Where's the diversionary, obligatory, basketball game on television that compliments the poker atmosphere in May? I'm speaking of the beloved Los Angeles Lakers team that usually occupies a significant portion of T.V. screens in the casino throughout the playoff season. Surely, the playoff games on the casino floor were in full effect, judging from the multitude of state of the art flat screen TV's strategically placed on the casino floor sections in California. The unmistakable blur of the fast paced end-to-end "helter skelter" basketball was in evidence, but something was amiss.
Playing by the Rules In this column I am going to try to write a little bit about one of the things that I think is wrong with poker and the way the rules of poker are not always in the best interest of the game of poker. But first let me tell you what I think is the worst thing that has happened to the United States of America-since the revolutionary war!
Mike Gracz from Raleigh, North Carolina outlasted a field of 826 players to win the largest rebuy tournament in the history of the World Series of Poker. Mike Gracz is fresh off his win on the Party Poker Million Cruise where he pocketed $1.5 million for his victory. Today, he captured his first WSOP bracelet and $594,460 for first place.
One Of A Kind: The Rise And Fall Of Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, The World's Greatest Poker Player
By Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson
Foreward by Mike Sexton
Atria Books, 2005
Gambling lore is filled with tales of colorful characters. Whether it's a Wild West card sharp cheating his way to the business end of a slug or a dot com millionaire finding his latest adrenaline rush playing poker against the world's top players, there are as many varied and engaging tales from the tables as there are black chips on the felt at the Bellagio.
Tournament millionaire and WSOP winner Mike Gracz has some good advice for young aspiring poker pros
Playing poker is great. But education is far more important. My parents made me stay in school and complete my degree. Then afterward, that's when I made the move to become a poker player.
-- Mike Gracz (2005 WSOP Champion -- $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em)
Latest WSOP champion gets 'a little help from his friends' and grabs seven-card stud championship
I'm three days back from a weekend in Vegas, and were it not for this job of mine (and my dog, and my house payment, and the cheese in my fridge that I have to finish before it goes bad), I would have staged a sit-in on that plane until they dropped me back off at McCarran. I love Vegas. Where else can I play poker for eighteen hours straight without worrying about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The confidence: When Isaac was asked about the exact point during the tournament when he thought that he could win it all, he mentioned, "As soon as I knocked out Greg Raymer." Whenever you eliminate the reigning World Champion, that's a huge ego boost, especially to a guy who does not have a tremendous amount experience playing against professionals.
Isaac 'the General' Galazan wins inaugural WSOP 'Shootout' championship, earns victory in first-ever tournament of its kind.