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2012 May 21st

Vol. 15 Number 24

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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All-in Northwest: A Good Read

by A.C. Clark  

"Early Saturday morning, I woke up refreshed and ready to go for the day. Why all this energy? Not a normal occurrence for me, especially on a day off. I started a pot of coffee, threw in a load of laundry, made a fire, sat down in my favorite chair, and decided to read a short, motivational book that had been sent to me in the mail. My life was about to change forever. Wow! What an inspiring read!

 212 The Extra Degree, by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson, intrigues the mind while making perfect sense. At the core is the notion that water is hot at 211 degrees. Then, at 212 degrees, it boils. With boiling water comes steam, and steam can power a locomotive. Think of that … what a statement. Just simply raising the temperature of water one extra degree means the difference between something that is very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine. Point made: Small things can make major differences.

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Tips for the Poker Tourist

by  Ashley Adams

 I wrote my last column, “Driven to Distraction,” to show how occasional poker players have specific challenges that aren’t encountered by card room regulars. I divided these into three groups: The Lure of Action, Free Stuff, and Other Gambling Opportunities. In this column, I’ll let you know my thoughts on how to keep those distractions from hurting your best poker game.

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Controlling Your Variance

by David Chicotsky

  When reading a title like, “Controlling Your Variance,” it’s easy to assume this article covers minimizing variance.

 The dreaded variance has scared many hopeful tournament players. Without a doubt, there are times when minimizing your variance is the best possible option, but in certain situations, it’s more optimal to increase variance.

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Handling Draws

by Tom “Time” Leonard

Today I’d like to delve into how one can make additional money by the way a no-limit hold’em player handles drawing hands. Many players are somewhat tentative with draws. They prefer to just check-call their opponents, hoping to complete their draw before getting feisty. That is certainly one way to play a draw, but let’s explore some advantages that come with being more aggressive. When you raise with a drawing hand on the flop, you gain a read on your opponents by their reactions.

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Wedding & WSOP Plans: A Joe and Hobby Poker Fiction

by David Valley

I was driving back to L.A. from Palm Springs with my fiancée, Kim, to get started on establishing our new quarters. Both Kim and I own condos which we will put up for sale while we start looking for a larger one suited to our living together. We want to find one in or near Marina del Rey so we can be close to Hobby and Sue’s yacht home. We were still on the I-10 heading west when Sue said, “We’ve kicked around some ideas about when we should get married, but you didn’t have a lot to say, Joe.

 What do you think?”

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It’s Game On! Horseshoe Cleveland Bursts onto the Casino Scene

By Barbara Rogers

 The race to open first was neck and neck between Horseshoe Cleveland and Hollywood Casino in Toledo, Ohio. Horseshoe Cleveland was first with the green light, although Hollywood Toledo will be following close behind with an expected opening in a couple of weeks.

 May 14 will see the first of thousands of players expected to rush through the doors at Horseshoe Cleveland. Expectations are very high, with projections of five million customers annually. The $350 million casino will showcase a World Series of Poker room with thirty tables. While playing in this spacious poker room, you will no doubt notice a very tall, six foot five inch gentleman, poker room manager Jeremy Smith, guiding the activities with a quiet confidence.

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Dover Downs Offers Poker, Sports Betting, and Horse Racing

By Barbara Rogers

Where can you play poker, and then walk outside your room for fresh air, a beautiful view of a horse racing track? The answer is crystal clear; it’s Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Under the blue skies of Dover, Delaware, home of Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, a four-diamond casino and hotel, you will find The Crown Royal Poker Room. This beautiful casino is bursting with activity seven days a week.

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Full Tilt Creates Drama at PokerStars

by Wendeen H. Eolis

 No sooner than Laurent Tapie hit the send button on an email to employees of Pocket Kings (a Full Tilt Poker company) explaining that discussions to acquire FTP had gone down in flames, word began to spread like wildfire of another suitor for the online poker site—FTP’s longtime arch rival, PokerStars.

Tapie Deal Goes South

 As previously reported, Tapie’s repayment plan to refund non U.S. “Rest Of World” (ROW) customers was a bone of contention in Group Bernard Tapie’s negotiations with the DOJ during the past few months.

Enter PokerStars

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Poker News: Tapie Out, Stars In as Full Tilt Assets Buyer and More

by Haley Hintze


 The on-again, off-again courtship by Groupe Bernard Tapie to purchase the assets of Full Tilt Poker is off again—this time for good. Citing an “eleventh hour” demand from the United States’ Department of Justice that all affected players would be able to withdraw suspended balances immediately upon reopening of a new Full Tilt site serving the rest of the world, Tapie pulled the plug on the deal.


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