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Turning the Tables: A Joe and Hobby Fiction

Hobby and I drove to the farmer's market in West L.A. to buy fresh veggies. He was on another health kick, concocting all sorts of liquefied vegetable goop to purify his body. I stay silent on the sidelines, knowing that in another week or so he'll be lusting over a medium-rare steak. Hobby was inspecting a bunch of organic kale when I spotted someone I recognized.

"Julie," I shouted to catch her attention. When she turned I saw her eyes were red. She wanted to be recognized like someone wanted to be stopped for speeding, but she managed to muster a smile for me.

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Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Sometimes in life, there are things we'd liked to have done differently, if given a second chance. So I asked Mike if there's anything he would do differently today regarding poker. He gave me a list of pitfalls he'd like to have avoided. He said that he allowed his ego to dictate too many times. When he was young, it was practically impossible for him to let a challenge go by. For no reason, except ego, he'd risk his whole bankroll. Mike suggests that you guard against gambling more than you can afford to lose. When you gamble above your bankroll, you often must rebuild it.

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U.S. Poker Players Believe Skill Outweighs Luck

A survey of U.S. poker players commissioned by The World Poker Exchange, sponsor of the upcoming London Open lifestyle poker tournament in August, reveals preferences regarding playing poker, a game that is reaching new heights in popularity. Seventy-five percent of players engage in a game at least three times a month. Respondents indicated that 39 percent play five times or more a month. A 57 percent majority of online poker players believe that winning is more about skill than luck versus the 74 percent of traditional casino poker players who believe that skill definitely trumps luck.

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Cardroom Round-up: Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino

[See also: Imperial Palace Card Room Listing]

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The Set-Up

A friend of mine has been pulling huge profits at a local (not-so-legal) cardroom. He employs some of the same tactics each time he plays, and it almost always works to the tune of hundreds of dollars per session. Through the early course of the game (NL Hold 'Em cash games), he'll intentionally call way too often and throw out some foolish bluffs. He is basically advertising that he is a complete fish. In reality, he is a very strong player with a keen ability to be able to read players.

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Is it Safe?

Those of you who have ever seen the movie Marathon Man are undoubtedly familiar with the question "Is it safe?". The evil Nazi dentist, Dr. Mengela, repeatedly inquired of the character played by Dustin Hoffman if it was safe. The Dustin Hoffman character kept replying "Is what safe?", as he had no clue as to what the crazed doctor, who was inflicting great pain, was referring to. The good doctor wanted to retrieve diamonds from a safety deposit box and was fearful that he would be ambushed after he took them out.

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Ernest Hemingway Author, Adventurer, Gambler

Ernest Hemingway lived large. As a writer, experiences were his raw material. Through novels, Hemingway described and defined, created, characterized, and questioned the culture, values and conflicts of 20th Century America. Long before his death in1961, he was considered a giant of modern literature.

Born in unexciting Oak Park, Illinois, in 1898, Ernest grew-up comfortably. His family consisted of his two sisters, his mother, and his father, a local doctor.

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Interview: Ari Mizrachi, Las Vegas Hilton Poker Room Manager

Ari Mizrachi was born in 1979 in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 13 his family relocated to North Miami, Florida. Ari left high school in the 11th grade to play professional Jai-Alai. That was 1996, his Jai-Alai career continued until 2004. During that time he also received an AA degree in Business Administration and is presently pursuing a degree in finance.

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The 2005 World Cup of Poker

The 2005 World Cup of Poker

The PokerStars World Cup of Poker, a free to qualify competition among national teams of poker players was completed recently with 40 different countries putting forward five strong teams selected through two Tournament Leader Board picks, two heads-up qualifiers, and one player nominated by PokerStars after consulting with the team's captain.

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Fred spotted me when I came into the card room on a lovely afternoon in late spring, and hustled over to tell me what had just happened. In the cutoff position of a ten-handed $4-8 Hold'Em game, Fred had raised with [Qh]-[Jc]. The Button and both Blinds folded. A new-to-Fred player in the #3 seat was the only caller. The Three checked the [5s]-[5h]-[9c] Flop. Fred bet and was called. Fred made Jacks-Up when the dealer turned the [Jd], for a [5s]-[5h]- [9c]-[Jd] tableau. The Three checked; Fred bet; the Three raised; Fred called. The River was the [Jh]. The Three came out betting.

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