Posts Tagged ‘jack-effel’

ESPN Standard Time

by , Jul 12, 2008 | 1:06 pm

(Lost first post because of Rio internet. F!@$&! Abbreviated version here.)

The goal of Day 4 was to play five levels, though it the tournament staff noted that if the field dwindled from the starting number of 474 down to the 175-200 range, play may be stopped after four levels. So, Level 19 played until…189 players remained and a random announcement came that play ended for the day. Huh? With 38 minutes left in the level, they were done for the day.

While straight answers are hard to come by, it is widely accepted that ESPN makes decisions like that. Dr. Pauly speculated that the ESPN featured table was the next one to break, and instead of going through the hassle of moving players and setting up new ones on the stage – attaching microphones, making sure they understand the hole card cameras, etc. – it was easier to end play for the day and start over on Day 5. Voila! It was done.

Today, players are scheduled to play the 38 remaining minutes of Level 19, then the regularly scheduled five levels. Tournament director Jack Effel announced that although that is the plan, it will be reevaluated throughout the day as the field continues to dwindle.

It only took those 38 minutes to see the field shrink from the original 189 to 177. They’re going fast. Hope that fits into ESPN Standard Time.

(Way) Outside the WSOP – (Main Event Day 4 Evening Update)

by , Jul 11, 2008 | 8:27 pm

About 215 players head towards their 90 minute dinner break, knowing that they’re only playing one more level when they return around 9:45pm. At that point, they should be under the magical 175 figure tournament director Jack Effel had mentioned when play could possibly be stopped early. Saturday is scheduled for another 5 two-hour levels, while on Sunday they play down to the final 27.

The chip leader appears to be Jeremy Joseph, currently atr 2.8m in chips, 1m more than Brandon Cantu in 2nd. Today’s been a moving day for many pros (live and online), as Allen Cunningham, David “raptor” Benefield, APT winner David Saab, and Alex Outhred have moved into the top 10, More notable names left include Phil Hellmuth, Gus Hansen, Mike Matusow, Hoyt Corkins, Raja Kattamuri, Chip Jett, and Adam “roothlus” Levy. There’s less than 10 female players left (Alana Morin leads the ladies with 1m in chips), but two of them are more known for their work in front of the microphone, as Tiffany Michelle (Pokernews reporter) and Kara Scott (EPT hostess) survived the dinner break as well.

More updates later, as the Amazon room gets more deserted by the elimination…

Wayne Newton Kicks Off 2008 WSOP Main Event

by , Jul 3, 2008 | 1:25 pm

The 2008 World Series of Poker main event – $10,000 World Championship No-Limit Hold’em – is underway!

Just a minute or so after noon, the players were allowed in the Amazon Room to find their seats. After a bit of confusion over table numbers and section colors, everyone was in place and the intros began.

Tournament Director Jack Effel said a few words, and Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack introduced Wayne Newton. Yes, the Wayne Newton! Maybe I’m old school (no jokes on my birthday, please!), but Wayne is a classic. And from my close-up view, despite the heavy make-up, his skin was flawless and he was full of energy and smiles. It didn’t hurt his look to be surrounded by about 10 dancers from the Jubilee show at Bally’s, either. There was also an appearance by the UNLV marching band, but to be honest, I was a little too mesmerized by Mr. Las Vegas to know what song they played.

After Wayne did the “Shuffle up and deal!” honors, the cards were in play.

Numbers? We certainly won’t have anything official until after the first break, but initial rumblings have the number at only 1400. The cap would have been 2700. E-gads. With that said, most players I know have signed up for Day 1C or 1D, so the numbers could definitely pick up as the days go by. But right now, the final number is anyone’s guess.

We’ll keep you updated as the day progresses and as I irritate myself by humming “Danke Schoen” over and over…

(Way) Outside the WSOP (Day 15 Evening Update)

by , Jun 13, 2008 | 7:55 pm

What’s happening tonight at the WSOP as I read a post that makes you want to take AP’s side for once:


Mixed Game Mix-Ups

by , Jun 4, 2008 | 5:50 pm

Oy ve. This is complicated stuff! For the first time, the WSOP has added the $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event, which boasts of 8 different games. Not an event for the casual player. Must be why there is hardly an anonymous face in the crowd.

The tournament was 1/2 hour late to start as the dealers, tournament staff, and players tried to get settled. With the event drawing such an elite group of notable players, they wanted to have everything right. “We have the best dealers in this event,” said TD Jack Effel, after admitting this is the first time trying this many games in one event.

And not 5 minutes into the game there was a tiff between Eli Elezra and the dealer regarding the way something happened in 2-7 Triple Draw. If I had any idea what the rules of the game were, I’d let you know about the disagreement, but… All I can tell you is that the two people in front of the button will sit out on 2-7 games. (Hope that makes sense to someone!) In the end, tournament staff came over and cleared up the misunderstanding, which there was bound to be when Effel noted, “These are not the same rules that you play at Bellagio.”

