeks before going home. Paul has gotten pretty meh to me...Come Pick Me Up was probably my favorite performance of any of the guys this season, but the rest of his stuff has stunk. He'll be gone in the next week or 2 unless he dramatically turns things around with smarter song choices that the audience can connect with and are also a good fit for his style. James is good, best performance artist the have, but a lil irritating that he's so much like Adam Lambert but not even close to as good as him. If we never had Adam Lambert I think this kid would be getting a ton of love instead of hate for being a copycat. Scotty/Lauren I think they will have successful careers in country music but i dont see either of them winning, but they could definitely sneak into the top 3. And then we have Casey. I like the kid but I hate the save. But now that they used it on him, I really hope he wins. Not to validate the save, but rather to make a mockery of AI in what could be one of its last seasons. C'mon...the guy who wins wasn't even supposed to make the top 10 and go on the tour?? That would be awesome imo
  9. couldn't agree more with this...him and Thia put me to sleep, sorry not a fan of Opera or whatever. Bottom 3 imo Naimi, Stefano (both going home) and either Paul or Thia
  10. im in for 1 of each, sent 250 on stars. I think I did it right, BeL0WaB0Ve1 should be in $50 and BeL0WaB0Ve2 should be in 200 league
  11. CBS often gets jammed on Thursday like a fulltilt on a sunday mini-ftops, so I wouldn't wait to long. I'm in for at least 1, maybe 2 depending on what I find to enter grip, contact me on aim when u get a chance. BeL0W
  12. Not to hate on zackattack and his game, bc he has been a winner in HSMTTS, but kind of scary amak when reading this I felt like you were describing myself and my game.
  13. prettys tupid tbl w 18 left in the nightly hundred grand tonight...... PokerStars Game #55390066508: Tournament #401011042, $150+$12 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level XIX (2500/5000) - 2011/01/05 1:07:43 CT [2011/01/05 2:07:43 ET] Table '401011042 59' 9-max Seat #8 is the button Seat 1: Virgil Hilts (127801 in chips) Seat 2: Allingomes (154592 in chips) Seat 3: HighNetWorth (164744 in chips) Seat 4: roosterbill (281920 in chips) Seat 5: Urlastchance (87851 in chips) Seat 6: bbbbb33 (151928 in chips) Seat 7: JohnnyBax (155817 in chips) Seat 8: pokerjamers (167099 in chips) Seat 9: Comandr_Cool (76960 in chips)
  14. It doesnt have to be a knockout, but I thought that would be a cool twist (just like ante from start is debatable) BeL0W
  15. You guys moved the 750k up an hour to 5pm, great move but now we have a little void every Sunday at 6pm. Here's my idea.... 1k knockout, 800 to prize pool, 200 for knockout 6,000 chips with antes from the start (optional) with the blind structure like the ftops 2k 2-day tourney and the blind length level like the monday 1k (12min to start escalating to 15 and eventually 20 min) 400k guarantee should be easily attainable, but I would understand a more conservative guarantee to start like 300k Let's do this!!!!!! BeL0W
  16. from the Monday 1k...didn't take to long for him to call all-in!! Seat 3: YesImaHick (28,231) Seat 4: monkeyboyTX (17,722) Seat 5: SirWatts (7,907) Seat 6: aonsa (9,531) Seat 7: Zackattak1327 (28,253) Seat 8: SCTrojans08 (23,525) Seat 9: Anna Rexic (4,345) elanor antes 50 tedsfishfry antes 50 YesImaHick antes 50 monkeyboyTX antes 50 SirWatts antes 50 aonsa antes 50 Zackattak1327 antes 50 SCTrojans08 antes 50 Anna Rexic antes 50 SCTrojans08 posts the small blind of 200 Anna Rexic posts the big blind of 400 The button is in seat #7 *** HOLE CARDS *** elanor folds tedsfishfry folds YesImaHick folds monkeyboyTX has 15 seconds left to act monkeyboyTX folds SirWatts folds aonsa folds Zackattak1327 raises to 800 SCTrojans08 has 15 seconds left to act SCTrojans08 raises to 2,700 Anna Rexic has 15 seconds left to act Anna Rexic folds Zackattak1327 calls 1,900 *** FLOP *** [Th Kd 3d] SCTrojans08 has 15 seconds left to act SCTrojans08 bets 3,225 Zackattak1327 calls 3,225 *** TURN *** [Th Kd 3d] [9s] SCTrojans08 has 15 seconds left to act SCTrojans08 bets 5,550 Zackattak1327 raises to 22,278, and is all in SCTrojans08 calls 12,000, and is all in Zackattak1327 shows [8d 7d] SCTrojans08 shows [As 7c] Uncalled bet of 4,728 returned to Zackattak1327 *** RIVER *** [Th Kd 3d 9s] [2h] Zackattak1327 shows King Ten high SCTrojans08 shows Ace King high SCTrojans08 wins the pot (47,800) with Ace King high *** SUMMARY *** Total pot 47,800 | Rake 0 Board: [Th Kd 3d 9s 2h] Seat 1: elanor folded before the Flop Seat 2: tedsfishfry folded before the Flop Seat 3: YesImaHick folded before the Flop Seat 4: monkeyboyTX folded before the Flop Seat 5: SirWatts folded before the Flop Seat 6: aonsa folded before the Flop Seat 7: Zackattak1327 (button) showed [8d 7d] and lost with King Ten high Seat 8: SCTrojans08 (small blind) showed [As 7c] and won (47,800) with Ace King high
  17. I flat turn and call any bet up to a shove unless spade, Jack, or board pairing card hits BeL0W
  18. his call looks pretty easy, your hand tells zero story here BeL0W
  19. I thought the show was pretty cool, a very honest look into the life of a poker player. I couldn't tell you how many times I've felt like Nick, like I just wanted more in life, wanted complete happyness, which is still yet to be found. I've had many nights lying in bed contemplating a change, but in the end my love for the game always wins out. It was the main event, and I am pretty shocked the Rio let them film given the ESPN contract. Although I liked the episode, I don't think it represented poker very well, which is unfortunate since it represented truth. BeL0W
  20. Congrats Dwyte...super chill guy and hard worker at the game. His style maybe unorthodox but it clearly works for him. As far as being a douche at this FT, pretty sure Dwyte was (rightfully) angry and or bitter about not being selected as 1 of 2 players allowed to wear a fulltilt patch and of course get extra money. BeL0W
  21. Thanks guy....was really starting to think I was going to brick off this entire series adding heaps of makeup going into the WSOP. Hopefully this is the momentum I need to finally get that "other" bracelet I've been chasing. BeL0W
  22. lol @ Kara Scott being only #26.........
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