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HOUSE OF PANE:

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

by Joe Pane

 Joe Pane is a skilled advantage blackjack player, and an experienced tournament player who has won over a million dollars in blackjack tournaments. Joe is the #1 ranked tournament player in the country and was named 2007 Player of the Year by Las Vegas Advisor publisher Anthony Curtis. In Joe's last 11 tournaments in 2007-2008, he made the final tables eight times and won two of them for an impressive 73% final table appearance rate with just over $225,000 won in the past 12 months. Joe is also the Assistant Director of Tour Operations for the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT), as well as the Team UBT Coordinator. He is co-host of the radio show, "Queens vs. Kings Ė Itís All About Position" on www.holdemradio.com. His peers consider him to be one of the strongest and most feared blackjack tournament players on the circuit.

 

As gamblers, weíve all asked our self this question at one time or another:

"Do I have what it takes?"

For example, this happens to many of us while watching poker tournaments on TV. We gaze at the screen watching unknown players along with well known players taking home millions of dollars in tournament prizes. As unknown players, we gaze at the screen watching well know players taking home millions of dollars in tournament prizes. And we say to ourselves, "Why canít this happen to me?"

The explosion of poker popularity continues to grow as itís almost impossible to change channels on your TV set or walk into a pub without seeing yet another poker tournament being broadcast over the airways.

The urge to imagine yourself sitting at one of these TV poker tournaments is appealing even to just a recreational player. I know that the majority of readers of my columns (along with the other information available in the Blackjack Insider newsletter) are not for ordinary recreational players. For the most part, if you are reading this column you are at the very least a person who strives to want to learn and become proficient in all games offered at the casinos.

If youíve played in blackjack tournaments, youíve got a head start on your venture into playing poker tournaments because, as we all know, one of the most valuable tools in becoming a long-term successful blackjack tournament player is the ability to manage your chips. With that thought in mind, lets jump across the fence into the poker world.

Chip management in poker tournaments is one skill you must have to even have a chance to excel long term in the wild and crazy world of poker tournaments, where aggression has shown to be a tool of necessity. Without controlled aggression, early failure may come up to rear its ugly head. With the high tournament entry fees, travel expense, and hotel rooms, this can become a very expensive way to find out the answer to the question: "Do You Have What it Takes"

If you can combine your blackjack chip management skills with good math choices on your starting poker hands, along with table position and when you will act on your hands, you might just be able to hang with the crowd who are playing for a lot of money almost every day of the week. And blackjack players take note: The ability to play in poker tournaments every day of the week for some serious money puts tournament blackjack players, unfortunately, at the end of the food chain.

So how can we find the answer to this burning question I posed at the start of the article without burning away our entire bankroll in the process?

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