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Hot to play pocket aces

Hot to play pocket aces

posted on October 17, 2017 by

Poker by George | It’s always exciting to be dealt pocket Aces (A-A) while playing Texas hold’em. It’s a rare experience; you can expect to be dealt that only one out of 221 hands on average. So cherish the occasion; make the most of it.

Life as a Prop Poker Player

Life as a Prop Poker Player

posted on October 17, 2017 by

A prop poker player is hired by a casino to start games and keep games going. I asked my husband, Robert Turner, who manages props, what it takes to become one.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe's location is picturesque

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe's location is picturesque

posted on October 10, 2017 by

Slot Club Spotlight | The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is a fully integrated gaming resort set between picturesque Lake Tahoe and the impressive Sierra Nevada Mountains providing year-round enjoyment.

The annual Big Poker Oktober event at Bicycle Club

The annual Big Poker Oktober event at Bicycle Club

posted on October 10, 2017 by

Poker Scene | The annual Big Poker Oktober is currently underway at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens, California. The first event was a $350 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament held on Sunday, Oct. 1. 

A dream of a poker game I had to share

A dream of a poker game I had to share

posted on October 10, 2017 by

Poker by George | On occasion, most of us dream while sleeping. Have you ever dreamed about poker? The other night, having fallen asleep while reading an antique poker book a friend had given me, I found myself dreaming of a poker hand.

This overpair paid off and I was able to scoop a monster pot

This overpair paid off and I was able to scoop a monster pot

posted on October 10, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Sometimes the cards will surprise you. Hopefully, it’s a pleasant surprise. Playing limit hold’em at my local casino, it was a full table as I looked down at Jc-Js in the hole – pocket jacks.

Coaching might be a real asset to poker

Coaching might be a real asset to poker

posted on October 03, 2017 by

Poker Scene | Becoming a great poker player has much in common with great coaching at the college level. I wonder if poker players could learn from the great basketball coaches. Coaches at the elite level all seem to possess very similar traits. They can recruit and, most importantly, they can coach.

Social engagement a key factor for seniors to play poker

Social engagement a key factor for seniors to play poker

posted on October 03, 2017 by

Poker by George | Our local senior center, the Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center, offers great opportunities for us seniors to keep mentally and physically active. Recently, while exercising in its Eichenbaum Fitness Center, I got into conversation with my friend, Marv Alperin. 

Asking Amy cheers poker players on

Asking Amy cheers poker players on

posted on October 03, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Dickinson has also written several popular books. Her memoir (published in 2009), “The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them,” quickly made The New York Times’ bestseller list.

Tourney was no Garden of Eden

Tourney was no Garden of Eden

posted on September 26, 2017 by

Poker Scene | Last week I wrote about The Gardens Poker Classic getting off to a great start by smashing the $100,000 guarantee in its first event. But this week the Gardens finds itself in the middle of a poker controversy.

Suncoast manager learned the trade from grandpa and lowball

Suncoast manager learned the trade from grandpa and lowball

posted on September 26, 2017 by

Poker Profiles | We visit Suncoast this month, a popular poker room in Summerlin. The poker room is a non-smoking, 10-table card room open 24 hours a day. It features 2-6 spread limit and 4-8 Hold’em, 4-8 Omaha hi-lo, 4-8 seven card stud hi-lo, and 2-10 seven card stud hi-lo.

Optimist poker players will always out earn pessimists

Optimist poker players will always out earn pessimists

posted on September 26, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | An optimist is a person who is confident the future will bring good things for him. On the other hand, a pessimist believes the worst is bound to happen. As we will explain, their perspectives while playing the game of poker are so much different.

How to manage playing against all-in

How to manage playing against all-in

posted on September 26, 2017 by

Poker by George | In a game of poker, once a hand is in play the casino rule is that a player cannot add to his chips. During this hand, if he bets the last of his chips he is “all-in.” The dealer usually places an All-In button in front of him. 

$185K No-Limit Gardens Poker Classic underway

$185K No-Limit Gardens Poker Classic underway

posted on September 19, 2017 by

Poker Scene | The Gardens Poker Classic kicked off last Friday with a $100,000 guarantee No Limit Hold’em Deepstack. The $175 buy-in event smashed the guarantee with a $185,580 prize pool and 817 entries.

Ins and outs of casino game analysis

Ins and outs of casino game analysis

posted on September 19, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | To date, I don’t think I’ve ever been asked to analyze a game that I found impossible to analyze. Some are more difficult than others. The number of cards dealt plays a significant part in the complexity of the analysis based on the sheer number of combinations.

Handling the big moments

Handling the big moments

posted on September 19, 2017 by

Poker by George | Playing Texas hold’em in your Sunday afternoon home game, from a middle position, you are dealt Kd-Jc and limp to see the flop along with several other players. The flop comes down on the board, showing Ks-9d-3d. That gives you top pair on the board – an Aha! moment for you.

Two suited cards and the flushes they create

Two suited cards and the flushes they create

posted on September 19, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Playing limit hold’em, on the flop, you can expect to pair up one of your hole cards about one out of three hands. Sometimes, it’s the top pair on the board. That’s nice! But what if there are also two suited cards on the flop? 

Specialize your way to poker success

Specialize your way to poker success

posted on September 12, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | The game 7-card stud was once a very popular poker game, enjoyed by most players around the world. But, over the last 10 to 15 years, for all intents and purposes, it has been replaced by Texas hold’em. That game is a “has-been.” Few casinos, if any, still offer it.

Handling trips and sets

Handling trips and sets

posted on September 12, 2017 by

Poker by George | Trips and sets are quite similar, but there is a significant difference. Both represent three-of-a-kind – most often a winning hand. 

Video poker the best bet for high payback

Video poker the best bet for high payback

posted on September 12, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | When people ask me which games have the highest paybacks in the casino, I generally answer blackjack and video poker. Ultimate Texas Hold’em is not far behind, but with a much larger average wager size, it is not completely fair to put it in the same category.