Anyway, eight hands of each game will be played before switching. The games are: 2-7 triple draw lowball, limit hold’em, Omaha hi-o split 8-or-better, seven card razz, seven card stud, seven card stud hi-lo split 8-or-better, no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha.

Whew! I’m tired. And confused.

P.S. – Had my first Gus Hansen and Sammy Farha sightings of the 2008 WSOP.

2008 World Series of Poker Begins with a Band

by , May 30, 2008 | 1:59 pm

The WSOP got underway with a bang and a band. The UNLV marching band entered the Amazon Room with a rendition of “Viva, Las Vegas,” followed by a bit of an uncomfortable silence that was broken by welcome announcements from Jeffrey Pollack and Jack Effel.

Pollack told the crowd of gathering players and media that bracelet winners from years past and going forward will be given Diamond status at all Harrah’s properties around the world. Not a bad perk for the players. A few other welcoming comments and new rule advisories from the duo, and the cards were in the air.

And we’re off. Or we’re on. The $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em World Championship has begun, and though we still await the final numbers, it looks like about 350 players signed up for Event #1. The cash games are buzzing, media is getting settled in, and players are excited to be here, with the exception of those who have already busted.

More updates to come!

Set Your Tivos
WSOP expected to announce details on delayed final table tomorrow

by , Apr 30, 2008 | 10:05 pm

There’s a media conference call tomorrow with WSOP honchos Jeffrey Pollack and Jack Effel. According to the invite:

WHAT: A preview of the 39th Annual World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light to discuss what is new for 2008.

Hmm, I wonder what new stuff the WSOP commish and man charged with making sure the tournaments maintain their poker purity might want to tell us about.

The email came with one of those red exclamation points attached to it, so they obviously think it’s important. More hints:

BACKGROUND: Continuing the trailblazing efforts that have made the WSOP the richest and most prestigious poker tournament in the world, WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack will preview the 39th Annual World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light. The 2008 event begins on May 30th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is the first statement I remember receiving from the WSOP that didn’t mention the end date. So no promises, but I just have a feeling we’ll have some new and official details on a delayed main event final table in about 13.5 hours. And it’s probably a good bet that elections and poker will be the big winners during TV’s November sweeps.

Trailblazing, indeed.

Quick Day 2a Action Update

by , Jul 10, 2007 | 7:08 pm

LAS VEGAS–Tom is still alive, and getting more comfortable. He’s sitting with about 61k.

Other people we are looking for (but haven’t yet found) are Vandy Krouch — his first table of the day has already broken — and Jerry Randack. Am sure there are a few others of particular interest still left in the field … and indeed, for the first time in weeks, the actual play is getting interesting.

NOTE: If any readers out there happen to have a textual relationship with either of these guys, let me know what table they are on!

They are playing five levels today — Day 2a — or down to 350 players left, whichever comes first.

Click here to follow chip counts.

And here for the semi-live reporting.

By the way, kinda cool that the first episode of the 2007 WSOP on ESPN is airing on the TV screens in the Amazon room. Very strange deja time-warp thing seeing the action on TV just more than a month afterwards, during the same WSOP that is still going on. It’s like almost semi-live. I have a feeling that say maybe a decade from now we will look back and laugh at how this video production turnaround seemed so quick.

UPDATE: Tom has taken some hits and looks to be growing frustrated. Just watched him fold AQ — which gave him “top top” on the flop — to a bet that woulda effectively put him all-in. He’s down to about 30,000 chips. Still haven’t found Vandy, so I am starting to think he must be out.

Media crowding is also becoming an issue. Nolan Dalla just got on the PA to inform us “no sweating” of players. Fair enough. That was met by applause from some players. (I’ve been shushed twice and shooed away once when too near players in the past couple days.) Jack Effel then got on the horn to inform the “new media” that “sweating means watching.” This was met by laughter and further player applause.

Duly noted.

My Day at the WSOP: So close to winning it all

by , Jun 17, 2007 | 6:03 pm

LAS VEGAS–Technical difficulties aside … I played in a big tourney yesterday (big for me). It was the third $1,500 NLH event of the WSOP, which drew 2,315 entries. CC over at PokerWorks was cool enough to follow my action while the Fresh Princess couldn’t. I just wish I could have given him and our new-best friends at Milwaukee’s Best Light — who are running online freerolls for main event seats here — a little-more-better to write/read about.

