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Poker East and a Little West of the Mississippi

by Barbara Rogers

 Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. With plenty of room for comfort and space to stretch out, their brand new poker room is quite a beauty. The Hollywood Poker Open events were held in the big ballroom, located in the lower level of the riverboat. The event’s turn-out was excellent, and attendance is still going strong, as of this writing. Poker room manager, Brad Hinson must set a great example, because his dealers seem to think highly of him, and are always good sports about dealing so much.

 There was plenty to play for with a $250,000 guarantee, $50,000 guarantee among various other tournaments, and chances to win a trip to the big inaugural Hollywood Poker Open to be held at the M Resort in Vegas June 28th to the 30th, 2013. With travel expenses included and a seat in the $500,000 guaranteed pay-out, it created quite a buzz. I decided to take a look outside since it was dark when I arrived. I was curious to assess the outside of the facility because of the hotel being on land, and the casino being on the water.

 The quaint town of Lawrenceburg is an easy short walk. It was like a step back in time with neat little shops, one with bolts of fabric out in front. I understand, along with its rich history, Lawrenceburg is home to the original Seagram’s Distillery. Early morning, the smell of sour mash permeates the air before the product is fermented into alcohol. The bucolic town is so clean and pristine; the only touch of reality I could find was a sign outside a bar that claimed to have the “biggest ass beer in town.”

 A reader asked for advice about which of the on-line sites to play: This particular player unfortunately lost money on Full Tilt, and is astute to advance with caution. Our publisher, Stan Sludikoff, astute as well, will offer no advice until all laws are passed. Not because he is my boss, but I would trust Stan before I would trust anyone. Like many of the good folks in charge of poker rooms across the country that have forgotten more than many in the industry have yet to learn, my boss knows more about the gaming industry and its history than anyone you know. I always encounter someone I know, from elsewhere in the poker world, while traveling. This time, while playing in Indiana at Hollywood Casino, one of the good guys in this World came over to my table. I met him previously on the Poker Player cruise, but that was awhile back. At the table, he handed me $20 from a bet he lost. Side note: I had no recollection- don’t you wish you owed me some money? Maybe I was too distracted to remember this man’s debt because I was still beaming from the surreal joy of beating Mike Caro, heads-up: Mike Caro, who wrote the very first Poker Book I ever read.

 Delaware Park is bringing you something to look forward to in January. The Delaware Park Winter Poker Classic starts on January 2nd, and will continue through January 15th, 2013. For those of you not nursing a hangover, January 2nd is the kick-off event, with a $100,000 guarantee on a $400 buy-in NLH. Poker room manager Kevin Castora grinds out the schedule for these events with the idea of bringing you everything that you could possibly want to play. The schedule is very creative, always geared toward extra incentives and prizes. Watch for the full schedule of events in the next issue of Poker Player. You will see a point system explained, along with an extra $5,000 cash added to the final event. The main event starts on January 12th, a NLH guarantees $150,000 with a $1,090 buy in. You can get a poker room discount at the Red Roof Inn.

 More money, more money is the theme at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The Super Stack Holdem Series running from November 2nd to December 2nd. joined by the big Live Game Giveaway of $40,000 in cash prizes, has another generous and easy way to win money going on. Twelve Days Of Poker Giveaway will run from December 5th to December 16th. You can see the details for yourself in this issue of Poker Player.

 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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