7-card stud leads to $162K

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When I first got to town the big poker games were down at Binion’s Horseshoe and there was just a small fraction of the players then compared to today’s huge WSOP event.

Also there weren’t all of the different tournaments and most of the top players were very recognizable. They were at most of the same tables on a daily basis. There were no Internet tournaments mostly because there was no Internet.

Ah, the good ole days.

One player that was around back then is still around today. He is not only a top class poker player but a very good and feared horse handicapper who loves to play those house Q’s. Before moving to California to play 7 card stud, which is his road game, he lived and played here in Vegas for 40 years.

You can now find him at the Commerce Casino at the 7 card stud table when he is not in town playing the ponies or a big tournament. His name is Rodney Pardey.

Rodney has won two bracelets and just last week entered the first-ever $1,000 buy-in Super Seniors No Limit Hold ‘em tournament for those 65 and over, which drew 1,533 veteran poker players. Rodney may be 65 but he looks younger and played a virtually perfect tournament. He settled for second place but Rod, as we call him at Palace Station where he hangs his hat when he is in town, said it was like winning as he took down a cool $162k.

Talking to Rod he mentioned how 7 card stud is his preferred game and that most players think hold’em is their game mostly because of the huge exposure from TV.

The day after Rod won the $162,100 he was fresh as a daisy sitting there next to me at Palace with his Racing Form handicapping Belmont, and up to the counter to play the big pick six carryover and some Q’s. Next up for him is the Big $10k no limit hold’em and he will give it his best shot, as always, with a smile and a grain of salt.

Win or lose he will be back at the Palace betting those ponies. Not many like Pardey are around any longer. He told me of his desire to get in a 65-and-over horse tournament that involves just playing Q’s as that is his road game.

As a big bettor Rod is the perfect fit for a race and sportsbook as he also bets sports. All he wants is a place to lay his head, take a shower and maybe get a bite to eat.

Good luck in the big one, Rod, and we hope to see you at that final table.

All Star Preview

Just mentioning baseball, the All Star break is right around the corner on Tuesday, July 14. The game is at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, and if you are going it is located at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way.

For you young folks out there Nuxhall made his pitching debut for the Reds in 1944 at the young age of just 16 years old. Joe pitched for Cincy, the A’s and the Angels before ending his career back with the Reds in 1966. He had a record of 135-117.

After he retired he became the voice of the Reds from 1967 until 2004. He also was the youngest player ever to appear in a major league game, basically called on by the Reds at the time because of a shortage of players due to the war.

So with just two weeks to the All Star game that means football (real football, not soccer) is a few short months away. If you want to get a little head start with the handicapping process, head down to Main Street and stop by Gamblers Book Club.

The football books are all in and they have them all: Marc Lawrence, Phil Steele and the rest plus any book on gambling you can imagine. It is located at 800 South Main with very easy access.

With the first half of the baseball season coming to an end who would have known that at this point the Cardinals have the best record in baseball at 51-24 as they head to a 100 win season.

St. Louis is almost unbeatable at home with a record of 29-7. I know I can stop a runaway horse by betting on him but will this little write up stop the Cards? The Pirates and Cubs, who are playing for second place, would love to see any kind of a losing streak.

One thing I do know is they travel to Chicago next Monday, July 6, for a three game set and then off to Pittsburgh for a huge four game series. If the Cubs and Pirates don’t win their series with the Cards then it will be all over as the fat lady will be singing.

Make sure you get out of the house despite the heat and make a bet. You just may be walking around lucky and not even know it. Have a safe Fourth of July and thank God we live in the greatest country on earth.

God Bless America!

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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