The 2012 World Series of Poker isn’t even complete yet — the October 9 are still to come — but us local grinders are plugging away trying to get ready for the 2013 WSOP.
Ben Devlin (@BenDevlin), Ryan Gordon (@crustyscoops), Dave Miller (@SilentRaise), Chris Nedrud (@jayhawk1980), myself and five Twitter-free others are competing in a 44-week, 22-tournament poker club with first place being a seat in the $10,000 Main Event at the 2013 WSOP.
Every player in the club is going to win something. Beside the fantastic grand prize, the overall runnerup will earn a $2,000 Mega Satellite seat to the 2013 WSOP Main Event. Third through sixth will earn $1,000 Mega Satellite seats to the WSOP ME. Seventh through tenth earn spots in Daily Deep Stacks at the WSOP, with opportunities to improve those to Mega Satellites.
This group was put together with an eye toward solid, tough poker players who could compete at the WSOP level. Of the 10 players in the group, three have previous WSOP Main Event experience, three have cashed in other WSOP events, one has earned a seat into the Main Event via a WSOP $1,000 Super Satellite and others have three- and four-digit cashes in various live events around Las Vegas.
The group ranges in age from early 20s to early 70s, and represents just about every style of playing no limit hold’em.
We have completed three single-table tournaments so far, and I am currently tied for fifth. I am one of only two players to improve my finish each of the three tournaments we have played.
It is going to be an exciting race toward the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event!
In addition to the poker club, I am trying to step up my live game play. I spent last Saturday with some local grinders in the fabulous Aria poker room. I bought in for $200 to a 1-3 No Limit hold’em game.
You can judge my results by the picture.
This may even inspire me to give the Aria tournament another try. I’ve played four Aria Tournaments, bubbling each of the last three. I am due for a cash at that tournament!