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Friday night player wants to go BIG TIME5 May 2003
I have been enthralled by watching the World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel. Talk about a show that hooks you. I actually have visions of grandeur and think that I too could play at the level I have seen on TV. I usually do quite well in my Friday night game with friends from work. Anyhow, in the past you have recommended using a computer to get better at video poker and blackjack. Do you know of any software programs that would get my current limited skills up to a professional level? David D.
In serious training for competition, be it Texas Hold'em, blackjack for
some decent moolah, or even a Euchre tournament, I get in shape by
playing literally tens of thousands of hands against a computer. Most
computer programs out there will beat average players, which makes those
programs useful tools for competition against mere mortals.
Speculating that you may be off your meds, dreaming that you can play poker against the pros, I will make one software recommendation. In fact, I like this program so much that I own a Windows laptop for this sole purpose: to play countless hands of Texas Hold'em. Otherwise, I am in the Macintosh world where no such Texas Hold'em program exists, discounting Casino by Sierra Software, which is amusing but not qualified for gamesmanship upgrading.
So, David, my recommended software would be Turbo Texas Hold'em by Wilson Software. The current version has some pretty tough opponents to read, decent graphics, warnings if your bet disagrees with your personal advisor's, 3-D charts and graphs, adjustable blinds and limits, and opponents who check, raise, and adjust their play to yours, based on the number of opponents and the action on the prior streets [see note] and hands. It retails for $89.95. Granted, that's a whistling price, but a lot cheaper than losing hundreds, if not thousands, at those Friday-night kitchen-table jousts against the scalawags you call friends. B-u-u-u-t against the teeth of the pros on the World poker Tour, you are still a red meat moment.
You can purchase Turbo Texas Hold'em from the Gambler's Book Shop. Give them a shout at 800-522-1777. Tell 'em I sent you, but don't dare tell 'em I promised to turn you into a pro.
All pulls are random, Jenny, and the number of coins played has absolutely no effect on determining when, or what type of, winning symbols will appear on the machine.
Gambling quote of the week: "In order to learn any game,
you have to find the best players and play with them."- Poker
legend Johnny Moss
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