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Debbie Does Poker: Legends Classic Series

by Debbie Burkhead

Attention Pre-Seniors! Legends Classic Series (LCS) is a unique poker tour for seniors with a twist, “45 is the New 50.” CEO, Tina Bergstrom fondly refers to the age range of 45-50 as the “senior in waiting” zone and after hours upon hours of research believes the added ages will increase the fields and create larger prize pools.

The LCS launch and poker tournament is scheduled to kick off their new tour and introduce the LCS pros at “the place where it all began” Binion’s on June 7-9. The event will consist of two $240 buy-in flights; 1A on Saturday, June 7 at 11am and 1B on June 8 at 11am. Reentries will be allowed on both flights. Players will start with 20,000 in tournament chips and 35-minute levels. Day 2 will start at 1 pm and the levels will be bummed up to 40 minutes with an increase to 50 minutes at the final table.

The LCS Legends pro team consists of the following; World Series Champion and WSOP Hall of Famer, Tom McEvoy, bracelet winners Kathy Liebert, Cyndy Violette, Hoyt Corkins, WPT ladies champion JJ Liu, and Kenna “Cowboy” James.

All future LCS events will televise the final table, and on occasion, will be live streamed. This is your chance to sit at a televised final table and possibly become the next Legend. For more information on LCS please visit their web site

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The WSOP is Back at Lumiere Place!

by Debbie Burkhead

The WSOP is Back at Lumiere Place!  By Debbie Burkhead After a one-year interruption the WSOP Circuit event is coming back to St. Louis. This is a brand new stop on the WSOP circuit; it was originally scheduled at the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland. The event is scheduled to kick off on March 20 and run through March 31. The 12 day event will award 12 rings and will offer numerous non-ring side events and cash games. They will also award two seats to the WSOP National Championship in Atlantic City in May.

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Debbie Does Poker: Dealer Training and the 6th Annual Ante4autism at the Golden Nugget

by Debbie Burkhead

Want to be part of the 2014 WSOP? The WSOP has decided to discontinue their dealer training for the upcoming 2014 WSOP but Tony Shelton Dealing School offers their graduates the opportunity to deal at the World Series of Poker Rio annually during the seven week event. Many events are televised on ESPN and this is a terrific opportunity to expose your talent and expertise in the world of poker dealing. Dealers may also choose to deal at the Venetian Deep Stack, the Golden Nugget, or Binions, all during the 2014 WSOP. You will be taught 16 variations of poker necessary to deal all games offered at the WSOP. Training is also available for blackjack plus carnival games, (3-Card Poker, Pai Gow and Caribbean Stud). The school is a proud member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and is a post secondary education institution. Much more than just a dealing school with 30 years of WSOP experience and a combined 60 years of teaching experience, Tony Shelton, James Kean, and John Kulig provide hands on instruction to their students. The school is located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas in a space that houses four casino style poker tables, casino weight poker chips, and poker quality cards. Credit cards are accepted and financial aid is available. Visit or clip the ad in this issue of Poker Player Newspaper to receive a 10% discount.

6th Annual Ante4autism event set for Golden Nugget, Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to raise money for Autism Speaks! The event will be held opening night of the Winter furniture market, as Co-Hosts hope to exceed last year’s total of $35,226!

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Debbie Does Poker: The Grand Sierra and Chumash

Grand Sierra is hosting the exciting Fall WIN than ANYONE in history!” Pot of Gold Poker Tournament with a guaranteed $400,000. The opening event kicks off at noon on October 3 and consists of five no-limit hold’em flights (1A-1E) with a $100,000 guarantee. The buy-in for each flight is $220, players receive 15,000 in starting chips, and the top 10 percent in each flight get into the money with the top 6 percent advancing to the finals at 3 pm on October 6. Players may re-enter through the first 4 levels on flights A-D and players may re-enter through level 8 for flight E. Players may forfeit their stack at the end of level 4 on flights A-D and level 8 on flight E and re-enter with a new stack. Players that bag chips multiple days will only play their largest stack and will be paid $750 for all other forfeited stacks.

