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When Donkey Moves Are Brilliant!

By Douglas (“The Donkinator”) Bergman  Can a stupid mistake ever pay off at the poker table? Yes! I am an example of a three legged donkey turning into Secretariat at the Belmont. Even an iconic poker movie agrees that horrible plays can have humongous payoffs! “Sometimes it’s about making the wrong move at the right […]

High Hand

High Hand

Did you know that many of the poker rooms in our mountain towns feature high hand payouts? The High Hand payouts usually involve rewarding an individual player for having the high hand in the poker room during a certain timeframe – the average being an hour or two in most casinos in an effort to […]

GAMING – 100th Poker Column

GAMING – 100th Poker Column

This is my 100th “Let’s Play Poker” article and it seems like yesterday the first one was published back during the week of March 11 – 17, 2008. One line I wrote in that first column, “The poker scene in the Black Hawk and Central City area has seen many changes since the opening of […]

Thinking About Poker: After a While…

Thinking About Poker: After a While…

Have you ever had to put things you like to do on the proverbial ‘back burner’ and just leave it be for a while? Well, that’s what has happened to me as a deadline for others in my industry has just wiped out any spare time for poker. If you have missed my articles in […]

GAMING – My big money management mistake

GAMING – My big money management mistake

Ask any professional or successful poker player and they will tell you that strong money management is the key to being a consistent winning poker player over the long haul. This means keeping track of your stack while at the table at all times – are you ahead or behind and how far? It means […]

GAMING – Thinking About Poker: Equanimity

GAMING – Thinking About Poker: Equanimity

Equanimity: e-qua-nim-i-ty [noun] Calm temperament; evenness of temper even under stress The last few articles I have written covered, in essence, a ‘back-to-basics’ approach I decided to employ while returning to the poker world after an enforced absence. I detailed the importance of having patience; waiting for the right time and combination of factors with […]

GAMING – The popularity of the $1 – $2 / $100 Limit hold-em game

GAMING – The popularity of the $1 – $2 / $100 Limit hold-em game

The most popular and prevalent poker game throughout our mountain towns continues to be the $1 – $2 / $100 Limit hold-em game. For example, last Saturday evening the count of these games compared to other type of poker games was right at 3 to 1 in the four poker rooms I visited with many […]

GAMING – Thinking About Poker: Getting back to basics 3

GAMING – Thinking About Poker: Getting back to basics 3

As a quick review, circumstances had dictated my absence from the poker tables for about nine months. During that time when I had time to myself, I began thinking about … well, poker – duh. I looked back on the last few years of playing and decided I wanted to recharge my game. I felt […]

GAMING – Dogs Playing Poker and Updates

GAMING – Dogs Playing Poker and Updates

One of the famously iconic Dogs Playing Poker oil paintings known as Poker Game, done by Marcellus Coolidge over a century ago and part of a larger set, was sold in November 2015 for a record setting $658,000. Experts believe this may have been one of the first paintings Coolidge did with dogs and could […]

GAMING – Thinking About Poker: Getting Back to Basics 2

GAMING – Thinking About Poker: Getting Back to Basics 2

In my last missive I reported to you how a poker hiatus afforded the opportunity to review my performance at the felted table and the conclusions arrived at. It prompted the first article with this title: I dug out old poker books and in restudying them decided I was too lax in playing a serious, […]

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