5 Tips for the Next World Series of Poker
Now players are beginning to look forward to next year's WSOP with dreams of becoming a poker champion.
If you play poker online with aspirations of winning a bracelet, here are five tips to help you prepare for next year's World Series of Poker.
1. Learn New Games
The World Series of Poker is the only poker tournament series in the world that offers a solid spread of non-Texas Hold'em poker events.
This means that to be truly competitive you have to learn to play more than Texas Hold'em poker.
Your best bet would be to learn Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo and then work on your Stud variants. This will prepare you for a large number of non-Hold'em events and any H.O.R.S.E. events.
Next, work on your Triple Draw Lowball and NL 2-7 Lowball game. These will prepare you to compete in these events and will prepare you to play in 8-Game mixed tournaments.
Expanding your skill set will allow you to compete in the more events and give you a greater chance to battle for a bracelet.
2. Play More Heads-Up and Six-Max Poker
The WSOP spreads every form of poker games you can imagine and that includes six-max and heads-up events. As such, you should work on your game in these areas to become more competitive.
This year, the WSOP offered four six-max events and one $10k Heads-Up event. In addition, the Split Format NL Hold'em Event includes both six-max and heads-up play as part of the event.
Being well versed in short handed and heads-up play is not only helpful in these specialty events but also in standard events once you start getting closer to the final table.
Many times, you will be playing six-handed or less and you need to be able to adjust your game accordingly.
3. Work on Your Sit & Go Game
The World Series of Poker is one of the only venues that offers shootout events. In most events, win three sit & gos and you win a bracelet.
This year's schedule included a $1,500 and $3,000 NL Shootout. In these events, you make the money after winning your first table.
Win the second table and you make the final table. Win the final table and you win the bracelet.
While some of you may not enjoy Sit & Go poker, it doesn't help to improve you game in that format in order to compete in those events.
4. Put in More Hours at the Tables
If you want to win the bracelet you will need to put in the work to achieve your goal. This means more hours at online poker rooms.
Some of you have probably already figured this out based on the other tips in this article but others of you may have been thinking of ways to get around increasing your workload.
The fact is that you have to put in the work to become skilled enough to compete. While there are stories of players making miraculous runs in their first attempt at a particular event, they are rare.
Those that put in the work and learn the intricacies of the games will have the best chance to win. This comes with an investment of time.
5. Start Planning Well in Advance
Finally, you need to start making your plans for the 2016 World Series of Poker or any future series well in advance.
This means that when the dates are announced in December you start making your plans for the summer. We'd even recommend that you start looking for your summer lodging at that point.
Once the list of events is released in the early part of the next year you need to look it over and create your plan of attack for these events.
This also means that you need to establish what you need in terms of a poker bankroll for the series. Then you need to determine how you will fund that bankroll.
Once you have these plans in place you start a battle plan for the different events and decide if you want to take on a backer, investors or if you are going to try to self-fund your events.
Set a list of goals with hard dates for every part of your plan and do your best to meet them. That way you are not scrambling to get ready a month before the series.
Don't forget to plan in some down time during the series so you can rest and recover from long sessions at the series. This will allow you to stay fresh.
Making a plan will prepare you for the long grind of the series and put you in the best position to perform well for the most exciting six weeks in professional poker.