Sunday, February 28, 2010

Atlantic City Restuarant Week

Just a little promo of things going on in Atlantic City this week.

Atlantic City is hosting Restaurant Week starting today and running through March 6.

So, if you're in town to play some cards. You might get a chance to hit up some of the restaurants you haven't had a chance to check out before.

Here's a link with more info and participating restaurants.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

WSOP Satellite tournament today

Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City is hosting a satellite tournaments for the World Series of Poker today at 4:15 p.m

The $516+$44 satellite will have two guaranteed heading to the main event in Las Vegas this summer.

There will be other satellites coming up if you cannot make this one on March 27 and April 24. 

Players can also qualify for the satellites with mini-satellites occuring daily. The cost of those tournarments is $58+$12 and go off at 4:15 p.m.

Check out Harrah's site for more information.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Borgata announces Spring Poker Open

There are few details right now on Borgata's website about the Spring Poker Open. However, we have dates, so clear your calendar.

The Spring Poker Open will be from April 10-30 with the main event being another $3,000 + $200 entry fee. There is a  $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

Currently, the Borgata's website is down. So, I can't get much more info.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Karma is a bitch: Winning the bad beat jackpot and still losing

The bad beat jackpot was hit at the Tropicana early Wednesday morning for around 217K.

Quad Qs over Quad 7s.

The person who had the losing hand was described to be a pretty big jerk. On the river when the board was 778QQ and the player with pocket QQ best all, but $3, he asked the dealer for a count.

Three times.

He showboated and finally said, I'm all-in. Making the other person put in their final $3. Pocket QQs guys said, fine, I have a four queens. That's when the table erupted because the other guy had pocket 77s.

However, there is more to the story. Pocket 77s guy was a jerk all night. He threatened to beat up someone who beat him in a pot for about $200. Degraded and mocked people the entire time. He also enjoyed telling everyone how tough he was and lucky he was. He was annoying to say the least.

Here's when the fun starts.

When it was time to get to the cage and collect, pocket 77s walked through the Trop casino floor yelling and screaming: That's right! I won! I told you! God, wants me to be rich. God, wants me to be famous.

He gets to the cashier while two of his friends were with him. A few minutes go by while he is in the credit room and here comes five security guards walking over. They take him out of the credit room without any money. Take him to the poker room to collect his belongings and drop him off at gaming enforcement.

Apparently, pocket 77s guy was in violation of his parole by being in the casino that night. He was not allowed to be there.

His money was seized (all 87K) and he was left with nothing.

Sand Casino in Pa., applies for 89 table games, including 12 poker

The Allentown Morning Call had a breaking news story last night on their website. Sand Casino in Pennsylvania - which is directly competing with Atlantic City's customers - applied for 89 tables games (link).

Almost half of those table games were for blackjack.

Just four tables were for "Texas Hold'em poker tables."

The good news: With just four tables in a casino, customers will deal with long wait lists. Regulars will camp on these games for a while. Anyone who isn't playing poker will want to come to Atlantic City because there are more options, especially on a weekend.

The bad news: Weekday games in Atlantic City will be hurt by these new tables. Four full tables is still 40 people. That's 40 people being taken away from places such as Showboat, Bally's and Harrah's. People who will enjoy this room aren't probably the types that play in big poker rooms. This could certianly hurt some of the smaller rooms in Atlantic City.

Update: After re-reading the article after the first comment left, I think I may be wrong. There is a request for 12 poker tables and I assumed that lumped 3-card, Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud and games like that under one umbrella. However, 3-card poker is specifically mentioned.

So, it seems Sands would have a 12-table room, which is actually pretty good. Not the biggest room, but the only rooms in Atlantic City that regularly run 12 or more games are the Borgata and Taj Mahal.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rumor: Bally's changing Bad Beat Jackpot rules

I've heard a couple of rumors that once the current bad beat jackpot is hit at Bally's (which sits around 220K right now), the casino is changing the requirements.

According to this thread on the Two Plus Two forums, the BBJ will become quad Queens or better to be beat. Then, go down hand-by-hand.

By this account, it seems Bally's is trying to cash in on the craziness that was Caesars a few weeks back. Caesars filled the entire room with NL games and had people waiting on lists for, literally, hours. The BBJ got publicity in the local newspaper and gave some exposure to Caesars.

A high BBJ will draw in a crowd, but with such high requirements, who will be play there?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Need to know now what's happening at the Borgata?

Have you been sitting at home thinking to yourself, I wonder what the Borgata poker room looks like right now?

