The Balancing Act Of Dealing With World Leaders

Business and politics are always heavily intertwined. It need not be VIPs such as the Ex’s Bush and Cheney. Politics and business find each other in small towns. A parking lot that is too small may get an extension if the people who can authorize such an extension are your friends. If you don’t have friends in such places, you seek them out and present your agenda as beneficial to the local business community. You may even mention a free cup of coffee and donut whenever he is in the area or perhaps a hefty donation to his son’s Little League team. A burgeoning partnership is born. At the next town meeting, poker faces will protect the involved parties from betraying their own interests. When it comes to business, having a poker face may or may not be an asset. When it comes to politics, a poker face is a must.

Politics start in local governments. Locally is where actions can still be somewhat controlled, where true democracy can still be heard. When former president G. W. Bush and vice president Dick Cheney conducted political deals with leaders from other countries, is surely involved the same kind of one-hand-washes-the-other on more than one occasion. The only difference is that the language changes. It is now called diplomacy.

There Are Times When Poker Faces Are Detrimental.

The time when honest, open faces, faces that can be read like a book, are a true asset is when dealing with equally honest and honorable people. When vying for votes for political office it is also very important to give the impression of openness. It would probably be very disenfranchising to anyone running for public office to hold their poker hand too close to their vests.

When Is The Game Of Poker More Than Just A Game?

Let’s face it, no one likes it when the other person is always guarded and doesn’t give out any kind of signal with reference to where the stand on an issue, what they like or dislike, whether they like or dislike us. In the Bush-Cheney political arena, there certainly were times when poker moves, bluffs, threats, and masks were necessary to achieve their agenda. Spies, for instance – and I am sure every country in the world has them – would be totally ineffective if they would not be able to wear their masks very well in order to gain whatever it is they seek for their country.

Sometimes The Poker Faces Are Not Hiding Anything At All.

The trick to wearing a good poker face is to confuse the opposition. Never let your opponent know which face is truly yours. Smiling all the time may be just as effective as a surly look. In fact, smiling can be more confusing than looking stern. Smiling is the societal expression of friendliness. For that reason, a constantly smiling face is more dangerous because it plays with our own emotions. We do have a weapon in our arsenal, however, at least to use against most every-day masks. The weapon is a piece of wisdom handed to us directly by Shakespeare, I believe: They eyes are the windows to the soul.

Who Was Bluffing His Way Through Politics Better: Bush Or Cheney?

For a long time, it was a common belief, at least within some circles of friends and acquaintances, that Dick Cheney was nothing but a big bluff. He hid his poker face well, letting only the President Bush know of his hand. The American public did not learn much from Dick Cheney personally. In fact, he was unusually quiet for a Vice President. Politicians are often like poker players. It is the one who knows how to bluff best, that wins.

That was the bluff. He seemed to fade into the background, as Vice President, but he sure had his poker chips all in place. The only thing he needed to do was signal the President his wishes, just like a poker player signaling his partner on the table.

A Good Player Of The Card Game Is Not Necessarily Equal To The Task Of Teaching It

This seemed obvious to many. While Dick Cheney could hold his own on the discussion tables at the White House, that doesn’t mean he could easily impart his knowledge to a novice. A novice who is not particularly suited to the intricacies of the game, especially the subtleties, will not only develop headaches in the attempt to duplicate his master’s skill, he will give his master a headache as well.

A Good Poker Player Uses His Understanding Of Human Nature.

Playing poker is a game of luck – whichever card one is dealt – to the newly initiated. To the seasoned player, it is so much more than that. Speaking politically, we may just for example, compare former President Bush to the newly initiated player and former Vice President Cheney to the seasoned gambler. Even though George W. Bush had been in politics for some time, he may not have completely grasped the intricacies involved in “reading people.” Richard Cheney, on the other hand, seemed to focus on hearing what was not being said, what was disguised in a look, a handshake. Just as a poker player will strive to become master of the art of hiding thoughts, so did Dick Cheney.

Ex-President G. W. Bush on the other hand never quite mastered the façade of staying cool, his inexperience in the game of poker usually let his mask slip to the point where he stood and looked a number of times quite still, as if to search in a non-existent repertoire of answers. The experienced poker player could not afford to be caught this unprotected.

What Are The Gains In The Game Of Poker Or In Politics?

