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Confessions of a Grinder Vinny the VenetianConfessions of a Grinder

September 19th was an eventful day for poker. There was some great news for Online Poker enthusiasts in the USA. When I visited the WSOP in June, I saw some people signing up for the WSOP’s official online-poker site. I thought to myself; ‘This is probably too good to be true at this stage.’ However, disappointed, frustrated and faithless American poker players who were cheated by their very mentors had a glimmer of hope, when the Big Daddy” of poker leagues, The WSOP, launched its online-poker site on Sept 19th. Site owners Caesars Entertainment and 888 Holdings were only the second entrepreneurs to launch an online-poker site for Nevada locals. The site saw some 120 players play on Thursday evening, and though the numbers are nothing compared to Pokerstars, I am sure they will rise in the coming months. I am particularly looking forward to the WSOP Online Championships in October with the winners of nine main tournaments playing the Online Nine alongside the famous and much anticipated November Nine, with Half-A-Million added to each prize pool. I am also sure that this is the second of many more poker sites to follow in the coming years.

September 19th was also eventful for me, and poker players in and around Ohio. The WSOP added another Circuit Event to its series at the Horseshoe Casino in Ohio’s own Sin City, Cincinnati. The event runs from the 19th till the 30th, and has exciting tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $365 to the $1675 Main Event. There are no massive guarantees like the SHRPO in Hollywood, Miami, which I recently covered. However, winning a WSOP Ring is always prestigious, and both the turnout for WSOP Circuit Events and the Prize Pool have always been solid.

Doyle Brunsons Super System 2 Daniel Negreanu - Hold'em WisdomNow here’s another question for you, and this one will not win you any Texas Poker Store Merchandise.. You won’t even have to look in any Poker Books for the answer, it’s that simple. Where do you think I am going to be till the 30th? Think about that while I go get me some green.
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Vinny at the Indian Poker Legends TournamentConfessions of a Grinder

Have you ever heard anyone say, “The first rule of poker is – Play the player not the situation”, or “Know when to hold’ em and when to fold ‘em.” In my opinion, there are many first rules in poker, with each rule making more sense depending on the situation. I am going to list some of my own ‘first rules’ and the poker players or movie characters who follow them. My first first rule is “Shut up and play.” I have made too many good calls listening to opponents speak and picking on their tells. A nervous poker player more often than not sounds like a meek rat with a soft cracking high-pitch tone. Although this goes against my personality and sense of humor, I am working hard on being a stoical statue-like opponent like Patrick Antonius. John Vorhaus, a prolific poker writer, player, author and script developer would agree when he said “Never educate a stupid poker player.” He is right. Why try? Let a donkey speak his own Chinese.

My second favorite first rule is “Show them no Mercy.” I have heard too many fools on table say, “Yeah I knew you had two pair and you’d call. I didn’t want your money, so I checked back”. This usually happens to the players sitting to your immediate left or right whom you tend to bond with for no apparent reason. Don’t do it! Matt Damon’s character agreed in the movie Rounders when he said, “It’s immoral to let a sucker keep his money.” Robert Duvall in the movie Lucky You said, “You want sympathy? You’ll find it between “shit” and “syphilis” in the dictionary.” Remember, you are in it to win it!

Hold 'Em Wisdom For All PlayersThere are a few first rules I like about patience, folding and playing tight. Here are a few: “Tight is Right”, “Poker stands for Patience Over Knowledge Equals Results” and, one from the great Amarillo Slim, “Fold and live to fold again”. One of  my favorite quotes is by our very own Jim Paris – “Wait!, Wait!, Wait!” I think that’s a good rule of thumb. If you are card dead, just wait, wait and wait. If you’re interested in other interesting rules, quotes and opinions, you can find lots of them in the many poker books written by professional poker players. Whatever your first rule is, I hope you follow it and succeed. Good luck at the tables!

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Oh well, guess we probably won’t be seeing Michael Phelps anytime soon at the poker tables. The all time Olympic champion has done it again; he has now broken the Olympic record for most medals, set by former Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina, when he and his three teammates received Gold in the men’s 4×200 relay; he now has 19 Olympic medals, with a couple of events still to come.  By the way, the U.S. now has a total of 25 medals, 10 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze and it’s just day five…Go Team USA, Go Team USA, Go Team USA!

Nevertheless, I would still love to see Phelps playing at some of the  Celebrity Poker events. The only problem is that his face always displays his emotions, from excitement to disappointment. He would probably give off so many tells that he’d be an easy mark. That is, unless he stopped by the Texas Poker Store, bought a bunch of poker books and read up on how to control his poker face.

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Gregory Merson

Gregory Merson hooked a Jack on the river to complete his straight and defeat Keith Lehr to win Event #57: $10,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em. With that he picked up his very first WSOP Gold Bracelet and $1,136,197.

Last year Viacheslav Zhukov was busy graduating from Moscow Mining School with a degree in geology. He must have learned a lot about gold and where to find it because he sure found it in Las Vegas when he won Event #58: $3,000 Buy-In Pot-Limit Omaha High-Low Split to take the $330,277 purse and the coveted “gold” WSOP bracelet.

Events #59 and #60 are currently in progress and then the race to reach the final table begins with Event #61. That’s scheduled to start tomorrow and continue through to July 16 when they’ll play down to the final nine players who will face each other at the FINAL TABLE October 28 through 30.

It’s incomprehensible to me how fast this series has moved.  Unfortunately, none of our friends cashed this year, although we had one that made it into Event #59 but was booted out yesterday. Better luck next year, Eric. Maybe you should stop by and pick up a couple of poker books from the Texas Poker Store to help tighten up your game.

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