Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Texas Hold'em slowly becomming a table game in casinos

Here is a brief writeup of how the table game works...

''WORLD POKER TOUR ALL-IN HOLD 'EM(TM)'' Table Game Approved by Gaming Commission in Nevada; Casinos Launching Game in the First Wave Include Bellagio, Mirage and TI-Treasure Island

WORLD POKER TOUR ALL-IN HOLD 'EM(TM) allows poker fans to experience the same kind of excitement that they have been accustomed to seeing on their television sets when watching the WORLD POKER TOUR. Players can strategize their betting and experience the thrill of making an "all-in" raise or a big bluff. Like the No Limit Texas Hold 'Em poker played on the WORLD POKER TOUR, the WORLD POKER TOUR ALL-IN HOLD 'EM(TM) table game "takes a minute to learn for a lifetime of action" - to paraphrase WPT commentator Mike Sexton. WORLD POKER TOUR ALL-IN HOLD 'EM(TM) is distinctive, however, in that players only play against the dealer rather than against the other players at the table.

For more information on casino licensing of the WORLD POKER TOUR ALL-IN HOLD 'EM(TM) table game, contact Jack Malisow at Lakes Entertainment (952) 449 7024 or email: jmalisow@lakesentertainment.com. View more on WORLD POKER TOUR ALL-IN HOLD 'EM(TM) at www.lakesentertainment.com.


What makes "WORLD POKER TOUR ALL-IN HOLD 'EM(TM)" distinctive is that, unlike the traditional Texas Hold 'Em played on the Tour, players don't bet against their fellow players--they bet against the dealer only! The table is specially designed to showcase a new derivation of Texas Hold 'Em, which is easy to learn, easy to play, and provides plenty of action.

In "WORLD POKER TOUR ALL-IN HOLD 'EM(TM)" each player is required to bet the blind ante on every hand. Then the player has other betting options, including bonus bets on the hole cards and the final value of the hand. For example a Royal Flush pays 500-1, four-of-a-kind pays 40-1, while a "pocket pair" of Aces pays 20-1."

Once players have seen the hole cards, they can fold, raise the blind ante by betting five times or "go All-In", by raising ten times the ante bet. Then the action turns to the dealer, who will fold and pay off the blind antes, or call. If the dealer calls (based on specific rules), the play continues with the flop, turn and the river. If the player's best five-card poker hand beats the dealer's, the player wins his ante and raise bet.

This sounds really cool. I bet a good holdem player could really stick the casino on this game...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Good post today by SirFWALGMan . He discusses the move of all in with hilton sisters in a MTT. I agree with him 100%. Why push here? I always have to sit back and think, what am I gaining by doing this? If I push, best case situation is that someone calls with a lower pocket pair or even a hand like AQ,AJ,A10. However, good poker players wont make that call (with exception of the lower pocket pair, but there is even a chance they throw that hand away because you have severely overbet the pot). Good poker players are only going to make a call like that if it is relatively small to their chip stack. What will good poker players call with? AA,KK, maybe maybe AK but unlikely. You will get calls from fish with the AK,AQ,AJ. Do you really want fish calling an all in bet there? Sure, but they can get lucky. Why give them the chance to get lucky and put you out of the tourny? It would be a much better play to get them in the pot, maybe even two of them and beat them with your skill. I think the take away from this discussion is that
1) Your advantage over fish is your ability, do not take that away and limit your game to luck against these players
2) It is Ok to get to a race up with a good player (because often this is how you are going to take the most money from them) but remember that they know this too. And unless they think of you as a fish they know they better have a premium hand to enter a pot where you just bet 15 times the big blind.

Just my thoughts, I welcome any additional discussion..

Monday, November 21, 2005

If you are not receiving lessons from the Full Title Pros then you are missing out on some valuable lessons. Fortunately, you have me ;) to spread them to you...

