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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. 

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Although she hasn’t really been a professional poker player since 2011, Annie Duke’s name recognition is way up there. Her poker resume includes a World Series Of Poker gold bracelet in 2004, winning the NBC National Heads-Up Championship in 2010 and a net worth of around $8 million. In fact, she was once the leading money winner among women in WSOP history (that title now belongs to Vanessa Selbst)

Annie Duke Poker ProNevertheless, her image hasn’t always been bright and shiny; she’s the sister of Howard Lederer, a player virtually exiled from poker. Her main sponsor, Ultimate Bet, was wiped out after being embroiled in a scandal in 2013, compelling her to distance herself from the brand as well as from high profile poker tournaments. Oh yes, and in 2009 she was a contestant on a little game show called “Celebrity Apprentice” where she raised over $700,000 for her charity, Refugees International, finishing second to Joan Rivers.

Nevertheless, Duke, (who double majored in English and psychology at Columbia University, leaving a month short of completing her doctorate) parlayed her poker career, scholarship and reputation as an expert in the field of smart decision making into a new career as a corporate speaker and “Decision Strategist.” In fact, Forbes, GQ and Entrepreneur have all done specials on her, and currently she’s back in the news.

Duke is teaming up with money management firm Hartford Funds. The firm is using her experience as a professional poker player to prevent financial advisors and investors from imploding, emotionally, when the going gets tough.

She has also been featured on the Hartford Funds Podcast “Human-centric Investing Podcast” and will host an exclusive webinar on Tuesday, September 10 at 16:00 (ET), called “Decision-making tips from a poker pro.

When all is said and done, we are still waiting for her to make an appearance at the poker tables and regain her reputation as one of the leading women in poker.

Send us your comments or questions.

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Are you still crying over the last bad beat that took your stack? Maybe watching this video of the top five worst poker bad beats will make you feel a little bit better to know that you’re not alone. Bad beats happen to the best poker players around.

From Chris Moneymaker vs Jason Mercier; Mikel Habb vs Samantha Abernathy; Vannessa Selbst vs Dan Shak; Olivier Busquet vs. Sven Reichardt; and last, but by no means least, there’s the infamous time when Phil Hellmuth got three bad beats in one hand from Ernest Wiggins when, at Hellmuth’s request, they ran the turn and the river four times and Wiggins got unbelievably lucky and handed Hellmuth the bad beat with a full house of kings over nines.

So, at the end of the day, if you have suffered any bad beats, take heart and know that you are not alone in your misery.

Click here to send us your experiences with bad beats at the poker tables.

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We’ve written about how generous many poker players are about donating a portion of their earnings to various charities before, but there are some that have a passion for a special cause and create a tournament dedicated to raising money for it. For example, there’s poker super star Vanessa Selbst, who is hosting her “Justice Is Blinds” (see what they did there?) event for the third year in a row, on September 26, in New York City. Tickets are $1,500 to enter and $2,000 for VIP access.

Selbst loves the idea of helping her home town’s most socioeconomically challenged populations by raising money for the Urban Justice Center (UJC) a non-profit that provides legal services to thousands of NY residents, including survivors of domestic violence, international refugees, veterans, the homeless, and more. A huge advocate in the fight for a just and equal society, Selbst feels that she can best support the UJC by hosting this extremely popular annual tournament.

As she said, “There’s actually a great community of poker players [in the city] who don’t get to play very often because poker isn’t legal here, but charity poker is. There are a lot of people who come out just for charity events.”

And a lot of celebrities and poker stars show up, too, which helps make this one of poker’s premier charity events. This year they are expecting Erik Seidel, Andy Frankenberger and Jonathan Little, not to mention co-hosts Daniel Negreanu and Olivier Busquet.

“Justice is Blinds has been a tremendous success the last two years,” said Gretchen Wagner Nealon, director of development at the UJC. “Vanessa knows how to throw a poker tournament! We have heard many people at the tournaments say it’s the best poker tournament they have ever been to. We raised over $180K last year and hope to surpass that this year.”

Top prize will be a $15,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package. Players can also win other tantalizing prizes. The best prize, of course, is helping a worthy cause.

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