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Bullies at the poker table

There are few things more satisfying than to defeat bullies at a poker table. But danger exists when you challenge them, as I have experienced in Las Vegas and Phoenix, AZ. where I currently play. Poker can become a very emotional game and it gets even worse when you are losing. Let's get into the subject of raising. I was playing Omaha High-Low at The Orleans casino in Las Vegas. There were two Oriental women at the table who were definitely pros when it came to using intimidation tactics. I would find myself looking at pocket aces with a deuce three, double suited -- a near perfect Omaha High-Low hand.

The poker room at The Orleans casino

The last few years have seen a major reshuffling of poker rooms in Las Vegas. Some casinos have discontinued their poker rooms, while others have limited the number of tables they operate. Binion;s Horseshoe, for example, has reduced the size of its poker room and lost the glamour that once ranked the Horseshoe at the top of the list. But despite the failure of some casino poker rooms, the good news is The New Orleans on Tropicana Road. Named the 'Best Poker Room' in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Orleans has learned the secret of operating a good poker room: Cater to your players.


Recognizing a good poker table

I appreciate the members on this website who read my articles and who follow my advice. Your letters indicate that you take my advice seriously and that is very gratifying. A couple of days ago I visited a casino just outside Phoenix and had an incredibly lucky time. There was literally no way the players at the table could beat me. I am going to reveal my secret of how to find the most profitable poker table in the room. The table was $4-8 Omaha High-Low and it was made up of one woman in her 40s and seven male players. My normal way of playing is to spend the first hour analyzing the quality of play at the table. I learned quickly that these players were bad.

Larry Flynt - The Hustler owner with good poker skills

Several years ago I came up with an idea for an article on poker. I wondered what the major league poker players spent their money on and after doing some research wrote the story and sent it to Hustler Magazine, owned by a former Kentuckian named Larry Flynt. The article was accepted and I was paid $1,500. Flynt is an outspoken defender of free speech and a political liberal who has published X-rated articles that outrage the people his authors write about. He deliberately offends society and has been the target of many lawsuits, including one about the late television evangelist Jerry Falwell when he suggested Falwell's first sexual encounter was with his mother.

The future of poker

Isn't it incredible how big poker has become? It seems like the game grew into a giant overnight. The World Series of Poker is a good example of poker's super growth. It started out with less than a dozen players who were willing to gamble $10,000 to find out who was the best. Today that ten grand is peanuts compared to some games where multi-millionaires are eager to spend mega-bucks to win millions of dollars in a single game. No limit Texas Hold'em has remarkable staying power and remains the most popular tournament game by far in casinos around the world.

Lessons from the years of experience playing poker

One of our readers sent me an email asking me to boil down my many years of experience playing poker into a winning strategy. The email came from Matt R. in Ft. Worth, Texas. I thought about his question while playing $4-8 Omaha High-Low at Talking Stick Casino https://latestcasinobonuses.com/casinos/land/united-states/scottsdale/talking-stick-resortin Scottsdale and came up with 10 commandments that all poker players should follow if they want to increase their bankroll. I went a step further and added some personal experiences that prove these commandments work.

Bryn Kenney - a new kind of poker players

I have never met Bryn Kenney and I certainly have never played poker against him. From what I have heard about this 30-year-old native of Long Beach, N.Y., I don't think meeting him would be a pleasant experience. Kenney is a winning poker player who has won an estimated $18 million in tournaments and cash games. He also used the worst kind of profanity in insulting Phil Hellmuth during a H.O.R.S.E tournament. Now Hellmuth is known for his trash talk while playing poker. He was even nicknamed the John McEnroe of poker because of his temper tantrums.

Conversation about poker with a taxi driver

Never argue with a cabbie. They always seem to have the best information and they always get in the last word. There I was, riding a cab on Route 202 from Talking Stick Casino to my place in West Phoenix. I had missed the last bus and had called Discount Cab to take me home. The cabbie's name was Moe and he was a poker player. That promised to take the boredom out of the 30-mile ride. 'I play video poker online,' he said. I was watching the meter tick away. 'And I watch the late night poker games on television. You play a lot of poker?'

Tricky poker moves

Raising pre-flop is an important part of winning at poker, but it works only in certain games like Texas Hold'em or draw. You are dealt pocket aces or kings, so you raise to build the pot and to thin out the players. This makes good sense and should be part of your strategy. But a game like Omaha High-Low is different. While raising may work on occasion, you should not do it on a regular basis. Even a perfect hand like A-A-2-3 double suited will win only 30 percent of the time. Yet I have seen many players raise with such a hand, miss the flop, and continue playing against someone who made the nut flop.

Gold in the town of Yerrington

When I was a child growing up in a coal mining patch near Sutersville, PA. (pop. 967), America was swept by a popular song that went, 'How are you gonna keep them down on the farm, after they've seen Paree?' Paree, of course, was Paris, the City of Lights that was visited by many U.S. soldiers during World War 2. I recently made a journey of a lifetime that took me to Reno, Virginia City, and other parts of Nevada where a new gold rush is starting up and where people play poker for fun as well as profit. My trip covered more than 3,500 miles in an air-conditioned Greyhound bus. It wasn't an easy journey despite leaving the driving to those long-distance bus drivers.

