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Were you able to get info from the other players on their hands? This means call if you made any pair that plays. The following study seeks to determine if cognitive and behavioral factors associated with suicide, such as decision making, aggression and impulsiveness, change with lithium treatment. Throughout the night, Gethard spoke touchingly — yet with quite a bit of humor — about his personal and professional journey of having opened up about his struggles with mental health, and how no one should feel hesitant to reach out for help. As you mentioned above, many of the dealers feel they know they game better than the players because they deal it, when in fact they only know how to pay it and scoop it. ANyone know anywhere else that has it?

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I was busy with school for most of the month, and although I did have a week off for spring break, I think i only played three of the 10 days i had off.

Haven't written one of these in forever, so I figured I would update you with my life. I recently was thinking to myself "I wonder if the 1st tournament I sit down and play shows any better or worse results'" I thought I might play tighter, possibly more distracted due to getting things setup, as well as being busy checking emails and working on other work.

However, I also thought my mind is fresh and less prone to tilting. So I decided to give it more looking into. Cashed out most of my bankroll a while back, partly because it was before Christmas and partly because of some of the posibilities that the UIGEA stuff was back in focus. I think HUs help your game overall and its a great way to deal with tilt cause you don't have to be overly I haven't blogged in awhile so I guess I should give an update.

I have still been going strong online, however I have changed my preference a bit as far as what games I am playing. After a couple months of primarily playing MTTs and 45 players sit and gos on Tilt, I have moved over to sit and gos on stars as well. The original reason is that I found a backer on stars. Even though I have a Log in P5s Support Login Help. PocketFives User Blogs [ create blog ].

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This is difficult, since some English words do not exist in Yugtun. Shortly after establishing the AFSP chapter here, I was one of several people who pushed for the SB Jason Flatt Act in Alaska, under which all teachers are required to have annual suicide prevention training. As a field ambassador, I write letters-to-the-editor of our local newspaper that gets sent to over 56 villages.

Currently I am watching what happens to the Affordable Care Act. Cutting Medicaid would be a disaster for the native population. I would like to see more funding for mental health in rural Alaska. We need more clinicians to travel to the villages. I would like to see more school districts mandate suicide prevention training to all graders. Young people talk to each other more than they do to their elders — we need them to be more aware of the warning signs for suicide.

What are your hopes for the future, when it comes to suicide prevention in Alaska? I have been with AFSP for seven years now. Each year, the meaning of my work has grown. Joining AFSP has been like joining a family with one goal and mission. The advocacy work I do, and my close relationship with our state and federal officials, is vital to this mission. Patrick and Jackie Kimmel lost their young son Jacob to suicide in Our objective is to inform the public about how fundraising provides money for research, education programs, political advocacy, and community support programs for mental health and suicide prevention.

As a result of traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Washington, D. We have also been fortunate to develop a collaborative relationship with state Representative Dan Miller from the 42nd Pennsylvania Legislative District. During our meeting he shared with us a bill he was in the process of writing that would require middle school students to have a depression screening along with other medical check-ups.

Miller adjusted language in the proposal based on our input. In doing so, he shared our personal story of losing our son to suicide. Being open about these types of experiences has helped to make people realize how important the cause is, and that many, many people in our country have a personal connection to suicide. What does your work with AFSP and suicide prevention advocacy represent to you, personally, in light of your loss?

We believe that our passion, enthusiasm, and professionalism in pursuing advocacy for AFSP have been our greatest strengths. But volunteering in this way has given us the opportunity to fight back against suicide, make a difference, and most importantly, honor our son, Jacob.

If we had had this program in place, we might not have lost our colleague to suicide in I want police officers nationwide to know that there are tools like the Self-Check Quiz that can help them through the hard times. Seeking help for your mental health is the brave thing to do. Phyllis Blackwelder, chair of the local AFSP chapter who organized the event, explains why she felt the conference was so important.

We set up a table featuring suicide prevention resources and information. This issue hit home for me personally at the time, because a friend of my step-daughter — a gay teenager not accepted by his family — had recently died by suicide.

We decided to bring this event to St. The conference was a huge success. Local and national experts came and shared their expertise. We got a lot of personal notes from attendees thanking us and saying how much they had learned. For many, college is a time of maturation, transition and growth, but can also come with great emotional challenge.

