The Bat Salutes Poison Iveys 7th Bracelet

In World Series that featured Freddie Ellis becoming the 6th African American to win a bracelet, Phil Ivey won his sixth bracelet and SEVENTH BRACELETin Omaha high-low/seven-card stud high-low split Event 25.  Phil took down the $2,500 buy-in No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball tournament for his sixth bracelet.

He and Freddie Ellis couldn’t be further unalike.   Neither of Ivey’s bracelets are in so called World Championship events (10k buy-ins).   Ivey winning is nothing new though but it’s been a couple of years since his last one.  For Freddie Ellis is likely a one time thing and it took him the entire of his poker career to lunchbox luckbox his way to a championship. 

Ivey’s been winning since he took three bracelets in one year in the early part of this decade.  However, despite being burdened with prop bets almost as lucrative as this year he went ofer last year.  The Bat started to question ol’ Poison Ivey.  Big mistake.  Question Freddie Ellis (as the Bat did below) but never question Phil.

Not anymore.  The Bat knows that with this seventh bracelet Ivey now stands above the men he just tied.  Now, a week later instead of looking up at them in the all time rankings he’s looking down.  They include Jay Heimowitz, TJ Cloutier, Layne Flack, and Men “the Master” Nguyen.

Ivey, whose nickname No Home Jerome was earned by playing underage with a fake ID in Atlantic City, prior to the advent of an at home casino online.  Still, Phil is just as lethal online as he is live. 

Ivey is a man’s man when it comes to gambling.  He’ll play craps more than he’ll play poker.  In fact, his poker “problem” merely funds his craps hobby.   One can only guess if he likes to play casino online.   This year alone it’s rumored he’s won anywhere from3 to 12 million dollars on prop bracelet bets no telling what he’s wagered in casino online bets.   Supposedly he let a number of guys “off the hook” when he won his first bracelet by rolling it over into a bet that he couldn’t win a second.  I’m sure they were thanking him for the courtesy after he won his double.

The gambling industry has to be thrilled.  It just means more money at the craps table, bigger and higher stakes if and when he wants to play online casino.

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Ladies Poker

Dario WedsThe Bat is many things but a lady hater is not one of them. The Bat loves his ladies, all shapes, all sizes, all spices, and all shades. The Bat loves his lady poker players too. Don’t try to bluff them, but do expect them to call you with a worse hand.  Somehow, it’s hard not to appreciate women, even little Dario came to that conclusion as it’s rumored he got married this week (see pic with him and his bride), so it’s time to celebrate women.

The Bat isn’t the only one celebrating women, as the Bat was reading its ladies week at the WSOP. They are holding the ladies championship (take a look at Lisa Hamilton pictured below, one of the chip leaders at the final table) and the Ladies Poker Hall of Fame is having their inductions. Usually, the Bat doesn’t like pairing women with inductions because it gets the Bat thinking about all his kids and all his ladies; you know as in induced labor.Lisa Hamilton

However, the Bat is glad to see one of the original poker hotties Cyndy Viollette got her ticket to the hall of fame. On that note, that Bat is going to rank his top 5 poker hotties. Unfortunately, for Shannon Elisabeth or Laura Prepon, these ladies must combine talent on the felt with their good looks so actresses are not eligible.

5. Tiffany Michelle – Did the Bat just break both his rules?  Okay, it’s debatable just how much poker talent Michelle has with only one WSOP cash, and some might say she’s more on screen talent than poker player (having appeared in an episode of ER), but Tiffany Michelle proved she can play, at least to the Bat, and the The Bat loves a player that can get under another player’s skin.

4. Cyndi Violette – The Bat intends to spell Cindy’s name as many different ways as possible because one of them has to be right. Sorry, Cindi but you got a weirdly spelled firstEvelyng name. Anyway, this cougar once appeared in playboy. Nothing wrong with that.

3. Cyclona Gowen – She’s frisky at the poker table and litigious. The Bat likes this ball of fire from Texas, and finds it appealing Gowen is going to tase Brandon Cantu to fullfill a prop bet.

2. Evelyn Ng – This girl is just cool. Guitar Hero freak, poker playing bad ass, a little bit of the Evelyng2Black Widow (from pool) thing going on. Have you seen her do chip tricks? Yeah, she makes the list.  In fact, she’s so nice she gets two pics.

1. Kathy Liebert – how much money has Liebert won? The Bat thinks she’s won more in tournament poker than any other lady. The Bat ain’t a gambling man, actually he is, but the Bat realizes if he’s every going to hypothetical shack up with a woman that plays poker. She better have a big bankroll and she better have game.  Liebert wins on both accounts AND she isn’t afraid to talk dirty, mix it up with the guys, and has a wry sense of humor. She is all the more sexy because of her skills. The Bat gives a thumbs up to Liebert and all she’s done by recognizing her as the hottest female poker player on the planet, and probably in the universe.

