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Four LA card rooms host $3M guaranteed poker tournament

posted on September 20, 2016 by

Poker Scene | In a rare casino collaboration, four Los Angeles card rooms are hosting a $3,000,000 guarantee poker tournament for a mere $350 buy-in. First place is guaranteed $500,000 and a Mercedes.

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For pocket aces it's almost always the right move to thin the field of players

posted on September 20, 2016 by

Poker by George | Pocket Aces – A-A in the hole – is the very best hand you could hope to be dealt. It is about an 80 percent favorite over each of your opponents’ hands. 

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Sometimes a tell is all in the timing

posted on September 20, 2016 by

Heavenly Poker | Reading Caro’s “Book of Poker Tells”, I learned about a few very special tells – especially if you play limit Hold’em games as I do. One, in particular, is about timing – how long it takes your opponent to respond to your bet/raise.

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Amazing poker night as full houses were everywhere

posted on September 13, 2016 by

Poker by George | In a standard 52-card deck, there are close to 2.6 million possible five-card hands you might be dealt. The best hand – the most valuable – is a royal straight flush; only four are possible.

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Commerce Casino hosts poker series

posted on September 13, 2016 by

Poker Scene | The Commerce Poker Series is currently underway at Commerce Casino. Tournament director and 2016 Poker Hall of Fame nominee Matt Savage always puts a good mix of games on his schedule, and this series is no different.

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Poker river runs full of joy and pain

posted on September 13, 2016 by

Heavenly Poker | My friend Lucy called me on the phone the other day. She was anxious to tell me about a particular hand she played the night before at our favorite local poker room in Larry Flynt’s Hustler Casino in nearby Gardena, California.

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Gardens Casino one of the most beautiful card rooms

posted on September 06, 2016 by

Poker Scene | If you have played poker in Los Angeles for any length of time, you are familiar with the tent that was known as Hawaiian Gardens Casino. That tent has been demolished, and the new Gardens Casino is now one of the most beautiful card rooms.

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Figuring out Payback on your wagers

posted on September 06, 2016 by

Winning Strategies | Payback is the percent of the total wager the player can expect to have returned to him when he plays a particular game. The critical piece here is the total amount wagered. The amount you buy in for is meaningless.

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Part 1: 'Nuts' what poker players aspire for

posted on September 06, 2016 by

Poker by George | The best possible hand, considering all of the cards on the board, is “the nuts.” It’s unbeatable. Every poker player aspires to catch the nuts. No one can make a better hand. It’s invincible.

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South Point kicks off with NFL giveaways

posted on September 06, 2016 by

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 8, the South Point poker room will offer three new promotions. Pro Football Game of the Week Cash Giveaway will run during select live-broadcast professional football games throughout September. 

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Placing a TAG line on aggression

posted on September 06, 2016 by

Heavenly Poker | What’s a TAG? Tag has several definitions. As a noun, it can be a label attached to something or someone for identification. In poker, the term, TAG serves to identify a Tight-Aggressive poker player.

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Paying players helps fill the poker room

posted on August 30, 2016 by

Beyond the Numbers | My first casino job was as a poker host and house player for the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas back in 1976. It’s hard to believe that was 40 years ago. Since then, I’ve turned many poker rooms from money losers into profitable enterprises.

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Interesting thing about tells they are around in regular life not just poker

posted on August 30, 2016 by

Heavenly Poker | Observing “mannerisms” can give you lots of information about your opponent’s hand. And that can be so valuable when deciding your next move or strategy for that hand, as well as for future hands against that player.

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Slow play vs. building pot with a four of a kind

posted on August 30, 2016 by

Poker by George | Once in a while you will find yourself in a situation where you must quickly make an important decision. It happens in life as well as at the poker table. In life, it can even be life-threatening. At the poker table, it can only cost you some chips.

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Playing Omaha with Chellie Campbell at Hollywood Park Casino

posted on August 23, 2016 by

Poker Scene | I had the most amazing time in the Big O tournament at Hollywood Park Casino this Saturday. I made the final table with two other women, Chellie Campbell and Lulu Flippin, who ended up in second and first, respectively.

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Payback from casino gaming is by analysis

posted on August 23, 2016 by

Winning Strategies | I was asked this past week about the process of analyzing a game. The real trick is not coming up with the payback of win frequencies. I’m really in search of the proper strategy for the player to play.

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Win extra cash at Pala Casino Spa & Resort

posted on August 23, 2016 by

Southern California poker players will have more opportunities to win extra cash at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in September when the poker room hosts the Labor Day Weekend Quantum Reload tournament.

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Final exam for poker quizzes

posted on August 23, 2016 by

Heavenly Poker | In the previous issue of GamingToday, we gave you a three-part quiz so you could evaluate how well you play Texas hold’em. Today, we offer you a second quiz. See how well you do on this one. How skilled are you?

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When it comes to poker raises, focus on the UMO

posted on August 23, 2016 by

Poker by George | If you play much poker, you probably have learned how to use the pot odds versus the card odds to decide whether it is wise to call an opponent’s bet or raise.

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Hollywood Park Casino luxury that brings the wow factor

posted on August 16, 2016 by

Poker Scene | Card rooms all over Los Angeles have been stepping up their game the past year, – whether it was the new $50-million hotel at the Bicycle Casino or the $90-million expansion of the Gardens Casino – I was impressed.

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