by: WSOP.com Staff

TUNICA, MS. – Jim Mink is the winner of Ring Event #7, $345 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. at Harrah’s Tunica. Mink works as an oilfield consultant in his hometown of Houston, TX.

Since his first major tournament cash at a final table here at Harrah’s Tunica back in 2007, Mink has been drilling the Circuit, searching for that first victory. It would take three years and as many final tables for him to finally reach WSOPC black gold, but Mink, who works in one of the most high-risk/high-reward industries in the world, knows all too well about what they say about something worth having.

76 players entered in the Superbowl-Sunday start event at Harrah’s Tunica and generated a total prize pool of $22,116. The tournament was originally scheduled to go two days, but the final nine players agreed to play it out for the $6,983 first place prize, the gold ring and 50 points toward the Circuit National Championship. The elimination of the money bubble in ninth marked the start of the official final table with Mink near the top of the leader board.

Jim Mink

While the final table of ring event #6 ($555 buy-in NLH) was still in its middle stages, final table play of the H.O.R.S.E. event began at 6:25pm with the eight mixed game finalists each with their eye on a Circuit win.

Play began in the hold’em round with blinds at 3,000/6,000 and limits of 6,000/12,000. Stephen Winkez saw an early exit in that round after running A-K into David Perkins’ pocket aces. In his third major live tournament cash, the Germantown, TN resident took home $820.

Perkins was in turn eliminated in the stud round after moving the rest of his chips all-in on fourth street with 3x-Jx-Ac-Kx against what appeared to be a benign hand in front of Christopher Wolfe X-X-playing card: 9c-playing card: 4d. Wolfe was far ahead than Perkins knew however, calling and revealing his two down cards – playing card: 9splaying card: 9d. Blanks through the final street were dealt to both players and Perkins, a 29-year-old poker player from Kansas City, KS was eliminated. He earned $950 for seventh.

In the same round, Shane Paxton was eliminated in sixth place, worth $1,154, after losing a hand all-in on fifth street against Jim Mink. Mink’s trip sixes beat Paxton’s tens and his day was finished. Paxton is a 28-year-old former hospitality manager turned poker player from Greenfield, IA. He is a veteran of the 82nd airborne infantry division who began playing poker back in 2000.

Josh Palmer, a former insurance salesman turned pro was eliminated in fifth place after three-betting all-in playing card: Asplaying card: 7c to Wolfe in the hold’em round. Wolfe was behind on a queen-high flop with his playing card: Khplaying card: 4d, but turned a king and stayed ahead after the playing card: 3c hit the river. Palmer took home $1,475.

With antes and bring ins of 2,000/4,000 the razz level saw two more players hit the rail. Scott Carlson was the first to exit after he was unable to pick up a fifth non-pairing low card to go along with his playing card: Asplaying card: 5dplaying card: 3cplaying card: 6h in an all-in against Mink. Carlson’s Ace to jack was no good against Mink’s A-8 low and Carlson, a senior writer for rakeback.com headed off to pick up $1,991 for 4th.

Wolfe was eliminated in 3rd place in an all-in with 7x-3x-10x. The resulting hand was an A-10 low which was trumped by Jeff Welch’s A-9 low hand. Wolfe earned $2,844 for third.

Heads-up play between Mink and Welch began at 1:35 am. Mink was down to a 2-1 chip deficit against Welch, but played masterfully during the one on one matchup to pull even in chips before surging to a dominating lead. With his opponent down to a few big blinds in the Omaha 8 round, Mink managed to scoop the final hand with playing card: 4d[playing card: 2cplaying card: 5splaying card: 5c. For his runner up finish, Welch pocketed $4,321.

Mink, who had numerous final table finishes, including a runner-up finish in last year’s event here at Tunica was more than happy to finally claim victory at the WSOPC along with a modest first place prize of $6,983.

Mink said after his win that because of his profession, he doesn’t get a chance to play all that often and that it was “a thrill” to finally take one down.

Still to come are 25 events and 2 ring events. See the complete Harrah’s Tunica Circuit schedule and previous results here. The WSOP Circuit at Tunica runs through February 15th. You can find the complete 2010/2011 WSOP CIRCUIT SCHEDULE here.



Days without incident?

I was dealing last night at Sonny’s when this hand happened. It was a $1/$2 NL cash game with around 6 players. There was a raise to $7 pre flop and the flop was 9h7h3d Player who raised bet $15 and player 2 called the $15 I turned over the turn card of a 5d and player 3 says “I still have cards”. I apologized and say I didn’t see your hand and explain that I have to reshuffle that card and do a misdeal procedure.

