Bodog Ari

I'm Ari Engel and am also known as BodogAri online. I've played poker for a living for virtually my entire post-college life. In the last few years I have started teaching people my style and philosophy on poker tournaments. Many of them have done very well. If you are interested in getting my help, email:

Thursday, July 20, 2006

WSOP 1500

So, I went deep in the 1500, finishing 31 out of 2K plus entrants. Obviously tourneys, are all about winning, and I didn't, so I can't say I was happy with the result. However, I'm 22, and hopefully will be in the situation again, so it's all a good learning experience.

This was my 4th event of the series, and I now feel like I am an expert in "Live poker". Lol. Here are some thoughts about the event.

The best live players (grinder, John Juanda, etc) are absolutely sick, and I have a long way to go to reach their level.

The average live player is equal or worse than an average entrant into a Stars 100 Freezeout. The competition in the Stars 100 rebuy is way better than you'll ever see at the average WSOP table.

Poker is poker, and the differences between live and online are not that great. Yes there are some additional factors that you can use for analysis when seeing the person in front of you, but all in all, I didn't feel any disadvantage (other than extreme slowness) playing live.

Thank you all for the support, I had a good time, and hopefully next time, I can take it down.
Marvin Garden (Chris Birchby) and ImsoLucky0 (Jordan Morgan) have both made the Final Table of the event I played, GL guys.


Blogger Lovehate said...

Ari - as a staunch political commentator, i find it strage that you have not commented on the Hezbolla led war in Lebanon. Any thoughts?

8:05 PM  
Blogger ZootBox said...

Ari- Bodog has you at 170/1 to reach the final table in the ME. What a lock.

5:54 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Can you elaborate on your comment about Grinder and Juanda being great players? What do they do so well that puts them on a level above you, a great player in your own right?

Congrats on your results,


8:32 PM  
Blogger BodogAri said...

Hey Chris,

If I knew, I'd be constantly dominating the highest buyin tourneys in the world, rather than $100 and $200 tourneys.

11:54 PM  
Blogger Jordan Lewis said...

YEAH i think the reason online players have had so much success at the series is because of how well we are adapted to different situations because of the amount of hands we play

5:24 PM  
Blogger Jordan Lewis said...

enjoy ur blog man and i was wondering if u possibly list out reasons for y u enjoy certain sites and not others, and want percent of time do u put on each

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