February 24, 2013 |
Outside of the Lakers, Jerry Buss had another great love: playing poker. So the World Poker Tour put together a video to honor the Lakers owner, who died last week, and on Saturday, the WPT paid tribute to Buss at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, at the commencement of the L.A. Poker Classic. Buss took second place in the WPT Celebrity Invitational in 2003. He came in third in the 1991 World Series of Poker seven-card stud event. "I don't know whether poker prepared me for the Lakers or if the Lakers prepared me for poker -- maybe a little bit at the same time," Buss said in 2003.
October 17, 2010 |
Many pros express frustration that their raises don't always get a lot of respect because amateurs want to beat them in a pot or go home with a story if they lose to the name player. To counter that, a lot of pros will take some shots with surprising hands that can both take down a big pot and send a message to the table, as top pro Michael Mizrachi did in this hand from the 2010 World Series of Poker $10,000-buy-in main event. With blinds at $100-$200, the player in Seat 5 limped.
July 25, 2010 |
Getting value for your hand is about determining the best way to induce a mistake from your opponent. Against a calling station, you'd likely bet with the expectation that he'd call with a worse hand. Against an aggressive player, you'd consider playing passively in hopes he might bluff at the pot, as young pro Mike Sowers demonstrated in this hand from the World Poker Tour's $15,000-buy-in Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Las Vegas' Bellagio in 2009. With blinds at $400-$800 plus a $75 ante, Sowers open-raised to $2,000 from the hijack seat with Q-10 offsuit.
July 11, 2010 |
Sometimes you have all the elements you need to pull off a bluff, but then your opponent spoils it by making a call. It's not a total loss, however, if you can turn a misread into some information useful later on, as top young pro Eric Baldwin found in this hand from the World Poker Tour's $15,000-buy-in Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Las Vegas' Bellagio in 2009. With blinds at $100-$200 plus a $25-chip ante, Baldwin raised to $575 from middle position with 6-4 offsuit.
February 14, 2010 |
Whether you are trying to extract value or run an opponent off a hand, betting on the river is not just a matter of reading your opponent's betting pattern but also your own. You'll be losing chips if you don't realize when your opponent is giving you credit for a bigger hand than you actually hold and would fold to a bet. In this hand from the World Poker Tour's $15,000-buy-in Doyle Brunson World Poker Classic at Las Vegas' Bellagio in 2008, with...
January 24, 2010 |
One of the biggest advantages the top pros hold over lesser players -- amateurs, especially -- is the ability to play after the flop. Each street brings more cards and more betting rounds. Pot odds change. So does the context of the board. The longer a hand goes, the better the chance the experienced player can further define the range of hands an opponent is likely to be holding. It's all about gathering information. Sometimes, however, all the information you need presents itself in the pre-flop betting, as poker legend Johnny Chan deduced in this hand from the World Poker Tour's $15,000-buy-in Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Las Vegas' Bellagio in 2008.