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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Vegas Runner of Review

The power of 620 sports services behind every selection, the MasterLockLine has gotten a lot of questions lately about “Vegas Runner” a sports handicapping brand created by R.J. Bell of

Acknowledges CEO Joe Duffy, the top sports betting expert in the world, “Bell along with (radio handicapper) Adam Meyer, TV tout Wayne Allyn Root, and the cable and Internet infomercial guru team of Al DeMarco and Steve Budin, are probably the most aggressive marketers in the sports betting industry.

Cy McCormick of, the MasterLockLine said that Vegas Runner did finish No. 17 in 2007 in college basketball, his best finish ever. “We would not say he’s in the class of Stevie Vincent, Phil Steele, Dr. Bob, Joe Duffy or others,” said McCormick, referring to the most widely respected handicappers in terms of winning.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bob Akmens BASports Football Picks

A lot of questions have come in about Bob Akmens of BASports. Cy McCormick of the online betting syndicate MasterLockLine says that Akmens is better than most. “He’s currently 17th ranked in college football this year and 43rd in the NFL.”
Overall based on winning percentage he is 22nd in college and pro football combined, 33rd in units won.”
McCormick said that while he’s not in the same league as Phil Steele of Northcoast Sports, Joe Duffy of GodsTips, Stevie Vincent of BetOnSports360, or Dr. Bob of Doctor Bob Sports, he is one of the few who wins more than he loses.
McCormick monitors Bob Akmens plays on the power of 620 sports services behind every selection, the MasterLockLine. But he says the reason who partnered with is that they are the only portal that “puts winning ahead of everything else.”
McCormick has been approached by other entities and he also pitched his concept to many, but “Everyone else was concerned on my ability to sell the picks. Some asked me for ad copy to see how well I could hype. Others wanted me to do auditions for the TV and/or radio spots. was literally the only portal that said it’s the quality of the product that matters and everything else will fall into place.”
Some sites have one or two decent handicappers, but only has three of the best in GodsTips, Stevie Vincent, and Matt Rivers. Spartan is good on, Indian Cowboy of Doc’s Sports is good at football. Scott Spreitzer of the Proline Show is not bad in basketball once conference play begins, but for pure profits has the highest threshold bar none to appear on their site.
Guys like Al McMordie and Mark Lawrence are good with stats, but Grandmaster sports handicapper Joe Duffy of GodsTips and Phil Steele of Northcoast Sports are the only two in the NFL who combine the numbers with football handicapping acumen.

Adam Meyer is a good sales guy and so is Brandon Lang, Wayne Root (who is having his best year ever in college football betting) and others. “But the best picks sell themselves as has proven since evolving from the early days of scorephones.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Radio Handicapper Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone Sports is keeping Sports News Radio afloat, but revolutionary handicapper Stevie Vincent is putting the sportsbooks out of business. His revolutionary and groundbreaking forensic sports handicapping has him light years ahead of college football odds and NFL betting line.

Vincent is part of the growing list of handicappers on Also included is the MasterLockLine. Because the MasterLockLine monitors each and every one of the nation’s top sports service, handicappers, tip sheets and syndicates, you will get every Game of the Year play worth betting. Every last one in the industry is yours. That’s why you get more legitimate service Games of the Year on the MasterLockLine than anyone else.

Jim Feist Proline Show

Jim Feist’s Proline TV show is certainly the longest running such program on television, though Lawrence Prezman’s job as screaming host lasted shorter than McLean Stevenson sitcom.

While that group has spent the largest budget on marketing, continues to re-invent in the product. Already featuring the top football betting expert of all time Grandmaster sports handicapper Joe Duffy of GodsTips, handicapper Matt Rivers has been added to the fold that includes the power of 620 sports services behind every selection, the MasterLockLine.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Steve Budin Scorephones Gone But Joe Whiz Back

Whether it was calling the free scorephones of Steve Budin and Al DeMarco, the pick phones of Jonathan Stone, Stu Feiner, Jeff Allen, the Duke on Sporting News Radio, yes I am aware of telematching.

