by Barbara Rogers
Turning Stone that is. The award winning Turning Stone Resort Casino in upstate New York. Ring it in, among all the things you love. Poker, fine restaurants, plenty of entertainment, clubs, a spa, and if you can, book into The Lodge. The Lodge suites have fireplaces, big flat screen televisions in both the living room and bedroom, and decks complete with hot tubs. The Lodge has available a Skana Couples Massage. The AHSI Day Spa & Salon is something worth checking out too. You will not want to leave the casino, everything you need is right there. With 32 tables in the classy poker room, you can always find action at the cash tables, anytime day or night.
The New Years Eve Texas Hold’em Tournament at 7 pm has added an additional $1,000 to the pay-out. The entry is $125. On New Years Day, the high hand every 20 minutes from 12am to 4am will give you a $250 cash prize, real good odds for you. And the staff in the poker room are a fine group to share and celebrate your New Years with.
by Barbara Connors
Why do you play poker?
The most obvious answer would be money. Most of us consider ourselves to be winning players, or we aspire to be. But if money is the only thing that keeps you coming back to the tables, that can be problematic, because until the day you finally quit poker for good, your poker winnings are always going to be at risk.
This is related to something called the “Sisyphic condition”—a term coined by psychologist Dan Ariely. The term comes from ancient Greek myths, specifically the character Sisyphus, a proud king who was punished by the gods by being forced to push the same giant boulder up the same hill over and over again. Each time Sisyphus got near the top of the hill, the boulder would roll back down to the bottom and he would have to start all over, again and again for all eternity.
Let me teach you a poker trick that makes winning much easier. It’s about caring—and it isn’t what you’re thinking.
Yes, you must care about money when you play poker. But that isn’t the big secret. If you want to win mountains of extra chips, you need to convince opponents that you don’t care. Now I’ll explain why and tell you how.
People like to spread rumors. They’ll tell you that Rosemary was out all night with Jasper, repeating what someone else said. They’ll claim that John was arrested for soliciting prostitutes. They heard it. Everyone knows it by now. So, why not repeat it? Well, maybe because it might not be true.
But this isn’t a lecture on morals or ethics. It’s about how rumors circulate and get enhanced. Maybe you heard that I like to burn $100 bills at the poker table. That “rumor” circulated for decades. People wanted it to be true, and they heard it from many others. So, what’s the harm in broadcasting it?
Seneca Poker’s fourteen event Fall Poker Classic took place in beautiful Niagara Falls, New York from November 18th to November 25th.
The series culminated with the $1,500 Main Event that began on Saturday November 23rd and drew 149 entries. After almost twenty five hours of play, including four hours of back and forth heads up action, Andrew Spears of Buffalo, NY outlasted Brian McCormick and took home $52,410 in first place prize money.
McCormick took home $32,610 for his efforts after getting into the Main Event by winning a drawing for a free seat in a Step 1 satellite. He won that satellite and then won a Step 2 satellite to earn his $1,500 buy in.
Alex Barker ($19,799)and Johannes Mueller ($14,558) rounded out the top four finishers.
Thanks to the loyalty of its players, Seneca’s Fall Poker Classic was a tremendous success. Check senecapoker.com for upcoming events.
Bracelet winner earns follow-up gold trophy and pockets $122K in Quebec
The final day of the Casino Lac-Leamy Main Event started with Charles Sylvestre on top and ended with Charles Sylvestre on top. The Quebecois WSOP bracelet winner ruled the tournament and never slowed down as he battled his way through the final 18. Sylvestre earned the $122,435 first place prize, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and on top of that, a berth into the WSOP National Championship.
“After my unexpected WSOP bracelet this summer, to come back here to Lac- Leamy, my hometown, and ship the ring… I can’t ask for better. It’s an amazing feeling,” Sylvestre said.
The 2013/2014 WSOP Circuit at Casino Lac- Leamy marked the first time for a WSOP event to take place in the Canadian province of Quebec. The series was a success, not only drawing 371 players for the $1,675 finale, but drawing rave reviews from players.
“[The tournament] was very nice and well organized,” Sylvestre said. “For the first event in the province of Quebec it was amazing. Overall it was a success and very well organized.” The final day of the Main Event started with 18 hopefuls and Sylvestre with a two-to-one chip lead over his nearest challenger, Canadian pro Mike Leah.
