The Miscellaneous Rantings of Marie-Lizette

World Series Ho!

May 28, 2012

Tags: WSOP, Poker, Las Vegas, NLH, No Limit Holdem, Tournament, World Series of Poker.

Yup, it's that time again! It's summer and the season for the World Series of Poker. I'm writing from Vegas, the summer mecca for poker players across the world...World Series Ho!

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Anyway, I've got a very busy summer planned. Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook already know that I put together a summer tournament package and sold it on 2+2, and so far I've already played the first of the six schedule events.

Yesterday was the first event of the 2012 WSOP, the Casino Employee's event. It's considered to be one of the softest fields of the Series so I gave it a go. I doubled up early with Kings vs. Sixes in what was a set over set all-in pot in the 2nd orbit of the event, then pretty much maintained a stack between 6K and 10K for the next 4 hours. I got moved around 3 times and, as so many of you know, it takes a while before you can get a feel for the game flow of a new table. Although I went into the 2nd break with 10K in chips, the 5th level had blinds at 150/300+25 ante, and in just two orbits I had lost 1K without ever playing a hand. I calculated that an average chip stack in the money (81 players get paid in Event #1) was 31K, so I knew I had a bit of work to do with 250 runners left out of the original 732.

Unfortunately, the first bracelet of the year was not to be mine... No

I sulked a bit after busting out, then played a $125 satellite. I chipped up here and there, but in a satellite, it's best to just let people bust and wait for spots short handed. When it finally got down to 3-handed play, I was the short stack with about T2,500 of the T10k in play. Of course, I never saw a button I didn't like and I raised every time in position. Finally, the small blind got feed up and shoved against one of my button raises. By that time I had moved up to 2nd in chips so it was an easy call with {a-Spades}{9-Spades}. My opponent turned over {j-}{8-} off-suit, and we were off to the flop...and oh what a flop it was: {j-}{9-}{9-} ! The turn and river offered him no relief and it was heads up. We played heads-up for about 15 minutes but, just before the blinds went to 300/600, my opponent proposed an equity chop. I had him T6,100 to T3,900 and WhoJedi (who had offered me a ride back to my condo) was ready to headed out, so I agreed. Even though it was a chop, the small win made me feel better.

After getting dropped off, I enjoyed a quite Thai dinner that involved conversations of Steve Martin, of all people, and then called it an early night. I'm probably going to play a few more satellites today, before heading home on Tuesday. Then I return to Vegas next weekend for the $600 NLH Venetian Deepstack.


Mmmmmm Fükü

April 05, 2012

Tags: Fuku, WSOP, Dining.

I was going to take a picture of my Tamago Burger... but I inhaled it! Instead, you can see the Teriyaki & Wasabi sauce smeared over my name, scrawled in crayon on my placemat by the server who insisted we do jazz-hands after ordering the Jazz Fries. After eating my first Fükü burger since July 2011, I'm more excited than ever for this year's WSOP!!! (See ya in the bank parking lot at 2am this summer Thumbs Up )

Special Delivery from Las Vegas, Courtesy of Kevin Mathers...

July 23, 2011 1 comments

Tags: Friendship, Gold Coast, Pai Gow, Personal, WSOP.

If you follow along on Twitter, you've see that me and several members of the poker media who covered the 2011 World Series of Poker found it amusing to play Pai Gow at the Gold Coast Casino. What many of you may not know is that when the fun ended and it was time to call it a night, Kevin Mathers (my poker Bestie) and I would stop off at the gumball/candy machines on our way out of the Gold Coast Casino and I would always choose the green apple sour balls.

Again, those of you who use Twitter and follow either me via @MarieLizette or Kevin Mathers via @Kevmath (or both), may recall that Kevin was looking for a mail center near the Rio to send a package. Several of Kevin's followers responded and I chimed in to remind him that the Rio had a business center that would be able to help. Well, to my surprise, it looks like the package was for me.

When I came home from Vegas, I often tweeted about how much I Sad missed all the little nuances about the fun we all had blowing off steam after tournament hours and it looks like Kevin was paying attention. Today, as the post-WSOP exodus comes to a conclusion with the last of the poker media leaving Las Vegas, I received the ultimate example of friendship in bright red packaging. In an amazingly sweet gesture of friendship, Kevin bought and shipped me Gold Coast Casino green apple sour balls. Big Grin

Thank you Kevin Mathers for the gift (you're the A♠!), and for allowing me the opportunity to show the world how wonderful you (and others like you in the poker community) truly are.

