by Barbara Rogers
They may be tough at the table, but poker players can be a great group when you need their help. Texas Hold'em players at the Legion Post, a group with plenty of generosity in their hearts, helped Vietnam veteran Jesus Quintana of Eastside Indianapolis, a double amputee who loves to hunt, but can’t cross fields and the forest in a regular wheelchair. Legion Post played the game for Jesse and the $12,000 they raised gave him the perfect alternative to a wheelchair, an all-terrain wheelchair with higher clearance and tank like treads that can reach his favorite hunting blind. Jesse lost his legs in combat in 1968 near the Ho Chi Minh trail when an artillery shell exploded and accepted his physical limitation pretty quickly. Jesse said he has adapted, accepting the life he was destined to live. Receiving three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service to our country, Jesse continues to serve the public good by volunteering at a hospital and serving as a chaplain with the Marine Corps League.
By Barbara Rogers
MARYLAND LIVE! is ready to launch its first big poker tournament. With 9 events over 14 days and $1 Million Dollars in cash prizes, the excitement just got as hot as the action at the cash tables. The first $1 Million Live Poker Classic plays out from March 10-24th. Kick off is March 10th, a $225,000 guaranteed pay-out with a $550 buyin, making it a nice R.O.I. first draw of the event. The grand finale, March 21-24th, guarantees a $400,000 payout with a $3,500 buy-in. With a whole lot of play in between, as follows: $150 Double Green Chip Bounty with a $20,000 guarantee prize money, a $1,100 NLH, $100,000 guaranteed, a $550 NLH Freezeout with $75,000 guaranteed, a $1,600 Purple Chip Bounty, with a big $100,000 guarantee, a $350 Black Chip Bounty PLO that guarantees $10,000, the $1,100 Six Man Max NLH guarantees $50,000, and the $150 Double Green Chip Bounty will guarantee $20,000. All in prize money. All waiting for you and me.
I asked a busy man, Mike Smith, Director of Poker Operations for Maryland Live! a couple questions.
by Barbara Rogers
Maryland Live! will host Poker Night In America for their main $1 MILLION DOLLAR POKER CLASSIC event. After filming the main event for television, the crew will stick around to film two cash games. They are by invitation only with a minimum buy-in of $5,000 and maximum of $20,000. The main event is March 21-24th with a guaranteed payout of $400,000. If you have the money, and a colorful personality, visit Maryland Live Casino - Poker Night in America
The $1,650 No Limit Hold’em event in the 2014 CCPT Events at Foxwoods Resort Casino, had 340 entrants start play on Friday and Saturday, battling it out for a piece of the $494,700 prize pool.
One hundred and six started play at noon on Sunday, narrowing the field to thirteen by the end of the night. The final thirteen started play at noon on Monday with it taking forty minutes to reach the final table.
Play continued for another thirteen hours which included four hours of heads-up action. The final two agreed to a chop, and after several hands Chris Tryba of North Las Vegas, NV collected $91,346 for 2nd, while Ron Pease of Glastonbury, CT was crowned the $1,650 Main Event Champion, earning $91,347, and the Championship Trophy.
All the chips went in preflop on the final hand and Russ Dykshteyn’s AK had Vincent Maglio’s AT dominated. The runout was Q 8 6 7 8 and changed nothing. Dykshteyn had Maglio covered and it was over. Dykshteyn had his first WSOP Circuit ring and $202,335. Maglio settles for second and $125,201.
The heads-up match only lasted about 15 minutes. Vince Maglio had the chip lead going in with about 7.2 million to Dykshteyn’s ~6 million. A couple of hands later, Dykshteyn has reversed their positions and had 7.7 million to Maglio’s 5.5 million. Then the final, fatal, hand played out.
The final table featured a couple of WSOP Circuit ring holders. Joe McKeehen has two rings, one of which is a Main Event Championship ring from Caesar’s Atlantic City in 2013. He finished 4th. The only other player at the final table with a ring was Luke Graham, who made back-to-back final tables here, finishing 8th this year and 6th last year. He has a circuit ring from Harrah’s New Orleans in 2013.
