Off the road, onto WCOOP
Even though I didn't win my second bracelet, I still had a really great World Series. I cashed three times and made two fourth-place finishes so I really can't complain. I had planned on getting in a lot more cash game sessions this year but that didn't end up happening. I got in two sessions at the very beginning of the Series, but I ended up playing so many tournaments and the long hours were tiring.
Since I've been home, I've been playing a ton online, almost every day. However, I did take a few days off to get out on the water and enjoy the summer, since it doesn't last too long in Michigan. Mainly I've been playing tournaments and $2/$5 Zoom. The 6-max NLHE games are tougher these days and even though there are still some good spots at $10/$20 and $25/$50, I can get in a lot more hands at the Zoom tables. I'm a heads-up and short handed player so I love action and being in hands all the time, so the Zoom format really cuts through the clutter and lets me play some really good poker without hesitation.
For the month of September, I'll be really focused on WCOOP. I'm not a huge fan of traveling long distances for tournaments. I love the WSOP because there is so much variety and you can play a new event every day or two, but I hate the feeling of traveling across an ocean for one tournament only to bust out of it early. If I'm going to play a live tournament, I'd rather it be one closer to home. I think it might be different if I were traveling with a group of friends to these events, but my poker friends aren't big on traveling to Europe and I'm not too close to the people who do. I think I'd have more fun in a group; it's pretty daunting to go alone.
In the WCOOP I'll probably play the majority of the no-limit hold'em events and a few pot-limit Omaha events. I've actually played a lot of PLO. Before the 2009 Main Event, I'd play PLO cash but at smaller stakes than the NLHE tables I usually had open. I did OK at the lower stakes, but I probably moved up faster than I should and ended up getting crushed in some of the bigger games. Compared to my NLHE results, my PLO results were pretty poor so it made sense at the time to stay away from PLO stick with NLHE. I have a lot of friends who are really good PLO players so I've been talking strategy with them and watching videos to brush up. Since there's more action than normal during WCOOP in both cash games and tournaments, I figure it's a good opportunity to try PLO again.
Joe Cada is a member of Team PokerStars Pro