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What is Poker?

In poker each player gets a number of cards where after it is time to convince the other players that you have or will have the best combination of cards. The convincing is made by putting your money where your mouth is.

Not Just A Game
Nor One Game

Poker isn’t just a game. Perhaps you have encountered poker players that are so passionate about poker that it becomes unfair labeling it as “just a game”. Anyway poker is distinguished from many other games for reasons implied in the first paragraph. The aim of the game is not solely getting the best hand. If that would be the case then poker would be a game of chance. As it is now skill will win you money.

Neither is poker one game. Rather
poker is a group of related games with a number of elements in common such as hand rankings
bluffing and a few other things too. Poker has been described as a game of money played with cards. Although this saying might be a bit bold
it does capture the fact that: poker is wagering
with the cards constituting the odds.

The Most Distinguishing Characteristic of Poker

Poker is different than all other casino games because you are playing against the other players
not the house. The casino does not make their money based on what you lose. Instead the casino/poker room takes a fee for supplying you with the game. All other casino games have rules that ensure the casino a mathematical advantage over the player. In poker
all is fair and square. You are competing against the other players and you are all governed by the same basic conditions.

Poker in the Bigger Picture

Playing against other people requires knowledge about people. With this latest addition it has been
so far
suggested that poker is a game of people as well as a game of odds
and deceitfulness. This means that a diversity of people with many different personalities can enjoy and be successful at poker.

Poker is many things. This article conveys the contour of poker but still it only touches the surface. Best wishes exploring further
poker has many levels and it is rewarding finding out more about them.

Be a Winner with WINNER’S 2 Billionth Hand

Winner Poker is giving away an extraordinary range of prizes in true poker spirit. Read the full story at http://www.classicasinos.com/Poker_Promotions/Two_Billionth_Hand.html

The PokerNews Profile: David Benyamine (source: Pokernews.com)
David Benyamine is one of those rare individuals who
perhaps by sheer will and drive
have found success in every professional endeavor he’s attempted. Born in Paris
Benyamine was a highly ranked tennis player in his youth. Though he was… (source: Pokernews.com) – RSS and RSS Feed on Feedzilla.com

Aussie Millions 2010 – Qualify at Ladbrokes Poker

Join some of the biggest names in poker by qualifying with Ladbrokes for as little as €4. Read the full story at http://www.classicasinos.com/Poker_Promotions/Aussie_Millions_2010_Qualify_at_Ladbrokes_Poker.html

Poker Hand Rankings

If you want to become a serious poker player online or offline
you need to know the poker
hand rankings or you not know if you have a good hand or a bad hand. Of course
if you are use to playing with friends at home
you are more than likely not playing by the rules that are seen at casinos. All casinos
poker rooms online
and offline play by the same rules. The first thing you must know is that all 52 cards are used to play poker in most cases; however
the joker may or may not be used. The joker is often only seen in Draw Poker games and is not used in Texas Hold’em
other hold’em games
and stud poker.Cards are ranked from highest to lowest with the Ace at the top. The King
and Jack come next in that order and then 10 all the way down to the 2 often referred to as the deuce. The Ace can be used at the top or the bottom as a one for straights or even for the lowest card. In practically all poker games
only the five best cards are counted even if you are playing a seven-card game. Here is the breakdown so you will know if you have a good hand.If a joker is in play
the best hand a person can have is a five of a kind with five Aces at the top of the list. If no joker is in play
the best hand is the straight flush. A straight flush is five cards of the same suit such as all spades
all hearts
all clubs
or all diamonds. Of course
the cards must be in order to be a straight such as five diamonds from 5 to 10. A Royal Flush is the best hand
which includes the Ace
and Ten. Four of a kind comes next. All four cards must be the same card
such as all tens
etc… with the higher the card ranking the better. The best of course would be four Aces.Next is the Full House. A full house is three cards that have the same rank and then a pair. The higher the three cards the better such as 3 Kings and 2 5’s. Of course
the person with the higher three cards will beat other players.The flush is next. A flush is cards of the same suit
but not in order. This means you can have five hearts of any rank. The person with the highest rank card will win if everyone has a flush. The straight is next with five cards in order from various suits. This means you can have 1 ace space
1 diamond king
1 heart queen
1 club jack
and 1 spade 10. The suit does not matter.Three of a kind means the same card such as all three kings. The next is a two pair of the same such as 2 Aces and 2 fives. The last one is one pair such as 2 tens. Of course if no one has any of the above
the person with the highest card will win the hand.

