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Thursday, October 2, 2014

HPT - East Chicago

I loaded up Sunday August 10th and headed to the Ameristar in East Chicago to play a little Heartland Poker Tour action with my buddy Allen Phelps. This was a five day adventure, and while it was nice to get out of town, bottom-line, this trip didn't go worth a damn.

The first familiar face I ran into in the Ameristar poker room was Ante Up magazine's Chicago Ambassador Joe Giertuga. I like Joe and I endowed him in a few hands where he had the goods -- and position on me in the hand. Enjoy Chicago Joe.

We had checked into the hotel room late night and I wanted to check out the poker room at Ameristar which had opened last month. And the room never had more than three cash tables going at any time from Sunday through Thursday to my knowledge. And we had to bug out early due to Al's personal family matters, but I did manage to work in three HPT tournaments and a couple of cash sessions over at the Horseshoe.

It was also nice to see Tournament Director Jeremy Smith running this series. Jeremy and I go all the way back to the televised 2010 Windy City Poker Championship and we have always had a good working relationship. It was also nice to hang out with dealer Jenny Palmer, who was in charge of coordinating the dealers daily. Jenny rocks. Anyway, I busted two from the money in Event #1 when I was the chip leader with around 30 players left. Everything just fell apart for me late.

Larry Lubliner AKA The Bad Joker and I have known each other for a few years. Larry and I traded 10% of each other in this tournament and The Bad Joker beat me in no less than three consecutive hands late. And I know better, because Larry plays good, tight, tough poker. Twice I made good lay downs and Larry showed me big hands. The third hand I had Tens and we both played small ball in the hand as Larry had Jacks. Larry would go on to make the final table -- and I busted on a move on the usual pre-flop raiser. I was critical in chips, he opened (again) in the cutoff and I shoved. My opponent tanked a long time and finally made the call -- with Queen Jack offsuit. I did my best "Doyle Brunson" and showed him Ten Deuce suited.

Busted two from the money with 7.5 big blinds with "the Brunson". Funny.

Allen and I also played the late night turbo and was sat at the same table. And Allen would bust me late in this tournament. Yes, busted by my roomie. I had found pocket eights in the cutoff and Al woke up with Jacks in the big blind. And Al really enjoyed busting me. We made a couple of late night runs to play cash at the Shoe and I pretty well got bombed there also. Seems like I played 10 hours of $1/3 Pot Limit Omaha and $2/5 Holdem and they pushed me very few pots, None of these pots were over $100 and I was felted twice. I lost $1300 on this trip and I realize now...how rusty my game has become.

UP NEXT: WSOP-C SOUTHERN INDIANA and HPT St. Charles MO

Monday, September 8, 2014

NJ Will Book Sports Bets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie's administration issued a directive Monday allowing the state's casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, a move likely to be challenged in court by sports leagues. The governor said he took his cue from previous federal court rulings that found that nothing in New Jersey law prohibits the casinos and horse racing tracks from offering sports betting.
Chris Christie
AP Photo/Joe EpsteinNew Jersey governor Chris Christie, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in 2013.
His action, through the state attorney general's office, is likely to be challenged by the professional and collegiate sports leagues that fought New Jersey's efforts to overturn a ban on sports betting in all but four states. That effort ended with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear the case.
Christie suggested casinos and tracks could start offering betting immediately, but it's not clear that will happen. Rachel Ryan, a spokeswoman for the Meadowlands Racetrack said Monday that the track has no plans to offer sports betting now.
"Based on the arguments of the sports leagues and the United States Department of Justice, the 3rd Circuit has already ruled that New Jersey can carry out sports wagering as described in today's statewide directive," the governor's office wrote in a statement. "The motion simply would clarify and formalize that authority and give clear guidance to casinos and racetracks waiting to open a sports pool in New Jersey."

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hellmuth Sells Carl's Burgers


Phil Hellmuth's Carl's Jr. commercial. "Philly Getting Paid".

Does this commercial make you want one of these burgers?