For those of you who do not know me, I have written a column called Poker 101 for three years in a popular published poker magazine. With everyone going online for all of their information these days, it seemed like a good time to join the crowd and go the way of the cyberworld. This column began with the nuts and bolts of how to play poker. We covered everything from the rules of the games, the jargon, the behavior and etiquette, to some strategy. I have addressed many questions and comments in the column and plan to continue down that same road.
With the introduction of the Pokerpage’s PokerSchool Online, there is no need for me to start this column over again. After all, it took about 75 columns and 65,000 words to get this far! So, for you true beginners and those of you wanting poker instruction, please see all of the information on the homepage about the school. Here, we will talk about many things related to poker from my perspective as well as yours.
Here is a little bit about me so that you can decide if you want to read my articles; certainly every column is not for everyone. I am originally from Seattle, Washington, but I currently reside in Las Vegas and have lived there since 1977. I am a graduate of UNLV with a degree in business management. It will be obvious that my degree is not in English or writing! 1977 is when I first became involved in the poker industry. I was very young at the time! I have worked in all areas of the cardroom, beginning as a dealer when I was merely 12 years old. (Hey, a girl has to protect her age, right?)
I have dealt many of the major tournaments as well as played in them. I have played poker for more than 25 years and am currently playing on a semi-professional basis. In other words, I make a portion of my income from playing the game and no, I am not in fear of the IRS reading this as I do pay my taxes and am proud to do so as an American.
I am a partner in Card Qiu Qiu Online Player Cruises (please see our website at http://cardplayercruises.com for information on that aspect of my life). In addition to running that cardroom and directing tournaments, I work closely with our customers in assuring that they enjoy their cruise experience with us…but I digress.
The point being, I have been involved in poker from both sides of the table for many years. Likely, I have spent more hours in a cardroom than most of you ever will. I do not know that that is necessarily a good thing, but it is a fact. I feel that I am fairly well qualified to give you some perspective on what is going on in the poker world as well as answer your poker related questions. I am happy to answer questions of a general nature in my column and invite you readers to send me ideas for topics that you would like to see covered. I am also happy to answer privately via email any specific questions that may not be of a general interest.
I hope that you will enjoy this column. I have many ideas for columns and hope that you who are new to my column will enjoy my “not so stuffy” writing style. I like to have a good time in life, and I want my column to be fun and easy to read. My sense of humor is “out there” some times, but that is the real me. I hope that you will enjoy getting to know me as I hope to get to know you.