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Welcome to our weekly Weekly Burn & Turn, where we discuss the latest poker updates published during the week.

Vidcast for the week of: Sunday, September 6, 2015

Thank you so much for watching.

If you would like to read the articles discussed in our vidcast, please see the links below!

(1:33) How to Pack for a Las Vegas Poker Weekend: Don’t Overthink It

(4:10) 5 Differences Between Omaha and Texas Hold’em

(7:49) What US-Facing Poker Sites Can Learn from 2015 WCOOP

(10:26) Run It Up Reno Poker Event at Peppermill Casino: Oct 20-25

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Welcome everybody to the weekly burn & turn for the week of September 6, 2015. I’m Robbie Strazynski..

and I’m Shimi Weiss..

and we’re happy to bring you another episode of this great show – some poker entertainment for you. Are you excited Shimi?

I’m really excited!

Great! Let’s get right into it, but first before we do, I’d like to give a big shout-out to all 14 of our Youtube subscribers.

14 Subscribers? Not bad! Robbie, are you subscribed?

I am subscribed.

Well then, we’d love to give a shout-out to all 13 of our Youtube subscribers! Thank you very much, and thank you Robbie. Well done.

Thank you, and by all means, I’m happy to be bringing this great show to you every single week. Keep on telling your friends about it. Our topics this week: We’re gonna talk about how to pack for a Las Vegas poker weekend; We’re gonna talk about 5 of the differences between Omaha and Hold’em’; We’re going to talk about what the US poker sites can learn from the PokerStars WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) series; and about the amazing Jason Somerville and his Reno event coming up in around a month and a half, in late October. Ready?

Alright, let’s go for it.

Let’s jump into. So, “How to pack for a Las Vegas poker weekend” written by the great David Huber. Great list of stuff to bring.

Great list of tips of how to pack in general. I wouldn’t have thought to make sure that everything that’s crucial to you is in your carry on, because you never know if you’re going to end up losing your luggage.

Certainly very efficient. I mean, for a long weekend, or a three day trip, you shouldn’t over do it, don’t over think it. I remember the last time I was in Vegas I was there for around 96 hours, 72 of which I spent playing poker, so I packed a toothbrush, mouthwash, and underwear – really not a lot of things. So just don’t over do it, but there are some things that are good to pack.

I would always say, bring a pillow. That’s my tip to our viewers.

Oh, but they have pillows in the hotels!

You never know though. Sometimes you get to the hotel and they give you this pillow and it’s terrible and so uncomfortable that you can’t sleep at all. You want to make sure you’re getting your rest when you can. Also on the plane, it’s amazing if you have your own pillow.

But they give you these wonderful, tiny pillows! Those are the best!

Oh those pillows, you can throw those right out. Those don’t do anything for you. If you bring your own pillow you are set. You could be on a ten hour flight and you’ll sleep from takeoff to landing. My wife hates it! She’s bored all the time because I’m asleep the whole time. She just wakes me up just so she could have a conversation.

Right. Well, I will say, speaking of wives there’s one thing you don’t need to bring with you on the poker weekend. *Removes marriage ring jokingly* Okay, I love you honey.

Robbie will be sleeping at my house for the next undetermined amount of time.

Just kidding! One thing I would recommend is chargers. Bringing one of those portable chargers to the poker table is useful especially for a long session. We’ve all heard about Ivey’s legendary poker sessions that lasted 2-3 days. You know, you’re going to be there for a poker weekend and you’re going to be sitting there for 10 hours, or 12 hours, so it’s good to have the charger available because there’s a lot of dead time between hands. For example when you go for lunch, you’ll want to use your phone. Not every table has a socket you can plug into, so it’s good to have a portable charger.

Those portable chargers are very easy to get a hold of. You can even bring a couple of them. It’s good to be ready that way you don’t have to worry about the battery running out on you.

So, one thing that you could be doing on a Vegas poker weekend is playing Omaha, but it’s tough sometimes to find a low stakes Omaha game. One of the places I know that I’ve played at in the past is The Orleans. We’ll jump into another article, this time written by James Guill, titled: “5 Differences Between Omaha and Texas Hold’em.” When you’re playing live Omaha in a casino you won’t find too many people who don’t have the AARP Card. It’s the truth.

When you sit down at a table you basically lower the average age by a couple of decades.

I love playing Omaha, even in the home game Shimi and I play at, and Omaha is even pretty popular online, but when you’re playing live Omaha you should definitely do something like bring a book. This isn’t one of the differences James mentions, but tell us, what are some of the differences?

It is very important for people to know the differences between Omaha and Texas Hold’em. What is the first mistake you made playing Omaha?

Oh yes, I got two Aces – there are also two other cards – but I have two Aces, it’s the best possible hand and I shipped all the money in and they were happy to take it. There’s so much variance in Omaha. When you have four starting cards, there’s so many combinations. Sometimes you’re going to have two suited connectors, and another set of suited connectors and you’re going to have a lot of straight draws and flush draws.

You have to be a lot more careful because of the range of hands your opponents are going to have. I love playing with these Omaha newbies who think their straight is good when there’s a flush and a full house.

What?! There’s a flush? There’s a flush?! What do you mean? But i have the nut straight!

The worst mistake you can make in Omaha is when there are 4 hearts on the board and you have the Ace of hearts as your only heart, and you think you’ve made the nut flush.

