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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Statistical Notes Following MPT 2013 Event #3

Observations following the third event of the 2013 season, the Mattress Poker Tour Main Event, held at Caesars Atlantic City on December 27, 2013.

  • Caesars Atlantic City moved into a tie with the Showboat as the third most frequent location for a Mattress Poker Tour event.
  • Judykq became the sixth different MPT Main Event Champion
  • Judykq became the fifteenth different player to win at least one MPT event, and the first new winner since Sass, on September 25, 2010
  • Judykq earned her second career cash, breaking a streak of five tournaments finishing out of the money
  • Sass ended the longest career MPT cashless streak, going ten events since her last finish in the money, dating back to July 2, 2011
  • Sass moved into fifth place on the all-time money list, passing former Main Event Champion Betdponies
  • Judykq became the fourteenth player in MPT history to earn more than one cash
  • Sass passed TSS777 to moved into fourth place on the all-time points list
  • Harv29 moved into a tie with Bigfus for the all-time best average finish per-event (among players who have played ten or more events)
  • Sass has cashed in all five MPT events played at Caesars Atlantic City
  • Harv29 has finished in third place fourteen times, in exactly one-third of his career MPT appearances
  • This year's Main Event was the second tournament in a row in which the winning hand included the nine of spades
  • Bigfus tied RowanB for fourth place on the all-time last-place list, after being knocked out first for the fourth time in her career

Monday, August 5, 2013

Statistical Notes Following MPT 2013 Event #2

Observations following the second event of the 2013 season,  held at the Mirage Las Vegas on July 29, 2013.

  • The tournament marked the third largest field in MPT history, behind only the 2009 and 2010 Las Vegas Spectaculars
  • The Mirage is the fifteenth different venue to host a Mattress Poker Tour event
  • Skiteacher and I don't care became the 50th and 51st players to play in at least one MPT tournament
  • NewNorman became the 33rd player in MPT history to play in at least two MPT tournaments
  • Harv29 tied Amazon for fifth on the all-time win list
  • Harv29 surged into the lead in the Player of the Year race, as he seeks to become the second two-time MPT Sealy Cup champion
  • Harv29's winner's share and bounties mark the fourth biggest cash in MPT history, besting Harv29's 2011 MPT Las Vegas Spectacular winnings
  • RowanB earned the highest second place cash in MPT history, with his biggest career cash
  • RowanB moves into first place on the season money list, looking to lead that list for the second consecutive season
  • Harv29 and RowanB became the third and fourth MPT all-time thousandaires, with Harv29 leapfrogging RowanB to move into third on the all-time money list
  • Harv29 earned the third highest point total in a single event in MPT history
  • TSS777 busted on the bubble for the first time in his MPT career
  • Sass set a new record for most tournaments played without a cash, finishing out of the money for the tenth consecutive time
  • Noahcat moved into the top five in career last places finishes, being the first player eliminated from a tournament for the third time

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pillow Talk: Your odd's on favorites for this years Las Vegas Spectacular

Here at Pillow Talk, we thought it would be fun to look at who really has been getting better at getting it all in on the mattress and who has be spewing everywhere.  So examining some variables, we put together some odds for this year's Las Vegas Spectacular.  Let's check with our experts to see who ranks where and why they think so in a field expected to be around 14 people:

1.  Bigfus: 8 to 1 - Bigfus comes in as a strong contender, tied for the lead in career victories and one of only two players with more victories than seasons played.  Having collected just about every title the series has to offer except for the Las Vegas Spectacular title and coming off one of her weakest performances in recent memory in the season's first event, we expect to see a motivated Bigfus make a big fuss and come out with something to prove and that is why she is our number one favorite.

2.  Solotrombone: 9 to 1 - Solotrombone has been a bridesmaid, but never the bride as he has yet to notch his first MPT victory.  But, coming off his recent wedding, this honeymooning groom is primed to finally slip on the garter and take home his first win.  Will he leave his supporters with a lovely tone or will he blow a sour note on the tickets with his name?  The money likes his chances.

3.  Rowanb:  10 to 1 - This MPT regular should be able to avoid common duties such as barbecue chef and focus on his game.  Will this MPT star take one down oar will he be moving his boat to the losers' lounge.

4.  JTinLV:  10 to 1 - JTinLV probably has the most recent poker experience of anyone in the field and the last few events we saw him in, he was playing fierce poker.  He also has the home field advantage, being a Las Vegas resident, but perhaps a disadvantage in not knowing his opponents' games as well as some of the other seasoned players who are tournament regulars.  Still, we are expecting a strong showing from JTinLV and wouldn't be surprised to see some alchemy work turn JTinLV to JGoldLV.

