The New Season of Windy City Poker Championship On the Air Now

Windy City Poker Championship Heads Up Lineup Spring 2013

Windy City Poker Championship returns with its fourth season on Sunday nights in June and July at 7pm and 8pm.

The first two episodes of the season showcase the spring heads up eight man tournament, including Rick Rahim, Nick Jivkov, Pawel Andrzejewski, and Ryan Leng.

The second half of episode two features the $3000 buy-in single table tournament featuring WPT Boot Camp instructor Nick Brancato, 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker, WLS and Sun-Times' Richard Roeper, ABC7's Ron Magers, Circuit Event Champion Aaron Massey, and additional pros and amateurs. 

Tune in every Sunday night to Comcast SportsNet (what channel number is that?) to catch the latest episode, hosted by Jason Finn and produced by Kirk Fallah.
Alternately, episodes can be found online at WindyCityPokerChampionship.com. 

ISCD Poker & Casino Night - April 27

ISCD BadgeOn Saturday, April 27, 2013, the American Friends of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled and the B’nai B’rith Sports Lodge will be holding its 7th Annual Poker Tournament and Casino Night at the Mart Plaza in Chicago, IL.

Event Date : Saturday, April 27,2013
Event Time : 6pm to Midnight
Event Location: Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL. 350 W Mart Center Dr Chicago, Illinois 60654

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Howard Lederer Settles Out Of Court

Howard Lederer Settles Out of CourtFrom PokerNews,com 12/18/12

According to a Stipulation and Order of Settlement filed on Tuesday, former Full Tilt Poker board member Howard Lederer has settled his civil case with the Southern District New York.

Lederer was one of four Full Tilt Poker board of directors named in a September 2011 Amended Civil Complaint in which the Government sought the forfeiture of $42.5 million paid by the company to Lederer. The U.S. Attorney's Office alleged that Full Tilt Poker operated as a "massive Ponzi scheme," and claimed that the board defrauded the players out of more than $330 million.

In September of this year, Lederer and the other board members were named in a Second Amended Civil Complaint, introducing new forfeiture charges including the purchase of assets with “illegal proceeds.” The Second Amended Complaint gave a detailed account of Lederer’s expenditures from the end of 2006 up until September 2011, and provided records indicating that Lederer used illegal funds for retirement funds, mortgage payments, property taxes and to purchase numerous vehicles...

Chicago Poker Open Shaping Up to be a Huge Event

7th Annual Chicago Poker OpenThis Friday night, November 9, 2012, the Chicago Cultural Center will see the 7th Annual Chicago Poker Open, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, presented by Joel Schaub and Guaranteed Rate.  The event is expected to sell out this year, with space for 150 poker players, and 150 casino players and other spectators.  You may register online (and secure a discount) by going to ChicagoPokerOpen.com and clicking the registration link.

The winner of the event will take home the "Rain Man Getaway" - featuring two first-class tickets on United to Las Vegas, a four-day, three-night stay in a new tower at Caesar's Palace, dinner for two in Las Vegas, and a custom suit and shirt courtesy of Balani Custom Clothiers. Other prizes include electronics - iPods, televisions - sports paraphernalia, a Lake Michgan cruise and dinner, gift certificates for restaurants and massages, a Skyliner Bicycle, and more. 

Celebrity invitees planning to attend include perennial supporter, columnist, and movie critic Richard Roeper, former Chicago Bear Chris Zorich, sports host David Kaplan of Chicago Tribune Live, Urban Prep Academies' Tim King, Cook County Commisioner John Fritchey, Alderman Rick Muñoz, Christina Scoleri from Mob Wives Chicago.

Richard Roeper Chris Zorich Commissioner John Fritchey Tim King Alderman Rick Munoz Christina Scoleri

There will be Add-On and Re-Buy opportunities Please check out the Tournament Rules and Regulations.

This year we will also be joined by some of the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew, on the felt, and on the gaming floor!

Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew

 

Welcome to the New Chicago Poker Club

Chicago Poker Club 3.0 has arrived.