 The schedule consists of the following variety of games and guarantees: Omaha 8 or better/$10,000 guarantee, HORSE/$10,000 guarantee, PLO 8 or better/$10,000 guarantee, no-limit hold’em 6 max/$25,000 guarantee and $100 bounties and several other no-limit events with guarantees ranging from $5,000-$15,000.

 Another event consisting of six flights starts on October 10 with a $330 buy-in and a whopping $200,000 guarantee. The only difference in this event and the opening event is that players that bag chips multiple days will be paid $1,000 instead of $750 for all other forfeited stacks.

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Debbie Does Poker: Tom Sexton, Operation Homefront Poker Charity Event and more

by Debbie Burkhead

Tom Sexton was the official photographer of the WSOP during the Binion’s era which led to the creation of his collages of many famous poker players. By now most of you know, but for those of you that don’t, my friend suffered a massive stroke on June 10 as the result of previously undiagnosed stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

 Sexton and his family are facing a financial burden, and to help relieve the family of some of that burden, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, Tina Bergstrom, and myself have organized a charity event at Binion’s, the perfect venue to honor Sexton’s life.

 Please join us, and Tom’s brother, Mike Sexton, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. The buy-in is $50 with $25 rebuys and one $25 add-on. The Sexton family will receive 50% of the buy-in, and all of the rebuys and add-ons. For those of you that can’t make the event but would like to contribute, please visit to make a donation; no donation is too small and all contributions are greatly appreciated.

 Operation Homefront Poker Charity Event. First place winner Manny Crizaldo receiving his trophy from Annie Baca, Chapter President Operation Homefront Nevada and Derek Duncan, Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge No. 1468 located at 4100 West Charleston, Las Vegas, Nevada, The buy-in was $100 and the charity raised $4,000; plus all proceeds from all the satellites held previously at several Las Vegas locations benefited veterans, their families and wounded warriors. All players receive something from the hundreds of prizes donated by local companies. Logistics provided and produced by Shelton Temporary Dealer Agency. There’s a New Game in Town! LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) has added five poker tables located in the pit. They opened on July 12 with Bonnie Damiano Leinhos as the Poker Manager. A grand opening party is scheduled for July 25 where players can partake in free food, cocktails and door prizes.

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Debbie Does Poker - as the WSOP Begins to Wind Down there is Still Plenty of Poker Action in Las Vegas

by Debbie Burkhead

As the WSOP begins to wind down there is still plenty of poker action in Las Vegas! The Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series ends on July 4, Binion’s Poker Classic runs through July 7, and the Venetian Deep Stack run through July 21. Vegas Poker doesn’t end there, check out the $3,000 a day guarantee tournaments at Bally’s and the $4K a day no-limit tournaments with a $1,000 1st place guarantee at PH planet Hollywood. Wait, there’s more! Win your share of an average of $34,000 per week at all Station Casinos poker rooms. Hold an ace, hit a royal, win the Jumbo Royal Progressive.

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Ultimate Poker is the First!

By Debbie Burkhead

 On April 30 Ultimate Poker launched the first regulated real money poker site in Nevada. I was thrilled to be able to sit on the couch and play poker again, feeling secure that my money was safe because the site is regulated by the Nevada Gaming Commission. With that said, I started playing the following day, but I was somewhat disappointed in the software after playing on more sophisticated sites prior to Black Friday.

 Even though the site had some areas that needed improvement, it was still nice to be able to play from the comfort of my home. After a few days of playing, I called my contact at Ultimate Poker and voiced my concerns. The Ultimate Poker Team was more than cordial and agreed to answer the following questions.

 Q: Did Ultimate Poker launch a strip down version just to be the first legal, real-money poker site in the country?

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Here’s a Chance to Improve Your Game–One That You Can’t Afford to Miss!

By Debbie Burkhead

Seats are still available for the second annual poker seminar, sponsored by Poker Player Newspaper, with former World Champion, Tom McEvoy, and 2008’s Online Player of the Year, David “The Maven” Chicotsky. Attendees will enjoy a full-day of poker information and lunch, with snacks and beverages served throughout the day.

