Orleans hosts WPPA tourney

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A few weeks ago I wrote a column about the new kids on the
block and the tournament that is now being played now out at the Orleans in Las

There have been a lot of new poker tournaments on television
in the past year or so but this poker tournament is a lot different.

The poker players are making poker history at the Orleans.
This new group is called The World Poker Players Association (WPPA) and the
poker players are represented by their very own Poker Players Association.

As I understand, it is being patterned after the PGA
(Professional Golfers Association).

About 25 odd years ago, some of us poker players got together
and tried to form what was called the PPA — The Poker Players Association.
There were a lot of us who joined the PPA and I was one of the founding

Our dreams of that day were to write a standard rule book for
tournaments and to have the PPA work out an agreement with the casinos that
hosted the events.

We commissioned “The Coach” Bob Ciaffone, who is an
excellent writer about poker as well as a very good poker player and has been a
good friend of mine for many years. We wanted him to write the rules and
procedures for poker tournaments.

The rule book was written and approved by the PPA. It was a
good book and had a lot of good rules.

Some of these rules from the PPA rule book for poker
tournaments are in common usage today in the best poker tournaments.

The PPA was going to approve the poker tournaments and make
them official PPA Tournaments if they used the PPA rule book and agreed with
certain other procedures.

Well, this was a dream. It was a good dream and the members
of the PPA agreed that they would only play in poker tournaments that were
properly approved by the membership of the PPA.

But the casinos where the tournaments were being held would
not agree to make a deal with the PPA. The casinos took the position that the
PPA was a union of players, and did not wish for the poker players to
have a governing body of poker players. The casinos wanted to deal with the
poker players on a one-on-one basis.

There was one exception: the old Vegas World hosted The
America’s Cup poker tournament and that is the only tournament that ever used
the rules, procedures, and schedules of the old PPA. But that is a story for
another column

The poker player members of the PPA broke ranks and played in
the casino tournaments that would not use the PPA rules and procedures, and that
was the end of the PPA.

Now Louis J. Asmo, spokesperson for the new WPPA, has reached
an agreement with the Orleans to hold a poker tournament under WPPA rules and

I have agreed to accept the chairmanship of “The
Seniors” Committee of the WPPA and a “The Seniors” WCOP
tournament will be a part of the next tournament held by the Orleans and the

This next tournament will be called The Tournament Players
Championship of Poker. This event is scheduled for Nov. 7-23 at the Orleans.

There were 72 players who put up $5,000 each to play in the
final event of the inaugural of The WPPA Championship of Poker. This created a
cash prize pool of $360,000.

I was invited by Jeff Mirkin of Jeff Mirkin Productions to
come to the filming of the final table of the inaugural event last Tuesday. The
final table is being filmed for GSN The Game Show Network. I will give you a
full report on this history-making event in a future column.

“Oklahoma Johnny”

Poker Tip of the Week

Here is a little poker poetry for today: Poker Pete by
Barbara Oliver

Poker Pete was a man so sweet

His wife could never scold him.

His biggest flaw

was five card draw.

He never knew when to fold’em.

The lesson to be learned from this little poem is when you
are beat lay them down — learn how to fold’em. You cannot call every hand.
If you cannot lay the best hand down sometimes, you will sometimes go home

Until next time remember to stay lucky.


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