The scorephones and pick phones get the caller number off of ID and have their Jack Price and Johnny DeMarco boiler room guys do whatever it takes to make a sale.
But this Joe Wiz or Joe Whiz won’t even give us the satisfaction of making a fool out of the sales maggots. He has an automated ad with his effeminate voice, apparently going after the gay market. We get a kick out of his lisp at the HQ of We think we will stick to winning picks from the world’s top sports handicappers Go take a whiz Joe Wiz.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Trick to Bluffing Online

There’s always been on unchangeable rule in poker: you don’t need cards to win. If you’re playing with better poker players, not the donkeys that consistently call anything just hoping to get lucky, ala Jamie Gold, you’ll find that bluffing online is one of the most effective tools you can use.

No other game found on online casinos and other gaming sites give you total control of your destiny like poker. Whether you’re playing the famed Texas Hold’em, Omaha, or a game of Stud, the chips you make is totally up to you.

Not every player likes using the bluffing method in order to build a stack of chips. Some are solid players, only coming in with decent hands and staying out of trouble if they don’t have the goods. This is a good, solid style of poker. But you also can’t lose what you don’t play. If you’re a tight player, working a little bluffing into your game will take you to the next level. If you don’t believe bluffing is an effective style of poker play, just check out Stu Ungar. He was the master.

Stu would bet at everything. When players finally got peeved enough to call, he would turn over his cards and have the best hand. This sent a signal to the other players: I’m not bluffing! So everyone else at the table was always scared to get busted out by the consummate professional. Stu bluffed most of the time.

There’s an art to bluffing. One should never throw around their chips loosely. You have to actually be in control of the table before you try this method. For starters, you need to get a feel for your opponents. Find out what they play, what they call on and when they fold. You can find this out without ever even coming in for a flop. Just stand back and observe for the first round or two, unless you have the cards to come in.

This sends out a message that you’re waiting for cards. Players will automatically assume that you have a decent pocket when you come into the hand. Score this in the win column already.

The next thing you want to do is start throwing feeler bets into your competition. A feeler bet is usually the size of the pot or a little larger. After the flop hits, as long as you’re acting first of if the pot’s checked to you, go ahead and bet. You don’t have to be holding anything, and it’s really better if you aren’t (because it’s easier to get away on a raise). You’ll quickly find out who wants to play here. But before you do this method, you should remember that this is for ring games. You don’t want to wait around in tournaments. That’s a different monster entirely.

Now that you’ve felt the table out, you know who stays in hands, when, and where they fold. You’ve gathered invaluable information that can be used for your benefit time and again. Now it’s time to seize control of the table and be aggressive.

If you’re on the button or in any high position, start raising the pots. When a pot is checked to you, throw a bet in there. Use your chips at weapons. Like Doyle Brunson famously says, “Put the pressure on your opponent.” Not every bet is going to win you the pot, but if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know exactly who’s going to fold. And you’ll also know that if they don’t, it’s time to abandon ship.

Bluffing is truly more art than science. You need the feel for the flow of the table. After you have that, turn your chips loose. Think of them as Stock Market investments. You’re buying stock in the pot to get a return. A successful bluffer can rake in hundreds a day at a ring table. Just use your head; your talent will do the rest.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Is Online Poker Rigged?

Since the inception of online poker, critics have been skeptical of the fairness and random shuffling of online poker sites. While many newcomers believe online poker is rigged or unfair, it is exactly the opposite that is true. When playing on a trusted poker site, online poker is actually safer and more secure than playing at a home game or even a casino.

I think the number one reason why new players think online poker is rigged is because of the amount of hands you get to see. When you’re playing in a home game or in a casino, you will play about a fourth of the amount of hands that you’ll play in the same amount of time online. This makes a huge difference when it comes to bad beats, which is why players think they are getting screwed. If you’re seeing four times the amount of hand you normally see, you’re going to win four times as many big pots, and you’re also going to have four times as many bad beats.

Many new people to online poker don’t understand how big the poker industry actually is. Online poker is a multi billion dollar industry, with some of the bigger poker sites making over $300 million per month! The revenues that the top poker sites make, is greater than some of the most recognized companies in the world. What reason would they have for trying to rig a game? They would get caught eventually, and the whole company would go under. The risk is certainly not worth the reward.

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To make you feel even more safe when playing online, you can check out the security companies that monitor the random shuffling of online poker sites. These government regulated security sites monitor all of the top online poker rooms, so you can be sure that these poker sites are safe.

