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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

At first you might react the way I did when I saw the recently published book, “A Girls Guide to Poker” by Amanda Botfeld. Why would I want to learn to play poker from some unknown random woman when there are thousands of serious “how-to-play” poker books already written by well-respected, experienced poker players?Girls guide to Poker by Amanda Botfeld

But as I began to look into Ms. Botfeld, I realized that she was an established researcher/writer based in Washington D.C. and not a well-known poker expert; in other words, I could definitely relate. Turns out she had a rudimentary knowledge of poker, but not nearly enough to compete in an online tournament or at a casino, kinda like me. So she decided to write a book, hoping it would encourage women to learn to play poker with confidence.

And this is a book that’s fun and easy to understand, written for people who don’t play poker- at least not well. It has a decidedly female flair, as it teaches the ins and outs of the game we all want to learn how to play, and does it with style, sophistication and girlish glam. But don’t misunderstand. This isn’t a book that talks down to women; it just totally “gets” what women want. It’s feminine, but very sharp, as most of us women are. It’s even funny and playful in a way that most women would want her best poker-playing girlfriend to be.

Nevertheless, Botfeld is very serious about the game and that comes through. She has definitely done her homeworkShe delves into all the important information that basic poker studies go through – the possibilities of making certain hands, for example – and offers precise and accurate information throughout the book.

In fact, The Girl’s Guide isn’t just for girls; guys can improve their poker skills before sitting down at their poker tables for their weekly game, as long as they’re not too proud to read this entertaining and highly informative book.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Now that the major winter holidays are behind us, we know that many of you will be returning to your favorite weekly poker game. Some of you are undoubtedly looking for ways to improve your game by acquiring new strategies; you can learn so much by playing lots of online
poker (at least that’s what my husband, Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris tells me)
and studying the successful techniques of some of the best poker players in the world.

Most well-known poker stars have at one time or another attempted to attract their followers by posting their own teaching blogs or videos. Of course, they used to write books, but with too few readers out there, teaching online seems to be the best way to go. 

PokercodeTwo of the best poker minds anywhere are Fedor Holz and Matthias Eibinger; between them they have won more than $50 million playing poker. That’s why they created Pokercode: an active learning model to help you aspiring poker stars absorb the wealth of information they share. As described by Holz:

“It is a holistic approach combining all the state of the art technology, where I teamed up with Matthias Eibinger, one of the best online players in the world, and combined it with my adjustments and my experiences from the live circuit,” said Holz about the Pokercode course. “No matter what goal you have, whether you want to become a better player, make more money, or become one of the best in the world, we will provide you the framework.”

They cover dozens of topics in minute detail, including body language, mindset, tells, bankroll management, ICM, and more. Holz and Eibinger filtered through thousands of hours of their learning, removed their mistakes, and created Pokercode. Of course, this kind of instruction is not cheap, but compared to hiring one of them (or any poker super-star) to give you private lessons, costing thousands of dollars per hour, it’s quite a bargain. There’s a one-time payment of $1,549 when you sign up to Pokercode via PokerNews. Just click on the link below to check it all out for yourselves; https://pokercode.com/?aid=sku_FuwZDXDIXuh4WC&utm_source=pokernews&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pokernewsxpokercode .

Learn all you can and practice a lot by sitting in on as many poker tables, both online as well as live, as you possible can.

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Okay, the last Texas Hold’em home poker game I
participated in was, for the most part, lots of fun and often exciting, at least until the river crept up on me and drowned me as my head- to-head opponent pulled a straight royal flush, destroying my full house.

Here’s how it went down. I picked up  pocket jacks and bet the pot pre-flop; everyone folded except my arch enemy who snap called me.

The flop was J, Q  and 9 of hearts, giving me trip Jacks. Feeling pretty damn confident, I bet half the pot . . . and once again he snap called.

The turn was the Q giving me a full boat… Jacks over Queens. I maintained my poker face and bet the minimum. He raised it, and this time I was the one snap calling.

I knew this was shipping my way and played it cool. The river was the K. I immediately figured he was probably sitting on a flush but my Full House would crush him so I shoved ALL IN. To my amazement he did it again… he snap called!

I turned over my boat and watched him smile as he turned the 10 and Agiving him the dreaded Straight Royal Flush.

Texas Poker ChipsI grimaced, and wiped the smile off my face as I watched the dealer ship all the chips his way. He laughed and simply said, “Better luck next time buddy.”

What would you have done? How would you have played this hand?

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During a recent poker game, I took a pretty large pot with a 7 of hearts and 2 of clubs. A novice player, who was watching the action, asked me a frequently asked question in poker. He wanted to know  “when is it a good time to bluff?” I gave him a couple of tips and after thanking me and patting me on the back for taking that hefty pot with just a 7 and 2 off suit, he left. 

I thought about his question and decided that although bluffing has been a topic in many “How To Play Poker” books and I had written about it and talked about it many times, I would revisit the topic once again. 

Best times to bluff:

  1. Bluff if you only have one other player still at the table.
  2. Hit it hard if the board cards or  the cards you have showing allow you to represent a winning hand.
  3. When your image at the table is that you are a very strong player.
  4. If you are in late position and no one has represented any kind of strong hand.
  5. If you can read your opponents and you really believe that they will fold to your bet or raise.

But you have to tread carefully through the bluffing canyons or you could slip and fall pretty heavily. You really need to try to read your opponents and especially pick up on how they played any of their winning hands.
There are very definite times when you should not bluff:

Worst times to bluff:

  1. If you know of any player still in the hand who will always call even when he has nothing. When you meet a player like this it’s best to let him or her shoot themselves in the foot!
  2. If one of the players has raked in a huge pile of poker chips and he can easily cover your bet or raise without much damage to him. Stay away; play it safe!
  3. If there are still  a lot of players at the table. Don’t do it!

Texas Poker Store Custom ChipsJust remember these simple do’s and don’ts and be a winner! And while you are wondering about bluffing, remember that we co-wrote the song “I May Be Bluffin’ “. Here it is for your enjoyment:

 

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