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Act on Poker Momentum

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Slow Down to Speed Up

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The Nine Top Odds

By: George “The Engineer” Epstein

 

Poker celebrity Phil Hellmuth has his “Ten Top Starting Hands” for limit hold’em. So, today, here are my “Nine Top Odds” that are most important when playing hold’em, no matter the limits.

 

(1) At a full table (nine players), if you do not have an Ace in the hole, the odds are about 4-to-1 that an opponent does. At least one of your eight opponents will hold an Ace 80% of the time. Be prepared to fold if an Ace falls on the flop – unless you connect with a set or trips, two-pair, or draws to a big flush or open-ended straight.

 

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Taj Poker Room Falls For the Borgata

By: Wendeen H. Eolis

The Trump Taj Mahal Casino (“Taj”) poker room drew its biggest crowd in years, for its closing weekend, last month. The nostalgic full house bore respectful witness to the downfall of Atlantic City’s once most iconic card room.
 
People were there for a host of different reasons during the last step of transition from boom to bust. Poker executives of the Borgata Hotel and Casino were part of the mix.A reciprocal visit by Taj executives to the Borgata poker room soon followed--with variable greetings from players and personnel.           
 
 
A Curious Cast of Characters   
 
 

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Early Tournament Tips

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Set the Proper Tone Early in the Tournament

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Work in More Raises Post-Flop

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky

A raise can get you out of a tough spot - use it! 

Well it was an up and down week for me poker-wise. I won my first tournament of 2015 and made the final couple tables of a $300,000 guaranteed online tournament with over 1,200 entrants - which was nice, but a bit of a tease. I also made day 2 of the Venetian Main Event, but ended up calling a 4-bet with Ace-King against 99 and lost a big race. All and all I'm satisfied with how I played and will be playing a couple of the Wynn tournaments currently going on in Vegas. 

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Playing Out of Position Profitably

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky

Plug this common poker leak through creative aggression

It's often said you earn what you don't lose and that's never been more true than when we are playing out of position. If there ever was a vulnerable area within the game of poker worth examining, this is it.

Remember, we don't have to be in the blinds to be out of position, entering pots in early position will also put us out of position on a regular basis. As we become more confident and skilled, we're able to open up our game out of position to a large degree.

The wider you're calling out of position, the wider you need to be willing to try and take down pots.

It's important to accentuate your poker stance when out of position: attack weakness even stronger and stay out of the way of strength to minimize any losses.

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Justin Oliver - A Canadian Pro in the Business of Gold

By: Derrick Oliver

To suggest the start of Justin Oliver’s poker career has been ‘golden’ is to simply point out the obvious. The 38 year old Canadian has only been playing competitive poker for five years now and he already has a 1st and a 2nd at the World Series of Poker to his credit. You might say his whole life has been golden - literally. Oliver is the son of a very well-known businessman who deals primarily in gold and silver. A jeweler. But don’t make the mistake of calling his father the most famous jeweler in Canada.

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Internal Management Change Afoot At Poker Stars

by Wendeen Eolis BREAKING NEWS: From the Continent to the Isle of Man and across the ocean to North America, word on the street is that the latest round of musical chairs inside Poker Stars has ended with Michael Hazel, Rational Group's CFO, taking the seat at the head of the table. According to two PokerStars associates, Hazel who formerly worked for Microsoft Corporation on both sides of the pond has received the nod as new Chief Executive Officer of Rational Group (Poker Stars), a crown jewel in the expanding empire of Amaya Gaming. Earlier this week, Hazel, who was hired by PokerStars before the infamous Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act became law in 2006, served as Rational Group's Chief Financial Officer at the time the Company was acquired by Amaya. He remained in this role in the first months of the acquisition, but was known to be a contender, as was Rafi Ashkenazi, the COO, for the top job at PokerStars.

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Your Poker Mental Health: Avoiding Steaming (Tilt)

By: Ashley Adams
 
I meet a lot of people away from the poker table who are not serious poker players. They often want to be – but just aren’t. They are often familiar with the game, want to get better, but have never seriously considered the skills involved. The conversation often gets around to my decades of poker playing experience and what two or three things I think make someone a good poker player.
 
It’s an interesting question for the serious player (which I surmise you are if you’re reading this article on poker). What are the most important skills we good players develop – that the losing player doesn’t have?
 

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2014 WSOP Fun Facts Part 3

by Joseph Smith Sr.

We begin with another archive image from the 2004 WSOP Main Event.  We see Winner Greg Raymer keeping a close watch on the table.  More importantly, we see the hauntingly intense face of Josh Arieh staring down the barrel of the camera.  This is a well documented, historic time slice of the famous WSOP tournament and you can read about it here on Wikipedia.

Although we have published most of the press releases from the 2014 WSOP we will continue to point out what we consider to be interesting and important facts from the summer event.  OK. Let's get right to it.

The range of players' ages ranged from just 21 to 93 years old.  Can anyone out there list a sport that has such an age spread among competitors?

This year's youngest player was Zachary Zaffos of Weston Beach, Florida whom turned 21 on Day 1B of the Main Event and then played on Day 1C in the Main Event making him 21 years and one day old.  The oldest player was William Wachter of Carmel, NY whom was 93-years-old.  Both of the players were eliminated on Day 1.

The oldest player to cash in the 2014 WSOP Main Event was 90-year-old Henry Orenstein.  He finished 8th in Event #61, the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud World Championship and collected $31,419.  For those wondering how tough the competition was, Phil Hellmuth finished two spots up from Orenstein in 6th place.

Mr. Orenstein is the inventor of the game changing hole cam that allows TV viewers to see a player's hole cards.  He is also a member of the Poker Hall of Fame.  In 1996 he entered the Seven-Card Stud championship and took home the WSOP gold bracelet.  Surviving the three days of intense, world class competition is quite a feat for any player, much less a 93-year-old poker player.  

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