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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

As most of you have discovered, many World Series of Poker Circuit events have been postponed or suspended around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. We listed the cancellations as of March 14 in our last blog and many more have fallen by the wayside. However, there has been no decision yet on whether or not the flagship event, this summer’s 51st annual WSOP tournament will be held.

Seth Palansky, vice president of corporate communications for the WSOP, said officials would continue to monitor developments regarding the
coronavirus pandemic but were proceeding as if the big event will go on as
scheduled May 26 to July 15 at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas.

“We keep our heads down, keep planning in place,” he said. “… We don’t need to make a decision now.” This year’s schedule calls for 87 bracelet events. Contingency plans have been discussed that could include shortening the series, Palansky said.

“Things are changing not just daily but hourly now,” he said of the pandemic fallout. “We’ll continue to monitor everything.”Texas Poker Store

Once a definitive call has been made by the WSOP, The Texas Poker Store will keep you informed.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

I know my husband, Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, along with many of our poker-playing friends, as well as poker fans and Texas Poker Store customers, start to get a little jittery in March until the Event Schedule for the upcoming World Series of Poker has been finalized. That’s when they start making their travel plans, and checking to see who they can meet up with at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That’s also when they start getting curious and want to read up on any changes (hopefully improvements) they’ll encounter at the 51st Annual WSOP, set to run from May 26th to July 15th. They don’t want any surprises.

2020 World Series of Poker

Fortunately, the WSOP has addressed the registration process first, in an effort to ease congestion and speed up wait times. For the first time at the WSOP, in-person registration and payouts for events will be separated into different rooms, allowing for more stations to be added to both areas, something that’s been very much needed. As WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said, “There is no doubt we need to do a better job of getting people in their seats and playing poker faster. We’ve looked closely at several areas in the off-season and are dedicating new resources – technology, equipment and people – to aid in these efforts in 2020. These changes, in conjunction with better informing guests of the required documents needed to register, make us optimistic it can lead to noticeable improvement.”

With regard to registering, the main registration area remains in the Tropical Ballroom, near the back end of the Rio Convention Center, with more stations added to both the main registration cage and the VIP cage. All guests will need to present a valid picture I.D. such as a state-issued driver’s license license or country-issued passport in order to obtain the required Caesars Rewards loyalty card to enter any WSOP event.

The Payout Office will be located next to the registration area in the Palma Ballroom (formerly the Media Center) Anyone who has funds to collect also needs to bring their valid ID, their Caesars Rewards card and any relevant banking/wiring information if necessary, to the ballroom in order to expedite the transaction times. If you are lucky enough to be receiving funds, you can choose your preferred method of payment, including cash, wire transfer, casino chips or have it deposited in your Personal Tournament Account.

In our next blog we will tell you all about the WSOP Tournament Account, online registration for event selection and self-service kiosks for selecting your seat at the tables. It’s all a bit more hi-tech than before, but don’t worry. You’ve got plenty of time to get it right!

Make sure to hit as many poker tables as you can and practice, practice, and practice some more to perfect your poker game before heading to the WSOP. I know my husband is already practicing. Hope to see you all there.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

At first you might react the way I did when I saw the recently published book, “A Girls Guide to Poker” by Amanda Botfeld. Why would I want to learn to play poker from some unknown random woman when there are thousands of serious “how-to-play” poker books already written by well-respected, experienced poker players?Girls guide to Poker by Amanda Botfeld

But as I began to look into Ms. Botfeld, I realized that she was an established researcher/writer based in Washington D.C. and not a well-known poker expert; in other words, I could definitely relate. Turns out she had a rudimentary knowledge of poker, but not nearly enough to compete in an online tournament or at a casino, kinda like me. So she decided to write a book, hoping it would encourage women to learn to play poker with confidence.

And this is a book that’s fun and easy to understand, written for people who don’t play poker- at least not well. It has a decidedly female flair, as it teaches the ins and outs of the game we all want to learn how to play, and does it with style, sophistication and girlish glam. But don’t misunderstand. This isn’t a book that talks down to women; it just totally “gets” what women want. It’s feminine, but very sharp, as most of us women are. It’s even funny and playful in a way that most women would want her best poker-playing girlfriend to be.

Nevertheless, Botfeld is very serious about the game and that comes through. She has definitely done her homeworkShe delves into all the important information that basic poker studies go through – the possibilities of making certain hands, for example – and offers precise and accurate information throughout the book.

In fact, The Girl’s Guide isn’t just for girls; guys can improve their poker skills before sitting down at their poker tables for their weekly game, as long as they’re not too proud to read this entertaining and highly informative book.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

If you are risk averse, like me, and afraid to lose money while learning how to play poker, you need a reliable, free online poker site. According to Pokernews.com, the best of the best for free poker games with no registration is the WSOP Poker app. PokerNews

Obviously, lots of poker players get started on “play money” sites on their desktops and on mobile apps to develop their skills, learn how poker works and what it feels like to engage with poker players all over the world in games of Texas Holdem or Omaha. This is where you can try out all the tips you got from reading Jonathan Little’s blogs or studying videos of Fedor and Negreanu. It’s really the safest way to hone the poker strategies you’ll need in order to win before you start playing with real money.

World Poker TourOther well-known free sites are Zynga Poker and the WPT (World Poker Tour). They both have options to play for fun, or in the case of WPT, real money. However, you have to join ClubWPT to play for real money.

Others (like PokerStarsPartyPoker, and 888Poker) combine free poker games and tournaments with real money ones – so you can have an authentic ‘full poker experience’ always playing on the same website.

World Series of PokerOf course, U.S, players can’t play for real money in most states because it’s –unbelievably – still illegal. For example the WSOP online app allows you to play for real $$ if you live in Nevada.

Have fun at your favorite poker tables whether you’re practicing or playing for real money.

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