1.Against All Odds

Introduction

Los Angeles poker classics

ESP

Bad Beat Poker

Pot-Limit Omaha

Spooky Hand

World Poker Challenge

Pot-Limit Hold'em Tournaments

Foxwood's Poker

Five-Star World Poker

World Series of Poker-2000

World Series Poker Championship

2.World Series of Poker Hands

Youngest World Champion

World Series Poker-1999

World Series Poker-1998

World Series Poker-2002

WSOP-2002

WSOP-1995

WSOP-1994

WSOP-1998

U.S.. Poker Championship-1999

WSOP-2000

WSOP's Winner-2000

WSOP-2003

WSOP's Record-2003

"Big One" in WSOP-2003

3.World Poker Tour

WPT-2002

World Poker Tour-2002

WPT's winner-2003

WPT-2004

WPT-2003

World Poker Tournament-2003

WPT's Event-2003

Foxwood's World Poker

Amir's Big Call

4.European Poker Tour

The Poker em

Poker In Amsterdam-1998

The Poker em-2000

Late Night Poker 3-2000

WHUPC-2003

5.Reading other Player's mail

WSOP-1992

Tournaments of Champion-1999

A Tale Of Four Bluffs

WSOP-2001

Commerce Casino-2002

No-Limit Hold'em Event-2002

 

“Miami” John Duthie Cernuto’s “Seize The moment”

Five years had gone by since my last visit to Foxwood's Casino.  I had taken it off my tournament trail endeavors because it was too far away, and I disagreed with some of their procedures. 

But I had done well there in the past, so I decided to make the trip in November 2000.  Well, let me tell you, I was very impressed with the changes that had been made.  The director of poker operations, Kathy Raymond, and the poker tournament director, Mike Ward, had really turned things around.  Middle-and high-limit poker were spread daily, and were prioritized.  The action varied from very good to spectacular, and those who made the trip were made to feel at home.  The tournaments we started on time and were structured extremely well, especially at the $1,000 level.  Also, two-hour rounds were used at the final table, giving the play poker card games plenty of time to make their moves.  Congratulations to Foxwood's for building a nucleus of tournament enthusiasts in the New England area! More than 1,000 players entered the first two events!

            I witnessed an amazing hand develop during the $500 buy-in no-limit Hold’em poker game event.  The blinds were $25- $50, with a middle position limper.  A local player, Sammy Haddad, was on the button with pocket sevens, and raised the pot to $200 to go.  The small blind, holding A-x, called the raise along with the big blind, who was holding A-J.  The limper, who was holding K-K, reraised to $900 to go.  Then it was call, call, call.  There was $2,400 in the center, and then came the flop: A-9-3 (two of them spades), with all stacks about poker even (Sammy had a little bit more than the other poker players ).

            Off we went.  First, the small blind bet an unbelievably novice wager of $100 into the $2,400 pot with his two aces, no kicker, and a neon sign saying, “Steal me, please!” The big blind took his ace with a jack kicker and slung them into the muck, too overly concerned about the next two players to act.  The K-K grimaced, but saw an opportunity to catch a king cheap, and called.  Sam Haddad also saw a cheap call for a seven card stud, but then spied a bigger opportunity and moved in with his sevens and got the expected results:  fold, fold.  I had played with Sammy the night before at the final table in limit Hold’em.  He’s a gutsy player with a lot of heart; he truly deserved the pot.  His risk was almost nil, and he couldn’t go broke.

            What makes this hand amazing is the fact that any of the four players could have won the pot limit omaha, owing to the novice player’s having made such a small wager.  The A-x could have won it with a reasonable bet, but his poor position and lack of experience caused his demise.  The A-J had a golden opportunity to win it with about a $1,000 raise.  His fear of betting into the two other players caused him to falter so badly that he didn’t even call the $100 bet! The player with the kings could have made a similar bet, but he was too concerned about poker what Sammy might do, and missed his opportunity.  He also missed it during his pre-flop reraise.  With $800 already in the center, his $400 raise was way too small.   A reraise of about $1,200 would’ve won it right there.  What was actually accomplished by his small reraise was that he invited disaster, which came in the form of an ace.  It could have been really disastrous if the flop had come Q-7-2! Sammy won the pot because he had the situation, seized the opportunity, and then put the $2,900 on top of his stack.  That’s one of the intangibles that a good tournament player has in his arsenal.

No need to wait on premium hands.  Opportunities will arise.  Just be sure that when you see your opportunities, you don’t hesitate.  Just seize the moment!

 

6.From The Other Side Of Table

WSOP-1974

Commerce Casino-1999

WSOP-1999

WPT-2003

Bellagio Poker

Ladies World Championship

High Limit Action in Houston

Commerce Casino's California-1999

Party Poker Million-2002

WSOP's Winner-2002

WSOP seven card stud-2000

Foxwood's Casino

Pot-Limit Hold'em Event

World Heads-Up Poker Tour

United States Poker Championship

7.Poker Hollywood Style

Chinese Poker

Bicycle Club Casino

Rounder's

Celebrity Poker

Hustler Casino

8.Cheesehead Poker

Poker in Madison

Bluffing

Sportsmen Club

Pot-Limit Hold'em At Nora's Bar

Big Game in Wisconsin

A GOLF STORY

ULTIMATEBET HAND

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR AWARD

TOP MOMENTS IN POKER

THE NEXT POKER WAVE