Old Man Wins Bracelet

The Bat likes to see guys labeled fish win titles.  No, not talking about Darryll Fish or that guy Landfish (second best poker name behind Moneymaker), I’m talking about gents like Freddie Ellis.  Freddie Ellis just won the 10k Seven-Card Stud ChPopular Comedian Who is World Championampionship.  Ellis is as much a world champion as Judah Freilander from 30 Rock is, and we mean he just plays one on TV.

 If an event is a 10k event it’s a world championship.  So Freddie Ellis is your new champion of the world in seven card stud.  Which is great because word has it the guy dumps money into the game in AC week after week after week.
The feel good story here isn’t that Freddie Ellis is 74 years old and one of the oldest bracelt winners ever.  It’s not that he’s only the fifth African American to win a bracelet.  Interesting to note all 5 champions have won their bracelets in Seven-Card Stud events (Phil Ivy has won 6, some in non stud events). 

The feel good story isn’t who Ellis beat though that’s good too.  In heads up play he bested fellow senior citizen Eric Drache (66).  Drache was the WSOP tournament director from the mid 70s until 1987.    He created satellites, not Sputnik or Skylab or Hubble, but single and multi-table feeders into Poker tournaments.

The final 11 players only included Max Pescatori, an Italian Pirate who the Bat imagines talks like the  WWE wrestler Santino Marella, Danny Negreanu, Hasan habib, Greg “FBT” Mueller, Tim Phan and Jeffrey Lisandro.  Yes, it was high profile.   Still Ellis beating them is not what makes the bat so happy.

The Bat loves it when rich guys who play bad get lucky and think they can play poker.  AC should be joyous.  Ellis will be playing Stud and maybe some other varieties of poker in that dump by the shore until he takes his last breath.  He’ll sit at the table jingling his bracelet and talking about his time in the WSOP to any and every shark that will patiently listen as they take his money.

This guy, a former singer made good, is obviously bright making his fortune in NYC real estate and now living off the interests in his bank account and alledgely pissing it away at the tables.  So what if Vegas and most of the poker world wanted Drache to win.  The Bat loves it when bad players get lucky. 

Guess what other bad players will see Ellis and think they can do it too.  They’ll start leaking money, we can start scooping it.  Don’t send the bad fish to poker school give ’em bracelets.  Ellis we got room for you in Shreveport.  Come on down.

The Bat’s Pet Peeves

These are in reverse order.  It’s a countdown folks but not really.  Depending on the day any of these can be the most annoying when the Bat sits down to play texas hold’em. 

5.  Hygiene.  Pop a breath mint folks.  Brush your teeth twice a day if not more.  Floss, it’s good for your heart too.  Clean your beard, shampoo your hair and bathe.  It’s called a bathroom for a reason.  It’s not called a toilet room.  Bathe frequently.  Clean every nook and cranny, crack and crevice.  If you are going to play online texas holdem  don’t bathe, but when you are going to play texas holdem poker in a casino next to people, talk to them, mouth breathe, and in general bring a funk into a casino, don’t sit next to the Bat.  This can easily be my number one pet peeve.

4.    Taking your sweet time.  Like the look of the cocktail waitress, describing your bluff to your friend, eating at the table, texting somebody, whatever… Put your eyes back on the game.  You are there to play texas hold’em not to socialize.  Keep it moving and give the Bat time to gather all the chips.  Hey, there are no Oscars awarded either so save the Hollywooding for your community theater audience of five.

3.   Angle shooters.  You should be shot.  Nothing more needs to be said.  Your pump fakes, your chip tickles, swearing you are going to bet and not, you folks are scum and in the Bat’s crosshairs.  The Bat’s got a free texas hold’em lesson for you, if you don’t want to be a target at your table or in the parking lot don’t angle shoot.

2.  Mucking out of turn.  It does matter in texas holdem, don’t think that it doesn’t.  It effects how much somebody may bet and rewards an early position player a greater latitude in the range of hands he can play.  Betting out of turn is just as bad, but mucking, especially preflop can set off an avalanche of out of turn actions.  Don’t do it.

1.  The number one pet peeve in texas hold’em poker, one probably shared by many pros alike is the slow roll.  You have a top three or four hand don’t be bashful.  Unless Phil Ivy is lined up across from you, you likely have a winner.  If you get in a staring contest with a guy and it’s your turn to show… show it.  If the other guy shows, don’t grimace or show one card at a time, show them both and move on to the next hand.