by Barbara Rogers
LATER, LOSER! That was the battle cry of a fairly good sized player sporting a Harley shirt at my table in the Crown Royal poker room at Dover Downs. Every time one of his friends busted, he yelled that to them. They looked over their shoulder while exiting, mostly not appreciating his humor. Admittedly, those of us at the table did. So it seemed fitting to say the same thing to Harley guy when he busted. This time it was him failing to see the humor. My table, however, loved it. They all wanted to say what I did. But they knew he wouldn’t punch me and they thanked me for saying what they were all thinking. I got to be the bounty for my good friend, Pete McGuire, the guy in charge of the room for this, “Beat the Boss” tournament. I had a blast! It was my birthday. and I had a delicious steak filet with plenty of courses delivered tableside. I was surrounded by a great group of guys, plenty of food, and I took second place! It was one of my better birthdays, blessed to be alive after a freak accident three months ago.
As you are reading this, the nationally televised Heartland Poker Tour in Indiana at the Belterra Casino Resort is still playing out. An excellent turnout, and you still have time to play: Oct. 29th to Nov. 3rd are the dates. Call 1-888-BELTERRA or visit belterracasino.com
I teach that you usually should make your actions at the poker table swift and certain. Swift. And certain. I call this playing crisp—which is today’s word. Now I’ll explain why playing crisp can bring you mountains of profit. And I’ll point out some exceptions.
Let me ask you a question? What do you fear most about your poker opponents? That they’ll draw out and beat you when you have a great hand? That they’ll cheat you? That they’re superior to you? Sure, you should be concerned about that and more.
Fine. But psychologically, there are two thing players fear most about their opponents—good luck and strong confidence.
Fear of good luck
When Heartland Poker Tour turned on the lights and the cameras at their nationallytelevised Final Table from the Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room, Cong Pham had a commanding chip lead. Six hours later, stacks were even as the 29-year-old poker pro from Naples, Florida stared down his final opponent, James Calderaro. Both players were confident and the risks were calculated. It took 46 hands of heads-up play before an all-in and a call took place. “I hope viewers enjoy this. It’s a good heads-up match,” said world champion Greg “Fossilman” Raymer who commentated the Final Table live for HPTpoker.com, “Neither player did anything silly.” Ultimately, Pham got every last chip for the title and $104,033.
It took pocket pairs for both players to get all the chips in the middle. Calderaro was all-in and at risk with eights while Pham held aces. The board ran out safely for the pocket aces bringing an end to the tournament. Calderaro of Manasota Beach, Florida adds $64,158 to over $1.8 million in career earnings. “Just add it to the pile,” he said.
By Barbara Rogers
Great news for poker players! The GAME CONTINUES. The place where it all started, Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana will play host to the Hollywood Poker Open. It started here, in Brad Hinson’s poker room and it traveled all across America. Penn National Gaming did a tremendous job of making sure players from just about everywhere in this country had a shot at winning a seat in the Las Vegas main event of the HPO. And all the while, paying out plenty of prize money in a multitude of events that players found affordable. Once the poker room manager, Brad Hinson got the ball rolling with super efficiency, it just got bigger and bigger. With an all-out effort and a “takeno- prisoners” attitude, they were determined to make this big and make it work.” And I know for a fact, the talk among the poker players was, “man I sure hope Hollywood does this again.” And they are
Qualify at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg November 15-24, 2013 for the 2014 Las Vegas Hollywood Poker Open and win a trophy. But, there are plenty of other reasons to play in Lawrenceburg. The schedule is huge. From Deep Stack NLH, Seniors NL, NLH (Ante Only), Pot Limit Omaha, Ladies NLH, daily and nightly Cash NLH to NLH Last Chance. View it in detail in their ad in this issue of Poker Player. [Download the PDF]
by Haley Hintze
BORGATA, OTHER NJ ONLINE POKER SITES PREP FOR NOV. 26TH OPENING
Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa received the first interactive gambling license to be issued by New Jersey state gambling regulators. The license, granted in early October, means that the Borgata will be among the Atlantic City casinos expected to launch real-money online gambling, including poker, on Tuesday, November 26th. The live date for realmoney action will follow a brief, five-day soft launch for final software and hardware testing. The Borgata is a collaborative venture owned by Boyd Gaming and MGM Resorts International, and its online brands are expected to be powered by bwin.party software. All 12 Atlantic City casinos are seeking approval to launch online versions of their brands, which will be available to anyone age 21 or over who is physically present in New Jersey.
