Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Final Table #9: Pat Walsh & Bernard Lee

Thanks for your feedback on the podcasts of my poker show, The Final Table. Based on your response, we're no longer going to offer the show in segments, but rather post the entire podcast in one piece. I hope that makes it more enjoyable for you.

To start this week's show, Dennis Phillips told a story from his recent trip to Uruguay to play in another Latin American Poker Tour Event. It involves a young, very aggressive internet player who was short-stacked and made a move -- three moves, in fact -- to solve the problem. He calls it the Brazilian Triple Twist, and it might be something you want to add to your tournament arsenal.

Then, Dennis and I talked with Pat Walsh, the St. Louisan who made the final table of the LA Poker Classic, which will air as part of the WPT tour later this spring. Pat has gained a national reputation as a high-stakes pot-limit Omaha player, but he's also very good at no-limit hold'em, as he proved by finishing fifth at Commerce and taking a check for over $310,000. He explained to us what that experience was like, and the strategies behind the hands he played.

Next, Bernard Lee joined us. He gained fame by finishing 13th in the 2005 WSOP Main Event and then three back-to-back-to-back WPT titles at Foxwoods, and has parlayed that into a career as a multimedia poker guy, with his own radio show in Boston (and on Rounders Radio), a column in the Boston Herald, a couple of books, plus seminars and other teaching. He shared his advice on what he tells people who want to become fulltime poker professionals, but don't know the downside of that commitment. We also discussed an e-mail from a listener who won a seat in this year's Main Event, but isn't sure he should go play.

Finally, it was time for The Poker Coach, Joe McGowan, who will be playing in the Dream Team Poker event this weekend at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas with us. Joe delved into the concept of never showing your cards at the table unless you absolutely have to, to avoid giving the other players any information -- and the exception to that rule -- plus the etiquette of asking to see someone else's cards, even if you weren't involved in the hand.

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