There is no turning back now. I have started this blog and now I have to follow through. I’ve had some feelings of apprehension since my first post. This is because I know that there is a much better chance of me having a losing trip than a winning trip, as is normal in poker. Also, because I have kinda handcuffed myself here. Not only do I have to have a winning trip, but based on my goals that I stated in my first blog, I will have to win big or it will seem like a failure (I would have to have a couple top 10 finishes, which is a huge task when every tourney has over 1000 players). Whatever it’s too late now, so we may as well move forward.
I still have to wait until Saturday to play my first tourney and my poker itch is in full effect. I haven’t played in 10 days, which is the longest span I have gone in a year and a half. It’s my fault though, I am a complete moron but I guess that is standard. When I put my tournament schedule together, I left myself a 6-7 day span after arriving in Vegas where I don’t play poker, and I could just party and chill. I wanted to get a lot of it out of my system so I can focus on poker for the rest of the trip. The problem is that I misjudged the time frame by 6-7 days like an idiot. I could be playing tournaments right now, but my bankroll and schedule is already set so I’m stuck going out drinking and spending money everyday instead of getting to work. Tough life I know but whatever. Some funny stuff has happened in the last few days though as a result of being out and about.
In most Vegas hotels (at least all the good ones), to enter the pool you need to have a room key from that specific hotel or you can’t get in. Well, I just happen to like a lot of different pools and so do my friends…
Professional poker player, and Chicagoan, Aaron Massey is in Las Vegas for the summer - the World Series of Poker, the Venetian Deep Stack, and all of the debauchery that goes with it. This is the first of, hopefully, many contributions from Aaron.
So this was spur of the moment…. I’m sitting at breakfast in the original Blnion’s Horseshoe Casino on Fremont Street in Vegas. Ralph, George and I walked over there from the Golden Nugget to get hangover burgers cuz we got wrecked till dawn on the strip last night. We are all discussing our hypothetical life plans after I “win big”. We all feel that my time is coming soon and we are discussing the importance of promoting my “brand” so that I can be in a favorable position to market myself. There is a lot of value away from the poker table, and we understand this all too well. Many poker players in the past have become big stars because of their personality, presence and talent. An “it” factor that draws people’s attention. These are generally the people that get the contracts, website sponsors, reality shows, internet and magazine interviews, exposure, etc. All of these things have something in common… MONEY.
It is not easy to earn your living by playing poker. There’s huge opportunity to win mind blowing amounts of money, but nothing is guaranteed and you never know when ur next paycheck is coming in. In poker you lose a lot of the time too, which always sucks. Although we basically live off the money we win in cash games while waiting for the tournament cashes, which is what we’ve done the last few years, IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. The point is that it would be ideal to bring in a steady stream of income to help offset the downswings and periods between big wins. Oh yea.. almost forgot.. there’s also the fact that we want very much to live a fantasy lifestyle of fame and luxury. A life my brother and I have dreamed about for the last 2 decades. Is it probable that this is going to happen…. No. Is it possible……….. YES.
I’m gonna take a shot and start writing this blog. Hopefully I draw a following and people start reading it regularly. If I can get a little exposure, make a little noise and a name for myself, then I’ll be in a good spot to get paid away from the poker table when I finally do win something significant. However, winning is not easy and there is no guarantee that I will even succeed let alone win the kinds of tournaments needed to become a star... But I’m gonna try my ass off. [More...]
Although Texas Hold'em is the most widely played poker game in the world right now there is another game that has been threatening to take its crown of most popular poker variant and that is Omaha poker or Omaha Hold'em as it is sometimes referred to as.
The exact origin of the game, that will feature heavily at WSOP 2011 in one shape or form, is actually unknown but it is accepted that it was first played in a casino environment when a casino executive by the name of Robert Turner showed it to Bill Boyd who then spread it at the Las Vegas Golden Nugget Casino. Since that day it has become one of the most widely played games around, particularly on the internet where short-handed and heads-up Omaha games are extremely popular.
By far the most popular variant of Omaha is Omaha-Hi played to a pot-limit betting structure. Pot Limit Omaha, or PLO as it is often abbreviated to, is a game that produces lots of action and therefore the pots are generally much larger than the equivalent Texas Hold'em game, which explains why many top professional poker players play it as their game of choice.
Although it has always been popular in online poker circles but it became even more so in 2009 when a then unknown player high stakes player by the name of “Isildur1” quite literally burst onto the online poker scene and began playing the very best in the business at the high variance PLO tables. The player, who we now know to be Sweden's Victor Blom, battled it out against the like of Tom “Durrrr” Dwan, Patrick Antonius and Phil Ivey with spectacular results, which included being involved in not one but two pots that were over $1,000,000 each!
Pot-limit Omaha is also a very popular WSOP poker tournament too and last year's $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha World Championship Event attracted 346 players, creating a prize pool of $3,252,400, of which the lion's share of $780,599 was won by Daniel Alaei, another one of the world's top PLO players.