Poker industry source for unique editorials and articles

Become a ruthless poker player

My regular readers who follow this column have seen much of the warm side of me. You know me as a poker player who tries to act like a gentleman to his opponents as well as his friends at the table. That is well and good because it represents an important side of me. However, I have another side that is familiar to most real poker players call it the ruthless side of me.

The life of Julius Henry 'Groucho' Marx

There is few show business figures who would disagree that Julius Henry 'Groucho' Marx was created to make the world laugh. Born in Manhattan, N.Y., one of four brothers, Marx began life as an entertainer and graduated into vaudeville, a state from which he never recovered. His humor was in-your-face slapstick. You didn't have to search for the punch line in a Groucho Marx joke. It was always there.

New Orleans and poker playing during Mardi Gras

If you have ever been in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, you know how much fun the people have with life. Marching bands, pretty girls in skimpy outfits tossing beads at the public, clowns, men with umbrellas, and individuals in wild costumes fill every street corner. They are celebrating life and sing songs like 'When The Saints Go Marching In.' or some other celebratory ditty from the Deep South. I was reminded of Mardi Gras when I thought about Laughlin, Nevada. Laughlin has a string of sparkling casinos along the Colorado River. One of them is a river boat called the Colorado Belle.

Mystical Mountain Gods Resort and Casino

When I drive through New Mexico, I am often tempted to divert my journey to Mescalero to visit the mystical Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. I discovered this intriguing gambling palace in the pines years ago while working as a reporter for the Hobbs Daily News-Sun in Hobbs, N.M. My publisher Robert Sumner knew I enjoyed poker and betting on the horses and recommended the place to me. 'You're single and there are plenty of attractive women who hang out at the Inn,' he said. 'The Mescalero Apache Indian Tribe runs the casino as well as the Ski Apache Ski Resort and they do a good job.'

What is killing poker?

Fairy tales have gems of truth in them. A favorite children's fairy tale is about the goose that lays golden eggs. Since greed is one of the great sins of mankind, the owner of the goose decides one gold egg per day is not enough. He figures if he kills the goose, he will be able to dig out all the golden eggs the goose has not yet laid. That doesn't work out, of course. When he opens up the goose, all he gets is goose liver. End of story. The goose that lays golden eggs reminds me of what is happening to the poker industry.

Alex Smith - a new kid in poker town

Watch out Las Vegas. Billy the Kid is coming to town. Like Billy the Kid, who reportedly killed 21 gunslingers by the time he reached his 21st birthday, Alex Smith is baby-faced, blue-eyed -- and deadly. Not in killing people, I hasten to say. At playing poker. Smith is just 20 years old and hails from Casper, WYO. He started playing on-line poker at age 14. At first, his parents were amused at his interest in poker, but today they rank as his biggest supporters. P.S. He will turn 21 on May 30.

The annual Senior World Series of Poker

There is one game where the older a player gets, the more he improves -- and that is poker. Now some would argue that the mental powers of a younger player would make his skills superior to someone who has played the game for three or four decades. Oklahoma Johnny Hale would respectfully disagree with them. Oklahoma Johnny considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world. He is the seventh son of a seventh son, and in folk lore that counts for a lot.

Poker cruise to historic Havana, Cuba

The first Cuba Libre I ever sipped was at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M. Santa Fe was celebrating the burning of Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom, and the slick bartender at the La Fonda talked me into trying a Cuba Libra. 'It's made of rum and Coke and it means Liberty in Cuba,' he said, shaking up the drink. Rum is, of course, a lethal drink. It were lead-based and was a favorite of pirates like Blackbeard who would ply their men with rum before going on a raid. During my drinking years, I consumed my share of rum. I remember being on a beach one evening in Aruba and meeting two Cubans who shared a bottle of rum with me.

Splitting the winnings

There is no question that winning a poker tournament is a hard process. You are competing with dozens -- maybe even hundreds -- of other players for cash and glory. Depending on the size and structure of the tournament, you may even be entitled to win a valuable gold and diamond bracelet. If you play in tournaments long enough, you will find yourself in a situation where you have made the final table. That is when the choppers will speak out. Somebody (usually the person with the least number of chips at the table) will suggest a chop.

When cards turn on you

No matter how good a poker player you are, the time will come when you cannot seem to do anything right. Even Doyle Brunson has run into this and when the King of Poker runs into a problem, you realize it has to be universal. A member writes, 'Dear Geno. I have been following your columns on the website and admire your winning ways. But do you ever get into losing sessions when no matter what you do, nothing seems to work out? This has been happening to me. I happen to live in Las Vegas and regardless of what I do, the cards refuse to come to me. HELP! What should I do? Philip M., Las Vegas, NV.'

Good limit games

A member in Springfield, MO. writes, 'Dear Geno. My friends and I love your websites and appreciate the advice you give in your columns. I have a problem with one of the poker rooms in Oklahoma. Downstream Casino seems to want to spread only no-limit Texas Hold'em. To me and my friends, that game can get really expensive very quickly. We go to Downstream, but rarely can find a limit game where we could play. What advice can you give us? Don R., Springfield, MO."

