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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.