Poker conference set for California

Sep 4, 2007 2:58 AM

The Inaugural California Poker Players Conference (CPPC) will be held in conjunction with the National Championship of Poker Tournament at the Hollywood Park Casino in Southern California, October 20-21.

Players who attend the conference can expect plenty of tips on how to become a winning poker player, according to Phyllis Caro, director of poker operations at Hollywood Park Casino.

"Attendees will gain more solid information about winning poker during this two-day conference than they could ever hope for," Caro said.

Helping to organize the event are Robert Turner, poker manager of the Normandie Casino, and George "The Engineer" Epstein, columnist for Poker Player newspaper.

Poker players will have an opportunity to meet and hear presentations by some of the world’s leading experts. Mike Caro (the Mad Genius of Poker) will be the keynote speaker and serve as moderator.

Other speakers include Barbara Enright (the first woman inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame), Vince Burgio, Lou Krieger, Susie Isaacs, Robert Turner, Marsha Waggoner, Stan Sludikoff, Charlie Shoten, Russell C. Fox, Tony Guerrera, and George Epstein.

John A. Pappas, recently named the Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) will update attendees on the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and its potential impact on all forms and venues for playing poker.

As a special feature, Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner of the World Series of Poker, will discuss the event and changes planned for the 2008 World Series of Poker.

Challenge the Experts — a special panel discussion during which attendees will have the opportunity to challenge the experts on various aspects of poker — should be among the high points of the conference.

Other highlights include:

”¡ Special winning poker tips from Mike Caro

”¡ Lou Krieger will share his "Seven Top Tips" and discuss "maniacs, calling stations, and rocks" and how to deal with these types of players.

”¡ Susie Isaacs will present her "Five-P Theory," and George "The Engineer" Epstein’s will discuss his "Four Basic Rules for Winning!" plus his powerful Hold’em Algorithm.

”¡ Robert Turner will tell you what to look for when deciding which tournaments to enter.

”¡ Vince Burgio will tell you how to turn pro.

”¡ Stan Sludikoff will examine his crystal ball and discuss the future of tournament poker.

”¡ Barbara Enright will explain "reading" your opponents and how it can make a difference.

”¡ Marsha Waggoner will explain how "Learning to Lose" can help you become a better winner.

”¡ Tony Guerrera will identify the "new breed" of poker players and how is the game being changed by the influx of younger players.

”¡ Mark Twain will explain why poker is not gambling.

”¡ Charlie Shoten will explain your winning "poker mind" and how to improve it.

Hollywood Park Casino is now accepting advance registrations (before October 5) for $180; late registration or at the door is $200. For information, contact Marilyn Brison at Hollywood Park Casino, (310) 330-2800, ext. 2601; or visit the web site: