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Going ‘All-In’ for a lifetime of memories

Going ‘All-In’ for a lifetime of memories

posted on September 19, 2018 by

Beyond the Numbers | I had the honor to interview Jack Binion, a true legend of the gaming industry. Binion’s love of all things poker would change the industry forever, and now he is supporting a cause dear to him – Keep Memory Alive.

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Skillful players always have an edge

Skillful players always have an edge

posted on September 19, 2018 by

Poker by George | The word “gambling” carries a negative connotation; i.e., something to be avoided. According to Wikipedia, “gambling is the wagering of money or something of value… on an event with an uncertain outcome, with the primary intent of winning money or material goods.”

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A hand to remember

A hand to remember

posted on September 12, 2018 by

Poker by George | With millions of possible 5-card hands in a game of Texas hold’em, there are bound to be some that really stand out. Here’s one that has stood up to the passing of time for me.

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A special Sept. 6 aka National Video Poker Day

A special Sept. 6 aka National Video Poker Day

posted on September 05, 2018 by

Winning Strategies | You almost assuredly will not see National Video Poker Day on any calendar. I made it up.

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Deception can avoid mistakes

Deception can avoid mistakes

posted on September 05, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | As you develop your poker expertise, it is important to come up with deceptive skills to have in your repertoire and call on when appropriate. Those who do not do so are making a big mistake

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Nightmares to explore

Nightmares to explore

posted on September 05, 2018 by

Poker by George | Lately, I find myself dreaming of poker more often than I would like. Most of the time, my dream has been about Bad Beats.

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Even after 50 years, best players still win

Even after 50 years, best players still win

posted on August 29, 2018 by

Beyond the Numbers | I introduced four-card poker to the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas in the spring of 1982. The game we spread at the Nugget started out as limit, but after two hours of boring, short-handed poker, we decided to change it to pot-limit.

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Players need ‘texture’ info

Players need ‘texture’ info

posted on August 29, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | This is the sixth in our series on common mistakes Texas hold’em poker players often make. Let’s explore a very common mistake related to table and seat selection. 

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Pair of Aces means thinning out field, unless...

Pair of Aces means thinning out field, unless...

posted on August 29, 2018 by

Poker by George | In Texas hold’em, the best starting-hand is pocket Aces – A-A in the hole. Your hand is well in the lead over all of your opponents – the “enemy.” To help ensure victory, you ought to keep the lead by forcing out some – but not all – of your opponents. 

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A Ray of light at GVR

A Ray of light at GVR

posted on August 21, 2018 by

Poker Profiles | Station Casinos’ Green Valley Ranch has a new poker room manager. We asked for an interview. Her name is Kathy Raymond and she was previously the executive director of poker operations at the Venetian poker room

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Suited hole card errors makes a player pay dearly

Suited hole card errors makes a player pay dearly

posted on August 21, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | This is the fifth in our on-going series of columns on mistakes poker players often make – common mistakes. Usually, they pay dearly for the error. Today, let’s discuss suited hole cards; they may look pretty, but can also be quite costly. 

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Here’s our take on beating the rake

Here’s our take on beating the rake

posted on August 21, 2018 by

Poker by George | “Can You Beat the Rake?” That is the title of a recent column by poker expert Ed Miller. He is the author of many books and columns about the game of poker. Without any doubt, Miller is brilliant. 

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Pala Super Deep Stack, Friday Night $2K Highlight Tournament Schedule

Pala Super Deep Stack, Friday Night $2K Highlight Tournament Schedule

posted on August 16, 2018 by

Southern California poker players will have more opportunities to win extra cash at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in September  when the Poker Room will host its Pala Super Deep Stack tournaments at 1 p.m. each Saturday and the Friday Night $2K at 7:15 p.m.

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Talking Stick Resort and Casino will remain closed until Aug. 19

Talking Stick Resort and Casino will remain closed until Aug. 19

posted on August 15, 2018 by

Talking Stick Resort and Casino near Phoenix will remain closed until Aug. 19, as a result of a fierce storm that swept through the area early Saturday. The casino said that water from multiple storms flowed into the area where the main and backup generators are housed.

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Discovering that all outs not the same

Discovering that all outs not the same

posted on August 14, 2018 by

Poker by George | Playing Texas hold’em, we often speak of drawing hands and made hands. The latter could very well be in the lead and hold up to take the pot without further improvement.

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Our lowdown on those Hi-Lo hands

Our lowdown on those Hi-Lo hands

posted on August 14, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | In our series on common mistakes that Texas hold’em players so often make, let’s examine Hi-Lo hands. In this case, the player’s hole cards consist of one high card (Ace down to 10) and one low card (7 down to deuce). 

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Getting bored with your video poker try the different options

Getting bored with your video poker try the different options

posted on August 14, 2018 by

Winning Strategies | Last week, I discussed a variety of Bonus video poker variants that you might want to try after you get a bit bored with Jacks or Better.

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Transitioning into Double Bonus

Transitioning into Double Bonus

posted on August 07, 2018 by

Winning Strategies | I have to admit that Jacks or better can be a bit of a slow game. Of all the varieties of video poker, it has the lowest volatility, which means the ups and downs of your bankroll are going to be kept to a minimum.

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Simple idea of being prepared at the table still gets lost on people

Simple idea of being prepared at the table still gets lost on people

posted on August 07, 2018 by

Poker by George | We have often discussed the Hold’em Algorithm as a means for starting-hand selection. In that regard, recently I received an interesting email from poker celeb Doug Polk, creator of the Upswing Poker Lab.

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San Manuel expansion should be rousing success

San Manuel expansion should be rousing success

posted on July 31, 2018 by

Beyond the Numbers | I was honored to attend the groundbreaking ceremony last week for the expansion of the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California, located about 60 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

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