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Poker enthusiast and wordsmith, Dr. Richard Lederer, Ph.D., (in English and Linguistics) and the world's most prolific poker champion breeder (father of Howard Lederer and Annie Duke) has sent me, Dr. Hope, J.A.P.D. (Just A Pretend Doctor) an article that I like to call:


How Colorful Poker Words Came to Paint the Landscape of Everyday Conversation

Click on the title to check it out.
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I have a pewter statue of a cute little donkey that I sometimes take to poker tournaments as a card protector. His name is, ‘Don Chabea’ donkey. He is to remind me, ‘don’t you be a donkey.’ Well, you can be a donkey in several ways in poker: over confidence, making bad plays, misreading an opponent, and forgetting to tip the cocktail waitress. With experience these instances should become rare, i
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The importance of staying in shape while you’re playing in a tournament cannot be over emphasized. Lack of focus, lethargy, sore back, forgetting to over-tip the waitress (yes, I’m going to beat that joke to death) are all major distractions to your poker game. Poker tournaments are long and grueling. If you are to do your best you need to stay in shape while you are on the road. Exercise is t
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I once made what I thought was a big mistake in tournament play (I showed up—just kidding). Because I was convinced it was a mistake, I asked some fellow pros what they would have done in that spot. Over the course of several months, I asked Chris Ferguson, Freddie Deeb, Annie Duke, and dozens of other pros and they all told me that they would have done exactly what I’d done. Are you curious wha
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Math--I hate math. 2 times 2 is 4. (Or is it 2 times 2 are 4? Is that a math question or an English question? Hmmmm.) Now that I have us all sufficiently confused, let’s move on. Why do we need to know math for poker? Ahaa! So we can get the mathematical advantage by making the correct play when the odds are in our favor.

This is how casinos make money; they have a mathematical advantage on
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Here is a simple exercise that I recommend for new players. Take a 52 card deck, shuffle it several times, and deal three cards face up. Pretend that you’re looking at the flop in a game that you’re playing. Now, ask yourself these questions: “What is the best possible hand? What is the best possible draw? What did I have for breakfast?” (Okay, you can scratch that last question. I was just chec
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In the spirit of constantly repeating myself, let’s start where we left off in my last article. Knowledge is power in poker. If you play the way I tell you to, you will not be playing very many hands, so you’ll have time to do the most important part of poker: overtip the cocktail waitress (just kidding, let’s try that again).

Knowledge is power in poker. If you play the way I tell you to, you
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I’m going to tell you the most important thing about Hold’em: location, location, location; no wait, that’s real estate. Ahem, what I meant to say was position, position, position. Okay, there’s ‘shortstop,’ ‘quarterback,’ ‘goalie,’ and… er… I’m sorry I was reading from the wrong notes. I guess my mind was elsewhere. What I really mean is your position relative to the ‘Dealer Button’ (that’s the