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June 2016 pokerpalooza: Day 2, tournament 4

June 11, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
June 11, 2016

Tag team tournament, Monday evening, June 6, 2016. After a nap, I set aside my misgivings and reported to the Mohegan Sun Poconos ballroom, hoping to kick some tail and win some money.

There were 234 two-person teams in the event. I started off at table 3 in the corner of the ballroom, mere steps from both the doors and the bar. My seat at one end of the table gave me a view of both of those locations.

My partner, J—, was sitting at a table near the far wall, about half of the way toward the huge divider that ran parallel to the main doors. (I’d peeked behind the divider at some point earlier on Monday and discovered that the ballroom extended quite a bit beyond the portion that was being used by World Tavern Poker.)

I didn’t know anyone at my original table, but as it turned out, I knew someone at my partner’s table. The first switch to be called required every player to go to the spot occupied by her or his partner. When I arrived, I found E—, a player who had been my tag-team colleague back in Vegas in November 2014.

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June 2016 pokerpalooza: Day 2, interlude

June 11, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
June 11, 2016

Monday afternoon, June 6, 2016. Once I advanced to Tuesday morning’s national championship competition, I had a problem: What should I do with myself for the rest of Monday?

I’d initially considered playing in Monday’s 1 p.m. bounty tournament. But although it may have been possible to buy in when my national championship flight ended, it would not have been wise. After a tournament’s been going on for more than half an hour or so, a brand-new starting stack has comparatively little value, and the national championship flight had kept me occupied until around 3:30 p.m.

There were two other tournaments that day. One was something called rebuy madness. This had no appeal to me, as I thought its low entry fee would encourage a great deal of aggressive action, which doesn’t suit my style. (In fact, I later heard that this tournament was canceled for lack of dealers.) The other was the tag team tournament.

The tag team format is loads of fun. Players register in two-person teams; each individual gets a starting stack and is placed at a different table. Every so often, action will be halted and players will be told to switch. Sometimes, everyone has to switch; sometimes, players are told to switch only if, say, one or both of the team members is wearing a piece of World Tavern Poker clothing or if one or both is staying at the casino hotel.

Switching tables offers some extra variety and challenge — all of a sudden, you’re plunked down at a new table with new opponents. Not only do you have to determine how your rivals are playing, sometimes, if the switch occurs in the middle of a hand, you have to determine how your partner is playing.

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