How big is your opponents chip stack?

Obviously, this can be an extremely important factor directly related to the time a person will play. You can consider a persons stack in relation to table stakes and/or a rack of chips. For example, a medium stack could be considered a rack of table stake or small blind chips 500 count,a large stack is 1000 chips or more, a small stack is 250, and a short stack is 100 or less count. Let us look at each type:

POKER STRATEGY – The poker player with mounds and mounds of chips is most likely having some good luck. They won’t leave until there is a sign that the luck is changing. They are probably at or above their financial goal for the evening. However, no one wants to leave when they are on a good run. Therefore, this person will usually wait to leave until they lose a close hand or lose the small stack that was off to the side of the large mound of chips.

poker chip stack

POKER STRATEGY – The poker player with the medium stack of chips may have just bought in or have been playing tight and not catching cards. They will probably play until some determining factor of winning or losing comes their way. If they double up, they will probably leave, if they lose half their stack, they may walk as well. It is rare to see this person re buy chips unless they are very aggressive players and you should be able to tell that quickly. Continue reading

Online Poker Tips for the Beginners

If you are brand new to the act of playing poker at an online poker site, you will more than likely have a lot of questions regarding how things work and how you can go about playing in the best manner possible so you will see the results you are hoping to see. Here are some tips for you to follow if you are a beginner that will really help you out along the way:

Before you do anything else you want to become familiar with the better online poker sites. Read through some reviews, talk to other online poker players, and do some looking around on your own. The more familiar you get with the different sites, then more you will know what you want to get out of the online poker site you decide to join. Read the poker news so you are staying up to date on the industry. You want to do all you can to find the best online poker sites available.

Poker Tips

Once you have chosen the online poker site you want to join you should start by going in to all of the different sections and verifying it is definitely the one for you. Some of the most important sections for you to pay attention to are the games section, promotions section, and banking section. However, the more you get to know all of the sections, the more you will be able to take advantage of a lot of great opportunities.

Once you have downloaded and installed the software and you are filing out the required information to register, you want to pay attention to what you put and make absolutely sure you are putting everything in correctly. If you put incorrect information it could cause you to lose out on a reward or it could even cause you to be banned from the poker site. It would be a shame to go through all of the trouble of finding the best online poker site for you and then be banned because you put some false information. Continue reading

Bar Poker Is Entertainment – Have Fun With It!

Recently at one of my tournaments a player got upset by the payout that day. The numbers were down due to the weather, and only the top 2 places were paid out. The player that finished 3rd asked, upon being eliminated from the tournament, “What does 3rd place get?” and was answered with “8 points!”. The reply was “And you wonder why I don’t play all the time. You don’t pay out enough!”

I guess I was wrong thinking that bar poker is a form of entertainment!

Actually I’m not wrong. Most people fail to realize that bar poker IS entertainment. It’s not meant to be serious poker or competitive poker. In fact I’ve seen places advertise their bar poker tournaments as “for entertainment purposes only”. Well that’s exactly what they are!!! ENTERTAINMENT. It doesn’t have to be advertised as such! Yes anytime you play a game, whether its poker, darts, pool, or softball, competitive juices will flow. We’re humans, we can’t help it. I know I’ve gotten on people before, and usually when I do I apologize later. I’m competitive by nature, but I realize what bar poker truly is.

Bar Poker

People should be playing bar poker as entertainment and for entertainment. Have fun! Loosen up! Have a drink or 2! Enjoy the night! Some people complain about people having too much drink sometimes at poker tournaments. The ones complaining are the ones not having fun and the ones getting complained about are having a blast! If you can’t lighten up just a little bit and have some fun, perhaps you should find a different game to play. Try Bingo. They take that game way too seriously!!!

And as far as payouts go, if you’re really playing for the prizes, you’re playing for all the wrong reasons. Sure, we all like to win something. It’s an incentive for you to show up. But if you’re walking in with the mind set you need that $100 to pay a bill, maybe you should get a second job. It’s one thing to want to win. You can still have fun. It’s another to need to win. You’re not having fun and chances are you’ll ruin it for other people.

So everyone, let’s remember to have fun when playing bar poker. You go to a bar to see a band or hear a DJ and have fun right? Let’s do the same with poker!

Host the perfect poker party

Want a perfect idea for a get together with friends? What better way than to host a poker party where you and your friends are guaranteed to have a night of fun.

Firstly before you even begin planning to host a party it is highly recommended you check with the local law. There is nothing worse that to have the long hand of the law to slap you with a huge fine for breaking the law. If it is not legal to gamble, it is highly recommended that you obey the law and do not play for money (we have to say this, but seriously…. ).

poker party

One of the first things you need to take care is the guests list. Everything that follows depends on the number of guests attending. For up to 10 players, 1 table will suffice. Anything between 11 and 17 will require 2 tables and if your guests list has above 17 people you will require 3 tables. Remember that as the number of tables increase the press sure on you as host also increases.

