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Things My Brother Won't Do

Sep 23, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
My brother and I have a lot in common, but there are two things he won't do with me -- play poker or go horseback riding. Let's face it. I am a pretty persuasive salesman,...

King Of Hustlers

Sep 13, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Pete Rose is what baseball is all about. But because he bet money on his own team, he was banned from being named to baseball's Hall of Fame. That is wrong and should be...

Challenger On The Premises

Aug 30, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
It has happened to me and it will happen to you. You will run into an adversary. Be prepared for the war of your life. Excuse me, you're being accosted. There is another man...

The Runaway Slot Machine

Aug 17, 2021   |  
What do you do when a slot machine goes crazy and pays you off every time you pull the handle? Why, you collect the money and run. Just after you cross the Arizona-Nevada...

Searching For Good Poker

Aug 13, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Poker players are facing road blocks in their quest for a good poker game. They're out there, but sometimes you have to search for them. One of my favorite Willie Nelson songs...

Tips To Win A Poker Tournament

Aug 09, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
It's relatively easy to win a poker tournament in your home town. Just play aggressive, play smart, watch your chips and stick to the basics. I have spent a relaxing couple of...

Casinos, Illusions And Gambling

Aug 02, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
If a man tells you black is white and white is black, better believe it. There are illusionists in this world who can create reality out of just about anything. Life is made up...

Audie Was A Giant Killer

Jul 26, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
He was a World War 2 hero and a gentleman who loved women. And if Audie Murphy caught you disrespecting a girl, you had better watch out. He was dangerous. "It isn't the size...

Jackrabbits And Horses

Jul 20, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
When you are in cowboy country, the people make their own fun. And one day in Clovis, N.M., a rancher put together a jackrabbit hunt and poker tournament. The call came just...

The Miracle Worker

Jul 13, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Woody Allen is a genius when it comes to making movies. He has millions of fans around the world and nearly as many enemies. Here is his story. The day I concluded...

Drinking At The Witch's Brew

Jun 15, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
When you work as a freelance magazine writer, you can get yourself in all sorts of trouble. I was living in Phoenix, AZ. some years ago, between jobs, when I picked up a copy of...

Famous People I Never Met

Jun 07, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Who are some of the people you would have loved to have met in life? As a journalist, I have met many, but my list is still longer than my memories. There is one great perk...

Man With The Golden Arm

Jun 02, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Nelson Algren was born to write, to drink and to fight for lost causes. He wrote books about drug addicts and alcoholics and was a member of the Communist Party. Nelson...

Gold Nuggets In Burro Flats

May 31, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
When you're a poker player and adventurer, you meet some interesting people. Al Blackman was one of them. Hope he and Rover are still making their rounds. Just south of Hoover...

Casino Owners Should Upgrade Poker

May 26, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
This is a perfect time for casino owners to upgrade poker and let it grow into the 21st century and beyond. And that means expanding it beyond Texas Holdem. Poker is doing well...

Lovely In Black

May 24, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
My late father did many wonderful things for me. But the greatest gift he ever gave me was introducing me to a beautiful flight attendant named Grace Shaw. The call came at 4...

Watch Out For The Gunslingers

May 19, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Poker players are getting meaner, more aggressive and more offensive. As poker popularity spreads, the behavior of some of the players getting obscene. It's time to stop...

Star Light, Star Bright

May 17, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Who would you like to see star in a film about poker? Who would be the director and what would the film plot be about? Poker is a universal game and all of us are gamblers. If...

A Dangerous Poker Player

May 17, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
If you develop a reputation in a casino, let it be a dangerous reputation. You don't want you to be called the calling station. It is dangerous to leave a poker player alone...

A Christmas Jail

May 10, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
It was three days before Christmas. I was 12 and my two younger brothers, Dennis and John, also known as Legs, were 11 and 10. Our parents had left us along while they visited my...

Poker Is Coming Back

May 05, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
(Good news for my poker playing buddies around America and the world. It is slow process but poker is on the road to returning to normal). I know a lot of my poker playing...

The Mango Tree

Apr 28, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Dreams die hard. I have this dream about St. Kitts in the Eastern Caribbean. Yes, it will take money to complete, but the results could be spectacular. I have a...

Above The Hurricanes

Apr 26, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
I just discovered a piece of paradise. It's a tropical island where you can pan for gold, frolic along a white sand beach with bikini-clad beauties, and play poker to your...

