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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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Pala Casino Resort announces poker schedule for May

Pala Casino Resort announces poker schedule for May

posted on April 12, 2018 by

Southern California poker players will have more opportunities to win extra cash at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in May when the Poker Room will host the $10,000 Guaranteed Vegas Seat tournament from Wednesday to Sunday, May 16-20.

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A day full of Royals

A day full of Royals

posted on April 10, 2018 by

Winning Strategies | I had a truly extraordinary day playing video poker the other day. I was playing my favorite and obscenely volatile 5-play multi-strike machine. It was not going well initially, when I hit a Royal from a 3-Card Royal on the second line.

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There are times we can disagree its okay

There are times we can disagree its okay

posted on April 10, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | A poker friend asked my opinion about an interview published back in late February in another publication. The interview was with World Series of Poker bracelet winner Ryan Laplante, in which he discusses defending the Big Blind. 

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Figuring a proper cost for poker players and casinos

Figuring a proper cost for poker players and casinos

posted on April 10, 2018 by

Poker by George | Casinos and cardrooms are in business to make a profit. Otherwise they would not exist. As a matter of fact, not all casinos are successful. For example, in Atlantic City five casinos closed between 2014 and 2016.

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Spring into Winnings at Boyd Gaming Properties

Spring into Winnings at Boyd Gaming Properties

posted on April 04, 2018 by

Boyd Gaming properties across southern Nevada welcome the Spring season with more opportunities to win big with point multipliers, cash drawings, Slot Dollar prizes, gift giveaways and more in April.

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Advice for highly aggressive tables

Advice for highly aggressive tables

posted on April 03, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | I thought it appropriate to offer GT readers more advice about playing at highly aggressive tables. Playing in such games can be very expensive. On the other hand, a few changes can substantially increase your winnings, since the pots are bound to be bigger.

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Thank you granddaughter for my Esther

Thank you granddaughter for my Esther

posted on April 03, 2018 by

Poker by George | Several people have asked how best to use the Esther Bluff. It was created by my granddaughter about eight years ago.

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Poker needs to work on issues with conduct

Poker needs to work on issues with conduct

posted on March 27, 2018 by

Beyond the Numbers | Last week I played the H.O.R.S.E. event at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino. When we were down to two tables in the qualifier, I witnessed a serious incident of abuse at the table.

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Poker as players want it at Sam’s Town

Poker as players want it at Sam’s Town

posted on March 27, 2018 by

Poker Profiles | We visited Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino this month to chat with Ralph Piccirilli, the table games manager who oversees the poker room.

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Seems like a lot looser games in low/middle limit hold'em

Seems like a lot looser games in low/middle limit hold'em

posted on March 27, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | Playing low/middle limit Texas hold’em, lately there seems to be more raising preflop, and players are much looser. Have you noticed that, too? I’m not sure why this has happened.

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Ways to play a flopped set

Ways to play a flopped set

posted on March 27, 2018 by

Poker by George | A set is three of a kind when you start with a pair in the hole. The odds are long against connecting on the flop; but it does happen. It’s a powerful hand, and often wins the pot. What’s the best way to play your flopped set? It depends.

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Going over the cheats

Going over the cheats

posted on March 20, 2018 by

Poker by George | Recently, I wrote about a rather unique book, “Dirty Poker,” that is all about cheating at the poker table. The author, Richard Marcus, admits to having made cheating in poker and other games of chance, his life career. 

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In poker, tainted outs will also help an opponent

In poker, tainted outs will also help an opponent

posted on March 19, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | Several issues ago, we discussed Texas hold’em drawing hands that hold great promise – loads of outs; but in the end, would cost you lots of chips if you were to connect. As we explained, the problem is some of your outs may be “tainted.” 

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People that chase aren't going to make it in poker

People that chase aren't going to make it in poker

posted on March 06, 2018 by

Heavenly Poker | Have you ever been a “chaser” at the poker table? These are players who hope to catch one of their outs even if they only have a few. Some may go all the way to the river and the showdown. 

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Dirty Book smells out cheaters

Dirty Book smells out cheaters

posted on March 06, 2018 by

Poker by George | The other day, a friend gave me a book I had never heard of. “Dirty Poker” is all about cheating at the poker table. It was written in 2006 by a man named Richard Marcus, who admits to having made cheating in poker, his life career.

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Fixing bad behavior at the poker table is important

Fixing bad behavior at the poker table is important

posted on February 27, 2018 by

Beyond the Numbers | I’ve seen many things at the poker table over the decades, and some I’m not proud of. With fifty years of poker to reflect back on, I will say for sure we need to change the way we handle abuse at the table.

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