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(Some Poker Guy)   After 7 nights of play, the World Series of Poker Main Event has its final 9. It's 8 nobodies and 1 kid trying to win his 2nd Main Event in less than a decade. $8.8 million is on the line in the 3 night final, beginning at 9pm EDT on ESPN   ( pokernews.com) divider line
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2018-07-12 10:49:13 AM  
Always bet on black.
 
2018-07-12 11:13:56 AM  
Geek tab is two doors down -->
 
2018-07-12 11:28:29 AM  

Uzzah: Geek tab is two doors down -->


If gluttony can make the Sports tab, so can poker.
 
2018-07-12 12:41:15 PM  

desertgeek: Uzzah: Geek tab is two doors down -->

If gluttony can make the Sports tab, so can poker.


Well, both eating too much and reckless use of money are American pastimes.
 
2018-07-12 02:45:40 PM  
OK, now that I have time to set this up; here's what is going on:

7,874 players plunked down $10,000 (or won their way in somehow) to compete in this madness. That is the 2nd largest WSOP Main Event field ever and an 8-9% increase over last year.

Everyone in the final 9 is guaranteed a million bucks. And they got there thanks to a disgusting cooler of a hand last night.

In 2009, Joe Cada became the youngest ever to win the big one. He's attempting to become the 1st repeat ME champ since Stu Unger won his 3rd in 1997 (probably while heavily medicated and/or stoned).

But he comes in 6th in chips and well back of the top 2 in the standings, both of whom are over 100 million in chips and are the only 2 to be above an average chip stack entering the final (the leader getting to his spot thanks to winning that aforementioned cooler).

They're schedule to play until they have 6 remaining tonight, then play Friday night until 3 are left, and then crown a champion on Saturday night.

/In other news, an asshole won his 15th bracelet last night
 
2018-07-12 04:24:34 PM  
I had no idea there was a Poker Main Event this week.  I need to get out there and catch a Mew Two!.
 
2018-07-12 08:37:43 PM  
They're not playing the final table in November anymore?
 
2018-07-12 08:58:59 PM  

tnpir: They're not playing the final table in November anymore?


Nope, ratings couldn't justify it. But that's why they've aired "live" coverage every day.

/live meaning on a half hour delay
 
2018-07-12 09:03:57 PM  
My adhd makes me absolutely useless a cards,but for the aficionado, do you want/need to see every hand to get maximum viewing pleasure? My understanding of televised poker is they cut a bunch of ante/fold hands, which I'm sure would bug the shiat out of me if I knew what was going on.
 
2018-07-12 09:05:15 PM  

desertgeek: Uzzah: Geek tab is two doors down -->

If gluttony can make the Sports tab, so can poker.


"Sports" necessarily implies the competitive use of physical skills, be they strength, speed, accuracy, endurance, whatever. Although competitive eating is stupid as hell, it is an activity that taxes the contestant's physical abilities. Even bullshiat "esports" require fast physical reflexes, so I can see the argument that they belong in the Sports tab.

Poker is exclusively a mental/psychological discipline requiring no physical skill whatsoever. Stephen Hawking could have been a competitive poker player if he wanted to be. If it doesn't call upon physical skills, it's not a sport. I'm not saying that poker is unimportant or uninteresting, just that it's not a sport. Chess is deep and fascinating, but it too does not call upon physical skills to succeed at it, and therefore, it isn't a sport either. Activities that primarily turn on excellence in mental disciplines -- thinking, invention, strategy, coding, psychology, math, probability, etc. -- generally belong in a place where big brains, rather than big muscles, are celebrated. Hence, the Geek tab.
 
2018-07-12 09:15:32 PM  

desertgeek: /In other news, an asshole won his 15th bracelet last night


CSB:

A few years back I won my way into the AZ poker championship at talking stick.  We were seated at what would be the final table, so we knew we wouldn't be moving.  30 minutes in they told us Hellmuth would be at our table (he was promoting the tournament).  About 4 hours later, he shows up to much fanfare in the room, but thankfully not with an entourage like at the WSOP.

Hes seated to my right.  First hand he plays, I have QQ under the gun, and i raise.  Folded to him, he says "I have a raising hand, but you have a pocket queens look about you, so I'll just call."  This was slightly unnerving to little old me, poker schlub mcgoo.  I won the hand at showdown, and he was rather thrilled with himself to have called my hand.

All day, the only good hands I had were after he raised.  So I continually 3 bet him and he folded preflop many of thoae.  About the 10th time I did this, he finally gor exasperated and asked "how many times are you going to do that?"  "Including this time?  Just once."  He rolled his eyes, gave me a yeah yeah and folded.

I lost a medium pot to him later which he rubbed in, but I did end up outlasting him.  Neither of us made the money, but he was cordial and fairly friendly to the table.  He hung around for quite awhile, signing autographs and was a pretty good host.

/end CSB
//still would have liked to cash
///only have one small one at the WSOP
 
2018-07-12 09:21:39 PM  

Marbleisheavy: I lost a medium pot to him later which he rubbed in, but I did end up outlasting him.  Neither of us made the money, but he was cordial and fairly friendly to the table.  He hung around for quite awhile, signing autographs and was a pretty good host.


