Jim Anderson acePLAYpoker Interview

Jim Anderson Interview

Many of you know him as Dr-Golf. Others in the business know him as a friend or fellow poker enthusiast. We sat down with Jim Anderson, one of our long-time players, to ask about his experience competing among some of the industry’s top players in the 2015 WSOP Senior Event.

1. Tell us a little about how you first got involved in the game of poker.

‘I started playing poker about 25 years ago, mostly home games back in Florida at Washington D.C., but more seriously over the past 5 years, since moving to Vegas…. Being a golf professional & having been a member of the PGA for nearly 20 years, golf remains my 1st passion, however, poker is a close second. Between golf & poker, Vegas is the perfect fit for me.’

2. I understand you played in the Senior Event in this year’s WSOP. How did you prepare for the tournament?

‘Despite being my first WSOP event, I wasn’t too concerned with the 12 or 13 hours of poker in 1 day, so I thought it was more important to have a playing strategy that I could (and would) stick with throughout the day. I decided on 3 things: play in position only, play small ball poker & don’t press the action. The strategy worked as I was able to build my chip stack from 5,000 to about 25,000 chips by the dinner break, thus giving me an above-average stack.’

3. Can you tell us a bit about the event? Give us the playing format, buy-in, starting stack, etc.

‘Event #40, The Seniors Championship, was a NLH event with a $1,000 buy-in. The starting stack was 5,000 chips & there were nearly 4,200 entrants. We were scheduled to play 11 levels (1 hr each) on day 1. By the dinner break (after level 6), the player count was down to 1,400. At the end of day 1 (around midnight), more than 3,600 players had been eliminated.’

4. Describe your most memorable round of the tournament.

‘Obviously my last round is my most memorable. With a decent chip stack & only 2 levels left for the day, I was dealt AK on the button. Everyone folded to me & I raised to $2,400 with the blinds at 400/800. The small blind folded & the big blind (also the chip leader) decided to go all-in. He had just lost a big pot & I figured he was on tilt or thought I was trying to steal the blinds with my position raise. I really don’t like playing pre-flop poker, but I didn’t think he was that strong & I was right.’

‘I called & showed him my AK, he had QJ. He said, “wow, I thought you were just trying to steal the blinds with your position raise.” The flop & turn came up empty for him, but the river gave him a queen & put me out. I could have folded AK there, but my read was correct & a double up there would have put me in great shape for going into day 2 with day 1 winding down. Oh well, that’s poker!’

5. What are some of your favorite tournaments to play besides WSOP?

‘For live games, I play at Stratosphere, The Orleans, and The Mirage primarily. The Stratosphere has a great Bounty & Deepstack tournament. The Mirage has excellent daily tournaments (11am), and The Orleans Friday & Saturday night events attract many players.’

6. Who has your vote to win the main event this year?

‘Mark Newhouse…why not?’

Eric Morris acePLAYpoker Interview


Eric Morris Interview

Our second in a series of interviews during WSOP 2015. Eric Morris, original founder of BLUFF Magazine & current CEO of ALL IN magazine, told us how he got started in the industry and offers his advice to online players.

1. As the founder of BLUFF magazine & a current executive at ALL IN, you are quite a veteran of the industry. Tell us about your journey in becoming an influential entrepreneur in gaming media.

‘I have been involved in the industry since 1998 and published the 1st magazine specifically reaching the online gambler. The magazine was titled “Gambling Online Magazine” & was really a groundbreaking publication. BLUFF was somewhat of a spinoff, but obviously more focused around poker & lifestyle surrounding the game. When I launched BLUFF in 2004, it was never my intention to be a stats & strategy type publication. BLUFF was about celebrating the lifestyle attached to the game & the personalities around it.

‘My time now is spent running poker operations for ALL IN media house. I am once again enjoying being part of a very innovative company [that] I believe will be bigger than BLUFF ever was. We have so many talented employees & an ownership that has a very clear vision on where they want to take the company. Outside of poker, ALL IN has now moved into both the daily fantasy sports & eSports verticals, as there is a huge synergy between the 3 audiences who will enjoy our content.’

2. Name a few of the most prominent emerging industry trends you’ve experienced in the last 10 years.

‘There have been so many trends in gaming over the past 10 years, I really do not even know where to start. For a while, televised poker was on almost 24/7…when that died down, live streaming started to become more prevalent. Now Twitch is the newest trend…. As for the game of poker, I can remember people stating that poker was just a fad or trend & it would fall by the wayside[sic]. I can most definitely state that poker is not a trend and, as regulation occurs, it will continue to grow & prosper.’

