Mid-Atlantic Poker Championship At Delaware Park Starts Oct. 14

The Mid-Atlantic Poker Championship in Wilmington, Delaware at Delaware Park gives you every opportunity to take home the money, offering an expanded variety of events in a jam-packed schedule running from Oct. 14-26. The three championship titles, trophies and of course the money will be awarded in the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event, the $550 heads-up event and the $1,090 no-limit hold’em main event.
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If you pre-register for event no. 4, the $550 no-limit hold’em $60,000 guarantee offered on Saturday, Oct. 17, 24 hours prior you will have the additional benefit of receiving $100 slot dollars. The same applies to event no. 13 on Friday, Oct. 23, the main event with a $1,090 buy-in. The slot dollar vouchers will be distributed on the day of the event.

The series is offering some very serious money, including 18 tournaments with guarantees ranging from $2,500 all the way up to $150,000.

For more information on the Casino at Delaware Park Poker Room, visit their website or call 302-355-1050. The property is located on 777 Delaware Park Road in Wilmington, Delaware, approximately an hour northeast of Baltimore, Maryland and just 45 southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Nipun Java Headlines Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Main Event Day 1B Survivors

Nipun Java headlines the day 1B survivors in the Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Casino $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event. The World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner ended the day with 268,300. Java has upwards of $1.2 million in live tournament winnings and a win in the CPPT main event would be his third major career title.
Ross Tesser finished as chipleader of the 37 players who survived the day with 350,000.

World Poker Tour Season XI Player of the Year Matt Salsberg also finished the day in the mix with 52,200. Other Day 1B survivors include Nathan Bjerno, Nick Bonnefoi and Elmo Imperial.

Shan Jing, who won this event last year for nearly $136,000, and Thomas Beckstead, who won the inaugural CPPT Bicycle series in 2013, both returned to defend their respective titles but were eliminated before the night was over.

Other eliminations on Day 1B included Daniel Strelitz, Dana Kellstrom, Cord Garcia, Oddie Dardon, and Dan Heimiller.

Day 1C begins Monday, Oct. 12 at 12pm.

The main event features three starting days and uses the Bike’s own patented Quantum Reload concept.

Players have the option to buy-in directly for $1,100 on any of the three starting days, but those who wish to skip day 1 altogether can buy directly into day 2 for $4,300. Players that choose the latter option will begin with 60 big blinds with blinds at 1,000-2,000. There will be no-late entry on day 2, however players who are eliminated on any day 1 may re-enter the following day.

The final table will be streamed on Live at the Bike.

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Ross Tesser 350,000
2 Nipun Java 268,300
3 Gevork Khsabyan 256,300
4 Alan Snow 247,000
5 Levon Khachatnyan 239,700
6 Michael Yoshino 208,500
7 Matt Elsby 167,600
8 Neil Ho 162,600
9 Elmo Imperial 155,500
10 William Sturiano 153,600
11 Nathan Bjerno 142,200
12 Stephen Plache 137,800
13 Nicholas Voyatzis 130,100
14 Vadim Baranovsky 128,000
15 Jared Greiner 115,300
16 Scott Johnson 111,400
17 RJ Connor 111,100
18 Jay Helfert 106,000
19 Tennessee Benjamin 99,200
20 Edvin Setaghian 95,200
21 Nicolas Bonnefoi 86,500
22 James Pilpa 83,300
23 Jesus Jimenez 72,200
24 Xuan Nguyen 70,900
25 Arma Zadoyan 68,900
26 Edward Lin 67,900
27 Paul Lui 63,800
28 Alex Masek 57,700
29 Matt Salsberg 52,200
30 Armen Nazaryan 48,000
31 Michael Zelman 46,900
32 Stephan Hans 46,700
33 Jason Jung 46,000
34 Jordan Warkol 46,000
35 Maxwell Lineberger 44,900
36 Adam Furgatch 42,600
37 Heath Mendelsohn 37,600

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Why I Switched From Blackjack To Texas Hold Em Poker

The only games I like to play are games where I can win and keep winning and then win some more.
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Sometimes it’s impossible to win because the math just doesn’t work — like craps, where the house has the advantage every time on every bet. You might win now and then, but over time, you end up getting killed. It might be better to put a match to the dollar bills and enjoy the momentary brilliance of the flames.

Sometimes the math works — as with blackjack — but the proper conditions for winning cannot be found. That’s pretty much the case in casinos these days as counter measures to card counting have taken the fun — and the profits — out of educated play.

Where blackjacks once paid 3 to 2 they now pay 6 to 5 most everywhere. That makes it tough to come out ahead. You could probably find decent rules at some single deck tables, but they’re so closely monitored these days that your chances of being allowed to win for more than a very short time are slim.

