September 24, 2012
I went to Vegas during the WSOP for 16 days and stayed with a decent crew of poker players, mostly LeggoPoker members and 2+2 people. I had a really great time and really appreciated being around other players. I just enjoyed being able to talk about poker.
I played in a few of the Rio daily deep stacks with 1 cash for $1099 placing 37th/1368. Despite the deep stack title, these tournaments have a pretty bad structure once you get towards the money. It is pretty much a shove-fest after the bubble. Don't expect to have much flop play. Turn play is basically non-existent. They are quite soft though with a lot of recreational players. Some players just never like to fold and others never like to put money into the pot. If you can determine who you can bluff and who you can value bet all day long, chips can be accumulated. Even though the structure is pretty bad late in the tournament, I still think they are decent for value if you can run well for an entire day.
I also played WSOP Event #30 - $1500 2-7 Draw Lowball (No Limit). It was a fun tourney and I was seated to the left of Greg Raymer. To his right was Justin Bonomo. Both guys were really pleasant to play with and Raymer kept the table entertained with stories and silly prop bets most of the day. I had a splitting headache and trouble focusing, so I don't think I played my best and sort of jumped the gun in some weird spots. I busted towards the end of Day 1 after about half of the field was gone. I think I could have done better if I was a bit more patient and had a bit more time to brush up on my game before the tournament. I saw a number of questionable moves by professional players. I expect this is just because most of them rarely play the game. I think I learned some really good lessons if I decide to play next year.
Overall I was down a little bit in tournaments for the series. I did do well in cash games though. I mostly played $2/$5 NL. I was quite happy with my first run at $5/$10 NL. I played 3 sessions and made a decent amount on all of them. It was a combination of running good, tightening up, and slowplaying more hands. I really like the cash games at the Rio during the series. It was brought up that the rake is higher there than other rooms, but I think the action and quality of play there makes up for that. Plus you can always take a break and walk around to see who is running deep at final tables (or laugh at the nonsense ofThe Iceman
). I just enjoy the atmosphere of being at the WSOP. I am certainly as much a fan as I am a player.
I was very happy with the trip this year. I got to meet some great people, have great eats, and play all the poker I wanted. My net for the trip excluding expenses was around $6.5-7k.
I ended up buying a house after I came back from Vegas. I move in October 1st, so poker has been put on hold for a little bit. I get to play zoom on Pokerstars here and there on the weekends, but don't have as much time for it as I used to. Once I get settled in I'd like to try getting better at 200NL Zoom. I feel pretty comfortable at 50NL and 100NL, but at 200NL my sessions vary and I think I level myself a bit too much.