Poker In The Pit: Week 5

Welcome to this week’s poker blog. With less than a month to the WSOP main event bracelets have already started to be won, and lost in Las Vegas. May 31st was the first big event being the No Limit $25,000 tournament with a prize pool of over $3,000,000.

The unlikely winner was our very own, Jake Cody from Rochdale winning a 1st prize of $851,192 and of course, his first ever WSOP bracelet.

The other big event so far was the Pot Limit Hold ‘Em Championship, where Amir Lehavot from Weston, Florida took down the first prize of $573,456. His 3rd WSOP cash but his 1st ever bracelet.

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I’ll bring you more from the big events over the next few weeks as we build up to the biggest event in any poker players calendar. The WSOP No Limit Hold ‘Em Main Event on 7th July.

Now on to this week’s questions.

What is a bad beat and how should I deal with them? J. Hobson, Dinnington

A bad beat is basically any situation where you are a big favourite in a hand and get out drawn by a lesser hand. There is no easy answer to this other than adjust to how the beat affected you. If you have plenty of chips simply shrug it off as bad luck and move on. If you find yourself on tilt from the beat take a long break from the game to calm down and refresh. One thing good to take from a bad beat is you get the information from the opponent that they will call with weak hands so if you’re smart you can use this to your advantage.

What is a hero call? Barry Smith, Gainsborough

A hero call is when a player calls a big raise which he believes to be a bluff with something like Ace high. If you make a hero call it’s truly a great feeling to know that you had such a good read on your opponent but always be careful as a bad read can make for very small chip stack.

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How should my stack grow with the blinds in a tournament? J. Bell, Worksop

This would depend on your style of play and other chip stacks at the table. Some people say you should maintain at least 20 big blinds, other say 10. Personally before a tournament starts I’ll work out the total number of chips in play and divide this by the amount of players paid to give me the average amount needed to cash.


Don’t Tap The Aquarium!! People who are new to cards or play with very little skill are known as fish. These are the people you want to be playing against as they are the opponents you will easily beat. Do not give them tips at the table on improving even though you like to sound like a pro. DON’T TAP THE AQUARIUM… DON’T FEED THE FISH!!

Thanks again to everyone who emails questions and makes this blog possible.

Until next week, good luck at the tables!

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