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2012 October 22

Another Point of View: Tournament Variance

by David “The Maven” Chicotsky

In tournaments, unless you are one of the chip-leaders throughout, you’re sure to run into a situation where you’ll be forced to get your chips all-in, or call another player all-in. Instead of taking a fatalistic or negative view of the variance associated with these all-in plays, put your mind at ease by simply accepting that it is going to happen.

 Knowing when to get your chips all-in on your own, alongside calling off or re-raising your opponents all-in will lead to increased profits. Aside from helping you profit, being mentally prepared for the variance you will encounter helps alleviate some of the mental burden associated with tournament poker.

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No Tricks! Only Treats… Spend Halloween At Seneca Niagara

by Barbara Rogers

It’s a beautiful time to visit the Falls, and it’s even prettier inside the casino, playing tournament poker at Seneca Niagara’s Fall Poker Classic. Every year Seneca Gaming & Entertainment brings you this popular event. The schedule will run from October 29th to November 5th. There are plenty of satellite tournaments being offered, giving everyone a good chance to win a seat into the No Limit Hold’em main event, playing out from November 3rd to November 5th. The buyin for this event is $1,080. October 29th will see a Pot Limit Omaha event at 11am for only $200+$30. Each day will offer a no limit hold’em event including a ladies event on the 4th of November.

 The tournaments range from $230 to $550 up to the $1,080 main event. More treats: cash giveaway on Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th between 2 pm and 11:30 pm, $250 every half hour and $1,000 at midnight both days via hot seats. Oh, and hot seats to win your entry into a satellite for the main event on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

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Calling to See the Flop from an Early Position

by George “The Engineer” Epstein

Most (if not all) poker experts will agree: As you peek at your holecards, by far the most important decision is whether or not to invest your hard-earned (?) chips in that hand. The vast majority of holecards are drawing hands that must improve to win the pot. Considering all relevant factors, ask yourself: Do my two holecards warrant my making an investment? If the flop improves your hand, chances are you will invest further in that hand. Starting with an inferior hand, it is likely that, even if you make your hand, an opponent may have a better one. Second-best is costly! Example: Starting with A-rag and catching another Ace on the flop, an opponent with a better Ace (say A-10) has you “outkicked”. He is heavily favored to beat you out.

 The basic criteria for making that starting-hand decision is based on two key factors: (1) Value of your two holecards (rank, pairs, connectors, suited); and (2) Your betting position.

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Expected Value, PART 2

By Lou Krieger

This is the second part [read Part 1] in a series of three columns about expected value, commonly called “EV,” and how understanding this notion can dramatically affect your results at poker. Using EV at the Table. EV is generally used to understand and express the value of a particular play, such as betting or raising. A multitude of factors influence the EV of any given poker play, and they include: position, number of opponents, playing style, table image, pot odds, and more.

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Getting Better

by Ashley Adams

Do you ever think about being a better poker player? Many of you probably don’t. You win, you lose – no matter. You’re happy without improving. Sure, you’d like to win more and lose less. Who wouldn’t? But actually improve your skill? You couldn’t care less about that. Others say they want to get better. But do they really? Most, I suspect are just hoping, as if by magic, they will get better just by playing more. But they’re not willing to do any work toward their self-improvement.

 For all of you above—who, when it comes right down to it, don’t really want to do what it takes to get better—that’s fine. I respect you, I’m glad you like to play, and I hope we meet at the tables. But this article really isn’t for you. Rather, this is for those of you who are eager to improve and are willing to do the necessary work. There are five key ingredients to improvement: intent, intelligence, study, self-reflection, and application. Let’s get to them.

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For Make-a-Wish Foundation... A Win-Win Situation!

By Barbara Rogers

Play poker, win money and help the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfill a dream. Maybe you’re a little tired of “donating” money to another player’s bankroll. This time, you can donate toward the good wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions. Even if you lose, you win. All- In-For-Wishes 3rd Annual Charity Poker Tournament Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast NY will take place on November 10th. The registration is $200 with a starting stack of 10,000 chips. If you find yourself at 5,000 chips or less for $100 you may re-buy a stack of 5,000 chips, deplete them all during re-buy period, and for $200 you are back in business with 10,000 chips. And at the completion of Level 4, regardless of chip stack, another $100 gets you 5,000 more chips. Sounds like a lot of play and a lot of fun with bounties and raffles, and the great feeling you get from helping a wonderful cause. Last year Shaun Deeb was the champ. This year, some of the participating players will include Greg Merson, Dan Spirer, Sheree Bykofsky, and John Blowers, with nice man Dennis Phillips not yet confirmed. The date is November 10, the place is Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. Contact edonovan@neny.wish.org or phone 518-782-4673.

