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Poker Players: Smart Players And Suckers

No one can really tell the way their game is, if it is good or not. But the streak of wins and losses can give a pretty good idea on that. To determine whether a play is perfect or not or to find out just how the perfect player would play poker, you must first look at the player itself.

In a poker player’s evolution there are three important phases. First they are novices. Being a novice means you are fairly new and don’t know much about poker, no matter what you may think. The problem with novice players is that they can remain in this stage forever. Because evolving means some effort and they are just not ready to make that effort. Novice players play too many cards, they don’t know the strategy or worse, they know it but can’t decide when to apply it or wrongly apply it. Novice players lose most of the times. The next stage is called the booksmart player stage. A booksmart player is a player that read a lot about poker and he is currently discovering that he should play fewer hands, he should apply strategy and this way he is making some money. Then, after passing through this stage a player climbs up to the expert category or the situational expert stage. When in this stage, you can even play more hands than a booksmart player does without loosing.

Being in the final stage is ideal. Almost any player that takes the time to learn or read a thing or two about poker can easily get to be a booksmart player, but from that point to the final stage the road is long. Poker is a interesting game because the gap between how good you hand is in comparison with the hand of you opponent is inverse proportional to the money amount you will win from that hand .if your hand is just a little bit better than you opponent’s then the cases are that you will make a lot of money, much more than when winning over a hand much lower than yours. Or if you are just about to lose because of the little gap between you too, you will probably make a lot of money if you do win. Basically beating them barely makes the profits. So to make a lot of money, hands that aim just that are over-played by the situational experts. This in not a thing that can be learnt from books and it takes courage and perfect understanding of odds to pull it off.


The Art of Bluffing in Online Poker

Ah, bluffing. When you get it right, you feel like a master strategist; when you get it wrong, you feel like a doofus. Bluffing is lying, to put it plainly. To be more specific, bluffing is lying about the strength or weakness of your hand. There is a common school of poker strategy that teaches to play every good hand as if it were a bad one and every bad hand as if it were a good one. Now while that may be a bit too simplistic to be applied across the board, it speaks to a sound underlying principle — you can win with a good hand and you can win with a bad one; it’s all in how you play.

If you’re playing No Limit poker especially you’re going to need to know how to bluff (and as a bonus consequence, how to tell when others are bluffing). Bluffing is generally more effective in No Limit poker than in Limit poker because in Limit poker, you can only raise so much at once, and you can only raise so many times in each round of betting.

A player in a Limit poker game is much more inclined to call a bet or a raise with a mediocre hand than a player in a No Limit game, and the main reason why is the size of the bet or raise. In No Limit poker, you can call “All In” at any of your turns and set the whole table on tilt. There’s just no equivalent in Limit play.

Now to extend the conversation on bluffing to the online poker arena, there are far fewer methods of bluffing online than there are offline. The main way to bluff online is to place a humongous bet or raise (when your hand doesn’t merit it, of course). You can try a bit of “coffeehousing” or blustering over the chat window, but if your opponents aren’t reading the chat window (or have that feature turned off) you’re wasting your time.

One way to heighten the impact of a bluff is to do it quickly and confidently. Though they can’t see your face while you’re doing it, like they could if you really were sitting across the table from them, but they can gauge how long it took you to come up with this maneuver based on how look it took you to execute it.

You’ll find 3 basic types of bluffs at the poker table, online or off:

The Stone Cold Bluff: Betting a huge amount right away with lousy cards; the choicest time to pull this is when you’re the last player to act in that round of betting and not much action has happened yet;

The Semi-Bluff: Betting on a potentially winning hand that for now is worthless (such as four cards to a straight or a flush); it’s considered a bluff because it’s currently a garbage hand, but since it could turn into “the nuts” or the best hand possible at that time, it’s considered to be only a semi-bluff;

Representing the Flop: Bluffing in two parts – first, raise a small amount in the initial round of betting, making folks think you have the beginnings of an excellent hand, though it seems clear you need to pull something useful on the flop to make it happen; in this round, you raise just enough to get the majority of players at the table to fold. After the flop, then, go ahead and bet a ton (maybe even going so far as to go All-In) suggesting that you just pulled whatever cards you needed on the flop.

It takes nerves of steel to pull off a good bluff, but it takes even more than that to fold when you believe your opponent is bluffing. If your hand is weak, especially, then no matter how convinced you are that your opponent is trying to pull one over on you, you still want to walk away and save your chips for another hand. If you don’t think you can win this round with the cards you’ve got, then by all means you can try bluffing. But if you sense you’re being bluffed, make sure you can beat it before you go ahead and call it.

