Jimmy Fricke Dishes Out Advice For Best WSOP Dining

It is no coincidence that Jimmy Fricke’s two main passions in life include playing poker, and seeking out the best restaurants in town. After all, professional players frequently travel to different cities in order to ply their trade, and once there need to locate the highest quality food joints which offer the best value for money.
Consequently, Fricke these days provides a useful service to the poker community by trying out and reporting on many of the restaurants he visits whilst on the road. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old food authority’s primarily focus is still on his hometown of Las Vegas, which becomes especially important at this time of year with thousands of players showing up from all around the world to compete at the annual World Series of Poker (WSOP).
Food bills accrued during the six-week long WSOP have the potential to hit unorganized players hard in the pocket, but fortunately for them Fricke has some key advice to offer them, and as he explained recently:
“The simplest thing I can say is never ever eat on the Strip. There’s never really good options, with the exception of a few nice restaurants. For the most part, eat in the back strip malls around town. It’s far cheaper and you’ll be eating authentic food.”
While Fricke’s food blog and tweets help players to reduce the risk usually associated with finding the right restaurant at reasonable prices, Fricke also said that the one place where high variance was not a hinderance was at the poker tables. According to the pro, recreational players actually seek out poker variants with a higher rate of variance, which they see as being more fun to play, whilst providing them with an improved chance of winning compared to their professional opponents. Despite being poker’s most popular variant, Hold’em is “not a great game for the ecosystem” according to Fricke as bad players do not win often enough.
“I’ve actually been a Limit Hold’em player for the last few months,” explains Fricke. “That’s one of the reason why I love the game.. it is very high action, it’s very high variance, and the losing player is going to play as many hands as they want.”

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