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Jeremy Godlewski

  Jeremy Godlewski, 14, of Oak Lawn, was named the Oak Lawn Park District’s volunteer of the month for January. Godlewski volunteers at Oak View Community Center.
 

Benefits & Fundraisers

  Family and friends of Richards graduate Denise Mushinski Kuba of Chicago Ridge have organized a benefit to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest “Sunshine for Denise” will feature raffle drawings, auctions, and food and drink. Organizers are seeking donations of raffle prizes, gift certificates and money.
  Kuba, who has pancreatic cancer, worked at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights and volunteered as a committee member and advancement chairperson for Cub Scout Troop 3665 and Boy Scout Troop 665.
  Contacts for donations and more information include Mike Mushinski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (312)914-1388; Laura Kapala, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 609-7018; Tom Kuba, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 302-4187; Paul Kuba, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 846-5482; John Kuba, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 636-7865; and Kendra Globicki, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 702-0012. Donations for raffles and auctions can be sent to Tom Kuba, 10352 Leslie Lane, Chicago Ridge, IL, 60415. For more information visit sunshinefordenise.com.
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  The Crusaders for Teddy will hold a fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at Mama Vesuvio East, 6361 W. College Drive in Palos Heights. Donations will go to offset the medical costs of Teddy Kowalski, who is undergoing treatment for blood cancer. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Children are $10/$15. Cost includes dinner and soft drinks. There will be a cash bar. For more information call (773) 840-2000, for information about raffle and auction prizes call Barb Scapardine at 246-8405.
 

Keeping kids warm


Keeping kids warm

  Nick Lisowski, Michael Marchione and Collin Page were among more than a dozen members of the National Honor Society (NHS) at Richards High School who recently delivered stacks of fleece blankets to Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. NHS members bought the material and made nearly 50 fleece blankets for pediatric cancer patients being treated at the hospital. When patients come to the hospital for treatment they can choose from new blankets, hats, toys and other donated items.
 

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Talkin Poker - with Bryan Devonshire

Big hands call for big bets
  Earlier this year I found myself playing heads-up for the $340 no-limit hold ’em preliminary event title at the Los Angeles Poker Classic. The LAPC has the second-coolest trophies in poker, behind only the famed World Series of Poker bracelets. They’re these big, heavy, Remington cowboy-on-a-horse sculptures. I didn’t have one and desperately wanted one.
  We were two hours into our match when this hand came up.
  Blinds were 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante. I had 2.4 million in my stack, my opponent had 1.8 million. I had the button (and small blind) and was dealt 10s 9s. Following my usual desire to play pots in position, I raised to 85,000, and my opponent defended the big blind.
  In a career spanning more than 2 million hands, I had only flopped a straight flush once before, and now, here was another: 6s 7s 8s.
  My opponent bet 100,000 into the 180,000 pot, and it was my turn to act. I had the unbreakable nuts, didn’t want him to fold, and did want him to lose all of his chips on this hand. I raised, making it 220,000. He called. Excellent.
  The turn was the Ah. He checked. There was 620,000 in the pot, and he had 1.5 million remaining in his stack. I bet 420,000. I wanted to size my bet so that he had the illusion of fold equity if he wanted to shove all in. I wanted to be able to shove the river and have it appear to be a natural-sized bet that he would be more likely to call. And I wanted to bet the hand the same way I would bet a bluff. A bet of 420,000 seemed to meet all of those conditions.
  But my opponent folded, showing me a single card, the 9d. I showed him my hand, and he asked, “Why didn’t you let me get there?”
  Once, during a home game in North Carolina, a good ol’ boy bet $400 into a $60 pot. His friend asked quizzically, “Why’d you bet so much?” With an equally puzzled look, the good ol’ boy responded, “To make the pot bigger.” Rooted in that statement is some irrefutable Southern logic that we can learn from. And although our Tarheel hero was doing it wrong, I appreciate where his heart was.
  Far too often I see players win small pots with monster hands because they slow-played them. Then they make top pair, play it fast to protect their hand, and lose a huge pot to a better hand. You’re doing it wrong! Play big pots with big hands and small pots with small hands.
  Slow-playing is easy to detect. Somebody checks the flop and now wants to raise the turn or river. Well, that means they were either slow-playing something big on the flop, turned something big (usually a set), or randomly decided to turn whatever they checked the flop with into a bluff. Remember, players’ flop-checking ranges are stronger than their betting ranges, because players generally bet their air (lousy hands) on the flop and check mediocre hands with showdown value.
  When you have a hand that wants to play for stacks, start building the pot, now on the flop. The bet/bet/bet line is very strong and usually represents either a bluff or a monster, but it’s much harder to have a monster than a bluff. Encourage the pot to grow when it’s young so that it can get big when it’s older. Win the maximum with your big hands and lose the minimum with your losing hands.
  My tough opponent beat me after another 90 minutes of battling heads-up, but the following day I had a shot at redemption and brought home the Remington, my first LAPC trophy.
  (Bryan Devonshire is a pro­fessional poker player from Las Vegas. Known as “Devo” on the tournament circuit, he has amassed more than $2 million in career earnings. Follow him on Twitter: @devopoker.)

Novel idea


Novel idea

  Oak Lawn Community High School students in an advanced ESL class participated in a Book Fair on Feb. 22. Each student presented a technology-based project on a novel of his or her choice, showcasing knowledge of literary terms such as setting, exposition, rising action, climax, and conclusion. The most popular book choices were Sharon Draper’s “Forged by Fire” and “Darkness Before Dawn,” both sequels to the students’ summer reading book.
  Advanced ESL is intended for students with limited proficiency in English, and English is not the primary language of any student in the class. All students in the class have only lived in the United States for two to three years and came from countries including Iraq, Jordan, Israel and Yemen.
 

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