This is from Rafe Furst:

I often tell people that short-term results are not a reason to change how they play, but I likewise encourage them to use any excuse to study and analyze their game.
Recently, a player on Full Tilt Poker lamented that he'd gone broke with A-K in his last several tourneys, and he suspected that he was doing something wrong. A few questions revealed that he was getting knocked out fairly early in these tournaments when he put his A-K up against pocket pairs for all his chips. It's a familiar lament.
Many people fall in love with A-K pre-flop in No-Limit Hold 'em because they know that they can rarely be much worse than 50-50 to win the hand if they get all of their money in heads up. While this is true, the reverse is also true: Rarely will you be much better than 50-50 to win an all-in showdown.
So why is A-K considered such a great starting hand? Folding equity. Under the right conditions, you can increase your pot equity to well over 50% by getting your opponents to fold in situations where they shouldn't. Here's a scenario: Blinds are $200-$400 and Jen Harman (who has $12,000 in front of her) raises to $1,200 from middle position with pocket tens. You re-raise all-in for $6,000 with A-K from the button. It is difficult for Jen to call here because, even though she suspects you might have A-K, she knows you could also make that play with A-A, K-K, Q-Q or
Does she want to play for half of her stack on what figures to be, at best, a 57% favorite? You, on the other hand, are confident that unless she has one of two hands (AA or KK), you are no worse than 43% to win, even if she calls. Unless Jen picks up on a tell, she is forced to fold a hand that is actually better than your A-K by a slight margin. Not only that, but you've also made her give up all the extra chips in the pot (mostly hers) that were giving her great odds to make a call. Variants of this scenario come up all the time in No-Limit Hold 'em.
The mistake many inexperienced players make is not giving their opponents a chance to fold. They look down to find A-K and can't wait to get all their money in the middle and race. But as we can see from the example above, the power of A-K pre-flop really comes from the "folding equity" you gain when you can make your opponent lay down a hand they would not lay down if they could see your hole cards.

Here are three keys to getting the most out of A-K pre-flop:

1) Jam with A-K, but don't call all-in with it.
2) Raise enough when you have A-K to give your opponents a chance to fold.
3) Don't raise so much that the only hands that are willing to call you are the hands that have you dominated (A-A and K-K).
To execute these plays properly, it is important to keep in mind the size of the blinds relative to your opponents' stacks and your own stack. A-K loses much of its value when your opponents are short-stacked or pot committed -- and therefore unlikely to lay down a hand -- or when the blinds are very small relative to everyone's stacks. These principles apply to both ring game and tournament play.
Getting back to my friend who kept busting early in tourneys with A-K...
In the early stages of a tournament, the blinds are very small relative to everyone's stack size. This contributed to his breaking of each of the three rules:
(1) He was calling his opponents' all-in raises when they had their expected pocket pairs.
(2) He was jamming only after his opponents were pot-committed.
(3) After getting gun shy from having his A-K cracked a few times, he made his raises way too big to "protect" his hand, but then was only getting called once he was beat.
This is one of those instances where looking at short-term results can lead to long-term improvements.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

I have become the number one google hit for "Nick Christy Poker Blog".

"Not everybody you’re going to play against thinks the way you do. Almost everybody wants to win, but they expect to win in different ways."
- Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson
From the book Super / System

Monday, November 14, 2005

Another good post from the Full-Tilt Team

Losing is part of poker and all serious players, including the world's best, can recount losing streaks that lasted for months. Often, the downswing starts with a particularly unlucky run of cards. A series of bad beats or impossibly tough hands eat away at the bankroll. As the bad run continues, and money continues to disappear, players are forced to confront one of the toughest questions in poker: Am I a victim of lousy luck or am I playing poorly?

John D'Agostino knows how difficult it is to find the correct answer. "Any time I lose a few sessions in a row, I start questioning myself," D'Agostino says. "But I know that some days, even if I play perfectly, I'm going to lose."

Erik Seidel notes that in tournament poker, months-long dry spells are to be expected. In the midst of such a run it's hard to know if you're a victim of expected fluctuations or if there's something wrong with your game. "It's really hard to determine," says Seidel, "but I think most of us tend to fool ourselves and tend to think we're playing better than we are."

Then there's the inevitable interplay between bad cards and poor play. The pros report that in the midst of a bad run, bad luck can lead to bad decisions. Jennifer Harman notes that when things are going poorly, she has a tendency to push hands. "Let's say I have Ace-King and I don't flop a pair," says Harman. "I'll be in there raising. But there's no point. My table image is bad and nobody thinks I can flop a hand, so I can't bluff. I might as well wait till I flop a pair. At that point, my opponents are going to call me down and pay me off anyway."

For D'Agostino, a bad run can lead to more timid play. "I definitely made some bad days a lot worse than they needed to be. Sometimes, I started playing more passively. In the middle of a hand I'd be asking myself, 'How is this going to go wrong?' But if I played the hand the way I usually would, I'd have won the pot earlier on." D'Agostino says that when he has that sort of mindset, he's likely to miss bluffing opportunities.

