You've saved your mad money all year for the big event. You look up just as the event is about to start and Phil Ivey sits down on your immediate left! What do you do?
1) Ask for a seat change?
2) Ask for his autograph?
3) Pretend you don't know who he is?
4) Tell him you're a pro - to gain some respect!
5) Over raise whenever you have an above average hand to try & shut him out?
6) Don't play a hand until either you, or he moves tables!
7) Make sure you wear sunglasses, a hoodie, a baseball hat, cover your face and don't say a word to anyone at any time during the tournament!
8) Ask him if he wants to play props?
9) Tell Phil he's almost as good as Hellmuth and try to put him on tilt!
10) Kiss your $10K goodbye!
This type of senario could occur, how can we prepare?
Pretend you don't know so much about him, and use every single bit of information you got on him. If they get the impression that you don't know much about them, they will adjust their game according to this false information.
Remember that pros have leaks to, so don't fold your AK preflop because you don't want to play a hand against them.
Last edited by Pickled pepperolini; 05-21-2010 at 06:38 AM.
I sat to the immediate left of a fairly well known (more well known in Europe) pro this past March at the Wynn Classic, and I just played my usual game. Truth is, I didn't know who he was til a few people came up and told him how much they admired him. It actually was fun to observe him at work. If you get Ivey on your left, play your game, and watch and try to learn something, and hope it's at someone else's expense.
I have played only 6 WSOP bracelet events, but I've played with an unusually high percentage of known pros. (Seed, Matusow, Cloutier, Chau Giang, Boutin, JJ Lui, Matthew Glanz, Mizrachi). Anyway, I've found that many of them, in the small sample size of hands that you are together, and even the smaller sample size that you play together, it doesn't matter that much that they are pros.
Sure, if you played them in a deep-stack heads up match over 10,000 hands, you'd be in bad shape, but in a tourney, especially after the blinds get big and the stacks get shallow, a lot of your decisions are not that tough, and the really tough ones would be tough whether you were against a pro or against some other guy you didn't know.
Remember You know his game. He does not know yours.
Dont try to be very friendly.
Do not show any of your cards if not called.(Even A,A)
If any pro at my table I will not utter a word if not needed.
He is human too.
He might have more experience then you. But that is given.So adjust accordingly.
And last but not the least. When they won their first tournament they were just like you or worse.(Phil Helmuth,Jamie Gold, Chris Moneymaker etc)
I qualified for a WPT and being an exclusive online player (was my first live tourn) it was pretty cool seeing all the pros you see on tv. I had Huck Seed to my immediate right for most of Day 1 and Dan Harrington joined towards the end of the day. I was like "OMG I'm playing poker with Action Dan". The next day I get down to the poker room and my GF looks at the seating chart and says "Patrick Antonious is sitting next to you" (to my left of course)....anyways I was so tired from sitting at the damn poker table for day 1 and my jet lag (tournament was in Cyprus lol) I didn't really care by Day 2. I think it's a novel effect that wears off and then it's like playing with any other dude at the table...
HE Will bluff and you will fold your best hand if you are scared. but if i was you i wont even bother. its your money, you are there to make to final table. if your playing main event. you are paying $10000.00 to play and if you dont make it, atleast you can tell your friends that phily ivey was to your left. i think its worth the 10k. good luck