Today I discuss going to the WSOP, give you some LIVE tourney tips and discuss some of the lessons I learned from playing in this year’s Colossus II.
Colossus II at the WSOP and LIVE MTT’s
Heading to the WSOP (1:45)
- The place is busy, pre-reg for all tourneys (online or in-person), get tickets early
- Stay cheap! Gold Coast and Palms are decent, off the strip even better
- Use Uber
- Get used to the WSOP atmosphere
- Play SNG’s or cash, visit the Poker Kitchen, find the restrooms, hit the WSOP shop and pick a prize for cashing
- Look for famous faces
- This year I saw James Woods, Dennis Phillips, George Danzer, Bernard Lee, Alan Kessler, Greg Raymer, Vanessa Rousso, Robert Mizrachi, Ted Forest, Bill Chen, Benyamine, Alessandro
- Watch big events: like this past weekend’s $10K 7-card Stud
- Meet people, say hi, everyone pretty cool
LIVE Tourney Tips (10:40)
- Know the structure
- Structure sheets are available
- Know when you’ll likely be ss assuming you don’t chip up
- Play your normal game. Make adjustments, but don’t do things just cause others are doing them.
- Sit up straight, deep breath, look left (from Tommy Angelo and ‘Elements of Poker‘)
- Watch the action of every hand, learn from each
- Take notes on your opp’s, especially 2 left/right
- ‘Table Conditions’ in Evernote
- Notebook for complete hand history writing
- Trust your gut
- Play IP
Lessons Learned (19:45)
- Know what time the bubble will likely burst
- Online is super easy, LIVE you must pay attention
- Let the tension out
- Walk around, pushups, go to the bathroom when in EP
- Don’t play timidly
- Play as you would online
- Don’t let the fact it’s only one table make you treat it delicately
- Play more LIVE tourneys
- Get in more practice before important events like the Colossus
- Show aggression when others show weakness
- Position is best for this
- OOP you can ck then donk lead the next street
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