JERSEY SPORTSBETTING INJUNCTION UPHELD
New Jersey’s controversial 2012 challenge to the federal-level Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), approved in a voter referendum, was ruled invalid by a federal appeals court in late September. New Jersey had been sued by the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, with those states successfully gaining an injunction earlier this year preventing New Jersey from implementing Nevada-style sports betting, which was grandfathered in under the 1992 federal law. New Jersey officials now face the non-guaranteed prospect of a US Supreme Court appeal in hopes of implementing sportsbetting, with the niche’s increasing popularity having reverberating effects on casino-development plans in Jersey and elsewhere. The three-judge court ruled 2-1 against New Jersey’s interests in the latest decision.
WYNN AND 888 ANNOUNCE SOFTWARE DEAL
by Wendeen H. Eolis
Last month at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, the American Gaming Association (AGA) upped the ante in its bid to promote progressive federal legislation to regulate online poker while pushing for a strengthened crackdown on illegal online poker operators.
AGA Uses Runner Runner to Campaign for Legislative Reform
AGA president, Geoff Freeman (since July 1, 2013) held a media conference during the GGE gathering to let it be known that the AGA intended to capitalize on the new movie, Runner Runner, by highlighting perils of online poker in an unregulated environment.
Freeman demonstrates a savvy understanding of the two-edged sword of this movie, noting, also, the need to mitigate against opponent cries to eliminate online gambling altogether based on the ills of the industry depicted in the movie.
Runner Runner Movie Eludes Box Office Kudos
by David “The Maven” Chicotsky
In many ways, poker is an investment game. We are investing with a certain strength of cards, from different positions, against opponents with various chip stacks. Each component in the equation will change how we approach and play each hand. Overall, we are looking to ride the tide of the tournament until the end - with only us left with all of the chips.
One of the finer points of successfully navigating the tournament trails is figuring out which players to go after and which to avoid. Think of it in terms of investing. Would you invest against an investor like Warren Buffett (let’s say, selling a stock that he just bought)? Likewise, would you want to play hands against Phil Ivey if you can help it? All of that said, given the cards we’re holding, we’re sometimes forced to enter pots, even if it is against a player we might not prefer playing against.
It’s important to prioritize who we want to enter pots against and who we don’t want to play against. If we create a sliding scale in our mind, it’s possible to gauge our chances of winning a given hand by increasing the perceived value or devaluing any given situation. For example, we can devalue an ace-ten or ace-nine suited type hand if we’re going up against a quality opponent. At the same time, a hand like 7-9 suited might be more than enough to raise into (or re-raise) a weaker player - taking control and willingly entering what we view as a positive expected value spot.
Shakopee, MN -- Lyle Berman is the first member of the newly formed Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame. The announcement, made Friday at a ceremony held at Canterbury Park Card Casino in Shakopee, MN, came as no surprise to industry professionals and poker players. Berman, at the forefront of several successful Minnesota businesses, has been a key player in the gaming industry since co-founding Grand Casinos Inc. in 1990. He is a professional poker player with three World Series of Poker bracelets and more than $3 million in poker tournament winnings.
It started as a lark and it turned into a mission: Could I play poker in all fifty states?
When the idea occurred to me back about five years ago, I made a list of all the states where I had already played. When I included public poker rooms and private games, there were 25 states in which I had played: ME, NH, MA, CT, NY, NJ, MD, SC, NC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, OH, IN, MO, MN, OK, NV, NM, AZ, CA, WA, AK. I started to think about how to get to the rest, planning vacations around places in which I had not yet played. My list of states expanded to include: VA, IL, TN, WI, IA, PA, RI, VT, WV, MI, DE. By this time two years ago, I had played in 36 states. During the past two years I went on to play in: CO, TX, MT, WY, ND, SD, KS, KY, AR. By the start of this summer, I had played poker in 45 states.
By Barbara Rogers
Standing tall in its splendor in central New York, Turning Stone Resort Casino has a very classy poker room. And in it, giving prizes and money away is a way of life. $3,000 in daily cash drawings and High Hand Giveaways every hour are the specials brought to you in October. While you enjoy this action, you can also check out 12 big screen televisions featuring the latest sporting events. Table side food and beverage service is readily available, and, as of this writing, the bad beat is $225,000. See all the details and dates on page 11 of this issue of Poker Player. [Get the PDF]
by Joseph Smith Sr.
WSOP Main Event player in the number eight spot on the chip list is Mark Newhouse whom will be occupying seat 3 of the final table at the upcoming November Nine showdown. Mark Newhouse is a poker professional from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The 28-year-old currently lives in Los Angeles where he splits his playing time between California and Las Vegas casinos.
Newhouse came onto the poker scene when he entered and won the 2006 WPT $9,700 buy-in Borgata Poker Open Championship Event.
The resultant winner’s share of $1,519,200 provided the inspiration and funding for his move across the country to Los Angeles and into residence at the Commerce Casino Hotel.
He told an interviewer that following the big win and coast-to-coast move he went into a ‘lose his mind’ and ‘set fire to most of the money’ phase. During the intervening years since the meltdown Newhouse has learned the disciplines required to live life in the fast lane of big stakes professional poker. He no longer succumbs to the temptations and mistakes that can and will destroy a promising career in professional poker.
by Barbara Rogers
If you haven’t yet cashed in the abundance of tournaments that I’ve told you about, get back in the game! Get up, dust yourself off—there is plenty more to come… Read on.
Belterra brings you the Heartland Poker Tour. This will be nationally televised, attracting players from all over the US. The anticipated turnout should take the 1st place payout up to six figures. The dates: Oct. 25th-Nov.3rd. For more details, see my article in this issue of Poker Player
Thursday night. Another in a long history of horrible football decisions made by coaches. It’s time for me to speak about it, because it has much to do with poker.
Warning: Sometimes my moods fluctuate, causing me to project different personalities. If you’re expecting the Mike Caro who is patient, kind to everyone, diplomatic, and semi-modest, you probably shouldn’t read this one. It could destroy our relationship.
Zentner earns $106,455, joins Casino Champion Ylon Schwartz at season-ending National Championship.
Martin Zentner outlasted a headline-riddled final table Monday night in the IP Biloxi Main Event to earn $106,455, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and an automatic berth in the seasonending WSOP National Championship.
“It feels wonderful,” Zentner said. “This is by far the biggest score I’ve ever had. It feels unbelievable. I’m really excited about the [National Championship].”
The finale began at 12 p.m. and played into the late night hours, rapping shortly before midnight. Zentner outlasted opponents like Survivor’s “Boston” Rob Mariano, Casino Championship contender Nolan Burton, four-time WSOP Circuit final tablist Dan Lowery and a heads-up opponent that just wouldn’t give up in Hank Sitton.
Zentner watched player after player hit the rail until it was down to him and Sitton and it wasn’t long before he was all-in holding tens against Sitton’s ace-king for what he thought was a title. The board ran out dry for Sitton, and Zentner crippled him. After a countdown it was revealed Sitton still claimed 80,000 of the almost 6,000,000 chips in play.