The first time based poker tournament at America’s Cardroom was a big success. 66 poker players qualified either through the $5000 buy-in or through satellite wins as low as $1.50. On the table was $330,000. The success of the tournament came as a big surprise. The original jackpot estimate was $250,000 but in the final hours leading up to the tournament more than 27 players joined bringing the pot to $330,000. The winner at the conclusion of the three hour tournament was bik6624235 who won with a full house. His take home for the event was nearly $30,000. Winners get a free bank wire.
America’s Cardroom saw a mixture of successful players and newbies. Some surprises were Kenyantrackstar and Common Joe Jug who were knocked out. They have won consistently in big money tournaments in the past.
The Cage will be back in November. Satellites are underway now at America’s Cardroom.
Ever have those periods in a tournament when the bubble is approaching. You’re almost in some money and you find yourself low in chip stacks and you either bust out before or slightly after the bubble. You have to forget about that first place prize or final table you envisioned. But maybe , there is a chance.
In a nutshell, you’ll have to take some chances. One of the things I’ve learned from playing loose freerolls is that anything goes. Everyone likes their bets hedged and will go in with Ace King but a pair of deuces will triumph. A three of a kind will win over two Aces When you take the initiantive and go all-in you see what people are holding.
Going all-in and/or raising the bet are really the only ways to move up at this point. You could wait for great hands but you’ll probably feel the pressure from your larger stacked opponents who are often reraising and might even raise your entire chip stack testing you!
Take initiative. There’s nothing like seeing a player who comes out betting 3 times the big blind. It brings implied value and if other players have so so hands they will often fold rather than be challenged and it’s tighter than going all-in because you will have some chips left if you’re wrong. If you’ve got a high pair go all-in. You can imagine the all those who will fold instead. These are the two strategies that will increase your chip count. But you have to be bold to do it and remember even if you lose that you took a position on the situation rather than let the blinds eat away at your chips. This strategy works at any stage of the game by the way. But if you’re low stacked , you have to act and be as cool , calm and collected about it. In fact remember CCC, Cool , Calm and Collected, during this period and forget about that sense of urgency that often comes up when you’re low stacked.
For big stacked players, you want to keep your edge a simple strategy is bet three times the big blind. It will give implied value to your hand and players might not want to challenge you unless they have a potentially, hot hand. Remember,you’ll still have to keep your edge or big stack could get smaller. For medium stacked players, sit tight and bet your regular game watchful of the short and big stacked players.
Failure is not an option. I can do it!. I will win and nothing gets in my way!
These are all great psyche ups for your match and all you really have to do is have a no excuse attitude about your ability to win and the rest will follow and you’ll be to go for your next tournament be it online or at real table.
Psyching yourself up goes along way before and especially during a tournament. Tournaments take several hours and your chips can go high and low and back again in that time. Think it through that you can do it and low and behold, you’ll find yourself at the final table in no time if that was your goal.
I read about poker players who were once more in the action and took time out. Reading what they have to say almost sounds like they’re new at the game entirely and they need coaches! I can see the need to have a coach as a new person but to need a coach after being in the limelight sounds excusey.
But coaches do count. I remember starting in poker basically naked and winning very quickly a lot of dough. Then I gained weight and my game went down.
Now the weight is almost off and my game is back.
But there are some poker coaches that do very well and give lots of info. One I recommend particular is Gripsed. He’s got a ton of videos from strategies at MTTs to real poker matches with winners of serious cash. He’s got a great ranking from Pocketfives and is usually in the money when he gets finished with a tournament. His Youtube channel has gotten over a million views and he gives lots of great info for those looking for poker strategy and tips. Some of videos are real tournaments and they be several hours long but you get a break down of hand to hand play. The one he shows , a member of the Gripsed family is usually winning something big. One of his members has so far won over $250,000 , two hundred and fifty thousand , this year alone.
For Gripsed click here.
The innovative LSOP concluded with Mexican poker player taking home over $130,000. Sanchez gained momentum, eliminating Ezio Fenocchio and took over the lead in chips. In a great heads up, Sanchez won with a full house including pocket aces. The winners of this tourney are:
Greg Sanchez – $106,961
Jonathan Arturo – $106,826
Adrian Mendoza – $91,089
Ueltom Lima Gomes –79,355
Jose Severino –77,608
* $24,345 extra for first place