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Friday, November 12, 2010

Stew Anderson Bookie Busters Radio Commercial

Now the latest radio tout is Stew Anderson of the bookie busters. Man, you’d think if they are going to spend all that money advertising a sports handicapping site, it would be a decent idea to hire somebody who passed eight grade English to write copy on their website.
Want picks from proven bookie busters? The remains the pro gamblers source for beating the scores and odds

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Steven Westwood, Late Breaking Info

We get boiler room call from this Steven Westwood guy claiming he’s the Terminator and been “in the business” for some unspecified long period. Funny, none of the sports handicappers who have been in the business since before the Internet, have heard of him until he started buying time from radio stations.
The real question is why does every one who harasses people at home have to sound like some Long Island grease ball? The LateInfo is the only source for winning late breaking info. 

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ray Palmer Investment Group, Fox Sports Radio

The Ray Palmer Investment Group is the latest radio handicapper alongside Jonathan Stone to advertise on Fox Sports Radio.
Remember, to beat the odds, always use the best college football betting services on the handicapping Network. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Sharp Group Sports Betting

Want to know where the Sharp Group betting syndicate gets their plays? Forensic sports handicapping expert Stevie Vincent, Senior Handicapper of is where they get their picks from the nation's best football handicappers. 

Monday, August 30, 2010 No Longer Free; Best Odds Comparison

We previously told clients to check out the free site, but they’ve gone straight down the toilet. Scores were ancient. Pop-up windows were unremitting. Injury updates were slower than the morning newspaper. remains the choice for free scores and odds, but for odds tracker from many sportsbooks, cheaper and faster than Don Best odds, the world’s best sports handicappers say that ShowMeTheFlashInthePan is not longer best option for comparison odds  

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Forex Trading Tip - Why Good Poker Players Often Become Millionaire Traders

If you are thinking that the best traders are all nerds and scientists think again, because one of the most successful groups of traders are ex professional poker players. So why does this group make such great traders. The answer is the same skills you need to win at poker are needed to win at Forex trading.
When trading Forex, there are no certainties only probabilities and to win, you need to trade with the odds on your side. Many traders come into Forex trading, under the illusion that prices move to some higher force or science and they believe the vendors of cheap Forex robots who claim 95% accuracy and say they can trade with little or no draw down but all these systems lose money.
When trading an odds market, you will have lots of losses but that doesn't matter, if you keep your losses small and hit and hold the big trends which can cover your losses and give you an overall profit on your account. Most traders hate taking losses and run them but the good poker player, doesn't - Why try and hold a trade when the odds are against you? Better to save your money and hit the high odds hands and run them for big gains, the poker player does this when he trades FX, covers his losses and makes great gains.
The best poker players, have confidence in what their doing, the patience to take losses and wait for the big profits and then they have the discipline, to follow their strategy as it should be followed.
Many people over complicate currency trading and think they can beat it and when they lose, they can't take it. The losing trader runs losses, trades to much or changes systems continually, in search of the perfect one. This trader lacks discipline and he losses, the good poker player, may not have gone to college or be clever but he knows the way to win is to keep his trading simple and trade the odds.
If you trade the odds, keep losses small, run profits and have confidence in what your doing, you can make a lot of money. The aim of currency trading is not to be right all the time but to make money and if you understand the correlation between poker and Forex, you can see how easy it is to make profits.
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Free Poker Online Tournament Guide to Bluffing

All in or fold? The concept of bluffing can be very easy or very difficult one to master. There are many ways to grasp this concept of bluffing, but that does not mean it will always be successful. Bluffing can reward you or demolish you. When playing free poker online is one thing, but if playing real money, I would be extra careful when it comes to bluffing. I will discuss my ideas and concepts of bluffing in no limit Texas holdem poker.
Although a lot of bluffing comes down to judgment and instincts there is still an awful lot you can learn. The 1st example of bluffing amounts to the majority of play: if your instincts kick in after an opponents checks from the flop, turn or river then you can gamble high. A great example of this when playing an opponent heads up. If there are only 2 players and you're holding a top pair or top kickers- you have a brilliant chance of winning. I will explain why; your opponent only has 2 cards from the pack the same as you meaning the chances are small. If bluffing a heads up opponent, just ensure you have done your research and understand this type of player, so you know when the correct time to bluff is.
A clever way of thinking when deciding on bluffing or not is not what you can win but what is at stake if you lose. Bluffing is the 'red herring' of poker as there is no way to master this skill, even the pros would be in agreement that they're still struggling making calls on whether to bluff or not. Additionally as the level of opponent becomes more superior you may find an opponent bluffs bluffing!! For instance when an opponent is slow playing it's very difficult to understand their strategy and if whether they are bluffing. When bluffing in free poker you shouldn't take a cavalier attitude and play out of hand. Although you're not losing money out of your back pocket you're not improving as a player.
Third, another concept of bluffing is the persistent value bet method. During this method, you are betting on nothing from the flop all the way to the river hoping they will fold if they have chased their hand. If you bet the same amount on the flop and turn but bet a little higher on the river with your bluffing hand, the other person is most likely to fold their hand to you. But again, this does not always have the same outcome every time.
Finally, my favorite part of bluffing is when you try to produce a bet that seems like a bluff, but is not. The best bluff bet is the famous all in or the bet pot. Also, if you are playing with the same group of players on a regular basis, you can change up your style by betting an amount they would not expect. The best way to get as much as you can get from someone out of a hand is to simply call all the way and go all in on the river, hopefully they will think you missed what you were chasing and they will call.
In parting I trust you have a better idea of bluffing and how a simple concept has many levels, and these levels split the world of poker. It's one thing to be a decent poker player and another to be a decent bluffer. It takes a certain amount of time to know if you're good at bluffing or just have a considerable amount of beginners luck. The bottom line is bluffing will only get you so far and whether your playing money games or free poker; just remember only bluff what you can afford to lose.
Nick, originally from the UK now lives in Sweden with wife Lena, 2 daughters and a Border Terrier called Gunnar. He is Marketing Manager for free poker games site NoPayPOKER and publishes free online poker tips videos on Youtube as well as running free poker tips blogs where you can learn about poker and find out more about free online poker sites.

