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Tips on How to Start Winning at Poker 0

Posted on August 05, 2020 by Emily Johnson

Losing is never fun and especially not if it costs a lot of money. In poker, there is a word for bad players, namely fish. This article IndiaGamblers highlighted four simple tips on how to start winning at online poker and stop being a fish.

  1. Dare to lie down

There is something called premium hands and they are the strongest hands. These are the dressed cards. For example; ace and ace, king and king, queen and queen, ace and king (of the same suit) or jack and jack. Since there are 169 different starting hands in Texas hold’em (apart from color combinations), it is important to learn when to continue and when to bet. If you were sitting with premium hands and no player before you has raised, you can keep them. Keep in mind, however, that if someone raises or calls in front of you, it may be better to lie down if you are not sitting with aces and kings. This means that if you play Texas hold’em, you should place 80% more hands than you play.

2. Position

Where you choose to place yourself at the table is very important and is also called position. This means that if you are the player who is last at the table, it is you who decides how big the pot will be. In addition, it is easier to calculate the opponents and thus also facilitate even bluffing. Position is especially important when playing Texas hold’em.

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Key Methods to Crack Real Money Poker Tournaments 1

Posted on February 29, 2020 by John Harris

If people hadn’t heard much of poker until 2000 in India, things have changed drastically for aspiring players since Chris Money Maker swooped into the Main Event by qualifying its satellites online and stunned the world by claiming the Main Event bracelet. If an accountant can qualify online and bag the world’s biggest poker money tournament, a lot could happen for the budding poker community in India.

Since then, India responded to this gigantic change of events and introduced online poker in the Indian internet of things. While Indian Rummy and Teen Patti already enjoy a variegated audience from across the lengths and breadths of India; off late, real poker money tournaments have begun to captivate card gamers in huge numbers. 

As grand and lucrative these poker money tournaments are, there is plenty of ground that players need to cover before diving into the glorious realm of money tournaments of poker.

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Some Vital Points Regarding Playing Online Poker 7

Posted on October 10, 2018 by Cathy Carter

domino-pokerOnline poker is getting more and more popular with each passing day as people from all across the globe are playing it 24/7. However, this game is still new as it began in the year 1998, but it became really big in the year 2005. The rule of this game is pretty fair; when you have got skills, then you can generate money and it can turn into an extra paycheck for helping you towards the finishing of the month. Again, when you are playing this game just as your hobby, then you are pretty safe.

Poker players – Today, the poker players are treated as huge celebrities. These players do range from a beginner to a pro player. Poker players are liberal to join an online poker game and play their favorite game, like poker domino per their schedule of free time and leisure. This game has turned into a final test of skill and it is highly unpredictable. You must remember that online poker has multiple variations, though the strategies and rules do differ.

The etiquette of playing – Poker players normally sit based on the order they reach the table. Online poker players can also upload their images and pictures for representing themselves. While playing, these players are permitted to take some moments to ponder over their actions, but they must do so timely.

Free poker player – Numerous online poker rooms do permit the players to opt for low stakes and habitually propose poker freerolls, thus alluring the novice poker players. Again, some poker rooms do provide the players with free money play for the players to practice these skills in different poker games minus the danger of losing their real money. Read the rest of this entry →

Poker in 2017 compared to 1800’s 3

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Jeremy Biberdorf

poker-2While there is much speculation in regards to its exact origins, what’s clear is that poker has been around since the days of the Wild West. Today, over 60 million people play poker in the USA alone. Around the world, more than 100 million play regularly, making poker even more popular than tennis and golf! Today we look at how the game has evolved since the gun slingin’ days of the 1800s to now.

Firstly, let’s just say the safety of the game has improved considerably. Back in the Wild West, it was not uncommon for a game to end in a gun fight! If you were caught cheating, chances are you may have even been hanged for your indiscretion, or at the very least, driven out of town. Nowadays, things tend to be a little more respectable, and a lot less life threatening.

Over the years, poker has taken on many forms –straight, stud, draw, Omaha, even Strip Poker!  All these disciplines have enjoyed their time in the sun. Arguably the most significant change to the game itself came upon the creation of Texas Hold’em, which began in Robstown Texas in the early 20th Century. Texas Hold’em, which is popular due to its ease and the fact it allows players to think tactically, didn’t hit the mainstream until around 1967. The game was taken to Las Vegas by Texas businessmen but was initially only played in one dingy casino miles away from The Strip. The game’s big break came following a tournament in the lobby of The Dune Casino, one of Las Vegas’s top spots. When a number of High Rollers won big, Texas Hold’em was catapulted into the poker limelight. Just a few years later in 1970 the World Series of Poker was established and since 1971 the Main Event of the tournament has always been a no-limit game of Texas Hold’em. Read the rest of this entry →

Game Changer: The Bleed-through of Analytics in Traditional Sports and Poker 0

Posted on December 23, 2016 by Josh H

pokerThe argument about whether poker is sport or not has been going on for a while now. There are strong arguments from both sides. Some call poker a game of luck. They believe that’s what it is and that’s what it always be. Others see it as a competitive activity resembling traditional sports, minus the physical activity.

While the lack of physical activity in poker can’t be denied there is another point of intersection that certainly exists. We’re talking about the application of analytics that’s present in both traditional sports and poker. Some of the best sports teams out there heavily rely on crunching numbers to prepare for upcoming games. They use the gathered data to set up their formations, figure out the best lineups, and much more.

Serious poker players do the very same thing. When not at the tables they crunch numbers. They are trying to locate weaknesses of their opponents and areas where they could improve their own game. Like with traditional sports, the bigger the sample the better the results.

Traditional Sports and Analytics

Numbers and statistics have a prominent role in nearly every aspect of modern-day sports. However, their application is best visible in the process of drafting players. This is when data experts need to shine and show what they know.

The market for players in popular sports is a huge one. Finding the right fit for the team of one or two players that will fix the biggest leaks can be a painstaking process. Without the help of analytics most of it is just pure guessing and gut instinct. With analytics there are concise numbers demonstrating one’s abilities in different areas. No longer will teams spring out big money for the proverbial cat in a bag. Before they bring someone in as either a free agent or a draftee they want as much reassurance about what to expect.

Apart from drafting players, analytics are also very useful when it comes to determining a team’s efficiency. This can best be seen in the NBA where several cameras installed in nearly every arena track movements of every single player. With this information teams can figure out what needs changing and how efficient particular players are during the game. From speed to passes and shot trajectory everything is converted to numbers and graphs. Read the rest of this entry →

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    • Stan Jones – Weight Training Trailblazer
      October 11, 2020 | 1:48 pm
      Stan Jones

      The Sports Then and Now Athlete of the Month was one of the great linemen of his era and is considered a trailblazer for using weight training and conditioning to develop his skills.

      After a standout career at the University of Maryland, Stan Jones spent nine seasons as an offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears, making seven Pro Bowl appearances and earning first team All-Pro three times.

      In 1962, assistant coach George Allen suggested Jones move to defense to help solidify that unit for the Bears. He played both ways in 1962 and then in 1963 moved permanently to the defense.

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