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Looking Forward to the WSOP

by The Poker Academy |  Published: May 14, '15


Every year I look forward to the WSOP.  This year is no different.  I usually start looking for the house I rent for the summer about the time the schedule comes out.  So by now, that has been squared away for a long time.

Most people look at the schedule and pick out the events they are planning to play.  I think about that a little bit differently.  I know I will play 25 or more events, and there are only a few that I am unlikely to play.  I am comfortable and feel plenty competitive in all the different disciplines.  I also know I will be playing poker almost every day during the WSOP. I usually take a break and go home over Father’s Day weekend.  And I will usually take the day off before the main event.  Otherwise, there will be some half days, but I am pretty much playing every day.

So I play to play the noon tournament every day unless I have a reason not to.  Those reasons include things like:

Being in Day 2 of an event from the day before (or the final table)

I plan to play late in a good cash game (I make that choice each night depending on the game I am in, and how much I like the tournament at noon the next day.  Sometimes I decide to just play the afternoon tournament.)

About once a week, I try to relax for half a day. I usually try and do that when there is an afternoon tournament I would rather play.  Sometimes I play golf; sometimes I take my kids to putt-putt or just hang around the house and swim with them.

Most of my days start at the Rio.  I play my tournament until I bag or run out of chips. The days I survive, I head home for a good night’s sleep.  The days I run out of chips, I usually go looking for a cash game.  I start by seeing what is going on at the Rio, then I will check Bravo or text some friends to see what games are going at Bellagio or Aria.

When I play cash, I try to get in the best game I can get in. I am comfortable playing most games; Limit or NL hold-em, PLO or the mix games.  I just try and play where I think I have the highest expectancy.  About once a week, my wife will bring the kids down, and we all have dinner together.

Then I get up the next day and do it again…

Rick Fuller and Rep Porter are content creators and instructors at

Fuller has been a professional poker player for more than a decade. He has made four final tables at the WSOP, two in no-limit Hold’em, one in razz, and one in Omaha eight-or-better. Rick is a gifted communicator and teacher, actively involved in poker education for the past decade, teaching poker to thousands of students around the world. A former Police Officer, Rick is an adventure junkie, a private pilot, a skydiver with hundreds of jumps, and a certified SCUBA diver. He currently resides in Washington State.

Porter is a two-time WSOP bracelet winner with over $2.4 million in tournament winnings. He won his first bracelet in 2008 in six-handed no-limit hold’em and his second bracelet in 2011 in razz. He also finished 12th in the 2013 Main Event, taking home $573,204. Rep is a graduate of the University of Washington and worked as an equity options trader. Rep has played poker professionally for 17 years.

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