Venetian to host free
poker seminar

May 29, 2006 11:15 PM

We have a date, so mark you calendar — Saturday, June 17.

That’s when we will conduct our second poker seminar — free, of course — at the beautiful new poker room that recently opened at the Venetian.

Like our first poker seminar held at Green Valley Ranch earlier this year, any and every level of poker player is invited to attend, and we will do our best to answer any and all questions.

Because our seminar takes place about a week before the kick-off of the World Series of Poker, we will focus our strategy sessions on specific aspects of tournament play, including:

”¡ chip management

”¡ heads-up & short-handed play

”¡ assessing opponents and their strategies

”¡ setting and avoiding traps

One of the advantages of discussing topics in a room such as the Venetian’s is the "real time" ambiance — we’ll be playing at real tables with genuine opponents and not computer-generated icons.

Our poker seminar at the Venetian is from 10 a.m. to noon.

If you would like to attend, call GamingToday at (702) 798-1151 to register your name, or you can email your information to [email protected].

As noted one of the topics will be recognizing traps, which can severely cripple you or even knock you out of a tournament.

Generally, traps occur when one player misjudges what his opponent is holding or representing. For instance, an early limper (caller) can be construed as weak when in fact he is strong.

Similarly, a player perceived as overly loose and aggressive can trap an opponent who is relying on that aggression.

As an example of how trapping can sometimes be inadvertent or even self-inflicted, I was playing a few weeks ago in the $10,000 buy-in World Series Circuit main event at Caesars Palace.

I had survived the early rounds and had advanced fairly deep (as high as the mid-30s) when I was dealt pocket 8s. Most of the players folded except a pro friend of mine, who elected to raise, which I determined was just a shot at the pot.

Sitting between us was another player who limped (called) and I re-raised, which forced my pal to fold, as I figured it would.

However, the limper called and I was committed to play the hand. Unfortunately, it turned out the limper’s pair of pocket 10s held up and I was sunk.

The lesson from that hand was that the limper technically "misplayed" his hand, which put me in a precarious position.

On June 17, we’ll try to prepare you to handle such situations.