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« Reply #45 on: June 16, 2005, 07:54:20 PM »

Nice one Rob,
Should get it comped now, vegas here i come!!!!!!!
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« Reply #46 on: June 16, 2005, 10:08:26 PM »

It's the $1500 limit shootout today.  If you win your table you're in the money. I'm not playing but I have bought 33% of Carlson whose a experienced limit player. He lived in Vegas playing limit at the Bellagio for a living until he started his family. Wish I hadn't now, as he called me at 11am and woke me up! After my blackjack session I only managed 3 hours kip. Some interesting happenings in Vegas.this week: The Wynn Casino (owned and named after Steve Wynn who built the Mirage and the Bellagio) has recently opened and they are paying Daniel Negraneau a huge retainer to play cash games exclusively at their hotel (rumours of the amount vary). He is their Hotel Ambassador and plays all the cash tables even the $2-4 limit. He has also pledged to take any heads-up challenge for ANY amount of money at ANY poker game so I'm gonna ask him if he'll take Tikay on at Piduki for $100. The Wynn have also introduced automatic shufflers to give players more hands per hour and stop dealer collusion. Last night a guy was shot dead just off on the strip in a drive by (less than 3 minutes walk from the Rio), apparently there is 1 homicide per day in Vegas but it never gets put in the papers in case it hurts the tourism. Harrahs, who own the WSOP have just purchased Caesar's Palace Hotel this week so they now own 5 hotels on the strip. The biggest cash game in world is at the Bellagio, most afternoons Doyle Brunson, Gus Hanson, Jonny Chan , Chip Reece, Phil Ivey & Co sit down and play $4000-$8000 dealers choice (yes $8000 to see a flop, or $32,000 with normal 3 bet pre-flop raises). I saw Gus Hanson bet $250K when the board paired up on the river in Pot Limit Omaha , Jonny Chan called with the nut flush and Hanson mucked his bluff and remarked casually to the pit boss, chuck me over another rack of blues!  Over 30 casino's now have poker rooms (a lot of them closed them to put in more slot machines in the 80's) but the comps are still poor for poker players, you get a reduced hotel rate by about 25% and free drinks, although there are not really free as you have to tip the dealer. I'm making sure that I always have lost of change as the last 2 times I have tipped I only had $100 bills!  As usual everyone I speak to is doing okay on the trip so far, rarely does anyone admit they are losing and if they do, write off the next 15 minutes prepare yourself for some bad beat stories. However, everyone is really friendly here and its easy to get to know new people as we all have something in common, we're degenerate gamblers living on the hope we will land a big score. What I place ehI love it!
 

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« Reply #47 on: June 17, 2005, 01:14:08 AM »


Rob, you write GREAT. More please, it's so "honest".
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« Reply #48 on: June 17, 2005, 07:46:20 AM »

good skills chap, sounds like the cavalry are on their way
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« Reply #49 on: June 17, 2005, 07:48:28 AM »

487 entries in the $1500 limit shootout. Went to arena at around 3pm and bumped into Simon Trumper and Bushy. Bushy's table still had 10 players left on it, while most other tables were down to 6 players, he had a very tough table with Barry Greenstein and TJ Coutier (unfortunately he didn't get through). After a hour chatting to Aces Trumper in Starbucks, Paul Maxfield, who recently won $2m in the WPT $25,000 Bellagio tournament, turned up with his brother-in-law. Paul's a really down to earth bloke and has some interesting views on the future of poker and still definitely has his feet well on the ground (he was stressing the merits of the $10 lunch voucher you get with each tournament entry!).  They are expecting 1000 entries for the $1500 No Limit Shootout tomorrow, this means that you effectively have to win 3 single table satellites to win the event (1000 runners > 100 runners > 10 final table > 1 winner), and with1st prize being over $500,000 - what a tournament. My strategy is to play exactly the same as I do on the Partypoker Steps, very tight until the blinds get more than 10% of the average stack then very aggressive pre-flop later on. I won't be doing any calling, its raise or fold. This strategy has won me over $50,000 on the Partypoker steps in the last 12 months. I find these formats so different to multi- table tournaments due the fact that my hole card values change as each player gets knocked out, which rewards aggressive play later on. While I am very confident for tomorrows format, I'm still not happy with my multi-table tournament strategy for the forthcoming events, I'm doing something fundamentally wrong here, but I am fighting the temptation to tighten up my game too much and play by the book like nearly all of the field do, because you have no edge if you play the same as everyone elsestill, something needs to change. Maybe my coach and mentor, Willy Miagi Tan, can help me out when he arrives. On another note, there is a lot of internet qualifiers here that have not had their seat for the main event sorted out by their web site yet, the Rio have no record of their entry. If you've qualified on the net, I'd chase it up before you get here, the WSOP told me that if you have not received an email confirming your seat, table and day yet, they have not received your entry. I tried to find out when Karabiner was playing but drew a blank. Anyway, I need to give a good showing tomorrow, I am not including the $40,000 I won at Blackjack as trip winnings, so I'm still looking for that $50,000 to breakeven.
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« Reply #50 on: June 17, 2005, 09:19:13 AM »

