LandoNation’s Five Card Draw (Episode 4) Posted on December 7, 2019 by Frank Cunniff Hi everyone, this is Lando and you are watching LandoNation. The time now ison this Thursday, the 3rd of March, 2011. It’s time for another episode of “Five Card Draw”, your one-stop shop for all things poker, but before I start, I’d like to give a quick shout-out to all my deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers: [SIGNS] As you can see, I’ve been practicing my Auslan (Australian sign language), and while I still have a lot to learn, it’s definitely going to come in handy (so to speak) for the events that are coming up in the next couple of months, thanks to the team at Deaf Poker Australia. First up, on Saturday, the 16th of April, the Royal Derby Hotel in Brunswick will play host to the second annual Victorian Deaf Poker Championship, which will cost $45 to buy in. Like the 2010 Australian Deaf Poker Championship in Melbourne, the event will be fully dealt, thanks to Pokerama. Registration will be open from 5pm and the cards will be in the air from 7.30pm. Then on Saturday, May the 8th, the NSW Deaf Poker Championship will take place at the Parramatta RSL. Although the event will be self-dealt and feature a smaller buy-in of $35, DPA President Sokong Kim is confident of a massive turn-out. Registration will open from 1pm and the action will get underway from 2pm, but you can register in advance by emailing Sokong at: [email protected] And finally, a quick update on the 2011 ADPC: after concerns were raised over the original scheduled date of Saturday, October the 1st, due to the clash with the AFL/NRL Grand Final weekend, the Adelaide Casino has announced that the ADPC has been moved to Saturday, October the 22nd. It’s expected that up to 100 players from all around the country will be taking part in the DPA’s first major championship event inside a casino, and with a $100 buy-in (the biggest in Deaf poker history), the first prize is estimated at $1000! For more details on any of these events, check out the official DPA Facebook page, or log onto: www.deafpoker.com.au Now, to some more poker news, and Burswood Casino are gearing up for the second edition of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth event. The action kicks off on St. Patrick’s Day with a $120 NLHE rebuy event, with nine tournaments scheduled in and around the $2500 ANZPT Perth Main Event, which will run from March 23-27. There’s no question that after his unusually poor start to the tour in Adelaide, reigning ANZPT Perth champion Tony Hachem will be more determined than ever to put in a deep run. Having said that, there’s no question that “back-to-back Hash” has stepped out of his brother’s shadow and made a name for himself. However, he’s yet to get an entire poker event named in his honour! Yes, that’s right, 2005 WSOP Joe Hachem will lend his name once again to the sixth Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series at Crown Casino in Melbourne. From March 13-20, every man and his dog (plus all the sharks, fish, donkeys and muppets) will be able to try their hand at a world-class tournament structure, with buy-ins starting from just $180. The Main Event itself is only $550 to enter and given the popularity of this series, seats are sure to sell fast. And speaking of the JHDSS, Series 3 champion Amanda De Cesare has announced this week that she’s taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. But there’ll be no colouring for the winner of The Poker Star: I can confirm, in a LandoNation exclusive, that she’s getting the Sinead O’Connor treatment! Amanda, if you are watching, I wish you all the best and I encourage everyone in the poker community to donate to this worthy cause. Log onto www.leukaemiafoundation.org.au for more information. And finally, in some international poker news, there are rumours coming out of the USA that 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth could become a commentator on the WSOP. In a recent thread on 2+2, Matt Savage (regarded as the world’s best poker tournament director) posted a link to a video interview he conducted at the LA Poker Classic with Hellmuth, where “The Poker Brat” hints at both the possibility of this new job, as well as the chance that he’ll be picked up by another online poker site, after he was dropped by UltimateBet late last year. The vast majority of 2+2 users are not happy about it – and I’m inclined to agree. As much as I respect Hellmuth for his talent, I can’t stand his commentary. Having watched many poker shows in the past where he’s been behind the mike, I’ve had to mute the TV as he constantly talks about himself. Let’s face it, Hellmuth is the Jason Akermanis of poker. He’sa big showpony with an even bigger mouth, but has the credentials to back himself up with. However, if he was to become a commentator on the WSOP, ESPN would be signing a death warrant – and if last year’s drop in the TV ratings was anything to go by, I would strongly suggest the producers think twice about Hellmuth. And that is all that’s been happening in my part of the poker world. If you would like to check out more on today’s stories, click on the links below. As an added bonus, I’ve thrown in a link to “The Micros” YouTube Channel. This animated series is fast-becoming popular throughout the poker world and if you haven’t seen at least one episode yet, then you cannot call yourself a poker fan. Feel free to go and watch the show, but make sure you tell them that I sent you! Oh, and please don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe, share and check out my written blog: lando-nation.blogspot.com This has been Lando for LandoNation once again – thanks for watching, may the flop be with you and of course, ciao for now!