Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

It seems to me that when asking for advice on how to play your best poker from poker communities around the world, everyone always has their own tips that are sure to help you walk away from the poker table a winner more often than a loser.

Here are a few of our favorite tips that we have culled from friends who have often made final tables at the WSOP and other poker events around the world:

Pocket Bullets Paris at the WSOPKeep your eyes on your opponents: Always watch the other players at your table, even when you are no longer in the hand. Watch closely how they bet, their table talk, body language and other physical “tells” that may give you clues to their hole cards and how they will play them in the next hand.

Don’t rush to check your hole cards: Watch the other players first;  most of them will check their hole cards as soon as they get them and many of them will react to what they got in a way that may tell you if they have a strong hand or not. When you do look at your cards try not to react at all.

You shouldn’t play every hand: Always be ready to fold when you know your hand is weak; don’t try to improve a weak hand. If it is obvious that you can be beaten easily be ready to give it up no matter how good your hole cards may be. Give it up even if you have already contributed to the pot.

Be cautious when bluffing: Don’t bluff just for the thrill of bluffing and definitely don’t bluff just to keep yourself from folding all the time. Always fold if you have to and only bluff sparingly and strategically. Remember that bluffing can only work in certain situations and only against certain players. If your opponent always calls everything it’s best not to try to bluff him.

Never play when you are on tilt: Don’t play when you’re mad, or tired, drunk or wasted. If you’re upset about anything, you’ll start playing emotionally, not rationally, and all your opponents will pick up on that and walk all over you easily. Walk away if you lose your cool.

And one of our favorite players at the WSOP Main Event had these words of wisdom:

He said: I hate playing with loud-mouths and show-offs and I can’t stand a sore loser. When you win you should always be a humble, and if you lose you should always walk away with dignity.

There are a lot of more tips and advice but we’ll save them for another time.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The final shoot-out to reach and become a part of the Final Nine players in the 45th Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event  finished in style around 2:00 a.m. this morning.  These guys are all that remains of the massive field of 6,683 players. Congratulations to all.

The seat assignment for these guys is as follows:

Seat 1 – “Billy Pappas” Pappaconstantinou – 17,500,000 – 29-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts, who is playing for the first time ever in the WSOP Main Event.

Seat 2 – Felix Stephensen – 32,775,000 – 23-year-old from Oslo, Norway. Although he has never cashed at the WSOP, this is his second year in a row playing in the Main Event.

Seat 3 – Jorryt van Hoof – 38,375,000 – 31-year-old from Eindhoven, Netherlands. van Hoof  has three previous WSOP cashes but has never cashed in the Main Event. He enters this final table as the chip leader with 19% + of chips in play.

Seat 4 – Mark Newhouse – 26,000,000 – 29-year-old now from Las Vegas, Nevada, has the distinct honor of becoming the first-ever November Niner to make back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables. Newhouse finished in 9th place in 2013, collecting $733,224. He has eight previous WSOP cashes and has a total of live poker tournament winnings of $2,776,172.

Seat 5 – Andoni Larrabe – 22,550,000 – 22-year-old from Basque, Spain, is the youngest player remaining in the field. Larrabe only has three previous WSOP cashes and this is his second year in a row playing in the Main Event.

Seat 6 – William Tonking – 15,050,000 – 27-year-old from Flemington, New Jersey. Tonking came into this Main Event with three previous WSOP cashes but this is his first time to cash in the Main Event.

Seat 7 – Daniel Sindelar – 21,200,000 – 30-year-old from Columbus, Nebraska, comes into this Main Event with 17 previous WSOP cashes but, although he has played the Main Event every year for the past six years this marks his first time to cash in any of them. He has played a total of 19 WSOP events this summer.

Seat 8 – Martin Jacobson – 14,900,000 – 27-year-old originally from Stockholm, Sweden. Enters this event with over a million in WSOP cashes ($1,224,706 – 15 total cashes). Jacobson finished in 6th place during last year’s $111,111 One Drop High Roller event and earned $807,42,000.  However, this is the first time he has cashed in the WSOP Main Event.