It seems the gain in both instances is the same: power, money, prestige in the case of the politician. The order may change a little for the poker player but is basically the same. However, it is here where politics and gambling diverge.

The poker player, after a good night, goes to his hotel room with a duffle bag filled with either chips or cash. He is quite satisfied with having won lots of money and perhaps also receiving a little prestige for having such skill. Power is not nearly as important to him as having beaten the cards. The politician is a little more sophisticated, or perhaps less transparent. Power is the most sought after gain in politics, for whoever has power, will gain everything else also.

What Is The Bush-Cheney Game?

Commonly one would think that strategies in world leadership could be loosely based on the moves of a chess board. Chess requires concentration, forward thinking, and alternative move planning and keeping a cool head. Was that the Bush-Cheney game? You would have to liken their game more to the wiles of poker players than to the intelligence of chess players. Strategies of world leadership require a keen sense of what is in the minds of other leaders as well as of history. Basing a nation’s welfare on the principles of games is highly irresponsible.

What Did History Teach Us And Why Did We Not Listen?

History has taught us many times over about wars that can’t be won. Russia has suffered great losses in the Middle East when they tried to conquer Afghanistan. Nine years of conflict brought Russia nearly to its financial knees not to mention the lives that were lost. Viet-Nam was another great teacher of places that cannot be won by our present war strategies. That is what history should have taught us. That is a strategy that would have been better played out on a chess board.

Playing poker does require a certain amount of concentration. It also requires knowledge, experience, perhaps even conservatism if playing with someone else’s money. On the other hand, if not playing with one’s own money, other people’s money can be used to feed the interests that fuel the companies involved in the outcome of the game. It can be quite simple really, even if not to everyone’s advantage.

The Bush-Cheney Poker Game — Who Would Be Sitting At That Table?

Well, Bush and Cheney, of course. Some oil people from Saudi Arabia perhaps. Companies involved in the production of all types of war material would be there. Companies supplying the alimentary welfare of our troops would have a seat. Finance personnel from our own government, and those who report the proceedings of the game to the people. This is quite a diverse group of people. What’s more astounding is that they all seemed to have emerged winners. Which begs the question: Who are the losers?

Texas Holdem

It should not really be surprising that political poker is the game played during the Bush-Cheney administration; after all, Texas is the Bush state. The game may have been carried over to the Oval Office for sentimental reasons. Perhaps the cards had already been there. Ranking the powers that be, we would probably have a full house: Three cards of the same suit plus two of another same suit. In other words, we may have had three aces or perhaps three kings and two jokers or two queens.

How Does The Game Continue?

Now that everything has changed, from the game players to the occupants of the Oval Office, the game of poker may have been put to rest. History and time will tell which game predominated decision making and what the outcome will be in the end. Some may wish that poker would remain in the realm of the gamblers and stay out of politician’s hands.

How to Start Teaching Poker

Experienced players often find themselves being approached by other friends who are interested in learning poker. However, being good at something does not necessarily mean that you will be great at teaching it, particularly if the student in question has almost no background knowledge of the subject. Here are some basic guidelines to remember for introducing “newbies” to the game.

The most important information is probably the different poker hands and their rankings. These rankings are shared by many of the poker variants. If possible, give your friend an illustrated diagram, perhaps with some short explanations, of all the different poker hands, and ask him/her to learn it first before you get down to the nitty-gritty of poker game rules. Your friend may reject this option at first, and try to push you to start teaching him/her “real” game play right away. However, if the person does not already have basic knowledge of hand rankings (particularly for hands of five cards), poker lessons are likely to be tedious and frustrating for the both of you. You can find diagrams online and print them out. Otherwise, be prepared to devote the very first part of your lessons to making absolutely sure your friend has learnt the hands.

Next, try teaching your friend one of the simplest poker variants, which is Five Card Draw. This game will be particularly useful if your friend is interested in video poker, since practically all types of video poker are basically Five Card Draw with lots of trimmings (bonuses, special “gimmick” rules, etc.).

After your friend has learned this most basic type of poker, you might then want to try moving on to more complex games, such as Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha Hi Lo. Texas Hold ‘Em is quite important to learn because of the betting style. Be sure to explain this thoroughly. Unless you already know your friend possesses the knowledge, do not assume, for instance, that he or she knows what the term “big blind” or “small blind” means. Many online poker guides fail on this point, liberally sprinkling technical terms in supposedly basic guides. A poker beginner can read through such basic guides but, because the texts presume a knowledge he or she does not possess, will not really learn anything.

