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Caro’s Word: “Seat”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
at the poker table.
A seat is a seat
And those players belong
on your right. And there
are certain players who
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table are better than think I’m being silly. I’m about selecting or changing advantage. And those play- firstname.lastname@example.org
others, people just not. There are good seats seats at all? A seat is a seat, ers belong on your left. A. R. Dyck
snicker. They think I’m kid- at poker. In a lecture years right? Now, there’s a lot more to ASSISTANT PUBLISHER
ding, because I make such ago, I explained why. Let’s No, I didn’t say that. I seating in poker than that, email@example.com
a big deal in my teachings listen to it… said you can’t determine and I could write a huge John Thompson
about not being superstitious. lucky seats, but you can book about just the nuances FOR idrome INFO DESIGN
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Choosing your most determine winning seats. of attacking blinds, getting firstname.lastname@example.org
does only one thing well. profitable seat You can determine profit- walks when you’re in the Joseph Smith
It reduces choices. It takes I teach that choosing the able seats. blind, sandbagging, and email@example.com
options out of your play- right seat in a poker game Here’s the deal. In poker much, much more. And it Mike Caro
book and costs you money. is one of the most important the action happens clock- all fine-tunes our strategy SENIOR EDITOR
When you think making a factors in increasing your wise, coming from your for knowing what seats firstname.lastname@example.org
certain decision will be bad profit. I’m right. right, moving to you, and are best and how to get the Byron Liggett
luck, you’re wrong. There is You see, there’s no continuing to your left. most out of the seat you’re email@example.com
simply no force in the uni- such thing as a lucky seat Visualize the action. Here in relative to the types of H. Scot Krause
verse that makes a decision in poker. Luck is always it comes from your right. opponents sitting nearby. PROMOTIONS EDITOR
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some curious, cosmic pool whether you’ll be lucky or When you get to act after This is where the gold is EDITORIAL CONSULTANT
of poor luck. unlucky. It’s all random. someone else, you have buried. Phil Hevener
And, you know what, that And that applies to poker an advantage. We call this Your main consideration
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sion, you choose a decision to suspect that it would. The act before your opponent These are typical loose John Vorhaus
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It Ain’t Easy, PART 1
It’s not only “not easy”; it’s hard as hell. On my personal scale, NOW
it was the second hardest thing I have ever done in my life. That AT GREE
is the line I use when someone ask me how I did it. Of course
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thing. I jokingly say, “Not killing my husband
when he broke my heart!”
What? You ask, what is so difficult? Quitting smoking. If you
have ever been a smoker, a real smoker with a full blown addiction
and finally quit, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you
are a smoker, you probably want to quit. You may even have tried
a time or two or twenty only to fail because it was just too tough.
The second biggest surprise in my life is when I see someone
who has quit -- start back! (What is the first biggest surprise,
you ask. See hardest thing in preceding paragraph.) These folks
have made it, they have celebrated anniversary after anniversary
of the day they put them down and then out of the blue, they’re
smoking again. There is always an excuse, a death, a divorce, a
birth, a bad-beat. The reasons can be a good thing happened and
I’m celebrating or a bad thing happened and I’m grieving … any
excuse will do.
I have a friend who has quit several times and after six
months or a year, she went back to it. When asked why, she
explains that it is a satanic pull that literally pulls you back into
it. She presently is trying it again. I have volunteered to be her
“sponsor”. She can call me day or night if Satan starts tugging
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I am shocked over and over again by family, friends and
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go back to it. A few examples; I have a close relative who chews
tobacco. I know, you’re thinking, she’s from Tennessee. This must
be a redneck relative. You’re wrong; he is a top-notch executive
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I know that the majority of smokers want to quit, as did I.
Cigarettes had such a hold on me that I disgusted myself. I could
not get satisfied. I would wake up in the middle of the night and
light up. In the last tournament I played in 1996 before making
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the decision to quit, I played for 14 hours and was into my third
pack of cigarettes. I got to the point that I could have smoked
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So where did this “Mad
Genius of Poker”
He’s been one of poker’s
best-known strategists and
Phil Hellmuth going heads
up with David Sklansky.”
But back to the opening
grasp of most people, always
doing just about everything
HIS way. Going for that
he discovered the magical
town of Gardena, Ca., this
place where there were clubs
Mike Caro appears to commentators for decades question, which still hangs added touch of spice, meta- devoted to poker.
have given the question and doesn’t deny his appe- there unanswered . . . phorically speaking, likei Was that unbelievable,
some careful thought. tite for the attention he gets. Caro’s thinking about it, Emeril deciding to “kick it or what. Sounded to Caro
The world has seen that giving his questioner time up a notch.” like some kind of enchanted
look in countless print ads to speculate idly. “You don’t get to be a land. It definitely deserved
hyping the 61-year-old Did the Mad Genius mad genius over night. It further examination.
takes years and years of trial He remembers stopping
PLAYER MIKE and error. There’s the perspi- a policeman in Pomona,
BY PHIL HEVENER Caro
ration . . . till you wake up
one day and realize you’re
there, you’re mad.”
another LA suburb, telling
the cop that he had heard
there were legal card clubs
And there is no going in the area. Would the offi-
Caro’s strategies for playing thing spring fully formed back. cer be so kind as to point
more effective poker . . . from extended conversations In the beginning, his him in the right direction?
Caro eyeing the camera with savvy image experts? desire was to write, and The cop scowled, study-
with the slightly frantic Was it the result of thought- that’s what he did, tak- ing the young man before
air of a man who’s suddenly There’s nothjng like the ego ful nurturing by parents ing full control of his high him carefully, and said
remembered he’s supposed stroking. who spent long evenings school newspaper and, wherever they were they
to be somewhere else. Caro A bit of an ego maniac, around the family poker selling the first short story were sure as hell not in
holding a couple cards huh? table, young Mikey shuffling he ever wrote to a men’s Pomona. And that was that.
extended, his vanishing hair “I AM an ego maniac,” chips with one hand, trying magazine. Way back in the Caro did eventually
going this way and that. he smirks, voice rising but to decide whether dad was mid-1960s. discover Gardena and fell
Would you take poker les- keeping his explanations bluffing him with pocket Poker had little to do into the rhythm of things.
sons from this man? within a certain rhythm. deuces? with anything that was front Over time he became the
Thousands have lined up He’s said these things before The answer, Caro finally and center in his life. The kind of five-card draw
over the years do to exactly and has the routine down says, giving it the sound of game and its possibilities player Brunson, the two-
that, just as they have also pat. someone torn between going would not begin to consume time World Series of Poker
bought his books, read his “If we were to hold a for the joke or a serious him until the 1960s when (Continued on page 17)
how-to columns over more tournament to determine the response, is that his essen-
Poker Player is pleased to welcome Phil Hevener back to its pages.
than 25 years and considered world champion ego maniac, tial approach to poker and
Hevener was the Managing Editor of Poker Player from July 1983 to
his contributions to poker I would definitely make the life itself have always been
December 1985. Phil wanted to produce his own publication, which he
legend Doyle Brunson’s pair final table.” A long pause seasoned with a tendency to
did with Larry Hall. They called it, “Las Vegas Style.” A popular journal-
of best-selling books. Caro before going on, “but I search for this view of the
ist who writes for many major publications, Phil was replaced in 1985 by
was the founding editor of wouldn’t be the winner. No, unacknowledged truth that
Gary Thompson, who is now the spokesman for Harrahs Entertainment.
POKER PLAYER, this publi- the final would probably be often lay just beyond the
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Anti-Bluffs Sam Mudaro, BA, MBA, is a practicing tax
accountant and financial executive originally
Sam Mudaro is the...
from New York with over 35 years of analyti-
POwer POKER PSYCHOLOGY cal business expertise. He and his wife Eva
By JAMES A. M C KENNA, P H D. are nine-year Las Vegas residents. Sam uses
I’ve noticed that a lot of players will mix up bluffs simulation software to analyze and develop
with tells. While all bluffs may have their own tell, strategies for Omaha Hi/Lo and other forms of
all tells are not a bluff. While it’s easier to bluff a tight player, there poker. Reach Sam at: email@example.com.
Choosing a Game
are ways to insure that players will not attempt to bluff you other
than being too loose to bluff. Early commitment is one of these ways.
Position, as most players know, is another weapon to consider
P reviously we analyzed
“4-cards working togeth-
er” where two of the 4 cards
look down at pocket
aces. The chip leader
to your immediate left raises
Format to Play
out of 10 is good. 2 out of
when distinguishing a bluff from a tell. However, until recently, I never were a pair and the other 2 all-in. The button and small ten is great and 3 out of ten
thought of using the position of the “Big Blind” as a place to ward off contained an Ace with a low blind call. You may be think- indicates you should probably
bluffs. For example, I have a friend who routinely plays his big blind card. The chart to the right ing great! All this action and consider playing a larger buy
in the dark. He even announces it to let people know he hasn’t looked presents only the profitable I have the best hand. You in event.
at his hole cards. If a player in late position raises the bet, he still will combinations where the pairs should however fold your Tournaments offer us an
call without looking. He generally wants to see the flop before he will are combined with a deuce pocket aces. Here is why. inexpensive way to learn
look at his hole cards. I asked him how he did with this strategy and and another low card. Unless there is a tie you will a new game. If you never
why he did it. He said that he did fairly well and, “It usually keeps played no-limit Hold-Em or
players from needlessly attacking my blind. They know that I will call. 2 - X with a Pair Omaha H/L starting in a ring
So, it cuts down on bluffs.” Well, does it really? I asked, “What if Hand DS HS LS BS NS game could get expensive.
there is a re-raise?” He said, “Then I’d look before I’d call.” 2-3-A-A 44.06 38.80 39.12 35.26 33.47 By spending $30 to $100 for
It’s an interesting move. So, I experimented with it to see how it 2-4-A-A 40.50 35.53 35.88 31.70 29.73 a tournament buy-in you can
felt. I wouldn’t recommend this in high limit games. However, in low 2-5-A-A 38.36 33.04 32.81 29.11 27.67 limit your losses and pick up
limit games, it might have some merit. So, when I was the big blind, 2-6-A-A 35.22 30.19 30.71 26.39 24.81 some valuable experience
I played it in the dark. There was a raise and that cost me $6 to see 2-7-A-A 33.46 28.33 28.24 24.12 22.66 while gaining a feel for the
the flop in a $3--$6 game. I thought that this is not like me and it was 2-8-A-A 27.31 27.55 23.61 32.93 21.67 game.
scary being that loose. 2-4-3-3 3.88 1.23 1.14 0.35 (0.16) Tournaments may afford a
Then the flop came: 2-5-3-3 1.90 0.52 0.40 0.34 (0.66) player more time at the table
2-3-4-4 3.65 1.42 1.16 1.29 (0.17) then a ring game. With a $30
2-5-4-4 1.24 (0.34) (0.20) (0.52) (0.74) buy in a player may receive
2-3-5-5 2.27 0.16 0.38 0.36 (0.77) $300 to $1,000 in tournament
2-4-5-5 1.43 (0.34) (0.24) (0.39) (0.66) chips enabling hours of limit
2-3-Q-Q 2.88 (0.33) (0.44) (0.66) (0.94) Hold-Em play. The same $30
Everyone checked, so I did too—still not knowing what my hole 2-4-Q-Q 0.56 (0.84) (0.79) (0.99) (1.32) in a ring game, even a $2-4
cards were. Then, on the turn came a Queen of spades and a com- 2-3-K-K 7.38 2.67 2.99 0.89 (0.56)
game won’t go far unless you
fortable rainbow flop. When someone bet the Queen, I then looked at 2-4-K-K 4.90 0.28 0.25 (0.26) (1.07)
get lucky early on.
my hole cards. The board looked like this and everyone folded to me:
2-5-K-K 2.87 (0.66) (0.56) (1.03) (1.03) CORRECTION:
An incorrect chart was
Except when combined move a big step up the payoff
included in last issue’s col-
with a pair of aces the 2-6, 2- ladder. If you lose you finish
umn. See page 39 for details
7 and 2-8 are all unprofitable. fourth.
T Turn All combinations containing Let’s look at the same situ- Tournaments tend to level
a pair of aces, regardless of ation in a no-limit ring game. the playing field in terms of
I could hardly believe my eyes. I had pocket Kings and I was head suit are profitable. The pair You would obviously call. If chips. Let’s say you are taking
to head with at least a pair of Queens. Needless to say, I held my of aces is so profitable that you lose the consequences are a seat in a newly started $200
breath thinking my opponent might have two pair. And, I was relieved when combined with any two minor. You only lose the addi- to $500 buy in no-limit Hold-
that I could stay. Anything else and I would have folded in a heart different low cards, regardless tional hundred. If you win em ring game. You only want
beat. When a “hold’em card” (a card that didn’t help anyone) came, of suit is a profitable hand. you are saved the necessity of to buy in for $200. If every
I won the hand. Now I know what loose players feel when they out Taking it one step further, if having to dig deeper. one else buys in for $500 you
run good hands. I felt no shame. However, as I told my friend, I prob- we eliminate the A-A-8-9 and Many tournament skills may feel compelled to buy in
ably would have player my blind differently if I had looked at my hole A-A-8-K non-suited, every you develop are portable for the same amount in order
cards. Since everyone checked, if I bet my pocket Kings, everyone starting hand containing a pair from one form of poker to to avoid starting at a chip
would have probably folded and I would have ended up with the blinds. of aces is profitable. another. Techniques to incor- disadvantage. Even better you
So, not knowing what my hand was turned out better for me. If I Last time we explored the porate when playing on the walk up to that same game 3
would have set a trap and checked, the Queen would have bet on the decision of where to play. bubble in a stud tournament hours later and now there are
turn and I would have raised it to two bets. Probably, I wouldn’t have Now we must decide what are essentially the same for a several people with stacks in
won any more. The big advantage that I found in playing my big blind format of poker to play. The Hold-Em tournament. Only the thousands. How comfort-
in the dark was that it notified people that I would defend my blinds choices are simple, a ring a few stud skills from a ring able do you feel buying in
without even looking. game or a tournament. Very game are transferable to for $200? Most tournaments
Players generally bluff the opposite of what they want you to think. few top professionals are Hold-Em, as they both require start every player off with the
For instance, if a player has a strong hand, he or she may bluff by capable of mastering both unique knowledge of the spe- same amount of chips.
“showing weakness.” A check if often that sign of weakness. Or, if a tournaments and ring games. cific game. The differences So what have we learned?
player is on a stone-cold bluff, he or she may bet strong on garbage. A different skill set and play- between tournament play The number of playable
Let me know if you have ways that work to prevent people from ing style is required for each. and ring games are many and hands combining a pair
bluffing you other than being so loose that players are afraid to An extreme no-limit would fill a book. with 2 low cards where one
attempt a bluff. By showing commitment, I don’t mean always calling Hold-Em example will serve Some items to consider is a deuce is far less than
a barking dog off the porch. to drive this point home. when choosing between tour- those with an ace. Two low
Tournament payout structures naments or ring games are: cards, when combined with
James A. McKenna, PhD., has been a practicing individual usually reward the top three Most tournaments offer a a pair of aces are still very
and group therapist for over thirty-five years. His knowl- finishers disparately over large payday in comparison to profitable. There are many
edge of human behavior combined with over thirty years of the fourth place finisher. Let a small buy in. In the smaller reasons why some people
gaming experience gives him a unique perspective on the me set the stage. You are at buy in events you want to choose tournaments over ring
psychology of the gamer. His book, “Beyond Tells-Power the final table and down to look for 1st place to pay games. Whatever you choice,
Poker Psychology,” will be published soon by Gambling 4 players. You post the big more then 10 times the buy you should try to specialize
Times. Write to him at jim@JimMckenna-phd.com. blind, have just $100 left and in amount. A win rate of 1 on one.
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Pokerstars’ Liebert Joins Interpoker Team
WCOOP Fresh from her victory of
the Game Show Network’s
ment with a $5,000 or more
buy-in, as well as the first
come to value in InterPoker.
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(Continued from page 1) Poker Royale: Battle of the woman to win a $1,000,000. to sharing in each one of
I was overwhelmed Sexes, Poker Tournament Liebert has twice finished Kathy’s future victories.”
by this year’s World Champion Kathy Liebert second in the World Series of “What appealed to me
Championship of Online announced her signing with Poker, and last year captured about InterPoker is their
Poker,” said Lee Jones, InterPoker.com, the most her first bracelet in the 2004 ability to run successful
WCOOP Tournament award-winning poker room $1500 Hold ‘em Shootout online poker rooms without
Director and PokerStars’ on the web. Known in the Event. having to drop to the low-
Poker Room Manager. poker rooms as PokerKat, “Kathy is one of the finest est common denominator
“We exceeded our $8 Liebert frequents InterPoker players in the game, and we of guerilla marketing and
million guarantee by regularly, giving online card are happy to have her as part spyware, which seems to
nearly 60 percent, mak- sharks a run for their money, of the InterPoker team,” said plague Internet poker in gen-
ing the WCOOP the third as well as offering helpful InterPoker.com spokesperson eral,” said Liebert. “With
largest poker tournament tips and tricks for raising and Peter Marcus. “Her demean- InterPoker.com, I know
series of any kind so far bluffing in cyberspace. or on and off the poker tour- I’m playing on a safe site,
this year. As always, it’s A trailblazer for women nament circuit sets her apart which makes it a great place
the players who made on the professional poker from her competitors, and to unwind and brush up on
this event into such a circuit, Kathy Liebert is the her professionalism embod- my skills before tournament
colossal success. This first woman to win a tourna- ies everything our customers play,” said Kathy Liebert.
was a poker tournament
All events were
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Internet. In addition
to being easily acces-
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fans everywhere tuned
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of final tables featuring
commentary from such
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By RICHARD G. BURKE
On a sunny day in early spring while waiting
for a seat in a $4-8 Hold’Em game, I was
trying to make an ordinary word from the letters, “G-N-A-
R-L-A,” when Hakim came into my local card room, signed
up for a $4-8 Omaha/8 game, walked over, sat, and asked
if I had figured why he was “always getting quartered, or
worse” with the nut Low. I had. How often, he asked.
