By: Pocket Bullets Paris
When you believe you have what it takes to enter the WSOP and come out a winner, you are probably wrong and should stay home and practice more. Learn as many of the games that you’ll encounter at the WSOP and learn them well. Learn to play No-Limit Hold’em as well as Pot-limit Hold’em. Study how Seven Card Razz is played, maybe hone your skills in Omaha Hi-Lo. Choose whichever game you decide might provide you with better than average chances at besting hundreds, if not thousands, of other players. Remember, they’re all thinking the exact same thing you are. Plus, don’t forget about the pros who are likely to infiltrate your event. Choose your game well, then pick an event featuring the game that also fits your budget, be prepared for the worst and don’t cry when you lose. If you are one of those hopefuls who thinks that you’ll enter a satellite event by any means you can, including using your rent money, borrowing from your friends, neighbors or family and that this will be your ticket into the WSOP, you should probably stay home, pay your rent and get a real job.
Maybe you think of yourself as some sort of poker genius and somehow manage to convince a few fool-hardy suckers to “sponsor” you. Because they don’t know any better, we would, of course, wish you the best of luck, for their sake. We’ve known a few guys like this, and they’re all the same. They’ll frequent your local games, boast about their capabilities, whoop and holler when they win a pot from you. They’ll call you a fool or worse for betting against them, then follow their rants with something like “I knew what you had, fool.” But when they lose, they always come up with some lame excuse like “I knew what you had … I’m just setting a trap.” Win or lose, these guys always boast about how good they are and then try to get you to sponsor them. If you run into this type of player and they ask you to sponsor them, just laugh and say sure thing, maybe next year.
At this year’s World Series of Poker there have already been 17 Gold Bracelets won and more than $36 million distributed to the winners who made the cut. None of the self-titled poker geniuses described above has made it into the winners circle. If you’re a serious contender and not a loud-mouth bragging amateur, then we wish you the best of luck in building your chip stack.
Here are your latest bracelet winners and their earnings from the 45th Annual World Series of Poker: Alex Bolotin $259,211, Jonathan Dimmig $1,319,587, Jeff Smith $323,125, Brock Parker $443,407, Justin Bonomo $449,980, Gregory Kolo $169,225, Nick Kost $283,275, Davidi Kitai $508,640, Todd Bui $124,510, Dan Heimiller $627,462, and George Danzer $294,792. Congratulations”