Such a streak can destroy a promising player. Harman says, "There are a lot of players who have gone on losing streaks and can't recover. They start playing bad and thinking that they're doomed forever. And all of a sudden, they're on the rail."

How do the pros get a handle on their play and determine what's causing the downswing? Harman recommends sharing hands. "I'd ask people to watch me play or I'd jot down hands and ask friends 'Did I play this right?' If they said I was playing it wrong, I'd have to reevaluate my play because I was letting the losing streak affect my play."

"Just book a win," says D'Agostino. He notes that confidence is critical at the poker table. So, in the midst of losing streak, leaving a session with a win - even if it's a small one - can help a player regain that mental edge. "Once you can feel confident about yourself, things will start to roll," he says.

Finally, a winning player needs to develop an honest, self-critical nature. Seidel notes that he rarely talks poker, but when he and John Junada chat about a play, the conversation usually begins, "Listen to how badly I played this hand...."

When playing online, there's every opportunity to assess your play. Save your hand histories. When a session is over and your head is clear, review your actions and see if you can spot problems in your play. You can also post a hand on the Full Tilt Poker Forum and get some expert feedback from your poker playing peers.

The Monthly Firehouse tourny was this weekend. Not as big a crowd as I expected (< 40 ppl) so I was a little dissapointed, but overall still a good time. To refresh any new readers, it is a $60 buy-in for 2500 chips with a $40 rebuy at the door only for another 2500. At the end of the first hour you can do a 1 time add-on, another $40 for 2500 in chips. Blinds start at 25/50, go up every 1/2 hour. Antes start at the end of the first break (1st hour). Usually about 1/3-1/4 of the players are good poker players, the rest are fish/newbies. Sat was no different. Started off with 45other card players who I knew (from our "poker crew") at our starting table. This was not a good sign, except two of them are major fish who think they are great and like to talk a lot, but are really lacking in skill. Its great playing with them! The other three who I knew I would put into the 1/3-1/4 of the room who actually have some poker skill. As expected the 4 (the 3 with skill plus myself) pretty much controled our table for the first part of the tourny. We hit a couple ppl hard early but strung them along to get them to add-on at the end of the first hour (so there chips would be at our table when they did a add-on...although we never said anything to each other about it, I am almost positive that the others were playing with this in mind) After the first break the two fish from our "poker crew" dropped quickly. The one was getting short stacked and moved all in preflop with KdQh only to get called by AhKh and be dominated. The other almost droped on the very next hand when he moved all in to the left of me when I was delt QQ. I called him bet, figuring him for any pair or even a hand as bad as A6,A5. I felt even better when he flipped over JJ, that feeling only lasted until a J hit on the river and cracked the sista's. Anyway, he was gone not to much longer. Not many interesting hands between then and the final table.

Got down to the final table with 3 suriving from our "crew". Got down to the final 6 with 3 of us still at the table. This is when things got interesting. There was a man at the table who had everyone else covered by at least 4x. I was getting short stacked, as was Alex (someone from our "crew"). The interesting thing was that this guy was not just playing the role of chip bully, he was re-inventing it. He would cold call with any two cards, and at the very first sign of any weakness push all in. ... This was great for check-raising, btw.... Here is the thing though, he was CATCHING. I mean, he would hang around with 92o and catch two pair, or trips or somethign stupid. Nobody wanted to stand in his way, but everyone wanted to put an end to it.... Well, I had to put an end to it, I was not going to get knocked out of this tourny (that I really really wanted to win at this point have not finished in the money at this tourny yet, and its starting to get old) because I would not stand up and fight. I played really conservative knowing that I had to have a hand to go to war with before I could enter a pot with him. A few hands went by, when he raised preflop (this was becomming something kinda usual), I looked down to AhKh. Normally, I would just call here beings that we are 6 handed and I would probably be the only one into the pot with him I would not want to show strength yet, but I was starting to get desperate. Blinds were 500/1k with 100 ante's and I had 9600 in chips. He had raised to 3k, so I would need 1/3 of my chips in the pot preflop to smooth call. With the blinds and antes there was 2100 in the pot, plus his 3k so 5100 in the pot. In other words, there is enough in the pot for me to push here. All-In. Something strange happens though. As I am counting my chips to let the rest of the table know what I have Alex pushes All-In for 9k. This was strange because Alex and I both respect each others game, so he must have a good hand, and now I am probably going to the flop 3 handed. At this point this is good. Although I am more then likely not the favorite going to the flop, I am going from a 2.5-1 to a 3.5-1 payout if I win a race here. I say a race, because at least one of the two other players in the hand will have a pocker pair (hopefully not kings or aces). I will take 3.5-1 on a race anyday of the week. The chip leader calls (which btw is probably the right thing todo even if he doesnt have a great starting hand, because at this point the pot is about 24k and it cost him 5,600 to call...almost 5-1 odds so even the long shot hands payout here, plus by winning this hand you knock out two people and go to the final 4 with a huge chip advantage).