In a nutshell, I just never got any traction. It was like riding a bull out of the gate — up and down and in control of my chips, but never firmly saddled. With my mind as clear as it could be after a morning pep talk with various yokels in web-server tech support … I got hit early when my two pair lost to a better two pair (my fault for playing A-8s) and then my “top top” lost to two pair played very passively, not giving much indication of what I was up against. But that’s OK, no panic — just shifting gears more often than I’d like. Would get down to the proverbial “chip and a chair” holding a single 500 chip in the second level. And then — call me an angle-shooter if you will — I pulled a tricky to stay alive:

Blinds were 50/100, and I had K-Js in middle position. UTG comes in for a raise to 300, and I decide this is the hand I gotta go with. I flip my chip into the pot (with a high arc) saying, “One chip!” Though I gave this overchip underraise about a 20 percent shot of working, the dealer took the bait.

“Sir, excuse me, but you did not say ‘raise.’ This is going to stand as a 300-dollar call.”

Oh, right. Sorry. Oops. I understand.

Everyone else folded, and it’s heads up as we see the flop. I couldn’t have missed more — not even runner-runner flush outs — and when the other player fires out, I fold, leaving me with two black chips change. In my mind I had doubled up, now with an M=0.667.

With this, I started to believe … just maybe possibly …it was my destiny to win. Yep, I’d be following in Tom’s bracelet-bound footsteps … doing Milwaukee’s Best Light, Put a Bad Beat on Cancer (decided to go with the official charity of the WSOP) and The Batfaces proud … all while providing inspiration for all of blog-kind! The belief continued to germinate as I climbed well out of the hole and started to get comfortable after winning a couple races.

While unable to post during the event, I was able to text-message some play-by-play to friends and colleagues. (And interestingly enough, Jack Effel announced specific rules at the start of the tourney relating to this ever-more-common practice for providing chip counts.) Here’s what my “top friends” got as Big Tourney Day progressed:

1:07 pm (pacific)
Hurt kinda early. Lost two pair to 2 pr twice.

1:08 pm
Down to 2 chips and a chair.

1:09 pm
Made it to level 2. M=5

1:33 pm
Literally down to chip and chair. But lasted longer than tom!
[Ed. Note: Tom Schneider and I had a $200 last longest bet, which he smartly hedged by saying we had to make it to Day 2 for either of us to collect.]

1:50 pm
Doubled up from 1 chip to 2. 500 to 200

2:12 pm
Oh boy. I went from 200 to 2250″ seated next to barry greenstein, whose advice i took last night.

2:21 pm
2250. Seated next to barry greenstein on 217. he said advice still good, but sometimes cards don’t cooperate.

2:26 pm
Turned my 200 into 2250. Did i already report this? I arguably shot an angle with an overchip underraise to stay alive.

2:29 pm
Walking back in room. I smell weed. Someone was clearly smoking on break.

3:04 pm
1900 left. Chips that is.

3:17 pm
Just got KOd. My 10-10 lost to AK on the river.

3:20 pm
If i win that hand i think i am good to win the tournament.

Podcasty Weekend / Future of the WSOP

by , Jan 27, 2007 | 2:05 pm

monkey.jpgDorkin’ out with the cushy headphones on … just came across an interesting interview over at Poker Podcast World. (via Shamus.)

Click here to hear Max Shapiro breakin’ down with WSOP tourney director Jack Effel.

Max Shapiro = the Diane Rehm of poker?

In this episode, Jack talks about the efforts the WSOP is going through to unionize? ensure a highest standard of dealer and floor personnel. Apparently last year’s complaints were heard loud and clear. He also reveals that a new WSOP Europe could see cards in the air as soon as September 2007. Harrah’s has other plans in the works, Effel says, for spreading the WSOP brand to the Middle East and Asia as well … coming soon: WSOP-Macau.

Oh, he also makes his “prediction” for the size of the 2007 main event field. It will certainly “grow,” says Effel, or maybe “decline a little bit.” He puts the over/under at somewhere between 7,000 and 11,000, and specifically pshaws the number set by Pokerati.

Dirty Coaching?

by , Aug 7, 2006 | 3:17 am

LAS VEGAS–So I’m following Richard Wyrick — aka Deadeye Dick — and I think he knows I’m happy to be his sounding board whenever he wants to talk poker strategy. He probably also knows that I keep coming up to him offering unsolicited advice whenever he’s on a break now, but hey, I demand the most from my athletes. When the going gets tough … it’s simple: you should try to play well. That’s the best way to win.

Just got a little more info on tournament director Jack Effel’s “no coaching” declaration.

Apparently, WPT champion Martin de Knijff was doing more than offering friendly advice to one of his poker cronies. He allegedly had secured himself a red media badge, allowing him access to “the moat,” and from there he was “coaching” at least one of his fellow Swedes still alive in the main event. Not while in hands, of course (at least not as far as I know), but in between hands with regularity — presumably in Swedish.

And that’s a no-no … particularly now that so much is at stake with every observation and decision.