Walking tall

When I enter a new casino, I like to walk around the place to get acquainted with the atmosphere. I want to know how the players think, act and dress. While most books on strategy do not deal with clothing, I believe what you wear sometimes affects the way you play. And your body language to others also has an effect on them as well as on how you react to hands at the table. Remember the movie 'Walking Tall,' the true story of a Southern sheriff who was determined to end the corruption of organized crime in his county.

Good health and new poker opportunities

Now I know a little more about what Doyle Brunson went through when he underwent surgery for cancer and the doctors found nothing and gave him a clean bill of health. This was at the height of Doyle's poker playing career. The prognosis was not good for the king of poker. Tests were made, they turned out negative, and there was gloom in the Brunson household until he emerged from the surgical room with the excellent rooms.


Pearls for poker

When a Caribbean publisher hired me to edit his weekly newspaper about a dozen years ago, one of the first things I learned was that the Caribbean had a high unemployment rate. I also discovered the people were very enterprising in figuring out ways to increase their income. My newspaper plant was located on the island of Nevis, a charming tropical isle about three miles from the larger island of St. Kitts.

Life in Las Vegas after the divorce

After my divorce had become final, I decided to live a wild, single life -- and moved to Las Vegas. Hey, I was young, reasonably talented as a writer, and felt I could find a decent job in the city that never sleeps. While strolling on the Strip one day, I discovered that job with Chuck DiRocco, publisher of a monthly gambling magazine. He hired me as a staff writer and I moved into an apartment just off Las Vegas Boulevard. The Gold Coast was a popular casino that featured some good poker action.

Learn to play poker

'Dear Geno,' a member writes, 'my husband is an avid poker player and wants to teach me how to play. I am afraid I would embarrass him or myself at the table since I don't react well in small groups. Are poker players born or made and what can you tell me to encourage me to become my husband's student? Anne G., Savannah, GA. Anne's question is a beaut that opens up a can of worms. I know a lot of poker players who would argue that poker cannot be taught -- that you either have an instinct for the game or you will be a constant loser.


Is poker a game of thieves?

Those squirrels are smart. In the summer when there are plenty of acorns and nuts in the forest, they take the excess food, tuck them in their cheeks, and put them away for the winter. It's a method of saving and survival that humans have not yet developed. During my early years of playing poker in California and Nevada, we played a lot of limit. Often quarters were used as antes or to make change and many pots were heavy with quarters.


Oklahoma Johnny Hale's hands

Oklahoma Johnny Hale still has a lot of fire left in the belly. One of seven sons born in the red-clay country of Oklahoma in the pre-Dust Bowl days, Hale grew up on a chicken farm. His father was nicknamed Chicken Hale and he was reputed to be the best seven-card stud player in the county and probably the state. His Daddy taught Johnny and his brothers how to protect themselves from cheats.

Abusing the casino dealers

Dealers are the most unappreciated employees in any casino. These hard-working men and women are paid paltry wages, but they make up those poor earnings in the tips they collect for their services. There are many plusses to being a well-trained dealer. For one, you can work almost any place in the world. Casinos found in Spain, England, the Caribbean, Rio de Janiero, Central and South America, Italy, and, of course, the good old U.S.A.

Baseball players make good poker players

With all due respect to Pete Rose, a man I happen to admire, I am going to pronounce that baseball players make good poker players. I don't know how much poker Rose played -- he seemed more interested in sports betting --but baseball players have the proper temperament for playing poker either for cash or in a tournament. Let's start out with the average baseball player. He may have power at the plate, but he is not going to jeopardize his career by going all-out immediately. No, he will slap out a few singles, maybe a double or two, then he will rare back and knock one out of the park.

Last Page Next Page

What's going on right now!

12mins ago someone from us flag United States read Best Poker review

Poker Community

Share this page on:
Follow LPB on:
Follow LPB

Join now for full access to our online poker forum/chat plus receive our newsletter with news & exclusive bonuses every month.

In the last 24h

Totals

  • New Members
    2
  • Members Online
    14
  • Guests
    384
Online Poker Reviews
PokerStars
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (173 Ratings)
Full Tilt Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (108 Ratings)
Bet365 Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (127 Ratings)
Ladbrokes Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (70 Ratings)
Betsson Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (86 Ratings)
Everest Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (75 Ratings)
Unibet Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (113 Ratings)
Gamebookers Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (66 Ratings)
Bodog Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (47 Ratings)
888 Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (162 Ratings)
32Red Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (108 Ratings)
Mansion Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (71 Ratings)
William Hill Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (103 Ratings)
Betfair Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (110 Ratings)
BetOnline
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (24 Ratings)
RedBet Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (84 Ratings)
NetBet Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (71 Ratings)
Titan Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (102 Ratings)
BetVictor
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (137 Ratings)
Party Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (112 Ratings)
Bwin Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (91 Ratings)
Cool Hand Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (113 Ratings)
Comeon Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (77 Ratings)
Winner Poker
star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating  (77 Ratings)


Follow LPB on Facebook Follow LPB on Twitter Follow LPB on Pinterest Follow LPB on Google plus