By Wendeen H. Eolis
While most of the country was glued to the movements of Boston area law enforcement agents immediately after the Boston Marathon bombings, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York had it sights set elsewhere on a sting against organized crime that was tied into a few game runners and players in high stakes poker games in New York. April has been a tough month for poker in New York City, more than once.
NY Poker Highlighted in Bust of Russian–Based Organized Crime Ring
At the crack of dawn on April 16, 2013, federal agents were on the march to pick up their prey in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami and California, as well as New York. They moved in with plans to break the back of an internationally based gambling enterprise rooted inside the Russian Federation.
The accusations made by the Government marry illegal gambling activities to organized crime and put some of New York’s best known nosebleed poker games in the hands of old school “Russian Mafia” with locally based operatives intertwined in their operations.
Arguably, the April 16th bust shone the brightest light over high stakes poker games in the underground world of New York poker—ever.
by Lou Krieger
The tilt factor is critically important to poker players, and how you deal with it can make the difference between being a lifelong winner, or a loser for life.
Most players have gone on tilt at one time or another in a poker game. Some tilt frequently, some seldom, while others claim to have a zero tilt factor—though I’m not sure that’s really true. What’s more important is a player’s ability to recognize tilt when it happens, and then do something about it.
by Paul ‘Dr. Pauly’ McGuire
Poker is getting positive press from the mainstream media for the first time in nearly a year, thanks to the opening of a new documentary titled All In: The Poker Movie. Glowing reviews of the film, directed by Douglas Tirola and produced by 4th Row Films, have been hitting the intertubes since the film’s limited release this past March.
All In is a survey course about poker, focusing on its rising popularity over the last two centuries. Tirola chronicles poker’s highwatermark, and its glorious boom, fueled by Chris Moneymaker’s stunning victory at the 2003 World Series of Poker’s Main Event. Unfortunately, the film also covers the eventual downfall of the online poker industry, when the Department of Justice shut down major online sites on April 15, 2011, which has been dubbed “Black Friday” in the poker community.
by Shari Geller
How many times have you thought that this game would be a lot easier if you knew what your opponent had? But without flashing his cards or wearing reflective lenses, it’s not likely to happen. If you pay close attention, you can pick up information about the strength of your opponent’s hand, however, and learn how the flop affected him, as well as how committed he is to his hand.
by Barbara Connors
Poker is a game of tough decisions. At their core, most of them can be boiled down to one cosmic proposition: Should you play it safe, or should you take a risk for the opportunity of making a greater profit? Figuring out when that extra risk is worth taking, or whether discretion is the better part of poker’s valor, is one of the great challenges of the game. A good example that illustrates this concept is the thin value bet. While technically this bet can take place on any street, generally speaking, a thin value bet is made on the river when your final hand is rather lightweight—perhaps a hand like middle pair. It’s far from the nuts, not strong enough to be bet with any real confidence, and yet it’s not completely worthless either.
by Debbie Burkhead
Don’t miss out on Sam’s Town’s $5,000 Guaranteed Freeroll. Play 45 hours of live poker from May 1-31 to qualify. You will earn double hours from 4-6 p.m. and if you do, you’ll qualify for the freeroll in only 22 ½ hours. Players will start with 2,500 in tournament chips and earn an additional 500 chips for every hour played after the first 45 qualifying hours. The maximum number of chips that can be earned is 5,000.
by Haley Hintze
NEW JERSEY ONLINE-POKER BILL NEW JERSEY ONLINE-POKER BILL CLEARS COMMITTEE
A reworked online-poker bill is back on the legislative agenda for New Jersey politicians, and the latest edition recently cleared New Jersey’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee by a 12-0 vote. The bill joins numerous measures up for general budget debate, and will face votes before New Jersey’s full House and Senate before moving on to a possible signing by Gov. Chris Christie, who vetoed an earlier measure. The latest bill is sponsored by state Senators Raymond Lesniak and James Whelan, who fronted earlier attempts to expand gambling in the state.
THIRTY CONFIRMED FOR WSOP’S BIG ONE FOR ONEDROP
by Barbara Rogers
The guarantee is $275,000, with high stakes, big expectations, and high times in abundance at Mohegan Sun’s Spring Showdown.
The events will be held in Mohegan Sun’s convention center, while poker room boss Ricky Landry oversees his well run, smooth operation. You can begin playing on Wednesday May 30 when the first of the series, a $550 no-limit hold’em tournament with a $50,000 guarantee kicks off at 11 a.m. This very popular series will continue to provide you with action until June 3 with a $30,000 guaranteed tournament with a $330 buy-in.
At the Bike, Irish Eyes Are Smilin’ McGuiness and St. Patricks Day. Slainte! Raise your glasses high, and drink a toast to that one. It doesn’t get more Irish than this, and for Kevin McGuiness of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the luck of the Irish shined down on him surely, as he captured first place in the 14-day marathon that was the main event at the Bicycle Casino’s Winnin ‘O’ the Green annual spring poker tournament series.
Over its two week run, this $125 buy-in singular event attracted 6,369 entrants, who collectively made 5,228 rebuys, and generated a prize pool of $1,279,357. All told, 465 finishers were paid, although the biggest share of $223,000 went to McGuiness for his victory.