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  • MarkT

    My first WSOP

    June 20, 2010 by MarkT

    I got back last week from my poker vacation, and had a total blast!

    I'd never been to the WSOP before. I kinda figured it was for big-time poker experts, of which I am most assuredly not one. I mean, the WSOP attracts the best players in the world, so I figured I would go, enter a couple events, bust out quickly, then have a fun vacation in Vegas. It would be the only time I'd enter the WSOP, I figured, in my life. But that's not what happened.

    First off, while the WSOP undeniably attracts the best poker players in the world, it also attracts thousands of mediocre players, because it is the world's largest poker party, and a lot of people are there just to have fun. Secondly, the gap between the "best players in the world" and a merely c…

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  • MarkT

    Poker Vacation

    May 23, 2010 by MarkT

    I'm on my first-ever extended poker vacation, including my first-ever entry into a WSOP tournament (I'll be playing event 3 and possibly 4). I'm happy, rested, and having fun - and I think it's already showing up in my play.

    Last night, I entered Day 1B of the first event in the Bicycle Casino's Deepstack series, and made it to 240th place or so out of 727 entrants. No money, but I played really really well and was quite happy. I'm reading other players' hands really well, and thinking one level strategically higher than them, I think.

    One example: a somewhat-more-active-than-usual player three to my left, who had a habit of raising his AK and AQ types hands to 8 or 9 big blinds, raised preflop to only 3 big blinds. He had even mentioned…

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  • MarkT

    One thing I've done recently is taken to playing a local no-limit tournament every weekend at my closest casino, the Garden City Casino in San Jose. They have a reasonable structure for a small, local, daily tournament (one key indicator: You start with 120 Big Blinds, and after a full hour, the blinds have only doubled, so the starting stack is still 60 Big Blinds), so I'm making a dedicated effort to play in it once a week to keep in practice, make money, and work on my live tournament game.

    I've discovered something interesting: every week when I play, I learn one new thing about my game or how I do or should play in a tournament. I either make a great play which I come up with at the table, or I miss making a play which in retrospect …

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  • MarkT

    New wiki

    May 1, 2010 by MarkT

    Well, the old form of the PokerWiki has been dynamited. This is now the new home: PocketAces Poker Wiki (I couldn't use the old name for some reason). Shortly, the old PokerWIki contents is supposed to be uploaded and I can start editing it again.

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  • MarkT

    Last weekend, I was at my usual home game with Evangel, Calvin, Von, Tu, and most of the gang. We play low-stakes no-limit hold 'em about once a week or so (well, I play it about once a week - the guys have a game more like twice a week). We were a couple hours into the game, so people had reasonable size stacks. Evangel, in particular, had about 50 bucks in front of him and was on my left.

    We were talking about the previous week's Poker After Dark shows which featured among other players the young Annette Obrestad. Von couldn't remember what country she was from. I answered, as I folded, "I think she's Dutch."

    "Dutch?" said Von. "What country is that?"

    While I pondered whether to make a joke ("Deutschland, of course!"), or just answer "T…

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  • MarkT

    This weekend, I played a few online tournaments, as I usually do. I play frequently on two sites: Full Tilt Poker and Doyle's Room, and less frequently on Bodog, and only once in a while on PokerStars. Each weekend, I usually play six to ten online tourneys. It usually doesn't take too long - even when I cash, I get there within about three hours.

    Each year, I show a profit overall on online tournaments - somewhere between 500 and 3000 dollars. This year, though, had started off poorly. I was down about $200 heading into this weekend. While I know that variance is high enough in tournaments that one should usually expect to start off a year poorly, I still didn't like it. In 2009, I finished high in literally my first two tournaments…

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  • MarkT

    Peppermill Tournament in Reno

    September 9, 2009 by MarkT

    Last week, I went to a special poker tournament series at the Peppermill in Reno. I'd never been to Reno before (that I remember, anyway - though it's possible I was there 10-15 years ago for a day), and certainly never been to the two casinos I visited: the Peppermill and the Atlantis Casino Resort.

    The tournament series was special, which lured me there: it was "Crazy Gainey's Chop Pot Classic", where every tournament featured some sort of hi-lo element. There were HORSE tournaments, Omaha Hi-Lo tournaments, Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo tournaments, etc. I love crazy unusual games, so I had to go. The buyins were small (ranging from $130 to $240), and the tournament fields were reasonably sized (40-100 players) and the levels were long (30-4…

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  • MarkT

    Getting Comps in Vegas

    July 15, 2009 by MarkT

    Recently, I read a blog post by the Poker Grump where he wonders why he never seems to get any comps to Vegas hotels despite spending a lot of time playing poker there.

    I must admit, I used to wonder the same thing. Admittedly, I rarely go to Vegas, since I live in San Jose, but I went a few times a year, and didn't get much in the way of comps. I was able to get a few bucks off a lunch or something, but nothing like a free room. The closest thing I got was when I tried out a "Poker Room Rate" deal at the Excalibur a few years back. It was OK, but not a super-great deal (it made the $60 room be more like $30), and I had to play something like five hours per day in the room. That was unexpectedly difficult at the time, since Excalibur w…

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  • MarkT

    A week or two ago, Wikia added a new feature of user blogging, and that blogging has been activated now on poker wiki. Why not come visit my personal blog? Or, sign up as a user and start your own blog!

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  • MarkT

    Testing blog streaming

    July 15, 2009 by MarkT

    This is a test blog post to see how a subsequent blog post appears. Does this appear as the second in a stream of blog posts like the blogs I read regularly (e.g. Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish)? Or does this end up disconnected in some way?

    If this one works, I've got a real post coming up...

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  • MarkT

    Intro to Wiki Blog

    July 15, 2009 by MarkT

    Aloha! This new Wiki blog seems like a likely place to record interesting poker-related events I happen upon.

    Apparently, wikia and/or MediaWiki have caught the blogging bug, and now they've added blogs into wikis. At first, I'm not sure I got it, then I realized that this is the same as blogger or other places, but it's linked to my wikia account and is cross-linkable with the PokerWiki, which seems super-convenient.

    I don't know how often I'll blog things, but perhaps Philip R will come back add a blog of his own. I'd love to know what the old PokerWiki crew are up to these days.

    MarkT 09:28, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

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