Advice you can bet on
Just before James McManus’s Cowboys Full hits shelves, the year’s biggest local poker event floats into Hammond, Indiana, from October 16–25, when the Horseshoe Casino once again hosts a World Series of Poker Circuit Event. In addition to plenty of no-limit Texas hold’em tournament action, the cavernous Venue at the Horseshoe will offer pot-limit Omaha, Omaha eight or better and H.O.R.S.E. (a combo of hold’em, Omaha eight or better, razz, seven-card stud and seven-stud eight or better) tourneys. (If you don’t know what those terms mean, come play at my table.) Buy-ins are steep, but if you win one of the many single-table satellites, you can enter a big tourney for about $100. That’s what I did last fall—and had a blast finishing around 100th in a 270-player hold’em tournament that awarded a top prize of nearly $32,000. Three lines from McManus’s new book will get you in the proper mind-set:
1. “In no-limit hold’em tournaments, novices with excellent timing routinely destroy famous pros.”
2. “We all have the same chance of being dealt a timely hand when the money is on the line. And of not being dealt one.”
3. “The natural swings of honest poker rule out the kind of steady income a man will need to support his family.”
But we can dream, can’t we?
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