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Taj Poker Room Falls For the Borgata

By: Wendeen H. Eolis

The Trump Taj Mahal Casino (“Taj”) poker room drew its biggest crowd in years, for its closing weekend, last month. The nostalgic full house bore respectful witness to the downfall of Atlantic City’s once most iconic card room.
People were there for a host of different reasons during the last step of transition from boom to bust. Poker executives of the Borgata Hotel and Casino were part of the mix.A reciprocal visit by Taj executives to the Borgata poker room soon followed--with variable greetings from players and personnel.           
A Curious Cast of Characters   

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Download and Read the Poker Player Digital Edition for June 30th, 2014 (Vol. 18 Number 1)

June 2nd, 2014 Issue of Poker Player NewspaperDownload the June 30th Digital edition PDF of Poker Player Newspaper.

Featured Articles:
WSOP Branding Machine: The Players are the Stars - by Wendeen H. Eolis

The World Series of Poker: It's Our Woodstock! - by Shari Geller

Tournament Results:
World Series of Poker Events up to 52

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Download and Read the Poker Player Digital Edition for June 2nd, 2014 (Vol. 17 Number 25)

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Poker Player Takes a Step Forward by Wendeen H. Eolis

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Mike Caro - Today's Word is BURDENS by Mike Caro

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Bryan Campanello Wins $175K at Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event

Eric Blair wins Lodge Casino WSOP-C Main Event

Kyle Bowker wins Harrah’s Philadelphia Main Event

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California Poker Adventure: Part 7

by Ashley Adams

My poker-playing buddy Andrei and I were nearing the final quadrant of this circular poker playing tour we had been on for five days.  We had flown from Boston to San Francisco on a Saturday, driven east and north to Chico, then south through Sacramento, Stockton, and the Napa Valley, before heading west through Livermore and Tracy to San Jose.  We played poker all the way, in about 23 rooms.

Once in San Jose, our first port of call there was the Bay 101 Casino.  It is a huge, modern, grand poker palace – along the lines of the Commerce in Los Angeles.  The room is divided into two halves, with a large lobby and enormously high ceilings.   On the left are a myriad of “California Games” like baccarat, blackjack, pai gow tiles, and 3-card poker.  I watched these games briefly – but moved quickly over to the poker side.

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California Poker Adventure: Part 6

by Ashley Adams

In my last installment of this seven-part series, my friend Andrei and I were playing our way through Stockton on a 25-room poker trip in Central California.  We left the two gritty rooms there and headed south to Casino Real (1355 North Main St., Manteca, 209-239-1455).  This seven-table room struck me as being a blend of a modern casino poker room and a traditional local California card room.  There’s tableside food and beverage service as well as a reasonably priced player’s menu, with $6-$8 sandwiches and $8 Asian dishes like pho.  They spread $1/1/2 and $1/1/3 no limit, $3/6 limit hold’em, and $4/8 Omaha with a ½ kill. There was a prop in the Omaha game I played in – but other than he, the action was good and the quality of my opponents was, at best, tight and predictable.  After an hour, I moved over from Omaha to $1/1/3 no limit.   I managed to lose a large contested pot with a full house but ended up winning money when I was awarded $100 by the poker room thanks to a neat little bad beat promotion they had going.  Sweet!  The other distinguishing feature of the room is Ernie’s, the high-end gourmet restaurant located on the premises.  I didn’t have time to sample the menu, but everyone I met in the poker room raved about it.  

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California Poker Scene – Part 5

by Ashley Adams

This is the fifth installment of my chronicling of a visit to 25 poker rooms in Central California.   Frankly, by this stage of the journey I was getting tired and sick -- having come down with shingles.

Following a relatively quick stop at an emergency room to treat my painful virus, my friend Andrei and I visited the poker room/bowling alley/bar/restaurant known as Folsom Lake Bowl (511 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-983-4411).  The poker there is played in a separate five-table card room behind the restaurant.  They typically have a morning game of $1-$3 no limit that starts by 11:00 AM, with a $40 bonus for players after they have completed three hours of live play.  A later game begins at roughly 4:00 PM.  They run a house-funded regular $10,000 freeroll tournament for the forty players with the most hours of qualifying play.  There’s a bad beat promotion as well, funded out of the $4 + $1 maximum rake.  They have a nice little Saturday night $30 tourney with a $1,000 guarantee.   The poker room had just taken over the kitchen when I visited – and they were in the process of developing a poker player’s menu.  If I lived closer I’d return to try it out.

