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The Jewel of Jamul

The small town of Jamul is located in San Diego’s East County. Its highlights are the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge and several regional parks offering camping, hiking, fishing, and grand vistas.  My visit was to check out the three year old Jamul Casino located 20 minutes from downtown San Diego. Tribal History The Jamul Indian Village is one of…

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A Set or Trips?

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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A Hand Not Played

Why do we remember the hands we folded only to see the one card we needed turned up?  For the most part, we never think about our good folds. My 17 year old grandson is going to be a very good poker player; he likes math and thinks logically.  Of course, I have to break him of believing bluffing is…

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Tells

A tell is a physical action that sometimes or inadvertently indicates what a player is going to do or what cards he/she is holding.  Extreme examples would be folding out of turn (the ultimate and really easy to spot!) or betting/raising out of turn indicating excitement.  However, there are lots in between.  Advanced players/pros also look for betting patterns. An…

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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 a card…

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Poker/Gaming Books for Holiday Gifts

Super System 2, by Doyle Brunson, is his follow-up to his wildly popular first book.  Along with Texas Dolly’s thoughts, various top poker pros write a chapter on their favorite game.  Contributors include, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Lyle Berman, Jennifer Harman, Mike Caro, and Phil Helmuth.  Barry Greenstein’s Ace on the River delivers an insider’s view relating to challenges at…

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Reno

When Reno Was King

For a brief history of Reno, take a look at my monthly column at www.Travels-with-Hian.   Update: Omaha Tutorial/Poker Resorts app should be back better than ever by year-end.  Stay tuned!  

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Hian vs. Apple

I received an Interesting email from Apple stating “In order to reduce fraudulent activity on the App Store and comply with government requests to address illegal online gambling activity, we are no longer allowing gambling apps submitted by individual developers. This includes both real money gambling apps as well as apps that simulate a gambling experience. As a result, this…

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