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No Tricks! Only Treats… Spend Halloween At Seneca Niagara

By Barbara Rogers

It’s a beautiful time to visit the Falls, and it’s even prettier inside the casino, playing tournament poker at Seneca Niagara’s Fall Poker Classic. Every year Seneca Gaming & Entertainment brings you this popular event. The schedule will run from October 29th to November 5th. There are plenty of satellite tournaments being offered, giving everyone a good chance to win a seat into the No Limit Hold’em main event, playing out from November 3rd to November 5th. The buyin for this event is $1,080. October 29th will see a Pot Limit Omaha event at 11am for only $200+$30. Each day will offer a no limit hold’em event including a ladies event on the 4th of November.
 
The tournaments range from $230 to $550 up to the $1,080 main event. More treats: cash giveaway on Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th between 2 pm and 11:30 pm, $250 every half hour and $1,000 at midnight both days via hot seats. Oh, and hot seats to win your entry into a satellite for the main event on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

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4Suite Poker

By A.C. Clark

Gaming has long been a Tulalip tribal tradition, so it only makes cents to construct a premier resort. Tulalip Resort Casino features every game imaginable in their 192,000 square-foot facility. There is high-stakes action and a championship poker room full of local players along with a trio of area pros, as well are frequent tournaments! Friday no limit hold’em tournaments have $500 added and begin at 7pm for a $77 buy-in. Sundays feature $65 buy-in no limit hold’em tournaments at noon - $500 added.

 One of Tulalip’s most exciting events is the Last Sunday of the Month. Buy-ins range from $125 to $750 (maybe even more) and offer some kind of special: bounties, hot seat drawings ($100 to five people during the first four rounds) and start an hour earlier at 11am. Seattle Pro Matt Affleck made the final table during August’s LSOM, cashing out for 7th on a brutal bad beat…a tired local with QJ called Matt’s pre flop AQ all-in. Matt was in command when the exhausted gambler with a sore back caught a Jack on the flop and won the hand. 193 players paid the $250 buy-in for a total prize pool of $41,425. One of the first guys out in the tournament, playing at my table, immediately rebought into the tournament and was one of the final four who decided to split the pot… lesson learned, it’s worth it to rebuy. (But I would have gone for the 11k first place prize!) Nice playin’, Matt, and keep up the good work. (Matt has been working out and has lost quite a bit of weight.)

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Poker Promotions are ‘Spooktacular’ this October on Florida’s Suncoast!

By Barbara Von Pagel

Poker Promotions are ‘Spooktacular’ this October on Florida’s Suncoast!  This October, there are a lot of treats to be had in the poker rooms of the Florida Suncoast! Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is offering a Visa Gift Card promotion for all 4 weeks of October. Qualify by accumulating 20 hours of live action poker play in one week, Monday through Thursday, and you will earn a $150 Visa Gift Card. That’s $600 for the month of October! You also have a chance to hit one of several Bad Beat Jackpots when playing live action Hold ‘Em, Omaha or Stud. The Hold ‘Em Jackpot was recently hit for $538,000!

 The Silks at Tampa Bay Downs has a guaranteed $25,000 payout for first place in the Halloween tournament, their largest of the year. Preliminary events will be held on Friday, October 26th at 7:00 PM, and Saturday, October 27th at 1:00 PM, with the finals held on Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 PM. Buy in is $280, or win an entry in one of the Super Satellites on October 11th, 24th, and 25th.

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Full Tilt Poker: Reorganizing the Lederer Files!

By Wendeen H. Eolis

After sitting in the hot seat during two separate interviews with poker media last month, Howard Lederer, a former director and the best known voice of Full Tilt Poker (FTP) had enough.  

 Lederer had enjoyed the stature of Big Man on Campus in the poker world against the backdrop of FTP’s success, but once the Company was brought to its knees by the United States Department of Justice, he was tarred by the same brush applied to Ray Bitar, the former CEO of FTP with angry accusations.

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