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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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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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The Gambling Capitol of the World

Where’s the Action? Las Vegas? Not even close. Macau, the mini-administrative region under the Chinese government’s control, has long been referred to as the “Monte Carlo of the Orient.” But its numbers are much larger than that. It not only dwarfs Las Vegas, but exceeds the entire gambling total of the USA! This former Portuguese colony generates gross revenue of…

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Fun Phrases From The World Of Poker

Considering the colorful characters playing poker, it’s not surprising that some wonderful phrases and quips have evolved. Here are a few. Anna Kournikova – A-K hole cards: looks good, doesn’t win that often. Big Slick – Another name for A-K in the hole. Belly Buster – Drawing to an inside straight. Card Dead – When a player is dealt lousy…

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Ambling and Gambling

Nevada’s nickname is “The Silver State,” and is home to a casino resort on my list of favorite places to stay and play…The Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno. Ambling Hotels have their own personality so, after my speedy check-in, I wandered around to catch the vibe. I discovered restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, bars/nightclubs, the casino, race/sports book, and the…

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How Do You Play Pocket Aces?

A Cooler and Good Advice.  In a recent tournament in the new poker room at the Silver Legacy Casino Resort in Reno, I was first to act and picked up pocket aces. I slow played them and four others called. The flop came 2-Q-8 rainbow. After two checks before me, I raised 1/2 the pot. To my surprise, I was…

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The Challenge of Low Limit Hold ’em

 What’s the problem? The answer is loose players. How do you shake them when it doesn’t cost much to draw for low percentage hands? Sure, in the long run, it will produce negative outcomes. However, when you’re playing with three or four calling stations at a table, the chances are that one will hit their miracle card (usually on the river).…

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