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Letter From America

by Jennifer Mason |  Published: May 19, 2009


I spent much of this month in California, home of Hollywood, the Orange County beaches, and more live cash action than you can shake a stick at. Europe might have its own established and upcoming tours, its casino chains might be expanding their poker operations, and the standard of play amongst the brightest and best live and online is growing ever higher, but when it comes to sheer scale of live poker card rooms stateside do it bigger and better, and California does it more so than most. Qualifying poker as a game of skill, and licensing places in which to play it, has provided a wealth of opportunity to play poker, alongside other pursuits which often fall under the mysterious heading of California Games. Examples of these are pai gow, blackjack, and super pan 9 (of which I admit total ignorance other than the inclination that any game with ...

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