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Thursday, 20 April 2006
No easy hands in poker
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. - With an ace-high straight, George Austin was sitting pretty, a poker rookie with the best hand at a table full of veterans in a $1.3 million tournament. One hour into a four-day event, a made-for-TV story line was developing: Retired electrician stuns the pros and winds up playing for big money. But instead of betting aggressively with an unbeatable hand, the 61-year-old Massachusetts man pretended to be weak in hopes of tricking his opponent into placing a fatally big bet. It...

Sunday, 16 April 2006
Is Poker Losing Its First Flush?
NEXT month, Fox Broadcasting plans to introduce "Poker Dome Challenge," a live television show that will be broadcast from inside the Neonopolis, a shopping mall just down the block from Binion's, the gleefully bawdy casino where high-stakes poker started here more than 50 years ago. While "Poker Dome" may be Binion's neighbor, the show will be as far removed from poker's leisurely Mississippi Delta roots as weekend paintball matches are from big-game hunting. "Poker Dome" will encase a group of ...

Friday, 14 April 2006
Aggressiveness is key in heads-up poker
A major television network aired the inaugural "National Heads-Up Poker Championship," pitting 64 of the best players in the world against each other head-to-head in a bracket format. I absolutely loved the tournament because I believe that heads-up poker is the most skill-oriented form of the game. In some ways, heads-up poker is less about playing the actual cards you are dealt and more about playing your opponent. The goal is to find your challenger's weaknesses and then exploit them. All the w...

Thursday, 13 April 2006
Win a Seat at the World Series of Poker Ladies Event
Manhatten, NY (PRWEB) April 13, 2006 -- has announced dedicated satellites to the 2006 World Series of Poker Ladies Event, and an aim to become the home of ladies poker. Starting April 12, there will be daily satellite tournaments into the Ladies Grand Finals, where $2000 packages are given away. This includes $1000 buy in to the WSOP and $1000 travel and spending money. 2005 winner Jennifer Tilly took home $158,625 along with the WSOP bracelet in the ladies only event last yea...

Tuesday, 11 April 2006
Image is everything at the poker tables
Understanding how people perceive you at the poker table is often as important as knowing which cards to play. In fact, the most important adjustment I was forced to make in order to beat the world's best players was to become aware of how my play was affecting my table image. Here's an extremely simple example to illustrate my point. Let's say that in a 15-minute span you've been caught bluffing four times. Well, if your opponents are even slightly perceptive, they'll notice that tendency. Furth...

Tuesday, 11 April 2006
Full Tilt Poker's Pros Own the Felt at Bellagio and Foxwoods
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB ) April 11, 2006 -- Full Tilt Poker pros Victor Ramdin and Erick Lindgren dominated the competition in tournaments nearly 3,000 miles apart last weekend, claiming victories at the WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic and the Bellagio Five-Start World Poker Classic. In Connecticut, Victor Ramdin outlasted 430 other players to claim first place at the $10,000 buy-in, WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic. Ramdin’s $1.3 million payday was the biggest of his career. In addition, Ramdin’s victory al...

Wednesday, 05 April 2006
Poker players lobby against online gambling ban
Washington -- America's 70 million poker players say they aren't bluffing in their resistance to the latest congressional efforts to ban online casino gambling. To dramatize that determination, their leader, San Franciscan Michael Bolcerek -- president of the national Poker Players Alliance -- staged some unusual events on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. He brought three big-name professional poker stars to court the press, lobby members of Congress and attend an evening reception for members and their ...

Tuesday, 04 April 2006
$2.6 Million Poker Room to Open at The Venetian
The Venetian's third attempt at operating a poker room might be the charm -- but also the most expensive. The Strip casino joins the realm of Las Vegas resorts adding space for poker players Sunday when it unveils an 11,000-square-foot poker room near the race and sports book. When The Venetian opened in 1999, the property operated a small poker room that quickly closed due to lack of interest. The casino made another modest attempt a few years later, but that 10-table room was quietly shuttered...

Tuesday, 04 April 2006
Poker is Popular
April 3, 2006 - Mobile analysis form Telephia has released a report that underscores the rampant popularity of poker in the mobile gaming space. According to the Deck Monitoring Report, the major four carriers -- Cingular, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile -- had no fewer than two poker games amongst their top 15 sellers. The report also points out that poker receives extra visibility on decks, which is a major factor in its increased download rates. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy in this regard: Pe...

Monday, 03 April 2006
Poker- As American as Apple Pie
Between them, they've won millions of dollars and countless poker tournaments with their tricks and strategy, but when the game's Big Three storm Washington next week to fight an online gambling ban, they won't be bluffing about how bad the impact could be. To stop the steamrolling legislation, poker royalty Greg Raymer, Chris Ferguson, and Howard Lederer will meet this week with lawmakers, staff, and even war vets at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to build support for online gambling. "This is...

Saturday, 01 April 2006
Don't believe what you see on television
While watching televised poker is an excellent way to learn how to play the game, you really need to be careful about how you interpret what you're seeing. The key point to remember is that you're watching an edited-down poker show. You're not seeing all the hands played, and that can give you a skewed version of what is really happening. For example, you might have seen me make a bluff in a certain situation that looked foolish because my opponent called. What you might not have seen, however, is...

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