Sunday, February 10, 2013

WSOP-2013: Week #24

It's Sunday, so time for a recap of this past week's progress for the 2013 WSOP:
  • Strategy Books Read:
    • Wining Poker Tournament: One Hand at a Time, Vol 1: Got through a dozen or so hands this week in volume 1. A lot of good information buried within each hand, but perhaps the biggest repeating lesson I keep reading is the one about paying close attention to the size of your opponents chip stacks. Over and over again, the authors are remarking on the number of big blinds their opps have, how likely they are to re-shove, how desperate they are, whether they have enough left behind to fold to a 3bet, and so on.  This ties in strongly with Snyder's admonition in PTF1 that unless you're constantly putting yourself in the head of your opponents vis-a-vis their stack size, you don't have a prayer of winning a big poker tournament. A poker tournament is a continual rock-paper-scissors affair, but substitute chips-cards-position for the traditional Roshambo items. 
  • Videos Watched:
    • Watched 4-5 TPE videos, including some hand histories by Big Dog Pocket Fives. His main lesson he imparts for deepstack MTT poker is that you can't go wrong folding too much in the early stages of an MTT. When in doubt, fold. Build an image and conserve your stack, yada yada... alas, this runs counter to Snyder's advice that you have to accumulate chips, especially in the early stages of an MTT, or you're doomed to lose too much chip utility as the blinds progress. As usual, this bug is more than a little confused...
  • Fitness:
    • Diet: Basically lots of broths and liquids this week, as I was (and still am) under the weather with a nasty bronchial infection that won't die.
    • Exercise: Unless you count restless sleep and fitful naps as exercise, I scored an "F" this week on the exercise front.
  • Tournament/SnG Results:
    • Online: Only played a couple of MTTs and three SnGs, and of these I only took second in one of the SnGs. Not a great week, but being sick like I am, I really can't expect much better.
    • Live: None played.
  • Other
    • Blog Posts. Blogged about c-betting vs. giving your opponent a chance to bluff here. Also blogged about not playing when sick here. Otherwise, it was a slow week.
    • RSS Feed. I've been told that my RSS feed isn't working properly on this blog by one reader. Has anyone else had this issue? Are you getting notices that I've posted? And, perhaps more importantly, have you had a similar issue with your own blog and/or know how to fix a faulty RSS feed? Google's help forums are remarkably, well, un-helpful on this subject. Drop me a line at if you can help. I'd really appreciate it.
Summary: Being sick sucks. As my mother-in-law likes to say, "When your health is suffering, little else in your life matters." That's how I've felt all week long, and frankly I don't feel much better this bright Sunday morning. Ugh. Need to get better soon.

All-in for now...


  1. I have a google reader and your blog shows up each time you post something new. One thing I've noticed, however, is that if I leave a comment and return later, I occasionally don't see it or any responses to it. Not sure what's up with that.

    1. Thanks Mojo. Google's Blogger is a twitchy little beast. Sometimes I see my drop-down pages from the top bar of the blog, but sometimes I don't. If I hit refresh 3 or 4 times, it eventually shows up.

      Don't know what's up with the comments, although I've noticed their appearance seems correlated with the drop-down page thing, too. Next time you don't see you comment, check to see if there are drop-down pages; I'll bet they're gone during that viewing.