Family and friends of Richards graduate Denise Mushinski Kuba of Chicago Ridge have organized a benefit to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest “Sunshine for Denise” will feature raffle drawings, auctions, and food and drink. Organizers are seeking donations of raffle prizes, gift certificates and money.
Kuba, who has pancreatic cancer, worked at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights and volunteered as a committee member and advancement chairperson for Cub Scout Troop 3665 and Boy Scout Troop 665.
Contacts for donations and more information include Mike Mushinski,
, (312)914-1388; Laura Kapala,
, 609-7018; Tom Kuba,
, 302-4187; Paul Kuba,
, 846-5482; John Kuba,
, 636-7865; and Kendra Globicki,
, 702-0012. Donations for raffles and auctions can be sent to Tom Kuba, 10352 Leslie Lane, Chicago Ridge, IL, 60415. For more information visit sunshinefordenise.com.
Ace-king. This ever-enticing Texas hold ‘em starting hand has many nicknames, my favorite being “Anna Kournikova.” The comparison with the attractive former tennis player seems apt, since it’s been said of both the hand and Kournikova, “Looks good, never wins.”
The secret to profitably playing this feisty, fickle, ripe-with-potential hand lies in knowing your opponent’s hand range and betting patterns.
For example, it’s difficult to get paid off with A-K against a tight opponent who folds ace-rag and king-x hands to raises. It’s easier to get paid by opponents who play K-9 and up for raises, as there are far more flops that can “hit” us AND hit this opponent — particularly if these comparatively loose opponents are aggressive. With such a range in variables, I feel that the less you use broad, sweeping guidelines for playing A-K, the better.
I recently played an interesting A-K hand at the 2013 Los Angeles Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino. With blinds at 200-400, and with 20,000 in my stack, I had As Ks in the cutoff. I faced a mid-position raise to 1,100 from a player with a wide opening range and about 25,000 in his stack. The player on my left was tilting (being emotional and not thinking clearly) from a recent hand and had about 5,500 left. Their read on me was that I was capable of moves or tricky plays, but that I wasn’t stupid.
Many folks in my spot would reraise here. Limit the field, take control of the hand in position, or perhaps win the hand right there, no blood spilled. I opted to take advantage of the scenario.
The tilter was aware of the raiser’s wide range. He was also aware that I liked to see flops. My “loose preflop, call in position” range was based on my stack size.
(Side note: If the total amount of a preflop raise is less than 5 percent of my stack, I’ll often call with any two cards that at least connect — 3-4, 6-7, etc. This will be evident over time in a tournament to any player paying attention. In order to balance my opponents’ read on the lower end of my range, it’s important to occasionally mix in a flat call with a good hand so that I don’t get read accurately for dead money and face consistent reraises.)
Back to the hand: I call the 1,100. As hoped (and largely as expected), the tilter shipped his remaining 5,500 to the middle. Action folded to the original raiser, who snap-called.
Time to act. I ship 20,000. All in. My weak initial call helped put an extra 10,000 into the pot, and my opponent with chips would only be able to continue if he had a real hand. If he did, in fact, have a real hand, we’d be destined to get all of our chips in preflop: His four-bet would be read as a play on my three-bet, which was made vs. his wide opening range.
My initial call of the 1,100 prompted a sequence of events that ultimately led to the preflop raiser putting 5,500 into the pot and still folding without seeing a flop. He flashed his Q-J suited as he folded. My A-K held up against the tilter’s K-10 on a board of 8, 7, 7, Q, 2. Note the queen (he said as he high-fived himself).
Another advantage to this strategy is in how the story told by flat-calling and then shipping is often read as a pair or a bluff. You’ll get folds from small pairs and calls from A-Q or A-J - two courses of action you’d gladly welcome in the name of positive expected value.
If you see Anna anywhere, let her know she can still win if she simply plays her cards right. (Alex Outhred has been a professional poker player and coach since 2006. He has made a World Poker Tour final table and cashed in multiple World Series of Poker events. An accomplished instructor, Outhred helped launch WPT Boot Camp, WSOP Academy and DeepStacks University. Follow him on Twitter: @alexpokerguy.)
Zante's asks council’s OK for boxing under big top
By Kelly White Correspondent
A Palos Hills bar is planning an anniversary celebration this summer that, if its owner has his way, will feature boxing under a large tent in the establishment’s parking lot.
Danny Pappas, owner of Zante’s Lounge, was at the Palos Hills City Council’s meeting March 28 to propose his party plans. Zante’s, 10307 Roberts Road, will celebrate its 8th anniversary with a party scheduled for Saturday, June 1. While the restaurant and bar has held birthday bashes in the past, Pappas is seeking to put a twist on the event.
“Instead of having live outdoor music, or just an outdoor anniversary party, like we have done before, we would like to have an outdoor event with live boxing matches,” Pappas told the City Council.
A stage and boxing ring would be erected under an 80-foot-by-100-foot tent in Zante’s parking lot, Pappas explained. Boxing would be on tap from 8 to 11 p.m.
