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Pigskin Diaries: Poker Pro Bowl

Pigskin Diaries: Poker Pro Bowl
January 28 2012, Rich Ryan, Donnie Peters Related Articles 2011 Poker Player Class Superlatives Epic Poker League Main Event #3 Day 2: Schwartz Takes Control World Poker Tour Super High Roller Day 1: Bonomo Takes Charge Related Players Share It Tags Ashton Griffin, Brandon Adams, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Faraz Jaka, Greg Mueller, Huck Seed, Jason Mercier, Jean Robert Bellande, Lex Veldhuis, Michael Mizrachi, Nenad Medic, Patrik Antonius, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Tony G, Sam Trickett, PokerStars Caribbean Adventu Print The National Football League is holding its annual Pro Bowl this weekend, but, despite going 0-2 picking the Conference Championship games last week, we’re not big enough degenerates to bet on the game. You know you have a problem when you’re betting on an exhibition football game where neither team can blitz, but the players can Tweet during the game. It’s a shame Chad Ochocinco is in the Super Bowl — he finally had a chance to be productive on the football field. We’re still going to talk football this week, however, because PokerNews’ very own Donnie Peters had a brilliant idea: “We should draft Pro Bowl teams using poker players.” So, without further ado, it’s time for the first ever Poker Pro Bowl draft! Each person must select a poker player for the following positions: quarterback, running back, wide receiver (2), tight end, defensive lineman (2), linebacker (2), defensive back (2), kicker/punter, head coach, and owner. Mr. Peters won the virtual coin flip (don’t ask), so he will have the first selection. This is a snake draft. Team Peters 1. Phil Ivey (WR), Comparison: Calvin Johnson Phil Ivey is the best in the game and everyone knows you need a stud at wide receiver if you’re going to have a team that competes. Who better to fill this spot than Phil Ivey? He’s on the taller side of poker players and looks like he’d be able to hold his own on the field using his size and running tough routes. Also, everyone knows wide receivers tend to be the prima donnas in the league and rumor has it that Ivey is a bit of one within his inner circle. We all know Ivey isn’t very outspoken and doesn’t seek the spotlight of the media, so we needed to find someone to compare him to that is the best at what he does without needing attention like Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco. Calvin Johnson fits the bill. He’s an amazing talent on the field, just as Ivey is on the felt. His raw ability stands out above the rest and allows him to excel in all areas of his position. Team Ryan 2. Erik Cajelais (LB), Comparison: Brian Cushing Erik Cajelais is an absolute monster, and if any of Donnie’s players roam over the middle, then they’re going to get their heads taken off. Seriously, have you taken a look at this guy? If I put a bad beat on him, I’d be tempted to muck my hand to save myself from getting killed. Hopefully his attitude is on par with his physical attributes – I need someone as crazy as Brian Cushing on my roster. 3. Jason Mercier (DB), Comparison: Deon Sanders I played basketball with Jason Mercier at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and he’s fairly athletic for a poker player, but I don’t care about that. The reason Mercier is on the roster is because we need his good charm. The guy’s won over $7.6 million since 2008, is engaged to a very lovely girl, and in the summer of 2010, the best basketball player on the planet decided to take his talents to Mercier’s hometown team. Must be nice, right? The comparison to Deon Sanders has nothing to do with football either, but there’s no other poker player I’d want on my team in “prime time.” Team Peters 4. Erick Lindgren (QB), Comparison: Tom Brady Like Tom Brady, Erick Lindgren simply looks like a quarterback. He’s a good-looking guy and one of the best in the game, which makes him an easy fit for quarterback. We all know he absolutely loves sports and the guy can probably throw one heck of a football. He also fits the part in that he has a gorgeous wife in Erica Schoenberg, something all quarterbacks need to have. 5. Sam Trickett (DB), Comparison: Darrelle Revis Sam Trickett used to be a pretty good soccer player a couple years ago before he really got into poker, so we know he has to be quick and good with his feet. All cornerbacks need to be quick, agile and have great footwork in order to cover the receivers on