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by CP The Inside Straight Authors |  Published: Jan 01, 2007


Player of the Year Race Enters Home Stretch
Mizrachi Continues Impressive Run
By Michael Friedman

As 2006 begins to wind down, the Card Player Player of the Year (POY) race continues to heat up, as three impressive stars have moved into a virtual three-way tie for second place. With everyone's sights set on current POY front-runner Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and his whopping 5,961 points, the remainder of 2006 should be as hot as the Las Vegas desert during the middle of the World Series of Poker.

Close on Mizrachi's heels are Alabaman Shannon Shorr and Californians Nam Le and John Hoang, with 4,476, 4,225, and 4,092 points, respectively.

Leading the race for most final-table appearances is Hoang at 13, while Mizrachi has 10, and both Shorr and Le have seven tables each.

The top five POY contestants are rounded out by the "Poker Brat" himself, Phil Hellmuth, and his four WSOP final-table finishes worth $1,260,815.

After three cashes at the WSOP, Mizrachi took home a Bellagio Cup II title when he won the $1,000 no-limit hold'em event. Hoang finished second to Mizrachi in that event. Mizrachi had two quiet months following his Bellagio victory, but resurfaced at the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago tournament at Bellagio, capturing 13th place, $41,745, and 96 POY points.

Mizrachi's closest competitor in the POY race is Shorr. After cashing in two WSOP events, Shorr had a monstrous showing at the Bellagio Cup II. He recorded four cashes during the event, including two victories worth more than $1 million and 2,496 POY points. Shorr recently finished third at Borgata in the $1,500 no-limit hold'em event, and seventh in the Festa al Lago $2,500 no-limit hold'em tournament.

Not far behind Shorr is Le. After recording six cashes during the WSOP, Le continued his impressive 2006 campaign with a second place in the $300 no-limit hold'em event at the Legends of Poker and a second-place finish in the Festa al Lago $3,000 no-limit hold'em event.

Hoang is the ironman of the group, making the most final tables on the POY candidate list. Continuing an impressive post-WSOP run, he finished second behind Mizrachi at the Bellagio Cup II, third in the Legends of Poker $500 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament, and second in the $5,000 no-limit hold'em event at the Festa al Lago tournament.

Phil Hellmuth's impressive performance during the WSOP has enabled him to remain in the top five despite having not cashed in an event since the WSOP.

One of the POY top-10 list's hardest workers has to be the No. 6 man, David Daneshgar of Westlake Village, California. Scoring a fourth-place finish in the Legends of Poker $1,500 no-limit hold'em event and a fourth-place finish in the $6,335 buy-in EPT Championship in Barcelona, Daneshgar has made a late push that could see him surpass Hellmuth if he cashes again in 2006.

Joining Hellmuth in the "WSOP-only" column is WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen, currently in seventh place. After making four final tables and winning two bracelets, Madsen's position on the top-10 list appears secure for the moment.

Sitting eighth is Parkland, Florida's Alex Jacob. After making several final-table appearances at the WSOP, Jacob went on to win the 2006 U.S. Poker Championship in Atlantic City. He collected $878,500 for his efforts.

Rounding out the last two spots on the POY list are Team FullTilt members Allen Cunningham and Erick Lindgren. Cunningham, who won his fourth bracelet and finished fourth in the WSOP main event, and Lindgren, who finished second in the $5,000 shorthanded no-limit hold'em event, both had standout WSOP performances, but have not had substantial cashes since the WSOP. spade

Poker After Dark Comes to NBC
Late-Night Poker Programming Features Well-Known Poker Pros and Hostess Shana Hiatt
By Lisa Wheeler

NBC began taping Poker After Dark at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas recently, with an estimated 52 episodes in the making. The show will debut on Jan. 2, 2007, at 2:05 a.m. EST, six nights a week.

Poker After Dark is NBC's second poker program, as the first, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, sent ratings through the roof earlier this year. NBC executives expect the late-night poker show to satiate viewers' appetites while competing directly with ESPN's reruns of the 2006 World Series of Poker.

Each hour-long show will feature six professional poker players competing for $120,000 in a winner-takes-all format. Players include Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Erick Lindgren, Jennifer Harman, David Benyamine, Allen Cunningham, Gus Hansen, and more.

