Posts Tagged ‘Away’

Poker Professional Dave Colclough Passes Away

 Poker Professional Dave Colclough Passes Away

Wednesday morning many in the poker world woke up to the news that British poker professional Dave ‘El Blondie’ Colclough had passed away from cancer. The longtime poker player was only 52 years old.

Colclough wasn’t a household name in the United States, but in the remainder of the world he had a sizeable effect. He began playing at the World Series of Poker in 2000 (but actually has documented tournament success dating back to 1995) and, over the next decade and a half, would continue to battle on the baize around the world. In that very first trip to the WSOP, Colclough would come the closest to winning a bracelet in finishing as runner-up to Jimmy Athanas in the $ 2000 Limit Hold’em tournament. Colclough would reach that pinnacle again in 2003, losing the heads up battle against Eddy Scharf in the $ 1500 Limit Omaha tournament, and in 2008 achieved his highest ever finish (427th) in the WSOP Championship Event.

The WSOP wasn’t an event that defined Colclough, however. He was a legitimate terror on the felt around the United Kingdom and especially the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT), ritualistically reaching the final table of many of their tournaments. Colclough earned cashes in France, Austria, Spain, Australia, Monaco, Lithuania, St. Kitts, the Netherlands and the Philippines (his last cash was in Manila in March of this year), demonstrating his success around the world. In his career, Colclough would rack up 181 cashes and over $ 2.6 million in tournament poker earnings, paving his way for induction into the European Poker Hall of Fame.

While Colclough was known for his skills on the table, it is more impressive to hear his friends’ recollections of the man.

On Facebook, Poker Hall of Famer John Juanda commented that it was “sad to hear the news (of Colclough’s passing). Dave was one of the nicest guys I’ve met in poker.” Joe Beevers, who battled against Colclough in the U. K. and Europe for most of their careers, said “Devastated to hear of the loss of one of my true friends in poker…miss you, mate.”

The litany of players offering their condolences to the Colclough family virtually encompasses anyone who has played on the European continent. Richard Ashby (“very sad”), Ben Grundy (“He was one of the first people I remember playing against”), Praz Bansi, Luke Schwartz (“what a gent”), Samuel Trickett (“you will be missed”), Roberto Romanello, Marcel Luske (“Very sad to hear this”) and John Kabbaj all took the time to remember Colclough, perhaps making the untimely passing more bearable for the family.

Similar condolences were passed over Twitter. Julian Thew commented, “Such sad news…the original blonde, a huge influence and always a pleasure to sit with.” Vicky Coren Tweeted, “I’m very shocked and sad to hear of (Colclough’s death), one of the friends and heroes of my early days in poker.” Barny Boatman added over the Twitterverse, “A rare combination of sharp mind and easy manner, Dave Colclough was universally liked and admired.” Others including James Dempsey, Allen Kessler, Rupert Elder, Matt Savage and Eric Danis also used Twitter to pause and remember Colclough.

As of press time, there has been no statement from the family as to arrangements. Poker News Daily would like to pass along their condolences to the family in remembrance of one of the elites of European poker.

Poker News Daily

Hialeah Park to Pay Large Fine in 2015 Tournament Fiasco, Real Perpetrators Get Away

 Hialeah Park to Pay Large Fine in 2015 Tournament Fiasco, Real Perpetrators Get Away

Wrapping up a fiasco that dates back to last summer, Florida gaming officials are expected to hand down a massive fine against one of the state’s most popular poker rooms. The fine is the result of a tournament that still has several question marks as to the integrity of the event and the racetrack where the poker room is located is not answering any further questions on the subject.

