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  1. 2014-01-23 20:28:10

    Opening Hand

    Hey all. I'm Andy and this is my blog. Sure, it's on a poker site and it will be about poker often, I'll also infuse a variety of things that might be in the news, or just on my mind.

    Tonight is one of my regular poker nights, and typically the biggest of the week. I usually play Tuesday and Thursday nights at a pub near my home. They run a freeroll game that typically gets 40 players. The purse is $110 ($75 for first, $25 for second and a $10 bounty on the tourney operator.). Most of the players are regulars, so I know how they play for the most part. When I started playing there about 4 years ago, I made the final table on a very regular basis (I'd say 80%). I won 5 times within the first 6 months. Then I had a long cold spell which I snapped a few months ago. The last few weeks have seen a couple final table appearances, and a 4th place finish last week.

    I'll post again after tonight's game and track my hands, etc. Hopefully, it's not a short night.

    Take care and good luck!

    A-Dub

    Posted by adub79 at 2014-01-23 20:28:10 | permalink | Discuss (0 comments)

  2. 2013-11-18 19:27:30

    What The Next Few Months Holds

    Hey everyone, after much thought over playing Magic The Gathering more then poker over the last couple of years. I am ready to sell my collection I am going to hold onto it until about Feb. With this in mind and discussing with Jason. I am ready to play more holdem and focus free time towards that. I just wanted to make a quick post with what is going on lately, With an approximate bankroll starting around 1,500 I will be playing as much as I can once everything is sold and figured out. So expect more posts on my progress after everything settles down.

    Take care and may all your pots be monster.

    Posted by Nick L at 2013-11-18 19:27:30 | permalink | Discuss (0 comments)

  3. 2013-10-28 16:30:56

    Season 6 Final

    Rob ALMOST wins. That is all.

    J/k. Rob may be submitting an article/recap soon. Check back for updates.

    Posted by Nemo at 2013-10-28 16:30:56 | permalink | Discuss (0 comments)

  4. 2013-09-30 12:48:30

    The Most Successful Poker Players Around

    During the 20th Century poker has transformed from a recreational activity played by male enthusiasts, to a widely popular spectator activity with huge prizes and an international fan base full of online casino fans. The World Poker Tour gives players the chance to win huge prizes. Below are some of the most successful poker players around.

    Antonio Esfandiari
    The Iranian Magician is the undisputed king of poker. As of July 2013 his total tournament winnings exceed $25.5 million. At the age of 26 he won his first World Poker Tour title in L.A. taking home close to $1.4million. He has placed first in six tournaments and has three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets. His most recent price was a cool $329,339 for a fourth place finish in the Five Star World Championship Event in December 2012.

    Sam Trickett
    Nottingham born Trickett is the most successful British poker player of all time. He has eight first place finishes and three bracelets. Trickett made his name in 2012 when he scooped a colossal $10,112,001 in the WSOP Big One for One Drop. With total prize winnings of $19,752,481, he is the second most successful poker player of all-time.

    Erik Seidel
    New Yorker Seidel is a veteran on the poker tour; he finished second in his first major tournament, the 1988 WSOP. With an impressive 23 first place finishes as well as eight WSOP bracelets; it’s no surprise that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. Seidel total winnings come to $17,285,021.

    Daniel Negreanu
    Another veteran of the tour, the Canadian has amassed an impressive $16,532,751 in winnings, placing first in 34 tournaments and collecting four WSOP bracelets. He has also taught a variety of celebrities the game, notably actor Tobey Maguire.

    Posted by KCasey at 2013-09-30 12:48:30 | permalink | Discuss (0 comments)

  5. 2013-06-24 21:35:40

    Online Poker Website Research

    Hi everyone. I am a grad student doing research as to what drives people to specific online poker sites. I have heard that there are lots of different reasons and am really interested in learning the major points. Please rate the following factors/elements (giving one to least important, 10 to the most important).

    company reputation?
    sign up bonus?
    loyalty program?
    banking safety?
    who the room was "endorsed" by?
    Table/Room Interactivity (with other players and/or poker pro via chat)
    Social Media aspects?
    Private room (ability to play with your friends)
    Immediate cashout capability?
    "Clean" game? (clean meaning no bots, no third party spyware, etc)

    Finally, could you please list which site/s you play at?

    Thank you.

    Posted by kalli at 2013-06-24 21:35:40 | permalink | Discuss (0 comments)

  6. 2013-06-11 21:02:57

    Knockout Gaming

    We are currently looking for poker league owners around the world who are looking to both increase their revenue and attain unsurpassed prizes. We have an unbelievable business model guaranteed to provide an unprecedented online poker experience. Please contact me (Tim Delaney) at tim@knockoutgaming.com for more information. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Posted by timknockoutgaming at 2013-06-11 21:02:57 | permalink | Discuss (0 comments)

  7. 2013-05-28 10:15:13

    Pot Odds in Poker

    The mathematical aspect of poker can be a little unnerving for some players, but with a little bit of practice, a sound understanding of the fundamentals can go a long way.

    One of these fundamentals is pot odds.

