Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker style played in the United States today. From having its own online craze, to backyard BBQ’s with friendly tournaments to having million dollar games televised almost every weekend. This seems to be a fad that will persevere time.Little is know as to the exact origin of the game, but Texas State Legislature officially recognizes Robstown Texas as the official birthplace of Texas Hold’em. That was somewhere in the early 1900′s. It did not make its way to Vegas until 1967 brought it to the Golden Nugget Casino. The game was exclusive to the Nugget until the game ventured out to the Dunes Casino.In 1969, the 2nd annual Gambling Fraternity Convention held the first ever poker tournament which featured several Texas Hold’em games. In 1970, Jack and Benny Binion bought the rights to the convention and renamed to what we know it as today, the World Series of Poker. The WSP then moved it location to the Horseshoe Casino.Over the next few years the event grew and grew. After a slight name change in 1972 to, no-limit Texas Hold’em, it has not change to this day. From 8 players in 1972, 100 players in 1982 and 200 players in 1991 the games popularity now has exploded beyond all expectation. Just last year in 2006, Jamie Gold was crowned a poker champion when he took first place at the World Series of no-limit Texas Hold’em. His winnings of 12 million dollars is proof of no-limit. That was from a 10 thousand dollar buy in.So can you win? Yes, you can. Poker is a game of strategy, chance, skill and luck. There is so many people that have played for the first time and have walked away winners. Granted, you may not find your self playing in a 10 thousand dollar buy in game, maybe a 20 dollar buy in game. With 8 people playing that is, 20 back to the runner up and 140 to you. It pays to win Even the smaller pots pay off. Look at the numbers that I just set up for you. You go to the party with 20 in you pocket. You leave with 140. That is a 120 profit. What if you guys play 3 games at the same ante? When you leave, you will have your original 20 dollars and an extra 360.You can play on line for money. Granted it is a little more intimidating because you can’t see your opponents face to see if they are bluffing, but there is still strategy involved. You need to start learning this great game. Chris Moneymaker learned it. He won a 39 dollar seat into the main event at the World Series of Poker from an online satellite tournament. Later that year, he won 2.5 million from that 39 dollar seat. It pays to play.So where so you learn? Well, the internet has a lot of places. I suggest checking out a lot of sources. Your local library will have a lot of books on it. Eventually you will buy an e-book of line to look into people tips and tricks. I really recommend you do this. There are books out there for a few dollars. Get them, try them. These authors have been playing for years and no some things that you did not know. Even if you have been playing for years, you will learn something from these guys. I guarantee it.Now, pay attention to this part. This is the most important gambling tip I can give you. It will save you so much money. I am going to give it to you for free. No when to quit! Set a limit and stick to it. You have a house, car, wife, kids etc… It is not worth losing everything you have because it is fun to gamble. It can become a sickness. If you suspect it, seek help!!! Play on brothers!
There’s never been a better time to take up the RV life. Whether you’re a weekend wanderer, a snowbird or a full-timer, there’s an RV to suit any travel budget and any taste. With baby boomers starting to hit retirement age, more and more people are taking to the road with their motor home, RV or travel trailer. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association recently reported that nearly 8 million American households have and RV, motor home or travel trailer and that there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts in the US.Seeing the country in an RV offers many benefits to the traveler looking for an affordable and exciting way to spend quality family time. According to one study, a family of four can save up to 74% traveling by RV instead of more conventional ways. And with more than 16,000 public and privately-owned campgrounds in the US, there’s a site to fulfill everyone’s vacation fantasy, whether it’s an oceanfront view, hiking trails, casino gambling or tennis.RV travel is easy to learn, and once you’ve got the hang of it, there’ll be no going back! Here are six helpful tips that will come in handy for both the beginning and seasoned RV enthusiast:Map it OutA large part of the RV appeal is the exhilarating freedom of the open road to go wherever you want, whenever you want. But it helps to have a solid travel plan in place. If you know where you’re heading, you can determine the best route, which offers the most interesting places to see. Look in travel guides, contact tourism boards in states you’ll be passing through, and search on the Internet. Make sure to have the correct road maps with you; a GPS system is a good idea as well, especially if you’re new to this kind of travel. If you’ve carefully designed the route you’ll be taking, it makes it easier to do spur-of-the moment things like checking out that oddball museum you just spotted on a roadside billboard!Have A Checklist? Just CheckingDuring your pre-trip prep, in addition to working out what needs to be in the RV, put together a thorough checklist of things to do when setting up at a campground. There are the basics, like finding out where all the campground connections are, making sure your RV is level and properly hooking up your water, gas and electric systems – but don’t forget comfort concerns, like making sure you’ve packed your favorite CDs and DVDs and those new lawn chairs. Equally important, you should have a second checklist of what has to be done when you break camp, both in terms of setting up your RV for departure (quick hint: when you think the job is done and everything is ready, check again).Be Prepared – Have A ‘Just-For-The-RV’ First Aid KitAlways make sure you have a fully stocked, up-to-date, just-for-the-RV First Aid kit, and keep it in an outside storage compartment. It should include basic medical supplies (bandages, ointment, OTC pain reliever, insect repellant, scissors, etc.) and items like a flashlight, paper and writing implements, and a disposable camera in case you have to take photos of an accident site. If you don’t feel up to the task of putting one together yourself, an extensive range of ready-made First Aid kits are available for purchase. Also include an emergency supply of must-have medications and a list of important contact names (family members, doctors, insurance agents etc).Camping with KidsIf you’re traveling with children, make sure to set aside time during the day for outdoor activities, as even the roomiest RV can be confining for kids. And give each child his or her own space in the RV, no matter how small, for personal stuff and toys and games. RV traveling is a unique opportunity for your children to see new and different places and faces. There are often plenty of other kids at campgrounds – but be sure to walk around a new campground with your children when you first get settled there. They need to know which campsite you’re in and how to find it from other places on the grounds. If you’re also taking the family pet, check beforehand to see if they’re allowed at the campgroundA Little Help From Your FriendsWhen in doubt, ask your fellow RVer. However well-traveled you might be, odds are there’s someone you’ll meet along the way who has been somewhere you haven’t, solved a problem you haven’t yet encountered, or spotted an out-of-the-way delight you’ve never heard of. No matter how much research you’ve done, there’s bound to be a campsite you haven’t read about, a storage system that has escaped your notice – or a funny anecdote that you’ll laugh about for years to come. The new folks you meet may or may not become close friends for life, but they’re an important part of the journey.