Kelly Clarkson situs online Prefers Cash Games


I was back at the Coushatta Casino today. I decided to skip the Sam Farha appearance and take at shot at the weekly $200 NL tourney. I have to get back into rhythm before I take on the WSOP Circuit Event at the end of the month.

One big change this time around was my card protector. For more than a year, I’d been using a Hurricane Ivan situs online coin. It’s done pretty well for me, but it was time for something new. And that something is Kelly Clarkson.

As you can see from the chip stack, she came through big. After a disappointing end to the touranment, I turned a $300 buy in into $1300 before walking out of there with a little more than a grand. Not bad at all.

Get in Behind and Suck Out

I ignored my own rule and it cost me. Apparently getting all my chips in as an 85% favorite with one card to come is a bad idea. If you ‘d like to skip the bad beat story, skip down to the next bold title. Although what lead to this particular bad beat is a little unusual…

I’m in the BB with 53c. It’s limped around and, naturally, I’d like to see a flop with this hand as cheaply as possible. The dealer lays out Jd-Tc-4c. I check and so does everyone else. The turn is the K of clubs and I’ve made my flush.

I check again planning to check-raise to find out where I’m at in the hand. A guy who clearly hadn’t played many tournaments decided to bet. We start with T8000 and he and I are both near starting stack. Blinds are just 50/100 and there’s about 400 in the pot. He grabs four T1000 chips and four T500 chips. For some reason, he sets the four T1000 chips across the line before tossing in the four T500 chip and announcing, “2000.” Because it all crossed the line, he was in for T6000.

I knew there was no way he had the flush so I went ahead an pushed all in. I suppose I could have just called, knowing my hand was vulnerable to a four flush, but I knew at worst I was about a 60% favorite if he had a set and an over-club. I pushed and he called, flipping over Jc-3s. He was 14% at that point, but the 6 of clubs on the river crippled me. I was out a few hands later.

Getting It Back

I thought about going home. The club on the river was like a gut punch. Of course, I’ve dealt enough of those out to know you have to bounce back. I’ve generally done very well at the NL game so I was confident I could win my buy in back.

The table was pretty passive with a lot of pre-flop limping and a lot of post-flop calling. It’s just the kind of table I want to be at.

I folded for the first orbit until I was UTG. I decided to straddle to see what the table reaction was and put $10 out there. The dealer was kind enough to give me pocket Q’s. Three people called the $10 and then called my raise to $40.

The flop was T96 rainbow. I put another $100 into the pot. One player pushed all in for less and another, who had seen every flop since I sat down, pushed me all in.

Ugh. Am I going home after one pot? There was no way I could fold. I called and flipped my Q’s. My opponents decided to keep their hands secret until the end of the deal. The turn was another T. I thought I was outdraw. The river was an 8 and I thought someone made their straight. When it was all said and done, the dealer shipped the nearly $800 pot my way.

Can you guess what they were holding?

The Luckbox Returns

By the time I went to grab some food, I was up near $1200. When I got back to the table, the cards got really cold. Suddenly I was back at about $800. That’s when I found Big Slick in the SB.

I raised to $25 preflop after five players limped to me, and four players called my raise. The flop was JT7 rainbow. It was checked to me and I put out a $60 continuation bet. To my disappointment, two players called, the cutoff and the button.

The turn was a K. This time I checked, even though the card improved my hand. I wonder if I should have bet here, but I didn’t. The cutoff also checked and then the button immediately pushed all in for his last $125. The bet seemed fishy to me since he did it so quickly. The pot was now $435. I was getting 3.5-1 on my money. I thought there was a chance I was ahead, and if I wasn’t I thought an Ace or a King might win it and a Queen would give me the nuts.

I called and, shockingly, so did the cutoff. At this point, I knew I was behind. “I need some help,” I told Joe, the dealer. He peeled a Q off the deck and laid it on the river.