Did Hakim know that the formula to calculate the
number of ways to deal thirty-six cards among nine
Omaha hands, C(35,3)*C(31,3)*…*C(11,3)*C(7,3), obtains
388,035,036,597,428 billion, a number about forty
times larger than the number estimated for stars in the
universe! Did he understand that the following results
weren’t from a simulation, that they’re exact, from a
mathematical proof never before published? Hakim
There are six cards that could in tandem tie Hakim for
Pattern Probability Low. The table shows that 55%
2-0-0-0-0 0.002178 of the time at least one opponent
2-1-0-0-0 0.030979 will have two or more of the six
nut-low cards. (45% of the time,
the six other nut-low cards will
be scattered among Hakim’s nine
2-1-1-1-1 0.078856 opponents or not even dealt, for
2-2-0-0-0 0.006970 an outright win.) The most likely
2-2-1-0-0 0.035485 pattern, 2-1-1-1-0, has five nut-low
2-2-1-1-0 0.035485 cards dealt among four opponents.
2-2-2-0-0 0.001479 The least likely pattern, 4-2-0-0-0,
3-0-0-0-0 0.000645 has four of the six nut-low cards in
3-1-0-0-0 0.006196 one hand and two in another.
3-1-1-0-0 0.015771 I told Hakim that I examined
3-1-1-1-0 0.010514 each pattern to see whether it
3-2-0-0-0 0.001690 would tie once, twice, thrice, or
not at all. For example, the pat-
tern 2-1-1-1-0 will tie Hakim’s nut
low 60% of the time. For another
example, only the pattern, 2-2-2-0-
4-1-0-0-0 0.000282 0, could possibly split the pot four
4-1-1-0-0 0.000329 ways, and the chance of that is
4-2-0-0-0 0.000035 40%. For any pattern where there
are four of the six nut-Low cards in someone else’s hand,
Hakim must split the Low half with at least one other
player. Hakim asked if I would please skip all these messy
details, because he was getting drowsy.
The next task was to multiply all the patterns’ prob-
abilities by the chance that Hakim’s nut Low would win
all, half, a third, or a fourth of the Low half of the pot, and
then collect them. Using modern spreadsheet technology,
those products and sums are straightforward.
The table below showed Hakim the resultant prob-
abilities by the number of Low winners. In a ten-handed
N um ber of Low Winners Omaha/8 game, the
nut Low will win out-
O ne T wo T hree F our
right over sixty-four
. 6417 . 3248 . 0329 . 0006
percent of the time.
The dealer will split the Low half of the pot two, three or
four ways, about 36% of the time.
Hakim asked if I would get to the point pretty soon,
because he had just been called to his Omaha/8 game.
The point is that you’re NOT “getting quartered all the
time”: your nut Low will win half the pot 64% of the time;
a quarter 32% of the time; etc.; for an expectation of
.4076, almost 41%. In the long run you’ll profit with the
nut low with as few as two opponents at the showdown.
Thanks, Hakim said, leaving to go to his game. “No
trouble at all,” I said.
Mr. Burke is the author of Flop: The Art of Winning at
Low-Limit Hold ’Em, 2nd ed., available from amazon.com,
gamblersbook.com, and www.kokopellipress.com. E-mail
your Hold ’Em questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“I want my money market, is worth about tell her, playing loose with
back! Now! All of it!” she $45,000,000. the truth. “The rest is in my
demands. I up my offer. “As much poker room safety deposit
Suddenly this isn’t an as you want, really! I’m box.” If I can get her into
execution; it’s a negotia- good for it! Look!” From a card room, she’ll become
tion, and I make my open- my shirt pocket I take out security’s problem.
ing offer. “Anything, any- The Flop House’s $10,000 “OK,” she says, lower-
thing you want,” I plead, “chocolate chip,” the clue I ing the knife slightly. “Let’s
“just don’t kill me!” was left by Calamity Jane go to The Flop House and
get the rest of my money.
Limping In Now!”
The Angel Of Death has
jumped to a conclusion that
The knife moves closer, when she was kidnapped, “her” money is at The Flop
“What’s your life worth?” and hold it up to my attack- House. I can’t tell her it’s
A Poker Player Murder Mystery by Robert Arabella The human body, when er. not—she’ll kill me. Nor can
broken down into its basic She looks at, takes, and I tell her that if I set foot
Poker players go into “You cheated me!” yells elements and minerals, is pockets the chip. The knife in The Flop House they’ll
uncontrollable rages all the She-Devil, waving the worth only about $4.50. On wavers. kill me. Having bluffed my
the time. There are, day in knife. the other hand, all the parts She says, “This is less way out of the frying pan, I
and day out, more temper I’ve cheated a lot of peo- of the human body, if sold than half of what you agree to limp into the fire.
tantrums thrown in a poker ple and this one does not to the highest bidder on the stole!” (To be continued in the next
room than in a day care seem at all familiar. black “spare body parts” “It’s a down payment,” I issue of Poker Player)
center, and for good rea-
son—poker players don’t
get the benefit of nap time.
Take, for in-stance, the
woman charging at me with
a switchblade, screaming,
“I’ll kill you!”
response, the genetic
instinct that protects us
from bodily harm, is hard-
wired into our brains. Our
primitive ancestors took
one look at the saber-
toothed tiger and ran for
the caves. I took one look
at the crazy blond with the
knife and ran for the door.
Out the door, down the
stairs, across the road, up
the street and down an
alley I go with the scream-
ing banshee in hot pur-
suit. No matter how far I
run—and let’s face it, a
lifetime at a poker table is
not exactly training for the
New York City Marathon—
I cannot shake this insanely
angry woman. If flight isn’t
going to work, then fight
will have to. I stop and turn
to face my stalker who,
knife raised high, races
closer and closer towards
There are times that I
think it would have been
better not to have turned
card thief. If I had walked
into a military recruiting
office instead of sneak-
ing into the nearest card
room, I might have been
Army Special Forces or
a Navy Seal and would
know exactly what to do in
a knife fight. According to
the old Cat Stevens song,
The first cut is the deep-
est. I’m about to find out if
that’s true as she moves in
for the kill.
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DEBBIE BURKHEAD INTERVIEWS...
Maintaining Your Power
FRESH YOUNG FACE OF Poker Mike Palm
By Jennifer Matiran POKER ROOM MANAGER AT TUSCANY CASINO
Indiana and took a job as a Vento in opening the poker
I live in sunny California. This has been dealer at Showboat Casino room at the MGM Grand.
the hottest summer ever. We crank up the air condi- in East Chicago. The In June, Mike took a
tioning despite of all the warnings that there might Showboat was purchased by position as Swing Shift
be power outages. Power is not my problem, it’s the Harrah’s Entertainment in Manger at Tuscany Suites
Southern California Edison’s problem, and I pay for 1998, and Mike was offered and Casino. He trained
their services why should I worry? Mike Palm was born in a floor position in the poker the 25 dealer staff for
Power, I learned, is very important when you do Dubuque, Iowa in 1973. His room. He parlayed that into the August 1 room open-
not have it. Our electricity went out, we had a power introduction to poker began a shift manager’s position, ing. Mike was named
outage. It was the most awkward seven hours of my at a very early age when his and later was named Poker Poker Room Manager on
life. I could not watch television, read a book, listen father’s friends would come Room Manager in 2002. September 27.
to the radio, bake a chicken, blow dry my hair and I to the house every Saturday While at Harrah’s Mike also
could not leave the house because my car was in the to play, among other games, served as a property trainer, DB: Why did the Tuscany
garage and we have an electric garage door opener. poker, spades, hearts, and using his teaching back- want to open a poker room?
Power is muy importante, I realized. euchre. Mike continued the ground as well as his opera- MP: With the increasing
The dictionary defines power as the ability to act family tradition, organizing tions experience. He taught popularity of poker, the
or produce an effect. I’ve also heard that consistency card games on the week- seminars in customer ser- Tuscany wanted to offers
over a period of time equals power. In order to be ends with his high school vice as well as excellence in its patrons a total gaming
powerful, one must have clear cut strategies and buddies. supervision. One of Mike’s experience. We also wanted
plans. In order to be a first class player, one must Since Iowa allowed legal proudest accomplishments to capture a growing gam-
maintain their power. gaming at age 18, Mike is training current Harrah’s ing demographic and intro-
We must take a break from poker from time to began playing cards at the Las Vegas Poker Room duce them to the wonderful
time. We must re-charge our body and mind. If we local riverboat, Dubuque’s Manager Mike Soto when amenities the Tuscany has
neglect ourselves we will have a human power out- Diamond Jo. He continued he was a break-in dealer to offer.
age. A human power outage is way worse than an his poker hobby in college and floor back in Indiana.
electrical outage. When our power is off, we lose at Mesquawki Casino, just In 2003, Mike moved DB: What makes you
money, confidence, self respect, drive and self worth. an hour’s drive from Iowa to Atlantic City to be a believe the room will be
We treat others poorly, the server, the dealer and our State University. part of the opening team successful?
fellow players. The saddest part is when we go home After taking a job at the Borgata. In 2004, MP: The entire manage-
and treat the people we love, meanly. Don’t forget to teaching in a Catholic Mike reunited with his first ment team, from General
take a break. Elementary School, poker room manager Joe Manager Tom Guth
I have a friend named Joe, who is a very good Mike decided to supple- Willi, moving back to the to Director of Casino
poker player. Within an hour he usually doubles or ment his income by deal- Midwest and Milwaukee, Operations Kevin Beaton,
triples up his buy in. He maintains his earnings for ing poker part-time. He Wisconsin to open the is totally committed to
awhile and then inevitably loses it all back, plus his began as a dealer at the poker room at Potawatomi the success of our poker
buy in. Joe doesn’t know when to quit. I said “Joe you Miss Marquette riverboat Bingo and Casino, where room. They are willing to
have to know when to quit, how much do you want to casino in Marquette, Iowa he served as Swing Shift invest and re-invest in our
win before you stop?” “I want to be able to pay off in 1996. He moved to the Manager. While there players. The staff we have
my mortgage before I quit” he joked. Seriously, how larger President Casino in he met Mike Vento, for- assembled is also top notch.
much do you want to win before you call it a day? Davenport, Iowa in 1997. mer Director of Poker I truly believe we have cre-
Measure when to quit with how much money you When legalized poker Operations at the Orleans ated an extremely friendly
have, not how long you’ve been playing. began in the Chicago-land in Las Vegas. In March of and fun atmosphere for our
When Joe wins, he starts playing every hand. He area in the summer of 1997, 2005, Mike moved to Las poker players.
starts relying on luck rather that skill and odds. He Mike moved to Northwest Vegas to work with Mr. (Continued on page 17)
starts going to the river in hopes of the miracle card.
At first, he assessed the odds but after he won, he
started thinking he had some sort of super power. He
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be a high junkie; it leads to irrational playing.
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Changing the world one sentence at a time, Jennifer
Matiran believes the pen is, and always will be, mightier
than the sword. She hopes to emerge into the tourna-
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DB: How long has the room him. “There are six grading
been open and has business
Player Profile: Mike Caro CONT’D FROM PAGE 11
periods in the school year
been what you expected? champ, wanted as he thought issue. Caro eventually lost A moment of thinking and I’m going to give you
MP: We have been open 7 about the necessary chapters his copies somewhere along about that, “I was a stubborn five A’s and one F.”
weeks. We are extremely for his first Super System. the highway of life and if man back then.” Caro thought this sounded
optimistic about busi- Who was the best five- anyone has a copy he would Caro had heard terms like a deal he could live with
ness levels. We have seen card stud player? Brunson like to hear from them. such as “prodigy” used to and said as much, feeling
a steady increase in play asked around. He kept hear- Caro was willing to go describe him all through comfortable that the prin-
week-over-week. We are ing Caro’s name and decided where the chance to write his high school years in cipal would relent and give
getting a great deal of return to check him out, watching took him. He thought seri- Colorado where he was him that sixth A.
business. his card table antics, shaking ously about writing for the given the newspaper to But he didn’t.
his head and chuckling at the screen, until he discovered take care of – students were Fresh out of high school,
DB: What live games does style of this “crazy Mike.” that he would be required traditionally elected to par- Caro decided do become a
the Tuscany offer it’s play- Which was to evolve over to join the Screen Writers ticipate in the production of draftsman for the Colorado
ers? time into “The Mad Genius Guild. the paper. The principal took High Department. “I knew
MP: We regularly spread of Poker.” “I wouldn’t say that I was Mike aside he didn’t have to nothing about being a drafts-
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Hi, My name is Tony Kendall Player Profile: Mike Caro CONT’D FROM PAGE 17
...Everyone calls me “tikay” & I am delighted that I He lasted there about the fast track to a career in became enamored with
have been asked to contribute to Poker Player, the three months. He was not Nebraska journalism. Doyle and the results of our
yet 21 when he responded There was another story work. Doyle had chosen all
Poker in Europe to the ad that landed him for the Independent, one the top experts at that time.”
By TONY KENDALL the job as sports editor for that’s remembered down Caro has since produced a
type of publication that we in Europe yearn for. the Grand Island Daily with a chuckle. “The paper number of his own. “I think
A few words about me first, so you know what you Independent in Nebraska. wanted me to go out to one there are seven under my
have got. Retired businessman, single, I just play & write about poker “I attacked the horse rac- of the high schools and name and probably about 50
these days, and I am the Presenter of a TV show - Poker 425 - which ing there, mostly because I talk to the football players. if you count the help I’ve
airs 7 nights a week in Europe. And I am a partner in a Poker News did not want it to be on the I thought that was a little given other people with their
Website, for which I produce the content, my other half being Dave “El sports pages. I was easily beneath me and came back own books.”
Blondie” Colclough, whom I consider to be Europe’s finest player. offended back then because with this very sarcastic piece The next under his name,
As a player I am no great shakes, just a regular guy, but I just love I was always looking for about their favorite foods.” Professional Hold ‘em
playing the game, and I play in most of the big comps over here in a cause. In this case, he Just one more reason for – Play By Play, is due out
Europe. My record suggests I am not anywhere near top class, but I argued that racing could Caro to think very seriously by the end of the year.
have dozens of money finishes, including a couple (from 3 attempts) not be considered a sport about going somewhere else. Nothing, however,
in the EPT, which is our equivelant of your WPT. I made my first trip to as such because different Caro responded to the appears to have received ore
the Mecca of Poker, the WSOP, this year, mainly writing, doing TV stuff, horses had to carry different lure of California in the attention than Mike Caro’s
and running a Live Webcast for the folks back home. But I did get to weights. “ 1960s and played poker for University of Poker.
play one WSOP event, $1,500 NLH, and finished 31st out of 874 run- He remembers a famous years before Brunson’s invi-
ners, and it was truly the highlight of my playing career. The WSOP is miler, Peter Snell, a tation to participate in the
“special” in every sense of the word, you guys are real lucky to have Nebraskan who was among first Super System. His first
it. In Europe, we are miles behind in terms of venues, so I intend to the first to break the four- instinct was to say, thanks
spend a bit more time in America if the funds stretch to it. minute mile. but no thanks. Why give
OK, on with the business, and if I understand the Editor correctly, “My argument was that away what he figured were
he wants me to let you now what’s happening in Europe, most espe- if horse racing was a sport his own profitable secrets?
cially from the American angle. than Snell should be carry- “But Doyle is massively
Our recent “big” tournament - “big” in Europe is VERY different ing a bowling ball when he charming and very persua-
from big in America! - was the £5,000 European Championships at runs.” sive.”
The Vic in London, and we were pleased to welcome a sprinkling More than 40 years later Caro was also enticed by
of visitors from your neck of the woods. Amongst these was Brian he looks back at this chapter the chance to put together
Wilson, who wan a Bracelet at this year’s WSOP, and happens to be a in the perils of Mike Caro. what he says were the first
very dear friend of mine. Top man, with a really lairy game! But he “I was out there for anything accurate published statistics
busted out early, he’s not the sort of guy who gets ante’d away very that would give me a thrill about poker. Something
often, shall we say..... or get me attention.” like this, he says, had never
However, there was one American in particular who I took to my Attention was what Caro existed before.
heart, a certain Edward “Bolivia” Moncada. This boy has game to got, the sort of attention He took his time con-
spare, and it’s rare that I see a player who is so obviously head and that had him leaving the sidering the substance of
shoulders above the rest of the field. I chatted to him at the first Independent after about Brunson’s request and even-
opportunity, and it turned out that he had won a Bracelet at this three months and striking tually “dove in head-first,
year’s WSOP, in the $2,000 PLH. Here in London, he built a huge stack out on the next chapter in helping him with many
on Day One, but it looked like he had shot his bolt on Day Two, when his life. He had fallen off aspects of the book. I just
he was almost down to the felt. It takes great courage to come back
from that situation after being early chip leader but come back he
did, big style, and he made the Final in good shape, where he was
sweated by one Scott Fischman, who is no slouch himself in the lairy
Down to three players, Ed seemed to have the table under control,
& only had the enigmatic Tony G to worry about, but an ugly outdraw
against a young Norwegian hotshot, Sverre Sundbo, did for Ed. He
had JJ against Sverre’s weak A-6, and whilst he was watching for the
dreaded A to spike, two sixes fell, and that was that. But he was tre-
mendously gracious in defeat, and if ever I saw a star in the making,
it’s this man. Good-looking, pony-tailed, and most important of all to
my way of thinking, a wonderful table presence. He takes his time to
act, gives a fearsome staredown, thinks the situation through care-
fully, then acts decisively. And best of all, he smells out weakness
in opponents puts them on hands with great accuracy, and has the
heart of a lion, enabling him to make breathtakingly audacious plays.
American players have a reputation in Europe for not always being as
well-mannered as we are accustomed to, but Ed has no problems in
THAT department, he’s a true gent. Look after him - if you don’t want
him, we will have him!
