This is a dangerous article. I'm going to deal with ethnic stereotyping. If you're not up to it just look at the nice ads and turn the page. It was 10:00 AM Saturday morning. Foxwoods was very crowded... There were four $20/40 tables going, but no seats available. So I watched while I waited - trying to figure out which would be the best game to sit in. Three of the tables had the line ups I had become accustomed to in early morning games - a bunch of older white guys. I knew many of them.
Two decades ago, industrious poker players, Yours Truly among them, wore the covers off WSOP two-time grand champion Doyle Brunson's Super System and poet laureate Al Alvarez' Biggest Game in Town. Super System was quickly revered as the definitive poker text book, and Al Alvarez' riveting narrative about the players and the action at the World Series of Poker taught and entertained all who populated the poker scene circa 1980.
The excitement of playing poker doesn't encourage players to fold their hands. No, they're hoping to play, and if they think they have a reason to call, they will. It doesn't need to be a good reason, either. Sometimes, just the excitement itself will do. Calling gives players the chance to gain the proceeds from the pot; folding doesn't. Most of your opponents have a tendency to call more than they should, and this is their biggest mistake. You should persuade them to repeat this mistake as much as possible. They're often calling with weak hands and this can work to your advantage.
I first met Charlie Shoten at Sam's Town casino in Las Vegas last December, at a breakfast "meet and greet" before the first WPBT live tournament. Charlie was scheduled to speak about his upcoming book No-Limit Life. He offered insight into his Ten Commitments along with suggestions on how to eliminate 'Thought Terrorists' (TT) out of your life. Since that day, I had been waiting for his book to come out. I'm an avid reader and was eager to read about Charlie's thoughts on life and how it specifically applies to your poker game.
If you play Omaha H/L 8 or better in live games in a brick and mortar casino you have inevitably heard someone say "You need to play 4 cards working together." Just what does that mean? Does it even make sense? Should you play any 4 cards working together? Four cards working together: Does it mean 2 cards to the high with 2 cards to the low as in 3-8-9-K? Does it mean 4 cards toward the low (5-6-7-8) or 4 cards to the high (9-T-J-Q)? Should they be to the nut low (A-2-3-4) or nut high only (A-K-Q-J)? Are any double suited cards, regardless of rank, considered 4 cards working together?
In poker it is legal to steal. If you can steal two or three pots during the course of a session, that may well be the margin of victory for you. "Making your move" is a super strategy to help you win the pot without holding the best hand. Like other bluffing strategies, there is a right time and a right way to make such a move successfully. Otherwise you would be wasting your hard-earned money ($$$).
The first thing you notice about former World Series of Poker Champ Chris "Jesus" Ferguson is the "look," even before you hear a shortened account of his poker table successes.
But wait a moment . . . let's get the name thing straight first. Actually, it's DR. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, More on that later.
Yes, it's the "look" that stops people who don't know him: the long dark hair, the black western hat and the dark glasses, all worn with just a touch of attitude.
Hakim has a rosy disposition, a ready smile, and jes' loves to play Omaha/8. Omaha/8 players are typically an optimistic lot, but Hakim's optimism gets him into trouble because he sees riches in nearly every hand. While waiting for a seat in our local card room on a Tuesday afternoon in late winter, Hakim complained that everyone knew to play for the Low, but it seemed to him that when he did, often he'd be counterfeited, the Low wouldn't come, or he'd be quartered.
Have you ever seen a good player go on total tilt? A once well-respected opponent who plays incredibly bad for more than just several hands or even for a session? You have? If you believe that it is possible then maybe you need to reassess your definition of a good player. Good players cannot go on tilt for more than a brief time. If a player is tiltable to this extent then he does not meet my criteria of a good player. Let me explain this concept a little further.
Jim Delorto was raised in Chicago, Illinois and left in 1978 for Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Jim was hired by Del Webb to deal poker at Park Tahoe and within six months he was promoted to shift manager. In 1981 he was transferred to Reno to work at the Sahara as a floorperson/dealer. Del Webb transferred him back to Lake Tahoe in 1983 to assume a shift boss position at the Sahara Tahoe. In 1984 he was transferred to the Mint in Las Vegas as Poker, Keno and Bingo Manager.