Ok so it’s that time of year. The 2010 WSOP kicks off May 28 with the annual employees event. I wanted to write a blog posting to give you guys a little prep for Vegas Poker during the WSOP.
Tournaments – Of course the WSOP has great tournaments. Everyone is looking to get that bracelet. However for most this is just a dream. The wsop has improved the blind structures of all the NL events. As of last year you now get triple the buy-in in starting chips and deep structures. This provides plenty of play for everyone. And yes it now favours the pros (slightly for the 1k events). We no longer see the flipaments that occurred 4 or 5 years ago when you only got double the amount of chips relative to your buyin. In addition to the wsop events the Rio is now featuring June $550 No-Limit Hold’em Tournaments (Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1:00 PM throughout June).
If you want to read the official WSOP rules… click here for the pdf.
Main event – satellites: Jump into the Sit-n-go’s satellite room. You can get into the main event and other events via Sit-n-go’s. Or you can play one of the many mega satellites (however the structures are bingo ish). Or you can try your luck online.
Best value for your money – Venetian DEEP STACK EXTRAVAGANZA III
MAY 28TH THROUGH JULY 15TH, 2010. These tournaments bring out a wide variety players (both amateur and pros). So there is a lot of dead money in the field. And the buyins for the tournaments are quite small compared to the wop events. When I play these events I shoot for the top. If you don’t finish top 10 you aren’t really going to enjoy a nice payday. So I don’t mind going broke early on.
For a schedule of the deep stack series go to : http://venetian.com/uploadedFiles/The_Venetian/Gaming/PokerRoom/Deep_Stack/DeepStackIII10.pdf
For Deep Stack Extravaganza Blind Structures visit: http://venetian.com/Pages.aspx?id=458
Cash games – For lower limit cash games ($1/$2 nl and $2/$5) I would recommend playing where the pros won’t be found. Some suggestions would be: The Hard Rock, MGM Grand, Palms, and even the small room at the Rio. I strongly recommend you check out the small room at the Rio beside the sports book as they offer uncapped NL games.
If you are looking for bigger buyin events you will have to check out the 4 big boys (Belagio, Wynn, Venetian and Ceasars). The Rio also features a cash room during the wsop for all the limits.
Best advice: Play smart and try not to go broke. Allocate a certain amount of money for tournaments and for cash games. Don’t try to outdo yourself. If you are running bad or playing bad take some time off. If you are going down for a long period it is good to hit a gym. Most hotels have one. If they don’t you can also go to the Gold Coast and sneak in to there gym (located beside the pool).
If you have any questions feel free to give me a shout!