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Seniors’ Scene - Controversy: Is Poker Gambling?

By George “The Engineer” Epstein
 
With so much having been recently published in leading poker publications – Card Player magazine and the weekly Gaming Today newspaper – regarding mega-rich casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s attack on our poker world, I am sure Stan Sludikoff would have wanted the last word...
 
Recall: Adelson claimed that poker was a game primarily of luck because the players cannot control the cards; skill plays “a negligible role,” he argued. Those of us “in the know,” realize that, on the contrary, skill is the most important factor in winning at poker. Those who depend on luck – those who are unskilled – are bound to be losers over the long run. And you don’t have to take my word for it. That’s why so many can make a living at the game.
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Seniors’ Scene - Readers Response: More Poker Aphorisms

By George “The Engineer” Epstein

Recall: An aphorism is a concise and usually witty or humorous statement of wisdom or opinion. We offered a few that would apply to the game of poker: “It’s more fun to win;” “Win or lose, it’s how you play the game that counts;” and “Learn from your mistakes.”

Responding to our column on poker aphorisms in the Sept. 3 issue of PPN, Mike Brehm, a recent retiree (he was an optician for forty years) offered two fascinating ones.

He created this aphorism from scratch; it got me to pondering over its message:

“Only with clouds come the prettiest sunsets.”

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Seniors’ Scene - Aphorisms for Poker

By George “The Engineer” Epstein

An aphorism is a concise and usually witty or humorous statement of wisdom or opinion, such as “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”  (from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream”). In his “Essay on Criticism,” Alexander Pope wrote:  “To err is human, to forgive divine.”  Perhaps the most familiar aphorisms are: “Children should be seen and not heard,” and “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”  I am sure you have heard/read some of these.

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Poker's Platinum Publisher

By Geno Lawrenzi Jr.

Poor Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. There they were, in the presence of the powerful Wizard of Oz. They didn't know what the Wizard looked like -- only that he had a powerful voice and he kept their knees quaking with his pronouncements and observations.

Poker and the world of gambling have their own Wizards of Oz.  Their names may vary because of their involvement in this or that project -- Donald Trump, Steve Wynn, the Binions, Pappy Smith, Mike Caro and many more.

Add Stanley Sludikoff to that list. Better yet, consider him at or near the head of the list.

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Darrel Responds to Dan

by George “The Engineer” Epstein

I received a number of comments regarding my column about Dan Sverdlin of Redondo Beach, California, who was playing no-limit hold’em at the Bicycle Casino when he encountered a situation that could happen to anyone at the poker table.  

Dan was sure he had the best hand and was betting for value when his last remaining opponent turned up his holecards, exposing them, just before the final round of betting on the river, showing a pair of sixes.  Dan then proceeded to make his bet.  The opponent hesitated for a long time, and then called.  Dan took the pot with the best hand; but then was berated by another player who observed the hand and thought that Dan should not have made the bet.  He accused Dan of breaching poker etiquette by betting when he knew that he held the best hand.

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What Would YOU Tell Dan?

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.

 

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Advanced Poker Training Helps Players “Beat The Pros”

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.

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How Do You Rule on this Poker Situation?

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.

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Playing Poker in 50 States

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.

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