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World Series of Poker 2005 - July8th

By Peter Costa
7/8/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - July 8thSeventeen of us returned for the climax of the $10,000 PLO event. I was in action on the first hand when the low chips (10K) moved all-in. On the BB, I had an easy call to make for another 6K with J-J-7-6. Main Story...





World Series of Poker 2005 - July 6th

By Peter Costa
7/6/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - July 6thSeventeen of us returned for the climax of the $10,000 PLO event. I was in action on the first hand when the low chips (10K) moved all-in. On the BB, I had an easy call to make for another 6K with J-J-7-6. With a board of 3-3-8 and another three on the turn - my opponent was drawing dead on the river. - good start! Main Story...





World Series of Poker 2005 - July 4th

By Peter Costa
7/04/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - July 4thIt soon became apparent that the second day of the $5K Hi-Lo, was not to be my day. I kept getting into a betting war with Sam Grizzle (famous for his TV confrontation with Phil Hellmuth) and splitting the pot each time. The problem was, Sam was always looking for the split on the river.
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World Series of Poker 2005 - July 1st

By Peter Costa
7/01/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - July 1stThe first level in the $5k NL six-handed event, again gave me a chance to have a lot of fun. Playing almost 80% of the hands and sometimes blind - I was delighted to build my stack up to 7,500. The table broke soon after and I moved to what seemed like a very easy table (if such a thing exist).
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World Series of Poker 2005 - June 29th

By Peter Costa
6/29/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - June 29thAfter a succession of late nights and no cashes, I had an uneventful couple of tournaments with early exits. I hoped that the $5K Stud, $2,500 PLH and the $5K Limit tournaments would bring better joy. Having grown up playing Stud, I eagerly awaited my favorite Limit game. With just under 200 starters, I knew I had a great chance in this one.
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World Series of Poker 2005 - June 20th

By Peter Costa
6/22/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - June 20thHaving finished seventh in the 4th event ($1500 Limit Hold’em), I had to take a trip back to the UK for a couple of days. I must admit that this was not a trip that I was looking forward to. Also, having to miss five of the events hurt a little. However, at least I would be back in time for the next Limit Holdem. Main Story...





World Series of Poker 2005 - June 19th

By Peter Costa
6/18/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - June 20thThe back-to-back shootouts began with a $1500 Limit Hold’em event. I decided to play a little more open early on and try to accumulate some chips before the limits increased. So much for that approach - I was down to 900 from the initial 1500 and needed to get lucky. Well, a lot of luck in this game sometimes depend on the blind hands.
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World Series of Poker 2005 - June 18th

By Peter Costa
6/18/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - June 18thI couldn’t help but laugh at the ending to my previous article concerning getting some big hands in the $5,000 NL. Having being dealt around ten pairs of Q-Q and over in the limit - this NL would prove to be a totally different story.
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World Series of Poker 2005 - June 11th

By Peter Costa
6/14/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - June 11thHaving finished seventh in the 4th event ($1500 Limit Hold’em), I had to take a trip back to the UK for a couple of days. I must admit that this was not a trip that I was looking forward to. Also, having to miss five of the events hurt a little. However, at least I would be back in time for the next Limit Holdem. Main Story...





World Series of Poker 2005 - June 6th

By Peter Costa
6/08/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - June 6thAs you may well know - Limit Hold’em has proven to be a great distraction for me over the last three years or so. In fact, I doubt if there is anyone with a better record in these events. So please forgive me for being just a little more confident every time I play these Limit events. I guess that with over 1,000 players to beat- it can’t hurt to have such an approach. Main Story...


World Series of Poker 2005 - June 5th

By Peter Costa
6/08/2005
World Series of Poker 2005 - June 5thA year is a long time to wait for anything, but when it comes to the World Series of Poker - it can be torture. When you also consider that I missed much of last year through health issues, you can imagine my relief that the wait is finally over.
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World Poker Tour - Mirage May 23

By Peter Costa
5/27/2005
PPT Freeroll Mirage - Day one, by Peter CostaStarting with 20K in chips and blinds 50-100, there was an opportunity to play some fun poker - for the first level at least. Apart from Mel Judah, I didn’t know any of the players at my first table. However, that changed when ex world champion, Carlos Mortensen took the seat to my immediate right. Fun and games were about to follow… Main Story...



Professional Poker Tour Freeroll Mirage - Day one

By Peter Costa
5/20/2005
PPT Freeroll Mirage - Day one, by Peter CostaHere we go again. After taking a couple of weeks off since the Bellagio, we start all over again at the Mirage Casino here in Vegas. The Professional Poker Tour freeroll begins today with what will probably be less than a full field. Main Story...





