May 10th, 2012
People in most places in the world can and do play online poker at the best online casinos, the one major exception is the United States. Make no mistake there are plenty of people in the US who play online poker, the problem is that it is illegal, sort of. The actual laws on online gaming are quite complicated and far from clear, the federal government has however to act as though online poker is illegal. This is a position that we believe needs to change.
The main reason that I think that online poker should be legal in the US is that there is such a huge number of people who want to play it. Even today while it is illegal there are lots of people who play poker online. In fact the government has to invest large amounts of money to enforce the laws that make it illegal. Every time that they try to stamp it out new sites pop up that allow people to play. It is clear that no matter how hard the government tries they are not going to be able to bring an end to online gambling so they would be far better off allowing it an regulating it.
Another reason that online poker should be legal is that it live poker is now legal in a majority of places. The reason that you can play live poker but not online is that live gambling is governed by the states and not by the federal government. Most states allow live poker to some extent. The federal government however are opposed to the idea of allowing people to gamble and they have therefore decided to try to limit it as far as possible.
One of the concerns that the government has about gambling is that it can be addictive. While this is certainly true the fact remains the government are more than willing to take advantage of gambling when it benefits them. The most obvious example of this is the lottery which is of course a form of gambling. Since the money that is generated from the lottery goes to the government they are more than happy to allow this. It therefore seems a bit ridiculous of the government to argue that online poker is a danger to society, it is certainly no more so than the lottery would be.
While there are a lot of people who think that online poker should be legal, probably the majority, the fact remains that it is very unlikely that it will happen any time soon. The government have made it very clear that they are going to dictate to people what they can and can’t do as far as they can. That being the case unless something pretty dramatic happens the chances of online poker becoming legal are not very good.
September 3rd, 2011
You cannot win them all so the cliché goes. There will be times, a lot of times, that you go home with lesser money than before sitting down on a poker table. There are days or nights that you will be losing a lot and you cannot do much to avoid it.
Poker is really about skills but you cannot deny the fact that luck also plays a big role of how your poker session will turn out.
When you experience a long stretch of hands where you are dealt bad cards or you just miss every opportunity to capitalize. Yes you will get Ace-King but you will still be beaten. You will try to comfort yourself, regain composure, win some, and then lose a lot again.
Big downswings in poker are out of any poker player’s control. No matter how good your skills are at the game, downswings will come.
Poker downswings may bring about changes to your game which makes things even worse. When you experience a big poker downswing, do not force the issue and continue playing. The best way is to take a break. A few days without poker can help you retreat and clear your mind of all the negativity that a downswing brings.Try to be more positive and get your poker game back on track.
Think of a downswing as variance in poker. The bad cards will end and eventually after your long break, you will be getting favorable hands. What is most importance after a downswing is knowing how to start fresh.
January 17th, 2011
Playing on a loose poker table can mean raking in a lot of money at the end of the night. It will not be that easy though since you need to make some adjustments and use the right strategy in a high variance game.
When you say loose table, you refer to a bunch of players who are much willing to play a wide range of cards before even seeing the flop. The more hands are played, the looser you can consider a player. You need to make a distinction though between a loose passive and a loose aggressive table.
There is the loose passive table often makes small pots because the players limp or into a wide range of hands before the flop. In a loose aggressive table, you will see raises and re-raises even before the flop creating a big pot. The latter, of course, will bring you more money if you know what to do.
Playing on a loose passive table
You have to deal with the small pots in loose passive table. Your basic strategy will really depend on how the other players are willing to call a big raise before the flop. There is a bigger chance that the passive players will raise you than re-raise you, so try to walk slowly into the pot. Be careful and don’t scare away the other players into the pot when you get a monster hand.
When playing in a loose passive table, be tight but be aggressive.
Playing on a loose aggressive table
The kind of poker here is totally different from the first one. When you are in an early position, it will be best to fold your small pairs. It is too dangerous if you play it aggressive early on.
Premium pairs can help you entice players into the pot before the cards of the flop. There is a higher chance that you will be getting a re-raise. What you will do after the flop will really depend on how the other aggressive players behave. Play to give them unfavourable pot odds to rake in some money.
June 9th, 2010
If you have committed to playing regular poker with plans of pushing it to become a pro, then you might also be struggling with ways of how you can balance your poker with your family life.
Achieving a balance is really a two way street (that sounded mushy), but here’s our set for poker players:
- Never bring home your bad luck in a poker game or poker tournament. Make sure you drop everything about poker before you turn the knob of your front door.
- Do not lie about your losses or wins to your partner. Remember that you are talking to your partner and your relationship includes matters of finances. If you have played a sum which you cannot really afford to lose, that really puts some stress to your relationship. Any pros and cons about you playing poker should be discussed with your spouse or partner.
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April 13th, 2010
What do you do when you are up against a player and you think you have winning cards. It is really quite hard to decide especially when you are the first to act.
Of course when you play casino games you want to get more money into the pot but what will be the best way to do it?
When you check raise, you are sure that more money will get into the pot because you raised the chips so the other player will have to put in more to see what card is next.
One downside though is that when you show too much strength, your opponent might chicken out and fold. If this happens, this will be a missed opportunity for you.
When we bet, with raising after at the back of our minds, we remove the possibility for our opponent to see a free card. It also does not take away the air of mystery about the cards that we have. Though you will be able to disguise your cards, in a way, you are also limiting the amount of money that your opponent can put in. Read the rest of this entry »
February 25th, 2010
I would like to thank both the poker Gods and their son Chris “Jesus” Ferguson for the beautiful river card.
By the way: Phil makes a horrible horrible turn bet, shutting out close to all inferior hands. I hate hate hate that play – Gabe Kaplan obviously disagrees.
I LOVE THE AUDIENCE NEEDLE!
January 11th, 2010
Absolute epic Phil Hellmuth moment. “What is going on here, I can’t believe this. I got a guy calling a raise with five seven out of position.” IDIOTS. IDIOOOTS!
November 14th, 2009
Many players play poker for recreational purposes, some play with the intention of earning money and some players play for the fun of it.
You should refrain from investing big amount if you are playing just for the aspect of fun and enjoyment. If you are a seasoned player and have proven your worth by winning games on the poker table then you should have the confidence of laying 100 odd bets on the limit you play.
If you are playing at $5-8 then your limit should be around $2000 in the bankroll. Having fair idea about your betting limits is a great and a positive way to approach the game. If players know their beting limits they would not go overboard and blow all the money in the bankroll. Good poker players effectively manage their bankroll.
Avoid consuming alcohol while playing poker as it taints the mood and if you are on a losing streak you start betting recklessly to win the old money back. One of the best ways of bankroll management is to handle the amount in the account in a resourceful manner.
You should never participate in a game which is above the limits of the money in your account. You should glue yourself to the current balance in your account and shape the game accordingly with your betting gestures.
One of the most foolish acts of a poker player would be using all the money in the account for a sit and go or maybe plunging into a cash game. A resourceful pattern of managing your bankroll is spreading the amount on different poker tables which would magnify your chances of winning and increase your hourly earnings as well.
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October 20th, 2009
Great news for Team Full Tilt – Tom Dwan is joining the team and he’ll bring in a whole lot of knowledge!
What’s great about being on the team for the pros apart from the endorsement money and publicity:
- 35 dollars for every hour they play
- 100 percent rakeback and
- a stake in the full tilt company (some players)
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September 2nd, 2009
This is from one of his DVD’s – not the best I’ve seen but worth checking out anyway. This pre-flop hand strategy is one of my favorite parts of the Howard Lederer DVD though…