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Scoop!

In Omaha High-Low (AKA, Omaha 8-or-Better), a scoop is 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.  There is always a high. Let’s look at some approximate numbers.  Before any given Omaha deal, there is over…

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Rabbit Hunting

A Poker 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 after the game is over.  Why?  To see if they made a good fold or should have stayed in.  Do they feel better or worse?  Yes,…

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Giants of the Game

In 2010 Poker for Dummies  listed their Ten Poker Legends. Stu Unger Johnny Moss Jack “Treetop” Strauss Benny Binion “Amarillo Slim” Preston Doyle Brunson Johnny Chan Phil Helmuth, Jr. Scotty Nguyen Chris Moneymaker What changes would you make today to this lineup?

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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 14 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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Think it over

A great quote from a cowboy trucker I ran into in Mesquite, NV.  “I play poker so I don’t have to gamble and I play Omaha so I don’t have to play poker.”  I agree….

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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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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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