WSOP: Eighth time's a charm

I am writing from Las Vegas. Like the much of the rest of the poker world, I'm here for the WSOP. I'm pretty happy how things have been going so far.

In the second event I played, the $3,000 no-limit hold'em shootout, I won my first table which got me into the money, and then came close to winning the next table but didn't. Then I bubbled the $2,500 six-max. event, and after that I made the final table of the $5,000 pot-limit Omaha event where I finished eighth. So I'm pretty positive about the start of this WSOP.

I'm playing a lot of events this year, mostly no-limit hold'em tournaments. I have a pretty steady schedule throughout, and on days when I'm not in tourneys I'm playing cash games at the Bellagio.

I hope to win a bracelet, of course, but it's going to be tough. I did win one before in 2008, and it would be very good to win another one. It's all about being positive, playing good poker, and always concentrating. Choosing the right tournaments to play is important, too, as is not getting upset when you bust out. You can bust several in a row -- especially at the WSOP, where there are so many tournaments to play -- but you have to keep calm and not be too affected when you do.


This makes my eighth WSOP. I feel much more experienced than in the past, which definitely helps me in a lot of ways, including not getting upset when busting from an event. I'm also used to playing for several weeks in a row now, too, which helps me stay closer to my A-game most of the time.

In addition, I think playing a lot of multi-table tournaments on PokerStars this year has helped me, too, kind of training me for my schedule this summer. Before coming to Las Vegas I did manage to reach SuperNova Elite and become the first to make it this year. That was satisfying, having made that goal and acheived it. It was also good to reach that goal before the WSOP, so I won't be thinking about it while I'm in Las Vegas.

All of which is to say, the combination of having been to the WSOP many times before as well as gathering all of the tournament experience online has helped prepare me well. I feel wiser, you might say, and I am also very positive in my mindset. I can't wait to play the next tournament!

Dario Minieri is a member of Team PokerStars Pro

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