by Barbara Connors
Be Observant. Poker players live and die by their ability to read opponents— their quirks, tendencies, patterns of behavior. In a live game, body language and tone of voice add more invaluable information. Put your opponent on the correct hands and no amount of bad luck can keep you down for long. Fail to put your opponent on the right hands, or, worse yet, don’t even try because you can’t be bothered to think about anything beyond your own two cards, and no amount of good luck will save you in the long run.
The power of observation is just as crucial in the real world. Whether the person sitting across the table from you is your boss, your customer, your enemy, or the love of your life—everybody has cards they don’t want to show. Only by reading people can you get a feeling for what those cards are. Is this a good time to approach your boss about a promotion? Is it a good time to ask the object of your affection to move in together? Will they be receptive and call your bet, or will they fold and walk away?
by Ashley Adams
It was Super Bowl Sunday morning, day two of my California poker odyssey. I’ve reported on my earlier visits to the California Grand, Casino Royale, the Limelight, Capitol Casino, and Cache Creek. Sunday I drove from Sacramento up through Colusa and Oroville to Chico and then back south again to Marysville. I played in four more rooms: Colusa Casino, 99 Casino (formerly Angie’s Place), Feather Falls Casino, and Casino Marysville.
The Colusa Casino (3770 Highway 45, Colusa, 530.458.8844) is a full service resort casino with a modest poker area on the casino floor typically running just $3/$6 limit hold’em. They rarely get no-limit, but they do have a fantastic mixed game on Wednesday evening. In it they spread Crazy Pineapple, Irish Hold’em, and Superflop. I had never heard of the last two games, and describe them to you here—perhaps for the first time in print!
Irish Hold’em is a variation of hold’em. Instead of getting two cards, you get four. You discard two before the flop. The rest is the same. Superflop is dealt the same as hold’em, but there are only two additional rounds of betting, both at the higher tier. The flop and turn are done together—with four cards being exposed initially. There’s a round of betting. And then there is a one-card river, making the board the same as a regular hold’em board. Watch for them soon at a card room near you—or travel to Colusa on Wednesday at 3PM to play them.
by George “The Engineer” Epstein
In Part One, we described a number of the responses to my column entitled, “How Do You Rule?” that appeared in the Feb. 10 issue of PPN. Today we will continue to present more responses, including one from the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) vice president, and two from Australia. After studying the responses, I have drawn conclusions that I will share with you in Part Three.
Reminder: We described a hand where James bet on the river; then, after Bill called, James shouted, “Full-House.” Bill promptly mucked his hand. But, when James showed his hand, all he had was A-K high. An argument erupted. Bill claimed he had the better hand. James insisted that, having gone into the discards, Bill’s hand was dead. The floorman settled the controversy by retrieving what presumably was Bill’s hand from the edge of the muck and declaring Bill the winner with a better hand. More Response Highlights
• Rich Muny, vice president of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), likes Robert’s Rules of Poker, which he interprets: “The mucked hand should always be retrieved from the muck where clearly identifiable if the muck was caused by misinformation – intentional or unintentional. If unintentional, the best hand wins. If the miscall is found to be intentional angle shooting, the player who miscalled forfeits the pot.”
Local Kevin Elia from Baltimore took home more than $55k and the first-ever main event poker title to come out of the state of Maryland. Kevin battled a field of 131 players in the Maryland Live! Poker Classic $3,500 main event. Kevin played a solid 3 days of poker outlasting some great local talent along the lines of Christian Harder, Anthony Gregg, James St. Hilaire, Richard Smith, and World Series Main Event Champion Greg Merson. It was a roller-coaster ride for Kevin who found himself the chip leader at the final table when discussing an 8-way chop. When all the numbers were written down Kevin agreed to take home $50k for being the chip leader and then all 8 players agreed to play a $1k sit and go for the trophy and then title of Maryland Live! Poker Classic Main Event Champ. After all eight had taken their seats in the sit and go it fired off, dropping one by one until only Kevin was left standing. All 10 players who made the final table were locals from the Maryland and Virginia area. This was a great success for Maryland Live! Casino and poker in the state of Maryland. Be on the lookout for a repeat victory from Kevin when Mayland Live hosts another tournament series in July 2014.
The $1100 Main Event with a Guarantee of $150,000 had 204 players. We saw a variety of New England tournament players such as Tarun Gulati, Thomas Hogland, Raj Patel, Mark Epstein, Stacey Sullivan and many tournament players participate in the Spring Showdown’s main event.
