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Review: Every Hand Revealed

Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Gus Hansen is my favourite poker player and in this fascinating book which Gus has painstakingly put together for his fans, we get to see the genuine inside story of one of his big tournament wins. It is a blow by blow account of all the action and we get to see Gus’ poker decision-making at work. Very often, on TV, you see Gus playing wacky cards. He will call with just about any two cards and plays so,me really unplayable hands which the average person will just chuck away. We see in ‘Every Hand Revealed’ some of his mathematical reasoning behind doing this. He is constantly assessing and reassessing pot-odds and he argues with reason about why certain calls should be made and on occasion will make a laydown for the same reason. I found one of the most intriguing facts of the book to be just how many pots he picks up after betting aggressively and holding absolutely nothing. He relies on continuation betting and will raise almost anything preflop. I cannot understand how players do not stand up to Gus more in the live environment and simply dump him out as from reading this book, it can be seen that nine times out of ten you have better holdings than him. Gus Hansen is a poker enigma and this book is thoroughly readable and enjoyable. It is written in a hand for hand format and the various days of the tournament are split into chapters. I flew through the read and was thrilled to see Gus finally pick up the $1.5 million (Australian dollars) cash prize. I’ve read other poker books by hardened professionals and they too are valuable but I feel that Every Hand Revealed definitively displays a professional at work and at the top of his game. If you are into poker and Gus Hansen then this book is a must. Five out of five. View all my reviews

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Great People, Great Parties, and Great Poker

What Happens in Vegas… …great people, great parties, and great poker Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, Capital of Second Chances…just hearing the name brings memories of bright lights and fun nights. In Lonely Planet Las Vegas, Scott Doggett chanced upon the best and most accurate description of the city: “Las Vegas exists chiefly to satisfy the needs and desires of its visitors, and it does in spectacular fashion. Sin City has taken or re-created the best that other great cities have to offer and then upped the ante — making it bigger, grander, flashier.” Truly, there’s something for everyone in Vegas. The EDM fan will find himself lost in this city of hearty music , not knowing where to go first. Vegas.com has a list of the best nightclubs in the city, but if you really want to experience Vegas to the fullest, you need to experience why Vegas is called the Gambling Capital of the World. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Las Vegas strip’s gaming revenue last year was $6.2 billion. There were 21,615 different conventions held in the city in 2012, but something else attracts millions of people to the city. Vegas is the home of the World Series of Poker, the most prestigious poker tournament in the world. Every year, thousands of poker players gather in hopes of bringing home a bracelet and winning big money as they compete with other professional poker players. The main event of the WSOP will be held in Vegas in mid-November. This much-awaited event is attended by people from all walks of life. Last year, Betfair player Elisbeth Hille, then a waitress from Norway, made history by becoming one of two women to reach the final two tables since 2000. But there’s more to the Vegas poker scene than the WSOP. The Grand Poker Series is also held in the Sin City during the summer season and it hosts more than 300 poker events that were joined by players from all over the globe. Binion’s Poker Classic, now on its seventh year, is another tournament that sees 47 events running from May to July. No matter what time of the year you decide to fly to Vegas, there will be something to satisfy your EDM and poker needs. Over the years, Vegas has become the premier destination for a luxurious vacation, dancing, and gambling. There’s…

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