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News & Info for Poker Rooms in Black Hawk, CO: 4.20.11

Black Hawk, Colorado Poker News

April 20, 2011

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Latest Poker News

Biggest Bad Beat Jackpot in Black Hawk:  Lodge Poker Room  $400,000
Ameristar hit a Bad Beat on Monday.



17 Poker Tables

Games typically running: 30/60 HK, 1/2-100 SL, 2/5-100 SL & 4/8 HK daily, 10/20 and (sometimes) 6/12 on weekends.

Tournaments: None

Bad Beat Jackpot: $273,500
Bad Beat Qualifier: Any Quads beaten, both hole cards need to play.

Promotions: None

Comps: $1 per hour

Special Events: None


14 Poker Tables
Games typically running: 1/2-100 SL daily, 10/20 and 4/8 on weekends.

Tournaments:
12:00pm, 3:00pm and 7:00pm every day, $60 buy in.
WSOP 2011 Satellite Qualifiers run daily @ 12:00, 3:00 and 7:00, $60 buy in.

Bad Beat Jackpot: $400,000
Bad Beat Qualifier: Any Quads beaten, both hole cards need to play.

Promotions:
“Friday 2 Fifty”  Each hour from 1:00pm to 10:00pm on Fridays, each table will deal a 5 card hand face up on the table.  Then the table with the best hand deals each player at that table a 5 card hand face up.  The player with the best hand gets $250.

“Five at 5:00”  Players earn $5 per hour in comp from 5:00am to 10:00am.

Comps: $2 per hour, $4 per hour for VIP players.

Special Events: WSOP 2011 Main Event Satellite, June 19th @ 10:00am.


20 Poker Tables
Games typically running: 1/2-100 SL, 4/8 and Omaha Hi/Lo occasionally.

Tournaments:
10:00am $40 buy in Monday through Thursday, $60 buy in Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
12:00pm  $60 Buy in Monday through Thursday, $100+$100 re-buy on Friday, $100 buy in Saturday, $100+ two $100 re-buys on Sunday
3:00pm  $60 buy in Monday through Sunday
7:00pm  $100 buy in Monday through Thursday, $150 buy in on Friday and Saturday, $100 buy in on Sunday

Bad Beat Jackpot: $65,000
Bad Beat Qualifier: Aces Full of Kings

Promotions:
“Lucky Bucket Splash Pot Poker” Starts April 15th and runs through April 30th between 2:00pm and 12:00am on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Each hour a randomly selected table is drawn – winner of the pot get an envelope with up to $500 in cash or tournament credit.

If you start playing in a cash game before 10:00am and you play for 3 hours, you get a $15 food voucher that can be used on the following day.

Comps: $5 per hour for 1/2-10 SL and 10/20 Omaha Hi/Lo, $1 per hour for all other games.

Special Events: None

6 Poker Tables
Games typically running: 1/2-10 SL, 1/2-100 SL.

Tournaments:
Monday through Friday – $40 buy in at 7:00pm.
Saturday – $40 buy in at 1:00pm,  $60 buy in at 5:00pm.
Sunday – $60 buy in at 2:00pm and 6:00pm.

Bad Beat Jackpot: $58,970
Bad Beat Qualifier: Aces full of Kings (qualifier decreases each Monday if the Bad Beat Jackpot isn’t hit and the backup is over $52,500)

Promotions:
“Showers of Cash Drawings” A name will be drawn and the winner gets cash.  If no winner is present the cash gets rolled into the next drawing.  For the 1:00am drawing names will be drawn until a winner is present.  Drawings at 3:00pm for $50, 6:00pm for $50, 9:00pm for $100, 11:00pm for $50, 1:00am for $100.

“Spin to Win” Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Comps: $1 per hour

Special Events: None

11 Poker Tables
Games typically running: 1/2-10 SL, 1/2-100 SL and  Omaha Hi/Lo occasionally.

Tournaments: None

Bad Beat Jackpot: $100,000

Bad Beat Qualifier: There is one Bad Beat Jackpot pool which can be hit a few different ways:
Quad 8’s or better beaten wins 75% of the Bad Beat Jackpot pool.
Any other quads beaten wins 50% of the Bad Beat Jackpot pool.
Aces full of Tens or better beaten wins 10% of the Bad Beat Jackpot pool.

Promotions:
“Splash the Pot”  $100 gets splashed into a pot each hour. This runs 24/7.