What’s a mathematically-inclined risk taker to do?

After years of losing at poker or barely playing even, I’ve discovered that I can win at Texas Hold Em poker — if I play a certain way and keep away from the high stakes tables. I mean that I’ve started winning more often than I lose and that when I win it’s for larger amounts than the losses when I don’t win. Not that much different than the stock trading that I do.

This is not news to players who’ve been at it since they first watched Matt Damon in Rounders in the late 90′s — or to on-line addicts who’ve been applying software to research the play of opponents. Entire schools of how-to-approach the tables have taken root — even if I’ve only recently discovered the party.

I’m grateful to James “Split Suit” Sweeney at Red Chip Poker for introducing me to skilled Hold Em play. I’m only now getting completely up-to-date on the all of the differences between tight-aggressive and loose-aggressive and how either or both might be appropriate depending on the players you’re facing and the cards you’re dealt.

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Casino Poker for Beginners: Playing With a Friend? There’s One Rule You Must Know

This week I’m dipping back into my “Casino Poker for Beginners” series to warn about a practice that is common among players new to poker, who engage in it innocently, not realizing that it is both unethical and a violation of one of the most important rules of the game. That practice is collusion.
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A typical example is two friends heading to the casino to spend a few hours playing poker together. They’re worried that the cutthroat nature of the game — a game in which the whole point, after all, is to win the other players’ money — may cause hard feelings and damage their friendship if they really go at each other hard. So they make a deal to prevent this.

The deal may take any of several forms.

Maybe if one of them puts in a raise, the other has to drop out of the pot.
Maybe they’ll never bluff each other, so that a strong bet always indicates a strong hand.
Maybe they’ll never slow play each other when dealt a monster hand.
Maybe they’ll use a secret hand signal to indicate “I’ve got the goods this time, so you should fold and let me take these other people’s chips.”
Maybe if they end up as the only two in a hand, they’ll always just check every street rather than betting and raising each other.
For our purposes, all of these agreements, plus many other forms they might take, are equal — and equally wrong.

Poker is not a team sport. It is an intensely individualistic, dog-eat-dog game. In fact, poker doesn’t even work right if the players don’t approach it with that attitude. Over the last ten years of the “poker boom,” many organizations have tried to put together forms of poker that use teams, often for the purposes of making exciting television. None has been that successful. Introducing collusion, wherein a player tries to help or at least not hurt specific other players, tends to distort the essence of the game so much the result is often barely recognizable as poker.

I think it’s important to state this bluntly: Collusion in poker between two or more players, in all of its many forms, is always cheating, pure and simple. You should never engage in it, never agree to it, and actively warn others against it if they propose that you join them. Furthermore, if you suspect that collusion is occurring at your table — whether the culprits are friends or strangers to you — you should report it to the poker room management. Both your personal integrity and the integrity of the game require these things of you.

As Mike Caro once correctly pointed out in an article on the subject, “when you soft play friends at the table others get hurt in the crossfire.” In other words, trying to make things easier for a friend often amounts to making things unfairly difficult for others at the table.

“Aggressive opponents, who are playing honestly, especially suffer,” Caro continues. “That’s because they mistake what’s happening through secret alliances as tactical traits exhibited by the group of friends. This causes those honest players to make poor decisions for the wrong reasons on future hands.”

There is only one kind of agreement you should make with friends before sitting down at a poker table with them: You will all do everything in your ability (and within the rules, of course) to win all of each other’s money, just as you will do against all of the other players. However the cards and chips may fall, there will be no hard feelings about it, and you will leave the game just as much friends as when you sat down, regardless of who won or lost.

If you can’t make and stick to that kind of deal with your friends, then you cannot play poker with them — period. And that’s perfectly fine! I understand and appreciate that, for example, some married couples just can’t stand to play hard against each other, because each finds it too stressful to inflict pain and loss on his or her partner. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having that kind of relationship. It just means that you can’t play poker against each other.

If you’re playing cash games, you can decide simply to be at different tables — problem solved. In a tournament, however, you don’t get to control table assignments, which means that you can’t enter a tournament with any other person against whom you cannot agree to compete full-bore.

It has been said that there are no friends at a poker table. I understand the point of that aphorism, but I’m too literal-minded to approve of it. Of course you can have friends at the poker table — both ones that you came with and ones that you make while playing. In fact, friends make poker more fun.

The only requirement is that you not play compete less fully against them because they’re your friends.

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Why this hot poker stock could be set to double

Shares of Amaya have surged some 30 percent in the past week, after news that New Jersey has granted the company’s PokerStars and Full Tilt sites regulatory approval for real-money online poker in New Jersey.
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And according to one analyst, shares of the poker stock still have a great deal more upside from here.

