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Gaming – Playing short stacked

Gaming – Playing short stacked

In the famous 1998 cult gambling movie Rounders, the character played by Matt Damon – Mike Mcdermott, said, “I’ve often seen these people, these squares at the table … all their outs gone. One last card in the deck that can help them. I used to wonder how they could let themselves get into such […]

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Live action odds & ends

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Live action odds & ends

I arrived much later in Black Hawk than usual, so avoiding hours-long wait for a seat at a very popular casino, I went to my next choice where I quickly got a seat in a $1/$2 NLHE game and began to settle in. Looking back at this session, I recall it was fairly uneventful – a […]

Gaming – Playing poker professionally is a tough road

Gaming – Playing poker professionally is a tough road

There have been two separate occasions in my poker playing life when I have ventured into the world of playing poker professionally. On the first occasion, I was a propositional player (also known as a prop player) at The Long Branch Saloon in Central City back in the early 1990s. In this gig, I made […]

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Jackpots & Bad Beats

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Jackpots & Bad Beats

I don’t know how many times I have heard poker players say, “I wouldn’t play this hand except for the fact they’re ‘bad beat’ cards. For the uninitiated, just what are ‘bad beat’ cards? Usually they are the two hole cards a player must have which, combined with three cards from the flop, turn or river, […]

Gaming – Saturday night at the tables – poker time

Gaming – Saturday night at the tables – poker time

WHOO HOO – it was Saturday night and time to play some cards. The kids were all busy; the wife was out with friends; and work was caught up. It’s poker time baby. My plan was to take $500 that was burning a hole in my pocket and really make some money – doubling or […]

Gaming – ‘I’m your Huckleberry’

Gaming – ‘I’m your Huckleberry’

I was playing in a wild and crazy $30 – $60 Hold’em poker game with a half kill and had made the nut full house on the river.  I couldn’t be beat! The pot had more than $1,500 in chips stacked haphazardly in the middle of the table, and, even better, the player in front of […]

Gaming – Tournament Tales: The 2014 World Series of Poker

Gaming – Tournament Tales: The 2014 World Series of Poker

Just in case you’ve been living without news regarding poker, the World Series of Poker is “the Granddaddy of Them All.” The WSOP is held annually in Las Vegas since 1970 when Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players to a single event. It had definite start-stop times and the winner was chosen […]

Gaming – Poker and Clear Creek Canyon

Gaming – Poker and Clear Creek Canyon

Have you had the chance to be a passenger in a vehicle driving up through Clear Creek Canyon on the way to play poker in Black Hawk/Central City? If you get a chance – take it. Or, even better, plan on stopping at some of the wider pullouts and stepping out checking out the canyon. […]

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Jackpots & Bad Beats

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Jackpots & Bad Beats

I don’t know how many times I have heard poker players say, “I wouldn’t play this hand except for the fact they’re ‘bad beat’ cards. For the uninitiated, just what are ‘bad beat’ cards? Usually they are the two hole cards a player must have which, combined with three cards from the flop, turn or […]

Gaming – It’s World Series of Poker Time

Gaming – It’s World Series of Poker Time

Who’s looking forward to the 45th annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino – 2014 style? I know I am. Beginning May 27 at noon with the $500 Casino Employee’s No-Limit Hold’em Event, cards will be in the air and the chips will be moving across the felt. […]

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