In the second level of play on Day 3 we witnessed an epic clash between Daniel Charette, who held the chip lead for quite a while on Day 2, and Leah. Leah crippled Charette who bluffed all-in on the turn against Leah’s set. Charette was knocked out not too long after this while Leah was now very close to Sylvestre.
by Haley Hintze
SEVEN NJ CASINOS GRANTED INTERNET GAMING APPROVAL
A late rush in approvals by New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement saw seven of the state’s 12 casinos and a total of 13 online sites approved for the state’s soft launch of real-money online gaming, which began as scheduled on November 21st. The sites approved included www.Borgatacasino.com, www.Borgatapoker.com, www.NJ.Partypoker.com, www.HarrahsCasino.com, www.WSOP.com, us.888.com, us.888poker.com, us.888casino.com, www.CaesarsCasino.com, www.tropicanacasino.com, www.virgincasino.com, www.betfaircasino.com and www.ucasino.com. The late additions included six Caesars affiliated sites, with Caesars owning four of the state’s 12 land-based casinos.
VADIM TRINCHER, TWO SONS PLEAD GUILTY IN NYC GAMBLING CASE
by Ashley Adams
I had a family reunion in DePauw, Indiana—in the southern part of that state, across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. For poker action and convenience, nothing would seem to beat the enormous, action-packed poker room at Caesar’s in nearby Elizabeth, Indiana. But I’d played there half a dozen times. So though I loved the room, I decided to try out the three poker rooms within an hour of Cincinnati, where my flight from Boston arrived.
My first stop was on Saturday evening at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana (www.belterracasino.com, 888-235- 8377). It is just about an hour from the Cincinnati airport. It’s a small, modestly appointed poker room, in the back of the enormous and beautiful casino resort, with daily tournaments. Unfortunately, from my experiences both on Saturday and Sunday night, the cash game scene is rather hit or miss. As it was, they got a short-handed $1/$2 no limit hold’em game together by about 6:00 PM on Saturday. I was not as fortunate the following evening, when they failed to get any game, and suggested they wouldn’t get a game later in the evening, even though players were being knocked out of the tournament. This was disappointing, in light of the fact that the rest of the casino resort was luxurious, extensive (including a highly rated spa and golf course) and had a top quality steak house and terrific sports bar that I sampled. Perhaps some major tournaments scheduled for the property will jump-start the cash games going forward. But for now, I’d suggest that cash game players call first to insure a productive trip.
by David “The Maven” Chicotsky
There is an old saying in sports handicapping circles which relates well to poker and to the stock market for that matter, “Bet smart, not with your heart.” In many ways this flies in the face of the notion of many players of always going with their gut and acting upon instinct, rather than methodical calculation. I’m not here to make the argument that there isn’t an advantage to using your instincts in judgment situations where it could go either way, but instincts shouldn’t be your first line of decision-making. After all, instincts come into play mainly in general situations or situations where you are split between multiple options. My point is that you should try to recognize your preferences and do your best to steer away from a route that feels good, rather than another path that is more profitable. Tournament poker is its own animal, and personal preferences (what I call comfort-zone plays) can often cloud the waters when we’re deciding what plays to make or not make.
The classic example of players betting (or not betting) with their heart, instead of making a smart play, happens when effective stacks have shallowed out towards the end of a tournament. If a situation arises where we’re able to re-raise all-in for 15 to 20 big blinds and get a fold from our opponent a very high percentage of the time, for the most part it’s necessary to go ahead and make the play. Many players will forgo this opportunity because they are scared and the play doesn’t “feel right.” To put it bluntly, when does it ever feel right to push your stack all-in into the middle without a premium hand? It’s really important in a general sense to undervalue your hand-strength and overvalue the other variables present in any given situation. This is partly due to the fact that when you go all-in, the vast majority of the time your opponent will simply fold.
by Barbara Connors
Everybody wants to be the hero, even in poker. And in this game, the only thing more heroic and attention-grabbing than successfully getting away with a bluff is successfully foiling one. This is what’s known as the hero call. It’s an extraordinary call made on the river, facing a large bet and holding a weak hand—maybe nothing more than ace-high—when math and common sense are telling you to fold but you go ahead and make the call anyway. And win.
Hero calls aren’t about equity or pot odds. It’s a feel play, not a math play. Some might say a hero call is about playing your hunch, listening to the gut feeling that tells you, “He doesn’t have it.” But more than anything, to be the hero you must know your villain. A winning hero call is about having a strong and very specific read on your opponent. That means taking into account all the information you possibly can about this particular player in this particular situation.
Relative newcomer to the tournament scene scores big with a gold ring win and a six-figure score
After a six-day marathon of poker in the River Rock Theater at River Rock Casino and Resort, Lincoln Milne emerged as the champion of the $1,675 Main Event. This victory earned Milne $253,015 in firstplace prize money as well as his first gold Circuit ring. Milne will also be guaranteed a seat in the National Championship, which will be held this May in Atlantic City.
“I’m still kind of taking it in to be honest,” said a visibly moved and stunned Milne late on Thursday night. “This is my biggest cash by far. This is my first year playing big tournaments. I’ve played for a long time but this was my first real breakthrough.”