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Freudian Chips

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.

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Mike Palm - Card Room Manager for the Tuscany

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.

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Omaha H/L: Choosing a Game Format to Play

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.

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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.

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Perks and Picks

Near Palm Springs, California, the Agua Caliente Casino and Spa Resort Casino are offering several new promotions in October and November.

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Entertainment Report

I've been a busy guy this past week, and one of the things I did was to take in the new Folies Bergere show at the Tropicana. I can see why this show has been running for an unbelievable 45 years, every one of them at the Trop. The reason is simple. They keep it fresh with new numbers, new themes, great sets and costumes and, of course, the entertainers.

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Player Profile: Mike Caro

So where did this "Mad Genius of Poker" thing originate?

Mike Caro appears to have given the question some careful thought.

The world has seen that look in countless print ads hyping the 61-year-old Caro's strategies for playing more effective poker . . .

Caro eyeing the camera with the slightly frantic air of a man who's suddenly remembered he's supposed to be somewhere else. Caro holding a couple cards extended, his vanishing hair going this way and that. Would you take poker lessons from this man?

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No More Floating Poker Games in Mississippi

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.

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Bellagio Festa al Lago Poker Tournament Event #8

[See Also: Festa al Lago Tournament Results]

The eighth event of the Festa al Lago IV was played on Sunday. The final day got under way with twelve players that decided to quit at 3:00am since they hadn't gotten down to the final table nine. The nine survivors from the starting field of 292 was reached and the final table begin and quickly began losing players. The heads up action began after Vadim Trineher was eliminated in the third slot and received $71,675 from the prize pool of $708,100.

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Dan Alspach Wins $200,000 at Event 7 of the Bellagio Festa al Lago Poker Tournament

The seventh final table of the Bellagio Festa al Lago IV Poker Tournament was played on Saturday. The final table nine included professional poker players Dan Alspach, John Phan, and Chip Jett. The chip leader coming to the table was Dan Alspach with $251,000 and Mike Burns was second in the count with $179,000. The short stack of $48,000 in chips was owned by Justin Gaines, he was also the first player eliminated from the final table taking $8,220 for ninth place back home to Boca Raton, Florida.

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