Did you see how he was during the Main Event? Let's just say that a lot of people, including other professionals; were quite pleased to see him fall short of the money. Though he has redeemed himself a bit in the days following it.
 
2018-07-12 09:26:49 PM  

desertgeek: Marbleisheavy: I lost a medium pot to him later which he rubbed in, but I did end up outlasting him.  Neither of us made the money, but he was cordial and fairly friendly to the table.  He hung around for quite awhile, signing autographs and was a pretty good host.

Did you see how he was during the Main Event? Let's just say that a lot of people, including other professionals; were quite pleased to see him fall short of the money. Though he has redeemed himself a bit in the days following it.


Oh yeah I saw some of his crap.  From everything I've seen, it looks like he's usually a jerk, so I don't know if our event was just small enough where it didn't matter or we caught him on a good day.   He's a phenomenal player, and a colossal douche.
 
2018-07-12 09:27:51 PM  

drewogatory: My adhd makes me absolutely useless a cards,but for the aficionado, do you want/need to see every hand to get maximum viewing pleasure? My understanding of televised poker is they cut a bunch of ante/fold hands, which I'm sure would bug the shiat out of me if I knew what was going on.


Depends on the person. I like this because it's pretty unpredictable, unless I've seen a spoiler somewhere. But I prefer this happening for games that aren't Texas Hold'em because I want to learn those games and the more hands I see, the more I learn. These days, hold'em is much better served in a highlight package. Too many players are too quiet in hold'em whereas there's more banter in the other games.
 
2018-07-12 09:50:59 PM  
OK, guy wearing the Seachickens jersey; you need to bust out first
 
2018-07-12 09:56:31 PM  

desertgeek: I want to learn those games and the more hands I see, the more I learn


Why so many young people are advancing, they play so many hands online.   Brunson had to pay for every table he sat at.
 
2018-07-12 10:12:52 PM  

2wolves: desertgeek: I want to learn those games and the more hands I see, the more I learn

Why so many young people are advancing, they play so many hands online.   Brunson had to pay for every table he sat at.


And why so many non-Americans are advancing, because they have online poker and the US doesn't.

/I know, there's online poker in New Jersey and Nevada; but that's not enough
 
2018-07-12 10:18:01 PM  

desertgeek: 2wolves: desertgeek: I want to learn those games and the more hands I see, the more I learn

Why so many young people are advancing, they play so many hands online.   Brunson had to pay for every table he sat at.

And why so many non-Americans are advancing, because they have online poker and the US doesn't.

/I know, there's online poker in New Jersey and Nevada; but that's not enough


LOL, watch out for the poker gap! All that money going to degenerate gamblers that could be going to AMERICAN degenerate gamblers...
 
2018-07-12 10:23:43 PM  
I feel sick for the French guy. Kings failing him twice.
 
2018-07-12 10:27:59 PM  
Oof that's insult to injury from last night.
 
2018-07-12 10:54:47 PM  
farking kings

Again
 
2018-07-12 10:57:07 PM  
I was getting ready to declare pocket kings the hand of death.
 
2018-07-12 10:58:46 PM  

Victoly: farking kings

Again


I'm glad neither one hit a flush.
 
2018-07-12 11:00:44 PM  
Cardinal sin now... the two big stacks going after each other.
 
2018-07-12 11:03:30 PM  
That was interesting to say the least.
 
2018-07-12 11:05:13 PM  
Not a fan of that hero call.  Given the 3-bet pre, the only reasonable hand you beat is AT or a tiny A.  I don't think the big stack is going to 3 bet the other one with AT much less a goofball hand and then bet all 3 streets.
 
2018-07-12 11:07:16 PM  

Marbleisheavy: Not a fan of that hero call.  Given the 3-bet pre, the only reasonable hand you beat is AT or a tiny A.  I don't think the big stack is going to 3 bet the other one with AT much less a goofball hand and then bet all 3 streets.


Yeah, I think he lost that a bit on the turn. Fire on the turn and again on the river and he gets the pot.
 
2018-07-12 11:10:22 PM  
On Twitch, there's a stream of another final table at the WSOP. The ones they've had there have been generally entertaining.
 
2018-07-12 11:11:45 PM  

desertgeek: 2wolves: desertgeek: I want to learn those games and the more hands I see, the more I learn

Why so many young people are advancing, they play so many hands online.   Brunson had to pay for every table he sat at.

And why so many non-Americans are advancing, because they have online poker and the US doesn't.

/I know, there's online poker in New Jersey and Nevada; but that's not enough


I live in Colorado and I have no problem playing online.
 
2018-07-12 11:13:08 PM  

jst3p: desertgeek: 2wolves: desertgeek: I want to learn those games and the more hands I see, the more I learn

Why so many young people are advancing, they play so many hands online.   Brunson had to pay for every table he sat at.

And why so many non-Americans are advancing, because they have online poker and the US doesn't.

