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Poker Pub Leagues

by Ashley Adams

I’ve got to hand it to the American entrepreneurial spirit. Where there is a need for a service, someone, somehow finds a way to provide it—and make money at it. Such is the case in the poker world.

 Consider, for example, the lack of legal poker opportunities in much of our American landscape. True, there are more states with legal public poker rooms than ever before—35 at last count. But in many of these states, poker is still only publicly available in very few locations. In 15 other states, poker, as a form of gambling, is completely banned.

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Poker in the Western Prairie, PART 4

by Ashley Adams

I have been reporting on poker in North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. I complete this four part series by describing my poker trip through South Dakota and back to Minneapolis where it began just a short six days earlier. I left the poker mecca of Wyoming for the legendary Deadwood, South Dakota—home to famed poker player and lawman Wild Bill Hickok. I had read a lot about the place—most recently in Jim McManus’ poker tome Cowboy’s Full. I wanted to experience the place for myself.

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Poker in the Western Prairie, PART 3

by Ashley Adams

In my last column I continued my tale of poker in the western prairie, leaving North Dakota for poker rooms in Montana. In this column I’ll continue with my journey and write about poker in Wyoming.

 Wyoming is a testament to the importance of government and the law. You see, as much as we gamblers may be civil libertarians at heart—preferring for the government to stay out of our lives— when push comes to shove—the right laws can make for the ideal poker environment. Such is the case in Wyoming.

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Poker in the Western Prairie, PART 2

by Ashley Adams

In the first part of this article I recounted the excellent experience of playing poker at the Dakota Magic Casino in southeast North Dakota. I stayed there Saturday night and left for Billings, Montana on Sunday morning.

 My trip took me through the outstandingly scenic Badlands of North Dakota. I took a break from my driving long enough to walk a mile and a half in the Painted Canyon – part of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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Poker in the Western Prairie, PART 1

by Ashley Adams

 I just completed a six state poker trip. I flew out to Minneapolis and drove west on (what I had planned as) a six day poker road trip to visit poker rooms in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota—four of the nine remaining states in which I had never played poker. I’d gone online to read up on what they spread and where they spread it—and frankly, I wasn’t terribly encouraged. None of those four states had legal public poker rooms that spread no limit hold’em— and there surely was no stud. So I had planned on a relatively bland diet of low limit and low spread limit hold’em. As it turned out, however, the experience was far from bland. It included what I now consider to be the best place in the world to play poker.

 My first port of call was the Dakota Magic Casino in the southeastern corner of North Dakota—about a three hour drive northwest out of Minneapolis.

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Poker in the Western Prairie, PART 1

by Ashley Adams

I just completed a six state poker trip. I flew out to Minneapolis and drove west on (what I had planned as) a six day poker road trip to visit poker rooms in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota—four of the nine remaining states in which I had never played poker. I’d gone online to read up on what they spread and where they spread it—and frankly, I wasn’t terribly encouraged. None of those four states had legal public poker rooms that spread no limit hold’em— and there surely was no stud. So I had planned on a relatively bland diet of low limit and low spread limit hold’em. As it turned out, however, the experience was far from bland. It included what I now consider to be the best place in the world to play poker.

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The Future of Poker

by Ashley Adams

I was playing in a $1 - $2 no limit hold’em game at Foxwoods Resort Casino the other day. I had just gotten beaten out of a $680 pot by the gentleman on my left – when my straight lost to his full house. We were chatting amicably about Poker Player Newspaper. He mentioned that he was interested in reading something different from the regular fare. I asked him to suggest a topic. “Well,” he started “how about writing about the future of poker?” So here’s my take.

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Talking at the Table

by Ashley Adams

I’m a big fan of talking at the table for two good reasons: it induces action, and lightens the mood.

 Inducing Action. I was playing $1-$2 no-limit early on a Sunday afternoon at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino. I started with a lowly pair of fives. But the pot was only raised to $6 before the flop with a few callers in front of me. I called and was rewarded with a five and two deuces on the flop. The initial bettor bet $20. I called, and everyone else folded. When a four hit the turn, he bet $35. I had his $200 stack covered. I wanted it all, and decided to set a rather deep hook. I raised to $105. He thought a long time, musing out loud that he should have raised more before the flop to get me off of the 6-3 he thought I started with.

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Tips for the Poker Tourist

by  Ashley Adams

 I wrote my last column, “Driven to Distraction,” to show how occasional poker players have specific challenges that aren’t encountered by card room regulars. I divided these into three groups: The Lure of Action, Free Stuff, and Other Gambling Opportunities. In this column, I’ll let you know my thoughts on how to keep those distractions from hurting your best poker game.

Driven to Distraction

by Ashley Adams

 I regularly drive down to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, one of the largest poker rooms in the world, and one of the nicest, where I usually play $1-$2 no limit hold’em or either $10-$20 or $20-$40 stud.

 Two broad categories of players that can be found at Foxwoods, and every other public poker room for that matter, are regulars and tourists. Regulars habituate the same poker room at least a few times every week—if not daily. Everyone else is a tourist.

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