In addition, make sure that you do not leave your friend with only technical skills. Unless your friend is only going to play poker online, he or she should also have “people skills,” in the sense of being able to hide his/her own poker tells while being able to deduce and read those of others. If you like, watch a televised poker game with your friend, and try to analyze the players’ behavior together.

Finally, try to warn your friend about any poker cheating techniques you might be aware of, so that he or she does not get tricked out of well-deserved rewards or victories. Of course, do your best to ensure that your friend uses this knowledge for good, not evil.

Texas Holdem Hand Rankings at Showdown

In Texas Holdem poker, a set of five cards forms a hand. Poker players combine their pocket cards and the community cards in order to make the best hand. At showdown, the hands from the players who have stayed in the hand are compared for strength, with the strongest Texas Holdem hand winning.

The lowest-valued hand in Texas Holdem poker is the high card. High card is a collection of card that does not possess any pairs, and is neither numerically coordinated nor is it suited. In a poker hand such as A-T-5-3-2, this combination of cards would be known as Ace high.

After the high card is a single pair. A pair consists of two cards holding the same value. A hand such as 3-3-5-2-4 would be considered a pair of threes.

Next to it is the Two Pair where two set of identically ranked cards plus one other card makes the hand. For example, 5-5-3-3-A would be two pair, as the hand contains a pair of fives and a pair of threes.

The Three of a Kind follows, having three cards of the same rank on plus two other cards. 5-5-5-2-A would be considered three of a kind. This hand beats two pair, one pair, and high card poker hands.

The Straight is five consecutive cards from any suit. A-2-3-4-5 is a straight. The Flush, on the other hand, has any five cards from the same suit. Higher than the Flush is Full House, which is Three of a Kind but the other two cards are identical as well. A hand containing A-A-A-33 is a full house.

After the Full House is Four of a Kind. When a player has four of a kind (also known as quads), they possess all four of the same card. A hand containing Q-Q-Q-Q-3 is considered four of a kind. Following quads on the hand-ranking chart is the Straight Flush. A straight flush possesses the characteristics of a straight in the same suit. A hand such as 8-9-10-J-Q in all spades is a straight flush. Finally comes the Royal Flush, which is the strongest showdown hand in poker. A straight flush contains exactly A-K-Q-J-10 all in the same suit.

Settling Issues at Showdown

In the event that two players have the latest Download and have the same hand, the values of the cards are taken into consideration. If players have One Pair hands, the player with the highest-valued pair wins, regardless of the other three cards they have. If two players have the same pair, the values of other three cards will be compared. The same will happen for Two Pair showdowns, but the rest of the hands will unlikely have the same scenario. If a board reads 3-3-9-9-2 and two players showdown with two pair, the player with the highest kicker wins. Thus, a player holding A-6 in their hand would out kick or beat a player holding K-Q on this board because the ace high beats king high.

Making the Most of Dealer Tells in Blackjack

Poker players are well aware of the term “tell”. A tell is any type of physical expression or gesture that a player would exhibit subconsciously. The tells are often signs of what type of hand the player holds in the game. There are several different types of tells in poker which are very well known and numerous articles teaching players how to read the tells of their opponents in poker. However, when it comes to blackjack the topic is not very widely discussed. Though it is uncommon, there are a few common dealer tells in blackjack too.

Are Dealer Tells Useful?

Dealer tells, no matter how subtle they are, are still quite useful in blackjack. If you would be able to read them you would be able to determine whether the dealer has a low or a high value hole card and accordingly play your hand. The dealer will not look at the hole card till all the players have completed their hands so in those cases dealer tells will not be useful. However, if the dealer has a ten or an ace as the up card, he/she would have to check the hole card to check for blackjack. This happens approximately 5 out of 13 hands so reading tells at that point of time can still make a significant difference to your profits.

Understanding Dealer Tells

When a dealer would check the hole card, he/she would know the value of that hand. The tells at that moment should be very carefully observed. Observe to see if there is anything peculiar in the mannerisms of the dealer. Watch the expressions of the dealer, where the eyes are rested, where the dealer places his/her hands. You would have to be attuned to even very minor changes in the tone of the voice, the demeanor and the expressions of the dealer.