This minute film follows the journey of six students who wrestled with mental health concerns, sought treatment, made their psychological well-being a top priority, and found their own new sense of balance. The film is available as a DVD or in digital download formats , and includes a Facilitator Guide to help lead discussion.

College Students and Mental Health on her campus this past year. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help.

The film has been a terrific conversation starter and a really wonderful way to frame the discussion about suicide and our college students. Those who attend leave with a better understanding of how to recognize, understand and support students who may be at risk for suicide.

An Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a free community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees learn what suicide is; who it affects; what we know about it; the risk and warning signs of suicide; and how together, we can help prevent it.

Since TSL launched , the program has reach more than 33, people. An Introduction to Suicide Prevention. Had you noticed a specific need? The connection first started when the NYPD created a Twitter account — TalkToMe — to help share information on mental illness, share crisis communication skills, and connect people with services.

We then wanted to connect with the suicide prevention and mental health community for further expertise. AFSP was our first stop! Are there any special considerations regarding mental health and suicide prevention for police? Often, police officers get called when the situation is tense, emotionally driven, unpredictable, and potentially violent. We are there to help the person, and it can be very complicated, because the person does not always realize that.

For someone who is despondent or potentially suicidal, we are there when they may be having the worst moment of their life. It started with social media and progressed to many other in-person activities.

Special handouts were provided to the attendees so they would have even more information at their fingertips. We look forward to continuing and expanding our collaboration, and are more than willing to connect and share this with other police departments across the country. At that moment, I realized the huge stigma associated with suicide and I wanted to do something about it. Hispanics are one of the largest and fastest growing populations in Central Florida and there is also a large stigma surrounding mental health and suicide in the Hispanic population.

Are there any special considerations regarding mental health and suicide prevention for the Spanish-speaking audience? Cultural competency is important. Spanish is spoken differently in different countries and the same word may have different meanings in different countries.

Were there any particular challenges in arranging for the program? I was concerned about attendance, because people — especially in this community — are not accustomed to openly talking about these topics. However, there are people who realize they need this training, both for themselves and to help others recognize common warning signs and become aware of practical ways to prevent suicide. This shows how hungry people are for suicide prevention education. What are your hopes for building on this success in the future?

Every time I offer this program, more people attend! I have also now been invited to offer the Talk Saves Lives program in churches, which is another environment in which I hope to encourage more openness about the topic of suicide prevention and mental health.

Robin and I were both actively involved in a community service organization on our college campus. He reached out to his local AFSP chapter to ask if some of our college friends could volunteer for the walk.

I have no direct connection to suicide, but its impact on my loved ones has definitely changed my own life. I took the opportunity to create an Out of the Darkness Walks Committee within our campus organization. My main goal was to reach college students and educate them about suicide prevention and work together to erase the stigma that sometimes still exists around mental health. Although I have no direct connection to suicide, personally, suicide has affected my loved ones.

It brings me sadness, but there is also joy in knowing there are organizations like AFSP that raise awareness and provide support and education. What changes in the world would you like to see as a result of your activities, particularly with the Walks?

My primary career goal is to spread education about mental health and suicide prevention. My main goal with the Community Walks is to let people know there are people out where who know what others are going through, and working to reduce the suicide rate. Last year over bikers participated in 11 rides, each contributing their voices to support research and education that saves lives.

You can help the movement continue to grow by signing up for an event near you today. Tavia Smith found her path to hope and healing as a result of a random phone call. She has since become an integral part of her local chapter in Fargo, North Dakota. This year, she helped organize an AFSP Ride to Fight event, a motorcycle run dedicated to raising money for suicide awareness.

I had lost both my father and grandfather to suicide over 20 years earlier. The person on the phone opened up about having recently lost her daughter to suicide and finding, prior to AFSP, that there was no support in our state for this type of loss.

I had never really talked to anyone about my loss due to shame and embarrassment. This phone call was the beginning of my journey toward healing, volunteerism, and of a very precious friendship.

My husband and I had our own motorcycles and wanted to organize a Ride to Fight event because we knew this would be a great group of people to involve in our cause. I had no idea how many people would attend, because bikers are not good at planning ahead and preregistering! I told myself I would be happy if 10 or more showed up. At the beginning of the ride, we had a moment of silence. People came up to me to thank me for putting the event together, and many of them told me personal stories of why they felt it was important for them to be there.

I helped organize that first Out of The Darkness Walk! I then assisted in starting a survivor support group which I still facilitate, thanks to training from AFSP. What has your involvement with AFSP come to mean for you, personally?

