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Oh, and guess which sandwich on the menu Mr. Here you can watch an animated statue tale of Atlantis rising from the sea and as the Gods decreed sink back to the ocean bottom. The rest was observations mixed with some advice, and this was a story. In November , Dwan became a member of Team Full Tilt and re-signed as a brand ambassador for the site on October 15, Kevin Stemple Just remain after Day 2 with TK Miles leading the way, bagging 1. These three became a huge influence on the growth of my poker game, and especially my PLO game.

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There are even some small plants and seeds available to take home and start your own botanical cacti wonder garden. But remember, it takes a long time to grow a palm tree from a seed. Corner of Sunset and Mountain Vista. Flamingo Hilton Wildlife Habitat - Right in the heart of the Strip, is where you will find this built for nature wildlife habitat. See gorgeous pink flamingos, of course, as well as swans, turtles, koi, goldfish and a variety of birds on this 15 acre desert menagerie.

The penguins, formerly located here have been removed to a more favorable habitat for them. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace - Although predominantly a place to shop and dine, this indoor mall has a few unique attractions to offer as well.

Foremost are the animated statues and laser show at the center pavilion. Watch Bacchus come to life and chat amongst the other gods and goddesses while above you a fantastic laser light show brings the ceiling to life too. Here you can watch an animated statue tale of Atlantis rising from the sea and as the Gods decreed sink back to the ocean bottom.

Afterwards venture into the IMAX for an atlantis oriented thrill ride. Also while there, keep an eye on the sky-like ceiling which very subtlety changes from dawn to dusk over the course of about a half an hour. Great arcade downstairs at the far end for kids, a magic shop with constant demonstrations and one of the largest remaining FAO Shwartz toy stores.

See Also Planet Hollywood. Located high above the pedestrian mall in downtown Las Vegas, this canopy consists of over 2 million lights. During the break between shows, wander the promenade and do some shopping from the kiosks or sit and do some people watching in the shade of a palm. The many hotels, casinos, and stores which open onto the Fremont Street Experience can keep you busy all night.

Entertainment on 2 stages set up in the mall on various weekends and holidays also add to the excitement of Downtown Las Vegas. Hard Rock Cafe - - This institute of higher rocking is a monument in itself. The walls are draped with memorabilia from every pop and rock legend of the 50's through the 90's.

Don't miss the Madonna bustier or the hand written Jim Morrison song lyrics. You have a choice of dining among all this rock 'n roll history or you can simply slip into their gift shop and take home a piece of Hard Rock Las Vegas for yourself and friends. The cafe is hard to miss with a huge 28 foot high, 15, pound Harley-Davidson replica jutting out of the restaurant facade.

A conveyor belt running throughout the cafe adds to the fun and excitement of this eatry. Harley-Davidson memorabilia, collections from Harley-Davidson-loving sports figures, corporate leaders, politicians and entertainers fill the place. Cruise down Route 66 or relive scenes from "Easy Rider" through the set designs, theatrical lighting and special effects. Check out the merchandise, too, they even have specialty bikes "Taxi" bike, "Lion" bike, "Gambler's" bike and "Rock-n-Roll" bike found no where else in the world.

Harley-Davidson Store - If you own a Harley or want to own a Harley, you need to stop in at the "World's Largest" factory licensed dealer of new and used Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

This huge store is complete with everything the touring biker needs. It also offers an on-site repair facility where you can work on your bike and speak to the store reps at the same time.

A favorite hang-out for local riders and tourists alike. It offers a unique museum of children's art, a foundation which supports music of the entire world, a separate stage for local band performances and awesome Southern Delta cuisine, both cajun and creole. Their gift shop is chock full of great take-home souvenirs. You can find a list of their upcoming performing musicians in our Las Vegas Shows section under concerts.

