My WSOP experience

    • Puschkin81
      Puschkin81
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.04.2006 Posts: 4,786
      Since this is post number 1,000 for me I thought I should write something about me. :D I chose to translate my report from the Las Vegas trip I made in June. I already posted this report in the German forum but here it is for you:

      On the first of June I flew from New Jersey (where I graduated) to Las Vegas. I wanted to participate in the event #3 of the World Series of Poker (No Limit Hold'em tournament with a buy-in of $1,500). But before I could do that I had to register for the tournament. It took 4 and a half hours until I finally got my ticket. The printers of the Rio didn't work the way they should.

      The tournament itself started one hour later because there were so many people who wanted to register. At the end there were ~2,900 participants. I sat down at my table and a few minutes later Greg Raymer (World Champion of 2004) sat down at the table next to my table. He seems to be a nice guy because he talked a lot with the players and was very friendly. And he isn't as fat as on TV ;)
      At my table I had some interesting people: one Afghanistan veteran, an old man who told stories from the second world war, an unemployed man who got his buy-in from a jackpot of a slot machine, two students from Dallas, etc. All in all a very interesting table and not very hard to play. We started with 3000 chips and the first blind level was 25/50. After one hour the blinds went up to 50/100 and another hour later to 100/200.
      The first two blind levels I was completely carddead. The only hands I got were AK on the Button and AK in the Cutoff. Both times I raised 4 times the big blind, got 3 callers and didn't hit the flop meaning that I had to fold. I kept folding my hands, even blind stealing was impossible. After two hours I came to a new table and found TT on the Button. After one limper I pushed my last 1700 chips all-in. The big blind called with AJs in :spade: . The flop was 6 :spade: 2:heart: 9 :spade: and my opponent had lots of outs (in this moment he is a 55-45 favourite) but my tens hold up and I doubled up. Half orbit later I found JJ in middle position. I raised to 700 (blinds 100/200), the guy to my left calls and a shortstack moves all-in with his last 800 chips. Me and my neighbour called and we saw a flop: J :spade: T :diamond: 6 :diamond: Yes! I put 1200 into the pot and my neighbour pushed all-in. I obviously called. The shortstack turned over KK, my neighbour TT and I turned over my JJ. Set over set! But unfortunately that wasn't the end. On the turn a harmless 2 :heart: appeared but the river brought the last T which was in the deck and I was out of the tournament.
      It felt really bad to get knocked out by an 1 outer, but as you all know: that's poker!

      At least the cashgames in Las Vegas were nice and I could win my travel costs back. All in all it was a great trip and it definitely was not my last trip to Las Vegas.

      That's my report about my WSOP experiences. If you have any questions: feel free to ask! :)

      Good luck at the tables!
      Puschkin81
  • 6 replies
    • CoreySteel
      CoreySteel
      Bronze
      Joined: 25.10.2006 Posts: 3,366
      Thanks for sharing this with us. I always like to read WSOP experience from other users. Hope someday I can write something like that too.. Just with better ending maybe :D
      I'm sorry that you didn't make more from it, tho.
    • sismis
      sismis
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.10.2006 Posts: 352
      Corey we can share a room next year? :D
    • Zeffke
      Zeffke
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.04.2007 Posts: 1,123
      Very nice story. I have a question: what are the minimum blinds in cash games in Las Vegas. Which level should I achieve online to be able to have a chance of winning in these cashgames because one day I wanna play in Las Vegas (not as my job but just on holiday for fun)
    • Puschkin81
      Puschkin81
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.04.2006 Posts: 4,786
      Hi @ all!

      Thanks for the feedback!

      @ Zeffke: minimum blinds for NL are $1/$2 or NL200. The players are worse than online so I would say if you beat NL50 online and have the bankroll for NL200, you can easily play it offline.

      Good luck at the tables!
      Puschkin81
    • sismis
      sismis
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.10.2006 Posts: 352
      Btw Pushkin i didnt know you are american. Where do you play online? Any news about changes in that new law?

      About Las Vegas: It isnt really like in some movies where most of the tables are sharks waiting for tourists?

      About live game: Try it first in local casinos. Im just starting to play live (not casino, home games - rebuy SNG's) and i see its very different. I wouldnt know about casino cash game, but from what i hear its much looser preflop, so you need even better post flop skills.
    • Puschkin81
      Puschkin81
      Bronze
      Joined: 14.04.2006 Posts: 4,786
      Hi Sismis!

      I'm from Germany not from the US. I studied in the US last year. That's why I was in New Jersey and Las Vegas. And the tables in Las Vegas are full of fishes. On the low limits there are at most 2 sharks sitting at one table. And yes: it's much looser preflop (I've often watched 10 players seeing a flop).

      Good luck at the tables!
      Puschkin81