Hold 'em Poker For Advanced Players - A Review

Texas Hold 'em Poker is not something that is not familiar to people any longer these days. As a matter of fact, it has turned out to be a game that has the biggest fans base in the world today. Due to this, there have been quite a few poker guide books published. But one good book that may actually help people win may be the book that is written by David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth entitled Hold 'em Poker for Advanced Players.
The book categorizes the starting hands to 8 categories. The book also explains how people should play each category in different situations. The book also emphasizes that raising will give players better chance instead of calling in the conditions where:
  1. There has not been any other player that enters the pot formerly.
  2. The player has got a considerably playable hand.
  3. The player assumes that there is a reasonably good chance - a percentage as low as twenty five may even be fine - that all the players that exist behind them, not excluding the blinds, are quite likely to fold.
Yet, the book also reminds that players should keep in mind that they will be better off calling when either condition 1 or 3 above is not met. But this is exceptional if the player has got best hands and they are supposed to fold the weak hands.
By reading this book, players will also be aware that taking the last turn to take action in a betting round may be very advantageous. Yet, raising the marginal hands may be wise in case the raise may fold the button.
About the Author: Michael Bush is the Webmaster of Strategies and Tools for winning at Small Stakes Limit Texas Holdem

Red Bull and Poker - Why These Two Should NEVER Be Mixed

Sugar. Sugar. Sugar. As you can tell by my previous posts, I'm not a nutritionist. I'm a pharmacist. However, every medical provider knows the value of a good nutritional plan. In fact, the first therapy a medical provider should recommend is a nutritious diet. By just changing your diet, you can cure almost any disease known to man. There is no drug in the world that is more efficacious than a quality diet.
I'm not going to go into detail about how nutrition can benefit the human body. There are plenty of books that I can recommend that will do a much better job than I can. However, I am going to give you some basic tips about nutrition. These tips aren't the end all-be all of a quality nutritional regimen. They are a good start though. In fact, if you're diet sucks and you follow my recommendations, you'll notice the benefits within a week or two. Even though these tips are specifically geared toward poker and mental performance, they'll benefit almost every organ in your body.
I personally guarantee that if you follow the following tips, your mental performance will improve more than you could ever imagine. You'll remember more, you'll be able focus longer, you'll have loads of energy, and you'll feel sharper. The typical western diet has been a disaster for cognitive performance.
Tip #1 High glycemic carbohydrates bad, low glycemic carbohydrates good
Carbohydrates are vital to any poker player looking to maintain a high level of mental performance. Why? There are actually 3 reasons why every poker player should be getting adequate amounts of carbohydrates.
1) The brain relies almost entirely on glucose (the end-result of carbohydrate metabolism) as a source of fuel for energy. Unlike the rest of the cells of the body, the brain has a hard time utilizing amino acids and fatty acids as energy sources. Thus, maximum mental performance is almost entirely dependent on how much glucose is supplied to the brain for energy production.
2) The brain cells, neurons, cannot store glucose for later use as energy. If glucose is not available, the brain's mental performance declines almost in linear fashion.
3) The brain uses more energy than any other organ in the body. That's in a normal person. For someone that plays poker for hours, the amount of mental energy needed is a lot greater.
Carbs are not created equal
It's important to note that not all carbohydrates are created equal when discussing mental performance. It has been shown in study after study that carbohydrates that have a high glycemic index do not improve mental performance as much as carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index. Side note: glycemic index is a fancy term used to describe the blood glucose levels resulting from the metabolism of a particular carbohydrate. Those foods that have a high glycemic index result in a larger amount of glucose in the blood compared to foods that have a low glycemic index. Why don't all carbohydrates affect mental performance the same? Insulin. Whenever a carbohydrate is metabolized by the body, the glucose that results in the blood stream is shuttled into the body's cells by insulin. Not only is too much glucose in the blood detrimental to the arteries themselves, but it also serves no use to the body. Energy can only be produced when glucose enters the cells. Glucose can only enter the cells with the help of insulin. Thus, think of insulin as Drain-O and glucose as the gunk that builds up in the pipes.
Insulin's dirty little secret
So what happens when you eat a food that has a high glycemic index? The pancreas in the body releases a large amount of insulin to clear the glucose from the blood stream. This is good and bad. It's good because a large amount of glucose doesn't build up in the blood stream causing a host of problems (think diabetes). It's also bad though because the brain needs a constant supply of glucose. Remember, the brain primarily uses glucose for energy and can't store it for later use. Thus, when you eat that doughnut or drink that can of soda or sugar-laden energy drink, you initially get a burst of energy because of the initial large supply of glucose. However, once insulin clears that glucose from the bloodstream, you become lethargic, your memory becomes foggy, you begin to lose your mental sharpness, etc. That's why after about an hour or so of consuming your precious energy drink, you suddenly hit a wall and are in desperate need of another shot.
Low glycemic carbohydrates to the rescue
So how can you prevent this? Well, there are three things you can do.
1) Consume carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index. These carbohydrates include apples, pears, strawberries, cherries, almost any vegetable, or whole-grain foods. Do a simple search for the glycemic index and you can find a value for almost every food imaginable. Those foods provide almost a controlled release amount of glucose in the blood stream. Instead of the drastic changes associated with high glycemic carbs, you should get a nice steady supply of glucose for the brain. Avoid soft drinks, cookies, candy, bread, milk, and ice cream at all costs.
2) If you do happen to eat a high glycemic carbohydrate, consume it with some kind of a fat, preferably a healthy fat such as fish oil, almonds, cashews, etc. Fat slows the absorption of foods. Thus, high glycemic carbs won't rapidly increase the amount of glucose in the blood.
3) Eat foods high in fiber with your high glycemic carbs. Fiber, like fat, slows the absorption of nutrients. Vegetables are high in fiber. If nothing else, take some Metamucil with your junk food.
Why energy drinks aren't for poker
Hopefully after reading the above, you've realized that energy drinks are detrimental for maximum mental performance. While I was looking over the ingredients of the typical energy drinks, I noticed a common trend: large amounts of high glycemic carbohydrates. While this is great for situations that require a short burst of energy, it's awful for situations that require a long duration of energy. Poker isn't a sprint. Heck, it's not even a 1600 meter race. It's a marathon. It requires a constant supply of glucose over anywhere from 2-8 hours. These energy drinks cannot supply this constant amount adequately. Now I can hear many of you already, "Dr.T, I'll just drink a Red Bull every hour or so." Good in theory, but bad in practice. You'll experience too many highs and too many lows throughout the game. You will not be able to adequately monitor your blood glucose levels to determine when you need another shot of energy. You risk the chance of making a dumb mistake because of low blood sugar. Plus, it'll set you back around $20 or so (However, this is what the energy drink manufacturers want. Very smart I must say, almost like an addiction. Now I know why Red Bull had 4.2 billion dollars in sales in 2007). It'd make much more sense to have an apple or maybe even some celery throughout the game. If you need that extra boost, take a caffeine pill. A bottle of 100 will only cost you around $5. That combo will not only give you wings, but also a larger bank account.
Like I said above, I really just scratched the surface concerning carbohydrates and mental performance. There are numerous books, clinical studies, and articles that go into much more detail than I did. I could bore you with all of the pathophysiological mechanisms behind carbohydrates and energy, but I don't want you to fall asleep. This is a blog, not a textbook. If you'd like to read some studies or books concerning carbohydrates and energy, I'll be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
Point to remember: Avoid the spikes in blood glucose levels resulting from the consumption of high glycemic carbs commonly found in energy drinks, candy, etc. Think fruits and vegetables.
Interested in achieving more success at poker? Dr. T.J. Allan, Pharm.D, is the leading expert on nutraceuticals and mental performance. See more articles just like this at Take your game to new heights. Learn the secrets of the pros. Years of research and real-world feedback at your fingertips. The most unique poker site on the internet today. Considered by many in the poker community as the most beneficial site to players who are serious about improving their game.

