Author: Thomas

Poker features in many movies, the best of which are listed below but, on the whole, it has to be said that cinema loves the characters who play the game more than the game itself. Some may complain that A Big Hand for the Little Lady (Cook, 1966) isn’t included, but despite its focus on the game, it frankly isn’t very good. And The Music of Chance (Haas, 1993) has already made it into the 10 Best Books (see page 169). The Cincinnatti Kid Norman Jewison, 1965 Probably the first film to focus solely on poker and the personalities that…

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Staying focused is important in any poker game but staying focused and paying attention is extremely important in seven-card stud. Knowing what is going on and what cards are out is an important weapon in your arsenal. 519.Stud is very much a game of memory. You must try to remember what is on the board in relation to your own hand and in relation to others. Without a photographic memory, this is not easy but becomes easier with practice. 164 1000 BEST POKER STRATEGIES AND SECRETS 520.Example: You are dealt a 10, a jack, and a queen. You need a…

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Poker History One of the most colourful characters to emerge on the Vegas scene in its early years was Texan-born Benny Binion, gambler, promoter and founder of the Horseshoe casino. 1949 Binion mounts a five-month poker game between Johnny Moss and Nick ‘the Greek’ Dandolos. 1951 Binion builds Horseshoe casino in downtown Las Vegas. Binion sells a share to pay legal costs back in Texas. 1964 Binion regains full control of Binion’s Horseshoe but because he has no gaming license he cannot officially run the business. He is retained as a ‘consultant’ while his wife Jane and children (sons Jack…

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Gambling is evident in the early histories of cultures from all around the globe, ranging from the ancient Greeks, who bet on dice, cockfights, sporting events, and other games, to the early Aztecs, who wagered everything from corn to palaces on a dice game called patolli. The roots of gambling lie in ancient divination rituals that involved games like ―odds and evens‖ and the interpretation of patterns that resulted when objects were tossed. The distinction between games used for divination rituals, simple diversion, and gambling was often blurred, but as civilizations progressed their games became more sophisticated and genuine gambling…

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To better understand the apparent prevalence of PG among Ontario casino employees, the three logical explanations for such prevalence were analyzed. Firstly, it seems plausible that the problem gamblers were more likely to have been somehow induced to gamble by aspects of their employment, as can be observed in Table 86. In fact, 59.3% of the problem gamblers claimed to have increased their gambling, and the majority of these individuals claimed the increase had been significant. A chi square test could not be performed due to low expected values in several cells, but the basic pattern is evident. Secondly, it…

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Online poker is in a state of constant evolution. This flux can serve as both a positive and a negative influence on the professional poker player. While an unchanging landscape would permit us to master every facet of the online game, so too would it permit beginners to gradually improve their techniques. Our edge, along with our profits, would thus be reduced. It’s more advisable to think of changes as opportunities. Whenever a major change takes place, embrace it as quickly as possible. These changes can be as minor as an alteration in SNG blind structures or as major as…

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A fairly simple definition of PG is offered by the Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI), which is an instrument used to measure PG rates. The CPGI defines PG as ―gambling behaviour that creates negative consequences for the gambler, others in his or her social network, or for the community‖ (Ferris & Wynne, 2001, p. 7). However, despite the simplicity of that definition, conceptualizations of PG and gambling behaviour in general are far more complex and have been studied and explained with various theories for more than a century. For example, in the late 19th century, psychoanalytic theory stipulated that individuals…

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When you buy into a poker tournament, you are given a set amount of tournament chips. For example, when you buy into a $10,000 tournament, you typically get 30,000 in chips. These chips can only be used in that tournament. You cannot cash them out for money. Everyone plays poker until one person has all the chips, which can take from a few hours to several days, depending on the structure of the tournament. The blinds are gradually increased to induce action, which reduces the field over time. For example, a tournament may start with 10,000 chips and 25/50 blinds…

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To take advantage of the additional software we recommend you use when playing PartyPoker’s tournaments (discussed later), you should configure PartyPoker so that it displays only the minimum required graphics. Under “Game Rules & Options,” go to “Video & Audio Options.” We recommend unchecking all options except “Mouse Over Help. Doing so will also reduce your system requirements and increase the visual speed of the game. EARN $30,000 PER MONTH PLAYING ONLINE POKER 4 PartyPoker’s SNG Tournament Structure (See Part 4 for tournament structure charts that relate to other poker sites.) The structure of a single-table tournament is not unlike…

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Don’t be daunted by the huge variety of poker games. On the whole they all revolve around the same principle – the player with the best five-card poker hand wins (although there are some versions where the worst hand takes the money, but more on that later). This means that poker (in all its forms) is a vying game. The players bet on who holds the best combination of cards, progressively raising the stakes (and thus the value of the pot) until either a showdown occurs, when the player holding the best hand wins the pot, or all but one…

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