Seat 9 – Bruno Politano – 12,125,000 – 31-year-old from Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. Politano is the first Brazilian ever to make the WSOP Main Event final table. He entered ten events this year and has cashed in three of them including this Main Event. He enters by the skin of his teeth with the shortest stack.

2014 WSOP November NinerThis year the total payouts will be:
1st place: $10,000,000
2nd place: $5,145,968
3rd place: $3,806,402
4th place: $2,848,833
5th place: $2,143,174
6th place: $1,622,080
7th place: $1,235,862
8th place: $947,077
9th place: $730,725

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Day 5 of this year’s World Series of Poker is history, and as I would have expected, it was a ridiculously exciting day of play. The field started with 291 players and ended with 79, perhaps bruised and bloodied, survivors. They’ll come into Day 6 today ready to do battle and go for all the chips they can possibly bag at the end of what is sure to be yet another tumultuous day at the Rio Hotel and Casino.  All the big names that we were cheering for have now been eliminated.

Mark NewhouseOne guy, who we met last year when he left the final table in ninth place with a sweet $733,224 dollars for his troubles, Mark Newhouse, is now the current chip leader going into day 6 with 7,400,000. He’s followed by Kyle Keranen, holding 1,670,000. Keranen is not a total stranger to the WSOP having finished in 38th place a couple of years ago, earning him a tidy little sum of $191,646. We’ll keep a close eye on these guys, but we will be rooting for Newhouse to take it all.

Day 6 will start at noon PST in the Amazon Room and play through until there are only 27 survivors bagging their chips for the night and licking their wounds in preparation for tomorrow’s battle. We wish them all the best of luck!

The top ten players entering the Amazon today are:

1. Mark Newhouse – 7,400,000
2. Kyle Keranen – 6,670,000
3. Scott Palmer – 6,595,000
4. Bruno Politano – 5,475,000
5. Andoni Larrabe – 5,470,000
6. Dan Smith – 5,360,000
7. Dan Sindelar – 5,240,000
8. Tony Ruberto – 5,235,000
9. Iaron Lightbourne – 4,975,000
10. Leif Force – 4,745,000

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Andrew LiporaceDay 3 saw some major upsets and major shifts in the leading players. Andrew Liporace currently leads the field of 746 players. Only a few more unfortunate souls are left who will not make it to the cash and go home empty handed.

Our man Phil Ivey is still in it and has even increased his chip count to 522,500 to rank him at 72nd place. But he was quickly surpassed yesterday by 71 players in  heated battles through out the night. Of course these included Liporace, who ended the night on top of the heap to enter Day4 with 1,128,000 followed closely by Ivey’s table mate , Mehrdad Yousefzadeh with 1,124,000 for second place.

Yesterday saw a whole lot of favorites, ex-champions and big time celebrities sent to the rails including former WSOP champs Ryan Riess, Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Robert Varkonyi as well as Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, and Erik Seidel,  NBA superstar  Paul Pierce and actor Kevin Pollak.

When day 4 got started at 12 noon PST today your top ten chip leaders were:

WSOP Poker Chips1. Andrew Liporace – 1,128,000
2. Mehrdad Yousefzadeh – 1,124,000
3. Raul Mestre – 988,500
4. Jesse Wilke – 975,500
5. Scott Blackman – 935,000
6. Andoni Larrabe – 923,000
7. Stephen Graner – 911,000
8. Per Karlsson – 891,500
9. Rasmus Larsen – 883,000
10. Roman Valerstein – 850,000

The cards are in the air and the action has begun…. by break time at 1:00 p.m. PST it’s down to 703 players remaining, that is just 10 from the money. Who else will be knocked out before the bubble is reached is still  anyone’s guess, if you’re still in it, we hope you make it past the bubble. Good luck everyone.

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