2012 was a good year for Tulsa Poker. Better than 2011, anyway. Poker room attendance is up, Full Tilt was bailed out, and Hard Rock opened a new poker room. Readership here at Tulsa Poker on rootshed.com increased 50% over the last year as well. Here are the most popular Tulsa Poker stories and articles from 2012:
10. Tulsa and surrounding area poker room information (143 pageviews)
I updated the poker room directory for northeast Oklahoma (including what’s changed since 2011) and documented my first visit to Hard Rock’s brand new poker room.
- Northeast Oklahoma poker rooms – 9/23
- Hard Rock Tulsa opens its all new poker room (Photos) – 10/5
9. Six ways your brain works against you at the poker table (170 pageviews)
Six common psychological traps are investigated in this fun look at logical fallacies and emotional land mines that can manifest themselves at the poker table.
- Six ways your brain works against you at the poker table – 3/7
8. Alex ‘A.P.’ Phahurat (197 combined pageviews)
AP was a regular at the old Creek Nation casino long before it became River Spirit. These days he’s tearing up the tournament circuit. Most recently, he chopped the Main Event of the Reindeer Games series at Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs. I interviewed AP following his 1st-place finish in the Main Event at the Chad Brown Challenge at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant.
- An interview with Alex ‘A.P.’ Phahurat – 8/26
- 2012 Reindeer Games results – 12/18
7. Free poker content on the internet (204 combined pageviews)
In late 2011 I started looking for poker strategy content on YouTube, using Daniel Negreanu as my first subject because he has appeared in numerous poker coaching video series. That article was still making the rounds in the first half of 2012. I followed it up with a few more entries to round-out the library.
- Poker content on YouTube: Daniel Negreanu – 11/25/2011
- Poker content on YouTube: Poker Superstars Invitational interviews – 4/7
- Give yourself the gift of sound fundamentals in 2013 – 12/28
- December 2012 poker podcasts – 12/29
6. Advice to aspiring professional poker players (209 pageviews)
These articles take a look at what players must do away from the tables to be successful as a professional. Record keeping, bankroll management, taxes, and personal improvement are discussed.
- Keeping records – 3/30
- Becoming a professional poker player – 3/31
5. Teddy Mitchell, nine others indicted in Oklahoma City (412 pageviews)
Teddy Mitchell of Oklahoma City and nine other defendants (two of whom are Mitchell’s sons) were indicted on charges of illegal gambling and running an illegal gambling business. The crux of the charges include hosting high and low stakes poker games and operating a sports book.
- 10 indicted in Oklahoma City for illegal gambling – 9/25
Defendant’s counsel claims the poker games were licensed. Teddy Mitchell’s federal trial is set to begin in April 2013.
4. Jody Briscoe arrested, poker community rallies behind him (487 combined pageviews)
Joe “Jody” Neal Briscoe, Jr., was the grave shift poker room floor manager at River Spirit Casino. He was involved in an accident and subsequently charged with Negligent Homicide and felony Hit-and-Run. After Jody was terminated from his position at River Spirit, friends and colleagues rallied to support him, raising over $3,500.
- Tulsa poker room manager arrested – 11/30
- Tulsa poker community organizes benefit dinner for Joe Neal Briscoe, Jr. – 12/8
- Silent auction items for Briscoe benefit dinner announced – 12/15
Briscoe is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 30.
3. Black Friday defendants plead guilty, receive sentences (759 combined pageviews)
Chad Elie and John Campos were payment processors and two of the eleven individuals indicted on Black Friday (April 11, 2011), and the only two defendants to be arrested on that day. Both pleaded guilty to lesser charges within a day of each other in March.
- Poker news highlights for March 2012 – 3/29
- Judge Kaplan displeased with SunFirst vice chairman John Campos plea agreement – 4/3
Chad Elie reached a plea agreement with the DOJ on March 25 and pleaded guilty before the judge on March 27. He was sentenced on Oct. 3 to five months in federal prison plus a $500,000 fine. He will report to federal prison to begin his sentence in Jan. 2013.
John Campos was Vice Chairman of the Board and part-owner of SunFirst Bank in St. George, Utah. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges on March 28 (although the judge did not accept the plea until April 18) and was sentenced in June to three months in federal prison plus a lifetime ban from the banking industry.
2. Epic Poker League flops, attempts cash-grab (866 combined pageviews)
The company was founded in January 2011 and filed for bankruptcy at the end of February 2012. The marketing-savvy team behind Epic Poker League, including Jeffrey Pollack and Annie Duke, who professed to have sufficient capital to last well beyond their inaugural year (including a $1,000,000 freeroll) folded shortly after their third scheduled event. The fourth event, which was scheduled to take place in late January or early February, was postponed on the premise that its scheduled date conflicted with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. It was later cancelled in the wake of EPL’s bankruptcy.
Even while Epic Poker League entered bankruptcy, its officers stated publicly that the postponements were not due to financial concerns. In statements to PokerNews, both Pollack and Duke painted a rosy picture. Pollack stated: “The headline here is that we’re reorganizing, not liquidating…we’re going to focus on a transaction and move forward, and our goal is to stage Event 4 and our Championship as we originally planned. We’re just not sure yet when that will happen.” Duke wrote in a statement: “This is not a liquidation filing and it is not the end of the Epic Poker League…I do not know exactly when we will stage Event 4 and the Season One Championship, but, again, it is our intention to complete Season One.”
- Poker news highlights for March 2012 – 3/29
- Epic Poker League: $7.855M loss over 14 months – 4/7
EPL’s website is now defunct. Season One was never completed. Epic Poker League and the Heartland Poker Tour were eventually bought by Pinnacle Entertainment, which was one of the EPL’s creditors.
1. Howard Lederer speaks, but does he tell the truth? (1,558 combined pageviews)
Howard Lederer, the reviled former president of Full Tilt Poker, ended his 18-month silence regarding Full Tilt Poker and hit the interview circuit for about a week in September, speaking to PokerNews and TwoPlusTwo, before thinking better of the idea and backing out of a promised interview with Diamond Flush. Tulsa Poker summarized some of the content and linked to the original interviews.
- Howard Lederer ends his silence about Full Tilt Poker – 9/26
- TwoPlusTwo interviews Howard Lederer – 9/28
- Howard Lederer a no-show for Diamond Flush interview – 9/30
- Daniel Negreanu is back with a ‘Lederer Files’ rant – 10/17
Lederer settled his civil complaint with the US DOJ on Dec. 18. The DOJ was seeking a judgement for over $41M against Lederer. The exact amount of the settlement is not known, but court documents only itemize $2.5M in forfeited assets from Lederer, plus a sizable retirement account of unspecified value. More telling are the assets Lederer retains, including a $15M mansion in Las Vegas. Click here for the Lederer settlement story. For a breakdown of Lederer’s interviews, see Diamond Flush’s The Distortion of the Truth in the Lederer Files, an eight-part series.
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