The security of playing online doesn’t end there either. If you are worried about collusion and people being able to see your cards, you should keep reading. While collusion was prevalent in the early years on online poker (1998-2000), this problem has since been almost completely eliminated. Poker sites now have formulas in place that will pick up on the actions of two people at the same table who are working together. This is actually very easy to detect now for an online poker site. While were on the topic of cheating, do not be fooled by people who say they can see your hole cards, or have software that will tell you the what card is coming next. Many marketers are advertising programs like this on Google, and they are all scams! None of them work at all.

If you really could see someone’s cards, would you tell other people about it? Of course not! You would just sign on to a poker site and mop up thousands of dollars a day on your own. Overall I think there are way too many features in place at online poker sites for anyone to beat the system. Online poker is very safe and secure, and you should feel comfortable playing poker online at any reputable site.


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Justin Goff is an online gaming journalist. You can find more of his online poker writings including a Chan Poker review and info about poker sites for Americans

Play Poker Games Online; Become a Millionaire


Poker games online are becoming very popular, as a matter of fact, most poker players prefer playing online as opposed to in person. Even online video poker is being played more statistically than video poker in the casino!

People from all around the World are finally realizing you can do all the gambling you want in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. No more paying for airfare, outrageous hotel fees, gas (especially at over $3.00 a gallon), food, etc… Not only that it’s nearly impossible for online poker cheating to happen and in real life at the casino it definitely can happen. Why do you think all those cameras are installed in a casino? Cheating is definitely going on and even though casino owners try everything they can to prevent it, it’s impossible.

There is one solution to solve the problem though. That solution is to play online poker. Online poker has turned your average Joe into the World Series of Poker winner and the World Poker Tour Winner. Take a look at the history of the World Series of Poker and you will see that half of them came from online and over half of them won an entry into the tournament by playing online poker tournaments. Online poker tournaments, especially Sit-N-Go’s can be a great source of income if you learn the secrets behind winning them over and over again.
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If you don’t know about Sit-N-Go’s, let me explain. A Sit-N-Go is basically an online poker tournament where poker chips are used at the poker table instead of real money. You only risk losing the buy-in of the tournament instead of all your bankroll. The top 3 finishers out of 9 make it to the money. Third place gets 20% of the overall prize pool, second place gets 30%, and first place gets 50%. That’s a huge jump from first to third so it is best to gun for first every time instead of playing tight just to make the money. The secret behind mastering these Sit-N-Go’s is when there is around 5 player’s left in the online poker tournament. This is where all player’s start to play tight in fear of them not making it to the money.

When you get down to 5 players, You MUST start playing aggressive, stealing player’s blinds and showing them who is boss. Don’t back down to ANYONE. If you play aggressive and don’t let other player’s bully you around, you will find much more poker players respecting your game and you will also notice that they will hardly EVER bluff you again. Online poker rooms definitely give you a mixture of players that play tight, loose, aggressive, maniacs, etc…
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These player’s are all around the world and it gives you a good learning experience and a chance to experience what the World Series of Poker or the World Poker Tour would be like when you get to play in it one day. Stick to your game, play aggressive when there is 5 player’s or fewer left, and you will be on your way to success in the online poker world.
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Sean Moronse is a professional poker player. He has created an award winning course called Sit-N-Go Genius that's teaching poker players all over the world how to make an hourly playing by using poker online and texas holdem poker at

2009 World Series of Poker: WSOP Vegas Odds


The 2009 World Series of Poker odds have been posted. According to BetED, the co-favorites to win the WSOP Main Event 2009 are Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, and Tom Dwan. Each is listed at +12000.
Next up is Andrew Black, Juha Helppi, Ivan Demidov, John Juanda, Barry Greenstein, and Allen Cunningham at +17000.
However, it’s the Bodog WSOP betting line that has some of the most interesting proposition bets. Which pairing will have the most winnings in the Main Event (Event #57) beginning in Las Vegas on July 3, 2009?
Todd and Doyle Brunson as well as the twosome of Marco Traniello and Jennifer Harman are 6/1.
Will Scotty Nguyen reach his stated promise that will earn $4,000,000 or more in combined winnings at this year’s WSOP? No is -180. Will Doyle Brunson or Johnny Chan win their 11th bracelet? Bettors can wager on either/or or both.
They can write poker tips, but can they practice what they preach? Which of the poker authors will win the most money? Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, T.J. Cloutier, and Barry Greenstein top the list of favorites.
Which female poker player will last longest in the Main Event? Jennifer Harman and Kathy Liebert are the most likely at 5/1. Jennifer Tilly and Maria Ho are the long shots at 10/1.
More information: How to play poker, live 2009 WSOP odds, and other betting tips are on the Network.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Online Sports Betting


