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Vanessa Rousso Poker Star

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Do you know Vanessa Rousso?

Vanessa is really a rare woman, as she is both a talented poker pro and a gorgeous young lady. Pretty much one of a kind. Yes there are other beautiful women, but none is making money playing poker like Vanessa does.

Vanessa is a poker pro at PokerStars and you can play against her online if you register. Use the PokerStars marketing code to be entitled to a 100% bonus.

Vanessa thinks that she is good at poker because she has a very strong capacity for analysis. This is from her university experience in economics and game theory. She can think logically and this is one of her greatest asset and the difference with other players. And she has also recently improved her emotional control in a big way, which is something she had to work since the start.

Even though Vanessa Rousso has not yet won a major title, she thinks that she will. Her recent win in May at the Monaco’s 79-entrant €25,000 EPT High Roller Championship (a high buy-in tournament where she pocketed 750,000 dollars) puts her in a good position. She thinks her first bracelet at the WSOP should not take much longer for her to get.

Is it an advantage to be such a beautiful woman when playing poker at the highest level? Yes it is. She remember that many times she was able to push a man to take big bets. Paradoxically some men are afraid of being fooled by a woman and this is precisely why they call big bets, as they are terrified at the thought of suffering a huge bluff from a lady. This happened several times and she enjoyed winning monstrous pot with the nuts.

At the WSOP 2010, Vanessa Rousso did quite well. She finished 5th in event 35, the heads up no-limit Hold’em championship where she earned $94,956. She had another small cash in. She has cashed in 12 times at the WSOP since 2005.

Women are finally taken seriously in the poker world today. This is especially true these days as young female players have performed well during major tournament. The new generation of fearless young women who are not intimidated by a mass of older men is rising.

Why Raise In Poker

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There are six major reasons to raise. Make sure you know and understand all of them, and practice them. This exercise will improve your game by increasing your aggression, and help you better channel it. If you notice that there is one type of raising you do not do much, then you must practice this particular one, as all are needed in the armory of a good poker player.

  • Raise because you have the best hand: so that you collect more chips. Power poker consists if betting your strong hands, not slow playing them, so raise with strong hands.
  • Raise to limit the field: for example raise pre flop with AKs, as you do not want to get called by all the A-rag, who could outflop you; get rid of the weak hands who could outdraw you.
  • Raise for a free card at the next street: by raising, you induce your opponent to check at the next street, so that you see that next card for free.
  • Raise your strong draws: some strong draws such as an open ended straight flush draw have great odds and EV, and you must raise to monetize the strength of your hand.
  • Raise as bluff: you should on occasion raise as a pure bluff; especially if you have a strong image, you may win pots this way with pure bluffs. Do this rarely in order to preserve your image.
  • Raise with a semi-bluff: this one is more common than the pure bluff, raising with a semi-bluff such as a flush draw give you two ways to win the hand; either now or later with a bigger pot if you hit your draw after getting called; so unlike the pure bluff you may get the stronger hand in the end.

Raising is power poker, don’t be afraid to raise but do it strategically as described above. You will be feared a the table and your bankroll will improve.

Gambling on Cruise Ships

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I just came back from a cruise to the bahamas. The cruise itself was amazing and I had a great time. I even proposed to my girlfriend which was a huge success. Now, I also gambled on the cruise, probably a little more than I should have. I gambled so much that I got a free cruise offer on the last day as we were leaving. Which was awesome, by the way. But, I ended up losing money on this cruise.

Here are some tips for you if you are going to be gambling on a cruise ship:

  • Slots are tighter on cruise ships. Slots at your local land based casinos are regulated by some kind of gaming commision. Cruise lines do not need to follow these regulations so they can set their payout percentages lower.
  • Set yourself an allowance and stick to it! I want everyone to win and it’s definitely possible but chances are you are going to lose so don’t lose too much. See the money management section of my site for more information.
  • The casino is not open 24/7 on the ship. On my ship it was open from 11am to 4am on days at sea. if the ship was docked, the casino opened much later in the afternoon.
  • There are usually slot tournaments that run throughout the duration of your cruise. These can be fun and you could have the chance to win a free cruise or other great prizes if you win the final slot tournament.
  • Make sure to ask your casino host about promotions and a player’s club. You could earn free play and other great offers.
  • Chances are the casino on your ship is going to be quite smaller than your land based casino and the variety of machines on board will be limited. Just know this going in.

I did have a good time gambling on the cruise though and I had a couple of big wins. Only one over $400 dollars though. My advice is to have fun and just know that your chances of winning are going to be lower than if you were at a land based casino. The cruise line I sailed on was the Royal Carribean which I highly recommend.