WSOP is coming to Chicago in October 2017

This weekend World Series of Poker (WSOP) is having a circuit stop in Hammond, Indiana.  Which is the East Chicago area.  The are having a full schedule of events, kicking off with a $350 buy in, $500,000 guaranteed NL Hold’em on October 12th, and culminating with the $1,675 Main Event which will have a cool 1 million dollar guarantee.

I am going to play the $350 event on Saturday.  They have 3 starting days, and I will drive up to Chicago on Friday, get a good nights sleep, and play the even on Saturday morning.  I will let you know how it turns out.

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WSOP Circuit stop in Louisville

The WSOP is in Horseshoe Southern Indiana, in the Louisville area.  I am too busy to play any of the early events, and my bankroll is not big enough to play the $1675 Main Event.  So, I am skipping the whole thing.  Although I may go play the $365 NL Hold’em on Sunday October 8th, 2017.  This will be the last event other then the seniors only.

Things to consider when planning your own home poker game

I started thinking about the logistics of the home poker game last Thursday, when I was playing at the Dealers’ Game.  It is ran by a former casino poker dealer, and the setup is very nice, yet very simple.  They have everything, rotating dealers, food and drink, two steps away from the back yard if you need a smoke or just a breath of fresh air.  I guess the game has been running for a long time before I even got invited, but I was still pleasantly surprised.  It got me thinking about the logistics of the game, and what takes to make a good home game.  And I know it does not have to be fancy.  My Thursday night game is not fancy at all.  It is still awesome.  We keep it simple.  Playing the same $1/$2 no limit as THEY deal at the casino.  Drinking beer.  Eating pizza and cheese-stuffed garlic bread.  Cracking jokes at the table.  Its not fancy.  Its a real life game.

Planning – Is this a cash game or a tournament?  Is this an all day event, or does it stop at a certain hour? These, and a bunch of other questions that will come up along the way are better off answered BEFORE the desired starting time.  I recommend sending out a text/email/tweet/eVite or whatever it is that you use to communicate with your poker buddies, and getting an accurate headcount. On this communique put the start time, location, game information, and any promotions that you may be running, and ask your players to respond with a Yes/No confirmation.  Offering a simple $25 high card for the button will attract players and motivate them to show up on time.  Although cash giveaways are always nice, if you can’t afford to give out cash, give out some kind of poker merchandise.  It could be as simple as a new deck of cards (fancy deck maybe?), or as elaborate as a clay poker chip set.  It all depends on your income level, and your willingness to part with your money.  ( Fancy clay poker chip set )

Attendance – Do you have enough people for a full game?  Do you have more people then seats ?  Nothing sucks demon cock more is more disappointing then showing up to a poker game and having to wait an unknown amount of time to sit down at the table.  It is at this planning stage that you need to figure out how many people are coming and how many seats are available.  (The demon cock is a reference to Patton Oswald’s stand up about Las Vegas.  I will try to put up a link to the video.)

Location – Home game usually means at home, but even within the home there are plenty of different areas that would NOT make for a good poker game locale.  Game rooms, man caves, meeting rooms, basements and libraries are all good choices.  Living room coffee tables, couch seating and poker tables in the garage is usually a bad idea.

Lighting – A well lit poker table is an absolute must.  This game is very visual.  And no, not just to see the cards in the middle, but to see your opponents, see their reaction, gestures, tells.  That is why the game table should be very well lit, people should not be squinting or shining the flashlight at their cards.  I hope in your fairly domesticated household you can find some good light for the game.

Table / Chairs – This should be pretty self-explanatory.  Comfortable and roomy.  Convenient.  That’s about all you need out of your table and chairs.

Equipment – Chips, cards, dealer button, cut card.  All that stuff is usually included in the Deluxe type chip set.  If you do not have one, Click Here and buy one.  These things are awesome.  Especially if you get the high quality ones.  Like the ones in the casinos.

Bank – Who holds the cash?  The person who is holding all the money should be the only one who cashes people in or out.

Food / Beverage – I am all about the food and drink, as long as it does not interfere with the game.  There is not much more gross things that watching someone try and shuffle cards with oil and pizza sauce dripping off their fingers.  If you are playing a tournament (or an all day/night cash game), it is good practice to set up a dinner break, and stop the game so everyone can get some calories.  Cup holders are also a good idea.

Bathrooms – this one gets more important with age.  Make sure there are adequate “facilities” present.  Some of those old people can’t hold it for long periods of time, and poker is definitely a time consuming game.

Smoking area – I do not smoke cigarettes anymore, so I understand the urge and the influence of that “monkey on the back”, but I am firmly against people smoking at the poker table.  Really dude, I inhale enough pollutants with my daily breaths without the need for your smoke.  But a good portion of the population still puffs so it would benefit the host to have a designated smoking area.  (preferably outdoors)

Ambiance: music / TV – I am all about having some football game on in the background, but as long as its not interfering with the poker game.  I played home games where the game paused because everyone was turned to the TV, and it is really distracting.  If you do have the TV on, make sure its off in the corner, so it does not grab the attention and ruin the game.

 

Jack Fall Classic Series

August of 2017 turned out to be a hot month for poker in Ohio.  And since we have NO online poker sites to turn to for satellites, (thank you, US government) we must play the live versions.  Luckily, both Hollywood Columbus Casino and Jack Cincinnati Casino decided to have their poker series within a week of each other.

As you know I have min-cashed at the Columbus kickoff $350 event, so I was riding high with the hopes of another solid performance.  I got all my ducks in a row.  Took two days off work, to make sure I can play both starting days if things don’t go my way on the first try.  Got my bankroll ready.  Even hit a cash giveaway for a thousand bucks just to make sure I have enough wiggle room in my bankroll to play.  Poker Gods however, had different plans.

