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Seniors’ Scene - A Hand To Remember

By George “The Engineer” Epstein
There are literally millions of possible five-card hands you can make while playing poker.  Hands like a royal straight flush and four-of-a-kind (quads) certainly are memorable.  They are so rare, and naturally get our attention.  Later, you may even want to tell others about it when you catch such a hand.
Even more memorable is a hand like the one I am about to describe to you – replete with suspense and intrigue. . .
Playing Texas hold’em, it’s not unusual to be dealt two horrible downcards such as:
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Seniors’ Scene - Was it a Bad Beat?

By George “The Engineer” Epstein
Playing in a $4-$8 limit hold’em game at a local casino, it had not been a good night for me.  I was quite a bit behind;  and it was getting close to time for me to head home.  As the game had progressed, it had become more aggressive, with frequent raises and reraises before the flop.  A young man joined our table, two seats before me, and proceeded to raise almost every hand.  Probably a “maniac,” I concluded.   Fortunately, I had position over him for most of the hands dealt.  
The pots had grown substantially.  If I could win a couple of these big pots, I might yet go home a winner. . .
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Evaluating Tells

By George “The Engineer” Epstein
A skilled poker player always seeks out tells from his opponents.  Tells are mannerisms that reveal information that can help him make better decisions – win more often and bigger pots.
The easiest tells are when the cards are first being dealt out.  I always teach my poker classes to especially observe the players to their left as they first look at their holecards.  Those are the ones who will be betting after you. 
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Shaping Your Image

by Ashley Adams

I have found that as my opponents play more “correctly”—that is to say as they cease to be bad calling stations, my old tight aggressive, “ABC” poker is less profitable. I don’t make as much money off of bad calls, which was the main part of my profit, because my opponents aren’t calling as readily as they used to with second best hands. Accordingly, it’s critical for those of us who care about winning to regularly assess what we’re doing and how it’s working and then redesign what we do to take advantage of the changed circumstance. I’ve been doing exactly that over the last couple of years and especially over the last six months. During that time I’ve worked on two things, chiefly: aggression and image. I’ve addressed the subject of aggression in previous articles, and I’ll address it more in the future. So let’s look at how you can make more money by changing your image.

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Mike Caro: Today's Word is... MODERN

This is my 200th column in this modern Poker Player Newspaper series.

 I say “modern,” because I was editor-in-chief of the same-named publication founded by Stanley Sludikoff—also the current publisher and founder— during the 1980s. I wrote many early columns for that pioneering newspaper, before this series began. In fact, the newspaper you’re holding is a revival of the original Poker Player that helped put poker on the map.

 Enough history. In today’s self-interview, the interviewer has decided to ask for clarifications about poker tips that I’ve provided in my previous 199 columns. And I’m fine with that.

 Question 1: In your first modern column, today’s word was “Idiots.” And you called people idiots who devalued psychology in poker. Could you elaborate?

Lessons from The Mike Caro university of poker Agitation + Tilt = Loss

by Diane McHaffie
A few years ago, Mike and I were on our way to the blackjack salon at the Rio, when a well-dressed gentleman brushed past us, a scowl furrowing his brow, muttering in an agitated matter. Roller-coaster: The gentleman introduced himself as Brent, acknowledging that he was aware of Mike’s reputation, said he wasn’t much of a blackjack player, but had been running badly at poker. He was only going to invest $1,000. He then fell silent, except for occasional mutterings. Because of his apparent emotional state, I was concerned about his ability to make good money decisions.

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No-Limit Hold'em's Age Gap

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.

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Mike Caro: Today's Word is... ADVICE

As we continue our series of self-interviews, I’d like to deal with a special request. The persona who usually interviews me has taken today off. His replacement has asked if he can ask questions seeking poker advice that applies strictly to him.


I said yes. I’m gambling that any advice applying to him will also help others. So let’s see. Here’s the interview…


Question 1: I have a $500 bankroll, which I’ve gradually built from $20 playing at 50-cent and $1 blinds, no-limit hold’em. Last night there was a game with $1 and $3 blinds that had very loose and weak players. Should I have sat in that game, instead?



Some players quit playing poker every time they lose. Would you quit playing baseball, chess, or golf when you have a bad day? Losing is part of the game; just like winning. So this is not about quitting poker. Like Scotty Nguyen jokingly says, "When I don't make 4 million dollars poker in a year, I'll quit."

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