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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. […]

Gaming – Part 3: Fundamentals of Counting Cards

Gaming – Part 3: Fundamentals of Counting Cards

This is my final article of my three part series of the Fundamentals of Counting Cards. In the previous articles we covered the theory of counting cards and performing a true count conversion. This is where the rubber meets the road, or in our case, where the chips hit the felt. Implementing optimal betting, or […]

Gaming – Poker and hiking have similar risks

Gaming – Poker and hiking have similar risks

Playing poker is much like hiking along a high alpine ridge: On all sides there are slippery slopes, long falls and opportunities for short cuts. But if a hiker – or player – takes it slow, plans cautiously avoiding shortcuts while making aggressive moves as situations dictate, they will achieve their goal. In hiking, the […]

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Staying Alert

Gaming – Thinking About Poker: Staying Alert

Throughout the course of these articles, I have focused on and emphasized the need for players to remain alert while playing. Even when not involved in a hand, remaining alert to what’s going on can result in information about a player; their strategies, mindset, level(s) of aggression and so forth. Allowing oneself to be distracted […]

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. […]

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