the opposing team. Trickett is a great fit for this position, both with his build and skill set, and, just like Darrelle Revis, he will shut down Team Ryan’s best receiver. Team Ryan 6. Jason Koon (RB), Comparison: Bronko Nagurski Bronko Nagurski was the biggest player in football back in the day, and took pleasure in plowing people over. Jason Koon seems to have a motor like Nagurski – and that’s when he’s sitting at a poker table! If you gave him a football and told him to run forward as fast as he can, I don’t think an NFL player would be able to tackle him, let alone a poker player. Koon is fearless, in shape, and is a great motivator. What more could you possible ask for out of a running back? 7. Patrik Antonius (DB), Comparison: Troy Polamalu (except the whole hair thing) Neither Patrik Antonius nor Troy Polamalu seem to say much, but both of them are absolute studs. At the 2011 World Series of Poker, Antonius had a tennis prop bet against Brandon Adams, which he won handily, and Antonius looks like he could put a big hit on a defenseless receiver. Not that Team Ryan would ever do such a thing, we just want to set the tone early. Team Peters 8. Nick Schulman (WR), Comparison: AJ Green Nick Schulman can play all the games, which we’ll equate to running all sorts of routes. He’s tall and long, which really helps at the wide receiver position. I was going to compare him to Randy Moss, but he’s a bit old now so we’ll go with AJ Green. Similar build, and he’s young and driven. 9. Eric Stocz (TE), Comparison: Rob Gronkowski This is easy. Eric Stocz used to play tight end for the Detroit Lions before moving into poker. Enough said. If you’ve ever seen Stocz in person, the guy is a beast. A true specimen. We’d have to say he’d be very similar to Rob Gronkowski because of his build, although his hands would probably be a little less sure. Tight ends do a lot of blocking, though, and we know Stocz could really overpower just about any other poker player in the world he’d have to block. Team Ryan 8. Huck Seed (WR), Comparison: Tony Gonzalez Tony Gonzalez doesn’t play wide receiver. However, just like Huck Seed, he has a background in basketball. Seed is the ultimate possession receiver because he’s a giant. One time at the WSOP, he was in the Pavilion Room during a Day 1, and tried to jump and touch one of the flat screens hanging from the ceiling. He missed, so he took his chair from the table and placed in under the screen. Just before he ran and jumped off of it, a floor person stopped him. That’s the kind of dedication we want on Team Ryan. 9. Greg Mueller (TE), Comparison: Jason Witten Remember when Jason Witten had his helmet ripped off against Philadelphia and proceeded to run 30 yards down field with blood dripping from his nose? The only poker player I can think of that would do the exact same thing is Greg Mueller. Mueller, a former professional hockey player, is as crazy as he is big, and there isn’t a poker player in the world that can cover him. Hopefully he can catch, but if not I’d have no problem using him as a blocker. Team Peters 10. Nenad Medic (RB), Comparison: Peyton Hillis Nenad Medic is big, tall and strong. He’s a solid, but aggressive poker player and we really see him doing nothing else but running over his opponents on the field much like he does at the poker table. Like Peyton Hillis, he may not be able to cut left and right with the best of them, but he has power to overcome that and can switch gears if he needs to. 11. Michael Mizrachi (LB), Comparison: Brian Urlacher Michael Mizrachi’s big and looks like he’d love to crush some people. We also know he loves to plays tons of pots and linebackers get involved in nearly every play on defense, which makes Mizrachi seem like a solid fit here. Mizrachi has a solid build and can captain the defense, much like Brian Urlacher. He has plenty of experience on the felt as Urlacher has on the field. He also has power, although not the best speed in the world, but enough to get the job done. Team Ryan 12. Ashton Griffin (WR), Comparison: Wes Welker Ashton Griffin ran 70 miles in ONE DAY. All he has to do is run drag routes and slants — a la Wes Welker — and create after the catch. Too easy. 13. Lex Veldhuis (LB), Comparison: Ray Nitschke Instead of pummeling players like Ray Nitschke, Lex Veldhuis will just kick them in the face. Team Peters 14. Carter Phillips (LB), Comparison: Clay Matthews Carter Phillips would make a great running back, but we’ve already got Medic slotted in there so we like Phillips at the