Open Sun-Thurs 10amam, Fri-Sat 10am-1am. The floats, literally "float" about 20 feet above the heads of casino visitors on feet of ceiling track in a FREE display every 2 hours. For a small fee visitors can become Mardi Gras riders in the sky and view the entire spectacular of the floor below. Also their use is discouraged during especially dry, high fire-hazard periods. Mountain Springs Saloon - Tucked away in the hills west of the neon glow is the tiny town of Mountain Springs.

The action in this town can be found at the Mountain Springs Saloon. A rustic bar with good food limited menu , outside dining area and many summertime parties. A perfect getaway from the hot city, Mountain Springs Saloon comes alive at night with great bands appearing Friday and Saturday nights and also on Sunday afternoon beginning at 3pm. The party doesn't end till the last person leaves the bar.

You'll find a few slots in the corner and on the bar. But the real charm of this saloon is the atmosphere and the paper money and beer can collection which is signed and hung in every nook and cranny of the place. A good place to rest those tired biker legs too. National Vitamin Company Factory Tour - Ever wonder how those healthy vitamins, minerals and herbal products are made? Here's your chance to find out. This company offers free factory tours of their manufacturing plant.

Enjoy a delicious, healthy smoothie at the juice bar before you leave. This is as fresh as vitamins get Free samples with every tour. See the desert where mushroom clouds appeared on a regular basis during the 's. This tour is a one-of-a-kind and if you are a history buff it should be a must-see on your list.

The monthly tours leave Las Vegas at 7: Due to strict security measures, you must make reservations at least 3 weeks in advance for US citizens and at least 6 weeks in advance for non-US citizens. Be ready to show your photo ID with your social security number on the ID. Cameras, binoculars, firearms and any recording equipment is prohibited on the test site. For reservations or more info call: Not as well known as the more famous California White Mountains, a number of trees in this area have been determined to be even older than those year old old-timers.

Bring your hiking shoes as it is quite a hike from the roadway. Authorities will not reveal the precise location of the specific oldest tree with this distinction in order to protect it, so don't expect a posted sign, however MANY of the trees in the vacinity are nearly as old.

To get to the trail head: Then it's another 19 miles to the Kyle Canyon Ranger Station where you can get more info. From the ranger station, backtrack two miles to Highway , turn left and continue four and a half miles to a small parking lot on the left with the North Loop Trail sign. Pahrump Valley Vineyards - Located in the most unlikely desert location, Nevada's only winery regularly produces award-winning 24 awards to date Chardonnay, Cabernet, Burgundy, Sherry and now a new Merlot.

Winery tours and tastings take about an hour and are completely free. The tourney went on. I played on a few tables with Daniel. I was beginning to get more comfortable. I had a bit of a blackjack habit back then. It ended up being about 1. I loaded up my schedule online and started locating the classes, and thinking about asking them for the things I needed.

I decided that I would take the rest of the semester off to play poker, and come back to school after the summer. I met a whole bunch of people, including I think.. I did have a memorable experience and an epiphany, however. I was in a hand with a player who was very angry from the hand right before it. I think he may have gotten sucked out on, or maybe nothing happened and he was just an angry person.

I became very good at this rough head-math, and especially in judging the ranges of various opponents at various times. This was my edge over the other pros, I believe. I could tell when people were more or less likely to make a play based on game flow and my guesses related to their psychology. Back to the hand. Here I was on the river with Ace high vs. The angry man tossed his hand into the muck.

He threw them angrily. I kept my cards where they were, and the dealer kept the chips where they were. I slid my hand towards the dealer, who flipped it up. I guess the games were different back then, or my table was full of amateurs I think a bit of both.

After that point, I was hooked. What better way to feel satisfied than to outsmart them and make them feel stupid due to their own aggression? Peter told me that there was more money to be made in cash, and Peter was right. I hired two coaches. First, Emil Patel whitelime , and then Tommy Angelo. Emil helped me with some preflop fundamentals, though I probably only got three hours of coaching from him. I thought that Tommy would be teaching me about cash game strategy, but man, was I wrong.

