by Barbara Rogers
After six months of growing into the regions largest Bad Beat jackpot to date, the Horseshoe Cincinnati paid out the largest Bad Beat jackpot in the regions history. $270,000 was paid out on Feb. 12th. Gary Costa of Cincinnati had the losing hand of quad 7's, and took the larger share, a whopping $108,000. Michael Humphreys, also a local, had the winning hand, a jack high straight flush. His cut was $54,000 and the other six players sharing the table received $18,000 for being in the right place at the right time.
(Photo: Gary Costa is to the right of the dealer; Michael Humphreys is on the left. Behind them are the other six players at the table.)
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 11, 2014) – The 45th annual World Series of Poker® (WSOP®) – a set of poker tournaments open to anyone 21 years of age or older – officially puts cards in the air the day after Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, with an expected $200 million up for grabs, and play ramping up immediately with several new and exciting events early in the schedule.
But it may be what comes at the end of this year’s series that will steal the headlines, as poker’s world championship – aka the WSOP Main Event – will see the winner walk away with $10,000,000 and of course the diamond-encrusted bracelet. As was the case with the Millionaire Maker last year, the payout structure will adjust accordingly to accommodate the new Main Event wrinkle.
by Haley Hintze
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, home to one of the largest poker rooms in Las Vegas, will relocate its games elsewhere in the casino to dedicate more floor space for the adjacent, popular PURE nightclub. The imminent move likely means a need for a new home in 2015 for the annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship, which has been filmed in late February or early March and has been televised by NBC in recent years. Several other Caesars tournament series and regular cash-game action will also be transplanted. Caesars has not announced a new location within the sprawling Caesars Palace complex for a relocated poker room, nor whether the casino will downsize from the 62 poker tables currently offered.
By Haley Hintze
First Wave of Full Tilt Refunds Slated for Late February – Garden City Group, the government-appointed claims administrator overseeing the refunds of Full Tilt Poker online balances of US players that have been frozen since 2011, has announced a first wave of refunds tentatively scheduled for the end of February, 2014. Some 30,000 former FTP account holders will receive approximately $82 million, according to GCG. All of the refunded players in the first wave accepted the balance information as presented to GCG from old Full Tilt records. An additional 8,400 accounts may receive partial or full refunds at a later date, including players with disputed balances and former affiliates and sponsored pros of the site.
Are you ready for a poker test? Fine. This one won’t always be what you expect. It probes your knowledge of my Mike Caro methodology for winning at poker. That means, the correct answer to some questions may seem like opinions to you.
They aren’t opinions, though. When my correct answers differ from what you’ve heard elsewhere, then what you’ve heard is wrong. If that makes me an egomaniac in your mind, good.
I’ve done the research for decades, so you can decline to take this test and dispute the answers at your own risk. If you do, I’ll still love you, but I’ll be sad. Let’s get started with today’s two questions.
Question 1: Which statement below about the role of psychology in poker is most true?
(A) Psychology is overrated, because correct poker strategy is based on proven mathematical formulae.
(B) Once you have a solid foundation in normal poker strategy, most of your profit comes from psychology.
(C) Most serious poker players ignore opponents’ efforts to use psychology against them.
(D) It’s easier to determine how opponents play by watching for patterns than by trying to determine current moods.
Often when a poker player flops quads they don’t get paid for their monster hand. That was not the case for James Miller today at the 2014 Million Dollar Heater Championship Event at Beau Rivage as he won a huge pot with flopped quads and rode that momentum to victory. This isn’t Miller’s first taste of the limelight as he won nearly six figures for a 7th place finish in the 2013 World Series of Poker Seniors Event. He also had a victory in the 2013 Million Dollar Heater to his credit. Now he can add the ultimate Million Dollar Heater title to his poker resume. Congratulations on your win, James!
Wendeen H. Eolis
By: Wendeen H. Eolis
Since January 18th, the 27 remaining players in the Borgata Winter Open's first event have been waiting for their money while the authorities investigate the particulars of 160 counterfeit chips (5K tournament chips), introduced into the tournament. While the fake chips amounted to a bit less than 1% of the total chips in play, the intrusion into the integrity of the competition put the Borgata, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, and law enforcement personnel in overdrive--in a determined search for the culprit(s) and a a collaborative effort to bring the matter to a full resolution.
by : Wendeen H. Eolis
Bulletin: Borgata's Determination to Help Catch a Thief Pays Off
This afternoon official word was out. Christian Lusardi, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was nabbed in an Atlantic City motel room, as a suspect in a more bizarre- by- the-minute case of counterfeit 5K chips that compromised Event 1 at the Borgata Winter Open. And, more 5K chips created havoc at nearby Harrahs where the plumbing system was fouled up with a mass of Borgata labeled tournament chips that were thrown down a toilet only to clog the hotel's sewage system.
By Barbara Rogers
FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan has a poker room manager who knows what the players want, and she delivers! With Kelley Bailey at the helm, FireKeepers has delivered 7 on 7; that is, a tournament for each day of the week. Now a second deepstack tournament has been added to the mix. On the second and fourth Sundays of each month you can play a nice $200+$20 thirty minute blind NLH tournament with 15k in starting chips. Kelley has even made arrangements for the players to pre-register for this Deep Stack “Stacked Sunday” tournament in advance at the poker room cashier cage. So now you have the opportunity to play NLH tournaments Sunday-Friday at 12 pm, Saturday at 10 am as well as Monday through Wednesday at 6:30 pm. A PLO plays out on Thursday at 6:30 pm.
With a very positive feedback regarding the daily High Hand Promotion, Kelley will keep it going into 2014. Players can win $250 up to 5 times a day, paying out $1,250 every day in high hand promotions. Watch for more tournament action to be announced. FireKeepers Casino Hotel has opened a highly anticipated 242 guest room, world class hotel.
by Barbara Rogers
There is still time for January High Hand promotion at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. The 50 table poker room, one of the largest in Florida is giving away $200 for each high hand. You have until January 31st to be a part of this. Mark this one on your calendar, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown with a big 5 Million Dollar Guarantee in Hollywood, Florida. The date to mark is April 10-16th.