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61-Year-Old Retiree Fred Garcia Wins MSPT Golden Gates Main Event for $109,881

61-Year-Old Retiree Fred Garcia Wins MSPT Golden Gates Main Event for $109,881

The latest MSPT Golden Gates $1,100 Main Event in Black Hawk, drew 472 entries, and after three starting flights and a long Day 2, it was 61-year-old Fred Garcia of Durango, who emerged victorious to capture a $109,881 first-place prize. “I’ve been wanting to make a final table, that was my goal, and things just […]

Corey Zedo Wins MSPT Golden Gates $360 Regional Event for $47,420

Corey Zedo Wins MSPT Golden Gates $360 Regional Event for $47,420

Back in February, the Heartland Poker Tour held a $300 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament that drew 871 entrants, which made it the largest poker tournament by attendance ever held in Colorado. The record didn’t last long. From March 23-26, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) set a new record by attracting 893 entries in the MSPT […]

Pocket Jacks

Pocket Jacks

Last weekend I was playing in a $2 – $5 / $100 Hold em poker game in the Ameristar poker room in Black Hawk when the following hand came up. I was in the big blind with $5 in the pot, there were two callers, and a player near the button raised to $40. As […]

Thinking About Poker: Variations 2

Thinking About Poker: Variations 2

The last article I submitted to you, faithful reader, concerned some of the poker variations I have encountered while traveling about the country. The straddle – also known as the ‘Mississippi Straddle’ was mentioned first. This comes about when a player places a bet, usually double the big blind, from some other position than either […]

GAMING – Thinking About Poker: Whatcha gonna do?

GAMING – Thinking About Poker:  Whatcha gonna do?

As I write this I’m sitting in San Diego having visited family and friends over Christmas and am contemplating what my 2017 bucket list will hold. I don’t make New Years’ resolutions as those are too easily broken and/or forgotten and by a large margin are unrealistic and unattainable. I try to keep my future […]

Review of 2016 and a preview of 2017

Review of 2016 and a preview of 2017

Wow – is 2016 over already? It seems like yesterday I was toasting the New Year coming in; playing that fun first hand of the year; and making those New Year’s poker resolutions – promising myself I would play better. Playing better meant not chasing those long shot one-outers – and I stuck to this […]

Colorado Yesterday and Today

Colorado Yesterday and Today

While playing poker is one of my passions, another is getting out and exploring the many hidden and interesting spots throughout Colorado that link today with yesterday. I do this through finding old photographs from over a century ago; locating the spot in the photograph; and then matching up a photograph of the same spot. […]

GAMING – Thinking about poker: boorish behavior

GAMING – Thinking about poker: boorish behavior

In my previous article I recommended a stay at the Grand Hotel and Casino in Shawnee, Okla. Due east of Oklahoma City along I-40 and a pleasant stop outside of the hustle and bustle of the state capitol city. There are numerous hotel/casinos surrounding the city, on the east side this is the place to […]

GAMING – Thinking about poker: financing someone else’s game

GAMING – Thinking about poker: financing someone else’s game

I recently returned from a trip down south (“’Way down south in Dixie’”) and happened to observe two interactions between poker players. These prompted thought about poker and of behavior in which poker players either willfully engage and/or allow to occur. Before detailing these – the first in this article, the second next issue – […]

GAMING – Let’s Play Poker!

GAMING – Let’s Play Poker!

“Thanks for the memories” Lodge Poker Room In early September of this year the ionic poker room located upstairs at the Lodge Casino dealt its last hand. With an impending remodel of the casino and the promised draw of more revenue from slot machines, the legendary and well-known poker room is no more. After millions […]

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