Mind Games

By Peter Costa
5/18/2005
Mind Games, by Peter CostaWe all know that poker is a mind game. It also happens to be more of a mind game than many other “sports”. Poker players are faced with a never-ending stream of decisions. With NL Holdem, it only takes one bad decision to destroy all the good work from hours, and sometimes days, of playing perfect poker. I doubt if any other sport requires such focus and for such long periods.
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Bellagio World Poker Tour - day five

By Peter Costa
4/28/2005
Bellagio WPT - day fiveMy stack of 366K was 26th in the list of the last 45. With blinds of 6K -12K and 1K ante - there was going to be no immediate rush. However, today would be the day when major moves would be made. The short stacks on my table began to double up immediately. In the meantime, I started going in the other direction. Turning two pair, I decided to raise Greg Raymer’s bet of 40K to 100K. Main Story...






Bellagio World Poker Tour - day four

By Peter Costa
4/28/2005
Bellagio WPT - day fourWhere does one start? I began the day with 117,000 but was soon down to 80,000 - thanks mainly to no hands for the first hour or so. But with such a good structure in the event, I never felt under any pressure. But in order to have a chance of winning this - I had to get busy. Main Story...






Bellagio World Poker Tour - day three

By Peter Costa
4/23/2005
Bellagio WPT - day threeHaving lost 108 players in the first round - we started the day with 344 players. I was not in good shape with 25,700. In fact, things got worse as I dwindled down to just one 10,000 chip. You would think that K-K would be a good way to increase the stack. However, having been dealt the hand twice - twice I had to muck in when an Ace hit the board. Main Story...



World Poker Tour Championship Bellagio - day one

By Peter Costa
4/23/2005
WPT Championship Bellagio - day oneIt was soon obvious that seat one and two on my first table were going to be the action players. But even I was surprised at the plays that these two would come up with. After all, this was a $25,000 buy-in! My first confrontation would be with seat one. After five of us had limped for 100, he decided to raise a further 1,000 from the small blind (SB). I was the only caller with 7-7. I liked the flop of Q-4-3. He bets 1,000 and I call. Main Story...





Professional Poker Tour - Day two

By Peter Costa
4/23/2005
PPT - Day twoStarting the day with second lowest stack from the remaining 45 - I am obviously hoping for a lot of luck. However, at the Professional Poker Tour at Commerce, Erick Lindgren was low chips and he went on to win it! Starting with 600-1200 and 200 ante - my stack of 10,400 was only going to give me just a couple of rounds in which to find a hand. The first round came and went without joy. So imagine how pleased I was to see Q-Q by the tenth hand. Main Story...



Professional Poker Tour Bellagio - Part two

By Peter Costa
4/23/2005
PPT Bellagio - Part twoA few minutes after that hand with Harry Thomas - our table broke and we all looked forward to the next challenge.
My new table looked assured to supply some interesting play, especially as Freddie Deeb joined us. If you don’t already know, Freddie makes a lot of plays and likes to call raises with small connected cards. Well, he was soon at it by making back to back bluffs and showing them. Main Story...



Professional Poker Tour Day One - Fun and Fireworks - Part one

By Peter Costa
4/22/2005
PPT Day One - Fun and Fireworks - Part oneWhat a day of poker this would be as almost everyone of the 239 qualified players were here for this. My table was a cracker, with players such as Tom McEvoy, Kenna James, Jennifer Harman, Mike Mattouso, Toto Leonedas, Lucy Rokach and World Series of Poker Champion 2002 Robert Varkonyi - it would only be a matter of time before the fireworks began. Main Story...




The pain of the game

By Peter Costa
4/15/2005
The pain of the game, by Peter CostaSince my last article, I have played three events here at the Bellagio. And as was the case in the three events that I played in Reno - I kept hitting the crossbar. A few days ago in the $2500, I had enjoyed my first real bit of luck. Having allowed the button to constantly raise my blinds unchallenged - I waited for the chance to trap the young kid from Boston. Main Story...




This is it!

By Peter Costa
4/15/2005
This is it! By Peter CostaAll poker players are bracing themselves for what is about to become the busiest period of the poker calendar. We began earlier this week with the Bellagio and what will be the climax of the World Poker Tour series. This $25K buy-in is fast becoming a more realistic hope for players looking for a life-changing win. With probably less than 10% of the expected 5,000 or so runners for the World Series of Poker - who can argue with that view? Main Story...




World Poker Tour event Reno

By Peter Costa
4/07/2005
WPT event Reno, by Peter CostaI decided that for Reno, I would just play the last three events which included the $5K buy-in for the WPT. We began with what was a good turn out for the $1K NL holdem. 201 players took part for a first prize of over $70k. We then had 149 take their seat for the $1,500 NL. Main Story...


 

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