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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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Pocket Bullets Paris

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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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris 

Every so often we get asked a “poker history” question which we try to answer in our blog. We figure if one poker fan wants to know about something poker-related, then probably a lot more of you would like to know too. Questions about poker chips come up a lot, so once again we are revisiting a blog that we published a couple of times in the past.

If you google “The History of poker chips” you will find enough results to satisfy your desire to learn all about the “poker chips” we have been playing with since the early 1800s. There’s nothing new that I can tell you that hasn’t already been said. Maybe future technology will come up with some mind-blowingly different way to go “all in,” but for right now it is still pretty much the same as it always was, and using poker chips is still the most accurate and fun way to play the game.

Texas Poker Store Custom ChipsAt least for now, the biggest question still out there is; what exactly is a “Casino Quality Poker Chip”? Ever since poker’s current popularity, almost anyone you ask and certainly most players believe that a real casino quality chip is 11.5 grams and made out of clay. Not so fast.

Today, a standard casino chip is 39 millimeters in diameter with a weight ranging from 8.5 grams to 10.5 grams…not 11.5! Clay composition chips are very popular with casinos and the general poker-playing public. The vast majority of “Casino Quality Poker Chips” are “clay” chips that in reality are better described as compression molded chips.

However, ceramic chips were introduced sometime in the 80s as an alternative to clay chips and are also currently used by casinos worldwide.These ceramic chips are actually injection-molded chips made with a special plastic or resin formula that approximates the feel and sound of ceramic or porcelain.

Las Vegas 14 Gram Poker ChipsGoing against most players way of thinking, I’m here to tell you that no poker chip, or any kind of casino gaming chip,  going back all the way to the 80s, 70s, 60s and maybe even before that, has been made out of 100% clay. As far as I know that’s the real story. Check out this set of 300 Las Vegas chips, ideal for bringing the casino feel to your next home game. Each chip is made of clay composite materials and weighs 14 grams. The chips are housed in a walnut case. 

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