Last Thursday, Poker Player Newspaper proposed five questions for consideration in PokerStars suitability hearing before the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. A further article to discuss these questions was delayed Friday
after PPN asked PokerStars for comment and was advised by automated response that Poker Stars spokesman, Eric Hollreiser would “have access to email, only sporadically.” PokerStars has chosen not ro comment
Note: For the avoidance of doubt, readers are advised that neither PokerStars nor the American Gaming Association has authoized anyone to respond to questions posed by PPN as of this time.
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that the United States has retained the Garden City Group (“GCG”) to serve as Claims Administrator to oversee the process of compensating eligible victims of the fraud committed by Full Tilt Poker against United States players.
Bharara said, "The Garden City Group brings a track record of handling the administration of some of the country’s largest and most complicated settlements. With their selection, we take a significant step forward in the process of compensating victims of the Full Tilt Poker scheme.”
Spotlight 29 Casino Hosting 7th Annual Coachella Valley Poker Championship - Satellite Tournaments Start March 1stMarch 1, 2013 - 2:31pm
COACHELLA, CA (March 1 2013) Spotlight 29 Casino is hosting the Seventh Annual Coachella Valley Poker Championship (CVPC) March 8th - 10th.
The Buy-in is $380 ($330+$40+$10) with a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000. The top 20 finishers in the Texas Hold ‘em Deep Stack Tournament, will win cash prizes!
There are Single Table Sit-and-Go Satellite Tournaments being offered with winners earning a seat in the CVPC. Buy-in for the Sit-and-Go Tournaments are $40 and they will be held March 1st – 9th. There are also two Mega-Satellite tournaments being held on March 1st at 7pm and again on March 8th at 11am with a buy-in of $65. One CVPC seat will be awarded for every seven players in the Mega-Satellite tournament.
All of the tournaments are played in the casino’s poker room which features a smoke-free environment for players as well as an in-room lounge with drinks, snacks and additional seating.
The CVPC starts on Friday, March 8th at 6pm and will continue on Saturday, March 9th at 2pm. The top 10 winners from the first two days will earn a seat on Sunday, March 10th at noon, for the finals.
Players of all levels are encouraged to register and space is limited. To register call: 760-775-3355.
By Wendeen H. Eolis
The history of Internet-based poker forums is as instructive as it is colorful, from its raw roots in the late 1980’s at a forum dominated by zealous blackjack counters and systematic craps players to the latest debates by legal experts fueled by Howard Lederer’s storytelling about the rise and fall of his Full Tilt Poker site in interviews and follow-up full of fanfare.
Poker Forums: The world at large!
Today the lives and lifestyle of poker players and poker businesses are chronicled and dissected. They are subjected to all manner of online scrutiny, chatter, and commentary to the delight and chagrin of the industry’s inhabitants, part-time warriors, devoted enthusiasts, dedicated personnel and visionary entrepreneurs--around the world.
As we’ve mentioned about before, Penn National Gaming is putting on a new poker tournament, Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) in Las Vegas this June 28-30 at the M Resort. They are also holding regional and local tournaments at Hollywood Casinos each month. To find list of tournaments, visit www.hollywoodpokeropen.com. In a new promotion on the HPO Facebook and Twitter pages, they are looking for fans to “Think Like a Shark” and submit their best poker tip. The best tips will be featured in national poker magazine ads, and one lucky participant will win a seat in the $500,000 guaranteed Championship Event at the M Resort in Las Vegas, June 28-30. To submit your poker tip and enter for a chance to win, visit their Facebook page at http://a.pgtb.me/z3BL10 or submit your tip on Twitter at http://bit.ly/12H1NwE.
Two Winners from Hollywood Poker Open Regional Tournament at M Resort Advance to HPO Championship in Las VegasJanuary 31, 2013 - 1:17pm
[Wyomissing, PA and Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 1, 2013] -- The Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) regional qualifying tournament at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas has concluded and the top two finishers from the Main Event – Las Vegans Visnja Luetic and Romeo Samblero – will be returning to the M Resort later this year to compete in the $500,000 guaranteed HPO Championship on June 28-30.
