By Shari Geller
The television show Breaking Bad and its story of a milquetoast high school teacher’s transformation into a cold-blooded killer has become a cultural touchstone for a good segment of America. As the show wraps up its five-season run, many are looking at the main character’s arc in all its Shakespearean glory and ignominy. As with any great tragedy, there are lessons to be learned from the main character’s rise and fall, including some that can help you - not to build a meth empire, but to become a more successful poker player.
by Richard Burke
Jesse Lancos reported in an e-mail that he flopped straight flushes back-to-back in his local card room and asked about the odds of that event.
We have three ways to figure the odds of back-to-back hands: given that he just flopped a straight flush, the probability of flopping another one on the very next hand equals 40/2,598,960, for odds against of 64,973-to-1; before he looked at his cards, the probability of flopping straight flushes backto- back equals 1600/6,754,593,081,600, for odds against of 4,221,620,675-to-1, about 4.2 billion-to-1; or, we could compute the odds of back-to-back straight flushes during a poker session of N hands, which seems much the more interesting.
By Lou Krieger and Shari Geller
In this second part of our interview with Phil Hellmuth (read the first part here), we discussed what else Phil was working on (the answer: two new books—one a biography titled “Poker Brat, “the other a book on “how to achieve great things.” We also discussed his three narrow misses in his effort to win his twelfth WSOP bracelet, and a few random thoughts on the future.
by Paul 'Dr. Pauly' McGuire
Since Black Friday, Americans who considered themselves professional online poker players have been unemployed. One minute online pros like “durrrr” and “OMGClayAiken” were revered as gods among men in the poker universe, and the next, they were considered criminals—enemies of the state.
by Diane McHaffie
Poker is deception, and a successful winning strategy requires using tells and psychology to outmaneuver other players. Advertising your hand through deception is a key component.
Talking: One way to advertise your hand is to talk about what you may or may not be holding. But sometimes there are rules forbidding you to truthfully mention the cards you may be holding during tournaments. Mike refers to this as the “idiot rule” and claims it’s poker’s worst rule.
Commerce Casino’s popular Hold’em Series, a 17-event hold’em festival that runs from August 31 - September 17, got off to a sweet start for Richard Munro, who hails from West Hills, CA. Munro, whose nickname is “Munny” justified that in the opening event as he vanquished a field of 1,710 entrants in the $225 buy-in opening event to take home $46,060—a nice, round 205 times return on his investment.