Finding The Right Game

Mar 07, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Before you sit down at a poker game, do some thinking about what you want to play and your reasons for playing it.?Otherwise, your bankroll could be in for trouble. Are you...

Bull in a China Closet

Mar 07, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Sometimes you just have to let the animal out of you. Don't think. Just use your animal instinct and react to the other players. The results may pleasantly surprise you. Don't...

All’s Fair In Love, War and Poker

Mar 07, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
You see things happen in a poker room that can make you sad. Or if not sad, they at least make you think seriously about the game. I have been away from BestBet Casino...

The Way of the West

Jan 30, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
(Gamblers sometimes get into trouble because of their wild ways. I have known some pretty wild gamblers in my time and their stories aren't pretty.) Sometimes I wish I had been...

Flight of the Eagle

Jan 30, 2021   |   Geno Lawrenzi
(In the days of the early West, the Indians and wagon train members didn't just fight. They spent some of their time on the trail doing fun things.) The wagon train was long...

Bring Home the Trophies

Oct 30, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Poker tournament promoters need to go back to their old system of giving trophies to the winners, the way they did in the old days. That was proof you won a tournament. It...

Blood, Gore and Politics

Oct 28, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Benny Binion, get off that cloud and show these casino execs how a gambling casino should be operated. And, yes, I amtalking about putting the players' interests first. One...

Are You Ready For Poker?

Oct 05, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
(Las Vegas is struggling for a complete re-opening. It won't beeasy, but it's going to happen, with the help of all the pokerplayers. Are you ready for it to happen?) This has...

Golden Eggs

Oct 05, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
(Some lessons from childhood stay with us forever. Like those fairytales that have morals for the ages. Pay attention to them and learn about life.) I don't know about...

Champagne Of The Gods

Aug 07, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Things are changing. The more I drink, the more they change. Maybe Willie Nelson was right. Here's one more for the road. A one, a two, a three. The Holy Bible says...

Poker Is On Life Support

Aug 07, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
What has happened to the world of poker and whenwill it end. This is the question poker players are asking themselves and it's serious. I am in the midst of a cross-country tour...

King of Hearts

Jul 31, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Who is really insane among us? People in insane asylums or those who wage war and kill one another? KING OF HEARTS makes you wonder. These days because of the global...

Bennie's Way

Jul 24, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
If you are an old tier like me, you are probably wondering why the casino owners of the world are going to come back to common sense and bring the world of poker back to...

The Perfect Game

Jul 23, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
(Finding the perfect poker game is a challenge you should relish accepting. Give it your best effort always.) Poker players are always searching for the perfect...

When Man Discovered Fire

Jul 23, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
The re-opening of Las Vegas has shifted the power to the people. The question is will they be smart enough to figure out how to use it? How smart are you? While you are...

THE ABCs OF POKER

Jun 12, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Dewey Tomko grew up just a few miles from me before making his mark in the World Series of Poker and opening a casino in Costa Rica. Dewey Tomko was born about 10 miles from...

If I Win the WSOP

Jun 11, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Everyone has a dream. People dream of having good health, of falling in love and getting married, or of becoming a millionaire by winning the lottery. There are few things in...

A Dangerous Game

Jun 11, 2020   |   Geno Lawrenzi
Texas Hold'em is probably one of the most dangerous card games in the world to beat. Then why do so many people play it? Your guess is as good as mine. Here is a...

When You Are Bored

Jun 07, 2020   |  
(Poker hardly ever bores me. But if that ever happensI have a sure solution for it. Sometimes it costs me moneybut it does relieve the boredom and it usually pays off.) Believe...

The Joker Always Wins

Jun 06, 2020   |  
There are times in a poker player's life when he feels like he will live forever. It doesn't happen often, but when it does and you're on a roll, don't fight it. Where...

The Prince Of Poker

Jun 06, 2020   |  
Life is not a rocket ship, even if you are high on cocaine, alcohol and marijuana. Scotty Nguyen, a native of Vietnam, discovered this and is still learning. He was born...

Win With Less Aggression, More Force

Jun 06, 2020   |  
Win With Less Aggression, More Force Are you an aggressive player? That is good up to a point, but sometimes you can be too aggressive for your own good. That's the time...

10 Low-Limit Online Poker Tells that Help Expose Your Opponent’s Hand

Jul 20, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Playing low-limit games online can be a pain in the butt sometimes. You’re often going to be facing opponents that will play any two cards, call off bets with weak hands,...

