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Pennsylvania pokerpalooza 2019: Part 9

June 2, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken June 2, 2019 I went back to the casino a little after 7 Wednesday evening to play in the Dream Team tournament, which had a separate prize for the four-person team that collected the most cumulative points. (Each player was given a certain number of points for each blind level […]

Pennsylvania pokerpalooza 2019: Part 8

June 1, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken June 1, 2019 Depending on the tournament, a blind at these national World Tavern Poker event can last 15, 20 or 30 minutes. (Meaning that whatever the blinds — 100–200, 3,000–6,000, anything — they stay at that level until the new blinds are announced.) Regardless of the blind length, however, […]

Pennsylvania pokerpalooza 2019: Part 6

May 29, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken May 29, 2019 The national championship dealers were told to stop dealing cards about 10 minutes after noon on Tuesday, May 21, only a little while after I’d relocated to my second table of the day. Moments later, we were told that we’d made it into the Pit. After relocating, […]

Pennsylvania pokerpalooza 2019: Part 3

May 22, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken May 22, 2019 Nancy A—, North Carolina player, was moved to our table perhaps 90 minutes into the national championship finals. At some point, a universally beloved World Tavern Poker employee named Scooty walked up to our table with a smirk on his face and told her, “You drive however […]

One tournament, three hands

August 24, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Aug. 24, 2015 Author’s note: This will be my last poker post for a while, honest! MEM The story of a tournament in three hands. I. The tournament began with three tables before expanding to four as a few late-comers trickled in. We’ve shrunk down to three. I started the tournament at this […]