by Bob Popper
Majestic Star Hotel & Casino’s Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) event attracted a wide variety of players to the felt in Buffington Harbor during the first week of March. The tourney featured players from the United States, and a number of international contestants all battling for the top prize.
The March 1-9 MSPT tourney structure had a two flight main event system with a buy-in of $1,100. In addition, they had super satellites costing only $60 with a healthy 20% of the field advancing to a $250 satellite. The top 20% of that category would advance to the main event, which pitted a field of 301 hopefuls.
Majestic paid out 36 spots from the field of main event combatants. The final table started on Sunday, March 9 at 8 PM and lasted almost 5 hours before the last 3 players took home their share of the prize pool. Brian Zimcosky lasted long enough to capture third place and take home $28,141 followed by Leon Morford who tucked away a nice $42,401 for finishing in second place.
The tournament winner, who took home a sweet chunk of change was Kenneth Baime. He pocketed $77,681 for his first place finish.
By Jason Bullock
I wrote previously about AdvancedPokerTraining.com, but now I’d like to give you more details about their “Beat The Pro” Challenge feature— it’s really something novel that will change the way you look at poker training forever. It’s like having a top poker pro looking over your shoulder while you play, without spending hundreds of dollars an hour—it’s really that good.
Article by Derrick Oliver-Dewan
Confident his vision was accurate, Matusow gave half his buy-in, $5000, to Nguyen so he could play instead. His friends and family thought he was 'Nuts' but 'The Mouth' was confident and maintains to this day he never doubted his decision for a second, not once, because he had seen the outcome vividly in his sleep. The rest, as they say, is histoy; Nguyen defeated Florida's Kevin McBride heads-up to win, uttering one of the most famous quotes in poker history in the process, "You call and it's gonna be all over baby."
By Rhue R. Reis [Pictured left to right: Sam Hadded, She Lok Wong, Mazen Neshiwat]
3-Way Agreement Leaves She Lok Wong With Championship Trophy and $95,000
The $2,700 No Limit Hold’em Main Event at the 2014 Foxwoods Poker Classic had 226 entrants start play on Friday battling it out for a piece of the $548,050 prize pool. Eighty-two returned at noon on Saturday for day two action. Play continued for just over ten hours before the money was reached, and another two hours before play was over for the night with thirteen players remaining. Play resumed at noon on Sunday and in two hours, the final table was determined. Seven hours of final table action culminated with the final three reaching an agreement that gave Mazen Nesheiwat of Poughkeepsie, NY $84,125 for 3rd, Sam Haddad of Westwood, MA collected $92,434 and the Commemorative Watch for 2nd, while She Lok Wong of Forest Hills, NY garnered the Championship Trophy and Top Prize Money of $95,000.
Article by Derrick Oliver-Dewan
There is no one quite like Padraig Parkinson. A poker pioneer in Ireland, where the Poker Gods keep Irish eyes smiling, Parkinson was an outspoken proponent of the game before it, the game, exploded onto the worldwide stage. He was there long before Moneymaker. Witty, sarcastic and likeable to a fault, Parkinson has the rare ability to blend humor with his astonishing natural talents at the poker table, a wicked combination when the cards are running good. Oh, what a world champion he would have been.
"Thanks for reminding me," he joked during our interview on High Roller Radio after being asked if he ever thinks about what could have been. A man of his stature a world champion? A man with his gifted speaking abilities? "I didn't know it at the time but it would have been worth millions to be now. I was just playing for the money back then and third was good."
By Craig Dolch
West Palm Beach, Fl. - When Art Laughlin received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Greyhound Track Operators of America (AGTOA) last Monday in Las Vegas, he said he was “surprised and shocked.”
He shouldn’t have been.
Laughlin, who spent 34 years as general manager at Palm Beach Kennel Club, helped build PBKC into one of America’s top greyhound tracks. Under his guidance, Palm Beach went from a four-month racing circuit to a year-round operation that produces the most handle – on the greyhounds as well as simulcasting – as any dog track in the U.S.
By Jason Bullock
When visiting online poker forums recently, I was struck by one poster who claimed a particular site had really transformed his game— AdvancedPokerTraining.com. This player said it really had helped him repair some leaks that had been costing him money. Within months after he signed up there, his win rate had dramatically improved and he’s been owning most of the players in his regular game.
I decided to try it out and have already seen dramatic results. The flagship feature of the site is a poker simulator game featuring 10 levels and over 100 lifelike opponents. The patented game plays right in your browser with no download required. The opponents are tricky, and over time they learn your style, adjusting to defeat you just like skilled opponents you will play with regularly.
by Geno Lawrenzi Jr.
Every New Year’s Eve I gather with friends at a favorite watering hole. Iced champagne is served by pretty waitresses who look more like Playboy Centerfolds than the girl next door.
We watch the wall clock move slowly toward midnight. When it hits that magical hour and we are in the New Year, I reveal my New Year’s Resolutions. Excuse me? The room has suddenly gone silent. Okay, all of you called my bluff. You know that most people do not keep their resolutions. In my case, that, unfortunately, has been true.
In 1962, I resolved to marry Kathy, my childhood sweetheart. There was only one problem. She was already on her second husband and would go through two more before we met at a class reunion a couple of years ago. When I saw her, I was happy I hadn’t made good on the resolution. Boy, what time and four ex-husbands can do to a woman.
In 1984—what a wonderful George Orwellian year that was!—I resolved to stop drinking in excess. And I did.
Ten years later.
Bracelet winner earns follow-up gold trophy and pockets $122K in Quebec
The final day of the Casino Lac-Leamy Main Event started with Charles Sylvestre on top and ended with Charles Sylvestre on top. The Quebecois WSOP bracelet winner ruled the tournament and never slowed down as he battled his way through the final 18. Sylvestre earned the $122,435 first place prize, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and on top of that, a berth into the WSOP National Championship.
“After my unexpected WSOP bracelet this summer, to come back here to Lac- Leamy, my hometown, and ship the ring… I can’t ask for better. It’s an amazing feeling,” Sylvestre said.
The 2013/2014 WSOP Circuit at Casino Lac- Leamy marked the first time for a WSOP event to take place in the Canadian province of Quebec. The series was a success, not only drawing 371 players for the $1,675 finale, but drawing rave reviews from players.
“[The tournament] was very nice and well organized,” Sylvestre said. “For the first event in the province of Quebec it was amazing. Overall it was a success and very well organized.” The final day of the Main Event started with 18 hopefuls and Sylvestre with a two-to-one chip lead over his nearest challenger, Canadian pro Mike Leah.
In the second level of play on Day 3 we witnessed an epic clash between Daniel Charette, who held the chip lead for quite a while on Day 2, and Leah. Leah crippled Charette who bluffed all-in on the turn against Leah’s set. Charette was knocked out not too long after this while Leah was now very close to Sylvestre.
30-year-old pro adds $142K to over $1.16 in career winnings
Las Vegas-based poker pro Ari Engel has made a name for himself in poker with 91 career cashes totaling over $1.16 million since 2006. His enviable live tournament resume includes 39 Final Tables and a dozen wins. He’s got more World Series of Poker Circuit rings than he could wear on one hand. The 30-year-old has traveled the world collecting paychecks in London, Prague, and Manila, but it was a stop in America’s Heartland that earned him his biggest payday to date. Engel took down a record field at River City Casino and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri for $142,125 on the nationallytelevised Heartland Poker Tour.
Engel’s pocket sevens ended his heads-up match with Paul Fehlig of St Louis in eight hands. The runner-up earned $87,696 for his national TV debut.