Weekly Poker Roundup: March 5, 2018
Women in Poker Hall of Fame Nominations Open to Public
The Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) has opened the nomination process for this year’s induction class to the public. Inductions take place every other year; the 2016 WiPHoF was Debbie Burkhead and Victoria Coren Mitchell. Those interested can go to the WiPHoF site and nominate up to three women, provided they fit the following criteria:
- A candidate must have been active as a player or industry leader for a minimum of 10 years prior to election and 35 yrs of age or older.
- Player/industry leader must have contributed to the world of poker in some significant way. This person can qualify by either winning major poker tournaments, or by making significant contributions to the industry of poker.
- Player/industry leader must be a proponent of women in poker.
- All nominees must be approved by a committee of the WiPHoF Committee and the Inductees.
- Nominees must agree to terms & conditions of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
All qualified people who are nominated will be put on the ballot. Once the nominations are closed, a panel of poker industry and media members will vote on who should be inducted into the Hall. The induction ceremony will be held on June 26th at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas.
Poker Dealer Steals Money, Loses License
Las Vegas poker dealer Jesus Saucedo had his gaming registration revoked by the Nevada Gaming Commission after an evidentiary hearing a couple weeks ago. The commissioners felt there was enough evidence that he was stealing from pots to strip Saucedo of his dealer license.
That’s right, Jesus Saucedo was seen on security video stealing $5 chips from pots and putting them in the toke (tip) box. He was found to have done it on June 17th, 2017 while a dealer at Bally’s in Las Vegas. Regulators investigated and found multiple instances of theft. At the time of the hearing in February, Saucedo was a dealer at the Bellagio (best guess is that he was allowed to resign from Bally’s as long as he didn’t seek employment as a dealer at another Vegas casino, which he obviously ignored if that was the case).
Saucedo said at the hearing that the first incident was accidental and that he moved the chips to the rake in the other instances. The commissioners did not agree, one of whom said,
“I don’t think this was your first rodeo. I think you’ve been doing this a long time. I wish we had facts for that, but we don’t. But I don’t need anything else than your admission and what I saw on the affidavits. I’m going to believe what I saw.”
WPT Renews CEO Adam Pliskas Contract for Four More Years
The World Poker Tour announced that it has extended the contract of CEO Adam Pliska for another four years. In a press release on Tuesday, Frank NG, CEO of the WPT’s parent company, Ourgame, said:
Adam Pliska’s tremendous leadership, successful track record, and proven strategic vision make him the perfect individual to continue to guide WPT Enterprises into the future. Adam has undoubtedly taken the company to new heights through expansion of the WPT brand into new and emerging markets, continued development and innovation in the digital gaming space, and unparalleled sustainability of gaming’s premier television product.
Pliska was heavily involved in the sale of the WPT to PartyGaming in 2009 for $12.3 million and led the sale of the Tour to Ourgame in 2015 for $35 million cash. He has led a resurgence of the World Poker Tour in recent years, expanding it from almost solely an American live poker tour to a truly international one.
“I am honored to have the incredible privilege to continue to lead this great company,” Pliska said in a press release. “I look forward to building on the successful strategies that have allowed the World Poker Tour to continue to raise the bar of our industry. I believe we have only begun to unlock the full potential of the WPT.”
Sands Screws Up, Loses Pennsylvania Mini-Casino Bid
We all know that online poker is coming to Pennsylvania, but as part of the gambling expansion bill signed in the fall, the state is also getting as many as ten “mini-casinos,” which can have 300-750 slot machines and possibly up to 30 table games. Licenses are awarded to current Pennsylvania casinos in a live bidding process and there was some hilarity with the fourth license as Sands (Sheldon Adelson’s Sands) submitted the highest bid but lost because it didn’t know how to follow instructions.
There are certain rules about where the locations of the mini-casinos can be. One such rule is that it can’t be within a 15-mile radius of another mini-casino. Mount Airy won the third auction a month ago, choosing a location in New Castle, Pennsylvania. The location served as a center point of 15-mile radius circle.
Sands selected a spot in Hempfield Township in Mercer County, but its 15-mile radius overlapped with Mount Airy’s. Therefore, despite bidding $9.885 million to Parx Casino’s $8.111 million, Sands lost and will have to try again if it still wants a satellite casino.
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