The show's hostess is none other than former World Poker Tour hostess Shana Hiatt, a familiar face in the poker industry who lights up the screen and will bring her own style and professionalism to Poker After Dark.

Each night of original programming will feature an intimate look at one table as it develops over a week, culminating with a winner on Friday night. Saturday night's show, called "The Director's Cut," will recap the week's events with Hiatt and the winner of the week reviewing the week's action and offering commentary.

Poker After Dark is produced in conjunction with Poker Productions, the only television production company owned and operated by top professional poker players. Producers Mori Eskandani and Eric Drache bring 63 years of combined poker experience to their company, and both have played a key role in producing some of television's best poker shows, including both seasons of NBC's National Heads-Up Poker Championship, two seasons of GSN's High Stakes Poker, three seasons of Fox Sports Net, and NBC's Poker Superstars and CBS' Intercontinental Poker Championship. spade

Antigua and Others Gear Up for Lawsuit Against U.S.
Antigua Says U.S. Still in Violation of World Trade Organization Sanctions
By Michael Friedman

The small Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda recently met with representatives from the European Commission, Japan, and China to discuss its Internet gaming case against the United States. The larger nations are acting as third-party representatives in the country's World Trade Organization dispute with the U.S. government. They also held briefing sessions with representatives from Brazil, Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Antigua and the U.S. have both filed submissions regarding U.S. compliance with the WTO's decision that the U.S. was violating international trade agreements with its gaming policy. Antigua maintains that the U.S. is still not in compliance with the WTO's decision. According to Antigua's legal advisor, Mark Mendelson, there is more to this case than just gaming, and he hopes that the international support will spur the U.S. into compliance with the WTO's previous decision.

"All meetings went well. A great thing about our case is that you don't have to care about gambling at all to be on our side on the WTO legal issues. I would say that our support with these other countries is probably quite strong, and having them on our side on the important issues is of very great help to our case. It can only enhance the credibility of a small country to have some of the major players in the WTO agreeing with our position," Mendelson told Card Player.

In Mendelson's opinion, the response from the U.S. to the ruling has left a lot to be desired, and the recent actions of the U.S. Congress are further proof that the U.S. is continuing to flout the WTO's decision.

In 2003, Antigua filed a complaint with the WTO that the attempts by the U.S. to stop its residents from accessing online gambling sites violated WTO policy. Gambling services are considered commerce, and Antigua claimed that these attempts to stop the free trade of this commerce violated WTO agreements because the U.S. allows forms of gambling in most of its states.

In 2004, the WTO agreed with Antigua, and in 2005, it upheld its ruling after the U.S. appealed. The WTO ordered the U.S. to comply with the rulings or face sanctions by Antigua, but Antigua is the smallest member of the WTO and its sanctions are toothless. The U.S. has remained virtually silent about this case.

The parties submitted their recommendations on the case, and a WTO panel is scheduled to receive a rebuttal from Antigua and Barbuda on the U.S. submission sometime this month. The WTO panel is scheduled to issue a final ruling in January or February of 2007. spade

Aussie Millions Qualifiers at FullTilt Hopping
There are Still Plenty of Chances to Win a Trip Down Under
By Bob Pajich

A round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, costs a person about $2,000. FullTiltPoker is sending as many couples as it can there for as little as $4.40.

Qualifiers for the Aussie Millions Poker Championship are still taking place at FullTiltPoker, one of the handful of sites that has vowed to keep serving U.S. customers despite enactment of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act. The prize packages to this event are a hefty $18,000, and include round-trip airfare for two to Melbourne from Los Angeles, entry into the AMPC, a 10-night stay at the Crown Casino Resort, and $3,000 in spending money. The trip will take place Jan. 8-20.

There will be players in the tournament who got there for less than what it costs for a Fatburger value meal, minus the fried egg. There also will be at least 28 players who will have gotten into the AMPC through freerolls.

FullTilt already has awarded 14 seats specifically through its freerolls, and will award 14 more in November and December. Players can use their FullTilt Points to get into the monthly freerolls. Players also can qualify by earning 10,000 FullTilt Points in one month or by being in the top 25 on the Aussie Millions multitable qualifier leader board or the sit-and-go leader board. See the site for more details.

