It’s always fun to see the mainstream media take note of alaskaslot happenings at the WSOP, particularly when they include Pamela Andersen and/or Sir Doyle. But who got the better kiss — the old poker guy from Texas or the trailer parkie rapper from Detroit who married her shortly thereafter?
Stealth Player Challenge and My Pick
I’m challenging all my fellow bloggers to “out” their favorite stealth poker player. There are a lot of “unknowns” in the field. And there are a lot of well known pros. But in between, there are some great players with great tournament track records that for some reason have been flying below the media radar screen.
My stealth pick is Doug Carli. Carli has grossed over $500K in tournament play over the last year and a half. In the same period, he’s had six WSOP money finishes, including two final tables; a 3rd place finish in the 2005 $1000 NLHE and a 7th place in the 2006 $5000 NLHE. He also made the final table of the Caesar’s Indiana Circuit Main Event, the Trump Classic Championship Event, and the Ultimate Poker Challenge Main Event.
He’s low key and even keeled, on and off the table. When I caught up with him in Tunica this year, his wife was keeping him company on the road. He’s an all around nice guy and great player. And he’ll probably be mad that I “outed” him because he says he likes the fact that other players don’t know who he is:)
Doug Carli will be playing his Day Two on Tuesday
The All-In Chip
Chip, Chip, whose got the Chip? Each player in the Main Event is giving along with their 10,000 chips a souvenir Milwaukee’s Best Light All In Chip. Now the idea is that slowly the All In Chip will become a common site in all NLHE tournaments. It allows a player to make the AI move without having to push all their chips physically into the middle of the table. Its a convenience and it also is a visual signal to players at the table that there is an All In bet. Often there are “Floor!” calls because an All In is announced and someone does not hear it. In the past they considered a rule that you had to at least push out enough of your chips to cover anyone else who still had action but that was clearly not working. So we can expect the All In Chip to be formalized into the game in the near future.
But for now, if a player in this year’s WSOP tosses their All In Chip into the pot the dealers have been instructed to ask for a verbal declaration that the player is indeed All In. In fact, there are rumors that a player mistakenly tossed the Chip into the pot during Day One, thinking it was a large denomination chip but the floor ruling was that the player was indeed All In. A tricky move to give the players the All In Chip without clearly defined usage spelled out in the Tournament Director’s Association or WSOP rules.
For now the best advice being given to all players is: “The All In Chip is a souvenir of your 2006 WSOP experience; put it in your pocket and keep it there while you are at the table.”…