Comps:
$2 per hour
Play 2 hours and get a hotel room for $29.  Play 6 hours and get a hotel room for free. (Sunday through Thursday only, no holidays)

Special Events: None

(Central City)
3 Poker Tables
Games typically running: “Old School” Colorado 2/5 SL almost exclusively (1/2-10 SL occasionally)

Tournaments: None

Bad Beat Jackpot: $20,000
Bad Beat Qualifier: “Quad of the Day”
This is a bit different.  If the “quad of the day” is made, then another hand that day that beats the “quad of the day” activates the Bad Beat.  For example:  if it’s Monday, the “Quad of the Day” is 8888.  If someone gets quad eights, then someone else hits a better hand at any time that day, the Bad Beat gets awarded.

Here are the “Quads of the Day”
Monday: 8888, Tuesday: 9999, Wednesday: TTTT, Thursday: JJJJ, Friday: QQQQ, Saturday: KKKK, Sunday: AAAA

Promotions:
Monday through Thursday: play 2 hours and receive $5 in comp

Comps: $1 per hour

Special Events: None

April 20, 2011 Posted by | News & Info for Black Hawk Poker | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poker Card Hits the Floor

What happens when a card hits the floor?

If a card is dealt off of the table by the dealer, it is treated like any other exposed or flashed card.  The dealer will continue to deal the entire table their down cards, then replace the card dealt off of the table with the next card on the deck.  The  card dealt off of the table is shown to the entire table and used as the burn card.  In other words, the card that would have been the burn card is used to replace the card dealt off of the table and the card that was dealt off of the table is now used as the burn card.

It’s a different story if a player drops his own cards onto the floor.  Roberts Rules of Poker states, “If you drop any cards out of your hand onto the floor, you must still play them.” However, some poker rooms have a house rule that renders the hand dead.  Be sure to know the house rules if plan on dropping your cards. 🙂

April 18, 2011 Posted by | For Beginner Poker Players, Poker Rules | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

News & Info for Poker Rooms in Black Hawk, CO: 4.17.11

Black Hawk, Colorado Poker News

April 17, 2011

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Latest Poker News

Biggest Bad Beat Jackpot in Black Hawk:  Lodge Poker Room  $400,000
Congrats to Spencer Uniss for winning the HPT Main Event at Golden Gates!
The Isle of Capri Poker Room is now OPEN.

Trip report from the new Isle Poker Room:

I visited the new poker room on their opening night (Tuesday, April 12th), arriving at about 9:30pm.  There were four 1/2 100 SL games running and a few seats open so I got a seat right away. A 1/2 100SL Omaha 8 game started shortly after I arrived.

What I liked:
The room is isolated from the rest of the casino, which I like personally.  I don’t like slots ringing or a band playing 10 feet from my table.  Maybe I’m getting old (oh wait, I AM getting old….dammit!).  There are plenty of big TV’s and the chairs were comfy.  The cocktail tables are gigantic and high which is great – 9 handed tables allow for the room I guess.  I do like 9 handed tables myself, but the Black Hawk poker community has rejected that – the Golden Gates tried that and went ten handed shortly after opening.  There’s a bar and cocktail servers dedicated to the poker room which is really nice.  The service was a bit slow when I was there, but that’s probably just opening day stuff.  The staff was super-friendly.  There’s a restroom right there in the poker room with a TV embedded into the mirror (for those of us who actually wash our hands).

What I disliked:
While isolated from the rest of the casino, the room was “too” quiet for my taste.  Some music or even sports talk from the TV’s would have been nice.  The room is using the “Jumbo” KEM cards which I despise – but the Manager says he will be switching those out to the regular KEMS that most of the poker world is used to.  I’m not a fan of the rail that has the drink holders in them.  Again, just a personal preference.  When you actually have a beer bottle in there it’s just in the way.  I used the cocktail tables instead.

The felt on the tables was different…in a bad way.  It was difficult to pick up cards and players and dealers alike were complaining about it when I was there.  It’ll probably loosen up in time and be fine.  There were plenty of green dealers who took 5 minutes to count their bank, had difficulty with the “forward moving button” (which I love, but Black Hawk players have resisted for more than a decade and a half), and had difficulty with side pots, player comments, etc.  But that’s all opening day jitters stuff too.  The dealers will get up to speed quickly enough.

The room is nice and a good addition to the Black Hawk poker community.  Frankly, I see their opening as the demise of the Lady
Luck poker room.  The Lady Luck manager recently left and the casino hasn’t replaced her.  Take a short walk from Lady Luck to the Isle via the enclosed walkway and you’re there in a few minutes without even going outside.  Yeah, I don’t see the Lady Luck room lasting very long.  The Isle room is offering twice the comps, great promo’s and a better general experience than Lady Luck – and they’re the same company.  The writing appears to be on the wall, but we’ll see.