If the tell is not obvious you can also draw it out if you hesitate over your hand. When you linger over the hand and deliberate over the decision, the dealer might get a little agitated and frustrated and that would be the time for probable tells. Once you establish a mental image of the dealer’s mannerisms, posture, demeanor and behavior you would have to wait for the next round. You would also have to learn to remember the expressions of the dealer when each type of hole card was revealed and put two and two together though it might take some time to do so.

In any case, if you are unable to understand the dealer’s tells the best thing to do is to stick to basic strategy but if you are reading the tells well you would be able to make a logical decision. Dealer tells can be really difficult to recognize since dealers are very well trained. They play internet blackjack day in and day out with all types of players and are especially trained by the casinos to ensure that they are not demonstrative of the hands that they have, but in some cases it is still possible to recognize the tells.

Bankroll Management

Bankroll Management can mean the difference between a long-term winning player and a losing player. It is a skill that is based all around self-control, yet many poker players have extremely bad bankroll management skills. Bankroll Management is centered around the idea that each player has a certain amount of money in their bankrolls and based on that number, they should not be playing any games that have a buy-in over a certain number. Imagine if a player had $500 in their Full Tilt bankroll. Although it is obvious that player should not be playing in $200 tournaments, that is exactly what many players do.

The point of using a bankroll is to give yourself as many shots a big score as possible. If a player is playing $200 tournaments with a $500 bankroll, he is going to have 2.5 shots at a big score. However, if that player adjusts and starts to play $5 tournaments with his $500 bankroll, he is going to have 100 shots at a big score. The difference is staggering and should not be overlooked by any player.

Under each game, there are going to be three categories, “Pro”, “Protected” and “Unprotected”. Pro means the player is using bankroll management that a professional player would abide by. Protected shows the bankroll management skills of a conservative player while unprotected shows the bankroll management skills of someone who is “taking shots” at bigger tournaments and ignoring his bankroll.

No Limit Hold Em Cash

For a “Pro,” proper bankroll management skills would say that the player should not play at a game level where he has less than 45 buy-ins. This means that if he sits down with $11, he should at least have a $4500 bankroll. When a player drops down to just being conservative, then he should not play where he has less than 25 buy-ins. Lastly, when a player is playing with poor bankroll management, he never plays where he has less than 15 buy-ins.

Sit and Go

A Pro never plays at a level where he has less than 65 buy-ins, a conservative player never plays where he has less than 45 buy-in and an unprotected player never plays where he has less than 20 buy-ins.


A Pro never plays at a level where he has less than 200 buy-ins, a conservative player never plays where he has less than 100 buy-in and an unprotected player never plays where he has less than 40 buy-ins.

Picking up on Betting Patterns in Fixed Limit

Watching for patterns in opposing Full Tilt Poker player’s play is perhaps the best way to gain an edge against your opposition. Many players spend a significant amount of time attempting to perfect their poker face, looking to identify, reduce, and eliminate any physical tells they give off. While eliminating tells is not simple, it is just as difficult to eliminate patterned behavior during a poker game. Many poker players fail to become creative and deceptive. Watching for predictable poker players can help you pad your bottom line.

By nature, people tend to act the same in similar conditions. Behavior is somewhat predictable. When paying attention, you will notice players only entering the pot with a top ten hand when playing under the gun. Other players may raise from late position and bet out only when they flop a draw, while checking when the board hits them. Still other players may bet automatically on the flop, or even when checked to. Each of these patterns says something about our opposition’s game. When patterns of this nature are identified, it takes a small amount of effort to exploit these patterns.

How to Exploit Betting Patterns

After identifying betting patterns in our opposition, we want to devise a strategy to punish them for playing predictable. When encountering a player who bets draws, putting in a raise behind them when you suspect they are drawing. When the turn comes, bet out and watch them fold. Other players get into the habit of raising with superior preflop hands such as Ace – Queen suited, yet they check when they are without a pair and holding overs to the board. Betting out on the flop regardless of your holdings will pressure these weak players into folding when they miss. In the event they hit the board, they will often raise. Over the long haul, this move is profitable when encountering the player who habitually checks when flopping overs after a preflop raise.

Other players play top hands from early position, betting when they miss, checking when they hit. When encountering this player, check behind when checked to while raising when they lead out. They will become frustrated while watching you take their money, wondering how it is you have their number.

By identifying trends in opposing player’s poker play, we can devise a strategy to maximize our profits against these predictable players by punishing them with tactics designed to exploit their ABC poker play.