...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.
by Barbara Rogers
Rockin Rivers! Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Rivers Casino is bringing on their Spring Poker Open. All the events are affordable and there’s quite a list; $175,000 is guaranteed in pay outs. For more information view their ad on page 2 of this issue of Poker Player. [Download the PDF]
200 grand guaranteed at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan in their Mid-States Poker Tour coming up May 9-18th. The qualifiers start as early as May 2nd. Put this in your tournament schedule book and look into their Player Of The Year Tournament Of Champions. The guaranteed prize pool for this is over $40,000. You can stay where you play at FireKeepers worldclass hotel. Say hi to Kelley Bailey, in charge of the poker room while you’re there. Kelley has made sure players have a tournament to play in 7 days of the week. 2014 Stacked Sundays is another popular venue of Kelley’s. The 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, $220+$20 will get you 15,000 in chips and 30 minute levels. Get more info on page 11 of this issue of Poker Player. [Download the PDF]
Borgata has another of their big money events coming up. They will be bringing players into Atlantic City from April 8-26; look for $5 Million in pay-outs during the 51 events.
The first-ever WSOP Circuit ring awarded at Lumière Place Casino in St. Louis goes to Matt Bond of Irving, Texas for winning the opening event,$580 No Limit Hold’em.(Matt’s first name is Justin,but he goes by middle name Matt.) He came to the final table second in chips and battled headsup for nearly two hours before getting the last of Peter Nigh’s chips with A9 dominating Nigh’s A3.Bond collected $17,779 for the win. Nigh, who was the chip leader at the start of the final table, picked up $10,989 for second place.
This event drew 127 entrants for a total prize pool of $63,500. The final 15 players got paid. Two time WSOP Circuit ring winner Tim Vance was in the starting field along with Palm Beach Kennel Club Casino Champion Jeff Gunnip and single ring owner DJ MacKinnon.They all failed to make the money. None of the player sat the final table owned any WSOP or Circuit bling.