Summer Pokerz, Had Me a Blast

Before I start, I wrote this blog last night before I heard the news today about Aida. I have posted some thoughts today already but in this blog, I want to say thank you to her. She is the reason I started this blog and since she was well educated in many languages including English, she helped me with my early days of writing. I am no where near a professional writer, but I feel like I can express my thoughts a lot better after she helped me. Every blog I ever write in the future will always remind me if the time we spent together talking and laughing at some of the stupid shit I was trying to say in these blogs.

Aida, you will always be in my heart and I thank you for everything to did for me. RIP

Hey all. I know it’s a corny title, but I just watched Grease last night and can’t get that stupid song out of my head so I figured, why not write a blog  about the upcoming events in Vegas this summer and maybe help a few people that are going there this year for the first time. It will be my 8th year in a row going up to play some WSOP events and I am looking forward to not only mashing souls on the felt, but hanging out with some friends I only get to see once a year.

First of all, if you are a semi serious or serious poker player, you can hopefully find time to get up to Vegas sometime in the month of June. It will blow your mind. There are thousands of players from around the world that make the trek to Vegas every year for the Series. They come from places that I will guarantee you have never heard of.

Next, the action is crazy. Every type of card game at any limit you can find almost 24/7 in most of the casinos around town. Every casino that has a poker room is running some kind of event so not only can you play at different places, you can play a tournament as low as a $20 buy in all the way up to 50k. If you are a cash player, all the rooms are pretty crowded and even though it might take you a little longer to get a seat, the action is nuts with a lot of recreational players just having fun and not really worrying about if they win or lose, which in the end is very good for our bankrolls.

Now I’d like to share a few of my thoughts on how to prepare for your trip. These are things that I have learned after 8 years of heading up there trying to make money. It is very fun to be there and play every day, but I do believe there is a way to maximize your enjoyment and hopefully give yourself the best chance to win. This may take two blogs but let’s see how it goes.

When booking my trip, I would plan to be there a day early before your first event. Get there, check in, relax, and go to the site that you are going to play the next day. Check out the surroundings and if at all possible, sign up the night before. The lines to buy into MTT’s an hour before tend to get a little long and if you have to wait to play, I feel you may get a little annoyed and not be ready to sit down and play your A game.

When you bust out of your event that day (yes it’s going to happen), take a little time to come down and relax. I am notorious for jumping into another event right away and I don’t think I ever played my A game in the next event. I personally need 20/30 minutes at least to regroup and then decide if I can mentally prepare for the next event. Some people are different and think they can play 3 events a day, but unless you are a pro and used to this, I do not think it is the right choice. With 10 events going every day somewhere, please remember you don’t have to play another one that instant. Relax, maybe play cash or a satellite later if you really want to spend more time on the felt playing. I am pretty sure the results of players in their 2nd and 3rd events of the day aren’t that good.

Jumping back a little, before I leave for Vegas, I actually plan my whole schedule of events that I want to play on the trip. Even if I am only going for a weekend, I want to do a little research and try and figure out what events give me the best chance to not only have fun, but put myself in a position to make money. I used to just wing it. I would bust out, jump on my phone, and try to find something to play. Doing it the new way of scheduling ahead of time, I know exactly what I want to play, what casino is hosting it, and what time it starts. The schedule may change a lot when you are there due to an early bust out or a deep run, but having a base to go off of really helps you stay on track and accomplish everything you want to while you are there.

If you are planing to stay over a week, schedule a day off. Trust me when I say you are probably going to need it. We all need a day to let our minds relax and bodies come down off of the high stress of poker. Good thing about this is that you are in Vegas and there are tons of things to do away from the poker tables. It will be over 100 degrees everyday, so maybe a nice day at the pool enjoying the scenery or a fun night at the OG making it rain (don’t worry ladies, they have the male strippers upstairs). Whatever you decide, you will feel rejuvenated and ready to mash souls the next day.

The last thing I want to talk about in this blog is when you are there, try to take it all in and enjoy the experience. Not often in this life we get to play a game we love with people from around the world. Some of my greatest times up there was sitting in cash games where I was the only American and we all shared things about our cultures and really had a great time. I know we all want to win money (it is the bottom line) but I think some people get so caught up in that part of it that they lose sight of what is going on around them.

This blog did go a little long so I will do another one on what I feel are the good events to play while you are there. BGJ and I have long discussions about what to play and what not to play and I would be happy to share some thoughts with you guys. I will post that blog before I leave on May 29th (my bday btw) for my first trip of the summer.

Take care and have a great week.

 

Dan

 

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