While most of the events I attend are in the UK, I do travel to some events outside of my home country. Next month I will be visiting Slovenia before heading stateside for the WSOP, but just last week I paid a visit to Ireland for the Green Joker Poker festival. Held at a newly opened poker club in the small town of Drogheda, it was a small but cosy affair with just 126 entries for the €1,000 main event. Poker tournaments never start on time in Ireland - it's not that they are inefficient at running them, far from it in fact, it is quite simply a tradition.
Rockingham Park (known familiarly as "The Rock") in Salem, New Hampshire is now home to a huge poker room. I visited the Rock, and noticed, in addition to a lot of tournament and live hold'em action, a most unusually structured low stakes stud game.
Pechanga tribal commission leaders and casino executives cut a rib ribbon on May 14 and officially opened California's first luxury, high-stakes gaming venue. Temecula's Pechanga Resort & Casino's new High Limit Salon marks the start of a new era for California casino resorts by taking luxury and service to a new level.
VERONA, NY - The popular Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) pulled into the Turning Stone Casino and once again is playing to a full house. The week-long poker tournament started June 10 concludes June 17.
The Final Table of the Championship will be played May 17th. The Heartland Poker Tour, one of the top three poker productions on TV, will shoot the Final Table for the Fall television season. HPT tournaments are broadcast to more than 50 million homes per week.
Lil Duquaine (whom I refer to as Diamond Lil, because she is such a gem), Forest Edge poker room manager, has done it again, living up her reputation as the Poker Tournament Diva with her recent Spring Classic Poker Tournament on May 19th at the Menominee Casino in Keshena, Wisconsin. The Forest Edge Poker Room, voted No. 1 by players throughout the Midwest, keeps the excitement going with numerous attractive tournament offerings.
I just returned from my first visit to the Wild Horse Poker Round Up in Pendleton, Oregon. Roland Waters and his excellent staff directed it and I want to give you a quick run down of my experiences before setting the record straight about the TDA and the many misconceptions surrounding it! I guess those misunderstandings will continue until those who are truly interested in setting the record straight do their homework before directing blame at a great organization that has made huge strides in improving tournament conditions. But I digress... back to the Round-Up!
Go south on the famous Las Vegas Strip to Michael Gaughan's South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa to visit, stay and play the recently opened resort. Owner Michael Gaughan is the son of Las Vegas gambling icon, Jackie Gaughan, a Las Vegas pioneer known for his early contributions and historic properties in downtown Las Vegas including the Vegas vintage El Cortez.
Monte Carlo Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas named for a gambling icon across the Atlantic has to fill some 'big shoes' because of the moniker. And fill them they do. Combining the Las Vegas all-out live life to the fullest style with the service, comforts and class of a European casino is exactly what the Monte Carlo does best.
Out front stands an active volcano that erupts at the top of every hour in a traffic stopping fiery display of might and magic. Out back dolphins swim in a peaceful ocean lagoon. It can only be one place on Earth, the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. The spectacular first jewel in the legacy of Steve Wynn's Las Vegas strip makeover.
"At this moment every Belgian casino is allowed to organize one poker tournament a year," says Wim Verdonck, managing director of Casino Oostende. "We are not allowed to operate a poker room on a daily basis as yet. This should be approved this year. We will request permission to operate Texas Hold'em, Omaha and 7 Card Stud. We expect approval from the gaming commission before the summer."