ShareIn POKER, there are five ACTIONS: check, bet, fold, call, and raise. Whether at the poker table, or in your life, before you decide on what action to take, pause, and ask yourself, "Based on the information at hand at this moment in time, what is my correct action?" "Correct" is the operative word. You can […]
Author Archive | Donna Blevins
Just after Greg Raymer won the 2004 WSOP® Main Event Championship, I met him at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, CA. When I asked him what counsel he had for people learning to play poker, he said that players often feel they must use fancy moves to win at poker. When, in fact, ABC poker will usually get them much further, especially in tournament poker.
My husband’s favorite TV sitcom is Two and a Half Men. He just told me about an episode he saw last night with a vivid poker lesson.
Imagine my surprise when I found the following private message in my Facebook account, “Are you the poker guru?” Some say I am, but I think of myself as a poker coach, who teaches poker as a personal-development tool. It is just a 2-degree difference in thinking that makes us either successful or a failure in life and at the poker table.
When I first started playing poker tournaments in 1996, there were no uniform rules… none! It seemed that every casino had its own idea of how to run a poker tournament, which made it not only confusing, but also often unfair. In 2001, four gaming professionals got together and decided to put an end to the chaos when they founded the Poker Tournament Directors Association, the TDA.
Then, I started thinking about how to make this poker coaching program, “Poker, Pure and Simple”, stand out in other people’s minds, and how to convey its unique features and benefits. I know it is a first-of-its-kind, and that there has never before been a program just like it.
At 6’5″ tall, people often called me The Poker Amazon, but I just can’t quite see myself at the poker table as the classical Greek figure clad in a short leather toga with a bow and arrow. However, I do relish what Dr William Mouton Marston intended when he created the comic book superheroine, Wonder Woman, in 1941.
What do you do when you misplay a poker hand? Do you berate yourself for screwing up, or do you go about fixing where you goofed?
Poker lessons everywhere! Who would ever think that having your host server hacked could result in a right-on poker lesson? One of the ways I coach my poker playing students is helping them hear that ever-so-tiny voice inside. Doyle Brunson even talks about it.
Poker cruises have distinct advantages to playing online poker or even to playing live in a card room or in a tournament venue. First and foremost, a poker cruise is a perfect vacation…