Each and every time I help a person who has lost someone to suicide, I feel an overwhelming emotion of honoring my dad. I also feel I am a role model for my three daughters. Our involvement with AFSP has helped teach them compassion and openness, and educated them as to how to keep others in our community safe.

The Hike for Hope events encourage participants in local communities to hike to fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health. These hikes are truly uplifting experiences, and they grow every year.

The event was an opportunity for energetic participants to do something they love in a gorgeous, outdoor environment alongside others who have been touched by suicide. Once locating the perfect venue, the big question was one of timing: From motorcycle rides, to hiking, to running for Team AFSP in marathons and more, these are just some of the ways people raised both funds and awareness for the cause.

Battling depression himself as early as fifth grade, Rusty attempted to take his life during his senior year of high school. Later, several friends — and his father — would die by suicide. This past year marked the seventh time the fun — and meaningful — event was held. The whole thing came to be as the result of a call of action between an AFSP chapter board member and a local drag queen.

We invite partnering and complementing organizations to set up informational booths where they can talk to folks about their services. This year, we changed the venue to Northern Kentucky University. We thought our usual patrons would follow us, and we wanted to reach out to a much younger generation; the college kids, their friends, and families. In all, we had more than 20 agencies and organizations participate.

We were also able to put the teen in touch with local agencies and organizations to help them through the process. To me, this is really why we do it. Suicide is a hard story. Talking about it — and dealing with it — can be emotionally draining. Suicide is a Drag is an event at which there is laughter, cheer, and love.

Marathon event this year, raising funds and awareness while finding meaning in the loss of her son. My year-old son Gavin took his life. I thought the world had stopped. It was gut wrenching to bury my son. To see how it affected my small community was heartbreaking.

I was left with so many questions. Two weeks before he died, He ran his first 5K. But I promised him I would run the next year with him. That would not happen. But I remembered the promise I had made him. I decided to run for him , in the same 5K that he had run. I ran a 10K, then signed up for a half marathon. This was close to two years after his death. I realized I needed to find a way to live again despite my deep grief. I had to find a way to accept that there would never be the answers I wanted.

I wanted to participate in another AFSP event. I had never even been to L. Well, I wanted to do something BIG. I wanted to raise money. I wanted to run for my son. I signed up before I could change my mind. I began training in the dead of winter in Wyoming. I endured long, cold, dark, lonely runs. I dedicated those cold runs to people suffering and considering suicide and those who have lost a loved one.

It was a continuous downwared spiral spread out over two different tables. For the most part, no matter what I had, the dealer had a better hand. For instance, my best pre-flop hand was JJ. I flopped a J yippee! Four clubs came and the dealer had 82 offsuit with the 2 clubs. I lost a couple of other sets to straights. If I had a big A, I would hit nothing and the dealer would pair up with their junk hand. At least three times I had a small pair either pre-flop or on the flop that made two pair, and the turn and river was 55 or 77, etc.

Dealer wins with J high or whatever. The few decent hands I had were when I tripped up with a T2, or made a straight because I had a 5 in my hand or something. This game is horrible, and the strategy is worthless. I saw where the casinos are making a killing on this game, and now I know why. That does sound like a rough time. Were you able to get info from the other players on their hands?

That helps shift the odds. The math is right. If you look at my post on possible session outcomes , your probability of losing 80 antes in hands approx. Integrate the area under the green curve from the left to the ante point. But the sample size is, um, quite a bit more than your 3 hour jaunt through a bad run of cards.

But it is very near break even, math-wise. At the end of the day it is still called gambling for a reason. Hung in and got it all back plus a few. I still see players losing money on bets I would have made preflop. So if you get a lot of pushes and a few losses your not winning are you. So, should I bet the Trips bet? Thanx in advance for any responses. Heading to Vegas next week and look forward to partaking this game! Example — Community cards — ten, ten, ten, king, queen My hand — four, five.

Should I play Trips? I wish I played the Trips on my last hand. Love this site as I play UTH very often at my casino. I use to play online poker, but fell in love with UTH and just play that non stop. I just have a few questions that need to be clarified.

Also my new years resolution was to quit playing trips and I did that yesterday. I won in about 1. Shipping every all in I had. Not sure if I am doing the percentages right or not. Any help would be appreciated. The returns are always stated in terms of an Ante, not the total amount of action bet. Thanks so really for a sucker bet…. Had a ten dollar table heads up and had two different guys who had no clueabout the game come sit down, and play.