Keep the reports coming rob, loving every minute of them. Me and womble are on the same flight as yoyo and tikay and we need you to have won big before then so we can buy dollars from you. If any of the brits score big in the meantime could you please secure 15-20k at a favourable rate for us?
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« Reply #51 on: June 17, 2005, 11:10:19 AM »

Forget Poker Rob, you should go head to head with TK, what is it about Notts Boys Great Poker Reports, I can Smell the Frapachino in Starbucks.
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« Reply #52 on: June 18, 2005, 01:59:25 AM »


Shades on, IPOD on, I look like and intend to be a rock who is going to wait for hands early on. I say to myself minimum AQ to play any pot. We have 780 runners, Rounds 1: 80 tables of ten, Round 2: then 13 tables of 6, Final: 2 tables of 6 and 7, only the winner goes through each round and gets in the money. Luca Pandiani is the only player I recognise at my table until the number 1 player in 2004, Daniel Negraneau, comes and sits next to me on my right., Daniel raises out of position with 93 off, re-raises someone with pocket 22 and starts to run over the table with cards that would give David Sklansky a heart attack. Sod it, change of plan for me, shades off, IPOD back in bag, all ideas of tight play out of the window, If Negraneau doesn't need them - neither does the Yongsta. I just cannot be a rockas suited connectors just smile at me. As I move all-in with 75 spades on a flop I feel freed on all my inhibitions (they all pass fortunately including a guy holding A4 of spades!). Negraneau tells me he is running bad and he has lost 3 pots of 1m each over at the Wynn this week, but he's still in profit - just. I want to say that he I wish he would hurry up and bust out so I get these rocks chips and he does, moving all in with Q9 on a JT2 flop. Down to 6 players. Here are a few hands a played, probably badly according to the books I have read:

Hand 1: I get KK under the gun, I limp, Luca moves all in for 50% of my stack, I call, 5 players left.

Hand 2: I get AA under the gun, I raise, no action, Damn, should have limped again.

Hand 3: I have 89 offsuit on the BB, I call 1 small pre-flop raise against a loose player, Flop 567! He bets, I call, next card 7, he moves all in, I call. He has A7. 4 people left.

Hand 4:  I limp with JT off suit under the gun, get 3 callers, I guy wants to raise but calls and moans about me limping in all the time. Flop 894, I check, 1 guy bets, 1 guy calls, I move all in. They all pass, thankfully. I'm pushing my luck with these draws, but my position looks like I have an over pair so the can't call.

Hand 5: Down to 3 players, 1 guy raises, another guy moves-all in, I have AQ spades, chance to knock both of them out and go through to my first WSOP money finish..I fold. They turn over QT and 44 - Ace on flop, I would have won and got through - damn. At least I am heads-up but maybe I made error here as it would only have cost me 40% of my stack.

Hand 6: Been heads-up for 10 minutes, Blinds are only 100-200 and I have 8000 chips, my opponent had 6000. He is an absolute Rock (but he has has 2 WPT final table finishes). My strategy is it to play small pots and steal his chips slowly until.I find JT on the button, I raise 800, he flat calls, whoops, I put him on AQ ish, as he would have re-raises me with AK or a pair based on his play so far, this guy would never slowplay. Flop, KQ2, I am up and down. He checks, I bet my draw $1000, he smooth calls, I know I am in serious trouble but Turn comes a beautiful big fat Ace, I have the nuts and I hope  he has hit 2 pair,. He bets $1500, small bet, he's slowplaying me! I annouce all-in and he calls immediately and turns over KQ (2 pair on flop!), I flip over my TJ to show the nuts and the river comes blank. I am through to my first ever WSOP money finish, although I think it only $3000, it still feels good!!!

I play Round 2 to at 7pm, Thanks to Daniel Negraneua for coming to my table, no shades or IPOD and playing he loose aggressive style, or I may have anted my chips away. No matter what happens now I sticking to my style of   playing cause I've seen the number 1 player in the world play with any 2 cards!