There are still plenty of ways to get in for people who prefer the cash path. On Dec. 10, FullTilt will hold its 20-seat guaranteed tournament, which costs $535 to enter; but, of course, there are cheaper ways to get into this tournament: Direct multitable qualifiers cost $8.80, $26, and $75. Players can also play a $75 sit-and-go tournament. Players can get into these qualifying tournaments for as little as $4.40, $8.80, and $12.

People are also winning their trips to Australia each week in direct qualifiers that cost $322 and $1,060. The $1,060 weekly qualifiers have been taking place on Mondays, and the $322 qualifiers on Thursdays.

Players can get into the $322 qualifiers by entering multitable tournaments that cost $8.80, $26 and $75, and single-table tourneys for $48. Feeders to these tournaments run around-the-clock and also cost as little as $4.40.

To get into the $1,060 direct qualifier, players can play in any of the following: $26, $75, and $109 multitable tourneys, $75 and $150 single-table tourneys, and both single-table and multitable freerolls. Qualifiers for these tournaments also cost much less than the actual buy-ins. spade

Wireless Texas Hold'em Coming to Casinos
Harrah's Brand Moves Toward the Future
By Michael Friedman

Progressive Gaming International Corp. (PGIC) is set to help casinos make more money than ever before with the introduction of a new way to play Texas hold'em. Using the World Series of Poker "Peer to Peer" Texas hold'em game, players will be able to play poker on wired or wireless devices away from the traditional poker table.

Players will play poker on a secure intranet server managed from within casinos that have the legal jurisdiction to offer it. This unique service will enable players to play poker in restaurants, clubs, and possibly even their rooms. This futuristic solution not only benefits players by giving them greater access to the tables, but also helps casinos make use of unused gaming space.

According to Harrah's Senior Vice President of Gaming Ken Weil, this product is a perfect fit for casinos around the globe. "We are pleased to partner again with PGIC in leveraging the most powerful brand in poker worldwide, the World Series of Poker. Many regulated operators do not have poker rooms. The World Series of Poker "Peer to Peer" Texas hold'em gaming system provides operators with the ability to offer their patrons the opportunity to participate in exciting Texas hold'em poker game competitions that capture the excitement of an authentic WSOP experience," he said in a recent press release.

PGIC President and CEO Russ McMeeking sees a profitable future for his company. "We believe that the 'Peer to Peer' system, both the wired and wireless versions, has a potential global marketplace of over 5,000 legalized gaming venues. We are delighted and honored to partner on this very exciting global initiative, which is intended to leverage our extensive acquisition and development investments in secure thin-client wired and wireless server-based technology," he stated. spade

A Poker Lesson From Sir Isaac Newton
By David Apostolico

Poker is both a science and an art form. In this article, I'd like to take a look at a long-standing law of physics and see how it can help our poker game. Let's go back to junior-high science, when we were learning all kinds of things that we never thought we'd use in the real world, especially if we wanted to play poker. Sir Isaac Newton's Law of Inertia states: "Unless acted upon, a body at rest stays at rest, and a body in motion stays in motion."

What does this have to do with poker? Well, how many times have you been sucked into a hand? How many times have you heard a player at the table mumble about being pot-committed to justify throwing away more chips on a losing hand? Or, my personal favorite, the player who moans that he knows he's beat but he has to pay to see the cards. In all of these circumstances, players let momentum take over their play. Once they throw in a few chips, they can't stop themselves from continuing down the path. They can't defy physics.

Fortunately, you can use Sir Isaac's law to your advantage. Let me offer an example from a U.S. Poker Championship event I played in recently. The blinds were $25-$50 and I was in the big blind. A player in middle position made a mini-raise to $100 and two players called before the action got to me. I had 4-3 offsuit and the price was right to see a flop. The flop came down 7-6-5 rainbow. This was a good but dangerous flop for me. I had the ignorant end of the straight, but I didn't want to lose to a higher straight. I bet out $500 immediately. The initial raiser called instantly and the other two players folded. The turn was an ace, and I bet out $1,000 before the card hit the felt. My opponent called before my chips hit the felt. Now, as the dealer was turning over the river card, I could see my opponent with chips in his hand, ready to call.

I bet out another $2,000 as the innocent 2♣ was laid before us. My opponent called almost simultaneously. I turned over my straight and he chuckled in surprise before mucking his hand. I found out later that he had A-8 when I overheard him describing the hand to his buddy. That makes sense. He had an open-end straight draw on the flop, top pair on the turn, and no help on the river. The problem, however, was that he was basically reacting the entire hand without thinking things through. He was a fast and loose player, but he could be very deliberate and reflective when he needed to be.

