Monday Poker Headlines
Here’s some tidbits from the poker world to start off 2011.
An Australian casino is using a unique and very pokery defense as it faces charges it served a poker patron 42 beers in a 17-hour stretch. The casino says they were fooled by the guy’s poker face.
The Star City Casino in Sydney is in trouble for continuously serving a drunk patron, about five beers every two hours, until the table finally closed. As in most casino jurisdictions, casinos are barred from letting intoxicated people gamble.
But the casino maintains that as a poker player, the unnamed patron really disguised his intoxication well.
“The nature of poker is that players tend to be …very controlled in their facial expressions and body movements,” said Star City, in a leaked letter to Sydney’s Casino Liquor and Gaming Control Authority, as reported by The Daily Telegraph. “This level of control means that many of the visible signs that a person…is affected by alcohol may be minimized.”
The Authority has still fined the casino $10,000, though that fine has reportedly been reduced. Three workers who served the man have been fired.
In another story, Sorel Mizzi has been named poker player of the year by Bluff Magazine. Mizzi, you may remember, had a win in Atlantic City at The Borgata Spring Open East Coast Championship for about $170,000. Mizzi split with second place finisher Chris Klodnicki (which means he probably took home less than the $170K), but took the official title.
Mizzi also had a third place at The Aussie Millions event, good for $659,000, a $159,000 cash in the WPT Paris event and an $88,000 cash at the Foxwoods World Poker finals, among other wins.
He out-pointed Tom Marchese to win the magazine’s title.
And finally, New Jersey’s bid to start intra-state online gambling — which means online poker— is scheduled to go before the state Assembly Thursday. We’ll keep you updated.