The price of the seminar also includes entry into the 5 pm satellite for a chance to win a $600 seat into the Poker Player of the Year tournament. The seminar will be held in the Conference Center at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on July 3 with the Poker Player of the Year event on July 4 at noon. The seminar will begin at 9 am-12 pm followed by lunch until 1 pm and end at 4:30 pm. The information you will take away from the seminar is worth many times more than the small fee of $390. Last years’ attendees placed high in the Poker Player of the Year tournament, proving the value of this expertise.

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Debbie Does Poker

by Debbie Burkhead

The 2013 Central Coast Championship at Chumash! The event is scheduled for June 8 at 9 am. The no-limit event has a $50,000 guarantee and a $10,000 main event seat is added. Sign up in the poker room now, or by phone starting May 25. The buy-in is $180 and entrants receive a $15 coupon good for live play June 10-14. Players start with 10,000 in tournaments chips - no rebuys or addons. The first level is 60 minutes and the remaining levels will be 30 minutes. See their ad in this issue of Poker Player Newspaper for more information [Download the PDF].

 ATTENTION LADIES! Win a seat to the Poker Player of the Year tournament at the Golden Nugget. Be the first woman to be the Poker Player of the Year. A super satellite will be held on July 1 with an $80 buy-in. The winner/winners will receive entry in the 2013 Poker Player of the Year tournament on July 4 at noon. See the Poker Player of the Year ad in this issue of Poker Player Newspaper for other satellite locations[Download the PDF].

 Looking for a Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas?! We all know about the trouble the economy is in, but that also lets us know that this is a great time to purchase real estate. So we are lucky to have Carl Johnson as our real estate sponsor for Poker Player Newspaper. Carl is not just a nice guy, but a hard worker who will do everything to meet your real estate needs. Wondering what to do with all that money you won at the WSOP? Give Carl a call today! You may be surprised at the great deals and steals available in Las Vegas. For more information on Carl Johnson, see his ad in the WSOP special edition of Poker Player Newspaper distributed in Las Vegas [Download the PDF]. Las Vegas is the Place to be for Tournament Players! If the WSOP is out of your price range, don’t fret, as there are plenty of venues to choose from during the summer in Las Vegas.

 Let’s start with the Venetian Deep Stack! The event kicked off on May 23 and runs through July 21, that’s almost two months of non-stop tournament action. Buy-ins range from $250-$5,000 with a list of almost every poker game known to man. Tournament times are 11 am, 12 pm, 4 pm, and their nightly 7 pm. See the Venetian ad in the WSOP special edition of Poker Player Newspaper, only available in Las Vegas cardrooms [Download the PDF].

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Debbie Does Poker - Get Ready, Get Set for the 2013 WSOP!

by Debbie Burkhead

The 44th Annual World Series of Poker kicks off on May 29 and runs through July 15 with 62 coveted WSOP gold bracelets up for grabs in 2013 – which is one more than last year. The WSOP starts off in grand style on Saturday June 1. Event #6, The Millionaire Maker, ($1,500 no-limit hold’em) will feature a one-day start, twoflight, single re-entry event, where the winner will receive $1,000,000!

 The WSOP season is heaven for poker players; the tournament draws tens of thousands of poker players from all over the world, and Las Vegas cardrooms prepare well in advance to offer a variety of games during this once-a-year gathering of poker players. Poker Player Newspaper will have information on specially designed tournaments offered throughout Vegas as an alternative choice for players.

  PPN is also happy to announce that once again, we will be your go-to publication for information on all of the games around town as well as all things WSOP related. This publication will have four special editions that will also include trivia and information about the history, happenings, and results of the WSOP.

  Make sure to pick up your free souvenir copy of PPN, which, as always, is available in every cardroom in Vegas. For your convenience, PPN will have all the latest tournament schedules from cardrooms around Las Vegas, with four special editions during May- July for your most up-to-date information throughout the Series.

 I hope that all our readers have a great experience while here in Las Vegas, and I know that information in our souvenir WSOP editions will help you make the most of your time in town. Good Luck, and I hope to see you at the table.

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