linebacker spot. He’s also a little smaller than Medic and quicker, so we feel his skills would be better on the defensive side of the ball hawking the offense. Phillips would be like Clay Matthews on the field – fired up for every play, agile, aggressive and powerful. Matthews is also an intelligent player and so is Phillips on the felt. He’d be ball hawking all day long giving the offense fits. 15. Eric Baldwin (DB), Comparison: Dashon Goldson With this being a draft, I knew Rich would love to have Eric Baldwin at quarterback given his baseball background, so I went and snatched him up for the defensive back position. With Baldwin’s background in sports, he’d be athletic and be able to correctly adapt to a lot of things he would see on the field, as most athletes do. Not to mention, if Lindgren goes down as quarterback we have a back up set. Dashon Goldson seems like a good comparison. He’s a solid player on one of the best defenses in the league. We all know Baldwin has world class caliber and has the skills to back up his game. Team Ryan 16. Bill Perkins (Owner), Comparison: Mark Cuban Before I talk about Bill Perkins and why he’s my favorite person in the world, let me tell you that I was devastated when Donnie grabbed Baldwin. He knew I wanted him as my quarterback, and swiped him from me just before I could grab him. So sick. It’s OK though, because Perkins will fill any and every need Team Ryan has. Perkins is so baller that he flew down to the PCA for the $100,000 Super High Roller, flew back to the states, and then flew back to the Bahamas for the $25,000 High Roller! Who takes two trips to the same PCA? Bill Perkins, that’s who. 17. Jean-Robert Bellande (DL), Comparison: Albert Haynesworth Every team needs a rebelling, badass player, and Jean-Robert Bellande is a perfect fit. Bellande, a former Survivor contestant, is tall enough to bat passes down, big enough to stop the run, and broke enough that if there is a prize for winning the game, then he’ll bust his ass until the final whistle. Team Peters 18. Jerry Buss (Owner), Comparison: Jerry Buss He owns the Los Angeles Lakers, need we say more? 19. Andreas Krause (DL), Comparison: Jared Allen Have you ever seen Andreas Krause in person? The guy is a beast and looks like he could move mountains, which is exactly what you’re looking for in a defensive lineman. He’s built like Jared Allen, and would be great at both pass rushing and run stopping. Team Ryan 20. Brandon Adams (QB), Comparison: Peyton Manning The aforementioned Adams may have been owned by Antonius in tennis, but he’s still a super computer that can dissect a defense in the blink of an eye. As long as he doesn’t have neck problems, Adams would be very Peyton Manning-like, calling players at the line of scrimmage, rather than in the huddle. 21. Phil Hellmuth (DL), Comparison: Ben Wallace I know that Ben Wallace never played in the NFL, but Phil Hellmuth has one job: knock the ball down! Hellmuth has to be drafted – even if he struggles on the field, he’s going to fill the seats. Team Peters 22. Teddy Sheringham (K), Comparison: Morten Anderson Teddy Sheringham used to play professional soccer in Europe at the highest level in the world before moving towards playing poker. Who else would we want to have kicking our field goals? Sheringham scored nearly over 350 goals professionally and played from 1983 to 2008, which is very similar to Morten Anderson, who holds the record for most points in the NFL and played from 1982 to 2007. 23. Erik Seidel (Head Coach), Comparison: Bill Belichick Erik Seidel is a mastermind. He could easily figure out the game of football and set his team in the winning direction. He and Bill Belichick are both very unemotional, yet at the top of what they do professionally. They both have uncanny genius that can’t even be explained in words. Team Ryan 24. Haralabos Voulgaris (Head Coach), Comparison: Mike Leach No, I don’t think Haralabos Voulgaris would stash any of my players away in a closet, but, like Mike Leach, Voulgaris is extremely bright. His tweets about the NBA show he knows a lot about strategy, and would definitely be able to put my players in a position to succeed. 