My cell phone buzzed. It was Hank Roberts, an Army buddy from Nam. "What's up, Hank? You still hustling real estate in the Valley?"
"Hi, Joe. Matter of fact I am-and doing well. How are you?"
"I'm fine and dandy. So what's up? You didn't call just to inquire about my health."
"Ah, you're so perceptive, Joe. You're right; I'm calling on you as a poker expert."
"Not confusing me with Mike Caro, are you?"
"Hell, I don't even know him, but you have more poker savvy than anyone I do know."
"My dubious credentials aside, what's this all about?"
MANSIONpoker.net and FOX Sports have partnered to bring to television the most ambitious poker project to date. MANSIONpoker.net Poker Dome Series has finally found a home in downtown Las Vegas at the Neonopolis mall located a block south of the end of the light canopy over Fremont Street. Three of the theatres at Neonopolis are being transformed into the Poker Dome. The Poker Dome is the world's first custom designed poker arena that will accommodate an audience of 200 around a final poker table enclosed in a glass dome of silence, ala the old TV series, Get Smart.
Mike Caro left Los Angeles a little over four years ago to retire to the Ozarks and live the life of a hermit. He spent two years researching places in the United States that could provide friendly, caring people, lakes and forests full of fish and animals, seasonal, mild weather, and a focus on low crime. The Ozarks scored highly in his search for the perfect place.
I am finding that most poker players do very little to help improve their overall game. A huge majority believe that they'll miraculously improve simply by logging lots of hours playing online, dabbling in home games, and taking a few trips to the casino each year. While time at the tables is indeed an important factor, it is not always an optimal or effective means to personal poker betterment. I always try to encourage poker players to seek out alternate means of poker training. I compare this mentality to that of a coach of any sports team.
So it doesn't matter, if you are 19 or a 105, discipline is a practice, you gain it through experience and practice.
Playing the right cards in the hole I find, is thee, most important part of the game, don't play manure cards, that's why you're losing dumb, dumb. I'm the first, number one and biggest dumb, dumb, so don't think I am only addressing YOU. Yeah you! Have patience, wait, read, talk, eat, wait for the right cards, you know what they are; you know which ones you should play, wait, then, ATTACK.
In my book, Beyond Tells, I detail the six ways of spending time when you are with other people, whether visiting or playing poker. You can spend your time being Withdrawn, Ritualistic, Pastiming, Working, Playing Psychological Games, or being Genuine. The least risky way to play is to be withdrawn. The most risky way to be at the tables is to be genuine. Here's how I described each:
John Stewart was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1971 and lived the life of a self-proclaimed beach bum. At the age of 16 he moved to Central California with his family.
John began his career in the gaming industry as a security guard at the age of 18 at another Native American property in the central valley. At the age of 19 he began dealing in the pit for casino gaming legend Steve Forte. John broke into poker at the age of 20 and spent the next 13 years dealing and working the floor in the poker room.
Hakim was taking a break from his Omaha/8 game on a cloudy Monday afternoon in midwinter. He looked glum so I went over to lend him some cheer. After some pleasantries, he asked me about suited starts in Omaha. It seemed to him that his suited starting hands weren't standing up. When there were three or more trumps on the table, there was often a pair on the table, making someone else a Full House; when there wasn't a pair, then his Flush would lose to a higher one.
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.