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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.

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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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Momentum

by Ashley Adams
 
 I learned something about the dangers of momentum both in football and in poker—during a Super Bowl Sunday trip to Illinois.

 The winning Super Bowl touchdown by the Giants was actually an unsuccessful attempt by Ahmad Bradshaw not to score. Bradshaw tried to stop himself from scoring—but could not halt his forward momentum and scored anyway—leaving enough time on the clock for the Patriots to try to score. (As it turned out, of course, the Patriots failed to score.) Even so, Bradshaw’s failure to stop his goal line momentum was an interesting side note to the Giants’ Super Bowl victory.

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Indian Poker Adventue

by Ashley Adams
 
 I enjoy taking trips to places where I can play poker. I think of them as poker adventures. So when my daughter Hannah announced that she was going to spend a semester studying in Delhi, India, I started to look into poker playing opportunities there. I figured that meeting up with her would be as good a reason as any to look to India for my next poker adventure. She and I decided to meet in the state of Goa, a resort area on the coast of the Arabian Sea, in the southwestern part of India. It also happened to be one of very few places in India that had legal, live, poker and casino gambling. How could I say no?

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Plains Poker, Part 4

by Ashley Adams
Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
 
In the last three installments of this four-part David J. Valley series I wrote about poker rooms my friend Andrei and I played in during our recent visit to Oklahoma and Kansas. In this, the last article of the series, I’ll tell you about our experiences in Kansas City, Missouri, with a quick story of a poker side trip to Texas thrown in for good measure. Kansas City is worth visiting even without the poker. It has all of the amenities of major American cities including excellent art museums, restaurants, music, architecture, and outdoor activities. The area is best known for great barbeque, fantastic steak houses, and of course the combined Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Museum. My friend Andrei and I spend half a day touring around these famous sites and eating local cuisine. But we saved the evening and night for poker.

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