Paula ‘Poker Face’ Lavinia is excited about the poker craze in Gladstone.
Paula ‘Poker Face’ Lavinia is excited about the poker craze in Gladstone. MK CREATIVE STUDIOS

Poker craze suits Gladstone

GLADSTONITES are going gaga for poker.

The phenomenal trend back towards card games has hit, with tournaments being held every day of the week somewhere in the region.

Local poker player Paula Lavinia says one of the tricks she uses is going to a tournament where she hasn’t been before and pretending she doesn’t know how to play.

“I went out to Emerald and pretended I was a newbie to the game and came second out of 36,” she admitted.

But it hasn’t all been fun and games, with Ms Lavinia rolled on Monday night with a full house of Kings and Jacks beaten by one of the rarest hands – a Royal Flush.

Ms Lavinia said she likes playing poker because it’s fun, social and mostly free.

“I won a Big Bucks Chip,” she gushed.

“I’m so excited about it. It means I came first in a tournament.”

Ms Lavinia said she believed there was a poker craze in Gladstone, especially due to the current demographics and lifestyles.

“There’s a lot of work going on here in Gladstone,” she said.

“You work. You don’t get much time to play.”

 

HONE YOUR SKILLS

Top 10 poker tips:

  •  Learn which hands win.
  •  Learn to bluff, but not for bluffing’s sake.
  •  Pockets (e.g. two Jacks) are good hands to be dealt.
  •  Don’t feel pressured to going all-in just because other players are.
  •  Don’t play every hand.
  •  Don’t play drunk, you lose more.
  •  Don’t stay in a hand just because you’re already in it.
  •  Don’t play when in a bad or low mood.
  •  Do pay attention to the cards on the table and what other players are doing.
  •  Find your own poker face.



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