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Main Event – new rule – No more splitting pots!

August 23rd, 2009 by nationaldeafpokertour

The staff of NDPT have discussed the splitting of pots and have decided that there will be no more pot splitting for the Main Event. NDPT’s other tournaments that are not involved with points can continue to split if the players desire to do so. (example: Madness and ASL)

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August 20th, 2009 by nationaldeafpokertour

Anthony LoBue's Persepctive of Las Vegas 2009

August 08th, 2009 by nationaldeafpokertour

National Deaf Poker Tour – Season Ending Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada 2009

By, Anthony LoBue

What an amazing weekend it was during the National Deaf Poker Tour’s season ending stop in Las Vegas, Nevada the weekend of July 24/25. An estimated more than 250 players and fans showed up at the Venetian resort casino for the National Deaf Poker Tour’s weekend event. The first tournament took place on Friday afternoon at 2 pm, the ASL tournament. 91 players participated in the tournament and Victor Yu won. I extend my congratulations to him on this achievement. At night, the Madness tournament took place at 9:30 pm and 106 players participated in the Madness event and Stephanie Carson won the Madness tournament. Not to be confused with Judy Kim who was the first woman to win the NDPT bracelet in the past, and Kat Brockway winning the ASL tourney in the past. Now for the first time, Stephanie Carson won the Madness event. I want to congratulate her for this achievement.

From my perspective as a seasoned tournament player, the tournaments aren’t as easy as you would think. Because many of the players came from all over the United States, many of them are amateurs who happened to get lucky during this tournament and call insane cards. For example, I had witnessed this play myself at my table where I saw this person call a double raise with a 7-4 offsuit, and on the flop that person hit their triple eventually knocking out someone with pocket aces on this particular hand. What a crazy play that was! If it was me, I would have folded my 7-4 offsuit to the raiser, then again I’m not that person who called. However, this kind of play happened a lot more often than people think during the course of the tournament. A lot of incredible calls were won as a result of these calls. For this reason, playing in NDPT tournaments is tough because so many players are willing to gamble and take a risk rather than play conservative and reserved.

It was so great to see friends from all over descend to the Venetian, in which it is gorgeous and you get the feeling of being in a high end resort that boasts to being a 5 star resort. My good friend from California came, and other good friends of mine came from Chicago and got married that weekend in Las Vegas. I want to extend my congratulations to Greg Olson and Suesette Carre for tying the knot in Las Vegas that same weekend. I also recognized some people that came from the Washington, DC area as well. However during this Las Vegas weekend, I didn’t see that many players from my home state of New York, NYC metro area. Only Victor Viera, Tanya Ocasio, Francis Russo, Alex Cohen, Jarrod Musano and I came from New York to participate in the tournament.

Every night after the poker tournaments, I went out and had a blast with Jon Collins & Michael Coppage, so many intellectual discussions. I also saw my longtime friend Steve Sweeney and his girlfriend Chrissy, both from Arizona, at Carnival Court at Harrah’s on Saturday night with a bunch of other Deafies and partied until till 7:30 AM! On my last night there (Sunday night) we celebrated Jon’s birthday which fell on Monday (Midnight) and didn’t get to return to my room till after 5 AM! By Vegas standards, some could probably call that “early”! But believe me I was exhausted!!

From my observation, the NDPT weekend consisted people mostly from the West coast area and mid-states. Not to say that East coast players didn’t go, there were just a few East coast people that I knew who was in Las Vegas. A lot of the good East coast players could not make it, possibly due to the difficult economic times currently going on which is understandable and some also had scheduling conflicts. However for a hard core poker player like me, I had planned my trip so far in advance, around April and locked in a very good rate for 4 nights at Treasure Island and round trip air for fewer than 650. It was convenient that the hotel was directly across the street from the Venetian as well, and had the best view of Las Vegas strip! When I checked the rates again shortly before the event, I saw that the price had gone up to roughly $700 for roundtrip airfare from Newark, which was probably too expensive for most people to go last minute.

