Blinds and Justice Tournament for Urban Justice Center

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From: Begs
David Perlmutter‎ in action at final table in last night’s Urban Blinds and Justice charity poker tourney. Actor Dule Hill is on his left. Perlmutter finished 8th.

Yours truly finished 3rd and had the chip lead 4 handed before getting cold decked. Busted like a dozen people, maybe more.  Sucked out many times to get there including when my 95 o/s busted Eric Seidel after he shoved his short stack w J7 suited – I called from the Big blind. I got k8 to beat aq, kq to bust aq when a king flopped etc.

No, Dule Hill’s girlfriend did not have a wardrobe malfunction – that is how it was meant to be worn.

From: PMF

Here you guys are:

Dulé Hill’s Periscope Feed

Dulé Hill’s Twitter Feed

As always with Begs the story begins with a crazy run of cards. This one had Steve saying, “I really need to go home–I have to get up early” followed by 4 shoves and 4 wins, including making a runner-runner straight to knock out a woman who had the nerve to be surprised that he hit it.

From me:

Very fun event!  Begs was chip leader until he uncharacteristically  started playing with premium hands. Then things took a turn for the worse. He finished in 3rd, not 4th. I finished in 9, not 8. But it was 1:30 on a school night so things got a little foggy toward the end.

Begs had the misfortune of having a drunk woman standing behind him to the right narrating the final table to some unseen audience on her phone, probably on Periscope. She was nattering on and on and on. It took every ounce of his decency not to jam her phone where the sun don’t shine since she was plumping for Daniel Negreanu and Andy Frankenberger the whole time.

Vanessa Selbst, who organized the benefit is aces in my book, as is Andy F. Daniel was animated and fun, Erik Seidel was quiet and pleasant. Justin Pugh from the Giants just wanted to go get some sleep. He kept shoving and winning. That went on about an hour. If only the Giants could shove and win.

Eric Bogosian, one of my performance art heroes gone mainstream was very nice, too.

Dulé’s girlfriend got the décolletage trophy (turns out she is in HBO’s Ballers).

And here’s from my Periscope Feed

And here’s Daniel Negreanu’s Periscope Feed

 

 

The Curse Has Been Broken

Since Begs’ historic run to the final table of the WSOP in 2009, no member of the New Castle Poker Tour has cashed in a WSOP event. Without an exact count, there have been at least 25 of us who have attempted the tough mudder known as The Main Event. There have been campaigns that have gone as far as day 3 and day 4, but the brass ring of cashing has always been out of reach, and the Final Table, that might as well be on Mars.

So, when Dr. B suggested playing a couple of earlier events in the Series instead of The Main Event, wheels were set in motion. He declared the week beginning June 28th as Dr. B Week, with plans to play in tournaments on June 29th and July 1st. Upon reviewing my calendar, the July 1st date did not work for me, but the idea of playing two events resonated. Event #55, the DraftKings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em seemed like the perfect vehicle for me.

Reviewing my own history at The Main Event, my first experience, or should I say, inexperience, was in 2010 when I free rolled my way in after winning my seat via the Fallen Heroes of the Intrepid event. I was having drinks with Begs before dinner after my post flop all in shove with pocket aces on a 3-6-9 board was called by the guy with the set of 3s.

I did not enter the tournament in 2011, but treated myself to a 50th birthday present in 2012. I made it to the final minutes of Day 2, when Jason Somerville, who had a wedding cake’s worth of chips, called my preflop small stack shove. I had AK, he had A2, and he of course caught the 2. He was sheepish about the result, but I was gone.

In 2013, I was chugging along on Day 2, when in the day’s final minutes looked down to find KK in my hand. That turned into a King high flush on the turn. I shoved, got called by Max The Italian Pirate Pescatori who had the A high flush from the flop. I still had a chance to catch the straight flush on the river, but the result was, Ciao David.

In 2014, I made it to Day 3, but with an impossibly short stack. Our own Mark Taylor was at the same table and was able to lend moral support as my self-immolation took place. I scratched and kicked and punched my way through a few levels, but in the end, did not have the stuffing.

With the exception of the 2010 outlier, I have made it into the top 25-33% range each of the other years. Thus, with the payout structure of the 50-50 event, it seemed inevitable that I would not walk away empty handed. 50% of the field gets paid: the top 25% to 50% gets $1000, and from 10% to 25% gets $1500. The top 10% receive their share per the usual payout structure.

I ended up finishing 255 in the field of 1123, handily breaking the 25% barrier. Small stack preflop shove with A3 suited when down to about 6 big blinds (200 ante, 400-800 blinds), called by a big stack with jacks, no A, only one more club. But the curse has been broken. Sure it’s not The Main Event, sure I only got my buy in back, but let me repeat, THE CURSE HAS BEEN BROKEN, THE CURSE HAS BEEN BROKEN, THE CURSE BEEN BROKEN. I have fifteen new friends, and they’re all named Benjamin. Come one, come all, NCPT is going to start crushing it.