5. Sionow:  10 to 1 - This west coast phenom has delivered cashes in half of his brief 4 event MPT career, with a bubble in another.  Surely those at his table will be hoping now is not the time to sigh if they get all in against him.  Look for Sionow to use his exclusive Las Vegas Spectacular experience to break through with his first career victory in only his fifth event.

6.  Harv29: 12 to 1 - Harv29 missed cashing the LV spectacular for the first time last year and will be looking to rebound with a strong performance this year.  He's definitely a contender for his first Vegas trophy.

7.  Amazon:  12 to 1 - Amazon has been Amazin' being in the top 5 in series wins and with limited appearances.  She is among the best in wins per event and is the defending Las Vegas Spectacular champion.  But this is Vegas and the downstairs temptations and adult beverages threaten to take her off of her game so bettors beware.

8.  Tss777:  15 to 1 - Tss777 was a last minute addition to the Las Vegas Spectacular rosters.  Early betters who took the field are feeling good about themselves having Tss777 on their card, but since signing up to play, he's moved from the field bettors card to his own bet.  However, Tss777 is coming off wins in his last tournament and the last Las Vegas Spectacular that he has played so the motivation may not be there and last minute sign up may betray a lack of preparation and confidence.  Bettors for Tss777 will probably have an eye on the MPT Bowling Championship.  If Tss777 manages to pull out a win in that event, he may be more motivated in the poker event as he tries to repeat his Triple Crown performance from three years ago.  Expect the line to move after the bowling event.

9.  Sass:  16 to 1 - Sass will literally be on her honeymoon, but she's been honeymooning for a while in the MPT events.  Savvy bettors will be looking to see if she has regained her fire and focus for victory or if the honeymoon continues.

10.  JudyKQ: 20 to 1 -  Can JudyKQ break through for her first victory?  If JudyKQ becomes JudyQQ, she might pose a real threat.

11.  New Norman: 20 to 1 - Will newlywed New Norman change his MPT name to TheRightNorman?  Will TheRightNorman get the right cards needed to win?  Some underdog bettors are hoping so.

12.  Noahcat:  35 to 1 - Noahcat hasn't gone deep much and often finds herself short on chips early, but if the cat can come back, she can earn her betting supporters a great payday.

The Field:  8 to 1 - The field is coming in at 8 to 1 as other late additions may join the two less known players in the tournament at any time.

So there you have it.  In only a few days, we'll know who the winner is.

*Betting odds are for entertainment purposes only.  We do not endorse wagering on MPT event outcomes.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tie for 2012 MPT Money List Winner!

For the first time since 2009, someone other than Bigfus finished atop the season ending money list.  Actually two players tied.  As a result of the decision to chop the winner and runner-up share during the 2012 Main Event, Bigfus' second victory of the season was not enough to catapult her past RowanB into the money lead, but did vault Main Event runner-up Amazon into a tie for the top spot.

2012 marks the first ever tie for the money lead and the closest race in MPT history, as only $10 separated third-place Bigfus from winners RowanB and Amazon.

Here is the complete list of money leaders for the 2012 season.

1. RowanB ($195)
1. Amazon ($195)
3. Bigfus ($185)
4. Noahcat ($90)
4. Solotrombone ($90)
6. Ghosthunter ($70)
7. Harv29 ($65)
8. Sionow ($45)

RowanB Wins 2012 Player of the Year Title

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - RowanB earned his first career MPT Player of the Year trophy for the 2012 season.  He followed a strong runner-up finish in the annual Las Vegas Spectacular with his first Fall Classic win in Stone Harbor.  His consistent finishes in the other events and season lead in "kills" kept him ahead of Bigfus, who finished her third consecutive season with at least two MPT wins.  RowanB becomes the fifth different MPT Player of the Year, joining TSS777, Harv29, Sass, and Bigfus.

Here are the complete "Sealy Cup" point standings for the 2012 season.

1. RowanB (41)
2. Bigfus (38)
3. Amazon (29)
4. Harv29 (27)
5. Solotrombone (25)
6. Noahcat (18)
7. Sass (16)
8. Ghosthunter (12)
9. Sionow (9)
10. Patsy (6)
11. Tennis_bum (5)
11. Tss777 (5)
11. Mr. Lucky (5)
11. Judykq (5)
15. JTinLV (3)
16. Janek13 (2)
17. New Norman (1)