by Haley Hintze
SEVEN NJ CASINOS GRANTED INTERNET GAMING APPROVAL
A late rush in approvals by New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement saw seven of the state’s 12 casinos and a total of 13 online sites approved for the state’s soft launch of real-money online gaming, which began as scheduled on November 21st. The sites approved included www.Borgatacasino.com, www.Borgatapoker.com, www.NJ.Partypoker.com, www.HarrahsCasino.com, www.WSOP.com, us.888.com, us.888poker.com, us.888casino.com, www.CaesarsCasino.com, www.tropicanacasino.com, www.virgincasino.com, www.betfaircasino.com and www.ucasino.com. The late additions included six Caesars affiliated sites, with Caesars owning four of the state’s 12 land-based casinos.
VADIM TRINCHER, TWO SONS PLEAD GUILTY IN NYC GAMBLING CASE
by Ashley Adams
I had a family reunion in DePauw, Indiana—in the southern part of that state, across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. For poker action and convenience, nothing would seem to beat the enormous, action-packed poker room at Caesar’s in nearby Elizabeth, Indiana. But I’d played there half a dozen times. So though I loved the room, I decided to try out the three poker rooms within an hour of Cincinnati, where my flight from Boston arrived.
My first stop was on Saturday evening at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana (www.belterracasino.com, 888-235- 8377). It is just about an hour from the Cincinnati airport. It’s a small, modestly appointed poker room, in the back of the enormous and beautiful casino resort, with daily tournaments. Unfortunately, from my experiences both on Saturday and Sunday night, the cash game scene is rather hit or miss. As it was, they got a short-handed $1/$2 no limit hold’em game together by about 6:00 PM on Saturday. I was not as fortunate the following evening, when they failed to get any game, and suggested they wouldn’t get a game later in the evening, even though players were being knocked out of the tournament. This was disappointing, in light of the fact that the rest of the casino resort was luxurious, extensive (including a highly rated spa and golf course) and had a top quality steak house and terrific sports bar that I sampled. Perhaps some major tournaments scheduled for the property will jump-start the cash games going forward. But for now, I’d suggest that cash game players call first to insure a productive trip.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment Launches Three Online Casino Websites for New Jersey Residents & VisitorsNovember 21, 2013 - 3:40pm
Marks 1st Time in U.S. that Caesars & Harrah’s Offer Real-Money Online Gaming
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (November 21, 2013) – On June 26, 1979, Caesars Atlantic City first opened its doors. Now 34 years later, a new era of gaming in New Jersey begins, as three online real-money gaming offerings under the Caesars umbrella begin entertaining New Jersey residents and visitors.
by Barbara Rogers
The Winter Series Pittsburgh Poker Open will run from November 21-Dec. 2, 2013. Even if you are not a Steelers fan, Pittsburgh still beckons you, and Rivers Casino is the reason. Jim Tinney, poker room manager, has teamed up with Poker Night In America, with the final table of the main event being featured and taped for television! There will be plenty of other action with guaranteed events of $5,000, $10,000, $20,000, and the big one guaranteeing $75,000. Starting with the $5K guarantee, it is only $100+$25 to enter. The complete schedule can be viewed at www.riverscasino.com/
by Ashley Adams
Thank you Jet Blue. I had no intention of traveling to Texas, but Jet Blue announced a new non-stop route from Boston to Houston’s Hobby Airport. To promote it they offered $93 round trip fares. So I hastily booked a flight. Only then did I ask myself, “What can I do in Texas”?
Texas, the birthplace of the world’s most popular poker game, Texas Hold’em, makes playing poker a crime. Yes, it’s absurd. So all the poker that is played is done illegally—with one exception. That exception is the one legal casino in Texas, the Lucky Eagle in Eagle Pass on the Kickapoo Reservation. So I decided to take advantage of my cheap transportation and play poker in Eagle Pass.