When two tables over is a 5 dollar minimum yet they find me. Three out of the four hands I had all ins, and because they jumped in dealer had trips 3 out of 4 times. I could of had a bigger winning session if they didnt jump in, or if I stayed but we all know if you stay long they win eventually. I agree this site is awesome with wizard of ods by far this is the best game in the casino, especially with these resources.

Just to add on to your house edge by dealer screw ups. So I won a quick just off that hand alone! I see mis-pays quite often. It depends on the dealer and the other players if any at the table if I correct the payout.

Most of the time its due to the dealer either not reading their hand right missing a second pair or a straight or going down to six cards instead of stopping at five on a push. Some dealers really have a problem reading two pair hands when the kicker on the board plays. Tonite, the players convinced the dealer they pushed with an inferior two pair hand.

Unbelievable, and very awkward. All the players hold their breath until the dealer mucks the hand. Stephen, one more follow up question, which way do you go about attacking the game? Or do you just randomly play trips here and there? Hitting trips like 3 out of every 10 hands. Of course he told me that is where the money is at. I am all about discount gambling.

He finnally hit a big hand but was way down still. Saw a royal at seat six yesterday. Played Pala for an hour and a half on Sunday. I saw a sick hand today Viejas. He pairs his 8 on the turn to make KKK The river is a low blank. He used some expletives for a while.

The local casinos are definitely better than the Strip casinos for comps and player rewards. Here in the greater San Diego region, we have a dozen or so casinos. Maybe you can look into some off-the-strip casinos like the Silverton. They are pretty liberal. They started out asking us but now I ask them after I have played a few hours.

You really have to watch the dealers close. I saw too many pushes being raked the other day. Almost as if it was a new house strategy. I honestly played less then 20 hands. I won 3 hands. Lost about every all in, and really I only won 2 hands but dealer paid out a a hand she had me beat. It was as bad as I ever ran in that game in a long time. If you are getting annoyed with other players ridiculing your play at UTH, ask them if they have ever played heads up poker, or made it to the final table.

Do it with your best game face, and watch how they react. I was pleasantly surprised that, unlike the machines I described in my earlier post, the Blind bet was full-pay even money on a winning straight , making the game identical to a real table. Unfortunately, the Trips paytable was also the worst possible one 7: Some very suspicious bad beats throughout the night.

The worst one actually happened twice…I bet 4x on K6 suited. Another player has pocket sixes the cards are all face up on the machine. The dealer…just happens to have the last remaining six with an Ace kicker. What are the odds? But it was still very disheartening. The best possible Trips paytable 9: Dealer shuffles by hand after each round. Just a good atmosphere in general: I will be playing there March th for March Madness.

Hey guys, a heads up for those in San Diego. I just got an mailer from Barona and inside it me said due to popular demand, Ultimate Texas Hold-em will be added to the chipless roster.

Not sure when it will be, but I will for sure keep an eye out. Now there really in a reason for me to go to Viejas, other than the buster Blackjack bet. I went to Pala for the first time this week. I have never seen such conservative players and it was all encouraged by this smarmy little twit dealer. I had players sit down next to me and ask me to give guidance on what hands to be betting.

The entire table would roll their eyes at me and basically call me crazy for playing hands pre-flop like K-J os, A-J, and even A-K. I kept telling him he was wrong, but unfortunately every damned time I would bet with a nice pre-flop betting hand I would get cracked. Seriously, some of these dealers need to shut their mouths sometimes. There are several traits I hate in a dealer, but the worst is fishing for tips. Otherwise known as slow-rolling which would get you a punch in the mouth at some cash games.

And an example of a trait that is excellent for a dealer. At Pala, there was one dealer who was very sloppy pulling the board cards, players cards and her own cards out. Several times I could see the first card of the board as well as at least one of her cards which is kind of important since at Pala all cards are out before you even look at your hand and make a decision.

What do they think? That people reads hands as poorly as they do? Its my decision to expose my cards to the table, not the dealers. The tables above say you can call a paired scare board with nut kicker, but on an unpaired scare board, you need at least bottom pair with 4th nut kicker.

I just finished training as a dealer, and will do my best to not do any of these oddities. Some of the dealers are starting to recognize that I last a lot longer on a buy in than most even if I do lose it.

