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The Best Times of Day to Play Poker
By: Jason Lake No doubt you've heard this classic phrase, or something close to it: Nothing good happens after 10 PM. Sometimes it's midnight, sometimes it's 2 AM. The message itself is universal, though. Human beings turn into pumpkins at some point in the late evening. Bad decisions are made. Consequences are felt.   I can see some of you are nodding your heads and thinking...
What to Do With Your Chips
By: Jason Lake   Are you a Tinglehead? If so, maybe you're one of the quarter-million people and counting who have watched that ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) poker video on the YouTubes. The host displays a bunch of oversized playing cards and riffles some poker chips. It's intriguing, but I can't watch more than a minute or two before my mind wanders. I've got things to do. Like riffle my own poker chips. I've got a nice set that I picked up a while back, proper clay chips that feel just right in my hand and make just the right sound. I don't do this nearly as much as I used to, but sometimes, when I'm playing online, I'll grab a stack of 10 or so and start shuffling them...
The Three Craziest Poker Hands I've Ever Seen
By: Jason Lake   Of all people, poker players should never be stunned by a hand of cards. Unless you've got a royal flush, there's a chance you're going to lose, and there are so many ways for that to happen. That's just science. What makes a sick poker hand really sick are the circumstances. Who's playing in the hand? What are the stakes? How did the players react? Like everything else in poker, sickness is situational. With that in mind, please allow me to present the three craziest no-limit Hold'em hands I know about – feel free to watch along and judge for yourself.  Connor Drinan vs Cary Katz, 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop The odds say that your pocket pair will get cracked by the...
The 10 Commandments of Tilt
By: Jason Lake   It's not easy being human. No matter how good you are at something, there will be times when your brain and the rest of your body just don't seem to get along. Poor decisions will be made and executed. Then you'll compound your error by over reacting, and making an even worse decision. Lather, rinse, repeat. Every culture has a core set of principles to help us deal with this. Taoism has the Five Precepts, Buddhism has the Noble Eightfold Path, and poker has the Ten Commandments. If you've been studying poker for a while, you may have been taught the Ten Commandments of no-limit Hold 'em, or tournament poker, or maybe even poker etiquette. But the following Ten...
Top 3 New Year's Resolutions for Poker Players
By: Jason Lake   We're all guilty of bad habits. Even at the poker table, where logic and mathematics are supposed to keep us on an even keel. Sometimes we just do things that make no sense, even to ourselves. It's all part of being human. This Friday is the start of a new year and a new way of doing things. The most important part of making New Year's Resolutions is making room for mistakes. Mistakes are not only inevitable, they're a necessary part of the learning process. If you're going to make a resolution, make it something positive that you can achieve – make it a do and not a don't. Here are three suggestions that you can bring to the table in 2016, no matter what playing level...
Five Good Reasons Why You Should Play Omaha
By Jason Lake Imagine if the only thing you could ever eat was bacon. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? But after the first 100,000 slices or so, you're going to get tired of it. Then you'll start dreaming about all the other things you could be eating, like fried chicken, or mashed potatoes and gravy. As with life, so with poker. Almost everyone these days is playing no-limit Hold'em and very little else. It's a great game, the bacon Cadillac of poker, but you're missing out if you're not playing other variants at least once in a while. Omaha should be the next poker game you try out, followed by Omaha Hi/Lo. Here are five reasons why:  1. Easy Transition Omaha is basically Hold'em with...

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