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Texas Hold 'em Game Watch with Official World Poker Tour Playing Cards
Texas Hold 'em Game Watch with Official World Poker Tour Playing Cards
Offered by soapsix2
Price: $14.00
2 used & new from $12.70

2.0 out of 5 stars programming errors kill a device with great potential, June 26, 2014
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If this watch had been a faithful mini-copy of the excalibur keychain hold'em game it would have been an awesomely cool training device for serious poker players, but the maker took away some of the best features of the keychain and handheld versions (no betting status icons such as "raise" or "check" showing what each algo player did before the hand gets to you) and made a couple of big goofs on the software through misunderstanding the rules of the game. It seems the programmer wasn't familiar with hold'em and confused some of the rules with draw poker: betting on this device begins with an ante by all players, and after the blinds are posted play begins with the dealer rather than the under-the-gun position, altering the game strategy in a significant way not seen in hold'em in the real world. It's regrettable that this unique device wasn't configured properly or it would have been an all-time great collectible piece of training gear. I doubt we'll see a corrected version now that the era of handheld devices is over, sigh...


World Series of Poker Texas Holdem Handheld Video Game (399)
World Series of Poker Texas Holdem Handheld Video Game (399)
Offered by BJCronk/SharehouseGoods
Price: $15.43
31 used & new from $4.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Serious training device for LIMIT holdem, June 25, 2014
This device plays limit hold'em; if you want pot-limit and no-limit capability find its cousin 399N unit in black. This device is easy to use for an experienced player but inexperienced players will probably find it inscrutable because it goes too fast and doesn't have enough graphics. The best use of this device is as a training device for serious players and if you fit that category you may be surprised at how realistic the play can be (each algo player has a hand range and they will fold even on the turn or river in response to betting)...


REPLICA 1877 Indian Head Penny or Cent. Big Huge Large 3" Metal Coin
REPLICA 1877 Indian Head Penny or Cent. Big Huge Large 3" Metal Coin
Offered by S & P Emporium
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cool blowup coin!, June 25, 2014
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It's hard to rate something like this: if you're a serious coin collector you might be disappointed that the edges weren't polished up to perfection before the finish was applied, but if you're just looking for a display item or, like me, a different sort of paperweight, then you might be impressed with the very precise outlining of the raised designs and how much the finish makes it look like a real aged penny. I think it might even be possible to use this (and the 2 dozen other coin designs in this series) as a drink coaster, but I wouldn't bet on the finish holding up under an onslaught of cocktail chemicals. In any event, given that there's nothing else like this on the market, for the price I'm well satisfied...


Homestead 16 oz Nectar Gem Hummingbird Feeder - 4245
Homestead 16 oz Nectar Gem Hummingbird Feeder - 4245
Price: $5.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Clever feeder stops evaporation and leaks, keeps nectar sterile, June 13, 2014
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We had to go with this feeder when our decorative glass feeders got to be a hassle because of leaks and a high rate of evaporation in the hot sun. If you make your nectar by boiling water to sterilize it and dissolving the sugar or concentrate into it after it cools a bit then using this feeder (after it's been rinsed in very hot water) keeps the nectar clean and sterile until it's used up. If you're hanging this on a glass window you may need to buy a medium-large suction hook at your hardware store, but it's fun to watch the birds very close up near the glass (twist the perch a little to the side so you can see them in profile)...


Wsop Texas Hold 'Em Casino Keychain Game
Wsop Texas Hold 'Em Casino Keychain Game
Offered by riOaLi
Price: $9.50
11 used & new from $4.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty mite sparring partner for LIMIT holdem, June 12, 2014
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This brilliant little device is the tiny twin of its larger sibling Excalibur 399 unit which is also a Limit holdem device; if you want no-limit holdem you'll want the Excalibur 399N or Miles Kimball devices, which appear to be the same operating system but play either limit or no-limit. (For tournament practice look for the Sharper Image rectangular device with the talking dealer). All of these handhelds are excellent training devices for an experienced player as the algo players do bet, raise, and fold according to some hand range, making them reasonably tough to play against (you're not playing with 6 calling stations). The operating system of the game isn't beginner-friendly, but an experienced player who watches which player gets the button will be able to make choices based on position and be able to follow visually the round of betting as it arrives to you. You'll be surprised at how effectively the table full of algos steal your cash if you mess around playing junk hands. With this little trainer your bathroom breaks and bus stop time will now all be applied to your next WSOP bracelet...


