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WSOP Team Bets on Shaky Ground

20 Jun 2009

Jeff Lisandro is currently crushing in the 7 Card Stud 8 or better event, great for my ESPN Fantasy team, but not so good for my team bets. Here are the players involved in the team bets I have, followed by the current standings. I'm still in the $2000 limit hold'em event also:

Daniel Negreanu 155
Jeff Lisandro 155
Greg Meuller 140
John Juanda 135
Matt Glantz 90
Justin "BoostedJ" Smith 57
Barry Greenstien 35
Shawn Buchanen 35
Erick Lindgren 20
Chris Ferguson 0
Mike Matusow 0
Mike Watson 0

So my team has 175 points and here are the other team totals:

Lisandro/Greenstien 190
Ferguson/Greenstien 35
Juanda/Greenstien 170
Meuller/Glantz/Buchanen (top two of three) 230 but 15 points deducted so 215
Matusow/BoostedJ 57
Watson/BoostedJ 57

The biggest bet is the Juanda?Greenstien match and we have a slim lead there. Pressure is on, and I ended day one below average but have great history in this event, winning it last year and in 2004.

There are subtle nuances to playing limit hold'em tournaments that even some of the great limit players in the world get wrong. One mistake in particular deals with being more concerned with concealing the strength of their hand than actually playing the hand the best way it can be played in a typical field with weaker opponents. I'll use K-Q suited as an example. That hand plays better against four players than it does against one lone pre-flop raiser. I often see successful online players specifically, misplay these types of hands in certain situations because they "always three bet," but that often leaves them heads up with say, A-J, instead of four ways with hands like Q-10, K-8 suited, and 4d 5d. This isn't going to turn into a limit hold'em lecture, but trust me, I'm definitely right about this one.

OK, time for bed... work tomorrow. If I happen to bust from the limit hold'em there is a 10k PLO event at 5:00pm. In fact, I will likely buy into that event regardless. Need to get back to work.

WSOP Player of the Year Standings:

1. Ville Wahlbeck 255
2. Phil Ivey 225
3. Brock Parker 220
3. James Van Alstyne 220
5. Roland De Wolfe 195
6. Pete Vilandros 175
6. Angel Guillen 175
8. Daniel Alaei 165
9. Steve Sung 160
10. Daniel Negreanu 155
10. Jeff Lisandro 155

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