“All in!” I declared. The cutoff reluctantly called with his last $75 (not sure why he still had it at this point). And when the cards were shown, the $900 pot was shipped my way.

Can you guess what they were holding?

I’ll post the answers tomorrow.…

Tournament Fish


If you didn’t get the chance to watch ESPN’s coverage of the 2011 World Series of bandar slot pulsa Main Event, you missed out. ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 have been providing live (no hole cards), semi-live (hole cards), and produced coverage of the event (only the best hands, edited commentary), in a nonstop stream of the best poker pros in the world going at it.

Well, that’s what you expect at the WSOP, right? Only the very best players compete in the event? That’s just not the case. The Main Event has always attracted a healthy portion of wealthy businessmen looking for excitement, celebrities looking to raise their profile, or players who built the bank roll to buy-in but just don’t have the skills. These players are mixed in with some major sharks, yes, but don’t get the idea that the Main Event is the best of the best. All you need is $10,000 to get in and, the truth is, a lot of bad players have $10,000.

These kinds of players, from the excitement seekers to the players taking a stab, can be found in any tournament, live or online. You might be playing for profit, playing your odds, making reads, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is.

Profitable play in a tournament is determined by countless factors of strategy, but don’t forget this one. You’re already categorizing your opponents based on their playing styles, their hand ranges, and what they’re capable of. What I’m suggesting is that you categorize what motivates a player to play: are they here to gamble, to get a rush, to get lucky, to get famous? Many of these motivators make a player un-bluff-able, in which case: stick to tight-aggressive. Or trap. Or slow play (though this is rarely recommended). And, rather important to remember: as these players make their rail exit and the field thins, switch gears to deal with the remaining, more-skilled opponents.

Poker tell: “A tell in poker is a subtle but detectable change in a player’s behavior or demeanor that gives clues to that player’s assessment of his hand. A player gains an advantage if he observes and understands the meaning of another player’s tell, particularly if the tell is unconscious and reliable.” Poker tells are what make for good movies, but more importantly, what make the defining difference between profit and loss, a big call or a bad fold. Here to assist you in growing your skills are some of the top poker professionals in the world, sharing some insight into poker tells:…

First Stop….. slothoki Virtual Vegas


It has been sometime since you last heard from good ole’ Huck Finn…

…but there’s a good reason why: Poker! That’s right, since I’ve officially thrown my proverbial “hat” into the ring of professional poker playing, I’ve been busy at the tables.

My first stop, the dinner table. I was starving after the exhausting decision to turn pro, but nothing that a PB&J; sandwhich and a handful of broken ice cubes couldn’t fix. (If you’re going to make it in the world of gambling, you must learn to live on a tight budget.)

Next, it was off to the bargaining table. It’s hard work to convince your parents and siblings that floating your hard earned dough “down the river” with Huck is much more profitable and much less dangerous that investing in mutual funds. I calmly explained my theories on the game and even demonstrated my card playing prowess at the play slothoki money tables on They seemed surprisingly unimpressed with my ability to win $225,000 in one hand. I think my father mumbled something to the effect of, “You know, you were adopted.”

Realizing this tactic was unsuccessful, I resorted to plan B: stealing money out of their wallets while they slept. Sure, I know what you’re thinking, ‘How childish’, but to that I say, “It’s great to feel young again.”

Now, it was time for the interrogation table. I couldn’t believe my mother called the cops on me. What’s a few $1000 between blood? Fortunately, my parents promised not to press charges if I entered a mental hospital. I told them I signed up, but there’s a waiting list.

After that, came the virtual table. Nothing like the world of virtual poker…. especially when your playing with someone else’s money! After getting CJ’s password, I logged onto and tapped into his “real” money. I was on fire! No, seriously, I was. My cat knocked over a lit candle and it fell right in my lap. Lesson learned: Dockers are stain proof, not fire proof. The fortunate side of the whole 2nd degree burn thing was it didn’t hurt to lose most of CJ’s money since the pain from the burns dominated the entire experience.