Since then Tommy and I have become friends. I still call him from time to time for advice actually did just two days ago. Emil and I became friends too, but that was bound to happen anyways, as our paths were going to cross many times.

I spent the semester in Madison playing as much poker as I could, and still doing Atlas stuff and seeing my friends. Pretty much the same as before without the minor inconvenience of class. I still played from my same desk, in my tiny room, in the same three bedroom apartment.

I learned more about poker that summer than I had in any full year thus far. Poker is what we had in common and poker is what we talked about. We were all students of the game, and learning together had a multiplying affect. Sure, we had fun too too much fun for my taste. We were young and in Vegas for the first long time, so there was plenty of partying. It was during this summer that I started taking shots at bigger games. I started playing in some FTP games. Most people were out partying, and I remember Andrew went to play poker somewhere.

I was alone in the living room, one tabling on my laptop against 10lbBASS. The hand went a little something like this:.

He could somehow have an overpair or a set, but very unlikely. He was the type of player who floated a lot of flops. Could I actually shove this hand? It seems like my thought process was leading me there. As I realized I was deciding to shove, my heart was racing. Tommy had taught me better. He went into the tank. I had no idea, actually. Maybe he bet with 55 and thinks I have an overpair now? Good play, no matter what. My heart did whatever the opposite of sinking is for hearts.

Oh man, this is awesome. I was a devastated. Andrew came home soon after to find me sitting on the couch in the dark. I told him what happened. Everyone came home eventually. I remember spending a lot of time talking to Max about being depressed about it.

Everyone was understanding and tried cheering me up. I need to make a plan that will improve whatever the problem is. Sadness lifted, determination activated. These three became a huge influence on the growth of my poker game, and especially my PLO game.

Fall started and I enrolled in classes back at UW. I began going to class, playing poker, performing, just like old times. I would stare at my professors and not hear a word they were saying. After a couple of weeks, I decided to stop going to school for real. I told my parents. I showed my dad my PT graphs, and my hand samples. I explained it as best I could to both of them. I learned later that my Mom was crushed by my decision, but at the time she completely hid it.

My friend Dan from Vegas had coincidentally just moved to Madison for his girlfriend now wife. The key for me was my ability to move down and take it seriously. I had a bigger room now. I was in a new apartment, though just as cheap. I never really spent any money until I moved to NY two years later. Caroline spent a semester in South Africa, so Shannon and I moved into a two bedroom across the street. The truth is, I do regret dropping out, and actually, I regret getting so serious about poker so early on.

I missed out on some of my youth. I had other focuses, responsibilities. I had job offers from training sites, accountants to hire, bankroll decisions to make.

I grew up too quickly. I wish I would have stayed in school and played a little bit of poker on the side, but not so much that it almost consumed my life like it did. That will be covered in my next post. I was loving poker, Atlas, my friends, life in general. People graduate and leave. This is what eventually led me to New York.

I had two rooms now: One bedroom and one office. Both were on the top floor, and both were the only rooms with full bathrooms in them. Everyone had to use the shower in my office, which was interesting. I had another amazing year living with them. My five years in Madison actually, just the last four were the best years of my life to date.

But those were years full of laughter, fun, poker, great new friendships, and it was still before I started to have real grown up responsibilities. I had plenty of room in my new office for Dan to come over and play, or for me to store my mountains of empty gallon jugs of water and empty boxes of protein bars. Still was working on a fold out table as a desk, but overall, a nice setup. Towards the beginning of that year, I took another shot at some bigger games. I was playing a lot of HU and some good 6max games ran too at higher stakes back then too.

The competition was getting more and more exciting. My drive was getting stronger. The video game was becoming more real. Thanks for sharing your story with the world! I laughed hard at Andrew getting pwned by Wayne Newton. I hope you keep blogging regularly, you have a real talent for writing, Phil. I wanted to ask you about when you took shots and lost,I found that it really makes you depressed like you said with the KQ hero check raise.

