Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY!

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There are the 3 top cards in poker that prevail in anyone’s 2 hold cards.
Everyone plays AcesKings, and Queenssome with almost any other card. 
The “Momma Bear or Queen” will be the most fierce card in the deck as most players are thinking Ace or King. Even Q7 or Q8 (unsuited) is a great hand to some players. To that extent, one of these 3 cards will hit the board about 50% of the time.
If you have one of them that end up hitting the board, you need to be aware of the ones you don’t have. If you don’t have one, odds are better than 50%, someone does. Having 2 of them, AK, AQ, KQ, gives you the opportunity to gamble pre-flop. They are still just drawing cards, so don’t go crazy, but most payers are not likely to throw them away pre-flop, regardless of the bets and raises.

Pre-Flop:
An AceKing, or Queen will hit the flop about 50% of the time, so if it didn’t show up, there’s a good chance it will by the river. If you have the Queen and a good kicker and it hits the flop, you need to bet it to eliminate those who are waiting for their Ace or King to hit. The King is not so bad because you can usually chase it away, but people just love to hold on their Ace, especially if their other card already hit the flop.

After the flop:
Now we are down to betting into 4th street, or betting after the flop, so we are talking outs vs outs. You have one of the top 3 cards and are still in the hand because the betting has been low or everyone is just checking and waiting for their card. You have 3 outs or about 14% to hit your card vs 28% that one of the others will hit. 2 to 1 against you. If you are in the lead, you need to at least make a value bet, but that gives 3 to one odds, so you will likely be called. Bet the pot and give 2 to one, and you may also be called. You need to chase them away with about 1 and a half times the pot to 2 times the pot to put some pressure on them. If you have AK, AQ, KQ and one hits, your odds are reversed, but 3:1 odds are the minimum you are looking at. In order to play any of these, you need a deep stack or you are just gambling.

4th Street (Turn)
Betting into Fifth street, the odds are worse. 12:1 for you and only 6:1 for the others. Holding an Ace is optimal and preferred to holding the King or Queen. Even holding KQ and waiting for one to fall on the river is a big gamble, even with 8:1 odds to hit the King or Queen.

5th Street (the River)
You have what you have. Bet into weakness or check and determine what either of you have to lose.

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Mr Lucky Poker
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Hollywood Park Casino Visit

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Hollywood Park Casino
Location: Inglewood Ca
Tables: 125
(Bar/Food) B +/B+
4 Restaurants/Cafes
Turf Club for OTB has its own bar.
Century Bar & Grill
Raise Lounge is on the opposite side of the dual open bar/lounge that looks out over the poker tables.
Venues: Club/Music Auditorium? [Y/N]
Hotel? [Y/N] Many in the area and a 300 room hotel being built on the Hollywood Park site. [Hollywood Park Life]
VIP/High Roller Room: [Y]

The “Cary Grant Pavilion”, it’s a great looking classy poker room and in my opinion, a classier club atmosphere than a casino with lots of slot machines. Walking into the lobby entrance gives it that elegant club look. The new casino has around 125 poker/gaming tables. Poker Atlas has them at 51 tables, which may have been the old Hollywood Park Casino. Altogether, there are 350 televisions throughout the casino.

The Bar: As far as the bar is concerned, I’m a beer and whiskey snob, so it’s very hard to get an A+ rating without great dark beers and Irish whiskey, the best would be one that can make a Black and Tan beer.

About the food: Actually their “Floor Menu” is quite impressive, more impressive than their restaurants menus [Century Bar & Grill and Raise Lounge] and may be the only reason I gave them a B+.
A very eclectic variety from around the world with American, Mexican, Italian, Asian, as well as Vietnamese.

I’m really looking forward to the Rams/Chargers Stadium being built, as well as the surrounding area amenities, restaurants, shopping, hotel, etc.
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Gamble/Action: Ultimate Gaming Activity
Ultimate Activity with long and short waiting lists = new tables opening

Cash Games: Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha 8, BigO, Stud, Stud 8, Razz, Mixed
1/2 NLTH @ 40/100 Max Buy-in (M50), always 5-6 tables (Game C, Action B)
3/5 NLTH @ 100/300 Max Buy-in (M60), 3-4 tables (Game B, Action B)
5/5 NLTH @ 300/500 Max Buy-in (M100), 3-4 Tables (Game A, Action B)
5/10 NLTH @ 500/No Max Buy-in (M200+), usually 1 or 2 tables (Game A-, Action A)
LTH 2/4 LTH @ 20/No Max Buy-in (M200+), usually 3-4 tables (Game A-, Action B)

Sit-N-Go games? [Y/N]Celebrity Sit-N-Go
$3,000 Guarantee. $330 Entry Fee. It’s only on Tuesdays.
Tournament Value:   38.54 (Anything under 50 may not be worth playing and more likely designed to get you back to the cash game tables, but then again, it’s on Tuesday.)
A tournament more geared to Luck at 81% than Skill, at about 18%. Could be more of a Shootout than a Sit-n-Go if they only pay one player. Haven’t seen the results. I don’t think Hollywood Park Casino publishes them.

Satellites: Tournament entry ticket only

Tournaments: Deep Stack @ “M”/”M”1hr – Turbo? WSOPC WPT?
Daily: $60 NLTH (DS M100/M1hr@50) (DS w/AO M250/M1hr@125)
Weekly: Sit-N-Go
Weekend: Big OSunday Special

House Games: Slots, Dealer Table Games (Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Caribbean Poker, Let it Ride, etc), California House Poker Games

Automated Poker Tables [N]
Video Texas Hold’em [N}

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Mr Lucky Poker
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Unplugged: Reactions from the ‘Social Experiment’ Poker Tournament | PokerNews

Poker unplugged
Hats off to Matt Savage and the Commerce Casino. The “Social Experiment” Poker Tournament was a great success. The good part was management surpassed their guarantee, by of over 50%. Not sure if it was just because this was a novelty, as far as play structures go. It will be interesting if they will keep it in some of the other big seasonal tournaments going forward.

Game structure is one thing and this type of deep stacked game is generally the only structure I’d play anymore, if it was a one time re-entry instead of unlimited.
This Play structure is appeared quite refreshing though.
No cell phones! Fantastic! One of my pet peeves is people talking on the phone while playing or checking Social Media.
No hoodies! Another great idea. It’s actually a good intimidation tool, although it’s more like Phil Laak trying to hide his facial tells. It’s reminds me more of when I see activist demonstrations where there are people hiding behind their masks and hoodies and I know they are the instigators of the turmoil just looking to incite a riot and hiding their faces because they don’t want their relatives to see them. I actually have a couple of hoodies that I intended to wear at some games, but haven’t, being an old fart, though it could get some to look at me a little more differently and tweak my table image?
No Sunglasses! Well, I wear them all the time now, because they are prescription. I’ve worn the mirrored aviators in the past, which I’ve used more as a table image tool, but have kind of gotten away from them in poker games. Just wear the prescription ones, lightly tinted though.
No Headphones! Headphones and ear buds don’t faze me too much. I sometimes wear them when I’m listening to music. I actually like it when someone who has them on suddenly rips them off and starts ranting on some donkey play by another player. I have been known to have them in my ears, but turned off, so people will think I’m actually listening to something besides the plays being made at the table.
No Food or eating at the table! That wasn’t really part of it, but it’s another one of my pet peeves, players who play and eat at the table. Drinking, though is something I would not cut out. I want more drunks at the table, just not the belligerent ones.
https://www.pokernews.com/news/2017/04/unplugged-social-experiment-poker-tournament-27796.htm
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