RONALD GULZ WINS
NEW YORKER DAVID
WINS GRAND CHAMPION
(Jan. 16). BREAKING NEWS: News is just reaching the poker
wires that Ronald Golz of Orland Park, IL has won the 2010
Quad-States Poker Texas Holdem Championship. Kevin Rush
finished 2nd ahead of Jason Trezak of Portage, IN who
finished in 3rd Place. The Final Table included David Kheel
(4th), Michael Kroll (5th), Bret Martin (6th), Logan McCoy
(7th), Ben Reinhart (8th) and Vicente Torres in 9th.
David Kheel of New
York, NY, was crowned 2010 Grand Champion due to his stellar
finish in both No-Limit Texas Holdem and Mixed Games events.
Chicago Poker News will bring you the full story and photos
as they become available.
CHEECH BARBARO WINS
2010 MIXED-GAMES AT
awarded at marathon tournament.
Francesco "Cheech" Barbaro
2010 Quad-States Poker Mixed Games Champion
(Jan. 16). BREAKING NEWS: Francesco "Cheech" Barbaro of
Willow Springs, Illinois wins the
2010 Quad-States Mixed Games Title Bracelet after over 14
hours of non-stop competition at the Majestic Star Casino in
Gary. Jon Johnson of Hoffman Estates, IL was runner-up and
Dan Miller of Nappanee, Indiana finished 3rd. The Final
Table included Gary Lucht (4th), Donald Hines (5th), Alan
Milesky (6th), Thomas Martin (7th), Michael Foster (8th) and
Stew "Chicago Mike" Bishop watched the event and noted
that of the final 12 players "...anyone of them could have won
it... it was one of the most solid fields I've seen....
these are veteran players who know poker is more than just
Texas Holdem... that's why a special Runner-Up title
bracelet was declared..".
Bishop described the
Championship as "...throwback poker to the early days
of marathon Vegas tournaments... it took more than skill and
some luck, you needed experience, patience, and alot of
stamina. It also required an efficient and dedicated
management team. "The Majestic Star poker tournament
staff did an amazing job running such a challenging
tournament," noted Bishop. "Because the
dealers were experienced at all the games, there were very
few calls to the floor for rulings."
To put Barbaro's
accomplishment in historical perspective, at the rate the 45
players were eliminated from this event the 6500-person 2009
WSOP Main Event would have taken about 180 days of 12-hour
play and the 770-person $1500 HORSE which lasted 3 days
would have been stretched out to 21 days! The grand prize
for endurance goes to the WSOP World Championship HORSE
which in 2009 took 62 hours to eliminate 95 players!
The Runner-Up title
bracelet was awarded to Jon Johnson who finished in 2nd
place. "...Johnson battled to the end..." said
Bishop, "... he was right down to the felt with 5
players to go and came back to make it a photo finish... he
sure earned it."
"Cheech" attributed his
victory to several factors, especially having played Mixed Game and High-Low Tournaments
for over ten years, "... my strategy was to use my
experience and play each hand based on how it presented
itself...", he said, "... when you're playing
3 different games both no-limit and limit against this
quality of competition you can't take your focus away for a
If a bad beat at the
final table were awarded it might go to Kevin Bohling who
was all-in for a major double up holding A-Q vs. A-J. When
the Jack came on the river Bohling slammed the table,
resigned to the "agony of defeat", out in 9th place.
"I think it was toughest on Gary and Donald", said
Bishop, "...to come so close after playing so
brilliantly... they've both been playing Mixed Games for
The Championship started
at 6pm Friday and concluded with the morning sun well
overhead around 9am Saturday. The final payout percentage
was nearly 90%. The Quad-States Championship continues today
with the No-Limit Texas Holdem Event.
The Championships are
sponsored by Win Texas Holdem Card, "the Science of Poker". Chicago Poker News will
report the full story on both of these historic tournaments
as the information becomes available.
(Jan. 12). BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Poker News announces
the 2010 Quad States No-Limit Poker Grand Championship,
scheduled for January 15 & 16 at the Majestic Star Casino & Hotel in Gary.
Publisher Stew "Chicago Mike" Bishop reflects on the
significance of these tournaments: "...This is
the Regional Championship of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
and Wisconsin... Players come from all over the country...
it's the series that puts the players to the test and
decides it all... you have to get it right: the buy-in, the
payout, the awards, everything has to be focused on
establishing who the true Champions are..."
The Quad-States Poker Grand Championship is designed as the most challenging and prestigious tournament
series in the Lake
Michigan Region. Three title bracelets will be awarded along
with trophies and high-percentage cash payouts. "...
the Lake Michigan region is known for the heart of it's
competitors... Dick Butkus would have played football for
free just to compete... that's the dedication of Quad-States
players... from Green Bay to Chicago to Indy to Detroit, you
can't find better competition..."
said Bishop.... "....we'll play in 20 below weather,
just shuffle up and deal !..."
Custom jewelers have
designed three unique masterpiece title
bracelets worthy of this historic Regional Championship event.
Mixed Games (H.O.S.E.) Grand Championship Jan 15
No Limit Texas Holdem Grand Championship Jan 16
Players may compete in one
or both of these championship tournaments. In addition to
generous cash payouts to the top 10%+ of finishers, one title bracelet will be
awarded to the winner of each event. The player with the best combined
standing in both events will be awarded the Grand
Championship Title and Bracelet.
