Have you ever seen a good player go on total tilt? A once well-respected opponent who plays incredibly bad for more than just several hands or even for a session? You have? If you believe that it is possible then maybe you need to reassess your definition of a good player. Good players cannot go on tilt for more than a brief time. If a player is tiltable to this extent then he does not meet my criteria of a good player. Let me explain this concept a little further.
Jim Delorto was raised in Chicago, Illinois and left in 1978 for Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Jim was hired by Del Webb to deal poker at Park Tahoe and within six months he was promoted to shift manager. In 1981 he was transferred to Reno to work at the Sahara as a floorperson/dealer. Del Webb transferred him back to Lake Tahoe in 1983 to assume a shift boss position at the Sahara Tahoe. In 1984 he was transferred to the Mint in Las Vegas as Poker, Keno and Bingo Manager.
As I write this, the WSOP is in full swing. It isn't over so I can't write about the latest millionaires and multimillionaires who won their riches in the 2005 WSOP main event because our publisher gave us a very early deadline for this issue so he could go to Vegas and witness the birth of the newest millionaires in our poker world. There will be thousands of gasps, cheers, tears, good beats and bad beats to report on after Friday, July 15. For now, I can report on some of the happenings and behind the scenes good, bad and funny at the 2005 WSOP.
Most poker players will say that they would rather be lucky than good. However, the professionals know that luck is short term and in the long run, poker skills will win. In the long haul, a player must have the discipline to either play or fold and at the right times.
A new event, the World Poker Masters 2005, will be staged at the Casino Castell Peralada in Northern Spain later this year, with a few novel twists, leading the organizers to bill it "the first poker TV show for the players themselves". For one it will be limited by invitation to the top fifty players in the world (like golf masters tournaments) as ranked by aggregate tournament wins and earnings as of January 1st 2005.
Less than an hour south of Memphis, Tunica is known as the South's Casino Capital and has everything for t-he serious and recreational gaming enthusiasts. With five of the nine casinos offering poker, there is a game and limit for nearly every poker player. With prearranged reservations, most of the casinos offer free limousine service to and from the Memphis Airport.
Let's move on to secrets about calling in poker. I'm frustrated, though. How come? It's because two weeks ago I told you about a flaw in most tournaments that make it impractical to play your best game. I provided a solution. Well, guess what? The World Series of Poker didn't change the way they'd structured their final event, even though I provided four days notice. Poker's biggest tournament went off as planned.
So, maybe next year. I've said what I had to say, and I'm glad.
As we have seen in past articles, many of the northern states in the U.S. play host to various forms of poker all the way from the Great Lakes west to the Pacific, and among these states which has offered poker for several years is South Dakota.
I got an e-mail the other day asking me if George Carlin was worth going to see, as the writer had heard he's "not that funny anymore, just angry." My answer was, "Yes, he is worth seeing, just as he was 40, 30, 20, 10 years ago. He still is very funny, and yes, he is angry, but when hasn't he been?"
For as long as I can remember, and I can go back to his early days on stage, Carlin has always been railing against the injustices and craziness in the world and our society. He makes no apologies for his views, and I'm sure he won't when he appears August 11-24 at the Stardust in Las Vegas.
Santa Ana Star Casino in New Mexico offers six tables of live poker action open daily. Besides an end of the month tournament, they offer several good daily and weekly tournaments such as the Sunday Poker Tournaments, held every Sunday beginning at 5:00 p.m. Play 2 hours anytime between noon and 5:00 p.m. on the day of the tournaments and receive $500 extra chip-play. Play 2 hours after the tournament and receive $500 extra chips for following week. The game is No-Limit Texas Hold-'Em.