Finally, it was the operating table. Skin graphs are quite interesting, but I have a running bet with the doctor that most, if not all patients, are given some sort of pain medication during the procedure. If anyone knows someone that was, let me know so I can collect.

I sit here now contemplating two things: 1. What’s the fastest way to transfer money to my online poker account? and 2. What’s the pin number on my sister’s ATM card?

Well, it’s time to change the gauze on my thighs. Hopefully next time, I’ll have a few poker hands to talk about. Until then, see you on the river….

Pressing Poker Question

Is it better when you get sucked out by a woman? And yes, I mean at the poker table.

I’m sure it hurts just as bad, but at this point, my newest obsession is leading me to think it might not.

That obsession is Nicole Sullivan.

She became the first Celebrity Poker Showdown champion defeating seven men and Mo Gaffney (you decide). And this win involved one of the worst suckouts I’ve ever seen.

To be fair, I think she was playing pretty good poker. She threw away a lot more bad hands than the other players, and she wasn’t getting the cards that Paul Rudd has. Maybe it’s only fair that he became the victim of that suckout.

We’re down to just three players: Nicole, Paul and David Gross. David is the big stack at 21,000. Nicole is sitting with 14,000. Paul is at 10,000. Here are your hands:

Nicole: Jc, 7h

David: Ks, 4h

Paul: 6h, 6d

Amazingly, everyone pays to see the flop even after Paul raises.

Flop: As-6c-10d

Jackpot for Paul. He ges all-in. Nicole is convinced he’s bluffing and makes the call. Then she tries to convince David to call as well, he rightly folds. At this point, Paul is a whopping 97% favorite. It’s about as close to drawing dead as you can get.Turn: Qh

Now Paul can worry, but just a little. He’s still a 93% favorite. Going in, Nicole needed running something (8-9 or Q-K UPDATE: NOT 7-7 or J-J), now she’s half way there. With just four outs left…

River: Kc

Unbelievable. I’ve seen a lot of poker on TV and I’ve never seen a suckout like that. I’ve played a lot of poker online, and I don’t think I’ve seen many suckouts like that.

At least Nicole took the pot she stole and wound up winning the whole thing. I’d play at a table with her any time!…

Dry skin – Combating That Winter Itch

Winter is here and many of us relate winter weather with suffering from itchy, dry skin. Chapped lips, dry, cracked hands, flaking skin; all signs of the season.

For people suffering from skin conditions like eczema, or psoriasis (Read more on this can be a time of year spent dealing with skin flare-ups.

What Is Dry Skin?

The water content of the skin varies depending on which layer. The epidermis is approximately 80%, while the very surface of the skin, the stratum corneum, is much drier. It is made up of dead skin cells and has a water content of 10-30%.

When this outside layer, the stratum corneum, gets dry, it tends to lose its luster and produce what we know as dry skin. Skin that has low water content will dry and fissure, making it more prone to bacterial and fungal infections.

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What Moisturizers Can Do:

Moisturizers are designed to reduce water loss and prevent further dryness. They may cause the skin to swell slightly and thereby reduce fine wrinkles and make pores appear smaller, but they do not reverse sun damage. They also can protect your skin from environmental elements and make your skin feel soft and smooth.

Moisturizing helps your skin in a four step process:

Repairs the skin barrier

Increases water content

Reduces water loss

Restores the skin’s ability to attract, hold and redistribute water

Moisturizing Hints:

Here are some hints to help you deal with your winter itch:

Even though it’s cold, taking a hot bath is not the answer to relive your dry skin. In fact, it has the opposite effect, leaving your skin drier because it removes the natural oils in your skin and allows water to evaporate from your skin faster.

Moisturize right after your bath. Slather on the moisturizer while your skin is still damp to help seal in the moisture.

