By Max Shapiro
“Hey Maxey,” Big Denny bellowed on my latest visit to his dumpy card shack, “did ya hear about da Minnysoda Poker Hall of Fame?”
“That’s ‘Minnesota,’” I corrected him.
“Oh, yeah, dat’s da name of da city.”
“Minnesota is a state,” I said wearily.
“Yeah, whatever. But did ya hear about dere Poker Hall a’ Fame?”
“Yes, I read about it. It was started by the Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Casino to honor poker players from that state and those who helped the development of poker in Minnesota. So what about it?”
“Well,” the big guy explained, since Minnysoda is startin’ one, I figgered I could do da same an’ have a Barstow Poker Hall a’ Fame.”
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our founder and publisher Stanley R. Sludikoff. For over 30 years, Stanley helmed Poker Player Newspaper, which was, at its heart, a family-run publication. The bi-monthly print edition was a staple in poker card rooms across the country. PPN was brought into the digital age with the launch of the online site and gave voice to many talented writers and poker players over the years.
Stanley celebrated his 80th birthday last year with his wife of 43 years Ann and their family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them.
The funeral will be held this Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at 2:00 PM at Mount Sinai, Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forrest Lawn Dr.
Can't make it to Las Vegas this weekend to catch the final table of the WSOP Main Event? Have no fear, ESPN has you covered. The sports cable channel will be covering every hand as we go from the November Nine down to the 2015 ME Champ live-ish. The final table will be shown with hole cards on a thirty minute delay starting this Sunday, November 8, at 5:30P/8:30E and continuing through Tuesday night. Longtime poker commentators Lon McEachern and Norman Chad will be providing play-by-play first on the flagship station ESPN, and then starting at 8:00P/11:00E coverage will switch to the secondary station, ESPN2.
While the November Nine does not include one of the biggest names in poker, 11th place finisher Daniel Negreanu, the final table does not lack for interesting stories and great players and it should be entertaining to experienced players as well as those relatively new to the game.
By George “The Engineer” Epstein
There will often be a “maniac” at your table. He loves to bet and raise – and reraise! He does it almost every hand. How can you best play against the maniac; and. better yet, can you take advantage of his playing style?
by George “The Engineer” Epstein
Some years ago, I read a rather controversial column in a major poker magazine; it related to holding a strong hand preflop and then trimming down the number of opponents staying in the hand. The goal was to Reduce the Size of the Playing Field” (“RSPF”) in order to increase the probability of winning.
By Wendeen H. Eolis
Today Nolan Dalla is in high gear for another starting day of the Main Event of the 45th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The WSOP’s longtime media director has been in residence, at the WSOP, since its inception at the Rio in 2004. His association with the WSOP is even longer; dating back to 2003 during the WSOP’s waning days at Binion’s Horseshoe.
By Geno Lawrenzi Jr.
Poor Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. There they were, in the presence of the powerful Wizard of Oz. They didn't know what the Wizard looked like -- only that he had a powerful voice and he kept their knees quaking with his pronouncements and observations.
Poker and the world of gambling have their own Wizards of Oz. Their names may vary because of their involvement in this or that project -- Donald Trump, Steve Wynn, the Binions, Pappy Smith, Mike Caro and many more.
Add Stanley Sludikoff to that list. Better yet, consider him at or near the head of the list.
by George “The Engineer” Epstein
I received a number of comments regarding my column about Dan Sverdlin of Redondo Beach, California, who was playing no-limit hold’em at the Bicycle Casino when he encountered a situation that could happen to anyone at the poker table.
Dan was sure he had the best hand and was betting for value when his last remaining opponent turned up his holecards, exposing them, just before the final round of betting on the river, showing a pair of sixes. Dan then proceeded to make his bet. The opponent hesitated for a long time, and then called. Dan took the pot with the best hand; but then was berated by another player who observed the hand and thought that Dan should not have made the bet. He accused Dan of breaching poker etiquette by betting when he knew that he held the best hand.
By David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Sometimes we're put in a tough position after getting 3-bet pre-flop; and rather than calling or folding - we'll decide to 4-bet our opponent. The number one thing I like to emphasize to students when discussing 4-betting is to be precise.
We're essentially attempting to exploit our opponent through 4-betting in three predominant ways: