What is a Poker Blind?

A poker blind refers to the fact of being in a position to put money into the pot before the hand has even started play. This works in certain types of poker games, namely in variants of poker in which players do not ‘ante’, meaning that not all of the players put a set amount of money (or chips) into the pot in order to be able to participate in that round. Games in which all the players ante are played by each player putting in a small amount in order to gain that round. On the other hand, games that are played with blinds are done by having a few of the players at the table put larger sums into the pot before the hand begins. Not everyone puts money into the pot; however, the pot has some money in it before each hand begins. Traditionally, the blinds are designated by where they are sitting in reference to the […]

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Video Poker: Why Do People Like It

Yesterday, I was having a pint at my local bar when I noticed a small guy in a dark suit. Sitting to the far-right corner of the bar and away from all of us, this short man was crouched over a glowing video poker screen. Huh? It was just a few months back that casinos all over the world and especially in Las Vegas were removing poker, baccarat and blackjack tables and adding more and more slot machines instead. But then something peculiar took place. Casino owners and employees noticed that one corner of the machines was more crowded than the rest. A short examination revealed that the games allocated to the slot section was none other than video poker. So why are so many interested players preferring video poker? Here, I will try and answer some of the more practical reasons why this has happened and will happen even more and more: 1) The Odds: While slot machines offer […]

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Stu Unger: Rise and Fall of a Poker Genius

Stu Unger is one of the biggest superstars to have immerged from the professional poker world. Besides being a true poker genius and a three time World Series of Poker champion, Stu Unger had a fascinating life story. It was not surprising that after his death Stu was the subject of a biography and a biopic. Stu Unger lived the life of a rock star including the quick rise to fame, the drugs, the comeback and the unavoidable death at an early age. Here you can read about the life story of the legendary poker player Stu Unger. The Beginning Stuart Errol Ungar was born in 1953 to a Jewish family who lived in Manhattan on the Lower East Side. Stus father was a well known bookmaker and his mother was too ill to fight against her sons fascination with gambling. After the death of his father, 13 years old Stu had found a father figure at his neighbor Victor […]

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Seven Smart Gift Ideas for the Poker Lover in your Life

If someone in your life has a love for poker there are several unique gifts that you can get him or her. Giving them a gift that may help them become a better player or become more knowledgeable about different games may be the perfect idea. Giving your loved one the gift of knowledge will help them perfect their gambling technique while learning all they can about the game. The first gift idea for someone who loves poker is a book about his or her favorite game. There is a wealth of publications that cover any game played in a casino. These books cover everything from the basic rues governing the game to more advance tournament strategies. The most popular poker book is Poker for Dummies. While this book is great for beginners it also has tips that can be useful for intermediate players as well. A book is a great gift for all players, ranging from the novice to […]

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Las Vegas: Top 5 Poker Rooms in Las Vegas

If you want to experience live poker action at the gambling Mecca of the world, here is a guide to the top poker rooms in Las Vegas. You can read here updated info on each of the recommended Las Vegas poker rooms including their game variety, limits and tournaments. 1) Bellagio Casino and Hotel If you want to experience Las Vegas poker action and hang out with pros, the Bellagio is the casino for you. It is one of the classiest poker rooms available in Las Vegas. It is so popular that you might find yourself spending over an hour at the waiting list and then find yourself stuck with a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs. The games offered are Texas Holdem, Omaha and stud games, and you can also join one of the tournaments, but note that this involves playing No Limit Holdem. As for the table limits for the regular games, these are as follows: a) Limit Holdem: 48, […]

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Just the Basics for Poker Newbies – Ranking of Poker Hands

Though private or home games of poker can have any rules that they wish, at a casino, the rules governing the ranking of hands is always consistent. Poker is usually played with a 52-card deck. The ranking of those individual cards from highest to lowest is ace, king, queen, jack, ten, nine, eight, and seven, and so on down to two, which is often referred to as deuce. There is no ranking amongst suits; this means that a jack of hearts is equal to a jack of diamonds. A poker hand will be comprised of five cards. Poker hands are ranked and categorized. In this article the different hands are listed from highest to lowest, meaning a higher category will beat any hand falling in a category beneath it. The highest hand in poker is called the royal flush. It is made up of an ace, king, queen, jack, and ten, all of the same suit. Because all suits are […]

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How to Make Millions Playing Video Poker

Most people will tell you that the only way to walk out of a casino a Millionaire is to walk in a Billionaire, but the fact is this is not the truth. It is only the easiest way to do it. If you are the type of person who is not afraid to risk it all for the big payoff then this may be for you. Video poker machines can be found in every casino both land based and online casinos. These machines have the best chances of making you a millionaire in any casino. All you need is a credit card with at least 20,000 and the nerve to risk it, in what can be less then 20 minutes. I recommend saving up ฃ20,000 pounds before trying this and not just running up your credit card, but when I first tried it I did just run up my card. The game you pick is very important. There are many […]

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How to throw a poker run

My first motorcycle was a 1957 Harley Davidson. When I found the bike for sale I had no money, but I knew I needed to have this motorcycle. So I came up with a way to raise the money and throw a great party at the same time. I threw a Poker Run. The concept of the game is easy. Each person tries to make the best 5 card poker hand. The way it is played is, each bike has to ride along a planed rout, every few miles there are checkpoints at each checkpoint along the way each bike must stop and receive a card. Along the rout there are 7 checkpoints, and at the end the rider with the best 5 card poker hand wins the prize Over the years the poker run has been adopted to lovers of many different hobbies. The poker run was originally an event bikers played on their Harley’s, but over the years […]

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How to get your husband to cancel his weekly poker game

Over the past few years it always bothered me that my husband would go play poker with his friends every Friday night. Whenever I complained that it would be nice to spend time with my husband on Friday, he just complains that this is the only time he gets to be with his friends. I decided I had to come up with a way to make him choose me over his poker buddies so I tried many different things, at first I tried by asking him to stay home so we could have sex all night. That worked a few times but then he caught on to what I was doing. I also tried finding different events that he may want to go to like action movies, car shows and other things of that nature but there were not always things to do, so that was another failed attempt. But after 6 months of trying I had just about given […]

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Fruitful Play – The Ins and Outs of Pineapple Poker

Pineapple poker or crazy pineapple, is a fun variation of the standard Texas Hold’em. Because of this knowing how to play Texas Hold’em ahead of time will be helpful. There are a few main factors that differentiate pineapple poker from hold’em. The first is that pineapple has three pocket cards. The other difference is that one pocket card had to be discarded after the flop. The game starts by the two players to the left posting the small and large blinds. The other players then place their antes. Then each player is dealt three cards in the face down position. These three cards are referred to as pocket cards. After these cards are dealt there is a round of betting. After the first round of betting, the flop is dealt. This means that the dealer will turn over three community cards in the middle of the table. At this point, all players that remain in the hand participate in another […]

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