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Bellagio Five-Star Poker Classic Starts

The Fontana Room has once again morphed into the Bellagio's Five-Star Poker Tournament's five-star poker room that is supplemented by additional tables in the Bellagio's European-plush main poker room. An outdoor veranda with super views of the famous dancing fountains water and sound shows adds to the excitement of the events, also the only place most laptop aircards can get a signal so a favorite roost for the poker journalist.

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Venetian Poker Room Opens with a Spectacular Tournament Event

The Venetian Poker Room officially opened on Sunday evening with a star studded Invitational Grand Opening Tournament. 284 players took their seats for an opportunity to drive home in a new dazzling yellow Lotus.

Expecting about 200 players and having closer to 300 show up proved to be no problem for this inaugural event. The shuffle up and deal command went out a little after 9:00 PM and 7 hours later Beatric Stranzixger scooped the remainder of Carlos Mortensen's chips to claim the keys to the exotic sports car.

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Entertainment Report

Need a laugh? Who doesn't these days? If so, I'm recommending that you go see one of my favorite funny ladies, Joy Behar, at the Tropicana in Atlantic City on April 1. It's fitting that Josephina Victoria Occhiuto (her christened name) will be appearing on April Fool's Day. Most of you, I'm sure, know Behar from watching her on the hit morning talk show, The View, but she is one of the best standup comedians in the business. She is also a very smart lady.

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Casinos As Debt Collectors

A large casino may be stuck with more than $10 million every year in bum checks and bounced markers.

How to collect? Debt collectors often make their money by, well, collecting debts. They are not paid by the hour, but depend for their livelihood upon their ability to extract money from reluctant customers. In the past, this sometimes led to problems. Debt collection is consistently one of the top consumer complaints.

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$925 million Red Rock Casino Resort Open on April 18th

Las Vegas welcomes its newest casino this month as the $925 million Red Rock Casino Resort (Station Casino) readies to open it's doors on April 18. Red Rock is nestled at the gateway of the majestic Red Rock National Conservation area in the Northwest Las Vegas Valley just 14 miles from the Las Vegas strip and McCarran International Airport. Its 414 rooms and suites have views of either the Red Rocks to the west, or a sweeping panoramic view of the Las Vegas strip to the east.

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Poker and Taxes

Most of my readers, especially those I meet at the tables, know that I am an accountant and tax return preparer.

A number of fellow players routinely ask me for advice. Their questions seem to center around the same areas. They all relate to issues of what must I report and what may I deduct. Some have asked if I would do an article on what may or may not be deductible and who is allowed to deduct what.

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Poker: Learn the Rules; Learn from Your Mistakes

Years ago, I developed a special Lessons Learned program for the Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center. The idea was to help Air Force contractors and major subcontractors avoid errors that had previously occurred on other programs, to prevent costly program/mission losses, plus subsequent corrective actions. The Air Force Manufacturing Problem Prevention Program (MP3) has saved literally billions of tax-payer dollars. (I received an award from a professional engineering society for this contribution.)

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Heaven on Earth is feeling better

Hiding your feelings and playing your cards close to the vest are necessary to succeed at poker.

Living your life, hopefully, should be very different.

Expressing your true feelings and being honest and open with your friends and those in your life you love are the traits that make your life rich and worth living. I have made the conscious decision, at my ripe young age of 68, to step out of my poker mode and share from my heart my life, my hopes, my dreams and my ideas in this article. I do ask for an exception to this when you meet me at the poker table.

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Distractions Hurt Your Poker Game

In my continuing efforts to clear my mind at the poker table I am always on the lookout for thoughts that float through my mind and cloud my ability to make my best decisions. What is going on in my mind either allows me to consider all of my choices and their consequences and make my best choice, or diverts me to being a victim of stressful feelings that cause me to act prematurely without taking into account all of the information available.

These stressful feelings that are caused by thoughts that don't serve me are my biggest enemy at the poker table and in all other areas of my life.

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The Poker Player of the Year in 2005?

Several different prominent members of the media and poker community compile Player of the Year rankings, usually based on the players' tournament performances during a particular calendar year. ESPN does in association with Bluff magazine, as do Card Player and TopPair magazines, and the International Poker Federation, or IPF.

Even Phil Hellmuth computes his Poker Champion of the Year rankings that appear in ALL IN magazine, but more on that later. Poker Player is wise enough not to get involved, as doing so can be the basis for some controversy, as you will see below.

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