Archive for June 2020

Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

While many of us are either waiting for the casinos to reopen or playing poker online, we thought it might be a good time to clarify some of the most common myths that relate to playing poker. Separating the myths from reality is a good way to improve your poker playing skills online or offline:

MYTH #1

Online poker games are rigged by the casinos. Not true. In fact, online poker games are never rigged and happen to be the most secure way to play poker. Every online poker room uses an RNG (Random Number Generator) The RNG makes a random pick from a deck made up of 52 cards during every single hand.

MYTH #2

Poker is mostly about bluffing. Not true. Bluffing is an integral tool when playing poker but just one of many you need to be a skilled poker player. And, you can bluff either online or at a live poker table.

MYTH  #3

Reading your opponents’ tells is a necessary tool when playing poker. Not true. Your ability to read the table, or another player’s mind can help you win at the casino poker table. But online, you can’t see any supposed tells, read anyone’s body language or see anybody’s facial tics. Still, there are excellent poker players who understand poker strategy and carefully adjust theirs according to how their opponents play (after studying those patterns over a period of time.)

MYTH #4

Poker is a man’s game. Partially true. Of course, there was a time when casinos and tournaments were dominated by men. However, these days there’s really no difference in poker playing skill or strategy between men and women. And if you’ve seen Maria Ho, Liv Boeree, Jennifer Harman or Vanessa Selbst play, you know the main difference is how much better looking they are than the men! Still, significantly more men than women play poker.

MYTH #5

Poker is synonymous with gambling. Not true. Despite the fact that a large majority of people believe that if you place a monetary bet on a game, especially a game of luck, then you’re engaged in gambling. However, poker is much more than a game of luck; it takes skill, strategy, psychology and practice. Not only that, but many poker players consider poker a sport more than a game, and it’s not necessary to place a bet – it’s just more fun.

MYTH #6

You need a “poker face” to win at the poker table. Not true. Being able to hide your feelings or reactions can definitely help you win at the poker tables. But a poker face doesn’t help your online game at all.

Hope to see you at the tables – Online or at Live games.

Click here if you have any other myths that you would like to share with us. 

Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Many of our faithful followers know that we have been longtime Daniel Negreanu fans. We love watching him play, with that uncanny ability he has for “knowing” what cards his opponents are holding. We loved his documentary, “Kid Poker” which revealed everything we wanted to know about the man and the legend he became. I always enjoyed his video blogs (Vlogs) during the World Series, when he would invite us all into his life as he explained various poker moves he had made that day, or showed us his exercise routine or how much he  loved playing with his adorable doggies.

Daniel Negreanu with Jim ParisWe were mesmerized watching as his romance with Amanda Leatherman blossomed into marriage in 2019 and of course, we loved it when Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, aka my husband, met DNegs at the WSOP and, after chatting with him for a while gave him a signed copy of his memoir, “Them Changes.”

 

With poker news being a bit slim during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been blogging a little less often. But since Kid Poker decided to try to draw some attention to it, we decided to go along for the ride. In a Tweet on Friday, the Poker Hall of Famer put a challenge out that he would win a bracelet in 2020. He also stated that it didn’t matter if it were the online version of the event or, if it happens, the physical version in Las Vegas.

He spelled out the rules: “I’ll take 2.5 to 1 that I win a WSOP bracelet in 2020,” he stated.  This includes the upcoming “online” WSOP in Nevada and New Jersey or during the run that will be held on GGPoker. Negreanu also includes a caveat that, if there are tournaments held this fall in Las Vegas under the WSOP banner (still a possibility), that those too would be included in the bet. “Tough to win against huge online fields,” Negreanu teased as he looked for action.”Will bet up to $1 million. There have already been a bunch of takers, although at first glance it might seem foolish to bet against Negreanu, considering he just missed winning the 2019 Player of the Year and won it in 2018. However, the Kid hasn’t won a bracelet since 2013. Would you bet against him? We wouldn’t.

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Just think about it, if you make the right bet with him you might win enough to get yourself a poker table like this one with your winnings. Good luck.

 

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As you all know by now, the world of live poker was stopped, and at least for the foreseeable future interrupted, by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOP Circuit), canceled  their events.

Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker said “We want to do right by our players and see the promised prize money put up for grabs. Our Online Circuit events have been huge successes to date and WSOP.com is a viable alternative for the last qualification spots and this year’s championship. We look forward to returning to Harrah’s Cherokee in 2021 but until then, the show must go on… online.”

Because the number of affected live events, the WSOP chose to hold a special “Season Finale” Online Circuit Event from June 3-14, which will award a guaranteed 13 spots into the GCC. A dozen of those spots will be awarded to the winners of each event, while the final spot will go to the “Casino Champ” of the WSOP.com series.

Here’s a look at the schedule of upcoming online events:

DateTournamentBuy-In GTDRe-Entry Time
Wednesday, June 3Online Finale Circuit Kick-Off$215$100,0002x4 p.m.
Thursday, June 4Online Finale No-Limit Hold’em$320$100,0002x4 p.m.
Friday, June 5Online Finale NLH Turbo Deepstack$250$100,0002x4 p.m.
Saturday, June 6Online Finale Circuit Big 500$500$150,0003x2 p.m.
Sunday, June 7Online Finale Circuit Monster Stack$525$200,0003x2 p.m.
Monday, June 8Online Circuit Freezeout$320$100,000N/A4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 9Online Finale Circuit High Roller 6-Max$1,000$150,0002x4 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10Online Circuit No-Limit Hold’em$215$100,0002x4 p.m.
Thursday, June 11Online Circuit No-Limit Hold’em$320$100,0002x4 p.m.
Friday, June 12Online Circuit NLH Monster Stack$320$100,0003x4 p.m.
Saturday, June 13Online Finale Circuit Double Stack$320$150,0002x2 p.m.
Sunday, June 14Online Finale Circuit Main Event$525$300,0003x2 p.m.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableWe hope this will satisfy some, if not all of you. Like all poker players we know, we hope that when this Pandemic finally comes to an end, we all can go back to playing live games at our favorite casinos or at our own poker tables with our friends.

In the meantime, click here to let us know what you think about all this.