Posts Tagged ‘Copag’

RE: ShuffleTech

ShuffleTech Flush-Mounted Shuffler: Solid Base Hit

by , Sep 6, 2008 | 8:13 pm

By Patrick T. Mulry
Special Contributor to

a shuffletech shuffler installed in a lone star poker table

I received one of the first production models of the new ShuffleTech shuffler a couple of weeks ago. I loaned them the use of one of our poker tables for the WSOP Gaming Life Expo, so that put me near the top of the list for production models. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a distributor for ShuffleTech. You can be the judge about whether this is a fair review or not, but I’ll try not to pull any punches.

I’m attaching a photos that I shot with my cell phone camera that shows the shuffler installed in one of my poker tables. As you can see, it is mounted with a flush mount kit so that the top of the shuffler is flush with the top of the felt. The shuffler can also be operated as a stand-alone unit on a table. In that case, you can choose to either insert and remove the cards from the top of the unit, or you can flip a switch and the cards will eject out the side of the unit.


Braising Arizona

by , Aug 14, 2007 | 11:39 am

SCOTTSDALE, AZ–As I make my way back to Texas, I heard there was a big Chinese Poker game taking place in the Valley of the Sun, on a table made of suede no less, so I had to go check it out. Donkey Bomber was at the table — fresh off a plane from North Carolina, and frankly, a little shocked to see me there having not applied for media credentials through him — as was two-time bracelet winner Pat Poels, a dude named Rocky, Pokerati’s newest sexy blogger Big Robert, and Jesse McGinty … a Chinese Poker champion who apparently gets no love from CardPlayer, journalistic or otherwise. He won the inaugural $5,000 “Grinder” Chinese Poker Championship at Planet Hollywood (taking home about $50k) … but try to find mention of him in the magazine and it’s near impossible, even though CP was all over this event. (Was I the only one who went to a J-School that gave us an automatic F if we misspelled a name?) Also find it curious that Bluff didn’t include this Chinese Poker tournament in their rankings — even though it was a $5k event, which is the line they use — and vehemently defend — to determine which tourneys matter.

Anyhow, it’s starting to become clear to me … the Arizona Posse gets no respect. No wonder they are all so angry all the time.

The Chinese contingent of the Arizona Posse: (L to R) Robert Goldfarb, Jesse McGinty, Pat Poels, Nekpal Singh, and Tom Schneider.

They were playing $25-a-point (with royalties), which would grow to $50-a-point and then $100-a-point and then betting on drawing seven cards at random from the deck and making the best five-card hand. (I almost bought into that action. In fact, now that I think about it, getting 4:1 on $50 with no skill disadvantage … probably a mistake not to.) Learned a lot about playing Chinese from these guys. For example, I had no idea you could play five-handed with two decks, but you can! And when I questioned their use of non-Kem/Copag cards — they went with the more papery Bicycles — it was not because they were cheap, but because 100-percent plastic cards are a little too slick for optimal Chinese splays. Who knew!?!

(The AZ-Posse, that’s who.)

The Bellagio-like spread health-conscious buffet at Casa de Goldfarb.

Though I left before the game broke, McGinty seemed to be the guy to beat, as he was up a couple thousand dollars by 2 am.

CardPlayer’s non-embeddable video coverage of the event won by the Irish Italian guy above. Click to watch.

Kem beats Copag

by , Mar 14, 2007 | 12:28 pm

After problems last year with dents en masse and recurring scuffage, the WSOP has switched brands of playing cards … from Copag to Kem. Sure, they cost a little more, but really, when it comes down to it, is Harrah’s ever one to cut corners, or even bend them?

This year, the U.S. Playing Card Co. has been chosen as an official WSOP sponsor, and with that, they will be bringing (not sure on how many thousands of decks it actually is) the “revolutionary” new “PokerPeek” variety of Kem cards to the table. Click below to read the full press release:


How Red Rock Rolls

by , Jul 2, 2006 | 7:23 am

LAS VEGAS–A few interesting tidbits about the Red Rock Resort & Casino in Summerlin, as seen from the poker room:

  • They use Copags.
  • They charge $5 for Red Bull — makes no sense to me, as it would seem the casino would want you to be drinking Red Bull, especially when the guy ordering it is chasing it with Jager.
  • You are allowed to expose your hand while making a decision heads-up.
  • They have a Salt Lick Barbecue inside — as in the same Salt Lick as the one in Davenport, TX!
  • Their $1 chips are gray. They call them “blues.”
  • This establisment has nothing to do with Sammy Hagar.

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