3. As you are aware, online gaming has become a hot topic in recent political debates. What argument would you make in defense of online gaming websites?

‘There really should be no argument against regulated online gaming. There are just too many reasons to regulate it & not enough to keep it from becoming legal. Currently, you can gamble in every US state in some capacity. Whether it’s the lottery, bingo, horse & dog racing, poker, slots…[or] fantasy sports, you can find some place to make a bet. Online is just an extension of what is already available to the masses. By regulating online gaming websites, the government is able to not only tax players, but to ensure payouts & fair play. Factor in the number of jobs that will be created & it’s a giant win…. I think most people understand the real benefits.’

4. It must be a great feeling to be on the edge of something big, as you were at the start of both BLUFF & ALL IN magazines. What is the most rewarding part of the work you do for the gaming industry?

‘I have to say, it is incredibly rewarding to have created a product that was innovative & received well by the poker community. When I started BLUFF in the basement of my house, I had no idea how big the brand would become. I am very proud of the product I produced…however, the most rewarding part was developing lifelong friendships with so many great people…. I feel like the game has given me so much more than I can ever give back & I am incredibly humbled to know how lucky I am to still be a part of the poker community.’

5. There has recently been a large push for gaming sites to adopt a mobile strategy. Where else do you see online poker trending throughout the next 5 years?

‘What a great question & really hard to answer at it’s incredibly difficult to know what new technology will be introduced & available in 5 years. I hope to see online poker regulated in more states & eventually at the federal level. Personally, I am not a fan of mobile gaming. I would never play real money poker on my mobile device. I much prefer to play on a laptop or PC & just feel the overall experience is more enjoyable.’

6. We have to ask this one. Who has your vote to win the WSOP main event this year?

‘How do you not pick Phil Ivey vs. the field for any poker event he plays in?!’

Ryan Johnson acePLAYpoker Interview

Ryan Johnson of ALL IN Magazine

You’ve heard from Eric Raskin of ALL IN magazine, our first
interviewee. Now, he is join by teammate Ryan Johnson, Director of Production for ALL IN. Read on for Ryan’s perspective from the production side of poker media.

 

1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you originally from & why were you drawn to the poker & sports industries?

‘I grew up in Oregon & Texas, and moved to Scottsdale, AZ for college – Go Sundevils! I’m the Director of Production for ALL IN media house… I’m a producer at heart. I love telling stories and facilitating compelling projects. I’ve always been a poker player, but got super involved in the industry as a result of joining the ALL IN team.’

2. How did you first get involved with ALL IN magazine?

‘In the beginning, ALL IN was simply a client of mine. My production company, Elevated Media Partners, has been making compelling content for the past 8 years. One day, the executive team at ALL IN came to me & asked if I’d like to come in-house…and what can I say – I jumped at the opportunity. The rest is history. It’s been 2 years now & I’ve been all over the world – I have the coolest job ever!’

3. We know the sports & gaming industry is for the tireless. What is the most grueling part of your job?

‘The most grueling part of my job? Hmmm. Sometimes it’s the travel, other times it’s the late nights working with my talented editing team.’

4. You travel frequently to attend tournaments & other industry events. What locale and/or event has been the highlight of your work with ALL IN magazine so far?

‘PCA in the Bahamas, and the multiple parties at Dan Bilzerian’s house.’

5. What advice do you have for online poker players?

‘Have fun, get involved with streams like Twitch…and make sure & diversify your play with some live action occasionally.’

6. Who do you expect will will the WSOP main event this year?

‘Samantha Abernathy or Mark Newhouse.’

Logging In & Resetting Passwords

Some of you haven’t played in awhile & forgot your username and/or your password. Many of you are asking us for login support. We’ve put together this post to answer your questions about logging in to our site.

Earlier this year, we posted about how to register & sign up on our site. However, for many of you, your account has already been created and you are simply trying to recover your password. If this applies to you, keep reading. We’ve put together a step-by-step process for recovering your login information & resetting your password on acePLAYpoker.com.

Step 1: Log on to acePLAYpoker.com & click on the “Login” button at the top (above the main navigation menu). You can also click on the “Play Poker” tab or the “Play Now” button.

Password Reset #1

Step 2: It will bring up a screen that looks like this:

Password Reset #2

In order to retrieve your forgotten username and/or password, click on the phrase “Click Here,” which we have double underlined in this picture. The only thing you need to remember is the email address you used when signing up.

Step 3: Next, the site will prompt you for your email address. Give us the email address you used to create your account.

Password Reset #3

If you can’t remember which email address you used, go into your accounts and search “acePLAYpoker” in the search tab. Whichever one we have sent emails to is the one you used when signing up.

Step 4: Check your email.