25. Faraz Jaka (K), Comparison: Steve Weatherford I’ve never seen Faraz Jaka kick a football, but one of his good friends, Steve Weatherford, will be punting next Sunday for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Jaka and Weatherford became good friends at the University of Illinois, and I’m sure Big Blue’s punter can teach The Toilet a few things. Worst-case scenario, I’ll have a flashy punter to keep things interesting on fourth down. Team Peters 26. Artur Wasek (DL), Comparison: Vince Wilfork Just like Krause, the guy is a house and would stuff up the inside to block the opponent from running all day long. Wasek is a bit bigger, but that’s what you’d be looking for as an inside lineman. Plant this guy in the middle of the defensive line, and gobble up anything that tries to run within arms length. Team Peters Position Player Owner Jerry Buss Head Coach Erik Seidel Quarterback Erick Lindgren Running Back Nenad Medic Wide Receiver Phil Ivey Wide Receiver Nick Schulman Tight End Eric Stocz Defensive Lineman Andreas Krause Defensive Lineman Artur Wasek Linebacker Michael Mizrachi Linebacker Carter Phillips Defensive Back Sam Trickett Defensive Back Eric Baldwin Kicker Teddy Sheringham Team Ryan Position Player Owner Bill Perkins Head Coach Haralabos Voulgaris Quarterback Brandon Adams Running Back Jason Koon Wide Receiver Huck Seed Wide Receiver Ashton Griffin Tight End Greg Mueller Defensive Lineman Jean-Robert Bellande Defensive Lineman Phil Hellmuth Linebacker Erik Cajelais Linebacker Lex Veldhuis Defensive Back Jason Mercier Defensive Back Patrik Antonius Kicker Faraz Jaka Which team is better? Who would you have drafted? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. 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Interview with Vanessa Rousso

Interview with Vanessa Rousso
by Steve Marzolf As a lawyer, poker pro and self-described “huge dork,” Vanessa Rousso has made a name for herself in tournament poker, earning more than $3.7 million since 2006. Lately, she’s been repping for PokerStars and running poker “boot camps” to raise up the next crop of winning players. We called Vanessa up to talk about her tactics for surviving – and thriving – in the high-pressure world of large-buy-in tournaments. So you’re primarily a tournament player? I would say I’m only a tournament player. I can play a cash game or two. But to be honest with you, I play so many tournaments as it is, that if I play cash games too, it’s just too much poker. I like to have balance in my life, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to play tournaments, cash games and do all the other things I like to do. Mike Matusow was complaining to us that high-buy-in tourneys have gotten too risky to profit on – what do you think of that statement? My results are skewed toward high buy-ins. I find that in the smaller buy-ins, I don’t do as well. The higher the buy-in, the more pressure and the better I play. I guess my own particular strategies are more suited to high-buy-in events against better players. So, for me, I’d rather play fewer events that are higher buy-in. What do you think it is about your style that matches up so well with those events? I think it’s probably rooted in logical ability. Basically, the higher the buy-in, the deeper the chip stacks, right? So, there’s more opportunity for telling stories with your bets and raises, and there’s more opportunity for tricking and trapping your opponents. In smaller buy-ins, you have to play more ABC optimally and just exploit the mistakes your opponents are making. At the higher levels, you’re not really waiting for your opponents to make errors – you’re more trying to trick and trap them. So it’s a little bit more of a mind game. I guess I don’t have the patience to play the ABC right way that I should in the smaller buy-ins, and then in the bigger buy-ins, tricking other thinking opponents is enough of a challenge that I give it my A-plus effort every time. But you cut your teeth playing sit-n-go’s, right? Well, I started off playing on the internet for free when I was in college, and then when I turned 21, I started playing live – that was when I was in law school in Miami. The first casino I played at was the Seminole Hard Rock down there, which had sit-n-go’s. I’d play on the weekends, and that’s how I built up my first bankroll. Why did sit-n-go’s work for you? They really had a definable, optimal strategy. Once you figure them out, there are only so many dynamics that can come up in one 10-person, set-blind-structure, $150-buy-in game. There’s just not that many ways it can go down. It took me a couple weeks to figure it out, but once I did, it was a formula that I could apply to that situation. And it was pretty consistent at making money. For beginners who want to follow in your footsteps, what sit-n-go advice do you have for them? I’m really big into reading the books