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Hard Rock site of WPT Boot Camp

A poker instruction camp featuring a former World Series of Poker player of the year is set for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Aug. 13-14.

Gavin Smith, the 2006 WSOP player of the year, is among the instructors at the WPT Boot Camp, which has been in existence for about five years.

Topics include bankroll management, trapping players, playing online, calculating pot odds and adjusting for stack size. Other pros also will be at the boot camp, and will play hands against the students. Cost is $1,895. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

An "advanced lab," for those who have attended other WPT Boot Camps, is set for Aug. 15. Cost is $800.

For more info, go to or call 866-978-2668.

The boot camp runs during the start of the 19-event Hard Rock Summer Splash Poker Open, which runs Aug. 12-22. (Details and schedule coming soon.)

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NICK SORTAL began playing 3-card "gut" and "Indian poker" on high school band trips, moved on to "night baseball" and "pass the trash" during a Dr. Pepper-infused midnight game in the 1980s at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and now play in a regular neighborhood Hold 'Em game in Plantation. I have been given the assignment of writing about the gambling life in South Florida casinos for the Sun-Sentinel...which means sitting around watching poker on TV now counts as research.
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