He could have saved himself some money if he had raised the flop or turn. He would have found out that I had a good hand and had him beat. I was able to put him into a rhythm in which the laws of physics took over and he couldn't stop himself. He was reactive and helpless to my motion without being proactive.

Now, Newton's law of "a body in motion stays in motion" is not an absolute. There's a nice qualifier at the beginning that states "unless acted upon." That's a fairly big qualifier. You don't have to continue throwing chips into a pot when you're behind. You have control over your actions and can act by sending signals to your hands to pick up your cards and throw them in the muck.

More importantly, you have the ability to disrupt your opponent's motion. If you're up against an aggressive opponent, he's going to keep firing chips until stopped. He's a body in motion that is going to stay in motion unless acted upon. Pick up some chips and make a big raise. That's usually a strong enough action to stop his momentum.

Finally, let's look at the other part of Newton's law: "a body at rest stays at rest." If you're playing a tournament and are running the risk of being blinded out, you absolutely cannot afford to sit still. You have to fight inertia. Even if you aren't getting any cards whatsoever, don't allow your body at rest to stay at rest. Take some action before it's too late. While you still have enough chips to force others to fold, make a move. It sure beats being blinded out. Lack of inertia is a sure way to lose. spade

David Apostolico is the author of numerous poker strategy books, including Lessons From the Felt, Lessons From the Pro Poker Tour, and Tournament Poker and the Art of War. You can contact him at

Ask Jack
Want to know how a multimillion-dollar poker tournament is run? Have a question about a specific tournament poker rule or past ruling you've encountered?

Card Player is giving you the chance to pick the mind of one of the game's finest - Bellagio Tournament Director Jack McClelland. You can send your questions to, and McClelland will share his 25-plus years of industry experience with you.

Brandon Jay: I've been playing in a no-limit hold'em tourney every week for the past year at our local casino. Just recently, I've been told that these tourneys aren't good for my game, due to the fact that the structure is geared more toward catching cards and not playing "real poker." Can you tell me if this is true?

Here is the tournament structure: Everybody starts out with only $200 in chips. That's right, only $200. There's an add-on before play begins of an extra $300 in chips. The blinds start out at $5-$10 and double every 15 minutes. There are no antes in the tourney.

Is this structure good for my game? I really am set on entering the World Series of Poker next year.

Also, this is the only way for me to play serious poker. I don't like playing on the Internet! What is the proper strategy in this very shaky structure?

This is a fast-structured tournament. The value in playing these tournaments is that you learn to be very aggressive, to have a chance to win. If you are interested in playing in a major tournament, aggressive play is a must.

The downside of this structure is that you are mostly moving all in and don't improve your skills, such as value-betting, trapping an opponent, and moving a player off a hand by raising a certain amount. If it is the only game in town, it makes it the best game in town.

Tim Mayer: I'm running a league with 20 guys. I want to start with $10,000 in chips and want it to last about four to four-and-a-half hours.
What should the blind schedule be?

Jack: Thirty-minute levels: level one, $100-$200; level two, $200-$400; level three, $300-$600; level four, $400-$800; level five, $600-$1,200; level six, $1,000-$2,000; level seven, $1,500-$3,000; level eight, $2,000-$4,000; level nine, $3,000-$6,000.

Don: I'm playing in my local $1-$2 no-limit hold'em game, and in middle position, I'm dealt the Jspade Jdiamond. The player under the gun (UTG) raises to $7, I call, and everyone folds to the cutoff, who raises another $20. The button and both blinds fold, and UTG and I both call another $20.

The flop comes 10club 7club 4club. UTG checks to me, and I decide to bet $50, but before I can count my chips and bet, the cutoff checks out of turn and the dealer turns the 9diamond. I announce my bet, place my chips in front of my cards, and then realize that the turn has already been dealt.

I complained that I was not allowed to act on the flop, but the ruling was made that my bet had to stand. The cutoff threw his cards away, and UTG called. Then, the ruling was made that we had to play the turn, and again I protested, because we were, in fact, playing the turn at that point. UTG, however, was allowed to act, and he checked to me again. I was furious and not thinking clearly, and pushed the rest of my chips in (another $72) and got an instant call from UTG, who had loosely played 8-6 offsuit and had the nut straight.

