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« on: June 14, 2005, 11:14:30 AM »


I have decided to keep a daily journal of my first WSOP that I can look back on in future years. I started playing poker in May 2003, I love playing poker, but do not play for a living. My results are poor bearing in mind the number of tournaments I have entered. In fact, I am only 10,000 in profit over my whole poker career after deducting entry fees and expenses. Therefore, if my living depended on poker, I would have died of starvation half way through 2004. The beauty of poker is that you can play with the best players in the world if you are prepared to pay the entry fees. I intend to play 11 events at the WSOP, which will cost me around $33,000 plus expenses of $7,000. Luckily, I won 2 seats for the main event on Party Poker (Nick The Shrew Whiten is using the second one) . Over the last 8 years I have always been comped for all my hotels and expenses in Vegas due to my blackjack play, but this time, I have decided to lay off the blackjack and pay all my own bills ($140 per night at the Rio for 31 nights!), My total costs for the whole trip are therefore $40,000. I have 2 minimum targets for this trip;

1)   To win $50,000 (The theoretical total cost if I had to pay into the main event)
2)   To improve my tournament strategy by playing with the best players in the world

I do not subscribe to the theory shared by many average players like myself, that these top pros only win because they get sponsored into every event, or they just play on their reputation. I believe that they have key qualities that differentiate their play from the rest of the field. They know when to fire the 2nd or 3rd bullet on a bluff, when to re-raise pre-flop with junk, and when to lay down AK. I want to know how, ideally without it costing me $40,000 and this is the best place to learn - so lets hope I get some luck!
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2005, 11:16:19 AM »

Arrived at Manchester Airport and upgraded to 1st Class for 600, no queuing, could even smoke in the 1st class lounge, superb, slept all the way which should surely mean that I will be better prepared for playing poker (justifying wasting money as normal). Everything going well until I left my laptop on a bin outside of the Las Vegas Airport, only realised when I got to the Rio, grabbed a taxi back to airport and it was still there 1 hour later -  I can sense good luck omens. Tipped taxi driver $100 in a fit of euphoria and arrived back at the Rio, checked in, all rooms are suites but mine is on 13th floor overlooking the car park - I thought they didn't have 13th floors in casinos? Straight to the WSOP arena  - it's about a 10 minute walk even though it's attached to the hotel. Slight problem, WSOP have no record of the $50K I wired or the tournaments I pre-registered.
The arena is massive, holding up to 3600 players, but it seems more like a traditional sporting event rather than a casino. Atmosphere a bit strange but staff at Rio are really nice. Cash games are mad, an Irish bloke who I know pretty well, except his name, won $76,000 dollars this morning. I can hear bad beat stories everywhere. Not really anyone here who I know to talk to, maybe seen 10 familiar faces. Everyone seems to playing poker 24 hours a day, tournaments, cash games and satellites, There are 15 tables dedicated to satellites but I don't think I'll play many of them, as I want to be fresh for the events which start at 12pm sharp each day. James Woods (the actor) was playing a $200 single table satellite - the guy out of Deerhunter, Casino and The Generals Daughter. Toby McGuire (Spiderman) is also playing one of the cash games. However, the top poker players are nowhere to be seen, I guess they are staying away from the side poker games to focus on the events - I'm gonna adopt that approach. I've paid $200 dollars for unlimited use of the gym (a nicely negotiated discount of $400 dollars - I need to recoup that 1st class flight upgrade somehow). Apart from a bit of a cold from the air conditioning on the plane I'm feeling focussed and disciplined - that means no blackjack, no boozing, no all night heads-up matches! Nick The Shrew Whiten, Simon Chubby Nowab and John Grumpy Falconer don't arrive for a couple of weeks so no bad influences here either.
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2005, 11:17:27 AM »