Texas Hold-Em by Miles Kimball
Texas Hold-Em by Miles Kimball
Offered by Miles Kimball Company
Price: $14.99
9 used & new from $7.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Professional training device!, May 30, 2014
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The best use of this sophisticated hold'em device is not for amateurs to learn from (because the graphical interface and playing speed require prior knowledge to understand what's happening), but rather this device can be a powerful training tool for serious players preparing to play games on the net or in a casino. Locating the button player and following the calling/betting/folding action around the table is a good way to get the feel of the action at a real table, and the algo players seem to each have a hand range which, when played together, produce the feel of a real game. This particular device can play pot limit or no limit as well as limit, giving you a lot of ways to practice betting and hand choices. These handheld devices will always get bad reviews because they're inscrutable to beginners, but I can imagine that years from now aspiring poker pro's in training will pay out big bucks to get a used one in working condition...


Randomness
Randomness
by Deborah J. Bennett
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.90
84 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Who's the audience?, May 27, 2014
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This review is from: Randomness (Paperback)
I decided to give this otherwise good book 3 rather than 4 stars because I think it somewhat misses the mark for any of the possible audiences I could imagine for it. It fails to give complete enough explanations for the mathematically illiterate to be comfortably introduced to basic concepts (for instance, the initial coin-tossing and dice-throwing examples should have included more of the standard diagrams and figures found in any basic book to help the reader visualize the combinations). It begins discussing some advanced concepts such as the standard distribution without adequate definition or introduction, making it more suitable for an undergraduate with background knowledge; and it probably doesn't satisfy readers with advanced mathematical training unless they are unfamiliar with the historical development of concepts, which seems unlikely as most textbooks cover that rather well. As a reader with modest prior background I found it a good review, but perhaps not as smooth an exposition as I could have hoped for. It's a book that will benefit some and frustrate others, but it is worth reading...


The Complete Guide to Poker
The Complete Guide to Poker
by BRIAN PHILLIPS' 'ROS HENRY
Edition: Paperback
12 used & new from $2.08

3.0 out of 5 stars Home game reference book, May 22, 2014
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This book is a modern collection of rules for playing miscellaneous poker games, with clear card illustrations and a brief introduction to playing and betting. It's printed on quality paper and would make a good reference book for someone whose home or neighborhood game consists of dealer's choice games played for fun. The author is British and there are some minor differences of terminology, but nothing confusing. He attempts to keep American names for variant games, which makes it easier to track them down in other books. One review stated that the author also invents his own poker games, so if you're trying to invent the next casino table game you might check here for ideas...


Pocket Posh Tips for Poker Players
Pocket Posh Tips for Poker Players
by Mickey Steiner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.19
79 used & new from $0.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Good poker cram notes baked in a cupcake, May 19, 2014
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This little pocket booklet is filled with sophisticated advice on playing hold'em poker in the current style and would make a suitable review book for a beginning to intermediate player to read before a tournament or a trip to the casino. The author could probably write an excellent larger book, but given how much recent material is on the market, maybe there's not much more to be said. The size and brevity of the book (but not its cupcake colors) fill a niche. You can keep your miniature HarperCollins edition of Phil Hellmuth's Hold'em book in your other pocket...


The key to playing poker and winning,
The key to playing poker and winning,
by Sidney H. Radner
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Good old-school draw and stud book, May 13, 2014
This scarce title is one of the better old-school books on draw and 5-card stud I've encountered (with a short chapter on seven-card stud). It also has the usual chapter on variations and an unusually detailed chapter on freak hands (tigers, etc.) with an illustration of each, if you're into poker history. The strategy section on draw has a couple of tricks I hadn't seen mentioned elsewhere, so if draw is still your neighborhood game this rare old bird might be worth a couple of bucks. The 1964 last edition is printed on good paper...


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