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Use your chips to create
an ‘August’ look

Aug 10, 2004 3:13 AM

Carol, would you bring me another ice-cold lemonade? Lemonade is a most refreshing treat in the canicular heat of August. There’s nothing like sipping a nice ice-cold lemonade while you play a few hands of poker here in Las Vegas, where the temperature is well over 100 degrees in the shade.

Canicula (a Latin word meaning "small dog" ) was the name for the star Sirius, the hound of the hunter Orion in Roman mythology.

Because the first visible rising of Sirius occurs during the summer, the hot sultry days that occur from early July to early September came to be called dies caniculares or as we know them in English, the "dog days of summer."

The name for the hot month of August comes to us from the Latin word augustus which in turn derives from augere, a verb meaning "to make grow" or "to increase."

That is just what a poker player tries to do when playing in a poker tournament: The player must make his chips grow or increase because each few minutes the limits will increase and get bigger and bigger.

I remember the World Series of Poker champion and member of The Seniors World Championship of Poker Hall of Fame, Jack Keller.

Jack and his wife Gloria used to live just around the corner from us here in Las Vegas.

One of Jack’s favorite method of play was to try to obtain every small chip on the table so that his stack of chips would have an august appearance. You know, like the blowfish that enlarges its body so that the other fish cannot eat him.

The first Roman emperor was given the title Augustus to reflect his lofty status and Jack would stack all those small chips up in front of him to give himself the august appearance of a being the emperor of the poker table.

During the Roman emperor’s reign in 8 BC, the Roman senate voted to use the title to replace the name of the month Sextilis to honor their grand leader.

English inherited the name of the month of August as well as the rest of the Julian calendar, but not until the mid-1600s did we begin to use the term generically to refer to someone with imperial qualities.

Isn’t it odd how everything works its way back to poker!

Oklahoma Johnny poker tip of the week

When you are playing Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8 and better you must play very carefully — just like the way porcupines make love ... very carefully!

After the flop: To call or to make any bets, you must already have the nuts or you must be drawing to make the nuts on the next card — or you should not continue to call or make any bets.

For example if you are drawing to a king high flush and if you are unlucky enough to make the flush, do not be surprised when you will lose the pot to an ace high flush.

Until next time remember to stay lucky