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Deception… Poker is a game of many faces, including deception. It offers many opportunities for taking the pot by being tricky. Bluffing is the most common form of deception. Stealing the blinds and check-raising also are viable examples.

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Is Poker Gambling? Consider the Three Key Gambling Issues

Ask your friends, family, neighbors. Like it or not, most will tell you that poker is a gambling game. On that basis, some well-meaning people frown on the game—even though it offers many benefits aside from the potential of winning money.

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Dancing Away With the Chips: The Hold’em Two-Step for Limit Players

In hold’em, there are only three made hands before the flop: A-A, K-K, and Q-Q. They can win without further improvement much of the time, although Q-Q is on the cusp. If an ace or king falls, pocket queens become chopped liver. Most playable starting hands are drawing hands that must improve to take the pot. We are assuming that you bluff only when circumstances permit, which is infrequent. In limit hold’em, most pots are won by the best hand at the showdown.

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Your Opponents’ Outs

Wouldn’t it be great if you could count your opponents’ outs?

Serious players know full well the importance of counting outs: How many cards remaining in the deck will help your opponent’s hand become a winner?

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Mike Caro's Keys to Winning

If and when I write the Encyclopedia of Poker, there will be a special chapter entitled "Mike Caro." There are many celebrities who have made their mark in our poker world; but I believe no one has contributed as much to poker as Mike Caro. I soak up every word he offers in his books, videos, columns, seminars. He is more than the "Mad Genius of Poker;" he shares his knowledge and analyses with us.

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Epstein's Theorem for Winning Poker

A theorem is an idea that has been accepted or proposed as a demonstrable truth. In his book, The Theory of Poker, poker expert and writer David Sklansky presents his "Fundamental Theorem of Poker:" The best way to play your hand is to play it as if you could see your opponent's hole cards.

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Esther's Innovation: The Bounty Button at Seniors Poker Tournament

I love innovation! It makes life all the more fascinating. And it keeps us seniors young.

In the January 18 issue of Poker Player Newspaper, Barbara Connors column (Connors' Corner) on "Enemies with Benefits," was concerned about a bounty button. I was intrigued. How could we best apply Barbara Connor's teachings for the benefit of the Claude Pepper Sr. Citizen Center Poker Group?

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Understanding Pot Odds and Card Odds

While playing low-limit hold 'em at the Hustler Casino, it seemed that most players did not use the concept of pot odds and card odds in making key decisions. Perhaps as a consequence, most of them went home losers, so I thought it appropriate to share my perception of this important-and somewhat confusing-concept with you.

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Here's More Proof... The Esther Bluff is Powerful!

I don't blame you if you doubted my claim that you can successfully bluff in low-limit games. After all, so many poker experts have shouted loud and clear: "You can't bluff in low-limit games!" Well, I told you that these experts were dead wrong. My bluffs succeed in games as low as $3-$6 limit, and work for me more than 60 percent of the time-where break-even is 20-30 percent. So bluffing is a significant part of my winnings.

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Wow! was my reaction while reading the Sept. 14 issue of Poker Player Newspaper. No wonder PPN is the most widely read poker publication. (This is proven by the fact that, of the many poker publications for which I have written over the years, the responses from readers to my columns in PPN far exceed all the others!)

Each column had important information that most poker players seek: How to be a better, more profitable player. Here's my comments on some of the columns that make the issue so WOW!!!

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