WSOP players get ‘Second Chance’

May 6, 2003 5:06 AM

Last week I played a few satellites at Binion’s Horseshoe, where I ran into my old friend George Fisher, the director of poker operations. As usual, he was helpful and introduced me to Nolan Dalla, who is handling all the media and sending out daily reports on the action at the World Series of Poker, which continues through May 23.

I was invited to play in the WSOP media event, scheduled for Sunday, May 18. Of course, I am proud to represent GamingToday, and will be even more proud when I win the event as the oldest writer for the oldest gaming newspaper in the world.

It will be a good warm-up for the big $10,000 WSOP world championship event, which gets underway on Monday, May 19.

I plan to win the media event and then add the title of the oldest man to ever win the WSOP championship to my skins.

As many already know, I hold several skins, including the winner of the first gold bracelet for being the best all around player of the WSOP. And I am the only player to have an event, "The Seniors," named for himself at the WSOP.

This year’s Seniors was held on Sunday and, although I won’t be hosting it, I expected to have won it!

I’m not sure but I think that I hold one record at the WSOP that I’d like to improve upon: the player who has placed third the most times! I’ve done it six different times at WSOP events.

I have finished as high as second and fourth and have had many final table finishes. This year, I plan to cap it off and leave them laughing and then retire from the WSOP action as the oldest man to ever win the championship on Friday, May 23.

Here’s how I expect the week will proceed:

On Monday, there will be over 700 players who will each put up $10,000 to buy their seats in the WSOP Championship Event.

But by the end of the day, about 200 or more will have had their AA’s beaten (American Airlines!) and will have to take that sad walk away from the table.

Then on Tuesday, the second day of the tournament, another 200 or so will have run out of luck and chips and will have only their memories of the event to take home; no prize money is awarded on day two.

On Wednesday, about 300 of us, the lucky ones with chips, return to the green felt tables to continue our quest for the gold bracelet, millions of dollars and championship title.

I will still be in the hunt at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, when there should be about 90 or so of us remaining in the running.

About 600 of my poker playing friends will have lost all their chips and will be flopping around the casino with no poker to play.

And the worst thing that can happen in a tournament poker player is not to have lost, but to have no tournament game to play in.

Toward that end, my wife Carol and I have designed a Second Chance No Limit Hold ”˜em Charity Poker Tournament to fill that void.

Last year we held the inaugural event at Palace Station, where we had 177 players who put up $1,000 to play in the Second Chance Tournament.

The first place winner last year didn’t win a million dollars, but did get to take home over $65,000. So, Carol and I have done some tweaking and the second Second Chance tournament will award the winner $100,000 or 35%, whichever is greater if 200 or more people play.

Carol Hale will host the event at The Orleans. Only one $50 charity re-buy will be permitted.

Players should sign up early as The Orleans will have room for only 300 players.

Dick Gatewood at Sam’s Town is hosting Wednesday night super satellites at 6 p.m. for the Second Chance poker tournament. For only $60, players can take a shot at winning $100,000 or more.

The Orleans poker room is holding satellites each day and super satellites all day Tuesday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 21.

The Second Chance tourney will start at 6 p.m., Wednesday (May 21). The rules are simple — each player will have a maximum of $10,000 in chips and play no limit hold ”˜em for two days.

The event is sponsored and approved by The Seniors WCOP, but because this will be a charity event it has been arranged so that all poker players may play if they are 21 or older, unless noted in the official posted rules.

The Orleans poker tournament rules will be used.