What was nice about the Venetian tournament this time around as compared to the previous years, the Venetian had removed several slot machines from the area directly outside of their poker room, and made the space exclusively for the NDPT tournaments. Thanks to the Venetian, they set up a perimeter around the poker tables to prevent the public from socializing around the poker tables. I appreciated that because the action at the poker tables was close together as compared to last year where the tables were far apart in the poker room. The fans were kept outside the ropes while the players focused on the action at hand. While it’s always enjoyable to have fans at the NDPT event, in the past it had become an issue of being distracted when the fans hovered around the tables or some just simply hung out in between chatting away. NDPT crew made sure that those not involved in the tournament were to be outside of the ropes. This was a big difference from the previous years, and I applaud the NDPT team and the Venetian for this action. I also want to applaud NDPT’s hiring of this quality interpreter; he was very assertive when assistance was needed and excellent. He reminded me of an old-school gambler, he had that look on him (gold necklace, gold rings on his fingers, smoky glasses, etc) for which I thought was cool for an interpreter to give that appearance. I hope that they will use him again on the tour in the future! The Venetian even provided a dealer to set up a cash game going on in the Deaf zone as well, which was nice to keep everyone in one area of the casino.

The next day, Saturday, was the Main Event of the National Deaf Poker Tour. The tournament started at 12:30 PM, 130 players participated in the Main Event. As mentioned earlier, the tournament was difficult to play. We all saw an early exit of last year’s champion, Jon Collins. In this particular tournament, I had a very bad beat on my last hand. The blinds are $1k/$2k. I’m in the big blind with pocket Kings, and 4 callers. The button comes back to me, and I move all in for 17k, to take down the pot about a little over 10k. The player to my left pondered his move for what seemed like 5 minutes, and finally called my 17k all in. He flipped over pocket 10’s, and I was in the lead. The flop came, and nothing matched for both of us, then the turn card… was a sickening 10!! River was an Ace, particularly why I moved all-in in the first place for having anyone with an Ace fold preflop. This was a sick bad beat for me, and I exited the tournament 29th.

For the 3rd time in NDPT’s history, the pot was split between 3 people, with Matthew Anderson being awarded the Bracelet. From my understanding Matthew has battled Multiple Sclerosis in the past few years and this was his first poker tournament and he made quite an impressive showing during this tournament and I would like to extend my congratulations to him on this impressive achievement.

The final tournament of the weekend took place around 9:30 pm, the ladies tournament. 24 ladies played the tournament with Candace Hodgson winning the Ladies Event. Congratulations go to Candance on her tournament win!

Finally, to wrap up the season, the following people won tournament vouchers for their hard work during the National Deaf Poker Tour’s season:

1st $1500 Tournament Voucher – Ely Dorsey

2nd $1000 Tournament Voucher – Mike Hylinski

3rd $750 Tournament Voucher – Matthew Anderson

4th Free entry to Main event, Madness, and ASL – Francis Russo

5th Free entry to Main event – Justin Lathus

6th Free entry to Madness/or ASL – James Rydstrom

I enjoyed my weekend in Las Vegas. I look forward to the new season of National Deaf Poker Tour starting in November 2009, in Atlantic City. After November, the next tournament will be in March, again held in Atlantic City. In July, the National Deaf Poker Tour will host a special weekend in Atlantic City celebrating the NDPT’s 5th anniversary in which the Main Event cost $500 to buy in. According to Jarrod Musano (who is one of the owners of NDPT), he explained to me that the special $500 buy in event in July includes a shirt, and a sponsor bag to be given out to the players. He also mentioned that on the same weekend the Madness will be hosted the night before and another tournament to be determined. Historically, Atlantic City has always had very strong turnout so it makes sense to host in Atlantic City 3 times in one year. In the last leg of the tournament, of 2010, National Deaf Poker Tour will be hosting in conjunction with Deaf Nation in Las Vegas, Nevada in July. The tournament structure in July will be a full tournament schedule just like it happened in Las Vegas recently. Las Vegas is one amazing town, where winners and losers are made, but everyone leaves with a bunch of amazing memories! I look forward to coming back to Las Vegas in the future.

Until then, shuffle up and deal because I’m all in!! You can always contact me at AnthonyLoBue@gmail.com for any questions or comments regarding my article.

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