Simply put online sports’ betting is betting on sporting events through an online sports betting site, via the internet. You can place a bet on any specific part of the game and the betting odds are posted on each betting site.
Lately online sports’ betting has become very popular worldwide and it is approximated that online sports betting generates five times more revenues than Las Vegas sports betting. Some of the more popular sports betting made in the UK are on horse and greyhound races and football.
The aim of online sports betting is the same as any betting portal online or offline. Some online sports betting sites offer both online casino gambling and sport betting using one account. Betting online you’ll find that a number of online sport betting sites have been in the bricks and mortar betting industry for many years before online betting. Take into consideration these few online betting tips when betting on sports online.
1. Players must be at least 18 years or older to register with online sports betting sites. Make sure to locate online sites that have registration security, real time betting odds and will allow for bets to be placed without downloading software. This is important to ensure the safety of funds, prevent fraud and identity theft.
2. Make sure your choice in online sports betting sites have an assortment of wagers levels and the site is properly registered within the country it’s based out of.
3. Always carefully read the sites terms and conditions of use and have a deep understanding of liabilities you may cause to your account.
4. Check for any hidden or reoccurring fees that could accumulation or increase the cost of sports betting online.
5. Check the online sports betting sites reputation for fair dealing, and quick efficient payments systems. There are sites that remit payment the same day while others may take longer.
6. Make sure the online betting site has a 24 hour customer service helpline and locate site forums for other pertinent information on that site for other online sports gamblers.
7. Since online sport betting offers online gamblers accessibility to bet on sporting events anywhere in the world, make sure that the sport site your using offers language and currency conversions for easier betting.
There are a number of online gambling sites that offer free registration/ membership accompanied by bonus points for new users. This is a tactic to make their site attractive to new gamblers. Another attraction of online sports betting is the referral bonus that can rack up residual cash in the long run. This means that in certain cases when depositing funds to your online account transaction fees may be waived as a bonus.
The best part of most online sports betting sites is the ease of the membership process and the unrestricted betting limit. A member can load as much as $2.00 dollars to their account and place wagers as low as $.01 cent since there are no international restrictions on online betting sites. Enjoy and play responsibility.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

When You Need to Stop Playing Poker Free Rolls

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Poker freerolls are extremely popular on the online poker sites with thousands upon thousands of people playing each and every day. In fact on my website freeroll information is the one thing above all else that people are looking for.

Now freerolls are a great place to get some basic poker tournament experience, but they can teach you a lot of bad habits. The basic problem with the freerolls is that they are free! Nobody invests any of their own money so they feel that they have nothing to lose. This isn’t strictly true of course as you need to invest a lot of your time playing in poker freerolls if you ever want to be successful, and time as they say is money.

You will find a cross section of the entire poker community playing the freerolls; from absolute novices who have never played a single hand before but have maybe watched a bit of poker on the TV, to poker players of a very good standard who perhaps have a bit more time than money. This results in a situation where most of the poorer players get knocked out very early in the tournament leaving a hard-core of decent players to fight it out for the next couple of hours.

If you play a few online poker freerolls and you find yourself improving enough to make it past the first hour, it is probably time for you to move on and leave the freerolls behind. Playing a freeroll and being successful – ie winning some money – means sitting for anything from three to five hours for a prize from a prize fund of as little as $50. You could play for four hours, finish in the top ten and win less than $10!

The next step up in your poker ladder is to move on to the paid entry tournaments, even if you are only paying a dollar or two to enter. Here’s the difference between them in a nutshell. Poker freerolls typically have a total prize fund of anything from $50 to $500, this is money put up by the poker website itself so that you go there and play, brand recognition in other words. There are up to 2400 people playing in every freeroll tournament so the money per player is very small, typically $0.20 or less.

Now if you decide to opt instead for a paying tournament, even if the entrance fee is only $1, there is already five times as much money in the prize pool per player and that’s without “added” money which the poker site will often throw in to encourage more players to join the tournament. You have just as much chance of a prize in this game as in a freeroll, in fact you probably have a better chance because you don’t have as many players in the game so you stand less chance of coming up against a lucky player who will burn you with a “bad beat”.

