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The Not For Tourists Guide to Pro Poker

In a coincidence of holiday planning, both RC and CLP put out media on deciding to become and be a professional poker player around Thanksgiving Day. I noticed this in the uneasy tranquility of my Borgata hotel room: a place, its view casting upon the metal grey of the boardwalk casinos and the angry Atlantic beyond, to reflect on this journey- and…

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Toward Your Own Poker Strategy

One of the most confusing concepts the aspiring poker player will encounter is the notion of an overall Strategy. Perhaps surprisingly, it is counter-intuitive to many that a relational game of information can have a strategy that is not merely reactionary and essentially reciprocal. For instance, even very smart people balk at the concept, as evidenced in this thread, where…

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Poker Blog Roll IX

Many blogs attempt to quantify the daily feel of low stakes poker, especially from the enthusiast’s point of view, and Just the Facts… a low stakes poker blog is a stellar example of such writing. A great deal of basic strategy and hand histories make this site a friend to those learning the game. Unlike the legendary Tony and his…

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Luminaries II

As we wrap up another exciting year in poker, it’s hard to keep track of all the scandals and crimes – and so I don’t! That’s intentional. I’ll let news sites and other blogs handle the “top tens” and poker “tips,”as usual. However, some issues are so important they can’t escape commentary, even when what we really want to do…

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The Void and the Man, Part I

I limp behind.Isolating, never mind opening, like cbetting, is overrated these days. No one folds. Everyone loves you splashing it in there, trying to define your hand, hoping something good will happen.It’s a minefield.They call 12x opens, they flat behind with aces. As poker knowledge grows and the pernicious influence of the Poker Educators waxes, trickery becomes commonplace.Everyone’s a flytrap:…

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Borgata Fall Poker Open

Instead of my usual self-assignment of the trials and tribulations of the low stakes cash grinder, for the next two weeks I will be covering the Borgata Fall Poker Open. I arrived yesterday and was generously welcomed by Chelsea Reyes, the Borgata’s Direct Marketing Manager, and Greg Ranieri, Jr, Poker Marketing Coordinator, as well as others including Simon Poglein from database marketing…

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Poker Dealing: Training and Early Days

(A warm welcome to guest poster RickyNate – P.) Before I explain my experiences dealing poker so far or explain the process of becoming a dealer, I’d like to briefly introduce myself and explain why I chose to deal poker in the first place. My name is Nate, and for confidentiality in the Casino I work for, fellow employees, and because…

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Learning, Coaching, & Relearning

In all my endeavors I have been a good but imperfect teacher, and so far, my experience in poker coaching is bearing this out. Most of my students have reacted favorably to their work with me, and many are seeing positive changes in their thinking and on the felt. The exceptions are interesting and worth reviewing. Further, I’ve been reminded…

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