Time to think ‘satellite’

Oct 28, 2002 11:49 PM

   The 2003 World Series of Poker doesn’t start until next April 15, but that doesn’t mean that Binion’s Horseshoe Director of Poker Operations George Fisher and his tournament team isn’t already hard at work with preparations for the world’s largest and most famous poker tournament.

   Much of the efforts of Fisher, assistant Steve McDonald and staff are spent now on assembling and finalizing sites for the WSOP’s huge network of satellites. Exclusive WSOP super satellites are licensed to a limited number of casinos and card clubs, plus single table and double shootout satellites for the big event.

   Satellite play is expected to begin in December. Fisher will be announcing authorized satellite sites soon.

   MORE GAMES AT SAM’S TOWN. Game selection has broadened recently at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas. Poker Manager Dick Gatewood started a new daily Omaha high-only game promotion recently, and has now added a $3-$6 7 Stud Hi-Lo game with a half-kill.

   Gatewood says the players are very enthused about both new games, and that the 7 Stud Hi-Lo game offers a great players’ value with only a 5% rake.

   Another new promotion starts Nov. 1 that features American Tourister luggage for players who log 50 hours or more of action through Dec. 18. Players can win one or more of three different luggage pieces. Call Sam’s Town poker room for details.

   TAKE A BEATING FOR BIG BUCKS! Bad Beat Jackpots are becoming big targets for Texas Hold'em players at several poker rooms around Las Vegas. As of the weekend, Texas Station’s jackpot is over $62,000, Orleans’ pot has topped $60,000, Stardust climbed past $50,000, Sunset Station reached more than $44,000, and Palace Station surpassed $41,000. All it takes is Aces full of Tens beaten at Texas, Orleans and Palace, and Aces full of eights beaten at Sunset for the biggest share of the pots.

   BIG-TIME BREEDERS CUP FANS. Manager Bobby Rihel took a short break from the Stardust card room this past weekend to keep his attendance record intact by again going to the Breeders’ Cup at Arlington Park in Chicago. It was his 16th straight trip to the annual World Thoroughbred Championships. “I know it will be cold again, but my buddies and I go wherever it’s held every year,” Rihel explained. “It’s the greatest horse racing events in the world.”

   Mandalay Bay Poker Manager Kay White wasn’t able to personally attend the event like Rihel, but nevertheless had to be very pleased with the opening race results. Also an avid horse racing fan, White’s favorite filly Azeri solidified its bid for Horse of the Year with a dominating win in the opening $2-million Breeders' Cup Distaff race.

PROMOTIONS IN THE ROOMS . . . Boulder Station Poker Manager Steve Deuel offers pro football promotions that have become popular for his players. A special stadium food buffet is set up at 5:45 p.m. for Monday and Thursday night pro football games, and an interesting 33 Club promotion offers a handsome progressive jackpot for total game scores of exactly 33 points. See Steve or his staff for promotion details . . . Players in the Flamingo Hilton poker room in Las Vegas like the daily high-hand jackpots rather than prizes for bad beats, according to Day Shift Supervisor Maria Pino. It takes Kings full or better to qualify for both the $4-$8 Hold'em and $1-$5 7 Stud games to qualify. The jackpots run from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m. the next day. This very active poker area is located just off the main casino floor near the hotel registration lobby . . . The Stardust hosts a well-liked weekly tournament Thursday at noon that requires players to log only a minimum of 15 hours of weekly play by Wednesday at noon (for the past seven days). Card Room Manager Bobby Rihel says there’s a $2,500 guaranteed purse.