5 Hands Beginners Lose the Most Money Playing

Jul 20, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
I’m not really sure what it is but there are certain hands that sort of trick some poker players into thinking they’re big hands when they really are weak. When I...

5 Important Things Beginners Should Know About Online Poker

Jul 20, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Online poker has been popular for more than a dozen years. The excitement of playing poker mixed with the convenience of the Internet makes online poker appealing to millions of...

5 Most Fascinating Poker Players

Jul 20, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
If you’re like me, you’re more than a poker player. You’re also a fan of the game. I love watching poker on TV. I got interested in poker thanks to Chris...

5 Signs You Chose a Bad Online Poker Site

Jul 20, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
My first online poker experience was on a site called Doyle’s Room. As you may have guessed, the site was named after the legendary Doyle Brunson. Doyle’s Room was,...

5 Tells Your Opponent is Almost Always Bluffing

Jul 20, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Many inexperienced poker players either make the mistake of either always assuming their opponent is bluffing or has a monster. Stop assuming and start making wise decisions. If...

5 Traits of a Quality Poker Site for Beginners

Jul 20, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Like any other industry, there are good, bad, and really bad online poker sites. For those of you that are new to online poker – or online gambling in general – there...

Basic Strategy Differences Between Playing Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold ‘em

Jul 20, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Texas hold ‘em is a game that involves 2 face down hole cards and 5 community (shared) cards. The winner of the hand at showdown is the player with the best 5-card poker...

Basics of Texas Hold'em

Jul 20, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Learning the Basics of Texas Hold ‘Em I’m going to assume you understand the strength of each poker hand (i.e. flush beats a straight). But I want to help our...

Caribbean Stud Poker Rules

Jul 20, 2018   |  
Rules to Caribbean Stud Poker and How to play Caribbean Stud Poker Game Rules The play -- Caribbean Stud Poker. Caribbean Stud Poker is the copyrighted, trademarked, and...

Differences Between Playing Poker Online and Offline

Jul 20, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Poker is poker. Well, sort of. The rules – whether you’re playing online or offline – are the same. A flush beats a straight online just like it does in a live...

History of Texas Hold'em

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
THE HISTORY OF TEXAS HOLD'EM To read a history of poker in general, click here: Poker History Texas hold 'em or Texas holdem is the most popular of community card poker games...

How a Beginner Should Play Against a Pro

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Personally, I try to avoid games that are filled with pros, and I think you should as well. However, sometimes you’re stuck in a game with some pros – or just one...

Mastering Low Limit Sit n Go’s in 5 Easy Steps

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Sit n go’s can be highly profitable online, especially the low limit games. The reason they are so profitable is because the players are so bad. Most of the players at the...

Online Poker Room Reviews and Information

Jul 19, 2018   |  
Online Poker Room Reviews and Information You will find information on game rules, history, strategy, tournaments and much more here on our online poker page. The most important...

Poker cruises / tournaments on cruise boats

Jul 19, 2018   |  
Poker on the high-seas or showdown in paradise - Take a poker cruise As the popularity of poker continues to grow, so does the quest for new and more exciting places to play the...

Poker Terms Dictionary

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
TERMS AND POKER LINGO You can get lost in the world of poker these days without a handy poker reference guide or dictionary - especially if you're new to the game and trying not...

Poker Game Varieties - Hold'em, Stud, Draw Poker

Jul 19, 2018   |  
COMPLETE GUIDE TO PLAYING POKER This page is the base for the rules associated with many variations of poker. Normally people consider five card draw the original poker. It is...

Poker - A brief history into the origins of the game

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
HISTORY OF POKER Click here for a specific History of Texas Holdem. Or read on for a general history of poker... Poker is one of the most popular of a class of card games with a...

Introduction To Rakeback

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
How to get more money playing poker using Rakeback How can rakeback make you a better poker player? Rakeback can’t tell you the right moves to make in a given poker...

Pot Odds: What They Are and Why You Need to Know

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Let’s say your opponent places a bet, you put him on a superior hand to what you currently have. Is the right play to fold? In some situations, yes. In other situations, no....

Ranking Poker Hands

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
HOW TO RANK POKER HANDS The poker hands are the same in all poker games, so understanding the ranking is essential before you get started. Don’t worry though, they’re...