and preparing for poker the same way you would for any money-making opportunity. People don’t just jump into investment banking without any schooling about it. I read like 30 books in a couple months before I started. Also, you need to be a lot more patient than people think you need to be. People come in to play, and they try to take advantage of the low blind levels to play hands that are a little more speculative. But really, the chips are worth next to nothing when the table is still 9- or 10-handed. For instance, many people may find that they double up or even triple up early on in a match, but then don’t even make the top three. Because that early on, those chips just aren’t worth anything. Therefore risking chips to accumulate those early chips isn’t worth it. It’s profitable to play much, much tighter than you think in the early stages. Once your career got moving, was there a moment when things really came together for you? I think it was when I came in 7th in the $25,000 buy-in WPT main event back in 2006. It was the first time I’d taken a shot on the pro circuit, and it worked out. I won a quarter-million dollars, and that pretty much launched my career. It gave me the confidence to continue playing the circuit. Then later that year I won another 400-some thousand in various events. So 2006 was really the big year for me. Can you describe the processes running in your mind when you’re at a game like that and trying to get a read on your opponents? Getting a read all boils down to two categories – are they comfortable or uncomfortable? Because, if they have a good hand and they’re an experienced player, that’s a situation where they’re going to be super-comfortable. Good players have had aces a million times, so their hands aren’t trembling at aces anymore – it’s just something that makes them feel confident. Whereas even a good player can get nervous when they’re in on a big bluff, because that’s a situation that’s less in their control. On the flip side, inexperienced players will be a lot more uncomfortable with good hands because they’re not used to getting aces, kings, queens. The adrenaline’s been released. And since beginners tend to think poker is a lot more about bluffing, they can actually look pretty comfortable holding nothing. Good players, though, know how easy it is to get caught bluffing. So, if you can put your opponent into the comfortable/uncomfortable category, and then determine whether or not they’re an experienced player, it can really help you decide whether they have a hand. Is this the kind of stuff you get into during your poker boot camps? Yeah. I break down tournament strategy into a logical formula and give people guidelines to follow. Rather than vague principles, I give them specific strategies to follow. Mostly, I try to simplify the extremely complex game of tournament poker. Some of the things they can expect to learn are how to use “M” in hand selection; I cover some advanced reading techniques; I cover some game theory and poker stuff, as well. If anyone’s interested, they can get more info at www.bigslickbootcamp.com.

Sit ‘Win’ Go Races Pick Up Speed

Sit ‘Win’ Go Races Pick Up Speed
Posted by Steven, December 15, 2011 Last week, Portuguese player “Foratog27” was the winner of the Sit ‘Win’ Go Low Leaderboard race and took first prize of $100. The winner of the Medium Leaderboard was Russian player “zaavtahor” for a $200 prize while Swiss player “DarkSugar” took first prize in the High Leaderboard race and won $300. We’re now in the middle of Sit ‘Win’ Go Week 2 and competition in the races is picking up. Even so, the top positions are currently held by last week’s winners. “Foratog27” is leading the Low Leaderboard, slightly ahead of “CheshireKing” from Belarus. “zaavtahor” has a huge lead in the Medium Leaderboard race and it doesn’t look like anyone will stop him from a repeat first place finish. And “DarkSugar” looks like a sure thing for another win in the High Leaderboard race. A total of $3,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top players on this week’s three Sit ‘Win’ Go leaderboards with $24,000 being offered during the promotion’s run in December and January. To win a share of the prizes, players must opt-in to the promotion on the website and then play as many sit ‘n’ go tournaments as they can. Players receive leaderboard points for their finishing position in each tournament they play. Sit ‘Win’ Go Week 2 runs until the end of Saturday, December 17th. The next race starts on Monday, December 19th.