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Virtual Poker Social Eves

A decade or so ago, my ultimate idea of a great night was getting together with a couple of buddies and playing poker around a kitchen table until the early hours of the morning.  When the first of us got married, and then the second, the poker evenings turned into social events, with the wives […]

So You Want to Become a Professional Poker Player?

Last week, I bumped into a guy who went to school with me and we got to chatting. Turns out he quit his job as a successful accountant to become a professional poker player in Vegas.  I must admit, my initial reaction was pure jealousy. After all, haven’t I always harbored a secret desire to […]

Playing Poker with the President: Warren G. Harding

American Presidents through the ages have been known to enjoy their games of poker in one form or another.  Political analysts believe that the challenge of poker and the way the game demands that players try to outwit their opponents by using skill is the perfect practice for presidential candidates. Current President Barack Obama is […]

Your Guide to Poker Netiquette

While online poker has certainly changed the face of how we play the game and enabled poker fans to play the game from anywhere and at any time, it has also changed the way in which we interact with the other players.  For example, online poker players rely less on their ability to ‘read’ other […]

The Changing Face of Online Poker in the US

Last Friday, April 15th, will go down in history as one of the worst days in online poker after US authorities announced that they would be charging eleven men – among them founders of three of the biggest sites in the industry – with fraud, bribery and money laundering. The Feds seized the domain names […]

Online Poker: You Wynn Some, You Lose Some

It wasn’t too long ago that the queen of poker, Annie Duke called Steve Wynn, billionaire owner of  the Las Vegas based Wynn Resorts, NOT a friend of online poker. In 2009, she was quoted as saying: “Steve Wynn keeps coming up as the only major casino owner still against online poker. Consider that when […]

Nevada is Pushing for Online Poker

These days I keep reading of more and more states in the US hoping to introduce a legal and regulated online gambling system. I’ve been keeping up to date with the news coming out of New Jersey, which saw its proposed bill vetoed at the very last moment by Governor Chris Christie, and will now […]

The Best Reasons to Play Online Poker

The growth of online poker is phenomenal and poker sites are seeing a huge surge in the number of new players opening an account and pitching their skills. Why is it that more and more poker fans are taking their fun online?   There are a number of reasons why, IMHO, online poker sites are the […]

New Poker eBooks Released by Phil Hellmuth

I read this week that poker legend Phil Hellmuth has released a new series of ebooks about poker. Entitled Phil Hellmuth’s Legendary Poker Hands, the series apparently consists of five books, each one around 22 pages long and incorporating 15 images of types of hands and the player’s own comments. Each book will cost $2.99 and […]

Texas Cheatem – Fun Fad or Bad for Poker?

Texas Cheatem, that’s what Wide Load Games calls their version of Texas holdem poker. Their advertisements say “Do it in Vegas, and you’ll get blacklisted. Do it in Atlantic City, you get arrested. But if you cheat in this game, and you just might win.” According to the advertisement, you can cheat with magical powers […]

The Odds at Three Card Poker

Three card poker is a really easy game to play. You have three circles where you can place a wager. Ante up and decide whether or not to place a pairs plus bet, and then you get your three cards. If they’re good enough, double your ante and keep playing. If the dealer doesn’t get […]

How to Host a Poker Party at Home

Texas hold’em poker is very popular, and it makes a great theme for a party. If you want to have a great poker party, it’s not very difficult, nor is it very expensive. Just follow this easy guide to help you get started. First, you’ll want to decide how many guests you’re having. If you’re […]

Could You Be a Professional Poker Player?

Being a professional poker player sounds like an ideal job, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. For some players, being a pro is a lot of fun, but it’s not that way for everyone. If you’ve thought about going pro, there are a lot of things to consider. First and foremost, you […]

World Series of Poker

When people hear the words “World Series of Poker” they tend to think of one big event with all of the best poker players in the world competing for that ultimate title of best of the best. For a huge cash pot and the heavenly winners bracelet. What people aren’t aware of is that the […]

Poker: Some Insider Info

In the twenty first century really there is only one form of poker that counts. No Limit Texas Hold’em is the game that has swept through people’s living rooms, computers and the game of choice in the casinos. The casinos love the amount of hype that the Texas Hold’em craze has brought them since there […]

Gambling Odds

Headed for Vegas or any other casino for that matter? One thing you’ll ask all your friends and relatives that have been there is, “What games have the best odds?”  Ask 10 people and you will get 10 different answers.  It’s not a matter of what games have the best odds.  It’s all a matter […]

5 Best Atlantic City Casinos

A trip to Atlantic City is not complete without visiting a few casinos. But there are many of these, so you need to make sure that you’re visiting the very best ones in order to get the most out of your visit. Here are five of the top casinos in the area. If you can […]

WSOP Winner a Lucky College Drop Out

Pius Heinz is a lucky guy. At age 22 this youngster has just won the World Series of Poker and pocketed $8.72 million. That’s a lot of money, and especially for someone who six months ago wasn’t sure which way his life was taking him. The World Series of Poker takes place in every year […]

The Ultimate Vegas Hen Night

Who said that only bachelors could enjoy their last night of freedom in Las Vegas?  Hen nights on the Strip are becoming more and more popular and there are plenty of ways to celebrate your jump into holy matrimony in Sin City! The great thing about Las Vegas is that it caters to all types […]

The Luckiest Gem Stones for Gamblers

If you’re a regular gambler, you’ll be willing to do pretty much anything to increase your luck (within limits of course!).  Some of you carry a lucky rabbit foot while others rub a lucky penny.  Did you know that certain gemstones are said to contain powers of luck, power, courage and good fortune?  These are […]

Superstitious Playing Card Dos and Don’ts

As with any pastime that involves elements of luck, many superstitions have arisen around gambling, especially those games that are played with cards.  Even I, master atheist and unbeliever of all things, will not go anywhere near a poker table without my lucky coin.   Over the years many beliefs have developed around playing cards […]

Casino Review: Montbleu Resort Casino and Spa on Lake Tahoe

I read last week that casinos along Lake Tahoe in Nevada saw a significant increase in revenues in the past couple of months, and I can certainly testify that there good reasons for this fact. Around six months ago, I was lucky enough to visit Montbleu Resort Casino and Spa which is set against the […]

Gambling Song: Shape of My Heart by Sting

In 1993, mega performer, Sting, released his album Ten Summoner’s Tales and on it, the song Shape of my Heart. The song is one of only a handful written together with Sting’s longtime guitarist and friend, Dominic Miller, and it was edited into the end of the 1994 movie, Leon: The Professional. In a personal […]

Calling a Spade a Spade: Playing Card Nicknames

Regular poker players sometimes spice up their card gaming sessions by using unique nicknames for the playing cards.  For example, a King could be called a Cowboy or a Knight, while the Jack of Diamonds is sometimes called Hector.  Many of the origins of these names have interesting sources and there are some great books […]

Casino War: A Fighting Chance

I still have vivid recollections of Saturday morning card playing sessions on our living room floor – my two brothers and I sprawled out on our stomachs, playing hand after hand of War and other simple card games.  I’ve had my fair share of card gaming sessions since then, but nothing quite beats the thrill […]