So ask yourself the question, what would you rather spend your time doing – spending hours at a freeroll for a pittance of a prize or paying a couple of dollars and aiming for a prize that’s actually worth winning?

Article by Ian McIntosh of Check out the site for all the latest information on Texas Holdem tournaments andpoker freerolls. Please feel free to use this poker article on your website, newsletter or blog as long as this resource box is left intact and there's a live link to the site.

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Five Reasons Why Online Poker is Better

1. You don't need to do any organizing.
If you are having a poker game round at your house, there is a lot of organizing to be done. You need to make sure you have all the right equipment in place for the game - poker table, poker chips and cards as well as some sort of snacks and nibbles. You might be there for a long time so you need to provide some refreshments for your guests.

2. You don't need to rely on anybody else turning up for the poker game.
Most people have one or two friends who are unreliable. If you play poker online you don't need to rely on everyone turning up at the appointed hour for the home table game. When you play home poker there is always the dread that the phone is going to ring and somebody is going to call off at the last minute. You don't get that with online poker, you just turn up and play against whoever is there.

3. You can play for as long as you want to.
When you play poker on the internet it is up to you how long you play for, you don't need to wait until all your friends have had enough and want to go home. Or if you're the type of poker player who always wants to player on after everyone else is burnt out and ready for bed, you can do so on the internet.

4. You can play any time you choose. 
When you are trying to organize a real life poker game, one of the biggest obstacles is getting all of your friends available at the same time. You might need to wait for weeks until they can make it on the same night, people are very busy nowadays and nobody seems to have much spare time any more. But you can have a game of poker Texas Holdem any time of the day or night on many internet poker sites, and games like Omaha and Stud poker are available most of the time too.

5. You can go and do something else instead. 
If you want out of the game it is very hard when it is taking place in your house! You might be on a big losing streak or you might be tired or even bored with the company but if the poker game is in your house you'll need to be there until the end.

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Heads Up Poker--Aggression Pays

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Heads-Up Poker is the climax to every single game of Texas Holdem, if you are going to win you will always face a heads up situation. Heads up poker is where you play one-on-one against a single opponent and whether you start off with two players in the game or two thousand, the result is always the same - a heads up between the final two players.

If you start with a high number of players, or indeed any number of players bigger than two, the game will lose one of them at a time as they run out of chips until you are left with the final pairing - the heads-up.

Now heads-up poker is different from the rest of the tournament and requires a different mindset in order to be successful. Nowhere is the contrast more stark than in online Texas Holdem poker play and if you've never made it to the final of a Hold ‘em tournament you are in for a rollercoaster ride when you do!

The pace is extremely fast and furious with little or no time to think, you are relying mostly on your experience and quick thinking to pull you through. But the number one strategy you need to adopt when playing heads-up poker online is to be aggressive. It is a ruthless winner-takes-all situation and if you don't show enough determination and aggression, your opponent almost certainly will and you will quickly wilt under the onslaught.

You need to call almost every hand, after all you're paying for the blinds so if you don't call it your opponent gets to keep the blinds for free. Remember also that when it gets to this stage, the blinds are at their highest so every hand is important to win. You can’t afford to let one go for free unless you feel you have absolutely no chance of winning the hand.

Of course a Holdem hand that you would probably fold in a ten player situation is often one that you can go all-in with at heads-up poker. Any Ace at all is certainly worth raising and re-raising, the chances are your opponent is adopting a similar strategy to you and he may be going in with a King or Queen along with a lower card.

Say for example you are dealt King-Eight. Now at a ten player poker tournament you would most probably fold this hand in early position, but call or possibly even raise in late position. In a heads-up situation you would be perfectly entitled to go all-in with a reasonable expectation of winning the hand if it got played out.

Vary your play and if you find yourself in front in chips, be even more aggressive! Don’t be afraid to put in a big raise with no hand, your opponent will most likely back down unless he has a big hand.

The bottom line is this for heads-up poker - attack or be attacked!

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Pot Odds, Your Secret Poker Weapon

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Pot odds is one of the most neglected aspects of Texas Holdem poker, especially by the beginner and intermediate player. Some poker beginners have heard the term and a few even have a basic concept of what pot odds are, but very few of these players know how to put them to good use in a poker game.

However knowing how to calculate and use pot odds is one of the crucial weapons that serious poker players have in their armory, one that most definitely separates them from the amateur.