Thick, greasy moisturizers are usually the most effective eg. Put petroleum jelly on your hands, covered with cotton gloves at night

Moisturizers that have lactic acid or urea in them can pull water into the skin

Use a hand moisturizer after each hand washing. People that work in environments where their hands are consistently wet (i.e. Hair dressers) need to be especially concerned about keeping their hands moisturized.

Looking after your skin is important, especially in the winter months when it can have harsh treatment from the outside elements.



Gambling on TV?

The Casino and Gaming Television network is a new U.S. television network scheduled to launch in 2004, targeting the estimated 50 million Americans who gamble regularly.

The new network is a digital cable and satellite channel with shows such as “Winning Hand,” with poker experts offering tips on the game, and “Dusk ‘Til Dawn,” a tour of night spots in Las Vegas, Monaco and other gambling destinations.

The number of Americans who bet represents a vast potential audience, said David Hawk, co-founder and co-chairman.

More than 50 million Americans made more than 300 million visits to casinos  Slot Gampang Menang last year, Hawk said, citing research conducted for the American Gaming Association.

Other “niche” channels, such as the Golf Channel, have succeeded with a smaller pool to draw from, Hawk said. About 25 million people visited golf courses last year, half the number of casino-goers, he said.

The new channel, being announced Monday, will target the young male crowd, age 21 to 34, which is valuable to advertisers, said Nickolas J. Rhodes, the network’s president and chief executive officer.

Television has been dealing out an increasing number of gambling-themed shows, including Travel Channel’s hit series on the World Poker Tour and the upcoming “Celebrity Poker Showdown” on Bravo.

Still, it remains to be seen whether gambling shows will be successful.

“That’s the ultimate question,” said Bill Carroll, an analyst for Katz Television, a media buying firm. “The marketplace will determine if there really is a need for any of these digital channels that are specially targeted.”

The network, which plans to raise $75 million in operating capital by first quarter 2004, is negotiating carriage deals. The goal is to reach 1 million homes initially and be in at least 20 million homes in four years.

MGM Enters UK Casino Market

According to the Las Vegas Sun, MGM Mirage has entered into a joint venture with a UK entertainment company, Earls Court and Olympia Group, to develop a casino and entertainment complex in the heart of London if the deregulation of gambling proceeds as expected in Britain.

The partnership would transform the Olympia Exhibition Center, a “major icon” in London, into a casino complex with shopping, restaurants and bars. MGM Mirage has not yet calculated its total investment in the project, but the proposal calls for an initial investment of more than 150 million British pounds (about $254 million).

“We are committed to the U.K. and anticipate spending a substantial amount of money in that market if the business conditions are what we hope they will be,” says James Murren,

MGM Mirage’s chief financial officer.

(In May, the company announced it had acquired a stake in a British casino developer, Metro Casinos, with a casino under construction in Bristol.) The London casino is contingent upon the adoption of deregulated gambling laws, a reduction in gaming taxes as part of those proposals and local permit approvals. Analysts have predicted the implementation of new gambling rules by 2005 or 2006.




Double Down Strategy: Soft 18

Knowing when to double down is an important part of blackjack basic strategy and doing it correctly can help you take advantage of your good hands and make up for the losses on your bad hands. The strategy is different depending on what hand you have and what cards the dealer shows, though. Here is what to do if you have a soft 18 with your first two cards (ace, seven).

If you are dealt a soft 18, you should double down if the dealer shows a three through a six as an up card. If the dealer shows a two, seven or eight, you should stand. If the dealer shows anything else (9, 10, ace), you should hit.

When trying to understand why you would make these decisions, keep in mind that togel hongkong basic strategy takes into account that there are more cards with a value of 10 than any other value. Therefore, it is playing the odds to plan on the drawing a 10 and the dealer having a 10 in the hole.

The reason you should double down if the dealer shows a three through a six is that, assuming a 10 in the hole, the dealer is likely to have a 13-16, which are stiff hands. With those hands, the dealer is likely to bust. How likely? Well, let’s look at it one hand at a time.

