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Poker News: January 10th, 2011

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HEADLINE: Four Months to WSOP: Is This Your Year?

This may come as a surprise, but the 2011 World Series of Poker is only four months away from the kick-off of summer tournaments in Las Vegas. Four months!

The WSOP executives have not yet released the actual list of tournaments, but they did send a save-the-date memo in December, noting that the first day of action for the 2011 WSOP will be Thursday, May 31. There will be 50 straight days of poker at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas, including the $10,000 buy-in Main Event with its four starting days - Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10 - and the November Nine will be discovered sometime on Tuesday, July 19. All of the details will likely be announced in the very near future.

What this all means is that it’s time to start thinking about your WSOP plans. Whether you’ve been there before or hope to make this your first year, this is the time of year to begin making arrangements and coming up with a game plan for your summer of WSOP winning.

The first and most important consideration is obviously one’s bankroll. With the cheapest tournament of the summer being a $1,000 buy-in, the bankroll should be able to accommodate that amount - or higher - without depletion or a dent so severe that a loss would devastate that account. However, should the WSOP be a lifelong dream, speak to family members for advice about the possibility of dipping into a savings account without risking shelter or any of life’s necessities. Keep in mind that a trip to Las Vegas is more than simply the buy-in amount, as transportation and accommodations should be figured in to the expense category.

This is the time, however, to look at various options to boost one’s bankroll or win a seat into the World Series. Opportunities will begin appearing soon on websites like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and others, and satellites will be available for a very small investment. Thousands of people win their seats to the Main Event and smaller tournaments each year, and poker skills withstanding, there is no reason that you should not be one of them in 2011. In addition, sites like ESPN and others will be offering freerolls to award a seat to the Main Event. Monitor websites for those dates and make sure to give it your best shot.

Should you happen to live in or near a city where live casino action offers tournaments, this is the time to hone your live skills. It is the perfect opportunity to boost confidence and score some cash that could make that WSOP trip a reality. But regardless of proximity to local events, there is always online poker, and a bankroll can be built on a few hours a day through cash games or tournaments and a more intense study of the game.

This is also the chance to get together with friends and arrange a weekly home game in which some of the prize money each week goes to a tournament fund. The overall winner can take that money to the WSOP and play on behalf of the group. Many players work out an arrangement with friends - all on paper and notarized, by the way - to send one or more of the home game group to Las Vegas, with others taking a share of the possible winnings.

The second consideration should be the choice of tournament(s) to play at the WSOP. Though the schedule is not yet released, there will be certainly be some of the staple offerings, such as several open $1,000 and $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments, the $1,000 ladies-only event, and the $10,000 Main Event, as well as PLO, stud, and other poker variations. Think seriously about the options in proportion to your bankroll and skills.

Personally, I take a public stance against the ladies event each year, though I will not do that in this column. Some women look forward to it each summer and will play nothing else. All I will do is suggest looking at investing that $1,000 into an open event, where the prize pool is exponentially bigger and the chances of cashing are greater.

Other considerations regarding the 2011 WSOP include the aforementioned transportation and accommodations, as well as support from friends and family, vacation time from a primary job, and the importance of this to each individual as a poker player.

We’ll look at all of these things in the coming months. As the WSOP approaches, I’ll address some of the concerns and questions of Woman Poker Player readers. Take a moment to email me at with issues you’d like addressed in this space, and I’ll provide answers as best I can in the months to come

Article downloaded from the World Wide Web on January 10th, 2011

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