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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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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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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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Flashback Friday: Poker In Laughlin, NV

Had a magical week playing poker this week.  On Monday made the final table at the Colorado Belle and finished 9th.  On Tuesday’s tournament at Harrah’s finished first after chopping with #2 (higher percentage payout).  On Wednesday, at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Hotel & Casino, won a turbo tournament; flopped a full house on the fifth and final hand and quintupled…

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Travel Tuesday: July 4th in Depth

Independence Day of the United States commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress.   The thirteen American colonies then considered themselves as a new nation. Here’s how far we’ve come. $6.77B – Total planned spending on July 4th food. 150 Mil. – Hot dogs are consumed each July 4th holiday. 700 Mil.…

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10 Best & Worst Staycations in the USA

To help Americans find the best staycation spots in the U.S. — and the ones worth leaving home for — WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 150 largest cities across 28 key metrics. Our data set includes such metrics as movie and bowling costs, golf courses, frozen-yogurt shops and spas per capita, and the cost of house-cleaning services. Best Cities for…

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Travel Talk Tuesday – Packing

Besides the usual electronic gear including a mini-portable charger, a seam ripper and super glue are in my carry-on. Additionally, I don’t go anywhere without my two favorite Chico Bag products tucked away in a corner of my suitcase. It’s their Sling and Travel Pack (backpack). What unusual default accessories do you pack? Shaving hint: leave behind that bulky can…

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Top 10 Poker Players – 2010

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 (the Moneymaker effect) What changes would you make to this lineup today?