When Andrew Lisac called Achille Buzzelli raise in the Texas hold’em hand first betting round on Saturday at Hollywood Casino Toledo, after that both men smiled at each other and jolted fists.
When the showdown disclosed that the diamond’s ace dealt on the last card had given Achille a higher-ranking flush in compare to Mr. Lisac, who up until then had held a good hand — a pair of tens to ace-jack of Mr. Buzzelli — they jolted fists again. Then the dealer moved the betting pot in front of Mr. Buzzelli.
This type of friendliness, casino staff and players alike said, makes the Ohio Deaf Poker Championship (ODPC) different from the regular championships, open-to-everyone tournaments of poker at the local casino.
James Carr of Indianapolis said, “I love to go and take part in any deaf events, the reason is I meet new people there, see old friends and also make new friends”. James is among the many who drove to the tournament spot for more than an hour. “In this tournament, the socialization is phenomenal, sadly it doesn’t happen often.” He added.
“There are a number of people exist who travel and feel isolated if they find themselves alone among the hearing group,” signed Mr. Buzzelli of Toledo,
It was the inquiry of Toledo, who prompted the casino to start offering occasional events dedicated to people with hearing problem with a tournament March 11. Buzzelli is a “host” there this weekend, when the place is running two tournaments of deaf-poker.
Achille Buzzelli the Deaf poker player signs during the “Ohio Deaf Poker Championship” of Hollywood Casino on Saturday.
He would conclude winning the tournament and the top prize of $1,605 of the tournament, when he made a pair of queens in opposition of a pair of tens held by Gabe O’Hicks of Richmond.