It's entirely possible that UTG would have called my $50 bet on the flop, but with one overcard and three clubs showing, I don't think he would have chased his gutshot-straight draw.

How should that situation have been handled?

Jack: Every player has to have a chance to act. The turn card should not have played. The river card should have become the turn card, and the old turn card should've been reshuffled and a new river card dealt. I can't understand how your bet would have to stand on the turn if you bet on the flop, it does not seem like a good decision.

Alex Powell: Greetings, and thanks in advance for the information. I watched a lot of the WSOP events, but do not understand how the payouts go. It seemed that about halfway through all of the events, some players started winning certain amounts of money, and, of course, some went on to the final few tables and on to the one final table. How do the eliminations come about and at what point do the payouts begin? As is the case with most amateur players, my desire is to sit at one of those tables in the future.

Jack: You would have to contact the World Series of Poker for their payouts. In my daily tournament at Bellagio, I pay five places with 30-59 players, nine places for 60-124 players, 18 places for 125-249 players, 27 places for 250-349 players, and 50 places for anything over 400. For more than 400 players in championship events, I pay 100 places. spade

Poker in Photography
By Bob Pajich

Poker Face 2, written and published by Ulvis Alberts ($274)

Some would argue that the country's fascination with poker has more to do with the many different shapes and sizes of characters who populate cardrooms and tournaments everywhere than the copious amounts of dollars generated by tournaments in recent years.

Photographer Ulvis Alberts' fascination with the poker face is a good thing for poker fans. Alberts, a Latvian-born photographer, first focused his camera lenses on the World Series of Poker back in 1977, and returned for the next five years. Some of the most popular and compelling poker figures wound up in his first book of fine photography dedicated to poker, Poker Face, including Stu Ungar, Puggy Pearson, Benny Binion, Johnny Moss, Jack "Treetop" Straus, and many others.

Alberts revisited the WSOP with his camera, to capture images of some of the most well-known players of this era, and he combined the two collections in Poker Face 2, a massive and gorgeous edition of fine-art photographs that contains more than 300 pages.

The book is separated into two parts. The first third is dedicated to photos that were originally published in Poker Face, and the rest is dedicated to those snapped from 2000 on. The old-school photos are chock-full of cigarettes, cowboy hats, bolo ties, disco shirts, and poker players who look every bit as road worn as they probably were.

The second section is filled with photos of the new breed of poker players, with upside-down sunglasses, iPods, sports jerseys advertising online poker sites, smoke-free tournament rooms, Phil Ivey's fan club, baseball caps worn backward, and piles of money that the old-timers could only dream about. A whole afternoon can be spent just flipping back and forth between the two sections, comparing the way it was to the way it is now.

Even casual poker fans will have a great time scanning the hundreds of photographs in both sections, pointing out everyone from Gabe Kaplan (in a loud Western shirt during his Welcome Back Kotter years) to Joe Hachem.

There are, of course, many shots of the most popular players to ever sit at a poker table. Doyle Brunson makes many appearances, and the photos of Ungar that are scattered throughout the front of the book are worth the purchase price alone.

The popularity of tournament poker among Hollywood celebrities is also well-documented, which should be no surprise to those familiar with Alberts's work. He spent the 1970s in Southern California photographing some of the most well-known stars in the land, and shots of both James Woods and Jennifer Tilly dot the second section.

The book goes beyond poker photographs. On just about every page of Poker Face 2, there is a poker quote or axiom that poker fans will enjoy. Extended essays by poker writers A. Alvarez and Paul Zibits, and an extensive alphabetical index, make the book feel a lot like a must-have historical document that serious poker players will covet, but not all will get to have.

Only 2,000 copies of Poker Face 2 will be published, making the book an instant collectors item. Copies of the original Poker Face go for around $2,000, and come numbered and signed inside a special collectors-edition box to protect this investment.