“We see this stock as a double—you just have to be patient and stick through some of these catalysts,” said Chad Beynon, who covers the stock for Macquarie. “And we think this New Jersey announcement was a big one, and the first of many to come.”

In 2011, the sites were shut down by the U.S. government. Two years later, PokerStars made an attempt to buy the now-defunct Atlantic Club casino. In 2014, Amaya gaming group acquired Rational Group, the owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt.

Now the New Jersey ruling should serve to “put a stamp of approval on the company,” which makes it “a significant milestone, given the ‘Bad Actor’ debate and the level of due diligence the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement conducted,” the analyst wrote.

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There are a few caveats. Players will only be able to play in New Jersey, and only against fellow New Jersey players. And each site must be partnered with a bricks-and-mortar casino; PokerStars and Full Tilt are set to be attached to Resorts (a Boardwalk casino that, interestingly, does not currently have a poker room).

While he doesn’t believe it will make a huge difference in terms of earnings, “what we think will change is the valuation and the multiples that will be ascribed to this company,” Beynon said in a Friday “Trading Nation” interview.

The analyst has a $40 price target on the $24 stock. He sees the company’s earnings doubling over the next few years, with much of that growth coming from its casino and sports gambling businesses, in addition to poker expansion.

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An Ace Up The Poker Star’s Sleeve: The Surprising Upside Of Stereotypes

Annie Duke was about to win $2 million.

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It was 2004, and she was at the final hand of the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. Annie had beat out some of the best poker players in the world — all men — to get to this point.
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But she wasn’t sure she deserved to be there.

Annie Duke acknowledges applause from the audience as she is introduced for the final table of a limit hold-em game Wednesday, June 30, 2005 at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker.i
Annie Duke acknowledges applause from the audience as she is introduced for the final table of a limit hold-em game Wednesday, June 30, 2005 at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker.

In fact, in spite of her skill, there were many times during that tournament when Annie felt like an imposter. She worried that ESPN had invited her not because of her abilities, but because it was “good optics” to have a woman at the table.

Annie spoke with Hidden Brain host Shankar Vedantam in 2014, and described what it was like to succumb to the fear that stereotypes about women in poker might be true. This is an idea in psychology called Stereotype Threat.

“I’m sort of thinking, if I fold and I’m wrong, everybody’s going to be like, ‘See she plays like a girl, look how he pushed her around,’ ” said Annie. In becoming distracted by her worries about proving herself, Annie became more likely to play poorly — fulfilling exactly the stereotype she was trying to avoid.

But Annie also found ways to use stereotypes to her advantage — which illustrates a second idea, called Stereotype Tax. Annie learned to make her opponents pay, quite literally, for the stereotypes they held about women. As she said, “Given what I know about them, given that they’re treating me that way, how can I come up with the best strategy to take their money? ‘Cause in the end, isn’t that the best revenge?’ ”

Social science researchers might have figured out a way to help people overcome stereotype threat. Greg Walton at Stanford University was concerned that black students at Stanford might feel that they were impostors on campus. He conducted an experiment where he pointed out that if they got a bad grade or had a difficult interaction, two weeks later, it wasn’t a big deal anymore. As Shankar explains, “It’s only when you see local setbacks as global problems that the risk of stereotype threat comes in, and you start to feel like an imposter.”

Annie said that’s a strategy she has used at the table. “You know, when I lose a big pot and it feels like the end of the world, I try to think about how will that really affect my bottom line in the long run.”

And in the end, using stereotypes to her advantage, Annie defeated nine of the best poker players in the world to become the 2004 World Series of Poker Champion.

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Two casino dealers and two of their friends have been indicted for stealing $1 million from Las Vegas casino

Two former craps dealers at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas and two of their friends have been accused of siphoning more than $1 million off gambling tables over nearly two years by quietly paying phantom bets.
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A prosecutor said Thursday that the scheme unraveled after another dealer became suspicious and notified casino investigators. The Bellagio fired James Cooper Jr. and Mark Branco, and they were arrested in July 2014.

A 60-count indictment filed Wednesday accuses Cooper, Branco, Jeffrey Martin and Anthony Granito of theft and cheating at gambling. Both charges are felonies and could get the men decades in prison.

Attorneys for the four men didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Prosecutor Jay P. Ramen says Cooper is cooperating with the investigation.

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Hundreds Turn Out For Discussion Of Enfield Casino Proposal

ENFIELD — More than 200 people attended “a community conversation” Thursday night, and those who spoke gave a nearly resounding “no” to the idea of a $200 million casino at the Enfield Square Mall.

The few residents who spoke in favor of the casino said it would help with taxes and spur local jobs.
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Claire Thomas, the first of almost 40 people to speak, simply said: “I do not want a casino in our area.” A round of applause erupted from the crowd at John F. Kennedy Middle School’s auditorium.