Poker Bankroll Requirements

Your bankroll is the amount of money you have set aside to play poker with. Some players can easily add to their bankroll from outside sources while others have no way to add if they lose theirs. If you fall into the latter category, it is very important to not play at limits that exceed your bankroll. One very important point you should know is that until you become a consistent winner it doesn’t matter how big your bankroll is. The only thing that will matter is how much you have to lose. For this reason, the information below is written for you assuming you are a winning player overall.

The first rule is to not confuse bankroll and buy-in. A buy-in is the amount you sit down in a game with or the entry fee in a tournament, not the entire amount you have available to play poker with over a period of time. For example, you may have a bankroll of $10,000 to play 15/30-limit holdem. If this were the case you would probably buy-in for between $500 and $1,000.

I have seen bankroll size suggestions ranging from 200 times the big bet at the level you are playing at ($800 at 2/4) to 300 times the big bet ($1200 at 2/4). My recommendation, particularly for holdem, is to start with 300 times the big bet. I play much better when I have this cushion. I have played at levels that I had much less than 300 times the big bet in bankroll and it sometimes hurts my play. This is a psychological hurdle but when reduced to facts it makes sense. 50 times the big bet is a common downswing, even for professional players, and nothing to become too concerned about if you are still playing well. However, if you start with only 100 times the big bet, if you are down 50 big bets you have lost 50% of your bankroll. If you had started with 300 big bets and are down 50, you have only lost roughly 17% of your bankroll.

If you are a very sound Omaha/8 player, you can play with a 200 big bet bankroll. This is because Omaha/8 is a much more mathematically direct game than holdem, or in other words there is less short-term variance or luck. Because of the short-term variance in holdem, even professional players may see a 200 big bet downswing at times. For this reason, that extra 100 big bets may keep you from being forced to drop down a level before the cards turn in your favor.

Do You Want To Play Online Poker?

Are you of legal age to gamble already? Have some money to spare? And more importantly, do you find yourself excited or at the very least, curious, about playing online poker? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. A lot of people who are new to the online poker scene feel somewhat intimidated and helpless when it comes to playing online poker for the first time.

And at times, their nerves get the better of them. So instead of forging ahead and playing online poker, they back out and simply try to feel content with just watching Celebrity Poker on television or other professional poker tournaments. If you’re new to the online poker scene and would like a crash course about it then wait no more because we’re about to give it to you in three..two..

ONE game is all it takes to get you hooked because poker is truly an amazing game. First, it challenges your brains. Don’t believe people when they tell you that poker is an easy game to win. It’s not!

But it isn’t as difficult as solving as Rubic’s cube. When you play poker, whether you do so online or live, you’ll realize that your brain is challenged to come up with different scenarios for the two cards you’re holding with your hand. With those two cards, you should be able to do the following: determine whether it has a good chance of winning, determine your chances against the other players and determine whether it’s time to fold in the successive rounds.

Secondly, if you’re worried about the game getting dull when you’re waiting for other players to make a move by folding, calling or raising a bet, you need not worry. This is because online poker sites have foreseen this problem so they made sure they offer their members a lot of cool graphics and distractions if they need to while away the waiting time.

After gaining considerable experience in playing poker, you may be able to make a living out of online poker. I kid you not! Online poker is easier than playing live poker because it offers helpful statistics that will let you know which rooms have big pots and which ones are populated by inexperienced poker players whom you could – – take advantage of!

But like I said, to be able to reach this stage, you must first gain experience in playing online poker. Make sure, however, that you don’t overdo it by bankrupting yourself in the process.

How To Win At Poker – Tips For The Beginner

Poker is one of the few games where a player is judged a winner based on how much money they have won, not by the number of hands that they have won. While Poker is very much a game of acquired skills and not luck, this doesn’t mean that a beginner can’t also be a winner. This is what makes poker such a popular card game.

As a beginning player, there are some tips that can be followed to increase your chances of winning at the table. For example, it is very important to know when and when not to bet. Being able to learn a few tricks of the game, watching how other players make their moves and above all, taking responsibility for your own actions as well as for your own play are important skills to learn. It is also a good idea for new poker players to keep a log, of sorts, of the games played and how they performed.

One of the most enjoyable parts of playing poker, as a beginner, is to learn the tricks of the game. Keep in mind that as a new player, you probably won’t learn anything that will fool a seasoned cardholder, but you can certainly use them against your buddies on Saturday night. It is important to note that over using these tricks and tips can quickly become a disadvantage to your game. Tricks are nice, but should be used only when they can help you win and not just because they are fun to perform during the game.

