Dear Dr Tom,
What sort of bankroll would you recommend for live cash games and low stakes tournaments? I have a couple of hundred quid kicking about and thought about spinning it up at £30 freezeouts and low stakes cash games. If you were to take £300 to the poker tables with a view to making a lot of money, how would you go about it?
Naheem, Hemel Hempsted
Best thing so far? I’ve been washing the bracelet every day; it’s a beautiful bracelet. No plans to sell it on eBay.
From Black-hoodied Villain to Champion: Jonathan Duhamel Wins 2010 WSOP Main Event by Paul ‘Dr. Pauly’ McGuire .
If tournament poker were a lottery where the prize was to spend a night with Heather Graham, the prizes would be as follows. Ninety-nine of the nights would end with you being punched in the stomach by Heather, and one would end with you sleeping with her.
Poker players have almost limitless potential to improve because there is such a vast gulf between theoretical perfection and the level of play of which even the best pros are capable. There are so many little areas that can be tweaked, enhanced and refined.
Dear Dr Tom,
What advice would you give for someone considering a deal at the tournament final table?
Lucas, West Drayton
After a summer of heady WSOP dreams and Vegas simulations, it’s time to get back to the classroom. The nights are drawing in, it’s raining outside, and it’s time to do some maths.
By Paul Jackson .
One of the most common words used to justify actions by poker players these days is “equity”, and I think it is time someone stood up for this poor over-used and often abused word, which is often thrown into sentences left, right and centre by less-than-knowledgeable people. Equity is so often the fall guy for the pain suffered by players on the occasions when a little knowledge in the wrong hands has proved a dangerous to be a dangerous thing.
“The first feeling is relief. Then afterwards it’s like, “Oh my God, I just won the Main Event!” Then you’re just randomly cheerful all the time. I mean, I’m still pretty happy today because – hey, I won the Main Event!”