Tom "TIME" Leonard

Tom has been writing about poker since 1994 and has played across the USA for over 40 years, playing every game in almost every card room in Atlantic City, California and Las Vegas.

Has your game gone to the dogs? Dogging it is an expression describing weak play on the end of a hand. It is the epitome of weak, wimpy poker in my opinion. Read more

Poker players often do some incredibly dumb things to encourage opponents to take shots at them in an attempt to hit them right between the eyes! Read more

I’m sure you have come into contact with people that are not devotees to poker and believe you to be just a gambler. I always chuckle at these folks because even if … Read more

Many poker players use a coin, a little statue or some other trinket as not only a card weight for protection but also as a lucky charm or a talisman. A talisman … Read more

One of the earliest poker strategies or disciplines espoused by the pundits, which I learned decades ago, is as true now as it was back then. They advocated tight but aggressive play … Read more

For those of you who have never been spies, cryptography is the art of writing or deciphering messages in code. Many of the sayings around my old home poker table may well … Read more

There is a phenomenon that occurs frequently among amateur poker players. A recreational player starts running well and winning consistently and comes to the conclusion that playing poker for a living makes … Read more

Why do some poker players feel the need to explain to others why they played a hand in a particular way? Quite simply, it’s because they do not want to look foolish … Read more

Domination is defined as occurring when two players hold a card of the same rank but one holds a smaller kicker – the player with the smaller kicker is dominated. Easily dominated … Read more

I have sworn an oath, taken by many serious poker players, which forbids us from becoming insufferable by telling bad beat stories. I have, however, found a loop hole in the oath … Read more

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