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Poker first appeared in the United States in the 1820s, brought to New Orleans by French immigrants who called the game poque. It traveled up the Mississippi River and spread throughout the country, soon becoming an underground national pastime, baseball for the unathletic. As the century turned, Situs Judi QQOnline Terpercayapoker maintained its popularity, but lost its phenomenon status. Though television shows like “Maverick” in 1957 and the 1971 mini-series “The Gambler” later mythologized the poker players of the good old days — the dandified 1840s gambler, kind to women and merciless to cheaters — no one looked for glory or drama in modern poker anymore. To callow youth like me, the game looked like just another thing that Babbitty men did, like the Rotary club, or golf. People’s dads played poker.


And then we started playing poker, too. Like everything else with my generation, technological innovation helped enable our new hobby. By the late ’90s and early 2000s, dozens of online casinos had sprung up, allowing the Internet to tap its full potential as a 24-hour gaming paradise. Free from the annoying sanctions of the U.S. Penal Code, these offshore virtual Monte Carlos offered interested parties the opportunity to wager ’round the clock. Especially popular were online poker rooms, where you could play — for money, real or fake — against all comers. For many would-be players, the fear of looking like confused novices in front of a room full of old hands used to keep them from the tables. Now, the online poker rooms provide a convenient place to learn and refine the game at home with no one watching. More recent arrivals are the poker blogs shilling for their favorite sites, swooning over their favorite pros, and telling their stories about …

Advanced Poker Odds Calculations on



By now, hopefully you’ve had a chance to read some or all of my numerous posts on calculating hand odds for Texas Hold’em. Let’s have a look at some more advanced calculations, including determining the number of possible specific hands. (Warning: math ahead. But it’s easy, I swear.) With cards, order of dealing sort of matters. As far as betting goes, the order cards appear makes a difference to your betting. Obviously, an A-A in the pocket is more beneficial than A-x followed by an A in the flop. But as far as determining the value of your hand, the order of the 5 cards you get (2 in the pocket, 3 from any of the five community cards) doesn’t matter. So how do we factor this in?


First, we need some notation. In the mathematical field of game theory, two important terms are used: combinations and permutations. They are both from the mathematical field of combinatorics and optimization, which is a subset of statistics, and a superset of game theory.


A combination of objects doesn’t care about the order in which they are picked. A permutation does. For example, the number 967 is made of the digits 9, 6, and 7. So is 796, but it is a different permutation than 967, because order matters.


To calculate the number combinations or permutations related to a poker hand, we first need to understand the factorial notation. Don’t let the math terms scare you. It’s actually a really simple concept:


Factorial notation: n! = n x (n-1) x (n-2) x … x 1


0! = 1 [Don’t worry; it’s just the definition]

1! = 1

2! = 2×1 = 2

3! = 3×2×1 = 6

4! = 4×3×2×1 = 24



Pretty easy. …

Poker Gets Major from



We all know that poker is blowing up. One can flip through the programs of many cable networks and figure that out for themselves. However, many people are predicting that the craze will be over in a matter of a couple years, as networks slow down the airing of tournaments, and as they run out of ideas for new poker-based shows such as the Celebrity Poker series. One thing that those prophets had probably not counted on was NBC creating a major tournament to be aired exclusively on their major television network.


The 2005 National Heads-Up Championship will be the first poker tournament produced by and aired on a major television network. The tournament will have a $1.5 million prize pool, which should attract some big names, and in fact, the network has already invited many big names and colorful characters. Expect to see, of course, the two previous WSOP main event winners, Greg Raymer and Casino Extra Chris Moneymaker, as well as Doyle Brunson, Jonny Chan, and Howard Lederer. The tournament will air on consecutive Sundays beginning the 1st of May.


NBC’s brain-trust is planning to smartly capitalize on two things that have shown previous success on TV: Poker and the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. In the 2005 National Heads-Up Championship, 64 professional poker players will play each other, in NCAA Tournament-style, heads-up until there is one player left – the National Champion. Not only is this good for TV, but for the poker world, it will be very interesting as well. Heads-up play creates a stage for players, where acting and reading the other player become even more important than the cards, and surely table talk will abound.


Another plus for this tournament is that it is invitation only. I …

WPT By The Book – Texas Hold’Em –



The World Poker Tour’s (WPT) Mike Sexton, one of the two regular TV tourney commentators, faced off against 5 other well-known poker players in the WPT By the Book tourney yesterday. The common thread here is that all six players have written poker books, hence the name of the tourney.


I missed most of the tourney, catching only the last 15 minutes. At this point, Doyle Brunson is up against Phil Hellmuth – whose book, Phil Hellmuth’s Texas Hold’eEm, I’m currently reading. Phil has a Ks,Ts against Doyle’s Ad,5d, and a flop of 7h,Kh,3s. Fourth street pops up Ah, followed by a river of 6h.


Next hand: Phil’s open-ended straight draw, QsTc, is up against Doyle’s AhJc (flop of Ks,8c,Js) sees a 7d on 4th Street, followed by a river of 2h, knocking Hellmuth out at third place. The necessary 9-card just didn’t materialize.


This leaves Doyle up against David Sklansky, known as the math wizard, for top place. David – a math professor at Columbia University and a poker theoretician – can, at the drop of a hat, calculate the odds of his pocket cards winning – all in his head. David’s skills stood him in good stead, but Doyle’s really done in by a bunch of bad hands, leaving him in 2nd place.


WPT Ladies Night Tournament Summary


The WPT (World Poker Tour) held their Ladies Night Poker Tournament yesterday at the Bicycle Casino in California. There were lots of strong, aggressive players including several veterans.


Newcomer Lavinna Zhang from, who’s only been playing professionally for 6 months must have had much coaching from her poker pro husband, William. Her laid back attitude won her several hands early on. At least enough coaching that she took 2nd place, …