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About zephendrix

I work for a stock options market making group and go to grad school at the University of Chicago. To read more check out my well:

How to Hedge an NCAA Bracket Pool Position

Today a friend emailed me with a rhetorical question: “Can I just cash out now?” He was referring to his NCAA Bracket where he was in second place in points going into the the NCAA Championship game. The problem for … Continue reading

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Are You Bettering Yourself Each Year?

I am a firm believer in New Years Resolutions. Each year I try to make at least one really big change in my life, and if I can think of more then I try to implement more… plain and simple. I … Continue reading

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Ben Sulsky (Sauce123) and the Pokerstars All-Star Showdown

This last week I witnessed one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in poker. Actually two, since watching Greg Merson ship the WSOP main event was pretty sweet. But on top of that, Pokerstars hosted an incredible … Continue reading

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Life Changes

Hi all, It’s been a while since my last blog post. This is due to a lot of changes in my personal and professional life that have taken up a lot of time since mid-summer when I last posted. I’ll … Continue reading

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My Favorite and Most Interesting Hands from the 2012 WSOP Trip

So in grinding over a hundred hours in 9 days in Vegas for the WSOP, I played a lot of really fun and interesting hands. Deep stack poker leads to spots you don’t see often online, and two interesting spots … Continue reading

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This year was the first year I played a $10,000 buyin tournament on my own dime in over three years. The others were all Supernova Elite package bonuses. Because of that and the fact that I’m not making as much money these days due to the fact that I’m not playing poker that much, I really wanted to focus and have a profitable trip. I put in for two full weeks off of work, didn’t invite anyone with me, and was determined to put in serious hours on the felt and make it happen.

I arrived in Vegas on Monday July 2nd at 5:30 or so. I went and checked in at the Vdara, and was really happy with my room. I actually had tried to book a room at Aria, but they were full for the weekend, and they suggested that I try Vdara next door. I was under the impression that you could only book there for a month or more at a time, which apparently is not the case. 

After getting settled, I immediately wanted to put in a session before the 10k 6 max which would start the next day. Following the advice of a friend, I headed to the Wynn where I saw there was a 10/25 game running thanks to the Bravo Live Poker app (if you don’t have this app and you play life, download it immediately). I sat down, started off a little slow after four bet bluffing an old guy one of my first hands (oops). But I stacked him in one of the biggest pots I would play there shortly thereafter. I ended up winning 11k that night despite getting K high flush vs A high flush the last hand of the night. I left the Wynn at what I thought was 5:30 am because I forgot to change my watch, and headed home to get some sleep before the 10k six max.  

My starting table was tough, on my left was Griffin Benger, better known as Flush_Entity online where he is the #1 ranked MTT player in the world. 

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Tom Dwan arrives in Vegas, massive action ensues

About two days ago, a post was made in the NVG section of 2+2. The post was titled “Tom Dwan Arrives in Vegas” with the post stating “fanboys unite”. No other information was given in the thread, because one poster … Continue reading

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