Video poker king gets three-plus years in prison

Video poker king Casey Szaflarski may be a nice guy, but that doesn’t make him a good guy, a federal judge ruled Tuesday before sentencing him to more than three years behind bars.Szaflarski may have been a gentleman to people, including the bar owners where he placed the Chicago mob’s video poker machines, but only because he could afford to be, U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman determined …

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Tue, February 7th, 2012

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Useful poker terms:

  • LIVE ONE - The best kind of opponent, a poor player with a lot of money to lose and in a hurry to lose it.
  • CAP - To cap the betting is to make the last permitted raise in a round.
  • ONE-EYED - The jack of hearts, jack of spades or king of diamonds. So named because the characters are drawn in profile, thus showing only one eye.
  • PAY OFF - Calling a bet with little expectation of winning, unless the opponent is bluffing.
  • ANTE - A small bet all players are required to make before a hand is dealt. Not all games have an ante. Related terms: BLIND, FORCED BET.
  • POT LIMIT - A game where the maximum bet is determined by the size of the pot at the time. Note that a player wanting to raise first calls the bet, then totals the pot to determine the maximum amount he can raise.
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