Time to flip them..
I roll over AhKh
Alex rolls over QsQc (a huge relief knowing that I am not facing AA,KK)
Chip Leader rolles over 8s8c (still a relief, but i wasnt expecting premium cards here)

Flop comes 2h10c6s
turn comes As
river comes 6s

I take down a huge pot and move myself two second in chips with 5 left at the table (a side effect of winning that big hand was Alex had to leave lessoning the chances that someone in our "crew" would take the tourny).

From that point on I went dry.. I mean horribly dry.
I got one playable hand, AhQh and just happenend to be facing QcQs (who re-raised me, pushing himself all-in) which I doubled him up on (I had him covered 6-1 in chips and had a decent pot already)
, besides that I think I may have won 1 or 2 pots the next 2 hours. I got slowly blinded to death... Ended up with about 8k with blinds of 2k/4k and antes of 400 in position. This meaning I had less then two trips around the table left and at this point we were 4 handed. Got KQ off and pushed all in. Actually had a race, when the caller rolled over 66 but never caught up. Oh well, great tourny, got 15 points (they started a point system for a freeroll at the end of the year) and finished as the highest that I have ever finished in a firehouse tourny. Here is the kicker thought, remember I said less then 40 ppl... yup you guessed it... they payed out the top 3...

Such is poker...

Friday, November 11, 2005

Good article by Phil Gordon on espn.com

The value of suits

Armani grey three-quarter suit jacket: $700

Joseph Abboud wool charcoal stripe: $595

Hugo Boss three-button black suit (my favorite): $495

Being suited before the flop, in the eyes of an amateur: Priceless

Before the flop: 24 percent

Before the flop, you'll be dealt suited cards 24 percent of the time. Yes, about one out of four hands, you'll get that "Oooh, I might flop a flush" feeling, and be tempted to play your suited hole cards. But before getting your money into the pot, think for a second: How valuable can being suited be if it happens nearly one out of four hands? At a 10-handed table, more than two players at the table are likely to be suited on any particular deal. Short answer: The suits of the cards aren't nearly as important as the ranks of the cards. Overestimating the value of being suited is a common weakness among novice and amateur players.

After the flop: 10.9 percent

If you're playing suited cards, you'll flop a flush draw about 10.9 percent of the time, or just about one out of nine hands. Many novice players have no problem committing their entire stack to the pot after flopping a flush draw. In truth, this is usually not a good play. They'll only complete the flush about 35 percent of the time by the river. If playing a flush draw against a set, the flush draw will only win the pot about 25 percent of the time. In short, this is usually a bad proposition.

Opponents that play no-limit hold'em well will inevitably make a big enough bet after the flop to make chasing the flush draw a bad play. Great players recognize when an opponent is on a flush draw. A sign I normally look for is the "quick call" -- when an opponent calls my pot-sized bet quickly, I put them on the flush draw. If they had a good or decent hand, they'd have to give raising some thought. If they had a moderate-strength or bad hand, they'd have to give folding some thought. But with a draw, the call for most players of average ability is nearly automatic -- and quick.

Runner-runner: 4.2 percent

If you're suited, you'll flop exactly one of your suit 41.60 percent of the time. Chasing a flush now can get very expensive: you'll only make a flush by the river, the old "runner-runner" play, about 4.2 percent of the time (one out of 23 times). Having an extra 4.2 percent chance to win is nice, but shouldn't really affect much of your decision making after the flop.

Miracle flop: 0.84 percent

When playing suited cards before the flop, most players far overestimate their chances of flopping a flush. I've asked hundreds of people what they believe their chances of flopping a flush are, and in my estimation, the "average" answer is about 3 percent. Some people even believe that they'll flop a flush about 5 percent of the time. This is way off. In actuality, you'll only flop a flush in one out of 121 suited hands. This is extraordinarily rare.

