by Barbara Rogers
LATER, LOSER! That was the battle cry of a fairly good sized player sporting a Harley shirt at my table in the Crown Royal poker room at Dover Downs. Every time one of his friends busted, he yelled that to them. They looked over their shoulder while exiting, mostly not appreciating his humor. Admittedly, those of us at the table did. So it seemed fitting to say the same thing to Harley guy when he busted. This time it was him failing to see the humor. My table, however, loved it. They all wanted to say what I did. But they knew he wouldn’t punch me and they thanked me for saying what they were all thinking. I got to be the bounty for my good friend, Pete McGuire, the guy in charge of the room for this, “Beat the Boss” tournament. I had a blast! It was my birthday. and I had a delicious steak filet with plenty of courses delivered tableside. I was surrounded by a great group of guys, plenty of food, and I took second place! It was one of my better birthdays, blessed to be alive after a freak accident three months ago.
As you are reading this, the nationally televised Heartland Poker Tour in Indiana at the Belterra Casino Resort is still playing out. An excellent turnout, and you still have time to play: Oct. 29th to Nov. 3rd are the dates. Call 1-888-BELTERRA or visit belterracasino.com
Get yourself to Niagara Falls, NY to qualify for the Fall Poker Classic at Seneca Niagara. 20 satellite seats will be given away to the $1,500 NLH Main Event playing on November 23rd. Monday-Thursday @ 2 pm and 6 pm Oct. 7th-Nov. 14th. The entire series will play out November 18th-27th, 2013. See the entire schedule in this issue of Poker Player. [Download the PDF]
A fired up FireKeepers is keeping it up. Located in Battle Creek Michigan, FireKeepers Casino and now Hotel, has been offering 7 tournaments a week. No Limit Hold’em plays on Mondays- Fridays 12pm and Mon. & Wednesday 6:30 pm, Saturdays 10 am and Sunday 12 pm. Tuesday is Bounty No-Limit Texas Hold’em and if Pot Limit Omaha is your game, play it Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
I had the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from helping an organization help others. I played The Make A Wish Northeast NY held in Albany, New York On Oct. 12th. They had their best yet “All-In for Giving” tournament with a prize pool of $46K. A day of fun, with raffles, silent auctions and a buffet raised money that will allow dreams to come true. Greg Mercer 2013 WSOP champ, and his dad were there. Borgata Ace, Dan Spirer, and his wife played. Dan has plenty of cashes at the Borgata, including 1 for over $71,000 and another for over $80,000. John Blowers introduced us. John has a very funny book out called “My Life On Tilt.” My buddy David Urie, poker room manager at the Sands Bethlehem was one of those making a donation. David’s generosity was a weekend at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA for the silent auction. There were plenty others donating too, from masseuses to dealers, including that likeable big dealer Aaron Stevenson from Syracuse, (you may remember him from Turning Stone or WSOP events,) donating his time as a floor person. Aaron has 6 kids, including three foster children, and a big soft spot in his heart for this cause. I do too, I joined the committee.
Leaving Las Vegas for the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Pennsylvania, new poker room manager Jim Farone has been offering 2 tournaments a day for 6 days, Mon-Sat. and one on Sundays. The 6 days of the week tournys start at 11 am and 7:15 pm with Sun. start 11:15. All are NLH, range is $45-$70 with a mix in between and Sunday buy-in $95.
How good is this, being paid $10 an hour to play poker?! The brainchild of Tristan Wilburg, tournament director at the popular Running Aces poker room in Columbus, Minnesota. This is a tiered “Rake Back Rebate” The more the players play, the more they earn; up to $10 an hour for EVERY hour played during the month. For example, if a player played 200 hours, they are already receiving $1.00 an hour so 200 x $9.00, means they would receive a check for $1,800 at months end. The $500 buyin Big Turkey tournament with a $50K guarantee on Nov. 22nd-24th could garner some holiday money for you. In Minnesota they are not allowed to run N/L cash games. Another ingenuous plan of Tristan’s is to run single table Timed N/L and timed PLO tournaments. These tournaments will play a set amount of hours and at the end players will cash out their chips dollar for dollar.
Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pa. is bringing you the Pittsburgh Poker Open Winter Series Nov. 11-Dcember 2, 2013. This promises to be a good one. Details coming in next issue of Poker Player, mark your calendar. Pittsburgh is a fun city and Rivers poker is too. The pay-outs are nice guarantees, guaranteeing you a “rich” holiday season when you cash.
Author Joe Palumbo says he can change your game in an hour. Formulated by the “Average Joe” it can only help. Joe promises to cater to your style of play and take you to a new level. See ordering info on page 12 of this issue. [Download the PDF]
Barbara Rogers is a competitive player in many endeavors including pool and poker tournaments. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org