Episode 228: Jose Pachon

Jose Pachon is a professional poker player based out of Providence, Rhode Island, but his story begins in the 1970s in Pablo Escobar’s Colombia. We discuss his childhood in the turbulent country, how he came to America, and how he ended up playing poker professionally. Plus, Nate makes a return to the show! And a strategy discussion about flopping a straight on a monotone board! Timestamps 0:30 – Hello and Welcome 3:50 – Strategy 16:31 – Jose Pachon 24:49 – Nate’s back! Strategy UTG + 1, MP, CO, button, and SB limp. Hero checks 5h 4d in the BB. The … Read more…

WCOOP Day 14 ($530 Progressive Knockout and $215 6-Max Rebuy)

I slept poorly on Thursday night, probably a combination of adrenaline from making a significant final table with drinking caffeine later than usual (because of the final table) and replaying (ok, beating myself up over) some key hands in my head. I hadn’t planned to take Friday off, but the offerings weren’t that great so I decided just not to play and to spend some time studying instead. Of course I did squeeze in a bike ride as well. Saturday started early. Usually I deal with that by late registering, but the 7AM event was a progressive knock-out, and although … Read more…

WCOOP Day 12 ($215 6-Max, $1050 Progressive Knockout, Big $109 Final Table!)

Mont Tremblant

I was excited for the $215 6-max that started at 10AM. Most of the short-handed events so far in the series had been higher buy-ins, and I was looking forward to the opportunity to play short with some weaker players. I lasted all of 15 minutes: PokerStars – 100/200 Ante 25 NL (6 max) – Holdem – 5 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com CO: 223.49 BB (VPIP: 35.71, PFR: 28.57, 3Bet Preflop: 16.67, Hands: 15) BTN: 256.49 BB (VPIP: 28.57, PFR: 21.43, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: 15) SB: 250.62 BB (VPIP: 20.00, PFR: 6.67, 3Bet Preflop: 0.00, Hands: … Read more…

WCOOP Day 10 ($530 NLHE and $215 6-Max Zoom)

Mont Tremblant

I took Tuesday as a proper vacation day. Emily and I drove to Mont Tremblant, a ski resort about 45 minutes north of where we’re staying, to hike and get dinner. It was a nice drive deeper into the mountains, with the leaves already beginning to turn. Resorts aren’t really our scene, but the place was nice enough, and the scenery was certainly splendid. Wednesday did not get off to a great start in the $500. Pretty early on, I lost this gem: PokerStars – 200/400 Ante 50 NL – Holdem – 9 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com … Read more…

WCOOP Day 9 ($215 Progressive KO)

I’d considered taking Monday off, but I was in the mood to play and I planned to take Tuesday off, so I went ahead and played. Nothing too eventful – this was probably the most interesting pot. Don’t think I could have won more than I did. Villain probably ought to bluff with his hand, though that majority won’t: PokerStars – 600/1200 Ante 150 NL – Holdem – 9 players Hand converted by PokerTracker 4: http://www.pokertracker.com Hero (SB): 51.71 BB BB: 54.56 BB (VPIP: 21.21, PFR: 17.28, 3Bet Preflop: 5.41, Hands: 200) UTG: 41.95 BB (VPIP: 17.68, PFR: 12.53, 3Bet … Read more…

WCOOP Day 8 ($215 rebuy, $530 NLHE)

This was the second Sunday of WCOOP. There was actually a $1050 6-max that I ended up skipping. It started several hours earlier than everything else I wanted to play, and it didn’t seem quite good enough to build my entire schedule around. Sundays are (hopefully) long days already, and you don’t want to be burnt out at the tail end of your deepest run because you’ve been playing 12 hours straight. I thought I might late register, but I don’t like doing that in tough fields, and although I considered it a few times, whenever I scanned the field … Read more…

WCOOP Day 7 ($500 Win the Button and $215 NLHE)

Friday the 8th was an off day for me. I ran some errands and also went for another ride on the P’tit Train du Nord bike path. The weather was gray and intermittently rainy, as it had been since our arrival. It seemed like I had timed my ride for a particularly pleasant period, and I even stopped for a bit to read and have a snack before turning around and coming back, but in the time a storm cloud made its way over and basically downpoured on me for the entire ride back. Anyway, Day 7… Win the Button … Read more…

WCOOP Day 5 ($500 Progressive Knockout)

C'est La Vie cafe

Yes, I’m behind. And there’s no Day 4 because I took Wednesday off. So here we are. The day off (it wasn’t a proper day off, as I did do some studying, but no playing) was nice. Emily and I had brunch at a cafe in the nearby town of Val-David. When we ordered, the server was friendly and patient with my limited French. I commented to Emily that she seemed to understand that my French was poor and be helping me along with simple words and phrasing, which I prefer to the approach more common in Montreal where people … Read more…