Password Reset #4

It is best to wait a few minutes before checking your inbox. When you do, make sure to check your spam folders as well. We have had many players find their password reset emails in their spam or junk folders.

Step 5: Choose your new password.

Password Reset #5

Once you have found the email, it will give you a link to visit in order to reset your password. The link will send to you our website with this prompt. Make sure you keep a record of your new password or come up with something that you can easily remember!

One more thing…some of you may not remember your username. You can still follow this process to reset your password, but in order to sign in for future purposes, you will need to email us at service@aceplaypoker.com. Give us the email address you used to sign up, and we will look up your info & provide you with your username.

Eric Raskin acePLAYpoker Interview

Eric Raskin WSOP Interview

In honor of WSOP,  we sat down to interview industry leaders ranging from poker pros to the media experts working behind the scenes. Each one offered a fresh perspective on industry trends & the WSOP.

 

Our first interviewee, Eric Raskin, is the Editor-In-Chief of ALL IN magazine. A man who got his start in the boxing industry, he tells us how he developed a passion for poker & gives his advice for up & coming players.

1. As a guy who got his start in the boxing industry, how did you become involved in a publication that extends its reach to the poker industry?

‘There’s really no connection between the 2 primary subjects I’ve covered in my career, except that they both led me to spend a fair amount of time in casinos. I was the managing editor of The Ring magazine from ’97-’05 & was simply job hunting when I came across the opportunity to become the editor-in-chief of ALL IN…I didn’t have any real poker expertise at the time – but I could tell it was something I could become passionate about, and indeed, that’s what happened.’

2. In your opinion, what is the most rewarding part of the work you do?

‘I think it was always been seeing the finished product…being in journalism allows you to actually create something tangible, and there’s a certain thrill & fulfillment in putting out what you know to be a top-notch product. It’s great to get positive feedback from fans & poker pros as well, but more than anything, having great articles & videos to show off is the kind of reward that a lot people in other lines of work can’t relate to.’

3. You wrote the story The Moneymaker Effect. Name something about Chris Moneymaker’s story that particularly resonates with you.

‘My favorite thing about Chris’ story is all the little things that had to fall into play just so in order for him to become world champion & change the game of poker forever. There are flukes, lucky cards, brilliant decisions, and there are moments that simply feel like fate, and a ridiculous series of these things happened…it starts with him accidentally entering the online tournament that led to him winning his seat. His story almost reads like a fictional adventure, which is part of what makes it a strong enough narrative around which to build a book.’

4. As the Editor-In-Chief at ALL IN, what is the most exciting event you’ve witnessed in gaming media?

‘This is a tough one for me, because I’ve never actually witnessed a WSOP Main Event final table in person…. Poker isn’t built to be “exciting” for spectators in the way that most sports are. As a small-stakes player, I’d probably say my own moments of truimph in tournaments are more exciting than watching someone else have a moment of triumph.’

5. What advice do you have for young poker players who are new to the game?

‘Success in this game starts with bankroll management. Be patient & prudent, and don’t go gambling with money you can’t afford to lose. If you fail to…discipline yourself properly, then it doesn’t matter how skilled you are – you will go broke eventually.’

6. Who do you expect will win the WSOP main event this year?

‘The smart percentage play here is to say, “someone I’ve never heard of.” That said, if I’m betting a dollar at 5000-1 odds on somebody to win, the smart bet is always Phil Ivey. He remains the best player in the world & has proven more than capable of excelling in this particular tournament.’

WSOP 2015 Grinder Series: Part 3

grinder part 3Read on to find out how acePLAYpoker teammate & grinder Allen Deep played his final hands at the WSOP 2015 opening event. The final leg of our 3-part mini series.

Hand 5 (Level 4)

Blinds: 100/200
‘I am on the button. The player in middle position goes all-in for 1300. Another player calls. I look at pocket 88’s and call; small blind calls. 4 players with one all-in. Generally in this situation, everyone checks down the rest of the way, as there is no side pot. Flop comes J93.

‘The small blind goes all-in into the side at $0, so the other player and I fold. The turn gives us another 3, and the river is a 5. The all-in player had QUAD 33’s. Turns out the player who went all-in for the side pot had top pair. Thank goodness an 8 didn’t come on the turn or river to cost me the pot.’

Hand 6 (Level 5)

Blinds: 100/200 with $25 ante.
‘I found myself short stacked with $1,800 chips left. I was in big blind with K/10 spades. 3 players limped, so I checked my option. The flop came: A,8,10 with 2 spades. I went all-in for remaining $1,600 in order to take the $1,000 pot down. 1 of the limpers re-raised all-in and I knew I was in trouble. The other players folded and he flipped over pocket Aces. Turn was an 8, which gave him a full-house and my tourney was over.

