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Open invite for Orleans poker tournament in July

Jun 17, 2008 7:01 PM

Back in the Saddle by Johnny Hale | Carol, I am playing a little poker out at the Orleans, tuning up my Omaha/8 or better game for the Orleans Open, which runs July 5-20.

The Orleans poker room hosts a lot of tournaments and features some of the best personnel of any venue I have ever played. The Orleans regularly run three tournaments each day of the year! Except, of course, when the Orleans Open is in session.

That means more than 1,000 daily poker tournaments a year currently held at the Orleans.

Now after training a staff to take on that small task you can understand why the Orleans Open each year is one of the very best events held in Las Vegas. When you add in the Orleans Open, the number swells to more than 1,000.

On July 15, my daughter "Oklahoma Sarah" will be hosting the whippersnappers, who must be approved to play by the Orleans poker room. And I will be hosting ‘The Seniors" who must be 50 years or older.

 This "Battle of the Ages" poker tournament was designed by James Milkowski at the Orleans. Garrett Okanara, director of poker operations, and Boyd Gaming are always very cooperative with "The Seniors" Charities.

A thanks to Boyd Gaming, the management at The Orleans plus all the wonderful poker players, floor persons and staff who each year give so generously to "The Seniors" Charities. So come out to the Orleans Open, have some fun, help the cause and win money at "The Battle Of The Ages" on July 15.

Carol, Oklahoma Sarah and I hope to play a few hands of poker with you.

OK-J Tip of the Week:

Never fear going broke in a poker tournament. It is better to take a gamble and die trying than to just ante off chips in order to last longer and bleed to your tournament death.

We have all heard that the weak and cowards taste death a thousand times and that the valiant only taste death but once. Be brave, use your intelligence and imagination to help in the pitfalls of life – and poker.

There will always be failures. There is no way to take the gamble out of gamble!

It was with great regret that I learned this week of the passing of a great sports announcer (Jim McKay, who coined the saying, "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat."

I sure hope that Jim would not mind if I add, "There is no way to take the danger out of a gamble. If we could, no one would want to play!"