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River Rock Casino Weekend Part III – Vancouver, B.C.

January 23, 2012

This weekend I hopped on my regular ferry from Victoria to Vancouver to try my luck at making money in BOTH the cash games and tourneys at the River Rock Casino in Vancouver, B.C. These were my goals for this casino trip.

I started out my weekend by playing the highest no-limit cash game Vancouver can offer. Each pot in this game easily runs between $500 – $1,000. Generally these games are visited only by the pros. These same pros are also known to travel to Vegas and Macao where they play with the local pros there and, of course, regularly clean shop with the tourists.

When I sat down at this game I felt like I was sitting at the table with Gus Hanson and Daniel Negreanu! I am pretty sure that there is not a different or higher level of poker playing at those stakes that you see on television. Basically it’s only the amount of money involved and the pots are bigger but really that’s all the difference. I think from a poker playing standpoint that I am at this playing level.

With all the studying I have been doing I feel that I am ready to be at this level. Over the last few years I’ve watched more than 1000 poker shows; read many, many books on poker playing; and have been playing online poker for quite some time now. Online poker playing in my opinion is tougher play than brick and mortar games at least when it comes to those highest SNG levels or in the big tourneys.

 All the while as I’ve been watching those videos and reading those books I have been taking notes on each player on how they play and have been noting down the hands and how the pros play in certain situations. All of this studying that I’ve been doing seems to be starting to pay off for me fortunately and my weekends at River Rock have been proving to me that it has not been in vain.

Some of the pros playing with me this weekend at the no-limit cash games I knew from the BCPC main event but none of them play at the lower limits like I have been playing so everything about this was new to me. I had to really get used to the speed at which these games were played, the size of the pots, and the pros tricks and moves too. It took me 7 HOURS to break even! In the 8th hour I finally made a profit! After that I decided it was time to call it a day. Over all it was a great experience for my first session at those stakes and in the end after 8 hours of playing I made 50%+ in profits!

Now it’s only a matter of time and building my bankroll so that I can show up in Macao with the big bucks in my pocket and get a shot at those nose bleed high stakes games with the wealthy Chinese oligarchs!

Gus Hanson had a stopover in Macao on his way down to the Aussi Million recently and cleaned shop in three 24 hour sessions! (You can see it here: Click Here!) He netted $3.8 million!

So I’ve proven to myself this trip that I can handle the no-limit cash games and profit at the same time. I also set out to prove to myself that I can not only handle the no-limit cash games but I can also do the same with the tourneys. So stay tuned for my next blog post when I cover my results in the tourneys this past weekend.

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