Limit Poker Tips

If you like to play poker, it's likely that you play no-limit Texas Holdem. After all, it does seem to be the most popular game, these days. If you want a real challenge, though, you should try switching to limit Texas Holdem. Here are some limit tips to get you started.
First of all, resist the urge to get involved in too many pots. It's easy to do because it costs next to nothing. However, remember that, when there's a limit to what you can bet, there's a limit to how much you can win. To use simple numbers, if you lost a dollar a hand for 10 hands and won a dollar on hand 11, you still would have lost nine dollars. That's why it's still important to be picky, even with cheap pots.
Second, remember that a lot of limit hands that you do play are likely to go all the way through to the end. So, you should only play those hands that you're willing and able to protect to the end. It's very unlikely that you'll get anyone to fold the hand and give you the win by bluffing them off cheap pots. They'll call if for no other reason than to keep you honest.
Finally, as with any poker game, remember that limit Texas Holdem is about reading your cards and knowing the odds, but it's also about reading the people that you're up against. If you think a person is bluffing, you may be able to take advantage of that. If you think they aren't bluffing, you may be able to minimize your losses by getting out of the hand.
David Leek has been writing articles about poker for the past three years. He also enjoys writing about bathroom fixtures, like a shower cubicle and the benefits of a shower screen.
David Leek

Practice Poker

Thinking of striking it big in the poker leagues? You might be in for a surprise, and a rather unpleasant one at that. Playing poker offline is the same with playing online with one major difference: you cannot see your opponents. Maybe you think you are well versed in common poker strategies such as bluffing or slow playing, you could be, offline. Playing online is strikingly different because you do not get to see your opponents face to face. You can only observe their behaviour with regards to playing their hand. So before you set out to play poker online, it would be good if you practice poker first.
I know, I know you might be a champ in your neighbourhood poker competitions or in your state play offs. But if this is your first time to play poker online, you might be in for a big surprise. Do not get this wrong, playing online is exciting and challenging, but the lack of face to face encounter severely alters a player strategy. Thinking of calling a bluff online? Well, you should think again. That other person from Hong Kong or Russia might be up to something and you will not know it because you cannot see them.
Even if you have been playing poker for the better half of your life and have come to believe that you are really good at it, you should first test the waters and practice poker before diving headlong into something you might not expect. It is true; countless others have made this mistake and did not care to practice poker first before betting their life savings and all.
You are smarter than that and you will not call on that bluff.
In the real world, poker is a game of suave and elegance. You try to outwit the other by looking confident and composed even if the hand dealt to you is terrible. In online poker however, no amount of posturing will guarantee a victory. You can pose all you want in front of the computer and still not be able to call a bluff. Practice poker online before you do anything else. You might save a lot of money and gain some valuable experience.
Practice Poker was sourced from and you can have more further information on the subject from this website.