Win or lose, there are always some great experiences that come out of participating in the WSOP. Primarily, it is getting to know the fellow NCPT members much better. Surviving a fraternity hazing is probably a better metaphor than any military combat, since life and limb are not at risk, just ritual humiliation and brain cells. Sometimes, you get memories that will last a lifetime. I’m talking about the Darvin Moon  autographing your packet of Jack Links Jerky kind of memories. I know there is a picture of that somewhere. If/when I find it, I’ll post it.

Yesterday’s tournament added another great memory. Some of you followed me yesterday on Twitter. Some of you railed me via text message. It was all very helpful. After I was moved to my second table, I tweeted that one guy looked like Larry Hagman at the end of the run of Dallas, and three guys looked like the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons. I don’t watch much poker on tv. I might know a handful of top pros without being prompted. Larry Hagman turned out to be Elliot “Comrade” Zaydman, with a little over $438k in career winnings. He kept tussling with Brian Brubaker, one of the non-Comic Book Guys at the table. Brian has about 650K in career winnings. This confrontation made it to the WSOP Newsfeed:

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So, I’m sitting at this table. There’s minimal conversation at my end, and for me one of the pleasures of playing poker is meeting the people around the table. Dr. B and I have the following text interchange (B in gray, me in blue):

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Obligingly, Dr. B sends the following picture:

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In order to stimulate a little conversation, I read Dr. B’s text out loud to my adjoining table mates to see if any of them have noticed these players. The guys two and three seats to my right start cracking up. It turns out the guy two to my right, who had taken his place there about five minutes prior, is Jim McManus. The guy next to him is mock-irate  (I think mock, but maybe not) as to why he is not mentioned. This guy is the Ur-Comic-Book-Guy. I say, “Well, maybe it’s because you haven’t written a book.” This sends the duo into further paroxysms. Comic Book Guy says, “I’ve co-authored the two all time best selling poker books. I’m Todd Brunson.” At which point, I ask if I can take their picture for Dr. B. The result is priceless:

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From that point on, there was a lot of great table talk. But, what goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas. You had to be there. I immensely enjoyed meeting Jim McManus, and hope to see him around the felt in the future. This world needs more staunch Democrat poker players.

After I got back to my hotel, I downloaded Positively Fifth Street. If you have not read it, here’s the link to order it: Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs and Binion’s World Series of Poker. Any book with the word totentanz in the first chapter is alright with me. I’m only a couple of chapters into it, and look forward to seeing the Christine Vachon produced, John Ridley scripted movie when it is made.

I’m looking forward to more memories being made over the next couple of days with the impending arrival of the Taylor brothers and Dr. B. Join us, sure it’s a 113 degrees, but it’s a dry heat.

PS: In looking over the results from yesterday, I noticed fellow Pingry alumni Mike Brody finished 11 spots ahead of me. I hope to catch up with him over the next few days.

First Game Invite and Term Sheet- September 18th.

First some membership news.  We lost my friend Jay as a member, not a shock as he only came 6 times.  Sadly,  Mr. Baines decided not to re-up as well.  In a nutshell, not a big fan of tournament formats and doesn’t want to travel far to be sent home early.  I am sure we will see both as a guest from time to time.

Replacing Jay and Steven, will be none other than regular guest Jay “Whoa or Wow” Wolin, and cash game guru Steven Silverman.  Welcome to the Jungle boys.

The temporary schedule is now sacrosanct and is the following:

First game will be 9/18 and it will be our standard multi-table sit and go.  Buy in will be $300, with one rebuy allowed over first two blind levels.  Members will need to bring at least $820 for this first game – $300 for buy in, and $520 for membership fees.  Shotgun start time 730 at Trump.  I will be responsible for first snack.

Rest of schedule will remain as follows:

10/16, 11/6, 12/4, 1/8, 1/29, 2/26, 3/19, 4/9, 4/30, 5/21, 6/11 with TPC on or about 6/25.  Snow day will be 5/14.

League Term Sheet below, please read and reply with your acceptance of terms and whether you will not be attending first game.   The Term Sheet spells a lot out, but also leaves a few things still under my control to be determined as I am still working on some details.  You will need to trust me.

Here are the important new issues:

Membership Fees – $200 membership, plus $40 additional per game charge.   Each member required to prepay first 8 games, or $320, for a total of $320.

League Game Structure:

Four Games of Multi-Table Sit and Go – $300 buy in, one rebuy allowed over first two blind levels.  Assuming 27 players, will pay out top 5, with top 10 receiving points.

Four Games of Single Table Sit and Go – $300 buy in, one rebuy allowed over first three blind levels.  Top three at each table will receive prizes and points.

Four Games of Cash Tournament –  $300 buy, $1/2 blinds, $600 total add-ons/rebuys allowed.  Top 10 most profitable will receive points.

Points available are approximately the same for each format; only their distribution varies.  Top 10 point holders on the Year will play in TPC for Grand Prize, which will have terms of acceptance similar to past years.

New Castle Poker Tour 2015 Term Sheet

League Size:    Limited to 28 members.

Membership Privileges:  Only members can qualify for year-end TPC and can share in the winnings of the League Champs. In addition, all members have first right of refusal for monthly tournaments for a period of up to one week prior to a schedule game.

