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.
By Jason Bullock
I wrote previously about AdvancedPokerTraining.com, but now I’d like to give you more details about their “Beat The Pro” Challenge feature— it’s really something novel that will change the way you look at poker training forever. It’s like having a top poker pro looking over your shoulder while you play, without spending hundreds of dollars an hour—it’s really that good.
by George “The Engineer” Epstein
Hear Ye... Hear Ye... The Players’ Poker Court of Law is now in session.
You are the Judge. I am the key witness. I have been sworn in. During a low-limit game at a local casino, James raised before the flop in middle position, and was called by several opponents. The flop was rather uninteresting:
There was no card higher than a nine, no pairs, no connectors, and it contained three different suits. A player in early position bet out. There was one limper before James raised again. One player behind him—Bill—and the two limpers called James’ raise. The turn was not very exciting either. There were no pairs on the board, but there were possible long-shot draws to a straight or flush.
It started as a lark and it turned into a mission: Could I play poker in all fifty states?
When the idea occurred to me back about five years ago, I made a list of all the states where I had already played. When I included public poker rooms and private games, there were 25 states in which I had played: ME, NH, MA, CT, NY, NJ, MD, SC, NC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, OH, IN, MO, MN, OK, NV, NM, AZ, CA, WA, AK. I started to think about how to get to the rest, planning vacations around places in which I had not yet played. My list of states expanded to include: VA, IL, TN, WI, IA, PA, RI, VT, WV, MI, DE. By this time two years ago, I had played in 36 states. During the past two years I went on to play in: CO, TX, MT, WY, ND, SD, KS, KY, AR. By the start of this summer, I had played poker in 45 states.
by Paul 'Dr. Pauly' McGuire - @taopauly
by Barbara Rogers
Currently under way at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York, the Super Stacks hold’em series is putting plenty of cash in poker players’ pockets. Coming up just in time for Christmas will be the 12 Days of Poker Giveaway. As always, the popular poker room giveaways are very generous and December 7-15 random table and seat draws will provide lots of fun. Twelve Days of Poker Giveaway, which runs from December 7-18, could garner plenty of gifts for you, including a 60” Panasonic 3D Plasma HDTV, 50”LG 3D Plasma HDTV, and a 40” Samsung 3D Plasma HDTV.
by Lou Krieger
Maybe it was the day, or the time, or just a random confluence of forces, but there’s a big difference between younger and older no-limit hold’em players. What brought this clearly to light was a full table no-limit game, where seven of the table’s players looked to be on the downhill side of 50. And the majority of older players made one similarly shocking error. They significantly overvalued big pairs.
Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), the organization that represents the commercial casino- entertainment industry, declared “there are no longer any good reasons to put US citizens at risk by continuing to outlaw online poker in the US,” and called on Congress to pass laws toughening enforcement against illegal online gambling operators.
Fahrenkopf’s statement came as AGA introduced an online poker Code of Conduct, outlining the measures it believes necessary to implement an effective regulatory system designed to protect American consumers, keep minors from gambling, provide tools to help problem gamblers, and create provisions to help law enforcement identify and prosecute illegal operators.
The Terms of The $500 Poker Challenge: Start with $500 and build your poker bankroll over one year into a substantial bankroll. You may only play live games in casinos and poker rooms; no online or home games. This is Part 10 of the $500 Poker Challenge. Two more articles to go before the end of this series.