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by Wendeen H. Eolis
In the spring of 2000 Russ Hamilton coached Wayne Newton to a “tie” in a heads-up No Limit Hold’em duel that became part of GQ reporter Elizabeth Gilbert’s published story, “Chicks with Decks”— later that year. James McManus, the author of the poker classic Positively Fifth Street adopted the title as the heading for his chapter on women in poker. The catchy title fit the gutsy ladies profiled in Positively Fifth Street and Liz, far better than it fit me, as her poker coach and Hamilton’s opposite in the heads-up match.
The biggest buy-in event in World Series of Poker history will return for 2014. The Big One for One Drop will take place over three days, from June 29 to July 1, 2014, with a field capped at 56 players (comprised of seven eight-handed tables). According to the press release, the first place prize has the potential to reach in excess of $20,000,000 if every seat is filled, with 16-20% of entrants receiving a portion of the prize pool, depending on the final number of entrants. Unlike the rest of the WSOP events next year, the Big One will be held at Caesars Palace, except for the televised final table which will be played at the Rio All-Suites Resort.
The WSOP issued the following press release with further details on this year's event:
by David “The Maven” Chicotsky
One of the things I’ve always liked about poker is it’s a one-man team. I grew up playing competitive tennis in and around Texas. When things didn’t go my way, it was one person’s fault - mine. Don’t get me wrong, team sports have positive attributes as well. There’s just something beautiful about being in control of your own destiny.
If there’s one observation I’ve made over the more than half decade I’ve been knee-deep in poker - very few poker players treat poker like a job or a serious business. Bankroll management is one of the most widely used terms in the industry and one of the least implemented. Especially with the overall demise of online poker in the USA, many tournament poker players are forced to play live tournaments. Instead of being able to buy into 10 different $50 tournaments at once, the same player might be in one $500 tournament. Instead of being able to distribute their risk (similar to buying into a mutual fund that has many stocks in its portfolio), they end up essentially taking shot after shot in every tournament they play (akin to buying an individual stock) - exponentially increasing their risk of ruin.
On Saturday the World Series of Poker announced the names of the two new members of the WSOP Hall of Fame. Former world champs Tom McEvoy and Scotty Nguyen are the two members of the class of 2013 and will be formally inducted on Sunday, November 3rd, the day before the start of this years Main Event final table. Check out the WSOP press release with the Hall of Fame announcement:
1983 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Tom McEvoy and 1998 world champion Scotty Nguyen will become the 45th and 46th individuals to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. The two were nominated by the public and voted in by a 37-person panel made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers and members of the media, it was announced today by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council.
By Joseph Smith Sr.
Michiel Brummelhuis already had one WSOP Main Event record when he became the first Dutch player to earn a final table seat at poker’s biggest event. The 28-year-old Amsterdam, Holland native brings a decade of professional poker experience to the November Nine. He is number 7 on the poker chip list with T11,275,000 in tournament chips. Brummelhuis is also listed among the top 15 all-time Dutch poker tournament players.
Brummelhuis almost didn’t come for the 2013 WSOP and decided at the last minute to play in the Main Event. He and his girlfriend are expecting their first child at the end of summer so his schedule was already full. Lucky for him and the people of Holland he decided to attend this year’s big poker show and is now considered a contender to take home the world championship of poker’s diamond and gold bracelet. Another well-known Dutchman, Marcel Luske, bubbled the 2004 WSOP Main Event final table. Come November, 100- 200 of Brummelhuis’ fellow countrymen and fans will be in Las Vegas for the final showdown.