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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.

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A new documentary entitled Poker Queens, from director Sandra Mohr and executive producer Christine Beatty, traces the history of women in the game of poker, from the days of “Poker Alice” Ivers, to MuskanSethi, who made waves at this year’s World Series of Poker Championship Event and is one of India’s top professional poker players.

Featured in the documentary are Poker Hall of Fame members Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson and Jennifer Harman, Women in Poker Hall of Fame members Jan Fisher and Maria Ho, and current Female Player of the Year Kristen Bicknell, (who notes in the trailer that “boys don’t like to be beat by girls!”) among others, as they all seek their place at the poker table in what remains, even in the 21st century, a heavily male-dominated game.

Stories and anecdotes are also contributed by players such as Liv Boeree, Kelly Minkin, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Loni Harwood, Esther Taylor and the World Poker Tour’s Angelica Hael. They are all extremely entertaining, but what is still left unclear is what direction the documentary will take.

Will it be bold and have a point of view with regard to why there are so few female poker players? (approximately 10% of the participants in the game and, even worse, at the WSOP Championship Event this year, 4.1%, or 350 women out of the 8569-player field). If this documentary addresses the disparity issue head on, it will be far more provocative than simply a series of highly enjoyable anecdotes.

Poker Queens will premiere on Amazon Prime Video, but there is no information if there will be a charge for outside viewers or if it will be included with the Amazon Prime subscription for members and offered for free. It could be a worthy addition to the list of poker documentaries that have been presented, but we’ll have to wait for a look at the finished product before we can be sure.

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Global Poker IndexMost of you have probably heard of the Mediarex Global Poker Index (GPI) that ranks current poker players by their composite scores in qualifying tournaments over the previous 36-month period. It also names the year’s Player of the Year (POY).

But did you know that there is also a Female GPI as well as POY separate from the overall GPI (which includes ALL qualified current players)?

Kristen BicknellAs of November 19th, the female poker star leading the pack is Canadian Kristen Bicknell with 3,054.13 points, followed by Maria Lampropulos, Maria Ho, Loni Harwood and Wendy Freedman. Bicknell has two WSOP bracelets to her credit and was last year’s POY, so she appears to be heading for back-to-back GPI POY titles, a significant accomplishment.

Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell

 

Not only that, but Bicknell’s partner Alex Foxen, is currently sitting on top of the overall 2018 POY race. Talk about a  poker “power couple” !

 

 

2018 Ladies GPI Player of the Year Standings

Rank Player 2018 GPI POY Score
1st Kristen Bicknell 3,054.13
2nd Maria Lampropulos 2,412.18
3rd Maria Ho 2,161.80
4th Loni Harwood 2,136.44
5th Wendy Freedman 1,845.79
6th Kelly Minkin 1,802.34
7th Anna Antimony 1,770.88
8th Hui “Kitty” Chen-Kuo 1,735.91
9th Gao Wenling 1,693.75
10th Maria Konnikova 1,673.26

You can follow the GPI Ladies races on the official GPI website. Also feel free to follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page. After you check it all out and it makes you want to participate, you need to practice. Just sit down to play at any of your favorite poker tables and tune up your poker skills.

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For those who need reminding, there were 7,874 entries for the WSOP’s Main Event, each putting up $10K to take a wild swing at that $8.8 million championship money and that golden bracelet. Most are just hoping to get a piece of that astounding prize pool of $74,015,600. What’s always been amazing to me is that you can win about half-a-million dollars coming in 12th – 15th. Or, a million dollars for being in ninth place. Where else can you do that?

But there’s another facet to the Main Event that’s also pretty amazing. You can be among the greatest poker players of all time and go home with nothing.

Daniel Negreanu After busting out of the Main Event on Day 1, Daniel Negreanu recorded his VLOG with good humor and no excuses. Well, except for the fact that he drew no pairs, no straights, no flushes, no flops, no nothing, which was not an excuse since I watched it happen. Nothing went “Kid Poker’s” way.  Following him around as he navigated the rail and the floor, it was refreshing to watch him smile and pose for selfies with every fan who approached him, keeping his spirits up for his fans. When his two jacks got beaten by a pair of 10s (with another 10 on the flop), he ‘faked” a bad tilt, got some laughs and walked away from the table looking somewhat confused. On his way out he said, among other things, that it was almost impossible to go broke on Day 1. I could see the frustration in his eyes, but he held it together beautifully. All that, plus he and his girlfriend of four years broke up a couple of weeks ago.

Scott Blumstein

Of course, Negreanu wasn’t the only big name to be eliminated on Day 1, just the one I cared about the most. Last year’s Champion, Scott Blumstein, also busted on the first day, as did 2007 champ, Jerry Yang and 2016 champ, Qui Nguyen.

The only good thing about it was that “Kid Poker” was free to add color commentary, along with Norm and Lon on Day 3. I like listening to him talk strategy (way over my head, of course), teach a little, predict what certain players will do (and usually get it right, or poke fun at himself when he’s completely wrong) but I can’t help wondering what’s going on inside his head. I KNOW he wanted to make a deep run.

John HespI just checked the latest chip counts online and at this moment Ignacio Sanchez is leading with 620,200 and there are 47 players with more than 400,000  chips. But it’s just a moment in time. Any of them could double up or go broke; the next time I check, the chip leaders could be Cliff Josephy and Phil Ivey – there is so much poker left to play. But not for some other big names who have already been eliminated, like Jason Mercier, John Hesp (last year’s sensation), and Maria Ho. It doesn’t matter Maria Ho what you did last year or last week at the Main Event. I know I’m excited to see what will enfold over the next couple of weeks. Are you enjoying the action, too?

 

 

You too could get one of these diamond encrusted bracelets. All you need is to make it to the WSOP, drop down 10 grand to enter the main event, then outlast thousands of other players, make it to the Final Table and it could be yours. Easy, right?

WSOP Main Event Championship Bracelet

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