Howard Lederer and Crandall Addington are taking a different approach to the current political poker situation. They recently spoke at Harvard about the situation regarding poker in America. The meetings were organized by the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS) with the goal of promoting poker as a valuable life-skill teaching tool. The organization will address issues that concern the game, like the trade dispute between the U.S. and Antigua.
The GPSTS has branches popping up at universities all over the country including Stanford, Brown, Tufts, Boston U, UCLA and USC. The group is also looking to establish a separate status for poker online. They feel that poker should be treated as a skill game like chess, and not a game of chance like blackjack or roulette. On November 10 they will examine the “educational utility of poker” featuring poker authors Mike Sexton and Jim McManus.
NASCAR and Online Poker?
NASCAR is the latest company to jump on the poker bandwagon to promote their brand. They have set up a free-to-play poker site that allows NASCAR fans to play against their favorite drivers online. I’m surprised it took this long for poker and NASCAR to unite. Many NASCAR fans are people that love to play poker.
Drivers will be playing poker tournaments and the fans can play against them. Notable drivers participating include Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Jamie McMurray. It just goes to show you how popular the game is with race-car drivers.
The name of the site is VLPClub.net and it’s the first of its kind to allow fans to interact with the drivers. A monthly fee can be paid which allows players to play for prizes like autographed NASCAR collectibles, and opportunities to meet their favorite drivers. Gentlemen, start your engines.
Dealing with College When You Really Want to be a Poker Pro
Trying to deal with college when all you want to do is play professional poker is a simple situation for anyone to resolve. It’s the same as a guy that has a job and wants to quit to “go pro”. My opinion on this issue remains the same: Your bankroll will dictate whether you can be a professional or not. If you’re in school and you win a large sum of money in a tournament, then you have the option to take some time off and play fulltime.
If that doesn’t happen, you have to continue to build a life for yourself. Turning pro is done when one can afford to make that leap, not a choice of vocation with no bankroll. If you think you can build a large bankroll grinding in limit games if you had more time, wait for your summer vacation and give it your best shot.
The WPT is running bootcamps through the fall and winter this year, then into the New Year. Players can choose which type of poker setting they would like to learn. Some are for tournament play and others for cash games.
Many big-name players have offered their expertise; here’s who and when:
Play Poker against the Detroit Red Wings
On November 5th, 2007, the Detroit Red Wings are sponsoring the first Hockeytown Hold’em Tournament at Motor City Casino. The NHL team is the latest to use poker as a fun way to raise money for their charity.
The Detroit Red Wings Foundation will be the benefactor for this event, which requires a $500 donation to enter. Team members Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and others will be playing in the event.
First prize will be a road trip to a game where you will travel with the team on the Wings’ Red Bird II. Second prize is a posh suite to a Wings’ home game, and third place gets game tickets and a meet and greet with some of the players. There will be a cocktail reception prior to the tournament where entrants can bid on playing next to team players. The pre-tournament party starts at 4:30 pm and the action will begin at 6:00 pm.
After successful events on the ocean floor, an Arctic chill in Finland and at 15,000 feet in the air above Vegas, the latest in “Extreme Poker” was played on a metal frame that was 90 metres in the air. Six players played a game above the Pacific Ocean with the winner getting into the Extreme Poker Final at St. Kitts in the Caribbean.
The fourth edition of the annual event was played in blustery conditions extended over the cliffs of Manly’s North Head, Australia, which is situated opposite Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. The eventual winner was Hugo Asenjo and he was the only player permitted to walk off of the platform.
Celebrity Togel players like Phil Laak played in previous events but Extreme Poker got its participants from online qualifiers this time. The creator of Extreme Poker, Peter Marcus said, “Sydney will prove the most challenging poker game ever with endurance, ability and nerves all being put to the test.”
The European Poker Tour is making a stop in Prague, in the Czech Republic. The Golden Prague Poker room at the Hilton Hotel will host EPT Prague from December 9th to 14th. The buy-in will not be as big as some EPT events at 4,800€ + 200€, but the beauty of the city should attract some top-name European players.
EPT Prague Schedule:
December 9 18:00 ETP Super Satellite No Limit Hold’em 200€ + 20€
Unlimited Rebuys + 1 Add-on
December 10 12:00 ETP No limit Tournament 4,800€ + 200€ Day 1A
December 11 12:00 ETP No limit Tournament 4,800€ + 200€ Day 1B
December 12 12:00 ETP Tournament Day 2
December 12 20:00 No Limit Hold’em 2-Day event 500€ + 50€ (1 re-buy)
December 13 12:00 ETP Tournament Day 3
December 13 18:00 No Limit Hold’em 2-Day event 2,000€ + 100€
December 14 12:00 No Limit Hold’em 1,000€ + 70€
December 14 14:00 EPT Tournament – Final Table
Foxwoods World Poker Finals
The World Poker Tour returns to the Foxwoods Resort Casino for another full schedule of poker action. The events start on October 22, 2007 and end with the main event final table on November 15th.
Besides the $10,000 main event, there are $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 No limit hold’em events. There are also a Ladies and a Seniors event, plus action for seven-stud and Omaha-8 players. In total there will be 16 events over the three-week period. The event is open to the public and is always one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year.
The Main Event schedule looks like this:
Day 1A: Wed, Nov 7 @ noon
Day 1B: Thu, Nov 8 @ noon
Day 2: Fri, Nov 9 @ noon
Day 3: Sat, Nov 10 @ noon
Day 4: Sun, Nov 11 @ noon
Day 5: Mon, Nov 12 @ noon
Day 6: Tue, November 13 @ 5pm
The European Poker Tour will make a stop in Ireland this month for the EPT Dublin. It will be held at the Merrion Casino Club Royal Dublin Society from October 30 to November 3, 2007. The 7,700€ + 300€ buy-in is sure to attract the best players from Europe and the rest of the world.