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Sunday, 01 January 2006
Trump 'Darth Vader' with 'pocket rockets'
In Texas Hold'Em only two cards belong exclusively to you, and are hidden from the other players. The other five are community, or shared, cards which everybody sees. Because you take your first action based on those two starting cards, they drive your decision to be in or out of that particular hand. Therefore, those cards, known as "hole cards" or "pockets," have the most significance. Perhaps because of the importance of the hole cards, there are dozens of oddly descriptive names for them. Th...

Sunday, 01 January 2006
Learn seven-card stud to strengthen skills
While Texas Hold'em is clearly the most popular poker game in the world today, most people don't realize that it's actually a variation of another game: seven-card stud. As anyone with a television knows, in Texas Hold'em, each player is dealt two cards, face down. Players then share five community cards that are eventually placed in the middle of the table.In seven-card stud, everyone gets his or her own personal seven cards. The game starts with an ante, and then each player is dealt three card...

Saturday, 31 December 2005
Drawing pocket jacks is no walk in the park
Many Texas Hold'em players hate getting dealt two jacks because they feel they're unlucky with them. Well, chances are it isn't that they're unlucky with these cards. They're simply overvaluing the hand and misplaying it. In Hold'em, the best hands you can get are A-A, K-K, Q-Q, and then J-J. However, there is a significant difference between the strength of the jacks and the queens. With queens, there are only two overcards cards higher than a queen that could hit on the flop and make Q-Q v...

Saturday, 31 December 2005
Poker: Learn how to handle the blinds
AS the blinds are a forced bet you need to learn how to play when you have posted, otherwise you will find a proportion of your bankroll is wasted. I follow some simple rules and they have always stood me in good stead. The most common way to lose when you have posted the big blind is to call an opponent's raise with a bad set of cards, because you have already contributed to the pot and you don't want to lose those chips. In most cases however you will end up losing a lot more than just the big bl...

Saturday, 31 December 2005
Stakes soar with guests on Flynt's jet
ON THE WAY HOME from Monte Carlo, I paid for a one-way seat on Larry Flynt's private jet. With one quick stop scheduled in Bangor, Maine, for fuel and pizza, it was to be pretty much a 12-hour straight shot to Las Vegas. Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow and I were scheduled to play $400- to $800-limit poker all the way home. What's not to like? We were flying high, playing high-stakes poker (so the time would pass more quickly), and perhaps I could win $50,000 on the flight home.E...

Friday, 30 December 2005
Poker Pro Magazine Reaches over 20 Million Readers
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 28, 2005--Poker Pro Magazine announced today that it has inked a deal for national syndication of its popular "Pro's Corner" column. "Pro's Corner," one of the most popular columns in Poker Pro, features today's leading professional poker players answering questions from readers and giving advice on the game. The feature targets beginning and intermediate players. As of the January issue, Poker Pro Magazine is now being published monthly. Proclaimed as "the best o...

Friday, 30 December 2005
Taking a gamble on a life of poker
FOR reluctant risk-takers, it is not the obvious career choice. However, in the once seedy world of professional poker, a new generation has come of age. Having improved their play online, an increasing number of poker players are giving up their jobs and turning to casinos for their main source of income. Among them is a former advertising sales executive from Edinburgh who has given up an annual salary of 90,000 to try his hand on the circuit. Despite having already won around 25,000 within his...

Friday, 30 December 2005
Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship
After four grueling days of poker at the Las Vegas Bellagio Resort's Casino in Las Vegas, the World Poker Tour crowned it's newest champion when Minh Ly beat Dan Harrington heads up to win $1 million in the Doyle Brunson North American Classic for the main and final event of the Festa al Lago IV poker tournament. The final table was held in the prestigious Fontana Room overlooking the lake in front of the Bellagio where the spectacular water show could be seen every fifteen minutes. 420 players e...

Sunday, 25 December 2005
Sailor is online poker champ
A pair of 8s was worth $1 million to a Pearl Harbor man who emerged from a field of nearly 5,000 players to win a free online poker tournament. Navy Ensign Santino Sgambelluri, 32, returned to Hawai'i this week after dominating a 10-player, "No-Limit Texas Hold'Em" final Sunday in the Bahamas. "It hasn't sunk in yet. It's quite a feat," he said yesterday. "I don't even know how to describe it. "Because's annual Million Dollar Freeroll competition is free to enter, the online tour...

Friday, 23 December 2005
Learning that a poker experts's advice is worth its weight in gold
Poker expert Mike Sexton was trying to make the point that winners of big tournaments are afforded fame, fortune and glory while second-place finishers are relegated to the discard tray of history. "Who can tell me who the runner-up was in the World Series of Poker?" Sexton asked students at the World Poker Tour Boot Camp at the Mirage last weekend. The students, seated around a couple of poker tables in a small conference room, paused for perhaps half a second before chanting in unison, "Steve Da...

Friday, 23 December 2005
Royal Vegas Poker Gives Players Cause to Celebrate Their Bad Beats
BELIZE CITY, Belize, Dec. 21, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Most players don't remember being dealt the great hands in poker; they just remember winning. However, ask a player about their bad beats and they can tell you every card and suit on the flop, the turn and the river. Now, for the first time, Royal Vegas Poker is giving players who suffer bad beats a cause to celebrate. Unfortunate victims of gut-wrenching losses can ease their pain with Royal Vegas Poker's new pro...

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