The Real Poker Crack to Winning Online Poker

You have probably heard players complain that pokerstars is rigged or you may have seen someone chatting about the full tilt rigged debate online; however is there a way around cracking poker to avoid the rigged sites and the bad beats? There is a real poker crack to winning if you follow a well laid out plan to win.
In order to win at poker, you must first lay out a plan that will give you a chance to win. One of the most effective poker strategies to build your bankroll, is to play a sit n go poker tournament. The best of these are the double or nothing sit n go's where you are playing against 9 other players and 5 of those players will get paid double their buy in.
One of the major reasons many people will claim pokerstars or full tilt is rigged, is because of the bad beats they get when playing. Top pair will get rivered by two pair and a straight will lose to a flush more times than it is seemingly possible. However, you can avoid a lot of the suck outs in poker online by following the same pattern and strategy each time you play.
One of the best ways to do this is to get a poker guide or book and follow the advice exactly in the book. Although you may have already played hundreds of poker hands in no limit Texas holdem, if you formulate a specific plan and style of play, this will give you an edge against some of the less experienced players in the field.
Once you have found a poker book that you are comfortable with, adapt that style to your play and follow the advice as closely as possible in each scenario. The real way to crack poker is to have a plan, stick to that plan and do not allow your emotions to overcome your good common sense in the game.
Face it, you are not going to get dealt pocket aces every hand, and you are rarely going to make the top nuts on the flop, so you need as much information to develop your winning style as possible. In other words, should you bluff at a pot when everyone checks or should you try and trap your opponents when you have a made poker hand?
Answering these questions is all a part of developing your style and sticking with your plan to win. Take the time to learn many different poker strategies to advance your knowledge and help you succeed in winning. After all, if the only strategy you ever use is bluffing or aggression, your opponents will quickly adapt and recognize your style of play and soon you will find yourself another victim of a bad beat!
Want to play like the pro's? Then discover the best way to win sit and go poker tournaments.
Learn the perfect poker strategy to win sit n go tournaments by reading more in the Double or Nothing Sit N Go Strategy Guidebook. Visit the Best Online Poker Strategy web site and see how you can crack poker and win!

Tips to Get More Zynga Poker Chips

Playing the Game of Hold 'Em
You park yourself down at the poker table. You see 8 other people.
If so, then leave.
Your odds greatly improve for winning faster chips at the 5 seated accommodation tables on Zynga's servers. Everyone nowadays has the same initiative and chip stacking goals you do, so you have to outfox them with skill, technique and a little luck. This pays great dividends, trust me. I've gone from 10,000 poker chips to about a million in a single day. Then back to 10k a day later. This happens thanks to the never-ending server list of city names, countries, capitals and bot players using them. With so many people on Facebook and Myspace, these mega socials sites that host this Zynga game make chips easily available by joining the page and activating the app in your networking homepage, starts you off with an average of 2,000 chips. This is okay, but most of the time after logging on and sitting at a table via the server, almost everyone has more than you.
Play the "Turn", not the "River"
Play the turn card, or fourth card, if your hand sucks by this point, considering you already have three of kind, and cards are consecutive, get out of the hand. Someone has a straight in Zynga poker and will more than likely take your chips. By betting the river you have a 1 in 12 chance of scoring the card you need, unless it's a flush, but for the most part just fold. In rare occurrences, if you have a flush with the first five cards makes sure you have the Ace in that suit, and let the betters bet, if you raise too early people will get the picture, and not give up anything. This is done to let the aggressor bet, while you just sit and then check, always call, then get that fake Zynga chip chip count rising.
Getting an Advantage by the Dealer Chip
The flops in Zynga Hold 'Em are totally kiddish. I've seen four of a kind aces so many times. Watch for people that change their seats every other hand. They feel by avoiding the dealer button and sitting down where they won't have to pay after they've pushed the big blind that this gives them some sort of clever edge in taking the next pot. On second thought, just ignore these idiots. Most can't speak English anyway, so cursing at them won't help. You're not allowed to swear in there. Truth is, there is no gain or benefit by doing this, it's just it gives the player a different batch in the deck and an alternative chance of winning the next few hands. Never Go "All In" before Seeing the Flop
Never bet or raise extensively until you get an idea of what kind of cards are going to be spat out by the blonde mute sitting center face. I've lost at tables where players know each other and go all in on purpose to get your chips! This is a golden rule in staying afloat in your chip count. It only works one out of five times and the pots you win only double your bet. This is like most hands, unless you beat out several people with shitty hands, and that hardly ever happens.
Getting a Royal Flush
The odds are very slim to get a royal flush in poker. On Zynga it's the same. I've played my 12,000th hand today and got it. Club flush. Don't be picky for a suit, it comes when it does. Have fun and be patient when playing this game, it's all about the thrill of winning.

