Obviously all our talk about overlay is getting heard, 2 extra people signed up for this weeks event. Now that Im finished being sarcastic, the EV on this tourney is as good as ever, I really can’t believe more people aren’t taking advantage of this overlay!
This week was another reminder to always play those pocket pairs strong in heads up. Dirkthework raised from the small blind holding sanghoki 7’s, and ftldway re-raised all in with A-6 of diamonds. Dirkthework made the call and it was pocket pairs vs an Ace in the hand.
Ftldway flopped a 6 to gain a few outs, but no further help came, and the pocket pair held up. Dirkthework took home $5,400 for his afternoons work. I guess my father was right, hard work does pay off, but you have to put the work in. (Did those jokes really work?)
Clearly with the jump in attendance this week at least 2 people read the blog last week, join them and take your shot at $20,000 guaranteed next weekend!
Stars outshine the pro’s at the NBC National HeadsUp Championships
The first big upset came when actor Don Cheadle defeated Phil Ivey. Daniel Negreanu picked this upset in his blog “I’m very tempted to go for the upset here, seriously. Phil is flying in late and doesn’t seem to be playing much poker recently. Don, on the other hand, can enter this match with a “nothing to lose” attitude and that might propel him to victory if he dedicates himself to playing aggressively.” Cheadle was beaten by Scott Fisherman in the second round and that upset ended there.
Over in the clubs bracket a bigger upset has loomed large, and it came in pink and pigtails – Shannon Elizabeth. The first round was a celebrity shootout when Elizabeth faced off with Rene Angeli (Celine Dion’s husband), but after defeating Angeli things only got better for Elizabeth. Next up was her good friend, poker young gun, and 2006 WSOP revelation Jeff Madsen, no number of WSOP bracelets could save Madsen and Elizabeths roll continued. After taking out a young gun her next matchup little tougher, experienced pro Barry Greenstein, but not even Greenstein could slow down her advance as she rolled though the early stages. The shark, Humberto Brenes was next and despite making plenty of noise early in the tournament Elizabeth (or tournament directors) put an end to that, and Brenes met the same fate as everyone else who has faced off with Elizabeth in this years tourney.
Now Elizabeth has to face off against another big performer from last years WSOP, runner-up Paul Wasicka for a place in the final against the winner of the the other semi-final either Gavin Smith or Chad Brown. Wasicka was a late call up to the event to replace former champion Phil Hellmuth, who was unable to make it to the event because of travel problems.
Sadly there will be no more Chris Ferguson bridesmaid stories after he was bundled out in the first round, maybe he saw the picture of him in a dress and thought a repeat was best avoided. And his bride from last year will also be missing out on a trip to the alter this year. Ted Forest survied the first two rounds, defeating Sam Farha and Shawn Sheikhan (the latter in the longest match of this years tourney) but his run came to an end in the third round at the hands of Nam Le.
After having the pleasure of meeting Shannon Elizabeth in the flesh at the Aussie Millions, I wont hide who Im hoping will win.