Confessions of a Grinder
While Ryan Guillen fights for poker legalization down south, we have another poker warrior in the west – Californian Democratic Senator, Jose Luis ‘Lou’ Correa. With support and pressure from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the 53-page draft was an effort to legalize online gambling in the state. However, Sen. Lou Correa recently made it clear that this recently amended bill ‘SB 678‘ introduced earlier this year will not be brought up before the end of the current state legislative session ending on Sept 13. Poker enthusiasts will have to wait until its resumption on Jan 6 next year.
To me, bill SB 678 sounds like I’m on the Small Blind (SB) holding Pocket Kings, and I re-raised a crazy-aggressive player who opened on the button and then called my raise, followed by a flop of 678. A true nightmare! First to act, and knowing he puts me on a tight range, I’d rather over-bet my poker chips and commit than check and face a pot-size daunting bet. Well, that was another one of my silly day dreams. On a serious note, I really hope that the nightmare fades out for online poker enthusiasts and poker lovers in general, and we have more senators like Correa and Guillen supporting the cause of Poker Legalization.
Meanwhile Barcelona witnesses warriors of a different kind. Live Poker thrives and the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona Main Event – BARCA is down to its final 18 players and, once again, seasoned pros lead this pack. Pasi Sormunen leads these “Barca Guerreros” with a 6,425,000 chip count followed closely by Kimmy Kurko with a massive 3.395 Million Chips, and then Tom Middleton with 3,230,000 chips. Let’s cheer these guerreros and hope they come out strong and wave the poker flag with pride!