Start Your Own Poker Website and Rake in the Profits

It is simple to start your own poker website and start earning some real profits from the business. If you wonder if this is really true, think again. You need not have a legacy of million dollars to start your own poker website. With White Label poker technology, a small fraction of that amount will be enough. In this operational model, an entrepreneur simply needs to join as a licensee of the White Label network and get their own branded poker website up and running quickly. What the entrepreneur really needs to take care of is the marketing. Once 'real' players start logging-in to the site and play poker the site profits start showing. The network charges a commission while the entrepreneur keeps the rest.
Now let us check out the investments because that is one of the prime interests of any entrepreneur. A white Label site can be launched for an investment of USD $ 10,000 to USD $ 60,000. This includes a customized website and the required infrastructure to launch the operations. The challenge comes with marketing the website to the right audience. Marketing strategies like VIP loyalty programs, tournaments, cash bonus on joining are known to work with players. The strategies need to be driven with focus and a clear direction. The number of 'real players' in the site is going to make the difference. These are people who make deposits and play the game.
Under a White Label model, players can quickly connect with a network of poker players who are already active. Licensees get up to a 90% payout of the rake that is collected from the players. The leading poker sites have more than 10000 players but some that are less popular have between 1000-5000 'real cash' players. It is possible to break-even even with 100 active 'real cash' players. Sites start generating revenues within the first month of operations if the marketing efforts are strategized well. It also means that you need to select the geography in which you want to make your site popular.
The popularity of online poker is on the rise with many new countries encouraging online poker sites. These countries are mainly in Europe and Latin America. With White Label technology at your fingertips it has become very easy for wannabe poker entrepreneurs to launch their own websites. The best part of White Label poker is the operating model. It is a completely outsourced model of operating your business which leaves you with enough time to focus on marketing initiatives. The online poker arena is so wide that even a small fraction of players could rake in good revenues. So, take your chance before it is too late.
Vince Van Horn is the Vice President of Access Corp a company which provides turnkey services for online gaming entrepreneurs. Access Corp has 2 websites which provide all information required for online gaming entrepreneurs to start their own operations. The sites are and

Poker Game Practice

Poker is a game of finesse and experience. Many a novice poker player has lost all his money in thinking that the game requires minimal effort and skill. Still, there are those who master it with ease and subtlety. You can be one of them if you only know where you can find a decent poker game practice website.
Having a poker face is not enough to win you the game. I will give 3 advices for those who are aspiring to play poker: practice, practice, practice.
Some players would ascribe to strategies given by a certain fellow named David Sklansky. Loosely, the theorem states that you have an advantage if you play your hand like you would if you are aware of the cards that your opponent is holding, and you are also at an advantage if your opponent changes his strategy if they are aware of the cards you are holding.
It might be confusing but it simply means play it out of instinct and do not hesitate.
In personal face to face games, this strategy is valuable because you could see your opponents face. You could either see their confidence or see their dismay. That is why having a poker face is important.
The story is different however when it comes to online games. There are no opponent faces to see and no facial expressions to read. Winning a poker game is then a matter of skill and experience. You will only gain this experience if you know where to find a good poker game practice website.
Playing poker online with no experience and knowledge can both be exhilarating and dangerous. It is exhilarating because the excitement is the same with playing offline, dangerous, because the amount of money you can lose is also real. Old time strategies such as bluffing or slow playing will take on a new dimension as you figure out how to call on opponents you cannot see. Others will rely on pure and simple statistical analysis to compute for the odds of winning. In the end to know the game, you must play the game. Start out with a poker game practice website before you set out into the big leagues.
Poker Game practices was sourced from and you can have further more information from this website on the subject.

How to Master Bluffing to Win Facebook Poker Chips in Texas Holdem on Facebook & Myspace

There are few skills in life that can also be described as an "art", but bluffing in texas holdem poker is definately one of them. I say it's an art because when it's done wrong it's ugly and hideous and sometimes even painful to watch, but when performed correctly by a master it's a beautiful to watch, like looking at the Mona Lisa. A successful bluff involves many psychological, emotional, and social elements and only when all of these have been taken into account and calculated can the bluff be effective. Bluffing in Facebook texas holdem poker with Facebook poker chips, rather than real money, adds even more elements to the mix because players cannot see their opponents faces and wagers are virtual poker chips rather than money, but there are still ways to master the Facebook poker bluff. Here are some points to keep in mind when you try to bluff in texas holdem poker games on Facebook and myspace.
The pure bluff:This is also known as a "stone cold bluff" and is used when a player's hand has almost no chance of winning. The idea is that if you can reasonably judge that the other players have inferior hands and aren't willing to risk their Facebook poker chips, a large bet will cause them to all fold their hands. This type of bet should generally be equal to the size of the pot, and should be done only when the expectation that everyone else will fold is greater than 50%. For example, after your flush or straight draw fails to materialize, you can make a bet equal to the amount of Facebook poker chips in the pot if you can make a reasonable assessment that the chances of everyone folding their cards is greater than half.
The semi-bluff:This type of bluff can be used not when your hand has been busted, but when there is still a chance that your hand might improve on the turn or river. The idea is that even if you make a strong bet that is called by your opponent and fails to scare them out of the pot, you still have a chance to draw the cards you need. This bluff is best used when there are suited cards or connectors like 5 - 8 - 7 on the table that might lead your opponent to believe that you already have the straight or flush. A strong bet in this situation could prompt everyone to fold their hand to you and allow you to win a good number of Facebook chips, however you should always be conscious of the fact that someone really might have flopped the straight or flush. In contrast to a pure bluff, a semi-bluff allows you to continue playing after a failed bluff because of the possibility that you may still improve your hand.
Betting before the flop and missing: Have you ever made a large preflop bet of Facebook poker chips with cards like Ace King, Ace Queen, King Queen etc.. only to watch cards like 3 9 5 fall on the flop? The flop obviously didn't go your way, but your opponents don't know that right? Sometimes it pays to show false strength and bluff after a missed flop.
Bluffing when there aren't a lot of players in the pot: This is a simple concept based on the fact that it's easier to gauge the hands of a few players than many players. If there are only 1 or 2 other players left in the hand, you have a better chance of making an accurate assessment about their cards and deciding on the proper amount of chips for your bluff to be efective.
Optimal bluffing frequency in Facebook poker: If you bluff too infrequently the other players at the table will label you as a value better, meaning that you bet and raise only when you have a great hand or the maximum chance of winning. This can lead to an unprofitable trend where everyone knows that you will only bet with great cards and so they generally choose to fold when you do so, diminishing your ability to draw more Facebook poker chips into the pots. The opposite of this is bluffing too much to the point that everyone realizes what you are up to and calls and even reraises your bluffs in order to "keep you honest" and teach you a lesson. The optimal bluffing strategy in Facebook poker is somewhere in between and must be implemented with an element of randomness in order to throw off the other players' ability to predict your hands.
Keep these points in mind in order to mold a successful bluffing strategy to maximize the number of Facebook poker chips you can win from each pot. If bluffing in texas holdem really is an art, then an bluffer must continually refine his strategy and tactics with practice and trials, much like an artists refines his paintings with each stroke of the brush.
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Poker Satellite Tournaments and Tips For Success

