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Nolan Dalla: WSOP Media Director Brings It On (Part 1)

By Wendeen H. Eolis

 Today Nolan Dalla is in high gear for another starting day of the Main Event of the 45th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The WSOP’s longtime media director has been in residence, at the WSOP, since its inception at the Rio in 2004. His association with the WSOP is even longer; dating back to 2003 during the WSOP’s waning days at Binion’s Horseshoe.

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Get Ready for the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table

Can't make it to Las Vegas this weekend to catch the final table of the WSOP Main Event?  Have no fear, ESPN has you covered.  The sports cable channel will be covering every hand as we go from the November Nine down to the 2015 ME Champ live-ish.  The final table will be shown with hole cards on a thirty minute delay starting this Sunday, November 8, at 5:30P/8:30E and continuing through Tuesday night.  Longtime poker commentators Lon McEachern and Norman Chad will be providing play-by-play first on the flagship station ESPN, and then starting at 8:00P/11:00E coverage will switch to the secondary station, ESPN2.
While the November Nine does not include one of the biggest names in poker, 11th place finisher Daniel Negreanu, the final table does not lack for interesting stories and great players and it should be entertaining to experienced players as well as those relatively new to the game.

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Take Advantage of the Maniac

By George “The Engineer” Epstein  

There will often be a “maniac” at your table.  He loves to bet and raise – and reraise!  He does it almost every hand.  How can you best play against the maniac;  and. better yet, can you take advantage of his playing style?

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Dealt a strong hand? RSPF is Best; Consider Your Betting Position

by George “The Engineer” Epstein
Playing hold’em, when dealt a strong hand, it is wise to Reduce the Size of the Playing Field (RSPF) before the flop.  Cutting the field down to two or three opponents is more likely to help you win the pot. 
In a previous column, I disagreed with another poker strategist’s preflop strategy for playing hands such as pocket Aces, Kings or Queens.  He stated:
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Dealt a Strong Hand, When is it Best to RSPF?

by George “The Engineer” Epstein


Some years ago, I read a rather controversial column in a major poker magazine; it related to holding a strong hand preflop and then trimming down the number of opponents staying in the hand. The goal was to Reduce the Size of the Playing Field” (“RSPF”) in order to increase the probability of winning. 

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Poker's Platinum Publisher

By Geno Lawrenzi Jr.

Poor Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. There they were, in the presence of the powerful Wizard of Oz. They didn't know what the Wizard looked like -- only that he had a powerful voice and he kept their knees quaking with his pronouncements and observations.

Poker and the world of gambling have their own Wizards of Oz.  Their names may vary because of their involvement in this or that project -- Donald Trump, Steve Wynn, the Binions, Pappy Smith, Mike Caro and many more.

Add Stanley Sludikoff to that list. Better yet, consider him at or near the head of the list.

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Darrel Responds to Dan

by George “The Engineer” Epstein

I received a number of comments regarding my column about Dan Sverdlin of Redondo Beach, California, who was playing no-limit hold’em at the Bicycle Casino when he encountered a situation that could happen to anyone at the poker table.  

Dan was sure he had the best hand and was betting for value when his last remaining opponent turned up his holecards, exposing them, just before the final round of betting on the river, showing a pair of sixes.  Dan then proceeded to make his bet.  The opponent hesitated for a long time, and then called.  Dan took the pot with the best hand; but then was berated by another player who observed the hand and thought that Dan should not have made the bet.  He accused Dan of breaching poker etiquette by betting when he knew that he held the best hand.

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4-Betting tips and Techniques

By David "The Maven" Chicotsky

Sometimes we're put in a tough position after getting 3-bet pre-flop; and rather than calling or folding - we'll decide to 4-bet our opponent. The number one thing I like to emphasize to students when discussing 4-betting is to be precise.

We're essentially attempting to exploit our opponent through 4-betting in three predominant ways:

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Aggression, Aggression, Aggression

By David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Build Your Stack Through Aggression 

Last week we discussed whether it's appropriate to play loose or tight early in a tournament. I'm of the opinion that there are only so many levels in a tournament, so we should be trying to maximize the profitability of each level.

Never has there been a more appropriate discussion as to when aggression should be utilized in a tournament, given it's the week of the Colossus. Between all of the starting days, there will be well over 10,000 entries into the tournament. The players that make the final table of this tournament will be aggressive players; every last one of them.

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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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