Two weeks ago saw the start of this year’s European Poker Tour, in
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Poker and Smoking A
For the record, I don’t smoke. I’ve been around a lot of Joe & Hobby
Joe & Hobby
people who do. A few of my friends smoke. It bothers me,
but I never grumble out loud, only inter-
Lessons from mike caro David J.
university of poker Part 1 Valley
BY DIANE MCHAFFIE
nally. I prefer to spend my money on books,
instead of cigarettes. Reading is my habit Hobby and I met for lunch my host. Sugi’s a great guy, internet.”
of choice. at Marlow’s, an upscale about our age, his family is “Nah, not a problem
Truthfully, I prefer smoke-free environments, but I seafood place in West L.A. somehow tied into Toyota there. Are you with me Joe?
can tolerate the smoke if need be. I have been known to Since it was my turn to buy, and he’s loaded. Do we go to Tokyo?”
specifically request the smoking area of a restaurant, as Hobby picked this place so “Like how loaded? Like “Absolutely. It’s been
many times it can be the quietest section. You may find it I wouldn’t get off lightly. you?” many years since I spent
strange that I would prefer that there were fewer smoke- “A drink before lunch?” “Oh, I think much more. a couple weeks there on
free poker rooms. I never expected smoking to play a large an effervescent waitress But that doesn’t matter. R&R. I can’t wait to see the
part in poker until Mike convinced me that if you can get asked. What’s important is that I place again.”
past the second-hand smoke, and we all know how unpleas- “Golden margarita,” got him interested in Texas I’m not good on long
ant that can be, you can have a more profitable outcome Hobby answered. Hold ‘Em while I was there. flights. I’ve tried heavy
by playing with smokers. This is because they are going to I might usually go for the It was just beginning to drinking; I’ve tried abstain-
provide you with clues as to the strength of their hands. same, but I wanted some- catch on from the internet ing; I’ve tried sleeping
Another side of the story. Mike says that there’s also thing lighter. and was played in a few pills—only to be in a fog
another side to the story, which is that when habitual “I’ll have a Captain private clubs in Tokyo, the next day—and noth-
smokers are forced to play in a smoke-free atmosphere Morgan spicy rum and although I think that kind of ing works for me. Except
they have less patience than usual. You see, smok- tonic, please.” I replied. public gambling is illegal for a few cat naps and the
ing appeases them, like a pacifier does to a small child. “What’s that, Joe?” there. Anyway, I coached occasional food service, I
Without that pacifier the child will become cranky, as does “It’s a little different; it him and we went to one fidgeted for twelve hours.
the poker player who has been denied his. He can lose his suits me today.” of his private poker clubs Wouldn’t you know though,
cool, and when he does, he also loses his objectivity about “I’ll try one, too. Skip the where we both cleaned up. Hobby slept peacefully
which hands to play and which to discard. That can mean margarita.” These guys were all super most of the time. We flew
more money in your pocket if you take advantage of it. Hobby wrestled a wad rich and didn’t hardly know into Narita airport, which
Now that I’ve let you in on one of Mike’s tips about the of papers from the back a straight from a flush, but is about 50 miles north
rewards of playing in a smoke-free atmosphere, I’ll tell you pocket of his jeans and they loved to gamble. If I of Tokyo. After passing
about the disadvantages. spread them on the table. hadn’t come home I’d prob- through customs we saw a
Drawbacks. There are two main drawbacks. The first I expected an explanation, ably own Japan by now.” large sign with the familiar
one isn’t quite as important, but is still an issue. When but he was intently read- “I think you told me name, “Hobby Newton.”
you have a smoke-free poker room some poker players ing, so I waited him out. something about that Sugi and Hobby did a quick
that smoke will be discouraged from playing at all or, if The way he was shaking his before, so what’s up now?” ceremonial bows and shook
they do play, it’s not going to be for any length of time, head I gathered it was inter- “Sugi has organized a hands, both grinning and
or as frequently. Mike says that smokers, as a group, tend esting. Apparently finished, hold ‘em tournament and talking simultaneously.
to be more impulsive and more profitable opponents. So, he folded the papers, smiled has invited me. They’ll hold “How do you do, Crest-
even though your health will profit from these smoke-free at me and said, “You prob- satellite events in about a san?” Sugi said to me after
rooms, your bankroll could be suffering. ably wouldn’t be interested, dozen private clubs and the breaking away from Hobby.
The second and more important drawback of smoke- Joe.” top winners will go on a “How do you do,
free poker rooms is that it abolishes what Mike says is Having known him for gambling cruise ship for the Yamamoto-san,” I replied as
“one of the most important tells in the universe.” What over twenty years, I did finals. He offered me, and I executed a simple bow.
he’s referring to is the fact that smokers have a tendency the translation. “What you a companion of my choice, “Ah, you are familiar
to exhale more liberally when they are holding a strong really mean is, you want me two free seats in a satel- with Japanese customs?”
hand and feel secure. Therefore, if they are surrounded by to be interested.” lite—which go for a million “Somewhat, I was here
a cloud of smoke and just puffing away, beware. “Well…” he tried to yen each. Want to go?” many years ago, but please
No exhaling. However, if a smoker is holding a weak appear indifferent, but “Wouldn’t you rather take call me Joe.”
hand or if he’s bluffing, he may not exhale at all, or very it was too big a part for your girlfriend?” “Okay, Joe. You call me
little. He’s nervous and unsure and doesn’t want to chance him to play. Suddenly he “Can’t, it’s strictly a Sugi.”
doing anything that may lead you to call or raise. There’s beamed with his 1000 watt men’s thing there.” His driver carried our
the tell that you’re looking for to go after him and make a smile and said, “Joe, this is “The last of the chauvin- bags but left them with us at
profit. really hot!” ists, I guess. What’s a mil- the curb while he went for
I couldn’t wait to pass this information along to you. “You’ve got my atten- lion yen worth?” the car. It was a luxurious
I know many of you play in home games, or in casinos tion.” “It’s about ten grand,” black sedan, well appointed,
where smoking is allowed, and that you might be able We were interrupted “Really, that’s quite an but not one I recognized.
to take advantage of this little tidbit of knowledge. Mike by the girl delivering our incentive.” “Nice car,” I said. “I’ve
wanted you to be aware of the advantages and disadvan- drinks. “It’s peanuts compared to never seen one quite like
tages of a smoking or smoke-free environment, so that “Hmm,” Hobby said after what I helped him win. Of it.”
in the future you’d know what to look for and be able to taking a sip. “Not bad.” course, we’ll have to make “Yes,” Sugi replied. “This
profit from it. “Perfecto,” I agreed. “So, it into the finals on our own is executive domestic model
It’s amazing that there are so many aspects of poker what have you got?”. to qualify for the cruise only.”
to consider, more than I ever thought there could be. We’ll “Joe, I just know tournament, but we should It was about as quiet
continue to explore many more in the future. you’re going to love this. have the edge over most of inside as Hobby’s Rolls
Remember, about a year them.” and before I knew it, I was
Diane McHaffie is Director of Operations at Mike Caro ago I went to Japan for a “I’ll believe that when I sound asleep.
University of Poker, Gaming, and Life Strategy. Her martial arts competition?” see it. I still can’t get used “Hey, Joe” Hobby said as
diverse career spans banking, promotion of major finan- I nodded a yes. “Well I’ve to today’s college kids com- he gave me a poke. “We’re
cial seminars and the raising of White-tailed Deer. You been swapping emails with peting with the pros. People at the hotel.”
can write her online at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sugi Yamamoto who was have learned fast on the (Continued on page 22)
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In article after article, and forum post after forum post - For a moment I had even
the issue of ‘bad beats’ in online poker continues. On one forgotten we were in Japan.
hand, the conspiracy theorists throw out a variety of imagi- “This is Imperial Hotel,”
native and intriguing suggestions as to why these occur. On Sugi said. “Not the fanciest,
the other; we have the counter arguments that focus on the but one of our finest. Only
actual odds of these so called ‘bad beats’. The truth is, bad the best for my friends.”
beats are part and parcel of the game. It was a bit austere look-
As any regular player in b/m cardrooms would testify ing, but bellmen were quick
– strange things also happen in the ‘real’ poker world. But to handle the luggage and
herein lies the problem! Even some pros and seasoned play- when we got inside an older
ers - struggle with accepting bad beats! So what chance Japanese man, in what
has the online player, who is far less experienced? Further- might pass for formal attire
more, if online players get dealt three times the number greeted us with deep bows.
on hands online – they must surely experience three times He had our room keys in
the number of bad beats? If that is the case, and the odds hand; there was no signing
of probability indicate that it is – then perhaps bad beats in, apparently all arranged
should be eradicated from poker altogether? Obviously, us by Sugi. We were taken to
pros, old-times and grinders don’t need for this to happen a two-bedroom suite facing
(we can all take it, can’t we guys?). So lets just make it…. the northwest.
the eradication of online bad beats! “Where you see the
But this would suggest that poker is not a perfect prod- water, that is the moat
uct! Well.....I know in the real world it certainly isn’t! But around the Imperial Palace
PA L M S P O K E R R O O M P R E S E N T S
I guess we already knew that – otherwise Phil Hellmuth grounds,” Sugi explained.
would win every event! “Across the street, you
But seriously, bad beats are an issue if they drive play- cannot see from here, is
ers away from poker. I even once jokingly suggested, that the Dai Ichi Insurance
we should look at how to eradicate some of the luck fac- Company Building where
tor in poker. I recall it was during one of the events at the General MacArthur had his
Bellagio, when having seen a whole bunch of all-ins, and the headquarters.”
underdog winning each time – that I had had enough! First I was impressed, but not
of all; we should begin with the all-in, pre-flop showdowns. in the mood for sightseeing.
In such cases, the worst hand would have the choice to for- Though it was early after-
feit 50% of the stack! No flop and no bad beat. The worst noon, my body was telling
hand gets another chance, the best hand makes a healthy me it was nap time again.
and unchallenged profit. I was relieved when Sugi
Obviously, some of us doubted the possibility of such a said, “Why don’t you rest.
rule – but we did all agree that it would certainly reduce I will pick you up at seven
some of the bad beats! We then joked at a few other for dinner.” Play in the Palms Poker room with your Club Palms Card while you watch the game.
At the end of each game and each time a team scores you could win
ideas. Including the one that suggested a penalty for any Later, when Sugi picked $100 to $500 instantly!
player - that handed out more than three bad beats in us up, he spoke to men in
a tournament! the car behind us. When
But joking aside, this conversation did highlight that this we drove off they followed.
beautiful game of our’s – could perhaps do with the odd Hobby asked, “Why are
change or two. But eradicating or reducing the bad beat is those men following us?” And Join Us In The Poker Room For
just not possible – or is it? “Do not worry, they are
I was with Phil Hellmuth just recently in London. We security,” Sugi answered.
met an hour before two patent attorneys were to join us. I “I don’t get it,” Hobby
then hit Phil with a format of playing poker that dealt with said. “I thought Japan was a
some of the negative issues of online poker. Lets just say very peaceful place.”
that we eagerly awaited the arrival of the attorneys and to “Indeed it is, but there are
their evaluation. Patent potential for sure! That was obvi- some who have threatened
ously great news – hence the subject of this article. Oh, and to disrupt our tournament
before I forget - many thanks to the bad beat! For, it’s dur- unless I pay a large fee.”
ing the search to eradicate this monster - that this new “Sounds like gangster’s
format came together. protection racket,” I said
And as often is the case when developing new ideas “Yes, unfortunately,
- one leads to another....and then another....And the out- but we can handle them.
come? Hmm.....slightly tricky to explain as I am running Suddenly we heard a crash.
out of my allotted space here. I am perhaps thinking that I looked around to see
I should leave the readers on tenterhooks with something our trail car was disabled.
like......lets see.....a simple statement perhaps? Something “Hyaku (fast),” Sugi said to
along the lines of ......”A unique and dramatic change to the driver. Moments later a
online poker awaits”? But I thought against doing this - as large truck sideswiped us
it would be unfair to tease readers in this way. So I will just and sent us crashing into a
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A Poker Tournament
is Like a Movie asked & answered:
Quizzes from Mike Caro University of Poker
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
By Byron Liggett This series is based on the MCU library of research and advice found at Poker1.com.
Poker tournaments are like movies. Both offer Each issue, Mike Caro presents 10 new questions covering a category of poker, tar-
drama, excitement, exhilaration, shock, sad- geted for beginner, intermediate, or advanced players. Quiz #30 is about psychol-
ness, and silliness. There are expensive epics like the WSOP ogy, for advanced players. (Answers and explanations appear in the next issue.)
and serials like the World Poker Tour. A people’s favorite, the
“Fall Pot of Gold Tournament”, is currently being played at Psychology on tilt sometimes. you expected was probable,
the RENO HILTON to large crowds. (level: advanced) a. True; because you stop caring
Most aspiring poker stars test their talents in smaller produc- b. False. about making good deci-
tions. The GOLDEN PHOENIX has scheduled a tournament 1. If you have two pair sions -- and losing even more
“short” in its new poker room for a three day engagement and bet, saying, “I probably 7. Irritating your oppo- money doesn’t make you feel
Oct. 21-23. A Friday night thriller, No-Limit Hold’em, opens the either have a straight flush nents by criticizing their play much worse.
flop festival. Tickets are $30+5 with one rebuy (if you want to or I’m bluffing,” you’re try- increases your chances of… a. True;
see it again). ing to force an opponent a. winning money from b. False.
The Saturday and Sunday 11am matinee and Saturday eve- to make a decision based them over the years;
ning performances are $50+5. “The Championship” will be on an either-or-situation, b. getting them to come 10. If you present a solid,
shown Sunday at 6pm and attendance is $100+15. Usher John because… into your future pots with tight, stable image, which
Willis will show you to your seat. a. you want to show your weak hands; of the following is an advan-
If you like a good Western, don’t miss the “Fall Poker Round- opponents how misleading c. play worse against you; tage?
up” being shown at the WILDHORSE Resort & Casino, Nov. you can be; d. none of the above. a. you’ll have less fluctua-
2-12. Poker Manager Roland Waters may get an Oscar for Best b. they’ll almost always tion in your day-to-day earn-
Director. Poker star Vince Burgio has a leading role as Celebrity make the wrong choice; 8. (Choose best answer) If ings;
Host. c. you’d like the luxury your opponents are bickering b. you’ll get a lot more
Like a Sam Peckinpah movie, the “Fall Poker Round-up” is of betting without fearing a among themselves and dis- calls with big hands;
popular because there’s lots of action. Everybody is in it – The raise from a medium-strong tracted, it’s a poor time to... c. you’ll be competing for
Magnificent Seven, The Professionals and the Wild Bunch. hand; a. Play a weak hand for bigger pots, on average;
They’re all looking for a few dollars more. d. nobody’s perfect. advertising purposes; d. there are no disadvan-
The “Round-up” has it all – ambushes, showdowns, snipers, b. Bluff; tages to a solid, tight, stable
victims and victory, heroes and zeroes. But in the end, when 2. An opponent is sig- c. Take a bathroom break; image.
the smoke clears, the good guys get the chips. nificantly more likely to play d. Go all-in if you’re play-
“The Fall Poker Round-up” is shot on location, in Pendleton, sensibly if… ing no-limit.
Oregon. This IS the American West. If you’ve ever wondered a. It’s the day before his
ANSWERS IN OUR
where “God’s Country” was, this is it! birthday; 9. It’s dangerous when
Wildhorse is a complete resort with plenty of outdoor sights b. She’s pregnant; you lose a lot more than
and activities. When you’ve had your fill of flops, you can ride c. He just sat down or just
off into the sunset on a horse or a golf cart. If you can’t have got even; If you do not remember the questions, you will find them on our
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poker room is a New Millennium luxury theater. casino. high-low split, the more players fair share against eight oppos-
There are no bad seats in the house. Every chair is comfort- enter the pot, the less neces- ing random hands, if played to
able, contoured and capable of being raised up and down. The 3. Male opponents with sary it is to try to win both the the showdown! (This doesn’t
lighting is good for action and actors. Like the bridge of the recent tattoos are more high and low sides (scoop). But mean you should play the hand,
Star Ship Enterprise, large screen, digital TV monitors surround likely to… even though it’s “less neces- however, because it isn’t profit-
the room, keeping the chip crew tuned into sports, tournament a. Raise recklessly; sary,” you should still try to able when the likely betting is
standings, and seat lists. You can even turn to the poker chan- b. Bluff; play hands with excellent scoop factored in.)
nel in your room and relax until your name comes up! c. Come into pots with possibilities as much as pos-
The Peppermill tournament includes a ladies-only No-Limit weak hands; sible. Q #6 ANSWER: (d). If Hand A
Hold’em feature at high noon on Saturday, Nov 12th. Every d. All of the above. is Ac 2c 3h 4h and Hand B is Kc
poker actress hopes to play the lead in “Queen of the Flop”. Q #2 ANSWER: (a). Against a Kd 5s Ad with a board of 2h 4c
The ladies who star in this production all know that the weaker 4. You should be more single opponent, Kc Kd Jc Jd 9c 10h and just the final card to
sex is anyone with the second best hand. eager to buy coffee for the is more profitable than 7c 6c fall, followed by a showdown,
Similar to a theater complex that houses multiple movies, player on your right… 5d 2c, 10h 9h, 8c 7c, or As Ac then hand A will scoop both
some principal poker rooms between north Seattle and Everett a. true; Qh 9d. sides of the pot 80 percent of
are organizing a multi-cardroom tournament extravaganza b. false. the time.