We left the FLB and drove south to the Lodi Casino, (1800 S. Cherokee Lane Lodi, 209-334-9777).  It’s located right on route 99, a 15 minute walk from a surprisingly nice Motel 6.  It has seven poker tables.  I enjoyed playing in a great, lively, $1-$3 no limit game.  My buddy played some $4/8 with a half kill – and enjoyed his session as well.  To help promote the room they have $3K, $10K and $50K freerolls, as well as comps of $2 an hour for live play.  There’s a kitchen with a full menu.  I sampled the $1 tacos.  They were perfect as a snack.  Later, I had the inexpensive prime rib dinner.   It was outstanding.  

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California Poker Scene, Part 4

My friend Andrei and I were on day three of my poker adventure in northern California, having visited 11 rooms that I’ve already reported on [Editor's Note: Read part 1, 2, and 3].

The next poker room we visited was Rancho’s Club Casino (10499B Folsom Blvd Rancho Cordova, CA 916-361- 9186). I really enjoyed this little room where I had the privilege of playing with and really getting to know the rooms owner, Reuben Marquez. We sat together at a $4/$8 with a half kill game of Omaha hi-lo. But this game was very special—perhaps unique—in that it was played with a 9 qualifier for low rather than the standard 8. The game was populated by six recreational players, and two extremely tight players: a house shill (someone who plays with house money) and Reuben himself. I only played for about 90 minutes, but managed to win about $100. That wasn’t the most memorable part of the experience. Instead, I learned from Reuben how to play a house game he invented: double hand Marquez. It combines the best of pai gow, baccarat, and blackjack and has just been approved as a legitimate California game. I shan’t explain it except to say that it’s relatively easy to learn, has a modest house advantage of about 3% or so, and seems fun to play (if you can find gambling games with a house advantage to be fun). The room is officially open from 8:30 AM until 3:00 AM, but considering there was just one short game going when I was there at 5:30 PM on a Tuesday night, I’d call before driving over.

by Ashley Adams

We left Rancho’s Club at about 7:00 PM and shortly thereafter arrived at the nearby Cordova Casino (2801 Prospect Park Drive Rancho Cordova 916-293-7470). This is a busier and larger poker room than Rancho’s Club, with about six tables in action when we were there. I played in a $1/$3 no limit hold’em game that allowed an under-the-gun straddle of up to ten times the big blind. Their rake was a reasonable $4 a hand (with another $1 for the many promotions they offered). They also had a low limit hold’em game that my friend Andrei played in. This seemed to be the hangout of the more serious poker players in town. I managed to win one fairly large pot with some trickery—something that wouldn’t have been possible if the players had been looser or less observant. There’s a nice $120 in chips for $100 buy-in promotion that visitors should take advantage of. The eight players at my table rated the food as better than average.

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Bally's Card Room Visit Bally’s Poker Room for some GREAT Tournament Action- the 5K a Day Tournament takes place daily at 9am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm, with a $65 buy-in and $600 minimum guaranteed. Still want more? I thought so- check out a Micromania! Tournament- Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm with a $2,000 guaranteed prize pool and a buy-in of only $10!


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Planet Hollywood Offers Tons of Tournaments

Planet Hollywood Card RoomLive like a star at Planet Hollywood’s Poker Room. Check out the wide variety of tournaments currently being offered by this standout casino. Options include 6K a day, which has a buy-in of $75 and a $1.500 guaranteed prize pool, played daily at 10am, 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm.  Another choice? Of course! Try the Micromania! Tournaments with a buy in of only $10, and a $2000 prize pool guarantee—that one is Tues/Wed/Thurs at 9pm! Want yet another option? Well since you asked nicely- you may want to visit for the Pot-Limit Omaha Tournament- Monday nights at 9pm with a $65 buy-in. Want more info on Planet Hollywood- 866.919.7472  or visit them online at

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$50,000 Guaranteed in 2014 Central Coast Poker Championship

Chumash Card RoomWhat are you waiting for- you can now enter by phone or in the Chumash’s Poker Room to play in the big 2014 Central Coast Championship. This tournament is huge- boasting more than $50,000 in prizes!!! Buys are now $180, and all players receive a $15 coupon good for live play May 5-9. The Central Coast Poker Championship with start at 9am on Saturday May 3! Call 800.248.6274 or visit

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