Posts Tagged ‘pi-07’

New (to me) Laws

by , Jan 29, 2008 | 8:09 am

As Pokerati slowly but surely gets settled in to our new Las Vegas digs, we’ve started thinking about the next Pokerati Invitational … and specifically how to keep it legal. Kinda funny, but that was pretty easy to do in Texas … just throw a tourney with no entry fee or any other sort of rake and it was all good — whether it was held at Adam’s house, the Lodge, Sadler & Carter, or the Platinum Room. Dealer tips and money that was taken out of the prize pool to be put back in in the form of a medieval battle helmet trophy or fancy sandwiches … well that may have been legally questionable … but we somehow managed to stay clean as I threw an event once a year for all my best poker friends/clients/colleagues and anyone else’s butt that may have needed kissing. Good times!

Anyhow, I’m trying to figure out what’s possible here in Nevada, where all things “gaming” seem to be heavily regulated. Like can I throw my own event, at a house, if I so choose? With my own dealers? Or if I go to a casino, do I have to take an entry fee?

These questions are semi-rhetorical for now, as I study up on how things work in the Silver State … where as far as I can tell it is still illegal to play online. (Who knew?!? I thought they changed that law, but apparently not. I was kicking ass on Full Tilt just yesterday!) You know what has me shaking my head is how I made a conscious choice way back when to ditch the Dallas underground in favor of the online world. Shortly thereafter, my bosses at PartyPoker were deemed serious criminals if they didn’t get out of Dodge by sundown. So now in an attempt to go totally legit, I have come to Las Vegas, where, heck, just about everything is legal … and lo and behold, there’s still a lot of gray areas — not to mention people who live and work in them.

Re: Make that 4

by , Aug 13, 2007 | 7:04 am

SCOTTSDALE, AZ–Robert, one reason you should feel pretty good about your chances in the Arizona State Poker Championship next weekend … well, let’s just say the signs are there! Hanging inside the Casino Arizona poker room — pimping the tourney and its $250k first prize — is a big banner that looks all too familiar. Basically just take the crest-like thingy pictured below, swap out the Batface skull with a CA logo, change the word “Pokerati” to “Arizona,” and there you have it. Seriously, everything else is the same.

click to enlarge / use your imagination

Fascinating, I know … especially if you happen to be into poker clip-art non-copyrighted templates.

PI-07 Results

by , Mar 12, 2007 | 6:21 am

Shame on me for not getting these up earlier. Here are the results for the PI-07, where much fun was had by most:



From the Dept. of: Be there or be square

by , Feb 14, 2007 | 11:03 pm

Prediction: Gabe Kaplan will not win the PI-07. My favoritest poker commentator in the world has declined his invitation to the upcoming Pokerati Invitational, and yet for some reason my life feels suddenly complete:

Gabe called me yesterday about this tourney. He is a “no”. He was asking me if I knew who Dan Michalski is. I said “sure, and you do too. You met him at the Lodge”. Then he remembered that you were “the guy with the blog”.

Hey, no problemo, Gabe-o. If you change your mind, we can always make Spaceman give up his seat.