George Epstein

Gaming Today George Epstein

A retired engineer, George Epstein is the author of “The Greatest Book of Poker for Winners!” and “Hold’em or Fold’em? – An Algorithm for Making the Key Decision.” He teaches poker courses and conducts a unique Poker Lab at the Claude Pepper Senior Center under the auspices of the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks and at West Los Angeles College.

Email: GeorgeEpstein@gamingtoday.com

Casinos get there edge so if they agreed why blame Ivey

Casinos get there edge so if they agreed why blame Ivey

posted on November 29, 2016 by

Poker by George | Thanks to GamingToday for the two recent columns by The Analyst regarding the controversy over Phil Ivey’s huge win while playing high-stakes baccarat at a casino in London and at another in Atlantic City. The casinos accused him of cheating. How else, they argued, could he have won so much money from them – all in all, about $20 million?

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Ways to flip poker luck into poker skill

Ways to flip poker luck into poker skill

posted on November 22, 2016 by

Poker by George | Previous columns challenged business tycoon Sheldon Adelson’s claim that luck is the major factor in playing poker, and skill plays only a “negligible role,” rendering poker just a form of gambling.

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Many people make a living playing poker so it can't be a game of just luck

Many people make a living playing poker so it can't be a game of just luck

posted on November 15, 2016 by

Poker by George | Skill versus luck… In Part I, we discussed business tycoon Sheldon Adelson’s strong rhetoric, claiming poker is primarily a game of luck while skill plays a “negligible role.” On that basis, poker would be regarded as just another form of gambling.

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Adelson is smart, but so wrong about poker

Adelson is smart, but so wrong about poker

posted on November 08, 2016 by

Poker by George | Sheldon Adelson is an extremely successful businessman and generous philanthropist.  Adelson succeeded well beyond anyone’s imagination. His accomplishments are incredible! But none of us are perfect – not even Sheldon.

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My dream of hold'em still seems vivid

My dream of hold'em still seems vivid

posted on November 01, 2016 by

Poker by George | To paraphrase the words of the immortal Martin Luther King, “I had a dream.” I am aware that I often dream while sleeping, but usually forget the context by the time I wake up and get out of bed. This one was so vivid, and it was about poker. It woke me up.

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