Sunday, October 6, 2019

Poker - When to Stop Playing

Poker - When to Stop Playing
We often regret having prolonged the game (to the private glee, we feel, of a few players who led us on). It would have been better, we always realize too late, to have left too early. If we had left earlier, we would have then been tormented by the question of whether we should have stayed, but having lost too much right now is definitely worse, with the last hour having been a grueling experience. What's worse, we can't really say why we have stayed too long and so we are likely to repeat the same mistake when next time we inevitably show up at the table.
One absolutely must use their powers of reasoning to logically analyze the situation to determine if they should hold or fold. You know when to go to the airport so you won't miss the plane for that important business meeting. If you are hanging on in desperation waiting for that winning hand and miss your chance to get to the airport on time, you are going to get totally stressed. You won't play well, you missed the plane and that important meeting. You are also harming yourself and your career.
Poker is meant to be entertaining. If you are not having fun, that's as good as reason as any to walk away early before the game becomes a tragedy of poor play and an even poorer frame of mind. A lot of players begin the game of poker for recreational purposes. If the game becomes overwhelming and they cannot leave, but neither can they play a decent game, it ceases to be recreation. They may be staying out of a sort of guilt, doing penance by playing badly and losing. They stay on and on suffering greater losses with every new deal, instead of taking their medicine with maturity, maintaining their good nature and understanding that it is just a game after all.
The first step in understanding this type of behavior is to realize that the problem does not lie in the game of poker itself. It lies in you and your persistence in continuing to play and to lose at an "amusement" that is pointless and unproductive and at which you are not having fun. This is avoidance and self-delusion at its finest, having no connection with poker.
If this is you, I'm sure you will find that this psychology affects other parts of your life and activities as well. Try training your concentration on other aspects of your life when you find yourself pondering the stupidity of remaining in a losing situation at poker hand after hand. Envision yourself in other functions instead of half-assed playing in a doomed game. You may be able to identify the source of your idiotic obstinance and change your game and your life for the better.
The problem may lie in not facing the fact that you hate your job, or owning up to a real feeling of grief that you have suppressed for a long time. If you are able to make a connection, you may be able to stop kicking yourself and enjoy the reality of life and of poker.

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Poker Hand Nicknames - Get Conversant With Them

Poker Hand Nicknames - Get Conversant With Them
People who are well conversant with the game of poker will also be aware of poker hand nicknames. Before delving into further details about poker nicknames, it is imperative that you understand even simple terms like 'poker hand' and so on. A poker hand is nothing but poker card holding. All of us know that poker is a game of cards. The player who has the highest hands emerges the winner.
There are a variety of poker nicknames and as you understand the game better and play more of poker, you will start using these nicknames. The Ace higher card is nicknamed as 'Flying Nazis', 'Two Pips', 'Pocket Rockets' and 'American Airlines'. The pattern followed here is the 'AA' pattern. The AK card combination has poker nicknames like 'Big Slick', 'Kalashnikov', 'Santa Barbara' and 'Korean Airlines'. The AQ card combination has poker nicknames like 'Big Chick', 'Big Slut' and 'Missus Slick'.
The 66 combination has popular poker hand nicknames like 'kicks', 'cherries' and 'boots'. The 62 combination is nicknamed as 'Aimsworth' and the 63 combination is nicknamed as 'Blocky' and 'Jimmy Summerfield'. The T5 combination is nicknamed as 'Five and Dime', 'Woolworths' and 'Dime Store'. T9 combination has poker nicknames like Countdown.
There are more than one thousand poker nicknames. Though, it may not be possible to remember all of them, there are some popular ones which are used quite often in the game of poker. Depending on where and which place it is played, local poker nicknames are also given. Players need to attain mastery over these poker hand nicknames so that they are able to communicate effectively with their partners while playing these games. Many of us must have also watched the game of poker on our television sets wherein nicknames like cowboys, pocket rockets and big slick is used.
If you want to understand the jargon in a better manner, you just need to sit and watch any television broadcast of a poker tournament or a series of poker games. The pair of aces is referred to as bullets, weapons of mass destruction and so on. The pair of kings is nicknamed as King Kong, Cowboys and Ace Magnets. The pair of jacks is also referred to as fish hooks and jokers. The poker nicknames for pair of queens are Hilton/Gabor Sisters, Ladies, Siegfried and Roy. Nicknames for a pair of tens are Binary, Dimes, Boxcars etc.
Cards which are pair of nines are nicknamed Phil Hellmuth, Meathooks etc. All of us know that pair of eights are nicknamed as two fat ladies, snowmen and double infinity. Pair of Sevens has been given poker nicknames like Hockey Sticks, Walking Sticks and Mullets. Route 66 and Mario Lemieux are nicknames for pair of sixes. Presto, Nickels and Speed limit are poker hand nicknames for pair of fives.

