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Meet the top dog30 December 2005
If a video poker machine shows a good hand with only one coin bet, would the same hand have appeared if I had played the maximum amount of coins? Sue L.
In practically every gaming jurisdiction, Sue, the answer would be yes. Using Nevada as an example, their regulations mandate that the number of coins played cannot influence the outcome. Once that first coin is played, or the Bet button is pushed, the shuffling of cards is halted. Consequently, it wouldn’t make any difference had one coin been bet, or five. You would have gotten that same hand you see dealt on the screen.
First, Ira, you're right, Doyle's Super/System is not only the bible for aspiring pros and amateurs alike, it is also considered by many pros as one of the best books on poker ever written. By the way, Ira, Brunson has recently released Super/System 2, which expands on Doyle's original book with new strategies and new expert collaborators, including Lyle Berman, Crandell Addington, Jennifer Harman, Johnny Chan, Todd Brunson and Daniel Negreanu. You might want to add Super/System 2 to your nightstand since it's a brand new book and NOT just an update to Super/System.
Brunson, even though he's in his 70s, is still a feared competitor who last year schooled the final table contestants at the World Poker Tour's Legends of Poker Tournament at the Bicycle Club in Los Angeles.
You can watch the Godfather of poker give a master class in winning on the World Poker Tour Best of Season 3, 4 DVD set. Go to either shoutfactory.com for a copy, or call the Gambler's Book Shop at 1-800-522-1777. Both retail it for $39.95.
You didn't mention, Doug, if your bisected clutch of buddies is allowing me
to make the final call here, but I will give you a poker room, not a kitchen
In that Player B is playing light on funds (short stack), and he or she just happened to pick up a whopper of a hand, Player B just ends up winning much, much less with it; but the unfortunate Player B can't be forced out of the pot with a larger bet, either.
In most poker situations, it is a distinct advantage to be the one starting with more money. You can bully many a player with the size of your stack, but you can never push the short stacks completely out of the hand.
Gambling Wisdom of the Week: "The action is everything. More consuming
than sex, more immediate than politics; more important always than the acquisition
of money, which is never for the gambler, the true point of the exercise."
-Joan Didion, "The White Album"
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