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Marketing Director for the NEW GROVE Cardroom. 5. What’s the main advan- that, if played to the showdown Q #7 ANSWER: (a). If two
A clever poker tournament device called the “DB Dealer” is tage of having a wild and against a single opponent, players begin an Omaha eight-
about to be introduced by a Portland, Oregon firm. The round, carefree image? A-A-A-2 is a favorite against a or-better hand with A-2-3-4 of
high-quality plastic gadget serves both as a dealer button and a. you’ll be able to bluff random opposing hand. matching suits (one in clubs,
timer that indicates blind increases. more successfully; one in diamonds), the pot will
An audible alarm warns players of a blind increase at the b. you’ll be able to refuse Q #4 ANSWER: (a). It’s also be scooped 6 percent of the
one-minute mark and again to signify the end of the round. At to give loans more convinc- true that A-A-A-2 of four differ- time. The other 94 percent con-
the end of each round, DB Dealer resets itself. The timer can ingly; ent suits will win more than its stitutes ties. Remember, one
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NV •Aladdin 1P& NH $50RB(1)$40 1P& NH $50RB(1)$40 1P& NH $50RB(1)$40 1P& NH $50RB(1)$40 12P NH $100AO$10
SOUTH 7P NH $50RB(1)$40 7P NH $50RB(1)$40 7P NH $50RB(1)$40 7P NH $50RB(1)$40
Arizona Charlie’s 12P NH $22RB$10AO$10 12P NH $22RB$10AO$10 12P NH $22RB$10AO$10
•Binion’s Gambling Hall (p19) 8P& N H $60RB$10AO$40 8P& NH $60RB$10AO$40 8P& N H $60RB$10AO$40 8P& NH $60RB$10AO$40 8P& NH $125RB$25AO$50 8P& NH $125RB$25AO$50 8P& NH $125RB$25AO$50
Cannery Casino 10A NH $25 10A NH $25 10A NH $25 10A NH $25 10A NH $25 10A NH $25 10A NH $25
7P NH $40RB$20AO$2 7P NH $40RB$20AO$2 7P NH $40RB$20AO$2
Carson Valley Inn 12P& H Sh $15 12P& H Sh $15 12P& H Sh $15 12P& H Sh $15 12P& H Sh $15 12P& H Sh $15
Circus Circus 11A L/N H $40AO$3 11A L/N H $40AO$3 11A L/N H $40AO$3 11A L/N H $40AO$3 11A L/N H $40AO$3
Col.Belle-Laughlin 7P& HB $25RB$10AO$20 7PWk1& H $110 7P& O H/L B $25RB$10AO$20 7P& O H/L B $25RB$10AO$20 10A Pi Z $12 10A Pi Z $12
Golden Nugget 11A N H $60RB(1)$40AO$40 11A NH $60RB(1)$40AO$40 11A N H $60RB(1)$40AO$40 11A N H $60RB(1)$40AO$40 11A N H $60RB(1)$40AO$40 11A NH $30RB$20AO(1)$20 11A N H $60RB(1)$40AO$40
7P N H $125RB$100AO(1)$100 7P NH $125RB$100AO$100 7P N H $125RB$100AO(1)$100 7P N H $125RB$100AO$100 7P N H $230RB$200AO$100 7P $330RB$200AO(1)$200 7P N H $125RB$100AO$100
Flamingo Laughlin 8A Z $17 8A Z $17 8A Z $17 8A Z $17 8A Z $17 8A Z $17 8A Z $17
Harrah’s Las Vegas 11A NH $30RB(1)$40 11A NH $30RB(1)$40 11A $30RB(1)$40 11A $30RB(1)$40 11A $30RB(1)$40 11A $30RB(1)$40 11A $30RB(1)$40
•Imperial Palace (p11) 1P NH $50RB$25AO$5 7P NH $50RB$25AO$5 1P NH $50RB$25AO$5 1P NH $50RB$25AO$5 1P NH $50RB$25AO$5
12A NH $50RB$25AO$5 12A NH $50RB$25AO$5
•Jokers Wild (p40) 2P NH $25RB(1)$10 2P NH $25RB(1)$10 2P NH $25RB(1)$10 2P NH $25RB(1)$10 2P NH $25RB(1)$10 2P NH $25RB(1)$10 2P NH $25RB(1)$10
7P NH $25RB(1)$10 7P NH $25RB(1)$10 7P NH $25RB(1)$10 7P NH $25RB(1)$10 6P N H $35RB(1)$10AO$10 6P N H $35RB(1)$10AO$10 7P NH $25RB(1)$10
Luxor 12P& L/N H Z $25 12P& L/N H Z $25 12P& L/N H Z $25 12P& L/N H Z $25 12P& L/N H Z $25 12P& L/N H Z $25 12P& L/N H Z $25
•Mandalay Bay 10A HZ $30(30M) 10A HZ $30(30M) 10A HZ $30(30M) 10A HZ $30(30M) 10A HZ $30(30M)
6P NHZ $60(30M) 6P NHZ $60(30M) 6P NHZ $60(30M) 6P NHZ $60(30M)
•Mirage 7P L H $130RB$100AO(1)$100 7P N H $130RB$100AO(1)$100 7P NH $130RB$100 7P NH $230RB(1)$200 5P N H$330RB$200AO(1)$200
Nevada Palace 10A H $18 10A H $19 10A H $18 10A H $18 10A H $18 10A H $18 10A H $18
•Oasis-Mesquite 11A NH $15RB(1)$15 11A NH $15RB(1)$15 11A NH $15RB(1)$15 11A NH $15RB(1)$15 11A NH $15RB(1)$15 11A NH $15RB(1)$15 3P NH $25RB$10
7P NH $120 7P NH $120RB(1)$100 6P NH $25RB$10
The Orleans 12P O H/L $40RB$20 12P H $40RB$20 12P NH $40RB$20 12P H $40RB$20 12P O H/L $50RB(1)$20 12P H $50RB(1)$20 12P NH $50RB(1)$20
7P NH $40RB$20 7P NH $40RB$20 7P H $40RB$20 7P O H/L $40RB$20 7P NH $60RB(1)$40 7P NH $125RB(1)$100 7P H $60RB(1)$50
•Plaza Casino (p41) 12A& N H $65RB(1)$30 12A& NH $65RB(1)$30 12A& NH $65RB(1)$30 12A& N H $65RB(1)$30 12A& NH $65RB(1)$30 12A& NH $65RB(1)$30 12A& NH $65RB(1)$30
7P O H/L $45RB$20AO$20 7P NH $45RB(1)$20 7P NH $45RB(1)$20 7P NH $45RB(1)$20 7P NH $45RB(1)$20 7P NH $45RB(1)$20 7P NH $45RB(1)$20
7P N $50RB$50 7P N $50RB$50 7P N $50RB$50 7P N $50RB$50 7P N $50RB$50 7P N $50RB$50 7P N $50RB$50
Rio Suite Casino 12P& N H $40RB(1)$40 12P& NH $40RB(1)$40 12P& NH $40RB(1)$40 12P& N H $40RB(1)$40 12P& NH $40RB(1)$40 12P& NH $40RB(1)$40 12P& NH $40RB(1)$40
River Palms 6P& O H/L $25RB$10AO$20 6P& 7 H/L $25RB$10AO$20 6P& NH $25RB$10AO$20 6P& H $25RB$10AO$20 6P& O H/L $25RB$10AO$20 6P& Po H $25RB$10AO$20 6P& NH $25RB$10AO$20
•Sahara (p40) 11A NH $40RB$20AO$2 11A NH $40RB$20AO$2 11A NH $40RB$20AO$2 11A NH $40RB$20AO$2 11A NH $40RB$20AO$2 11A NH $40RB$20AO$2 11A NH $40RB$20AO$2
7P& NH $40RB$20AO$2 7P& NH $40RB$20AO$2 7P& NH $40RB$20AO$2 7P& NH $40RB$20AO$2 7P& NH $40RB$20AO$2 7P& NH $40RB$20AO$2 7P& NH $40RB$20AO$2
•Sam’s Town (p48) 7P NH $45RB$20AO$20 7P NH $45RB$20AO$20 7P NH $45RB$20AO$20 7P NH $45RB$20AO$20
Speedway 4P L/N H $23RB$10AO$20 4P L/N H $23RB$10AO$20 4P L/N H $23RB$10AO$20 4P L/N H $23RB$10AO$20
Stardust 10A NH $40 10A NH $40 10A NH $40 12P LH F
•Sunset Station (p10)10A LH $18AO$2 10A L O High $18AO$2 10A NH $23AO$2 10A LH $23AO$2 11A NH $23AO$2 11A NH $23AO$2 Varies Varies Varies
Stratosphere 9A NH $22RB(1)$20 9A NH $22RB(1)$20 9A NH $22RB(1)$20 9A NH $22RB(1)$20 9A NH $22RB(1)$20
8P N H $44RB(1)$40AO(1)$40 8P N H $44RB(1)$40AO(1)$40 8P N H $44RB(1)$40AO(1)$40 8P N H $44RB(1)$40AO(1)$40 8P N H $44RB(1)$40AO(1)$40
•Texas Station (p10) 7P NH $40 7P O H/L B $37RB$10 7P NH $40 7P NH $40
•Tuscany (p22) 10A NH (40M) 10A NH (40M) 10A NH (40M) 10A NH (40M) 12P OS $25RB$10
7P OS $25RB$10 7P OS $25RB$10 7P OS $25RB$10 7P OS $25RB$10 7P OS $25RB$10 7P OS $25RB$10 7P OS $25RB$10
Virgin River Casino 6P NH $20RB$10 6P NH F 6P NH $20RB$10
NV Atlantis Casino 12P& L H Sh $15 10A& 7 Sh $15 12P& L H Sh $15 10A& 7 Sh $15 12P& L H Sh $15 10A& 7 Sh $15 12P& L H Sh $15
NORTH Boomtown 7P NH $22RB$10 7P NH $22RB$10 7P NH $22RB$10
Cactus Petes-Jackpot 7P Pi $15RB$10 7P NH F RB$10 12P H F RB$20
Circus Circus 4P H $15 4P H $15 4P H $15 4P H $15 4P H $15 10A H $15 10A H $15
Eldorado 6P NH $22RB$20
•Golden Phoenix 12P H freeRB$10 12P H freeRB$10 12P H freeRB$10 12P H freeRB$10 12P H freeRB$10 12P H freeRB$10 12P H freeRB$10
6P Ladies N H $25RB$10 7P 7SL $44RB$4
Harrah's Reno 10A& N H $25 10A NH $25 10A NH $25 10A NH $25 10A NH $25 10A NH $25 10A NH $25
Harvey’s Tahoe 6P H $25RB$20
Peppermill 2P NH $25AO$10 2P NH $25AO$10 2P NH $25AO$10
7P Ladies N H $35RB(1)$30 7P NH $115RB$100 6P NH $110 6P NH $115
Reno Hilton 9A NH $15(24M) 9A& NH $15(24M) 9A NH $15(24M) 9A& NH $15(24M) 9A NH $15(24M) 9A NH $25(30M) 9A NH $25(30M)
Rainbow Cas. W Wendover 8P NH $25RB$20 8P LH $25RB$20 6P NH $50
CA Casino Morongo 10A 5O $10RB$10AO$10 7P& H $30RB$10AO$20 10A N Cz Pi $10RB$10AO$10 7P& H $60 10A DC $10RB$10AO$10 11A H $10RB$10AO$10 12P H $5RB$5AO$5
SAN Casino Pauma 4P H $5RB$5AO$10B$5 4P H $5RB$5AO$10B$5 4P H $5RB$5AO$10B$5
DIEGO Harrah’s Rincon 10A& NH $15RB$10AO$10 10A& NH $15RB$10AO$10 10A& NH $15RB$10AO$10 10A& NH $15RB$10AO$10 10A& NH $15RB$10AO$10 10A& NH $15RB$10AO$10 10A& NH $15RB$10AO$10
INLAND Lake Elsinore 10A O H/L $17RB$5AO$5 10A LH $17RB$5AO$5 10A NH $17RB$5AO$5 10A LH $17RB$5AO$5 10A O H/L $17RB$5AO$5 10A LH $17RB$5AO$5
6P NH $20RB(2)$15
•Lucky Lady (p33) 10A O H/L $22RB$11 10A H $22RB$11
Oceans Eleven 10A LH $35 10A NH $35 10A NH $55 10A NH $35 10A LH $35 10A NH $65 10A NH $40RB(1)$20
•Pechanga (p28) 10A NH $30 10A NH $30 10A NH $30 10A NH $30 10A NH $30 10A NH $30 10A NH $30
6P NH $30 6P NH $30 6P NH $30 4P NH $30
Sycuan 10A LH $12 10A NH $12 10A 7 H/L Sp $12 6P& H F 6P& LH $22 6P& NH $12RB$10AO$10 6P& LH $17
Viejas 10A NH $12B$5 10A& O H/L $12B$5 10A& N H $12B$5 10A& O $12B$5 10A& NH $12B$5 10A NH $25B$5 10A NH $12B$5
Village Club 10A O $30RB$20AO(1)$50B(20)$5 10A NH $30RB$20AO(1)$50B(20)$5 10A O $30RB$20AO(1)$50B(20)$5 10A O $30RB$20AO(1)$50B(20)$5 10A NH $30RB$20AO(1)$50B(20)$5 10A O $30RB$20AO(1)$50B(20)$5 10A LH $25RB$20AO$50
CA •Bicycle Club (p3) 12P LH $30RB$10 12P NH $30RB$10 12P NH $60RB$10 12P NH $30RB$10 12P HH N H $30RB$10
L.A. 7P NH $60 7P $40RB$20 7P NH $60 7P NH $60 7P HH N H $40RB$20 7P HH L H $40RB$10
•Club Caribe (p40) 7P NH F 7P Mx $15RB$10AO$10 7P NH $20RB$10AO$10 1P NH $20RB$10AO$10 1P Mx $15RB$10AO$10
7P NH $40RB$30AO$30 7P NH $30RB$15AO$15
Club One Casino 7P NH $27RB(2)$15 10A NH $14RB$5/$10AO$20 7P& NH $27(80M)RB(2)$15 10A NH $14RB$5/$10AO$20 10A N H $14RB$5/$10AO$20 7P& N H(80M) $27RB(2)$15 12P LH $19RB$5/$10AO$20
Commerce Club 7P Pn $40 7P Pn $40 1P Pn $40 1P Pn $40
•Crystal Park Casino (p33) 7P NH $15 7P NH $15
•Diamond Jim’s (p33) 6P O Pi H $25RB$10 6P LH $20RB$10 6P Wk4LadiesL H $25 1P LH $25RB$10 1P NH $50
1PWk4 NH $100
Hawaiian Gardens 12P NH $15RB$10 12P O H/L $15RB$10 12P S H/L $15RB$10 12P H $15RB$10 6P LH $25RB 6P Mx F RB$10
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7P LH $35 7P NH $35 7P LH $35 7P NH $35 8P NH $225RB(1)$200 8P Po H $330RB(1)$300 4P N H Sh $120
•Hustler Casino (p15) 7P NH $125RB(1)$100 7P NH$125RB(1)$100AO(1)$100 7P NH $230 7P NH $125RB(1)$100 3P Pai Gow
3P N H $125RB$100AO(1)$100
Normandie Casino 7P NH $30RB(2)AO(1) 3P& Pai Gow F 5P NH $30RBAO
CA Artichoke Joe’s 11A L H $28RB(1)$20AO(1)$20 11A LH $25 6P LH/L OH/L $50RB$20AO$40 11A LH $48 6P NH $49RB$20AO$40
NORTH Bay 101 9A& Sp L H $70RB60 9A Sp L H $50RB$40 9A Sp L HH $55RB$40 9A& Sp L H $50RB40 9A Sp L H $110 9A Sp L H $125RB$60 9A Sp L H $70RB$60
Cache Creek 12P H $25RB$20 12P O H/L $55 6P H $10
California Grand 7P H $50 7P H $20RB 7P O $50RB$20 7P H $50 2P H $50 2P H $50
Casino San Pablo 10A NH $25RB(1)$20 10A NH $25RB(1)$20
Garden City 10A Sp L $60RB$40AO 10A H $40RB(1)$40 10A Sp L $40RB$40AO 10A H $40RB$40AO 10A Sp L $60RB$40AO
Gold Rush 1P H Sh $15 1P H Sh $15 1P H Sh $15 1P H Sh $15 1P H Sh $15
Kelly’s Cardroom 6P NH Sh $20 6P NH Sh $20 5P NF F 6P NH Sh $20
Lucky Chances 10A NH $50RB(1)$50AO$15 10A NH $100AO$20 10A NH $50RB(1)$50AO15 10A NH $100AO$20 10A NH $100RB$60AO$60
Lucky Derby Casino 6P NH $55 9A NH $40 11A Varies Varies
Oaks Card Club 6P LH $65RB$50AO$50 12P Varies $65RB$50AO$50 1P LH $100RB(2)$50
Palace Indian Casino 11A H $10RB$5AO$10 11A H $10RB$5AO$10 11A H $10RB$5AO$10
Sonoma Joe's 7P H/O H/L $20RB$20(1) 7P H $20RB$20(1) 6P O H/L F RB$10
CO N T ’ D O N PAG E 3 1 w w w. p o ke r p l a y e r n e w s p a p e r. c o m O C TO B E R 1 7, 2 0 0 5 P O K E R P L AY E R 29
Viewing the Cards; Do We Need
a Paradigm Shift?
SENIORS SCENE Edgar Allan Poe lished his popularity and
greatly increased magazine
By George “The engineer” EPSTEIN Author & Poet, sales.
The other night, while seated at a hold’em table at Drunk & Gambler In one story, Poe’s pro-
the Bicycle Casino, an attractive older woman tapped Among any Gallery of tagonist follows a man as
me on the shoulder. “Can I talk to you?” she asked, with a big smile. Great American Writers, he winds his way through
Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. (Beautiful women don’t tap none has a higher place the underbelly of the city
me on the shoulder very often.) Lynne had a copy of my recent column than Edgar Allan Poe. A at night. He describes
in Poker Player in her hand, but she really wanted to ask me about the lonely, tortured genius, he involved and Poe may have the night people, includ-
cards used in playing poker. It seems that the design of the cards has crafted tales of terror and been one of those victim- ing “The gamblers”, some
been essentially unchanged since invented by the French some 300 years poems of passion and pain. ized. wearing a “velvet waist-
ago. I don’t know the authenticity of that data; but I certainly agree Born in Boston in 1809, Poe’s gambling debts coat, fancy neckerchief,
that we need a change in the design of the cards that are so essential in Poe’s parents were strug- ruptured relations with his gilt chains, and filigreed
playing poker. gling actors. By the time foster-father. He was forced buttons”.
