Until this book was written, the best advice on playing Texas Hold’em in Pot Limit or No Limit games was the section from Doyle Brunson’s epic, Super System. Since the writing of Super System the state of the art in poker writing has advanced considerably. There certainly remained a lot to be said about “the Cadillac of poker games”.
- J. Cloutier, who has been competing in big time poker events for the better part of two decades, has impeccable credentials as an expert in pot-limit and no-limit Texas Hold’em. The question is, will his expertise translate into a good book? This was especially of concern because although his collaborator, Tom McEvoy, has been one of the most successful tournament poker players in the last 20 years, his book, Tournament Poker was a mediocre offering at best, offering few, if any, significant new insights into being a successful tournament poker player.
I’m happy to say, that these fears turn out to be unfounded. This book was written clearly, as a spoken exposition by Cloutier. The topics in this book are well organized and carefully spelled out. All aspects of the play in these poker games, with a special emphasis on tournament play, are covered. More importantly, there is a significant amount of information here that has never before seen print.
Cloutier goes through how to play starting hands in various positions in detail, covers having various hands on the flop, turn and river. He discusses carefully how to get …
It’s man against machine, but does man really have a chance?
Even in Nevada, slot machines were merely a curiosity. Even the largest casino contained no more than a few hundred machines. They were there to entertain the browsers, while the serious gambling was conducted at the tables.
A couple of things happened in the 1960s and ’70s that changed the attitudes of both the casino executives and the players. Electro-mechanical machines were developed by pinball-machine builder Bally Manufacturing which permitted many more payoffs than the mechanical machines could accommodate. And the Bally machines came complete with an enlarged ‘hopper,’ or coin storage unit, that could hold up to 2,500 coins. In addition, the Bally machines could accept more than one coin at a time, which allowed the players to insert up to five coins on one pull of the handle.
When casinos were legalized in Atlantic City, riverboats in the Midwest and on Indian reservations across the U.S., slot machines became the game of choice.
Sound effects, special lighting, music and more frequent payouts drew more and more players to the slot machines. Players could chose from three-, four-, and five-reel ligaz888 machines, and in 1980, Bally engineered a group of machines that could be linked together to create a giant jackpot. Ironically, this development would fuel the growth of Bally’s chief competitor, IGT, which developed the ‘life-changing’ million dollar jackpots now commonplace in systems like ‘Megabucks,’ ‘Quartermania,’ and ‘Dollars …
It’s probably a fair bet that poker in one form or another is played in every European country and there has been a steady growth in the number of nations where public poker is permissible. Not surprisingly the games in some of these places have their own local quirks. Take Spain where poker was recently legalised in the Catalan region. It was almost inevitable that the authorities eventually relented and gave the go ahead for the game in casinos. Carlos Mortenson who won the World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit Hold’em, was hailed in the media as a world champ, one of the country’s few. Naturally many of the populace asked: “Where can we play?” Not very many places yet: the Gran Casino in Barcelona for one and 100 miles north at the Castell de Peralada Casino.
Poker purists may be in for a surprise or two. The authorities insist that poker as we know it—Hold’em and Omaha—is played in a similar fashion to the native hybrid version known as “Synthetic,” where the UFA deal and action moves counter-clockwise. Instead of dealing from left to right with action moving in the same direction, the whole shebang runs the other way round! And another thing; the small blind is on the button, which really doesn’t matter as the button always has to act first. It only takes a few hands to become acclimatised, and with the abundance of loose action associated with new poker room openings, who cares anyway? The …
“Raise,” said the stranger in the five seat. He was busy racking up his chips. Everyone folded to me, holding Ad5c in the big blind. I had a decision to make.
It was late in our $30-$60 hold’em game. The stranger had built a wall of chips. It appeared he was not that used to having a lot of chips, because his wall was in great jeopardy of tumbling down. Not from bad play, although his play was not that great, but from bad architecture. He had built several stacks 40 chips high, and lined them up at the very edge of the table. He had not built a stable base. Any false move by anyone and the cleaning crew was going to be finding a bonanza for weeks.