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Pai Gow Poker - A More Exhilarating Poker Game

Pai Gow Poker - A More Exhilarating Poker Game
True poker fans will love learning how to play Pai Gow poker. Based on the Chinese domino game of the identical name, Pai Gow poker is a seven-card stud game. For those who are beginners to the world of poker, Pai Gow is a more challenging and exciting version of poker, that can pay off well when played at the casinos. However, it is better to learn the rules of the game first in a free online casino before you try it in real life - you don't want to lose an unfortunate amount of money.
Pai Gow rules are similar to that of standard poker for winning hands. Pai Gow needs to be played with 53-cards; typically a standard deck with an additional joker. The best hand to make is a five-of-a-kind. As opposed to standard poker where the Royal Flush wins everything, in Pai Gow it is a five-of-a-kind that will top all hands, including the Royal Flush. This is what makes playing this form of poker so exhilarating.
The Game Play:
One big difference when playing Pai Gow poker is that you use seven cards to evaluate the hands. Players play against the dealer and for the game to start, every player must place a bet against him. Seven cards are then dealt to each player. Players separate five of the cards into one hand and the remaining two cards into another. No one is allowed to speak or touch anything while this is being done.
As mention, the highest hand possible in the five-card hand is a five-of-a-kind (The best you can hope for in the two-card hand is a pair). When all the players have decided on the split of their hands, they will then set them on the table face down. Once all hands are set, the dealer is then free to do the same with his cards before all hands are shown.
How Wins Are Determined:
The cards in both the player's five-hand and two-hand are matched against the dealer's hand. You must beat the dealer in both hands in order to win your bet. If you win just one of the hands (either the two-card hand or the five-card hand), this will be considered a "push" and your bet is returned to you. Should you lose both hands, the dealer wins your bet. Tied hands are considered a dealer win.

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Poker Sharks Prey on Those Who Tilt - Learn How You Can Avoid It to Save Some Chips

Poker Sharks Prey on Those Who Tilt - Learn How You Can Avoid It to Save Some Chips
People love to play a poker bonus freeroll - Even if they lose the hand it doesn't matter too much, so long as they know when they're in an awkward spot making bad decisions with marginal hands (which is what most people would have done when they first started learning the game).
The problem is that when you're on tilt, it can be difficult to recognize for quite some time (a few days of play afterward and about half the bankroll sometimes...)
There are some tips that can be followed to ensure that you recognize when you're tilting sooner, or else you stop yourself from tilting entirely. Try looking at it as just a bad beat - If you're still tilting (perhaps because of the disgusting hands that are calling and beating you) try looking forward to the next hand instead.
If for example you were sitting under the gun with an ace of hearts and a queen of spades, which is an OK hand to play first up, you might have raised to three times the big blind. Next you probably got called by two people. The flop came ace of diamonds, ace of spades, queen of hearts, so you checked.
The first caller to your left was in middle position and bet out half the pot, the second caller folded and you flat-called.
The turn was a king of hearts. you checked again and they bet two-thirds of the pot, so you paused for a moment before calling again. The river was a ten of clubs - This time you pushed all in and they instantly called, showing jack king. Sometimes people will raise on the turn instead of checking, but this often causes your opponent to fold, suspecting a check-raise trap. Sometimes it's profitable to delay the raise until the river, particularly if you have an especially tight image at your table.
This hand was a better example of how to tilt other players by slow-playing the best hand. Another tip to remember is that if you're not tilting, somebody else is - Find out who they are and exploit them. Many people get a really big hand, only to realise that they've had it so rarely they're not really sure how to play it for the most value.
Whatever the situation that presents itself, you should always keep your emotions in check. This means that the minute you notice yourself making bad calls, incorrect plays or absolutely stupid moves, you stop yourself straight away. Sometimes it can help to just sit out a few rounds, but other times you'll be fumed from such a sick beat that you'll be better off leaving the table and taking a walk.  Even the best poker players fail to heed this simple rule at times - Don't let your emotions get in the way of your game, let your game determine your emotions.

