by David “The Maven” Chicotsky
In many ways, poker is an investment game. We are investing with a certain strength of cards, from different positions, against opponents with various chip stacks. Each component in the equation will change how we approach and play each hand. Overall, we are looking to ride the tide of the tournament until the end - with only us left with all of the chips.
One of the finer points of successfully navigating the tournament trails is figuring out which players to go after and which to avoid. Think of it in terms of investing. Would you invest against an investor like Warren Buffett (let’s say, selling a stock that he just bought)? Likewise, would you want to play hands against Phil Ivey if you can help it? All of that said, given the cards we’re holding, we’re sometimes forced to enter pots, even if it is against a player we might not prefer playing against.
It’s important to prioritize who we want to enter pots against and who we don’t want to play against. If we create a sliding scale in our mind, it’s possible to gauge our chances of winning a given hand by increasing the perceived value or devaluing any given situation. For example, we can devalue an ace-ten or ace-nine suited type hand if we’re going up against a quality opponent. At the same time, a hand like 7-9 suited might be more than enough to raise into (or re-raise) a weaker player - taking control and willingly entering what we view as a positive expected value spot.
It started as a lark and it turned into a mission: Could I play poker in all fifty states?
When the idea occurred to me back about five years ago, I made a list of all the states where I had already played. When I included public poker rooms and private games, there were 25 states in which I had played: ME, NH, MA, CT, NY, NJ, MD, SC, NC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, OH, IN, MO, MN, OK, NV, NM, AZ, CA, WA, AK. I started to think about how to get to the rest, planning vacations around places in which I had not yet played. My list of states expanded to include: VA, IL, TN, WI, IA, PA, RI, VT, WV, MI, DE. By this time two years ago, I had played in 36 states. During the past two years I went on to play in: CO, TX, MT, WY, ND, SD, KS, KY, AR. By the start of this summer, I had played poker in 45 states.
By Barbara Rogers
Standing tall in its splendor in central New York, Turning Stone Resort Casino has a very classy poker room. And in it, giving prizes and money away is a way of life. $3,000 in daily cash drawings and High Hand Giveaways every hour are the specials brought to you in October. While you enjoy this action, you can also check out 12 big screen televisions featuring the latest sporting events. Table side food and beverage service is readily available, and, as of this writing, the bad beat is $225,000. See all the details and dates on page 11 of this issue of Poker Player. [Get the PDF]
by Joseph Smith Sr.
WSOP Main Event player in the number eight spot on the chip list is Mark Newhouse whom will be occupying seat 3 of the final table at the upcoming November Nine showdown. Mark Newhouse is a poker professional from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The 28-year-old currently lives in Los Angeles where he splits his playing time between California and Las Vegas casinos.
Newhouse came onto the poker scene when he entered and won the 2006 WPT $9,700 buy-in Borgata Poker Open Championship Event.
The resultant winner’s share of $1,519,200 provided the inspiration and funding for his move across the country to Los Angeles and into residence at the Commerce Casino Hotel.
He told an interviewer that following the big win and coast-to-coast move he went into a ‘lose his mind’ and ‘set fire to most of the money’ phase. During the intervening years since the meltdown Newhouse has learned the disciplines required to live life in the fast lane of big stakes professional poker. He no longer succumbs to the temptations and mistakes that can and will destroy a promising career in professional poker.
by Barbara Rogers
If you haven’t yet cashed in the abundance of tournaments that I’ve told you about, get back in the game! Get up, dust yourself off—there is plenty more to come… Read on.
Belterra brings you the Heartland Poker Tour. This will be nationally televised, attracting players from all over the US. The anticipated turnout should take the 1st place payout up to six figures. The dates: Oct. 25th-Nov.3rd. For more details, see my article in this issue of Poker Player
Thursday night. Another in a long history of horrible football decisions made by coaches. It’s time for me to speak about it, because it has much to do with poker.
Warning: Sometimes my moods fluctuate, causing me to project different personalities. If you’re expecting the Mike Caro who is patient, kind to everyone, diplomatic, and semi-modest, you probably shouldn’t read this one. It could destroy our relationship.
Zentner earns $106,455, joins Casino Champion Ylon Schwartz at season-ending National Championship.
Martin Zentner outlasted a headline-riddled final table Monday night in the IP Biloxi Main Event to earn $106,455, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and an automatic berth in the seasonending WSOP National Championship.
“It feels wonderful,” Zentner said. “This is by far the biggest score I’ve ever had. It feels unbelievable. I’m really excited about the [National Championship].”
The finale began at 12 p.m. and played into the late night hours, rapping shortly before midnight. Zentner outlasted opponents like Survivor’s “Boston” Rob Mariano, Casino Championship contender Nolan Burton, four-time WSOP Circuit final tablist Dan Lowery and a heads-up opponent that just wouldn’t give up in Hank Sitton.
Zentner watched player after player hit the rail until it was down to him and Sitton and it wasn’t long before he was all-in holding tens against Sitton’s ace-king for what he thought was a title. The board ran out dry for Sitton, and Zentner crippled him. After a countdown it was revealed Sitton still claimed 80,000 of the almost 6,000,000 chips in play.
By Barbara Rogers
Make your plans for the nationally televised Heartland Poker Tour, starting at Belterra Casino. Start packing and join players from across the United States. Players from Wyoming, West Virginia, and all places nationwide will soon descend on Indiana turf as the battle for the coveted Player of The Year title continues. This tournament is open to the playing public with an anticipated 6 figure 1st place pay-out. Better yet, you can get there, (there, meaning the main event) for less than a hundred dollars through qualifying events, beginning October 25th. Filled with plenty of NLH affordable buy-in’s including something different like Event #4, an Ante Only Tournament with a $150 buy-in and like Event #9, a $150 Ship It Tournament. The Main Event is a $1500+$150 Flight A, B, C, Friday November 1st and 2nd. The Main Event final table plays Monday, November 4th and it will be televised. So be prepared to call in sick to work, and hope your boss doesn’t watch televised poker. The schedule is so extensive you should go to belterracasino. com and print it out.
The Delaware Poker Championship® III, which began at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, garnered 206 participants and a total prize pool guarantee of $108,150. The final table played for two hours with the winner being announced after midnight on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Dave Tarantino of Wilmington, Del., took home the Championship trophy, bracelet, and more than $20,000 in cash after the final table chopped the pot with the top three agreeing to split $61,000. “I’m excited, happy,” said Tarantino, a 42-year old car dealership employee. “It was tough. I was short early, but hung in there till the cards went my way.” Tarantino said he just returned from a family vacation so would probably use the money to pay bills.
by Haley Hintze
FULL TILT CLAIMS PROCESS GOES LIVE
Garden City Group, the DOJ-appointed administrator for refunds to former US-based players on Full Tilt, announced detailed remission instructions on September 16th, with e-mails sent out on that date. Beginning on September 18th, GCG began accepting applications from players who have filed a formal petition for a refund (remission) of their online balances, which were frozen as of “Black Friday,” April 15, 2011. Affected players will have until November 16th to file for refunds, and GCG has announced that some categories of players, such as all former player/owners of FTP, known as “Team Full Tilt,” will be ineligible for refunds. All remission applications will be reviewed sometime after the process closes in November, with the actual payment date for refunds as yet undetermined.
IVEY REPORTEDLY CONFIRMS EDGE-SORTING IN CASINO FLAP