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Jackpot, Crackpot

Today I am going to present my selection for the all time worst play in the annuals of recorded card playing history. Before I go any further, I would just like to point out that I would do this player no justice if I merely awarded this player the year-end 2005 Bonehead- ineptitude-moronic-play-of-the-year trophy! No, he rightfully deserves better than that, say like a...gigantic sign posted in his front lawn, stating in part: "You ain't 'gon believe how badly this guy who lives here, played this poker hand at the neighborhood casino"

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Teaching How to Play Winning Poker: Part 3

In the first two parts of this series, we told you how the course came to be and how it evolved; why the classroom environment is ideal for teaching the game of poker; and the course content leading to the students being ready to go out into the real world of poker playing. This final part of the series will discuss teaching philosophy, teaching advanced concepts to the more experienced students; practice playing; and what does the future hold?

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Robert C. Schenck America's First Ambassador of Poker

Although the passion for Poker is international, it is an American game. It developed here in the early 1800s and has been a part our national history and culture ever since.

The British were the first Europeans to embrace Poker. Today, the Brits are among the best. The man who introduced America's Game to the British and the world was Robert C. Schenck, of Ohio, in 1871.

One writer called it, "the most significant export from the New World since the potato."

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Today's Word is... 'Proportional'

Televised poker has brought big changes. The two most conspicuous are (1) hold 'em is now the game of choice almost everywhere; and (2) poker tournaments are much more popular.

You've heard me talk quite a bit about poker tournaments - how they should be modified, why I don't play many, simple strategy for profit, and more. Let's go beyond that. Here's advice specific to your tournament chips and how you should use them to control your fate.

I think you'll be surprised. Let's listen to a strategy lecture I delivered long ago...

Tournaments: Your chips, your chances

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Itty Bitty Flush

LindaMae lay in wait for me on that chilly Thursday afternoon in November. When she saw me she left her table, steamed over to me and said, "You wrote that the chance of exactly two people having a Flush is 4.4%, is that right?" I said that that was correct in a ten-handed game when there were three trumps on the table and she had none. "Then when I have a Flush, the chance that anyone else has one has to be less than 4.4%, right?" she asked. Wrong, I told her. "What," she exploded, "how can that be?"

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Omaha H/L: Straight Draws

Straight draws, in and of themselves are not profitable unless combined with a low draw. This was the lesson we learned last time. Can we improve upon the results by pairing one of our cards? Not just any card, let's pair the high card affording us the best opportunity for our pair to hold up. For this simulation I kept all the parameters the same as in part 1 and tried to keep both the player's cards and the flop similar. The results are presented below. So did the addition of a pair improve the net? The simply answer is yes.

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Small Stakes No Limit Hold'em Tournaments: Strategy Review

Writing a series on smallstakes poker tournaments has been very enjoyable for me. At the same time, it has brought a certain amount of pressure from my friends...especially when I bust out before they do. As the months have gone by, I am even more convinced today that adapting these principles to fit your style of play mixed in with some good decision-making will make you a winner.

This is the final article covering the 8 key concepts for small-stakes tournaments. Let's wrap up this series by reviewing the concepts:

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Just a great day!

Having to miss Australia as well as the start of Tunica - I have had to do with playing the daily Bellagio events. But even then things seemed to go downhill as far as poker was concerned, by becoming the victim of a heavy cold. In the past, this did not deter me from going and playing tournaments. However, (as I have mentioned in past articles) feeling rundown and poker do not mix. In fact, my only series of losses came during a period when I tried to defy similar conditions. I therefore made a promise that I would never play poker when unwell. However......

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Mike Caro's Four Color Deck

Did you know that there was a C-Day? Yes, on February 18, 1995 Mike's ingenious idea for a four color deck blossomed and was presented at selected poker tables in 65 casinos worldwide, making his dream come true. C-Day stood for Color Day. The four color deck consists of each suit being identified by its own color. Clubs are green, diamonds are blue, hearts remain red and spades remain black. This would simplify identifying your cards.

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Which No Limit Hold'Em Game is Right for You?

In the last two articles I revealed that not all no limit hold em cash games are created equal. When a cap is implemented by a casino the strategy in the game is very similar to how one should play in a no limit hold em tournament that allows rebuys.

The Casino's reason for the cap is very simple from an economic standpoint. Players who do not go broke on one hand can continue to play and the casino can continue to take a rake as long as they have enough customers to fill the games. The limitations placed with a cap helps them more than it helps the player.

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