Lately some have even told newbies to ask me to help them. I shrug my shoulders whether I win or lose. Just wondering if anyone knows the odds for these three hands with all 5 cards being shown plus your two cards…. The odds to make these not be put on the board. Royal Flush Straight Flush Quads.

You were 2nd seat and I was playing 1st seat two asian guys. We were talking about playing x4 preflop strategy from this blog and you told us you were Stephen and is the blogger.

Love this game, but usually lose until last September after reading up on the strategy. The dealer had straight flush with 9h. Of course I remember you guys! Keep teaching them how to play up there in Seattle! Are we taking nominations for the most annoying UTH dealer? If so, mine is an Asian male at Encore who opens the hands of every player once they play or fold, and offers commentary—usually wrong, by the way—about their decisions.

I played about 10 minutes before giving up and walking over to Wynn. They dummy up and hand out the cards.

My vote would go to a dealer at the Showboat in AC who openly scolded me for following the strategy. I want you to win, my friend! Dummy up and deal needs to be the standard for all dealers.

Chatty dealers may get new idiots to play the game, but they drive away the players who would play for much longer. Casinos need to tell their dealers to shut the hell up unless the player is actively speaking to them.

As you mentioned above, many of the dealers feel they know they game better than the players because they deal it, when in fact they only know how to pay it and scoop it. But you could see their interest was piqued as I ground out more wins than loses with those. People were slow to catch on to sharing info, but I found a few and, as usual, it helped avoid disasters like avoiding 4x pocket QQ because the players to either side of me each had a Q—that got a double-take from the dealer!

You are correct in hindsight. It is a strong enough hand that it would be worth the bet without the chance to improve. But I was in one of those slow patches and feeling a little over conservative. As always used the optimal betting method nearly all of the time and was rocking it when I did. I lost count, but at one point, I had won 18 of 23 hands where I bet max pre-flop.

Did run into one annoying situation there though. The floor manager started taking notice of my success and became almost harassing. He decided he was going to stand directly over my shoulder since I was in the first spot and never take his eyes off of me. When he took breaks, he would whisper to the other floor managers and point at me…and sure enough they did the same thing. It was obnoxious, harassing and unwarranted.

Just to piss them off I try to grab my entire stack and head to the cashier without coloring up. You should really go ten miles down the road to Harrahs.

Almost all the dealers and table game supervisors are very friendly. They WANT you to win. If your not winning they are not getting tokes. Seriously, you definitely need to check out Pauma. They actually have reasonable salads back there.

The 2-for-1 prime rib is a great deal, and the mini-pizzas are really good. And Tom, you can drink there too. Usually, they have a few dealers standing dead in the mornings. Having a fantastic last week and a half.

I have never seen such pissed off floor managers in my life. Eat it you two-faced dregs. I found your website through the Wizard of Odds. It paid off as a Royal.

I have a screen shot I could send you. Since purple is my largest chip, the payoff went off the screen. Stephen, I may be wrong, but I think he was pointing out a mistake in your game, not bragging about his score.

He said he got a K-9 straight flush and it paid like a Royal. Thanks, easy to check out. The Blind paytable also pays out 50 correctly. If you still have the screenshot, please send it to me. I played UTH for the first time last week at a casino and I must say I fell in love with this game very quickly.

I practiced with your trainer app couple of times excellent app by the way! Did you program your app to be an one on one game me vs dealer or did you consider there are other players in the game as well? Thanks for the feedback. Of course that only happens some of the time, and its up to you to find out if you want an edge. For example, my post on practical collusion for UTH shows if you have a marginal 4x raising hand like K5o, you should definitely check at least your left and right neighbors if they have either a King or a 5.

On the other hand, if they have either a King or a 5, you should check, since a 4x raise is at a So, you should learn about using table information, and embrace the additional players at the table.

The effect is the same as if the dealer had cut the deck differently. These people are at Eldorado Casino, Reno. Yes, UTH has to be the table game with the highest percentage of dealer mistakes. Think I found another bug…was dealt 2s2d and checked. Thanks, found the bug.

I fixed it, and another one that bothered me needed to play the board on something like AKQ I taught my wife the basic strategy to the game as well as the simple pre-flop betting strategy and we played a total of 5 sessions each. Yup, my wife hit the heart royal on the turn after playing less than 5 hours. Needless to say, we were very happy. Saw only one quad the whole time, but a fair amount of flushes, full houses and straights.

