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Poker East and a Little West of the Mississippi

by Barbara Rogers

I thought Hurricane Sandy would close or slow down the casinos in my area. WRONG! Having windows blown out didn’t slow anyone down. Amidst the natural disaster, the poker rooms were still packed all day and night. My sister lives in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and had no heat or electricity. Naturally, I told her to go play poker. Hard core poker players are great!

 Bad Beat $500,000! As of this writing, at the Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado, Poker Room Manager, Jess Kaufman tells me qualifications are quads or better. Fifteen thousand for the room, with the bad beat $500,000 and growing could mean a very lucrative Holiday Season! I recommend staying in one of the remolded rooms on the 3rd floor, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the mountains.

 Speaking of having plenty of dough for the Holidays, there’s lots of cash up for grabs at the Sands Poker Room in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Sands DeepStack Extravaganza (a $500,000 guaranteed main event) starts the satellite rounds on November 3rd, with plenty of opportunities for you to cash. See page 13 of this issue for tournament details.

 I hate to break it to you, but man, it’s your own fault, if you don’t get yourself to a Penn National property and play in the Hollywood Poker Open, because they are providing ample opportunities for you. Keep an eye on www.hollywoodpokeropen.com for constant updates. One of the poker rooms included in the HPO events is Hollywood Casino Columbus. Ohio is a huge state for ambitious poker players: Since opening day, Hollywood Casino Columbus has been jumping. On weekdays they are spreading between 22 and 27 game nearly every day, and on Friday/Saturday, all 30 tables are full. They are spreading $3/6 and $10/20 LHE ad NLHE in $1/2,$2/5,$2/10 and $5/25. On the Omaha side, the spread is $3/6 or $4/8 08 along with either $1/2 or $2/5 PLO or both, every day. The tournaments start after the first of the year, early 2013. Matt Dodd, the man in charge of the poker room, has been working hard to get their tournament schedule out in December.

 Iowa’s Diamond Jo Casino is worth playing at. If you happen to be a fan of having fun and winning money, try playing in the annual “Battle on the Border” NLH. Plenty of players from Iowa and Minnesota will battle for bragging rights, but anyone can play.

 Don’t forget—Matusow gets his mouth on at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut sometime during the Deepstacks Poker Tour Mohegan Sun National Championship, beginning November 23rd. He will be in good company, joined by Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Tristan Wade, and Matt Glantz,, along with other pros. Also, Mohegan Sun is providing a free coupon to the all-you-can-eat breakfast at Season’s Buffet to players showing up early and playing between the hours of 4:00 am and 10:00 am, i.e., players who haven’t left yet, and play between 4am and 10am.

 Barbara Rogers is a competitive player in many endeavors including pool and poker tournaments. You can reach her at pokerplayerne@yahoo.com

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