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The "Stone" Brings It!

By Barbara Rogers

Turning Stone Card RoomThe Turning Stone East Coast Poker Championship is considered by many players to be one of the best tournaments hosted by Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. It's now time to make plans to play and it may be easier than you think. You can now win your seat into the East Coast Poker Championships by playing in the "Warm Up" with a $75 buy-in and the top two win a $560 seat. Turning Stone will add 1 seat to every sit-n-go, limited to the first 25 sit-in-go events starting April 12th thru May 10th. With 15 minute levels and $2,500 in starting chips, these should be plenty of fun.

The East Coast Poker Championship dates are May 15th thru the 25th. $75,000 and $100,000 guarantees are pretty sweet returns for your investments. As always, make your reservations early at the poker room rate, because Turning Stone fills up fast. 800-771-7711 is the phone number. Jason DiBenedetto, Director of Poker Operations, always the consummate professional runs a classy room. And by example or by their own virtue, the entire staff follows suit.   

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Firekeepers’ $200,000 Prize Pool!

By Barbara Rogers

FireKeepers keeps it coming and Kelley Bailey keeps it HOT! The Mid- States Poker Tour, with a guaranteed payout of $200K, is scheduled for play May 9-18th. Qualifiers start on May 2nd. FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan is bringing it to you. This is the poker room where the manager, Kelley Bailey also brings 7 on 7. That is, seven tournaments a week. You can qualify for the main event by playing in one of the satellites: Fridays at 6:30 pm. Kelley offers $60 multi-table Super Satellites every Saturday at 10 am from now until April 26.

And $250 main event qualifiers every Friday at 6:30 pm from now all the way up to May 2nd. The main event has three starting dates, Thursday May 15 at 4:00 pm, Friday May 16 at 12 pm, and Saturday May 17 at 12 pm. The final day of play is Sunday 10 am.

If you enjoy the deep stacks go to FireKeepers on the second and fourth Sunday of every month 12 pm. You can qualify for the Player Of The Year Tournament Of Champions now - January 31, 2015.

Staying overnight is easy in “Cereal City,” home to Kellogg & Post; you can stay where you play, in an award winning room in FireKeepers Hotel. Visit FireKeepersCasinoHotel. com/poker or phone the poker room directly at 269- 660-5631. For a hotel room reservation call 877-FKC- 8777.

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Rivers Rocks Spring With Fling...

...and flair and money with its Pittsburgh Poker Open & Spring Series.

By Barbara Rogers

And you thought Pittsburgh was famous for its twisted steel of years past. Now they are famous for having Rivers Casino in their city and a very popular poker room. Jim Tinney, poker room manager makes sure of it. Just coming off the $50,000 March Meltdown, and giving money away—that does make for popularity. Now with $175,000 guaranteed and tournaments priced to keep you playing the entire event, The Pittsburgh Poker Open/Spring Series will play from April 10th to April 21st. You can satellite into the main event or with so many NLH events, win the buy-in money yourself, for the main event. The start dates for the main No Limit Hold’em event are Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th, 12 noon, $1,000+$100 will get you into it. One hour blinds in the main event should please you. In addition to a raft of NLH tournaments, Pot Limit Omaha, will be offered along with a Green Chip Bounty event. I love the number of No Limit Hold’em events on the schedule. Jim is a man after my own heart.

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Poker East and a Little West of the Mississippi: April 2014 Updates

by Barbara Rogers
 
Rockin Rivers! Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Rivers Casino is bringing on their Spring Poker Open. All the events are affordable and there’s quite a list; $175,000 is guaranteed in pay outs. For more information view their ad on page 2 of this issue of Poker Player. [Download the PDF]

200 grand guaranteed at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan in their Mid-States Poker Tour coming up May 9-18th. The qualifiers start as early as May 2nd. Put this in your tournament schedule book and look into their Player Of The Year Tournament Of Champions. The guaranteed prize pool for this is over $40,000. You can stay where you play at FireKeepers worldclass hotel. Say hi to Kelley Bailey, in charge of the poker room while you’re there. Kelley has made sure players have a tournament to play in 7 days of the week. 2014 Stacked Sundays is another popular venue of Kelley’s. The 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, $220+$20 will get you 15,000 in chips and 30 minute levels. Get more info on page 11 of this issue of Poker Player. [Download the PDF]

Borgata has another of their big money events coming up. They will be bringing players into Atlantic City from April 8-26; look for $5 Million in pay-outs during the 51 events.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni Poker Tournament at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh

by Barbara Rogers

You may not be able to beat these guys in a hockey match but you sure could beat them in a poker match. March 29th at 7pm at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh will be your chance to play against hockey hot shots; famed hockey alumni Frank Leroux, Pierre Larouche, Bryan Trottier, Kim Clarkson and Duane Rupp are some players you could thump. All for charity, fun and winning money with unlimited buys of 5,000 in chips for $25. The starting stack is 10,000 with 20 minute levels and a total buy-in of $205 (the breakdown is $125 entry fee + 50 charity + 25 house fee + 5 dealers pool). Visit Rivers Poker section for the latest information. Pending PGCB approval.

