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Think playing as investment

Think playing as investment

posted on May 29, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | If you play the game of poker as you would make a wise business investment, you would much improve your chances of winning, and more often overcome the cost to play.

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Be cautious on betting hi-lo hands

Be cautious on betting hi-lo hands

posted on May 29, 2018 by

Poker by George | Whether or not you use the Hold’em Algorithm for starting-hand selection, there are certain hands to avoid – like the proverbial red plague. 

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Dreaming bad beats

Dreaming bad beats

posted on May 22, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | We all dream on occasion. I have had nights when I dreamed about poker. Recently I had a dream that was so vivid, it seemed like it actually was happening, and repeated itself over and over during the night. I had to wonder if there was a message here for me.

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Yes Robert we should give back to poker

Yes Robert we should give back to poker

posted on May 22, 2018 by

Poker by George | Robert Turner made an interesting point in a column, “Show some class.” His message was that players, especially the pros, should consider their behavior and actions as they interact with others while playing poker in cardrooms and casinos.

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Deuce over an Ace?

Deuce over an Ace?

posted on May 15, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | Everyone, even a teenager, knows an Ace is the highest card in the deck; whereas, a deuce is at the bottom of the card rankings. A pair of Aces always beats a pair of deuces – or any other pair, for that matter.

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Quad 9's in my dreams

Quad 9's in my dreams

posted on May 15, 2018 by

Poker by George | It was only a dream, but what a dream it was! It was so realistic, I wished it was for real. Perhaps it was in anticipation of my regular Thursday visit to the Hustler Casino in Gardena, California, later that day.

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Pala Super Deep Stack, Hump Day No Limits, Friday Night $1.5K highlight tournament schedule

Pala Super Deep Stack, Hump Day No Limits, Friday Night $1.5K highlight tournament schedule

posted on May 10, 2018 by

Southern California poker players will have more opportunities to win extra cash at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in June when the Poker Room will host its Hump Day No Limit tournaments.

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Golden Nugget attracting aces

Golden Nugget attracting aces

posted on May 08, 2018 by

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel and Casino proudly presents the eleventh annual Grand Poker Series May 29-July 3, hosted in the Grand Event Center with more than 90 poker tournaments spread across 36 days ranging in both buy-in amounts and poker disciplines.

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Raising tactics in low-middle limit hold'em

Raising tactics in low-middle limit hold'em

posted on May 08, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | Playing low/middle limit Texas hold ‘em, lately I find there seems to be more raising preflop, and the players are much looser. Have you noticed that, too? All that raising makes it much costlier to stay to see the flop. 

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Handling A-x suited

Handling A-x suited

posted on May 08, 2018 by

Poker by George | Playing Texas hold’em, it’s always nice to be dealt an Ace in the hole. But what is the best way to play such hands? Of course, the obvious answer to that question is “it depends.” Most important is the Kicker that accompanies the Ace.

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One addition to cost of playing: tipping

One addition to cost of playing: tipping

posted on May 01, 2018 by

Poker by George | In the April 10 issue, I wrote a poker column about “Figuring cost to playing.” What does it cost you to play poker in a casino? The cost-to-play includes your share of the casino rake, the drop for the Bad Beat Jackpot, and tips you give to the dealer when you win a pot.

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Using strategy & tactics to play winning hands

Using strategy & tactics to play winning hands

posted on May 01, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | Strategies and tactics are both important in playing winning poker. There seems to be some confusion in the poker world; many regard these as synonyms for one another. But there is a subtle difference – an important one, as a matter of fact.

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Pros have to start protecting the game we love

Pros have to start protecting the game we love

posted on May 01, 2018 by

Beyond the Numbers | I have been defending poker my whole career. I was once an executive host for MGM. I booked a well-known poker player who got drunk and knocked a female security guard across a gaming table. I was called because he was escorted off the property, and they asked me what to do about him.

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Ultimate Texas Hold’em indeed ultimate test

Ultimate Texas Hold’em indeed ultimate test

posted on May 01, 2018 by

Winning Strategies | I consider Ultimate Texas Hold’em (UTH) to be the ultimate casino game. I don’t say that just because I played a part in its creation. I played no part in the creation of video poker, but still consider it to be a transformational creation for the casino. What makes UTH as close to perfection as possible is its unique betting structure.

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Red Rock poker room brings Mendiola on board as manager

Red Rock poker room brings Mendiola on board as manager

posted on April 24, 2018 by

Poker Profiles | Tracy Mendiola is the new poker room manager at Red Rock Resort. We asked her about her background, the room at Red Rock and her thoughts about the future of poker.

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Robert Turner is a legend in the poker world

Robert Turner is a legend in the poker world

posted on April 24, 2018 by

Poker by George | Robert Turner, a legendary poker player, has contributed so much to our poker world. His recent column on “Poker can use conduct” raises an important issue that every casino should address.

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A beware story with pocket kings

A beware story with pocket kings

posted on April 24, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | Playing limit Texas hold’em, you are seated in a middle position; it is a full table of nine players. You look down on two beautiful red Kings in the hole. Pocket Kings is a made hand; it could win without further improvement.

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Let It Ride still has loyal customers

Let It Ride still has loyal customers

posted on April 24, 2018 by

Winning Strategies | The game of Let It Ride has been around for a very long time. It, along with Caribbean Stud Poker, is generally acknowledged as the original table game.

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Mentally challenging activities keep us healthy

Mentally challenging activities keep us healthy

posted on April 17, 2018 by

Poker by George | More and more, experts in science and medicine are recognizing that mentally challenging activities can keep our brains “in good health.” That’s not to say playing poker is the only way to accomplish this goal, but it may well be the best.

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My view of feeling lucky

My view of feeling lucky

posted on April 17, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | When playing poker, I look at “luck” as a partner to “chance.” And chance is the probability of occurrence. If what happens is to your benefit, then it’s good luck; you are successful. Otherwise, it’s bad luck; unfortunately, you have failed.

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