13. If a card is exposed due to dealer error, a player does not have an option to take or reject the card. The situation will be governed by the rules for the particular game being played.

15. If the dealer prematurely deals any cards before the betting is complete, those cards will not play, even if a player who has not acted decides to fold.

8. A dealing error for the fourth boardcard is rectified in a manner to least influence the identity of the boardcards that would have been used without the error. The dealer burns and deals what would have been the fifth card in the fourth card’s place. After this round of betting, the dealer reshuffles the deck, including the card that was taken out of play, but not including the burncards or discards. The dealer then cuts the deck and deals the final card without burning a card.

Hulk Smash
He gets angry and calls the 15 anyways. I put the 5d off to the side burn and turn (the natural river becomes the turn) the Kc becomes the new turn. Player 1 bets player 2 calls and player 3 throws his cards at me exposing 9s5c. He starts getting angry saying “that is unacceptable dealers shouldn’t make mistakes and I will never tip you again”. Player 2 says I saw your hand and I still would have beaten you but player 3 isn’t listening and is still angry. the new river is the 10c it goes check check and player 1 shows jacks and player 2 shows K9 for two pair.

If there was no misdeal the board would have been 9h7h3d5dKs and player 2 still would have had 2 pair Kings and 9s beating player 3s 2pair and player 1s Jacks.

I haven’t misdealt I don’t know how long but it does happen and thats why there is a procedure in place. I apologized but if player 3 thinks a dealer never messes up then I am sorry about that.

Days without incident = 1


Good Luck All In!?!

Luck BoxGood Luck All In!….I was dealing tonight at Sonny’s Game and I must have heard this 100 times (average 3 people per all in). Why do people say this?…they don’t mean it at all and actually wish the opposite. They want the person to go out, that is the whole point of a poker tournament.

I know for a fact most of those players get very angry if you don’t check it down in an all-in pot. Even if you are no where near the money. My view on that is you check it down if there is no side pot or you are on the bubble  and think the other player has the best hand and a chance to knock out the all in player. I think you can bet, if a player is all in, if there is a side pot and/or you have a hand that fairs well against the all in player but you don’t want the other player to draw out on you or of course you have the nuts.

Anyways the Tips were good tonight even though the tourney seamed to last forever as no one wanted to go out when we were down to 2 tables. I have never dealt the 500/1000 and this tourney went to the 1000/2000 level before we went to the final table of 9.

I also had a situation where 2 players knocked out one player in a split pot. Since there is a $5 bounty I thought the bounty should go to the out of position player, closest to the button, just like the odd chip in a split pot. Then I asked sonny and he said give it to the dealer I was all for that but I wanted to know the house ruling for future situations. I looked it up and this is what I found.

• Bounties are never split! If a bounty player is eliminated by two or more players who split the pot, the bounty is awarded to the winning player with the largest stack. If the stacks are equal, the winning player closest to the button receives the bounty.

I guess according to this stack size is criteria 1 then the position takes effect I guess I need to ask Sonny and the other players how they want to handle it in the future.

All in all I had a good night and was still done by 11pm to find out the Spurs had won and advanced to the 2nd round of the playoffs. Go! Spurs GO!….and……Good Luck All In!!!

Squeeze Play?

I was dealing a Tourney on Friday night. I had arrived early and as usual a few guys were playing online poker on a laptop. I was looking over the players shoulder as he played a .50/$1 cash game. The player was one of the stronger tourney players in that game and had a good poker game overall. He was on the button with 44 when he made this comment, “Has anyone heard of the squeeze play”. there was one limper in the pot and he made it $8. I was thinking that is not a squeeze play it is just a button over raise…right? I thought about it later that night and it finally came to me that what the squeeze play was.

Squeeze Play: When there is a raise (preferably from LP as it could be a position raise), and a call infront of you – you push all in (usually from the blinds). This forces the initial raiser to call knowing he may get called behind him – he’ll usually fold unless he’s big. The caller is now forced to call a large bet when all he wanted to do was call the inital raise and see a flop. It’s effective when you have a big enough stack to push out your opponents, as you still have Fold Equity.

Also this play is not dependent on your cards it can be ATC if you know your opponents are weak and/or you have a tight image. I know the player had read Harrington on Holdem(HOH Vol 1), as I had, but if you are going to read a poker strategy book you have to follow what it says.

I know for a fact this player is going to the WSOP this year, as he has in the past, and I want him to do well. I was going to correct his mistake in the “play” on that had but I kept my mouth shut. Should I educate him on the proper use or definition of the play or should I I shut up and deal?

The Dealers Playing?

