Nothing beats Foxwoods poker

Nov 11, 2003 2:45 AM

Carol, when the folks are reading this column, we will again be about 30,000 feet up in an airplane on our way back to Foxwoods in the woods of Connecticut.

This will mark the third year in a row that Foxwoods has invited us to come back and host "The Seniors" World Championship of Limit Hold’em at The Wonder of it All.

At every turn there’s a special thrill, a magical moment. This is our place, Carol, to laugh, to dine, to applaud headline entertainment year round.

Foxwoods is the place to enjoy the wonder of the newest slots and the hottest tables. It’s all there, a wonder-filled world of experiences to be discovered.

Yes, Carol I know that you and our lovely daughter Sarah will be off to Boston to walk the commons and the freedom trail at the old North Church and to visit all the sites of Boston.

I hope to come with you and Sarah on some of your side trips to Mystic and have some fresh clam chowder and fish dinner in this seaport town known for its tall ships.

And I know that you plan also to go down to the mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and see how the very rich built their homes ”” each one trying to outdo and outspend the other in opulence and splendor.

"The Seniors" on the East Coast are very good to us and we will have a large group of "The Seniors" that will be trying to gain this year’s title of the best senior poker player in the world of Limit Hold’em poker.

Before the event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, "The Seniors" WCOP will have an induction into the Poker Players Hall of Fame.

Ron McMillan will be the inductor for Spike Gallas. Ron, who is a member of "The Seniors" WCOP, will open wide once more the doors of "The Seniors" Hall of Fame to greet its newest member.

It sure is nice of Kathy Raymond, the director of poker operations at Foxwoods, to invite us once again to join her and our senior friends at the Foxwoods big annual World Poker Finals, where they will be filming a show for the World Poker Tour (WPT).

Kathy told me that the hotel had been sold out for weeks and that she was going to have to limit the number of poker players to 600. Of course, "The Seniors" will have but about 300 or so playing because the players must have reached their 50th birthday to qualify to play in "The Seniors" World Championship of Limit Hold’em.

"Oklahoma Johnny" Poker Tip of the Week

Carol, while we were down at the Grand in Tunica, Mississippi all the players were playing poker like they were double-parked.

When the other poker players are making the action ”” three betting and capping the pots before the flop ”” there will be a pot almost every hand that a show dog could not jump over.

When you are lucky enough to find a game like this, you will think that you have died and gone to poker heaven.

Loosen your play and play suited connected cards like (7,8), (8,9) or (9,10). Just pay the price and take the flop, then react to the flop and the action after the flop.

The action before the flop just makes the pot and makes the game worth the candle. The action after the flop will determine who gets the money; and you will get your share of the money.

You will kill those great big name brand hands when you hit trips or two pair or straights and little flushes.

Of course, Carol you play the name brand hands of AA and KK and the like, but you must release them quickly when the flop comes straight or little flush cards.

Honey, you will find that these wonderful starting hands lose frequently in a loose game when you have multi-action players playing many hands.

So do not fall in love with name brand hands like AA and KK and AK. Honey, you should look for the little money makers (7,8), (8,9), etc. Try it, you will like it.

Until next time remember to always stay lucky!