Isn’t it time for a paradigm shift? : Poker is now big business; he was three, both parents to drop out of school. Two Poe respected gamblers.
there is even talk of making it an Olympic event. Religious and charitable had died. He was taken in years later his mother, He wrote, “They be may
groups hold tournaments to raise funds. It has been accepted as a viable by acquaintances John and Fanny Allan, 44, died. defined as the gentlemen
form of business and entertainment throughout the world. Poker has Fanny Allan, a childless Hoping the military who live by their wits.” In
come a long way – a very long way – since it was played in back rooms couple. would give him the strength another tale, “The Duke de
and even scorned by many people. It is now respectable and accepted in Edgar was an outstand- and discipline to pull his L’Omelette”, Poe’s central
all walks of life. Both young and old play the game in all sorts of venues. ing student in school. A life together, Poe entered character is brought before
Being a senior citizen, Lynne recognized the need for improvement in good athlete, he was a West Point in 1830. It the Devil to play cards for
the design of our playing cards. I agree with her. In fact, my first book fast runner and even bet- didn’t work. Soon he was his due.
(The Greatest Book of Poker for Winners!) discusses the importance of ter swimmer. Edgar’s drinking heavily and run- But poetry was Poe’s
table seating so that you can better observe the cards in play. As we uncle delighted in get- ning up more gambling passion. He wrote to be
age, our visual acuity usually diminishes. Being seated in seats No. 4 or ting up wrestling matches debts. After one year, he moving and musical more
5 helps in this regard. And, for my poker classes at the Claude Pepper Sr. between Edgar and the kids was court-martialed and than meaningful or pur-
Citizens Center, I use special cards with larger figures that are easier to with whom he played. He dismissed. poseful. For him, “the
read. (One of my students bought two decks for her pinochle group.) rewarded the winner with Throughout much of his death of a beautiful woman
Lynne also noted another problem with the cards: It is sometimes money. Wrestling contests life, Poe had two princi- is… the most poetic topic
hard to discern a club from a spade since they are both black; and a were popular occasions for pal problems – drinking in the world”. “Lenore”,
heart from a diamond since they are both red. She has actually designed wagering among men of the and money. Often broke “Annabel Lee” and “The
a deck of cards with four different – and very attractive -- colors so that period. and frequently drunk, he Raven” are perfect exam-
the suits are readily distinguishable from one another. And it has other While he grew close with borrowed money from ples. The Raven was a
features too. his mother Fanny, relations everyone and was con- symbol of mournful, sad,
A Coincidence?: After our discussion, I returned to my hold’em with his father were becom- stantly humiliated by his never-ending loss.
table; then it happened. . I was seated at the far end of the table and ing difficult by the time he poverty. When a friend Not until late in his
was dealt A-9 diamonds; I called the blind from a late position in a multi- reached puberty. When he arranged a meeting for him career, 1844, with publica-
way pot, hoping to make a flush. The flop brought two more diamonds was 14, he fell in love with with President Tyler to tion of “The Raven”, did
– or so I thought. I played the hand on that basis the rest of the way; a woman old enough to be get a government job, Poe Poe finally receive wide-
and, on the river, another diamond fell. Wow! I thought, I had a big his mother. He suffered arrived drunk and was sent spread recognition and
diamond flush. There were no pairs on the board so a full-house was not severely when less than a away in disgrace. acclaim. It was the pinnacle
possible. I raised the bettor, believing I had the nuts. He hesitated but year later she suddenly died Although he had been of his life and finally an
called. I showed my hand, declaring “flush!” As he revealed his two-pair, of a brain tumor. fascinated with the written end to his sad, wretched
he shouted, “no flush!” The dealer repeated, “no flush!” I had misread At 17, he entered the word and started writing life of poverty and insig-
the board cards, thinking there were three diamonds, but one of them University of Virginia in when he was a young boy, nificance.
was a heart. That error cost me. . . Sure, I have resolved to be more 1826. Like many college Poe now turned to it for His happiness didn’t
careful in the future; but, just think, if the cards were more easily read, freshman, drinking and survival. He published a last long. He suffered the
it would make the game more equitable for all of us, young and old alike. gambling got the better of book of poems in 1831, a loss of yet another woman
Progress should lead to improvement: So we are using cards Edgar. One contemporary short story two years later, he deeply loved when his
designed hundreds of years ago. Would you be satisfied flying across described him as “a pretty and eventually became a wife died of TB in 1847.
the country in the old DC3 aircraft? It set a record in 1936 when it flew wild young man”. writer and editor. He started drinking heavily
across the country in 13 hours. How about driving a Model-T Ford from The strain between Poe didn’t write books; and some say he was using
Los Angeles to Las Vegas? What about our medical care, our TV sets, Edgar and his foster-father instead he created the short opium and laudanum to
computers, cell phones, etc.? Change is part of progress. Change is caused John Allan to give story. A magazine and excess. Soon the magazine
desirable when it improves on performance or utility. the youth only enough periodical writer, he wrote failed and he was financial-
Perhaps it is long past the time when there ought to be a change in money for the most neces- to sell. He wrote tales that ly destitute once more.
the design of our poker-playing cards. sary expenses, which kept captured the popular imagi- Poe spent the last year
So, I have a question for all poker players: What do you think him constantly broke and nation. of his life drunk and dis-
Lynne should do with her new deck design? You can reach Lynne at destitute. Poe claimed that A writer writes what oriented. He was found
BookLuvver@hotmail.com. because of insufficient he knows and feels. in the street outside a bar.
funds he was driven to Reflecting a life of loss Hospitalized, he died four
George “The Engineer” Epstein is the author of The gamble in a desperate effort and disappointment, Poe’s days later in 1849.
Greatest Book of Poker for Winners! (T/C Press, PO to raise money. Within a work was often on the Edgar Allan Poe, the
Box 36006, Los Angeles, CA 90036). His new algorithm year, he was $2,500 in debt. dark side; death, madness most significant American
booklet, Hold’em or Fold’em?, was a big hit at the recent Gambling was a problem and self-destruction were writer prior to Mark Twain,
World Poker Players Conference. George teaches a poker at the University. The first dominant themes. Stories author of stories, poetry
course for seniors at the Claude Pepper Sr. Citizen Center year Poe attended; seven like “Murders in the Rue and more, was – to quote
under the auspices of the City of Los Angeles Dept. of students were suspended Morgue”, “The Pit and the The Raven – “Nevermore”.
Recreation and Parks. He is currently writing a new book for high-stakes wagering. Pendulum”, and “Fall of
on Rules & Strategies for WINNING at Texas Hold’em. Cheating was thought to be the House of Usher” estab- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
George can be reached by e-mail: email@example.com.
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Blue Water Casino 7P HB $25 2P O H/L $25
Bucky’s Casino 12P H $25RB$5AO$25 12P H $25RB$10AO$30 1P 7F
•Casino Arizona-Scottsdale (p39) 11A NH $60 7P NH $130 7P NH $130 11A NH $60 11A NH $60 4thWk10AN H $150
Casino Del Sol 10A HZ $10RB$5 10A O H/L Z $10RB$5 10A Cz Pi Z $10RB$5 10A NHZ $10RB$5 10A Pi $10RB$5
Cliff Castle 6P& S Sh $15 11A H Sh $15 6P& O H/L $30 11A H Sh $15 11A H Sh $15 11A H Sh $15
Fort McDowell 12P& NH $13RB$10AO$20 12P& NH $13RB$10AO$20 12P& NH $13RB$10AO$20 12P& N H $13RB$10AO$20 12P& NH $13RB$10AO$20 12P& NH $13RB$10AO$20 12P& NH $13RB$10AO$20
Gila River/Wild Horse Pass 12P NH $25RB$20 12P Men H/N A I$25RB$10AO(1)$20 12P
Gila River-Vee Quiva 11A 7B $20 11A HB $15+$5 11A HB $15+$5 11A HB $15+$5 11A HB $15+$5
Harrah’s Ak Chin 4P NH $30RB$10 4P NH $30RB$10 4P& NH $30RB$20 12P& NH $30RB$20 12P NH $30RB$20 12P NH $60 12P NH $60
Hon-Dah Casino 6P Flop $10 6P H Sh F F 6P H $10 6P O H/L $25 3P H $10
Paradise Casino 1P O H/L $13 1P H $13
CO Midnight Rose 7P NH $45 7P NH $35 7P NH $110 2P F 12P $55
Ute Mountain 6P H $20RB$20 12P 7 $15
CT Foxwoods 8A& NH $60 8A& NH $60 8A NH $100 8A NH $60 8A NH $100
FL Dania Jai-Alai 6P NH $45 3P NH $45 6P NH $45 3P NH $45 5P NH $45 5P NH $45
6P NH $45 7P NH $45 12P NH $45
Derby Lane 1P NH $45 6P LO H/L $45 1P NH $45 6P NH $45 1P NH $45 1P NH $45 1P NH $45
Palm Beach Kennel Club 12P NH $45 6P NH $45 12P NH $45 Varies N H $45 Varies NH $45
Palm Beach Princess 6P H $55 6P H $55 6P H $55
Pompano Park Casino 12P N H Sh $45 12P N H Sh $45 12P& N H Sh $45
Seminole Hollywood Casino 12P& N H $75 6P O H/L B $75RB$10AO$20 6P NH $65RB$10AO$20 12P& NH $65 6P NH $65 12P& 7 $45 12P& N H $130RB$20
St Tropez Cruise 8P O H/L $70RB$30AO$50 8P L/N H $70RB$30AO$50
IA Catfish Bend 7P NH $20RB$20(24M) 7P NH $20RB$20(24M) 10A $20RB$20(24M)
Isle of Capri 10A DC $10RB$10 6P NH $15RB$5AO$10
Winn-A-Vegas 7P N H/O $10RB$10AO$10 2P N H/O $10RB$10AO$10
IL Hollywood Casino-Aurora 1P NH $150
IN Trump Indiana 7P NH $100RB$40AO$60 1P NH $100RB$40AO$60
KS Harrah’s Prarie Band 6P& NH $25RB$5AO 6P& NH $40 12P NH $10RB$10AO 7P& NH $40RB$20AO 12P NH $100 10A NH $10RB$10 10A NH $10RB$10
LA Grand Coushatta 6P H F RB$15AO$15/$30 12P Varies Varies
Horseshoe Casino-Shreveport 6P NH $75RB$40AO$40 11A NH $75RB$40AO$40
MI Chip-In's Island 6P Pi $10RB$5 6P NH $30RB$20 6P NH $40RB$20 1P NH $25RB$10 3P NH $25RB$10
Gold Strike Casino Resort 4A,6P& LH $35RB$15AO$25 4A,6P& NH $35RB$15AO$25 4A,6P& LH/NH $35RB$15AO$25 11A LH/NH $35RB$15AO$25 11A LH/NH $35RB$15AO$25 11A LH/NH $35RB$15AO$25 2P LH $35RB$15AO$25
MN •Canterbury Park (p36) 10A 7 $20RB$10AO(1)$10 7P Varies Varies 10A H Sh $12
12P Wk1 N H $120
Fortune Bay Casino 6P NH $55AO$(1)$5 6P NH $25AO$(1)$5 6P NH $25AO$(1)$5 5PWk4LadiesN H $25AO(1)$5
Northern Light Casino Hotel 12P LH F$5RB(2)$5AO$5 12P NH $10RB$10AO$10 12P 7 $10RB(3)$5AO$5
Shooting Star Casino 12P NH $25 12P NHZ $25 12P NH $25 12P NHZ $25 2P NHZ $25 12P NH $50RB$10AO$10 12P $30RB$10AO$10
MO Harrah’s St Louis 1P NH $100 30M 1P NH $100 30M 1P NH $100 30M
Isle of Capri 9A& NHZ $30 9A& NHZ $30 9A& NHZ $30 9A& NHZ $30 9A& NHZ $30 9A& NHZ $30 9A& NHZ $30
MS Copa Casino 5P 7 $25Z 4P Pi $25Z 5P H $50Z
Grand Casino(Biloxi) 11A NH $95
Grand Casino(Gulfport) 12P H/O $15RB$10 12P H $5RB$15 12P HB $15RB$15 1P S $15RB$10
Grand Casino(Tunica) 1P NH $80 50M 1P NH $80 50M 7P NH $130RB$100 70M 1P NH $100 50M 4P NH $120 70M 2P NH $230 70M 2P NH $100 50M
Pearl River Resort 7P N H $20RB$15AO$25/$50 7P N H $20RB$15AO$25/$50 2P N H Sh $35
NE Rosebud Casino 7P NH $30RB$10AO$10 7P NH $30RB$10AO$10 7P NH $30RB$10AO$10
NJ Harrah’s Atlantic City 7P NH $150 12P NH $120 8P NH $340 12P NH $560
Tropicana 7P NH $30RBAO 7P 7 $30RBAO 7P NH $40RBAO 7P LH $30RBAO 4P NH $60RBAO 12P NH $65RBAO 12P NH $55RBAO
Trump Taj Mahal 6P NH $120 6P NH $65 6P NH $65 6P NH $120 6P NH $225 6P& NH $340 6P NH $120
NM Cities of Gold 6P F RB(1)$15AO$100 6P Cz Pi $20RB(1)$10 6P H $25 6P O H/L $20RB(1)$10AO$50 6P H $30RB(1)$20AO$200 5P H $20RB$10 5P O H/L $20RB(1)$10
Isleta Casino & Resort 7P& NH $20RB$20 2P H $15RB(1)$15 7P& NH $20RB(1)$20 2P H $15RB(1)$15 7P& N H $50RB(2)$25AO(1)$35 2P H $15RB(1)$15 2P H $15RB(1)$15
Route 66 Casino 11A NH $25 30M 11A NH $25 30M 11A NH $25 30M 11A NH $25 30M 11A NH $25 30M 7P NH $18 30M 11A NH $25 30M
•Sandia Casino (p34) 7P Varies $35 12P Varies $35
NY •Akwesasne Mohawk 7P NHZ $67 7P NHZ $57 7P NH $27RB$5AO$10 7P NHZ $57 7P NH $37RB$50AO$50 12P NHZ $87 7P NH $58
•Seneca Allegany 10A NH $35RB$30AO$30 10A NH $60RB$50 10A NH $60RB$50
7P NH $35RB$30AO$30 7P NH $60RB$50 7P NH $35RB10
•Seneca Irving 7P NH $60 7P NH $25RB$10 7P NH $60 7P NH $60 12P NH $20RB$5 7P NH $60
•Seneca Niagara 10A N H $35RB(1)$30AO(1)$30 10A NLH $120 10A NH $35RB$10
Turning Stone 12P LH $60 7P NHB $50AO(1)$25 7P NH $85AO(1)$40 12P N H Sh $50 11A NH $85 11A NH $120
ND 4 Bears Casino 7P 7 $10RB$5 7P O H/L $10RB$5 7P H $10RB$5 2P H $20RB$10
Dakota Magic 7P S F RB$10 7P NH $30RB$10 7P S H/L F RB$10 7P H/L Sp Z $25 7P NH 2P NH $30RB$10 3P H F RB$10
OK •Cherokee-Cartoosa (p4) 10A NH $20RB$10AO$10 10A& O $20RB$10AO$10 10A& NH $20RB$10AO$10 10A& Cz Pi $20RB$10AO$10 10A NH $20RB$10AO$10
•Cherokee-W. Siloam 10A NH $20RB$10AO$10 7P Ladies N H $20RB$10AO$10 10A& NH $20RB$10AO$10
•Cherokee-Roland 10A& NH $20RB$10AO$10 10A& O $20RB$10AO$10 10A& NH $20RB$10AO$10 10A& Cz Pi $20RB$10AO$10 10A& NH $20RB$10AO$10
Comanche Red River Casino 10A NH F(100M) 9A NH $45RB(1)$10 9A NH $45RB(1)$10 9A NH $45RB(1)$10
OR Chinook Winds Casino 4P H $25RB(1)$5AO(1)$5 4P O H/L $25RB(1)$5AO(1)$5 4P NH $25RB$5AO$10 4P Tahoe H/L $25RB(1)$5AO(1)$5 4P H $25RB(1)$5AO(1)$5 4P NH $25RB$5AO$50
Wildhorse Casino Resort 6P H $18RB$10 6P N H $33RB(2)$15AO$15 1P H $18RB$10
SD Dakota Sioux 6P S H/L $10RB$5 6P S H/L $10RB$5 4P O H/L $10RB$5 4P V $20RB$10
Gold Dust Casino, Deadwood 7P H $35 7P(1st Wk) H $110 7P H $50 2P H $40
Rosebud Casino 7P NH $30RB$10AO$10 7P NH $30RB$10AO$10 6P NH $30RB$10AO$10
WA Blue Mountain Casino 1P N O H/L $20RB(1)$10 1P NH $20RB(1)$10 1P NH $20RB(1)$10 1P N O H/L $20RB(1)$10 1P NH $20RB(1)$10 1P N O H/L $20RB(1)$10 1P NH $20RB(1)$10
Chips Bremerton 9A NH $20 9A NH $20 9A NH $20 9A NH $20 9A NH $20 9A NH $20 9A NH $20
Chips La Center 12P NH $20 12P NH $20 12P NH $20 12P NH $20 12P NH $20 12P NH $20 12P NH $20
Chips Lakewood 9A NH $20 9A NH $20 9A NH $20 9A NH $20 9A NH $20 9A NH $20 9A NH $20
Chips Tukwila 4P NH $20 4P NH $20 4P NH $20 4P NH $20 4P NH $20 4P NH $20 4P NH $20
•Drift-On-Inn (p18) 11A H $35 11A H $35 11A H $35 11A H $35 11A H $35 11A H $35 11A H $35
Goldie’s 11A NH $13RB(1)$10 11A NH $13RB(1)$10 11A NH $13RB(1)$10 11A NH $13RB(1)$10 11A NH $13RB(1)$10 11A NH $13RB(1)$10 11A NH $28RB(2)$10
Little Creek Casino 7P LO $15RB(2)$10 7P L/N H $25 7P NH $45 5P NB $35
Muckleshoot Casino 7P NH $45RB$20 7P NH $110RB(1)$100 7P Wk2 N H B $135RB$20 7P NH $45RB$20
Northern Quest 10A NH $25RB(2)$10 10A NH $25RB(2)$10 10A NH $25RB(2)$10 10A NH $25RB(2)$10 10A NH $15RB(2)$10 10A& NH F RB(2)$15 10A NH $25RB(2)$10
Suquamash Clearwater Cas 11A NH $20 11A NH $20 11A NH $20 11A NH $20 11A NH $20 11A NH $20
Wild Grizzly 5P NH $13RB$10 5P NH $13RB$10 5P NH $13RB$10 5P NH $13RB$10 2P NH $25RB$20
CAN Casino Regina 8P V $25RB$20AO$20
Debbie Burkhead interviews Barbara Prather MP: Live poker players DB: Does the Tuscany offer
(Continued from page 16) earn $1.00 per hour of play special room rates for poker
DB: What promotions does live game during the week. roll over. Any player who with no daily maximum. players?
the Tuscany offer their Sunday and Monday we gets beat with pocket aces The comp dollars can be MP: Yes, each one of our
players? offer football pools. Players between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. used in any of our outlets hotel rooms is beautiful
MP: Every Friday from 7 earn squares by making a receives $25. or the hotel. We have a suite with a kitchenette.
p.m.-10:30 p.m. we are giv- straight or higher during the Badbeat Jackpot. We are Poker rates vary from $45
ing away $800 in cash draw- week. Each quarter and the DB: What incentives does currently in the process of to $65 depending on the
ings. Players earn a ticket final score pays $50. If win- the Tuscany offer their implementing high-hand time of year and day of the
in each pot they win in a ners are absent, the payouts players? progressives. week.
