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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:
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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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.
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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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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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 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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The World Series of Poker wound down last week. The nine remaining players in the Main Event (CardsChat.com takes an in-depth look at them here) will return in November to play for $10 million. As the brass at Caesars Entertainment closed the doors to the Amazon room at the Rio convention center, it represented the end of nearly two months of poker nirvana for both amateur and professional players alike –- unless, like this writer, you were quickly shown the door with a meager bankroll and a string of bad luck.
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The big event of the 2014 World Series of Poker is well underway at the Rio. Not the Big One for One Drop which netted one player $15 million and over $4.5 million for charity. The big one in this case is the Main Event which is currently on the second of two Day 2's that will eventually play down to one winner going home with $10 million dollars. And, if that hasn't sufficiently confused you yet, we're going to throw some facts and figures out now for what has been a bigger and better record-breaking year for the WSOP:
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Poker fans should be excited by this news. A new television show covering the world of poker just has made it onto national airwaves. “Poker Night in America” debuted a couple weeks ago on CBS Sports Network. If you’re a fan of watching poker on TV, you'll be happy to know the show is being brought to you by a veteran. PokerNews.com reports the co-creator of the Heartland Poker Tour, Todd Anderson, is the brains behind “Poker Night in America."
CBS Sports Network isn’t the same CBS where you’ll watch “60 Minutes." It’s a separate channel dedicated 100% to sports. It’s channel 333 and 1333 on Cox in Las Vegas. You can find where CBS Sports Network is in your town here.
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The American Gaming Association polls casino visitors every year to to see who they are and what they enjoy. One of our favorite survey questions focuses on what casino games people like to play the most. You can expect some differences than what you'd typically expect to see in Las Vegas since there are more slot machine-only casinos across the country. Here's how it breaks down:
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Operated by Cantor since 2012 and offering just a handful of tables, CardPlayer says "the news probably isn't too surprising." It reports that the Palms would not comment on the shutter.