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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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Pocket Bullets Paris

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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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.

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I doubt that many of us worry much about opinions issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, especially since the DOJ issues literally hundreds of opinions, on hundreds of topics, on a weekly basis. They are not laws, after all.

But, last week, when the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel issued a new opinion concerning the 1961 Interstate Wire Act, the online poker industry was not only worried, but holding its collective breath. The opinion reversed the previous stance of 2011 which concluded that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting, opining this time around that the Wire Act applies to online poker as well.

Again, it’s not the law; it’s an opinion that will definitely be tested in the courts. But it’s an opinion that definitely threatens the growth of the online poker industry, hitting hardest those states currently trying to get bills introducing online poker passed in their states. It could also have a major negative impact on the future of interstate compacts like the highly profitable one that exists between New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada.

Senator Ray LesniakFormer New Jersey State Sen. Raymond Lesniak was a major player in the fight to get online poker in New Jersey and helped create the multistate online poker alliance that facilitates liquidity sharing. He’s ready to step back into the fray and do battle in the courts if necessary. As he told Online Poker Report:

“It looks like I will have to go to court again to straighten out the Justice Department’s overreaching on states’ rights, as I did with sports betting. This opinion is outrageous. It puts state lotteries at risk and state revenues. If Congress won’t fix it, I will through the judicial process.”

The burning question remains: can online poker in the U.S. survive this new Wire Act opinion? Or does it muddy the waters even more concerning which forms of online gaming are legal and which are not. It certainly will make those states that have yet to introduce gaming legislation proceed with caution, if at all.

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