For those who do not know, I somewhat regularly post pictures from my travels on Instagram. You can follow me there at Jcardshark. In this blog post, I will share with you five of my favorite photos I took during the 2015 WSOP. I hope you enjoy them!
This is me and poker legend Mike Sexton! My newest book, Jonathan Little’s Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em was released during the 2015 WSOP. We had a huge book signing at the GripsedPoker booth with lots of the authors attending, including Mike Sexton, Phil Hellmuth, Ed Miller, Matt Affleck, Evan Jarvis, Chad Holloway, Patricia Cardner, and Elliot Roe. It was a great time! If you haven’t checked out this massive 500-page book that took me over a year to complete, you can get it at JonathanLittlePoker.com/buyexcelling. The book is amazing. You will not be disappointed.
This was my chip stack as we were heading to the final table in the $5,000 buy-in 8-handed WSOP event. I was fortunate enough to go to the final table with nearly the chip lead but unfortunately, it did not help. I busted in 6th place for $85,616. As you can see, I had loads of chips. Very rarely do you get one stack of green 25,000 chips, let alone three stacks! Of course, I had my signature BlueSharkOptics glasses to guard the windows to my poker soul.
Every year, my parents come out to the WSOP to hang out with me and play a bit of poker. My dad always competes in a few WSOP events. This year, he earned his second WSOP cash in the $1,500 bounty event. He took 91st place out of 2,178 players. He also collected a boatload of bounties. Unfortunately we both played and subsequently busted the $10,000 buy-in main event within four hours. Bad beat!
After busting the WSOP main event, I played the $10,000 re-entry event at Bellagio. I sat down at my table next to a guy who I thought was completely unknown to me. Then, he pulled out this exotic “card protector”. I instantly remembered numerous things I was doing to exploit him a few weeks earlier in a random WSOP event. I strongly suggest you do not do anything that blatantly draws attention to you, especially if you are an amateur player who wants to remain nondescript. This trinket cost him a ton of equity and he didn’t even know it.
One of my goals during the WSOP was to sell my main Vegas house. As high stakes tournaments have migrated to Europe, I found myself spending less and less time in Vegas. I had a fully furnished house just sitting there. Seeing how I will likely need money for an expensive place in NYC once I get married on 8/1/2015, I decided to sell it to get some money for a down payment. While cleaning out the house, I found my old notebook where I kept diligent records of my daily play. This page lists all of the $215 sit n’ go tournaments I played around 5/29/2006. I drew a tally mark each time I completed a game, noting the place I finished, either first, second, third or out of the money. I then did some simple math to figure out how much I won or lost each day. During that week, I played 515 games and made $11,200 profit. Those were the good old days!
I hope you have enjoyed these images. Remember, to get your copy of Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em, and give it a read. You will not regret it. Also, please share my website with your friends. That is by far the most helpful thing you can do for me. Be sure to check back next week!