Chad Brown's guide for the WSOP rookie
The WSOP is upon us and for me personally, it's the most exciting time of the year.
It's six weeks of hardcore poker, mostly tournaments for me, but also some great cash games, too. It's also nice to have home court advantage. Most of the time I'm travelling to another country to play tournaments. For some people, it can affect their sleep when they are on the road. My advice is to have melatonin with you.
Try to arrive at least a couple of days before you play so you can get on the right sleep schedule. The way I prepare for the WSOP is to train really hard for the two weeks leading up to it. So going into it, I'm in good condition and my body can endure the gruelling hours day in and day out. For the most part, I arrive at the Rio at noon and get home at either 2am or 3am. You need to be in good condition to do this for six weeks straight!
So far, I have two cashes with one being a final table. I came in 6th in the $10,000 7-card stud championship. My fellow PokerStars teammate ElkY won it. We were heads up in the hand that got him going and ended my chance for my 1st bracelet. I got him all in with one card to come. He had kings up with a flush draw and I had aces up. The pot was about 650,000. He hit the 5♦ on the river to complete the flush. That left me with about 80,000, and I was out in five minutes after my nines didn't hold up. My opponent hit a second pair on the river.
I was very happy for ElkY as he completed the "Triple Crown." One of the things that make ElkY great is his focus on his goal. Many first timers that come to Vegas get overwhelmed with all the excitement here. If your goal is to perform well in the tournaments you plan to enter, you need to avoid going to the parties and drinking. Also avoid playing in cash games all night if you know you play the next day. Make sure you get the proper rest so you're at your best. For me, taking a bad beat is one thing, but if I go bust because I played badly, there's no excuse for that.
Remember, the WSOP only comes around once a year. It's worth it to make some sacrifices to perform your best. One other piece of advice to the first timers: have a game plan with your bankroll. I see many players see a big cash game that looks juicy, but is higher than their bankroll allows. If you're not disciplined, you could be broke in the first week you get here. Don't let your ego get the best of you.
I wish you all the best of luck!
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