Aussie Millions gets off to a great start
Aussie Millions has just started up again in Australia and has already seen its first major winner. The famous poker tournament started on January 14 and has attracted some of the best poker players in the world
including Phil Ivey and Joe Hachem. It is held at Crown casino in Melbourne
and will go on for two weeks.  read more

Valentine’s Day Tournament Series at Titan Poker
Two lucky players will have the opportunity to net their share of a €1
000 prize pool from a €2.20 stake when top online card room Titan Poker holds a trio of special tournaments on February 14.  read more

From the Big Screen to the Final Table: Things to Do In Denver When You Are Dead

There have been plenty of mob movies
but few can hold a candle to Things to Do in Denver When You Are Dead starring Andy Garcia. There a number of lines from the film that are applicable to poker players but none more-so than this quote from Bill…

Adrien ‘zlatan35’ Allain signs with PKR Poker

Adrien ‘zlatan35’ Allain signs with PKR Poker
APT (Asian Poker Tour) Macau Main Event winner drien ‘zlatan35’ Allain is the latest up and coming star to join poker’s coolest collective Team PKR Pro. Read the full story at http://www.classicasinos.com/news/PokerNews/ns_08102009_329.html

Poker Study Nears Release
A study analysing the behaviour of almost 3,500 poker players over 2 years is about to be released. Read the full story at http://www.classicasinos.com/news/PokerNews/ns_23042009_208.html

Poker Cheating Controversy – Sanctions Announced
Kahnawake Gaming Commission announces sanctions in the UltimateBet poker cheating scandal. Further culprits to be named in the November report. Read the full story at http://www.classicasinos.com/news/PokerNews/ns_01102008_46.html

Tink, F%$#!

Tink, F%$#!
It’s the first lesson I taught my wife when she joined me for a round on the frolf course. She’d never seen disc golf before so I figured I’d start easy. **TINK** “F%$#!!!” It’s the sound of a disc hitting the basket, but not staying in, and the subsequent reaction of the player. It only took about 5 minutes before we heard it happen the first time to a player in a group behind us. It’s been more than a year since I’ve been on the disc golf course, and it felt good to be back! The course in E-Vegas is amazing. All 18 holes have nice concrete tee pads and pictures of the hole at each tee. In fact, a number of the longer holes have alternate tee pads for women, amateurs and G-Rob. There’s a lot to like about the set-up of the course, too. There are mandatory openings through which you must throw the discs. There are lots of places where a bad throw could land you out of bounds or in the water. And the holes offer lots of opportunities for a variety of shots. It’s a longer course than Timmons Park back in Greenville, but it also doesn’t have as many Death Star trench-like shots either. On this day, I managed just one birdie (despite what the course suggests, regular frolfers consider all holes to be a Par 3). But I was happy with how I threw considering it had been so long since I was on a course. And I can’t wait to get back out and do it again! Plus, this gives the guys from G-Vegas just one more reason to visit. 1) Free place to stay. 2) Casino boat with poker room. 3) Disc golf course. 4) And for Bad Blood… some adult establishments.

The Luckbox Last Longer Challenge
Let’s start with the breaking news: PokerStars will be adding $2000 to the Luckbox Last Longer Challenge prize pool. Let me say that again. The awesome folks at PokerStars are once again showing their support for the WPBT by adding $2000 to the prize pool for the Luckbox Last Longer Challenge at the Winter Classic (and find it on Facebook). Let’s just say this little contest of pride and wills just grew into something awesome. Now let’s get to the details. With this much money now at stake, we’re putting down some rules. Read carefully! Teams of three must be formed before the tournament begins and submitted to The Luckbox. Team entries can be left in the comments of Up For Poker on THIS POST, sent to cusephenom -@- yahoo DOT com, or done in person in Las Vegas. The Luckbox will be at the tournament site at Noon, one hour prior to the scheduled start time of the tournament. Live registration ends at 12:45pm, 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time of the tournament. Sorry, no exceptions. Each team requires a $30 entry fee ($10 per person). If you are unable to find two teammates prior to the end of the Last Longer registration, you are ineligible to participate in the Last Longer competition. It is each team members’ responsibility to notify The Luckbox (or his representative) upon his/her elimination. If notification is not made at the time of bust out, the player will be assigned the same amount of points he or she would have earned for busting out first. At the end of the event, each players’ bust out number will be added together and the lowest total finishes first, 2nd lowest finishes second, etc. If two teams finish with the same total, the tie-breaker is the team with the top finishing player. From the added prize pool: $1,500 to winning team ($500 apiece) and then $500 for for second place team ($170 for top player on team, $165 for other two players). The added prize pool will be transferred into your PokerStars account. From the entry fee prize pool: 50% to the winning team, 30% to 2nd place and 20% to 3rd place. The entry fee prize pool will be handed out at the conclusion of the tournament. (Astin asked in the comments about people with no PokerStars account. First, it’s free and easy to sign up! Second, you can provide us with whatever Stars account you wish if you’re on the winning team. So if you want it deposited into someone else’s account, we can arrange that.) Any and all disputes will be handled by The Luckbox and thisisnotapril. All decisions are final. By paying an entry fee, you are agreeing to the rules set forth here. We want to make sure that the great people at PokerStars know how much we appreciate this so when you talk about the Luckbox Last Longer Challenge (we’re going to call it the L-cubed), please give PokerStars some love (your blog, twitter, facebook, etc.). If you have any questions about this, leave them in the comments or email me at the email address listed above!