I would also say that there was not a single player on the boat besides my wife and I who won nor played proper strategy.

Most players would only play suited face cards or pocket pairs around 8 or higher. No one played Ace-anything besides us. Thanks Stephen, for your lessons. I was shocked and excited, but at the same time nervous because I knew that it was very likely that i would play it while waiting for my seat and it would be very likely that i could lose a good chunk of my bankroll for the day.

I noticed another difference between the game at the Lake compared to the other casinos I have been to…they let you play 2 hands at the Lake. The second hand has to be played blind, so you have to go all-in 3x or 4x and you do not get to see the hole cards for the second hand. Just got back from Vegas and after 4 days was up over 15K.

I was truly amazed that almost no one played near as aggressive as I did. So I finally dealt the game at Pala. Oddly enough, all of the dealers at Pauma understand the 4x preflop raising strategy. At Viejas, about half of the dealers understand 4x raising, and the rest are ambivalent. But then again, from what I remember, some of those dealers seem extremely set in their views.

Probably because its vegas, I did get free rooms and they gave me another night free. I love the MGM…just wish my luck was better. When a hand came up where I had trips I would take away what I would have won from that stack. Players questioned me on what I was doing and I explained. Went to Mississippi stud for a sesision and came back.

Several players had stopped betting trips. Second session was short. Dealer dealt himself two straights in a row a boat and trips. After that I caught rags four hands in a row. Back to Mississippi Stud. Thank you for creating your practice simulator this is exactly what I have been looking for! I have been playing basic strategy for this game for about 3 years now. I did notice that your flash app does not have the extra player option to use collusion play in your simulation.

Would you be able to add this feature to the flash app or keep your java app available? Also I wloud love to be able to download the java app for this to be able to practice when I am off line. Thanks again for providing this simulation it is a great help! Is this correct, or just a bug?

Yeah, double gutshot is the same as open-ended 8 outs , and both your hole cards are greater than 8. When playing the player must bet the ante and the blind bet. This is an automatic disadvantage bet the player must make in order to play the game. Therefore and strategy for this game is used to determine when to bet the play bet and only the play bet. I stress occurring hands because not each hand has the same odds of being dealt.

Basically this is an average percentage for all possible situations and hand outcomes. I did not create this chart I found a few on various websites and compared them to validate. As we get closer to a negative percentage the Cumulative Occurance of Optimal x4 bet hands reaches All the game rules are taken into account in the analysis using a customized program. All the effects of the Blind and Ante bet are taken into account in the 4x Play bet decision. However, the hands you point out are very strong, and you should 4x raise them at a full table when not copied.

Personally, since most tables in Vegas pay the last or a pay structure 3. As Badbucks says, check the return on the Trips paytable. In San Diego, we mostly have the 1. In Las Vegas, the most common paytable is 3. At my local Barona Casino, they offer the best 0. Is there a math here? If someone else can dispute this, please feel free to do so.

Thanks for the math. Has anyone played at the Cosmopolitan? Trips or no trips, etc. I think they have 2 tables there. U can expect huge swings in your bankroll by playing by the book.

I normally buy in for 50 times my normal ante bet amount, but lately, I am beginning to feel that is not enough to whether the swings. If u play the trips bet, just be aware that if u r running bad, u will easily bleed through your whole buy in from losing the trips bets. If u r running good then just run with it.

As far as the cosmos goes, the dealers r pleasant and the atmosphere is like a huge martini bar…lots of young people and lots of energy in the casino. They are really stingy. I do not play trips. Totally agree regarding CET comps. I was able to stay for free during CES earlier this year and i have already booked a room for free during CES for No blackouts, weekends ok, and no resort fees. I think CET and treasure island comps are a couple of the easiest to get from the strip, although mLife seems to be doling out frequent room comps too.

They tend to comp better than most in the area as far as I can tell. Just wish they would put inanother Mississippi Stud table. Tom, I totally agree. Pechanga has treated me fairly well too when I ask for comps. Pala is the absolute worst of the three. I have asked for a buffet twice after playing for 3 to 4 hours, making 10 and 15 dollar ante bets, and both times I was rejected. I quit asking for food comps at pala…I just go in, play my game and leave.