Unfortunately for all my well laid plans, I caught a cold a day before the kickoff event, and ended up spending both of my days off, and the whole weekend, with the miserable sniffles.  I heard that most of the events didn’t even make their guarantees, and I did not get a chance to grab my slice of the pie.  So sad.  I think I need go get a flu shot.  It’s been over a decade since I’ve been vaccinated.

Minimum cash in the $125k guaranteed last weekend

The final payout structure for the $350 buy in, $125,000 guaranteed tournament at the Columbus Summer Classic Series.

I am happy to report that my preparation efforts did not go to waste.  I played in the $125,000 gtd in Columbus last Saturday and Sunday, and came out with a small win.  Since this was my first multi-day poker tournament, I really made it a point to make it to the second day.  That definitely effected my play.  At the end of the day I bagged 75,000, which put me fourth from the bottom among the remaining players.   Even though it was a pretty poor performance, I considered it a win.  I made it to the second day !  The prize pool grew to over $187,000, smashing the $125k guarantee, and I had a chance to get a piece of it.

Coming back in the morning, and realizing the truly terrible shape I was in, I decided to try my luck and push all in with any decent starting hand right away, to try to double up.  Doubling up was essential if I wanted to make the money bubble.  We were already playing at these high blinds, and I could not afford to sit around and get chipped down with the antes and the blinds.  When I sat down at the table, I was the low stack.  And my mind was made up.  Very first hand, very first card was an Ace of clubs.  I didn’t even look at the second card and just jammed it all in preflop.  Fold, fold, fold… and the small blind goes all in on top of me.  Everyone else folds and we flip our cards.  Small blind is holding pocket Queens, and I ended up with Ace Jack off suit.  Ace on the flop and ace on the river assured my double up on the first hand, and I sighed a breath of relief.

Once I doubled up, the cards just went cold.  I folded and folded, and bluffed a hand once or twice.  But there was nothing there.  I barely made it to the money bubble, and even walked away from the table for a bit while we were hand for hand.  With 64 players remaining, we played hand for hand for almost 40 minutes.  No one wanted to be the bubble boy, so people were fighting for survival.  Once some unfortunate contender busted, and the money bubble burst, people opened up their game a bit.  I finally saw a pocket pair of Sixes and shoved all in preflop.  The guy with Ace Queen offsuit called and got an ace right on the river.  My four card flush draw did not materialize, and I busted out, taking 54th place and $613.  That is almost double my money, so I am happy with the result.

Next up is the Jack Fall Classic Series at Cincinnati.  The series will have a dozen good events including a $350 buy in $250,000 guaranteed kickoff event, and a half a million dollar guaranteed main event for a $1000 buy in.   I know its not much to all you rich people, but quarter of a million dollars is a nice size of change for me, and it will definitely have my attention.  Plus now I can afford the buy in.   I don’t know.   I did have my eye on this WPT – Bad Boys of Poker DVD for a minute now.   Ohh Antonio, you are such a stud.   how do you spell televised poker

August 2017 Poker Schedule – Hollywood Casino Columbus Ohio

August 2017 Poker Schedule Columbus Ohio

Here is the monthly schedule of poker events at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus Ohio.  As you can see, this month’s main attraction is the upcoming Columbus Summer Classic Tournament Series, which will run from August 10th to August 20th.  The series will kick off on Thursday with a couple of $50 Mega Satellites to the Main Event.  These turbo satellites will have 15 guaranteed Main Event seats.  The starting stack is 10k, and the blinds are 15 minutes.  There are two days designated for the Mega Satellites, Thursday August 10th and August 17th.  I guess they want to give people more chances of making into the bigger weekend events.  I don’t think I will be able to make it up there for the satellites, but I am definitely going to play in the first weekend event.   It will be the first flight of the Event # 3, the $350 No Limit Deep Stack $125,000 guaranteed, which will run on Friday August  11th.  I already requested a day off, so I will not miss it.  This is an awesome event for an amateur poker player, or pretty much any poker player that does not have a substantial bankroll.  This event will have a $125,000 guarantee, with the starting stack of 30k, and easy flowing 30 minute levels.   Flight B will run on the following Saturday and the event will restart/merge on Sunday August 13th after the $200 No Limit Seniors $15,000 guaranteed (Event # 4) gets going.  Monday August 14th will feature a $240 Black Chip Bounty $20,000 guaranteed.  I will not be able to attend because the Western Southern Tennis Tournament will be in full swing in Cincinnati, and I will be extremely busy at work.  Event # 6, $250 Pot Limit Omaha will start at 2:15pm on Tuesday August 15th and will feature a $12,500 guarantee (not going to play that one either).  Event # 7, the $250 No Limit Super Stack $25,000 guaranteed will run on Wednesday August 16th.  This is another great tournament for the novice player.  20 minute levels, 25k starting stack and a 25k guarantee all for just $250 entry fee.  Sign me up!!  Thursday August 17th is another Mega Satellite day.  two $75 buy in satellites with 15 seats guaranteed, getting people ready for the Main Event weekend.  The $550 No Limit Holdem Main Event (Event # 10) will kick off at 12:15pm on Friday August 18th (Flight A) and Saturday August 19th (Flight B).  40k starting stack and 30/40 minute levels with $175,000 guaranteed prize pool.  The Main Event will merge and restart on Sunday.  The series will finish up on Sunday August 20th with the $200 buy in Second Chance Event.  The final tournament will have 20 minute levels and a starting stack of 20k chips.

Click Here for the link to the PDF document with all the information for the 2017 Columbus Summer Classic Poker Tournament Series, including general rules, schedule, blind structures and tournament event formats.