There is a good bluffing tactic that will probably not fly against one of the more experienced players. Another difference when playing Omaha, there’s PLO vs PLH (Pot Limit Omaha vs. Pot Limit Hold’em).

There’s pot limit hold’em?

Yes! You’ve never played pot limit hold’em?

No! It’s all news to me.

Well no one really plays PLH anyways. Only at the world series because there is an event, but even there it’s debatable whether it should still be held or not. It’s kind of a dying breed – like the people who usually play Omaha. No? I’m sorry if I offended any of our viewers. We’re going to lose anyone over the age of 60 now.

We’re going to lose the majority of our subscribers now. I like Omaha Hi/Lo though. Obviously you have to be comfortable with Omaha before moving to Omaha Hi/Lo. I remember my first Hi/Lo mistake – I didn’t realize that the Ace was also part of the Lo-end. A newbie mistake.

Yes, the steel wheel is always the dream. If you could somehow manage to sneak in with the backdoor low and also win the high, that’s a great hand to have. Omaha is usually played pot limit, and sometimes with fixed limits. Definitely a great article by James, you should definitely go and read it on Okay, next topic please.

Yes, the WCOOP. If any of you have any suggestions as to how we should be pronouncing that, please let us know because we are a bit confused.

We are not playing the WCOOP today.

There’s a great article about what the US sites have to learn from the WCOOP.

Yes, the fact is US poker is only legal in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. PokerStars is still being played all over the world with this big global player pool. That’s what sets the WCOOP and similar events at PokerStars apart, because they have this giant pool of players who are playing all around the world at these different time zones.

One thing that US-facing poker sites need to learn is that you need the liquidity. You need states to join together. Right now you only have the shared pool of Nevada and the few people in Delaware. I think they had around 1 buck and a quarter in revenue, or maybe it was the profit. Once you get New Jersey in, the player pool will grow, but it’s important to get more States in.

Then there is a lot of marketing involved too. The WCOOP is amazing.

Definitely! There’s 70 events over 3 weeks. That’s insane!

That’s amazing. It’s more than you could actually, physically play. It’s just so much!

There’s events with a fairly low buy in, and then there’s a $51,000 event. There’s a huge range of events because they’re going to have a big pool of players who will be grinding night after night, day after day. That’s something the US needs to learn – go ahead and market. We’re talking about it here because it’s great seeing something succeed in that level. PokerStars have obviously realized that you need to put the money into the marketing efforts. I’m sure that tried over the summer, buy you really need to lobby and push forward to get poker regulated and get the player pool larger. Why not also include international? Just imagine someone playing online from Las Vegas right now, against a player in Australia.

Absolutely. If we’re already talking about the WCOOP, we can talk about Jason Somerville.

*In Jason Somerville’s Accent* Jason Somerville. I love Jason Somerville.

He had an amazing finish just recently.

Yes he had a final table at the $700 Knockout event and he took home (again, *in Jason’s accent) $40k.

Let’s hear that again!

I’m a big fan of Jason Somerville. He runs it up to the Legioners. I’ll throw a pork chop for ya! That’s it, that’s my Jason Somerville impression.

That’s pretty good! Hey Jason check this out and be sure to hit up Robbie in the comments.

Shout-out to Jake Arver? Or is it JCarver? Seriously though, Jason is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch. He is one of the red hot, white hot, really hot superstar right now. He’s on Twitch. He is the newest sponsored pro, and just signed a deal with DraftKings. If you’re not tuning in to Jason Somerville on or, you really, totally should be. He’s the guy. He’s bringing all of his online people, his warriors, his legion, to Reno.

Yes! He’s setting up his own event there. It’s actually really exciting. It’s fun to tune in to his stream just to see his personality. It’s a lot of fun to watch.

I agree. He’s a very engaging guy. Very entertaining.

He was talking about the Reno event, and people were saying, “Oh I hope I get a chance to meet you,” and he was saying that he’s really just planning on hanging out with everyone.

It’s really more than just poker.

Absolutely, and if you look at the schedule, he even said that they’re going to be watching survivor. It’s like a big party, everyone getting together.

*JCarver Impression Again* Yeah, everyone’s gotta get the hoodies. It sound like a very cool thing. It’s taking place on October 20-25 at the Peppermill in Reno. If you’re in the area, and even if you’re not, give him a shout-out and go check it out. I’d love to go and see if I could make it to Reno in time.

Jason, if you’re watching (of course, you are), give us a shout-out too.

And maybe subscribe as well! That way you’ll represent almost 10% of our subscribers.

Subscriber number 15!

Anyways, that’s our weekly burn & turn for your from We’d love to hear back from you. If you like the topics we’re talking about, or if there’s anything you want to us to talk about, let us know.

Throw in that comment and we’ll happily give you a shout-out and we’d love to see you subscribing.

We’re a little bit disappointed that no one answered on Youtube or on Facebook, about the beard! No one wants to see a beard?

Seriously! How could it get better? I did not see a single meme made of Robbie with a beard. I want to see Robbie with a beard. I don’t know who’s out there making memes but look at this face. Give a good smile, Robbie. There you go. Freeze that moment.

If you don’t know what we’re talking about, tune in to last week’s episode. You can find it on the Poker Update Youtube Channel, and please, do subscribe. We’d love to continue doing this week after week, bringing you some good poker entertainment. So long! I’m Robbie Strazynski.

Shimi Weiss.

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