Taking risks

A poker player must be willing to take risks in order to win at America's favorite card game. While I realize that players go to extraordinary lengths in order to protect themselves from losses, there is an element of chance in poker that can lead either to big losses or great wins. Lady Luck doesn't always come to the bold, but she can be won under the right circumstances. Let me get personal. I have both good and bad sessions at the poker tables. When I lose, the journey home gets a lot longer and I try to memorize hands to find out why Lady Luck abandoned me. By the way, I recommend this approach to all poker players. It helps keep you on the straight and true path to poker glory.

Ernest Hemingway - a passionate poker player

Ernest Hemingway was a man who loved writing, women, bullfights, drinking and gambling. His gambling included going to the races and playing poker, especially when he was drinking. He played against actor John Wayne, film director John Huston, photographer Robert Capa, police officers, attorneys and guests at hotels where he stayed in America, Austria and other places around the world. He referred to horse racing as a 'demanding friend' and often took his wife and other women to the races with him. Hemingway played poker like he lived his life -- aggressively and with passion.

Poker promotions in Talking Stick Casino

Every poker room manager does it differently to attract players and to keep them playing. I am back in Phoenix, AZ. and am truly amazed at the number of promotions being instigated by the management at Talking Stick Casinohttps://latestcasinobonuses.com/casinos/land/united-states/scottsdale/talking-stick-resort just outside Scottsdale. They are being paid for by the players, of course. That extra dollar added to the cut covers the cost of all of the 'freebies' that players receive for their time invested at the card table. While the late Benny Binion was the best at offering his customers solid promotions that could be converted into cash, the other casinos like Talking Stick are becoming quite creative in coming up with ideas.

Memories from Tucumcari

Where have all the jackrabbits gone? Like the buffalo, they once swarmed the prairie lands of New Mexico. They represented road kill on the highways and hid along the roadways and in the shrub-covered mesas, still as a statue, long ears quivering. They were there when I arrived in Tucumcari on a sunny February day a half century ago, fleeing from an ice blizzard in Cleveland, Ohio to work for the Tucumcari Daily News as their new sports editor. I was 19 and had been working as a reporter for the West Lake News-Herald in Willoughby, a suburb of Cleveland.

Legendary Doyle Brunson

I like being around smart people. When I am trying to learn something, I want my teacher to be the best. It helps eliminate problems and places you in the driver's seat when push comes to shove. Members of this website are probably aware that I often use quotes from Doyle Brunson. Doyle's strategy never grows old. Like good wine, it mellows with age. You can adapt what he says and apply it to your own situation and strategies. Doyle is a perfectionist when it comes to playing those small suited connectors. He will play them before the flop, even if he is facing one or two raises.

Differences between limit and no-limit poker play

The best poker players realize there is a huge difference between limit and no limit poker. It is rare to find a person who plays both games equally well. The great players know the value of bluffing and picking up small pots, especially when the cards aren't coming to you. And it's a fact that bluffing and picking up those small pots is just a lot harder in limit poker because of the large number of calling stations out there. Top players like Bobby Baldwin and Doyle Brunson agree that the one similarity that exists in limit and no limit players is an aggressive style.

Puerto Rico - the land of hurricanes and unforgettable beauty

I weep for Puerto Rico. But even as I mourn the destruction caused by two hurricanes, I know in my heart this once magnificent island will bounce back in full tropical beauty and splendor. President Donald Trump will visit the island and tour the damage next week. I don't envy him his job. Having lived on three Caribbean islands for five years, I know how vulnerable islands are to the elements. High winds, torrential rains, flooding and mudslides can take the heart out of anyone. As I watched the Fox News television coverage of the denuded coconut palm trees, the rubble-strewn streets and the upended boats and yachts, I remembered my visit to San Juan half a dozen years ago.


Body language behind poker cards

The world of professional poker is changing. Boy, how it's changing! No longer is poker dominated by shrewd older men chewing on toothpicks, drinking mineral water (or sipping bourbon), and making moves that would trump an Egyptian belly dancer. Today's average player is young, ballsy, aggressive and well versed in the power of raising and intimidation. And while some of the older players are in semi-retirement or dying off, there is one thi that has not changed in poker. And that thing can be summed up in one word. Tells.

Skill and class

ike a lot of poker players, I watch those late night poker games and tournaments on television. I do it for several reasons. Boredom. To learn a new move or two. And to see how this new breed of poker player acts when he wins as well as when he loses. I must admit that the crowd of poker players disappoints me. For the most part, they play pretty well. Some of them are capable of calling big bets with relatively poor hands when they suspect a player is over-betting a bluff. And you have to respect the fact that they put their money into the game in order to compete with the best the poker world has to offer.

In company of pro poker players

Dear Geno,' a member writes. 'My friends and I formed a small poker club in Oklahoma City. While we think we are pretty good, we don't know how we will stack up against the better players. Several of us are planning a week in Las Vegas and we would appreciate some solid advice on how to handle the regular people we will be playing against. Our regular game is Texas Hold'em, although we have also played some Omaha High-Low. Your advice, please. Thanks. Alex W., Oklahoma City, OK.'

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