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An Overview Of Poker Hand Strengths

An Overview Of Poker Hand Strengths
Any poker player must understand both the types of hands available in the game and their relative strengths against one another. It's quite straightforward and you don't have much to remember. However the strength of your hand - in particular your two hole cards - determine to a large extent what to play, what to fold as the hand progresses and if you might try to make your opponents think you have better cards than you actually do. So just what are the various hand strengths?
The lowest is the high card. You have say a ten, nothing of a higher value than that and nothing to match up to say make a pair (two cards of the same value). Unless you are plain lucky or a world class bluffer it is highly likely that a high card hand is going to win you anything. Fold and get out.
Next up is a pair. Just like it sounds that's two cards of the same value. Two tens, two jacks and so on. The might the value of the pair the better. For example a pair of kings beats a pair of nines. Pairs (particularly high value) can be not so bad to get in to a pot with though tend not to play so well unless you improve the hand on the flop by say making three of a kind.
The next highest rank of hand is two pairs. For example two nines and two sevens. As with one pair, the higher the value of the higher pair the better. So those two nines and two sevens are not as good as two kings and two nines. Two pairs is a sort of a middling hand though can easily become a full house (very powerful) if a third card of the same value as one of your pairs appears. For example your have two nines and two sevens and another nine comes out during the play of the hand.
Then it's three of a kind. Self explanatory. Three kings, three eights. If you have three of a kind it could become almost unbeatable if you hit that fourth card of the same kind. Three of am kind can be a nice disguised hand if your small hole card pair hits the third (or fourth) on the flop.
A straight is next in line in terms of strength. The hand compromises of any five cards of different suits in sequence. For example 6, 7, 8, 9 10 or 9, 10, jack, queen, king. The suits are not important - can be a mixture of all of them - as long as the cards are in sequence. The higher the value of the highest card the better. So a straight with a 10 as the highest card will be beaten by a straight with a queen as the higher value card. For straight purposes an ace can be either high or low.
After a straight comes a flush. That's five cards all of the same suite. All spaces, all diamonds, all hearts or all clubs. As with a normal straight, the higher the value of the highest card the better. So if you are dealt what are known as "suited connectors" as your hole cards (two cards of the same suit next to each other, say a nine and ten of hearts) and hit three more hearts you are in a good position of strength.
I mentioned a full house in a previous paragraph. That's the next highest ranking of hand after a straight flush. A full house is made up of three cards of the same value and one pair. For example three jacks and a pair of fives.
Now it's four of a kind. Four cards of the same value. Four aces, four nines, four threes. If you have a pair to start with and manage to find the other two somehow then there are only two other hands of a higher ranking.
The first of those is a straight flush. That's the same as a flush - five cards all of the same suit running consecutively. For example the 7, 8, 9, 10 and jack of clubs.
Now for the highest rank of hand in poker. The royal flush. These come along about as often as Halley's comet. But what is a royal flush. Well, it is a flush of 10, jack, queen, king, ace all of the same suit.
So there you have it. The different types of poker hands and their respective strengths. Memorise it, get used to it, know what beats what and as your poker skills develop learn to try to figure out what your opponents may have and what you might want to make them think you have if a bluffing opportunity may present itself. Good luck at the tables.

