Now the casino has announced the creation of another tournament schedule to join its other popular tournament events.
David Stewart, the CEO of Cherokee Nations Enterprises (which operates the Cherokee Casinos in Oklahoma), recently announced the inaugural Mid South Poker Classic, which will start on May 15.
The 20-event schedule has a lot going for it: it will encompass almost every discipline in poker, and buy-ins will be quite reasonable, from $120 to $550, which also includes the entry fee. The tournament will culminate on May 25 with a $1,000+$80 championship event, with the final table of that tournament playing out on May 26.
For those who want to attempt to satellite into the tournament, Cherokee Casino will start offering single table satellites May 1. There are four levels of buy-ins for those events - $45, $85, $125 and $230 - which will help those on a tighter poker budget gain a crack in the bigger events.
"Our poker tournaments keep getting bigger and bigger," said Stewart. "We know that regional poker players are looking for better competition, more opportunities and more convenient locations to play poker. We are able to offer them that."
The Mid South Poker Classic joins three other tournaments on the Cherokee's roster. Its most recent event, the Oklahoma State Championship of Poker in February, set records for both attendance and prize pools.
The Cherokee's other two tournaments, the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge (named after resident "house" professional Scotty Nguyen) and the Cherokee Poker Classic, have enjoyed great success during their runs and only promise to get bigger.
With the World Series of Poker on the horizon, the new Mid South Poker Classic at the Cherokee could be a way for players to build a bankroll to take to Las Vegas this summer.
For more details on the Cherokee Casino or the Mid South Poker Classic, visit CherokeeCasino.com, where you can also register for events on the upcoming Mid South Poker Classic schedule.
Josh Arieh to play in Bodog blogger event today
Josh Arieh will play the part of a bounty in the tournament, meaning that the player who takes him out will be awarded $100. However, Arieh is a tough tournament pro who could also go on to win the event himself and get an extra $100 to keep for himself on top of the first-place prize.
Arieh has more than $4 million in tournament winnings. He is well known for his aggressive, unpredictable style of play, and it will be on display for bloggers to see in today's blogger tournament starting at 9:05 p.m. (EDT).
The tournament costs $10+$1 to participate. Bodog Poker will also be beefing up the prize pool by awarding T$109 to the top five players in the tournament that can be used to buy in to Bodog's $100,000 Guaranteed Tournament, which takes place every Sunday at 4 p.m. (EDT).
The Bodog Poker Blogger Tournament Series began in early February and is composed of 18 qualifying tournaments that run every Tuesday. The series ends June 3.
The top 30% of finishers in each qualifying tournament will earn points based on their finish. Those points are used to rank players over the four months of qualifying, and when all is said and done, the top 18 players on the tournament leader board will play in a final tournament for a $12,000 World Series of poker prize package.
The final tournament will take place June 10.
For poker players who don't have a blog but would still like a shot at being a part of the Bodog Poker team for the 2008 WSOP Main Event, the poker site is hosting a number of online qualifiers for the WSOP.
Bodog Poker guarantees four WSOP seats will be awarded each week in March and April, and five each week in May and June.
The 2008 WSOP Main Event prize packages include the $10,000 buy-in for the Main Event plus $2,000 for travel expenses, Team Bodog gear for the trip, meeting the Bodog Girls and much more.
Student tackles luck versus skill debate
Michael DeDonno, a doctoral student in psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, conducted two studies at the university that have caught the attention of the Gaming Law Review. It published an article by DeDonno, coauthored with Case Western psychologist Dr. Douglas Detterman, in which he details the results of the two studies.
His conclusion is likely unsurprising to most poker players, but may come as news to government regulators.
"This article provides empirical evidence that [poker is a game of] skill and not luck," DeDonno indicated.
In the first study, DeDonno took 40 students with little to no poker background and had them play roughly 200 hands among them on the Wilson Turbo Texas Hold'em software.
Half of them were briefed on basic poker strategy, including starting hand charts and the logic of professional players to play only about 15% of their hands. The other half were only told about the history of the game and were not given any of the statistical or analytical information.
At the end of this experiment, the two found that those players who had the strategic lessons performed better at the felt than their uninformed compatriots.
To confirm these findings, DeDonno and Detterman ran the same experiment again, upping the number of hands played to over 700. While all the players steadily improved with the extra practice, noted DeDonno, those who had the strategy background still did better than the players making their decisions in the dark.
"If it had been pure luck in winning, then the strategies would not have made a difference for the two groups," said DeDonno.
DeDonno is convinced the results of his study have applications beyond the felt. He believes his theory can be applied to help people facing real-life situations in which only partial information is available, such as investments and home-buying. He also contends that the poker simulation has applications in psychological testing for decision making and risk taking.
The results of DeDonno and Detterman's study could have an effect on the way the legal system looks at the game of poker. If it could be firmly established that poker is a game of skill, it would remove it from the "games of chance" laws that many areas of the United States have on the books.
For a full look at the PDF file where DeDonno and Detterman report their findings in Gaming Law Review, go to LiebertOnline.com.
Study: Massachusetts loses gambling revenue to neighbors
Just last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives shot down a bill that would have licensed casinos in the state. A timely study may have some rethinking that decision. The study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth found Massachusetts residents spent $1.1 billion at gambling ��...full article
Just last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives shot down a bill that would have licensed casinos in the state. A timely study may have some rethinking that decision.
The study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth found Massachusetts residents spent $1.1 billion at gambling establishments in Connecticut and Rhode Island last year. The two New England states generated more than $230 million in tax revenues from gambling conducted by Massachusetts residents.
According to a Boston Herald story:
[The study] found that Bay State citizens spent $846 million at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and $195 million at Twin River and Newport Grand in Rhode Island in 2007.
The fifth annual study by professor Clyde Barrow says Massachusetts residents made more than eight million visits to gambling facilities in other New England states in 2007.