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Seniors’ Scene - A Hand To Remember

By George “The Engineer” Epstein
There are literally millions of possible five-card hands you can make while playing poker.  Hands like a royal straight flush and four-of-a-kind (quads) certainly are memorable.  They are so rare, and naturally get our attention.  Later, you may even want to tell others about it when you catch such a hand.
Even more memorable is a hand like the one I am about to describe to you – replete with suspense and intrigue. . .
Playing Texas hold’em, it’s not unusual to be dealt two horrible downcards such as:
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Seniors’ Scene - Was it a Bad Beat?

By George “The Engineer” Epstein
Playing in a $4-$8 limit hold’em game at a local casino, it had not been a good night for me.  I was quite a bit behind;  and it was getting close to time for me to head home.  As the game had progressed, it had become more aggressive, with frequent raises and reraises before the flop.  A young man joined our table, two seats before me, and proceeded to raise almost every hand.  Probably a “maniac,” I concluded.   Fortunately, I had position over him for most of the hands dealt.  
The pots had grown substantially.  If I could win a couple of these big pots, I might yet go home a winner. . .
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Seniors’ Scene - Readers Response: More Poker Aphorisms

By George “The Engineer” Epstein

Recall: An aphorism is a concise and usually witty or humorous statement of wisdom or opinion. We offered a few that would apply to the game of poker: “It’s more fun to win;” “Win or lose, it’s how you play the game that counts;” and “Learn from your mistakes.”

Responding to our column on poker aphorisms in the Sept. 3 issue of PPN, Mike Brehm, a recent retiree (he was an optician for forty years) offered two fascinating ones.

He created this aphorism from scratch; it got me to pondering over its message:

“Only with clouds come the prettiest sunsets.”

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Evaluating Tells

By George “The Engineer” Epstein
A skilled poker player always seeks out tells from his opponents.  Tells are mannerisms that reveal information that can help him make better decisions – win more often and bigger pots.
The easiest tells are when the cards are first being dealt out.  I always teach my poker classes to especially observe the players to their left as they first look at their holecards.  Those are the ones who will be betting after you. 
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Seniors’ Scene - Aphorisms for Poker

By George “The Engineer” Epstein

An aphorism is a concise and usually witty or humorous statement of wisdom or opinion, such as “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”  (from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream”). In his “Essay on Criticism,” Alexander Pope wrote:  “To err is human, to forgive divine.”  Perhaps the most familiar aphorisms are: “Children should be seen and not heard,” and “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”  I am sure you have heard/read some of these.

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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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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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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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