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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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More Influential Non-Poker Books

Paul ‘Dr. Pauly’ McGuire
I’m an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction books. In my previous column, I discussed four non-poker books that influenced my poker game: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig), The Gambler (Fyodor Dostoevsky), The Art of War (Sun Tzu), and The Warrior Within (Bruce Lee). In this column, I’m going to share three more non-poker books that radically helped me think outside of the box: Blink (Malcolm Gladwell), Switch (Chip Heath and Dan Heath), and Hamlet (William Shakespeare).

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Cheaters Beware

by Sarah Hale

 In recent columns I’ve written about poker tips. Today I’d like to touch on the topics of collusion and soft play.

 Collusion and soft play are often overlooked at the most common poker games. How many times have you played against a group of friends or even just a group of regulars? If you can remember any of these situations, chances are you’ve run into soft play, if not outright collusion. You might even be guilty of it yourself.

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Poker Scandal Part 4

Editorial By Stanley R. Sludikoff, Publisher
Read: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

In this segment it is my intention to take up the issue of the alleged illegal activities of poker celebrities Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer, et. al. I say “alleged” because no indictments have been handed down, and everyone should be granted the supposition of innocence until proven guilty.

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GLEE

by Barbara Connors
 
If ever a concept appeared to be a perfect fit for the game of poker, it’s schadenfreude. A German word now commonly used in English, there’s no precise translation but essentially it refers to feeling pleasure from the misfortune of others. Schadenfreude is the opposite of compassion—instead of experiencing pity and a desire to help when we witness a fellow human in distress, we feel a secret (or not-so-secret) sense of delight.

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You Are Being Watched

“Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not watching you.”
 
Black Friday changed the way a lot of us play poker.
 
I enjoy and give full credit to online poker: it is an excellent training-ground—the place to learn the game and begin to understand betting patterns, where you can use tools like PokerEdge, Sharkscope, and Hold’em Manager, not to mention a handy little sheet of paper with hand rankings and percentages you can post next to your monitor.
 
But from the start of my poker career I have maintained that the authentic poker player is the live cash game player.
 

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Lou Krieger On Poker: Cash Games or Tournaments

Back in poker’s Pleistocene age, before television and the internet changed things forever, poker meant cash games. But when poker and television discovered each other, it was love at first sight. They were made for each other. Tournaments provide the viewing audience with winners and losers, heroes and villains, and the same sense of drama found in all sorts of sporting events.

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