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United States of Poker: North Dakota

States with a long history of gaming, such as North Dakota, once had poker rooms in the late '80s and early '90s. This was before slot machines and video poker had really taken hold; people went to casinos to play card games, for the most part. These poker rooms flourished in those days. When electronic gambling arrived, these poker rooms shrunk or even closed altogether, and it's only now that the tradition is returning. It's almost like they're getting the band back together.

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Playing Small Pocket Pairs

Let's continue along the road of identifying weaknesses in our game and then proactively setting a goal to eliminate them. Done properly, this will result in stronger play at the tables and therefore bigger cash outs at the cage. We've all heard the maxim of "Play live cards in Stud and high cards in Hold'em." If you start out with little cards in Hold'em, unless the flop nails your hand, you're going uphill all the way. What about pairs? Since the odds of being dealt a pair before the flop are 16 to 1, they tend to look pretty good, especially after you have mucked complete rags for an hour.

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Edgar Allan Poe Author & Poet, Drunk & Gambler

Among any Gallery of Great American Writers, none has a higher place than Edgar Allan Poe. A lonely, tortured genius, he crafted tales of terror and poems of passion and pain.

Born in Boston in 1809, Poe's parents were struggling actors. By the time he was three, both parents had died. He was taken in by acquaintances John and Fanny Allan, a childless couple.

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Hold'em Japan: A Joe and Hobby Fiction

Hobby and I met for lunch at Marlow's, an upscale seafood place in West L.A. Since it was my turn to buy, Hobby picked this place so I wouldn't get off lightly.

"A drink before lunch?"

an effervescent waitress asked.

"Golden margarita," Hobby answered. I might usually go for the same, but I wanted something lighter.

"I'll have a Captain Morgan spicy rum and tonic, please." I replied.

"What's that, Joe?" "It's a little different; it suits me today."

"I'll try one, too. Skip the margarita."

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Card Room Round-Up: Sam's Town

[See Also: The Card Room Directory entry for Sam's Town]

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Poker Cop: 'O' is for Open

I scream hysterically, "Don't shoot! . . . Don't! . . ."

"Don't shoot," says Don Paulo quietly. No one shoots.

"I believe you, Mr. Thayer. Keep searching for this 'Small Man.'"

"I will, but I want something in return."


"The girl, Jenny. Give her back."

The Don says, "My father once told me never mix women and poker."

When I don't reply he says, "Your funeral." And walks away.

My funeral will have to wait. I take Don Giuseppe's $25 poker chip out of the cast on my left arm and tell Jake, "We're going to The Limp Inn."

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True Red Dog

A few years ago, some of the casinos tried to put in a variety of Red Dog as a table game. They called it Red Dog but that was a misnomer as the game they introduced actually was In Between. In Betweeners is nothing more than just a kitchen table game.

True Red Dog is a four-card poker game in which you don't play against each other, you play against the money in the pot and against the deck. So it is not a competitive game between the players.

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The Weak Lead: Strategy and Counter Strategy, PART III

[Read the first and second part of this article]

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Today's Word is... 'Seat'

Sometimes when I say some seats at a poker table are better than others, people just snicker. They think I'm kidding, because I make such a big deal in my teachings about not being superstitious.

Superstition, you see, does only one thing well. It reduces choices. It takes options out of your playbook and costs you money.

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Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship (WPT): Mihn Ly wins

After four grueling days of poker at the Las Vegas Bellagio Resort's Casino in Las Vegas, the World Poker Tour crowned it's newest champion when Minh Ly beat Dan Harrington heads up to win $1 million in the Doyle Brunson North American Classic for the main and final event of the Festa al Lago IV poker tournament.

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