Probably the most important trick that you can ever learn when playing poker, is to know when to bet and when to hold on to your money. When a good set of cards are dealt to you, it’s exciting and you may be tempted to bet larger than what you should. It is always wise, after you make a small opening bet, to sit back and observe your fellow players, try to see what they have going on. If need be, fold, even on a good hand. If you don’t learn when to fold, you won’t win very often. It is especially important for a new player to learn when to stop upping the pot; just because you “think” you can win it. Your opponents will gladly take your money.

Observation of the other players is also an important part of winning at the game of poker. The most effective way to learn how to win at poker is to find someone who is great at the game and watch what they are doing. Watch the fact that the veterans don’t use their bag of tricks on every hand, how they bet and that it is not every time their turn comes around, they wait. Pay attention to the fact that when they feel that their hand is turning cold, they stop betting.

For the newer players, it is important to be accountable for how they are playing. It is too easy in this game to blame a loss on a string of bad luck. This way of thinking will get you into trouble faster than anything else. Be responsible, realize that poker is a skill game, that you control how you use or don’t use the cards you are given.

A great way to learn to be responsible for your play is by keeping a chart, or a log, of how you are playing your games. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy; you are the only one who will see it. However, the log should keep track of the players, the time of the game, the money involved and what you think your strengths or weakness were during that particular game. You are looking for a way to improve your poker skills for the next time you square off against these same opponents.

Online gambling software- 2 clicks to success

Software quality is a much debated and complex issue. One can think of software quality in terms of speed, reliability, security, user-friendliness but at Mentor Gaming we believe that software quality is directly related to the skill and dedication of the team who monitors, updates and customizes the online gaming software packages.

It takes two clicks to install the online gambling software from Mentor Gaming but it took three years of marketing research and software development to make it possible. “Mentor Gaming was founded after 3 years of business research and software development with a challenging goal: Create the best online gaming experience in order to provide our LCO (licensed casino operator) the opportunity to become a leader in the online gambling industry” continued Mr. Peled.

The design of the online gambling sites powered by Mentor Gaming represents the vision of the operator as they are all specially customized for this purpose. But they all retain a basic characteristic which is made possible by the photo-realistic 3D graphics: the real casino atmosphere preserving the excitement of the real thing, of land-based casinos.

It’s A Good Time To Play Poker Online

There are certainly differences between face to face poker, and online play. And if your poker game relies on the advantages that can only be found in a casino or home game setting, online play might not be for you. But, if you can hold your own at an internet card room, you’ll find that now is a very good time to be playing poker online.

With the number of poker rooms growing almost daily, there is a lot of competition for players. And the number one weapon in that competition is money. Players can find the online poker rooms giving away free money in a variety of ways.

The first, and most obvious is in the No Deposit Bonus. This is free money that an online poker rooms give new players to use at their tables. The players do not need to make any deposits into an account to receive the bonus. It is a great way for players who want to test out the waters of internet poker to get their feet wet. You can spend time at the real money tables, on the house.

The second way to receive extra money from the poker rooms online is through a deposit bonus. These are commonly offered to both new players in the form of a welcome bonus, and to players that have played at the room before via reload bonuses. A percentage of a player’s deposit is matched by the poker room with bonus money. As a player spends time at the poker tables, that bonus money is converted into cash that can be withdrawn

The amount of bonus money you can collect, and how fast it turns into cash vary greatly from room to room. But, there is enough bonus money out there that you can spend every hand you play in a ring game working off a bonus.

With experienced players playing two, three or more tables at a time online, they can really clear bonuses quickly. This can add a nice amount of money to a player’s bankroll, compliments of the online poker rooms.

While taking full advantage of poker room bonuses tends to require time spent at the ring game tables, there are other ways to take advantage of poker room kindness. Players can find tournaments that require no entry fees, but award real money prizes. These are known as freerolls.

Freerolls are tremendously popular now, and there are plenty of them online. Smaller freerolls may have prize pools of $50, while larger ones have $1,000,000 in prize money at stake. All without an entry fee.

Even with all of these chances to build or pad a poker bankroll by playing online, there’s still more. Poker rooms often offer guaranteed prize pools for their tournaments. This means when the buy-ins from the players who register for the tournament do not add up to at least the guaranteed prize pool amount, the poker rooms will contribute the difference. Extra money that can be won, that comes courtesy of the house.