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Ron Carbaugh: Cardroom Manager for Chumash Casino

Ron Carbaugh was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1941 and raised in Denver, Colorado. He attended Colorado University in 1961 but left after his first year to return to Battle Creek. Once back in his home town he went to work as a grocery store manager.

In 1968 he took a sales position with Kellogg's of Battle Creek Ron was immediately transferred to Los Angeles, California. In 1970 he was transferred to Santa Barbara, California and in 1976 he was promoted and transferred to Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Good Humor Woman

Sitting at the bar, Bill spied me leaving the poker room and waved for me to join him. An attractive blonde still in her twenties, the bartender fixed me with a warm smile as she served me a small draft beer. Watching her bustle about the busy bar, Bill mused that her sole experience at Hold'Em had been unsuccessful. Interested, I asked for the details.

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Viva La Difference

I hear a lot of "poker babble" at the tables. Some players talk about tells and bluffs like they are the same thing. And then it may sound like everything is a trap. You will here that word mentioned like it's a bluff. Not all tells are bluffs and not all bluffs are traps. So, let's do some defining to see how to distinguish tells from bluffs from traps.

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Today's word is... 'Tipping'

Sometimes in poker, things that seem unimportant make a shocking difference to your bankroll. Tipping the dealer is an example. Most of us tip routinely and appropriately. And I'm in favor of that, as you'll soon discover.

But one thing that's seldom discussed is that tipping changes the value of poker hands and often dictates which ones we can profitably play.

I'd feel honored if you listened closely to this obscure lecture I delivered online years ago.

The odd truth about tipping

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Poker Therapy: Deserve

Psychologists and counselors have long researched and studies human motivations and behaviors. While much of what we do as human beings (and why we do it) is still only explained in loose theory and general concepts, we do see and understand definitive patterns in many psychological processes and outcomes. The understanding of these theories combines with experience to afford mental health professionals insights that many in the general public might not easily grasp. An example of this is when we see women who seem mired in abusive and harmful relationships.

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Card Room Round-Up: Gold Coast Hotel and Casino

The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino was opened in 1985 by Michael Gaughan, son of Las Vegas legend, Jackie Gaughan. Michael already owned the successful Barbary Coast on the Las Vegas Strip when he correctly read the local market potential for Las Vegas neighborhood resorts even though his critics forecast failure for his off-strip Gold Coast project. Doubters even criticized the overall size of the casino, saying it was all wrong...far too big.

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In a perfect world, we'd get to play poker as much as we want. In a perfect world, the game would always be on and the game would always be soft. In a perfect world, there would never be family obligations or work-related travel or gridlocky traffic jams to block the straight line between poker desire and poker bliss. In a perfect world...

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The State of Stud, Part 2

You can still find a stud game in Las Vegas - but they're few and far between. The Bellagio usually (though not always I discovered) has a $20/40 game - but my attempts to get into it proved unsuccessful because of the long list for the one game. Former oasis of stud action like the Orleans, the Mirage and the Luxor were completely dry when I stopped in and called (though the Mirage told me they had a $1-5 game sometimes). I did manage to get into one game (that I'll write about later) at the El Cortez. And I was told that they spread low limit stud at Sam's Town and at the Excalibar.

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Tournament Time in Reno & NW

The focus of this column, "North by Northwest", is poker throughout northern California, northern Nevada and the Northwest. Over the next two months, the three biggest annual poker tournaments of the season in this region will occur in succession. If you're a player, here's your agenda --

It's PEPPERMILL poker time. The annual "Spring Poker Tournament" blossoms Feb. 26th and continues through March 5th. There'll be two events a day; the main event at noon and a second feature at 7pm. Promises a frenzy of flops fulfilled and flops failed.

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Perks and Picks

Harrah's Entertainment wraps up its national "Treasure Hunt" promotion this month on March 19. Participants can instantly win up to $1,000 cash, jewelry, or even a finalist spot for the $1 Million Treasure Hunt. Las Vegas Strip hotel casinos including Caesar's Palace, Harrah's, Flamingo, Paris, Bally's and the Rio are all participating. On April 23, the $100,000 Search the Strip Finale will be held. Finalists will search the Strip high and low in a unique scavenger hunt of epic proportions.

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