Welcome to the party. Many of our positive changes are behind the scenes, but please stop and enjoy our new look and feel.  Our Poker Events and Tournament Calendar are enhanced, and continuing to improve, with an emphasis on where you can play poker today, tomorrow, or this week.  Forgive our dust as we continue to clean out the bugs and cobwebs, and please let us know via our forums, or through our contact form, if you find something that needs help.

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Navarro says there are important verbal tells, too

Re-published courtesy of our content partner Ante Up Magazine.

Joe Navarro

You’re an expert in non-verbal behavior, but surely during your studies you’ve heard plenty of comments. With the WSOP approving table talk this year, what are some verbal cues (e.g. cracked voice, incessant chatter) you’ve discovered and what do you think they mean? — Matt Cooper, via email

That is a great question and one I hear more and more. Over the years, I’ve found people who lack confidence, people who are weak or marginal, tend to have a few vocal tells worthy of mentioning. When we are stressed, we tend to make more speech errors and our vocal chords get strained so the pitch of our voice goes up.
Ask another player a question and the cough or the need to clear their throat before answering may tell you they’re suddenly weak. Or they answer and the voice cracks or goes up an octave.

If you hear these things, chances are something is bothering the player; the question is what is it? Is it stress because they’re marginal or weak, or are they hiding their strength? That’s where betting patterns come in to help you sort that out.

What is the most common tell you see at the poker tables? — Lisa Patterson, via email.

Three tells are most prominent in poker, though more than 200 have been identified and studied. The most common one is lip compression, which just about everyone does when something is bothering them.
The next one is neck touching when something you see or hear is an issue.

WSOP 2012 Schedule Now Out

The World Series of Poker staff has release the 2012 Schedule for your viewing pleasure.

This year's series spans May 27 through July 16, with the now standard three month break for the final 9 players of the WSOP Main Event.   This year's November 9 will be the October 9, played in two installments, on October 28 and October 30.  The planning committee wanted have the Main Event conclusion prior to the U.S. General Election, which is the first Tuesday in November.

There are 61 bracelet events this year, up from 58 in last year's series. There are also a few new interesting events, namely:

  • $3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha (Event #3, Tuesday, May 29 )
  • $5,000 Mix-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Event #6, Thursday, May 31) - 9-handed Day 1, 6-Handed Day 2, and Heads Up when the field reduces to 32 players
  • $2,500 Four-Handed No-Limit Hold’em (Event #28, Thursday, June 14)
  • $1,500 Ante Only No-Limit Hold’em (Event #49, Wednesday, June 27)
  • $1,000,000 buy-in, Big One For ONE DROP (Event #55, Sunday, July 1, ESPN)

There will also be some WSOP Exhibition Events (non-bracelet) which you can read all about in the WSOP release.

Pius Heinz Wins 2011 WSOP Main Event Championship

Pius Heinz is the 2011 WSOP Main Event Champion

World Series of Poker Official Report

Pius Heinz is the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion.

The 22-year-old professional poker player from Cologne stunned the poker world by becoming the first player in history from Germany to win poker’s most prestigious title. Heinz pulled off a masterful performance during the two-day final table session, which began on Sunday afternoon inside the Penn and Teller Theatre at the Rio in Las Vegas and ended late Tuesday night on a confetti-splattered stage accustomed to acts of magic.

With his stunning comeback victory, Heinz collected a whopping $8,715,638 in prize money – the third- highest payout for any poker champion in history. He was also presented with the game’s most coveted prize, the WSOP gold and diamond bracelet – which symbolizes poker’s supreme achievement.

The odds were stacked against Heinz from the start. First, he had to overcome the third-largest live tournament field in history, battling 6,865 players from 85 different nations who flooded into the Rio last summer in what was the first hurdle for all aspiring champions. Then, Heinz had to outlast an increasingly tougher field over the initial eight days of play, en route to inclusion in poker’s famed “November Nine” – which refers to the final nine players who ultimately make it to poker’s biggest game. Next came a nearly four-month wait during the interim between July and November, after which Heinz returned to Las Vegas hoping to write the latest chapter of poker history.

Indeed, Heinz’s biggest test was still to come. He arrived at the finale against eight formidable opponents with one of the lowest chip stacks -- ranking seventh in chips out of nine players.