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Poker player 1: How did you do last night?
Poker player 2: I was in the best 30-60 I have ever seen. Every pot was Capped. Nine way on the turn. Three guys played every hand to the river. It was amazing. They had a list a mile long to get in. It was great.
Poker player 1: How much did you lose?
It’ s an old Las Vegas story, one told hundreds of times. And its true. Many lessons can be learned from it. How do you beat a wild and crazy game? Don’t even try. Instead, look around for one that is more controllable. That is, one that you can control. One where your fellow players fear you and give you respect. You need to be feared.
It’s a controversial issue. I’ve never done well in a wild game. I can’t beat the drunk at the table, nor the newbie, nor the stud player playing hold ’em for the first time. There are reasons for this and most of them funny. One incident involved a ‘new’ form of poker.
From the state of Washington, a woman named Gwen brought a new poker game to Vegas called Omaha. It became all the rage. First, it started out at 10-20. But so many people busted out, they dropped it to 2-4 where it became a staple for several years. I can still hear Doug Dalton calling out “there’s a seat open in 10-20, and for those of you who want to play higher we have a 2-4 Omaha game.”
Where do busted out hold ’em players go? To play Omaha. Now they play eight or better, stud or Omaha.
So there I was, sitting in an Omaha game in ’82 trying to get it. People told me, “It’s the game of the future. Look at all that dead money!”
I had my doubts. I didn’t like it because there was no bluffing, no moves. It was strictly showdown UFA poker. Anyway, there was one guy that the deck was …
Those who make perfect lay downs just give up to much. Most observant opponents who notice this will eat your lunch. They will bluff with four card straights and flushes. You are getting odds for not folding in most cases.
Those opponents who are making most of the money are not doing what you are doing.
Early in my career I did not have the experience that I now possess. When learning and playing the small limits I figured out the tighter you played the better I would be. I read the Sklanskys, Malmuths and the Brunsons and all the other books out there. When I could not get a book that was out of print I had a used book store buy them at a premium after they scoured the world. I used these books as guidelines for starting hands and decided tight and aggressive was the way to go. More like tight and tight. Players who knew me back then said I was so tight at that time they wondered how I could make money. But the players I was playing against played so bad the tight is all I needed.
I remember playing hold-em at the Peppermill Casino in Reno Nevada with a meager two thousand dollar bankroll. I had 3 policies in my game back then play tight, do not pay off any bets with bad kickers such as A7s when and ace falls when there is any type of heat and do not pay off check raises on the turn unless you have a big kicker. Very simple but it worked for me and I believe it still will work for you. Playing at this level not to many players have to many moves and the volume in the pots will allow you to play tight. People usually play straight ahead not trying to figure out what you had and how it hurts there hand. This is Slot Online poker fun poker as you move up it gets more serious a lot more serious. Players at this level …
Red Penny, Penelope Fallon, Chief of Casino Security, and I go over the facts: “The late Scott Hadley buys into the Midnight Game, a $500-$1,000 limit hold’em table, and bets a quarter of a million dollars on a poker hand he never looked at until…”
“Someone else was declared the winner.”
“And when he did finally look at his cards…”
“He knew he had won.”
“But instead of turning over his winning hand…”
“He started a fatal shootout.”
“Which means that we have just re-opened Detective Rook’s ‘open and shut’ murder case.
“Penelope, I want you to use your MasterKeyCard so we can search the Hadleys’ room.”
“The Strippers have already searched 13-125.”
“No. They went to the room to find Mrs. Hadley. Not finding her there, they left.”
“What is it that you think they missed?”
“Nothing? Everything? I don’t know. That’s why I want to search.”
“It’s against the rules of the Majestic to enter a guest room.”
“Penelope, I broke the “Thou Shall Not Kill” Commandment three hours ago. If you won’t report me to God, I won’t report you to Management.
“I…” Red Penny hesitates. I wait. Good cops play by the rules. Smart cops play around them. This is her call. For the first time tonight Red Penny smiles, “Let’s go.”
Red Penny knocks on 13-125’s door. “Mrs. Hadley? Majestic Security. Mrs. Hadley?” No answer. Red Penny takes out her MasterKeyCard. We enter the Hadleys’ suite. I take the living room, the desk is piled with paperwork. Red Penny searches the bed and bathrooms.
At the end Red Penny and I compare notes. “On the desk,” I tell Red Penny, “Mr. Hadley’s left us a paperwork trail. It took him three days, Wednesday through Friday, to raise the $250,000 he put into the Midnight Game. He maxed out his MasterCard and Visa, and drained his checking, savings, brokerage, and retirement accounts. All wired,” I hold up a Majestic ligaz11 Casino Statement, “to the Casino Cage.” I continue, “For an …
Roulette is a great game if you’re looking for a break from the cards, but not everyone knows how to place a bet at a roulette table. You’re betting on where the ball lands, but where can you put your chips, can you bet on more than one number, and most importantly, how much does each type of bet pay?
Well, there are nine different roulette bets, each of which offer different payouts. Six of these bets are inside bets and three are outside. Limits for both types of bets vary, and are set by the house. Players also have the option of making more than one type of bet if they wish.
People should always remember that there are two types of roulette tables – American (double ‘0’) and European (single ‘0’). Odds for American roulette are 5.26% in favor of the house but they drop to 2.70% in European roulette, so play European if you’ve got a choice.
Here’s what each different bet, along with the payouts, looks like on an American roulette table.
Inside bets cover all individual numbers from 1-36, as well as 0 and 00. These types of bets offer higher payouts than outside bets.
Straight (or Straight-up) Bet – Player bets on any single number on the table including 0 or 00. Chip(s) are placed on the number. Pays 35:1
Split Bet – Player bets on any two numbers on the table including 0 or 00. Chip(s) are placed on the line between two numbers. Pays 17:1
Street (or Trio) Bet – Player bets on three numbers in a horizontal row. Chip(s) are placed on the line at the end of the row. Pays 11:1
Corner Bet – Player bets on any group of four numbers on the table. Chip(s) are placed at the intersection of the four numbers. Pays 8:1
Line (or Six Number) Bet – Player bets on six numbers in two adjoining rows. Chip(s) are placed at the end of the line between the two rows. Pays 5:1