Tuesday, April 29, 2008

3rd Annual Chicago Poker Open

June 13th, 2008. I am involved in the planning this year, so please let me know if you have suggestions.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Upcoming Chicagoland Charitable Games

Chicago Joe is the absolute man. The guys gives and gives, including a list of charitable poker events in the Chicagoland area every month (that is, he compiles the list for us). In lieu of giving you actual poker content, I am sharing the list that he assembled for us.

Also, please save the date - the Third Annual Chicago Poker Open will be on Friday, June 13th at the Hard Rock Hotel. Send any questions my way, and I will post more info here as it develops.

May Charitable Events Schedule

Thu.....5/1.......Arlington Heights............Rockford Charitable Games
Fri.....5/2.......Tinley Park..................Chicago Charitable Games
Sun.....5/4.......St Charles...................Chicago Charitable Games
Sun.....5/4.......Willowbrook..................Illinois Charitable Games
Tue.....5/6.......Skokie.......................Rockford Charitable Games
Wed.....5/7.......Buffalo Grove................Rockford Charitable Games
Thu.....5/8.......Addison......................Rockford Charitable Games
Fri.....5/9.......Woodridge....................Chicago Charitable Games
Sat.....5/10......Midlothian...................Chicago Charitable Games
Mon.....5/12......Niles........................Rockford Charitable Games
Tue.....5/13......Des Plaines..................Rockford Charitable Games
Wed.....5/14......Des Plaines..................Rockford Charitable Games
Thu.....5/15......Streamwood...................Rockford Charitable Games
Sat.....5/17......Tinley Park..................Chicago Charitable Games
Sun.....5/18......Naperville...................Chicago Charitable Games
Mon.....5/19......Addison......................Rockford Charitable Games
Tue.....5/20......Mt. Prospect.................Rockford Charitable Games
Wed.....5/21......Arlington Heights............Rockford Charitable Games
Thu.....5/22......Addison......................Rockford Charitable Games
Fri.....5/23......Homer Glen...................Chicago Charitable Games
Sat.....5/24......West Chicago.................Chicago Charitable Games
Sat.....5/24......Arlington Heights............Rockford Charitable Games
Tue.....5/27......Addison......................Rockford Charitable Games
Wed.....5/28......Niles........................Rockford Charitable Games
Thu.....5/29......Skokie.......................Rockford Charitable Games
Fri.....5/30......Oak Forest...................Chicago Charitable Games
Sat.....5/31......Bolingbrook..................Chicago Charitable Games

Chicago Charitable Games www.chicagocharitablegames.com
Illinois Charitable Games www.icgapokerevents.com
Rockford Charitable Games www.rockfordcharitablegames.com

Last edited by ChicagoJoe on Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:54 pm

Friday, April 04, 2008

This Week in Poker

This is just a stream of consciousness on what I've been reading, watching, listening to, and playing in the realm of poker.

Reading
Secrets of Professional Pot-Limit Omaha by Rolf Slotboom. An excellent read...

Mr. Slotboom discusses several approaches to the game, based upon the make up of your opponents, your position at the table, and your relative stack size. He also reprises a number of articles that he's written over the years, providing good thoughts and concepts to improve your game.


Kill Everyone: Advanced Strategies for No-limit Hold 'em Poker Tournaments and Sit-n-go's by Lee Nelson, Tyson Streib, and Kim Lee.

My buddy Wil was thoughtful and generous, and contributed this to the Gramps Library. I just started reading this follow-up to the successful Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold 'em Poker Tournaments by the same writing team, along with Blair Rodman. I have high hopes for this one.


Watching
WPT Season 6 - How did Kevin Saul, "the human Q-tip", manage to give away a serious chip lead at the final table, and then come back from the short stack to win it all? The Chicago-area native gets mad props (no, people aren't still saying that). The WPT also deserves propers for making this a two-episode final table. What a great final table it was, and they actually gave us four hours of footage to enjoy it!

And Poker After Dark - last week was Ladies Week, with Gus Hansen. Huh? How badly did Beth Shak play? Eeesh...

Listening To
Ante Up, of course.
Bart Hanson's Cash Plays on Poker Road Radio - excellent! I just started listening, and Bart does a great job with even better guests.
And, Two Plus Two Pokercast, formerly Rounders the Poker Show with Mike Johnson and Adam Schwartz. This show keeps getting better and better.

Playing
I made a stop at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan on a recent trip east. Electronic poker tables, mmm juicy. Check out Mr. Serious at a $1/$2 blind max $200 NLHE:

Wow! I couldn't get a read at all...

I read him for serious enough to make a big laydown, and then to have the pride to show it. I was right, as he surrendered a $550 with trip Aces. I bluffed with two pair... little did I know I was actually good on the turn, but the board was scary, and I had position.