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For many poker fans, PokerGo is an indispensable subscription service (for $10 per month) that delivers direct-to-consumer content via the internet rather than through a traditional broadcast provider. You know, like Netflix, only for poker lovers! If you’re smart, you’ve probably watched some of your favorite live events on PokerGo, like “Poker After Dark,” “Poker Masters,” “The World Series of Poker,” “The World Poker Tour,” various “Super High Roller Bowls” and much more.

It’s really a veritable feast for poker fans. You can watch live poker action streaming in your living room or lying in bed. . . or on your favorite browser while sitting at your PC or laptop. And you can also catch any live events you missed On-Demand. But how many of you have realized how good the original content is?

Recently Poker Central, a major content provider, announced its newest original production, a six-part series shot in 4K, entitled  “Legends of the Game.” Each episode will provide an in-depth look at some of gambling’s biggest legends, including many of poker’s most defining characters and moments. It began on Sept. 28 with its first episode: Benny Binion – The Story of the World Series of Poker.

The remaining episodes will cover the birth and rise of poker in the U.S., the roots of the first casino stemming back to 17th century Italy, through to the Mob roots and rise of Las Vegas. Two more undeniable legends of the game, both with plenty of lore and mystery, are also being featured,: Stu Ungar and David “Chip” Reese.

“The history of poker has birthed some incredible stories that have shaped the world of gambling today,” said Sampson Simmons, President of Poker Central. “Our goal is to share these compelling stories to an audience of poker fans and beyond in a way that has never been done before.”

Produced independently by Poker Central, “Legends of the Game” is the latest original series available exclusively through the PokerGO streaming service. From behind-the-scenes stories and interviews told on “Hand Histories” and “Stories from the Felt,” to the acclaimed docuseries “INSIDERS: Super High Roller Bowl 2018,” PokerGO’s original productions provide unmatched access to the world of poker.

“Legends of the Game” Episodes and Air Dates

DateEpisode
Sept. 28Benny Binion – The Story of the World Series of Poker
Oct. 5Stu Ungar – The Tragic Hero
Oct. 12The Poker Trail – The Birth and Rise of Poker
Oct. 19Il Ridotto – The Story of the First CasinoPoker
Oct. 26Mob Vegas
Nov. 2The Incomparable “Chip” Reese

Watch this series and you might learn enough to help you at the poker tables!

Send me your thoughts or questions.

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I never realized how many poker players (multiple millions worldwide) not only enjoy playing poker online, but have developed their skills, strategies and poker star reputations without ever leaving home. *There is big money to be won (or lost) in high-stakes online poker tournaments held every single day of the week, morning, noon and night.

Online Poker with AIBut that could change drastically. A couple of months ago, Facebook Research together with Carnegie Mellon, published the results of their years of work to develop a superhuman AI (artificial intelligence).Named Pluribus, it is the first AI bot capable of outplaying experts in a complex game with more than two players or two teams. In other words, Pluribus can consistently beat the world’s top poker players in six-player no-limit Texas Hold’em, the most widely played poker format in the world.

Online poker companies had better beware. It’s only a matter of time until millions of players worldwide will begin to feel the chilling effects as AIs start infiltrating online games, until the chances for a human to win will dwindle. The companies, now basking in the glow of an almost $4 billion industry, will make every attempt to be hyper-vigilant; they will tighten security, increase ID checks and/or institute “live playing” where online users need to use web cameras to ensure authenticity. Nevertheless, at some point machines will dominate the online game, humans will tire of never winning and lose interest, and AI will have dealt a deadly blow to the industry of online poker.

*Which means, I guess, that of the 8,569 players at this
year’s WSOP World Championship, some of the players might never have played live poker with live poker players at a poker table in a casino.

Send us your comments or questions.

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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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