Poker Loss Hits Empire Sales

Internet gambling group Empire Online saw a slight fall in first quarter earnings after the sale of its Empire Poker site.

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Thu, April 27th, 2006

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Useful poker terms:

  • JOKER - A 53rd card in the deck, distinct from the others, used as a wild card or as a BUG.
  • TIGHT - [1] A style of play that entails playing fewer hands than average. Antonym: LOOSE. [2] A FULL HOUSE.
  • LATE POSITION - For a particular betting round, a player who does not have to act until most of the other players have acted.
  • SEAT POSITION - The actual seat a player has, normally numbered sequentially starting with 1 as the first seat to dealer's left. Not to be confused with POSITION in a particular pot. Typically unrelated to play of a hand but often important in peripheral aspects, e.g.: "Seats 1 and 10 are nonsmoking here", "Seat 5 has a good view of the table", "Seat 3 is in a high-traffic area".
  • CRYING CALL - A call made with little chance of ultimately winning, but marginally better than an immediate fold.
  • MILES OF BAD ROAD - Three of a kind. Prefixed with a number, 3*<N>, to indicate 3 <N>s. Thus "24 miles of bad road" is 3 eights, etc. (This obviously doesn't work for face cards.)
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