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  1. I had concerns about the morality of poker when I took it up, so I looked to my own particular faith (Catholic) to see what they had to say about it. The official teaching is "Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement. Unfair wagers and cheating at games constitute grave matter, unless the damage inflicted is so slight that the one who suffers it cannot reasonably c
  2. LHE is about finding small edges and profiting from them. Raising K7s from MP is not a hand where you are ahead of lot. In MP, that's a fold. In LP, if enough people limp in, then it is OK to limp in. The flop is a fantastic flop for you. Now your goal is to shovel as much money into the pot as possible. Letting the turn check around is a disaster. You also check the river, which could have been easily checked behind you and you collect a tiny pot in a hand where you should be collecting a nice big one. Bet the flop, bet the turn, bet the river. That will make you a larger profit
  3. Tell the poker room manager that you would like to play poker, except that you won't sit at a table with a known cheater/scumbag. Given the choice between having you in their game or Howard, they may pick you. To improve your position, get a few other poker friends to join you, which shouldn't be too hard. Now you have a group of people tell the room manager either ban Howard or several other players will not play while he is at atable. This makes it a business decision for them, which they should choose your side.
  4. Joe - best of luck in your fundraising. I have an 8-year-old nephew (who I love a ton) who is Chromosome 18p deficient. There are a variety of problems when a person has problems with their chromosomes - having an extra chromosome 21 is named Down Syndrome. My nephew was exceptionally small as a baby, but has been on growth hormones for several years and is now almost average height. He is just now learning to read. It can be difficult to understand him when he speaks. He is also the single nicest person I've ever met - he just does not have a mean bone in his body. I mention all this
  5. Kind of regretting that decision now, aren't you?
  6. Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?(Note - I stole this question from a Good Book I read.)
  7. Wow, so he is already up to step 8 of his 12 step program:8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  8. I decided to look it up ... according to the Wikipedia article on the UIGEA (The Safe Port Act - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAFE_Port_Act) ...Among the more prominent Congressional supporters of the Act were Jim Leach, a former chairman of the House Banking Committee and Rep. Robert Goodlatte [R-VA], who co-authored H.R. 4411 (the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act). Bill Frist, former majority leader of the Senate, and Jon Kyl are both credited with expediting the UIGEA's passage through the Senate. Though the SAFE Port Act's provisions related to Internet gambling were drawn
  9. Heres how I learned to play the poker.
  10. Petey,It sounds like you know what you are doing and are a solid player. I assume this from your tight style and frequent wins. So I'm going to guess it is just variance. Do not rush into the 10/20 game, but you might take a shot at it once. I play in Atlantic City and was scared of the jump, but it turned out the players weren't that much better - they just had more money. There were a few more good players and a few less fish, but the game is still beatable. That being said - my last trip I had awful luck and lost a bunch. So don't play until your bankroll can handle the swings. And w
  11. I'm not sure this is a problem, and I'm not even sure it is accurrate, but it seems that way.When I'm ready to quit and I'm happy that I made a nice win, I usually decide to play util the blinds get back to me, and it seems like I end up in a hand where I lose a few bets much more often than I win a hand. For instance, when I plan on quitting, in those last few hands, I'll get dealt AK, raise, miss the flop completely, and eventually lose the hand, giving away some of the profit I hoped to bank.It doesn't seem like a leak to see hands for free, and I know that I'm playing the hands correctly.
  12. On-line (I play limit poker), I call down a bit too much. I have a read that I'm beat, but it is limit, so "it is just one more bet."Live, I play too quickly. I'm used to playing the fast on-line game, so I can make my decisions quickly. I see a flop and I instantly know if I am going to bet or check. But I often bet quicker than I check, which I think might be a tell that I hit the flop.Good thread Steve.Peace,Opie
  13. I just played a 20 minute session (100+ hands) and lost $5. I only won 3 out of 9 showdowns. But the exact situation above occurred. I had 77 on button and MP raised. I 3 bet. This strategy works GREAT when you flop a set! :-) Villain had AQ.
  14. Guess I should have given my answers, although recently I've been changing them up to see if other choices play better. I tried to invent choices that would be easy ones given a read, but are hard without one.1. UTG raises and you are UTG+1 with KQo. A. fold B. call C. raiseI had been raising, but I kept missing flops and would eventually fold.2. UTG raises and you are UTG+1 with AJs A. fold B. call C. raiseI was raising, but would get callers of my 3 bet, and except for a few donkeys calling with mid to low pairs, no one would call with a worse hand than mine, meaning I had to really hit the
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