The problem with flopping a flush, of course, is that even when you're fortunate enough to do so, it is nearly impossible to get significant action with the hand. Opponents freeze up and refuse to commit chips to the pot when the board comes with three cards of the same suit. If they do commit chips to the pot, very often they'll be drawing to the nut flush (which they'll make about 27 percent of the time) or a set (which will fill up about 33 percent of the time).


So generally speaking, to have enough money to afford a nice wool pinstripe custom-tailored Hugo Boss suit, avoid overvaluing being suited. Pay more attention to the ranks of the cards and your position and your results are sure to improve. Overplaying suited hands is a great way to turn a flush bankroll into a trip to the ATM.

I think Phil does an excellent job of bringing the math out to prove his points. I truly believe that suited cards are most advantaguous when there are a few people to the flop, or when you may have the same cards as an opponent Also, suited connectors raise the value of a hand. For example, a Jack high hand typically goes straight to the muck, even a Jack high suited hand for example Jh6h will go straight to the muck, however a Jack high suited connecting hand is more playable Jh10h Jd9d, depending on the situation of course :)

Thursday, November 10, 2005

This was a great post from "Quest of a Closet Poker Player"

State of Poker

Thought you might be interested in this, which I wrote in correspondence with a name, up-and-coming player, who is in the know regarding the poker community. It started as a reply to an article he wrote regarding the WSOP Tournament of Champions sponsor's exemption controversy. My thoughts below:

I think Harrah’s admitted that this wasn’t ideal, adding the three in deference to Pepsi’s wishes. It was a freeroll with an established entry that then was changed due to a late sponsor coming in. To bankroll $2MM. As poker is stretching, trying to figure out what the future holds, and with no players organization to voice their wishes, the players who are around (now Harrah’s, ESPN, and WPT) are trying to figure out how to keep this thing growing and make it thriving rather than turn it into a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire/ABC fiasco. Can you imagine a world where you personally are in the WPA (World Poker Association) having qualified in 2005 being in the Top 500 players in results? You can still have qualifiers and buy-in’s, but you have to put up half or a tenth of a buy-in with sponsors kicking in the rest.

To me, the specific issue of the sponsor’s exemptions is a red herring and is more symptomatic of larger issues confronting poker; i.e., who’s in charge, and where is it headed? What is the vision for poker in 2010, and who is going to take it there? I know there are a lot of very bright folks (including you and your peers) who are struggling with the How-Do-We-Capitalize-on-this-Poker-Explosion, Can-We-Be-Part-of-Taking-It-to-the-Next-Level, and How-Do-We-Prevent-this-from-Becoming-Just-a-Fad. It seems like a very significant challenge that is confronting the game.

  • One of the biggest players (WPTE) floundering
  • No real center of influence stewarding the direction of the game, either among the players, tournaments, and poker rooms
  • No organization setting any rules or guidelines for poker
  • Lack of quality control with production being created; outside WSOP, WPT, and National Heads-up, the rest is all over the board
  • Everyone and their brother throwing things at the wall to see what will stick/where they can get their part of the action
  • Poker rooms springing up like weeds
  • Building poker around celebrity/individuals seems to be high risk. It’s one thing to build around solid players that aren’t going away (Doyle, Ivey), but there seems to be a lot of risk building around the new guns (Negreanu, Esfandiari) or today’s story (Moneymaker)
  • Fracturing of tournaments, with overlapping events starting to look more like the tennis tours vs. PGA
  • Online poker may be hitting a growth wall
The term poker fad is being heard more and more. I for one would like to see sustainability, but the current path is one towards entropy, which equals chaos, which means flash in the pan.

I personally believe in order for poker to survive we need to consolidate. There are too many groups (wpte,wsop,ect) and way way way too many online poker sites. We need a way of centralizing the best players, which will attract more and more amatuers. I like routing for some pros. I have certain players I route for (Negreanu,Ivey,Mike the Mouth). I like routing against other pros (helmuth,scotty ngywn (sp?)) . The problem is in any given tourny I only get to see snipets of each pro, and might not even see them at all (anyone see Annie Duke at the main event this year? Or covered more then 1 minute during the entire wsop?) If we had more ongoing events that had points associated and ongoing "standings" that we could follow we could route for players over a long period time and have it culminate in the wsop or some other major event... i dont know, I am rambling but just my thoughts

think of other individual professional sports, golf, tennis,nascar ect.. They have events where the best in the world are always in, the have pro-am events, and they have qualifying processes for the major events. They have point systems or polls that end in a champion being crowned. We already have the basis for this in the wsop, but it just needs to be extended throughout the entire year.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

New Blogger tourny from TaoOfPoker...

