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ADZ124: LA to Las Vegas Trip Report

10 March 2010, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
ADZ124: LA to Las Vegas Trip Report
Hello, hello. Just wanted to give you guys an update on the weekend's activities. I believe we last left off with me running super bad at the LAPC and losing the high-roller to a one-outer on the river, the main event kings to aces in the first level like a fish, losing to a free roll in PLO for $50k nuts vs nuts and losing a $45k pot with a wrap and a flush draw to middle set which we ran twice. So basically, I needed to get out of LA.

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Cash Game Tales and Tournament Analysis from ADZ124

4 March 2010, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
This week in LA has been rough in terms of poker, as it has in the past for me. First I want to make a correction to my last post. I had said that blinds were 4k/8k but they were actually 8k/16k in the Venetian 5k. Now, I just want to say something to all of you haters out there. First of all, when you are a figure in the media it is natural that not everyone is going to agree with things you say or opinions you may have, but when I post on this blog I want to express my feelings to you, talk about poker, and also let you know what kind of day to day activity I have been up to. Yes, last week I bought some LV luggage, some glasses, some clothes, and got driven in a rolls, and I plan on doing more of that for the next 3 weeks, and yes, I guess it's natural for me to enjoy that. If you want to hear strictly about poker when I am blogging and no humor that's fine with me, but I know for a fact that all of you who complained about not wanting to read the bullshit I wrote are going to hop back on that blog and wait for a new post because you don't have much better to do.

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Can Poker Players Have Normal Relationships?

28 December 2009, Created By: Jason Mercier
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
Can Poker Players Have Normal Relationships?
I am sitting here in my condo with 15 minutes left before I am supposed to get started playing online for the next 10-12 hours. This will be my second to last blogpost that I will write for 2009. I am planning on writing my last one about my new year’s resolutions and 2009’s resolutions and how I did with them. I am first going to have to come up with my 2010 resolutions, but my brain has been mulling this over for a few weeks now and I got a rough outline of what I want them to be.

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Feels Good to be Supernova Again

2 August 2009, Created By: Jason Mercier
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
Feels Good to be Supernova Again
In May of 2006, I became, somewhere in the neighborhood of, the 75th person to achieve Supernova status on Pokerstars. I had earned 100k vpps in that calendar year. In December of 2006, Pokerstars announced changes they were making to the VIP program. There would be a new level, Supernova Elite. You only had to earn a measly one million VPPs to achieve this status. On December 20th 2007, I became the sixteenth player to ever reach Supernova Elite on Pokerstars. In the last 11 remaining days of that year following right after me, 23 more players reached SE. It was harder back then to get Supernova Elite - not only was the VPP accumulation scale different, the maximum cash tables you could play at once was only 12 for the first 8 or so months of 2007. I decided in 2008 I was going to try and maintain my Supernova Elite status for as long as I could, but not try to get it again. I was burnt out from playing the all-day, all-night sessions and just the grind of it all.

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Phil Ivey - The Greatest Ever

18 July 2009, Created By: Jason Mercier
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Industry Insider
Phil Ivey - The Greatest Ever
Yesterday one of my poker buddies, who primarily plays cash games online for a living, asked me this question (which I hear quite frequently). "Who do you think are the better poker players: cash-game professionals or tourney professionals?" I thought about this for a few seconds. Obviously the kid wanted to hear that cash-game players are better, which I do think that they are ... but only in cash games. The thing is that cash game grinders are just generally better at cash games, and tourney grinders are just generally better at tourneys. It's that simple. The real test of how "good" a poker player is must be determined by how well they can do in both settings.

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Got To Set New Goals

5 June 2009, Created By: Jason Mercier
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
Got To Set New Goals
When I was planning out my schedule for the WSOP, I basically only had two goals for the series. I wanted to have a profitable series (make money), and I wanted to win a bracelet. After my win in Event 5, 1500 PLO, I have already accomplished both of these. I guess I should set a few new goals, maybe set my sights on WSOP player of the series, a 2nd bracelet, or maybe a million in winnings. I made day 2 for the 4th straight time yesterday in the 2k NL Event 11. I finished the day with 67,000 in chips with average stack being 40k. Around 240 players left and 171 get paid. We restart at 2 pm today. What do I say to those that bitch at me about how I'm just running good? Well, I just smile and laugh. I know I have been and still am running good, but I also believe that a good portion of my success is due to how I play the game and my mindset and a lot of other factors. The final table of the PLO event was an interesting and pretty fun final table.

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Tunica FT Pt. 3: My Untimely Demise

9 April 2009, Created By: Matt Stout
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
Tunica FT Pt. 3: My Untimely Demise
It's finally here! The conclusion of Matt Stout's WSOPC Tunica final table run. At the end of my last blog I asked readers to guess what the most ridiculous hand David Dao could be holding after he limp-called 42k more at 8/16k and check-shoved my 80k bet to 520k+ on a 2 5 7 flop … After I snap-called with the A Q, David showed me the six and the two of diamonds. The 6 2. THE 6 2. THE &%#$ING 6 2!!!

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Tunica Part 3: More Rungoodsauce Than Me?

27 February 2009, Created By: Matt Stout
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
Tunica Part 3: More Rungoodsauce Than Me?
As I mentioned at the end of my last blog, I went into Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit main event in Tunica with $255,500 at $1,500/$3,000 ($400). I was second in chips out of the remaining 61 players, 27 of whom would finish in the money. Given my huge stack and the relative weakness of the field, I felt great going into Day 2. I had only played with two of the players at my new table the day before, so I sat back and learned what I could about the rest of them before I started splashing around. The only player who had more chips than I did, David Dao, showed me what he was about right away.

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