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Maryland man wins $8.53M poker title
The Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2012 | Oskar Garcia (AP)

Posted on 11/01/2012 4:52:48 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A 24-year-old poker professional from Laurel won the World Series of Poker main event, outlasting his final opponents in a marathon card session of nearly 12 hours for the $8.53 million title on Wednesday.

Greg Merson emerged with the title before dawn in Las Vegas after a session that proved a showcase for his skills amid the unpredictability of tournament no-limit Texas Hold ‘em. On the last hand, Mr. Merson put Las Vegas card pro Jesse Sylvia all-in with a king high. Mr. Sylvia thought hard, then called with a suited queen-jack.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: gambling; gregmerson; lasvegas; maryland; nevada; poker; texasholdem; tournament

1 posted on 11/01/2012 4:52:49 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 11/01/2012 4:54:09 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Could somebody remove the screwball characters from the title, please? Thanks.


3 posted on 11/01/2012 4:54:44 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In heads up, Kx is not really a bad hand. I would bet my tournament life on it.

The opponent is likely to be worse off and must pair or better to beat. I would not have to.


4 posted on 11/01/2012 4:58:31 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

An IRS agent was probably waiting on his porch when he got home. lol


5 posted on 11/01/2012 5:16:22 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Merson played some of the best poker I have ever seen in my life. He was so dialed in, it was unreal. Congratulations Greg!


6 posted on 11/01/2012 5:19:31 PM PDT by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I watched this final table...all night long. It didn’t matter what the pot size was, every bet was pondered over like it was the last hand. That made the long grind even longer. Very boring for the casual fan.


7 posted on 11/01/2012 5:20:29 PM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: Wingy

It definitely was really slow at times, but if I was playing for millions of dollars, I sure as heck wouldn’t rush my decisions either.


8 posted on 11/01/2012 5:26:34 PM PDT by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: jpl

Nobody really plays poker better than anybody else.

It is, at least mathematically, like betting on coin flips.

He just got the more favorable coin flips.


9 posted on 11/01/2012 5:37:38 PM PDT by FoxPro
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To: Wingy
Very boring for the casual fan.

Agreed.

Plus the fact of hiding the hole cards from the TV audience sort of took the excitement away.

Casual players can't figure what the guy is holding, more fun to see the cards and then watch their strategy.

10 posted on 11/01/2012 5:41:35 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Mr. Sylvia thought hard, then called with a suited queen-jack.

What is that? It beats a King? Then I've been playing without knowing all the rules.

11 posted on 11/01/2012 5:44:52 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Good for him! I watched the tournament and he is one hell of a poker player. Ice water in his veins. He also overcame a drug addiction. He almost went out a couple of times earlier in the tournament. Very impressive.


12 posted on 11/01/2012 5:58:48 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Saw a little of that yesterday. I really don’t like the bizarre WSOP announcing duo team. Very much prefer Mike Sexton and his sidekick.


13 posted on 11/01/2012 6:13:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: FoxPro

It’s something like betting on coin flips in head-to-head poker, but there are enough additional elements to the game to make skill a large factor. Otherwise, to paraphrase “Rounders”, we wouldn’t see the same guys make it to the final table of the World Series year after year.


14 posted on 11/01/2012 6:16:55 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Since they shutdown UB my interest in Poker sadly has left.


15 posted on 11/01/2012 6:29:21 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (St.Peter:"Upon this rock, I will build my church" 0:"If you've got a church, you didn't build that!")
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To: Rio

A suited Queen-Jack is just a starting hand, it can’t beat a King high on its own, but in Hold Em, you use your starting hand to complete a full five card hand with the other common cards that are dealt.

When you look at all the possible hands that could be made with a starting hand, you can then compare them to each other and get a ranking of the best starting hands. That just gives you an approximate idea of how likely each starting hand is to make a very good, possibly winning hand, but it’s the best information that you have to go with when making that first bet in Hold Em, since you haven’t seen any of the common cards yet.

So, based on starting hand rankings, Queen-Jack suited is a pretty good starting hand, because a lot of good, probably winning, hands can be made with it. I don’t have all the rankings memorized anymore, but I’m pretty sure that QJ suited is higher than King + any card less than 9 unsuited.

The key is in the possibilities that can be made with both hands. QJ has the advantages of: being suited, creating flush possibilities, being two face cards, offering two different winning pair/trip/quad/full house possibilities , and being two cards than can be used to complete a straight, and a high straight at that, possibly a high straight flush. Also, when you rank cards that can form straights, two consecutive cards like QJ can form more kinds of straights than cards with one gap, two gaps, or three gaps between them.


16 posted on 11/01/2012 6:31:18 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: FoxPro

Sorry, but this just isn’t true. While luck is definitely a big factor, especially in the short term, over the course of the very long haul the most skilled players who make the right decisions most often rise to the top.


17 posted on 11/01/2012 6:50:35 PM PDT by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: FoxPro

“Nobody really plays poker better than anybody else.

It is, at least mathematically, like betting on coin flips.

He just got the more favorable coin flips.”

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Abraham Lincoln


18 posted on 11/01/2012 7:22:56 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: jpl
While luck is definitely a big factor, especially in the short term, over the course of the very long haul the most skilled players who make the right decisions most often rise to the top.

Making the right decisions means trying to correctly guess what cards your opponents have and (in many cases) bluffing your opponents to make them think you have better cards than you actually do. This takes a combination of some skill and a lot of pure luck.

19 posted on 11/02/2012 2:35:15 AM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: Eccl 10:2

We found a fish!


20 posted on 11/02/2012 5:04:14 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Boogieman

Thanks for the explanation. Makes sense now.


21 posted on 11/02/2012 7:49:28 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: FoxPro
Nobody really plays poker better than anybody else.
It is, at least mathematically, like betting on coin flips.
He just got the more favorable coin flips.

With that attitude, you will be welcome at any poker game.

22 posted on 11/02/2012 11:43:32 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend)
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To: FoxPro

LOL... wanna play poker tonight?


23 posted on 11/02/2012 11:48:04 AM PDT by Libertarian4Bush (if you voted for obama, I have no respect for you. you're either a loser or a sucker. sorry!)
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To: Libertarian4Bush

>> LOL... wanna play poker tonight?

Yes, I live at:

700 North Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89101


24 posted on 11/02/2012 12:45:35 PM PDT by FoxPro
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