Posts Tagged ‘World Poker Tour’

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It’s hard to believe (and extremely embarrassing) that we managed to cover the 2019 World Series of Poker throughout more than 70 events, only to limp in with zero coverage of Event #73: the much anticipated $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. Yes, we reported which nine players made it to the Final Table, but that was it. We never even announced the winner of the dramatic heads-up play between 2nd place winner, Dario Sammartino  ($6 million) and the overwhelming chip Ensan Hossein leader and Main Event Champ, Hossein Ensan ($10 million and the World Championship Bracelet!). We have no excuse (at least not one we can share with y’all). In fact, all we can do is apologize profusely and carry on.

Interestingly, we have actually been watching a lot of late-night poker on television during the last couple of weeks. That’s because the World Poker Tour (WPT) broadcasts Main Tour events throughout the country at 8 p.m. on Sundays and 11 p.m. on Wednesdays on FSN. Each event is broken down into three one-hour episodes, anchored by the lovely Lynn Gilmartin, with witty and knowledgeable commentary by Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten.

Of course, once the WSOP had run its course, the World Poker Tour (WPT) got underway for its 2019-2020 season. They just concluded the WPT Gardens Festival, won by 34-year-old Roger Teska. In addition to taking home $368,475 for the first Season XVIII championship, Teska also won a 2019 BMW X1 as well as a $15,000 seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions that takes place at the end of the season.

If you enjoy watching great poker players make their moves while you decide how you feel about their strategy from the comfort of your couch, the WPT provides many hours of enjoyment for poker players and fans alike. Check them out with the links below and you might learn enough to take down that big pot next time you find yourself at a poker table.

World Poker Tour on FSN 

Roger Teska celebrates his win at the WPT Gardens Poker Festival.

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If you were left feeling a little bereft after the World Series of Poker and need to have some more,  then you might wanna head to Los Angeles and check out some very serious poker at what has become known as the largest card room in the world.

Commerce Casino® is a card room located in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce and is a Charter Member of the World Poker Tour. With over 240 tables on site, Commerce Casino is considered the largest card room in the world! They feature four Tournament Series that usually start in January and this year was no exception. The schedule is as follows; Los Angeles Poker Classic – January 9 – March 1, California State Poker Championship – April 27 – May,  The Commerce Poker Series – August 31 – September 16, and L.A. Poker Open in November.

Commerce Casino

In between the Tournament Series there are also lots of daily tourneys, as the Casino claims “There’s no end to the action with our daily Tournaments.”

Whatever form of poker is your favorite, or the one you think you play the best, or want to try for the first time, you can easily find some action at their tables, featuring some of the world’s most popular poker games, like Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Big O, Stud, Stud Hi/Lo, Lowball, Mixed Games, Razz, Badugi, 2-7 Triple Draw, or Chinese Poker. We’re sure you’ll have some serious fun at this incredible Casino in Los Angeles, California.

So, if it’s time to feed your poker habit then head on over to the Commerce Casino. We promise you will find the right table to satisfy your cravings! Maybe we’ll see you there.

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In what comes as a welcome surprise to the state’s numerous poker fans, the World Poker Tour’s DeepStacks recently announced it will be making a stop in Houston, Texas, located at 10739 Gulf Freeway. That’s right, despite Texas’ strict no gambling laws, the city of Houston will play host to the $100K GTD WPT DeepStacks Main Event from September 21-25. The $1,000 buy-in tournament will take place at the FreeRolls Poker Club.

FREEROLLS Poker Club Houston Texas

Why is this such a big surprise? Because poker clubs in Texas have to adhere to stringent requirements in order to offer poker at all. Their games must be held in a private place; all players must have an equal chance of winning; and all payments taken must be paid out as winnings to participants. The last provision, of course, makes it impossible for card rooms to earn any money from games, so all gambling at membership clubs are“non-profitable activities”.

The FreeRolls Poker Club, however, (along with other up-and-coming poker clubs that have also figured out the winning, and completely legal, formula) offers daily, monthly, or annual subscriptions allowing members to play at the venue for as long as they like, with no further associated costs. The club also earns some extra money, via advertisements shown on touchscreens located on each individual table.

In order to enter the WPT DeepStacks Houston, a player must first pay a $100 membership, with all other funds collected subsequently going directly towards the tournament’s prize pool, meaning any re-entries will cost just $1,000. In other words, the card room will earn its revenues only from memberships fees, in addition to money derived from its advertisers and sponsors.World Poker Tour DeepStacks

Meanwhile, WPT DeepStacks executive director, Chris Torina, says that his brand is excited to be leading the way in Texas, and was hopeful that the “first-class live event” would pioneer the way for future tournaments to be held in Texas. Furthermore, the event has already attracted a great deal of buzz on social  media, indicating that it was likely to be an extremely popular event.

The question is, how many of our Texan followers will rush to enter this event. We can think of several who are probably already salivating, let us know who you are.

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I asked my husband, Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, if there’s a time limit on the players’ action in his weekly poker game. He said no, unless someone is obviously wasting time on every hand, but that rarely happens.

But time has definitely been a factor on the professional circuit and stalling has become a concern recently in live tournaments, notably the World Series Of Poker. When a player takes too long to act, the game slows down, and with many of the coveted audience of millennials and GenZ’ers already thinking that poker is too slow to interest them, that’s NOT a good thing.

So, to pick up the pace to appeal to a broader  audience, similar to the concept behind the Global Poker League (and by the way, where are you Alex Dreyfus?) and partially in response to the controversial slow-betting ‘speech play” of  William Kassouf in last year’s WSOP Main Event, we saw a new clock rule at this year’s WSOP.

The two-minute rule was eliminated. (The old rule was that someone could call the clock after a “reasonable amount of time, which was actually two minutes. Then the dealer had to call for the floor manager. The floor manager slowly responded, walking over to ask the dealer if the player had a “reasonable amount of time.” If he answered yes, the floor manager gave the player another minute to make a decision on his hand!) That’s some serious time-wasting!

The new WSOP rule isn’t a great improvement. Now, players can call the clock whenever they want to. The same process occurs between the dealer and floor manager. The floor manager can then give the player anywhere between 0 and 30 seconds to make a decision.

Some of the older, iconic players love the clock. In fact, Daniel Negreanu has stated that he doesn’t like playing games without a shot clock and has reduced his No-Limit Hold’Em schedule until the WSOP institutes one. He’s not alone; a vast majority of players like the shot clock, especially those who also play online and are accustomed to a much faster pace.

The World Poker Tour, however, has heard the message loud and clear. They have announced that the WPT will be using a 30-second Action Clock during all Main Tour events, to be utilized one full table off the money bubble and remain in play until the conclusion of the tournament. Players will be limited to 30 seconds for each action, but will also receive time extension chips for use during difficult moments in the later stages of the tournament.

As Matt Savage, WPT Executive Tour Director, stated, “The World Poker Tour is proud to be the first to implement the Action Clock across its Main Events. He thinks that speeding up the game is a no-brainer.

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