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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Because it is the Thanksgiving weekend we decided to play a little quick game of Texas Hold’em. It was a friendly heads-up game between  me and my partner and love of my life Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris. I had pocket Kings and the flop was King – 7 – 7.  I tried to trap my baby by just checking and she threw in the min bet which I, of course, snap called, thinking that now the trap was solidified.

The turn was a blank, as was the river and I knew I had her beat with my Kings over 7s boat. I splashed the pot with about a third of my stack just for value and she jumped all in. I gave her a “I’m sorry” look with a wicked smile on my face and threw in the rest of my stack, stood up ready to rake it all in. It was not to be;  she destroyed me by flipping over a pair of 7s to complete her winning hand of Quad Sevens.

Watch the video below to see why our little game reminded me of the amazing poker game on an episode of Star Trek that ended with Dr. Stephen Hawking betting and Dr. Albert Einstein calling him.

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Tadas PeckaitisTadas “My Poker Coaching” Peckaitis

Most poker players choose to play Texas Hold’em or Omaha and ignore the fact that there are so many different poker games which can also be a lot of fun. Obviously, it would be hard to play these games for a living, but they work well if you want to introduce something different into your weekly home game routine. If you feel like trying something new, why not give these two games a chance?

Chinese Poker

Before trying it, make sure to study and understand the rules. It plays very differently from standard poker games and is based on counting points instead of betting and raising as we are used to seeing. Moreover, it has a few different formats, so you have to learn the basics before jumping into this game.

The most popular variant is OFC (Open Face Chinese) poker. This game can be played with two, three or four players and each of them gets a total of 13 cards. The goal is to arrange your cards in three lines:

  • The top line has only three cards, and the best possible combination here is trips. This hand should be the weakest one compared to the other lines.
  • The middle line has five cards and all combinations count like in regular poker. It has to be stronger than the top line, but weaker than the bottom.
  • The bottom line has five cards as well and has to be the strongest one.

If you do not follow the rule for the strength of the lines, you fault the hand and lose at once. Therefore, you have to think in advance and try not to make this mistake.

Before playing the game, you have to decide the value of the points and pay out winning players accordingly. To learn how to count points simply Google “OFC points” and you will quickly get a feel for this game.

Irish poker

This game is much easier because it relies on Texas Hold’em poker rules with some mix of Omaha. We can say it brings the best from both games and combines them to produce maximum fun at the table.

The game play is fairly straightforward; players post blinds and everyone is dealt in. The only difference from Texas Hold’em is that you get four cards at the beginning instead of two and the action starts. The whole beauty of the game appears on the flop, where every player has to decide which two cards he is going to fold and which he is going to keep.

That is the only difference in the game. After seeing the flop and choosing which cards you are playing, you continue as in any Texas Hold’em hand until everyone folds, or you see a showdown.

If you have not tried this game try to explain it to your poker buddies, and you’ll be surprised how much excitement and/or confusion it can bring to your poker routine.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

From time to time we have tried to keep you up-to-date on the status of online gambling in the U.S.  We imagined it would be an ongoing update with states falling in line to follow Nevada’s lead, but boy were we wrong!

In fact, since 2013 only New Jersey and Delaware have followed Nevada’s lead to legalize and regulate online poker, despite the millions of dollars generated in each state.

FINALLY, there is an update! As of October 30, Pennsylvania became the fourth state to legalize i-gaming, which includes i-poker. In a new white paper, “ Analysis: Pennsylvania Moves to Regulate Online Gambling,” several key points regarding the regulations as well as the revenue potential for the state are described.

For example, Pennsylvania will have a unique licensing structure, dividing licenses into three categories of Interactive Gaming Certificates (IGCs) – poker, table games, and slots. Licenses can be in only one or in all three categories, but buying an IGC will cost a hefty $4 million.

Also, Pennsylvania has some of the highest taxes on land-based casinos in the world and the same will apply to online gambling, with a 42% blended tax rate for the three online gambling options . . . more than twice the tax rate in New Jersey.

That means that New Jersey can afford to spend more than twice what Pennsylvania can on critical items like advertising and promotion. This explains why the online gambling market in New Jersey has been so successful, generating over $100 million in tax revenue in 2017.

On the positive side, the Pennsylvania bill is designed to facilitate a quick to market approach, taking advantage of the four years of experience and templates available to them from New Jersey and Nevada. The bill is also designed to make it easy for the state to share the online poker player pools already established by the other three states.

It will be fascinating to see how it goes in Pennsylvania. Just counting the projected upfront licensing fees, the state should see approximately $120 million injected into their state budget.

As Greg Raymer, Board member of the Poker Players Alliance states, “Every state has a chance, and the best way to get online poker in your state is to let your representatives know you want it, and that their decision on this issue makes a difference when it’s time for you to vote.”

In the meantime, we’re predicting that New York will become the fifth state to legalize online gambling. Which state do you think will be next?

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

For the past week, the mention of Las Vegas has conjured up the horrifying sights and sounds from the deadliest mass shooting in history that took place last Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers have centered on the 59 innocent concert-goers who were killed in the cowardly attack by a lone gunman and the more than 500 attendees who were injured, many critically. On this tragic night, what happened in Vegas definitely did not stay in Vegas, as outrage, grief and heartbreak spread to the families and friends of the victims, while also affecting everyone, everywhere.

Of course, it spread immediately to the gaming industry, hotel and casino owners and workers and, of course, the thousands of poker players who either live in Vegas or consider the neon mecca their second home.

A Las Vegas Victims’ Fund was started on GoFundMe on Monday morning by Steve Sisolak, current chairman of the Clark County Commission. He began the campaign with a $10,000 donation, and an initial goal of $500,000. To date, the donations have exceeded over $10 million to be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families. In addition, many pledges of support have come directly from the gaming industry, including $3 million from MGM Resorts, $4 million from the Las Vegas Sands and many others.

Members of the poker community took to Twitter to express their sympathy, sorrow and support. What follows is a small sampling:

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/815261361987002368/feylDgM9_bigger.jpgLiv Boeree @Liv_Boeree  Thinking of you, Las Vegas. Look after each other 😢❤️
Mike Leah @GoLeafsGoEh  So many lives..stolen senselessly. why people are allowed to purchase guns that can do this kind of harm I’ll never understand. Cmon world smarten up.🙏
Phil Hellmuth @phil_hellmuth Sending prayers to the victims, and families of the victims, in Las Vegas.

Mike Sexton‏ @Mike_partypoker So proud of Vegas community – lines to give blood very long, people waiting hrs – others bringing free food & drinks to them. 👍

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2859295132/d8178537f10443c9dc443691083d16d7_bigger.jpegDanielle Andersen @dmoongirl – Do not say his name. He is nobody. Do not show his face. He is nobody. Do not share his motives. He is nobody. Let him die a nobody.

Read more reactions from the Poker World here

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