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Perks and Picks
Near Palm Springs, California, the Agua Caliente Casino and Spa
Resort Casino are offering several new promotions in October
Card Room Roundup
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everything in southwest
clothing and accessories.
in between now and November 15, 2005 and
The Bargain Bin Hotel & Gambling Hall Whether you need a pair
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players club members who complete the Paradise Rewards Club owns 18 properties includ- you to visit Sam’s Town
Survey. Players club members who receive the survey in the ing the Borgata), and rep- unique 19th century styled
mail can complete the survey card and return it to the Paradise resents the first major Las Hotel and Poker Room.
Rewards Club booth in person at either Agua Caliente Casino or Vegas casino project to be
Spa Resort Casino. The Club representative will exchange the directed toward the local
survey for $5.00 in Paradise Cash Play, which will be added to Las Vegas market. Tourist
their account. Players club members may also complete the sur- quickly found and liked
vey on the casinos’ websites at hotwatercasino.com or sparesort- Sam’s Town old style air of
casino.com. friendliness, so the Boulder
Finally, in addition to 10 regular live poker tables, Agua Highway Casino opera-
Caliente Casino now offers the World Poker Tour All-In Hold’em tion has been expanding
table game on the casino floor. As seen on the Travel Channel, almost continuously since
World Poker Tour All-In Hold’em offers gaming action, drama and
challenges. In Agua Caliente Casino’s version, players challenge
the dealer only. The World Poker Tour Table is open at 10:00 a.m.
and remains open as long as there is play.
In New Mexico, the Santa Ana Star Casino is running a Tuesday
buffet special starting in November. Every Tuesday in November
they are offering all Star Reward club members the Feast Breakfast
or Lunch Buffet (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) for only $1.99 or the Feast
Dinner Buffet (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) for just $3.99. You must
present your Star Card to receive the special pricing.
In my hometown of Las Vegas, Sunset Station (actually in
Henderson) is rewarding poker players with a free dinner Monday
through Thursday at 5:00 p.m. for the first 10 players in the $3-$5
Blind-$200 minimum, $400 maximum, No-Limit game.
And an update on the Las Vegas Hilton poker room which
opened last month. The 11 table room features four plasma in-
room screens to view daily sporting events, plus the close prox-
imity to the Sports Book allows for convenient sports betting.
Daily No-Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments, held at 10:30 a.m.
for a $60 buy-in, are limited to the first 60 players who register from Hollywood in state-of-
staring at 9:30 a.m. A state-of-the-art player tracking system the-art luxurious surround-
is in place and free poker lessons are offered Monday through ings with full THX certified
Thursday at 5:00 p.m. There is also a Texas Hold-em Royal Flush digital sound systems. Live
Progressive Jackpot that starts out at $2500. Players are comped entertainment is offered
at the rate of $1 per hour. in the Sam’s Town Live!
Last but not least. No need for a Halloween mask. Just keep showroom. Roxy’s saloon
your poker face on and watch for Halloween specials and deals offers live bands and a
at all of your favorite casino haunts during the holiday week. dance floor. The basement
There will be lots of fun events and “spook-tacular” parties! In it opened in 1978. The lat- time away from the gaming. houses the Bowling Center
addition we’ll see many casinos offering multiple bonus points est project was the remodel A free laser light and water with 55 modern lanes,
out on the casino floors including double points at all Coast of the hotel’s guest rooms. show, Sunset Stampede, automatic scoring, separate
Casinos (Barbary Coast, Gold Coast, Orleans and Suncoast) on The 646 room hotel offers begins every evening at snack bar, cocktail lounge,
Halloween. By the way, Suncoast has announced the addition of a oversized standard rooms 6:00 pm and goes hourly childcare center and meeting
poker room… “coming soon!” outfitted in early 19th until 10:00 pm. rooms.
century Southwest décor. Sam’s Town includes Restaurants offering
H. Scot Krause is a freelance writer, gaming indus- Three levels of suite includ- shops sure to please every- steaks and seafood, tradi-
try analyst and researcher, originally from Cleveland, ing a luxury apartment style one. A full service salon tional Mexican and Italian
Ohio. While raising his three year-old son, Zachary, Scot two bedroom complete and day spa, Jon Ric menus provide the guest
reports, researches, and writes about casino games, the accommodations. The International, offers guests with a choice of fine din-
events, attractions and promotions. He is a ten-year hotel tower surrounds a a range of services from a ing. The Firelight Buffet
resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments are wel- fully enclosed, glass roofed simple hair cut to a com- features rotisserie special-
comed. Card room managers are also invited to send atrium that features a plete makeover. Sheplers ties in an open, spacious
your specials and promotions to: firstname.lastname@example.org live tree forest, meander- Western Wear is consid- (Continued on page 33)
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Card Room PART 57, Recognizing Opportunities
(Continued from page 32)
asked & answered: C O N T I N U E D F R O M PA G E 24 improving performance
dining room. Standard cof- the five-to-eight range, that true, though. Heads-up, a By TOM “TIME” LEONARD
fee shop fare is available might help an opponent split high-only hand can often be Continuing along on our journey to
twenty-four hours at the the low side – and if two or profitable, for instance. And improved performance, today let’s
Fresh Harvest Cafe. A food more are in that range, the against many opponents discuss recognizing opportunity before it actually
court provides a selection opponent will split the low who have good chances of knocks. Many beginner and intermediate players
of fast food burgers, pizza side. scooping, a one-way hand is who have spent time working on their games by
and oriental specialties. seldom profitable. reading poker literature and clocking their oppo-
The casino is full service Q #8 ANSWER: (b). You nents’ tendencies, focus on their position and
with all of your favorite should try to play qual- Q #9 ANSWER: (c). In starting hand values and try and play a selective
table games, bingo, keno ity hands with an excellent Omaha, eight-or-better, if aggressive game as advocated by all the pundits
and one of the world’s larg- chance of competing for low you begin with Ac 2d 3h 4s Sometimes what they are not attuned to, and
est collections of modern and, perhaps, stumbling into and are all-in, you will qualify should be, as much of the profit is earned by it, is
slot machines. A player’s a high hand. But it’s false for low at the showdown recognizing opportunities. Opportunities to play
club offers frequent visitors to say that it is even more about half the time. a hand much differently than “the book” would
discounts on rooms, food important to do so when suggest. Poker is a game of relative values. You
and merchandise. The race there are many opponents Q #10 ANSWER: (d). don’t need monster hands to be a winner. You
and sports book is a spa- competing, because you can Scooping a pot with seven- just need the winning hand at the showdown or
cious operation offering the sometimes make a nice prof- way action in Omaha, eight- to make a well timed bet or raise which causes an
sports bettor a full range of it against many opponents or-better game is more than opponent to lay down his superior hand.
propositions. by winning only one side. twice as profitable as winning Opportunity in its most elemental form in
Sam’s Town Poker Room That concept isn’t always either the high or low end. Hold’em is utilizing your position. If you are on
is a comfortable, non-smok- the button and no one has yet entered the pot
ing nine table room located how often should you raise regardless of what
just outside the Race and Diamond Jim’s Casino cards you hold? If your answer wasn’t 85 to 90%
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understands the details of the Recognizers”, such as the savvy small blind,
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responds to player’s wants is another example of knowing your opponents’
and comforts. Easy parking tendencies and identifying on what plateau their
and a short walk from the thinking lies. So, let me re-ask the question with
parking garage make access that qualifier in mind. If you know both blinds to
to the room very convenient. be weak/tight players and you are first to act on
Food comps are offered at the button, how often should you raise regardless
the standard Las Vegas rate of your hand’s value? Now, your answer should
of $1 per hour of play and be 90%. If you raise 100% of the time you’re in
may be used at selected food this position, even your weak/tight opponents
outlets. A bad beat jackpot will figure out you’re a thief and play back at you.
promotion is offered with You do need to mix up your play but you can raise
details available in the room. with some very marginal hands when faced with
Opportunity also knocks in the form of “Orphan
Pots”. We’ve all seen hands in which post flop no
one seems willing to invest a bet. The first player
to bet many times picks up the pot. Recognize
and act on these opportunities to pick up small
pots. These small victories can pay for your
blinds and help mitigate the power of the rake to
enhance your bottom line.
Our goal for this session is twofold. First,
always be alert to evolving opportunities which
can be attacked by playing hands much differ-
ently than you normally would. Secondly, when
Fast Answers these opportunities arise don’t become one of
those weak/tight players whom you profess to
abhor who actually need strong hands to raise
About Be aggressive and take advantage of the oppor-
tunity. After all, good cards come and go but
Anything opportunities arise constantly. See you next
POKER! No stranger to the green felt, Tom “Time” Leonard has played
poker for more than 30 years and has been a serious student of
pokerplayernewspaper.com the game and writer on the subject since 1994. He has regularly
played the cardrooms of Atlantic City, Las Vegas and California.
His experience as a sales and marketing professional have
helped him hone his skills at “selling” a hand and “buying” a
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Winning Tournaments: POKER COUNSELOR By John Carlisle
A Frame of Mind The past two NL Hold’Em house to send him pack- be a helpful indicator in the
STUD SENSE tourneys I’ve played in
produced these two results:
ing on the bubble.. I called
and was embarrassed to get
very long run, but we have
to find a more accurate
By ASHLEY ADAMS the first was a win, the runner-runner diamonds to self-evaluation for shorter
Attitude is everything in tournaments. Truly. Once latest was an ousting on complete a lucky flush to time spans. I’ve played
you have mastered the basics, nothing will help you the bubble. If I were to send him home. I later put solid poker for days and
as much as a winning attitude that keeps you focused and keeps you measure the quality of my way too much money in weeks and still come out
from conceding or playing recklessly during the requisite hours of play. play on results alone, I the pot after the turn on a behind. I’ve played sloppy
I’ve played in many tournaments, stud and hold ‘em, during the past would have to assume that draw. Again, I hit a lucky poker and pulled profits,
12 years or so that I’ve been a serious poker player. Though I’ve taken I played better during my flush. My old high school too. This means that I must
an occasional stab at the large $1,000+ entry events, nearly all of my winning effort. In reality, basketball coach would’ve be keenly observant on
tournaments have been in the $10-500 range. I’ve won more than my though, I feel that I played have labeled the entire some other factors in my
share. There’s been a lot of luck involved and some skill too to be much better during the tournament an ugly win. attempts to gauge my play.
sure. Let me share with you some observations that have helped me tournament in which I lost On the other hand, I was Whether you are playing
win in these tournaments. I think you’ll find the lessons I’ve learned in on the bubble! completely card dead on cash games or tournaments,
tournaments to be applicable to ring games as well. you should be self-evalu-
I remember reading words from a famous poker author who insisted
that his students say to themselves, out loud, that a winning force
Measuring Your Play ating during play. As the
dealer shuffles the next
surrounds them. It sounded corny then – and it does now too. But I made a couple of key the night I got bounced hand think through the last
there is something very powerful in deciding that you are a winning mistakes in the tournament on the bubble. I was very pot. Did you maximize
player. It is especially important in tournaments when you have a that I won. As the bubble proud of my play. I stayed your winnings/minimize
finite amount of chips (at least after the re-buy period is over in re- approached, several play- tuned-in, made some great your losses? Are you still
buy tournaments). ers tightened up in order steals from the button and focused? Are you tilting?
If you haven’t learned to be successful in tournaments, here’s what to reach the money spots. small blind, and made Have you identified the
typically happens. You enter a tournament. You wait around a bit as the I caught a run of good some tough lay-downs in styles of each of your table-
tournament is getting started. You are at least a little nervous about cards just then and got little the correct spots. As the mates? Are you confident?
making sure that you play your best game for the duration of the event action, winning only small blinds began to raise to a At the end of the night,
– usually three to four hours in the relatively small events that I’m talk- pots. When I found two dangerously highlevel, I never assume that some
ing about. Maybe you kibbutz with someone while you’re waiting. red Aces as my hole cards, pushed my stack to stay extra cash in your pocket
Then you start. You play very seriously at first – playing your best I played them slow to get alive much longer than I means that you played opti-
game. You are tight and aggressive as you know you should be – wait- some chips into the pot. should’ve. mally. Think through your
ing for those Premium Pairs that you know to be highly valued – and When the flop showed 10- We have to remember play for areas that could’ve
backing down from fights on Third Street when you think you are sec- 10-8, I figured I was still in that poker involves two been improved upon. It is
ond best. You consider, seriously, what your opponents are likely to be good shape. Then a tight/ key factors: luck and skill. imperative that we each
holding. And you push hard when you think you have a large edge. aggressive player in seat 7 I find that way too many find a way to measure our
Then, typically, one of two things happens – neither of them helpful. pushed all-in, a huge over players measure themselves play in ways other than
You win a few hands and your chip stack increases to more than aver- bet of the pot. I thought for and their play on one factor profits and losses.
age. Or you lose a few contested hands and your stack sinks below a bit, talking myself into only: the money. This may Now go make it happen.
par. Either way, this throws you off your game somewhat. You start an idiotic call on the prayer
In addition to being an avid poker enthusiast, John
to play less thoughtfully and more wildly – either pressing your per- that he had only a pair of is a certified Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.
ceived advantage or trying to recoup your lost stack. 8’s. Everyone at the table He has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from
Perhaps you get lucky and your stabs are fruitful and your stack knew he had the 10. It was West Virginia University, and a Bachelor's degree in
grows and you start to dominate. Sometimes this surge lasts all the clear. He didn’t want to Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Lock Haven
way until the tournament is won and you are victorious. Invariably, leave any opportunity for University. You can ask the “Poker Counselor” your
question at firstname.lastname@example.org.
however, your loose, wild, or otherwise careless play is punished and me to hit a bigger set/full
you sink into oblivion.
Here’s an alternate scenario. Start thoughtfully – from when you
first sit down. Don’t engage in distracting conversation or prattle.
Focus fully on the task at hand and resolve to play your best game
throughout. And then follow that plan. Have a piece of paper with this
affirmation on it if you want. “Play Best Game,” or something similar,
to literally remind you. When your chips sink or grow, keep reminding
yourself of that.
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they are in concert with each other rather than cre-
More About the Seminole ate a discord. “ Caro’s Word:
Tribe, PART 2 “The last thing I wanted to do was have a door-
man greet guests dressed as the Chief. I really felt
the tribe deserved that we work harder with an
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appropriate use of their culture and traditions rather
of the ROCKIEs than fall back onto clichés. We really challenged It gets back to him and he
By DONNA BLEVINS ourselves to be judicious and to make certain that thinks, “Wow. I shouldn’t
If you missed the first part as we applied those two filters, we did it with dig- have played this garbage,
of this feature, go to our website, www. nity and respect. Absence our ability to do that, we but it’s just one more bet to
PokerPlayerNewspaper.com. Click on ‘Past Issues’ would default to luxury.” me now.” So, he calls. Now,
and select the issue dated October 3, 2005. Go to As we looked about our room, we also discov- how many bets has he put
page 36, “Florida Boy Goes Five Star, part 1.” ered evidence of a clever and innovative sense of in your pot? Two. And that
When you visit the two Seminole Casinos in humor at work: the red “Admit One” ticket securing magic happens only because
Hollywood, Florida, the original Classic Casino and the end of the toilet paper roll; the plastic laundry he was sitting on your right
the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel across the street, bags with the words “Dirty deeds done dirt cheap, and not on your left.
you’ll find lively poker action at either venue. The give us dirty laundry”; and the bottom drawer liner
Classic’s Poker Manager, Warren Targia, is passion- that said, “If you’re using this drawer, you’ve over
They won’t interfere
ate about his 29-table room and offers one table, packed!” The one other seating con-
sit and go No-Limit Hold’em tournaments as well as Hipsh: “The guest room plant is something else sideration we’re going to
multi-table tournaments and live action. I particular- I’m pleased with. Ours is a mangrove seed. The learn today is that tight,
ly like the structure of the multi-table tournaments Seminole Tribe is the only unconquered Native unaggressive players belong
in this homey atmosphere. American tribe in the United States. They’re uncon- on your left. They’ll still
The Hard Rock’s Poker Manager, Mike Smith, quered because they retreated into the hostile have a positional advantage
moved from his position as Poker Room Manager of Everglades, and they learned to live and prosper in against you, but they won’t
the Grand in Biloxi a few months before Hurricane the Glades. What are the Everglades... saw grass and profit from it very often,
Katrina swept the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mike says mangrove hammocks.” because they don’t play
he’s always been lucky and considers the Rock’s 48- “The plant in the guest room is a bow and a nod many pots. They simply
table room a great opportunity. to the tribe... paying honor to the tribe and from the won’t interfere with your
Regardless of which room you play, you should tribal culture. It thrives under the small, hot halo- strategy as often as other
definitely stay overnight in the luxury of the gen lamp we appointed with stained glass. In fact, it players, so you can afford to
Hard Rock Hotel. According to Dale Hipsh, VP of thrives so well and grows so vigorously, we have to have them on your left.
