Dave Ferrara

Journalist and Grinder

Writing, grinding and digging around for the best stories at the tables and in the card rooms across southern Nevada and beyond.

Posts by DFerrara:

  • Touchdown Poker

    02 Feb 2013

    Super Bowl Sunday is arguably one of the best days of the year for a Vegas grinder. In this town, the game is one big gamble, as evidenced by the pages and pages of prop bets offered exclusively on the NFL championship. Super Bowl gamblers often spill into the poker rooms, and it’s hard to […]

  • NBC Heads-Up Championship Returns

    24 Jan 2013

    NBC’s $25,000 buy-in National Heads-Up Poker Championship invitational tournament is decidedly made-for-television . The draw party Wednesday night felt like little more than a chance to hobnob with the who’s who of televised poker and online wunderkinds, from Brunson to Hellmuth to Jungleman and ZeeJustin. But after a Black Friday-induced hiatus, some in the poker […]

  • Charity Poker Weekend

    24 Jan 2013

    Every so often poker players should give something back to ease the take take take mentality. I’m pretty sure that’s why the charity tournament was invented. So if you’re in an altruistic mood this weekend and looking to feel good about your game, there’s the $125 buy-in Ante 4 Autism event at Golden Nugget this Sunday, […]

  • Rakeback is out, Massages and MegaBeats are In

    16 Jan 2013

    All Caesars poker rooms across Nevada launched the Mega Beat Progressive Poker Jackpot earlier this month. It started with $200k to be paid out if some luckbox got his quad aces cracked. For every $100k more dumped into the drop, the qualifying hand also drops. So at $300k, all you need to lose with is […]

  • Quirky Game Attempts to Bring Online Multi-tabling to Live Arena

    06 Dec 2012

    Aria Poker launched Multi Action Poker yesterday, a game designed to woo those tired of playing just one hand at a time in a live setting, and perhaps those who miss the concept of multi-tabling online. In forums and at the tables, players questioned whether the game would succeed. Even some Aria dealers said they […]

  • Cash Game Grinders Want Lederer Banned from Vegas Tables

    17 Nov 2012

    Howard Lederer might be re-emerging in the nosebleed cash games of Las Vegas, but some players are so upset about the former Full Tilt leader’s return to the felt that they began circulating a petition to get him banned from live poker. “We believe the casino has a moral and ethical obligation to bar Howard […]

  • HPT Rolls through Town, Ante Up Goes on Tour, Jokers Not So Wild

    02 Nov 2012

    The WSOP crowned its newest champion this week, but that doesn’t mean tournaments around town are done for the year. Heartland Poker Tour makes its next stop at Palms. The tournaments run today (Friday, Nov. 2) through Nov. 11, culminating with a $1,650 main event. This is probably a good series of events for those […]

  • Numbers Game

    30 Oct 2012

    The last 9 players waited 103 days for the start of the 2012 WSOP Main Event Final Table and a chance at the $8.5 million top prize. Those are some figures you might be familiar with, but one amazing stat was that in the course of losing 6 players, we saw 7 all-in hands, and […]

  • WSOP Final Table Crowd

    29 Oct 2012

    It was 103 days ago that the 2012 WSOP Main Event saw its last hand. Final table fans piled into the Penn & Teller Theater hours before the action got underway, donning T-shirts for their favorite player and engaging in hallway chant challenges. “Awesome Ausmus!” “Jess-eee!” “Es-Po-See-Tow!” “Sal-Ah-Boo-Roo!” “Run Good Russell!” They seemed to be under the impression that […]

  • Cantor Gaming Expands Poker Footprint by Reopening Silverton

    24 Oct 2012

    Cantor Gaming will be reopening the Silverton Casino poker room next month, less than a year after the room closed for lack of action. Bobby Griffith, poker room manager for Cantor Gaming at the Palms, will take on double duty overseeing Silverton’s room and ultimately a new role as Director of Poker Operations for Cantor. […]