Posts Tagged ‘Poker’

Poker Tips: How to handle poker downswings

Saturday, 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.

Poker Basics: Playing on a loose table

Monday, 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.

Loose tables

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.


Balancing family life and Poker

Wednesday, 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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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To bet or to check-raise?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

PKR Online PokerWhat 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?

Check Raising

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.

Betting out

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. (more…)

Phil Hellmuth’s Pain Brings Me Pleasure

Thursday, 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.

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Bankroll Management in Poker

Saturday, 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. Ace King of SpadesIf 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.


Phil Ivey makes a bad call

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Ziggmund plays this hand to the hills – and Phil Ivey falls for the trap like a little boy. So unlike him. I’m a huge Ivey-fan, but this is just a silly call, even against Ziggy aka Ilari Sahamies.

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Making most of a middle pair you get on the flop without a draw

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Getting a middle pair on the flop is a good news, bad news situation. It is a good thing since you hit part of the flop but on the other hand, there is a good potential that someone has better pair to dominate what you have.

You should be very observant and see how players in front of you will handle their cards. The players after you may also be playing with a top pair but only with a poor kicker or they are just playing you slow.

In a no draw situation where there will be more than two players in the hand, you can try these steps:

A player in front of you may bet to play his cards, your natural response should be to fold since you don’t know what will come next behind you.

If no one plays his cards in front of you, then try putting out half of the pot and see where you stand. If someone raises you, then you must fold since you only have 5 outs before the turn. People behind you might also call and this could bring a string of events on the table.


Mike Matusow going against Negreanu

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Mike Matusow and Daniel Negreanu playing a big big pot with very very weak hands. Great poker!

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Sam Farha, Raisy Daisy!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Sam FarhaSam Farha is a highly skilled poker player who originally hails from Lebanon. However, Sam moved to the United States in the 1970′s and by the year 1990 was making enough money from playing poker that he quit his job. The World Series of Poker has been the best moneymaker for Sam Farha to date. Sam nearly won it all in 2003, but was defeated by Chris Moneymaker. Sam Farha did still win a substantial sum in the 2003 matchup, and also came back in the 2005 World Series of Poker to win even more money.

“Luck is Not Enough” is the title that Sam is going to be using for his book about how to play poker. Sam also has several other engagements including being a spokesman for Harrah’s casino in Las Vegas and being on a poker playing show on the Game Show Network called High Stakes Poker. While Sam is not officially related to any poker room, Poker Stars was kind enough to setup a rematch between Moneymaker and Farha. Farha did win the rematch, however, he was not awarded any money.