The situation dates back to the last week of August 2015, when the Hialeah Park Poker Room was allegedly holding a poker tournament to celebrate its second year of existence. The tournament, a $ 250 buy in event with a $ 200,000 guaranteed prize pool and a first place guarantee of $ 60,000, drew in competition from other poker rooms across Southeast Florida as players were drawn to the sizeable prize pool. According to Florida gaming journalist Nick Sortal, one of the players in that event was T. J. Shulman, whose Hendon Mob resume lists nearly $ 500,000 in tournament poker winnings over the last ten years. While the “regulars” in the Hialeah Park room saw the big money Shulman, who was used to tournaments like the one being run at the Hialeah Park Poker Room, was more interested in watching the operators of the tournament.

As the tournament proceeded through Shulman’s Day One (one of five that were operated in the tournament), Shulman noticed oddities that he hadn’t seen in other events. Players would be speaking with the floor staff and management, then seat themselves without explanation (Shulman said another player relayed to him, “They were talking in Spanish and the guy understood another player saying he was getting 20% of the winnings and giving the staff 80%”). Other personnel would handle money at the sign-up desk rather than the appropriate cage locations. What got Shulman, though, were the numbers. “I told a Hialeah supervisor, ‘You’re missing $ 48,000 from the prize pool,’” Shulman stated to Sortal. “The supervisor told me, ‘If you don’t like the way we’re playing here, go back to the Hard Rock (the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood).’”

This lines up with reports from other players who participated in the event. There was an attempt by the staff to “clear up” the issue but, instead of clearing things up, they instead clouded the waters even further. Additionally, once the tournament was completed there was no listing of winner of the tournament or the final table finishers, nor were there any listings offered for players who cashed in the estimated 1000 entry field.

Not surprisingly, the players rebelled against the Hialeah Park Poker Room. In September, the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering (the regulatory body overseeing poker rooms in Florida) opened up an investigation. After a nearly three-month investigation, the state investigators issued their report on December 29, listing a litany of offenses regarding not only the tournament but also other actions around the poker room itself, including lack of video surveillance, no receipts for cash in or out of the cages, improper handling of money, even supervisors pocketing cash. “(The investigation) confirmed what the players suspected,” Sortal wrote, “Hialeah’s poker managers ran a dirty tournament.”

By the time this report from state officials came down in December, however, the culprits had already left town. The manager of the poker room at that time, Nelson Costa (who was also alleged to have run a poker dealer school that provided dealers to the Hialeah Park room; he would then take a cut of the dealer “tokes” in some arrangement with the dealers), resigned his position in October and three other assistants were fired following the conclusion of the tournament in question. The Hialeah Park Casino’s Director of Compliance, Angel Garcia, is working as the poker manager in addition to his other duties and the casino has brought in other personnel from as far away as Atlantic City to operate the poker room properly.

Hialeah Park isn’t talking anymore about the situation. The organization had until January 18 to respond to the state’s report and apparently didn’t disagree with any of the findings. As such, Sortal expects that the Hialeah Park Poker Room will receive a six-figure fine over the poker tournament but no one will face any criminal charges in the case. Sortal also indicates that, when he was asked about the situation, Hialeah Park President John Brunetti “declined to comment.”

Although Hialeah Park officials should be held for more responsibility in the case (hopefully that six-figure fine is a BIG six-figures), the real culprits – Costa and his assistants – are the ones that state officials should be on the lookout for. In fact, any state that has gaming should have their information on file as persona non grata for employment in the gaming industry for the actions taken in the Florida event. If such situations aren’t punished thoroughly, then people will believe they can get away with ripping the customers – in this case, poker players – off, something that should never happen in a casino setting.

Poker News Daily

ACR Giving Away a Guaranteed $5 Million This Fall

 ACR Giving Away a Guaranteed $5 Million This Fall
ACR will be hosting 5 individual $ 1 Million gtd tournaments this fall! Each tournament will have $ 200k gtd for 1st place. Here are the dates:

Sept 13th at 3pm ET
Oct 4th at 3pm ET
Oct 11th at 3pm ET
Oct 18th at 3pm ET
Oct 25th at 3pm ET

242edce11f9160db711bc008d756ab04 ACR Giving Away a Guaranteed $5 Million This Fall

Poker Forums