After three days of intense competition at Harveys Lake Tahoe, Dan Harmetz is the latest WSOP Circuit Main Event winner.
Harmetz earns his first Circuit ring, along with $128,699 and a free entry in the National Championship, to be held at Caesars Atlantic City in the spring. Along the way, Harmetz knocked out all of his finaltable competitors on the last day of the tournament.
Ryan Rinker finishes in 2nd place, earning $79,531. He also earns Casino Champion honors with 77.5 points and a free entry into the National Championship.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment Launches Three Online Casino Websites for New Jersey Residents & VisitorsNovember 21, 2013 - 3:40pm
Marks 1st Time in U.S. that Caesars & Harrah’s Offer Real-Money Online Gaming
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (November 21, 2013) – On June 26, 1979, Caesars Atlantic City first opened its doors. Now 34 years later, a new era of gaming in New Jersey begins, as three online real-money gaming offerings under the Caesars umbrella begin entertaining New Jersey residents and visitors.
Adam Friedman of Gahanna, Ohio returned to Belterra Casino Resort over the weekend to improve on his fourteenth-place Heartland Poker Tour finish in March. A successful pro player, Friedman has accumulated over $1.3 million in winnings and four World Series of Poker Final Tables. A WSOP bracelet winner, Friedman was one of many accomplished players at Monday’s HPT Final Table at Belterra. He was the only one with well over a million in chips. If I take my time and pick my spots, I have a chance at winning this event,” he said before action began.
Little time was needed as Friedman took down the nine-handed Final Table in record time. The heads-up match was a quick affair as Friedman held 85% of the chips in play. The battle was over in four hands when Friedman moved allin and was called by Jason Andrews of Pittsburgh, who in turn was all-in. Andrews cards were good for a straight but it was Friedman’s flush that won the hand and the championship worth $83,439. The runner-up collected $51,453.
by Wendeen H. Eolis
As exclusively reported at pokerplayernewswpaper.com, on November 7th, PokerStars will not be part of the iGaming fraternity operating in New Jersey on its historic scheduled launch date of November 26th.
Look for statements from PokerStars and/or DGE pledging that the dance continues—but for more on the back story to this state of affairs, stay tuned to pokerplayernewspaper.com.
by Haley Hintze
FIVE JERSEY CASINOS APPROVED TO LAUNCH ONLINE POKER SITES
As of early November, five of the 12 land-based casinos in New Jersey have been approved by state gaming regulators to offer online poker and other internet gambling to residents and visitors to the state. The Borgata, which received the first license in October, has since been joined by the Golden Nugget AC, Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza, and the Tropicana AC in receiving the go-ahead. These five casinos will soft-launch online sites on or around November 21st, with the first real-money gaming scheduled for November 26th. A number of sites connected to the licenses awarded have already begun accepting player registrations, including Betfairnj.com (Trump Plaza), Borgatacasino.com, Goldennuggetpoker.com, Letsplaynj.com (Trump Plaza), Partypokernj.com (Borgata), Tropicana.net, and Ucasino.com (Trump Taj Mahal, Ultimate Poker).
DELAWARE LOTTERY DEBUTS ONLINE POKER, GAMBLING SERVICES
Hopeful online bettors in New Jersey’s neighbor Delaware had to wait one extra week as last-minute wrinkles were ironed out, but on November 8th, the Delaware Lottery and the state’s three licensed land-based casinos (Dover Downs, Delaware Park, and Harrington Raceway) went live with real-money offerings. Players age 21 and over and located physically within the state were able to play poker in addition to several casino games; Delaware thus became the first US state to offer officially authorized online casino games. Traffic was reported as light to moderate in the sites’ early days, with users occasionally reporting the same sort of geo-location verification problems that plagued Nevada’s online-poker launch earlier this year. Delaware officials continue exploring the possibility of multi-state compacts to increase player liquidity and revenue. DICRISTINA VERDICT APPEALED TO US SUPREME COURT Convicted New York City poker-game operator Lawrence DiCristina has announced an appeal of his 2012 conviction to the US Supreme Court. DiCristina, a bike-shop owner who ran a smallstakes poker room in a Staten Island warehouse, was convicted by a jury of violating IGBA (the Illegal Gambling Business Act), though the verdict was set aside by presiding judge Jack Weinstein in a landmark ruling, citing poker’s skill attributes. However, Weinstein’s decision was overturned by an appellate court in August, which ruled 2-1 that the skill aspects cited were irrelevant to the case. The Supreme Court appeal represents the last hope for DiCristina, and it’s a slim one; SCOTUS, as it’s often abbreviated, only accepts a tiny percentage of the appeals submitted to it.
