2014 WSOP | SURVIVAL GUIDE
FARAZ JAKA LIVES: Chicago, IL CURRENT GPI RANK: 124 LIVE EARNINGS: $4,064,439 BIGGEST LIVE CASH: $774,780 WSOP CASHES: 20 TWITTER: @FarazJaka
LYNN GILMARTIN LIVES: Los Angeles, CA WORKS: World Poker Tour & WPT Alpha8 Anchor Has a passion for health/nutrition – LynnGilmartin.com TWITTER: @LynnGilmartin
Three pro tips courtesy of MATT SALSBERG (you’ve been warned!): Always take your MORNING DUMP in your hotel before heading to the Rio. The stalls get really busy at noon – lots of nervous stomachs plus not enough starting chips.
Don’t hit on the ALL AMERICAN DAVE GIRLS after you snap-bust a tourney – the rejection will further your pain. Better to hit a ***-**** before that walk of shame to late reg the daily deep stack.
Get yourself a HANDCAPPED PARKING PLACARD. Finding a spot in the Rio parking lot and trekking to the entrance from it in the 100-degree heat can cause insta-punts on your first hand.
MATT GLANTZ We asked Vegas resident DONNIE PETERS for three spots you should visit this summer: DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS 1 FREEMONT STREET AND SURROUNDING AREAS: Before there was the Las Vegas Strip, there was Downtown Las Vegas, which centers around the Freemont Street Casino District. Freemont Street is where all of the older casinos and hotels are located, but many of them have revamped themselves a bit in recent years. There is definitely still an old-school feel to the area. LAKE MEAD AND LAKE LAS VEGAS: A second good break from the confines of the Rio is Lake Mead, located about 25-30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. Much like Red Rock Canyon does, Lake Mead provides a great escape into some fresh air with plenty to do.
RED ROCK CANYON: Red Rock Canyon is ideal for those looking to get away from the fast-paced lifestyle on the Strip and into the wide open. It’s about a 20-minute drive from the Strip, but something I highly recommend as a good break from the grind of the WSOP.
LIVES: Philadelphia, PA CURRENT GPI RANK: 28 LIVE EARNINGS: $5,493,163 BIGGEST LIVE CASH: $862,837 WSOP CASHES: 25 TWITTER: @MattGlantz
RONAN MONFORT LIVES: Sliema, Malta CURRENT GPI RANK: 1,392 LIVE EARNINGS: $230,359 BIGGEST LIVE CASH: $80,712 Team PokerStars Online TWITTER: @Roroflush
SAM TRICKETT LIVES: Nottingham, UK CURRENT GPI RANK: 300 LIVE EARNINGS: $20,041,529 BIGGEST LIVE CASH: $10,112,001 WSOP CASHES: 12 Everest Poker Pro TWITTER: @Samtrickett1
JOE STAPLETON LIVES: London, UK WORKS: Color commentator for EPTlive and other PokerStars productions. All-round good guy! TWITTER: @Stapes
MATT SALSBERG LIVES: Los Angeles, CA CURRENT GPI RANK: 71 LIVE EARNINGS: $1,454,793 BIGGEST LIVE CASH: $478,415 WSOP CASHES: 9 WPT Season XI Player of the Year TWITTER: @msalsberg
Unfortunately the majority have been unsuccessful at one or the other, or both. To be successful at poker while also being successful at being a father/mother, I feel it is key to focus on each but never at the same time. When you are with the family, you need to completely focus on them and give the poker a break from your mind altogether. Conversely, when you are playing poker, you need total focus on the situation at hand to be a winning player. Any outside distraction, no matter how close to your heart, needs to be temporarily put aside. You need to have total confidence in your significant other to take care of things while you are focusing on the mission at hand.
DONNIE PETERS LIVES: Las Vegas, NV WORKS: Editor-in-Chief at PokerNews Proud Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins fan TWITTER: @Donnie_Peters
MIKE SEXTON LIVES: Las Vegas, NV CURRENT GPI RANK: 340 LIVE EARNINGS: $5,695,335 BIGGEST LIVE CASH: $1,109,333 WSOP CASHES: 59 WSOP BRACLETS: 1 PartyPoker Team Pro TWITTER: @MikeSexton_WPT
BERTRAND ‘ELKY’ GROSPELLIER LIVES: London, UK CURRENT GPI RANK: 44 LIVE EARNINGS: $10,800,228 BIGGEST LIVE CASH: $2,000,000 WSOP CASHES: 24 WSOP BRACLETS: 1 Team PokerStars Pro TWITTER: @elkypoker
ANTONIO ESFANDIARI LIVES: Las Vegas, NV CURRENT GPI RANK: 95 LIVE EARNINGS: $26,219,676 BIGGEST LIVE CASH: $18,346,673 WSOP CASHES: 28 WSOP BRACLETS: 3 Ultimate Poker Pro TWITTER: @MagicAntonio
DAVIDI KITAI LIVES: Brussels, BEL CURRENT GPI RANK: 11 LIVE EARNINGS: $4,368,136 BIGGEST LIVE CASH: $930,816 WSOP CASHES: 21 WSOP BRACLETS: 2 Team Winamax Pro TWITTER: @KitBul
LONI HARWOOD LIVES: Staten Island, NY CURRENT GPI RANK: 147 LIVE EARNINGS: $1,110,001 BIGGEST LIVE CASH: $609,017 WSOP CASHES: 6 WSOP BRACLETS: 1 TWITTER: @Luscious_Lon
SETH PALANSKY LIVES: Las Vegas, NV WORKS: Vice President of Corporate Communications for Caesars Interactive Entertainment TWITTER: @SethPalansky
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