I have been a serious student of the game for a long time. I've worked hard to become a better player over the years by reading, studying, playing, analyzing hands and discussing strategy with other players whose games I respect. I'm sure that many of you reading this column can claim the same dedication to purpose. I also believe that I'll never stop learning about poker or life for that matter. Can you also make that claim? I hope so, because the moment you think you know it all, you're lost.
At present, poker in the UK is governed by the Gaming Board, which enforces the 1961 Gaming Act. Under this act poker is classified as a combined game of skill and chance and casinos that operate poker games are required to run them in a particular way. One such rule is that all competitors in a poker tournament must be on the premises when the event starts. Players are therefore not allowed to play if they arrive late and there are no alternates permitted. Casinos are not allowed to rake cash games, but they can charge hourly fees.
Fishing season is currently opening up throughout the great Midwest and soon the tranquil waters of countless lakes, streams and rivers will be dotted with anglers armed with an arsenal of lures and gadgets, working their best strategies and skills to hook the big one.
This brings to mind a highly effective, but difficult-to-master fishing technique called jerkbait fishing, which is based on using a simple flotation type of lure, with embedded barbs.
Slowplaying is the act of trapping players by checking or by making only token bets with very big hands so that you can build a big pot. The idea is to lure opponents into the hand so they become committed to it, and then spring your trap on a later betting round.
With all the terrible things going on in our world, it's wonderful when a person can make a positive impact on the life of fellow human beings. Here's a story that will make you smile. . .
Those of you who have read my first book, The Greatest Book of Poker for WINNERS!, know that it is unique in several ways. For one thing, a full chapter is devoted to why poker is an ideal recreational activity for senior citizens. Basically the chapter explains how and why playing poker can help us (I recently turned 80) to live longer, healthier, and concomitantly happier lives.
Two weeks ago, I explained that MCU wasn't just a name for my University of Poker. The full name is Mike Caro University of Poker, Gaming, and Life Strategy. And, so, we talked about an important tip for everyday living. (See, there's today's word already - everyday.) We focused on the "life strategy" part of MCU's name.
Little more than twenty years ago, Interstate 80, one of this great nation's east/west main veins, was tiedoff at Reno. It stopped on the outskirts of town and pick-up again on the other side.
Casino operators in "The Biggest Little City" were afraid that if they allowed West I-80 and East I-80 to be joined, nobody would stop. While handsome, wide, new freeways were being built from every direction to Las Vegas, such was not the case in reluctant Reno.
I can't believe I'm writing my 102nd column for Poker Player. In the columns that preceded this I've passed along advice and tips from Mike Caro University of Poker intended to help you play better. We've discussed psychology and how to play your hands.
We've chatted about tells and about attitudes that prevent damage to your bankroll. Today, I'm going to continue by covering another tip from MCU. And then I'm going to remind you of something you must never forget.
fields ever held in tournament poker. Some of the best players in the world entered the $25,000 buy-in event that featured a first place prize of close to $4 million. Carlos Mortensen would go on to win the WPT World Championship but had to beat some of the best online players in the world en route to his victory. Several of the premiere online tournament players in the universe competed at the Bellagio such as ZeeJustin, daut44, TheWacoKidd, Shaniac, JohnnyBax, imper1um, Mig.com, gigabet, NeverWin, Imsolucky0, and BeL0WaB0Ve.
The latest decision from the World Trade Organization ("WTO") shows that foreign licensed Internet poker operators are fighting back against the many governments, including the United States, which are threatening to arrest them. The WTO ruled that the U.S. has not taken any steps to comply with its prior decisions. It declared that the U.S. was discriminating against Antigua's legal online operators by charging them with crimes while allowing American operators to take bets on the Internet.