by Richard G. Burke
Fred likes to fish, so he and his wife rented a Reno resort hotel room for a week. She enjoys the pool while he—armed with flies, rods, reels, waders, and a sack lunch—fishes in the nearby mountains’ catch-and-release streams. After supper they head to the casino, she to play bingo or the slots and he to the nightly low-entry-fee, no-limit hold’em tournament in the poker room.
You need to understand that Fred doesn’t wail about his poker results; win or lose, he has a ready smile and a cheery attitude. Just the same, he came as close to wailing as I ever heard when he called me that night.
His tournament started at 7 p.m. with five full tables of ten, paying five places. Each player started with $1,500 in tournament chips. The blinds started at $25-50 and went up every 20 minutes. After two-and-a-half hours of solid play, catching a few hands, and stealing blinds upon occasion in the right spot, Fred moved to the final table.
by Ashley Adams
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On Wednesday, my friend Andrei and I left the magnificent 65 table Winstar Casino poker room in southern Oklahoma ready to head back toward Kansas City, but wanting to play some more poker before our Friday morning flight. By Wednesday afternoon we had arrived at the major poker room in the Oklahoma City area—the beautiful, 24 table, Riverwind Casino (1544 W State Highway 9, 405.322.6000) just south of Oklahoma City in Norman.
by David Chicotsky - @TheMavenVT
In tournaments, with average chip-stacks of less than 50 blinds, hands like aces or kings don’t give players too many dilemma spots preflop.
It’s after the flop, when players are often faced with a decision for their entire stack, that basic estimation skills are needed to figure out what to do. These skills apply when figuring out whether to hold on to a big pair until showdown, or lay the hand down. So which factors will most likely lead you to fold a big pair post-flop?
By George “The Engineer” Epstein
[Read Part 1] Continuing our review of Thomas M. Green’s unique new book, Texas Hold’Em Poker Textbook...
The Flop (There are 19,600 possible flops). A “sparse” flop—three cards of different ranks, not in sequence and different suits—will occur almost 75 percent of the time.
by Debbie Burkhead ( @debbiedoespoker )
Poker Player Cruises is Working on Scheduling More Cruises. We have been hard at work on our new supplement program that will appear in Poker Player Newspaper in the very near future. But we are also currently looking into scheduling more cruises and as soon as they are confirmed the details will appear in Poker Player Newspaper and on www.Poker-Player-Cruises.com so keep reading.
by 'Oklahoma' Sarah Hale
In my last column, I offered five tips for success when improving your poker game and playing for profit. Here are five more guidelines that are sure to make you a force to be reckoned with on the felt!
6. Never play with scared money.
"Yeah, well ... sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.” -Paul Newman in the film classic, “Cool Hand Luke”
by Barbara Connors
Defending against a continuation bet is a tricky proposition. The c-bet is a powerful play because it tells a good story. By raising before the flop and then leading out on the flop, the bettor consistently represents a strong hand across two separate betting rounds. Problem is, we all know (or we should know) that the flop will usually miss any two starting cards, and since premium pairs are rare that means the c-bettor must be betting with air a goodly portion of the time. So how do you know when to play back at the c-bet, and when to give it some respect?
Editorial By Stanley R. Sludikoff, Publisher
In this segment it is my intention to take up the issue of the alleged illegal activities of poker celebrities Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer, et. al. I say “alleged” because no indictments have been handed down, and everyone should be granted the supposition of innocence until proven guilty.
By Barbara Rogers
He’s kind, friendly with fans, and loves sharing his views on poker. That would be Greg “Fossilman” Raymer ( @fossilman) , of course—the celebrity player of choice, made by Delaware Park’s poker room manager Kevin Castora, who wouldn’t have it any other way. Raymer will host the Delaware Park Classic.
Delaware Park has made a major mark on the Northeast poker scene. Not content with only attracting East Coast players, Castora is constantly striving for bigger, exciting, and innovative tournaments that are designed to attract players from all across the country.