2015 WSOP Main Event on ESPN: Pick Your Spots and Play Along with Max Steinberg

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Play along with Max Steinberg
This week ESPN provided us another two-and-a-half hours’ worth of coverage from the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, picking up the action at the start of Day 6 when just 69 players remained from the 6,420 who began the $10,000 buy-in tournament.

While a lot of preflop all-ins were shown, there was plenty of postflop play featured as well as the field was carved down to 46 players. When play began on Day 6 the average stack of almost 2.8 million represented more than 55 big blinds, and with two-hour levels there was plenty of room for multi-street gamesmanship — usually the case at the slow-structured Main Event.

As Jeff Platt noted in his bustout interview after finishing in 60th, long levels and deep stacks mean “you don’t have to push the panic button in this tournament, because it’s the greatest poker tournament in the world.”

Several interesting hands involving deep finishers Kelly Minkin, Anton Morgenstern, Justin Schwartz, Jake Toole, and Daniel Negreanu highlighted the coverage, with November Niners Tom Cannuli and Josh Beckley also getting a decent amount of airtime.

This week, though, we’re focusing on a couple of hands involving another player who made it to next month’s final table, Max Steinberg, both of which featured Steinberg up against multiple opponents after the flop.

The first came relatively early in the coverage when there were still just over 60 left in the field — just before Platt’s knockout, in fact. It was preceded by a soundbite from Steinberg who similarly referenced the importance of patience in the WSOP Main Event.

“A lot of people, they get a big stack and it’s like the green light to get crazy,” explained Steinberg who has nearly $3 million in live tournament cashes to his credit, including a WSOP bracelet and a 131st-place finish in the 2013 WSOP Main.

“I think that just isn’t the right thing in this situation,” he continued. “You can pick your spots, but if you stay tight you can ensure you progress farther and farther in this tournament. I have plenty of chips.”

Indeed, at the time of this hand Steinberg had a big stack of 4.3 million. The blinds were 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante, and action began with Steinberg making a just-over-3x open to 155,000 from middle position with {J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

It folded to Daniel Negreanu on the button with about 3.1 million, and he called the raise. Amar Anand had about 3.7 million to start the hand, and he called as well from the big blind.

With 530,000 in the middle, the flop came {2-Hearts}{K-Spades}{10-Hearts} to give Steinberg middle pair. Both Anand and Steinberg checked, then Negreanu bet 230,000. Anand called from the small blind, making the pot just under 1 million.

The action was back on Steinberg, sitting in between Negreanu, the world’s winningest tournament poker player with more than $30 million in live earnings, and the amateur Anand with a single $750 cash to his credit previously. Read More @Pokernews