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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Jodie SandersAfter almost four hours of a Heads-Up Match between Jodie Sanders and Jordan Hufty at this year’s customary WSOP Event #1 – $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em, and after dreaming about this for the last 15 years, his dreams came true as he finally defeated Sanders and walked away with $61,909 and his very first WSOP Bracelet, the first bracelet of the 2018 series.Jordan Hufty

The winning hand came at Hand #190 when Hofty opened with a raise to 80,000 but Sanders moved all in for 720,000 which, naturally made Hufty gulp for a second before calling with K Clubs and Q Diamonds . Sanders showed a pair of 3s Clubs and Hearts and both waited for the flop  of 10 Spades, 9 Spades and 2 Diamonds. The turn, a 7 Diamonds, was no help to either player. The river spelled Sanders defeat when the K Hearts gave Hufty a pair of cowboys. Sanders still walked away with a nice fat paycheck of $38,246 for two days of fun and games or work, whichever way you want to look at it.

James Alexander with your truly, Jim “Pocket Bullets” ParisNow we’re ready to see how our friend, James Alexander, will fare at Event #5:  $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller starting today at 3pm pst. Best of luck James, keep tight to your strategy.

Remember to always keep your cool at the tables.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris2018 49th WSOP

The 49th Annual World Series of Poker has begun. This year the WSOP features a grand total of 78 Official Gold Bracelet Events with the Main Event beginning on the 2nd of July and running through to July 14th when the new WSOP Champion will be crowned. The WSOP’s partners ESPN and PokerGO have made it clear that they will offer daily live video coverage of the Main Event.

Here is the official schedule for the Main Event as reported directly from the WSOP:

“The event will begin earlier this year. Starting flights will be held on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3, with the very final day to enter the WSOP Main Event scheduled for Wednesday, July 4. These are officially flights A, B & C of Event #65. On Thursday, July 5, flights A&B return to play their Day 2, while Flight C players have the day off. Any Flight A or B players that survive Day 2, will have Friday, July 6 off, while Flight C players play out their Day 2 on this day. The fields combine for the first time on Saturday, July 7 and play every single day until we reach the final table on July 11 and crown the champion on Saturday, July 14.”

Today, May 29th is showtime for Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em – this event features one re-entry per player. Following on Wednesday May 30th starting at 3 pm will be Event #2: $10,000 N0-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty which features a $3,000 Bounty for every player. Then starting Thursday at 11 am on the last day of May, the 31st will be Event#3: $3,000 N0-Limit Hold’em Shootout followed by Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better at 3pm. Both Event#3 and #4 will play out for 3 days.

That will be all the fun for the month of May at the poker tables of the 2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker. Come back for our continued coverage in a few days.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It has been announced by the World Series of Poker that the Big Blind Ante format will be introduced to 8 of this year’s 78 gold bracelet events, as well as several side events.

Texas Poker Store Poker ChipsThis is a basic reworking of the ante format. Instead of being a specific amount that each player pays every hand it now will be a specified amount that each player pays each round. Because the Big Blind Ante is like the Big Blind, it only affects the player on the Big Blind of each hand. This way all players are treated equally.

In other words, you no longer need to worry about whether or not you put up your ante and the dealer doesn’t have to collect or figure out if someone missed paying the ante. This makes for a faster game and allows each player more chances to play hands at every level.

As reported by the WSOP, The Big Blind Ante format works this way:

“In variants with an ante, instead of each player posting an ante each hand, the player in the Big Blind will post an amount equal to the Big Blind.

For example, with blinds at 500-1,000, the player in the Big Blind will post 1,000 for his/her Big Blind, followed by 1,000 for the Ante.  His/Her total contribution to that pot is 2,000. The Ante (1,000) is dead and is immediately brought into the pot. The Big Blind (the other 1,000) is live and is part of the pre-flop betting.

If a player in the tournament does not have the required amount for both the Big Blind and the Ante, the Big Blind will be paid first, followed by the ante.

No matter how many chips a participant starts with he/she can always win the entire ante. For example: the blinds are 4k/8k and the big blind also antes 8k. A participant who is not in the blinds who starts the hand with only 1k gets involved in a three-way pot against the blinds. If that participant wins, he/she wins 11k (his/her own 1k wager, plus 1k from each opponent, plus the 8k ante). In this scenario, 1 chip can win 11 chips.”

Below is a list of the 2018 WSOP Events that will feature the Big Blind:

2018 WSOP EVENTS USING BIG BLIND ANTE
Event #5: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels)
Event #54: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #74: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
Event #77: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
Event #78: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em
4pm: $200 Daily Deepstack (one-day event) Daily May 29-July 17
10pm: $150 Daily Deepstack (one-day event) Daily May 29-July 17
King’s Lounge: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Every Friday at 8pm
King’s Lounge: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Every Sunday at 8pm
Mega Satellites: A variety running daily in Pavilion Room. See staff.

Hope to see you at the poker tables during the 49th Annual World Series of Poker.

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Tadas PeckaitisTadas “My Poker Coaching” Peckaitis

Many players do not reach success in poker for one obvious reason – they don’t have a system to know how to improve. Consuming random content, watching your favorite pros play or reading how-to books will not help you much; you need to have your own strategy.

This is why I launched my complete poker training program where I show you what you need to do to be successful, and most importantly how to do it. To get more information you can register for a FREE webinar following the same link to make sure you will get most out of it.

The full program is divided into three parts and nine simple steps that will help you to build a solid strategy and prepare for your games. Therefore, today I want to quickly recap those three parts.

Preparation

This is the first step, which many players miss. Obviously, learning advanced strategies is crucial, but you have to make a few things right even before sitting down at the poker table.

For example, it’s important to choose the best game format for you. Some players start playing MTTs (Multiple Table Tournaments) right away, and I was one of them. But after a while, those 12-hour sessions started to get tiring. Personally, I feel much better when I can control when I want to play and how long my session should be. For those reasons, cash games are way better fit for me. You need to determine the best fit for you!

The same thought process goes for choosing the right poker room and poker tools. It is better to make good decisions in the beginning, and you will save a lot of time and money in the process.

Foundation

Another area that might not look essential but is actually crucial is your mental strategy. Just as before, it is better to make this right at the beginning so as not to have regrets later on.

Spending a few minutes to prepare for your games, review what you are trying to learn and warming up the brain can do wonders. You will be able to start making better decisions from the start of the session and keep your concentration longer, which matters a lot. On top of that, learn to identify your emotions so you know when to quit playing at the right time as well as to prevent yourself from tilting.

In addition, you need to get into Game Theory Optimal (GTO) implementation. GTO is a very wide topic, but the most important takeaway is that you need to learn GTO so you can use it as your starting point. However, as soon as you notice imbalances and mistakes in your opponent’s play, you should switch to exploitative strategy because that is where all the money is.

Strategy

The last part is self-explanatory. When you have covered the previous steps, you are ready to do some heavy lifting and jump into advanced strategies yourself.

If you are playing online, you have the luxury of using your own stats to identify your mistakes and make a plan on how to fix them. However, most players should start by learning fundamental strategies like c-betting, bluffing spots, big blind play, bet sizing and so on.

Summing it up

Obviously, we only scratched the surface here. The bottom line is concentrate on studying the right way rather than consuming random content. For more information, just register for my webinar and I will share my experience with you. It has already helped hundreds of players and will likely help you as well.

The Feel of The FeltAs I said, to get more info just register for my free webinar and I will share my experiences and lessons that have already helped hundreds of players with their game at the poker tables and will likely help you as well!

 

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