Today on the Final Table, we continue our coverage of the 2012 World Series Of Poker from the Rio in Las Vegas. With the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship having started on Sunday, we have last year's champion Brian Rast (above left), 2009 champion David Bach (above right), and two-time final tabler Matt Glantz -- three of the best mixed-games players in the world.
Brian Rast explains how he decides whether to play a WSOP tournament instead of lucrative cash games (such as high stakes pot-limit Omaha with blinds of $250/500/1000) and gave us an insiders look at what it's like to play in the big games in Macau (where he's been very successful). We also discuss whether it's better to play the first or second day of re-entry events, and why he likes having one in the WSOP.
David "Gunslinger" Bach explains why online mixed games are terrible without US players in the mix, how his psychology degree helps him read other players, why he's so quiet at the table, and his thoughts on having fewer $10,000 buy-in "championship" events for some mixed games (stud, stud high/low, pot-limit Omaha high/low). He also runs down the players he chose for his team in Daniel Negreanu's $25,000 buy-in WSOP fantasy league.
Matt Glantz talks about the final table of the Poker Players Championship not being televised this year, the mix of games he likes to have in cash games, and what poker players can do to bring more people to live games in casinos. We also ask Matt about the death of the Epic Poker League (he was a member of its Standards and Ethics Committee).
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Also on The Final Table...
- Brian Rast explained how he beat Phil Hellmuth heads-up in the 2011 PPC despite having a 7-1 chip deficit, and analyzed a couple of hands that they played (8/31/11);
- David Bach discussed how TV coverage can have a negative impact on tournament play, plus a famous hand he played against Vanessa Rousso in the 2011 WSOP Main Event (2/21/12);
- Matt Glantz discussed responsibility in poker -- why poker pros must realize how their actions reflect on the entire industry (1/17/12).