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« Reply #53 on: June 18, 2005, 02:39:33 AM »

good luck in round 2 rob

remember bracelets are for girlies just bring home the bacon
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« Reply #54 on: June 18, 2005, 03:21:35 AM »

Anothr great report Rob, I wish I could write like that. someone asked in another thread how they should play in "the big one" in Vegas, and I answerd "play your own game" I honestly believe there is no right way to play this game, what suits one player wont suit another. Having said that, I love to read about other peoples thought processes and plays, and I try to work on my game all the time, shamelessly stealing moves and ideas. I have only been on your table twice. the first time was at Luton when you made an all in move against Carlo which resulted in an early exit. The second time was at Walsall, I remember thinking "Oh shit, its that cocky agressive young fkr from Notts again" I have to admit your game scares me to death, but I was determined not to let you run over me, I played my own game and I think thats what you have to do

Having had the opportunity to have a talk with you during the break at Walsall and again at Notts, Ive realised that whilst you are an agressive young fkr at the table, you are a very nice bloke away from it. I know a soft centre when I see one

I admire your game very much, but I admire your writing skills even more, please keep it up

Good luck in round 2, cant wait to hear about it

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« Reply #55 on: June 18, 2005, 05:07:59 AM »


My table had no name players on it except Kafelnicov, the ex Russian tennis pro. Although the blinds were only 200-300 and everyone had 15,000 chips people were raising 1000 before the flop, so effectively, a lot of your chips are a risk if you play a full pot down to the river. 6 handed means that an Ace X is reasonable strong and the value of small connectors is smaller, as you play most pots heads-up. I lost a $3000 pot early on when I re-raised someone on a flop of 86Q with a gut shot holding 95 off suit (I was in the BB) and then continued the bluff to the river even though I missed the 7 - the SB had slow played AQ on me. 1 round later, I found in the small blind and a guy who had played most pots made it $900. I flat-called but gave him credit for a least a medium ace or a pair. Flop came . I decided to check raise him as I felt sure I was ahead. I checked, he bet out only $1000 into a $2100 pot. I felt this was a steal bet with A high so I re-raised him $3000 immediately, without thinking 2 seconds he pushed All-In. Now I had the think, has he AA, KK, JJ AK, 88 or the same hand as me KQ? Would he push all-in with trips? Why a small bet of 1000, this was not a protection bet with AK or a made hand, with so many draws out their he would have bet full pot. I came to the conclusion that he put his bet in very quickly, he did not protect his hand originally, he did not want a call, so he most likely on a flush draw, hopefully not 9Ts, which would give a straight and flush draw, and make me a dog. A flush draw with an Ace was my verdict, which would give him 12 outs, making me the favourite. If I believe I have a mathematical edge in a hand I call, as in the long term, I will win more chips. Also people are less likely to bluff me in the future. So, I moved all my chips in and he flipped over 9T off suit - I had given him too much credit but I sort of liked the move he had pulled on me. This gave him only 8 outs twice and I was over 2-1 on to double up. Turn 8, now I am 6-1..oh XXXX, river 7, making him the straight. Did I play this badly? I had put 33% if my chips into the pot and I could have still passed leaving me with $8000 (over 25 big blinds) BUT I Iike my call, as my thought process necessitated a call if I was correct. Maybe I should not have played KQ off suit in the small blind in case I am up against AA, KK, AK? But, I came here to play poker although I may have passed in a 10 handed game. My first WSOP cash is little over $2000, a very small profit on the tourney but overall I'm happy with my play today, a bit reckless at times but I never called for all of my chips when I was behind and I never had to show down a bluff. We have a break now until Monday when it is the Pot Limit Hold'em $5000. Thanks for reading my journal so far, I've only ever put a handful of posts on a web site before this, and wasn't that confidant when Tikay asked me to do it but its nice when people say they have enjoyed reading it and its my WSOP more interesting.
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« Reply #56 on: June 18, 2005, 06:04:23 AM »

Unlucky Rob. Looks like you read the situation perfectly. With this standard of opposition you cant do any better than get your chips in when you are a 70% favourite. On another day the hand would stand up and you would be in good shape to progress through to the final.
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« Reply #57 on: June 18, 2005, 09:04:36 AM »

Well done on your first cash and great reading again rob. Great call as well but you can make the right move at the wrong time sometimes,theres not much you can do about it. Keep cashing sir  Cool
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« Reply #58 on: June 18, 2005, 10:21:10 AM »

Thanks for posting these entries, I, amongst others, have found them fascinating. I won't be going to Vegas so I can experience your time there instead, and it's been great. Thanks again. So, what's next ? Grin Grin
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« Reply #59 on: June 18, 2005, 10:38:27 AM »

Nice job Rob, both on the writing front which is a great read,

And your first WSOP cash which must be a terrific thrill.

More of the same please, and congrats. !
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