17 Poker Tables

Games typically running: 30/60 HK, 1/2-100 SL, 2/5-100 SL & 4/8 HK daily, 10/20 and (sometimes) 6/12 on weekends.

Tournaments: None

Bad Beat Jackpot: $350,000
Bad Beat Qualifier: Any Quads beaten, both hole cards need to play.

Promotions: None

Comps: $1 per hour

Special Events: None


14 Poker Tables
Games typically running: 1/2-100 SL daily, 10/20 and 4/8 on weekends.

Tournaments:
12:00pm, 3:00pm and 7:00pm every day, $60 buy in.
WSOP 2011 Satellite Qualifiers run daily @ 12:00, 3:00 and 7:00, $60 buy in.

Bad Beat Jackpot: $400,000
Bad Beat Qualifier: Any Quads beaten, both hole cards need to play.

Promotions:
“Friday 2 Fifty”  Each hour from 1:00pm to 10:00pm on Fridays, each table will deal a 5 card hand face up on the table.  Then the table with the best hand deals each player at that table a 5 card hand face up.  The player with the best hand gets $250.

“Five at 5:00”  Players earn $5 per hour in comp from 5:00am to 10:00am.

Comps: $2 per hour, $4 per hour for VIP players.

Special Events: WSOP 2011 Main Event Satellite, June 19th @ 10:00am.


20 Poker Tables
Games typically running: 1/2-100 SL, 4/8 and Omaha Hi/Lo sometimes.

Tournaments:
10:00am $40 buy in Monday through Thursday, $60 buy in Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
12:00pm  $60 Buy in Monday through Thursday, $100+$100 re-buy on Friday, $100 buy in Saturday, $100+ two $100 re-buys on Sunday
3:00pm  $60 buy in Monday through Sunday
7:00pm  $100 buy in Monday through Thursday, $150 buy in on Friday and Saturday, $100 buy in on Sunday

Bad Beat Jackpot: $59,000
Bad Beat Qualifier: Aces Full of Kings

Promotions:
“Lucky Bucket Splash Pot Poker” Starts April 15th and runs through April 30th between 2:00pm and 12:00am on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Each hour a randomly selected table is drawn – winner of the pot get an envelope with up to $500 in cash or tournament credit.

Comps: $5 per hour for 1/2-10 SL and 10/20 Omaha Hi/Lo, $1 per hour for all other games.

Special Events: None

6 Poker Tables
Games typically running: 1/2-10 SL, 1/2-100 SL

Tournaments:
Monday through Friday – $40 buy in at 7:00pm.
Saturday – $40 buy in at 1:00pm,  $60 buy in at 5:00pm.
Sunday – $60 buy in at 2:00pm and 6:00pm.

Bad Beat Jackpot: $58,000
Bad Beat Qualifier: Aces full of Kings (qualifier decreases each Monday if the Bad Beat Jackpot isn’t hit and the backup is over $52,500)

Promotions:
“Showers of Cash Drawings” A name will be drawn and the winner gets cash.  If no winner is present the cash gets rolled into the next drawing.  For the 1:00am drawing names will be drawn until a winner is present.  Drawings at 3:00pm for $50, 6:00pm for $50, 9:00pm for $100, 11:00pm for $50, 1:00am for $100.

“Spin to Win” Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Comps: $1 per hour

Special Events: None

11 Poker Tables
Games typically running: The room opened Tuesday, April 12th so we’ll see.

Tournaments: None

Bad Beat Jackpot: $100,000

Bad Beat Qualifier: There is one Bad Beat Jackpot pool which can be hit a few different ways:
Quad 8’s or better beaten wins 75% of the Bad Beat Jackpot pool.
Any other quads beaten wins 50% of the Bad Beat Jackpot pool.
Aces full of Tens or better beaten wins 10% of the Bad Beat Jackpot pool.

Promotions:
“High Hand of the Hour”  High hand wins $100. This runs 24/7.