In this event, Dykshteyn bested a field of 658 entrants to earn the lion’s share of the $987,000 prize pool. The final 72 players got paid and it was a packed field. Mukul Pahuja, who has nearly $1.9 million in tournament earnings, just missed the unofficial final table, busting out 11th for $15,220. He followed Aaron Massey to the rail after Massey busted in 12th place ($15,220). Massey has over $1.5 million in earnings.
The last woman sitting in this event was Claudia Crawford. She finished 15th for $12,387. WSOP bracelet holders in the money: Josh Arieh, 17th ($10,206); Robert Cheung, $56th ($3,010) and David Diaz, 62nd ($3,010).
Article by Derrick Oliver-Dewan
There is no one quite like Padraig Parkinson. A poker pioneer in Ireland, where the Poker Gods keep Irish eyes smiling, Parkinson was an outspoken proponent of the game before it, the game, exploded onto the worldwide stage. He was there long before Moneymaker. Witty, sarcastic and likeable to a fault, Parkinson has the rare ability to blend humor with his astonishing natural talents at the poker table, a wicked combination when the cards are running good. Oh, what a world champion he would have been.
"Thanks for reminding me," he joked during our interview on High Roller Radio after being asked if he ever thinks about what could have been. A man of his stature a world champion? A man with his gifted speaking abilities? "I didn't know it at the time but it would have been worth millions to be now. I was just playing for the money back then and third was good."
Wendeen H. Eolis
by Wendeen H. Eolis
It has been one full month since the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) ordered the Borgata Casino to cancel the opening event of its annual Winter Poker Open, but New Jersey regulators have yet to reach a conclusion to their investigation of bogus chips that were introduced into the competition. The extended delay has led to escalating agitation among players according to Bruce Licausi attorney for Jeffrey Musterel, plaintiff in a lawsuit filed last Friday against the Borgata.
Musterel is a recreational poker player from Egg Harbor Township, near Atlantic City. He is among the 4000+ players who participated in the tournament, but failed to cash in the tainted competition. The primary thrust of the legal papers is that the Borgata failed in its obligations to adequately protect the playing field, adequately.
Who's on First?
by Haley Hintze
The internet homes of prominent Las Vegas casino resorts Venetian and Palazzo were knocked off line for several days in February following attacks by internet hackers. The attacks appeared motivated by the pro-Israel politics of LV Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, and text left by the hackers included a reference to an oblique recommendation Adelson made last year about bombing the Iranian desert as a show of strength supporting Israel. The hacking included the publication of private information of LV Sands employees. The LV Sands corporate website was also affected, as were the sites of its other casino properties, in Pennsylvania and Macau.
by Haley Hintze
A new lobbying group favoring the regulated oversight of online poker and gambling has debuted. The new Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection (C4COP) is funded by MGM International with support from the American Gaming Association. C4COP was created to counteract the anti-online push of CSIG, with C4COP immediately announcing a $250,000 media buy, primarily around Washington, D.C., to promote a pro-online political agenda. Among the political figures already signed to front the group are former GOP Congressmen Mike Oxley and Mary Bono and former Obama administrative staffer Jim Messina.
by Haley Hintze
Pennsylvania Pols Announce Support for Online-Gambling Ban – Three Pennsylvania state legislators have announced support for a yet-to-be-introduced piece of legislation that would criminalize the playing of online poker and other forms of online gambling. The statements by State Sen. Mario Scavello and two others propose summary fines and misdemeanor penalties for playing poker and other forms of gambling online, and if enacted would make Pennsylvania only the second US state where playing online poker is regarded as criminal. (The state of Washington passed a felony law in 2006.) The LV Sands-funded Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) immediately hailed Scavello’s proposal; Scavello’s PA district, coincidentally, is adjacent to the one where the Sands-owned Sands Bethlehem casino is located.