Greetings from Upstate NY

wmcstudios

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Hey all,

Greetings from Upstate NY. I've been playing poker since around 18 years old (about 18 years now). Started in college, playing online with PokerStars and other sites, and playing common-room games. I typically would play live at the Turning Stone Casino poker room, sticking to the $1-2L and $2-4L tables, occasionally playing the $5-10 and NL tournaments. My college roommate got me into it, and he actually ended up going pro and playing as a living. From what I hear he's been able to make a solidly successful go at it.

I never really played seriously, but poker is in the family blood. My cousin is a WSOP regular, and one year made it to the final two tables. My grandfather was apparently a local hustler. I have a pretty solid natural knack for tells and behavioral patterns. Never really cultivated it though.

I'm a business owner in the creative/advertising industry, and opted to buy a flip-top poker table as our studio's conference table. I just picked up a 1000 chip set of Claysmith "The Mint" chips from Apache Poker Chips. I'm pretty happy with them so far, though I haven't been able to get more than one game together since Covid started! I'm getting excited to start having friends over again soon for a regular game. I'd love to own a set of Paulson Elite's someday.

Lately, I've been watching Davin Negreanu's Masterclass on poker... I've been thinking of taking it up again with some deeper research and study.

Psyched to get involved with the forum!
 

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Welcome! Just finished viewing your set up thread. Congrats on the new chips! Hope you can get them in to play asap!! Looks like a great set up you've got and the table is lovely.
Hows the negreanu class? Also considered watching/subscribing
 

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Welcome! Just finished viewing your set up thread. Congrats on the new chips! Hope you can get them in to play asap!! Looks like a great set up you've got and the table is lovely.
Hows the negreanu class? Also considered watching/subscribing
Thanks!! I love the table - we use it for board games with the team as well. Settlers of Catan and D&D fans here. :cool The Negreanu class is great - Masterclass is well worth the investment if you'll watch it! They have a Phil Ivey class too - both complete with workbooks.
 

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Thank you! I noticed your name is @allforcharity - I’d love to host a charity game at my office a couple times per year. Any advice?

Always comply with your local laws and restrictions regarding private gaming. Look towards providing prizes other than cash if possible.

Offer a variety of games that bring in the casual and non gamblers. Blackjack, for example.
 

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Thanks!! I love the table - we use it for board games with the team as well. Settlers of Catan and D&D fans here. :cool The Negreanu class is great - Masterclass is well worth the investment if you'll watch it! They have a Phil Ivey class too - both complete with workbooks.
Very nice! And thanks for the heads up :tup:
 

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Welcome! Where upstate?
Syracuse / Central New York

Always comply with your local laws and restrictions regarding private gaming. Look towards providing prizes other than cash if possible.

Offer a variety of games that bring in the casual and non gamblers. Blackjack, for example.
Yeah, I fully intend on following the laws. I know it'll probably be an uphill battle... but I'd like to start attending the NYS gaming commission meetings to find out about starting a small legal tax-paying poker room. I know the answer will be no for probably a million meetings or more... but if NYS needs the taxes and there are people like me willing to submit myself to a background check and do it the right way, why should only large casinos be able to become tax-generating outfits for the state? At the very minimum, it'd be awesome to become a resource for running secure and clean charity games.
 
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