    Pot odds are a mathematical expression that presents you with your risk-to-reward ratio for calling a bet. It is a quick calculation that you make when you are deciding whether to call a bet, particularly connected to action when you are holding a drawing hand.

    The calculation of pot odds takes into consideration the ratio of the pot relative to how much it is to make the call.

    Example: The action folds around to you in the small blind. At this time the size of the pot is your opponent’s big blind and your small blind.

    If you choose to call it is going to cost you another small blind. If you break your opponent big blind down into two small blinds then you can see that your cost of a call is 3 to 1.

    Now let’s imagine that you do make the call and after a series of plays you and your opponent find yourselves at the river. The pot is now $1,000 strong and you have one pair. You check and the big blind bets $200. The pot is now $1,200 and it costs you just $200 to call. 1.200/200 = 6 to 1.

    So, you should call if you believe these odds are good enough to justify the money that you put into the pot. The key criteria being do I have a better than 6 to 1 chance of winning this pot should I call? Or put another way, does your opponent have a hand that is worse than yours 14% of the time?

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    Posted by KCasey at 2013-05-28 10:15:13 | permalink | Discuss (0 comments)

  8. 2013-05-23 09:38:16

    Table Selection in Poker

    Table selection is one of the key principles when it comes to cultivating a winning poker game. It’s vital because the better poker player will achieve that mantle by making fewer mistakes than his, or her, opponents.

    To increase the likelihood that this becomes a reality, you need to make sure that you avoid playing with people who are better than you.

    To create a good strategy for table selection you need to create a colour coding system to identify different player types. Most online poker sites offer this facility, and it allows you to quickly browse the lobby to see if there any tables that are top-heavy with weaker players.

    So how do you know who is a good player?

    The two main ways to ascertain whether a player is talented, or not, is to pay attention when you play, or alternatively, use tracking sites like Sharkscope or Official Poker Rankings. Then create a colour for each type of player: Top quality, break even, fish and the jury is out.

    Once you have a system to categorise the strength of your opponent’s it’s time to choose a table. A good rule of thumb is to find tables that possess at least three weak players on a nine-handed table, but this is easier said than done. If you can’t find that Golden Goose then try to find tables that contain one fish and then a consistency high in break even players.

    If this all seems a little too much for you then you can always simplify things by collecting a Betfair free poker bonus and purchasing table selection software. Products like TableScan Turbo and even your Heads-Up Displays (HUDs), like PokerTracker and Hold’em Manager, possess table-scanning software that does the hard work for you.

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    Posted by KCasey at 2013-05-23 09:38:16 | permalink | Discuss (0 comments)

  9. 2013-05-22 13:32:02

    Three Types of Tournament Play

    The game of poker is evolving all of the time. At this years World Series of Poker (WSOP), the Carnivale of Poker mini-series is going to hold an Open Face Chinese event, which if successful might be a bracelet event in 2014. Nobody would have thought this was possible a few years ago, but tournament poker is an ever-changing feast these days.

    Here are three very different forms of tournament poker, all of which can be experienced with Betfair Online:

    #1 Ante Up

    An Ante Up tournament is a form of tournament poker that doesn’t see any increase in the blind levels. They may begin at 5/5 and remain that way throughout the tournament. Instead the antes increase each blind level. So if you were playing 5/5 with an ante of 4.5k there would be 36,010 in the pot to play for, each orbit, and only 5 to limp into the pot.

    #2 Crazy Pineapple

    Crazy Pineapple is a tournament format where each player is given three hole cards and a pre flop round of betting ensues. The flop is then laid and another round of betting ensues. Each player must discard one of their three cards to leave them with a two-card hand and play resumes as in standard No-Limit Hold’em (NLE).

    #3 Irish

    There are different variations of Irish, but the commonly found game on the Internet is one where players are dealt four cards face down. There is a round of betting, a flop, another round of betting before players must discard two of their cards before continuing like in NLHE.

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    Posted by KCasey at 2013-05-22 13:32:02 | permalink | Discuss (0 comments)

  10. 2013-04-29 09:54:42

    Play Tight

    Imagine you are walking into the casino and are about to take your seat in your local game, or you are on line playing Betfair Speed Poker. You have a friend who is desperate to play, but they have never played poker in their life. You have about two minutes to offer some advice. So what is it going to be? What few words can give the maximum impact in just a few minutes?

    PLAY TIGHT#

    Those two words are the best pieces of advice that you could give to a beginner and there is a lesson to be learned for the experienced player as well. Poker is a game that takes you on a journey and the experienced player can sometimes lose their way. They too once received this advice but now find themselves playing far too many pots. Becoming a coach can often help you screw that head on the right way around.

    If you are on the Betfair iPoker Site and teaching someone to play poker for the first time, then teach them that they can only play a strict number of hands irrespective of what position they are in. Limit their options to any pocket pair, KQs+ and AQs+ and let them loose.

    At least this way they are always going to have a fighting chance when in the pot. It also gives them the vital lesson of learning to fold, whilst affording them the time to focus on what else is going on in the game. How much are people betting? What are they showing down? When, and why, are they raising?

    Playing tight is a great foundation from which to start your poker learning.

    Posted by KCasey at 2013-04-29 09:54:42 | permalink | Discuss (0 comments)