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WSOP Event #8: Mixed Championship

Posted by pmpoker on May 22, 2008

Poker Shrink notes this 10K buy-in event on the WSOP schedule.

I was looking over the schedules for all the tournaments in Las Vegas this summer and I came across an event I had overlooked when the World Series schedule first came out. On June 4th, World Championship Mixed Event appears on the WSOP schedule. A ten thousand dollar buy-in event, this one has missed a lot of media coverage, which it will definitely get when it is played over the three days (6/4-6/6). Unlike the Mixed Hold’em events which are No Limit and Limit Hold’em or the H.O.R.S.E. events made up of five events: Limit Hold’em, Omaha8, Razz, Stud and Stud8; the World Championship Mixed Event is made up of eight different poker games.

There will be two Mixed Hold’em tournaments this summer ($5,000 and $1,500) and three H.O.R.S.E. events ($3,000, $1,500 and $50,000) but only one $10,000 Mixed Event with all eight games.

Games in order for the Mixed Event will be:

Triple Draw Deuce to Seven Lowball
Limit Hold’em
Omaha 8 or better
Seven Card Stud
Stud 8 or better
No Limit Hold’em
Pot Limit Omaha

The game changes every eight hands. Levels are 60 minutes. There are three different blind structures for each level to accomodate the different games.

Basically, it’s HORSE + Triple draw + NLHE + PLO. Sounds interesting.


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Recap: Ante Up podcast Episode 150 (4-25-08)

Posted by pmpoker on April 27, 2008

A fun little podcast:

-talk about Hold Em Plus, where players can replace one card for a fee (one dollar at 3/6)
-discussion of the PPA, including voter registration
-will be on Rounders Radio on Saturdays, will start posting on Thursdays
-talk about AIPS
-Ante Up meet-up
-Glen Chorny’s ET win
-Ante Up license plate
-local tournament at Hard Rock
-Florida poker legislation, including allowing 24-hour days on weekends
-Columbo’s Two-Minute Mystery: The Case of the Bad Moon Rising – bubble of a 6-max tournament
-APL/WPT National Championship
-Poker boot camp – Howard Lederer has plans to listen to the show after criticism, bowling lessons for Paul Wasicka
-Interview with co-founder Steve Berman
-Interview with boot camp instructor (who designed the camp’s cash game curriculum) and Bluff magazine columnist Nick Brancato
-the hosts can’t multi-table online
-praise for the poker lab experience
-audio hand of the week
-talk about trying to get paid off with big hands
-a badugi session

The best part is probably the interview with Nick Brancato, who talks about his poker career path. The badugi session, taking up the last fifteen minutes or so (and rightfully put after the proper end of the pokercast), is rambling and confusing. It might be worth listening if you’re intensely curious about badugi, but I couldn’t listen to the whole thing. You should definitely listen, though, if you have ever thought about going to one of those poker camps.

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High Stakes Lowball

Posted by pmpoker on April 21, 2008

Billy Baxter talks to Card Player Magazine’s Lizzy Harrison:

LH: When you are playing for fun, how do you select the stakes that you play?

BB: Well, I always prefer to play no-limit poker, no matter what game I am playing. Lately, though, around here, there have been a lot of mixed games and lowball games; those are mostly limit. I have been playing $400-$800 and $600-$1,200 at Bellagio lately, mostly those new games like badugi and triple-draw deuce-to-seven. All of those weird games are very popular now.

LH: What are the highest stakes you have ever played?

BB: I have played in what was the biggest game ever, if you compare the value of a dollar in the ’70s to the value of a dollar today. We played no-limit deuce-to-seven with $1,000-$2,000 blinds and a $500 ante. Doyle Brunson, Bobby Baldwin, Major Riddle, and Jimmy Chagra, the infamous drug dealer, all played in that game back in the ’70s seventies. Chagra had deep pockets; he would show up at the poker table with duffle bags full of cash. He always brought his money in duffle bags.

Billy Baxter, in addition to his poker playing that includes seven WSOSP bracelets (4 in deuce-to-seven no-limit, all in some form of lowball), is known as a backer for the late Stu Ungar, who got burned by some drug-induced no-shows. Major Riddle, whose first name was actually Major (if I recall correctly) was the owner of the Dunes. Jimmy Chagra appears in A. Alvarez’s The Biggest Game In Town, gambling millions while awaiting trial for murder in Texas.

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Big Poker Sundays 4-20 recap

Posted by pmpoker on April 21, 2008

I’m looking for things to write about, so I’ll try this. A recap of the most recent edition of Poker Road’s Big Poker Sundays with a shortened edition featuring host Scott Huff talking to Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris, who is on the phone from Vegas.

