Archive for March, 2010

Joe Whalen memorial tournament

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

If you are in L.A. this weekend please attend the Joe Whalen memorial tournament at Hollywood Park on Saturday April 3rd. Joe was like a Father figure to me and by coincidence this was my Fathers birthday. The tournament buy in is, a very affordable, $30.  The casino nor the organisers ,John Hayes and Robert […]

Nolans Sunday Circuit report

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Michael Kaplitz Takes Gold Ring San Diego Businessman Wins WSOP Circuit Title at Harrah’s Rincon Valley Center, CA – The final World Series of Poker Circuit preliminary tournament held before the championship ended today with Michael Kaplitz taking the gold ring and a $29,433 cash prize for first place.  He overcame a highly-competitive field and […]

Farewell to a friend

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Very sad to have received an email today informing me that L.A. poker scene stalwart Joe Whalen has passed away in a Whittier hospital. I always looked for Joe, both at Santa Anita and the Commerce/ Bike.Joe also included Hollywood Park in his regular haunts and knew everyone everywhere he went. Joe grew up on […]

Poker at Santa Anita on Sunday

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Finally a chance to visit Santa Anita for a poker tourament. Far preferable than going to the Commerce on a Sunday. The reason for the tournament is to help the widow of  Dal Jones .She has two pre school age children so a full time job is difficult.Dal was only 38 when he passed away […]

Nolans nightly Rincon recap with photos

Friday, March 26th, 2010

back in 2006, he must have thought it was the start of something really big.  To his credit, the 36-year-old from San Diego had been a full-time poker pro for several years.  But winning any kind of WSOP-related victory often changes things.  If nothing else, a major tournament victory instills self-confidence and opens up a […]

Dalla’s daily Rincon report

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Why blog when Nolan Dalla is on site? My photos though! Young Poker Pro Wins WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Harrah’s Rincon, His Second Major Tournament Victory in 2010 Valley Center, CA – Will 2010 be a breakthrough year for Garrett Levrini?  He represents the interests and ambitions of a lot of twenty-something poker players.  […]

News in brief

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Retiree Brent Wilkes won’t be waiting for his check at on the first of the month after winning $10k in event #5 at Rincon today. Frank Calo leads after three days of play in Lawrenceburg In. The final two tables include Todd Terry, Carlos Mortenson, Chris Bell, Dwyte Pilgrim, Shawn Buchanen, Eric Lynch,Len Ashby, Tyler […]

Scenic Rincon worth the drive

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

A little break for L.A. players.If you have the yearning for a change go to Rincon for the Circuit Event managed by Harrahs. The team are very experienced. Jimmy Somerfield, Bill Bruce and Nolan Dalla are all on hand, on the stage, to ensure the tournament runs smoothly. Judging by the snail like eliminations at […]

Farewell to the Green

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Saturday there was the $1m horseshoe pitch at Santa Anita  and the green fountain.Sunday the final day of the Winnin of the Green tournament at the Bike. I think I can put away my Irish green rugby shirt for another year. A $50 bounty at the Bike tonight at 7pm. A good way to pass […]

Choices for So Cal players as Wynn winds down

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Day3 of the Wynn classic starts on Wednesday afternoon.183 played when Chris Moore won the event. This year,against all odds ,the non televised $5k buy in attracted 242 including Vanna Tea. Vanna survived day1 but is now pondering whether she should stop over in L.A. for the WOTG ME,at the Bike, which starts 7pm on […]