“It’s not good for our children and schools, family values would be eroded, traffic is already horrendous,” Thomas continued.

“Crime will infiltrate throughout the town, there’ll be more break-ins at houses, every resident and homeowner will be affected,” Annemarie Olsen said. “I’ve lived in Enfield all my life, I lived here when Enfield was Thompsonville, I don’t want to consider moving my family away because I do not want to live with a casino monster in Enfield.”

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Enfield resident Ken Edgar tells the audience not to say no to a casino yet, on Thursday night where members of the Enfield community voiced their opinions on the possibility that the Enfield Square Mall be developed into a casino. (Lauren Schneiderman / Hartford Courant)
On Sept. 8, management from Enfield Square Mall met with the town council to discuss a proposal for development at the mall, which would include a casino at the current Macy’s Men’s Department Store. Since then, discussion about a casino has only intensified throughout town.

Thursday night, mall management again shared a casino proposal, but with some updates.

The development would come in phases: first, an approximately 152,000-square-foot casino with a 300-room, six-story flagship hotel, dining and entertainment, as well as a parking deck to accommodate 1,200 cars. The second phase would include office space in the Enfield Square Mall building, and restaurants, a skating rink and a 16-screen cinema.

Enfield Square Mall Pitches Possible Casino Development To Town Council
Enfield Square Mall Pitches Possible Casino Development To Town Council
Additionally, the casino would also look to utilize the Hallmark Cards distribution center on Bacon Road as a possible convention center and work on projects in the village of Thompsonville, mall Manager Marty Pelosi said after the nearly three-hour public hearing. Earlier this summer, Hallmark announced it would close, eliminating approximately 500 jobs.

Though most of the feedback was in opposition to a casino, many speakers indicated they understand the economic hardships the mall is facing and that this is a way to address that.

“We’ll still be there if the casino isn’t,” Pelosi said. “I’ve been using the same line all night — We’re not in partnership with the casino, we want to partner with the town, we’ve been a member of this community and we want to give back.”

Pelosi said his staff has informally polled Enfield residents visiting the mall, and of the 300 people they questioned, 164 said they favor the casino development at the mall and 136 were opposed to it, Pelosi said. Those against the development cited concerns about traffic, crime and lowered home values.

Several in attendance asked questions Thursday night.

Resident Ken Edgar said he wanted to consider the proposal before saying “no.”

“I want to see lower taxes. What else will bring us some development, jobs?” Edgar asked. “I really haven’t seen anything else to help out.”

Connie Provencher said, “I’m totally torn. I love our town. I want good things for our town, but I don’t know what that is.”

Rebecca Olsen, a member of the town’s revitalization committee said the town should have a backup plan.

“My concern is, even if everyone in this room is in favor, it doesn’t mean we’ll get it,” Olsen said.

Margaret Perry said, “Enfield is never going to be a destination stop no matter how you try to paint it.”

Gerald Macsata said he is opposed to a casino. “Why stop here when Springfield is right up the road?” he asked.

State Sen. John Kissel, who represents Enfield, Suffield and Somers, said he is concerned about legal issues, referring to the lawsuit MGM has filed against the state. MGM claims that the law setting forth a process for the tribes to pick a site discriminates against any other potential casino developers.

“Enfield is a town, not a city. It has town values and I want to make sure those town values stay,” the longtime Republican official said. To the council, he added, “I urge you not to raise this issue at the next town council meeting and if you do, vote it down.”

Earlier Thursday, the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes released their request for proposal, a 20-page document that is to be submitted by a town interested in developing a casino.

After the meeting, Mayor Scott Kaupin said he opposes the idea of a casino but has reserved his judgment up to this point to give the mall an opportunity to present its proposal to residents.

“I have to base it off all the contact I’ve received, which has been overwhelmingly against,” Kaupin said.

Kaupin said next, he will ask his fellow council members whether they want to move forward with the casino proposal process. He said the council would have to act on the item at a council meeting, and if there’s any interest it would likely be placed on the Oct. 19 town council agenda meeting.

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Penn & Teller, Jerry Lewis are casino entertainment winners

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Longtime Las Vegas magicians Penn & Teller are the casino industry’s entertainers of the year.

The duo that performs at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino were among the winners of the Global Gaming Expo’s entertainment awards this week at an event held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
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The awards were presented during the American Gaming Association’s annual trade show.

Comedian Jerry Lewis and the director of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace H.C. Rowe won the industry’s lifetime entertainment achievement awards.

The industry’s choice for musical artist and comedian of the year were Little River Band and Ron White, respectively.

The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York won for its showroom and the Casino del Sol in Arizona was recognized for its amphitheater.

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