You know all poker players, even the pros, tooled their games to 'A' before entering the events of the World Series of Poker.
They probably played a lot, talked through their strategy with other pros and maybe even read over a book or two.
But when it comes down to it, maybe the real key was belonging to Team PokerStars. The team, to put it frankly, is kicking butt.
The highlight so far is Daniel Negreanu's fourth bracelet, this one in the $2,000 Limit Hold 'Em event. He held the chip lead for most of the tournament despite getting both his Aces and Kings cracked and bulldozed most of the field on his way to the $204,874 first-place prize.
Negreanu also just finished short of another final table in the Seven Card Stud championship and picked up $33,417.
But he wasn't the only pro to do some serious damage. Barry Greenstein placed third at possibly one of the toughest final tables in history at the No-Limit 2-7 Draw event and won $225,000 to add to a growing stack of cashes this year. He also had one of the top 10 stacks in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em event heading into Day 2.
Joe Hachem made it inside the top 100 players in the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold 'Em event. New Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown cashed in the same tournament, taking down 11th place and $34,700. That was his third of the WSOP.
Team Pro Noah Boeken cashed in the $1,500 Triple Shootout for $5,596, and Humberto Brenes made it to day two in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em event and went out just short of the final table, winning almost $35,000.
It's possible that you, too, could join Team PokerStars with a good showing in this year's Main Event, just like KHAN or three of the last five world champions. PokerStars is still running satellites to the Main Event, including the whopping minimum of 200 seats guaranteed the site is putting up on June 15.
PokerStars has sent almost 1,450 to the World Series this year.
If you'd like your chance to go for a big score and maybe join a team of all-stars, download PokerStars now, and you'll get an exclusive PokerWorks bonus of $25 free in addition to a 100 percent matching bonus up to $50. You must enter the marketing code of POKERWORKS upon registration and the bonus code of FIRST2008 upon your first deposit.
If you already have an account at PokerStars, check out the FPP buy-in satellites to Sundays 200 seats guaranteed tourney by clicking on ‘Events’ tab and then ‘WSOP’ and then ‘FPP Satellites’. After all, there's nothing like joining a winning team to make yourself a winner as well.