This coming Saturday, September 22, 2012, the Majestic Star Casino will be the venue for "All in for Children with Special Needs – Texas Hold 'em Tournament & Charity Gaming Night to Benefit TradeWinds". TradeWinds Services is a Gary, Indiana-based charity "dedicated to providing support services and training designed to promote individual choice, growth and self-sufficiency for people of all ages and abilities."
Saturday night's event will be hosted by the Executive Producer of Windy City Poker Championship, Kirk Fallah, and myself, WCPC Host, Jason Finn. Past events have featured such celebrities as former Chicago Bulls Dickey Simpkins and Cliff Levingston, the Chicago Bears' Big Kat Williams, and Millionaire Matchmaker Jimmy D'Ambrosio.
The event starts at 6pm sharp. Entry is $100, with $25 unlimited rebuys for the first hour. There is a one-time $40 add-on at the break for an additional 2500 chips, matching the starting stack size. The structure sheet can be found here.
The Chicago Poker Club is giving away two seats to Saturday's event - the first winner will be announced Thursday morning, and the second on Friday morning via Twitter and on our Facebook fan page. Details for winning a seat are below, after the break.
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What’s up World,
I know I know… I haven’t written a blog in like 4 months. In my defense, I don’t have a laptop anymore because it fizzled out in Miami, and I have no need for a new one until I start playing online again. Also, I played a tournament almost every day this summer and had absolutely no desire to spend time writing after each long unrewarding day. Call it being lazy; I’ll just call it being honest. Here’s what I’ve been up to since my last blog.
I finished out the WSOP Circuit in St. Louis and New Orleans. With 6th place and 15th place finishes in tourneys (respectively), I earned enough points to qualify for the WSOP National Championship. I drove straight to Las Vegas with Jake Bazeley and Kurt Jewell in Baze’s car. I slept the first 12 hrs of the drive because I was still up from the night before. If you were at Baze’s house or have heard a story from a 3rd party then you know the reason(s) why I didn’t go to bed that night. New Orleans was a really good time lol. We got to Vegas and Kurt got us a room at Cosmopolitan that first week before we started the long summer grind. Needless to say we partied pretty hard. It was then time to go to work; I had a full schedule of WSOP bracelet events and Venetian tourneys to play over the next 2 months. I was as prepared for poker as I have ever been. At the top of my game, excited, confident and ready to breakout, I was eagerly awaiting the reward for all the hard work I had been putting in these last few years. And so it came…
2 months. Zero cashes in bracelet events. One single cash in a Venetian (17th) for $2795. Zero cashes in Rio Deepstacks; and I didn’t play a single hand of cash. What does this amount to? Yep, you guessed it… a $40,000 downswing. This was definitely not what I had in mind. Although my confidence never wavered, I was incredibly frustrated with what had transpired up to that point. I definitely hadn’t played perfect. I can think of 4 huge mistakes that may have/did cost me my tournament life. I also know there were several minor mistakes along the way that may have contributed to the end results. However, all in all, I played good/great poker the entire summer. I would honestly give myself an A- overall, maaaaaybe a B+. Regardless, I definitely played well enough to produce a better result that I did. That’s variance.