Unfortunately, Eagle Pass is on the other end of the state—on the southwest border with Mexico—and about a six-hour drive from Hobby Airport in Houston. Nevertheless, for a poker-playing road warrior like myself, the distance was not daunting. So, after a Texas-sized breakfast of chicken-fried chicken with grits, off I drove.
by Barbara Rogers
LATER, LOSER! That was the battle cry of a fairly good sized player sporting a Harley shirt at my table in the Crown Royal poker room at Dover Downs. Every time one of his friends busted, he yelled that to them. They looked over their shoulder while exiting, mostly not appreciating his humor. Admittedly, those of us at the table did. So it seemed fitting to say the same thing to Harley guy when he busted. This time it was him failing to see the humor. My table, however, loved it. They all wanted to say what I did. But they knew he wouldn’t punch me and they thanked me for saying what they were all thinking. I got to be the bounty for my good friend, Pete McGuire, the guy in charge of the room for this, “Beat the Boss” tournament. I had a blast! It was my birthday. and I had a delicious steak filet with plenty of courses delivered tableside. I was surrounded by a great group of guys, plenty of food, and I took second place! It was one of my better birthdays, blessed to be alive after a freak accident three months ago.
As you are reading this, the nationally televised Heartland Poker Tour in Indiana at the Belterra Casino Resort is still playing out. An excellent turnout, and you still have time to play: Oct. 29th to Nov. 3rd are the dates. Call 1-888-BELTERRA or visit belterracasino.com
By Barbara Rogers
Great news for poker players! The GAME CONTINUES. The place where it all started, Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana will play host to the Hollywood Poker Open. It started here, in Brad Hinson’s poker room and it traveled all across America. Penn National Gaming did a tremendous job of making sure players from just about everywhere in this country had a shot at winning a seat in the Las Vegas main event of the HPO. And all the while, paying out plenty of prize money in a multitude of events that players found affordable. Once the poker room manager, Brad Hinson got the ball rolling with super efficiency, it just got bigger and bigger. With an all-out effort and a “takeno- prisoners” attitude, they were determined to make this big and make it work.” And I know for a fact, the talk among the poker players was, “man I sure hope Hollywood does this again.” And they are
Qualify at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg November 15-24, 2013 for the 2014 Las Vegas Hollywood Poker Open and win a trophy. But, there are plenty of other reasons to play in Lawrenceburg. The schedule is huge. From Deep Stack NLH, Seniors NL, NLH (Ante Only), Pot Limit Omaha, Ladies NLH, daily and nightly Cash NLH to NLH Last Chance. View it in detail in their ad in this issue of Poker Player. [Download the PDF]
by Haley Hintze
BORGATA, OTHER NJ ONLINE POKER SITES PREP FOR NOV. 26TH OPENING
Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa received the first interactive gambling license to be issued by New Jersey state gambling regulators. The license, granted in early October, means that the Borgata will be among the Atlantic City casinos expected to launch real-money online gambling, including poker, on Tuesday, November 26th. The live date for realmoney action will follow a brief, five-day soft launch for final software and hardware testing. The Borgata is a collaborative venture owned by Boyd Gaming and MGM Resorts International, and its online brands are expected to be powered by bwin.party software. All 12 Atlantic City casinos are seeking approval to launch online versions of their brands, which will be available to anyone age 21 or over who is physically present in New Jersey.
ZYNGA WITHDRAWS NEVADA IGAMING APPLICATIONS
by Tom McEvoy
After waiting what seemed like an eternity, the WSOP.com poker website finally launched for live action in mid September. I signed up for an account during the 2013 World Series of Poker as did hundreds of other Nevada residents. Signing up for the site was the easy part; after that, things got considerably more difficult. My first roadblock was making a deposit. It took several emails and chats with support to finally get a transfer from my checking account to my new online account. Evidently some credit card companies allow a transfer, others do not.
By Barbara Rogers
Poker Room Manager at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Mr. Bruce Dixon, has plenty of staying power. Poker Player first profiled Bruce Dixon in 2008, while he acted as the Director Of Poker Operations at Mohegan Sun Casino & Hotel in Connecticut. These days, Harrah’s Philly is fortunate to have this gentleman in charge of their poker operations. The winding road from Bruce’s birthplace, Atlantic City, has taken him from the Taj Mahal to the Tropicana, from the Borgata to Ct, and now Philadelphia at Harrah’s. This casino, Harrah’s, now reaps the full benefit of Dixon’s diverse experiences. A fitting match, Harrah’s Philadelphia continues to enjoy their market share of players and a strong sense of ensured game integrity, 2 goals that have served Bruce well. Combined with training the staff on proper customer interactions and motivating them to their full potential, it’s easy to see he’s developed the right formula for success.