March 6, 2018

Texas hold’em has a specific reason for a dealer button. Like just about any Houston poker room (or for that matter at all, any casino poker room anywhere) there is a designated dealer provided who actually does the dealing. Since there are forced blinds, the dealer button creates a “pretend” dealer so that who is forced to make those forced blinds rotates every hand and everyone participates. That’s not what created the dealer button, though.

In the Old West (and isn’t it amazing how much in the...

February 26, 2018

You hope against hope your hands aren’t shaking as you toss in the chips. It’s been a hard night. You’re a good player but that doesn’t change that everyone else at the table has a bankroll that makes yours look laughable. Now, you’ve got a good hand… a good hand. It’s not a great hand but you’re hoping to at least recover some of your losses. 

Things start out okay but there’s one guy that just won’t fold. He matches you chip for chip and your gut begins to send tremors over you. What could he h...

January 25, 2018

We might meet a lot of colorful people playing poker in Houston but there was a time when things would be very surprising indeed if you were to sit at a table and find a lady ready with chips. There was one, though, and she not only played poker, supporting herself despite the tricksters out there, but she also came ready with a sharp knife and occasionally a six-shooter just in case.

Alice Ivers was born in Devonshire, England, in 1951 but moved to the United States at a young age. She started o...

January 25, 2018

There are quite a few hands in poker that have become famous but perhaps none has more notoriety than the dead man’s hand.  Play in any poker room in Houston and you’re certain to hear the story. In fact, if you play Texas Hold’em anywhere you’re probably going to hear about the events in Deadwood, South Dakota almost a hundred and fifty years ago. If you’d been there, you might have been surprised by the constant activity…
 



People move along the dusty streets with what looks like aimlessness,...

January 9, 2018

Here’s something a little different for you today, an experience you just might find at the Hangar if you come to play some safe, legal poker at a Houston poker room dedicated to giving you the best Texas Hold’em gaming experience you could ever have.

The poker chips were red. It didn’t occur to Thomas to think that they might actually be magenta or fire red or ruby or one of another five or six hundred possible marketing-driven names the manufacturers might have come up with to sell the chips. T...

January 9, 2018

I’m a fisherman. Yes, that makes me a poker player and a fisherman. That pretty much means I am filled with about a million stories about hands I won and lost and fish I caught and lost. The sturgeon that got away was bigger than any fish anyone I’ve ever known has ever caught; and I once played Texas Hold’em with Marlon Brando at a poker room in Houston.

Am I telling the truth or am I bluffing?

Well, one of the two things I wrote was true.

Poker’s that way, though. Sit down at a poker table in a r...

January 5, 2018

You know the guns are prone to jamming so you take great care to polish every round. People are already calling you an Ace, something brand new in reference to pilots, and you smile as you think about it. Of course, sometimes the smiles are hard to come by when you think about the horrific battles you’ve seen from the air and the danger you and your men experience every single time you take to the skies. On the other hand, there’s plenty of excitement back at the base, too. There’s alcohol flowi...

January 3, 2018

You may have heard that Phil Hellmuth calls the best poker players “Eagles.” You may have heard that Glen Frey and Don Henley (of Eagles fame) played poker with Linda Ronstadt.  I certainly wouldn’t take anything away from a man who’s won fourteen World Series of Poker bracelets and I like life in the fast line as much as the other guy. Nonetheless, there are some poker eagles I find a whole lot more interesting than even Phil and classic rock. Imagine yourself in Europe for a moment at the begi...

December 28, 2017

The sounds of shells exploding nearby used to cause terror to claim you, to take you completely so that you shook and felt all of your being seep out into the dirt of the trench and left you nothing but a quivering bundle of fear. That was quite a while ago, though, and now you’ve been on the front lines for a long time. Still, the shells explode and the fear remains and the only thing that keeps it from being overwhelming is the time you spend in quiet, the time you spend with your fellow soldi...

December 24, 2017

There aren’t a great many games, sports or activities uniquely connected to specific periods of American history like the Wild West is connected to card games. Poker and the Old West are inextricably linked in stories and culture. Daring gunslingers and lawmen met over the faro table or played poker in dusty saloons filled with character, excitement and danger. The whiskey flowed, the hand-rolled cigarettes filled the air with haze while icons like Doc Holliday and Wild Bill Hickok bet and calle...

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WJ Wright played his first game of poker at the age of eleven. In the late eighties he started playing for money and hasn't looked back. You can usually find him hiding his hole cards while sipping scotch and considering which player and which hand will end up in his next writing project.

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