New Blog! (Sorta)

It took almost two years, I’ve actually updated my blog. Hopefully at some point I’ll put some actual content here before the 2014 World Series of Poker starts in May.

Until then, ttfn

July 8 Reset

WSOP ME Day 1A

Day 1A of the 2012 WSOP Main Event is in the books, with 1,066 players parting with $10,000 Saturday afternoon. After five 2-hour levels of play, 657 players will return with chips to the Amazon room Tuesday at 12pm. The table draw for the returning Day 1A players can be found here.

Day 1B will start around 12pm today, with UFC legend and 888.com sponsored pro Georges St. Pierre handing the “Shuffle Up and Deal!” command. There will be a 20-minute break at the end of each 2-hour level. At the end of the 3rd level (around 6:45pm PT), a 90-minute dinner break will commence. Play is expected to end around 12:45am with the surviving players also returning Tuesday at 12pm in the Pavillion room, separate from the Day 1A field.

Nolan Dalla recaps Day 1A on WSOP.com here.

Satellites

Sunday is the last full day of WSOP Main Event megasatellites, here’s the schedule:

10am ($550)

1pm ($1,060)

4pm ($550)

8pm ($2,080)

Late registration is available for 2 hours, 15 minutes.

If you don’t want to be in a long line with $10,000 in your hand Monday morning, you can play the $1,060 8am last-chance megasatellite turbo.

Late reg for the Monday turbo is available for 40 minutes.

July 6 Reset

NOTE: I’m going to try and stay off the grid for the next several hours as I make my way to Las Vegas. My main reason for being there is to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event. If interested, check out my thread in the 2+2 Marketplace, a few spots still available.

Anyways, you’ve very likely been pointed here because I Tweeted about it. During the WSOP, I received hundreds of @mentions asking me about various aspects of what’s happening that day and what will happen in the very near future. I certainly appreciate answering everyone’s queries, but when asked the same question multiple times, it really abuses people’s timelines when people could just search my own timeline for the answer.

The purpose of this blog post (and hopefully more in the coming days) is to have one central location for your WSOP needs and who don’t see the Daily Shuffle posted at WSOP.com each morning so here we go.*


But First…

Here’s other tournament action around Vegas, thanks to Kenny Hallaert’s 2012 Poker in Vegas spreadsheet:

Venetian:

12pm - $1,100 (late registration until 3:15)


Bellagio:

12pm - $1,080 (late registration until 5:45)

WSOP July 6


The only tournament starting today is the WSOP National Championship. The $1,000,000-added prize pool will have a maximum of 200 entrants. Half of the field will consist of 100 qualifiers from the season long WSOP Circuit. Their stacks will be in play from the start, at 12:00pm PT. The remaining field will consist of up to 100 players, each paying $10,000, qualifying by making the combined top 100 from the 2010 and 2011 WSOP and WSOP Europe Player of the Year standings. These players have until 2:55pm PT to register.

The structure sheet for this event is a bit faster than the usual WSOP bracelet events taking place at the Rio in Las Vegas, with 40 minute levels. There will be a break every 3 levels, with a 1-hour dinner break at the end of level 9, as play ends for the day after 15 levels. Play will resume on Saturday to bring the field down to the final table, with play halted until July 11 when the final table takes place in the ESPN “mothership” in the Amazon room, filmed for broadcast on the Worldwide Leader in Sports in August.

WSOP Main Event Satellites

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will each have 4 mega-satellites for the Main Event. The schedule is as follows:

10am: $550 buy-in
1pm: $1,060 buy-in
4pm: $550 buy-in
8pm: $2,080 buy-in

Late registration and re-entry for the above satellites is 2 hours, 15 minutes after the start of each mega-satellite.

Table Draws

$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Action resumes at 1pm with ten one-hour levels, with a one-hour dinner break after six levels of play. The 786 surviving players first goal is reaching the money bubble when 469 remain.

$10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 2-7 Single Draw Lowball

54 players return at 2pm today to play down to the final table of seven. Only 14 will make the money.

Finishing Final Tables

Gregory Merson (9,385,000) faces off against Keith Lehr (4,380,000) in the conclusion of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max event. Both players are guaranteed $701,757 with the winner taking down a cool $1,136,197. Commentary from David Tuchman (on a five-minute delay, no hole cards) will be available here starting at 1pm PT.

Three remain in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better when action resumes at 2pm PT. Roch Cousineau (2,320,000) leads Viacheslav Zhukov (1,550,000) and Chris Bell (580,000). A stream (no commentary or hole cards) will be available here.


Daily Deepstacks

The usual array of DeepStack tournaments held in the Pavillion room will run (space permitting) with a $235 tournament at 2pm, a $185 event starting at 6pm, and a concluding $135 tilt starting at 10pm. Late registration and re-entry is available in each tournament for 2 hours, 20 minutes.

* Any other questions/concerns/etc. that appear during the day, I will attempt to add them below this space.

Figures I’d not remember a WSOP event.

Happening now is the $560 Bracelet Bounty Event, knock out a bracelet winner, earn $500.

Late registration open until 2:15pm PT


For the Poker Media:

Living It, Loving It - the tournament organizers behind arranging the Prague Poker Festival and other tournament activities/hotel planning, etc. are holding a media briefing at Mandalay Bay today from 4-6pm. More details available here.