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Gaming – Finally on a mini winning-streak

Gaming – Finally on a mini winning-streak

Finally – two well-played sessions of poker back to back. It only took through the middle of March – but it has finally happened. This bodes well for the rest of the year. The mini-streak began last Saturday evening in an absolutely packed poker room at The Ameristar Casino. There were 6 action packed $30 […]

Gaming – Part 2: Fundamentals of Counting Cards

Gaming – Part 2: Fundamentals of Counting Cards

In my first article of The Fundamentals of Counting Cards, I touched bases on a little history of the birth of card counting. I also covered the theory of counting cards, however, we have barely scratched the surface to play at a level, which has the capabilities to yield a mathematical expectation greater than zero. […]

Gaming – Tournament Tales: The Quest

Gaming – Tournament Tales: The Quest

In 1605 Miguel de Cervantes (Spanish playwright: 1547 – 1616) published what is now considered the first European novel – and one of the greatest books ever written: Don Quixote [Kee-hoe-tee]. It relates the adventures – and misadventures – of a minor Spanish noble who, trying to relive the age of chivalry, takes the title […]

Gaming – Quick pop in at the Bellagio

Gaming – Quick pop in at the Bellagio

As I rocketed out of Hollywood last Thursday night on my way back to Colorado, I leaned out the window and screamed “VEGAS BABY” – just like Alan in the first Hangover movie. How cool was this – heading off across the desert, didn’t have to be home for two days, and Vegas was ahead. […]

Gaming – Part 1: Fundamentals of counting cards

Gaming – Part 1: Fundamentals of counting cards

The Fundamentals of Counting Cards is the first part to my three part series educating you in card counting and why it works In the early ‘60s, a young professor of mathematics and statistics from the University of California at Los Angeles by the name of Edward O. Thorp began to unlock the mystified secrets […]

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Overplaying a hand

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Overplaying a hand

For Christmas this year my sweetie and I boarded the Magic Carpet and flew south all the way to Gulfport, Miss. A neat little town right on the Gulf of Mexico, it is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  All the damage has been cleared, of course, but along the shoreline drive there […]

Gaming – Optimal play with Basic Strategy

Gaming – Optimal play with Basic Strategy

What are your true motives for playing blackjack? Do you play for the sport of it, or do you play cold bloodedly to win? Either way if you are not playing “perfect” Basic Strategy then you are pretty much throwing your hard earned dollars away and lining the casinos’ pockets. In my Table Appraisal Cover […]

Gaming – In the midst of a losing ‘bad’ streak

Gaming – In the midst of a losing ‘bad’ streak

It has occurred to me through observing my bankroll shrink and examining my poker results over the past six months, that I am in the midst of a losing streak. Worst of all, it’s not an ordinary losing streak but a protracted drought of immense proportions – becoming the worst I have had in my […]

Gaming – Splitting pairs in blackjack

Gaming – Splitting pairs in blackjack

With the only exception to surrender, all pair splitting options take precedence over any other Basic Strategy play. Many unknowledgeable players grossly abuse this option because they do not fully understand the objectives in the splitting of pairs. Again, this is no different than any other play that we make in Blackjack, which ultimately becomes […]

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Do the math

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Do the math

I went to the local poker emporium after a long hiatus from playing. You know the situation; work or schedule conflicts or honey-do’s or just plain old life gets in the way of what one would like to do with their alleged free time. So I sat down in a $2 – $5 Hold-em game […]

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