‘I had a lot of fun playing and would like to thank my team (Courtney, Kadie, & Ben) for coming to visit and show their support. I look forward to playing again next year and going deeper!’

wsop grinder part 3

WSOP 2015 Grinder Series: Part 2

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Here, we cover more of grinder Allen Deep’s experience at the WSOP employee event on May 27th. Read about how he played his next hands to advance higher in the tournament in part 2 of our Grinder Series coverage of the WSOP 2015 employee tournament.

Hand 2

Blinds 50/100
‘Under the gun player limped in. I limped as well with 3/5 Spades, and both blinds were in too. Flop was 46Q with 2 Spades. I loved this flop. Under the gun bet 250; I called as I don’t want to lose any players in this spot. Both blinds folded so we were heads up to the turn. Turn was 2 hearts. I made my straight. The other player went all in for the remaining 1300. I called; he showed aces and I took it down.

‘When a player limps in first to act it is generally an indication of a strong hand. Unfortunately for him, it backfired. If he would have raised pre-flop, I never would have been in the hand.’

Hand 3

Blinds 75/150
‘Another limped pot…I called 150 with 9/10 on the button. Both blinds called and the flop came with JQK with 2 Clubs. I flopped the 3rd best straight (A/10, K/9 both beat me) but I was happy with my hand.

‘It was checked around to me and I bet 200. Both blinds folded and middle position limped calls. Turn was 5 of Diamonds. The other player checked and I bet 500. He called. River 6 of Spades; no flush hits. Player checked again, so I bet 1500. He called. I showed my straight and he mucked. I am guessing he had 2 pair, but he didn’t show.’

Hand 4

Blinds 100/200

‘I really misplayed this hand in my opinion. The player before me limped in. I limped with KK (again), this time on the button. The small blind called and big blind raised to 700. The player before me called, and I called (I should have raised here). Small blind called as well. The flop was 668 with 2 diamonds. It checked around to me and I check ed on the button thinking the only bad card is an ace, but I wanted to keep the pot small. Turn was 5 of diamonds. When it got to my turn, I bet 700. The small blind called and other 2 players folded. River came – 2 of clubs. Small blind bet 2200 and I called. He had a flush with K/9 of diamonds.

‘I should have re-raised pre-flop but just calling worked earlier in the day, so I thought it would work again. Boy, was I wrong! However, shortly after this hand, I was greeted with some good news. My friend came over and handed me $50 for winning our last longer wager. He got knocked out, but I was still in the game! #winning’

WSOP 2015 Grinder Series: Part 1

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You’ve heard that our fellow
acePLAYpoker teammate
Allen Deep would be
attending WSOP. Now he
shares his personal
WSOP experience here in
part 1 of our WSOP 2015
Grinder Series.

Intro:

‘Hello acePLAYpoker players! I’m back for the 2nd edition of my WSOP Casino Employee experience. On Wednesday, May 27th, I participated in my 2nd World Series of Poker. The event was a $565 buy-in open only to casino employees. Players showed up from all over the world. This year’s field was a little smaller than last year’s field…688 compared to 860, with $75,000 awarded to the 1st place spot along with the coveted bracelet. Hand by hand, play by play, I recount my experience.

‘Ultimately, I ended up in 320th place out of 688 total players. The structure this year improved; they gave us more chips & shortened the levels. This was good for me as I like to play a lot of hands. While finding my seat, I saw a buddy of mine. We decided to add a little excitement to the tournament by adding a $50 last longer wager between the 2 of us.’

Hand 1*

Blinds: 25/50
‘Since it was very early in the tournament, the energy at our table was high. The player in middle position raised to 150 & another player called. I called on the button with pocket KK. Small & big blinds called. Many of you are probably thinking, “You just called with Kings?” Early on in tournaments, I do not like to play big pots pre-flop. Calling gives me the opportunity to flop a big hand & also allows me to get away from it if an Ace flops.
‘Flop comes down K38 with 2 hearts. Small blind leads out for 600, folds around to me so I call. Turn 3…Boom. Full house! Other player leads out for 1200, I just call again (don’t want to lose him here). River was offsuit 4. He leads out for 1500, I go all-in for another 2000 & he calls with Ace/King. I doubled my money…great start!’
*Hand number corresponds with level number. Hand 1 also indicates Level 1.

…And there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth. Stay tuned into our blog to hear about the rest of Allen’s experience in detail. For more info about WSOP 2015, view tournament updates & schedule info here or follow us on Facebook & Twitter to see our coverage of the event! See you next time.

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