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Our Poker column puts readers in touch with the experts for the thinking behind the trickiest and most challenging poker hands. World Poker Tour (WPT) professional and television analyst Tony Dunst, along with other WPT players, break down the tactics and strategy used by some of the most prominent players in the world.
I recently played a European Poker Tour event in Deauville, France, a beautiful city that looks like it's straight out of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."
Few games have as complicated a lexicon as poker. In the 2015 Aussie Millions $10,000 main event, American pro Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker eliminated Jack Salter of England. The big blind checked, Salter bet 5,200, and Lyndaker raised to 12,500.
I was recently in Mexico for some vacation time and to play in the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker. Early in the main event, I found myself in the big blind with As Qd and 20,470 in chips from a starting stack of 20,000.
Tournament poker is a streaky game. In a recent Mid-States Poker Tour event with a $1,100 buy-in, I hit one of these fortuitous rushes. How does one increase his stack sevenfold in 30 minutes?
I have become a regular in a locals-only $1-$2 no-limit game held weekly in the back of a pizza place. With pocket nines, I raised to $5 from early position. The next few players folded, and for good reason. I was certain that I had the worst hand.
Last summer, my friend Dan Smith played a pair of major hands against an opponent who held pocket aces both times. Ever since the Department of Justice shut down online poker in the United States, the poker world has grown increasingly competitive.
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