Three spots from the big blind, he got up and grabbed a few racks. Clearly, he was heading home. Now his raise had come while he was tearing down the wall and putting it into the racks. I had some things to think about before I acted.
Specifically, I usually consider three things:
What general criteria do I use in this situation (in this case, defending the big blind) in deciding to call, raise or fold?
How well does my hand (in this case, ace-rag) meet the general criteria?
Are there any other tells or situational issues that might affect my decision (in this case, an opponent racking up chips)?
Consideration 1: Defending the big blind
A lot of limit hold’em …
Stockport County fans feared the worst as The Hatters lost 3-2 to Stalybridge Celtic at Bower Fold on an unseasonably chilly day back on the August Bank Holiday.
Stockport County v Stalybridge Celtic.
The visiting support vastly outnumbered the locals in the 1,616 crowd but the mood had turned as ugly as the weather by half-time when Stockport found themselves 3-0 down.
Despite a stirring nearly-comeback in the second half, County fans could not have imagined the turn around in form that has seen the Edgeley Park club rise up the Vanarama Conference North to lie presently 6th, while Stalybridge are struggling down in 20th.
Stockport County v Stalybridge Celtic.
Memories of the day include one Stockport fan swearing profusely at the Judi Online players throughout the match while accompanied by his 10 or 11 year-old kid and some silly pitch invasions (Stockport have previous with this) by a handful of dimwits during a last-minute melee that saw County’s Jamie Milligan sent off.
At the end of proceedings a huge County fan “had words” with the offenders and hopefully they have learned their lesson.
Stockport County v Stalybridge Celtic.
McKenna, Chippendale and Ennis scored for Celtic with replies by Ryan and Dennis for County.
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014
George’s Premiership Predictions December 6 2014…
Lionel Messi’s brilliance sealed a thrilling 4-3 victory in the Clasico and ensured that Barcelona remain in the hunt to retain their La Liga title.
In a match featuring three penalties – all scored – and the harsh sending off of Real defender Sergio Ramos, Messi scored a hat-trick and also provided the assist for Andres Iniesta’s opener and a sublime pass for the penalty won by Neymar. “La Liga is not over,” Gerardo Martino said after watching his side close to within a point of title rivals Real and Atletico Madrid.
“We were given up for dead but with this result today we are right back in it. This was our last chance. We did not want to be left out.”
Messi’s hat-trick took him onto a total of 236 goals in the league, overtaking Hugo Sanchez in La Liga history.
Goals galore in record-breaking Premier League weekend
Premier League supporters were thrilled by a record-breaking weekend of goalscoring from the latest round of action in England.
The primary headline-makers were Chelsea, who ran riot against title rivals Arsenal, scoring four times before half-time in a 6-0 thrashing that maintained their four-point lead at the head of the EPL table.
That scoreline only marginally overshadowed the ruthless performances of the other title challengers, with second-placed Liverpool also scoring six in their away win in Cardiff and Manchester City, third but with three games in hand over the leaders, winning 5-0 against bottom side …
It is a genuine privilege for me to now be a columnist for Card Player . Throughout my 10 years as a professional poker player, and several years prior to that as a serious semipro, I have read Card Player religiously. In fact, I probably have gained more poker knowledge from the pages of this magazine over the years than from any other single source. In my columns, I will be addressing a host of issues, including live-game strategies, tournament play, being a professional poker player, and topics pertaining to the poker industry as a whole.
A recent trip to attend the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure , a World Poker Tour event held at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, gave me the subject matter for this my first column.
A total of 461 players entered this event, in which 80 places were paid, with first place being a tidy sum of $890,000, and 80th spot, $11,600; 81st place, “the bubble,” paid zip. As we neared the money, play in the tournament tightened up considerably. This is typical of major events, in which many of the participants try desperately to avoid elimination. Going out on the bubble is one of the worst feelings in poker, and the large number of players with short stacks were playing squeaky tight.
