What IS Fargo Poker?
Fall Annual Recreational Gambling Outing (FARGO), founded in 1997 by Bill Alan Hafey, is a regional poker based event, loosely patterned after BARGE (an online community of poker enthusiasts that hosts an annual event (of the same name) in Las Vegas) and ATLARGE (a similar group in Atlantic City). “Regional” meaning FARGO takes place in the Northeast region, but people from anywhere on the planet are welcome. Originally, FARGO was held at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the F in FARGO stood for Foxwoods. In 2014, FARGO was moved to Mohegan Sun Resort Casino and the F was changed to Fall.
LAST YEAR’S EXPERIENCE
It was my first poker room experience. After years of video poker, blackjack, slots and home poker games, this was still a new and stressful experience – until I met the fine people of FARGO. Not only are these players of FARGO experienced, tough players – they are also amicable, kind to new players, and eager to help you feel as comfortable as possible. They chat throughout the early play, zinging each other, and telling stories of events past. Many are friends that meet up only for this event, or similar events in Atlantic City & Las Vegas.
They gave me so much advice that they didn’t need to – after all, I was another competitor at the table. But these people had nothing to prove, they knew their strategy, they knew each other, and fun was always on the agenda. While I was busted first from my table, I lasted two hours, thanks to so much help and reminders.
The dealers love Fargo, and Fargo members love the dealers at Mohegan Sun. Their reputation for fun and great poker play precedes them now at Mohegan Sun. I wouldn’t be surprised if dealers ask to be put on that shift and those tables.
FARGO 2018 Schedule – October 12-14, 2018 at Mohegan Sun Casino
Friday, October 12, 2018 – 12:00 pm – Bill Alan Hafey Memorial Pairs Event $200+$40 per team
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 9:00 am – Group Breakfast at Season’s Buffet $15 per person
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 11:00 am – NLHE with Bounty Event $100+$20
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 8:00 pm – Early Bird Private $5 Craps game
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 11:00 pm – Private $5 Craps game
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 11:59 pm (MIDNIGHT) – Midnight Madness
Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 11:00 am – Stud/Stud8 Event $100+$20
FARGO2018 registration is now open and will close on October 8, 2018. Please click here or visit mikemiller.net/fargo to register.
A shout-out to Cousin Vito and his podcast CousinVito’sCasinoPodcast for making his avid listeners, (such as “moi). aware of this event. For more info and a primer on FARGO and Tournament Poker, check out his podcast E:55 Poker Survival Tips for Beginners and FARGO Poker with Tracy.
HELPFUL POKER WEBSITES
There are websites for all levels of poker. Here are a few:
- RedChipPoker.com is just that. Forums, a great podcast, strategy articles to cover all levels, tools such as poker calculators & quizzes, and includes some great coaches for help.
- Cardplayer.com & PokerNews.com have similar portfolios of poker help, including coverage and dates for national poker tournaments such as WSOP & WPT. They also follow the best poker players in the world, and legislation concerning online poker & online gaming, including DFS.
FARGO 2018 – don’t miss it! As they say on their site, “Come Meet the Friends You Haven’t Met Yet…………………………………”