Palms to help you improve at poker

Sep 23, 2008 7:01 PM

The-Inside-Straight by Joe Awada | Last week I alluded to free seminars and lessons I will be hosting at the Palms poker room.

Well, we’ve finalized the details, as well as added two new tournaments that will start in October.

Starting with the seminars, the first one will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, at noon in the poker room.

The focus of the seminar will be tournament play, including how to approach satellites – single table and super satellites – which require a unique approach, unlike playing in tournaments in general.

We will also discuss cash games and how to approach them, as well as the fine points of mastering Limit and No Limit Hold’em.

Rather than just lecture the players or simply answer questions, we want these sessions to be interactive, so we have a few twists that should make for a lot of fun.

For instance, we’ll be giving away prizes for things such as the best question asked by the attendees, the most passionate players and the best poker face – this should be worth the price of admission!

We’ll also be holding free poker lessons, beginning the following Sunday (Oct. 5). In addition to covering basic topics such as evaluating your hand, betting, raising, folding and so forth, we will concentrate on the games that professionals play.

These games include Omaha, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Deuce to 7 Triple Draw, Paduki, as well as the high-low versions (8 or better) of Omaha and Stud.

We thought these games should be explained because, although No Limit Texas Hold’em is still the most popular game, I’ve received a lot of inquiries about the other games. Playing and mastering these games can be very lucrative and I think many players would like to arm themselves with this knowledge and expand their repertoire.

Coming up in October are two weekly tourneys with nominal buy-ins of $50 to $100, including a ladies only tournament.

I expect a good turnout for the ladies tourney – I know there are plenty of women who say they’re sometimes intimidated entering open tournaments – and to sweeten the pot the Palms has added prizes to go along with the regular cash awards.

These will include dinners in the hotel’s great restaurants and spa and salon treatments.

We’ve also added a unique bonus to both of the tournaments:

The three top finishers in each weekly tournament will face off against myself in a poker game with the chance to double their tournament winnings.

Thus, I’ll play in two separate poker games (not against all six – I’m not a complete imbecile!) and if any of the three knock me out, the remaining player(s) all double up.

If I knock any or all of them out, then I regain my self-esteem.

In any case, it’s a nice bonus if they can beat me.

All in all, I applaud the Palms for making this move to cultivate new players and assist existing players who want to improve their game.

If you want any further information about these activities, just give the Palms poker room a call.