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Bellagio Will Host the 'Alpha' and Omega of Poker Tournaments

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve got $100,000 and guts –- and we mean some serious intestinal fortitude –- you can take your shot against some of the world’s best poker players at Bellagio in December.

The MGM Resorts property and the World Poker Tour recently announced the high-roller Alpha 8 tournament will be part of the annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic taking place December 5-20. The Alpha 8 event, and its $100,000 buy-in, will start Dec. 18 and last for three days.

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No Bluff: Halloween Poker Fun For A Good Cause

Where: 128 Fremont St. [map], 89101
September 22, 2014 at 7:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Wear your best costume, but be careful when raising Dracula. That player is out for blood. The Poker Gives charity group will host a Monster Mash Halloween Bash poker tournament and costume party at Binion's November 1 at 5 p.m. (Yes, not on Halloween, but the night after giving us one more reason to keep our costume on. The other, of course, being the hangover from the night before.)

Half of the money will go to the prize pool and half will be divided up between four charities: Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation, Special Olympics Nevada, Step by Step Foundation and Wish Upon a Hero Foundation.

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Three New Gambling Shows Hitting TV This Week

September 8, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

Watching television doesn’t get much better than when we get to see Vegas on TV. Ok, we may be a little biased, but you'll probably agree, regardless! We may not, specifically, get Vegas on TV this week, but we’ll be getting something pretty close.

One of the first things anyone thinks about when he or she ponders Las Vegas are the casinos. Second after that would probably be gambling. This week, we get a few new shows featuring both on the Discovery Channel. “Hustling the House”, “Casino Secrets” and “Poker Underground” are all set to debut this Wednesday, September 10. Each will offer something different and have a hint of Vegas even if they don't take place here. Here’s a breakdown of each show as per Discovery:

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Don’t Let Poker Rooms Rake You Over the Coals

September 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (3)

Poker professionals call it the cost of doing business. For amateurs, it can be the difference between a slight win and a slight loss. Of what do we speak? Rake, of course.

If you’ve spent any time in Las Vegas poker rooms, you’ve seen dealers collect money out of each pot, usually 10 percent, capped at $4 or $5. To put this in quick context of how it affects your bottom line, consider playing two pots heads-up against one other player in a room that takes $5 out of each pot. In both pots, $100 goes into the middle and each of you win one pot. Although, in theory, you’ve broken even, in effect each of you has lost $5 due to the rake.

Fortunately, with enough of a skill edge you can overcome poker room rake to be a long-term winning player.

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Another Poker Room Bites The Dust

Where: 2101 Texas Star Lane [map], 89130
September 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (3)

Poker is slowly fading away in Las Vegas casinos. Last week, Texas Station in North Las Vegas ceased operations of its poker room without warning.

As its name implies, Texas Station is one of the many Station Casinos you'll find spread out around Las Vegas. According to US Poker even though this is the second Station poker room to close this year (Sunset Station is the other) we shouldn’t expect to see moves like this at other sister locations. If Station is your casino in Las Vegas and poker is your game, that means you can still play poker at Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort and Santa Fe Station.

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How To Handle A Tight, and A Loose, Poker Table

August 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (2)

We’ve all been there, especially if you’ve played enough hands of poker in Las Vegas card rooms. We're talking about when you find yourself at a table full of “rocks” who only play the best hands or at the wild and crazy table full of buzzed gamblers ready to tear it up on a hot Sin City night. How do you handle these situations? You’ll certainly have to make adjustments if you want to come out a winner.

The makeup of a no-limit Texas hold’em game can vary greatly from table to table depending on the lineup of players in each setting. Often, the addition of just one reckless player can cause the entire game to change, from a relatively tight and conservative match to one in which all the players begin to loosen up and the chips start to fly in an attempt to win the money of the reckless player. Here are some characteristics of tight and loose games:

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Sick of Hold'em? Here's Where to Head for Some Poker Variety

August 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sure, Texas Hold’em is the game du jour of poker, the focal point of the vast majority of cash games and tournaments, but don’t you sometimes get tired of playing it?

Yeah, this writer too.

Fortunately, if you, like me, prefer to branch out into other forms of poker you do have some other options in Vegas; though, not as much as you may like.

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More Online Vegas Freebies, And No Need To Be A Poker Ace To Apply

August 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (3)

Recently, we profiled GoldenNuggetPoker.net and its plentiful freebies. Let’s also take a peek at what you can find at Stratosphere's AcePlayPoker.com, where you can win a great variety of freebies.

Similar to Golden Nugget's free-play online poker site, this one lets you play cash games or tournaments for fun, with the chance to use the points you earn to buy in to tournaments offering real-world prizes.

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How ESPN's World Series of Poker Coverage Distorts Reality

August 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (10)

Players are trading bluffs and deep penetrating stares on ESPN’s World Series of Poker telecast, airing now through the final table of the Main Event in November.

But, what you see isn’t always what you get. Televised poker often presents a rather misleading look into the world of tournament poker. In addition to some obvious differences, such as, you know, the fact that drunk who gave away all his chips in that $50 Flamingo tournament wouldn’t ever play the $1 million buy-in Big One for Big Drop at the Rio, you’ll find plenty of differences between what’s myth and what’s reality.

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At Aria's Poker Room, There's Now A Leaderboard With That

August 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (4)

Some poker players like to be recognized for having great skill while others would rather remain anonymous. it looks, however, as if there might be more people in the former category than the latter based on Aria's latest partnership.

Global Poker Index (GPI) has teamed up with the CityCenter resort to recognize its best players. A leaderboard now tracks the performances of the top players in the casino's poker room. GPI is poker’s ranking authority and owner of the world’s largest live poker database, The Hendon Mob. GPI will now track the results of daily tournaments hosted at Aria.

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Free Rooms and Poker Tournament Entries at Golden Nugget? Yes, Please

Where: 129 Fremont Street [map], 89101
August 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

The freebies just keep getting better when it comes to Golden Nugget’s online poker site.

GoldenNuggetPoker.net has just added a free live tournament entry to its weekly Sunday Main Event to complement the complimentary two-night stay the winner already enjoys. All it takes to join in the fun is a computer or smartphone -– no credit card needed.

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Online Poker Looking To Grow

July 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

Online gambling isn’t such a big deal right now. It’s getting off to a slower start than many originally thought it would. That will change as states add online gambling, but it won't happen very quickly.

One of the first steps in growing online gaming will come from online poker. Online gambling isn’t so simple to explain to everyone because it’s not an equal monster. Online gambling is currently legal in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. While Nevada only allows online poker, the other states offer other types of casino games from blackjack to slot machines.

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