A great way to play your way in to big money poker tournaments for very little or no money is to participate in satellite tournaments. All the big online poker rooms run them. Simply put a satellite poker tournament offers a number of seats to a larger one. A disciplined and strategic approach can see you work your way up to a slice of big money action. Here's how.
An initial consideration you must take is to understand the structure. It may be offering a guaranteed number of seats to the next stage for example. Once you know what the cut off point is to secure your progression then that becomes your goal as there is often no prize money on offer in a satellite poker tournament. All you need is that seat to the next round.
The number of seats on offer to the later stages will affect your strategic decisions as by their nature satellites tend to be very similar to multi-table tournaments. Always be aware of how many seats are on offer and where the cut off point is. Your sole goal is to secure one of those seats, not to win.
In the early stages play a tight game to preserve your chip stack unless you have an absolute monster of a hand and are the overwhelming favourite to win the hand. Use table position wisely. Let the all-in merchants knock themselves out and thin the field for you. Every one of your opponents who is eliminated takes you one step closer to your goal of securing one of those guaranteed progression seats.
In the middle stages now that the field has thinned out your play might depend on your chip stack. If in the early states you've hit great cards and been lucky enough to accumulate a big chip stack you can sit back and pick your moments to get involved. If you have a medium sized stack then pick your fights carefully as you still need chips. Try not to tangle with big stack players who can eliminate you and instead look to go in against players with a similar stack size or small stacked players you feel confident will fold. Play tight from early position and look for stealing opportunities when you are in late position. If you are a short stack then pick a time for the hail Mary and a double up to keep you in the game.
Always keep a watch on the number of players left and take a view on what you need to do to remain in long enough to secure that all important next round seat. How you do this will depend on your stack size after the middle stages and as the bubble approaches. If you have a large chip stack you can fold your way in to the next round. If you have a medium stack play a solid game using position and selecting smaller stacked players who may well fold to any move you make as they are desperate to stay in hoping others will fall. Of course if you have a small stack yourself the hail Mary call is your most effective, and possibly only, weapon though be selective when you use it. For example your all-in push from late position against a fellow small stacked opponent may not get called and you have stolen enough chips to see yourself through another few hands which might just be enough to get you in to one of those all important next round seats.
By playing solid strategy in satellite poker tournaments you really can play your way in to the later stages of some serious money without spending entry fees. Do not dismiss these tournaments as gimmicks and instead view them as an opportunity. And I wish you every success.
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Poker Book Review - Phil Shaw - Secrets of Sit'N'Gos

The author of this book, Phil Shaw is a high stakes online sit and go expert, regularly contributing to well known poker magazines and training sites. In this book he introduces the format, and covers the important aspects of winning at them consistently.
"Secrets of sit'n'gos" is nicely written and well structured, after an initial brief introduction to the format, the first section covers a few things that many other books and guides gloss over, namely pre-game preparation.
This section looks at game selection, blind levels, opponents, formats, and multitabling, among others. The next section contains a brief introduction to some of the concepts that come up throughout the book, including EV and ICM.
Although these first two sections aren't that long, it's good to see these topics being mentioned before the author dives into the games!
The next 6 sections are split between the different stages of sit and go play, with a section each for early, middle, and late game, bubble, in the money, and heads up.
Sectioning it like this helps the reader to understand the difference between these stages, and how differently they should be played.
All scenarios are covered at each stage, from deep to short stack, and the structure of these sections reads very well, with important considerations about ICM and other concepts thrown in for good measure.
The 'in the money' and heads up sections are particularly good, and most players will realise how tight they play in comparison to what the author thinks is optimal, with the shove/call/fold tables for heads up play being particularly interesting.
A couple of short sections follow, on non-standard sit and goes, and other miscellaneous topics, and then the largest section by far, taking up around 2/5 of the book, is the quiz section. These questions range from the first hand of a sng to the last, are well thought out and clearly presented, and will be invaluable in terms of learning the concepts throughout the book.
Overall the book covers all aspects of sit and go's, explaining things simply enough for beginners, but going deep enough that almost all players will gain something from reading this book. Recommended.
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Hold Em Poker

I was watching the 2006 World Series of Poker on ESPN and saw a young player, I don't recall his name, behaving quite badly. In fact, being a jerk and got at least one time out from the tournament officials. What struck me though was my reaction to what I was watching – I wanted to see this person lose. Honestly, I've been playing Hold Em Poker for decades and I am a confirmed follower and advocate of polite poker etiquette.
Following this very emotional reaction to the behavior of a total stranger on television, I wondered what I would do if I were playing Hold Em Poker against this person (or anyone just like him). I believe I would react exactly the same way. I would want to beat him and beat him bad. And therein lies the problem. Would I want to beat him so badly that his behavior caused me to leave my A game behind and play differently in an effort to accomplish that task?
I then remembered an incident that happened to me in a 3-6-12 Hold Em Poker game at the Showboat in Las Vegas many years ago. At that time I was not the kind of person who went to a casino poker room to make friends; I went there to win money. Looking back now I can see it was this incident that opened my eyes to all manners of making money be interacting with my fellow players.
The incident occurred when the player to my immediate left chose me to be his designated poker chat buddy. I, being young and dumb then both in life and in Hold Em Poker, gave him a rude cold shoulder just to get him to leave me alone. As it happens I did get my wish and an amazing bonus too! This person was so mad at me for being a jerk he started playing every hand I was in trying to beat me as a means of revenge. In other words, my actions and behavior caused him to leave his A game behind and he was playing on emotion instead of reason. It was easy money.
Now, decades of Hold Em Poker experience later, I try very hard not to be rude to other players. I honestly and openly converse and am friendly with them while still trying to take their money. I did not forget my lesson learned, however, and will try in ways other than being deliberately rude to get my opponents off their A game.
And when I see other players behaving poorly now I try to keep my emotions in check and look deeper. The experiencedHold Em Poker player I’ve become now looks at this person and wonders is he really a jerk or is it a ploy aimed at his opponents, me included, to get us off our A game.
Currently a Pit Manager in a Midwest casino Table Games department. I am an avid poker player both online and at brick and mortar casinos.