Armed with this knowledge, several of the players with big stacks were wielding their chips as a weapon. These bullies recognized what was happening, and used their …
Gert Engels, the new coach at Urawa RedsAfter only two games, and two defeats, Urawa Reds have sacked their German coach Holger Osieck and replaced him with assistant coach and fellow countryman Gert Engels.
Osieck’s dismissal, the fastest in J-League history, came after the 2-0 home defeat to Nagoya Grampus on Saturday and an emergency Qiu Qiu meeting between club president Mitsunori Fujiguchi and general manager Shuzo Nakamura.
Osieck’s replacement, the affable Gert Engels was previously in charge of both Yokohama Flugels and Kyoto Sanga, teams he lead to Emperor’s Cup success.
Engels has been at Urawa since 2004 and his own dismissal as Sanga coach after failing to win any of his team’s first five matches at the start of the 2003 J-League campaign.
Engel’s first game in charge will be the Nabisco Cup match at home to Vissel Kobe on Thursday.
Urawa Reds 2-0 home defeat to Nagoya Grampus and the subsequent sacking of coach Holger Osieck is the big news in the J.League this weekend. Reds, under new coach Gert Engels, share bottom place on no points with Niigata Albirex and newcomers Consadole. Antlers, Trinita and F Marinos are the only three unbeaten teams with maximum points.
In J2 Sanfrecce and Yokohama FC, both demoted from J1 last season, head the standings with maximum points from two fixtures.
Albirex Niigata 2 FC Tokyo 3
Oita Trinita 2 Kashiwa Reysol 0
Urawa Reds 0 Nagoya Gampus …
As the referee blew his whistle at the end of Saturday’s FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea ended, he also called time on the 2006/07 English season.
So what better time to take a quick look at how the English Premier League’s quartet of South Korean football stars have fared?
Park Ji-sung (Manchester United)
Korea’s Premier League pioneer Park has been unlucky.
The midfielder was solid rather than spectacular in his first campaign at Old Trafford and his legion of fans were hopeful he would hit the heights in the second.
He didn’t at first. An ankle injury sustained in September kept him out of action for three months. Upon his return in at the end of the year, the former PSV Eindhoven star started to find his rhythm. As United battled for glory in England and Europe, Park started to add the one thing that had been missing since he joined the club in July 2005 – goals.
Two of them came against Bolton in March. One more was added in the next game against Blackburn which took his return for the season to an impressive five goals in 14 games. That was Park’s last contribution to United’s title https://www.southendformaggio.com/ challenge as the knee ligament damage that he picked up during that game on March 31 necessitated surgery in April and recovery in the summer.
Despite the injuries Park should be pleased with his contribution to the United …
When English fans travel abroad, there is a likelihood of trouble, only they are not always to blame. At Stadio Olimpico in Rome truncheon-wielding police carried out a fierce intervention against Manchester United followers during the Roma-Manchester United Champions’ League clash. The following day the police in Seville turned on Tottenham supporters with similar aggression on the occasion of the Sevilla-Spurs UEFA Cup duel.
Both English clubs claim their fans were unjustly targeted, and the supporters themselves say they are shocked at the police brutality.
“The Italian police attacked a group of Manchester fans. I tried to help a girl who fell when a policeman hit me with a baton,” said one United fan.
A Tottenham official in the meantime said the Spanish police brutalized a disabled Spurs fan.
“We are aware that a disabled fan was hit with a stick with such force that he was thrown out of his wheelchair,” Tottenham secretary John Alexander told the BBC.
Although the days of English thugs rioting on the continent are long gone, modern mostly well-behaved fans still seem to be a fair Togel Singapore game for those who are supposed to take care of public order.
Roberto Carlos “wrecked by personal problems”
Real Madrid’s longest-standing foreigner, Roberto Carlos, has confirmed he will leave Madrid for an unknown destination at the end of the season, but has also spoken about his personal turmoils in a rare interview about his private life.
“Nothing could keep …