Poker pot odds are often associated with complex mathematical calculations and the less serious player can feel overwhelmed at the prospect of tackling such a subject, but don’t fret, do you really think that to be a serious poker player you need to be a genius at mathematics? Do you think all the poker pros are?

Well of course the answer is that they are most definitely not all geniuses, but what they do have is a method of calculating the odds quickly and easily to see if they are in their favor in any given situation.

So let’s look at a simple, basic way of calculating the odds, remember it needs to be quick and easy so that it can be worked out quickly and accurately in the heat and pressure of a poker game.

Poker pot odds can be broken down to this simple one liner:

“If the odds of you getting the card you need to make your hand are less than the pot odds, you should bet.”

There are two sides to this equation which I will try and explain, “odds of you getting the card you need” and “pot odds.” Firstly “odds of you getting the card you need”, this one is fairly easy to understand. It’s best explained using the example of a flush or straight draw, so we’ll use a straight draw to illustrate it.

You’re in a Texas Holdem game and your pocket cards are Q T, the flop is J 4 9. In order to make a straight you need to get either a King or 8 on the turn or river so you have eight possible cards that can make your hand, four Kings and four 8s. These are known as your “out” cards.

You’ve seen five cards out of the deck, your own two pocket cards and the three flop cards. That means there’s 47 cards you haven’t seen. So the odds of you getting the card you need are:

Cards that won’t help you : Cards that will help you

Out of the 47 remaining cards, eight of them will help you and 35 won’t, so the “odds of you getting the card you need” are 35:8 or 4.375:1.

Now for the pot odds.

The basic formula is:

The size of the pot : Amount you need to put into the pot.

So if the pot is sitting at $100 and you need to bet $20 to call, your pot odds are 100:20 or 5:1.

In this case the pot odds (5:1) are bigger than the odds of you getting the card you need (4.375:1) so you should call the bet. This is known as getting "value" for your bet. If you are doing these sums quickly you can think of 35:8 as being about four and a half to one, it’s good enough for a quick calculation.

This is a simplification of pot odds and there are other considerations like – will the players after you in the round of betting add to the pot? This would make your bet an even better proposition as it would increase the pot odds but it is of course an unknown factor.

Understand pot odds and you will take your game forward to the next stage and prepare yourself for the poker big league.

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4 Big Online Poker Tells

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Online Poker Tells are when your body language just can't keep it's mouth shut! Any little sign or gesture by a poker player that might indicate what cards he or she has is called a tell.

In a real-life game at a poker table there are many tells that you can use to try and read what cards your opponents have. Eye movements are probably the biggest giveaway of all, that's why a lot of amateur and even professional poker players wear sunglasses at the table.
There are other signs peculiar to individual players, some may have a twitch or even sweat when they are in a spot. If you put a top class professional poker player at a table of amateurs, the pro player would be able to read the cards by the players' tells, almost as if the cards were sitting face up.

Playing poker online however is a completely different matter - there is no way to see your opponents so the normal poker tells are lost.
However there are a few things you can watch for in the other players that might just give you a read on what they have.

1. Speed of response This is the main tell you have on your opposition when playing poker online. In particular look for players who take a while to check, this is seen as a weak play and indicates that the player does not have a good hand.
You should beware of this in your own play - if you are going to check with a poor hand, don't hesitate before you do.

2. Chatting. This is the other big online poker tell. If someone is constantly chatting at the table it shows weakness. These players normally come along and tell you why they folded or tell you their hand after they've mucked it, basically copying what they've seen the pros do on the TV. These players normally don't do very well, there's not a great deal of time when you're playing poker online and if they are typing out chat then they aren't concentrating on the game.

3. Maniacs. These are players who live on a do-or-die basis and often go all-in with almost every hand, especially in the early stages of a tournament. They are of course very easy to spot, and equally easy to stop. All you need to do is wait for a good hand and call their all-in, you will probably find yourself very strong favorite to knock the maniac out. If however the maniac is left unchecked to do his work, he can turn very dangerous as he will have built up a leading chip stack by being unopposed and can then sit back and play only good hands.

4. The Limper. This player is the opposite of the maniac. He will try and see every hand for free but will fold as soon as the betting starts - unless he has a really good hand. This is another very good tell you can use, just simply fold if the Limper starts to bet, unless of course you have a really good hand too.

These four online poker tells should stand you in good stead and you will now be able to sort out the wheat from the chaff among your opponents.

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