My Favourite Board Games

Monday, July 24, 2006

I've shifted to Texas Holdem Poker

Shifted to Texas Holdem Poker?!!

I guess anyone who is into Monopoly like I am, could very easily be forgiven for experimenting with a game like Texas Holdem: The hottest poker game 'round... thus far.

I started playing over a year ago, and let me tell you... I got hooked!

But not in a dangerous way, like in gambling my life savings and that. No, it became more of an intellectual obsession to discover tips, strategies and information to play the game without leaving too much margin for luck.

The result? Well, I believe I'm a strong No Limit Texas Holdem player now... and I love it!

I have created a blog site totally dedicated to this game. It's called, and I started it about a month ago. Now, due to a learning curve I had to tackle down, it's taken me a bit of time to re-organise the site.

You see... at first I planned to make it a normal site, with an attached blog... but the way I do my own research, I decided that blogging is the most natural way for me to create useful content.

The result? Well, Texas-Holdem-FAQ.Com is now a blog... with a website attached! ;-)

Check it out!

So, I rolled up my sleeves, and started creating the skeleton of my new blog site... till last night at 11:39 PM, the site was ready to come out publicly.

There are many things I still need to complete, but the main work is done. Now it is the time to start adding more content about my new passion!

I hope you join me in this new venture.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Concentration Board Game

Hi there!

Have you ever heard of a board game called "Concentration"?

I've seen this board game in many versions, especially at child care centers, pre-school, and primary school.

I really like this board game because it helps kids develop the ability of retaining images in their memory and recalling them when prompted.

Whilst Milton Bradley developed this game in the 1950s, research traces its origins back to the 1930s, when it was called "Pick a Pair".

The MB resembles an old TV show of the same name, and came with a "Rolomatic Cube" where you insert cardboard cards with puzzles to be solved.

The pictures above show the first edition box of this successful educational board game, and the 16th edition of the same. So far, there have been 25 editions.

A vintage 1958 1st edition concentration board game can fetch you about $70 USD (or less at some auction sites).

According to another site (a new window will open),

In 1958 Jack Barry was the the "host" and subsequently Hugh Downs became the "host" on both the evening prime time series and the daytime series. This television audience participation "quiz show" was a combination of two old parlor games. Two contestants are presented a game board of 30 squares. Behind each square is a prize. The task of a contestant was to match 2 squares and win the prize. However, a contestant could only keep the prize if they would be the first to solve a "rebus" which was revealed as the chosen squares were rotated. A "rebus" is a word puzzle in which the syllables of words and names are represented either by pictures of things that sound the same or by letters.

Yours in Fun,


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