This week on my poker radio show, The Final Table, Dennis Phillips and I talked about playing in the Dream Team Poker event over the weekend at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas — with Joe McGowan, the Poker Coach, the third member of our team — including what it’s like to have Phil Hellmuth at your table (I had the pleasure for a couple of hours).

While our team of guys didn’t win, Lisa Parsons of our other team (three women who called themselves Lady Luck) made it all the way to 12th out of 444 entrants. Lisa joined us on the show to talk about the tournament, a big hand she played against Jamie Gold, and her deep run last summer in the WSOP Main Event, where she finished 76th and was the next-to-last woman eliminated.

Dennis and I also talked about the strategy he suggested I use on Sunday in a tournament at Bellagio, where I made the final table and needed some advice on how players should change their game at that point — and in particular, as you get closer to the money bubble.

Joe McGowan chimed in on that strategy, too, and his Poker Coach tips for this week are for beginners who like to play any hand with an ace in it, and the problems that can cause in cash games in particular.

Our other guest was Gavin Griffin, who a few years ago became the youngest player to ever win a bracelet in the World Series Of Poker. He then went on to become the first player to win the trifecta of a WSOP bracelet, a WPT event, and an EPT (European Poker Tour) event in Monte Carlo.

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