by Barbara Rogers
I just returned from Turning Stone in Verona, New York. $99,000 was the first place prize in the always popular Empire State Tournament. I saw some pros in the crowd- including Lee Childs, who tripled up early, but was walking around visiting with people by the afternoon. Turning Stone is very generous with their giveaways: two cars were handed out while I was there, and at least forty thousand more in cash prizes. It was a beautiful drive home, though it would have been a lot prettier with $99,000 in the jeep with me. I decided to stop in Cortland, New York to visit the New York Jets training camp. I thought I would break up the trip by watching them practice. I was especially looking forward to watching Tebow. But they broke camp on Friday.
On one of my other trips to Turning Stone, I met player John Blowers, the consummate poker guy. Notice I said “guy” not player. He was nice enough to gift me with a copy of his book, “Life On Tilt.” It’s a nice break from poker book study to poker book entertainment, though it also includes poker and life lessons. It’s a fun read that takes you into a poker player’s psyche that you may identify with. Thanks, John! After I read the foreword, I noticed it was written by “Cowboy” Kenna James. I sat beside Kenna in one of the tournaments at the Rio during the WSOP. Kenna diagnosed one of the problems in my play right away. Our poker world seems to get smaller and smaller. Seneca’s Poker League kicks off September 1st.
Seneca Allegheny is located in Salamanca, New York. It will play every Tuesday at 7 pm for seven weeks. The original league members must play 3 of the 7 weeks, and participate in the final game. So you can actually have a substitute play for you some of the time. The dues must be paid every week. It’s a point system. It costs a total of $50 dollars a week, with 20 minute rounds and 8000 in starting chips.
Mark your calendar for the Foxwoods World Poker Finals, coming up in October. Starting date is October 15th running through November 4th. This is an ambitious schedule with something for everyone. I will bring you more details later. In the meantime, early room reservation at the poker rate would be a good idea. The rooms are limited, so call 1-800-369- 9663.
Dover Downs will be crowing the new Delaware State Champion. In addition to the money, a $50,000 guarantee, and bragging rights, an impressive bracelet and trophy will be awarded. See my article on the front page for additional details.
Additionally Dover Downs will be giving away fifteen Kindle fire tablets on September 14th, 15th, and 16th. Poker room manager, Pete McGuire, told me they are guaranteeing the pay-out for the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday tournaments now. They will add $500 on to the Tuesday and Thursday. tournament guarantee as well.
Seneca Niagara, in Niagara Falls, New York of course, will bring their popular Fall Poker Classic to you beginning with Pot Limit Omaha on October 29th. The main even of No Limit Hold’em will begin on Saturday, November 3rd. More details will be forthcoming, but I want you to have all these dates so you can begin planning your play – and the Fall is a beautiful time for poker adventures. The hotel rooms at Seneca Niagara are beautiful -- call early, maybe you can book one with a view of the Falls.
The 2.4 billion dollar Revel in Atlantic City just started giving complimentary poker lessons to hotel and walk-in guests. If you know anyone that could use them, they will deal them out on Monday through Friday at 11 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
Sands Casino listens! After a non-smoker’s complaint about the prize drawings being held in a heavy smoke area, they have promised to apply to the gaming commission for a change in location.
Barbara Rogers is a competitive player in many endeavors including pool and poker tournaments. She is the Northeast Regional Sales Manager and a writer for Poker Player.