by Ashley Adams
I left off the first part of this article after finishing play at the Casino Royale poker room in the beautiful Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento. Though my friend Andrei was tired out by our cross country flight and subsequent poker jaunt, I was still energized. So before retiring I headed out on Saturday night to the two other rooms in Sacramento, The Capitol Casino, and the Limelight Bar and Cafe Card Room.
The Capitol Casino (411 N. 16th Street, Sacramento, 916-446- 0700) is the dominant card room in the area. Open 24/7, there are ten poker tables and many “California Games”. The food is outstanding. They have Asian dishes, diner fare, and elaborate desserts that literally sit on shelves surrounding many of the areas of play. It was weird looking, but so tempting that I went back the following day just to eat breakfast (and had a great omelet and perfectly prepared coffee).
The room has the biggest action in the area. I played in the $2/$5 game that rocked and rolled. (They sometimes have $5/$10 no limit I was told—but it wasn’t going on the Saturday night I was there). Seventy percent of the hands were 3-bet or 4-bet pre-flop. I don’t recall if there was a cap on the buy-in, but at my table there were three players sitting with well over $1K. While the level of play was not of the very highest level—that you’ll find at some of the very large poker rooms like Commerce, Aria, Bellagio, Borgata, or Foxwoods -- this was better than a collection of local rocks and recreational players. I didn’t sit in or observe their other games, but there were $1/$2 no limits going as well as a few $4/8, $6/12 limit and even a $4/$8 Omaha8 with a half kill. They offer a wide variety of tournaments as well.
by Haley Hintze
Negotiations between competing California tribal-casino factions over differences in language in rival Cali intrastate online poker bills have fallen apart over allegations that PokerStars may be negotiating to at least one tribe and two major independent cardrooms. A 12-tribe group led by the state’s Pechanga and Agua Caliente bands issued a public statement against PokerStars and its parent Rational Group, demanding that a “bad actor” provision, designed to block PokerStars, be included in any California i-poker legislation. The rival Morongo tribal nation and the Commerce and Hawaiian Gardens card rooms have been named in media reports as negotiating with Stars for software services. PokerStars paid more than $500 million to resolve its federal “Black Friday” case but admitted no legal wrongdoing, and would currently be subject to approval by California gaming regulators rather than being blocked by a Cali i-poker bad-actor provision.
...and flair and money with its Pittsburgh Poker Open & Spring Series.
By Barbara Rogers
And you thought Pittsburgh was famous for its twisted steel of years past. Now they are famous for having Rivers Casino in their city and a very popular poker room. Jim Tinney, poker room manager makes sure of it. Just coming off the $50,000 March Meltdown, and giving money away—that does make for popularity. Now with $175,000 guaranteed and tournaments priced to keep you playing the entire event, The Pittsburgh Poker Open/Spring Series will play from April 10th to April 21st. You can satellite into the main event or with so many NLH events, win the buy-in money yourself, for the main event. The start dates for the main No Limit Hold’em event are Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th, 12 noon, $1,000+$100 will get you into it. One hour blinds in the main event should please you. In addition to a raft of NLH tournaments, Pot Limit Omaha, will be offered along with a Green Chip Bounty event. I love the number of No Limit Hold’em events on the schedule. Jim is a man after my own heart.
by Haley Hintze
The World Series of Poker Circuit Series will lose one of its venues next season, following the announcement by parent company Caesars Entertainment that the Harrah’s Tunica casino will close on June 2nd. The Mississippi casino-report is the largest of three Caesars-owned properties in Tunica, but remained awash in red ink despite the success of the WSOPC Tunica stop. Mississippi’s Tunica casinos have seen sharp revenue declines, with much of the region’s casino business shifting to the state’s resurgent Biloxi / Gulf Coast region. The most recent WSOPC Tunica visit was in late January, with the stop expected to be removed or replaced on the tour’s 2014-15 slate.
by Bob Popper
Majestic Star Hotel & Casino’s Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) event attracted a wide variety of players to the felt in Buffington Harbor during the first week of March. The tourney featured players from the United States, and a number of international contestants all battling for the top prize.
The March 1-9 MSPT tourney structure had a two flight main event system with a buy-in of $1,100. In addition, they had super satellites costing only $60 with a healthy 20% of the field advancing to a $250 satellite. The top 20% of that category would advance to the main event, which pitted a field of 301 hopefuls.
Majestic paid out 36 spots from the field of main event combatants. The final table started on Sunday, March 9 at 8 PM and lasted almost 5 hours before the last 3 players took home their share of the prize pool. Brian Zimcosky lasted long enough to capture third place and take home $28,141 followed by Leon Morford who tucked away a nice $42,401 for finishing in second place.
The tournament winner, who took home a sweet chunk of change was Kenneth Baime. He pocketed $77,681 for his first place finish.
by Haley Hintze
Well-liked British poker player Mehmet Hassan was murdered in what British authorities described as a pre-planned robbery gone wrong. Hassan, 56, was beaten and robbed just hours after winning £3,000 playing poker at London’s Palm Beach Casino, apparently after a trip to celebrate the victory. Hassan and a companion, 24-year-old Leone Granger, celebrated Hassan’s poker wins at the London’s upscale Nobu restaurant, then returned to Hassan’s Islington flat, where Granger and two accomplices are alleged to have undertaken the robbery-murderer, targeting tens of thousands of pounds Hassan kept as his poker bankroll. The popular Hassan was a veteran of the British tournament scene, and was remembered fondly by numerous players and industry officials.
By Jason Bullock
I wrote previously about AdvancedPokerTraining.com, but now I’d like to give you more details about their “Beat The Pro” Challenge feature— it’s really something novel that will change the way you look at poker training forever. It’s like having a top poker pro looking over your shoulder while you play, without spending hundreds of dollars an hour—it’s really that good.
Wendeen H. Eolis
By: Wendeen H. Eolis
New York State has come to the party later than most, but this year it has its eye on gambling like never before. The necessary referendum to legalize commercial brick and mortar casino gaming passed more than a year ago; a Commission to oversee the issuance of a limited number of casino licenses is in place. And now we have a “poker only” bill floating through the New York State Senate.
NY Senate Bill S6913—Poker Only!
by Haley Hintze
Twin Congressional measures seeking to reinvigorate the 1961 Wire Act and thereby make illegal most forms of Internet gambling, including poker, have been introduced in Congress. The bills, submitted by US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and US Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), originated with the deep backing of billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, the CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which operates the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas. The preliminary forms of both bills were written by a federal lobbyist funded by Adelson, who hopes to curtail Internet-based competition to his existing land-based casinos. Both new Congressional measures, denoted as S. 2159 and H.R. 4301, respectively, have been sent to Congressional committees.
Poker success means more than finding advantages. It means avoiding disadvantages. Sadly, most skillful players are in perpetual search of edges. They fail to weigh what will reward them against what will destroy them.
I teach that you should always be very vigilant about identifying disadvantages in poker. Many can seem invisible, if you don’t look hard. But once you see them, it’s usually easy to stay out of danger. So, here is a short selection of three poker disadvantages, chosen from over 100 candidates.
Disadvantage 1: Too many chips
Many players like to have the most chips at the table in no-limit poker games. Is that the right strategy? Maybe. Probably not.