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Book reviews : Brunson's 'Online Poker' and Shoten's 'No-Limit Life' - Both Invigorating Books

World Series of Poker Champion Doyle Brunson's Online Poker and Charlie Shoten's No- Limit Life are new arrivals in poker literature and both have value for those who are serious about improving their game.

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United States of Poker: Illinois

Gambling in Illinois has a long and infamous history.

Havana, Illinois was known as Little Reno because of Al Capone's development of floating casinos on the Illinois River. In the mid- 1930s, the Nitti gang ran casino games in Calumet City and Cicero, and this continued under Accardo and Ricca in the 1950s. In 1953, state troopers raided 14 casinos and taverns in Mason County, ending gambling in that area. Eventually the Mafia influence on gambling in the Chicago area decreased and legal lotteries and riverboat gambling sprung up.

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Falling in Love

I fell in love recently. The world's incredibly beautiful. The colors all around are brighter. I appreciate what I take for granted at times. Such as, how much I love my family and friends, how fortunate I am to be living in this day and age. The awesome possibilities the future may hold, that I may achieve with commitment and Faith. I've realized how precious and short life is, whether one lives a hundred years or even a fraction of that number. This enables me to slow down and experience each day, hour, minute and most importantly, moment.

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Ego & Strategy

Continuing on our quest to examine all elements of our game in order to find possible weaknesses to improve upon, let's discuss egos today. Egos are a curious part of our makeup. They may be inflated, bruised, overactive or any number of other things but we all have them. Do you keep yours in check when playing poker? You really should check it at the door or leave it in the car! Have you ever witnessed someone win a big pot with ugly hole cards and then hear that individual explain to the table that he was in the big blind. Why is this explanation necessary?

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Poker Cop: 'L' is for Limp

Detective Sweeny has told the newspapers: "The people of this city can rest easy. A 'Mad Dog Killer' has been put down."

I, "The Mad Dog Killer," put down the paper and quote Mark Twain, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Reading the story of my own exaggerated death leaves me uneasy. Again I get the feeling Something's wrong. Something's. . . ."

"Something's wrong," I say to Jake, "Listen!"

"I don't hear anything." "That's what's wrong! No cards being shuffled. No chips being riffled. No. . . ."

Jake grabs for his shotgun as the door is kicked in.

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Superstitious Forces

Mike teaches that superstition can influence your outcome at poker. When he was giving me this lesson about not acting superstitiously, I remarked, "There are many people who are very superstitious. What you're saying is that superstition doesn't affect your outcome at poker?"

He said, "Wrong! Superstition does affect outcomes at poker in dramatic ways."

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Pumped on Steroids

We have become a win at all cost society, so that the shortterm results have yielded a mix bag of consequences. Namely, for all the heralded accomplishments of this era there is an equal amount of failures and embarrassments. According to any number of sources, the increased steroid usage can be directly attributed to the overwhelming success of today's athlete. In addition, to what degree has the influx of new era poker player's success attributable to steroid usage? Many celebrated athletes in sports are linked with the illegal practice of steroid usage, either directly or indirectly.

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Hot Tip

Hobby was driving his Silver Cloud Rolls to Hollywood Park since valets there were likely to conviently leave it out front as a showpiece. It's a short drive from Marina Del Rey to the racetrack, hardly time for me to study the Daily Racing Form for the nags in the first race. Not fair to disparage them however, they were just unproven 3 year-old maidens. My late uncle Victor was good at selecting winners of all stripes, especially those who never made it into the money. For many years he sold his cards of Vic's Picks at southern California racetracks.

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Today's word is... Flop

What can you say about the flop in hold 'em? There are few things in poker as suspenseful. The whole fate of your hand usually hinges on what those three cards will look like when the dealer turns them face up.

It's fun watching flops. Indeed.

That's why I'm asking you not to get mad at me when I ask you not to do it. You see, looking at the flop at the moment it hits the felt is the last thing you want to do if you expect to maximize your hold 'em profit. I'm going explain this concept the same way I did years ago in a lecture. Here it is...

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The Cadillac of poker?!?

Have you spent any time watching the Travel Channel's World Poker Tour or the World Series of Poker? If you have I am sure you've heard Mike Sexton refer to No Limit Hold-Em as the "Cadillac of Poker". Will someone, anyone, including Mr. Sexton, explain just how that moniker was attached to No Limit Hold-Em.

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