Best Shows to Stream Part 2: Crime Series and Other Dramas

Today we continue our look at some of the best shows to stream during these dark times. Just glancing back to our take on comedies and post-apocalyptic/sci-fi series reminds us how many good shows we’ve forgotten. Of course, it’s also an indication of how much TV we watch. In these times, our overabundance of screen time has kept us sane.

In looking over our four lists, one thing is clear: crime series have the deepest bench. Particularly once we consider international series, there are so many great crime/police series. Every time we vow not to watch one more crime show, we find and fall in love with another. The British and Scandinavian countries particularly excel in the crime genre.

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online poker

Throwdown Thursday: Online Poker Duel

We are now eight months deep into this current pokerless void, and something must be done. As we have mentioned before, we were very fortunate to be on a poker trip to Tampa Bay when the world stopped spinning. I believe we got in exactly one tournament back home in early March before the world REALLY shut down. And since… crickets. While our neighboring New Hampshire opened their poker rooms over the summer, we have not been in a position to enjoy the live game, and likely won’t be for months yet. Which brings us to online poker.

Paul and I both played online poker before Black Friday, and Paul recently wrote a heartfelt plea for all states to make it legal once again. Recently, we have had some opportunities to play on the Pokerstars home game site. Paul is so happy to get back to some form of poker (any form of poker) that he would play daily if he could. I, frankly, hate it. So we thought, what better topic for a Throwdown Thursday. Online poker: love it or hate it?

First up is Paul, lover of all things digital.

Paul: Playing vs. not playing at all seems like a no-brainer. Live or online: you play your cards, track your opponents’ tendencies, and come up with the best strategy to win. Seems like the same process to me, absent the occasional political discussion that makes me put my headphones on.

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Poker in Texas

What’s Up with Poker in Texas Anyway?

While live poker is now legal across much of the country, the status of poker in Texas is still fuzzy. It appears to lie in a nebulous grey area, much like online poker prior to Black Friday all those years ago. Last week when we published an article on the five best places to live if you love poker, several people reached out to advocate for poker in Texas. The strong response made us re-think our previous avoidance of the Lone Star state, and to investigate the situation.

Is There Legal Poker in Texas?

According to the Texas State Law Library “Because Texas laws on gambling are complex, determining whether or not a particular poker game is being conducted legally can prove challenging.” Additionally, statutes vary across Texas from county to county. Over the past several years, a number of poker clubs which charge membership and a “seat rental fee” rather than taking a rake have arisen across the state. They exploit a legal loophole around the definition of profiting from gambling. While there have been some high profile cases in which rooms have been shut down, these poker rooms have largely been allowed to operate without interference.

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Best Places to Live if You Love Poker: South Florida

The Five Best Places to Live if You Love Poker

It has been a rough few months for those of us who love to play live poker. While we are employing every strategy we can think of to hold off poker withdrawal, we thought it was time to show a little gratitude for the fact that we happen to reside in one of the five best places to live if you love poker.

The United States has so many great poker rooms that picking the best places to live and play may seem daunting. However, we found it fairly easy to identify five spots where there are both multiple strong poker rooms and a decent quality of life. Note that in the current conditions, many of the poker rooms we mention are not currently open. Our ratings assume that eventually the world will return to normal. Below we share the best places to live if you love poker and our reasons for each nomination.

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The Business Side of Poker: Poker Resources

Not too many players talk about it, but there is a business side of poker. The poker world is not just about calculating odds, bluffing, and reading your opponents. If you are going to be serious about poker, even as a recreational player, you’ll eventually need to address the personal economics of the game. Whether you are a home game player, a poker enthusiast, or a pro, poker is all about money. And where there’s money, there’s a business side.

The Business Side of Poker: Tracking and Bookkeeping

The most important thing that poker players need to do is track their poker bankroll. Whether you use an app such as Poker Income Tracker, create a spreadsheet, or write down wins and losses in a notebook, you will want to track the money that flows out of your bank account and into your poker game.

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