by George “The Engineer” Epstein
My column entitled, “How Do You Rule?” in the Feb. 10 issue of PPN, had so many great responses that we awarded seven valuable prizes (copies of the Hold’em Algorithm) instead of one as planned! All raised salient issues; many offered thoughtful suggestions. Some described personal experiences. I’ll summarize their comments and quote several in this and the next column (Part II). After studying the responses and consulting with others, I have drawn conclusions that I will share with you in Part III. (You may be surprised!)
By Barbara Rogers
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino does rule, to the tune of a $5 million guarantee. This is the largest guarantee ever for a $3,500 Buy-in Tournament. This poker showdown kick-off is slated for March 27th with the event wrapping up on March 30th. The series will take place in the resort ballrooms with the televised championship final table held at Hard Rock Live. Satellite events will take place at five Seminole Gaming properties.
Twenty-one days of poker starting out with a $1 million guaranteed Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em featuring a buyin of only $560 on Thurs. March 27 at 11 am will be a huge draw. The high profile televised main event guaranteeing $5 million with a buy-in of only $3500 is just going to make a great thing even better. Kick-off for this is high noon Thursday, April 10th. With the first place winner stuffing a million dollars in his or her pocket, someone is going to be very happy.
Ray Stefanelli, Director of Poker Marketing for Seminole Gaming indicated that Seminole Hard Rock Poker remains committed to providing all players with an outstanding tournament experience. I believe he is right; you can make book on that.
by Ashley Adams
What’s the poker capitol of the world? For my money, the honors have to go to the entire state of California. This state’s rich poker legacy goes back to the 1930s, a time when gambling was banned everywhere in the United States, but in Nevada. But in California, poker clubs were legal and thrived in those municipalities that allowed them (if only for draw poker games).
Poker continues to thrive in California today, with 104 rooms listed on www.pokeratlas.com. Having played in just about all of the poker rooms in Southern California, I decided to explore the vast sea of poker rooms in the northern and central part of the state. My buddy Andrei (a limit hold’em specialist) and I managed to hit about 25 of them on this five day trip. In this and my next few articles, I will tell you, at least briefly, about the rooms we visited—as well as a few of the highlights and lowlights of our excursion.
We flew into San Francisco and immediately rented a car and left the Bay Area. We could have played in the four rooms that ring San Francisco: The Oaks in Emeryville, Artichoke Joe’s in San Bruno, Palace Poker in Hayward, and Lucky Chances in Colma. All are fine rooms, worthy of at least a visit. But I had played in each of them in the past and decided that we would spend our limited time in rooms to the east that I had yet to visit. So off we were for points east.
by Barbara Rogers
At the upcoming Foxwoods Poker Classic you can mix it up with a field of top professional players as well as top amateur players. All you have to do is…be there! Well, do take some money with you. There are events for every poker players taste. With reasonably priced satellites and a great cash room full of action 24/7, you stand an excellent chance of winning your buy-in. Foxwoods Poker Classic, always considered a major tournament, plays out from March 8-23, offering a $1,000,000 guarantee!
When you view the schedule on page 3 of this issue of Poker Player, you will see a host of events. [View the PDF]
With so many tournaments, with affordable buy-in’s, good starting stacks, you will want to stay and play awhile. PLO, Bounty, HOSE, NLH Seniors, NLH Ladies, (Re-Entry) to name a few. So here are your Foxwoods lodging options: Two Trees Inn, use group # 5857 for Sun.-Thurs. $69, Jr. Suite $99, Fri. $149, Jr. Suite $179 and Sat. $169, Jr. Suite $189. Another choice is the Great Cedar Hotel, use group #4424 for the rates of Sun.-Thurs. of $119, Fri. is $179 and Sat. $199. And finally the Grand Pequot Tower has a rate of $119 for Thurs.-Thurs., Fri. $179, Sat. $199 use code #9829.
When I was a kid, I was able to demolish local poker games in Denver just by entering pots with only my very best starting hands. We call that playing “tight.” It amazed me that opponents had so little patience. They were willing to sacrifice their chips to me night after night without me having to know much about poker to win. I just took advantage of their tendency to bet money on bad hands.
Of course, later I helped pioneer aggressive poker strategies that proved that the sit-and-wait era of winning was finally over. But it’s important to realize that playing tight often still wins by itself. It doesn’t win as much as my power poker tactics (a term I coined in 1978 for Doyle Brunson to use with his poker bible Super/System — A Course in Power Poker). But it wins marginally.