Operations, the Hotel was a collaborative effort of change them out periodically and return the plants So, today we’ve learned
three men: the gifted Los Angeles interior designer to the Everglades.” two important keys about
Larry Lee, the brilliant business man and CEO of the “The other thing we’re really pleased with is seating in poker. You want
Seminole Tribe, Jim Allen, and himself. the scent of the resort and amenity products. We the loosest opponents on
Allen and Lee designed the physical aspects of worked hard to come up with something unique that your right and the tightest
the guest rooms while Hipsh developed the ameni- smelled beautiful and also paid honor to the tribe.” ones on your left. Of course,
ties. Dale Hipsh says, “I’m a Florida boy gone Five “With that in mind, we sent a boatload of the you won’t always be able to
Star snob, and since I graduated from Florida State Everglades’ sweet grass, often referred to as saw select or change seats, but
University, I’m a Seminole at heart.” grass, to our amenity producer. They distilled, for you should keep this advice
Dale constantly entertained us with his clever and the first time ever, the essential oil out of the sweet in mind and use it whenever
imaginative patter during this interview. He’s worked grass and made a perfume. What sweet grass smells you can. Again. Loose play-
internationally opening and operating Five Star like when you distill it down alone, however, is a lot ers belong on your right.
hotels and translated those experiences in creating like silly putty. How do we take that and combine it Tight players belong on
the guest room experience at the Hard Rock. with other notes that speak to the tradition of the your left.
Hipsh: “I went through the creation of this envi- tribe? This is “The Mad Genius
ronment in a very detailed fashion... You can proba- “We came up with citrus, one of the tribal busi- of Poker” Mike Caro and
bly diagnose me as having obsessive compulsive dis- nesses. We blended the essential notes of citrus... that’s my secret today.
order. Well when people call me OCD or anal, I say, orange, lemon, and grapefruit... with the sweet grass.
well, thank you! I consider that a badge of honor.” We now have a proprietary scent with a great story Mike Caro is widely
“If you spent much time in our guest room, you line, a great product that smells wonderful, and a regarded as the world’s
can see how we obsessed over details. Even the talking point for our staff. When a customer asks, foremost authority on
selection of the light bulb imbues the room with “What’s this mangrove seed?” or, “This smells so poker strategy, psychol-
a sense of residentiality. It’s the same thing when good, where does it come from?” then it gives the ogy, and statistics. A
you lay your head on the pillow or slide your body staff an opportunity to talk about the culture, the renowned player and
between the sheets. You understand you’re feeling traditions and the history of the tribe. That funda- founder of Mike Caro
like you’re at least home or way better.” mentally honors the tribe with class and respect. It University of Poker,
At that point, I interrupted Dale, “No, way better is certainly far more appropriate and dignified than Gaming, and Life Strategy,
than home! In fact, after our first night, Greg looked having a doorman dressed in tribal costume greeting he is known as “the Mad
at me and said, ‘I don’t know how we’re going to get the guest.” Genius of Poker,” because
this bed in our luggage!’” Staying in this kind of luxury just might improve of his lively delivery
Hipsh: “Working for the Seminole Tribe is a great your poker game! Give it a try. of concepts and latest
privilege for me. My goal has always been to pay Remember, if you can’t raise, don’t call. research. You can visit him
honor to the traditions and culture of the tribe. How at www.poker1.com.
do we take what would normally be born as a stan- Ed Note: Having personally spent three nights last
dard hotel product, just so there are places where year at the Hard Rock, I can verify all that is men-
people can sleep, and cause that to be transcended; tioned here, and, give my highest recommendation to
how do we incorporate and use the culture of the this outstanding facility.
tribe and its traditions as a filter through which we
pass the decisions we make about what we select.” A true entrepreneur at heart, Donna Blevins is a market-
“Of course, not everything is going to become a ing consultant, professional speaker and trainer, as well
tribal imbued piece. You really struggle to find the as a poker journalist. She looks forward to meeting you
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Cal State 7th Annual Casino of Miracles
(Continued from page 1)
The Casino of Miracles and prizes throughout the money, raffle tickets, and tunity to play Texas
championship event. announces its 7th incred- evening. a program. Attendees Holdem against some the
Ma’s many achieve- ible year of raising The gambling spotlight will also enjoy the silent world’s top professionals.
ments include two WSOP funds for the Phoenix will shine on return- auction, 50/50 cash Separate Holdem tickets
bracelets and a Bellagio Children’s Hospital. This ing special guest, Phil raffle, and the oppor- are available for $200.
win. Finishing second year’s event will be at the Gordon. This poker
was “Super” Mario
Esquerra, best known
Westin Kierland Resort’s
Herberger Ballroom, and
and TV host of Bravo Pechanga Payoffs
for winning a best all- will be held on Saturday, Channel’s Celebrity Poker (Continued from page 35)
around at every casino November 5th, starting Showdown, will reprise bragging rights to first place title and $1,450.00 in
he has played at. Kasey with a 6 pm cocktail hour. his role as our Texas place. winnings.
Nam, who took third, is a The theme this year will Holdem’s star attraction. Following the “Big
Korean importer/export- be speakeasy, and patrons Phil and new poker pros Showdown,” more play-
er. And local pro Daniel are welcome to dress in will help raise thousands ers took their seats for
Alaei placed fourth. theme or cocktail attire. of dollars for the hospital Sunday’s September “Last
(Continued on page 39) Play money gamblers can this year. Chance” $5,000 No Limit
play blackjack, roulette, Tickets are only $75 Hold ‘Em Tournament.
craps, and poker, and the each ($700 per table), Steve Dorf beat out the
Bodog.com’s night includes a sit-down and include dinner, other tough contenders to Pechanga winners Bill
Poker Benefits dinner, live entertainment, dancing, gambling play come away with the first Radentz (l.) and Steve Dorf (r)
Top online gaming site
Bodog.com has under-
taken several initia-
tives to aid Gulf Coast
hurricane victims. The
web site recently raised
$27,000 in several poker
and blackjack tourna-
ments for the victims of
Hurricane Katrina, with
all proceeds going to the
Bodog.com also spon-
sored the South Helping
the South benefit that
takes place Sunday,
October 2 at the chic
Sanctuary Hotel in
Miami’s trendy South
Beach. Guests were able
to bid on a Bodog.com
poker table as well as
play poker at the event
with all buy-ins donated
to hurricane relief. All
of the proceeds will go
to the Red Cross Disaster
“We are deeply sad-
dened to hear of the
many victims caught
in the devastating path
of the hurricanes,” said
Calvin Ayre, Founder and
CEO of Bodog.com. “So
many lives have been
impacted by these disas-
ters, our benefit tourna-
ments and this event
are the least we can do
to help ease the pain of
those who were affected
and displaced. Our poker
and blackjack players
have really come through
to help the victims. Their
contributions have been
significant and we are
just building upon their
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The Weak Lead: PART 4: NLHE Small Buy-In Tournament Strategy
Strategy and Counter
Strategy, PART III
NEVER PLAY Poker with
SMALL STAKES TOURNAMENTS
Making Moves By Jeremiah Smith
a man CALLed “DOC” What makes a successful leading at this board since draw or four to a flush and
By Dr. Scott Aigner, M.D. move in a small-stakes tour- they will often come over your opponent makes a stab
Another time you can just call a nament? The most common the top all-in). Another at the pot it’s often better
weak lead is when you have a draw yourself. you see are the slow-play time to slow-play is if you to just push now instead of
In fact there is nothing sweeter than for you and the check-raise. By have made your flush or calling your chips away on
and your opponent to have the same flush varying up your game, you straight and really don’t risk the draw. By pushing, you
draw and both of you getting there with your keep your opponents on anything by letting another give yourself an extra to
flush being the nuts. Some opponents will have their toes, and force them to card come off cheaply. chance to win the pot if the
a straight draw and still try to make it when make a decision. Usually, Never slow-play a big other player decides to fold.
the board has a flush possibility too. This also you need to have these fac- hand on a coordinated If they do call, you usually
tends to gain you additional money in the later tors working in your favor: board. If you have A-K have at least a 1 in 3 chance
betting rounds if you both get there. The bet- • A solid table image and the board comes down to win anyway.
ter players will rarely weak lead with a strong • An opponent who knows Kh-10s-7s, you have to do If you have two suited
hand like a set or a big pair when there is a how to fold (many new your best to pick up the pot overcards to a flop where
flush draw on the board. Keep this in mind as players get married easily right there. Why? Because your opponent hit top pair
well. to a hand) your hand is vulnerable to a and you flop a flush draw,
• Some ability to put your wide range of holdings on you are actually a slight
Finally, another time to just smooth call is opponent on a range of this board. You want a call favorite to win. If you have
when you need more information but you do hands from the hands you have the As-Ks, and they hold
not want to reopen the betting by raising. The • Some ability to read dominated (K-Q), and force Q-J on a board of Qs-6d-3s,
small bet in relationship to the pot still gives strength & weakness out the ones that can out- you have 15 outs and are
you the right odds to take a card off. Letting draw you (As-9s), because a 53% favorite to win the
your opponent think he is getting the next Unless you have a great you do not have a deep hand, so you might as well
card cheap is just fine with me when I want to run of cards, it is nearly enough stack to lay down get all your chips in now.
see it inexpensively too. If your savvy oppo- impossible to win a tourna- a good hand after the turn. There were a few limp-
nent has a big hand he will often increase ment with quickly climb- Don’t be greedy—it’s bet- ers to my friend sitting in
his bet on the next round. This gives you the ing blinds by waiting for ter to win a little than lose the big blind who had the
information you needed without putting in a hand. When you are the a lot. 2c-4c. The flop was 2d-
more chips on the previous round to find out aggressor, you make things The Check-Raise. I love Qc-8c. Against any pair,
where you are at. Against the habitual weak happen. By incorporating check-raising. It’s the sim- he was actually no worse
leader you rarely want to just smooth call as even one or two of these plest form of raw aggres- than a coin-flip (nine outs
they tend to call your raises and not make a moves into your game, sion in the game. A great for the flush draw, and five
re-raise unless they have a huge hand. The you put yourself that much time for this is when you for two pair or three of a
weaker your opponent, the more likely you will closer to the winner’s circle. limp with a pocket pair but kind), so he decided it was
gain the right information on their holding by This is the first of three arti- are not sure whether or not time for the semi-bluff all-
forcing them to a decision. cles where we will examine it helped your opponent and in. He checked, hoping for
various types of moves. are the first to act. Often a check-raise. The player
The weak lead is a very valuable tool in no The Slow-Play. This if you put a feeler bet an who was under-the-gun
limit and pot limit poker and one that a num- is the most used move in opposing player will see it preflop led out the betting.
ber of good players have in their arsenal of small stakes tournaments. for what is and raise you off It was folded to my friend,
weapons. Using this strategy can save you I should point out that it of the better hand. Instead, and he pushed. The initial
chips, increase your implied odds (and pot is also the worst used, the check with the intention of bettor actually turned over
odds) decrease your volatility, trap your oppo- most misused, and the least coming over the top if you Ad-Ah and rather sheepish-
nent, win you uncontested pots, and even get understood play as well. don’t think it really helped ly the semi-bluffer showed
a call from an opponent who would have oth- Playing slow is usually the them either. You will need his 2c-4c. The turn brought
erwise folded. Although a number of players fastest way to exit a tour- to vary this move up or a club and the Ad-Ah was
don’t like this bet because it appears to be a nament. You slow-play in else your table will catch now drawing dead.
weak strategy, that is the very reason to use order to mis-represent the on. Sometimes check-raise This seems like a big
this betting pattern. Even if you still don’t use true strength of your hand. with a monster, sometimes gamble to take, but in real-
this bet often you need to understand why this In my last article, I point- check-raise with a marginal ity, these are the kinds of
bet is utilized by your opponents and how to ed out the danger of slow- holding. edges you have to push if
counter this play to be a successful no limit playing a big pair preflop Try an experiment. you are going to come out a
and pot limit player. I hope you consider trying then overplaying it after the Watch for a player who winner.
this play in the future and see how effective flop. You should only slow- likes to bluff, then pick The key to winning a
this strategy can be in the right situation. play when you either a) a spot to blow him off a small-stakes tournament is
have hit a monster and risk hand. It doesn’t matter practicing selective aggres-
Dr Aigner is a board certified Urologist. He has mul- little by letting your oppo- what two cards you have. sion. By making each of
tiple final table finishes in major tournaments includ- nent catch up or b) have an If you think that they will these moves, you place the
ing a WPO bracelet in 2001. You can contact him at overaggressive player to act make a move at the pot go burden on your opponent
http://www.PokerStrategyForum.com behind who you will bet ahead and check so they to make the tough decision,
your hand for you. commit a few more chips to and give yourself multiple
Only slow-play when you your pot. opportunities to pick up
have a hand like 8-8 and The Semi-Bluff All-in. the pot. If you are able to
the board is A-8-9. You This is one of the more use these moves by pick-
will bust A-K or A-Q if common moves you will ing your spots wisely, I am
you let them do the betting see in a tournament. If you sure I will see you at a final
(although sometimes I like flop an open-ended straight table soon.
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CORRECTION TO LAST ISSUE’S OMAHA GURU COLUMN
Commerce Cal State (Continued from page 37) In the last issue of Poker Player, there were two charts
5. Alex Prendes . . . . . . . $3,200 2. Talia Khio . . . . . . . . . $27,220 to be reproduced with Sam Mudaro’s column, “Omaha
EVENT #17 9/23/05 6. Travis Dang . . . . . . . . $2,800 3. Men Nguyen . . . . . . . $14,200 Guru.” We accidentally showed one of them, “A-5 with
2005 CALIFORNIA STATE 7. Rico Rivera . . . . . . . . $2,400 4. Jonah Rogers . . . . . . . $8,285 a pair,” twice. Below find the correct second chart,
POKER CHAMPIONSHIP 8. Eric DeMatteis . . . . . . $2,000 5. Marcel Sabag . . . . . . . $6,510 “A-6 with a pair.” To read the article again and
9. George Papadakalis . $1,600 6. Kourosh Tasadoi . . . . $5,325 understand the chart in context, visit our website,
NO LIMIT HOLD’EM 7. Franco Brunetti . . . . . $4,140
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EVENT #15 9/20/05 8. Steven King . . . . . . . . $2,960
BUY-IN $5,000 + $100
2005 CALIFORNIA STATE 9. Young Phan . . . . . . . . $2,365 A-6 with a Pair
PRIZE POKER CHAMPIONSHIP 21-Year-Old Poker Hand DS BS HS LS NS
POOL $1,037,900 NO LIMIT HOLD’EM A-6-2-2 10.55 7.08 3.78 3.54 1.27
1. Tony Ma . . . . . . . . . $384,025 BUY-IN $2,000 + $80
Player Mark Simon
A-6-3-3 5.88 2.66 2.15 (0.39) (1.23)
2. Mario Esquerra . . . $197,200 PLAYERS 61
Wins No-Limit After A-6-4-4 3.42 0.46 0.12 (0.80) (1.07)
3. Kasey Nam . . . . . . . . $98,600 PRIZE
$118,340 41-Hand Battle A-6-5-5 2.41 (0.73) (0.80) (1.04) (1.19)
4. Daniel Alaei . . . . . . . $62,275 POOL
Mark Simon would seem A-6-7-7 (0.33) (0.95) (0.90) (1.30) (1.47)
5. Damon Ahmadi . . . . $46,705
6. Glenn Cozen. . . . . . . $36,325
to have a promising poker A-6-8-8 (0.73) (1.02) (0.96) (1.42) (1.40)
7. Mel Judah . . . . . . . . $25,950 career ahead of him. Simon, A-6-9-9 (1.05) (1.33) (1.17) (1.46) (1.47)
8. Nick Salameh . . . . . . $20,760 who lives in Fargo, North A-6-T-T (0.72) (1.08) (1.13) (1.30) (1.51)
9. Mike Heintschel . . . . $16,615 Dakota, just turned 21 in A-6-J-J (1.31) (1.42) (1.25) (1.32) (1.46)
April, is already a full-time A-6-Q-Q 1.64 (1.30) (1.20) (14.34) (1.57)
Alan Myerson Knocks player and now has three A-6-K-K 7.04 3.06 3.19 0.75 (1.04)
Out Five of Six (Continued on page 41)
1. John Hoang . . . . . . . $47,335
Players for Easy,
Four-Way Deal Win
Alan Myerson, who gave
his occupation only as
“businessman,” was all
business tonight. He
knocked out five of the six
players to be eliminated,
steadily built up his chip
count, and had a command-
ing lead when a four-way
chip count deal ended play
in event 16 of Cal State
2005, $500 limit hold’em.
