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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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NBC Sports Group reaches new deal with Poker Central

NBC Sports Group reaches new deal with Poker Central

posted on April 03, 2017 by

NBC Sports Group has reached a new deal with Poker Central to present Poker Central programming across its TV and digital platforms. It will debut on NBCSN on Monday nights with the Super High Roller Bowl, to be contested in Las Vegas May 28-31. 

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Power of the mind decides winners and losers in poker

Power of the mind decides winners and losers in poker

posted on March 28, 2017 by

Beyond the Numbers | There is not much distinction between an average player and a great player. The average player can do much to improve his game with meditation, diet and endurance. Never underestimate the power of your mind.

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Golden Nugget strikes it Rich in poker

Golden Nugget strikes it Rich in poker

posted on March 28, 2017 by

Poker Profiles | This month, I interviewed Andy Rich, the poker room manager at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas, one of the most popular card rooms in town.

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Hi-Lo hand decisions are important to success

Hi-Lo hand decisions are important to success

posted on March 28, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | What is a Hi-Lo hand? After reading about them in George “The Engineer” Epstein’s book, I asked him about such hands. I found his explanation fascinating. So now, you relax and be prepared for an amazing journey into the realm of Hi-Lo hands when playing Texas hold’em.

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Looking at pair of tens in a $4-8 limit hold'em game

Looking at pair of tens in a $4-8 limit hold'em game

posted on March 28, 2017 by

Poker by George | It’s a $4-$8 limit hold’em game. You are seated in a middle position and dealt a pair of 10’s. Several others and you stay to see the flop. You are hoping to catch a third 10 that matches your pocket pair for a “set.”

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Lucky Lady Casino opens in Gardena

Lucky Lady Casino opens in Gardena

posted on March 21, 2017 by

Poker Scene | Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino celebrated its Grand Opening this past Saturday. Located in Gardena, Calif., the Lucky Lady Casino was previously known as the Normandie Casino.

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Making best tells easier

Making best tells easier

posted on March 21, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Tells are mannerisms that give important information about a player’s hand. Books have been written about tells. My favorite is Mike Caro’s “Book of Tells,” first published in 1984 by Gambling Times.

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Chasing hands can be misinterpreted

Chasing hands can be misinterpreted

posted on March 21, 2017 by

Poker by George | According to the PokerKing Blog, “chasing” hands is a common mistake made by new players (many others, too). It happens when a player stays in the hand while the odds indicate he should muck his hand. It applies throughout the hand, starting from the preflop round of betting as well as at every other round through the river.

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WSOP attracts players to L.A.

WSOP attracts players to L.A.

posted on March 14, 2017 by

Poker Scene | The World Series of Poker Circuit is underway at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens, California. This weekend the much-anticipated $1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event was held.

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Examining decisions when retirement calls

Examining decisions when retirement calls

posted on March 14, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | Today, people are living longer than ever. But there comes a point when it is time to retire. It happens to most of us.

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Folding or not folding when it comes to a big pair on the flop

Folding or not folding when it comes to a big pair on the flop

posted on March 14, 2017 by

Poker by George | Big pairs on the flop are quite common. Start with two honor cards in the hole; on the flop, you are likely to pair up about one out of three times.

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Newly remodeled Carson Tahoe Hotel leads to Carson Nugget

Newly remodeled Carson Tahoe Hotel leads to Carson Nugget

posted on March 07, 2017 by

Slot Club Spotlight | The Carson Nugget’s newly remodeled Carson Tahoe Hotel offers 83 comfortable rooms and suites just steps from the Carson Nugget Casino and easy access to the entire northeastern Nevada and Lake Tahoe region.

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Epstein's poker club grew a tremendous amount

Epstein's poker club grew a tremendous amount

posted on March 07, 2017 by

Poker Scene | I had the great privilege of meeting GamingToday columnist George “The Engineer” Epstein at the Claude Pepper Seniors Poker Group in Los Angeles where he taught poker classes for seniors.

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Real poker players aren't watching sports during games

Real poker players aren't watching sports during games

posted on March 07, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | While playing poker at the casino, it is not uncommon to see a player who seems more interested in watching the basketball game on the big TV screen mounted on the wall.

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Important not to let early table bias determine style of play

Important not to let early table bias determine style of play

posted on March 07, 2017 by

Poker by George | I saw recently a fascinating column by Dr. Stephen Bloomfield, a psychiatrist who loves to play poker. “Don’t let confirmation bias affect your play,” he warned.

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