Thursday night. Another in a long history of horrible football decisions made by coaches. It’s time for me to speak about it, because it has much to do with poker.
Warning: Sometimes my moods fluctuate, causing me to project different personalities. If you’re expecting the Mike Caro who is patient, kind to everyone, diplomatic, and semi-modest, you probably shouldn’t read this one. It could destroy our relationship.
Director of Poker Operations Terry Chiaradio Speaks Candidly with Barbara Rogers
At first glance, Foxwoods Resort Casino resembles a gigantic mirage towering above the treetops—an intimidating sight for some! But in spite of its size, Foxwoods Casino is easy to negotiate; from the parking garage to the poker room, you will feel welcome and at home.
Terry Chiaradio, the Director of Poker Operations has been at Foxwoods since 1992, starting her career as a dealer. Now responsible for 600 employees and 94 live action tables, Terry and her team have just finished up a WSOP Series that included a main event payout of $888,568 with 591 players competing. After this very successful event, I caught up with her.
It’s easy to see why Foxwoods Resort Casino continues to enjoy national acclaim as an elite gaming destination. Right on the heels of the WSOP in Vegas at the Rio, Foxwoods stepped up to the plate and offered the WSOP Circuit Event. This instantly gave poker players the chance to set their sights on another big win.
Barbara Rogers (BR): Leaving Las Vegas for Foxwoods proved to be wildly successful putting the coveted WSOP ring an plenty of money into a field of appreciative poker player’s hands. Players from all over the country showed up at your doorstep. Just how many did participate?
Terry Chiaradio (TC): The Foxwoods Poker Room is the premier poker room in North America with continuous play and a professionally trained staff, ideal for events of the WSOP caliber.
We were thrilled with the turnout and the results this year.
For the August 2013-2014 WSOP Circuit Event we had a total of 4,341 (+3.4%) entries and a total prize pool of $2,233,173 (+2.7%).
BR: And how did this compare to last year’s WSOP?
by Barbara Rogers
Penn National Gaming Is a Major Player Jay Snowden is Senior Vice President of Regional Operations. His credentials include significant gaming industry management experience. A Harvard graduate, with a masters from Washington University, it’s clear to see why he is a part of this powerful team.
Barbara Rogers: Hi Jay, nice to have the opportunity to visit. I have been watching the progression of the first ever Hollywood Poker Open, as it nears its final destination at the M Resort in Las Vegas with great interest. One of the reasons is, I like the $500,000 guarantee, and I, too, want to play the event. And it has been interesting watching the excitement grow all across America, as Penn National Gaming has done every thing possible to bring this opportunity to the poker world. Why was the HPO created?
Jay Snowden: We look for ways to grow the Hollywood brand in all facets of our business and to showcase the many casinos in the Penn Gaming family in an effort to promote cross-market play. When it came to poker, it seemed obvious that the best way to accomplish this goal was to create a national tournament of our own where poker players – both those we know as well as those new to our casinos – could gain multiple opportunities to participate in regional and qualifying events with the action culminating with a championship in Las Vegas.
BR: How important is it for you to introduce players to the M Resort where you are holding the HPO Championship?
Poker tactics can be complex. But usually, they don’t need to be. I’ll tell you why in today’s self-interview.
Question 1: You’ve talked a lot about tricking opponents in poker? Can you do that using simple tactics?
Sure. Whenever you bet strong hands and opponents doubt that you really hold them, they call. The deception is in the doubt.
If opponents always called, then there would be no reason to trick them. You wouldn’t bluff, and you’d always bet your big hands the maximum amount. Poker would be easy. Sadly, it’s not. But the better you can maneuver your poker opponents into acting in predictable ways, the more money you’ll earn.
Poker super-star and winner of the WSOP Big Drop one million dollar buy-in tournament stopped by Reddit for an "Ask Me Anything" social interview.
A sampling from the interview:
Q. Do you think online poker will ever be legal in the US?
A. Yes...Just a matter of time. State by state to start..
Q. Is needling Hellmuth one of your favorite activities while playing poker?
A. YES. He is just so easy to pick on...and in his credit he can take the needling like a champ. Perphaps years of experience.
Q. Any advice for those who can't maintain a good pokerface?
A. PRACTICE doing the same thing EVERY time you bet no matter what you have.
Read the full thread and get a glimpse of the real magician of poker on reddit:
MEET THE LATEST WSOP CHAMPION – NICK SCHULMAN
Name: Nick Schulman
Residence: New York, NY (and Las Vegas, NV)
Occupation: Professional Poker Player
WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories: 2
WSOP Cashes: 16
WSOP Final Table Appearances: 8
WSOP Earnings: $1,228,390 Note: Schulman will be classified as a professional poker player in WSOP records, since he plays poker full-time.
INTERVIEW WITH THE WINNER
Question: This is an event with a lot of history. How does it feel to be grouped with all the greats who have won this event in the past?
MEET THE LATEST WSOP CHAMPION – DOMINIK NITSCHE
Name: Dominik Nitsche
Birthplace: Wittlich, Germany
Current Residence: Brighton, Great Britain
Occupation: Professional Poker Player
Years Attending WSOP: 1
WSOP Cashes: 4
WSOP Final Table Appearance: 1
WSOP Victories: 1
Note: Nitsche will be classified as a professional poker player in WSOP records, since he plays poker full-time and has been supporting himself by poker winnings for the past few years.
INTERVIEW WITH THE WINNER
Question: Talk about your rail of supporters, they’re from all over the place!
Should you ever ignore your opponents in poker? Oddly, yes. What about players who ignore you? There’s a lot of extra money to be made if you understand why they’re doing it and how to respond. We’ll talk about that, too, in today’s self interview.
Question 1: I don’t get it. Why should I ever ignore opponents? Won’t I win more by focusing on them?
In most cases, you will. Make a habit of focusing on your opponents.
MEET THE LATEST WSOP CHAMPION – VIACHESLAV ZHUKOV
The 2012 World Series of Poker $3,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha High-Low Split World Champion is Viacheslav Zhukov from Stary Oskol, Russia.
Zhukov was also born in Stary Oskol, which is located about 400 miles south of Moscow on the Oskol River.
Zhukov is a 23-year-old professional poker player. His name is spelled differently in some poker records – most notably as VYACHESLAV ZHUKOV.
In addition to his native Russian, Zhukov speaks English well. He is close to fluency.