If the dealer has a hard 13, only five cards (4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ) will help his hand, five cards (9, 10, J, Q, K) will bust him and three cards (ace, 2, 3) will leave him with another stiff hand (14-16). If the dealer has a hard 14, only five cards (3, 4, 5, 6, 7) will improve his hand, six cards (8, 9, 10, J, Q, K) will bust him and two cards (ace, 2) will leave him with another stiff hand (15-16). If the dealer has a hard 15, only five cards (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) will improve his hand, seven cards (7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K) will make him bust and one card (ace) will leave him with another stiff hand (16). Finally, if the dealer has a hard 16, only five cards (ace, 2, 3, 4, 5) will improve his hand, while eight cards (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K) will bust him. Therefore, each of those hands has 8/13 odds that the dealer will either bust or draw another stiff hand, where he again has to draw against 8/13 odds.

The reason you hit if the dealer has a 9, 10 or ace is that you have to assume that the dealer has a good chance of having a 19-21. Each of those hands beats your hand of 18. You never hit a hard 18 because of the high likelihood of busting, but hitting a soft 18 is risk-free because you can’t bust.

If the dealer shows a seven or eight, there is a good chance that he has a hand that is lower than your hand of 18. If the dealer shows a seven, no hole card can give the dealer a hand that will beat your 18. Only an ace in the hole can tie you. If the dealer has a 10 (10, J, Q, K) in the hole then you beat his 17. Again, due to the high likelihood of a 10, it is best to stand pat with your 18. If the dealer shows an eight, only an ace in the hole can beat you and a 10 in the hole can tie you. Everything else gives him a lower hand. For that reason, it’s not worth hitting and possibly lowering the value of your hand.

If the dealer shows a two, you have to assume a high probability of him having a 12. If the dealer has a hard 12, he has to hit. Once he hits, only three cards (7, 8, 9) can beat your hand of 18, four cards (10, J, Q, K) will cause him to bust, and five cards cards (ace, 2, 3, 4, 5) that will give him a hand lower than yours. Because the odds are against the dealer beating your 18 but not great that he will bust, you don’t want to draw another card. It is best to stand in this situation.


Economy Car Rentals Renting on a Budget

Many people are quick to rent a car when they are going on vacation, or on an out of town business trip, and many of these people are unaware of the fact that they can save money on economy car rentals for their trip. These specials are not always posted in neon letters on the rental website and have a fancy box drawn around them pointing them out. However if you know where and how to look. Heck most times looking for the deals is half the fun to begin with.

First way of saving some green when finding economy car rentals is to sign up with the website and become a member, many companies offer discounts to their members, this will in effect save you money on that next rental. If you are planning on renting the car for just a weekend go ahead and rent it for the entire week, believe it or not this will save you some money in the end as you will be able to get the car at a discounted rate.

When you rent the car make sure that you don t run the mileage to the limit. again you will be better off financially if you save on mileage. Another economy car rentals trick is to rent the car in advance, this allows th rental company to effectively manage their fleet and therefore pass any savings along to you the customer. It also will save you money to rent during the week, many rental companies will charge extra for a rental on the weekend then they will during the week. So again it makes sense to rent the car on a Monday and to turn it in a week later as you will get a cheaper price.

If you are going to be staying in town and are just renting the car to drive a potential client around then you will be able to save on your rental charge as many of the charges associated to an out of town rental will not apply to your situation. Just make sure that your rental is in fact kept in the city limits. Many of the rental companies these days have installed GPS and can tell if the car is driven father than the grace distance that they give you when renting your car locally. Most rental companies do charge for excess mile usage so keep an eye on the odometer reading to make sure you haven’t gone over.

Now these are a few of the ways that you will be able to save money on economy car rentals, there are about a thousad other ways but that would involve an actual book and by the time you finished reading all about economy car rentals you would,nt need the car any way. So follow my advice and get ready to hit the road regardless of whether you are going across the city or across the country there are plenty of ways to save on economy car rentals.…

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