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Western New York Poker Challenge at Seneca Niagara

by Barbara Rogers

You’ll want to be a part of Seneca Niagara’s 16-event Poker Challenge from March 16th thru April 6th . With buyin’s ranging from $100 up to $1,100, new pay-outs and blind structures, this 9-day winter festival of poker will heat things up for you. There is even a Step 1 satellite for only $40. Step 2, a $150 qualifier, sends one out of eight players to the main event. Step 2 is offered Fridays at 9pm and Saturdays at 3pm and 9pm. The main event buy-in is $1,100, with a $100,000 guarantee. See page 11 of this issue for all the details (Download the PDF). I should note that Events 10-16 will allow 18-year-old players this year.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is AAA Four-Diamond rated, and the largest hotel in Western New York, with 604 newly renovated rooms. Call 877-8-Seneca or 716-278-6300 to reserve your room. Say “hi” to Amanda Scarcelli and Jason Brooks—They and their staff take excellent care of this poker room. This year you may see something different in the spectacular view of the Falls, just a short walk from Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino. As of this writing, they are partially frozen. Because of the Polar Vortex, the Falls are a rare spectacle to behold. Bundle up and take a hearty walk to view this winter wonderland. Sure, it’s hard to leave the warm lodging of this Four-Diamond hotel and the hot action at the cash tables, but it will invigorate you to witness one of nature’s great gifts.

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Maryland Live! Now Live on TV!

by Barbara Rogers

Just when you thought this powerhouse of poker couldn’t get any livelier it did! Live from Arundel Mills Maryland, it’s “Poker Night In America.” The Maryland Live! One Million Dollar Live Poker Classic will have the final table of the main event filmed for television. It gets better— the crew will stay to film two very lively cash games. Gavin Smith will play, joined by 2012 WSOP champ Greg Merson. Maryland native Merson will be joined by another Maryland fellow, logger and 2009 WSOP champ Darvin Moon. Darvin will come out of the woods to play in the min. $5,000 max. $20,000 buy-in cash game under the lights. This isn’t the biggest cash game in house either. It’s the $100-$200 with a mandatory $400 straddle. While this cash game is by invitation, there is an open casting call for players. If you have a lively personality and the money, honey, get in touch at castingcall@ pokernight.com

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Flordia Alligator Yard Dog Poker

by Barbara Rogers

Bringing you the best news in Floridian poker—bestbet Jacksonville is a good start. The newest and largest Florida poker room has 70 tables and is bringing on the World Poker Tour with a $500,000 guarantee, March 7-25. This WPT event offers plenty of NLH and a couple of Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better events, one of which has a re-buy and three guarantee events. They are $50 grand, $100 grand, and the main event of $500,000.

Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room open from 10am to 4am daily has the Heartland Poker Tour on their schedule. With a $1,650 buy-in for the main event, the dates for the run are March 21-30. Winner of 13 World Championships, Phil Hellmuth Jr. will be at the Daytona Beach Deep Stacks Charity Classic during the Extravaganza Weekend April 25-27. This is one of his preferred stops during the Extravaganza. Like his style or not, Phil has generously chaired and emceed poker charity events that have now raised over 20.4 million for charity.

Battles At The Beach are now in progress and a guaranteed $1 MILLION is worth fighting over. If you want to get in on the action, head over to Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. This poker room has the highest return for hourly play in South Florida. March 5th-25th are the $1,000,000 guarantees.

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It's War!! Poker War - The Poker Art of Robby Becker

by Barbara Rogers


Art by Robby Becker

This piece of art (above) reflects my brain on poker. I couldn't say it better with words. But poker dealer Robby Becker speaks to the poker player in us through his art. Robby and his wife left Vegas for Southern Florida and now he deals poker for Director Of Poker Operations, David Litvin, at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale, Florida as one of David's best dealers. His passion for art extends beyond poker. It includes plenty of beach themes and vistas from urban golf courses to fantastic sci-fi worlds. Robby's poker art specializes in colorful spay paint on canvas in abstract forms and adding the poker theme.  This has drawn so much attention to his work that David has made arrangement for Robby's work to be on display at Mardi Gras poker room. You can see more by going to robbybeckerart.com. You may want to invest in his art before he becomes famous, while it's still affordable.

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Texas Hold'em players at the Legion Post raise $12,000 for Disabled Veteran

by Barbara Rogers

They may be tough at the table, but poker players can be a great group when you need their help. Texas Hold'em players at the Legion Post, a group with plenty of generosity in their hearts, helped Vietnam veteran Jesus Quintana of Eastside Indianapolis, a double amputee who loves to hunt, but can’t cross fields and the forest in a regular wheelchair. Legion Post played the game for Jesse and the $12,000 they raised gave him the perfect alternative to a wheelchair, an all-terrain wheelchair with higher clearance and tank like treads that can reach his favorite hunting blind. Jesse lost his legs in combat in 1968 near the Ho Chi Minh trail when an artillery shell exploded and accepted his physical limitation pretty quickly. Jesse said he has adapted, accepting the life he was destined to live. Receiving three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service to our country, Jesse continues to serve the public good by volunteering at a hospital and serving as a chaplain with the Marine Corps League.

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