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Getting together with your friends periodically or on a regular basis for a night of Texas Holdem poker can be an enjoyable experience. This experience can be even more enjoyable if you have a home poker room where you and your friends can easily get together to play. In fact, maybe you are the one who should take the initiative and build your own home poker room. Think of the advantages if you are the one who has the poker room in your man cave. Being at home you don't have far to travel. You and your friends would be assured of having a well-equipped, comfortable and well-stocked regular place to play. Having all the amenities; an actual poker table with, poker chips, good lighting, comfortable chairs, an effective timing system and an appropriate decor would make your poker nights or home poker tournament a fun and exciting experience. You can be the one to choose the players to make sure that they are compatible socially and with comparable poker skills. Being the host you can set the stakes. If you and your friends are beginning poker players you can develop your skills together. If you have higher poker aspirations then your home poker room would be the ideal place to develop and hone your poker skills and strategy in a risk free environment.
In order to set up a home poker room you would be required to accumulate a number of items to run your home poker games. The center piece could be the poker table. Poker tables are available in a range of styles and prices. They may have fixed legs if they are to be a permanent fixture or have folding legs if they need to be stored when not in use or need to be transportable. Poker tables are available in different sizes and shapes depending on the number of players that you plan to entertain on a regular basis. And of course price is a consideration when making a poker table purchase. The least expensive option is a portable poker table top that can be placed on a household table, card or a plastic table with folding legs. Like poker tables, table tops or also available in different shapes and colors and seating capacities. Or, if you are handy you can build your own poker table. Plans are readily available on the internet.
Poker chips are also a major consideration. Poker chips may be made of clay, a composite polymer or composite ceramic. Your poker chip selection is completely subjective based upon what you might want and can afford. Cheap plastic composite chips in a case can be picked up for $30.00 or less at a big box store, large chain department store or discount store. Higher quality clay, composite and ceramic chips can be found at many online poker supply stores or at poker supply specialty shops at higher prices. These higher quality poker chips have many advantages over the big box chips or large chain poker chips but you will need to decide what works best for you.
Playing cards are available at just about every store you visit from the corner convenience store to large chain department stores. Again you get what you pay for. Playing cards that you get for 2 for a dollar might not last very long before they show major wear and tear. All-plastic playing cards with specialty features like Jumbo or Peek indexes (print) are more expensive but they are more durable, moisture resistant and can be washed if they become soiled giving you much longer service. Selecting playing cards is not a critical decision but by purchasing better quality playing cards you can avoid constantly changing card decks that in a short time become difficult to shuffle and deal because they have lost their firmness, are sticky or have bent or missing corners.
There are a number of poker accessories that play an important role in Texas Holdem poker games that you should also consider. Dealer and blind buttons play a significant role in keeping your poker games organized and running smoothly. The dealer button indicates which person is in the dealer position. Since betting and order of play is determined by player positions in relation to the dealer it is important that players are at all times aware of who is in that position. The Small and Big Blinds are also determined relative to the dealer position. By having these buttons and moving them around the table allows your game to proceed in an orderly and organized fashion.
It is also a good idea to have a timer available. A simple egg timer can serve that function but there are many relatively inexpensive timers on the market that will time the blinds, indicate the size of the blinds and even provide a timing function to keep play moving. At the extreme end of this spectrum are timers that will do virtually everything previously mentioned plus help you plan and organize your tournament including the number and color of chips each player should start with.
When it comes to furnishing your home poker room, while not essential, you might want to have a theme for your home poker room. The theme could reflect your favorite pro or college team. Maybe you would prefer to spotlight your favorite beverage or would like a Las Vegas or poker theme. Lamps, mirrors, signs, pub tables, bar stools and other accessories are available to present these themes. Or maybe a simple room with the bare necessities proper lighting, comfortable chairs, surrounded by your own collectibles is enough for you. That sounds and feels great also. Again its your choice.
How much it costs to build your home poker room depends upon your tastes, your needs and your finances. The table and/or poker chips could be your biggest expenses. The best thing to do would be to go online and do some window shopping. Find the items that you want and compare that to what you can afford. Make sure you check the shipping cost because some sites include shipping in the cost of the product while others add a shipping cost to the advertised price. Do your due diligence.
You can finance your poker room by thinking outside the box. There are a number of ways you might recover some or all of your costs. Check if some of your long-term poker buddies want to contribute to your purchases. You could charge a nominal fee each time you hold a poker night or could take a small rake off each pot. Set up a chart like they do for the United Way indicating your progress toward paying for the poker room. If or when you reach your goal, drop the fees and celebrate your accomplishment.
Building you own home poker room can have many benefits for you, your family and your friends. It provides a set location for your poker games with your friends. It can provide the opportunity for you to teach your children how to play poker in an environment that is risk free and in a manner that reflects your family values. If you have higher poker aspirations it can be a risk free classroom where you develop and sharpen your poker skills and strategies with individuals and stakes that you can control.
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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!
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.
Rob ALMOST wins. That is all.
J/k. Rob may be submitting an article/recap soon. Check back for updates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
sign up bonus?
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?
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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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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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