This week on The Final Table, Dennis Phillips and I talked about what it was like the first time we played in the Amazon Room (the huge venue at The Rio in Las Vegas, home to the World Series Of Poker) and were overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, and stars.
Then we were joined by Hevad “Rain” Khan, who played in Dennis’ Chip Leader Challenge last November two days before the final table of the WSOP Main Event, and was at the final table himself the year before, finishing sixth. In his quest for a bracelet, he told us that he plans to play pretty much every event he can this year, except HORSE, so he’ll have a very busy June. We talked to Hevad about the NBC Heads-Up Championship, which he participated in a couple of weeks ago and you’ll see on the air in April (by the way, congratulations to our previous guest, Vanessa Rousso, who finished second to Huck Seed in the event). You may have also seen the YouTube video of Hevad playing more than two dozen sit-and-go’s at once on PokerStars — he says he’s done it with as many as 43 — so we asked him what kind of strategy he could possibly use when he’s doing that much multi-tabling.
In the Poker Coach segment, Joe McGowan talked about one of his pet peeves — involving asking an opponent how many chips he has left, but instead another player who is not even in the hand jumps in and gives you the answer. As Joe points out, you weren’t just looking for what he has, but for information on how he responds; information which can help you make a decision on what to do.
Then Joe offered more valuable tells to watch for — specifially the unconscious ones, like which card they’re looking at when they bet the flop, what they’re doing with their feet and legs, and more. The more of these you’re aware of, the better your game will be.