I saw the ad for Big Denny’s Barstow Card Casino, but I didn’t believe it. “Big Denny Invites You to a Super Hold’em Tournament,” the headline read. The buy-in was $300, there were no rebuys, the prize pool was a guaranteed $50,000, and the Sbobet88 tournament was limited to a maximum of 10 tables! (All of this was on top of a $100,000 jackpot.)
It didn’t take an Albert J. Einstein to figure out that there was an enormous overlay here. Also, since Big Denny was behind this promotion, it didn’t take an Einstein to figure out that there probably was something fishy going on as well. After all, this was the man who invented the 50/50 guarantee for his used car lot — 50 feet or 50 seconds, whichever came first.
So, I called Denny at the casino to check things out. “Is this on the level, big guy?” I asked point-blank. The voice on the other end sounded hurt. “Gosh, Maxey, don’t you trust me?”
Some choice I had. I could either lie or respond honestly and risk major structural damage to my head the next time we met. So, I evaded his question and instead pointed out …Read more →