Looking forward to WSOP APAC

By: Jarrod Glennon

After finishing in 5th place in this year’s Aussie Millions Main Event, Jarrod Glennon is planning to go a few spots further in April after already booking his World Series of Poker APAC Main Event seat in a Bracelet Chase satellite at Crown Melbourne.  Jarrod shares his thoughts with Poker Asia Pacific about the WSOP APAC and his quest to win a bracelet this April.


The WSOP APAC is only a couple of weeks away, and I’m really looking forward to the series after winning my Main Event seat earlier this month. Having the opportunity to play in another major tournament series with some of the best players in the world is exciting. This will be my first chance to play for a WSOP bracelet, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity. The fact that I get to do so in my home town is really cool.

The WSOP APAC schedule looks pretty good, and I’m obviously looking forward to the bracelet events, however the schedule also has heaps of great side events as well. It would be nice to see a little more variety to help grow the local popularity of some other games, for example Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, but otherwise it looks solid. I plan to play pretty much all of the bracelet events, some of the smaller side events and some more satellites into the Main Event (eventhough I already have won a seat).

I was really happy to win a seat into the WSOP APAC Main Event on my first attempt at a Bracelet Chase satellite at Crown.  The fields are reasonably soft and usually made up of a lot of players who have won a satellite ticket in a smaller satellite. I also think that a lot of the players are used to standard freezeout tournaments and don’t play an optimal bubble strategy, which makes them great value.

In the early stages, strategy doesn’t differ much from normal tournament, however in the later stages strategy changes completely due to the payout structure - remember a min-cash pays the same as 1st place. The structure in these live satellites is pretty fast – in the later stages the average stack size is 10bb or less - so I adjust my shoving and calling ranges compared to a normal tournament.

It’s ever every poker player’s dream to win a bracelet. It is one of the biggest achievements in poker and I will be doing everything I can in April to win one.  If a local can win a bracelet, then hopefully it will create some extra attention in the mainstream media, and anything that can bring new players into the game is a good thing for Australian poker.

I learned a lot from my experience at the Aussie Millions and I think that knowing what to expect will help me at the WSOP APAC. The Aussie Millions was my first $10k event, and the main difference is it’s a really deep-stacked tourney with large antes. I wasn’t really fazed by being on the TV table.  Right before the final table everyone kept asking if I was nervous and I really wasn’t. I was so focused on winning and playing my best that I just blocked everything else out. The one thing I remember was how hot it was under the lights.

The only disappointment was the lack of atmosphere at the Aussie Millions final table.  We were in a TV studio and only 20 or 25 spectators were allowed to come in a watch.  The WSOP APAC is also going to be televised so I expect it to be much the same, but it would be good to find some more space to allow more spectators in to create a buzz. Hopefully we will see a couple of local players on the final Table – I’m reasonably sure Tom Wing is due!

See you all at Crown in April!




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