/I know, there's online poker in New Jersey and Nevada; but that's not enough

I live in Colorado and I have no problem playing online.


How?
 
2018-07-12 11:17:50 PM  

desertgeek: /In other news, an asshole won his 15th bracelet last night


I never tire of watching videos of amateurs beating him on long shot hands.
 
2018-07-12 11:18:57 PM  

Marbleisheavy: desertgeek: Marbleisheavy: I lost a medium pot to him later which he rubbed in, but I did end up outlasting him.  Neither of us made the money, but he was cordial and fairly friendly to the table.  He hung around for quite awhile, signing autographs and was a pretty good host.

Did you see how he was during the Main Event? Let's just say that a lot of people, including other professionals; were quite pleased to see him fall short of the money. Though he has redeemed himself a bit in the days following it.

Oh yeah I saw some of his crap.  From everything I've seen, it looks like he's usually a jerk, so I don't know if our event was just small enough where it didn't matter or we caught him on a good day.   He's a phenomenal player, and a colossal douche.


I saw him at the secondary feature table at the 2009 ME. He was bantering with another player, and it turned out the guy was from somewhere in the Caribbean, so Phil's like, "You're from (wherever)? You're pretty cool; here's some money; go party with your buds."

He seems like he'd be OK away from the table, but he takes his poker so damned personally he just comes off as insufferable.

/ There's video out there
 
2018-07-12 11:32:19 PM  

Victoly: He seems like he'd be OK away from the table, but he takes his poker so damned personally he just comes off as insufferable.


It seems to me that when he's choosing to be pleasant and decent and not "the Poker Brat," he plays well and usually wins. His win last night was on Twitch and I watched some of it and he was complementing his opponents, praising their play, and being a gentleman.

But when he chooses to be an asshole (either because he's in a mood or the cards aren't going in his favor), he just loses more and more. It's a self-destructive cycle.

As someone who has had moments when he wanted to go full Hellmuth on someone, I know that when I get that way; I play worse. I make more mistakes. I think that applies to Phil as well.
 
2018-07-12 11:37:35 PM  
Dyer is officially getting hit in the face with the deck.
 
2018-07-12 11:42:08 PM  

desertgeek: Victoly: He seems like he'd be OK away from the table, but he takes his poker so damned personally he just comes off as insufferable.

It seems to me that when he's choosing to be pleasant and decent and not "the Poker Brat," he plays well and usually wins. His win last night was on Twitch and I watched some of it and he was complementing his opponents, praising their play, and being a gentleman.

But when he chooses to be an asshole (either because he's in a mood or the cards aren't going in his favor), he just loses more and more. It's a self-destructive cycle.

As someone who has had moments when he wanted to go full Hellmuth on someone, I know that when I get that way; I play worse. I make more mistakes. I think that applies to Phil as well.


Everybody tilts

/
//
///
//// Sometimes
 
2018-07-12 11:44:33 PM  
Dead man walking
 
2018-07-12 11:46:31 PM  
Spike
 
2018-07-12 11:47:56 PM  
Boom, and Zobian lives
 
2018-07-12 11:56:12 PM  
Hell of a flop
 
2018-07-12 11:57:10 PM  
Zobian is not messing around with these rivers
 
2018-07-12 11:57:31 PM  

Victoly: Hell of a flop


And an even bigger river. Down to 7.
 
2018-07-13 12:05:10 AM  
I'm surprised Cada folded there.
 
2018-07-13 12:08:06 AM  
Pocket kings are a death hand at this table
 
2018-07-13 12:18:30 AM  
A friend of mine won better than 10K on the Seniors event this year, so I hold out hope there is a chance for me some time. A very small chance, but a chance.
 
2018-07-13 12:33:57 AM  
Miles looks like an actor, but who?
 
2018-07-13 12:39:20 AM  
And you get a river bustout and you get a river bustout and you get a river bustout...

oprah.jpg
 
2018-07-13 12:43:47 AM  

The5thElement: A friend of mine won better than 10K on the Seniors event this year, so I hold out hope there is a chance for me some time. A very small chance, but a chance.


Nice! I think we all hold out just a bit of that hope to be on that big stage one time.

/Never been close myself
//Did cash in one of the Rio daily deepstack tournaments in consecutive years
///96th out of 2,150 in 2015, 125th out of 1,800 in 2016 - combined winnings: about $1k
 
2018-07-13 12:51:33 AM  

desertgeek: Dyer is officially getting hit in the face with the deck.


Jesus, no shiat
 
2018-07-13 12:52:56 AM  
A Q?  Horrible.
 
2018-07-13 12:53:53 AM  

hugram: jst3p: desertgeek: 2wolves: desertgeek: I want to learn those games and the more hands I see, the more I learn

Why so many young people are advancing, they play so many hands online.   Brunson had to pay for every table he sat at.

And why so many non-Americans are advancing, because they have online poker and the US doesn't.

/I know, there's online poker in New Jersey and Nevada; but that's not enough

I live in Colorado and I have no problem playing online.

How?


There are plenty  of sites that let US players play. I play at Bet Online.
 
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