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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Odd Rules and Exceptions

18 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Odd Rules and Exceptions
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 12-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance. For our 12th article we’re going to take a look at some of the odd rules, mistakes and exceptions that can pop up over the course of a poker game. Familiarize yourself with these oddities and you’ll be able to deal with 90% of the issues that arise during your home game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: More Games = More Gamble

16 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: More Games = More Gamble
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 12-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance. In our 11th article we’ll show you how to break free from the shackles of No-Limit Hold’em. It’s a big, gambley world out there if you know what games to play. These three games are easy to play and guaranteed to inject some action into your home game if you’re stuck in a Hold’em rut. As the numbers get higher the gamble quotient goes up. Once you get to number three you might as well just put your stack in the middle blind.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Stop Cheaters

11 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Stop Cheaters
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 12-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance. In our ninth article we’re looking at a most unsavory topic: cheaters at your home game. It’s important to accept that the possibility of cheating always exists, even if you’re not playing for money. Some people are just wired to cheat and do it regardless of the cash, others are simply trying to exploit you for financial gain. As the stakes get bigger and your familiarity with the players go down, the more you need to be on the lookout for would-be charlatans. The good news is the people you’re looking for will rarely be accomplished card mechanics, and there are a few easy things you can do to seriously limit their opportunities to cheat. Follow these steps to protect yourself and the players in your game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: How to Beat Your Friends

8 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: How to Beat Your Friends
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 12-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance. In our ninth article we’re looking at how to actually beat your friends and how to do it diplomatically enough so that they don’t boycott your game for good. We’ll look at a number of typical home-game player types and the best strategies to use to separate them from their stack. We’ll include a ton of links to the essential strategy content and tell you where and when it’s appropriate to use it. And above all we’ll teach you the subtle art of getting someone to hand over their money and do it with a smile on their face.

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How to Host the Perfect Home Game: Etiquette

3 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Home Game: Etiquette
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 12-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Who to Invite

1 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Who to Invite
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 12-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance. For our seventh article we’re going to take a look who you actually want to invite to your game and what you can expect from each demographic. These are a few of the basic groups that you can choose, or choose not, to invite to your home game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: What to Drink

24 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: What to Drink
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 12-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance. Our fifth article is a special one as Christopher Null of Drinkhacker.com fame has provided a fantastic selection of potential adult beverages to serve at your next poker game. If you like this piece, be sure to head over to Drinkhacker.com where you’ll find a plethora of recipes, reviews and all-around knowledge for the discriminating drinker.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: The Set-Up

21 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: The Set-Up
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 12-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance. For our fourth article in the series we’re going to take a look at the basic set-up for your home game including how much money to put in the game, how many chips you’ll need and whether to host a small tournament or a cash game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Basic Strategy

17 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Basic Strategy
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 12-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance. For our third article we’re going to take a look at how a Texas Hold’em game works at its most basic level and some simple strategy. The first thing you need to learn is poker hand rankings (which you’ll find in the previous article) but from there it’s time to learn how to determine the winning hand in a game. The majority of poker hands are fairly easy to determine a winner (a pair of aces beats a pair of kings) but there are some trouble spots. Here are three very good points to keep in mind when playing poker: You must make the best hand possible using exactly five cards No cards outside of the best five have any bearing on the strength of the hand All five cards are used in deciding the strength of the hand In Texas Hold’em you're allowed to use any combination of the cards in your hand and the cards on the board.

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Why Lederer and Ferguson (Maybe) Took Your Money

14 November 2011, Created By: Arthur Reber
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
Why Lederer and Ferguson (Maybe) Took Your Money
There’s been a lot of speculation about the psychology behind the folks who’ve been indicted in the Full Tilt Poker debacle. A lot of the recent talk has been about the purported actions of Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer, two of poker’s more respected long-time players. Lederer is often referred to as “The Professor” because of his thoughtful manner and penchant for deep analysis and insightful questions. Chris is actually closer to this role in real life since he holds a Ph.D. and has spent more than a few hours in front of college classrooms. Until now few have had anything but admiration and respect for them both. Of course, we’re still in the classic “innocent until proven guilty” mode. I have no idea what the outcome will be. They may be found guilty; they may be exonerated. I am only interested here in the psychological issues. The question raised most often is: How could these very smart dudes with position, money and prestige do the things they are accused of? It is a good question. It is also one that gets asked every time an odd-ball crime gets committed.

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Courtney Gee Back from the PokerStars Big Game!

23 February 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
Courtney Gee Back from the PokerStars Big Game!
Courtney Gee is back from playing on the PokerStars Big Game in Las Vegas where she experienced the highest stakes and the toughest competition of her life! Courtney's not allowed to tell us the profits/losses from the session (Damn you PokerStars) but she's got plenty to say about what it's like playing for big money against the best in the world.

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I'm the Next Loose Cannon on the PokerStars Big Game!

18 February 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
I'm the Next Loose Cannon on the PokerStars Big Game!
Playing high-stakes cash on television for potentially life-changing money isn't something we all get a chance to do. That's why we're so jealous of Courtney Gee. The PokerStars Big Game is taping a brand new episode this week and Courtney is the Loose Cannon. She's getting staked $100,000 to play against some of the best players in the world and she'll be blogging about it right here on PokerListings.com! Read on for Courtney's first post and check back early next week for her trip report!

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Walking the Fine Line in Poker Part 1: The C Word

7 April 2010, Created By: Arthur Reber
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
Walking the Fine Line in Poker Part 1: The C Word
Blogs have many uses. One is to treat them like the classic soapboxes of the British parks, where you just stand up and start talking, talking about what you're thinking, why you're thinking it and why everyone else ought to start thinking about it too. So, this will begin an off-and-on soapbox series looking at the "fine lines" in poker. The ones that we cross, sometimes because we didn't even know there was a line there in the first place. Today's line is the one that divides the tricksters, the masters of deception and geniuses of artifice from the con artists, the scammers and the cheats. But this line isn't a clean one. It moves about and it's not always clear when it's been crossed. Many choose to ignore this topic, claiming it isn't of any real importance. They are wrong.

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Thoughts from the Felt: "I'm Sorry"

13 May 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
Thoughts from the Felt: "I'm Sorry"
With all the ego and trash talking between the degenerates at every poker table, it may seem odd to get upset over the phrase "I'm sorry." Like any competitive sport or activity, poker is a game of respect. You can be a lot of things at a poker table, and how you act and play is entirely up to you. But at the end of the day you need to have respect for the rules, other players and the house for the game to function. To an outside observer, poker may seem like a rogue game full of social miscreants. Players are bluffing, goading, needling, angling and juicing the other players, all in an effort to take as much money from everyone else on the table as possible.

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