A shout out to just a few of the extraordinary Thumbs Up people that I feel priviledged enough to have shared a laugh with, tipped a glass to, and/or mentored me at the 2011 World Series of Poker: Dan Michalski, Annie LePage, Jon Katkin, Dave Behr, Jay Newnum, Jennifer Newell, BJ Nemeth, Michele Lewis, Jennifer Winter, Allen Rash, Vin Narayanan, Tim Turn, Landon Blackhall, Chris Hall, Suzie McBaine, Michael Reed, Melissa Hayden, Tatjana Pasalic, Lizzy Morone, Mel Seiboldt, Jon Friedberg, John Wray, Chad Halloway, Eric Ramsey, Jessica Welman, Lance Bradley, Jack Effel, Bill Seibert, Nolan Dalla, Seth Palansky, Danielle Anderson, Carol Kline, Ryan K., Susan G., David Plastik, David Tuckman, James Van Alstyne, Dan Heimiller, Stacey Lynn Nutini, Cliff Fisher, Matt Savage, Maryann Savage, Alex Outhred, Shirley Rosario, Bart Hanson, Kristen, Paul McGuire, Kara Scott, Mary Ann, Gloria Balding, Jennifer Shahade, Joe Viator, Barry Greenstien, Victor Ramdin, Mel Judah, Annie Duke, Bryan Devonshire, Yarom Limor, Lisa Parsons, Cody Chandler, Connie Hammock, Beth Gains, Nick Brancato, Michelle Richey, Lupe Soto, Matt Parvis, Debbie Sung, and many many more. I thank each and everyone of you for being (1) an inspiration and (2) a friend.

Dearfoam Slippers, a Chocolate Covered Strawberry & Iced Coffee

July 02, 2011

Tags: WSOP, Fail, Ladies Event.

That's what I got for playing the 2011 WSOP Ladies' event on July 1, 2011.

I shouldn't complain though. It took me a couple of days to raise the $1,000 buy-in by selling nine 7% shares at $100 a piece. Several people supported me and I felt much loved In Love for it.

However, I didn't start the day under the best of circumstances. A last minute room change prevented me of getting a good night's rest and I was a true natural disaster by the time my feet hit the red carpet leading up to the Rio's Convention Center doors. But, I still managed to register with enough time to walk up to the Starbucks and use my $10 food voucher for my requisite quad-grande white chocolate mocha. They also had a fresh batch of white chocolate covered strawberries, so I thought I'd treat myself to one in hopes of a "run better."

I made my way to my seat and watched the pre-tournament presentation honoring women in poker and the flash mob organized by the LiPS Tour. After all the pre-game shenanigans had been completed, Jack Effel announced the Shuffle-up & Deal and it was a struggle from that point on. I had a yo-yo stack pretty much for the first 4 levels and never broke the 4K chip mark. I finally picked up Aces and got my chips in as good as I could, but as was the theme of my Ladies Event experience, the River was not kind.

I was literally left with a chip and a chair with the blinds at 150/75 and needles to say, this was not the event that I would earn my first WSOP bracelet.

Sorry to those of you who invested in me, I feel awful for letting us all down. Crying

Last Hand of Maria Ho vs. Allen Bari in WSOP Event #4

June 07, 2011

Tags: Maria Ho, WhoJedi, WSOP, Last Hand.

Credit for this video goes to Jay "WhoJedi" Newnum of

Tournament of Champtions Returns to the 2010 World Series of Poker

April 01, 2010

Tags: WSOP, tournaments, poker.

The World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions has always been an invitation only freeroll poker event. Although the winner of this event does not earn an official WSOP bracelet, a large trophy in the shape of the official World Series of Poker logo is awarded and beating the best-of-the best always garners bragging rights...Harrah’s has just announced the return of the Tournament of Champions to the 2010 World Series of Poker. Still an invitational tournament, the decision for inclusion is fan based driven by ballots cast. With a new format more akin to a typical sports league All-Star Event format, twenty-seven players will compete for $1,000,000. The champion of champions will walk away with $500,000 in prize money...
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The 2010 Los Angeles Poker Classic May Rival the World Series of Poker

December 30, 2009

Tags: lapc, commerce, tournaments, savage, WSOP, WPT.

Commerce Casino and Matt Savage have put together a tournament schedule that may prove to be even better than that of the World Series of Poker.

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The National Championship of Poker offers as Seat to the 2010 WSOP Championship

October 14, 2009

Tags: Holdem, NLH, WSOP, tournaments, poker.

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The President, the Brat and the World Series of Poker

September 23, 2009

Tags: WSOP, tournaments, poker, shulman, ivey, hellmuth.

Card Player has announced that Jeff Shulman hired one of the biggest names in poker to coach him. Shulman, the first member of the 2009 November Nine to publicly declare that he has chosen a poker coach, has reportedly selected 11-time bracelet-winner and 1989 World Champion Phil Hellmuth as his coach for the main-event final table this November. Read more...

Poker Profile: Frankie O'Dell

August 07, 2009

Tags: Bicycle Casino, WSOP, WPT, The Bike, Poker, tournaments, Frankie ODell, O'Dell.

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I want to run a special game on @liveatthebike on Feb 14. Either a $5K heads-up cash game -or- $1K turbo 6-max S&G #WinnerTakesAll