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Let the Games Begin

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Getting Off to a Good Start Early in a Tournament

The age old question, "Should I play loose or tight early in a tournament?" - has stumped many.

In massive field tournaments, like we'll witness here in Las Vegas in the near future, there's a premium for accruing chips. Quite simply, the only people that make it to the final table of these tournaments are the players that consistently chip-accumulated. If we know going into these massive-field tournaments we'll need to build an incredibly large stack, it's important to start accumulating right from the beginning.

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What Would YOU Tell Dan?

By George “The Engineer” Epstein

 

Dan Sverdlin of Redondo Beach, Calif. was one of the poker enthusiasts who responded to my query regarding the incident when a player misstated (probably on purpose) his hand during the showdown, leading another player to muck what likely was the best hand.  

 

Dan now asks my opinion on a somewhat similar incident.

 

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Play Strong on the Button

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky

 

Playing the button is an integral part of utilizing position at the poker table and it's an area of mystery to many. The reality is, the more confident you are with your game, the more hands you should be playing from this position. Words of caution: certain types of players are going to be less likely to "believe you" when you open (or re-raise) from the button, so you'll want to take that into account. If I have a very good player in the big blind when I'm on the button, I'm more likely to fold the majority of these spots - preferring to open up from other positions, into weaker blinds.

 

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Act on Poker Momentum

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Slow Down to Speed Up

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The Nine Top Odds

By: George “The Engineer” Epstein

 

Poker celebrity Phil Hellmuth has his “Ten Top Starting Hands” for limit hold’em. So, today, here are my “Nine Top Odds” that are most important when playing hold’em, no matter the limits.

 

(1) At a full table (nine players), if you do not have an Ace in the hole, the odds are about 4-to-1 that an opponent does. At least one of your eight opponents will hold an Ace 80% of the time. Be prepared to fold if an Ace falls on the flop – unless you connect with a set or trips, two-pair, or draws to a big flush or open-ended straight.

 

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Taj Poker Room Falls For the Borgata

By: Wendeen H. Eolis

The Trump Taj Mahal Casino (“Taj”) poker room drew its biggest crowd in years, for its closing weekend, last month. The nostalgic full house bore respectful witness to the downfall of Atlantic City’s once most iconic card room.
 
People were there for a host of different reasons during the last step of transition from boom to bust. Poker executives of the Borgata Hotel and Casino were part of the mix.A reciprocal visit by Taj executives to the Borgata poker room soon followed--with variable greetings from players and personnel.           
 
 
A Curious Cast of Characters   
 
 

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Early Tournament Tips

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Set the Proper Tone Early in the Tournament

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Work in More Raises Post-Flop

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky

A raise can get you out of a tough spot - use it! 

Well it was an up and down week for me poker-wise. I won my first tournament of 2015 and made the final couple tables of a $300,000 guaranteed online tournament with over 1,200 entrants - which was nice, but a bit of a tease. I also made day 2 of the Venetian Main Event, but ended up calling a 4-bet with Ace-King against 99 and lost a big race. All and all I'm satisfied with how I played and will be playing a couple of the Wynn tournaments currently going on in Vegas. 

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Playing Out of Position Profitably

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky

Plug this common poker leak through creative aggression

It's often said you earn what you don't lose and that's never been more true than when we are playing out of position. If there ever was a vulnerable area within the game of poker worth examining, this is it.

Remember, we don't have to be in the blinds to be out of position, entering pots in early position will also put us out of position on a regular basis. As we become more confident and skilled, we're able to open up our game out of position to a large degree.

The wider you're calling out of position, the wider you need to be willing to try and take down pots.

It's important to accentuate your poker stance when out of position: attack weakness even stronger and stay out of the way of strength to minimize any losses.

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Justin Oliver - A Canadian Pro in the Business of Gold

By: Derrick Oliver

To suggest the start of Justin Oliver’s poker career has been ‘golden’ is to simply point out the obvious. The 38 year old Canadian has only been playing competitive poker for five years now and he already has a 1st and a 2nd at the World Series of Poker to his credit. You might say his whole life has been golden - literally. Oliver is the son of a very well-known businessman who deals primarily in gold and silver. A jeweler. But don’t make the mistake of calling his father the most famous jeweler in Canada.

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