To host a poker party you will require a lot of drinks and snacks. However it is a good idea to impose a no food at table rule. Or else soon your cards and chips will smell of shrimps and sushi. Also it would be a good idea to arrange a small table next to the main game table to keep the drinks.

The first thing you need is casino chips and cards. Plastic chips are cheap. But if you are out to impress get hold of clay chips that definitely is better than the plastic ones. Make sure you have at least 50 chips per person. It is going be embarrassing to run out of chips even before the party starts.

Don’t bring out your torn and worn out deck of cards. Buy new cards. Get at least 2 decks per table.

Go over the rules before game starts for the novice players. And remember to have fun.

Playing Suited Connectors

Suited Connectors: Any two cards of sequence that hold the same suit.

A huge (and I mean HUGE in the biggest way) aspect of No Limit Texas hold’em is playing suited connectors. In limit hold’em, betting is secondary to hand selection because one’s stack is not in jeopardy at all times. Things change in the No Limit version, where implied odds (the amount of money you can expect to win if you make your hand) are a large factor in decision making at the tables. Played properly, suited connectors hold great value and the best chance of taking down big hands and, consequently, big pots.

Let’s look at my personal favorite in this category, the 7,8 suited. There’s several ways to play this hand, and one of my favorites is raising in late position with it.

Suited ConnectorsIf you’ve played a tight game thus far and an opponent credits you with big cards and it’ll be hard for him to put you on a hand when the flop hits you. Certainly you could get a dream flop of 6,9,10. Obviously this is a great flop for your hand, since you have the nut straight.

It’s hidden strength is that many players will feel that if you raised preflop, you’ve gotten unlucky and missed or they got lucky and hit. Consider the hands an opponent would call your raise with: any pair, AK to A9, KQ to K10 and maybe even Q10. This is a good flop for almost all of these hands for even if they missed, they at least have to overcards and might be willing to chase you a street or two.

On the other hand, if they hit top pair on the flop and you’ve been playing the game aggressively you’re likely to be check-raised on the flop, and bet to on the turn where you can then raise and take down a big pot. Perhaps what attracts me most to these kinds of hands is you almost always know where you stand. Continue reading

The importance of position

Whether you’re completely new to the 888 poker game or playing in the World Series, the importance of your position at the poker table is something that should always be at the back of your mind when you’re considering your next move.

In this article we’re going to look at the various positions you’ll find yourself in when sat at the table and the risks and benefits of playing in each of them.

position at the poker table

The diagram above outlines a typical poker table with ten players sat around it. The orange circle represents the dealer. The red positions (including both blinds) are described as being sat in the early positions, the blue buttons represent those players in middle position, with the players in late position being shown in green.

Early positions:

The first players to get involved in any pot will be the two people sat in the small blind and big blind positions. Their contribution to the pot will be made before the hand is even dealt meaning that the person sat to the left of the big blind will be the first person to act once every one has seen their cards.

This person is at a huge disadvantage because they can only guess at how the other nine people around the table are going to behave. Without any other chips being thrown into the middle of the table, this player has no idea about the strength of his opponents hands and it’s for this reason that it’s important to only play premium hands when you find yourself being the first to act. Continue reading

Win Money Playing ABC Poker

The term “ABC Poker” refers to a type of poker playing that is not sophisticated or complicated but simple solid, good poker. This type of poker is excellent for the lower limit games and through the ability to multi-table by playing many low limit tables just playing ABC poker you can make a tidy profit.

The main things to remember when playing ABC poker include:

  • Never Bluff.
  • Never Slow-Play.
  • Only call on a draw if the pot odds can justify it.
  • Always Check/Fold when you have a weak hand.
  • Always Bet/Raise when you have a good hand.
  • Play tight preflop and only every play with good, solid hands.

    Playing ABC Poker

Whilst ABC poker probably wont work very well against good poker players on high limit tables this method of playing will work perfectly on low stakes tables as (more often than not) you are playing against bad poker players. These players will play way too many hands so all you have to do is wait for your good hands to appear and you are in the money, now think about how much money you can make playing this style of poker if you multi-table!

The great thing about ABC poker is that it is dead easy to learn and it’s an extremally safe way to play poker online, especially for beginners who have a small bankroll. By playing like this you will be able to increase your bankroll significantly.

Sure you could be missing out on some money by not playing your absolute best but that is not the point of ABC poker, it’s a system to just take down the fish on the low limit tables – and believe me it works.

Chaos Theory and Poker – Getting Mathematical For Higher Profits

A few people have asked about poker math, and more specifically, chaos theory. Now, we don’t like getting too technical on here, because poker is about settling back to have a good time. However, we also want to give you any type of information that you’re going to help you be more profitable.