On day 2, a total of 48 players remained and at closing we saw Linsford “Teddy” Geddes taking home the 1st place prize of $47,787.
Rebecca Carabino, Mohegan Sun’s Tournament Director, is working on the Summer Showdown series which will begin in late July 2014.
By Barbara Rogers
FireKeepers keeps it coming and Kelley Bailey keeps it HOT! The Mid- States Poker Tour, with a guaranteed payout of $200K, is scheduled for play May 9-18th. Qualifiers start on May 2nd. FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan is bringing it to you. This is the poker room where the manager, Kelley Bailey also brings 7 on 7. That is, seven tournaments a week. You can qualify for the main event by playing in one of the satellites: Fridays at 6:30 pm. Kelley offers $60 multi-table Super Satellites every Saturday at 10 am from now until April 26.
And $250 main event qualifiers every Friday at 6:30 pm from now all the way up to May 2nd. The main event has three starting dates, Thursday May 15 at 4:00 pm, Friday May 16 at 12 pm, and Saturday May 17 at 12 pm. The final day of play is Sunday 10 am.
If you enjoy the deep stacks go to FireKeepers on the second and fourth Sunday of every month 12 pm. You can qualify for the Player Of The Year Tournament Of Champions now - January 31, 2015.
Staying overnight is easy in “Cereal City,” home to Kellogg & Post; you can stay where you play, in an award winning room in FireKeepers Hotel. Visit FireKeepersCasinoHotel. com/poker or phone the poker room directly at 269- 660-5631. For a hotel room reservation call 877-FKC- 8777.
Mastering poker means learning new things. Sometimes. But, you can also increase your profit or even jump from losing to winning simply by stopping. Stopping what? Well, stopping lots of stuff you may be doing that’s costing money at poker. Today’s words is “Stop.” And that’s all you need to do.
I’m going to give you a list of poker things you should stop doing, if they apply to you. My explanations will be brief. Ready? Good.
1. Stop complaining.
When you complain about poker misfortune, opponents aren’t sympathetic. They’re inspired. They think, “Hey, there’s someone unluckier than I am — someone I can beat.” And then they grow hopeful and play better against you.
So, keep your misery to yourself. Act lucky, even if you aren’t right now. Your good luck is what opponents fear most.
Robert ‘Uncle Krunk’ Panitch earned his second WSOP Circuit ring the hard way—after a record-setting heads-up match that lasted nearly ten and a half hours. The win was good for $137,283.
The 62-year-old from Northbrook, IL, came out on top of a field of 416 entries to lock up a repeat appearance in the National Championship. “I’m not even tired...this woke me up!” he commented shortly after the win. “I want to be mentioned in the same breath as Stan Musial”. “I started out winning every hand,” he said referring to his quick dispatching of the 4th and 3rd place finishers about ten hours earlier.
The heads-up match lasted so long, it gave Panitch “enough opportunities to catch a card” he said. “I’ve blown so many big stacks lately”. On Friday, the first starting flight of the Main Event, Panitch was at the final table of Event 8, practically tied for the chip lead with three players remaining. An ill-timed bluff cost him his stack and he busted out of that event in 3rd place. He went straight to the cage and entered the Main Event and the rest is history.
Largest Field in Five Years!
Canterbury Park hosted the annual Minnesota State Poker Championship. The tournament had 217 entrants with a total prize pool of $210,490.00. After two Day 1’s, Scott Carolan of Farmington MN took home the trophy, $54,728.00, and the title of Minnesota State Poker Champion. Scott was undoubtedly assisted by his lucky “Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame” T- shirt.
by Haley Hintze
Michigan State Sen. Rick Jones has introduced new legislation in Michigan that would formally regulate standalone charity poker rooms in the state. Michigan’s charity-poker offerings had proliferated in the past decade as unofficial gaming venues governed under the state’s 1972 bingo bill, but had evolved in many cases as independent operations with no bingo or other gaming evolved. The rooms’ growing popularity had its drawbacks, however, including sometimes lax security that led to a spate of violent crimes, including armed robberies, and sometimes lax oversight that allowed some locations to operate far beyond legislators’ previous attempt. State gaming rules modification issued last year addressed some of the existing issues, but Jones’s new bill, supported by a bipartisan collection of legislators, hopes to take additional regulatory steps for the charity-funding operations.