Friday, January 30, 2009

UPDATE: Man Barricades Himself Taj Mahal Office

According to The Press of Atlantic City, a man has barricaded himself in one of the offices at the Taj Mahal. It's unknown what the situation is, but there are a few guesses.

1. He was just looking for a place to smoke without being harassed.

2. He was looking for the money he lost while gambling.

3. He got laid off and didn't want to leave his office.

4. They can't get enough of the Taj since it's been redone and just wants to stay there forever.

I'm sure there are more. What's your guess?

Update: All is safe at the Trump Taj Mahal again. Here's the updated news from The Press:

An armed man barricaded inside an office of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort overnight was taken into custody at 8:15 a.m. today.

The incident began at 8:50 p.m. Thursday when officers, unaware that he was armed, took the man to security office within the casino. He was wanted on larceny charges. The man was threatening to kill himself.

The casino is still operating as usual.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I knew this was coming - Revel scales back project

Revel scales back work on $2 billion Atlantic City casino
By DONALD WITTKOWSKI Staff Writer, 609-272-7258
Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

2:48 p.m. Update - ATLANTIC CITY — Revel Entertainment Group laid off about 400 workers today and halted work on the interior of its proposed $2 billion casino hotel while it searches for funding to complete the megaresort.

Kevin DeSanctis, Revel’s chief executive officer, said exterior construction will continue on the 46-story hotel tower, the parking garage and structural steel for the casino and other parts of the project.

By halting work on the interior, Revel hopes to space out the construction with the financing it currently has on hand. DeSanctis would not say how much Revel and its investment partner Morgan Stanley have spent so far or would need to complete the casino.

Revel had planned to open what would be Atlantic City’s 12th casino in the summer of 2010, but the timetable will be delayed for probably a few months or perhaps more depending on how long it takes the company to secure the financing, DeSanctis said.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Release: WSOP Cash Game Academy at Harrah's This Weekend

While winning is how poker players earn their fame, it is cash game play where they earn their living, and beginning in 2009, the World Series of Poker Academy, poker’s premier series of instructional camps, will provide poker players of all skill levels with the foundation and tools needed to become a consistent winning cash game player with the launch of its new Cash Game Academy, a two-day, intensive poker school dedicated exclusively to No Limit Hold’emcash game play.

The WSOP Academy will present two Cash Game Academy events to kick off its busy 2009 season, the first of which will be held at Harrah’s Atlantic City on Jan. 24 – 25. Then two weeks later, the WSOP Academy will head to Las Vegas to host a Cash Game Academy at Caesars Palace on Feb. 7 - 8.

Both events will feature world-class instruction from top poker pros, with Mark Seif, Paul Wasicka and Alex Outhred among the instructors scheduled for the Atlantic City event and Seif, Outhred and Michael Gracz slated for the Las Vegas event.

“The WSOP Academy has successfully helped players make it to the final table and win bracelets by teaching tournament strategy, but to become an overall winning poker player you must also become a consistent cash game player,” said Brandon Rosen of Post Oak Productions, the company that produces the WSOP Academy. “Your cash game skills and results will likely determine your success and more importantly, your longevity as a poker player. With this in mind, we created the Cash Game Academy.”

The new Cash Game Academy will teach participants winning cash game strategy through two days of in-depth seminars, live play workshops, video analysis and a cash game competition, all taught by some of the world’s top cash game poker players. The program is designed for all skill levels, be it beginner, intermediate or advance.

Featuring all new materials and teaching methods unlike any past WSOP Academy event, the new Cash Game Academy will cover topics such as the transition from tournament play to cash game play, development of reading ability and putting opponents on hand ranges, bankroll management and sophisticated plays and strategies specific to cash game play. Each event will also offer video analysis of cash game play, with instructors dissecting hands and situations and discuss alternative lines of play.

A key component of each Cash Game Academy will be a Cash Game Competition hosted on day two of each event. Players will compete against their fellow WSOP Academy participants to determine who made the most correct decisions and managed their bankroll the best during a simulated cash game. The winner will receive an all-expense trip to Caesars Palace Las Vegas for the WSOP Academy Tournament of Champions just prior to the Main Event of the 2009 World Series of Poker.

Tuition for each of the two Cash Game Academies is $1,899.00, with a payment of only $499.75 required to secure a spot. The additional tuition payment owed will be billed each month for the three following months.

Release: Montel Williams to Launch New Poker Show

EMMY Award Winning Talkshow host Montel Williams to Launch Brand New Poker TV Format

International Team Poker League will combine online qualifiers with bricks and mortar casinos

London, 22/01/09: The world of televised poker looks set to be revolutionised in 2009 with a new format TV show, “International Team Poker League”, devised by EMMY Award winning TV supremo and poker buff Montel Williams. The show, starting with satellite tournaments in March and to be televised from November this year, will combine fast-paced No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em (NTHL) games with ‘reality TV’ style segments about the players.

Creator, commissioner, and CEO of ITPL, Montel Williams comments, “I love poker – it’s a game that has everything, played by kings and leaders and regular joes alike. It crosses boundaries and borders, now, thanks to technology and the internet, a global phenomenon that brings people of different ethnicities and origin together around the world. It is truly international, and the time is right for the International Team Poker League to take poker to a new level and a wider audience.”

In a similar format to familiar talent shows, the series will begin with a selection process through regular NLTH satellite tournaments in both land-based casinos and online poker sites. Entrants play to win entry into a three-day Draft Pool Seeding Tournament at a Las Vegas host casino at which the leading players will be selected into six teams, before fighting it out to build chip stacks for the final one-day SuperTable team event. The six winners will become the ITPL Team for the season, and will be filmed as they live the Poker lifestyle, play the Pros and possibly find celebrity for themselves.

Specifically designed to fit a one-hour TV slot, the show will air each week for a season and offers high profile strategic partnerships and affiliate activity for both the casino and remote gambling industries. A number of global brands have already shown interest in taking part, although no announcements of partnerships are being made at this stage.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Borgata Poker Open

If you're looking for results of the Borgata Poker Open, you can always go to the Borgata's official poker blog.

I'm slowly keeping track of what's going on. My boyfriend played in Day 1a of the deep stack tourney and made it on to Day 2. Although, according to him, he's reached point critical. He's looking for the best hand to move in with in the next three orbits.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

What recession?

Wow. If anyone was in Atlantic City between Christmas and New Year's, you woulda seen this place jumping. I was shocked, but I guess that's what happens when the holidays come in the middle of the week. People take as much time off for vacation as they can and extend what is normally a five-day breaks into eight or 10.

The poker rooms saw a lot of this action as well. In almost every poker room that you went to, it felt as though you had your choice of games. It almost felt like the Borgata everywhere.

But with extra people and extra action comes extra Boof (otherwise known as butt sex, but by a different term).

Bad players, bad dealers and drunks don't always make for a good game.

It's a recurring theme in Atlantic City though.

If you want to play cards in the Resort, you have to learn how to deal with the nonsense. You have to push aside the chaos and the confusion and just play your game.

Atlantic City won't be jumping like that again until March. That's when the new season kicks off.

Atlantic City is like baseball season. When the diamond is full, so is the felt.

P.S. Because someone emailed me and asked. There is most certainly a bad beat at Borgata. Now, every live poker room in the city has a bad beat.
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