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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  • FOUR OF A KIND - A hand containing all four cards of the same rank.
  • ALL-IN - To have all of one's chips in the pot. A player who is all-in cannot be forced out of the pot by more betting, but is only eligible to win that portion of the pot he has contributed to. Generally, a SIDE POT is created each time a player is all-in.
  • RUSH - A winning streak. Also "ON A RUSH".
  • LIVE [CARD] - In Stud, a card probably not held by other players.
  • FREEROLL - [1] A poker tournament that does not charge a buy-in fee; players must earn buy-in credits through previous play at the same establishment. [2] Having a lock on part of a pot (sure to win a greater fraction of the pot than one is betting) and playing to win more or all of it.
  • TELL - Any personal mannerisms that reveal the quality of one's hand. E.g., constantly looking at one's hole cards is often a tell of a poor hand. (Some players, knowing this, will at times check their hole cards when they have a great hand and don't need to look.)
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