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Sunday, February 19, 2006

emails from listeners...

I thought I'd share the full emails of those I read "on air" for show 63...

From Denver Steve:
Hey CC guys,
This was on the evening news yesterday here in Denver. The following synopsis was posted on Denver Post Online here ( ). I know you've mentioned things earlier about not seeing home games busted, and that still holds true. This was a couple of parlors that brought dealers down from a few mountain towns that allow limited stakes gambling. Still thought you might be interested if someone hasn't already forwarded it.
41 arrested in raids on clubs' poker games
State gambling investigators and Denver police arrested 41 people in connection with illegal gambling and seized almost $9,000 in cash at raids on poker games at two social clubs, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation announced Monday.
A three-month investigation conducted by the CBI led to the arrests Saturday at Hop Sing Tong, 4130 E. Colfax Ave., and Asian International, 7520 E. Colfax Ave.
The Colorado Division of Gaming learned that licensed dealers were involved in illegal poker games and notified the CBI in November, according to Bob Brown, agent in charge.
It is illegal for licensed gaming professionals to engage in poker games at nonlicensed locations, he said.

From Loren NY,

Hi Card Clubbers,
This is not a bad beat story. It's just a hypothetical hand. But I find this to be one of the hardest situations that I face in playing no-limit and was curious if you had any advice...
AA is a great hand pre-flop. We all know that. But how about after the flop. Some people get married to it, but most good players can lay it down when there is danger on the board, or when facing a huge reraise. But what do you do when facing a relatively safe board and a smooth caller?
You get AA (both red), under the gun, and you raise pre flop 3x the BB. You get a few callers and the flop is Js 9s 2c.
You don't like the flush draw, or the straight draw. So you make a bet. Maybe pot sized bet, or even more, and you get 1 caller. Someone you don't know and don't have a read on yet. Someone new to the table.
Turn is 5c. Now what? What did he call with? A draw? Maybe top pair? Or worse, a set or 2 pair. You have to fire again with your over pair. No free cards with so many draws out there, but what if he smooth calls again? How much trouble are you in ?
What do you do if the river is a blank? Do you fire again, with your 1
pair, hoping that he had a missed draw, or top pair? It seems certain that if you show weakness by checking he would be wise to come over the top, all-in.
So, whether you check or bet, when he then does move all in, can you get away from your AA. Were you crushed the whole way by a small set or 2 pair, or did he miss his draw?
I find these kinds of situations the worst ways to lose money. You have to bet to chase out the draws, thinking you are good with your over pair, but with the repeated smooth calls, what can you do on the river?
As always, thanks for a great show...
Loren in New York

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