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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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Playing Short Stacked

I’ve been in a home game for over 25 years. There’s a $50 buy-in and rebuys can occur when your chip stack is less than $10.  The other night, the host asked me if I’d like more chips and I replied, “No, I like playing short-stacked.”  I started thinking about why.  Of course, one doesn’t like getting into that position…

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Poker, Poker Resorts

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 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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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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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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