When I took a shot and lost a lot of my roll and then had a bad run even when I dropped I considered giving up completely or that I would never be able to beat the higher games,did you ever think of that? Thanks for the blog,I really enjoy these,gg.

I am from a small country called Guatemala, down in Central America. I just write to say that you are one of my most respected and liked players. You know what I mean. I have been following you and seeing your game, and I just admire how cool and collected you always seem to be, not to mention your knowledge and reads on the game. I have no idea if you follow up on comments on your blog, but if you do, thanks for taking the time to read me.

Keep up the good work Phil, you sure do a great job. That was a brilliant read Phil. Thank you for taking the time to do it. I have seen you communicate parts of your story in interviews before but to see it all written down is very interesting.

You went into some detail about your regret for not living your student years more fully which interests me. I am 25 years old and only had a passing interest in poker when I was at university.

I feel the opposite regret in that I wish I had taken the game as seriously as I do now when the games were so soft and I had so much free time.

Good read Phil, you write nicely! Continue the good work poker, friends and blogging. I enjoyed the read. Wish u wrote more about party scene at college n in Vegas but suppossed u were busy crushing it. With the exception of initial forced bets, money is only placed into the pot voluntarily by a player who either believes the bet has positive expected value or who is trying to bluff other players for various strategic reasons. Thus, while the outcome of any particular hand significantly involves chance, the long-run expectations of the players are determined by their actions chosen on the basis of probability , psychology , and game theory.

Poker has increased in popularity since the beginning of the 20th century and has gone from being primarily a recreational activity confined to small groups of enthusiasts to a widely popular activity, both for participants and spectators, including online, with many professional players and multimillion-dollar tournament prizes. Poker was developed some time during the early 19th century in the United States. Since those early beginnings, the game has grown to become an extremely popular worldwide pastime.

In casual play, the right to deal a hand typically rotates among the players and is marked by a token called a dealer button or buck. In a casino , a house dealer handles the cards for each hand, but the button typically a white plastic disk is rotated clockwise among the players to indicate a nominal dealer to determine the order of betting. The cards are dealt clockwise around the poker table , one at a time.

One or more players are usually required to make forced bets , usually either an ante or a blind bet sometimes both. The dealer shuffles the cards, the player on the chair to his or her right cuts , and the dealer deals the appropriate number of cards to the players one at a time, beginning with the player to his or her left. Cards may be dealt either face-up or face-down, depending on the variant of poker being played.

After the initial deal, the first of what may be several betting rounds begins. Between rounds, the players' hands develop in some way, often by being dealt additional cards or replacing cards previously dealt. At the end of each round, all bets are gathered into the central pot. At any time during a betting round, if one player bets, no opponents choose to call match the bet, and all opponents instead fold , the hand ends immediately, the bettor is awarded the pot, no cards are required to be shown, and the next hand begins.

This is what makes bluffing possible. Bluffing is a primary feature of poker, one that distinguishes it from other vying games and from other games that make use of poker hand rankings. At the end of the last betting round, if more than one player remains, there is a showdown , in which the players reveal their previously hidden cards and evaluate their hands. The player with the best hand according to the poker variant being played wins the pot.

A poker hand comprises five cards; in variants where a player has more than five cards available to them, only the best five-card combination counts. Poker variations are played where a "high hand" or a "low hand" may be the best desired hand. In other words, when playing a poker variant with "low poker" the best hand is one that contains the lowest cards and it can get further complicated by including or not including flushes and straights etc.

So while the "majority" of poker game variations are played "high hand", where the best high "straight, flush etc. To summarize, there can be variations that are "high poker", "low poker", and "high low split". In the case of "high low split" the pot is divided among the best high hand and low hand. Poker has many variations , [1] all following a similar pattern of play [2] and generally using the same hand ranking hierarchy. There are four main families of variants, largely grouped by the protocol of card-dealing and betting:.

There are several methods for defining the structure of betting during a hand of poker. The three most common structures are known as "fixed-limit," "pot-limit," and "no-limit.

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