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Luck vs skill debate in poker may go on forever

Luck vs skill debate in poker may go on forever

posted on February 21, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Apparently, we will never end the luck-versus-skill controversy at the poker table. The other day at the casino, a player seated beside me complained that poker was just a matter of luck. Staring at me, he emphatically stated, “You need to have good luck to be a winner.”

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Trust us you don't want just your fair share of poker hands

Trust us you don't want just your fair share of poker hands

posted on February 21, 2017 by

Poker by George | How often have you wished for yourself: “If only I could get my fair share!” That’s the amount of something one is due relative to what other people are receiving. Equal treatment. It’s only fair. Let’s examine this on a theoretical basis.

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Relationships on both sides of poker

Relationships on both sides of poker

posted on February 21, 2017 by

Poker Scene | My husband Robert Turner and I recently did a radio interview together on High Roller Radio to discuss my latest article on Phyllis Caro. Robert was asked about how hard relationships were for poker players, and his answer was essentially saying I don’t listen to his advice.

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Dealer's advantage should not deter you

Dealer's advantage should not deter you

posted on February 14, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | This past week, I was having a conversation about Four Card Poker with a colleague when one of us remarked how the average Dealer Hand will outrank the average Player Hand.

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Phyllis Caro helped stop dealer abuse

Phyllis Caro helped stop dealer abuse

posted on February 14, 2017 by

Poker Scene | Last week I wrote about how Phyllis Caro got her start in poker and how she ended up working with her husband at the time, Mike Caro, and founder of the Bicycle Club, George Hardie, to clean up poker in California.

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Tony Dunst best example of roller-coaster poker life

Tony Dunst best example of roller-coaster poker life

posted on February 14, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | A recent feature article in an industry magazine discussed the “up-and-down ride that has been the poker career of Tony Dunst.” So much so that at one point, he almost gave up on the game.

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Caro was casino poker excellence

Caro was casino poker excellence

posted on February 07, 2017 by

Poker Scene | In the poker world, the name Caro represents integrity in poker. But before Phyllis Caro became the well-respected casino executive she is known as today, she worked her way up the ranks starting as a dealer.

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Pulling information from a player's poker chips

Pulling information from a player's poker chips

posted on February 07, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | When I was a teenager about 70 years ago, sometimes a group of us would spend a rainy Sunday afternoon playing poker on the kitchen table; perhaps, many of you older folk did the same.

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Libratus, a computer, can beat pros at Texas hold'em

Libratus, a computer, can beat pros at Texas hold'em

posted on February 07, 2017 by

Poker by George | Here’s startling news: Artificial Intelligence (AI) scientists have developed a computer program that can beat the pros playing no-limit Texas hold’em. As complicated as the game is and with so many important decisions to be made, AI is proving a computer can beat the best human players.

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Nevada poker rooms generated $117 million in revenue in 2016

Nevada poker rooms generated $117 million in revenue in 2016

posted on February 04, 2017 by

Nevada poker rooms generated $117 million in revenue in 2016. Nevada is home to 73 card rooms, the majority in Las Vegas and Reno.

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Once in a million hand in poker played to perfection

Once in a million hand in poker played to perfection

posted on January 31, 2017 by

Poker by George | It was the day after Christmas, and I was playing $4-$8 limit hold’em with ½-Kill at the Hustler Casino. I was a bit behind when our table broke up, and I was sent to a seat at a nearby table.

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Advantages can be exploited by using image

Advantages can be exploited by using image

posted on January 31, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Every poker player displays an image – a mental picture of the kind of player he is that other players assign to him based on how he has been playing his hands. Is he tight, loose, aggressive, or passive – or a combination of these? Or, perhaps he is deceptive – often bluffs or slow-plays or check-raises.

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Okahara loves the life at The Orleans poker room

Okahara loves the life at The Orleans poker room

posted on January 31, 2017 by

Poker Profiles | The Orleans poker room is one of the largest in Las Vegas catering to both locals and tourists. I interviewed Garrett Okahara, the poker room manager at Orleans for some background information and what makes his room so popular for poker players.

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Nadell at one time had record for most WSOP final tables without a win

Nadell at one time had record for most WSOP final tables without a win

posted on January 24, 2017 by

Poker Scene | Los Angeles-based poker pro Brian Nadell had a great week at the Los Angeles Poker Classic (LAPC). On Monday, January 16 – he cashed in Event No. 4: $350 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better.

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When taking a seat, everyone can be best

When taking a seat, everyone can be best

posted on January 24, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | My friend and poker buddy Lucy invited me for dinner. As we were enjoying a glass of wine while the food was in the oven, she raised the topic she wanted to discuss with me: “Irene, what’s your opinion about seating and position in a game of hold’em?” Good question.

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No Limit Tourney: Take on Ivey if you dare

No Limit Tourney: Take on Ivey if you dare

posted on January 24, 2017 by

Poker by George | A recent issue of Card Player magazine described an interesting no-limit hold’em tournament hand involving poker great Phil Ivey and one other player. (We’ll call him Dan.) Both started the hand with mounds of chips.

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LAPC underway at Commerce Casino

LAPC underway at Commerce Casino

posted on January 17, 2017 by

Poker Scene | The Los Angeles Poker Classic (LAPC) got underway at the Commerce Casino on Friday with Event #1: $175 No-Limit Hold’em. This tournament featured a $100,000 guarantee and drew 1,079 players.

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Using Three Card Poker to explain gaming analysis

Using Three Card Poker to explain gaming analysis

posted on January 17, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | Three Card Poker remains the most successful table game of all time, in terms of the number of tables out there. The game is so simple it also provides me with a great opportunity to explain many concepts of gaming analysis.

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Texture and how it relates to poker

Texture and how it relates to poker

posted on January 17, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | According to my oft-used and well-abused Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “texture” is “the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something.” What does that surface look like? How does it feel to your touch?

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Keep learning about poker and you will keep improving

Keep learning about poker and you will keep improving

posted on January 17, 2017 by

Poker by George | It’s no secret I take notes while playing poker. I do it right out in the open; anyone can see me do it. I make note of various types of information that can help me win more often, win more chips when I win, while losing less.

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