Both tournaments will be
conducted "double elimination" style with one full re-buy
and add-on available. This is the toughest tournament style and
effectively means that to win you must "beat everyone
twice", leaving no doubt who the Champion is. Double
elimination tends to reduce the luck factor and
increase the skill factor in the contest.
Quad-States tournaments have an excellent payout structure,
offering over a 90% prizepool payout at full buy-in & rebuy
in addition to trophies and the coveted Championship Title
Bracelets. "The payout percentage for these tournaments is
about as high as it gets", says Bishop, "...
players can do
the math and recognize the value here..."
Despite the popularity of the Texas Holdem Event, Bishop
advises players not to overlook the Mixed Games
Championship: "... Texas Holdem gets alot of attention these
days, since Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP in 2003...",
Bishop reflects, "... I've been managing poker events almost 20 years, I can tell you absolutely, without question, the number
one way to improve your poker game is to play Mixed Games.
It's like an athlete needs to cross train, a poker player
needs to play all the games if they want to get to the
top... that's one reason Chicago Poker News recognizes this
series as the 4-State Regional Championship, because it offers both
Texas Holdem AND Mixed Games and has a great
special hotel room rate will be available to players at the
See calendar page for complete details.
See official Majestic Star PDF on blind schedule, payout
structure, and general rules for 2010 Quad States Texas
Holdem Championship here.
See official Majestic Star PDF on blind schedule, payout
structure, and general rules for 2010 Quad States Poker
Mixed Games Championship here.
All players reaching the
final tables will also qualify for the Player of the Decade
For more tournament information click here.
This championship event is brought to you by Win
Texas Holdem Card, the "Science of Poker".
Click here for a special offer for
3rd ANNUAL HOLDEM CHAMPIONSHIP
Kostas Tsonis wins Chicago Championship
5 New Players Qualify for Player of the Decade
Next Up: Quad States
Championship Jan 15 & 16
(June 20, 2009). BREAKING
NEWS: On Sunday, June 14th, over 90 Chicago poker players met to
compete at the 3rd Annual Chicago No-Limit Poker Grand Championship.
The tournament featured all the competition and drama you
would expect of an event of this caliber.
As one measure of difficulty,
four of the players making the final table had previously
qualified for the 2010 Player of the Decade Grand
Chicago's most challenging
poker championship features Double Elimination No
Limit Texas Holdem. This structure gives every player two
full opportunities to win. Tournament Director
"Chicago Mike" Bishop explains: "This is the
toughest tournament structure because double elimination
format effectively means you must beat everyone twice... it
increases the skill factor while reducing the luck factor.
This format was first introduced right here in Chicago and
it's one reason Chicago poker is respected around the
After nearly 10 hours of
play, Championship honors went to Kostas Tsonis. Chicago
poker veteran Jamie Grenon was second runner up. Tsonis came
to the Final Table short stacked and adjusted his game
accordingly, "... I waited until the right
situations came along... I folded some medium pairs along
the way, I just didn't want to chase marginal situations..."
Bishop remembers one very
fateful heads-up hand: "... They'd been playing
heads-up back and forth for awhile when chip leader Jamie
Grenon hit a good made hand and put Kostas all in. It was
one of those Joe Hachem moments where Kostas had a
well-hidden inside straight and the huge pot really swung
the tide his way..." When the final hand was dealt
shortly thereafter, Chicago Mike gave high praise to Tsonis,
"... I've seen him excel at tournament poker for
years... but more than raw talent he's got a love for the
action... it's something the great throwback players were
born with because their game seems to improve under
Besides Tsonis, this
year's Final Table included 3 other players who had
previously qualified for the 2010 Tournament of the Decade
including Jennifer Lewkowicz, Richard Lambert, and 2007
Player of the Year Fabian Ramos.
The entire Final Table will return to compete in the 2010
Chicago Poker Tournament of the Decade.
Acting Tournament Director
for this event was Stew
"Chicago Mike" Bishop, a rules forum administrator for the
Poker Tournament Directors Association.
Interviewed after the tournament, Bishop commented:
"...TDA Rules are the industry standard. The TDA has been
working tirelessly for almost a decade to bring uniformity
to the industry. By following a consistent set of rules the
players know what to expect from tournament to tournament,
it increases the level of the game and reduces the
Bishop continues to be impressed by
the skill level of players in the region: "...
the tournaments just keep getting better year after year....
new players emerge and the veterans have to prove themselves
again... The entire Lake Michigan region is great... This is
the home of Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth, Kenna James,
Bill Edler... Scotty Nguyen first lived in Chicago when he
came to the States. Greg Raymer started playing when he
practiced law here.... you can't find better competition
than in the Quad-State area..."
For complete photo
coverage of the 2009 Championship,
click here. More information can also be found at the
event websites at the
Poker Group and the
Chicago Texas Holdem Group.
Chicago Poker News is
honored to have been a part of this historical tournament
and congratulates all competitors for making it such a great
an index of pictorial coverage of all prior Championships in
See archive of prior news stories here.