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So You Want to Play in the WSOP Main Event? 5 Things You Need to Do

by Craig Edwards
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I am Craig Edwards, finished 282nd in the 2007 WSOP Main Event, and this week, I attempt to bring you five things you need to do, if your goal is to play the WSOP Main Event.

The WSOP Main Event is Poker’s Holy Grail – the ultimate test of a player. It will test your nerve, your skill, your ability to stay cool under pressure, your patience, and your bottle.

So, these five things you need to achieve in your poker game on and off the table will be fundamental to you in achieving your goal of playing in the blue-ribbon event and acquitting yourself well, once you do.

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1 Make Sure Your No-Limit Holdem Poker Game Has Strong Foundations

Do not try and run before you can walk! Gather experience in the lower levels of No-Limit Holdem before you jump in at the deep end of the WSOP Main Event.

The basics of understanding position, range of starting hands, styles of the other players, blind levels with antes and advanced strategy are a must for the task at hand.

Lastly, an ability to balance patience and aggression is required, so practicing playing the right format of tournaments is crucial. To do this, look at our favorite poker sites and find the deep stack poker tournaments or enter live poker events that have a multi-day or slow-structure dimension to them.

2 Will You Qualify for WSOP Main Event or Pay Your Entry Fee of $10,000?

If you pay the full price entry fee of $10,000 make sure your bankroll is big enough to cover the cost. There are plenty of cheaper ways to win your way into the WSOP Main Event. Constantly, satellites are running to win your entry into the event, they can range from online freerolls to live satellites with entry fees ranging between $50 to $1000.

That means you can tailor the chances of qualifying for the WSOP Main Event to your personal bankroll. It could be you want to budget for $1000 worst-case scenario, so you can choose more than one satellite tournament or satellite sit-and-go to spread your risk while increasing your chances.

3 Make Sure You Are Well-Rested and Prepared

With a chip stack of 60,000 (300 Big blinds) and the starting blinds of 100/200 with two-hour intervals and the first day’s finishing level set at 300/600 (100 Big blinds), the WSOP Main Event is a grueling test of endurance.

The event will try every sinew of your being. For that reason, early nights and rest leading up to the event are non-negotiable. You will have 12-hour playing days that contain five blind levels, 20-minute breaks after every level, and a 75-minute break after level 3.

Utilize the breaks to get some fresh air, keep hydrated, and use the toilet.

4 Be Aware – Have a Rough Plan for Each Day, Then Keep Re-Evaluating

As mentioned above, the opening day is a very slow one with the blinds very low relative to chip stack sizes, so you need to be extremely patient. But always be aware, if everyone else on your table has that plan, it would be a good time to keep your stack moving and pick up a few chips cheaply, if you pick your spots shrewdly.

That’s why you must always keep re-evaluating your options, maybe set a reminder every hour on your phone, to gather your thoughts on your current opponents at the table and prepare a new short-term plan in your mind.

Remember, as the blinds go up, and the days draw on, you will need to become constantly proactive and flexible with your plans as it’s always good to get a strong read on your opponents that enables a plan for certain scenarios.

5 How To Handle the Pressure and Play the Bubble?

Let’s hope you’ve made it to the end of day 3 or the start of day 4 because if you have, you are likely to be on the money bubble.

Jack Effel will say hand for hand, eliminations will start and the torture that is the money-bubble will begin (often lasts circa two hours).

Don’t expect it to be quick because players will play depending on their stack size. A player who satellited in for $100 could be about to turn that into $20,000 and he will sit tight. Even if that’s your plan, don’t let your opponents know because if your image is of an aggressive player, the whole table could fold on your big blind.

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards, an online tipster in golf and snooker for over four years, boasts a track record of 7800 bets with a 28% return on investment. A snooker professional from 1988 to 1996, he was once a single-figure handicap golfer. Achieving the 282nd position in the WSOP MAIN EVENT in 2007, Craig possesses a unique insight into the psychological shifts of professional sportsmen, anticipating their mindset week by week.

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