The Mental Combat of Poker Keeps Players Coming Back For More

You develop your poker skills so you can make money, but your intense emotional involvement in the game has its rewards as well. Every poker player, at least a little bit, craves the prestige that comes from being a winning poker player. It's almost as if a winning poker player is a successful alchemist, able to make gold from lead.
When you join a poker game, you are hoping to perform this feat of alchemy by increasing the amount of money you possess simply by playing cards. If you can beat the other players when they bet against you, then you will profit, and this person-to-person competition is very alluring. In addition to winning money, the satisfaction that comes from defeating an opponent delivers an emotional reward. Everyone wants to feel competent and be recognized as such, and winning a pot in a poker game meets these needs.
But winning a hand requires that you pick your battles well. You must become skillful at estimating what cards your opponents have. You gradually collect this information during a game by studying how your opponents bet, what they have at the showdown, what verbal and nonverbal clues they displayed during various kinds of hands, and so forth. Your opponents at any poker game will require constant study, and most of them will be scrutinizing you just as much. The information gathered during this mental combat will be crucial to your decisions to bet, raise, or fold.
Because you are being watched as well, you will constantly have to be mindful and controlling of your own emotions and actions. Many players enjoy these interpersonal challenges and consider it one of the more appealing aspects of poker. You will feel satisfied when you correctly read another player's hand or snatch up an opportunity to successfully bluff someone who has become emotionally vulnerable.
Even if you have a bad game, you remain motivated to try again. Your desire to improve challenges you to keep playing poker. You will stay engaged trying to figure out what you did wrong. Were you misjudging your opponents or did they have you all figured out? Controlling, analyzing, and making correct judgments based on your interpretations of other players' actions are essential to winning at poker. The combination of emotional, psychological, and rational logic is the fundamental attraction of poker. You get to pit your people skills and calculating mind against other people and actually get rewarded when you succeed.
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Picking Up the Best Rush Poker Strategy For Your Game

If you have yet to try rush poker, you are in for a fast paced, action packed poker game that will keep you jumping and can get you to win pot after pot once you pick up on the game and form your own rush poker strategy. Because this is so different than any other type of poker game and is played on full tilt poker, you are going to want to get the hang of the game before you hit on the right strategy for you.
You have a lot of advantages when it comes to playing this new poker game. You can be seated at a 6 or 9 person table and get moved quickly from table to table each time you fold. This gives you a new hand in which to play right away, instead of having to wait for the rest of the action to take place. Those who enjoy playing a fast paced poker game are starting to enjoy the action of this game. One of the advantages is that because it is so new, even the experienced players are working out different strategies that work for them.
One rush poker strategy that may work for you is a conservative poker game with an occasional bluff. You can move quickly from table to table this way without incurring any high stakes. This is a no limit game but with very low stakes, so folding a hand is not a big deal, as it is with other larger stake games. If you get two high cards in the pocket, you stay in and wait for the flop. If not, you fold and move on, this can be a very conservative approach and give you a rush poker strategy.
Another rush poker strategy is the bluff. This works well on occasion in most poker games but has to be used sparingly. If a player bluffs all the time, others will soon catch on and call. However, because players are not risking big stakes in this game and can quickly move on and draw another hand, they are more inclined to fold in this type of game than in any other.
Get to know the game before you come up with your own rush poker strategy and you will soon start to be comfortable with the fast paced action of the game. The more you continue to play, the more you will see how other players are working the game and you can also pick up on them. Everyone who plays poker has a different style when it comes to this game. Rush employs the same concept as regular poker when it comes to rules of the game, but a player can fold at any time, move quickly to another table and before they know it, have another hand dealt to them. Players can get about 300 hands in an hour playing this way.
Play the streaks and know when to fold, those are the basic rules of playing poker. Once you start to play this game, you will see that it is no different than any other poker game out there, with the exception of the speed, that you will soon get used to playing.
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Poker Language - Some Common Poker Terms and Language and What They Mean