November Private Tournaments: Saturdays with Dr. Pauly

Shake off your hangovers with a tournament featuring your favorite poker bloggers!!

I would like to cordially invite all readers and bloggers to participate in Saturdays with Dr. Pauly. Thanks to the kind folks over at Poker Stars, they are allowing me to host a series of 4 tournaments on Poker Stars every Saturday in November at 1pm EST. Since everyone already has an account on Poker Stars, this is the perfect place to host the events. My only regret is that Otis cannot play.

The first tournament is scheduled for this Saturday, the 5th. The buy in is low at $10 + 1 and I hope that will get more people to play. These are not associated with the WPBT... they are separate events. Wil Wheaton has been running Friday tournaments so I figured... "Why not another one on Saturdays?"

What: Saturdays with Dr. Pauly
Where: Poker Stars
When: Saturday November 5th at 1pm EST
Tournament Info: #14338880 (check under Private Tournament Tab)
Password: hiltons

Eligibility: Anyone with a Poker Stars account
Attire: Pants optional

Special Prizes:
First place (weekly): Phil Gordon's Little Green Book
My Bounty (weekly): Free iTunes Gift Card (Bust me and get 15 free songs!!)
Grubby's Bounty: Visit the Poker Grub for more info

Saturday's with Dr. Pauly Champion... Overall Winner: iPod Nano
Overall 2nd Place: DVD of the Big Lebowski
Overall 3rd Place: Daddy calls you on Christmas to wish you Happy Holidays

Saturdays with Dr. Pauly Tour Dates:
Tournament #1: Sat. November 5th at 1pm EST
Tournament #2: Sat. November 12th at 1pm EST
Tournament #3: Sat. November 19th at 1pm EST
Tournament #4: Sat. November 26th at 1pm EST

Yes, that's not a typo you see. I will also be giving away a special bonus prize... a brand new iPod NANO... to the player who does the best in all four events!! I'll even try to get it engraved for the winner.

Disclaimers: To be eligible for the iPod and DVD, you have to play every Saturday. If you are not of the Christian persausion and finish in 3rd place, you are eligible to get Daddy to call you on any other day of your choice. Offer is valid from December 24th, 2005 thru July 4th 2006.

Here's a loophole: If you are busy with life stuff, and can't play in all 4 tournaments, you can always sign up and post and fold until you get blinded out in order to maintain your eligibility for the free iPod.

How will I determine a Saturdays with Dr. Pauly Champion? Simple. You add up all your places in the four events. The player (that plays in all 4 events) with the lowest total number wins.

Iggy finishes 5th, 27th, 33th, and 15th. He has 80 points.
Pauly finishes 11st, 119th, 5th, and 25th. He has 160 points.
Derek finishes in 9th, 2nd, 17th, and 54th. He has 82 points.

Iggy would win the iPod beating out Derek by 2 points.

So here's your chance to have fun on a Saturday morning (for you West Coasters), a Saturday afternoon for you East Coasters, or Saturday night for my European friends, bloggers, and readers. In addition you have a shot at winning cool prizes including a brand new iPod. I have no problem if you want to regift the prizes for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, or Festivus.

Saturdays with Dr. Pauly are a series of small buy-in tournaments... on purpose. It gives you a shot at winning cool gifts for a small investment. Be sure to stick around after you get busted and play cash game tables with your favorite bloggers. That will probably be more fun than the actual tournaments. A couple of years ago, a small group of 10 of us (that group rotated) used to all play small buy-in tourneys on Saturday mornings followed up by cash games. I hope to start that tradition back up this November. So please feel free to stop by and play. Again, these private tournaments are open to all readers and bloggers. This would not be possible without the awesome help from the cool folks over at Poker Stars. Mucho thanks to them.

So who is going to get crowned the Saturdays with Dr. Pauly Champion and walk away with the iPod? Who will come in 3rd and get a phone call from Daddy? Stop by Poker Stars to find out.

Any questions or comments? Shoot me an email. Feel free to pimp the Saturdays with Dr. Pauly tourneys on your blogs, or email your friends and family and tell them all about it. I can't wait. See you Saturday!!

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