Event 1A: Read ‘Em and Reap

Level 9: Blinds 400/800/100 ante

Marv KarlinsKarlins with an Easy Post Flop Read

On one of the first hands back from break Anthony Brammer (Tampa) is all in on a Jack-high flop and Marv Karlins (Tampa, FL) snap calls.

Karlins: AJ (pair of Jacks)
Brammer: 88

Karlins ends up winning the hand with trip Jacks, knocking out Karlins in the process. And as it turns out, it’s USF on USF crime.

Brammer, the University of Southern Florida Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, is eliminated by a Professor of Management at USF.

“I’ve been there 40 years and teaching for 50,” says the 72-year-old who takes his stack to 80k.

In addition to teaching, Karlins is known in these parts as one of the authors of Read ‘Em and Reap, a book on poker tells.  “We shot some of it right over there,” says Karlins who points across the Poker Room.

Karlins, along with poker super star Phil Hellmuth (record 13 WSOP bracelets) and ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro, wrote about non-verbal cues and decoding poker tells. But he’s not willing to admit he has any advantage over his opponents.

“One mistake with these guys and I’m done,” he laughs while pointing to two players who also have above average chip stacks.

It would have been interesting to see what kind of read Karlins would have had if Brammer moved all in preflop.

A coin flip, for 1/3 of his stack, with a chance to knockout a university colleague.  Wonder what chapter that’s covered in?