by Doyle Brunson [Originally appeared in Poker Player Vol 1 Issue 1 pg. 3]
If I had to pick my favorite game, I guess it would be no-limit hold ’em. Poker is a game of people, and nothing brings this fact out as clearly as a no-limit confrontation.
When you're playing limit poker-even a big limit game like $200/400-you never have to face the fear of a man jumping up from out of nowhere and moving all-in against you. You can bet $400 on the last card knowing that worst thing-the VERY worst thing-that can happen is you'll get raised another $400.
If you've got some middling hand when that raise comes, then you've got to make a decision about whether to call or fold. That decision, though, doesn’t pack the same agony that arises in a no-limit situation when you bet $400 and suddenly are facing a $5000 raise.
Hollywood Park Open is the name of the game.
Start your new gaming year by taking advantage of all that Penn National Gaming has to offer and you may end up sharing a half million dollars for it, after all, someone has to win the top prize of the Championship Event playing out from June 28 to the 30th at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas. While you're in pursuit of big money, you can bank more cash along the way at the numerous participating Penn National Gaming properties.
Adam Teasdale outlasted a field of 616 entrants in the $1,675 Harrah’s Resort Main Event early Tuesday morning in Atlantic City, NJ. The score marked the largest of the aspiring pro’s career, awarding him better than $194,000, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and a berth in the $1 Million WSOP National Championship.
Teasdale lost his father about a year ago, making the championship performance that much more dear to him.
“This is absolutely going out to him and the rest of my family,” Teasdale of his father. “I told them that I could do it and this is just a start to a new beginning for me.”
Event 5 Champion Becomes First Female WSOP Circuit Winner Ever at Harrah’s Rincon
Donna Delfin finally managed to do what no other female poker player has done in the nine-season history of WSOP Circuit events at Harrah’s Rincon. Despite more than 100 gold ring events played since 2005, no female had ever won a gold ring up to this point. Delfin, fresh off two previous final table appearances which took place last month at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, arrived at this finale with even more determination. She overcame a formidable lineup en route to what was not just a personal triumph as a poker player, but a historic achievement as well.
By Stanley R. Sludikoff
We first met Lou in Costa Rica. We had both been invited down by Casino Europa to a large tournament they had scheduled. During a break in play, while most of the players opted for jungle tours, Lou asked to join in on a San Jose city tour, led by a marketing department executive. We became great friends by the time the tour was over. Later, I invited Lou to become Editor of Poker Player newspaper, where he served for many years. We had communicated with him often when we heard of his illness. I had scheduled Lou for a Senior Editor position in our new electronic publishing venture, but his reluctance to make a commitment set off dire warnings to me. I knew all was not well, although Lou was very positive right to the end. My family and I, Poker Player newspaper, our staff, and, I am sure, our thousands of readers will miss his wisdom and advice. This issue contains the last column written by Lou. Below you will find just a few of the brief comments from some of our key writers and close friends of Lou.
by Barbara Rogers
Penn National Gaming has been busy making sure every player across the country has a place and a chance to win a seat, along with traveling expenses provided, to their first ever inaugural Hollywood Poker Open, scheduled to play out in June 2013. This big event will guarantee one half-million dollars to be given out with a buy-in in of $2500, if you don't happen to win a seat. Hosted by the four star M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas, the entire event from start to finish has been handled with class comparable to that of the the beautiful M Resort. I In all its splendor, the M Resort offers an award-winning buffet, and plenty of other amenities, fit for those who are looking to indulge.
The tournament dates are June 28th to the 30th.
Breaking News in South Carolina
Fighting Intolerable Insult to Poker Players
By Wendeen H. Eolis
Poker players WILL appeal for rehearing in South Carolina's Supreme Court guilty ruling against a low stakes un-raked home game in Mount Pleasant v. Chimento.
So you thought that online poker players had it tough when Full Tilt Poker bellied up! What do you think about risking your liberty if you play in a home game?
Even if poker is predominantly a game of skill.
Even if the law is determined to be unconstitutionally vague by sitting justices in a case.
Even if there is no rake taken.
By: Shari Geller
When Lou was my editor here at Poker Player Newspaper, I frequently apologized to him for my inability to come up with pithy or eye-catching titles for my articles. Of course Lou, being the most supportive and encouraging of editors, told me not to worry and he'd often come in with a good fix that would save the day. But I can't count on his help today.
Yesterday, Lou passed away unexpectedly. Yes, he was diagnosed this past summer with esophageal cancer and so, intellectually, I was aware that he might die. But Lou was such a force of life, so full of enthusiasm and passion and, yes, fight, that it never seemed possible he would actually succumb to this horrible disease. He would battle until he won and we talked of the great party that we'd have once he was cancer-free.
The Main Event of the World Series of Poker tournament began back in July with over 6,500 players. Now, 24 year-old Greg Merson, pokerpro from Maryland is the 2012 WSOP Champion claiming the top prize of $8.53 million.
by Wendeen H. Eolis
Until Howard Lederer, former president and member of the Board of Directors of Full Tilt Poker (FTP) took interviews at Pokernews.com and twoplustwo.com, earlier this month, and then backed out of a third one planned with poker writer diamond flush, he avoided penetrating scrutiny by the media.
Woe is him! After hours upon hours of interviews, Lederer has provided a heyday for poker media and possibly expanded peril for himself in his dealings with the Government, say several gaming lawyers.
Reporters are now more able than ever to dissect his every word and make mincemeat of his various contradictions, omissions, and vague recollections in these interviews. And Lederer’s claim of approval by FTP counsel of each of the public statements produced by Full Tilt after April 7th, 21st and/or later, has various lawyers around the country raising their eyebrows and predicting that this statement will come back to haunt him.