I was preparing to deal on Friday when I decided to call Phillip and see what time the game started. He told me 7pm but that he only needed 1 dealer since he only had 10 players. I said I would come and play and if they needed me to deal I would. Well I show up and there is a few more then 10 players…there were 22 players! So I buy in and Sonny asks me if I want to Deal and play and I agree.

Since I am dealing and playing my plan is to play tright earlyt hope to hit a few hands and make it to the final table. Then at the final table, that pays the top 7, then play aggressive and gamble. I End up playing a few hands but never to showdown. And by the break I had just over 5k and we were down to 14 players. I had to outlast 4 players then we would be on the final table and I would be able to just play and not have to deal. We are down to 6 players when I get QT in the SB one caller ahead of me and I call BB checks. Flop is 36T rainbow I check BB goes All in for $2000 and it is back on me I think for a while then i cal. He shows 56o and I win the hand, get a $5 bounty and advance to the final table.

I get a good seat at the final table and I sit back to see how the table is going to play. The table is loose and the chip leader is calling a lot of all ins. I wnat to sit back and wait out the loose players but my stack is getting low also and the blinds are going up. We get down to 8 players when It is folded around to me on the button I decide if it is folded to me I am going to move all in on the blinds with ATC I push blind they both fold then I look and I had 22 so I show the table.

We get 5 handed when I get Qs8s in the SB with blinds of $1000/2000 and a $200 ante I have $2700 and half my stack in the pot. Everyone limps sp I decide to gam\ble and try to move up and raise another $700 all in. all 4 players call and we go to the flop 4582 then the big stacks bet on the turn and all call and one other player is now all in. I think I am dead whena Q hits the river. They all check the river and I had the best hand. I win the main and we still have 5 players. The next couple of hands go quick and we are down to 3 platers and I am the short stack against a medium stack, don and the huge stack Wendy who has over 10 bounties.

Don makes a comment that he has never played Wendy heads up as he is already counting me out. Since the Prize pool is so flat the differance from 3rd to 2nd is not that much so I can now gamble to try to get some chips and be competative if I go heads up. I win a few pots 3 handed when Don gets involved in a big pot with wendy and is elminated in 3rd.

I am now heads up but since Wendy knocked him out he adds more chips to his already huge lead. I am outchipped over 22-1 and I have to go all in in the BB for 3000 even though the blinds are 2000/4000. I get lucky and double up but again I can barely cover the BB. I need to get really lucky to win or get even in chips to even discuss a chop. I do not get that lucky and I am out in 2nd place. Wndy cashes for about $240 and 11 $5 bounties. I cash for $180 and 1 $5 bounty. Well It was fun and also I found out later that I was getting paid $550 for dealing the other table. so I made $180 plus I had a good time and I made the Weekly Email.

“Friday Recap… FROM 1ST TO WORST…..

We had 21 players last Friday and our ol’ buddy Randy Browning went
from the penthouse to the outhouse as he departed the game early.

We paid 7 places with Old Jack “Wendy” just running over everyone and
taking 1st place, Vinnie “the dealer” who just couldn’t take it
anymore “watching us donkeys every week”, asked to play and deal and
came in 2nd, 3rd was “hippie” Don Arnold who got lucky and survived
his short stack all in at the final table with 3 callers and won with
K high, 4th was Danny Fuentes who called my pkt 9’s all in with a
short stack all in of his own playing A-6 os and caught the A on the
river, 5th – Jimmy Deas, 6th – Roy Schnieder, & 7th – Mack Bell.”

Omaha Hi-Lo

I spent Friday night dealing a small tourney and an 11 handed $3-$6-$12 Omaha Hi/Lo cash game. thats right an 11 handed games and you can do the math 4 cards to each player 3 burns and 5 board cards. By the river all I had was the burn card in my hand and usually a tip.

I dont mind dealing omaha if the tips per hour are good but 11 handed it takes longer to deal and the action in the hand takes longer, the always need change for the reds($5 chips), plus it is a split pot game so that takes time also.

Any way after dealing all night I made about $220 enough for my trip to the casino but I will talk about that in a bit.

After the game I talk to the game runner and suggest if they want to play limit omaha that the play $5-$10 it is more preflop flop and turn but actually less on the river (they always bet 12 on the river) so in a $5 – $10 if it is bet and called to the river (with no raises) the total cost is $30 in a $3$6$12 under the same situation would be $24. Also they have few white chips and it is alot easier to split a pot of reds then a pot of reds and many whites. Any way I think they are scared of change and doubt it will go forward but I can dream. Maybe I can talk them into playing $5 / $10 or even 2 tables of 5 and 6 players next time.