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MGM Grand Challenge

April 24, 2012 2 comments

Tags: Mgm, Poker, Matt savage.

Hey! Just wanted to put up a quick post about a fun tournament series going on right now at the MGM called The Grand Challenge Tournament Series. It started on Thursday with a $230 NLH tournament with three starting days. I decided to play in it on Saturday... and by play, I mean play terribly. Haha. It was my first tournament of the year, and I sure as h-e double hockey stick played like it (I'm trying to work on my cursing Thumbs Up

Andrew, my husband played in it for fun as well and cashed. The format Matt Savage came up with for these multi-starting days is pretty interesting. On each Day 1, you pay 10 percent of the field and stop play when you are down to 5 percent of the field. Then, 5 percent of each starting day comes together to play Day 2. I snapped this picture of Andrew at the FT. LOL, he is not fond of me taking pictures all the time Smile

While he played, I jumped in a $2-$5 cash game. The game was pretty good. I was kinda pissed that a player got away with block betting me on the river. Made me feel dirty. haha.

There was also a two mixed games going. Karina Jett, who has always been one of the sweetest players to me ever since I started working in poker, is now a rep for the room. She's done an amazing job building the mixed games there, and they run quite often.

Anyway, here is the rest of the schedule. It's got some pretty interesting ones like a Chinese tourney! There is also a ladies event as well. The Main Event is a $1,600 buy-in, so I'm venturing to guess we'll see a few pros in that field. I think I may play the 6-max event!

Tuesday, April 24
Event #9 No Limit Hold’em Shootout (One Day) Noon $300 + $40
Event #10 H.O.R.S.E. 5 p.m. $200 + $30

Wednesday, April 25
Event #11 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack Turbo (One Day) Noon $300 + $40
Event #12 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed 5 p.m. $200 + $30

Thursday, April 26
Event #13 No Limit Hold’em Day 1A** Noon $300 + $40*
Event #14 No Limit Hold’em 5 p.m. $125 + $25

Friday, April 27
No Limit Hold’em Day 1B** Noon $300 + $40*
Event #15 All-in or Fold No Limit Hold’em 5 p.m $125 + $25

Saturday, April 28
No Limit Hold’em Day 1C** Noon $300 + $40*
Event #16 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better with $100 Re-buys 5 p.m. $125 + $25

Sunday, April 29
Event #17 No Limit Hold’em Mix Max 10-8-6-4 Noon $500 + $50
Event #18 Chinese Poker 1/2 High 1/2 2-7 & Player Party (Limited to 40 players) 5 p.m. $1,000 + $90

Monday, April 30
Event #19 No Limit Hold’em Double Stack Turbo (One Day) Noon $500 + $50
Mega Satellite No Limit Hold’em 5 p.m. $180 + $20***
Late Night Turbo Mega Satellite No Limit Hold’em 9 p.m. $180 + $20***

Tuesday, May 1
Event #20 No Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 1 Noon $1,500 + $100*
Event #21 H.O.R.S.E. 5 p.m. $200 + $30
Wednesday, May 2
No Limit Hold’em Main Event Day 2 Noon
Event #22 Pot Limit Omaha with $100 Rebuys 5 p.m. $125 + $25

Thursday, May 3
Event #23 No Limit Hold’em Noon $500 + $50
No Limit Hold’em Main Event Final Table 1 p.m.
Event #24 Omaha Eight or Better 5 p.m. $200 + $30

Friday, May 4
Event #25 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (One Day) Noon $200 + $30
Event #26 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) 6 p.m. $125 + $25

Saturday, May 5
Event #27 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) Noon $125 + $25
Event #28 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) 6 p.m. $125 + $25

Sunday, May 6
Event #29 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) Noon $125 + $25
Event #30 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) 6 p.m. $125 + $25

<3 Kris

Aaron Jones Strategy Podcast (& INSTAGRAM)

April 10, 2012

Tags: Kristy arnett, Instagram, Aaron jones, Aejones, Strategy, Strategy podcast, Hand history, Hand analysis, Leggopoker, Lynn gilmartin, Sarah grant.

Hey guys!

Last week I interviewed Aaron Jones, also known as "aejones" online. He's CEO of, a sicko cash-game and tournament player, and an all around cool dude. We talked about poker lifestyle and strategy theory. If you missed it, here it is:

This week, I had him on to analyze a few hands that were sent in. On the podcast, I promised I'd post hand histories on my blog so it would be easier for you guys to follow along. Here they are:

Hand #1

Hand #2

Hand #3
Game: Live $2-$5 No-Limit Hold'em ($500 max buy-in)

The player in the cutoff raises the $10 UTG straddle to $35. Hero flats with pocket {10-}{10-}. The straddle calls.

The flop is {k-}{k-}{x-}. The straddle and original raiser checks. Hero bets $60. The straddle folds and the original raiser calls.

The turn is {a-}. There are no flush draws. It checks to Hero.

Here is the interview:

I hope you guys enjoy listening to these interviews as much I as I enjoyed recording them. Aaron is so amazing at hand reading that it inspired me and re-motivated me to continue improving.

And speaking of improving, I've been on a huge health kick since being in Vegas. It's almost impossible to eat super healthy and work out on a regular basis when you're on the road. So ummm... if you've got a bandaid, could you give it to me? BECAUSE I'M CUT!!!!!

Errr... well, I'm trying. Hahaha those jokes never get old to me. But when I am super ripped, don't worry. I'll totally give you guys FREE TICKETS TO THE GUN SHOW!!!!! wahhhhhhhhhh.

So, as you can see, I'm totally obsessed with Instagram. FB just bought it for $1 BILLION. Pretty crazy. Anyway, do you guys use it? If you do, let me know your username. Mine is Snaptress.

And you can also follow my fellow hostesses and PN on Instagram as well!!

Lynn Gilmartin -

Sarah Grant





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