When I was a kid, I was able to demolish local poker games in Denver just by entering pots with only my very best starting hands. We call that playing “tight.” It amazed me that opponents had so little patience. They were willing to sacrifice their chips to me night after night without me having to know much about poker to win. I just took advantage of their tendency to bet money on bad hands.
Of course, later I helped pioneer aggressive poker strategies that proved that the sit-and-wait era of winning was finally over. But it’s important to realize that playing tight often still wins by itself. It doesn’t win as much as my power poker tactics (a term I coined in 1978 for Doyle Brunson to use with his poker bible Super/System — A Course in Power Poker). But it wins marginally.
Wendeen H. Eolis
by Wendeen H. Eolis
It has been one full month since the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) ordered the Borgata Casino to cancel the opening event of its annual Winter Poker Open, but New Jersey regulators have yet to reach a conclusion to their investigation of bogus chips that were introduced into the competition. The extended delay has led to escalating agitation among players according to Bruce Licausi attorney for Jeffrey Musterel, plaintiff in a lawsuit filed last Friday against the Borgata.
Musterel is a recreational poker player from Egg Harbor Township, near Atlantic City. He is among the 4000+ players who participated in the tournament, but failed to cash in the tainted competition. The primary thrust of the legal papers is that the Borgata failed in its obligations to adequately protect the playing field, adequately.
Who's on First?
By Barbara Rogers
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino does rule, to the tune of a $5 million guarantee. This is the largest guarantee ever for a $3,500 Buy-in Tournament. This poker showdown kick-off is slated for March 27th with the event wrapping up on March 30th. The series will take place in the resort ballrooms with the televised championship final table held at Hard Rock Live. Satellite events will take place at five Seminole Gaming properties.
Twenty-one days of poker starting out with a $1 million guaranteed Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em featuring a buyin of only $560 on Thurs. March 27 at 11 am will be a huge draw. The high profile televised main event guaranteeing $5 million with a buy-in of only $3500 is just going to make a great thing even better. Kick-off for this is high noon Thursday, April 10th. With the first place winner stuffing a million dollars in his or her pocket, someone is going to be very happy.
Ray Stefanelli, Director of Poker Marketing for Seminole Gaming indicated that Seminole Hard Rock Poker remains committed to providing all players with an outstanding tournament experience. I believe he is right; you can make book on that.
by Ashley Adams
What’s the poker capitol of the world? For my money, the honors have to go to the entire state of California. This state’s rich poker legacy goes back to the 1930s, a time when gambling was banned everywhere in the United States, but in Nevada. But in California, poker clubs were legal and thrived in those municipalities that allowed them (if only for draw poker games).
Poker continues to thrive in California today, with 104 rooms listed on www.pokeratlas.com. Having played in just about all of the poker rooms in Southern California, I decided to explore the vast sea of poker rooms in the northern and central part of the state. My buddy Andrei (a limit hold’em specialist) and I managed to hit about 25 of them on this five day trip. In this and my next few articles, I will tell you, at least briefly, about the rooms we visited—as well as a few of the highlights and lowlights of our excursion.
We flew into San Francisco and immediately rented a car and left the Bay Area. We could have played in the four rooms that ring San Francisco: The Oaks in Emeryville, Artichoke Joe’s in San Bruno, Palace Poker in Hayward, and Lucky Chances in Colma. All are fine rooms, worthy of at least a visit. But I had played in each of them in the past and decided that we would spend our limited time in rooms to the east that I had yet to visit. So off we were for points east.
by Barbara Rogers
At the upcoming Foxwoods Poker Classic you can mix it up with a field of top professional players as well as top amateur players. All you have to do is…be there! Well, do take some money with you. There are events for every poker players taste. With reasonably priced satellites and a great cash room full of action 24/7, you stand an excellent chance of winning your buy-in. Foxwoods Poker Classic, always considered a major tournament, plays out from March 8-23, offering a $1,000,000 guarantee!
When you view the schedule on page 3 of this issue of Poker Player, you will see a host of events. [View the PDF]
With so many tournaments, with affordable buy-in’s, good starting stacks, you will want to stay and play awhile. PLO, Bounty, HOSE, NLH Seniors, NLH Ladies, (Re-Entry) to name a few. So here are your Foxwoods lodging options: Two Trees Inn, use group # 5857 for Sun.-Thurs. $69, Jr. Suite $99, Fri. $149, Jr. Suite $179 and Sat. $169, Jr. Suite $189. Another choice is the Great Cedar Hotel, use group #4424 for the rates of Sun.-Thurs. of $119, Fri. is $179 and Sat. $199. And finally the Grand Pequot Tower has a rate of $119 for Thurs.-Thurs., Fri. $179, Sat. $199 use code #9829.
