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Over the last few weeks Mike Sexton has been providng us with tips about how to become better at poker, he’s given 5 Poker Tips for Newbies and 8 Tips To Win At Poker so far. Now we’re hoping he follows his own advice as he’ll be playing at the upcoming World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship. I caught up with to get this thoughts on the event.
I’m going – and playing!
Our last WPT Canada event at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal was a whopping success with well over 1000 entries. I was unable to attend that event but I’m very excited about the upcoming WPT Canadian Spring Championship (May 3-9) at Playground because I’m going – and playing! The Canadians love their poker so another large turnout is expected. (For those who can’t make it, the final table is being live streamed.). Hope to see you in Montreal!
The Gangs All Here
From what we’ve heard ‘confirmed players include Jeff Gross, Kara Scott, Bruce Buffer, past WPT Player of the Year winners Gavin Smith, Andy Frankenberger, Joe Serock, Faraz Jaka, and Jonathan Little, and WPT Champions Club members Anthony Gregg, Jonathan Roy, Ravi Raghavan, and Steve Brecher’
Jose Martin Lugo from Peru has been playing at Titan Poker since last December. His nickname is “JMDevil” and his preference is tournament play.
“Sit ‘n’ go tournaments,” he tells us. “But occasionaly I like to play guaranteed prize tournaments as well.”
Jose is not one of our big tournament winners, yet, but one day soon he may be one of our best players. We caught up with Jose and asked him some questions about playing online poker.
What is your biggest online tournament win so far?
Fourth place in the $ 3,000 Depositor Bonus Token freeroll, earning $ 240.
Were there any memorable hands that you can remember?
Yes, on one hand I have 77 in utg, raise 3BB, everyone folds and the BB re-raises to 7BB. I call. The flop is 744, he bets 3/4 pot and I raise all-in because I think I have a strong enough hand if he calls. He pays and shows AA. Turn A. I have only one out. What do you think? Yes, the river is the last 7.
Have you ever played a land-based tournament, and if so, which one and what was it like?
No, but I’d like to!
When did you first begin playing poker?
At the beginning of 2008 with my friends. It was so exciting and I have not stopped playing so far, but now I play with a little more professionalism.
What have you done to improve your poker skills?
At first I read many books, that helps a lot at first, but then you realize that the only way to keep improving and strengthening your style of play is to play as many hands as possible, studying and analyzing errors made by other players.
What is your advice for new poker players?
I don’t think I’m the right person to give advice, but from experience I would tell new players that poker is consistency. Poker is not about winning one or two tournaments or avoiding winless streaks. It’s being consistent with good play. A good player may lose with AA against A4 but over time, the one with AA will play and recover, whereas the A4 will lose all advantage as quickly as he got it. And what I recommend is to play at one of the best online rooms and not just because I play there, I have had the opportunity to play in many rooms, but only Titan Poker gives me the confidence, support and ease of withdrawals. This is just not the case at other rooms. Play at Titan Poker!
What are your poker goals for 2013?
To play a big tournament in and/or outside my country. I think I’m ready for one, and I will try to win.
After the long war of attrition yesterday, Day 3 of the European Poker tour main event in San Remo was more a short skirmish this afternoon, as the field of 144 broke through the bubble at 128 and played on until 64 remained.
Not today a schedule based on levels, but instead a plan to invite eight tables of players back to Casino San Remo tomorrow. That’s exactly what we have tonight.
We also have a new chip leader, in the shape of Christopher McClung who bags up 1,202,000, having not putting a foot wrong.
Chip leader Christopher McClung
We also have two champions remaining, with Kevin MacPhee (476,000) and Mike McDonald (648,000) each returning tomorrow.
We also have four Team PokerStars Pros left in the field, with Lex Veldhuis (687,000) and Johnny Lodden (793,000) each turning it up a notch, while John Duthie (319,000) and Vanessa Selbst (400,000) each steering safely through the day.
Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie
We also have a slew of top Italians looking for a win on home soil, and a first title for an Italian since Salvatore Bonavena in Season 5. Angelo Tarallo (840,000) leads the local heroes, with Alessio Isaia (818,000) also among the leaders.
What else? A bubble boy, a cursed position if there ever was one but at least dispatched in a fashion that minimised the public celebration taking place in his face.
As players departed for a 15 minute break while play was hand-for-hand, Christopher McClung check-raised Christian Troger all-in on a flop of [ts][7h][4d], Troger acted, calling for his tournament with [as][7s]. Alas, McClung showed pocket kings, which proved more than capable of dispatching Troger. At least we can reassure his loved ones that it was quick and relatively private.
On the bubble
It meant players returning from the break arrived to find themselves €7,000 better off, and, with pressure also off, the chips began to flow in all directions. Soon we’d broken the 100 player mark as players leapt from the main event frying pan into the side event fire.
Out went Michael Watson, then Melanie Weisner and Marco Traniello. Shaun Deeb, who had played solid gold poker all week, also went, as did Toby Lewis. The departure of Plamen Yakimov in 65th place brought this day’s play to an end.
Shaun Deeb (yellow) and Vanessa Selbst (yellow) in action today, with McClung in the foreground
We now wait, ready for 64 to become 24 tomorrow afternoon. Brief yourself with the seat draw, the official chip counts and prepare by reading all of today’s coverage at the links below.
Level 16 and 17 updates
Level 18 and 19 updates
That brings a fairly brief Day 3 to an end. Our thanks to our German, Italian and French bloggers, as well as photographer Neil Stoddart whose copyright means he’s now banned from every branch of Happy Snaps in North London.
Santuario Madonna della Costa in San Remo
We’re very excited about the upcoming Season X on the World Poker Tour. (You should be too as the Royal Flush girls are coming back.) We’re televising several European events back in the U.S. this year, and I think that’s great.
We’re going back to Paris and are televising our WPT event in Vienna in the U.S. as well. The entire entourage including myself, Vince Van Patten, anchor Kimberly Lansing, Tony Dundst, the Royal Flush girls and the crew will be going overseas.
We’ll all be there throughout the championship events and I expect a good number of entries in these tournies as well as a number of top American players to come overseas and play.
The WPT had an impressive 35% increase in viewers in Season IX, and I look for things to be even better in Season X. The WPT is an expanding brand and growing globally with numerous non-televised WPT events scheduled in the U.S. as well as Europe.
Check out the schedule and follow the action all season long at worldpokertour.com I hope to see you at a WPT final table in Season X.