By Barbara Rogers
Troy Tran of Toledo stayed in the neighborhood and pocketed $8,908, and Chris Chilcote from nearby Findlay, Ohio earned $4,806 in a short period of time. Tyler Trumble made his trip from Tipton, Michigan worthwhile, cashing $2,970, and Robin Mokdessi made the drive down from Cleveland earning $2,160. Then there’s Shawn Combs from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who made back more than his gas money with a cash prize of $1,485.
These victories all took place at the January Mega Stack event held at Hollywood Casino Toledo. With a buy-in of $300 and 100 entries, this created a prize pool of $27,000. The next Mega Stack will take place on Sunday, February 10th. While you’re playing in this fine poker room (managed by my friend, Peter Lau) find out how to qualify for the big Hollywood Poker Open, coming up in June. Hosted at the gorgeous M Resort in Vegas, with a guaranteed pay-out of $500,000, you can get your gas money back, and then some!
Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana is giving you the opportunity to ride home on a (2013 Fat Boy) Harley with lots of prize money in your chain driven wallet… or perhaps your pocketbook, backpack, or wherever you prefer to stash your cash. The dates for the Hollywood Harley Classic are March 27th through March 30th. This is a Deep Stack format and a reentry tournament. Players will start with $20,000 in chips with thirty minute blinds. This is a stationary boat casino, with rooms you will love—each is equipped with free high speed internet and 42” plasma television. Call 812 539 8000 and ask for the poker player room discount.
by Barbara Rogers
Daniel Negreanu has designed a new structure for this year’s kickoff of the 9th season of the Heartland Poker Tour. Founded with a grassroots strategy for “Real People, Unreal Money,” they’re keeping-it-real with affordable buy-ins on their Texas Hold’em tour. And FYI the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana will host the Heartland Poker Tour, March 15-25. More details soon!
Hot seats at Seneca Niagara, February 12th, 13th, and 14th; this includes $15,000 in cash. You can satellite into the main event, and/or win $15,000 in cash drawings. The Western New York Poker Challenge Tournaments are in effect from February 12th to February 18th. The threeday Main Event has a buy-in of $1,080, starting on Saturday, the 16th, so there should be time to see plenty of flops, with a starting stack of 30,000 in chips and 60 minute blinds. This series will include Pot Limit Omaha on Tuesday, February 12th at 11am. You Omaha fans can play your game for only $150+$25 with 10,000 in chips and thirty minute blinds.
You should never enter a poker game feeling like an old west gunslinger and getting your ego involved. If you do that, you’ll fire away at opponents with a barrage of raises. You’ll win their attention and, for at least a short time, you’ll be intimidating.
But then what? Then you’ll realize that you can’t win money in the long term, only attention, because each raise needs to be profitable. Deciding when to raise and why to raise is the topic of today’s self-interview.
Question 1: You said that a raise needs to be profitable. How do you know when that is?
By Debbie Burkhead
The World Poker Challenge at the Grand Sierra in Reno is a must-stop on the tournament trail. The event kicks off on February 28 and runs through March 10 with 29 events and $375,000 in guarantees. This year’s WPC will be held in the convention area, not on the casino floor. They’re practically giving away rooms: stay for $20 per night (Sun-Thu) and $40 per night on the weekend. The early bird room rates only apply if booked by February 27 -- after that the rate increases by $5 per night. Mention the code found in their ad on page 8-9 of this issue when booking your room.
Music Industry Pro Outlasts Record-Setting 732-Player Field
Baptiste Chavaillaz is accustomed to living life in the fast lane. He works in the music business and travels all over the world with famous bands and recording artists. But he produced a major hit of his own tonight, by winning the latest World Series of Poker Main Event Championship, held at The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
Chavaillaz pulled off what must be classified as a major surprise, defeating a formidable final day lineup which featured several accomplished rivals, including multiple players with millions in career tournament winnings. But it was Chavaillaz who performed like the consummate pro, beating some of the world’s best players at their own game. Indeed, in Chavaillaz’s parlance, it was the equivalent of an amateur musician taking the stage and out-jamming Eric Clapton, out-singing Alicia Keys, or out-rapping Jay-Z.
The January 50K promised a $50,000 prize pool, but the guarantee was soon crushed under the weight of 709 players who sent the prize pool skyrocketing into the six-figure range. After the 5 starting flights had departed from their gates, the prize pool was a staggering $120,530.
Professional poker player Tyler Reiman beat out a field of 255 players to win the 2013 Million Dollar Heater $2,500 buy-in championship event. The 24-year-old walks away with the trophy, the bracelet and $185,510 in cash.
The culmination of 29 tournament events spread out over 19 action-filled days, the 2013 Million Dollar Heater main event final table started at 2 p.m. and did not end until nearly 11 p.m. last night as poker players from across the country competed for a $618,375 prize pool that paid 27 places. Reiman began playing online poker at 16 and by the time he was 18, joined the live tournament circuit and now plays between 18-20 major series each year. The Million Dollar Heater win is his biggest first place tournament to date and brings his career live tournament earnings to more than $2.5 million.
By Kevin Castora
Travis Williams of Reading, PA triumphs at the main event of the Delaware Park Winter Poker Classic. The $1,090 buy in event attracted 213 participants and generated a prize pool over $200,000. The tournament field was loaded with professionals from all across the Mid Atlantic, including the 2011 and 2012 Delaware Park main event champions Alexander McQueen and Adam Cook.