POKERSTARS, WYNN LEFT WAITING AS NEW JERSEY AWARDS WAIVERS TO OTHER SOFTWARE, HARDWARE PARTNERS
by Wendeen H. Eolis
The New Jersey gaming license application of Poker Stars has been a bruiser after a series of battles instigated and propelled by indignant opponents united under the umbrella of the American Gaming Association (AGA). But the fallout from the warring parties’ activities is far from over—regardless of the outcome on the PokerStars application this week.
The time worn precept that a zealous foe who seeks to bury his target had best to build two graves may apply here. The AGA has succeeded, beyond a shadow of a doubt, in spotlighting PokerStars as a company that poses serious suitability issues in the context of New Jersey’s traditional casino licensing standards.
At the same time, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement’s disorganized and dragged out proceedings, have provided regulators in other jurisdictions quite the primer on potential pitfalls in licensing deliberations. Perhaps as important, regulators have been motivated to take a harder look at the suitability of potential licensees, even if already licensed elsewhere. This food for thought was not likely anticipated by other gaming companies now being held accountable to more stringent standards than ever before.
by David “The Maven” Chicotsky
Get in the habit of re-raising: One exercise I like to have my students do to get in the habit of re-raising is having them re-raise within the first round of the tournament. If they can squeeze in a re-raise during the first nine hands of the tournament, it gives them the opportunity to do so at the lowest blind-level, assuming a minimal amount of risk. I also strongly advise that students drop down in stakes - where they can experiment without being penalized financially for it. Don’t think that re-raising is only performed pre-flop; get in the habit of re-raising on the flop, turn and river. Also, don’t get into the habit of thinking you need the better hand to re-raise. Oftentimes re-raising is a great way to manipulate your opponent into a free card on the next street - or simply bluffing in order to win the pot at that moment. Also remember that you have a wide range of options as to the sizing when re-raising. You don’t have to just triple the amount your opponent bet - you can re-min raise, double their raise size or even make it bigger than three times their amount for special circumstances.
by Barbara Connors
Why do good, smart poker players make so many bad decisions at the table? I’m not talking about decisions where you made the wrong read, or the situation was complex and you didn’t take all the factors into account. I’m talking about a hand where you had the right read, you knew the right play—and then you went ahead did the wrong thing anyway. Knowing full well that it was against your best interest, -EV, and just plain dumb.
The too-loose call is probably the most common of these mistakes, followed by the way-too-loose raise and the uberloose reraise. Somehow our hands keep wanting to throw chips into the middle of the table even as our minds warn us against doing so. Whether it’s calling preflop with K-J offsuit from early position, calling after the flop with a one-card straight draw, or making an “I had to make sure” call on the river, the end result is the same. You are throwing away money, and you know it. At the other end of the spectrum, perhaps you play passive, let’s-get-to-a-cheap-showdown poker against opponents you should be raising, and you know perfectly well this is costing you.
by Barbara Rogers
The Winter Series Pittsburgh Poker Open will run from November 21-Dec. 2, 2013. Even if you are not a Steelers fan, Pittsburgh still beckons you, and Rivers Casino is the reason. Jim Tinney, poker room manager, has teamed up with Poker Night In America, with the final table of the main event being featured and taped for television! There will be plenty of other action with guaranteed events of $5,000, $10,000, $20,000, and the big one guaranteeing $75,000. Starting with the $5K guarantee, it is only $100+$25 to enter. The complete schedule can be viewed at www.riverscasino.com/
by Wendeen H. Eolis
This past week has seen a frenzy of activity over the license application submitted by PokerStars to New Jersey regulators.
This morning previously proven sources with direct knowledge of current affairs reconfirm PokerStars remains shut out of the starting line up for online gaming in the Garden State.
"No approval tomorrow," say law firms with direct knowledge of late breaking developments. Insiders closely associated with PokerStars say founders Isai and Mark Scheinberg are actively preparing for worse news on the near horizon.
More news coming shortly on the pressure brought to bear by competitors outraged by "unfair competition." One lawyer peripherally involved says current "mess" is made by New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement making promises to PokerStars that we're not in concert with New Jersey regulatory tradition of stringent suitability requirements.