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The WSOP 2017

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The largest yearly poker event in the world begins on May 30th with 74 bracelets up for grabs at the Rio in Las Vegas. If you love poker, this is the place to be this summer as they have events for every level of player.   The big change this year is the elimination of the November Nine as the WSOP main event will end in July on the 22nd. I have attended nearly every year since 1998 and it is something I just do not like to miss. The link to the 2017 WSOP schedule is below.

The entire city will be part of the poker craze as a number of poker rooms will be holding their own tournament series’ including the Deep Stacks at the Venetian, the Grand at the Golden Nugget, The Goliath at Planet Hollywood, the Wynn Summer Classic at the Wynn, and the Aria Poker Classic at the Aria.

Whether you just want to spend a few hundred or tens of thousands of dollars it is easy to find something. I will dabble in a few events for the 10 days I am there including the COLOSSUS and HORSE events at the WSOP and most likely a few other smaller mixed game events around town. I am also very fond of the daily $235 NLH events at the Rio starting at 2pm. While I do like the tournaments, the hours are long and the payouts are geared to be big on top and very small at the bottom with the first cashes being less than twice the buy-in. Playing 10-15 hours for a min-cash is frustrating. While making a final table or winning an event is spectacular, the odds are very long against that happening as you must play flawlessly and then have some luck on your side. I would much rather grind the cash games where I come and go as I please and can search out the best games and opponents to play.

I despise No-Limit Holdem for the most part, but some of the 1-2, 1-3, and 2-5 games around town are like free money when novice players decide to splash pot after pot with little holdings. I usually play these games very late at night. Otherwise, I am looking for mixed games. 10-20 HOSE or 10-20 OE is my bread and butter with 50-100 Stud 8 being my dream game. The big Stud 8 game is challenging, and it tends to be full of players who know each other making it very uncomfortable the few times I have had the opportunity. The smaller games have grinders mainly from L.A. but the feeling of team play is much less at those levels.

Bankroll is everything.   With my kid in her junior year of college, costs are high and I tend to be a bit more cautious. Last year was magical as I seemed to win at everything I played. Hopefully, that will carry over to this year even though I have not played much in 2017. I begin my journey next Friday which will end my DFS play for a while as it is illegal in Nevada. I will be posting updates on my action on twitter @CHRISBOUCHARD88.


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