Simply put, chaos theory is a whole field of study that revolves around the “butterfly effect” — the idea that small inputs have bigger effects than we know about. Chaos is actually all around us. You might think that poker is a set of static conditions, but it’s not that way at all. You will have more factors affecting your win-rate than you can even imagine. It’s going to be up to you to figure out how to weave in what you’ll learn about chaos theory into your regular poker games.

chaos theoryChaos theory also deals with error — we have to estimate a lot of the data that we use all of the time in the world of poker, and sometimes we’ll get it wrong. So we have to assume that our strategy will be thrown off not just by the luck of the cards, but also that the assumptions we make about the players around us can be wrong. This includes misreading players. You might think that a player is being passive, when they’re actually switching into a tight play. If your strategy is completely based on that player going loose passive, you’re going to be thrown for a loop when they start trying to shove their weight around the game.

This is also where leaks come into play. You might think that as long as you’re coming out positive in terms of making money, that everything is alright. Not only are you leaving money on the table, but your poker leaks are actually making your strategy erode on its own over time, according to chaos theory. This is definitely not where you want to go.

This is just an opening introduction to chaos theory. Given that this is a highly technical topic, we’ll try to break it down into multiple sections. This is just to get you thinking in the right direction. For now, take the time to really look at the data behind all of your poker games. Reviewing your statistics coupled with hand history can give you insight that you might not have considered before. Good luck!

Betting on the River Without Blowing Your Stack

River, river, river — there’s something about the river that makes a good poker player go absolutely nuts! We see it time after time — chasing the river, and trying to bet hard on the river. It’s two different situations, but betting on the river isn’t a good thing at all. What you really want to do is make sure that the river bet is as profitable and plausible as possible. Does the bet make sense? That’s what we’re trying to find out.

It’s all about value — you want to hope for better hands to fold, or for worse hands to call. Worse hands no longer have time to get better, so a good bet can actually add money to the pot that wouldn’t otherwise be there.

The problem is that against decent competition, the bad hands will just fold, and the better hands may actually raise you on the river as a way of goading you into spewing chips into a pot that you just can’t win. If you sense this is happening to you, you definitely need to make sure that you fold out as soon as possible.

Betting on the RiverDon’t think that you need to surge forward when it’s better to back down. That’s a good way to lose a lot of chips. Protecting your stack is more important than being right, you know.

Player image does play a role into the type of hand that you should be betting at the river on. If you are going against a calling station that will call any bet, then betting on the river means that you’re adding more profit into your pocket. However, if you’re going against tight aggressive players, you’re not going to add anymore profit \into your stack.

Looking at all of your options is important. There’s nothing wrong with not betting on the river and just going into the showdown. Mixing it up will also keep the other players guessing. If they know that you’re going to always bet on the river when you have something good, then they’ll just fold.

Experiment in real games and see what happens. Good luck!

Game, Set, Match – Making a Roaring Comeback to Poker

Hey, tiger. Remember that post where we told you that if you’re really feeling burned out and stressed from playing too much poker that you should go ahead and step back? We remember that post too. However, if you’re ready to finally go out there and do some big things with your poker game, the time is right to get back in the game. We’ve made a few posts like this before but since we’re going into Spring hardcore, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. Just in case you’re new to the game, we’ll explain a few things here and there, but we also expect you to do your homework. Poker ain’t for lightweights, you know.

So, let’s get into it.

The first thing has to be mindset. If you’re groaning as a newbie, worrying that we’re going to get into some New Age stuff, the truth is that you aren’t going to have to worry about that at all. We’re just trying to tell you about the power of your own mind. When you sit down at any modern poker table, they’re going to be trying to get you to freak out. If you’re emotional, you’ll play emotionally. That means extra chips in the hands of your opponents. If you’re stressed out about something, you need to make sure that you get over it. If you can’t, then you shouldn’t be playing.

play pokerStrategy will be one of your biggest areas to improve before you can truly make a good poker comeback. You might think that it’s going to be all fun and games, but why should it be? Shouldn’t it be about getting the biggest outcome possible for your poker game? You are playing competitively for real money. Act like it. Don’t freak out just because things aren’t going your way. Study the competition. Look at how they’re playing.

Far too many poker players get into situations where they just assume everything should work a certain way, all of the time. You could play by the book and still get a bad beat. It’s perfectly fine.

Practice is the name of the game. A few people always write in, trying to get us to help them with strategy. They don’t seem to realize that they aren’t going to be able to just adjust strategy based on a few plays here and there. You’re going to have to play tens of thousands of hands before you can make big decisions. Moving up to higher stakes would be a decision best made after you have more information. Otherwise, it just looks like you’re trying to play far out of your league. Move up slowly and protect your bankroll.

The final piece of advice we’d give you is to remember that poker is about community. You need to make sure that you’re going to have a lot of people that have different opinions. Instead of thinking you have to be an island, why not reach out and embrace the thoughts of other people? You can take the things that served you and leave the rest behind. You will gain more out of poker if you treat it like a social exchange than if you assume you have to always be on your guard. Good luck!