Despite a popular misconception, men did not win the West alone. Women were there too. Gambling, almost exclusively a male activity thrived among the miners, cowboys and loggers of the American frontier. "Gamblin'," as one boomtown bartender remembered it, "was a man's job, like fightin' and steer ropin'."
The hot topic during Sweeps Week for a local TV station at the end of February was poker cheating. Their feature story appeared shortly after the book Catching Poker Cheats (Illustrated Methods of How Hustlers Take Your Money) came across my desk. It took only a short time for me to realize I'd seen this book before but I knew it wasn't entirely new. Turns out, this is a reprint of a book called Dealing With Cheats, which was originally published in 1973 and has now been reprinted with a new title, and a new chapter keyed to online poker.
Today we will look at the results of 10,000,000 hands dealt at an average table. Will the numbers be an average of the result attained from the loose table and the tight table?
The entire history of the United States, particularly the Western lore, were all about gambling, and in particular all about poker. Even though for many years playing poker was not considered something that nice people would want to do, the fact remains that many presidents of the United States going back to the Revolutionary war, and soon thereafter, and for all the years since, all played poker.
Poker players have an intimate relationship with Lady Luck. They seek her blessing and curse her when she favors another lover. She has no sense of justice. All evening long she will lavish her charms on the most undeserving suitor, leaving others frustrated and spent.
Some believe the secret to controlling the Temptress of Timing is a special hat. When the lucky hat is working, these players often try to stimulate it by lifting it up, turning it around, or fidgeting with it in order to try to get it to respond.
The Good News: The math is pretty simple and if you can do 5th grade math you will be able to compute the odd's well enough to win.
Fact 1: There are 52 cards in the deck.
Fact 2: There are 4 suits in the deck, 13 cards in each suit. Unlike bridge, suits do not count. In other words all four aces are of equal value. Given the above facts you can begin to calculate a little about odds and to begin to understand a little about probability.
1. What is the probability of randomly drawing the Ace of spades?
There are not many performers who can remain at the peak of their game over the span of more than 40 years, but that's just what Dionne Warwick, who appears March 30 at Harrahs Rincon, has done. Since recording her first single in 1962, Warwick has always enjoyed a huge audience, although it's a little difficult to define her style. In some ways, it is easier to define her by what she isn't, rather than what she is. Although she grew up singing in church, she is not a gospel singer. And although Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan are clear influences, she is not a jazz singer.
Stella Romanski found a nickel token in a slot machine tray and won a jackpot, thanks to a runaway jury and judges who think casinos have too much money.
Stella, 72, had paid $9.00 for bus rides and a lunch buffet at Detroit's MotorCity casino. After playing nickel slots with no luck, Stella apparently decided to do a little "slot-walking," looking in the trays for spare change. She found one nickel token.
In my last article we compared two different loose tables to see what kind of player would dominate and what hands would win. Unquestionably the tighter players outperform the looser players. Before you continue reading, jot down how many hands per hundred dealt, you play. If that number is too high for you to work with, count the number of hands you play in a single round with ten seated players at the table. If all else fails just jot down how many hands you play per hour. If the dealer is good you may get 20 to 25 hands per hour.
Most of us have heard the expression Monkey in the Middle or have played the game as children. How I relate this phrase to poker is holding a medium strength hand where you must realize that you are either way ahead or possibly buried by your opponent's holding. The trick, of course, is figuring out which of these two possibilities is reality. The way to help determine where you stand is to analyze the betting coupled with the board cards and knowledge of your opponent's tendencies Admittedly, this is many times easier said than done. It is certainly not an exact science.