Identifying and defeating 7 Types of Poker Players

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Much like in sports, every opponent isn’t the same. Each poker player has their own style. Some poker players are difficult to beat. Others are a piece of cake. I’m...

The Mental Game of Poker

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
If the outcome of every poker game was determined by the cards we are dealt, there wouldn’t be much to this game. Learning how to play poker is easy. You are dealt 2 face...

The Similarities Between Poker and Baseball

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Poker and baseball are two of my favorite activities. Although there are many differences between the games, obviously, there are many similarities. In fact, I probably became a...

When is the Time Right to Become a Professional Poker Player?

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
I’m often asked by people interested in playing poker where they should play – online or offline? It’s an interesting question. I can make a good case for both....

When You Should Feel Comfortable Playing at a Higher Level

Jul 19, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
One of the biggest mistakes poker players make is to get ahead of themselves. They go on a heater at, say, the $1-$2 no-limit level and then bump up to the $2-$5 no-limit level....

Why All Beginners Should Play Online Poker First

Jul 18, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
I’m often asked by people interested in playing poker where they should play – online or offline? It’s an interesting question. I can make a good case for both....

Rules to Caribbean Stud Poker and How to play Caribbean Stud

Jul 14, 2018   |  
The play -- Caribbean Stud Poker. Caribbean Stud Poker is the copyrighted, trademarked, and patented poker variation game, the rights to which on June 1, 1999 were owned by Mikohn...

Bad Beats, Bad Luck, and Bad Runs: Dealing with Poker’s Ups and Downs

Jul 14, 2018   |   Jon Sofen
Pretty much every poker player has sworn off the game at least once. I’ve done it probably 10 times. When I have a few consecutive sessions where luck screws me over time...

How To Play Three Card Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Three card poker is a casino table game that is played against the dealer. It is played with a single deck and has two bets you can make on one hand. Since you can choose between...

How To Play Texas Holdem Bonus Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Texas Holdem Bonus Poker is the casino's version of the classic poker game. Traditionally played against one or more other players, in the casino version, it is always played...

How to Play Texas Hold'em

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Texas Holdem has become the most popular form of poker played in casinos today. In this article you will find just an overview on how to play Texas Hold em, basic Texas Hold em...

How to Play Razz Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Razz poker is a form of stud poker that is played ace to five low, meaning that it is played for a low hand rather than a high hand. Players are dealt 7 cards and must make the...

How To Play Pai Gow Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Although there are a lot of other poker variants that originated outside of the US, there is only one that comes from China. It is called Pai Gow and is a fast-paced and fun...

How to Play Omaha Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
It goes without saying that Texas Hold ‘em is one of the most popular poker games in the world. There are a wide variety of other poker games though that can also be played...

How To Play Omaha 8 or Better

Jul 13, 2018   |  
This is a unique variation on Omaha poker. You will hear it called Omaha Hi/Lo, Omaha 08 or by its more popular title Omaha 8 or Better. If you know how to play Omaha poker then...

How To Play Let It Ride Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Let It Ride poker is a fun casino poker game and the only one that will let you take back bets if you do not like your cards. Interestingly, this game was invented by Shuffle...

How to Play H.O.S.E. Poker

Jul 13, 2018   |  
H.O.S.E poker is a mixed poker game of four different variants of poker. All variants are played throughout the course of a game or tournament changing between variants during...

How to Play H.O.R.S.E

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Poker is a game that people get together and play all across the United States and Europe. There are many forms of poker, but mostly people love to get together and gamble with...

How To Play Five Card Draw

Jul 13, 2018   |  
5 Card Draw is the oldest form of true poker games, played notoriously throughout the ‘Old West’. Just about every poker variant in existence was derived from the game...

How to Play Caribbean Stud

Jul 13, 2018   |  
If you get tired of playing traditional poker games against other players, then maybe you should try your luck against the dealer. Caribbean poker is a casino card game that lets...

How to Play 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo

Jul 13, 2018   |  
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo is an immensely popular variant of the original 7 Card Stud poker game, where there can actually be two winners splitting the pot – the Highest ranking...

How to Play 7 Card Stud

Jul 13, 2018   |  
7 Card Stud dates back to the days of the old west, often played by pioneers and outlaws in back alley bars and trading posts along the western trail of North America. 7 Card Stud...

