In article after article, and forum post after forum post - the issue of 'bad beats' in online poker continues. On one hand, the conspiracy theorists throw out a variety of imaginative and intriguing suggestions as to why these occur. On the other; we have the counter arguments that focus on the actual odds of these so called 'bad beats'. The truth is, bad beats are part and parcel of the game.
I live in sunny California. This has been the hottest summer ever. We crank up the air conditioning despite of all the warnings that there might be power outages. Power is not my problem, it's the Southern California Edison's problem, and I pay for their services why should I worry?
...Everyone calls me "tikay" & I am delighted that I have been asked to contribute to Poker Player, the type of publication that we in Europe yearn for.
A few words about me first, so you know what you have got. Retired businessman, single, I just play & write about poker these days, and I am the Presenter of a TV show - Poker 425 - which airs 7 nights a week in Europe. And I am a partner in a Poker News Website, for which I produce the content, my other half being Dave "El Blondie" Colclough, whom I consider to be Europe's finest player.
I returned to the Bellagio for the first time since August. Man, I missed that place. Poker, Las Vegas, and the Bellagio are three words that just blend together perfectly. I was excited to cover the Festa al Lago IV poker tournament's main event, which began today. The four day affair has been dubbed the Doyle Brunson North American Classic. It's also a World Poker Tour event.
The other night, while seated at a hold'em table at the Bicycle Casino, an attractive older woman tapped me on the shoulder. "Can I talk to you?" she asked, with a big smile. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. (Beautiful women don't tap me on the shoulder very often.) Lynne had a copy of my recent column in Poker Player in her hand, but she really wanted to ask me about the cards used in playing poker. It seems that the design of the cards has been essentially unchanged since invented by the French some 300 years ago.
Sigmund Freud's theories on the subconscious and how actions will reveal what's going on inside of us predates the study of poker tells. Tells are also outside of the player's awareness. Otherwise, it's an act designed to mislead. Often, aggressive play reveals that a player is weak. Yet, mild plays say that the player is strong. Of course, veteran players who know this will throw you a curve and pretend to have a bad hand by being aggressive, attempting to trap an informed, unsuspecting player.
Mike Palm was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1973. His introduction to poker began at a very early age when his father's friends would come to the house every Saturday to play, among other games, poker, spades, hearts, and euchre. Mike continued the family tradition, organizing card games on the weekends with his high school buddies.
Since Iowa allowed legal gaming at age 18, Mike began playing cards at the local riverboat, Dubuque's Diamond Jo. He continued his poker hobby in college at Mesquawki Casino, just an hour's drive from Iowa State University.
Previously we analyzed "4-cards working together" where two of the 4 cards were a pair and the other 2 contained an Ace with a low card. The chart to the right presents only the profitable combinations where the pairs are combined with a deuce and another low card.
On a sunny day in early spring while waiting for a seat in a $4-8 Hold'Em game, I was trying to make an ordinary word from the letters, "G-N-AR- L-A," when Hakim came into my local card room, signed up for a $4-8 Omaha/8 game, walked over, sat, and asked if I had figured why he was "always getting quartered, or worse" with the nut Low. I had. How often, he asked.
Some of the hardest hit victims of Hurricane Katrina were Gulfport and Biloxi's casino barges. The real tragedy is that most of the damage could have been avoided with a little common sense.
Nothing could stop the high winds. But the storm also sent a roaring wall of water 30 feet high from the Gulf of Mexico smashing into the Mississippi coast.