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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.

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$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.

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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? 

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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.

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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.

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Weekly 7-card stud tourney at Hollywood Park casino

Weekly 7-card stud tourney at Hollywood Park casino

posted on September 12, 2017 by

Poker Scene | We have a poker tournament where I work every few months. Whether it’s a cash game or tournament, the game we always play is the ever-popular No-Limit Hold’em.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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The 20 best starting hands in poker

The 20 best starting hands in poker

posted on September 05, 2017 by

Poker by George | Playing Texas hold’em, you have been dealt two holecards. Now you must make the most important decision: whether or not to invest in this starting-hand. I always teach my seniors poker classes to use the Hold’em Algorithm. That makes the decision much easier – and less stressful.

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New casino games don't have an impact to start

New casino games don't have an impact to start

posted on August 29, 2017 by

Winning Strategies | As someone who reviews new casino game ideas on a regular basis, I’ve seen my share of some really bad ideas. It gets downright comical when the inventor’s bad idea includes a sales pitch that involves telling me how it is going to knock Three Card Poker from its perch

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How to best deal with frustration

How to best deal with frustration

posted on August 29, 2017 by

Poker by George | Playing limit hold’em, you have religiously used your self-control to stick with the Two-Step concept – as described in recent columns:

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Beauregard's seven year Macau detour led back to Wynn Las Vegas, Encore

Beauregard's seven year Macau detour led back to Wynn Las Vegas, Encore

posted on August 29, 2017 by

Poker Profiles | Last year, Wynn Las Vegas opened a beautiful new poker room. Actually, the room moved from Wynn to Encore. I was excited to get an inside view and perspective from Ryan Beauregard, Wynn’s poker room manager.

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Biblical over river aces

Biblical over river aces

posted on August 29, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | ​A young man wearing a black yarmulke – a skullcap often worn by Orthodox Jewish men – came to our $4-$8 limit hold’em game at the casino, and promptly got involved in the action. He seemed to be quite skilled at the game.

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Omaha's birth was quite a poker tale

Omaha's birth was quite a poker tale

posted on August 22, 2017 by

Poker Scene | When I met my husband Robert, I was fascinated by his poker stories. Playing for over 50 years, he’s played with many colorful characters. Here are a few of my favorite tales.

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Become a winner not a whimmer

Become a winner not a whimmer

posted on August 22, 2017 by

Poker by George | You have probably heard the expression, “He did it on a whim…”  It’s an impulse or notion that may suddenly come to mind. On occasion, it can happen to any of us, even while seated at the poker table. So, a “whimmer” is a player who makes a sudden decision that may well be contrary to his normal mode of playing his hand in such a situation.

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All time best gambling movie? Casino

All time best gambling movie? Casino

posted on August 15, 2017 by

Poker Scene | My husband and I recently watched the movie “Casino” for the millionth time. It is my favorite movie. That led us to talking about our favorite gambling movies.

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Dancing two-step seated at table

Dancing two-step seated at table

posted on August 15, 2017 by

Poker by George | Selecting and playing the best starting hands gives you a great chance to take the pot. Wouldn’t you rather play K-Q offsuit than 8-7 offsuit?

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Playing poker keeps us young

Playing poker keeps us young

posted on August 15, 2017 by

Heavenly Poker | It’s no secret, as we grow older, poker players – as well as all other people – become ever more concerned with our ability to continue to enjoy life – and continue to engage in the activities we so relish.

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World Poker Tour joining forces with Japan Poker Union Corp.

World Poker Tour joining forces with Japan Poker Union Corp.

posted on August 12, 2017 by

The World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced it’s joining forces with the Japan Poker Union Corp to hold a special four-day event in Tokyo in November. The event will be the WPT’s first tournament in Japan and will conducted from Nov. 23-26th.

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