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May 2018 pokerpalooza: Day 4, cash table stint 3

June 21, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 21, 2018 As previously mentioned, I came down from my tournament championship with a few hours of walking, tea-drinking, writing and relaxation in downtown Wilkes-Barre. A little before 10 p.m., after discovering that most of the places where I might have wanted to grab a quick dinner in the […]

May 2018 pokerpalooza: Day 4, tournaments 6 and 7

June 13, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 13, 2018 On Wednesday morning, I began playing in an event called the Patriot Poker Kickoff Tournament. I no longer recall much about this event, except that I did OK at my first table and then had a major flameout after being moved to a different table. That afternoon, […]

May 2018 pokerpalooza: Day 3, tournament 5

June 11, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 11, 2018 Early registration helped me to secure a seat in Tuesday evening’s grinder tournament. My actual choice of a seat… well, that may have had an interesting ripple effect on subsequent events. When the poker room supervisor led me to my table, where I was given a choice […]

May 2018 pokerpalooza: Day 3, interlude the first

June 6, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 6, 2018 As previously stated, I hoped that the magic from my golden hour at the cash table on Tuesday afternoon would carry over to that evening’s tournament. The format was once again a grinder, which incorporates elements of cash play into a three-hour event. The run-up to this event […]

May 2018 pokerpalooza: Day 3, cash table stint 2

June 5, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 5, 2018 I wound up playing a light schedule at the pokerpalooza on Tuesday. I chose to skip the 10 a.m. bounty tournament because it rewards play that doesn’t suit my natural style. Also, I hadn’t qualified for the national championship finals, let alone become one of the last […]

May 2018 pokerpalooza: Day 2, cash table stint 1

June 4, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 4, 2018 After taking a little time to lick my wounds, I attempted to wash away my dismal showing in the tag-team tournament by heading to the casino’s poker room. Once there, I swapped $120 in cash for chips and took a seat at a $1-$2 no-limit holdem cash table. […]

May 2018 pokerpalooza: Day 2, tournament 4

May 29, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com May 29, 2018 I have a bit of a checkered history with tag-team tournaments, which was the format on tap for Monday evening. The tag team is unlike every other event played at World Tavern Poker’s national gatherings in that it involves teams. Normally, poker players are lone wolves, battling […]

May 2018 pokerpalooza: Day 2, tournament 3

May 24, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com May 24, 2018 Author’s note: On June 11, I edited the fifth paragraph, which immediately follows the jump. Originally, the passage had wrongly indicated that the winner of a grinder tournament does not get to keep the chips in front of him or her. As usual, additions are marked with boldface text; deletions, with a […]

May 2018 pokerpalooza: Day 1, tournament 2

May 23, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com May 23, 2018 On Sunday at 7 p.m., I sat down for a deep-stack tournament that probably wound up having around 300 entrants. This was the second event I played at the pokerpalooza; unlike the first one, which got under way as I was still en route to the casino, […]

May 2018 pokerpalooza: Day 1, tournament 1

May 22, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com May 22, 2018 I’m participating in another spring pokerpalooza. I regret to report that things are off to a rocky start. In my first tournament, on Sunday afternoon, I was attempting to win my way into the national championship finals. The semifinal qualifier in which I was playing had a […]