The $1,650 No Limit Hold’em event in the 2014 CCPT Events at Foxwoods Resort Casino, had 340 entrants start play on Friday and Saturday, battling it out for a piece of the $494,700 prize pool.
One hundred and six started play at noon on Sunday, narrowing the field to thirteen by the end of the night. The final thirteen started play at noon on Monday with it taking forty minutes to reach the final table.
Play continued for another thirteen hours which included four hours of heads-up action. The final two agreed to a chop, and after several hands Chris Tryba of North Las Vegas, NV collected $91,346 for 2nd, while Ron Pease of Glastonbury, CT was crowned the $1,650 Main Event Champion, earning $91,347, and the Championship Trophy.
All the chips went in preflop on the final hand and Russ Dykshteyn’s AK had Vincent Maglio’s AT dominated. The runout was Q 8 6 7 8 and changed nothing. Dykshteyn had Maglio covered and it was over. Dykshteyn had his first WSOP Circuit ring and $202,335. Maglio settles for second and $125,201.
The heads-up match only lasted about 15 minutes. Vince Maglio had the chip lead going in with about 7.2 million to Dykshteyn’s ~6 million. A couple of hands later, Dykshteyn has reversed their positions and had 7.7 million to Maglio’s 5.5 million. Then the final, fatal, hand played out.
The final table featured a couple of WSOP Circuit ring holders. Joe McKeehen has two rings, one of which is a Main Event Championship ring from Caesar’s Atlantic City in 2013. He finished 4th. The only other player at the final table with a ring was Luke Graham, who made back-to-back final tables here, finishing 8th this year and 6th last year. He has a circuit ring from Harrah’s New Orleans in 2013.
In this event, Dykshteyn bested a field of 658 entrants to earn the lion’s share of the $987,000 prize pool. The final 72 players got paid and it was a packed field. Mukul Pahuja, who has nearly $1.9 million in tournament earnings, just missed the unofficial final table, busting out 11th for $15,220. He followed Aaron Massey to the rail after Massey busted in 12th place ($15,220). Massey has over $1.5 million in earnings.
The last woman sitting in this event was Claudia Crawford. She finished 15th for $12,387. WSOP bracelet holders in the money: Josh Arieh, 17th ($10,206); Robert Cheung, $56th ($3,010) and David Diaz, 62nd ($3,010).
Article by Derrick Oliver-Dewan
There is no one quite like Padraig Parkinson. A poker pioneer in Ireland, where the Poker Gods keep Irish eyes smiling, Parkinson was an outspoken proponent of the game before it, the game, exploded onto the worldwide stage. He was there long before Moneymaker. Witty, sarcastic and likeable to a fault, Parkinson has the rare ability to blend humor with his astonishing natural talents at the poker table, a wicked combination when the cards are running good. Oh, what a world champion he would have been.
"Thanks for reminding me," he joked during our interview on High Roller Radio after being asked if he ever thinks about what could have been. A man of his stature a world champion? A man with his gifted speaking abilities? "I didn't know it at the time but it would have been worth millions to be now. I was just playing for the money back then and third was good."
by Haley Hintze
The internet homes of prominent Las Vegas casino resorts Venetian and Palazzo were knocked off line for several days in February following attacks by internet hackers. The attacks appeared motivated by the pro-Israel politics of LV Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, and text left by the hackers included a reference to an oblique recommendation Adelson made last year about bombing the Iranian desert as a show of strength supporting Israel. The hacking included the publication of private information of LV Sands employees. The LV Sands corporate website was also affected, as were the sites of its other casino properties, in Pennsylvania and Macau.
by Haley Hintze
A new lobbying group favoring the regulated oversight of online poker and gambling has debuted. The new Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection (C4COP) is funded by MGM International with support from the American Gaming Association. C4COP was created to counteract the anti-online push of CSIG, with C4COP immediately announcing a $250,000 media buy, primarily around Washington, D.C., to promote a pro-online political agenda. Among the political figures already signed to front the group are former GOP Congressmen Mike Oxley and Mary Bono and former Obama administrative staffer Jim Messina.