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You Can Bet On It!

12 May 2003

Poker is the one game in the casino where you play against other players rather than the house. Therefore, the skilled player has a clear advantage over the long run. Anybody can get lucky in a session or two, but the chips will usually wind up in stacks in front of the best player.

The best of the best are going to be doing their thing at the annual World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe in Downtown Las Vegas. The tournament began April 16 with a $2,000 Limit Hold'Em event.
There are daily championships, including Pot Limit Hold 'Em, Seven Card Stud, Omaha High Low Split, etc.

The side game action is fast and furious, where you can spot former world champions playing against each other in huge games with stacks of hundred-dollar bills and piles of $500 and $1,000 chips.

Also, there are daily satellite tournaments that, if you are fortunate enough to win, buys you into the big one. That's the $10,000 No Limit World Championship of Poker. For a poker player this is the Super Bowl of poker tournaments. If you win this event you become an instant poker immortal, plus you take home around $2 million in cash. Not only do you need a lot of skill and your fair share of luck, you'll also need a great deal of stamina, both physical and mental. Last year there were 631 entries with the total prize money awarded at $5,931,400. The winner was Robert Varkonyi, who hails from New York City. In second place was Julian Gardner from Manchester, England. The foreign players have fared really well over the years and the popularity of poker around the globe is obvious when you see how many countries are represented.

This year the five-day event begins on May 19 and concludes on May 23. The buy-ins range from $1,000-$5,000.
The world championship is $10,000. Anyone who is older than 21 and has the cash may enter.

For more information either call Binion's Horseshoe or pick up a brochure at the poker room. If you don't want to play but would like to check out the action, visitors are welcome. There is no admission charge.

Congratulations to Bobby Baldwin, the newest inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame. It's a well-deserved honor for the 1978 World Champion who continues to play big-time poker with skill and class. The Hall of Fame is better for having him in it. As always…good luck!

Larry Grossman

Larry Grossman is host and producer of Las Vegas' most popular gaming and handicapping radio show, "You Can Bet On It." Since 1989 he has interviewed World Champion poker players that include Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, and Tom McEvoy. Regular guests during the football season include Lem Banker, Mike Lee, Mort Olshan, and Andy Iskoe.

During the 1997 and 1998 season, Grossman hosted a nationally televised show that featured many of the nations' top handicappers.

Larry Grossman is the author of two books, "You Can Bet On It" Volume 1 - Casino Games and Volume 2 - Sports Betting. He is a regular columnist for many gaming publications. Larry has hosted and produced handicapping seminars in Las Vegas. Visit AudioVegas.com to listen to archives of his "You Can Bet On it" radio show.

Larry Grossman Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com

Books by Larry Grossman:

You Can Bet On It! -- Volume 1: Casino Games
Larry Grossman
Larry Grossman is host and producer of Las Vegas' most popular gaming and handicapping radio show, "You Can Bet On It." Since 1989 he has interviewed World Champion poker players that include Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, and Tom McEvoy. Regular guests during the football season include Lem Banker, Mike Lee, Mort Olshan, and Andy Iskoe.

During the 1997 and 1998 season, Grossman hosted a nationally televised show that featured many of the nations' top handicappers.

Larry Grossman is the author of two books, "You Can Bet On It" Volume 1 - Casino Games and Volume 2 - Sports Betting. He is a regular columnist for many gaming publications. Larry has hosted and produced handicapping seminars in Las Vegas. Visit AudioVegas.com to listen to archives of his "You Can Bet On it" radio show.

Larry Grossman Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com

Books by Larry Grossman:

You Can Bet On It! -- Volume 1: Casino Games