Poker Face 2 is available through

KB: In no-limit hold'em, how do you approach betting against a board pair when you have the nut flush? I've run into three full houses in this situation lately and it's killing me.
Scott: There are a lot of things to consider if you have the nut flush when the board is paired. For example, when did the board pair? What were your opponent's actions during the hand? How deep are the stacks? If I have a lot of chips and the other player does, as well, most of the time I will just check-call and try to keep the pot small. If the board was paired on the flop and the other players are giving a lot of action, you should not even draw to the flush. If you are drawing to the flush and get there at the same time as the board pairs, you should bet out, but if you get raised, you must wonder how the other player can raise you if you have the nut flush. Most likely, he has the full house and you can fold. My general advice to you would be to bet your flush when the board is paired, but then back off if you get called.

Mitchell Feinman:
I was the long-haired dude at the table with you with 11 people left recently at a Venetian tournament. I was curious about your opinion of my play. The cutoff called, as did I with pocket eights. You raised all in, the cutoff folded, and I called. You won with A-J, as you hit a jack on the flop. You seemed to have about 10K-15K in chips more than me (after the call, I had about 45K). I thought you had two overs, but I went in with what I believed was the best of it. My friends said I should have waited for another opportunity when I was in the money. What was your thought process at that time? Did you win the tournament?
Hey, Mitch. I do vaguely remember that hand. First of all, the blinds were pretty big and we both had a below-average stack. I am pretty sure that the blinds were in the neighborhood of $1,500-$3,000 with a $500 ante, and once you and the other player limped in, the pot looked ripe for stealing, not to mention that I did have A-J, just in case I got called by a hand like yours. In my opinion, you didn't do anything too terribly wrong; however, you could have played it a bit differently. Your best option would have been raising after the player on your right limped in. If you had raised, I would not have been able to play my A-J, because I would have realized that you weren't going to fold to my all-in bet, and it wasn't a good time for me to take a coin toss at that point. If you do limp in, you must make up your mind beforehand as to whether or not you want to play it for all of your chips, because it is very likely that somebody will push all in from the blinds to pick up what looks like a lot of dead money. What I mean is, if you are going to play to win the tournament, limping in with a predetermined idea to call an all-in bet from the blind is an OK play; otherwise, you should fold to the all-in bet. I hope that makes sense - and, by the way, I got third place.

Justin: I played in a tournament recently and can't decide if I made the right decision in a tough spot. Here's the situation: The blinds are at $100-$200 and about to increase to $200-$400. There are eight players at my table. I have $3,600 in chips and raise from early position to $600 with A-K offsuit. Everyone folds around to the big blind, who thinks for a second and says, "All in," and he has me covered. This player had been playing fairly passively, not betting, raising or otherwise risking many chips. I know that players in this situation don't generally push unless they want to get called, but do I have enough chips left to fold? I ended up making the call, mostly because if I folded, I would have had only seven-eight times the big blind with the impending level change. He had aces and I got bounced from the tourney. Thanks. With the help of your column as well as The Circuit radio show, my tournament bankroll is at an all-time high.
Scott: The hand you describe is a pretty common situation. I like the fact that you were paying attention to the level increase forthcoming, and for that very reason, I don't think you can fold the hand. I have been in that very situation a thousand times, and would not fold the A-K there; however, in an attempt to mix up my game a bit, I have been limping with A-K from that spot. If you had limped with the A-K and then the player in the big blind raised (a player you determined to be passive), you easily could have assumed he had a monster and folded. spade

Go Camping With Doyle, Win $50,000
Registration is Now Taking Place for Super System Poker Camp
By Bob Pajich

Doyle Brunson and a bunch of his friends are going camping in May, and he's extending an invitation to those who love poker to join them.
The first-ever Super System Poker Camp will take place at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Big Fork, Montana, May 18-21. The camp is bringing Brunson, Mike Caro, Todd Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, and Jennifer Harman together for a poker seminar that just happens to use Super System 2 as its main text.

More than $100,000 in prizes will be given away during the seminar, which includes poker lessons, daily live poker games and tournaments with the pros, cocktail parties, and even swimming and fishing for those who can't handle all of the nonstop poker action and need a little break.

Each day, registrants will play in a tournament for cash prizes and entry into the camp finale, the Montana Challenge, in which the winner will receive $50,000. The Montana Challenge will consist of five camp qualifiers and five authors of Super System 2.

The $4,000 price tag of the trip includes transportation to and from the airport, a Super System 2 signed by all of the speakers, a tournament that will be filmed for television broadcast, and a place to sleep.

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