MEALS ON WHEELS CAN FILL MORE THAN STOMACH. I got a nice email from Ed Horst Jr., a player at Sunset Station, saying that the “meals on wheels” feature now offered while you play at the Sunset poker tables really paid off. He and another player decided they wanted lunch, so he ordered food tableside, but the other player went to the buffet. You guessed it, a $20,000-plus bad beat jackpot was hit, and since the other player was gone for more than five hands, he didn’t collect, but our reader did. He says, “Thanks, Jackie!”
HALL OF FAME TOURNAMENT NOTES: It may have not been one of the largest turnouts for this great tournament, but there certainly was little question about the quality of players entered in Binion’s Horseshoe Hall of Fame Tournament. Many of the top players from around the world were in town and doing battle across the green felt. To prove my point, how would you have liked to face this lineup in the championship event . . . Layne Flack, John Juanda, David Plastik, Phil Ivey, Scott Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu, T.J. Cloutier, Erik Seidel, Jeff Shulman, Kathy Liebert, Phil Hellmuth, Lyle Berman, Julian Gardner, Humberto Brenes, Allen Cunningham, and many other world-class players? ALSO . . . I don’t know about you, but it seemed fitting to me that the film crew was in Binion’s this past week shooting the new movie about Hall of Famer Stu Ungar while the tournament was in progress.
TWO NEW BIG TOURNAMENTS. We’re into a busy season for poker tournaments right now. The Hall of Fame at Binion’s and Heavenly Hold’em at Commerce just wound up, but we now have the Four Queens Poker Classic starting Wednesday at the Four Queens in Las Vegas (see story in this issue), and the big Sweet September $170,000 Poker Tournament, which opened Monday at the Hustler Casino in Gardena, CA. Sweet September lasts 17 days (ends Oct. 2) and features one event each day, with a guaranteed $10,000 prize pool for each event a buy-in of only $100.
BINION’S SHOWS CLASS. Binion’s Horseshoe conducted a very special event last Wednesday that reminded us all that we need to take the time to devote some of our energies to the needs of the community. They invited members of the media to participate in the Hall of Fame Media Charity No Limit Hold’em tournament, in which Binion’s donated $3,000 in prize money. Winners of the prize money selected their favorite charity to which their share was donated. The top three places were paid, although the final three players agreed to split the funds evenly among the three selected charities. After that decision was made, a few speedy all-in hands were played so that the “title” could be bestowed upon one of the three. Bob Fleck of Professional Media Services won the title, with Bonnie Rattner of Card Player magazine second, and surprisingly, yours truly in third place. Since I had never played no limit before, I know I was certainly surprised to be there. Believe me when I tell you that, charity event or not, the competition was hot and heavy! But of course, the real winners were the charities. My hat’s off to the Binion’s team for such a great community gesture.
PROMOTIONS IN THE ROOMS: Palace Station’s pro football promotions are pleasing its players with halftime drawings earning six players during the day their choice of a USA soft-play football or gold key ring with playing chip on Sundays, and cash drawings for winning football squares on Monday nights. See Poker Room Manager Gary DeWitt for details. The Palms’ Poker Manager Gene Trimble also reports cash drawings for Monday night pro football has started there, plus he will be giving away free Tri-Mountain fleece Palms poker room VIP jackets with 40 hours of play through Nov. 15 (while supplies last). Poker Room Manager Jackie Graybill says that Sunset Station is playing host this next weekend to a very interesting poker club — in fact most members haven’t met face-to-face. A group of more than 30 regular online poker players from all around the country have formed a club and are meeting at Sunset for a weekend of gambling activities, which will include their own special little poker tournament.
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