While poker fanatics may have a fairly sound grasp on the game, poker, in fact, is a game of unexplained odds; perplexing phenomenon, such as why whenever I seem to get a medium pocket pair, I happen to run into aces or kings, or the implied odds for my opponent, who, despite being second be…

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When you frequent a poker game as often as I do, be it live or online, you're going to get the opportunity to see a lot of hands. The more hands you see, the more likely you are to run into some of those unlikely odds and brutal beats. I've learned, for the most part, to take my lumps and mo…

In a perfect game of Texas Hold'em poker, the best starting hand would win each and every time. Players with weaker hands would rightfully yield to strong, aggressive raises, and only the most powerful hands would be played. But poker is far from a perfect game. Styles, strategies and bettin…

Poker – a game created by men (commonly believed to be sailors in New Orleans) and, to this day, predominantly played by men. But that hasn't stopped self-proclaimed video game junkie-turned online poker phenom Jennifer Leigh from finding her way to the felt. The Wilmington, Del., native is …

Shuffle up and deal! This week kicked off the Main Event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, the largest Texas Hold'em poker game in the world. The series, a tournament comprising 57 events, draws in both veterans and novices – all striving to strike it rich a…

It's summertime in Vegas, and for anyone who knows a thing or two about poker, that means one thing: the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is back! From late May through November, the game's most acclaimed professionals and unlikely amateurs will put their money on the line in different styles of…

Over the past decade, the game of poker has spread like wildfire, with some of the largest television broadcasting companies across the map airing highly anticipated tournaments and competitions. The craze has spread throughout the First State, as well, and locally, with names like Resort Po…

In past columns, we've analyzed the strength of starting hands, or hole cards, in Texas Hold'em poker. As anyone who understands the game could tell you, a starting hand of pocket aces has the best odds of winning over any other two cards in the deck. But let's hypothesize here: What if you …

Understanding the game of poker on a full table can be quite a daunting task – reading your opponents, playing in and out of position, calculating pot odds. But what if you find yourself heads-up, facing only one opponent. Once you've made it to heads-up play in a game of poker, be it Texas …

Phil Hellmuth, Scotty Nguyen, Allen Cunningham, Erik Seidel. To most people, these names mean nothing. But to poker players who frequent the felt, these names are synonymous with success. These poker professionals are among the most profitable in the world of live poker. And just weeks ago, …

As nearly all players seated at the felt will tell you, Texas Hold'em poker is a game of odds, mixed with strategy and a bit of chance. In order to guarantee that you come out with some winnings, you'll have to catch some luck – but you're also going to have to play smart.

The game of poker holds a sense of mystery and obscurity. While online poker is a great way to learn the game, it varies greatly from its live counterpart as is found in casinos, fire halls and homes across the world. Online, players can pick up betting strategies and patterns in Texas Hold'…

In poker, they say pocket aces are only good until the flop. In other words, despite having a great starting hand, there is no such thing as a sure thing. That being said, let's take a look at one of the biggest payout hands – but sometimes one of the most difficult to play: the flopped set.

As discussed in earlier columns, while there is plenty of luck involved in the game, poker is a game of strategy and skill, as well. Getting your foot in when you can is a necessity – especially in tournament play, where climbing blinds can threaten your progression. One strategic maneuver i…

Texas Hold'em poker requires an amount of skill, but as anyone can attest, there is luck involved, too. As we've discussed before, starting hands, positioning and pot odds can all factor into whether or not you participate in a hand and, even then, there's no such thing as a sure thing. Keep…

Much of the fascination with poker, and any gambling, for that matter, is paralleled by the possibility of winning big – striking it rich with a little chance and luck. But, as I've stated before, with poker, there's often a little more to it. As the phenomenon continues and the obsession gr…

There's no question that Texas Hold ‘Em poker is a rapidly growing phenomenon, both online and live. The two can be perceived as two entities, entirely, however.

As many will tell you, Texas Hold'em poker involves plenty of know-how, and those who play often enough can assure you it takes a little skill to be consistent. But understand there is a bit of probability and statistics involved that some would refer to as luck. Understanding these statisti…

Peter Eastgate, a Denmark poker star, shocked the world earlier this past November, when he became the youngest to ever win the Main Event at the 2008 World Series of Poker. His earnings of $9,152,416 were a pretty penny for sacrificing a few weeks, sitting at a felt table, sipping on drinks.

After a reassuring trip to the Tropicana in Atlantic City, N.J., two weeks ago, I was convinced that while I'm not the top dog in the poker circuit, I like to think I have potential. Satisfied with a few hundred dollars won in a couple of cash games, I tested my play in a 48-person tournamen…