Luetic and Samblero (in above photo) chopped the pot and earned $12,170 each along with a $2,500 seat at the championship. Results from the three M Resort regional qualifying events follow:
Event 1 - $10,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold’em
Winner: Charles Ambroghi, Las Vegas, Nevada ($5,445)
Event 2 - $20,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold’em
Winner: James Cudney, Henderson, Nevada ($10,355)
Event 3 - $40,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold’em
Winners: Visnja Luetic, Las Vegas, Nevada ($12,170) and Romeo Samblero, Las Vegas, Nevada ($12,170)
The next HPO regional qualifying tournament will be held March 21 – April 4 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races (West Virginia) followed by the regional qualifying tournament at Hollywood St. Louis on April 4 – 14.
by Diane McHaffie
Sometimes, I “people watch” at the mall, instead of shopping. There’s a wide variety of people, and they all have different ways of dressing, walking, and little traits that set them apart from others. In my latest lesson at MCU, Mike informed me that studying people would also be an important factor in playing poker successfully. In a long line leading to the cash register, a lady stands impatiently with her arms crossed, tapping her foot. In poker, as in the mall, people have subtle (sometimes not-so-subtle) mannerisms that give away their secrets. These are what we call tells, and that is what I’m witnessing from this woman. She is impatient and frustrated at the wasted time.
Everyday tells. Then, I notice a teenager standing near a CD rack. He is glancing about him with shifty eyes, his hands in the huge pockets of his baggy jeans. His eyes are telling a story of their own. At any moment, I expect him to slide a CD from the rack neatly into his pocket, thinking no one is going to see. Only when he notices my presence does he walk away.
By Barbara Rogers
While there are so many casinos across the country, the Hollywood Casinos still manage to stand out! With the inaugural Hollywood Poker Open debut in Las Vegas June 28th to the 30th, poker players from all across the world have the opportunity to get in the running to win a seat in the exciting HPO, held at the award-winning M Resort in Vegas! The Penn National Gaming family is offering up a guaranteed half million dollars with this tournament. If you haven’t heard about it, you must be hibernating! Visit www.hollywoodpokeropen.com for more details, or watch for the stories in Poker Player.
Poker Player Achilleas Kallakis, known as “The Don,” was convicted on Thursday in London court on fraud charges. In a case described as Britain’s biggest ever mortgage scam, he and co-conspirator Alexander M. Williams swindled £750m (=$1.2 billion) from the Allied Irish Bank. The pair also obtained 29m euros ($38.8 million) in loans from the Bank of Scotland.
Using an office in central London’s Mayfair district as a base, the two used a forged a guarantee from a Hong Kong company to get loans exceeding the purchase price of their properties. The case was referred to authorities by Allied Irish Bank and the Hong Kong company in January 2009.
Kallakis, a former travel agent, cashed in several live poker games in 2005-6. He faces seven years jail time, Williams five.
by Diane McHaffie
One of the first lessons Mike taught me was that Hold ‘em is by far the most popular poker game in casinos. This was news to me, because I had always thought that stud poker or draw poker were the main types of poker, since they were the ones always represented in movies. The movies are probably one of our first introductions into the poker world and can be vastly misleading.
With 7-card stud you receive seven cards total, four face up and three face down (the ones face down are your cards that no one has seen). When you play 7-card stud against opponents, anything is likely to happen with the cards that are dealt. A small pair to begin with, in 7 card stud, often would be pretty good; however, that would not be the case in hold ‘em.
I have learned that in hold ’em, one of the most common mistakes happens when players try to think the same as in 7-card stud. They think that a small pair has more value than it actually does. That isn’t the case with hold ’em.
Hard to improve. Hold ‘em starts with two cards face down to the player. Those are personal cards that nobody has seen, and they can’t be used by anyone but yourself. All the other cards (five more total) will be communal, dealt face up, to be used by both your opponents and you. This means that it is hard to improve a small pair in hold ‘em, because it is impossible to catch another pair on the board to improve your hand.