-Bob has been up 20 hours playing 200/400 and 400/800 PLO. Participants include Tom “durrr” Dwan and Rafi Amit.
-Huff praises on-going EPT coverage, mentions Isaac “WestmenloAA” Baron
-Huff asks Bob about Joe Hachem; Bob hates that Hachem complains constantly about bad luck and finds it weird that Hachem can’t sweat the flop
-Huff asks about the fields after noting that the prelim winners at the Bellagio have been name pros: Bill Baxter, the Grinder, Toto Leonidas, Darrell Dicken, and Michael Binger
-Bob notes that “the cash game stuff is pretty mentally retarded” and “people are setting their money on fire.”
-Bob tells the story of a gaming commission representative having to be called in to make a player split the pot because “cards speak” in a PLO game and one player had miscalled his hand with three sevens, not realizing he also had a straight
-Huff thinks that the EPT coverage is “more reverent” towards poker, wonders if Americans will be better off playing in Europe in the future.
-Bob leaves to go play in the cash games.
-Huff begs people to listen to Two Jacks on the Road
-Big Poker Sundays returns in two weeks

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Pot Odds in Omaha Hi/Lo

Posted by pmpoker on April 15, 2008

Falstaff at PokerStage writes:

So in essence what I’ve saying is this – when you have a hand that is only going for half the pot on your best day, you need double the pot odds to make a call in O8 that you need in Hold ‘Em, since you’re only going to get half the money. So if you are like me, drunk and stupid and calling off on a flush draw thinking 4-1 is good odds, you actually need 8-1, because the low cuts the pot in half. Just something to think about in a rare and exceedingly elementary strategy post from the Falstaff homegame.

While the notion that you need better odds to call when you might win half the pot is correct, requiring double the pots odds is incorrect. Part of that is because, if you are facing possible low draws, you might make your hand with a card that doesn’t make a low possible. For example, if you have AJT9 on a KQ83 rainbow board, you might split the pot with a low if you make the nut straight with an ace on the river, but any jack, ten, or nine giving you the nuts means that no low is possible. So, you have to discount your odds, but not really that much, especially since an ace might counterfeit an opponent going low with no back-up (and possibly giving that opponent aces up, which some omaha/8 players have a hard time folding).

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Omaha Declare Problem

Posted by pmpoker on April 8, 2008

This Noted Poker Authority message board thread on playing Omaha high-low declare has a question about what happens when you declare for both ends and split one of them. Having no experience in declare games, I have no idea, but as people note, it is best to know the rules in advance.

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Bellagio Big Game News

Posted by pmpoker on April 8, 2008

Doyle Brunson writes:

There has been a game every night at Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio since we lowered the limits. We have taken out most of the no-limit and pot-limit games, and it seems that is what most of the players want. Anything suits me, just to keep the action going.

I wonder how much the line-up has changed without Chip Reese to talk marks players into taking a seat. I wonder which players don’t fall under the category “most of the players.”

Mixing big-bet and fixed-limit games always seemed weird to me, since the potential is there to skew the mix toward the NLHE/PLO specialists too much. Putting a cap on is one way around it, but I’ve always wondered what would happen if they just played the big bet games at much smaller blind sizes so that the different games effectively play the same size. I’m not sure how one would go about doing that, but perhaps you might set it so that so that 100 big blinds in the NL/PL games is about the same as 20 to 30 big bets in the fixed limit games. If they are playing 1K/2K, then mixing in NLHE would be played at 200/400, perhaps with an ante.

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Posted by pmpoker on March 25, 2008

This 2+2 Caesar’s Palace gossip thread turned into a badugi strategy thread with good contributions from two players I respect, *TT* and Nate. There’s also a little bit of poker psychology concerning the hand range of a knowledgeable nit like Mason Malmuth when playing his first orbit of badugi and how players with 2-7 triple draw make bad adjustments when learning badugi.

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Matt Maroon Plays Live Rotation Games

Posted by pmpoker on March 4, 2008

Some interesting anecdotes.

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I Don’t Play the Ponies, But I Do Play HORSE

Posted by pmpoker on February 29, 2008

I appear to have beat this poker blogger (I’m guessing it’s him, since my notes say he has played the Mookie) in a $5 HORSE tournament despite being outchipped by about 127K to 32K at the start of heads-up. I got lucky in a few spots, but mostly I’m happy with how I played. One thing about limit tournaments is that it is even more important to give up when you get caught bluffing than it is in cash games. It was a bit more obvious when some of my opponents couldn’t bring themselves to take a bet-fold line with a bluff. It’s really not worth tossing away one-eighth of your stack in an attempt to not appear weak.

I don’t have my lifetime tournament stats, but I suspect that I am a net winner in tournaments that are not no limit hold em and possibly a loser in (bah) NLHE tournaments (the online databases don’t seem to have some of my earlier big wins).

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