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Because of the current Covid-19 Pandemic situation world wide, our beloved Poker World has certainly been limited mostly to online games. Of course, this makes it a bit harder for many people but not so much to the poker fanatics among us. Are you a Poker fanatic?

Poker games and poker tournaments can usually be found almost anywhere in the world, and even if you go to some remote island on vacation, the hotel is likely to have an internet connection and you can log in to your favorite online casino and play to your heart’s content; you can play for as long as you can afford to.

When your family or friends see you login in to play, their immediate thoughts are that you are a poker fanatic. These are the top ten signs that they are right:

  1. If you witness something bad happening your first thought is “That’s a bad beat.”
  2. You claim that you know exactly what cards every player has, even when you’re not in the game.
  3. When you count, you always follow “8, 9, 10” with “Jack, Queen, King, Ace.”
  4. Every person that beats you, pisses you off, or just irritates you, are just “donkeys” to you.
  5. If you could, you would celebrate your wedding anniversary by watching a poker tournament on TV.
  6. When booking any hotel room you make sure they have a computer connected to the Internet. That way you can still play online while everyone else goes to the beach.
  7. You can’t help yourself; when you pay for anything you stack up your cash in neat little piles before pushing them to the teller.
  8. You always think you’re the best poker player at any poker table.
  9. When you lose you can’t accept it graciously and always go on “Tilt”
  10. Whenever you lose a hand, you’ll make statements like “I’m just setting traps,” “I knew exactly what he had.”

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Not surprisingly, all Nevada casinos were ordered closed more than two months ago, turning the Las Vegas strip into a wide, empty road. But many states are beginning to re-open, at least in part and with strict CDC guidelines to follow. Nevada’s governor, Steve Sisolak, has begun permitting casino restaurants to reopen while keeping clubs, shows and gaming shut down. And let’s face it: you all don’t go to Vegas for the restaurants!

The Nevada Gaming Control Board recently laid out its health/safety guidelines for casinos to follow when they reopen. One guideline that poker players have already been reluctantly anticipating is that poker rooms must limit poker tables to a maximum of four players. 

But there is more. UNLV epidemiologist, Brian Labus, has said that Vegas is not ready to open the casinos. And when they do, he says, he’s worried that many of the planned safety features won’t be a match for the virus. Limiting card room capacity, adding hand sanitizer stations, and aggressive cleaning of poker chips and chairs can help reduce some risk, Labus says, but the nature of coronavirus won’t allow it to be contained. Poker during Covid-19Players sit together for an extended period of time, coughing and breathing in the same shared air, and there’s nothing you can do about that.

Labus also didn’t think the new plexiglass dividers that some poker rooms around the country are trying out, would be effective from a public health standpoint, beyond giving players an artificial sense of security.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableWhen the Vegas strip opens, there will be a limited amount of casinos to visit for slots, roulette etc. and even fewer poker rooms, if any. So if you want to play poker in the foreseeable future, Stay Home. You’re either going to be playing online or, after sanitizing everything and making sure no one has a fever, you and a few socially-distanced friends will be playing at your own poker table

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Covid-19 has shut down our world. And we have all discovered by now that even when things begin to get better, life as we have known it will change in myriad ways. Many more of us will be working from home. Most shopping will be done online. And we’ve already heard dire predictions of watching sporting events from home: baseball games might be played with no one in the stands. Poker fans who’ve been anticipating the World Series of Poker are going to be out of luck, as Las Vegas has been forced to shut down its casinos.

While social distancing is still in place, many poker lovers have turned to playing online. Unfortunately, if you live in the United States and you want to play for money in an online tournament, you’re pretty much out of luck unless you live in one of the few states where online gambling is legal, or you know how to work around restrictions while keeping it safe and legal. And, once casinos and poker rooms come back, there will undoubtedly be many changes. There will probably be fewer poker tables to allow for more distance between them, and less players at each table. Not only that, but hygiene will be a major consideration. Chips will need to be cleaned more often, and the poker rooms themselves may be shut down for short periods of time during a work day to allow for custodial personnel to clean the rails and other common areas.

The Lumen Poker TableThis seems like the perfect time to invest in your own poker table, one like our premium Lumen Poker Table, and we at the Texas Poker Store want to make it a little easier for you. We’re offering a 10% discount on all of our tables to encourage you to play poker at home. Until we’re no longer on lockdown, there’s no better way to have fun playing poker than to sit around your own table with a few friends. Just head to the Texas Poker Store and check out all our tables, and when you’re ready go ahead and place your order then simply enter the special discount code — MyCorona — to get your special 10% discount while supply lasts.

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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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