Comps:
$2 per hour
Play 2 hours and get a hotel room for $29.  Play 6 hours and get a hotel room for free. (Sunday through Thursday only, no holidays)

Special Events: None

(Central City)
3 Poker Tables
Games typically running: “Old School” Colorado 2/5 SL almost exclusively (1/2-10 SL occasionally)

Tournaments: None

Bad Beat Jackpot: $20,000
Bad Beat Qualifier: “Quad of the Day”
This is a bit different.  If the “quad of the day” is made, then another hand that day that beats the “quad of the day” activates the Bad Beat.  For example:  if it’s Monday, the “Quad of the Day” is 8888.  If someone gets quad eights, then someone else hits a better hand at any time that day, the Bad Beat gets awarded.

Here are the “Quads of the Day”
Monday: 8888, Tuesday: 9999, Wednesday: TTTT, Thursday: JJJJ, Friday: QQQQ, Saturday: KKKK, Sunday: AAAA

Promotions:
Monday through Thursday: play 2 hours and receive $5 in comp

Comps: $1 per hour

Special Events: None

April 17, 2011 Posted by | News & Info for Black Hawk Poker | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Seat Changes in the Poker Room

How do Seat Changes work at the poker table?

There are many reasons for wanting to change seats at the poker table and it’s not as simple as just getting up and moving when you want to.  Other players may want to change seats as well.  To keep things under control, the dealer should have “Seat Change Buttons” to keep the order of seat changes clear to avoid arguments.  Players are given these buttons to preserve the order in which a seat change was requested:  the player with the Seat Change 1 button has the first option to move seats, then Seat Change 2, etc.  If you want a seat change just ask the dealer for a Seat Change button.

If there is an open seat at the table, any existing player has preference over a new player for that open seat provided that the existing player move to the seat before the new player becomes active in the game.  In the poker room where I work, the house rule is that once a new player takes the seat and sits down, no other player may claim that seat.  A good dealer will ask the existing players if anyone wants the open seat before a new player takes it.

Once there is an open seat and the player with the Seat Change 1 button is offered the seat, he may take it or or pass.  Then the player with the Seat Change 2 button is offered the seat.  Once a player changes seats, he relinquishes the Seat Change Button and he goes to the bottom of the seat change list if he wants to move again.  House rules do vary here somewhat.  Some poker rooms will make the player who declined the seat change forfeit the Seat Change button.  Other rooms let him keep it.  I prefer that the button be forfeited or one player can have first choice indefinitely, which doesn’t seem fair.

That all seems pretty straightforward, but what about the blinds?  Couldn’t a player repeatedly move seats to avoid paying the blinds?  No.  There are rules in place to combat this.

The generally accepted rule is that if a player moves to a vacant seat that is right next to the seat he’s already in, the game isn’t affected at all, so that player can move with no penalty and get a hand immediately.  If the player moves to a vacant seat that is closer to the blinds than the seat he’s already in (even if he jumps over other players), he can move with no penalty and this player can get a hand immediately as well.  Moving to a vacant seat that is farther away from the blinds incurs a penalty, and this is what keeps players from constantly moving seats to avoid the blinds.

When a player moves away from the blinds, he will be forced to sit out the same number of hands as players he jumped over or he can post the amount of the Big Blind.  For example:  the Button is in Seat 1 and the blinds are in Seat 2 and Seat 3.  The player in Seat 5 moves to Seat 8.  He jumped over 2 players (Seat 6 and 7), so he will have to wait 2 hands before being dealt in or post the amount of the Big Blind and receive a hand immediately.  The number of players that he jumped over is the same as the number of “free hands” he would receive if he was allowed to be dealt in right away.

In general, players are not allowed to move out of a blind position into a vacant seat.  Some rooms will allow the Small Blind to move seats, but the player is then required to post the amount of the Small Blind live.  The penalty here is that the player still pays the Small Blind and he will not be able to play his button on the next hand.

April 13, 2011 Posted by | For Beginner Poker Players, Going from Online to B&M Poker, Poker Rules | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HPT Results at Golden Gates, April 2011

Black Hawk, Colorado Poker News

April 11, 2011

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Final Results for the Heartland Poker Tour at Golden Gates

Congratulations to Spencer Uniss for taking First Place and winning $221,594!

 

Spencer Uniss - HPT Main Event Winner

Buy-in: $1,500
Prizepool: $738,645
Entries: 491

Top 10 finishers:
1. Spencer Uniss $221,594
2. Keith Love $110,797
3. James Rice $66,478
4. Igor Gavrilov $51,705
5. Volodymyr Kondratenko $44,319
6. Edith Mortellaro $36,932
7. Chase Bignchi $23,341
8. Michael Garcia $19,943
9. David Bruen $14,182
10. Mark Knusen $11,744

April 11, 2011 Posted by | News & Info for Black Hawk Poker | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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