Poker uses a number of distinct terms and phrases. When playing at a table it is often helpful to understand these. There are almost enough to write a poker language dictionary! Some of the more common terms are listed below:
  • Flop - most commonly associated with Texas Hold'em and Omaha poker, this poker language term refers to the first 3 open cards which are dealt.
  • Turn - this is the fourth open card which is dealt in Texas Hold'em or Omaha poker.
  • River - the final card which is dealt in a game of poker.
  • Nuts - at a given point in a poker game, this refers to the strongest possible hand.
  • Big blind - usually payable by the player sitting 2 spaces clockwise from the dealer, regardless of his cards. Blind refers to the fact that the player has to make it regardless of his cards, or as though he hadn't even seen them.
  • Small blind - the amount payable by the player sitting next to the dealer, in a clockwise direction. It is often half the amount of the big blind.
  • Bluff - in poker language, the art of representing (usually through betting patterns) that a player has a stronger hand than he actually does.
  • Call - remaining in a hand by matching the previous bet.
  • Raise - increasing the bet which has been made by the previous player. Other players then need to call or re-raise in order to remain in the game.
  • Re-raise - the act of raising a previous raise.
  • Fold - in poker language, this is the procedure followed by a player who does not wish to continue with his hand (he does not want to pay to stay in the hand - usually because he has weak cards or believes another player has stronger ones).
  • Pot - this is the amount of chips / money which has been put into the center of the table and which the winning player will receive (subject to the rake).
  • Rake - this is a commission taken out of the pot by the casino. Lower the rake, the more you make. The lowest rake is currently at PKR
  • Straight - in poker language, a poker hand containing 5 consecutive cards.
  • Flush - a poker hand containing 5 cards of the same suit.
  • Pair - two cards of the same value.
  • Trips - three cards of the same value.
  • Quads - four cards of the same value.
  • Kicker - the highest card in a player's hand which is not in a pair. It is quite often used to determine close hands - for example, a pair of Kings with an Ace kicker beats a pair of Kings with a 2 kicker.
To win at Poker and be able to bluff effectively you need to know the signs. Find out how to bluff in this great article by Alex, Poker Tips For Texas Hold Em. On the other hand if what you are really interested in is just making lots of money from Poker then you need a Magic Holdem Poker Calculator that shows you the perfect hand. Try it and you are 100% guaranteed to start winning online poker if your opponents are not using the same system.

Win Big Learning Strategies of Rush Poker Bluffing

Rush poker is one of the hottest games on the internet and is a fast paced version of holdem games where you can move from table to table quickly, upon folding your hand. Rush poker bluffing is one way that you can beat your opponents at this game as many players are quick to fold if they do not get two high pocket cards. You can hang in the game and wait until they all start dropping, usually after the flop.
Bluffing is a skilled strategy in every type of poker and one in which any poker player should possess. However, when rush poker bluffing, you want to make sure that you use this strategy sparingly as pretty soon, someone is bound to catch on and call you. You are much better off to bluff occasionally when you are playing poker.
Before you start using the strategy of rush poker bluffing, learn how to play the game. This is a fast action game with low stakes that will automatically deal you a new hand and move you to another table when you fold. For those who are used to playing regular poker online and waiting for the action, this can be daunting at first. Once you get the hang of the game, however, you can start to see how this is a real money maker opportunity, especially for those who employ regular poker strategies.
Rush poker bluffing works best when a player is known to be conservative and folds right away when they do not have a good hand. Other players pick up on this and the player is known for staying in only when they have a chance of winning the pot. If a conservative player stays in the game, other players will usually fold, allowing them to win even with a low hand.
Because the action is so fast and there are so many players, this strategy can work well in the favor of a player who plays rush poker often and gets to know the game well. The advantage to the bluffer is the fact that players are playing for low stakes and can fold any time they want, without having to worry about staying in the game and losing big money.
This type of poker is played on full tilt poker and is quickly catching on. Both experienced and novice poker players are still trying to figure this one out and coming up with various strategies in order to win. As is the case with any other type of poker, you need to know the game, be aware of your opponents and also figure on the odds. Regular poker rules apply with the exception that you can fold your hand and then get dealt a new hand at any time, at which time you are quickly rushed to another table.
The more you continue to play this fast paced poker game, the more strategies you will pick up and the better you can become at this exciting new fast paced game. Before you start rush poker bluffing, however, be sure that you are well in tune with the pace of the game.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Poker Tourney Winner

The Valentine’s Day version of the Bodog $100K Guaranteed tournament was won by an established online tournament player named “Rataveli”. He beat out 479 other players to claim the $25K first-place prize. In second place was “slatehill4, who padded his bankroll by $15K. Bodog once again came up with a generous $28K overlay.

“Rataveli” is no stranger to the winner’s circle, having posted numerous multi-table tournament cashes over the last two years including eight final tables. One of those final tables was a win in a $70K Guaranteed event for $12K last April. His biggest cash of almost $44K came from a fourth-place finish in a $750K Guaranteed tournament.

“Rataveli” has been on a roll of late. Besides his recent Bodog $100K victory, he also had a seventh-place tournament finish two weeks ago worth over $16K. The 24-year-old Minneapolis native can also be found playing no-limit and pot-limit holdem $1/$2 to $2/$4 cash games.

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NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

NBC’s 6th annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship is set to start on March 4-7 at Caesars Palace Poker Tournament Room in Las Vegas, Nevada. Much like college basketball’s NCAA Tournament, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship starts off with a bracket of 64 of the game’s best No Limit Texas Hold’em poker players going head-to-head for $1.5 million in combined prize money.

This year’s tournament features poker pros Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Cada and last year’s Heads-Up finalists Vanessa Rousso and Huckleberry Seed.

“It takes a lot of skill and mental toughness to get through a field of such exceptional players,” last year’s Heads-Up champion Huck Seed was quoted as saying in a Feb. 16 press release. “But I look forward to defending my title and trying to win it again.”

Unlike the NCAA Basketball Tournament, however, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship finals is a best-of-three format, with the first-place finisher receiving $500,000 and the second-place finisher taking home $250,000.
The single-elimination competition begins Friday, March 5 at noon and continues through Sunday, March 7.

If you’ve never played online poker at Bodog before then now is the perfect time to sign up for a free Bodog Account. From now until March 14th, Bodog Poker is running a very cool “Ultimate Sports Fan Experience” with tickets to next year’s MLB World Series, NHL Stanley Cup Final, NBA Finals and the Super Bowl to be won.

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