Why Bill Belichick Was Wrong
I can’t believe there’s even a discussion about this. Everyone knows that Belichick was wrong. He made an arrogant decision that cost his team a victory. Yet rocket scientists and amateur poker players everywhere are breaking out their protractors to justify this game-losing decision. Well, I spent about 10 minutes doing my own research. I present: Other numbers. Over the last 6 weeks of the 2009 NFL football season, teams have attempted to go for it on 4th and 2 on 14 different occasions (including Belichick’s dumb decision). Any idea how many times those 14 attempts have been successful? I’ll give you a minute to guess. Yep, it’s zero. That’s right. A big 0%. Eight incomplete passes, two failed runs, two interceptions, one sack and Belichick’s pass that came up inches short. I wonder if Belichick knew how difficult it is to convert 4th and 2 when he made his bone-headed decision? Anyone who understands football understands the difficulty in converting 4th and 2. It’s a little too far to run meaning teams can play for the pass. In fact, Belichick made it even easier on the Colts by emptying the backfield eliminating any threat of a run at all. Of course, many argue that had New England punted that Manning (because he’s so super-awesome) would have lead a TD drive anyway. I wonder what the numbers say? Over the last 6 weeks of the season, Indianapolis has had 37 drives starting from the 30 or behind and they’ve converted TDs in 10 of them. That’s 27%. Over the last 6 weeks of the season, New England’s opponents have had 44 drives starting from the 30 or behind and they’ve convered TDs in 5 of them. That’s 11%. What about when New England and Indianapolis play each other? Here are some more numbers. In this year’s game, Indianapolis had 12 drives starting from the 30 or behind and they converted TDs in 3 of them. That’s 25%. Since 2006 against New England, Indianapolis had 29 drives starting from the 30 or behind and they converted TDs in 6 of them. That’s 21%. Of course, Indianapolis got the ball from the 40 yard line or closer twice against New England since 2006 and, predictably, both resulted in TDs, including the game-winner a week ago. So what do the numbers tell me? 4th and 2 conversion rate last 6 weeks: 0% Indianapolis’ TD rate from 70+ yards vs. NFL last 6 weeks: 27% New England’s opponents’ TD rate from 70+ yards last 6 weeks: 11% Indianapolis’ TD rate from 70+ yards vs. NE last week: 25% Indianapolis’ TD rate from 70+ yards vs. NE since 2006: 21% I don’t know about you… but those numbers certainly don’t support going for it on 4th and 2. Looks like NE had a chance somewhere between 75% and 85% of stopping Indianapolis on a long TD drive but very little chance of either converting the 4th down or stopping the Colts if they failed on the 4th down conversion. And that doesn’t even include the fact that the Colts would have been attempting this drive with just 1 timeout and just 2 minutes left in the game which likely lowers the Colts’ percentages. Of course, lots of people will say I’m cherry-picking. Guess what? That’s what statisticians do. They cherry-pick numbers to support their case. This was a bad decision by Belichick. It’s clear that the decision was last-second which only compounded the mistake. Had New England really intended to go for it on 4th down no matter what, there’s little chance they throw the ball on 3rd down. Not only would a run have been a surprise on 3rd (giving it a better chance of succeeding) it also would have forced the Colts to burn their final timeout and it would likely have gotten them closer for their 4th down attempt (which, given the spot, would have made all the difference). When New England failed on 3rd down, most of the offense was running off the field and New England was then forced to burn their last timeout which prevented them from challenging the spot on 4th down (although I’m not sure a challenge would have worked). If the plan was to go for it on 4th all along, wouldn’t the offense have known that? After all, they had already burned a timeout in that same drive! Not to mention, going for it in this situation brings all kinds of factors into play, including crowd noise and the potential of the home crowd to influence any close spot in favor of the Colts. Of course, context doesn’t matter to the people with their fancy equations. Context is irrelevant, right?

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