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My Dad Taught Me

Hi, I am Sarah Hale otherwise known in the poker world as Oklahoma Sarah with an "h." I like the letter "h" because the word "help" also starts with an "h" and that's what my dad's been doing with me and my poker game since I was just a little girl.

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A Lucky Year

Hello, poker homies, it has been a great year for me. In the past year or so I have had the most amazing opportunities that a girl could ever hope for, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the whole USA.

I was born in Oklahoma and have loads of kinfolks back there. My father retired and my life with him and mom has been better than good.

I was not too happy when we would leave Oklahoma for a month or so and live in our Nevada home while dad played a little poker in the WSOP with Benny Binion and the boys.

Dad would take me for long walks and talk about everything in the world.

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What is the Worst Mistake?

Poker is a game of decisions. Make the right decisions and you will be a winner in the long run. But, when there are decisions to be made, mistakes are often made. We're only human. Mistakes may be momentary gaffes-blunders that are avoidable, missteps where you just take a wrong step, slip-ups, or errors in judgment. Perhaps the worst mistake a poker player can make is oversight-a failure to notice something that could be important. It may well be inadvertent, but it's avoidable-and often costly.

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Lucky Seat

Is there such a thing as a lucky seat at the poker table? That's the seat at the table that is fortunate enough to be blessed with winning hands more than its fair share of the time.

Well San Diego Poker Player Newspaper reader Allison "Wonderland" Johnson makes a strong, albeit somewhat emotional, case for the concept of the lucky seat. She has developed her Personal Poker Play Pattern-abbreviated "Quad Ps" or "PPPP."

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More Poker Etiquette

Thanks so much for joining me back here for the second article about poker etiquette. These are the remaining five of the top ten rules that novice players should be mindful of at the poker table.

Rule No. 6-Act in Turn. Poker is a game based on position. Poker should be played clockwise after the blinds. The game's basic premise is that position is paramount.

Acting out-of-turn provides other players at the table with an unfair advantage. Players are more likely to contemplate making a move when they know they have fewer opponents left to act behind them.

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Getting the Best of It

I was in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, and to my surprise my good friend Nick showed up. Over an early dinner at the Venetian's Asia Noodle restaurant we discussed a couple of interesting hands he played.

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Book Review:Power Holdem Strategy by Daniel Negreanu

The name's familiar to poker fans, the same fans that have been waiting for Daniel Negreanu to release a long-awaited text that defines his style of tournament play. Interestingly, Daniel's title, Power Hold'em Strategy appeared just a couple of weeks before Warwick Dunnett's Poker Wizards (339 pages, paperbound, $19.95) tome arrived featuring the charismatic tourney whiz himself as one of the headlining contributors.

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Pretty In Pink

The World Series of Poker is in full swing and records continue to be broken by the granddaddy of all events. While the ladies event fell off by about 100 players from last year-it still attracted nearly 1,200 players-attendance in most other events is up.

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Can I Get a Witness?

One thing that certainly separates good dealers from the rest of the pack is their ability to tune into surrounding sights and sounds at the table. We like to believe that the players who populate the casino world are doing so with disposable money, but don't you believe it! Many times while dealing I've overheard fragments of sentences from players using the words, "foreclosure" or "impounded", "evicted," and worse. As painful as it is to believe, often times the money being gambled-on the flop, to the river-really belongs to a finance company, a mortgage holder, or a utility.

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Smooth Moves-A Tale of Tells

opponents' tells-a mannerism that gives away their holdings-as an integral part of their strategy. As obvious as sweating while shaking hands or as subtle as the blink of an eye, it takes experience and a keen eye to read an opponent's tells. Enlightened players go to great lengths to hide any tells when they're at the table. A pair of sunglasses can do the trick. So can downright wacky antics. Tells are as varied as the players themselves. Most poker players agree that reading and hiding tells is vital to achieving success in poker.

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