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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.