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I talk to a lot of casual poker players almost every day. I define casual players as those around the world who may love poker but really could never become professionals, mostly because they just ain’t that good, don’t have the kind of money necessary to hit the pro circuits, or probably could not stand the pace. However, there are some casual players I have watched and thought, now they could be good enough to play professionally, but they just don’t have the money. These guys could do well if they had backers, but backers are hard to get. And, if they did get them could they really handle it? I mean, if it was you, could you handle the rigorous schedules? Could you become a world-class poker player?

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Do you think you could hold your own at the poker tables for prolonged hours, even days against the likes of a Phil  “Unibomber” Laak, who set the world’s record for playing 115 consecutive hours at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. More than likely the answer would be, “of course not.” After all, Phil did it to get into the Guinness Book of World Records and that really isn’t about poker. However, the real schedule of most poker pros is anything but a walk in the park.

Take our favorite player, Daniel “Kid Poker’ Negreanu; in 2014 he played a total of 56 events for a combined total play time of 505.5 hours. He cashed on 13 of those events including the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic where he walked away with$36,947, nine events at the 45th Annual World Series of Poker for total wins of $8,545,408, two events at the Aussie Millions bringing in another $1,611,022 and lastly one event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure that earned him $89, 560. All together he picked up $10,282, 937 give or take a few dollars. To accomplish that, the buy-ins  for the 13 events that he cashed in totaled $1,395,170 and the buy-in for the remaining 43 events that he failed to cash in amounted to an additional $1,788,756. That still gave him a profit before payout for action sold to backers, swaps, taxes and, not to forget, traveling expenses to Vegas, Australia, the Caribbean, etc… of more than $7 million dollars. But that’s the exception. He could have just as easily lost his buy-in money and gone home, since less than 5 percent of poker players can actually make enough to “make it.”

Now think about that for a minute. If you wanted to try that in the hopes of netting the $7 million, you would have to travel and spend sleepless nights in foreign lands, invest more than $3 million dollars, play hundreds of hours, withstand the pressure of tens of thousands of people scrutinizing your every move, accept defeat about 80 to 90 percent of the time with dignity, and move on to the next tourney.  Reality is that only a very small percentage of people who try can really become professional poker players . Can you afford it? Are you a good enough poker player? Or are you satisfied enjoying your life as a casual poker player?

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Once again, it’s hard to believe that the 48th Annual World Series of Poker is almost here. The  2017 WSOP doors officially open Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino. Every year at about this time, the staff at the Texas Poker Store starts checking out all the new players who may be the ones to keep our eyes on. And this year is no different.

We’re certain that most of the big-time players will be there, including Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, Phil “The Brat” Hellmuth, Phil “The Tiger Woods of Poker” Ivey, Eric “Sly” Seidel, Fedor Holz, and more. But the newbies to watch out for are serious about their game and will more than likely be a force to reckon with.

The Newbies that we’re watching are:Johanssy Joseph

Johanssy Joseph – With just north of a million dollars in live cashes to his name, and more than a dozen cashes already this year, Joseph is planning on playing most tournaments that are $1,55 or less because his track record shows that to be his most successful road to travel.

Will BerryWill Berry – Coming fresh from a sweet win at the inaugural Main Event at the March 2017 Hard Rock Tulsa Circuit, taking home slightly more than $180,000 and his very first Circuit ring, Berry is feeling his oats and has scheduled himself for several events. And, Berry says he’s ready to try his measured style at this year’s Main Event

Alex RochaAlex Rocha – Having studied and learned well by closely watching Phil Ivey, Rocha has certainly learned well. With slightly over a million and a half in live tournament cashes, Rocha is most definitely a very accomplished player and one to keep your eyes on.

 

Jim "JJ" JuvancicJim “JJ” Juvancic – He has won a total of more than half a million dollars in live earnings and likes to be diverse in his poker game. He has won WSOP Circuit Rings in H.O.R.S.E. and PLO. Plus, he has scored wins in Stud Poker as well as PLO8 and, of course, has several final table finishes throughout the WSOP Circuit.

 

Josh ReichardJosh Reichard – Reichard has been around for a while, with his first score coming in Las Vegas at the $185 No-Limit Holdem II back in 2012. There he got his first blood win, taking 25th place for $829. Since then, he has amassed just over half a million dollars and is planning to add to that at the 2017 WSOP.

In the words of “The Police,” all I can say to these guys is; Every Move you make, Every Single Day, Every Game You Play, I’ll be watching you. Will you be watching too?

