Poker femmes can be deadly

May 8, 2006 1:29 AM

Carol, the ladies of poker have broken the glass ceiling in the gaming world and many of them hold very important positions. I will not take the risk of failing to recognize some of these very important ladies by trying to name all of the outstanding women of poker.

I may give it a try in my next book, but not here in this article.

I will, however, reveal the names of some ladies that relate to this column.

Last week I took our daughter, "Oklahoma Sarah," to the new Wynn poker room.

OK-Sarah said she was ready to move up and start to play in the higher priced poker tournaments. She had selected the Wynn poker room for its popular, daily $300+ $30 no limit hold’em poker tournament.

Sarah is a student at UNLV and will one day be a doctor or she may switch to becoming a

Nurse or a physician’s assistant or who knows what — she is still considering her life’s work.

Sarah requested her mother and me allow her to travel the world and play poker and to try out her singing talent for a year. We agreed when Sarah promised us that after the year she would return and complete her education.

During this year, Sarah has visited many places — Ireland, England, most of the countries of Europe (to visit with her invited sisters — she has had five exchange students who each lived with her for a year during her high school years). She also visited Canada, Australia, a lot of the Pacific Islands, Thailand and all of South America.

She has played poker on cruise ships, at the Aviation Club on the Champs Elysee in Paris, The Old Vic in London Town, Holland and most of the poker clubs of Europe. She has visited Canada, Foxwoods, the Seneca casino in Oplayed here in Las Vegas.

Yes, she is a winner and will be a world champion soon.

And, yes, Sarah is now returning to the UNLV on June 6 — a promise made is a promise that Sarah will keep.

OK-Sarah had been told that a girl had never won a poker tournament at the Wynn poker room and she decided to be the first lady to win at the Wynn.

Sarah asked me, "Dad what do I do when they ask me to split the prize pool? I want to win it."

I told her that you need to be accepted by the other players and you should not request a split, but when you get down to the end of the tournament and the blinds are really too high to play sensible, realistically sound poker, some or most of the players may wish to make a deal.

So, you should not request or suggest a split, but if they all wish to do so it’s sometimes good business if you can make the split in accordance with a chips count settlement.

A few weeks ago I wrote a column explaining in detail how the deal should be made. There is not time or space to re-explain all those details now, but if you want a copy just email me at [email protected]

I agreed with her that she could win and be the first lady winner of a Wynn poker tournament.

It was decided that I would play in a live poker game while she challenged the boys.

We were greeted by Kathleen, a friend from the days when I hosted poker tournaments over at the Palace Station poker room. I did not know that Kathleen had moved over to Wynn.

Ever the gracious hostess, Kathleen insisted on buying our lunch. Well, folks, lunch at the Wynn is a little bit more than some places, but with the wonderful food and ambience — all the smells of the fresh flowers — was an eating experience to be remembered.

I don’t really want to rush this column, but I will just skip ahead. Yes, I won in the live game of $10/20 with 1/2 kill of Omaha hi/lo split — I like that game of poker!

And when the poker tournament got down to five remaining players, Sarah was right there.

They all wanted to settle and split the money, but OK-Sarah wanted to win it for the trophy or the distinction of being the first lady to win a poker tournament at the Wynn.

She said to the boys, "OK, we can split the money if you declare me the winner. But next time when you play with me, you will have to play it all the way out."

Sarah had thrown down the gauntlet. Even though chopping the pot was the friendly thing to do, she put everyone on notice she plays to win.

This week’s poker tip is from OK-Sarah

The reason I won at the Wynn was a combination of variables.

The most important was having a game plan. The desire to win, planning ahead and being focused with the right frame of mind always helps me play my best.

I not only had a game plan but a "day plan." I planned to eat well, exercise and get a good night’s sleep before the event. It’s like training for an athletic competition; you need to be in shape.

I told myself a week prior that I was going to win at the Wynn on Wednesday and it also doesn’t hurt that I stayed lucky like my dad does!

Thanks, Sarah, I am sure that the folks will understand that winning takes work and lots of it!

Until next time, remember to stay lucky.