It started as a lark and it turned into a mission: Could I play poker in all fifty states?
When the idea occurred to me back about five years ago, I made a list of all the states where I had already played. When I included public poker rooms and private games, there were 25 states in which I had played: ME, NH, MA, CT, NY, NJ, MD, SC, NC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, OH, IN, MO, MN, OK, NV, NM, AZ, CA, WA, AK. I started to think about how to get to the rest, planning vacations around places in which I had not yet played. My list of states expanded to include: VA, IL, TN, WI, IA, PA, RI, VT, WV, MI, DE. By this time two years ago, I had played in 36 states. During the past two years I went on to play in: CO, TX, MT, WY, ND, SD, KS, KY, AR. By the start of this summer, I had played poker in 45 states.
by Paul 'Dr. Pauly' McGuire - @taopauly
by Barbara Rogers
Currently under way at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York, the Super Stacks hold’em series is putting plenty of cash in poker players’ pockets. Coming up just in time for Christmas will be the 12 Days of Poker Giveaway. As always, the popular poker room giveaways are very generous and December 7-15 random table and seat draws will provide lots of fun. Twelve Days of Poker Giveaway, which runs from December 7-18, could garner plenty of gifts for you, including a 60” Panasonic 3D Plasma HDTV, 50”LG 3D Plasma HDTV, and a 40” Samsung 3D Plasma HDTV.
by Lou Krieger
Maybe it was the day, or the time, or just a random confluence of forces, but there’s a big difference between younger and older no-limit hold’em players. What brought this clearly to light was a full table no-limit game, where seven of the table’s players looked to be on the downhill side of 50. And the majority of older players made one similarly shocking error. They significantly overvalued big pairs.
Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), the organization that represents the commercial casino- entertainment industry, declared “there are no longer any good reasons to put US citizens at risk by continuing to outlaw online poker in the US,” and called on Congress to pass laws toughening enforcement against illegal online gambling operators.
Fahrenkopf’s statement came as AGA introduced an online poker Code of Conduct, outlining the measures it believes necessary to implement an effective regulatory system designed to protect American consumers, keep minors from gambling, provide tools to help problem gamblers, and create provisions to help law enforcement identify and prosecute illegal operators.
The Terms of The $500 Poker Challenge: Start with $500 and build your poker bankroll over one year into a substantial bankroll. You may only play live games in casinos and poker rooms; no online or home games. This is Part 10 of the $500 Poker Challenge. Two more articles to go before the end of this series.
Turning Stone’s March MadnessTournament had plenty to offer, including a full field of 335 players, paying out $167,500. The man in charge, Jason DiBenedetto, said, “March Madness turned out to be a great event for us with 300 players in Friday’s $300 event and 335 players in Saturday’s $500 event. We appreciate all of the players who made their way out to Turning Stone for the March series and we look forward to seeing everyone again in May for our East Coast Poker Championships.”
Hands like these don’t happen often; that makes them all the more significant and memorable, especially when you are on the winning end of a HUGE pot.
The meeting of the Board of Directors of our engineering society finished early so I decided to drive over to the Hollywood Park Casino, just a few miles away. The first table was not to my liking, so I changed tables. Nevertheless, despite having been successful with several Esther Bluffs where I won four and lost 1, I was a bit behind when I was dealt K-Q of hearts in the hole:
Terms of the $500 Poker Challenge: Start with $500 and build your poker bankroll over one year into a substantial bankroll. You may only play live games in casinos and poker rooms; no online or home games.
Ninety percent of hand-analysis should be about our errors. We usually learn more from our bad play than we do from our victories.