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As most of you know, my primary focus in this blog has been on the Global Poker League. I’m looking forward to the GPL’s Playoffs and Championship to be held in Las Vegas, but since they are still a couple of weeks away, I thought I’d look around for something else poker-related to get excited about. Luckily, I happened upon a great article by Marty Derbyshire (@MartyDerby). Since I agreed with everything he wrote, I’ll share the highlights with you.

Derbyshire’s premise is that he wants to “highlight positivity in the poker community” so he is launching a weekly column titled Good For The Game. Since I have always stressed my belief that the Global Poker League was extremely good for the game of poker, it seemed like a good fit. And it was.

That is probably because he began his series by writing about the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table, which my husband and I watched together and thoroughly enjoyed. We both found the action at the table incredibly exciting, which is not something I could have ever written before (because I didn’t understand poker prior to learning through watching the GPL matches) and because of the exhilarating pace, engaging coverage by ESPN and the enormously entertaining players at the Final Table. It looked to us as though the players were really having fun. It made me want to play poker.Qui Nguyen wins 2016 WSOP Main Event

The champion, Qui Nguyen, was the improbable but highly likable winner, and it was his style of play that helped make this such a compelling event. As Derbyshire wrote, “Nguyen . . . outplayed a final table full of professional players using an aggressive and relatively unpredictable style . . . effectively putting pressure on his opponents at every step and challenging them to make tough decisions.”.

Our all-time favorite, Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, served as ESPN’s analyst along with poker super star Phil Hellmuth, so that expert pairing, along with their on point analysis, helped a lot.  Negreanu was quoted heavily in the article, which made sense since he was so obviously loving the action.

Daniel Negreanu with Phil Hellmuth

“I think the whole final table was good for poker,” Negreanu said. “The speed of play for one, and Qui Nguyen specifically, played a style that, for lack of a better term, was not the boring, fundamentally correct and game-theory-optimal style. He was fascinating and exciting, because at any moment he could just be all in. He was doing things that were outside the box and unconventional and I think that gives hope to people that are not 23-year-old grinders who have studied game theory. They think if this guy can win, then I can win too.”

The author and Negreanu agreed that in the end, people want to be entertained, and that different personalities, table talk, bluffing, interesting characters, the pace of the game and going “all in” are the kinds of things that attract people and turn them into poker fans.

Alexandre Dreyfus must be smiling broadly somewhere, since that’s exactly what he’s been saying about his innovative team poker concept and the GPL.  His goal has always been to turn poker into entertainment that connects to the existing poker community, attracts new poker fans and is part of the burgeoning mainstream entertainment and e-sport sector on a global scale. But we can talk about that next time.

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What do you think? Should poker players stay out of politics?

If you’re like me, then you believe that poker players, just like actors, well-known athletes and others in the public eye, have just as much right to express their political opinions as any other citizens. Still, I have met Kid Poker and the Poker Brat on a few occasions at the WSOP over the last few years and neither  gave me the impression that they might be in the slightest bit interested in politics. But I was as wrong about that as I would be trying to beat either of them at their own game. In fact, DNegs has been very vocal, especially on Twitter, about his progressive leanings.

So I wasn’t surprised to see that Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu both have their opinions about the current race for the White House, and they are not shy about expressing them.

Daniel Negreanu and PoliticsDaniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, a Clinton supporter, was quick to state “The key is, she has to hit him where it hurts so he gets off-track and reckless,” Negreanu said to Wired. “Then she can just sit back and say, ‘See?'” .

“The first debate should be a feeler debate, a chance for both candidates to see how it goes, look at the polling and pundits and adjust for the second debate,” Negreanu continued. “If you’re doing poorly after both of the first debates, then number three is the time to go all in.”

You can read the full article at Wired.com right here.

Phil Hellmuth PoliticsPhil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth gave both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump high grades in their first heads-up debate.

“Trump played the outsider card really well,” said Hellmuth to TheStreet. “He kept highlighting the fact that we made a lot of deals that cost us a lot of money. People are sensitive to money issues. It’s like their cousin who screwed them in a deal or their friend or the cable company.”

“I think she did a great job — attacking was smart for her. I think she highlighted Trump’s lack of experience and the temperament stuff was effective. She did a really good job of attacking those two things. Trump is going to attack her much more heavily in the next debate.

You can read the full article from TheStreet.com.

Now, while I believe that politics has no place at the poker tables, it’s refreshing to see that both of these Poker Superstars are paying attention to much more than the cards they’re dealt.

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