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California State Poker Championship off to strong start at Commerce Casino

California State Poker Championship off to strong start at Commerce Casino

posted on May 02, 2017 by

Poker Scene | The California State Poker Championship kicked off at Commerce Casino on Friday, April 28 with Event No. 1: $50,000 Guarantee No Limit Hold’em Double Stack featuring a $175 buy-in.

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Defining virtual or real outs

Defining virtual or real outs

posted on May 02, 2017 by

Poker by George | In deciding whether to call a bet, skilled hold’em players often count their outs, the cards that will complete a drawing hand. That’s important!

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Breaks are key to making great decisions in poker

Breaks are key to making great decisions in poker

posted on May 02, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | You can easily sit for hours at a time while playing in a poker session. Is it time for a break? If not now, when?

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Neeme, Colman a who's who of poker today

Neeme, Colman a who's who of poker today

posted on April 25, 2017 by

Beyond the Numbers | Two players I would love to have a beer with are Andrew Neeme and Dan Colman. If I had a who’s who of poker for 2017, these two guys would be one and two on that list.

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Strategy for the popular bluff Check Raise

Strategy for the popular bluff Check Raise

posted on April 25, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | In my last column, we discussed various aspects of bluffing, largely based on Epstein’s book, “The Art of Bluffing;” see ad). Bluffing is a powerful form of deception. I promised to discuss another popular deceptive strategy often used at the poker table: the Check-Raise.

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Coming up with best play for nut flush

Coming up with best play for nut flush

posted on April 25, 2017 by

Poker by George | It is always exciting to catch the nuts – a hand that can’t be beat. What is the best way to play such a hand?

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48th World Series of Poker opens up May 30

48th World Series of Poker opens up May 30

posted on April 25, 2017 by

The 48th World Series of Poker (WSOP) – the longest-running, richest and most prestigious tournament series – opens its doors on Tuesday, May 30, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

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Western Canada senior citizen poker game halted by local authorities

Western Canada senior citizen poker game halted by local authorities

posted on April 24, 2017 by

Losing with pocket aces is a thing of the past at a Western Canada senior citizen center where a long running, low-stakes poker game has been halted by local authorities. The group of about 40 seniors were shut down because they were playing for cash.

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Wild Child started with bingo and became a big fan of poker

Wild Child started with bingo and became a big fan of poker

posted on April 18, 2017 by

Poker Scene | I meet the most interesting people at the poker table. I was playing in a No-Limit Hold’em tournament at Hollywood Park Casino a couple of weeks ago when I had the pleasure of sitting next to Jennifer Ring Morgen.

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A need for expert strategy to avoid pitfalls of gambling

A need for expert strategy to avoid pitfalls of gambling

posted on April 18, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | Several days ago, I caught up with an old friend here in town. As we were discussing a variety of people we knew, a “condition” was mentioned with at least a couple of them – “gambling problem.”

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Finishing up the ABC's of poker

Finishing up the ABC's of poker

posted on April 18, 2017 by

Poker by George | Now, we will discuss the fourth and fifth (D and E) elements essential for winning consistently.

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Painting a picture of bluffing

Painting a picture of bluffing

posted on April 18, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Bluffing is an integral part of poker. Until I read (and re-read) Epstein’s book on “The Art of Bluffing” (see ad), I had no idea of the many aspects of bluffing and other forms of deception. I fully agree with him when he says, “If you never bluff, you are bound to be a loser.”

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Registration open for 48th running of World Series of Poker

Registration open for 48th running of World Series of Poker

posted on April 12, 2017 by

Registration officially opened March 31, for this year’s 48th running of the World Series of Poker, which officially opens May 30 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino. The something-for-everyone schedule includes satellites, cash games and deep stack tournaments.

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Scary night at Bicycle Club as doors temporarily close

Scary night at Bicycle Club as doors temporarily close

posted on April 11, 2017 by

Poker Scene | It was the poker story you couldn’t miss. My husband Robert and I were enjoying a leisurely Tuesday morning after finishing yoga (yes, Robert does yoga) when he received an urgent text.

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Play-Check scenario comes down to math

Play-Check scenario comes down to math

posted on April 11, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | There are cases where the choice is between making a wager and checking – or simply not making a bet and continuing. This type of wager is rarer than the other. But, there are a number of games that feature it and it is very important to understand the differences between them. The math behind them dictates very different strategies.

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The river is a volatile part of poker

The river is a volatile part of poker

posted on April 11, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | As you know, in Texas hold’em, after two hole cards are dealt face-down to each player, five cards are dealt face-up. The last card dealt is called the “river.” When an opponent catches a river card that gives him the hand that beats yours, you have been “rivered.”

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Playing strong hand simple as ABC

Playing strong hand simple as ABC

posted on April 11, 2017 by

Poker by George | “ABC” poker is playing in a straightforward manner; don’t get fancy. Its main focus is playing strong starting-hands, folding the weak ones.

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Finding the best weekly LA poker tournaments

Finding the best weekly LA poker tournaments

posted on April 04, 2017 by

Poker Scene | One of my favorite ways to relax on the weekends is playing tournaments. With the WSOP Circuit wrapping up last month at the Bicycle casino, the next big tournament series I look forward to will be the Cal State Poker Championship at Commerce starting at the end of the month.

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Defining real professionals versus poker professionals

Defining real professionals versus poker professionals

posted on April 04, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | According to Michael Wiesenberg’s “The Official Dictionary of Poker,” a poker professional is a player who relies on poker as his main source of income. 

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Flopping top set and how to play it

Flopping top set and how to play it

posted on April 04, 2017 by

Poker by George | In a previous column, we discussed various factors you should consider after flopping top set on the board – playing your hand on the flop so as to maximize your win.

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