How To Play 2-7 Triple Draw

Jul 13, 2018   |  
Since 2-7 Triple Draw starts out just like 2-7 Single Draw. The difference is an obvious one; in this variant you get three draws to get the lowest hand instead of one. 2-7...

How To Play 2-7 Single Draw

Jul 13, 2018   |  
In 2-7 single draw also known as lowball poker, you are dealt five cards face down, before placing your bets. The key difference between this lowball poker variant is that the Ace...

Common Texas Hold'em Mistakes

Nov 23, 2006   |   Bill Burton
Mistakes in Hold'em are costly when you are the one making them. Mistakes are profitable when your opponents make them. You will make more money from your opponent's mistake that...

Playing Online Poker

Sep 16, 2006   |   Bill Burton
Online poker has grown and there are actually many advantages to playing poker online. Whether you are a brand new player trying the game for the first time, a seasoned pro or a...

The Importance of Pot Odds in Texas Hold’em

Aug 23, 2006   |   Bill Burton
Many players don’t understand that Poker like other casino games is a game of about math. Understanding the math of the game is very important to playing winning poker. You...

Sit & Go Tournaments

Jul 19, 2006   |   Bill Burton
A Sit & Go is a single table tournament where you are competing against 8 or 9 other players. Some sites have 9 player tables and other have 10 player tables so it depends on...

Poker Skills Quiz

Jun 17, 2006   |   J. Phillip Vogel
Test you poker skills and compare your actions to the odds in this interactive article. I have concocted a simple little test to see how good a player you really are.  Read...

Opening an Online Account

Jun 17, 2006   |   Bill Burton
There was a time when playing poker online was new and many players were hesitant about giving it a try. With in the last year the number of online players has grown ten fold from...

Playing Suited Cards

May 30, 2006   |   Bill Burton
The biggest mistake that losing poker players make is playing too many hands. In Texas Holde'm, your position will be a determining factor in deciding which hands to play. When...

Starting Your Poker Dynasty, Part 2

May 15, 2006   |   Steve Curtis
In the last article we talked about setting goals, bankroll management, player notes and tracking software. In this article we will look at the value of position. This is a large...

Starting Your Poker Dynasty Part 1

May 06, 2006   |   Steve Curtis
This is an article well more of a guide to help the rookie to novice poker player hone your skills to make that jump to the next level. That next level, being able to feel...

The New Players of Internet Poker

Apr 25, 2006   |   Seema Shah
In delving into the world of internet poker, women its been discovered are fast becoming the ones to watch out for. The increase in women’s disposable income is now becoming...

Cyber Housewives: Watch Out, She bites!

Apr 19, 2006   |   Seema Shah
It’s hard to recognise the demure lady on the street as an internet gambling demon but the world of online gaming is fast becoming a place where women can enjoy a game of...

Beating Bad Poker Players

Apr 14, 2006   |   Bill Burton
As poker continues to grow in popularity, the casino card rooms and internet poker sites have seen the influx of new players who want to give poker a try. Most of these new...

Hollywood’s fascination with Celebrity High Rollers by Seema Shah

Apr 10, 2006   |   Seema Shah
The elusive world of poker has come a long way from its seedy roots of shady, Mafioso-type characters playing no limit holdem’s in dingy, underground gambling dens. Today,...

Pimped Out Poker: Bling out the High Rollers by Seema Shah

Apr 10, 2006   |   Seema Shah
With the global domination of Poker, it seems that everyone is getting in on the act. From movie stars to musicians, poker is increasingly filtering into everyday life. The ever...

Poker Pros are the New Media Darlings and Endorsers of Brands

Apr 10, 2006   |   Seema Shah
It was not so long ago that most members of the public would shun the legitimacy of the poker player who treated a game of cards as a “profession”. It wasn’t...

Defining a Good Online Poker Room

Mar 15, 2006   |   J. Phillip Vogel
Excerpted with permission from “Internet Gambling: How to Win Big Online Playing Bingo, Poker, Lotto, Slots, Sportsbetting and Much More.” Copyright Blackdog &...

Poker: Game Selection

Mar 15, 2006   |   Bill Burton
Many players agree that game selection is one of the most important concepts in playing winning Poker. It is also the one that is most often overlooked by most players. There is...

Playing Poker in a Poker Room

Feb 26, 2006   |   Bill Burton
As poker continues to increase in popularity, many players are venturing into the poker rooms to play in live games.Playing casino poker is quite different from playing in a home...