Membership Fee:  $200 membership fee plus $320 pre-pay of Contribution to year end pot to be applied to first eight tournaments.

League Structure:  Twelve games divided as follows:

Four Games of Multi-Table Sit and Go (“Multi-Table”)– $300 buy in, one rebuy allowed over first two blind levels.  Assuming 27 players, will pay out top 5, with top 10 receiving points.

Four Games of Single Table Sit and Go (“Single Table”)- $300 buy in, one rebuy allowed over first three blind levels.  Top three at each table will receive prizes and points.

Four Games of Cash Tournament (“Cash”) –  $300 buy, $1/2 blinds, $600 total add-ons/rebuys allowed.  Top 10 most profitable will receive points.

Points in each game will be awarded as follows:

Multi-Table Points – Members finishing in 1st-through 10th place will be receiving points in the following manner:  13 points to 1st place, then 10 to 2nd, followed by 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.  Each place point will be  multiplied by the square root of number of players at the tournament –so tournaments with more players have more points available.

Single Table Points: Top three will be receiving points as follows, 14th to 1st, followed by 11 to 2nd and 9 to third. Each place point will be multiplied by the square root of number of players at each table.

Cash Points: Members finishing in 1st-through 10th place will be receiving points in the following manner:  11 points to 1st place, then 10 to 2nd, followed by 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.  Each place point will be  multiplied by the square root of number of players at the tournament

Non-members finishing in a point slot will take the point slot away from a member.

Pace of Play Guidelines –Unless doing hosting responsibilities, if not in your seat at time of play, hand will be folded.   At all times, players should be cognizant of the pace of play, and to keep the game going.  Penalties can be imposed on any player for not abiding by Pace of Play Guidelines.

TPC Qualification:  Top 10 point holders from regular season will qualify for TPC.  If there is a two-way tie for 10th place, TPC will be expanded to 11.  More than a two place tie will be determined by a coin toss.  If a member cannot make TPC, next place finisher in league qualifies for TPC.

Tournament of Champions Format (TPC):  For those who qualify for TPC, their regular season point totals will be converted to chips and our TPC Champion will be that tournament winner.  Points will be converted into chip totals in a manner determined by Commissioner, and will reflect regular seat point total rankings. Chips may be added for Kills, Average Finish, and Profitability, but those will be determined by Commissioner over course of the year.

TPC Champ – Should receive ten thousand dollars, which they must use to buy into a tournament at casino of their choosing. Anything they win in that tournament will be shared with league membership as follows: 30% of the first $200 thousand dollars in prize money and 20% percent on incremental prize amounts above $200 thousand dollars will be shared with the League.  Any amounts received by League will be split equally among league members not inclusive of Champ.   This award should be used in approximately one year from receipt or will be returned to League at request of Commissioner.

Additional League Prizes- Any prize to be awarded other than to TPC champ will be determined over the course of the year by Commissioner.

Members can receive multiple awards and all terms of each award are additive; but no one member can receive more than the TPC Award.  If Awards are used towards higher buy-in tournaments (i.e. Member provides own money towards tournament), the league membership percentage cut will be adjusted appropriately.

Cancelled Games – games that are canceled due to weather or force majeure will be re-scheduled on a best efforts basis by league commissioners.  Re-schedule games require the presence of 14 members to qualify as a normal league game.

League Commissioner has the ability to change all terms and modify rules continued herein for the betterment of the League, and has the right of fining or dismissing members for behavior not favorable to promoting an enjoyable playing atmosphere.

By joining the league, you agree to all terms and conditions stated herewith, and you also agree that all League matters or conflicts to be adjudicated by league commissioner.

2014 WSOP

From: Michael Levine
Subject: RE: WSOP Day 2 Summary

Gregg and RFG took their turns yesterday. Unfortunately Gregg, started out ok, but was able to join the rest of us at Noodles in the Bellagio for dinner. RFG did a good job surviving the day, making new friends along the way and rattling the cages of the competition. Here is his color:

Made it out of day 1 with 53k after a fairly wild ride, as low as 20k couple of times and peak was 68k, good table but couldn’t complete some key hands, should have been more :). Dweight Pilgram made the mistake of saying to me, an hour into joining our table on my immediate left and jawing a lot back and forth a bunch, that he’s a "world class player" and was going to "break me down"…I said "Son, we’ll see who breaks who down", and he got sent home after I put the lad on serious tilt :). Doing the lord’s work here, right?? :))

Day 2 starts off with MT and Perlmutter at the same table, Ben sitting at a table with former fellow 2009 final table member Kevin Schafel (whom MT bought 4% of his action, long story) and Paul on his own somewhere. MT has over 60k in chips, Ben over 40k, with Paul and Dave floating around 20k and 10k respectively. Big day boys, hope you survive and thrive.

Paul noticed Begs and league got a shout out on ESPN blog. Check out below.

http://espn.go.com/blog/poker/post/_/id/1726/day-1b-multi-tasking-in-the-main

Michael Levine
Sent from Samsung tablet.