Robert Daily was born in Dallas, Texas in 1943. He graduated from Bryan Adams High School in 1961 and followed that up by earning a BBA degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas. Robert enlisted in the United States Army in 1966. He spent the majority of his tour of duty as a pilot in Southeast Asia and was honorably discharged in 1969.
In my last column, I discussed the benefits of what Mike terms "a wild image."
His image at the poker table borders on a fun, but friendly form of insanity. It's an image that he has perfected so well that it comes naturally and smoothly to him.
Vince Burgio is one of the most likable high-stakes poker players anywhere. Forsaking the safety of his contracting business, Burgio eased into the world of poker before leaving the working-day life for the game became acceptable and popular. And now he's written a charming, colorful book that bears the unusual title of Pizza, Pasta and Poker -- The Private & Public Life of a Professional Poker Player.
Damon Runyon is a distinguished writer for his talented perception and portrayal of an America not commonly given to glory. In the years between World Wars, he wrote of bettors, bootleggers and Broadway.
After the scandals of political corruption and payoffs of the 1920s, the Stock Market collapse in1929, and ensuing Great Depression "30s, Runyon's tales of gamblers and gangsters who endeavored to beat the odds found a sympathetic audience.
One of the most perplexing problems facing a sophisticated poker player is when to stop raising. Should you elevate the pot one last time or call a truce and see what happens? Often there are advantages to just calling. But there are advantages to taking the initiative with a re-raise, too.
What should you do? Well, here's a lecture I gave years ago that can give you some valuable insight.
When should you raise AGAIN?
What I'm going to teach you today will earn money for you in all forms of poker, but we're going to use seven stud as an example.
Less ego, less expectations, less demands, less lies, less resentments, less jealousy and less 'BS' means MORE MONEY.
BEING PRESENT is the ultimate blessing in poker and life. Just get rid of those distractions that keep you from being who you really are. If you are not who you really are, you are no one and nowhere. Call Mapquest for driving directions. Without your current location, they cannot help you.
So it's Boxing day morning and I'm chilling out by playing a little online poker.
The problem with early mornings is that the selection of games is limited. I therefore decided on the ultimate chill, heads-up challenges.
In the first part of this series, we told you how the course came to be and how it evolved; and why the classroom environment is ideal for teaching the game of poker.
About the course. In all, the course consisted of seven sessions, each 1 and a half hours long. The first hour was spent on lecture and class discussion. The last part of each session was devoted to actually dealing and playing hands of hold'em. That gave the students hands-on experience and an opportunity to ask questions in real time. We played only with chips. No money was involved.
Yeah I know you're an old hand. You read these columns more for amusement than instruction. Hell, let's face it. With all of your experience and common sense at the table you could write the column. I know. I know.
Even so, every now and then, it helps even the most seasoned veteran player to return to the basics - if only to remind himself of the rudiments of good play. It is possible, after all, that even the best of us, in our desire to be tricky and unpredictable, stray too far from the core elements of winning play. So with an eye toward fundamentals, let me return to the basics.