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Prop Players

In order to fill seats at a poker table, some casinos/card rooms allow their staff members (including managers) to sit in on a game. This is an example of a “prop” player. It’s short for proposition and their function is to get games started and/or keep them going when a table is short-handed. Most often, when the table fills up,…

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Chop

In Omaha high-low, it is fairly common to split the pot equally for the winning high and low hands. When hands tie and a pot is divided up, that is called a chop. In Omaha, it is typically quartering the low (it rarely happens with the high end). When tournaments allow the prize pool to be chopped, it can take…

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Harrah’s Poker Room – Las Vegas

My 9-10 suited put me #1 in the morning tournament.  A 10 on the turn, sealed the hand.  Harrah’s is a comfortable, well-run poker room with about 50% locals (always a good sign). My new good luck shirt is from Craghoppers (solar shield and quick dry – perfect for Las Vegas).

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Set Over Set

Set Over Set A recent tournament found me on the short end of an all-in hand. Someone said, “Tough to lose set over set.” To be precise, it was set over trips. There is a big difference, but over the years the terms set and trips have become interchangeable (incorrectly).  A set is when a pair in the hole matches…

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Scoop

Scoop – In Omaha High-Low (AKA, Omaha 8-or-Better) it’s when one player wins the entire pot vs. splitting it.  It can happen in two ways: the winner has both the best high and low hands or there is no qualifying low. Let’s look at some approximate numbers.  Before any given Omaha deal, there is more than a 60% chance of a…

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Rabbit Hunting…A Rant

Not sure how you feel about “rabbit-hunting” but, to me, it’s annoying and slows down the game. “Rabbit-hunting” is when a player (who folded) asks to see the turn and/or river. Why? To see if they made a good fold or should have stayed in. Do they feel better or worse? Yes, if it was a good fold. No, if…

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Losing Streaks

Recently, I read a Tweet from iconic Hold ‘em champion Doyle Brunson. Wrapping up 2016, Texas Dolly said it was his first losing year in 15.  My first thought was wow!  And then a couple of things popped into my mind.  He obviously keeps track of his wins and losses.  Do you?  If not, you should.  Then I wondered about…

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Jacks

How do you play jacks before the flop? There’s an old poker saying, “There are three ways to play jacks; all wrong.” Let’s dissect it. Your choices are to call, bet or raise before the flop. Here are a couple of thoughts. > Of course, folding is apropos when a tight player to your right bets or goes all in.…

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A Set, Trips or Three of a Kind?

I’m often amazed that many Hold ‘em players don’t know the difference between a set and trips. Although they both are three of a kind, a set is two hole cards matching a card on the board. Trips occur when one hole card matches two cards on the board. Think of it this way: all squares are rectangles, but rectangles…

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