Unbelievable and maddening day at Pala yesterday. I had been playing for a long time in the first spot and had been going through a rough stretch. Table was full except for seat two. I thought about moving several times, but I stayed put. A woman comes up and takes seat two. Table pauses for a half an hour while they get her paid. I go back in seat three and play for an hour.

Table is full except for seat one. Dealer decides to rearrange the chips, alowing a woman to come up and take spot one. RK, I defenitely feel your pain from that session, except for missing out on the royal flush twice. I have yet to see a royal flush except for when the dealer dealt one to herself. Lately, I have been sitting in the wrong seat at the wrong time consistently.

One of my recent sessions, at a full table, I was the only player to not have a flush or full house when there is 4 to a flush, 2 pair, or trips on the board. This happened about 5 times during the session. I was running so bad, I reduced my betting from 25 ante to 5 ante and moved seats…no change in luck. Sometimes, the best thing for us is to just pick up our chips and take a break.

The Pala dealers except for vgMega drive me nuts, and so do the players. They leave after a few bad beats, then they come back if they see or hear someone winning. On the other hand, it has some charm as a small, local casino. The dealers at Pala are not great. He had his mind made up that k-3 was better than a-k. Surprisingly he was losing and losing. Oh boy, Your right about Charlie and John. They mean well, but they can come off in a bad way.

I wish I could deal that game myself a lot more, but they are set in their ways on who deals what, especially in the Carnival pit. And your right about comps…. BTW, if you guys have any questions about procedure, ask away! It was a promotion they were running. I asked for a comp a while back and they said they stopped it because players were taking advantage of it. It seems some supervisors were comping for Fiores too much. Actually got a call from the casino director and had a nice chat.

They may brinhg it back with some restrictions. Stephen,If you knew one of the flop cards,would this change basic strategy in Ultimate texas holdem? Obviously if you knew you would pair up you probably would bet,but say you have k5 or q8 and now since you only have four unknown cards to match yours would you still bet 4x on these hands or other close plays like jt.

Went to Pala today…i know…why would i do that? You really should drive past Pala, and go to Casino Pauma. There are self-proclaimed BJ and Craps professional gamblers. Could one turn pro playing UTH? I am looking for a career after retirement. This may be it. If trips came up I removed that amount from the stack and so on.

The suits hung around the table a lot…i mean a lot! I will definitely go back there again! Hi I am confused by the statement and example on the flop. The flop is 3d9dKd. You have no flush or straight draw, so you check. Went back to Spa Resort yesterday and was stuck for 2 buy-ins for most of the session. I was playing with another player at the table at first and then mostly one on one. The only stipulation with playing two hands is that you have to play one of them blind. Usual raised eyebrows and smirks at my playing style.

A few possible converts. A player was in seat 5 and as I started to sit in seat 4 he moved over. First hand I hit a flush. He got ticked and said I was stupid for not playing trips. He lost about 2K and kept dropping his trip bet. I made 3 trip bets for the session dealer change card change etc and won 2 of 3. I heard him telling the other players how I count as I left See my post above for explanation.

Holy California card craps! I have done the exact same chip tracking you do, but stopped after a few sessions because as i got deeper into my session, the chips migrated into the tracking stack and i had to keep using those chips and it got confusing real fast. I will probably head to Rincon next friday to play some, although i have not had much luck there recently. I will probably check out Pauma too, on my way home. He left shortly after I sat down. Went to Vegas for the weekend.

Very difficult to find UTH tables. There were a lot of WSOP Hold-Em tables, watched for a few minutes and it appeared to be even money payouts on everything saw a full house and a flush while I was watching. Played one short UTH session at Paris. Not enough light above the tables. One dealer held the cards near his chin hand dealt game and flipped the cards across the table.

Twice players had to pick them up off the floor. Had three hands in a 20 minute period he started to rake my chips and I had put my hand down on top of his to get his attention to point out that my flush beat his two pair.

Very bright table games area, lots of loud music for the go-go dancer in the pit. My wife who usually plays blackjack sat in for half an hour and caught quads. They were doing okay to start with but the cards turned ugly and one looked to be near tears after a very long losing streak from where I was at 3-card looked like one lost 8 hands in a row, won 2, then lost 6 more.

Paris has UTH now? PH, Cosmo, Mirage, and Wynn were my favorites as far as atmosphere and energy at the tables and casino. Ballys had one UTH table. Flamingo best for mispaying people…though in my last session they narrowed down the amount of dealers running hte game so it was better.

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