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Double-Bubble and Forgetting to Enjoy the Weather April 12, 2010

Posted by Jennifer in : poker , trackback

Time has flown since my last blog update. On the domestic front, I hosted a hummus party and planted my first garden. I’ve also been playing lots of poker, working on some art projects, chairing the 2010 US Chess Championship committee and covering the spring tournament season on CLO (See the Philadelphia Open scoops here.) To be honest, I haven’t been enjoying the season of cherry blossoms and iced coffee nearly enough but at least I’m keeping busy!

I wrote an expanded version of my article on Ladies’ poker tournaments on WomanPokerPlayer.com. Two additions to my original post here were the idea of ladies sats into mixed events (like the World Series of Poker Main Event, which still boasts fewer than 5% females) and the realization that there are effective men’s only games.

I’ve been trying really hard to win a seat on stars to the Ladies Event at EPT Monte Carlo, but so far, it was not meant to be. I played six and got deep twice in the weekly €215 Euro final. One time I lost a three-way where two tickets were at stake. I came up short when the short stacks kept doubling up until I was the short stack. Yesterday I got heads up, amassed a 9:1 chip lead and was just a fleck of luck away from the €3500 tournament package when everything went wrong. I lost three races in a row, and in 20 minutes my dream trip turned into a €530 consolation prize. The life of a semi pro tournament player is brutal.

A positive aspect of these satellites, besides adding to my stars bankroll is the realization that I’m quite good at satellites. Satellite structures play to two of my strengths-endgame math and patience. My edge is greater in sats with at least two spots at stake, because the math is more layered when bubble factors are involved. So I’m planning to start playing in more medium sized satellites. On stars you can use the winnings to play in either the specific tournament they were intended for, or any other event, such as the Sunday Million.

On a brighter note, last week I won a freeroll on WomanPokerPlayer.com, netting me a one-hour private lesson with professional poker player Vanessa Rousso. I don’t have the details yet but I’m guessing it will be a phone lesson. I’ll probably ask her about 3-betting and 4-betting ranges against various styles/bubble factors. I think a lot of equity is at stake in making the right choices in that part of the game and it will be nice to compare her thoughts with those of the online pros I’m friends with. I’m sure the lesson will be interesting so I’ll let you all know how it goes!

Oh by the way, I recently re-uploaded my Fox News Hula chess vid cause it expired on the original site. If you didn’t catch it last autumn, it’s a must watch!
XOXO, Jennifer


1. Ted - April 12, 2010

when are going to give poker lessons

2. Robert Chaplin - April 15, 2010

head to head with Duchamp
You are awesome.

3. Jennifer - April 15, 2010

Robert, Thanks, that means a lot coming from you. The Lego set you made and the photo of Garry Kasparov and you playing with it was awesome. Bravo!

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