Wednesday, June 09, 2010

WSOP Academy Day 2

The second day was started by finishing up the theory and discussing the tournament we all played in the night before. The person sitting next to me at the poker table was the winner of the event and he won a chance to play for the main event seat early July. The prize was worth about $6000 to $7000 and of course the opportunity to play for more. I do wish him luck in the coming tournaments. He is also scheduled to attend another class in preparation for the event. Second and third place received the buyin to another class from the Academy.

We started working at the tables again with the three pros. They took turns alternating tables about every 30 to 45 minutes. Each time learning something new and to be able to learn what to do in our betting. Every hand tells a story and we have to be good readers of the hands. We are now given our ranges and the information on how to bet and when to bet. Read the story. Listen and watch the patterns the players will give you. As Mark Sief said he is very tired when done with a session of poker. You should be so involved that you don't know what is happening around you other than what is happening with those at the table.

At the end of the day we did take a test and I was happy to see that I was in the top 5% of the class in decision making. Wish I could have used that last night in the tournament. Of course if we all knew then what we learned in the two days it may have been a different ending.

After the class I went and found something to eat and then went to the pavilion and amazon room to watch the tournaments being played. I was able to watch the likes of Jen Harmon, Mike Matasow, David Williams, Erik Lindgren, Carlos Mortenson, Vanessa Ruosso, Amarillo Slim and Jonathan Little. It was fun while I was standing there that one of the dealers came up next to me and we started talking about the pros. He started relaying some stories to me and it was interesting. It was fun.

Tomorrow it was time to do the Hand Analysis. Off to the room and get some sleep.

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