Live boxing has apparently never been proposed to the council before, and some aldermen have doubts about whether the city should allow the event.
“That is a very busy corner traffic wise,” said Palos Hills Alderman Martin Kleefisch (1st Ward). “I would be worried about the tent being a distraction to drivers along Roberts Road.”
Alderman Ricky Moore (4th Ward) questioned the possibility of the city needing extra police officers on duty that day for security and to traffic enforcement.
The city has not called any additional police officers to duty during any of Zante’s previous anniversary parties, according to Police Chief Paul Madigan; however, Madigan believes extra officers may be necessary during the proposed event. A minimum of two officers would be required to work overtime during the party, the chief said.
“We have had traffic accidents in the past during Zante’s outdoor events,” Madigan said. “Not because of drinking and driving, but because of people driving and looking over into the parking lot trying to figure out what’s going on.”
Pappas suggested placing the tent and boxing ring in Zante’s rear lot instead of the lot along Roberts Road.
“In the past, we have only had the outdoor anniversary parties in the front parking lot, because that parking lot is bigger, but I do understand the concern, and I would be willing to have the event in the back parking lot,” he said.
Owners of businesses near Zante’s have in the past granted Pappas permission to use their parking lots during anniversary parties, Pappas said. He is expecting around 200 guests at the boxing event, whereas past events have attracted between 500 to 600 guests.
“I feel this is because not everyone is into boxing, and if you’re not, why would you go?” Pappas said, adding he plans to charge a $20 entry fee. “In the past, we may have charged $5 or $10 to get in to see a band, but this is different, it’s live boxing.”
The boxers on the evening’s card will be off-duty Cook County Sherif’s Police officers who work at Cook County Jail, Pappas said.
“If by chance we needed extra security at the event, trust me, there will be plenty of security there,” he added.
The City Council may vote on Pappas’ request at its meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 18.
St. Laurence High School senior Andrew Zarnowski of Chicago Ridge has been named an Evans Scholars. The scholarship will provide Zarnowski full housing and tuition at Marquette University.
The Chick Evans Scholarship is awarded to students who are golf caddies. The scholarship was first started in 1930, and now has scholarship houses at 14 universities across the country.
Cindy Kirk of Hickory Hills; Katherine Juszczyk, Feras Alhourani, Daniel Shipanik, Badia Zahdan and Shurouq Omari, all of Oak Lawn; and Rachel Marzalik, Natalia Poniatowska, Muhaned Salem, Maram Toumah, and Dina Surdyk and Peter Surdyk, all of Palos Hills, made the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Benedictine University in Lisle.
After a quarter century of working together, High School District 230 will sever ties with the Crestwood-based Alpha School Bus Company for its special education transportation.
The board of education is considering using two companies to replace Alpha but board members are not sure if they want to commit to a one- or three-year contract at approximately $2.5 million per year.
District 230 Vice President Rick Nogal said he was under the impression that the board was going to consider a one-year deal with the American School Bus Co., which has a terminal in Orland Park, and Sunrise Southwest based out of Midlothian. But a proposal from District 230 Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Steve Langert at the March 20 board meeting requested a three-year deal, which would give ABC 80 percent of the work and Sunrise 20 percent.
The board unanimously rejected the motion but will revisit it during its meeting April 25 meeting.
“I want to be able to see the entire contract,” Nogal said. “Not just a one-page summary.”
Board members said there were “significant concerns” and several “hiccups” with Alpha at the beginning of the year and bid out the job, which will require 56 buses for special needs students for Stagg, Sandburg and Andrew High Schools.
Using two companies with good reputations will benefit the district, Langert said.
“This gives us the best opportunity, I feel, to design the routes and assigning the best bus company to service the student,” Langert said. “Both contractors are excellent contractors. It’s kind of unique but it fits within the law. They both will serve the district however we think is best.”
Cook-Illinois is the parent company of both Alpha and ABC and some board members expressed concern that similar service problems could arise.
Cook-Illinois Vice President Tom O’Sullivan assured the board that ABC would make District 230 its top priority. He said his busses will have a new camera system and moving 35 special needs busses to the Orland terminal will help the process.
“We are committed to improving the service,” O’Sullivan said. “We will be running the busses out of the Orland terminal. Our intent is to provide excellent service and hopefully maybe in three years we will be doing a lot more than 80 percent.
“Alpha was working with 11 or 12 other school districts and there was a lot of work going on in that location. We recognize that we will work out of this terminal and the only special needs service we will provide will be for this district. It will be a lot more hands-on with the drivers, with the equipment and with everything.”
• In other board news, it renewed its bus contract with Positive Connections for two more years for regular service.
District 230 has worked with Positive Connections of Harvey since 2005-2006. In 2010, the district signed a five-year deal at a cost of $4.5 million for the first year with 2 percent raises each year after that.
• The board also approved $1.7 million for various projects including the resurfacing of tennis courts at Sandburg and masonry restoration at Stagg.