I often wonder about this for many of the poker rooms and since I am not really a phone person, I don't really care to call up any of the casinos just to ask them how many games they have going. I always feel so weird whenever I ask this question like if the guy at the Showboat gives me bad news then I am going to let him down when he hears the disappointment in my voice.

Borgata has a way to let people know just how their room is doing and the number of going on. They created the digital live game report (link), which is updated throughout the day. Sometimes it take awhile for the latest update to come through, but you get an idea just what you're headed into by the report.

My favorite time is to check it on the weekend. I love looking at the big games.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

World Poker Tour Boot Camp hitting the Trop

The Tropicana will host a World Poker Tour Boot Camp on April 9-10 (link)

The boot camp costs $1,895 and pros include Kathy Liebert, Nick Brancato, Rick Fuller and Nick Binger.

Friday, February 19, 2010

WSOP Satellte Tournaments at Harrah's

Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City is hosting a satellite tournaments for the World Series of Poker. Harrah's is sending 30 players to Las Vegas for the event.

The first $516+$44 satellite is Feb. 27 at 4:15 p.m., with two guaranteed heading to the main event.

Players can also qualify for the satellites with mini-satellites occuring daily. The cost of those tournarments is $58+$12 and go off at 4:15 p.m.

Main satellite will also be held March 27 and April 24.

Check out Harrah's site for more information.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Borgata announces new deep stack tournament in March

From Borgata's website:

Borgata presents Atlantic City's $500,000 Guaranteed Poker Tournament, offering players the unique opportunity to experience a championship-style event structure for a total buy-in of only $1,650. Players will start with 30,000 in tournament chips.

$165 + $35 No Limit Hold'Em
  - Sunday, February 21 at 11AM

$330 + $50 No Limit Hold'Em
  - Sunday, February 28 at 11AM
  - Friday, March 5 at 6PM
  - Saturday, March 6 at 11AM
  - Saturday, March 6 at 5PM
  - Sunday, March 7 at 4PM

$500,000 GUARANTEED DEEP STACK POKER TOURNAMENT$1500 + $150 No Limit Hold'Em

30,000 in Starting Chips
MARCH 7 - 10, 2010
Day 1A - Sunday, March 7 at 11AM
Day 1B - Monday, March 8 at 11AM
Day 2 - Tuesday, March 9 at 11AM
Day 3 - Wednesday, March 10 at 11AM

Monday, February 08, 2010

Going to Harrah's in a handbasket

Harrah's Resort has been hit with a new set of lawsuits. At this point it's only getting comical. Here's a link to the story from The Press of Atlantic City.

In a country where people are innocent until proven guilty, I see the opposite of this.

I knew far too many people who had complaints at Harrah's, spoke to people in human resources and their supervisors, only to see the situation escalate to the point where working conditions were made impossible. I'm not surprised by the latest allegations.

Since this is a blog about poker, I will say this. I've seen the poker room turn from one my favorites to a room I will never walk into again. The majority of the dealers are unprofessional (which reminds of a story I need to tell about my latest trip to Atlantic City), lack any sort of knowledge about poker and do not care about the integrity of the game.

All the good dealers and floor people at Harrah's are slowly leaving. And the ones who were good have given up because they don't see the point in trying anymore.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Snowed in, in AC

Friday afternoon I thought to myself: "Where do I want to spend the blizzard that is going to rip through southern New Jersey?"

I only had one answer - Atlantic City.

So here I am, sitting in the Showboat and it's been interesting 24 hours.

I played at the Taj Mahal last night and for a Friday night, the place was dead. However, there were many people who braves the storm and still showed up to the poker room in the middle of the night. There weren't many, but there were enough people who I thought were either really brave or really crazy. I got to Atlantic City before the snow started to fall.

The Showboat went dark at 5 a.m. this morning to give the dealers and floor people that were already a chance to rest. They got about three to four of sleep and the room is back open.

However, there is no afternoon tournament and they aren't sure if the night tourney is going to go off. All the cashiers have called out, so no one can resgister for tournaments.

Also, the floor people have called in the poker room. Kelly and Julio are here since last night for another 16-hour shift. They will likely go dark at 5 a.m. again tomorrow morning.

Any other news from some other casinos around town?

Friday, February 05, 2010

Pinnacle kills Atlantic City Project (Press of AC)

While not shocked at the The Press of Atlantic City is reporting (link), definitely mad and annoyed.

All I keep thinking about is all those people that lost their jobs because Sands had to be torn down. Pinnacle riddled the city with its ugly billboards and promised a new and grand casino, only to leave an empty pit.

Well, how does Pinnacle answer?
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