I didn't bring any clothes with me to Vegas as I only got back from Disneyworld with my little sister on last Friday, and didn't get around to doing any washing. Went to the Mall on the strip and bought enough clothes to last me 7 days plus a new pair of shades and earphones for my Ipod - key poker accessories. The Rio finally found my entry fees after 2 hours of research, the events co-coordinator, Liz, was really helpful, she's just recovered from cancer and advised me that I should live for today as you never know what tomorrow holds- that advice cost me another $100 tip. Even made it to the gym this morning, Phil The Unibomber Laak was there and we chatted about the Michael Jackson verdict. First event tomorrow, $5000 no limit. My early strategy is to try and trap someone who has AA or KK with my set or 2 pair - that means calling some raises with dubious hole cards but I want to double up early on. I've decided that I won't play my draws as aggressively as normal as it's a 2 day event and a slow clock, so there will be more time to get premium hands, The organisers are expecting a lot of runners as its televised on ESPN.  Liz told me they have 1800 confirmed entries for the $10K main event and are capping it at 6600, so people coming out later shouldn't have a problem getting in. My sparring partner, Carlo Citrone, is here and has had some really terrible bad beats. In one event he had flopped quad 5's on a T55 flop, his opponent holding TT - river T! I told him he deserved it after busting me out of Blackpool with his AJ v my AK.
Dear Poker Gods, please look over me tomorrow
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2005, 11:39:24 AM »

Nice stuff. Will be fun hearing how you get on. We sat for a long time together from two tables out in the 500 at Luton in January. I'm out on the 4th, maybe see you then

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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2005, 11:47:55 AM »

Great read Rob....BUT... I have some bad news for you...We have rescheduled our trip so I will be there THIS sunday with chubbs and grumps, so your new found disciplne of not playing the world heads up runner up all night will be tested to the full .

Good luck mate
See you sunday

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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2005, 11:54:43 AM »

Excellent stuff Rob, excellent, keep them coming pease, our guys are gonna love this stuff.

Two things.

"1,800 confirmed entries"? I thought they had 6,000 confirmed. Can you clarify? Surely the oft-quoted 6,000 was not just hype? I guess "CONFIRMED entries" may be the clue.

The Irishman who won the $76,000 was Denis O'Mahoney, he's a blondeite too, "IrishDenis". Please say hi to him from me, he's a good bud. He & I swapped 10% for the entire Luton Festival earlier this year. I picked up 500 in Prize Money, he picked up 10,000.........Ker-ching!
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2005, 12:02:16 PM »

What a great read for someone who cant go, sigh! Imagine being in Vegas with Robs money and my good looks.....
 
Cant wait for next instalment, keep it up Rob, and GOOD LUCK!
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2005, 12:34:07 PM »

Wish you the best of luck. last year was my first playing live tournament poker at Nottingham and your game impressed me from the start, you sent me home more than once, completely out playing me, a couple of times with big draws and once playing a pair of Kings in position better than I'd ever seen up to that point (and beyond come to think of it).

Hope you smash your targets.
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2005, 12:41:05 PM »

Good luck rob, chubbs and grumps will be there on sunday but the real test will come on the 3rd of july when the Blackpool secret weapon arrives- your nemisis womble. He is hoping you can pay his main event fee with your heads up matches  Wink Hope all goes well for you mate and I will see you on the 3rd.
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2005, 06:15:13 PM »

Looks good dude its $5000 tonight/today 12noon/8pm start uk time hay
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2005, 06:27:41 PM »

Great work Rob, I am so jealous, I wish I was out there playing. Enjoy, have the time of your life.
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2005, 07:09:15 PM »

hi there rob simon here just at johns house thats why you getting reply from his account
anyone who know's rob he is a great lad but his attention span is quite short i.e nano seconds so when i woke up this morning to find that i had recieved an e-mail from the YONGSTA i was quite surprised because when he's away he is uncontactable so for him to get in contact means 3 things
1. hes won money
2.he's had a bad beat
3.he's bored shitless can wait for the lads to be there so we can get out partying and play some heads up
so i hope he has a good game today and wish him all the luck if he has a bad beat believe me he will be battering some blackjack tables and giving plenty of bannter to the dealers so we hope you have a good game rob 4-5 days be good until then
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2005, 07:54:40 PM »


And, ahem, a big welcome to the blonde forum to....Burnley John.

Do you play poker mr John? - or can I call you Burnley?

And is it really you? - I was told you could not read or write, or use punctuation. Ridiculous.
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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2005, 07:57:13 PM »


But good content, & my guess is thast it's Option 3) - bored, err, that word you used. I've never had an e-mail from Rob - EVER - until today, when he has sent me NINE.

Think he misses his Smithers chappie - what his name? Nick Nice Guy Whiten is it?
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2005, 08:15:21 PM »

nice post rob - you know it was only when we convinced a young tikay to make public his musings that his star eventually started to ascend....
good luck tonight, you got the game, your time has arrived.
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