At the end, he had
75,000 of the 165,000 chips
in play. Behind him were
Ali Lari with 51,000; Ben
Arnold, 20,000; and Angie
Tran, 19,000. The pay-
outs were quickly agreed
to: $22,411 for Myerson,
$16,776 for Lari, $9,496
for Arnold, and $9,262 for
Myerson, who has been
playing poker only two
years, won nearly $70,000
when he captured the $500
no-limit event at the Reno-
Hilton’s World Challenge
last year. He also has
several final tables at the
Bicycle Casino and one at
Lari, a civil engineer,
has a win in limit hold’em
at Winnin’ o’ the Green,
and a second in no-limit at
the Plaza’s Ultimate Poker
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No More Floating Poker Games in Mississippi
Some of the hardest hit victims of restrictions that they supposed would
Hurricane Katrina were Gulfport and protect problem gamblers from them-
Biloxi’s casino barges. The real tragedy selves.
By I. NELSON ROSE
is that most of the damage could have Iowa was the first
been avoided with a little common to launch riverboat casinos. The
sense. law was sold as merely a means to
enhance the state’s tourist industry.
Nothing could stop the high winds. Proponents floated images of Mark
But the storm also sent a roaring wall Twain, steamboat cruising on the
of water 30 feet high from the Gulf of mighty Mississippi. (Riverboat gam-
Mexico smashing into the Mississippi bling before the Civil War was actually
coast. illegal and crooked, but nobody wanted
true historic accuracy.)
The floating part of Grand Casino
Biloxi was torn off its moorings and Boats were required to cruise for four
carried half a mile, crashing onto U.S. hours. Bet limits were set at $5 max
Highway 90. Casino Magic was pushed to make the industry unattractive to
even further inland. The saddest story Nevada operators and protect players
was the Hard Rock Casino, scheduled from losing too much. No one asked
to open in two weeks. The giant gui- what a gambler was supposed to do
tar sign of the $235 million project if he lost his original stake in the first
seemed to be unscathed, but the half hour and was locked in a casino
rest of the building will be torn down with nothing to do but gamble some
before it is ever used. more.
The largest Gulf casinos were con- Other states, including Mississippi,
structed on barges, rammed into the followed. But the original idea quickly
shore. Others were on ships, perma- fell apart. Riverboats can’t cruise dur-
nently docked and incapable of moving ing storms, but casinos could remain
under their own power. Mississippi law open. To keep the spirit of the law,
requires casinos to float. Here, they regulators allowed “phantom cruises,”
floated on the ocean. But that ocean locking the doors even though the
temporarily raised up and swept a boat remained docked.
But some patrons had emergencies
Why did Mississippi’s lawmakers and had to leave early. Once the doors
require that casino gaming could only were opened to let people out, it made
be conducted on water, even when little sense to not let more players
the casino is connected to buildings in. The requirement of cruises disap-
built on solid land? They had to know peared completely. And eventually,
what would happen, as they had been so did the boats themselves. Missouri
through hurricanes before. allowed boats in moats, with river
water piped in. Mississippi allowed
Although there have been legal card deep pilings to lessen the recurring
clubs and poker rooms in other states, danger of hurricanes.
Nevada had a monopoly on casinos
until Atlantic City opened 30 years What will happen now? Mississippi
ago. The history of gaming since then desperately needs its Gulf Coast
has been one of laws and regulations casinos to reopen. But it does not
that are nearly unfathomable. need to repeat its mistakes of the
recent past. Perhaps it is time for
The problem arises from gambling’s the state’s lawmakers to acknowl-
spotty history. Throughout history, edge that legal gaming has become
societies have usually made casinos an established, respectable business,
completely illegal. When exceptions that should not be treated like some- WHAT HAS YOUR POKER ROOM
were carved out, governments quickly thing evil that has to be surrounded
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Prof. Rose also works for governments
State legislators are not social scien- and industry as an expert witness, con-
tists, but they sometimes think they sultant and public speaker. His latest
are. Legalizing gambling gave law- books, Gaming Law: Cases and Materials
makers the opportunity to try social and Internet Gaming Law, are available
experiments. With no research or stud- through his website,
ies whatsoever, legislatures imposed www.gamblingandthelaw.com.
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Commerce Cal State (Continued from page 39)
final tables in five live tour- COMMERCE CASINO 6. Alex Aras . . . . . . . . . . $4,125 got $102,909 for Cal State’s
nament attempts, including EVENT #13 9/18/05 7. Sirous B . . . . . . . . . . . $3,300 event 12, $300 no-limit
one at Canterbury. 2005 CALIFORNIA STATE 8. Ruben Guevara . . . . . $2,475
hold’em, 250k guaranteed.
POKER CHAMPIONSHIP 9. Ernest Bennett . . . . . . $1,650
Tonight, he engaged in This is the first tourna-
a 41-hand heads-up battle NO LIMIT HOLD’EM Red Bull Manager ment win for Bernal, who’s
BUY-IN $500 + $40
with veteran player Steve Felix Bernal Runs had a couple of other final
Margulies, who was playing PLAYERS 170 tables. And he got through a
the game nine years before
POOL $82,450 Through Field in 250k field of 511 with no rebuys
Simon was born. No-Limit Event 1. Felix Bernal . . . . . . $124,765
After a dizzying series of EVENT #12 9/17/05 2. Harvey Goldson . . . . $66,050
COMMERCE CASINO chip-lead changes at the 2005 CALIFORNIA STATE 3. An Tran . . . . . . . . . . $33,025
EVENT #14 9/19/05 4. Kasey Nam . . . . . . . . $22,015
final table, Felix Javier POKER CHAMPIONSHIP
2005 CALIFORNIA STATE Bernal, a chain develop- 5. Bobby Firestone. . . . $16,515
POKER CHAMPIONSHIP NO LIMIT HOLD’EM 6. Kevin Blakey . . . . . . $12,845
ment manager for Red Bull, BUY-IN $300 + $30
NO LIMIT HOLD’EM charged into an tremendous PLAYERS 511
7. Stuart Krasney . . . . . $9,175
BUY-IN $1,000 + $60 8. Hoang Ta . . . . . . . . . . $7,340
lead with a river straight. PRIZE
$366,765 9. Norman Cruz . . . . . . . $5,870
PLAYERS 160 POOL
1. Gary Do . . . . . . . . . . $27,375 When the field down to
POOL $155,200 2. Hon Le . . . . . . . . . . . $15,275 three 11 hands later, he had POWERFUL ADVERTISING REACH—USE IT!
3. Wannis Arzomalian . . $8,245
Sang Pham . . . . . . . . . $6,595
Rod Fani . . . . . . . . . . . $4,945
354,000 chips, and a chip-
count deal ended play. He poker player
1. Mark Simon . . . . . . . $58,970
2. Steve Margulies . . . . $29,490
3. David Daneshgar . . . $14,590
4. Alex Prendes . . . . . . . $9,310
5. Larry Vance . . . . . . . . $6,210
6. Andre De Montesquiou. . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,430
7. Mihran Freeland . . . . $4,655
8. Kenna James . . . . . . . $3,880
9. Eric Shimp . . . . . . . . . $3,105
Shootout Ends in Even
Chop, Despite Gary
Do’s 2-1 Chip Lead
Over Hon Le
“Chop,” declared Hon Le
just as Wannis Arzromalian
got knocked out in third
place. It was agreeable to
Gary Do, even though he
obviously had a lot more
chips. They were counted
down as a matter of record.
Do had 11,300, virtu-
ally twice as much as the
Kamikaze Kid’s 5,700,
but nonetheless the prize
money was split, with each
getting $21,325, though Do,
of course, got the title and
Do, a resident of
Colorado, owns a janito-
rial service. This year he
won $164,500 for fourth in
a $1,000 no-limit event at
the World Series, and also
won the $1,500 no-limit
Ultimate Poker Challenge
event. Hon Le has numer-
ous cash-outs, his two
biggest being $122,500
for coming in second in a
World Poker Tour $5,000
and $93,240 for winning a
$1,000 Cal State no-limit
event last year.
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True Red Dog Book reviews
Phil Gordon’s Little Gordon finds the way he especially
BacK in the saddle Again Green Book: Lessons plays to be effective. This when the
By OKLAHOMA JOHNNY HALE and Teachings in No not only gives the audience overall qual-
A few years ago, some of the casinos tried Limit Texas Hold’em insight into the style of play ity of the mate-
to put in a variety of Red Dog as a table game. by Phil Gordon adopted by the author, but rial is high. I also think
They called it Red Dog but that was a misnomer as the game they Simon Spotlight also provides sufficient basis it’s unfortunate that its title
introduced actually was In Between. In Between-ers is nothing Entertainment, 2005 for the readers to make is so similar to that of an
more than just a kitchen table game. ISBN: 1-4169-0367-4 informed decisions as to obscure book written by
True Red Dog is a four-card poker game in which you don’t play 192pp, $21.00 which tactics will fit in with Walt Fong, but I expect few
against each other, you play against the money in the pot and their own overall game plan. will be confused by this.
against the deck. So it is not a competitive game between the Phil Gordon is well known I don’t think I’d recom-
players. to the viewers of televised mend this as a first book on
Here is how true Red Dog is played—but before I tell you how poker as a host of Bravo no-limit hold’em for begin-
it is played let me tell you that it is a game that must have been TV’s show, “Celebrity ners, but I think it would
invented by some idiot who had more money than he knew what Poker”, and from his tour- be an excellent choice as a
to do with and liked gambling and walking on the edge. nament victory on the sec- second book on the game
Red Dog is a game of survival of the fittest. And that is the ond season of the World for players with at least
kind of game that my father taught me and the rest of our family Poker Tour. Gordon is an some experience. While
to play and win so many years ago so that we could survive the accomplished poker player advanced players will
bad beat of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression which John specializing in no limit doubtless find much of
Steinbeck wrote about in his book—“The Grapes of Wrath”! hold’em tournaments, and what the author has to say
Red Dog is without doubt the wildest, meanest game that I in “Phil Gordon’s Little to be familiar, it’s likely
have ever seen played with a deck of cards. Here is how I played Green Book” he discloses that at least a few tactics,
the game many years ago. Any number of players (up to 10) may the strategies he has used ideas, and ways of looking
play the game. And the deal rotates clockwise—It can be played to succeed in these events. at situations will be novel
where only the dealer ante’s or where each player may ante—say Gordon organizes his enough to justify reading
$5—and each player is dealt four cards one at a time. book in a familiar format. There are places in the this book. I found it to be
After each player has been dealt his four cards, the deck is He starts with some general book where Gordon isn’t worth the time I spent read-
placed in the middle of the table. The first player to act is to the poker principles, analyzes as precise as I’d like, and a ing it, and I recommend
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may bet from $5 to $40. miscellaneous topics. Some these occasions are easy hold’em players.
The player may pass—and it is now the next player’s turn in of these topics are tells, for the reader to overlook, —Nick Christenson
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By LEN BUTCHER Listings
I’ve been a busy guy this past week,
and one of the things I did was to take
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Limit, 7-Card Stud, Limit Poker challenge – a satel- and Thursdays. Because
Hold ‘em, and Omaha 8 or lite for the WSOP,” Chapin the casino has 6 tables, the
Better, all with guaran- says. “$200 entry fee with maximum number of play-
teed cash prize pools of as many people as we can ers is 66. The entry is $5
$5000 to $15,000. get. We play down to 50, with $5 rebuys.
When asked then playoff on Sunday for “We also run a Saturday
“how’s business,” the trip and divide up the WSOP event,” Thompson
Don Chapin, live rest of the money. We use says. “Every Saturday you
games man- the same structure and chip get 1 point, then the top
ager at the 4 amounts as the WSOP.” 10 is more points. In May,
Bears Casino The WSOP satellite isn’t if you have 25 points, you
& Lodge, the only event run at the playoff for the $25,000
replied “Super! 4 Bears. “Every year we seat.”
Couldn’t be any better.” have a Winter Classic that The WSOP event isn’t
“Of course, the biggest lasts three days. A differ- all the poker the Dakota
game is Texas Hold ‘em, ent tournament
but we also offer Omaha each day: two
tates with a long his- Trauman was fined $500 Hi-Lo Split and 7-Card Texas Hold’em
tory of gaming, such in late 2004 and promptly Stud,
as North Dakota, once moved to Kentucky. Since
had poker rooms in the late
‘80s and early ‘90s. This
then there have been very
few online gambling
By Steve Horton
was before slot machines charges throughout the U.S. games
and video poker had really as states come to find they – but these are the most and one Omaha
taken hold; people went to have little jurisdiction over popular.” Chapin says. Hi-Lo.” Chapin
casinos to play card games, overseas online gambling “Generally, the biggest says that the 4 Bears runs Magic has to offer. “We
for the most part. These operators. In fact, North game we have is a 10/20 a Summer Classic event as have quarterly tournaments
poker rooms flourished in Dakota seems to have done game, but we are exploring well. that we hold in the conven-
those days. When electronic an about-face. The state other limits that the gaming Chapin doesn’t see tion center – the next one’s
gambling arrived, these house of representatives commission will let us try, poker’s popularity declin- in November,” Thompson
poker rooms shrunk or even passed legislation in March like a 1/2 game with a $50 ing anytime soon. “I don’t says. “We have 20 tables
closed altogether, and it’s 2005 to legalize online spread.” think it’s going to get any set up for that. The July
only now that the tradition gambling. Confident that The twelve-year-old less than it is now,” he says. event was 5 days, but this
is returning. It’s almost like the proposal would not vio- poker room at the 4 Bears “Coverage of poker on TV November’s will be 4 days.
is going to keep going. It It’s a $120 buy-in with no
Poker Rooms in North Dakota might level off, but it won’t rebuys, and $230 buy-in
# ON OPEN # OF HIGH
MAP CASINO CITY HOURS TABLES GAMES NL? LIMITS S/NS HOTEL decline at all.” with no rebuts on the final
Misty Thompson, poker day.” Thompson says that
1 Sky Dancer Hotel Mon-Fri 6p-2a,
Belcourt 5 N,L,O,RbyR Y 2/10s S Y room manager at the Dakota the final-day event is not a
& Casino Sat-Sun 2p
2 Dakota Magic Casino Hankinson Mon-Thurs 4p, Magic Casino & Hotel, qualifying event, but just
5 N.L,RbyR Y 5/20s NS Y says of the casino’s poker has a higher buy-in.
& Hotel Fri-Sun 2p
3 4 Bears Casino Tues-Fri 7p, business: “Good! It’s really Thompson also believes
New Town 4 N,L,O(HL),7 Y 10/20 S Y
& Lodge Sat-Sun 10a picked up because of TV. A in the future of poker.
4 Spirit Lake Casino St. Michael Mon-Thurs 7p-2a, 10 N,L,O,7,RbyR Y 25/50 S/NS Y
lot of our tournaments usu- “They are getting younger
& Resort Fri-Sun 1p-2a ally fill up.” compared to how it used to
S/NS – Poker room allows smoking (S), non-smoking (NS) or both (B) According to Thompson, be,” she says. “It’ll probably
Days open, hours of operation, games offered and tables may vary the Dakota Magic runs still keep expanding since
two No-Limit Hold’em there are so many younger
they’re getting the band late federal law, lawmakers has undergone quite a few tournaments on Tuesdays players playing.”
back together. would have to amend the changes in the last couple of
Legalized gambling in state constitution as well as years. “Before the big poker
North Dakota began earlier get around the (possibly- boom, it was coasting along.
than some states: in 1981, irrelevant) federal Wire Act It was just there,” Chapin
the North Dakota Heritage of 1961, which prevents says. He says that years ago,
Center opened and charity sports betting by telephone. the poker room was doing
gambling was legalized. There are four casinos in well, but it had been in a
Though many forms of North Dakota that offer live downswing until the poker
gambling would eventu- poker, all on different res- explosion. “Tournaments
ally be legal in the state, its ervations. The Spirit Lake are full. Every day we’re
citizens voted against a state is on Devils Lake in the open, we have business.”
lottery in 1986, the first northeast; the Sky Dancer Chapin says that the
state to do so. Voters would is way up north, close to demographic has changed
later change their mind in the Canadian border; the as well. “We still have our
2002. Dakota Magic is in the seasoned players, but there’s
In 1988, gambling was southeastern corner of the an abundance of younger
legalized on reservations state; and the 4 Bears is to players,” he says. “We’re
when the Indian Gaming the west, by the Missouri seeing new players all the
Regulatory Act was passed. River. time, and they become
There are now dozens of The Spirit Lake Casino & regulars after awhile. We
casinos across the state. Resort is just now kicking have more tournaments
North Dakota is also off their poker festival for than we used to – one a day,
home to the very first per- the 12th year in a row. The Tuesday through Saturday.”
son charged and convicted Dakotah Jim Dandy Poker The 4 Bears has also been
for online gambling. Based Festival runs Oct. 5 to 9 and home to some special poker
on an ancient statute put on features five days and four events. “Twice last year,
the books in 1913, Jeffrey different poker games: No we had the World Series of
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MR32 Pot-Limit Omaha (rebuys) 973 $499,600 $102,422
ImoneyBling No-Limit Hold 'em Match Play 1024 $204,800 $35,720
luckyfire4 Pot-Limit Hold'em 6/Table 2345 $469,000 $67,367
genoa_st No-Limit Hold 'em (rebuys) 2146 $1,041,200 $187,166
ActionJeff Limit Hold 'em 1781 $356,200 $50,000
kwil20 Pot-Limit Hold 'em 1185 $592,500 $114,000
VikingVI No-Limit Hold 'em 1790 $1,790,000 $316,638
SUPERTYR Seven Card Stud 622 $186,600 $35,733
Acey-Deucey No-Limit Hold 'em Shootout 635 $700,000 $150,026
musher Limit Omaha High/Low 735 $367,500 $81,289
Bunsen Seven Card Stud High/Low 529 $264,500 $66,125
Spawng Pot-Limit Omaha 720 $360,000 $66,787
DietDrPoker Limit Hold 'em 686 $686,000 $139,799
Panella86 No-Limit Hold 'em 1494 $3,735,000 $577,342
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