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Texas Hold Em Poker Strategy - 12 Steps To Success

Texas Hold Em Poker Strategy - 12 Steps To Success
This Texas Hold Em Poker strategy is an easy game for any beginner. Read this article now to learn how.
Texas Hold Em Poker can be understood quickly and the more one plays, the quicker and better he grasps the nuances of the game.
It is played with a normal deck of 52 cards. Many poker rooms offer beginners, tables where they can practice and play for free.
Once the players are confident of themselves, they can start playing on real money tables. There is also the option of practicing online, where one can avoid details like shuffling, dealing etc.
Texas Hold Em Poker Strategy - How The Game Is Played
The game is played, as detailed below:
1 - First the players place blinds or antes for the game to start, which is called posting.
2 - A standard deck of 52 cards is then shuffled.
3 - Two cards are dealt for every player which are placed face down. These initial cards are called pocket or hole cards.
4 - Then the betting starts and similar to most poker games, the players are allowed to call, raise or fold.
5 - After the round of betting, the dealer then removes the first card (called the burn card) from the deck, to prevent cheating.
6 - The dealer opens the next three cards and puts them on the table (face up).
7 - Any player can use these cards along with their own cards to get a poker hand.
8 - Another round now begins with the players betting, starting again from the person who is to the dealer's left.
9 - After everyone has given his bet, the dealer flips one card, called the turn. Many times the bets double at this stage.
10 - A card is burnt by the dealer who places one last card on the table - called the river. Players are allowed to use their own cards plus any of the cards on the table (totally 5 cards).
11 - The player who has the best hand is the winner. At times there may be a tie where players split the money.
12 - A player who is confident of his cards "raises" the bet, the one who is not sure "folds" and the game ends with the "show".
These are the basic steps you'll need to conquer to utilize any profitable Texas Hold Em Poker strategy. Please continue to learn more about Hold Em so that you can make money playing this fabulous game.

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Why Online Poker is Better Than Sports Betting to Make Money

Why Online Poker is Better Than Sports Betting to Make Money
Recently a rush of sports betting sites has been promoting themselves as way to make massive amounts of money. There are two major reasons why sports betting is a poor choice to make money as opposed to online poker.
The Gamble
In sports betting, there is a large element of gamble involved, since for the most part you must rely on too many variables that are against you in the bet. For example the line (or, point difference) is set by the house. This line usually is set so that it equals the game to a more fair and balanced number, therefore making it close to even odds in determining a winner.
This fact alone makes sports betting more of a gamble, since it is harder to rely on the merits of each team. In addition, other factors, such as the team's mindset, the weather, or any injuries to a player during the game, force sports betting to be a gamble or game of chance.
Any of those factors could potentially cause a great loss to you, simply because you have no participation or control in the game. Without an element of control over the outcome, any game such as sports betting or the lottery becomes a relative game of chance.
The Control
In online poker, you have a great deal of control over the outcome of play, because you are directly involved in each play. Although the cards are random and there is an element of chance to some degree, you still have the decision making power to play or fold your poker hand.
In addition to choosing to play your poker hand or fold, you also can control the action in a Texas holdem game by the bets you make. You are able to force a player to fold or to trap him into giving you his chips when you have a great poker hand.
Texas Holdem is a perfect way to build a bankroll and to supplement your income as opposed to gambling on sports betting. Poker is a game of skill, not a game of chance or luck as many novice players believe.
In fact, a few of the most well known professional poker players (such as Howard Lederer) were former sports betting pro's. These former gamblers now play poker and earn a substantially larger amount of money in Texas Hold em.
By educating yourself on the skills in Texas hold em, you can easily improve your play and your potential to make a great deal of money. Take the time to discover the many skills in poker and you will soon find it easier to make money in poker than in sports betting.

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