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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, Thursday the 19th, 2007, is the last day to register online at the Nevada SPCA website for the Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament at Caesars Palace to take place Friday, April 20th, at High Noon. The proceeds left from the recommended $300 donation go to the SPCA local no-kill animal shelter.
The Peppermill made a major commitment to Poker two years ago when it remodeled the poker room. They enlarged the room, filled it with the finest tables and chairs and "landscaped"it into an important feature of the casino.
An expensive communication system was installed allowing players to see what games and limits are available, watch their name progress on waiting lists, or study the clock during tournaments. Wall-to-wall large, flat-screen TVs allow every player to watch their other favorite game.
Without a vision the people perish-this is from the good book. Without taking a risk or gambling, the people of the world would not have all the things that we have. When we take risks, we create jobs, create new things-food-shelter-clothing, and have babies and marriages. We all gamble everyday in one way or another. I have been reading a book written by a good friend of mine who married one of our Oklahoma beauties-Miss Oklahoma.
From an infant to the eldest adult, we collectively experience decisions that reflect our level of both understanding and experience. Even the lowliest of decisions - as in selecting to either skip or partake in breakfast - require some pondering to decide. Should I have cereal - (cold cereal, or hot cereal) - eggs and bacon, toast and jelly, pancakes... yes, pancakes; or do I want French toast or waffles?
There are certain things that happen to me if I decide to play poker after a situation has arisen. The frame of mind that I need to be in to engage the game at full strength is somehow diluted before I ever sit down. Yes, negative energy seeps into the crevices of my normally free-flowing blood stream and eventually invades my psyche. Even though every fiber in my body is screaming "no," "deal me in" is the way I will usually go. Knowing that I need to focus more than ever, my mind starts to drift about things that I hate at the table.